Syrian War Daily – 18th of August 2019

Hello and welcome to the 885th installment of the SWD.

Military events/news are listed below by the governorates:

Aleppo:

‘Afrin Liberation Forces’ (Hêzên Rizgariya Efrînê) released a new statement claiming that the group conducted several operations against the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army in northern Aleppo. Full statement released by the group:

On August 17, our forces detonated an explosive device at one of the checkpoints of the so-called “Ahrar al-Sham Movement” in the city center of Afrin, killing four mercenaries and wounding three others.

The names of a number of dead and wounded were identified as: Hussein Abu Abdo, from al-Qalamoun area in Damascus countryside, Khalid Abu Mohammed from Aleppo, Bakr Abu Miqdad, Khalid Abu al-Jod, Ali Abu Mohammed.

On 17 August, our forces detonated two explosive devices at a gathering of mercenaries (al-Jebha al-Shamiya) in the vicinity of Mare, where two mercenaries were confirmed dead and four others injured.

On August 17, our forces targeted a military vehicle belonging to the Turkish occupation mercenaries in the city center of Azaz by an improvised explosive device, where the car was destroyed, one mercenary was killed and another was wounded.

Al-Hasakah:

A car bomb killed one and wounded two police officers of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Asayîş (Security) in Al-Arbawia neighborhood of Al-Qamishli city.

Idlib:

The Syrian Army captured the strategic hilltop of Tell al-Nar from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir (National Liberation Front). Tell al-Nar is located northwest of Khan Sheikhun and southeast of Kafr Sajnah.

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Approximate situation in northern Hama and southern Idlib region. Source: Peter Bucci

Hama:

An improvised explosive device killed three and wounded three more civilians in the village of Masada in eastern Hama.

Afghanistan

Faryab Province:

Afghan National Security Forces reportedly killed 17 and wounded 12 members of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Pashtun Kot and Shirin Tagab districts.

Kabul Province:

Islamic State conducted a suicide attack, targeting a wedding hall in the city of Kabul. According to reports, 63 individuals were killed and at least 182 were wounded in the attack.

Helmand Province:

Taliban fighters killed four and wounded six members of the Afghan National Security Forces in Sarkhaduz area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district.

CJTF-OIR:

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

Other:

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