Hello and welcome to the 271st installment of the SWD.
Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:
Improvised explosive device exploded near the city of Abu al-Duhur, wounding a civilian. The explosion occurred during plowing of an agricultural land, in the vicinity of the city. The explosive device was described as a remnant from the Syrian Arab Army.
Faylaq al-Sham’s fighter was wounded by an improvised explosive device on the road between Maar Shamshah and Maarat al-Numaan.
Unknown gunmen reportedly killed Ahrar al-Sham’s commander Abu Abdu Dhahiriyah, along with two group’s fighters in the village of Al-Tah.
Ahrar al-Sham’s snipers conducted operations against Syrian Arab Army’s troops stationed at Al-Samad checkpoint, near the village of Jarjisa. Leader of the Northern Homs Countryside Operations Room, Lieutenant Colonel Talal Mansour stated that Ahrar al-Sham’s snipers killed SAA‘s commander and four soldiers during the operations. According to Mansour, these operations are a response to the SAA‘s shelling and will not be limited only to the Northern Homs pocket.
Syrian Arab Army made significant advances against the rebel forces in the northern Hama. SAA captured Shatib, Al-Hawiyah, Al-Farka, Al-Zafariyah, Umm Turikiyah, Rajm al-Ahmar, Rajm al-Hal, and Tell Boulous. SAA is now at the outskirts of Abu Dali and Al-Mushayrifah villages. Interestingly enough, the aforementioned Al-Zafariyah village was already reported as captured by pro-SAA sources on the 2nd of December.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham repelled Syrian Arab Army’s attack on Al-Shakusiyah village and reportedly killed eight latter’s elements and seized light weapons.
Free Syrian Army’s Free Idlib Army reported destruction of Syrian Arab Army’s T-72 tank with a TOW missile on Al-Husseiniat front in the eastern Hama.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham repelled Islamic State’s attack on Tallat Talihat, killing seven IS’ fighters and damaging a BMP.
Approximate situation in the northern Hama. Source: Emmanuel
Syrian Arab Army and allies captured a section of the large desertous Islamic State’s pocket in Homs and Deir al-Zour governorates. SAA and allies advanced west of Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal) towards T-2 airport area and captured an area spanning 2000 square kilometers (772 square miles).
Islamic State’s Amaq Agency released a statement about Islamic State’s counterattack against the Syrian Democratic Forces south of Hawi Abu Hammam village, which allegedly resulted in death of 14 Syrian Democratic Forces’ fighters and capture of three points.
Islamic State’s sniper reportedly killed two Syrian Democratic Forces’ fighters near Dranj village, south of Al-Omar Fields. Furthermore, IS’ improvised explosive device also exploded near Dranj village, killing one and wounding four SDF‘s fighters, according to the Amaq Agency.
Situation in the eastern Deir al-Zour. Source: Al-Elam al-Harbi Markazi
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union continue to clash, for the second day in Al-Qadam neighborhood, south of Damascus. Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union launched an attack against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which resulted in death of one of the latter’s fighters. Clashes between the two are continuing in the locality.
Syrian Arab Red Crescent in cooperation with the United Nations delivered humanitarian aid convoy to Al-Muhammadiyah.
Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Thawra busted a drug trafficking ring in the southern Daraa, seizing four kilograms (nine pounds) of hashish and 450 narcotic pills. Jaysh al-Thawra’s spokesman, Abu Bakr al-Hassan accused the busted drug ring of having connections to the Hezbollah.
Rebel “Daraa Martyrs Documentation Office” reported death of a Free Syrian Army’s fighter, due to clashes with the Syrian Arab Army in Al-Manashiyah neighborhood of Daraa.
Last night, unknown gunmen tried to kidnap a civilian on the road between Murdok and Al-Suwayda. The civilian was able to escape, but was wounded in the process, and is currently in a hospital in Al-Suwayda.
Islamic State and Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) clashed in Al-Waridiya village. According to the Amaq Agency, two elements of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi were killed and additional two wounded in the clashes.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (Taiban) improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s armored vehicle and killed and wounded those on board in Almar district.
Afghan National Security forces killed 12 fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed a vehicle during the clashes in Imam Sahib district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan released first information of their own regarding the clashes in Imam Sahib district, that have been ongoing for few days now. IEA stated that it started to clash with Afghan National Army, backed by US forces in Joy Begm and Gargzu areas. According to IEA, 10 ANA‘s elements were killed, including a commander, Bashir Andrabi. IEA also stated that an armored vehicle was destroyed and 21 attacking elements wounded, including four US soldiers. Three IEA fighters were killed, as the clashes in the aforementioned areas continue.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed Afghan National Army’s soldier in Murghab district.
Afghan National Security Forces found Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s hideout during the operations in Bagram district, according to the National Directorate of Security. Security forces seized three rocket launchers, five mortar shells, ten grenade launchers, and 1150 kilograms (2535 pounds) of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which is used to create improvised explosive devices. National Directorate of Security stated that the seized weapons were supposed to be used to target Bagram airfield and in terrorist attacks in Parwan, Kabul, and Kapisa provinces.
Afghan National Police’s chief of Khogyani district, Habibur Rahman was killed by an improvised explosive device, which targeted his vehicle. The incident took place at the market and so far no one has claimed responsibility for the assassination of the police chief.
Maidan Wardak Province:
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Army’s military convoy in Saydabad district. The ambush resulted in destruction of a vehicle and caused several casualties among the army’s ranks.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Charkh district, killing one soldier.
Afghan National Security Forces’ operations in Zurmat district killed two and wounded four IEA fighters, as well as destroyed a vehicle.
Improvised explosive device exploded in Khost’s market during a speech of Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin’s leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Several thousand members of the party were attending the speech at the nearby Khost’s football stadium. The explosion did not cause any casualties.
Afghan National Security Forces killed a fighter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and seized a vehicle in Andar district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured a checkpoint manned by the Afghan militia in Gelan district. Leader of the militia, Fayadh al-Bari and two of his bodyguards were killed in the IEA attack on the checkpoint.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Shahbaz area, wounding two soldiers.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Police’s armored vehicle in Bashtrud directorate. Another IEA‘s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Army’s foot patrol and killed two soldiers in Bala Buluk district.
Two Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive devices targeted two Afghan National Army’s armored vehicles in Delaram directorate, killing and wounding those on board.
Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations in Sangin district against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. ANSF killed five, wounded three and arrested eight IEA fighters, as well as destroyed 28 improvised explosive devices and a depot containing 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of explosive material.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers targeted elements of the Afghan National Police trying to rebuild a guard tower overlooking a checkpoint in Marjah district. The snipers reportedly killed five and wounded three elements of ANP.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper targeted Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Nawzad district, killing one soldier and wounding another.
CJTF-OIR announced a change in their publishing policy. Now two strikes reports will be published each week, on Mondays and Fridays.
Islamic State’s improvised explosive device destroyed Egyptian Army’s bulldozer near the border with Gaza Strip.
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