Syrian War Daily – 20th of September 2018

Hello and welcome to the 553rd 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 four 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;

In the framework of the second phase of the Resistance of the Age in Afrin, our units carried out twin specific operations targeting the mercenaries of the Turkish state in each of the villages of Janders district and Shia.

On 19 September, our units carried out an operation against a military vehicle carrying a number of mercenaries on the road leading to the village of Ghazawiya in Janders district, where the vehicle was destroyed and two mercenaries were killed and three others were seriously injured. The names of the dead mercenaries were documented: Ibrahim al-Rabih from Hama and Ata al-Mousa from Hama.

On the same date, our fighters ambushed two of the mercenaries of the so-called al-Wakas Brigade on the road to the village of Hikja in Şêa district, where two mercenaries were killed and their Kalashnikov had been seized.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham executed five elements of the Islamic State, reportedly in Al-Zerba area south of Aleppo. The elements reportedly participated in assassinations and improvised explosive device attacks against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in greater Idlib area.

Raqqa:

Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (People’s Protection Units), Asayîş (Security), and Hêzên Antî Teror (Anti-Terror Special Forces) arrested several Islamic State’s sleeper cells in Qubba and Cada villages, southwest of Kobanî (Ayn al-Arab). YPG’s Media Center released a report regarding the event;

On September 19th, a sleeper cells with ties to the Turkish secret services and ISIS that were preparing attacks in northern Syrian territory have been neutralized in a joint operation conducted by our forces and Internal Security Forces (Asayish) in Kobani’s southwestern town of Sheikhlar on September 19.

The groups were organizing an underground network aiming to carry out attacks accros Rojava and northern Syria in order to disturb a relatively safe and stable situation in the region. Many cells that have been created with the same goal are hiding among civilians in various places in Rojava. A group that was preparing for an attack and had been closely watched by security forces have been neutralized in a joint operation by our forces and Asayish in Kobani.

On September 19th, our units, Asayish forces and Special Security Teams (HAT) carried out successful simultaneous operations targeting to eliminate the members of the group in the villages of Qubba and Cada of Sheikhlar town, southwestern Kobani. Dozens of Turkish backed mercenaries affiliated to the groups in the Turkish controlled Euphrates Shield zone and ISIS members were captured alive as a result of the operations. Also, a large quantity of ammunition including explosive devices, 2 B-7 anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 10 warheads, 11 AK-47 rifles, 2 night vision glasses, 4 binoculars, 14 cell phones, 4 radio devices, 9 pistols and ammunition were discovered and confiscated.

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham publicly executed an individual accused of cooperating with the Syrian Arab Army in Talmanis (Tell Mannas) in southern Idlib. The individual was reportedly part of cells that promote reconciliation with the Syrian government in Idlib.

Unknown gunmen killed three civilians near a camp between Maarat Misrin and Armanaz. Separately, unknown gunmen killed a civilian in front of his house in Bidama, near Jisr al-Shughur.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces completely captured the village of Al-Baghouz Fawqani in eastern Deir al-Zour from the Islamic State. Syrian Democratic Forces’ Media Center released a report regarding today’s advances and encounters with the Islamic State in the governorate;

1- Al-Bagouz axis: The terrorist organization (Daesh) tried to organize the attack on the points of SDF with heavy weapons and booby-trapped vehicles. They attacked three car bombs, which were attacked by our fighters and they managed to detonate one of the vehicles and hit the other, which exploded in turn before reaching its targets. As a result of the pressure caused by the explosion two of our fighters were wounded, while the third vehicle was blown up by the coalition aircraft.

Violent engagement broke out between our forces (SDF) and members of the terrorist organization (Daesh), killing eight terrorists. This is in addition to the fact that our forces carried out a tactical withdrawal from one of the points and infiltrated by elements of the terrorist organization. The coalition aircraft entered through the spot and killed all infiltrators, and then our fighters managed to install 3 new points in addition to the point where they withdrew tactically.

As our forces advanced 1 km in this area, after an hour of violent engagement, our fighters managed to install 9 more points.

Coalition aircraft destroyed an ammunition depot and two terrorist vehicles. Two vehicles were destroyed and emir from Daesh was killed.

One of our fighters exploded, wounding him.

2- Hajin axis: Our forces engaged with elements of the terrorist organization holed up inside the tunnels. Two of them tried to blow themselves up among our fighters, but our fighters managed to hit them, blowing their explosive belts away from our fighters.

As a result, our fighters closed the tunnels where the terrorist organization was holed up and combed the area. During the search, the houses exploded without causing any damage, while our fighters seized a 12.5-inch Dushka rifle and a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

As our forces advanced significantly in this axis, and combed a number of houses, has been installed / 5 / new points.

In view of the intensity of the mines planted by the terrorist organization in the area, our forces have proceeded cautiously, as mine-detonation mechanisms have managed to detonate 13 mines in the area.

3- the outcome of clashes and battles on all axes:

– Death toll of the terrorist organization: /31 / Terrorist.

– Coalition Air Force strikes: / 15 / strike.

– Number of mines that exploded: / 16 / mines.

– Weapons seized by our fighters: Dushka rifle (12.5) , Kalashnikov rifle number / 2 /.

– Points installed: / 17 /.

– Losses of terrorist organization: destruction of mortar, destruction of ammunition warehouse number / 2 /, destruction / 5 / car bombs, destruction of cars number / 2 /, destruction of tunnel number / 1 /.

– Number of wounded fighters: (3) fighters.

SDF Media Center

Situation in eastern Deir al-Zour. Source: Emmanuel

Afghanistan

Balkh Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 13 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Shortepa district.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten elements of the Islamic State in Deh Bala (Haska Meyna) 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 reportedly killed 15 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and five elements of the Haqqani Network, as well as destroyed a vehicle in Jaji and Sayid Karam districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Herat Province:

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

Paktika Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten and wounded nine elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Waza Khwa district.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Police’s element defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Sor area of Farah district, handing over an assault rifle to the group.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight and wounded arrested one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed five improvised explosive devices, a vehicle, and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Tarinkot district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran Afghan National Army’s Shier Agha post in Gogarak area of Tarinkot district. Eight elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and seven wounded, as well as three armored vehicles destroyed in the encounter. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two PK machine gun and five assault rifles from the post.

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked and partially dismantled an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Zaqum Charrahi area of Marjah district. One element of the Afghan National Army was killed in the encounter.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device targeted an Afghan National Army’s foot patrol, killing one and wounding two soldiers in Alakozo Shakh area of Nahri Saraj 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 four and wounded five elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Maywand district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Sanzari area of Zhari district. Afghan National Army’s commander, Qasim Jan and one element were killed, while another element was wounded in the encounter. Four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were wounded in the clashes.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan Local Police’s vehicle, killing three policemen in Zaidanano area of Zhari 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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