October 15, 2018
Shabali Village (Source DD October 13)
Move reported within CoR to expel US troops from Iraq. [..]
Al-Sadr calls on Kurds to co-exist within a unified Iraq. [..]
Tribal PMFs in Shirqat retaliate for Daesh attack; expel Daesh families from village. [..]
Kirkuk city vehicle bomb wounds 4, leads to 2 arrests. [..]
19 Daesh officials arrested in Ninewa. [..]
51 Daesh bodies found near Qayara base. [..]
How Turkey learned details of Khashoggi incident is under debate. [..]
Pompeo going to Saudi Arabia to discuss Khashoggi incident with Crown Prince. [..]
CNN report says Khashoggi’s death resulted from a botched interrogation. [..]
BBC says Syria used chemical weapons 106 times after agreeing to destroy them. [..]
Tahrir Al-Sham accepts Russia-Turkey Idlib deal, but suspects Russian motives. [..]
SDF progress remains slow in Albu Kamal. [..]
Syrian Army says it’s advancing in Suwayda desert, but still does not control it. [..]
Yemen: Saudi airstrike kills 17 bus passengers in Hodeida. [..]
1,248 children killed by airstrikes since March 2015 [..]
United States: Secret Service says Daesh schemed to assassinate Trump in Philippines. [..]
Nigeria: Boko Haram executes health worker; threatens to kill 2 others. [..]
Afghanistan: 17 Afghan soldiers killed, 4 wounded 11, kidnapped in Taliban attack. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
An administrative court blocked outgoing Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s decision to dismiss Falih Al-Fayadh from all of his official positions, including his positions as Advisor and Secretary-General to the National Security Council and chairman of the PMF. The court agreed to stop Al-Fayadh’s dismissal on the basis that it would leave a serious void in the security services and potentially cause lasting instability. [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. It’s not clear to us why a court would have veto authority on an obviously executive-branch decision.
Council of Representatives
A Gulf newspaper says that the US is working behind the scenes to obstruct a draft law aiming to expel US troops from the country. The draft will be based on Article 1 and Clause 5 of the Constitution, stating that Iraq is an independent sovereign country, and that the Iraqi Army is responsible for its security. The Pentagon, State Department, and the US Embassy are reported to be in contact with several Iraqi politicians to prevent such a draft from being submitted to the new CoR. [Sumaria]
Muqtada Al-Sadr addressed the Kurds in a letter on Monday, calling them to coexist in a unified Iraq. He promised justice and fairness to the Kurds. He also called them to cooperate to eliminate sectarian divisions and make Kirkuk a model of coexistence among all Iraqis. [Roj]
A senior delegation from the “Reform and Reconstruction” alliance, led by Ammar Al-Hakim, visited Erbil and met with Barzani. The alliance expressed its appreciation for the role of Barzani and the KDP in the history, civilization, and future of Iraq. It said that the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil needed “a new page.” [SotIraq]
The Iraqi expert on extremist groups, Hisham Al-Hashemi, said that following Daesh’s territorial losses, Al-Baghdadi had now eliminated “more than 9” Daesh departments, keeping only 3: the Office of Soldiers, in charge of military affairs; the Office of Security, Intelligence, and Information; and the Office of Administration and Finance. This allegedly shows that Daesh is shifting from a state-like model of operations to a decentralized “advisory board” model. [Dijlah]
The Basra Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh convict to death after his conviction on charges of initiating IED attacks in Diyala 5 years ago. [Sumaria]
Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, and his Syrian counterpart Waleed Al-Muallem both expressed their hopes to reopen all the border crossings between the two countries soon, especially Albu Kamal. [Hawar]
Baghdad Ops Command said on Monday that security personnel under its command had arrested a fugitive who had previously escaped from Badoush Prison in Ninewa. [Sumaria]
A tribal PMF source says that Daesh is now working under the new name of “Ansar Al-Sharia,” based in Syria, and is depending on women to initiate terror attacks in Anbar. From its reported base in Hajin, in Albu Kamal, it is planning to start a series of operations in Anbar, according to intelligence sources. The group is led by Abu Hajir Al-Shami, a high profile Daesh commander who has been in Hajin for a while. The source called for more female police personnel to search houses and women. [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. Notice that this story does not line up with the story above under “Anti-Daesh campaign.” Notice in particular that the story above attributes organizational decisions to Baghdadi, while this one surfaces a new leader.
