BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – ISIS terrorists have found themselves encircled within a key region of the east Syrian province of Deir Ezzor amid recent advances by pro-Coalition militias.
According to both opposition and pro-Kurdish sources, on Friday, US-backed forces captured four towns and villages north of the Islamic State stronghold of Haijan on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River.
The capture of these villages was part of an advance towards the government-held city of Abu Kamal that bypassed ISIS defenses within the Shaitat tribal region which has witnessed some of the most brutal fighting between Coalition-led forces and the terrorist group within Deir Ezzor province.
The advance around Haijan by US-backed Arab and Kurdish militias has, technically, served to encircle Islamic State terrorists within the Shaitat tribal region.
Despite the gains made near Haijan, pro-Coalition fighters have yet to actually fully capture the town as ISIS has committed to defending it and still remains in control of some districts.