April 30, 2018
IHEC hires 254,000 election monitors for 54,000 polling places. [..]
Security committee, intel agencies, aircraft to lead election security. [..]
IHEC estimates that 850,000 Iraqis abroad will vote in election. [..]
PMF agency finance director killed in home invasion blamed on PMFs. [..]
Coalition declares an end to its combat operations in Iraq. [..]
Anbar political party leader faces arrest on corruption charges. [..]
UNDP will rebuild or rehab 57 schools in western Anbar. [..]
New bridge reconnects east and west sides of Shirqat. [..]
Basra PC Chairman in custody in Baghdad on corruption charges. [..]
Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood wants to join the anti-Assad National Council. [..]
Manbij council leader promises Manbij will defend itself, with US help. [..]
At least 18 Iranian fighters killed by missile strike from unknown source. [..]
SDF battling Syrian forces in Deir Ez-Zor with Coalition support. [..]
Coalition planes attack Syrian, Iranian positions in Mayadin. [..]
Syria, Russia negotiating departure of opposition militias south of Damascus, but Daesh battles on. [..]
Jordan: Secretary Pompeo in Jordan; supports ceasefire in SE Syria, UN’s Geneva peace process. [..]
Twin bombing attack kills at least 25 in Kabul, including 9 journalists. More killed in separate attack. [..]
Suicide bomber attacking NATO convoy kills 11 children. [..]
Daesh attacks police & security personnel, voter registration center in Jalalabad. [..]
US soldier killed, another wounded in Afghanistan. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
A source in the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) told RT that the Iraqi Government has made contracts with over 250,000 domestic observers to cover and monitor the CoR election scheduled for the 12th of May. The source added that “254,000 domestic observers will monitor the upcoming CoR elections as members of the IHEC. They will be assigned to 54,000 electoral centers all over Iraq.” “There will also be observers from NGOs, political parties and international bodies,” he said. [RT]
Mustaqila reported that Iraq has decided to form a Higher Security Committee and to use intelligence agencies and military aircraft to help secure the CoR elections scheduled for the 12th of May.
IHEC urged eligible Iraqi voters and members of the armed forces to quickly obtain their electronic voting cards from their registration centers. It set May 8 as the deadline by which all voters should receive their voting cards.
IHEC estimated that over 850,000 Iraqis will cast their votes abroad on May 10 and 11, in 19 countries. [Mustaqila]
Saturday, Muqtada Al-Sadr again criticized the use of the “PMF name” in order to achieve electoral gains and win votes, considering it as “a clear violation of the orders of the Marj’iya in Najaf (a reference to Grand Ayatollah Sistani).” In response to Al-Sadr’s statement, a member of the AAH political bureau, Laith Al-Athari, said that “taking pride in the PMF achievements doesn’t mean to electorally use it for achieving political gains. We are still committed to the Marj’iya’s orders, but we will always support and defend the PMF.” “The closest example of the use of the results of the war against Daesh is Al-Nasr list, headed by Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi,” he added. [BaghdadNews]
DaeshDaily comment. A lot of election strategy is reflected in these statements. The “Conquest” alliance is made up primarily of militia organizations that are part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and the government’s PMF organization. However, they are not allowed to run as military entities. So officially, the alliance’s candidates are not running as PMF leaders; but they are trying to use the popularity of the PMFs for their political benefit. Al-Sadr, who has his own alliance and is one of Conquest’s major opponents, in part because he opposed their pro-Iran slant, is making an issue of this. As for Mr. Al-Athari’s statement, it’s an obvious effort to divert attention from a legitimate issue.
