An Update On ISIS Activities

February 28, 2019

February 28, 2018

 

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Car Bomb Exploded in Mosul (Sumaria Feb 28)

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Trials of 382 Daesh members accepted from Syria will begin next month. [..]

Ramadi Police arrest 7 Daesh members in Ramadi. [..]

Mosul University car bomb, kills 1, injures at least 11. [..]

 

Syria

New UN envoy outlines all his goals in Syria to Security Council.​​ [..]

Coalition report concedes 67 more civilian deaths. [..]

Escaped Yazidi says Daesh fighters have ​​ tortured captive Yazidi women.​​ [..]

Trump says Daesh has no territory left; SOHR says it does. [..]

7 Turkish soldiers reported killed in Afrin attacks. [..]

Security expert says Al-Hawl camp holds 25,000 Iraqis. [..]

Pace of Daesh surrenders in Al-Baghouz area accelerates.​​ [..]

Bodies in Al-Baghouz mass grave are women. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Somalia: ​​ Al-Shabab car bomb targets hotel in Mogadishu, with multiple casualties. [..]

India/Pakistan: ​​ Captured Indian pilot to be returned today by Pakistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign ​​ policy

On Thursday, Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi and the Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly agreed to expand their economic relations and cooperate in all fields. [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Thursday a security source said that trials for the 382 Daesh members that Iraq had accepted from Syria would begin​​ next​​ month. [Sumaria]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The Secretary-General of the Peshmerga said on Thursday that it was discussing the creation of joint forces with the Federal Ministry of Defense that would be deployed across Diyala, Salahuddin, Kirkuk, and Mosul. [Basnews]

 

BAGHDAD

No reports

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source had said on Wednesday that 3 civilians were killed and 3 wounded by an IED in Nuaimiya. The IED targeted a vehicle carrying workers. [Sumaria]

Daesh said it killed three tribal PMF fighters, wounded six others, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on Tuesday in the Nuaimiya area, south of Falluja. [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]​​ 

However, Daesh A3maq said the incident happened on Wednesday. [A3maq-Telegram]

 

Ramadi

A source from the Anbar​​ Police said that they had​​ arrested 7 Daesh members in Ramadi. [BasNews]

 

Rutba

Daesh published on Thursday photos of murdering a civilian near the Saudi border,​​ but​​ claiming he was a “PMF member.” [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Samarra

Daesh said on Thursday​​ that​​ it destroyed a vehicle belonging to an “Iraqi intelligence member” with an IED in the Jalam area, east of Samarra. [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP policemen and destroyed their Humvee with an IED on Wednesday in the Jalam area. [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]

 

DIYALA

No reports

 

KIRKUK

No reports

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

A car bomb explosion killed 1 person and injured 11 others in east Mosul​​ near​​ Mosul University​​ on Thursday. The Governor of Ninewa said​​ that​​ police​​ and intelligence​​ personnel ,through​​ surveillance​​ cameras,​​ were​​ able to​​ identify the owner of the​​ bomb-rigged​​ car, who was​​ a Daesh member, and​​ arrest​​ his brother.​​ [Sumaria]

The Security Media Center relayed​​ what is likely another version of the same​​ story. On Thursday evening a car bomb explosion killed​​ or​​ wounded 14 civilians (the numbers​​ killed vs.​​ wounded​​ not specified),​​ in east Mosul in front of the University of Mosul. [PUKMedia]​​ Another​​ security media source announced on Thursday that​​ the​​ car bomb explosion​​ had​​ killed​​ 1​​ civilian and injured 13 others. [Sumaria]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that civilians were killed or wounded when a vehicle (a taxi) exploded at 8:30 pm Thursday in Al-Jami’a (University) neighborhood in central Mosul.

