An Update On ISIS Activities

Notice to our readers: Daesh Daily will not publish tomorrow, in observance of Iraq’s holiday for celebration of the Hijri (lunar) New Year. 

 

September 21, 2017

 

Tribal PMF Fighters in Anah

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

3,000 Yazidi women and children remain in captivity. [..]

UN Security Council votes to investigate Daesh war crimes. [..] 

IFP foils planned Ashura terrorist attack on Shia pilgrims in Baghdad. [..]

Iraqi forces capture Anah area in northwest Anbar. [..]

Hawija liberation campaign makes fast start in Shirqat and Hawija. [..]

Syria

Public debate surrounds planned PYD elections in northern Syria. [..]

Independent organizations say Raqqa liberation campaign is virtually over. [..]

Syrian, Turkish troops shell each other on Idlib border. [..]

Syrian Army, SDF continue advances in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Director of the KRG’s Yazidi Kidnapped People Office says 3,140 Yazidis have been freed from Daesh since 2014, mostly women and children. He says there still around 3,000 Yazidis who remain kidnapped. [Baghdadia] 

 

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday approved the creation of a UN investigative team to collect, preserve and store evidence in Iraq of acts by Daesh that may be war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide. 

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution, after a year of negotiations with Iraq, that asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to establish a team “to support domestic efforts” to hold the militants accountable.

British Minister of State for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, said Britain would provide $1.3 million to help establish the team. “There can never be adequate recompense for those who were forced to endure the wanton brutality of (Daesh) and the dead will not be brought back, but this resolution means that the international community is united in our belief that there should, at least, be accountability,” Burt told the council.

Use of the evidence collected by the team in other venues, such as international courts, would “be determined in agreement with the Government of Iraq on a case-by-case basis.” Evidence is for primary use by Iraqi authorities, followed by “competent national-level courts,” according to the resolution.

Thousands of foreigners have fought with Daesh and some are already being prosecuted when they return home. [Reuters] 

 

Foreign Affairs ministers of Iraq, Turkey, and Iran said after a meeting in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, that the KRG’s independence referendum is not constitutional and will lead to conflicts in the region, according to a statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Al-Jaafari’s office. The three countries agreed to counter measures against the referendum, according to the statement. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Rawa (5), Hawija (2), and Baiji (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

The IWMC says IFP Intelligence Service units foiled an attack on Shia pilgrims in Baghdad. It says the units captured 3 terrorists and confiscated 6 IEDs and other weapons in Rashidiya. It says based on confessions obtained from those terrorists, security units captured a group of 7 Daesh terrorists who came recently from Diyala and were planning to attack Shia pilgrims during the month of Muharram (Ashura.) [Baghdadia] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says its units captured a Daesh terrorist in the Abu Mnaiseer area, in Abu Ghraib. [Baghdadia] 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The BOC says security units killed 3 suicide terrorists in the Jazeera Al-Qarma area. [Sumaria]

 

Anah

The Iraqi Defense Ministry announced Iraqi forces have completely liberated the Anah area from Daesh control. Iraqi forces are set to begin attacks against Daesh to regain control of Rawa and Al-Qa’im. [Anadolu]

 

Iraqi forces entered several areas in Anah at the same time, killing tens of terrorists, including a commander from Iraq. [Ghad] [Baghdadia] 

 

A security source says Iraqi forces have started to clear streets and houses in Anah. [Ghad] 

 

The IWMC says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh hideout and a vehicle bomb in Anah, killing 11 terrorists. It also says the Coalition destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, killing the suicide bombers inside. [PUKMedia] 

 

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces near the Anah Intersection, south of the city. [A3maq] [A3maq] 

Daesh says also says it destroyed 2 Iraqi forces’ Humvees with rockets near the same intersection. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Al-Qa’im

A security source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh convoy of 9 vehicles that was coming from Syria to Al-Qa’im, killing the terrorists inside. [Baghdadia] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A security source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area, destroying several vehicle bombs and killing the terrorists inside. [Baghdadia] 

 

The PMF Press says PMF units killed a Daesh Saudi “emir” near Siniya. [Mawazin] 

 

Daesh claims it killed eight Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a heavy machine gun in an attack near the Asmeda area, north of Baiji. [A3maq] 

 

Shirqat 

Hawija-East Shirqat liberation campaign

The IFP commander says his troops captured 140 sq km (55 sq miles), including 15 villages northeast of Shirqat, killing 135 Daesh terrorists and destroying 11 vehicle bomb, 13 vehicles, and 25 IEDs. [Ghad] 

 

The PMF Press says Iraqi forces captured the Ain Kawa area, northeast of Shirqat, killing 25 terrorists. [PUKMedia] 

 PMF Press says Iraqi forces also captured Shirawa and Sisbana villages, northeast of Shirqat. [Etejah] 

PMF and Rapid Intervention units captured Kan’ous village northeast of Shirqat, killing several Daesh terrorists. [Etejah] 

A PMF commander says his troops captured tens of square kilometers northeast of Shirqat, killing 6 terrorists and destroying several vehicle bombs. [Harbi] 

 

A local source says most Daesh leaders and foreign terrorists fled the east side of Shirqat to Hawija. The source says only local terrorists remain, in addition to Ashbal Al-Khilafa, the “caliphate cubs,” young boys trained by Daesh. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. You know it’s a bad situation for Daesh when it’s “caliphate” has to be defended by children.

 

A security source says CTS units stopped a Daesh attack near the Zuwiya Intersection, on the main road between Baghdad and Mosul, destroying 3 vehicle bombs.[Ghad] 

 

The PMF Press says EOD units started defusing IEDs in the liberated village of Hesarak, northeast of Shirqat. [Etejah] 

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces secured 30 families who were being used by Daesh as human shields northeast of Shirqat. He also says 10 Daesh terrorists surrendered to Iraqi forces in the same area. [Sumaria] 

 

An informed source says 7 Daesh terrorists, including a commander, surrendered to Iraqi forces on the west side of Shirqat after crossing in a boat (photos.) [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it killed four PMF fighters and destroyed 2 vehicles in an attack on Shirqat’s Al-Dibis village. [A3maq] 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Hawija-East Shirqat liberation campaign (cont.)

Prime Minister Abadi issued a statement announcing the start of the Hawija liberation campaign. [Harbi]

The PMF Press says Iraqi Army, IFP, CTS, and PMF units launched the Hawija-east Shirqat liberation campaign from 6 points. [Harbi] 

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces captured 20 villages in the first stage of the campaign. [Ghad] 

The JOC says Iraqi forces finished the first stage of the Hawija liberation battle. [Sumaria] 

 

The leader of the Hawija liberation operation, Abdel Ameer Rasheed Yarallah announced the liberation of the following towns in Shirqat and Hawija: Ain Kawa, Hoshterlok, Hesarak, Sirnaj Saghira, Sirnaj Kabira, Shandar Al-Alya, Adla, Fatima, Mahmoud, Qawaj, and Kharbati. [ROJ]

 

A local source says warplanes destroyed a Daesh convoy that was fleeing Hawija toward the Mtaibija area along the Salahuddin border. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says IAA aircrafts attacked Daesh positions in Hawija, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Baghdadia] 

 

The Peshmerga Ministry said the Peshmerga is not participating in the battle to restore Hawija from Daesh. The Secretary General of the Ministry, Jabbar Yawer, stated that the Peshmerga forces will secure their defense lines with Hawija, a nonKurdish city, in coordination with the Iraqi forces. [ROJ]

 

The Hawija PMF spokesman says heavy clashes erupted in Hawija between Daesh local terrorists and terrorists from Diyala. He says the Diyala terrorists wanted to leave and take their families with them, but the local terrorists stopped them on the road. [Ghad] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says 300 Daesh foreign terrorists were given the task of defending the city. The source says Daesh trapped civilians in the city, deployed snipers on buildings, and put many vehicle bombs on the streets.  

