February 20, 2018
Failed Daesh suicide bomber in Salahuddin was a Yazidi. [..]
Coalition airstrikes attack Daesh fighters in northern Diyala. [..]
Ugly 48 hours in Hawija leaves at least 30 PMFs dead. [..]
Ninewa PC member alleges grand theft of IDP emergency funds. [..]
Mass grave of 87 military personnel found in Qayara. [..]
1 PMF commander killed & another captured by Daesh; 4 others killed by Daesh ambush in Hatra. [..]
Syria unleashes major assault on Eastern Ghouta, kills over 250 people. [..]
Independent newspaper reports Turkey’s progress in Afrin limited. [..]
At least 25 PMFs killed in Daesh attack across Iraq-Syria border. [..]
Airstrikes kill 11 Daesh fighters in Hajin, in Albu Kamal. [..]
UN slams Syria, Russia for civilian death toll in Eastern Ghouta. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
In a phone call with Sputnik on Tuesday, MOD spokesman General Yahya Rasoul confirmed that there are Daesh sleeper cells remaining in some areas, which may cause disturbances in the upcoming period. He added that intelligence services are intensifying their efforts to capture those cells. [Sputnik]
DaeshDaily comment. The general’s comments coincided with two of the worst days experienced in Iraq, militarily, since ”victory” was declared over Daesh—as will be apparent from reading this report.
Tuesday, a member of the CoR Foreign Relations Committee, Iqbal Abdul Hussein, revealed that the Iraqi justice system has begun trying foreign female Daesh members whose countries of origin refused to receive them for trial. Director of the Persons with Special Needs Department in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Abeer Al-Jalabi, said “there are nearly 500 foreign Daesh women who entered Iraq illegally who are now awaiting their fate by the Iraqi judicial system.”
The spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Abdul Sattar Bairaqdar, stated that “the Central Criminal Court . . . looked into the cases of a group of women from various nationalities who joined Daesh, including Turks and Azeris. The Court issued life sentences on 10 women who were convicted of terrorism, and it sentenced one Turkish national to death.” [BaghdadToday]
Monday, the Iraqi justice system deported a French female terrorist who was released after completing a 7-month prison sentence on charges of entering Iraq illegally. She was arrested in Mosul last summer with her 4 children, 3 of whom were deported to France, and one was with her at the court on Monday. Her husband was a cook for Daesh and was killed. [AlKhaleej]
DaeshDaily comment. Is it a coincidence that all Daesh foreign terrorists were cooks? Will they open restaurants when they return to their countries?
Kurdish MP Sarwa Abdul Wahid of the Gorran party revealed the reason she is running for office with the Coalition of Victory, led by Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. She says Iraq, in this upcoming restoration phase after Daesh’s defeat, needs a comprehensive national project to promote and resolve all crises in Iraq.” Wahid indicated that “the Coalition of Victory is a national project, free of sectarianism, and formed on the basis of Iraqi nationalism.” [Rudaw]
Bas News reports that some Kurdish politicians predict that the upcoming Iraqi elections will result in a majority-government that sacrifices political harmony. Political analyst and former PUK CoR representative Burhan Faraj says that “The disputes among the Shia components point towards the formation of a majority government with Sunni bloc winners and separated from the Kurdish parties.” He added that “the harmony-among-components government ended for the Kurds in 2014.”
The same politicians note that this possibility gives the Kurds three choices: unite so as to participate in the government; form a strong opposition; or withdraw from the political process in Iraq. He also accused PM Haider Al-Abadi of eliminating political harmony in Iraq and adopting the rule of the majority. [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. We are glad Mr. Faraj is a former CoR representative. His little rant is a threat on two fronts. He is trying to pressure hopelessly divided Kurdish parties to run together, while threatening Iraq with a comprehensive Kurdish withdrawal. If the gentleman were a bit more objective, he might see that the second threat (in the form of the independence referendum) has already failed and impoverished the Kurds and that any meaningful unity among the Kurdish parties has already been lost.
Tuesday, Spokesman of the US Department of State Heather Nauert said the US supports the holding of democratic elections in Iraq, adding that she does not have information on whether Washington will participate in election–related programs. [Rudaw]
DaeshDaily comment. We have suggested here that the election process needs more American support. The election is only 2½ months away.
