March 22, 2018
TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS
Turkmen leader accuses PUK leaders of using Daesh members to create instability in Kirkuk. [..]
Chairman of CoR Security & Defense Committee Chairman wants proof of Turkey’s claim that Iraq will help them remove PKK members from Ninewa. [..]
Daesh cells in Baghdad’s Tarmiya District an emerging issue. [..]
Daesh ambushes kills 6 Iraqi soldiers, 4 border guards in Anbar. [..]
Daesh killed Shia civilians, including children, on a bus. [..]
Daesh continues to target mukhtars for assassination. [..]
4 civilians killed by Turkish anti-PKK airstrike in rural Erbil. [..]
State Dept. spokesman denies Turkey’s claim of deal with US on Manbij; says US troops there not leaving. [..]
Merkel condemns Turkey’s invasion of Afrin. [..]
Guterres raises alarm, demands UN action on reported Assad chemical attacks. [..]
White Helmets say 28 killed, 26 wounded by airstrikes in northern Idlib. [..]
Russia negotiating with another militia for its departure from East Ghouta. [..]
Afghanistan: Daesh suicide bomb kills at least 32 in Kabul on Nawroz holiday. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
The Coalition says a service member with Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve died March 21, 2018 in a non-combat-related incident in Iraq. It says the incident is under investigation. [InherentResolve]
Council of Representatives
Thursday, Turkmen CoR representative Niazi Memar Uglu accused unnamed Kurdish parties of “incubating and training” 3,000 Daesh members who surrendered themselves to the Peshmerga. He emphasized the need for the federal government to reinforce security units in Tooz District and Kirkuk Province with additional units.
Uglu said that “there are certain Kurdish officials, including Sheikh Lahur [= Lahur Talabani] and Kosrat Rasul [a PUK leader], who have been showing off their muscles for a while, and today they are trying to fuel sectarian strife to recreate an environment of national conflict in Iraq.” [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. This seems like a petty political issue, but should be taken seriously. The Kurds schemed for years to control Kirkuk, and in mid-2014 the Daesh invasion gave them an opportunity to seize the city and most of the province. This power play pleased Kurds but further alienated Kirkuk’s Arabs and Turkmen against them. Now the central government is back in control, and in political control as well as military control. This pleased the Arabs and Turkmen, but now the Kurds in Kirkuk (and Kurdistan) are alienated. So while Daesh attacks in the province continue to be a problem, the numerous recent comments by Kurdish and non-Kurdish leaders about security in Kirkuk are less about security and more about politics and the future political status of Kirkuk. Uglu is basically accusing PUK leaders of deliberately undermining security by playing politics with it, and of creating security incidents themselves as part of the strategy, using former Daesh members so as to avoid blame for the incidents.
Chairman of the CoR Security and Defense Committee, Hakim Al-Zamili, said that the CoR “has no knowledge of any agreement between Baghdad and Ankara about Turkish military operations on the border with Iraq to expel PKK members.” He added that “if the Iraqi government were serious in expelling PKK units from northern Iraq, then Iraq has the capability to do so without needing help from Turkey.” He added that the Committee has a meeting with key government officials in the next few days and will request a clarification about the Turkish statement indicating such an agreement. [Rudaw]
Thursday, a possible corruption issue arose over a foreign contract. An informed source reported that Minister of the Interior Qassem Al-Aaraji ordered the creation of a supreme investigation committee to look into a Bulgarian Arsenal Armament contract over questions about prices, product type, and manufacturing year. The source, who requested to remain anonymous, noted there are significant suspicions of corruption in the contract. [Sumaria]
Thursday, State of the Law representative Zainab Al-Sheikh Aref Al-Basri stated that President Fuad Masoum is intentionally postponing the implementation of budget because he believes it violates the constitution and the law by failing to give the Kurdistan Region 17% of the budget. [Sumaria]
Thursday, the New York Times published an article titled “After Months of Acrimony, Baghdad Strikes Deal with Kurds,” in which former KRG President Masoud Barzani is quoted as saying “We hope that such a breakthrough can help alleviate some of the economic hardships that our people are suffering right now.”[BasNews] [NYTimes]
Al-Arabiya showed a video of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri defending the Muslim Brotherhood in response to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The Prince pledged to eradicate the “Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology which has invaded the Kingdom’s schools.” Zawahiri also said that Daesh had refused to “cooperate” with Al-Qaeda to stand up to the US and Coalition. [Sumaria]
Security-related incidents reported
Rudaw reports that armed robberies are spreading at an increasing rate against currency exchanges, gold dealers, and commercial markets, leading many businessmen to leave Baghdad in fear of falling victim to these crimes committed by armed gangs and militias. [Rudaw]
North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)
The PMF organization says the 8th PMF brigade has taken over the protection of Tarmiya District in north Baghdad from the Army forces. [Sumaria]
Former CoR Speaker, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani, in a discussion with Ammar Al-Hakim, leader of Hikma party, stressed the point that security there should be under the command of the commander-in-chief of armed forces, i.e., the Prime Minister, not the PMF. [Sngiq]
DaeshDaily sources say that Daesh sleeper cells in Tarmiya District area have been “activated.” The sources say that many Daesh terrorists are hiding in the Al-Hawra (marshland) area and organizing attacks on civilians, tribal fighters, and security forces in the District. The government is reluctant to attack these elements for political reasons, which come down to the concern that a government assault in Sunni neighborhoods risks resurfacing familiar issues about oppression of Sunnis by the government.
