An Update On ISIS Activities

October 6, 2016

Jazeera Ramadi (Mawazin)

Jazeera Ramadi (Mawazin)

Today’s Major Developments

Ministry of Defense announces a complete victory in Jazeera Ramadi. []

Peshmerga director says neither Turkey nor Nujaifi’s NMFs will participate in Mosul campaign. []

Ninewa Ops Commander says Iraqi forces will retake Hawija before Mosul. []

Armed resistance to Daesh grows in Mosul. []

Official explanation of friendly fire US airstrike drops NMFs from story, but 21 tribal fighters died. []

Daesh launches shells with chlorine gas on Qayara. []

UN Syria envoy asks Al-Nusra to leave Aleppo, & Syria & Russia to stop bombing it. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi refuted the Turkish allegations that the Iraqi Government had requested Turkish troops in Iraq. He also says there are no foreign troops fighting in Iraq, and the Coalition provides help only with training and logistics. He also says Iraqi doesn’t want a conflict with Turkey, but also doesn’t want the Turks to think that their presence in Iraq is a “picnic”. [Mada] [Sumaria]

According to Al-Iraqia TV, US Department of State spokesman Mark Toner says Iraq neighboring countries should respect its sovereignty, and if there is any role for Turkey in the Mosul battle it should be decided by the Iraqi government. [Sumaria]

 

Turkey’s Prime Minister says the Turkish military presence in Bashiqa will continue in order to “guarantee the prevention of demographic changes in the area”. [Sumaria]

The Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus criticized the objections of “some fronts’” to the Turkish presence in Iraq. He says “the people of Bashiqa, Arabs, Kurds, and Turkmens are our brothers, while you are strangers and crossed thousands of miles to get to the area, and know nothing of its people, culture, or tradition.” [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. We do know a phony politician when we hear one. We also know that when a country asks you to remove your troops from their country you are expected to leave, according to international norms. The distinguished gentleman has a Ph.D., but he appears not to have learned much either.

 

The KRG spokesman says the Turkish two camps in Dobrdan and Bashiqa were established with the knowledge of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, and the KRG just facilitated the issue without knowing about the details. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. If this were actually true, the KRG could have provided a lot of details about its role in the situation long ago. Its total lack of transparency created suspicions that can’t be papered over with a quick press statement by a spokesman. The truth almost certainly is that Barzani and others in the KRG were in on this with Erdogan and Nujaifi. Yesterday’s White House announcement about Vice President Biden’s conversation with Barzani seemed to suggest that Barzani was separating himself from the scheme, but the spokesman has now created new doubts by defending the earlier actions. (We do get some encouragement from the statement of the Peshmerga director—reported under Mosul below—that neither Turkish nor NMF troops will participate in the Mosul liberation.)

 

The former governor of Ninewa, Atheel Al-Nujaifi, republished an MoD video showing the former Minister of Defense, Khaled Al-Obeidi, in an NMF camp. Nujaifi claims that the video is a proof that the Iraqi government knew about the Turkish troop presence. [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment. How? The video doesn’t show or even mention Turkish troops.

Besides, even if these claims were somehow true, which we doubt, Iraq has asked Turkey repeatedly, more times than we can count, to remove its troops. The Turkish position is absurd; having established a phony premise for occupying military camps in Iraq, it has decreed that Iraq is not entitled to overrule this deployment, so Turkey is therefore entitled to stay there as long as it wants. Turkish officials are just embarrassing themselves with these statements which any diplomat (and most other intelligent people) would recognize as diplomatically incompetent.

 

The Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it submitted a request to the U.N. Security Council to discuss the Turkish violations on Iraqi lands and Turkish interference in internal Iraq affairs. [Sumaria]

 

The Ministry of Finance says it released 110 billion Iraqi Dinars ($90 million) to the Ministry of Migration and Displacement to support the anticipated number of displaced people from Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Prime Minister Abadi that the Iraqi government should make a commitment to prevent any armed forces implicated in laws of war violations from participating in planned operations against Daesh in Mosul. HRW asked Abadi to restrain the PMFs in order to prevent war violations similar to what happened in Falluja and other areas. [HRW]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, six in or near Mosul. The others were around Kasik (2), Qayara (2), Ramadi (3), and Hit (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says three PMF fighters were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Tarmiya District. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses, an explosives vest, and 3 kilograms of explosives in the Albu Hayat area in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 59th brigade found an explosives cache in the Salfij area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says the bodies of two men were found shot in Hay Al-Basatin in Shaab. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded in Nahrawan. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The Intelligence Service found an IED and weapons cache in Mahmudiya. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found 2 IEDs, in addition to other explosives, in 4 different areas in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found 4 IEDs in the Ubaid area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Tobchi. [Mada]

A security source says the Intelligence Service found a Daesh guesthouse and captured a terrorist, confiscated 4 explosive vests, 9 IEDs, and 3 silenced guns in Hay Al-Jami’a. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 24th brigade found 3 explosive vests, 12 IEDs, and other explosives in the Shiha and Hitawiyeen areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  11     (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

The Anbar Chief of Police, apparently responding to earlier corruption allegations against Anbar officials, says Daesh wants to smear the reputation of Iraqi forces in Anbar by spreading false rumors and social media reports about corruption cases. [Mada]

 

Falluja

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says 4,500 displaced families have returned to their houses in Falluja since mid-September. [Sumaria]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi Army 8th division cleared 45 houses in the Nassaf and Hassi areas and defused tens of IEDs. [Sumaria]

However, the Mayor of Falluja says a displaced man who returned was killed by an IED planted in his house in Hay Al-Andalus. He says the house was supposedly cleared by Iraqi forces. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

The MOD announces officially the liberation of the entire Jazeera Ramadi. [AIN]

 

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army and PMF checkpoint southeast of Ramadi with a vehicle bomb [A3maq]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi Army 10th division captured 6 Daesh trucks loaded with communications equipment in the Albu Assaf area west of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Coalition killed 20 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition south of Kubaisa. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces truck and 2 SUVs with IEDs in the Mahmadi area south of Hit. [A3maq]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory, a vehicle armoring factory, and 2 guesthouses in airstrikes on Anah and Al-Qa’im. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says unknown armed men attacked a Daesh gathering in Al-Qa’im city with light guns, killing 4 terrorists and confiscating their weapons and communication devices. The source also says the armed men raised the Iraqi flag in the area. [Mada]

 

The MoI says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the Saqqar area east of Rutba, killing 15 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicle bombs. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi Army military position and a Humvee burned down after a Daesh attack in the Kilo 160 area. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the brother of the Salahuddin traffic police chief was shot and killed by Daesh while he was trying to escape from a Daesh-controlled area east of Shirqat. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army tank near Khanuqa village, south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

The IFP Commander says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in the Makhoul Mountains area. He also says his troops destroyed a Daesh sniper’s hideout in the Fatha area. [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldier members with an IED in Allas Oilfield. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed an MoD captain in Baquba. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The National Security Service says it captured a person wanted on terrorism charges in Khanaqin. [Sumaria]

 

A Diyala Police source says a security unit captured a “dangerous” Daesh terrorist who was planning attacks on Shia pilgrims in Qara Tapa and confiscated 9 IEDs. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A local source says leaflets were distributed in Hawija, threatening Daesh members. The source says the leaflets were signed by a group called Ahrar Al-Hawija (Free People of Hawija). [Sumaria]

 

A security source says the Coalition killed 4 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike on Hay Al-Zira’a, in Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says armed men shot and killed 2 Daesh “policemen” in an attack on a checkpoint in Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul campaign

Battle planning. The KRG Peshmerga director Jabbar Al-Yawer said Thursday that Baghdad and Erbil had agreed not to involve any foreign fighters in the battle for Mosul, apart from Coalition air support including ground-based Coalition units to assist in guidance. He said that the NMF fighters organized by Atheel Al-Nujaifi would not participate in the battle for Mosul, nor would Turkish troops. [AYN]

 

Preparations are complete for the upcoming Mosul operations, Ninewa Operations Commander Maj. Gen. Najm Abdullah Al-Jubouri said. His troops are awaiting orders to begin. Al-Jubouri said he expected Mosul to be under Iraqi control by the end of the year. Daesh attacks are ongoing in Qayara he said. His troops have killed 66 Daesh fighters in the area south of Mosul in the last week. [Ghad]

 

However, Al-Jubouri also said that the launch of Mosul operations would be preceded by the recapture of Hawija from Daesh in Kirkuk governorate. [AlMirbad]

 

Ninewa Council member Abd Al-Rahman Al-Wikae said it is likely that Mosul operations will begin at the end of October. [AlEshraq]

DaeshDaily comment. This is 10-15 days later than the previous public estimate a couple of days ago. Perhaps no one really knows.

 

Air campaign. Unidentified warplanes targeted two Daesh hisbah sites in the Al-Tayran neighborhood of Mosul, killing seven Daesh members, according to a local source. [Ghadeer]

 

A local source says Coalition planes bombed 2 Daesh hisbah offices in Mosul, killing several terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Local sources say Coalition planes launched heavy airstrikes on Daesh in several areas in Mosul, including destroying 4 headquarters Hay Al-Muhandiseen, killing or wounding the terrorists inside, in addition to airstrikes on Daesh positions in the Ghabat area. [ARA]

 

Daesh says one person was killed and eighteen wounded in “American” airstrikes on several areas in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Internal resistance. Ninewa MP Nayif Al-Shumari has said that “cooperation of the citizens with the security forces will lead to a quick end to the battle in Mosul.” The MP praised the Mosul residents who are involved in fighting Daesh. [AlEtejah]

 

A Ninewa police captain says resistance groups in Mosul killed 3 Daesh security officers in 3 different areas in the city. He says the group killed an Egyptian terrorist called Abu Hamza in Hay Al-Yarmouk in west Mosul, an Iraqi terrorist in the Islah area in west Mosul, and another Iraqi terrorist in Hay Sumer in east Mosul. [BasNews]

Another source says armed men shot and killed an Egyptian terrorist called Abu Dawood in the Cultural Group area, in north Mosul. The terrorist used to live in a house that belonged to a Mosul University professor and has been responsible for several crimes against civilians in the city. [Harbi]

 

A local source says two armed men on a motorcycle shot and killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Jami’a in Mosul city. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says armed groups in Mosul want to attack Turkish troops exactly like they attack Daesh. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. We haven’t confirmed this report from other sources.

 

Conditions in Mosul

A report citing “PMF Intelligence” says that an unspecified number of Daesh leaders have fled Mosul with their families to the border areas inside Turkish territory. [PressIraq]

Photos of Iraqi families who fled Mosul towards Syria. [IraqPress]

 

The number of Daesh members from Muslim northwest China (referred to as Uighurs) has increased in Mosul in the last few months according to a local source. One of the Uighurs had been appointed to the high-level security of security commander on Mosul’s Right (West) Bank by the Daesh caliph Awwad Baghdad, the source added. The Uighurs have been moved with their families from Raqqa to Mosul, the source said and have been deployed to all areas of Mosul. Many have been incorporated into the Daesh “Islamic Police” and can be seen patrolling the markets and intersections of the city. [SotAlIraq]

Similarly, a local source is reported as saying that the number of Daesh Uighur terrorists has increased in Mosul recently, and one of them was given a senior security position in the city. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has deployed more checkpoints throughout Mosul as it searches for fugitives and former members who have fled its ranks, local sources said. Daesh members are using computerized databases of members to check if those it is detaining are wanted by the group. Daesh has also escalated its raids on Mosul residences searching for wanted individuals and forbidden items such as phones and weapons, according to local sources. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh distributed salaries to its fighters in Mosul in small bills and coins, after withholding pay for more than a month, local sources said. Some of the coins and notes are damaged, the sources added. Sources suggested this reflects Daesh’s financial difficulties in Mosul after losing Qayara and other revenue-generating areas. Daesh may even be trying to trick some of its members into thinking that salaries are coming by distributing flour and foodstuffs to them, which sources said might be to encourage Daesh members to think that regular salaries will be resumed. [Mawsleya]

 

A woman in her 40s and her 17-year-old daughter died in Mosul Hospital on Thursday after Daesh prevented a doctor from treating them because he was male, local sources said. The two were bleeding heavily after a road accident and died about an hour after arriving at the hospital.

[Sumaria]

 

Karemlash publishes the names of 8 local doctors who collaborated with Daesh in Mosul. One of them, a woman, has allegedly left recently for Canada. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment.  “Collaborate” needs to be defined. Did they provide medical service to wounded Daesh fighters (arguably a professional obligation) or help Daesh to kill people? After this nightmare is over, someone should add up the large number of medical doctors executed by Daesh for refusing to collaborate.

 

A local activist says Daesh publicly stoned a woman to death in Darkazliya in east Mosul after accusing her of adultery. He says people of Mosul know the woman was innocent but she might have refused a marriage proposal from a Daesh terrorist. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh usually accuses its enemies with honor-related crimes not only to justify the killing, but also to make others afraid. People might accept death as a punishment but no one wants to be associated with adultery. The same cruelty was used by the Baathists. 

 

Daesh issued a video of the moment of what it calls an “American” bombing on a mosque and a school in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Qayara

The Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC) has released a statement “clarifying” the circumstances of the Coalition airstrike yesterday that killed at least 21 Tribal Mobilization fighters. According to the statement, “The Coalition airstrike came after information presented by the Tribal Mobilization that there was enemy fire from one of the houses in the village of Kharayeb Jaber.” The statement adds that “the information was closely examined with its source who confirmed the information, after which the airstrike was implemented on the specified target according to the information.” A Joint Operations Command (JOC) statement also says that investigation was opened immediately after the deaths and injuries of the tribal fighters. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. A PUK official said yesterday the airstrike targeted NMFs. Today’s clarification seems to refute that. Mzahem Al-Huwiet, a separatist and self-proclaimed spokesman of Arab Tribes in Ninewa said yesterday the victims were tribal fighters. 

 

The PMF Commission issued a statement expressing its discontent with the airstrike and demanding an investigation. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh launched four shells loaded with chlorine gas on Qayara city from its positions in Al-Hawd, according to the chairman of Qayara municipal council, Falih Al-Jubouri. The four shells landed near a café in the center of the city. Specialized units rushed to the scene and established a cordon around the sites where the shells landed. The local health sector announced that one person was treated for injuries. [Ghadeer] [Mawsleya]

 

Unidentified warplanes reportedly “completely destroyed” a Daesh mortar platoon in an unspecified location south of Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga Abrams tank in Kani Hills in Gwer. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Peshmerga positions in Masqalat village west of Tesgofa in Tel Keif with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

KURDISTAN

The demonstrations in Suleimaniya continued for the second week (photos). [Sumaria]

 

Turkish military sources say Turkish warplanes attacked 7 PKK positions in the Matina and Ghara areas in northern Iraq. [ARA]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

The Mid-Euphrates Operations commander says his troops captured several Daesh members, including 4 Sahwa fighters, who helped Daesh move suicide terrorists and vehicle bombs to Kerbala. He says the arrestees were involved in the suicide attack on a wedding in Ain Al-Tamr in August that killed or wounded tens of people. [Mada]

 

The Kerbala police chief says his troops captured a man wanted on terrorism charges who was trying to make it into Kerbala in the Rafi’ area, west of the city. [Mada]

 

Najaf

The Najaf Criminal Court sentenced a man to death who was involved in killing taxi drivers and stealing their cars for terrorist activities. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has urged Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in the eastern parts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo to leave the area.

De Mistura also suggested Russian and Syrian forces should immediately stop their “aerial bombing” of Aleppo, if the militants from (Al-Nusra) leave the city.

He said if the militants lay down their weapons “in dignity” and leave, he would “personally” accompany them out. De Mistura’s remarks underscore the brutality of the fighting in Aleppo, where a besieged population of 275,000 in the eastern, rebel-held part of the city, is in desperate need of aid. The U.N. considers the Nusra Front a terrorist group. [CBSNews]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria on; the Mare’ area in Azaz (5), and also hit Ain Eissa (1), Al-Shaddadi (2), Deir Ez-Zor (2), and Albu Kamal (4). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Daesh publishes photos of beheading two men publicly in Raqqa, after accusing them of witchcraft. Many children attended the execution as usual. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Again, this is a common Wahhabi accusation against Sufi Muslims.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Idlib

At least twenty-five people have been killed in a bomb attack on Atma Tent City on the Syrian border with Turkey, timed to coincide with a duty changeover by the Free Syrian Army.  [Cumhuriyet]

A local activist says thirty-five civilians and FSA fighters were killed and tens were wounded in 2 explosions near Atma Border Crossing in Idlib. They say that the first explosion was by a bomb that was in a bag near a restaurant, while the other one was by a suicide terrorist and a vehicle bomb. [BasNews] [Dorar]

The Atma Hospital publishes the name of 25 people killed in the attack. [Hawar]

The Chairman of the opposition’s “High Judicial Council” in Aleppo and the general attorney of the council and an Ahrar Al-Sham senior commander were killed in the Atma explosion. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says it attacked an opposition group convoy with a vehicle bomb at Atma Border Crossing. [A3maq]

 

Al-Bab

Turkish artillery shelled Shadoud village north of Al-Bab and Al-Ghor village east of Mare’, forcing tens of civilians to leave their houses. [Hawar]

 

Kurdish activists say Daesh is arresting Kurdish civilians in the Al-Bab area in order to use them as human shields. They also say Daesh is charging $5,000 for every family that wants to leave the area. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This is cynical from all angles, and there are many such reports. They will arrest you or kill you for trying to escape, unless you pay them off. It sounds like a Mafia extortion scheme. It also shows how desperate Daesh has become financially, however, after having its oil and other assets bombed incessantly for the past two-plus years.

 

Azaz

An opposition groups commander says the opposition, supported by the Turkish Army, captured the Kurdish-majority town of Akhtarin on the Turkish border, killing or wounding several terrorists and capturing 5. [ARA]

Another commander says the groups are still clearing the city. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. Akhtarin is small but the capital of a subdistrict which includes numerous villages covered in recent battle stories from Syria.

 

Daesh targeted Um Hawsh village with more than 15 chemical shells (video). [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near Um Al-Qura village. [Archive]

 

Manbij

Daesh says it killed eleven “PKK” members with 2 IEDs in Atshana village, south of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting “PKK” positions in Atshana village with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army military position in the Free Zone area, in east Aleppo, with an SPG9 rocket. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting the Syrian Army in Kafr Saghir village near the Industrial City in Aleppo with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian troops with heavy machine guns south of the Industrial City. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A local activist says Daesh brought military reinforcements, including 2 tanks, 2 armored vehicles, and 90 terrorists from Raqqa to Sukhnah town. [ARA]

He also says Daesh attacked Syrian troops near the silos area east of Tadmur and attacked near Tal Al-Sawana. Russian planes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh in the area. [ARA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local sources say Daesh executed fifteen men east of Deir Ez-Zor, after accusing them of hijacking and theft. [BasNews]

 

A local activist says Russian warplanes destroyed Siyasiya Bridge in Deir Ez-Zor, cutting off the city from its eastern countryside. Warplanes also targeted Daesh controlled areas in the city, near the Panorama Barricade, and near Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport. Daesh targeted Qusour in Joura areas, wounding several civilians. [ARA]

Daesh issues a video of the Siyasiya Bridge after it was destroyed. [A3maq]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

The SOHR says heavy battles erupted between Syrian troops and Daesh near the Yarmouk Camp. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Local sources say 5 ABM terrorists attacked a house in Masoura village south of Rafah to kidnap a man. The sources say clashes erupted as the man’s family shot at the terrorists. A member of the family was killed and three others wounded before the terrorists fled. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says a civilian was killed by armed men at the entrance of Rafah city. [VetoGate]

 

Medical sources say two children, 5 and 11, were shot in Dhahir village south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Central coast

AFRICOM says it conducted 3 more airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte on Tuesday, raising the total number of airstrikes to 208 since August 1st. [Libya24]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Syria

The Twitter account of the Syrian presidency shares remarks attributed to President Assad claiming that Daesh, the Nusra Front, and the “Moderate Opposition” all share the same origin, stemming from “what was called the Free Syrian Army four or five years ago.” [Twitter]

 

Supporters of various Syrian factions opposed to Daesh are tweeting furiously against the Jund Al-Aqsa [Al-Aqsa Soldiers] militia using the hashtag (in Arabic) “The Soldiers [i.e. Jund Al-Aqsa] Are Protecting Daesh.” [Twitter] The Twitter assault broke out after Jund Al-Aqsa members reportedly intervened to secure the release of a Daesh cell that had been captured by Ahrar Al-Sham fighters two days ago. [Twitter] [JustPaste]. Many of the anti-Jund tweets use the hashtag (in Arabic) “Jund Al-Afraa” which rhymes with the group’s name but means “Soldiers of Snakes.” [Twitter]

 

Video released of nighttime fighting by Jaish Al-Islam from its battles with Daesh in Qalamoun. [YouTube]

 

Iraq

Photo of the anti-Daesh slogan “meem – muqawama” (A loose translation would be something like “R for Resistance”) slogan that has appeared on the walls of Mosul recently. [Twitter]

 

Photos from today’s Daesh chemical attack in Qayara. [Facebook]

 

In spite of widely publicized agreements between Baghdad, Irbil, and the Coalition that the PMF will not enter Mosul, a newly released animated video on a PMF YouTube page shows PMF fighters infiltrating a city and attacking animated Daesh fighters. The caption reads “The PMF [Al-Hashd], soon in Mosul.” [YouTube]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Al-Naba magazine [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its battles against the YPG. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes infographics about its suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria during the month of September. [A3maq]

October 5, 2016

Displaced Families Returning to Qayara (Rudaw)

Displaced Families Returning to Qayara (Rudaw)

Today’s Major Developments

Biden makes an urgent call to Barzani. []

Turkish leaders keep stoking the intervention talk as Iraq protests. []

Tribal PMF leader warns that Daesh has infiltrated central Anbar police, army units. []

“Special force” frees 27 Peshmerga from Daesh prison in Mosul. []

Coalition airstrike on north Mosul hospital alleged to have killed mostly civilians. []

Daesh executes 14 more civilians in Mosul. []

NMF separatist units reported near Qayara, after anti-Daesh US airstrikes reportedly killed some of them. []

Turkey-supported opposition groups close in on Mare’ in Syria. []

US commando killed in Afghanistan operation. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The White House issued a statement saying that Vice President Biden spoke Wednesday with KRG President Masoud Barzani. The statement reported vaguely that the Vice President thanked Barzani for his leadership and continued cooperation with Prime Minister Abadi and the Iraqi government to defeat Daesh and ensure lasting stability in Iraq.  Both stressed the urgency of sustaining momentum for the liberation of Mosul and other Daesh-held territories, and the importance of ensuring that all military operations in Iraq respect Iraq’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.  Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the ongoing strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq. [WhiteHouse]

 

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Wednesday Turkey’s military presence in Iraq is intended for stability at a time when the country is deeply divided and that Turkey does not aim to become an occupying force.

He also says Turkish forces are at Iraq’s Bashiqa camp at the request of Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani, to train the local forces. “Turkey will not allow this to become a matter of debate,” he told reporters. [Reuters]

DaeshDaily comment. The first statement by this US-educated leader could be taken as reassuring about Turkey’s intentions. The second is as arrogant as it is discouraging, suggesting that Turkey doesn’t even want Iraq to debate Turkey’s interference.

It’s sometimes difficult to sift through statements for their real meaning. We suggest seeing these two stories together. Biden’s initiative is probably more about Turkey than about the KRG. Otherwise, why get into a high-profile conversation to reaffirm points that are already agreed. The likely purpose is to detach Barzani from the crisis, giving the Turks less cover for their scheming. Notice from the Deputy PM’s statement that he is using Barzani as the cover for the Turkish troops in Bashiqa, notwithstanding that Bashiqa is not even part of the KRG.

Hopefully the White House will now extend its crisis diplomacy on Mosul a little farther to the north. 

 

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman says the Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad to protest what it said were “provocative” comments made in Ankara about keeping Turkish troops in northern Iraq. [Reuters]

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs says the Iraqi COR resolution against the Turkish military presence in Bashiqa “doesn’t show good intentions and doesn’t represent all Iraqi people”. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. The CoR resolution passed unanimously. And as far as we know, all Iraqi people are represented in the CoR, other than Daesh maybe.

 

The former governor of Ninewa, Atheel Al-Nujaifi, tells Reuters “The biggest fear is that Iraq will break apart if they don’t control (the Mosul battle) in a wise manner and they don’t give the Arab Sunnis real authority,” [Reuters] [Also see his Facebook post under Social Media below.]

DaeshDaily comment. This statement can also be regarded as a threat.

 

In a meeting with the Kirkuk Governor, the UK Ambassador to Iraq, Frank Baker, says the UK provided 140 million dollars worth of aid to Iraq to fight Daesh. He also says the UK doesn’t have the right to intervene on issues about the Turkish troops in Iraq. [Mada] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We suspect the validity of the second part of the report. Turkey is a NATO partner of the UK as well as the US, and is threatening NATO interests in Iraq.  

 

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says NATO will not be part of combat operations in Mosul. He says “What NATO is doing is that we are training forces and we will do more of that because we believe that in the long run it is better that local forces, Iraqi forces, are able to fight (Daesh) themselves.” [NATO]

DaeshDaily comment. Ask the Secretary General whether his statement includes Turkey.

 

The Czech Republic says it will send a medical team and additional military advisors to support Iraq in the war against Daesh. The medical team of 17 members will be sent to an American base near Mosul. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), Qayara (2), and Kasik (1); and Ramadi (3), and Hit (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near an aluminum factory in Rashidiya. [Mada]

Daesh says it assassinated an Iraqi police officer in the Tarmiya area. [A3maq]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source says a civilian was killed when armed men shot at him near his house in Suleikh. [Maalomah]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found IEDs, explosives vests, and other explosives in northeast Baghdad. [MoD Website]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says three people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a market in Mahmudiya. [Mada]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says a PMF fighter was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded at their vehicle in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces found an explosives cache in Albu Saba village in Qarma. [MoD Website]

 

Ramadi

The IAA killed 5 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles, 2 motorcycles, a hideout, an oil tanker truck, and a network of tunnels in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area. [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Haditha

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh has infiltrated security forces, especially the local police, and many Daesh members have joined the Army or the Police. [BasNews]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces killed 17 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 5 tunnels, 3 vehicle bombs, a guesthouse, and a communications center, and confiscated large quantities of weapons and ammunition while clearing the Tarabsha area in Jazeera Ramadi. He says Iraqi forces are clearing the Albu Assaf, Albu Ali Al-Jassem, and Tarabsha areas in Jazeera Ramadi in order to allow police and tribal fighters to hold the ground. [BasNews]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition planes targeted a Daesh headquarters in Hay Al-Bakr, killing 3 terrorists and destroying 2 machine gun mounted vehicles, a truck loaded with explosives, and 3 mortars. [Mada]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh says it killed twelve Iraqi servicemen in an attack on a barracks on the Kilo 160 road. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it destroyed a Humvee and captured another one in addition to weapons. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Police source says a 25-year-old man drowned while trying to cross the Tigris during his escape from a Daesh controlled area in east of Shirqat. [Mada]

 

Tikrit

A security source says an EOD member was killed and another wounded when an IED they were trying to defuse exploded on them in the Dayoum area west of Tikrit. [Mada]

 

Samarra

The IFP found an explosives cache in west Jazeera Samarra. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

A member of the Security Committee in the Diyala Provincial Council says Iraqi forces conducted a military operation in 4 areas: south Buhriz, south Balad Ruz, north Muqdadiya, and Himrin Hills, and captured 3 explosives and ammunition caches, in addition to a Daesh vehicle. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A security source says local police defused a vehicle bomb near a market in Al-Khalis city. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The Diyala Police Chief says his troops launched a campaign to secure the areas near Salahuddin and to prevent Daesh from conducting attacks during the month of Ashura. [Mada]

 

A National Security Service source says one of their NSS units captured a dangerous terrorist in the Himrin Mountains area. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says a joint Security unit captured a Daesh suicide terrorist in Hay Al-Qadisiya in east Kirkuk. He informed them about 3 other suicide bombers hiding in Hay Al-Wasiti who were planning to attack Shia religious ceremonies and government buildings. The source says the unit surrounded the house and clashed with the terrorists who blew themselves up, killing the first suicide bomber and wounding 3 security members. [Mada]

 

The Kirkuk Asayesh says it captured 6 Daesh fighters in Kirkuk city. He says one of the captured, a 16-year-old boy, said he was raped the first night he joined Daesh. [Mada]

 

Hawija

A security source says the Daesh military commander of Hawija and another terrorist were killed when an explosives vest accidentally detonated in their vehicle in Hawija city. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest

A Peshmerga commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on Atshana village in Daquq District, wounding several terrorists. He also says two Peshmerga fighters were wounded in the attack. [Rudaw]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul campaign

An unidentified “special force” stormed a secret Daesh prison inside Mosul to free 27 Peshmerga prisoners from inside and moved them to a safe location, according to “well-placed sources in Ninewa.” The raiding party reportedly killed all Daesh guards at the prison, reportedly located in one of the houses seized from Christians in Mosul. Daesh reacted to the raid with house-to-house searches in an attempt to find the freed prisoners, who included Peshmerga officers, the sources said. [Karemlash]

 

There are two contradictory reports about an airstrike that reportedly destroyed a neurological hospital in Mosul’s northern Rashidiya neighborhood. According to Mawsleya TV, sources said a Coalition plane destroyed the hospital completely, killing a number of Daesh members as well as killing and injuring civilian victims. However according to a Rudaw report, a local source said there were no Daesh members known to be in the hospital in the time and rescuers were attempting to search the rubble for civilian victims. Rudaw’s “local source” does not mention the affiliation of the warplanes that carried out the reported strike although the article’s headline points to the Coalition. [Mawsleya] [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The truth of this incident will have to be determined from later reports. First of all, Daesh has put many of its military headquarters in hospital facilities. Second, Daesh propaganda routinely claims that Coalition airstrikes miss their target, kill no Daesh members, and kill only innocent civilians. Third, we have learned that “local source” sometimes means a Daesh source.