 

A DaeshDaily source says most of Daesh terrorists in Al-Zab withdrew.

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh rigged a bridge near Abbasi with explosives. The source says Daesh warned people in the city that anyone who communicates with Iraqi forces will be killed later. Daesh also ordered people to put their cars on the main streets so as to hinder the movement of Iraqi forces. 

  

Coalition spokesman, Col. Ryan Dillon, says in a joint press conference with the JOC spokesman that Daesh terrorists in Hawija have no option other than surrender or get killed. [Baghdadia] 

A security source says Iraqi F-16s killed the Daesh wali of Hawija, Hassan Al-Bayati. [Sumaria] 

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A local source says Coalition planes bombed an “important” Daesh target in an orchard in Mukhaisa village. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it damaged a CTS bulldozer with an IED in Hinbis village, in Muqdadiya. [A3maq] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Udhaim subdistrict council says two Tribal PMF fighters were killed and seven others wounded in an explosion while they were searching a house in Albu Bakr village. [Ghad] 

Daesh says it killed four PMF fighters and wounded five others by detonating a booby-trapped house in Albu Bakr village. [A3maq] 

  

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

The Mayor of Hamdaniya subdistrict says Daesh burned down 3,000 houses of Christian people in Qaraqosh, without counting houses in nearby villages. He asks the central government to compensate people in order to allow them to return and rebuild their houses. [Ghad] 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

The IWMC says Iraqi Army artillery and mortars targeted Daesh positions in several areas in the Hatra desert. [IraqPress]

 

Western Ninewa

Baaj

The PMF Press says PMF artillery targeted Daesh positions south of Tal Safouk, killing many terrorists. It says Daesh was trying to attack Iraqi forces in the area to ease the pressure on its terrorists in the Shirqat area. [Mawazin] 

 

KURDISTAN

Britain reiterated its rejection of the Kurdish independence referendum. Britain also denied the existence of any military threats against the Kurdish region in the event they hold the referendum. [Anadolu]

 

Masoud Barzani’s office says French President Macron asked him to postpone the referendum, but Barzani rejected Macron’s appeal. Macron expressed his support for the unity of Iraq and the rights of the Kurds under the Iraqi constitution. Barzani says he will begin a dialogue with Baghdad after the referendum. [Anadolu]

 

The KRG condemned the Turkish airstrike north of Dahuk, calling on Turkey to stop attacks that hurt civilians and to preserve the principles of neighborliness. Turkish warplanes bombed several areas in the border region of Amedi under the pretext of targeting the PKK. Ten civilians were killed in the attacks. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

The Deputy Head of the Justice and Development Party says the Turkish Parliament will hold an emergency session on Saturday to discuss the Prime Minister’s memorandum to extend the mandate for military operations in Iraq and Syria. According to the memorandum submitted by the Prime Minister, Turkey attaches great importance to the national unity and stability of Iraq. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Pentagon says US coalition forces will remain in Syria until Damascus can destroy Daesh and avoid the emergence of new terrorists. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment. There are no US government or media reports confirming such a statement from the Pentagon.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (14), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

An eyewitness says the Turkish Army targeted a group of women, killing one, who were working in an agricultural field 2 km from the border between Roj Ava and Turkey. One of the women called on the international community to take a stand against the Turkish Army’s attacks on civilians in Roj Ava. [Hawar] [SyriaHR]

 

A security patrol affiliated with the Syrian Army, backed by a unit of the Fifth Battalion, “Hijana,” prevented a US Army convoy from crossing the Syrian Army-controlled area in Hasaka city. This was met with US silence and Kurdish resentment. The US forces, who were passing with Kurdish protection, consequently changed their path. The ‘peaceful’ confrontation between the US convoy and the Syrian Army renewed the conversation about ‘national sovereignty’, as Syrian government supporters considered the US convoy’s apology a victory for the Syrian Army. The alleged “apology” remains unconfirmed by media. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The anti-PYD National Kurdish Committee called for the boycott of the local and legislative elections of the Autonomous Kurdish Administration in northern Syria. The Committee says by insisting on holding the elections at this time, the PYD is blatantly challenging the will of the Kurdish people, and creating a distraction from the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan. The statement noted the pressure that Syrian Kurds are under from the PYD to participate in the elections that “harm the Kurdish people’s struggle“.

 

Qamishli-based media activist Teto Al-Kareem described the ways in which the local Autonomous Administration is pressuring the Kurds to vote. The Administration is demanding that Kurds obtain voter registration cards and threatening those who don’t vote with depriving them of diesel fuel for home heating systems.

 

However, Kurdish affairs expert Motlu Jeffer Uglu says these elections give Kurds the chance to build their institutions for the future. He also says it is important for the Kurds to demonstrate to the Syrian government that things have changed in northern Syria, and they are the ones in charge of their affairs as opposed to the government in Damascus. The elections send the message that holding these elections is possible because Kurdish areas are safe and stable. [Arabi21]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

An SDF official spokesman, Talal Salou, said SDF fighters are battling Daesh in the last Raqqa neighborhoods under Daesh control. Salou denied the news of a deal entailing 200 Daesh fighters leaving Raqqa for Deir Ez-Zor, emphasizing that the fighting will continue. “Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered” says the SDF has seized the entire city and the battle for Raqqa is over. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that, after the deaths of 3,100 civilians and fighters, Daesh has finally lost its main stronghold and capital in Syria. The announcement of full control of the city will come once the SDF and US Special Forces have finished searching the city for IEDs and booby-trapped houses and vehicles Daesh left behind. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF special forces freed 14 civilians in Hay Al-Nahdha in northwest Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

The SDF made further advances on the northern and western sides of the city, after clashes in Hay Al-Amin in central Raqqa, Dawar Al-Naim, and Dawar Al-Dali. [Hawar]

 

The SDF killed 63 Daesh fighters yesterday.  They also destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, one near the mill, and two others near Dawar Al-Dali. [Hawar]

 

Always “victorious,” Daesh says it killed five SDF fighters with a rocket in Al-Rumaila in northeast Raqqa. [A3maq] Daesh also says it destroyed an SDF Humvee with a rocket in the same area. [A3maq] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Idlib

The Syrian Army shelled a Turkish location near the Basioun and Tanzarin towns on the Syrian-Turkish border, west of Idlib. The Syrian Army also shelled opposition locations in the Tuffahiya Mountain area and the towns and villages of the western Latakia countryside, with no human losses reported. This is the first Syrian attack on the Turkish military on the border since it took over part of northern Latakia in 2015. [Qasioun]

 

The Turkish military shelled different locations of the Syrian Army in the Turkmen Mountains in northern Latakia. This came as a response to the Syrian Army’s attack on the Turkish military location near Basioun and Tanzarin. The opposition factions responded to the Syrian Army’s escalation around the Turkmen Mountains around Bouz Al-Khirbeh, injuring two members of the Syrian Army and its militias. [Qasioun]

 

