Syrian War Daily – 3rd of March 2018

Hello and welcome to the 354th 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 seven 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 captured Rajo in Rajo subdistrict, Jamilik and Al-Ramdiyah in Jindires subdistrict, and Ali Bayzanli, Qaraqin, Jaman, Badnali, as well as three hills around Bifliyoun in Sharran subdistrict. Reports suggest that ten elements of the Free Syrian Army were killed and 20 wounded, as well as more than 15 elements of the YPG killed during today’s clashes in the western Afrin region.

Syrian Arab News Agency reported that Free Syrian Army and Turkish Land Force’s artillery targeted Hajila village in Jindires subdistrict, killing eight and wounding 12 civilians.

Jabhat Tahrir Suriya (Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki) reportedly captured Salwa, Al-Qatoura, and Zarzita in the western Aleppo from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Reports suggest that four civilians were wounded in the clashes between the two parties in Aleppo governorate.

Situation in Afrin region, according to the official operation ‘Olive Branch’ account. Source: Amaliyat Ghasin al-Zaytun / Zeytin Dalı Harekatı

Raqqa:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed two and wounded one civilian in Al-Mahata district of the city of Raqqa.

Idlib:

Jabhat Tahrir Suriya reportedly captured Hazarin, Arnaba, Ayn Larouz, Al-Mouzara, Safuhin, Hazarin, Al-Fatira, Tellat Safuhin, Kafr Awid, and Kafr Nabl (Kafranbel) from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Ibaa News Agency stated that Jabhat Tahrir Suriya violated agreements to neutralize Hazarin, Kafr Nabl, and Hass from the infighting by entering the localities.

Demonstrations were held in Kafr Nabl demanding that both Jabhat Tahrir Suriya and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham withdraw from the locality. Around 500 civilians marched towards Jabhat Tahrir Suriya’s and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s positions in the locality, however, both groups opened fire on the demonstrators, with reports that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham wounded two and Jabhat Tahrir Suriya one demonstrator.

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Approximate situation in Idlib governorate. Source: Peter Bucci

Hama:

Civil Administration of Morek issued a decision abolishing taxes on goods entering rebel-held areas through a crossing near the locality. The taxes were imposed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham during the group’s control of the locality and the crossing. Taxes on fuel and gas have been halved, in order to provide salaries for the employees of the crossing. The road between Morek and Souran is used as a trading route between Syrian government-held and rebel-held areas. The civil administration received control of Morek and its crossing from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on the 28th of February, after an agreement was reached between the two sides.

Deir al-Zour:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed two civilians in the Syrian Democratic Forces-held Al-Bahra village in the eastern Deir al-Zour.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that a sniper killed an element of the Syrian Arab Army in Al-Ghabra village, north of Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal).

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Beit Sawa, Douma, and Al-Muhammadiyah in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), two civilians were killed and four of the organization’s elements wounded by the targeting of Douma.

Syrian Arab Army reportedly captured Awtaya, Hawsh al-Fadaiyah, Al-Nashabiyah, and Hazrama in the East Ghouta from Jaysh al-Islam. Reports also claim that the Syrian Arab Army captured Beit Naim and Al-Muhammadiyah. It is important to note that Hazrama was falsely reported as captured by the Syrian Arab Army on the 25th of February. Clashes between Jaysh al-Islam and Syrian Arab Army are ongoing in Al-Shifuniyah, as the locality is currently disputed between the two.

Syrian Arab Army launched several attacks on Al-Rayhan front and reportedly captured several farms north of it, as well as allegedly capturing Al-Rayhan. Jaysh al-Islam’s spokesman, Hamza Birqdar stated that the group repelled one attack on Al-Rayhan front, reportedly killing 12 elements of the Syrian Arab Army.

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

Iraq

Kirkuk:

Islamic State ambushed Iraqi Federal Police’s elements near Al-Rashad subdistrict. According to the Islamic State’s Amaq Agency, one element of the Iraqi Federal Police was killed and three wounded in the ambush.

Anbar:

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that a suicide attack targeted Iraqi Army’s checkpoint near seven kilo area, west of Al-Ramadi.

Afghanistan

Kunduz Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Imam Sahib district.

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

Baghlan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Army’s vehicle in Puli Khumri district, killing three and wounding two soldiers.

Laghman Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s post in Badpash district, killing one and wounding several soldiers.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and wounded three elements of the Afghan Local Police in Momand Dara 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

Herat Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province.

Ghazni Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in Deh Yak district, killing three and wounding one policeman.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested six individuals suspected of belonging to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Shib Koh district.

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

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed one and arrested four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed three vehicles and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Jerashk and Khanashin districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier in Awpashak Manda area of Jerashk district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed three elements of the Afghan National Army in Momin Khan area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district.

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier in Jalahor Bawri area of Arghandab district.

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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