June 25, 2018
Shmmar Tribe Fighters
Shammar tribe in ongoing battle with Daesh in Salahuddin. [..]
11 suspected Daesh fighters arrested in Jazeera Samarra. [..]
Fate of 6 soldiers kidnapped by Daesh unclear amid confusing reports. [..]
Iraqi military wins deadly battle in southern Hatra. [..]
Erdogan declared the winner in presidential election. [..]
Pro-Kurdish party meets 10% threshold, wins seats in parliament. [..]
Report reveals desperation of people in Daesh-held Dashisha area. [..]
Syria claims large gains vs. Daesh in southeast Syria desert. [..]
PMF deputy Al-Muhandis insists US airstrikes killed Iraqi PMFs in Syria. [..]
Iraqi F-16s kill 45 Daesh in Hajin, Albu Kamal. [..]
Iran: Thousands protest to demand withdrawal from Syria. [..]
Jordan: Jordan anxious about refugee wave from expanded fighting in southern Syria. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
An unnamed source discussed a secret meeting between Thamer al-Sabhan, the Saudi Minister for Arab Gulf Affairs, Haider Al-Abadi, and Muqtada Al-Sadr. The source says that the Saudi envoy asked Al-Sadr to press for a second term as PM for Al-Abadi, in order to implement US-Saudi agreements to keep Iran out of from Iraqi politics. [Arabi21]
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi talked to Ayad Allawi about the necessity of abandoning sectarianism and ensuring national unity in Iraq. Allawi, who is visiting Cairo, seconded the Egyptian President’s point, saying that Iraq is working vigorously to build national non-sectarian institutions. [Anadolu]
Baghdadia carried the story of a Yazidi woman who had been held by Daesh for 2 years. “Kokha” was recently released from captivity and now lives with her husband in Sinjar. She discovered after her release that 3 of her 5 children had disappeared during the 2 years she was held captive. “Kokha” was kidnapped after fleeing the Mount Sinjar area in August 2014 when Daesh attacked the Yazidis there. She said that she and her daughters had been sold as slaves multiple times between Daesh fighters. She was last imprisoned with about 50 other women and children in Raqqa, a group that was released in 2016. Baghdadia wrote that this was probably due to a ransom paid by the Kurdish Regional Government, although “Kokha” does not know the details of her release. She described how the experience had left her with severe psychological trauma. [Baghdadia]
On Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence reassured Prime Minister Al-Abadi that the US would support Iraq in security improvements and economic reform. [Sumaria]
Security-related incidents reported
The Center for Security Information announced on Monday that 3 terrorists had been arrested in Baghdad, 1 of whom was wanted after escaping from Badoush Prison in Ninewa. The Center credited the Directorate of Intelligence and Security and the “Falcons” intelligence cell with the arrests. [Rudaw] [Sumaria]
A security source said on Monday that a “sonic IED” (an IED primarily producing noise rather than a destructive explosion) exploded in Al-Amel, in Al-Rasheed. The explosion did not cause any casualties. [Sumaria]
Daesh said it killed an IFP member, wounded two others, and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in the Al-Annaz area in Abu Ghraib, on Sunday. [A3maq]
The Center for Security Information announced on Monday the arrest of a terrorist who had been caught in Anbar Province sneaking into Iraq from Syria. Center spokesman General Yahya Rasul credited units under the Directorate of Military Intelligence with the arrest. [Ghad]
The Center for Security Information said that a terrorist had been arrested in the area of Al–Tarrah, near Lake Thirthar in northern Falluja District, and that a subsequent search of the house where he was found revealed an RPG-7 launcher, 4 anti-personnel rockets, and 7 caches with Kalashnikov-type rifles. [Baghdadia]
A source in Anbar Ops Command said that the security forces had carried out a large operation to search “deep into the western desert” a few days ago, looking for 6 kidnapped soldiers and their kidnappers. The source, who asked not to be named, said that the operation involved forces from the Army, Anbar and Al-Jazeera Ops Commands, SWAT regiments, and police. The search extended into multiple Anbar districts. [BasNews] The men were kidnapped elsewhere—along the Kirkuk-Baghdad Road.
