Syrian War Daily – 22nd of April 2018

Hello and welcome to the 402nd installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

First batch of evacuated rebel elements and their families from Al-Ruhaybah, Jayroud, and Al-Nasiriyah in the Eastern Qalamoun arrived at Abu al-Zindeen crossing near the city of Al-Bab in northern Aleppo. The batch reportedly consisted of around 1300 rebel elements and civilians.

Left over YPG‘s improvised explosive device reportedly killed two civilians in the village of Yaki in Sharran subdistrict.

Jabhat Tahrir Suriya (Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki) launched an attack against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in western Aleppo. Jabhat Tahrir Suriya reportedly captured Bisrtoun, Ajel, Taqad, and Al-Abizmu in western Aleppo. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Ibaa News Agency stated that Jabhat Tahrir Suriya violated an agreement to neutralize Al-Abizmu from the infighting by entering the locality. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham recaptured the village of Taqad, while clashes between the two parties continue in and around Bisrtoun, Ajel, and Al-Abizmu, which means that the localities should be treated as disputed.

Demonstrations against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were held in the village of Taqad, demanding that the group leaves the locality. Around 150 demonstrators chanted slogans against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, reportedly burnt an armored vehicle belonging to the group, and blocked off the entrances and exits to the locality with rocks. However, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham reportedly opened fire on the demonstrators, without any information about possible casualties.

Raqqa:

Rebel “guerrilla” group Harakat al-Qiyam assassinated an element of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the governorate.

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Jabhat Tahrir Suriya’s ally Suqour al-Sham clashed around Jabal al-Zawiya and the village of Marayan. Unconfirmed rumors suggest that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is preparing to launch another attack on the city of Maarat al-Numaan.

Homs:

Negotiations between the Negotiations Committee of the Northern Homs and Russia failed, as the two parties failed to agree on the meeting place of the previously agreed meeting. Russia reportedly refused to hold the meeting at Al-Dar al-Kabira crossing (where previous meeting between the two took place on the 18th of April) and insisted that the meeting should be held in the areas under the control of the Syrian government. Reports suggest that the meeting between the two was postponed until further notice. After the negotiations between the two failed, the Syrian Arab Army’s artillery started to shell several localities in the rebel Northern Homs pocket.

Deir al-Zour:

Unknown gunmen assassinated Islamic State’s commander, Abu Asad al-Sudani and additional two elements of the group, as they were returning from a guard post towards the village of Al-Shaafah, southeast of Deir al-Zour. Unconfirmed reports claimed that Abu Asad al-Sudani was assassinated by rival Islamic State’s elements.

Damascus:

Second 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 30 buses carrying fighters and civilians left the aforementioned localities towards northern Syria.

Syrian Arab Army and allies made additional advances against the Islamic State in Al-Zayn neighborhood, south of Damascus. Syrian Arab Army also made limited advances against the Islamic State at the outskirts of Al-Hajar al-Aswad, also south of Damascus.

Approximate situation in southern Damascus. Source: Emmanuel

Daraa:

Free Syrian Army and Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid conducted a prisoner exchange deal at Al-Jubailiyah checkpoint west of Nawa. Free Syrian Army handed over an element of Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid, in exchange for a Free Syrian Army’s element captured by Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two and wounded four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Ghormach district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided and overran two Afghan Local Police’s checkpoints in Chahar Toth area of Pashtun Kot. Three elements of the Afghan Local Police were killed and three wounded in the encounters, while the remaining elements retreated from the checkpoints. One of the three killed elements was the Afghan Local Police’s commander, Din Muhammad. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized three motorcycles from the checkpoints.

Balkh Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Chahar Bolak district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed 17 and wounded 14 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Chahar Bolak, during clashes which started five days ago. One of the 17 killed elements was the Afghan National Police’s district chief, Zabit Khanjar.

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 reportedly seized Dar Qalq and Talbalaq areas of Sayyad district from the Afghan Local Police.

Kabul Province:

Islamic State conducted a suicide attack on a representative office of the civilian population in Dasht Barchi district of the city of Kabul. Afghan Ministry of Public Health stated that 62 civilians were killed and 119 wounded by the attack, while the Islamic State’s Amaq Agency stated that the attack targeted an electoral center, killing 40 and wounding 60 ‘Shiites’.

Laghman Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed an Afghan National Army’s convoy along the Kabul – Jalalabad highway in Qarghayi district. Two elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and three wounded in the ambush.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested an element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Dur Baba district. Separately, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed two elements of the Afghan National Army in 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 Security Forces killed four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Maidan Shar district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed an element of the Afghan National Army in Jalga district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a motorcycle and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Andar district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked several Afghan Local Police’s posts in Deh Yak district, reportedly killing seven and wounding eight elements of the police in the process. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed and another wounded in the attacks. Similarly, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Police’s checkpoint in Gelan district. Two elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and two wounded, while one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed and another wounded in the encounter.

Farah Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, aided by seven defected Afghan Local Police’s elements, raided and overran two Afghan National Army’s checkpoints on Kandahar – Hear highway in Bazar area of Farah Rod district. Seven elements of the Afghan National Army, including commander Shier Agha were arrested in the encounters. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two PK machine guns, two RPG launchers, 15 assault rifles, two vehicles, and a motorcycle from the two checkpoints.

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

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested an element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Shah Joy district.

Helmand Province:

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six and wounded four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed an ammunition cache in Maywand district.

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 sniper killed an element of the Egyptian Army east of the city of Al-Arish.

Other:

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