August 20, 2018
Notice to our readers: Tuesday is the beginning of the four-day Eid Al-Adha holiday. In accordance with our policy of observing US and Iraqi holidays, we will therefore be giving our staff a break for the rest of this week and resuming publication next Monday, August 27. “Eid Mubarak” to you all.
Al-Sadr, Al-Abadi, Hakim, Allawi announce collective effort to form new government. [..]
Al-Amiri alliance denounces alleged US interference in favor of Al-Abadi. [..]
PMF organization orders PMF units to separate from political parties. [..]
Masoum says new Council of Representatives will start session shortly. [..]
Ministry of Electricity announces cooperative electric power agreement with Turkey. [..]
Coalition service member killed in helicopter crash. [..]
Human Rights Watch alleges torture used in Iraq prison interrogations. [..]
Police arrest 20 Daesh members in Hammam Al-Alil. [..]
Iraq Human Rights Commission wants regular Army units deployed to overcome deteriorating security near Syria border. [..]
Trump says US won’t pay any more money to stabilize Syria. [..]
Coalition bombing continues in Albu Kamal. [..]
Syrian Army-Daesh battle continues in Suwayda-Rif Damashq desert area. [..]
U.S.: Pentagon officials concerned about lowered refugee admissions of Iraqis endangered for helping the US. [..]
President Ghani announces 3-month ceasefire he hopes Taliban will join. [..]
Afghan Army frees 149 Taliban hostages. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
In a major political development on Sunday, the Sa’irun electoral alliance led by Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Victory alliance led by Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, the Al-Hikma (Wisdom) alliance led by Ammar Al-Hakim, and the Wataniya (National) alliance led by Ayad Allawi issued a statement that they had agreed to establish the “core” of a coalition that would form the next government. This coalition is still in its preliminary stages, and the statement invited other alliances to join. [AlJazeera]
Ayad Allawi called for an urgent meeting of Iraqi political groups that won seats in the CoR elections, to discuss the formation of the coming government. Allawi called for allowing enough time for dialogue to overcome all differences. He also warned of the potential consequences of the anticipated struggle to form the largest bloc, which he said would have “negative repercussions” if that happened. [Anadolu]
On the other side of the emerging political divide, Jasim Mohammed Al-Bayati, a member of the Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance led by Hadi Al-Amiri, says that the US is exerting pressure to grant Haider Al-Abadi a second term as Prime Minister. He says that Brett McGurk, the US Special Envoy to the Coalition, is leading the efforts with Shia, Sunnis, and Kurds, and that Al-Abadi’s position towards sanctions against Iran was a major factor in the US position. He adds that Al-Abadi has to provide concessions to Kurds and Sunnis if he wants to head the majority. [FaceIraq]
DaeshDaily comment. Based on the reports coming to us, the US initially stayed out of the government-formation process to avoid any impression of interference, but Iran upped the ante by making a major play for a pro-Iran government, which brought the US into the process. If Iran’s political maneuvering backfires, its Iraqi backers will dutifully spread anti-US propaganda to shift the blame, but the clash started with Iran’s efforts to control the process. It’s worth remembering that at the beginning of the election campaign, Al-Amiri tried to ally with Al-Abadi.
In an obvious counter-move, on Monday a delegation from the Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance visited Erbil and met with Sunni party leaders in addition to Kurdish political groups. [BasNews]
A Kurdish official says that the Kurdish parties were not invited to the meeting among Al-Sadr, Al-Hakim, Al-Abadi, and Allawi, which took place at the Hotel Babel. He said that personal clashes among the Shia leaders have prevented them from forming a large bloc. [BasNews]
Masoud Barzani discussed the formation of the new Iraqi government with Brett McGurk, the US Envoy. Barzani reportedly demanded clear mechanisms for the implementation of agreements sought by the Kurds. He says that the commitment of others to the principle of partnership with the Kurds is the most important issue. [Forat]
DaeshDaily comment. Are we the only ones who sense that the best response to the endless Barzani power plays is an Iraqi government that leaves the KDP out?
