Various tasks were assigned to the Abu Muhammad al-Homsi cell of ISIS mercenaries in al-Tabqa and al-Raqqa, in which the mercenaries targeted military forces and other individuals.
ISIS mercenaries are using new plans and tactics in the north and east of Syria through sleeper cells, as evidenced by their implementation of bombings and assassinations, after the SDF announced the elimination of mercenaries in their last stronghold in al-Baghouz of Deir ez-Zor countryside on March 23 this year.
Here, in the framework of the second phase of the SDF and the Internal Security Forces(ISF) after the defeat of ISIS mercenaries on the ground in northern and eastern Syria, which aimed at clearing the area of ISIS cells, ISF managed to arrest several ISIS mercenaries cells, the most recent of which is Abdul Rahman Ali Saleh, (Abu Mohammed al-Homsi), where his cell composed of 6 mercenaries.
In exclusive interviews by the Hawar News Agency (ANHA) with members of the cell provided by the Information Office of the Internal Security Forces, it is clear that the cell was behind 14 assassinations and bombings, targeting fighters, officials and other legal persons in the cities of al-Raqqa and al-Tabqa, including an attempt to assassinate the head of the tribal reconciliation council in al-Tabqa., the sources reveal the areas of supply of weapons and equipment used in the operations, which we will tell you in this report.
According to the prince of the cell Abdul Rahman Ali Saleh, known as Abu Mohammed al-Homsi, the cell is composed of six elements from different Syrian regions, most of whom are internally displaced (Homs, Aleppo, southern al-Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor areas of the regime’s control). Ali Saleh alias Abu Mohammed al – Homsi, and brothers Khaled Juma, Ahmed Juma, Ibrahim Ahmed al – Dakhil, Mohammed Ibrahim Sawas, and Suleiman Abdullah al-Assaf.
The cell is known by this name after its official and what is known as the cell prince Abdul Rahman Ali Saleh aka Abu Mohammed al-Homsi, born in Homs – Makhram al-Tahtani 1993, he joined Jabhat al-Nusra in 2013, to join the ranks of the Islamic State mercenaries at the end of 2014, and worked in fight on many fronts in both Palmyra and Idlib, Amir took up a security detachment in Aqirbat in the Syrian city of Homs in 2015.He also took over the governor of the fronts points in a residential area, and then moved to the city of Mayadin until the end of 2017, ending up as a cell officer in al-Raqqa, al-Tabqa and an operations monitor.
Abu Mohammed al-Homsi’s cell has been operating since August in the city of al-Tabqa after the arrival of mercenary Amir Abdul Rahman Ali Saleh alias Abu Muhammad al-Homsi from the Syrian city of Mayadin to al-Tabqa in May 2018, after the Syrian Democratic Forces liberated the city from ISIS, and then the so-called prince of the cell to activate and recruit elements of the cell, where he targeted in the recruitment of workers and displaced people with salaries estimated at US $ 200 in both al-Raqqa and al-Tabqa.
Abu Mohammed al-Homsi cell of ISIS mercenaries is considered the most active among the cells active in the city of al-Tabqa, after several operations in the city of al-Raqqa, where the cell has carried out 14 targeted attacks of the bombing and assassination since the beginning of 2019, and confessions are found behind the “planting two explosive devices Near Al-Rayyan Bakery in al-Tabqa, where a civilian car targeted a civilian, planting an explosive device at Fayez Mansour Street junction in al-Tabqa, it targeted a military vehicle and planting an explosive device at Al-Wasat Junction in al-Tabqa.
The cell also carried out several assassinations in al-Tabqa. It attempted to assassinate the head of the tribal reconciliation council in al-Tabqa Abdullah al-Madhi Abu Muhammad al-Adwani on April 24 with a silencer pistol, they targeted the municipality cleaner who lost his life, and the goal of assassinating members of the commune, targeting two members of the Syrian Democratic Forces(SDF) on the road to ” Safsafah Hamlet”, targeting elements of SDF on the road to Ayed prison, targeting a military in al-Jahez cliff.
The cell expanded its work in conjunction with the operations of al-Tabqa in the city of al-Raqqa, through the recruitment of “brothers Khaled Juma and Ahmed Juma,” and their tasks were to target vehicles with Kalashnikov weapon, and the bombing of some crossings, including: “targeting the government farm road in Tel Samen, village road, in addition to the bombing of Wadi Al-Faid Bridge through an explosive device, bombing of some shops that refuse to pay money for the cell, the detonation of an explosive device near Basil Hospital, the detonation of an explosive device next to al-Raqqa Hospital. The cell moved as a result of the pursuit to the city of class and join with the rest of the cell elements in the city.
As for the source of the weapons that were supplied to the cell, the elements of the cell show that the weapons were brought from the Syrian city of Idlib, and were supplied to the area by placing them between plants in different cars, and by hiding them in detergent containers, and distributed and hidden by the cell elements in their homes, the cell will then move as a result of the pursuit to the city of al-Tabqa and join with the rest of the cell elements in the city.
The cell was arrested by the ISF in al-Tabqa after more than 30 days of investigation, according to ISF officials in the city, without revealing the date, and after chasing the so-called cell leader, Abu Mohammed al-Homsi, who tried to escape the ambush at the eastern entrance to the city, the security forces then raided all the houses of the cell members and arrested them.