In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi stressed that the KRG’s airports will be re-opened after all of the federal government’s conditions are met. “We continue in strengthening the authority of the federal government . . . in all of Iraq, including the crossings, and the crossings of the Kurdistan Region, the airports in Suleimaniya and Erbil,” Al-Abadi said. [Rudaw]
However, on Sunday Al-Abadi said that the airports in Erbil and Suleimaniya will open “in the next few days.” [Sumaria]
A senior Israeli official, Dore Gold, said on Tuesday that Israel’s Prime Minister believes it is necessary to establish an independent state for Kurds in the region. Gold said that “Israel wants to know how to solve the Kurdish issue, as there are 40 million Kurds in the region who were divided into the countries of the region, and the countries are still present in the region and the Kurds are still divided.” [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. Whatever one’s position about Kurdish independence, Israel’s support for the idea makes absolute sense for Israel. The Kurds are mostly above all the Arab hostility to Israel, and their more secular political culture is more compatible with Israel’s open society.
Iraq and Iran
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Tuesday that Iraq would not allow NATO forces to exploit Iraqi territory in a fight against Iran. Al-Abadi pointed out that “Iraq did not agree to the presence of military forces in Iraq, even when there was terrorism.” He stressed that “there are regional conflicts and each country wants to achieve its interests at the expense of the other.” [Sumaria][Anadolu]
The leader of the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue (Sunni), Haider Al-Mulla, said on Tuesday that Iraq will not be part of the policy of sectarianism that Iran seeks to create in the region. Al-Mulla said “we deplore the statements of the member of the Cultural Council of the Iranian Revolution, Rahim Azghadi, which encroaches on the sovereignty of Iraq. We call on the Iraqi Foreign Ministry to take a clear stand on the abuses that have afflicted Iraqi sovereignty.” [Sumaria]
Anbar MP Ahmad Al-Salmani criticized the decision of government authorities to force IDPs from western Anbar to leave Baghdad and its camps within 2 weeks and return to their liberated areas. Al-Salmani stressed the need for governmental support of measures that will help alleviate the suffering of IDPs and expressed his rejection of any government pressure forcing them to return before providing security and stability. [Rudaw]
Security-related incidents reported
South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)
A security source says four civilians were wounded Saturday in an IED explosion near shops in Yusufiyah. [Sumaria]
The leader of the Anbar Salvation Council, Hamid Al-Hayes, said on Sunday that 6 to 8 former Daesh members are intending to run in the upcoming elections on May 12. Al-Hayes says his organization will provide the list of names to the federal government. [Buratha]
Tuesday, a security source reported that security units and the CTS office in Baghdad captured a prominent Daesh commander in a major raid in Ramadi. [Knooz]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a large number of Daesh fighters in military uniforms attacked an Iraqi Army position in Rutba District, killing five soldiers. The Daesh fighters ran away after burning the bodies of the five soldiers they killed and seizing their weapons.
Daesh said it killed or wounded 13 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 2 Humvees and 3 other vehicles with IEDs near Rutba city on Sunday. [A3maq]
Monday a DaeshDaily source says local police killed a suicide bomber wearing a suicide belt who tried to detonate it in the center of the Abbasi subdistrict south of Tikrit. He was killed from a distance before arriving at the center. It turned out that the suicide bomber, Hamoudi Salem Elias, was a Yazidi from the Al-Shamal subdistrict of Sinjar. He was born in 1996, and abducted by Daesh in 2014. Daesh brainwashed and recruited him to their ranks. An eyewitness from the Al-Abbasiya Police said that the suicide bomber infiltrated into Diyala from the Himrin Mountains of Diyala, where a large group of Daesh members are still active on mountain peaks.
DaeshDaily comment. We have openly warned about this very scenario, in which a child whose parents and life has been stolen by Daesh ends up by giving Daesh his or her own life too. What happened in Abbasi is not an isolated incident. Among all of Iraq’s sad stories, there are none sadder than this.
