An Update On ISIS Activities

August 15, 2018

 

IFP Units in the Makhoul Mountains Area

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Pompeo urges Al-Abadi, Nechirvan Barzani to expedite formation of a moderate government. [..]

Sunni coalition will nominate Anbar Governor for CoR Speaker. [..]

Iraqi Army kills 22 Daesh, captures 25 safehouses in northern Diyala. [..]

Turkish plane bombs PKK-affiliated militia in Sinjar. [..]

US sanctions on Iran undermining Najaf’s religious tourism business. [..]

 

Syria

Turkey acknowledges that the YPG is withdrawing from Manbij. [..]

McGurk returns again to Raqqa to reiterate US support for Raqqa Council. [..]

Daesh attacks SDF units in three Raqqa villages. [..]

Turkey​​ tells tribe chiefs to expect​​ Syrian Army move on southern Idlib​​ soon. [..]

Syrian Army, Daesh still fighting near Suwayda border. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Afghanistan:​​ 

Taliban seizes base in NE Afghanistan, kills 45 soldiers, police. [..]​​ 

Suicide attack kills 25, wounds 35 in Kabul. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to both Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Nechirvan Barzani, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, over the phone, encouraging them to expedite the formation of a “moderate” government that can meet the aspirations of the Iraqi people. He assured them of continued US support according to the strategic framework agreement. [WatanNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Secretary is apparently reflecting concern over the pro-Iran and anti-US undertone in recent discussions over formation of the new government. There is also a message in his choice of whom to call. Talking to​​ Al-Abadi is a way of showing support without making a public statement that would seem interfering, and undermines the statement we reported yesterday from the pro-Iran side that Al-Abadi is no longer under consideration. Talking to Nechirvan Barzani would seem to have the effect, though perhaps not the intent, of undermining the ongoing Kurdish effort to sound neutral in the leadership battle in order to force major concessions relating to disputed territories and related issues.​​ 

 

Masoud Barzani, leader of the KDP, received Douglas Silliman, the US Ambassador to Iraq, at the Salahuddin resort. The political situation, US strategy, the war on terror, and IDP issues were discussed at the meeting, which was also attended by the US General Counsel in Erbil. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We would bet that the “political situation” was the real focus of the meeting. Otherwise, why would the meeting be held at all? We think this report is related to the lead story above.​​ 

 

The recently formed Sunni National Axis​​ coalition​​ agreed to nominate Mohammed Al-Halbusi, the Governor of Anbar, for the position of​​ Speaker of the CoR. Some of the Shi’a alliances, such the Victory alliance of PM Al-Abadi and the Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance headed by Hadi Al-Amiri, attended the meeting where the nomination was made, which was held at the house of Hadi Al-Amiri. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Remember that this has been regarded as a Sunni position, with the Prime Minister position being seen as a Shia position and the President position reserved for the Kurds. There was some talk earlier of changing this, but that trial balloon seems to have​​ floated off.​​ So one implication of electing Al-Halbusi is that the Presidency would​​ again be​​ held by​​ a Kurd.​​ 

 

Foreign policy

According to one report, the US threatened Iraq with sanctions if it were to break the sanctions imposed on Iran. The US was responding to Haider Al-Abadi’s statements that trade with Iran would continue using local currency. [Forat]

 

However, the US Embassy​​ in​​ Baghdad says Iraq did not breach the US sanctions against Iran. It says the statements of Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, were misinterpreted by Iraqi media. The Embassy says that Ms. Nauert meant that countries that breached the sanctions by dealing with Iran in US dollars would be punished, which is not the case in Iraq. [Shafaaq]

 

The​​ Washington Post​​ says that US sanctions on Iran would harm Iraqi investors who placed thousands of dollars in Iranian banks due to the Iranian banks providing high interest rates. Many reportedly used “mules” to smuggle money across the border into Iran, to overcome limitations placed by the Iraqi government. [Shafaaq]