The Turkmen Front in Kirkuk is still battling over the results of the election. It called for civil disobedience to protest the results of May 12. It considered the ratification of results by the Supreme Court to be an act of ethnic discrimination against the Turkmen. It also says that the Court ignored hundreds of objections provided by Turkmen in protest of the election results. [Anadolu]
The PMF organization ordered all of its units to leave cities immediately and separate themselves from any connections to political parties that formed them. PMF Command says that no more offices, headquarters, or deployments should be made. Violators will be treated as outlaws. [Mirbad]
Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported that an MP who requested anonymity said that PM Haider Al-Abadi issued directions to troops, intelligence agencies, and the PMF to focus on preventing terrorist attacks and to not become involved in politics. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. The Mirbad story is too short for an adequate explanation, but this seems to be Al-Abadi’s belated move to depoliticize the PMF organization and bring PMFs fully under government control. The rest of the story needs to be explained, however. The timing of the announcement is interesting. At the same time Al-Abadi re-emerges in Iraqi politics in coalition with Al-Sadr, Al-Hakim, and Allawi, he also makes a major government decision for the first time in quite a while, and one that undermines the influence of the Al-Fath alliance. It could all be coincidental, or it could reflect Al-Abadi’s belief that he will continue as Prime Minister.
Council of Representatives
Prime Minister Al-Abadi called on President Fuad Masoum to call the CoR into session to meet the constitutionally mandated time frame. Speaking on public TV, Al-Abadi said that after the Supreme Court ratification of the electoral results, it’s up to the President to take the next step. He then thanked all voters and the Electoral Commissioners for their efforts. [AlIraqNews]
President Fuad Masoum announced on Monday that the new CoR will be convened at a time in accordance with constitutional stipulations. He also urged the new CoR and future government to dedicate all efforts to actualizing reforms. [Sumaria]
The Ministry of Electricity says that it agreed to cooperate with Turkey in the energy field. It says that Turkish companies will help to increase the productivity of Iraqi power stations. Turkey will also install power poles and grids, as well as selling power to Iraq. [Mawazin]
The Coalition said that one Coalition service member was killed and several others wounded in an aircraft crash on August 19, during a “partnered counterterrorism mission.” The press release said that the deceased’s name and other details would be released by “the pertinent national authorities.” SkyPress said that the crashed vehicle was a helicopter. [InherentResolve] [SkyPress]
The Coalition said that it conducted 4 airstrikes in Iraq between August 13 and August 19, in or near Rutba, Samarra, the Himrin Hills, and the Atshana Mountains. In addition, the Coalition conducted 2 airstrikes on August 12, in the Himrin Hills and in Tooz District, which were not reported in the previous press release. [InherentResolve]
The newspaper The National quoted Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the Coalition, as saying that Daesh’s guerrilla warfare tactics are delaying their defeat on the Syria-Iraq border. Ryan says that they are almost living underground, using caves and tunnels, and have survived many major attacks by using this tactic. [BaghdadToday]
Col. Ryan says that Al-Baghdadi could be anywhere, but he lost his ability to lead. He says that the Coalition is staying in Iraq by the Iraqi government’s request, and that Daesh is a difficult enemy. He stressed that Iraqi is one unified country, and that the Peshmerga is allied with the Iraqi Army, and that the Coalition deals with Peshmerga through the central government. [Forat]
Referring to the US travel warning for Iraq, Saad Al-Mutalibi of the Rule of Law alliance says that the government has failed to provide security in the country. The travel warning says that US citizens are subject to violence and kidnapping, and that the US ability to provide emergency services to its citizens in Iraq is rather limited. [AlIraqNews]
Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)
Daesh said it damaged a police vehicle with an IED in the Sheikh Omar area in Rusafa, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)
Daesh said it killed or wounded five Shia and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Shula, on Friday. [A3maq]
In another report, Daesh said the vehicle was carrying Army members and Shia. [ICDNAug18]
North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)
The Center for Security Information says in a statement that 1 Daesh operative was arrested north of Baghdad. The arrest warrant was issued in Kerbala. [Ghad]
South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)
Monday evening, 2 civilians and 1 child were killed when an IED detonated inside a transport vehicle in a southern Baghdad neighborhood south of Karkh. [Sumaria]
Daesh said it killed five PMF members, including a PMF commander and his deputy, in an attack in the Yusufiyah subdistrict of Mahmudiya, on Thursday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it killed two PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Latifiya, on Saturday. [ICDNAug20]
Daesh said it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in the Arab Jubour area, on Friday, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [ICDNAug19]
Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)
Daesh said it killed or wounded eight Shia and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Bayya’, southwest Baghdad, on Friday. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded 20 Shia people, including PMF members, and destroyed their bus with an IED in the Al-Turath neighborhood in southwest Baghdad. [A3maq]
West (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)
Baghdad Operations Command says that 5 men wanted on terror charges were arrested in the areas of Mansour, Hor Rijab, Zuhur, and Al-Sa’adoon. [Buratha]
Total Baghdad security incidents reported: 10 (Includes only incidents reported)
Total IED security incidents reported: 7
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed 2 Iraqi Army SUVs with 2 IEDs on the road between Akashat and Al-Qa’im. It said it attacked the convoy after the explosion. It said killed nine Iraqi soldiers and wounded two others. [A3maq] [A3maq] [ICDNAug18]
Daesh published on Saturday photos on a group of its terrorists in the north Salahuddin area. [ICDNAug18]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a PMF fighter was killed and four others wounded when Daesh terrorists sneaked in from the Makhoul Mountains area and attacked Albu Juwari village. The source said the terrorists used motorcycles.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that three PMF fighters were wounded in a Daesh attack on a military position in the Siniya area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that 2 Nujaba’ Movement members were killed, 3 others wounded, and their vehicle destroyed when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle between Baiji and Siniya.
