BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 P.M.) – Assassins belonging to an underground movement of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in ISIS-occupied Deir Ezzor Governorate have reportedly killed eight Islamic State members, some of which held important leadership positions.
The assassination operation is said to have been carried in the town of al-Bukamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border.
According to rebel media sources, fighters of an FSA-linked ghost force that operates in Deir Ezzor) carried out an attack on a gathering of ISIS members in al-Bukumal’s local association quarters killing Islamic State officials and security personnel to the effect of eight men; it is also said that two Toyota pickups belonging to ISIS were “burned” during the raid.
Among the ISIS officials said to killed in the raid are:
- Ismail al-Rawi Abu Maryam (Iraqi emir of telephone services);
- Tunisian national Omar Abu al-Farouk (a manager for finance, communications, municipal affairs and electricity);
- Khalil al-Awda Abu Sidra (financial official for telephone services); and
- Egyptian national Mahmoud Mawafi Abu Rukaya (an official of electricity services).
Al-Masdar News has no way of clarifying these claims by rebel media, however, it is worth noting that FSA-linked underground fighters are known to operate in ISIS-occupied territory in eastern Syria (although their effectiveness is subject to debate), being part of the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance group.