May 14, 2018
Daesh Recon Drone
Sadr alliance finishes first, in election marked by depressed voter turnout. [..]
Al-Abadi alliance finishes third, despite pre-election polls, predictions. [..]
Election results, procedures, draw protests in Kurdistan. [..]
Daesh violence directed at numerous polling stations. [..]
Port & Border Authority leader cites huge losses to corruption in Basra. [..]
Iraqi, Coalition aircraft hit Daesh in southern Hasaka. [..]
SDF captures Albu Kamal border town with US, Iraqi help. Daesh now holds only three places. [..]
Syrian forces still struggling to advance south of Damascus. [..]
Israel: Opening of new US Embassy in Jerusalem triggers mass violence, Zawahiri threats. [..]
Indonesia: At least 11 killed in Daesh-inspired violence in Indonesia. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
The Council of Representatives election produced major surprises. The election results have emerged from the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) in bits and pieces, leaving much to be clarified. A few things are dramatically clear, however.
The turnout was dramatically lower than in previous elections, at only 44.5% . Past elections have generally seen a turnout over 60%. This drop can be attributed in part to the majority of IDPs not voting, but reflects a collective rejection of the political process based on perceptions of its corruption and poor performance. The turnout may have hurt some alliances more than others.
Muqtada Al-Sadr’s Sa’irun alliance, which also included the Communist Party among others, finished first, getting about 1.3 million votes. The Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance led by Hadi Al-Amiri finished second, with about 1.2 million votes. Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s Victory alliance got somewhat over 1 million votes. Al-Maliki’s Rule of Law alliance finished fourth, the Al-Jubouri/Allawi Wataniya alliance fifth.
A calculation by Reuters converted the votes to an estimated number of CoR seats, as follows: Sa’irun 54, Conquest 47, Victory 42, Rule of Law 25. Even though the numbers will like change slightly, this type of conversion produces plausible results because the proportional representation system assigns seats approximately in relation to percentage of votes won.
In Kurdistan, the KDP apparently held on to its previous support, and may have around 25 seats, and the PUK apparently outpolled the Gorran/Barham Salih Nishtiman alliance in Suleimaniya. There are disputes about that.
There are 329 seats in the CoR, which means that the front-running Sadrist alliance has won only about 16% of the seats. While it will likely finish with somewhat more seats in the final allocation, and will get the first opportunity to form the government, it is far from predictable that it will succeed. Al-Sadr had previously designated the Sadrist Governor of Maysan as his Prime Minister candidate; he cannot hold the position himself as he himself was not a candidate.
Al-Abadi has much better alliance prospects than Al-Sadr seems to have, and if the recent deal with Al-Maliki brokered by their Islamic Dawa party holds up, you could add Al-Maliki’s 25 votes to his 42. However, Al-Abadi was clearly defeated in this election, in defiance of pre-election predictions that he would win. Even a very recent project, which we reported just days ago, had him winning by a fairly wide margin. Ironically, he appears to have scored a breakthrough in Mosul, but lagged badly in the Shia provinces.
Clear numbers will likely show up in another day or two. Count on major arguments as to what they mean.
Bas news published a summary of the next steps to forming the new government in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution, which are as follows:
The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) will announce the election results on Monday (which it did, sort of, but the official final results are still awaited).
President Fuad Masoum will call the new CoR to convene within 15 days of the results being announced.
CoR members will elect a Speaker for the CoR and 2 deputies by an absolute majority at the first meeting.
The CoR will then elect a new President by a 2/3 majority within 30 days of the first meeting.
The new President will nominate the candidate of the largest bloc in the new CoR to form a government.
The PM-designate has 30 days from there to form the government and submit it to the CoR.
The CoR must approve the government and each minister separately in separate votes requiring an absolute majority.
