BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched the second phase of their Deir Ezzor offensive this weekend, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIS) last positions along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
Backed by US and French airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces stormed the Islamic State’s positions at their Euphrates stronghold, Hajjin, on Saturday morning.
According to the SDF’s official media wing, their troops struck the Islamic State’s positions at Hajjin in a bid to overwhelm the remaining terrorists occupying this strategic town.
The SDF added that the US-led Coalition conducted over 20 airstrikes above Hajjin, while their ground forces fired more than 50 artillery rounds on the town.
As shown in the video below, the Syrian Democratic Forces have already managed to detonate a car bomb that was going to be used by the Islamic State against their troops in eastern Deir Ezzor.
Despite superior fire power, the Syrian Democratic Forces have failed a number of times trying to capture Hajjin from the Islamic State terrorists.
For ISIS, losing Hajjin would be devastating because it is where their command wing is believed to be currently headquartered in eastern Syria.
The US-led Coalition and their Iraqi partners have already bombed Hajjin on a number of occasions in the past; however, the group continues to control this important town.