ISIS cells have killed and injured 13 fighters of the US-Backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Hajin in the Middle Euphrates River Valley in an attack marking its return to the strategic city that was cleared last year.
The terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, said that a truck transporting several SDF fighters was successfully targeted with an improvised-explosive device (IED) while it was moving in the vicinity of Hajin.
“As a result, 7 apostates who were aboard it [the truck] were killed and 6 others were injured, Praise be to god,” a statement by Amaq, released on April 20, reads.
Hajin, which controls several key roads in the Euphrates Valley, was liberated from ISIS in December of 2018. Back then, the US-led coalition and the SDF allowed hundreds of ISIS fighters to withdraw from the city.
The new attack indicates that the ISIS cells are still active in Hajin, despite multiple security operations by the US-led coalition. The upcoming few months may witness more, and even bigger, attacks by the terrorist group in this area.