Syrian War Daily – 27th of January 2018

Hello and welcome to the 319th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkish Air and Land Forces captured several localities from the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (People’s Protection Units) in Afrin region, as a part of the operation ‘Olive Branch’ (AR: Ghasin al-Zaytun, TR: Zeytin Dalı). Free Syrian Army captured Ali Biski, point 740 and a training camp in Rajo subdistrict, and Tell al-Marsidis and several other hills in Jindires subdistrict. Two YPG elements were reported as killed and one confirmed as captured during the battles for Ali Biski village, while at least one YPG element was killed in the clashes for Tell al-Marsidis and nearby areas. Faylaq al-Sham’s commander, First Lieutenant Mahmoud al-Dams (Abu Rakan) was killed in today’s clashes with YPG in Afrin region.

Turkish Armed Forces announced death of two soldiers and injury of 11 Free Syrian Army’s elements, due to clashes with the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Yekîneyên Parastina Gel in operation ‘Olive Branch’. This announcement brings Turkish Armed Forces’ death toll in operation ‘Olive Branch’ to five soldiers.

Turkish Armed Forces conducted strikes over 42 targets in Afrin region. The strikes were conducted by 22 Turkish Air Force’s warplanes. According to the reports, several civilians were wounded by the airstrikes over Rajo, Bulbul, Kafri Kur, and Hamam. Turkish Armed Forces also stated that at least 53 elements of Yekîneyên Parastina Gel were “neutralized” today and 447 since the start of the operation ‘Olive Branch’.

Syrian Democratic Forces’ Yekîneyên Parastina Gel shelled city of Kilis in Turkey’s Kilis Province. According to the reports, two civilians were wounded by the shelling of the locality.

Syrian Democratic Forces’ Yekîneyên Parastina Gel released 55 military prisoners in Afrin, and called on the rebel factions operating in the northern Syria to do the same. One of the 55 released individuals is a commander in Free Syrian Army’s Al-Jabhat al-Shamiya.

Syrian Arab Army captured Tell al-Waz from the rebel factions in the southern Aleppo.

Approximate situation in Afrin. Source: Lucio Cienfuegos

Situation in the southern Aleppo. Source: Emmanuel

Idlib:

Russian Air Force’s warplane conducted an air raid against the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the village of Tawil al-Sheikh, killing five and wounding one element of the group. Three of the killed elements were identified as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s commanders Abu Musab al-Suri, Abu Muhammad al-Zayim, and Abu Basir Darat Izza.

Hama:

Islamic State captured all of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s localities inside the pocket in southern Idlib – southern Aleppo – northeastern Hama region.

Situation in the northeastern Hama. Source: Peter Bucci

Deir al-Zour:

Islamic State continued to engage Syrian Democratic Forces at the outskirts of the city of Gharanij in the eastern Deir al-Zour. Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that an anti-tank guided missile killed and wounded eight elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces, as well as destroyed a vehicle at the outskirts of Gharanij. Similarly, Amaq Agency reported that several Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed three and wounded several Syrian Democratic Forces’ elements, also at the outskirts of Gharanij.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that two Syrian Democratic Forces’ elements were killed and one wounded by an RPG in the vicinity of Al-Bahra village, northwest of Hajin.

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

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shelled Harasta, Hazrama, Al-Nashabiyah, Arbeen, Jisreen, and Douma in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), two civilians were killed and ten wounded by the shelling of Harasta.

Iraq

Anbar:

Iraqi Army’s 8th Infantry Brigade, backed by CJTF-OIR conducted an operation against the Islamic State’s gathering in Al-Baghdadi area. Iraqi forces raided Islamic State’s gathering and arrested Islamic State’s commander Karim Afat Ali al-Samarad. However, Iraqi forces came under the attack after arresting Al-Samarad and were forced to retreat to their headquarters. During the withdrawal, the forces spotted an unknown convoy arriving to the area, which was then targeted by CJTF-OIR‘s helicopters. Later it turned out that the convoy belonged to the local tribal fighters and police. CJTF-OIR‘s friendly fire incident resulted in killing of seven and injury of 19 local elements.

Diyala:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed two and wounded one element of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) in Al-Abbarah area, according to the Amaq Agency.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) overran Afghan National Police’s checkpoint in Arab area of Pashtun Kot district, killing five policemen in the process. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was also killed in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun and three assault rifles from the checkpoint.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan clashed with the Afghan Local Police in Turkol area of Shirin Tagab district. Reports suggest that two elements of the Afghan Local Police were killed in the clashes.

Kunduz Province:

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

Baghlan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted large-scale operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province, killing 25 and wounding 17 elements of the group, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Kabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan conducted an SVBIED attack on the former building of the Ministry of Interior Affairs in the city of Kabul. Casualties from the attack were reported at 95 killed and 158 wounded. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan claimed that the attack targeted gathering of high-ranking Afghan National Police’s officers in the building. The building is now allegedly used for the Afghan National Police’s gatherings and was monitored for a week before the attack. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reported that 246 Afghan National Police’s elements and officers were killed in the attack.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed National Directorate of Security’s convoy in Sarkhani Arakish area of Surobi district. One vehicle was destroyed and four elements of the National Directorate of Security were reportedly killed in the ambush.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted large-scale operations against the Islamic State in Achin and Haska Meyna (Deh Bala) districts, killing 31 elements of the group, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. Afghan National Security Forces also conducted operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Lal Pur district, killing three elements of the group and arresting six individuals accused of belonging to the group.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched an attack on Afghan Local Police’s positions in Kama area of Ghani Khel district. The attack reportedly resulted in killing of three elements of the Afghan Local Police.

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

Badghis Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six and wounded eight fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Qadis district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reported an attack against the Afghan National Army in Karais area of Qadis district, killing two and wounding ten soldiers. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan also reported that two of its fighters were wounded in the encounter.

Herat Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted the vehicle of the Afghan National Army’s commander Abdullah in Qala Yar area of Adraskan district. The explosion killed the commander and two of his bodyguards, as well as wounded two bodyguards.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces conducted operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Andar district, killing 16 and wounding 22 elements of the group. Furthermore, Afghan National Security Forces destroyed three vehicles, and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in the operations.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 16 and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khaki Safed district. Among the 16 killed element are two Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s local commanders, Mullah Anwar and Mullah Dalawar.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight and wounded three fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Chora district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed two elements of the Afghan National Police in Zeretalay area of Deh Rawud district.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed two and wounded one element of the Afghan National Army in Haji Salim village of Taneh area.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and arrested 14 individuals suspected of belonging to the group in Sangin and Nad Ali districts. Furthermore, Afghan National Security Forces destroyed three vehicles and a motorcycle.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan conducted an SVBIED attack against the gathering of the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, and Afghan Local Police’s elements in a military base in Qari area of Nad Ali district. The attack was conducted by Nour Ahmad Zarqawi Helmandi. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, 67 elements were killed and wounded, as well as seven vehicles and the military base destroyed in the attack.

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed two elements of the Afghan Border Police in Thaliton area of Maruf district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two assault rifles from the killed elements.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s vehicle and killed four soldiers in Khakrez district.

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:

Somalia:

Islamic State’s fighters assassinated a member of the National Intelligence and Security Agency in Afgooye, Lower Shebelle province.

Other:

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