An Update On ISIS Activities

March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019

 

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Car Bomb Explosion in Mosul (DD Mar 8)

 

 

 

Important notice to our readers:​​ Daesh Daily is taking a break​​ after this issue.​​ Maybe this is a​​ relatively​​ convenient time in the​​ Iraq/Syria​​ news cycle, but the immediate reason is that our Co-Editors will be traveling for at least the next two weeks. We value your interest and are sure many will miss our daily updates, but take a deep breath. We will be tracking developments​​ and will catch up with you shortly.

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Yazidi horror stories emerge as some are freed. [..]

East Mosul car bomb kills 2,​​ injures 10 near popular restaurant. [..]

KRG ends mandatory withholdings on government salary payments. [..]

 

Turkey

Defense Minister asks Russia to stop Syrian attacks in Idlib, to avert mass exodus. [..]

 

Syria

CENTCOM’s Gen. Votel says there is no time pressure on US withdrawal.​​ [..]

No commitments to date by European allies for US-proposed combined force in Syria [..]

UNOCHA says overwhelmed Al-Hawl camp now has 62,000 people—90% women & children [..]

. . . and 3,000 more arrived on Thursday.​​ [..]

SDF lets 1,050 more out of Al-Baghouz, then resumes military attack. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

Mohammed Al-Ogaily, a CoR MP from Nouri Al-Maliki’s Rule of Law bloc, says that Iraq is unable to contain the large numbers of terrorists handed over for trial in Iraq. He called for more cooperation and coordination between the federal government and the KRG to contain the “fragile” security situation. [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A military source in Anbar said that Iraq received the last group of Daesh prisoners from the SDF under the supervision of the Coalition. The source said that they are being kept in a detention center in Al-Qa’im. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A report by​​ Al-Baghdadia​​ pondered whether Daesh is returning to Iraq, following a Daesh operation that killed 6 fishermen from Najaf in Haditha, and an armed attack that was thwarted by the IFP in Shirqat, as well as the kidnapping operations targeting mushroom hunters in the Anbar desert. Faleh Al-Fayadh, the National Security Advisor, warned of a “new generation” of Daesh that is currently underground, which he said will pose a threat to the whole world, although he noted that the social environment in Iraq is no longer conducive to Daesh thought. Sean Ryan, the Coalition spokesman, said that Daesh is present in very small groups, but still can pose a threat. Reports​​ have​​ said that about 1,000 Daesh fighters entered Iraq within the past 6 months, mainly from Syria. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

President Barham Salih, speaking to the Emirati newspaper​​ The National, said that foreign Daesh fighters tried in Iraq could be given death sentences. Salih said that Daesh fighters would be tried in accordance with Iraqi law, which includes the possibility of death penalties for those found guilty of killing Iraqis. [Reuters]

 

Yazidi returnees

Yazidi children still have bad memories of Daesh captivity, saying they were forced to attend Quranic​​ and other religious​​ lessons, and that they were constantly on the move during the advance of the SDF forces in Al-Baghouz. 1 Yazidi girl said that Muslims were well-treated, but that non-Muslim girls and women worked as maids and were humiliated. 21 Yazidi children, both boys and girls, recently returned to their families in Sinjar after being freed from Daesh captivity. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

A 20-year-old Yazidi women who reached the SDF-held areas in Al-Baghouz said that during her captivity she was forced to put on a veil and was sold to 10 different men. Many Yazidi women and children are still missing after being kidnapped by Daesh. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Joint Ops Command said that the 15th​​ Army Division secured the return of 9 Yazidi children and 1 Yazidi woman to their families in Sinjar. The hostages were freed in Syria by the SDF. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

In an appropriately timed statement given the stories just above, the UN​​ honored​​ the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8). It said​​ that the Iraqi and Kurdistan governments have taken major steps​​ to support the rights of women, but that more should be done to involve women in policy-making. The statement added that changes were needed to recover from the conflicts of the past 3 years. [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh said it killed five soldiers on Thursday when it attacked an Iraqi Army position in the Abayachi area, in Tarmiya​​ District, with medium weapons. [ICDNMar8-Telegram]

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 2 Iraqi Army 7th​​ Division soldiers were killed while stopping a Daesh attack on a military position near the Kubaisa Irrigation Project. The source said the Division killed 2 terrorists and forced the rest to flee.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said it killed a PMF fighter and wounded another on Thursday when it attacked a military position in the Farahatiya area, in Ishaqi subdistrict, with medium weapons. [ICDNMar8-Telegram]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur)

Daesh said it wounded IFP policemen and damaged their vehicle with an IED on Thursday in the Jalam Al-Daur area in Al-Daur District. [ICDNMar8-Telegram]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier on Thursday in Yousef Al-Hailan village, in​​ the​​ Buhriz subdistrict​​ of Baquba. [ICDNMar8-Telegram]​​ 

 

Northern Diyala (Khanaqin)

