An Update On ISIS Activities

May 2, 2018

 

Election Ads in Old Mosul

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Wall Street Journal report suggests that cross-sectarian tickets indicate the alleviation of sectarian divisions. [..]

68 civilians killed, 122 wounded in April—but casualties are dropping.  [..]

Arab donor countries reported holding their money until after election. [..]

29 of 160 IDP camps have now closed. [..]

Arrest of 3 Education ministry staff in Mosul a source of mystery. [..]

Mosul grave holds 12 civilians killed by Daesh for trying to escape. [..]

KRG PM talks up free trade zone with Iran. [..]

 

Syria

SDF, Coalition launch final phase of anti-Daesh campaign. [..]

UK Defence Minister touts British contributions to the Coalition. [..]

Manbij Military Council announces preparations for defense of city, new US-France base. [..]

Russian planes destroy hospital in Hama. [..]

Islamist militias reject Russian withdrawal terms in Homs. [..]

SDF renews effort to gain control of Hajin in Albu Kamal. [..]

Daesh still battling Syrian troops, Russian airstrikes south of Damascus. [..]

 

Other countries

Libya:  At least 12 dead in Daesh attack on electoral commission HQ. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election

A report published by the Wall Street Journal on the May 12thCoR elections said that many signs in Iraq point to alleviation of the country’s sectarian tensions.  The newspaper observed that a number of Sunni politicians were running on predominantly Shia lists.  The Journal went on to say that many politicians were encouraged to stand up against Shia-dominated governance, and began to talk about Iraqi unity, because they want to win the votes of people who are tired of sectarian politics.

   Sunni politicians know that their people are exhausted.  The Iraqi Islamic Party [Sunni] was one of the main forces behind demonstrations in 2013, which Daesh used as an opportunity. “Past experience has shown that Iraqis have to unite,” said Mohammed Yasin, a candidate running on Al-Abadi’s list.  Some Sunni politicians say that they need to face the fact that their dominance in Iraq ended in 2003.  Misha’an Al-Jubouri, a well-known Sunni politician, said, “Sunnis have come to believe that they have all the power, [but] they have been totally defeated.”  Although this can be seen as an alleviation of Iraq’s sectarian divide, as the Journal says, some Sunni politicians may see it only as an indication of Sunni weakness.  [Rudaw]

 

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi condemned the killing of the Financial Officer of the Popular Mobilization Forces, and promised to arrest the perpetrators. The following words by Al-Abadi were transmitted during the youth festival in Baghdad: “The victory that has been realized through the shedding of young blood is a trust on the necks of society and it is imperative that we continue to preserve it and honor it as we desire to establish a state of justice on the basis of nationhood.” He also called for unity in the face of enemies and in the effort to combat corruption, as corruption has robbed the youth of their dreams. [Shafaq]

 

Bas News reported that by holding a campaign event for the “Victory” electoral coalition at the University of Diyala, some political parties and activists felt that PM Haider Al-Abadi was violating the prohibition against use of state resources in electoral campaigns, and particularly the prohibition against the use of Iraqi universities in electoral campaigns or as a platform for electoral propaganda.  Al-Abadi has been on a tour of Iraqi cities as part of his campaign for the “Victory” coalition, using cars belonging to the Council of Ministers for travel between cities, as well as taking various government employees with him.

   Article 27 of the electoral law, which was approved by the CoR, prohibits the “exploitation of state services, resources, means, or devices for the benefit of [state] employees in electoral propaganda or influencing voters.”  However, Hussein Al-Adli, a spokesman for the “Victory” coalition, says that they are “not exploiting state resources.”  Al-Adli went on to say that accusations of exploiting the position [of PM] were a normal part of electoral races, adding that most of Al-Abadi’s recent visits to various provinces were of an official nature.  He said, “The celebration at Diyala University was not an investment in the university, but an investment in the space only, by renting a hall there.  It occurred on Saturday, which is an official holiday, when there are no students there.”  Abdul Razzaq Al-Issa, the Minister of Higher Education, had previously issued a directive on March 8th, telling universities not to allow electoral candidates to come to academic institutions.  [BasNews]

 

Al-Abadi visited Sadr City in Baghdad on Tuesday as part of the campaign for his electoral list.  According to Rudaw, a “large number” of citizens attended the event, most of whom were young people chanting slogans for Al-Abadi.  Baghdad has 69 of the CoR’s 329 seats, prompting many electoral lists to pay the most attention to the capital province.  [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, a Ninewa CoR member, Ali Al-Matyouni, announced that “for the first time in Ninewa’s history, the number of all the CoR candidates in Ninewa is 907,” saying that “Ninewa is the only province in Iraq where there is a great interaction between voters and candidates.” “There is a clear desire for the Mosul people to change and overcome the suffering of the previous stage,” he explained. [Sngiq]

 

On Wednesday, Muqtada Al-Sadr pledged to rebuild Iraq, eradicate American hegemony, and liberate the country democratically through the “Million Electoral Reforms.” When asked about the importance of participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections, Al-Sadr did not give a straight answer. [Rudaw]

 

The Federal Supreme Court spokesman, Iyas Samuk, said on Wednesday that the Court dismissed a request to oblige the CoR Speaker and the IHEC to allocate one quota seat for the Fayli Kurds, saying it’s a matter of CoR legislative discretion under Article 61 of the Constitution. [Skypressiq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Wednesday, head of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq, Ján Kubiš, warned Iraqi leadership of further attacks from Daesh. Kubiš strongly condemned the shooting that occurred in the district of Tarmiya north of Baghdad, which resulted in numerous deaths and injuries. UNAMI said in a statement that the Special Representative expresses condolences to the families of the victims in the attack and wishes a fast recovery to those injured, reiterating support for Iraqi authorities in their efforts to quash terrorism. The statement also mentioned that sleeper cells continue to launch attacks despite the destruction of their main military structures at the hands of the Iraqi security forces. [Dijlah]

 

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), 68 Iraqi civilians were killed and 122 injured as a result of acts of terrorism, violence, and armed conflict in Iraq in April 2018.  These figures include citizens and others considered civilians at the time of death or injury, such as non-combat police, civil defense, personal or facility security teams, or the fire department.  Totals not including police were 64 killed and 121 injured.  Anbar province was the worst affected, with 24 killed and 29 wounded, followed by Baghdad, with 8 killed and 30 wounded, and Kirkuk, with 10 killed and 21 wounded.  UN Special Envoy to Iraq Ján Kubiš said that the number of recorded casualties in Iraq is slowly declining.  [BasNews]

 

Reconstruction

Al-Arabi Al-Jadid newspaper reported on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is suspending financial support for Iraq pending election results, citing fears of a pro-Iranian figure coming to power.  The newspaper quoted a “senior Iraqi official” in Baghdad, who said that Riyadh had been stalling for weeks on fulfilling its financial commitments to Baghdad, and believed that the Saudis were waiting to see who the new PM would be after May 12th.

   Saudi Arabia had previously pledged $1 billion for investment projects in Iraq and $500 million additionally to support Iraqi exports, as well as other, smaller grants for projects in cities liberated from Daesh control.  The Iraqi national team for the restoration of stability held a closed-door meeting in Baghdad on Monday, in which it discussed the fact that several countries were stalling on fulfilling their commitments to Iraq, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, and the UAE.

   A senior Iraqi official in Baghdad is reported as saying, “The government is facing enormous pressure from the destroyed cities in the north and west of the country. . . .  Millions of Iraqis have no [public] services in those cities, and about a quarter million homes and housing units there are destroyed.”  The official added, “The government has once again launched a diplomatic initiative, the second of its kind in the last two months, to the Arab and non-Arab countries that pledged [financial aid for reconstruction] during the Kuwait Conference in February . . . regarding fulfilling their pledges to Iraq.”  [Sumaria]

 

IDPs

The Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration spokesman, Sattar Nuruz, announced on Wednesday that the number of IDP camps all over the country has decreased from 160 to 131 due to the ongoing IDPs’ return to their homes in the liberated areas. “29 IDP camps have been closed recently in several provinces, following the IDPs’ return to their homes,” he added. [AlAraby]

 

Head of the Khanaqin Migration Directorate, Ali Ghazi, announced that “85% of Diyala IDPs have returned to their homes.” “The other 15% haven’t returned yet because either their houses are still destroyed, or they have issues with the tribes there,” he added. He pointed out that “the Khanaqin Migration Directorate is coordinating with all related parties in order to facilitate the IDPs return to their homes.” [IkhNews]

 

Foreign policy

Dindar Zebari, the Coordinator for International Advocacy in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), held a meeting with Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, the Foreign Minister for Iraq, on Wednesday, in which he requested that the federal government include representatives from the [Kurdistan] Region in the Iraqi delegation to the Geneva meetings on human rights. He said it would be impossible to provide a true picture of the human rights situation without KRG participation.  Zebari’s media office said in a statement that Zebari wished to highlight the steps taken by the KRG in order to comply with human-rights principles, particularly following the war on terrorism.  Zebari further noted that many international organizations were concerned with human-rights issues, especially as related to Daesh, and said that his office continues to provide information on these issues as reported by human-rights organizations. [Rudaw]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command said on Wednesday that the security situation in Tarmiya is under control, adding that all of the armed men who attacked the area yesterday were killed.  Jalil Al-Rubaie, Baghdad Ops Commander, made the statement in an interview, adding that media reports about Daesh expanding in the area were not correct.  [Sumaria]

 

Daesh’s version of yesterday’s events says a group of its terrorists attacked tribal PMF units in the Albu Farraj area in Tarmiya with light and mid-sized weapons on Tuesday evening, killing 22 people including a lawyer, wounding 10 others, and damaging 3 vehicles. [ICDNMar2] 

DaeshDaily source was quoted here yesterday as saying that at least 18 people were killed, including civilians, when a group of 30 Daesh terrorists coming from orchards in Tarmiya attacked Iraqi Army units in the area. A security source in Baghdad was quoted here as saying that an armed group had opened fire indiscriminately in Tarmiya, killing five civilians and wounding four others. [Sumaria]

A DaeshDaily source says Abudl Raheem Al-Faraji, a lawyer from Tarmiya, was killed in the attack. 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A source in Anbar Ops Command said on Wednesday that 2 Daesh fighters had been arrested in Ramadi.  The source, who asked not to be named, said, “Units in the 10th Division of the Army arrested one of the wanted Daesh members in the Al-Tash district south of Ramadi. . . . Other units arrested another wanted Daesh fighter in the area of Albu Assaf.”  [Sumaria]

 

The Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday that units from the 10th Division in Anbar had arrested several wanted Daesh members.  The units also discovered a tunnel 20 meters long leading to the “Palestinian Bridge” in the city of Ramadi, which was destroyed.  The Ministry added that various operations had found 38 IEDs in or around Albu Assaf. [Ghad] 

 

Hit/Haditha

A DaeshDaily source says Iraqi Army 10th division units found a Daesh explosives cache in a house near Barwana in Haditha. 

