ISIS activity has surged across northeastern Syria in recent weeks, building on a rising crescendo of attacks in August that had already reversed previous months of declining violence. Cells belonging to the radical group have launched waves of armed attacks and IED strikes across Raqqa, Hasakah, Deir Ezzor and Hama provinces, claiming dozens of lives from among both Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and regime units. Both have responded with arrest raids and targeted military operations against ISIS in the Badia, resulting in pitched battles with the group that have caused dozens of additional deaths among SDF and regime troops. ISIS has intensified its campaign of violence, intimidation and fear against the civilian population in northeastern Syria, issuing individual death threats and blanket public warnings through leaflets to civilians cautioning them against collaboration with the SDF. In addition to the worsening security situation, a serious cholera outbreak has erupted across the region, with potentially thousands of cases and at least 36 deaths so far.
Attached Map: Military Situation in North-East Syria – 4th October 2022