Syrian War Daily – 21st of August 2018

Hello and welcome to the 523rd installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Yekîneyên Parastina Gel’s (People’s Protection Units) ‘Wrath of Olives Operation Room’ killed an element of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army’s Al-Jabhat al-Shamiya (Levant Front) between Al-Baruzah and Al-Shudud.

Idlib:

Unknown gunmen opened fire on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s elements at Al-Nimra checkpoint in Al-Ruj area, reportedly killing three elements. Similarly, unknown gunmen killed two elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham at a checkpoint between Salqin and Kafr Takharim.

Improvised explosive device wounded three elements of Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir’s (National Liberation Front) on a road near the city of Taftanaz, northeast of Idlib.

Al-Suwayda:

Unknown gunmen assassinated a sheikh of Harakat Rijal al-Karamah, Muhannad al-Hamoud on the road between Al-Mazraa and Walgha, northwest of Al-Suwayda city. Harakat Rijal al-Karamah operates a militia known as Quwat Sheikh al-Karama, which mainly operates in Jabal al-Arab (Jabal al-Druz) region.

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Approximate situation around Tell al-Safa. Source: Emmanuel

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), as well as destroyed a vehicle in Khwaja Sahib Posh district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that 14 elements of the Afghan Local Police surrendered to the group in Mala Arefi, Jaij, and Khair Abad areas of Lawlash district. The elements handed over eight assault rifles to the group.

Kunduz Province:

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

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed nine elements of the Islamic State in Nazyan, Deh Bala (Haska Meyna), and Khogyani districts.

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

Farah Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed an Afghan National Army’s armored vehicle in Bazar area of Shib Koh district. Four elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and one wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun and an RPG launcher from the killed elements.

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

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nad Ali district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed an Afghan National Army’s patrol in Dabaro Pul area of Nad Ali district, destroying an armored personnel carrier and killing four soldiers.

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News claimed that an element of the Afghan National Police opened fire on the police’s elements, who were with him present at a checkpoint in Tor Kotal area of Shah Wali Kot district. The element reportedly killed three policemen before joining nearby Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s elements, handing over a PK machine gun and two assault rifles to the group.

CJTF-OIR:

CJTF-OIR announced a change in their publishing policy. Now one strike report will be published each week on Mondays.

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