A local source says the Turkish Army sent more reinforcements and equipment to the Turkish-Syrian border near Idlib. The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced observing forces from Turkey, Russia, and Iran will be deployed at checkpoints in the border region around Idlib to implement a temporary de-escalation zone for six months, as agreed upon in the recent Astana talks. The Turkish Foreign Ministry called on parties to release detainees as a measure of confidence. [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Turkish forces crossed into Syria, accompanied by bulldozers, and began constructing a wall.  Turkish forces are building walls on the Turkish side of the Turkish-Syrian border as well. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says warplanes, likely to be Russian, carried out dozens of raids targeting areas in Khan Sheikhoun city, killing 88 civilians, including 31 children, and wounding dozens of others. In addition, medical sources say one of the neighborhoods in Khan Sheikhoun was shelled with materials containing gases that caused suffocation. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR monitored hundreds of raids launched by the Syrian Army in southern Idlib. Clashes continue between the Syrian Army and its loyal militias on one hand, and the Islamic Turkestan Party, Tahrir Al-Sham, and Jaish Al-Aza on the other, near Tal Al-Souda, Ras Al-Ayn, Al-Shatha, and Al-Qahera. [SyriaHR]

 

A Syrian Journalist says Thursday’s media reports of a delegation of Turkish observers entering Idlib through the Bab Al-Hawa crossing are false per the 6th Astana Agreement. The journalist said the Turkish armored vehicles seen crossing the Bab Al-Hawa buffer zone were carrying engineering and other equipment towards Jinderes on the Syrian-Turkish border in Azaz for reinforcement and lifting of barriers. [Dorar]

 

On September 28, Turkish President Erdogan and Russian counterpart Putin will meet in Turkey to discuss the situation in Idlib. Erdogan said more Turkish troops are on the borders, gearing up to enter Syria, in order to bring peace. [Dorar]

 

The head of the Supreme Negotiations Committee, Riyad Hijab, says the Committee supports the Turkish military intervention against Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib because “they would like to get rid of the base that has served no one but the regime.” Hijab reiterated that the Committee will not fight under the banner of PYD; they want a separate front in Deir Ez-Zor. He says the US is making a mistake by bringing Iranian militias into eastern Syria and excluding the people of the province from the fight against Daesh.  [Dorar]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham denounced and condemned Riyad Hijab’s statements, saying he should not follow this path which only serves to appease foreign agendas benefitting the criminal Syrian government. [Qasioun]

 

The Pentagon denied the Russian accusation yesterday that the US incited Tahrir Al-Sham to break the de-escalation agreement in northern Syria. A Pentagon spokesman said the allegations the US is providing support to Tahrir Al-Sham, which the US considers an Al-Qaeda affiliate, are false. [Qasioun]

 

Turkish President Erdogan stated that the situation in Idlib will remain unchanged until peace is achieved and the Syrian refugees in Turkey return to their homes. [Qasioun]

 

Human Rights Watch reported Lebanon is pushing for the return of the Idlib refugees in Arsal, Lebanon, due to the deterioration of the economic and security situation in Arsal. The Director of the Counterterrorism Department at Human Rights Watch said 10,000 refugees have already returned to Idlib after Daesh and Tahrir Al-Sham were pushed out. Syrian refugees in Arsal continue to face restrictions in gaining employment and formal education.  [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Aleppo

SOHR says the SDF shelled the Tuwaihina village area in the northern suburbs of Aleppo, killing a woman and wounding other civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Tahrir Al-Sham is bombarding the Jalama village in Hama with mortars and has wounded one woman. [Hawar]

 

A SANA correspondent says a child and a woman were killed by rocket-propelled grenades launched by Tahrir Al-Sham targeting Tal Salhab, 30 miles northwest of Hama. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR monitored hundreds of raids launched by the Syrian Army in north and northwestern Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

Dozens of victims have fallen due to the escalation of Russian airstrikes on different areas of the Hama countryside over the past 24 hours. Local sources reported Russian airstrikes using rockets on Mansoura, Ziyara, and Khirbat Al-Naqus in the Suqaylabiyah District west of Hama. [Dorar]


Civil Defense announced that the death toll from yesterday’s Russian air strike on the Madiq Castle in Hama has reached ten, including women and children, in addition to dozens wounded. [Dorar]

 

Homs

SOHR says clashes between the Syrian Army, supported by militias, and Daesh continue in the Jubb Al-Jarrah, Sha’er, and Al-Shomariya Mountains area in eastern Homs. The Syrian forces took control of two villages from Daesh. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SDF campaign 

The SDF claims it has liberated a thousand civilians from Daesh control. The SDF is delivering the civilians to the Saleh Al-Hawash village, where humanitarian organizations are receiving them and providing food and water. [Hawar]

 

The SDF also claims to be dealing painful blows to Daesh in clashes in the Sur region on the Iraqi-Syrian border in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [Hawar]

 

The SDF arrested 6 Daesh fighters who tried to enter liberated areas by hiding among displaced persons in Deir Ez-Zor. [Hawar]

 

SOHR says clashes continue between the SDF, US Special Forces, and the YPG on one hand, and Daesh on the other. “Al-Jazeera Storm” has control of the oil fields west of the Euphrates River. [SyriaHR]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman says the Syrian Army was bombarded twice from SDF-controlled areas, implying the SDF is joining Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]

Russia says it told representatives of US forces in Qatar that attacks from the SDF on the Syrian Army will be responded to firmly. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian Army campaign

A SANA reporter says the Syrian Army took control of a number of villages and farms near Al-Tabni in the western Deir Ez-Zor countryside. [SyriaNow]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army near Al-Tabni, on the Euphrates. [ICDNSep21] 

 

Syrian Army units found a workshop for building booby-trapped armored vehicles in Ayash. SANA published a video showing the workshop. [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian Army and its supporting militias are advancing in the northwestern Deir Ez-Zor countryside. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says Daesh targeted Syrian Army-controlled Hay Al-Joura and Al-Qusour in Deir Ez-Zor city with mortar shells, killing three people and wounding eight. [SyriaNow] [SyriaHR]

SOHR says Daesh used drones to drop bombs targeting the Syrian Army. Five people were killed, including one civilian, and dozens were wounded. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Army and its allies control Al-Kharita, Hawi Kharita, Al-Shamitiya, Tarif, Masram, and Al-Buwaitiya. [SyriaNow]

The Syrian Army and its allies have control of Madhloum village.  [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports thirteen civilians were found shot dead in the area of Marat on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River.  The civilians were fleeing the military operations, trying to reach a safe location, when they were stopped by Syrian Army soldiers, who told the civilians that they were friends.  When some of the civilians tried to leave, the Army soldiers fired directly at them. [SyriaHR]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, announced the operation to liberate Deir Ez-Zor will end next week. He added that the Syrian Army carried out extensive attacks to wipe out the last foothold of Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. 

The US-backed SDF continue to make their way towards the city from the northwest Deir Ez-Zor countryside. Following violent clashes with Daesh, the SDF seized Kesheh, Athaman, and Wadi Shanana on the Deir Ez-Zor-Sur road north of Deir Ez-Zor countryside. [Dorar]

 

Daesh advanced in the Jabila neighborhood of Deir Ez-Zor following violent clashes with the Syrian Army. The outskirts of Marat town in the northern Deir Ez-Zor countryside also witnessed violent clashes between Daesh and the Syrian Army. The clashes resulted in mass displacements among people from Marat, Mathloum, and Al-Muhasan towards Mayadin and Ashara, and surrounding villages. Russian Ministry of Defense stated 85% of Deir Ez-Zor is under Syrian Army control and the rest will be captured by next week. [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]

 

Albu Kamal

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh arrested six young men in Albu Kamal, accusing them of communicating with government forces.

 

South 

Daraa

SOHR says clashes broke out between Islamic fighters and Jaish Khaled, the Daesh affiliate, in the Sahm Al-Jolan area in western Daraa. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Arish Police arrested 34 suspects in a major security campaign in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says a policeman was killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle south of Arish. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says security units defused an IED in the Maidan area, in west Arish. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier with an IED, west of Arish. [A3maq] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Yemen

Daesh publish photos of training its terrorists on using mortars in Baidha. [ICDNSep21] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 
Videos of the Day
Iraq
Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb in Anah. [
Ghad]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its October attack on Kirkuk. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

September 20, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces in Anah 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi sees change in Turkish view of Iraq from KRG referendum issue. [..]

