Syrian War Daily – 8th of January 2018

Hello and welcome to the 300th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Unknown individuals targeted Turkish Army’s convoy passing through Zarzita village with an RPG and destroyed an armored vehicle. The convoy entered Syria through Kafr Lusin and was on its way towards Darat Izza when it came under attack. After the attack, Turkish forces found and dismantled nine improvised explosive device, which were planted on the road where the convoy was supposed to pass.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Ibaa News Agency reported destruction of Syrian Arab Army’s 14.5 machine gun on Al-Zahraa front in the western Aleppo.

Idlib:

Syrian Arab Army captured Farijah, Burtuqalah, Ray al-Hawa, Duwaydiyah, Al-Juhman, Abu al-Alaj, Jubb al-Qasab, Bashkoun, Maksar al-Tahtani, Maksar al-Fawqani, Harmalah, and Harjalah villages from the rebel forces in the southern Idlib.

Turkistan Islamic Party sent military reinforcements against the Syrian Arab Army in the southern Idlib. Similarly, Ahrar al-Sham sent reinforcements on Sinjar and Atshan fronts.

Syrian Salvation Government, which operates in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-held areas, released a statement stating that the last night’s explosion in the city of Idlib wasn’t a VBIED, but rather a Russian missile.

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

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces continued to clash with the Islamic State at the outskirts of Al-Bahra village in the eastern Deir al-Zour. Reports suggest that at least 27 fighters of the Islamic State were killed and three IS’ drones downed in the clashes at the outskirts of Al-Bahra. Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported killing of eight elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces due to the clashes at the outskirts of Al-Bahra. Furthermore, Islamic State’s sniper killed an element of the Syrian Democratic Forces at the outskirts of Al-Bahra, according to the Amaq Agency.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported destruction of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ vehicle with an anti-tank guided missile, east of the city of Hajin.

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

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Douma, Saqba, Madyara, Harasta, Kafr Batna, and Arbeen in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets) 12 civilians were killed and a dozen wounded by the targeting of Douma. Similarly, Syrian Civil Defense reported that air raids over Madyara killed three and wounded 12 civilians.

Syrian Arab Army clashed with the Ahrar al-Sham-led rebels in the city of Harasta, with reports about the former making limited advances against the latter in the locality. The clashes were focused on Al-Ajami and Al-Hadayiq neighborhoods of Harasta.

Ahrar al-Sham’s spokesman in the East Ghouta, Munthir Fares denied yesterday’s reports about the Syrian Arab Army breaking the siege of the SAA-held areas of the ‘Army Armored Vehicle Base’ in Harasta. According to Fares, the news about the siege being broken are false victories being promoted in order to raise the moral of the troops on the front lines. Similarly, reports surfaced about Ahrar al-Sham-led rebels still being in complete control of Al-Ajami neighborhood and Al-Basher hospital. The hospital was reportedly recaptured by the Syrian Arab Army on the 5th of January.

Reports suggest that Ahrar al-Sham captured four “hangars” and a tank from the Syrian Arab Army in the ‘Army Armored Vehicle Base’. According to the same reports, Syrian Arab Army is still in control of ten “hangars” in the vehicle base.

Syrian Security Forces found remains of the seven killed Syrian Arab Army’s soldiers on Al-Talawul al-Humur near Beit Jinn. The soldiers were reportedly killed during the battles in 2015. Rebel forces withdrew from Al-Talawul al-Humur on the 2nd of January as a part of the evacuation agreement, allowing the security forces to find the remains of the soldiers.

Daraa:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Ibaa News Agency reported that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s sniper killed two soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army on Khirbet Ghazaleh front in the eastern Daraa.

Iraq

Anbar:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device damaged Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) Humvee and wounded a commander in Albu Diab area, northwestern Al-Ramadi.

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces conducted operations in Al-Shurtan area, west of Baghdad. Security forces discovered 40 various improvised explosive devices left behind by the Islamic State. The improvised explosive devices were safely detonated in a controlled explosion. Several wanted individuals were also arrested during the operations.

Afghanistan

Kunduz Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Imam Sahib and Ali Abad districts, killing 14 and wounding five fighters of the group, as well as destroying a vehicle, a motorcycle, and a weapons depot.

Baghlan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Security Forces’ vehicle in Baghlan-e Markazi district, killing three elements on board.

Nuristan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan Local Police’s foot patrol in Kamdesh district, killing two and wounding three policemen.

Kapisa Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Army’s infantry in Nijrab district, killing one soldier and seizing his pistol.

Laghman Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy at the outskirts of the city of Mihtarlam, capital of Laghman Province. The ambush resulted in killing of two and injury of three Afghan National Security Forces’ elements.

Afghan Local Police’s element was wounded by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the city of Mihtarlam.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic State and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province, killing three IEA and 12 IS fighters. Furthermore, 30 fighters of the Islamic State were wounded in the operations.

Maidan Wardak Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two, wounded four and captured three fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Saydabad district.

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed one and wounded one fighter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khaja Sahib Posh district.

Paktika Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed an ammunition cache in Wazakhwa district.

Two elements of the Afghan National Police surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with their weapons in Khoshamand district.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted large-scale operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province, killing 27 and wounding 17 fighters of the group. Furthermore, three vehicles and a weapons depot were destroyed in the operations.

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed seven and wounded seven fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Shah Joy and Daychopan districts. Furthermore, an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s vehicle was also destroyed.

Nimruz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan targeted Afghan National Army’s checkpoint with RPGs in Razi area of Khash Rod district, destroying the checkpoint’s towers.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nawzad district, as well as destroyed two vehicles and three motorcycles.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured and destroyed Afghan National Army’s checkpoint on Kandahar road close to Sangin district. Eight elements of the Afghan National Army were killed during the clashes for the checkpoint. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun, an RPG launcher, and four assault rifles from the checkpoint.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers targeted Afghan National Police’s and Afghan Local Police’s checkpoints in Parchaw area of Jerash district, killing eight policemen.

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s pickup near Bazar area of Panjwayi district.

CJTF-OIR:

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