The Center for Security Information said on Monday that units under Salahuddin Ops Command had found 5 IEDs and a 20-liter container of glycerin, which were detonated on site, during cleanup around the Baiji refinery. [PressIraq]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that joint forces of IFP, SWAT, and tribal PMFs cleared the woods in the Mtaibija area, killing 13 terrorists. The source also said that several government forces members were killed or wounded. The source sent us photos of the operation.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that a PMF commander and another member were killed when a sticky IED exploded under their vehicle in Tikrit city.
Daesh said it shot and killed an Oil Facilities Protection policeman and wounded another in Allas Oilfield, on Friday. [A3maq]
DaeshDaily comment. Daesh usually uses the term “SWAT” to refer to CTS units.
A security source in Salahuddin says that a bomb attached to a military vehicle exploded near the Tikrit Courthouse. One member of a security unit was wounded as a result. [BaghdadPost]
Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)
Daesh said it killed nine PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Farahatiya area, near Ishaqi. [A3maq]
DIYALA (No reports)
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that IFP units reopened the Kirkuk-Erbil road after reconstructing 4 bridges in the area. The road had been closed for a month.
The Ministry of Electricity announced on Monday that the Dibis–West Kirkuk power line had been sabotaged, calling it an act of terrorism. According to the Ministry’s statement, Tower Number 85 was brought down and its wires deliberately cut and separated. [PressIraq]
Daesh said it wounded four IFP members with an IED near Albu Sabah village, in Dibis, on Saturday. [A3maq]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
The Center for Security Information said on Monday that the Federal Police and Kirkuk Ops conducted a search operation, resulting in killing 4 Daesh fighters and the discovery of an equipment cache in the industrial district of Hawija. The cache contained 2 mortar shells, 44 lighters, 27 (explosive) charges, and 4 different suppressed weapons. A glycerin-based IED was also found under the Zeghitun Bridge. [IraqPress] [Sumaria]
Daesh said on Sunday it blew up the house of a subdistrict council member, also a tribal PMF commander, in Al-Zaidan village, east of Al-Safra. [ICDNAug19]
Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed an IFP vehicle with an IED near Al-Atshana village. [ICDNAug19]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)
Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed an Iraqi government oil tanker with a sticky IED near Daquq. [A3maq]
The Center for Security Information said on Monday that security personnel under Ninewa Ops Command had found 55 155mm “projectiles” in the area of Kanhash Saghir, Gwer subdistrict in northwest Makhmur. [PressIraq]
Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)
The Center for Security Information said on Monday that security personnel under Ninewa Ops Command had found an anti-personnel mine in Tal Hamid in northeastern Hamdaniya, which was detonated. [PressIraq]
Human Rights Watch says that the utmost oppressive measures, including severe torture, are used during interrogations in Iraqi prisons. It published testimonies of individuals who were subject to such torture during interrogations in Mosul. 1 interviewee says that he saw 9 men die of torture in Mosul prisons. [AlIraqNews]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a Shabak PMF fighter was killed and two others wounded when a suicide bomber attacked them with a motorcycle bomb in Al-Quds, in east Mosul.
Military Intelligence says that it arrested a Daesh operative in Mosul on charges of instigating chaos and violence through social media. The arrest was made in the Hawi Al-Kanisa neighborhood north of central Baghdad. The detainee was said to have been running scores of internet websites that supported demonstrations to topple the government. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that National Security Service units captured a man in Al-Haramat, in west Mosul, who forged IDs for Daesh members.
