Syrian War Daily – 24th of September 2018

Hello and welcome to the 557th 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 two elements of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army were killed in two operations conducted by the group in Rajo and Jinderes subdistricts of Afrin. 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 Rajo and Jindirese districts, targeting the mercenary allies of the Turkish invasion army.

On September 23rd, our units ambushed the Ahrar al-Sharqiya mercenaries on road leading from the city of Afrin to Rajo district. As a result, one terrorist was killed and three others wounded.

On September 24th, our units carried out a sniper attack targeting a mercenary of the Sham Legion (Faylaq al-Sham) in the Jindirese area. As a result, the terrorist was killed. His name is Muhammad Ahmed al-Jassem, originally from Aleppo.

Raqqa:

Improvised explosive device wounded an element of the Syrian Democratic Forces on the Aleppo – Raqqa road near the village of Al-Barouda, west of Raqqa city.

Hama:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham released the head of Morek’s local council and a member of the Hama governorate’s council, Ziad Nadaf, after he was arrested by the group for unknown reasons on 6th of September. However, reports surfaced suggesting that Nadaf was arrested because he refused to stop the work of Syrian Interim Government’s local council of Morek. Nadaf was reportedly forced to sign a pledge, which states that he will not carry out any political activity in the name of the Syrian Interim Government. Morek, which has two local councils, is expected to be led now by the Syrian Salvation Government’s local council.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces reportedly captured most of Al-Shajil village from the Islamic State, while clashes between the two moved into Al-Soussa. Syrian Democratic Forces’ Media Center released a report regarding today’s advances and encounters with the Islamic State in the governorate;

1-AL-Baguoz / Shijla village

– The engagements continued on this axis yesterday evening, and the terrorists tried to organize their ranks and carry out counter-attacks on the axes of the concentration of our forces.

Our forces confronted and retaliated in their wake. The field leadership confirmed the killing of 5 terrorists and the seizure of a number of individual machine guns.

This morning, our forces launched a combing campaign along Shijla village on the right, and clashed with terrorists in more than one point. Many points of concentration of terrorists were released and many of them were confirmed dead.

The aircraft participated effectively in the engagements yesterday and this day, where many of the fortifications were destroyed, and the artillery was also involved in targeting terrorist’s concentrations.

2–Sousse axis / Shijla:

In this axis erupted the most violent engagements yesterday evening, and tried terrorists to launch a counter-attack to prevent the advance of our forces, our troops confronted them and suffered defeat and loss of life, we could not confirm the number.

– This morning, our forces continued to advance along the village of Al-Shijla on the left and carried out a combing operation at a distance of 1 km, where 10 points were liberated from terrorists, while the military engineering teams dealt with dozens of mines where they were dismantled.

Coalition aircraft actively participated in this axis, launching 5 raids targeting terrorist’s movements and destroying their headquarters, as well as an ammunition depot.

3–the outcome of engagements and battles on all axes:

Air raids: 20 raid

Points edited: 28

Dead terrorists: 40 dead, added to the killing of others in various engagements did not confirm the number.

Dismantling and detonating dozens of mines

Two terrorists were killed

Destruction of a military headquarters, ammunition depot and military machinery.

SDF Media Center

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

Al-Suwayda:

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

Units of Syrian Arab Army restored control over new areas in the rocky cliffs surrounding al-Safa hills, which is the last hotbed of Daesh (ISIS) in the depth of Sweida Badyia (desert).

SANA’s reporter in Sweida said that army units continued their military operation in the rocky cliffs area, regaining control over new areas after fierce clashes with Daesh terrorists and killing scores of them, including snipers.

As a result of this achievement, army units tightened grip on terrorists amid a state of collapse in their ranks due to army’s intensive strikes.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) ambushed and killed an element of the Afghan National Police in Almar district.

Kunduz Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed seven and wounded four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed four motorcycles in Qalay-I-Zal district.

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

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed one and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle in Ghani Khel 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 reportedly killed 67, wounded 15, and arrested three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Jaghatu district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s post in Maidan Shar district. Five elements of the Afghan National Army were killed in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized four assault rifles and two PK machine guns from the post.

Paktia Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Zurmat district.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan arrested Afghan National Army’s officer Gul Ahmad and two individuals accompanying him in Doabi area of Jawand district.

Ghor Province:

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

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 30 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, including nine commanders, as well as wounded additional 11 elements and destroyed three vehicles and five motorcycles in Andar and Giro districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 42 and wounded six elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed five vehicles and two motorcycles in Khaki Safed district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier, killing two and wounding four soldiers in Regi area of Farah district.

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

Nimruz Province:

Two elements of the Afghan National Army and two elements of the Afghan National Army surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Dahamzang Killi area of Delaram district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed an element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Marjah district.

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

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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