Syrian War Daily – 5th of March 2018

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Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkish Air and Land Forces captured five 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 Tellal al-Fatira, consisting of four hills, Al-Iji, Bulshak, and Al-Qatira in Sharran subdistrict, as well as Qaririyah in Jindires subdistrict.

Turkish Armed Forces stated that 2795 elements of the YPG were “neutralized” since the start of the operation ‘Olive Branch’.

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army and Turkish Land Forces’ artillery targeted Jindires, Tell Aswad, Barbana, and Qura Tuba in Afrin region. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, one civilian was killed and 22 wounded by the shelling of the aforementioned localities.

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

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham launched an attack on Jabhat Tahrir al-Sham-held (Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki) Maar Shamarin and Maarat al-Numaan. Jabhat Tahrir al-Sham repelled the attack and reported capture of 20 elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Clashes between the two in the northern part of Maarat al-Numaan killed one and wounded several civilians. The clashes in Maarat al-Numaan also affected National Hospital in the locality, which was forced to shut down and be evacuated by the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets) after medical personnel was besieged in it. After the clashes affected the hospital in Maarat al-Numaan, Directorate of Health in Idlib threatened to suspend work of all of its medical facilities, if the facilities are not neutralized from the infighting.

Residents of Maarat al-Numaan held demonstrations in the locality, calling on fighters in the locality to confront Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, in case it tries to launch another attack on the locality. The demonstrators also called on fighters in Maarat al-Numaan to form a unified military body, in order to protect the locality.

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Approximate situation in Idlib. Source: Peter Bucci

Hama:

Five rebel factions are reportedly preparing to form a joint operations room in the western Hama, in order to face a potential Syrian Arab Army’s offensive in the region. The joint operations room will reportedly consist of Ahrar al-Sham and four factions of the Free Syrian Army; Jaysh al-Nasr, Jaysh al-Izza, Al-Jaysh al-Thani, and Jaysh al-Nukhba.

Homs:

Russian Armed Forces’ reconnaissance drone reportedly fell near Tell Dahab (Zahab) in the rebel Northern Homs pocket, after a technical malfunction. The drone took off from Hama Military Airport.

Syrian Arab Army reopened Al-Dar al-Kabir crossing between the city of Homs and rebel Northern Homs pocket. The crossing was closed three months ago without a reason.

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Hammouriyah, Jisreen, Saqba, Al-Ashaari, Harasta, and Hazeh in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), three civilians were killed and 16 wounded by the targeting of Saqba, while two civilians were killed by the targeting of Hazeh. Syrian Civil Defense also stated that the targeting of Harasta killed four and wounded several civilians.

Rebel forces in the East Ghouta shelled Harasta and Adra, as well as Bab Touma and Tishreen Military Hospital in the city of Damascus. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, 15 civilians were wounded by the shelling of the aforementioned localities.

Syrian Arab Red Crescent in cooperation with the United Nations, delivered a humanitarian aid convoy to the city of Douma in the East Ghouta. The convoy consisted of 46 trucks and is reportedly going to aid around 27,500 people.

Syrian Arab Army advanced against Ahrar al-Sham-led rebels north of Harasta and captured several farms, in an attempt to surround the rebel-held areas of the locality. On the front with Jaysh al-Islam, Syrian Arab Army captured Al-Muhammadiyah, while the clashes between the two continue in and around Al-Rayhan and Al-Ashaari.

Russian Air Force reportedly conducted air raids over the Free Syrian Army’s positions in the rebel Eastern Qalamoun pocket, east of Damascus. Reports suggest that the air raids killed three elements of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham and one element of the Free Syrian Army’s Liwa al-Sanadid.

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

Daraa:

Unknown gunmen released a child in Nawa, who was kidnapped on the 27th of February in the city of Dael.

Al-Suwayda:

Two groups of unknown gunmen clashed between themselves in Shahba, after a dispute occurred between the two groups near the building of Ba’ath Party in the locality. According to the reports, two gunmen were killed and one wounded in the encounter. One civilian was also killed by a stray bullet during the clashes between the two groups.

Iraq

Kirkuk:

Iraqi Security Forces reportedly conducted operations against the Islamic State’s elements in Al-Hawijah subdistrict over the past few days. Reports claim that around 50 elements of the Islamic State were killed in the operations.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that two improvised explosive devices destroyed two vehicles of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units), killing three and wounding six elements of the group.

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces conducted operation in Al-Shurtan area, west of Baghdad. Security forces found and safely detonated seven left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device, as well as arrested several wanted individuals.

Afghanistan

Kunduz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) ambushed and killed Afghan Local Police’s commander, along with another element of the police in Imam Sahib district.

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

Kunar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Army’s military base in Ghaziabad district, reportedly killing two and wounding one soldier. Separately, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army’s post in Marawara district. Two elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and two wounded, while one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed in the encounter.

Kapisa Province:

Afghan National Army and Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan clashed in Tagab district, as the latter attacked former’s military base in the district. According to the reports, one element of the Afghan National Army was killed and another wounded in the encounter.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan Local Police’s post in Hisarak district, reportedly killing one and wounding one policeman.

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

Maidan Wardak Province:

Afghan National Security Forces and Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan clashed in Saydabad district, as the latter tried to advance on the former’s post in the district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device killed two elements of the Afghan National Army in Jalrez district.

Ghazni Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device killed two and wounded three elements of the Afghan National Army in Ab Band district. Similarly, Afghan National Police’s vehicle was targeted by an improvised explosive device in the city of Ghazni, reportedly wounding four policemen.

Farah Province:

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

Herat Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army in Pul Saray area of Injil district, reportedly destroying a vehicle, as well as killing one and wounding one soldier.

Helmand Province:

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Nesh district, reportedly destroying an armored personnel carrier and a supply truck.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan assassinated Afghan National Army’s commander Lalai with an improvised explosive device, which targeted his vehicle on a road towards Tarinkot, at the outskirts of Shah Wali Kot district. The explosion reportedly also killed four elements of the Afghan National Army.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device killed four and wounded one element of the Afghan National Security Forces in Seyah Sang Dara area of Arghandab. Similarly, three elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and wounded by an improvised explosive device in Darwishan area of Khakrez district.

CJTF-OIR:

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