If the PM-designate fails to form a coalition government within 30 days, or if the CoR rejects the government proposed by the PM-designate, the President must appoint another candidate to form a government within 15 days.[BasNews]
The Independent High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq, during a press conference held by its spokesman, Fadel Al-Gharawi, in Baghdad on Monday, reported episodes of violence during the CoR elections on Saturday, “most notably the exertion of pressure on Army employees during the voting.” According to Rudaw, more than 800,000 members of the security forces, including army, police, and others, already voted on Thursday during the “special ballot” day assigned for them. Al-Gharawi said, “Pressure was exerted on a number of voters employed by the Ministry of Defense—the need to vote, the threat of not receiving their salaries without having the [voting] receipt; moreover, the process witnessed the breakdown of a large number of [electronic] ballot boxes … leading to the use of manual ballots, making it an opportunity for forgery.” [Rudaw]
The US Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh, Brett McGurk, reportedly began talks in Baghdad on Sunday with several Iraqi leaders, including “Wisdom” leader Ammar Al-Hakim and CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri, in order to expedite the formation of the new government. [BasNews][Sumaria]
The London-based, Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat carried a report on Monday regarding the formation of a new Iraqi government. The newspaper quoted an “informed source,” who asked not to be named, as saying that the ruling bloc for the next government could include Haider Al-Abadi, Muqtada Al-Sadr, Ammar Al-Hakim, Ayad Allawi, Osama Al-Nujaifi, and possibly Masoud Barzani. The source added that the early visits of Brett McGurk, US Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh, to some of these figures showed that he was leaning in that direction. [Sumaria]
Muqtada al-Sadr affirmed on Monday his alliance’s efforts to establish a government without party politics (an apparent reference to the idea of a cabinet of technocrats). He made the statement in a tweet promising wisdom, nationalism, fulfilling the wishes of the people, redemption, and the building of a “new generation,” using the names of several of the most popular parties in creating his statement. [AlAin]
Current PM Haider Al-Abadi expressed on Monday his readiness to work and cooperate to form a powerful Iraqi government free of corruption, quotas, and “non-issues.” In a televised address to the nation, Al-Abadi said that he assumed responsibility for Iraq’s leadership until the formation of the new government, as stipulated in the Iraqi Constitution. [Sumaria]
In his televised address on Monday, current PM Haider Al-Abadi called on all citizens and electoral blocs to respect the results of the elections and pursue any objections through legal recourse. [Sumaria]
Rudaw published an early analysis of the election results, some of it overtaken by events, noting the possibility of an alliance between the Victory coalition and Sa’irun. The Russian news agency Sputnik quoted Iraqi political analyst Ahmed Al-Abyad as saying that “The estimates that were given to the Fatah list, headed by the Secretary-General of the Badr Organization, Hadi Al-Amiri, and to the “Rule of Law” coalition, led by VP and former PM Nouri Al-Maliki, surprised them … In one form or another, the plan that was put in place, namely that Iran would play a large role, seems to have been shaken … even the KDP got good results in the election. He concluded that there would be significant US pressure on any new government, and that the formation of state institutions and ending the role of militias in the country would require a real partnership with the US, of which he did not think the US would be capable. [Rudaw]
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) claimed victory on Monday and claimed this was a “natural situation” resulting from the “non-waiver of the rights of the people of Kurdistan.” The advisor to the Political Bureau of the KDP, Arif Rushdi, made the remarks in an interview with Sumaria, adding, “The KDP was willing to work with all political parties in Kurdistan [prior to the election], but those parties avoided [taking] responsibility.” [Sumaria]
A meeting attended by 6 Kurdish parties (Gorran, the Islamic Union, the Alliance for Democracy and Justice, the Islamic Group, the Kurdistan Communist Party, and the Islamic Movement) objected to the results of the elections. Salahuddin Bahauddin, the Secretary-General of the Kurdistan Islamic Union, said that the parties had held the meeting in Erbil to object to the preliminary results. He said that the meeting’s participants “rejected the whole process because of the intrusions which took place … and stole the votes of the masses of Kurdistan.” He said the parties demanded new elections in Kurdistan, Kirkuk, and the “disputed areas” under the supervision of international observers. [Rudaw]
On Monday evening, Nechirvan Barzani, the PM of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), received US Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh, Brett McGurk, and Douglas Silliman, US Ambassador to Iraq, and their accompany delegations. The US delegation reportedly congratulated the people of Kurdistan and Iraq on holding democratic elections, especially given the good turnout in the Kurdistan Region. The delegation also reportedly said that it was important for the Kurdish parties to unite and play an active role in the formation of the new Iraqi government. Barzani stressed the need to preserve the constitutional rights of the region. [BasNews] [Sumaria]
PUK Media carried a report saying that the “Falcon” intelligence cell was responsible for thwarting Daesh’s plans to target the elections. The head of the “Falcon” cell and Director-General of Intelligence and Counterterrorism at the Ministry of the Interior, Abu Ali Al-Basri, said to Sabah, “For 3 months the cell was in a secret war against Daesh, which upset the biggest terrorist plot targeting Baghdad and all the provinces during the CoR elections, and ended on Saturday without any breach in security.” He added that the “Falcon” cell had been involved in bombing Daesh in Syria, which took place in cooperation between the Iraqi Air Force and Syria, Russia, and Iran.