A DaeshDaily source says Daesh is using women and old men to distribute salaries to its members in Mosul city. The source says security units usually don’t search women or old men. The money is given to the families of killed Daesh members and to new recruits.
South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)
Hammam Al-Alil. A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Hammam Al-Alil Police and Ninewa SWAT units captured 20 Daesh members based on arrest warrants during a search in the subdistrict. The source sent us photos of the captured.
Daesh said on Monday it blew up the house of a tribal PMF member in Al-Salahiya village, in Hammam Al-Alil. [ICDNAug20]
Shura. A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that a group of Daesh terrorists killed an intelligence member in his house and in front of his family in Saf Al-Tuth village, in Shura.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]
Later on Monday, the DaeshDaily source said that tribal PMFs captured a Daesh member in the village and handed him over to local police. The source said the mother of the victim identified the terrorist as one of the group that killed her son. The source sent us a photo of the captured terrorist.
On Monday, the former Vice Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the CoR announced that 2 terrorists, who were wearing explosive belts, had been killed in Rabi’a subdistrict in northern Tal Afar. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Shammar tribesmen shot and killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists who tried to blow themselves up in Owainat village in Rabi’a. The source sent us photos from the village after the attack.
The Iraqi Human Rights Commission says that Daesh attacked Baaj and engaged tribal mobilization fighters in a 3-hour battle. It says the government is ignoring its demand to deploy regular troops in these areas, where Daesh is renewing its presence and commits almost daily attacks on civilians. [BaghdadToday]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that according to intelligence information, Daesh has deployed an assassination unit in the Baaj area, led by a local terrorist. The source said the unit attacked security employees, who were going back to their homes, but the attack was thwarted when tribal PMFs intervened and forced Daesh to retreat.
A security source said on Monday that a civilian had been injured by an IED planted near the Al-Kaziza Bridge, Basra Province. [Ghad]
Daesh said it shot and killed an Iraqi Army Intelligence member in Tuwaijri, on Sunday. [ICDNAug20]
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REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Military & security developments
Unidentified armed men opened fire from a speeding car on the US Embassy premises in Ankara. 6 bullets targeted the gate of the Embassy without causing casualties. [Anadolu]
The Turkish Ministry of the Interior says that it killed 40 PKK fighters during the past week, saying a joint effort was made by the Army, special forces, and the police August 13-August 20. There were 279 people arrested, including 28 reportedly suspected of belonging to Daesh. [Anadolu]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Îlham Ehmed, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council (the civilian wing of the SDF) says that she believes that the SDF could be a part of the Syrian armed forces in the future, after finding a suitable formula for that. [Qasioun]
Donald Trump says that the US will not pay any more money to stabilize Syria. He says that previous commitments of $230 million will not be paid, and will instead be covered by Saudi Arabia and other rich countries. He described the previous commitments as silly. [Dorar]
USAID Administrator Mark Green said at an event for World Humanitarian Day on Monday at CSIS, a Washington-based think tank, that 80% of Syrians were in need of international aid. [Qasioun] [CSIS]
The UK says that it is reducing its non-humanitarian support to Syrian opposition areas, but will continue to support the “most needy” and support enhanced security in the country. [ZamanAlwasl]
According to a report by the British Development Initiatives organization, Syria is leading the list of recipients of humanitarian support at 14%, followed by Yemen at 8%. Turkey is leading the list of providers at $8.07 billion provided, followed by the US at $6.68 billion, with the UK and Germany behind that. This makes Turkey the provider of about 1/3 of overall humanitarian assistance provided worldwide, according to the report. [Qasioun]
DaeshDaily comment. If you find the explanation not quite convincing, you are not alone.
Xie Xiaoyan, the Chinese Special Envoy on the Syrian Issue, says that there is no definite number of Uighurs (a Muslim-majority ethnic minority in China) fighting in Syria. He says most of them traveled to Syria and Iraq illegally, which makes them difficult to track. [Qasioun]
Kurdish media says that YPG units killed a fighter from the pro-Turkey Sultan Murad group in Haj Jamala village, in the Rajo subdistrict in northwest Afrin. [Hawar]
A land mine destroyed a vehicle carrying fuel, killing one civilian and wounding another south of Hasaka. [ZamanAlwasl]
Daesh said on Saturday it wounded PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED on the road to Al-Jabsa Oilfield. [ICDNAug18]
Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun in Al-Jafar village, on Sunday. [ICDNAug20]
Raqqa city & district
Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded four SDF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED on Al-Nour Street, in Raqqa city. Daesh said the vehicle was accompanying an “American convoy.” [A3maq] [ICDNAug18]
Later on, Daesh said that three American soldiers were wounded in the explosion. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Saturday it shot and severely wounded two SDF members who were on a motorcycle east of Karama. [ICDNAug18]
Daesh said it killed an Asayesh member in Raqqa, on Saturday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member north of Raqqa, on Saturday. [ICDNAug19]
West Raqqa (Tabaqa, etc.)
