Syrian War Daily – 27th of February 2018

Hello and welcome to the 350th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Syrian Democratic Forces’ YPG reportedly recaptured the village of Amranli in Sharran subdistrict from Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army. However, the locality should be considered as disputed for now, unless the capture is confirmed by the official YPG channels or refuted by the TFSA channels.

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army and Turkish Land Forces’ artillery shelled Jindires and villages in Bulbul subdistrict. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, two civilians were killed and three wounded by the shelling of Jindires, while six civilians were wounded by the shelling of localities in Bulbul subdistrict.

Jabhat Tahrir Suriya (Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki) captured Al-Fawj 46 (46th Regiment), Khan al-Assal, Al-Muhandisin, Kafr Karmin, Urum al-Kubra, and Urum al-Saghra in the western Aleppo from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Ibaa News Agency reported destruction of Jabhat Tahrir al-Sham’s tank on Tell al-Karama front.

Rebel Jaysh Halab al-Shahba (Jaysh Ibna al-Shahba according to some), which was formed yesterday, announced its dissolution. The group was presumably dissolved due to Jabhat Tahrir Suriya threatening to attack it, as it allegedly harbored elements and commanders of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Approximate situation in Afrin. Source: Emmanuel

Idlib:

Syrian Arab Air Force conducted air raids over Habit, Khan Sheikhoun (Shaykhun), Maarat al-Sin, and Saraqib. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), four civilians were killed and 15 wounded by the air raids over Khan Sheikhoun.

Jabhat Tahrir Suriya captured Kafr Lusin, Al-Barqoum checkpoint, and Taftanaz Military Airbase from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. The two groups also clashed in and around Haranbush and Al-Dana.

Faylaq al-Sham’s head of the Shariah committee, Omar Hudhayfah stated that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham launched an attack on the group’s checkpoint in Haranbush. According to Hudhayfah, two elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were killed and three captured in the failed attack. Faylaq al-Sham released a statement yesterday announcing neutrality in Jabhat Tahrir Suriya-Hayat Tahrir al-Sham infighting in Aleppo and Idlib governorates.

Free Syrian Army’s Al-Firqat al-Tasea Quwat Khas (9th Division Special Forces) announced that the group will support factions fighting against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Aleppo and Idlib governorates.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham reached an agreement with the local administrations in Saraqib and Khan Sheikhoun to neutralize the localities from the infighting. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham evacuated its checkpoints and headquarters in the two localities and handed them over to the local rebel elements.

Civilians in Kafr Nabl (Kafranbel), Kafr Ruma, Hass, Al-Qatira, Maarat Misreen, Saraqib, Idlib, Hazano, and Ahsam demonstrated against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its leadership. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s elements opened fire on the demonstrators in Ahima, after the latter marched towards the group’s checkpoint in the locality. After Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s elements withdrew from the checkpoint in Ahima, the demonstrators burned the checkpoint.

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Approximate situation in Idlib governorate. Source: Peter Bucci

Homs:

Syrian Arab Army’s sniper killed an element of Faylaq al-Sham on the front line near Al-Rastan in the Northern Homs pocket.

Deir al-Zour:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device reportedly killed one and wounded three elements of the Syrian Demoratic Forces in the village of Al-Bahra, northwest of Hajin.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported destruction of a Syrian Democratic Forces’ bulldozer with an anti-tank guided missile northeast of Al-Shaafa, near the border between Syria and Iraq.

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Harasta, Mesraba, Douma, Hawsh al-Dawahirah, Jisreen, Al-Shifuniyah, Kafr Batna, Hammouriyah, and Zamalka in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), one civilian was killed by the targeting of Jisreen and several wounded by the targeting of Mesraba.

Rebel forces in the East Ghouta shelled Al-Wafideen camp, Harasta, Jaramana, and Daf al-Sakhar area of the city of Damascus. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, 12 civilians were wounded by the shelling of the aforementioned localities.

Syrian Arab Army reportedly made additional limited advances in Al-Ajami neighborhood of Harasta against Ahrar al-Sham-led rebels.

Jaysh al-Islam’s spokesman Hamza Birqdar stated that the group ambushed Syrian Arab Army’s elements on Hawsh al-Dawahirah front in the East Ghouta. According to Birqdar, 36 elements of the Syrian Arab Army were killed in the ambush, as well as a T-72 tank and a BMP destroyed.

Approximate situation in the East Ghouta. Source: Global Event Map

Daraa:

Unknown gunmen kidnapped a child in the city of Dael, north of Daraa.

Iraq

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces found and dismantled two improvised explosive devices in Al-Nabaei area, north of Baghdad.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 18 and wounded 21 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Pashtun Kot district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in Sang Zard area of Pashtun Kot district. Two elements of the Afghan Local Police were reportedly killed and one wounded in the encounter.

Jowzjan Province:

Jowzjan Provincial Council’s member, Halima Sadaf stated that the Islamic State surrounded Dzerab district and requested urgent air operations in the district. According to Sadaf, Afghan National Security Forces control only 10% of the district, while the remainder of it is under the control of the Islamic State. Afghan National Army reported that it repelled Islamic State’s attack on Derzab district, killing nine and wounding 13 elements of the group.

Kunduz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan Local Police’s elements in Khan Abad district, killing one and wounding two policemen.

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

Kapisa Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed an element of the Afghan National Police in Nijrab district.

Laghman Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device killed three and wounded three elements of the Afghan Local Police in Alishing district.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s vehicle in Bati Kot district, killing two and wounding 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

Logar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed three and wounded several elements of the Afghan National Army, during the clashes between the two sides in Mohammad Agha district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized three assault rifles from the encounter.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed two elements of the Afghan National Army in Tarako area of Muqur district.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Bala Buluk district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed Afghan National Police’s commander Taza Gul, along with two elements of the police in Farah district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a vehicle, three assault rifles, and a pistol from the encounter.

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

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan National Police’s checkpoint on Kandahar road in Tanki area of Lashkar Gah district. Six elements of the Afghan National Police were reportedly killed and one vehicle destroyed in the attack. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun and three assault rifles from the checkpoint.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan clashed with the Afghan National Security Forces arriving in Amir Agha area of Garmsir district. Nine elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were reportedly killed and four wounded, while one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed and another wounded in the encounter.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Police’s foot patrol in Khushal area of Nad Ali district, killing three policemen.

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

Kandahar Province:

Several Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive devices targeted Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Sheni Manda area of Nesh district. According to the reports, four armored personnel carriers and three supply trucks were destroyed by the explosions.

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:

Egypt:

Two Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices destroyed Egyptian Army’s M60 Patton tank and a crane in Abu Khuwar area, south of Al-Sheikh Zuwaid in the North Sinai Governorate.

Pakistan:

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported destruction of a bus used to transport Shiite pilgrims in the city of Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan. The agency also stated that the driver of the bus was killed, also in Quetta.

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