An Update On ISIS Activities

October 12, 2018

 

Explosion in Kirkuk (Source DD October 12)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Daesh seizes​​ parts of​​ Qayara village, then run off by tribal PMFs, residents. [..]

 

Turkey

Rev. Brunson found guilty but could be released.​​ [..]

 

Syria

Amnesty International reports 2,500 bodies found in Raqqa, 3,000 still unaccounted for.​​ [..]

Intense SDF-Daesh clashes continue in Albu Kamal. [..]

Syrian Army still struggling to close out Daesh in Suwayda. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Saudi Arabia:​​ Saudi prince proposes military campaign against Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Prime Minister-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi stated in a meeting with​​ the Iraqi Turkmen Front leader Arshad Salihi on Friday that the Turkmen have a right to representation in the government. [Anadolu]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

An​​ AP​​ report quoted analysts as saying that Daesh had returned to the position it was in before its rise in 2014. Daesh is now mostly in hiding, targeting civilians, employing guerilla attacks, and exploiting state weaknesses to promote sectarian conflict. Hisham Al-Hashemi, an Iraqi analyst, said that Daesh is now operating as it did in 2010,​​ and​​ trying to prove that it​​ is still capable of attacks​​ despite​​ its territorial losses. [IraqPress]​​ 

 

The Iraqi National Intelligence Service confirmed on Friday earlier reports, covered recently in​​ Daesh Daily,​​ that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi had ordered the execution of 320 Daesh members. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

An article in the US magazine​​ Foreign Policy​​ warned that Iraq could still fall into another civil war–between Shia groups. The article said that Iraq was still under threat after declaring victory over Daesh, because the ruling elite has failed to address the conditions that led to Daesh controlling large areas of territory, namely meeting the basic needs of those suffering from extreme poverty and addressing political and social divisions. The report also says that the current Shia militias are​​ “stronger than the Iraqi Armed Forces” and are not under the control of the government, which the report says could lay the groundwork for a fight over state resources, especially as the new government is not yet formed. [BasNews]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Daesh said on Friday it killed​​ 10​​ Shia and wounded 17 others with an IED in the Baladiyat area, in New Baghdad. [ICDNOct12]

A security source in Baghdad​​ had​​ said on Thursday that a roadside IED had exploded in Baladiyat, eastern Baghdad, killing​​ three​​ and wounding several​​ others. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 2 PMF members were slightly wounded when 2 small roadside IEDs, planted in soda cans, exploded in the Al-Jolan neighborhood of northwest Falluja​​ city. The source sent us a photo of one of the IEDs. The source said people of Falluja accuse PMF units of releasing captured Daesh terrorists for money. The source said people fear that a new wave of terrorist attacks might​​ occur​​ in the city with the release of those terrorists.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded policemen, destroyed a vehicle and damaged another after targeting a police convoy with 2 IEDs near the Al-Nafous intersection in Falluja city. Daesh said it killed or wounded more policemen and damaged their vehicle with an IED near the Agriculture​​ Bank. It also said it killed or wounded policemen and damaged their vehicle with a fourth IED at the Al-Thirthar Junction, near the entrance to the Police Directorate. [ICDNOct12] [A3maq]​​ 

 

The Ministry of Defense said that intelligence detachments found a cache of 83 120mm mortar rounds and 16 IEDs in the Rashad area of the Qarma subdistrict. [Ghad]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that tribal PMF units and residents of Shabali village stopped a Daesh attack and forced the terrorists to flee.

 

Samarra

The Federal Police said on Friday that they had dismantled a “large” quantity of IEDs found in the Jazeera area of Samarra. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh said it killed a PMF member, wounded another, and destroyed their motorcycle with an IED in Imam Askar village, in Mandali, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct12]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 1 civilian was killed and 4 others wounded in an IED explosion near a market in Kirkuk city. The source said the IED targeted the vehicle of the chief of the intelligence service in Kirkuk, but destroyed a civilian vehicle instead.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 3 Turkmen PMF members, including a commander, were killed when their vehicle was destroyed by an IED near Kirkuk city’s eastern entrance.​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Mohammed Gharib,​​ an​​ Arab​​ member of​​ the​​ Kirkuk Provincial Council, says that there is a mass emigration from Gharib​​ Al-‘Alia village, in Abbasi​​ subdistrict,​​ due to Daesh threats. He says the population​​ is​​ demanding the replacement of the IFP 6th​​ Division, which is supposed to protect the area. [BaghdadToday]​​ 

 

Captain Hamad Al-Obeidi of the Kirkuk Police says that the IFP engaged Daesh in Hawija, killing 3 of them.​​ However, an IFP lieutenant was killed in the fighting. [TRT]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that IFP units shot and killed 3 Daesh terrorists, including 2 foreigners, who were trying to blow up electricity towers near Barima village. The source sent us photos of the terrorists.​​ 

 

The Federal Police said that they had arrested a terrorist and seized Daesh safehouses during a search of the Ruwaidha area, in Hawija. [AIN]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

The PMF Commander of the “northern axis,” Abu Ridha Al-Najjar, says that 2 PMF fighters were killed​​ by​​ an IED explosion in Daquq. Both​​ slain​​ fighters​​ were from the Turkmen​​ force in the PMF. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that tribal PMF units killed 2 Daesh terrorists inside a tunnel near Rubaidha, in​​ Daquq’s​​ Rashad subdistrict. The source said the PMFs also found locally made rockets, foodstuffs, and a pickup vehicle in the tunnel.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Shabak PMF units captured Abu Huthaifa Al-Badrani, the Daesh​​ mufti​​ of Ninewa, at a checkpoint on the road between Mosul and Erbil. The source said that Al-Badrani was trying to flee from Mosul to Erbil with a fake ID.

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Daesh captured parts of Ijmasa village for half an hour before tribal PMFs and residents of the village fought back and forced the terrorists to flee.

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that one PMF fighter was killed in a Daesh attack on a checkpoint near Hatra Bridge. The terrorists fled when Iraqi Army units arrived in the area.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

On Friday, the Commander of the 42nd​​ PMF Brigade, Ali Al-Jubouri, said that his personnel had carried out a “large” operation in Babel Province, in which he said “dozens” of IEDs and explosives​​ belts were seized.​​ [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

On Thursday, according to​​ Forat, the​​ HPG​​ (PKK)​​ killed 10 Turkish soldiers in​​ the​​ Barzan​​ subdistrict in northern Erbil Province. [Hawar]

 

The HPG said their units killed 4 Turkish soldiers in Tal Lelikan, Sidekan subdistrict. [Roj]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

A Turkish court on Friday cleared the way for American pastor Andrew Brunson to potentially be released. Brunson has been held by Turkey since December 2016 on charges of terrorism and espionage. The court sentenced Brunson to 3 years and 45 days in prison, but agreed to count his detention in Turkey as time served. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notice the deft political balancing act. Erdogan would never admit that prosecuting Rev. Brunson is wrong, so the defendant has to be convicted whether guilty or not. However, this prosecution incurred such intense hostility and pressure from the Trump Administration​​ that he can’t be put back in jail. Politically, it’s a win-win decision,​​ even if it is a legal travesty.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

Russia demanded that western countries get the “White Helmets” out of both Idlib and Syria, describing them as a “threat to the country.​​ Russia says​​ they should leave the country immediately. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ On the other hand, the White Helmets, who are Syrians after all, probably think the Russians should leave the country.​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Friday, the YPG said that it still holds about 900 foreign Daesh members in its detention centers, including men​​ from about 44​​ countries. In a press statement, the YPG spokesperson Nuri​​ Mahmoud said that most states are​​ “shirking responsibility” and​​ have refused to take​​ back​​ the “Daesh terrorists” from their country. A source from the YPG told​​ Bas News​​ that some who were officially extradited confessed to working as intelligence agents for their governments​​ within Daesh. [Qasioun]​​ [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we previously reported, a foreign affairs official for the Kurdish autonomous government made similar comments on Twitter on Sunday.

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Amnesty International says that 2,500 bodies have been recovered in Raqqa since the expulsion of Daesh in October 2017. The organization believes that about 3,000 bodies are still unrecovered, and are either under rubble or in mass graves. It said that the city of Raqqa was over 80% destroyed, and that 30,000 houses were fully destroyed, while 25,000 are partially damaged. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Several Syrian Army soldiers were killed and others wounded following an explosion in a weapons​​ storehouse used by the 137th​​ Brigade in​​ an unspecified location in​​ rural Deir Ez-Zor​​ province. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ reported an explosion in “eastern Deir Ez-Zor” caused by a suicide attacker on a motorcycle attacking an SDF checkpoint. Daesh also attacked the subdistrict building in Al-Busayrah with shoulder-mounted rockets, killing several SDF fighters. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Two​​ SDF fighters and​​ two​​ civilians were killed in a Daesh attack on Al-Tayyana, Mayadin district. [SyriaHR]

Daesh​​ had said on Thursday that​​ it killed or wounded more SDF members in​​ 2​​ attacks​​ in Al-Tayyana village.​​ [ICDNOct11]

 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Fighting in Hajin, Al-Baghouz, and Al-Susah between Daesh and SDF fighters has continued, accompanied by the “intense” shelling of Daesh positions. The Coalition continued to provide air support to the SDF across all fronts. [SyriaHR]

 

On Friday, the SDF reported that in the past 24 hours, it had killed 24 Daesh fighters in Hajin in one of the last battles against Daesh “east of the Euphrates.” [Hawar]

 

