Syrian War Daily – 9th of December 2017

Hello and welcome to the 270th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Fighters of the Free Syrian Army’s Ahl al-Diyar operations room raided Syrian Democratic Forces’ positions in Tal Jajan village, west of Al-Bab. Military Commander of FSA‘s Ahl al-Diyar operations room, Abu Ibrahim stated that six SDF‘s fighters were wounded in the raid and a number of light and medium weapons seized. FSA‘s fighters retreated to their old positions after the raid, in which, one FSA‘s fighter was wounded.

Turkish military convoy, consisting of around 30 military vehicles entered Syria through Kafr Lusin and was headed towards Turkish Army’s observation point on Jabal Semean, near Darat Izza.

Raqqa:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices killed five civilians in the city of Raqqa. The majority of the explosions took place on Al-Wadi street. Furthermore, civilians in the city of Raqqa found a body of an individual in Muawiya bin Abi Sufyan school. The deceased individual was reportedly only in the city for three months.

Homs:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham executed a man in Izz al-Deen village near Al-Rastan, who confessed to murdering a women during the robbery. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s official, Abu Mohammed al-Ansari stated that the Shariah court carried out the “rule of retribution” two days ago, after the man confessed to his crimes. Dozens of demonstrators protested in Kafroumah (Kafr Rumah) village in Idlib against the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s death sentence.

Hama:

Islamic State captured Huwais Ibn Hadib, Huwais Umm Jarn, and Qaleat al-Huwais from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the northern Hama. Syrian Arab Army exploited recent IS’ advances against HTS in the area and reportedly captured Balil, Tall Umm Khazim, and Tall Balil.

Ahrar al-Sham released a statement about Katibat Saraya al-Fath and Katibat Ansar al-Huda joining their ranks in the southern Hama (Northern Homs pocket). The aforementioned groups are led by Abu Ammar al-Akidi. Ahrar al-Sham’s official in the media office, Fares Abu Abada stated that the groups were a part of Jund Badr: al-Wiyat wa Kataib 313 and shortly a part of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza. Abu Abada also stated that two groups have around 100 fighters.

Situation in the northern Hama. Source: Emmanuel

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces captured Al-Hawi village from the Islamic State. Military Commander in SDF‘s Deir al-Zour Military Council, Abu Wael confirmed the capture of Al-Hawi adjacent to Abu Hammam and denied capture of the city of Gharanij.

Media official of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Deir al-Zour Military Council, Basem Aziz stated that Abu Hammam village has fallen militarily five days ago, but SDF‘s fighters didn’t enter it yet because of the resistance of the IS’ elements in the area. Aziz also said that SDF repelled IS’ attack on Suwaidan village yesterday. SDF killed 27 IS’ fighters and destroyed a vehicle and two SVBIEDs, according to Aziz.

Situation in the eastern Deir al-Zour. Source: Rr016

Damascus:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union clashed in Al-Qadam neighborhood south of Damascus, after the former raided latter’s positions on the front line with the Syrian Arab Army in the locality. One Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union’s fighter was wounded by a sniper during the clashes, as well as an element of the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets) as he tried to aid the wounded fighter. Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union reportedly besieged Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s headquarters in the neighborhood, as the clashes between the two continue.

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shelling of the city of Douma wounded two elements of the Syrian Civil Defense.

Daraa:

Commander of the engineering brigade and a fighter of the Free Syrian Army’s Liwa al-Bunyan al-Marsous were killed by an improvised explosive device, as the aforementioned commander tried to dismantle it. The incident occurred on the road between Bosra al-Harir and Malihat al-Atash and also wounded two civilians that were in the vicinity. Commander of Liwa al-Bunyan al-Marsous, Rami al-Hariri said that the deceased commander assisted other factions with mines and improvised explosive devices in the past. Syrian Arab Army was accused of planting the improvised explosive device by the director of the media office of the FSA‘s Quwat al-Hasm, Tahrir Qaddah.

Syrian Arab Army allegedly blew up two houses in the vicinity of Deir al-Adas, in order to monitor the movements of the Free Syrian Army’s fighters on the front lines in the “Triangle of Death” area. Commander of Liwa al-Maham al-Khasa (Special Task Brigade) of Free Syrian Army’s Al-Firqat 46 Masha (46th Infantry Division), Abu Omar Tawirish said that this is the first time SAA used this method to monitor FSA‘s movements on the front lines. According to Tawirish, there is also a significant Hezbollah presence in the locality.

Body of a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s element was found on the road between Rakham and Al-Maliha Al-Gharbiyah. The element was identified as Munir Hassan al-Muslimani, also known as Abu Namer. Abu Namer’s military position in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is still unknown.