For the rest of this complicated story, see related reports under Kirkuk, below
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Rapid Intervention units killed 4 Daesh terrorists and captured a Daesh Iraqi commander near Al-Dhab’a village, in Rutba desert.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that an Iraqi Army 1st lieutenant and another soldier were killed and another soldier was wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Rutba desert.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that security units killed Abu Salam Al-Iraqi, a Daesh commander, and 5 of his associates, in a tunnel in the Shirqat area. The source said the terrorist was the “mastermind” behind Daesh attacks and fake checkpoints in Salahuddin.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Shammar tribe fighters and local residents stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Hassan village, east of Tikrit, killing 2 terrorists.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that three tribal PMF fighters were killed when Daesh launched an attack on the Shammar tribe in Al-Na’ema village, in Al-Alam. The source said on Monday that six Shammar tribe fighters were killed and five others wounded in the attack.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that a local policeman was killed and another wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle near Mtaibija.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Saraya Al-Salam captured 11 Daesh suspects from several villages in the Jazeera Samarra area.
Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)
Daesh said it killed a PMF fighter in an ambush in Dujail District, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Daesh kidnapped 6 PMF fighters at a fake checkpoint near Tuz Khurmatu.
The Diyala Police announced on Monday that they had arrested 17 wanted persons on terrorism and criminal charges in various parts of the province. Diyala Police spokesman Colonel Ghalib Al-Atiyah credited the Anti-Crime Division of the Baquba Police and the Emergency Regiment of the Diyala Police with the arrests. [Ghad]
Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded Iraqi Army members and damaged their vehicle with an IED south of Buhriz. [ICDNJun25]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that four PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack on Abu Qarma village in the Al-Waqf area east of Baquba. The source says the terrorists used IFP vehicles in the attack.
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
Diyala Ops Command announced on Monday that a Daesh “camp” had been destroyed, along with several safehouses and vehicles, in Himrin Basin in northeast Diyala. The “camp” was underground, where the Army also destroyed 10 safehouses and 10 motorcycles. [SNG]
Diyala Ops Command announced on Monday that it had destroyed a Daesh “headquarters” and 6 Daesh vehicles, and arrested 4 Daesh fighters. Diyala Ops Commander Mizher Al-Azzawi said it was part of a joint operation between the Army, Police, PMF, and Iraqi Army Air to clear the areas between Tooz District in southeastern Salahuddin, Kifri, Qara Tapa, and the Baghdad-Kirkuk road. [Ghad]
A security source from the Kurdish Asayish said on Monday that there was fighting between federal Iraqi units and armed Daesh fighters in the village of Zarluk, near the Himrin Mountains. The source said that the fighting happened during a search operation in the area by the Federal Police and local police units. [Ghad]
An ”informed source” from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said that Daesh had attacked a home in Himrin, killing a mother and her 3 daughters and stealing all their valuables. One of the daughters reportedly worked for the Electoral Commission in Diyala Province. [Baghdadia]
Jaafar Sheikh Mustafa, an official for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Khanaqin, talked to Bas News about how he saw the security situation in Khanaqin deteriorating, and called for the return of the Peshmerga to the “disputed areas” outside of Kurdistan Region control. Sheikh Mustafa repeated the above story’s claim that Daesh had killed 4 Kurdish women in one of the villages of Himrin. He said that Daesh fighters were now moving freely around villages in Khanaqin, and that Daesh now posed a “large threat” to civilians in the area. [BasNews]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that two PMF fighters were killed when an IED exploded on their SUV near Tal Qusaiba village.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a PMF officer was killed and three other fighters wounded when Daesh attacked their military position in Albu Sulaibi village, in Udhaim.
Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that PMF units killed 2 Daesh terrorists in the Nafut Khana area. The source said the terrorists were planting IEDs
The Center for Security Information said that the Federal Police had found 7 IEDs and a Daesh safehouse during a search operation in Kirkuk Province, and arrested a defendant with a “Turkish-made machine gun.” [Baghdadia]
Kirkuk-Baghdad Road kidnapping
Daesh published a video showing 6 Iraqis it had captured earlier, threatening to execute them unless several Daesh women were released by Iraqi authorities within 3 days. It says that the kidnapped persons are from the Iraqi Police and PMF, 3 of the kidnap victims were from Karbala, and 1 from Anbar. [Qasioun]
The Center for Security Information said on Monday that following the kidnapping of 6 people on the Kirkuk-Baghdad road, Haider Al-Abadi, in his Commander-in-Chief role, held a meeting with leaders of the security and intelligence services. The Center added that an unnamed security service had arrested “several” Daesh fighters that it said were linked to the kidnapping incident, without providing further details. [Sumaria]
However, an unnamed source in the Center for Security Information contradicted the last point of the previous story, saying that reports that terrorists linked to the kidnapping incident on the Kirkuk-Baghdad road had been arrested were untrue. [Forat]
Activists on social networking sites criticized what they described as the government’s “silence” regarding people kidnapped by Daesh, and called on the PM to take action to save the lives of those kidnapped. One activist, Ahmed Al-Husseini, asked everyone to appeal to PM Haider Al-Abadi to take action. Another citizen from Karbala said that the kidnap victims’ lives would end “within a matter of hours” and asked rhetorically if that did not deserve an emergency session of the CoR. [Sumaria]
A late-breaking story cited an anonymous security source as saying that the 6 people who had been kidnapped by Daesh had been freed by security personnel. [Sumaria]
See related report above under Rutba.
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
The Center for Security Information announced the capture of a booby-trapped safehouse on a main street in Hawija. The safehouse and its contents, including mortar shells and explosives belts, were destroyed. [Dijlah] [Baghdadia] [Buratha]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that IFP units started a military operation to clear areas between Hawija on Riyadh and killed 6 Daesh terrorists. The source sent us photos of the operation.
Daesh said it killed an IFP “spy” in Al-Salmani village, in Riyadh, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)
A military intelligence officer in Hawija District, Hassan Al-Swafi, said on Sunday that planes had bombed a Daesh safehouse in Kirkuk Province. Al-Swafi said that the Federal Police and Hawija Police had searched for the safehouse in Wadi Zeghitun in Rashad subdistrict, and after finding it, called in the airstrike, killing the 6 fighters inside. Al-Swafi added that the killed Daesh fighters were planning to carry out terrorist attacks on civilians and security personnel. [Sumaria]
The Ninewa Court of Inquiry accepted the confessions of 2 Daesh terrorists, the Supreme Judicial Council announced on Monday. Council spokesman Abd Al-Sattar Birqdar said that 1 of them had been an official for Daesh detachments on the east side [of Mosul]. [Sumaria]
Iraqi Army search operations in Ninewa found new Daesh documents that include names of their fighters, their surnames, photos, dates of birth, and wives’ names. Their status, e.g.: “deserted; still fighting; dead; injured,” etc., is also mentioned. [Shafaaq]
According to a PMF statement, a joint PMF and Army team completed a search and clearing operation in the desert west of the city of Mosul, covering an area up to 40 km (25 miles) deep into the desert. The report was otherwise non-specific about the location. [Forat]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that PMF units captured 2 Daesh terrorists, who fled from battles in eastern Hasaka province, in the Tal Abta area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Iraqi forces concluded their military operations south of Hatra, killing 11 Daesh terrorists, including a Saudi commander, and capturing 22. However, five Iraqi soldiers, including an officer, were killed and four others wounded in the operations.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that 2 Kata’eb Hezbollah fighters were killed when a booby-trapped tunnel exploded on them in Al-Barit village.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that PMF units defused an IED that was planted inside a PMF security office in Hatra city. The source said the PMFs arrested 4 Daesh suspects.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Intelligence Service units captured 2 Daesh members who had returned from the Deir Ez-Zor area to Qayara. The source said that the terrorists were trying to get their jobs back at the Qayara Directorate of Electricity when they were identified by other employees. The source sent us photos of the 2 men.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that PMF fighters captured Mohammed Elias, a Daesh commander, who was hiding in the desert near Al-Safina village. The source says the terrorist admitted there are 20 more Daesh terrorists in the area, suffering from the lack of food because the people of the area are not cooperating with them.
