Syrian War Daily – 12th of December 2018

Hello and welcome to the 636th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device reportedly killed two and wounded 22 civilians in the city of Azaz. Similarly, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device killed two and wounded ten civilians in the city of Al-Bab. Another vehicle-borne improvised explosive device wounded five civilians in the city of Al-Rai.

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Approximate situation in northern Aleppo. Source: Syrian Civil War Map

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham released a media activist from the East Ghouta, Muwafaq al-Najjar (Abu Imad), after he was arrested a couple of days ago by the group on unknown charges in the city of Idlib. According to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Al-Najjar was detained due to allegations that he was associated with groups conducting attacks in Idlib, and was released after the allegations were cleared.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces made important advances against the Islamic State in Hajin city, reportedly capturing large parts of the locality. Islamic State reportedly used several vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices in the city, with all of them reportedly destroyed before reaching their destinations.

Syrian Democratic Forces’ Media Center released a report regarding today’s engagements with the Islamic State in the governorate;

1- Al-Bagouz axis: SDF ‘s fighters advanced towards the points and positions of terrorists in this axis, and the clashes erupted for hours, an unspecified number of Islamic State’ gangs elements have been killed and injured ,And seized a number of military equipment and quantities of ammunition, including a booby-trapped vehicle prepared for detonation, As a result, the terrorists launched attacks by shelling our forces’ points with mortars and artillery and from afar, But did not cause any damage among our fighters.

Mortar shelling continued into the evening, amid attempts by the terrorist organization to retake the initiative to launch a counter-attack, but all its attempts failed in the wake of our fighters’ vigilance.

The clashes have been still on going intermittently from time to time, Interspersed with mutual mortar shelling till the moment this report

The International Alliance aircraft also carried out a number of air strikes on terrorist positions and fortifications, resulting in the deaths of a number of them,we had no precise information was obtained about their numbers, inflicting heavy losses between them .

The military engineering teams of our forces dismantled a number of mines planted by the terrorist organization, and detonated some of them.

2- Hajin town ‘s axis: clashes erupted between SDF’s fighters and Islamic State’s gangs’ elements, in which terrorists used all types of weapons ,Our fighters SDF have made progress on this axis and have been able to destroy the fortifications of terrorists, After they detonated and dismantled the mines planted by the terrorist organization in the area, and our fighters also found a number of weapons and military equipment, Including explosive belts, in conjunction with the International Alliance aircraft launched a number of air raids on terrorist sites.

The clashes have been still on going intermittently from time to time, till the moment of the outcome.

The final outcome of the clashes:

8 mercenaries have been killed

– Terrorist casualties: destruction of 24 terrorist sites, destruction of 3 mortar shells, 3 military roads was cut it used by terrorists, 1 bulldozer destruction, destruction of the Banco 1 .

– Weapons and equipment seized by our fighters: mortar number / 18 /, booby-trapped vehicle number / 1 /, explosive belt number / 1 /, as well as dismantling a number of explosive Devices.

– Number of strikes by the international coalition: 35 / strike.

The Media center of Syrian Democratic Forces

Approximate situation around Hajin. Source: Gargari

Afghanistan

Badakhshan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) overran and destroyed an Afghan National Army’s post in Jurm district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, 12 elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and three wounded in the encounter.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle in Chaparhar and Surkh Rod districts.

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

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 30 and wounded 22 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Waghaz and Ghazni districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Farah Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that the group overran the administration center of Shib Koh district, as well as nearby Afghan National Police’s headquarters and several checkpoints from the Afghan National Security Forces.

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

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier near Atish checkpoint in Mizan district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two and wounded 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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