Sunday, Al-Araby reported that the PMF Finance Director, Qassem Al-Zubaidi, died in hospital after being severely injured in a home invasion attack in Baghdad, the PMF announced on Sunday evening. The PMF stated that Al-Zubaidi was injured when unidentified gunmen stormed his house in Baghdad’s Baya’a neighborhood and that he was seriously wounded by gunfire and was taken to a hospital for immediate emergency care. Al-Zubaidi subsequently died from his wounds, the PMF announced on its website. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
However, a source close to the PMF told Al-Araby that after breaking into Al-Zubaidi’s house, the gunmen hit him on his head with their rifles, which led to his death. He wasn’t shot at all. This crime was allegedly committed by PMF members. The story speculates that they possibly broke into his house at the command of a senior PMF leader, as no ‘terrorist gang’ can enter a secured house of a PMF leader.” It is alleged by unnamed sources that “after the PMF leaders established their political alliance, Al-Fath, Al-Zubaidi criticized them several times and exercised a number of financial pressures on them. He was supporting the former Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki,” the source added. [AlAraby]
Sadrist leader Muqtada Al-Sadr denounced the attack, saying that Al-Zubaidi “paid with his life for telling the truth and for his commitment to the decisions of the Marj’iya in Najaf.”
DaeshDaily comment. This looks like an intimidation attack that went wrong. Instead of causing injury, they killed him. This will reverberate in Iraq and will bring some bad publicity to the Al-Fath alliance, and maybe help the Sadrist alliance, which has been campaigning against corruption and against the PMF-affiliated parties.
PM Haider Al-Abadi said on Monday that the security situation in Iraq has improved greatly compared to the past, and added that the “construction phase” would see many employment opportunities for young people. Al-Abadi made the statement during a meeting with the Federation of Trade Unions. He added, “The government is responsible for every worker in Iraq, both public and private sectors,” and said that a High Committee would be formed on “the alternative economy” due to global concerns about the sustainability of an oil-based economy. [Sumaria]
Monday, the Jordanian Al-Ghad newspaper reported that the Iraq Council of Ministers has decided to facilitate the entry of commercial trucks coming from Jordan to Iraq, pointing out that it asked the National Operations Center to secure and provide military escort for the Jordanian trucks in coordination with the Baghdad Ops Command and the Military Discipline Directorate, after completing the customs and security procedures at the Trebil border crossing at the Iraq border. According to the new decision, the trucks coming from Jordan will not be stopped at security checkpoints, especially those of the “Suqur” units in Anbar. [Dijla]
The Coalition announced on Monday that operations under its Ground Command in Iraq had ended. In a statement, the Coalition said, “The end of missions under the Ground Command of the Combined Joint Task Force signifies the end of major combat operations against Daesh in Iraq, and a change in the structure and responsibilities of the Coalition.” [Sumaria]
According to Ziyad Sabsabi, a Chechen Republic Senator in the Federation Council for the Russian Federation, 60 Russian citizens will be brought before Iraqi courts regarding allegations of Daesh affiliations. Last Sunday, 19 were sentenced to life imprisonment for being Daesh fighters. Sabsabi said that most of the 60 have denied the charges but may well be sentenced to life imprisonment or execution. He added that Iraq had sentenced 2 Azerbaijani nationals and 3 Kyrgyzstani nationals to death in April, following 16 women from Turkey receiving similar sentences in February. [Sumaria]
The Ministry of Defense said it was coordinating with Coalition forces and other countries to crack down on media platforms used by Daesh and to limit its efforts to spread extremist ideology. Tahsin Al-Khafaji, a spokesman for the Ministry, told Radio Sawa that Daesh’s publications have seen a significant decline, which he credited to cooperation between Iraq and the international community. Marwan Shahada, an expert in Islamic extremist groups, affirmed that there was a large drop-off in Daesh’s media capabilities, particularly after losing Mosul and Raqqa and several of its leaders being killed, but nevertheless told Radio Sawa that the “electronic war” with Daesh was still ongoing. Shahada said that security coordination between the Arab world and the international community had helped curtail Daesh’s ability to recruit online, but warned against underestimating Daesh’s ability to spread its ideology over the Internet. [Baghdadia]
Turkey has not been allowing flights from the Suleimaniya Airport into and through Turkey, effectively isolating it from other countries. The Iraqi government and Ministry of Transportation have asked the Turkish Embassy to follow international and bilateral agreements and end this isolation policy. [Roj]
Security-related incidents reported
North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)
A security source in Baghdad said on Monday that three people had been wounded in an IED explosion in Taji District. The source, who asked not to be named, said that an IED had been placed by the side of the road in Taji’s industrial area and wounded the three, who were just passing by at the time of the explosion. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Iraqi Army units chased a Daesh suicide terrorist inside an orchard in Khaldiya. The source says the terrorist dropped his explosives vest and fled. An Iraqi Army commander told our source that his units captured 4 Daesh terrorists a day earlier, including an Egyptian, who were hiding in a tunnel in Khaldiya.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that the Ramadi Court issued an arrest warrant for Safa’ Mut’eb, the leader of the Al-Hal (Solution) party on corruption charges. The source said Mut’eb is accused of embezzling more than 2 billion Iraqi dinars (around $1.6 million) from a reconstruction fund. The party has 8 seats in the Anbar Provincial Council, including the Governor.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Iraqi Army 10th division units found a Daesh explosives cache in the Albu Fahad area.
