The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

105th month of Coalition operations in Syria | Security campaigns leads to arrest and death of 11 members of ISIS cells and nearly 300 trucks brought in to military bases

Completing the 105th consecutive month of military operations against the “Islamic State” in Syria, the International Coalition continues sending military reinforcement to SDF-held areas, carrying out raids, arrests and various security campaigns in several areas controlled by SDF. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in turn, tracked and monitored all operations and movement of the International Coalition during the past month.

 

In the 105th month of International Coalition operations in Syria, 295 trucks and vehicles affiliated to the Coalition, carrying military and logistical supplies, crossed into Syria from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in nine batches on the 23rd, 27th, 30th and 31st of May and the 3rd, 7th, 11th, 19th, and 20th of June. The trucks headed to the Coalition’s military bases in Al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor in north-east Syria region. Here are further details:

 

  • May 23: The International Coalition forces brought a convoy comprising nearly 30 trucks carrying military and logistic equipment and fuel tanks, where the convoy entered Syria through Al-Waleed border crossing from Kurdistan-Iraq region and headed towards its base in Al-Shadady city southern of Al-Hasakah.

 

  • May 27: International Coalition Forces brought in a convoy comprising nearly 40 trucks carrying military and logistical equipment and cement blocks, where the convoy entered Syria through Al-Waleed border crossing from Kurdistan Region of Iraq and headed towards their bases in Al-Hasakah countryside, in the north and east of Syria.

 

  • May 30: International Coalition Forces brought in new military reinforcement to their bases in Al-Hasakah countryside. According to SOHR sources, a military convoy of nearly 30 trucks carrying logistical supplies and oil trucks crossed into Syria from Kurdistan Region of Iraq, via Al-Waleed crossing.

 

  • May 31: “International Coalition” forces brought a new convoy through Al-Walid crossing on borders with Kurdistan-Iraq region. The convoy comprises 25 trucks carrying “Jeep” cars, fuel tanks, closed boxes, logistic and military materials, and headed towards “International Coalition” forces in Al-Hasakah countryside.

 

  • June 3: The International Coalition brought in new military reinforcement to north and east Syria from Kurdistan Region of Iraq, via Al-Waleed border crossing. The convoy, which comprised 25 trucks carrying logistical supplies and closed boxes, headed to Coalition bases in Al-Hasakah countryside.

 

  • June 7: “International Coalition” brought in more military reinforcement towards their military bases in Al-Hasakah countryside, where a military convoy entered through Al-Waleed crossing which separates Autonomous Administration areas from Kurdistan region of Iraq. The convoy comprised 35 trucks carrying armoured vehicles and covered weapons, in addition to some vehicles and ammunition, under the protection of five American armoured vehicles. The convoy headed towards the military bases of the “International Coalition” forces in Al-Hasakah countryside.

 

  • June 11: The International Coalition brought in a military convoy of 35 trucks, including fuel trucks, carrying armoured vehicles and weapons, which headed towards the military bases of International Coalition Forces in Al-Hasakah countryside. The convoy entered Syria through Al-Waleed crossing which separates areas controlled by the Autonomous Administration from Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

 

  • June 19: “International Coalition” forces continue reinforcing their military bases in Al-Hasakah countryside, where they sent a new military convoy today, coming from Kurdistan region of Iraq through Al-Waleed border crossing. The convoy comprised 35 trucks carrying closed boxes, fuel trucks and logistic and military materials, and headed towards bases of the “International Coalition” forces in Al-Hasakah countryside.

 

  • June 20: International Coalition Forces brought in a military convoy from Kurdistan Region of Iraq through Al-Waleed board crossing. The convoy comprised 40 trucks carrying closed boxes, fuel, armoured vehicles and logistical and military equipment, and it headed towards International Coalition bases in Al-Hasakah countryside.

 

 

In the past month, SOHR activists also documented the participation of the International Coalition in eight joint security operations with SDF, namely raids and airdrops, arresting ten members of ISIS cells and killing one. These operations can be summarised as follows:

 

  • May 27: SDF-backed Special Units, backed by International Coalition aircraft, stormed the house of an oil investor in the SDF-controlled village of Abu Al-Naytal in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor, before asking him to surrender via loudspeakers. The security operation led to the arrest of the oil investor for “dealing with ISIS cells.”

