An Update On ISIS Activities

October 18, 2017

October​​ 18, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces in West Anbar​​ 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

UN, US urge de-escalation of Iraq-KRG tensions. [..]

Iraqi forces have taken control of​​ most​​ disputed areas. [..]

Two PUK leaders oppose proposed separate Suly-Halabja-Kirkuk region. [..]

3,000 families return home to Falluja’s Qarma subdistrict. [..]

Daesh takes advantage of political crisis to attack Daquq, Dibis. [..]

KRG’s scheduled November 1 election is postponed. [..]

Syria

90% of Raqqa is destroyed. US pledges post-Daesh assistance. [..]

Turkish Army attacks villages in Azaz. [..]

650 dead, 150,000 displaced to date by Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor campaign. [..]

Syrian forces moving east toward Albu Kamal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

The UN Security Council, on Wednesday, called on Baghdad and Erbil to refrain from the threat of force, and to engage in constructive dialogue as a pathway to de-escalation and a means to preserve Iraqi unity while upholding the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution. [Anadolu]

 

Wednesday, the White House advised the Iraqi government and the KRG to focus on fighting Daesh and to de-escalate​​ their conflict. [Sumaria]

 

Pentagon Colonel Robert (Rob) Manning III said on Wednesday that the US may reconsider and stop its major program to train and arm Iraqi forces if the Iraqi Army continues to attack the Kurds. Manning added that there are no US troops fighting in Kirkuk, contrary to claims by Kurdish officials. However, the Iraqi Army and members of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have been using equipment provided by the US for purposes of fighting Daesh in the Kirkuk clashes. According to Manning, while there are no “significant skirmishes” between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi military and the PMF, “the Coalition is monitoring movements of military vehicles and personnel in the vicinity of Kirkuk.” [Rudaw] [LongRoom]

 

Wednesday, the German Parliament approved the extension of the German Army’s training of the Peshmerga for 3 more months. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the Kirkuk operations command announced that federal government control of Kirkuk has been fully established, this includes north Dibis, Multaqa, the Khabbaz oilfield, and the Bai Hassan oilfield. Federal security has been returned to Khanaqin and Jalawla in Diyala; Makhmur, Bashiqa, and the Mosul Dam in Ninewa; Sinjar District; Rabi’a in Tal Afar, and the Nineveh Plain. [Buratha]

Wednesday, a statement by the Kirkuk security operations command said Iraqi forces have taken complete control of Kirkuk and​​ the​​ disputed areas in Ninewa. [Etejah]​​ 

 

The press office of CoR Deputy Speaker Aram Sheikh Mohammad, announced on Wednesday that 18 Peshmerga members detained by the PMFs would be released Wednesday evening in Kirkuk.​​ [Buratha]

 

Wednesday, Vice President Usama Al-Nujaifi said the developments over the past two days blocked dialogue and opened the doors for military mobilizations. He called on everyone to cease incitement​​ and sectarian language, especially toward the Kurds. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official Mulla Bakhtyar said Kurdistan is facing “major danger.” He warned against dividing Kurdistan into two regions and the outbreak of an “internal war” as well as regional and international meddling. He added he will only participate in legitimate meetings going forward. [Sumaria]

Wednesday, KRG Vice President, and first Secretary General of the PUK, Kosrat Rasul Ali, said the current events are new occupation operations against the Kurdish people. He also accused certain people of cooperating with the federal security forces, without giving names. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The two stories above show that the PUK is divided on the plan we reported yesterday to create a new region separate from Erbil & Dahuk, which was attributed to the PUK’s Bafel Talabani.​​ 

 

KRG External Relations Director Falah Mustafa stressed the importance of resorting to dialogue as a means to resolve the conflict between Erbil and Baghdad. He said Kurdistan has no intention to engage in a war with the Iraqi Army. [BasNews]

 

The Coalition says it conduced 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Al-Qa’im (2), Rawa (1), and Baiji (2). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

According to a security source, Wednesday, a civilian was killed and 3 were wounded in an IED explosion in west Baghdad. The IED had been planted near a shopping area in the Radwaniya area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

According to the Ministry of Defense Wednesday statement, based on orders from the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC), search operations led to the discovery of an IED field containing 65 IEDs in the Al-Saadan area south of Abu Ghraib. The IEDs were defused by the IED. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command announced the return of 3,000 families to their homes in the Albu Alwan region in​​ Qarma​​ subdistrict.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Wednesday, a security source reported the launch of a campaign to clear the Thirthar Desert in northeast Anbar of Daesh. The campaign is being carried out by the Iraqi Army, Albu Nimr tribal PMFs, and Coalition warplanes. [Baghdadia]​​ 