Emphatic State Department statement ask KRG to postpone referendum [..]

EU calls KRG referendum “counter-productive;” reiterates support for unified Iraq. [..]

Gorran, KIG parties demand that independence referendum be postponed. [..]

Iraqi forces capture part of Anah city in northwest Anbar campaign. [..]

Iraqi Army, PMFs prepared for imminent start of Shirqat-Hawija campaign. [..]

Syria

SDF overruns northeast Raqqa; now controls 80-90% of city. [..]

Russian, Syrian, airstrikes rattle Idlib; Tahrir Al-Sham attacks Syrian Army in Hama. [..]

US Special Forces seize major gas field in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Daesh resistance collapses in western Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

SDF continues advance in northern, eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi said the KRG’s independence referendum showed Turkey that it had pursued wrong policies with the KRG. He also says there is a huge change in the Turkish position toward Iraq. He says there are meetings and cooperation now between Iraq and Turkey. He says the referendum is not right and Iraq will impose security procedures if the referendum is held. [Buratha]

 

US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert issued a statement on Wednesday, urging the KRG not to hold a vote for independence.  

“The United States strongly opposes the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s referendum on independence, planned for September 25,” Nauert said. “All of Iraq’s neighbors, and virtually the entire international community, also oppose this referendum.”

Instead, Nauert urged Kurdish leaders to “accept the alternative” of engaging in negotiations with Baghdad, which would be facilitated by the US, the UN and other partners. She warned that if the referendum is held as planned, “it is highly unlikely that there will be negotiations with Baghdad” and the offer of international support during negotiations would be “foreclosed.” [USEmbassyBaghdad] 

 

The Turkish President Erdogan says Turkey will discuss imposing disciplinary actions on the KRG if the KRG continues with the independence referendum. He says the decision would be made after the Turkey Council of Ministers and National Security Council meetings. [Buratha]

 

The European Union has reiterated its support for “Iraq’s unity” and called Kurdistan’s scheduled independence referendum “counterproductive” in a published statement. EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini’s office made the statement while she was in New York for meetings around the UN General Assembly meeting on Wednesday.

“The European Union reiterates its steadfast support for Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” it read. “Unilateral action, such as the proposed referendum, is counterproductive and must be avoided.” The EU acknowledged the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad. “This should be done through a peaceful and constructive dialogue leading to a mutually agreed solution based on the full application of the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution,” it added. [Rudaw]

 

A Kremlin spokesman says Russia supports the territorial integrity of Iraq. [Anadolu]

 

The Kurdish Islamic Group and Gorran Movement issued a joint statement saying that conducting the referendum now will jeopardize the future of the Kurdish people and demanding that the KRG accept the international initiative to postpone the referendum. The statement also says holding the referendum in Kirkuk and other disputed areas would lead to armed conflict, and the KRG might lose those areas. It says that battles between the Peshmerga and other Iraqi forces would collapse the security situation in the KRG areas and would cause KRG citizens live in difficult conditions. [Buratha]

 

President Masoum arrived in Suleimaniya to discuss his initiative on the independence referendum and met with senior PUK officials, according to a statement from his office. Prime Minister Abadi said yesterday that Masoum’s initiative is not acceptable if it imposes the referendum. Abadi says he wants Barzani to commit to a united Iraq. He says creating borders from one side will create bloodshed. He says Iraq is committed to protecting the citizens of Kirkuk. [IraqPress]

 

Masoum and Barzani agreed that the KRG will send a high-ranking delegation to Baghdad in the next two days to discuss contentious issues between the two sides. [Anadolu]

 

Barzani says if Baghdad doesn’t submit a suitable alternative for the referendum in the next few days, supported by international guarantees, then the referendum will be held. He also says the referendum is just a tool, and the final goal is independence. [IraqPress]

 

Human Rights Watch says Iraqi authorities have detained more than 1,000 people, including 400 women and children, from families who were loyal to Daesh, in Mosul city without legal support. The detainees have not been brought before the courts to decide whether to keep them in custody. The organization is calling on Iraqi authorities to formally charge the detainees or release them. [Anadolu]

 

According to the Belgian Minister of Justice, there are around 100 Belgian children (mostly female) in Iraq and Syria, mainly in Daeshcontrolled areas. Based on OCAM data, 70% of these children are Iraqi and Syrian born. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Iraqi PM’s media office says Iraqi PM Abadi met with army commanders to discuss preparations for storming Hawija and Al-Shirqat in northern Iraq.  [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Hawija (5), Al-Qa’im (2), and near Rawa (7). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says Iraqi Army 17th division conducted a security operation in several areas in south Baghdad, clearing 30 houses and destroying 4 IEDs and other explosives. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says one person was killed and four others wounded when a roadside IED exploded in the Khan Dhari area, in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria] 

 

ANBAR

Anah

The IWMC announced on Tuesday the start of the Anah liberation operation after Iraqi forces captured Raihana subdistrict. Iraqi Army, Anbar Police, and PMF units started the operation on Anah city, supported by Coalition and IAA aircraft. Iraqi forces surrounded the city and opened secured routes for civilians to leave. [Mada] 

 

A security source says Iraqi forces captured the Al-Abbasiya area in west Anah. The source says EOD units have started to clear the area of land mines and IEDs. A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces captured a residential compound in west Anah. Both sources said most of the Daesh terrorists had fled and there was no resistance. [Etejah] [Etejah] 

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces captured the industrial area in west Anah. [BaghdadToday] 

 

The IWMC says Coalition planes killed 16 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a weapons storehouse, a vehicle bomb, and a hideout in two airstrikes on Anah. [Baghdadia] 

 

A military source says Daesh set 20 houses in Anah on fire to stop the advances of Iraqi forces. [Ghad] 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Daesh set large quantities of oil on fire in different areas of Anah to block the vision of IAA helicopter crews. [Etejah]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Humvees, a BMP armored vehicle, and an armored personnel carrier, in a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb in Raihana. [A3maq] 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Humvee with a rocket east of Anah. [A3maq] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh ordered the people of Rawa to hand over their weapons. The source says when people didn’t respond, Daesh started a house-to-house campaign to confiscate weapons.

 

Al-Qa’im

The PMF Press says units from Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq and Saraya Al-Jihad (Shia PMF factions) advanced 40 km (25 miles) and captured several vehicle bombs and defused tens of IEDs in a quick attack on the road north between Akashat and Al-Qa’im. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed 5 Iraqi Army vehicles in a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb near Akashat. [A3maq] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Prime Minister Al-Abadi checked on Iraqi forces in the Shayala area near the defense line in east Shirqat. According to a statement from his office. Abadi discussed with military commanders the preparations for the east Shirqat liberation operations. [Buratha] 

 

The PMF spokesman says Abadi gave the green light to start the military operations to liberate eastern Shirqat and Hawija. He also says the PMFs are ready to participate in the operations. [Sumaria] 

 

The IFP issued a statement saying Iraqi forces shelled and rocketed Daesh positions in the eastern Shirqat in preparation for a ground attack in the coming hours. It says hundreds of Daesh terrorists are barricading in an 800 sq km (313 sq miles) area. [Baghdadia] 

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander, Gen. Najm Al-Jubouri, says Iraqi Army 16th division finished its preparations for the eastern Shirqat liberation. [Ghad] 

 

A local source says Daesh has started to empty its headquarters and offices in eastern Shirqat. The source says Daesh set some offices on fire after taking weapons and explosives out. [Sumaria]

 

The Ninewa Liberation Command says Iraqi forces captured the Daesh wali of east Shirqat and 13 other terrorists, mostly from Arab countries, who were trying to flee toward Al-Hawd village. The source says the terrorists used fake IDs. [BasNews] 

A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh machine gunmounted vehicle in eastern Shirqat, killing the terrorists inside. 

