Syrian War Daily – 4th of May 2019

Hello and welcome to the 779th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (Al-Jaysh al-Watani al-Suri (Syrian National Army)) launched an offensive against Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (People’s Protection Units)’s Tell Rifaat pocket in northern Aleppo, which is also under Syrian Arab Army and allies’ control. Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army entered the villages of Maranaz, Al-Malikiyah, and Shawarghah al-Arz without any resistance from the YPG. However, the T-FSA withdrew from the aforementioned villages due to a large number of improvised explosive devices. Clashes and shelling between the two sides continue in the region, with reports that at least two elements of the T-FSA were killed and five were wounded in the encounters. Reports also claimed that around 30 elements of the YPG were killed and wounded in the same encounters.

Turkish Ministry of Defense stated that one element of the Turkish Armed Forces was killed and another wounded in an attack in Tell Rifaat region.

Approximate situation around Menagh. Source: Syrian Civil War Map

Raqqa:

Improvised explosive device wounded two elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces on a road near Ayn Issa in northern Raqqa.

Idlib:

Syrian Arab Army’s artillery, the Syrian Arab Air Force, and the Russian Air Force targeted Al-Habit, Arnaba, Al-Janoudiyah, Sufuhon, Kafr Aweid, Ahsem, Al-Fatira, Karsa, Abdita, Hass, Kansafra, Tarmala, Al-Naqir, Sheikh Mustafa, Arinbah, Kafr Sajna, and Kafr Nabl in the governorate. According to the Syrian Civil Defense (The White Helmets), at least five civilians were killed and nine were wounded by the targeting. One element of the Syrian Civil Defense was also killed by the targeting in southern Idlib.

Hama:

Syrian Arab Army’s shelling targeted a Turkish Armed Forces’ observation point in the village of Shir Maghar in northwestern Hama. Two elements of the Turkish Armed Forces were wounded in the encounter and transferred to Turkey with helicopters.

Daraa:

Unknown gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carry two former elements of the Free Syrian Army and two civilians on a road near the village of Al-Yadoudah. The two civilians were reportedly killed, while the Free Syrian Army’s elements were wounded in the incident.

Unknown gunmen killed a staff member of Tell Shihab’s municipality, Iyad Jaara in front of his house in the locality.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Two elements of the Afghan Local Police defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Zeyratgah area of Qaysar district.

Baghlan Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 19 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Burka district.

Ghazni Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 15 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Deh Yak and Zana Khan districts.

Helmand Province:

Afghan National Security Forces killed seven elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed several improvised explosive devices and 209 kilograms (460 pounds) of opium in Garmsir district.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reportedly killed and wounded 11 elements of the Afghan National Security Forces, as well as destroyed a vehicle in Tangano Godar area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district.

Kandahar Province:

Three elements of the Afghan National Security Force surrendered to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Arghandab district. The elements reportedly handed over two motorcycles to the group.

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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