BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:05 A.M.) – Syrian Coalition-led forces are currently engaged in two major battles against Islamic State terrorists along the eastern shore of the Euphrates, the clashes relating to these engagements have been going on almost non-stop for weeks now and losses on both sides are rising.
US-backed forces operating in the east Syrian province of Deir Ezzor find themselves currently bogged down in battles to control two large ISIS-controlled fortress towns, Abu Hammam and Haijin.
The battle for Abu Hammam has, technically, been going on for almost three weeks now.
Syrian pro-Coalition forces (represented by both Arab and Kurdish units) have attempted to enter the town on two separate occasions, being repelled both times despite having virtually encircled it at this time. Securing Abu Hammam will give US-backed troops full control over the Shaitat tribal region.
Further south, Coalition-led militias have been attempting to eject Islamic State terrorists from the town of Haijin – which commands the roads to other major towns on the east Euphrates bank such as Abu Hasan and Ash-Sha’fah – for almost a week now.
Their initial push saw US-backed Arab and Kurdish forces capture nearly half of Haijin before an ISIS counter-attack drove them back to the town’s north outskirts. Clashes are ongoing.