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Syria’s Kurdish-led alliance sweeps Deir ez-Zor for Islamic State sleeper cells

A Syrian Democratic Forces operation dubbed "Deterring Terrorism" nets 17 Islamic State suspects in Syria's Deir ez-Zor province.

Northeast Syria’s Kurdish-led forces said they have arrested 17 Islamic State suspects in a sweeping counterterror operation launched Thursday in the country’s east.

The operation, dubbed “Deterring Terrorism,” is one of the largest the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have undertaken since capturing the final holdout of the Islamic State (IS) near the Iraq border in March 2019, according to the SDF.

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