The PMF media office said that the 23rd​​ PMF Brigade in Diyala attacked​​ Daesh in​​ the​​ orchards of​​ Ibrahim Bek and Mubarak in Khanaqin, destroying 2 Daesh safehouses and killing 1 Daesh fighter. Light and medium weapons were confiscated in the operation. [Buratha]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source said on Friday that an IED had targeted the house of a colonel and planning officer in the Khazra’ neighborhood of Kirkuk city.​​ [Sumaria]

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that IFP units raided Al-Hilwat,​​ Al-Tarqiya, and Shmet,​​ in the​​ Al-Zab subdistrict,​​ and arrested 11 Daesh suspects. The source said all the arrestees had arrest warrants on terrorism charges from Kirkuk courts. ​​ 

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

In a follow-up to yesterday’s major road attack,​​ Daesh said it killed 11 fighters, including commanders, wounded 34 others, and set their vehicles on fire on Wednesday when it ambushed 4 vehicles carrying PMF fighters on the road between Qaraj and Makhmur, near Makhmur Mountain. Daesh said the clashes lasted for several hours. [ICDNMar8-Telegram]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If true, then it is unclear why Iraqi aircrafts were not deployed. And for the anti-Coalition loudmouths​​ who disdain its air support, wouldn’t Coalition planes save lives when such attacks happen?​​ 

On another point, it is not to our surprise that this incident occurred in Makhmur, notwithstanding two statements yesterday that put the incident in Kirkuk Province.​​ We won’t be surprised if the next allegation is that the incident reflects a lack of coordination between the Iraqi Army and the Peshmerga in Makhmur.​​ 

The Security Media Center had said​​ yesterday​​ that Daesh ambushed unarmed Turkmen PMF soldiers who were returning from leave on the Mosul–Tuz road near Makhmur, killing 6 and wounding 31 others. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Ninewa SWAT units found a weapons and explosives cache in Khaznah village, in the Bartella subdistrict of Hamdaniya.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that an Iraqi Army 1st​​ lieutenant was wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in the Kokjali area, at the entrance to east Mosul.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 2 civilians, including a 12-year-old girl, were killed and 6 others wounded when a parked car bomb exploded near a restaurant in Al-Muthanna neighborhood, in east Mosul. The source said that security experts believe that the vehicle was rigged with explosives in a nearby area.​​ 

The Security Media Center​​ later​​ reported a vehicle bomb explosion​​ in the​​ Al-Muthanna neighborhood. [Sumaria]​​ A​​ security source said that the explosion took place near the restaurant “Spicy.​​ [Forat]​​ Forat​​ published photos of the explosion. [Forat]

A security source said that the bombing had killed 1 woman and injured 6 other people. [Sumaria]​​ The Ninewa Health Director confirmed in a statement that 1 person had been killed and 6 injured in the bombing. The statement said that the person killed was a 13-year-old girl.​​ [Forat]

The Security Media Center reported later on Friday that the car bomb explosion on the east side of Mosul city killed​​ 2 people, including a 13-year-old girl,​​ and injured 10. [Rudaw]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Military Intelligence Service units captured a Daesh commander in an ambush near Abu Mariya hills,​​ just​​ west of Tal Afar. The source said the terrorist was transporting RPG rockets and ammunition in his vehicle to terrorists hiding​​ in the hills.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF EOD units defused 2 IEDs that were planted on a bridge near Hatra.​​ 

 

Daesh said it wounded tribal PMF “intelligence members” and damaged their vehicle with an IED on Wednesday in the Jazeera Hatra area. [ICDNMar8-Telegram]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

The President of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani, said on Friday that starting in March 2019, the mandatory savings program, in which part of employees’ salaries are withheld, would be canceled for government employees. The Kurdistan Region has been employing a mandatory savings program for the past year due to financial problems after​​ the CoR​​ reduced its share of the federal budget. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkish security sources said that police arrested 3 Daesh suspects in​​ Şanlıurfa (aka Urfa),​​ southern Turkey.​​ 1​​ arrestee is a UAE national,​​ another is Syrian,​​ and​​ the nationality of the third was not revealed. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

Hulusi Akar, the Turkish Defense Minister, called on Russia to stop the Syrian government’s attacks on Idlib, warning that if the attacks continue, as many as 3.5 million refugees may head to Europe and the US. [ElDorar] [EnabBaladi]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Iran

According to​​ IRNA, the head of​​ the​​ National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Shura Council,​​ Hishmatullah Fallah Bishah, said that the Syrian​​ government​​ owed Iran debts for its military and economic support over the past few years. [ElDorar]

 

Foreign policy

United States

US CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel said that the US feels no time pressure regarding withdrawing its troops from Syria, adding that defeat of Daesh and safe withdrawal are the factors controlling the withdrawal process. There is no specific timetable for the process, he said. [ElDorar]

General Votel also said that European allies are essential to the US effort in Syria. Speaking before the US House Armed Services Committee, he said that the US is pressing 8 European allies, among others, to take part in the re-stabilization of Syria. The US is planning to prevent the reemergence of Daesh in areas liberated by the SDF, and to avoid​​ a​​ possible Turkish-Kurdish collision. [Hawar]

 