DaeshDaily comment. Conceding whatever accomplishments the self-promoting intelligence cell might have achieved, it is apparent from this issue of Daesh Daily that there were in fact a very large number of Daesh attacks before and during this election. This reality also contradicts reports in major media outlets doing election stories that the election had proceeded with very little violence. We are not sure what sources this optimistic coverage was based on.
On Monday, the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced a terrorist to death for his role in killing a Russian diplomat. The spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Abd Al-Sattar Birqdar, said in a statement that the man was convicted of the murder of one of the Russian diplomats in Iraq in 2006. The accused had confessed to participating in the kidnapping of four foreigners, two of whom were later shot and two of whom were “slaughtered” [killed by beheading or with a knife]. [Baghdadia]
Iraqi Joint Ops Command announced on Monday that Iraqi F-16s had bombed a Daesh headquarters inside Syrian territory. The Command said in a statement that they bombed a “headquarters and logistical support” for Daesh south of Dashisha, Syria, and that the site had been completely destroyed. [Sumaria]
The UN on Monday expressed happiness with Iraq for honoring the electoral process and not altering the results. [Rudaw]
DaeshDaily comment. This statement is not a statement of relief about Iraq as much as recognition by the UN based on experience that many regimes around the world have found a lot of ways to steal elections after the votes have been counted.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry affirmed that the Iraqi people’s participation in the elections strengthened the victories against terrorism, and called for strengthening popular political participation in Iraq. The Ministry’s spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, congratulated the Iraqi people and government. [Rudaw]
The Foreign Ministry of Egypt called the completion of the CoR elections in Iraq as a testament to the victories over Daesh. A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry on Monday congratulated Iraq on “successful [CoR] elections and the efforts of the Iraqi Army and security forces to secure them.” The statement added that the elections represented an essential step toward restoring security and stability in Iraq and rebuilding state institutions.[Rudaw]
Russia’s Foreign Ministry released a statement saying that they hope to see Iraq form an effective parliament as soon as possible. [Sumaria]
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry described the movement of the US Embassy to Jerusalem as “rejected and inciting to a hundred million people across the world.” It called the US decision “an action against international resolutions for peace.” [Rudaw]
Security-related incidents reported
North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)
Daesh said it shot and killed an Iraqi Army member in the Al-Zor area, near Tarmiya, on Friday. [ICDNMay12]
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it targeted a person who was out advocating for the elections, with machine guns, in the Sheikh Hamad area, destroying his vehicle. [ICDNMay12]
Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)
Election. Daesh said it blew up the houses of an election candidate and an Iraqi Army officer in unspecified locations in southwest Baghdad on Saturday. [ICDNMay13]
Total Baghdad incidents reported: 3 (Includes only incidents reported)
Total IED incidents reported: 0
Election. A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that the local police captured a Daesh suicide bomber who was in a taxi van with other passengers in the Halabsa area. The 15-year-old boy was high on drugs when he was caught. The source said the boy was recruited by Daesh on social media and was ordered to attack people who were celebrating election results.
Daesh said it set some farms of government employees on fire Saturday, north of Falluja. [ICDNMay13]
Election. A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Daesh targeted Kubaisa city with 5 mortars. The source says Coalition planes bombed the source of the shelling. The source said the election went smoothly after the bombing.
Daesh said on Saturday it targeted polling places in Kubaisa city and Al-Salija village with Katyusha rockets, postponing the voting process. [ICDNMay12]
Monday, a security source revealed that 2 Anbar Police members were injured in an IED explosion in Akashat, south of Al-Qa’im District on the border. [BaghdadNews]
Daesh said it targeted a polling place in Rutba with 5 Katyusha rockets on Saturday. [ICDNMay13]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that IFP units stopped a Daesh attack on the Baiji Refinery, killing 6 terrorists, including Ahmed Khattab Al-Janabi, the Daesh military official of Salahuddin. The source sent us photos of the terrorists.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that six PMF fighters were killed by Daesh snipers in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source said Iraqi forces will start a major campaign to clear the mountains on Tuesday.
