Syrian War Daily – 3rd of January 2019

Hello and welcome to the 658th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir (National Liberation Front) continued clashing in western Aleppo, as well as in Idlib and Hama governorates. The clashes between the two are still intense in the aforementioned areas and majority of the battles taking place are back and forward. Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir briefly captured Silwa, while Hayat Tahrir al-Sham captured Qilah, as heavy clashes still continue.

Approximate situation in western Aleppo (contains unconfirmed Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s advances in the region). Source: Suriyak

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham repelled yesterday’s attack by Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir on the eastern part of Saraqib and recaptured lost positions in the area. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham also made large advances in Jabal al-Zawiya, capturing over a dozen of light guarded villages and hamlets in the region, however, Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir was able to recapture most of the lost localities, as clashes still continue.

Katibat Aqab released a statement announcing that it will stop its work within Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in order to avoid participation in clashes with Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir, but will still continue to target the Syrian Arab Army and its allies. Katibat Aqab is based in the village of Maasran in eastern Idlib.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces made significant advances against the Islamic State in Al-Shafaah in eastern Deir al-Zour.

Daraa:

Improvised explosive device killed two civilians on the road between Inkhil and Qitah.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 and wounded seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), as well as destroyed two fighting positions in Gurziwan and Qaysar districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed two elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Arkalik area of Qaysar district.

Baghlan Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that the group seized an Afghan National Security Forces’ military base in Pol-e Khumri district. According to Al-Emarah, 20 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed in the encounter.

Kapisa Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed six elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nijrab district.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran two Afghan National Security Forces’ checkpoints in Lodinyano area of Murghab district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, 11 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed in the encounters. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a mortar, a sniper rifle, three PK machine guns, and five assault rifles from the checkpoints.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five and wounded seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a motorcycle in Marjah and Sangin districts.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers reportedly killed five and wounded two elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Parchawi area of Nad Ali district.

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier, killing and wounding three elements in Chamani area of Maruf district.

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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