Syrian War Daily – 10th of February 2018

Hello and welcome to the 333rd 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 one locality 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 captured Deir Balut village in Jindires subdistrict. Two YPG‘s elements were killed in Sheikh Khoruz area, while five elements of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh Ahrar al-Sharqiya were killed and four wounded in Iskandar area.

Syrian Democratic Forces’ YPG destroyed Turkish Armed Forces’ armored personnel carrier with an improvised explosive device in Shiya area. Syrian Democratic Forces’ YPG also claimed that they downed Turkish Air Force’s helicopter over the village of Quda in Rajo subdistrict. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım confirmed that the helicopter crashed, but didn’t mention what caused the helicopter to crash.

General Staff of the Republic of Turkey announced death of nine and injury of 11 Turkish Armed Forces’ elements due to the encounters with the YPG‘s in Afrin region. General Staff also announced death of two Turkish Armed Forces’ elements due to the crashing of the aforementioned helicopter in Quda village. This announcement brings Turkish Armed Forces’ death toll in the operation ‘Olive Branch’ to 28 soldiers.

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

Latakia:

Two Free Syrian Army’s factions, Al-Baraa ibn Malik and Sayf al-Nasr joined Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki and formed Qitaa al-Sahel within the group.

Idlib:

Rebel operations room Dahar al-Ghaza and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham clashed with the Islamic State in Umm al-Khalakhil area, as the latter tried to capture the locality from the former. This development indicates that Umm al-Khalakhil is not under the control of the Islamic State, contrary to yesterday’s reports about the capture. Reports suggest that more than 15 rebel and more than 20 Islamic State’s elements were killed in the clashes for Umm al-Khalakhil. Islamic State attacked Umm al-Khalakhil from Al-Suwiriya, Al-Nayha, and Al-Daribiya.

Syrian Arab Army recaptured Umm Sahrij from the Islamic State in the southeastern Idlib.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham destroyed Syrian Arab Army’s T-55 tank and BMP with anti-tank guided missiles in the eastern Idlib governorate.

Improvised explosive device targeted Ahrar al-Sham’s vehicle in Wadi al-Dhayf area near Maarat al-Numaan. Ahrar al-Sham’s commander, Ahmad Mahrous Haj Darwish and two elements of the group were seriously wounded by the explosion.

Improvised explosive device exploded in the center of Idlib city, targeting civilians in the area. According to the reports, seven civilians were killed and 27 wounded by the explosion.

Approximate situation in the southeastern Idlib. Source: Suriyak

Homs:

Israeli Air Force conducted several airstrikes on Tiyas (T-4) airbase west of Palmyra, after it downed an Iranian drone over Golan Heights, which took off from the airbase. The airstrikes reportedly destroyed the airbase’s observation tower and temporarily put Tiyas airbase out of service. However, Syrian Air Defense downed one of the Israeli Air Force’s F-16 warplanes that conducted the airstrikes. The warplane crashed in Israeli-held Golan Heights, wounding both pilots.

Deir al-Zour:

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that several improvised explosive devices killed and wounded six elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Al-Bahra village, northwest of Hajin. Separately, Islamic State’s snipers reportedly killed two Syrian Democratic Forces’ elements in Al-Bahra.

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Harasta and Douma in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), one civilian was killed and several wounded by the targeting of Douma.

Israeli Air Force targeted 12 Syrian Arab Army and allies’s positions, including four Iranian ones, after Syrian Air Defense downed one of the Israeli Air Force’s F-16 warplanes. The air force targeted Mezzeh Military Airport, Jabal al-Mana east of Al-Kiswah, Tell Abul Thalib south of Sayyidah Zaynab, Al-Dimas, Madaya, 16th Regiment in the Eastern Qalamoun containing air defense systems, and 104th Brigade of the Syrian Republican Guard in Al-Dreij.

Daraa:

Israeli Air Force targeted four Syrian Arab Army and allies’ positions in the governorate, as a part of the response after one of its F-16 warplanes was downed by the Syrian Air Defense. The air force targeted 156th Brigade on Tellat al-Saba east of Ghabaghib, 79th and 89th Regiments in Jabab, and 175th Regiment in the vicinity of Izra.

Iraq

Salah al-Deen:

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported an attack against Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) in Jalam al-Buwajil area, east of Tikrit. According to the agency, three elements of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi were killed and two wounded in the attack. Similarly, Al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s Humvee was destroyed by an improvised explosive device in the same area.

Diyala:

Islamic State’s sniper reportedly killed one and wounded one element of the Iraqi Federal Police in the village of Al-Rada in northern Diyala.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (Taliban) improvised explosive device wounded two elements of the Afghan Local Police in Zarshawi area of Pashtun Kot district.

Takhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reported that it downed Afghan Air Force’s helicopter in Darqad district.

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 arrested eight elements of the Islamic State in Kabul. The arrested elements were responsible for recruiting new fighters and organizing attacks in Kabul.

Afghan National Police and National Directorate of Security foiled a suicide attack on the civil registry office in Kabul, by detaining the attacker before he reached his target.

Nangarhar Province:

Improvised explosive device exploded at a cricket field in the province, during a match between two local teams. According to the reports, four civilians were killed and eight wounded by the explosion.

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 assassinated Afghan National Police’s officer and seized his motorcycle and pistol in Mohammad Agha district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Security Forces’ tank, killing two and wounding three elements in Mohammad Agha district.

Khost Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Musa Khel district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device killed one and wounded two elements of the Afghan National Army in Sabari district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Andar district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched several attacks against the Afghan National Security Forces in Qarabagh district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, five elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and seven wounded, as well as two tanks destroyed in the attacks.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Karais Sheikh area, central Farah.

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

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and captured three vehicles in Sayuri district.

Nimruz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Police’s armored personnel carrier in Khosarjo area of the city of Chakhansur, capital of Nimruz Province. Two elements of the Afghan National Police were reportedly killed and three wounded by the explosion.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nad Ali and Jerashk districts. Afghan National Security Forces also destroyed a motorcycle and several weapons depots and ammunition caches.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran and destroyed three Afghan Local Police’s checkpoints in Sarkhadoz area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district. Reports suggest that two vehicles and two motorcycles were destroyed, as well as 15 elements of the Afghan Local Police killed in the encounters, while the remaining elements withdrew from the checkpoints. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed and two wounded in the clashes for the checkpoints. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized three assault rifles, and two PK machine guns from the checkpoints.

Three Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s elements infiltrated Afghan Local Police’s center in Jerashk district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the infiltrators killed 16 elements of the Afghan Local Police and seized a vehicle, a motorcycle, two RPG launchers, and two PK machine guns, before linking up with the nearby Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s elements.

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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Amaq Agency:

Yemen:

Islamic State’s sniper killed an element of Ansar Allah (Houthis) in Al-Dahra area of Qaifa directorate, northwest of Al-Bayda.

Other:

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