Baiji Ops Command (PMF) announced on Monday that an operation was underway to clear the Makhoul Mountains and Siniya desert in Salahuddin. In a statement, the Command said that the PMF groups Waleed Al-Kaaba [Sons of the Kaaba], National Defense Companies, and the 51st, 99th, and 6th National Brigades were participating in the operation. The 6th National Brigade and the National Defense Companies have been assigned to clear the eastern area of Siniya, specifically the village of Sheikh Ali. [Rudaw]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed a PMF machine gun-mounted SUV with an IED in the Al-Fatha area just northeast of Baiji with an IED, killing four fighters, including the PMF commander of the area. It also said it destroyed a military vehicle that came to retrieve the bodies of the fallen PMF fighters with another IED, killing three more fighters, including a commander. [ICDNMay12]
In what appears to be a repeated story, Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed a PMF SUV with an IED in the Al-Fatha area, killing or wounding the fighters inside, including a commander. [ICDNMay13]
Daesh said its snipers killed a PMF fighter in the Al-Mu’tasim area, east of Samarra city, on Saturday. [ICDNMay13]
It also said it destroyed a PMF armored personnel carrier with an IED in the same area on Saturday, killing or wounding the fighters inside, including an officer. [ICDNMay13]
Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)
Election. Daesh said on Saturday that it kidnapped an election official east of Suleiman Beg. [ICDNMay12]
Diyala Police Command announced on Monday that it had arrested 11 wanted persons on terrorism and criminal charges. In a statement, they said that detachments from the Jalawla Police and the anti-crime department of the Diyala Police had made the arrests in various areas around the Province. [Sumaria] [Ghad]
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it targeted a polling place in Abu Qarma village, northeast of Baquba, with several mortar shells. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed the vehicle of a tribal PMF fighter with an IED in the Khalil Hasnawi village area, south of Buhriz. [ICDNMay12]
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it targeted a polling place in Al-Jabal village, south of Buhriz, with light and mid-sized weapons. [ICDNMay12]
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it targeted 2 polling places, one in Abbara subdistrict north of Baquba and one in Abu Saida, with 2 Katyusha rockets and several mortar shells, wounding six Shia, including three SWAT members. [ICDNMay12]
Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it targeted a polling place in the Shia village of Ghazalja, in Muqdadiya, with 2 C5k rockets and several mortar shells. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it targeted the Shia village of Zuhairat, in Muqdadiya, with 2 Katyusha rockets. [ICDNMay12]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it targeted a polling station in the Udhaim area with several mortar shells. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in Um Talil village, west of Udhaim, with light weapons. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said its snipers killed an Iraqi Army member in the Um Talil village on Friday. [ICDNMay12]
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it targeted a polling place in Ashtokan village, in Qara Tapa, with 3 mortar shells and with mid-sized weapons. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it targeted Shia people in Qara Tapa with several mortars. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed a Border Guard member with an IED in Khanaqin. [ICDNMay13]
The Center for Security Information announced on Monday that 3 wanted persons had been arrested in Diyala. Center spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasul said in a statement that units under Diyala Ops Command had arrested 3 wanted persons in Jalawla. [Ghad]
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it targeted a polling place in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, with 5 mortar shells. [ICDNMay12]
Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it detonated an IED on a vehicle carrying PMF fighters and heading to a polling station in Mandali. [ICDNMay12]
Election. A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that five civilians were wounded when security units shot at demonstrators in Kirkuk. The source said the Turkmen Front objected the use of force against peaceful demonstrators.
Election. Daesh said on Saturday it shot at a polling place in the Waheed Huzairan, neighborhood in south Kirkuk city. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an IFP vehicle with an IED near Shah Sawan village, on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad, wounding three soldiers inside. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it killed a Shia with IEDs near Shah Sawan village. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it targeted an IFP vehicle with an IED near Kathahiya village in the Kirkuk District’s Yaychi subdistrict. [ICDNMay12]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that two IFP members were killed when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle near Dibis. The source said the IFP arrested 4 young men who were close to the incident.
