September 27, 2017
TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS
Car bomb kills 2, wounds 4 in center of Baghdad. [..]
Daesh stages major raids near Ramadi city; 13 policemen and others die. [..]
Daesh in Al-Qa’im executes 5 men arrested in internet cafes. [..]
Hawija campaign targets Daesh locations in eastern Salahuddin. [..]
Hawija campaign has killed 557 Daesh fighters, recovered 103 villages. [..]
KRG refuses to hand over its two airports. [..]
Coalition lands 35 more airstrikes on Raqqa. [..]
Daesh counter-attack in Raqqa fails but kills 28 SDF fighters. [..]
Russian airstrike campaign in Idlib continues for 8th day. [..]
Surprise Mattis visit to Kabul triggers attack on Kabul airport. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
The Sunni CoR alliance reiterated its support of the bundle of state procedures voted on by CoR today, as long as they do not harm any of the Kurdish people in Iraq. The alliance’s statement pointed out that these procedures are legal and constitutional and will bring order back to the relationship between the federal and regional authorities. They are not meant to target Kurdish residents in any way. The alliance statement also called on the KRG to exercise sound judgment and maintain the Iraqi unity under the constitution. [Sumaria]
At a CoR session on Wednesday, Abadi vowed to impose the “rule of Iraq” over all areas in the Kurdistan region through “the power of the constitution,” emphasizing that the Iraqi government will defend Kurdish citizens inside and outside the Kurdistan region. The CoR session took place with 166 CoR members attending, including Defense Minister Erfan Al-Hiyali, National Security Advisor Faleh Fayyad, Interior Minister Qassem Al-Araji, Petroleum Minister Jabbar Al-Luaibi, and Abadi in attendance. [Sumaria]
Prime Minister Abadi received a phone call from France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. Macron expressed to Abadi that Frances rejects the KRG’s independence referendum and stands by Iraq’s unity. [Sumaria]
The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq (5 near Rawa, 3 near Al-Qa’im, and 3 near Hawija.) [InherentResolve]
Security-related incidents reported
Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)
The Ministry of Interior reported two civilian died, and two more were injured, in a booby-trapped car blast in Al-Bab Al-Mu’adham in the center of Baghdad. The Ministry spokesman, Saad Maan, stated the vehicle was parked in the Sheikh Omar intersection. An anonymous police source later reported the number of injured victims increased to four. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]
Ministry spokesman Saad Maan also announced that Iraqi intelligence captured a Daesh terrorist named “Abu Sufiyan” inside a hotel in Baghdad. The terrorist had escaped Ninewa Province, where he carried out several terrorist operations, to Baghdad with fleeing IDPs. [Ghad] [Baghdadia]
South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)
The Baghdad Operations Command announced the discovery of various caliber bombs and explosive materials during searches. The explosives, including 55 bombs with 155 mm artillery shells, five 60mm mortar rounds, and five liters of explosive materials, were removed without incident. [KM Facebook Page]
Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)
A police source reported four civilians were wounded in an IED explosion on the roadside of a shopping area in the Al-Diwanem area. [Sumaria]
Total Baghdad incidents reported: 4 (Includes only incidents reported)
Total IED incidents reported: 3
An IWMC statement said this morning a terrorist group attempted to get near security points in the Al-Rahaliya intersection between Habbaniya and Al-Razaza in Kerbala by detonating two booby-trapped vehicles on the Al-Sini Bridge and attacking security points. The security forces handled the situation and killed most of the group’s members. [Baghdadia]
Wednesday, approximately 80 Daesh terrorists seized buildings in neighborhoods south and west of Ramadi, in an event described as the most violent attack since Ramadi liberation. The terrorists held the two areas for 10 hours before security forces and residents managed to overcome the attack.
The Daesh units reached the area by crossing a desert road linking Anbar with Karbala in 10 vehicles. A Ramadi official said there was information on the possibility of such an attack circulating, and it is believed there were collaborators from within who helped the Daesh units pull off the attack, according to Faisal Al-Assafi, a member of the Anbar Tribal Council.
Raje’ Al-Eissawi, the Security Committee deputy in the Anbar Provincial Council, said Daesh attacked the Al-Tash and Kilo 7 areas south and west of Ramadi at 5:00 AM. The Daesh units killed the people in the main control area in Al-Tash before invading residential neighborhoods.
An informed local source said the security forces and tribe members killed roughly 70 of the Daesh personnel, mostly suicide bombers. The same source said there were no civilian deaths, but thirteen police officers from his tribe were killed.
