Syrian War Daily – 20th of December 2017

Hello and welcome to the 281st installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Sham foiled Syrian Arab Army’s infiltration attempt into the western part of Bayanoun, northwest of Aleppo. Following the failed infiltration attempt, Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shelled Bayanoun from Ratyan.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Jaysh al-Ahrar repelled Syrian Arab Army’s attack on Rasm al-Siyala village, south of Khanaser. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s commander Edi Abu Faisal stated that one SAA‘s soldier was killed and eight captured in the failed attack. Three HTS‘ fighters were wounded in the clashes.

Improvised explosive device targeted Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s headquarters in Khan Al-Asal, wounding several fighters of the group.

Idlib:

Syrian Interim Government’s Minister of Health, Firas al-Jundi stated that Turkey will not recognize Syrian Salvation Government, which operates in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-held areas of Idlib governorate. Al-Jundi’s statement comes after a Turkish delegation met with the Prime Minister of the Syrian Salvation Government, Mohammed Al-Sheikh in Idlib. The Turkish delegation consisted of the head of the Turkish Religious Endowment, head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs and clerics from Hatay, Kirikhan and Antakya. Turkish government reassured Al-Jundi that they will not recognize any government that is not part of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. According to Al-Jundi, Syrian Interim Government will continue to operate in Idlib governorate, also finding safe places to reopen offices and headquarters closed yesterday by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Hama:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham shelled Islamic State’s positions in the village of Rasm al-Hamam. Reports suggest that the Islamic State’s ZU-23-2 was destroyed in the shelling.

Approximate situation in the northern Hama. Source: Emmanuel

Deir al-Zour:

SVBIED exploded at a Syrian Democratic Forces’ checkpoint at Al-Attal roundabout in Al-Shuhail village. The SVBIED targeted civilian convoy at the checkpoint, killing at least four civilians.

Islamic State’s sniper reportedly killed an element of the Syrian Democratic Forces and wounded another one north of Abu Hammam village, according to the Amaq Agency.

Approximate situation in the eastern Deir al-Zour. Source: Rr016

Damascus:

Ahrar al-Sham detonated Syrian Arab Army’s tunnel inside the ‘Army Armored Vehicle Base’ in Harasta. Reports suggest that a dozen of Syrian Arab Army’s elements were killed and wounded by the detonation of the tunnel. Furthermore, Ahrar al-Sham damaged SAA‘s BMP during today’s clashes.

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shelled Harasta, Ain Terma, Madyara, Douma and Al-Nashabiyah in the East Ghouta. The shelling of Harasta seriously wounded a civilian, who later died in a hospital.

Rebel “Daraa Martyrs Documentation Office” reported death of a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s fighter, due to clashes with the Syrian Arab Army at the outskirts of Mughr al-Meer.

Daraa:

Rebel “Daraa Martyrs Documentation Office” reported death of a civilian by the Jordanian Security Forces, as he tried to cross into Jordan from Tell Shihab.

Iraq

Diyala:

Islamic State damaged Iraqi Federal Police’s vehicle in Nofal area, north of Muqdadiya.

Afghanistan

Kunduz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) captured two Afghan National Army’s checkpoints in Dashti directorate, reportedly killing six and wounding 11 soldiers in the process. One fighter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was wounded in the clashes. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two heavy machine guns, two RPG launchers and three assault rifles from the checkpoints.

Kunar Province:

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

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic State in Khogyani and Surkh Rod districts, killing five, wounding seven and capturing two fighters of the group. Furthermore, Afghan National Security Forces destroyed two drug factories.

Islamic State’s sniper killed two elements of the Afghan National Army in Bira Khel directorate of Khogyani district.

Maidan Wardak Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed an element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Saydabad district.

Paktia Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province resulted in the killing of six fighters of the group, destruction of two vehicles and several weapons depots and ammunition caches.

Khost Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s vehicle in the city of Khost, killing five soldiers.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Muqur district, killing one and wounding two soldiers. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized various military equipment from the checkpoint.

Herat Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted large-scale operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, killing 18 and wounding five fighters of the group. Furthermore, the operations resulted in destruction of nine vehicles.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ operations in Andar killed three and wounded three fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Bala Buluk district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s tank and wounded five soldiers in Pusht Rod district.

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten and wounded seven fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province.

Helmand Province:

Aghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nad Ali district, killing seven and wounding three fighters of the groups, as well as destroying several weapons depots and ammunition caches.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Yaschal area of Nahri Saraj district. The explosion killed three soldiers.

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked a group of Afghan National Army’s soldiers in Wami area, killing one soldier.

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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Amaq Agency:

Egypt:

Islamic State’s sniper killed an element of the Egyptian Army at Abu Attiya checkpoint, south of Al-Sheikh Zuwaid in the North Sinai Governorate.

Somalia:

Islamic State killed an element of the Somali National Army and wounded several others at a checkpoint in Afgooye, Lower Shebelle province.

Other:

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