Report: ISIS sleeper-cell attacks down, Hol Camp and Deir-ez-Zor remain flashpoints

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An Iraqi IDP caught in the crossfire during an attempted ISIS shooting in Hol Camp, November 2020 (Picture credit: NPA) Key Points Overall attacks decreased 11% (51, 45) in October, with 69% of those attacks taking place in Deir-ez-Zor…

Database: Former ISIS members now part of Turkish-backed forces in Sere Kaniye and Tel Abyad

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Download the full report here. It's one year since Turkey launched its devastating 'Peace Spring' operation, green-lit by Donald Trump and primarily targeting the Kurds in North and East Syria. The invasion displaced an initial wave…

Report: Counter-ISIS raids and attacks in Hol Camp increase as amnesty for ISIS-linked women announced

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Body of an Iraqi refugee, shot dead by ISIS sleeper cells active within Hol Camp Key Points - Rate of anti-ISIS raids increases 118% (11, 24) in response to demand by local communities - 4 raids took place in Hol Camp, plus 6 attacks…

Report: US-Russian tensions and killing of top sheikh drive rise in ISIS sleeper cell and Syrian Government militia attacks

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  Coalition, SDF and AANES officials have all been meeting with tribal figures in Deir-ez-Zor in the context of rising tensions and security challenges Key Points - Assassination attempts doubled in August (7 to 14) including…

Report: ISIS attacks falling despite anger over top sheikh’s assassination

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Deir-ez-Zor continues to be the focus of ISIS-claimed attacks in North and East Syria Attacks on village chiefs and people connected to AANES continued, claiming 7 lives in July and leading to protests and violence in Deir-ez-Zor in early…

Sweeping SDF and Coalition raids drive fall in ISIS sleeper-cell attacks

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Material damage to the Mala Jin (Women's House) in Deir-ez-Zor caused during an ISIS sleeper-cell attack Sleeper-cell attacks fall 46% in North and East Syria as SDF conducts week of raids arresting 110 ISIS suspectsAssassinations nonetheless increase…

Wave of arson attacks add to growing sleeper-cell threat in North and East Syria

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In May, both joint SDF and Coalition raids and sleeper-cell raids increased.  Raids increased 86% (22 up to 41), even before the start of June’s massive anti-ISIS operation in Deir-ez-Zor. Total attacks increased 110% (40 up to 84),…

Report: ISIS assassinations rise as Turkish-backed sleeper-cell groups launch new attacks

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Turkish-controlled faction Ahrar al-Sharqiya claimed sleeper cell attacks in North and East Syria for the first time this month April saw a 16% decrease in ISIS sleeper-cell attacks (48 to 40), whereas joint SDF and Coalition raids increased…

Report: anti-ISIS arrests and raids drop as tensions over COVID-19 rise

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Arrests of ISIS members in North and East Syria dropped to almost nothing in March, despite continued attacks March saw decreases across the board - in terms of attacks, raids, deaths and arrests - suggesting COVID-19 has distracted SDF…
ISIS sleeper cell arrested in Manbij

Report: One year on from ISIS’ defeat, sleeper-cell attacks remain a deadly threat

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It’s been a year since ISIS’ final territorial defeat by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and International Coalition in Baghouz on 23 March. But a comparison of the year-on-year data shows ISIS remain as potent a threat as ever,…