 

Daesh fighters in Mosul number between 2,000 and 4,000, according to remarks by the chairman of the Ninewa Provincial Council security committee Muhammad Al-Bayati. He said that Daesh is so outnumbered that the battle for Mosul will be “easy and simple.” Al-Bayati said he expected a “popular intifada” to erupt when troops reached the walls of Mosul. [Karemlash]

 

A local source says after Prime Minister Abadi’s speech to the people of Mosul yesterday, Daesh deployed its terrorists heavily in the city. The source also says Daesh, through its security points, threatened people with their lives if they listened to the new Iraqi radio station. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh executed 14 civilians by drowning them in a submerged cage in the Faisaliya area of central Mosul on Wednesday evening, local sources say. The victims were accused of collaborating with the Iraqi government and Peshmerga. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Sunni religious endowment (waqf), Abdul Latif Al-Hmyem, has directed his organization to form a “crisis cell” to support the anticipated displaced civilians from the upcoming fighting in Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

The Directorate of Mines Affairs in the Iraqi Ministry of Health and Environment has been in talks with the UN to develop a work plan for clearing IEDs and other explosives from Mosul after it is recaptured from Daesh. [AYN]

 

Coalition planes struck Daesh police vehicles in precision strikes in Yarmouk and the 17 Tamouz neighborhood in central Mosul, killing six Daesh members including a commander. [BasNews]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh stunned its followers by spreading the idea of “What if the Caliph were killed in an airstrike or by gunfire, or by an incurable disease?,” according to local sources who said Daesh preachers in the mosques of Mosul and its leaders in its religious forums in the city raised these questions and asked what this would mean for the future of the Daesh “caliphate.” The sources say these ideas have not been raised in the past two years of Daesh rule. The matter has sparked rumors about the possible death of Daesh “caliph” Awwad Baghdadi as he seems to be all but besieged in Mosul and Daesh is expected to lose control of the city when operations commence to recapture it, the sources say. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. It sounds like they are preparing people for bad news. If he were actually besieged, however, what are the chances that he couldn’t get out if he wanted to? Then there is the alternate theory, based on the well-known fact that you can’t die twice.

 

Daesh arrested 100 people in the markets in Bab Al-Tob, Bab Al-Saray, and Al-Sarjakhana in central Mosul, according to a report citing “PMF intelligence.” Another report citing the same source says that Daesh hisbah agents have imposed an on-the-spot fine of 35,000 Iraqi Dinars (25 USD) in the same markets. [PressIraq] [PressIraq]

 

Daesh’s so-called “Islamic Police” have been stopping and arresting drivers of red cars in Mosul, according to local sources. Some were reportedly beaten for resisting arrest. Reasons for the arrests were not known. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh gunmen raided the Mosul General Hospital and abducted doctors, taking them to an unknown location to treat Daesh members who have been wounded in fighting or in airstrikes, according to Ninewa MP Muhammad Abd Rabboh. [BasNews]

 

Daesh members have taken up residence in homes in Mosul left behind by their owners, according to sources in the city. Daesh members, in the absence of the owners, simply break down the doors of the houses to enter, the sources say. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh has opened “media points” in Mosul showing videos of its crimes and executions in order to frighten the people of Mosul into compliance, local sources say. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh has recently opened schools in Mosul but parents in the city are reluctant to send their children to them. Only Daesh-affiliated families appear to be sending their children to the schools, local sources said. [Mawsleya]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems to contradict a story we printed last week that all the teachers were laid off for lack of money. We can’t be sure, however. It is known, for example, that Daesh has started private schools. It is noteworthy too that Daesh hasn’t promoted the start of the school year as it has in the past.

 

Pensioners received their payments today from the Iraqi government and many were seen in the markets stocking up on supplies in advance of the anticipated operations to eject Daesh from Mosul. Retirees are now among the few civilian elements in Mosul to receive a regular salary. [Mawsleya]

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh sent reinforcements to Bashiqa east of Mosul to fortify its positions in advance of the anticipated Mosul operations, sources said. However, sources said that Daesh is fortifying the eastern entrances of Mosul with concrete blocks, indicating that Daesh is preparing for the loss of Bashiqa in the campaign. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh has sent members dressed in civilian garb to monitor residents’ activity in Kokajli and Intisar east of Mosul in the event of anti-Daesh operations there. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions with 54 mortars in different locations near the Aski Mosul area. [JustPaste]

 

Qayara/Makhmur

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Kharayeb Jabur, in the Haj Ali area, killing 8 Daesh terrorists, including 3 suicide bombers. However, nine Iraqi soldiers were killed. [BasNews]  It also says Coalition planes targeted Daesh military positions near the village, killing 10 terrorists. [Mada]

Daesh says it killed 15 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 7 vehicles, a barracks, and a weapons storehouse in the attack. Daesh also says all of its terrorists returned safely. Daesh says Coalition planes mistakenly bombed Iraqi forces, killing nineteen fighters and wounding seven. [DawaAlhaq]

An NMF spokesman close to Atheel Nujaifi says Coalition planes targeted an NMF position in the Haj Ali area, killing twenty-one fighters and wounding five. He asks the Coalition and the Ninewa Governorate to instantly begin an investigation. [Sumaria]

A PUK official says 4 Daesh terrorists dressed as women were approaching the NMF positions as the Coalition launched the attack. [ROJ]

The Coalition says it conducted strikes on a building being used by Daesh after the terrorists fired at Iraqi security forces in the vicinity of Kharayeb Jabur, a village south of Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 5, 2016.

It also says the strikes were coordinated by, with and through the Government of Iraq in support of Iraqi security forces who requested the strike.

It says initial battle damage assessment reports indicated that one building was destroyed and eight enemy fighters were killed.

“We are aware of the reports that Sunni tribal fighters were in the building that was struck and we are taking those reports seriously,” said a Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson. “As a result, both the Coalition and the ISF are conducting a joint investigation on this incident.” [CENTCOM]

Daesh Daily comment. Why the NMF units were allowed to show up in the Haj Ali area is a good question that someone in authority should answer.

Sputnik News Arabic has published a list purporting to show the names of 18 people killed in the Coalition airstrike. [Ghadeer] [Sputnik]

 

Unidentified warplanes reportedly struck a Daesh position in the village of Lazaga, next to Al-Hawd, resulting in unspecified Daesh casualties and destruction of Daesh storehouses. [PressIraq]

 

Residents of the village of Ihjala in Qayara subdistrict have called for the liberation of the neighboring villages of Qanus and Sharia, saying Daesh launches deadly mortar attacks from its positions in the latter two villages on Ihjala. [Mawsleya]

 

Sumaria says 140 displaced families from Haj Ali villages and other areas returned to their houses from Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh issues a video of a Peshmerga drone it shot down in Qara Kharab village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions in the Sinjar area with 36 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A security source says the Babel Police captured a person wanted on terrorism charges in Haswa, north of Hilla. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The pro-opposition Syrian Network for Human Rights says 498 civilians including 161 children and 64 women were killed in Syria during the month of September. It says most of the attacks on civilians were committed by the Syrian Army and Russian planes. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus says the Euphrates Shield Operation aims at keeping the unity of Syria, preventing Daesh attacks, and preventing the PYD from creating a route between Afrin and Kobane. [SotKurdistan]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, on or near Mare’ (5), Ain Eissa (1) and Shaddadi (2), and Deir Ez-Zor (2) and Albu Kamal (4). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The Turkish Army targeted Tal Kaif town east of Amuda with midsized weapons. No casualties were reported. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

Daesh executed a young man in Raqqa city after accusing him of ridda (leaving Islam). Daesh had arrested the man 2 months ago.

The Coalition launched extensive airstrikes in the early morning on Wednesday near the Division 17 camp, north of Raqqa. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. In Daesh ideology, ridda just means opposing Daesh, and has nothing to do with abandoning Islam.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Al-Bab

The Turkish armed forces have announced that one Turkish soldier was killed and three injured in a battle to repel Daesh forces that were trying to infiltrate an FSA-controlled location east of Al-Ra’i named in the report as ‘Ziyara’. They also say 18 Daesh fighters were reported killed in the fighting. [Cumhuriyet] We thank our friend in Turkey for this report

Daesh says 2 of its terrorists sneaked into Turkish Army and opposition groups military position near Ziyara village east of Al-Ra’i and detonated their explosive vests, killing or wounding thirty fighters, including Turkish soldiers. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A Kurdish activist says Daesh publicly executed four civilians, including a Kurd, in Al-Bab city after accusing them of “ridda” and opposing Daesh. [BasNews]

 

Azaz

Local sources say Turkish artillery targeted the majority Kurdish villages of Tal Bital and Kafr Kalbin 17 km (10.5 miles) north of Al-Bab with more than 40 shells. Turkey backed opposition groups prevented the people of Ka’ibah village from returning to their houses. [Hawar]

 

An opposition group commander says opposition groups, supported by the Turkish Army, launched a major attack from several sides, north of Akhtarin, and captured 2 villages, killing or wounding several Daesh terrorists. [ARA]

By capturing the two villages, the opposition is only 3 villages away from Mare’. Opposition groups captured the Daesh officer of vehicle bombs near Turkman Bareh. [Qasioun]

A video of the opposition groups in the area [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on opposition groups in Aziziyeh village southwest of Al-Ra’i after the opposition entered the village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it recaptured Turkman Bareh village southwest of Al-Ra’i. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of Turkish rockets and shells falling on “civilian” houses in Akhtarin. [A3maq]

 

Afrin

The PYD backed Hawar says the Turkish Army brought military reinforcements, including 3 tanks near Maydan Akbis village in Rajo subdistrict in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

A media source says four children were killed by a Daesh landmine in Dadat village north of Manbij. So far, 246 people, including 50 women and 89 children have been killed or wounded by Daesh land mines in the Manbij area. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says it targeted “PKK” fighters in Um Tamakh village southwest of Manbij with 8 mortars. Daesh also says it targeted the “PKK” with 4 SPG-9 rockets near Maqta’ Hajar Kabir village south of Manbij. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it killed or wounded six “PKK” fighters by 2 IEDs between Tal Hudhan and Atshana south of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting “PKK” positions in Bilan village south of Manbij. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Other Northwest Syria

A local activist says Russian planes targeted several areas west of Aleppo, killing ten civilians and wounding twenty, including women and children, and destroying the largest medicine factory in Syria. [ARA]

 

The Syrian military says it decided to decrease the number of airstrikes and artillery attacks on east Aleppo to “improve the humanitarian condition of the civilians” and to help the people who want to leave toward secured areas. [EnabBaladi]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists on the road between Ithariya and Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing an opposition fighter and a Syrian soldier in Homs. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army in the Huwaisis area east of Homs. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A local journalist says Daesh executed two of its security members in 2 villages east of Deir Ez-Zor without giving any reasons. Daesh had executed 6 of its local members in Masrab village on Tuesday, after accusing them of “blackmailing and provoking people” (against Daesh). [ARA] [ARA]

 

A local activist says Daesh intensified its security procedures, making several changes to its command structure in Albu Kamal after 2 of its officials, an Iraqi and a Saudi, defected recently. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says battles continued between Daesh and Syrian troops near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says Daesh executed an engineering college student in Shamitiya town west of Deir Ez-Zor after accusing him of robbery. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says Daesh is destroying the pulpits of many mosques in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate after claiming they don’t follow Islamic traditions. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. When Daesh destroyed Shia and Sufi mosques and Christian churches, that was just the start. Everything must be according to the desert-borne Wahhabism. The civilizations, and even Islamic cultures, of Iraq and Syria represent a mortal enemy for Daesh.

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

The Saudi-affiliated Jaish Al-Islam militia says its media official was killed in the battles with Daesh in East Qalamoun. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says a civilian was killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded in Hay Al-Tarabin, near Sheikh Zuweid police station. [ElWatan]

 

An electricity company vehicle was destroyed by an IED near Qari’a village in Central Sinai, wounding the driver. This is the second attack on an electricity vehicle in the past week. [VetoGate]

 

The body of a civilian was found beheaded in the Husseiniya area in Rafah. The man was kidnapped by terrorists 2 days ago. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

Military sources say the number of casualties from the rockets that fell in downtown Benghazi yesterday increased to six dead and sixteen wounded. The sources say the source of the shells was near Qanfouda, west of Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

The spokesman of the Misrata Military Council says the American airstrikes on Sirte are inaccurate and useless and they don’t aim at liberating the city. He says the US has technologies that can liberate Sirte within hours. [Libya24]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian National Security Service captured a Daesh member in the Sidi Hussein area, according to a statement from the Ministry of Interior. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

The U.S. military says a U.S. commando has been killed in Afghanistan after being hit by a roadside bomb while on patrol with Afghan forces in a northeastern province bordering Pakistan.

U.S. forces have been conducting counter-terror operations with Afghan troops against Daesh in Achin, Nangarhar province. The U.S. military says the commando, whose name was not released, died from wounds sustained when the patrol triggered an improvised explosive device. [AP]

Daesh’s A3maq says, according to a source, Daesh killed an American soldier and three Afghani soldiers with an IED in Achin in Nangarhar yesterday. [A3maq]

 

As many as 56 Daesh members were killed in the latest operations conducted in Eastern Nangarhar province, local officials said Tuesday.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said the militants were killed as a result of the joint operations conducted with the US in Achin district. [KabulTribiune]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Former Ninewa Governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi writes on his Facebook page that the agreed decision of Baghdad, Erbil, and the Coalition is that PMFs will not participate in the battle for Mosul, despite reports circulating in the media that may suggest otherwise. [Facebook]

 

Videos of the Day

 

A video of a Daesh terrorists captured in Saidiya. The video also shows the terrorist’s vehicle loaded with explosives vests. [MoD]

 

A video of Iraqi forces destroying a massive Daesh vehicle bomb in the Ramadi area [YouTube]

 

A video of Rapid Intervention Units in a close battle with Daesh [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh Syrian terrorists captured by Iraqi forces in Anbar [MoD]

 

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb facility and chemical munitions plant near Al-Qa’im on September 26th. [CJTF]

 

A video of Ninewa governorate officials distributing relief aid to IDPs in Dahuk Governorate. [Mawsleya]

 

A video from Qayara as the deputy commander of Ninewa Operations visits the area. [Mawsleya]

 

A video of Moroccan security units arresting a cell of Daesh female terrorists [2M]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of Rumiyah magazine in different languages. [JustPaste]

 

 

October 4, 2016

Mosul (Rudaw)

Mosul (Rudaw)

Today’s Major Developments

Turkey’s rhetoric on Mosul gets more threatening. []

IAA, Iraqi ground units stop Daesh counter-attack in Haditha. []

Half of Shirqat’s displaced persons have returned. []

Italy pledges help to Diyala. []

Iraqi forces, Peshmerga unleash rocket & mortar attacks in Nineveh Plain, Mosul. []

Mosul city campaign estimated to start in about two weeks. []

Iraq and UN have plans in place for major displaced persons wave from Mosul. []

Eight Syrian journalists were killed in September. []

Turkey-supported opposition groups, Daesh battle over villages in northern Syria. []

Daesh and Al-Nusra battle in Lebanon. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Turkey President Erdogan says in a TV interview on Sunday that only Sunni residents should stay in Mosul and Tal Afar after the cities are liberated from Daesh. He says only Sunni Kurds, Sunni Arabs, and Sunni Turkmen should return. He says “we will do our best in Mosul liberation, and we have to be on the ‘solution table’, and we should not be satisfied only with monitoring.” He also says he will not allow the Shia militias and the PKK to participate in the operations, and he will do everything he can to “stop this game”. [MiddleEastOnline]

DaeshDaily comment. This statement is horrifying from multiple perspectives. First, Erdogan is blatantly interfering in Iraq’s internal affairs, and this statement comes after countless public objections from the Iraqi government and other disapproving statements from the US and the UN. One has to assume that he intends to continue his interference until he gets what he wants.

Second, his statement is highly sectarian. Only Sunni Arabs allowed in Mosul and Tal Afar? What about all the minorities who already live there? Sunni Turkmen are OK but Shia Turkmen don’t have his approval? Who is he to tell Iraqi citizens that they can’t go home?

Third, the implications of his statement are pro-Daesh, because they are intended to complicate the already complex Iraq and Coalition strategy for retaking Mosul and the rest of Ninewa. This is yet another round of the efforts since 2003 by Iraq’s major Sunni neighbors, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, to undermine the Iraqi government. This will validate the long-standing belief that Erdogan and Turkey were pro-Daesh from the beginning, which is why Turkey allowed thousands of Daesh terrorists to enter Iraq and allowed them to cross the Turkey-Syria border at will, and suggests that Erdogan has not entirely switched sides. It now turns out that Daesh’s plan to empty Tal Afar from its Shia residents, and to empty Ninewa of its religious minorities, has strong support in Ankara.

Fourth, it raises suspicions that the improbable scenario of Turkey torpedoing the Mosul liberation fight by actually sending Turkish troops into the city may not be so far-fetched as most people believed.

An Iraqi military expert says that Turkey’s plan will allow Daesh members to change uniforms and enter the city again, under the guise of Arab tribal fighters.

 

Prime Minister Abadi says the Coalition refuses the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq. He also says the Turkish military presence in Iraq has no explanation, since Daesh in Syria is much closer to the Turkish border. [Rudaw]

Abadi warns that the “Turkish adventure” in Iraq would lead to a regional war. He says Iraq doesn’t want a war with Turkey. [Sumaria]

 

The CoR approved a resolution that denounces the Turkey Parliament decision to extend the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq for another year. The resolution describes the Turkish troop presence as “hostile” and like an “occupier”. [Sumaria]

 

The Council of Ministers issued a statement denouncing Erdogan’s statement and saying Erdogan aims at creating sectarian strife in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

The Turkey Prime Minister says ethnic battles will erupt in Mosul after the liberation. He also says the US plans for the Mosul liberation are “not clear”. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not a warning; it’s a threat. He is making excuses for what Turkey might do.

We think Erdogan’s moves into the Ninewa situation can’t be finessed any more. They have to be confronted. He obviously has no respect for Iraq and no fear of its military, and has blown off all the public objections. He has no serious opposition in Turkey at the moment. He seems to be assuming he can do whatever he wants. He has already established with his erratic foreign policy that his next moves are unpredictable. He needs to hear a message that will get his respect. That message has to come from Washington, from the top, and it needs to be completely clear that Ninewa will be returning to Iraqi control and that no foreign interference against Iraq will be tolerated.

 

Ninewa MP Abd Al-Rahman Al-Luwayzi said that Daesh could reappear in Mosul under a different name and guise, referring to the NMF of Atheel Al-Nujaifi as armed groups with potential links to terrorist activity that could gain power in Mosul with protection from the Turkish troops currently based in Iraq. [AlMasalah]

 

An AHH official says his militia organization sent a request to Prime Minister Abadi asking him to replace the Italian forces near the Mosul Dam with Iraqi forces and PMFs. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. From a group of thugs to a powerful militia that tries to tell the Prime Minister what to do.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (4), Qayara (1), Sultan Abdullah (1), and Sinjar (1); and Ramadi (1) and Hit (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A police source says the bodies of four men and three women were found shot in the Meshahda area, in Tarmiya. [Sumaria]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found 7 IEDs and other explosives in the Um Najm area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Suleikh. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A police source says the bodies of two unknown men were found burned in the Hamidiya area, in Sadr City. [Sumaria]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Yusufiyah. [Mada]

An MoI source says a woman was found killed in her house in Hay Al-Mechanik, in Dora. [Mada]

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Alimiya area in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found 6 IEDs in the Harkawi and Albu Mifrij areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and found large quantities of explosives materials in the Khtaimiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says one civilian was killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Furat. [Baghdadia]

Daesh says it killed two policemen with an IED in the Muwasalat area. [JustPaste]

An MoI source says an MoI employee and three civilians were wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Bayya’. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says 64,325 families have returned to their houses in Anbar. [SotKurdistan]

 

Falluja

The Mayor of Falluja says a member of the Anbar Provincial Council survived an assassination attempt when an IED exploded on his convoy on the road between Baghdad and Falluja. He says one of the bodyguards was wounded in the attack. [Mada]

 

Ramadi

The IWMC says Iraqi forces captured the Albu Assaf area. Later on, the IWMC says Iraqi Army 10th division captured the Tarabsha area, the last Daesh stronghold in Jazeera Ramadi. [Baghdadia]  [Baghdadia]

 

The MoD says Iraqi Army 10th division killed 5 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles and 2 motorcycles in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area. [Etejah]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition planes attacked Daesh targets in the desert area east of Kubaisa, killing 20 terrorists and destroying 8 vehicles carrying heavy machine guns and rocket launchers. He also says that Daesh is trying to send reinforcements to its terrorists trapped in Jazeera Hit and open new battlefronts to distract the Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, destroyed a Daesh convoy of 5 vehicles in the Zuwiya area west of Hit. He also says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses in Jazeera Hit. [Mada]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, destroyed 2 Daesh convoys in Anah District, killing 40 Daesh terrorists. [Mada]

He says the convoy intended to attack Barwana and Haditha. He says the Daesh commander of west Anbar had ordered his terrorists to launch a major attack on Haditha District. [Harbi]

 

The MoD says the IAF targeted a Daesh military camp in the Horan area, killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles. The IAF also attacked a Daesh convoy in a nearby area, killing several terrorists and damaging 3 vehicles. [Etejah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A member of the Salahuddin Provincial Council says half of the displaced people from Shirqat returned to their houses. He also says Daesh continued its shelling and rocketing on the city from the other side of the river. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces with 5 mortars in the Shirqat area. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in several areas north of Baiji with 110 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in the Allas Oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Salahuddin

Iraqi Army 59th brigade defused 2 IEDs in the Tal Faranci (French Hill) area, southwest of Dujail. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

DIYALA

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has provided funding for IOM to implement a project to contribute to stabilization of conflict-affected communities in Diyala governorate, Iraq.

The one-year project aims to foster social cohesion, reduce tensions between local communities and displaced Iraqis and returnees, and support the role of women in peace and security. [ReliefWeb]

 

Baquba/southeast Diyala

Daesh says it killed an Intelligence Service member in the Qatoun area. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A local official in Diyala says 475 displaced families cannot return to their houses in Khalaniya village in Muqdadiya because of tribal tensions caused by Daesh crimes. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The same story again. Daesh terrorists commit crimes against civilians, and the victims’ families don’t allow Daesh terrorists’ families to return. The terrorists escape and leave their families displaced.

 

The Diyala Police say they captured 4 people wanted on terrorism charges in Muqdadiya. [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The Diyala Police chief says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Jirish village, west of Udhaim, and destroyed 5 IEDs and a booby-trapped motorcycle. [Mada]

 

A PMF commander says his troops found a Daesh vehicle bomb and captured several terrorists in Saadiya. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it killed two “PMF members” in raids on their houses in the Um Tlail area, in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

The Dijla Operations Commander says his troops found a Daesh military camp in the Himrin Mountains area and captured 10 terrorists, and confiscated weapons and explosives. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Kirkuk police source says Joint Security forces captured 45 terrorism suspects in Huzairan area in east Kirkuk. [BasNews]

 

Hawija

A security source says one civilian was killed and six members of his family wounded, included women and children, by a Daesh IED near Murra village, 35 km (22 miles) west of Kirkuk, while they were trying to escape from Hawija. [Mada]

 

A security source says seven people were killed and seven wounded when a Daesh IED exploded on them in the Himrin Mountain area. The source says the victims were trying to escape Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh secret informant in Hawija. The source says armed men captured a secret Daesh archive a few weeks ago, and got information about its members and informants in Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain

Iraqi (16th Division), Coalition, and Peshmerga units have “rained shells and rockets” on Daesh locations east of Mosul, according to sources inside the city. The attacks occurred in Bashiqa and Fadhiliya in Mosul’s Bashiqa subdistrict east of the city; Tel Keif and Al-Qawsiyat in Tel Keif District; Karamlish and Kaberli in Hamdaniya District, and the Mosul Free Trade Zone.

Citizens of Mosul reportedly believed that this shelling marked the launch of the operation to dislodge Daesh from Mosul, which was apparently what Daesh members believed as well. ARA’s sources reported that Daesh members disappeared into the civilian population and no Daesh movements were observed in the city. [ARA]

 

Turkish troops shelled Fadhiliya from their positions at Zilkan base in Bashiqa on Tuesday morning, killing two brothers and wounding four other civilians as well as destroying eight civilian homes in the village inhabited predominantly by members of the minority Shabak religion, a Ninewa security source said. Shabak MP Salim Jumaa confirmed the shelling and said the two residents who perished in the shelling were children. [Mada] [Mada]

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions with 80 mortars in different places in the Nawaran Mountain and Zahra Khatun areas. [JustPaste]

 

Peshmerga commanders say Daesh intensified its attacks on Wanke subdistrict during the last 2 weeks. They say that Daesh is trying to delay the anticipated Mosul battle by attacking the subdistrict, which is 20 km (12.5 miles) northeast of Mosul in Tel Keif. [Rudaw]

 

Mosul

Mosul Campaign

Al-Salam Hospital (formerly Saddam Hospital) received 25 people wounded by the shelling on Tuesday, and “tens” of other wounded were sent to other hospitals. Daesh blocked access to the hospital morgue in a bid to conceal the number of casualties. Daesh told family members of those who died in the shelling that it would later send them the bodies, with some food and fuel. [NewSabah]

 

The General Secretary of the KRG Peshmerga Ministry Jabbar Al-Yawer announced that Baghdad and Erbil have agreed a plan for the recapture of Mosul from Daesh with PMF and Coalition participation. Al-Yawer would not provide a specific date for the start of operations. [AlMirbad]

 

However, a Peshmerga commander on the Khazer front in Hamdaniya has told the media that the Mosul operation will launch between the 15th and 20th of this month; he said he could not be more specific. [Knooz]

 

The Ninewa Police Chief says the only forces that will hold the ground in Mosul are the police and Tribal PMFs. He says like what happened in Qayara, the PMFs will not enter the city. [Rudaw]

 

People of Mosul are saying farewell to each other after Daesh closed the city bridges and blocked the east side from the west side.

A Ninewa Operations Command source says modern military equipment has arrived for the American troops at Qayara airfield.