 

  • May 31: Special security units affiliated to Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by International Coalition aircraft, carried out a security operation in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Al-Sharidah and Al-Allawi neighbourhoods in Al-Baghouz town, ISIS’ latest stronghold in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The security campaign, which last for four hours, led to the arrest of an individual belonging to ISIS.

 

  • June 4: SDF, backed by International Coalition Forces, arrested two ISIS members in Tuwaymeen village in the south-eastern countryside of Al-Hasakah.

 

  • June 11: SDF members carried out a security operation in Al-Hasakah countryside, supported by the International Coalition forces that executed an airdrop operation earlier today, on a house in Saham village in Tuwaimin area in south eastern Al-Hasakah countryside. According to reliable SOHR sources, a person accused of “belonging to ISIS” was killed after resisting arrest and clashing with the security forces, while another person was arrested during the operation.

 

  • June 16: SDF-backed Counter-terrorism Units, with International Coalition aerial support, have launched an anti-ISIS campaign in Al-Sabkhah village, near Al-Shaddadi town in the southern countryside of Al-Hasakah. During the campaign, two ISIS members were arrested and weapons and ammunitions in their possession were confiscated. According to SOHR sources, the two arrested members are accused of helping ISIS members to escape and providing other members with weapons and equipment required for launching surprise attacks in north and east Syria.

 

  • June 19: International Coalition Forces, backed by helicopters stormed the house of an ex-ISIS commander in Izbat Al-Tabiyah in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The ex-ISIS commander, who works currently as an arms dealer, managed to escape. It is worth noting that the targeted man’s house is located nearly one kilometer away from Koniko oil field.

 

  • June 21: special units of “SDF” and with air support by “International Coalition,” carried out a security operation in Al-Rez town in Al-Basirah city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, with the participation of 20 military vehicles, searching for “ISIS” cells. According to SOHR sources, the operation resulted in the arrest of four persons, on the charge of belonging to “ISIS” cells, in coinciding with heavy firing, where they were taken to security centres of “SDF.”

 

 

In the past month, International Coalition Forces conducted three rounds of military drills in their bases with the participation of SDF in Deir Ezzor and Al-Hasakah countryside. Here are further details:

 

  • June 8: “International Coalition” forces conducted military training using live ammunition in their military base in “Koniko” gas field in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor, where warplanes of the “International Coalition” carried out several air strikes targeted fake training targets at the vicinity of the field, in coinciding with firing artillery shells, where helicopters also participated in the training. This comes as part of the ongoing military training conducting by the “International Coalition” for its forces inside the Syrian territory. On the same context, SOHR activists reported that two days ago, “International Coalition” forces started to boost and reinforce their military base within “Koniko” gas field in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor, through digging a trench along the side of the main street that “International Coalition” forces use to move from and to the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

 

  • June 9: SOHR activists have reported hearing successive explosions in Al-Hasakah countryside, which were caused by live-fire exercises conducted by International Coalition Forces nearby their base in Rumaylan in north-eastern Al-Hasakah with the aim of raising combat readiness of their troops and get ready to deal with expected attacks.

 

  • June 15: International Coalition Forces conducted military drills with the participation of aircraft in the vicinity of Koniko gas field in north-east Deir Ezzor countryside.

 

 

Moreover, in the 104th month of Coalition operations in Syria, International Coalition Forces conducted six patrols: two in Deir Ezzor, two in Al-Hasakah and two in Al-Raqqah; they are as follows:

 

  • June 7: “International Coalition” forces conducted a military patrol to scout Al-Hasakah countryside, where the patrol comprises four Bradley tanks and an armoured vehicle along with an SDF military vehicle coming from its base in Ramilan town in Al-Hasakah countryside, and roamed in Al-Ramilan countryside before heading back to the base.

 

  • June 15: US forces conducted a patrol in the area near Al-Bareed crossing which connects areas controlled by Iranian-backed militias and regime forces and SDF-held areas near Deir Ezzor city, amid flight by International Coalition helicopters over the region, along Euphrates river.

