An Update On ISIS Activities

September 20, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces in Anah 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi sees change in Turkish view of Iraq from KRG referendum issue. [..]

Emphatic State Department statement ask KRG to postpone referendum [..]

EU calls KRG referendum “counter-productive;” reiterates support for unified Iraq. [..]

Gorran, KIG parties demand that independence referendum be postponed. [..]

Iraqi forces capture part of Anah city in northwest Anbar campaign. [..]

Iraqi Army, PMFs prepared for imminent start of Shirqat-Hawija campaign. [..]

Syria

SDF overruns northeast Raqqa; now controls 80-90% of city. [..]

Russian, Syrian, airstrikes rattle Idlib; Tahrir Al-Sham attacks Syrian Army in Hama. [..]

US Special Forces seize major gas field in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Daesh resistance collapses in western Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

SDF continues advance in northern, eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi said the KRG’s independence referendum showed Turkey that it had pursued wrong policies with the KRG. He also says there is a huge change in the Turkish position toward Iraq. He says there are meetings and cooperation now between Iraq and Turkey. He says the referendum is not right and Iraq will impose security procedures if the referendum is held. [Buratha]

 

US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert issued a statement on Wednesday, urging the KRG not to hold a vote for independence.  

“The United States strongly opposes the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s referendum on independence, planned for September 25,” Nauert said. “All of Iraq’s neighbors, and virtually the entire international community, also oppose this referendum.”

Instead, Nauert urged Kurdish leaders to “accept the alternative” of engaging in negotiations with Baghdad, which would be facilitated by the US, the UN and other partners. She warned that if the referendum is held as planned, “it is highly unlikely that there will be negotiations with Baghdad” and the offer of international support during negotiations would be “foreclosed.” [USEmbassyBaghdad] 

 

The Turkish President Erdogan says Turkey will discuss imposing disciplinary actions on the KRG if the KRG continues with the independence referendum. He says the decision would be made after the Turkey Council of Ministers and National Security Council meetings. [Buratha]

 

The European Union has reiterated its support for “Iraq’s unity” and called Kurdistan’s scheduled independence referendum “counterproductive” in a published statement. EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini’s office made the statement while she was in New York for meetings around the UN General Assembly meeting on Wednesday.

“The European Union reiterates its steadfast support for Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” it read. “Unilateral action, such as the proposed referendum, is counterproductive and must be avoided.” The EU acknowledged the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad. “This should be done through a peaceful and constructive dialogue leading to a mutually agreed solution based on the full application of the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution,” it added. [Rudaw]

 

A Kremlin spokesman says Russia supports the territorial integrity of Iraq. [Anadolu]

 

The Kurdish Islamic Group and Gorran Movement issued a joint statement saying that conducting the referendum now will jeopardize the future of the Kurdish people and demanding that the KRG accept the international initiative to postpone the referendum. The statement also says holding the referendum in Kirkuk and other disputed areas would lead to armed conflict, and the KRG might lose those areas. It says that battles between the Peshmerga and other Iraqi forces would collapse the security situation in the KRG areas and would cause KRG citizens live in difficult conditions. [Buratha]

 

President Masoum arrived in Suleimaniya to discuss his initiative on the independence referendum and met with senior PUK officials, according to a statement from his office. Prime Minister Abadi said yesterday that Masoum’s initiative is not acceptable if it imposes the referendum. Abadi says he wants Barzani to commit to a united Iraq. He says creating borders from one side will create bloodshed. He says Iraq is committed to protecting the citizens of Kirkuk. [IraqPress]

 

Masoum and Barzani agreed that the KRG will send a high-ranking delegation to Baghdad in the next two days to discuss contentious issues between the two sides. [Anadolu]

 

Barzani says if Baghdad doesn’t submit a suitable alternative for the referendum in the next few days, supported by international guarantees, then the referendum will be held. He also says the referendum is just a tool, and the final goal is independence. [IraqPress]

 

Human Rights Watch says Iraqi authorities have detained more than 1,000 people, including 400 women and children, from families who were loyal to Daesh, in Mosul city without legal support. The detainees have not been brought before the courts to decide whether to keep them in custody. The organization is calling on Iraqi authorities to formally charge the detainees or release them. [Anadolu]

 

According to the Belgian Minister of Justice, there are around 100 Belgian children (mostly female) in Iraq and Syria, mainly in Daeshcontrolled areas. Based on OCAM data, 70% of these children are Iraqi and Syrian born. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Iraqi PM’s media office says Iraqi PM Abadi met with army commanders to discuss preparations for storming Hawija and Al-Shirqat in northern Iraq.  [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Hawija (5), Al-Qa’im (2), and near Rawa (7). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says Iraqi Army 17th division conducted a security operation in several areas in south Baghdad, clearing 30 houses and destroying 4 IEDs and other explosives. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says one person was killed and four others wounded when a roadside IED exploded in the Khan Dhari area, in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria] 

 

ANBAR

Anah

The IWMC announced on Tuesday the start of the Anah liberation operation after Iraqi forces captured Raihana subdistrict. Iraqi Army, Anbar Police, and PMF units started the operation on Anah city, supported by Coalition and IAA aircraft. Iraqi forces surrounded the city and opened secured routes for civilians to leave. [Mada] 

 

A security source says Iraqi forces captured the Al-Abbasiya area in west Anah. The source says EOD units have started to clear the area of land mines and IEDs. A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces captured a residential compound in west Anah. Both sources said most of the Daesh terrorists had fled and there was no resistance. [Etejah] [Etejah] 

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces captured the industrial area in west Anah. [BaghdadToday] 

 

The IWMC says Coalition planes killed 16 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a weapons storehouse, a vehicle bomb, and a hideout in two airstrikes on Anah. [Baghdadia] 

 

A military source says Daesh set 20 houses in Anah on fire to stop the advances of Iraqi forces. [Ghad] 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Daesh set large quantities of oil on fire in different areas of Anah to block the vision of IAA helicopter crews. [Etejah]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Humvees, a BMP armored vehicle, and an armored personnel carrier, in a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb in Raihana. [A3maq] 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Humvee with a rocket east of Anah. [A3maq] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh ordered the people of Rawa to hand over their weapons. The source says when people didn’t respond, Daesh started a house-to-house campaign to confiscate weapons.

 

Al-Qa’im

The PMF Press says units from Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq and Saraya Al-Jihad (Shia PMF factions) advanced 40 km (25 miles) and captured several vehicle bombs and defused tens of IEDs in a quick attack on the road north between Akashat and Al-Qa’im. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed 5 Iraqi Army vehicles in a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb near Akashat. [A3maq] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Prime Minister Al-Abadi checked on Iraqi forces in the Shayala area near the defense line in east Shirqat. According to a statement from his office. Abadi discussed with military commanders the preparations for the east Shirqat liberation operations. [Buratha] 

 

The PMF spokesman says Abadi gave the green light to start the military operations to liberate eastern Shirqat and Hawija. He also says the PMFs are ready to participate in the operations. [Sumaria] 

 

The IFP issued a statement saying Iraqi forces shelled and rocketed Daesh positions in the eastern Shirqat in preparation for a ground attack in the coming hours. It says hundreds of Daesh terrorists are barricading in an 800 sq km (313 sq miles) area. [Baghdadia] 

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander, Gen. Najm Al-Jubouri, says Iraqi Army 16th division finished its preparations for the eastern Shirqat liberation. [Ghad] 

 

A local source says Daesh has started to empty its headquarters and offices in eastern Shirqat. The source says Daesh set some offices on fire after taking weapons and explosives out. [Sumaria]

 

The Ninewa Liberation Command says Iraqi forces captured the Daesh wali of east Shirqat and 13 other terrorists, mostly from Arab countries, who were trying to flee toward Al-Hawd village. The source says the terrorists used fake IDs. [BasNews] 

A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh machine gunmounted vehicle in eastern Shirqat, killing the terrorists inside. 

 

A DaeshDaily source says tens of Daesh terrorists withdrew from the east side of Shirqat towards Hawija. The source says Daesh told people of the area that it was not withdrawing, but preparing for the Hawija battle. 

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Tuz)

An official from the PUK is warning of a war in Tuz Khurmatu over the referendum, pointing out that Turkmen families have begun to leave the city and the PMFs are strengthening their forces in the area. [ROJ]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Dijla Operations Commander says the IAA destroyed a Daesh motorcycle in the Wadi Thallab area in the Himrin Basin, killing 2 terrorists, including a suicide bomber. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A Kirkuk Asayesh source says the Asayesh captured a person from Hawija on terrorism charges in Kirkuk. [Sumaria] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16’s conducted several airstrikes on Daesh targets in Hawija, destroying a vehicle bomb factory, 2 weapons and ammunition factories, a guesthouse, and several vehicle bombs, killing “tens of terrorists”. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Southern Ninewa

Makhmur

The office of the Iraqi PM said PM Al-Abadi traveled to Makhmur in the Ninewa province to oversee preparations for the restoration of liberated areas. [ROJ]

 

Shura

A DaeshDaily source says the body of a social media activist who had been kidnapped by Daesh was found beheaded in Mosul’s Shura subdistrict.

