Syrian War Daily – 31st of August 2018

Hello and welcome to the 533rd 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) Press Office released a press release stating that the group conducted a sabotage operation against the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army in Rajo subdistrict of Afrin. Full press release by the Press Office;

Within the scope of the second phase of the Resistance of the Age in occupied Afrin, our forces continue their operations against Turkish invasion army and its jihadist mercenaries.

On August 29th, one of our units carried out an effective sabotage operation targeting a joint checkpoint set up by Turkish troops and Hamza Division terrorists in village of Barbana of Afrin’s Rajo district. As result of the detonation of explosive devices, the checkpoint was completely destroyed. The operation resulted in the death of 2 Turkish soldiers and 2 Hamza Division mercenaries, as well as wounding of 2 others.

Abu Amara Special Task Brigade stated that three of its improvised explosive devices destroyed a Syrian Arab Army’s ammunition depot / warehouse near Sad Shaghidla in southern Aleppo. Abu Amara claimed that the explosions killed more than 20 elements of the Syrian Arab Army.

Raqqa:

Unknown gunmen killed an element of the Syrian Democratic Forces near the village of Al-Hasaywa in western Raqqa.

Hama:

Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir (National Liberation Front) blew up two bridges in Al-Sharia and Beit al-Ras in Al-Ghab Plain region. Two civilians were wounded by the explosion of the bridges. The two bridges used to link areas under rebel control and areas under the control of the Syrian government. Local councils in Al-Ghab Plain condemned the act of blowing the two bridges. Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir also attempted to blow up Al-Hawiz bridge, however, the locals managed to stop the group from blowing it up. The two sides “agreed” that the bridge will be blown up if the Syrian Arab Army makes advances towards it.

Deir al-Zour:

Improvised explosive device killed Syrian Arab Army’s Colonel Hassan Yousef in Al-Bukamal (Albu Kamal) area in eastern Deir al-Zour.

Al-Suwayda:

Syrian Arab Army destroyed several Islamic State’s fighting positions in Tell al-Safa area and prevent the latter’s attempt to flee towards Al-Tanf region. Syrian Arab News Agency released a report regarding the event;

Units of Syrian Arab Army carried out destroyed fortified points for Daesh (ISIS) terrorists in the area of Toloul al-Safa in Sweida Badyia (desert) and thwarted terrorists’ attempt to flee towards al-Tanf area on the outskirts of the Badyia nearby the Syrian-Iraqi border.

SANA’s reporter said that the army’s artillery targeted dens and sites for terrorist groups positioned in Toloul al-Safa area, killing and injuring scores of terrorists in addition to the destruction of their fortified points.

The reporter added that army enhanced its points on the northern and western parts of Toloul al-Safa area, tightening the noose on Daesh remnants.

Another army unit launched intensive strikes on movements of a terrorist group that was attempting to infiltrate towards the rocky cliffs to escape from the army’s grip.

The infiltration attempt was frustrated and a number of terrorists were killed or injured due to the strikes.

Approximate situation around Tell al-Safa. Source: Emmanuel

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) overran two Afghan National Army’s posts in Koh Sayyad area of Shirin Tagab district. Two elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and three wounded, as well as an armored vehicle destroyed in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun, two RPG launchers, an assault rifle, and a motorcycle from the posts.

Balkh Province:

Four elements of the Afghan Local Police defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Chahar Bolak district.

Badakhshan Province:

11 elements of the Afghan Local Police defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Raghistan district. Similarly, an element of the Afghan Local Police surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with his weapon in Baharak district.

Nuristan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that the group downed an Afghan Air Force’s helicopter in Barg-i Matal district. Five elements of the Afghan National Army were reportedly killed in the encounter.

Kabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five and arrested three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the province.

Laghman Province:

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

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic State and destroyed an improvised explosive device in Khogyani district.

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

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that 31 elements of the Afghan Local Police surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with their weapons in Zazi Aryub district.

Ghor Province:

Residents of Pusht Rod area in Dawlat Yar district pledged their allegiance to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The aforementioned area consists of more than 300 families, under the leadership of commander Leal Bahadur Protan.

Ghazni Province:

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

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Marjah and Nad Ali districts. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed and wounded nine elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Mateka area of Nad Ali district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan arrested two elements of the Afghan National Army in Haji Leal Jan Aka Sarai area of 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 24 and wounded 13 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed six vehicles and motorcycles in Maywand district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured two Afghan Local Police’s checkpoints in Kala Shahmir area of Maywand district, after the latter withdrew from the checkpoints.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier n Karam Karez area of Nesh 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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