The source also says an Iraqi Army division arrived north of Mosul to help spearhead the attack on the city. A member of Ninewa Provincial Council says the tribes in southern Ninewa don’t have any objections against the participation of the PMFs, but they want to liberate their governorate themselves. He also says Iraqi forces will attack Al-Hawd village and move ahead towards Mosul from there. [Mada]

 

The UN has established a humanitarian operations center in Erbil according to Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the UN in Iraq, to implement its response to the humanitarian concerns expected to emerge from the operation to capture Mosul. [PressIraq]

Meanwhile, Iraq’s Minister of Displacement and Migration, Jasim Muhammad, announced Tuesday that his ministry is prepared to accommodate all persons displaced from the anticipated fighting in Mosul and that there will not be a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the wake of the operations to capture the city from Daesh. [AlNadher]

In a joint press conference with US Ambassador Douglas Silliman, the Minister said the Ministry, in coordination with the KRG, the JOC and Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Diyala governments has prepared a plan to host 750,000 displaced people from Mosul. [Rudaw]

Ambassador Silliman says the US gave $180 million as humanitarian assistance to Mosul during the last two weeks. [Sumaria]

 

Ninewa MP Osama Al-Nujaifi met with the US Ambassador Douglas Silliman Tuesday, after which the MP issued a statement warning of “revenge attacks and ethnic score-settling” in Mosul after its liberation. [IPA]

 

“Tens” of foreign journalists made their “arrival” to cover the anticipated Mosul operations, according to one report. The report does not specify where they have arrived specifically. [PressIraq]

 

Coalition airstrikes destroyed more than five Daesh vehicles in various areas of Mosul on Tuesday, according to local sources. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh fighters in Mosul now number 4,000 after the arrival of a new contingent of fighters from Syria, according to local sources. [Mawsleya]

 

The IAF says it conducted 20,969 sorties on Mosul since Daesh captured the city. [BasNews]

 

Conditions in Mosul

The Iraqi Media Network opened a new Mosul-oriented broadcast from Qayara on 103.3 FM2 on Tuesday, according to media reports. [Maalomah] [PressIraq] Iraqi PM Abadi gave remarks on the radio addressed to the people of Mosul on Tuesday, praising the steadfastness of the Moslawis, assuring them that victory over Daesh was near, and praising Mosul’s historic tradition of peace and coexistence. Full text (in Arabic): [IPA]

However, in spite of the above efforts, the new broadcast does not reach the city of Mosul. Meanwhile, Daesh has continued broadcasting on its “Al-Bayan” station, which was reported earlier to have been put off the air, according to local sources. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh’s recent arrest campaign has “refilled the prisons with innocent people” as Daesh members have raided the homes of Mosul searching for phones and communications equipment. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh’s Central Council for Ifta’ (religious rulings) has issued a fatwa forbidding domestic cats in Mosul residences, according to local sources. The sources also report that Daesh has demanded that locals implement the fatwa and not transgress it. [Sumaria]

 

An unknown armed group attacked a Daesh hisbah patrol vehicle in eastern Mosul on Tuesday evening, killing four Daesh members inside the vehicle and escaping without being caught, according to a local source. [PUKMedia]

 

As material conditions worsen in Mosul, Daesh members have begun selling goods that they originally stole from Mosul residents, such as furniture, sometimes at just ten percent of the original price of the items, according to local sources. [NewSabah]

 

Daesh is also dismantling buildings and construction projects in Mosul to transfer the materials to Syria or sell them to loyal contractors, local sources said. The sources suggest that this shows Daesh realizes it is at the end of its rule in Mosul and is trying to strip all assets from the city while it can. [Mawsleya]

 

Fuel prices have spiked in Mosul amid high demand in advance of the anticipated operations to eject Daesh from the city and Daesh’s increasing difficulty moving fuel from Syria to Iraqi markets. [Mawsleya]

 

Qayara/Makhmur

A Ninewa Operations Command captain says Iraqi Army 15th division and Ninewa police stopped a Daesh attack on Qayara, killing many terrorists, including 4 suicide bombers. He also says Daesh targeted Qayara Airfield with locally made rockets, without causing any casualties. [BasNews]

 

Al-Sumaria reports that 510 families returned to their houses in Qayara from Debaga camp in Makhmur. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi Army T72 tank with a guided missile near Qayara. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army BMP armored vehicle with an SPG9 rocket on the road between Mosul and Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

An unknown armed group attacked a security center in Tal Afar District, destroying the center and killing six Daesh members inside, a local source said. [PUKMedia]

 

The Sinjar-based “Yazidi Resistance Units” have announced that they benefitted from “PKK expertise,” which helped them restore a “spirit of resistance and hope” among the Yazidis of Sinjar after the “mass extermination” the community faced at the hands of Daesh, according to the Resistance Unit spokesman. The spokesman also said that the Units were loyal to the Iraqi federal government and were required to fight terrorism in all of Iraq. Some of his fighters were involved in the battle to eject Daesh from Manbij in Syria he added. [SotAlIraq]

 

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions with 4 rockets and 75 mortars in different places in the Sinjar area. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

The KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met in his office with Christian Turner, the UK’s Director General of Middle East and Africa to discuss the UK support to the Peshmerga and the preparations for the Mosul battle, according to a statement from Barzani’s office. Barzani asked the UK to support the KRG’s plan to form a joint commission between Baghdad, Erbil, and the Coalition to run Mosul after the liberation. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Russian news agency, Sputnik, says Daesh has a market for human body parts in Turkey. [Ghad]

 

Russia deployed its advanced SA-23 Gladiator missile defense system to Syria, US officials told Fox News. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry held out the possibility of once again working with Moscow after pulling out of talks over a Syrian cease-fire deal the day before.

“Russia knows exactly what it needs to do to get that cessation implemented in a fair and reasonable way,” Mr. Kerry said, as he urged Russia and the Assad regime to grant humanitarian access in Syria.

 

Mr. Kerry said the U.S. wanted Russian and Syrian warplanes out of the skies over Aleppo, but didn’t lay out a plan to do so. Senior national-security officials, including cabinet secretaries, will meet this week to weigh new options on Syria, officials said. [WSJ]

 

The Turkey Deputy Prime Minister says that Turkey will not leave Mosul or Raqqa in the hands of terrorist organizations after Daesh leaves. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, on or near Azaz (4), Manbij (1), and Idlib (1); Raqqa (2) and Al-Shaddadi (3); and Deir Ez-Zor (3) and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

The Syrian Network for Human Rights says eight Syrian journalists were killed during the month of September. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The number of casualties of the Hasaka explosion increased to thirty-four dead and ninety wounded. A four-year-old girl who was wounded in the explosion has disappeared from the hospital. [Hawar]

The PYD’s Commission of Interior in Jazeera District says a 16-year-old suicide terrorist conducted the attack. [Hawar]

Four of the wounded victims were transported to hospitals in Iraqi Kurdistan. One died later in the hospital. The KRG’s Ministry of Health says it will send 5 tons of medical materials to Hasaka hospitals. [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Local media sources say the PYD Asayesh captured 8 people from an Arab tribe in Tal Barak in Hasaka, after accusing them of supporting the FSA. [Dorar]

 

Raqqa

Security sources say the PYD security captured 3 terrorists and confiscated large quantities of C4 explosives, in addition to other weapons near Tal Abyad. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Azaz

A local activist says Turkey-supported opposition groups, supported by Turkish planes and artillery, captured Turkman Bareh and Aziziyeh after heavy battles, killing more than 30 Daesh terrorists. Coalition planes launched several airstrikes on Daesh in the area. In one of these airstrikes more than eight civilians were killed in Tal Tanah village. Opposition groups also captured the Al-U’la farms near Akhtarin. [ARA] [Qasioun]

Later on, an opposition group commander says the opposition withdrew from Turkman Bareh. [ARA] [Qasioun]

Local sources say twenty people were killed in the Coalition airstrikes on the Kurdish village of Tal Tanah. [BasNews]

The Sultan Murad, a Turkey backed Syrian group, says its military commander was killed in the battles in Turkman Bareh. [EnabBaladi]

 

The YPG issued a statement refuting Turkey backed opposition groups that said that the YPG attacked them in Kaljibrin village in Azaz. It also says opposition groups are attacking YPG positions in the area with mortars and heavy artillery. [Hawar]

 

An opposition group commander says the opposition, supported by the Turkish Army, captured Ka’ibah village, killing several Daesh terrorists and destroying a military vehicle. [ARA]

He also says opposition groups stopped Daesh attack on Janahat village east of Azaz, killing or wounding several Daesh terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. [ARA]

Daesh says it killed three opposition fighters and destroyed a heavy machine gun with an IED in Ka’ibah village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says several opposition fighters were killed or wounded when their vehicle fell in a minefield near Ghazal village. [JustPaste]

 

Afrin

An Asayesh official says 1,800 civilians from northern Aleppo areas arrived in Afrin, escaping the battles between Turkey-backed opposition groups and Daesh (video). [Hawar]

 

A local official says a YPG weapons and ammunition storehouse exploded south of Kobane without causing human casualties. The source says the reason for the explosion is unknown yet. [BasNews]

 

Other Northwest Syria

A local activist says nine civilians were killed, and tens wounded in Russian airstrikes in west Aleppo, and five killed and fifteen wounded in east Aleppo. Opposition groups responded by shelling and rocketing the Shia towns of Nabul and Zahra. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Several Daesh terrorists were killed or wounded, and several machine gun mounted vehicles destroyed, in airstrikes near the Sha’er Oilfield. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The SOHR says Daesh raided an internet cafe in Albu Kamal, and arrested one civilian. It also says a woman who was killed by an airstrike on Al-Muhasan town in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting a government building in Hawijat Saqar in Deir Ez-Zor with B10 rockets. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Syrian soldiers at a security barrier in Jab Al-Hassan east of Homs. [A3maq]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

A local activist says the Daesh affiliate, Khaled Army, attacked opposition groups in Ain Dhikr town in the Yarmouk Basin. He says heavy battles erupted in the area and both sides suffered casualties. [ARA]

 

A local activist says Daesh launched a major attack on opposition groups in the Eastern Mountain area in East Qalamoun. He says Nusra Front and its allied groups stopped the attack, killing or wounding more than 20 Daesh terrorists, including a military commander, and destroying a BMP armored vehicle and 2 heavy machine guns. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security forces killed 9 ABM terrorists in heavy battles in the Dahisha area south of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says a 54-year-old man was shot and killed by armed men in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Local sources say security blew up an empty building that was used by the terrorists to monitor the movement of security forces in east Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing a “spy” in North Sinai. Daesh issued a statement threatening anyone who cooperates with security forces. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Libya

Northeast

A medical source says three civilians were killed and sixteen wounded when shells fell on the Sidi Hussein area in Benghazi center. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says two women and five children were killed by a “Emirati” airstrike on the Qanfouda area, west of Benghazi. [A3maq]

 

Central coast

A Misrata Hospital source says twelve GNA soldiers were killed and sixty-four wounded in battles on Sunday and Monday. [Libya24]

 

The GNA military spokesman says his troops are surrounding Daesh in its last remaining areas in Sirte. He also says his troops killed 8 Daesh terrorists and captured a vehicle loaded with ammunition in the Sawawa area, east of Sirte. GNA troops also captured 5 Daesh terrorists in Hay 3. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Lebanon

The Lebanese National News Agency says battles erupted between Nusra and Daesh in the Arsal area. It says that several terrorists were killed or wounded in the battles. [ARA]

Daesh says it stopped a Nusra attack in the Arsal area, killing or wounding several fighters and forcing the rest to flee. [Top4Top]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

The Nobel Peace Prize announcement is due this week and supporters of nominee Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman who has been UN Goodwill Ambassador after escaping from being held as a Daesh slave, have been tweeting with the hashtag #Nobel4Nadia and a similar hashtag (in Arabic: “Nobel speaks Iraqi”) [Twitter] to campaign for her to receive the honor. See this tweet which says in Arabic “Our hearts are with you.” [Twitter]

 

Video shows Iraqi troops cleaning up Daesh bodies and explosives from the battlefield in Qayara. [Mawsleya]

 

Video of construction of a new displaced persons camp in Daquq, southwest Kirkuk governorate. [YallaIq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

October 3, 2016

Iraqi Forces in Jazeera Ramadi

Iraqi Forces in Jazeera Ramadi

Today’s Major Developments

Two Daesh suicide bombers attack civilians in Baghdad. []

Minister of Electricity alleges top-level corruption in Anbar. []

Baghdad PC member decries displacement of residents by politically-connected gangs. []

Battles continue in Jazeera areas of Hit, Ramadi. []

Daesh shelling falls on central Diyala village already depopulated due to Daesh threats. []

Ninewa PC security chairman outlines battle plan for retaking Mosul. []

Ninewa deputy governor publicly acknowledges organized anti-Daesh resistance movement within Mosul. []

Military activity increases east of Mosul. […]

US suspends Syria ceasefire negotiations with Russia. []

Senior Al-Qaeda leader in Syria apparently killed by US airstrike. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with the UK Deputy National Security Advisor Gwyn Jenkins to discuss the preparations for the Mosul battle, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. Abadi confirmed Iraq’s refusal of the presence of the Turkish troops in Bashiqa. [Sumaria]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the Turkish Parliament resolution to extend the Turkish troops missions in Iraq for another year. [Mada]

 

Shuttle diplomacy by US envoy Brett McGurk is credited with brokering an oil deal between Iraq and its Kurdish region that was also vital to getting cooperation on the Mosul campaign. The oil revenue-sharing deal sealed in August was critical to getting the central and regional governments to coordinate planning for the push on Mosul, as soon as this month, the sources said.

McGurk shuttled from Erbil to Baghdad and back again from early April to mid-June, culminating in a June 19 meeting in Erbil with KRG leader Masoud Barzani and Iraqi National Security Advisor Falah Fayad. Barzani reportedly told McGurk “We cannot afford Mosul. We need oil and revenues back,” said a high level source close to the Kurds. “If it wasn’t for McGurk, this deal would have never happened.”

 

A senior western diplomat says the recent improvement in relations between Baghdad and Erbil accelerated the plans for the Mosul liberation. He says the Kurds will keep Peshmerga out of Mosul city and will allow the Iraqi Army to use areas the Peshmerga controls to launch the attack on the city. [SotKurdistan]

 

The Minister of Electricity (from Anbar) says there is open corruption in the electricity sector in Anbar. He accused politicians, including members of the CoR and the Anbar Provincial Council, of being involved in the corruption. [BasNews]

 

A PMF spokesman says there are 20,000 PMF volunteers from Mosul, of whom 15,000 will remain in their positions in Mosul after the liberation. [Rudaw]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, nine of them in Ninewa: in or near Mosul (4) and Sultan Abdullah (2), Tal Afar (2) and Kasik (1). The others were around Ramadi (2) Rawa (1), Hit (1) and Baiji (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Iraq won the Asia U16 Cup (under 16 years old) after beating Iran 4-3 in a penalty shootout in India on Sunday. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

A member of the Baghdad Provincial Council says Sunni people have been displaced by gangs that claim to have links to political parties. He says Baghdad Operations Command is not able to stop this, and asks the Central Government to intervene. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The government can’t say this is a Sunni politician’s propaganda. This Council Member is a Shi’i.

 

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)

An MoI source says a Council of Ministers employee was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Hurriya. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says three people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found an explosives cache in the Um Najm area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 42rd brigade captured a Daesh emir in the Judaidat area. [Baghdadia]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a Shia religious gathering in Mashtal with an explosives vest, killing or wounding many people. [DawaAlhaq]

An MoI source says five people were killed and sixteen wounded in a suicide attack with explosives vest near a bus station in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a café in Ameen. [Mada]

A security source says armed men shot and killed a civilian in Ameen. The source also says armed men kidnapped a 9-year-old girl in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Nahrawan. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused 27 IEDs and found other explosives in the Madhanik and Khayamiyat areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found 2 explosive caches in the Rushdi Mulla and Abu Habba areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

An MoI source says five people were killed and sixteen wounded in a suicide attack with explosives vest near a busy market and a medical center in Hay Al-Amel. [Mada] [Sumaria]

Daesh’s version says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a Shia religious gathering in Hay Al-Amel with an explosives vest, killing or wounding many people. Daesh says at least 100 people were killed in the 2 attacks today. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh justifies the attacks by saying the attack is revenge against the Shia for their alleged hostility toward the Prophet’s wives and Sahaba. The same accusation is repeated on a daily basis by the Wahhabi media and religious institutes. These days you can justify killing as many people as you want, using ready-made fatwas from ignorant and politicized clerics from all sides.    

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says security forces shot and killed a suicide terrorist in Radwaniya. [Sumaria]

The JOC spokesman says Iraqi forces captured a Daesh cell in Ghazaliya that was planning terrorist attacks on Shia pilgrims during Ashura ceremonies (video). [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   14   (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi Army 59th brigade found a large cache of weapons and explosives in the Jazeera Qarma area (video). [AIN]

 

Ramadi

The IWMC says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA and Coalition planes, captured the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area north of Ramadi, killing 23 terrorists and destroying 64 IEDs. It says two Iraqi officers and six soldiers were wounded in the fighting. [Harbi]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says the IAF and the Iraqi Army 10th division artillery targeted Daesh positions in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area, killing 30 terrorists. [Etejah]

He also says Iraqi forces captured the irrigation station and the police center in Albu Assaf, in Jazeera Ramadi. He says Coalition planes killed 8 Daesh terrorists in the same area. [Zaman]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition planes targeted a Daesh gathering in Hay Al-Bakr in Jazeera Hit, killing 11 terrorists and destroying 2 machine gun mounted vehicles. [Mada]

He also says Iraqi forces launched a major military campaign in Jazeera Hit, killing 18 terrorists and destroying 4 tunnels with a total length of 2 km, and confiscating 13 rocket launchers and a vehicle bomb factory in the Daniqiya area in west Jazeera Hit. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it killed thirteen members of the Iraqi forces in rocket attacks near Hit and northwest Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi Army soldiers with a rocket in Hay Al-Jamiya in Hit city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it burned down an ammunition storehouse and captured weapons in an attack on Iraqi forces in the Sakran area in Haditha District on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says the IAF, in coordination with the Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell, destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory, an IED factory, and a suicide terrorist guesthouse in 3 different areas in Al-Qa’im District, killing 29 terrorists, including 2 local commanders, and wounding 10.  [Mawazin]

 

Daesh publishes photos and a video of an attack on an Iraqi Army camp north of Rutba. [DawaAlhaq] [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says the Daesh security official of east Shirqat seized $300,000 dollars of salaries without giving any reasons, provoking an internal dispute among the terrorists.  [Mada]

 

Baiji

The IF commander says his troops defused 19 IEDs east of Siniya. He also says they destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles north of Thirthar, forcing the remaining terrorists to flee toward Jazeera Tikrit. [Zaman]

 

Samarra

The Samarra Operations Commander says his troops raided the Mtaibija area, capturing 17 people wanted on terrorism charges. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says a Daesh shell fell on Kubba village without causing human casualties. The source says most of the village families have left because of Daesh threats. [Sumaria]

A security source says three civilians, including a child, were wounded by an IED in Kubba village. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We are following these Diyala stories with alarm. Diyala is supposedly pacified, yet people are being forced to evacuate their homes because the Daesh presence in their area has not been removed. Among all the happy announcements about IDPs returning to their homes, Iraq needs to deal with the people forced to leave their homes.

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A police source says a North Oil Company manager was shot and killed by unknown armed men in Kirkuk. The victim was a son of former Deputy Prime Minister Abd Mutlaq Al-Jubouri, who is from Hawija. [BasNews] [Mada]

 

Hawija

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh executed forty-five men from Hawija in the Bakara Military Camp. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Coalition planes targeted Daesh’s oil market near Hawija, destroying 12 oil tanker trucks on Sunday. [Harbi]

 

Daesh issues a video of an alleged Peshmerga fighter who refused to fight Daesh and then joined it in the Hawija area. [A3maq]

A Peshmerga spokesman says Daesh fabricated the video to cover up its recent defeats. He also says the person who appeared in the video is not a fighter from the Kurdistan Freedom Party as claimed in the video. That party is a Kurdish opposition group in Iran fighting with the Peshmerga in the Hawija area. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of burning boxes of cigarettes in Al-Zab. [DawaAlhaq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul campaign

The operation to recapture Mosul will be “surprising and overwhelming” according to the chief of Ninewa Governorate Council’s security committee, Muhammad Al-Bayati, who also said that the launch date has not yet been specified. [SotAlIraq]

PMF fighters will surround Mosul but Iraqi Counter-Terrorism troops and Ninewa Police will storm the city in the coming operations to dislodge Daesh, Al-Bayati said. He added that three initial fronts will be opened by Iraqi troops as they attack and others opened as the operations progress. PMFs will be tasked with holding territory as it is taken by the Iraqi troops, according to Al-Bayati. 7,300 fighters of Ninewa’s “tribal mobilization” will also take part in the attack which will be a joint Iraqi-American operation organized from Qayara. The Iraqi 73rd Army Brigade is en route from Ramadi to complete the plan to encircle the city, he added. [AlMirbad]

 

Meanwhile, the commander of the “Al-Nawadir” fighters of the Al-Shammari tribe announced that PM Abadi has given his troops responsibility for the Western front of Mosul city once operations begin. The tribal force will be responsible for blocking Daesh movement between Raqqa and Mosul. [Ghad]

 

The Coalition and Iraqi war effort is being conducted in coordination with locally based resistance elements in Mosul, according to Ninewa’s deputy governor, Muhammad Nouri Abd Rabboh. “Iraqi and Coalition airstrikes targeting Daesh are conducted in coordination with the movements” of the resistance inside Mosul. The “resistance” has no “foreign or political agenda” he said.  [RT]

According to one report, “many sources” have attested that the resistance movement within Mosul has increased its activity with the breakdown of Daesh’s control structure and the approaching operation to eject it from the city. Daesh is afraid of the resistance movement in Mosul, according to an IDP from Mosul who spoke to ARA. [ARA]

 

Local sources men from the Mosul resistance shot and killed 6 Daesh terrorists and confiscated their weapons in east Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A Kurdish commander says Daesh plans to use chemical weapons in the fighting for Mosul, saying some of Daesh’s chemical weapons obtained in Syria have been moved to Mosul. The PUK official made these remarks to Turkish media. [ARA]

 

Daesh “Caliph” Awwad Baghdadi and three other Daesh commanders in Daesh’s “Shura Council” have been struck ill with “severe poisoning” according to local source in Ninewa who cited intelligence information. The group took ill after eating in one of Daesh’s guest houses on the Iraqi–Syrian border near Baaj, the source said. Daesh reportedly mobilized its members afterward and conducted an arrest campaign in areas Baghdadi had been, in trying to discover how poison had been brought to the leader. [PressIraq] [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems like another Baghdadi “sighting” with no photo. Believe this report if you wish. Daesh issues photos in profusion, so why none of the long-absent caliph? Just add up all the Daesh photos and videos mentioned in just this Daesh Daily report today. What are the chances that they would issue all those and leave the leader out? Or maybe he was too sick for a selfie?

 

Al-Baghdadi is also reported to have given orders to his followers to destroy Mosul and all documents if they are unable to hold the city in the coming fighting, according to a KDP official. According to that official, Daesh has 7,000 to 10,000 fighters in Mosul, the majority of whom are Arabs, along with 135 Danish nationals, Five British nationals, 115 Kurds from the IKR, and 18 Kurds from Iran, while the executive commanders of the group are Chechens and Turkmen in Tal Afar, according to the KDP official. [Zaman]

 

Daesh’s broadcasting headquarters for its “Al-Bayan” radio station was destroyed in an airstrike, according to multiple reports Monday. However reports conflict as to the identity of the planes that carried out the attack, with some pointing to Iraqi warplanes [Sumaria] and others reporting that Coalition fighters destroyed the station. [Mada]

PressIraq also reports that an editor from Daesh’s Aamaq (often styled online as “A3maq”) agency was also killed. [PressIraq]

 

The Iraqi MoD confirmed the death of the Daesh commander for south of Mosul, “Ibrahim Muhammad Halil,” also known as “Abu Sulayman.” [AYN]

 

Conditions in Mosul

A local source says Daesh arrested a high school teacher from his house in Hay Al-Zuhour in Mosul and beat him up publicly before taking him to an unknown location. The source says Daesh accused the man of witchcraft. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. In all areas it controls, Daesh targets Sufi sheikhs by accusing them of witchcraft. Another Wahhabi gift to the Islamic world.

 

Daesh raided and closed several Internet cafes in Mosul and has tried to gradually restrict access to Internet devices and mobile phones in Mosul, according to local sources. [Mawsleya]

 

Twelve Daesh members were killed in fighting that erupted Sunday between Daesh members in the Al-Khadr district south of Mosul, according to a PUK media official. [SotAlIraq]

 

A fight broke out among Daesh members while they were dividing items they had stolen from Mosul University, according to unidentified sources. [PressIraq]

 

Iraqi airplanes have dropped thousands of leaflets over Mosul publicizing Daesh’s destruction of Ninewa’s ancient historical sites. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh has revoked the transport passes that it had earlier issued to its fighters in Mosul in a bid to prevent them from escaping to Syria. [Mawsleya]

 

Five Daesh members were assassinated in various areas of Mosul according to unidentified sources. Two were reportedly killed in the Wadi Hajar neighborhood on the city’s Right (west) Bank and three others in the Sumer neighborhood on the east side of the city. Daesh launched raids after the attacks but was unable to locate the perpetrators. [PressIraq]

 

Prices of basic goods in Mosul have continued to spike as Daesh faces difficulty moving goods between Syria and Iraq due to the ongoing air campaign, which has made it difficult for Daesh to move goods even on secondary and unpaved roads, according to unidentified sources. [PressIraq]

Daesh has closed the entrances to a neighborhood identified as “Al-Hajr” (presumably Wadi Hajr) after strange graffiti with the Arabic letter “M” (called meem) appeared “heavily” in the area (photo). [PressIraq]

 

“Tens” of families fled their homes in the New Mosul (Mosul Al-Jadida) neighborhood after one resident found a CD believed to be used by intelligence to guide warplanes to their targets on the ground. The CD was found in a building in a densely populated area to which a Daesh member had moved ten days ago. [IPA]

 

Daesh says nineteen people, including seventeen children and women, were killed in an “American” airstrike on house in Hay Al-Najjar in Mosul. Daesh issues a video of the results. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

Ninewa Operations Command says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh communications tower in Tal Wa’i village east of Shura, and another one north of Izhailila village southwest of Qayara. [Mada]

 

Qayara

Ninewa Operations Command says Coalition planes killed the Daesh military commander of south Ninewa in an airstrike on Al-Hawd village. It also says the Coalition destroyed a mortar unit in Makouk village, killing several terrorists. [Mada]

A PUK official says Daesh attacked Iraqi forces in Al-Hawd village with 5 vehicle bombs. He says 3 vehicles exploded near Iraqi forces’ trenches, while 2 were destroyed by Coalition planes. He says Iraqi forces stopped the attack and trapped several terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

The Ninewa Operations Command says Iraqi Army 91st brigade shot down a Daesh drone in Rakka village in Qayara subdistrict. [Mada]

Iraqi troops shot down a drone in Qayara on Monday which Daesh was using to observe Iraqi Army positions, the Iraqi Army 92nd Brigade commander announced. [AlMasalah]

 

Troops of the 17st Brigade of the Iraqi 15th Division repelled a Daesh attack on Monday near Qayara, killing “tens” of Daesh fighters and destroying four vehicles, according to Ninewa Operations Command. [Mada]

Daesh says it killed fourteen Iraqi soldiers and wounded ten in an attack near Qayara. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army tank, 4 Humvees, and a personnel carrier in an attack near Qayara. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi Army BMP armored vehicle with a guided rocket near Qayara. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Nineveh Plain

A fresh detachment of Turkish ground troops arrived in Bashiqa on Monday to support the Turkish troops already stationed there, according to unverified reports. [SotAlIraq]

A Shabak CoR member says Turkish artillery in Bashiqa killed two children and wounded four other civilians and destroyed 8 houses in Fadhliya village. [Sumaria]

 

Peshmerga fighters began targeting sites at the eastern entrance of Mosul city, shelling Daesh positions in the village of Gogjali, and also shelling Bartella to the east of the city in Hamdaniya, according to remarks by a Peshmerga commander. [Mangish]

A Peshmerga commander says his troops intensified their shelling on Bartella, and are planning to capture the city. He says the areas that were targeted are free of civilians. [ARA]

 

A Ninewa Police commander says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Hamdaniya, killing 11 terrorists and destroying 3 checkpoints and 2 police vehicles. [BasNews]

Ten Daesh members were reportedly killed in an airstrike by unidentified planes in Hamdaniya. [PressIraq]

 

Two Daesh commanders were killed in a sticky IED attack on their vehicle in Hamdaniya, according to a Ninewa security source. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Army troops arrived Monday to take up positions adjacent to Peshmerga lines in Al-Khazer, Hamdaniya, according to a media report. [SotAlIraq]

A video of Iraqi forces in Al-Khazer [Rudaw]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The Yazidi Spiritual Council issued a statement condemning the recent murders in Sinjar. Two men from Dahuk were killed on Sunday, raising the number of victims to eight during the last few days. Tension escalated in Sinjar after KDP officials called on the PYD to leave. [Sumaria]

The two victims were Peshmerga volunteers. The PYD in Sinjar issued a statement condemning the attack. [ROJ]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A security source says Daesh arrested 75 civilians near Baaj after accusing them of “leaving the caliphate land.” [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN

Hundreds of teachers continued their demonstrations in Suleimaniya, protesting the delay in paying their salaries. [ROJ]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Najaf

The Babel Police says it captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Najaf city in coordination with Najaf Police. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The United States broke off talks with Russia on Monday on implementing a ceasefire agreement on Syria and accused Moscow of not living up to its commitments under the Sept. 9 deal to halt the violence and deliver humanitarian aid to besieged communities.

“The United States is suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia that were established to sustain the cessation of hostilities,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. [Reuters]

 

The Pentagon has confirmed that an airstrike in Syria targeted a prominent Al-Qaeda member but said no details about the member’s identity will be released until an assessment of the strike’s success is concluded.

