The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured more than half of the strategic town of Hajin in the middle Euphrates River Valley following heavy clashes with ISIS fighters there, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed on December 7.
The SDF confirmed that its fighters had advanced in the Euphrates Valley without giving additional details. According to the media center of the group, US-backed fighters killed 30 ISIS members and destroyed 14 fortified positions of the terrorist group.
“All the axes [fronts] are still witnessing intermittent clashes until the time of writing this report,” the SDF media center said.
From its side, the ISIS-lined news agency, Amaq, said that US-led coalition warplanes conducted more than 100 airstrikes on Hajin in the last 24 hours. 8 civilians were reportedly killed in the intense airstrikes.
The terrorist group lost more than 300 fighters while trying to launch counter-attacks against the SDF in the last 5 days. These loses may have led to a collapse in the group’s defense in Hajin. However, the deteriorating weather conditions may allow ISIS to hold onto its remaining positions in the town for the time being.