Syrian War Daily – 12th of January 2019

Hello and welcome to the 667th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Unknown gunmen killed four elements of the Free Syrian Army’s Tajammu Shuhada al-Sharqiya at a post in the village of Shibiran near the city of Al-Rai in northern Aleppo.

Improvised explosive device killed two and wounded one element of the Syrian Democratic Forces near the city of Manbij.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (Al-Jaysh al-Watani al-Suri (Syrian National Army)) conducted a prisoner exchange in western Aleppo. Free Syrian Army handed over three captured elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, in exchange for five captured and one killed element.

Raqqa:

Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device killed one and wounded two civilians in Al-Taminat district of Raqqa city.

Syrian Democratic Forces’ Hêzên Antî Teror (Anti-Terror Special Forces) reportedly arrested 33 individuals during operations in the villages of Khas Hibal, Al-Kalib, Hamad Assaf, Khas Dakur, Khas Ajil, Al-Darawisha, and Tell Aniza in eastern Raqqa. According to reports, the individuals were arrested on the charges of working with the Islamic State and for communicating with the Syrian government (separate charges). One of the arrested individuals was previously an element of the Free Syrian Army.

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham reportedly raided an Islamic court in the city of Ariha, reportedly confiscating all of its contents and threatening its employees.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham arrested a former element of the Free Syrian Army’s 13th Division, Salamu al-Ahi at the group’s newly established “Tiyar” checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Maarat al-Numaan. Al-Ahi, who is from Maarat al-Numaan is now reportedly selling bread after leaving the 13th Division.

Approximate situation in Idlib governorate, HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Rr016

Deir al-Zour:

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

Our fighters launched an attack on the sites and points of terrorists in the town of” al-Shafa “and its surroundings, which led to the outbreak of violent clashes, which resulted in the death and wounding of a number of terrorists, and enabled our fighters to progress and establish a number of new points.

On another front of this axis, our forces advanced a distance of 1 km and were able to establish 17 new points after clashes with the terrorists, in which a number of people were killed and wounded in the midst of the International Coalition air raids on their positions and fortifications.

Our forces have achieved progress on the other side of this axis, and 12 new points have been established after several hours of clashes in which a number of people were killed in the terrorist organization, in addition to the bombing of terrorist positions and fortifications by the International Coalition’s air force.

The terrorist organization attempted to launch a counter-attack on the positions of our forces, using all types of light and heavy weapons, as well as aircrafts, but our fighters foiled the attack and managed to shoot down an aircraft and kill a number of terrorists.

Immediately, our forces began a combing operation in the area, where they found a quantity of weapons and ammunition left by the terrorists behind, after the failure of their attack, as the military engineering teams took to combing the area and dismantling and removing mines planted by terrorists.

These clashes are still ongoing intermittently on all fronts of this axis, till this statement is issued.

Final Outcome of Clashes:

– Number of terrorist deaths: 15 Terrorist.

– Weapons and ammunition seized by our fighters: 4 Weapon Bulb (M16), 1 PKC, 1 Lao weapon, 10 mine stun gun, Dushka ammunition warehouse (14.5) mm.

Terrorist losses: destruction of terrorists’ sites, 20 sites, one mine factory, 2 bombed vehicles, one mine site, one mortar site, 3 mine warehouses, as well as one site of reconnaissance aircraft.

– Number of strikes by International Coalition aircraft: 28 air strikes.

Damascus:

Last night, the Israeli Air Force conducted several air raids targeting Al-Kiswah area south of Damascus. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the Syrian Air Defenses intercepted most of the launched missiles, while the remaining missiles caused material damage to an ammunition warehouse in the area. Full report released by the Syrian Arab News Agency;

A military source affirmed that the Syrian Air Defenses on Friday night intercepted hostile missiles launched by Israeli warplanes and downed most of them.

The source said that “ at 11:15 before midnight, Israeli warplanes coming from Galilee area launched several missiles towards the surroundings of Damascus and our air defenses immediately intercepted them and downed most of them.”

He added that the aggression caused only material damage to one of the ammunition warehouses at Damascus International Airport.

In a statement to SANA, a source at the Ministry of Transport affirmed that the air traffic at Damascus International Airport is normal and wasn’t affected by the aggression.

Daraa:

Syrian Arab Army launched a raid in the city of Al-Sanamayn, in an attempt to arrest a former commander of Ahrar al-Sham, Walid Zahra (Abu Khalid). However, Zahra’s relatives opened fire on the Syrian Arab Army, wounding one soldier and allowing Zahra to escape.

Afghanistan

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed three and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Deh Yak and Giro districts.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Pusht Rod district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that the group captured two military bases in Mala Aman Kala and Taing areas of Pusht Rod district, after the Afghan National Security Forces reportedly retreated from the bases.

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

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four, wounded seven, and arrested three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Tarinkot district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 14 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed an ammunition cache in Washir and Nahri Saraj districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Security Forces’ post in Spin Boldak district. Eight elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and three captured in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized a pickup, a DShK heavy machine gun, an RPG launcher, two PK machine guns, and eight assault rifles from the post.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed five elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Maywand and Shah Wali Kot districts.

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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