An Update On ISIS Activities

June 14, 2018

 

 

Notice to our readers.​​ In honor of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, we will not publish on Friday. Our next issue will be on​​ Tuesday.​​ Happy Eid to everyone.​​ 

 

June 14, 2018

 

Hajin

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

17 charged​​ in IHEC warehouse fire. [..]

Sadrist spokeswoman says new govt. to be announced in a few days. [..]

Captured Daesh leader describes its money problems, desertions. [..]

Diyala PC security chairman says Daesh “finished” in Diyala. [..]

Kirkuk Daesh leader & 6 associates killed by army, police units. [..]

Another mukhtar assassinated, in Tal Afar. [..]

 

Turkey

Three killed in attack on AKP candidate at political rally. [..]

18 Daesh members arrested in Izmir, Istanbul. [..]

 

Syria

Assad gives southern Syria opposition groups an ultimatum. [..]

Trump agrees to $6.6 million to fund White Helmets. [..]

Journalist & 10 Iraqi militiamen killed near Albu Kamal. [..]

Coalition, SDF attack Daesh near Hajin. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The UN Security Council unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) until May 31 2019. The current mandate was due to expire on July 31; the US drafted the extension proposal early because of concerns about​​ the escalation of​​ political tensions following the May 12 CoR elections.​​ [Rudaw]

 

A security source said on Thursday that there was information on the activity of cells of the banned Ba’ath party outside of Iraq. The source said that the cells were still run by members loyal to Saddam Hussein, but that they did not represent any threat to the Iraqi government, as they could not find sources of funding. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Election/New​​ government

Election

The Al-Rusafa Court of Inquiry issued 17 arrest warrants​​ for​​ the burning of ballot boxes and equipment​​ in the IHEC warehouse fire. [Xendan]

 

New​​ government

Jafar Al-Musawi, a spokesman for Muqtada Al-Sadr, said on Thursday that the alliance between Al-Sa’irun and Al-Fath had “ended the theory of civil war” by undermining those who were hoping to destroy Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

A​​ CoR member​​ in the Sadrist Al-Ahrar​​ bloc,​​ ​​ Zeinab Al-Ta’ie, talked on Thursday about how the alliance between Sa’irun and Al-Fath came about. Al-Ta’ie said that the alliance was not a result of a meeting between Muqtada Al-Sadr and Hadi Al-Amiri, but of lengthy negotiations between the groups’ respective committees. Al-Ta’ie added that the alliance was not intended to be exclusive to the large Shi’a parties, but would be broader and have effective participation from Sunni and Kurdish groups, and that this would be announced within the next few days. [BasNews]

 

Arabi 21​​ carried an analysis of the Sa’irun-Al-Fath​​ coalition​​ based on interviews with political leaders. It said​​ that​​ the agreement​​ raised questions about the role that Sunni and nationalist parties would play, especially since the Sa’irun-Al-Fath​​ coalition​​ appeared to​​ have been created​​ on a sectarian basis. They also noted that this allied the most prominent anti-Iran and pro-Iran Shi’a parties.​​ 

Arabi 21​​ went on to quote an interview with Rashid Al-Azzawi, a winning​​ CoR​​ candidate in Haider Al-Abadi’s Victory alliance. Al-Azzawi said that negotiations with the new alliance were ongoing and not finalized. He said that Victory wanted to join a “national” coalition that had other parties in it besides the current parties, so that the new coalition would not be explicitly sectarian. He added that Iran and America both had important roles to play in Iraq and the Iraqis needed to maintain good relations with both.

Saleh​​ Al-Mutlaq,​​ whose party is part of​​ Ayad Allawi’s​​ Wataniya (National)​​ alliance, agreed that they were in favor of any “national” and non-sectarian government. He then went on to criticize the election results as “corrupt” and “fraudulent,” and ask what that would mean for the next government.​​ 

Atheel Al-Nujaifi,​​ controversial brother of Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi,​​ leader​​ of the Ahrar (Decision)​​ alliance, said he was very doubtful of​​ any alliance​​ being formed​​ before resolving the​​ ongoing​​ debate over​​ the​​ election results. Al-Nujaifi added that the issue of forming the next government and choosing a new PM were now decisions that he saw as “purely Shia,” and so there was no need for other groups to get involved before the Shia blocs came to an agreement. He finished by saying that the Al-Sadr-Al-Amiri​​ coalition​​ could only be evaluated based on their actual program of government. [Arabi21]

