Syrian War Daily – 5th of December 2017

Hello and welcome to the 266th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki held an exchange deal with the Syrian Arab Army near Halab al-Jadida neighborhood, west of Aleppo. The two sides exchanged bodies of two killed fighters, one belonging to the Syrian Arab Army and the other to the rebel forces. HNDZ‘s spokesman Captain Abdul Salam Abdul Razak said that the exchange was organized after the father of the killed rebel fighter asked Syrian Arab Army to hand over the body.

The local council of Qabasin accused Free Syrian Army’s Al-Jabhat al-Shamiyah (The Levant Front) of arresting the director of the medial office in the locality. The Levant Front officially denied that its elements arrested the director.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham recaptured Al-Rashadiyah and Hijara from the Syrian Arab Army, south of Khanaser. HTS‘ commander, Edi Abu Faisal said that 15 SAA‘s soldiers were killed and wounded in the clashes, as well as a fighter of HTS wounded. Abu Faisal also said that HTS seized a tank (T-72) and a BMP.

Raqqa:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed two civilians in the city of Raqqa. The incident occurred in Al-Fardoud district, as the civilians were inspecting their house.

Hama:

Islamic State captured Muweileh ibn Hdeib village in Al-Hamraa subdistrict from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Homs:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device exploded on a bus in Al-Ahram street, Akrama district, Homs city. The explosion killed five and wounded 12 civilians. Islamic State claimed responsibility by releasing a statement on its media outlet, the Amaq Agency. Amaq Agency’s statement said that the improvised explosive device targeted security forces on a bus, killing at least 11 of them.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces clashed with the Islamic State’s fighters trying to sneak in Abu Hammam village. Alleged casualties from this encounter are reportedly 46 for the Islamic State and two for the Syrian Democratic Forces. Again, these are alleged casualty numbers, take them with a big grain of salt. Leader of the SDF‘s Deir al-Zour Military Council, Ahmed al-Khubail stated that the clashes with the Islamic State are still ongoing at the outskirts of Abu Hammam village.

Syrian Arab Army captured Al-Jalaa, Ramadi and Al-Buqan from the Islamic State, between Al-Mayadeen and Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal). Less than 10 kilometers (6 miles) separates two SAA‘s forces from linking up.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency claimed a suicide attack against the group of Syrian Arab Army’s soldiers, northwest of Al-Bukamal. Furthermore, another Amaq’s statement regarding the same area, claimed destruction of SAA‘s tank with an anti-tank guided missile.

Approximate situation in the eastern Deir al-Zour. Source: Emmanuel

Damascus:

Last night, Israel Defense Forces launched several surface-to-surface missiles on a scientific research center near the town of Jamraya. Reports suggest that the center was destroyed, along with an S-200 surface-to-air missile system. Syrian Arab News Agency reported that three Israeli missiles were intercepted and destroyed.

Syrian Arab Army captured Tell Shihab south of Tell al-Baradiyah from the rebel Jabal al-Sheikh operations room in Beit Jinn pocket. Jabal al-Sheikh operations room’s spokesman, Abu Rami al-Janani confirmed the SAA‘s capture of both Tell Shihab and Tell al-Baradiyah. Al-Janani also said that the aforementioned operations room is being supported by Liwa Omar ibn al-Khattab, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, and Ahrar al-Sham in clashes against the Syrian Arab Army.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Emir of Daraa governorate, Abu Jaber al-Shami announced the death of a senior HTS‘ commander, Abu Hudhayfah Konan in clashes with the Syrian Arab Army in Beit Jinn’s vicinity.

Quneitra:

Three fighters belonging to the Free Syrian Army’s Fawj al-Mashat al-Awl (1st Infantry Regiment) were wounded as they attempted to remove an improvised explosive device from the vehicle belonging to the Revolutionary Military Council. The incident occurred in Al-Maalah town. The Revolutionary Military Council accused IS-linked Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid of planting the improvised explosive device and threatened to eliminate IS-linked group.

Two Free Syrian Army’s factions, both belonging to the Syrian Revolutionaries Front clashed between themselves after a dispute. One fighter of Liwa Ahrar al-Joulan was wounded as the group clashed with Liwa Muadh bin Jabal. The leader of Liwa Ahrar al-Joulan, Abu Mustafa said that the clashes occurred between the groups after Liwa Muadh bin Jabal stole weapons from the group and tried to sell them.

Iraq

Kirkuk:

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency claimed death of four Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) fighters, as a result of the Islamic State’s attack on Al-Khafizi village.

Diyala:

Islamic State’s sniper reportedly killed an element of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Al-Eazim area, according to the Amaq Agency.

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces busted a drug ring in Al-Urfali area, east of Baghdad. Security forces seized large quantities of narcotics and arrested a dozen of individuals.

Afghanistan

Baghlan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Police’s convoy in Bagh Shrakt area in the center of the province. The ambush resulted in death of six ANP‘s elements and destruction of a vehicle.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed Afghan National Army’s soldier in Murghab district.

Maidan Wardak Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Jaghatu district, killing one and wounding two ANA‘s elements.

Logar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed one and wounded two soldiers of the Afghan National Army during a raid on the latter’s headquarters in Charkh district.

Herat Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed an Afghan National Army’s soldier in Ghoryan district. The soldier was killed and his assault rifle seized.

Ghazni Province:

National Directorate of Security announced death of Omar Khattab (Omar Mansour), senior Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan during the Afghan National Security Forces’ operations in Ghazni, Zabul, and Paktia provinces. The operations overall reportedly killed 80 fighters of Al-Qaeda and destroyed five headquarters. Furthermore, 27 Al-Qaeda fighters were arrested. Besides Khattab, ANSF killed two more figures of Al-Qaeda, Ghan Qassem and Hassan Hamza.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Giro district, reportedly killing two ANA‘s soldiers.

Khost Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Musakhel district, killing one soldier.

Afghan National Army tried to advance against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Alisher directorate. The advance was addressed by the IEA fighters and ANA was forced to withdraw from the area.

Farah Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan released Afghan National Security Forces’ casualty numbers for the clashes between the two in Xuan, Konsak, Granin Ghanjabad, Khawaja Khader and Qal Qalaa areas in Ablak directorate, Bala Buluk district, which lasted eight days. According to IEA, 35 ANSF‘s elements were killed and 42 wounded, as well as 11 vehicles destroyed. IEA‘s casualties for the clashes are one killed and 11 wounded.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Makark area. The initial attack killed one and wounded two ANA‘s soldiers. IEA engaged ANA‘s reinforcements to the checkpoint, killing two ANA‘s soldiers and wounding another one. In the same area, IEA raided another ANA‘s checkpoint, killing one soldier.

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan assassinated administrative director of Arghandab district, called Haji Mohammed in the city of Kandahar. The assassination took place near the victim’s house, after which the IEA fighters retreated to their positions without any loses.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Police’s positions in Dasht directorate, killing two ANP‘s elements and seizing their assault rifles and a hand grenade.

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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