In retaliation for the tribal and security forces response, the Daesh units executed the hostages they had captured in the early Wednesday morning attack, killing both civilians and soldiers.[Mada]
Wednesday, the deputy governor of Ramadi preliminarily reported 18 civilian injuries in clashes between security forces and Daesh in Ramadi District. Daesh had infiltrated the Al-Tash and Majar areas in southern Ramadi and the Kilo 7 area west of the city. Ramadi remains under tribal and security forces’ control, where they thwart Daesh attacks and occasionally discover booby-trapped vehicles. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]
A security source reported security forces set fire to 5 vehicles in the Ramadi desert belonging to 5 Daesh fugitives. The group is reported to be chasing the Daesh members into their headquarters and factories. [Ghad]
An Anbar security source reported 5 young men from Al-Qa’im were executed by Daesh on charges of “corresponding with apostates in infidel land.” The 5 were arrested in internet cafes three days ago. Daesh “informed” the residents of Al-Qa’im, Rawa, and Albu Kamal that it has regained control over the Ramadi District. [Ghad]
A security source in the Anbar province said security forces launched 5 rockets from the Ayn Al-Asad base onto Daesh targets in the Al-Qa’im District. [Ghad]
Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)
According to the Ministry of Defense, Samarra Operations Command units killed 4 suicide bombers approaching security forces, in violent clashes. This took place over two separate incidents in Al-Ishaqi last night. In the first incident, 2 suicide bombers approached the Al-Farahatiya police station, where the police and emergency units cornered and killed them. In the second, simultaneous incident, 2 more terrorists approached a security point in the Al-Adhiya area and were killed. [Harbi]
Daesh says 4 of its suicide terrorists attacked 2 police stations in Ishaqi, killing 30 policemen and wounding 42. [A3maq]
Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)
Wednesday, an anonymous local source in Salahuddin Province said the Coalition violently bombed multiple areas in Al-Mtaibija in eastern Salahuddin, targeting vehicles carrying explosives and weapons. The source added that the shelling was meant to block any sudden attacks by Daesh from Al-Mtaibija, as Daesh may attempt to break the siege around Hawija after losing Al-Zarqa, its logistical connection with Hawija. [Sumaria]
Wednesday, the PMF organization announced it had secured 75 km of the 100 km road linking Tikrit and Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk. Securing this road was made possible after securing the Al-Zarqa Bridge during the Hawija liberation operations. [PUKMedia]
Wednesday, the Diyala Police says security units founfd 3 IEDs and explosive materials in a search operation in south Baquba. Based on intelligence, the Diyala police carried out a preemptive search operation in the farms and gardens in the Athenian area, 15 km (9 miles) south of Baquba. [Sumaria]
The leader of Turkey’s National Movement Party says 5,000 volunteers from his party are ready to fight to “defend Turkmen” in Kirkuk and other Iraqi areas. [Anadolu]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
The Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC) announced the successful completion of the first phase of the Hawija liberation operation. It confirmed that 557 terrorists were killed and dozens of villages freed. The IWMC statement contains the names of the 5 villages freed by the Counter Terrorism Service and the 63 villages freed by the Iraqi Federal Police and the PMFs; 103 villages were freed in total. The statement also lists the material damages inflicted on Daesh. [PUKMedia]
PMF Commander Jabbar Maamouri confirmed Daesh set fire to tons of headquarters files and documents in Hawija. This began in the late hours of Tuesday evening and lasted through the early morning on Wednesday. According to Maamouri, a large scale operation like this indicates Daesh’s collapse and its preparation to flee the upcoming liberation battle. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed four men in Al-Abbasi after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces.
A local source in the Kirkuk province reported 7 Daesh leaders, including one identified as Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s security official, were killed in Coalition shelling in Hawija. [Sumaria]
Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil
Daesh says it killed fifteen Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a military airport southwest of Tal Abta. [A3maq]
KRG spokesman Safeen Dizayee stated that any unofficial referendum results not published by the Independent High Referendum and Electoral Commission are considered untrue, including reports published by political factions. A Commission official said the official results will come out within 3 days. [Sumaria]
In the CoR session today, PM Abadi reiterated the Iraqi government’s warning about the repercussions of the crisis with Kurdistan, emphasizing the importance of forgetting the referendum and instead entering a constitutional dialogue. [Buratha]
In light of Abadi’s rejection of the referendum, Barzani renewed his call for a “rational, serious” dialogue. In a televised speech, Barzani said Erbil did all it could do in the past, whereas Baghdad did not meet its obligations towards the Kurdistan region, which is what led the KRG to carry out a referendum. Barzani called on the Iraqi government and international community to “read the referendum’s message calmly, taking into consideration the legitimate rights of Kurdistan.” [SotIraq]
The KRG refused to hand over its two international airports to the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority. The ICAA then informed international air companies to stop their flights to Erbil, allowing only internal flights. [Hawar]
Turkey says it suspended its flights to Erbil and Suleimaniya airports. [Anadolu]
DaeshDaily comment. Turkey’s action alone is significant, as much of the air traffic out of Erbil is to and through Turkey, especially Istanbul. The Erbil International Airport terminal used to be a small and overcrowded place, but the KRG has recently spent a lot of money to modernize and expand the facility.