Daesh said on Saturday it wounded a tribal PMF commander and several of his fighters near Qutan village, east of Dibis. [ICDNMay12]
A security source in Kirkuk Province said on Monday that 3 PMF members were killed by an IED, according to Sumaria. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said that the IED was placed by the side of a road in Dibis, targeting a car belonging to the tribal PMF group People of Justice. [Sumaria]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an IFP vehicle with an IED near Qush Qaya village, west of Dibis, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded IFP soldiers and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Albu Sabah village, west of Dibis. [ICDNMay12]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
The Center for Security Information said on Monday that an attempt by 4 terrorists to target security centers and residential areas in Kirkuk had been foiled. In a statement, the Center said that the 11th Brigade (PMF) had killed 4 Daesh fighters, stopping their operations in the Riyadh subdistrict. [Sumaria][Buratha]
The Federal Police announced on Monday that the Daesh official responsible for “security” in Hawija and Riyadh was killed in a joint operation in the Shalakha area [Riyadh subdistrict]. Federal Police Chief Major-General Raed Shaker Jawdat said in a statement that the Federal Police, in coordination with Iraqi National Intelligence, killed the wanted terrorist Ahmed Tala’at Al-Turkmeni, aka Abu Omar Al-Turkmeni. [Sumaria]
The media office for the PMF also claimed in a statement that intelligence units from a PMF group had killed the Daesh official Ahmed Tala’at Al-Turkmeni in Riyadh. [Ghad]
Daesh said on Saturday it killed an election official with an IED near Al-Khan village, east of Hawija. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it killed eight PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle in an ambush on the road between Riyadh and Hawija. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed 2 IFP vehicles with IEDs near Al-Khuzaifi and Al-Hassan villages, east of Riyadh, killing or wounding the soldiers inside, including a battalion commander. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed a tribal PMF vehicle with an IED near Al-Mahouz village, east of Hawija, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said it targeted a tribal PMF military position in Al-Karha village, south of Riyadh, with machine guns on Friday. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said it targeted an IFP vehicle with an IED near the Technical Institution in Hawija city, on Saturday. [ICDNMay13]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an IFP vehicle with an IED near Barima village, east of Hawija, killing or wounding at least three soldiers inside. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said it targeted an IFP vehicle with an IED in the Albu Hamad area, east of Hawija, on Saturday. [ICDNMay13]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed a vehicle carrying election monitors on the road between Daquq and Tabzawa with an IED, killing or wounding the people inside. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Sunday it damaged an IFP vehicle with an IED near Ghaida village, south of Daquq, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [ICDNMay13]
Daesh said on Saturday it targeted an IFP convoy near Al-Sous village, east of Rashad, with 3 IEDs, killing at least seven soldiers and destroying 3 vehicles. [ICDNMay12]
Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)
Daesh said on Saturday it damaged a PMF Humvee with an IED near the Mosul Dam, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an Iraqi Army SUV with an IED on the road between Mosul and the Wana subdistrict of Tel Keif, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said it destroyed a PMF vehicle on the road between Mosul and Tel Keif on Saturday. [ICDNMay13]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Iraqi soldiers at checkpoint near the Kokjali area at the east entrance to Mosul, in Hamdaniya, shot and killed a Shabak PMF fighter and wounded another when a PMF convoy refused to stop at the checkpoint.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that a Daesh IED exploded on an Iraqi Army ambulance on the road between Badoush and Mosul, killing the driver and severely wounding a paramedic. The source sent us photos of the damaged ambulance.
Daesh said it damaged a PMF ambulance with an IED on the road between Mosul and Badoush on Saturday, wounding the fighters inside. [ICDNMay12]
The Ninewa Directorate of Intelligence announced on Monday that a cache of military equipment left behind by Daesh had been found on Mosul’s west side. In a statement, the Directorate said that units from the Directorate of Intelligence and Ninewa Security, under the General Directorate of Intelligence and Security, found the cache in Shahwan. The cache contained 6 plastic explosives, 1 hand grenade, 4 anti-personnel rocket launchers, 9 mortar launchers, 41 detonators, and 14 assorted communications devices. [Ghad][Forat]
The Directorate of Civil Defense in Ninewa Governorate announced that it will begin removing bodies from under the building rubble in the western half of Mosul with the help of the Iraqi Army and the Ninewa government. [Sumaria]
In a mysterious incident, a DaeshDaily source said on Monday that a house was reported destroyed by unknown airplanes in Safina village in Qayara, wounding five people. The village was liberated more than a year ago. The source sent us photos of the house.
