September 6, 2017
TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS
Political rift arises over Peshmerga, PMF participation in Hawija campaign. [..]
Daesh, Sadrist PMFs clash near Shia shrine in Balad. [..]
Daesh in Hawija captures 300 civilians to use as human shields, plus 50 from Daesh families. [..]
Dissension reported among Daesh fighters in Hawija. [..]
42 more Daesh fighters killed in Tal Afar Province. [..]
Coalition pressuring key anti-Assad militias it abandoned to withdraw to Jordan. [..]
Putin proposes discussing Syria’s political future after Syria controls Deir Ez-Zor Province. [..]
De Mistura tells anti-Assad factions to face up: They can’t win. [..]
PYD defies UNICEF; will enforce its own curriculum in northern Syria. [..]
UN confirms Syria used chemical weapons in April Khan Sheikhan attack. [..]
Syrian forces capture Aqairbat city in Hama; Daesh keeps fighting back. [..]
Syrian forces break the siege on Deir Ez-Zor city. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
Prime Minister Abadi says in the weekly Council of Ministers’ meeting that Hawija and northwest Anbar will be liberated very soon. He also says there will be no negotiations with Daesh, and the terrorists’ choice is to surrender or die. [Ghad]
A government source says Kurdish parties in Kirkuk and Kurdistan have indicated to Prime Minister Al- Abadi their rejection of PMF participation in the fight to liberate Hawija. They say the PMF’s
participation might cause the battle to be delayed. Abadi asked the local Kirkuk government to form a committee to negotiate with him on this matter. The Hawija liberation efforts may be delayed further by this dispute. [Ghad]
DaeshDaily comment. This issue likely has nothing to do with the liberation of Hawija but rather with its political status after it is liberated. Although it is a Sunni Arab district, it is in Kirkuk Province, and as such is a “disputed territory” which Kurdish leaders have had a claim on for many years. Kurdish designs on Kirkuk are opposed by Shia as well as Sunnis, and so letting the PMFs into Hawija would be politically inconvenient for the Kurds. The PMFs might not leave. However, given Kurdish aspirations, the Iraqi government would be wise not to withdraw its regular troops either after Hawija is liberated.
It is not really disparaging to the Peshmerga to say that the Ninewa liberation was accomplished almost entirely by the CTS, IFP, and regular Army units. The Peshmerga contribution was mostly holding non-Kurdistan territory it already occupied. The Peshmerga have been more active in Kirkuk Province and in the adjoining Tooz District in Salahuddin Province that is also a disputed territory. Al-Abadi’s wisest course might be to accept the KRG objection and tell the Kurds that Iraq (including PMF units) will liberate Hawija without the Peshmerga.
The Electoral Commission in the Kurdish region of Iraq announced a referendum on independence in areas controlled by Peshmerga in Ninewa. The Commission anticipates about 5.5 million citizens in Kurdistan and in Kurdish areas outside of its administrative boundaries will come to the referendum on independence from Iraq on September 25. A spokesman for the Commission said areas under Peshmerga control in Ninewa will be discussed in the referendum, saying, “they have addressed us officially and we in turn answered them.” The Ninewa province is inhabited by an Arab majority along with Turkmen, and by Christian, Yazidis, and other religious minorities. [ZamanAlWasl]
The Iraqi Air Force Command says an Iraqi pilot died in a crash during a training mission in Arizona. [Baghdadia]
US general Paul Funk took over leadership of the US-led Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. He replaced General Stephen Townsend, who took command a year ago. [Baghdadia]
The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Hawija (3), Al-Qa’im (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]
Security-related incidents reported
North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)
A police source says a civilian was killed when armed men shot him near his house in the Bub Al-Sham area. [Sumaria]
The Military Intelligence Service says security units captured a person on terrorism charges at a checkpoint near Baghdad Tourism Island. [Sumaria]
A police source says an IED exploded and wounded two civilians near shops in the Taji District. [Sumaria]
Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters in an attack on their military position in the Al-Mazare’ area. [A3maq]
South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)