 

Mosul subdistrict

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ Humvee and a car and damaged a bulldozer in an attack on the Khams Tilul village area south of Tal Abta in far southwestern Mosul subdistrict. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Another “victorious” story from Daesh, from an area they lost a long time ago and has no military significance any more, except possibly as a propaganda venue.

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish Foreign Minister confirmed that two Turkish intelligence officials were captured by the PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan. The PKK says Turkey should be glad the PKK did not release information they obtained from the intelligence officials. [ROJ]

 

A local source says a Turkish airstrike killed four civilians in northern Dahuk. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. This story is out of context. Presumably, this was one of the periodic raids by Turkish planes against PKK hideouts in far northern Iraqi Kurdistan. These usually do not have civilian casualties, though they do cause complaints by local populations. We need the rest of the story. 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

The Military Intelligence Service says its units captured a “dangerous” terrorist in Dhi Qar. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkish President Erdogan says the Turkish National Security Council will hold a meeting in Ankara on Friday to discuss possible sanctions in relation to the KRG independence referendum. Erdogan sent a special envoy to meet with President Barzani and warn him against holding the referendum. [Anadolu]

 

The Turkish Army sent special forces units to the Reyhanli district in Hatay province, bordering Syria on the Mediterranean, to augment the forces already deployed on the Syrian border. The reinforcements are coming with tanks, artillery, armored personnel carriers and other military and engineering vehicles. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Russian Air Force killed 850 gunmen in Syria in 24 hours. [SyriaNow]

 

The YPG released the names of eight of its fighters who were killed during the liberation campaigns in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor between September 15th and 19th. [Hawar]

 

Four foreign Tahrir Al-Sham shar’is (religious leaders) were killed this week. Two of them were killed by unknown men on Kornish street in the city on Wednesday, September 20th. The assassinations coincided with tensions within Tahrir Al-Sham following audio leaks of its Military Commander and the resignation of two high-ranking Saudi shar’is. Recent assassinations have been blamed on Daesh. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 30 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, all in or near Raqqa. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A mortar shell left by Daesh exploded on four children in Tal Hamis; three of the children lost their lives. [Hawar] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed thirteen SDF fighters and wounded eight in 2 suicide attacks with explosives vests on a gas factory and a government building in Shaddadi. It says the factory is out of service from the attack. [A3maq] [A3maq] 

Local media sources said yesterday that a group of Daesh terrorists sneaked into the Gas Factory east of Shaddadi. Two blew themselves up, killing three workers and two SDF fighters, while four other workers are still missing. An SDF official said 6 Daesh terrorists tried to enter the factory, but were killed by the factory guards. [Qasioun]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

The SDF General Command says its forces launched a surprise attack against Daesh positions in Raqqa city, liberating several strategic areas and hundreds of families who were being used as human shields. [Hawar]

 

The SDF announced its full control of the Tishrin, Rumaila, and Rawdha neighborhoods in northeast Raqqa. The SDF claims to have captured the northern part of the city and says that it has now gained control over 80% of the city with Coalition aerial and ground support. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says the SDF now controls 90% of Raqqa city. [SyriaHR]

 

Last night, in Hay Tishrin in far northeast Raqqa, SDF units killed 23 Daesh terrorists and 24 civilians were freed. The SDF rescued 15 civilians from Hay Al-Firdaws in central Raqqa, just north of Old Raqqa.  [Hawar]

 

The SDF came across a large store of weapons during sweeps of the Al-Romaniya neighborhood in northwest Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the SDF near Tal Abyad Street in Raqqa city. [ICDNSep20] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin

More than 1,500 civilians fleeing Daesh arrived in Afrin this morning after the Democratic Self-Government opened new camps in Afrin. A local source says the Turkish Army and its supporting allies have also been putting pressure on the people of the area, shelling villages and looting homes, forcing people to flee. [Hawar]

 

Asayesh in the Shirawa area in Afrin arrested a terrorist at a checkpoint who was trying to smuggle a large quantity of weapons from Aleppo across provincial territory. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

The Syrian and Russian air raids over Idlib have escalated. Airstrikes on residential neighborhoods of Jarjanaz town in southern Idlib left five civilians dead and dozens injured. The Syrian Army also shelled the Shannan and Sarja towns in southern Idlib, in addition to dropping dozens of artillery and mortar shells along with Russian forces on Benin, Ftireh, Shannan, Tarmala, and Karsa’a, and the outskirts of Badama west of Idlib. [Qasioun]

SOHR says warplanes conducted airstrikes in southern Idlib. One airstrike in Jarjanaz killed four civilians. Others are wounded or missing. [SyriaHR]

 

The Russians published a video showing Russian aircraft monitoring Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib. [SyriaNow]

 

The SOHR says Turkish border guards killed a child from Deir Ez-Zor as he was trying to cross into Turkey. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Northern Hama. Russia’s Khmeimim base announced Washington had incited Tahrir Al-Sham to fight against the Syrian Army in Hama. Russia says this violates the Astana agreement on areas of tension relief. Yesterday, Tahrir Al-Sham launched an attack on the Syrian Army and its supporting militias north of Hama. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. As we all know, Al-Qaeda is Washington’s best friend. 

 

The Syrian Army and Hezbollah have regained control of areas Tahrir Al-Sham and its allies used to control. The Army and Hezbollah sustained heavy losses in the fight, with more than 100 dead and 180 wounded, along with the destruction of 9 mechanism, 5 tanks, and 4 vehicles. [SyriaNow] [SyriaHR]

 

For tactical reasons, Tahrir Al-Sham is withholding information from the media regarding its battle against the Syrian Army in the northern Hama countryside. Anonymous sources say the battles are taking place on the outskirts of Maan and Kebariya. Tahrir Al-Sham has taken over Shaatha, Telasia, Zaghba, Qasr Al-Mukharram, and Talat Al-Souda in northern Hama. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Russians published a video showing Russian planes monitoring Tahrir Al-Sham in Hama. [SyriaNow]

 

Eastern Hama. According to a Dorar reporter, 1500 civilians fled from Aqairbat in Salamiyah District to northern Syria due to the ongoing battles between Assad’s forces and Daesh.  Displaced people are fleeing from Wadi Odhaib near Hama to opposition-controlled Al-Hamra in Hama’s Suqaylabiyah District. [Dorar]

 

After fighting with the Syrian Army, Daesh regained control of the Masaood and Rasm Al-Awayed villages in the Salamiyah District. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed three Syrian soldiers and captured another in clashes in Abu Hanaya village in Salamiyah’s Aqairbat subdistrict. [A3maq] 

Daesh issues a video of the captured soldier. [A3maq] 

 

Russian warplanes struck Sehriya village in the Hama countryside, killing a mother and her daughter and wounding others. Civilian casualties were also reported in Russian raids over Kafr Nabudah. [Dorar]

 

Homs

The spokesman for the Coalition in Syria and Iraq, Col. Ryan Dillon, provided follow-up information on the Daesh convoy sent across the desert toward Iraq by Hezbollah. He says the Coalition stopped the convoy in the Syrian Desert by blowing up a bridge, cutting off the convoy, killing 85 Daesh fighters who strayed from the convoy, and destroying 40 vehicles. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR says violent clashes are taking place between the Syrian army and its supporting militias and Daesh in the Jubb Al-Jarrah, Sha’er, and Al-Shomariya Mountains area. [SyriaHR]

 

A Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra commander denied allegations that the Coalition is withdrawing from the Al-Tanaf base bordering Jordan. He says Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra and the Coalition have no intention of ceasing their operations until the end of the Syrian crisis. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor District

According to local sources, American Special Forces seized control of the Conoco gas field in eastern of Deir Ez-Zor today, in an airdrop operation. The field had been abandoned by Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh has collapsed northwest of the city. The Syrian Army has taken control of the entire western bank of the Euphrates, extending for 100 km (62 miles) along the western bank of the Euphrates. [SyriaHR]

[SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Army freed 21 civilians from a mosque west of Deir Ez-Zor city and brought them to Deir Ez-Zor city. The Syrian Army sent a message to everyone living in Daesh-controlled areas to try to get to a Syrian Army-controlled area so they can be rescued. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it killed a Syrian soldier and destroyed a personnel carrier in an ambush on the road between Deir Ez-Zor and Sukhnah. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh issues a video of one of its drones attacking Syrian Army units while they were crossing the Euphrates River. [A3maq] 