 

Economy

Al-Abadi said on Wednesday that Iraq needs to find economic alternatives to oil dependence. He was speaking at a meeting of the​​ Iraqi Economic Development Conference. Al-Abadi said that Iraq needed more development, job creation, and investment. He added that Iraq had gone through wars and sanctions, and was therefore opposed to seeing any country suffer what its citizens had suffered. [Rudaw]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The last point is an obvious reference to the sanctions on Iran.​​ 

 

Faisal Al-Haymas, Chairman of the Board at the Trade Bank of Iraq (sometimes called the Commercial Bank of Iraq), says that the Bank has suspended plans to purchase a commercial bank in Turkey, due to the sharp decline of the Turkish lira. The bank, owned by the​​ Government of Iraq, has assets of over $20 billion. The bank was planning to expand its activity by buying a bank in Turkey, the largest trade partner of Iraq. [Shafaaq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Higher Judicial Council announced on Wednesday that the Central Criminal Court has sentenced 3 men to life imprisonment for providing logistic support to Daesh in Ninewa, such as training and manufacturing explosive materials. [Buratha]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

The Center for Security Information says that national security units in Baghdad arrested a man wanted for terrorism in a Baghdad neighborhood. The exact area was not defined. [Ghad]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Daesh says it killed or wounded 15 Shia with 2 IEDs in Al-Dhahab Al-Abyad village, in Abu Ghraib. Daesh says it detonated the second IED after people gathered to help the casualties of the first explosion.​​ [A3maq] [ICDNAug15]​​ We could not find a non-Daesh news report that might have validated or refuted this story.

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Anbar Operations Command says in a statement that a special forces brigade found and destroyed 65 IEDs in​​ an area extending from​​ Albu Assi, southwest of Falluja​​ and the​​ Al-Salam junction area​​ to Al-Ankur, south of Ramadi city;​​ and arrested 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges in Sufiya and Zuwiya. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

The MoD says in a statement that 29 IDP families (167 persons) have returned from the Ameriyat Al-Falluja​​ camp to their homes in Al-Qa’im​​ District. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says people of Zuwiya village stopped a Daesh attack on Tuesday, forcing the terrorists to flee.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a local soccer player was killed and another kidnapped in a Daesh attack on Khadhraniya village, on Tuesday.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says IFP units deployed in the Makhoul Mountains area blunted a Daesh attack in northern Salahuddin. However, the source says an IFP member was killed by a Daesh sniper.​​ 

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Iraqi Army 9th​​ division units ambushed and killed 2 Daesh suicide terrorists who were planning to attack the​​ division’s military positions in the Mtaibija area on Tuesday. The source sent us photos of the terrorists.​​ 

 

Samarra

The Center for Security Information says that Army units killed 2 suicide attackers and wounded 1, while capturing an explosives​​ belt and 15 grenades, in Sifuna, in the​​ Al-Mu’tasim area​​ in eastern Samarra.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army military position in Al-Mu’tasim on Tuesday, killing three soldiers, wounding others, and destroying an armored personnel carrier and the military position before “returning safely”. [A3maq] [ICDNAug15]

 

DIYALA

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

Gen. Mizher Al-Azzawi, Diyala Ops Commander, says that 22 Daesh​​ fighters​​ were killed by Army units in the Himrin area, who also destroyed 25 Daesh safehouses. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Albu Eissa area, in Udhaim, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh says it destroyed an SUV carrying IFP fighters with an IED in Shirnaw village, in Dibis. [A3maq]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMF units captured a Daesh cook near Sadouniya village. The source says the man lost his way back to a Daesh hideout in the Makhoul Mountains. The source says the man was delivering food when he was captured.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says four tribal PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack on the Al-Zab area, on Tuesday. The source says Daesh also kidnapped two men who provided information to the PMFs.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed two IFP officers and three other members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED on the road between Safra and Tikrit, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it blew up the house of an Intelligence Service​​ officer​​ in Mahmudiya village, west of Hawija. It also says it killed or wounded IFP​​ officers​​ and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near the same village. [ICDNAug15]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Ministry of Interior spokesmen Sa’ad Ma’an says that a man wanted on terrorism charges was arrested in west Mosul. No further details were revealed. [BaghdadToday]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Ninewa SWAT units raided several houses in Al-Quds, in east Mosul, and captured 8 Daesh terrorists including Salem Al-Jazza’, the Daesh security commander of south Ninewa. The source says the terrorists admitted they were planning to reactivate Daesh cells in the city.

