Syrian War Daily – 3rd of May 2018

Hello and welcome to the 413th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Jaysh al-Islam’s head of the political bureau, Mohammed Alloush announced his resignation from the position in the group, without giving further information.

Improvised explosive device killed chief and one of the founders of the ‘Rebel Police Command of Damascus and its countryside’, Jamal Mahmoud al-Zaghloul (Abu Khaled) and his wife in the village of Al-Basouta, south of Afrin city.

Latakia:

Russian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-30SM crashed off the coast of Jableh after a mechanical failure, shortly after taking off from Hmeimim Air Base. Russian Ministry of Defense stated that both pilots on board were killed in the incident.

Idlib:

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted a building of the International Rescue Committee in the city of Al-Dana. Reports suggest that the explosion killed four and wounded over a dozen of civilians. International Rescue Committee released a statement about the incident stating that one of its workers was killed in the explosion. Separately, an improvised explosive device killed one and wounded three civilians near the city of Saraqib.

Improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle of Faylaq al-Sham on the road between Maarrat Misrin and Batenta, reportedly killing four elements.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham suspended an agreement with the Syrian government, regarding the evacuation of individuals from Fuah and Kafraya. The agreement was reportedly suspended because the individuals from Fuah and Kafraya refused to leave the localities in the batches. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham stated that it is open for future negotiations regarding the evacuation of Fuah and Kafraya, in exchange for individuals currently detained in Syrian government’s prisons.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham raided a meeting of an Islamic State’s cell in the city of Kafr Nabl (Kafranbel), which resulted in clashes between the two parties. Two elements of the cell were killed and three arrested, while an element of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham was reportedly killed in the encounter.

Hurras al-Deen raided the University of Ebla in the city of Saraqib, reportedly in order to separate males from females. Around 15 masked elements of the group raided the university and threatened to close it, if it does not implement the group’s demand. Reports suggest that Hurras al-Deen and the university reached an agreement, without further information available.

Four Free Syrian Army’s factions formed a military council in the city of Maarat al-Numaan. The newly-founded council consists of; ‘The Special Forces Brigade’ of Jaysh Idlib al-Hurr (Free Idlib Army), Liwa Ansar al-Haqq of Jabhat Tahrir Suriya, Liwa Shabab al-Thawra of Suqour al-Sham, and Liwa Abdul Rahman of Faylaq al-Sham.

Hama:

National Defense Forces’ commander of Aleppo, Brigadier General Haitham al-Naif was killed in a traffic accident on Ithriya – Al-Salamiyah road near the village of Sheikh Hilal. Lieutenant Alaa al-Hassan was also killed in the accident.

Homs:

Rebel factions in the Northern Homs, headed by Jaysh al-Tawhid started to hand over heavy weapons to Russia and Syrian Arab Army, as part of an evacuation / reconciliation agreement between the two sides. However, Jabhat Tahrir Suriya and Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza released statements rejecting the evacuation agreement and vowing to continue fighting against the Syrian Arab Army and its allies in the Northern Homs pocket. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham also reportedly rejected the evacuation agreement.

Damascus:

First batch of rebel elements and their families started evacuating from Yalda, Babbila, and Beit Sahem south of Damascus, towards northern Aleppo. Syrian Arab News Agency stated that 32 buses carrying fighters and civilians left the aforementioned localities towards northern Syria. Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Ababil reportedly decided to evacuate to Daraa, rather than northern Aleppo.

Syrian Arab Army and allies made significant advances in Al-Hajar al-Aswad against the Islamic State. Syrian Arab Army managed to split Islamic State-held areas in Al-Yarmouk camp from the areas held by the group in Al-Hajar al-Aswad, by capturing Younis hospital, Martyrs Cemetery, “telephone exchange”, and Bilal al-Habashi mosque.

Approximate situation south of Damascus. Source: Syrian Civil War Map

Daraa:

Improvised explosive device targeted a market near Al-Barid checkpoint in the city of Al-Sanamayn. The explosion killed one and wounded eight civilians, including a member of the locality’s reconciliation committee, Jamal al-Labad.

Unknown gunmen kidnapped an element of the Syrian American Medical Society in the village of Tell Shihab, near the border between Jordan and Syria.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) overran an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Khwaja Topchaq area of Qaysar district. Four elements of the Afghan National Army were killed, including commanders Habibullah and Muhammadullah, while one element of the army was wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized three assault rifles and large quantities of ammunition from the checkpoint.

Balkh Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured an Afghan Local Police’s post in Shortepa district. One element of the Afghan Local Police was killed and several wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized three motorcycles from the post.

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 killed two and wounded three elements of the Afghan Local Police in Ishkamish district.

Badakhshan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 26 and wounded 24 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Raghistan and Tishkan districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. Among the 26 killed elements are two Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s commanders; Mawlavi Ibrahim, and Mawlavi Abdul Hadi. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s governor of Kohistan district, Mawlavi Mohammad Omar was wounded in the same encounter.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran over a dozen of Afghan National Security Forces’ checkpoints and areas in Kohistan district, reportedly killing 13 and wounding eight elements. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, operations in Kohistan district are temporarily suspended due to heavy rain.

Baghlan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed one, wounded three, and arrested one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as seized a vehicle and a motorcycle in Dushi district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed one and wounded two elements of the Afghan National Police in Dushi district.

Parwan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan assassinated an element of the ‘National Directorate of Security’ in the city of Charikar, capital of Parwan Province.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted an Afghan Local Police’s vehicle and wounded three policemen in Shinwari district.

Kabul Province:

National Directorate of Security arrested an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s cell, which was planning to conduct suicide attacks across the city of Kabul. Seven elements of the cell were arrested, as they were planning to attack Shah Amanullah hospital and Ministry of Interior in Kabul. According to the National Directorate of Security, the arrested elements confessed to being trained in Mohammad Araf Erfan’s territory in Chaman area of Pakistan’s Balochistan province by Mawlavi Ahmad Kandahari.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan repelled an Afghan National Security Forces’ offensive in Pachir Aw Agam district, reportedly killing four and wounding six elements of the Afghan National Police in the process.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted an Afghan National Army’s armored vehicle in Bati Kot. Two elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and one wounded in the explosion.

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:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted an Afghan Local Police’s vehicle and wounded four policemen, including a commander in Ahmad Khel district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khogyani (Wali Muhammadi Shahid) district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed four and wounded one element of the Afghan National Army in Gelan district.

Afghan National Army’s element surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with his weapon in Qarabagh district.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces destroyed a drug factory in Bakwa district.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, including commander Mawlavi Abdul Haq in Khas Urozgan district.

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed nine and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as seized two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices in Shinkay, Mizan, and Qalat districts.

Helmand Province:

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

CJTF-OIR:

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