 

Hezbollah’s media says Daesh shelled a Lebanese humanitarian aid convoy in Syrian Army areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

SDF campaign

Al-Jazeera Storm continues north of Deir Ez-Zor, in the Al-Sur subdistrict, where 15 farms have been captured from Daesh. [Hawar] [Hawar]

SOHR says the SDF has taken control of 14 km of Al-Sur town in northern Deir Ez-Zor and extending into southern Hasaka. [SyriaHR]

 

Local sources say the SDF evacuated hundreds of civilians in the eastern villages by the Euphrates River. [Hawar]

 

The US-led Coalition sent military materiel and supplies to the SDF in conjunction with the campaign launched northeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi]

 

SDF special forces freed 3 women and 9 children in the Al-Khasham village. They were taken to the Al-Sad camp. [Hawar]

 

The Roj Relief and Development Organization, in coordination with the Abu Khashab Village Council distributed 3,000 baskets of food to the newly liberated northern villages of Deir Ez-Zor. The baskets included lentils, rice, flour, oil, beans, and broccoli. [Hawar]

 

Albu Kamal

The Deir Ez-Zor Military Council commander says the SDF and the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council are heading towards the Iraqi border, as part of its plan to liberate the remaining area east of the Euphrates. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

South 

Rif Damashq/Suwayda 

The anti-government opposition foiled attempts by the Syrian Army and its supporting militias to advance towards Bir Mahrutha in the Syrian Desert north of Damascus, following violent clashes. The opposition and the Syrian Army also clashed east of Suwayda. The Syrian Army seeks to take control of opposition locations in the Suwayda and the Damascus areas to end the presence of the anti-government opposition on the Jordanian border. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security units conducted a search in several areas in Arish, looking for 3 wanted persons. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it killed four Egyptian Army “collaborators” in the Qabr Omair area, in Rafah. [A3maq]  

 

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army armored vehicle with an IED west of Arish. [A3maq] 

 

Tunisia

Security units captured 2 takfiris who have links to Daesh in Sfax and Nabeul. [Tunisien]

 

Security units captured a Daesh cell of 7 members that has been active in 4 provinces. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed two “spies” working for the US in Watapur, a mountainous district in central Kunar Province. [A3maq] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Syria

A British Ministry of Defence video shows a RAF drone stopping a Daesh public execution in Albu Kamal. A Reaper drone spotted the event and fired a Hellfire missile at a sniper to scare the crowd into running. [Newsweek] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

September 19, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces Advance in Anah District

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

War of words continues over KRG independence referendum. [..]

Iraqi troops capture Raihana subdistrict in Anbar’s Anah province. [..]

PMF units join Iraqi forces preparing for Hawija campaign. [..]

Syria

Coalition countries may withhold reconstruction financial support unless Assad goes. [..]

SDF continues advance in northeast Raqqa neighborhoods. [..]

Russian, Syrian planes launch 140 airstrikes on Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib, Hama. [..]

Syrian Army crosses to east side of Euphrates, challenging SDF. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Filip Dewinter, head of a Belgium parliament delegation to Iraq, says in a press conference in Baghdad he apologizes for the hundreds of young men who arrived from Iraq in Europe to fight in Daesh. More than 500 of them were Belgian. He says he hope that these young men get taken to Iraqi courts and punished severely. He says he encourages their execution because they committed major crimes and cannot be returned to the community. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. This gentleman’s statement about executing the terrorists in Iraq and not letting them go back to their homes countries, where in the past they have too often been released, is something we haven’t heard from other European officials. 

 

A Turkmen MP says in a joint press conference that the KRG’s independence referendum increases tension in Kirkuk. He demands the central government send IFP units to secure the province. [Anadolu]

 

The Turkish Minister of Defense says Turkey is watching the development with the KRG closely and the Turkish Army is ready for military action. He says Turkey will not allow a “race based” state to be formed on Turkey’s southern border. He also says violating the unity of Iraq or Syria might trigger an endless international conflict. [Anadolu] [Arabi21]

 

The KRG President Masoud Barzani says the CoR and the Federal Court orders don’t get implemented in the KRG. He also says if an acceptable alternative were submitted, he would have celebrations in Kurdistan on the 25th instead of the referendum. [Sumaria] 

Kosrat Rasoul, deputy chairman of the PUK, also said the KRG is ready to postpone the referendum if there were alternatives. He urged the Kurdish people to participate actively in the referendum. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. What they seem to be saying is that if Iraq will grant independence on our terms in the next week we will cancel the referendum. Some Kurdish leaders are adding a lot of arrogance to a badly timed idea.

 

The Chairman of the Kirkuk Provincial Council says the PC voted to reject the COR’s decision to fire the Kirkuk Governor. [ROJ]

 

A Turkmen CoR member from Kirkuk accused “gangs” linked to the Governor of attacking Turkmen parties in Kirkuk yesterday in order to intimidate Turkmen people into participating in the referendum. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Haditha (1), Hawija (3), Al-Qa’im (1), and Rawa (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A security source says one person was killed and five others wounded when a roadside IED exploded near an industrial compound in the Meshahda area, in Tarmiya. [Sumaria] 

A security source says security units closed the entrances and exits in Tarmiya and started a search campaign. [Sumaria] 

 

The Military Intelligence Service says security units captured a Daesh suicide terrorists transporter at a checkpoint in Taji. [Baghdadia]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says 2 roadside IEDs exploded near a car company in the Kasra wa Atash area, without causing casualties. [Ghad] 

 

A security source says armed men shot and killed a bus driver using silenced guns in Hat Tareq, in Sadr City. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A security source says three Tribal PMF fighters were wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in the Karaghoul area, in Yusufiyah. [Sumaria] 

 

The BOC says Iraqi Army 25th brigade units found an explosives cache in the Yusufiyah area. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says security units captured 2 persons on terrorism charges in Abu Ghraib. [Baghdadia]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   7(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Anah

Deputy commander of the Joint Operations Command says Iraqi forces started a large military operation to liberate the Raihana area in Anah district. [ROJ]

An Iraqi Army 7th division source Iraqi Army, Anbar Police, and Tribal PMFs, supported by Coalition and IAA aircrafts, started the operation from 3 sides. [Sumaria] 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces liberated Raihana subdistrict, killing 22 terrorists, and destroying 443 IEDs, 48 booby-trapped oxygen bottles, 4 vehicle bombs, and 6 hideouts. [Baghdadia] The Chairman of the Anah District Council also reported that Iraqi forces captured Raihana, after killing several Daesh terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Sumaria] 

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces captured Raihana in a record time. He also says Daesh in Anah is collapsing because of the extensive and Coalition and IAA airstrikes. He says Anah District could be liberated in few days. [Mawazin] 

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh terrorists are fleeing in large numbers from Anah toward Rawa. [Sumaria]

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh forced 60 families from Raihana to leave their houses towards Anah in order to use them as human shields.  

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Raihana. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. “Daesh is always victorious” (even when it’s not).

 

Al-Qa’im

The Intelligence and Security Service says IAF planes destroyed 2 Daesh headquarters, a vehicle, and 5 weapons and ammunition storehouses in the Hsaiba area near Al-Qa’im, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Ghad] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A local source says a drone targeted a pickup vehicle on the east side of Shirqat, killing 2 Daesh commanders. [Sumaria] 

 

Baiji

The Ministry of Interior says 3 people were killed and 34 others wounded when 2 suicide terrorists attacked a restaurant on the road between Baiji and Tikrit. It also says security units killed a 3rd terrorist near the restaurant. [ROJ]

 

A security source says security units killed 2 Daesh terrorists who tried to attack Albu Tu’ma village in Baiji district. [Etejah] 

 

Tikrit

A local source says Daesh executed one of its terrorists in Mtaibija without giving any reasons. The source says the terrorists was the first person to pledge allegiance to Daesh in the area and had been operating as a guide for the terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

Samarra

The PMF Press says Iraqi forces found 2 Daesh guesthouses in the Zora area west of Samarra. [Ghad] 

 

A security source says an IED targeting a security vehicle in Hay Al-Muthanna in Samarra exploded without causing casualties. [Ghad] 

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A local source says a farmer was shot and killed by Daesh terrorists in Mukhaisa village. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it assassinated an “Iraqi security member” in Mukhaisa. [A3maq] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Diyala Police says security units defused 3 IEDs and captured 6 persons on terrorism and criminal charges in Shirween village. [Ghad] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source says a mortar shell fell on a civil defense vehicle in Kirkuk city without causing casualties. [ROJ]

 