“We can confirm that we targeted a prominent al-Qaeda member in Syria, and we are assessing the results of the operation at this time,” said Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

Unconfirmed reports on social media suggested that the target of the U.S. airstrike was Abu Al-Faraj Al-Masri, a senior Al-Nusra commander. [ABCNews]

Al-Nusra confirmed on its Twitter account that Al-Masri was killed by a Coalition airstrike west of Idlib. [ARA]

Enab Baladi says Masri was killed by a guided missile that targeted his vehicle in Jamiliya village near Jisr Al-Shughur in Idlib. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. The 60-year-old Egyptian was a senior Al-Qaeda leader and was with Zawahiri in Afghanistan. He appeared in the video when Al-Nusra leader, Jolani, announced the “split” from Al-Qaeda.

 

The YPG issues statistics about its operations during the month of September. It says it killed 81 Daesh terrorists and captured 4 others. It says it lost fifteen of its fighters during this same month. It also says the Turkish Army launched 26 attacks. [Hawar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 20 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria in one day, far larger than the normal day. These focused heavily on the Mare’ area in Azaz (7), and also hit Manbij (1), Raqqa (5), Al-Shaddadi (3), Deir Ez-Zor (3), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The director of Health Commission in Jazeera District says 25 people were killed and 80 wounded when a suicide terrorist blew himself up at wedding in north Hasaka. [Hawar]

Daesh says one of its terrorists attacked a “PKK armed men gathering” with a machine gun and an explosives vest, on the outskirts of Hasaka. [A3maq]

Local sources say later the number of victims increased to 30 dead and 90 wounded. [Anadolu]

 

The YPG says Daesh targeted its positions near Abu Fas village in the Shaddadi area with mortars and heavy artillery. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

Daesh publishes photos of children in a school in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

A local activist says Russian planes targeted civilian areas in east Aleppo, killing ten civilians and wounding tens. Oppositions groups shelled and rocketed government controlled areas in Aleppo, wounding five civilians in addition to killing or wounding several Syrian soldiers. [ARA] [ARA]

 

The SOHR says the largest hospital in east Aleppo was destroyed and three of its maintenance workers killed by a Russian airstrike. [BasNews]

 

Jarabulus

A pro-Turkey opposition commander says clashes erupted between opposition units and the YPG south of Jarabulus, without giving more details. [ARA]

 

Al-Bab

Daesh said on Sunday that three women and a child were wounded by an “American” airstrike on Aziziya village, southwest of Al-Ra’i. [A3maq]

 

Azaz

Syria Democratic Forces factions stopped a Daesh attack on Um Hawsh, a Kurdish village in Azaz. The attack was accompanied by extensive shelling on the village. [Hawar]

 

A Turkey backed opposition group commander says the groups are advancing toward Dabiq town and they will capture it within the next 48 hours. He says their advance was slowed because of the large numbers of IEDs and land mines. He says fifteen opposition fighters were killed in the battles on Sunday. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh says five people from the same family were killed by an “American” airstrike on their house in Dabiq. [A3maq]

 

Local sources say planes, thought to be Turkish, targeted 3 villages in Tal Madhiq Plain, killing a woman and her two children and wounding nine other people. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says the Turkish Army targeted Akhtarin and several nearby villages with artillery and rockets. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the Turkish Army rocketing Akhtarin. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday that nine people from the same family were killed in an “American” airstrike on Ghaitun village east of Mare’. [A3maq]

 

Afrin

The Turkish Army is shooting at farmers, preventing them from harvesting their olives near border areas in Afrin and Idlib. People in in displacement camps are harvesting the olives of these farms. [Hawar]

 

Other Northwest Syria

Daesh publishes photos of targeting the Syrian Army in Kafr Saghir village near the Industrial City in Aleppo with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says 3 of its suicide terrorists detonated themselves near a Baath Party headquarters and a police center in Hama city, killing or wounding “tens” of people. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army T-72 tank northeast of Hammam. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A Daesh leader was killed by an airstrike on the Hamidiya area in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

A local activist says Daesh attacked opposition groups in East Qalamoun on Sunday. He says the opposition stopped the attack, killing or wounding more than 15 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. Daesh is trying to reach the Lebanese border. [ARA]

Opposition sources say 3 Daesh terrorists were killed by a land mine in East Qalamoun. [Qasioun]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in East Qalamoun. [DawaAlhaq]

Ahrar Al-Sham issues a video of the battles against Daesh in East Qalamoun. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists graduated from a training camp in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area. Daesh published photos of the training in the camp, which seems to be an abandoned school. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a video of a reconciliation session it sponsored between two tribes in Shahil town, in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of fuel barrels dropped by Russian planes to the Syrian Army, but which fell on Daesh controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says two children and a man were killed and four other people wounded in opposition shelling on Shajra village in the Yarmouk Basin. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it ambushed and killed five Central Security personnel in the Sadd Al-Qadi area, in Arish. [DawaAlhaq]

Security sources say five Central Security members were in a taxi when terrorists shot and killed them in south Arish on Saturday. [VetoGate]

 

Four electricity workers were killed when an IED exploded on their official vehicle near Arish city entrance. [VetoGate]

Security forces launched a campaign in different areas in Arish after the attack, and captured 85 suspects. [ElWatan]

 

The body of a man was found wearing Daesh’s execution suit and beheaded in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say Counter Terrorism forces killed 10 ABM terrorists after heavy battles near the Sheikh Zuweid police station. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say a policeman was severely wounded when an IED exploded on his patrol near Joura village south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

The bodies of two young men who were abducted by ABM terrorists last week were found beheaded in Abu Tawila village south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

The body of a 30-year-old man who was previously abducted by the ABM was found beheaded in Rafah on Saturday. [VetoGate]

 

A policeman was wounded by a sniper at a checkpoint in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

A child was severely wounded when armed men shot at him in Rafah on Saturday. [VetoGate]

 

Nine policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle near Masoura village in Rafah on Saturday. [VetoGate]

A 75-year-old man was shot and wounded by armed men in the same village on Sunday. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces stopped an attack on a security barrier in the Sadout area in Rafah, killing five Takfiris. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say ABM terrorists kidnapped four Sufi sheikhs, a school teacher, and two other civilians in Shabana village south of Rafah. The sheikhs had previously criticized the kidnapping and killings of civilians. In a later report, the terrorists released the seven men after negotiating with their tribes. [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army (LNA) says the commander of its Rapid Intervention Battalion was killed by a land mine in the Chinese Buildings area in Qawarsha on Sunday. [AfriGate]

 

Libyan planes launched extensive airstrikes on several areas west of Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

Libyan Counter Terrorism says it captured a Daesh “dangerous” terrorist in Shahhat city (Cyrene). [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

AFRICOM says it conducted 201 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte so far. It also says it destroyed 4 vehicle bombs and 20 other Daesh targets during the last few days. [AfriGate]

 

The Government of National Accord (GNA) military says its troops, supported by Libyan and Coalition planes, killed around 80 Daesh terrorists in the Giza area on Sunday. It also says it stopped a Daesh surprise attack from the back lines in the area. [AfriGate]

Misrata Hospital says eight GNA fighters were killed and fifty wounded. [Wasat]

 

A GNA military source says its troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Sawawa area 7km (4 miles) east of Sirte, killing 30 Daesh terrorists and capturing one. [Wasat]

Daesh says it launched a surprise attack on Government of National Accord (GNA) troops in the Sawawa area, east of Sirte, and another attack near the Sirte Port, killing fifteen GNA fighters and wounding fifty. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A Daesh Libyan terrorist who was captured in Sirte says there are only 180 Daesh terrorists remaining in Sirte. He says 22 of the terrorists lost limbs and were assigned to drive vehicle bombs and conduct suicide attacks. [Wasat]

 

A sniper fatally shot a Dutch journalist in Sirte Sunday. Jeroen Oerlemans was with a team that clears mines in a part of the city freed from Daesh control. The Dutch national broadcaster Nos and Belgian publication Knack reported the story. Fellow journalist Joanie de Rijke of Knack was reporting with Oerlemans in Libya. Oerlemans was abducted and wounded in Syria in 2012 with British photographer John Cantlie, and freed a week later. Cantlie was later abducted again, and is believed to still be in captivity. [Guardian]

 

Morocco

The Moroccan Ministry of Interior says it arrested a cell of 10 Daesh female terrorists in different cities and confiscated chemical materials. The Ministry says the cell was planning suicide attacks in the Kingdom. One of the women’s brothers conducted a suicide attack in Iraq early this year. [AfriGate]

DaeshDaily comment. Many countries felt it was a good thing when they got rid of their radicals who left for Iraq in 2003 and after. Now the same countries see that the fire will eventually get back to where it was lit.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

As the annual Shia Muslim observance of Ashura approaches, which commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, Twitter users linked to the Shia-oriented PMFs have been tweeting with the hashtag (In Arabic) “Mobilization In Hussein’s Footsteps,” [Twitter] displaying images and texts that link the mission of the PMFs with Shia imagery or messages. See for example this tweet which links the military images, Shia slogans, and the concept of the PMFs. [Twitter]

 

An Anti-PMF Twitter user shares a clip of a CNN Arabic report showing a female PMF member who attests that she has cut off and cooked (sic) the heads of Daesh members, voicing his concern over the apparent lawlessness of the PMFs and the power they will have over Iraq. He ventures into sectarian territory calling the woman “a graduate of Sistani’s school.” [Twitter]

 

With the fresh renewal of Turkish–Iraqi tensions over the presence of Turkish troops on Iraqi soil comes a new hashtag (in Arabic) “The PMFs Terrify the Turks” [Twitter]. Pro-PMF Twitter users have used that tag to share memes disparaging Turkey and its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and linking them to Daesh, such as this photoshopped image of Erdogan embracing Baghdadi [Twitter] or this one linking Daesh, Erdogan, and the CIA. [Twitter]

 

Daesh supporters issue a video of hacking anti-Daesh (Shia and Alawite) devices. [YouTube]

 

Video of a Daesh cell apprehended in Baghdad which had been planning attacks on Shia faithful during Ashura. [Twitter]

 

Photos of American troops targeting Daesh with HIMARS rocket artillery near Haditha on September 8th. [CJTF]

 

Photo purports to show Mosul airport after Daesh placed concrete blocks on the runway to make it inaccessible to planes. [Twitter]

Video of Ninewa’s Governor visiting Qayara. [MawsleyaFB]

 

Syria

Jund Al-Qasa, a Salafi jihad group designated as a terrorist organization by the US, published a video and photos of executing a 13-year-old boy after accusing him of blasphemy. [Twitter] [Twitter]

DaeshDaily comment. This might have been a punishment against the kid’s family. The execution was in public and it was based, of course, on an order from a “judge.” Considering the backgrounds of the “judges” in such groups (the Daesh main “judge” in Mosul was a honey seller), we can see how the Assad regime makes use of such crimes for its propaganda. Assad’s accounts claimed the boy was executed by the “moderate opposition.” Interestingly, Al-Nusra accounts condemned the execution.

 

Turkey

Erdogan photos and Turkish flags are all over the place in Jarabulus, Syria. The city hospital reports to the Turkish Ministry of Health, and local officials hold their meetings under the Turkish flag and photos of Ataturk on the walls. [Twitter] [Twitter]

 

September 30, 2016

Kurdish Displaced Families in Afrin (Hawar)

Kurdish Displaced Families in Afrin (Hawar)

Today’s Major Developments

DOD announces expanded operation at Al-Asad air base for Mosul campaign. []

Iraq Minister of Oil wants higher OPEC production ceiling than Saudis & Iran favor. []

Anbar tribal leader alleges investigators taking bribes to release Daesh suspects. []

Fighting continues in different parts of northern Ramadi. []

France starts Mosul airstrikes from aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle. []

Daesh closes all Mosul schools for lack of money. []

Coalition unleashes several airstrikes in Nineveh Plain area. []

Doctors Without Borders says Jordan’s border closing is killing people. []

Atheel Nujaifi announces his (non-patriotic) options for Ninewa’s future. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says in a press conference he didn’t want ministers to be voted out by the CoR in “this quick way.” He says he is working on filling the vacant positions in the cabinet because he is not “Superman” and can’t be acting minister for all those ministries. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems like a jab against Maliki who made himself the Acting Minister of Defense and of Interior when he was a Prime Minister.

 

Thousands of people demonstrated in Baghdad and several other governorates demanding more reforms and changes in the Elections Law, including restoring the independence of the Independent High Electoral Commission, which was compromised by Al-Maliki. Some demonstrators also believe the electoral system, even though a proportional representation system, favors the big political parties unfairly. [Mada] [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. There is not much talk about the next election with so much attention on Mosul, but a normal schedule would put the next provincial elections in early 2017 and national elections in early 2018. These will be the first elections since Daesh showed up in Mosul, and will follow some really bad times. Both elections are likely to be consequential and to bring a lot of changes.

 

Iraq’s new Minister of Oil, Jabar Ali Al-Luaibi, at an OPEC conference, played a more assertive role than Iraq had played in the past and made news. Al-Luaibi reportedly told his Saudi and Iranian counterparts, Khalid al-Falih and Bijan Zanganeh, in a closed-door gathering in Algiers that “it is an OPEC meeting for all ministers.” For years, debates in the OPEC conference room were dominated by clashes between top producer Saudi Arabia and arch-rival Iran. Iraq overtook Iran as OPEC’s second-largest producer several years ago but kept its OPEC presence fairly low-profile.

Immediately at issue is the proposed re-establishment of a production ceiling, which was abandoned a year ago because Saudi Arabia refused to go along with it. Other OPEC countries want a ceiling, to help OPEC manage a vastly oversupplied market and prop up prices that produce revenues well below the budget needs of almost every oil-producing country.

The Saudis and Iranians surprisingly agreed on 32.5 million barrels per day. Luaibi favors a ceiling but thinks 32.5 million is too low and would have an especially negative impact on Iraq because of its high production. Apparently his position has pleased neither Saudi Arabia nor Iran. [Reuters]

 

The U.S. military will expand its operations at the Al-Asad air base near Haditha as part of its preparations for the Mosul campaign.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Wednesday plans to deploy an additional 615 American troops to Iraq over the next several weeks. Al-Asad was a major hub for U.S. Marines throughout the Iraq war. It will soon get more personnel and the installation of new technology that can support night operations, a Defense Department official said. The U.S. will set up a new “instrument landing system,” which will cover the airfield with radio signals that help pilots to land safely in conditions when they cannot see the runway, such as at night or in bad weather, the official said. The equipment can be deployed on short notice. [MilitaryTimes]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (3) and Tal Afar (1); Bashir (1) in Kirkuk; and Ramadi (1) and Al-Qa’im (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Good Read

An article by Ray Salvatore Jennings about hot to plan from recovery responses and the ways to promote stability in Mosul after the liberation.

A long-awaited campaign to reclaim Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from ISIS is now just weeks away. Yet those that think the liberation of the city will set the course for stability and reconciliation in the country should think again. For most Iraqis, ISIS is a two-year problem inside of decades of grievance and social conflict that birthed the extremist group in the first place. In the contest of power that is northwestern Iraq, too many Iraqis feel that what will follow moves to reclaim Mosul will be “uglier than Da’esh”, to use the local term for the Islamic State. This is why.” [Full Article]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Baghdad Operations Command says it captured a Daesh terrorist who participated in the Speicher Massacre, at a checkpoint in Baghdad. [Ghad]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and five wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in Husseiniya. [Mada]

The JOC says Iraqi forces destroyed an IED in Tarmiya. [Etejah]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found an IED and other explosives in the Um Najem area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A police captain says four people were killed and eight wounded when 2 IEDs exploded in Sadr City. [Anadolu]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says an MoI major was shot and killed in his civilian vehicle in the Jurf Al-Naddaf area. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Satih village in Mada’in. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found 9 IEDs, 2 explosives vests, and other explosives and ammunition in the Jisr Diyala area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an explosives cache in the Sadr Al-Yusufiyah area and another cache in the Sayyed Abdullah area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

An MoI source says two pole were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a private electricity generator in Suwaib. [Mada]

The Military Intelligence Service captured a vehicle loaded with 4 explosives vests in an auto shop and captured the terrorists, in Saidiya. [MoD Website]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Khan Dhari village in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

Baghdad Operations Command says it captured a woman wanted on terrorism charges in Ameriya and confiscated printed and electronic jihadi materials. [Ghad]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   13    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source says a policeman was killed when an IED he was trying to defuse exploded on him in the Falahat area just west of Falluja city. [Mada]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces destroyed 86 IEDs and defused 3 booby-trapped houses in different parts of Falluja District. [Etejah]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces found a booby-trapped house in the Halabsa area. [Etejah]

 

Ramadi

A tribal leader says many Daesh terrorists who were captured by Iraqi forces are being released after paying large amounts of money to investigative officers. He says some of them were released because their victims had no legal representation, and some of them were released after government officials claimed the suspects worked as “sources” for Iraqi forces. Another tribal leader says some terrorists paid up to one million US dollars in order to be released, and they usually depended on corrupt lawyers as intermediaries. A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says some of the terrorists have personal relationships with their investigators. [Mada]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Iraqi forces killed 35 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a booby-trapped house, 2 motorcycles, and 65 IEDs in the Albu Dhiab area. [Etejah]

 

Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces continued operations to clear the Albu Dhiab area, killing 13 terrorists and capturing 1, and destroying 2 booby-trapped houses, a motorcycle, 3 vehicles, and 15 IEDs. It also says Coalition planes targeted Daesh in the Albu Dhiab and Albu Ali Al Jassem areas, killing 13 terrorists including a sniper hiding in a mosque. [Etejah]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces destroyed 2 IEDs in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Etejah]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying an Iraqi Army tank with a guided missile in the Jaraishi subdistrict north of Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

A security source says security units captured a Daesh notable commander in a search in Hay Al-Tameem in southwest Ramadi city. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army armored vehicle with a guided missile near Zaidan factory north of Ramadi. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh reported this event yesterday. This is happening more often these days. It is either a new trend for Daesh (reporting a story then publishing photos or videos about it later) to give an impression of more attacks, or Daesh is facing difficulties with its media materials.

 

Hit/Haditha

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces killed 7 Daesh terrorists and found a Daesh field hospital, a vehicle bomb and IED factory, 22 IEDs and 14 Katyusha rockets in the Safaqiya area. [Etejah]

 

The Mayor of Haditha says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the western part of the District. He also says one civilian was killed and two wounded by a Daesh shelling on a market in the city. [Buratha]

 

The JOC says Iraqi Army 7th division killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 IEDs in the Suhaila area in Hit District. [Etejah]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says the IAF targeted Daesh in the Albu Hardan area in Al-Rummana subdistrict in Al-Qa’im, destroying an explosives storehouse. [Mawazin]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The JOC says Salahuddin Operations Command EOD defused 46 IEDs and cleared 49 houses in Shirqat District. [Etejah]

 

Coalition planes targeted a Daesh suicide terrorist and vehicle bombs gathering in Nouri Saeed village in Shirqat district. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army barracks south of Shirqat, killing five soldiers and wounding others, and destroying an SUV. Daesh also says its terrorists burned down the barracks before returning safely. [Top4Top]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army BMP armored vehicle with an IED near Tilul Al-Baj. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A member of the Diyala provincial council says Daesh blew up 3 houses that belonged to displaced families in Chalabi village 25 km (15.5 miles) northeast of Baquba. He says tens of families have left the village in the past few weeks because of Daesh threats. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A security source says an Iraqi Army unit destroyed 2 IEDs planted near a fuel station in Udhaim. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A local source says Daesh closed the main entrances of Hawija city after its car rigging official and 2 of his brothers disappeared. The source says Daesh raided the houses of the 2 men and found them empty. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a woman and her two daughters were killed by a Daesh IED when they were trying to escape Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

A Peshmerga commander says his troops captured 6 Daesh terrorists who were trying to sneak out of Hawija with displaced families near the Tal Al-Ward area. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. There seems to be a pattern here. Many Daesh terrorists have been caught recently trying to flee Hawija.

 

The IWMC says Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 excavators in the Hawija area. [Ghad]

 

Southwest

A PMF faction says that, in coordination with the Peshmerga and Coalition planes, it destroyed a Daesh bulldozer near Bashir village and killed several terrorists. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. In other words, this was a Coalition airstrike.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul campaign

Eight French warplanes conducted the first French airstrikes targeting Daesh sites in Mosul since the arrival of the carrier Charles de Gaulle in the eastern Mediterranean, according to a statement issued by the French Defense Ministry. [Mada] [AYN] According to Agence France Presse, 24 planes participated in the attack. [Mada]

The French Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told reporters at a naval shipyard in northwestern France. “The battle for Mosul has not started yet. (The operations today) are the extension of our support for the coalition,” “There will soon be the main attack.” [Reuters]

 

Coalition planes targeted a Daesh center during a gathering of Daesh members in the Intisar neighborhood in west Mosul, a Ninewa source said. Daesh closed the roads leading to the center after the emergency vehicles arrived. There was no word as to the number of casualties in the strike. [Mada]

 

Unidentified planes reportedly targeted two Daesh vehicles near the Al-Masarif neighborhood in Mosul and another near the Muthanna Intersection, killing those inside the vehicles. [PressIraq]

 

Coalition planes targeted Daesh terrorists trying to plant IEDs on the road between Mosul and the town of Badoush to the west. [MoD Website]

 

A Daesh Saudi terrorist, in Mosul, tells ARA, in response to the Coalition spokesman’s statement yesterday, that the Mosul battle will be unlike any other battle. He says Daesh has more than 7,000 fighters in the city and the number might increase if an attack starts. He says all food supplies are available in Mosul. A local journalist says Daesh warned its terrorists in the Nineveh Plains area not to flee or retreat to Mosul in the case of an Iraqi Army attack. [ARA]

 

A local source says Daesh cut off the ears of 25 of its fighters, including a French and a Chinese, because they fled battles. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The Baathists cut off the ears of thousands of young men who didn’t join the military service in the 1990s.

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh executed three civilians from Mosul including the poet “Qusay Al-Samir,” who was executed by a boy trained by Daesh. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh buried an estimated 13 activists from Mosul alive after forcing them to dig their own graves, at a site west of the city between Mosul and Tal Afar, according to a local source. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh used explosives to destroy the homes of three Iraqi Army officers in central Mosul on Friday, according to a PUK official. [Mada]

 

Checkpoints are proliferating as Daesh attempts to tighten its grip on residents in advance of the anticipated operation to eject it from Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh closed three mosques in Mosul and temporarily forbade the Friday prayers to be held in them after finding pieces of paper inside with anti-Daesh writing, according a local source. Daesh reportedly also detained the mosques’ preachers and those who work inside. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has been conducting raids on homes in Mosul searching for mobile phones and satellite dishes, threatening those found with the devices in their possession with execution or whiplashing, according to a report citing “PMF intelligence.” [PressIraq]

 

A local source says Daesh released thousands of teachers in Mosul and closed all schools because of its inability to pay their salaries. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. If true, it is a huge blow to Daesh’s propaganda. The Iraqi government used to pay the teachers, and other government employees, in Mosul. Daesh let that happen, and cut some of that money for itself. Now, it seems the caliphate is not able to pay these people without the money of the infidels in Baghdad or without the money it used to steal from oilfields.

 

Daesh’s “Al-Bayan” station is apparently broadcasting Islamic songs (anashid) with military themes in an effort to raise morale among Daesh members in Mosul, local sources say. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh has brought a “large quantity” of foodstuffs to Mosul’s markets for sale, according to Mosul sources. Daesh is also spreading the rumor that reports of a coming assault on Mosul are just lies designed to undermine Daesh’s morale. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh is reportedly bringing a contingent of women hisbah officers from Syria to Mosul for disciplinary purposes after an altercation reportedly erupted between a Daesh hisbah officer and three women in central Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The JOC says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in a school in Tal Wa’i village in Shura, in addition to 2 vehicles.  [Etejah]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of changing its flag in Hammam Al-Alil. [JustPaste]

 

Qayara

Iraqi Army 15th division artillery targeted a Daesh gathering of 70 terrorists and 25 vehicles in Al-Hawd village in Qayara subdistrict. [MoD Website]

 

The IWMC says Coalition planes destroyed 5 Daesh supply lines west of Qayara. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi forces found a weapons and ammunition cache in Jada’a village. [MoD Website]

 

Nineveh Plain

Unidentified warplanes reportedly targeted a Daesh position in Kanye Shirin in Tel Keif. [PressIraq]

 

Coalition planes reportedly destroyed an excavator that had been rigged with explosives by Daesh in Bartella, Hamdaniya, according to Ninewa Operations Command. [Mawsleya]

 

The IWMC says Coalition planes launched airstrikes on 2 areas in Khorsabad in Tel Keif, killing 22 terrorists and destroying 4 military positions and a weapons storehouse; 2 airstrikes on Qaraqosh in Hamdaniya; a Bashiqa air attack that destroyed 13 positions, and killed 23 Daesh terrorists; two airstrikes on Bartella in Hamdaniya that killed 12 terrorists and destroyed 2 buildings, and two more on Tel Keif that killed 4 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Unidentified warplanes reportedly targeted Daesh positions in Wailiya in Tal Afar [PressIraq]

 

The JOC says Coalition planes killed 26 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in Tal Abta. [Etejah]

 

KURDISTAN

The Suleimaniya Police say they defused an IED that was planted under a civilian car in Suleimaniya city center. [Baghdadia]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

The Kerbala Police Chief says his troops captured a man from Bashiqa wanted on terrorism charges at a checkpoint between Kerbala and Hilla. He says the suspect was trying to enter Kerbala and he admitted committing several terrorism crimes in the city earlier. [Etejah]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

According to Duygu Güvenç of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper, a ‘top-ranking official’ has said:

 

  • Ankara proposed to a delegation headed by US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken that visited last week that Arab forces within the Syrian Democratic Forces, with the YPG excluded (and he said that 85-90% the SDF was made up of ‘PYD/YPG terrorists’), should work together with the FSA, this grouping should form a “joint administration” in Manbij, and joint action should be taken with these Arabs in any future Raqqa operation.

 

  • With reference to leader of the opposition Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s claim that it would take seven-eight years for Turkey to disentangle itself from the Euphrates Shield operation, “It will take as long as it needs.”

 

  • Some 200 PYD members remain in Manbij, despite their withdrawal being a ‘red line’ for Ankara.

 

  • Repeated losses of tanks have slowed down Turkey’s advance in the Euphrates Shield operation. Al-Bab is included among Ankara’s targets in the operation, while the US’s target is Dabiq rather than Al-Bab. The US has not objected to an operation targeting Al-Bab, but there is no need for this to be done in a hurry.

 

  • There was a de-facto no fly zone for regime aircraft in the Jarabulus area and the Russians only conduct surveillance flights there.

 

  • Following the breakdown of the ceasefire brokered by Russia and the US, Ankara and Teheran are working towards a new ceasefire process.

 

  • Ankara wishes for its forces stationed in Bashiqa to have a role in the Mosul operation, despite Baghdad’s objections. [Cumhuriyet]

DaeshDaily comment. We thank our friend in Turkey for this report.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 338 people, including 106 children, have been killed in eastern Aleppo in the past few weeks. [ARA]

WHO is calling on belligerents in Syria to allow for the immediate and safe evacuation of the sick and wounded from all areas affected by the conflict, including eastern Aleppo. It is also calling for a halt of attacks on health care workers and facilities.

“The situation is heart-rending and enraging,” says WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. “With the relentless attacks on health workers and hospitals, the handful of doctors still alive cannot possibly cope. Hospital beds are too few, equipment has been destroyed, and essential medicines, including anesthetics, are running out. Many patients needing emergency trauma care are children. ”

More than 270 000 people are trapped in east Aleppo with dwindling supplies of food, water and fuel. Humanitarian organizations have not been allowed to deliver aid, including medical supplies from WHO since the besiegement of the city on 7 July. Within the past week, over 840 people have been injured, almost a third of them children, while the health facilities that would treat them are crumbling and understaffed. Fewer than 30 doctors remain in the east side of the city, and only 6 partially-functional hospitals are in service. [WHO]

A medical source says twenty-four people, including women and children, were killed by airstrikes in residential areas in east Aleppo today. [EnabBaladi]

 

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is establishing an internal U.N. Board of Inquiry to investigate the attack on a joint U.N.-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy on Sept. 19 that killed at least 20 people, many of them aid workers. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says thirteen people, including five children, were killed by an opposition group’s shelling on Aleppo city. [SyriaHR]

 

A Russian newspaper says Russia has decided to increase the number of its bombers and attack planes in Syria. [SyriaHR]

 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday to discuss separating Syria’s moderate opposition from the group formerly known as the Nusra Front, Russian news agencies quoted Lavrov as saying.