An unnamed source says an IED killed one civilian and wounded four others. The IED was placed near a market in the Said Abdullah area. [Sumaria]
A police source says five people were wounded when an IED exploded near a popular soccer field in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria]
Total Baghdad incidents reported: 6 (Includes only incidents reported)
Total IED incidents reported: 3
A security source says Security Forces arrested two Daesh suspects–a doctor and a senior official. [Etejah]
A local source says Security Forces found a large cache of weapons Tuesday inside the home of a family killed in Ramadi on Monday. Security forces are continuing their investigation. The circumstances of the family’s death are ambiguous, as security forces had announced the family was killed by fire due to electrical contact. The stock of weapons was found in an underground room directly beneath where the family died. Some, but not all, of the weapons were burned in the fire. [Buratha]
A Tribal PMF commander says 44 British EOD experts arrived from Jordan to the Ain Al-Asad Base. He says the experts might be preparing for the upcoming north Anbar liberation operations. [Anadolu] [Sumaria]
A security source says Iraqi forces destroyed 4 Daesh guesthouses and captured 5 wanted persons in a preemptive operation in the desert near Baghdadi and Hit. [Ghad]
Daesh says twelve people, including eight children, were killed by an “American” airstrike on Rawa. [A3maq]
The PMF says its forces killed 5 Deash terrorists and burned a car belonging to Daesh during an attack. [Ghad]
A local official warned that the Mtaibija region on the Salahuddin border across from northern Diyala is becoming an alternative center for Daesh other than Hawija, and says that 30 vehicles loaded with Daesh fighters infiltrated the region. The official is calling for preemptive airstrikes to secure the region before Daesh can move more of its fighters out of Hawija and into Mtaibija. [Ghad]
Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)
Saraya Al-Salam, the Sadrist militia, said on Tuesday that it killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists who attacked coffee shops in Balad. The PMF Press said later that the Balad Police captured a fourth suicide terrorist and captured a fifth in a nearby orchard. [Nasiriya] [Mawqef] [YouTube]
Daesh’s version said it killed twenty-eight people and wounded twenty-two in 2 suicide attacks near the Sayyed Mohammed Shrine in Balad on Monday. [A3maq]
Daesh says it damaged a car carrying PMF fighters on the road between Balad and Ishaqi. [A3maq]
Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in the Sayyed Gharib area, near Dujail. [A3maq]
The Diyala Province Police announced the arrests of 25 suspects and the seizure of an explosives manufacturing laboratory during Eid Al-Adha. 11 of the suspects were arrested on terrorism charges, the other 14 for theft, murder, and kidnapping. The police say the security actions were carried out according to plan and there were no recorded security violations over the holiday.
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
The Military Intelligence Directorate says 3 members of Daesh were killed in Diyala. Iraqi Army Air (IAA) targeted a Daesh vehicle filled with equipment and explosives and the 3 Daesh fighters in the Thallab Valley area in Khanaqin.
A PMF commander says the IAA airstrike destroyed Daesh’s most important cache of weapons and explosives in the Thallab Valley. [Ghad]
Daesh says it killed a Peshmerga fighter with an IED in the Al-Tabaj village area in Jalawla on Tuesday. [A3maq]
A PMF Major General says an Iraqi Air Force (IAF) airstrike destroyed a vehicle and a motorcycle belonging to Daesh, killing 2 Daesh members in northeastern Diyala. [Ghad]
A Kirkuk Asayesh source says the Asayesh captured a Daesh member in Kirkuk city. [Sumaria]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
A military source says more than 42,000 soldiers will participate in the Hawija liberation battle. The JOC has said it is preparing for the upcoming “We are coming, Hawija” battles. [Harbi]
A Peshmerga commander says the Kurdish forces will participate in the Hawija liberation battles, although there has been no specific coordination between Baghdad and Erbil about it. A Tribal PMF commander says that the Iraqi military commanders met with Tribal PMFs in the Dijla Operations Command headquarters last week to discuss the liberation strategy. He says Peshmerga reps did not attend, but says the Peshmerga and the Tribal PMFs will cover the eastern axis of the battles. [ROJ]
DaeshDaily comment. However, look at the somewhat contradicting Hawija story under National News above.
