By Syrian Democratic Times

The relentless campaign waged by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS, also called Daesh, persists, despite challenges posed by COVID, the Turkish occupation of North and East Syria, and the market crash of the Syrian pound. The effectiveness of this campaign was acknowledged recently by US Ambassador James Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

“The general consensus of the group was that the fight against Daesh is going well,” said Jeffrey, noting that recent Daesh (ISIS) attacks had been less frequent and less sophisticated than attacks during the Ramadan timeframe last year.

Ambassador Jeffrey also noted that the SDF campaign against ISIS remains in full force, stating, “There’s been no significant diminution of the operation supported by us by the Syrian Defense Forces, the SDF, against Daesh throughout the northeast, and they’re basically everywhere other than in the Turkish Peace Spring area, still in control and still running the anti-Daesh campaign.”

“The SDF are a first-class counterterrorism force,” said Jeffrey.

The SDF conducted a massive coordinated sweep this week to root out ISIS, working through the Iraq-Syria border area. In a press briefing on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, SDF spokespersons gave details about the sweep.

Over a six-day period, 6,000 elite SDF commandos, with the support of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, raided a total of 56 ISIS sleeper cell locations. They detained 110 persons suspected of being ISIS members or collaborators. During one of the raids, SDF soldiers came under fire, but without casualties to the SDF soldiers.

The raids were the first phase of a new military campaign to root out ISIS sleeper cells in the desert on the Iraq-Syria border, along the Khabur River. The new campaign is called the Deterrence of Terrorism campaign.

The SDF fight against global terrorism now continues into its next phase.

General Mazlum Kobane meets with US General Kenneth McKenzie, US Central Command, on July 22, 2019.