Lavrov said a ceasefire deal on Syria that Russia agreed to with the United States was still working, the agencies reported. [Reuters]

DaeshDaily comment. Maybe he means it’s still in place. If it’s working that would be news to everyone else.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 17 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Mare’ (5), Manbij (3), Wahshiyah (1), Raqqa (3), and Deir Ez-Zor (4), and 1 airstrike that disabled the bridge near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A local source says Daesh intensified its security and deployed hisbah terrorists in Markada town, starting an unusual search. The source says the reason may have to do with some Daesh leaders who have fled the town. [ARA]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jarabulus

The PYD backed Hawar says Turkey-supported opposition groups are looting the houses of Kurdish families. It also says that people are leaving their houses, especially in Kurdish villages and towns, in large numbers. [Hawar]

 

Azaz

An opposition commander says Turkey-supported opposition groups continued their advances toward Akhtarin from the southwest, capturing Tal Jabin in Azaz and Ayasha village near Al-Ra’i in Al-Bab and killing or wounding several Daesh terrorists, capturing 2, and destroying 2 vehicles. Turkish Army artillery intensified their attacks on Daesh on Akhtarin and surrounding areas. [ARA]

He also says that opposition groups captured Awiliya village and are 3 km away from Akhtarin, and destroyed a vehicle bomb. He says Coalition planes launched more than 13 airstrikes on Daesh in the area. [ARA]

 

The Turkish military says it attacked 99 Daesh targets with heavy artillery and rockets in the Azaz-Al Ra’i area. It also says Turkish planes destroyed 6 Daesh buildings while Coalition planes targeted Daesh with 7 airstrikes in the area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh targeted the Kurdish village of Um Hawsh with 4 mortars. [Hawar]

 

Afrin

2,500 displaced people, mostly Kurds, arrived today in Afrin from Jarabulus, Kaabiya, and Al-Bab, in addition to people from Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

A local source says Coalition planes killed a Daesh emir and 7 other terrorists in an airstrike on Sheikh Nasser village northwest of Manbij. [Hawar]

 

A video of a tunnel used by Daesh leaders in Manbij for meetings.  [Rudaw]

 

Aleppo

Turkey backed opposition groups targeted Hay Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo with tens of mortars and locally made rockets (video). The shelling is still ongoing. [Hawar]

 

Other Northwest Syria

A video of an infant saved from under a destroyed building after an airstrike in Idlib. [Rudaw]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian planes destroyed 2 Daesh headquarters near Arak Oilfield and several vehicles near Sha’er Oilfield and the Huwaisis area east of Homs. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh issues a video of Syrian troops retreating after battles in the Huwaisis area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A local activist says Russian planes targeted local markets in Basira city east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing more than fifteen people and wounding tens. He also says planes targeted Buqris and Shahil towns, in addition to Sinaa neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

 

Heavy battles erupted between the Syrian Army and Daesh near Jufra town close to Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport. Daesh targeted Joura and Qusour areas in Deir Ez-Zor city with mortars, wounding several civilians. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes a video of targeting Syrian Army positions in Deir Ez-Zor city with 2 rockets. [A3maq]

 

The SOHR says Coalition planes destroyed Tarif Bridge on the road between Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

Media sources say Coalition planes destroyed Salhiya Bridge in Albu Kamal. [EnabBaladi]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Warplanes targeted several residential areas in Rif Damashq, killing nineteen people, including seven children. [Dorar]

 

At least 59 war-wounded Syrians, including 11 children between three and 14, have been denied medical evacuation into Jordan in the past three months, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Thursday.

Six of the Syrians denied access to Jordan subsequently died, said MSF, which compiled this information with the help of its partners inside Syria. All of those denied entry into Jordan required urgent medical evacuation from Daraa governorate in southern Syria, to MSF’s emergency surgical project in Ramtha hospital in northwest Jordan, which is located just three miles from the border.

A deadly car bomb attack at the Jordanian-Syrian border on June 21, 2016 prompted Jordan to completely close its borders with Syria. The closing of the border has exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation for Syrians. As intense fighting continues, the actual number of people in need of immediate medical evacuation could be much higher, said MSF. At least four hospitals MSF supports in southern Syria have completely stopped referring patients to Jordan, as they know they will just be denied entry. [ReliefWeb]

 

Daesh says 65 opposition group SUVs carrying armed men and heavy machine guns went from Jordan toward east Qalamoun. Daesh says its terrorists clashed with the opposition convoys in the Hamad desert for hours and destroyed 1 SUV. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A medical source says a 17-year old man was wounded when armed men shot at him in the Akoura area, in Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

Libyan planes targeted terrorist positions in Qanfouda today. [Libya24]

 

An LNA Special Forces soldiers died in the hospital from wounds he sustained in the Qawarsha area fighting a few days ago. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

AFRICOM says it has conducted 176 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte since it started military operations on August 1st. [Libya24]

 

The GNA Military spokesman says Daesh is trapped in less than 1 sq km in Sirte. He says Daesh terrorists are suffering from hunger because of the GNA siege. [Wasat]

 

A security source says a Daesh Libyan terrorist was captured while he was planting IEDs near the Khamsin Gate, 50 km (31 miles) west of Sirte. The source says there are also Daesh terrorists barricading in hills south of Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of assassinating a Yemeni security officer using a silenced gun in the Mansoura area in Aden. [GooglePlus]

 

West Africa

Tens of thousands of people are dying of hunger in parts of West Africa where Boko Haram terrorists are active, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the region told a news conference on Friday.

About 65,000 people are in a “catastrophe” or “phase 5” situation, according to a food security assessment by the IPC, the recognized classification system on declaring famines.

Phase 5 applies when, even with humanitarian assistance, “starvation, death and destitution” are evident. [Reuters]

 

Great Britain

The Central Criminal Court in London says 4 men, including 2 Iraqi Kurds, who were attempting to conduct terrorist attacks in Birmingham and Stoke city, were arrested. It also says they were planning to travel to Syria after the attacks. [Rudaw]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Pro-Saudi tweeters have responded to the anti-Saudi hashtag “JASTA_IRAQ” (which we reported yesterday) with a new hashtag (in Arabic) “Terrorism is an American product, not Saudi,” [Twitter] with images and videos ranging from criticism of US military action worldwide, to video of Donald Trump’s claim that Hillary Clinton and President Obama “created ISIS.” [Twitter] See for example this tweet from an account called (in Arabic) “Death to Iran” showing images of a US bombing in Vietnam and the abuse of prisoners in Abu Ghraib. [Twitter]

 

A pro-PMF Twitter feed says the PMFs will rid the world of “American Wahhabism,” saying “Death to Israel and Death to Saudi Arabia.” [Twitter]

 

Salahuddin

Two videos from PMFs fighting Daesh in gun battles at the Allas oilfield near Tikrit. One video purportedly shows Iraqi airstrikes on Daesh [YouTube][YouTube]

 

Ninewa

In a post on his Facebook page, former Ninewa Governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi argues that there are three possible “projects” for Ninewa after the defeat of Daesh in the province: 1) The “project of no-project” i.e. no plan for the future, 2) The breakdown of Ninewa governorate into its component communities within the Iraqi central system, each possibly with its own governorate, and 3) (his preferred project) the creation of a Ninewa federal region, with smaller governorates for the different identity groups within it. [Faceboook]

 

Video report shows opening of the road between Qayara and Baghdad. [MawsleyaFB]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its operations in the Ninewa area. [YouTube]

 

September 29, 2016

Displaced People From Mosul (Ishraq)

Displaced People From Mosul (Ishraq)

Today’s Major Developments

Al-Abadi, Barzani conclude “successful” major conference in Baghdad. []

UNHCR’s Iraq director warns of overwhelming Mosul IDP wave. []

Daesh in Mosul preparing frantically for government attack. []

Daesh reportedly moving all foreign fighters in Mosul to south of the city. []

Demonstrating KRG teachers say they are unpaid for 8 months. []

US-Russia war of words over Aleppo intensifies. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi said in a joint press conference with the KRG President Masoud Barzani that the government supports a decentralized system in Iraq, and supports political stability in Kurdistan. Abadi also says the final stage of Mosul liberation preparations has been reached. He says there is coordination with the Peshmerga because it is part of the Iraqi defense system.

Barzani said his visit shows his full support to Abadi, and that he had good talks with Abadi and he agreed with Abadi in solving all the issues. He also says there is good coordination between Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga to liberate Mosul. Barzani arrived to Baghdad for his first visit in 3 years to discuss the Mosul liberation battle, the relationships between Baghdad and Erbil, and the oil and budget issues. [Mada] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Mada]

Abadi’s spokesman says the meeting was “the most successful so far”. [BasNews]

Barzani also met with President Masoum and with the head of the National Alliance, Ammar Al-Hakim. Barzani said in joint press conference with Hakim that independence is a natural right for the Kurds but it won’t happen without an agreement with Baghdad. [Mada] [BasNews]

The Presidential Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk says he welcomes Barzani’s visit to Baghdad and considers it important. [BasNews]

 

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Iraq director warned on Thursday that up to one million people could need assistance in the wake of a military offensive to reclaim Mosul from Daesh.

“Mosul has the potential to be one of the largest manmade disasters for many, many years,” UNHCR Iraq director Bruno Geddo said at a press conference in Geneva. “More than a million could be displaced as a result of the forthcoming offensive.” “We are planning for at least 700,000 who will be in need of assistance, shelter, food, water, everything that you need in a situation of humanitarian disaster,” Geddo added.

However, the UN refugee agency does not have sufficient resources to host all those expected to flee the war zone, lacking capacities to offer the necessary humanitarian aid for more than 120,000 people currently. The Iraqi government has said it could provide emergency accommodation for an additional 150,000 people. This leaves a potential 300,000 people getting no help. [DW]

 

The Coalition spokesman, Air Force Col. John L. Dorrian, briefed Pentagon reporters by video conference from Baghdad, noting that in the past 30 days alone, coalition airstrikes have killed 18 Daesh leaders. Dorrian said 13 of the leaders were part of military, intelligence and communication networks in Mosul. [Defense]

 

The Governor of Ninewa says in a speech at a conference about Ninewa future that the Iraqi government should open the door for the people of Mosul to enter the Army and the police, and should keep the security issue in Ninewa away from political disputes. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The person who could do the most to keep the security issue in Ninewa away from political disputes is the Governor of Ninewa.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh locations in Iraq—on or near Mosul (4) and Kasik (2); Ramadi (1), Haditha (1), and Al-Qa’im (1); and Baiji (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

An MoI source says the EOD defused a sticky IED planted under the vehicle of a Passport Department officer, in Karrada. [Mada]

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says a police unit shot and killed a suicide terrorist before he could detonate his explosives vest in Hay Ur. [Mada]

Daesh’s version says that an Iraqi suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest on a Shia gathering in Hay Ur killing or wounding seventeen people. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Although he is covering his face in the photo, the terrorist is a young boy. Daesh is harvesting young Iraqi boys from its “training” seminars.  

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Niariya. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed when armed men shot at a civilian vehicle using silenced guns in Jamila Wholesale Market. [Mada]

A police source says the bodies of two unknown men were found shot in the Hamidiya area in Sadr City. [Sumaria]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded targeting a popular café in Hay Al-Sihha, in Dora. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an explosives cache in the Sadr Al-Yusufiyah area. [MoD Website]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of detonating an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in Arab Jubour. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

There were 45 houses and an IED cleared in the Hassi area and 30 IEDs in the Falahat area. 206 families returned to their houses in the Hassi and Nassaf areas. [MoD Website]

 

The MoI spokesman says security forces found an ammunition cache hidden in underground barrels in Qarma. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces captured Jazeera Albu Dhiab, and raised the Iraqi flag on its buildings. [Mada]

Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh hideout, tunnels, and a pickup vehicle in the Albu Dhiab area, killing 20 terrorists. [MoD Website]

Iraqi forces destroyed more than 60 IEDs in the Albu Dhiab area. [Harbi]

 

The IAA killed 9 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a hideout and a vehicle in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area in Jazeera Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army bulldozer with a guided missile near the Zaidan factory north of Ramadi. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Hit. A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces killed 25 Daesh terrorists, including a Syrian doctor, while clearing the Safaqiya area in Jazeera Hit. [Maalomah]

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh terrorists in Jazeera Hit. [Sumaria]

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces stopped their military operations to recapture the remaining areas in Jazeera Hit in order to hold the ground in the already liberated areas, and also because of the bad weather.

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Zawiya area, west of Haditha, killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying several vehicles. He says the terrorists took advantage of the bad weather to attack Iraqi forces in the area, and the battles are still ongoing. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says a school headmaster and another civilian were wounded when an IED exploded near a school in Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

An Anbar Operations Commander says the IAA targeted 6 Daesh positions in the industrial area in Anah, killing 33 terrorists. [Rudaw]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Shirqat city. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh shows the photos of 2 Iraqi suicide terrorists. The same terrorists were mentioned in a Daesh post about Tilul Al-Baj 2 days ago.

 

Tikrit

A security source says security forces captured 32 Daesh terrorists in Tikrit and south Baiji who were trying to sneak back into the area with displaced families. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded five with an IED in Jalam, in Al-Daur District. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The Diyala Police spokesman says Police Emergency units captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in a security operation in several areas north of Baquba. [Mada]

 

The Diyala police chief says police’s EODs defused a sticky IED planted under the vehicle of a military intelligence officer near Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says two civilians were killed when an IED exploded near a medical center in Muqdadiya city. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The chairman of the Udhaim subdistrict council says Tribal PMF units were formed in 26 villages in the subdistrict to secure the area and allow the displaced families to return. [Sumaria]

 

The manager of Udhaim subdistrict says 150 families have been forced out of Kirkuk and arrived in Udhaim so far. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says three Iraqi Intelligence personnel were killed and two others wounded in an IED explosion in Udhaim subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Iraqi forces found an IED and explosives cache in the Jazeera area on the Diyala river. The explosives were intended to attack Shia pilgrims. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The Kurdish Asayesh says it captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Laylan. The man was responsible for several attacks including a vehicle bomb. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A security source says Iraqi planes bombed a Daesh gathering in tunnels in Hawija, killing the Daesh wali of Hawija and 13 of his associates. [Mada]

 

A tribal leader says Daesh captured 50 young men in Hawija who were planning attacks on Daesh. He also says 250 tribal fighters finished their military training and headed to the Himrin Mountain area in order to participate in the upcoming Hawija liberation battle. [Mada] [Mada]

 

A local source says more than 10 women married to Daesh terrorists fled Hawija during the last few months. He says the women are afraid of retaliation after Hawija’s liberation. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This doesn’t seem like such an irrational fear.

 

An informed source says five people from the same family were killed and two wounded when a Daesh IED exploded on them while they were trying to escape Hawija. [Baghdadia]

 

A Peshmerga captain says his troops captured 3 Daesh terrorists who were trying to sneak into Kirkuk city with displaced families from Hawija. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says a Peshmerga fighter surrendered to its terrorists in Hawija. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul campaign

Daesh has built earthen berms along Baghdad Street in front of a nearby power plant to separate the Shuhada neighborhood in Mosul, providing only one entrance to the area, through a Daesh checkpoint. Daesh’s tunnel digging operations are also ongoing. Daesh’s tunnels reportedly run near Tel Kaysoum southeast of Mosul, near the Sahaji Road to the north of the city, by the village of Al-Huwaish to the west, and close to the village of Al-Jurn to the south. Inside the tunnels Daesh has been constructing underground bunkers and storage areas.

 

Unidentified warplanes reportedly targeted three Daesh vehicles inside Mosul, one of which was carrying anti-aircraft cannon, destroying the vehicles and killing those inside. [PressIraq]

Two Daesh members were killed in an airstrike in the Baladiyat neighborhood in eastern Mosul, a Ninewa security source said. [Mada]

A video shows a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh IED factory near Mosul on September 15. [CJTF]

 

Iraq’s “Second Elite” division has been reorganized at Camp Speicher in Salahuddin in preparation for the Mosul battle, according to the 2nd Elite commander, Maj. Gen. Maan Al-Saadi. [Ghadeer]

 

Rayan Al-Kildani a commander in a Christian PMF has said that his fighters are ready to participate in the battle for Mosul. He added that his PMF would treat any Turkish troops operating in Iraq in the same way as it would treat Daesh. [Maalomah]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot at a Daesh hisbah patrol in Hay Al-Sukkar, killing or wounding 3 terrorists. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Many former Iraqi Army officers remain in Daesh custody, the source added. Daesh has meanwhile been saying that all residents of Mosul who have not pledged allegiance to it are “cowards” and “infidels” and “apostates” and Daesh has been broadcasting Quranic verses and hadiths related to combat and war to steel its ranks for battle.  [Ghad]

 

Daesh issues a video of an “American” recon drone it shot down in Huqoul village northwest of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh has been moving “all” of its military vehicles and hardware to Mosul’s Right Bank, a source in the city said. The source speculated that this was an attempt to shift the upcoming battle to the Right Bank in order to keep the escape route to Syria clear on the Left Bank. [Mawsleya]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh has begun displaying its military vehicles in civilian areas in a bid to prevent raids on its military hardware and to frighten Mosul’s population into obedience, a local source in Mosul has said. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh members and their families are preparing to flee the city of Mosul for fear of what will happen to their children after the fall of Daesh in Mosul, local sources said. [Mawsleya]

 

A contingent of Syrian-national Daesh hisbah officers arrived in Mosul and were deployed immediately to the streets, where they have been harassing civilians, sources in Mosul said. The sources speculated that the new hisbah patrols are an attempt to sow fear in residents as the battle nears to dislodge Daesh from Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

A local source says a Daesh Iraqi IT expert disappeared in Mosul. The source says the expert has files containing information about Daesh leaders in Iraq and Syria and used to have an office in Mosul University. The source also says Daesh has deployed its security members looking for him. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh threatened shop owners in Mosul with execution if they obeyed Ninewa Operations Command curfew. The Command has issued a statement asking the people of Mosul to stay in their houses and raise white flags on their houses. It also said it would issue a curfew when the liberation operations start. [Mada]

 

Daesh has been stopping private vehicles in the streets to convert their number plates from Iraqi plates to Daesh-issued plates. This is an apparent bid to prevent residents from using their vehicles to flee the combat area in the anticipated fighting for Mosul, a source in Mosul said. The fees for converting the plates also generate funds for Daesh. Many Mosul residents have taken to using other means of transport while leaving their cars at home, full of fuel, in anticipation of a possible emergency escape from the area, the source explained. [AYN]

 

Daesh has suddenly forbidden the return of bodies of those it has executed to their families and is instead burying the corpses in unmarked graves, according to a local source in Ninewa. Arguments have erupted between Daesh and families of executed people in various areas of Mosul as a result of the new order, the source added. [Sumaria]

 

Several Moslawi youths set fire to a Daesh media office in the Aden district in eastern Mosul, prompting Daesh to mobilize members to conduct an arrest campaign inside the city. [Mada]

 

A member of Daesh’s “Cubs” armed youth organization killed his emir in Mosul one day after the emir married the boy’s mother, according to a local source in Ninewa. The boy shot the Daesh member, a prominent trainer in the Daesh “cubs” group, in the head with a pistol in his house in the Al-Tahrir neighborhood on the east side of the city, the source said. The boy has since fled to an unknown location. [Sumaria]

 

A Daesh member known as Abu Marwa Aqdam massacred his family with a sword on Thursday in his home in the Al-Zuhour neighborhood of eastern Mosul, a local source in Ninewa said. The source added that the circumstances were still unclear but that Daesh had taken the perpetrator into custody. [Knooz]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

Daesh has dispatched all of its foreign fighters to Mosul’s Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict, south of the city, according to a source inside Mosul. [Ghad]

 

Qayara/Makhmur

Iraqi forces destroyed a vehicle bomb and several IEDs planted on the main road between Ninewa and Baghdad. [MoD Website]

 

IFP troops, supported by the IAA, stopped a Daesh attack and destroyed 5 vehicle bombs. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored vehicle with a guided missile in Al-Nassr village west of Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

A prominent Daesh commander in Tel Keif has been killed by Peshmerga special forces artillery fire on the front near Mosul Dam, according to a JOC statement citing intelligence information. The slain Daesh member Irshad Salih Ahmed Salih Al-Obeidi, known as Abu Hisham and as Abu Jarrah, from the village of Albu Saif, was reportedly a Daesh military official for the Nineveh Plain. [PressIraq] [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A former Australian MP says he filmed a battle between the Peshmerga and Daesh terrorists in Domiz last week. He says he was visiting the area when a group of 15 Daesh terrorists attacked (video). [SBS]

 

The Mayor of Sinjar (KDP) says he will go to the International Court if the PKK refuses to leave Sinjar. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” and its hisbah operations in the Hassan Koy area in Tal Afar. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

Thousands of teachers and other government employees demonstrated in Suleimaniya demanding their salaries that they say have not been paid for more than eight months now. [Mada]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Zubair District Mayor says a child was killed when an IED exploded in a residential area in Zubair. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

The strains in relations between Baghdad and Ankara that first appeared when Turkey dispatched troops to Bashiqa in December 2015 have been escalated further with talk of Ankara possibly following up on its Euphrates operation with one in Mosul. In the very midst of this tension, Iraqi Ambassador Hisham Al-Alawi has voiced his opposition to any operation that Turkey might stage. Al-Alawi, who was appointed to Ankara four months ago, has spoken for the first time to Cumhuriyet.

Full translated interview here

Daesh Daily comment. We thank our friend in Turkey for translating this interview.

 

Turkish media sources say Turkey finished building 200 km (125 miles) of the concrete wall that separates Turkey from Syria and will finish the remaining 700 km (435 miles) within 5 months. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with “terrorists” in Syria, in a sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington amid the battle for the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby’s warning that the collapse of U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria could lead to a rise in extremism and potential attacks against Russia drew Moscow’s anger.

The Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries both cast it as U.S. encouragement of terror attacks on Russia. “We can’t assess those statements as anything else but a call, a directive for action,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Washington is “on the verge” of ending Syria talks with Moscow because of days of deadly bombings of Aleppo by Russian and Syrian planes.

Kirby, asked Wednesday what the consequences would be for Russia if cooperation with the U.S. in Syria collapsed, said “that extremists and extremists groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there … which will include, no question, attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities, and Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags.” [CBSNews]

 

The PYD President, Saleh Muslim, says the Russian airstrikes saved Syrian lands from the “new Ottomans.” [BasNews]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh locations in Syria—in or near Mare’ (3), Manbij (1), Raqqa (1), Albu Kamal (2) and Deir Ez-Zor (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The SOHR says Daesh targeted SDF positions in Azzawi village south of Shaddadi. [SyriaHR]

 

Raqqa

The SOHR says Daesh cut off the hands of 2 of its members in Raqqa city after accusing them of “stealing Islamic State money.” [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says 2 SDF fighters were wounded by a Daesh land mine near Atshana village west of Ain Eissa. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of training its civil defense units in Tabaqa city. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “call for Islam” activities Karama area in Raqqa. One of the photos shows young children in one of the seminars. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Al-Bab

Jaish Al-Thuwar, a Syria Democratic Forces faction, says SDF units stopped a Daesh attack on Um Al-Qura and Um Hawsh villages, killing 7 terrorists. It also says two SDF fighters were killed. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says a woman and her three children were killed by an “American” bombing on their house in Haj Kousa village southeast of Al-Ra’i. [A3maq]

 

The Turkish Army says, opposition groups, backed by ground and air support from the Turkish Army, recaptured Talaar village, then captured Zayadiya and Ghurur villages southwest of Al-Ra’i. It says four opposition group fighters were killed and fifteen wounded in battles in Ayoubiya village southeast of Al-Ra’i while Turkish troops didn’t sustain any casualties. It also says its artillery shelled 50 Daesh targets, and Turkish planes destroyed 2 buildings and a machine gun-mounted vehicle. [ARA]

Opposition military sources say opposition groups also captured Awilin and Khalila villages southwest of Al-Ra’i. They say that by capturing Zayadiya the opposition groups are only 7km away from the strategic (Kurdish) village of Akhtarin in Azaz. [Dorar]

 

Azaz

Daesh says it killed five opposition fighters with a rocket in Ghurur village. [A3maq]

 

Turkey backed opposition groups made an announcement to Sawran, Dabiq, Ihtaimlat, Akhtarin, and Turkmen Bareh military areas and asked people to leave their houses. A local activist says Turkish planes and artillery have started to target Daesh locations in those villages, killing or wounding more than 20 terrorists. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it killed twelve “PKK” armed men when they were trying to advance on Wahshiyah and Hasiya villages south of Mare’. [A3maq]

 

A civilian was severely wounded by an opposition group leftover land mine in Kafr Naseh village, in Tal Rifaat subdistrict in Azaz. [Hawar]

 

Afrin

The YPG says the Turkish Army targeted Tal Saria village with heavy weapons, wounding three civilians. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo

Local sources say twelve civilians, including eight from the same family, were killed by Syrian airstrikes on east Aleppo city. They also say two more civilians were killed and several others wounded when opposition groups targeted the government-held Hay Al-Siryan with locally made rockets. Opposition group snipers also wounded several civilians in west Aleppo. [Hawar]

 

Other Northwest Syria

A local civil defense official says twenty civilians were killed and twenty four wounded by Syrian airstrikes on Idlib. [Anadolu]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian planes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh positions and convoys near Sha’er Oilfield east of Homs, destroying “tens” of machine gun mounted vehicles and killing the terrorists inside. [SyriaNow]

The SOHR says battles continued between the Syrian Army and allied militias on one side, and Daesh on the other side near Jazl and Sha’er oilfields. Syrian troops, supported by warplanes, are advancing in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Army and allied militias’ artillery killed or wounded several Daesh terrorists in the Martibiya area, in West Qalamoun. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The SOHR says Daesh arrested 25 people from Al-Sabha village, west of Deir Ez-Zor, after 3 New Syria Army fighters surrendered to Daesh. Daesh had published yesterday the names of fifteen young men it executed in the same village. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian troops killed several Daesh terrorists who tried to infiltrate the eastern barrier of the Deir Ez-Zor airport. [SyriaNow]

 

The SOHR says a woman was wounded in clashes between 2 Syrian Army allied militias in Hay Al-Joura in Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaHR]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

More than 30 Daesh terrorists were killed and 50 wounded by airstrikes on their positions in Bir Al-Afa’i and Naqab in the Dhumair area. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t really know the validity of Syrian government reports. The Assad media and Daesh media come from the same Baathist background.

 

Daesh says a Syrian soldier surrendered to its terrorists in the Bir Al-Qassab area east of Damascus. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near Yelda town. [DawaAlhaq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian media sources say the Deputy General Attorney survived an assassination attempt when a parked car bomb exploded on his convoy in east Cairo. [Anadolu]

 

A security source says four policemen were wounded when ABM terrorists attacked a security barrier in the Sadout area, in Rafah. The sources also say an ABM terrorist was killed in the attack. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says ABM snipers shot and wounded two policemen at a security barrier in the Wali Lafi area, south of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says a 52-year-old woman was wounded when an IED exploded south of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Local sources say a shell fell on a school in Shaibana village, south of Rafah, causing damage. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for killing three policemen in Hay Al-Masa’id in Arish. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh forgot to mention that it also killed the taxi driver who was transporting the policemen as was reported in local media yesterday.

 

Libya

Central coast

American Army sources told Fox News they expect that President Obama will extend the airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte for another month. [Wasat]

 

A military source say Libyan planes conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a GNA Military SUV with an IED on the road between Sirte and the Buerat Al-Hassoun area. [A3maq]

 

Other countries

Yemen

A security source says Counter Terrorism units captured Radhwan Qanna, the Daesh emir and military commander in Yemen, in a raid on house in Aden. [ArabicPress]

 

Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on a taxi carrying a Yemeni security officer in Aden. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh issues a video about the “American” drone airstrike on 3 houses in the Shadal area in Nangarhar yesterday. Daesh says the drone hit 3 houses where people were celebrating their return from the Hajj in Mecca. Daesh said yesterday that the airstrike killed fifteen people and wounded ten. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

A new image shared by an Arabic-language US State Department Twitter account shows a man with a masked face behind the words “No! I will not partake in the killing of innocents!” Below the image are the words “I will not be a tool in the hand of Daesh” The image is one of several shared by the DOS with similar anti-Daesh messages.

 

Iraq

With the passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) in the US, some Iraqis have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #JASTA_IRAQ to call for criminal prosecution of Saudi Arabia for allegedly sponsoring terrorism in Iraq. See for example this tweet by a pro-PMF Twitter user. [Twitter]

 

Video purports to show the return of a young man to his family in Shirqat after he fled the city when it was in Daesh control. [Twitter]

 

Followers of the Shia cleric Mahmoud Al-Hasany Al-Sarkhi, whose followers have had several violent clashes with the Iraqi government and with followers of rival Iraqi Shia movements since 2003, have taken up the hashtag “Al-Sorkhi_Smashes_Daesh’s_Thinking” (in Arabic) over the last few days, using it to share images and quotations from the cleric which criticize Daesh. [Twitter]

DaeshDaily comment. This “cleric” has a very violent and dedicated group of followers. He was the one who ordered the first attack on the Coalition in Kerbala that led to massive demonstrations by residents who wanted to kick him out. He kept up his attack against the Iraqi forces until the government raided his headquarters in 2014 and forced him to flee. He changes his position from time to time, including previous outright support for Sunni armed groups and denying the existence of Daesh. This seems like one of his flip-flops.