A security source says security units captured 20 persons on criminal and terrorism charges in two areas in Kirkuk. The source also says security units captured in Kirkuk a Daesh terrorist who came from Hawija and confiscated $20,00 from him. [Baghdadia] 

 

A security source says a Kirkuk Police unit captured in the city the terrorist responsible for detonating a parked car bomb.  Three civilians were killed and others wounded in the explosion two days ago. [Sumaria] 

 

A Kirkuk Police commander says a joint police and Asayesh force captured in Kirkuk a Daesh terrorist wanted by US forces. [Ghad] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The PMF Press says 1,500 PMF fighters in addition to military vehicles arrived near Hawija to participate in the liberation battles. [AIN] 

 

A local source says Daesh issued execution orders for 7 of its women “biters” in Hawija after accusing them of providing information to “the enemy.” [Sumaria] 

 

Intelligence source says tuberculosis has spread among Daesh terrorists in Hawija. The source says Daesh executed 12 of its infected terrorists to prevent the spread of the disease. [Etejah] 

 

Daesh says a child was killed and eight other people wounded in “American” airstrikes on Al-Zab city. [A3maq] 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says a civilian was killed when a Daesh leftover IED exploded on his vehicle in a village in Daquq District. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

East Mosul

The Ministry of Migration and Displacement says more than 12,000 displaced people returned to their houses in east and west Mosul from displacement camps. [Anadolu]

 

West Mosul

A security source says Civil Defense units retrieved the bodies of fifty women and children who were killed in Old Mosul during the liberation battles. The source says the units are still looking for more bodies under the rubble. [Baghdadia] 

 

Military Intelligence units found large quantities of unused Daesh weapons in Musherifa. [PressIraq]

 

Tal Afar

Iraqi Army 15th division killed 26 Daesh terrorists near Hassan Ali village, west of Tal Afar (photos.) [Harbi] 

 

KURDISTAN

Turkish drones killed seven PKK fighters in two areas in northern Iraq. [Anadolu] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel 

A security source says security units found Daesh guesthouses in addition to explosives and poisonous materials in the Fadhliya area in Jurf Al-Sakhar. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Jurf Al-Sakhar was the first significant area recaptured from Daesh after 2014.

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF commander and a fighter in Jurf Al-Sakhar. [A3maq] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in New York he would hold a meeting with the four other permanent members of the Security Council–Britain, China, Russia and the United States. The United States, Britain and other countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad will not support the reconstruction of the country until there is a political transition “away from Assad,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday. The “Friends of Syria” group, an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf Arab countries, met in New York on Monday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly at a time when the conflict in Syria, now in its seventh year, appears to be less urgent, with attention focused on the North Korean nuclear threat and the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. Le Drian said “realism” dictated that Assad could not stay in power after millions of Syrians had fled the country due to the war, but that it was vital that major powers work together to help revive U.N.-brokered peace talks in Geneva. [Reuters]  

DaeshDaily comment. Notice that Johnson is speaking for the US, UK and other countries as well as France. This suggests this stance has already been discussed among them. For sure it is a major practical step against Assad’s leadership. This does not mean Assad will give in; he could just plow on without the help and let the suffering of his own people continue. 

 

On Monday, an anti-Assad “interim Syrian government issued orders to form a military command and assigned military commanders. Opposition groups have agreed on a proposal by the Syrian Islamic Council, a Turkey based entity, to form a national army. [Qasioun]

 

Ramesh Rajasingham, the acting UN interim Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, called on all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians from the effects of violence in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, following increased reports of civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes in recent days.

He said in a statement on Sunday “The UN is deeply concerned for the safety and protection of civilians, men, women and children, who are victims of continued fighting, airstrikes and military operations in Deir Ez-Zor.”  

“I call on all parties to do their utmost to ensure the safety and wellbeing of civilians in the conduct of military operations and strictly adhere to the international humanitarian law principles of distinction, proportionality, and precautions in and from the effects of attack.” [Dorar]

 

Local sources say the United States sent a new shipment of 120 vehicles, including armored vehicles and bulldozers, from Kurdistan and Iraq to the SDF in Syria. [Dorar]

 

Anadolu News Agency says the Turkish Army sent military reinforcements for the sixth day in a row to Kilis Province near the Syrian Border. Sources close to the Turkish Government says this reinforcement was sent to counter terrorist attacks. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Russian Reconciliation Center in the Khmeimim Base says that 35 opposition groups in Syria agreed to join government forces in the de-escalation area in Idlib. [SyriaNow]

 

The Coalition says it conducted only six airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, all in or near Raqqa. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment. Compared to recent days and weeks, this qualifies as a lull. 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The PYD Asayesh issued an order prohibiting motorcycles in its controlled areas after a motorcycle bomb killed a child and wounded seven other civilians on Monday. [Hawar]

 

Local media sources say a group of Daesh terrorists sneaked into the Gas Factory east of Shaddadi. The sources say 2 terrorists blew themselves up, killing three workers and two SDF fighters, while four other workers are still missing. An SDF official says 6 Daesh terrorists tried to enter the factory, but were killed by the factory guards. [Qasioun]

Government sources say three people were killed in the attack on the Gas Factory. [SyriaNow]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Heavy battles continued between SDF units and Daesh the Al-Amin and Al-Hina neighborhood in the city center and Al-Rumaila and Al-Rawdha in east Raqqa. SDF fighters killed 49 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a motorcycle bomb. Three SDF fighters were killed and four others wounded. [Hawar]

 

SDF units killed 23 Daesh terrorists and secured 24 civilians in Hay Tishrin, in northeast Raqqa, the Silos area, in the north, Al-Rawdha, and Al-Rumaila. [PUKMedia] 

 

A local activist says 1,463 civilians have been killed and thousands of others wounded since the start of the Raqqa battle. They also say more than 45,000 civilians left the area. [Qasioun]

 

The SOHR says at least two civilians were wounded and others wounded in Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF armored vehicles and a bulldozer in Al-Rumaila. [A3maq] 

 

East of Raqqa

Warplanes launched several airstrikes on Maadan town east of Raqqa. No casualties were reported. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Turkey-allied opposition groups targeted several areas in Afrin with mortars and heavy machine guns, causing damage. YPG units responded and destroyed an opposition group’s bulldozer. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Trusted sources say Russian and Syrian planes launched more than 140 airstrikes on Idlib and northeast of Hama, including health facilities, killing five civilians and wounding others in addition to 15 jihadis. The SOHR says 20 government soldiers were killed in the battles. It says Tahrir Al-Sham and its allies captured 4 villages northeast of Hama after heavy attacks on government forces. [SyriaHR]

At least three civilians were killed and eleven others wounded in Russian and Syrian airstrikes on Idlib. [Hawar]

 

Two nurses were killed and several patients wounded by Russian airstrikes on the maternity hospital in Al-Tah town in southern Idlib Province. [Qasioun] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party, a group of Uighur jihadists from western China, started a major attack on government units northeast of Hama. The attack started with a suicide operation with a vehicle bomb in Maan village, killing thirty government soldiers. Russian planes responded by targeting Tahrir Al-Sham in several areas in Idlib. [Hawar]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham has captured 3 villages east of Hama so far. Government media sources say the Syrian Army and its allies are stopping a major Al-Nusra attack on different areas northeast of Hama. [EnabBaladi]

 

Government sources say Syrian Army units and allied militias captured Mudhamiya village southeast of Aqairbat in Salamiyah, killing or wounding Daesh terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it killed ten Syrian soldiers in battles near Abu Hanaya village in the eastern Salamiyah District. [A3maq] 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army. [ICDNSep19] 

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army tank with a rocket west of Khalid Hilal village in Aqairbat subdistrict. [A3maq] [A3maq] 

Daesh says it killed four Syrian soldiers and wounded others in battles west of the village. [A3maq] 

Daesh says it captured a Syrian Army armored vehicle and a car in fighting near the two villages. [A3maq] 

 

Homs

A Syrian military source says government forces captured 5 more areas in eastern Homs. [SyriaNow]

Government sources say the Syrian Army and allied militias captured a village in the Shomariya area. [SyriaNow]

 

A man and his child were killed in airstrikes on the oasis town of Al-Taiba in the Syrian Desert in eastern Homs. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SDF units approached the eastern bank of the Euphrates River near Deir Ez-Zor and are engaged in heavy battles with Daesh. [Hawar]

SDF units advanced from the Abu Fas area in southern Hasaka, 3 km northeast of Deir Ez-Zor, and stopped a Daesh attack. [Hawar]

 

The commander of the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council, Ahmed Abu Khawla, met with his sister and her family after 5 years. The family had been trapped by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. [Hawar]

 

Two YPG paramedics were shot and killed and another wounded when a Daesh land mine exploded on their vehicle while they were trying to save a 14-year-old boy wounded by another land mine near the electricity company east of Deir Ez-Zor. The boy was rescued later. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed three Russian soldiers in battles near Khasham town, west of Deir Ez-Zor, on Monday. Daesh publishes photos and says they are of the dead soldiers. [ICDNSep19] 

 

Heavy battles erupted between Daesh and the SDF near Al-Ma’amel Square near Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian troops crossed the Euphrates to the east side of the river, in a direct challenge to the SDF, which has sought to gain control of the area east of the river.  

