Syrian War Daily – 6th of February 2018

Hello and welcome to the 329th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Syrian Democratic Forces’ YPG reportedly recaptured Haj Bilal village in Shaykh al-Hadid subdistrict, and Al-Amoud (Dikmah Tash) village and Jabal Serghaya in Sharran subdistrict of Afrin from the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army. However, the aforementioned localities should be treated as disputed for now, as there is lack of evidence that suggests YPG‘s control over the localities.

General Staff of the Republic of Turkey announced death of a Turkish Armed Forces’ element and injury of additional five, due to yesterday’s Hezbollah and IRGC’s shelling of Al-Eis in the southern Aleppo.

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 Termala, Kafr Nabl (Kafranbel), Al-Ghadfa, and Afs in Idlib governorate. According to the reports, four civilians were killed and five wounded by the shelling of Termala. Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets) stated that one of its elements was killed and another wounded by the air raids over Al-Ghadfa.

Syrian Democratic Forces’ YPG shelled Atmah refugee camp from its positions in Afrin region. According to the Syrian Civil Defense, three civilians were killed and 14 wounded by the shelling.

Rebel operations room Dahar al-Ghaza, backed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham reportedly took control of Tell Kalbah, Dhahabiyah, Tawil al-Halib, air defense battalion (abandoned battalion), and Tellat al-Bindira from the Syrian Arab Army in the eastern Idlib. If the reports about the capture of the aforementioned localities are true, it would mean that Tell al-Sultan and Al-Mushayrifah are also under the control of the rebels.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that an anti-tank guided missile damaged Syrian Arab Army’s tank east of Sinjar in the southern Idlib.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham released the general commander of the dissolved Free Syrian Army’s Harakat Hazzm (Hazzm Movement), Ahmad al-Khouli (Abu Abdullah) after three years of imprisonment. Al-Khouli was imprisoned in Al-Aqab prison for three years, before being transferred to Idlib Central Prison three months ago. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra then) arrested Al-Khouli for the murder of the judge Sheikh Yaqoub al-Omar and his role in Harakat Hazzm, as a leader of foreign relations, which resulted in the United States sending TOW missiles to the group. Al-Khouli was released since Harakat Hazzm is dissolved and there is insufficient evidence against him in the murder of Al-Omar.

Hama:

Syrian Arab Army made large advances against the Islamic State in northeastern Hama, capturing over a dozen of localities. Some of the localities that the Syrian Arab Army captured are: Al-Daqq, Salihiyah, Umm Qarin, Khirbet Umm Rujm, Abu Hilal, Najm Zuhur, Umm Ajj, Halabiyah, Tawal al-Dabaghin, Tarfawi, Luwaybidat, Sukari, Mulawlah, Tell Halawat, Hawa, Jadwayah, Hamdaniyah, Tufahah, Nafahah, Rasm al-Tiwal, Sammaqiyah, Murayjib, Jubb Utman, Rasm Bajris, Maslukhiyah, Rasm Kharaij, Malulah, Tell Raman, Humah, Maseidah, Al-Harsh, Tell Abu Drikht, Umm Aija, Umm Abh, Dalalatan, Khayrieh Saghirah, Khayrieh Kabirah, Maseidah, Aziziyah, and Barudih.

Approximate situation in the northeastern Hama. Source: Emmanuel

Deir al-Zour:

Tension rose between Syrian Democratic Forces and the local tribes/clans in the village of Al-Shuhail in the eastern Deir al-Zour. Tensions started yesterday, when an element of the Syrian Democratic Forces killed Hajj Awad al-Hamoud al-Salih in the locality. Syrian Democratic Forces retreated last night from Al-Shuhail and surrounding areas. Locals in Al-Shuhail reportedly captured nine elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the locality and captured the locality from the group. Negotiations are reportedly ongoing between the two sides, as the locals demand the surrender of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ element that murdered Al-Salih.

Islamic State launched an attack against the Syrian Democratic Forces in Al-Soussa area, north of Al-Baghouz village. According to the Islamic State’s Amaq Agency, six elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces were killed and one captured in the attack.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that an anti-tank guided missile targeted Syrian Democratic Forces in the vicinity of Al-Bahra village, killing three elements.

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Douma, Arbeen, Kafr Batna, Zamalka, Saqba, Mesraba, Hammouriyah, Jobar, and Harasta in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense, 15 civilians were killed in Douma, nine in Arbeen, six in Kafr Batna, five in Mesraba, four in Zemalka, four in Hammouriyah, and three in Harasta. Syrian American Medical Society- SAMS stated that 60 civilians arrived in its hospital in Arbeen.

Rebel forces in the East Ghouta shelled Jaramana, Harasta, and Al-Mezzeh, Al-Abbasiyin, Bab Touma, and Rukn al-Deen districts of Damascus city. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, three civilians were killed and eight wounded by the shelling of Bab Touma, while two civilians were killed and five wounded by the shelling of Al-Homsi neighborhood of Jaramana.

Daraa:

Rebel factions operating in Daraa governorate, backed by Israeli Defense Forces stopped Al-Fatihin (Conquerors) battle against the Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid, aimed at completely eliminating the group from Daraa governorate. The battle started on the 1st of February and was allegedly stopped by Israel. Reports suggest that the battle might not be started again. Rebel factions withdrew heavy weapons and vehicles from the front line two days ago and returned to their headquarters.

Two elements of the Free Syrian Army were killed yesterday by the Syrian Arab Army in the city of Daraa. The first element of the Free Syrian Army’s Quwa Shabab al-Sunnah was killed by the mortar shelling in Daraa al-Balad district, while the second element of the Free Syrian Army’s Firqat Aswad al-Sunnah was killed during the clashes in Al-Manashiyah district.

Iraq

Kirkuk:

Iraqi Army, Iraqi Federal Police, and Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) are preparing to launch an attack against Al-Rayat al-Bayd (White Flags) group in the governorate.

Salah al-Deen:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device destroyed Iraqi Army’s Humvee and killed four soldiers in Al-Ghaliziyah area of Al-Tarmiyah, according to the Amaq Agency.

Afghanistan

Takhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 12, wounded eight, and arrested three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Darqad district. Afghan National Security Forces also destroyed two motorcycles.

Kunduz Province:

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

Badakhshan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces destroyed four vehicles, an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s base and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Warduj district.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten and wounded two elements of the Islamic State in Achin and Chaparhar districts.

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

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 three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khas Urozgan district.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed three elements of the Afghan National Army, during the clashes between the two in Surkh Sang area of Arghandab district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two assault rifles from the encounter. Separately, Afghan National Army’s element was killed in Makarmak area of Mizand district.

Afghan National Police’s element defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Shah Joy district.

Nimruz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed two elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Dorahi area of Delaram district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed nine and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Sangin and Garmsir districts. Furthermore, Afghan National Security Forces arrested eight elements of the group, including a local commander and destroyed three VBIEDs.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran and destroyed Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in the vicinity of Turabi Hotel area of Jerashk district. Ten elements of the Afghan Local Police, including commander Shamsullah were killed in the clashes, as well as two vehicles destroyed. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was also killed in the clashes. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two PK machine guns, an RPG launcher, and three assault rifles from the checkpoint.

Several Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive devices reportedly destroyed three Afghan National Police’s armored personnel carriers arriving to Parchaw area of Nad Ali district, killing and wounding 13 policemen. Separately, five elements of the Afghan National Security Forces, including commander Salar were killed and two wounded by an improvised explosive device while arriving in Shena Kili area of Nad Ali district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed two elements of the Afghan National Army in Parchaw area of Nad Ali district.

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed one and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Maruf district.

CJTF-OIR:

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