Syrian War Daily – 20th of July 2018

Hello and welcome to the 491st installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Al-Hasakah:

Syrian Democratic Forces captured Amri, Bir Uman, Al-Hassa, Al-Aghwar, Bab al-Khayr, Jalib Nadah, Dabhah, Shalham, Al-Zarqa, Taris and Qazmar in southern Al-Hasakah from the Islamic State.

Approximate situation in eastern Syria. source: Syrian Civil War Map

Al-Quneitra:

First batch of rebel elements and their families were evacuated from the governorate towards northern Syria. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the batch reportedly consisted of 28 buses, while other reports suggest that the batch consisted of 50 buses carrying around 2250 individuals. However, during the evacuation an incident occurred as one of the buses ran over several civilians, after its brakes failed. One civilian was killed and several wounded in the incident. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s elements immediately opened fire on the bus after the incident, reportedly wounding one civilian in the bus, while one rebel fighter was also reported as wounded as a result of the shooting. Driver of the bus was presumed to be dead, however, several reports claimed that he was wounded in the shooting.

Daraa:

Syrian Arab Army and allies entered Umm Batinah, Al-Qusaybah, Ayn al-Tina, Suwaysah, Al-Ajaf, Naba al-Sakhr, Al-Nasiriyah, Al-Murabba, Rasm al-Khawalid, Al-Munaytihat, Mumtinah, Ghadir al-Bustan, Al-Duwayah al-Kabira, Al-Duwayah al-Saghira, and al-Haja in border area between Al-Quneitra and Daraa governorates as part of a reconciliation agreement with rebel factions.

Approximate situation between Al-Quneitra and Daraa governorates. Source: Suriyak

Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid reportedly captured Al-Bakar, Al-Abdali, Al-Jubailiyah, al-Muqarz, Sad al-Muqarz (Al-Muqarz Dam), Al-Muelaqa, Al-Majaeid, Al-Dareiat, Abu Hajar, Al-Mushida, Ayn Zubidah, and Sad al-Jubailiyah (Al-Jubailiyah Dam) from rebel factions, after the latter withdrew from the localities.

Map showing advances made by Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid. Source: Suriyak

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces destroyed two Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (Taliban) armored vehicle in Khwaja Sahib Posh district.

Kunduz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran two Afghan Local Police’s checkpoints in Qarghan Tapi and Haji Imamuddin areas of Imam Sahib district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that 14 elements of the Afghan Local Police were killed and nine wounded in the encounters.

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

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces discovered and destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Momand Dara 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

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked two and overran one Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Muqur district, wounding one element of the army in the process. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun, an RPG launcher, and two motorcycles from the post.

Ghazni Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched an assault on Qara Bagh district’s administration center and Afghan National Police’s headquarters. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that the group dismantled most of the police’s headquarters, as well as killing and wounding 15 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces and seizing an armored vehicle.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces destroyed five vehicles of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Bala Bukuk district.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces destroyed three Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s bases and an ammunition cache in Khas Urozgan district.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s post in Haji Eshaqzai Aka Manda area of Shahr-e Safa district. Seven elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and four wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two PK machine guns, three assault rifles and large quantities of ammunition from the post.

Helmand Province:

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran two Afghan Local Police’s checkpoints in Shatoro area of Arghandab 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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