Syria: A series of successful attacks by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has forced the remaining ISIS fighters in Hajin to withdraw to a few positions in the southern part of the town, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Thursday.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported:
During the last 48 hours, the SDF managed to break the group’s [ISIS] defense lines inside Hajin and achieved significant advance after capturing Hajin’s hospital, two other hospitals, the bazar and other areas.
A spokesman for the SDF, Mustafa Bali, confirmed that US-backed forces have imposed its control of the center of Hajin following clashes with ISIS.
Today the SDF liberated central Hajin from Daesh [ISIS] as the fight nears its conclusion
Videos surfaced on social networking site showing flags of SDF on top of key buildings in the town.
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The fall of Hajin is a blow to the extremists. The town was their main stronghold in the last pocket of land they control in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border. IS still holds some villages nearby.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been fighting to take Hajin and the surrounding villages in Deir el-Zour province for over three months. In the past weeks, the offensive intensified with the arrival of reinforcements from northern Syria.