 

Rutba

The Ministry of Defense said in a press statement on Wednesday that forces under Anbar Ops Command, in cooperation with the Iraqi Air Force, destroyed 2 fortified Daesh hideouts and killed the occupants, in southern Rutba.  [Ghad] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Election. Wednesday, an IHEC source in Salahuddin said that “although the current polling staff in Samarra are well trained and have full knowledge of the electoral process, their names are being manipulated by some members close to a CoR candidate, who was previously working in the Salahuddin PC, by replacing them with people working for him.” [AlGhadPress]

 

Baiji

Wednesday, the PMF Media Center announced that the PMF Field Engineering Directorate found and destroyed a large cache of IEDs and mortar rounds in Baiji. [stuprag]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Election. Daesh says it blew up the house of a female CoR election candidate in the Turkmen city of Yankjah, near the Kirkuk border and west of Tuz Khurmatu. [ICDNMar2]

 

DIYALA

On Wednesday, a member of the Security Committee in the Diyala Provincial Council, Abd Al-Khaleq al-Ghazali, announced the start of an investigation of black-listed families in some liberated areas after the events of June 2014. Ghazali said that dozens of families are black-listed in many liberated areas due to intelligence that they or their children may have been involved with terrorist groups. The families will have to clear up that issue before they can return. [Sumaria]

 

Diyala Ops Commander Lieutenant General Mizher Al-Azzawi announced on Wednesday that 3 [Daesh] safehouses had been destroyed, military hardware seized, and 10 wanted persons arrested in various areas of the province.  He said that the seizures and arrests were the result of search operations throughout the province, and added that out of the 10 wanted persons arrested, 1 was wanted on terrorism charges. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it targeted a military convoy in the Al-Waqf area with 2 IEDs on Tuesday, killing two soldiers, wounding an officer, and damaging an SUV. [ICDNMar2]

 

On Wednesday, the Diyala Police announced the arrest of two wanted men for terrorism after their return to a village near Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A Peshmerga officer in Kifri District said on Wednesday that a joint American and Peshmerga force had fought with “terrorist” fighters on the Kifri-Tooz road.  Officer Mohammed Juri said that the joint force was carrying out security operations on the road, in an area where Daesh fighters are active, when they were ambushed.  He said that they entered a village in southeastern Tooz District, and withdrew after hours of fighting, adding that no losses were suffered.  [Sumaria] 

 

The chairman of the Udhaim local council, Mohammed Dhifan Al-Ubaidi, said on Wednesday that 3 siblings, 2 of whom were girls, had been killed by an IED explosion north of the town.  Al-Ubaidi said that the explosion took place on a farm road 23 km (14 miles) north of Udhaim. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Um Talil village, north of Udhaim on the Salahuddin border, on Tuesday evening. [ICDNMar2]

 

A DaeshDaily source says an Iranian explosives expert who works with Kata’eb Hezbollah was killed with 2 KH members when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Himrin and Mtaibija. The source says the KH arrested 4 Daesh suspects in the Himrin area after the attack. 

 

A source in the governorate of Diyala reported clashes between security forces and members of Daesh in northeast Diyala. [Ghad]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source in Kirkuk province said that a farmer had been killed by an IED in Dibis District.  Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said that the IED had been planted inside a farm near the village of Kubaiba in Dibis, and killed the victim as he was working the farm. The IED had been left behind by Daesh.  [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, the PMF spokesman in the North, Ali Al-Husseini, announced that Daesh’s supply routes were cut off during the PMF and security forces’ operations on the outskirts of Hawija and the far northwestern areas of Kirkuk. He added that “95% of the outskirts of Kirkuk are safe, and the people of those areas have a great desire to participate in the upcoming elections.” [knoozmedia]

 

A DaeshDaily source says PMF units killed a Daesh suicide terrorist who was trying to blow himself up near a PMF military position in the Dibis area. The terrorist was originally from Baiji. 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and wounded two others by detonating 2 IEDs in Barima and Mahmudiya villages, east of Hawija. [ICDNMar2]

 

The Security Media Center announced Tuesday that the PMF 11th Brigade and the IFP launched a joint operation to hunt down Daesh sleeper cells and hideouts in Adhibiya and Sharifiya in Hawija’s Riyadh subdistrict. According to the statement, a number of Daesh tunnels and safehouses were found.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A security source said on Wednesday that the PMF had arrested 3 employees of the Ninewa Directorate of Education without a warrant.  The source, who declined to be named, said that PMF units had arrested the 3 without providing any reason, and took them to an unknown location without informing the Directorate of Education.  The families of the 3 asked the Ninewa Police Ops Commander, Major General Najm Al-Jubouri, to intervene and find out where their relatives were being held.  The families added that the 3 employees had previously been issued security clearances, and said they were not in any way affiliated with Daesh in Mosul.  [BasNews]

 

A DaeshDaily source says the bodies of 12 Daesh victims, including women and children, were found in a mass grave in the garden of the Mosul Hotel. The source says the victims, who were shot in the head and the chest, were trying to leave during the liberation battles, but were caught and executed by Daesh.

 

Southern Ninewa

Qayara/Hatra

A DaeshDaily source says security units captured a Daesh female member in a displacement camp near Al-Jada’a village, in Qayara. The source says the women was married to a Daesh Belgian terrorist and had appeared in a Daesh publication. The woman admitted she was distributing salary payments to Daesh members in the camp. The source says security units captured 7 of those members based on information obtained from the woman.

 

A DaeshDaily source says armed men in 4 pickup vehicles kidnapped four civilians and stole their sheep in Aliba village, in Hatra. The source says one of the kidnapped people was the mukhtar of the village, who had been cooperating with PMF units in the area and provided them with names of Daesh members. 

 

Western Ninewa (No reports)

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

BABEL

Yahya Rasul, spokesman for the Center for Security Information, said in a statement that a joint force under the Middle Euphrates Ops Command had found a Daesh safehouse in the Al-Abd Wais area in Jurf Al-Sakhar, north Babel.  The safehouse included various food, bedding, and medical supplies. [Etejah] 

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

ERBIL

The HPG, the military wing of the PKK, launched an attack on Turkish Army soldiers in northern Iraqi Kurdistan, killing two and injuring others.  Roj News Agency reports on the same incident, adding that in the aftermath of the fighting, the Turkish army launched missiles and rockets on the area. [Hawar]

 

DAHUK

In a statement released on Wednesday, Turkey’s Chief of Staff announced that two PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in a Turkish military airstrike near Avasin and Basyan in Dahuk’s Amedi District near the Turkey border. A number of PKK shelters, hideouts and weapons depots were also destroyed, the statement added. [Anadolu]

 

SULEIMANIYA

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani said on Wednesday that there were ongoing efforts to establish a free trade zone with Iran, noting that talks between Baghdad and Erbil had helped solve some problems related to border crossings.  In a speech at the economic development conference held between the Kurdistan Region and Iran, Barzani said that efforts were focused on opening the zone at the Parvez Khan border crossing on the Suleimaniya border, and called on Iraqi and Iranian investors to expand their activities. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Wednesday, the US Special Envoy to the International Coalition against Daesh, Brett McGurk, said that the military operation launched by the SDF with coalition support against the remains of Daesh on the Iraq-Syria border would be “long and difficult.”  The American Al-Hurra channel reported McGurk as saying, “We destroyed about 98% of Daesh’s so-called ‘Caliphate,’ but we will not rest until it is 100% eliminated. . . . The SDF in cooperation with the international coalition launched the final phase of the war on Tuesday. . . . Most of the Daesh leaders and foreign fighters are entrenched in that region. . . and the battle will be long and difficult.”  McGurk declined to give a timeframe for the operation.  [Rudaw]

 

On Wednesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry demanded that the UN stop “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” committed by the International Coalition in Syria. In a letter from the Syrian Ministry to the UN Secretary General and Head of the UN General Assembly, the Ministry described the fight of the Coalition and its partners in Syria against Daesh as heretical to international legitimacy, and accused the Coalition of supporting Daesh. The Ministry announced that the Coalition’s goal is to undermine Syrian sovereignty, unity, and peace and to prolong the crisis. The Ministry also called for an end to illegitimate aggressive foreign involvement on Syrian soil. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said that “Daesh has lost 98% of the territory it once occupied in Iraq and Syria, and 7.7 million people have been liberated from its rule.” He added that his country “is playing a leading role in the International Coalition to defeat Daesh. We have sent nearly 1,400 military personnel to the region to provide support for local partners.” “In the air, the UK RAF has conducted more than 1,600 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, and provides highly advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to Coalition partners. These strikes are undertaken in the collective self-defense of Iraq as part of the International Coalition to defeat Daesh, and at the request of the Iraqi Government. On the ground, British soldiers have trained over 60,000 members of the Iraqi Security Forces in engineering, medical, counter-IED and basic infantry skills,” he added.   

   “We do everything we can to minimize the risk to civilian life from UK strikes through our rigorous targeting processes and the professionalism of UK Service personnel. It is therefore deeply regrettable that a UK air strike on 26 March 2018, targeting Daesh fighters in eastern Syria, resulted in an unintentional civilian fatality. During a strike to engage three Daesh fighters, a civilian motorbike crossed into the strike area at the last moment and it is assessed that one civilian was unintentionally killed,” Williamson continued. “These events serve to remind us of the consequences of conflict and of the heavy price that the Syrian people have paid. Such incidents will not weaken our resolve to defeat Daesh and rid the world of its poisonous ideology of hate and intolerance,” he added. [Shafaaq]

Northwest

Manbij

Wednesday, Rudaw quoted the Manbij Military Council Spokesperson, Sharfan Darwish, as saying that “we have reinforced our front lines, increased our preparations, and stepped up our coordination with the International Coalition, which has set up a new military base in Manbij, besides the already existing ones in western Manbij, in order to protect it.” “The new US-French base is being built on Manbij’s northern border, while ground and air patrols are being conducted to monitor and protect the area,” he added. [Dorar]

 

Northeast 

Hasaka

Wednesday, Hawar reported that a number of children were wounded by an IED explosion in a garbage dump near Jisr Abyad in southwestern Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

A DaeshDaily source says that Abu Mohammed Al-Halabi, the former Daesh military commander of Mayadin, was killed in a Coalition airstrike on the Dashisha area near the Iraq border on Tuesday.

