October 12, 2018
Explosion in Kirkuk (Source DD October 12)
Daesh seizes parts of Qayara village, then run off by tribal PMFs, residents. [..]
Rev. Brunson found guilty but could be released. [..]
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. [..]
Saudi Arabia: Saudi prince proposes military campaign against Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
The Federal Police said on Friday that they had dismantled a “large” quantity of IEDs found in the Jazeera area of Samarra. [Baghdadia]
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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
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
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.
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.
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]
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.
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]
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
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 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.
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]
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 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]