Syrian War Daily – 12th of July 2018

Hello and welcome to the 483rd installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Al-Hasakah:

Unknown gunmen reportedly killed three civilians on the road between Al-Hasakah and Al-Qamishli.

Idlib:

Islamic State assassinated Ahrar al-Sham’s commander and head of the security committee in Qalat al-Madiq, Ahmed al-Zafer (Ahmed Zafer Abdul Karim) on the road between Hazano and Maarat Misreen.

Improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s judge and ‘Dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Law in the city of Idlib’, Anas Ayrout near Saad mosque in the city of Idlib. Ayrout and three other individuals were wounded, while one individual was killed in the incident.

Yekîneyên Parastina Gel’s (People’s Protection Units) ‘Wrath of Olives Operation Room’ stated that five elements of Faylaq al-Sham were killed in two operations conducted by the operations room in the governorate. Full statement by the ‘Wrath of Olives Operation Room’;

“In the first action our forces carried out on July 9, the Faylaq Al Sham member Ibrahim Ebdullrezaqi was targeted. The gang member was in motion on a motorcycle when he was punished by our forces for his torture and attacks against the people of Afrin, following a pursuit.

The second action of our fighters was carried out on July 10 against a military vehicle with 4 Faylaq Al Sham gang members inside. Gang members named Hisên Îbrahîm Mustefa, Mihemed El-Kermo, Eymen El-Xalid and Xezwan El-Hisên have been killed in the targeted vehicle.

The actios in question took place in the southern rural areas of Idlib. This goes to prove that we are present everywhere the Turkish state and their allied gang groups invade, terrorize and oppress our people. We repeat our promise once again to hold anyone who took part in the invasion of Afrin, who insulted our people and stole their property to account. Be patient, Afrin. Vengeance is near.”

Unknown gunmen opened fire on elements of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza on a road near the city of Maraat Misreen. Two elements of Jaysh al-Izza were killed in the incident. Separately, an improvised explosive device wounded five elements of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza in the western part of the city of Khan Sheikhoun.

Daraa:

Syrian Arab Army and allies entered Al-Muzayrib and Al-Yadudah, as well as rebel-held parts of the city of Daraa, after rebel factions in the aforementioned localities decided to reconcile with the Syrian government. Rebel factions in Inkhil and Kafr Shams accepted reconciliation with the Syrian government as well. Syrian Arab Army is also in control of Tell Antar and Tell al-Alaqiyah northwest of Kafr Shams.

Approximate situation in northwestern Daraa. Source: Emmanuel

Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid captured the village of Hayt from the Free Syrian Army and rebel ‘Sad al-Bagha operations room’, after the latter withdrew from the locality in an agreement with the former. Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid managed to fully besiege Hayt village yesterday after capturing Tellat Yabla (Khirbet Yabla), forcing the rebels to accept an evacuation agreement from the locality. According to the agreement, the rebels handed over their heavy weapons, in exchange for the safe withdrawal from Hayt.

Approximate situation around the city of Daraa. Source: Suriyak

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) killed four and wounded two elements of the Afghan National Security Forces and destroyed two vehicles in Shesh Tapa area of Shirin Tagab district.

Jowzjan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched an operation against the Islamic State’s elements in Derzab and Qush Tepa districts, reportedly capturing Fadaei, Aqbalaq, Aqsaa, and Bibi Maryam areas in Derzab district and Khanqa and Chaqma Chaqour areas in Qush Tepa district from the latter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s attacks reportedly consists of around 4000 thousand fighters, including reinforcements from Sar-e Pol, Faryab, Ghor, and Kandahar provinces. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reportedly besieged around 500-600 Islamic State’s elements in Sardar area of Derzab districts. According to the reports, 28 elements of the Islamic State were killed, 16 wounded, and nine arrested, while nine elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed, 11 wounded, and three arrested in the clashes between the two sides.

Kunduz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that the group launched coordinated attacks against the Afghan National Security Forces in Pol Saifuddin, Jamal, Kamal, and Bahlol areas of Archi (Dasht-e Archi) district. According to Al-Emarah News, the group overran an Afghan National Security Forces’ military base and 15 checkpoints in the aforementioned areas, allegedly killing 72 elements in the process, as well as destroying eight vehicles. Afghan National Army stated that 15 of its elements were killed in clashes in Dasht-e Archi district, while 50 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed and wounded in the same clashes.

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

Badakhshan Province:

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

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched large-scale operations against the Afghan National Security Forces in Ergatal, Dimga, Tajakyan, Bakhshika, Changaha, and Da Dahi areas of Argo district, reportedly clearing ten villages from the latter’s presence. Eight elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and several wounded in the encounters.

Nangarhar Province:

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:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 49 and wounded 27 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nawa, Jaghori, Qarabagh, and Ghazni districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed a vehicle in Bala Buluk district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s military base in Raj area of Farah district. Ten elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and 15 arrested in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized four armored personnel carriers from the base.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Deh Rawud and Tarinkot districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s vehicle and killed six soldiers in Mara Abad area of Tarinkot district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 23 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Marjah and Jerashk districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan Local Police’s post in Zabar area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district. Nine elements of the Afghan Local Police were killed, as well as a vehicle and two motorcycles destroyed in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized six assault rifles and an RPG launcher from the post.

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s vehicle in Jalahore area of Arghandab district. Separately, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized three Afghan National Army’s supply trucks in Sar Khobaib area of Shah Wali Kot district.

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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