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SDF arrests three people accused of affiliating with IS east of Deir al-Zor

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Editing: Ayham Nasif |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/02/25 09:38

Deir al-Zor - SMART

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested three people, accused of affiliating with the Islamic State (IS) in the village of al-Zer of the al-Busayrah area, 33 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

The SDF is mainly comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in addition to Arab, Turkmen, and Assyrian/Syriac military factions. The SDF is supported by the United States-backed International Coalition against the IS and fought them in al-Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Aleppo, and al-Hasakah in Northeastern Syria.

On Tuesday, local sources reported to SMART that SDF forces, supported by International Coalition warplanes, stormed the village and arrested the three people, accusing them of involving in assassinations on behalf of the IS. The SDF transferred them to its bases in the al-Omar oilfield for investigation.

On Monday, the SDF arrested eight people from the al-Shuhayl area, eastern Deir al-Zor. On Feb. 11, 2020, the SDF also arrested two displaced people in the same area with International Coalition aerial support, without knowing the reason behind the arrest.

The SDF and security forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration frequently arrest people for not having proper documents of displaced people, for document forgery, for dealing with the Free Syrian Army and Turkey, or for affiliating with the IS.