An Update On ISIS Activities

October 20, 2017

 

Raqqa Liberated

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

26 Peshmerga have died in Kirkuk clashes. [..]

Iraqi, Coalition airstrikes hit Daesh in Rawa, Al-Qa’im. [..]

Iraqi forces move on Peshmerga in Altun Kupri, Kirkuk turns deadly. [..]

Syria

Tillerson says US operations in Syria far from over. [..]

Afghanistan

Daesh suicide bomber kills 39 in attack on Shia mosque in Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Friday, Masoud Barzani accused the federal government of threatening and punishing the Kurdish people, calling the government’s measures a “clear override” of the constitution. Barzani called on Kurds worldwide to demonstrate in support of the Kurdistan Region. [Sumaria]

Barzani, said in a message to the people of Kurdistan and Kurdish communities around the world that the natural right of every people and nation is under threat of siege and collective punishment. [BasNews]

 

Friday, Peshmerga forces commanders announced that 26 of their fighters were killed and 52 were wounded in the clashes with the federal forces in Kirkuk over the past 4 days. [Ghad]

 

The former official of the Operations Room south of Kirkuk, Peshmerga general Rasul Qadir, attributed the withdrawal of the Peshmerga from in Kirkuk as “inequality between the parties,” while confirming that the withdrawal saved the lives of “6,000 fighters” in his forces. [Sumaria]

 

A KRG official said that Iraqi troops, backed by PMFs, attacked Peshmerga forces in Altun Kupri. He added that these forces are using US weapons in their attacks on the Peshmerga. [IraqPress]

 

However, following reports about the Peshmerga using German-provided rockets against the federal forces on Friday, PM Haider Al-Abadi received a phone call from German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen, where according to Al-Abadi’s press office, the German Minister confirmed that Germany stopped its military training program in Erbil in light of the “latest developments.” She reiterated that Germany stands by Iraqi unity and trusts Al-Abadi’s leadership, and that the German Ministry of Defense has reached out to Barzani. Other points of discussion were the federal security operations, resolving the conflict with the KRG via dialogue, and rebuilding Iraq. [IraqPress]

 

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS (Daesh), Brett McGurk, tweeted that he welcomes Iraqi and Kurdish calls for dialogue in accordance with the Iraqi constitution. [@brett_mcgurk] [Sumaria]

 

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, appealed to Baghdad and Erbil to take practical steps to defuse the tension and address outstanding issues between them under the Iraq constitution. [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Al-Qa’im (3), Rawa (2), and Baiji (1).  [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

According a to a police source, an IED went off in a street market in the Radwaniya area on Friday, wounding 2 people. [Sumaria] 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Friday, a source in Anbar reported that 3 unknown assailants attacked a gas station in the Albu Aitha area north of Ramadi, wounding 2 employees there. A military unit went to the houses of the suspects and forced their families out because they “represent terrorist parties and they are not welcome in the area.” [Ghad] 

 

Rawa

Friday, a security source in the Jazeera Ops Command in Anbar reported that an IAA airstrike on a Daesh house in Rawa center killed 3 Daesh members and wounded others who were inside the house. The airstrike also destroyed several vehicles and weapons. [Etejah]

 

Al-Qa’im

Friday, a security source in Anbar reported that Coalition warplanes carried out airstrikes on a Daesh gathering in the phosphate company north of Al-Qa’im. According to the source, the airstrikes killed at least 4 Daesh members and destroyed over 15 vehicles. [Ghad] 

 

According to the Joint Forces Command, Iraqi F16 warplanes carried out an airstrike on a booby-trap and IED workshop in Al-Qa’im on Friday, resulting in the deaths of a number of Daesh members. [Harbi] 

 

SALAHUDDIN (no reports)

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Diyala Governor, Muthana Al-Timimi, said on Friday that the Tigris (Dijla) Command will supervise security of the Khanaqin Province in northeastern Diyala. He pointed out that the 5th division of the Iraqi Army will be stationed in the province. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Friday, Iraqi forces seized the last Peshmerga-controlled area in the province of Kirkuk after a three-hour battle, security sources said. [Arabi21]

 

Friday, a security source in Kirkuk reported that KDP-affiliated Peshmerga units bombed parts of the main bridge in Altun Kupri between Kirkuk and Erbil. The Peshmerga destroyed the bridge in an attempt to impede the advance of the Iraqi troops towards Erbil’s main base 3 km away. The source added that destroying the bridge has no effect on the duties of military units as the Erbil base is still accessible via Dibis and another old bridge. [Baghdadia] 

 

According to a Peshmerga commander, PMFs and Iraqi Army carried out an attack on the Peshmerga forces in Altun Kupri. The Peshmerga responded to the attack and impeded the PMF’s advancement, turning it into a bigger confrontation than the PMF had expected, according to the Peshmerga commander. He said there were dozens of deaths and casualties within the PMFs. The Peshmerga stated their willingness to enter a dialogue on the condition that fighting is stopped in all locations. 

According to a reporter, about 150 PMF assailants were killed, and dozens were wounded. Of the Peshmerga, 6 fighters were killed and several were wounded. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. It is highly unlikely that joint forces conduct an attack and only PMF fighters get killed. Rudaw, as a KDP media outlet, tries to show that pro-Iran militias are in charge. This is one of the major KDP media “cards. 

 

Friday, the Joint Operations Command (JOC) said that the Peshmerga attacked the federal forces in Altun Kupri with rockets given to them by Germany for the exclusive use against Daesh, resulting in deaths and damage.  [Baghdadia] [Forat]

 

A security source reported that the KDP-affiliated Peshmerga indiscriminately attacked Altun Kupri with a mortar shell on Friday. [Mawazin] 

 

According to the Joint Operations Command (JOC), Altun Kupri is now under federal control. CTS, IFP, and PMF units were redeployed there, restoring security and order. [Harbi] 

 

Friday, a security source reported that a mortar shell was fired by an unknown party onto the Dur Al-Kahraba’ area in Dibis. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A security source reported the complete retreat of the Asayesh and Peshmerga militias from Wana north of Mosul. The source added that armed PMF units have been deployed in a strategic location south of the Mosul Dam, which was made possible thanks to the Ninewa operations. [Etejah] [Anadolu]

 

Tal Afar

Friday, the IWMC announced that the Iraqi Army seized 44 oilfields, including the Batma oilfields, and the Zummar and Ayn Zala areas in northern Tal Afar. [Sumaria] 

 

Friday, Yazidi Democratic Party Leader Haider Shasho announced that dozens of buses carrying hundreds of Daesh members and families, coming from the Al-Hawl camp in Syria, entered Tal Afar through the border. He added that with the Iraqi Army and PMFs entering Sinjar and the Peshmerga retreating, it became easy for Daesh to enter Iraq through the border with Syria. The Daesh members and their families, mostly from two area tribes, were then transported to Rabi’a, Zummar, and Oweinat via buses and on foot. [Ghad] 

 

Western Ninewa

Baaj

The IWMC announced that on Friday morning Iraqi forces foiled an infiltration attempt in Tal Safouk on the Syrian-Iraqi border, killing 4 Daesh members. [IraqPress] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

Friday, Al-Rafidain Operations Command announced it is cooperating with the Dhi Qar Governor and the Dhi Qar Provincial Council to dig a trench at the same time that security procedures on the International Road are tightened, which entails the deployment of police units and setting up traps in the desert. According to Commander Ali Ibrahim, a location has already been chosen for the trench, and it is expected to prevent infiltrations to Nasiriya city via the International Road.  [IraqPress] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Hawar reports 3 Turkish soldiers were killed and 6 others were injured in an explosion of a land mine, which had been previously planted by the Turkish Army during the long periods of conflict with Syria, on the Turkish side of the border, adjacent to the Rajo district in northwest Afrin. Meanwhile, the YPG deterred a Turkish bulldozer from digging inside Syrian territory. [Hawar] [RokNewspaper]

 

Turkish Armed Forces General Hulusi Akar said Turkey has taken the necessary precautions to face any security threats due to the Kurdistan referendum. [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

A spokesman for the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Nuri Muhammad, said “the YPG will not accept the presence of the Turkish Army in Syria and they will respond to any Turkish attack.” [Rudaw]

 

US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said that US operations in Syria are far from over, stressing at the same time that the liberation of Raqqa is an important achievement in the fight against Daesh. [SyriaNow]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh  targets in Syria, one near Albu Kamal and one near Shaddadi in Hasaka. [InherentResolve] 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The SDF launched a large offensive against Daesh in Markada town, in the southern rural areas of Hasaka. After fierce battles with Daesh, accompanied by mutual artillery shelling and aerial bombardment the SDF captured the southern neighborhood of the town. [Qasioun]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Friday, an SDF statement officially announced the complete liberation of Raqqa city. The statement noted the beginning of the re-stabilization and rehabilitation phase in Raqqa, adding that the future of Raqqa will be determined by the residents within an SDF framework rather than by the central government. [Sumaria] [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition congratulated the SDF on the announcement of the liberation of Raqqa from Daesh on October 20, 2017, describing Daesh’s defeats in Mosul and Raqqa as turning points for the future of the terrorist organization. Coalition Director of Operations, Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga, said “the SDF conducted a highly effective, professional operation in a difficult urban area to free the city . . . taking great care to move the population trapped by Daesh away from the battle area and minimize civilian casualties.” [InherentResolve]

 

In the first official comment on the future of Raqqa, the SDF announced that Raqqa Province, including Raqqa city and its surrounding areas will be part of a “decentralized federal” Syria. [Arabi21]

