An Update On ISIS Activities

September 14, 2018

 

Salamiya Water Station

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Barham Salih reported to be leading candidate for President of Iraq. [..]

Sunni bloc nominates Anbar Governor Al-Halbusi to be CoR Speaker. [..]

Human Rights Watch slams Iraq for intimidating lawyers representing Daesh defendants. [..]

Ninewa restores Nimrud subdistrict water station after 4-year rehab project. [..]

 

Syria

Lavrov offers a “humanitarian corridor” for Idlib civilians to leave.​​ [..]

UN Ambassador Haley warns of US retaliation if chemical weapons used in Idlib.​​ [..]

Germany’s Foreign Minister conditions Syrian reconstruction aid on​​ free​​ elections. [..]

Manbij explosion kills​​ at least​​ 6 civilians. [..]

SDF appears to be gaining in Albu Kamal, despite conflicting claims. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

United States:​​ US Marines reported training​​ in East Africa​​ for possible Iranian efforts to block Strait of Hormuz. [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The London-based daily​​ Al-Hayat​​ says​​ that​​ Barham Salih, a former Prime Minister​​ of the Kurdistan Region,​​ is the strongest candidate to become the​​ President of Iraq. The report says that the final nomination​​ will be made​​ on Friday. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We can’t evaluate the accuracy of the rumor, but Iraqis should hope that it’s true. Dr. Barham held high positions in the early post-Saddam governments, and has a reputation as​​ highly capable but also as​​ a Kurd who has cared about Iraq as a whole. He was part of the PUK leadership for years, but recently left and started his own political movement. He could therefore presumably serve as a President who is not primarily a representative of​​ a​​ major​​ Kurdish political party.

 

Council of Representatives

The Sunni “National Axis” coalition, which has 50 CoR seats, nominated Mohammed Al-Halbusi, the Governor of Anbar,​​ from Falluja District,​​ as a candidate for Speaker of the CoR. [Dijlah]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The KRG said on Thursday that Daesh was reorganizing itself in​​ areas​​ “disputed” between Erbil and Baghdad after the withdrawal of the Peshmerga from those areas. The KRG went on to say that it was necessary to have 3-way security cooperation between the Peshmerga, Iraqi (federal) government forces, and US forces, to keep Daesh from re-emerging. [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This has become one of the most persistent propaganda lines in Iraq. The argument goes that unless the Peshmerga are restored to their previous physical control of areas not legally under the authority of the KRG, security will deteriorate and let Daesh back in.​​ The main purpose of involving the US is to put pressure on the Iraqi government.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW)​​ on Thursday said that Iraqi security personnel are threatening and sometimes arresting lawyers for providing legal services to clients suspected of being members of Daesh. According to the report, many lawyers have stopped representing people suspected of being affiliated with Daesh out of fear for their lives. The result is that these defendants are limited to state-appointed lawyers. Lama Fakih, Deputy Director for the MENA division at HRW, said that the Iraqi government was attacking lawyers for doing their jobs and that these attacks were severely undermining rule of law, sending a message that only some Iraqis had a right to legal representation.​​ [SotIraq] [HRW]

 

BAGHDAD

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The Security Information Center said on Friday that security personnel in New Baghdad seized a vehicle containing 2 IEDs at a checkpoint. The driver of the vehicle resisted arrest and was killed. [Rudaw]

 

A police source says that an IED exploded in the fish market of Nahrawan, wounding wo civilians. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

The IFP says that its units arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Zafaraniya. The arrestee was a member of Daesh who was using an alias and forged IDs. [Aynaliraq]

 

South​​ (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Daesh said it wounded tribal PMF fighters and damaged their vehicle after shooting at them in the Latifiya subdistrict in Mahmudiya, in far south Baghdad, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source said on Friday that a civilian had been wounded by an IED in downtown Falluja. [Ghad]

 

The Ministry of Defense says that intelligence units from the 14th​​ Army Division arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Qarma, Falluja​​ District. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their military vehicle with an IED north of Baiji, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it wounded four Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Hamra area, north of Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the Strategic Line (pipeline), north of Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Samarra

Daesh says its snipers killed a tribal PMF fighter in the Jazeera Samarra area, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed two policemen and destroyed an SUV with an IED in Dhuluiya. [ICDNSep13]

 

DIYALA

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Diyala police say that a joint team of Mandali police and​​ federal​​ security​​ personnel​​ seized​​ a weapons cache in​​ the​​ Mandali subdistrict​​ of​​ Diyala. The cache included rockets, mortar shells, hand grenades,​​ and​​ explosives​​ detonators. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said on Friday it blew up the house of a tribal PMF member in Barima village, east of Hawija. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said on Friday it blew up the house of an IFP member, east of Hawija. [ICDNSep14]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A police source in Kirkuk says that police units defused IEDs targeting a water pipeline in the Rashad subdistrict of Daquq. [BaghdadPost]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that the Ninewa Directorate of Water finished the rehabilitation of the Salamiya water station, which had been out of order for the last 4 years. The source said the station provided water to Nimrud subdistrict and its villages.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that municipal workers found Daesh documents under the rubble of a Daesh safehouse in Hay Al-Zanjili in west Mosul, including photo IDs of terrorists.

