Syrian War Daily – 25th of March 2018

Hello and welcome to the 376th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Two Free Syrian Army’s factions, Tajammu Ahrar al-Sharqiyah and Firqat al-Hamza clashed in the city of Afrin, after the latter killed former’s commander, Abu Qasr al-Qadsiyah. Clashes between the two also occurred in Al-Bab and Al-Rai. Two elements of Firqat al-Hamza were killed in the clashes, while several fighters were wounded on both sides. Tajammu Ahrar al-Sharqiyah raided Firqat al-Hamza’s headquarters and reportedly arrested around 200 elements. However, the two factions reached a ceasefire agreement under Turkey’s mediation. According to the agreement, the factions will hand over wanted/responsible elements to a neutral party, as well as release all prisoners and return villages, headquarters, and positions to previous operators.

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded in Al-Murabah security area in the center of Jarabulus city. The explosion wounded 13 civilians.

Rebel “guerrilla” group Harakat al-Qiyam attempted to assassinate and wounded spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Manbij Military Council, Shervan Derwish in the city of Manbij. Derwish is currently hospitalized in Manbij and his condition is stable. Several reports claimed that the attacker used a sniper rifle and shot Derwish two times.

Deir al-Zour:

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported destruction of a Syrian Arab Army’s position at the outskirts of Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal) with an RPG.

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 1100 civilians went through the corridor towards Syrian Arab Army-held areas.

Evacuation of Faylaq al-Rahman’s elements and their families from Arbeen to Idlib started last night, with the first batch of 981 evacuees leaving the East Ghouta. The second batch is expected to leave towards Idlib today with around 2300 rebel fighters and their families.

Syrian Arab Army took full control of Hazeh in the East Ghouta, after Faylaq al-Rahman’s elements completely evacuated from it.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency reported that the group’s sniper killed a rebel fighter at the outskirts of Yalda, south of Damascus.

Situation in the East Ghouta (purple = evacuation agreement). Source: Suriyak

Daraa:

Unknown gunmen assassinated Free Syrian Army’s commander of Jaysh al-Thawra’s Liwa Mohammad ibn Abdullah, Abdul Rahman al-Mahamid in the city of Al-Taybah. Similarly, unknown gunmen assassinated commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Liwa al-Khalifa Omar in the city of Inkhil.

Iraq

Diyala:

Islamic State ambushed Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) in Al-Asakra area of Al-Sadiyah. According to the Islamic State’s Amaq Agency, five elements of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi were killed and wounded in the ambush.

Afghanistan

Kunduz Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 and wounded seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), as well as destroyed two bases and a vehicle in Khan Abad, Imam Sahib, and Aqtash districts.

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

Takhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized Afghan Local Police’s post in Chah Ab district, killing three and wounding two elements of the local police.

Kunar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic State in Chapa Dara district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan targeted Afghan National Army’s vehicle in Sirkani district, reportedly killing two soldiers.

Laghman Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in the city of Mihtarlam, capital of Laghman Province. One element of the Afghan Local Police was reportedly killed and two wounded in the attack.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three elements of the Islamic State in Deh Bala (Haska Meyna) district. The three killed elements were reportedly from Pakistan.

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

Badghis Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed five motorcycles and a fighting position in Qadis district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Lodinyano area of Qala i Naw district, killing one soldier.

Afghan National Army’s element surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Naro area of Qala i Naw district.

Herat Province:

Two suicide bombers targeted Nabi Akram mosque in the city of Herat. The attackers attempted to enter the mosque, but were confronted by the security, which forced attackers to detonate themselves. According to the reports, one individual was killed and seven wounded in the twin explosion. Islamic State’s Amaq Agency claimed responsibility for the attack by saying that ingimhasi (suicide fighters) targeted ‘Shiites’ in Chaharsu district of Herat.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 and wounded 12 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as seized three motorcycles in Gelan, Waghaz, and Andar districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan National Police’s checkpoint in Deh Yak district. Three elements of the Afghan National Police were reportedly killed and several more wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized three assault rifles, a PK machine gun, and quantities of ammunition from the checkpoint.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted Afghan National Army’s tank in Deh Yak district, reportedly killing three and wounding two soldiers.

Farah 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 one and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the city of Tarikont, capital of Urozgan Province.

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked Afghan National Army’s convoy in Saydabad area of Nad Ali district, reportedly killing and wounding six soldiers.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers reportedly killed ten elements of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police in Nahri Saraj, Jerashk, Nad Ali, and Nawa-I-Barakzayi districts.

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed Afghan National Army’s commander in Hindo Chawk area of the 6th Police District in the city of Kandahar.

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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