July 16, 2018
Protests continue in southern Iraq, rattle Iraqi leaders. [..]
Iran refuses request to resume supplying power to Iraq. [..]
Riot control police pre-empt protests in north, southwest Baghdad. [..]
Anbar, Diyala bar protests, to avoid giving Daesh an advantage. [..]
22 more Daesh members arrested west of Mosul city. [..]
Peshmerga, Coalition start anti-Daesh operation in Makhmur. [..]
100 Hatra men arrested by PMFs are still missing. [..]
Trump, Putin agree to increase military cooperation in Syria. [..]
US, allies discussing resettlement of “White Helmets” personnel. [..]
Russia discusses future of Syria with Syrian opposition leader. [..]
All YPG units have now withdrawn from Manbij. [..]
Israel bombs Hezbollah support unit at Aleppo base. [..]
Daesh, Tahrir Al-Sham still murdering each other in Idlib. [..]
SDF says Daesh is using a human shields strategy in Albu Kamal. [..]
Syrian forces near closeout of Daesh in southwest Syria. [..]
Jordan commander estimates Daesh fighters down to 1,000-1,500 in southwest Syria. [..]
Yemen: UN says 35,000 families have fled port of Hodeida. [..]
Afghanistan: UN says number of Daesh attacks now exceeds Taliban attacks in Afghanistan. [..]
Daesh suicide bomber attacks ministry employees in Kabul. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
Bas News carried an overview of the ongoing demonstrations in southern Iraq.
The federal government imposed a curfew throughout southern Iraq on Saturday. Prime Minister Al-Abadi announced financial allocations for the improvement of water, electricity, and health services. Al-Abadi also ordered security services not to use live bullets against demonstrators, but said that “Iraq does not tolerate chaos.” 10 demonstrators have been reported killed so far, and dozens of both civilians and security personnel have been wounded.
In Dhi Qar Province, Khafaja tribesmen blocked the main road leading to Wasit Province and Baghdad. Local sources said that the tribesmen set tires on fire on the road and were chanting against federal government measures taken against demonstrators.
President Fuad Masoum met with a delegation of tribal heads and dignitaries from Basra, led by Sheikh Abd Al-Salam Al-Maliki, and discussed ways to address their issues, according to a statement by the President’s office. The statement noted that Masoum emphasized the need for lasting solutions for basic problems facing Basra Province, including electricity and service provision, unemployment among young people, and shantytown and mud houses. Masum said he was ready to “exert every effort” to support the people of Basra. The statement concluded by saying that it was necessary to prevent the crisis from being exploited by any foreign or hostile groups.
PM Al-Abadi called Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in order to reassure him regarding the security situation, according to the Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA. Kuwait has posted troops on its northern border following a threat from some Basra protestors to storm the port of Safwan. [BasNews]
Minister of the Interior Qasim Al-Araji said on Monday that 261 security personnel had been wounded in the demonstrations across several Iraqi provinces. He added that this was not permissible and that those responsible would be found. [Sumaria]
The Qatari newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed says that large reinforcements are heading to southern Iraq to protect the prisons that are mainly located there, especially in Basra and Dhi Qar. Some sources expressed fear that protestors could head to prisons and release prisoners. [WatanIq]
Qasim Al-Fahadawi, the Minister of Electricity, says that the official delegation that went to Tehran to convince the Iranians to resume supplying power to Iraq has failed in its mission. He says that the Ministry has an alternative plan, but did not elaborate. [Shafaaq]
Another “informed source” said on Monday that PM Haider Al-Abadi has sent Minister of Electricity Qasim Al-Fahadawi and Minister of Planning Salman Al-Jumaili to Saudi Arabia to sign a memorandum of cooperation regarding energy. [Sumaria]
A cabinet-level source says that PM Al-Abadi has taken several steps, including dismissing several top officials. Rumors say that Qasim Al-Fahadawi, the Minister of Electricity, is one of these officials. Al-Abadi will follow up personally on the disbursement of the emergency budget he assigned to Basra Province. More allocations will also be assigned to other provinces. [Dijlah]
Qais Al-Khazali’s Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) commented on Monday on the popular protests throughout Iraq. Na’em Al-Aboudi, spokesman for AAH, said that AAH had declared from the beginning that they supported the legitimate demands of the Iraqi people for service provision and job opportunities. Al-Aboudi added that there were those (unnamed) groups who would seek to exploit popular demonstrations for their own ends, but that so far, there was no evidence of political parties behind the current demonstrations. [BasNews]
For more on the protests, see province-level stories below under “Baghdad,” “Anbar,” “Diyala,” “Kirkuk,” and “Southern Iraq.”
