U.S.-backed Syrian forces close to seizing town from Islamic State: spokeswoman

DUW6OGLMFNAMXGI42OS6KTY2PESource: Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

Hajin is the last big town Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The SDF, spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, has battled to eliminate the jihadists there for several months.

“Military operations are ongoing to fully end Daesh … our forces are advancing in fierce battles,” Lilwa al-Abdallah, spokeswoman for the offensive in eastern Deir al-Zor province, said using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

“Soon, we will celebrate the full liberation of Hajin from the hands of the mercenaries.”

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