Central and West
The SOHR says that many families that escaped the advances of the Syrian Army southeast of Aleppo months ago, are now gathering near these areas, aiming to return to their areas under the guarantees of the Russian military police already deployed there. [SyriaHR]
The SOHR says that 2 Tahrir Al-Sham fighters were killed near Deir Al-Sibel, raising the number of persons murdered in Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama to 272, including 55 civilians. 186 were Syrian nationals from Tahrir Al-Sham and other armed factions, with 29 from various Asian, African, and Arab nationalities. [SyriaHR]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Tahrir Al-Sham killed 6 Daesh suspects in Idlib. The source said Tahrir Al-Sham took confessions from the suspects under torture. The source said it is trying to get rid of Daesh sleeper cells after many of its members were assassinated in the Idlib area. The source said some of the members assassinated recently were Ahmed Al-Shammari, a Saddam army commander and an AQI leader, in addition to a “judge” from Central Asia.
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Deir Ez-Zor District
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Al-Bolil village is suffering from lack of power after Daesh blew up electricity towers in the area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that reports are emerging about SDF units kidnapping people from Al-Tayyana town for ransom. The source says several men, mostly shop owners, were kidnapped from their houses recently.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that four SDF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack on Al-Tayyana. The source says Coalition planes supported the SDF and forced Daesh to flee. Two Daesh terrorists were killed in the attack.
Daesh said on Sunday it killed an SDF member and stole his vehicle near Al-Tayyana village. [ICDNAug19]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that 7 government forces members were killed or wounded in a Daesh attack on Subaikhan town.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that two SDF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack on the Al-Omar oilfield. The source said the SDF stopped the attack killing 3 terrorists and destroying an SUV.
Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed an SDF member in Al-Sajar village, near Al-Omar Oilfield. [A3maq]
In another report, Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF commander west of Al-Omar Oilfield, on Saturday. [ICDNAug19]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that 4 government soldiers were killed and 2 others captured in a Daesh attack on Al-Ashara town. The source says the attack started when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest near a checkpoint. The source says Daesh also captured an armored vehicle, a pickup, in addition to weapons and ammunition in the attack.
Albu Kamal District
The Coalition said that it had conducted 11 airstrikes in Syria between August 13 and August 19. All 11 were in Albu Kamal. Additionally, the Coalition conducted 1 airstrike near Albu Kamal on August 12 that was not reported in the previous press release. [InherentResolve]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that two SDF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack on the Al-Milh oilfield, 20km (12 miles) from Gharanij.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that a Syrian soldier and 2 Nujaba’ Movement members, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh rocketing on government forces near Albu Kamal city.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Daesh confiscated the agricultural lands of people who left Al-Susah town. The source said that Daesh also sold hay from these lands, and set the rest on fire to block warplanes visibility. The source said Daesh also ordered people of the town to break into the houses of people who left and loot their belongings.
Daesh published on Sunday photos of targeting a Syrian Army military position in Al-Sayal village with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNAug19]
The Syrian Army and affiliated militias are digging up the graves of victims of chemical attacks in East Ghouta. Opposition sources say they are trying to eliminate any traces of chemical attacks, in order to support Russian stories that the attacks didn’t happen. [Dorar]
The Syrian Army is still pressing Daesh in the Rif Damashq near the border with Suwayda in an attempt to free captives held by Daesh. The SOHR says that the Syrian government is reluctant to accept Daesh’s condition of being allowed to move to the Homs desert in exchange for releasing the hostages. [SyriaHR]
The SOHR says that the Syrian Army is actively recruiting men from Daraa and Suwayda after clearing their areas of Daesh. The new recruits are serving in their own areas and checkpoints leading to these areas. The number of new recruits in these areas is estimated at 34,000. [SyriaHR]
Fighting continued in rural Suwayda and the Rif Damashq desert between the Syrian Army and Daesh, leaving casualties on both sides. Artillery and airstrikes on Daesh areas continued. Daesh is withdrawing to areas in Rif Damashq, nearly 50 km (30 miles) away from Coalition positions. A Daesh-planted IED killed 5 local fighters in Suwayda. [SyriaHR]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that 4 Syrian Special Forces members, including a captain, were killed in a Daesh ambush near Hardan town.
