Sweeping SDF and Coalition raids drive fall in ISIS sleeper-cell attacks

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Material damage to the Mala Jin (Women's House) in Deir-ez-Zor caused during an ISIS sleeper-cell attack Sleeper-cell attacks fall 46% in North and East Syria as SDF conducts week of raids arresting 110 ISIS suspectsAssassinations nonetheless increase…

Wave of arson attacks add to growing sleeper-cell threat in North and East Syria

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In May, both joint SDF and Coalition raids and sleeper-cell raids increased.  Raids increased 86% (22 up to 41), even before the start of June’s massive anti-ISIS operation in Deir-ez-Zor. Total attacks increased 110% (40 up to 84),…

Report: ISIS assassinations rise as Turkish-backed sleeper-cell groups launch new attacks

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Turkish-controlled faction Ahrar al-Sharqiya claimed sleeper cell attacks in North and East Syria for the first time this month April saw a 16% decrease in ISIS sleeper-cell attacks (48 to 40), whereas joint SDF and Coalition raids increased…

Report: anti-ISIS arrests and raids drop as tensions over COVID-19 rise

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Arrests of ISIS members in North and East Syria dropped to almost nothing in March, despite continued attacks March saw decreases across the board - in terms of attacks, raids, deaths and arrests - suggesting COVID-19 has distracted SDF…
ISIS sleeper cell arrested in Manbij

Report: One year on from ISIS’ defeat, sleeper-cell attacks remain a deadly threat

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It’s been a year since ISIS’ final territorial defeat by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and International Coalition in Baghouz on 23 March. But a comparison of the year-on-year data shows ISIS remain as potent a threat as ever,…

Database: January 2020 sleeper-cell attacks and raids

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Key Facts: Despite attack rates having decreased 40% since December (84, 50), ISIS and other sleeper-cell groups claimed 32 deaths - an increase of 78% compared to December.Increased targeting of Mukhtars (village elders) and council…

Report: 2019 review of sleeper cell attacks and anti-ISIS raids in North and East Syria

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Key findings • The months leading up to September saw a steady month-on-month decrease in ISIS sleeper cell attacks, and an increase in SDF anti-ISIS raids. Following the Turkish invasion in October, the number of attacks has consistently…

Database: November sleeper-cell attacks and raids

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ISIS sleeper-cell attacks rise by 63% following Turkish invasion, November figures confirm: Key Facts: Following the Turkish invasion, sleeper-cell attacks have risen 63%, with 83 documented attacks in November compared to 51 in September…

Turkish invasion provokes 48% rise in ISIS sleeper cell attacks

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New research by Rojava Information Center finds: Turkish invasion of North and East Syria provokes 48% rise in ISIS sleeper cell attacks Swift rise in attacks reverses ongoing decrease in sleeper cell attacks previously achieved…

SDF and Coalition conduct 347 anti-ISIS raids and 476 arrests in 2019, 75% decrease since Turkish invasion

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YPG and Asayish special forces captured hundreds of sleeper cell members, in addition to thousands of ISIS members captured on the battlefield or in surrender ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported killed in a US raid near the Turkish…