 

A security media source said on Thursday​​ that a car​​ bomb explosion injured 4 PMF members in southwest Mosul. [Sumaria]​​ [Ghad]

 

 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

On Thursday, the Babel Police Command announced that police forces in cooperation with intelligence dispatches​​ had arrested a terrorist​​ at 1 in the morning.​​ [Ghad]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

No reports

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

UN​​ Special​​ Envoy for​​ Syria,​​ Geir Pedersen,​​ told​​ the UN​​ Security​​ Council​​ that his goals were to take concrete action on the issue of detainees and missing persons, build confidence between the regime and opposition, involve Syrian​​ political​​ factions, and establish a credible and balanced constitutional committee. Pederson said progress was made on the formation of the constitutional committee.​​ Pedersen said that he held meetings with the Syria regime, opposition,​​ and​​ international​​ actors and that​​ he’d visit​​ Damascus again in a few weeks.​​ He said that the Kurds were part of the process,​​ but not​​ the SDF.​​ He said there should be a​​ joint​​ international​​ consortium​​ to solve problems in Syria under​​ Syrian leadership.​​ This was his first statement since taking the position at the beginning of 2019.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The​​ Coalition released its monthly civilian​​ casualty report on Thursday. It said that during the month of January 2019, it carried over 182 open reports from previous months​​ and received 22 new reports. It said that​​ 63 civilian casualty​​ assessments were completed in January. Of these,​​ 12​​ have been deemed​​ credible,​​ and resulted​​ in unintentionally killing​​ 67 civilians.​​ All of them took place in Syria, half of which were in Raqqa.​​ 51​​ were found to be​​ non-credible,​​ and none were considered duplicates.​​ 141 cases are pending assessment.​​ Sumaria​​ reports​​ the Coalition​​ as saying​​ that since 2014 and​​ through​​ ​​ January 2019, it launched 33,921 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria and killed 1,257 civilians.​​ [InherentResolve]​​ [Sumaria]

 

A Yazidi woman who had been captured by Daesh said that she had been tortured and sold multiple times​​ by a Daesh leader​​ and called for​​ holding​​ an international tribunal​​ to try​​ him. She said that some of the fighters that had surrendered to the SDF were known among the Yazidi women for torture. [Sumaria]

 

President Donald Trump​​ announced​​ on Thursday that 100 percent of the land in Syria that had been controlled by Daesh has been taken over by Coalition-backed allies. [Rudaw]

However,​​ SOHR said on Thursday that Daesh remained in control of about 4,000 square kilometers of land in the Syrian desert. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The basis for declaring the complete end of Daesh’s territorial holdings is the campaign in Albu Kamal by the US-backed SDF, but the desert land cited by SOHR is not in Albu Kamal. It’s not clear who will chase down the Daesh terrorists remaining in the desert.

 

Northwest

Afrin

Hawar​​ reports that “Afrin Liberation Forces”​​ launched 3​​ special​​ operations​​ in Afrin,​​ killing 7​​ Turkish soldiers​​ and injuring others. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

*A military and security expert, Hashim Al-Hashimi, said on Thursday that Al-Hawl Camp in Hasaka holds about 25,000 individuals with Iraqi nationalities, including 5,000 women and children of Daesh families. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Raqqa

East​​ Raqqa​​ (Al-Karama)​​ 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed two SDF members and wounded another with an IED on the Al-Mankhar​​ Road, east of Al-Karama. [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh uses the term “SDF member” or “PMF member” etc. even when it kills civilians. ​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said that Jabhat Al-Nusra was attempting to increase its influence in Syria, and​​ to​​ spread its control over Idlib completely. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This announcement might be the start of something.​​ With President Trump’s withdrawal announcement taking the US troop presence out of the equation, the Syrians and Russians have accelerated their move toward reasserting Assad’s control in the largely Kurdish northeast Syria. Meanwhile, Syria has lived with the Idlib “deconfliction” zone that has kept Tahrir Al-Sham and other Islamic militias in business after their losses elsewhere in Syria. This is not an indefinite commitment, however, and at some point these militias will​​ face the full force of Syrian and Russian military​​ attacks​​ unless they surrender first.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it killed an SDF “intelligence member” on Wednesday when it targeted an SDF vehicle with machine guns in Al-Sabha village. [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF “spy” on Wednesday in Al-Jardhi village, in Dhiban subdistrict. [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Hawar​​ said on Thursday that “hundreds” of Daesh fighters had surrendered to the SDF in Al-Baghouz. [Hawar]