 

Central and West 

Hama

Wednesday, the Hama Health Directorate reported that Russian planes targeted Kafr Zita Hospital with 4 airstrikes, killing one of its staff members and wounding others. The hospital was completely destroyed, the Directorate added. [Dorar]

 

Homs

Wednesday, the Syrian Liberation Front and Failaq Al-Sham rejected a Russian proposal to stop their military operations in northern rural Homs in return for their withdrawal from the area, along with their families, towards Jarabulus and Idlib and handing over their weapons in three days. They described the proposal as “humiliating and degrading.” [Dorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin District

Wednesday, Qasioun reported that Daesh conducted a large-scale attack on the Syrian forces’ positions in the Mayadin desert in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal District

Wednesday, SOHR reported that fierce clashes are still ongoing between the Coalition-backed SDF members and Daesh in different locations in Hajin, in an attempt by the SDF to fully capture Daesh’s last enclave east of the Euphrates. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, Qasioun reported that the SDF brought large military reinforcements to the desert area of eastern Deir Ez-Zor, near the Syrian border with Iraq, in preparation for resuming its “Al-Jazeera Storm” operation against Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

A DaeshDaily source says that the Daesh hisbah official of Albu Kamal issued an order to kill anyone who has a mobile phone and anyone who wants to leave the area. The executions would be carried out without seeking approval from a Daesh sharia court. 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army position in Al-Sukkariya village with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNMar2]

 

South 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

Wednesday, Qasioun reported that violent clashes are still ongoing between the Syrian forces and Daesh in different locations in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus, accompanied by the Syrian forces’ intensified shelling of the area. [Qasioun]

 

On Wednesday, Daesh official intelligence reported that violent clashes erupted along the axis between Yarmouk Camp and Al-Hajar Al-Aswad south of Damascus, following regime attempts to advance on the area. Daesh claimed that dozens of regime elements and militiamen loyal to the regime have died in these clashes. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says it stopped government attacks on the Yarmouk Camp, Hay Al-Tadhamun, and Hay Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. It says it killed 10 soldiers, wounded others, and destroyed a bulldozer in the Yarmouk Camp. It also says it killed 5 soldiers and wounded others in Hay Al-Tadhamun, and destroyed 2 tanks in Hay Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. [ICDNMar2]

 

A DaeshDaily source says several Daesh fighters were killed when Russian planes bombed them near Hay Al-Tadhamun. The source says the fighters were leaving the area after reaching an agreement with the government forces. The sources say Syrian soldiers shot and killed the remaining wounded fighters. 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

A Jordanian military court sentenced 9 Daesh members to 5-15 years in prison for planning a terrorist attack against security forces. “The defendants planned to target all the Jordanian security services, vital sites, including the tourist ones, after communicating with the Daesh foreign operations officer who asked them to carry out a terrorist attack before sending them money,” the court said. [AlAan]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egypt’s Ambassador to Iraq, Alaa Moussa, said that the story of the Egyptian citizen Ismael and his return from Iraq after disappearing during the war on Daesh was a special humanitarian story, and evidence that Egyptian citizens have the right to return to their country at any time.  In a statement published by several media outlets, Moussa said that the case began when Ismael’s family contacted the Foreign Minister [for Egypt], Sameh Shoukry, who directed the Embassy of Egypt in Iraq to search for the Egyptian citizen.  The search was complicated because nobody knew where Ismael was, and involved contacting the UN regarding several camps in Iraq.  Moussa explained that after Ismael was found, they coordinated with the Iraqi government to let him travel to Mosul, and then Erbil and Baghdad, seeing as there are pockets of Daesh in the areas between those cities.  Ismael was then extracted from Iraq despite having lost all of his papers [e.g., passport], and taken to his family in Cairo.  Moussa concluded that the story had great human appeal, not just because it was about an Egyptian citizen. [Sumaria] 

 

Libya

At least 12 people have been killed and several injured in a Daesh attack on Libya’s electoral commission headquarters. At least one suicide bomber blew himself up while other armed assailants stormed the building in the capital, Tripoli, and set it on fire. Voters have been registering for elections expected later this year. Electoral commission spokesman Khaled Omar told Reuters that three officials and four security officers were killed in the attack. The health ministry later put the number of dead at 12. Mr. Omar said he saw the attackers, including two suicide bombers, storm the building and spotted bombers’ body parts strewn on the ground. He added that security officers had entered the building to respond to the attack, west of central Tripoli. [BBC]

Daesh’s version says that 2 of its suicide terrorists, responding to the speech of Daesh’s speaker about attacking elections, attacked the Libyan election commission in Tripoli. It says the terrorists shot at people, then detonated their explosives vests. It says at least 15 commission members and workers were killed and others wounded. [ICDNMar2]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Russia

Daesh says one of its terrorists stabbed and wounded two policemen in the city of Neftekamsk in southern Russia on Tuesday. [ICDNMar2]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

On Wednesday, the Presidency of Afghanistan stated that terrorist groups still pose a great threat to Afghanistan even seven years after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Shah Hussein Murtazawi, the Deputy to the Spokesperson of the President of Afghanistan, stated that terror groups continue to target the innocent, the media, and mosques on a daily basis. [Anadolu] 

 

Provincial Governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said that an explosion targeted Iftikhar Momand,

a member of the provincial council in the eastern Nangarhar province, leaving at least six people dead or wounded on Tuesday. Khogyani said Momand was wounded in the explosion along with his two security guards. He said at least three people including two civilians and a security guard of Mr. Momand were killed in the explosion.

In the meantime, the provincial government media office, in a statement said the incident took place in Kama district at around 9:30 am local time. According to the provincial government, at least four people, including Mr. Momand, two of his guards, and a civilian were wounded. [Khaama]

Daesh said on Tuesday it wounded a member of the Nangarhar Shura Council (provincial council) and three of his associates and killed a fourth associate and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Kama district. [ICDNMar1]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed a Taliban member in Khogyani, on Monday. [ICDNMar1]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed two Afghan soldiers and wounded two others in an attack on a military position in Manogai, in Kunar. [ICDNMar1]

 

 

May 1, 2018

 

Hawija

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

3 CoR candidates, election officials survive assassination attempts in Baghdad, Diyala. [..]

PMF political coalition rattled by rumored Sistani fatwa against politicizing PMFs. [..]

At least 18 killed by Daesh attack in north Baghdad. [..]

Anbar PC member says Anbar unemployment rate is over 40%. [..]

IFP in Hawija prevents villagers from arbitrarily expelling Daesh families. [..]

Hawija General Hospital is reopened. [..]

Mosul terrorist cell captured; but train station IED kills 2 policemen. [..]

 

Syria

Mattis says US will stay  in Syria until a political solution is achieved. [..]

Mattis, Bolton, Haley meet with UN’s Syria envoy de Mistura. [..]

Coalition, SDF announced renewed effort to eliminate Daesh presence in eastern Syria. [..]

3,812 Syrian civilians killed already in 2018, most by Syria, Russia. [..]

3 SDF officials assassinated in separate locations. [..]

SDF sources say Saudi Arabia, UAE will send troops to Syria. [..]

Syrian government/Tahrir Al-Sham mutual evacuation deal hits snag. [..] 

Opposition militias reportedly agree to leave northern Homs. [..]

Syria, Russia unleash heavy airstrikes on Yarmouk Camp to dislodge Daesh. [..]

 

Other countries

Russia:  British analyst warns of terrorist threat to World Cup. [..]

Nigeria: At least 20 killed in dual bomb attack, likely by Boko Haram. [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election

Jassem Al-Sa’edi, leader of the Ansar Allah Al-Awfiyah (Loyal Supporters of God) movement, and a candidate on the Al-Fath electoral list, survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday.  According to PMF media sources, the attempt took place in Baghdad while Al-Sa’adi was driving his car.  Al-Fath alliance leader Karim Al-Nouri said that assassinations had begun in 2003 and might escalate ahead of the elections, but that this would not dissuade the alliance. He added that ongoing investigations prevented him from accusing anyone [of the assassination attempt]. [Rudaw]

A DaeshDaily source says Sheikh Jassem Al-Sa’edi, a CoR member running for re-election on the Al-Fath list, survived an assassination attempt when 4 armed men in a car shot at his vehicle on Street 20 in Habibiya, near Sadr City. The source says the armed men belonged to Saraya Al-Salam.

 

Tuesday, Al-Nouri said that “the assassinations of PMF members and leaders have escalated recently, and they might escalate more as the elections approach, but neither we nor the electoral process will be affected. We will crush all those criminals.” “We cannot accuse any party of assassinating Al-Zubaidi as we are waiting for the investigation’s results,” he added. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. We reported yesterday that a group of men invaded the home of Al-Zubaidi, the finance director of the PMF agency but an Al-Maliki supporter who has criticized ex-PMF political leaders. He was not shot but died from injuries incurred in the physical assault.

 

Tuesday, the Ninewa is Our Identity alliance, headed by the current Education Minister Mohammed Iqbal, has charged that the Islamic Dawa Party’s tactic for the upcoming elections is to simultaneously win the votes of both Shia and Sunnis, then to reunite after the election in order to keep the PM position in their hands. He noted that  the ruling Dawa Party is running through two wings—Al-Abadi’s Al-Nasr (Victory) alliance and Al-Maliki’s Rule of Law alliance—in an attempt to win the votes of both Shiites and Sunnis and retain the PM office. Al-Abadi’s alliance is running in Ninewa; Al-Maliki’s alliance is not, due to its unpopularity there according to Iqbal. His Ninewa-only alliance argues that “keeping the PM position in the hands of the Dawa Party means that there is no change in the Iraqi political reality, and that failure, exclusion and usurpation of power are going to continue in Iraq.” [Shafaaq]

DaeshDaily comment. This can be seen as a blatant sectarian appeal to Sunni voters.