A PMF commander says Daesh moved 100 of its prisoners in Hawija to an unknown location. He says Daesh might stage another mass execution. [Sumaria]
A Peshmerga captain says Daesh captured 300 civilians, mostly women and children, who were trying to escape the Hawija area. He says Daesh is preparing for the upcoming Hawija liberation battle by keeping as many civilians as possible to use them as human shields. [Rudaw]
A local source says Daesh captured the families of 50 of its own fighters in Hawija. The source says the families were trying to flee the city. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source says disputes erupted in Hawija between Daesh local terrorists from Hawija and terrorists from Diyala. The source says the local terrorists want to flee before the upcoming battles while the Diyala terrorists want to fight. The source also says foreign terrorists have established a defense line on the outskirts of the city.
A local source say Daesh emptied all its media centers in Hawija city and its surroundings. The source says most Daesh media officials have fled Hawija with their families. [Sumaria]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)
A commander of the Peshmerga Forces says counterterrorism forces thwarted a terrorist plot to attack Peshmerga positions on the border of the Daquq district. [PUKMedia]
The Ninewa Police say the police oversaw the delivery of a Yazidi girl to her family in Mosul. The Hadidi tribe told police there was a Yazidi girl who had fled from Daesh and had been hiding for almost 2 years when one of the tribe members found her. [Ghad]
A police source says a family of three civilians was killed in their house by unidentified gunmen late last night. [BasNews]
The IWMC says Iraqi Army 15th division killed 17 Daesh terrorists, including 6 suicide bombers, who were hiding in Ayadhiya. It also says Iraqi forces secured 3 women who were trapped by Daesh in the Ayadhiya area. [Sumaria]
PMFS killed 21 suicide terrorists yesterday in the Ayn Talawi mountain area northwest of Tal Afar. [Harbi]
The PMF Press says PMF units killed 4 Daesh terrorist who were trying to sneak from the Ayadhiya area toward Qayrawan. [PUKMedia]
The IWMC says the 13th brigade killed 4 foreign Daesh fighters as they tried to infiltrate from Ayadhiya, north of Tal Afar, towards Qayrawan.
The IWMC also says the Directorate of Field Engineering dismantled a vehicle bomb in the Abu Maria region, located on the main road connecting Mosul and Tal Afar. [IraqPress] A security source also reported that EOD units defused a vehicle bomb in the Abu Maria area. [Baghdadia]
Security sources in Basra Province say an IED was planted by an unknown person in front of a civilian’s house, in the area of their headquarters, in the middle of the province. [Buratha]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
The Turkish Police say a suicide terrorist suspected of planning an attack on an intelligence building in Mersin, southern Turkey, was killed today. The terrorist was of Syrian nationality and is suspected to have been connected with Daesh. [Sumaria]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Military sources confirm that Jordan renewed its request to two militias to withdraw from the Syrian Desert and enter Jordanian territory. Jordan threatened to stop military support and relief to Usud Al-Sharqiya and Ahmad Al-Abdou if they refuse to withdraw from the Syrian Badia and surrender the region they are controlling to the Syrian government. [Qasioun]
DaeshDaily comment. These seem to have been the two most prominent anti-government militias supported by the Coalition and operating in southern Syria. As we reported earlier, after President Trump’s decision to withdraw US support (reportedly supported by Jordan), they were told they should henceforth focus solely on defeating Daesh, but refused. They insisted they would go on without Coalition support.
This raises an obvious question about Coalition policy toward Assad’s Russia-supported efforts to regain control of the entire country. US leaders have opposed Assad’s continuation in power, but Trump’s decision appeared to be helping him. We have no way of knowing, however, whether there are any other understandings among the US, UK, Jordan, and Russia that could reconcile the apparent contradiction.
President Putin is linking the start of the political process for the settlement of the Syrian crisis and the consolidation of a truce with the need to first regain control of Deir Ez-Zor from Daesh. Syrian forces scored a major victory over the weekend by gaining a decisive victory in part of Deir Ez-Zor city. Putin said the situation in Syria has radically changed to the benefit of the Syrian government forces, but he wants to launch the political process after the complete liberation of Deir Ez-Zor. He added that Deir Ez-Zor represents the worst spectrum of hard-line opposition under Daesh.
