March 6, 2019
Women and Children Evacuated from Al-Baghouz (BBC March 6)
Human Rights Watch slams Iraq & KRG for arresting, prosecuting Daesh children. [..]
Abd Ul-Madhi, CoR committee member stress importance of continuing US, Coalition military role. [..]
Coalition planes take out Daesh tunnel & 5 fighters near Baghdadi. [..]
9 more bodies discovered under rubble in Mosul’s Old City. [..]
UN Security Council debates report on Syria’s role in Damascus-area chemical attacks. [..]
Trump agrees with Congress members who want some US troops to stay in Syria. [..]
Mass evacuation of civilians + hundreds of Daesh fighters continues in Albu Kamal. [..]
SDF blocks tunnel escape attempt by 400 Daesh, as others flee into desert. [..]
SDF frees brainwashed Yazidi child who fought with Daesh. [..]
Yemen: Human rights groups says US & British-made bombs have killed 273 civilians, injured at least 749. [..]
Nigeria: Daesh-backed Boko Haram faction replaces top leader. [..]
Daesh attack on Jalalabad airport construction workers kills 17. [..]
Afghan special forces kill 27 Taliban fighters in northern Kunduz Province. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi said that the upcoming general census is essential for development plans. The High Council for Population held a meeting to discuss Iraq’s preparations to hold the census in 2020. [Sumaria]
The US Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, Dr. Denise Natali, said on Wednesday in a special interview with Sumaria that the US is now focused on restoring stability, the population, and normal conditions by providing security and services. She said that Iraq can become a state that flourishes through investments, and that US companies would like to strengthen the private sector in Iraq. [Sumaria]
The Iraqi government ordered the Ministry of Transportation to finalize the infrastructure improvements at the port in Faw, Basra, due to its extremely high economic value. The orders were issued following the cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Iraq has been planning to complete the construction of the Greater Faw port since 2012. The project’s estimated total cost is $5 billion. [Anadolu]
A UN intelligence report said that the death of millions of Iraqi carp in 2018 was caused by the Koi Herpes Virus (KHV), not pollution. [Sumaria] [Relief]
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Wednesday saying that Iraqi and KRG authorities were holding approximately 1,500 children on criminal charges related to affiliation with Daesh. The report said that both Iraqi and KRG authorities arrested and prosecuted children for alleged Daesh connections based on “dubious accusations and forced confessions obtained through torture.” HRW said that the practices of Iraq and the KRG both violated due process, and they were potentially in violation of international law mandating that children recruited into armed extremist groups were entitled to “rehabilitation and reintegration” rather than prosecution. [WaPo] [HRW]
Following this report, the UN said on Wednesday that the children of Daesh members should be dealt with according to human rights laws. [Rudaw]
Hamid Al-Hayes, a member of the tribal PMF organization Anbar Salvation Council, said that any Daesh fighter from any nationality handed over by the SDF to Iraq will stand trial according to Iraqi laws. He also said there are over 1,000 wives and children with the Daesh fighters. The Daesh fighters are kept in heavily guarded detention centers, he said. [Sumaria]
The Higher Judiciary Council said that a Daesh convict had been sentenced to death for organizing a terrorist attack with a vehicle bomb at Square “55” in Jamila, Sadr City, killing and wounding many civilians. [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]
The Higher Judiciary Council said that an Anbar court validated the confession of a Daesh terrorist known as “Ramadi Security,” who was previously arrested by security personnel. He is facing charges of organizing a vehicle bomb attack in Ramadi and of other terrorism crimes. [Sumaria]
In a statement, Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi stressed the importance of continued cooperation between Iraq and the US to eliminate Daesh and enforce stability in the area. The statement came following a meeting with Dr. Denise Natali, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). [Sumaria]
Abd Ul-Mahdi also received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, wherein they discussed the role of US forces in Iraq. [Sumaria]
Faleh Al-Essawi, a member of the CoR Security and Defense Committee, said that Coalition forces staying in Iraq is in the country’s interest and delivers a positive message to the international community. He added that the Committee understands that mutual interest is the basis of international relations, and that there is nothing offered free of charge. [Sumaria]
CoR Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbusi met with the Iranian Foreign Minister in Tehran, in an unannounced visit. They discussed increased bilateral relations, “developing conditions” in the region, and increasing cooperation in fighting terrorism. Bas News says that Al-Halbusi “praised” Iran’s role in supporting Iraq. [BasNews]
The PMF group Al-Nujaba’ (Harakat Hezbollah Al-Nujaba) said its addition to the US terrorism list is merely a “psychological warfare” tactic, and has no actual effect on the ground. Its spokesman Hashim Al-Musawi said that the US does not have the legitimacy to accuse Al-Nujaba’ of terrorism. He added that if the US administration is satisfied with you, then you are a terrorist because you represent its will. [Sumaria]
North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)
The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Wednesday that their units arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges in northern Baghdad. [Ghad]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that Coalition planes killed 5 terrorists in an airstrike on a tunnel used by Daesh as an explosives and ammunition storehouse in the desert near Baghdadi.