The Iranian parliament issued a statement, signed by 210 members, denouncing the Kurdistan referendum, considering it an introduction to the partition of Iraq. The parliament statement called on the Iranian government to cooperate with Iraq to prevent a new “Zionist adventure” in Iraq. Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, stressed that Iran does not recognize the Kurdish referendum. [Buratha]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Turkish Army helicopters conducted an airdrop operation in the Barzan area in northern Erbil. PKK fighters responded and clashes went on. Turkish airplanes also bombed the Zagros area. [Hawar]
The Turkish Army says its aircraft conducted a military operation in northern Iraq, killing 13 PKK fighters who were preparing to attack Turkish areas. [Anadolu]
DaeshDaily comment. OK, but we couldn’t help noticing that Barzan, the village attacked, is the home area of the Barzani tribe, which makes the timing suspiciously coincidental with the Turkish posturing about Masoud Barzani’s independence referendum. Among the countless previous Turkish air attacks on PKK camps in northern Kurdistan, we don’t recall any others in Barzan, but maybe we missed something.
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry released a video showing the Russia’s strategic bomber, two-95Ms, firing highly explosive missiles at both Idlib and Hama. The spokesman for the Ministry, Major General Igor Konashnikov, mentioned that “the strikes resulted in the destruction of terrorist command centers, insurgent gatherings, and military equipment gathering sites, as well as munitions depots.” [Qasioun]
The Deputy Chief of Iran’s Oil Research Center for Technical and International Affairs announced that the first completely Iranian-made refinery will be designed and built after the establishment of relative security in Syria. Mansour Bazmi said the construction of the refinery could start at the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2018), noting the refinery is to be built near Homs in Syria, using Iranian technology with an estimated capacity of 140 thousand barrels. [SyriaNow]
The Coalition says it conducted 37 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria (35 near Raqqa, 1 near Shaddadi, and 1 near Deir Ez-Zor.) [InherentResolve]
Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)
A leader in the SDF said they were attacked yesterday in Raqqa by more than 100 Daesh fighters, coming from Syrian Army territory and disguised as SDF fighters, in an attempt to free the other Daesh members trapped by the SDF in the National Hospital in Raqqa. This led to the death of 28 SDF fighters, though the attacks were foiled. [Hawar]
The SDF has captured the Al-Imam Al-Nawawi mosque in the Al-Nahdha neighborhood in Raqqa city, and captured two terrorists. [Hawar]
The center of Raqqa city and its eastern side are witnessing strong clashes between Daesh and the SDF. The SDF have freed 16 civilians who were being used by Daesh as human shields. [Hawar]
Local sources said that on Tuesday evening at least 30 people were killed and others wounded in an airstrike by Coalition aircraft on a house in the Al-Badoo neighborhood in Raqqa. [Qasioun]
The YPG says one of its cameramen was killed while covering a battle in Raqqa. [Hawar]
Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)
Tuesday, the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria announced more than 800 illegal opposition elements in Idlib had joined the Syrian forces. [Qasioun]
The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Konashnikov said five field commanders and 32 fighters from Tahrir Al-Sham were killed by an air strike south of Idlib. He added that the Russian Air Force launched a precision air strike on the building that was confirmed to be holding a meeting of field commanders. As a result of the strike, five field commanders and 32 fighters were eliminated. The Russian strike also resulted in the destruction of an ammunition and explosives warehouse as well as six vehicles with weapons. [SyriaNow] [EnabBaladi] [Qasioun] [Qasioun]
Public Relations Manager in Tahrir Al-Sham, Imad Eddin Mujahid, denied the Russian Ministry of Defense statement claiming Russian forces killed 5 of Tahrir Al-Sham commanders, saying there are no members with the names that Russia listed. [EnabBaladi]
A correspondent in the Idlib area reported that intensive raids by the Russian Air Force on Idlib towns and cities are ongoing for the 8th day in a row, resulting in 4 civilian deaths and dozens injured in Sanama village west of the city of Maarat Masrin in southern Idlib. Wednesday, the raids were focused on the area west of Idlib, especially in Jisr Al-Shughur subdistrict and its towns and villages. A health center there had to stop operating. These airstrikes are in violation of the de-escalation agreement in the Astana 6 negotiations. [EnabBaladi]
