Syrian War Daily – 13th of March 2019

Hello and welcome to the 727th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Syrian Arab Army’s shelling of Zammar in southern Aleppo reportedly killed one and wounded seven elements of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Hurras al-Deen group.

Idlib:

Russian Air Force’s air raids over the city of Idlib targeted the Idlib Central Prison, which allowed dozens of prisoners to escape from the prison. Among the escaped prisoners are individuals accused of belonging to the Islamic State and individuals who reportedly cooperated with the Syrian government. Local police in the city of Ariha managed to arrest three escaped prisoners; a rapist, an element of the Islamic State, and an element of the Syrian government’s intelligence. Local police in the city of Darkoush managed to arrest a commander of the Islamic State, Ahmed ibn Khasha, as he was most likely on his way towards Turkey.

Hama:

Syrian Arab Army opened the crossing between Morek – Souran in northern Hama, however, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham opened fire in front of the vehicles attempting to use the crossing and forced their return to the areas under the control of the Syrian government. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham reportedly opened fire because of continuous targeting of Idlib and Hama governorates by the Syrian Arab Army, the Syrian Arab Air Force, and the Russian Air Force. The crossing was previously closed on the 8th of February by the Syrian Arab Army for unknown reasons.

Deir al-Zour:

Syrian Democratic Forces’ Media Center released a report regarding recent engagements with the Islamic State near Al-Baghouz;

Our forces have continued their attacks on the positions and fortifications of the terrorist organization in Al-Bagouz, where our fighters have made progress in their operations, amid violent clashes with terrorists, using all types of weapons and established several points. The terrorists tried to launch counterattacks on our troops, but our fighters confronted and thwarted the attacks, and killed a number of them and wounded others.

On another front of the fighting, our fighters launched an attack on terrorist positions, and violent clashes broke out, resulted in killing a large number of terrorists, and were able to fix a number of points, in conjunction with the heavy bombing by the Global Coalition aircraft on terrorist sites and gatherings.

The statement added that their fighters launched a large-scale attack on the concentrations and sites of mercenaries and, which killed 43 mercenaries. While the mercenaries resorted to the use of the method of the bombers. Eight mercenaries blew themselves up close to the positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces, resulted in the martyrdom of four SDF’s fighters and wounding eight others.

Approximate situation around Al-Baghouz. Source: Suriyak

Daraa:

Dozens of residents in the village of Al-Karak demonstrated against the Syrian government and expressed their support for the people in Idlib and Hama governorates.

Afghanistan

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) overran an Afghan National Security Forces’ post in Jah Khwaja area of Murghab district. Seven elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were reportedly killed in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized an RPG launcher, two PK machine guns, and three assault rifles from the post.

Herat Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed four and wounded seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Pashtun Zarghon district.

Farah Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed five and wounded six elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Bala Buluk district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy arriving in Naizgan area of Pur Chaman district. One vehicle and five motorcycles were destroyed in the attack.

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

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 22 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Jerashk, Nahri Saraj, Sangin, and Musa Qala 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:

Afghan National Security Forces killed seven and wounded 15 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as seized a motorcycle in Khakrez and Ghorak districts.

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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