Adel Al-Dulaimi, Commander of the “tactical” Anbar Police Battalion, said that his units executed an aerial landing in the Rutba desert, arresting 2 Daesh fighters and destroying 2 of their vehicles. This comes as part of the security campaign to pursue Daesh in the western Anbar desert. [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. This story deserves attention for the indication that Iraq is adjusting to the new desert focus of Daesh by creating more mobile units and using less conventional tactics.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that a tribal PMF fighter was killed by a group of Daesh terrorists who broke into his house, near Kan’ous village.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that Coalition planes bombed Daesh positions in the Makhoul Mountains.
The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Wednesday that its units found a cache of military equipment containing mortars and heavy machine guns, in southern Buhriz subdistrict. [Ghad]
Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)
The Security Media Center said that 1 policeman was killed and 4 were wounded during the pursuit of a Daesh group in Muqdadiya. An IED targeted the police units during the chase in the Tawakul orchards, near Muqdadiya. [Sumaria] [Ghad] [Baghdadia]
Daesh said on Wednesday that it killed one policeman and wounded three others with two IEDs in Tawakul village, in Muqdadiya District. [ICDNMar6-Telegram]
Northern Diyala (Khanaqin)
Diyala Police Command said on Wednesday that the Khanaqin and Jalawla police had arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges and destroyed two Daesh safehouses in Khanaqin. [Ghad]
Daesh said it damaged a bus carrying Shia with light weapons on Monday in an ambush in the Hashimiyat area, in Khanaqin District. [ICDNMar6-Telegram]
The MoI said that intelligence units in Ninewa had arrested a terrorism suspect who was threatening and extorting citizens (locations unspecified). [Etejah]
A spokesperson for the PMF in northern Iraq said that Daesh ambushed PMF soldiers near Makhmur, killing 2 and injuring others, on Wednesday evening. [Rudaw]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that several PMF fighters were killed or wounded when Daesh ambushed their bus on the road between Makhmur and Dibis.
On Wednesday, Civil Defense teams recovered 9 bodies buried under rubble in Mosul’s Old City. [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. You know your reconstruction project is severely challenged when its initial phase is removing bodies.
South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)
Daesh said it wounded two tribal PMF fighters and damaged their vehicle with an IED on Monday in Quneitra village, in Hammam Al-Alil. [ICDNMar6-Telegram]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that Yazidi PMF units captured a Daesh commander near the Syrian border. The source said the PMFs handed the terrorist over to Ninewa Police. The source said the terrorist had previously been sentenced to death in absentia.
