Syrian War Daily – 13th of June 2018

Hello and welcome to the 454th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Improvised explosive device targeted a commander of Faylaq al-Sham’s Liwa Bani al-Umayyah, wounding him near his house in the city of Urum al-Kubra, west of Aleppo.

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted a market in the city of Al-Bab. According to the reports, at least nine civilians were wounded and transferred to Al-Hikma hospital in the city.

Al-Hasakah:

Syrian Arab News Agency claimed that the CJTF-OIR‘s airstrikes over Al-Hardan killed four and wounded one civilian, as well as caused significant material damage.

Syrian Democratic Forces reportedly captured the village of Rujm Darwish from the Islamic State in southern Al-Hasakah.

Approximate situation in southern Al-Hasakah. Source: Emmanuel

Idlib:

Free Syrian Army’s Tajammu Saraya Darayya and Saraya 82 launched an attack on the National Defense Forces and allies-held enclave of Fuah and Kafraya. Reports claim that the two rebel groups destroyed a National Defense Forces’ point at the outskirts of the enclave, as well as killing all of the elements present at the point. Syrian Arab News Agency stated that the National Defense Forces repelled the rebel attack on Fuah and Kafraya, reportedly killing several rebel elements.

Islamic State conducted an SVBIED operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s headquarters at the western outskirts of the city of Idlib. According to the reports, ten elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were killed and four wounded by the operation.

Unknown individuals (allegedly affiliated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) released the former leader of the Free Syrian Army’s Liwa Shuhada al-Islam, Captain Said Naqrish (Abu Jamal). Naqrish was reportedly released after a large ransom was paid. Unknown individuals arrested Naqrish on 24th of April in Sarmada, as he entered Idlib from Turkey in order to meet with his relatives, who were evacuated from Al-Dumayr in the Eastern Qalamoun. Even though Hayat Tahrir al-Sham officially denied having any connections to the kidnapping and detainment of Naqrish, the group still remains as the main suspect, because Naqrish participated in Astana peace talks, which were rejected by the group.

Hama:

‘Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ released a statement confirming that Sarin and Chlorine were used in Al-Lataminah on 24th and 25th of March 2017. OPCW’s findings in the aforementioned statement;

The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed in a report released today that sarin was very likely used as a chemical weapon in the south of Ltamenah, Syrian Arab Republic, on 24 March 2017. The FFM also concluded that chlorine was very likely used as a chemical weapon at Ltamenah Hospital and the surrounding area on 25 March 2017.

The conclusions for the 24 March and 25 March incidents are based on separate witness testimony, epidemiological analysis and environmental samples. The collection of information and material, interviewing witnesses, as well as analysis of samples required a longer period of time to draw conclusions.

The FFM’s report on the Ltamenah incidents has been shared with States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The report was also transmitted to the UN Security Council through the UN Secretary-General.

Deir al-Zour:

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device reportedly killed two civilians and three elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the city of Al-Suwar.

Daraa:

Improvised explosive device wounded two elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham near the city of Ibtaa, north of Daraa.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) attacked an Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in Panjab area of Pashtun Kot district, killing two and wounding one policemen in the process. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed in the encounter.

Afghan Local Police’s element defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Haidari Khana area of Qaysar district.

Kunduz Province:

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

Kunar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic State in Wata Pur district.

Nangarhar Province:

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted Kuchi market in the 2nd District of the city of Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar Province. The explosion reportedly killed one and wounded seven civilians.

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

Ghazni Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News claimed that an element of the group conducted an SVBIED operation against a major Afghan National Security Forces’ base in Muqur district. According to the Al-Emarah News, 51 element of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and 33 wounded, as well as the base destroyed in the operation.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Police’s commander, Arbab Gul Agha and ten other elements of the police defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Farah Rod area of Pur Chaman district. The elements handed over a PK machine gun, an RPG launcher, and eight assault rifles to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

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

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News released video footage showing the release of 13 individuals, who were arrested by the group in the past. The individuals were released on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, and after they assured the group that they will never join ‘enemy’ ranks again. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan handed out cash and clothes to the released individuals.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed ten elements of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police in Jerashk and Nad Ali districts.

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 one strike report will be published each week on Mondays.

Amaq Agency:

Somalia:

Islamic State’s fighters assassinated a member of the ‘National Intelligence and Security Agency’ in the city of Bosaso.

Other:

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