Anbar Ops Command said on Monday that units under it had detonated 26 IEDs left behind by Daesh in the Al-Hawraa area, as well as 70 other IEDs in the Al-Shamiya area. [Baghdadia]
The Directorate of Internal Affairs said on Monday that 2 persons had been arrested on terrorism charges in Falluja District. [Ghad]
Daesh said it killed four Iraqi Army members, including an officer, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the road between Akashat and Al-Qa’im, on Friday. [ICDNOct14]
A DaeshDaily source had said on Friday that two PMF members were killed when a roadside IED destroyed their pickup vehicle on the road between Akashat and Al-Qa’im.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Daesh appointed a new commander for areas south of Mosul after the previous commander was killed, along with 2 other terrorists, in Daesh’s failed Friday attack on Shabali village northwest of Shirqat city. The source also said that 2 tribal PMF fighters were killed in the attack.
Tribal PMF units expelled 14 families of Daesh members from the village to displacement camps and demolished their houses. The source sent us photos of the demolitions.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that one civilian was killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Tilul Al-Baj and Shirqat city.
In another report, Daesh said it killed or severely wounded SDF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Tilul Al-Baj. [ICDNOct13]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Daesh kidnapped three truck drivers at a fake checkpoint near Tilul Al-Baj. The source said the trucks were transporting food items to Ninewa. The source said that the Daesh terrorists stole some of the food, but left the trucks on the road.
Daesh said it wounded two tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Aitha village, near the Ninewa border, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that two PMF members were killed in a Daesh attack on a military position in Makhoul subdistrict. The source said the terrorists fled into the Makhoul Mountains after the attack.
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that PMF units captured a Daesh member after he was wounded in clashes near the Makhoul Mountains.
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that PMF units captured a man who was trying to smuggle IEDs and ammunition to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains.
Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Ta’mim neighborhood of Baiji city, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]
Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Sikak neighborhood of west Baiji city, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]
Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Siniya area, on Friday. [ICDNOct14]
Daesh said it killed two PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Tal Albu Jarad area on Sunday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the Tal Abu Jarad area on Saturday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Kahraba’ neighborhood in Baiji city, on Sunday. [ICDNOct15]
Daesh said that it blew up houses of tribal PMF members in Sumailat village, in Jazeera Tikrit, on Friday. [ICDNOct13]
The Center for Security Information said on Monday that a Daesh “nest” had been found in Samarra District, resulting in the arrest of 6 wanted persons and the seizure of military uniforms that had been used by Daesh members. [Baghdadia]
Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz)
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Sayyad village in Amerli. [ICDNOct14]
Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Hulaiwa intersection, in Tooz. [ICDNOct15]
Daesh said on Sunday it wounded a Shia person and a tribal PMF member and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Zahra village, in the Al-Waqf area. [ICDNOct14]
Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)
Daesh said on Monday it wounded a Shi’i and damaged his vehicle with an IED in Abu Khanazir village. [A3maq]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that 2 Kata’eb Sayyed Al-Shuhada members were killed and another wounded when Daesh destroyed their vehicle with a rocket near the Udhaim Dam area.
Daesh said it killed or wounded five Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near Albu Awad village, Udhaim subdistrict, on Saturday. [ICDNOct14]
Daesh said it killed two tribal PMF members, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Albu Mar’i village, in Udhaim, on Saturday. [ICDNOct14]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a Badr Organization commander was killed in a Daesh attack in Jalawla subdistrict. The source said Badr raided several houses and captured 12 suspects after the attack.
