Syrian War Daily – 13th of April 2019

Hello and welcome to the 758th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Improvised explosive device wounded a civilian near a cemetery in Al-Bab city. The explosion occurred as a commander of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army’s (Al-Jaysh al-Watani al-Suri (Syrian National Army)) Al-Faylaq al-Awl (First corps/legion), Hossam Bakur was passing by in a vehicle. It is unclear if Bakur was wounded in the explosion. Separately, an improvised explosive device reportedly wounded at least one element of the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh al-Sharqiya in Qabasin.

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army closed Deir al-Balut crossing between Afrin and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-held areas of Idlib. Reports claimed that the army closed the checkpoint in order to put pressure on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham to re-open Darat Izza crossing for civilian traffic. Currently, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham only allows commercial vehicles to go through Darat Izza crossing.

Raqqa:

Syrian Democratic Forces arrested two individuals on charges of belonging to the Islamic State in Raqqa city.

Improvised explosive device wounded two elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Asayîş (Security) on the road between the village of Al-Samra and Raqqa city.

Idlib:

Improvised explosive device wounded a commander of Al-Qaeda affiliated Hurras al-Deen, Abu al-Qassam al-Urduni and his wife.

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

Hama:

Israeli Air Force targeted military positions of the Syrian Arab Army and allied militias near the city of Masyaf. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, three elements of the army were wounded and several buildings were destroyed, while other sources claimed that around 17 elements of the Syrian Arab Army and allied militias were wounded in the targeting. Syrian Arab News Agency released a report regarding the event;

The air defenses at the Syrian Arab Army intercepted an Israeli aerial attack that targeted one of the military positions towards Massyaf City in Hama northern countryside.

A military source said that at about 02:30 am on Saturday, warplanes of the Israeli enemy conducted an airstrike from the Lebanese airspace on one of the military positions towards Massyaf City.

The source added that the Syrian air defenses immediately intercepted the hostile missiles and downed some of them before reaching their targets.

The source indicated that the Israeli attack caused the destruction of some buildings and the injury of three fighters.

Syrian Arab Army’s shelling of Al-Buweida in northern Hama reportedly killed one and wounded one element of Liwa Ansar al-Khalifah (Hizb al-Tahrir).

Deir al-Zour:

Islamic State ambushed and reportedly killed at least four elements of the Syrian Arab Armed Forces in Badia region in southern Deir al-Zour.

Improvised explosive device killed two civilians in Al-Shaafa in eastern Deir al-Zour.

Daraa:

Unknown gunmen killed the imam of Said ibn al-Musayib mosque, Raed al-Hariri in the village of Al-Harak.

Libya

Al-Zawiya:

Improvised explosive device killed one and wounded one civilian in Al-Harsha, west of Al-Zawiyah.

Tripoli:

Libyan National Army and forces loyal to the Government of National Reconciliation clashed in Al-Swani and Al-Aziziyah areas, after the latter managed to make advances on Al-Aziziyah front.

Approximate situation in southern Tripoli. Source: Geroman

Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Defense didn’t release any reports regarding Afghan National Security Forces’ operations across the country.

Kunduz Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) attacked an Afghan National Security Forces’ convoy in Chardara district. Nine elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and ten were wounded in the attack.

Nangarhar Province:

Two Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices targeted a major Afghan National Security Forces’ military base and the administrative headquarters of Shirzad district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, more than 200 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces were allegedly killed and wounded in the encounter.

Badghis Province:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that the group released 128 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces, after they expressed their intentions of never joining the security forces again. The elements were captured by the group in Murghab district in the past few days.

CJTF-OIR:

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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