“Informed sources” said on Saturday that Ayad Allawi, head of the Wataniya (National) alliance, proposed to cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr to form a government composed of the leaders of alliances that won seats in the recent elections, in addition to some influential figures from outside of political circles. The sources say that Al-Sadr rejected this proposal, as it would only return the same faces who have already been rejected by the people. [Mawazin]
Iraq stopped issuing entry visas to Iranians, before resuming but at a very low rate. Some press sources cited US pressure, while others cited technical issues with communication devices at the Iraqi embassy in Tehran. An Iranian diplomatic source says this is an Iraqi message to Iranians to convey Iraqi anger following the cutting of power and water supplies to Iraq by Iran. 9 Iranians were arrested recently at Baghdad International Airport for carrying false passports. [Shafaaq]
The Kuwaiti government and Parliament are meeting on Wednesday to discuss developments in Iraq. The Emir of Kuwait reportedly reiterated his country’s readiness to support Iraq in a telephone conversation with Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi. Kuwaiti forces were put on full alert at the border with Iraq. [Anadolu]
The Coalition reported that it had conducted 3 airstrikes in Iraq between July 9 and 15. Of those, 2 were near Rawa and 1 was in Diyala. [InherentResolve]
A statement from the Ministry of Defense said that the “Second Martyr’s Revenge” operations were underway, which involve a search for Daesh fighters in the Udhaim Basin in Diyala Province and adjoining areas in Salahuddin, and intending to converge around the Mtaibija area. The Ministry said that “clear progress” had been achieved during the operations. [Etejah]
An unnamed security source reported on Monday that riot control police had broken up a demonstration of about 300 people in the Shuala area, north Baghdad, earlier that same day.
The source said another riot control unit had been deployed in the Al-Aamel neighborhood in southwest Baghdad, adjoining the airport road, and that the force had closed the routes leading to the Baghdad airport from Al-Aamel. [Sumaria]
Security-related incidents reported
South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)
Daesh said it shot and killed a PMF intelligence member in the Yusufiyah area, on Friday. [ICDNJul14]
West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that security units at the Baghdad International Airport captured Falah Hassan Al-Ubeidi, a Daesh commander from the Shura area, who was trying to flee Iraq using a fake passport. The source says the terrorist was an AQI leader who later became a Daesh security official in southern Ninewa.
In what may be a report on the same arrest, General Yahya Rasul, spokesman of the Center for Security Information, says that military intelligence units in the 6th Army Division set an ambush and arrested a wanted terrorist in Al-Haswa, in Abu Ghraib. [Mawazin]
An “official source” in Anbar Province said on Monday that any demonstrations or protests in Anbar were prohibited, even if they had been previously registered, to prevent the terrorism situation from deteriorating. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, noted the resurgence of Daesh in Anbar in 2014 following protests, and said that the local government, security services, and tribes were all against such a situation recurring. [BasNews]
A security source in Anbar Operations Command announced on Monday that an operation had been launched to secure the border areas joining Anbar with Karbala, Ninewa, and Baghdad. The source, who asked not to be named, said that this operation was supported by Anbar and Al-Jazeera Ops Commands as well as tribal militia groups, and would help prevent Daesh presence in border areas. [BasNews]
The Center for Security Information said on Monday that units under Al-Jazeera Ops Command had destroyed 4 Daesh tunnels and detonated 80 IEDs during a search of Anbar Province. [PUKMedia]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that local police units captured 4 Daesh members in a search in Hit city. One of the terrorists is a Daesh commander who had returned from Syria 5 days earlier.
