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Hajin is located in Syria
Coordinates: 34°41′22″N 40°49′51″E / 34.68944°N 40.83083°E / 34.68944; 40.83083
Country  Syria
Governorate Deir ez-Zor Governorate
District Abu Kamal District
Nahiyah Hajin
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 37,935
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Hajin (Arabic: هجين‎, also spelled Hajeen) is a small city in eastern Syria, administratively part of the Deir ez-Zor Governorate, located along the Euphrates River, south of Deir ez-Zor. Nearby localities include al-Abbas to the west, al-Ramadi to the south and Gharanij to the north. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Hajin had a population of 37,935 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center of a nahiyah ("subdistrict") of the Abu Kamal District. The Hajin subdistrict consists of four towns which had a collective population of 97,970 in 2004.[1]

Syrian Civil War

During the Syrian Civil War, the city was under the occupation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In late November 2017, Hajin became ISIL's de facto capital city, after ISIL had lost Raqqa, Mayadin, Al-Qa'im, and Abu Kamal.[2] On December 28, 2017 the Syrian Democratic Forces reached the city of Hajin and began a campaign to remove ISIL.[3][4] This action was a part of the SDF's Operation Cizire Storm. In March 2018, the SDF paused the campaign against Hajin in order to defend Afrin from the invading Turkish Army, but the operation resumed by May 2018.[5] In 2018, Iraqi intelligence and some experts believed that ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hiding in Hajin, due to the concentration of ISIL forces and leadership in the city, even though there has not yet been any direct evidence that al-Baghdadi himself was present there.[2] On July 13, 2018, the SDF launched an offensive to take Hajin.[6] One news report estimated that around 4,000 ISIL fighters were defending the city.[7]

Hajin is the administrative center of Nahiya Hajin of the Abu Kamal District