Syrian War Daily – 15th of December 2018

Hello and welcome to the 639th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Yekîneyên Parastina Gel’s (People’s Protection Units) Media Center claimed that six elements of 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 military operations, targeting the Turkish-backed terrorists in the villages of Afrin’s Bilbile and Shera districts. Details of the actions are as follows:

1. On December 14th, one of our units carried out an operation against the military base of Turkish-backed Sham Legion (Feylaq al-Sham) mercenary faction located between Dersiwan and Nabi Houri villages of Afrin’s Shera district. As a result, four of the terrorists were killed and five others wounded.

2. On the same day, our forces carried out an operation with explosive device targeting a military vehicle of the Sultan Murad Division mercenaries in Qastal Miqdad village of Afrin’s Bilbile district. As a result, two terrorists were killed and two were wounded.

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

Raqqa:

Improvised explosive device wounded two elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces on the road between the villages of Khirbet Hadla and Ayn Issa in northern Raqqa. Separately, a left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device wounded a civilian in the city of Raqqa.

Deir al-Zour:

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

1- Baguoz axis: Terrorists bombed the positions of our fighters with heavy and light weapons, then tried to launch a major attack, and our fighters confronted them, and violent engagements broke out, during which a number of terrorists were killed and others wounded, while our fighters seized quantities of weapons and ammunition, including a car bomb, was prepared for the bombing.

In the afternoon, this axis witnessed the most intense engagements ever. Terrorists used all types of heavy and light weapons and snipers, but our fighters resisted them and killed and wounded a number of them, forcing the rest to retreat and flee from the battlefield.

Military engineering units have begun to remove and dismantle the mines that laid by terrorists in the area.

In the early hours of the evening, our fighters launched an attack on terrorist positions, killing a number of them, and advancing a distance of 1 km on this axis. They managed to install 17 points while the terrorists fled. Our fighters also seized another car bomb, which was equipped to explode.

Our fighters continued to advance on this axis and were able to install 23 points, despite the bad weather and heavy darkness.

On the other side, the terrorists attacked the points and positions of our forces. Our forces responded with a good will. The engagements lasted more than 4 hours. Several terrorists were killed and others were injured. Our fighters were able to detonate a car bomb. before reaching their positions. Terrorists bombarded our ASPG missile points but caused little damage.

The terrorists tried to regroup; in preparation for a third attack, but our fighters alerted them, our forces launched a fierce attack on terrorists’ positions and fortifications, and due to that strong engagements broke out. The terrorists resorted to the use of all types of weapons, light and heavy, but our fighters inflicted heavy losses on them. Dozens of them were wounded, while the others fled. After a relatively short period, terrorists began to bombard our positions with mortars and artillery. While our engineering units dismantled several mines in the area.

On the other fronts, there were continuous engagements, in which terrorists used heavy and light weapons as well as mortar and rocket attacks, but our fighters responded to all attack, there are killed and wounded in their ranks, amid the International Air Force launched several air strikes on the terrorists’ sites.

2-Hajian axis: This axis also witnessed in the morning violent engagements between our fighters and” Daesh” terrorists, , the terrorists launched an attack on the positions of our fighters in this axis, in which dozens of terrorists were killed and others wounded, and the terrorists did not withstand in front of our fighters and they Fled, left their dead and weapons behind them, fighters seized on military equipment, and managed to advance in the region and were able to install 35 points. While the International Alliance air jets carried out several air strikes, targeting terrorists’ sites and points.

The terrorist organization re-attack our fighters’ points by using all kinds of weapons, light and heavy, with great resistance from our fighters, killing and injuring dozens of terrorists while our forces advancing 2 km away. They managed to liberate 3126 civilians who were surrounded by the terrorist organization and used as human shields and brought them to liberated and safe areas.

In the engagements, a number of our fighters were wounded and taken to the field hospitals for treatment.

This axis was witnessing continuous engagements, interspersed with artillery shelling until the preparing of this outcome.

3- The final outcome of Engagements:

– A number of terrorists killed: /121 / Terrorist.

– Terrorist losses: the destruction of 44 sites and a gathering of terrorists

-Destruction of aDushka weapons number 1

– 7 military roads used by terrorists were cut off, and destroying a car bomb number1

– Weapons seized by our fighters: Kalashnikov Weapon No. 3

-Weapon / Espino/ Number 1

– Car bomb number / 2 /.

– A number of strikes by the international coalition:/ 50 / strike.

SDF Media Center

Unknown gunmen reportedly killed six elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Suwaidan in eastern Deir al-Zour. The gunmen also burnt a Syrian Democratic Forces’ vehicle after killing the elements.

Daraa:

Syrian Arab Army arrested a former commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Wiyat Mujahideen Houran, Farid al-Rumman in the city of Inkhil. Al-Rumman was reportedly arrested due to personal claims of being involved in thefts, kidnappings, and murders. Separately, the Syrian Arab Army arrested a former commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Firqat Salah al-Deen, Fawzi al-Hariri in the city of Saida. Both commanders previously signed a reconciliation agreement with the Syrian government in July of 2018.

Afghanistan

Balkh Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (Taliban) element infiltrated and killed an Afghan Local Police’s commander, Akhtar Atwal and three other elements of the police in Dawlat Abad district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, the infiltrator was also killed in the encounter.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed five and wounded eight elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Qala i Naw district. Two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were wounded in the same encounters.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed ten elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed a vehicle in Bala Buluk 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 three and wounded six elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Deh Rawud district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle, a motorcycle, and an ammunition depot in Nahri Saraj, Washir, and Jerashk districts.

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 12 and wounded 15 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed an IED factory and defused 31 improvised explosive devices in Khakrez, Maywand, and Panjwayi districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s post in Shah Ghondan area of Khakrez district. Ten elements of the Afghan National Army were killed in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a sniper rifle and three assault rifles from the post.

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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