The​​ Wall Street Journal​​ wrote that​​ US administration officials had failed to secure commitments from their European allies to send military forces to Syria, missing their self-determined Friday deadline. US officials said that they would continue to press for involvement from their allies to keep Daesh from re-emerging in Syria. [WSJ]

 

Great Britain

The British Ministry of Defense said on Friday that over the past 4.5 years and 1,700 Royal Air Force airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, only 1 civilian was killed. The executive director of the group Action on Armed Violence said that “few conflict experts” believed the figure,​​ and that the UK must be more transparent regarding civilian casualties from airstrikes. [Rudaw] [Telegraph]

 

Northwest

Afrin

The Kurdish militia “Afrin Liberation Forces”​​ said​​ that​​ it had carried out​​ an​​ operation against the Turkish​​ Army,​​ resulting​​ in the killing of​​ 1​​ Turkish soldier and​​ the wounding​​ of​​ 2​​ pro-Turkey militia fighters​​ in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

UNOCHA said that Al-Hawl camp in Hasaka is now hosting over 62,000 refugees and IDPs. 5,200 of whom reached the camp between March 5 and 7. 90% of the newcomers are women and children. [EnabBaladi]

 

On Friday, Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, expressed serious concerns over the safe arrival of thousands of IDPs into Al-Hawl refugee camp in Hasaka. He said that more than 3,000 people, mostly women and children, arrived in Al-Hawl on Thursday night, and that Al-Hawl residents now add up to about 65,000 people. He added that about 100 people had died either on their way to Al-Hawl or shortly after their arrival since the beginning of December 2018. [Anadolu]

 

A news source said that the SDF arrested “many” individuals on charges of belonging to Daesh inside Al-Hawl camp. This occurred after a demonstration inside the camp about poor services and neglect of health conditions. Previous statistics by the UN showed that the SDF’s neglect of the camp resulted in the deaths of about 80 people, mostly children. [ElDorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The SDF is not a government, and does not have international responsibilities for conditions in IDP camps they don’t run. The Al-Hawl camp was already troubled and is now overwhelmed by all the escapees and Daesh family members coming out of Deir Ez-Zor. This could have been predicted and planned for, including by the UN. Let’s not shift the blame.

 

Said Jayashi, a security expert, said that coordination efforts are underway to receive Daesh families of Iraqi nationality from the Al-Hawl camp in Syria. He said the camp hosts a large number of both Daesh-affiliated and non-Daesh Iraqi refugees, and that exact information on numbers and nationalities is still unavailable. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

No reports

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SDF resumed military operations in Al-Baghouz after more 1,050 people, including 90 Daesh fighters, left Daesh-held areas and headed for SDF positions during the past 24 hours. 18,530 people total have now exited Daesh-held areas since February 16. [SyriaHR]

SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali​​ had​​ said that the SDF would​​ resume its attack on​​ Al-Baghouz if no more civilians or armed men come out of the Daesh-held area. He said that the attack was slowed to allow as many civilians and fighters​​ as possible​​ who wish to surrender to leave the area. [BasNews]

 

Kurdish intelligence and SDF units are continuing to sort​​ out​​ thousands of Daesh arrestees in Al-Baghouz, many of whom claim that they came to the area for business or trade. At least 1 Daesh official called “Abu Yousef Al-Maghrebi” (Abu Yousef the Moroccan) was arrested after fleeing Al-Baghouz on February 16. [SyriaHR]

 

South​​ 

No reports

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Libya

The Military Engineering Corps found a cache of munitions and explosive materiel in the Al-Arba’in area, 40 km​​ (25 miles)​​ west of Ajdabiya, northeastern Libya. [AfriGate]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Belgium

The​​ Belgian judiciary declined to try 30 persons and foundations accused of being affiliated​​ with the​​ PKK, saying that the Belgian courts did not have jurisdiction to try them under counter-terrorism laws,​​ despite the fact that​​ the​​ PKK is classified in Belgium as a terrorist group. The​​ Belgian federal prosecutor said that​​ the case should be​​ heard​​ by a court responsible for​​ international humanitarian law.​​ A spokesman for the Belgian Foreign Ministry said that the court decision was independent of the classification of the PKK as a terrorist group, and that Belgium would not change that designation.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Sweden

A Swedish court found David Idrisson, an Uzbek national, guilty of plotting a terrorist attack on behalf of Daesh. The court said that Idrisson had gathered approximately 500 kg of chemicals, gas masks, and military equipment, and that photos of “potential targets” in Stockholm were on his cellphone. Idrisson had been living legally in Sweden since 2008. [AP]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that the NATO in Afghanistan​​ is there to​​ create the conditions for peace” and to “send a clear message to the Taliban that they will not win on the battlefield, but have to sit down at the negotiating table and reach a political agreement.” He made the remarks during a press conference with the President of Poland.​​ [Khaama]

 

Daesh said on Friday it shot and killed an Afghan intelligence​​ officer​​ in Khost city. [ICDNMar8-Telegram]

 

Daesh published on Friday a photo of the 2 terrorists, in masks, who conducted an attack on a Shia​​ gathering in Kabul on Thursday. [ICDNMar8-Telegram]

 

 

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