 

Tuesday, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said that “the upcoming CoR elections will not be normal for the Iraqi Kurdistan Region as it is living in a state of chaos and political division, due to which the Kurds are likely to lose dozens of seats during the upcoming CoR elections.” “They may also pay a heavy price for the referendum on independence they held last September, which could cause them to lose a lot of the disputed areas with Baghdad,” the newspaper added. [KnoozMedia]

 

Media reports about Lebanese Hezbollah outreach official Mohammed Kawtharani revealed that he had held meetings with several PMF militia leaders, anticipating that a fatwa from Ali Sistani, the Shia Grand Ayatollah, may lead to these militias being dissolved.

Iraqi media reported that Kawtharani arrived in Baghdad during the past two days, and held a series of meetings with PMF leaders to discuss developments regarding Al-Sistani’s rumored intention to issue clarifications about the elections, especially regarding the issues of exploiting the PMF for electoral gain, and the saying “The tested should not be re-tested.” Kawtharani is known to have been responsible for the management, arming, and training of the PMF in 2016.

Popular and political circles in Iraq are waiting for explanations from Grand Ayatollah Sistani on these issues, which have sparked controversy in political and popular circles recently. Sistani’s representative in Karbala, Abdul-Mahdi Al-Karbalai, announced [Al-Sistani’s] position during last Friday’s sermon against exploiting the name of the PMF in the elections, and said, “Those who fought in accordance with Sistani’s fatwa did not participate for worldly or political gain, and therefore their role ends with the end of fighting and war.”  This prospect made the leaders of the Al-Fath alliance fearful that parties within their coalition might withdraw in order to follow the fatwa, which would undermine the alliance. 

According to sources from inside the Al-Fath alliance, important figures in the coalition are considering withdrawing from the political process if the Grand Ayatollah refers to it (i.e., issues a fatwa).  They said that the party of the Islamic Supreme Council led by Humam Hamoudi and several independents in the coalition are waiting for the statement of the Grand Ayatollah, which is expected on Friday, saying that if the Grand Ayatollah says not to participate in the Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance, about 30 candidates would withdraw in accordance with Sistani’s order.  [BasNews]

 

Council of Representatives

Member of the CoR Legal Committee, Kamel Al-Zubaidi, told Sky Press that “Saudi Arabia has repeatedly asked the Iraqi Government to grant an amnesty for dozens of Daesh members who are close to Saudi Arabia, or deport them from Iraqi prisons to Saudi Arabia.” Al-Zubaidi added that “the Iraqi Government rejected these requests, after they were met by anger from the political blocs, parties and regulatory institutions in Iraq.” Earlier on Monday, the CoR Legal Committee concluded that the deportation of any foreign Daesh terrorists to their original countries would be “illegal.” [SkyPressIq]

DaeshDaily comment. A large part of this problem is history. Iraq has often sent convicted Saudis back to Saudi Arabia before, only to find later that they were soon released from prison and then returned to their terrorism careers. 

 

Foreign  policy

Tuesday, CoR member Abdullah Al-Na’eli alleged that “the U.S. is preparing for using Iraq’s territory and airspace to target our neighbor, Syria, and to undermine its security after the achievements it made against the terrorist groups there.” “The U.S. will use its troops deployed in East Euphrates to undermine the security of the Iraqi-Syrian border, and will take it as a base for recruiting terrorists,” he added. He also urged the Iraqi Government to “secure the Iraqi borders with Syria and Jordan, and prevent the deployment of any foreign troops there.”  [Arabi21]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A DaeshDaily source says at least several people were killed, including civilians, when a group of 30 Daesh terrorists coming from orchards in Tarmiya attacked Iraqi Army units in the area. 

 

A security source in Baghdad said on Tuesday that an armed group had opened fire indiscriminately in Tarmiya, killing five civilians and wounding four others.  The source, who asked not to be named, said that Daesh gunmen started firing indiscriminately around the 14 Ramadan area. [Sumaria]

During this incident, locals in Tarmiya appealed to the security forces, asking them to send military reinforcements to the area.  One such local who spoke to Sumaria, Mohammed Jasim, said that the locals and security personnel were still fighting with the militants, and said that there were now 7 dead and 10 wounded from the fighting.  [Sumaria]

A security source in Baghdad said that the Tarmiya attack had ended, with a final count of seven dead and 13 wounded.  The source, who asked not to be named, said that Daesh “sleeper cells” were responsible, and claimed, contrary to earlier reports, that the attacks had targeted specific people. [Sumaria]

 

An IED exploded by the side of a road in Tarmiya District, wounding two civilians, a security source said on Tuesday.  [Ghad] 

 

Election. Daesh says it blew up the house of a tribal leader, who was calling on people to participate in the elections, in the Al-Azri area of Tarmiya. [ICDNMar1]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Tuesday that units under its command had arrested a suspect on terrorism charges in Husseiniya, and another accused of forgery in Al-Basatin. [Ghad]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Tuesday that units under their command had arrested a suspect on terrorism charges in Sadr City.  Another suspect was arrested for murder in Al-Hamidiya, east Baghdad, and 2 others for theft in Ameen and Habibiya. [Ghad] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Tuesday that units under their command had arrested a suspect on terrorism charges in Aamel. [Ghad]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Tuesday, a security source said that security forces arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges during a security operation in Ameriya in western Baghdad. [KnoozMedia] [Ghad] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:    8(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:    1

 

ANBAR

Sabah Karhout, a member of the Anbar Provincial Council, said on Tuesday that there was a high percentage of unemployed people in Anbar.  “The percentage of unemployed people in Anbar is greater than 40% … due to the difficult security and humanitarian conditions in Anbar from 2014 until the end of 2016,” said Karhout. He said that “Anbar [has] armies of unemployed people, a great number of them who have degrees in various fields of study, and who now have no employment opportunities with the central government.”  Karhout added that all the unemployed people had provided their details to humanitarian and social welfare organizations, which had so far failed to pay attention to Anbar. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a sign of a huge emerging problem with potentially huge political implications. Iraq’s large families are putting more and more young people into the labor market; the government can no longer afford to buy people off with public sector jobs; the private sector is still poorly developed and offers few alternatives; the energy sector cannot carry everybody.  Creating a more diversified is a necessary but long-term project. The issue can’t be buried and it will become increasingly prominent.

 

Ramadi

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that a terrorist had been arrested and 40 explosive devices had been discovered and destroyed in Anbar province.  Center spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasul said in a statement that these operations were part of a search by Anbar Ops Command.  8 explosive devices made out of pressurized 20-liter barrels were found in the Al-Tash area, as well as 17 IEDs, which were detonated without incident.  A separate search found 15 other IEDs while clearing an area near a cement plant and farmland near the highway. [Sumaria] 

 

Al-Qa’im

A DaeshDaily source says 211 families returned to their houses in Al-Qa’im district from Habbaniya Camp in Falluja. The source says the return was facilitated by the Mayor’s office, PMFs, and the Military Intelligence Service. 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Kata’eb Hezbollah units killed 2 Daesh suicide bombers who were trying to sneak into KH military positions near the Akashat Compound south of Al-Qa’im.

 

The PMF announced on Tuesday that it had dismantled 20 IEDs in Al-Qa’im.  In a brief statement, the PMF said that an explosives team from its Directorate of Field Engineering had dismantled the IEDs. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba

A senior source in Anbar province said on Tuesday that Iraqi F-16s had destroyed 2 fortified Daesh shelters in the Rutba desert.  The source, who asked not to be named, said that the bombing also killed Daesh fighters inside. [Sumaria] 

 

SALAHUDDIN (No reports)

 

DIYALA

Diyala Ops Commander Lieutenant General Mizhar Al-Azzawi said on Tuesday that 6 wanted persons had been arrested, including 3 terrorists.  Al-Azzawi said that the 6 wanted persons had been arrested by security personnel in different areas around Diyala. [Ghad] 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Election. A DaeshDaily source says the IHEC director in Diyala survived an assassination attempt when armed men shot at his vehicle near Buhriz. The source says the assailants fled before Iraqi Army units arrived in the area. 

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Tuesday, a local official reported that a SWAT member was killed and another wounded when two roadside IEDs went off on their patrol in Al-Makhisa village on the outskirts of Abu Saida subdistrict. [AlGhadPress] [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Tuesday, the PMF announced that its 110th Brigade launched a military operation to hunt down Daesh cells and hideouts in the Old Camp area in the Nafut Khana hills in Khanaqin District in northeastern Diyala. [AlGhadPress]

 

The Center for Security Information announced on Tuesday the arrest of a Daesh member working in the Diyala district. Center spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasul said in a statement that security personnel under Diyala Ops Command had arrested a Daesh member in the Sadiya strip.  He added that the arrestee had been responsible for storing weapons, and that 41 Kalashnikov rifles were also seized in the arrest. [Mawazin] [Ghad]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

A security source said that based on accurate intelligence information, Daesh’s Finance Director was killed during a “special operation” in Diyala, while distributing money to Daesh members at a house in Al-Nida Basin in Mandali subdistrict. According to the same source, a number of terrorists were arrested inside the house. [KnoozMedia]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

An official source in the Kirkuk Police said on Tuesday that the police had arrested 7 wanted persons in the province, including a Daesh fighter.  The source said that the wanted persons were arrested while trying to enter Kirkuk through checkpoints in Laylan, Schwan, Taza, and Kiwan. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A DaeshDaily source says people in Shmet village, in Al-Zab, informed families of Daesh terrorists to leave the village within 24 hours. However, the commander of the IFP’s 20th battalion arrested some of those making the threats and forced them to sign written commitments that they wouldn’t approach the families again. The commander informed Daesh families that they could stay and they would be treated the same as any other civilians in the area. 

 

A DaeshDaily source says the Ministry of Health reopened the Hawija General Hospital. The source says the Ministry renovated and equipped the 400-room hospital and its emergency unit. 

 

A DaeshDaily source says 2 PMF fighters, from the 56th brigade, were killed when a roadside IED exploded on their pickup vehicle near Sadouniya village.  

 

A DaeshDaily source says around 500 IFP and PMF fighters launched a search looking for Daesh members in the Hawija desert. The source says two PMF fighters were killed in clashes with a group of Daesh terrorists hiding in a tunnel near Sadouniya village. 3 Daesh members were also killed.

