Syrian War Daily – 29th of December 2018

Hello and welcome to the 653rd installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Raqqa:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed one and wounded one civilian in the village of Al-Suwaidiyah in western Raqqa. Separately, an improvised explosive device wounded a civilian on a road near the village of Al-Fatisah in northern Raqqa.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces made additional limited advances against the Islamic State on Al-Kishma and Al-Susah fronts in eastern Deir al-Zour.

Unknown gunmen assassinated the head of Syrian Democratic Council’s Deir al-Zour Civil Administration, Marwan al-Fatih on the road between Al-Hasakah and Deir al-Zour.

Approximate situation on Al-Susah front. Source: Suriyak

Daraa:

Jordanian Armed Forces reportedly killed one of the founders of Jabhat al-Nusra and an important Al-Qaeda-affiliated individual in Syria, Iyad al-Tubasi (Abu Jalibib al-Urduni), as he and several individuals attempted to enter the country from southern Syria. Al-Tubasi was one of the leaders of Jabhat al-Nusra in Daraa governorate before transferring to Jordan. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham arrested Al-Tubasi and several other figures affiliated with Al-Qaeda in large-scale operations across Idlib on the 27th of November 2017. Al-Tubasi was released on the 3rd of December 2017 and renewed his allegiance to the leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 16 and wounded 16 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Shirin Tagab and Qaysar districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and four elements of the Islamic State, as well as wounded four elements in Deh Bala (Haska Meyna), Achin, Khogyani, Hisarak, and Ghani Khel 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

Herat Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 24 and wounded one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed two motorcycles in Shindand and Ghoryan districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Qarabagh district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed elements of the Afghan National Security Forces, reportedly killing nine and wounding three in Qarabagh district.

Paktika Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed a vehicle in Gomal district.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed one and wounded three elements of the Afghan National Security Forces during clashes in Mizan district.

Helmand Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reportedly killed seven elements of the Afghan Local Police and destroyed an armored personnel carrier with an improvised explosive device during clashes in Loy Manda area of Nad Ali 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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