Government media sources say the Syrian Army and allied militias captured large areas on the east bank of the Euphrates River in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

The SOHR says government forces captured Marat village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. It says three civilians were killed and others wounded in bombing and shelling on the area. [SyriaHR]

 

Russian media sources issue videos of government forces and vehicles crossing the Euphrates River. [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]

The Russian Ministry of Defense says government forces were shot at from the north after crossing the Euphrates River near Deir Ez-Zor. It says the source of fire was SDF controlled areas. [Qasioun] 

 

The Russian base in Khmeimim says government forces’ advances in Deir Ez-Zor Province will not stop. It says that any military action in any area in Syria is not legitimate unless it was approved by Damascus. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. Russia is directly confronting the Coalition here. The message is unmistakable.

 

The SOHR says Daesh launched several attacks on government forces, trying to recapture the Hawija Saqar island in the Euphrates that government troops captured yesterday. [SyriaHR]

 

Unidentified planes targeted Hatla town east of Deir Ez-Zor and the river, near Hawija Saqar, killing or wounding several civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says a child was killed by a government sniper in Hussaynia village, east of the river. [SyriaHR]

 

Unidentified planes launched extensive airstrikes on residential areas in Albu Lail village east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing five civilians, and wounding tens, including women and children. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin

Warplanes targeted Al-Arba’in Street in Mayadin and the Tabia area near the city. [Qasioun] [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says a drone killed a Daesh terrorist in Mayadin city. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal

Local sources say a group of Albu Kamal people clashed with Daesh’s “Islamic police,” who were trying to capture young men and force them into military conscription. [SyriaNow]

 

Local sources say a Daesh terrorist was killed and 3 others wounded in intra-Daesh clashes in Albu Kamal. [SyriaNow]

 

Local sources say Daesh booby-trapped a school it had used as a headquarters in the Ashara subdistrict. [SyriaNow]

 

South 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in the Yarmouk Camp. [A3maq] 

 

Daraa

Daesh says its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, killed thirteen opposition fighters in an attack on the town of Maskin Jalin, west of Daraa. [A3maq] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Tunisia

Security units captured 5 takfiris in El-Kef. Security units also captured 2 members of a takfiri cell in Nabeul who were planning terrorist attacks. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed three Shia people, including and Afghani Intelligence Service officer, with an IED in the Afşar area in Kabul. [A3maq] 

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it killed or wounded ten Pakistani soldiers by detonating an IED on a personnel carrier in the Kurram area. [A3maq] 

 

Philippines

Daesh says it killed eight Moro Front fighters and wounded eleven others in clashes in Datu Salibo in Maguindanao. [A3maq] 

 

September 18, 2017

 

Raqqa

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Guterres says KRG referendum undermines the war and reconstruction efforts. [..]

Supreme Federal Court issues decision against KRG referendum; KRG promises to ignore it. [..]

White House emphasizes its opposition to KRG independence referendum. [..]

French, Turkish, Iranian officials issue statements against referendum. [..]

Barham Salih splits with PUK; will form new political party. [..]

Iraqi Army captures Akashat area in NW Anbar. [..]

Heroic police captain in Muqdadiya dies a hero after stopping suicide bomber. [..]

Government leaflets rain down on Hawija [..]

Daesh suicide bombers attack US troops in Makhmur, and fail. [..]

Turkey

Turkey sends troops to Idlib and northwestern border areas. [..]

Syria

30 more Coalition airstrikes hit Daesh in Raqqa. [..]

Syrian government says it will attack SDF in Hasaka starting October 1. [..]

SDF Raqqa campaign moves into city’s northeastern neighborhoods. [..]

SDF military position east of the Euphrates hit by Russian airstrike. [..]

Syrian Army rushing to reach Albu Kamal first. [..]

US has reportedly abandoned base in southeast Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the referendum planned by the Kurdish region will divert muchneeded attention from the war against Daesh and rebuilding liberated areas. The Secretary General says he respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq and sees the need to resolve issues between the federal government and the Kurdish region through structured dialogue. Guterres called on all leaders in Iraq to address this issue patiently and with restraint. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Supreme Federal Court, the high judicial authority in Iraq, says it issued an order to stop the process of the KRG’s independence referendum. [Anadolu]

The KRG spokesman criticized the court’s decision, and says the court is politicized and not neutral. He also says the court should recognize any decision that issued by the KRG’s parliament. This is an indication that the KRG will not submit to the court’s decision. [Anadolu]

 

A source close to Prime Minister Abadi says the PM postponed a trip to the UN meeting in New York in order to meet with a KRG delegation in Baghdad tomorrow. [BasNews] 

 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that “The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month.” “The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat (Daesh) and stabilize the liberated areas.” [Sumaria] 

 

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian, speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, urged the KRG to cancel next week’s planned independence vote, warning that now is not the time to go it alone. [Anadolu] 

 

A Kurdish official said on Saturday that the US, the UK, and France offered to have the KRG issues, including the referendum, discussed at the UN, in return for which the KRG would postpone the referendum for 2 years. [Sumaria] 

 

Prime Minister Abadi held a telephone discussion  with Turkey’s President Erdogan on the KRG’s independence referendum. Both agreed this step would increase tensions in the region and on the necessity of protecting the unity of Iraq. [Anadolu] 

On Saturday, Prime Minister Abadi told the Associated Press that Baghdad is ready to use force if the referendum leads to violent results. [Sumaria] 

 

The Turkish Prime Minister says Turkey will not hesitate to respond to any threat to its national security. He says people who have dreams of establishing a “fabricated state” in Iraq and Syria should know that Turkey will respond as necessary. [Anadolu]

 

An Iranian senior official says Iran would cancel its security and military agreements with the KRG if the KRG seceded from Iraq. [ROJ]

 

Iraqi President Fuad Masoum met with Turkmen leaders to discuss the KRG’s independence referendum. The President started an initiative to launch comprehensive dialogue about the referendum. [Anadolu]

Masoum also met with the CoR Speaker, Salim Al-Jubouri, to discuss the referendum. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Sorry, Mr. President. You agreed to be the President of Iraq. This is not presidential leadership.

 

The Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen front says a Turkmen delegation met with US Ambassador Douglas Silliman, demanding that the US guarantee the interests of Iraqi Turkmen. He says the Ambassador said that the US is not in position to grant concessions to Turkmen Iraqis. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. Silliman gave the right answer; we recognize Iraqi sovereignty. The story illustrates, however, that the Turkmen keep getting squeezed politically by these KRG territorial power plays against the government. Turkmen in areas coveted by the Kurds are made to feel that they are expected to go along with whatever Erbil wants. Part of any fair settlement of Iraqi-Kurdish issues is accommodating legitimate Turkmen interests.

 

An independent Kurdish COR member says the Kurdish blocs in the COR will continue boycotting the sessions until an agreement is reached between political parties. [ROJ]

 

The Supreme Council for the KRG’s referendum issued a statement saying it refused suggestions by the UN, US, and other countries to have an alternative for the referendum. [ROJ]

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with the UK Secretary of State for Defense, Michael Fallon, and other UK officials according to a statement from Abadi’s office. The UK delegation met with the KRG President Masoud Barzani in Erbil. Barzani said in a statement after a meeting that alternatives given by Baghdad don’t include any intention to start negotiations about independence. [Rudaw] 

Barzani says if Baghdad agreed to start a dialogue about independence with a timeline then the Kurdish leadership would meet and revisit the issue. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Translation: If you cave in to our demands in advance, we will be nice to you.

