@thomasjoscelyn, @billroggio, in re: In Hajin, in Eastern Syria: heavy conflict is broadcast in real time by Amaq News Agency; we can see their digital broadcast to the planet about the fighting. Hajin is one of the last strongholds of ISIS.

Dec 11, 2018, 04:41 AM

Photo: 2018 Hajin Offensive. Map showing the SDF operation against the Hajin - Euphrates river ISIS pocket. Heavily influenced by Gargari (https://twitter.com/Gargaristan)

Yellow Controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces.   Gray Controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.   Pink Controlled by the Syrian Arab Republic

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Tom Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; & Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal; and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD; in re: Eastern Syria: heavy conflict, broadcast by Amaq News Agency; we can see their digital broadcast to the planet about the fighting. From one of the last strongholds of ISIS. US-backed forces battle Islamic State for control of Hajin, Syria The YPG has been fighting, more or less, with the US and its allies. Have sometimes had to depart to protect themselves from Turkey. IS keeps proving th IS use Telegram for pix, audio files, multiple msgs. Telegram has tried to wipe out the ISIS channels; as the channels went down, they immediately popped back up. ISI exaggerates and sometimes lies, but most of what it puts out matches with independent sources.


A Taliban video eulogy for Jalaluddin Haqqani includes praise from three jihadists based in the UK or Syria: Hani al-Sibai, Dr. Abdullah al-Muhaysini, and Sheikh Muslih al-Ulyani. Sibai is a well-known, pro-al Qaeda ideologue living in the UK. Muhaysini is a US-designated terrorist. Both Muhaysini and Ulyani operate in Syria. . . . 

IS is advertising its alliance with these. Haqqani had, and the Network still does have, very strong links to the Pakistani ISI. Haqqani was absolutely involved in killing seven CIA agents. Haqqani are probably the most important [member of? allies with?] the Taliban.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2018/12/us-backed-forces-battle-islamic-state-for-control-of-hajin-syria.php US-backed forces battle Islamic State for control of Hajin, Syria; December 10, 2018 | tjoscelyn@gmail.com | @thomasjoscelyn

Fighters in the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue to battle against the Islamic State in and around Hajin, a town in eastern Syria that has become a hub for the jihadists. The fighting has been intense, with civilian facilities coming in the crosshairs. On Dec. 7, the so-called caliphate’s media team claimed that an “international coalition airplane bombed the Hajin city hospital” in the countryside of Deir Ezzor. The US-led coalition, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), has responded with a video purportedly showing an Islamic State member firing at targets from inside the hospital.

The Islamic State (ISIS) “used the Hajin Hospital as a platform to engage CJTF-OIR partner forces on Dec. 9” and therefore “caused the hospital to lose its protected status afforded by the Law of Armed Conflict,” the US-led coalition said in a statement. “ISIS has no regard for human life. As we close in on them, they are getting more and more desperate and are hiding behind the safety of mosques, hospitals, and other protected sites,” Maj. Gen. Patrick Roberson, the Commanding General of Special Operations JTF-OIR, was quoted as saying. It is not clear why the Islamic State reported that the hospital was struck on Dec. 7, whereas CJTF-OIR says the incident occurred two days later. The current battle in and around Hajin began in late November, when the jihadists mounted a massive assault against . . .