Syrian War Daily – 12th of March 2018

Hello and welcome to the 363rd 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 11 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 Kutanli, Abila, Bilan, and Al-Rans al-Ahmar in Bulbul subdistrict, Bisalhaya in Afrin subdistrict, and Zindikan, Qala, Askan, Jalima, Qarqin, and Burj Kumush in Jindires subdistrict.

Turkish Armed Forces announced death of one of its elements and injury of another element, due to an improvised explosive device in Jindires subdistrict. This announcement brings Turkish Armed Forces death toll in the operation ‘Olive Branch’ to 43 elements. Turkish Armed Forces also stated that 3347 elements of the YPG were “neutralized” since the start of the operation ‘Olive Branch’.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Syrian Democratic Forces’ YPG handed over several localities in the northern Aleppo to the local National Defense Forces from Nubl and Zahraa. According to the reports, National Defense Forces are now in control of Tell Rifaat, Deir Jamal, Kimar, Al-Ziyara, Burj al-Qass, Bashmara, Busufan, Menagh, and Menagh Military Airbase.

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:

Jabhat Tahrir Suriya (Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki) and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham clashed in Babila, Maar Shurin, Al-Jarada, Ahsem, Al-Bara, and Deir Sunbul. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s commander, Bashir al-Shahnah was killed in today’s clashes near Maarat al-Numaan. One civilian was also killed in the clashes between the two at the outskirts of Al-Jarada village.

Deir al-Zour:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed two and wounded two civilians in the Syrian Democratic Forces-held city of Gharanij in the eastern Deir al-Zour.

Damascus:

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

Rebel forces in the East Ghouta shelled Al-Kabbas neighborhood of the city of Damascus. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, two civilians were killed by the shelling of Al-Kabas neighborhood.

Syrian Arab Army captured Aftris from Faylaq al-Rahman in the East Ghouta. Syrian Arab Army also encircled Ahrar al-Sham-held parts of Harasta, by linking up with the units stationed at ‘Army Armored Vehicle Base’ in Harasta.

Demonstrations against rebel factions were held in Hammouriyah, Kafr Batna, Saqba, Hazeh and Jisreen in the East Ghouta. Reports suggest that Faylaq al-Rahman opened fire on demonstrators in Hazeh, reportedly killing one and wounding four.

Jaysh al-Islam reached an agreement with Russia regarding evacuation of wounded individuals from Douma in the East Ghouta. The agreement was mediated by the United Nations.

Evacuation of rebel fighters and their families from Al-Qadam neighborhood south of Damascus is prepared, as the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and buses for the evacuation arrived in the vicinity of the neighborhood. The evacuation is reportedly going to take tomorrow. Between 500 and 600 fighters of Ajnad al-Sham, Liwa Mujahidi al-Sham, Katibat Ibna al-Sham, and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, accompanied by 300 civilians will be transferred to Idlib.

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

Afghanistan

Kunduz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) raided Afghan Local Police’s post in Ali Abad district, reportedly killing five and wounding seven elements of the local police.

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 wounded two elements of the Afghan Local Police in Puli Khumri district.

Kapisa Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army’s post in Tagab district, reportedly killing two and wounding one soldier.

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

Laghman Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Alishang district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan Local Police’s post in Alishang district and reportedly wounded four elements of the police.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed Afghan National Army’s elements in the city of Mihtarlam, capital of Laghman Province. According to the reports, six elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and two wounded in the ambush. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed and two wounded in the encounter.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device killed one and wounded two elements of the Afghan National Army in Ghani Khel area.

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

Paktia Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Zurmat district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a military post in Zurmat district, reportedly killing seven and wounding five elements of the Afghan National Security Forces. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two PK machine guns and five assault rifles from the post.

Khost Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device killed two and wounded one element of the Afghan National Army in Sabari district. Similarly, three elements of the Afghan National Army were wounded by an improvised explosive device in the city of Khost.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 18 and wounded four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Deh Yak and Andar districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan National Police’s post in Chaghto district, reportedly killing two policemen in the process. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two assault rifles and an RPG launcher from the post.

Farah Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured administration center and all of Anar Dara district from the Afghan National Security Forces in the northwestern Farah Province. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, 15 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed in the encounter and three Humvees seized. However, Afghan National Security Forces stated that they were able to regain lost areas from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan several hours later. Afghan Ministry of Interior stated that 56 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed and 32 wounded in the counterattack, while eight elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and ten wounded.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s tank in Takhsarak area of Bala Buluk district.

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

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested five individuals suspected of belonging to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Daychopan district.

Nimruz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Pusht Hasan area of Khash Rod district. Ten elements of the Afghan National Army were reportedly killed in the clashes, while the remaining elements withdrew from the area. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized four PK machine guns, five assault rifles, an RPG launcher, and a mortar tube from the checkpoint.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten and wounded five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Marjah and Nad Ali districts. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reported that it attacked Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Shin Gul Charrahi area of Nad Ali district, killing two elements.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan destroyed Afghan Local Police’s vehicle in Saminyar area of Jerashk district.

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

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:

Islamic State’s improvised explosive device reportedly destroyed Egyptian Army’s armored vehicle south of Al-Arish.

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