Mass poisoning of PMFs
Monday, a DaeshDaily source said 17 members of a division affiliated with the Failaq Badr PMF organization have died due to poisoning in Al-Khalis District under mysterious conditions. 140 others were also poisoned, and most are in critical condition and were moved to Baghdad hospitals. This PMF division was formed two months ago to protect Al-Khalis District center in Diyala and to support the local police. The PMF organization decided not to report this to the media.
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
Tuesday, The Directorate of Military Intelligence announced that the Coalition targeted Daesh to the north of Lake Himrin, based on accurate intelligence, killing a number of Daesh leaders. [Sumaria] A local source says 4 airstrikes targeted Daesh hideouts near Lake Himrin. [Sumaria]
Another version of the same story adds the information that the operation destroyed a guesthouse, killing a number of terrorists, including the general administrator of “wilaya Diyala” and his assistant. [Mawazin]
The 5th division of the Military Intelligence Services intercepted a terrorist group, captured one of its members, clashed with another group, and raided two Daesh guesthouses in the Al-Asyud farm area. Inside the guesthouses they found 2 suicide belts, 4 IEDs, 1 laptop, a 2 GB Ram, 1 (60mm) mortar shell, 8 (60mm) mortar shells, 5 (81 mm) mortar shells, 5 (60-81 mm) mortar shell loose barrels, and clothing. The suicide belts and IEDs were destroyed by EOD personnel. [Dijlah]
Manager of Jalawla subdistrict, Yacoub Yousuf, announced on Tuesday that more than 1,200 displaced families are returning to their liberated villages in northeastern Diyala. [Sumaria]
Monday, Manager of the General Inspector’s office in the MoD in Kirkuk, Colonel Arkan Ahmed Latif, said in a press statement that the intelligence efforts of the General Inspector’s office and IFP intelligence enabled security units to arrest the head of Daesh intelligence in the Kirkuk Governorate. The arrest came after the IED explosion in the Daquq District, where a terrorist was wounded while attempting to plant an IED. [Dijlah]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
The PMF announced that Daesh fighters dressed as soldiers ambushed a PMF unit on Sunday night, killing 27 PMF fighters. Daesh set up a fake checkpoint outside Hawija and asked the PMF unit to stop and get out of their vehicles under the pretext of conducting a search. The Daesh fighters then shot the PMF soldiers and fled. [Yahoo] [Annahar]
Another and compatible version of the story is that Daesh launched an ambush on civilians and armed units Sunday night, and an armed confrontation broke out before the PMF lost contact with the PMF unit being attacked. Monday, according to informed sources, the Security Information Cell found 20 bodies of PMF members in Al- Al-Sadouniya village in Riyadh in the aftermath of Daesh’s attack.[IraqPress]
In response to Sunday evening’s attack, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced on Tuesday that an investigation is being opened into who gave the orders for the withdrawal of a limited number of PMF units from Hawija, noting that there needs to be more “qualitative training of all security forces, logistical support, and intelligence cooperation.” Al-Abadi issued orders to “prosecute the culprits” of Sunday’s attack and stressed his determination to eliminate Daesh sleeper cells. [Sumaria]
Tuesday, Former Deputy Governor of Kirkuk Ismail Al-Hadidi described the deaths of 27 PMF members in a Daesh trap as a “large and unexpected incident.” He confirmed that there are Daesh units present in Riyadh subdistrict, especially the remote rugged parts of Hawija which are not controlled by security. Al-Hadidi said that the majority of Daesh’s units remaining there are made up of local residents. [BaghdadToday]
Tuesday, the US Embassy in Baghdad said that “Washington strongly condemns the ambush and brutal killing of members of the PMF, which was carried out by Daesh yesterday near Hawija.” The statement put out by the Embassy said “As the Prime Minister stressed, the battle against Daesh in Iraq is not over yet, and despite the end of the military campaign against Daesh, the remnant Daesh terrorists still cling to its deviant ideology and have the ability and the resources to organize attacks and bring instability to the liberated areas, instilling fear among the local populations.” [Sumaria]
Tuesday, a DaeshDaily source said Hezbollah Commander Abu Jawad Al-Yassiri, General Director of the Second Division’s intelligence unit, was killed in an IED explosion that targeted his vehicle in Riyadh as a reconnaissance patrol unit was deployed. An eyewitness said the IED targeted a pickup, which caused the explosion that killed Al-Yassiri and critically wounded his driver. He was transported to the Hawija public hospital.