 

Thursday, the “Civil Council of Raqqa” issued a statement calling on the SDF, in withdrawing from Raqqa, to turn it over only to its local citizens,” and to drive all the elements of the PKK out of Syria. [SyriaNow]

 

Talal Sallou, the SDF spokesman, said the SDF has detained several senior foreign Daesh leaders during the military operations in Raqqa. They are being interrogated by the SDF’s intelligence. [Qasioun]

 

In a report published on Thursday, Airwars, a non-governmental British organization, estimated that at least 1,800 civilians likely died in the battle of Raqqa, adding that at least 700 victims have so far been locally named. Some were hit in their homes, some as they fled or as they were reportedly trying to retrieve bodies. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Three Russian helicopters landed at Menagh Air Base, south of the SDF-controlled Azaz. [EnabBaladi]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

The Russian Defense Ministry denied carrying out any airstrikes on Idlib, dismissing the US charges against it. [Dorar]

 

The Iranian armed forces Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Major General Mohammed Baqri, visited the frontline positions in the rural areas of Aleppo, according to IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency). [EnabBaladi]

 

Many Daesh foreign leaders have entered Turkey through the areas controlled by the “Shield of the Euphrates” Operation Forces, which are backed by Turkey, in the northern and northeastern rural areas of Aleppo. [ROJ]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

In the past few days, Daesh lost most of the villages and towns it had captured from the Syrian anti-government opposition groups in the eastern rural areas of Hama. This came after Tahrir Al-Sham launched a major offensive to drive Daesh out of its territory, and killed a large number of Daesh members, destroyed a number of their vehicles, and recovered most of the villages Daesh had captured. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reports violent clashes broke out in northeastern Hama between Tahrir Al-Sham and Daesh. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reports the Syrian forces shelled areas of Lataminah town in northern Hama, with reports of casualties. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

Daesh says it killed 15 soldiers, destroyed 2 military positions, and captured weapons and ammunition in an attack near the Hamima area on the Deir Ez-Zor border. [ICDNOct20]  

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Hamima village. [ICDNOct20] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

The Russian Defense Ministry announced, on Friday, that “about 92.6% of the Syrian territory has been liberated from Daesh terrorists.” In addition, over the past week, Russian forces neutralized the mines in more than 210 hectares in Deir Ez-Zor, according to infographics published in the newspaper “Krasnaya Zvezda, the official printed organ of the Russian Defense Ministry. [Qasioun]

 

SDF offensive

The SDF is tightening its control on the villages of Al-Jassem and Basatin. [Qasioun]


SOHR reports that the SDF captured a village northwest of Al-Sur town from Daesh. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh claims it killed 23 SDF fighters in an attack on Al-Sur on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

The SDF foiled a Daesh attempt to infiltrate from the Syrian Army-controlled areas into the SDF-liberated areas in Deir Ez-Zor, and seized a quantity of weapons and ammunition. [Hawar]

 

Syrian Army offensive

Mayadin

Qasioun reports the Syrian forces shelled Al-Dahla village in Mayadin and Al-Busayrah town south of Deir Ez-Zor city in the Deir Ez-Zor District. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reports the Syrian forces continue to target the Al-Omar oil field in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, which is the largest oil field in Syria. SOHR confirms that Daesh did withdraw from the oil fields after laying mines. [SyriaHR]

The Syrian forces have advanced to less than 10 km (6 miles) from the Al-Omar oil field, after they took over the Dhiban village, located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the east of Deir Ez-Zor. Meanwhile, the SDF launched an attack on the Daesh-controlled areas in the north of Deir Ez-Zor, and reached the northern outskirts of the Al-Omar oil field, amid a state of confusion in Daesh’s ranks, as a result of the simultaneous military operations of both the Syrian forces and the SDF. [Qasioun]

 

According to local sources, Al-Quriya city has seen waves of displaced people heading towards the desert as a result of Russian airstrikes. [Qasioun]

 

South 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

Daesh launched an attack Friday afternoon on positions of Syrian opposition factions between Yarmouk Camp and the Al-Tadhamun neighborhood south of Damascus. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh says it attacked an opposition group in the Yarmouk Camp, killing four fighters, wounding others, and capturing a building. [ICDNOct20] 

 

Friday, the Union of the Jabal Al-Sheikh Forces foiled an attempt by Syrian troops to infiltrate a number of Jabal Al-Sheikh villages in the western rural areas of Damascus, reportedly causing the Syrian forces heavy losses. [Dorar]

 

Daraa

SOHR reported two civilians were killed when a roadside IED exploded under their car on the Daraa-Umm Al-Mayan road. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it beheaded a pro-government tribal fighter in Sheikh Zuweid (photos.) [ICDNOct20] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a Shia mosque on the southwestern fringe of the capital, killing 39 people—among them women and children—on a day in Afghanistan reserved for prayer and reflection. In addition, 45 people were wounded in the attack, which took place during evening prayers inside the Shia Imam Zaman Mosque in the city’s Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood, an enclave of ethnic Hazaras. Some were transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. [WashingtonPost]  

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a Shia mosque with an explosives vest, killing or wounding 70 people. [ICDNOct20] 

 

Daesh says 20 women and children were killed in “American” airstrikes on the Bikha area in Achin, on Thursday. [A3maq] 

 

 

October 19, 2017

 

School Children Celebrate the First Reading Festival in Mosul Since Liberation (CJTFOIR)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi takes his case to the New York Times. [..]

Iraq Ministry of Oil seizes control of oil policy. [..]

Turkey says it’s about to close Kurdistan border crossings. [..]

Daesh threatens the World Cup. [..]

Daesh units reported re-entering Kirkuk province. [..]

Daesh-affiliated tribesmen reportedly attack Yazidi Sinjar area Peshmerga have left. [..]

Syria

SDF will redeploy Raqqa fighters to Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Daesh now controls only 40% of Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Crisis-related political developments outside Iraq

On Thursday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi published an article in the New York Times titled “Iraq Will Remain United.” In the article Al-Abadi talks about the defeat of Daesh, which he refers to as “the Islamic State,” by the unity and sacrifices of the Iraqi people, a point he is highly proud of. He also expressed his disappointment with the KRG for holding the referendum in September, saying “this move, which directly contravenes the Constitution, is an act of deliberate division,” and that “worst of all, the referendum emboldens the remnants of Daesh.” The next section of the article talks about imposing federal security in all parts of Iraq in order to bring security and prosperity to all Iraqi people in accordance with the Constitution. He urged the “leadership in Iraqi Kurdistan to come to its senses,” reiterating the illegitimacy of the referendum and its covert intentions. He also asks international partners and regional powers to support Iraq without meddling in its internal affairs.  He concluded the article by emphasizing the importance of Iraqi unity and stability. [Sumaria] [NYTimes]

 

Thursday, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari met with the Ambassadors of the European Union and Permanent Members of the Security Council, where they discussed the security and political developments in Iraq, the rehabilitation of Iraqi cities in the coming phase after eliminating terrorism, and the Kurdistan referendum. 

Al-Jaafari spoke about the international community’s support for Iraq in the fight against Daesh, and emphasized the need for their continued support and contribution in rebuilding the infrastructure of Iraqi cities. He added that Iraq’s victory against terrorism was made possible thanks to the Iraqi people’s unity and international support. He added that the Kurdistan referendum is standing in the way of everybody’s efforts to fight terrorism, despite its rejection from the UN, Arab League, and Islamic Cooperation Organization.

He added that reinforcing the rule of law in Kirkuk has not targeted civilians; it is meant to bring security and to protect all citizens. He said the Kurds are part of the Iraqi people, that everyone contributes in Iraq, and no group will be marginalized or ostracized. 

The EU ambassadors and Security Council representatives reportedly criticized the Kurdistan referendum and expressed their approval of the federal operation in Kirkuk to establish security and rule of law in accordance with the constitution, and emphasized their support for an autonomous, united Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, the UN Security Council expressed concern over the fights taking place in Kirkuk, calling on all sides “to refrain from the threat and use of force, and to engage in constructive dialogue as a pathway to de-escalation and a means to preserve Iraqi unity while upholding the provisions of the Iraqi constitution.”

The Security Council stated that it received claims that about 150 houses in Tuz Khurmatu were burned down between October 16 and 17 by armed groups, 11 of which belonged to Kurdish families and politicians, in addition to reports about attacks against Turkmen political offices in Kirkuk. 

[Sumaria] [UNNewsCenter] [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, Turkish President Recep Erdogan threatened to close Turkey’s borders with Kurdistan “at any moment” after closing Turkey’s airspace with the region. [Sumaria]

 

Kirkuk and oil policy

Sumaria published an infographic summarizing the security situation in Kirkuk and other disputed areas In total, security forces took control of 27 administrative units in disputed areas. The Ministry of Oil officially took control of the Bai Hassan and Avana oilfields, in addition to the petroleum exports pumping stations. The Ministry of Oil wants to increase Kirkuk’s oil production to 1 million barrels per day. [Sumaria] 

 

Thursday, the Oil Ministry warned all countries and international oil companies not to contract with any party inside Iraq without consulting with the Ministry of Oil or the federal government. [Sumaria]

 

The US company Chevron announced on Thursday that it has temporarily suspended its oil and gas activities in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. [Sumaria]

 

Deputy leader of the Islamic Union of Iraqi Turkmen, Jassem Mohammed Jaafar, announced the adoption of Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi’s plan to pay the salaries of employees of the KRG and the Peshmerga directly from Baghdad, indicating that the salaries of the staff of the region will be equal to those of employees in the federal government. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. KRG employees have always been paid on the national (Baghdad) salary scale, but the higher cost of living in Kurdistan meant that they were less well off.

