Syrian War Daily – 30th of August 2018

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Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

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Aleppo:

Yekîneyên Parastina Gel’s (People’s Protection Units) Press Office released a press release stating that the group conducted several operations against the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army on the 29th of August. Full press release by the Press Office;

Throughout the night of 29 of August, within the scope of the second phase of the Resistance of the Age, our units carried out a series of successful military operations against the occupying Turkish army and its jihadist allies in Afrin. The objective of the actions was to avenge two of our comrades that had been martyred on August 9 in the village of Biye as a result of a plot staged by the enemy. The consequence of our operations conducted in the villages of Biye and Kefr Nebo of Afrin’s Sherawa district is as follows:

1. On the night of August 29, at 01:00 am, our unit carried out a successful attack against the military point of the Hamza Division terrorist fraction in the Biye village of Afrin’s Sherawa district. Group of terrorists was targeted and successfully attacked from close distance. As a result of the fight at close range, 10 of the terrorists were killed, 2 AK-47 and a quantity of ammunition were confiscated and a motorcycle destroyed. Besides that, several terrorists had escaped from where the clash took place.

2. That same night, at 03:00 am, and while the enemy wanted to start their operations in the area, our unit carried out a sabotage action targeting one of their military vehicles. As a result, a vehicle was completely destroyed and 5 terrorists were killed. In the aftermath of our action, groups of terrorists started a massive wide-scale operation in the area. Operation that started from combing the villages of Biye, Kefr Nebo, Birj Heider and Berade in Afrin’s Sherawa district, didn’t bring any result and after a certain time the enemy forces withdrew from the area.

3. Furthermore, on August 29 at 06:30 am, our unit carried out a sabotage action targeting two military vehicles on the road between the villages of Biye and Kefr Nebo. As a result, both of the vehicles were damaged, 4 terrorists, including the al-Sham Division (Faylaq al-Sham) commander named Khaled al-Abeed, were killed, while some others were left wounded.

After the successful operations of our units, a Turkish occupying army shelled the villages of Bashemre, Birj Qeys and Gunde Mezin with mortars. During whole day, unmanned aerial vehicles of the Turkish occupying army were flowing over the area.

The consecutive actions that had been carried out to avenge 2 our comrades martyred in the village of Biye, resulted in a death of 19 terrorists in total, a hitting of 3 military vehicles and a motorcycle and confiscation of two AK-47 (Kalashnikov) weapons and ammunition.

‘Wrath of Olives Operation Room’ killed a commander of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army’s Firqat al-Sultan Murad (Sultan Murad Division) in an operation conducted by the group between the villages of Sondra and Tel Shaer near Al-Rai in northern Aleppo. Full statement by the ‘Wrath of Olives Operation Room’;

In retaliation for our fighters against the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries in Afrin, Idlib and other areas in North Syria, our fighters carried out on 28/08/2018 an assassination operation against the mercenary called Abu Muhammad al-Domani, one of the commander of Sultan Murad’s gangs participated in the invasion of Afrin, which committed dozens of field executions against our people, as well as looting, and kidnapping.

Our fighters ambushed for the mercenary called Abu Mohammed al-Domani in the area between the villages of Sondra and Tel Shaer located in the area of al-Raai northeast of Aleppo. They assassinated him and seized his weapon before they withdrew from the area safely.

As we have stated previously, Wrath of Olives’ Operation Room, we reaffirm our right to retaliate against the mercenaries participating in the Afrin raid in any area of North Syria, particularly Afrin, to serve as a lesson for other mercenaries.

Improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Manbij Military Council at Sabea Baharat roundabout in the city of Manbij. One element of the Syrian Democratic Forces was wounded by the explosion.

Raqqa:

Unknown gunmen opened fire on a Syrian Democratic Forces’ checkpoint in the village of Al-Salhabiyah, west of Raqqa. One element of the Syrian Democratic Forces was wounded in the incident.

Idlib:

Improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle of the Turkistan Islamic Party in the city of Idlib. Two elements of the Turkistan Islamic Party were wounded in the incident.

Deir al-Zour:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed a civilian in the village of Mahkan in southeastern Deir al-Zour.

Al-Suwayda:

Syrian Arab Army and allies made advances against the Islamic State in northern and northwestern part of Tell al-Safa in eastern Al-Suwayda. Syrian Arab News Agency released a statement regarding the event;

Army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, expanded control over new areas in the northern and northwestern part of al-Safa hills in the depth of Sweida Badyia (desert).

SANA reporter in Sweida said that army units operating in Abu Ghanem hill to the northeast of al-Safa hills established control over wide areas in the direction of Um Marzakh to the west to meet with the forces which are coming from the western direction amid a state of collapse among the ranks of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists after eliminating a large number of them and destroying their positions and equipment.

The reporter added that army units operating in the surroundings of Qabir al-Sheikh Hussein continued to enhance their presence and to expand their control towards al-Safa hills, killing scores of Daesh terrorists and injuring others.

The reporter indicated that army units carried out precise bombardments against positions and fortifications of the remnants of Daesh terrorists in al-Safa hills.

Approximate situation around Tell al-Safa. Source: Suriyak

Afghanistan

Baghlan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Dand Shaabuddin district.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten elements of the Islamic State in Khogyani and Pachir Aw Agam districts. According to the reports, one of the ten killed elements was senior commander of the Islamic State, Yaser Khorasani. He was killed along with five other elements of the Islamic State in Khogyani 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 four and wounded six elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Sayid Karam district.

Badghis Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a camp in Murghab (Bala Murghab) distirct.

Ghor Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Samak area of Dawlat Yar district. Two elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and eight arrested, while an element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was wounded in the encounter.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 26 and wounded 34 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed ten motorcycles in Andar district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Afghan National Security Forces’ commander of security in Ghazni Province, Ramadan Ali Mohseni stated that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan withdrew from the city of Ghazni, after suffering heavy casualties.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces arrested eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as seized several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Sangin district.

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five and wounded eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Anarbagh area of Maywand 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:

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