According to a military source, Hajin, in the eastern Deir ez-Zour Province of Syria, was retaken by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Arab, Kurdish and Syriac fighters.
Daesh has reportedly been driven out of their last remaining stronghold in Syria.
According to a military source, Hajin, in the country’s eastern Deir Az Zor province, was retaken by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Arab, Assyrian and Kurdish fighters.
“After a week of heavy fighting and air strikes,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “The SDF were able to kick IS out of Hajin”.
News of the victory has emerged after an extensive period of unrest for the people of Hajin. The SDF has been conducting its campaign to defeat Daesh since September 10, the offensive only intensifying in the last few weeks thanks to the arrival of reinforcements from northern Syria.
Prior to that, Daesh fighters had been disguising themselves as civilians within the population. Despite their military weaknesses, these methods allowed them to repel the coalition with roadside bombs and other guerrilla tactics.
Fortunately, the resilience of the people of Hajin endured, ensuring the Daesh sleeper cells embedded within their town could not prosper in the face of the encroaching SDF response.
The reports of the Daesh defeat have come at no small cost. Pockets of IS fighters are still holed up on the outskirts of Hajin—which they took control of in 2014—while there are more than 255,000 internally displaced people from Deir Az Zor living in the surrounding area.
These people, of course, are the latest victims of Daesh’s litany of ills inflicted on the country of Syria.
However, their preservation in light of Daesh’s defeat only serves to cast the failings of the terror group in stark relief.
They sought domination through the corruption of faith, but the people of Syria refused to be cowed.