Syrian War Daily – 11th of January 2018

Hello and welcome to the 303rd installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates: SWD

Aleppo:

Syrian Arab Army captured Umm Khan, Umm al-Amad Qabli, Umm Ghiraf, Umm Ghubar, Umm Salasil, and Tell al-Ahmar from the rebel factions southwest of Khanasir.

Free Syrian Army’s Liwa al-Shamal arrested an alleged Syrian Democratic Forces’ cell at Al-Amarna checkpoint, on its way towards the city of Jarabulus. The arrested individuals were reportedly planning to plant an improvised explosive device in the city. Liwa al-Shamal handed over the individuals to the court in the city.

Approximate situation in the southern Idlib and southwestern Aleppo. Source: Syrian Civil War Map

Idlib:

Several rebel factions in the southern Idlib formed Rad al-Taghyan (Repelling Tyranny) operations room and launched an attack against the Syrian Arab Army on Khuwayn al-Kabir and Atshan fronts. The operations room consists of Faylaq al-Sham, Jaysh al-Nasr, Free Idlib Army, Jaysh al-Nukhba, and Al-Jaysh al-Thani. Besides the operations room, Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Ahrar, Jaysh al-Izza, Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki, and Turkistan Islamic Party also participated in today’s clashes.

The aforementioned rebel factions briefly captured Atshan, Khuwayn al-Kabir, Al-Zarzour, Umm al-Khalakhil, Mushayrifah Shamaliyah, Saloumiyah, Hamdaniyah, Jadaniyah, Abu Omar, and Tell Maraq from the Syrian Arab Army in the southern Idlib.

Rebel factions captured 15 Syrian Arab Army’s elements and an MT-LB armored personnel carrier in Khuwayn al-Kabir. Faylaq al-Sham’s commander Hassan Abu Khadija and Jaysh al-Nasr’s commander Ibrahim al-Olayan (Abu Rabie) were killed in today’s clashes with the Syrian Arab Army. Ahrar al-Sham’s elements were reportedly ambushed by the Syrian Arab Army in Atshan, which resulted in killing of the group’s commander Abu Saif Kafruid along with several dozens of fighters. Syrian Arab Army eventually recaptured all of the localities that rebels captured, as well as captured an MT-LB armored personnel carrier (not the same one that rebels captured).

Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Nasr targeted Syrian Arab Air Forces’ Sukhoi Su-24 with anti-aircraft weapons over Idlib. The warplane was damaged in the attack, but was still able to return to the base.

Last night, rebel forces ambushed Syrian Arab Army southwest of Abu al-Duhur airbase, killing over a dozen of soldiers, including the Brigadier General Maher Qahtan Ibrahim.

Islamic State captured four Syrian Arab Army’s soldiers in the vicinity of Abu al-Duhur airbase.

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shell landed near four field correspondents and wounded them as they were covering the rebel operations in the southern Idlib. The correspondents that were wounded by the artillery shell are; Hussein al-Tawil (Halab al-Youm (Aleppo Today) television news channel), Abdul Qadir Bakri (Wakala Qasioun (Qasioun News Agency)), Abdul Qadir al-Abdu (Al-Jisr channel), and Bilal al-Ghawi (Bawaba Hama (Gate of Hama)). Qasioun News Agency’s correspondent Abdul Qadir Bakri was seriously wounded, while the other three correspondents were lightly wounded.

Syrian Arab Air Force’s air raids over Maarat al-Numaan targeted the vehicle of Dr. Firas al-Jundi, Syrian Interim Government’s Minister of Health. The Minister of Health was wounded, while his driver Hossam al-Mandil was killed.

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

Deir al-Zour:

Islamic State executed two individuals in the village of Al-Shaafa, on the charges of smuggling the group’s elements outside of the Islamic State’s territory. The individuals were publicly executed in front of the mosque in the village.

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed a civilian and wounded additional two in Syrian Democratic Forces-held Al-Kushkiyah in the eastern Deir al-Zour.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported destruction of a Syrian Democratic Forces’ BMP with an anti-tank guided missile, east of Hajin. Similarly, the agency reported that Syrian Arab Army’s tank was destroyed with an anti-tank guided missile in the village of Al-Ghubra, north of Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal).