 

Syria

Video of children in Manbij going back to school for the first time since their city was freed from Daesh rule. [Twitter]

 

Video released by Sultan Murad Brigades purportedly shows fighting with Daesh in the northern and eastern Aleppo countryside. [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its wounded terrorists who want to rejoin the battles. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes infographics about the results of its operations in north Sinai during the last 11 weeks. [A3maq]

 

September 28, 2016

Displaced People from Hawija (BasNews]

Displaced People from Hawija (BasNews)

Today’s Major Developments

600 more US soldiers will head to Iraq. []

Top-level KRG delegation to meet with Al-Abadi on Thursday. []

Central Diyala Daesh sleeper cells are forcing residents to move out. []

PMF Commission spokesman suggests clearing Anbar and Hawija before attacking Mosul. []

Daesh reported to be destroying the walls of ancient Nineveh. []

Kerry demands that Russia help stop the attacks on Aleppo. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, says President Obama approved sending 600 additional soldiers to Iraq after getting a request from Prime Minister Abadi. [Anadolu]

Prime Minister Abadi’s office had issued a statement saying the Iraqi Government requested additional American trainers and advisers in preparation for the Mosul battle. [Anadolu]

 

Vice President Biden said in a phone call with the KRG President Masoud Barzani that the United States support Barzani’s visit to Baghdad, according to a statement from the KRG Presidency. Barzani and senior KRG officials are visiting Baghdad on Thursday after an invitation from Prime Minister Abadi. A KRG senior official says Barzani will discuss the Mosul liberation and the relationships between Baghdad and Erbil after the Daesh era. [Rudaw] [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This is one meeting that might prove to be important. It’s remarkable how much diplomacy the Vice President has done regarding Iraq over his eight years, usually with little or no public attention. As a non-partisan statement, he deserves enormous credit.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh locations in Iraq—near Mosul (4), Qayara (2), Sultan Abdullah (1), and Kasik (1), and near Ramadi (1) and Al-Qa’im (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and four wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in Hurriya. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says an Iraqi Army force captured 5 people wanted on terrorism charges in Tarmiya.  [Mada]

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 45th brigade found a weapons cache in the Ru’oud area. [Etejah]

The IFP says it captured a Daesh terrorist in the Taji area. [Baghdadia]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Suleikh. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in a Shia area, Qraia’at. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Shula. [Mada]

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 44th brigade found 6 IEDs and other explosives in the Ghrair area, in Adhamiya. [Etejah]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source says the owner of electric devices store was shot and killed by armed men using silenced guns in Nahrawan. [Maalomah]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A security source says one Sahwa fighter was killed and two wounded when armed men attacked a Sahwa checkpoint in the Albu Aitha area. [Maalomah]

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an IED and other explosives in the Quwam area. [Etejah]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says the bodies of two unknown men were found shot in Rasheed. [Sumaria]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says three people were killed and nine wounded when 2 mortar shells fell on a residential area in Radwaniya. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 59th brigade found 5.2 tons of C4 explosives in the Bani Zaid area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   14    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi forces cleared 50 houses and destroyed 45 IEDs in the Hassi and Nassaf areas in Falluja District. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

The MoD says Iraqi Army 10th division, supported by artillery and IAA, attacked Daesh positions in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area, in Jazeera Ramadi. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. In Iraq, an area that is semi-enclosed by the rivers is usually called “Jazeera” (island), and sometimes “Zuwiya” or “Zawiya (corner). It is important to notice that even after a city is liberated, Daesh still hangs out in such areas (Jazeera Khaldiya, Jazeera Ramadi, Jazeera Hit, Jazeera Baghdadi, etc.) Daesh has developed a sophisticated defense system in such areas that includes tunnels, hideouts, water transportation, etc. that makes it difficult for the attacking forces to break into those areas. 

 

The Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi forces liberated five positions in the Albu Dhiab area, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Mada]

 

The MoD issues a video of an Iraqi airstrike destroying a truck bomb that was aiming at attacking Iraqi military convoys, in the Qanater area, in Jazeera Khaldiya. [AIN]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army bulldozer with a guided missile near the Zaidan factory north of Ramadi. [A3maq]

Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored vehicle with a guided missile in the same area. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition planes, started a military operation to liberate Jazeera Hit. [Mada]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces liberated the Taliha and Safaqiya areas in Jazeera Hit. [Baghdadia]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces captured 2 Daesh Syrian terrorists and confiscated weapons and communications devices in the Jazeera Hit area. [Mada]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces captured Jazeera Dolab and cleared 5 villages in the area, killing 15 terrorists and destroying 167 IEDs and 45 explosives cans. [Harbi]

 

Daesh issues a video about an attack on Iraqi forces on the road between Haditha and Baiji. [A3maq]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says Iraqi Sukhois destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs factories and a large weapons and ammunition storehouse in Anah. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its zakat activities in Rawa. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The IFP says it rocketed Daesh positions in the Faidha area, south of Rutba. It also says it captured 5 Daesh terrorists in the same area. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces near Rutba. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The MoD says the IAA killed 15 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs in Tilul Al-Baj. It also says Iraqi forces destroyed small bridges used by Daesh in the area, in addition to 15 tunnels and several IEDs. Iraqi Army 35th brigade killed 11 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 vehicle bombs in a nearby area. Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the Sdaid area, west of Tilul Al-Baj. [Harbi]

 

A PMF source says a PMF unit captured a local terrorist, close to the Daesh leader Baghdadi, and captured explosives and mustard gas in the Makhoul area. [Harbi]

 

The Salahuddin Governor says more than 4,500 displaced families returned to their houses in Shirqat. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army tank with a guided missile near Al-Naml Intersection, south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

The IFP says its troops stopped a Daesh attack north of Siniya, destroying 6 vehicle bombs and killing the suicide terrorists inside. [Baghdadia]

 

Southern Salahuddin

The MoD says a joint security force captured 5 men wanted on terrorism charges in Ishaqi. It also says Iraqi forces killed 2 Daesh suicide terrorists before they reached their targets in the Adhiya area.  [Harbi]

Daesh’s version claims that its two suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Adhiya village in Ishaqi subdistrict, killing thirty-three people, including high ranking officers, and wounding six. [A3maq] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Conceding that government and Daesh accounts of the same battle always diverge significantly, the discrepancy in this case is huge. We wonder how Daesh could count enemy casualties, given that its two terrorists were dead.

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council says Daesh sleeper cells are active in Abu Qarma village in Abu Saida, and they have started to target civilians in the area with assassinations and IEDs, forcing them to leave. He says there are 50 Daesh terrorists hiding in the area, and they aim at capturing the village and using it as a launch pad against Abu Saida and Abbara. [Sumaria]

 

A member of the Abu Saida subdistrict council says Daesh forced most of the residents of Qubba and Chalabi villages in the Waqf area to leave their houses by threatening them continuously. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

Arab tribes’ leaders held a meeting in Kirkuk to discuss the liberation of Daesh-controlled areas. A tribal leader says tribal laws should be applied in order to solve anticipated disputes in those areas. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A security source says 16 Daesh terrorists were killed and 17 wounded when an explosives vest exploded mistakenly in a meeting in Mahawes village in Hawija District.  [Etejah]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says the Daesh security official of Kirkuk was killed with 4 other terrorists in airstrike that targeted his vehicle on the road between Hawija and Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh lashed a young man in Hawija because it found a song about Iraq on his mobile phone. He says Daesh conducts surprise searches on people’s mobiles from time to time. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF commander says Daesh gave a 24-hour ultimatum to 29 families, whose sons were killed by Daesh, to leave Hawija. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems to contradict earlier reports about Daesh keeping its victims’ families to use them later as human shields.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul campaign

The “security spokesman” of the PMF office in Baghdad, Yusuf Al-Kalabi, has suggested that recapturing the remaining Daesh-held areas of Anbar province and Hawija in Kirkuk province are strategic objective that should occur before operations begin to retake Mosul. [Masalah]

 

Ali Husseini, the spokesman for a Turkmen PMF bloc has said that his militiamen are ready to participate in the battle for [predominantly Turkmen] Tal Afar and for Mosul and are waiting for the “zero hour.” Turkmen PMFs will also participate in the battle for Hawija, the spokesman said, in a “supporting” role. [Etejah]

 

An official of the KRG’s Peshmerga ministry has announced that the Peshmerga are ready to participate in the battle for Mosul. His troops are stationed 28 km (17 miles) away from the center of Mosul and are waiting for the Iraqi Army to be ready for the assault, he added. The Peshmerga ministry’s undersecretary said that the Iraqi military relies on roads in the IKR rather than on roads south of Mosul as the former are paved and can be traveled more easily by military vehicles. [SotAlIraq]

 

Coalition airstrikes killed 36 Daesh members and wounded others in multiple raids in the Mosul area, a Ninewa police colonel said. [BasNews]

 

Three mortar shells landed on a Daesh command center in central Mosul on Wednesday morning, killing two Daesh members and destroying the facility, a Ninewa security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh has been moving its forces around within Mosul and replacing its leaders, many of whom have disappeared. [Mawsleya]

 

The corpse of a Daesh property registry official has been discovered bearing heavy trauma wounds to the head in a garden on Mosul’s Right Bank two days after he disappeared, a local source said. The deceased Daesh member was originally from Diyala governorate, and had worked in Daesh’s Diyala property registry before fleeing to Mosul after Daesh’s expulsion from that governorate, the source said. [Sumaria]

 

Two Daesh members were killed by gunfire from unknown sources using weapons fitted with silencers in a popular market in Mosul, a Ninewa Operations Command source said. [BasNews]

 

Mosul’s morgue received the bodies of 14 Daesh fighters on Wednesday according to a source inside the morgue. The Daesh members were among those targeted in a Peshmerga artillery attack north of the city, the source added. [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh hisbah member in Hay Al-Intisar. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Peshmerga positions near Kafraj Camp, northwest of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down an “American” recon drone near Aski Mosul Intersection west of Mosul yesterday. [A3maq]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh is destroying the historic walls of Nineveh and tearing down the hills surrounding the ancient city, according to local sources. [Mawsleya]

 

Unidentified Mosul residents have reportedly raised the Iraqi flag on the Muthanna Intersection and burned Daesh symbols, according to a report citing “PMF intelligence.” [PressIraq]

 

Daesh has cancelled sick leave for its members in the areas it controls due to the manpower losses it has suffered recently, according to “PMF intelligence.” Daesh has reportedly announced that any Daesh member who does not report to Daesh headquarters or stay in his home will be arrested so he does not flee. [PressIraq]

 

In a further sign of financial distress, Daesh has begun to impose a fee for obtaining marriage contracts in Mosul, according to local source. [Sumaria]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The commander of one of Daesh’s armed female corps was found dead on a main road in an area near Hammam Al-Alil, a local source said. The dead woman was of Russian nationality, and she was the head of the “biters”. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says 2 Daesh terrorists were killed and 5 wounded when an IED exploded on a Daesh police vehicle near Hammam Al-Alil. [Sumaria]

 

Qayara

A security source says Coalition planes targeted the Daesh hisbah office in Al-Hawd village, killing the Qayara hisbah official and 3 other terrorists. The source also says the planes destroyed 5 Daesh vehicle bombs in the village. [Harbi]

 

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Iraqi forces near the Hatra Intersection, south of Qayara. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Yazidi community leaders issued a statement after a meeting in Sinjar demanding that the PKK leave Sinjar and saying they don’t want Sinjar to be another Qandil. [BasNews]

However, a Yazidi armed group issued a statement saying the KDP interfered in the meeting to serve its own political agenda. It also says the Yazidis don’t want to be a part of any political dispute and they don’t approve of the presence of military camps in their areas. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. The context here is that the Peshmerga abandoned the Yazidis in the middle of the night as Daesh approached; then later returned to capture most of Sinjar, and Barzani claimed it for Kurdistan; but the YPG moved in from Syria and also contributed to the victory. The Yazidis, who were the most victimized people in Iraq from the failure of government to protect them, are now stuck in the middle of a dispute between outsiders about the Yazidis’ political status.

 

A KDP member of the KRG Parliament says Turkey wants to capture Sinjar in order to create a barrier between the Kurds in Iraq and those Syria. [Sumaria]

 

Unidentified warplanes reportedly destroyed an unspecified number of Daesh mortar units on the Aski front. [PressIraq]

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish military says it conducted airstrikes on PKK hideouts in the Kara area of northern Kurdistan. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The US Department of State issued a statement saying Secretary John Kerry informed his Russian counterpart in a phone call that the US would suspend its cooperation with Russia in Syria if Russia doesn’t take immediate measures to end the attacks on Aleppo. [Anadolu]

 

Al-Nusra Front says it freed the German journalist, Janina Findeisen, and her baby, who were kidnapped in Syria in October 2015. Al-Nusra says a small group, that claimed it was from Al-Nusra, had kidnapped the journalist and demanded a ransom of 5 million euros. It says Al-Nusra raided their prison, freeing the journalist and her baby. The German Foreign Ministry said that the journalist and her baby arrived in Turkey. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Nusra may be doing a PR stunt here, as part of its new propaganda line. Al Qaeda in Iraq, from which Al-Nusra came, was notorious for kidnapping people for money.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh locations in Syria—near Shaddadi (2) and Raqqa in the Northeast; (1), Deir Ez-Zor (2) in the East; and Manbij (2), and Mare’ (5) in Aleppo. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A local source says Daesh started digging a trench around Markada town south of Hasaka, in anticipation of a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attack. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

Three YPG fighters were wounded when a land mine exploded on their vehicle in Al-Hawi village, east of Tal Abyad. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of confiscating expired food items in Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Al-Bab

The Turkish armed forces say that three of its troops suffered light injuries in a Daesh drone attack. They also say that opposition forces have regained control of a residential quarter in the southeast of Al-Ra’i and are fighting to take control of other parts of the town. [Cumhuriyet]

[We thank our friend in Turkey for translating this report.]

 

Turkey-supported opposition groups captured 7 Kurdish villages south of Al-Ra’i. [Hawar]

 

It also says opposition groups, supported by Turkish air cover and ground support, captured Ayoubiya village east of Al-Ra’i. However, Daesh recaptured Talaar after a heavy attack. It says Turkish artillery attacked 82 Daesh targets with 486 shells. [Anadolu]

 

An opposition group commander says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Mraighil town southwest of Al-Ra’i, destroying 2 vehicle bombs. He also says Turkey-backed opposition groups stopped a Daesh attack on West Talaar, killing or wounding several terrorists. [ARA]

Daesh says it stopped a Turkey-backed opposition groups’ advance on Mraighil village east of Azaz. Daesh says Turkish artillery targeted the village with 40 shells. [A3maq]

 

Turkey-supported opposition groups targeted several villages in the Al-Bab area with artillery and Katyushas, destroying several houses and wounding several people, forcing many people to leave their houses. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says Turkish artillery targeted villages south of Al-Ra’i with more than 30 shells. [A3maq]

Daesh says it stopped pro-Turkey opposition groups’ attacks on Jabin village and the Electricity Company, south of Al-Ra’i. [A3maq]

 

Azaz

The Turkish military says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Awishiya and Ihtaimlat villages and destroyed 2 buildings and an ammunition storehouse. It says Turkish planes attacked Daesh in Rael and Talalin in Azaz. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Turkey-backed opposition groups’ attacks on Talalin north of Mare’. [A3maq]

 

Jaish Al-Thuwar, an SDF faction, says it stopped 2 Daesh attacks near Hasiya village, destroying 2 vehicle bombs. It also says Daesh continued targeting Um Al-Qura and Um Hawsh villages with heavy mortars and machine guns. [Hawar]

 

Afrin

The PYD Asayesh says it captured a large truck loaded with weapons and ammunition south of Afrin. It says the shipment was intended for Daesh in Raqqa. [ARA]

 

The SOHR says a woman who was shot by the Turkish Army near Ras Al-Ayn died in the hospital today, raising the number of victims to seven from the same family. Local sources say the Turkish Army is preventing people from retrieving the bodies of the fallen victims. [SyriaHR]

 

Manbij

Daesh says it killed thirteen “PKK” armed men in an attack on Nahilya village south of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Other Northwest Syria

The UNICEF says 96 children in Aleppo were killed and 223 wounded since Friday. Justin Forsyth, deputy executive director of the UNICEF says the children of Aleppo are “trapped in a living nightmare.” “There are no words left to describe the suffering they are experiencing.” [Anadolu]

 

Two of the biggest hospitals in the besieged areas in Aleppo are out of service after being targeted by airstrikes. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

An FSA commander say a “foreign country” provided the FSA with Grad rockets as a response to the Syrian and Russian attack on Aleppo city. [ARA]

 

Russian planes targeted residential areas in Aleppo, killing at least six civilians. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The Syrian Army and allied militias started a military campaign to capture Sha’er Oilfield east of Homs. A local activist says the Syrian Army captured Tal Al-Sawana south of the field after battles with Daesh. [ARA]

The SOHR says several Daesh terrorists were killed by Daesh airstrikes on the area. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Syrian Army tanks with guided missiles in Sha’er Oilfield. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack in the Huwaisis area east of Homs, killing nine soldiers. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local sources say Daesh published the names of fifteen young men it executed in Sabha village, east of Deir Ez-Zor. The sources say Daesh had arrested the young men more than a year ago after accusing them of cooperating with the Syrian government or the Free Syrian Army. The sources say the victims were civilians who had no connections to any government or military group. [Dorar]

 

A local activist says Coalition planes destroyed Ashara Bridge east of Deir Ez-Zor. The source says it was the last bridge linking the east and west sides of the Euphrates. [ARA]

By destroying the bridge, the Coalition isolated the eastern areas from the western areas on the Euphrates for 700 km (435 miles), from Jarabulus in the north to Albu Kamal in the east. [Qasioun]

 

A local activist says Daesh prohibited the selling or buying of boats in areas east of Deir Ez-Zor after the bridge was destroyed. He says only Daesh members can own boats and they charge people who want to cross the river. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says three policemen and a taxi driver were killed by takfiris who shot at the taxi in Hay Al-Masa’id in Arish. The terrorists stole the weapons of the policemen and fled the area in their vehicle. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say security personnel blew up a house used by terrorists to launch attacks in Abu Rifa’i village, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Counter Terrorism units destroyed 2 IEDs in Rafah city, and 1 south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Media sources say Daesh appointed Mohammed Al-Ayouni, AKA Jalal Al-Din Al-Tunisi, a 34-year-old Tunisian terrorist who also has a French passport, as its new leader in Libya. [AfriGate]

 

Northeast

Benghazi Police captured 2 “dangerous” terrorists who admitted participating in killing soldiers and policemen. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Benghazi. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Central coast

A local source says a Daesh terrorist who fled the Sirte battles on foot was captured east of Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh says fifteen civilians were killed and ten wounded by an “American” bombing on the Shadal area in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Pro-PMF Twitter users have been using the hashtag (in Arabic) “The_PMF_is_an_official_party” over the last few days, usually accompanied by images or text praising or highlighting PMF activities in battle, to express support for the activities of the PMFs and to rebuff the many critics of the PMFs who see them as largely sectarian or ethnic militias. [Twitter]

 

A photo shared by a pro-PMF Twitter account shows a rifle rigged with a video camera and monitor, mounted to a wall. PMFs claim to have invented it. Somehow it is supposed to help avoid sniper fire. [Twitter]

 

Video purports to show Syrian opposition militiaman defusing a Daesh explosive shell without protective gear and with simple hand tools. [YouTube]

 

A video that shows Jabha Shamiya, a Turkey backed opposition group, executing a wounded Daesh terrorist. [Twitter]

September 27, 2016

Suleimaniya Demonstrations (ROJ)

Suleimaniya Demonstrations (ROJ)

Today’s Major Developments

Coalition spokesman says there are 8,000 Coalition troops (including 4,500 Americans) in Iraq. []

Daesh unleashes wave of suicide, IED attacks in Baghdad. []

Coalition, IAA, Iraqi troops fend off Daesh attack southwest of Shirqat. []

Major protests rock Suleimaniya, Halabja. []

PYD imposes its own curriculum on schools in its area; excludes Arab, Christian children. []

UN envoy sounds alarm about political impasse, infighting in Libya. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says he’s surprised by Erdogan’s statement about Mosul liberation operations, and that Turkey has no role in the military operations. He also says that the international community wants to see a unified Iraq. He added that Kurdistan doesn’t have any intention to separate from Iraq. He also says the KRG should ensure transparency regarding transporting oil. [Mada] [Mada]

 

The Coalition spokesman, Colonel John Dorian, says Turkish troops in Iraq are not part of the Coalition, and that the Iraqi Government will decide on the participants in Mosul’s liberation. He says Daesh was trying to develop chemical weapons using a medicine factory in Mosul, but the Coalition destroyed the factory. He says the Coalition will not participate with combat units in the Mosul liberation, but will provide logistics support and airstrikes. He says there are 8,000 Coalition soldiers in Iraq, including 4,500 Americans. He says there are 3,000-5,000 Daesh terrorists in Mosul. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. In other words, Daesh is outnumbered even by the Coalition troops?

 

The Defense Committee of the Iraqi Parliament has announced that it would summon the Turkish Ambassador after Erdogan announced that the date for the launch of operations to recapture Mosul from Daesh would be October 19th in remarks to journalists as he returned from New York on Sunday. [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. To our knowledge, Ambassadors are not obliged to respond to demands from legislatures.

 

A member of the COR’s Security and Defense Committee says the Committee concluded its report about the Karrada explosion that killed around three hundred people in July. He says the report shows corruption in a contract which sold the government over-age bomb-sniffing dogs and corruption in a civil defense equipment contract. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The Karrada VBIED came from Diyala where it passed through a checkpoint with an over-age dog that did not detect the bomb. The thieves who are participating in killing thousands of Iraqis, to get money from contracts, are still in power and still protected by their parties. Even the few who were indicted will be released by the Amnesty Law. One of Iraq’s biggest problems is that its “government of national unity” has been a government of cover-up.

 

The Coalition conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, eight of them in Ninewa: four in the Mosul area and one each in Qayara and nearby Sultan Abdullah, and in Kasik and Sinjar in the northwest. The other three were on Al-Qa’im (1), Haditha (1), and Baiji (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The Manager of Karkh Health Directorate says a hand grenade was thrown at his house, causing damage. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A police source says security members killed a suicide terrorist who tried to detonate his explosives vest on them in Taji. [Sumaria]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found an explosives vest and 3 IEDs in the Dhabitya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in the Salman area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 43rd brigade found 7 IEDs and an explosive cache in Rashidiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says they ambushed and killed an Iraqi soldier in the Salman area in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Shaab. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosive vest in Baghdad Jadida, killing eight people and wounding twenty-seven. [Mada]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists detonated himself in a Shia gathering in Baghdad Al-Jadida, killing or wounding more than fifty people. [JustPaste]

 

An MoI source says the body of a food trader was found shot hours after he was kidnapped in the Ma’amel area. [Mada]

An MoI source says armed men in military uniforms hijacked a vehicle in the Binouk area and stole the salaries of a nearby school. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a café in Mada’in. [Mada]

An MoI source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in Zafaraniya. [Sumaria]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Abu Dsheer, in Dora. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an IED in the Arab Dawood area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

An MoI source says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest in Bayaa, killing eleven people and killing thirty-three. [Mada]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists detonated himself in a Shia gathering in Bayaa, killing or wounding more than forty people. [JustPaste]

 

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded in the industrial area in Bayaa. [Mada]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Security sources say two people were killed when a roadside IED exploded near a livestock market in Radwaniya. [AIN]

An MoI source says three civilians were wounded when an IED exploded near a popular cafe in Tobchi. [Sumaria]

Iraqi Army 24th brigade found an explosive vest in the Bani Zaid area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   19   (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

The Anbar Governor says 62,000 displaced families returned to their houses in Ramadi, Falluja, Saqlawiya, and Qarma. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

The MoD says Iraqi Army 10th division, supported by the IAA, stopped a Daesh attack in Albu Ali Al-Jassem, killing 14 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicle bombs, 2 vehicles, 2 mortar units, and an ammunition cache. [Harbi]

 

The MoD says Iraqi Army 8th division destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles with Kornet missiles in the Albu Dhiab area. [Harbi]

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops destroyed a Daesh house with a Kornet missile north of Albu Dhiab, killing 5 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it targeted the Anbar governorate building in Ramadi with 3 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

The MoD says Coalition planes killed 20 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Bakr in Hit district. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it killed eight Sahwa fighters from the Jaghaifa tribe with an IED in the Khasfa area west of Haditha and captured 6 boats. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Just being from this anti-Daesh tribe makes you automatically a “Sahwa fighter” for Daesh.  

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha, killing or wounding several soldiers, burning down several buildings, and destroying a machine gun mounted vehicle before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Coalition planes killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle carrying weapons and explosives and destroyed 5 rocket launchers east of Baghdadi. [MoD Website]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says Iraqi Sukhois targeted Daesh gatherings in the Akashat and Saqra areas, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

According to the MoD:

The IAA killed ten Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle carrying explosives near Zuwiya village, killing 6 terrorists. Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle and killed 3 terrorists in the same village.

Salahuddin Operations Command destroyed 33 IEDs and found a car rigging factory and large quantities of explosives, destroying 17 tunnels near Zuwiya village.

 

The Salahuddin Operations Command report says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA and Coalition planes, stopped a Daesh attack in the Tilul Al-Baj area, destroying 7 vehicle bombs, killing the suicide terrorists inside, in addition to killing 15 other terrorists. [Mada]

Daesh’s version says 3 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Tilul Al-Baj with 3 vehicle bombs, followed by a group of its terrorists attacking the forces. Daesh says it killed seventeen Iraqi soldiers and wounded twenty-three and destroyed 3 barracks, 10 vehicles, 2 BMP armored vehicles and captured weapons and ammunition in the attack. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi Humvee, 2 BMP armored vehicles, and 7 SUVs in the 3 attacks. [A3maq]

 

The IAA killed 15 Daesh terrorists north of Tilul Al-Baj. Coalition planes destroyed 2 vehicle bombs in Ain Sdaid village, west of Tilul Al-Baj. [MoD Website]

The IAA killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb near Tilul Al-Baj. [MoD Website]

Coalition planes killed 9 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a heavy machine gun near Al-Naml village south of Shirqat. Coalition planes also killed 15 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles south of Shirqat. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb conducted by an Iraqi terrorist on an Army barracks near Tilul Al-Baj. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. As in many previous Daesh reports, the barracks seems abandoned.

Daesh publishes a photo of an Iraqi terrorist claiming he conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces in Tilul Al-Baj. [JustPaste]

 

An Iraqi Army captain says Daesh executed a woman who was trying to escape Sdaira village, east of Shirqat. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Dibis, Zuwiya, and Asmeda areas with 22 mortars and 5 artillery shells. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh also says it targeted PMF positions with a Grad rocket in the Mazraa area. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

The MoD says Salahuddin Emergency Police stopped a Daesh attack in Al-Salam village in Tikrit district, killing a suicide terrorist and confiscating an explosives vest. It says the terrorists were wearing military uniforms. [Harbi]

Daesh said yesterday it attacked a security barrier near Al-Salam village, northwest of Tikrit, and killed the security troops there using guns with silencers, and a suicide terrorist detonated himself on the supporting Iraqi troops.