 

A DaeshDaily source says tens of Daesh terrorists withdrew from the east side of Shirqat towards Hawija. The source says Daesh told people of the area that it was not withdrawing, but preparing for the Hawija battle. 

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Tuz)

An official from the PUK is warning of a war in Tuz Khurmatu over the referendum, pointing out that Turkmen families have begun to leave the city and the PMFs are strengthening their forces in the area. [ROJ]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Dijla Operations Commander says the IAA destroyed a Daesh motorcycle in the Wadi Thallab area in the Himrin Basin, killing 2 terrorists, including a suicide bomber. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A Kirkuk Asayesh source says the Asayesh captured a person from Hawija on terrorism charges in Kirkuk. [Sumaria] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16’s conducted several airstrikes on Daesh targets in Hawija, destroying a vehicle bomb factory, 2 weapons and ammunition factories, a guesthouse, and several vehicle bombs, killing “tens of terrorists”. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Southern Ninewa

Makhmur

The office of the Iraqi PM said PM Al-Abadi traveled to Makhmur in the Ninewa province to oversee preparations for the restoration of liberated areas. [ROJ]

 

Shura

A DaeshDaily source says the body of a social media activist who had been kidnapped by Daesh was found beheaded in Mosul’s Shura subdistrict.

 

Mosul subdistrict

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ Humvee and a car and damaged a bulldozer in an attack on the Khams Tilul village area south of Tal Abta in far southwestern Mosul subdistrict. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Another “victorious” story from Daesh, from an area they lost a long time ago and has no military significance any more, except possibly as a propaganda venue.

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish Foreign Minister confirmed that two Turkish intelligence officials were captured by the PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan. The PKK says Turkey should be glad the PKK did not release information they obtained from the intelligence officials. [ROJ]

 

A local source says a Turkish airstrike killed four civilians in northern Dahuk. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. This story is out of context. Presumably, this was one of the periodic raids by Turkish planes against PKK hideouts in far northern Iraqi Kurdistan. These usually do not have civilian casualties, though they do cause complaints by local populations. We need the rest of the story. 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

The Military Intelligence Service says its units captured a “dangerous” terrorist in Dhi Qar. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkish President Erdogan says the Turkish National Security Council will hold a meeting in Ankara on Friday to discuss possible sanctions in relation to the KRG independence referendum. Erdogan sent a special envoy to meet with President Barzani and warn him against holding the referendum. [Anadolu]

 

The Turkish Army sent special forces units to the Reyhanli district in Hatay province, bordering Syria on the Mediterranean, to augment the forces already deployed on the Syrian border. The reinforcements are coming with tanks, artillery, armored personnel carriers and other military and engineering vehicles. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Russian Air Force killed 850 gunmen in Syria in 24 hours. [SyriaNow]

 

The YPG released the names of eight of its fighters who were killed during the liberation campaigns in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor between September 15th and 19th. [Hawar]

 

Four foreign Tahrir Al-Sham shar’is (religious leaders) were killed this week. Two of them were killed by unknown men on Kornish street in the city on Wednesday, September 20th. The assassinations coincided with tensions within Tahrir Al-Sham following audio leaks of its Military Commander and the resignation of two high-ranking Saudi shar’is. Recent assassinations have been blamed on Daesh. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 30 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, all in or near Raqqa. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A mortar shell left by Daesh exploded on four children in Tal Hamis; three of the children lost their lives. [Hawar] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed thirteen SDF fighters and wounded eight in 2 suicide attacks with explosives vests on a gas factory and a government building in Shaddadi. It says the factory is out of service from the attack. [A3maq] [A3maq] 

Local media sources said yesterday that a group of Daesh terrorists sneaked into the Gas Factory east of Shaddadi. Two blew themselves up, killing three workers and two SDF fighters, while four other workers are still missing. An SDF official said 6 Daesh terrorists tried to enter the factory, but were killed by the factory guards. [Qasioun]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

The SDF General Command says its forces launched a surprise attack against Daesh positions in Raqqa city, liberating several strategic areas and hundreds of families who were being used as human shields. [Hawar]

 

The SDF announced its full control of the Tishrin, Rumaila, and Rawdha neighborhoods in northeast Raqqa. The SDF claims to have captured the northern part of the city and says that it has now gained control over 80% of the city with Coalition aerial and ground support. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says the SDF now controls 90% of Raqqa city. [SyriaHR]

 

Last night, in Hay Tishrin in far northeast Raqqa, SDF units killed 23 Daesh terrorists and 24 civilians were freed. The SDF rescued 15 civilians from Hay Al-Firdaws in central Raqqa, just north of Old Raqqa.  [Hawar]

 

The SDF came across a large store of weapons during sweeps of the Al-Romaniya neighborhood in northwest Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the SDF near Tal Abyad Street in Raqqa city. [ICDNSep20] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin

More than 1,500 civilians fleeing Daesh arrived in Afrin this morning after the Democratic Self-Government opened new camps in Afrin. A local source says the Turkish Army and its supporting allies have also been putting pressure on the people of the area, shelling villages and looting homes, forcing people to flee. [Hawar]

 

Asayesh in the Shirawa area in Afrin arrested a terrorist at a checkpoint who was trying to smuggle a large quantity of weapons from Aleppo across provincial territory. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

The Syrian and Russian air raids over Idlib have escalated. Airstrikes on residential neighborhoods of Jarjanaz town in southern Idlib left five civilians dead and dozens injured. The Syrian Army also shelled the Shannan and Sarja towns in southern Idlib, in addition to dropping dozens of artillery and mortar shells along with Russian forces on Benin, Ftireh, Shannan, Tarmala, and Karsa’a, and the outskirts of Badama west of Idlib. [Qasioun]

SOHR says warplanes conducted airstrikes in southern Idlib. One airstrike in Jarjanaz killed four civilians. Others are wounded or missing. [SyriaHR]

 

The Russians published a video showing Russian aircraft monitoring Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib. [SyriaNow]

 

The SOHR says Turkish border guards killed a child from Deir Ez-Zor as he was trying to cross into Turkey. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Northern Hama. Russia’s Khmeimim base announced Washington had incited Tahrir Al-Sham to fight against the Syrian Army in Hama. Russia says this violates the Astana agreement on areas of tension relief. Yesterday, Tahrir Al-Sham launched an attack on the Syrian Army and its supporting militias north of Hama. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. As we all know, Al-Qaeda is Washington’s best friend. 