Anah (including Rawa)
Monday, the Falluja District Council spokesman, Sallam Ajami Al-Halbousi, announced that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has allocated $ 4 million for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of 57 schools that were destroyed by the anti-Daesh military operations in the Anah and Qa’im districts in western Anbar. [KnoozMedia]
On Monday, the PMF announced in a statement that Daesh fighters had been killed in shelling along the Iraq-Syria border. According to the statement, the 28th Brigade (PMF), supported by PMF artillery units, shelled a group of Daesh fighters near West Hsaiba, on the border with Albu Kamal, killing several of them and destroying one of their cars. [Sumaria] [Xendan]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Daesh targeted Kata’eb Hezbollah positions near the Syrian border, killing 11 fighters, including a commander.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that a new bridge was constructed between the east and the west sides of Shirqat. The source said the ceremony was attended by the Salahuddin Governor, members of the Provincial Council, the Shirqat District’s Mayor, and senior officers from Salahuddin Operations Command.
Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)
The PMF on Monday announced that it was targeting Daesh fighters with artillery fire in east Salahuddin. A PMF spokesman, Ali Al-Husseini, said that the PMF was monitoring the movements of Daesh fighters in the Zarqa area west of Tuz Khurmatu and would be targeting them with artillery. [Ghad]
The head of the Diyala Provincial Council, Ali Al-Daini, announced on Monday that the Electoral Commission had approved the opening of 4 special polling places in Khanaqin and Baquba in order to allow about 60,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) to participate in the election. Al-Daini said, “The participation of IDPs has been a complex problem over the past few weeks because there was no mechanism to ensure that they could participate.” Al-Daini went on to thank the Electoral Commission for responding to the requests to provide special polling places for IDPs. [Sumaria]
Diyala Ops Commander Lieutenant General Mizher Al-Azzawi said on Monday that 2 “terrorist leaders” had been arrested in 2 separate operations on opposite corners of Diyala. Al-Azzawi said that a joint security unit arrested both, one around Buhriz just south of Baquba, the other on the outskirts of Wadi Thallab. The Daesh leader arrested in Buhriz had an M-16 on him, while the leader arrested in Wadi Thalab in Khanaqin in northeast Diyala was found with 40 or 45 guns, depending on the source. [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]
The head of the Diyala Security Committee, Sadiq Al-Husseini, said on Monday that “the most dangerous cell of Daesh” had been dismantled near Baquba, adding that the cell had “dozens of light weapons” with which it was planning to target the upcoming elections. Al-Husseini said that an intelligence and counter-terrorism team from the Ministry of the Interior had arrested 3 of the cell’s members. [Sumaria]
Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)
The Mayor of Wajihiya District said on Monday that a shop owner was killed by a bomb explosion. Hatim Al-Tamimi, the director, said that an IED was placed near a shop in Wajihiya, south of Muqdadiya; when it exploded, it killed the owner and caused damage to the shop. [Sumaria]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
A member of the Jalawla District Council, Lihan Al-Karawi, announced on Monday that over 200 displaced families have obtained official approval to return to their homes in Jalawla. Al-Karawi said that the process for displaced families returning has changed, and now entails the head of the family going to the police station in Jalawla, providing the family’s documents, and obtaining a card so that the family can come and go. Thousands of displaced families have returned to various areas of Diyala in the past few months after security review. [Sumaria]
A security source in Kirkuk province said that two civilians had been killed by an IED. The source, who asked not to be named, said that an IED left behind by Daesh had exploded yesterday afternoon in the village of Atshana, Dibis district, killing the two civilians instantaneously. [Sumaria]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that the Daesh wali of Kirkuk, Khamis Al-Juhaishi, who is hiding in the Himrin Mountains area, and several other senior Daesh members are reorganizing Daesh’s remaining terrorists in the Hawija area. The source says Daesh still has many members in different parts of Hawija, including the Hawija, Abbasi, and Riyadh subdistricts, and nearby Qaraj subdistrict in Makhmur.
Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that local police captured a Daesh member in Al-Makhlat village near historic Nimrud in southwest Hamdaniya by the Tigris. The source said the terrorist admitted that there are 20 more terrorists, from different nationalities, in the area, and they are getting food and medical supplies from Daesh families in the Hammam Al-Alil displacement camp.
DaeshDaily comment. Islands in the river have been used by Daesh for transportation into the Nimrud area.
Daesh said on Monday it killed four Iraqi Army members, including an officer, in Al-Salamiyah village in southern Hamdaniya, across the river from Hammam Al-Alil. [ICDNApr30]
The Ninewa Criminal Court on Monday sentenced a Daesh fighter to 15 years in prison. According to the Media Center for the Supreme Judicial Council, the man was responsible for digging tunnels for Daesh. [Baghdadia]
Ninewa Police Command announced on Monday that it had arrested 3 Daesh fighters. Ninewa Police Chief Brigadier General Hamid Al-Jubouri said in a statement that the 3 terrorists were wanted by the courts, and were arrested by the 5th Regiment of the Ninewa Emergency Police. The spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, Major General Sa’ad Ma’an, also made a statement confirming the arrests. Different sources located the arrests either around Al-Matahin on the west side of Mosul, or around Al-Tanak, also on the west side of the city. [Mawazin] [Ghad] [BasNews]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that security units captured 25 Daesh members, including 2 commanders, in a search in the Al-Qadisiya and Al-Zahra neighborhoods, in east Mosul.
The Ninewa Police commander told DaeshDaily on Sunday that Police Emergency Units arrested a Daesh member in Al-Intisar, in east Mosul, after getting information from residents of the area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that PMF’s 90th Brigade units clashed with a group of Daesh terrorists near Al-Safina village for 2 hours, killing 4 terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. The source said a PMF fighter was killed in the clashes. The source said among the killed Daesh members was Ibrahim Yaseen Al-Jubouri, aka Abu Mariya Al-Iraqi, the security official of Daesh’s Wilayat Dijla. The source said people of the area celebrated the death of this terrorist, who had been responsible for countless attacks on civilian and security forces since 2005, when he was a member of the AQI.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that the commander of Ninewa SWAT released 2 Daesh members for a large amount of money. The source said one of the terrorists was a senior Daesh construction and business contractor and had appeared in a video published by Daesh’s A3maq. The source said the second terrorist was a Daesh informant who gave info to Daesh about properties of minority citizens and about members of security forces who were then executed. The source said this terrorist tried to “change his skin” by joining local PMFs but was captured later on terrorism charges.
A DaeshDaily source says a well-known Daesh supporter is a candidate in the CoR election in Ninewa. The source says the candidate, who resides in Erbil after fleeing Mosul after the liberation, has 2 brothers working as senior officials with Daesh.
Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura
On Monday, the Center for Security Information (CSI) announced that a “terrorist cell” in Mosul had been dismantled and all its members arrested. Center spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasul said that military intelligence units from the 20th Division had penetrated the cell and arrested its members in Hammam Al-Alil. [Sumaria] [Mawazin]
CSI announced Monday that Daesh tunnels had been found south of Mosul city. Its spokesman, General Yahya Rasul said that 20th Division military intelligence units had found several Daesh tunnels in the village of Dahla. He added, “Daesh fighters used [the tunnels] as safe places to treat their wounds. . . . We found inside several bodies of injured Daesh fighters who had not been treated during the liberation [of Mosul].” [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source says a group of 40 Daesh terrorists are hiding in the Tal Abta area in southern Mosul subdistrict and planning to launch attacks on election centers and voters in the area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Iraqi Army 20th division units killed 3 Daesh terrorists who were transporting food supplies to a Daesh safehouse in the Qayara area using boats.
DaeshDaily comment. This is likely related to the Nimrud story above under Nineveh Plain.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that security units found a Daesh ammunition and explosives cache in the Waliya area in Ayadhiya.
General Rasul announced Monday that security personnel had seized equipment formerly belonging to Daesh, including 100 IEDs and 17 detonators for explosives. Rasoul said in a statement that units from the 15th Division of the Directorate of Military Intelligence had carried out the seizure in Waliya. [BasNews]
The Provincial Council of Basra announced on Monday that they were seeking to persuade Basra Council Chairman Sabah Al-Bazouni, who is being held in Baghdad on corruption charges, to resign from office so a new Chairman can be elected. The head of the Human Rights Committee, Ahmed Al-Hussein, said that “some political forces on the Council” want Al-Bazouni to resign, and said that some Council members would go to Baghdad to try to persuade him. Al-Hussein said that the “other solution,” which he and other Rule of Law coalition members were not seeking, was dismissal or forced resignation. The Chairman of the Legal Committee added that Al-Bazouni was facing a new legal case related to payouts of 500,000 Iraqi dinars per PMF casualty, which the Provincial Council had previously approved. [Sumaria]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
The Interior Ministry of Turkey announced that Turkey “neutralized” 23 terrorists between April 23 and April 30. Security units, the army, and police conducted 1,692 security operations against terrorist organizations within Turkish borders, wherein they killed eight terrorists and arrested seven, and eight turned themselves in to security forces. About 130 people were arrested based on suspicion that they support the PKK, and 50 were arrested due to possible ties to Daesh. [Anadolu]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
A document of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood revealed that they asked the National Coalition, a major anti-Assad organization, to allow them to have a “quota” of 12% in its General Assembly and to be represented by at least two members, to be increased if the overall number of representatives increases, so as to preserve the 12% quota.
The document, presented to the head of the coalition, Abdul Rahman Mustafa, on March 21, included a demand that the Muslim Brotherhood’s members be identified as part of the coalition and its institutions “in accordance with to the interests of the country and the revolution.” [ZamanAlwasl]
President Bashar al-Asad criticized what he described as “heightened aggression” on Syrian soil. This came during a meeting with an Iranian delegation, which included the Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran, according to the news agency SANA.
Bashar said, “We are witnessing an escalation of hostilities against Syria and the transition of hostile states towards a stage of direct aggression after the failure of their agents and tools. Syrians have only increased their determination to eradicate terrorism in its various forms. He also stated that the wider region is in a process of redrawing the map, noting that Syrians observe the right to create their future for themselves. [Qasioun]
Sunday, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, said the Israeli military will freely continue strikes against the Syrian forces’ positions and Iranian targets in Syria. “We have no intention to attack Russia or to interfere in domestic Syrian issues,” Lieberman said. “But if somebody thinks that it is possible to launch missiles or to attack Israel or even our aircraft, no doubt we will respond and we will respond very forcefully,” he added. Lieberman also said Israel will not accept limitations from Russia or any other country on its “actions” in Syria. “We will maintain total freedom of action. We will not accept any limitation when it comes to the defense of our . . . interests,” Lieberman said. [Qasioun]
The Co-Chair of the Legislative Council of the Democratic Civil Administration of Manbij and its suburbs, Farouk Al-Mashi, said “we will protect Manbij, and the International Coalition and the U.S. have vowed to help us protect Manbij from all the possible threats and attacks.” “Recently, there have been many threats by parties seeking to undermine Manbij’s security and stability. Those parties, such as the AK Party (Turkey) and its allied militias, are threatening to storm the city and destabilize it, but we will defend Manbij” he added. [Hawar]
Northeast (No reports)
Central and West
Monday morning, a motorcycle bomb went off; casualties are not yet known. Sunday night, one person was killed in aerial bombardment in the village of Mar Zita in southern Idlib. Sunday morning, one person died in a violent explosion which left others wounded. [SyriaHR]
Tahrir al-Sham released around noon Monday a new batch of prisoners of war, including a leader of Jabhat Tahrir Syria, Abu ‘Azim Saraqib. This occurred in accordance with an agreement between Tahrir Al-Sham and Jabhat Tahrir Syria after fighting ceased in northern Syria. [Qasioun]
The Iranian network Isya revealed that 18 Iranian military men were killed in missile strikes from an unknown source against the 47th brigade in Hama province.