Daesh says in its media that it initiated an attack on Tarmiya in north Baghdad without going into much detail. [PUKMedia]
DaeshDaily comment. We doubt that shifting the deployments between regular Army and PMF units is the real solution. Iraq needs to deploy more troops of whatever force in Tarmiya. This “suburban” District in Baghdad Governorate is likely the most Daesh-affected location in the country now, and appears to be the District least changed since Daesh was supposedly defeated. There are constant deadly incidents and no real indication that the situation is getting better.
South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)
Daesh said on Tuesday that it killed a Sahwa commander in an ambush in Yusufiyah. [ICDNMar20]
Total Baghdad incidents reported: 4 (Includes only incidents reported)
Total IED incidents reported: 0
Daesh said on Tuesday that it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in the Zoba’a area. [ICDNMar20]
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that MoI Intelligence units captured 8 persons on terrorism charges in the Street 20 area, in Ramadi city.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that six Iraqi soldiers were killed in a Daesh ambush on the road between Haditha and Ramadi. The source says the soldiers were returning from the Ayn Al-Asad Base to their houses.
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that Daesh targeted a PMF food supplies truck with an IED on the road between Haditha and Ramadi, killing the driver.
Anah (including Rawa)/Al-Qa’im
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that a Kata’eb Hezbollah unit found a Daesh weapons and explosives cache in a tunnel near Al-Qa’im.
Wednesday, a security source in Anbar reported that 4 border control guards were killed in a Daesh trap on the highway near the Trebil border crossing with Jordan in western Anbar. The soldiers were in vehicles leaving their position on leave when attacked. [Sumaria]
Daesh’s version says a group of its terrorists ambushed a Border Police convoy near the Jordan border, killing six soldiers, wounding one, and destroying a vehicle, before returning safely. [ICDNMar22]
Wednesday, a security source in Anbar reported that a border control unit foiled a Daesh attack on a police station near the Iraqi-Saudi border, killing some of the attackers. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that four PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack on Jazeera Siniya. The source says the terrorists also stole a pickup truck, weapons, and ammunition before fleeing the area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that PMFs stopped a Daesh attack in the Jazeera Siniya area, killing a Daesh Iraqi commander and a Saudi commander.
