This picture shows US army vehicles supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in Hajin, in the Deir al-Zor province, eastern Syria, on December 15, 2018. AFP / Delil SOULEIMAN
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Burnt-out cars, craters and collapsed buildings dot the side of a road in the Syrian village of Hajin, after U.S.-backed forces expelled Daesh (ISIS).The yellow flag of the Syrian Democratic Forces flew above one building, after the Kurdish-led fighters seized the village from Daesh militants Friday.Since the start of the operation on Sept. 10, at least 930 militants and more than 540 SDF fighters have been killed, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group said.In Syria, Daesh fighters are holding out in what remains of the pocket that once included Hajin, including the villages of Al-Shaafa and Sousa.According to the observatory, a total of 17,000 SDF fighters are involved in the fight to seize the eastern pocket, compared to around 2,000 militants.
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