Syrian War Daily – 23rd of November 2017

Hello and welcome to the 254th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Syrian Arab Army reportedly captured Al-Rashadiyah from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, southwest of Khanaser. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Ibaa News Agency claimed recapture of Hijara, north of Al-Rashadiyah, after it was supposedly captured by the SAA today.

Raqqa:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices killed two civilians in the city of Raqqa. The incidents occurred in Al-Rumaila and Nazlah Shehadeh neighborhoods.

Idlib:

Improvised explosive device planted by unknown individuals exploded as the group of civilians was passing by, near the town of Atma. The explosion injured three children and a woman, who were transferred to a hospital in the vicinity.

Russian Air Force carried out four raids on the headquarters of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza in Khan Shaykhun. The air raids caused material damage and reportedly injured a civilian.

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s elements in the “Blue Lab” area near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. The bike’s explosion killed one and wounded another Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s fighter.

Hama:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham backed by the Turkistan Islamic Party, repelled Syrian Arab Army’s attack on Al-Mustahira village, in the northeastern Hama. HTS and TIP destroyed two SAA‘s tanks in the failed attack.

Islamic State captured Jannat al-Sawarna village from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Ahrar al-Sham’s snipers reportedly killed three Syrian Arab Army’s soldiers on the outskirts of Harbinafsah. SAA reportedly tried to infiltrate AAS’ checkpoint north of Harbinafsha, which led to clashes between the two.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Arab Army captured Al-Quaraya from the Islamic State, southeast of Al-Mayadeen. Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported destruction of SAA‘s tank with an anti-tank guided missile in the village of Subaykhan.

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed a civilian in the Syrian Democratic Forces-held Al-Shuhail village, east of Deir al-Zour. The incident occurred in Al-Salah school, after SDF reportedly only allowed the relatives of its fighters to enter the village at their own risk. Another Islamic State’s improvised explosive device reportedly killed a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Deir al-Zour Military Council and wounded a commander in the group. The explosion occurred when the SDF‘s commander, Abu al-Jawad al-Shuaiti tried to interact with the improvised explosive device, in the village of Jaea.

Situation in the eastern Deir al-Zour. Source: Emmanuel

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army targeted Faylaq al-Rahman’s tunnel in the Jobar neighborhood, resulting in its collapse and injury of 20 FAR‘s fighters. The injured fighters were transferred to a medical point in the nearby Ain Terma.

Syrian Arab Air Force conducted more than 50 air raids over several rebel-held localities in the East Ghouta. The air raids targeted Douma, Hammouriyah, Hazeh, Kafr Batna, Ain Terma, Arbeen, Harasta, and Zamalka. Casualties from these raids were reported at six killed civilians and a dozen wounded. Syrian Arab Army launched 11 surface-to-surface missiles on Jisreen, reportedly killing one person.

Rebel forces shelled several areas of the city of Damascus and its surroundings, killing one civilian and wounding another one. Three mortar shells over Al-Duwaiyelah wounded a civilian, who died of his injuries. The shelling of Jaramana with four mortar shells wounded a civilian. The rebel shelling also targeted Al-Adawi, Al-Urwar, Al-Qassa, Dahiyat al-Assad, and Bab Touma neighborhoods, Al-Sitt garage, and the vicinity of Al-Baitra roundabout.

The local council of Zamalka issued a statement accusing the Syrian Arab Army for the yesterday’s food poisoning which killed three and affected 24 civilians in the locality. According to the local council, due to the siege of the East Ghouta, basic materials are scarce and expensive, forcing civilians to buy items unfit for human consumption, such as the salt, which caused yesterday’s food poisoning. Zamalka’s council called for the United Nations and the Security Council to intervene and lift the siege of the East Ghouta.

Syrian Arab Army reopened checkpoint in Babila-Sayidi Miqdad area, allowing the food to enter the locality. The checkpoint was closed for around 10 days, and was reopened after the talks with the reconciliation committees in Babila.

Syrian Arab Army captured the southern part of Beit Teemah after capturing the nearby hills Halef Shor and Teen from the rebel Jabal al-Sheikh operations room. Rebel “Daraa Martyrs Documentation Office” reported death of a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s fighter from Daraa, due to clashes with the Syrian Arab Army at the outskirts of Beit Jinn.

Syrian Arab Army honored the former commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Liwa al-Awal in Barzeh, Muawiya al-Beqai (Abu Bahr). Abu Barh was one of the FSA fighters to accept the reconciliation in Barzeh and join the SAA‘s Qalamoun Shield forces. Abu Bahr received a “shield of honor” award and 800,000 Syrian pounds (1550 dollars) for his participation in the battles against the Islamic State in the eastern Hama.

Iraq

Mosul:

Iraqi forces started the second phase of the operation to clear the desertous parts of Nineveh, Salah al-Deen, and Anbar governorates from the Islamic State’s presence. Units participating in the operations are; Iraqi Army’s operations command for Salah al-Deen, 91st Brigade’s 16th Division, 9th Armored Division, 34th Armored Brigade, 35th Armored Brigade, 36th Infantry Brigade, and 37th Infantry Brigade.

Besides the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Federal Police’s Block 12a of the 3rd Division HQ is participating, as well as several Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) formations, such as; 2nd Brigade, 6th Brigade, 8th Brigade, 11th Brigade, 12th Brigade, 20th Brigade, 26th Brigade, 31st Brigade, 33rd Brigade, 41st Brigade, 44th Brigade, 51st Brigade, Saraya al-Difae al-Watani, Saraya Walid al-Kaaba, and Fawj Hassan al-Mujtaba. The operations are supported by the Iraqi Air Force.

According to the Iraqi Joint Operations, the newly-launched Iraqi forces’ operations, which started south of Al-Hadher already resulted in the capture of 77 villages, including the Umm al-Aqarib bridge and Jinif (Geneva) airport. The area cleared today by the Iraqi forces is reported at 5800 square kilometers (2239 square miles). Islamic State lost nine armored vehicles during today’s operations.

Kirkuk:

Islamic State clashed with Al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s fighters near the village of Bitmah, east of Al-Hawija. According to the IS’ Amaq Agency, two Al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s fighters were killed in the clashes.

Salah al-Deen:

Islamic State reported two suicide attacks against the gatherings of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s fighters, northwest of Baiji.

Diyala:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device reportedly killed six Iraqi Army’s soldiers in the city of Al-Waqf, northeast of Baqubah.

CJTF-OIR:

CJTF-OIR announced a change in their publishing policy. Now two strikes reports will be published each week, on Mondays and Fridays.

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Amaq Agency:

Afghanistan:

Islamic State took responsibility for the suicide attack that targeted the city of Jalalabad today, in Nangarhar province. The attack killed eight and wounded 17 civilians.

Other:

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