Daesh published on Tuesday photos of detonating an IED on an Emergency Police vehicle on the road between Tikrit and Tuz Khurmatu. [ICDNMar20]
Daesh said it attacked an Oil Facilities Protection unit in the Allas Oilfield on Tuesday killing five members, wounding others, and destroying four vehicles. Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNMar22]
Thursday, Chairman of the Diyala PC Security Committee Sadeq Al-Husseini announced that joint security units captured 5 wanted suspects, including 1 on terrorism charges in raids in various parts of Diyala.[Sumaria]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
Thursday, head of the Udhaim Subdistrict Council, Mohammed Dhaifan Al-Abidi, announced that 2 mortar shells fell in Udhaim’s center, in the third shelling of its kind in the past 72 hours. [Sumaria]
Thursday, Diyala PC Security Council member Abdulkhaleq Medhat confirmed that 80 mm mortar shells in Daesh’s possession were used in the shelling on Udhaim in the past two days. [Sumaria]
Daesh said it blew up part of an oil pipeline between Nafut Khana and Baghdad with an IED on Wednesday. [ICDNMar22]
Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)
Thursday, Diyala Police commander Brig. Gen. Jassem Al-Saadi announced that the Diyala Police dismantled one of the most dangerous Daesh cells in the Al-Nida Basin and captured 2 of its members.[Baghdadia]
Daesh said it severely wounded the Mukhtar of Qurtuba village in Mandali with a sticky IED under his vehicle on Tuesday. They claim he is a Badr member. [ICDNMar22]
According to an Etejah Press reporter, a terrorist group set up a fake checkpoint in the area separating Tuz Khurmatu and Daquq and shot at a tourism bus, killing 6 people and wounding others, including children. The reporter added that PMF and security units closed the road and began searching the area.
Wednesday, Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack on a passenger bus on the Kirkuk-Baghdad road claiming it killed and wounded 35 Shia visitors on the bus. [ICDNMar22]
Daesh said on Wednesday that it blew up 3 oil tanker trucks with machine guns on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad. [ICDNMar21]
Daesh said on Wednesday that it killed two “PMF members” and captured 13 others on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad. [ICDNMar21]
Thursday, the Turkmeneli political party claimed that there are “breaches” in the IHEC’s work in the Kirkuk governorate on the election. It says IHEC did not allow monitoring of the process of giving out voter cards and is giving out more than one card per person. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. This could raise a large issue in Kirkuk, where after 2003 there were many thousands of Kurdish voters who did not actually live in Kirkuk. Kirkuk has been unable to hold proper elections because it was impossible to produce a reliable voter roll. Whatever the truth of the allegation, it dredges up some controversial history. As with the security allegations commented on above under National News, the larger issue is with the future political status of Kirkuk.
A PMF commander says security the situation in Kirkuk is stable, but warned of sleeper cells activities. He also demanded that a new plan be set to pursue secessionist groups. The commander says most security breaches take place within a 30 km area between Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu, and are perpetrated by two terrorist groups, one of them the “Khobaghash” group formed by Kurdish secessionists. [Etejah]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
The Saudi Al-Sharq Al-Awsat says that Daesh fugitives who escaped Hawija are behind recent terror operations in Kirkuk. It says Daesh fugitives regrouped in Kurdistan and started the recent series of attacks, the worst of which was in Sadouniya village, where 27 PMF fighters were killed, and the attack on the civilian bus on the Kirkuk-Daquq road. The paper described the group as a Kurdish version of Daesh, and called it extremely dangerous. Kurdistan has handed over 850 Daesh prisoners while it has kept over 2000 prisoners according to a Shia MP. [SNGIQ]
Daesh said it killed five PMF fighters in an ambush in Al-Hilwat village, near Al-Zab, on Tuesday. [ICDNMar21]
Daesh said it blew up an electricity tower between Hawija and Kirkuk with an IED on Tuesday. [ICDNMar22]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)
Thursday, a source in the Christian Babelyoun brigades affiliated with the PMF said that an IED was discovered inside a Kaka’i shrine and another one near the shrine, located in Zanqar village just outside Daquq city. He added that “the specialized forces” were alerted but did not come to the village, and the first IED exploded, causing damage. [SotIraq] Another report says the shrine was destroyed.
Daesh’s version is that it blew up 2 Sufi shrines in the Tal Hama area, in Daquq. [ICDNMar21]
Daesh said on Thursday it blew up a Sufi shrine in Zanqar village. [ICDNMar22]
Daesh said on Tuesday that it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored personnel carrier with an IED south of Daquq. [ICDNMar20]
Thursday, Kirkuk deputy governor Mohammed Othman called on Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to intensify security presence in the Tooz and Daquq areas in order to curb these security breaches. [Sumaria]
Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that Ninewa SWAT units arrested a Daesh female member in Kokjali, at the entrance to east Mosul. The source says the woman, who was wanted on terrorism charges since 2016, admitted she was distributing payments to Daesh members in Mosul.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that the Mukhtar of Hay Sumer was severely wounded by an IED exploded by his house. The source also said another IED exploded near the house of the Mukhtar of Hay Al-Zahra, without causing casualties.