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that several PMF members were killed when a factory for locally made weapons exploded in the Akashat Compound. The source said the explosion happened because of an electricity shortage.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that 6 Kata’eb Hezbollah fighters were killed and 2 others wounded when 4 IEDs exploded on their convoy on the road to Albu Kamal, on the Syrian side of the border.
A mother of 3 filed a suit in Shirqat Civil Court to divorce her Daesh husband. She says in her claim that she rejected her husband’s request to join Daesh. She said that her husband escaped after the Iraqi Army re-entered Salahuddin 2 years ago. [BaghdadPost]
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that a displaced person was killed and his wife wounded when an IED planted by Daesh in their house in Al-Mazraa village exploded. The source said the family had just returned from Erbil.
Daesh said it destroyed a vehicle carrying traffic policemen with an IED in Tikrit city, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it killed or wounded Iraqi EOD experts by detonating a parked car bomb on the Al-Atiba’
(doctors) Street in Tikrit, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it severely wounded a PMF intelligence member and destroyed his vehicle with an IED on Watban Street, in Jazeera Samarra, on Friday. [ICDNJul14]
Daesh said it ambushed an Iraqi Army convoy in the Thirthar area, in Jazeera Samarra, on Saturday, killing or wounding several soldiers and damaging their vehicles. It said its terrorists returned safely after the attack. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said it killed or wounded eight PMF fighters, including an officer, and destroyed their SUV with an IED east of Samarra, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Daesh published on Monday photos of a PMF vehicle destroyed by an IED east of Samarra. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said it destroyed a PMF Humvee with an IED in the Al-Aith area, east of Samarra, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Jalam area, east of Samarra. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said on Monday it destroyed a PMF minesweeper with an IED east of Samarra, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [A3maq] [ICDNJul16]
Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)
Daesh said on Monday it shot at PMF member in Bir Ahmed village, east of Tuz Khurmatu, wounding one fighter. [ICDNJul16]
The Diyala Police Directorate said on Monday that tribal elders had agreed not to hold demonstrations in order to allow the Iraqi security services to focus on pursuing Daesh. They added that the demands of the people of Diyala were for electricity, water, and ration cards. The Diyala Police Chief, General Faisal Kazem Al-Abadi, said that Diyala tribal elders and dignitaries had met with the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior and agreed to postpone demonstrations. [Sumaria]
The Diyala Police Directorate said on Monday that it had arrested 6 wanted persons, including 1 wanted on terrorism charges, in various areas in the Province. [Ghad]
Daesh published photos on Sunday of its “support units” in an unspecified location in Diyala. [ICDNJul15]
The Diyala Police Directorate said on Monday that an explosives expert from the Diyala Police dismantled 3 IEDs that had been placed near a house in the Al-Katun area west of and near Baquba. [Etejah]
A security source in Diyala Province said that security personnel had carried out a search operation in Al-Baijat and surrounding areas south of Buhriz. The source said that an underground safehouse was found, containing materials for “TNT and C4.” The safehouse and explosives were destroyed. [Ghad]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that four PMF fighters were killed and another wounded in a Daesh attack on a PMF military position in the farms area, in Al-Khalis.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that two PMF fighters were killed and another wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in Udhaim.
Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that three Oil Protection policemen were killed when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Nafut Khana and Mandali.