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Qayara)

Security personnel found a mass grave containing 18​​ Daesh​​ bodies in the Hammam Al-Alil area. A security source said that the bodies were examined and then buried, and that it was confirmed from identity cards on the bodies that they had been former Daesh members. The source claimed that they had been executed for fleeing the Battle of Mosul. [Buratha]

 

The Ministry of Defense says that intelligence units in the 20th​​ Army Division arrested 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges in the village of Jadida, in Hammam Al-Alil.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that tribal PMFs found Daesh “court” documents in the house of a terrorist in Jawa’na village​​ in Qayara. The source said the documents show that Daesh had killed a tribe leader and his two brothers in 2015 after accusing the leader of providing information to the Coalition.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Daesh said on Friday it killed three PMF members, wounded five others, including a commander, and damaged 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs near a gypsum factory northeast of Tal Afar. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said it damaged a tribal PMF vehicle with an IED near Kharab Kabir village, east of Tal Afar, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish Army says that its planes carried out attacks in Hakkari, southeast Turkey,​​ killing 5 PKK fighters. They also attacked PKK targets in Avasin and Basyan, in the Amedi district of Dahuk. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a Russian-German forum in Berlin that Russia was interested in protecting civilians, and would create a secure “humanitarian corridor” for whoever wished to leave Idlib. He said that Russia would not act the same as the US did in Mosul and Raqqa, in which cases there were no discussions about civilians, and there was no humanitarian corridor. He said that Russia would speak to Turkey next Monday. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As is common, the Russian statement is not even true, as there were humanitarian corridors set up in both Mosul and Raqqa. Their value was reduced by Daesh’s “human shield” strategy of using civilians as hostages.​​ The likely problem with the promised Russian “humanitarian corridor” is that once those civilians who choose to​​ escape​​ have left, the Syrian government may apply its Eastern Aleppo strategy,​​ with Russian​​ air​​ support, and bomb places controlled by anti-Assad rebels into submission, including barrel bombs and​​ possibly​​ even chemical weapons, putting the remaining civilians at grave risk. As in eastern Aleppo, Assad may treat civilians who remain as rebel supporters and therefore acceptable military targets. ​​ 

 

A Russian analyst warned of the possibility of a war between Russia and Turkey if Russia​​ maintains its position supporting​​ “tough​​ measures” in Idlib. [Dorar]

 

Foreign policy

A “high-level” meeting between Turkey, Russia, Germany, and France to discuss Syria is being held in Istanbul, in preparation for a summit between the countries’ leaders. [Anadolu]

 

United States

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley advised Syria, Russia and Iran to think twice before using chemical weapons, and said that the resolve of President Trump to use force should not be tested again. [Dorar]

 

The Saudi-owned daily​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ revealed a new US document, stating that the US may accept current President Bashar Al-Assad remaining in power if 5 conditions are met, including cutting relations with Iran and its militias, stopping the patronizing of terrorism and sheltering​​ of​​ terrorists, eliminating all weapons of mass destruction, and stopping threats​​ to​​ neighboring countries. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We think we will wait for some official statement or a report from closer to the source before accepting this one.

 

Germany

German Foreign Minister​​ Heiko Maas says that his country is ready to participate in the reconstruction of Syria after it reaches a political solution that would lead to free elections.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

On Friday, Turkey announced that its Intelligence agency was able to capture 9 YPG “terrorists” in Afrin. [Anadolu]

 

The YPG says that it killed and wounded 6 pro-Turkey fighters, including 3 Turkish Army soldiers, in 3 separate attacks in Afrin. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There have been several similar reports recently, suggesting that there is a kind of low-visibility “counterattack” strategy under way by the YPG​​ against Turkish occupation.

 

Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

At least​​ six​​ civilians were killed in an explosion at​​ the​​ Al-Amal Hospital square, in the center of Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed a YPG intelligence member with a sticky IED in the Al-Nasseri area, in Hasaka, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED on Tal Al-Jayer Road, east of Shaddadi, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Friday it killed an SDF member and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle with an IED east of Karama. [ICDNSep14]​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

 

See report above under National News

 

Hama

The SOHR reported that militias that had joined the Syrian Army following recent attacks caused several explosions in Sahl Al-Ghab (Ghab Plains). They reportedly tried to blow up a bridge between the opposition-held village of Tuwaina and the village of Al-Hurra, held by the government. Several other​​ bridges in the area were recently destroyed. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says that a man threw several hand grenades near​​ Al-Qala’a​​ in Salamiyah,​​ held by the Syrian Army. An IED explosion in the same area wounded a​​ general​​ in​​ the Syrian​​ Army. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh says it killed 7 SDF fighters and wounded many others in an ambush near the Al-Azraq oilfield. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed or wounded six PMF members by detonating an IED near a checkpoint in Abu Hardoub village,​​ east of Mayadin city,​​ on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR says that the SDF and Daesh are engaging in fierce battles in the last areas held by Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. Coalition planes and SDF artillery continue to shell Daesh positions. People are fleeing Al-Susah, Al-Sha’afa, and Al-Baghouz, which sit near the border with Iraq. [SyriaHR]

 

By one report, the SDF reportedly failed to make any real progress on the ground in its encounters with Daesh in Al-Baghouz,​​ and​​ separately in​​ Al-Kasrah​​ subdistrict at the far northern part of Deir Ez-Zor, while Daesh recaptured several points that it had lost to SDF in the previous 2 days. Daesh spread large numbers of land mines and built strong fortifications in the​​ Al-Baghouz​​ area. SDF commanders expect Daesh to fight to the death. [EnabBaladi]

 

However, the SDF says that its forces entered Al-Baghouz village, and liberated 5 control points held by Daesh.​​ It​​ also​​ said advances​​ were made in Al-Susah. [Hawar]

 

In addition, the Commander of 9th​​ SDF battalion says that his units liberated 7 km around Hajin,​​ and​​ says​​ that the Daesh defenses in the area are collapsing. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that more than 35 Daesh foreign terrorists and their families fled from Hajin to Al-Sha’afa by boat. So far hundreds of foreign terrorists and their families have fled to the desert.

