Report: ISIS sleeper cells are now a threat in eastern Syria, and regional states may exploit them

A new analysis by Wladimir Van Wilgenburg at The Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis examines the threat of ISIS sleeper cells in the wake of the defeat of ISIS in Baghuz. Regional states that oppose the role of the SDF and its US partners may also exploit them.

A link to the report.


And he writes; The sleeper cell attacks increased, after US president Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would withdraw its troops in December. “The sleeper cells became more active in Manbij, Shadadi, and Raqqa,” Layla Mohammed, the co-head of the Raqqa Civil Council said in an interview.

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