Veterans Today’s Damascus bureau received the above document yesterday after Kurdish forces overran the ISIS defenses in the city of Deir Ezzor on the Euphrates River. This operation has flanked ISIS military headquarters in Raqaa and isolated it from supplies and reinforcements from Mosul and ISIS centers in Anbar Province, Iraq.
On May 6, 2015, the US Delta Team raided Deir Ezzor. The US claimed it killed an ISIS oil official and captured his wife will killing up to two dozen ISIS fighters. There are no confirmations of an attack of this nature by US forces inside Syria.
The operation that secured Deir Ezzor on June 14, 2016 was commanded by a good friend, Sheikh Muhana Al Fayadh who commands one of Syria’s largest tribal militias. Jim Hanke (Col. USA SF) and I had dinner with the Sheikh in late November 2014 in Damascus.
The document captured by Sheikh Muhana al Fayadh’s fighters outline the direct relationship between ISIS or Caliphate governors and military commanders and their counterparts with Turkish intelligence. Translation as follows
In the name of God
Islamic state Al Raqaa Province
No 104 Friday
To Abu hamzeh the governor of Raqaa
We notify you that Abou Baraa Al Sahrawi has asked for surveillance equipment from Turkey.
The Turks refused to give him the equipment without the official approval of the Raqaa Governor (for ISIS)
Signed by the governor of northern province (ISIS)
Abou Baraa al Sahrawi is a British born Muslim extremist, trained in Israel according to Jordanian sources. He is currently serving as ISIS military commander in Raqaa.
Other documents captured outline a plan to assassinate President Bashar al Assad. This document outlines an agreement from March 2015 between Israeli intelligence and Turkey. Turkey agrees to provide personnel for the assassination team and Israel is to supply equipment and training for the team.