 

Hanan Al-Fatlawi,​​ leader of the Irada party that won 2 seats in the newly elected CoR, says that the Saudis are quire annoyed by the recently announced coalition between the Sa’irun and Al-Fath alliances. She tweeted​​ that​​ “Both parties are Iraqis, so what’s your problem?” [Arabi21]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A Daesh leader captured by Iraqi authorities spoke about Daesh’s funding​​ woes​​ and​​ its​​ current status. Saddam Al-Jamal says that Daesh is confused and divided due to the continued airstrikes and the territories it lost in Iraq and Syria. Al-Jamal says Daesh fighters have lost the will to fight, and many have deserted. He says several countries, which he did not name, funded Daesh, in addition to oil and antiquities sales, as well as taxes it imposed on rich people and farmers. [Qasioun]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

South​​ (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Thursday that 2 wanted persons had been arrested on terrorism charges in the area​​ of Salman​​ Pak​​ south​​ of central​​ Baghdad.​​ Security personnel also seized 8 IEDs, 2 containers of glycerin, 2 containers of ammonium nitrate, and 5 kg of “explosive paste” in the Al-Akhsaf​​ area​​ in​​ south Baghdad.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

On Thursday, the Falluja Police Directorate asked citizens to report any Syrian families living in the city.​​ The​​ Falluja Police Chief,​​ Colonel Jamal Saleh,​​ said that the police had already​​ expelled​​ several such families, and that the security forces did not allow Syrian families in Falluja “for reasons related to the security situation.” [Sumaria]

 

Baghdad Operations Command announced on Thursday that security forces had found 3 mortar shells, 2 IEDs, and 2 bombs in the area of Ma’amir, which were destroyed on site.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Ramadi

The Center for Security Information announced on Tuesday that 22 persons wanted on terrorism charges had been arrested in Anbar Province. Center spokesman General Yahya​​ Rasul​​ credited Anbar Anti-Terrorism detachments and Anbar Ops Command for the arrests, which he said took place in the Al-Tash and Humaira areas, south of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]​​ 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh kidnapped four PMF fighters at a fake checkpoint in Makhoul subdistrict.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says local police units captured 4 persons in Kan’ous village who were delivering food items and other supplies to Daesh terrorists. The source says the captured persons, who have family members with Daesh, admitted there are more than 100 terrorists in the area, including foreigners.  ​​​​ 

 

DaeshDaily​​ sources say that Daesh terrorists in the Shirqat area are forcing civilians to provide them with military uniforms in order to use them for attacks on Iraqi forces. The sources say Daesh threatens the civilians​​ that​​ they could get killed with their families if they don’t comply. The source says the terrorists use this tactic in order not to bring attention to themselves. ​​ 

 

Tikrit

The Directorate of Military Intelligence announced on Thursday that it had arrested one of the terrorists responsible for the Camp Speicher massacre. A statement by the Directorate said that the terrorist was arrested at a checkpoint​​ in​​ the city of​​ Tikrit.​​ [Ghad]​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

Al-Mada Press​​ says that 47 officers accused of enabling Daesh to conduct the 2014 Speicher massacre still have not been held accountable. [BaghdadToday]

 

Samarra

The PMF announced on Thursday that the 313th​​ Brigade (PMF) was shelling​​ Daesh groups in Hawijat,​​ northeastern Samarra.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters, wounded two, and damaged their SUV in an ambush near Al-Adhiya village, in Ishaqi. [ICDNJun14]

 

DIYALA

The​​ Chairman of the​​ Security Committee for the Diyala Provincial Council,​​ Sadiq Al-Husseini, gave an interview in which he said that Daesh was essentially finished in Diyala. He says it​​ remains​​ in a few scattered and remote areas.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

The head of the Muqdadiya local council, Adnan Al-Tamimi, said on Thursday that Daesh fighters had attacked a police checkpoint in the area of Bablan, central Muqdadiya​​ District, but​​ were​​ fought off by the security personnel there. Al-Tamimi added that there had been a second Daesh attack,​​ on an Army checkpoint in Sinsil, but it was also thwarted and the attackers fled.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

North Diyala (Khanaqin, Kifri, Al-Khalis north)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Daesh sniper shot and killed a PMF fighter in the small village of Albu Mar’i, north of Udhaim.

