Syrian War Daily – 16th of December 2018

Hello and welcome to the 640th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted a market in the city of Afrin, reportedly killing seven and wounding 13 civilians. ’Wrath of Olives Operation Room’ claimed responsibility for the explosion and released a statement claiming that 25 “mercenaries and settlers” were killed. Full statement by the ’Wrath of Olives Operation Room’;

The crimes of the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries and their settlers against our people and our pure land in the area of Afrin drive our fighters to escalate the resistance and invent more courageous methods of revenge, and to put these mercenaries in the hell of murder and accountability for what they have committed of crimes and extermination campaigns.

In a previous statement, we warned all parties that the cost of the occupation of Afrin and participation with the occupation in the war will be high, as our fighters will not hesitate to target all those mercenaries.

On the basis of the above, our fighters congratulate our people on the success of the bombing attack on the headquarters of al-Jabha al-Shamiya mercenaries next to al-Hal market, which was seized by the settlers. The fighters detonated a car bomb loaded with high explosive materials in return for the headquarters during the passage of a military patrol of the mercenaries. At least 25 mercenaries and settlers were killed and the number is increasing.

The operation of Afrin comes in revenge and in retaliation for our martyrs ,therefore, we renew our call to the mercenaries and settlers to leave Afrin, otherwise their fate will not be better than the fate of those killed today. We also call inhabitants of Afrin to distance themselves from the occupation headquarters and the mercenaries and from the settlers’ gatherings so as not to harm them.

The enemy knows only the language of killing and retaliation, and they understand that every olive tree in Afrin will be turned into a bullet and every stone will be a mine that explodes with their bodies.

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham conducted security operations in the city of Mseibin, targeting Islamic State’s cells responsible for kidnappings and robberies of civilians in the region. According to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Ibaa News Agency, several individuals were arrested in the operations.

Hama:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device wounded a civilian near the village of Abu Habeilat in eastern Hama.

Deir al-Zour:

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

Al-Bagouz axis: in the morning this front witnessed violent clashes between our fighters and members of the IS terrorist organization, where terrorists used heavy weapons to target the points and positions of our forces, and the clashes lasted several hours, our fighters finally inflict heavy losses in the ranks of terrorists, .

The terrorists once again attempted to launch another attack on our fighters’ points, but it was also thwarted.

In the evening, our forces launched an attack on the positions of IS organization and advanced approximately 2 kilometers. They were able to install 29 new points after heavy clashes with the terrorists and heavy losses of lives and equipment. Our fighters also seized quantities of weapons and military equipment and ammunition.

On another side of this axis, our fighters launched an attack on the terrorists’ points, advancing and being able to install 6 more points, amid violent clashes with terrorists and raids by the International Alliance aircraft.

2 – Hajin axis: Terrorists attacked the front positions of our forces, where violent clashes broke out and a number of terrorists killed, and the terrorists then used the shelling from far, where they bombed our positions with mortars and artillery, but they did not cause any damage .

A number of our fighters were also wounded and taken to hospital for treatment.

This axis was witnessing intermittent clashes until the preparation of this outcome.

3. The final outcome of the clashes:

– The number of terrorist deaths: 71 / Terrorist.

– The weapons and equipment seized by our fighters: grenades / 6 /, (RPG) weapons / 5 / (BKC) ammunitions.

– Terrorist losses: the destruction of terrorist attack sites 44, the destruction of the location of a sniper / 1, the destruction of a car / 1 /.

– Number of airline strikes by the International Coalition : 50 / strike.

Approximate situation in eastern Deir al-Zour, HD version of this map can be found here. Source: IWN

Al-Suwayda:

Improvised explosive device killed two civilians near the village of Al-Bustan in northern Al-Suwayda.

Afghanistan

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six elements of the Islamic State, including two commanders; Qari Khalid and Qari Zahid Bajori in Achin, Deh Bala (Haska Meyna), Khogyani and Pachir Aw Agam 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

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (Taliban) Al-Emarah News claimed that 55 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces surrendered to the group in Qadis district.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed nine and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle in Khaki Safed and Farah districts.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Tarinkot district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed five and wounded three elements of the Afghan National Police in Zartali area of Deh Rawud district.

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed eight and wounded nine elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Mizan and Qalat districts.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 15 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a vehicle, two motorcycles, and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Washir, Nahri Saraj, Jerashk, and Sangin districts.

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

Kandahar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 16 and wounded seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed 57 improvised explosive devices, avehicle, and five motorcycles in Maywand district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Security Forces’ post in Saro Chahano area of Shorabak district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, 17 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed, while one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed and two wounded in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a pickup, an RPG launcher, three PK machine guns, and eight 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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