 

Southern Ninewa​​ (No reports)

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

A security source says that a Turkish plane attacked alleged PKK positions in Kali Shano,​​ in the Sinuni area of western Sinjar.​​ The security source did not provide casualty figures. A PMF official said later that the attack had killed a PKK commander and 4 fighters from the Sinjar​​ Resistance Units, a Yazidi militia affiliated with the PKK.​​ [Shafaaq]​​ [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Iraqi Observatory of Human Rights says that a demonstrator was killed when security forces used force to end a protest in​​ the​​ Ezzedine Salim subdistrict of Basra. Clashes between protestors and soldiers followed the incident. Use of live ammunition by the police was reported. [Shafaaq]

 

The death of a protestor in Huwayr (Ezzedine Salim subdistrict)​​ set off​​ clashes between tribes and security forces, while a tribal demonstration, protesting arrests that have taken place, marched​​ in front of​​ the local council​​ building. [Ghad]

 

Najaf

The city of Najaf is​​ already​​ experiencing a severe economic decline following the US sanctions on​​ Iran, which have​​ impacted religious tourism. Najaf is a major holy site for Shia; the​​ Chairman of the Najaf Hotel Association, Sa’eb Abu Gheneim, said that over 85% of visitors come from Iran. These numbers are expected to drop significantly this year due to the sanctions and the fall in value of the Iranian riyal. [Rudaw]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

The Asayesh said on Wednesday that they had thwarted a Daesh plan to threaten security in Kurdistan. The operations started with monitoring Daesh movements in some of Kirkuk’s subdistricts, and then arresting a major financial officer of Daesh in Kifri​​ in northern Diyala​​ and an associate of his who were trying to reach Suleimaniya with forged documents. Arrests followed in several areas, while several car bombs and weapons shipments were intercepted. More important arrests were made in June and July, but the identities of the arrestees were kept​​ secret​​ for​​ the​​ safety and security of the investigations. [Ghad]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The​​ New York Times​​ says that intelligence officials conceded that the most recent strain between Turkey and the United States — over American sanctions to punish Turkey for the detention of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical pastor from North Carolina — could halt new progress against Daesh. The paper says, quoting a “major Coalition officer,” that both countries have taken many joint security steps in Manbij, adding that Western intelligence services fear that Turkey would suspend their intelligence exchange. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the US believes​​ missing journalist Austin Tice​​ is still alive, and added that they were working to bring him home. She was speaking on the sixth anniversary of his disappearance in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

Turkey says that YPG units are withdrawing from Manbij and surrounding areas. A spokesman for the Turkish Presidency says that Turkey is waiting for their​​ complete withdrawal​​ to areas east of the Euphrates. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh says it killed three SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Al-Fadghami village, south of Shaddadi, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Brett McGurk, the US Special Envoy to the Coalition, arrived in Raqqa and met with the Raqqa Civil Council, where the reconstruction of the city and providing services to it were discussed. A source in the RCC says that the US Envoy promised to eliminate obstacles faced by the Council to ensure its smooth operation. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ McGurk deserves high marks for his continuing follow-up support to the Raqqa council. ​​ 

 