The Commander for law enforcement in Kirkuk Province, General Ma’an Al-Sa’adi, denied on Monday that there had been any withdrawal of military forces from the Province. This was in response to local media reports that troops had been withdrawn in order to redeploy to the southern provinces as a result of the ongoing demonstrations there. [Sumaria]
However, the Himrin office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) claimed that Iraqi forces stationed in Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk had been withdrawn and were being moved to Baghdad. Mullah Karim Shakur, a senior official in the PUK, claimed that some troops, especially SWAT units, were being positioned around Baghdad. News agencies had previously quoted unnamed SWAT sources as saying that a special group of SWAT units would be assigned to Basra Province. [Sumaria]
Daesh said on Monday it damaged an IFP vehicle with an IED in Ghazaryar village, south of Kirkuk. [A3maq]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
Daesh said on Monday it targeted the police station of Tal Al-Dhahab, west of Hawija, with several mortar shells. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said it killed four IFP members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near Al-Azizi village (spelling approx.), east of Hawija, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Monday it blew up the house of a PMF intelligence member in Al-Azizi. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said it blew up the house of an IFP member in Babujan village, east of Hawija, on Saturday. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said on Monday it destroyed a PMF military position on Al-Atiba’ Street, in Hawija city, with a rocket. [A3maq]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)
Daesh released the kidnapping victim Farad Agha Kaka’i, in Daquq. Kaka’i, an elder in the religious minority of the same name. He was released Sunday for a large ransom. [BaghdadPost] [SotIraq]
Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded “many” IFP members and destroyed a Humvee and another vehicle in an ambush south of Daquq city. [ICDNJul16]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that PMF units captured Ammar Al-Ahmadi, a Daesh security official, who was hiding in a house in the Al-Aboor neighborhood in southwest Mosul.
An “informed source” said on Monday that the former Ninewa Operations Commander, Mahdi Al-Gharawi, had been arrested in connection with the investigation of the fall of Mosul to Daesh. A document covered by the media last year had indicated that Al-Gharawi had been sentenced to death by firing squad and to have all his assets seized or forfeited. Al-Gharawi was Ninewa Ops Commander during the period of Daesh control of the city. [Sumaria]
Hamidat/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura
General Mohammed Al-Jubouri, a spokesman for Ninewa Ops Command, said that 22 Daesh fighters had been arrested around the Al-Atshana and Badoush mountain ranges near the western edge of the city. [Sumaria]
Daesh said it killed two Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near Aski Mosul, on Friday. [ICDNJul15]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Daesh kidnapped two PMF fighters at a fake checkpoint near Ayn Al-Jahash village west of Shura city.
Makhmur. On Monday, the Peshmerga started an operation against Daesh, backed by Coalition planes, in the Mount Qarachogh area in Makhmur District. A preliminary report said 2 Peshmerga fighters were killed and 4 wounded in the operation and a later report raised the count to 5 Peshmerga killed, including an officer, plus an unspecified number of Peshmerga wounded. It said a “large number” of Daesh fighters were killed and characterized the operation as a “great success.” A different late report quoted a Peshmerga commander as saying that they had killed 14 Daesh fighters in the operation. [Ayanliraq] [Ghad] [SotIraq] [BasNews] [Rudaw]
Qayara. A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Daesh kidnapped three PMF members at a fake checkpoint near Aslubi village, near the Qayara military base.
Daesh said on Monday it killed an Intelligence service member after raiding his house in Shabali village, south of Qayara. [ICDNJul16]
Major Hazim Al-Harbawi of Ninewa Ops Command said on Monday that there had been fighting between security services and Daesh fighters at a checkpoint in the village of Al-Hawd, north of Qayara city. He said that the Daesh fighters had killed a policeman and injured 3 others before fleeing.
Al-Harbawi also denied that any US troops stationed at the Um Jurais base had withdrawn, saying that Coalition forces were still deployed there. [BasNews]
A military source says that unidentified gunmen in military uniforms killed an Iraqi policeman in his house in Qayara. [Anadolu] [Sumaria] This may reflect the same incident reported above.