 

The Syrian Army and Hezbollah have regained control of areas Tahrir Al-Sham and its allies used to control. The Army and Hezbollah sustained heavy losses in the fight, with more than 100 dead and 180 wounded, along with the destruction of 9 mechanism, 5 tanks, and 4 vehicles. [SyriaNow] [SyriaHR]

 

For tactical reasons, Tahrir Al-Sham is withholding information from the media regarding its battle against the Syrian Army in the northern Hama countryside. Anonymous sources say the battles are taking place on the outskirts of Maan and Kebariya. Tahrir Al-Sham has taken over Shaatha, Telasia, Zaghba, Qasr Al-Mukharram, and Talat Al-Souda in northern Hama. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Russians published a video showing Russian planes monitoring Tahrir Al-Sham in Hama. [SyriaNow]

 

Eastern Hama. According to a Dorar reporter, 1500 civilians fled from Aqairbat in Salamiyah District to northern Syria due to the ongoing battles between Assad’s forces and Daesh.  Displaced people are fleeing from Wadi Odhaib near Hama to opposition-controlled Al-Hamra in Hama’s Suqaylabiyah District. [Dorar]

 

After fighting with the Syrian Army, Daesh regained control of the Masaood and Rasm Al-Awayed villages in the Salamiyah District. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed three Syrian soldiers and captured another in clashes in Abu Hanaya village in Salamiyah’s Aqairbat subdistrict. [A3maq] 

Daesh issues a video of the captured soldier. [A3maq] 

 

Russian warplanes struck Sehriya village in the Hama countryside, killing a mother and her daughter and wounding others. Civilian casualties were also reported in Russian raids over Kafr Nabudah. [Dorar]

 

Homs

The spokesman for the Coalition in Syria and Iraq, Col. Ryan Dillon, provided follow-up information on the Daesh convoy sent across the desert toward Iraq by Hezbollah. He says the Coalition stopped the convoy in the Syrian Desert by blowing up a bridge, cutting off the convoy, killing 85 Daesh fighters who strayed from the convoy, and destroying 40 vehicles. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR says violent clashes are taking place between the Syrian army and its supporting militias and Daesh in the Jubb Al-Jarrah, Sha’er, and Al-Shomariya Mountains area. [SyriaHR]

 

A Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra commander denied allegations that the Coalition is withdrawing from the Al-Tanaf base bordering Jordan. He says Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra and the Coalition have no intention of ceasing their operations until the end of the Syrian crisis. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor District

According to local sources, American Special Forces seized control of the Conoco gas field in eastern of Deir Ez-Zor today, in an airdrop operation. The field had been abandoned by Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh has collapsed northwest of the city. The Syrian Army has taken control of the entire western bank of the Euphrates, extending for 100 km (62 miles) along the western bank of the Euphrates. [SyriaHR]

[SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Army freed 21 civilians from a mosque west of Deir Ez-Zor city and brought them to Deir Ez-Zor city. The Syrian Army sent a message to everyone living in Daesh-controlled areas to try to get to a Syrian Army-controlled area so they can be rescued. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it killed a Syrian soldier and destroyed a personnel carrier in an ambush on the road between Deir Ez-Zor and Sukhnah. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh issues a video of one of its drones attacking Syrian Army units while they were crossing the Euphrates River. [A3maq] 

 

Hezbollah’s media says Daesh shelled a Lebanese humanitarian aid convoy in Syrian Army areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

SDF campaign

Al-Jazeera Storm continues north of Deir Ez-Zor, in the Al-Sur subdistrict, where 15 farms have been captured from Daesh. [Hawar] [Hawar]

SOHR says the SDF has taken control of 14 km of Al-Sur town in northern Deir Ez-Zor and extending into southern Hasaka. [SyriaHR]

 

Local sources say the SDF evacuated hundreds of civilians in the eastern villages by the Euphrates River. [Hawar]

 

The US-led Coalition sent military materiel and supplies to the SDF in conjunction with the campaign launched northeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi]

 

SDF special forces freed 3 women and 9 children in the Al-Khasham village. They were taken to the Al-Sad camp. [Hawar]

 

The Roj Relief and Development Organization, in coordination with the Abu Khashab Village Council distributed 3,000 baskets of food to the newly liberated northern villages of Deir Ez-Zor. The baskets included lentils, rice, flour, oil, beans, and broccoli. [Hawar]

 

Albu Kamal

The Deir Ez-Zor Military Council commander says the SDF and the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council are heading towards the Iraqi border, as part of its plan to liberate the remaining area east of the Euphrates. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

South 

Rif Damashq/Suwayda 

The anti-government opposition foiled attempts by the Syrian Army and its supporting militias to advance towards Bir Mahrutha in the Syrian Desert north of Damascus, following violent clashes. The opposition and the Syrian Army also clashed east of Suwayda. The Syrian Army seeks to take control of opposition locations in the Suwayda and the Damascus areas to end the presence of the anti-government opposition on the Jordanian border. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security units conducted a search in several areas in Arish, looking for 3 wanted persons. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it killed four Egyptian Army “collaborators” in the Qabr Omair area, in Rafah. [A3maq]  

 

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army armored vehicle with an IED west of Arish. [A3maq] 

 

Tunisia

Security units captured 2 takfiris who have links to Daesh in Sfax and Nabeul. [Tunisien]

 

Security units captured a Daesh cell of 7 members that has been active in 4 provinces. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed two “spies” working for the US in Watapur, a mountainous district in central Kunar Province. [A3maq] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Syria

A British Ministry of Defence video shows a RAF drone stopping a Daesh public execution in Albu Kamal. A Reaper drone spotted the event and fired a Hellfire missile at a sniper to scare the crowd into running. [Newsweek] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

September 19, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces Advance in Anah District

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

War of words continues over KRG independence referendum. [..]

Iraqi troops capture Raihana subdistrict in Anbar’s Anah province. [..]

PMF units join Iraqi forces preparing for Hawija campaign. [..]

Syria

Coalition countries may withhold reconstruction financial support unless Assad goes. [..]

SDF continues advance in northeast Raqqa neighborhoods. [..]

Russian, Syrian planes launch 140 airstrikes on Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib, Hama. [..]

Syrian Army crosses to east side of Euphrates, challenging SDF. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Filip Dewinter, head of a Belgium parliament delegation to Iraq, says in a press conference in Baghdad he apologizes for the hundreds of young men who arrived from Iraq in Europe to fight in Daesh. More than 500 of them were Belgian. He says he hope that these young men get taken to Iraqi courts and punished severely. He says he encourages their execution because they committed major crimes and cannot be returned to the community. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. This gentleman’s statement about executing the terrorists in Iraq and not letting them go back to their homes countries, where in the past they have too often been released, is something we haven’t heard from other European officials. 

 

A Turkmen MP says in a joint press conference that the KRG’s independence referendum increases tension in Kirkuk. He demands the central government send IFP units to secure the province. [Anadolu]

 

The Turkish Minister of Defense says Turkey is watching the development with the KRG closely and the Turkish Army is ready for military action. He says Turkey will not allow a “race based” state to be formed on Turkey’s southern border. He also says violating the unity of Iraq or Syria might trigger an endless international conflict. [Anadolu] [Arabi21]

 

The KRG President Masoud Barzani says the CoR and the Federal Court orders don’t get implemented in the KRG. He also says if an acceptable alternative were submitted, he would have celebrations in Kurdistan on the 25th instead of the referendum. [Sumaria] 

Kosrat Rasoul, deputy chairman of the PUK, also said the KRG is ready to postpone the referendum if there were alternatives. He urged the Kurdish people to participate actively in the referendum. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. What they seem to be saying is that if Iraq will grant independence on our terms in the next week we will cancel the referendum. Some Kurdish leaders are adding a lot of arrogance to a badly timed idea.

