BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:05 A.M.) – US-backed forces (of which Kurdish units represent a core component) have made serious advances in the last 24 hours amid an ongoing offensive operation to capture all remaining ISIS-held towns and villages along the eastern shore of the Euphrates River and reach the Syrian-Iraqi border near the strategic city of Abu Kamal.
On the night of Thursday to Friday, Coalition-led forces reached the Euphrates river near the village of Al-Bahra in a move aimed at trapping ISIS terrorists within the heavily contested Shaitat tribal region.
Further south again, US-backed fighters reached and entered into the town of Haijan, about 25 kilometers from the government-controlled Syrian-Iraqi border city of Abu Kamal.
It is at this town that a major battle is now developing.
So far pro-Coalition militias have managed to seized some areas inside and around Haijan but are, in any case, still yet to fully eject Islamic State terrorists from the town.