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Military & security developments
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Wednesday that Turkey would conduct joint security operations with Iran against the PKK. He said that fewer than 700 PKK “terrorists” remained inside Turkey, and that “terrorist” infiltration into Turkey has greatly subsided. [Anadolu]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
In a closed session on Wednesday, the UN Security Council discussed a report about the involvement of the Syrian government in the chemical attacks on Douma last April. The UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Karen Pierce, noted that the resolution held the Syrian government responsible for the chlorine attacks last year, and that the Russian participants didn’t like that. [Anadolu] [UN]
NBC News said on Wednesday that members of Congress sent President Trump a letter requesting that not all US forces withdraw from Syria, due to the possibility of Daesh reemerging and the Iranian presence. He wrote “I agree 100 percent” on the letter in a black Sharpie. [ElDorar]
The website Al-Monitor said that the US changed the destination of millions of dollars worth of weapons intended for Iraq, for which they were initially bought, to SDF forces in Syria. The Pentagon said that these weapons will assist the SDF in clearing the last Daesh stronghold in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. 50 Humvees, 20 armored vehicles, 40 tank trailers, 700 light weapons, 2,400 mortar shells, 25 minesweepers, and hundreds of anti-explosive charges are among the weapons in question. [Mada]
A land mine left behind by Daesh exploded and wounded a child in Afrin. The child was taken to the Afrin Hospital. [Hawar]
Central and West
The SOHR reported airstrikes, mostly Russian, on Daesh targets east of Homs. [SyriaHR]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Deir Ez-Zor District
The SOHR reported a search operation by the SDF, backed by Coalition helicopters, near Al-Busayrah town. Large quantities of weapons were reportedly confiscated from known weapons traders. [SyriaHR]
Daesh said on Wednesday it killed an SDF commander with machine guns in Al-Jardhi village, in Dhiban subdistrict. [ICDNMar6-Telegram]
DaeshDaily comment. These “victorious” stories about Dhiban keep coming from Daesh, long after it was defeated in Mayadin. We notice, however, that none of these incidents are reported by any other media, which is suspicious. We can’t tell whether there is a Daesh pocket remaining in Dhiban that the SDF and Coalition have failed to eliminate or Daesh media warriors have found a place far enough from current battlefront action so that its stories won’t be contradicted.
Albu Kamal District
An SDF source said that 2,000 armed Daesh fighters have surrendered to the SDF through the “safe route” in Al-Baghouz. He also said that 6,000 people had been evacuated from battle areas in the past 24 hours, including hundreds of fighters. [EnabBaladi]
The SDF said it thwarted an attempt by 400 Daesh fighters to escape from Al-Baghouz through a tunnel. The group was being transferred by a specialized trafficking network. They were planning to escape on foot to a remote area. The group was arrested by the SDF. [EnabBaladi]
The SOHR said that about 300 Daesh fighters had fled Al-Baghouz for the Syrian desert in Homs and Suwayda, and that they were trying to reach areas in the desert bordering Iraq. [Ghad]
The SOHR reported an SDF sorting process in which civilians are taken to Hasaka, while fighters are kept in detention centers. The SDF also recovered 5 of its fighters who had been captured by Daesh earlier. [SyriaHR]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that SDF units in Al-Baghouz freed a Yazidi child who had been kidnapped by Daesh in 2014. The source said the boy had been brainwashed and was captured fighting alongside the terrorists.