A security source reported that the Iraqi Army and tribal PMFs killed 3 Daesh members in clearing operations in the Thirthar Desert Wednesday morning. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Wednesday, a military source reported the death of Faisal Al-Majma’i, an EOD expert in the Jazeera Operations Command, while defusing a booby-trapped house in the Zawiya area in Haditha District.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Anah

Iraqi Army military reinforcements arrived in areas of west Anbar in preparation for the liberation of Rawa and Al-Qa’im.​​ 

 

The Iraqi Air Force destroyed vital Daesh positions in the cities of Rawa and Al-Qa’im, killing many Daesh fighters, destroying Daesh equipment, and destroying underground tunnels.​​ [Harbi]

 

Al-Qa’im

The IWMC announced the destruction of a vehicle bomb and IED factory and the death of several Daesh members in Al-Qa’im.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

An Anbar security source said Coalition aircraft bombed 2 Daesh vehicles, killing 10 Daesh members, in Al-Qa’im. [Ghad]

 

The Deputy Chairman of the PMF, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, confirmed the PMF’s participation in the upcoming battle for Al-Qa’im.

 

Rutba

Wednesday, the Ministry of Defense announced that the Iraqi Army carried out pre-emptive operations in various locations to maintain pressure on Daesh. The operations resulted in Iraqi​​ Army Air (IAA) conducting several airstrikes in Akashat, killing 15 Daesh members and destroying 5 vehicles. [Ghad]​​ 

 

The PMF announced that, with coordination from Iraqi Army Air, the PMF blew up 4 Daesh vehicles with heavy weapons, killing 14 terrorists in the western desert in Anbar province. [PUKMedia]

 

Anbar Operations​​ Command troops​​ arrested 3 suspects in​​ the​​ Rutba operations​​ area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

The MoD statement said 144,923 internally displaced families in Salahuddin Province​​ have now been​​ allowed to return home, following security checks by the intelligence service. The statement provided the breakdown per district. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Shirqat

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday that units of the Salahuddin Operations Command EOD began clearing liberated villages and found 148 locally-manufactured IEDs, 4 Katyusha rockets and launch pads, 6 Daesh tunnels, and an IED workshop in the villages of Qabr Sayed, Bash, and Den Kawa, which were all safely defused. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Wednesday, IFP and PMF units searched previous Daesh locations​​ in​​ the Makhoul Mountains area adjacent to the Tigris River, extending from Al-Mashak village and Al-Suleiman village, where the road connecting the two villages was cleared and 3 IEDs were defused, according to the Ministry of Defense statement. [Ghad]​​ 

 

According to the Ministry of Defense statement on Wednesday, the Shirqat Police, emergency units, and Shirqat’s CTS found and defused several types of explosives including IEDs and a (155) mortar shell. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Baiji

According to the Ministry of Defense statement on Wednesday, a Salahuddin SWAT team searched the Al-Maslakha area, and killed the Daesh units they found there. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Tikrit

A local source says Daesh cells in Mtaibija abandoned their means of transportation, because of the sound and the lights of the vehicles, and resorted to hiding during the day and moving​​ around at​​ night. ​​ The border area between Diyala and Salahuddin has many Daesh cells and security forces plan to carry out a large-scale operation to clear Daesh out of the area in the coming days. [Ghad]

 

Samarra

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday that the Samarra Operations Command arrested 3 suspects on terrorism charges in the Mas’ouliya intersection in Samarra.​​ A search​​ there​​ led to the discovery of a (60 mm) mortar shell, 3 mortar shell valves, and 3 bombs, in addition to different types of ammunition. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin

Daesh says it destroyed an SUV carrying PMF fighters with an IED in the Khidhir area in Ishaqi on Tuesday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Diyala Provincial Police Command confirmed on Wednesday that it would “immediately” arrest anyone who​​ attacks​​ Kurdish media in the disputed areas. Diyala Police Spokesman, Col. Ghalib Al-Atiyah, said “the spread of security forces in the disputed cities came in accordance with the law and the constitution,” asserting that these forces “represent all Iraqis without exception.”​​ [Kawathar]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin,​​ Khalis​​ north)

Wednesday, Diyala Provincial Council member Omar Al-Karawi reported the deaths of 2 internally displaced brothers who were killed in an IED explosion in their house in the Al-Tabaj Basin in Jalawla. Al-Karawi added that the two victims came to check on their house after the federal​​ troops​​ took control of the area. He called for preventing IDPs from returning to their homes until the area is cleared by the EOD. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The movement of Iraqi troops into the area does not explain the IED.