However, local activists say Daesh recaptured several points that were taken by the SDF earlier,​​ including the Hawama and Islah neighborhoods on the outskirts of Hajin, reaching Tal Al-Ja’abi near the US base and the SDF-administered IDP camp in Al-Bahra. The SDF was reported to have brought reinforcements and more armored vehicles to the area. [ZamanAlWasl]​​ 

 

On Friday, Daesh said that it had carried out an infiltration operation that had reached the Hajin IDP camp, which was recently established for the IDPs coming from Daesh-held areas in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. A correspondent for​​ Jorf​​ said that fighting broke out between the SDF fighters who were guarding the camp and the Daesh attackers, with deaths​​ on both sides. [Jorf]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed six SDF members, captured another, and set on fire four military positions in a major attack on 11 SDF positions northeast of Al-Kashma. It said its terrorists continued their advance and attacked SDF position northeast of Al-Bahra, killing 15 SDF members, and capturing five, including a commander, “after brief clashes.” It said the terrorists reached the Hajin Camp, north of the town, and killed seven people, captured two, and captured vehicles, weapons, ammunition and 2 motorcycles. [ICDNOct12]

 

Daesh media says that they attacked SDF positions in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, inflicting serious casualties in Al-Bahra village. They also claim to have held the camp in Hajin for a few hours before the SDF counter-attacked and recovered it. Daesh also claimed to have destroyed SDF vehicles in Al-Sha’afa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded “many” SDF members after targeting their positions in Mozan village​​ near Al-Susah​​ with 52 mortars and 20 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct12]

DaeshDaily comment. These Daesh “victorious” stories need to be interpreted in context. For example, Mozan is an SDF position because the SDF captured it a week ago from Daesh. All those mortars and rockets sound “victorious” unless you realize that Daesh is firing at a village they have​​ already lost. These Daesh “news” stories are a propaganda campaign to mask the fact that Daesh is gradually losing.

 

South​​ 

Daraa

Dorar​​ reported that on Friday morning in the town of Kharab Al-Shaham,​​ in Daraa,​​ a group from Syrian Air Force Intelligence raided the home of a former Free​​ Syrian​​ Army​​ commander. The raid​​ met​​ armed resistance from the commander, his sons, and the 4th division. The commander was killed and his wife and a son were injured. A source says that a Syrian Air Force Intelligence soldier was also killed, and that the town was able to take a policeman and a soldier as prisoners. [ElDorar]

 

Suwayda

A hand grenade explosion was heard in Suwayda,​​ but​​ caused​​ no​​ casualties. This comes amid tension regarding the unresolved issue of the hostages still held by Daesh. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that government forces sent military reinforcements from Daraa to the Al-Safa Hills, in​​ the​​ eastern Suwayda desert. The source said the government sustained​​ significant​​ casualties during the last few weeks near the Hills.​​ 

On Friday,​​ Suwayda24​​ stated that military trucks, “numerous” cars, and about 600 fighters arrived in Suwayda, mostly from Daraa, to reinforce the Syrian Army against Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said it killed five Syrian soldiers with light weapons near Al-Safa Hills, on Thursday. [ICDNOct12]

In another report, Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded “many” Syrian soldiers with light weapons near Al-Safa Hills. [ICDNOct12]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Kurdistan Democratic Party in Iran (KDP-I) said on Friday that its fighters had fought with Iranian Revolutionary Guards near the town of Bawa in Kermanshah Province, western Iran. The KDP-I said that 2 of their fighters and 3 IRGC members had been killed in the fighting. [BasNews]

 

Saudi Arabia

Saudi​​ prince Khaled Bin Abdullah​​ Bin Faysal Bin Turki Al-Saud demanded a military campaign to clear Kuwait of the Muslim Brotherhood and their affiliates.​​ The prince says that the​​ situation in Kuwait​​ has​​ reached a critical point. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In view of recent events in Istanbul, one might be more inclined to believe that the situation in Saudi Arabia has reached a critical point.

 

North Africa

Egypt

On Friday evening, President Sisi stated in an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper that as long as he was in power, there would be no role for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. This statement was republished in various Egyptian papers including the state-owned​​ Akhbar Al-Youm. He stated that the “Egyptian people” would not accept the return of the Muslim Brotherhood, and that the “so-called Arab Spring” came about​​ under​​ the wrong circumstances and was​​ carried out​​ in the wrong way. [Anadolu]

 

The Egyptian Dar Al-Iftaa​​ fatwa​​ monitoring group says that Daesh is using​​ fatwas, as well as targeted violence,​​ to terrorize the people of the Sinai and instigate them against the Egyptian authorities.​​ They said that Daesh had issued a number of​​ fatwas related to issues of cooperation with the police and receiving salaries from the government. The group said this was intended to increase tension and lack of cooperation between the people of the Sinai.​​ [MasriToday]

 

Libya

The Libyan Red Crescent said in a tweet on Thursday evening that it had recovered 40 bodies from a mass grave in the Al-Dhahir area west of the city of Sirte. [Wasat]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published the 151st​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh published an infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, West Africa, Yemen, and Somalia. It said it conducted 103 attacks, killing or wounding 406 people and destroying 68 vehicles. [ICDNOct12]​​ 

 

October 11, 2018

 

Iraqi Army Units in West Anbar (Source:​​ DD Oct 9)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Coalition announces arrests of Daesh financiers [..]

Turkish FM confirms Turkey to give Iraq more water [..]

Daesh ambushes PMF convoy [..]

Daesh financier leaves​​ its​​ “State of Diyala” bankrupt [..]

 

Turkey

Khashoggi case threatens US-Saudi relationship​​ [..]

 

Syria

UNICEF calls for humanitarian access to Rukban camp [..]

Pompeo says no US reconstruction money while Iranian troops in Syria [..]

Daesh attacks​​ SDF​​ around Al-Busayrah​​ [..]

Increased fighting in Albu Kamal follows​​ sandstorm [..]

Syrian Army said to be advancing around Al-Safa [..]

 

Other​​ countries

United States:​​ FP​​ runs report on Daesh financial outlook [..] ​​ 

Afghanistan:Mines kill 180 people a month in Afghanistan​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said on Thursday that Iraqi SOF​​ and Kurdish Counter-Terrorism units, with Coalition assistance, had arrested members of the Al-Rawi financial network, which they called a “key ISIS financial facilitation group.”​​ A total of 10 arrests were made​​ during operations​​ in Baghdad and Erbil between October 7​​ and​​ 9. [InherentResolve]​​ [Forat]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Some of these arrests were previously reported in​​ DaeshDaily. An earlier draft of this press release omitted the credit to the Kurdish units involved.

 

The Lebanese daily​​ Al-Akhbar​​ says an Iraqi court sentenced Tariq Al-Khayat, a Lebanese Daesh leader, to death. Al-Khayat was handed over by the US to Iraq around a year ago. He was the financial official of Daesh in Raqqa. He lost 2 sons in Daesh​​ military action​​ in Syria and Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

The head of the Security Committee for the Diyala Provincial Council, Sadiq Al-Husseini, says the Iraqi courts sentenced​​ to death​​ 10 Daesh operatives from Diyala during 2018. This​​ included​​ the “Daesh mastermind” of Diyala, who was responsible for planning many terrorist operations in the province. [BaghdadToday]

 

Foreign policy

Turkish Foreign Minister​​ Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says​​ that the amount of​​ water released to Iraq will​​ be​​ increased​​ on​​ the​​ request of Iraqi CoR Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi. Al-Halbousi​​ met with​​ Çavuşoğlu and​​ the​​ Turkish​​ Ambassador to Baghdad in​​ his office in the CoR building.​​ [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This confirms Wednesday’s statement to the same effect by Al-Halbousi. It remains to be seen if the Turkish increase will be enough to balance out the water cuts by Iran, also announced Wednesday.

 

BAGHDAD

Baghdad Ops Command said on Thursday that it had arrested 6 wanted persons in various areas of the capital, including 3 wanted on terrorism charges. [Ghad]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source in Baghdad said on Thursday that a roadside IED had exploded in Baladiyat, eastern Baghdad, killing​​ three​​ and wounding several​​ others. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

A security source in the local Anbar Police Command said on Thursday that security personnel had adopted “strict measures”​​ in response​​ to bad weather conditions from a sandstorm, which could provide cover for Daesh members to infiltrate the province. [FaceIraq]

 

Falluja

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Thursday that units in its 51st​​ Infantry Brigade and 14th​​ Division had arrested 4 members of a terrorist sleeper cell in the Qarma​​ subdistrict. [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Ministry of Defense says that the 14th​​ Army Division found a cache of mortar shells in Albu Hamoud Al-Aziz village, Saqlawiya subdistrict. 83 120mm shells and 16 IEDS were found. [Ghad]

 

Hit/Haditha

Qatari Al-Samarmad, Commander of the tribal PMF in Baghdadi, says the military campaign against Daesh in the western desert of Anbar​​ has​​ been​​ successful. He says 5 areas​​ were searched, including the Horan Valley, and areas around the main road were secured. [BasNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that several PMF members were killed or wounded and several vehicles destroyed in a Daesh attack on a PMF convoy on the​​ desert​​ road between Baiji and Haditha. The source said the attack started when Daesh set off several IEDs​​ targeting​​ the convoy. The source said Daesh is trying to cut off Shia militias’ supply lines to Syria.​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it set off an IED on IFP members in Tikrit city on Wednesday. It said when rescuers came, it set of a vehicle bomb. It said 37 people were killed or wounded in the 2 explosions, including the chief of the Tikrit Emergency Police and other officers. [ICDNOct11]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These bombings were confirmed by a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source and​​ Sumaria​​ on Wednesday; their preliminary casualty estimates were 1-2 people killed and 4-10 wounded.