Iraq

Nineveh:

Iraqi Joint Operations reported capture of more than 90 villages spanning more than 16000 square kilometers (6177 square miles) from the Islamic State by the Iraqi Army backed by Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units). With these advances, Iraqi forces took control of the entire Iraqi-Syrian border, from Al-Waleed to Rabiah crossing. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq after all of the territory was captured from the group.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency released two statements regarding the clashes with Al-Hashd al-Shaabi in the area near Iraqi-Syrian border. According to the Amaq Agency, two anti-tank guided missiles targeted a group of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s fighters south of Tel Safouk. Another statement from Amaq claimed destruction of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s bulldozer and a Humvee, after being targeted by two anti-tank guided missiles east of Al-Baghouz village.

Salah al-Deen:

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded at the entrance to Al-Attiba street in Tikrit city, killing a civilian.

Islamic State’s sniper reportedly killed a fighter of the Al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Al-Hassan village, east of Tikrit.

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces conducted operations in Al-Maemir Al-Thaniya area, west of Baghdad. Security forces found 76 improvised explosive devices, nine IS’ improvised rocket launchers, and three 82-mm mortar shells. Furthermore, security forces also conducted operations in Al-Zaydan area, also west of Baghdad. Security forces seized six SPG-9 missiles and eight different mortar rounds. Several wanted individuals were also arrested.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations in Ghormach district against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban). ANSF killed three, wounded two and arrested one IEA fighter during the operations.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan shelled Afghan National Army’s military base with mortars in Ghormach district. The shelling reportedly killed two ANA‘s soldiers.

Jowzjan Province:

Islamic State’s presence in the province displaced over 3000 families, according to Mohammad Reza Ghafouri, Jowzjan governor’s spokesman. Furthermore, 53 schools in Dzerab and Ghosh Tape districts were closed.

Kunduz Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ operations in Imam Sahib district killed 31 IEA fighters, including two fighters from Tajikistan and four local commanders. IEA commanders that were killed in the operations are Hari Rumi Moussa, Qari Amir Mazhari, Mansour, and Abdul Hakim.

Badghis Province:

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

Nuristan Province:

Islamic State entered Nuristan province’s Waygal district and clashed with the Afghan National Police in the district’s Sigil directorate. The clashes resulted in death of three ANP‘s elements and unknown number of casualties on IS’ side. Chariman of the Nuristan’s Provincial Council, Saadollah Pidindazavi confirmed the clashes between ANP and IS in the province and stated that the IS’ fighters very likely entered the province through Kunar province’s Chapa Dara district. Pidindazavi also expressed concern about IS’ presence in the province.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid reported the capture of Afghan National Police’s checkpoint in Wama district. Mujahid stated that seven ANP‘s elements were killed and wounded.

Kabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested three fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Qarabagh district.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations in Hisarak district against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. ANSF killed two and wounded one IEA fighter, as well as destroyed two headquarters.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan assassinated a high-ranking officer of the National Directorate of Security, Amir Qall in Jalalabad city, at the headquarters of the security command.

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s judge in Ghani Khail directorate. Another IS’ improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Police’s vehicle and killed four elements.

Logar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ operations in Logar province resulted in death of nine IEA fighters and destruction of three vehicles and several ammunition caches.

Ghazni Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid announced the capture of a strategic Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Surki Khelo area of Qarabagh district. According to Mujahid, 15 ANA‘s elements were killed and one captured in the attack. IEA seized a US machine gun, a sniper rifle, seven US rifles, an RPG launcher, radio equipment and a large quantity of ammunition. One IEA fighter was killed in the attack.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Police’s checkpoint in Gelan district. The initial attacked resulted in death of one element of the ANP and injury of another. IEA also clashed with the ANSF‘s reinforcements heading towards the checkpoint, destroying a tank and causing casualties among those on board.

Farah Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed a group of Afghan National Army’s soldiers in Bala Buluk district, killing one soldier.

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 and wounded five fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed two headquarters in Chora district.

Nimruz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s landmine targeted Afghan National Army’s convoy in Khash Rod district, killing one and wounding three soldiers. IEA reported that the ANA‘s convoy is still trapped in a minefield and under IEA‘s attacks.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Sangin district, killing 12 IEA fighters, injuring another four and arresting additional 12. Furthermore, the operations resulted in destruction of nine IEA positions, three vehicles, 26 improvised explosive devices and several weapons depots and ammunition caches.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided two Afghan National Army’s checkpoints in Nad Ali district. Several guard towers overlooking the two checkpoints were destroyed in the raid.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Nad Ali district. The initial attack resulted in death of four ANA‘s elements. IEA also engaged the ANA‘s reinforcements on their way to the checkpoint, destroying an armored vehicle with an RPG and killing everyone on board. One IEA fighter was wounded in the encounter.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s inghimasi (suicide fighter) stormed Afghan National Security Forces’ military base in Nad Ali district. The inghimasi allegedly killed 21 and wounded six ANSF‘s elements before being neutralized.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed five soldiers of the Afghan National Army and three elements of the Afghan National Police, across Nahri Saraj, Laskhar Gah, Jerash, and Nad Ali districts.

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