Syrian War Daily – 8th of October 2018

Hello and welcome to the 571st installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Four elements of the Al-Jaysh al-Watani al-Suri’s (Syrian National Army) were killed and two wounded, when one of the elements accidentally dropped and triggered a hand grenade in a room where the elements were present. The incident occured in the village of Maryamin in Sharran subdistrict of Afrin.

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham stormed the village of Al-Haluba and opened fire, in an attempt to arrest a wanted individual. According to the reports, two civilians were wounded by the fire, while Hayat Tahrir al-Sham eventually arrested the individual.

Unknown gunmen killed an element of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on the road between Darkoush and Azmarin.

Deir al-Zour:

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: Our fighters advanced a distance of /500/ meters, following violent engagements with the terrorists, “Daesh, and killed in the engagements a number of terrorists, and our forces were able to install 6 points and seize a quantity of weapons.

In the evening, our fighters attacked the terrorist organization’s sites, killing a number of terrorists, seizing a number of weapons and detonating a number of mines planted by terrorists.

The coalition jets launched several air strikes on terrorist positions and fortifications.

The axis is occasionally punctuated by intermittent engagements, accompanied by mortar shelling.

2- Hajin axis: Strong engagements broke out between our fighters and terrorists, which lasted long hours. The terrorists used heavy weapons and indiscriminate shelling with mortars and heavy machine guns, but did not cause any harm to our fighters.

Intermittent clashes between our fighters and terrorists erupt periodically, interspersed with mutual artillery fire.

3-The outcome of the engagements:

Number of terrorist deaths:/ 23 / Terrorists

Air strikes:/ 5/ strikes

Terrorist losses: destruction of two sites

– Weapons seized by our fighters: 1 – M-16 weapons, 1 – 2 – SPG9 charges – /6/ 3 – Dushka weapons ammunition – 23 / mm – 10 packs – 4 – 12.5 / number (2 packs) + quantity of shots, 5 – RPG rounds (11) shells

SDF Media Center

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

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 28 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Shirin Tagab and Dawlat Abad districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 26 and wounded ten elements of the Islamic State in Khogyani and Achin districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

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:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that the group took over Saydabad district’s administration center, as well as nearby Afghan National Police’s headquarters. According to the Al-Emarah, 35 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and dozens wounded, as well as ten captured in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reportedly seized 60 light weapons, a mortar, a DShK heavy machine gun, four armored vehicles, and four military vehicles from the base.

Herat Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan Local Police’s base in Pirkhola area of Guzara district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, 16 elements of the Afghan Local Police were killed and two wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized five PK machine guns, two RPG launchers, a sniper rifle, and an assault rifle from the base.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces allegedly killed 82, wounded 25, and arrested four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed five vehicles, two motorcycles, two bases, and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Andar, Ghazni, Nawa, Gelan, Muqur, Waghaz, and Deh Yak districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed an Afghan National Army’s foot patrol, killing two soldiers in Ghazni district.

Paktika Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as seized several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Yahya Khel district.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed two motorcycles in Khaki Safed 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 seven and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed three improvised explosive devices in Khas Urozgan district.

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked and targeted with several improvised explosive devices an Afghan National Army’s convoy in Marjah district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, during four-day long clashes between the two, 19 elements of the Afghan National Army were killed, as well as ten armored personnel carriers and two Kamaz trucks destroyed. Two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed in the encounters.

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six and wounded 19 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khakrez district.

CJTF-OIR:

Between 1st and 6th of October 2018 CJTF-OIR has conducted 66 strikes in Syria. CJTF-OIR‘s main focus in Syria at the moment is Deir al-Zour-Albu Kamal region where they did 66 strikes supporting SDF‘s operations against IS destroying two vehicles, one mortar tube, 14 supply routes, 14 fighting positions, five command and control centers, two observation points, two weapons caches, five mortars, one unmanned aerial system, one compound, one vehicle-borne IED, one piece of heavy equipment, seven mortar positions, one vehicle-borne IED facility, and one recoilless rifle.

Full report on CJTF-OIR strikes conducted in both Syria & Iraq can be found here.

Amaq Agency:

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