Sources affiliated with the Syria Democratic Forces said that the international coalition, led by the United States, arrested Thursday the new leader of the Islamic State organization “Abdullah Qardash” during a qualitative landing operation in the countryside of Deir Al Zour, northeastern Syria.
According to the sources, “Abdullah Qardash, the new leader of ISIS, and the successor of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, was arrested in the town of Al Zir in the eastern countryside of Deir Al Zour after an airdrop that lasted for hours, which is the largest in terms of the number of participating elements, planes and the duration of the landing”.
SDF: We were able to arrest the financial regulatory official who was named to him.
For its part, media sources said that an armed group affiliated with the Syria Democratic Forces raided an area near the Saad bin Abi Waqqas Mosque in the village of Al Zir in the eastern countryside of Deir Al Zour, and demanded that the residents adhere to their homes and not leave them via loudspeakers.
After that, the international coalition carried out a landing operation in the area, targeting the house of one of the displaced from the town of Al Bawil and another house near it belonging to one of the displaced merchants from the town of Barkas, where a person from the village was arrested who was visiting the first house, while there was no confirmed information about the person if he is related to ISIS or not.
According to the source, the raiding force confiscated money and portable devices and gold from the two targeted homes in the village of Al Zir, and also stormed a commercial store selling mobile devices and confiscated all its contents, while the raiding force fired shots in the air to terrorize the people and prevent them from leaving.
Special sources from Deir Al Zour suggested “Qardash” had blown himself up during the landing operation, pointing out that “the size of the force that carried out the operation last night indicates that the targeted person is not normal”.
According to the well-informed source, the international coalition forces, in cooperation with SDF, were arrested about three days ago, “Muhammad Al Ali,” who is the financial official, and also responsible for coordinating work between the cells of ISIS, east of the Euphrates, indicating that “Al Ali” was the one who informed the place of residence.
This cell, confirming the participation of five helicopters in the landing operation of the coalition forces.
As previously, the security forces of the SDF administration announced “SDF”, arresting what it called the financial official of “ISIS” in Raqqa, and the security forces of the “SDF forces” said in a statement, “Our special security forces managed on the sixth Wednesday of the month May, from the arrest of the chief financial officer of ISIS terrorist cells in the city of Raqqa.
“After monitoring, following-up and collecting information about the activities of the ISIS sleeper cells, our forces were able to confirm the whereabouts of (Ahmed Muhammad Al Ali), the chief financial officer of ISIS terrorist cells in the province of Raqqa, and arrest him with a specific operation carried out by our security departments with the participation of the special forces”.
reports pointed out that “sums of money were seized in various currencies, including the US dollar, the Turkish lira and the Syrian pound in his place of residence, in addition to three cellular devices that he used to coordinate between cells and communicate with them”, noting that the security forces of the “SDF administration” have tightened security measures recently to pursue the cells of the organization after the city of Raqqa was subjected to a number of “terrorist” acts.
Several reports have spoken that Al Baghdadi had nominated his assistant, “Amir Muhammad Saeed Abdul Rahman Muhammad Al Mawla,” “Abdullah Qardash,” to lead the organization in Iraq, and manage the affairs and affairs of the organization, before his death, which made him the first caliph “of the former leader of the state organization, as “Qardash”, an Iraqi, is from the Tal Afar district, near Mosul.
Observers say the Islamic State still has the ability to reshape its cells and work to drain its opponents, as ISIS activity increased in the first quarter of 2020 in both Iraq and Syria, so its operations in both countries reached about 360 different operations in classification, strength, style and resulting victims.
It is possible, according to the researcher concerned with jihadist groups affairs, that the Islamic State will increase its security operations through assassinations and physical liquidation in both Syria and Iraq, pointing out that the future of the security file related to ISIS is linked to various possibilities, most notably its return to be a serious and strategic threat again in The region, explaining that this is linked to «the departure of the cells of the organization from the secret work to the public, and the transition from the concentration in the rugged and rocky areas in the Syrian Badia, and the western Anbar Governorate in Iraq, in addition to the mountain ranges that extend between Diyala and Jabab The Hamrin in Nineveh and Salah Al Din, with the aim of controlling cities, is a strategic road link”.
ISIS is working to invest the margin of international differences related to various files such as the fate of the sectarian and Iranian militias in Syria and Iraq, in addition to the ability to invest in the repositioning of the coalition forces in Iraq by working to increase the freedom of movement of its cells between South-eastern Syria and western Iraq, and control of areas bordering the border between the two countries.
In addition to the organization’s control of large quantities of weapons, ammunition depots and military mechanisms deployed near the areas of its cell activity in the Homs Badia and western Anbar, this control gives it the ability to attract more elements and collect new financing resources by operating in arms smuggling networks, and the organization’s activity has increased in public advertising In cities or camps near the areas where the cells are spread, with the aim of intensifying the accession of new elements to its ranks, in addition to being able to release its members from some prisons near Syria to the Iraqi government, as well as freeing its detainees held in “SDF” prisons.
ISIS also talked about the frequent and relatively long control of economically vital facilities such as oil fields and power stations, in addition to the social components dealing with the organization as the last hope to get rid of sectarian and political marginalization and the conclusion of economic and security alliances with it under the de facto domination.
Note that the organization has been working for months to achieve these matters at a minimum, and its features increase with continuous accumulation, but it has not yet reached the level of the strategic threat, especially since the scope of its escalating activities – is still confined to specific places.