Syrian War Daily – 18th of June 2018

Hello and welcome to the 459th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Turkish Armed Forces’ convoy entered northern Manbij region near the border with the Syrian Democratic Forces-held territory north of the city. The convoy will reportedly begin joint patrols with the United States Army in the region along the frontline, as part of an agreement agreed upon by Turkey and the United States. The agreement also includes withdrawal of Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (People’s Protection Units) from the city of Manbij, as well as formation of local administration and military & civilian councils in Manbij.

Raqqa:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed two civilians in Al-Mansourah, west of Raqqa.

Idlib:

Unknown gunmen assassinated Jaysh al-Ahrar’s deputy commander-in-chief, Sheikh Khalil Ismael Arslan (Abu Ismael Jawbas) and his eldest son Ismael in front of a mosque in the village of Jawbas. After the assassination, Jaysh al-Ahrar launched security operations against the Islamic State’s cells in Jawbas village, reportedly killing one and capturing one element, while one civilian was wounded during clashes between the two.

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s checkpoint in the village of Al-Dana. Three elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were killed in the incident.

Improvised explosive device wounded three civilians on the road between Kansafra and Balyun, south of Idlib.

Ahrar al-Sham’s head of Hayat al-Dawat wa al-Irshad (Advocacy and Guidance Committee/Body), Muwafaq al-Omar announced his resignation from Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat Tahrir Suriya. Al-Omar stated that he worked with Ahrar al-Sham for 26 months and left the faction without any problems or disagreements, however, he did not specify the reason for his resignation.

Hama:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed a civilian in the village of Al-Masoudiyah.

Homs:

Syrian Arab Army and the National Defense Forces captured Bir Atshan, Abar al-Warik, Wadi al-Luwayzah, Tell Shadid, Umm al-Salabikh, and Bir al-Tayar in eastern Homs near the border with Iraq from the Islamic State.

Approximate situation in eastern Homs and Deir al-Zour governorates. Source: Emmanuel

Deir al-Zour:

Unknown warplanes, allegedly belonging to the United States Air Force conducted air raids against the positions of Iraqi Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) and other militias affiliated with the Syrian Arab Army in Al-Hari area, southeast of Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal). Al-Hashd al-Shaabi stated that the air raids were conducted by the United States and targeted its 45th and 46th Brigades, killing 22 and wounding 12 elements. However, CJTF-OIR‘s spokesman, Colonel Sean Ryan denied reports about the coalition conducting strikes near Al-Bukamal. Several other reports claimed that the raids were conducted by the Israeli Air Force.

Al-Suwayda:

Syrian Arab Army, backed by allies captured Bir al-Awra and Tell Arar in northeastern Al-Suwayda from the Islamic State. Syrian Arab Army also made additional advances on Tell Asfar and Khirbet al-Umbashi fronts. Reports claimed that two elements of Hezbollah were killed in an Islamic State’s ambush on the frontline in northeastern Al-Suwayda.

Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Defense announced the extension of the ceasefire with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), which was originally supposed to last through Eid al-Fitr. However, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan resumed its operations against the Afghan National Security Forces across Afghanistan.

Jowzjan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan assassinated Afghan Local Police’s commander, Ishaq Diwana in Aqcha district.

Takhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed a group of Afghan Local Police’s elements in Khwaja Ghar district. Two elements of the Afghan Local Police were killed in the ambush.

Kunar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two and wounded one element of the Islamic State in Chapa Dara district.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan assassinated the governor of Ghani Khel district, Subhanullah and two of his guards in the district.

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:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan raided an Afghan National Army’s post in Saydabad district, killing two and wounding one soldier.

Ghazni Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Army’s post in Qarabagh district, reportedly killing seven and capturing two soldiers in the process. Similarly, three elements of the Afghan National Army were wounded and two armored vehicles destroyed in an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s attack on a checkpoint, while one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was wounded in the encounter.

CJTF-OIR:

Between the 11th and the 17th of June 2018 CJTF-OIR has conducted 23 strikes in Syria. CJTF-OIR‘s main focus in Syria at the moment is Deir al-Zour-Albu Kamal region where they did 13 strikes supporting SDF‘s operations against IS destroying six IS supply routes, three IS vehicles, and an IS-held building.

Other area where ten strikes occurred is Al-Shadaddi, destroying five IS fighting positions, four IS lines of communication, an IS tactical vehicle, an IS headquarters, an IS logistics hub, an IS vehicle, and an IS anti-air artillery system. Full report on CJTF-OIR strikes conducted in both Syria & Iraq can be found here.

Amaq Agency:

India:

Islamic State attacked a checkpoint of the Indian Army in the city of Srinagar, capital of Indian Jammu and Kashmir state. Islamic State’s Amaq Agency stated that one element of the Indian Army was killed and several wounded in the attack.

Other:

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