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SDF capture Hajin, the last ISIS held town in eastern Syria

Syria

After making significant progress over the past week, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the town of Hajin from ISIS.

Reports coming out of eastern Syria last week have asserted that ISIS is on its last legs in the region as its most prominent remaining urban stronghold, Hajin, was captured by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The SDF make an advance and took control of the market of Hajin town and the Albu Khater region as beleaguered ISIS militants began to retreat from their positions.

The terrorist group is using its remaining manpower and equipment to delay their inevitable defeat as it recently denoted a number of car bombs as a last resort tactic.

Estimates since September point to a death tally of 905 among ISIS ranks following incessant military clashes with the SDF and aerial bombing campaigns implemented by the International Coalition.

Local sources claim that SDF fighters were able to evacuate more than 600 civilians from the town of Hajin and other areas around ISIS’ last pocket in the eastern Euphrates and moved them to safe areas. With this batch of civilians coming out of the ISIS-controlled areas, the number of those freed within the past week has risen to about 17,000 civilians, most of whom are women and children.

The Hajin pocket in which ISIS militants are currently besieged also border SAA-controlled territories to the west. Fighting between ISIS and the SAA has also been reported in recent developments as ISIS have allegedly targeted numerous areas SAA-held Albu Kamal with mortars, but no casualties were reported. The SAA retaliated, shelling Baghuz Fawqani, Sousah and Sha’fah.

The campaign to eliminate ISIS in the eastern Deir ez-Zour Province of Syria by the SDF began over a year ago after the monumental liberation of Raqqa, the former de facto capital of ISIS in Syria. The liberation of lands held by ISIS in Deir ez-Zour will represent the final blow to the terrorist group in the country.