Syrian War Daily – 30th of November 2017

Hello and welcome to the 261st installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham repelled Syrian Arab Army’s attacks on Al-Rashadiyah, Siyala, Ramlah, and Abeisan villages. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s commander, Edi Abu Faisal claimed that 40 SAA‘s elements were killed and wounded in the failed attacks, while three HTS‘ fighters were killed and several more wounded. Abu Faisal stated that the HTS shelled nearby SAA-held Katiba Obaidah, with the assistance from the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Firqa 33 (Division 33).

Approximate situation south of Khanaser. Source: Emmanuel

Raqqa:

Two Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices killed two civilians in the city of Raqqa. The first explosion killed a civilian as he was checking his house in Al-Dareea neighborhood. Similarly, the second explosion killed a civilian as he was checking his house in Sayf al-Dawla neighborhood.

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham ambushed an Islamic State’s cell on its way towards the IS-held areas in the northeastern Hama, more precisely, towards the village of Haways Umm al-Jarn. HTS clashed with the IS’ cell in the vicinity of the city of Sinjar. HTS killed 15 IS’ fighters and captured one, while the rest of the IS’ fighters withdrew to their camp in Idlib’s countryside, according to the captive. HTS also seized several technicals from the IS’ cell.

Unknown gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s traffic police, in the city of Morek. Two HTS‘ elements were killed in the attack. The gunmen left the motorcycle used in the attack near the checkpoint, which started a campaign on social medias to identify the owner of the motorcycle.

Russian Air Force conducted an airstrike over Turkistan Islamic Party’s headquarters in Khirbat al-Jawz, killing one TIP‘s fighter.

Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets) discovered bodies of two civilians at the outskirts of Jisr al-Shughur. The civilians were displaced individuals from Jabal al-Akrad area in Latakia.

Hama:

Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza killed two Syrian Arab Army’s soldiers with an improvised explosive device, at Abu Obeida checkpoint, north of the city of Hama. Jaysh al-Izaa’s commander, Mahmoud al-Mahmoud stated that fighters from their “special forces” infiltrated the checkpoint and planted an improvised explosive device.

Homs:

Abu Amara Special Task Brigade’s improvised explosive device killed five Syrian Arab Army’s commanders on the road from Homs towards Tartous. The brigade’s commander Muhanna Ajafalh confirmed the act taking place and said that it is the brigade’s first attack in the Homs governorate.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces resumed operations against the Islamic State in the eastern part of Deir al-Zour governorate. Leader of the SDF‘s Deir al-Zour Military Council, Ahmed al-Khubail said that the SDF are shelling IS-held Abu Hammam and Al-Kashkia villages in Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal) area, with SDF already capturing train tracks near Abu Hammam.

Situation in the eastern Deir al-Zour, HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Lucio Cienfuegos

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shelled Harasta, Arbeen, Kafr Batna and Al-Nashabiyah in the East Ghouta. Six civilians were reportedly wounded in the SAA‘s shelling of Arbeen.

Syrian Arab Army reportedly asserted full control over Tell al-Baradiyah, two days after capturing the eastern part from the rebel Jabal al-Sheikh operations room.

Approximate situation in Beit Jinn pocket after Syrian Arab Army’s capture of Tell al-Baradiyah (circled means fire control). Source: Suriyak

Daraa:

Saraya al-Haramayn (The Two Sanctuaries’ Companies) joined Kataib Shuhada al-Joulan (Golan Martyrs Brigades). Commander of Saraya al-Haramayn, Lawiyi al-Sulti said that they have 67 fighters, a heavy machine gun and a 60 mm mortar, as well as light weapons and ammunition.

Iraq

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces conducted anti-insurgency operations in Abu Ghraib area, west of Baghdad, and arrested four IS’ elements.

Iraqi Security Forces conducted operations in Al-Saadan, Fahil Umm al-Jir, and Al-Amaya areas, south of Baghdad. Security forces seized 42 improvised explosive devices, which were safely detonated in a controlled explosion, as well as seven mortar shells. Furthermore, several wanted individuals were arrested in the operations.

Afghanistan

Kunduz Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), resulting in death of three IEA fighters, injury of additional seven, and capture of two elements. Furthermore, two IEA positions were destroyed in the operations.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Merghab district. The clashes for the checkpoint resulted in two deaths among the ANA‘s ranks, and two injuries among the IEA‘s ranks. IEA seized several weapons and ammunition from the checkpoint.

Kunar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Sirkani district and killed one ANA‘s element.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured a checkpoint from the Afghan National Army in the province and killed five soldiers in the process.

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic State in Achin and Khogyani districts. The operations resulted in two dead and three wounded IS’ fighters, as well as four IS’ positions destroyed.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the Islamic State clashed with each other in Khogyani district, with reports about the latter losing six fighters in the clashes.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan detonated two improvised explosive devices in the capital city of the province, Jalalabad. The explosions reportedly targeted Afghan National Police’s checkpoint and a vehicle. The first explosion killed two ANP‘s elements, while the second one killed three elements and destroyed a vehicle. IEA seized an assault rifle after the explosions.

NATO-led Operation Resolute Support conducted an airstrike in Nangarhar Province, which resulted in death of eight foreign fighters from the Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Logar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested two IEA fighters and seized a vehicle, weapons and ammunition in Arar district.

Herat Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Shindad district, reportedly causing casualties in ANA‘s ranks.

Daykundi Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked two Afghan National Army’s checkpoints in Gizab directorate. Reports suggest that one ANA‘s element was killed and several wounded in the two attacks.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ operations in Qarabagh and Nani districts, killed 11 and wounded six IEA fighters.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted ANA‘s foot patrol in Serafraz directorate, reportedly killing one element.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations in Bala Buluk district, killing two and wounding three IEA fighters.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed two Afghan National Army’s soldiers at a checkpoint in Abdul Hanan area, Serekh Sinj directorate, Arghandab district. Furthermore, IEA raided another ANA‘s checkpoint in the province, without accurate information about the casualties.

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Nahri Saraj district, reportedly killing two soldiers.

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:

Egypt:

Islamic State’s sniper killed an element of the Egyptian Army at Al-Mousiyin checkpoint south of Rafah, according to the Amaq Agency.

Pakistan:

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency claimed assassination of two “Shiites” and injury of additional three, including an element of the Inter-Services Intelligence, in Islamabad.

Other:

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