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

An​​ intelligence source said on Thursday that​​ Daesh’s​​ so-called “Black Robe” (aka “Man in Black” in some English sources) was killed in Kirkuk Province. The source said that security personnel fought and killed “Black Robe” and 6 of his companions after receiving a tip regarding their location in Dibis. “Black Robe” was considered one of the most dangerous Daesh leaders in Kirkuk Province, and the source said that he had been responsible for recent bombings in Kirkuk.​​ Captain Hamid Al-Obeidi confirmed the operation in a press statement, saying that it was carried out by a joint force of the Army and police. He added that these​​ units​​ had​​ also​​ retrieved documents relating to Daesh’s planned future targets.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Rudaw]

 

An unknown group attacked Counter​​ Terrorism​​ units in​​ the​​ Shoraw​​ neighborhood in​​ Kirkuk​​ city​​ with a hand grenade, wounding two soldiers. The CTS​​ opened fire in retaliation,​​ reportedly​​ killing an old woman and wounding​​ three​​ civilians. [Roj]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a PMF commander was killed and his driver wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Shirnaw village, in eastern Dibis. The IED was planted near a PMF checkpoint. The source says PMF security units arrested 6 members of the checkpoint after accusing them of negligence.

 

Hawija​​ (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two tribal PMF fighters were killed when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Abbasi and Tal Al-Dhahab village.​​ 

Daesh says it targeted tribal PMFs in Tal Al-Dhahab with mortars on Tuesday, wounding several fighters. [ICDNJun14]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source confirmed the attack.​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A source in the Federal Police said on Thursday that units in the Federal Police had searched villages in Rashad​​ (Daquq)​​ and Riyadh​​ (Hawija),and found Daesh safehouses and explosive belts. The source, who asked not to be named, said that the operation was ongoing. [Baghdadia]​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED near Bawabat Al-Sham, west of Mosul, on Wednesday. [ICDNJun14]

Here Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle and damaged another with 2 IEDs near the intersection. [ICDNJun14]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul Subdistrict

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says three PMF fighters were killed and their pickup vehicle damaged when an IED exploded on them near the Aski Mosul intersection just outside Mosul city, east of Tal Afar.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Captain Amir Wathiq of the Ninewa Police said that the​​ mukhtar​​ of ‘Ayunat village, 60 km (37 miles)​​ northwest of Mosul, had​​ been killed by unknown gunmen.​​ 

In an incident in the same area,​​ Captain Murtada Ahmed of the Ninewa Police said on Thursday that 1 policeman had been killed and 7 Daesh fighters arrested in an attack on​​ the Kasik junction northwest of Mosul. ​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

The armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) announced on Thursday that​​ it​​ killed 5 Turkish soldiers in attacks on 2 Turkish Army positions in the Barzan subdistrict of northern Erbil. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The Emirati​​ Sky News Arabia​​ reported that​​ three​​ people had been killed on Thursday during a rally​​ held by​​ Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).​​ A later report by the Turkish state-run​​ Anadolu​​ said the attack happened in the southeastern state of​​ Şanlıurfa.​​ Anadolu​​ quoted Baha Al-Deen Yildiz, the head of the AKP in the state of​​ Şanlıurfa, as claiming that the incident was an armed attack by supporters of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). ​​ Yildiz said that the PDP were targeting the AKP’s MP candidate in the subdistrict of​​ Suruç, Khalil​​ Ibrahim Yildiz. He added that one of the people killed was the older brother of the candidate, and that at least 11 people had also been injured.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Anadolu]

 

Turkish authorities announced that they arrested 18 people suspected of belonging to Daesh in the cities of Istanbul and Izmir. A security source said that 10 of the suspects were arrested in Izmir, along the coast of the Aegean Sea, during operations by Turkish intelligence and counter-terrorism police. 8 were arrested in Istanbul on Wednesday. It is suspected that they had smuggled funds to Daesh, traveled to areas where Daesh fought and​​ then​​ returned to Turkey, and conducted training for executing suicide attacks. [Shafaaq]