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded SDF members by shelling their positions north of Baghouz Foqani with 15 mortars. [ICDNSep14]

Daesh said its snipers killed two SDF members north of Baghouz Foqani, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notice the Daesh propaganda tactic here. In its media statements, as we have often pointed out, “Daesh is always victorious.” On the battlefield, however, Daesh is gradually losing in Deir Ez-Zor. So it touts firing off 15 mortars as a victory and claims to have killed an unspecified number of enemy soldiers; and it makes claims that its snipers killed enemy soldiers (claims​​ which are​​ made​​ more often when they are losing). This is intended to cancel out the public relations impact of an impending defeat.​​ To the perceptive, however, these “victorious” reports reveal that things are not going well.

 

South​​ (No reports)

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Essam Abu Amjad, a member of the Security and Defense Committee of the Egyptian Parliament, says that Turkey and Qatar will pay the price for their support of terrorism. [Hawar]

 

Libya/Tunisia

Tunisia

Units from both the Tunisian National Guard and Army are carrying out “large-scale” search operations in Enfidha, Sousse Governorate, after receiving information that 2 armed men were spotted in the factory district. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

United States

The Israeli military intelligence website​​ DEBKA​​ reported on Friday that the US was conducting an exercise near the Red Sea, including F-35s and amphibious assault vehicles, in anticipation of a possible military confrontation with Iran.​​ DEBKA​​ wrote that around 4,500 US Marines were training out of Djibouti around the coasts of the Horn of Africa, and that this training was focused on countering a simulated Iranian blockade of the Strait of Hormuz or the Bab Al-Mandeb in the Red Sea. [BaghdadToday] [DEBKA]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published the 147th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes reports about its attacks during the last week. It published an infographic saying it conducted 99 attacks in Iraq, Syria, “Khorasan,” Libya, Sinai, east Asia, west Africa, and Somalia, killing or wounding more than 379 people and capturing 3. The infographic shows that 2/3 of Daesh attacks were in Iraq. In this issue also, Daesh published a report about its fights against Al-Qaeda in Yemen. It also published an infographic with instructions to its supporters to plan and conduct terrorist attacks. [ICDNSep14] ​​ 

 

 

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September 13, 2018

 

Two Yazidi Girls Return to Their Families

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Sadr announces leadership agreement on a new, non-partisan Prime Minister. [..]

CoR temporary chairman sets Saturday meeting to elect the CoR Speaker. [..]

$10 million in Daesh cash reportedly found in rubble at Mosul University. [..]

 

Syria

Pentagon asks Egypt, Jordan, Gulf states to do more in Syria. [..]

SDF kills 41 Daesh fighters in Albu Kamal campaign.​​ [..]

Yazidi girl freed in Syria says there are 11 more held by Daesh in Hajin, but some don’t intend to return. [..]

Syrian forces kill 20 Daesh fighters in Suwayda ambush. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Jordan: ​​​​ Jordan arrests 3 more members of Al-Balqa terrorist cell. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

On Thursday, Moqtada Al-Sadr said that senior Iraqi political leaders have agreed on an independent figure to lead the new Iraqi government. He said the person was selected without regard to party or sectarian divisions, but instead based on​​ expertise, experience, and integrity. He​​ noted​​ that some politicians quickly rejected him,​​ a response​​ which​​ Al-Sadr said​​ would “lead Iraq back to square one; back to corruption in a new​​ thobe​​ (traditional robe).​​ [Anadolu]

 

Ali Zayni, the most senior MP in the CoR,​​ and thus its temporary chairman,​​ says that the CoR session on Saturday will select the Speaker of the CoR as the first step towards selecting the President and the Prime Minister. He says that the situation in Iraq, mainly in Basra, is too serious to wait any longer. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

General Paul LaCamera assumed command of the Coalition from outgoing General Paul Funk in a ceremony in Baghdad on Thursday. In a speech, General Funk thanked the Iraqi partners of the Coalition and expressed his confidence that Daesh would be​​ fully​​ defeated. [InherentResolve]

 

Foreign policy

The Central Bank of Iraq says it is​​ no longer​​ subject to EU sanctions imposed during the former regime (i.e. under Saddam Hussein). Dealings between European financial institutions and the Central Bank​​ are no longer​​ banned. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Other

The Gallup polling institution says that 2017 was the year with the most suffering in over a decade, based on an opinion poll of citizens from 145 countries. The country leading Gallup’s “negative experience index” was the Central Africa Republic, but it was followed by Iraq in second place. [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD​​ (No reports)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A police source says​​ that 2​​ men wanted on terrorism​​ charges were arrested in​​ the​​ Nazal and Jubeil neighborhoods in Falluja. Weapons and fake IDs were also​​ seized. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh said it severely wounded a tribal PMF commander and destroyed his vehicle with a sticky IED on Kamaliyat Street in Falluja city, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep13]