Daesh said on Tuesday that it captured a tribal PMF commander from his house in the Rajm Hadid area, then beheaded him later. Daesh published photos of the beheading. It also said it killed the Mukhtar of Hay Al-Qadisiya and one of his associates with a sticky IED under their vehicle. It also said it planted and then detonated 2 IEDs at the offices of the Mukhtars of Hay Al-Bakr and Hay Al-Tameem. [ICDNMar20]
A DaeshDaily source confirmed the attacks. The source said security units captured tens of suspects.
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that Daesh beheaded a man in his house in Hay Al-Tanak. The source says the man had helped security units to capture many Daesh members in the area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that security units in Mosul captured the Daesh group that attacked an Iraqi Army unit in Badoush last week.
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that a construction shovel driver was severely wounded when an IED exploded on his shovel near the Baghdad Circle in west Mosul. The source says the driver works as a contractor in the Ghizlani Camp for the Iraqi Army.
MoI spokesman Gen. Saad Ma’en said that during a road opening operation in the Al-Maydan area of Old Mosul, the emergency police division found weapons and equipment belonging to Daesh, including 27 Kalashnikov rifles, 1 Glock handgun, and an M4 Motorola device.[Baghdadia]
Thursday, Captain Ra’ad Al-Hayali of the Ninewa Police said that an IED exploded in Hammam Al-Alil, killing 1 policeman and wounding 5 others. Al-Hayali added that security units arrested 18 suspects in connection with this incident. [BasNews]
Daesh said it shot and wounded a PMF member and damaged his vehicle near Sarma village, northeast of Makhmur, on Wednesday. [ICDNMar22]
PMF units repelled an infiltration by Daesh terrorists in Sinjar District, killing three of them. [Ikh]
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that 2 Nujaba’ Movement PMFs were killed when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle near the Syrian border.
A DaeshDaily source said that Daesh launched an attack on PMF units in the Jurf Al-Sakhar area. The sources say that local residents are acting as Daesh sleeper cells.
A member of the Dhi Qar PC Security Committee, Dakhel Radhi, says that Daesh ambushed a group of security personnel from Dhi Qar in Rutba, killing 9 of them. Daesh also kidnapped 4 other security personnel from the same province in Kirkuk. This has produced a bad atmosphere in the province. [Ghad] [Baghdadia]
Thursday, Chairman of the Development and Construction committee in the Basra PC, Zahra Hamza Al-Bajari, said that the Ministry of Planning has not approved any new projects for Basra since 2014, and hundreds of projects were stopped before completion under a federal government decision to stop the implementation of projects that are less than 90% complete. Al-Bajari added that the local government owes over 100 IQD to brokers and companies for projects in sewage, roads, hospitals, and schools. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. The obvious problem here was Iraq’s financial crisis, caused by the drop in oil prices. War expenditures were favored over domestic expenditures in the competition for scarce resources. However, Iraq needs to implement a national economic plan, not just reconstruction projects in liberated areas. Basra plays a vital role in Iraq’s economy. With all the billions pledged by foreign donors for reconstruction, some of it should be going toward finishing those interrupted projects.
Thursday, an unnamed military source said that shipments of weapons, ammunition, armored vehicles, short and long-range aerial defense systems, and tank transporters have arrived at the Basra harbor from Russia, and were being unloaded for transportation to Iraqi Army locations. [Rudaw]
Thursday, an eyewitness in the Choman District in Erbil, next to Soran and Iran, reported that Turkish airstrikes on the Wasan, Mawnan, and Sarkan villages in Choman killed four civilians and destroyed several civilian houses.[Sumaria]
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub said in a press statement that the “Iraqi MoFA condemns in the continued attacks and abuses by the Turkish forces in the Iraqi border” that killed a number of civilians in villages in Erbil’s northern Soran District. [Sumaria]
Thursday, ROJ news reported that the KRG held the PKK responsible for the death of the four civilians in Erbil, but residents said there were no PKK members in the area. [ROJ]
Thursday, the KRG demanded that the PKK stay away from residential villages and areas to spare civilian lives. KRG spokesman Safeen Dizayee said “At the time that Kurdistan’s residents were celebrating the Nawroz holidays, four civilians died due to Turkish warplanes on Thursday” due to the proximity of militant locations to those villages. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. The PKK’s camps are in remote, far northern and northwestern areas along the borders of Dahuk, Erbil, and Suleimaniya provinces, in areas with few if any residents. Most Turkish raids on the PKK in northern Kurdistan have frightened but not struck local residents. The fact that there were casualties in the Soran and Choman districts suggests that either a few residents were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or that PKK fighters have moved toward more populated villages to be less exposed to Turkish attacks.