He said, “immediately after the fighting in Deir Ez-Zor, we must take the next step towards stabilizing the cease-fire system, strengthening the areas of tension relief, and launching the political process.” Putin added this will be a great undertaking and therefore Syrian authorities will need assistance from the international community. At the same time, Putin said it is too early to talk about victory over the terrorist threat. [ZamanAlWasl]
DaeshDaily comment. This is either a positive diplomatic initiative or a disingenuous maneuver, depending on your perspective. Based on developments so far, the latter interpretation seems more likely to be accurate. While the US and Coalition have prioritized the fight against Daesh, Russia and Iran have prioritized the continuation of the Assad regime. Deir Ez-Zor Is the turning point. Assad and the Russians have rushed to gain control of it before the Coalition, SDF, and other anti-government factions could gain a strong foothold there. If the US has a plan for replacing Assad after he secures Deir Ez-Zor, it has not been articulated.
Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy to Syria, called for the opposition and the Syrian government to be realistic before the start of the Astana talks scheduled for September 14 and 15. He says that the opposition must begin to think realistically and realize that it cannot win the war against Assad. He added, however, that no force in Syria will emerge victorious or win the war, and he expressed his rejection of the government’s military actions.
The talks are set to take place in 10 days. There is a push for the signing of a Russian document to reduce areas of tension in Syria, including in Idlib in the northwest, Daraa in the south, the area north of Homs city, and the Tal Rifaat area in Azaz. Mistura expressed his intention to make Aleppo’s fate different than that of Idlib, hoping for a “non-military solution in the city.” [EnabBaladi]
DaeshDaily comment. De Mistura faces the same problem as the Coalition. He is perhaps more familiar than anyone with the atrocities of the Syrian regime, but is also trying to bring the military conflict to an end and save lives. However, if the anti-government opposition gives up, as de Mistura suggests, leaving the regime in control of Syria, how will the UN persuade Assad to step aside or accept a meaningful election?
The US Special Presidential Convoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, denied media reports that the Daesh convoy that came from the Lebanon-Syria border area has finally reached Iraq. He says the convoy has not reached Iraq and will not reach Iraq. He says the buses are still out in the open desert. [BasNews]
Foreign Policy reports that American aircraft have been picking off Daesh terrorists who stray too far from their bus convoy, stranded in the Syrian Desert. Any attempts at resupply coming from Daesh controlled areas in the east are being taken out by US aircraft that are monitoring the convoy. Coalition spokesman, Col. Ryan Dillon, says at least 40 vehicles have been hit by U.S. airstrikes in recent days, and American planes have been picking off Daesh terrorists by ones and twos. [ForeignPolicy]
Daesh social media sources say the Daesh leader, Awwad Baghdadi, imprisoned the leaders of his “special commission” (2 Saudis and an Iraqi) after meeting with them last week. Baghdadi appointed the commission to monitor Daesh’s religious messages and school curriculum. The commission created a lot of chaos recently when it started following the “radical” ideological line of a Saudi cleric called Hazimi. The commission was criticized by senior Daesh “religious” leaders, and caused a lot of internal fighting and arrests, especially in the Deir Ez-Zor area.
DaeshDaily comment. Whether these decisions were made Baghdadi himself or by some other person or group is a good question. Whether Baghdadi is even around anymore, or is still trying to lead the organization, is also a good question. We have been among the skeptics. In an article by Robin Wright in the July 27 New Yorker, Brett McGurk is quoted as saying “Whether or not he is alive, we do not know. But his command and control over this organization is severed.”