 

A Turkish soldier was killed and 4 wounded in a PKK attack in Hakkari east of Turkey. The PKK used rockets in their attack. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, says that the southern​​ Syria​​ areas have two options, either negotiate or fight. He says the door is open to negotiations and peaceful solution, but if this fails there is always the military option. He​​ also​​ says that Iran is an allied country and so is Russia, and that’s why it’s natural for them to have bases in Syria if they want. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said in an interview with the Iranian state-owned Al-Alam TV that Saudi Arabia had offered to normalize relations with Syria if Syria cut all ties with Iran. Al-Assad said that Syria’s relationship with Iran was not on the table for negotiations, and so this and similar proposals had been rejected out of hand. [Dorar]

 

United States

The US State Department announced on Thursday that President Trump had agreed to allocate about $6.6 million to fund operations of the “Syrian Civil Defense,” or “White Helmets.” State spokesman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the US “strongly supported” the White Helmets, and claimed that they had saved 100,000 lives since the start of the conflict. The allocated funding is also intended to support the UN in investigating violations of international law in Syria. [Sumaria]

 

US Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield said that US troops were in Syria not only to stop Daesh but also to counter Iranian influence.​​ Bas News​​ noted that this may be the first such open admission by a US official. Satterfield was responding to a question from a US House subcommittee on the possible withdrawal of US forces from Syria. [BasNews]

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

Turkish Foreign Minister​​ Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says the US will withdraw the weapons of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Manbij before implementing the “road map” agreed upon with Turkey.​​ [Dorar]

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR reported increased Daesh activity in Idlib, reflected in a series of car bombs and IED explosions. The last one was in Kafr Nabl, near Maarat Al-Numan​​ in southern Idlib, where a bomb destroyed a shop, killing a civilian and wounding another. Another car bomb explosion claimed by Daesh killed 6 Al-Nusra members. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor District

SOHR reported that a child was killed by a mine explosion in Deir Ez-Zor. (Location unspecified)​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a female journalist and 10 Iraqi militiamen were killed in a Daesh attack near Albu Kamal.​​ 

 

Coalition planes and SDF units attacked Daesh positions near Hajin village, followed by intense battles between Daesh and the SDF. Hajin is the last stronghold of Daesh in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNJun14]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says government forces killed a Daesh Iraqi commander they captured in clashes near Urwa town, in Suwayda.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh publishes photos of killing three Egyptian soldiers it captured in an ambush on a road west of Arish. [ICDNJun14]

 

Libya/Tunisia

Libya

The Libyan​​ National​​ Army announced that it was in control of the Veba oil terminal less than an hour after it was attacked by the Benghazi Defense Brigades. “Informed sources” said that the Army had also destroyed several military vehicles belonging to terrorists near the port of Sidra. Libyan Army Central Ops Commander Lieutenant Colonel Al-Sharif Al-‘Awami said that Sidra and Ras Lanuf had been under attack by terrorist groups since early Thursday morning.​​ [Libya24]

 

Wasat​​ wrote that multiple concurring sources reported ongoing battles in the “oil crescent,” with hit-and-run battles between Army forces and a force belonging to militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran in the area between Sidra and Ras Lanuf. [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

US authorities arrested an Israeli resident of the US on suspicion of using social media to promote and aid Daesh. Wahiba Issa Dis, 45, was arrested in a town near Milwaukee. She has been a legal resident of the US since 1992. A court indictment claims that Dis used several different social media accounts to promote Daesh, and that she constructed a “virtual library” of information on bomb-making, biological weapons, and explosives​​ vests. She is accused of explaining to an undercover policeman the way to make ricin, and suggesting that​​ he​​ poison water tanks with it.​​ [Sumaria]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh says it shot and killed a finance official in Mogadishu on Wednesday. [ICDNJun14]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed a pro-government militia commander, three of his associates, and an election official with an IED in Rodat​​ District, in Nangarhar. [ICDNJun14]

 

Daesh says it killed an Askar Al-Islam militiaman with an IED in Nazyan, in Nangarhar, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

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