Daesh said on Saturday it killed two PMF fighters with an IED in Al-Alouli village, east of Tal Afar. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Saturday it targeted an Iraqi Army vehicle with 2 IEDs near Kasik, killing or wounding three soldiers, including a lt. colonel. [ICDNMay12]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that a senior Kata’eb Hezbollah commander was wounded and his driver killed when a roadside IED exploded on their convoy on the road between Baaj and Tal Abta.
Election. The electoral commission announced that Al-Sadr’s Sa’irun Alliance finished first in Najaf Governorate. The Al-Fath alliance finished second; the Prime Minister’s Victory alliance third. Ammar Al-Hakim’s Al-Hikma Movement was fourth; Al-Maliki’s Rule of Law alliance fifth; and the woman-organized Irada party sixth. [Sumaria]
The Iraqi Port and Border Authority said on Monday that Iraq was losing billions a month due to corruption, adding that some traders and importers were intending to demonstrate at the port of Umm Qasr in Basra. The head of the Authority, Kazem Al-Aqabi, said in a statement, “Iraq loses billions a month to corruption at the ports, especially in Umm Qasr.” He added, however, that government revenues had doubled since the Port Authority had assumed its duties, compared with years prior. [Sumaria]
In a statement released on Monday, the PKK media center announced that the PKK attacked Turkish Army personnel in different locations in northern Erbil and killed 13 Turkish soldiers. [Roj]
Election. The IHEC office in Suleimaniya announced that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) finished first, ahead of the Gorran (Change) Movement. [Sumaria] However, as reported above, the election process and results in Kurdistan are in dispute.
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
The PKK announced on Monday that it killed 4 Turkish soldiers in an attack on a Turkish Army headquarters in Hakkâri Province, in Turkey’s southeast corner. [Roj]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Northwest (No reports)
In a statement released on Monday, the Iraqi Security Media Center announced that Iraqi F–16 aircraft conducted several airstrikes on a headquarters providing logistics support for Daesh members in Al-Dashisha, south of Hasaka. The headquarters was completely destroyed, according to the statement. [Qasioun]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle near Dashisha, killing the 2 terrorists inside.
Daesh said nine people, mostly women and children, were killed by an “American” airstrike on Al-Hamadi village, south of Shaddadi, on Friday. Daesh issued a video of the results of the airstrike. [ICDNMay12]
Central and West
In a report published on Monday, Sputnik quoted some sources close to the Turkey-backed militias as saying that Turkey has put the names of Tahrir Al-Sham leaders who are opposing its policies in Idlib on an “assassination list,” in preparation for announcing the establishment of a new unified military formation under the leadership of Failaq Al-Sham. According to Sputnik, the “War of IEDs” started in Idlib two days ago and it will continue in order to spread chaos in the street, in an attempt by Turkish Intelligence to convince the people of the need to form a new military body in order to impose security. [Hawar]
Monday, according to a local source, Qasioun reported that a civilian was killed and another wounded when a roadside IED went off on their car in rural western Idlib. [Qasioun]
In a statement released on Monday, Tajamu’ Saraya Darayya, an anti-government militia, announced that it conducted on Sunday a surprise attack on a Syrian forces position in Kefraya, killing a number of the government-allied Shiite militiamen. [Dorar]
Sunday, Qasioun reported that a number of civilians and anti-government militiamen were killed and wounded in 4 separate IED explosions in Ariha, Saraqib, Maarat Masrin and Al-Dana. [Qasioun]
In a statement released on Monday, the “Brigade of Jobar and Ghouta Rebels,” an anti-government militia, announced that it has joined the Jaish Al-Azza militia, in an attempt to “keep the revolution going and achieve its goals.” [Qasioun]
Dozens of prisoners held by Daesh in the prisons of the Syrian Liberation Front in the city of Binnish in Idlib were able to escape within the past few days. [Dorar]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Albu Kamal District
Monday, SOHR reported that the SDF, backed by both the International Coalition and Iraqi forces, has completely captured Al-Baghouz town on the Syria-Iraqi border, following fierce clashes with Daesh, leaving just three areas under Daesh control, namely Hajin, Susah and Al-Sha’fah. [SyriaHR] [Hawar]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that SDF and Al-Nujaba’ Movement units entered Al-Baghouz town and captured large parts of the town. The source said Daesh terrorists withdrew to Al-Sha’afa town without a fight. The source said Coalition planes targeted a Daesh convoy north of the town, killing 11 terrorists and destroying 3 machine gun mounted vehicles. The source said this is the first time the SDF and a pro-Syrian-government militia have worked together against Daesh.
