Isis almost totally lost Hajin, his main stronghold at Deir Ezzor. The SDF of Jazeera Storm have relegated the Islamic State south of the city and maintain the lines of defense, despite the counterattacks of the jihadists
Isis has almost completely lost Hajin, his stronghold in Deir Ezzor. The SDF of Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm) have relegated the militiamen of the Islamic State only to the south of the city. They did so despite the jihadists using a dense network of tunnels to launch surprise attacks against Syrian fighters, snipers and improvised devices (IEDs) to slow down the enemy’s advance. Not to mention the civilians, used as human shields and gathered near the command centers, so that the Arab-Kurdish forces and the International Coalition could not attack them. In fact, Daesh has virtually lost its main stronghold in the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV) in less than a month since the SDF offensive was restored. In the last hours the terrorists have attempted a counterattack, but the defensive lines of Jazeera Storm are holding, even if violent clashes are taking place, especially in the southern quadrant of Hajin.
Daesh tries to recover land also in Baghuz. But the lack of leadership, coordination and motivation weighs. In fact, the militia continue to lose ground in the MERV
For Isis, the situation is also complicated in the south by Deir Ezzor. The militiamen of the Islamic State have launched a counterattack in the Baghuz area, with the aim of blocking the advance of the SDF to Harse. Even in this case, however, they failed to break the lines of defense of Jazeera Storm, despite using car-bombs (SVBIED). The troops of Jazeera Storm, in fact, responded promptly to the aggression of the jihadists Daesh and, slowly, they are rejecting it. Following this, however, both in Hajin and in Baghuz, terrorists suffered heavy losses, while those of the Arab-Kurdish forces were limited. This confirms once again that IS in the Syrian province has no longer leadership and that the members of the group fight violently but disarranged and disordered. Furthermore, their morale and motivations are very low. With the result that they continue to constantly lose ground.