Daesh mourned 2 “major” leaders who were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Al-Baghouz. One was related to the famous Daesh media officer, Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani. [ZamanAlWasl]
Daesh said on Wednesday it shot and killed two SDF members in Kashkiya village, in Hajin subdistrict. [ICDNMar6-Telegram]
The SOHR reported “heavy” shooting by local tribesmen at unidentified motorcycles east of Suwayda. No casualties were reported. [SyriaHR]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
A report from US and Yemeni human rights groups said that airstrikes using US-made and British-made bombs had killed 203 civilians and injured at least 749. The report covered 27 airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition between April 2015 and April 2018, all of which were carried out against civilian targets. The report noted, “Many of the attacks appeared to take place far from any potential military target.… Others caused harm to civilians that vastly outweighed any likely military benefit.” [WaPo]
Officials from the Saudi-backed Yemeni government visited Washington and New York to ask the Trump administration and the UN to help stop antiquities smuggling from Yemen. [NYT]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
On Wednesday morning, Glasgow police received reports of suspicious packages on the grounds of the University of Glasgow campus and the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. The police ordered the evacuation of the bank and several buildings of the school. The police later reported that the package found at the school was harmless. [Sumaria] [Telegraph]
Sources with “deep knowledge” of the Daesh-backed faction of Boko Haram (ISWAP) claimed that Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi had been replaced as the group’s leader. The sources said that the “previously unknown” Abu Abdullah Ibn Umar Al-Barnawi was the replacement leader. Observers noted that Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi had previously been considered a figurehead for Mamman Nur, his second-in-command, who was killed by other ISWAP commanders in August 2018. [VanguardNGR]
5 farmers were killed and 20 injured on Wednesday when their truck hit a land mine near Maiduguri. The truck was transporting farmers and agricultural workers. The land mine was blamed on ISWAP. [VanguardNGR]
Jalalabad. An Afghan official said that 16 people were killed in a Daesh suicide attack near Jalalabad airport in Nangarhar. 9 others were wounded. The attack targeted a company carrying out construction projects in the airport. 2 of the attackers detonated themselves, while 3 others were killed in fighting with security personnel. [Rudaw]
Time magazine’s coverage says militants set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed the construction company site near the airport, killing at least 17 people, officials said. The dawn assault triggered an hours-long gun battle with local guards, which US troops joined to assist the Afghan troops.
Among those killed were 16 employees of the Afghan construction company EBE and a military intelligence officer, said Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman; 9 others were wounded in the attack, which lasted more than five hours.
Gen. Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, the provincial police chief was quoted as saying that “U.S. forces are supporting Afghan forces in securing the area now.” [Time]
Daesh’s version said it killed 30 Jalalabad Airport employees and security personnel and wounded 25 others when 2 of its terrorists, who positioned themselves in a nearby building, targeted the residences of the airport employees at the airport with RPG7 rockets, hand grenades, and machine guns. It also said the clashes lasted for 7 hours. It also said the terrorists set off 4 IEDs targeting reinforcement units and vehicles that arrived in the area. Daesh published a photo of the 2 terrorists. [ICDNMar6-Telegram]
DaeshDaily comment. Although Daesh didn’t mention in the story that the terrorists were killed, the caption indicates their death.
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military said that 35 fighters from Daesh’s Khorasan affiliate (ISIS-K) had been killed in operations in Achin, Nangarhar Province. [Khaama]
Achin. Daesh said it killed or wounded seven “Afghan and American” service members when it set off several IEDs in the Bicha area, in Achin in Nangarhar. Daesh said Afghan forces, supported by Coalition troops, were “trying to advance” in the area. [ICDNMar6-Telegram]
Wazir. Daesh said it killed three Afghan soldiers and stole their weapons on Tuesday in clashes in the Wazir area, in Nangarhar. Daesh published a photo of 2 machine guns it stole. [ICDNMar6-Telegram]
Daesh’s A3maq claimed the terrorists stopped an Afghan forces attack on the Wazir area on Tuesday, killing three soldiers. [A3maq-Telegram]
As the Jalalabad attack unfolded, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived for a visit to neighboring Kunar province to inaugurate an health complex and to lay the cornerstone of a 200-bed hospital.
Military sources said that an Afghan Special Forces operation in Imam Sahib District, Kunduz Province, northern Afghanistan, killed 27 Taliban fighters and wounded 16 others. [Khaama]
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Yesterday, we mistakenly published a photo of an IED-damaged vehicle, saying that the explosion took place March 5 in Shura. One of our readers informed us that the photo was actually from a different incident in southern Ninewa on March 2. We apologize for the mistake, and we thank the reader.
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