BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 A.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) kicked off an imperative operation on Friday to capture the strategic town of Hajjin in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
Led by their Deir Ezzor Military Council, the Syrian Democratic Forces stormed the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL) last positions to the south of Hajjin in a bid to finally expel the terrorist fighters from this imperative area.
The attack is currently backed by the US and French air forces, who are constantly monitoring the situation from above in the eastern part of Deir Ezzor.
No significant gains have been reported thus far.
If the Syrian Democratic Forces are successful in taking hold of Hajjin, they will force the Islamic State to abandon their integral stronghold in the Euphrates River Valley.
The Islamic State has been able to repel the first two attacks on Hajjin by the Syrian Democratic Forces this year; however, they will not likely hold it for much longer, as they are suffering heavy losses just holding the town.