An Update On ISIS Activities

October 6, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces in Hawija 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

France reported looking for city to host Iraq-KRG negotiations. [..]

Al-Maliki, State of Law party trying to remove President Masoum [..]

. . . but Sadrists challenge Al-Maliki’s leadership of Shia alliance. [..]

Turkey keeps up pressure on KRG. [..]

Iraq readies military offensive to recover Rawa in Anbar. [..]

Erbil airport taking heavy financial losses from international flight ban. [..]

Syria

Coalition hits Raqqa with 29 more airstrikes. [..]

SDF progress continues in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Syrian Army & Russian air cover move into Mayadin. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, there has been an effort to pick a European city to host the “negotiation table” between Baghdad and Erbil to solve the dispute resulting from the Kurdistan referendum. Le Monde speculates the negotiations may happen in Paris. [BasNews]

 

Friday, Iraqi Ambassador to Turkey, Hisham Ali Al-Akbar Al-Alawi, confirmed that the Iraqi government “may use force if necessary” to control the Al-Khabur crossing between Turkey and Kurdistan, saying the military activity on the border was considered as a preparation for that. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. It is worth noting that this crossing is in the far northwest corner of Iraqi Kurdistan, by the city of Zakho in Dahuk, a long way from any disputed territories. Despite the ambassador’s bombastic  statement, it is much more likely that the crossing would be closed from the Turkish side of the bridge.

 

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that Turkey will open a new border crossing with Iraq, in cooperation with the central government in Baghdad, after it shuts down the existing border crossing in response to last week’s Kurdish independence referendum. “We have proposed opening the new Ovakoy border crossing, west of the currently border crossing, to Baghdad and we are expecting their support,” said Yildirim. [Arabi21]

 

Upon his arrival from Iran, Turkish President Erdogan said in a televised statement that Turkey, Iran, and the Iraqi government will make a joint decision to stop oil supplies to northern Iraqi “Kurdistan”, in response to the referendum. He added that Kurdistan must “return to its senses and reverse its decision.” Erdogan also criticized the fact that Kirkuk was added to the referendum, as the Kurds “are invaders in that area.” [SotIraq]

 

Turkish Deputy PM, Başbakan Yardımcıları, announced in a televised speech on Friday that Turkey has defined the timeline and nature of its steps to deal with Kurdistan, which he referred to as “the northern Iraq region,” adding that those steps may change according to the situation. [Sumaria]

 

Friday, State of Law representative, Haidar Al-Muwalla, announced his withdrawal from former President Jalal Talabani’s funeral processions, along with other representatives, in protest of the President being covered by the Kurdish flag rather than the Iraqi flag, in addition to the “failure” to follow funeral procession protocols. [Sumaria]

 

Ismael Khurmali, an executive member of the Kurdish Election Commission, said the preliminary results of the referendum are the same as the final results, as there were no complaints about irregularity during the process. [Rudaw]

 

The Pentagon announced that the US continues to support the Peshmerga, even though the US funding period for them ended in July and discussions for resuming the funds have not started. According to Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon, even if no new funding agreement is signed, the US will still support the Peshmerga through training and military supplies. [Rudaw]

 

The parliamentary Al-Ahrar (Sadrist) bloc, said that having Vice President Nouri Al-Maliki as head of the National Alliance will exacerbate the differences within the Alliance. It wants to elect another person acceptable to all religious authorities. [Buratha]

 

Al-Maliki is spearheading a movement to remove Fuad Masoum from his position as President, based on the equivocal position Masoum adopted on the Kurdistan referendum. State of Law representative Haidar Al-Muwalla said signatures have been collected and presented to the CoR chair calling for Masoum’s removal. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This reflects one of the unsavory aspects of Iraqi politics—the lack of flexibility and resulting unwillingness to compromise. Removing Masoum will only make the political problem worse, not better. We are also getting suspicious that these hard-line moves by State of Law have more to do with promoting Al-Maliki for a return to the Prime Minister position than they do with promoting progress in Iraq. He is trying to get an edge by staking out an extreme anti-Kurdish position. It’s worth noting that much of the recent alienation of the Kurds was because of actions by Al-Maliki when he was Prime Minister. 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Hawija (8), Bashir (1) and Ramadi (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source reported that two civilians were wounded in an IED explosion on the roadside of the Diyala Bridge area. [Baghdadia]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) reported the discovery of a Daesh hideout in the Al-Mazraa area in southern Baghdad. The hideout contained 22 IEDs, 1 mortar shell, and 1 rocket. The IEDs were defused by the EOD. [Baghdadia] [Etejah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   2(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Friday, the Anbar Police announced they had discovered a Daesh hideout containing weapons and explosives, during a large search operation in the center of Falluja. The EOD defused the materials without incident. According to Officer Ali Sami, the hideout contained light and medium weapons. [Baghdadia] [Waradana]