A Daesh​​ IED​​ attack on an SDF vehicle in​​ the village of​​ Baladiya Jadida, in the​​ eastern​​ Al-Karama subdistrict of​​ Raqqa,​​ left​​ 3​​ SDF fighters killed and several others wounded. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed an SDF member by hitting him with a car east of Ghassaniya village,​​ east of Raqqa,​​ on Tuesday. [ICDNAug15]

 

Daesh says it killed three SDF members, wounded two others, and destroyed an SUV with an IED near Ratla village, south of Raqqa, on Tuesday. [ICDNAug15]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Village leaders in southern Idlib received notifications from Turkish observer posts that there will be​​ an​​ attack by the Syrian Army on their area. This was conveyed in a meeting between​​ the​​ Turkish military and the heads of 5 villages. [EnabBaladi]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham says it arrested 12 persons in Khan Sheikhoun, southern Idlib,​​ for cooperation with​​ the​​ Syrian government and with Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

The SOHR wrote that a civilian was killed by Syrian Army shelling on the town of Badama, Jisr Al-Shughur​​ District.​​ In addition, a​​ young man was killed by unknown gunmen in Al-Hubait. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh carried out its closest attack to the Deir Ez-Zor military airport since losing the city of Deir Ez-Zor 9 months ago, according to the SOHR. Daesh attacked Syrian Army and pro-regime militias south of the city of Deir Ez-Zor, near the Al-Taym oil field. The number of casualties was not reported. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR wrote that Daesh was moving vehicles around​​ in its area​​ of​​ control on the eastern side of the Euphrates. The Coalition and the SDF are reportedly preparing for a large-scale attack on the last Daesh enclave around Hajin, Al-Susah, Al-Sha’afa, and Al-Baghouz. Civilians are continuing to leave the area for SDF-controlled positions. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its religious seminars in the Albu Kamal area. Daesh also publishes a photo of 5 of its terrorists watching a Daesh propaganda video in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNAug15]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq

Suwayda

The SOHR reported continued fighting between Syrian Army and pro-regime militias and Daesh in Rif Damashq near Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills), on the border with Suwayda Province. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR wrote that at least 28 Daesh fighters were injured in bombings and fighting with Syrian Army forces and affiliated militias in Rif Damashq, while 4 pro-regime fighters were injured.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says that 2 Syrian Army soldiers were killed while destroying a tunnel in Jobar, Damascus. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Iran denied the UN’s accusations of having organizational relations with Al-Qaeda, as state​​ in a report published recently. Iran demanded that the UN review the report. [BaghdadNews]

 

The US State Department says Iran used a “funny” trick when broadcasting a promotional video of its latest missiles. State says that the alleged explosion of the missile was​​ a​​ local detonation, and not due to the missile. [Arabi21]

 

Gholamhossein Karbaschi, Secretary-General of the Iranian reformist Executives of Construction Party and former Mayor of Tehran, was sentenced on Wednesday to one year in jail on charges of “insulting Iranian martyrs in Syria.” The charges follow Karbaschi’s public criticism of Iranian intervention in Syria, for which he faced backlash from the conservative Iranian media, as well as media outlets affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards.​​ [Arabi21]

 

Lebanon

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri says that relations between Lebanon and the Assad government in Syria cannot return to​​ their​​ previous state. He described the issue as “unquestionable.” [ZamanAlwasl]

 

North Africa

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of the Interior says that National Guards in Sousse, south of the capital, arrested 2​​ people​​ affiliated with Daesh.​​ Tunisian media added that they were aged 19 and 21.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

The​​ New York Times​​ says that Daesh is not dead yet. It says over 33,000 fighters are still fighting for it, despite the decline of its geographic dominance to a large extent. It says that Daesh still has affiliate groups in Afghanistan, North Africa, and Southeast Asia, and still initiates at least 1 attack per week.​​ [AlIraqNews]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A Taliban attack on a military base in Baghlan​​ Province, northeastern Afghanistan, left 45 people​​ dead, including 36 soldiers and 9 policemen.​​ The​​ Taliban lost​​ an​​ unknown number of fighters​​ in the attack, says a government source.​​ The​​ Taliban says​​ that​​ it took over the base,​​ killing 70 soldiers. [Anadolu]

