The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Women’s Council in al-Busayrah, in the eastern Deir-ez Zor countryside, has temporarily suspended its activities. The Council received threats from ISIS that its building would be bombed, and everyone inside it killed if the council continued to operate.
Our correspondent quoted local sources as revealing that an ISIS operative had contacted a member of the Women’s Council of the Autonomous Administration in the city. The operative had ordered the Women’s Council to close the building completely, allowing them three days to carry out his request.
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The organization accused all Women’s Council employees of “apostasy” due to their cooperation with SDF and the international coalition.
The group’s recent threats to all Autonomous Administration and SDF forces form part of ISIS’ policy of intimidation across the cities and towns of rural Deir-ez-Zor. The policy aims to ensure the safety of ISIS members from being exposed to the local community.
ISIS sleeper cells based in the Deir-ez-Zor countryside — which is controlled by SDF forces — have occasionally threatened council workers and local Autonomous Administration agencies in the area.
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