Daesh’s version says it ambushed a National Security Service unit west of Riyadh on Sunday, killing 30 men, destroying 6 vehicles, and capturing large quantities of weapons and ammunition. [ICDNFeb19]
Daesh’s A3maq said 20 members were killed and 5 vehicles were destroyed in the ambush. But later on, it “corrected” the numbers. [A3maq] [A3maq]
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that Kata’eb Hezbollah and the AAH ambushed and killed 6 Daesh terrorists near Sadouniya village. The source says the Kata’eb and the AAH beheaded the 6 terrorists and paraded with their heads in the area. The source sent us photos as confirmation.
Monday, a DaeshDaily source said PMF units blew up houses in Al-Sadouniya village in Riyadh, where its 27 members were killed. Eyewitnesses at the incident location said that at the time of the report on Monday, the PMFs had blown up 12 houses at the site where PMF members were abducted the night before. However, an eyewitness said not all of the houses belonged to Daesh members; some belonged to innocent civilians not connected to Daesh.
Monday, a DaeshDaily source said that the Al-Nukhba (Elite) 2nd division affiliated with the Hezbollah brigades, led by Abu Ayoub, has taken over the Sadouniya village intersection, with an order from Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. Al-Nukhba destroyed 14 houses inside the village in which 27 PMF intelligence members were killed the night before.
A DaeshDaily source says PMFs in Hawija have prevented the return of many displaced families. The source says the PMFs claim that the police screening procedures are not sufficient. One of the people who was prevented from returning is a local police commander who has 2 brothers with Daesh.
Sunday, a DaeshDaily source said that a Daesh IED was found before it was detonated in front of the home of the military commander of the Al-Imam Ali Brigade in Hawija, Rafie Al-Ubaidi.
A DaeshDaily source says there are still around 900 Daesh terrorists in the Hawija area. The source says most of these terrorists are on the move constantly and they travel between Daquq, Dibis, the Himrin Mountains area, and Makhmur.
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)
Daesh said it targeted an IFP vehicle with an IED south of Rashad, on Friday. [ICDNFeb17]
Tuesday, Ninewa PC member Khalaf Al-Hadidi reported that 10 billion Iraqi dinars disbursed as emergency grants for IDPs in Ninewa disappeared in the past few days. He added that the “federal government in Baghdad knows about theft and corruption in the IDP operations but it continues to send money.” He demanded an investigation into the disappearance of the funds. [Ghad]
Spokesman for the Ninewa Police Headquarters, Capt. Emad Al-Bayati, announced the arrest of 2 lawyers from the Ninewa Court of Appeals on terrorism charges for their involvement with Daesh. [BasNews]
Chief spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), Gen. Saad Ma’en, said security units arrested 7 people on terrorism charges in Mosul. [IraqPress]
Also on Sunday, a DaeshDaily source says that through accurate intelligence, and backed by the Coalition, Ninewa SWAT arrested 6 of the most dangerous Daesh leaders, who were trying to restructure Daesh’s organization. The Daesh leaders arrested are:
Hammad Mahmoud Al-Ahmadi, a former army official who was Daesh’s general communications officer;
Mahmoud Mohsen Sayil, Daesh’s media officer for its “Dijla state;”
Ibrahim Yas Hamad Al-Ahmadi, a Daesh security officer in Tal Al-Rumman in western Mosul who executed many members of the Iraqi armed forces;
Ahmed Taha Mohammed Al-Ahmadi, who worked as Daesh’s security officer for the Al-Jawsaq neighborhood in western Mosul.
According to a Ninewa SWAT source, this group, consisted of 20 Daesh members, have now all been arrested as they tried to reorganize Daesh and return to western Mosul.
Sunday, a DaeshDaily source says that Daesh secret communication codes, used by Daesh to protect their communication lines from being detected and monitored, were found in a Daesh guesthouse in Hammam Al-Alil, south of Mosul. The same security source has sent us exclusive photos.
