The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly dispatched a special security team to Syria with the aim to address the security and military unrest in the group-held areas.
The world-terror organization has recently suffered a series of setbacks and defeats in Tal Brak and Tal Hamees to the northeast of Al-Hasakah, and most recently Tal Abyad along the Turkish borders.
In June 16, ISIS lost Tal Abyad to the Kurdish forces known as (YPG), backed by smaller rebel groups and the US-led coalition airstrikes, posing a serious threat to the group’s de facto capital of Al-Raqqa.
Immediately, a number of field commanders were sent off and replaced with new leaders who have been active in Iraq for a while (some of them are Syrians). Most of the discharged commanders fought for the defunct Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other rebel factions. Three commanders who formerly worked under Jabhet al-Nusra were also executed.
Concerns have escalated among ISIS senior leaders after U.S Special Forces made a failed attempt to touch down on Al-Shadadi (nearly 60 km south of Al-Hasakah).
Earlier in May 15, US special operation forces have killed a senior ISIS commander, Abu Sayyaf, in an overnight raid in Al-Omar oil field eastern Syria.