Syrian War Daily – 11th of March 2018

Hello and welcome to the 362nd 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 14 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 Ali Bek in Bulbul subdistrict, Qaybar, Kubla, and Mazraat al-Qadi in Afrin subdistrict, Kawkaba, Tallif airport, Al-Andariya, Kafr Batra, and Kujaka in Jindires subdistrict, and Juqmaq, Hujman, Almadar, Janjala, and Juqmaq Saghira in Rajo subdistrict.

Ahrar al-Sham’s deputy leader of Northern Aleppo and member of Al-Jabhat al-Shamiya’s Shura council, Mohammed Abu Abdoul was killed in today’s clashes with the YPG in Afrin region.

Jabhat Tahrir Suriya (Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki) and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham restarted fighting around Bisrtoun and Ajel in the western Aleppo, after the 48-hour truce between the two ended. Jabhat Tahrir Suriya reported that they destroyed Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s tank at the outskirts of Ajel, while Hayat Tahrir al-Sham reported that a group of Jabhat Tahrir Suriya’s elements surrendered to the group in Bisrtoun.

Situation in Afrin region, according to the official operation ‘Olive Branch’ account (Pink areas = newly-captured territory). Source:
Amaliyat Ghasin al-Zaytun / Zeytin Dalı Harekatı

Idlib:

Russian Air Force conducted air raids over Idlib, Binnish, and Kafr Sajna in the governorate. According to the reports, three civilians were killed by the air raids over Kafr Sajna, while six civilians were wounded by the air raids over Idlib. The air raids over Idlib also destroyed a building used by the Syrian Salvation Government’s Ministry of Justice, as well as a building used for the government’s local administration.

Unknown gunmen attempted to assassinate leader of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza, Major Jamil Saleh near Hish as he was returning from the front line with the Syrian Arab Army. Saleh wasn’t wounded in the incident and reportedly managed to wound one of the gunmen.

Hama:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s elements, who were transferred to Idlib through Qalat al-Madiq crossing in the western Hama yesterday, are still present in Qalat al-Madiq area. Several sources spread false reports that the elements were arrested by Jabhat Tahrir Suriya. These reports were officially denied by Ahrar al-Sham’s commander and head of the security committee in Qalat al-Madiq, Ahmed Zafar. Zafar said that they met with the 13 elements who were evacuated from the East Ghouta, and that they refused to go towards Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-held areas, but rather stay in the region.

Homs:

Unknown gunmen attempted to assassinate Dr. Ahmed Saleh, leader of Liwa al-Assafat, belonging to the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza. The incident occurred on the road between Talbiseh and Al-Ghantu in the rebel Northern Homs pocket. Saleh is reportedly in good condition, as the group is searching for the gunmen.

Deir al-Zour:

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that an anti-tank guided missile destroyed a Syrian Arab Army’s bulldozer in the village of Al-Siyal, north of Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal) in the eastern Deir al-Zour.

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Ain Terma, Harasta, Arbeen, Jisreen, and Zamalka in the East Ghouta. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), three civilians were killed by the targeting of Arbeen, while one civilian was killed by the targeting of Jisreen.

Rebel forces in the East Ghouta shelled Jaramana and Harasta, as well as Al-Qaimiriyah, Barzeh, Al-Abbasiyin, Bab Touma, Al-Qasaa, Al-Bazouriyah, Al-Hamidiyah, Al-Shaghour, and Rukn al-Deen areas of the city of Damascus. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, four civilians were killed and 26 wounded by the shelling of the aforementioned localities.

Syrian Arab Army captured Madyara from rebel factions and managed to split the East Ghouta pocket into two, by connecting with the elements stationed at ‘Army Armored Vehicle Base’ in Harasta. The northern pocket of the East Ghouta is predominately Jaysh al-Islam-held with limited Ahrar al-Sham presence, while the southern pocket is predominately Faylaq al-Rahman-held with limited Hayat Tahrir al-Sham presence. Syrian Arab Army could create a third rebel pocket in the East Ghouta, if its forces northeast of Harasta connect with those at the aforementioned base.

Demonstrations against rebel factions were held in Hammouriyah, Kafr Batna, and Saqba in the East Ghouta. The demonstrations in Hammouriyah have been ongoing for three days in a row.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that a sniper killed an element of the Syrian Arab Army in Al-Tadamon neighborhood, south of Damascus.

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

Iraq

Kirkuk:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device targeted elements of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) in the village of Al-Najatia. According to the Islamic State’s Amaq Agency, one element of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi was killed and five wounded by the explosion.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) raided Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in Archato area of Bilchiragh district, reportedly killing five and wounding six elements of the police. One of the six wounded individuals is Afghan Local Police’s commander, Rozi Khan.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed an element of the Afghan Local Police in Yaka Toth area of Pashtun Kot district.

Kunduz Province:

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

Takhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 43, wounded 77, and arrested five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khawajah Bahawodin, Yangi Qala, and Darqad districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Kapisa Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nijrab and Tagab districts.

Laghman Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six and arrested one element of the Islamic State in Nazyan and Kama districts.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported assassination of a translator for the United States Army and an element of the ‘National Directorate of Security’ west of the city of Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar Province.

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 Police conducted a special operation against the Haqqani network in Tangye Wardak area of Saydabad district. Afghan National Police arrested two leading figures of the Haqqani network, Obaidullah and Abdul Haq, as well as three other elements of the organization. Haqqani network’s improvised explosive device’s expert, Qari Abrar was killed during the operation in the clashes with the Afghan National Police. The two arrested figures participated in / planned numerous attacks in Maidan Wardak and Kabul governorates.

Herat Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Aziz Abad area of Shindand district, reportedly killing two and wounding two soldiers. Separately, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured an element of the Afghan National Army in Haq Dad area of Pashtun Zarghun district.

Two groups of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s elements clashed between themselves in Kamrezarad Gelran area. The clashes occurred between elements loyal to Mullah Muhammad Rasul and elements loyal to Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada. Seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were reportedly killed in the clashes.

Ghazni Province:

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

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 42 and wounded 30 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle and two motorcycles in Bala Buluk district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

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

Urozgan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan clashed with the Afghan National Security Forces’ elements arriving to Garab Ab area of the city of Tarinkot. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, three armored personnel carriers were destroyed by improvised explosive devices and artillery shelling. Two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were wounded in the encounter.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten, wounded four, and arrested five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed two camps, two vehicles, two motorcycles, and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Nahri Saraj, Nad Ali, and Washir districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Namro area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district, reportedly killing eight soldiers and forcing remaining elements to withdraw from the checkpoint. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized an assault rifle and an RPG launcher from the checkpoint.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Police’s vehicle in Mandyano area of Jerashk district, reportedly killing five policemen.

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 54 and wounded 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed several ammunition caches in Maywand district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s tank in Alizo area of Daman district. After the explosion, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reportedly took control of the area.

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 damaged Egyptian Army’s M60 Patton tank and a bulldozer near the city of Rafah.

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