Syrian War Daily – 20th of June 2018

Hello and welcome to the 461st installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Improvised explosive device killed a commander of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on a road near Reef al-Muhandiseen area, west of Aleppo.

Four rebel factions from Jabal al-Hoss region defected from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and joined Jabhat Ansar al-Deen. The factions; Katibat al-Murabiteen, Jaysh Osama, Katibat Abu Ali al-Yemeni, and Katibat Abu Hilal Zaytan, defected under the leadership of Abu Zaid al-Janoubi.

Latakia:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, backed by Jabal al-Islam launched a raid against the Syrian Arab Army’s positions on Al-Dorah and Rabiea fronts in Jabal Turkman region. Pro-Syrian Arab Army sources reported death of nine elements of the Syrian Arab Army, while Hayat Tahrir al-Sham claimed that at least 17 elements were killed and dozens wounded in the raid.

Idlib:

Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets) found a body of an unidentified woman on a road near the village of Haram. The woman was reportedly shot in the head.

Deir al-Zour:

Islamic State reportedly executed an individual in the village of Al-Soussa, on the charges of smuggling Islamic State’s elements to areas outside of the group’s control. Similarly, reports suggest that the Islamic State executed an individual in front of a mosque in Al-Shaafa, on the charges of smuggling six foreign fighters from Morocco to areas outside of the group’s control.

Daraa:

Syrian Arab Army backed by allies reportedly took control of Musaykah and al-Dallafa from rebel factions in Al-Lajat area. If these advances are confirmed, the Syrian Arab Army is close to isolating Al-Lajat area from other rebel-held areas in eastern Daraa governorate.

Approximate situation in Al-Lajat area. Source: Suriyak

Al-Suwayda:

Syrian Arab Army and allies captured Al-Hibariyah, Tell al-Hibariyah, Tell Ali, Tell Umm al-Janbris, Tell al-Dars, Tell al-Khayl, Tell Utayyat, Tell al-Layh, Tell al-Dahaya, Tell Daab, Qabr Umm Murzah, Tell al-Ajar, Tell al-Aqas, and several other localities in northeastern Al-Suwayda from the Islamic State.

Afghanistan

Sar-e Pol Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 and wounded 16 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), as well as destroyed five vehicles in Sayyad district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Laghman Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s element surrendered to the Afghan National Security Forces in Alingar district.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six, wounded two, and arrested three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as seized several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Deh Bala (Haska Meyna), Achin, and Khogyani districts.

Afghan National Army’s element surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with his weapon in Ghani Khel 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

Paktia Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed one and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Gardez district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted an armored vehicle of the Afghan National Army, killing three elements in Zurmat district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Andar district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed three elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Andar district.

Farah Province:

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

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Jerashk 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 one strike report will be published each week on Mondays.

Amaq Agency:

Other:

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