Syrian War Daily – 20th of January 2019

Hello and welcome to the 675th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Improvised explosive device targeted a buss filled with civilians near Kawa roundabout in the city of Afrin. Reports suggest that three civilians were killed and eight wounded by the explosion.

Approximate situation around Manbij. Source: Suriyak

Idlib:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham executed 12 elements of the Islamic State in the governorate. Separately, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham arrested an Islamic State’s cell, consisting of three individuals in the city of Sarmin. The cell was reportedly involved in the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack, which targeted one of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s headquarters at the southern entrance to Idlib city two days ago. According to reports, at least ten elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were killed and nine wounded in the explosion.

Damascus:

Abu Amara Special Task Brigade stated that its improvised explosive device targeted a Syrian Arab Army’s military post between Al-Maydan and Kafr Sousa districts of Damascus city. Abu Amara claimed that at least ten elements of the Syrian Arab Army were killed by the explosion.

Israeli Air Force launched several missiles towards Syrian Arab Army’s installations in the southern Damascus region, however, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency, all of the missiles were intercepted. The attack took place as an Iranian (Mahan Air) Airbus A310 was preparing to land at the Damascus International Airport, however, due to the attack, the airbus was forced to return to Iran and landed at Kermanshah Airport. Syrian Arab News Agency released a short statement regarding the encounter;

Syrian air defenses have confronted an Israeli aerial attack targeted the southern region and prevented it from achieving any of its objectives, a military source said Sunday.

On January 11, our air defenses intercepted Israeli missiles fired by Israeli warplanes towards the vicinity of Damascus and downed most of them.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) attacked an Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Dehakchi area of Andkhoy district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, ten armored vehicles were destroyed, as well as three elements killed and 19 wounded in the attack.

Balkh Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two and wounded two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Chahar Bolak district.

Nangarhar Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed nine and wounded eight elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Khogyani district.

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

Logar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that an element of the group conducted a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack against an Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Mohammad Agha district. According to Al-Emarah, several vehicles were destroyed and over a dozen of elements killed in the attack.

Badghis Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 12 and wounded 15 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed seven motorcycles in Ab Kamari district. However, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that the group repelled Afghan National Security Forces’ attempts to retake Band Sharam, Padi, and Cholengar areas of Ab Kamari district. According to Al-Emarah, 12 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and several wounded in the encounters.

Urozgan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed two elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Tarinkot district.

Four elements of the Afghan National Army surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Pay Nawa area of Tarinkot district.

Zabul Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed seven and wounded 12 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Arghandab 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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