 

Citizens in Khanaqin took to the streets, raising the Kurdistan flag and chanting slogans against the PMF and the Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi. [BasNews]

 

KIRKUK

Wednesday, President Fuad Masoum ratified the removal of Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim from office.​​ This came after the Administrative Court dismissed his appeal against the decision to remove him from office.​​ [ROJ]

Wednesday, Kirkuk Representative Mohammed Othman revealed that the PUK will present a new candidate for the position of​​ Governor. He added the most likely candidate to be selected is the federal judge Rizgar Ali. [Sumaria]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

The Director of the Asayesh in Dibis District, Maj. Ali Muhammad Hadi,​​ said Daesh attacked villages in Dibis District, killing at least two people.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the IWMC announced that the security operation in Kirkuk has been completed in the remaining areas of the province.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Civil Defense Commander Kadhim Suleiman announced that the fires in the Bai Hassan oilfield in Kirkuk have been contained. He clarified that the fires consumed burned petroleum product waste. He added that Kirkuk’s Civil Defense continues to remove war remnants in Kirkuk and Hawija, and that Civil Defense opened an alternative building out of which it will carry out its services. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday evening, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Ramadan military base (a branch of Failaq Al-Quds) held official ceremonies for the grand opening of a number of bases within Kirkuk. The Guard members wore Shiite PMF’s uniforms to the ceremonies. [BasNews]

 

On​​ Wednesday,​​ however,​​ PM Al-Abadi forbade the presence of any armed groups in Kirkuk, stressing that the local police backed by the CTS have Kirkuk’s security under control. Al-Abadi ordered them to track the units who are spreading hate, racism, and fabricated videos aiming to fuel sectarian strife and jeopardize the security of residents. [IraqPress]

 

A Badr Organization commander, Mohammad Mahdi Al-Bayati, confirmed that the organization has no units present inside Kirkuk. He called on security forces there to arrest anyone claiming to be affiliated with his organization. He also said Iraqi forces have no intention of attacking Erbil or any part of Kurdistan. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, Badr Organization Secretary General and PMF Commander, Hadi Al-Amiri, called for the immediate return of the families who left Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, MP Rebwar Taha, a member of the PUK bloc, confirmed​​ at a news conference​​ that the PMF​​ has​​ started to withdraw from Kirkuk.​​ He said​​ Hadi al-Amiri​​ had​​ announced​​ their​​ withdrawal from​​ Kirkuk​​ city, pointing out that the decision to withdraw will enter into force. [ROJ]

 

Wednesday,​​ deputy leader of the small Turkmen group in the CoR, Niazi Memar Uglu, accused the Peshmerga of​​ freeing​​ some of the Daesh members who recently surrendered themselves to the Peshmerga in Daquq, Tooz, and Kirkuk outskirts to​​ create the impression​​ that security has been compromised​​ by​​ the Peshmerga’s retreat. Uglu said the Daesh members will be “treated sternly.” [Sumaria]

 

The Director of the Asayesh in Dibis District, Maj. Ali Muhammad Hadi, said Wednesday evening, a number of Daesh terrorists attacked Sid Walid village on the outskirts of Daquq in southwest Kirkuk, killing one person.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Another​​ Turkmen​​ CoR​​ Representative, Jassem Mohammed Jafar, said he​​ thinks​​ dismantling the Kirkuk Provincial Council and keeping General Ali Al-Emrani as the military leader in the province​​ is the “best solution” for Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ No it’s not. We can appreciate that Turkmen in Kirkuk feel like they have won from the events of the past few days.​​ Compromising democracy by playing power games on the Kurds won’t help in the longer run, however.​​ Turkmen, Arab, and Kurdish leaders need to work together.​​ Now would be a good time​​ to set the right example by adopting​​ a more​​ gracious and​​ conciliatory​​ tone.