Hatra. A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that more than 100 men from the Hatra area who had been arrested by PMF and tribal PMF units during the liberation campaign are still missing. The source said families of the arrested men sued the tribal PMF commander of the area, who in turn issued an arrest warrant against one of them. A local official told DaeshDaily that the arrested men had nothing to do with Daesh.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack in the Tal Safouk area, killing 2 terrorists. The source said the terrorists launched the attack on motorcycles after a mortar attack PMF positions in the area.
The government media office said on Monday that the government was trying to solve all problems related to service provision in Basra as soon as possible, and that all ministerial recommendations related to Basra will be passed on to the Council of Ministers. They said at a press conference that the Ministry of Oil had provided oil for Basra Province, and that the government would open the Al-Faw Energy Company. The office added that “any problem with oil production directly affects the Iraqi citizen.” [BasNews]
A former MP from Basra Province, Tawfiq Al-Ka’abi, said on Monday that the provincial administration bore most of the responsibility for the current demonstrations. Al-Ka’abi pointed out in an interview that there had been about $199 billion in disbursements to Basra Province since 2003, and the residents had yet to see any construction of power or desalination plants, or any local projects that would lower the rate of unemployment. [Sumaria]
In the city of Basra, protestors burned images of Iran’s former Ayatollah Khomeini. Iraqi and other Arab activists circulated photos on social media showing his pictures being burned in a street in Basra that is named after Khomeini. Iraqi social media users commented that it was a message to parties affiliated with Iran; some saw it as a response to pro-Iranian militia groups or Iranian attempts at intervention in Iraq. [BasNews]
Press and political sources say that members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards entered Basra in Iraq and attacked protestors. The reports claim that Qasem Suleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards, ordered 1600 members to enter Iraq and help control the Iraqi uprising, especially after reported attacks on Iranian-affiliated political parties. [BaghdadPost]
Unknown persons detonated an IED on a tower that transfers electricity to the largest oil field in southern Iraq, West Qurna 2, in Basra. Protesters attempted to storm West Qurna 2 about 4 days ago. The explosion caused the tower to go out of service, but maintenance work to restore it will finish on Tuesday. [Anadolu]
Qasim Al-Araji, the Minister of the Interior, arrived in Karbala on Monday, leading a large security force. His visit is directly connected with the recent popular protests. He met with the Karbala Police Command. [Mawazin]
Two demonstrators were killed and 40 others were wounded in Karbala during fighting with police. The demonstrators were protesting for service provision, prosecution of corruption, and job opportunities. [Rudaw]
PM Al-Abadi said on Monday that he supported peaceful demonstrations and people’s expression of opinion, but not those who wanted to sabotage the economic health of the region. According to a statement from his media office, Al-Abadi made the remarks while speaking with a delegation of people from Najaf. He was referring to his decision to restore service to the Najaf airport after protestors forced its closure. [Rudaw]
The Al-Jeel Al-Jadeed (New Generation) movement rejected the decision of the Kurdistan Electoral Commission to ban the Kurdistan Free Society Movement from participating in Kurdish elections. Al-Jeel Al-Jadid says that this politicizes the management of the Commission, and noted that the party is approved by the Iraqi authorities. [Roj]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
The pro-Kurdish Hawar reports that 10 Turkish soldiers were killed by the HPG (the military wing of the PKK) in separate clashes–one in the Sidekan subdistrict of Soran District in Iraqi Kurdistan and the second in Dersim in the Kurdish-majority Tunceli Province in eastern Turkey. [Hawar]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
During the Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki, Finland on Monday that will reverberate for some time for other reasons, Russia and the US announced that they decided to increase military coordination in Syria. They also both expressed interest in working for peace in Syria. Putin also stressed that there should be more support for Syria’s neighboring states in regard to the refugee influx, since that would relieve the European states. Trump said that Israel’s security is important, that Iran should not be allowed to take advantage of the defeat of Daesh in Syria, and that Syrians must be returned home. [Qasioun]