 

The Chairman of Al-Daur District Council says Daesh terrorists attacked Al-Aitha village east of Al-Daur, and blew up 5 empty houses with IEDs. He says Daesh had destroyed around 100 empty houses within a week in the area, forcing 15 families to leave their houses. He warns that Daesh is returning to the area after the pressure on Daesh increased in other areas. [Mada]

Daesh says it blew up a “PMF” Intelligence officer with IEDs and burned down 5 PMF members’ houses in Hassan village in Tal Ksaiba, east of Tikrit. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in the Jalam area in Al-Daur, wounding two soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a police barracks in Khan Bani Saad with light weapons, wounding one policeman and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it assassinated a policeman in Baquba city center, using a silenced gun. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a man and his son, 14 km (9 miles) northeast of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed two young men in Kanaan subdistrict. [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded two in an attack on the Qubba area in Muqdadiya. [A3maq]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi government “spy recruiter” in the Nida area using a silenced gun. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

Daesh says it assassinated a Peshmerga fighter in downtown Kirkuk city. [A3maq]

 

Hawija

A local source says Daesh emptied 5 of its main offices in Hawija city and moved its terrorists to the outskirts, in anticipation of an Iraqi forces’ attack. [Sumaria]

 

Security sources say Coalition planes targeted several Daesh positions in Hawija, killing 10 terrorists and wounding 14, and destroying 4 tactical units. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF commander says a woman killed a Daesh terrorist with a knife after he tried to kidnap her 9-year-old daughter in Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

The Displacement and Migration Directorate in Kirkuk says it received 450 families who escaped from Daesh controlled areas in Riyadh. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Qayara

A Ninewa police commander says Coalition planes destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs in Al-Hawd village. [BasNews]

 

The MoD says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb and killed 4 terrorists south of Qayara. [Harbi]

 

Ninewa health authorities are conducting a vaccination campaign for children against polio and measles in Qayara (video). [Mawsleya]

 

PMFs shot down a Daesh drone west of Qayara, Ninewa Deputy Governor Ahmad Al-Jubouri said on Tuesday. [PressIraq]

 

The Coalition spokesman says the lab results show that the Daesh shell that hit Qayara Airfield on September 20th didn’t contain any chemicals. [ARA]

 

Nineveh Plain

A Peshmerga Ministry source says Peshmerga artillery targeted Daesh positions in Bashiqa subdistrict, killing 8 terrorists. The source also says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Al-Khazer, killing “tens” of terrorists and damaging 2 vehicles. [BasNews]

 

An unspecified number of Iraqi troops have reportedly arrived in the Al-Khazer area east of Mosul, and will reportedly fan out deploy to the Bashiqa front northeast of Mosul and to the Mosul Dam area north of the city, just 20 km (12.5 miles) from the center of Mosul city. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of targeting Peshmerga positions in Dawasa village with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Mosul

With the loss of Shirqat, Daesh lost its “first line of defense” for Mosul, according to the spokesman of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), who explained that the capture of Shirqat cuts the Daesh communication lines between Mosul and Hawija, its last territory in Kirkuk governorate. Iraqi troops in Shirqat have now begun preparations for the advance toward Mosul. [NewSabah]

 

Daesh has dug tunnels through Mosul city connecting the Shalalat area northeast of the city with the Nourat area in Qayara subdistrict, and connecting the city’s Right and Left Banks, according to a security source. The source added that Mosul’s soil is rocky and full of groundwater which would impede Daesh’s ability to dig tunnels larger than 1.5 meters. [Knooz]

DaeshDaily comment. It is unclear from the story if the source is referring to 1.5 meters as the maximum diameter of the tunnels or as the maximum depth of the tunnels.

 

After Coalition airstrikes destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Sumer neighborhood in eastern Mosul, Daesh directed its members to travel by motorcycle within the city rather than by car to avoid being targeted by airstrikes, according to sources in Mosul. [Mawsleya]

Daesh fighters are conducting combat training in the sports stadiums, playing fields, and large halls of the city, according to local sources. [Mawsleya]

 

A Special Committee for Relief of the Displaced from Mosul has met to develop a plan for humanitarian action to help those displaced by the fighting in Mosul, according to the Iraqi JOC spokesman. The cross-ministerial committee is planning to provide transport, fuel, shelter, and medical supplies to Moslawi IDPs. [AYN]

 

A Daesh raiding party detained “one of the most prominent food merchants” in central Mosul’s Al-Bursa market after he refused to sell food to Daesh members or cooperate with them, according to a local source in Ninewa who said the trader was taken to the Daesh “Sharia Court” in Bab Al-Tob neighborhood to make him appear before the court. [Sumaria]

 

Unknown parties in Mosul attached images of Daesh’s “caliph” Awwad Baghdadi to donkeys in Mosul prompting Daesh members to pursue the animals and kill them, according to a well-placed source in the city. Daesh then conducted house-to-house searches in an attempt to locate the perpetrators, the source added. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh arrested three fully veiled women in central Mosul, including one foreigner who was carrying a Glock pistol, a local source in Mosul said. The women were taken straightaway to a Daesh security installation in the area, the source added. Daesh intensified its surveillance of women in Mosul after a series of deadly attacks involving veiled women on Daesh members, the source explained. [Sumaria]

 

An unidentified “resistance” group has raised the Iraqi flag near the former Ninewa provincial headquarters in Mosul, according to local sources in Mosul. Daesh conducted raids and searches after the flag was displayed, searching for other Iraqi flags. [Mawsleya]

 

Mosul’s hospitals are nearly empty of specialist doctors, and those who remain are being “monopolized” by Daesh to treat its injured members, according to local sources. A growing number of civilians are unable to access specialized care within Mosul and are also unable to leave the city to seek treatment elsewhere. [Mawsleya]

 

There has been a sharp rise in prices for foods and basic consumer goods in Mosul amid a rush by Mosul residents to make purchases in advance of the anticipated assault on the city, local sources said. The sources repeated earlier reports that much of what food remains on the shelves is expired food but that residents have no other choice but to purchase it. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions in Kafraj Camp with 16 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions in different areas in Ninewa with 9 rockets and 61 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

Thousands of people demonstrated in Suleimaniya and Halabja demanding reforms and economic improvements. [Sumaria]

The acting governor of Suleimaniya promised the demonstrators he would go to Erbil to submit their demands to the KRG, and would not go back to his work before these demands were met. [Sumaria]

Representatives of four major parties (Gorran, PUK, Islamic Group, and Islamic Union) participated in the demonstrations. [SotKurdistan]

Organizers of a protest in Suleimaniya demanded the resignation of the education minister, scrapping of austerity measures, and lifting of taxes against the poor.

The protest, by the so-called Board of Dissatisfied People, drew thousands of demonstrators.

At the news conference later in the day, the organizers said they wanted the education minister sacked because his postponement of the opening of schools “was an attempt to suppress the dissatisfied voice of teachers.” The protest was over reduced and delayed salaries of teachers.  They also called for the scrapping of austerity measures and lifting of taxes on the poor. “Dissolve the imposed austerity measures and pay wages on time,” the organizers said in a statement read the news conference and published on their website.

“Lift taxes and fines on the poor people,” the statement said.

It also called for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to provide all health and education services free of charge or for a symbolic fee, and urged government employees to continue their labor strikes. [Rudaw]

Hundreds of demonstrators demanded the resignation of the KRG President, Masoud Barzani. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. The sources matter in interpreting this somewhat confusing story. Rudaw is friendly to the KDP, SotKurdistan with Gorran. With the protests being in Suleimaniya and the participants representing four of the five politically significant KRG parties, this looks like an anti-Barzani, anti-KDP protest most of all. This further reflects the ongoing political crisis in the KRG, which complicates the solution to other problems. While the protesters may have justified grievances, the KRG is so poor right now that demands for free and more services can’t be taken too seriously at the moment.

 

The KRG intensified its security procedures in Erbil anticipating similar demonstrations. [ROJ]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Qadisiya

A security source says 2 men wanted on terrorism charges were captured in Diwaniya. [Baghdadia]

 

Dhi Qar

Dhi Qar Police says a security unit captured 2 men accused of planting an IED north of Nasiriya. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The collapse of the latest Syria ceasefire has heightened the possibility that Gulf states might arm Syrian rebels with shoulder-fired missiles to defend themselves against Syrian and Russian warplanes, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Still, the Obama Administration continues to maintain that negotiations are the only way to end the carnage after Russian-backed Syrian forces intensified their bombing of Aleppo, the last major urban area in rebel hands. [Reuters]

 

A video of a group of Daesh terrorists, captured by the YPG, shows them talking about the crossing of terrorists and materials between Turkey and Syria. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of areas under its control in Syria. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, including three near Mare’ (3). The others were in or near Shaddadi, (1), Raqqa (1), Manbij (1), Deir Ez-Zor (2) and Abu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A local activist says one person was killed and three wounded when a Daesh leftover mine exploded in Sirb village, southwest of Hasaka. [ARA]

 

A PYD official says it will not allow Arab and Kurdish students to enroll in Christian private schools, because they use the Syrian government curriculum. The PYD printed out its own curriculum and imposed it on schools in areas under its control. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. As in any good old-fashioned communist system, much of the curriculum talks about the virtues of the PKK leader, Abdullah Öcalan. Replacing a Pan-Arab nationalist dictatorship with a commie-type regime is not what the children of Hasaka deserve. Everyone is trying to impose their ideology on children. In that respect, the PYD is no better than Daesh.  

 

Raqqa

The Turkey Minister of Foreign Affairs says the United States is not able to get the PYD out of Manbij, so how can it get them out of Raqqa? He says the PYD is conducting racial cleansing and kicking out Arabs from their areas. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jarabulus

Turkey backed opposition group sources say 2 American Humvees arrived for the Al-Hamza brigade, which is participating in the Euphrates Shield operation, and 8 more Humvees are on their way. [Qasioun]

 

Al-Bab

An opposition commander says Turkey-backed opposition groups, supported by Coalition planes, captured East and West Talaar after killing many Daesh terrorists. [ARA]

 

Azaz

Daesh targeted Um Al-Qura and Um Hawsh villages with mortars and heavy artillery, causing damage. SDF factions responded by shelling Daesh positions in the area. [Hawar]

 

An opposition commander says Turkey-backed opposition groups, supported by Coalition planes, launched a major attack on Daesh in Talalin town, northeast of Mare’. He says large numbers of civilians are leaving the town toward Ihtimailat. [ARA]

 

Afrin

The Turkish Army snipers shot and killed seventeen Syrian Arabs, including four children and several women, and wounded others, who were trying to cross the border into Mardin, Turkey. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

The YPG says Daesh targeted Qadiriya village, east of the Tishrin Dam, with heavy and mid-sized weapons. It also says Turkey-backed opposition groups in Azaz shelled Qamiya village in Afrin with mortars and heavy artillery.  [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Kata’eb Shams Al-Shamal, a Manbij Military Council faction, stopped a Daesh attack on Mistariha village, 33 km (20.5 miles) southwest of Manbij, and forced the terrorists to retreat. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says people from the same family were killed by “American” airstrikes on Arima town west of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

Thirty four civilians have been killed in Aleppo by airstrikes and thirty four civilians were killed so far in eastern parts of Aleppo from Syrian airstrikes. [Qasioun]

 

The SOHR says eleven people were killed today by the airstrikes on Aleppo. It also says a child was killed by opposition groups shelling on Al-Zahra’ in Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A local activist says Daesh launched a major attack on the Syrian Army and allied militias in the Sukkari and Silos areas, east of Homs. He says More than 30 Daesh terrorists were killed in battles in the area since yesterday. He also says Syrian planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle near Arak oilfield, killing or wounding 5 terrorists. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of publicly cutting off the hand of man after accusing him of theft in Hama. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a group of its terrorists in Hama. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted the Syrian Army with mortars east of Silmiya. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the shelling. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A local activist says Daesh terrorists raided houses in several areas in Albu Kamal, searching for satellite receivers. He says Daesh captured four people in the raid and took them to an unknown location. [ARA]

 

A local activist says Coalition planes launched heavy airstrikes on Mayadin, destroying the Electricity Company and the bridge without causing civilian casualties. [ARA]

The Coalition had dropped leaflets earlier asking civilians to stay away from bridges and Daesh headquarters. The Coalition targeted Al-Amar Oilfield near Mayadin, in addition to other oilfields east of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

Daesh says “American” planes destroyed the only bridge in Mayadin city east of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

The SOHR says Daesh cut of the hands of four people in Hay Al-Hamidiya in Deir E-Zor after accusing them of theft. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says warplanes destroyed a bridge between Sabha and Albu Lail towns, east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says a police officer and three policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their police vehicle on the International Road in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

A policeman was wounded by a sniper at a checkpoint in south Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it “stopped” an Egyptian Army campaign near Rafah Port. [JustPaste]

 

Local sources say armed men shot at a police vehicle west of Arish, wounding one policeman. [ElWatan]

 

Local sources say ABM terrorists kidnapped a 36-year-old man in Abu Tawila village, south of Sheikh Zuweid, and stole his vehicle after accusing him of cooperating with security forces. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier in the Dhareb area in Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Sinai. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

The UN envoy to the North African country, Martin Kobler, says Libya is facing “political impasse” and “hazardous military developments.” “Unfortunately, we are now facing a political impasse,” Kobler told a meeting of the UN’s Human Rights Council in Switzerland.

“At the same time, Libya is witnessing the unfolding of dangerous military developments,” he said, citing the takeover of key oil facilities by the forces of controversial Marshal Khalifa Haftar who does not recognize the GNA.

He also cited the fighting between forces loyal to the GNA against IS in Sirte, “with nearly 699 killed and thousands injured”.

“The multiple armed conflicts raging in Libya continue to directly impact the lives of civilians,” Kobler said, adding that between March 1 and August 31 the UN had “documented 287 civilian casualties, including 141 deaths and 146 injuries”. Among the victims were 30 children killed and 28 wounded.

 

Northeast

UN envoy Kobler says that in Libya’s second city Benghazi in the east, “more than 100 families are currently trapped in areas of fighting, facing constant bombing and shortages of food, medical care and electricity”. [AFP]

 

Central coast

The GNA Military Press says its troops destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs in Sirte. A military source says American planes conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Sirte on Sunday, killing 6 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

A GNA military source says its planes destroyed 5 Daesh positions in Sirte. [Libya24]

 

An Italian newspaper says local Italian soldiers arrived in Misrata last week to protect an Italian field hospital that is being established in the city. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed an Afghani soldier in his military position in the Khost area and took his weapons. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Iraq

Video purports to show PMFs (Badr) stopping an attempted Daesh infiltration of their lines, details unspecified. [YouTube]

 

Ninewa

Video purports to show a “Coalition column” traveling toward Mosul, details unspecified. [YouTube]

Video purports to show PMF fighters (Badr forces) training in preparation for the Mosul battle. [YouTube]

Video purports to show a strange video chat between an Iraqi soldier from Nasiriya and a Daesh member in Mosul. The Iraqi soldier reminds the Daesh member (pictured speaking in the soldier’s phone display) of recent victories over Daesh and says soon Mosul will be recaptured. The Daesh member denies this (“No, you dog!”) and the chat ends with the soldier asking the Daesh member to take his personal number to confirm his words after Mosul falls. [YouTube]

 

Salahuddin

Video purports to show Iraqi soldiers dancing after the capture of Shirqat. [YouTube]

Video of Shirqat residents appealing for the authorities to clean up the city, raising their fear of disease spreading in the city because of the many corpses of slain Daesh fighters in the aftermath of the recent fighting. [YouTube]

 

Anbar

Video purports to show PMFs surveying Daesh corpses amid the aftermath of fighting in Jazeera Khaldiya. [YouTube]

 

Syria

Video purports to show Daesh burning a Syrian revolutionary flag, details unspecified. [YouTube]

A video of a large Daesh underground headquarters found in Manbij [Hawar]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Al-Naba’ magazine. [Naba]

 

Daesh publishes a new educational Android application for children. [DawaAlhaq]

 

 

 

September 26, 2016

Yazidi Children

Yazidi Children

Today’s Major Developments

Parliament reaffirms current Ninewa boundaries. []

3,745 Yazidis are still held by Daesh. []

1100 more families return to Falluja, Saqlawiya. []

Daesh is still battling in Jazeera Ramadi, Jazeera Baghdadi, Shirqat. []

Daesh appoints new “minister of war” []

Coalition, Iraqi forces conduct military operation near Al-Qa’im […]

Daesh conducts deadly attack on convoy of Salahuddin Chief of Police. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The CoR voted in favor of a resolution that maintains the Ninewa administrative boundaries according to the pre-2003 divisions. [BasNews]

 

The Manager of the Yazidi office in the KRG says 3,745 Yazidis are still in Daesh hands; 2, 678 have been freed. [Rudaw]

 

The US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, says the reports that hinted that United States wants to divide Iraq are completely untrue. He says the United States supports a unified, Democratic, and prosperous Iraq. [Mada]

 

The KRG spokesman says KRG President Masoud Barzani will visit Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister Abadi and other Iraqi officials. [Rudaw]

 

During a briefing on Friday, the spokesman for the International Coalition, Colonel John Dorian, says Daesh is trying to strengthen its defenses in Mosul by restricting the population, in order to conceal its operations in facilities like hospitals, schools, and mosques. He also says they are digging tunnels and placing IEDs in the area in an attempt to delay Iraqi security forces. He says that Daesh will have created its own “hell on earth” when Iraqi security forces push them out of the city. [CJTF]

 

The Iranian Military Chief of Staff says Iranian drones have targeted “terrorists” in Syria and Iraq. [Sumaria]

A member of the COR’s Security and Defense Committee refuted the report, saying that Iraq welcomes the help of “friendly countries” as long as they coordinate with Iraqi leadership. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 17 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, 12 of them in Ninewa: Mosul area (4), Qayara (4), Sultan Abdullah (1), Tal Afar (1), and Kasik (2). The other five were in Ramadi (1) Hit (1), Haditha (1), and Hawija (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a popular restaurant on Sheikh Omar Street. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says one Iraqi soldier was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Meshahda area, in Tarmiya District. [Mada]

Daesh says it assassinated 2 “Shia” PMF fighters, using light weapons, in the Meshahda area. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The two victims were actually Sunnis. For Daesh, anyone who works with the Iraqi government is a “Shi’i,” a sentiment that is heavily reflected in the Arab media. Anyone who wants to be part of the “new Iraq” is an infidel.

An MoI source says armed men shot and killed a jeweler in his vehicle in Husseiniya using silenced guns, and stole $200,000 dollars. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found an IED, an explosives vest, and 40 liters of explosives in the Dhabitya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says a security unit captured 3 men in military uniforms who claimed to be PMF fighters but carried counterfeit IEDs and 2 rocket launchers in Baladiyat. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. A major security weakness in Iraq, especially in Baghdad, is that plethora of armed men in civilian or military vehicles are roaming the streets claiming to be PMFs. Checkpoints are usually reluctant to stop such vehicles. Daesh and other criminal gangs are taking advantage of this. 

An MoI source says four women and a man were killed in their house when armed men broke into their house in Ma’amel. [Mada]

Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters and wounded another with a sticky IED in Sadr City on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found 4 IEDs and other explosives in the Alimiya area, in Arab Jubour. Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an explosives cache in the Shakha 3 area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Ameriya. [Mada]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a Shia gathering in Iskan with an explosives vest, killing or wounding forty people. [DawaAlhaq]

Baghdad Operations Command said on Sunday that six people were killed and eighteen wounded when a suicide terrorist targeted a citizens’ gathering in Iskan. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Shia people are preparing for the Ashura ceremonies. Such attacks should be expected.

Iraqi forces found 6 IEDs, 11 rockets, and other explosives in 3 different areas in west Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   13    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council says more than 800 displaced families returned to their houses in Falluja. [BasNews]

The Manager of Saqlawiya subdistrict says more than 300 families returned to their houses in Saqlawiya. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says the EOD cleared 350 houses and destroyed 12 IEDs in different areas in Falluja city. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

A Tribal PMF spokesman says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition planes, stopped a Daesh counter-attack on Jazeera Ramadi. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Coalition planes destroyed several Daesh vehicle bombs and a mortar unit in Jazeera Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Haditha

A Tribal PMF spokesman says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition planes, stopped a Daesh counter-attack in the Jazeera Baghdadi area. He says Daesh used more than 40 Humvees in the attack. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. Wasn’t this area declared fully liberated a few days ago?

 

A Tribal PMF commander says 3 brigades of policemen and tribal fighters arrived in Jazeera Baghdadi to hold ground and to support Iraqi forces advancing toward Jazeera Hit. He says Iraqi forces will break into Jazeera Hit from Hit city and from Jazeera Baghdadi. [Mada]

 

An Anbar police source says Daesh attacked Iraqi forces in the Jazeera Hit area, killing one civilian and wounding six policemen. [Mada]

 

A security source says 2 Daesh fighters, one of them 15 years old, surrendered to Iraqi forces near Jazeera Hit. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it stopped a joint American-Iraqi airdrop operation on the road between Baiji and Haditha near Sakran village. Daesh says 2 Chinooks and 4 Apaches dropped soldiers in the area.  Daesh says during the battles, the attackers fell into a land mine and ten of them were killed and the rest retreated. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Wow, what a tale! We don’t want to speculate, but it seems plausible that we will soon see some reports about a senior Daesh terrorist captured in that area.

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh senior leaders held a meeting in Anah and appointed Yasin Al-Ma’adhidi, AKA Abu Taha, as its new “minister of war” to replace Abu Omar Al-Shishani, who was killed by an American airstrike a few months ago. He says the new terrorist used to be a general in Saddam’s Republican Guard and had joined Daesh 5 years ago. [Buratha]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition airpower, conducted a military operation in the Akashat and Hadila areas 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Rutba, killing 16 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles, 5 rocket launchers, and a mortar unit, in addition to several guesthouses. [Buratha]

 

The Hit District Council announced yesterday that Iraqi forces captured 3 Daesh terrorists, including 2 Syrians, northwest of Rutba. [Buratha]

 

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Iraqi forces north of Rutba. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues photos on an attack of an Iraqi Army position in the Kilo 160 area. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. The photos show a typical hit-and-run attack on a seemingly isolated Iraqi Army unit.

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi Army Humvees in an ambush in the Nukhaib area of Rutba District. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting the Iraqi Army with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces liberated 2 villages southwest of Shirqat on Saturday, killing 2 Daesh terrorists. He also says, Iraqi forces liberated Zuwiya village, killing 50 terrorists. He says Daesh attacked the village using mortars and heavy artillery from Al-Zab village, wounding seven fighters. He says Iraqi forces then withdrew from the village after securing all of the families and Daesh recaptured it without a fight. He refuted media reports that a dispute between Salahuddin Operations Command and PMF commanders was the reason behind the withdrawal. [Mada]

 

Daesh’s version says it forced Iraqi forces to retreat from Zuwiya village and captured 2 Cougar vehicles, a Humvee, heavy machine guns, and ammunition. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi Army armored vehicle and weapons that were left in Zuwiya village. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Zuwiya village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says two of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with 2 vehicle bombs near the Tilul Al-Baj area southwest of Shirqat city. It also says that afterwards its other terrorists attacked, killing twenty soldiers, wounding “tens”, and destroying a barracks and 2 BMP vehicles before returning safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of the 2 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces near Tilul Al-Baj. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

A medical source said on Saturday eleven people were killed, including a police major, and twenty-three wounded in Daesh suicide attacks in Tikrit. Daesh attacked the convoy of the Salahuddin Police Chief with a vehicle bomb. [Mada]

Daesh said it attacked a security barrier near Al-Salam village, northwest of Tikrit, and killed the security troops there using guns with silencers. Daesh says an Iraqi suicide terrorist attacked security members gathering in Tikrit with a vehicle bomb. Then, 2 suicide terrorists, an Iraq and a Tajik, attacked a garage in Tikrit with explosives vests. Daesh says more than sixty Iraqi security members were killed or wounded. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in Allas Oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The Diyala Police chief says his troops defused an IED near Abbara. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A security source says a shepherd was killed when an IED exploded north of Qara Tapa in Kifri. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Displacement and Migration office in Diyala says more than 100 families were kicked out of Kirkuk in the last few days, and have arrived in Udhaim. He says the families are sleeping on the streets and are in a very difficult position. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A local source says 8 workers in Daesh’s zakat office disappeared with 600 million Iraqi Dinars, about $500,000 USD, in Hawija. The source says Daesh raided the houses of the workers in search of them and the stolen money. [Sumaria]

 

The Ministry of Interior says it armed 1,000 policemen from Hawija and surrounding areas to participate in the upcoming liberation operations. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest

A security source says the body of an unknown man was found beheaded in Tarklan subdistrict, 30 km (19 miles) southwest of Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in Ninewa. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Like many such photos, these are designed to show that all is well in the caliphate. They appear most often when all is not well.

 

Qayara/Makhmur

Intelligence has detected the possibility of a Daesh attack in the Qayara area. A reconnaissance unit of the Iraqi 16th Division has arrived in Qayara. Further elements of the 16th Division will also deploy to the area and will be based in Iraqi Kurdistan near the Ninewa border. The alert comes after Daesh moved reinforcements to Bashiqa subdistrict next to Mosul and to Bartella and other locations in Hamdaniya District east of Mosul, according to a Ninewa Operations Command source.

The source also confirmed that the “NMF” unit of Atheel Al-Nujaifi was targeted with rocket fire on Monday at its headquarters in Camp Zilkan near Bashiqa. No further information was available. [BBCArabic]

 

Iraqi warplanes and “smart artillery” are reportedly currently targeting Daesh sites in Al-Hawd village in Qayara. [PressIraq]

Another report says unidentified warplanes struck Daesh positions in the northern areas of Qayara, including Al-Hawd and Lazaga, as well as the Kasik and Tal Afar areas west of Mosul. [NewSabah]

The IWMC says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh Humvee bomb being used to attack Iraqi forces near Al-Hawd. It also says the planes destroyed another vehicle bomb and 2 rocket launchers in the village. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Cougar vehicle with a guided missile and destroyed a Humvee with an IED on the Baghdad Road in Ninewa. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army BMP armored vehicle on the road between Qayara and Hatra. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in Qayara city with 40 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi Army positions with SPG-9 rockets in Al-Nassr village west of Makhmur. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Nineveh Plain

A news report cites the “unprecedented” scale of airstrikes on Bashiqa next to Mosul city and on Bartella, and Al-Khazer in Hamdaniya. [NewSabah]

 

Mosul

Mosul campaign

Unidentified warplanes reportedly struck a Daesh IED storehouse in Mosul where cooking gas was being stored, killing all those nearby. [PressIraq]

 

A Ninewa police captain says the Coalition targeted a Daesh hideout in Abu Al-Saif south of Mosul, killing 3 military commanders from Arab countries, in addition to other terrorists. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Peshmerga positions in Taniya village northwest of Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions near the Mosul Dam with 45 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh has permitted some of its members to dress in “civilian garb,” including wearing civilian clothes and cropping their beards, because of the rising number of assassination attempts against Daesh members in Mosul, local sources said. Eyewitnesses said that Daesh members walk through crowded markets with their fingers on the triggers of their guns for fear of assassination attempts. [Mawselya]

Daesh’s hisbah office has added the option of paying a fine in dinars as an accepted penalty for various offenses that formerly carried sentences of the whiplash or detention, according to a local source in Ninewa. The source says the new option is a sign of Daesh’s worsening fiscal health. [Sumaria]

 

In a further sign of severe budget difficulties, Daesh has cancelled the aid payments and housing support it was providing for the families of its slain fighters, local sources in Mosul said. The abrupt cut in aid has caused some families to lose the homes they were staying in and increased the sense of disarray and chaos among Daesh members in Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

A veiled woman with her face covered killed two Daesh members on Mosul’s Right Bank using a gun fitted with a silencer, according to a local source. This is reportedly the third killing of Daesh members by veiled women in Mosul since the beginning of September. As we reported earlier, Daesh has banned women wearing the face covering from entering its security centers in Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Unknown gunmen stormed a Daesh residence in Al-Zahra neighborhood and killed two Daesh members inside before fleeing the scene, local sources said. Daesh closed the house in a bid to avoid news of the attack spreading. [Mawselya]

 

Daesh has deployed new checkpoints at night in Mosul, local sources said. The checkpoints are used to harass and detain Mosul residents on fabricated charges, the sources added. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh is operating in increasing confusion in Mosul according to unidentified sources. The sources said that the ongoing air campaign is degrading Daesh’s capabilities, and it is unable to replace the members of its cadre who have been killed in battle. Daesh is also trying to integrate its members who retreated from Shirqat into its ranks in Mosul as it had done with those who fled Falluja and Qayara.

Many Daesh vehicles are inoperable due to damage on the battlefield and cannot be repaired under current conditions, the sources said. It was also reported that Daesh is unable to find safe parking locations for its vehicles because of the air campaign over Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh has moved “tens” of governmental vehicles stolen from government services in Salahuddin and from other parts of Ninewa to Mosul, a local source said.

The source also said that Daesh had decreed that it is forbidden to wear or display in markets clothes bearing the emblem of Spanish soccer clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona because both contain the sign of the cross in the team’s emblem.

Daesh is reportedly using a freezing chamber in Mosul to execute its members who fled fighting on the front lines, according to a report citing “PMF intelligence.” [PressIraq]

 

Also according to a report citing “PMF intelligence,” Daesh is reportedly expelling ill civilians from Mosul’s hospitals to make way for injured Daesh fighters, many of whom have serious injuries such as burns, shrapnel wounds, and amputations. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh has also executed seven of its members who fled the fighting in Shirqat by binding their hands and legs and running them over with heavy machinery, according to a “well-placed source” on Monday. Most of those executed were of non-Iraqi nationality, the source added. The execution reportedly took place in public in Mosul, as an apparent warning to others who might flee from upcoming fighting in Mosul. [Non14]

 

Daesh reportedly used explosives to destroy 14 homes belonging to Army and Police officers in the Dindan and Jawsaq neighborhoods in southern Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Unidentified warplanes reportedly targeted a Daesh site on the Kasik front, destroying the site and killing those nearby. Warplanes reportedly struck Daesh’s base in Itimarat near Kasik. [PressIraq] [PressIraq]

 

KURDISTAN

The manager of Sedkan subdistrict says Turkish planes bombed PKK targets in Kani Rush village, causing damage. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Journalist Zeynep Yüncüler conducted an interview with a Daesh fighter living in Istanbul that appeared in the independent left-wing BirGün newspaper on September 26th. It’s not clear why Daesh would want to give an interview to a paper that has a very strong anti-Daesh line. The journalist gives the man’s name as “El Muhammed El Kurdi,” which is in that spelling neither Turkish nor Arab. A more probably transliteration in English would be Al-Muhammed Al-Kurdi in English, although Arabs never use Al- before first names. But on the other hand, if this is genuinely an interview with somebody from Daesh, it is clearly interesting.