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Douma, Mesraba, Harasta, and Kafr Batna in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), two civilians were killed and more than 22 wounded by the targeting of Douma.

Daraa:

Liwa Ahrar Bani Khalid split from Tajammu Ahfad Khalid, due to the latter not paying the salaries of the former’s elements.

Iraq

Salah al-Deen:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device destroyed Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) vehicle carrying elements, west of the city of Baiji.

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces conducted operations in Al-Halabasa, Al-Tabi, and Awdat al-Shukr areas, in the vicinity of Baghdad. Security forces found and safely detonated 16 improvised explosive devices. Furthermore, several wanted individuals were arrested.

Afghanistan

Balkh Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) assassinated Afghan Local Police’s figure Agha Murad German in the village of Chahi.

Kunduz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Archi (Dasht-e Archi) district, killing five and capturing three soldiers in the process.

Approximate situation in Kunduz province, HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Afganistan Bülteni

Baghlan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed three elements of the Afghan Local Police during the clashes between the two sides in Nahrin district.

Kunar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided four Afghan National Army’s checkpoints and a base in Chapa Dara district, killing three and wounding three soldiers.

Nangarhar Province:

Two Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s elements, who infiltrated Afghan National Army’s ranks reportedly opened fire on the United States’ soldiers during a meeting in Spin Ghar district. The two infiltrators killed 16 and wounded several United State’s soldiers, according to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Shortly after the attack, the two infiltrators were killed in the clashes.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan repelled Afghan National Army Commando Corps’ attack on the former’s base in Khogyani district. Reports suggest that 13 elements of the Afghan National Army Commando Corps were killed in the clashes, while eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed and additional four wounded.

Approximate situation in Nangarhar province (red = Afghan National Security Forces, blue = Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and yellow = Islamic State), HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Afganistan Bülteni

Logar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in the city of Pol-e Alam, capital of Logar Province. The explosion killed two soldiers.

Paktia Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Ahmadabad district.

Badghis Province:

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

Afghan National Army’s commander Nour al-Deen defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Muqur district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed a fighter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Qarabagh district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Shalgar district, killing three soldiers. Similarly, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Police’s checkpoint in the city of Ghazni, killing one and wounding one policeman.

Four elements of the Afghan Local Police surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with their weapons in Muqur district.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted large-scale operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province, killing 29 and wounding 24 elements of the group, as well as destroying two vehicles.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in Gul Maikh area of Farah district, killing four and capturing one element in the process. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan also destroyed a pickup and seized a PK machine gun and an assault rifle from the checkpoint.

Approximate situation in Farah province, HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Afganistan Bülteni

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded seven fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the city of Tarinkot, capital of Urozgan Province. Furthermore, three motorcycles were also destroyed.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan released information regarding the clashes in Landi Kosi and Soli areas of the city of Tarinkot, which lasted for 20 days between the group and the Afghan National Security Forces. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the clashes ended today when Afghan National Security Forces decided to stop the offensive and withdraw. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan claimed that 87 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and more than 140 wounded in the clashes, as well as seven armored personnel carriers destroyed. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan also stated their own casualties for the clashes, which are seven killed and five wounded.

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded six fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed three vehicles in Naw Bahar and Shah Joy districts.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded one fighter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khanashin district. Furthermore, two vehicles were also destroyed.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured and destroyed Afghan National Police’s checkpoint in Jarnamo area of Nawa district. Seven elements of the Afghan National Police were killed in the clashes. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized an RPG launcher and three assault rifles from the checkpoint.

Approximate situation in Hemland province, HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Afganistan Bülteni

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan National Police’s checkpoint in Sara Baghal area of Maywand district, killing six policemen and destroying two armored personnel carriers in the process. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a vehicle, an RPG launcher with 30 rounds, a PK machine gun, and four assault rifles with five boxes of ammunition. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was wounded in the clashes for the checkpoint.

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 soldiers of the Egyptian Army in Al-Kharuba and Karam al-Qawadis areas, northern Sinai.

Yemen:

Islamic State’s sniper killed an element of Ansar Allah (Houthis) in Sablat al-Jurm area of Qaifa directorate, northwest of Al-Bayda

Other:

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