An Update On ISIS Activities

October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018

 

Iraqi Army Units in West Anbar (Source:​​ DD Oct 9)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Coalition announces arrests of Daesh financiers [..]

Turkish FM confirms Turkey to give Iraq more water [..]

Daesh ambushes PMF convoy [..]

Daesh financier leaves​​ its​​ “State of Diyala” bankrupt [..]

 

Turkey

Khashoggi case threatens US-Saudi relationship​​ [..]

 

Syria

UNICEF calls for humanitarian access to Rukban camp [..]

Pompeo says no US reconstruction money while Iranian troops in Syria [..]

Daesh attacks​​ SDF​​ around Al-Busayrah​​ [..]

Increased fighting in Albu Kamal follows​​ sandstorm [..]

Syrian Army said to be advancing around Al-Safa [..]

 

Other​​ countries

United States:​​ FP​​ runs report on Daesh financial outlook [..] ​​ 

Afghanistan:Mines kill 180 people a month in Afghanistan​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said on Thursday that Iraqi SOF​​ and Kurdish Counter-Terrorism units, with Coalition assistance, had arrested members of the Al-Rawi financial network, which they called a “key ISIS financial facilitation group.”​​ A total of 10 arrests were made​​ during operations​​ in Baghdad and Erbil between October 7​​ and​​ 9. [InherentResolve]​​ [Forat]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Some of these arrests were previously reported in​​ DaeshDaily. An earlier draft of this press release omitted the credit to the Kurdish units involved.

 

The Lebanese daily​​ Al-Akhbar​​ says an Iraqi court sentenced Tariq Al-Khayat, a Lebanese Daesh leader, to death. Al-Khayat was handed over by the US to Iraq around a year ago. He was the financial official of Daesh in Raqqa. He lost 2 sons in Daesh​​ military action​​ in Syria and Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

The head of the Security Committee for the Diyala Provincial Council, Sadiq Al-Husseini, says the Iraqi courts sentenced​​ to death​​ 10 Daesh operatives from Diyala during 2018. This​​ included​​ the “Daesh mastermind” of Diyala, who was responsible for planning many terrorist operations in the province. [BaghdadToday]

 

Foreign policy

Turkish Foreign Minister​​ Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says​​ that the amount of​​ water released to Iraq will​​ be​​ increased​​ on​​ the​​ request of Iraqi CoR Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi. Al-Halbousi​​ met with​​ Çavuşoğlu and​​ the​​ Turkish​​ Ambassador to Baghdad in​​ his office in the CoR building.​​ [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This confirms Wednesday’s statement to the same effect by Al-Halbousi. It remains to be seen if the Turkish increase will be enough to balance out the water cuts by Iran, also announced Wednesday.

 

BAGHDAD

Baghdad Ops Command said on Thursday that it had arrested 6 wanted persons in various areas of the capital, including 3 wanted on terrorism charges. [Ghad]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source in Baghdad said on Thursday that a roadside IED had exploded in Baladiyat, eastern Baghdad, killing​​ three​​ and wounding several​​ others. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

A security source in the local Anbar Police Command said on Thursday that security personnel had adopted “strict measures”​​ in response​​ to bad weather conditions from a sandstorm, which could provide cover for Daesh members to infiltrate the province. [FaceIraq]

 

Falluja

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Thursday that units in its 51st​​ Infantry Brigade and 14th​​ Division had arrested 4 members of a terrorist sleeper cell in the Qarma​​ subdistrict. [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Ministry of Defense says that the 14th​​ Army Division found a cache of mortar shells in Albu Hamoud Al-Aziz village, Saqlawiya subdistrict. 83 120mm shells and 16 IEDS were found. [Ghad]

 

Hit/Haditha

Qatari Al-Samarmad, Commander of the tribal PMF in Baghdadi, says the military campaign against Daesh in the western desert of Anbar​​ has​​ been​​ successful. He says 5 areas​​ were searched, including the Horan Valley, and areas around the main road were secured. [BasNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that several PMF members were killed or wounded and several vehicles destroyed in a Daesh attack on a PMF convoy on the​​ desert​​ road between Baiji and Haditha. The source said the attack started when Daesh set off several IEDs​​ targeting​​ the convoy. The source said Daesh is trying to cut off Shia militias’ supply lines to Syria.​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it set off an IED on IFP members in Tikrit city on Wednesday. It said when rescuers came, it set of a vehicle bomb. It said 37 people were killed or wounded in the 2 explosions, including the chief of the Tikrit Emergency Police and other officers. [ICDNOct11]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These bombings were confirmed by a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source and​​ Sumaria​​ on Wednesday; their preliminary casualty estimates were 1-2 people killed and 4-10 wounded.

