On December 30, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters had captured the village of Mrasm Gharbi around Hajin town on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. According to the SDF media center, SDF fighters killed 30 fighters of ISIS during their advance.
Moreover, Kurdish sources claimed that the SDF fully secured the Shaitat region north of Hajin after capturing the village of Gharanij. However, these claims are yet to be confirmed by any official source.
The US-led coalition announced in an official statement that its warplanes conducted 23 airstrikes on ISIS in Syria between December 26 and 28. The airstrikes destroyed several positions and vehicles of ISIS, according to the statement.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, announced that ISIS fighters attacked the positions of the SDF in the village of al-Kishkiyah. ISIS fighters also targeted a gathering of SDF fighters in the village of al-Bahrah with an ATGM, according to Amaq.
The SDF is currently working to besiege and capture Hajin. The town is considered the last stronghold of ISIS in the Euphrates Valley.