The Center for Security Information said that units under Ninewa Ops Command had found 13 IEDs and arrested 1 suspect during a clearing operation in the village of Qasaba Al-Ra’i. Center spokesman General Yahya said that the same units also found a weapons cache in the Bir Al-Mahaifin area, containing 25 stun grenades, 43 mortar shells of different types, 6 rocket launchers, 1 Katyusha rocket, a “homemade” rocket, and 4 tank shells. [Buratha]
The Dhi Qar Criminal Court sentenced 6 Daesh convicts to death on Sunday, on charges of initiating a deadly attack on two restaurants in 2017. [Forat]
Babel Police reported on Monday that they had found a 130mm cannon while searching farmland in the Al-Kharbana area in Jbala subdistrict. [AIN]
The Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that intelligence detachments had arrested 2 wanted terrorists in Suleimaniya Province. The Ministry statement said that the arrestees had carried out several terrorist operations, including targeting security forces with IEDs and targeted killings of citizens in Diyala Province. [Rudaw]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
The Turkish election results showed that President Erdogan leading the presidential race with 56.5% of the vote, after the sorting and counting of most of the votes. The opposition is expressing doubt about the accuracy of the results, announced by pro-government media. [SyriaNow]
DaeshDaily comment. Later reports indicated that Erdogan was declared the winner. He will govern with increased authority under constitutional changes previously approved. It was also reported that while his AKP party did not win a parliamentary majority, it will control a majority of seats through an alliance with a nationalist party.
A Kurdish news service accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party of manipulating the election, saying that the Anadolu news agency, which is state-run and affiliated with the ruling party, announced his victory even before the end of the counting process. The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) reportedly has won 66 seats out of 600. [Hawar]
DaeshDaily comment. The HDP thus made the 10% threshold and will hold seats in parliament, despite AKP efforts to hold them under 10%.
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Talking to the Russian TV station NTV, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said, “We will fight to liberate the northern areas,” adding that fighting is not the government’s favored option, but that it had to regain control of the whole country. [Dorar]
The Dutch government says it is providing support to countries “neighboring Syria and affected by its refugee crisis.” The Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade Sigrid Kaag is currently in Jordan, one of those countries. The Dutch are allocating 400 million euros to be distributed to Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon between 2019-2022. [ZamanAlwasl]
Northwest (No reports)
Rudaw carried a report featuring interviews with residents of the Dashisha area after the SDF had driven Daesh out of their villages. A woman called “Umm Mohammed” said that Daesh fighters had prevented anyone from coming or going. A villager from the region, Mohammed Abu Harith, said that villagers were punished with 25 lashes for smoking. “Umm Suleiman” said that they had been living off rain water, with no electricity, gas, or school services for several years. “Abu Mu’ath” said that there had been no medical services for the villagers and that Daesh had prevented them from traveling to Hasaka or Shaddadi for medical treatment. [Rudaw]
Rudaw reported that Daesh was “on its last legs” in Hasaka, but added that the SDF still faced 2 main obstacles. The first was that Daesh could use civilians as human shields, and the second was clearing the large number of mines and booby traps planted in the area. Daesh is reported as now controlling an area of only about 15 km2. The next step for the SDF in its Dashisha campaign will be the village of Tuwaimin, they said. [Rudaw] Tuwaimin is 50 km (31 miles) northeast of Shaddadi.
The SDF has killed 274 Daesh members in its campaign to liberate Dashisha. [Hawar]
Raqqa city & district
The SDF attacked military positions held by its erstwhile Arab ally, Thuwar Al-Raqqa, in Raqqa and its surroundings. Thuwar Al-Raqqa announced in a statement that “Kurdish forces are shooting heavily on the Brigade’s offices,” calling on the people of Raqqa to demonstrate peacefully to end the siege. [Qasioun]
DaeshDaily comment. Thuwar Al-Raqqa has been allied with the SDF in Raqqa District, but uneasily at times. The incident indicates a definite split, over issues not yet clear.
Central and West
SOHR says that unknown gunmen assassinated a leader in Tahrir Al-Sham somewhere in western Aleppo Province (district unspecified), saying that the victim is the deputy officer for bombings. The former Tahrir Al-Sham officer responsible for bombings was killed 72 hours earlier. [SyriaHR]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Deir Ez-Zor District
The Syrian government announced that it had recovered vast areas in the desert of Deir Ez-Zor from Daesh. It says that it captured an area of 1088 km2 west of Deir Ez-Zor, extending to the Iraq border. [Qasioun]
Albu Kamal District
Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, the Deputy Commander of the PMF organization, says that although all PMF factions are affiliated to the government, the PMF will not tolerate attacks on them. He says that the PMF confirmed, after gathering the remains of the rockets that struck them, that the attack was American. The strike killed 22 PMF fighters and wounded 12 on Monday. [Qasioun]
DaeshDaily comment. It is hard to evaluate this. The gentleman is a known pro-Iran leader and is not an objective source, which could be said of the PMF leadership in general. The Commander-in-Chief has said nothing, which leaves doubts as to who is being represented in this allegation. It is yet to be explained why the particular PMF militia (pro-Iran) hit by the airstrike was fighting in that area, and there has been no statement that this was authorized by the Commander-in-Chief. The Iraqi Army has said it has no knowledge of the airstrike, which again reveals the unfortunate truth that the PMF organization does not operate within the Iraqi Army. The US has already denied that there were any US airstrikes in that area. We would all like to get to the bottom of this.
