Syrian War Daily – 25th of December 2017

Hello and welcome to the 286th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Free Syrian Army’s Ahl al-Diyar operations room conducted an infiltration operation into the Syrian Democratic Forces-held Tell Mudiq village, north of Aleppo. The operation was aimed towards the outpost in a locality with a significant SDF presence. Free Syrian Army captured one Syrian Democratic Forces’ element and then withdrew from the locality.

Raqqa:

Lebanese Security Forces arrested Ahmed Hajjah ​​al-Rahil, Islamic State’s commander from Al-Tabqa, west of Raqqa. Al-Rahil fled from Al-Tabqa towards Beqaa (Bekaa) Valley in Lebanon. He was captured by the security forces when he entered the city of Al-Hermal at dawn.

Hama:

Russian Air Force’s airstrike killed Abu Hamza al-Hamawi, field media official of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Ibaa News Agency. The incident occurred in the eastern Hama and also wounded a correspondent of the same news agency.

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shelled Al-Lataminah and Sukayk in the northern Hama. Russian Air Forces conducted over a dozen of air raids over the villages of Al-Jininah, Buyud, Al-Tifahiah, Al-Hamdaniyah, and Jib Sukkar in the eastern Hama.

Approximate situation in the northern Hama, HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Qasioun News Agency

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces took full control of Murad oil field after clashing with the Islamic State in the area.

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shelled Ain Terma, Kafr Batna, Douma, and Al-Shifuniyah in the East Ghouta.

Syrian government’s National Reconciliation Committee and rebel forces in Beit Jinn reportedly reached an agreement regarding the future of the pocket. Rebel fighters that don’t agree to the reconciliation will be evacuated from the pocket and Mughr al-Meer, Beit Jinn and its farms will come under the Syrian Arab Army’s control. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s fighters and their families will be evacuated to Idlib, while the fighters of the rebel Jabal al-Sheikh operations room, Liwa Omar ibn al-Khattab, Ahrar al-Sham and other groups will be evacuated to Daraa.

Situation in Beit Jinn pocket (purple = reconciliation/ceasefire agreement between the Syrian Arab Army and local fighters). Source: Suriyak

Daraa:

Approximate situation in the southern Daraa governorate, HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Qasioun News Agency

Iraq

Diyala:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device destroyed Iraqi Federal Police’s vehicle near Al-Eazim area, causing casualties among the elements on board, according to the Amaq Agency.

Baghdad:

Iraqi Army’s 22nd Infantry Brigade conducted anti-insurgency operations in Tell Tasa area, northwest of Baghdad. Iraqi forces found an underground cache with six containers containing weapons, ammunition and explosives. The cache was found close to the area where an Islamic State’s fighter was captured.

Afghanistan

Kunduz Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Qalay-I-Zal district, killing an element of the group and Molavi Habibullah, local IEA commander, as well as wounding another IEA element. The operations also resulted in destruction of IEA base and a vehicle.

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Almar district.

Afghan National Army’s commander Naeem defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, along with seven ANA‘s elements in Lashi area of Lawlash directorate. The defected elements took a PK machine gun, an RPG launcher and five assault rifles from the army’s storage and brought it to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Sar-e Pol Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured a strategic checkpoint from the Afghan National Army in Takhta area of Saydabad district. Three Afghan National Army’s soldiers were killed in the clashes for the checkpoint, while the rest of the army’s elements withdrew from the checkpoint. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two assault rifles from the checkpoint.

Nuristan Province:

Afghan National Army’s soldier surrendered to the fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with his weapon in Nurgram district.

Kunar Province:

Afghan National Army’s commander Mir Baaz Khan defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, along with 30 soldiers of the army. The defection took place in Chapa Dara district.

Kabul Province:

Islamic State’s suicide fighter targeted the headquarters of the National Directorate of Security in Shash Durk area of Kabul city. The suicide attack killed 30 elements of the Afghan intelligence, according to the Amaq Agency.

Laghman Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed an element of the Afghan Local Police in the city of Mihtarlam, the capital of Laghman Province.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed a fighter of the Islamic State in Achin district.

Islamic State assassinated an element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar Province.

Maidan Wardak Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted large-scale operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Saydabad district. The operations resulted in killing of 24 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, including two local commanders, Matiullah and Feyz. The operations also resulted in destruction of two vehicles and capture of five vehicles, 19 motorcycles and large quantities of weapons and ammunition.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed a group of Afghan National Army’s elements in Jalga directorate, which led to clashes between the two sides. The clashes reportedly resulted in killing of two and injury of three soldiers.

Logar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed a group of the elements belonging to the Afghan Local Police in Mohammad Agha district. The ambush reportedly killed one and wounded two elements of the Local Police.

Khost Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan assassinated a member of the National Directorate of Security in the city of Khost.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device wounded two elements of the Afghan National Police in Bak district.

Ghazni Province:

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

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Shalgar directorate, killing six and wounding two soldiers.

Afghan Local Police and Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan clashed in Qarabagh district. The clashes reportedly resulted in killing of two and injury of two Afghan Local Police’s elements.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed two Afghan National Army’s soldiers in the city of Ghazni.

Paktika Province:

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

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Anar Dara district.

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Tarinkot district, killing seven and wounding three fighters of the group.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s vehicle near Babu Killi area of Naw Bahar district. The explosion reportedly killed four soldiers.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan shelled Afghan National Army’s foot patrol near Shah Hassan Khel area of Shah Joy district, killing two and wounding one soldier.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded four fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Marjah and Nahri Saraj districts.

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 snipers killed two elements of the Egyptian Army, south and west of the city of Al-Sheikh Zuwaid in the North Sinai Governorate.

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device damaged Egyptian Army’s bulldozer west of Al-Arish international airport, south of Al-Arish

Somalia:

Islamic State’s fighters assassinated an element of the Somali National Army in Afgooye, Lower Shebelle province.

Other:

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