Syrian War Daily – 9th of September 2018

Hello and welcome to the 542nd 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) Media Center stated that two elements of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army were killed in two operations conducted by the group in Afrin region. Full statement by the Media Center;

Within the scope of the second phase of the Resistance of the Age in occupied Afrin, our forces continue their operations against the Turkish invasion army and its jihadist mercenary allies. Between 7thand 8thof September, our forces carried out two distinct operations in Afrin’s Rajo and Shera districts.

On September 7th, one of our units set up an ambush on the road leading to Afrin’s Shera district, targeting one of the mercenaries of the Hamza Division named Abdulrahman al-Zaher and originally from Azaz. As a result, the mercenary was killed.

On September 8th, our unit set up an ambush in Afrin’s Rajo district, this time targeting a member of the Ahrar al-Sharqiya mercenary fraction. The terrorist has been killed in the operation.

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army’s Firqat al-Sultan Murad (Sultan Murad Division) targeted a group of Syrian Arab Army’s elements with a Konkurs anti-tank guided missile at Al-Shamawiyah front near Al-Bab. Sultan Murad Division claimed that several soldiers were killed and wounded by the targeting, however, the video released by the group shows the anti-tank guided missile hitting dirt in front of a group of soldiers.

Idlib:

Syrian Arab Air Force targeted Abdin and Al-Habit villages in southern Idlib. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), two civilians were killed and six wounded by the targeting.

Hama:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery destroyed a vehicle and an ammunition depot of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Izza at Tell al-Sayyad north of Kafr Zita in northern Hama. Similarly, the artillery also reportedly killed five elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham at the outskirts of Kafr Zita.

Situation in northern Hama. Source: Emmanuel

Al-Suwayda:

Syrian Arab Army and allies made additional limited advances against the Islamic State in Tell al-Safa area, reportedly taking over several areas and caves. Syrian Arab News Agency released a report regarding the event;

Army units continued to advance in the depth of the rocky cliffs in the area of al-Safa hills in Sweida eastern Badyia (desert) after violent clashes with Daesh (ISIS) terrorists.

SANA reporter in Sweida said that army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, advanced over an area of 1 km in the area of al-Safa hills, establishing control over strategic areas and many caves used by Daesh terrorists as fortified positions.

The reporter added that the new advancement came after violent clashes between army units backed by the supporting forces and terrorists, as scores of terrorists were killed and others were injured while the remnants fled away.

The reporter indicated that the army air force and artillery conducted precision bombardments against positions, dens and fortifications of Daesh terrorists in the depth of the rocky cliffs, inflicting heavy losses upon them amid a state of collapse among their ranks after destroying their defense lines and depriving them of their water resources.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Shirin Tagab district.

Baghlan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched a large-scale operation against the Afghan National Security Forces in Baghlan-e Markazi district, capturing seven military bases and nine checkpoints from the latter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan also reportedly captured five villages and a large area from the Afghan National Security Forces, as well as destroyed eight military vehicles.

Kabul Province:

Suicide attack targeted the 4th Police District of Kabul city, as supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud were gathering in the district. Afghan Ministry of Public Health stated that at least seven people were killed and 25 wounded in the incident.

Badghis Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten and wounded seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Ab Kamari district.

Herat Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Army’s base in Obe district, reportedly killing nine and arresting five elements, as well as destroying two armored personnel carriers, according to the group’s Al-Emarah News. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed in the encounter.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle in Shib Koh district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Pur Chaman district’s administration center, as well as nearby Afghan National Police’s headquarters. According to the reports, at least eight Afghan National Police’s elements were killed and wounded, while an element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and a vehicle were destroyed in the encounters. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two PK machine guns, an RPG launcher, and five assault rifles from the killed elements.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Police’s post in Sor area of Farah district. Five elements of the Afghan National Police were killed, four wounded, and five arrested in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a PK machine gun and six assault rifles from the post.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khas Urozgan district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran two Afghan National Security Forces’ centers in Gograk area of Tarinkot district. Nine elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and eight wounded, while two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed in the encounters.

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces found and defused five improvised explosive devices in Shinkay district.

Two elements of the Afghan Local Police defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Mizan district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 26 and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nawa-I-Barakzayi, Sangin, and Nad Ali districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

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

Kandahar Province:

Two elements of the Afghan National Army surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Torkas area of Maruf 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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