Daesh said it damaged an Iraqi Army minesweeper with an IED in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, on Saturday. [A3maq]
On Monday morning, the IFP conducted searches in the Kirkuk Province, covering the areas of Dibis, Rashad in Daquq district, and the road between Suleimaniya and Kirkuk. [Buratha]
A security source said that four civilians were wounded when a parked vehicle bomb exploded in Al-Mamdouda neighborhood, in Kirkuk city, on Saturday evening. [Anadolu]
On Sunday, a security source said that 2 brothers from Mosul were arrested as suspects for detonating a bomb in Kirkuk on Saturday evening. The source, who requested anonymity, said that the brothers were living in Kirkuk city, but had gone to Mosul after the bombing. According to the Ministry of Health, eight people were wounded in the attack. [SotIraq]
Daesh said it killed or wounded “many” Shia and destroyed their houses after setting off a parked vehicle bomb in Al-Mamdouda, on Saturday. [ICDNOct14]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
General Raed Jawdat, IFP Commander, says that Daesh attacked IFP 6th Division units with a vehicle bomb during a search campaign in 3 villages in Hawija. [BasNews]
A security source in Kirkuk said on Monday that IFP units had found 2 rockets in Hawija District, which were then dismantled. [Sumaria]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)
Daesh claimed several attacks in Daquq.
Daesh said it killed two PMF members and wounded others with an IED in the Al-Thaqalayn neighborhood, in Daquq, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]
Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Tal Khadija village, west of Rashad, on Friday. [ICDNOct14]
Daesh said it blew up the house of an Iraqi government “spy” in southern Daquq, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Ministry of the Interior spokesman General Sa’ad Ma’an said on Monday that 15 Daesh members had been arrested, including a “network” of 8 Daesh members who were distributing money to families of Daesh members in Ninewa. He said that others had worked in Daesh’s “Islamic Police” or fought the Army following Daesh’s control of Mosul. The arrests took place in both east and west Mosul, as well as the village of Dernaj just outside of city. [Baghdadia]
The Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that 4 persons accused of terrorism had been arrested in the Aden neighborhood of east Mosul. Ministry spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an said that 1 of the arrestees had been working with Daesh’s “Real Estate Office.” [Sumaria] [Baghdadia] [Forat]
Captain Iyad Ziad of the Ninewa Police said on Monday that the police had found the bodies of 51 Daesh fighters near the military base in Qayara district. He said that bodies of many nationalities were found, including Russian, Turkish, Afghani, and Arabs had been found, and that they had been killed by Daesh for fleeing from combat. [BasNews]
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that National Security service units captured 2 Daesh members in the Jada’a IDP camp in Qayara. The source said that the terrorists, both from Tal Afar, were planning to escape to Turkey with forged IDs. The source sent us a photo of the 2 men.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a local group that calls itself “No to Terrorism” killed an Iraqi Daesh leader after capturing him in a tunnel in the Hawi Shakhir area, in Qayara.
The source said that many Daesh terrorists are hiding in tunnels and river deltas near Shakhir village.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that people in Rabi’a subdistrict captured a Daesh terrorist and handed him over to local police. The source said the terrorist had returned 4 days earlier from the Al-Hawl IDP camp in Hasaka.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a PMF fighter was wounded in a Daesh attack near Saadiya village, east of Hatra. The source said the PMFs repelled the attack on forced Daesh to flee.
On Monday, the Turkish Chief of Staff announced that the Turkish military had launched airstrikes against the PKK in Zab near the Turkish border, destroying PKK “strongholds,” weapons, and depots. [Anadolu]
On Monday, Suleimaniya police found a water director killed by gunfire. Initial reports from the police say that the killing was motivated by “social differences.” [SotIraq]
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REPORTS FROM TURKEY
The Turkish pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah reported on Saturday that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged torture and murder had been recorded on his Apple Watch and subsequently synched with his iPhone, which was then in the possession of Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancée. However, Reuters wrote that it was highly unlikely the watch could have synced with the phone when the phone was outside the consulate, given the effective range of both devices. [Reuters]
DaeshDaily comment. Without disputing this now widely reported bizarre story of how Khashoggi’s story got out, there is a simpler alternative explanation for why Turkish officials have claimed to know with certainty that Khashoggi was tortured and killed and have also claimed that recordings proving this exist, and that Turkey has been slow to provide this evidence: namely, that Turkey bugged the Saudi consulate and doesn’t want to admit it.