A security official said on Tuesday that a mass grave was found in Haj Ali village southeast of Qayara city, containing the remains of 87 people, all of them from the armed forces according to their identity cards. [BasNews]
Sunday, according to a DaeshDaily source, a medical source at the Hatra District Hospital reported the death of the commander of the 4th company of Hezbollah’s 1st regiment, Bashar Mohammed Al-Mousawi, also known as “Abu Iman,” in an attack staged by Daesh gunmen. Al-Mousawi died before he could arrive at the hospital.
A DaeshDaily source says Daesh captured a Nujaba’ Movement commander in southern Hatra and killed 4 of his bodyguards. The source says the group were coming back from the Syrian border area when they were ambushed by Daesh.
Sunday, a DaeshDaily source says Sayyed Al-Shuhada’ Brigades destroyed central Hatra District’s primary school for girls, after they were ordered to redeploy to Hatra Island, south of Mosul. According to an eyewitness, Abu Mohammed Al-Masoudi, the regiment commander of Sayyed Al-Shuhada’ Brigades, burned the school’s furniture before the eyes of the other PMF factions. Al-Masoudi said “we are the ones who liberated it, and we are the ones who are burning it down.” “This is the furniture of the state, and we are the state.”
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that PMFs stopped the return of 30 displaced families to Hatra. The source says the return had been approved last week in an agreement between the PMFs and the Mayor of Hatra District, but the PMFs changed their mind, saying they need to do further security checkups.
A DaeshDaily source says a group of 150 Daesh terrorists are deployed between the Tal Afar area, near Abu Maria village, and the Syrian border. The source says the terrorists are hiding in the hills, and move from time to time to attack nearby villages and security forces.
A DaeshDaily source says a Daesh commander , Rashid Dabur Sanad Hassan Al-Faridi, worked in an office that sold the women abducted from Sinjar, then took over Daesh’s security in Qayrawan subdistrict. He escaped to Syria and coordinated with the Lebanese Hezbollah militias from there. He returned and took over the command of a company in the Hezbollah brigades in Sinjar. He currently holds the position of head of security in the Saraya Hezbollah 4th division of the 7th brigade. He threatens any Sinjar resident who calls him a Daesh member.
The military disasters of the past few days hit home in Basra, where many of the victims lived. A DaeshDaily source says Basra residents held funerals for 15 PMF members who were killed in various battles in a period of one day in Iraq, including commanders in Hezbollah, Al-Nujaba’ Movement, and PMF Intelligence. Some were PMF members killed in the Riyadh ambush in Hawija; others were among those killed in the Daesh attack near the Iraqi-Syrian border in Anbar. Large-scale protests were held in Basra demanding that PMF officials not send their sons to Syria and western parts of Iraq.
A number of journalists from the PUK expressed their dissatisfaction with the new electoral alliance between the PKK and Shaswar Abdul Wahid’s New Generation list in Suleimaniya. A PUK official said that the percentage of PKK votes is not at a level that would affect the party. [BasNews] Abdul Wahid is a TV executive who has been leading a protest movement and was recently arrested and released on bail.
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Anadolu reports that “militants” in the Afrin area fired 3 artillery shells into Hatay State in southern Turkey, landing on agricultural land. According to Turkish military sources, the Turkish Army responded to the source of the fire. [Anadolu]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Major news outlets reported Tuesday that a Syrian air and government ground assault is underway in Ghouta, in the Damascus area, in an effort to finally bring this area under regime control after five years. An estimate 200 people have been killed in the past two days, most of them apparently from bombing of civilian areas. News footage showed a lot of dead children.
Late-breaking development. The estimated death toll is now over 250.
