Syrian War Daily – 21st of April 2018

Hello and welcome to the 401st installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Syrian Civil Defense’s (The White Helmets) elements demonstrated in the city of Azaz, due to not receiving salaries for more than three months. The demonstrators also held banners against the director of the Syrian Civil Defense, Raed Saleh.

Raqqa:

Raqqa Civil Council discovered a mass grave in Al-Rashid stadium in the city of Raqqa. The mass grave reportedly contains remains of around 500 individuals, who were reportedly executed by the Islamic State, during the group’s control of the city.

Latakia:

Liwa al-Muqdad ibn Omaru claimed responsibility for the yesterday’s inghimasi raid against the Syrian Arab Army on Tell Rashu. Reports suggest that nine elements of the Syrian Arab Army were killed in the raid, while the group’s statement claimed that 15 elements were killed in the raid.

Idlib:

Suqour al-Sham’s leader, Ahmed al-Sheikh (Abu Issa) stated that his son, Mohammed al-Sheikh (Abu al-Bishr) died from the wounds sustained in clashes with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Mohammed al-Sheikh was wounded in head on the 18th of April, while clashing with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham around the village of Marayan.

Damascus:

Syrian Arab Army and allies continued their offensive against the Islamic State, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, and rebel groups in southern Damascus. Syrian Arab Army reportedly made the most advances against the Islamic State, capturing Al-Mujahideen mosque and parts of Al-Zayn neighborhood, southeast of Al-Hajar al-Aswad. Islamic State attempted to conduct an SVBIED operation against the Syrian Arab Army and allies near Ibrahim al-Khalil mosque in Al-Hajar al-Aswad, however, reports suggest that the VBIED was destroyed before reaching its objective.

Islamic State’s Amaq Agency stated that two elements of the Syrian Arab Army were killed and several wounded, during clashes between the two sides in Al-Qadam neighborhood, south of Damascus. Several Islamic State’s commanders were allegedly killed during the two-day long clashes in southern Damascus; Abu Nafsha, Abu Hisham al-Khabouri (former leader of the Islamic State in southern Damascus), Khalid Hoshan, Abu Qasem al-Muhajir, Abu Hamza al-Hourani, and Abu Fatima al-Saudi.

Syrian Arab Army attempted to advance in Al-Yarmouk camp against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, however, the latter managed to repelled the former’s attacks. Reports suggest that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham damaged four Syrian Arab Army’s tanks, as the latter attempted to advance on the 30th Street in Al-Yarmouk camp.

Syrian Arab Army’s shelling of southern Damascus killed Jaysh al-Islam’s commander, Abu Fahd Hajira and wounded several elements of the Free Syrian Army.

First batch of rebel elements and their families started evacuating from Al-Ruhaybah, Jayroud, and Al-Nasiriyah in the Eastern Qalamoun towards Idlib and Aleppo. Syrian Arab News Agency stated that 35 buses carrying fighters and civilians left the aforementioned localities towards northern Syria.

Rebel factions in the Eastern Qalamoun handed over their heavy weapons and armored vehicles to the Syrian Arab Army, as part of an evacuation agreement between rebel elements and Syrian government backed by Russia. Syrian Arab Army received at least nine tanks and an armored personnel carrier, as well as large quantities of weapons and ammunition.

Approximate situation in southern Damascus. Source: Syrian Civil War Map

Iraq

Baghdad:

Iraqi Security Forces conducted operations in Kilo 5 area, south of Baghdad. Security forces found two improvised explosive devices and 16 various mortar rounds.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 13 and wounded eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), as well as destroyed a motorcycle in Ghormach and Kohistan districts. One of the 13 killed elements was the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s commander, Mullah Jalal.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed Afghan National Army’s commander, Wazir Qarah and his guard in Chakhmaq area of Pashtun Kot. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two motorcycles, two assault rifles, and two radios from the two killed individuals. Similarly, Afghan National Army’s commander Farid was wounded in an ambush in Arab area of Pashtun Kot district.

Jowzjan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded six elements of the Islamic State in Derzab district.

Kunduz Province:

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

Sar-e Pol Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Talbalaq area of Sayyad district. Six elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and three wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun and four assault rifles from the checkpoint.

Baghlan Province:

Two Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive devices killed four elements of the Afghan National Army and destroyed an armored vehicle in Pul-e Khomri district.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Police’s station in the city of Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar Province. Two elements of the Afghan National Police were killed in the attack.

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:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted an Afghan National Army’s vehicle in Saydabad district, killing two and wounding one soldier. Similarly, an Afghan National Army’s element was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Chaki Wardak district.

Ghazni Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reportedly captured an Afghan National Army’s base and four checkpoints in the city of Ghazni.

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 four and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Tarinkot district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed and wounded seven elements of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police in Kotwalo and Speni Khawri areas of the city of Tarinkot.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan claimed that the group’s shelling of Tarinkot Airport allegedly killed one and wounded two elements of the United States Army.

Nimruz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Talo area of Delaram district. Afghan National Security Forces’ armored personnel carrier was destroyed in the attack.

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Hazargano area of Nad Ali district. Seven elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and wounded in the attack. Similarly, an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Terikh Zabar area of Nad Ali district came under an attack, which killed three and wounded two soldiers.

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 targeted an Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier in Seyah Sang Dara area of Arghandab district, reportedly killing five soldiers.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers targeted an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Mandozo area of Maywand district. Four elements of the Afghan National Army were reportedly killed by the snipers.

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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