The US-led coalition’s strategy to keep an ISIS safe haven in Syria’s Euhprates Valley in order to justify its military presence in the war-torn country has appeared to have some “unexpected” consequences.
ISIS units operating in the Hajin pocket have re-groupped, received fresh supples and kicked off a large-scale advance on positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A lack of US-led coalition airstrikes on ISIS targets in the area has also played own role.
Since the last weekend, ISIS terrorists have re-entered the villages of Susah, Hawi Susah, Mozan, Shajlah and Baghuz Foqani almost reaching the border with Iraq. According to various sources, the SDF has lost up to 80 fighters and over 10 pieces of military equipment in these clashes. The SDF media wing denies these claims alleging that only about 14 of its members were killed and no positions were lost. However, photos released by ISIS’ Amaq news agency show that the SDF’s version of the events does not include all details.