Thursday, Sky News Arabia reported from Turkish sources that the Turkish Army is preparing to establish a temporary military base in Hakork in northern Iraq. [Sumaria]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Thursday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Sinjar, Qandil Mountains, and all the other places where the YPG/PKK members exist are legal targets for Turkey. Regarding claims of looting in Afrin, Cavusoglu said that Turkey is “seriously” looking into those allegations. “Our soldiers and the Free Syrian Army cannot be like the YPG/PKK terrorists,” he added. [Anadolu]
Cavusoglu told the press that “President Erdogan followed words with actions when he said“ we will attack Afrin suddenly one night.”The same thing applies to Sinjar and Qandil,” and any place with PKK presence. [Rudaw]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Thursday, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said that there are US forces present in Manbij and they do not intend to leave the area, as is being stated by the Turkish government. [Rudaw]
On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the Turkish attack on Afrin. Germany’s Deputy parliament Speaker Claudia Roth said that the Turkish attack on Afrin is against international law and German tanks are being used by the Turks. She warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against moving Syrian refugees from Turkey to northern Syria to create a demographic change there. [BasNews]
Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced alarm over allegations of chemical attacks in Syria. He said that the use of chemical weapons, under any circumstances, is “unjustifiable and abhorrent,” and urged the Security Council to take action.
This appeal came after Guterres met on Tuesday with the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has investigated more than 70 cases of toxic gas attacks in Syria since 2014. “The secretary-general is alarmed at the persistent allegations of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic,” said a UN statement. While the use of chemical weapons is “unjustifiable and abhorrent,” “equally unjustifiable is a lack of response to such use,” said the statement. “Impunity cannot prevail with respect to such serious crimes.” [Qasioun]
Thursday, Qasioun reported that the Turkey-allied Syrian militia, Failaq Al-Sham, captured 3 strategic villages near Jinderes, including Basofan, Kafr Nabu and Baghi, following battles with the YPG, putting the Turkey-allied militias only 3 km 2 miles) away from the Syrian-held towns of Nubl and Al-Zahra’a, east of Afrin. [Qasioun]
Thursday, Anadolu reported that “3 members of the Turkish Army were killed, and three others were wounded when an IED planted by the YPG/ PKK terrorists exploded during de-mining operations in Afrin.” [Anadolu]
Thursday, Hawar reported that the YPG carried out a “special operation” against the Turkey-allied militias in the center of Afrin city, killing at least 10 members of those militias. [Hawar]
Thursday, Hawar reported that the YPG fighters carried out a “special operation” against the Turkish Army in Kafr Janneh in Shara subdistrict, destroying a Turkish military vehicle and killing 3 members of the Turkish Army. [Hawar]
Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara will unilaterally drive the YPG from the Syrian border if it does not reach an agreement with US on a plan to remove them from Syria’s Manbij. “If this plan is not realized, the only option left will be clearing away terrorists. This is not just valid for Syria, but also for Iraq,” Cavusoglu said. [Qasioun]
Thursday, the pro-PYD Hawar said that a high-ranking US military and diplomatic delegation, including Major General Jimmy Gerrard and US envoy William Robak, visited the city of Manbij in an attempt to reassure the people there that US troops will not withdraw from the city and that they will protect it from any external attack. The Co-Chair of the Executive Council, Ibrahim Al-Kaftan, said that “the Coalition delegation confirmed that they will militarily and politically support the SDF against any Turkish threat or attack.” [Hawar]
DaeshDaily comment. These are two stories from the opposite ends of the conflict. Cavusoglu is apparently acknowledging implicitly that Turkey in fact does NOT have a deal with the US that would allow Turkey to remove the SDF from Manbij; in other words, he was bluffing all along. So he is threatening to seize territory elsewhere in northern Syria. This is another trial balloon to test US reaction. Hawar is reporting that the US issued a security guarantee to Manbij residents. However, this could also be an attempt to influence the US to adopt the stance attributed to them. The PYD has offered similar interpretations before of US intentions, and the strategy has not always worked, as Afrin shows.
Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that PMFs in Baaj, Iraq targeted the Dashisha area on the other side of the Syria border with 30 rockets, damaging civilian houses.
Thursday, Qasioun reported that 32 civilians were killed and about 63 wounded in Russian airstrikes on Harem city, north of Idlib. [Qasioun]
DaeshDaily comment. As is usual, this story cannot be evaluated on its own because Qasioun’s airstrike stories are always solely about alleged civilian casualties. But see next story.
Thursday, Director of Civil Defense (White Helmets) Mustapha Haj Hashim said that 28 civilians were killed and 26 others wounded in an airstrike on a popular market in Harem city. According to the Syrian opposition-run aircraft observatory, “Russian planes took off from Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia and attacked Harem city.” [Anadolu]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Tahrir Al-Sham imposed taxes on trucks and oil tankers in areas under its control. The source says truck drivers staged a protest in Hizano but Tahrir Al-Sham members shot bullets in the air and forced the drivers to withdraw.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that Tahrir Al-Sham terrorists broke into Kafr Lusin camp for displaced people near the Turkish border and arrested 30 young men. The source says many people fled towards Turkey after the raid.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that Tahrir Al-Sham raided a school in Idlib and arrested two teachers after accusing them of provoking the students against Tahrir Al-Sham. The source said the teachers were taken to a notorious Tahrir Al-Sham prison in the area where many people have been executed.
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that 4 Tahrir Al-Sham members were killed when Nour Al-Din Zenki armed men ambushed them near Hizano.
Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.) (No reports)
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Thursday, according to local sources, Yeni Şafak newspaper reported that dozens of US soldiers, equipment and military vehicles have been recently transported by two US “Black Hawk” helicopters into Al-Omar oilfield in Deir Ez-Zor in preparation for establishing a new US base there. [Dorar]
Thursday, “Deir Ez-Zor unified media Office” said on its Facebook page that “in anticipation of a possible Coalition airstrike, the Syrian forces in Eastern Euphrates took down their banners and flags from their headquarters, extending from Al-Husseiniya to Khasham and Tabiya Jazira in rural Deir Ez-Zor.” [Dorar]
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that 2 Nujaba’ Movement fighters were killed when a land mine exploded on their vehicle on Street 40 in Mayadin.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that Daesh captured the T2 pumping station after a surprise attack on government forces.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that a group of Daesh terrorists, led by a Tunisian commander, arrested four young men in Susah after accusing them of cooperating with the SDF.
Daesh said on Thursday it targeted Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal with 5 SPG9 rockets. Daesh issued a video of one of the attacks. [ICDNMar22]
Daesh issued on Tuesday a propaganda video about its battles in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNMar20]
Thursday, Failaq Al-Rahman announced that it reached a ceasefire agreement with Russia. According to special sources, “the ceasefire agreement will cover the Failaq Al-Sham-held areas of Jobar, Arbin, Ain Tarma and Zamalka, starting at 12 midnight tonight, at which negotiations will be held between Failaq Al-Rahman and Russia.” “Russia will likely try to reach the same agreement it previously signed with Ahrar Al-Sham in Harasta in order to drive Failaq Al-Rahman out of its areas of control towards northern Syria,” the same sources added. [Dorar]
Thursday, Enab Baladi reported that the Syrian forces captured Ain Tarma valley, following clashes with Failaq Al-Rahman. [EnabBaladi]
Wednesday, Qasioun reported that the Syrian forces targeted Zamalka city in East Ghouta with over 46 airstrikes and heavy artillery shelling, killing and wounding dozens of civilians. [Qasioun]
Thursday, Qasioun reported that 3 civilians were killed, and dozens wounded in Syrian airstrikes on Arbin city in East Ghouta. [Qasioun]
Thursday, Jaish Al-Islam spokesman Hamza Berqad denied the news circulated by the Russian and Syrian media about opening corridors for civilians to massively get out of East Ghouta in coordination with Jaish Al-Islam, calling it a “pure fabrication” by the Syrian government to cause desperation to the people of East Ghouta. [Dorar]
Thursday, Syria Now reported that the Syrian forces secured the exit of over 2000 civilians, mostly women and children, from northeastern Ghouta to Al-Wafidain camp crossing. [SyriaNow]
Thursday, SOHR reported that over 2,400 civilians, including hundreds of children and women, moved from the Jaish Al-Islam-held Douma city to the Syrian forces-held areas in East Ghouta through Al-Wafidain camp crossing during the past 24 hours. [SyriaHR]
Thursday, Dorar reported that under the Russia-backed agreement reached between Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian government, the Red Crescent vehicles have started to evacuate about 1500 members of Ahrar Al-Sham and 6,000 of their families from Harasta city to Idlib. [Dorar] [Qasioun]
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that Daesh beheaded 2 Tahrir Al-Sham members publicly in the Yarmouk Basin area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that government forces captured Kafr Batna town after making an agreement with opposition groups. The source says government forces found large quantities of food supplies, weapons, ammunition, in addition to vehicles and large tunnel diggers.