The Coalition says it conducted 27 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 25 near Raqqa and 2 near Deir Ez-Zor. [InherentResolve]
Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)
The SOHR says the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council, an SDF ally, is preparing to launch a military operation to capture areas under Daesh control southwest of Hasaka. It says US Special Forces arrived in the area to participate in the operation. [SyriaHR]
Local sources say US forces met suddenly at 11 am Tuesday, for unknown reasons, with leaders of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Electricity Department building in Al-Shaddadi. Sources say preparations for a large military operation took place in Shaddadi and a military campaign will likely approach the Markada town, south of Hasaka. This suggests that the airstrikes in Mayadin came out of Shaddadi and were American. [ZamanAlWasl]
The security arm of the PYD killed a young man in Al-Arisha village in the Hasaka city area. Local activists say the militia stormed the village, looking for dissidents from the village, and fired at a group of residents. One of the bullets hit and killed the young man, 17-year-old Mohammad Al-Sultan. [ZamanAlWasl]
Tuesday, the PYD rejected UNICEF’s request to hand over 2,000 schools in the Hasaka province to UNICEF in order to end the problem of “curriculum conflict” in the province. Despite the government’s approval of UNICEF’s offer, the self-appointed Kurdish administration announced that its new school year will begin on September 12. According to the PYD, 13,000 teachers have been trained to start teaching in schools under PYD control. UNICEF offered that in return for the PYD and the government handing over the Al-Hasaka schools, UNICEF would guarantee salaries to all of its teachers. According to a teacher who was trained by the international organization, there should be one unified curriculum for children throughout the province.
DaeshDaily comment. While the PYD can be appreciated for many anti-Daesh reasons, its political agenda in Hasaka is perhaps becoming too blatant for its own good. Changing the language of instruction in someone else’s country is a profoundly revolutionary move.
Tuesday, a Kurdish activist revealed the SDF is continuing to violate the ban on the recruitment of children under the age of 18, in order to cover their shortage of fighters after their losses in the battle for Raqqa. The activist says a 14-year-old boy was recruited 4 months ago. [Dorar]
A spokesman for the Euphrates campaign said clashes in Raqqa killed 47 terrorists. [PUKMedia]
The SDF liberated the Criminal Security Center and the Traffic Center in Hay Al-Nour, killing 23 Daesh members. [Hawar] SDF fighters also liberated the Registry building in Raqqa. [Hawar]
3 suicide attacks were thwarted and 31 Daesh members killed on Sunday in Hay Al-Mansoura, Hay Al-Thakana, and Hay Al-Amin in the center of Raqqa city. [Hawar]
The SOHR says 12 civilians, including 4 children and 2 women, were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa. [SyriaHR]
Two sons of the head of self-governing council’s executive board were killed while fighting with the SDF in Raqqa. According to an Enab Baladi correspondent, a 23-year-old colonel from Qamishli has also been killed in Raqqa. As we reported, the SDF commander of the Manbij Military Council was killed in Raqqa last week.
The SDF now controls 14 neighborhoods, about 65% of Raqqa city. [EnabBaladi]
Daesh says it killed two SDF fighters with a rocket near the Al-Idikhar Residential Compound. [A3maq]
Daesh issues a propaganda video about the Raqqa battles. [ICDNSep6]
East of Raqqa
Aircraft conducted several airstrikes on the Maadan area near Deir Ez-Zor, which has been bitterly contested between the Syrian Army and Daesh. [SyriaHR]
The Anadolu news agency reported that the PYD is demanding, for unknown reasons, that the US flag be removed from a customs building near the Turkish border. An unnamed source says the US and PYD flags were removed from a customs building in Tal Abyad, near the Turkish border. The PYD had raised a large number of American flags on the buildings in Tal Abyad in September to suggest that a large number of US troops were in the city. According to media reports, this was to reassure Kurdish families who had recently resettled in the city after the militias brought them back from Ayn Al-Arab. Kurdish Protection Militia and the PYD took control of the city of Tal Abayd from Daesh with US air support in 2015. [Dorar]
The Turkish Army and allied armed groups killed a 19-year-old man from Raqqa, named Yusuf Hamad Hamada, on the border near Tal Abayd. [Hawar]
The Civic Education Committee in Tal Abyad conducted its 5th training course for teachers, with 367 graduates. [Hawar]
Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)
The Turkish Army and allied armed groups rocketed Basofan village in Afrin province. [Hawar]