 

Ramadi

Anbar Operations Commander Mahmoud Fallahi announced that a Daesh suicide bomber tried to infiltrate a military base in the 35 Kilo area. He was killed on the spot by security forces. [Baghdadia]

 

Anah

Anbar Security Council member, Raje’ Barakat Al-Issawi, announced on Friday that the armed forces and supporting forces are preparing to carry out a large-scale attack to regain control over the Rawa District from Daesh. Iraqi Army Air (IAA) struck Daesh hideouts, killing dozens of suicide bombers and foreign fighters. [Etejah]

 

Friday, the Anbar Operations Command announced that security forces discovered 320 mortar shells (120 mm) and 71 mortar shells (60 mm) in various parts of Anah District while clearing the city of battle remnants. The Daesh mortar shells were transported out of the city by Civil Defense and the EOD. [Baghdadia]

 

Al-Qa’im

A security source says dozens of terrorists were killed in a Coalition airstrike in Al-Qa’im. [Baghdadia]

 

Friday, a security source in Anbar announced that the Coalition destroyed a booby-trapped car with an airstrike in the Jabab area in western Al-Qa’im District. The booby-trapped car was intended to target security forces in Anah. [Ghad] 

 

A security source in Anbar said on Friday that Daesh leader Majid Meteib Agiel Al-Mahlawi and five of his personal guards were killed in an airstrike by the Coalition in Al-Qa’im. [Ghad]

Friday, a security source reported the death of dozens of Daesh members in Coalition airstrikes on the Daesh “Diwan Al-Hisbah” in Al-Qa’im. The location was totally destroyed. [Baghdadia]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh has started to confiscate satellite receivers from Al-Ubour village. The source says the village was one of Daesh’s strongholds and Daesh used to treat its people leniently. 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IWMC reported on Friday that 5 Daesh members were killed while trying to escape the ongoing military operations in the Makhoul Mountains, where Iraqi troops stopped Daesh members from fleeing to liberated areas. [IraqPress]

 

DIYALA

Chairman of the Diyala Provincial Council’s Security Committee, Sadeq Al-Husseini, stressed on Friday that Daesh’s “Wilayat Diyala” had become part of the past, pointing out that all the first-line leaders were dead after the Hawija battle. [Buratha]

 

Tigris (Dijla) Operations commander, Muzher Al-Azzawi, announced on Friday the arrest of five men on terrorism counts in different areas of Diyala during search operations by security forces. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A security source says an Iraqi airstrike killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including a Daesh leader named Hisham Mohammed Saad, in the Al-Hod Al-Waqf area northeast of Baquba. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed a policeman in the Qatoun area in Baquba. [A3maq]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

According to a local source in Diyala, Thursday evening, one of Daesh’s most prominent transporters of weapons, explosives, and medications was killed in an airstrike on his vehicle in eastern Diyala. The vehicle carried weapons, anti-tank containers, and another Daesh member, and was targeted on a road between the Buthaja and Kasiba villages on the outskirts of the Al-Waqf Basin. The terrorist killed was from Makhisa village and has been active since the days of Al-Qaeda. [Ghad] [Ghad]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Friday, a local source reported that a major Daesh hideout was destroyed in an airstrike in northeastern Diyala. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it killed the mukhtar of Saif Saad village, in Qara Tapa. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Brett McGurk, U.S. special envoy to the Coalition Against Daesh, tweeted that large numbers of Daesh members surrendered themselves in Hawija, without explaining to whom they surrendered themselves. McGurk said there were more “surprises on the way.” [Forat] [McGurkOnTwitter]

 

Friday, the PMF’s 11th Brigade liberated three villages northeast of Hawija: Marata Al-Sughra, Sheikh Muzher and Marata Al-Kubra. [Etejah] [Sumaria] 

The PMFs liberated the villages of Al-Saidiya and Hama northeast of Hawija, and continue to clear Tal Al-Ward village, according to the PMF media. [Forat]

