Syrian War Daily – 30th of January 2018

Hello and welcome to the 322nd 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 two 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 Al-Khalil and Sati Ushaghi villages in Rajo subdistrict. Yekîneyên Parastina Gel reportedly recaptured Hamam village in Jinderes subdistrict from Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army.

Pro-Yekîneyên Parastina Gel sources shared a video allegedly showing 19 elements of the Free Syrian Army, captured by Yekîneyên Parastina Gel in clashes for Afrin region.

Turkish Armed Forces conducted strikes over three targets in Afrin region. The strikes were conducted by a Turkish Air Force’s warplane. Turkish Armed Forces also stated that at least 33 elements of Yekîneyên Parastina Gel were “neutralized” today and 649 since the start of the operation ‘Olive Branch’.

Syrian Democratic Forces’ Yekîneyên Parastina Gel shelled city of Reyhanlı in Turkey’s Hatay Province, without any information about the casualties.

Syrian Democratic Forces’ Yekîneyên Parastina Jin (Women’s Protection Units) press center announced the death of one of its correspondents, Avrin Mahsum, as he was covering clashes with the Free Syrian Army in Rajo subdistrict on the 27th of January. Another correspondent, Aras Mahsum was seriously wounded yesterday, while covering clashes in Afrin region.

Last night, a large Turkish Armed Forces’ convoy, escorted by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Turkish Air Force entered Syria through Kafr Lusin, heading for Al-Eis in the southern Aleppo countryside, in order to establish an observation point. However, the convoy came under Syrian Arab Army’s artillery shelling in Al-Kamari and Jisr al-Barqoum areas while on its way towards Al-Eis, which forced the convoy to retreat to Al-Tawamah village in Al-Atarib area. Today, Turkish Armed Forces’ convoy attempted to reach Al-Eis again, however, it was targeted by a VBIED in Al-Atarib area. The explosion destroyed one vehicle, as well as killed one and wounded two Turkish Armed Forces’ elements. After the explosion, the convoy headed towards Bab al-Hawa border crossing and returned to Turkey.

Approximate situation in Afrin region. Source: Syrian Civil War Map

Idlib:

Russian Air Force conducted air raids over Khan Sheikhoun (Shaykun), Al-Husseiniya, Al-Sheikh Idris, Ariha, Kafr Amim, Al-Hamidiyah, and Saraqib in Idlib governorate. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), 16 civilians were killed and more than 20 wounded by the air raids over Ariha. Syrian Civil Defense also reported that 12 civilians were wounded by the air raids over Khan Sheikhoun.

Hama:

Syrian Arab Army captured a hill north of Khanafis from the Islamic State in the northeastern Hama.

Islamic State raided Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the village of Abu Marij in the northeastern Hama. According to the Islamic State’s Amaq Agency, five elements of the Syrian Arab Army were killed in the raid.

Approximate situation in the area where Syrian Arab Army advanced today against the Islamic State. Source: Suriyak

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Arab Army destroyed five Islamic State’s vehicles, reportedly killing all of the elements on board in the desertous area of the eastern Deir al-Zour governorate.

Left over Islamic State’s rocket-propelled grenade exploded in Syrian Democratic Forces-held city of Gharanij in the eastern Deir al-Zour. Reports suggest that four children were killed in the explosion.

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

Daraa:

Two Free Syrian Army’s factions, Liwa Ahfad Omar and Al-Wiyat Mujahidi Hawran clashed in the city of Inkhil, north of Daraa. Clashes reportedly occurred after Liwa Ahfad Omar’s commander Zia al-Zamil killed Al-Wiyat Mujahidi Hawran’s element Awad al-Masaid in the city of Jasim. However, Liwa Ahfad Omar released a statement saying that Al-Zamil acted in self-defense, as Al-Wiyat Mujahidi Hawran’s elements were preparing an ambush. Curfew was announced in the city of Inkhil, as Al-Wiyat Mujahidi Hawran and Liwa Ahfad Omar, backed by Liwa Shuhada Inkhil continue to clash in the city. On the 31st of December, Liwa Shuhada Inkhil and Al-Wiyat Mujahidi Hawran clashed in the city of Simlin, after the latter’s leader Yasser al-Badieah executed former’s leader Zahir al-Zamil.

Improvised explosive device targeted the vehicle of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Thawra in the city of Saida. According to the reports, commander of Jaysh al-Thawra’s Katibat Darea Kheil was killed and several elements wounded in the explosion. The wounded elements were transferred to a hospital in Nasib, near the border with Jordan. Jaysh al-Thawra stated that either Syrian Arab Army or Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid are responsible for the explosion.

Afghanistan

Kunduz Province:

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

Kabul Province:

National Directorate of Security discovered a large Islamic State’s base/hideout in Qalqa area of Kote Sangi neighborhood, which is part of the Fifth District of the city of Kabul. National Directorate of Security reportedly seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition from the base. Reports suggest that Islamic State’s inghimasi (suicide fighters) who raided Afghan National Army’s military base in the city of Kabul yesterday were using the base.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (Taliban) improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s vehicle in Bihsud district. The explosion also reportedly killed three and wounded three soldiers.

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

Maidan Wardak Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Chaki Wardak district. The raid resulted in killing of one Afghan National Army’s element.

Logar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Charkh district, killing two soldiers. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted the same area, destroying a vehicle and killing four soldiers.

Paktia Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Police’s vehicle, killing one and wounding one policeman in Nezami area of Tsamkani (Chamkani) district.

Badghis Province:

Two elements of the Afghan National Army surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Akazu area of Murghab district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 15 and wounded eight fighters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nawa, Qarabagh, and Andar districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched an attack against the Afghan National Police in Jamala and Baghlan areas. Reports suggest that eight Afghan National Police’s elements were killed and 11 wounded in the clashes, as well as two armored personnel carriers destroyed. One of the eight killed elements is Afghan National Police’s commander Aziz Ahmad.

Farah Province:

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

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Police’s foot patrol near Heidari village in Atghar district. The attack resulted in killing of two elements of the Afghan National Police.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s vehicle in Khan Haji Motie area of Arghandab district.

Helmand Province:

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight and wounded five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khakrez district. Afghan National Security Forces also found and destroyed 16 improvised explosive devices.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Argiyev area of Arghandab district, killing three elements. Similarly, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed two Afghan Local Police’s motorcycles in Khadrhiz area of Shah Wali Kot 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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