President Trump said on Monday that he was sending Secretary of State Pompeo to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi’s disappearance. Trump also said that he had spoken briefly with Salman, and that Salman had denied any involvement. Trump then speculated that maybe Khashoggi’s disappearance could have been the work of “rogue killers.” [WaPo]
CNN wrote on Monday that the Saudis were preparing a report that would acknowledge that Jamal Khashoggi was killed as the result of an “interrogation gone wrong.” They wrote that their sources indicated that the interrogation was supposed to conclude with Khashoggi’s abduction from Turkey. The New York Times wrote that another source said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved an interrogation and rendition operation. The NYT source said that the intelligence officer in charge, who is a friend of MBS, had botched the operation in trying to “prove himself.” [CNN] [Telegraph]
NBC News wrote later on Monday that the report allegedly being prepared would absolve MBS of any responsibility, by providing him plausible deniability to say that he neither knew about nor ordered the killing. One source said that the Saudi report would claim that Khashoggi was killed by “rogue operatives.” [NBCNews]
Military & security developments
Turkish police closed Tehran Street in Ankara, where the Iranian Embassy is located, following threats of a suicide attack on the embassy. The embassy itself was evacuated. [Sumaria]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
The BBC on Monday said that a joint investigation by BBC Panorama and BBC Arabic showed the Assad regime was able to end the war in its favor due to the use of chemical weapons. The investigation concluded that the regime carried out no less than 106 chemical weapons attacks in Syria since September 2013—the point when the regime agreed to destroy its chemical weapons. [ElDorar] [BBC]
The Syrian Ministry of Defense issued a circular prohibiting the arrest of Syrian military and civilians who have settled their issues with the government, and granted them ID cards to that effect. This followed several arrests made at checkpoints against opposition figures whose names were not removed from lists used for searches. [EnabBaladi]
Adnan Abu Faisal, head of the Turkey-backed Syrian opposition Military Council in Manbij, says that the Turkish Army and its affiliated “opposition” militias have mobilized over 20,000 fighters at 7 points to attack the YPG in Manbij. He says that PYD/YPG is the Syrian arm of the PKK, and they are only protected by the US and its weapons that were provided to them. He says the command of these groups in is in the Qandil Mountains in Iraq, and that they are not Syrians. He estimated the YPG forces at 5,000 fighters. [Qasioun]
Daesh said it killed or wounded 10 SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Shaddadi, on Friday. [ICDNOct13]
Daesh said it shot and killed two SDF members on the Um Madfa’ road, west of Shaddadi, on Saturday. [A3maq]
Central and West
Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) signaled on Sunday that it would abide by the agreement reached between Russia and Turkey in Idlib to avoid a government attack on Idlib. The HTS statement said that it was seeking to provide security in areas they controlled and that they wished to prevent any massacres. However, it also warned against the ill intentions of the “Russian occupier.” HTS also stressed its commitment to the “option of jihad” and said that they would not surrender their weapons. [Hawar] [Reuters]
The spokesman for the pro-Turkey National Liberation Front (NLF), Naji Mustafa, said in an interview that the provisions of the Russian-Turkish agreement meant that the militias under the NLF would not have to hand over their weapons. He added that he expected the Syrian government and the Russians to violate the agreement. [AlMonitor]
On Monday, the Syrian Foreign Minister threatened an assault on Idlib if the militia groups did not comply with the agreement between Turkey and Russia. He also said that Idlib is the same as any other Syrian province, in that it will eventually come under the control of the “Syrian state.” [ElDorar]
The SOHR says that the areas falling under the Russian-Turkish agreement are rather quiet, as heavy weapons were withdrawn by militias in the area. The hard–line Islamist groups control 70% of these areas, and have not really announced their withdrawal, which has raised fear of possible Russian attacks. [SyriaHR]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Deir Ez-Zor District
Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF intelligence member in Al-Tayyana village, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]
