Hello and welcome to the 323rd installment of the SWD.
Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:
Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkish Air and Land Forces captured three 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 Bak Oubashi village in Bulbul subdistrict, and recaptured Shankal and Kurni villages also in Bulbul subdistrict. Reports suggest that ten elements of Yekîneyên Parastina Gel were killed and two captured in today’s clashes with the Free Syrian Army in Afrin region.
Turkish Armed Forces conducted strikes over 22 targets in Afrin region. Turkish Armed Forces also stated that at least 63 elements of Yekîneyên Parastina Gel were “neutralized” today and 712 since the start of the operation ‘Olive Branch’.
Syrian Democratic Forces’ Yekîneyên Parastina Gel shelled city of Reyhanlı in Turkey’s Hatay Province second day in a row. The shelling targeted Gültepe neighborhood, killing one and wounding one civilian. Turkish Armed Forces targeted Al-Ashrafiyah neighborhood of the city of Afrin. According to the reports, one civilian was killed and nine wounded by the targeting of the neighborhood.
Syrian Arab Army reportedly captured Atshanah Gharbiyah, Atshanah Sharqiyah, and Mulahmiat from the rebel factions in the southern Aleppo.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham allegedly executed two elements of Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki in the vicinity of Darat Izza, in western Aleppo.
Syrian Arab Army made large advances against the rebel factions and captured over a dozen of localities north and west of Abu al-Duhur. Syrian Arab Army reportedly captured Al-Dhahabiyah, Magharat Muriza, Al-Judaydah, Buraghiti, Salihiya, Tuwayl al-Halib, Tell Khatrah, Masadah, Jabal Tuwayl, Tawahinah, Al-Mushayrifah, Tell Kalbah, and Tell Sultan. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham conducted an SVBIED operation against the Syrian Arab Army near Al-Dhahabiyah, without any information about the results from the operation.
Improvised explosive device exploded in the city of Al-Dana, killing one and wounding two civilians. The intended target of the improvised explosive device was reportedly a vehicle of the Free Syrian Army.
Approximate situation in the southern Idlib – southern Aleppo region. Source: Emmanuel
Syrian Arab Army reportedly captured Jubb Raziq and Abyan from the Islamic State in the northeastern Hama.
Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Al-Lataminah, Kafr Zita, and Al-Duqmaq in the northern Hama.
Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Hawsh al-Salihiyah, Al-Ashari, Harasta, Saqba, and Hazrama in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), two civilians were wounded by the targeting of Harasta.
Rebel ‘Bianahum Zulimu’ operations room, led by Ahrar al-Sham released a statement about yesterday’s Syrian Arab Army’s shelling of Harasta in the East Ghouta. According to the operations room, which is involved in battles around Harasta, Syrian Arab Army’s shelling targeted building where captured Syrian Arab Army’s elements were held. Elements of the operations room evacuated the prisoners from the targeted building to a new building, however, the second building also came under the shelling. Operations room stated that four captured Syrian Arab Army’s elements were killed and several wounded by the shelling.
Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that Islamic State’s sniper killed two fighters of the Syrian Arab Army-allied Harakat Filastin Hura (‘Free Palestine Movement’) at the outskirts of Al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus.
Iraqi Security Forces conducted operations in Al-Atar area, west of Baghdad. Security forces found and safely detonated 35 left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices. Several wanted individuals were also arrested in the operations.
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’s (Taliban) sniper killed an element of the Afghan National Army in Chaki Wardak district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed an element of the Afghan National Army in Akazo area of Murghab district.
Afghan National Security Forces conducted large-scale operations against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Andar district, killing 26, wounding 22, and arresting one element of the group, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. Afghan National Security Forces also destroyed a vehicle and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in the operations.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan continued to clash with the Afghan National Police in Jamala and Baghlan areas. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, five elements of the Afghan National Police were killed and two wounded in the clashes, while the remaining elements withdrew from the aforementioned areas.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan Local Police’s motorcycle and killed two elements in Qarabagh district. One element of the Afghan Local Police was killed by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as he was trying to retrieve the bodies of the two previously killed elements.
Two elements of the Afghan Local Police surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with their weapons in Zarghun Shar (Khayr Kot) district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Shamalgah area of the city of Farah, killing three and wounding five elements of the Afghan National Security Forces. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers also participated in the ambush, killing two and wounding three elements. Similarly, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Gerani area of Bala Buluk district, while on the road towards the city of Farah. Casualties from the encounter are unknown.
Afghan National Security Forces killed one and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nad Ali district.
Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as discovered and destroyed 11 improvised explosive devices in Khakrez district. Among the 11 killed elements is Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s local commander Hamza.
CJTF-OIR announced a change in their publishing policy. Now two strikes reports will be published each week, on Mondays and Fridays.
Islamic State’s improvised explosive device damaged Egyptian Army’s bulldozer near Al-Shaer checkpoint in the city of Rafah.
Islamic State in West Africa (Boko Haram) raided Niger Armed Forces’ barracks near the village of Chetimari in border area between Niger and Nigeria. At least two elements of the Niger Armed Forces were killed in the raid. Islamic State’s Amaq Agency claimed that 15 elements of the Niger Armed Forces were killed, as well as ten vehicles seized in the raid.
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