 

The Kirkuk Governor said on Sunday that the COR’s decision to fire him is political and illegal. He also dismissed media reports about the central government appointing a military governor for Kirkuk. [ROJ]

 

Barham Salah, a PUK leader and former KRG Prime Minister, says he has founded a new political party in Kurdistan. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. This looks like a so-what story buried in stories about the ongoing controversy. It could be a big deal, however. Dr. Barham is much respected for his long record of public service. He has served as the KRG Prime Minister, as well as a high-level Iraq official. It’s not clear, however, why he is making this move now. One partial answer may be that he is feeling excluded by the Talabanis. Another may be that he is genuinely appalled at the continuing divisive politics in Kurdistan.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Baiji (1), Hawija (3), Al-Qa’im (1), and near Rawa (6). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

Daesh published photos of a group of its snipers “graduating” in north Baghdad. [ICDNSep16] 

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source said on Sunday that two people were wounded when an IED exploded near a medical center in Hay Al-Wihda. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command says its units found an explosives cache in the Haramsha area. [Ghad] 

 

A police source said on Sunday that a civilian was killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded near commercial shops in the Sayyed Abdullah area. [Sumaria] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Military Intelligence Service says security units captured a group of Daesh members in the Sufiya area east of Ramadi. It says the group was responsible for the maintenance of Daesh weapons. [Etejah] 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Chairman of the Hit District Council says the Hit Police captured an Anbar Education Directorate employee on terrorism charges. [Sumaria] 

 

The IWMC says IAF Sukhois killed many Daesh terrorists and destroyed vehicles and weapons storehouses in the Wata area northeast of Haditha Lake. [Mawazin] 

 

Anah

A security source says Daesh is preventing civilians from leaving Anah. The source also says families of Daesh members in Anah District fled to Al-Qa’im and Albu Kamal. [Ghad] 

 

However, a Tribal PMF commander says Daesh executed 4 of its own members, who had fled from Anah, in Albu Kamal. [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

Saturday, the Iraqi Army gained control of the Akashat region on the Syria border south of Al-Qa’im. [Qasioun]

On Saturday, Prime Minister Abadi issued a statement saying Iraqi forces liberated Akashat after a fast battle. He says the IAF killed hundreds of Daesh terrorists in the area. [Sumaria] 

The IWMC said Iraqi Army, PMFs, Tribal PMFs, and Anbar Police units participated in the operation. [Sumaria] [Hawar]

 

The IWMC says IAF planes bombed 3 Daesh targets in Al-Qa’im, killing 49 terrorists, including several senior commanders and 7 suicide bombers who were planning to attack southern governorates, and wounding others. [AIN] 

 

A security source says a Coalition plane killed a Daesh security official in Al-Qa’im. The source says the Syrian terrorist was one of the first people to pledge allegiance to Daesh in the Al-Qa’im-Albu Kamal area. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh said on Sunday that six people were killed and ten others wounded in an “American” airstrike on the West Hsaiba area near the Syria border in Al-Qa’im. [A3maq] 

 

Rutba

A security source says Iraqi Army 1st division and Tribal PMFs captured several villages in the Akashat desert. [Ghad] 

 

The IWMC says IAF planes destroyed a Daesh camp southwest of Rutba, killing the terrorists inside. [Mawazin] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A PMF commander says warplanes destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing 4 terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

The PMF Press says IAA aircraft destroyed 2 Daesh pickups in the Makhoul Mountains. [Etejah] 

 

Tikrit

A local source says planes targeted several Daesh Humvees arriving from Hawija to the Mtaibija area. [Sumaria] 

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Sunday, the PMF announced the launch of a joint military operation with the Iraqi Army against Daesh in areas north of the Dujail District. [Hawar]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The MoI spokesman says security units in Diyala surrounded a terrorist who was throwing hand grenades on people in Hay Al-Jadida in Muqdadiya city, causing him to blow himself up. He says a police captain who grabbed the terrorist and prevented him from reaching civilians was killed, in addition to a civilian; seven other people were wounded, including three policemen. On Sunday, a suicide terrorist blew himself up after security units found him hiding in a hole in the same area. [Mada] 

The Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says the 2 terrorists were 15 years old or younger. He says 70% of Daesh terrorists who have conducted attacks in Muqdadiya were teenagers. [Sumaria] 

Daesh said 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked Shia in Haj Mohsin village in Muqdadiya. It says that after 8 hours, the terrorists blew themselves up, killing or wounding twenty-eight people, including an intelligence officer. [ICDNSep18]

Daesh publishes a photo of the two masked teenagers. [ICDNSep18] 

 

The chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says power was cut off after terrorists blew up a major electricity line in the Himrin Basin area. [Sumaria]

Later on, the Diyala Electricity Department announced that its units had fixed the line. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of damaging an Iraqi Army minesweeper with an IED in a village in Muqdadiya. [ICDNSep17] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi Army units in Isaiwid village, in Muqdadiya. [ICDNSep18] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A security source says Iraqi Army units stopped a Daesh attack near Rabi’a village in Saadiya subdistrict. The source also says Daesh shelled Zarqoush village in Saadiya with 3 mortars, without causing casualties. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed a Peshmerga fighter and wounded others with 2 IEDs near Bahiza village in Jalawla. [A3maq] 

 

The Mayor of Al-Khalis District says 45 Arab families who had been displaced from Udhaim were mistreated by the Kurdish Asayesh and forcibly removed from Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source said on Saturday that three people were killed and nine others wounded when a car bomb targeting a liquor store in Hay Aden in south Kirkuk exploded. [Mada] 

 

A security source says that Nadhem Al-Shammari, a college professor and Chairman of the Arab Project organization, was severely wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Hay Al-Wasti in Kirkuk. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says two civilians were wounded in a shootout near a Turkmen party headquarters in Kirkuk. [Sumaria] 

Another security source says a group of young men promoting the independence referendum near a Turkmen party headquarters in Kirkuk were shot at by an unknown assailant. The source says one of them was killed and five others wounded. [Shafaaq] 

A third source says a Peshmerga officer was killed and three other fighters were wounded in the shooting. The source says the victims were promoting the KRG referendum. [Elaph] 

The Kirkuk Police imposed a curfew after the incident. [RT]

 

Sky News Arabia reports that clashes erupted between Daesh and the Peshmerga in Kirkuk when a group of Daesh terrorists took over a mosque in Kirkuk and held the worshipers hostage. It says a Daesh member started preaching against the Peshmerga in the mosque. [SkyNews]  

DaeshDaily comment. We couldn’t confirm this report from other sources. 

 

Daesh says eleven members of the same family were killed by an “American” airstrike on Batma village in Dibis, northeast of Hawija, on Sunday. [A3maq] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The IWMC says Iraqi planes dropped 6 million brochures on several areas in Hawija subdistrict and on east Shirqat, providing security guidance for residents and promising them that the liberation is coming soon. The brochure also gave final warning to Daesh terrorists. [Ghad] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes targeted a Daesh headquarters in Al-Abbasi, killing at least 12 Daesh terrorists, including commanders. 

 

A security source says deputy PMF commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis and other PMF commanders arrived in Kirkuk to discuss military preparations for the Hawija liberation battle, [Rudaw]  

 

Imam Ali Combat Division, a Shia PMF faction, says its military vehicles arrived near Hawija to participate in the liberation battles. [Harbi] 

 

On Saturday, a PMF commander says the Daesh wali of Kirkuk and one of his deputies were killed in an airstrike near Riyadh. [Sumaria] 

A DaeshDaily source confirmed that the wali and the hisbah official were killed in the airstrike. 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh beheaded a school teacher in Al-Hilwat village in Al-Zab after accusing him of communicating with the Coalition. 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A PMF spokesman says 8 PMF fighters were released in Daquq after being arrested by the Peshmerga and the Daquq police for one day. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

The IWMC issued a statement denying media reports about moving Daesh families in the Ninewa area to an unknown location. It says Iraqi forces received from a Peshmerga camp east of Ayadhiya 1,573 Iraqi women and children and 1,324 foreigners and moved them to a safer place in Tel Keif District. [Baghdadia]

The Norwegian Council of Refugees had said it was concerned because the families were moved without the knowledge of international organizations. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

East Mosul

The Ninewa Operations Commander said on Saturday that security units conducted a campaign in east Mosul and captured 24 Daesh suspects. He also says that the Ninewa Guard, former governor Nujaifi’s PMF, was assigned to handle security in several neighborhoods in east Mosul. [BasNews] 

 

West Mosul

The IFP commander says his units captured 12 Daesh terrorists hiding among civilians in west Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

Tal Afar

A Ninewa Police source says Iraqi forces found in Ayadhiya a mass grave containing the bodies of 40 policemen who had been executed by Daesh. [BasNews] 

Southern Ninewa

Makhmur

Sunday, a local official said 3 Daesh suicide bombers attacked a US military camp in the Makhmur District in Ninewa.  US troops killed 2 of the terrorists and the third blew himself up without causing any casualties among the US forces. [Hawar]

In an overlapping report, a security source said on Sunday that 4 suicide terrorists attacked a US military camp in Qaraj subdistrict in Makhmur. He says US forces killed the 4 terrorists and didn’t sustain any casualties. [ROJ]

Daesh says 4 of its terrorists attacked a new US base in Qaraj, destroying 4 cannons and vehicles, and might have killed or wounded US soldiers. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Another “victorious” story from Daesh’s creative writing department. 