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad)

General Kaen Al-Shammari, Deputy Commander of SWAT units in Salahuddin, says his units arrested a Daesh cell in Ishaqi, southern Salahuddin, responsible for “over 60” terrorist attacks against security and military personnel. [SNG]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their armored personnel carrier with a “double IED” in Bir Ahmed village, in Amerli. [ICDNOct11]

It also said it killed or wounded more soldiers and damaged a Humvee with an IED near the same village. [ICDNOct11]

 

DIYALA

A security source in Diyala Province said on Thursday that Daesh’s “State of Diyala” was facing bankruptcy after the Daesh “emir” “Abu Huthaifah” stole funds from them. The source said in an interview that documents seized by the security services in Himrin Basin showed that the “State of Diyala” was severely short of money due to poor funding and a lack of domestic resources, as well as “Abu Huthaifah” disappearing with a large sum of money. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is the third Daesh financial officer to be reported in either theft or attempted theft in the last week. If this trend continues, it would somewhat undercut​​ Foreign Policy’s conclusions about Daesh’s continued financial viability (see story​​ below​​ under United States).

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya)

An “official source” in Diyala Province said on Thursday that there was “a political motive” for the failure to eliminate Daesh cells from areas in northern Muqdadiya​​ subdistrict. The source claimed that as long as Daesh remained, “influential parties” could periodically call for the areas to be cleared, in order​​ to confuse the political situation. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This follows Wednesday’s report that the head of the Diyala Council claimed that an uncleared area around Sinsil posed a threat to Muqdadiya.

 

Northern Diyala (Khanaqin)

The Ministry of the Interior says it arrested a terrorist trying to blow himself up in Khanaqin, northeast Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source in Kirkuk says a roadside IED exploded​​ on Baghdad Road,​​ near the​​ “Tires Complex​​ in​​ central​​ Kirkuk​​ city,​​ killing​​ one​​ civilian and wounding​​ four​​ others. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Center for Security Information says that IFP and intelligence units killed a Daesh commander, said to be the leader of the “4th​​ Qadisiya Brigade,” between the Shalakha and Al-Dub villages​​ in Riyadh subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that​​ one​​ PMF fighter was killed in a Daesh attack on Akola village. The source said Daesh also captured weapons and ammunition before fleeing the area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that​​ two​​ PMF members were killed when a group of Daesh terrorists on motorcycles attacked military positions in Bakara village, in Al-Zab​​ subdistrict.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed one PMF fighter and wounded five others in an attack on​​ Al-Ahnaf​​ village, in Abbasi subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Southwest (Daquq,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A security source in Kirkuk said on Thursday that an IED had targeted the home of a PUK official in Daquq. The source added that the IED detonation caused only material damage. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The Ministry of the Interior said on Thursday that units under the Ninewa Police had arrested 2 Daesh fighters with outstanding warrants,​​ in the Al-Zahra neighborhood of east Mosul.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

The Ninewa police say a search operation was initiated by security personnel, following intelligence tips regarding a Daesh presence in Qayara. The operation resulted in the arrest of 19 Daesh fighters, who were armed with light weapons. [BasNews]

 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said that units under​​ its​​ command had arrested a wanted terrorist who was hiding in the Jada’a IDP camp in Qayara subdistrict. It is unclear if this arrest is included​​ among​​ the​​ 9 noted​​ above.​​ [Forat]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

The Commander responsible for checkpoints and external roads in Dhi Qar says that 2 men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested, 1 at the Al-Fajr checkpoint north of Dhi Qar, the other at the Maythem Al-Tammar checkpoint south of the city. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This might indicate that Daesh is planning attacks in southern Iraq.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

Turkey and the US increased pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain how journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, the wire service​​ AFP​​ reported. The​​ Washington Post​​ revealed that according to US intelligence intercepts, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered an operation to​​ lure​​ Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia. Turkish officials continue to say that Khashoggi was killed, and Turkish President Erdogan challenged the Saudis to produce CCTV footage showing​​ that​​ Khashoggi left the consulate alive as the Saudis have claimed. The Saudis responded by claiming that their CCTV system was not working that day.​​ 

 Trump said in an interview that the US was “being very tough” in trying to get answers, and that the US was working with both Turkey and Saudi Arabia on the case. A Turkish source denied that the US was working on the case with Turkish investigators. US Congress members and Senators said that the case could potentially threaten US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Jeremy Hunt, the British​​ Foreign Secretary, also said he was “extremely worried” and that the case could harm the UK-Saudi relationship.​​ [AFP]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

UNICEF called on all parties to the fighting in Syria to allow humanitarian services to the Rukban camp on the JordanSyria border. UNICEF reported that​​ two​​ children, 5 days and 4 months old respectively, died in the camp due to lack of health services. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

United States

Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, said that Syria would not get a single dollar from the US for reconstruction as long as Iranian-supported forces remained in the country. [ElDorar]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s a reasonable policy position but previous statements have indicated that the US would not contribute to reconstruction while Assad was still in power.​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

The YPG and YPJ say they carried out a series of attacks on pro-Turkey militia groups, killing 4 fighters in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

A Daesh mine blew off the leg of a child in Tal Sousin village,​​ in Azaz. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The YPG says its counter-terrorism units arrested 3 Daesh operatives: 1 Turkish, 1 German, and 1 Canadian. It says the 3 entered Syria from Turkey; the place where they were arrested was not named.​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The​​ SOHR​​ reported a continued deterioration of security in Idlib and surrounding areas. The most recent incident was the explosion of 3 IEDs in eastern Idlib and the Zawiya Mountains. The first killed a former commander​​ of the National Front for Liberation (affiliated with the Turkey-backed “FSA”)​​ in Maarat Al-Numan, while the other 2 went off on the Aleppo-Sarmin Road, killing 1 civilian and wounding another. The​​ SOHR​​ said that this raises the total number of casualties in Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama from such incidents to 349. [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

The​​ SOHR​​ reported that there were 2 hand grenade explosions in the Armenian neighborhood of Homs on Wednesday, without causing any casualties. This area was subject to several bombing attacks that left dozens of civilians killed last January and December. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ reported a new attack by Daesh on SDF positions near Al-Busayrah,​​ in​​ eastern Deir Ez-Zor, ending with heavy machine gun fire that left several casualties on the SDF side. [SyriaHR]

Qasioun​​ confirmed that Daesh initiated several attacks on SDF positions in the town of Al-Busayrah, eastern Deir Ez-Zor. News reports said that new Daesh field commanders were leading the battles in the area. [Qasioun]

Daesh said it killed seven SDF members and wounded others in attacks on 2 security barriers in Al-Shuhail town​​ in​​ Al-Busayrah​​ subdistrict, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

The​​ SOHR​​ reported that 12 children were wounded in Salu village, in the part of Deir Ez-Zor controlled by the Syrian government, following a Daesh land mine explosion. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin​​ District

2 armed men on a motorcycle also attacked an SDF checkpoint in Al-Tayyana, while a group of Daesh fighters attacked the SDF in Dernaj village. [SyriaHR]

Daesh said it killed or wounded more SDF members in​​ 2​​ attacks​​ in Al-Tayyana village and 1 near a school in Dernaj. [ICDNOct11]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ reported increased fighting between the SDF,​​ backed by the​​ Coalition, and Daesh on the east bank of the Euphrates in Deir Ez-Zor, noting an increase in casualties on both sides. This follows Daesh’s counter-attacks under cover of the sandstorm, and its recovery of some points it lost earlier. [SyriaHR]

Kurdish sources confirmed that the fighting intensified in Deir Ez-Zor between the SDF and Daesh, which was trying to make use of the bad weather conditions to counter-attack. The SDF has so far blocked all such attempts and inflicted heavy casualties on their enemy, say the sources. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Reports on​​ Wednesday​​ were that Daesh attacks under cover of the sandstorm focused on Hajin, and that there was an SDF counter-attack around Al-Susah.

 

Daesh claimed to have killed and wounded dozens of SDF fighters in its attacks on eastern Deir Ez-Zor. It says it killed 18 SDF soldiers and wounded several others in Hajin and Al-Susah. It says it attacked SDF in Hajin and Al-Baqaan, and twice in Susah, where it claimed to have lured the SDF into an ambush in a minefield. SDF sources confirmed that Daesh attacked the area during​​ the sandstorm. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This repeats some Daesh claims that we published on Wednesday, without verifying them.​​ The minefield stories have been used too often to have credibility.