Daesh said it killed two SDF members and severely wounded another after shooting and damaging their vehicle in an ambush in Dhiban town, on Friday. [ICDNOct13]
Albu Kamal District
The SDF’s Lailwa Abdullah says that Hajin is witnessing very fierce battles between the SDF and Daesh, and that the SDF’s progress is rather slow due to Daesh using the area’s civilians as human shields. [Hawar]
The SOHR says that battles between Daesh and the SDF in Hajin, Al-Baghouz, and Al-Susah have entered their sixth week, with cautious attempts to advance by the SDF troops, supported by US and French soldiers. The SOHR reported rocket and artillery shelling and counter-shelling all along the front line. [SyriaHR]
The Afghani Fatemiyoun militia, led by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, has withdrawn from its positions in Albu Kamal, allowing civilians to return under the scrutiny of the Syrian Army. The militia was accused of looting and theft during its stay in the city. [ElDorar]
On Friday, Daesh took “hundreds” of people, including relatives of current and former Daesh fighters, from an IDP camp near Hajin, according to the SOHR. They added that several SDF fighters died defending the camp. [AFP]
Daesh is holding over 90 women kidnapped from the 130 families who were in the Al-Bahra IDP camp in Deir Ez-Zor, says the SOHR. The hostages are believed to be in Hajin. Proposals for their release are being studied, including release of Dash commanders or allowing food supplies into their areas. The Coalition has yet to approve any such proposal. [SyriaHR]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Daesh moved 60 men it captured from the Al-Bahra IDP camp to the town of Hajin. The source said that Daesh forced the men to dig trenches and tunnels around the town.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that SDF units captured near Al-Bahra town 3 Iraqi Daesh terrorists, including Saber Atiya Talla’ Al-Ahmedi, a military commander and a one of the founders of AQI in Ninewa.
Daesh said on Saturday it targeted SDF positions at the train station north of Hajin with 19 SPG9 rockets. It also said it targeted SDF positions in Mozan village with 11 mortars and 18 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct13]
Daesh issued on Saturday a video of its attacks north and east of Hajin. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Sunday it severely wounded SDF members and damaged a Humvee and a motorcycle with an IED north of Hajin. [ICDNOct14]
Daesh said on Sunday it targeted SDF positions northeast of Hajin with 35 SPG9 rockets, 38 BMP shells, and 8 mortars. [ICDNoct14]
Daesh said that Coalition planes targeted Hajin town with white phosphorous bombs on Friday. [A3maq]
Daesh issued on Sunday a video of clashes with the SDF near Al-Bahra village. [A3maq]
Daesh published photos on Sunday of weapons it captured after an attack northeast of Kashma village. [ICDNOct14]
Syrian security personnel arrested 2 former officers of the FSA in Daraa, who had agreed to the Russian-guaranteed peace process in Daraa. The arrests were made based on complaints by the civilians that the 2 officers committed kidnappings. [ElDorar]
The Syrian government says that the Syrian Army is advancing in the Suwayda desert, and has liberated new areas in the Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills) area, supported by air and artillery attacks in a “hard terrain” mountainous area. [SyriaNow]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed two Syrian soldiers and damaged a BMP armored vehicle in an ambush near the Al-Safa Hills area. [ICDNOct14]
Daesh said it stopped a Syrian Army attack near the Al-Safa Hills area, on Sunday, killing a soldier, wounding another, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [ICDNOct15]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
See above under Turkey – Political developments
A Saudi airstrike in Hodeida on Saturday hit 2 buses carrying civilians fleeing the city. At least 17 people were killed and 20 injured. Houthi rebels released video footage of the buses on Sunday as evidence that the passengers were civilians. [PressTV] [PressTV]
On Friday, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said that the Saudi investigation of August’s airstrike on a school bus was “not credible,” and called on the Saudi-UAE alliance to immediately stop such airstrikes.
Pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia, including from allies, to do more to limit civilian casualties in a 3-1/2 year civil war that has killed more than 10,000 people and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.
Saudi Arabia told the child rights panel last week that it was working hard to correct mistaken targeting by its military alliance, but the experts voiced skepticism.