International media reported from local sources that the missiles targeted a headquarters for the Iranian militias in the center of Nahr Al-Bared, 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest of Hama.
The sources estimated the number killed as exceeding 30, with no official totals released so far. [Qasioun]
In a statement released on Monday, Al-Qaeda affiliate Hurras Al-Din announced that it attacked the Syrian forces’ positions in Al-Hamamiyat town in northern Hama last Thursday, killing 9 members of the Syrian forces and wounding others. The statement added that “the fighters targeted the Assad forces’ positions in Karnaz, Al-Mughayr, Tal Sfuhen and Tal Al-Sheikh Hadid with rockets and artillery shelling,” vowing to conduct more operations against the Syrian forces. [Dorar]
Monday, Qasioun reported that under Russia’s auspices, a ceasefire agreement was reached between the Syrian government and the Syrian anti-government militias in rural northern Homs. [Qasioun]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Deir Ez-Zor District
On Monday morning, northern and eastern parts of Deir Ez-Zor witnessed separate clashes between Daesh and SDF and between regime troops and Daesh. Four members of the SDF were killed in a surprise attack by Daesh in the village of Abu Nital in the Al-Suwar subdistrict in northeast Deir Ez-Zor, while Daesh was hit with an aerial bombardment. [Qasioun]
On Sunday, Syrian forces attempted to advance on villages and towns along the northern Euphrates held by the SDF. They were able to take over two villages, Al-Jiya and Al-Janina, before these were recaptured by the SDF with help from Coalition planes. [Qasioun]
This incident also led to counter-attacks from the Coalition farther south
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that people of Al-Jiya and Al-Janina villages, in Deir Ez-Zor, are leaving their houses in large numbers because of the continuous battles between the SDF and government forces. The source said three civilians were killed when SDF shells fell on the area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that the SDF captured Husseiniya town after government troops withdrew without a fight.
Coalition planes launched three airstrikes Monday around noon against the Syrian regime and Iranian militias. The first strike hit military positions of the regime between the cities Al-Ashara and Al-Quriya along the banks of the Euphrates River. The strikes also targeted military positions and bases belonging to the Iranian militias inside Al-Ashara. The third strike hit regime positions between Al-Ashara and Subaikhan to its southeast. [Qasioun]
Monday around noontime, Coalition planes launched airstrikes on Syrian forces’ positions between the cities of Al-Quriya and Mahkan (Deir Ez-Zor District), on the east bank of the Euphrates. [Qasioun]
Albu Kamal District
Daesh publishes photos of targeting 2 Syrian Army military positions near Albu Kamal city with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNApr29]
Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army position in Al-Ashayer village, west of Albu Kamal city, with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNApr28]
Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in Al-Hari village, northeast of Albu Kamal, with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNApr28]
Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army position in Al-Sukkariya village with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNApr28]
Daesh publishes photos of the life in Hajin city. [ICDNApr30]
Daesh published on Sunday photos of distributing its Naba’ magazine to its members in the Hajin area. [ICDNApr29]
DaeshDaily comment. These stories seem trivial, but they are important to Daesh’s messaging strategy. They purport to show that Daesh is still in charge and that everything is normal. This is false, of course, but many of Daesh’s supporters will believe it.