Rudaw​​ said on Thursday that the number of Daesh fighters leaving Al-Baghouz and surrendering to the SDF continues to increase. 1 Daesh member told​​ Rudaw​​ that he surrendered to the SDF because he had lost his desire to fight or kill anyone and that the conditions were “horrible.” [Ghad]

 

SDF Commander Adnan Afrin​​ said that​​ the majority of the bodies in​​ a mass grave in​​ Al-Baghouz belonged to women. [BasNews]

 

The SDF announced that it freed 24 of its soldiers who had been detained by Daesh in Al-Baghouz. [Ghad] [Rudaw]

 

South​​ 

No reports

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Great Britain

The​​ British Parliament approved the classification of​​ both the political and military wing of the​​ Lebanese Hezbollah as a “terrorist” organization on Thursday. [Rudaw]

 

Belgium

Belgium issued a ruling on Wednesday that it was legally absolved of repatriating 6 children from Syria and their mothers,​​ who had joined Daesh. [Enabbaladi]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

There were 15 casualties in a​​ car bomb​​ blast that​​ targeted a hotel on the​​ Maka Al-Mukaram​​ Street​​ in Mogadishu​​ on Thursday, according to​​ a source within the Mogadishu​​ Police.​​ Dozens of others were injured.​​ Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. [Anadolu]​​ [VoA]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Thursday it killed one pro-government militiaman and wounded another with an IED in the Adel Khel area, in Achin in Nangarhar. [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]

 

India/Pakistan

On Thursday, Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan said that the captured Indian pilot would be returned on Friday. While Indian officials welcome the return, they did not say whether or not it would amount to a de-escalation of the conflict. [Reuters]

India’s Foreign Secretary and other senior​​ authorities claimed that an airstrike​​ it launched on Pakistan​​ Tuesday morning​​ had struck​​ the training grounds of Jaish e-Mohammed,​​ a group​​ that claimed responsibility for killing about 40 members of an Indian​​ paramilitary​​ police​​ unit​​ in Kashmir. Instead, Pakistani authorities and locals claim that the airstrike landed in a mostly empty space in Jaba​​ village​​ in​​ Balakot,​​ in Pakistan’s​​ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and​​ only mildly injured 1 civilian. [Reuters]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This standoff has caused worldwide alarm, especially among those who know about the bad history between India and Pakistan, both of whom developed nuclear weapons to confront the other. Kashmir, adjoining both countries, but controlled by India to Pakistan’s frustration,​​ is the usual flashpoint when hostilities flare up.

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Thursday the 171st​​ issue of its​​ Naba​​ magazine, with the usual​​ infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, west Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan during the last week. It claims it conducted 51 attacks, killing or wounding 140 people and destroying 14 vehicles.​​ 

In this issue also, Daesh claimed to have beheaded a “Tunisian Security spy” on Wednesday​​ in​​ the​​ Maghila​​ Mountains. It says it planted IEDs around the body after the murder, then​​ set off​​ the IEDs when security units arrived,​​ wounding several of them including two​​ senior officers.​​ 

Al-Naba also published an article about the “crimes of the Communist government” in China. [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh​​ terrorism is​​ shifting toward “west Africa.”​​ Previously,​​ the bulk of the attacks were in Iraq and Syria. This week, Daesh said that 62 of their​​ 140 victims were in west Africa.​​ 

 

Daesh published a photo of one of its terrorists​​ on Thursday, saying​​ he was killed in Yemen. [ICDNFeb28-Telegram]

 

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