 

Thursday, Ministry of Interior spokesman, Saad Ma’an, confirmed that the security forces “imposed security” in Kirkuk. He said the energy police took over security of the Kirkuk oilfields that had been guarded by the Peshmerga.  He also said that the residents in Ninewa welcomed the services the security units are providing in Rabi’a, Sinjar, and Makhmur—contrary to rumors. He added that only the security forces are allowed to carry weapons. 

Ma’an said the Civil Defense contained 369 fires across the county, 1,364 rockets were defused, 8 rescue operations were carried out, 2,587 safety checks were completed, and 66 environmental hazards were treated. [Ghad] 

 

Diplomatic developments

Iraqi and Kurdish versions of the same story:

Thursday, the KRG reiterated its invitation to PM Al-Abadi to engage Erbil and Baghdad in a dialogue to resolve the current crisis in accordance with the constitution, calling on the international community to support the dialogue between the two sides. [Buratha]

The KRG has welcomed Al-Abadi’s latest initiative for dialogue to resolve disputes between Baghdad and Erbil on the basis of the Iraqi constitution, calling on the international community to help start such talks between the two sides. [ROJ]

 

Legal developments

Thursday, the Supreme Judicial Council announced that it issued an arrest order against KRG Vice President Kosrat Rasul for his latest statements describing the federal forces in Kirkuk as an “occupation.” Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Judge Abdulsattar Bairaqdar stated that the Al-Rusafa Investigations Court deemed Rasul’s statements “as an insult and incitement against the armed forces.” [Sumaria] [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. Whatever one’s opinion about the Kurdish referendum issue and its aftermath, court decisions like this will not advance democracy in Iraq.

 

Masoud Barzani described the Supreme Judicial Council’s arrest warrant against Kosrat Rasul as a “political decision” and insisted that the federal government has no authority to arrest him. [Sumaria] [Anadolu]

 

Kurdish political developments

PUK spokesman Saadi Ahmed Bireh confirmed that all of the regions in which the Peshmerga withdrew are secure and stable, noting that the Kurds are participating in the management of Kirkuk city. [Sumaria]

 

Bireh also said that Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, and Hakan Fidan, head of Turkish intelligence, were Iran’s and Turkey’s representatives respectively in the campaign against Kirkuk.”[ROJ]

 

A female leader of the Kurdish Change Movement (Gorran) accused both the KDP and PUK of reaching an agreement with Iran, Turkey and Iraq over what happens in the Kurdistan region. [ROJ]

 

Shwan Raber, leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Group, one of two important KRG Islamic parties, said Thursday that the recent events in disputed areas led to “internal rejection” of the policies of the KRG. He called on the international community to help the region in managing and forming new policies. [Sumaria]

 

Kurdish political leader Barham Salih said on Thursday that functions of the transitional government in the Kurdistan Region will be confined to (1) stabilizing the situation and improving things for citizens and (2) dialogue with Baghdad. Dr. Barham has founded a new political party, the Coalition of Democracy and Justice. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Salih is one of the few “bridge” figures in the Baghdad-Erbil relationship, as he has loyally served both. He was previously a leader in the PUK and has held high posts in both the Iraqi government and KRG government (as KRG Prime Minister).

 

Other news

A picture affiliated with Daesh is going viral on social media platforms. The picture shows a masked man holding a machine gun posing against a background showing one of the stadiums where the FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held, in Russia. The background also has the Daesh logo and the words “wait for us”. [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, the US sent a security message to US citizens in Iraq, urging them to be vigilant about their security situation. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, all in northwest Anbar, in or near Rawa (3) and Al-Qa’im (4). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

MoI spokesman Saad Ma’an said there are ongoing security procedures for hosting the Arba’in processions (marking the 40th Day after Martyrdom of Imam Hussein), which millions are expected to attend. 

Facility and Officials Protection Bureau Assistant Manager, Rokn Zaman, said security procedures have been established for protests, religious processions, and holidays. Ministries, diplomats, delegations, and embassies have all been secured. 

Ma’an added that playgrounds are under Baghdad Police administration. [Ghad]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Dhubbat area in Tarmiya on Thursday, killing two soldiers and wounding three. [A3maq] [DENOct19]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

According to a police source, the body of an unidentified man killed by bullets was found in the Al-Mada’in area in southeast Baghdad.  [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Thursday, a security source reported that two civilians died in an IED explosion in the Al-Ma’alef area in southern Baghdad. It went off while the two civilians were inside. [Baghdadia] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Thursday, the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) announced the completion of search operations in four areas of west Baghdad, leading to the destruction of a Daesh guesthouse and the defusing of 2 booby-trapped homes. Additionally, 34 IEDs were destroyed safely, and 3 Katyusha rockets were discovered, among other weapons. [Ghad] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

A security source said a number of rockets were fired from the Al-Asad Base. [Ghad]

 

Al-Qa’im

An Anbar security source says Daesh executed five young men in Al-Qa’im after accusing them of “apostasy”. [Ghad]

 

Thursday, the IWMC announced that Iraqi F16s carried out an attack on a booby-trap and IED manufacturing workshop in Al-Qa’im, killing a number of Daesh members. [Baghdadia] 

 

According to a security source, Daesh declared a curfew in Al-Obeidi on Thursday after a number of residents raised the Iraqi flag on top of a government building and wrote messages on public fences glorifying Iraq and the Iraqi Army and denouncing Daesh and describing them as ’traitors’ and ‘stray dogs’. Daesh also detained a number of citizens for raising the Iraqi flag. [Baghdadia] 

 

Rutba

Thursday, the IWMC announced 10 Daesh members were killed and 3 Daesh vehicles were destroyed in an Iraqi Army Aviation (IAA) airstrike north of Akashat near Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces near the Al-Makhazen Bridge with 7 mortars. [DENOct19]

 

Samarra

According to a security source, on Thursday the Samarra Operations Command unit shot a suicide bomber who tried to approach the Tigris (Dijla) ammunition warehouse in northwest Samarra, killing him on the spot. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF military truck east of Samarra, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [A3maq] [DENOct19]

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the house of an IFP officer in the Hawi area, in Ishaqi, and detonated his explosives vest, killing six people and wounding nine others, including an officer. [ICDNOct19]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Thursday, Head of the Security Council in Diyala, Sadeq Al-Husseini announced the arrest of the leader of Daesh’s  assassinations unit in Al-Qatoun area northwest of Baquba. The terrorist had several weapons in his possession. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers in an attack in the Bizayez Buhriz area. [DENOct19]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The head of Tigris (Dijla) Operations, Lieutenant General Mizhar Al-Azzawi, announced the launch of a large-scale military operation to track down Daesh in the Tabaj Basin in Jalawla, northeastern Diyala. [Youm7] [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, Diyala Provincial Council member Abdul Khaleq Medhat revealed that several returned internally displaced families purchased dozens of rifles for personal protection against Daesh, as they are part of the tribal PMFs, mainly in the Albu Bakr and Albu Awwad villages in Udhaim. Medhat noted that some of the money used for these purchases had been set aside by elderly family members to cover their own funerals, or for the weddings of younger family members, or for medical procedures. Medhat added that these residents have no government backing despite living close to Daesh locations such as Al-Mtaibija, and their purchasing of weapons showcases their patriotism. [Sumaria] 

 

Thursday, Daesh, which still has some cells in the Al-Maita area near the Salahuddin border flew a drone for the 3rd time this week to look at tribal PMF locations in liberated villages north of Udhaim, as reported by Diyala Provincial Council member Abdul Khaleq Al-Azzawi. He added that Daesh’s possession of drones and its presence in Al-Maita is a serious threat because it might be planning to attack the liberated villages from there. He called for shelling the Daesh guesthouses and gatherings in Al-Maita. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK

Thursday, the Turkman Front announced that a number of Daesh elements entered Kirkuk Province, calling for security forces and the people of the province to prepare to face Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Al-Abadi said, on Thursday, that the local police had taken over security in Kirkuk, after reports of forced displacement and violations of civilian property. [Anadolu]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source in Kirkuk reported that a group of assailants in a Toyota vehicle with unknown license plates shot a civilian in the March 1 neighborhood in south Kirkuk, killing him on the spot. [Sumaria] 

 

Thursday, the Turkmen Front reported that a number of Daesh units entered Kirkuk province, and called on the security forces and residents of Kirkuk to prepare to face Daesh. Turkmen Front President Arshad Al-Salhi called on authorities to clear Kirkuk of the armed gangs who were present there before September 25, and were previously expelled, but returned, he says, through Suleimaniya and Erbil. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Kirkuk Province said Thursday, security forces clashed with unidentified gunmen after the gunmen shot at the patrol in northern Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, the Peshmerga forces set up soil barriers on the road linking Erbil and Kirkuk, on the Erbil side of the border, and declared it a restricted area from citizens. Peshmerga Commander Omar Abdul Razeq stated that in addition to placing barriers in the old location of Erbil’s base, it set up a barrier in Altun Kupri, where a “major force” and armed vehicles are already stationed. Abdul Razeq also accused the PMFs around Kirkuk of targeting the vehicles crossing from one side to another. [Buratha]

 

Thursday, a police source in Kirkuk denied the media reports about an attack on the Jemen area in northern Kirkuk from Suleimaniya. He added that such reports are meant to shake stability and security in the province. He clarified that Jemen is under the joint control of the federal forces and the Kirkuk Police, which operate according to the law and inspect vehicles entering the city. He also said on Thursday there were traffic jams due to the return of families to Kirkuk from Suleimaniya. 