 

The Syrian Army carried out a series of arrests of young men in Albu Kamal to forcibly recruit them for service in the military or reserves. Earlier, the Army arrested 22 people in Mayadin​​ who have​​ relatives fighting with Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it​​ attacked​​ 3 SDF military positions, destroyed an armored personnel carrier and 2 other vehicles, and captured a vehicle and weapons and ammunition in an attack north of Al-Sha’afa town. It also said it forced SDF units to retreat toward the Iraqi border​​ and​​ then clashed​​ with PMF units on the Iraqi side. [ICDNOct11]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of clashes near Al-Bahra village. [ICDNOct11]

Daesh published on Thursday photos of clashes in the Al-Susah area. [ICDNOct11]

Daesh published on Thursday photos of clashes north of Al-Sha’afa and Kashma towns. [ICDNOct11]

Daesh issued a video of an attack on SDF positions east of Al-Sha’afa. [A3maq]

Daesh​​ previously​​ reported these attacks on Wednesday.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The​​ SOHR​​ reported that the Syrian Army was advancing in Tilul Al-Safa​​ (Al-Safa Hills), amid intensified fighting and high losses among the​​ combatants. They said that while the Syrian Army wants to recover all​​ territory​​ remaining under Daesh control​​ in the area, Daesh’s objective is only to inflict as many casualties as possible upon the advancing forces. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Thursday its snipers killed​​ 9​​ Syrian soldiers near Al-Safa Hills. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

 

See above under Turkey – Political developments

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier at the Abu Khuwaitir security barrier, south of Arish, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct11]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded Egyptian soldiers and damaged an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier and 2 bulldozers with 3 IEDs near Al-Shalalfa village, south of Rafah. [A3maq] [ICDNOct11]

 

Libya

A local source said on Tuesday that a 21-year-old man had been killed by unidentified gunmen near the entrance to the city of Sirte.​​ [Wasat]

 

A 12-year-old child was shot by a stray bullet in the Maloum neighborhood of​​ Benghazi and​​ is receiving hospital treatment.​​ [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

The US magazine​​ Foreign Policy​​ published a report on Wednesday covering Daesh’s plans for securing funding. The magazine said that Daesh had made about $6 billion during the height of its territorial control of Iraq and Syria, mainly through oil and gas, internal taxation, and the looting of Mosul. However, according to​​ Foreign Policy, Daesh no longer needs to hold territory, since it estimates that the surviving Daesh leadership smuggled up to $400 million out of Iraq and Syria. Moreover, Daesh can now raise money through non-territorial criminal activities, including extortion, kidnapping, drug smuggling, and antiquities trafficking. The report also said that Daesh was likely to try to extort companies and other entities working on rebuilding projects, such as the reconstruction of Mosul. [BaghdadToday] [ForeignPolicy]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed a Somali customs employee in a market in Bosaso city. [A3maq]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Mohammed Shihab Hakimi, head of the Afghan Directorate of Mine Action Coordination, says that mines kill 180 persons per month on average in Afghanistan. Most casualties are children, he says. The​​ State​​ Minister​​ for Disaster​​ Management in​​ Afghanistan​​ says​​ that the​​ government​​ has​​ already cleared​​ mines from a​​ 2,500 km2​​ area​​ and defused over 19 million mines,​​ UXOs,​​ and IEDs in the past 30 years,​​ but​​ that they​​ still need international support to remove​​ the​​ hundreds of thousands​​ of mines remaining. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of the​​ execution​​ of captured “American and Afghan armies’ spies.” [ICDNOct11]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of a group of its terrorists in an unspecified location in “Khorasan” (Afghanistan and Pakistan). [ICDNOct11]

 

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MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Abd Ul-Mahdi to form government without “pressure” from parties [..]

2019 federal budget: $108 billion, $19 billion deficit [..]

… and KRG to get only $6.7 billion of that [..]

Department head accused of selling children to Daesh [..]

Al-Baghdadi orders 320 Daesh members executed [..]

Turkey agrees to give Iraq more water [..]

… while Iran cuts water flowing into Iraq [..]

Multiple bombings in Tikrit [..]

Daesh “shelter” intact north of Muqdadiya [..]

 

Turkey

Turkish source claims Khashoggi buried in Saudi consul’s garden [..]

US increases pressure on Saudis over Khashoggi‘s​​ disappearance​​ [..]

 

Syria

SDF still holds 900 foreign Daesh fighters, asks countries to take them back [..]

Turkey says YPG fortifying Manbij [..]

Fighting ongoing in Hajin, Al-Susah [..]

Iraqi​​ Daesh bomber also​​ Nujaba’​​ militia​​ member [..]

SOHR says total 339 Daesh, 178 Syrian Army killed around Suwayda [..]

Syrian Army reported​​ lacking equipment​​ in Al-Safa [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Nigeria:​​ 7​​ Nigerian​​ soldiers,​​ 76​​ Boko Haram fighters killed [..]

Chad:​​ 8 Chadian soldiers, 48 Boko Haram fighters killed [..]

Afghanistan:38 Daesh fighters killed or wounded in airstrikes [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

A Gulf paper says newly appointed Prime Minister-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi would resign if any pressure was exercised on him by political parties regarding the formation of the new government. The paper says that Abd Ul-Mahdi has enough support from major political parties that he expects to be able to form the new government under his personal direction. Abd Ul-Mahdi reportedly presented to some political leaders a draft of his plan, which included the reduction of Ministries to less than 22 through consolidation and integration of the Ministries. The Prime Minister-designate​​ reportedly stressed in the plan that he would be fully accountable for implementation of the governmental program that he would propose. [Sumaria]

 

PM-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi announced on Wednesday that he had received 36,000 requests to take a ministerial portfolio in the new government. The general public​​ can​​ submit such requests until Thursday evening. 97% of applicants were independent and 23% held advanced degrees. Women made up 15% of the requests. [Anadolu]

 

Newly appointed PM-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi says he is contemplating opening the Green Zone to all citizens, and called for cooperation between the Council of Ministers and the CoR to in passing new laws. The statements came during his visit to the CoR on Wednesday, when he met with several MPs. [Anadolu]

 

Economy

Iraq’s budget for 2019, which is still pending approval from the government, is 128.4 trillion dinars (approximately 108 billion USD), and will run a deficit of 22.8 trillion dinars (19 billion USD). According to the draft prepared by the Ministry of Finance, the rate of daily oil exports is 3,880,000 barrels for $56 a barrel. The draft budget says that the fiscal deficit will be covered by increased oil prices by 2019. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Somehow, these budget projections always assume that the price of oil will continuously rise. Oil prices might indeed rise in 2019, but it’s not a long-term budgeting strategy to keep depending on that.

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The percentage of the Iraqi federal budget allocated to the Kurdistan Region was fixed at 12.67% for the year 2019, which will amount to under 8 trillion dinars (approximately 6.7 billion USD). A former Kurdish MP, Masoud Haider, said that this was a “political” restriction imposed by Al-Abadi’s government. Haider claimed that the 2019 federal budget was illegal and a constitutional violation, and would create problems between Erbil and Baghdad. [Rudaw]

 

Corruption

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs says it is investigating stories about the sale of children by one of its Ninewa offices to Daesh. The Manager of the Special Needs Department is accused of selling children under his custody to Daesh, and then claiming to have officially handed them over to their families. [Forat]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Intelligence reports say that Daesh ordered elimination of 320 of its members on charges of treason, saying the orders were personally given by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. 6 “top-tier” leaders were already executed, while other members are looking for ways to escape. [Youm7]

 

A Daesh operative standing trial, called “Abu Abd Al-Haq Al-Iraqi,” said in court that there were as many Daesh fighters in Mosul as there were Iraqi Army troops, but that differences between the Daesh leaders led to their defeat. He said that Al-Baghdadi appointed incompetent commanders, and nobody had the power to object.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The spokesman of the Higher Judicial Council, Abd Al-Sattar Al-Birqdar, says that the Dhi Qar Criminal Court sentenced 1 Daesh convict to death and 2 to life imprisonment. The convict​​ receiving a death sentence​​ took part in a truck bomb attack that killed 9 civilians. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign policy

Speaker of the CoR Mohammed Al-Halbousi says that Turkish President​​ Recep​​ Tayyip​​ Erdogan agreed to increase water quantities released to Iraq to ensure that all Iraqi provinces would have their fair share, especially Basra. [Sumaria]

 

However, Iran said it would cut the amount of water flowing towards Iraqi territory, increasing the impact of the problem already experienced in southern Iraq. The Iranian Ministry of Agriculture said they would cut the flow of water by about 7 billion cubic meters, on the order of the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and that the water would be used on projects in the west and southwest of Iran. [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Directorate of Military intelligence says that the 6th​​ Army Division arrested a Daesh operative in​​ the​​ Sakalat​​ area of​​ Al-Shuhada neighborhood, Abu Ghraib. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Center for Security Information says that a security operation was started in the outskirts of Ramadi by Army and Police units to eliminate Daesh sleeper cells, on the orders of sitting PM Haider Al-Abadi. 69 targets, including weapons and explosive caches, as well as tunnels and safehouses, were attacked, and at least 43 arrests were made. [Roj]

 

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that three Anbar Operations Command members, including a captain, were killed in a Daesh attack in the Horan Valley area, Haditha.  ​​​​ 

 

Daesh said its snipers killed three tribal PMF fighters and wounded another in Al-Saridiya village, near Hit city, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct10]

 

Al-Qa’im

The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that an officer under Al-Jazeera Ops Command had been killed​​ around​​ Akkas, Al-Qa’im district, during a search operation. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh published photos on Wednesday of a man it captured and killed west of Baiji, claiming he was an Iraqi Army “spy.” [ICDNOct10]

 

Daesh said it wounded three tribal PMF fighters with an IED in the Albu Juwari area, in northern Baiji, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct10]

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that​​ two​​ local police members were killed and​​ ten​​ others wounded, including​​ two​​ officers, when a suicide terrorist set off a vehicle bomb on Street 40, in Tikrit city. The source said when ambulances came, an IED exploded, wounding more people, mostly paramedics and local police.

