May 20, 2019

ISIS suicide attack targets SDF demining convoy

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

Islamic State sleeper cells on Monday targeted a demining convoy of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria, deep behind the Kurdish-led forces’ lines.

Mustafa Bali, the head of the SDF’s media center, announced the incident on Twitter.

According to Bali, sleeper cells belonging to the terror group launched a suicide attack on a team of SDF forces in Shaddadi, south of Hasakah.

The attack only caused material damage “thanks to the timely response by security forces,” he added.

“While there are no casualties, this attack is yet another indicator of the menace posed by ISIS sleeper cells in the region,” Bali warned.

He affirmed that the Kurdish-led forces would remain committed in their efforts to deny the Islamic State “freedom of movement and wipe its remnants and ideology off the society.”

Read the full article and more in Kurdistan 24.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...