Arabi 21 quoted sources as saying that Iraqi PMFs have penetrated 2 km inside Syrian territory in coordination with the SDF, as part of the ongoing battles against Daesh in the area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that government forces prohibited merchants from delivering food supplies to Al-Susah town. The source says the town already faces a severe lack of food and medicine. The source said government forces also shell the town continuously. The source said people of the town are trapped because Daesh issued orders to kill anyone who leaves the town. The source said a 45-year-old man committed suicide because of the difficult situation in the town.
Monday, SOHR reported that at least 18 Daesh members were killed during violent clashes with the SDF, accompanied by Coalition airstrikes on the Daesh-held sites on the outskirts of Al-Bahra village, during the past 24 hours. [SyriaHR]
According to several media sources, Arabi 21 reported that the US-led Coalition has established an advanced military base in the Sha’fah desert in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, in order to provide logistics support for the SDF in its fight against Daesh in the region. [Arabi21]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that SDF units shot down a Daesh recon drone near Hajin. The source says the drone was carrying cameras and a hand grenade. The source sent us a photo of the drone.
Daesh published on Saturday photos of targeting a Syrian Army military position in the Albu Kamal area with mortars. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Sunday it targeted a Syrian Army position in Albu Kamal city with 3 mortars, killing a soldier and wounding 3 others. [ICDNMay13]
Daesh said on Sunday it targeted Syrian Army positions in Al-Hamdan village with 4 mortars; the Syrian Army in Al-Ashayer village with 3 mortars; and targeted Syrian Army military positions in Al-Ashayer and Al-Sukkariya villages with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNMay13]
Monday, SOHR reported that violent clashes are still ongoing between the Syrian forces and Daesh on the outskirts of Al-Yarmouk Camp as well as Al-Tadhamun and Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhoods, accompanied by continuous rocket and artillery shelling. According to SOHR, the Syrian forces captured over 80% of the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhood while Daesh recaptured a number of buildings and schools on the western and eastern outskirts of Al-Yarmouk camp. [SyriaHR]
Daesh said on Saturday it launched a counterattack on government forces in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area, killing 12 soldiers and capturing weapons and ammunition. It also said one of its terrorists attacked government forces in the Al-Yarmouk Camp area, killing 5 soldiers, including an officer, before getting killed. Daesh said it stopped a government forces attack near the camp, killing 9 soldiers and destroying an armored vehicle. It also said it stopped a government attack on Hay Al-Tadhamun, killing 4 soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Sunday that Syrian and Russian planes conducted more than 150 airstrikes on the Yarmouk Camp and Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. [ICDNMay13]
Daesh said on Saturday that Russian and Syrian planes conducted more than 100 airstrikes on areas south of Damascus. It also said tens of explosives barrels were dropped. [ICDNMay12]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed 40 Syrian soldiers and destroyed a BMP armored vehicle in battles in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad and the Yarmouk Camp. [ICDNMay13]
Daesh issued a video of the destroyed vehicle. [ICDNMay13]
The Russian base at Khmeimim released a statement addressing accusations that the Syrian regime forces are forcibly displacing people in districts that have recently been taken over (such as the villages and towns of Eastern Ghouta) as reprisals. Unofficial intelligence relates that the Russian forces are against reprisals in areas newly taken from rebels and terrorists. The unofficial source says avoiding reprisals is a part of the Russian Reconciliation Center’s strategy. [Qasioun]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
Daesh published on Monday photos of its terrorists in the Qifa area. [ICDNMay14]
Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah stated that the bombing of the Israeli-held Golan Heights was a response to its aggression in Syria. Observers took that as a suggestion that Iran was involved in bombing the Israeli positions in the Golan Heights. [Dorar] This is exactly what Israel alleged.
Deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters marked the ceremonial opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. The violence seemed unlikely to ease soon.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri reacted to the US Embassy move to Jerusalem by calling for war against the US. In a voice recording issued on the eve of the opening of the Embassy, Al-Zawahiri said, “The policy of appeasing the Americans has failed the Palestinians, and Muslim countries have failed the Palestinian people by signing the UN Charter,” since the UN Charter calls for respecting the territory of member states including Israel. He added, “… many of these countries have established public and private relations with Israel … accepting Tel Aviv and West Jerusalem as Israeli capitals, although it is Islamic land.” Al-Zawahiri vowed that the US would not be secure until it left Arab and Islamic territory. [Sumaria]
Monday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry gave the final decision of its country regarding whether or not to send forces to Syria instead of the US. The answer seems to be “No.” The Foreign Minister, Sameh Shukri, said that the main focus of the Egyptian forces is to defend Egypt on Egyptian soil and that movements outside of Egyptian soil are subject to legal and constitutional procedures. [Dorar]
Monday, a Libyan official said that Libya will return the bodies of the 20 Christian Egyptians that Daesh beheaded in 2015 in Libya’s Sirte. [SkyNewsArabia]
The organization for removing mines and war waste announced that it found two war shells planted by Daesh in Sirte, in the subdistrict of Al-Zuhair. [Wasat]
Monday, the Morocco Interior Ministry announced that it arrested 4 Daesh suspects, aged 20 to 27, for spreading Daesh propaganda in the cities of Fez (central), Casablanca (west), Kenitra (west) and the town of Midar (north). The preliminary investigation has also shown that some suspects have made contacts with Daesh fighters in both Syria and Iraq in order to use their experience in making explosives and IEDs to attack vital places in Morocco. [Youm7]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
The Observer published a report about the “evidence” upon which Daesh ideology relies. This report is based on a 579-page book, which was written by a representative of Daesh, Abu Abd Allah Al-Muhajir. It is called “Fiqh Al-Dima’” or “The Jurisprudence of Blood.” This book justifies actions such as beheadings, mutilation, organ trafficking, and killing children. The senior researcher of a British counterterrorism organization says that the book distorts the meaning of jihad in Islam and exploits that misunderstanding to legitimize terrorist actions. [Sumaria]
Daesh announced on Sunday that it was responsible for an attack on civilians in Paris, which killed one person and wounded four others. Media reports say the attacker was about 20 years old. [Sumaria]
Daesh said on Saturday that the terrorist who stabbed several people in Paris is one of its “soldiers.” [ICDNMay12]
Daesh published on Sunday a video of the terrorist. [ICDNMay13]
Daesh said it killed two pro-government militiamen in clashes in the Darzab area, in Jowzjan, on Friday. [ICDNMay12]
Afghan security forces battled for hours against a group of Daesh attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday after a coordinated assault that killed at least 15 people and wounded 42, local officials said.
A car bomb was detonated at the entrance to the state accounts office before a group of about six attackers armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades rushed the building, the officials said. There were multiple blasts as they fought off security forces in a gun battle that lasted much of the day.
The attack took place in a busy area of the city with many other official buildings nearby, including a school in which about 1,000 girls were trapped as the fighting raged. [HindustanTimes]
Daesh said on Sunday that one of its suicide terrorists attacked an Afghan Ministry of Finance building in Jalalabad with a vehicle bomb. It said that 3 terrorists entered the building after the attack and clashed with security forces for 4 hours before getting killed. It also said it remotely detonated a parked vehicle and motorcycle, rigged with explosives. It said at least 100 people were killed or wounded. [ICDNMay13]
Daesh published on Sunday photos of its snipers in the Tora Bora area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNMay13]
A family blew themselves up at an Indonesian police station on Monday. The family was driving 2 motorcycles, which were stopped outside the building by a policeman before the family members blew themselves up. Indonesian Police Chief Tito Karnavian confirmed that the suicide attack, which took place at a police station in Surabaya, was carried out by a family of 5, including an 8-year-old girl. He said that the girl had survived and was recovering. The attack wounded policemen and civilians, and came a day after other suicide attacks in Surabaya. [BasNews]
Daesh said on Sunday that 3 of its suicide terrorists attacked 3 churches in East Java. It said one of the terrorists attacked (Pantkusa) church with a vehicle bomb, the second terrorist attacked Maria church with an explosives vest, and third attacked another church with a motorcycle bomb. Daesh said 11 people were killed and 41 wounded in the attacks. [ICDNMay13]
On Sunday, Daesh published a video claiming to show the man responsible for the Paris attack pledging his loyalty to Daesh and to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. The 150-second video showed a masked man who spoke French and some Arabic. It was unclear if the man in the video was the Paris attacker Khamzat (or Hassan) Azimov or not. [Sumaria]