An opposition activist and a war monitor say US-backed Syrian fighters have broken through the defences of the last area in the country controlled by the terror group Isis, AP reported on December 6th.
Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-majority amalgamation of armed rebels that includes Syrian Arabs, have been trying to take the town of Hajin and nearby villages in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor since September 10th with little luck.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on December 7th that SDF fighters had entered Hajin and now control parts of it. Omar Abou Leila, who monitors the war in Deir ez-Zor from Europe, confirmed SDF fighters had broken through the defences of Hajin. The Observatory says that since the fighting began nearly three months ago, 1,616 people have been killed, including 827 Isis and 481 SDF fighters and 308 civilians.