 

The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that​​ one​​ person was killed and​​ four​​ others injured by 2 separate bomb explosions in Tikrit city. 1 bomb was attached to a civilian vehicle; the other was an IED placed behind a fuel station in Tikrit. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad)

Daesh said it wounded ten Emergency Police members, including the police commander of the area, and destroyed their SUV with an IED in the Adhiya area, in Ishaqi, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct10] [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed an Emergency Police member and wounded three others in an attack on a checkpoint with light and mid-sized weapons in the in the Adhiya area, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct10] [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya)

The head of the local council for Muqdadiya, Adnan Al-Tamimi, said on Wednesday that there was an area that Daesh was using as a shelter, called “Al-Sakhiriya,” on the outskirts of Sinsil. Al-Tamimi​​ said that the area had been besieged but not cleared by Iraqi security personnel and PMF fighters, and that its existence threatened the security of the city of Muqdadiya. [Mawazin]

 

Northern Diyala (Khalis​​ north)

The head of the Udhaim local council, Mohammed​​ Dhaifan, says that “suspicious movements” by Daesh were observed in 6 border villages with Salahuddin Province, seemingly preparing for an operation. He called for a major military effort on the border areas between Diyala and Salahuddin to eliminate threats. [Mawazin]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Daesh below up 4 electricity towers near Barima village, cutting off power for Hawija district. The source said Daesh had blown up more than 40 towers during the last 2 months.​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Tob Zawa village, south of Daquq. [ICDNOct10]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed four PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Ali Saray village, in Daquq district. [A3maq]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

A security source says Daesh initiated an attack on tribal​​ PMF​​ fighters in​​ the town of​​ Kashaf,​​ near Gwer. Casualties​​ were​​ reported,​​ but no specific numbers​​ were​​ available. [BaghdadNews]

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed ten tribal PMF fighters and wounded 16 others in clashes in the “Jashaf” area, in Makhmur, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Ninewa Ops Command’s intelligence units captured 12 Daesh terrorists who were planning attacks against citizens and security forces in Mosul. The source said the group is led by a Daesh terrorist currently residing in Turkey. The source said the units, based on information they got from a captured terrorist, confiscated 4 explosive vests and 87 mortar shells in Al-Hadba’ farms, in east Mosul.​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Shura)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that​​ two​​ Iraqi Army members were killed and​​ three​​ others wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists in 6 SUVs attacked military positions near Bashmana village.​​ 

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that an Iraqi Army 16th​​ Division major was killed when a roadside IED exploded on his vehicle on the road between Badoush and Tal Afar.

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

Daesh published photos on Wednesday of a man it captured and killed in Saadiya village, east of Hatra, claiming he was a “PMF intelligence member.” [ICDNOct10]

Our sources reported yesterday that Daesh killed civilians in the village.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Najaf

Najaf police say they arrested 5 wanted persons, including an escapee from Badoush prison in Mosul. 3 arrests were made at the Kifl checkpoint, and 2 at the Al-‘Assiya checkpoint. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

On Wednesday, the independent website​​ Middle East Eye​​ carried a report on the alleged details of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The website quoted a Turkish source “with direct knowledge of the investigation” as saying that Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi consul-general’s office, and that his remains may have been taken to the consul-general’s home afterwards and buried in his garden. The consul-general has reportedly not left his house for the last 3 days. [MiddleEastEye]

Turkish media ​​ released surveillance camera video of the men on Wednesday saying they were members of an elite Saudi “assassination squad,” sent to kill Khashoggi.​​ Saudi Arabia remained silent at the accusation as the images were seen around the world, raising pressure on the kingdom to explain what happened to the writer, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Adding to the macabre mystery, a Turkish official told The Associated Press that one member of the team was an “autopsy expert.” [CNBC]

 

US President Donald Trump has vowed to “get to the bottom” of the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mr. Trump told reporters he had talked to the Saudi authorities “at the highest level” about Mr. Khashoggi.​​ “We cannot let this happen to reporters, to anybody,” Mr. Trump said on Wednesday.​​ “We’re demanding everything. We want to see what’s going on there.”

Mr. Trump said he didn’t know what happened to Jamal Khashoggi and expressed hope that the 59-year-old writer, who went missing a week ago, was still alive. But senior members of Congress with access to U.S. intelligence reporting feared the worst.​​ 

More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump to order an investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance under legislation that authorizes imposition of sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations.

The White House said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior officials had spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Tuesday and asked for more details about the situation.​​ [BBC]​​ [NBCConnecticut]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

Europe

On Wednesday, the German Foreign Minister announced that Berlin would set aside an additional 186 million Euros as a part of the World Food Program as a form of humanitarian aid to Syria and its neighboring states. The Minister said that the primary goal of the German aid was to help Syrian people and their neighbors before winter. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A​​ foreign affairs official​​ for the Kurdish autonomous government in northern Syria,​​ Abdel Karim Omar,​​ says that the SDF lacks the resources to put all detained​​ Daesh​​ foreign fighters to trial and to hold them in prison indefinitely. On Sunday, Omar tweeted that foreign states must repatriate their fighters. The SDF has about 900 foreign​​ Daesh​​ fighters, as well as​​ 400-500 women​​ and 1,000 children, detained. He made a similar announcement in September. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Manbij

Turkish media says that the US provided YPG militia fighters with equipment that enabled them to dig trenches around Manbij. The state-owned news agency​​ Anadolu​​ says that 3 bulldozers and an excavator were handed over to the YPG, along with large quantities of weapons and ammunition. They wrote that the YPG was using this equipment to fortify Manbij. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Anadolu​​ generally does not distinguish between the YPG and the​​ SDF​​ organizationally.

 

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West​​ 

Homs

On Tuesday​​ Business Insider​​ reported that the US base at Al-Tanaf is preventing Iran from transporting weapons and militia fighters from Iraq to Syria. Russia, Iran, and Syria have frequently accused the US of training Daesh fighters at Al-Tanaf. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR noted that 1 month had passed since the start of the SDF military operations in the areas of Hajin, Al-Susah, Al-Baghouz, and other areas where Daesh is still active. It says that the SDF mobilized “tens of thousands” of fighters and is backed unconditionally by the Coalition, but still has not yet been able to​​ complete its operations​​ in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition sent more reinforcements to its military base near the Al-Tanak oilfield in Deir Ez-Zor. 300 trucks packed with weapons and ammunition, in addition to over 30 armored vehicles, were seen approaching the base. [Qasioun]

 

Local sources in eastern Deir Ez-Zor said on Wednesday that Daesh had used a dust storm as cover to launch an attack on the SDF. The sources said that Daesh had captured some SDF fighters in Hajin, but that the SDF had regrouped and counter-attacked in Al-Susah. [BasNews]

 

On Wednesday, SDF media announced that Farid Medjahed, born in the French city of Marseilles and who fought alongside the YPG after the battle of Kobani, was killed in a battle against Daesh in Hajin on Saturday, October 6. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that in the town of Hajin, Daesh publicly beheaded 8 SDF members it had captured 2 days ago. The source said Daesh prevented people from burying the bodies and left them on the ground.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh terrorists paraded in Al-Susah town with SDF members it had captured earlier. The source said threatened to kill them within 24 hours if the SDF didn’t release captured Daesh terrorists.  ​​​​ 

​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 4 Syrian Army and affiliated militia members were killed and 6 others wounded when a Daesh suicide bomber attacked them with a vehicle bomb in the Albu Kamal area. The source said the vehicle belonged to the government and was allowed to reach its target without​​ being​​ searched. The source said the terrorist was an Iraqi from Mosul, and had joined the Nujaba’ Movement, while secretly pledging allegiance to Daesh. ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a very interesting development. Pro-Iran militias have been recruiting Iraqis from Sunni areas for a while now. This is the first time we hear that they are sending some of these Sunni recruits to Syria. It seems to be backfiring, and it would most likely make Syrian forces more suspicious of Iraqi militias. ​​ 

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed eleven SDF members, wounded others, and captured weapons and ammunition in an attack on a military position northeast of Al-Bahra village, in Hajin. [ICDNOct10]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed five SDF members and captured weapons and ammunition when a group of its terrorists attacked north of Al-Baqaan village. It said all its terrorists “returned safely” after the attack. [ICDNOct10]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed two SDF members and set on fire​​ four​​ military positions northwest of Hajin. [ICDNOct10]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it stopped an SDF attack in the Hawi Al-Susah area after “luring” SDF members to a landmine field, damaging 2 vehicles. It also said it killed or wounded five SDF members with mortar shells. [ICDNOct10]

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Daesh said on Wednesday it targeted SDF positions near Mozan village with 42 mortars. [ICDNOct10]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it attacked SDF positions north of the towns of Al-Sha’afa and Kashma and forced SDF units to retreat. It said all its terrorists returned safely after the attacks. [ICDNOct10]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The​​ SOHR​​ reported continued battles between​​ the​​ Syrian​​ Army and Daesh in Tilul Al-Safa,​​ on the​​ administrative​​ border between​​ Rif​​ Damashq​​ and Suwayda, with air and missile attacks accompanying the operations. It​​ said there had been​​ 339​​ Daesh fighters killed​​ since​​ the​​ start of​​ the​​ operations on July 25, compared with​​ 178 Syrian​​ Army​​ soldiers and fighters​​ in​​ pro-government​​ militias. Daesh executed 142 civilians​​ and killed over 116 tribal fighters who confronted it. It is still holding 30 hostages it kidnapped from Suwayda. [SyriaHR]

 

Sputnik​​ reported that Syrian Army tanks and its other equipment were not able to proceed further in Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills), and they did not have working weaponry. [ElDorar]

 

The​​ Syrian​​ Army says it lost 3 soldiers in battles against Daesh in Tilul Al-Safa.​​ Daesh’s “Nasher​​ news service published pictures of 10 bodies,​​ saying they​​ were​​ the bodies​​ of Syrian​​ Army​​ soldiers in​​ Tilul​​ Al-Safa. [EnabBaladi]

 

Al-Suwayda 24​​ reported on Wednesday that the Syrian Army deployed the “Tiger” militia and its 4th​​ Division to the city of Suwayda. It reported that some of the forces stopped in the desert, and some of them stopped at a shooting range. The purpose of the deployment is still unknown. [ElDorar]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The State Department released a report titled “Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Behavior” which states that Iran spent 16 billion dollars in support of various political groups since 2012. The report states that within this timeframe, Iran spent 4.6 billion dollars in Syria, 700 million in Lebanon, 100 million in Palestine, and several hundred million in support of the Houthis in Yemen. [Qasioun] [State]

 

Saudi Arabia

 

See above under Turkey – Political developments

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Great Britain

The​​ UK​​ Minister of​​ Security, Ben Wallace,​​ says​​ that​​ his county is ready to receive its citizens who fought for Daesh, including​​ those​​ who are​​ hard to convict due to lack of evidence. Wallace says he would like to see those who fought for Daesh stand trial in the UK,​​ whether they have been​​ deported or voluntarily returned from countries​​ in which they fought. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of seven soldiers in an attack by Boko Haram terrorists on a military base in northeastern Borno State.