 

The​​ Afghan​​ Ministry of Interior says​​ that a​​ suicide attack on a Shia neighborhood in Kabul has left 25 killed and at least 35 wounded. University students, including women,​​ were in​​ the​​ building attacked. No party claimed responsibility so far. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The bad reports from Afghanistan keep coming, with mass casualty incidents seemingly now a daily occurrence.​​ Missing are any indications of what will be done, if anything, to reverse the trend.

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Egyptian terrorists, saying he was killed in Libya. [ICDNAug15]

 

 

August 14, 2018

 

Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Sunni leaders announce new political coalition. [..]

Lebanese Hezbollah joins effort to form a pro-Iran government. [..]

CoR member alleges major Basra oil smuggling operation. [..]

Al-Hurra report says Iran’s Al-Quds force financed partly from Iraq. [..]

Al-Abadi, Erdogan talk up mutual cooperation. [..]

Tribe leaders in Salahuddin denounce members who joined Daesh, provide names. [..]

AAH clashes with demonstrators in Basra. [..]​​ 

 

Syria

Lavrov says eliminating Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib is next military objective. [..]

SDF in talks with Syrian government in Damascus. [..]

US military reported expanding its presence at Kobane airport &in Manbij area. [..]

Daesh attacks SDF east and north of Raqqa. [..]

Syrian air, artillery bombardments displace villagers in southern Idlib. [..]

SOHR anticipates final SDF/Coalition attack in Albu Kamal; residents fleeing area. [..]​​ 

 

Other​​ countries

Great Britain: ​​​​ Another vehicle assault incident hits London’s Parliament area. [..]

Afghanistan: ​​​​ Taliban captures Afghan military base; kills 17 soldiers, captures 40. [..]

 US soldier killed by IED in Helmand Province. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

On Tuesday, Iraq’s most prominent Sunni leaders announced that they had formed a new coalition called the National Axis.​​ It​​ includes​​ 6 political​​ alliances​​ that won​​ CoR​​ seats, with leaders​​ including outgoing​​ CoR​​ Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri;​​ Al-Qarar​​ (Decision)​​ leader Osama Nujaifi;​​ Jamal Al-Karbouli;​​ Salahuddin Governor Ahmed Al-Jubouri, the Minister of Agriculture;​​ and businessman Khamis Al-Khanjar. [Arabi21]

 

A “senior political source” said on Tuesday that Muhammad Al-Kawtharani, a leader in Lebanese Hezbollah, was in Baghdad to try to​​ deal with​​ the formation of the next Iraqi government. The source said that Al-Kawtharani met with “high-level political figures” and was trying to mediate between the various Shia parties. The source also claimed that the current candidates being discussed for Prime​​ Minister​​ in these talks were Nouri Al-Maliki, Tariq Najm, Falih Alfayyadh (Chairman of the PMF), and Hadi Al-Amiri, and that Haider Al-Abadi was now out of consideration.​​ [BaghdadNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: Iran ally Hezbollah is trying to influence creation of a pro-Iran government​​ in Iraq.