See earlier story below under “Damascus/Rif Damashq”
The Eurasia Daily newspaper published that after a month of fighting, the Turkish forces have failed to capture any large towns in Afrin, saying that Operation Olive Branch is taking on the feel of a long-term operation. Eurasia Daily says that Turkish forces have managed to capture 7% of the Afrin region after 1 month of fighting and have lost around 30 Turkish soldiers. Eurasia Daily comments that when Turkish media announced on February 16 the “neutralization” of 1.551 terrorists, that number includes “human losses, the wounded, and captives.” [EADaily]
Russia called on the Turkish and Syrian governments to begin negotiations to resolve matters related to the Afrin region. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said “the solution to Afrin’s problems lie in direct dialogue between Ankara and Damascus.” [EnabBaladi]
Tuesday, Department of State spokesman Heather Nauert expressed concern over the escalating Syrian and Russian attacks on eastern Ghouta. She also stated that Washington is not providing support to anyone in Afrin. [Rudaw]
SOHR reports that there is an agreement between the YPG and the Syrian government authorities that provides for the entry of forces sent by the government to the Afrin area. [SyriaHR]
Tuesday, the YPG announced that the Syrian government had responded to its request and sent military units to be stationed on the border and to participate in defending the territorial integrity of Syria. [Rudaw]
Spokesman for Turkey’s President Ibrahim Kalin said that Ankara does not rule out the existence of secret deals between the YPG and the Syrian government, but that “the agreement between the Syrian government and the YPG is propaganda.” [EnabBaladi]
This was contradicted by the Syrian government, which announced the entrance of “popular militias” into Afrin, while Turkey carried out its threats and bombed a Syrian convoy. [Dorar]
According to sources close to the YPG, 2 Syrian soldiers were killed and 3 others were wounded in Turkish airstrikes as they entered Afrin city. [Rudaw]
Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan said on Tuesday that his country succeeded in stopping the possible deployment of the Syrian Arm in Afrin, revealing the coming steps his military will take in the region. [Dorar]
The dutifully pro-Erdogan Anadolu reported that pro-Syrian government militias tried to reach Afrin city but retreated after the Turkish Army fired warning shots. [Anadolu]
Russian diplomatic sources say Russian security forces entered Afrin city a week ago. The sources added that “Syrian government forces are also present in Afrin city, regardless of whether Damascus and the Kurds reach an agreement or not.” [Qasioun]
Meanwhile, Qasioun reported that Turkish-backed opposition militias captured Deir Sawan in Shara subdistrict in northeast Afrin, and Okanli in the northern Bulbul subdistrict, and Dafla village in Rajo subdistrict in the northwest. Opposition militias opened a road on Tuesday and entered Azaz District. [Qasioun] The Turks claimed to have captured several other villages in Bulbul and Shara.
ROJ News reports that the YPG destroyed a tank belonging to the Turkish Army as well as 2 armored vehicles in Deir Sawan in Shara District. [ROJ]
Sunday, a DaeshDaily source reported that over 25 Hezbollah members were killed, and a large Hezbollah group was kidnapped, after Daesh launched four suicide attacks and a car bomb attack on the PMF border positions from Al-Dashisha village on the Syrian side of the Iraq-Syria border. According to the sources, Daesh captured and burned the PMF barracks after the other PMF members abandoned their positions and fled deep into Iraqi territory towards Al-Sukhariyat.
Monday, a DaeshDaily source says Daesh members publicly killed 5 PMF members in Al-Dashisha village. The 5 PMFs were abducted the night before in the Anbar governorate in a Daesh attack on a Hezbollah division’s base in the Al-Sab’een area in west Anbar, according to eyewitnesses. The PMFs killed included one of Hezbollah’s prominent commanders, Abu Fatimah Mohammed Jawad, head of the Hezbollah security’s intelligence in Anbar and his aide, Abu Karrar Al-Fartousi.
Special asayesh forces neutralized a vehicle bomb in Al-Mufti District in Hasaka, according to local residents. [Hawar]
Central and West
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that Abu Othman Al-Anbari, a former AQI leader and a current Nusra commander, was wounded in fighting with Daesh east of Hama.
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
The Syrian Army announced finding a network of tunnels in Subaikhan District south of Mayadin. “One of the tunnels was found in Jabal Al-Shara, extending over an area of 200 meters at a depth of 100 meters, containing 16 rooms where Daesh leaders were holed up,” reported a SANA correspondent. [SyriaNow]
Monday, a DaeshDaily source says 11 Daesh members were killed in an airstrike on Hajin during Daesh gatherings to plan an attack on Al-Bahra village. The shelling targeted a convoy of three vehicles carrying Daesh fighters. All of them were killed and all of their vehicles were destroyed.