 

The Chairman of the Kirkuk Provincial Council says the PC voted to reject the COR’s decision to fire the Kirkuk Governor. [ROJ]

 

A Turkmen CoR member from Kirkuk accused “gangs” linked to the Governor of attacking Turkmen parties in Kirkuk yesterday in order to intimidate Turkmen people into participating in the referendum. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Haditha (1), Hawija (3), Al-Qa’im (1), and Rawa (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A security source says one person was killed and five others wounded when a roadside IED exploded near an industrial compound in the Meshahda area, in Tarmiya. [Sumaria] 

A security source says security units closed the entrances and exits in Tarmiya and started a search campaign. [Sumaria] 

 

The Military Intelligence Service says security units captured a Daesh suicide terrorists transporter at a checkpoint in Taji. [Baghdadia]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says 2 roadside IEDs exploded near a car company in the Kasra wa Atash area, without causing casualties. [Ghad] 

 

A security source says armed men shot and killed a bus driver using silenced guns in Hat Tareq, in Sadr City. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A security source says three Tribal PMF fighters were wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in the Karaghoul area, in Yusufiyah. [Sumaria] 

 

The BOC says Iraqi Army 25th brigade units found an explosives cache in the Yusufiyah area. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says security units captured 2 persons on terrorism charges in Abu Ghraib. [Baghdadia]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   7(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Anah

Deputy commander of the Joint Operations Command says Iraqi forces started a large military operation to liberate the Raihana area in Anah district. [ROJ]

An Iraqi Army 7th division source Iraqi Army, Anbar Police, and Tribal PMFs, supported by Coalition and IAA aircrafts, started the operation from 3 sides. [Sumaria] 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces liberated Raihana subdistrict, killing 22 terrorists, and destroying 443 IEDs, 48 booby-trapped oxygen bottles, 4 vehicle bombs, and 6 hideouts. [Baghdadia] The Chairman of the Anah District Council also reported that Iraqi forces captured Raihana, after killing several Daesh terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Sumaria] 

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces captured Raihana in a record time. He also says Daesh in Anah is collapsing because of the extensive and Coalition and IAA airstrikes. He says Anah District could be liberated in few days. [Mawazin] 

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh terrorists are fleeing in large numbers from Anah toward Rawa. [Sumaria]

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh forced 60 families from Raihana to leave their houses towards Anah in order to use them as human shields.  

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Raihana. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. “Daesh is always victorious” (even when it’s not).

 

Al-Qa’im

The Intelligence and Security Service says IAF planes destroyed 2 Daesh headquarters, a vehicle, and 5 weapons and ammunition storehouses in the Hsaiba area near Al-Qa’im, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Ghad] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A local source says a drone targeted a pickup vehicle on the east side of Shirqat, killing 2 Daesh commanders. [Sumaria] 

 

Baiji

The Ministry of Interior says 3 people were killed and 34 others wounded when 2 suicide terrorists attacked a restaurant on the road between Baiji and Tikrit. It also says security units killed a 3rd terrorist near the restaurant. [ROJ]

 

A security source says security units killed 2 Daesh terrorists who tried to attack Albu Tu’ma village in Baiji district. [Etejah] 

 

Tikrit

A local source says Daesh executed one of its terrorists in Mtaibija without giving any reasons. The source says the terrorists was the first person to pledge allegiance to Daesh in the area and had been operating as a guide for the terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

Samarra

The PMF Press says Iraqi forces found 2 Daesh guesthouses in the Zora area west of Samarra. [Ghad] 

 

A security source says an IED targeting a security vehicle in Hay Al-Muthanna in Samarra exploded without causing casualties. [Ghad] 

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A local source says a farmer was shot and killed by Daesh terrorists in Mukhaisa village. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it assassinated an “Iraqi security member” in Mukhaisa. [A3maq] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Diyala Police says security units defused 3 IEDs and captured 6 persons on terrorism and criminal charges in Shirween village. [Ghad] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source says a mortar shell fell on a civil defense vehicle in Kirkuk city without causing casualties. [ROJ]

 

A security source says security units captured 20 persons on criminal and terrorism charges in two areas in Kirkuk. The source also says security units captured in Kirkuk a Daesh terrorist who came from Hawija and confiscated $20,00 from him. [Baghdadia] 

 

A security source says a Kirkuk Police unit captured in the city the terrorist responsible for detonating a parked car bomb.  Three civilians were killed and others wounded in the explosion two days ago. [Sumaria] 

 

A Kirkuk Police commander says a joint police and Asayesh force captured in Kirkuk a Daesh terrorist wanted by US forces. [Ghad] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The PMF Press says 1,500 PMF fighters in addition to military vehicles arrived near Hawija to participate in the liberation battles. [AIN] 

 

A local source says Daesh issued execution orders for 7 of its women “biters” in Hawija after accusing them of providing information to “the enemy.” [Sumaria] 

 

Intelligence source says tuberculosis has spread among Daesh terrorists in Hawija. The source says Daesh executed 12 of its infected terrorists to prevent the spread of the disease. [Etejah] 

 

Daesh says a child was killed and eight other people wounded in “American” airstrikes on Al-Zab city. [A3maq] 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says a civilian was killed when a Daesh leftover IED exploded on his vehicle in a village in Daquq District. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

East Mosul

The Ministry of Migration and Displacement says more than 12,000 displaced people returned to their houses in east and west Mosul from displacement camps. [Anadolu]

 

West Mosul

A security source says Civil Defense units retrieved the bodies of fifty women and children who were killed in Old Mosul during the liberation battles. The source says the units are still looking for more bodies under the rubble. [Baghdadia] 

 

Military Intelligence units found large quantities of unused Daesh weapons in Musherifa. [PressIraq]

 

Tal Afar

Iraqi Army 15th division killed 26 Daesh terrorists near Hassan Ali village, west of Tal Afar (photos.) [Harbi] 

 

KURDISTAN

Turkish drones killed seven PKK fighters in two areas in northern Iraq. [Anadolu] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel 

A security source says security units found Daesh guesthouses in addition to explosives and poisonous materials in the Fadhliya area in Jurf Al-Sakhar. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Jurf Al-Sakhar was the first significant area recaptured from Daesh after 2014.

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF commander and a fighter in Jurf Al-Sakhar. [A3maq] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in New York he would hold a meeting with the four other permanent members of the Security Council–Britain, China, Russia and the United States. The United States, Britain and other countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad will not support the reconstruction of the country until there is a political transition “away from Assad,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday. The “Friends of Syria” group, an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf Arab countries, met in New York on Monday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly at a time when the conflict in Syria, now in its seventh year, appears to be less urgent, with attention focused on the North Korean nuclear threat and the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. Le Drian said “realism” dictated that Assad could not stay in power after millions of Syrians had fled the country due to the war, but that it was vital that major powers work together to help revive U.N.-brokered peace talks in Geneva. [Reuters]  

DaeshDaily comment. Notice that Johnson is speaking for the US, UK and other countries as well as France. This suggests this stance has already been discussed among them. For sure it is a major practical step against Assad’s leadership. This does not mean Assad will give in; he could just plow on without the help and let the suffering of his own people continue. 

 

On Monday, an anti-Assad “interim Syrian government issued orders to form a military command and assigned military commanders. Opposition groups have agreed on a proposal by the Syrian Islamic Council, a Turkey based entity, to form a national army. [Qasioun]

 

Ramesh Rajasingham, the acting UN interim Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, called on all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians from the effects of violence in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, following increased reports of civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes in recent days.

He said in a statement on Sunday “The UN is deeply concerned for the safety and protection of civilians, men, women and children, who are victims of continued fighting, airstrikes and military operations in Deir Ez-Zor.”  