A Kurdish media outlet close to the KDP had published a report saying Jemen was attacked and the Iraqi flag was taken down in that area. [Ghad] 

 

Thursday, a local source in Kirkuk reported that an unknown party set fire to the Turkmen Front building in the Altun Kupri area in Dibis, adding that Civil Defense contained the fire. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Altun Kupri is a noted historically Turkmen city, now in a heavily Kurdish area.

 

Thursday, Ministry of Interior Media Advisor Wahhab Al-Ta’i stated that the reports regarding federal forces retreating from Kirkuk were false. He said that the security forces comprising the IFP, Rapid Response, CTS, and Army were still stationed in Kirkuk. He added that the Kirkuk Police Commander had confirmed earlier that the situation was stable and the police stations and security were working normally. Al-Ta’i said the false media reports were a desperate attempt to confuse the Iraqi public and security forces. [IraqPress]

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Daesh says it assassinated three Iraqi service members near Hawija on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi terrorists blew his explosives vest up after being surrounded by PMF fighters in Shari’a village, in Al-Zab. [DENOct19]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

According to Ministry of Interior spokesman Saad Ma’an, Thursday evening security forces foiled an attempted Daesh attack in Daquq. [Ghad] 

 

NINEWA

Western Ninewa

Sinjar

Wednesday evening, as the PMF militias entered Sinjar, the Arab tribe members who had joined Daesh in their invasion of Sinjar and escaped when the Peshmerga regained control over the area, returned and attacked a Yazidi residential compound north of Sinjar city and set fire to several houses. The members, who had helped Daesh in killing and abducting the Yazidis and then escaped to Syria, returned to their villages once the PMF militias entered Sinjar. 

A Yazidi citizen, named Kheiri Rafu, reported that Wednesday night a group of assailants in 8 4WD vehicles invaded the residential compound in north Sinjar and fired bullets in the air in order to scare the residents. He added that the assailants came from nearby Arab villages and the residents recognized some of their faces. He explained that burglary and theft by anonymous individuals and gangs have returned to the area. 

Reporter Faisal Ali, a resident of the area, said dozens of the Yazidi families who returned to Sinjar center and suburbs after 3 years of displacement went back to Dahuk city due to the threats of Arab tribes’ members who are part of Daesh. He said the Yazidis are adversely affected by the return of the PMF militias. [BasNews] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army military position with mortars south of Qayrawan. [DENOct19]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Thursday, the Turkish General Staff said that Turkish jets killed 4 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq’s Zab and Avasin-Basyan areas. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra announced its readiness to fight Daesh any time and any place. [Qasioun]

 

According to reliable sources, SOHR reported that a number of Daesh leaders managed to flee towards Turkish territory during the past days and weeks, after paying money bribes ranging from 20 to 30 thousand US dollars to smugglers in order to pass through the areas controlled by the “Shield of the Euphrates” Operation Forces. [SyriaHR]

 

Thursday, the Russian Sputnik agency reported dozens of buses, carrying Daesh members and their families, had left Syria and crossed into Iraqi territory. [Dorar]

 

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, asked UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to intensify his efforts on consultation with the parties for the next round of Geneva talks. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The French Defense Minister, Florence Barley, said France would rather that French Daesh fighters die in Syria than return to France. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Shaddadi (2), and near Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

SOHR reported violent clashes have broken out between the SDF and Daesh in the vicinity and the outskirts of Markada, a Daesh-controlled town in the province of Hasaka. [SyriaHR]

 

Raqqa

However, spokesman for the SDF, General Talal Sallou, says the SDF will redeploy its fighters to Deir Ez-Zor now that Raqqa has been liberated. He said victory in Raqqa will have a positive effect on the campaign in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Sallou, said the SDF has detained foreign Daesh leaders over the course of months of fighting in Raqqa and it is not clear if these foreign fighters will be deported after their trial. [SNG]

 

North of Raqqa

Hawar reports 100 more families were displaced, fleeing the fighting in Deir Ez-Zor and heading to Ain Eissa. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Tahrir Al-Sham’s leader, Abu Muhammad Al-Jolani, appeared in a video discussing the battle for control of the villages of Al-Masherfa and Abu Dali in southern Idlib. This comes after Moscow announced the killing of Abu Muhammad Al-Jolani. It appears from this videotape that Al-Jolani is still alive. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reported several Turkish military vehicles entered Syrian territory through the Atma border crossing in northwest Idlib, and headed towards the Darat Azza region, located in the western rural area of Aleppo District. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

SOHR reported warplanes carried out several airstrikes again on locations in the villages of Al-Rahjan, Tharwat, Qasr Ibn Wardan, Ruwaidha and other villages in Al-Hamra subdistrict, located in the northeastern rural area of Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

SOHR reported that the Syrian forces shelled different locations in the Al-Hula area, in the northern rural areas of Homs, without any reports of human losses. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Army offensive

SOHR reported that Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine was killed in a land mine explosion in the city of Deir Ez-Zor. In addition, a number of his personnel were killed and wounded in the explosion. [SyriaHR]

 

The Chairman of the Military Council of Deir Ez-Zor, Ahmed Abu Khawla, said on Thursday that Daesh controls about 40% of Deir Ez-Zor province and it is expected to lose quickly. [RadioSawa]

 

Hawar reports the Syrian forces seized a large amount of weapons and ammunition from Daesh after thwarting an attack. [Hawar]

 

Hawar reports that, amid civilian casualties, clashes between the Syrian forces and Daesh continue in several areas of Deir Ez-Zor city. [Hawar]

 

SOHR reported after Wednesday midnight, the Syrian forces shelled Daesh-controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city, without any reports of human losses. [SyriaHR]

 

A child was killed in Syrian forces’ bombardment of locations in Dernaj village, in the eastern rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF offensive

According to media sources, the SDF seized the villages of Shafra and Shaqra’, the last Daesh strongholds in western Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Hawar reports the SDF seized a warehouse of Daesh ammunition and mines in Sheikh Hamad that was liberated Thursday evening. The SDF captured Badawi village yesterday and seized a factory for the manufacture of mines and explosives. [Hawar]

 

Local media sources say the SDF took over Husseiniya village northeast of Deir Ez-Zor city after the Syrian forces withdrew. Activists say they do not know the reason for the withdrawal, noting that Husseiniya village is strategically important. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin

SOHR reported that violent clashes broke out between the Syrian forces and Daesh in different locations in the vicinity of the city of Dhiban, located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. [SyriaHR]

 

Two people were killed, one of them in an airstrike in Al-Shuhail town, adjacent to the large Al-Omar oil field. The other was killed by the Syrian forces while trying to escape towards the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. [SyriaHR]

 

South 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Jaish Al-Islam fighters near Yelda. [DENOct19] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area. [DENOct19]

 

Daraa

Wednesday evening, Syrian opposition factions repelled an attack by Jaish Khaled, the Daesh affiliate, in the western area of Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

According to field sources, ten elements of Jaish Khalid, which has pledged allegiance to Daesh, were killed in the rural areas of Daraa in clashes after it launched an attack on locations under the control of the anti-government opposition groups. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, says it attacked opposition groups in Masaken Jillen and two other areas west of Daraa on Thursday, killing or wounding 12 fighters and capturing weapons. [ICDNOct19] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier with an IED south of Rafah on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed an Egyptian Army “spy” in Sheikh Zuweid. [A3maq

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed three Afghan policemen in an attack in Jalalabad city. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes the 102nd issue of its Naba magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, and other countries last week. It also publishes infographics about its attack in Marawi in the Philippines during the last 5 months. Daesh claims it killed 482 soldiers, destroyed 7 tanks, 8 armored vehicles, and 3 boats, and burned down a church. Daesh also continued its article from last issue about urging woman to fight. [ICDNOct19] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of 2 of its Iraqi terrorists, claiming one was killed in the north Baghdad area and the other in the Kirkuk area. [ICDNOct19] [ICDNOct19] 

October 18, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces in West Anbar 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

UN, US urge de-escalation of Iraq-KRG tensions. [..]

Iraqi forces have taken control of most disputed areas. [..]

Two PUK leaders oppose proposed separate Suly-Halabja-Kirkuk region. [..]

3,000 families return home to Falluja’s Qarma subdistrict. [..]

Daesh takes advantage of political crisis to attack Daquq, Dibis. [..]

KRG’s scheduled November 1 election is postponed. [..]

Syria

90% of Raqqa is destroyed. US pledges post-Daesh assistance. [..]

Turkish Army attacks villages in Azaz. [..]

650 dead, 150,000 displaced to date by Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor campaign. [..]