Daesh published on Tuesday photos of publicly beheading a Syrian soldier in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. [ICDNMar20]
Daesh published on Tuesday a video of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in Hay Al-Qadam. [ICDNMar20]
Daesh published on Tuesday an infographic about its battles south of Damascus in 7 days. It says it killed 175 soldiers and destroyed 2 tanks, a BMP armored vehicle, a rocket launcher, and a bulldozer, and damaged 2 tanks. [ICDNMar20]
Daesh sources say that opposition groups are jamming Daesh wireless communications in south Damascus. [ICDNMar22]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
The Aden Police said they captured a senior Daesh commander in Bariqa city, near Aden. [YemenMonitor]
The General Prosecutor Office sent 30 Daesh suspects to the Supreme Court of State Security, following the dismantling of a terror cells that attacked a Christian church and a military airport, saying that they were planning to target Christians. Cell members were trained in Syria and Libya. [Baghdad] [NewKhalij]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
The US has listed a French citizen on a terrorist wanted list, accusing him of assisting Daesh with chemical expertise to manufacture chemical weapons deployed by Daesh in Syria. In addition to the French citizen, the Uzbek “Imam Bukhari” militia, allied to Qaeda, was also added to the list. [SkyNews]
The Chechnya’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said that on March 20 a terrorist wounded a policeman and was killed by return fire in the Staropromyslovsky District of Grozny. It said that an unknown attacker opened fire with an unidentified type of firearm and wounded an assistant to the on-duty officer at police station No. 4 of the Ministry’s department in Grozny. [Kavkaz]
Daesh said one of its “fighters” attacked policemen in Grozny on Tuesday. [ICDNMar21]
The terrorist appeared in a short video, published by Daesh’s A3maq, pledging allegiance to the Daesh leader, Baghdadi. [LWJ]
Thursday, Reuters reported that a major explosion took place in a Mogadishu hotel. [Sumaria]
Daesh said on Wednesday that it shot and killed a policeman in Afgooye. [ICDNMar21]
A suicide bomber blew himself up near a shrine in Kabul on Wednesday, 21 March, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, as the Afghan capital celebrated the Nawroz holiday marking the start of the Persian New Year.
Kabul had been on alert for attacks over the Nawroz holiday, but the bomber was still able to detonate his explosives as people were leaving the Kart-e Sakhi shrine, in the west of the city. [TheQuint]
Daesh said on Wednesday that one of its suicide terrorists attacked Shia celebrating Nawroz in Kabul with an explosives vest, killing or wounding 100 people. [ICDNMar21]
Daesh published a photo of the terrorist. [ICDNMar21]
Daesh published photos of its terrorists in the Wazir Tanki area. [ICDNMar22]
Daesh said it shot and killed a Taliban military commander in Chaparhar on Monday. [ICDNMar20]
Daesh said on Tuesday that it shot and killed a Taliban member in Jalalabad. [ICDNMar20]
Daesh published the 124th issue of its Naba’ magazine, which repeats earlier reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Russia, and the Philippines. In this issue also, Daesh asks its terrorists to prepare for a “long struggle with Russia and its allies” in different areas of the world. In this issue also, Daesh published the first article of a series about security procedures for its members and wannabe terrorists. Daesh also published news about the explosions in Houston, without mentioning that the bomber had been killed. [ICDNMar22]