 

Friday, the PMF organization announced the clearing of several areas northeast of Hawija city. [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Friday, a source in the Ninewa intelligence, reported the arrest of 21 Daesh members who were intending to carry out terrorist attacks in Mosul against security forces, civilians, and community leaders. [Baghdadia]

 

Friday, the Ministry of Migration and Displacement announced the return of 12,378 IDPs from the south and east Mosul camps to their respective neighborhoods in the city in the past two days. The IDPs and their belongings were transported via trucks and buses coordinated by the Ministry of Migration and Displacement and the Ministry of Transport, which also provided them with humanitarian aid. More IDPs will be returning to liberated areas in Mosul in the next two days. [Sumaria]

 

East Mosul

Friday, General Rahman Al-Abidi of the PMF’s Ninewa Guards reported that two Daesh members were arrested in Al-Nour neighborhood. The two Daesh members were photographing the neighborhood alleys with cellphones. One had a vehicle and admitted to being a member of Al-Hisbah, and the other admitted to being a Daesh member. [Ghad]

 

Tal Afar

Friday, Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said Kurdish Peshmerga forces had killed or captured 1,000 Daesh members since the launch of the Tal Afar liberation operation on the 20th of August so far. Dillon described the Peshmerga forces as a “vital partner,” pointing out that the war against Daesh will last well after the liberation of Hawija. [BasNews]

 

KURDISTAN

Rudaw reports the Erbil International Airport may not be able to afford to remain open after losing most of its traffic due to Baghdad’s flight ban. Before the ban, Erbil had 50-60 flights per day, bringing in an estimated $350,000 daily. Domestic flights are still running. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Friday, Babel Police spokesman Adel Al-Husseini announced the arrest of 40 criminal suspects in Hilla in pre-emptive search operations in the Muwailha area. Additionally, the police found a quantity of gunpowder and a cordless communications device that were removed without incident. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said he received an invitation from his Iraqi counterpart, Haider Al-Abadi, to visit Baghdad in the coming days. [Anadolu]

 

Friday, the Turkish Army announced it destroyed hideouts belonging to the autonomy-seeking PKK organization, in airstrikes on the Qandil region in northern Iraq, and arrested two PKK terrorists in eastern Turkey. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Friday, The Russian Defense Ministry said 91 percent of Syrian territory has been liberated from Daesh terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian activists called for a day of “Syrian outrage” on Saturday October 14th in all of the capitals and centers of decision-making in the world to express their displeasure with the situation in Syria, referring to the destruction of cities, the displacement of civilians, the division of land, and the Russian and Iranian militias fighting alongside the Syrian Army. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 34 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (29), Al-Hawl (1), Shaddadi (1), Deir Ez-Zor (2) and Albu Kamal (1).  [InherentResolve] 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Hawar news agency reports that clashes continue between the SDF and Daesh around the west side of the municipal stadium, while the SDF freed 25 civilians from the western neighborhoods of the city. [Hawar]

 

Activists say eight civilians were killed and others injured in airstrikes, believed to be from Coalition planes, on neighborhoods in the city. Local sources say the shelling focused on civilian homes in Daesh-controlled neighborhoods. [Qasioun]

 

The SDF discovered the two most important Daesh warehouses for weapons and ammunition in the Al-Firdaws neighborhood near the Al-Baladi playground in Raqqa city center. [Hawar]

 

As of Friday, the clashes in Raqqa’s city center between the SDF and Daesh are ongoing. 7 Daesh members were killed. SDF freed 65 civilians from Daesh, mostly women and children. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The Syrian opposition group, Ahal Al-Diyar, announced it is entirely ready militarily ready to support the Turkish forces in Turkey’s upcoming military operations in areas controlled by the YPG in the Afrin area. [Qasioun] [Dorar]

 

The Turkish army continues to shell the Jinderes and Aska areas in the Afrin District with heavy weapons. The YPG female fighters have been responding to the shelling source. [Hawar]

 

Hawar news agency reports Turkish surveillance aircraft hovered over the Manbij Council Military Forces in the west and the south of the city. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Friday, militias backed by the Turkish government are preparing to enter the Idlib Province in the near future, after President Erdogan published the map for entering the city. [Hawar]

Enab Baladi news agency reported that five leaders in anti-government opposition groups said some anti-government opposition groups are preparing to enter the province of Idlib soon, in coordination with Turkey, without giving more details. In this regard, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that the Turkish army will be deployed within the borders of Idlib, while the Russian forces will be outside. [EnabBaladi]

