Syrian War Daily – 6th of March 2018

Hello and welcome to the 357th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkish Air and Land Forces captured eight 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 Tell Hamo in Jindires subdistrict and Sharran, Khirbet Sharran, Al-Sankari, Tellal Qatmah, Qatmah camp, Matli, and Qatmah in Sharran subdistrict. Free Syrian Army also captured two elements of the YPG in Jindires and Sharran subdistricts.

Syrian Democratic Forces’ Jaysh al-Thuwar and Northern Democratic Brigade announced the start of deployment of its units from Raqqa and Deir al-Zour governorates to Afrin region, in order to assist the YPG against the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army. According to the reports, the aforementioned factions will send several hundreds of their elements to Afrin.

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded near a post office, in the vicinity of the headquarters of the Free Syrian Police in TFSA-held city of Al-Bab. The explosion reportedly wounded four civilians. One wounded civilian was transferred to a hospital in Turkey, while the remaining three were hospitalized in Al-Bab.

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

Raqqa:

Unknown gunmen opened fire on a Syrian Democratic Forces’ checkpoint near the village of Al-Salhabiyah al-Sharqiyah, west of Raqqa. Reports suggest that the gunmen wounded two elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Latakia:

Russian Air Force’s Antonov An-26 transport aircraft crashed while landing at Hmeimim Air Base. Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the crash killed all of 39 military personnel on board.

Idlib:

Jabhat Tahrir Suriya (Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki) reportedly captured Maar Shurin and Babila villages in Maarat al-Numaan area from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Jabhat Tahrir Suriya’s (Ahrar al-Sham’s) leader, Hassan Soufan released a video statement announcing readiness to discuss ceasefire and reconciliation with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Soufan also stated that Jabhat Tahrir Suriya is ready to unify military efforts in order to fight against the Syrian Arab Army, in case the latter launches the rumored offensive in the western Hama.

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

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Douma, Hazeh, Beit Sawa, Jisreen, Hammouriyah, and Saqba in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), nine civilians were killed and several wounded by the targeting of Douma. Hazeh’s local council stated that five civilians were killed by the targeting of the locality.

Rebel forces in the East Ghouta shelled Jaramana, as well as Bab Touma and Ash al-Warwar areas of the city of Damascus. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, three civilians were killed and 15 wounded by the shelling of the aforementioned localities.

Several individuals in rebel-held Hammouriyah, Mesraba, and Saqba in the East Ghouta, raised the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic. Reports also suggest that demonstrations were held in the aforementioned localities and in Kafr Batna against rebel factions.

Syrian Arab Army reportedly captured most of Al-Rahyan from Jaysh al-Islam, as operations still continue at the outskirts of the locality. Syrian Arab Army also captured Al-Ashaari farms, as well as farms east of Mesraba, Jisreen and Beit Sawa, reaching the outskirts of the three localities.

Jaysh al-Islam’s spokesman, Hamza Birqdar stated that a series of improvised explosive device targeted Syrian Arab Army’s elements in the farms area west of Al-Shifuniya, allegedly killing 12 soldiers.

Rebel ‘Bianahum Zulimu’ operations room, led by Ahrar al-Sham reportedly recaptured several points in the vicinity of Harasta from the Syrian Arab Army, according to Ahrar al-Sham’s spokesman in the East Ghouta, Munthir Fares.

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

Iraq

Diyala:

Islamic State reportedly ambushed Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) on the road towards the village of Imam Wais, northeast of Baqubah. According to the Islamic State’s Amaq Agency, three vehicles were damaged in the ambush.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), as well as destroyed a fighting position in Pashtun Kot district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reported that its elements conducted large “clearance” operations against the Afghan National Security Forces in Yaqlo area of Pastun Kot, and reportedly captured the aforementioned area and tightened the siege of the Afghan National Security Forces.

Kunduz Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the center of Kunduz Province.

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

Kunar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two Islamic State’s and one Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s element, as well as wounded additional two elements in Wata Pur and Ghaziabad districts.

Laghman Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five, wounded four, and arrested one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Alingar district. Afghan National Security Forces also seized four motorcycles.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight elements of the Islamic State, as well as arrested a suicide bomber and destroyed ten kilograms (22 pounds) of explosive materials and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Nazyan, Achin, Khogyani, and Momand Dara 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

Logar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested three individuals suspected of belonging to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Mohammad Agha district. Afghan National Security Forces also destroyed two motorcycles and two explosives caches in the district.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device wounded an element of the Afghan National Army in Badro area of Muqur district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five and wounded six elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Andar district.

Farah Province:

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

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Lodnyano area of Arghandab district. Four elements of the Afghan National Army were reportedly killed in clashes for the checkpoint, while the remaining elements withdrew from the area. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun and a mortar from the checkpoint.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Malkhyano area of Arghandab district, reportedly killing two and wounding one soldier. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was also killed in the encounter.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight and wounded four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Nad Ali and Jerashk districts.

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

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed two elements of the Afghan National Security Forces 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:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan Local Police’s motorcycle and killed two elements of the police in Khawja Malak area of Arghandab district. Separately, an element of the Afghan Local Police was killed in an encounter with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Kadal area of Zhari 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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Amaq Agency:

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