Syrian War Daily – 15th of May 2018

Hello and welcome to the 425th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Idlib:

Improvised explosive device exploded in the village of Al-Khuwayn, as an element of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham was attempting to dismantle it. The explosion killed the element, as well as another individual and wounded one.

Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets) safely detonated an improvised explosive device on the road between Ariha and Al-Mastouma, without causing casualties or material damage.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham arrested six individuals from southern Damascus, as they were trying to pass through the village of Qah towards Afrin region in northern Aleppo. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham did not disclose charges against the individuals.

Faylaq al-Rahman’s First Lieutenant Hamza Qiziz (Abu al-Abbas) went missing on a road towards Khan Sheikhoun, as he was on his way to meet his relatives, who were evacuated from the Northern Homs pocket to Qalaat al-Madiq crossing in western Hama. Faylaq al-Rahman’s spokesman, Wael Alwan confirmed that Qiziz is missing and that the group does not have any information about his current whereabouts. Hamza Qiziz (Abu al-Abbas) is considered one of the most prominent commanders of Faylaq al-Rahman, who led several military operations on Jobar front in the East Ghouta. Qiziz defected from the Syrian Arab Army in 2012.

Hama:

Sixth batch of rebel elements and their families were evacuated from the Northern Homs pocket and arrived at Qalaat al-Madiq crossing in western Hama. The batch reportedly consisted of around 6500 rebel elements and civilians, who will be transferred to camps for internally displaced persons in Aleppo and Idlib governorates.

Homs:

Syrian Arab Army and Syrian Internal Security Forces entered over a dozen of localities in the eastern and southwestern part of the Northern Homs, including; Al-Halamuz, Al-Ghantu, Dar al-Kabirah, Teir Maela, Zafaraniya, Deir Ful, Al-Amiriyah, Tulul al-Humur, Izz al-Din, Qunaytirat, Abu Hamamah and Talbisah. The aforementioned forces entered the localities after rebel elements and their families were completely evacuated from those areas.

Syrian Arab News Agency stated that the seventh batch of rebel elements and their families is being prepared to evacuate from the Northern Homs pocket, towards northern Syria. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, this is supposed to be the last batch of evacuees from the pocket. Syrian Arab News Agency also stated that 122 buses in total left the Northern Homs pocket yesterday.

 

 

 

 

Situation in the Northern Homs pocket. Source: Syrian Civil War Map

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces fully captured the village of Al-Baghouz in eastern Deir al-Zour from the Islamic State, after several days of clashes between the two sides. Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Deir al-Zour Military Council, Abu Khawla stated that future military operations will be directed towards the city of Hajin. Abu Khawla also stated that Al-Baghouz is currently being combed for improvised explosive devices and sleeper cells.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 22 and wounded 18 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), as well as destroyed a vehicle in Khaja Sahib Posh and Shirin Tagab districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched a large-scale attack against the Afghan National Security Forces in Ghazari area of Juma Bazar district, overrunning three checkpoints. One element of the Afghan National Security Forces was killed and three wounded in the attack.

Kunduz Province:

 

 

 

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

Baghlan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six and wounded six elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two and arrested three elements of the Islamic State in Deh Bala (Haska Meyna) and Chaprahar districts.

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Ghormach district, killing one and wounding one soldier in the process. Separately, an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed an element of the Afghan National Army in the same area.

Herat Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed one and wounded three elements of the Afghan National Army, as well as destroyed an armored vehicle in Dasht Maizan area of Pashtun Zarghun district.

Ghor Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched two attacks on an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Shah Taigh area of Firozkooh (Chaghcharan) district. Eight elements of the Afghan National Army were wounded and an element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed in the encounters.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed a group of Afghan National Army’s elements in Kandaha area of Charsada district. Two elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and two arrested in the ambush, while the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two motorcycles and four assault rifles from the encounter.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 13 and wounded 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as seized several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Ab Band, Andar, and Waghaz districts.

Paktika Province:

Afghan National Security Forces destroyed an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s training center in Lalam village of Gomal district. Afghan Ministry of Defense stated that 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed and 15 wounded, as well as two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, ten RPG launchers, and 50 assault rifles destroyed, as a result of targeting the training center.

Farah Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched several attacks against the Afghan National Security Forces in the city of Farah, capturing a building of the ‘National Directorate of Security’ in the 1st Police District and several checkpoints in the area, as clashes between the two still continue. Afghan Ministry of Defense stated that the city of Farah is under the control of the Afghan National Security Forces.

 

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 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a base, a fighting position, and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Chora district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed nine and wounded seven elements of the Afghan National Army in Chora district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran a strategic Afghan National Army’s military center in Gograk area of Tarinkot district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that 15 elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and an armored personnel carrier destroyed in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized an armored personnel carrier from the military center.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran four Afghan National Army’s checkpoints in Khas Urozgan district.

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed seven and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Daychopan district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Jerashk district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan engaged Afghan National Security Forces’s offensive in Mateki area of Nad Ali district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, 21 elements of the Afghan National Police and Afghan Local Police were killed and wounded, as well as an armored personnel carrier destroyed in the encounter.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Qari Post area of Nad Ali district, reportedly killing four soldiers and destroying a vehicle in the process. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed and another wounded in the encounter. Similarly, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran three Afghan National Security Forces’ checkpoints in Tangano Gudar area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s armored vehicle in Speni Posti area of Jerashk district. Similarly, two Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive devices destroyed two Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carriers in Mobile Khada area of Sangin district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed seven elements of the Afghan National Army in Nad Ali and Lashkar Gah districts.

 

 

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 15 and wounded 15 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Maywand and Khakrez districts. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s post in Shah Ghondan Nika area of Khakrez district, killing five soldiers in the process.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan stormed an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Salsun area of Maruf district. Three Afghan National Army’s elements, including a commander named Salim were killed and four wounded in the encounter.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier in Aslam Pump area of Zhari district.

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