Monday, a DaeshDaily source says the Al-Nujaba’ Movement, the PMF present in rural Albu Kamal, captured Daesh terrorist Burhan Khazal Saleh Al-Jubouri near Al-Susah in Albu Kamal. He was wearing a suicide belt and failed to detonate it. He surrendered himself to the PMFs present there. He was born in the Kharaba Jaber village of Qayara, pledged allegiance to Daesh when it entered Iraq in 2014, and fled to Syria with other Daesh members.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that Daesh executed 10 Syrian soldiers and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters it had captured near Abu Hamam village.
On Saturday, Daesh published photos of targeting SDF positions in West Bahra village with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNFeb17]
On Saturday, Daesh published photos of targeting SDF positions in East Bahra village with shells and heavy machine guns. [ICDNFeb17]
On Saturday, Daesh issued a video of clashes with the SDF near Bahra village. [ICDNFeb17]
On Sunday, Daesh published photos of targeting an SDF military position in West Bahra with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNFeb18]
Daesh also issued a video of attacking an SDF position in the village with an SPG rocket. [ICDNFeb18]
On Monday, Daesh published photos of its terrorists near Bahra. [ICDNFeb19]
On Saturday, Daesh published photos of targeting SDF positions in Abu Khater village with different kinds of weapons. [ICDNFeb17]
On Tuesday, Daesh said it destroyed an SDF vehicle carrying fighters with an IED northeast of Sha’afa village, near the Iraqi border. [A3maq]
On Saturday, Daesh published photos of training its terrorists on SPG9 rockets in the Albu Kamal area. The photos also show targeting Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal city with the rockets. [ICDNFeb17]
On Sunday, Daesh said it targeted Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal with 6 SPG9 rockets. Daesh published photos of one of the attacks. [ICDNFeb18]
On Monday, Daesh published photos of targeting a Syrian Army position in Al-Ashayer village, west of Albu Kamal, with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNFeb19]
On Tuesday, Daesh said it targeted 2 Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal with SPG9 rockets. Daesh published photos and issued a video of the attacks. [ICDNFeb20]
SOHR reports that a Syrian Army attack on eastern Ghouta on Sunday killed 123 people, including 27 children and 19 civilians, while television media reported 194 deaths. [Hawar]
The UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says “there are no words that can do justice to the dead children, their mothers, their parents, and their loved ones.” Anadolu reports that 79 civilians have been killed in airstrikes since Tuesday morning. [Anadolu]
UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria Panos Moumtiz called on the Syrian government and its Russian allies to stop targeting civilians and infrastructure in the eastern Ghouta, saying “the humanitarian situation on civilians in the eastern Ghouta is out of control.” [Dorar]
Tuesday, SOHR reported clashes between Tahrir Al-Sham and Daesh in Yarmouk Camp. [SyriaHR]
On Saturday, Daesh published photos of cleaning up Haifa Street in the Yarmouk Camp. Daesh had captured the street from Tahrir Al-Sham a day earlier. [ICDNFeb17]
Daesh also published photos and a video of earlier battles in the camp where it captured 2 neighborhoods from Tahrir Al-Sham on Friday. [ICDNFeb17]
On Monday, Daesh issued a video of its terrorists in the 2 areas. [A3maq]
Daesh said its snipers killed an opposition fighter in Yelda on Friday. [ICDNFeb17]
On Sunday, Daesh published photos of its “education activities” south of Damascus. The photos show a few children in a “class” in an unidentified location. [ICDNFeb18]
DaeshDaily comment. It’s been awhile since Daesh published reports about its “services.”
Monday, a DaeshDaily source says Nusra Front commander, Au Khattab Al-Uzbeki, was killed in a trap set up by Daesh in southern Damascus as he passed the highway linking Yarmouk Neighborhood and Al-Quds Street. An eyewitness said that Daesh members tried to capture him but he did not stop. They shot into his vehicle as he passed on the highway, and he died on the spot. The Daesh members stole his 4WD pickup vehicle and left the body on the highway. The source said that Abu Khattab was a prominent Daesh commander who defected to the Nusra Front. He joined the Nusra Front in 2017 with a group of foreign immigrants. He held the position of “wali of southern Damascus” in Daesh’s organization.