“I call on all parties to do their utmost to ensure the safety and wellbeing of civilians in the conduct of military operations and strictly adhere to the international humanitarian law principles of distinction, proportionality, and precautions in and from the effects of attack.” [Dorar]

 

Local sources say the United States sent a new shipment of 120 vehicles, including armored vehicles and bulldozers, from Kurdistan and Iraq to the SDF in Syria. [Dorar]

 

Anadolu News Agency says the Turkish Army sent military reinforcements for the sixth day in a row to Kilis Province near the Syrian Border. Sources close to the Turkish Government says this reinforcement was sent to counter terrorist attacks. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Russian Reconciliation Center in the Khmeimim Base says that 35 opposition groups in Syria agreed to join government forces in the de-escalation area in Idlib. [SyriaNow]

 

The Coalition says it conducted only six airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, all in or near Raqqa. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment. Compared to recent days and weeks, this qualifies as a lull. 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The PYD Asayesh issued an order prohibiting motorcycles in its controlled areas after a motorcycle bomb killed a child and wounded seven other civilians on Monday. [Hawar]

 

Local media sources say a group of Daesh terrorists sneaked into the Gas Factory east of Shaddadi. The sources say 2 terrorists blew themselves up, killing three workers and two SDF fighters, while four other workers are still missing. An SDF official says 6 Daesh terrorists tried to enter the factory, but were killed by the factory guards. [Qasioun]

Government sources say three people were killed in the attack on the Gas Factory. [SyriaNow]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Heavy battles continued between SDF units and Daesh the Al-Amin and Al-Hina neighborhood in the city center and Al-Rumaila and Al-Rawdha in east Raqqa. SDF fighters killed 49 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a motorcycle bomb. Three SDF fighters were killed and four others wounded. [Hawar]

 

SDF units killed 23 Daesh terrorists and secured 24 civilians in Hay Tishrin, in northeast Raqqa, the Silos area, in the north, Al-Rawdha, and Al-Rumaila. [PUKMedia] 

 

A local activist says 1,463 civilians have been killed and thousands of others wounded since the start of the Raqqa battle. They also say more than 45,000 civilians left the area. [Qasioun]

 

The SOHR says at least two civilians were wounded and others wounded in Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF armored vehicles and a bulldozer in Al-Rumaila. [A3maq] 

 

East of Raqqa

Warplanes launched several airstrikes on Maadan town east of Raqqa. No casualties were reported. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Turkey-allied opposition groups targeted several areas in Afrin with mortars and heavy machine guns, causing damage. YPG units responded and destroyed an opposition group’s bulldozer. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Trusted sources say Russian and Syrian planes launched more than 140 airstrikes on Idlib and northeast of Hama, including health facilities, killing five civilians and wounding others in addition to 15 jihadis. The SOHR says 20 government soldiers were killed in the battles. It says Tahrir Al-Sham and its allies captured 4 villages northeast of Hama after heavy attacks on government forces. [SyriaHR]

At least three civilians were killed and eleven others wounded in Russian and Syrian airstrikes on Idlib. [Hawar]

 

Two nurses were killed and several patients wounded by Russian airstrikes on the maternity hospital in Al-Tah town in southern Idlib Province. [Qasioun] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party, a group of Uighur jihadists from western China, started a major attack on government units northeast of Hama. The attack started with a suicide operation with a vehicle bomb in Maan village, killing thirty government soldiers. Russian planes responded by targeting Tahrir Al-Sham in several areas in Idlib. [Hawar]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham has captured 3 villages east of Hama so far. Government media sources say the Syrian Army and its allies are stopping a major Al-Nusra attack on different areas northeast of Hama. [EnabBaladi]

 

Government sources say Syrian Army units and allied militias captured Mudhamiya village southeast of Aqairbat in Salamiyah, killing or wounding Daesh terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it killed ten Syrian soldiers in battles near Abu Hanaya village in the eastern Salamiyah District. [A3maq] 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army. [ICDNSep19] 

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army tank with a rocket west of Khalid Hilal village in Aqairbat subdistrict. [A3maq] [A3maq] 

Daesh says it killed four Syrian soldiers and wounded others in battles west of the village. [A3maq] 

Daesh says it captured a Syrian Army armored vehicle and a car in fighting near the two villages. [A3maq] 

 

Homs

A Syrian military source says government forces captured 5 more areas in eastern Homs. [SyriaNow]

Government sources say the Syrian Army and allied militias captured a village in the Shomariya area. [SyriaNow]

 

A man and his child were killed in airstrikes on the oasis town of Al-Taiba in the Syrian Desert in eastern Homs. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SDF units approached the eastern bank of the Euphrates River near Deir Ez-Zor and are engaged in heavy battles with Daesh. [Hawar]

SDF units advanced from the Abu Fas area in southern Hasaka, 3 km northeast of Deir Ez-Zor, and stopped a Daesh attack. [Hawar]

 

The commander of the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council, Ahmed Abu Khawla, met with his sister and her family after 5 years. The family had been trapped by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. [Hawar]

 

Two YPG paramedics were shot and killed and another wounded when a Daesh land mine exploded on their vehicle while they were trying to save a 14-year-old boy wounded by another land mine near the electricity company east of Deir Ez-Zor. The boy was rescued later. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed three Russian soldiers in battles near Khasham town, west of Deir Ez-Zor, on Monday. Daesh publishes photos and says they are of the dead soldiers. [ICDNSep19] 

 

Heavy battles erupted between Daesh and the SDF near Al-Ma’amel Square near Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian troops crossed the Euphrates to the east side of the river, in a direct challenge to the SDF, which has sought to gain control of the area east of the river.  

Government media sources say the Syrian Army and allied militias captured large areas on the east bank of the Euphrates River in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

The SOHR says government forces captured Marat village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. It says three civilians were killed and others wounded in bombing and shelling on the area. [SyriaHR]

 

Russian media sources issue videos of government forces and vehicles crossing the Euphrates River. [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]

The Russian Ministry of Defense says government forces were shot at from the north after crossing the Euphrates River near Deir Ez-Zor. It says the source of fire was SDF controlled areas. [Qasioun] 

 

The Russian base in Khmeimim says government forces’ advances in Deir Ez-Zor Province will not stop. It says that any military action in any area in Syria is not legitimate unless it was approved by Damascus. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. Russia is directly confronting the Coalition here. The message is unmistakable.

 

The SOHR says Daesh launched several attacks on government forces, trying to recapture the Hawija Saqar island in the Euphrates that government troops captured yesterday. [SyriaHR]

 

Unidentified planes targeted Hatla town east of Deir Ez-Zor and the river, near Hawija Saqar, killing or wounding several civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says a child was killed by a government sniper in Hussaynia village, east of the river. [SyriaHR]

 

Unidentified planes launched extensive airstrikes on residential areas in Albu Lail village east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing five civilians, and wounding tens, including women and children. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin

Warplanes targeted Al-Arba’in Street in Mayadin and the Tabia area near the city. [Qasioun] [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says a drone killed a Daesh terrorist in Mayadin city. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal

Local sources say a group of Albu Kamal people clashed with Daesh’s “Islamic police,” who were trying to capture young men and force them into military conscription. [SyriaNow]

 

Local sources say a Daesh terrorist was killed and 3 others wounded in intra-Daesh clashes in Albu Kamal. [SyriaNow]

 

Local sources say Daesh booby-trapped a school it had used as a headquarters in the Ashara subdistrict. [SyriaNow]

 

South 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in the Yarmouk Camp. [A3maq] 

 

Daraa

Daesh says its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, killed thirteen opposition fighters in an attack on the town of Maskin Jalin, west of Daraa. [A3maq] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Tunisia

Security units captured 5 takfiris in El-Kef. Security units also captured 2 members of a takfiri cell in Nabeul who were planning terrorist attacks. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed three Shia people, including and Afghani Intelligence Service officer, with an IED in the Afşar area in Kabul. [A3maq] 

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it killed or wounded ten Pakistani soldiers by detonating an IED on a personnel carrier in the Kurram area. [A3maq] 

 

Philippines

Daesh says it killed eight Moro Front fighters and wounded eleven others in clashes in Datu Salibo in Maguindanao. [A3maq]