CNN says that the US and its NATO allies are discussing the fate of the “White Helmets” volunteers and workers. The US, UK, France, and Canada are contemplating getting these operatives out of Syria and resettling them in their own countries, and possibly in Germany. [Dorar]
Russia/ Political opposition
Youm7 and Al-Ahram reported that on Monday, an agreement was achieved in Cairo between Russia and the leader of the “Syria’s Tomorrow Movement” headed by the former president of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed Al-Jarba. It was achieved under the auspices of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate. The agreement declared the intention to fight terrorism, find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and return refugees. [Qasioun]
In an article in the British Guardian, analyst Simon Tisdale said that the apparent alliance between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met in Helsinki on Monday, could lead to war with Iran. Tisdale wrote that Trump’s Western allies fear that Trump will offer to acknowledge Russia’s annexation of Crimea and reduce sanctions against Russia in exchange for an agreement with Putin to remove Iran from Syria and limit Iranian influence in Lebanon. Tisdale said that this sort of agreement presumes the continuation of the Assad regime in Syria and would be a betrayal of the opposition forces who had fought Daesh. However, Tisdale said that Trump was not interested in the possibility of repercussions such as divisions within NATO over any deal he might make with Putin; rather, in Tisdale’s opinion, Trump had already signaled that his ultimate goal would be regime change in Iran. [Sumaria]
The Al-Watan newspaper, which is owned by Rami Maklouf, President Bashar Al-Assad’s cousin, initiated an unprecedented attack on Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranian advisor to Ayatollah Khamenei. They described his statements that Iran’s intervention saved the Syrian regime from falling as “exaggerated,” which they added was always the case with Iranian official statements, or those of their media, starting from the President on down. [Dorar]
DaeshDaily comment. This is especially noteworthy because Makhlouf is a close confidante of Assad and a major beneficiary of the political system. He has been described as the richest person in Syria.
The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth says that a plan regarding Syria was put forth at the Trump-Putin summit. The plan states that the Israelis and Americans would not confront regime forces, which would retain the Syrian part of the Golan Heights, while Putin commits to keep Iranian forces away from the area. The newspaper says that Putin has already spoken with top Iranian officials on the issue. [ZamanAlwasl]
The Coalition reported that it had conducted 11 airstrikes in Syria between July 9 and 15. All 11 were near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]
The Manbij Military Council says that all YPG units have withdrawn from the city, after having finished their advisory job in the city. It says that the Kurdish withdrawal was done in cooperation accord with the Coalition. It did not mention any Turkish intervention. [Dorar]
Raqqa city & district
Daesh said on Sunday it killed five SDF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED in Al-Karama, east of Raqqa. [ICDNJul15]
North Raqqa (Ayn Eissa, Tal Abyad, etc.)
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an SUV carrying SDF fighters with an IED near Tarwaziya village, in the Suluk area. [ICDNJul14]
Central and West
On Sunday evening, 9 pro-regime militia fighters were killed in an Israeli bombing that hit a center for the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near the Al-Nairab Military Airport in east Aleppo. The base is used for logistical support, such as rations and other non-weapons supplies. Agence France Presse reported that 6 of the dead were Syrian. Local media said that about 5 were closely affiliated with Hezbollah. [Qasioun]
The SOHR reports that Tahrir Al-Sham is continuing search operations for the unknown gunmen responsible for the recent killings and assassinations of its personnel in Idlib. Daesh was reported to have assassinated dozens of Tahrir Al-Sham leaders, while Daesh itself has lost over 52 fighters there since the end of April 2018. [SyriaHR]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a group of Daesh terrorists shot and killed a Tahrir Al-Sham Somali commander and stole his vehicle in an ambush near Saraqib.