Syrian forces moving east toward Albu Kamal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The UN Security Council, on Wednesday, called on Baghdad and Erbil to refrain from the threat of force, and to engage in constructive dialogue as a pathway to de-escalation and a means to preserve Iraqi unity while upholding the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution. [Anadolu]

 

Wednesday, the White House advised the Iraqi government and the KRG to focus on fighting Daesh and to de-escalate their conflict. [Sumaria]

 

Pentagon Colonel Robert (Rob) Manning III said on Wednesday that the US may reconsider and stop its major program to train and arm Iraqi forces if the Iraqi Army continues to attack the Kurds. Manning added that there are no US troops fighting in Kirkuk, contrary to claims by Kurdish officials. However, the Iraqi Army and members of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have been using equipment provided by the US for purposes of fighting Daesh in the Kirkuk clashes. According to Manning, while there are no “significant skirmishes” between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi military and the PMF, “the Coalition is monitoring movements of military vehicles and personnel in the vicinity of Kirkuk.” [Rudaw] [LongRoom]

 

Wednesday, the German Parliament approved the extension of the German Army’s training of the Peshmerga for 3 more months. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the Kirkuk operations command announced that federal government control of Kirkuk has been fully established, this includes north Dibis, Multaqa, the Khabbaz oilfield, and the Bai Hassan oilfield. Federal security has been returned to Khanaqin and Jalawla in Diyala; Makhmur, Bashiqa, and the Mosul Dam in Ninewa; Sinjar District; Rabi’a in Tal Afar, and the Nineveh Plain. [Buratha]

Wednesday, a statement by the Kirkuk security operations command said Iraqi forces have taken complete control of Kirkuk and the disputed areas in Ninewa. [Etejah] 

 

The press office of CoR Deputy Speaker Aram Sheikh Mohammad, announced on Wednesday that 18 Peshmerga members detained by the PMFs would be released Wednesday evening in Kirkuk. [Buratha]

 

Wednesday, Vice President Usama Al-Nujaifi said the developments over the past two days blocked dialogue and opened the doors for military mobilizations. He called on everyone to cease incitement and sectarian language, especially toward the Kurds. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official Mulla Bakhtyar said Kurdistan is facing “major danger.” He warned against dividing Kurdistan into two regions and the outbreak of an “internal war” as well as regional and international meddling. He added he will only participate in legitimate meetings going forward. [Sumaria]

Wednesday, KRG Vice President, and first Secretary General of the PUK, Kosrat Rasul Ali, said the current events are new occupation operations against the Kurdish people. He also accused certain people of cooperating with the federal security forces, without giving names. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The two stories above show that the PUK is divided on the plan we reported yesterday to create a new region separate from Erbil & Dahuk, which was attributed to the PUK’s Bafel Talabani. 

 

KRG External Relations Director Falah Mustafa stressed the importance of resorting to dialogue as a means to resolve the conflict between Erbil and Baghdad. He said Kurdistan has no intention to engage in a war with the Iraqi Army. [BasNews]

 

The Coalition says it conduced 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Al-Qa’im (2), Rawa (1), and Baiji (2). [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

According to a security source, Wednesday, a civilian was killed and 3 were wounded in an IED explosion in west Baghdad. The IED had been planted near a shopping area in the Radwaniya area. [Ghad] 

 

According to the Ministry of Defense Wednesday statement, based on orders from the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC), search operations led to the discovery of an IED field containing 65 IEDs in the Al-Saadan area south of Abu Ghraib. The IEDs were defused by the IED. [Ghad] 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command announced the return of 3,000 families to their homes in the Albu Alwan region in Qarma subdistrict. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Wednesday, a security source reported the launch of a campaign to clear the Thirthar Desert in northeast Anbar of Daesh. The campaign is being carried out by the Iraqi Army, Albu Nimr tribal PMFs, and Coalition warplanes. [Baghdadia] 

A security source reported that the Iraqi Army and tribal PMFs killed 3 Daesh members in clearing operations in the Thirthar Desert Wednesday morning. [Etejah] 

 

Hit/Haditha

Wednesday, a military source reported the death of Faisal Al-Majma’i, an EOD expert in the Jazeera Operations Command, while defusing a booby-trapped house in the Zawiya area in Haditha District. [Sumaria] 

 

Anah

Iraqi Army military reinforcements arrived in areas of west Anbar in preparation for the liberation of Rawa and Al-Qa’im. 

 

The Iraqi Air Force destroyed vital Daesh positions in the cities of Rawa and Al-Qa’im, killing many Daesh fighters, destroying Daesh equipment, and destroying underground tunnels. [Harbi]

 

Al-Qa’im

The IWMC announced the destruction of a vehicle bomb and IED factory and the death of several Daesh members in Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria] 

 

An Anbar security source said Coalition aircraft bombed 2 Daesh vehicles, killing 10 Daesh members, in Al-Qa’im. [Ghad]

 

The Deputy Chairman of the PMF, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, confirmed the PMF’s participation in the upcoming battle for Al-Qa’im.

 

Rutba

Wednesday, the Ministry of Defense announced that the Iraqi Army carried out pre-emptive operations in various locations to maintain pressure on Daesh. The operations resulted in Iraqi Army Air (IAA) conducting several airstrikes in Akashat, killing 15 Daesh members and destroying 5 vehicles. [Ghad] 

 

The PMF announced that, with coordination from Iraqi Army Air, the PMF blew up 4 Daesh vehicles with heavy weapons, killing 14 terrorists in the western desert in Anbar province. [PUKMedia]

 

Anbar Operations Command troops arrested 3 suspects in the Rutba operations area. [Ghad] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

The MoD statement said 144,923 internally displaced families in Salahuddin Province have now been allowed to return home, following security checks by the intelligence service. The statement provided the breakdown per district. [Ghad] 

 

Shirqat

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday that units of the Salahuddin Operations Command EOD began clearing liberated villages and found 148 locally-manufactured IEDs, 4 Katyusha rockets and launch pads, 6 Daesh tunnels, and an IED workshop in the villages of Qabr Sayed, Bash, and Den Kawa, which were all safely defused. [Ghad] 

 

Wednesday, IFP and PMF units searched previous Daesh locations in the Makhoul Mountains area adjacent to the Tigris River, extending from Al-Mashak village and Al-Suleiman village, where the road connecting the two villages was cleared and 3 IEDs were defused, according to the Ministry of Defense statement. [Ghad] 

 

According to the Ministry of Defense statement on Wednesday, the Shirqat Police, emergency units, and Shirqat’s CTS found and defused several types of explosives including IEDs and a (155) mortar shell. [Ghad] 

 

Baiji

According to the Ministry of Defense statement on Wednesday, a Salahuddin SWAT team searched the Al-Maslakha area, and killed the Daesh units they found there. [Ghad] 

 

Tikrit

A local source says Daesh cells in Mtaibija abandoned their means of transportation, because of the sound and the lights of the vehicles, and resorted to hiding during the day and moving around at night.  The border area between Diyala and Salahuddin has many Daesh cells and security forces plan to carry out a large-scale operation to clear Daesh out of the area in the coming days. [Ghad]

 

Samarra

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday that the Samarra Operations Command arrested 3 suspects on terrorism charges in the Mas’ouliya intersection in Samarra. A search there led to the discovery of a (60 mm) mortar shell, 3 mortar shell valves, and 3 bombs, in addition to different types of ammunition. [Ghad] 

 

Southern Salahuddin

Daesh says it destroyed an SUV carrying PMF fighters with an IED in the Khidhir area in Ishaqi on Tuesday. [A3maq] 

 

DIYALA

Diyala Provincial Police Command confirmed on Wednesday that it would “immediately” arrest anyone who attacks Kurdish media in the disputed areas. Diyala Police Spokesman, Col. Ghalib Al-Atiyah, said “the spread of security forces in the disputed cities came in accordance with the law and the constitution,” asserting that these forces “represent all Iraqis without exception.” [Kawathar]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Wednesday, Diyala Provincial Council member Omar Al-Karawi reported the deaths of 2 internally displaced brothers who were killed in an IED explosion in their house in the Al-Tabaj Basin in Jalawla. Al-Karawi added that the two victims came to check on their house after the federal troops took control of the area. He called for preventing IDPs from returning to their homes until the area is cleared by the EOD. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. The movement of Iraqi troops into the area does not explain the IED.

 

Citizens in Khanaqin took to the streets, raising the Kurdistan flag and chanting slogans against the PMF and the Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi. [BasNews]

 

KIRKUK

Wednesday, President Fuad Masoum ratified the removal of Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim from office. This came after the Administrative Court dismissed his appeal against the decision to remove him from office. [ROJ]

Wednesday, Kirkuk Representative Mohammed Othman revealed that the PUK will present a new candidate for the position of Governor. He added the most likely candidate to be selected is the federal judge Rizgar Ali. [Sumaria]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

The Director of the Asayesh in Dibis District, Maj. Ali Muhammad Hadi, said Daesh attacked villages in Dibis District, killing at least two people. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the IWMC announced that the security operation in Kirkuk has been completed in the remaining areas of the province. [Baghdadia] 

 

Civil Defense Commander Kadhim Suleiman announced that the fires in the Bai Hassan oilfield in Kirkuk have been contained. He clarified that the fires consumed burned petroleum product waste. He added that Kirkuk’s Civil Defense continues to remove war remnants in Kirkuk and Hawija, and that Civil Defense opened an alternative building out of which it will carry out its services. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday evening, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Ramadan military base (a branch of Failaq Al-Quds) held official ceremonies for the grand opening of a number of bases within Kirkuk. The Guard members wore Shiite PMF’s uniforms to the ceremonies. [BasNews]

 

On Wednesday, however, PM Al-Abadi forbade the presence of any armed groups in Kirkuk, stressing that the local police backed by the CTS have Kirkuk’s security under control. Al-Abadi ordered them to track the units who are spreading hate, racism, and fabricated videos aiming to fuel sectarian strife and jeopardize the security of residents. [IraqPress]

 