 

Corruption

Abdul Salam Al-Maliki, a​​ just-reelected​​ CoR member​​ in the Rule of Law​​ bloc, said on Tuesday that 25,000 barrels of oil were being smuggled out of Basra daily by sea, and taken in small ships to​​ unknown destinations. Al-Maliki said that PM Haider Al-Abadi was required to open an investigation into these illegal sales of Iraqi oil, which he said were being arranged by political parties and other well-connected figures. He added that the Ministry of Oil was “completely unable” to stop these operations. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The US-backed​​ Al-Hurra​​ channel published on Saturday a report on Iran’s financing networks in Iraq. The report claimed that hundreds of millions of dollars were being transferred through small transactions in Iraq and other countries and being used to fund the Quds Force (the special forces branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards), Hezbollah, and “other terrorist organizations.” This report comes as the US Treasury Department is investigating Iraqi banks for ties to Iran, Hezbollah, and Daesh. [BaghdadNews]​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The wife of official Daesh spokesman Samir Al-Khlifawi is standing trial before the​​ criminal​​ court in Karkh. The 26yearold Fatin was arrested near Kirkuk,​​ after trying to enter Suleimaniya with falsified documents. She​​ talked about​​ her family and​​ their​​ close relationship​​ to Al-Baghdadi’s family, saying that she moved from Aleppo to Mayadin and Shuaitat, before moving to IDP camps in Anbar and then Kirkuk. [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Saudi daily​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ says​​ that​​ Daesh is recruiting children from refugee camps. The focus is​​ on the underage children,​​ to carry out operations in states​​ outside​​ of​​ Syria, as many of these children are held without their parents. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi talked with Turkey’s​​ President​​ Recep Tayyip Erdoğan​​ in Ankara​​ discussing mutual cooperation, water, and security issues. Erdogan stressed that Iraq would get its full share of water.​​ [Sumaria]

PM Al-Abadi says that Iraqi​​ and Turkish​​ points of view on security issues are almost identical. In a press conference with the Turkish​​ President,​​ Al-Abadi reiterated Iraq’s refusal​​ to​​ allow​​ any attack on​​ Turkey through its territories. [Anadolu]

The​​ Turkish​​ President​​ Erdoğan​​ says​​ that a​​ secure, stable, and flourishing Iraq​​ provides the same​​ for​​ Turkey, saying that the two countries are sharing​​ the same destiny. He expressed​​ his​​ readiness to cooperate with the​​ next​​ Iraqi government in all fields,​​ and suggested​​ opening a new border​​ crossing​​ between the two countries. [Anadolu]

 

The Iraqi Embassy in Tehran warned Iraqi travelers of assaults and robberies in Abadan and Khorramshahr; the Iranian consulate in Basra says such attacks are being investigated. The Embassy says the attacks​​ have not been numerous in total, but have been occurring within a short period of time. [SkyPress]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source said on Tuesday that a roadside IED had exploded in Abu Dsheer,​​ in Rasheed,​​ injuring​​ two​​ civilians. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it killed or wounded more than ten Shia with an IED in Abu Dsheer. [ICDnAug14]

 

ANBAR

Rutba

Hameed Al-Hayes,​​ leader​​ of the Anbar​​ Salvation​​ Council,​​ an organization of tribal leaders, complains​​ that Daesh members are moving​​ around​​ easily in western Anbar, and​​ under the eyes of the US. Daesh is receiving supplies in the areas around Rutba, as the US military abstains from striking them under the pretext of rules of engagement, he says.​​ 

Meanwhile, pro-Iranian militias accuse the US of blackmailing Iraq by overlooking Daesh activity or supporting the creation of “sleeper cells” to maintain the Daesh presence in the country. [Etejah]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says several tribes attended a reconciliation meeting in Tikrit. The source says tribal leaders announced that they denounce any member of their tribes who joined Daesh. The source says the leaders also submitted lists of names of those terrorists.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that IFP units captured 2 men who were providing Daesh terrorists in the Mtaibija area with food for high prices. The men admitted that there are dozens of Daesh terrorists, led by a Saudi, who are hiding in the area. The source sent us photos of the captured men.

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Saraya Al-Salam commander and another fighter were killed and two other fighters wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the Kuwaiti road, in Ishaqi.

