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IS claims responsibility for exploding SDF bus in Deir al-Zor

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/01/17 09:13

Deir al-Zor - SMART

On Thursday night, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for exploding a bus of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the village of Abu Hardub, 71 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria. 

The IS media quoted an IS' statement as saying that the explosion destroyed the bus, killing  an SDF commander and four fighters.

The statement added that the targeted SDF commander fought the IS in Deir al-Zor then escaped after the IS gained control of the governorate. The statement noted that the commander then worked as a security member with an opposition faction at the al-Oun checkpoint, eastern Aleppo. After that, he joined an International Coalition military course before starting to fight the IS. 

Residents of the area reported that the SDF commander is a civilian whose  name is Ma’moun Nouri al-Tarak, and was killed as a result of a landmine explosion on the highway in Abu Hardub.

Earlier, the IS claimed responsibility for many assassinations and explosions, Eastern Syria. The IS exploded a car bomb targeting the Autonomous Administration's Asayish Forces in the city of al-Qamishli. The IS claimed responsibility for killing and injuring SDF fighters in Deir al-Zor and al-Hasakah.

The United States Defense Ministry stated that the IS re-emerged and resumed its operations in Northeastern Syria, as the US announced withdrawing a part of its forces from the area.