The Army added that 16 other soldiers were wounded in the attack that took place in Metele. “Gallant troops of 157 Battalion decisively engaged Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to overrun their position near Kangarwa in Borno State.​​ “The sustained superior firepower of the troops led to the neutralization of 76​​ terrorists,” the statement of Wednesday October 10 and posted on Twitter said.​​ [AfricaNews]

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed thirty-one Nigerian soldiers, captured five others, destroyed two tanks and four armored vehicles, including a BMP, and captured weapons and ammunition in an attack on a Nigeran Army base in Kangarwa​​ town in the Chad Lake area. Daesh said it used heavy, mid-sized, and light weapons in the attack. [ICDNOct10] ​​ 

 

Chad

A Chadian military spokesman said that 8 Chadian soldiers were killed and 11 injured in a Boko Haram attack in​​ Kaiga Kindji, in​​ the Lake Chad region,​​ on Wednesday. 48 Boko Haram fighters were reportedly killed in the subsequent fighting.​​ [DefensePost]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The 201st​​ Silab Corps in the Afghan military said on Sunday that at least 38 Daesh-affiliated fighters had been killed or wounded in 2 separate airstrikes in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

An explosion​​ at the office of a parliamentary candidate in Helmand Province on Tuesday killed at least 8 and wounded at least 11. No group claimed responsibility as of the time of the report. [Khaama]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Monday a photo of one of its terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Afghanistan/Pakistan area. [ICDNOct10]​​ 

 

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October 9, 2018

 

Coalition Airstrike near Nimrud

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Iraqi organized crime group busted [..]

Baghdad hit by several IEDs Sunday night [..]

Locals from Jalawla say AAH threatening them [..]

Daesh continuing to pay family members of killed fighters [..]

Price of food up in Mosul [..]

Repeated attacks drive Hatra villagers to IDP camps [..]

Basra activist claims​​ assassinations “collective punishment” [..]

 

Turkey

Daily Beast​​ claims Turkey will move HTS fighters to Afrin [..]

… and​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says HTS leaders selling their Idlib assets [..]

Missing​​ Saudi journo​​ case still open,​​ diplomatic fallout unclear​​ [..]

 

Syria

Russia says​​ there are​​ attempts to move​​ terrorists from Idlib to Iraq [..]

Iranians to man Russian S-300 missile systems sold to Syria [..]​​ 

Hezbollah redeploying to encourage refugee return [..]

Daesh appoints new commanders in Al-Baghouz [..]

Suwayda hostage deal has terms; Daesh still wants money [..]

… and local Suwayda militias threaten government if hostages not freed [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Newly appointed Prime Minister-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi received a phone call from​​ António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, who congratulated Abd Ul-Mahdi for his new posting and said the UN would support Iraq in all​​ areas, and that UN programs in Iraq would continue.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Corruption

Iraqi security authorities have arrested one of the largest organized crime groups that carried out dozens of kidnaping and extortion operations, making billions of Iraqi dinars. The 8-person group even installed fake checkpoints, using military outfits to rob citizens and businessmen. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Al-Abbas​​ Combat Division, a Shia​​ PMF group​​ trained by the Coalition,​​ expressed its “strong dissatisfaction” with the reluctance to implement the PMF law and affiliated regulations, calling for quick action to do justice to the PMF fighters. The group says that all legal and judicial decisions​​ regarding granting PMF fighters equal​​ benefits​​ to those serving in the Army and the security services have not been fulfilled yet. [Sumaria]

 

On Tuesday, The Higher Judicial Council​​ on reported the​​ confessions of​​ 2​​ Daesh operatives​​ who had been​​ arrested in Syria and handed over to Iraq,​​ and were on​​ trial before the​​ Central​​ Investigations​​ Court.​​ One was a​​ former​​ fashion designer​​ who worked for the media department of Daesh, saying he joined Daesh​​ to pursue​​ power. He says​​ that all​​ media materials​​ were sent to Daesh’s​​ highly advanced​​ media headquarters in Deir Ez-Zor. The other worked​​ in logistics,​​ on​​ the​​ transfer of Daesh fighters​​ between​​ fighting​​ areas,​​ and had​​ lost​​ 5​​ sons​​ in​​ Daesh’s battles.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition said that they conducted 4 airstrikes in Iraq between October 1 and October 6. Of these, 1 was near the Makhmur Mountains and 3 were near Wadi Al-Shai and the Jazeera desert. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

A series of bombings hit Baghdad on Sunday evening.​​ IEDs targeted civilians in the areas of Saba’abkar (in Adhamiya),​​ Jakouk (northwest Baghdad), Shula, Rasheed, and Abu Dsheer (in Rasheed), as well as an Army checkpoint in Abu Ghraib.​​ Ultra Sawt​​ gave a total of 20 dead and wounded.​​ RT​​ wrote that​​ Sumaria​​ reported 2 civilians killed and 2 wounded in the Abu Dsheer IED alone. [UltraSawt] [RT]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded fifteen Shia people and destroyed their bus with an IED in the Saba’abkar area. [ICDNOct7]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Saba’abkar is in Adhamiya, a predominantly Sunni area.

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded twelve Shia people with an explosive vest in the Jakouk area, in Kadhimiya. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded six Shia people by targeting a bus with an IED in the Shu’la area. [ICDNOct7]

Daesh said it killed or wounded thirty Shia people and destroyed a bus with an IED in the Shu’la area, on Sunday. [ICDNOct8]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded ten Shia people by targeting their gathering with an IED in the Abu Dsheer area. [ICDNOct7]

Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in the Abu Ghraib area. It said it set off another IED when paramedics came to the area. It said ten people were wounded in both explosions. [ICDNOct7]

 

An intelligence source said on Tuesday that the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad had been linked to Daesh sleeper cells, and that Daesh cells and a Ba’ath Party cell had been arrested in Baghdad and its surrounding areas, including Karkh.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed a PMF member and damaged his vehicle with a “sticky” IED in Ghazaliya. [ICDNOct7]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is the only one of Daesh’s claimed Sunday bombings not corroborated by the reports above.

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 8​​ (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 7​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Directorate of Military intelligence says that troops from the 14th​​ Division found a Daesh hideout in Qarma following intelligence tips. 26 IEDS were found hidden there. [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence also said that troops under the 14th​​ Army Division also found an abandoned Daesh cache in Saqlawiya containing 83 mortar shells. All shells were safely destroyed on location. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded policemen and destroyed a vehicle after setting off a parked vehicle bomb near the Iyadat Bridge, in Falluja city. [ICDNOct6]

 

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ three​​ Iraqi Army members were killed and​​ two​​ others wounded in a Daesh attack on Khazraj village, near Hit.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that​​ two​​ Iraqi Army members, including a lieutenant, were killed and​​ four​​ others wounded when​​ a group of​​ Daesh terrorists, using pickup vehicles and motorcycles, attacked a military position near Suhailiya Bridge, west of Haditha. The source said the terrorists fled after reinforcements from the Iraqi Army and tribal fighters arrived in the area. ​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that​​ four​​ PMF members were killed and​​ six​​ others, including a commander, wounded in a Daesh attack near the phosphate factory in Al-Qa’im. The source said 2 Daesh terrorists were also killed, but the rest managed to flee.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded nine Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their vehicle in an attack with light and mid-sized weapons near the Al-Qa’im city entrance. [ICDNOct6]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP and PMF units found the bodies of 4 Badr Organization members​​ Daesh​​ had captured on Friday at a fake checkpoint near the Tilul Al-Baj area.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that tribal PMF units captured 4 men in the Hawi Isdaira area who were smuggling 200 mortar shells to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source said one of the captured men admitted they received USD 30,000 for the mortars. The man also said that there were 300 Daesh terrorists hiding in the mountains. ​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that​​ four​​ Ministry of Oil employees were killed and​​ eight​​ others wounded when a roadside IED exploded, targeting their bus, near the Siniya Oil Refinery. The source sent us photos of the results of the attack.​​ 

 

Daesh said it captured and killed an Iraqi government “spy” west of Baiji, on Friday. [ICDNOct6]​​ 

 

Daesh said it captured and killed a tribal PMF member near the Asmeda area, north of Baiji, on Friday. [ICDNOct7]

 

Daesh said it killed two EOD officers and severely wounded two other soldiers after destroying their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Fatha area, north of Baiji, on Friday. [ICDnOct7]

 