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad)

General Kaen Al-Shammari, Deputy Commander of SWAT units in Salahuddin, says his units arrested a Daesh cell in Ishaqi, southern Salahuddin, responsible for “over 60” terrorist attacks against security and military personnel. [SNG]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their armored personnel carrier with a “double IED” in Bir Ahmed village, in Amerli. [ICDNOct11]

It also said it killed or wounded more soldiers and damaged a Humvee with an IED near the same village. [ICDNOct11]

 

DIYALA

A security source in Diyala Province said on Thursday that Daesh’s “State of Diyala” was facing bankruptcy after the Daesh “emir” “Abu Huthaifah” stole funds from them. The source said in an interview that documents seized by the security services in Himrin Basin showed that the “State of Diyala” was severely short of money due to poor funding and a lack of domestic resources, as well as “Abu Huthaifah” disappearing with a large sum of money. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is the third Daesh financial officer to be reported in either theft or attempted theft in the last week. If this trend continues, it would somewhat undercut​​ Foreign Policy’s conclusions about Daesh’s continued financial viability (see story​​ below​​ under United States).

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya)

An “official source” in Diyala Province said on Thursday that there was “a political motive” for the failure to eliminate Daesh cells from areas in northern Muqdadiya​​ subdistrict. The source claimed that as long as Daesh remained, “influential parties” could periodically call for the areas to be cleared, in order​​ to confuse the political situation. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This follows Wednesday’s report that the head of the Diyala Council claimed that an uncleared area around Sinsil posed a threat to Muqdadiya.

 

Northern Diyala (Khanaqin)

The Ministry of the Interior says it arrested a terrorist trying to blow himself up in Khanaqin, northeast Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source in Kirkuk says a roadside IED exploded​​ on Baghdad Road,​​ near the​​ “Tires Complex​​ in​​ central​​ Kirkuk​​ city,​​ killing​​ one​​ civilian and wounding​​ four​​ others. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Center for Security Information says that IFP and intelligence units killed a Daesh commander, said to be the leader of the “4th​​ Qadisiya Brigade,” between the Shalakha and Al-Dub villages​​ in Riyadh subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that​​ one​​ PMF fighter was killed in a Daesh attack on Akola village. The source said Daesh also captured weapons and ammunition before fleeing the area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that​​ two​​ PMF members were killed when a group of Daesh terrorists on motorcycles attacked military positions in Bakara village, in Al-Zab​​ subdistrict.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed one PMF fighter and wounded five others in an attack on​​ Al-Ahnaf​​ village, in Abbasi subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Southwest (Daquq,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A security source in Kirkuk said on Thursday that an IED had targeted the home of a PUK official in Daquq. The source added that the IED detonation caused only material damage. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The Ministry of the Interior said on Thursday that units under the Ninewa Police had arrested 2 Daesh fighters with outstanding warrants,​​ in the Al-Zahra neighborhood of east Mosul.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

The Ninewa police say a search operation was initiated by security personnel, following intelligence tips regarding a Daesh presence in Qayara. The operation resulted in the arrest of 19 Daesh fighters, who were armed with light weapons. [BasNews]

 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said that units under​​ its​​ command had arrested a wanted terrorist who was hiding in the Jada’a IDP camp in Qayara subdistrict. It is unclear if this arrest is included​​ among​​ the​​ 9 noted​​ above.​​ [Forat]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

The Commander responsible for checkpoints and external roads in Dhi Qar says that 2 men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested, 1 at the Al-Fajr checkpoint north of Dhi Qar, the other at the Maythem Al-Tammar checkpoint south of the city. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This might indicate that Daesh is planning attacks in southern Iraq.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

