FILE PHOTO Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters © Erik de Castro / Reuters

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) scored a new advance in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor after previously repelling another Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh).

According to reports from the Deir Ezzor countryside, the Syrian Democratic Forces advanced along the Jabal Baghouz front, forcing Daesh to fall back towards the town of Baghouz Al-Fouqani.

Meanwhile, at the key town of Hajin, the Syrian Democratic Forces reportedly took control of the local hospital after a big firefight against Daesh.

Previously, social media activists claimed that the Syrian Democratic Forces captured the Hajin hospital; however, it appears that they may have been driven back.

The Syrian Democratic Forces are now working to capture the remaining parts of Hajin that are still occupied by the Islamic State terrorist organization.

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Karel Vd Geest

SDF posted movies from the top of jebel Baghuz and from inside of Hajin hospital. They are now moving into Hajin proper, having defeated a counterattack.

Seems SDF is getting better at defeating counterattacks, which is costing IS dearly. SDF aim is now to break IS morale and drive them out of the city. Will they swim the river? And join attacks on Bukamal?

I loath IS and all they stand for, but have a grudging respect for their fighting spirit.