Syrian War Daily – 30th of January 2019

Hello and welcome to the 685th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:


Hayat Tahrir al-Sham closed all three crossings between Idlib and Afrin, which is under the control of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham closed Al-Ghazawiya, Simeon, and Atme crossings and erected barriers on the roads leading to the crossings.

Improvised explosive device wounded four elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the city of Manbij. Separately, a left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device wounded two civilians in the village of Suisan near Al-Bab.


Improvised explosive device wounded three civilians in Al-Qusour district of Idlib city.

Unknown gunmen killed an element of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on a road near the city of Maarat Misreen.

Deir al-Zour:

CJTF-OIR‘s air raids over Al-Baghouz in eastern Deir al-Zour reportedly killed an Islamic State’s senior figure, Mohammed Mahmoud al-Abadi (Abu Osama al-Qurashi). Al-Qurashi reportedly held several positions in the Islamic State, including commander of the “Islamic Police”, Minister of Oil, and senior security commander.

Approximate situation between Marashida and Baghouz. Source: Suriyak


Balkh Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and arrested one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Chahar Bolak district.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed 14 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed 900 kilograms (1984 pounds) of explosive materials and defused 11 improvised explosive devices in Sangin district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Police’s post in Haji Agha Darab area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district. Seven elements of the Afghan National Police were killed in the encounter.

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 Local Police’s post in Do Ab area of Panjwayi district. Five elements of the Afghan Local Police were killed in the encounter.


CJTF-OIR announced a change in their publishing policy. Now one strike report will be published each week on Mondays.

Amaq Agency:


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