Daesh said on Saturday it detonated an IED at a Tahrir Al-Sham headquarters in Sarmada, wounding 2 members. Daesh published photos of the explosion. [ICDNJul14]
Daesh said on Saturday it shot and killed an opposition militia commander in Al-Dana city. Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNJul14]
On Monday, the Iba’a network reported on its Telegram channel that Tahrir Al-Sham erected several new security checkpoints in the city of Sarmin in Idlib after a campaign against Daesh cells. Tahrir Al-Sham also executed 8 Daesh fighters at a farm near Sarmin. [Dorar]
Daesh said on Saturday it damaged an opposition groups vehicle, which was carrying a tank, with an IED near Sarmin, wounding the fighters inside. [ICDNJul14]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Daesh said it killed three SDF fighters in an attack on Al-Hawayej village, on Saturday. [A3maq]
Albu Kamal District
Lilua Abdullah, the spokeswoman for “Operation Island Storm,” the current phase of the military campaign against Daesh by the SDF, said that Daesh was using civilians as human shields. Abdullah also said that Daesh was trying to relieve some of the pressure on it by attacking areas previously freed from its control and attacking oil fields. [Rudaw]
Media sources say that Coalition planes initiated several attacks on the town of Al-Susah, near Albu Kamal. The sources say that the airstrikes killed 8 and wounded several others, as a preliminary tally. [Qasioun]
Daesh published on Saturday photos of a group of its terrorists in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNJul14]
Daesh said its snipers hit 2 Syrian soldiers in Al-Suwa’iya village, near Albu Kamal city, on Friday. [ICDNJul14]
Daesh said its snipers hit a Syrian soldier in Al-Sukkariya village, north of Albu Kamal city, on Friday. [ICDNJul14]
Daesh said on Sunday it targeted SDF positions in the Al-Baghouz area with 8 mortars. [ICDNJul15]
Daesh published on Monday photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in Al-Khairat village, west of Albu Kamal, with mortars. [ICDNJul16]
The SOHR says that Syrian government forces are advancing quickly in the so-called “Triangle of Death.” It says government forces captured the city of Al-Harra and adjoining Tal Al-Harra, just east of the Golan Heights, as well as 3 other surrounding villages, and put other villages under siege.
SOHR also said that negotiations are being held with the towns of Aqraba, north of Al-Harra, and Al-Mal, just north of Aqraba, for surrender deals like the one in Daraa. 35 opposition fighters, mainly from Al-Nusra, were killed according to SOHR, but the government troops lost 26 men, including 5 officers. [SyriaHR]
Another report on the same fighting said Syrian government forces and regime-allied militias were attacking Tal Al-Harra under heavy Russian air cover. The strategic hill was held by Al-Nusra fighters who had reached a reconciliation agreement with other opposition factions. Syrian government forces entered Al-Harra city earlier. [EnabBaladi]
Daesh said on Monday that one of its suicide terrorists attacked government forces and opposition groups in Al-Harra city, with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding 100 of them. It said the opposition handed over the city to government forces Monday afternoon. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said it destroyed a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket near Masaken Jillen, west of Daraa, on Sunday. [A3maq]
On Monday, the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said that it was not responsible for the agreements that were made to evacuate hundreds of people from Daraa to the north, noting that it had not been a party to these agreements. However, the UN stressed that any evacuations must be safe and voluntary, and that people must have the right to return. [Anadolu]
Commander of the Jordanian Armed Forces for the Northern Sector, General Khalid Al-Masa’id, says that Daesh members in the Yarmouk Basin, in southern Syria, number 1,000-1,500 fighters. “Their positions and movements are under constant scrutiny,” he says, although no direct engagement has taken place with them so far. [Dorar]
Daesh published on Saturday photos of its attack on Hait. [ICDNJul14]
Daesh published photos of Hait on Monday. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an SUV and a motorcycle, both carrying Syrian soldiers, with 2 IEDs in the Khirbat Al-Umbashi area, in Suwayda Desert. [ICDNJul14]
Daesh said on Monday it killed a Syrian Army colonel and another soldier and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near the Habbariya area, in Suwayda desert. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said on Monday it killed a pro-government Palestinian militia commander and several of his associates with an IED in the Habbariya area. [A3maq]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
