Syrian War Daily – 30th of May 2018

Hello and welcome to the 440th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Ahrar al-Sham clashed with the Free Syrian Army’s Liwa al-Shamal in the city of Jarabulus, after a dispute between the two sides. One civilian was killed and three rebel fighters wounded in the clashes. The two sides reportedly resolved the dispute that started the clashes, however, other reports suggest that clashes between the two still continue.

Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Sharqiya clashed with the Turkey-backed Free Police in the city of Al-Bab, after the latter’s elements detained a former’s element on the charges of conducting public disorderly conduct with his motorcycle.

Idlib:

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s headquarters in the village of Al-Dana, north of Idlib. Similarly, another three improvised explosive devices struck Al-Dana. Four elements of the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets) and one civilian were wounded by the explosions.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham killed one and arrested two individuals, who were planting improvised explosive devices in Al-Dana. According to the reports, the individuals were part of an Islamic State’s cell in the locality.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham conducted anti-Islamic State operations in the city of Khan Shaykhun, south of Idlib. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham reportedly killed one and arrested eight elements of the Islamic State in the operations.

Homs:

Syrian Arab Red Crescent, in cooperation with the United Nations, delivered a humanitarian aid convoy to the city of Talibsah in northern Homs, consisting of 40 trucks.

Quneitra:

Free Syrian Army arrested the general commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Ansar al-Islam, Abu al-Majd and another group’s commander, Bashar Abu Shihab, as the two were trying to flee rebel-held areas towards areas under the control of the Syrian Arab Army. According to the reports, the two commanders attempted to flee with around 300 thousand US dollars. Reports suggest that the two commanders planned to surrender to the Syrian Arab Army and allegedly help assist the army in entering rebel-held Umm Batna. Following the arrests, several Free Syrian Army’s factions raided Ansar al-Islam’s headquarters across the governorate.

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded near a checkpoint of the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Wiyat al-Furqan in Bariqa, as several Free Syrian Army’s factions were raiding Ansar al-Islam’s headquarters in the locality. The explosion reportedly killed two and wounded several individuals.

Daraa:

Free Syrian Army’s ‘Supreme Military Council’ in the city of Nawa arrested three elements of the Islamic State in the locality. The arrested elements were recently evacuated from Al-Hajar al-Aswad in southern Damascus to desertous area between Homs and Deir al-Zour governorates. Free Syrian Army reportedly interrogated the arrested elements and discovered that there are Islamic State’s cells in Nawa, according to the arrested elements.

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Situation in Daraa governorate. Source: Syrian Civil War Map

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) ambushed and killed an element of the Afghan Local Police in Tapa Bazar area of Shirin Tagab district.

Kunduz Province:

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

Badakhshan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran two Afghan National Security Forces’ posts in Kishim district.

Kapisa Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed two and wounded one element of the Afghan Local Police in Nijrab district.

Kabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted an Afghan National Army’s vehicle, killing three soldiers in Qarabagh district.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 19 elements of the Islamic State and destroyed two headquarters in Deh Bala (Haska Meyna) district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

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

Logar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan conducted an SVBIED operation targeting an Afghan National Police’s police station in the city of Pol-e Alam, capital of Logar Province. Following the SVBIED operation, two elements of the group stormed the police station and engaged security forces. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, over 30 elements of the Afghan National Police were killed in the encounter. Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs stated that all three attackers were killed in clashes with the Afghan National Police, while the head of the attacked police station, Amir Khan Agha was killed, as well as 12 individuals, eight policemen and four civilians wounded in the encounter.

Paktia Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s post in Patan district. Seven elements of the Afghan National Army were reportedly killed in clashes for the checkpoint, while the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured two elements of the Afghan National Police. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized seven assault rifles and two PK machine guns from the post.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 42 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Ajristan, Gelan, Waghaz, and Deh Yak districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight and wounded five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Pusht Rod district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed one and wounded one element of the Afghan National Army in Gerani area of Bala Buluk district. Two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed in the encounter.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 23 and wounded nine elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Chora and Khas Urozgan districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Helmand Province:

NATO-led Operation Resolute Support released an update, regarding the last week’s targeting of an important Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s meeting in Musa Qala district. Resolute Support released a press release regarding the event, as well as mentioned additional strikes in the province:

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — U.S. Forces-Afghanistan conducted a series of precision strikes over a ten-day period, May 17-26, killing more than 70 senior Taliban leaders.

“These strikes represent one of the largest blows to Taliban leadership in the last year,” said U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support commander. “The cumulative effects of which will be felt nationwide for quite some time.”

The largest of these strikes came, May 24, when four High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) rockets destroyed a known Taliban command and control node in Musa Qal’ah during a high-level meeting of Taliban commanders. Among the more than 50 casualties was the deputy shadow governor of Helmand, multiple Taliban district governors, intelligence commanders and key provincial-level leadership from Kandahar, Kunduz, Herat, Farah, Uruzgan and Helmand provinces.

In a separate airstrike the same day, U.S. Air Force A-10s struck a Taliban Red Unit commander for Helmand and an associate while they were transiting in Sangin district.

U.S. Air Force A-10s also killed a shadow district governor and destroyed a shadow district headquarters in Nahr-e-Saraj, May 25.

On May 26, an MQ-1C Gray Eagle killed a senior improvised explosive device facilitator, who has been coordinating improvised explosive device operations against Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, international forces and the people of Afghanistan for the last 13 years.

Additionally, from May 17-26, more than 15 Taliban were killed in separate strikes around the province.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed seven elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Charrahi area of Nad Ali district.

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

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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