A Shabak girl from Suwayda named Hanin told her story about when Daesh broke into her village. Hanin had to hide in a water tank full of water until Daesh fighters left. They killed her mother and sister in the raid. Hanin was hospitalized by her cousin after trying to commit suicide. [Sumaria]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
Daesh published on Monday photos of a group of its terrorists in Bayda. [ICDNAug20]
Daesh said it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near a security barrier in Rafah, on Friday. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded Egyptian soldiers with an IED near Sheikh Zuweid city. [A3maq]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Reuters reported that 2 Pentagon officials familiar with the issue were concerned over the drop in acceptance of Iraqi refugees who helped the US in battle. The 2 officials said that the lack of protection for Iraqis who worked as translators for US forces could harm US national security by discouraging locals from cooperating with the US military, either in Iraq or in other conflict areas. [Sputnik]
Spanish police say that a man armed with a knife attacked a police station in Catalonia. He was killed after attacking police officers inside the station. [Anadolu]
On Monday, a court in Hamburg, Germany sentenced a man of Chechen descent to 4 years and 2 months in prison for belonging to Daesh. The man joined Daesh when he traveled to Syria in 2014. [Sumaria]
Daesh claimed responsibility for a series of attacks against police officers in Chechnya that appeared to have been coordinated while the former warlord-turned strongman Ramzan Kadyrov was on a visit to Saudi Arabia. The Chechen leader, a former separatist turned Putin ally, was on his way to the hajj pilgrimage while three attacks, including a suicide bombing, took place. The attacks come a year after several police officers were killed in the southern Russian republic.
Investigators said two attackers armed with knives broke through the block-post of the local police station in Shalinsky district, near Grozny at 10.30am local time. Two police officers were injured before the attackers were killed. Almost simultaneously a suicide bomber triggered an explosive in Mesker-Yurt village, also in the Shalinsky district. Authorities said that no-one was hurt. The suicide bomber reportedly survived and was recovering in hospital.
Meanwhile a Mercedes car without number plates tried to break through the police headquarters in Grozny, the Chechen capital. Russian media reported that three police officers were injured, needing hospital treatment.
Russian media gave conflicting reports about this accident, with some suggesting that the car was carrying explosives. A driver was accompanied by a 15-year old passenger, TASS reported, citing police sources. The driver was killed by police.
Mr. Kadyrov said on his Telegram messaging account that an attack was carried out by young people “brainwashed by Iblis followers, using social media”. The Chechen leader often uses the Islamic word “Iblis,” which means Devil, to describe the members of Daesh. [Telegraph]
Daesh’s A3maq said on Monday that Daesh members attacked Chechen police officers and policemen in Grozny, “Shali,” and Mesker-Yurt.
On Sunday night, President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire that would begin on Monday (the day before Eid Al-Adha) and continue for 3 months provided the Taliban cooperates. On Monday, the Taliban ambushed a few buses en route to Kabul because some “Afghan security forces” were on board. NPR reports that the Taliban spokesperson Mujahid Zabihullah says after the ambush of the bus the Taliban has not yet decided whether to accept or reject the ceasefire. [Anadolu] [CNN] [NPR]
Abdul Qayyum Kochai, the Afghan Ambassador to Moscow, says that Russia wants to use the Taliban against Daesh. He says that Russia is worried about Daesh infiltration of its Asian borders, and believes that the Taliban is the ideal tool to stop it. [RT]
The Afghan Army freed 149 hostages, including women and children, captured by the Taliban in Kunduz Province in the northeast of the country. 21 hostages are still held by the Taliban, says the Ministry of the Interior. [Anadolu]
Daesh published on Monday photos of battles with the Taliban in the Korengal area in Kunar. [ICDNAug18]
Daesh published on Monday 2 photos of Friday prayers in an unspecified location in Nangarhar. [ICDNAug18]
Daesh said it wounded a pro-government militiaman with an IED in Mamand Dara, on Saturday. [A3maq]
Daesh published on Saturday a photo of one of its terrorists, saying he was killed in Libya. [ICDNAug18]
Daesh published on Saturday a photo of one of its Iraqi terrorists, saying he was killed in Iraq. [ICDNAug18]