The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the US-led coalition, have liberated the strategic town of Hajin in the middle Euphrates River Valley following an intense battle with ISIS, several local sources told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on December 14.
“The liberation [of Hajin] forced the group [ISIS] to withdraw to the farms surrounding the town and the residential areas near Hajin,” the SOHR quoted local sources as saying.
The SDF media center confirmed earlier that US-backed forces had advanced inside Hajin after foiling a new counter-attack by ISIS. However, the group is yet to confirm that the town has been fully liberated.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq said that the clashes are still ongoing inside Hajin. According to source, the terrorist group’s fighters attacked three gatherings of SDF troops with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) in the town killing ten and injuring many others.
If confirmed, the liberation of Hajin will be a huge blow to ISIS because the town is considered the last stronghold of the terrorist organization in Syria.