 

Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara

An Iraqi Army captain says Iraqi forces started a campaign looking for Daesh terrorists in Qayara, Shura, and Hammam Al-Alil. He says they have captured 30 Daesh terrorists so far, including a local leader. [BasNews] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Saturday, Turkish forces sent reinforcements and military supplies to their troops based in Rayhaniya city in the southern province that borders Idlib. These military units will be deployed on the border. This comes after the 6th Astana conference designated Idlib as a de-escalation zone. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Turkish Media sources say the Turkish Army sent more military reinforcements of 80 vehicles, including tanks, to Kilis near the Syrian border. Russian news agency Sputnik says that Turkish military sources say Turkey wants to deploy the forces on the border near Afrin. A Lebanese newspaper says Turkey-backed opposition groups are preparing for battles in Idlib. [BasNews] 

 

The Turkish Military Command says it started military exercises in Turkey’s Şırnak province, near the Iraqi border. [Sumaria]  

 

On Saturday, security sources say security units captured 74 Daesh suspects in Istanbul, all foreigners except for one Turk. [Sumaria]  

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Saturday, The Russian Defense Ministry said its aircraft destroyed three of Daesh’s military factories in different regions of Syria. The factories were producing tanks for suicide operations and contained anti-tank mines and ammonium nitrate. [Qasioun]

 

The SDF decided to remove the commander of the Kurdish Security Forces from office because he made statements against Iran. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 35 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, near Raqqa (30), in Deir Ez-Zor (2), and in Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The Syrian government says it will direct its forces to the Hasaka province to fight the US-backed SDF on October 1st.  The operation aims to restore areas controlled by Kurdish militia. It is noteworthy that while the PYD controls most of Hasaka province, the Syrian Army manages only the security square in the city. [Dorar]

 

An informed source says the government arrested a senior PYD self-administration official in Qamishli. The source says the PYD retaliated by arresting several members of the Government’s Air Force Intelligence Service. [BasNews] 

 

The PYD Asayish says a child was killed and seven other civilians wounded when a parked motorcycle bomb exploded near a café in Qamishli. [BasNews] [SyriaNow] Daesh says it detonated the motorcycle bomb on a vehicle carrying “PKK” members. [A3maq] 

 

A civilian source says that on Sunday, a group of unknown gunmen raided and robbed a house in Al-Haddadiya near Shaddadi, on the pretext they were members of the Democratic Union Party’s  (PYD) intelligence service. They then kidnapped the property owner and left him in a deserted area 8 km (5 miles) from the village. This is the second incident of this kind in Hasaka. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Coalition planes targeted Ghariba village east of Markada, south of Hasaka. No casualties were reported. [SyriaHR] 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

The SOHR says only 300-400 Daesh terrorists remain in Raqqa after hundreds were killed during the past few weeks. It also says Daesh will not be able to hold on in Raqqa because of its lack of military and food supplies. It says the delay in the liberation of Raqqa is due to Daesh land mines, in addition to the presence of thousands of civilians used by Daesh as human shields. [SyriaHR]

 

The SDF spokesman says SDF units captured several government buildings in Raqqa city center after 2 days of heavy battles. [Rudaw] 

 

The SOHR says 11 Daesh terrorists and nine SDF fighters were killed in the Raqqa battles yesterday. [SyriaHR]

 

Military clashes are reported between the SDF and Daesh in Hay Al-Amin and Hay Al-Hana, in the center of the city, and the Al-Rawdha, Al-Ramilah, and Tishrin neighborhoods in northeast Raqqa. [Hawar]

Daesh says its snipers killed four SDF fighters and wounded eight others in Al-Ramilah. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF armored vehicle in Al-Ramilah. [A3maq]  

 

SDF special forces secured 40 civilians from Al-Rawdha. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says “American” planes conducted more than 60 airstrikes on Raqqa during the last two days. It also says “American” artillery targeted the city with more than 1,200 shells. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh issued a video of a mosque in Raqqa and says it was destroyed by “American” airstrikes. [A3maq] 

A DaeshDaily source says 4 Daesh snipers were barricading in the mosque. 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF units in Hay Al-Mansour with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNSep18]

 

 

West of Raqqa

Saturday, the co-chair of the Tabaqa Civil Council said preparations were being made for the expansion of the Tabaqa Civil Council with the aim of representing all segments of society and increasing its membership in line with the population developments in Tabaqa, to include Arabs, Turkmen, Armenians, and tribal representation. After its expansion, the Council will have between 130 and 150 members, taking into account the representation of both sexes and representation of all segments of society, including ethnic, religious, and social. [Hawar]

 

North of Raqqa

Saturday, in order to raise awareness and promote education for those with a high school diploma, the Sports Committee of the Raqqa Civil Council opened a scientific institute for rehabilitation and training. The goal of the institute is to rid Raqqa of the state of cultural and social ignorance it was forced to live in under Daesh and promote a conscious and educated generation.  The institute will teach about the meaning of science and the importance of knowledge. [Hawar]

 

Saturday, 15 km (9 miles) north of Raqqa city, Maysaloun Farm opened as a school.  Even though there are no school supplies or teaching materials at the farm, children are described as desperately wanting to learn after living without education or the freedom to play under Daesh’s rules.  35 teachers have taken on the responsibility of teaching 500 children.  They will work for two months to rehabilitate the children psychologically before the school year begins.  The director of the school has appealed to all organizations and authorities responsible for education to provide the school with assistance. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (northwest border, Idlib, Aleppo)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

 

Afrin. A Hawar news correspondent says the Turkish Army returned to shell the Aska village near Shirawa. [Hawar]

 

Azaz. A military source says joint forces in Al-Shahba foiled an attempted infiltration of the Turkish Army and its allied forces in Tal Allah while YPG female fighters responded to a Turkish attack on the town of Jinderes. An unspecified number of members of Turkish soldiers were killed. Sunday night, the Turkish Army and its allied forces shelled the villages of Menagh, Maraanaz, Bailona, and Ain Diqna villages in Azaz. [Hawar]

 

Sunday, The General Command of the Manbij Military announced Mohammad Abu Adel was elected as the General Commander of the Manbij Military Council, replacing Commander Adnan Abu Amjad, who was killed in the campaign to liberate Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Manbij. Daesh said on Saturday it killed three SDF fighters with an IED near Abu Qalqal village, southeast of Manbij. [A3maq] 

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Sunday, “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) leaders north of Aleppo said they are ready to enter Idlib city. This comes amid rumors about military operations against Tahrir Al-Sham, the Turkish Army troop buildup on the border with Syria, and the declaration of a de-escalation zone in Idlib by negotiators in the Astana talks. “The Middle East” newspaper leaked that there are Russian-Turkish military operations planned for Idlib aimed at Tahrir Al-Sham. The newspaper says the operation will begin with airstrikes, then the Turkish Army will advance from the northern border towards Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib while Russian and Iranian armies advance from the south. [EnabBaladi]

 

Saturday, a source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the Idlib de-escalation zone agreement is temporary and does not give legitimacy to any Turkish presence in Syrian territory. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment. Apparently that doesn’t apply to the Turks in Afrin and Azaz.

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Syrian government media says the Syrian Army took control of two villages in the eastern suburbs of Hama after fighting with Daesh. A Syrian military source says that on Sunday evening the Syrian Army took control of Aqairbat and the Abu Hanaya and Salba villages while tightening their control on an oil pump area. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

Saturday, a local source said there were failed negotiations between the Syrian Army and Daesh in Aqairbat and the Syrian Army had to resolve things militarily. [Dorar]

 

A SANA correspondent says the Syrian Army seized large quantities of machine guns, ammunition, and rockets in a warehouse that belonged to Daesh as the Syrian Army searched Abu Al-Hanaya town in Aqairbat. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Moadhamiya village, east of Aqairbat. [ICDNSep18] 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and damaged another with rockets near the village. [A3maq] 

Daesh issues a video of one of the tanks. [A3maq] 

 

Homs

Government forces, supported by warplanes, advanced and captured two villages during the continuous battles in the Jubb Al-Jarrah-Shomariya-Sha’er area, 50 km (31 miles) east of Homs. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

Media sources say US forces have pulled out of the Al-Zakaf military base near the Jordan border, following an agreement with the Russians on the status of the Syrian Badia. [Qasioun]

 

A colonel in the Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra militia verbally attacked the US-led Coalition over this decision. He says this is evidence the US is backing Daesh. The colonel believes the US is leaving the base to force Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra to work with the SDF. He says this shows America’s unfair position toward the Syrian revolution. [Dorar]

 

Social networking sites reported Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra has handed the Al-Zakaf base to the Russians. A Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra leader denied these reports, saying they are shameful. [Dorar]

According to the Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra leadership, the organization destroyed the Al-Zakaf military base before withdrawing from it. [EnabBaladi]

 

Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra insists the Al-Zakaf base was given to civilians working on bringing water to the area and was not given to the Russians.  25,000 people live in the area and are suffering from water shortages. Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra says the area is still protected by the Coalition and Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra will continue to patrol the area.  