See Iran stories above under “National News”
The UN says that over 35,000 families escaped the port city of Hodeida, western Yemen, as the fighting there continued. The UN report claims that 20,000 of these families have received relief supplies. [ZamanAlwasl]
Daesh issued on Sunday a video of 12 Al-Qaeda members it captured in the Qifa area. The prisoners said in the video that they were in a convoy that didn’t stop at a Daesh “checkpoint,” which led to clashes that ended up with them being captured. Al-Qaeda attacked Daesh positions in the area the next day to release them, with no success. [ICDNJul15]
The Cairo Criminal Court held 2 hearings in the trial of 30 people accused of “joining Daesh,” the first on June 19 and the second on July 14. Prosecutors alleged that the group of defendants, with its HQ in Alexandria, had planned to target 5 churches in Alexandria, Damietta, and Giza, and commit violent acts against state and military personnel. The July 14 session included the presentation of weapons and ammunition possessed by the defendants, and listed 5 witnesses who will be called in the next session, scheduled for July 21. [Sumaria]
Daesh published on Saturday a photo of military equipment it said it captured in ambush in the Kilo 17 area, west of Arish. [ICDNJul14]
Daesh said on Sunday it damaged an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED in Yamit village, northeast of Rafah. [ICDNJul15]
UN Special Representative Ghassan Salame said on Monday that “foreign mercenaries” were trying to gain control over the oil-exporting ports, similar to what recently happened in the “oil crescent” region. Salame was speaking in a briefing to the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya. [Wasat]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
The UN says that 1,692 civilians were killed by the conflict in Afghanistan during the first half of 2018. Daesh executed more than half of the attacks, exceeding those of Taliban. The figures exceed that of the past year by 1%. Another 3,430 civilians were wounded. [AlBayan]
Afghan officials said that a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation
and Development in Kabul on Sunday as workers were leaving their offices, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15. It was the second time in as many months that its compound has been struck. Civilians and security forces were among the seven dead in Monday’s attack, police spokesman Hishmat Stanikzai said. The death toll was confirmed by an Afghan security source.
Ministry spokesman Fraidoon Azhand said the bomber struck at a security gate as employees were exiting the compound during rush hour. But it was not clear if the ministry was the target of the attack.
Stanikzai said security forces and a vehicle belonging to foreign advisers to the ministry were in the vicinity at the time of the attack. The vehicle was damaged in the blast but there were no foreign casualties, he added. [TOI]
Daesh’s version said on Sunday that one of its suicide terrorists attacked employees of the ministry in the Darul Aman area in southwest Kabul, with an explosives vest, while they were leaving in the afternoon, killing or wounding 60 people. It said that among the wounded were French employees. [ICDNJul15]
Afghan police say they shot and killed a suspected suicide bomber as he approached a demonstration in Kabul. Police spokesman Hishmat Stanikzai said the suspect was shot by police near a gathering in the Shahr-e Naw Park in Kabul’s main business area on July 16, adding that the man was apprehended but died of his wounds. Police said the suspect’s target was a protest urging authorities to allow exiled Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum to return to Afghanistan from Turkey. [RFERL]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed three pro-government militiamen and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Achin, Nangarhar. [ICDNJul15]
Daesh said on Sunday it stopped several Taliban attacks that were supported by government forces, in the Jowzjan and Faryab areas. It said light, mid-sized, and heavy weapons were used in the clashes, which continued for several days and ended on Sunday. It said “tens” of Taliban fighters were killed or wounded, and the rest were forced to retreat. [ICDNJul15]
Daesh published on Monday photos of beheading a Taliban commander and his associate in the Qush Tapa area. [ICDNJul16]
Daesh said on Monday it damaged a Taliban vehicle with an IED in Khogyani, wounding 3 fighters. [A3maq]
Daesh issued a statement on Sunday advising its supporters to avoid any Daesh media materials unless these materials were published by Daesh’s “official” media organizations. [ICDNJul15]
DaeshDaily comment. Many anti-Daesh outlets are publishing materials that look like Daesh materials but aim at confusing Daesh supporters.