Daesh said it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in Baiji city, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed a tribal PMF commander and wounded another after shooting at their vehicle in Baiji city, on Sunday. [ICDNOct9]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded 17 PMF and Oil Facilities Protection members after setting off a parked vehicle bomb near the Baiji Refinery entrance, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle in the Siniya area. [ICDNOct9]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on Al-Sahal Street, west of Baiji. [ICDNOct9]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it destroyed the vehicle of the​​ mukhtar​​ of Al-Shiha village, in the Jazeera Tikrit area, with an IED on Sunday.​​ [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The Center for Security Information said that 4 men wanted on terrorism charges had been arrested and that an explosives cache had been found in​​ the​​ Basatin Khazraj area in Samarra. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their SUV with an IED east of Samarra on Friday. [ICDNOct7]

 

Daesh said it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the Subaihat area, in Jazeera Samarra, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad)

A security source said on Tuesday that​​ Daesh​​ fighters attacked a local police checkpoint in Ishaqi, Balad district.​​ Shafaaq​​ wrote that​​ one​​ police officer and​​ one​​ civilian​​ had been killed;​​ Ghad​​ said that​​ three​​ police and security services members had been killed and others wounded. [Shafaaq]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz)

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded Iraqi commandos and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Bir Ahmed village, in Amerli subdistrict, Tooz. [ICDNOct6]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed two Shia people and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Abboud village, in Amerli. [ICDNOct6]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin,​​ Khalis​​ north)

Local sources say that the AAH PMF group is trying to expel​​ residents​​ from 5 villages of Jalawla subdistrict and take over their homes. According to the sources, AAH is threatening to kill them, and is banning them from cultivating their lands. [Roj]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ two​​ PMF members were killed and another wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists on motorcycles attacked a checkpoint near the Udhaim Dam.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that a group of Daesh terrorists blew up the house of a tribal PMF member in Saraya Tapa village, in Qara Tapa subdistrict, Kifri.​​ 

Daesh claimed the house belonged to an Iraqi Army soldier. [ICDNOct6]​​ 

 

Southern Diyala (Mandali)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a PMF member was killed and​​ two​​ others wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in the Al-Nida area, Mandali subdistrict.

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in the Al-Khamael village, in the Al-Nida area. [ICDNOct7]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh said it killed an IFP member, wounded another, and damaged their Humvee with an IED near Tuwail’a village, in the Dibis area, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh kidnapped a social media activist from his house in Al-Hilwat village.​​ Later, the source said security units found the body of the activist. The source said the victim was vocal against Daesh on social media. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ four​​ IFP members were wounded when their pickup vehicle was destroyed by a roadside IED near Al-Safra village, west of Riyadh. The source said the IFP arrested a Daesh member after the explosion.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed four IFP members and destroyed their village after “luring” an IFP them to a deserted tribal PMF military position in Al-Aziri village,​​ then blowing up the position with an IED. [ICDNOct6]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members destroyed their armored vehicle with an IED near Awwad Al-Muhawesh village, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Friday. [ICDNOct6]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Barima village, east of Hawija​​ city, on Friday. [ICDNOct6]

 

Daesh said it killed two IFP members in an ambush on the road between Hawija​​ and​​ Riyadh on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed two IFP members, including an officer, after targeting their checkpoint with a rocket in Hawija, on Sunday. [ICDNOct8]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Al-Zira’a​​ neighborhood, Riyadh subdistrict, on Sunday. [ICDNOct9]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Ali Saray village, southern​​ Daquq, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]

 

Daesh said it damaged an IFP vehicle with an IED near Tob Zawa village, in Daquq district, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

Daesh said it killed ten tribal PMF fighters and wounded 16 others in clashes in the “Jashaf” area, in Makhmur, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a Ninewa SWAT member was killed and​​ three​​ others wounded in a Daesh attack in the Hawi Nimrud area, Hamdaniya. The source said Coalition planes targeted the terrorists, killing 6 of them. The source also said 2 more terrorists were captured in the area.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that Daesh is continuing to distribute money to the families of its slain terrorists in Mosul city and the southern Ninewa areas. The source said that Daesh depends on a network of women, each of whom are assigned to certain areas. The source said some of these women were members of Daesh’s​​ hisbah​​ (“Islamic Police”), and some of them are the wives of Daesh members.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that prices of foodstuff had increased rapidly in Mosul and surrounding areas after the government imposed tariffs on goods coming from Turkey. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that National Security Service units captured a Daesh official in the Sumer neighborhood of east Mosul. The source said the man was responsible for Daesh’s Diwan Al-A’shayer (Office of Tribes) in southern Ninewa, and that his son is a now senior Daesh military commander in Hajin. The source sent us a photo of the captured man.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that National Security Service units found 5 explosive vests in a tunnel in the​​ Al-Maidan area, west Mosul. The source sent us photos of the tunnel.​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil)

A source in the Ninewa traffic police says that the bodies of​​ three​​ police personnel were found near a house being constructed in Al-Adhba village, Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict. [BasNews]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Iraqi Army units in the 20th​​ Division captured 2 Daesh members who were hiding in a house near the Hammam Al-Alil IDP camp.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that​​ two​​ PMF members were killed when a roadside IED targeted their pickup vehicle on the road between Abu Mariya village and Tal Afar.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that several civilians were killed or wounded when Daesh terrorists in 4 pickup vehicles attacked Saadiya village, east of Hatra. The source said the terrorists were in military uniforms and their vehicles carried PMF slogans.​​ 

Daesh claimed on Saturday it killed a “PMF intelligence member” and wounded another in an attack on Saadiya village. [A3maq]

 

The​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh terrorists severely wounded the​​ mukhtar​​ of the village in another attack. The source said people of the village returned fire and forced the terrorists to flee. However, the source said that afterward, people from the village moved with their families to IDP camps.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a local police member was severely wounded when Daesh attacked a police station in Hatra city with RPG7 rockets. The source said Iraqi Army units followed the attackers and killed 2 of them and captured another.​​ 

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that​​ two​​ PMF members were killed when a group of​​ a group of​​ Daesh terrorists attacked a PMF military position in the Tal Safouk area.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Basra activists are worried about the large security deployment and​​ the​​ continued assassinations​​ of peaceful activists in the city.​​ Activist leader Akram Al-Kaabi​​ described​​ Basra as “turning into a military barracks” and said​​ the assassinations were​​ a “collective punishment​​ against​​ the entire population of​​ Basra.​​ Al-Kaabi added that the assassinations carried a message to demonstrators to stop their protests and remain silent about the ongoing issues with service provision and lack of clean water.​​ [Rudaw]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a local activist was shot and killed by armed men in a pickup vehicle in the Al-Jam’iyat neighborhood of Basra city. The source said the activist had participated in the demonstrations and in the attack on the Iranian consulate.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s hard not to see this as confirmation of Mr. Al-Kaabi’s​​ view above.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

The counterterrorism branch of the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council announced that they had arrested a “large network” involved in financing Daesh during a joint operation with the Coalition. [Rudaw]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The news website​​ Daily Beast​​ reported on Monday that President Erdogan intended to move the Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) fighters trapped in Idlib​​ to an unnamed area near the Turkish border and then to Afrin. The report claimed that by moving HTS fighters to Afrin, Turkey would position them to fight or at least contain the YPG. Salih Muslim, the former co-chair of the PYD, was quoted as saying that Erdogan wanted to move​​ jihadists​​ to Afrin in order to destabilize the demographics of the region and keep the Kurdish population from returning. [DailyBeast]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that the Turkish Military Intelligence Service asked Tahrir Al-Sham to provide detailed information about HTS leaders and fighters (including photos, family member, countries of origin, phone numbers, etc.), in addition to information about HTS brigades, media outlets, management units, and a complete inventory of its weapons and vehicles. The source also said that HTS leaders are secretly selling their properties in the Idlib area through real estate agents in Turkey. The source sent us lists of properties that belong to Abu Mohammed Al-Jolani, the HTS leader, and Abu Mariya Al-Qahtani, a member of the HTS senior committee. The source said those properties, including fuel stations, restaurants, and farms, are now for sale.

 

The case of Jamal Khashoggi, a former Saudi official turned​​ Washington Post​​ journalist, who was known for his​​ criticism​​ of​​ Saudi​​ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), has become no clearer a week after his disappearance. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate​​ in Istanbul​​ on October 2 to obtain marriage documents and never emerged. On Saturday, Turkish police and intelligence sources said they believed Khashoggi had been murdered inside and his body dismembered and removed from the consulate.​​ Saudi officials have claimed that Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after entering. Turkish sources have said that CCTV footage around the consulate did not show him leaving on October 2, while his Turkish fiancée waited for him outside on October 2 and says she never saw him.​​ 

 On Monday, President Erdogan said that if the Saudis had proof that Khashoggi was alive, they should offer it. Turkish officials have also alleged that a team of 15 Saudi officials who visited Turkey during the period of Khashoggi’s disappearance were sent to Istanbul to murder him. Khashoggi’s disappearance has caused a major diplomatic spectacle, with Britain, France, and the EU calling for an investigation. The US has yet to issue an official public statement, although administration officials claimed that they were working to find answers​​ about Khashoggi’s whereabouts.​​ [CNN] [DailySabah] [WaPo] [Guardian]

 

Military & security developments

Turkish officials in Hakkâri, in the southeast of the country, claim that rockets fired on a Turkish military base from inside Iraqi territory killed 1 soldier and wounded 4. They say that the attack came from PKK-held areas. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia​​ /​​ Iran

