Syrian War Daily – 4th of February 2018

Hello and welcome to the 327th 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’ YPG in Afrin region, as a part of the operation ‘Olive Branch’ (AR: Ghasin al-Zaytun, TR: Zeytin Dalı). Free Syrian Army reportedly captured Haj Bilal and Tell 1027. Free Syrian Army also reportedly captured Al-Sheikh Horuz area, however, YPG claimed that they are back in control of the area, so the area should be treated as disputed for now.

General Staff of the Republic of Turkey announced death of two and injury of five elements of the Turkish Armed Forces due to the clashes with the YPG. This announcement brings Turkish Armed Forces’ death toll in the operation ‘Olive Branch’ to 14 soldiers.

Turkish Armed Forces conducted strikes over five targets in Afrin region. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, a civilian was killed by the Turkish Armed Forces’ targeting of Al-Zaytouna village. Turkish Armed Forces also stated that at least 35 elements of Yekîneyên Parastina Gel were “neutralized” today and 932 since the start of the operation ‘Olive Branch’.

Approximate situation in Afrin region, HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Tomasz Rolbiecki

Idlib:

Russian Air Force conducted air raids over Maasran, Idlib, Morek, Khan Sheikhoun (Shaykhun), Jarjanaz, Umm al-Khalakhil, Kafr Nabl (Kafranbel), Al-Ghadfa, Al-Tah, and Al-Rakaya in Idlib governorate. According to the reports, eight civilians were killed and 20 wounded by the air raids over Kafr Nabl.

Newly-formed rebel operations room Dahar al-Ghaza, backed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistan Islamic Party launched an attack against the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the vicinity of Abu al-Duhur in the eastern Idlib. Reports suggest that the rebel forces captured Tell al-Sultan, Tell Syriatel, Tell Kalbah, Al-Mushayrifah, and several other localities. However, these localities should be considered as disputed for now, as pro-government sources claim that rebels’ attacks were repelled.

The operations of the “Roll Back Invaders” group, which was formed on Saturday, began a military attack targeting the positions of the Assad forces and Iranian militias in the eastern countryside of Idlib. Within hours of the battle, they managed to regain control of several villages and hills.

Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki seized a vehicle loaded with weapons at Sheikh Aqil checkpoint destined for the Syrian Democratic Forces’ YPG in Afrin region. The seized vehicles contained at least two dozens of anti-tank guided missiles. The driver of the vehicle revealed the location of other members in the cell after an interrogation. Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki stormed the headquarters of the cell, killing one and arresting four elements of the cell. The arrested elements of the cell also revealed the location of the second vehicle that was supposed to deliver the weapons to YPG in Afrin. Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki’s elements found the second vehicle in the city of Salwa in Al-Dana’s area.

Unknown gunmen assassinated Ahrar al-Sham’s commander Muawiyah al-Hamawi near the city of Maarat al-Numaan in the southern Idlib.

Approximate situation in the eastern Idlib, showing reported rebel advances. Source: Nors For Studies

Hama:

Syrian Arab Army reportedly captured Maasaran, Judaydah and Samiriyah from the Islamic State in the northeastern Hama.

Situation in the northeastern Hama. Source: Emmanuel

Deir al-Zour:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device destroyed Syrian Democratic Forces’ vehicle and killed four elements of the group in the vicinity of Al-Bahra village, according to the Amaq Agency. Separately, four elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces were reportedly killed and eight wounded by an anti-tank guided missile in Al-Bahra village. Islamic State’s Amaq Agency also reported that an element of the Syrian Democratic Forces was killed by a sniper, also in Al-Bhara village, northwest of Hajin.

Islamic State reportedly destroyed two Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the city of Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal) with RPGs. Islamic State’s sniper killed one and wounded one element of the Syrian Arab Army at the outskirts of Al-Bukamal, according to the Amaq Agency.

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Douma, Al-Shifuniyah, and Arbeen in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), four civilians were killed by the targeting of Douma.

Rebel forces in the East Ghouta shelled Ash al-Warwar neighborhood of the city of Damascus and Harasta. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, seven civilians were wounded by the shelling of Harasta.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Ibaa News Agency claimed that seven elements of the Syrian Arab Army were killed by mortar shelling on Arbeen front in the East Ghouta.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that Islamic State’s sniper killed an element of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus.

Daraa:

Free Syrian Army’s Firqat al-Haq repelled Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid raid on one of its headquarters at the front line in Al-Ajmi area of Al-Ashara. Two elements of the Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid’s cell that raided headquarters were killed and two elements of Firqat al-Haq wounded in the encounter. One of the two killed Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid’s elements was reportedly an official/commander in the group.

‘House of Justice in Houran’ issued a decision to arrest three individuals from Daraa that participated in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. The house of justice accused Khalid al-Shara, Dr. Ayesh Ghanim, and Faysal al-Shahadat of treason. Khalid Al-Shara was already arrested yesterday by the Free Syrian Army’s Katibat al-Shahid Muhammad al-Shara and is expected to be handed over to the house of justice soon.

Iraq

Anbar:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices destroyed two vehicles of the Iraqi Army near the city of Al-Rutbah in the western Anbar.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 44 and wounded 17 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Khaja Sahib Posh district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. Among the 44 killed elements are seven Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s commanders. Afghan National Security Forces also destroyed several weapons depots, ammunition caches, vehicles and nine fighting positions/camps.

Balkh Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan Local Police’s post in Nahri Shahi district, killing one element and wounding Afghan Local Police’s commander Fairroz.

Kunduz Province:

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

Laghman Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan assassinated an element of the Afghan Local Police in the city of Mihtarlam, and wounded two elements in an ambush in Alishing district.

Nangarhar Province:

National Directorate of Security arrested two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Jalalabad and Sherzad districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Police’s vehicle in Surkh Rod district, killing three and wounding two policemen. Similarly, another improvised explosive device killed two and wounded four elements of the Afghan Local Police in Bati Kot district.

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 ambushed Afghan National Security Forces in the city of Pol-e Alam, capital of Logar Province. According to the reports, four elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and two wounded in the ambush.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device killed three elements of the Afghan National Army in Mohammad Agha district. Separately, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed an element of the Afghan National Army in Baraki Barak district.

Khost Province:

Afghan National Security Forces’ element was wounded in clashes with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the city of Khost.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 20 and wounded seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Deh Yak district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reported that six elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and eight wounded, as well as a tank destroyed during the clashes in Deh Yak district.

Paktika Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan repelled Afghan National Security Forces’ attack in Yusuf Kheil district, reportedly killing three and wounding three elements in the process. Two vehicles of the Afghan National Security Forces were reportedly destroyed in the failed attack.

Farah Province:

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Chora district. Furthermore, Afghan National Security Forces destroyed 27 improvised explosive devices and 180 kilograms (396 pounds) of drugs.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers wounded seven elements of the Afghan National Army in Shishar area of Khas Urozgan district and one element in Lablan area of Deh Rawud district. Similarly, Afghan National Police’s element was killed by a sniper in Nazayo area of Chora district.

Nimruz Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight and wounded four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Haji village.

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in Terikh Nawar area of Marjah district, killing six policemen in the process. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun, an RPG launcher and three assault rifles from the checkpoint.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Security Forces’ armored personnel carrier in Alakozo Shakh area of Nahri Saraj district. Similarly, another improvised explosive device destroyed a truck in Seydano area of Nahri Saraj district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers reportedly killed seven elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Jerashk district.

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

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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