 

Rutba

Daesh said it killed or wounded 13 Iraqi Army soldiers and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles with several IEDs east of Rutba, on the road to Trebil,​​ by the Jordan border, on Tuesday. [ICDNSep13]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that PMF units shot down a small Daesh drone that was carrying a locally made explosive inside a soda can near Makhoul. The drone flew from the Makhoul Mountains area.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that a civilian was killed when a roadside IED exploded on his vehicle north of Shirqat. ​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it killed two SWAT members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Hamra area, north of Tikrit, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

A breaking news item says​​ Daesh has​​ assassinated an intelligence officer in Yathrib subdistrict, south of Balad. [Dijlah]

Daesh said on Thursday it killed an IFP Intelligence member in his house in the Bajili area, in Yathrib. [A3maq] [ICDNSep13]

 

Daesh said it killed​​ two “spies,” from the​​ IFP and PMF,​​ in their respective houses in the Farahatiya area​​ of​​ Ishaqi​​ subdistrict, on Tuesday. [A3maq] [ICDNSep13]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A security source in Diyala Province said on Thursday that a team from the Diyala police captured a Daesh operative referred to as the “emir​​ of safehouses” after​​ luring​​ him to a restaurant near Baquba. [BaghdadToday]

 

Diyala Police Chief Faisal Al-Abadi said on Thursday that Daesh had attempted to infiltrate the city of Baquba via “sleeper cells,” but had been thwarted by the intelligence efforts of the Diyala​​ Police. [Sumaria]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A senior Iraqi military source said that an operation had begun on Thursday in Diyala Province to hunt down Daesh members in the​​ villages​​ of Al-Banan and Shouk Al-Reem. [Youm7]​​ 

 

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that a PMF commander was killed when an IED exploded on his vehicle near his house in Khanaqin. The source said security situation in Khanaqin had deteriorated during the last week and several PMF members were assassinated.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Kirkuk police say that Daesh fighters sneaked​​ into a clinic in Daquq​​ District and kidnapped an ambulance driver,​​ and​​ also stole​​ medicine. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

In an apparently separate incident, a security source said on Thursday that Daesh had kidnapped 2 civilians from the village of Haftghar, Daquq​​ District. [Mawazin]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that two Military Intelligence Service EOD members were killed while trying to defuse a booby-trapped house in Tal Al-Sha’er village. The source said the house, which belonged to a PMF commander, was empty and had been booby-trapped by Daesh the night before.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

An Arab newspaper wrote on Thursday that 10 million dollars had been found under the rubble of a building at the University of Mosul. Local and security sources were quoted as saying that Daesh had used that building as a headquarters for its “Islamic Police” and finance​​ office. The money has reportedly been set aside. [Sumaria]

 

General Sa’ad Ma’an, Ministry of the Interior spokesman, says that emergency units of the Ninewa police arrested 6 Daesh operatives in​​ the​​ Al-Mithaq,​​ Al-Qahira,​​ and​​ Tahrir​​ neighborhoods in west Mosul,​​ and​​ Al-Muthanna​​ in east Mosul. [Baghdadia]​​ [BaghdadPost]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Iraqi Army 15th​​ division and local police units captured a suicide terrorist and confiscated his vehicle bomb near Owainat village, in Rabia subdistrict in northern Tal Afar. The source said people of the village had killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists last month. The source sent us photos of the vehicle bomb.​​ 

The Center for Security Information says that the 15th​​ Army Division engineering team defused a car bomb in Owainat. The car contained 7 explosive belts and 5 IEDs. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the Iraqi Army 9th​​ division captured 2 men near Khunaifis village who were smuggling weapons and food items to Daesh terrorists in the nearby desert. The source sent us photos of the 2 men.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Masoud Barzani, leader of the KDP, met in Erbil on Thursday with the US Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, as well as US Ambassador Douglas Silliman. They reportedly discussed the latest efforts to form the Iraqi government, and the upcoming CoR session on Saturday. [Forat]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These two high-level officials did not fly to Erbil just to have a general discussion of current political trends. What did they really talk about? McGurk is spending so much time in Iraq lately that he must qualify​​ to be​​ an official resident.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkish units killed 3 PKK fighters in Bingol, southeastern Turkey. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

A senior UN Official sent the coordinates for about 235 protected sites in Idlib Province to Russia, Turkey and the US-led Coalition, in​​ an effort to protect them from the​​ anticipated​​ attack on Idlib. Panos Moumtzis, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis, reported that a high-ranking Russian official stated that every effort was being made to arrive at a peaceful solution.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ See comment​​ below.

 

Russia

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, says that Russia is ready to discuss a compromise between​​ the​​ Astana​​ formula​​ and the​​ so-called “minimized international group” (a smaller subset of the countries that participated in the Vienna talks)​​ to support Syria based on international law, respecting Syrian unity and independence. [Qasioun]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Russians will be supportive of any formula that leaves Assad in power.​​ Beyond that, they will be as flexible as necessary and the diplomatic​​ malarkey​​ will be adjusted as necessary.