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

Units under Ninewa Ops Command found 25 IEDs in the area of Batnaya, according to a statement from the Center for Security Information.  Spokesman Yahya Rasul added that the IEDs were defused without incident. [Ghad]

 

Mosul

Tuesday, a Ninewa PC member, Husam Al-Abbar, said that hundreds of bodies of both Daesh and civilians were found in Al-Midan area in Old Mosul, when people returned to their homes there. He added that those places have not been cleaned yet because the area cannot be accessed easily. [AlGhadPress]

 

Tuesday, a security source reported that a Civil Defense unit found three bodies of civilians, including a woman, under the rubble of buildings destroyed by war in east Mosul. [KnoozMedia]

 

The Center for Security Information announced on Tuesday that a “terrorist cell” had been dismantled.  Center spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasul said in a statement that military intelligence units from the 20th Division had arrested all of the cell’s members in Al-Kawar in southwest Mosul.  He added that the arrestees were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in various parts of the province.  [Sumaria]

An IED targeted a police patrol in Ninewa, killing two policemen and wounding five others.  Captain Zaid Omar of the Ninewa Police said that the IED exploded inside the train station in west Mosul, and was remotely detonated. [BasNews]

Daesh’s version says it killed three IFP members and wounded two others with an IED in the Mahatta (train station) area in west Mosul. [ICDNMar1]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that it had discovered a Daesh tunnel with 13 rockets inside.  Center spokesman General Rasul said in a statement that the tunnel was found in Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict, containing 13 RPG-7 type rockets, as well as 18 detonators and an anti-armor missile launcher.  The tunnel was destroyed by an engineering team. [Sumaria] 

 

Western Ninewa

Baaj

A DaeshDaily source says 3 AAH fighters, including a commander, were killed and 2 others wounded when Daesh targeted their positions in the Tal Safouk area with rockets. 

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

ERBIL

Election. The Vice President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Nechirvan Barzani, said on Tuesday that the partnership between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad is important, and that the KDP will continue to push Baghdad to solve outstanding issues through dialogue.  Barzani said this in a speech he gave at a public rally for the KDP’s election campaign in the city of Shaqlawa, northeast of Erbil.  He added that the KDP was “first in Kurdistan,” that it would remain so, and that it would protect the rights of all its constituents.  [Rudaw] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

In a statement released on Tuesday, Turkey’s Chief of Staff announced that a PKK terrorist, Osman Oz Onal, was arrested in a security operation last Sunday in Siirt Province, in Turkey’s southeast corner. According to the statement, the “terrorist” had in his possession two Kalashnikov rifles, ammunition and two hand grenades. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United States/United Nations

Monday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said “the US and its allies are on the cusp of a historic victory against Daesh in Syria, and we will not withdraw before achieving it.” He added that the US troops are in Syria for the long haul to leverage a diplomatic solution to the ongoing conflicts there. “We do not want to simply pull out before the diplomats have won the peace. You win the fight – and then you win the peace,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. [Dorar]

 

The UN announced that its special envoy to Syria, Staffan De Mistura, met with senior US officials and discussed the Syrian crisis in depth. He met with the Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Advisor John Bolton, and the American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. [Anadolu]

 

On Tuesday, the United States announced that the international coalition and its local allies, including the SDF, would launch a military operation against Daesh strongholds in Syria. A US State Department spokeswoman said that the US will defend itself and allies while working together to secure borders. [Anadolu]

The Coalition says it affirms its support and confidence in the Syrian Democratic Forces as they commence operations to clear the final Daesh territories in northeast Syria.

In a press release, the Coalition says that during a Tuesday press conference, spokespersons confirmed the SDF will return to offensive operations against Daesh in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. “(Daesh) retains a significant presence near the Iraqi borders from which it seeks to retain safe haven to plan attacks around the world and expand its territory in Syria and Iraq,” said Leilwa Abdullah, spokesperson of the Al-Jazeera Storm campaign, and Ahmed Abu Khawla, commander of Deir Ez-Zor Military Council. “Over the coming weeks, our heroic forces will liberate these areas, secure the Iraq-Syria border, and end the presence of ISIS in eastern Syria once and for all.”

The Coalition says the SDF’s focus on Daesh is critical to achieving the lasting defeat of the criminal terrorist organization that continues to pose a threat to all nations.  “We continue to stand alongside our partners and ensure the liberation of all terrain held by (Daesh) terrorists,” said Maj. Gen. James Jarrard, commanding general of the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. “This is a key milestone in bringing lasting stability to both Iraq and Syria.” [InherentResolve] 

 

The US State Department announced on Tuesday that an operation had begun to reclaim the last Daesh strongholds in Syria. According to the channel Al-Arabi Al-Hadith, State said that the US had begun the operation in cooperation with its partners, and would work with Turkey, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon to secure their borders from Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Civilian casualties

SOHR says 408 civilians were killed within the month of April. The report stated that 212 were killed at the hands of the Syrian regime, including 43 children. The YPG killed 23 civilians including two children and eight women and one civilian, by torture. 22 civilians were killed at the hands of Daesh. The report records 3,812 civilian deaths since the beginning of 2018 at the hands of the main actors in Syria; the Syrian regime and Russia are responsible for 78% of them. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Tuesday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that over 400 foreign Daesh fighters have been captured by the SDF so far. “I think the number of foreign fighters now, according to my information, is well over 400. They’re not in our custody.  So I don’t want to use that number as if it’s carved in stone. I just know there are over 400 foreign fighters who are held there by the SDF,” he said. [SkyPressIq]

 

Three leaders have recently been assassinated in various locations under the control of the SDF within the past 24 hours. A leader of the SDF, Ahmed Kobani, was shot in the head while traveling towards the towns of Jarniya and Tabaqa west of Raqqa.  The Chairman of the Justice Committee in the Raqqa Council, Ibrahim Al-Tayyar, died in a hospital in the city of Qamishli from poisoning. A member of the general council for the PYD, Khalid Kuti, was killed while he was “strolling between the trees of his garden” in the city of Tal Abyad in north Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

Bas News reported that “a source close to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” specifically the Kurdish units, said on Tuesday that Arab countries had decided to send military forces to Syria as part of the US-led coalition.  Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, “Saudi Arabia and the UAE have decided on their position and will send military troops under the umbrella of the international coalition forces,” adding that Egypt will not send troops, and Jordan is still undecided.  The Foreign Minister for Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, had previously said that sending any military forces to Syria would only “complicate things more.”

Riyad Darar, the Co-President of the Syrian Democratic Council, said, “The Arab forces entering Syria … will be deterrent forces to help protect the eastern Euphrates area from possible attacks.”  The official spokesman for the Syrian Supreme Council of Tribes and Clans, Mudar Hammad Al-Asaad, confirmed that were negotiations underway to bring Arab forces to the east Euphrates area, which he said would be Saudi-led.  Al-Asaad added that there were also proposals for Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia to send forces, but that securing Saudi-led Arab troops was the current focus.  Al-Assad said that this would result in all local military forces, both the Deir Ez-Zor Council and the SDF, being dismantled and turned into local police forces or civilian councils.  He concluded with his hope that this would happen as soon as possible in order to “expel the Iranian militias from the Syrian desert and the Deir Ez-Zor region.”[BasNews]

 

Foreign policy

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Turkmen Supreme Council in the Central Region has appealed to Turkey to stop Russia’s expected invasion of the Turkmen areas in rural northern Homs, after the Russians threatened that they would invade the area if the Turkmen didn’t surrender and hand over all their weapons. The statement called Turkey, as a guarantor State, to ensure full implementation of the “de-escalation zone” agreement in the area.  [EnabBaladi]

 

Tuesday, Haaretz quoted the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) as saying that “shortly after the attacks on the Syrian forces’ positions in Hama and Aleppo, the explosion was so strong that it caused an earthquake of 2.6 in the area.” According to Haaretz, “the strikes targeted a huge depot of anti-aircraft missiles that Iran was about to use for attacking Israel.” [Dorar]

 

Northwest (No reports)

 

Northeast 

Hasaka

A DaeshDaily source says at least 20 civilians, including women and children, were killed and others wounded when Coalition planes targeted a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in Tal Al-Shayer village. The source says Daesh used a civilian house in the area as a car bomb factory and stored large quantities of explosives in it. 

Tuesday, Qasioun reported that over 20 civilians were killed in Coalition airstrikes on Al-Fadhil village in Tal Al-Jaber, southeast of Hasaka, hours before the SDF launched its military operation against Daesh in East Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. As noted frequently before, Qasioun’s sole focus in airstrike stories is civilian casualties, and its reports need to be verified.

 

Raqqa

North Raqqa (Ayn Eissa, Tal Abyad, etc.)

A prominent leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) was killed on Tuesday by a land mine left behind by Daesh in the Tal Abyad region.  A PYD diplomatic relations member, Dara Mustafa, said that the explosion took place in Ain Eissa, killing PYD General Council member Khalid Kuti.  [BasNews]

 

Central and West 

Aleppo/Idlib

Tuesday, Al-Modon reported that the people of Kefraya and Al-Fawaa, Shia villages in northeastern Idlib, besieged by Tahrir Al-Sham, stopped the buses that were supposed to carry 1000 of them, under an evacuation agreement reached between Tahrir Al-Sham and the Syrian government to release 1000 people from Kefraya and Al-Fawaa in exchange for releasing 150 members of Tahrir Al-Sham as well as their families from Al-Yarmouk Camp. They want all the people of Kefraya and Al-Fawaa be evacuated at once. [AlModon]

According to Dorar, Tahrir Al-Sham refused a request by the pro-Syrian government militias to fully evacuate the people of Kefraya and Fawaa, saying it will consult with the other anti-government militias. [Dorar]

 

Tuesday, according to several sources, SOHR reported that Tahrir Al-Sham released at least 35 members of Suqur Al-Sham in exchange for releasing over 80 of its members in Ariha District in Idlib. More prisoner exchanges are expected to occur between the two militias soon, SOHR added. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reports that the city of Khan Sheikhoun witnessed an explosion (likely due to a mine) targeting a car belonging to Jaish Al-Azza. There is no report on casualties. The province of Idlib and neighboring areas of Hama and Aleppo witnessed assassination operations targeting fighters and civilians, resulting in the deaths and injuries of dozens of people within the past week. [SyriaHR]

 