A Badr Organization commander, Mohammad Mahdi Al-Bayati, confirmed that the organization has no units present inside Kirkuk. He called on security forces there to arrest anyone claiming to be affiliated with his organization. He also said Iraqi forces have no intention of attacking Erbil or any part of Kurdistan. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, Badr Organization Secretary General and PMF Commander, Hadi Al-Amiri, called for the immediate return of the families who left Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, MP Rebwar Taha, a member of the PUK bloc, confirmed at a news conference that the PMF has started to withdraw from Kirkuk. He said Hadi al-Amiri had announced their withdrawal from Kirkuk city, pointing out that the decision to withdraw will enter into force. [ROJ]

 

Wednesday, deputy leader of the small Turkmen group in the CoR, Niazi Memar Uglu, accused the Peshmerga of freeing some of the Daesh members who recently surrendered themselves to the Peshmerga in Daquq, Tooz, and Kirkuk outskirts to create the impression that security has been compromised by the Peshmerga’s retreat. Uglu said the Daesh members will be “treated sternly.” [Sumaria]

 

The Director of the Asayesh in Dibis District, Maj. Ali Muhammad Hadi, said Wednesday evening, a number of Daesh terrorists attacked Sid Walid village on the outskirts of Daquq in southwest Kirkuk, killing one person. [Rudaw]

 

Another Turkmen CoR Representative, Jassem Mohammed Jafar, said he thinks dismantling the Kirkuk Provincial Council and keeping General Ali Al-Emrani as the military leader in the province is the “best solution” for Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. No it’s not. We can appreciate that Turkmen in Kirkuk feel like they have won from the events of the past few days. Compromising democracy by playing power games on the Kurds won’t help in the longer run, however. Turkmen, Arab, and Kurdish leaders need to work together. Now would be a good time to set the right example by adopting a more gracious and conciliatory tone.

 

Wednesday, a security source in the IFP reported that the areas of federal units’ responsibilities in Kirkuk have been divided, with the IFP and facility protection units assigned to protect government buildings in the city center and the IFP and Iraqi Army protecting the major facilities outside the city center. The source says Baghdad re-structured the CTS in Kirkuk and put it on high alert in cooperation with the IFP in case of emergency. According to the source, the situation in Kirkuk is calm and markets are open as usual, and there are no checkpoints within the city. [Ghad] 

 

A number of young men from the Rahimawa area in Kirkuk city attacked the police and other forces in Kirkuk. The young men stood in the way of police cars and took down the Iraqi flag from one of the vehicles. They also raised the Kurdish flags in different areas, per the Rudaw video. [Rudaw]

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The Ministry of Defense stated on Wednesday that IFP units found and defused 2 suicide belts in a house in the Al-Zab area. [Ghad] 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Wednesday, PMF spokesman, Ali Al-Husseini, announced that Daesh attacked a number of villages in the Daquq District. Uglu added that on Wednesday Daesh abducted 2 civilians on their way to their village south of the province. He added that PMF units are responding to Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

An informed source says the army and PMFs, continued their redeployment in Ninewa areas, after agreeing with the Peshmerga to jointly manage and deploy tasks in several locations. A military source says the Iraqi Army entered the Mosul Dam and took over functions of the dam alongside Peshmerga personnel, distributing tasks between the two. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source reported that Iraqi forces were also deployed next to Peshmerga forces in Rabi’a on the border with Syria. The Iraqi Army’s Brigade 71 and Shammar PMF groups entered Rabi’a and took over security, but the Peshmerga did not retreat. [SotIraq]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

Wednesday, the PMF press announced that Brigade 50 of the PMF, led by Babelyoun Commander Rayan Al-Kaldani, regained control of the Batnaya village in Ninewa. It says the first phase of the federal government’s operations to restore control over the Nineveh Plains has been completed. [Ghad] 

 

Mosul

A joint force from the Mosul Left Coast Police and the Usud Dijla (PMF) arrested 2 suspects on terrorism charges. In addition, the forces killed Abdulrahman Khalaf Hussein Abed, aka Abu Khudeir, in charge of booby-trapping in “Wilayat Dijla,” and wounded the terrorist Mohammed Ramadan Hamada, aka Abu Omar, a Daesh “security official,” and destroyed their Toyota pickup. [Ghad] 

 

Tal Afar

A local source reported short-term confrontations broke out between the YPG and PMF units when the PMF tried to capture the border area, located between Tal Kujar, in Kurdish northeast Syria and Rabia in Tal Afar. [ROJ] PMF units have been operating for some time along the Syrian border.

KURDISTAN

The Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) announced that they have put Kurdistan’s parliamentary elections proceedings on hold because of the current crisis and not having received the list of candidates. The elections were supposed to be held on November 1st. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Barzani’s political purpose in holding an election right after the independence referendum has been overtaken by events. The fact that he was able to set an election date essentially on his own authority tells us something about the real status of democracy in the KRG, however.

 

Former Secretary of the Kurdistan parliament, Fakhradin Qadir, called on Parliament members to refuse to vote in favor of the extension of its current session, and to not allow their authority to be undermined for the benefit of a “narrow sectarian administration.” [Sumaria]

 

The manager of Penjwin District in northeastern Suleimaniya Governorate, Zana Abdulrahman, announced that the administration of the Bashmakh border crossing with Iran received an official communiqué that the Iraqi central authority has appointed 20 employees to administer the crossing. [ROJ]

 

Wednesday, security forces foiled an operation to smuggle 28 tons of the double-use substance “Urea” from Erbil to Ninewa. The substance can be used in booby-trapping vehicles and IED manufacturing. [Baghdadia] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Wednesday, a security sources says police seized 3 explosive belts and a sniper rifle in northern Babel. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says a Daesh terrorist was arrested in Musayyib District. [Ghad]

 

Dhi Qar

A security source in Dhi Qar reported that on Tuesday night a locally-manufactured IED went off near a house in Al-Shuhada in the Nasiriya city center, causing damage. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

SOHR reports there has been fierce fighting between the Coalition-backed SDF and Daesh in the southern rural areas of Hasaka. [SyriaHR]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

According to latest statistics, 2,120 Daesh assailants were killed by the SDF during the Raqqa Liberation Ops, while 311 SDF fighters were killed and 600 wounded. Following the liberation of Raqqa city on Tuesday, EOD teams began clearing the area of Daesh war remnants. The Raqqa Liberation Operations started in June. The death toll of civilians by Daesh sniper bullets and Coalition airstrikes and shelling was 1,463. About 20,000 IDPs were freed in the liberation operations. It is estimated that 90% of Raqqa has been destroyed. Many Daesh members coming from Raqqa who surrendered themselves to the SDF were, after investigations, handed over to tribal leaders to resume normal lives, on the condition that they cut all ties with Daesh. [BasNews] 

Tuesday evening, the Coalition announced that within a month about 400 Daesh, including many foreign fighters, surrendered themselves to the SDF in Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, US Department of State Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US will provide “humanitarian assistance to those in need and support the stabilization efforts in Raqqa and other liberated areas to include the removal of explosives left behind by ISIS, restoring basic services, and supporting local governing bodies.” [DepartmentOfState] [Sumaria] 

 

US Special Envoy to the International Coalition, Brett McGurk, said on Wednesday that Daesh lost about 6,000 of its militants in Raqqa.  McGurk added that the US will provide assistance in reconstruction of the city. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We notice the difference in the figures for dead Daesh: 2,120 by the SDF, 6,000 overall according to McGurk. So did the other 3,880 die in Coalition airstrikes? That sounds high. Mr. McGurk might want to clarify this.

 

Zaman Al-Wasl News reports Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer Al-Sabhan and U.S. Special Envoy Brett McGurk were seen touring some places in the rural areas of Raqqa, and holding meetings with the Raqqa Civil Council after Raqqa was declared a Daesh-free city.  [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Hawar News reports the Turkish Army attacked the villages of Bailona and Ain Diqna from the Kaljibrin road, south of Azaz city. [Hawar]

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Enab Baladi News reports that there are ongoing hit-and-run battles between Tahrir Al-Sham and Daesh in the eastern rural areas of Hama, in an attempt by Tahrir Al-Sham to recapture its recently-lost positions in the region. [EnabBaladi]

Homs

Wednesday, 20 members of the Syrian forces were killed and others wounded in battles with Daesh in the vicinity of Qaryatayn, in the southeastern rural area of Homs. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl] [EnabBaladi]

Tuesday, Iranian official media announced the death of Major General Abdullah Khosrawi Saturday in battles with Daesh east of Homs, without giving further details. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reported a child was killed after he was injured in Syrian forces’ bombardment of locations in Talbiseh town, located in the northern rural area of Homs. [SyriaHR]

Syria HR News reports that during the past 24 hours, Daesh killed at least 19 Syrian troops in a counter-attack near the Syrian-Iraqi border, forcing them to withdraw from the area of Al-Waar Dam and its valley, after bombings and intensive shelling on Syrian forces’ positions in the area. [SyriaHR]

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Army offensive

Russian warplanes in Khmeimim base carried out 83 air patrol sorties, during which they launched 174 airstrikes on Daesh locations east of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

Daesh continued its withdrawal from the eastern and western rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, making way for both the Syrian forces and the SDF to take them over. [Dorar]

SOHR reported warplanes carried out several airstrikes on Daesh-controlled neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor city, amid reports of human losses in clashes between the Syrian forces and Daesh in different parts of the city. [SyriaHR]

