Syrian War Daily – 21st of January 2019

Hello and welcome to the 676th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Al-Hasakah:

Islamic State conducted a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device against a joint Syrian Democratic Forces and CJTF-OIR‘s convoy on a road near Al-Shaddadi in southern Al-Hasakah. Reports claimed that two elements of the United States Army and an element of the Syrian Democratic Forces were wounded in the attack, however, the Syrian Democratic Forces released a statement announcing that only material damage was caused by the attack. Full statement released by the Syrian Democratic Forces;

Our forces continue their campaign to liberate Deir ez-Zor countryside, deal IS mercenaries harsh blows and advance daily. As it is being eradicated from the area, the terrorist organization resorts to launch suicide attacks using car bombs to obstruct this campaign.

While a joint patrol between our forces and a unit of the International Coalition was on a task on a highway in al-Shaddadi city on January 21st, 2019, the terrorist organization attempted to launch a suicide attack with a booby-trapped vehicle driven by a suicide bomber to target the patrol. Our forces dealt with it successfully and took the necessary procedures to avoid the attack.

The terrorist attack that targeted the joint patrol of our forces and the International Coalition was foiled due to our forces’ vigilance, and did not achieve its goals as its losses were limited to the financial only.

These terrorist attacks will not undermine our determination to complete the task, including the liberation of our areas and the elimination of the dormant cells that would ensure the disappearance of the terrorist organization again with various names.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces captured Mozan and most of Safafinah, as well as clashed with the Islamic State at the outskirts of Marashida.

Approximate situation around Al-Susah. Source: Suriyak

Damascus:

Last night, the Israeli Air Force targeted the positions of the Iranian Sepah-e Qods (Quds Force) (part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) in southern Damascus. However, the Syrian Air Defenses engaged the missiles launched by the Israeli Air Force, which prompted the latter to target the former’s positions as well. The targeting destroyed a Syrian Arab Army’s Pantsir-S1 missile system, as well as reportedly killed four and wounded six Syrian Arab Army’s personnel. The Israeli targeting also caused a material damaged to the Damascus International Airport. Russian Ministry of Defense reportedly claimed that the Syrian Air Defenses intercepted more than 30 Israeli missiles in the engagements.

Daraa:

Syrian Arab Army arrested 12 individuals, who are suspected of being involved in the assassination of the mayor of Al-Masifrah, Abd al-Ilah al-Zuabi in front of his house on the 18th of January.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 12 and wounded ten elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Shirin Tagab district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Maidan Wardak Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that three elements of the group stormed a major Afghan National Security Forces’ military installation in Maidan Shar city, capital of the province. One of the three elements conducted a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack against the installation, allowing the other two elements to enter and engage the Afghan National Security Forces. Al-Emarah News claimed that over 90 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and at least 100 wounded in the encounter.

Ghazni Province:

Two elements of the Afghan Local Police surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with their weapons in Gelan district.

Zabul Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed two elements of the Afghan National Army in Ghami area of Arghandab district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed three hideouts in Sangin and Marjah districts.

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

Kandahar Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed two and wounded one element of the Afghan National Security Forces in Sangbar area of Maywand 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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