Russia announced the details of a disengagement zone between the SDF and the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (i.e., Turkey-supported militias) in the town of Tal Rifaat in Azaz. A Russian Military Police unit has been deployed in the area, along with 2 checkpoints and 4 observation points where Russian military personnel are present. The disengagement zone will provide appropriate conditions for displaced people to return to their homes. So far more than 400 people have returned. [Dorar]
The Russian Chief of Staff confirmed that, with Moscow’s persuasion, the SDF handed over the city of Tal Rifaat, north of Aleppo, to the Syrian government. The Chief of Staff sent military police to the region to prevent clashes between the two parties, saying Russia will provide surveillance in Tal Rifaat. [Dorar]
The UN says the Syrian government is responsible for the use of poisonous sarin in Khan Sheikhan in Idlib on April 4, 2017, which killed 87 people, most of whom were women and children. The UN Commission of Inquiry says chemical weapons have been used is Syria 33 times so far, with the Syrian government carrying out 27 of those attacks, 7 of them between March and July of this year. The government has continued a pattern of using chemical weapons against civilians in areas under the control of its opposition. The UN describes the attack at Khan Sheikhan as a war crime. The UN Human Rights Council established the commission in 2011 but Assad has not allowed its investigators to visit Syria to conduct its investigations there. [Dorar]
A local source says an unidentified aircraft bombed a Daesh convoy loaded with weapons belonging to Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib. 9 fighters were killed, some were wounded, and a number of cars were destroyed. [Hawar]
Nine people were killed, and others were wounded, most of them members of Tahrir Al-Sham, by an explosion that was believed to be from a Coalition airstrike on the stadium in Idlib. A media source close to the target location said the explosion took place inside the stadium, which contains arms caches of Tahrir Al-Sham. [ZamanAlWasl]
Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)
The Syrian Army, supported by allied militias and Russian planes, captured Aqairbat city on Saturday. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian General Staff said that Daesh used 15-25 suicide terrorists every day during the battles in Aqairbat. He also said that Daesh had established an entire city underground. [SyriaNow] [RT] [Sputnik]
Government sources say Syrian Army units killed 3 Daesh terrorists near Salmiya, east of Hama.
The Syrian Government, backed by Iranian militias, took full control of Hamada Omar from Daesh in the Aqairbat region. [Qasioun]
The Syrian Government Forces are still imposing a suffocating siege on the villages in the Aqairbat region in eastern Hama. However, 17 Syrian government fighters were killed by a Daesh vehicle bomb near the Al-Harisha village in the eastern suburbs of Hama. The vehicle bombing was followed by a violent attack by Daesh on Syrian government positions. Daesh took control of the village and seized a tank and 4 vehicles. [Qasioun]
The SOHR says Daesh launched a counterattack and captured areas in west Aqairbat. It says Russian planes conducted 45 airstrikes on the area. [SyriaHR]
Daesh managed to regain control of the Rasm Al-Awayed village in the Aqairbat region. Russian fighter jets launched airstrikes on Daesh sites in the area. [Qasioun]
Tuesday, Daesh claimed it had caused material losses in the ranks of the Syrian Government forces, in battles in Al-Sheikh Hilal village, east of Hama. Daesh says it killed sixteen members of the Syrian Government’s forces and supporting militias with an IED, destroyed a rocket launcher and a car filled with ammunition, and damaged a tank with a rocket shell.
A Syrian Army officer was killed in heavy battles with Daesh in the Al-Sarayim area, in the far east of Homs Province. Both sides sustained casualties. [SyriaHR]
The Syrian Army and supporting militias reached the outskirts of the Al-Sarayim region. [Qasioun]
Daesh publishes photos of a Syrian Army truck carrier and a bulldozer it captured north of Hamima. Daesh says it stopped a Syrian forces attack on the village. [ICDNSep6]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
The Syrian Army and allied militias broke through to the Battalion 137 Camp, ending the Daesh siege on Deir Ez-Zor city. (video) [SyriaNow]
The Syrian Army had opened a 700 meter gap in Daesh defense lines near the camp but Daesh attacked them with at least 6 vehicle bombs and cut off their lines. However, the Syrian Army, supported by heavy airpower, reopened the crossing. [SyriaHR]
The Syrian government announced that it broke the siege imposed on Deir Ez-Zor by Daesh for the first time in 3 years. [Hawar]