Hama

Tuesday, SOHR reported that the Syrian forces shelled different locations in Husraya village in northern Hama, causing extensive destruction of infrastructure. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported that the Syrian forces shelled the villages of Kafr Nabudah, Al-Zakah, Tal Hawash and Al-Jabriya in northern and northeastern Hama, causing extensive destruction of infrastructure, without any reports of casualties among civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

SANA reports that the Syrian regime and opposition militias arrived at an agreement to remove the latter from northern Homs. The Syrian military announced it would concentrate its forces around northern Homs and give rebels 72 hours to evacuate. A source says that a leader of the Syrian rebels and Russians spoke at the crossing of Al-Dar Al-Kabir and the fighting stopped. Terrorists have two days to surrender their heavy weapons and other equipment and three days to travel up to Idlib and leave open the path between Hama and Homs. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor District

SOHR reports that two fighters loyal to the Syrian regime were arrested by the SDF in Deir Ez-Zor during raids. The SDF recaptured 3 out of 4 villages (Al-Jiya, Janin, Al-Hasin, and Shaqra) that it had lost to the regime on Sunday. [SyriaHR] 

 

Tuesday, Qasioun quoted informed sources as saying that the Russian “Wagner” militia did not participate in the military operations launched by the Syrian forces against the SDF-held villages and towns in eastern Deir Ez-Zor on Monday. [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal District

In a statement released on Tuesday, the SDF announced that it, as well as the International Coalition, will resume its “Al-Jazeera Storm” operation against Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, near the Syrian border with Iraq, saying it “welcomes the Iraqi forces’ support across the border.” [Qasioun]

 

Ahmed Abu Khawla, leader of the Deir Ez-Zor Council, part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, said on Tuesday that they have ongoing coordination with the Iraqi Army to eliminate terrorism in the Iraq-Syria border area, while denying any coordination with the Syrian regime army.  Abu Khawla said in a media statement, “Regime forces launched an attack on [SDF] areas in . . . Deir Ez-Zor. . . . Our forces advanced and expelled them,” adding that the Syrian regime was seeking to destabilize the region.  He concluded by saying that international Coalition forces were partners in “the fight against terrorism.”[Rudaw]

 

A DaeshDaily source says the SDF arrested many young men in Gharanij and Bahra after accusing them of cooperating with government forces. The source says the SDF released some of the prisoners later. 

  

Daesh published on Monday photos of an ice factory in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNApr30]

 

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in Al-Ghabra and Al-Sukkariya villages with 3 SPG9 rockets. Daesh published photos of the attacks. [ICDNMar1]

Daesh says it targeted 2 Syrian Army positions in Al-Ashayer village, west of Albu Kamal city, with SPG9 rockets. Daesh published photos of the attacks. [ICDNMar1]

 

South 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

Tuesday, SOHR reported that fierce clashes are still ongoing between the Syrian forces and Daesh in different locations on the outskirts of Al-Tadhamun and Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhoods as well as Al-Yarmouk Camp south of Damascus, accompanied by mutual shelling, with reports of casualties on both sides. Backed by aircraft, the Syrian forces reportedly captured more locations on the southern outskirts of Al-Tadhamun neighborhood. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said that between Sunday and Monday Russian and Syrian planes launched more than 300 airstrikes on the Yarmouk Camp, Hay Al-Tadhamun, and Hay Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. [ICDNApr30]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrikes. [ICDNMar1]

 

Daesh says it stopped Syrian Army attacks on its positions south of Damascus, killing 15 soldiers near the Yarmouk Camp and more than 20 near Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. Daesh says the attacks were accompanied by heavy airstrikes. [ICDNMar1]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded 14 Syrian soldiers in mortar shelling near the Yarmouk Camp. [ICDNApr30]

 

Daesh published photos of killing a Syrian soldier south of Damascus. [ICDNMar1]

 

Daraa/Quneitra

Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled published photos of its sniper units. [ICDNApr30]

It also published photos of religious seminars for children. [ICDNApr30] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Ethiopian terrorists, claiming he was killed in Bayda. [ICDNMar1]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Tuesday, US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned that fifteen terrorists a day are trying to get into the United States one way or another. “There are 15 terrorists either planning to travel or actually traveling to the United States each day, known and suspected terrorists. So that means they are coming through our legal land, port and air, but they could be coming across that (southwest) border,” she explained. “Using the Internet, terrorist groups are encouraging their followers to bring their own weapon, use a car, use a truck, use a knife, something that can be easily picked up, and go and commit chaos and murder,” Nielsen added.  [pukmedia]

 

In a report published on Tuesday, German newspaper Bild said that the German government plans to repatriate all the children of German Daesh women. According to the report, “there are at least 270 German women living with their children in combat zones in Iraq and Syria, where about 50 percent of those children have been born.” “The German Government plans to bring all those children home. Then, they will be given to their relatives and child protection institutions in order to rehabilitate them and help them get rid of extremist ideas,” the report added. In December, the head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans Maaßen, said German authorities had seen German women and children return from Iraq and Syria, but he emphasized that the total numbers of such returnees were very few. [Anadolu] [BasNews] 

 

Russia

An analyst for Jane’s warned of a “terrorist threat” to the upcoming World Cup in Russia.  “Despite the decline in attacks in Russia, the World Cup is a big target for terrorists,” wrote Chris Hawkins.  He went on to say that as the date drew nearer, unofficial Daesh media outlets were issuing threats and looking to recruit volunteers to carry out attacks.  Hawkins concluded that terrorist threats were “the biggest security challenge” for the World Cup, which starts on June 14, and said that there was a possibility of terrorist groups using drones to launch attacks.[Sumaria] 

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

At least 20 people were killed by a double bomb attack on a mosque in Nigeria on Tuesday.  According to Sky News Arabia, the blasts took place in the town of Mubi and bore the hallmarks of the Boko Haram group, which frequently carries out suicide bombings in public places.  A suicide bomber targeted the mosque at around 1 pm local time on Tuesday.  Afterward, a second bomber detonated explosives 200 meters outside the mosque, targeting fleeing worshippers.  The police commissioner for the state of Adamawa provided the estimate of 20 dead, adding that more than 12 were wounded. [Sumaria] 

 

Somalia

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a Somali Intelligence officer in Mogadishu. [ICDNApr30]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The US released the name of the serviceman killed in Afghanistan. In an earlier statement released on Tuesday, the US announced that a US soldier was killed and another injured during clashes with the Taliban in Kapisa province in northeastern Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed that it had killed two US soldiers. [BaghdadNews]

 

Daesh said on Monday that it wounded the mukhtar of Mano village, in Nangarhar, with an IED. [ICDNApr30]

 

Daesh says it beheaded a government “spy” in the Chaparhar area, on Monday. Daesh published photos. [ICDNMar1]

 

Daesh says it killed a person, who calls on people to participate in the elections, by detonating an IED on his vehicle in Jalalabad. [ICDNMar1]

 

Daesh says it killed a Taliban member and took his weapon in the Chaparhar area, on Monday. [ICDNMar1]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh demonstrated a new method of executing a prisoner by making him into a bomb.  The execution was carried out in a camp in Yarmouk, where they tied the prisoner to a wooden plank with ropes.  According to the British Daily Mail, which reported on incident, the executioners then placed explosives in a helmet, which they put on the prisoner’s head, and installed a detonator on top of the helmet.  Pictures published by the Daily Mail show the prisoner being pushed from a building and falling on his head, which triggered the detonator.  Daesh did not disclose the reason for executing the prisoner, but he appeared to be a Syrian Army officer whose unit had attacked the Yarmouk camp. [Sumaria] 

 

April 30, 2018

 

Ahmed Shah

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

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

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. [..]

 

Other countries

Jordan:  Secretary Pompeo in Jordan; supports ceasefire in SE Syria, UN’s Geneva peace process. [..]

Afghanistan:  

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

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election

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 Bayaa 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.   

 

Reconstruction

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]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

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] 

 

Foreign  policy

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]

 

BAGHDAD

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]

 

ANBAR

Khaldiya

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. 

 

Ramadi

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]

 

Al-Qa’im

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. 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

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] 

DIYALA

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]

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

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]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

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. 

NINEWA

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]

 

Mosul

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.   

 

Southern Ninewa

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. 

 

Qayara

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.

 

Western Ninewa 

Tal Afar

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]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

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

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Democratic opposition

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]

 

Foreign policy

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]

 

Israel

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]

 

Northwest

Manbij

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 

Idlib

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]

 

Hama

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]

 

Homs

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. 

 

Mayadin District

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. 

 

South 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

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

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan/Lebanon

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

 

U.S./EUROPE

Great Britain

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]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Kabul

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] 

 

Kandahar

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] 

 

Jalalabad

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] 

 

Jowzjan

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]

 

April 27, 2018

 

Hammam Al-Alil Camp

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

US Embassy decries attacks on women candidates. [..]

Daesh kills 2 in north Baghdad for “promoting the elections.” [..]

Key Haqlaniya-Haditha bridge destroyed by floods. [..]

Diyala protest targets alleged Daesh-linked election candidates. [..]

Two bridges reopened in west Mosul. [..]

Major Daesh terrorist, 12 others arrested south of Mosul. [..]

 

Turkey

Major Daesh terrorist arrested in Izmir. [..]

 

Syria

Turkey announces plan with US to replace YPG in Manbij with new forces. [..]

Europol action weakens capabilities of Daesh propaganda network. [..]

French soldiers reportedly arriving in northern Syria. [..]

Coalition conducts 21 airstrikes in 1 week in Albu Kamal, southern Shaddadi. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election

The US Embassy in Baghdad on Friday repeated that attacks and disfigurements against women in the current election campaign were “disappointing and deserved condemnation,” calling for an end to all such [rights] violations and an investigation.  The official US Embassy spokesman said in a press release, “The US Embassy in Baghdad is concerned about recent reports of harassment and defamation against candidates running for parliamentary elections … Attacks and campaigns of mutilation against women during the current election campaign are disappointing and deserve condemnation.”  The Embassy added that these campaigns threaten the integrity of the electoral process, and that all candidates and electoral blocs should respect the concepts in the electoral charter that they signed earlier this year. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s good to denounce the incidents, but would be better if the perpetrators could be identified, so that voters could use their actions against them. 