Airstrikes this morning targeted areas in Batbu village in western Aleppo, which hadn’t seen raids in months, SOHR reported. The Wednesday morning raids targeted a school, causing significant damage, with no human losses reported. A hospital in Dar Azza town stopped operating due to the shelling. [SyriaHR]
Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)
Daesh says it killed two Syrian soldiers in clashes near Abu Hanaya village, in Aqairbat subdistrict. [A3maq]
The Syrian Army and its supporting militias took control of several strategic villages near Jubb Al-Jarrah in the eastern rural area of Homs, after violent battles with Daesh. [Qasioun]
Daesh says it killed nine Syrian soldiers and wounded others in clashes near Um Al-Rish village, in Jubb Al-Jarrah subdistrict. [A3maq]
The SOHR reported there are ongoing violent clashes in Homs between Syrian government forces including its affiliated militias and Daesh. The Syrian government forces shelled areas in Kafr Laha, a small city north of Homs city. This resulted in damage but no human losses. [SyriaHR]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed four civilians in Al-Kasrah subdistrict after accusing them of communicating with government forces.
A DaeshDaily source says Daesh appointed a Tunisian terrorist, who just fled the Raqqa battles, as its military commander of Deir Ez-Zor. The source says he was personally responsible for shelling civilians trying to escape the Raqqa fighting.
Intense clashes between the SDF and Daesh continue in Al-Sur town, northeast of Deir Ez-Zor city. Five Daesh terrorists were killed during the clashes and the SDF seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition. [Hawar]
The SDF has liberated half of Al-Sur. [Hawar]
Daesh says it attacked SDF positions in Al-Saad village, south of Al-Sur. It says it started the attack with a vehicle bomb. It says it killed eight SDF fighters, and captured and then beheaded three more. [A3maq]
Syrian Army offensive
The front lines of the Syrian Army and its supporting militias have recently witnessed a great calm in the vicinity of Deir Ez-Zor and its eastern rural areas, after Syrian forces came into a direct line of contact for a stretch of about 7 km (4 miles) with the SDF from near the village of Khasham to the village of Hatla. [Qasioun]
A Syrian military source said the Syrian Army and its allies extended their control in the vicinity of the village of Marat on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, towards the town of Hatla. This is in order to impose a complete siege on the remaining members of Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor city, by controlling Al-Husseiniya town and its surroundings, in parallel with the deliberate and slow progress in Hawija Saqar to the east of the city. [SyriaNow]
Units of the Syrian Army foiled a terrorist attack with a car bomb on one of its positions in Hawija Saqar, the island in the Euphrates and inflicted heavy losses on Daesh terrorists in different parts of Deir Ez-Zor and its rural areas. [SyriaNow]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army minesweeper with an IED near the Al-Safa security barrier, south of Arish. [A3maq]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
The Taliban and Daesh are both taking credit for a rocket attack on Kabul’s airport early Wednesday just hours after U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis landed in Afghanistan for a surprise visit.
A barrage of up to 40 rounds of munitions hit the airport, including 29 rocket-propelled grenades, according to a U.S. military official. In response to the attack, the U.S. conducted an airstrike to support an Afghan crisis unit on the ground, but “one of the missiles malfunctioned,” causing injuries to Afghan civilians, the Coalition said in a statement.
Mattis had left the airport hours before the attack took place. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who was in Afghanistan with the U.S. defense chief, was similarly out of harm’s way when the rockets hit. Though no U.S. personnel were injured, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesperson Najib Danish said one Afghan woman was killed and 11 civilians were wounded in the incident. Rockets hit two civilian homes close to the airport.
A U.S. military official told ABC News that two Hellfire missiles were fired from an Apache helicopter. One missile hit its target, while the second accidentally struck a building, killing the one civilian and wounding several others. [GMA]
Daesh’s version says 3 of its terrorists attacked the UN office and US and Turkish troops in the Kabul Airport. It says the attack started by targeting the airport with 20 SPG9 rockets, 45 mortars, and 25 hand grenades. It says that after heavy battles, the terrorists detonated a 50kg bomb then detonated their explosives vests. It says more than eighty US, Turkish, and Afghani soldier were killed and “tens” wounded in the attack.
Daesh says it shot and killed a Shi’i in Quetta. [A3maq]