Daesh publishes photos of its hisbah work in the Albu Kamal area. The photos show public punishments of 2 cigarettes smugglers. [ICDNApr28]
DaeshDaily comment. According to our sources, only Daesh leaders are allowed to make money from smuggling cigarettes.
Syria and Russia have reached an agreement with Jabhat Nusra for its final evacuation from the Yarmouk camp. The SOHR says that the agreement also allows for Hayat Tahrir al-Sham to withdraw from Yarmouk camp towards Idlib. [Roj]
SANA reported that an agreement had been reached between the Syrian government and the terrorist groups deployed in the towns of Yelda, Babbila and Beit Sahem just south of Damascus, which was reached after regime forces captured the towns. The agreement states that terrorists must be removed, but others who want to stay can. State institutions and services will also return to the three towns. [SyriaNow]
Daesh said on Saturday it launched a “preemptive” attack on Islamic opposition forces in Yelda before the opposition hands over the area to government forces. It said it captured the Japanese Hospital, killing or wounding opposition fighters. It also said it stopped a Syrian Army attack on the Al-Joura area, in Hay Al-Qadam, killing 6 soldiers.
Daesh issued a video of its terrorists in the Japanese Hospital in Yelda. [ICDNApr28]
Monday, Qasioun reported that several members of the Syrian force were killed during the ongoing battles against Daesh in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhood just south of Damascus. Meanwhile, Syrian aircraft conducted several airstrikes on Al-Hajar Al-Aswad and the Yarmouk Camp, causing extensive destruction of infrastructure. [Qasioun]
Daesh said on Sunday it stopped a Syrian Army attack on its positions in Hay Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, south of Damascus, killing 15 soldiers and wounding “tens” of others. It also said its snipers killed 6 soldiers in the same area. [ICDNApr29]
Daesh issued on Sunday a video of a Syrian soldier killed in Hay Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. [ICDNApr29]
Daesh said on Saturday it “stopped a Syrian Army advance” in Hay Al-Tadhamun in south Damascus, killing 8 soldiers, wounding others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [ICDNApr28]
Daesh claimed on Saturday that its snipers killed 16 Syrian soldiers in Hay Al-Zain, south of Damascus. [ICDNApr28]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
In Jordan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed that the United States is committed to a ceasefire in southeastern Syria, during a press briefing in Amman Monday. His Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Al-Safadi, said, “The Syrian crisis threatens the security and peace of Jordan.”
Pompeo also said that he calls for UN Geneva efforts to arrive at a political solution to the Syrian conflict. Saying, “Iran represents a threat to the region and it is imperative to confront it.” The Jordanian Foreign Minister called for a political solution to the Syrian conflict that would be acceptable to the Syrian people. [Qasioun]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Saturday, the Sun reported that an illegal immigrant and a former Daesh IT department officer, Rabar Mala, 32, was sentenced to eight years in prison for possession of property for a terrorist purpose and for helping hundreds of Daesh members in Syria and Iraq to communicate with each other and get online by activating mobile phone SIM cards for them in the UK. A total of 360 SIM cards were recovered from Mala’s home address, which allowed Daesh to open hundreds of Facebook, Twitter and Telegram accounts to send secret communications and target new recruits. Manchester Crown Court heard testimony that Mala offered Daesh members money to attack the Royal Cheshire County Show. [KnoozMedia]
A group affiliated with Daesh claimed the twin bombings that took place in Kabul on Monday. Ghad reported that the death toll for the Kabul bombings had now reached 25, including 9 journalists, in an apparent attack on the Afghan intelligence headquarters.