Daesh fighter Al-Muhammed Al-Kurdi, alias Abu Suhaib, lives in Istanbul, has his own business and says he has no problem in crossing back and forth across the Syrian border. He was injured in the neck during the Euphrates Shield Operation (Jarabulus operation) and is now back at home in Istanbul. Al-Kurdi gave the female reporter some startling quotes.

 

He said Daesh withdrew from Jarabulus without resistance, and was not drive out by the Turks and their militia allies as claimed.

He said Turkey invaded Jarabulus only to placate Joe Biden when he came to Turkey, as a misguided token of friendship towards America.

The main reason Daesh withdrew was to clear the way for the Free Syrian Army to fight the YPG, which happened within one week. When Turkey entered Jarabulus, it also said that it would attack Manbij, but it didn’t, and then said it would move towards Daesh-held Al-Bab.

Part of Daesh’s motivation was to prevent the YPG from getting the petrol. Abandoning the border to Turkey or the Free Syrian was preferable. He says Daesh is still dealing in the oil business, collaborating with Turkish and even Iranian merchants.

Al-Kurdi also alleged that an exchange of hostages took place with Turkey a year and three months ago, and that such events are frequent even though Turkey keeps this hidden from public and media attention. In the most recent case, two Turkish soldiers were exchanged for 12 Daesh commanders. A major terrorist was exchanged four months ago despite having given orders for multiple bomb attacks in Turkey and helped many fighters cross into Syria from Turkey.

Al-Kurdi says the Syrian border is still easy to cross despite the presence of Turkish troops. He has gone to Syria and back four times in nine months. The Turks can’t really cover the whole border, and he and others are able to cross easily by going through mountainous terrain. [BirGun]

Full interview here

 

DaeshDaily comment. We than our friend in Turkey for this report.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Turkish Minister of Foreign affairs is saying Turkey is having discussions to start a military operation against Daesh in Raqqa, and establish a safety zone of 5,000 sq. km. He also says the Euphrates Shield military operation could expand toward Manbij. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. Turkey’s official comments on Syria have less and less to do with fighting Daesh and increasingly are just posturing against the Kurds.

 

A PYD official says the YPG will participate in the liberation of Raqqa under three conditions: first, the Coalition, especially the US, should accept the Federalism Project, second, the PYD should participate in Geneva negotiations, and third, the YPG should receive arms. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.  And speaking about posturing, . . .

 

The PYD published documents and photos obtained by the YPG from a Daesh terrorist’s mobile phone. The documents show how Daesh terrorists are freely crossing the Turkish borders, and illustrate how they transport chemicals to make explosives. [Hawar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, including three near Mare’ (3). The others were in or near; Manbij (3), Deir Ez-Zor (2), Albu Kamal (1), and Ain Eissa in Raqqa District (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The YPG says Daesh targeted YPG positions with heavy weapons in Malha village in Shaddadi. [Hawar]

 

Daesh said on Friday it shot down an “American drone” near the Iraqi-Syrian border southeast of Shaddadi. [A3maq] [DawaAlhaq] [A3maq]

Daesh published photos and a video of an “American” assault drone it shot down near Shaddadi. DaeshDaily comment. The video shows a US cloth flag on the fallen drone. Why would anyone put a cloth flag on a drone? 

 

Raqqa

A local activist says Daesh hisbah lashed more than ten young men, doling out 80 lashes each in Raqqa city, after accusing them of different “violations”. Daesh issued a new penalty for people who have satellite receivers in their houses, to pay 50,000 Syrian lira and spend an unspecified term in prison. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says battles continued between the Syrian Army and Daesh near the Sha’er oilfield, east of Homs, while Syrian planes targeted the area. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an “American” recon drone it shot down in the Karama area, east of Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh said it had shot down the drone Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jarabulus

Turkey sent more military reinforcements to the Syrian border area to participate in the “Euphrates Shield” military operations. [Anadolu]

 

Al-Bab

Turkish military sources say Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike near Talaar. They also say Turkish artillery attacked 18 Daesh targets in the area. [Anadolu]

 

The Turkish military said on Sunday that the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) recaptured Sandara, Qadrish. Bahorta, and Sandi villages west of Al-Ra’i from Daesh. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says six opposition fighters were killed by IEDs after they entered Sandi village east of Al-Ra’i. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. In other words, Daesh lost the village.

 

An opposition commander says Turkey-supported opposition groups stopped a Daesh attack near Athariya village southwest of Al-Ra’i, killing 12 terrorists and capturing one. He also says opposition groups, supported by Turkish artillery, started an attack on Daesh in East and West Talaar and captured several military positions in the area. [ARA]

 

Azaz

A local activist says Daesh targeted Mare’ with mortars, killing one person and wounding three. [ARA]

 

Afrin

The YPG says the Turkish Army attacked YPG positions with heavy artillery in Tal Sha’er village west of Kobane. It also says Daesh launched an attack with heavy weapons on Shamsaddin village in Raqqa southeast of the Tishrin Dam. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

The Turkish government spokesman says the “PYD members” have started to withdraw from Manbij. He also says Turkey is not against the Kurdish presence in north Syria, but it opposes the PYD’s attempts to establish a territory because that would mean dividing not only Syria but Turkey too. [Dorar]

 

Manbij Military Council stopped 2 Daesh attacks on Ilan village 20 km (12.5 miles) northwest of Manbij, killing 12 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicle bombs. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed an “American soldier” and nine PKK members, and stopped an attack on Gharra Saghira village west of Manbij on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Other Northwest Syria

More than twenty-seven civilians, including three children, were killed by Syrian airstrikes and rockets in the eastern parts of Aleppo. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its operations against the Syrian Army in Homs province. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Huwaisis area in Homs province. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian and Russian planes targeted Daesh locations near Tharda Mountain, south of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Al-Nusra front issues a video of battles against Daesh in east Qalamoun. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says opposition groups targeted 3 villages in the Yarmouk Basin with 25 artillery shells. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says the bodies of two civilians were found beheaded in Hay Arafat in south Rafah. One of the victims was a school teacher and the other was a worker in Rafah Hospital. Earlier today, three bodies of people who were kidnapped from the Masoura area by ABM had been found. The victims were accused of cooperating with the Egyptian Army. ABA terrorists had kidnapped nine people in different areas in North Sinai during the last few days. [ElWatan] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

On Sunday, one worker was killed and six wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Rufai’a area, in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a car that was carrying Egyptian Army soldiers near the Mahdiya area south of Rafah. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says an Egyptian Army patrol fell into an IED ambush in the Abu Rifa’i area south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing or wounding several soldiers. Daesh says after that, another IED exploded on a Humvee that came to retrieve casualties, killing or wounding the soldiers inside, then it damaged an M-60 tank with another IED. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED in the Sidra area south of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian Army personnel carrier with an IED near the Lahfan area south of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army minesweeper with an IED near Qurai’i village south of Arish. [A3maq]

 

On Saturday, security forces launched a campaign in areas south of Arish and Sheikh Zuweid, killing 18 takfiris and captured 3 others. [VetoGate] [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists killed Egyptian Army “spies” without giving more details. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of executing a “spy” in Sinai. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Libya

Northeast

A military source says LNA troops found two dead bodies in a hidden prison in the Qawarsha area. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

The EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, said, on Monday, that the threat of terrorist attacks in EU member countries is too high. One reason, he says, is that armed groups could use the flow of illegal migration to infiltrate terrorists into Europe.

Kerchove told the European Parliament that thousands of Daesh foreign fighters with Daesh wanted to go to Europe after they were defeated in Libya.

He said that despite recent success in fighting Daesh in the city of Sirte, the terrorist group still exists in Libya. He added that Libya could still be the platform for Daesh attacks inside Europe. [LibyaProspect]

 

A GNA military source says the last battles against Daesh in Sirte will start in the next few hours. Nearby, hundreds of high school students went to take their exams in Sirte areas. [Wasat]

 

A GNA military source said on Sunday that GNA troops found the bodies of 4 Daesh Egyptian members who were beheaded by Daesh because they tried to flee. The source also says two GNA soldiers were killed and four wounded in Sirte on Sunday. [Wasat]

Another source says 2 Daesh Libyan terrorists were killed in the battles on Saturday. [Wasat]

 

A GNA military source says his troops destroyed more than 80 tons of explosives in Hay 2 and Hay 3 in Sirte during the last few days. [Wasat]

 

Security sources say 20 workers from African and Arab countries were arrested. The workers came from Sirte, were arrested in Misrata, and were accused of being Daesh members. [AfriGate]

Local sources say security in Misrata launched a campaign searching for foreign workers in the city. [Libya24]

 

AFRICOM said on Sunday that it has conducted 169 airstrikes on Daesh since August 1st. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says their security captured a man in Ramada who was planning to join a terrorist organization. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Nigeria

Boko Haram’s embattled leader, Abubakar Shekau, appears in a new video, with a Daesh flag behind him, to deny reports of his death and to taunt the parents of the nearly 300 school girls the group kidnapped from their boarding school in 2014. [CNN]

DaeshDaily comment. It is bad news of course that this terrorist is still alive. However, it might be bad news for Daesh also, since it has already deposed him and appointed a rival in his place.  

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on the Nigerian Army in Borno. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh said last week it launched a surprise attack on an African Union convoy, killing more than forty soldiers and wounding others, and capturing large quantities of weapons and ammunition in Malam Fatori town in Borno by the border with Niger and Chad. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted Niger and Nigerian Army positions with 2 vehicles bombs in Abadam town in Borno on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi tribesman recites an anti-Daesh poem, details unspecified. [YouTube]

Video purports to show PMFs manhandling Sunni Iraqi captives, details unspecified. [YouTube]

A PMF “music video” set to anti-Daesh rap music. [YouTube]

Video purports to show PMF preparations for the upcoming month of Muharram (which includes the Shia religious festival of Ashura). [YouTube]

Video purports to show a car ride in Shirqat after its liberation from Daesh. [YouTube]

Video purports to show PMFs with a captive in Shirqat. [YouTube]

Video purports to show PMFs with a slain Daesh fighter in the desert near Shirqat. [YouTube]

Syria

A video of the leader of Al-Nujaba’, an Iran-backed Shia militia, in Aleppo. [YouTube]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Dabiq magazine. [Dabiq]

 

Daesh publishes a propaganda video about its operations in the Ninewa area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues an “anthem” in Bengali. [JustPaste]

 

September 23, 2016

 

Iraqi Forces in Jazeera Baghdadi (Sumaria)

Iraqi Forces in Jazeera Baghdadi (Sumaria)

Today’s Major Developments

Displacement ministry says 60,000 families have returned to Anbar in past two days. []

JOC announces complete liberation of Jazeera Baghdadi in Hit. []

Report says only 300 Daesh fighters remain in Hawija. []

Daesh building concrete barriers, trenches in Mosul. []

Daesh accelerates Mosul executions; 75 more reported since Tuesday. []

Syrian regime launches major attack on opposition areas in Aleppo. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad and other governorates demanding reforms and anti-corruption measures. The demonstrators also demanded a new elections law, modifications on the Amnesty Law, and filling the vacant cabinet positions with technocrats. [Rudaw]

 

A member of the PUK Political Bureau, a senior Peshmerga commander, says the Peshmerga role in the Mosul campaign will be only in Kurdish areas, and there is no need for them to enter Mosul. He says there is still no political deal about the Mosul liberation. He also says a committee was formed between Baghdad and Erbil, sponsored by the United States, to solve any issues that might happen between the two sides in the future. [Rudaw]

 

The Chairman of the Turkmen Front, a CoR member, says the PKK presence in Iraq threatens the Turkmen. He alleges that the PKK wants to control oil resources in the country. He also says the PKK is receiving support from the Iraqi Government. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. This statement aims at encouraging Turkey to meddle in Iraq internal issues, and so casts considerable doubt on the gentleman’s Iraqi patriotism. However, it has some truth in it. The PKK has been in Iraq since the 1990s, in northern Kurdistan, taking advantage of the weakness of the central and Kurdish governments. Its recent presence in Kirkuk is disturbing. Turkmen sources have told DaeshDaily that whenever Turkey bombs the PKK in Kurdistan, the PKK distributes leaflets in Kirkuk threatening Iraqi Turkmen with retaliation.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, seven in the Mosul area and two in Qayara; plus Ramadi (2), Baghdadi (1), and Hit (1) in Anbar. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 45th brigade defused 3 IEDs in the Al-Fadhil area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in the Albu Hayat area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says the owner of a real estate office was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Baladiyat. [Mada]

A security source says a civilian was killed when armed men shot him east of Sadr City. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Nahrawan. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a popular café in the Old Diyala Bridge area. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says 2 Daesh terrorists were killed and another wounded when an IED they were trying to plant exploded on them in Arab Jubour.  [Mada]

A police source says a civilian was killed by a roadside IED in Arab Jubour. [Sumaria]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade defused 2 IEDs in the Sayyad Abdullah area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi forces found an ammunition cache in Mahmudiya. [MoD Website]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says three people were killed and seven wounded when 2 mortar shells fell on a residential area in Al-Nasr Wa Al-Salam village in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   11    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says more than 60,000 displaced families have returned to their houses in Anbar during the last two days. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

A member of the Qarma subdistrict council says 14 displaced families, mostly women and children, who were kicked out of Laylan Camp in Kirkuk, arrived at a camp east of Falluja. He says the families were forced out of Kirkuk in an “inhumane manner.” [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces found an explosives cache in the Hassi area south of Falluja. [MoD Website]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in Jazeera Ramadi, killing several terrorists inside. [Sumaria]

The Commander also reports that Iraqi forces killed 9 Daesh terrorists and destroyed an IED and vehicle bomb factory, in addition to 3 Daesh headquarters in the Albu Dhiab area. [Mada]

 

Anbar Operations Command says Coalition planes stopped a Daesh attack on Bravo Camp in the Albu Assaf area west of Ramadi, killing 12 terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [PUKMedia]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces attacked Daesh positions in the Albu Assaf and Albu Ali Al-Jassem areas in Jazeera Ramadi and destroyed 4 guesthouses and 4 tunnels, killing 19 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) issued a statement officially announcing that Iraqi forces liberated Jazeera Baghdadi completely. [Mada]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces liberated Jazeera Dolab north of Hit, killing tens of terrorists. [Mada]

 

The Anbar Ops Commander says that Daesh burned down several headquarters and guesthouses in Jazeera Hit. He says Daesh has moved its communications center equipment to Rawa. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Most likely these “headquarters” belong to people Daesh didn’t like and were confiscated when Daesh took over the area.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A PMF source says Iraqi forces closed down “tens” of roads in Shirqat city because they were booby-trapped by Daesh. He also says Daesh moved 30 of its wounded terrorists to Hawija Hospital. [Harbi]

 

A PMF commander says the Daesh emir of Rashad and 3 other senior Daesh terrorists in Kirkuk were killed in the Shirqat liberation battles. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of allegedly burning down Iraqi Army military positions on the road between Tilul Al-Baj and Hatra. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh says it destroyed 4 Iraqi Army personnel carriers near Tilul Al-Baj. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. OK, Daesh, keep scoring victories over the military equipment. However, the caliphate has just lost an entire city and district in the same area, which you didn’t mention.

 

Baiji

Daesh says it killed four “PMF members” with an IED on the road between the Dibis village in Shirqat and the Asmeda area north of Baiji. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in 3 areas north of Baiji with 17 heavy artillery shells and 7 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its snipers killed five PMF fighters in Allas Oilfield. It also says it targeted the field with 14 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it detonated and blew up a Badr headquarters in Salabkha village in Al-Daur District. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says one civilian was killed and three wounded when armed men shot into their vehicle in Abu Saida. [Mada]

 

A security source says tribal armed men deployed in Abu Saida and forced shops to close, without giving more details. [Ghad]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A security source says an Iraqi soldier was killed when an IED exploded on an EOD vehicle in Albu Eissa village. [Mada]

Daesh publishes a photo of its suicide terrorists who attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in Udhaim yesterday. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

Security forces captured a man wanted on terrorism charges near the industrial area in Kirkuk. [MoD Website]

 

Hawija

A Tribal PMF commander says “tens” of Daesh terrorists from Hawija are surrendering to the Peshmerga every day. He says there are less than 300 terrorists left in Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

An Iraqi Army captain says Iraqi forces supported by the Peshmerga are removing road barriers and preparing to launch an attack on Hawija. [BasNews]

 

A security source says the Coalition bombed a Daesh convoy of 9 vehicles near Sdairat in Al-Zab, killing ten terrorists, including a hisbah official, and wounded five. [Sumaria]

 

The Badr commander says Iraqi forces will start the Hawija liberation operations in the coming days. [Rudaw]

 

A security source says the Peshmerga received in Dibis 248 people who escaped Daesh controlled areas in Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 3 of its terrorists in Hawija who fled from the fighting in Shirqat.  [Sumaria]

 

Southwest

A security source says the Coalition targeted Daesh locations in Rashad subdistrict, killing 2 local commanders and 3 other terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in Nawafel village in Rashad subdistrict. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul campaign

Daesh has raised concrete barriers along the streets of several areas in Mosul leading to the main arteries in and out of the city, a local source said. The barriers force all traffic through one checkpoint, the source explained. The source listed the neighborhoods where these barriers have been installed as Sumer, Al-Intisar, Kokajli, Mamoun, Mansour, Tal Al-Raman, Souq Al-Ma’ash, Al-Arabi, and Al-Kindi. The barriers suggest that Daesh will close these routes completely with the start of Iraqi operations to dislodge it from Mosul, the source added. Daesh has also completed digging its defensive trenches in Mosul, which it began excavating months ago, especially in the southern and western areas of the city, the source also said. The trenches have been filled with crude oil and reinforced by six-meter high earthen berms, the source explained. [Mada]

 

Daesh has placed small boats at strategic points along the banks of the river Tigris in Mosul in preparation for use during the anticipated battle in the city, local sources said. The boats are for transport of fighters and materiel in the event that ground transport options are cut off. [Mawsleya]

 

Since Thursday Daesh has positioned “tens” of barrels of asphalt around Mosul to be ignited as part of its defense of the city, a media activist in Mosul said. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions near the Kafraj Camp with 25 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Conditions in city

Daesh has conducted a series of executions of prisoners in Mosul, a local source said. The source said Daesh has executed over 75 prisoners since executions began at dawn on Tuesday, all of them originally from Mosul. Most were accused of collaborating with the Coalition or working with Iraqi or Peshmerga security agencies. [ARA]

 

Daesh arrested around 200 people in Mosul on allegations of spying in the last few months, as well as arresting 60 people over the Eid Al-Adha holiday who are accused of disobeying Daesh’s prohibition on visiting graves, according to a Ninewa Police official. [IraqPress]

 

In the same article, an unnamed Kurdish security commander is cited as estimating that there could be as many as 20,000 Daesh fighters inside Mosul, a number at variance with other, lower estimates. [IraqPress]

 

The fall of Shirqat to Iraqi troops has prompted Daesh to transfer its files and documents from Mosul to Syria, local sources said. The source interpreted this move as a sign that Daesh is preparing for the loss of Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh has detained “tens” of boys over the age of 14 from Daesh-affiliated families that fled Shirqat, transferring them to unknown locations, a local source in Ninewa said. The remaining family members (mostly women, young children, and the aged) have been transferred elsewhere, the source said. Their whereabouts are also unknown. The families in question are originally Iraqi, the source explained, not foreign nationals. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has reduced the number of its hisbah police on the streets of Mosul after its defeat in Shirqat, local sources said. [Mawsleya]

 

Qayara

The chairman of the Sunni religious endowment (waqf) Abdul Latif Al-Hmyem traveled to Ninewa governorate to hold Friday prayers in the village of Al-Jawa’ana in Qayara subdistrict. Al-Hmyem announced that soon he would be praying in Mosul whose liberation will come very soon, he said. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in Qayara city and Qayara Airfield with 36 rockets and 50 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Nineveh Plain

The Peshmerga artillery destroyed a large Daesh weapons and ammunition storehouse in Tarjala village in Al-Khazer in Hamdaniya. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh is sending reinforcements from Mosul east toward Bashiqa just to the east, according to eyewitnesses. It is also attempting to strengthen its defensive position on the eastern front in Ninewa with concrete barriers that it is installing with heavy machinery, the sources added. [Mawsleya]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions with 25 mortars in Hassan Shami and Qarqasha villages. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

A senior US military delegation, headed by CENTCOMM Commander General Joseph Votel, arrived in Erbil to meet with the KRG President. [BasNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Qadisiya

An Iran-backed Shia militia commander says tens of his fighters were wounded in battles in Aleppo and are being treated in Diwaniya hospitals. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment. Again, these groups are using Iran money and weapon to throw Iraqi young men into a war that aims at keeping the Syrian dictator in power. Iraq needs these men in the battle against Daesh in Iraq. Despite the confused political situation in Iraq, it is hard to see how the government could fail to address this problem. At least it could be frank with its citizens and address this issue publicly. Not many Iraqis, including Shia, are fond of the Baathist Syrian regime, which until recently used to send suicide terrorists to Iraq.  

 

Muthanna

The Muthanna Police spokesman says 5 people who were funding Daesh by smuggling stolen sheep were captured in the Samawa desert. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Following a tip-off that a suicide bomb attack would be mounted to coincide with Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in the town of Şahinbey in Gaziantep province, tight security measures were imposed in the vicinity of the mosque. [Cumhuriyet]

We thank our friend in Turkey for this report.

 

The Turkish President, Erdogan, says no one is listening to Turkey’s call to establish a safe zone in Syria, but Turkey will establish the zone whether “they” like it or not. He says Turkey wants the safe zone to protect “our Syrian brothers” and to “build their houses” (which seems to imply he wants to stay a while).  He also says “how is it possible that 65 countries in the Coalition cannot get rid of Daesh?” He warns against dealing with the YPG and says you cannot get rid of one terrorist organization by cooperating with another. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. Erdogan should have thought of that when his government was at least tacitly collaborating with Daesh.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Syrian and international media reported heavily today on a major Syrian government bombing attack on opposition-held areas in Aleppo. It was alleged that there were three major strikes, with at least 33 people killed, mainly civilians. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, including two near Mare’ (2). The others were in or near; Manbij (1); Raqqa (2) and Shaddadi (1); Deir Ez-Zor (7) and Albu Kamal (1). The seven attacks on Deir Ez-Zor were described as destroying 14 Daesh transportation routes in the area. Deir Ez-Zor has only recently become a frequent Coalition target. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment. The sudden Coalition interest in Deir Ez-Zor, including Albu Kamal, makes us think this has some military connection to the pending campaign in northwest Anbar.

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh says it shot down an “American drone” near the Iraqi-Syrian border southeast of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jarabulus

A group of PYD fighters fled from Kobane to Jarabulus. The group says the PYD is forcing at least one member of each family to be on the front lines. [Anadolu]

 

Nusra Front, AKA Fath Al-Sham Front, issued a statement saying it refuses to fight in the Euphrates Shield operation because of the Coalition involvement. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Al-Bab

Opposition group commanders say opposition groups, supported by Turkish artillery and planes, launched a counter attack on Daesh near Al-Ra’i, and recaptured 5 villages, killing or wounding several terrorists, and destroying a vehicle. [ARA]

 

A local activist says Coalition planes targeted residential areas where Daesh terrorists are barricaded in the northwestern part of Al-Bab city, killing more than twelve civilians and wounding tens, in addition to killing several Daesh terrorists. [ARA]

Local sources say more than twelve people, including women and children, were killed in airstrikes by unknown planes in Al-Bab city. [Qasioun]

 

The Turkish military says its planes destroyed 3 Daesh positions in Tal Atiya, and another one in Athariya village. [Anadolu]

 

Azaz

Daesh targeted Um Hawsh village with mortars, causing material damage. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says 17 opposition group fighters were killed and 14 wounded by its car bomb attack east of Azaz yesterday. [A3maq]

 

The YPG says Turkey backed opposition troops launched an attack on its positions in Maranaz village, southwest of Azaz city, using heavy and light weapons. It says the YPG was in a defensive positions (not operating in the area, which is west of the river, where they are prohibited), and it responded to the attack. [Hawar]

 

Afrin

Local sources say the Turkish Army brought military reinforcements to the border area near Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Local sources say the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) are forcing young people who are returning to their houses in the liberated areas in villages near Manbij to join the SDF’s compulsory military services. [Dorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh attacked the Syrian Army and allied militias with a vehicle bomb in Hay Al-Sinaa in Deir Ez-Zor city. After that, Daesh launched an attack on the Syrian Army positions in the area. Syrian Army artillery and airplanes targeted Daesh locations in different areas in Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh responded by shelling Joura and Qusour. [Hawar]

A local activist says Daesh captured several military locations in Jufra, near Deir Ez-Zor military airport, after heavy battles with Syrian troops and Hezbollah militias, killing more than 14. Russian and Syrian planes bombed Daesh in the area, killing 8 terrorists. [ARA]

 

Syrian warplanes attacked Al-Muhasan east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing five civilians, including two children and a woman, and wounding others, according to local activists. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of “graduation ceremonies” of a new group of its terrorists in Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Daesh says an opposition group targeted Jamla and Shajara towns in the Yarmouk Basin with 13 mortars. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Eyewitnesses say armed men executed a young man who was tied and dressed in a red suit publicly on Assiut Street in Arish city. The man had been kidnapped during Eid. [ElWatan]

Daesh’s version says it killed a “spy” on Assiut Street in Arish city. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on an Egyptian Police patrol near Arish Post Office yesterday, saying it killed one policeman and took his weapon, and wounded two others. [JustPaste]

VetoGate reported yesterday that ABM terrorists shot at a police patrol near the post office in Arish, killing one policeman and wounding two.

 

Security sources say a police captain and 2 other policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle in the Kilo 17 area west of Arish. [ElWatan]

Daesh’s version says it detonated an IED on a police patrol in the Kilo 17 area west of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Eyewitnesses say armed men kidnapped a mosque imam in Hay Al-Masaeed west of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it destroyed burned down 9 Egyptian water tanker trucks near Hay Al-Ahrash in Rafah city. [JustPaste]

Yesterday, VetoGate reported that eyewitnesses said takfiri terrorists broke into a state-owned water company in the Al-Ahrash area in Rafah and burned it down with vehicles inside, in order to prevent the company from providing security forces with bottled water.

 

Daesh says it attacked an Egyptian Army patrol in the Sadout area south of Rafah. [JustPaste]

 

Local sources say armed men released a young man they had kidnapped yesterday in Abu Tawila village south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

We reported yesterday that ABM terrorists had kidnapped this man.

 

Libya

Central coast

A Misrata Hospital spokesman says ten GNA troops were killed and 65 wounded during the battles against Daesh in Giza in Sirte on Friday. [Wasat]

 

The GNA military says it destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs before they reached their targets in Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

The GNA spokesman says GNA will capture the last Daesh positions in Sirte, in the Giza area, in the next 3 days. He also says Sirte city should be searched carefully because Daesh terrorists have sneaked in and out of different areas in the city several times. He says Daesh is still holding women and children hostage in Sirte and using them as human shields. [AfriGate] [Libya24]

 

A GNA military source says a Sudanese Daesh commander, who trains Daesh snipers, was killed in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Bangladesh

Daesh issued a propaganda video about its attack on a restaurant in Dhaka in July. The video shows the terrorist who conducted the attack pledging allegiance to Daesh. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Nigeria

A Nigerian Army spokesman says the army stopped a Boko Haram attack on a military base in Abadam in Borno, killing 15 terrorists. He also says two soldiers were killed and four wounded in the attack. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Aleppo, Syria

A video of opposition civil defense units saving an infant buried under a destroyed building in Aleppo. [YouTube]

 

Iraq

Video purportedly shows PMF fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb, location unspecified. [YouTube]

Anbar

Video purportedly shows PMF fighters walking among Daesh corpses and rubble in Jazeera Khaldiya. [YouTube]

Ninewa

Video of World Food Programme aid being distributed in Qayara. [Mawsleya]

Video of Ninewa Operations receiving civilians who fled Daesh south of Mosul. [Twitter]

Salahuddin

An Iraqi man is filmed from atop a high building as he raises the Iraqi flag over Shirqat and celebrates the victory over Daesh in the city. [Twitter]

Photos purport to show celebrations in Tikrit upon news breaking of the capture of Shirqat by Iraqi troops. [Twitter]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]