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ISIL Emir Turns Into Main Trader by SDF in Raqqa

TEHRAN A pro-militant media outlet accused the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of cooperation with ISIL commanders in North-Eastern Syria, saying that the Kurdish-majority militia group has helped an ISIL emir to become a major trader in Raqqa province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that ISIL's most notorious commander in Raqqa has turned into the most influential trader in the province and in charge of development projects in Raqqa.

The SOHR noted that the ISIL emir has secured release of ISIL's jailed commanders to join him in carrying out reconstruction projects.

It noted that the ISIL emir had participated in attacking Ain al-Arab (Kobani) region, plundering of public properties and stealing over 200,000 tons of equipment from buildings destroyed in military operations by the US and its allied militants in Raqqa.

The SOHR said that the ISIL emir currently owns a large number of farms in al-Salehieh region.

It also said people have been enraged to see ISIL commanders and terrorists join the SDF in Eastern Euphrates, and have started protests against large-scale corruption in the region.

In a relevant development in December, the SDF forwarded several aid convoys to the ISIL terrorists' bases in the town of al-Sha'afah in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

The sources reported that a number of SDF vehicles, carrying foodstuff, were sent to al-Sha'afah via al-Alalouni passageway in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

The sources pointed to a possible agreement between the SDF and the ISIL over sending the convoy in return for receiving a hefty amount of money by the Washington-backed militia.

In November, the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumah news website quoted Ahamd al-Sahrifi, an Iraqi security expert, as disclosing that the US intended to heliborne ISIL terrorists from Syria-Iraq border to regions behind Iraqi forces' positions near border with Syria.

It further said that the US plan to heliborne ISIL to Iraq came after the Iraqi forces deployed at border with Syria and close off any infiltration by terrorists into Iraq.

Al-Sharifi further said that ISIL has not only been supported financially and militarily in the battlefield but also received logistic and diplomatic backup in regional and international arenas.

Source: Fars News Agency