 

Foreign policy

United States

The Pentagon asked that the Gulf countries, Egypt, and Jordan play a bigger role in Syria, in a meeting of the​​ armed forces​​ Chiefs of Staff for these countries. [Dorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Deputy Commander of the Coalition, Major General Felix Gedney, says that Daesh is still a threat to Syria, Iraq, and the UK. Speaking to the​​ UK​​ Independent, Gedney says that the whereabouts of Al-Baghdadi are unknown. He says that Daesh is turning into something like a rebel group that utilizes hit-and-run tactics. He said that there were still hundreds of Daesh fighters, but he​​ did not know​​ the number of Britons among them.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A minibus exploded in southern Tal Hamis, Qamishli​​ District, killing the driver and wounding 2 children. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the SDF freed​​ Inas Rasho,​​ a Yazidi girl that was taken by an Iraqi Daesh family in Al-Hawl Camp. The source says the family, originally from Baaj, had escaped to Dashisha but the​​ girl was then kept in the​​ camp for 4 years. The source said the SDF​​ arrested the family and handed over the girl to the Kurdish Asayesh, who returned the girl to her family in Sinjar.​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said it killed three SDF members with an IED near Al-Haws village, in Karama subdistrict east of Raqqa city, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Another Daesh media source said the IED was planted in a parked motorcycle. [ICDNSep13]

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

A Syrian opposition group says it badly wounded General Hussein Khasara of the Syrian Army, using an IED, in Salamiyah​​ District​​ in eastern Hama. [Dorar]

 

Homs

The front between Daesh and the Syrian Army is now extending from Deir Ez-Zor and Homs to Al-Tanaf, near the border with Iraq and Jordan. The SOHR says that Syrian government forces are making advances. [SyriaHR]​​ 

DaeshDaily reports.​​ We have no reports of large concentrations of Daesh fighters in this elongated stretch of territory. This may indicate that Daesh in Syria is already doing what it has done in Iraq—moving into the desert and fighting in small units with hit and run tacticsbut the Syrian military has fewer assets deployable to counter these tactics than Iraq does, and unlike Iraq it does not have the world-class​​ Coalition​​ air support.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said on Thursday it killed seven SDF members and destroyed their vehicle in an ambush near Al-Azraq Oilfield, north of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNSep13]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SDF says it has killed 41 Daesh fighters in the past 2 days in Deir Ez-Zor Province, and that 6 SDF fighters had been killed in the same period. The SDF said in a statement that the Coalition had also been carrying out airstrikes on Daesh locations, and that fighting was ongoing. [BasNews]

 

The SDF media office reported on Thursday that the battle against Daesh in Al-Baghouz had so far resulted in taking 3 square kilometers of land and killing 23 Daesh fighters. [Hawar]

 

The SOHR reported continued SDF/Coalition operations against Daesh in Al-Baghouz and Hajin, including heavy air and artillery shelling. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the SDF freed​​ Fayrouz Hazem,​​ a Yazidi girl who had been captured by Daesh,​​ after getting information from families that were escaping Hajin. The source said the girl informed the SDF that there are more than 11 Yazidi girls held captive by Daesh in Hajin. Some of them have children and don’t intend to return to their families in Iraq.​​ 

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of “the agriculture” in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNSep13]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Photos of a couple of terrorists and some eggplants is all that Daesh’s agricultural activities are about these days. ​​ 

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of targeting SDF position north of Baghouz Foqani village with mortars. [ICDNSep13]

 

Pro-Daesh media says that dozens of pro-government militia fighters were killed and wounded in battles with Daesh in Hamimiya and the “T2” pumping station. [Qasioun]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

On Thursday morning, the Syrian Army violated an agreement​​ (which had been ratified in Daraa with Russian approval) and raided homes and arrested 3 people in Daraa. 2 of them were former members of the Free Syrian Army and one of them was the former leader of the local council of Daraa. It is unknown where they were taken. [Dorar]

 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces ambushed a convoy of Daesh fighters near Al-Safa Hills, east of Suwayda, killing 20 fighters, including an Iraqi commander, and destroying 3 SUVs.

 

Battles between Daesh and the Syrian Army are continuing on the border between Rif Damashq and Suwayda, mainly in the Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills) area. Daesh is still holding over 30 women and children as hostages. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

On Thursday, the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate announced the identities of 3 members of the Al-Balqa terror cell: Ahmad Al-Nusur, Ahmad Odeh, and Diaa Al-Fuwair. They were arrested last month during an armed confrontation with Jordanian security after they bombed a security patrol in the city of Al-Fuheis​​ near Salt in Al-Balqa Governorate. The detainees confessed that they had been planning to attack Al-Balqa intelligence and district services, and a video of their​​ confession was broadcast on state television. The events in Al-Balqa Governorate in August resulted in killing 9 civilians and injuring dozens of others, and the arrest of “many” members of the terrorist cell, who​​ had been​​ accused of being involved in another deadly bombing earlier in August. [Anadolu] [Khaleej]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Daesh said on Thursday it stopped a Houthi attack on the Za’aj area, in Walad Rabi’a’ district, northwest of Baidha, killing or wounding several fighters and forcing the rest to flee. [ICDNSep13] [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said it killed an Egyptian Army member, wounded three others, and destroyed their military vehicle with a rocket west of Rafah, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep13]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

Republicans in the US Senate are proposing sanctions against pro-Iran military groups related to the Revolutionary Guards. The sanctions are related to Iran-funded terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

