Syrian War Daily – 21st of September 2018

Hello and welcome to the 554th 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 claimed that five elements of the Turkish Armed Forces and 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 carried out two successful operations in Afrin’s Mabata, Sherawa and Rajo districts, targeting the Turkish invasion army and its mercenary allies.

On September 20th, our units ambushed a Turkish military vehicle on the road between the villages of Khalta and Gubele in Sherawa district. As a result of the action, two Turkish soldiers were killed.

On that same day, our fighters targeted a military vehicle of the Sultan Murad Division mercenary fraction on the road between Rajo and Mabata districts. As a result, three mercenaries were killed and three AK-47 weapons seized. The names of the killed mercenaries are as follows: Khaled al-Ragheb (originally from northern Hama), Ali al-Barhoum (Homs) and Kholouf al-Ghoutani (Damascus).

Idlib:

Unknown gunmen killed an individual affiliated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the city of Sarmin. The individual was a former element of Ahrar al-Sham and collaborated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the past during the battles for Sarmin.

Improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle of Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir’s (National Liberation Front) Faylaq al-Sham in the city of Saraqib. The explosion killed a brigade commander in Faylaq al-Sham, Yusuf al-Houran. According to the reports, Al-Houran was a commander of Liwa al-Sadiq, which joined Faylaq al-Sham in May of 2017.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces made advances against the Islamic State on Hajin front, as well as conducted combing operations in the newly-captured Al-Baghouz Fawqani village. Syrian Democratic Forces’ Media Center released a report regarding today’s advances and encounters with the Islamic State in the governorate;

1- Al-Bagouz Fouqani axis: After more than three days of fighting, SDF liberated the entire town of Bagouz Fawqani.

After the liberation process, SDF began to comb the areas close to their fixed positions. During the combing, the fighters found a 120mm mortar, which was mined and detonated by the fighters. As a result, terrorists fired several mortar shells at close proximity to our fighters. Our forces returned their positions with rockets.

There were intensive movements of Daesh terrorists in this area, after the liberation of the town by SDF. They bombed our fighters ‘points with mortars. After that 4 terrorists attempted to infiltrate our fighters’ points, but they resisted them, forcing the terrorists to retreat. While coalition aircraft raided their positions, killing the four terrorists.

Our forces continued to advance amid violent engagement with terrorists, supported by coalition aircraft, killing six terrorists in raids targeting their positions. In the course of their advance, our fighters found a weapon B. K. C / number / 1 / and weapons / B7 /, in addition to / 5 / of terrorist bodies.

2-Hajin axis: Our fighters in this axis provided a distance of / 2 / km, was combed the entire area they liberated and the trenching of tunnels and trenches, And the tunnels where the terrorists had been barricaded, and was installed / 15 points, in addition they took a Kalashnikov rifle. As our fighters advanced, a mine planted by the terrorists exploded, wounding five fighters and killing another fighter.

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

-The number of terrorists killed: 10 / terrorists, in addition to 5 / other bodies that fell into the hands of our fighters.

-Air strikes: 5 strikes.

– Points installed: / 15 / points.

– Weapons seized: Kalashnikov rifle number / 1 / Weapon type / B. K. C / number / 1 / and weapons / B7 /

– Number of terrorist sites destroyed:/ 3 /sites.

– Number of mines that exploded: /4 / Mine.

– Number of wounded fighters: /5/ wounded.

– Number of martyrs: one martyr.

SDF Media Center

Approximate situation in eastern Deir al-Zour. Source: SyriaInfo

Al-Suwayda:

Islamic State’s weekly Al-Naba newsletter claimed that 500 elements of the Syrian Arab Army were killed and dozens wounded during clashes between the two in Al-Suwayda desert from 20th of July till 20th of September. Al-Naba also claimed that the Islamic State destroyed six tanks and 13 military vehicles, as well as repelled dozens of attacks in the same period.

Afghanistan

Kunar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Narang Aw Badil district.

Kapisa Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nijrab district.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four elements of the Islamic State in Achin 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

Maidan Wardak Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed nine and wounded 13 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Saydabad district.

Paktia Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 20 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and two elements of the Haqqani Network in Lazha Ahmadkhel and Ahmadabad districts.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper wounded two elements of the Afghan National Army in Badroki area of Sang Atish district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Waghaz district.

Farah Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed an element of the Afghan National Army, seizing his motorcycle in Gunakhan area of Farah district.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six and wounded 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Tarinkot district.

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 20 and wounded ten elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Arghandab district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two and arrested two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle in Nad Ali district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed an Afghan National Army’s foot patrol in Mateki area of Nad Ali district. Five elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and wounded in the ambush.

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 21 and arrested 18 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a training center and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Shah Wali Kot district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s vehicle in Badi Karez area of Shorabak 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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