On December 8, ISIS fighters targeted three gatherings of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) troops around the town of Hajin in the middle Euphrates River Valley with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). According to the terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, 15 US-backed fighters were killed and injured as a result of the attacks.
Later, Amaq reported that a military vehicle of the SDF was completely destroyed north of Hajin by ISIS fighters, also with an ATGM.
This extensive use of ATGMs by ISIS fighters indicates that the terrorist group is desperately trying to hold onto its remaining positions inside Hajin, which is under a large-scale attack by the SDF. More than 70% of the town is currently under the control of the US-backed group, according to a recent report of the Syrian Observatory for Humans rights (SOHR).
The US-led coalition, which is backing the attack on Hajin, has stepped up its aerial operations over the town in the last 48 hours. The town’s biggest hospital was reportedly destroyed a day earlier in the bombardment. Eleven civilians were also killed.
Despite ISIS’ effective resistance, the SDF will likely impose its control of the strategic town within few days, if not hours.