EUROPE

Ukraine

Ukrainian border guards say that they arrested a Tajik citizen believed to be a Daesh member in​​ Boryspil Airport in Kiev. The arrestee was named in the database of the Tajik police as a terrorism suspect.​​ ​​ [Ghad]​​ [FaceIraq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

A social media account linked to Daesh issued a message to Daesh’s “lone wolves” in Coalition countries. It said that Daesh’s operatives​​ have​​ tried several types of attacks, but the best way to hurt those countries is to conduct attacks that look accidental and don’t bring attention. The account suggested to Daesh’s operatives​​ to set woods, upper stories of residential towers, commercial compounds, and factories on fire, and​​ to​​ sabotage rail tracks to divert trains. It said such attacks could be repeated from time to time to cause more economic losses. [ICDNSep13]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh usually tries to conduct attacks that bring more media attention to itself. This suggested​​ tactic​​ will give Daesh the opportunity to claim any fire anywhere without so much effort. ​​ 

 

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Terrorist Attack in Baiji

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Sadr, Al-Amiri now working together to form governing coalition without Al-Abadi. [..]

Suicide bomber kills several PMFs near Al-Qa’im. [..]

Iraqi Army kills 13 Daesh fighters in Shirqat gunfight. [..]

Suicide terrorists stage two deadly​​ attacks​​ in Baiji. [..]

Iraqi Human Rights Commission says Basra has 60,000 cases of water contamination. [..]

 

Syria

Independent commission says 1 million Syrians displaced in last 6 months.​​ [..]

Guterres, others pressuring Syria, Russia to avoid attack on Idlib.​​ [..]

UN investigators say Syria used chlorine gas in Idlib, Douma. [..]

SDF, Coalition attack Daesh positions in Albu Kamal, northern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

Other countries

Libya: ​​ Clashing militias cause closing of Tripoli airport. [..]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Al-Sadr’s Sairun alliance and Hadi Al-Amiri’s Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance announced that they were forming a coalition that they said would govern Iraq. Al-Sadr and Al-Amiri held a joint press conference, at which Al-Sadr said that the meeting was very positive, and that Sairun and Al-Fath maintained their alliances​​ with the​​ Al-Wataniya (National) and​​ Al-Hikma (Wisdom) alliances. Al-Fath also said in a statement that Al-Sadr and Al-Amiri had agreed on​​ nominees​​ for the 3 head positions in Iraq,​​ although the​​ statement did not name these figures. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems like a surprise development, though it follows immediately after Sistani’s reported comments against potential Prime Ministers already rejected by voters—which would eliminate both Al-Abadi and Al-Maliki. The larger implications of the story will have to wait for further clarification. In the meantime, an actual governing coalition​​ still remains​​ to be created.

 

Zafir Al-‘Ani, a leader in Osama Al-Nujaifi’s Al-Qarar (Decision) alliance, said on Wednesday that Sunni​​ political​​ leader Khamis Al-Khanjar had left the group and joined the Al-Fath/Rule of Law alliance due to “political pressure and international interventions.” [BasNews]

 

An Arab newspaper says that some political parties are mediating in the political​​ struggle over​​ forming the government in Iraq. Some mediators are politicians from within the political process, the paper says. Those​​ politicians​​ are waiting to see which party will have the upper hand, to join it eventually. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

The World Bank Group and the UK Department for International Development (DFID)​​ announced on Wednesday that they had given a $500,000 grant to support the Iraqi government in “strengthening social protection systems,” to be applied through the Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. [Ghad]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Babel Criminal Court says that it saw over 1,500 terror cases over the past 10 years, saying that terrorism files cannot be closed as long as there are sleeper cells, media inciting hatred, and money laundering, describing corruption as even more dangerous than terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says that Daesh is following Al-Qaeda’s steps in using women in various​​ roles, and that prostitution is one of these means. The source says that the security services are aware of this, and have already captured several women recruited by Daesh. [BaghdadToday]

 

Foreign policy

The US threatened Iran with quick and decisive action in response to any attack initiated by its proxies on US targets in Iraq. Iran recently threatened Baghdad and Erbil with continued attacks if they did not hand​​ over wanted Kurdish opposition figures. [BasNews]

 

An Iranian official called for initating a trade exchange between Iraq and Iran. This is needed, in view of the economic war against Iran, he says. He called on Iraq to reconsider their tariffs placed on Iranian commodities. [Shafaaq]

 

The Iranian Communications Minister says that 70% of Iraqi Internet traffic passes through Iran. He says that most of it passes through western Azerbaijan Province. [Forat]

 

BAGHDAD

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says that an IED placed in a cattle market in Mada’in exploded, wounding 2 civilians. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source said on Wednesday that an explosion took place in the city of Falluja. No further details were available. [Sumaria]

 

Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Daesh killed 3 Nujaba’ Movement members, stole weapons and 2 military vehicles, and set a military position on fire in an attack northwest of Haditha.​​ 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Kata’eb Al-Imam Ali, a Shia PMF faction, stopped a Daesh attack near Rawa. Two PMF fighters were wounded in the attack.​​ 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says several​​ fighters of the Ali Al-Akbar Brigade, a Shia PMF faction, were killed when a suicide bomber, dressed in Iraq forces uniform, blew himself up near Al-Qa’im. The source says a senior AAB commander was severely wounded in the explosion.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Ninewa Ops Command says that a gunfight between Army units and Daesh fighters left 13 Daesh fighters killed. The group entered the village of Kan’ous, between Qayara and Shirqat, before being intercepted. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that Federal Police detachments had arrested​​ a​​ Daesh member in Shirqat, Salahuddin Province.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A security source says an IED explosion killed a civilian and wounded​​ two​​ others in western Shirqat. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source​​ said on Wednesday that at least four people, including PMF members, were killed and six others wounded when a suicide terrorist blew himself up in a restaurant in Baiji city. The source said several vehicles, including a civilian bus, were set on fire by the attack, causing more civilian casualties.

