Syrian War Daily – 9th of October 2018

Hello and welcome to the 572nd installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Free Syrian Army’s Ahrar al-Sharqiya arrested an Islamic State’s foreign commander, Abu Khubayb al-Jazayiri, as well as seven women and 16 children accompanying him at Aoun al-Dadat checkpoint near Jarabulus, as they were on their way towards Afrin from Manbij. Al-Jazayiri previously fought in Al-Bab, Qabasin, Al-Mayadeen, and Hajin, with several accusations against him regarding his participation in executions. Al-Jazayiri and other individuals were all handed over to the military police in Jarabulus.

Raqqa:

Improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces, reportedly killing one and wounding three elements on the road between Ain Issa and Sareen, north of Raqqa.

Idlib:

Unknown gunmen assassinated Abu Yousef al-Jazrawi (from Saudi Arabia), a security advisor of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s leader, Abu Muhammad al-Julani. Al-Jazrawi was assassinated on the road between the villages of Juzef and Maerata, south of Idlib.

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–Baguz axis: Our fighters launched a large-range attack on terrorist positions, killing several of them and causing material damage to the equipment. The terrorists returned to attack, using the dense nature of the area, where they tried to infiltrate among the trees. They came close to the positions of our forces, but the vigilance of our fighters failed the attack, after violent engagements with them, caused a death to a number of them, we could not find out because of the dense of Trees and fears of mines before being combed by military engineering teams.

The coalition’s jets also destroyed a tunnel used by terrorists, and it was not known if terrorists were inside it or not.

In the evening, terrorist movements with their vehicles were noticed in the vicinity of Al-Morsheda village. They were targeted by several artillery shells. During the combing operations in Al-Morsheda village, our fighters found a quantity of weapons and ammunition.

2- Hajan axis: This axis witnessed strong engagements, ranging from hit-and-run, but our fighters were able to advance in the area that were controlled by terrorists, amid preliminary artillery shelling. A number of terrorists were killed in the engagements, in addition to cause material damage.

3- Outcome of the engagements:

– Number of terrorists who were killed:/ 6 / terrorists.

– coalition jets strikes: (4) strikes, including bombing / 3 / Hummer missiles.

– Terrorist losses: destruction of a tunnel, destruction of a site where terrorists are Holed up.

– Weapons seized by our fighters: mortars in addition to a number of fillings, an explosive belt, a thermal rocket launcher.

Media Center of the Syrian Democratic Forces

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

Daraa:

Syrian Arab Army arrested a former commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Wiyat Mujahidi Hawran, Yasser al-Rashadan (Yasser al-Badiyah) in the city of Inkhil. Al-Rashadan was reportedly arrested after civilians in the region raised several personal lawsuits/claims against him.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 31 and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Shirin Tagab and Khwaja Sahib Posh districts.

Badakhshan Province:

Three elements of the Afghan Local Police surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Darayim district.

Nangarhar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed two elements of the Afghan National Army in Surkh Rod district.

Islamic State assassinated three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Hazarnau Tinki area of Momand Dara 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:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed a group of Afghan National Army’s elements, reportedly killing seven and wounding four soldiers on the main road between Kabul and Kandahar in Saydabad district.

Paktia Province:

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

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces allegedly killed 40 and wounded 36 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Deh Yak, Qarabagh, Andar, and Ghazni districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News claimed that the group seized an Afghan National Security Forces’ military base in Deh Yak district. According to Al-Emarah News, 30 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized ten armored vehicles, three military vehicles, a military truck filled with weapons and ammo, two KPV heavy machine guns (Zikoyak), two mortars, a DShK heavy machine gun, two RPG launchers, and two PK machine guns from the base.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed nine and wounded four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Pusht Rod district.

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

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 12 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed six motorcycles and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Qalat district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Jerashk 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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