It is being reported, however, that based on an agreement with Russia, British and US troops are expected to withdraw from the Al-Zakaf and Al-Tanaf bases and return to the Blue Base inside Jordanian territory. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Government forces claim to have captured 75% of Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaHR]

 

The UN is calling on all parties to do as much as possible to ensure the safety of civilians in areas of increased violence. [EnabBaladi]

 

The SOHR says 191 civilians were killed and more than 430 wounded between September 10th  and September 18th in the Deir Ez-Zor area. [SyriaHR] 

 

Deir Ez-Zor District

West of Deir Ez-Zor. Syrian government media sources say the Deir Ez-Zor military airport is in working order and two planes landed and took off from the airport Monday, carrying military supplies. [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]

 

Government forces, supported by Russian planes, captured 31 km (19 miles) of the western bank of the Euphrates River near Deir Ez-Zor. The area includes Shamitiya, Zaghir Shamiya, Hawi, and Hamad. [SyriaHR] 

 

The Syrian Army liberated Hawayej Abu Masa, Hawayej Abu Arab, Al-Kharita, and Ain Abu Jama west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian Army is implementing a suffocating siege on Daesh-controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. Yesterday evening, the Syrian Army took control of the Kharita and Al-Hajif villages and strategic military locations on the southern bank of the Euphrates River, west of Deir Ez-Zor. Syrian forces have taken positions in the industrial area, north of the Euphrates River, to prevent Daesh from crossing the river and reaching other areas under its control in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]

 

A field source says the Syrian Army stumbled on a 400 meter tunnel in Al-Mara’iya. [SyriaNow]

 

A whole engineering team was killed while trying to dismantle a mine in Deir Ez-Zor city. [Dorar]

 

Battles continued between government forces, supported by Russian planes, and Daesh in several areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. The SOHR says regime recon units crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River near Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaHR]  

 

Daesh published photos of an attack on government forces near the Al-Taym Oilfield, west of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNSep17] 

Daesh said it killed four soldiers, destroyed 2 vehicles, and damaged another in the attack. [A3maq] 

 

Local sources say Daesh shot down a Syrian government helicopter in the town of Al-Shamitiya in western Deir Ez-Zor, where fighting between the Syrian Army and supporting militias and Daesh was taking place.  

The Syrian Army crossed to the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River under Russian air cover and took control of several military positions in the Marat, Khasham, and Madhloum villages. [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [Dorar]

 

East of Deir Ez-Zor. The major stories in Deir Ez-Zor were east of the city and mostly east of the Euphrates River. 

 

Saturday, a Hawar news correspondent said the Syrian Army and the Russians bombed SDF positions near the Deir Ez-Zor industrial zone, wounding six SDF members. [Hawar] 

 

The US Army Chief of Staff says the US and Russia have held talks to maintain a tension reduction zone in the Euphrates valley after Washington accused Russian planes of bombing SDF positions in Deir Ez-Zor.

Russia’s explanation conceded there was an incident but said it was accidental. Some Daesh fighters fled from Deir Ez-Zor and moved east of the Euphrates River. The Russians carried out strikes against the Daesh fighters, but some of the strikes were close to the SDF and wounded some SDF members. [Dorar]

 

Sunday, a Russian commander at the Khmeimim base warned the US not to believe the accusations that the Russians and the Syrian Army attacked the SDF. 

He then further politicized the situation by claiming that the Defense Department’s statement condemning the targeting of the SDF confirms Washington’s suspected intention to escalate the situation against the Syrian government. 

Washington says Russian aircraft bombed a target east of the Euphrates River despite knowing there were US-backed forces in that region. [Qasioun]

 

Saturday, the leader of the SDF Deir Ez-Zor Military Council said the Russian airstrikes north of Deir Ez-Zor were a message from the Syrian government and Russia and were to be expected. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Army crossed the Euphrates River, under Russian air cover, to the Hawija Saqar island between the eastern bank of the Euphrates and one of its branches. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]

Syrian Army captured Hawija Saqar after heavy battles with Daesh. [SyriaHR] 

Daesh’s version says that on Sunday Syrian Army units arrived at the eastern bank of the Euphrates near Deir Ez-Zor. It said it conducted two suicide attacks with vehicle bombs, in Madhloum and Marat villages. It says battles are still ongoing. It also said one of its suicide terrorists attacked government forces with a vehicle bomb in Hawija Saqar, killing twenty-five soldiers. It said its terrorists attacked the forces in the same village killing fifteen more soldiers. [ICDNSep17]   

 

Sunday, the spokesman for the Syrian Elite Forces said the Syrian Army crossing to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River was based on a US-Russian agreement. [Qasioun]

 

Sunday, an Al-Jazeera Storm source said a civilian family of five was killed in Mohsin city by a Syrian airstrike as they were trying to cross the Euphrates River to escape the fighting. In the last 3 days, more than 190 civilians have been killed in Deir Ez-Zor in Coalition, Syrian, and Russian bombing. [Qasioun]

 

Sunday, the Al-Jazeera Storm Operations Room announced it had advanced 63 km (39 miles) in 8 days.  It has evacuated 4,000 civilians from combat areas, and it has liberated 14 farms and villages, a sugar factory, a cotton mill, and an electrical plant. The liberation forces destroyed 5 vehicle bombs and Daesh detonated 3 vehicle bombs without achieving their objectives.  Daesh also carried out 4 other suicide attacks without achieving their objectives. Hundreds of Daesh terrorists have been killed in the past few days and fourteen SDF troops have died. [Hawar]

 

A local source says thirteen civilians were killed in Coalition airstrikes and Syrian Army bombing in the eastern Deir Ez-Zor countryside. [Qasioun]

 

A child was killed in airstrikes on Albu Omar town southeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Three women from the same family were killed and others were wounded in airstrikes on Khasham village east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin

Iraqi “Hawks” Intelligence says, Sunday, Iraqi aircraft carried out airstrikes, inside Syrian territory, targeting six Daesh sites in Mayadin. The airstrikes destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, a warehouse of ammunition, belts, and explosive devices, and killed and wounded dozens of Daesh fighters. Iraq reportedly carried out these airstrikes in coordination with the Syrian government, Iran, and Russia. [EnabBaladi] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Albu Kamal

Sunday, a Syrian military official announced the launch of “Dawn 3” operations to reach the Daesh-controlled border area of Albu Kamal on the border with Iraq. [Qasioun] [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. This is where the political tension over Deir Ez-Zor is most clearly shown. The SDF has already said publicly that it is taking responsibility for the areas east of the river and wants the Syrian Army to stay on the west side. Assad and Putin want total control of Deir Ez-Zor, and all of Syria, and the SDF is suddenly in the way.  It adds up to a high-stakes contest for control of post-Daesh Syria. That contest is clearly underway.

 

Four children, two women, and two men were killed in airstrikes on the Albu Kamal area. [SyriaHR]

 

South 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

An opposition fighter was killed by a Jaish Khaled sniper in the Yarmouk Basin area. [SyriaHR] 

 

Source close to Daesh say an FSA captain, 5 of his soldiers, and their families surrendered to Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, in the Yarmouk Basin area. [Ana Al-Muslim] [ICDNSEP17] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard says security units found a vehicle bomb in Najaf Abad city near the house of an IRG fighter who had been executed by Daesh in Syria. [Sumaria] 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say a civilian was killed and four others wounded when mortar shells hit two houses in Rafah. The sources say the terrorists were trying to target security units in the area. [ElWatan]

 

Local sources say armed men attacked a construction company in Bir Al-Abd, set 4 vehicles on fire, and stole 3 pickups. Hours earlier, armed men set 4 other vehicles on fire in the Al-Hafen area in Central Sinai. The terrorists claim the vehicles were used to provide construction materials to security forces. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says three civilians, including a ten-year-old girl, were shot and wounded by armed men in different areas in Rafah and Arish on Sunday. [ElWatan]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Russia

A Russian official says 445 Russian children were taken by their families to battle areas in Iraq and Syria. She says 28% of those children are under 3 years old. [Sumaria] 

 

Philippines

Daesh says it killed ten Moro Liberation Front members and wounded eight others in clashes in Datu Salibo municipality in Maguindanao on Sunday. [A3maq] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Syria

A tenth recording of wireless communications of Tahrir Al-Sham commanders has been leaked. In the recording, a commander orders an attack on Ahrar Al-Sham with vehicle bombs, with captured Daesh terrorists in the vehicles. [YouTube] 

 

 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]