Conflict

Fighting ongoing in eastern Syria as SDF make gains against ISIS in Hajin

Syria

The fighting between ISIS and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria's Hajin is ongoing, with the SDF making many gains against the militant organisation.

In the past three days, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have made several gains against ISIS in Syria’s eastern city of Hajin in Deir ez-Zour Province.

As part of the last stage of the Jazira Storm Operation, which was launched in September 2017, the SDF has continued to advance towards many ISIS positions in Hajin, resulting in heavy clashes with the militant group.

According to reports, earlier this week ISIS attempted to attack an SDF military post using VBIEDs and armoured vehicles manned with heavy machine guns, only to be thwarted by the SDF forces who were able to kill dozens of ISIS militants.

Following this attack, the US-led International Coalition conducted several air raids on ISIS positions, destroying their artillery and fortifications, and killing at least 20 militants.

According to an SDF report, during this attack, the SDF was able to move 1km into ISIS territory, securing over 18 military outposts.

Following this attack, ISIS attempted to regain its losses by launching another attack on the SDF posts, only to be defeated once again. During this attack, the SDF announced that it was able to progress three more kilometres into ISIS-controlled territory, securing 61 military posts and freeing over 1,000 civilians, mostly women and children from ISIS control.

According to the final SDF estimate, the two attacks combined were successful in killing at least 228 ISIS militants and destroying dozens of armoured vehicles, and heavy machine guns.

The latest operations launched by the SDF are an attempt to retake the areas that were lost to militant group in October as a result of a large ISIS attack on SDF positions.

The city of Hajin is considered the last considerable ISIS pocket across both Iraq and Syria. ISIS’ defeat in Hajin would be considered a huge defeat to the militant group’s propaganda machine.