RIC releases November sleeper cell report

November Sleeper Cell Report

The Rojava Information Center (RIC) published its November sleeper cell report. The report said that "ISIS sleeper cells launched 11 confirmed attacks in Northern and Eastern Syria, killing 4 SDF and Asayish personnel and injuring 5, and injuring 7 civilians."

The report added that "Due to the volatile situation in Deir ez-Zor, with Iranian-backed militias close to the Government of Syria increasingly active, some attacks that occurred on SDF posts in that region were not confirmed as either an ISIS sleeper cell attack or an attack by a local armed group. For this reason, the actual quantity of ISIS sleeper cell attacks may have been higher. With this continued violence in Deir ez-Zor – which began in earnest in September – ISIS is able to operate with an added layer of security distractions for the SDF."

The key points of the report are as follows:

- 11 confirmed ISIS sleeper cell attacks across NES in November, a decrease from October’s 17

- 4 military personnel killed and 5 injured, 7 civilians injured in these attacks

- 10 raids conducted on ISIS sleeper cells, resulting in 17 arrests and 1 ISIS official killed

- Cryptocurrency exchange company Binance faces penalties over ISIS financing

- Wives of detained ISIS fighters hold protest in al-Hol camp

- After clashes between Iran-backed proxy forces and the U.S. military, SDF Commander in Chief Mazloum Abdi states that such tensions benefit ISIS

- Australian court rules against further mandatory repatriation of its citizens from NES’ camps