 

An Arab leader in Kirkuk province, Abdul Rahman Manshid Al-‘Assi, called on Friday for the head of the “Victory” electoral coalition, PM Haider Al-Abadi, to withdraw his candidates from the race in Kirkuk to ensure that the Arab vote is unified rather than dispersed [among multiple lists].  Al-‘Assi said in a statement that “our demand is not a rejection of the ‘Victory’ coalition, but rather support of the electoral [unity] of a key group in this important district; the Arabs of Kirkuk are waiting for Al-Abadi to be supportive of the Arab alliance, which depends on this unity.” [Sumaria]

 

Former COR Speaker, Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani, wrote that “the most important stage will be after the end of the election, that is, the stage of forming a government.”  In an article published on Friday, Al-Mashhadani wrote that those who imagine that the most important stage [of Iraqi governance] is the election are mistaken, adding that the post-election stage would still have to address many remaining issues in Iraq, including IDPs, reconstruction, terrorism, and corruption.  [Rudaw]

 

Reconstruction

Friday, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held a conference in Amman to support the economy, reconstruction and health in post-Daesh Iraq.  The conference coordinators said that the donor countries have granted Iraq over $ 150 million for the implementation of several reconstruction projects in Ninewa, Anbar, Salahuddin and Suleimaniya, adding that those projects will be implemented under the supervision of UN-affiliated civil society organizations. [AlTaghier]

 

Al-Araby quoted an official in the Iraqi Ministry of Planning as saying that the Ministry conducted a detailed field survey of the damages caused by the war against Daesh in different provinces.  He added that “If the current financial crisis and corruption continue at high levels, the government will only be able to allocate up to $3 billion a year for reconstruction, which means that we need nearly 25 years to return Iraq to what it was before June 2014.” [AlAraby]

 

Anti-Daesh Campaign

Friday, security expert Fadhil Abu Raghif said that Iraq, as a member of the joint intelligence-sharing coalition between Russia, Iran and Syria, has conducted several military operations in Syria, destroying the terrorists’ camps there. “As part of the RSII Coalition, the Iraqi Military Intelligence Service has conducted several military operations against many Daesh camps in Syria, including camps in Hajin and Albu Kamal. It also killed 300 Daesh fighters in the ‘Ansar Al-Khilapha’ camps in Syria.” [KnoozMedia]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq between April 20 and April 26, in or near Mosul (1), Tal Afar (1), Kirkuk (1), Hawija (1), and Tooz (1). [InherentResolve] 

 

Corruption

Friday, an Iraqi government source speculated that “under the Iraqi General Amnesty Law, the case of Ziad Al-Qattan, in which he is accused of financial and administrative corruption, can be settled if he returns the money he had illegally obtained during his term of public office.”The charges against Al-Qattan could produce a prison term of up to 640 years. On April 15th, Al-Qattan was arrested in Jordan and extradited to Baghdad. [Shafaaq]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command said on Friday that 2 people had been arrested, including 1 foreign national, on charges of carrying counterfeit currency in Kadhimiya.  [Sumaria] 

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh issues a video of killing two people who were “promoting the elections” in Tarmiya. [ICDNApr27]

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed two National Security Service “spies” in the Al-Azri area in Tarmiya. Daesh said on Thursday that it “clashed” with a tribal leader who was promoting the elections in the Al-Azri area, in Tarmiya. [ICDNApr26]

 

Daesh said on Thursday that it wounded a PMF fighter after targeting his house with light weapons in the Al-Khan area, near Meshahda. [ICDNApr26]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Friday that its forces had found IEDs left behind by Daesh.  In a statement to the press, Baghdad Ops Command said that they had found 12 IEDs near Karaghoul, south of Baghdad, which were handled without incident.  [Sumaria] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A DaeshDaily source says a US organization defused 14 IEDs planted inside the Falluja Iron Bridge.  

 

Hit/Haditha

A DaeshDaily source says the Haqlaniya Bridge was destroyed by floods resulted from heavy rains, cutting off Haqlaniya from Haditha. The source says the bridge was built by people from the area after Daesh blew up the main bridge in 2015.

 

Anah (including Rawa)

A DaeshDaily source says the government opened an office in Rawa to pay compensations to citizens who were affected by military operations. 

 

The spokesman for the Center for Security Information, Brigadier General Yahya Rasul, said in a statement that a force under Anbar Ops Command had arrested 3 Daesh terrorists in the Al-Saqra area, who had previously been involved in bombing operations against military personnel.  Rasul said that another group of security personnel detonated 6 IEDs left behind by Daesh in the Al-Jaffa area, and found 3 homemade rockets, an anti-armor explosive, and an RPG during a search west of Ayn Al-Tamur. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Samarra

11 IEDs were found and 2 terrorists killed in Samarra.  The spokesman for the Center for Security Information, Brigadier General Yahya Rasul, said in a statement that a force under Samarra Ops Command conducted a search operation around Al-Layn and found 11 IEDs, 7 shaped explosives, and 4 glycerin-based explosives, which were detonated in a controlled explosion.  [Ghad] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says four PMF fighters were killed when a sticky IED exploded under their vehicle east of Samarra. 

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

The Center for Security Information announced on Friday that a “terrorist” had been killed and other Daesh fighters wounded in southern Salahuddin province.  In a press release, the Center said that units from the Directorate of Military Intelligence and Samarra Ops Command, in cooperation with the 6th Federal Police and the PMF, had thwarted an infiltration attempt in the Yathrib region. [Sumaria] [SngIq]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Samarra Operations Command units killed 2 Daesh terrorists who sneaked into the Tal Al-Dhahab area, in Yathrib subdistrict. 

On Friday, PMF units killed a suicide bomber in southern Balad District.  According to a PMF media statement, the 43rd Brigade (PMF) killed the suicide bomber in Tal Al-Dhahab. [Mawazin] 

The Center for Security Information said that the Samarra Ops Command had killed 2 terrorists and wounded 2 others in the incident.  [Ghad] 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

In a statement released on Friday, the Rapid Reaction Force announced it foiled a Daesh attempt to blow up one of its positions north of Tooz District between Kirkuk and Salahuddin, using a booby-trapped car tire. According to the statement, the Rapid Reaction Force in Tuz Khurmatu dismantled the tire. [SngIq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Families of “victims of terrorism” demonstrated outside of the Diyala Provincial Council building in Baquba on Friday to protest candidates with alleged terrorist affiliations.  An official for the demonstration, Dia’ Selem, said, “Dozens of families of victims of terrorism in Diyala took part in a peaceful demonstration . . . to reject the candidacy of those whose hands are stained with the blood of innocent people.”  [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A DaeshDaily source says a group of Daesh terrorists briefly captured the building of the North Oil Company, west of Dibis, after Oil Protection Police withdrew without a fight. The terrorists fled after IFP units arrived in the area. 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Daesh says it destroyed 2 IFP bulldozers and damaged an SUV in clashes near Barima village, east of Hawija, on Wednesday. [ICDNApr26]

 

Daesh said it killed four PMF fighters by detonating a booby-trapped house in Lazzaqa village, east of Riyadh, on Wednesday. [ICDNApr26]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)

Daesh said it blew up an electricity tower that “belongs to PMFs” near Kathahiya village in Daquq District, on Tuesday. [ICDNApr26]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

7 Daesh fighters were killed in an Iraqi Army operation in northwest Mosul.  Lieutenant Colonel Haitham Ahmed, an officer in the 15th Division of the Iraqi Army, said in a press statement that the 7 Daesh fighters were killed during an operation to clear the hills of the Badoush area.  He said that the operation was carried out with air support from Iraqi Army Aviation helicopters, adding that the Army has carried out several operations in those hills, which are fortified by the remaining Daesh fighters there.  [Rudaw]

 

Salem Hashem, the Director of Roads and Bridges for Ninewa, announced on Friday that they were re-opening two bridges in west Mosul that had been destroyed during the period of Daesh control of the city.  He said in a press statement that “Engineering and technical cohorts completed the reconstruction of the bridges . . . which were opened for traffic.”  He added that dozens more bridges destroyed during Daesh control of Mosul would be rebuilt in the coming months.  [Rudaw]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

The Center for Security Information announced on Friday that they had arrested a “terrorist” in Mosul who they said led riots during the “sit-ins.”  Brigadier General Yahya Rasul, the spokesman for the Center, said that units of the Military Intelligence Directorate in the 20th Division had arrested the terrorist in Hammam Al-Alil.  Rasul said, “The terrorist played a negative role in fueling sectarianism and incitement against security forces, and supported Daesh during the so-called ‘sit-in,’ and was among the first of those announcing their support for Daesh when they entered into Mosul, and was one of the heads of the riots and those calling for fighting the security forces during the liberation [of Mosul].” [Sumaria] [Ghad] 

 

Ninewa Police Command said that they had arrested 12 Daesh fighters during an inspection. Brigadier General Hamad Al-Jubouri said in a statement that Ninewa Police had arrested the 12 wanted persons in the village of Rahmaniya in Mosul Subdistrict. [Mawazin] 

 

Western Ninewa (No reports)

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

ERBIL

The armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) announced on Friday that they had killed 3 Turkish special forces fighters in the Barzan district.  The PKK said in a statement, “Armed forces targeted a Turkish Army special force in the Barzan border area … and killed 3 Turkish fighters.”  They added that “these [PKK] units specialize in ambushes … our fighters had been tracking their movements for 2 days.” [Sumaria]

 

Friday, Hawar reported that the PKK in northern Erbil attacked 6 Turkish Army positions in Tal Lilkan in the Sidekan border region in northern Erbil, destroying 5 of them and killing 6 Turkish soldiers. [Hawar]

 

Friday, Anadolu reported that a Turkish soldier was killed, and another wounded in a PKK attack on Turkish Army personnel in Kani Rash in northern Erbil. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Friday, according to security sources, Anadolu reported that the Turkish security forces in Izmir arrested Daesh’s emir of Deir Ez-Zor as well as 3 other senior Daesh leaders as they tried to flee Turkey. The sources added that Daesh’s emir of Deir Ez-Zor is a senior Daesh leader who was close to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and was involved in the killing of 700 civilians in Syria. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Manbij