On Saturday, the Iraqi military issued a statement saying said it killed at least 45 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike on Hajin. The statement said that that F-16 fighter jets targeted a meeting of senior Daesh leaders. It said that among the killed were Daesh’s deputy “minister of war,” a media “emir,” Daesh’s police commander, a member of Daesh’s senior committee, a messenger for Daesh leader Awwad Baghdadi, and others. It also said the strike destroyed 3 houses linked by an underground tunnel. The statement said that the airstrike was carried out at the request of Prime Minister Abadi. [IMN]
Iraqi planes dropped pamphlets on the town of Hajin, held by Daesh, in the east of Deir Ez-Zor. The pamphlets called on civilians to evacuate the city, saying there would be more airstrikes in the coming days. Neither the SDF, surrounding the city, nor the Coalition have opened safe routes for civilians to evacuate the city. [Qasioun]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that many Iranian Revolutionary Guard members, including a general, were killed when a vehicle bomb exploded on them near Albu Kamal city.
The Russian Ministry of Defense says that the Syrian Army thwarted an attack by Al-Nusra on several positions in southern Syria with the help of Russian planes and some factions of the “Free Army” that sided with the government forces. [SyriaNow]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that government forces, supported by Russian planes, advanced several kilometers in the Badiya Shamiya area in southeastern Syria. The source says the forces shelled Melihit Al-Atash town, killing 4 Daesh terrorists.
The Syrian government Ops Room says a Colonel in the Al-Nimr pro-government militia was killed in the fighting with opposition militia units in Daraa. [Dorar]
Daesh said on Monday that a group of its terrorists attacked Syrian Army units near Bir Al-Na’ema, in eastern Daraa near Suwayda, killing 9 soldiers, wounding others, and destroying an ambulance and a BMP armored vehicle, before returning safely. [ICDNJun24]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a police major and six civilians were killed in a Daesh mortar shelling on Hardan town.
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
Thousands demonstrated in Tehran, demanding that the Iranian government leave Syria and concentrate on building the Iranian economy. Iranians initiated a widespread series of demonstration at the end of 2017 for the same reason. [Dorar]
The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign affairs says it cannot receive more Syrian refugees as an outcome of war in southern Syria. It said on Sunday that Jordan is not ready to bear the consequences of escalation in Daraa, calling all parties to respect the de-escalation agreements reached, and think about a political solution for the Syrian crisis. [EnabBaladi]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that refugees in Al-Rukban Camp on the Jordan-Syria border are leaving the camp because of the lack of food. The source said food items were not distributed for 4 days.
Daesh said on Monday that a group of its terrorists attacked an Egyptian Army security barrier near Rafah, killing or wounding several soldiers, before returning safely. [ICDNJun25]
Daesh said it targeted a gathering of Egyptian soldiers in the Alwat Abu Rashid area, south of Sheikh Zuweid, with 2 IEDs, on Sunday. [ICDNJun25]
Sky News reported that the Libyan Directorate announced on Sunday that the Libyan National Army killed Atiya Al-Sha’ari, the leader of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Mujahidi Shura Council of Derna and its suburbs. This occurred amid week-long clashes in the city of Derna. [Hawar]
The Libyan Army media coordinator said that the Army was continuing to organize its ranks in the “oil crescent” area, following what they characterized as the “sabotage, destruction, and theft … by terrorist groups” around the ports. They accused Ibrahim Jadhran’s men of having killed, beaten, and stolen from foreign oil workers in Sidra. [AfriGate]
Libyan Army Command transferred control of the oil ports and the Sirte bay to the National Oil Corporation, which is administered by the interim government. [Libya24]
A de–mining company in Sirte said that it had successfully dismantled a sophisticated bomb that was found on the road, 20 km (12 miles) from the center of Sirte. [Wasat]