The source said another suicide terrorist blew himself up among paramedics who came for rescue, killing or wounding more than 10 people. The source said security units trapped a third suicide terrorist in Hay 600 in Baiji city.​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED west of Baiji, on Tuesday. [ICDNSep12]​​ 

Daesh said it shot and killed two tribal PMF fighters in Baiji, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The IFP says that it defused 33 IEDs in Samarra.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

The PMF said that the 43rd​​ Brigade (Iraqi), with the help of the PMF, had stopped Daesh terrorists from infiltrating the town of Balad, Salahuddin Province. Their statement added that they had shelled the Daesh fighters with mortars after monitoring their movements. [Forat]

 

DIYALA

IFP Commander General Raed Shakir Jawdat says that the IFP arrested 4 Daesh terrorists in Diyala and Kirkuk, including “Abu Hajir​​ Al-Jubouri,” a local commander in Diyala, and his assistant. It is unclear if this total includes the 2 arrests noted below under “Hawija.” [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The head of the Abbara subdistrict council, Adnan Al-Tamimi, said on Wednesday that the Imam Abu Najm shrine had been shelled with 3 mortar rounds. An investigation was opened as to the source of the shelling. The shrine is a place of pilgrimage during the month of Muharram. [BaghdadToday]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that three IFP members, including a 1st​​ lieutenant, were killed in a Daesh attack on Barima village. The IFP arrested 8 Daesh suspects after the attack.

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded IFP members in an attack on Al-Fakhera village, in Riyadh. It also said it destroyed an IFP vehicle with reinforcements that came to the area, killing or wounding the members inside. [A3maq] [ICDNSep12]

Daesh said on Wednesday it shot and killed two PMF members in Al-Hawayej village, in Abbasi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it destroyed an IFP vehicle with an IED near Al-Salam village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [A3maq]

IFP Commander General Raed Shakir Jawdat says that his forces found IEDs, an explosives cache, guesthouses, and tunnels in​​ Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Samarra. A group of IFP troops supported by drones destroyed​​ 2​​ safehouses​​ packed​​ with explosives and ammunition in Hawija.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

The Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that Federal Police detachments had arrested 2 Daesh members in Hawija, Kirkuk Province. They had reportedly previously worked in Daesh’s “Islamic Police.”​​ [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed a PMF member, wounded another, and destroyed an SUV with an IED in Qunaitira village, southwest of Makhmur. [A3maq]

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that National Security Service units found Daesh tunnels under the buildings of the University of Mosul and confiscated a computer, documents, and money. The source said Daesh used the tunnels as a headquarters​​ for its “Diwan Al-Mal” (treasury.) The source sent us photos of the tunnels.​​ 

Ninewa Governor Nawfal Al-‘Akoub said that around 140 families had returned from camps in Hammam Al-Alil to their homes in Mosul, following the restoration of security and services in the area. [PressIraq]

 

The IFP says it found a rocket in the village​​ of Kodila​​ (Makhmur), and​​ destroyed 3 IEDs in the​​ Al-Tanak​​ neighborhood, west Mosul.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura)

PMF and Iraqi Army units carried out a series of search operations in villages on​​ both sides of​​ the Tigris​​ River, according to a PMF statement. Among the villages searched were Al-Qasr​​ (Hamdaniya), and Albu Saif​​ and​​ Qabr​​ Al-Abd (Hammam Al-Alil). The operations found 3 Daesh tunnels and 1 safehouse. [PressIraq]​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information said in a statement on Wednesday that detachments under the Directorate of Military Intelligence had arrested the members of a “terrorist sleeper cell” in the Shura subdistrict of Mosul. [Forat]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Iraqi Human Rights Commission says that there are now 60,000 cases of poisoning via water pollution in Basra, reaching the level of an environmental​​ disaster. The Ministry of Water Resources says that the level of salination in Basra’s water has reached 7,500 TDS (total dissolved solids); the WHO standard is that more than 1,200 TDS is unacceptable for drinking. [Anadolu]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ For context,​​ water over 10,000 TDS is defined as​​ salt water or “saline water.” The US EPA recommends no more than 500 TDS​​ for drinking water.​​ The DaeshDaily source we cited recently said that more than 6,200 of the​​ Basra​​ cases were suspected of being cholera.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkish Intelligence says that it carried out an​​ operation in Latakia​​ that​​ arrested​​ Yousif Nazik, already on the Turkish “blue list” of people wanted on terrorism charges. Turkish intelligence said that he was implicated in the bombings in Reyhanlı, a Turkish town​​ in Hatay Province​​ bordering Syria, in 2013. He was transferred to Turkey for interrogation. [Anadolu]

 

The HPG reported that it killed 6 Turkish soldiers in an operation launched in southeastern Turkey. The HPG also attacked Turkish soldiers in the Sirnak region, which resulted in 1 death on their​​ own​​ side. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

