On December 29, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) withdrew from several positions around the last stronghold of ISIS on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, Hajin town, following a counter attack of ISIS, according to local sources.
The SDF had captured several positions inside and around Hajin town in a rapid attack on December 28. However, it appears that ISIS withdrew from these positions was an ambush.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported that a VBIED of ISIS targeted a position of the SDF around Hajin on December 28. Two SDF fighters were killed in the VBIED attack. ISIS fighters were also able to capture a bulldozer from the US-backed forces.
Amaq also reported that ISIS fighters destroyed a bulldozer and a Humvee of the SDF with ATGMs around Hajin on December 29. Moreover, ISIS fighters targeted a group of SDF fighters in the outskirt of Hajin with an ATGM, killing or injuring all of them.
The SDF will likely launch another attack on ISIS around Hajin in the upcoming hours. However, the SDF mission might be harder than what the US-backed force had expected.