The panel of 18 independent experts, in its conclusions issued on Thursday, took note of the Saudi statement but said that Yemeni children continue to be killed, maimed and orphaned.
At least 1,248 children had been killed and nearly the same number injured in air strikes since March 2015, including dozens killed in a strike on a school bus in Saada province in August, it said.
All sides have carried out attacks on civilian targets in Yemen including homes, medical facilities, schools, farms, weddings and markets, in breach of international law, it said.
The panel voiced concern at “the inefficiency of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) set up by the coalition in 2016 to investigate allegations of unlawful attacks by (Saudi Arabia) and members of the coalition on children and facilities and spaces frequented by children”.
“There has been no case, let alone a case involving child casualties, recruitment or use of children in armed hostilities, where its investigations led to prosecutions and/or disciplinary sanctions imposed upon individuals, including military officials of (Saudi Arabia),” it said. [AlJazeera] [Reuters]
DaeshDaily comment. We wonder how many more innocent lives it would take for Saudi Arabia and Iran to swallow their arrogance and stop this unholy war.
Egypt’s Ministry of the Interior says that its troops attacked a cave with terrorists in it in the south of the country. It adds that the assault on the cave left 9 terrorists killed. [Anadolu]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded Egyptian soldiers and damaged their Humvee with an IED near a Central Security Force battalion, south of Arish. [ICDNOct13]
Daesh said it damaged an Egyptian Army Humvee and another vehicle with 2 IEDs near Al-Ratil security barrier, south of Sheikh Zuweid, on Saturday. [A3maq]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
The US Secret Service revealed that President Trump was the target of an assassination attempt by Daesh during his visit to the Philippines last year to attend the Asian summit. It says it thwarted the operation before the arrival of the President to Manila. [Sumaria]
Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a Somali intelligence officer at Bakaara market, in Mogadishu. [A3maq]
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spoke out a month after another medical worker hostage was executed by jihadists. “A deadline that could result in the killing of another health care worker is less than 24 hours away,” said an ICRC statement. “Speed and urgency are critical,” it added. The three female health workers were kidnapped on March 1, in the remote northeastern town of Rann, following an attack by the Daesh-affiliated Boko Haram group. The raid killed 3 other health workers and 8 Nigerian soldiers. Two of the kidnapped women, Hauwa Liman and Saifura Khorsa, worked for the Geneva-based humanitarian charity, while the third, Alice Loksha, worked for UNICEF. There was no news of the trio until last month. Then the ICRC said it had received footage of Khorsa’s execution from the Daesh-supported Boko Haram militia. In the footage, the terrorists threatened to kill the other 2 health workers if their demands were not met. “The ICRC asks all those involved with this case to avoid a repeat of that devastating outcome,” said Mamadou Sow, ICRC’s head of operations in the Lake Chad region. The ICRC called on Boko Haram to show “mercy” and not to kill the 2 health workers, who it said were “doing nothing but helping the communities in northeast Nigeria”. [Dawn]
Boko Haram said it shot and killed unspecified number of Nigerian soldiers and wounded seven others in “Arghi” town, near Lake Chad, on Saturday. [ICDNOct14]
Boko Haram said it destroyed an SUV carrying Nigerian soldiers with an IED in the “Migono” area, near Lake Chad, on Sunday. [A3maq]
In a different version of the story, Daesh said it killed Nigerian soldiers and destroyed their SUV on the road between “Dijwa” and “Tomerty” villages, on Sunday. [ICDNOct15]
On Saturday night through Sunday morning, the Taliban attacked an Afghan Army base in Pusht Rod, Farah Province, eastern Afghanistan. 17 Afghan soldiers were reported killed, 4 wounded, and 11 kidnapped. The attack was claimed by the Taliban. [AP]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed a Taliban member and wounded another with an IED in the Mergha Bazaar area, in Barmal District, Paktika Province, in eastern Afghanistan. [A3maq]
Daesh issued on Sunday photos of killing the captured Taliban commander. [ICDNOct14]
See story above under United States.