Local sources say Tahrir Al-Sham took control of Al-Masherfa village in the southern area of Idlib.  Tahrir Al-Sham also announced its advance towards Abu Dali village, in addition to killing the son of the Chief of the National Defense Militia, Muhammad Shalash Al-Mubarak. [Qasioun]

 

The Al-Hamza division of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) said that news circulating in the media about the Al-Hamza division going to Idlib to fight Tahrir Al-Sham is false. [Dorar]

 

Local activists reported that Tahrir Al-Sham carried out a sudden attack against the Syrian forces in Abu Dali village in eastern Hama. Syrian and Russian warplanes shelled various areas in the Idlib and Hama countryside, with reports of deaths and injuries among civilians. [Hawar]

 

Friday morning, seven children were killed and others were wounded as a result of Syrian Air Force airstrikes on the city of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. Other southern Idlib places targeted included Tel Khanzir, Al-Musherifa, Abu Omar, Farja, and Dajaj, resulting in deaths and injuries to civilians. These airstrikes came after Tahrir Al-Sham’s attack on the Syrian Army positions in Abu Dali village south of Idlib, which led to the seizure of several military locations, according to local sources. [Qasioun]

 

Friday, activists from Khan Sheikhoun said that the Syrian Air Force launched five airstrikes on the popular market in the center of the city, killing seven people, mostly women and children, and wounding dozens more. [ZamanAlWasl]

SOHR reported that four planes, likely Russian, carried out four airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, located in the southern rural areas of Idlib, and areas in the vicinity of the popular market in the city center, killing at least 5 civilians, including 3 children, and wounding others. [SyriaHR]

 

Recently, Syrian opposition sources said the de-escalation agreement was recently reinstated in Idlib city, following the Russian escalation in northern Syria the past two weeks. [Qasioun]

 

Friday, Russian planes allegedly committed a massacre in Khan Sheikhoun, and dozens of civilians, including women and children, were killed and wounded, according to local sources. The Russian warplanes targeted 10 residential neighborhoods and a street market. [Dorar]

 

SOHR reported a man was killed and a number of civilians were wounded in airstrikes on a displaced persons camp near Al-Halba town in the southern rural areas of Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

The Russian Ministry of Defense denied reports saying that Daesh shot down a Russian helicopter in the Sheikh Hilal area in eastern Hama. The Ministry said the helicopter made an emergency landing due to a technical problem, based on the technical inspection report. [Qasioun] [EnabBaladi]

 

Friday morning, an Enab Baladi reporter in Idlib said “Tahrir Al-Sham” launched a heavy weapons attack on Syrian forces in the Abu Dali village in the eastern rural areas of Hama, and encircled the villages of Abu Dali and Telasia from three points. Following the attack, the Syrian Air Force launched airstrikes on Al-Khawin village for the first time, resulting in a number of injuries, according to local activists. [EnabBaladi]

 

Friday morning, SOHR reported the outbreak of violent clashes in several areas in the northeastern rural areas of Hama between the Syrian forces backed by militias on the one hand, and Tahrir Al-Sham and other Islamic groups on the other, after the latter’s attack on the area. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it shot down a Russian helicopter south of Sheikh Hilal village, east of Hama. [A3maq] 

 

Homs

In a statement on Friday morning, Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov criticized the Al-Tanaf US base in the Syrian Badia, saying its placement near the Syrian-Jordanian border impedes the Syrian government’s operations against Daesh, adding that the Al-Tanaf base has not carried out any operations against Daesh. By contrast, the operations carried out by Daesh were launched from the area around Al-Tanaf, where the US convoy is located. [Qasioun]

 

Friday, Russian Ministry of Defense made accusations against the Al-Tanaf base in Syria, saying the base plays a “suspicious” role in the region, according to a statement by the Ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov. He said, whenever the Syrian government forces, backed by the Russian Air Force, move eastward to eradicate Daesh from Deir Ez-Zor, the situation is complicated by the presence of the US military base behind its front lines in the Al-Tanaf town. [Dorar]

 

The Daesh presence in eastern Homs has reportedly been contained in several villages near the Jubb Al-Jarrah area, as well as the Al-Qaryatayn city. This comes after the Syrian government forces took complete control over the towns and villages of Aqairbat in the eastern Hama area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed five Syrian soldiers and destroyed 2 machine gunmounted vehicles in clashes east of Sukhnah. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army east of Sukhnah. [ICDNOct6] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SDF offensive