After about 40 days of the major battle for Deir Ez-Zor, the Syrian forces have recaptured more than 52 cities, towns and villages, and about 150 km of the banks of the Euphrates River. Meanwhile, about 650 civilians, including about 300 children and women, have been killed by Syrian forces and Russian planes, and more than 150,000 civilians were displaced during the military operations in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian forces restored the Islah Al-Husseiniya area and the Paper Factory in Deir Ez-Zor, and launched a large-scale military operation to uproot the last remaining Daesh groups in Hawija Saqar village, an island near the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it blew up a booby-trapped tunnel under a building where Syrian soldiers were barricading in Al-Rashidiya, in Deir Ez-Zor city. [A3maq] 

 

SDF offensive

According to a number of reliable sources, SOHR reported that the SDF have begun to sweep the northwestern rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, after Daesh withdrew from the last remaining villages under its control in these areas, in accordance with an undeclared agreement with the SDF, towards the eastern rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Hawar News reports the SDF foiled a Daesh attack in Deir Ez-Zor and seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition. [Hawar]

 

Mayadin

SOHR reported the Syrian forces shelled locations in the towns of Ashara, Quriya and Mahkan. Meanwhile, warplanes carried out intensively escalating airstrikes on different locations in the Al-Shuhail town, the vicinity of the Al-Omar oil field, and east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

The Syrian forces, at dawn Wednesday, crossed the Euphrates River towards the eastern bank near Mayadin, east of Deir Ez-Zor. Moreover, the Syrian forces tightened their control over Dhiban village, east of Deir Ez-Zor, as well as several military positions in the vicinity of Mayadin. [Qasioun]

SOHR documented the deaths of two civilians in the now Syrian Army-controlled Buqris town. They were shot while trying to escape from the town on a motorcycle. Meanwhile, unidentified warplanes shelled areas in Albu Kamal, located on the Syrian-Iraqi border in the eastern rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, which resulted in the killing of an Iraqi family of 6 members, including a woman and three children, who were seeking refuge in Albu Kamal. [SyriaHR]

Albu Kamal

Enab Baladi reports the Syrian forces resumed their military operations towards Daesh-controlled Albu Kamal city. [EnabBaladi]

Wednesday evening, the Syrian forces launched the “Fajr 3” operation, which aims to capture Albu Kamal. [Qasioun]

 

Tuesday evening, the Furat Post network reported that 9 people were killed and others were injured in Albu Kamal in Russian airstrikes on a number of cars and food warehouses in the “Dawar Al-Masriya” region, located in Albu Kamal. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Tunisia

The National Guard and the Inspection Division detained 4 men in Sidi Bouzid suspected of being members of a terrorist organization for allegedly glorifying and inciting terrorism on social networking sites. [Tunisien]

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos 

Iraqi F16s target Daesh in Al-Qa’im. [Facebook] 

 

October 17, 2017

 

 

Iraqi Forces Near Al-Qa’im

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

President Masoum in televised address, calls for calm, normalcy in Kirkuk. [..]

PUK-Iraq agreement appears to create a Suleimaniya-Halabja-Kirkuk region separate from Erbil & Dahuk. [..]

Army & PMF troops taking over disputed areas in all parts of Iraq. [..]

CTS sent to Dibis District to restore security after Peshmerga withdrawal. [..] 

Poor communication produces deadly Peshmerga-PMF clash at Mosul Dam. [..]

Barzani and KRG opposition leaders trade blame. [..]

Syria

The battle for Raqqa is declared over. [..]

Daesh counter-attacks Syrian troops in southeast border area. [..]

Daesh now retreating in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Tuesday, in a televised speech, President Fuad Masoum called on Kirkuk residents to respect the rule of law and to resume their normal lives and business. He emphasized the importance of conflicting parties returning to dialogue to resolve political and governmental problems. [Sumaria]

 

CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri reiterated the importance of deploying federal military forces in disputed areas, but also called for de-escalation, ending the current tensions, and sparing citizens from harm and threat. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, Gorran Representative, Masoud Haidar revealed the content of the agreement between Bafel Talabani (PUK) and Badr Organization Commander Hadi Al-Amiri following the Kurdistan referendum. The story says that the agreement was supervised by Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi and Commander of Failaq Al-Quds of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Ghassem Suleimani. It has 9 points. 

In general, the agreement entails the return of Iraqi forces to their pre-2014 areas; the establishment of a new region: “Suleimaniya, Kirkuk, and Halabja;” and the establishment of a new government in the new region.

The 9 points outlined in the agreement are:

  • The stationing of the Iraqi forces in Kurdish areas outside of Iraqi Kurdistan and the withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces from those areas.

  • The handover of 17 administrative units in Kirkuk Province to the federal government that the KRG has been running since 2014. If they are not handed over, Baghdad will demand 11 additional administrative units run by the KRG since 2003, for a total of 28.

  • The creation of a joint administration for Kirkuk city, whereby 15 neighborhoods are allocated to the Kurds and 15 are allocated to the other parties, for a period of 6 months.

  • Placing strategic assets in Kirkuk under Iraqi government control, such as the K1 military base, the airport, and the oilfields. 

  • The resumption of normal aviation activities at the Suleimaniya airport.

  • Payments of Suleimaniya and Kirkuk government salaries by the Iraqi government.

  • Payments of the Peshmerga salaries in Suleimaniya by the Iraqi government, based on a list by Bafel Al-Talabani.

  • The establishment of a new region, “Suleimaniya, Kirkuk, and Halabja.”

  • The establishment of a new government in the new region. [SotIraq]

 

Tuesday, PM Haidar Al-Abadi denied there was any agreement to create three sub-regions in Kurdistan. Al-Abadi clarified that the Kurdish citizens demanded to be “rid of the dictatorship.” He called on the Kurdish politicians not to “minimize” the Peshmerga by dividing them into parties and groups. He also said the Peshmerga chose to cooperate with the federal government. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The gentleman from Gorran may not be the official spokesman, but what he reported certainly looks like a HUGE political development if true. The Prime Minister needs to make a full and clear explanation of exactly what, if anything, was agreed to and exactly who was in on the deal.

 

Troop movements

Iraqi troops moved into disputed areas all over Iraq today, as Peshmerga troops withdrew. This included the following: 

  • All oilfields in Kirkuk, including the Bai Hassan oilfields west of Dibis;

  • Dibis District, following clashes with Daesh, which entered Dibis after Peshmerga units withdrew;

  • Jalawla and Khanaqin in northern Diyala province; 

  • The Bashiqa subdistrict of Mosul, which extends into the Nineveh Plain;

  • The Sinjar District in west Ninewa;

  • The Mosul Dam after Peshmerga units set fire to their bases and retreated; and

  • The Zummar area and Rabi’a border crossing in northern Tal Afar. [Sumaria]

 

Arab 21 reports that the Iraqi Army is continuing its advance through Kirkuk Province, as well as disputed areas in Mosul and Diyala, as Peshmerga units withdraw and there are international calls for dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad. [Arabi21]

 

Firefighter teams, backed by the security forces, were reported to be putting out fires set by Peshmerga units in the Bai Hassan and Avana oilfields in northwest Kirkuk. The same efforts continue in the Baba Gurgur, Jambur, and Khabbaz fields. [IraqPress]

 

Tuesday, PMF Commander Hadi Al-Amiri announced the second phase of the security enforcement operation in Kirkuk, pointing out that the Peshmerga made a wise decision by not clashing with the federal forces. [Sumaria]

 

PMF Commander Abu Ala’a Al-Wala’i announced that negotiations Tuesday with the Peshmerga were 

successful and they are retreating to the pre-2003 borders. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, PM Haider Al-Abadi stated: “The referendum is now part of the past.” [Sumaria]

 

International comments

Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the Iraqi government’s control of Kirkuk is a “positive development.” [Anadolu]

 

The US Department of State expressed concern over the violence which took place as Iraqi forces and PMFs took control of Kirkuk. [BasNews]

 

US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman expressed the US support for Iraqi stability and reinforcing its rule. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Rawa (1), and near Al-Qa’im (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

According to a security source in Baghdad, a security unit arrested a terrorist at a checkpoint in the Utaifiya area. [Ghad] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

Tuesday, security teams found 56 Daesh IEDs and explosive materials in search operations in the Saadan and Al-Rakoub areas in southwest Baghdad, according to the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC). [Baghdadia] 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Tuesday, a security source in Anbar reported the deaths of 8 foreign Daesh members in pre-emptive operations in the Rawa desert in western Ramadi. Security units destroyed 3 armed 4×4 vehicles, killing all of the passengers. [Etejah]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source in Anbar reported on Tuesday that a civilian man and his daughter were wounded in a Daesh IED explosion in Al-Dolab in western Hit. [Sumaria]  

 

Anah

Tuesday, a security source in Anbar reported that security forces liberated the Umm Al-Waz village, southwest of Anah city in the desert, and destroyed 7 booby-trapped cars. In addition, 4 booby-trapped houses and 50 IEDs were defused. [Ghad] 

Al-Ghad issued a video showing the Joint Forces liberating Umm Al-Waz. [Ghad]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Umm Al-Waz village with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding soldiers, destroying a building, damaging several vehicles, and forcing the rest to retreat. [ICDNOct17]  

 

SALAHUDDIN

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters in an ambush in Ishaqi subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz)

Tuesday, Representative Masoud Haidar accused military units of crossing lines and setting fire to Kurdish businesses in the Tooz District. He warned that such actions may exacerbate current conflicts. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

According to security sources, after re-establishing government authority in Kirkuk and areas to the south, it took over the Khanaqin area in northern Diyala, including the district center. [ROJ] 

DaeshDaily comment. Khanaqin’s population is mostly Fayli (Shia) Kurds.

