Syrian War Daily – 2nd of December 2017

Hello and welcome to the 263rd installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Free Syrian Army’s factions captured Khirbet Hawish, south of Khanaser from the Syrian Arab Army. HTS‘ commander, Edi Abu Faisal stated that the clashes are still ongoing at the outskirts of Khirbet Hawish and Tallat al-Rahsadiyah. According to Abu Faisal, dozens of SAA‘s elements were killed in the clashes, as well as  two tanks, a ZSU-23-4 (Shilka), and a Kornet anti-tank guided missile launcher captured.

Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza destroyed Syrian Arab Army’s ZSU-23-4 (Shilka) with a TOW missile on Abeisan front, as the SAA tried to advance on it.

Raqqa:

Several left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices exploded in the city of Raqqa, causing civilian casualties. One civilian was killed as he was searching his house on Al-Wadi street. Similarly, a civilian was killed by the explosion in Al-Quwatli street during a visit to his house. The explosion near Al-Dala roundabout in the Raqqa city’s center injured a woman in her house.

Hama:

Syrian Arab Army reportedly captured Al-Zafariyah village from the rebel forces on Balil front in the northern Hama.¸

Situation in the northern Hama – southeastern Aleppo area. Source: Emmanuel

Homs:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham arrested two individuals in the eastern part of Al-Hawla area, Northern Homs pocket, on the charges of belonging to the Islamic State.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces captured Suwaidan village from the Islamic State. The capture of the locality was confirmed by the leader of the SDF‘s Deir al-Zour Military Council, Ahmed al-Khubail, who also stated that the clashes with the Islamic State are still ongoing in Abu Hammam village, even though the village was announced as captured by the SDF‘s official website yesterday.

Islamic State killed several Syrian Arab Army’s element and took control of the barracks after the attack on the village of Al-Duwair southeast of Al-Mayadeen, according to the Amaq Agency.

Approximate situation southeast of Al-Mayadeen. Source: Lucio Cienfuegos

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery targeted Mesraba, Hammouriyah and Douma, wounding nine civilians in the aforementioned localities, according to the director of the Syrian Civil Defense’s information office in the East Ghouta, Abu Yamen.

Syrian Arab Air Force carried out airstrikes over Arbeen and Harasta. Abu Yamen stated that six civilians were killed and a dozen wounded by the airstrikes over Arbeen. Administrative director of the medical office in Harasta, Abu Anas said that a civilian was killed and 13 of them wounded, by the seven airstrikes over the locality.

Rebels shelled several areas in the city of Damascus and its surroundings, wounding several civilians. Six civilians were wounded by the rebel shelling of Harasta. Three civilians were wounded by shelling near Al-Mariamiyah church in Bab Touma district. One civilian was wounded by the shelling of Al-Khader district. Rebels also reportedly shelled Al-Urwar neighborhood and Jaramana, causing only material damage.

Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham released a video statement today about several brigades and subgroups of Quwwat al-Shahid Ahmad al-Abdo (Forces of Martyr Ahmad al-Abdo), Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya (Lions of the East Army), and Saraya Ahl al-Sham (Company of the People of the Levant) joining their ranks in Eastern Qalamoun. It is important to note that the aforementioned groups did not fully join Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham, only parts of the groups joined.

Last night, Israel Defense Forces fired several surface-to-surface missiles on a military base built by Iran in the vicinity of Al-Kaswah, and on the 91st Brigade (Al-Liwa 91) near Kanaker. Syrian Arab News Agency reported that the Syrian Air Defense destroyed two missiles fired by the Israel.

Rebels from the Jabal al-Sheikh operations room reportedly recaptured three points on Tell al-Baradiyah from the Syrian Arab Army. The recapture was reported by the member of the media office in the operations room, Abu al-Yaman. According to Abu al-Yaman, a dozens of SAA‘s elements were killed and wounded, while the rebels lost only one fighter. However, several sources reported that the SAA still has full control of Tell al-Baradiyah, so the hill should be considered as disputed, until either side provides evidence of the control.

Approximate situation in Beit Jinn pocket (The disputed Tell al-Baradiyah is north of Mughr al-Meer). Source: Global Event Map

Daraa:

Unknown individuals planted an improvised explosive device at the outskirts of Ibta, which exploded as a group of civilians was passing by. One civilian was killed and three wounded by the explosion. The wounded individuals were transported to a hospital in Dael.

Quneitra:

Improvised explosive device targeted several leaders of the Free Syrian Army’s National Front for the Liberation of Syria at Ayn Zewan bridge, near the village of Suissa. According to the general coordinator of the front, Abu Mohammed al-Akhtabuta, no one was injured in the explosion, which occurred about 150 meters (164 yards) from the meeting place of the 25 leaders in the front from Daraa, Damascus and Quneitra governorates.

Iraq

Kirkuk:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device reportedly killed four Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) fighters and injured another one, in the village of Al-Shajara.

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces conducted operations in Al-Khadra area, south of Baghdad. Security forces seized eight improvised explosive devices, four mortar shells, and an assault rifle.

Iraqi Security Forces also conducted operations in Al-Sawr and Al-Janabiyin areas, south of Baghdad. Security forces found two improvised explosive devices, three RPG launchers, and a Strela missile.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Pashtun Kot district.

Lagham Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested three fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, including two fighters from Pakistan, in Alishing district.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic State in Khogyani district, killing nine and wounding 12 IS’ fighters.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted large operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Giro and Gelan districts. Security forces reportedly killed 26 and wounded 36 IEA fighters, as well as destroyed a vehicle and several weapons deports.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reported death of four and injury of six ANP‘s elements due to a confrontation in Giro district, possibly related to the ANSF‘s operations in the district. IEA also stated that two of its fighters were wounded.

Paktia Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ operations in Dand Aw Patan district, killed five IEA fighters and destroyed a vehicle.

Khost Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed one and wounded one IEA fighter in Sabari district.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Army and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan clashed in Bala Buluk district for a few days. According to the ANA‘s sources, 12 IEA fighters were killed and 21 wounded in clashes, as well as six improvised explosive devices defused. IEA‘s sources reported death of four ANA‘s elements, injury of additional 11 and destruction of two tanks. IEA‘s casualty numbers for their own fighters during the clashes are three wounded and one killed.

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province, killing four fighters and destroying a weapons cache.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ operations in Musa Qala district killed five fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed a vehicle.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device killed Afghan National Police’s element in Nawzad district.

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Army’s soldier surrendered himself to the fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Shorabak district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Shorabak district, reportedly killing two ANA‘s elements.

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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