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
On Sunday, Daesh said killed 5 Houthi fighters and wounded another by detonating an IED on their vehicle in the Al-Shaar area, in Ibb. [ICDNFeb18]
DaeshDaily comment. Daesh called the Ibb area “Wilayat Al-Jabal Al-Akhdhar” (the Green Mountain Province.) This is a new “wilaya.” Actually, Al-Jabal Al-Khadhar Province is in Oman. Daesh is expanding on paper.
On Saturday, Daesh said it stopped Egyptian Army attacks in North, East, and Central Sinai.
It said it killed several Egyptian soldiers in clashes, destroyed a Humvee and 2 other military vehicles and damaged 2 bulldozers and 5 other vehicles with IEDs, and damaged another vehicle with an RPG south of Rafah. It also said its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier and wounded another in the same area.
It said it damaged a Humvee with an IED in the Touma area, south of Sheikh Zuweid, and killed or wounded soldiers by targeting their patrol with an IED in the Kharouba area, west of the city.
It also said it killed or wounded several soldiers in clashes south of Sheikh Zuweid.
Daesh said its snipers killed a soldier in the Karm Al-Qawadis area, east of Arish.
It said it killed four soldiers in the Jabal Al-Halal area, in Central Sinai, and damaged 2 armored personnel carriers with IEDs in the same area.[ICDNFeb17]
Daesh published photos of battles with the Egyptian Army south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNFeb17]
Daesh said its snipers hit three Egyptian soldiers in the Al-Tawil area, east of Arish, on Friday. [ICDNFeb17]
Daesh said its snipers hit two Egyptian soldiers south of the Kilo 17 area, west of Arish, on Friday. [ICDNFeb18]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Tuesday, Spanish Police announced the arrest of a Moroccan citizen living in Spain on terrorism charges. [Forat]
Russian officials said that five women have been killed and five other people, including a police officer and a national guardsman, wounded in a shooting at a church in the republic of Dagestan.
Two of the wounded were said to be in a critical condition. A man fired at people leaving an evening service in the city of Kizlyar. The attacker was shot and killed at the scene. He was later identified as 22-year-old Khalil Khalilov, a resident of Dagestan. [BBC]
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [ICDNFeb18]
DaeshDaily comment. It’s only people with Daesh-like mentality who think that it’s a form of bravery to shoot at unarmed women in a church.
Head of the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center, Andrey Novikov, says that Daesh has suffered severe losses in Syria and Iraq and has moved to neighboring countries. Novikov says there is a good chance Daesh will emerge in the near future in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Novikov says Daesh is currently focusing on recruiting young people from various ethnic groups and training them in Afghanistan. [ArabsToday]
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia is “deeply concerned” by the growing influence of Daesh in Afghanistan. [Youm7]
Afghan authorities found 2 mass graves containing the bodies of civilians abducted by Daesh. [Ghad]
Daesh said it killed a “wizard” in his house in Bati Kot area, in Nangarhar, on Friday. [ICDNFeb17]
On Sunday, Daesh said it killed an Afghan government and a Taliban “spies” in the Dih Bala area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNFeb18]
Daesh published photos of executing the two men. [ICDNFeb19]
Daesh said it targeted “the American base” in Jalalabad Airport with a Grad rocket on Monday. It said ambulances were seen heading to the airport. [ICDNFeb20]
On Tuesday, Daesh said it detonated an IED on a police recruitment office in Hesarak District in Jalalabad, killing four people, including the office manager, and wounding two others. [ICDNFeb20]
Daesh’s A3maq said the office was for recruitment of “police and army.” [A3maq]
On Tuesday, Daesh said it killed a pro-government militiaman and captured his weapon in Jalalabad city. [ICDNFeb20]
On Tuesday, Daesh said it wounded Pakistani policemen by targeting a security barrier with a hand grenade in east Peshawar. [ICDNFeb20]