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A security source in Diyala says that an IED exploded in the Al-Aitha area near​​ Khan​​ Bani Saad, southwestern Baquba, wounding a civilian farmer passing by on his motorcycle. [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

An informed source in Baquba says that tribal fighters thwarted a Daesh attack on the village of Shirween, in Mansouriya, northern Al-Khalis District. The fighting and mortar counter-shelling was still continuing as of the writing of the report. [Ikh]

 

KIRKUK​​ (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Governor of Ninewa, Nawfal Al-Aqoub, said in an interview with a local TV channel that the decision to get the PMFs out of Mosul is “stupid.” The Governor participated in a demonstration​​ people from Mosul​​ who protested the decision. A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says most of the demonstrators were from the Governor’s tribe.​​ 

 

Demonstrators in Mosul demanded that PMF units stay in Mosul city. Demonstrators demanded that the government to review its decision to withdraw these forces from Mosul. [Rudaw]

 

Ministry of Interior spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an says that the 7th​​ Battalion of the Ninewa Police arrested 8 Daesh operatives in​​ east​​ Mosul. The arrests were made in the neighborhoods of Tis’in, Al-Intisar and Al-Quds. All arrestees fought against Iraqi units during the Mosul liberation operation and some were wounded in battle. [Ghad]​​ [PressIraq]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Makhmur/Qayara/Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh kidnapped two tribal PMF fighters at a fake checkpoint between Makhmur city and Debaga.​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that 4 Daesh safehouses and 2 boats used by Daesh had been destroyed, as part of an operation to clear the “central islands” near Imam Gharbi​​ village, close to the Qayara Airfield. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a tribal PMF fighter was killed and another wounded in a Daesh attack on Al-Imam village, in Qayara subdistrict.​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of capturing and killing tribal PMF members in the Hatra area. [ICDNAug14]

 

Western​​ Ninewa​​ (No reports)

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the AAH demolished the tents of protesters near the Basra Provincial Council building and arrested six protestors. The source says hundreds of protestors defied the AAH and returned to the area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the AAH shot at demonstrators in the Huwayr area, in north Basra, killing one and wounding seven. The source sent us photos of tents and vehicles that belonged to the protestors burned down by the AAH.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

A Yazidi woman told her story of returning to Kurdistan after being kidnapped and tortured by Daesh. The young woman, “Ashwaq,” was 15 when she was abducted during a terrorist attack on Sinjar in 2014. She said that the night of her kidnapping, they were driven to Shaddadi (in Syria) and locked up together with many other kidnapped Yazidis in a 3-story building. After 10 months of torture and physical abuse, “Ashwaq” escaped to a Peshmerga-controlled area and lived with some relatives. Under a refugee program, she moved to Stuttgart, Germany, together with her mother and 1 brother. There she again met the same Daesh man who had bought her in Mosul for $100, as he came to the same refugee camp in Stuttgart. She told the German authorities about it, but says they did not take any action against the Daesh member. Disillusioned, she returned to Kurdistan after 3 years as a refugee in Germany. ​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

A Turkish Presidential Advisor announced that while Turkey “cannot even think” of sending Syrian refugees back home, it would not prevent them from returning. Despite this, an unspecified number of Syrian refugees in Turkey have reported receiving phone calls from​​ people claiming to work for the Turkish municipality telling them they must prepare to return to Syria.​​ [Dorar]

 

The HPG (armed wing of the PKK) says that its units killed 10 Turkish soldiers in a series of attacks in Jali​​ Sirnak and Siirt, in Golemerg (aka Hakkari), southeast Turkey. [Roj]

 

Turkey said​​ its troops​​ had neutralized “terrorists” affiliated with the PKK in Tunceli Province.​​ [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, says that Daesh is almost eliminated in Syria, and that the main task now is to eliminate Tahrir Al-Sham​​ (Al-Nusra). Meeting with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Lavrov said that​​ they discussed​​ de-escalation in Idlib, where the presence of​​ Tahrir Al-Sham​​ is a main obstacle. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