Hawar news agency reported 8 Daesh terrorists were killed in the Al-Jazeera Storm campaign as clashes continue between the SDF and Daesh. Clashes broke out in Wasiha village south of Al-Sur. The SDF has liberated half of Wasiha village and has seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition. [Hawar]

Friday, the SDF liberated 5 new villages from Daesh and entered Wasiha village, and killed 5 Daesh members. Fighting is ongoing. [Hawar] 

 

The SDF freed 20,000 civilians from Deir Ez-Zor city and its surrounding villages. Two children lost their lives due to the lack of water in the areas the IDPs were moved to. The IDPs reported that their children are dying of dismal humanitarian conditions. [Hawar]

 

Clashes between the SDF fighters and Daesh intensified on Thursday on 3 fronts. The SDF advanced by 20 km (12 miles) and captured 20 farms. 

The Al-Jazeera Storm Campaign continues for the 27th day in a row. SDF fighters are continuing to advance south of Al-Sur town towards the Iraqi border. [Hawar]

 

Thursday evening, the death toll from military operations in Deir Ez-Zor Province increased to 50, including women and children. A rocket from an unknown source fell on Hay Al-Qusor in DEZ city, controlled by the Syrian forces, killing 15 civilians, including children. Media sources said the rocket may have been launched from a Russian base. [Qasioun]

 

Thursday night, Furat Post Network reported more than 15 civilians were killed and others were wounded, some in critical condition, resulting from Daesh mortar shells landing on the Al-Qusor neighborhood. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Syrian soldiers near Madhloum village. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin

Friday noon, the Syrian government forces seized the Al-Rahba Citadel and military locations on the outskirts of Mayadin following battles with Daesh and heavy shelling. The Russian Air Force carried out dozens of airstrikes on Daesh locations and residential neighborhoods in the area. Mayadin is currently one of Daesh’s main strongholds in Syria. The Syrian government forces have not entered the area since the Syrian opposition factions took over it in 2012. [Qasioun] [Dorar] [EnabBaladi]

 

The Russian Air Force renewed their airstrikes on several eastern Deir Ez-Zor cities and towns, especially Mayadin and Albu Kamal, and villages near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport.

 

Qasioun alleges that more than 15 civilians were killed, and others wounded, in Russian airstrikes on Mahkan town. The civilians were killed as they were crossing the Euphrates River. On Thursday, the number of civilian victims of military operations was 50 people, including children and women, according to Qasioun. [Qasioun]

 

Thursday night, 14 civilians, including 3 children, were killed in Russian airstrikes on ferries they were using to cross the Euphrates River in Mahkan, located south of Mayadin. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The UN said on Friday, it was unable to deliver humanitarian aid to Deir Ez-Zor because of the fighting between the Syrian forces and Daesh. The fighting south of the city has cut off the road and it cannot be used as a commercial or humanitarian supply route. [Dorar]

 

Friday, SOHR reported that, under the cover of intensive airstrikes and artillery shelling, the Syrian forces initially captured a number of positions in the western section of Mayadin. [SyriaHR]

 

Friday, the Syrian Forces reached Mayadin city, through crossing a desert road, starting from the hills of Al-Tharda and the old Mayadin road. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket east of Mayadin. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Sources say a person was shot and wounded by unknown assailants during a tour of the Rafah town in northern Sinai. [AhlMisr]

 

Libya

The Special Deterrence Forces put out a statement which described the Daesh bombing of the Misrata Court Complex, which killed four people and injured 40 others. It called on all Libyans to prepare for more Daesh threats. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Thursday, the National Guard arrested a number of takfiri members, in a number of states, who publicly praise Daesh’s organization. The prosecution has authorized a criminal case on “suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization.” [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

US

Several terrorists have made it to the new FBI “Most Wanted” list, but interestingly, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi isn’t one of them. The list does include Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri. [Sumaria] 

 

Nigeria

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on a Nigerian Army convoy. [ICDNOct6]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi soldiers battle Daesh in the Hawija area. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes infographics about its suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria during the month of September. It says it conducted 41 attacks in Iraq and 35 in Syria, 18 against government forces and 17 against the SDF. [A3maq]  

October 5, 2017