Syrian War Daily – 14th of December 2017

Hello and welcome to the 275th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Syrian Arab Army clashed in the southern Aleppo, as the former tried to regain control of the recently lost localities. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s mortars targeted SAA-held Al-Hijara, Tellat al-Syriatel, and Al-Hawairi. The clashes between the two sides allegedly resulted in death of 10 SAA‘s elements and one HTS‘ fighter.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham transferred control of a checkpoint in the village of Awejel, west of Aleppo to the Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki.

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham released six detained Ahrar al-Sham’s elements, including the commander Basil Shaaban.

Hama:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham clashed with the Islamic State in the vicinity of the latter-held Rasm al-Hamam village. The clashes erupted when a group of Islamic State’s fighters attempted to infiltrate HTS-held area near the village. Two Islamic State’s fighters were killed in the clashes.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces captured half of Al-Jaradhi village from the Islamic State, as the clashes continue in the locality. SDF reportedly killed 16 Islamic State’s fighters during the clashes, while the Islamic State killed three SDF‘s fighters. SDF‘s operations in the locality are slowed down due to high civilian presence.

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed a Syrian Democratic Forces’ fighter south of Hawi Abu Hammam, according to the Amaq Agency.

Syrian Arab Army and Islamic State clashed near the Al-Abbas village, north of Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal). IS’ Amaq Agency claimed a suicide attack against the SAA‘s gathering in the vicinity of the village, as well as two anti-tank guided missile launches, which destroyed a tank and a BMP.

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

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shelled Ain Terma, Zemalka, Mesraba, Douma, and Beit Sawa in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), five civilians were killed and at least eight wounded in the shelling of the aforementioned localities.

National Defense Forces foiled an SVBIED attack on the southern outskirts of Damascus. The forces were able to besiege an attacker on Al-Loun bridge and destroy his vehicle, before he was able to reach the city of Damascus.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union clashed once again in Al-Qadam neighborhood in the southern Damascus, a day after local elders brokered a ceasefire agreement in the neighborhood. Reports suggest that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s elements opened fire on an Ajnad al-Sham’s fighter, who was passing by HTS-held building. Ajnad al-Sham’s elements then besieged the HTS-held building involved in the incident. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham reportedly has only around 20 fighters in the neighborhood.

Syrian Arab Army captured Tellat al-Baydah from the rebels south of Beit Saber in Beit Jinn pocket.

Daraa:

Free Syrian Army’s Tajammu al-Shahid Abu Hamza al-Naeimi released three detained fighters of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Thawra. The fighters were detained as they were passing through Tajammu al-Shahid Abu Hamza al-Naeimi’s stronghold, the city of Muzayrib.

Rebel “Daraa Martyrs Documentation Office” reported death of a Free Syrian Army’s fighter, due to being targeted by a Syrian Arab Army’s sniper at the outskirts of Daraa camp, in the city of Daraa.

Iraq

Kirkuk:

Two Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices destroyed two Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) vehicles in Al-Hawaij and Al-Mastura villages, according to the Amaq Agency.

Salah al-Deen:

Islamic State’s inghimasi (suicide fighters) launched an attack on Iraqi Army’s gathering in Al-Hawish area, northern Samarra.

Afghanistan

Fayrab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ “Prophet 8” operation against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) resulted in death of 11 IEA fighters and injury of additional ten in Khaja Sahib Posh and Shirin Tagab districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Police’s elements in Pashtun Kot district, killing one and injuring another ANP‘s element.

Sar-e Pol Province:

Afghan National Army and Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan continue to clash for the third day in Tabor area of Sangjark directorate. IEA reportedly repelled all of ANA‘s attacks in the area today.

Kunar Province:

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

Kabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Army’s logistics convoy in Qarabagh district, destroying a fuel tank and killing one soldier.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic State in Achin and Khogyani districts. During the operations, security forces killed three and arrested seven IS’ fighters, as well as destroyed an IS’ fighting position and headquarters.

Islamic State assassinated an element of the National Directorate of Security in the city of Jalalabad.

Logar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces seized control of one of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s weapons depots in Pol-e Zam directorate. Security Forces seized a rocket launcher with three rockets, a radio, three grenades, five kilograms (11 pounds) of explosive material, several improvised explosive devices, and large quantities of various ammunition.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan took control of an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Durham Boum directorate. The clashes for the checkpoint resulted in death of four ANA‘s elements and injury of additional three, as well as in death of one IEA fighter and injury of another two. IEA seized two motorcycles and an assault rifle from the captured checkpoint.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Qala i Naw district and killed two soldiers.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ operations in Gelan district killed seven fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Paktika Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured Afghan National Police’s checkpoint in Berlak directorate of Janikhel district, killing four policemen in the process. IEA seized five assault rifles, an RPG launcher, a PK machine gun and large quantities of ammunition.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Police’s Chief of Pusht Rod district survived an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s assassination attempt in the province. The chief’s vehicle was first targeted by an improvised explosive device and then fired on by the fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. One IEA fighter was killed and two wounded in the encounter.

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed a vehicle and an enemy position in Deh Rawud, Khas Urozgan, and Tarinkot districts.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Security Forces’ military convoy on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in Shah Joy district, destroying three vehicles.

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Nahri Saraj district, killing eight soldiers in the process. IEA seized a motorcycle, a heavy machine gun, an RPG launcher, four assault rifles, a mortar and large quantities of ammunition,

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed a vehicle of Afghan militias in Lashkar Gah district. The ambush resulted in destruction of the vehicle and death of two elements of the militia.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Security Forces’ armored vehicle and caused casualties among elements on board. The incident took place between Jerash and Sangin districts.

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