Syrian War Daily – 24th of March 2018

Hello and welcome to the 375th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Free Syrian Army found a mass grave of its elements, killed in 2016 during an attack on Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (People’s Protection Units)-held village of Ayn Daqna in northern Aleppo. Between 60 and 70 elements of the Free Syrian Army were killed in the failed attack and then publicly displayed on a truck in the city of Afrin. The mass grave was found in the village of Kamrouk near Maidanki, north of Afrin. The exhumation of the mass grave continues, as remains of more than 30 rebel fighters were recovered and sent to Azaz for identification purposes.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham continued its attacks and shelling of Jabhat Tahrir Suriya-held (Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki) villages of Balanta and Muklabis in the western Aleppo.

Raqqa:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed an element of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Al-Fardous neighborhood of the city of Raqqa. The incident reportedly occurred when the element tried to recover a body from a destroyed building and triggered the explosive device, which was connected to the body.

Idlib:

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded between the national hospital and governorate’s building in the city of Idlib. Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets) stated that seven civilians were killed and 25 wounded by the explosion, while several other sources suggest that more than 15 civilians were killed and several dozen wounded in the explosion. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, while several accused Islamic State’s sleeper cells of committing the attack.

Hama:

Demonstrations were held in Morek against Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza and Jabhat Tahrir Suriya, as the two factions took control of Morek crossing after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham withdrew from it (on the 28th of February) and stated that the crossing is under the control of the Civil Administration of Morek. Reports suggest that the civil administration was a front for the factions to take control of the crossing, which is a trading route between Syrian government-held and rebel-held areas. Civilians in Morek demanded allocation of 20% of the revenues from the crossing to Morek’s local council, in order to rebuild the locality and give residents access to basic services; such as electricity, water, and sanitation. Currently Jabhat Tahrir Suriya’s Ahrar al-Sham receives 60% of the revenues from the crossing, while Jaysh al-Izza receives 40%. Ahrar al-Sham decided to give 5% of its share to the local council, while Jaysh al-Izza remained silent on the matter.

Deir al-Zour:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device wounded a civilian in Al-Mayadeen, southeast of Deir al-Zour.

Damascus:

Evacuation of civilians from the East Ghouta continued today through Al-Wafideen crossing, north of Jaysh al-Islam-held city of Douma. Syrian Arab News Agency stated that more than 1700 civilians went through the corridor towards Syrian Arab Army-held areas.

Preparations are done for the upcoming Faylaq al-Rahman’s evacuation from the East Ghouta, as bulldozers removed roadblocks on the highway between Damascus and Homs. Faylaq al-Rahman also defused improvised explosive devices and landmines placed along the evacuation route in Arbeen. Over a dozen of buses arrived in the vicinity of Arbeen, prepared to evacuate the first batch of individuals to Idlib.

Syrian Arab Army freed eight individuals, who were imprisoned by Faylaq al-Rahman in Arbeen.

Situation in the East Ghouta. Source: Syrian Civil War Map

Daraa:

Head of operations in the Free Syrian Army’s Liwa Tahrir Houran (part of Firqat 18 Adhar (18th March Division)), Abu Faysal al-Musalama announced his resignation, due to lack of support for the East Ghouta. Al-Musalama also stated that he resigned to make room for better leadership of the revolution.

Iraq

Salah al-Deen:

Two Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices reportedly killed seven elements of the Iraqi Army and Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units), as well as destroyed two vehicles in Al-Tarmiyah.

Diyala:

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that three group’s improvised explosive devices killed nine elements of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi and damaged three vehicles in Albu Issa and Al-Bayar areas of Al-Azim region.

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces conducted operations in Arab Nuri area, south of Baghdad. Security forces found two left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices, which were safely detonated in a controlled explosion.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) captured Afghan National Security Forces’ post and large areas surrounding it in Yaka Toth area of Pashtun Kot district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s tank in Jalguldi area of Almar district, killing four and wounding two soldiers.

Balkh Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in Chahar Bolak district, reportedly killing two and wounding five elements of the police.

Kunduz Province:

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

Takhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched a “cleanup” operation in Chah Ab district, reportedly capturing four posts and a large from the Afghan National Security Forces in the district. Similarly, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured two Afghan Local Police’s posts in Yangi Qala district, killing four and wounding three elements of the local police. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun, two assault rifles, four vehicles, a horse, and large quantities of ammunition from the captured posts.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Surkh Rod district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan repelled Afghan National Security Forces’ offensive in Khogyani district, reportedly killing 11 and wounding several dozens of elements. Two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed and three wounded in the encounter.

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 arrested three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Saydabad district.

Paktia Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed a vehicle in Zurmat district.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Qali Zardak area of Dara Boom district. Eight elements of the Afghan National Army were reportedly killed and two wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistn seized a motorcycle, a PK machine gun, and three assault rifles from the checkpoint.

Herat Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s tank in Kala Dukhtara area of Shindand district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Qarabagh district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Army’s vehicle in Qarabagh district, killing two and wounding three soldiers.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan assassinated a commander of the Afghan Local Police in the city of Ghazni. Separately, three elements of the Afghan National Army were killed by a sniper at the outskirts of the city of Ghazni.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army’s checkpoints in Shalgar district, reportedly killing three and wounding one soldier.

Farah Province:

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

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed a base in Tarinkot district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s tank in Sari Kalachi area of Chora district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed an element of the Afghan National Police in Garam Ab area of Khas Urozgan district. Similarly, Afghan National Army’s element was killed by a sniper in Hoshi area of Chahar Chino district.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed two and wounded one element of the Afghan National Army at Zanzir checkpoint in Daychopan district.

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan Local Police’s positions in Treikh Zabar area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district, reportedly killing and wounding five elements of the police. Similarly, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Shin Gul Charrahi area of Nad Ali district, reportedly killing and wounding six elements.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed Afghan National Army’s tank near Haji Abdul Aziz area of Jerashk district, killing six soldiers.

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Shah Wali Kot and Khakrez districts. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reported that it repelled Afghan National Security Forces’ offensive in Khakrez district, killing and wounding 35 elements, as well as forcing remaining elements to retreat. Three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed and five wounded in the encounter.

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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