Friday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey is working with the U.S. to get the YPG to withdraw from Syria’s Manbij. Turkey and the U.S. have agreed to approve a roadmap on Syria to avoid potential confrontation between the two allies, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said after meeting with the new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels on the occasion of a NATO summit. “In our meeting we confirmed approval of a roadmap on which our joint working group has reached an initial agreement,” Çavuşoğlu told reporters. “We will implement the Manbij model in other parts of Syria, particularly east of the Euphrates. We’ll therefore be taking a step with the U.S. on an issue that causes tension in our bilateral ties. If the roadmap is implemented, the YPG will be withdrawn from Manbij and a transparent process will be carried out for the security and governance of the city. Otherwise we’ll have to intervene against the terrorists just like we did in Afrin,” he said. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

In a statement released on Friday, Europol announced that law enforcement authorities of the European Union Member States, Canada and the USA have seized servers and data from Daesh propaganda outlets in a multi-country operation aimed at tracking down radicals and crimping the group’s ability to spread its violent message. With this takedown action, targeting major Daesh-branded media outlets like A3maq, Al-Bayan Radio, Halumu and Nashir news, Daesh’s capability to broadcast and publicize terrorist material has been compromised. Rob Wainwright, Executive Director of Europol, commented said “with this ground-breaking operation we have punched a big hole in the capability of Daesh to spread propaganda online and radicalize young people in Europe. I applaud the determined and innovative work by Europol and its partners to target a major part of the international terrorist threat prevalent in Europe today.” [EnabBaladi]

 

In a statement released on Friday, the International Coalition against Daesh operating in Syria and Iraq has admitted to killing 28 more civilians. The latest deaths bring the overall confirmed toll of civilians killed in the Coalition operations to at least 883. The coalition acknowledged the new deaths after a review of 49 reports of potential civilian casualties from air and artillery strikes. The US-led Coalition has conducted over 29 thousand strikes over the past four years in Iraq and Syria. [Qasioun]

 

Refugees

Friday, the German Foreign Ministry announced that it was “deeply angered” by Assad’s latest decree, under which Syrians will have only 30 days to document property ownership in the war-torn country after the release of any new urban rebuilding plan. In a statement to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Foreign Ministry said it regarded Assad’s decree as a “specious” attempt to put Syrians’ property rights into question. “It was an apparent attempt to fundamentally modify local conditions to the benefit of the regime and its supporters and hinder the return of a huge number of Syrians,” the Ministry added. [Dorar]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham

Friday, Hawar said that Turkish authorities have held a number of meetings with Tahrir Al-Sham’s leaders in Turkey to reach an a agreement, under which Tahrir Al-Sham will be dissolved and merged into the other Turkey-backed Syrian militias that Russia doesn’t consider as being terrorists. In order to achieve that end, Hawar added, Turkey has invented a fake war between Tahrir Al-Sham and the Syria Liberation Front. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Manbij/Al-Bab/Jarabulus

A Syrian Kurdish source close to the SDF said on Friday that large numbers of French military reinforcements arrived during the past week in northern Syria.  Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source told Bas News that large numbers of French special forces had been arriving over the last week in Manbij and Kobane, following the Turkish threat to enter Manbij.  The source said that some of the [French] forces are now spread across areas where pro-Turkey militias have been operating, including Jarabulus and Al-Bab.  The source emphasized that the Coalition is trying to establish local forces composed of Arabs, Kurds, and Christians to protect the eastern Euphrates border area from being threatened by Daesh.  [BasNews]

 

Northeast 

Hasaka

A DaeshDaily source said an 18-year-old Daesh member committed suicide in the Dashisha area. The man was one of many young people forcibly recruited by Daesh. The source says Daesh fighters in the area are under huge pressures because of the continuous fighting. Daesh hasn’t paid salaries for the last 4 months. The source also says that while Daesh prohibits its fighters from smoking, its leaders are making money from smuggling cigarettes. 

 

Central and West 

Aleppo/Idlib

According to local Syrian sources, a car bomb exploded in the fuel market in the city of Jarabulus, with no casualties.  The area has recently been hit by a number of terrorist attacks, including a motorcycle bombing in the city of Al-Bab, which did result in civilian casualties.  [Sumaria] 

 

Homs

Friday, the anti-government “Syrian National Army” said that its 4th Brigade’s snipers killed 3 members of the Syrian forces in Kissin village north of Homs. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal District

The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh positions in between April 20 and April 26, 13 near Albu Kamal and 8 near Shaddadi in southern Hasaka. [InherentResolve] 

 

Friday, Qasioun reported that a Coalition airstrike killed 5 Daesh members who were trying to infiltrate the SDF-held positions in Al-Bahra village. Meanwhile, Daesh reportedly conducted a fierce attack against the Syrian forces’ positions near Maizila town east of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reported that clashes resumed on Thursday evening between the SDF and Daesh in different locations on the outskirts of Hajin, accompanied by mutual shelling. Meanwhile, the SDF, backed by the Coalition, is reportedly preparing to launch a military operation against Daesh in rural southern Hasaka in the coming days. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it targeted 2 Syrian Army military positions near Albu Kamal with 2 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNApr26]

Daesh said on Thursday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier near Albu Kamal. [ICDNApr26]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a group of its terrorists watching a Daesh propaganda video in Hajin. [ICDNApr27]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of rain in the Susah area. [ICDNApr27]

 

South 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

Friday, Qasioun reported that Russian warplanes conducted airstrikes on the Daesh-held positions in Al-Yarmouk Camp and another area south of Damascus. Meanwhile, Syrian helicopters dropped barrel bombs on the outskirts of Al-Tadhamun in south Damascus and the Al-Zain neighborhood in Yelda, south of Damascus, causing extensive destruction of infrastructure. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on Hay Al-Zain, south of Damascus, killing 8 soldiers. [ICDNApr27]

Daesh said on Thursday it killed 3 Syrian Army soldiers, including an officer, in clashes in Hay Al-Tadhamun and the Yarmouk Camp. [ICDNApr26]

 

Friday, A3maq reported that Daesh snipers killed 20 members of the Syrian forces who were trying to advance into Al-Qadam neighborhood south of Damascus. It also added that Daesh destroyed 3 BMP vehicles and a Syrian forces’ ammunition depot in the same neighborhood. [Dorar]

Daesh says the Syrian Army couldn’t advance south of Damascus after 9 days of battles. [ICDNApr27] 

Daesh said on Thursday its snipers killed 2 Syrian soldiers in Hay Al-Qadam. [ICDNApr26]

 

Friday, SOHR reported that a partial agreement was reached between the Syrian anti-government militias operating in southern Rif Damashq and the Syrian government to let a batch of injured fighters leave the area and head to northern Syria.  Those fighters were reportedly attacked by the Syrian forces’ helicopters three days ago. [SyriaHR]

 

In its Naba magazine, Daesh issues infographic about its battles south of Damascus during the last week. It says it stopped 12 attacks, killed 155 soldiers, including officers, wounded “tens,” and destroyed or damaged 7 tanks and 4 bulldozers. [ICDNApr27]

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its battles south of Damascus. [ICDNApr27]

 

Daraa

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh is training children, as young as a 6-year-old, on using weapons in Tasil town, west of Daraa. The source says the children are mostly orphans whose fathers were killed during military operations. 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Friday, a Yemeni source said that an Al-Qaeda leader, Nasser Hussein Albu Bakri, was killed in a US drone attack in Rafd Valley near Al-Said town in Shabwa in southeastern Yemen. [KnoozMedia]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Yemeni terrorists, claiming he was killed in Bayda. [ICDNApr26]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it killed or wounded several Egyptian soldiers and destroyed an armored personal carrier and a bulldozer as Egyptian Army units were “trying to advance” west of Rafah and east of Arish. [ICDNApr27]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

UK

Two people were injured on Friday after a car hit them near a mosque in Birmingham (UK), according to the BBC.  The 2 victims are both in their 20s.  The police were quoted as saying they had not ruled out “terrorism” as a motive.  [Rudaw]

 

Italy

Italian police announced that they had arrested a 21-year-old asylum seeker from Gambia, saying that he was one of a number of extremists encouraging a terrorist attack in the Naples area.  Al-Aji Turay became a suspect after posting a video on social media declaring his allegiance to the leader of Daesh, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.  Police said at a news conference that Turay told them that the video was a “joke” and that a colleague from Gambia had asked Turay to coordinate a terrorist attack. [Sumaria]

 

Spain

Spanish and Moroccan media have been reporting on a female Daesh member who is classified as the most dangerous woman in Daesh, and is still wanted by international intelligence.  Fadwa Hassad Al-Muzadad, a Moroccan immigrant living in Spain, has become one of the most famous female terrorists in Daesh.  According to media reports, the search for Hassad became public after her husband, who works in Spain, was charged last Monday with financing the travel of his wife and a Palestinian Daesh leader to Syria.  After the early April arrest of a Moroccan terrorist in Turkey considered the “head recruiter” for Moroccans [to join Daesh], Spanish security reports revealed that Hassad traveled to Turkey in February 2016, disembarking from her plane in Turkey and not going on to Greece as booked.  Her husband said after being arrested that he sent her more than 60,000 [Moroccan] dirhams, used to cover her expenses and those of her 25-year-old Palestinian boyfriend in Turkey.  Investigations indicated that the husband was aware of the relationship between his wife and the Palestinian Daesh leader.  After returning to Spain, Hassad made a multi-stop trip to Syria in 2017, traveling by way of France, Italy, and Greece to the Turkey-Syria border.  Reportedly, Hassad did not travel to Syria to marry a Daesh fighter, but rather to participate in combat herself, which has made Spanish and Moroccan authorities concerned that she will return to Europe to plan terrorist attacks there. [Ghad] 

 

Russia

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday that it had dismantled a Daesh sleeper cell that was planning to carry out an attack in Moscow.  In a press statement, the FSB said it intercepted the activity of 4 Daesh members in the city of Novi Urengoy, who planned to carry out a series of terrorist operation in and around Moscow.  The FSB added that the cell was corresponding with Syria via the messaging app Telegram.  The FSB also announced on Thursday that it had eliminated 12 “terrorists” and 14 “terrorist supporters” in a series of operations between April 21 and April 24 in Dagestan, Tatarstan, Stavropol, Omsk, and Ulyanovsk provinces.  Also, 11 terrorists were eliminated in the city of Derbent, Dagestan, who were reportedly plotting to attack security forces.  [Ghad] [Rudaw] [AlWafd]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh published on Thursday photos of shooting and killed two Somali Intelligence members in a market in Mogadishu. [ICDNApr26]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh published on Thursday photos of one of its training camps in Afghanistan. [ICDNApr26]