Turkey and the US increased pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain how journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, the wire service​​ AFP​​ reported. The​​ Washington Post​​ revealed that according to US intelligence intercepts, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered an operation to​​ lure​​ Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia. Turkish officials continue to say that Khashoggi was killed, and Turkish President Erdogan challenged the Saudis to produce CCTV footage showing​​ that​​ Khashoggi left the consulate alive as the Saudis have claimed. The Saudis responded by claiming that their CCTV system was not working that day.​​ 

 Trump said in an interview that the US was “being very tough” in trying to get answers, and that the US was working with both Turkey and Saudi Arabia on the case. A Turkish source denied that the US was working on the case with Turkish investigators. US Congress members and Senators said that the case could potentially threaten US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Jeremy Hunt, the British​​ Foreign Secretary, also said he was “extremely worried” and that the case could harm the UK-Saudi relationship.​​ [AFP]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

UNICEF called on all parties to the fighting in Syria to allow humanitarian services to the Rukban camp on the JordanSyria border. UNICEF reported that​​ two​​ children, 5 days and 4 months old respectively, died in the camp due to lack of health services. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

United States

Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, said that Syria would not get a single dollar from the US for reconstruction as long as Iranian-supported forces remained in the country. [ElDorar]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s a reasonable policy position but previous statements have indicated that the US would not contribute to reconstruction while Assad was still in power.​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

The YPG and YPJ say they carried out a series of attacks on pro-Turkey militia groups, killing 4 fighters in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

A Daesh mine blew off the leg of a child in Tal Sousin village,​​ in Azaz. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The YPG says its counter-terrorism units arrested 3 Daesh operatives: 1 Turkish, 1 German, and 1 Canadian. It says the 3 entered Syria from Turkey; the place where they were arrested was not named.​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The​​ SOHR​​ reported a continued deterioration of security in Idlib and surrounding areas. The most recent incident was the explosion of 3 IEDs in eastern Idlib and the Zawiya Mountains. The first killed a former commander​​ of the National Front for Liberation (affiliated with the Turkey-backed “FSA”)​​ in Maarat Al-Numan, while the other 2 went off on the Aleppo-Sarmin Road, killing 1 civilian and wounding another. The​​ SOHR​​ said that this raises the total number of casualties in Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama from such incidents to 349. [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

The​​ SOHR​​ reported that there were 2 hand grenade explosions in the Armenian neighborhood of Homs on Wednesday, without causing any casualties. This area was subject to several bombing attacks that left dozens of civilians killed last January and December. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ reported a new attack by Daesh on SDF positions near Al-Busayrah,​​ in​​ eastern Deir Ez-Zor, ending with heavy machine gun fire that left several casualties on the SDF side. [SyriaHR]

Qasioun​​ confirmed that Daesh initiated several attacks on SDF positions in the town of Al-Busayrah, eastern Deir Ez-Zor. News reports said that new Daesh field commanders were leading the battles in the area. [Qasioun]

Daesh said it killed seven SDF members and wounded others in attacks on 2 security barriers in Al-Shuhail town​​ in​​ Al-Busayrah​​ subdistrict, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

The​​ SOHR​​ reported that 12 children were wounded in Salu village, in the part of Deir Ez-Zor controlled by the Syrian government, following a Daesh land mine explosion. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin​​ District

2 armed men on a motorcycle also attacked an SDF checkpoint in Al-Tayyana, while a group of Daesh fighters attacked the SDF in Dernaj village. [SyriaHR]

Daesh said it killed or wounded more SDF members in​​ 2​​ attacks​​ in Al-Tayyana village and 1 near a school in Dernaj. [ICDNOct11]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ reported increased fighting between the SDF,​​ backed by the​​ Coalition, and Daesh on the east bank of the Euphrates in Deir Ez-Zor, noting an increase in casualties on both sides. This follows Daesh’s counter-attacks under cover of the sandstorm, and its recovery of some points it lost earlier. [SyriaHR]

Kurdish sources confirmed that the fighting intensified in Deir Ez-Zor between the SDF and Daesh, which was trying to make use of the bad weather conditions to counter-attack. The SDF has so far blocked all such attempts and inflicted heavy casualties on their enemy, say the sources. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Reports on​​ Wednesday​​ were that Daesh attacks under cover of the sandstorm focused on Hajin, and that there was an SDF counter-attack around Al-Susah.