The Afghan branch of Daesh takes its name from Khorasan Province, referring to a historical name for a Central Asian region that includes modern Afghanistan. Like the Taliban, they are committed to overthrowing the US-backed government and instituting their own version of “Islamic” rule. However, the Taliban is now targeting government officials and particularly security organizations, while the Daesh-affiliated group has favored attacks on Shia civilians. According to Ghad, the group dates back to 2014, when the US and NATO ended their combat operations in Afghanistan, and was initially composed of Pakistani Taliban fighters driven across the border. It later came to include Uzbek fighters from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. They are estimated to have between 3,000 and 5,000 fighters, now claiming allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Ghad writes that while Afghanistan is a conservative Sunni-majority country, the group has little support, and is perceived as a foreign force, while the Taliban can claim to be a home-grown movement. [Ghad]
Daesh’s version said that 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked an Afghan Intelligence building in Kabul. It said the first terrorists detonated his explosives vest near the gate, while the second detonated his explosives vest 40 minutes later when media members arrived in the area. It said 120 people were killed or wounded in the two attacks. Daesh published photos of the 2 terrorists, masked. [ICDNApr30]
CNN reported that ten journalists were among 31 people killed in a series of attacks in Afghanistan on Monday, including the major Kabul attack and other attacks, the victims including a BBC reporter and a well-known photographer who had written of the dangers of reporting in the Afghan capital.
Shah Marai of Agence France Presse was among the nine journalists who died when a bomber disguised as a TV cameraman detonated a second bomb at the site of an earlier explosion.
The other fatalities were Mahram Durani, a correspondent with Radio Free Europe and Ebadullah Hananzai, a reporter with the same outlet; Yar Mohammad Tokhi, a cameraman with Afghanistan’s TOLONews, Ghazi Rasoul, a reporter with 1TV; cameraman Nawroz Ali Khamosh, Ali Saleemi , and Saleem Talash from Mashal TV; and Sabawoon Kakar, an RFE cameraman, died in the hospital from his injuries.
The first blast happened at around at 8 a.m. local time in the Shashdarak area of the city, where the US embassy and Afghan government buildings are located, prompting journalists to rush to the scene. The second explosion came as the attacker detonated explosives as journalists huddled around the scene, Kabul City Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai told CNN.
In a separate incident, Ahmad Shah, a 29-year-old reporter with the BBC’s Afghan service, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Khost province, the BBC said. Najib Sharifi, director of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, said Shah was on his way home when the attack took place. [CNN]
An attack on Monday in eastern Afghanistan killed one American service member and wounded another in the second United States military combat death this year in the enduring war. The American-led international mission in Kabul announced the casualties but did not identify the troops, pending notification of their next of kin. Several Afghan soldiers were also killed in what the American military deemed a “combat operation.” [NYTimes]
Hours later, a suicide bomber targeting a NATO convoy in southern Kandahar province killed 11 children at a religious school located near where the explosion occurred. At least 16 people, including five Romanian NATO soldiers, nine civilians and two police officers, were also wounded. [TheGuardian]
A provincial government official, Attaullah Khogiani, said that a total of 12 people sustained injuries as a blast hit a police traffic booth in Jalalabad city, the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, on Saturday.
Khogiani told reporters “A bomb blast, organized by terrorists, targeted a police traffic booth in Jalalabad city this morning, and injured 12 persons including two traffic police.” [Xinhua]
Daesh said on Monday it killed the Afghan Intelligence director and wounded the police commander of the Bahsood area, in Jalalabad, with 2 IEDs. [ICDNApr30]
Daesh said on Saturday that it killed two Afghan Intelligence members and five policemen with 2 IEDs in the Khalis Family area, in Jalalabad. [ICDNApr28]
At least six people were injured when a bomb exploded near a voter registration center in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday. The incident happened in Police District 4 of the city. The blast was triggered by explosives placed in a motorcycle near a mosque that was being used as a voter registration center. It injured six civilians including a child. [1TV]
Daesh said on Sunday it detonated a parked motorcycle bomb near an election registration center in Jalalabad, killing or wounding 20 policemen and center employees. Daesh’s A3maq said 20 people, including six policemen, were killed in the attack. Daesh warned people not to approach election centers. [ICDNApr29]
Members of the Taliban killed a policeman and kidnapped 13 people including two policemen in northern Jowzjan, Afghanistan. This resulted from a Taliban ambush of a bus on its way to Jowzjan. No one yet knows the whereabouts of the abductees and the Taliban has made no statement about them. [Anadolu]