The Russian Defense Ministry revealed that Daesh members from Russia are fighting against Syrian government forces and Russian ground forces near Deir Ez-Zor. These Russian Daesh fighters were controlling the entrances to the city of Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh killed two Russian soldiers near Deir Ez-Zor and Russia responded by shelling the area with Caliber missiles from their battleship in the Mediterranean Sea. [Qasioun]
Yesterday, Syrian media outlets broadcast a video of Syrian government forces entering the city of Deir Ez-Zor in armored vehicles, opening the roads to tanks and other government vehicles. [Qasioun]
Daesh launched an attack late Tuesday night on the positions of the Syrian Government Forces west of the city of Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh detonated vehicle bombs in an attempt to break the 137th brigade’s lines of defense, which includes units of the Syrian Government Forces and its supporting foreign militias. [Qasioun]
The SOHR says government forces, supported by Russian planes, are still struggling to allow trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to enter Deir Ez-Zor because of heavy Daesh shelling and rocketing. It says Russian planes conducted tens of airstrikes near the 137 Camp. [SyriaHR]
Syrian planes destroyed a convoy of 10 Daesh vehicles that fled from Deir Ez-Zor toward Mayadin, to the east. Syrian aircraft also destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in Baghailiye, northwest of Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaNow]
Government sources say the Syrian Army captured Kabajab town and Al-Raqqa Bridge, southwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]
Daesh’s version says it killed twenty-two Syrian soldiers, wounded “tens”, destroyed an armored vehicle and a machine gun mounted SUV, and damaged a tank and an armored vehicle in battles in Kabajab village. [ICDNSep6]
Iran’s Al-Alam television reported Daesh attacked Iranian journalists in Kabajab. Three members of the team were injured. [Qasioun]
The SOHR says two men were killed in airstrikes on Kasra village. [SyriaHR]
A civilian was killed in airstrike on Al-Husseiniya village, west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]
Tuesday, the Coalition carried out 3 airstrikes by helicopter, targeting Daesh leaders in Deir Ez-Zor. 4 Daesh family members were killed. In addition, 8 Daesh fighters were arrested, all of them foreign. [Qasioun]
Tuesday, the Coalition carried out an airstrike against Daesh near Mayadin, east of Deir Ez-Zor. Ahmed Al-Ramadan, of the Furat Post network, said the Coalition forces carried out an aerial strike by helicopter near the Al-Rahba fortress near Mayadin and planes launched several raids on Mayadin city in the area of a castle and in an industrial zone. Al-Ramadan says there is a lack of information about the process and its results.
Tuesday, the Ahmad Al-Abdou anti-government militia began to evacuate the Al-Hadlat refugee camp and transfer the people to the Al-Rukban camp near the border with Jordan. This comes with the US decision to withdraw this faction to Jordan, according to the Anadolu agency. The area is currently without military conflict, but a spokesman for the Al-Abdou forces attributed the move to the approach of Assad’s forces and supporting militias and the continued aerial bombardment of the area near the camp. [Dorar]
A local source says unidentified helicopters flew, in the middle of the night, over Daesh controlled areas in the Al-Yarmouk Basin, west of Daraa. [Qasioun]
The Ababil Army of the southern front announced the arrest of a Daesh cell, along with explosive materials, in Jassem in rural western Daraa yesterday evening. The general commander confirmed the Daesh cell was planning attacks targeting different areas in the Daraa province. [ZamanAlWasl]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Daesh says it killed two Afghan soldiers and a pro-government militia fighter in Dih Bala on Tuesday. [A3maq]
Daesh says it destroyed 2 Philippine Army tanks in Marawi on Tuesday. [A3maq]
Spanish Police announced the dismantling of a terrorist cell of 6 people planning large-scale attacks in Spain. This was done in coordination with Moroccan Security services, as 55 people supporting the cell in Spain were found in Morocco. 5 of the terrorists have Moroccan nationality; the 6th is of Moroccan descent. [Sumaria]
Videos of the Day
Operation Inherent Resolve holds a change of command ceremony, Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commanding general of U.S. Central Command, presides over a transfer of authority wherein Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend relinquishes command of #CJTFOIR to Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II. [CJTFOIR]
Iraqi forces capture Daesh female members in Tal Afar. [YouTube]
Peshmerga fighters kill a Daesh suicide terrorist near Tal Afr. [YouTube]
Peshmerga fighters capture Daesh suicide terrorists trying to flee with families near Tal Afar. [YouTube]