 

Tuesday, Head of the Security Committee of the Diyala Provincial Council, Sadeq Al-Husseini, announced the re-opening of the Jalawla Police Bureau by the Iraqi government and the raising of the Iraqi flag. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Jalawla’s population is mostly Sunni Arabs.

 

Officials at the Parvez Khan border crossing report the PMFs have taken control of the crossing. [Anadolu] [ROJ]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source in Kirkuk reported that Tuesday morning CTS units took control of the Dibis District after Daesh members infiltrated the District Monday night when Peshmerga units withdrew. A local source reported that as a result of the clashes between Daesh and security units, many families fled Dibis. [Sumaria] 

 

According to informed sources, fast response and PMF units arrested the Daesh security leader in “Wilayat Kirkuk,” Tareq Omniya, aka Khaled Ahmad Aziz Al-Jawwali, and 4 other Daesh members. [IraqPress]

 

Tuesday, the Joint Iraqi Forces said that dismantling the Asayesh in Kirkuk is underway, and the police are the only security authority in the province. [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment. The Asayesh are essentially Kurdish intelligence, so generate some negative feeling from non-Kurds in Kirkuk. The police, while largely Kurdish-led, are more reflective of the population as a whole.

 

A media source reported on Tuesday that large numbers of Kurdish citizens returned to Kirkuk after the federal armed forces took control there, causing jams at Kirkuk’s entrances. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

A Peshmerga leader announced the movement of the PMF towards Bashiqa and the Peshmerga’s withdrawal from the region. [ROJ]

 

Tuesday, the PMF Press said security forces and the PMF took complete control of the Bashiqa area after the Peshmerga units retreated, adding that the PMF Command had announced that the police would be in charge of security with support from the PMF and other forces. The PMF called on the residents who fled their homes due to “rumors and exaggerations” to return. [IraqPress]

 

Makhmur

Tuesday, informed sources reported that Peshmerga troops retreated from Makhmur [IraqPress]

 

Mosul

The commander of the Peshmerga, Sheikh Ali Rumani, said one Peshmerga fighter and eight PMF fighters were killed near the Mosul Dam due to a lack of prior coordination between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi Army, resulting in clashes between the two groups. [Rudaw]

Tuesday, the PMF announced the death of the PMF’s Intelligence Commander, Haj Ahmad Al-Abidi, also known as Abu Yasser, in the operations near the Mosul Dam in Ninewa. [Harbi] 

Tuesday, federal forces took control of the Mosul Dam following the Peshmerga retreat. [Mawsleya]

 

A security source said the Iraqi Army has begun to mobilize its forces extensively on the border areas that are still under Peshmerga control, most notably around Mosul city. [Anadolu]

 

Tal Afar

The Peshmerga forces completely retreated from the Zummar area in northern Tal Afar surrounding villages. [Mawsleya]

 

Tuesday, Commanders Karim Al-Shuwaili and Abdulraheem Al-Shammari raised the Iraqi flag on top of a building in the Rabi’a area in northern Tal Afar. [Mawsleya]

DaeshDaily comment. Zummar and Rabi’a are along the Syrian border, which shows that no place is too far at the moment to reassert the authority of the federal government.

 

Western Ninewa

Sinjar

According to an Iraqi official, PMFs entered the center of the Sinuni District of the Sinjar Province in northern Ninewa. [Anadolu]

Tuesday, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Head of Media in Mosul, Abbas Surji, announced that the Iraqi forces and the PMFs took over the center of Sinjar, and were stationed in several main buildings and government buildings in the city. All Peshmerga forces moved out of Sinjar city. [Sumaria] 

 

The Peshmerga Forces Command confirmed that the Iraqi forces and PMFs entered the Sinjar city center, clarifying that they did so in agreement with the Peshmerga. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN

(See Kurdistan-related stories under National News above)

 

Dozens of citizens protested in front of the United Nations office in Erbil against the Iraqi forces entering Kirkuk. The protestors called on the international community to support the Peshmerga forces and to stand with the rights of the Kurdish people. [Sumaria]

 

In a statement addressing the Kurdish people and Peshmerga members on Tuesday, Barzani said that the Kurdish people will realize their ambitions, wills, and demands sooner or later through their unity and determination. He says what happened in Kirkuk was because of individual decisions by some people who belong to a certain political bloc in the KRG, without given any names. He says because of those decisions, the Peshmerga withdrew to the lines agreed upon with the federal government before the start of the Mosul liberation operations in October 2016. [Rudaw]  

 

However, Kurdistan Islamic Group leader Shwan Rabar said holding the referendum weakened the KRG’s authority in Kurdistan. He stressed the importance of reconsidering the KRG’s direction and establishing legislative and legal institutions that are not controlled by the narrow interests of parties. Rabar added that the Kurdish people are facing rough conditions as a result of the referendum. He also noted that the international community no longer treats Kurdistan the same way, due to the arrogance and stubbornness of the KRG leaders. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Barzani and the KDP are the obvious targets here, and there will be more such comments as the full extent of this crisis becomes apparent. The main motivation for Barzani’s referendum was to get an edge in his ongoing dispute with other political leaders in Kurdistan. In today’s dueling statements, Barzani betrays no hint that he made a disastrous mistake, but the actions and comments by other political leaders suggest that he may not be able to avoid accountability this time.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

As of Tuesday, the Turkish Army continues engaging in joint military operations with the Iraqi Army in Şırnak in southeast Turkey, just 3 km away from the Khabur border crossing, according to an Anadolu reporter. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Russia predicted it would end its military operations in Syria before the beginning of 2018, but has confirmed that Russian troops will remain in Syria into 2018. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Qasioun reports that after 130 days of fighting, the SDF now controls all of the neighborhoods in Raqqa city. [Qasioun]

 

Hawar News reports the SDF took down the last of Daesh’s flags in Raqqa city.  The SDF captured liberated the National Hospital and killed 22 Daesh fighters. [Hawar] [PUKMedia]

 

Tuesday, SOHR announced that the SDF regained control over Raqqa city from Daesh entirely. At the time of the report, SOHR said the fighting was ongoing around the hospital and playground, and liberation would be completed within hours. [Sumaria] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Tahrir Al-Sham announced it attacked Daesh near Al-Mustariha village in eastern Hama and killed 3 Daesh terrorists. [Qasioun]

Tuesday, Tahrir Al-Sham announced it regained control over new villages in eastern Hama following battles with Daesh. [Dorar]

 

However, Syria Now reports that Syrian forces captured the entire Al-Tanahaj mountain range and 12 other areas in eastern Hama. [SyriaNow]

 

Homs

Syria Now reports that the most prominent Daesh official in Homs, Bassam Al-Dakhil, also known as Abu Abdul Rahman Bashair, was killed in an airstrike southeast of Homs. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded 20 Syrian soldiers in clashes in the Rumaila area, east of Qaryatayn, and the Jubail Mountain area, west of the city. [ICDNOct17] 

 

Iraq border area

Media sources close to the Syrian government report that the Syrian forces evacuated military positions they recently seized on the Syrian-Iraqi border in eastern Homs after taking heavy losses in clashes with Daesh.  Daesh announced it killed 30 members of the Syrian forces in a vehicle bomb attack. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on government forces in the Al-Waar area. [ICDNOct17] 

Daesh says government forces withdrew from the Al-Waar Dam area after sustaining heavy casualties in Daesh’s Monday attack. [A3maq] 

 

Enab Baladi reports the Syrian forces withdrew from positions they recently seized on the Syrian-Iraqi border due to a surprise attack by Daesh. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Hawar News reports the SDF captured Al-Ruwaished village and dozens of surrounding farms that they had besieged for weeks. [Hawar]

 

Tuesday, Qasioun reported that Syrian forces launched a large-scale attack on Daesh-controlled neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

Syria Now reports that the Syrian Army recovered Mohsen city and 9 villages and that more Daesh leaders have fled Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army tank with a rocket west of the T2 Station in Deir Ez-Zor desert. [A3maq]

 

The Coalition says it conducted one airstrike on a Daesh target in Syria, in or near Deir Ez-Zor. [InherentResolve]

 

Mayadin

Daesh says it killed five Syrian soldiers, wounded another, destroyed a machinegun mounted vehicle, and captured 2 military positions and 3 machine gun mounted vehicles in clashes southwest of Mayadin. [ICDNOct17]  

 

Daesh says a Syrian soldier surrendered to its terrorists south of Mayadin. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal

Local sources say Daesh evacuated its military headquarters on the outskirts of Albu Kamal, transferring its fighters to the center of Albu Kamal. Daesh also deployed new security barriers on a bridge which connects the area with Al-Qa’im in Iraq. [Qasioun]

 

Qasioun reports unidentified warplanes launched airstrikes on the Athar Mari region near Albu Kamal city. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Monday, a Lebanese court issued a ruling against the ex-wife of Daesh’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and her current husband. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the city of Marawi “liberated” from militants, even as fighting continues. The army said it was battling up to 30 militants left in the city, who were holding about 20 hostages. Marawi has been partly held by fighters linked to Daesh since an attack in May.

Troops have been trying to root them out in a conflict that has killed more than 1,000 people – mostly militants. [BBC] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi forces enter Dibis. [Facebook] [YouTube] 

 

Syria

SDF fighters celebrate Raqqa liberation. [RT]