Political opposition

The SDF says that a delegation from its political wing visited Damascus for a new round of discussions with the Syrian government. The talks tackled the issues of self-administration and the​​ Constitution, with the government proposing that the areas under Kurdish control would participate in the local elections next month. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

An “informed source” says that the US is expanding Kobane airport and is deploying modern weapons there. The source says that they are also expanding a smaller helicopter pad west of Manbij. [BasNews]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh is targeting the SDF with sporadic attacks in Raqqa, killing​​ five​​ SDF fighters with IEDs in the past 2 days,​​ three​​ of them in the Al-Karama area​​ east of Raqqa city. [EnabBaladi]

 

North Raqqa​​ (Ayn Eissa,​​ Tal Abyad, etc.)

Daesh says it killed eight SDF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED near Irtiwaziya village, in Suluk. [ICDNAug14]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

On Tuesday, artillery and air bombardments by the Syrian Army against​​ southern​​ Idlib and​​ northern​​ Hama displaced dozens of villages. The majority of people from the villages of​​ Umm Al-Khalakhil,​​ Um Jalal, Farja, Al-Khawin, Tal Al-Sheikh, Al-Buraysah, and Al-Raffah​​ were displaced.​​ The Syrian Army also attacked the villages of​​ Sukayk,​​ Khan Sheikhoun, and Tamanah among several others.​​ [Dorar]​​ 

 

Daesh sources publish a photo of a Syria Liberation Front commander assassinated in Al-Hubait town, south of Idlib. [ICDNAug14]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The Syrian authorities are investigating Samir Rafe, head of the Palestinian militia Liwa Al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade) on charges of selling weapons to Daesh. A truck carrying rockets was lost in Deir Ez-Zor amid suspicions that the rockets were sold to Daesh. [Dorar]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR says that civilian families are fleeing the area in anticipation of a final assault by SDF and Coalition forces. Yazidi families were reported heading towards SDF positions. [SyriaHR]

 

The SDF freed a Yazidi family from Daesh captivity in northern Deir Ez-Zor. [Hawar]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Syrian media says that the Syrian Army has advanced further, capturing the Um Mardikh area northwest of Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills)​​ in southern Rif Damashq, where Daesh is based. That​​ is the only area remaining under Daesh rule following their withdrawal from Suwayda. [EnabBaladi]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Kuwait

A source says that Kuwait rejected a Turkish request for economic support following the decline of​​ the​​ Turkish currency. [Hawar]

 

North Africa

Libya

A debate in the Libyan Parliament turned into a gunfight in front of the parliament building in Tobruk. The debate was about a referendum on the Constitution. 1 MP was wounded. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Great Britain

On Tuesday night, sources reported that the​​ vehicle assault​​ incident which occurred outside the​​ Parliament​​ in London was committed by Salih Khater, a 29-year-old UK national. Earlier in the day, Khater​​ deliberately drove into​​ several pedestrians and cyclists before running into traffic barriers​​ outside the Parliament​​ that were erected after a previous deadly incident.​​ There were injuries but no reported fatalities.​​ [Telegraph] [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The Taliban took control of a government military base in Ghormach​​ District, Faryab Province, northwest Afghanistan, after killing 17 soldiers. A military spokesman announced the fall of the base, where 100 soldiers were posted at the time of the attack. The Taliban also captured about 40 soldiers. [Hawar]

 

The Pentagon​​ announced​​ that​​ Staff Sgt. Reymund​​ Rarogal​​ Transfiguracion, 36,​​ of Waikoloa Hawaii​​ was killed by an IED explosion in Helmand​​ Province, southern Afghanistan. ​​ [Ikh]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles against the Taliban in the Wazir Tanki area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNAug14]

Daesh publishes photos of “graduation ceremonies” of a group of its terrorists in Kunar. [ICDNAug14]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes photos of a group of its terrorists making food in an unspecified location in Anbar. [ICDNAug14]

 

August 13, 2018