 

Daesh claimed to have killed and wounded dozens of SDF fighters in its attacks on eastern Deir Ez-Zor. It says it killed 18 SDF soldiers and wounded several others in Hajin and Al-Susah. It says it attacked SDF in Hajin and Al-Baqaan, and twice in Susah, where it claimed to have lured the SDF into an ambush in a minefield. SDF sources confirmed that Daesh attacked the area during​​ the sandstorm. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This repeats some Daesh claims that we published on Wednesday, without verifying them.​​ The minefield stories have been used too often to have credibility.

 

The Syrian Army carried out a series of arrests of young men in Albu Kamal to forcibly recruit them for service in the military or reserves. Earlier, the Army arrested 22 people in Mayadin​​ who have​​ relatives fighting with Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it​​ attacked​​ 3 SDF military positions, destroyed an armored personnel carrier and 2 other vehicles, and captured a vehicle and weapons and ammunition in an attack north of Al-Sha’afa town. It also said it forced SDF units to retreat toward the Iraqi border​​ and​​ then clashed​​ with PMF units on the Iraqi side. [ICDNOct11]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of clashes near Al-Bahra village. [ICDNOct11]

Daesh published on Thursday photos of clashes in the Al-Susah area. [ICDNOct11]

Daesh published on Thursday photos of clashes north of Al-Sha’afa and Kashma towns. [ICDNOct11]

Daesh issued a video of an attack on SDF positions east of Al-Sha’afa. [A3maq]

Daesh​​ previously​​ reported these attacks on Wednesday.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The​​ SOHR​​ reported that the Syrian Army was advancing in Tilul Al-Safa​​ (Al-Safa Hills), amid intensified fighting and high losses among the​​ combatants. They said that while the Syrian Army wants to recover all​​ territory​​ remaining under Daesh control​​ in the area, Daesh’s objective is only to inflict as many casualties as possible upon the advancing forces. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Thursday its snipers killed​​ 9​​ Syrian soldiers near Al-Safa Hills. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

 

See above under Turkey – Political developments

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier at the Abu Khuwaitir security barrier, south of Arish, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct11]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded Egyptian soldiers and damaged an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier and 2 bulldozers with 3 IEDs near Al-Shalalfa village, south of Rafah. [A3maq] [ICDNOct11]

 

Libya

A local source said on Tuesday that a 21-year-old man had been killed by unidentified gunmen near the entrance to the city of Sirte.​​ [Wasat]

 

A 12-year-old child was shot by a stray bullet in the Maloum neighborhood of​​ Benghazi and​​ is receiving hospital treatment.​​ [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

The US magazine​​ Foreign Policy​​ published a report on Wednesday covering Daesh’s plans for securing funding. The magazine said that Daesh had made about $6 billion during the height of its territorial control of Iraq and Syria, mainly through oil and gas, internal taxation, and the looting of Mosul. However, according to​​ Foreign Policy, Daesh no longer needs to hold territory, since it estimates that the surviving Daesh leadership smuggled up to $400 million out of Iraq and Syria. Moreover, Daesh can now raise money through non-territorial criminal activities, including extortion, kidnapping, drug smuggling, and antiquities trafficking. The report also said that Daesh was likely to try to extort companies and other entities working on rebuilding projects, such as the reconstruction of Mosul. [BaghdadToday] [ForeignPolicy]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed a Somali customs employee in a market in Bosaso city. [A3maq]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Mohammed Shihab Hakimi, head of the Afghan Directorate of Mine Action Coordination, says that mines kill 180 persons per month on average in Afghanistan. Most casualties are children, he says. The​​ State​​ Minister​​ for Disaster​​ Management in​​ Afghanistan​​ says​​ that the​​ government​​ has​​ already cleared​​ mines from a​​ 2,500 km2​​ area​​ and defused over 19 million mines,​​ UXOs,​​ and IEDs in the past 30 years,​​ but​​ that they​​ still need international support to remove​​ the​​ hundreds of thousands​​ of mines remaining. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of the​​ execution​​ of captured “American and Afghan armies’ spies.” [ICDNOct11]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of a group of its terrorists in an unspecified location in “Khorasan” (Afghanistan and Pakistan). [ICDNOct11]

 

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