Russian​​ Deputy​​ Foreign​​ Minister Oleg Vladimirovich Syromolotov says there are attempts to transfer terrorists from Idlib to Iraq, saying​​ that stopping this​​ process is an Iraqi responsibility. He adds​​ that​​ terror groups are using so-called “quiet ports” in Indonesia, Sinai, and Afghanistan. [Ghad]

 

Also see related story above under Turkey – Political developments

 

The Israeli military intelligence website​​ DEBKA​​ wrote on Monday that Iranian experts will manage the S-300 missile systems provided by Russia to Syria due to their past experience in the field. The website wrote that the Russian decision surprised both the US and Israel. [ElDorar] [DEBKA]

 

Iranian​​ Speaker of​​ Parliament Ali Larijani said that​​ Israel would not be able to assume any serious attacks in Syria following the deployment of​​ the​​ S-300 missile system, describing this as a positive development for the Syrian​​ President​​ Al-Assad. [ElDorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that they conducted 66 airstrikes in Syria between October 1 and October 6. Of these, 46 were near Albu Kamal and 20 were “near Albu Kamal and Hajin.” [InherentResolve]

 

The Coalition also dropped leaflets on the last major Daesh stronghold in Deir Ez-Zor Province, in Hajin, telling fighters to surrender before Daesh is eliminated for good from the area. Other leaflets asked for information on migrants, offering financial rewards. [ElDorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

The PYG says that it killed 4 pro-Turkey militia fighters belonging to Jabhat Al-Shamiya (aka Levant Front) in the Shara subdistrict of Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed a vehicle carrying SDF members with an IED in “Al-Mustaha” village in Abu Qalqal subdistrict, southeast of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh published on Sunday photos of the destroyed vehicle. [ICDNOct7]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed two SDF members in an ambush in Al-Dashisha village, east of Shaddadi, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed three SDF members, wounded two others, and damaged their vehicle with an IED on the Al-Ghaz Field road, east of Shaddadi, on Saturday. [ICDNOct8]

 

Daesh said it killed two SDF members with silent weapons on the road between Tal Al-Jayer and Shaddadi, on Sunday. [ICDNOct8]

 

Daesh said it killed two SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Maysara village, south of Shaddadi, on Monday.​​ [ICDNOct9]


Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF commander in Al-Fadghami village, east of Shaddadi, on Monday.​​ 
[ICDNOct9]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said it killed two SDF members and wounded another in an attack on a security barrier in Hos village, east​​ of Raqqa city, on Friday. [ICDNOct6]

 

Daesh said it killed four SDF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED in Al-Karama subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded six SDF members and damaged their SUV with an IED on Al-Mankhar road, in Al-Karama. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed ten SDF members and wounded others by setting off an IED on their bus in Jarniya town. [ICDNOct7]

In another version, Daesh said it killed or wounded ten SDF members in the attack. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two SDF members after setting off an IED on their motorcycle in​​ Haroubi​​ village, east of Suluk. [ICDNOct7]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it set off a parked motorcycle bomb on an “American Army” convoy on Al-Qitar Street, in Raqqa city.​​ [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The​​ SOHR​​ says​​ that the​​ body of a young man was found in​​ the​​ Al-Roj​​ plain,​​ west of​​ the city of​​ Idlib.​​ He was​​ believed to​​ have​​ been​​ killed​​ by​​ Tahrir​​ Al-Sham.​​ Tahrir Al-Sham against​​ also​​ carried out​​ an operation​​ attempting to arrest​​ a​​ former​​ commander of​​ Jabhat​​ Thuwar Syria​​ (Syrian Revolutionaries Front),​​ which​​ included​​ an​​ armed​​ confrontation​​ in which a citizen was reported injured. [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

The London-based, Saudi-owned paper​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ reported that the Syrian government gave orders to the Lebanese Hezbollah to reposition itself in Al-Qusayr, to allow for the return of 40,000 Syrians from Lebanon. The report says that many IDPs view Hezbollah as an obstacle to their return, while others say that fighting prevents their return. [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The​​ SOHR​​ says an IED explosion killed the Electricity Officer for the SDF in eastern Deir Ez-Zor while he was driving a “tanker” truck by the east bank of the Euphrates. The attack took place on a road limited to military shipments and movements. 2 of his sons were also wounded in the attack. [SyriaHR]

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ one​​ civilian was killed and​​ three​​ others wounded when a vehicle bomb exploded in Al-Shuhail town.​​ 

 

Mayadin​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that the government sent a “large” amount of military reinforcements, including Iraqi militias, to the Mayadin area.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF commander and one of his associates and wounded four other PMF members by targeting the commander’s vehicle with an IED in the Jama area, southeast of Al-Omar Oilfield, on Sunday. [ICDNOct8]

In another report, Daesh said one SDF member was killed and four others wounded in an IED explosion in the Jama area. [ICNDOct8]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

On Tuesday,​​ Bas​​ News​​ reported that an SDF media official said that Daesh appointed new military leaders in Al-Baghouz, after many other Daesh fighters were killed or fled. The media official stated that Daesh fighters infiltrated Deir Ez-Zor and attacked the SDF in Al-Baghouz. The SDF​​ and the Coalition​​ launched a counter-attack​​ including 4 airstrikes, killing 6 Daesh fighters and destroying Daesh trenches. [Qasioun]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source confirmed on Sunday that Coalition planes had killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including Abu Mohammed Al-Sha’iti, in an airstrike near Al-Susah. The source said Sha’iti was the Daesh security official of the Albu Kamal area and had participated in the Sha’itat massacre, when Daesh killed hundreds of people from his own tribe.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that hundreds of families escaped the Al-Susah area, fleeing toward SDF units in Al-Baghouz. The source said the families managed to escape after Coalition airstrikes forced Daesh terrorists to hide in houses and in tunnels.​​ 

 

Daesh published on Friday photos of clashes with the SDF near Mozan village, near Al-Baghouz. [ICDNOct5]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded five SDF members with a rocket “on the outskirts of” Mozan village. [ICDNOct7]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh uses this term when it loses an area. Daesh had claimed last week it recaptured it, but obviously it lost it again.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an SDF armored personnel carrier with a rocket near Al-Baghouz. [ICDNOct6]

Daesh published on Tuesday 2 photos of the attack. [ICDNOct9]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded SDF members after “luring” them to a landmine field near Al-Baghouz. [ICDNOct6]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded SDF members after “luring” them to a landmine field “on the outskirts of” Mozan village. [ICDNOct7]

 

Daesh published on Sunday photos of targeting SDF positions near Mozan village with mortars. [ICDNOct7]

 

Daesh said it targeted SDF positions near Mozan village with 27 mortars and 5 SPG9 rockets, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]

 

South​​ 

Daraa

Syrian Army forces started to remove checkpoints from​​ the city of​​ Daraa and to hand security over to the civilian administration. This was accompanied by​​ the​​ opening of​​ the​​ main streets by the city council,​​ following​​ the​​ withdrawal​​ of “opposition groups”​​ from the city. [EnabBaladi]

 

Suwayda

The Saudi-owned international daily​​ Al-Hayat​​ says that the Syrian government agreed to released 38 female Daesh prisoners that it holds in exchange for the release of 27 women and children kidnapped from Suwayda and held as hostages held by Daesh. Sources say the problem for closing the deal is that Daesh has demanded $27 million to finalize the hostages’ release. [Qasioun]

 

The​​ pro-government​​ channel​​ Al-Suwayda​​ 24​​ reported that on Monday local​​ militias​​ gave government officials an ultimatum to​​ secure the​​ kidnapped persons’ release​​ within 24 hours, and the governorate building was shot at. On Tuesday,​​ pro-government​​ militias responded to the threat by blocking main roads in the city. [ElDorar]

 

The Syrian government says that its Army is continuing its advance against Daesh in Tilul Al-Safa​​ (Al-Safa Hills), rural Suwayda, where the fighting is currently taking place in mountainous “hard terrain” areas. [SyriaNow]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 11 Syrian soldiers were killed and 4 others captured in a Daesh attack near Al-Safa Hills. The source said Daesh set the position on fire before withdrawing.

 

Daesh said on Sunday it stopped a Syrian Army attack near Al-Safa Hills, killing 5 soldiers and wounding others. [ICDNOct7]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

 

See above under Turkey – Political developments

 

Yemen

Daesh said it attacked Al-Qaeda positions in the Hamidha area, in Qifa, Al-Badya Governate, on Saturday, killing or wounding “many” fighters, and damaging a vehicle and a motorcycle. It said it used “different kinds of weapons” in the 4-hour attack. It also said it used IEDs, snipers, and ambushes to cut off Al-Qaeda’s supply lines in the area. [ICDNOct7] [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

News reports said that 10 militants were killed in gunfights with Egyptian security personnel in Arish. [Hawar]

 

Daesh said on Monday it destroyed an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED in the Lahfen area, south of Arish. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed a Somali customs employee and an intelligence member at Bakara intersection, in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said it killed 3 Taliban members and wounded 7 others in an attack on military positions in the Sabri area, in Kunar Province, northeastern Afghanistan, on Thursday. [ICDNOct6]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed an Afghan soldier in clashes in the Matin area, in Manogai, Kunar Province. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it shot and killed​​ three​​ Taliban members in the Hazar Wan Tanki area, in Momand Dara, in Nangarhar​​ Province, eastern Afghanistan. [ICDNOct9]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued on Friday a propaganda video about its attacks in the Kirkuk area. [ICDNOct5]

 

Daesh published on Saturday a photo of one of its Uzbek terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNOct6]

 

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