On Wednesday, the​​ Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria reported that more than 1,000,000​​ people​​ have been displaced​​ in​​ the first 6 months of 2018, due to attacks​​ by​​ the Syrian Army and its affiliates against areas controlled by the opposition and terrorist organizations.​​ [Qasioun] [OHCHR]

 

UN Secretary-General​​ António Guterres warned Syria against turning Idlib into a blood bath. He says that a “war on terror” does not exempt the warring parties from humanitarian responsibilities.​​ [ZamanAlwasl]

 

On Wednesday, UN investigators documented that in January and February this year, Syrian government forces used chlorine gas in Idlib and Douma (the district capital of East Ghouta), in what amounts to war crimes. [Qasioun] [Reuters]

 

Russia

Russian Special Envoy to Syria​​ Alexander Lavrentiev​​ hinted that the attack on Idlib could be delayed, to allow Turkey the time to separate the “moderates” from the “extremist” factions. [Dorar]

 

Foreign policy

Germany

On Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that he would tell Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Germany expects Moscow to ensure that there is no humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Syrian Kurdish units said that they had arrested the Daesh leader Adel Mousa Abd Al-Jazzar, aka Abu Karam, on Tuesday. Their statement said that Abu Karam had worked in intelligence for Daesh in many cities, including Al-Bab, Hama, Aleppo, Idlib, Raqqa, and Daraa, and claimed that he would have a lot of “valuable information” about Daesh.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

An IED exploded in Manbij near a car wash, killing a child and wounding several civilians. It is not clear whether the child was a bystander or was carrying the IED. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member in the Zayanat area, south of Shaddadi, on Monday. [ICDNSep12]

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The SOHR reported that both the Syrian Army and the opposition militias were fortifying and increasing their presence on both sides of the​​ de facto​​ border in Idlib. It estimated that around 4,000 Syrian Army soldiers were mobilized in the area, in addition to dozens of tanks and armored vehicles. [SyriaHR]

 

On Wednesday, the pro-government militia Al-Nimr made a decision that was “surprising” to their fighters, who had been stationed in Hama Province for over 20 days. Sources say that the forces withdrew from the city of Abu Dali​​ in southern Idlib​​ towards Palmyra​​ in eastern Homs. It is likely they will participate in battles against Daesh. [Dorar]

 

Homs

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on​​ Wednesday​​ that government forces, supported by Russian and Syrian aircraft, started a military campaign against remaining Daesh pockets in the Sukhnah area and the​​ eastern and southeastern deserts. The source said government forces timed the operation with the SDF and Coalition campaign against Daesh in the Albu Kamal area.

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SDF published an account of its separate operations against Daesh in Al-Baghouz (Albu Kamal) and Al-Kasrah (northern Deir Ez-Zor District) with Coalition air support, saying that it killed a total of 41 Daesh fighters and destroyed several vehicles, cannons, and bulldozers. The SDF said that it had taken control of​​ 17 Daesh checkpoints around Al-Baghouz and 10 around Al-Kasrah.​​ 6 SDF fighters were also reported killed in the fighting. [PUKMedia]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin​​ District

The SOHR reported a Daesh attack on SDF units near the Al-Tanak oil field, killing or wounding at least 3 SDF fighters. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Local media say that the Iraqi PMF​​ organization​​ is backing​​ the​​ Syrian SDF in its battles against Daesh in Al-Baghouz, located near the Iraq border. The​​ final​​ phase of SDF operations was announced on Tuesday. [Arabi21]

 

The SOHR reported the surrender of 3 non-Syrian Daesh fighters and 10 Daesh women to the SDF in Al-Baghouz. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says that it thwarted an SDF attack near Al-Susah, killing 6 SDF fighters and capturing 1. Daesh is reportedly using drones in its military operations in the area. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that government troops and supporting militias reinforced their military positions in the Albu Kamal area, preparing for Daesh attacks.​​ 

Daesh published on Wednesday photos of a group of its terrorists watching a propaganda video in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNSep12]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The SOHR says that battles between the Syrian Army and Daesh in Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills), near the administrative border between Rif Damashq and Suwayda, are continuing, with slow progress being made by the Syrian Army. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said the body of a school teacher was found near Al-Safa​​ Hills. The source said​​ Daesh had captured the victim earlier at a fake checkpoint near Hardan town.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said it killed or wounded Egyptian Army members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Sheikh Zuweid city, on Tuesday. [ICDNSEp12]

Libya

The Ma’itika Airport, near Tripoli, suspended flights after rockets were fired nearby by competing militias; all flights will be transferred to Misrata. In another development, Daesh claimed responsibility for the failed attack on the Libyan National Oil Company on Tuesday. [BaghdadNews]

 

On Wednesday, the State Department and the UN imposed sanctions on Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran, who launched attacks on the Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Sidra. [Anadolu] [State]

 

The body of a member of the Criminal Investigations team in Sorman was found. The victim had been kidnapped around 10 days before. Eyewitnesses said that a group of armed men dropped the body off at the Zawiya hospital. [Libya24]

 

A man was shot in central Benghazi in front of his house, and received treatment at a hospital. There was no clear motive or intention​​ for​​ the shooting. [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Wednesday that it damaged an Afghan government bulldozer with an IED in the Khalis Family area, in Jalalabad. [A3maq]

 

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