 

  • June 15: International Coalition Forces conducted a military patrol in the SDF-controlled cities of Rumaylan and Qahtaniyah in north-eastern Al-Hasakah. The patrol, which comprised five US armoured “Bradley” vehicles escorted by an SDF military armoured vehicle, also roamed villages on the Syria-Turkey border, where the patrol’s members met with civilians and discussed the latest developments regarding the violent escalation by Turkish forces on the region and the resident’s concerns.

 

  • June 17: A US convoy roamed with SDF in Al-Raqqa city and its vicinity. The convoy comprises eight cars, and visited some security and military checkpoints and the prisons that hold ISIS members, without knowing the reasons.

 

  • June 18: A helicopter of the International Coalition flew over the line of Euphrates River in eastern Deir Ezzor countryside, coinciding with a roaming scout convoy of US forces and SDF in Al-Shahil town in eastern Deir Ezzor countryside, where the patrol headed to Euphrates River.

 

  • June 18: “International Coalition” forces conducted a military patrol comprised six tanks and a military vehicle, escorted by two helicopters, in addition to a military vehicle of SDF. The patrol toured several places in Ma’badah area within areas of Autonomous Administration in Al-Qamishly countryside north of Al-Hasakah.

 

 

Separately, SOHR sources reported that a young man was killed and another was injured on May 31 by the explosion of an oil truck in Al-Omar oil field which hosts the Coalition’s largest base in SDF-controlled areas in the eastern countryside Deir Ezzor. the victim was from Al-Kesrah town in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor.

 

While on June 11, SOHR activists reported that an American helicopter fell in Al-Shadady base the moment it set off on June 11, where the helicopter fell inside the military base and caused the injury of several US soldiers.

 

SOHR sources confirmed that the base did not experienced any attacks with rockets or airstrikes by drones when the US helicopter crashed.

 

US forces had announced the injury of 22 soldiers in a helicopter crash on Sunday, June 11, in areas where International Coalition Forces are deployed in north-east Syria.

 

 

June 2023: Another month passes and no investigation into alleged Coalition massacres

 

Despite SOHR repeated and “unheeded” appeals, International Coalition and SDF have not announced the results of interrogations with ISIS detainees and what happened to the thousands of abductees. The Syrian Observatory had previously called upon the international community to investigate reports regarding the killing of 200 ISIS operatives and their families, women, and children, in a massacre committed by the Coalition’s jets by bombing Al-Baghouz camp on March 21, 2019.

 

According to SOHR sources, 200 bodies were buried at dawn on that particular day, without information on whether the International Coalition was aware of the presence of children and women from ISIS families inside the camp or not.

 

However, all these appeals remain unanswered. Therefore, SOHR renews its calls and appeals to all relevant parties to disclose and announce the whole facts and hold accountable those responsible for the massacres and violations over the past five years, during which the Coalition was actively involved in the Syrian crisis.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while providing adequate monitoring of Coalition operations in Syria, stresses once more that it would have been possible to avoid the heavy losses of Syrian civilian lives if the International Coalition had not ignored SOHR’s calls to spare and protect civilians from its military operations, where the presence of Islamic State militants or other jihadist groups in a civilian area does not in any way justify the blank and discriminate bombardment of the area and the loss of civilian lives.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also stresses that the negative impact of Turkish military intervention on civilians could have been avoided, if US Presidents had applied enough pressure on their Turkish counterparts to stop a new humanitarian crisis, displacing thousands and killing and injuring hundreds.

 

On the other hand, we at SOHR would like to remind the world that the oil and gas resources, controlled by the International Coalition, belong only to the Syrian people. Therefore, all the concerned parties are obliged under international laws and norms to preserve these resources and ensure that they will not be stolen or seized in any way; these resources do not belong to the “regime”, “Iran” or any other party; they belong only to the people of Syria, who have been suffering the brutalities of an ongoing war for over ten years. SOHR also warns of the repercussions of exploiting these sources, seizing them, or depriving the Syrians of their rights to resources.