BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – Day three of the battle of Hajin commenced this morning with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attempting to advance deeper into the town.
According to SDF activists, their troops managed to seize half of Hajin on Wednesday after breaking through the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) lines inside the northern part of this town in Deir Ezzor’s southeastern countryside.
However, pro-Daesh media has denied these claims, stating that the Syrian Democratic Forces do not control any parts of the town, including the local hospital and mosque.
While the SDF’s capture of half the town cannot be corroborated at this point, it does appear that they have seized several points inside of Hajin.
Some SDF activists have released photos of the captured areas in Hajin to corroborate their recent claims; however, no one has posted images of the U.S.-backed troops in the town-center.
One thing that is for sure at this stage of the battle is the casualties are mounting for both parties, as dozens of fighters on both sides have been reported dead and wounded.
For Daesh, losing Hajin would be devastating as they have already conceded all of their major cities (Mosul, Raqqa, Mayadeen, Albukamal, Deir Ezzor, Qa’im, et al.) to the SDF, Syrian Army, Iraqi Army, Turkish-backed rebels, and Peshmerga forces.