 

Wednesday, a security source in the IFP reported that the​​ areas of​​ federal​​ units’ responsibilities in Kirkuk have been divided, with the IFP and facility protection units assigned​​ to​​ protect government buildings in the city center and the IFP and Iraqi Army protecting the major facilities outside the city center. The source​​ says Baghdad re-structured the CTS in Kirkuk and put it on high alert in cooperation with the IFP in case of emergency. According to the source, the situation in Kirkuk is calm and markets are open as usual, and there are no checkpoints within the city. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A number of young men from the Rahimawa area in Kirkuk city attacked the police and other forces in Kirkuk. The young men stood in the way of police cars and took down the Iraqi flag from one of the vehicles. They also raised the Kurdish flags in different areas, per the Rudaw video. [Rudaw]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Ministry of Defense stated on Wednesday that IFP units found and defused 2 suicide belts in a house in the Al-Zab area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Wednesday, PMF spokesman, Ali Al-Husseini, announced that Daesh attacked a number of villages in the Daquq District. Uglu added that on Wednesday Daesh abducted 2 civilians on their way to their village south of the province. He added that PMF units are responding to Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

An informed source says the​​ army and​​ PMFs, continued​​ their​​ redeployment in Ninewa areas, after agreeing with the Peshmerga to jointly manage and deploy tasks in several locations. A​​ military​​ source says the Iraqi Army entered the Mosul Dam and took over functions of the dam alongside​​ Peshmerga​​ personnel, distributing tasks between the two.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

A security source reported that Iraqi forces were​​ also​​ deployed next to Peshmerga forces in Rabi’a on the border with Syria. The Iraqi Army’s Brigade 71 and Shammar​​ PMF​​ groups entered Rabi’a and took over security,​​ but​​ the Peshmerga did not retreat. [SotIraq]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

Wednesday, the PMF press announced that Brigade 50 of the PMF, led by Babelyoun Commander Rayan Al-Kaldani, regained control of the Batnaya village in Ninewa. It says​​ the first phase of the​​ federal government’s operations to restore control over the Nineveh Plains has been completed. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Mosul

A joint force from the Mosul Left Coast Police and the Usud Dijla (PMF) arrested 2 suspects on terrorism charges. In addition, the forces killed Abdulrahman Khalaf Hussein Abed, aka Abu Khudeir, in charge of booby-trapping in “Wilayat Dijla,” and wounded the terrorist Mohammed Ramadan Hamada, aka Abu Omar, a Daesh “security official,” and destroyed their Toyota pickup. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Tal Afar

A local source reported short-term confrontations broke out between the YPG and PMF units when the PMF tried to capture the border area, located between Tal Kujar,​​ in Kurdish northeast Syria​​ and Rabia​​ in Tal Afar.​​ [ROJ]​​ PMF units have been operating for some time along the Syrian border.

KURDISTAN

The Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) announced that they have put Kurdistan’s parliamentary elections proceedings on hold because of the current crisis and not having received the list of candidates. The elections were supposed to be held on November 1st. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Barzani’s political purpose in holding an election right after the independence referendum has been overtaken by events. The fact that he was able to set an election date essentially on his own authority tells us something about the real status of democracy in the KRG, however.

 

Former Secretary of the Kurdistan parliament, Fakhradin​​ Qadir, called on Parliament members to refuse to vote in favor of the extension of its current session, and to not allow their authority to be undermined for the benefit of a “narrow sectarian administration.” [Sumaria]

 

The manager of Penjwin District in northeastern Suleimaniya Governorate, Zana Abdulrahman, announced that the administration of the Bashmakh border crossing with Iran received an official communiqué that the Iraqi central authority has appointed 20 employees to administer the crossing.​​ [ROJ]

 

Wednesday, security forces foiled an operation to smuggle 28 tons of the double-use substance “Urea” from Erbil to Ninewa. The substance can be used in booby-trapping vehicles and IED manufacturing. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Wednesday, a security sources says police seized 3 explosive belts and a sniper rifle​​ in northern Babel.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says a Daesh terrorist was arrested in Musayyib District.​​ [Ghad]

 

Dhi Qar

A security source in Dhi Qar reported that on Tuesday night a locally-manufactured IED went off near a house in Al-Shuhada in the Nasiriya city center, causing damage. [Ghad]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

SOHR reports there has been fierce fighting between the Coalition-backed SDF and Daesh in the southern rural areas of Hasaka.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

According to latest statistics, 2,120 Daesh assailants were killed by the SDF during the Raqqa Liberation Ops, while 311 SDF fighters were killed and 600 wounded. Following the liberation of Raqqa city on Tuesday, EOD teams began clearing the area of Daesh war remnants. The Raqqa Liberation Operations started in June. The death toll of civilians by Daesh sniper bullets and Coalition airstrikes and shelling was 1,463. About 20,000 IDPs were freed in the liberation operations. It is estimated that 90% of Raqqa has been destroyed. Many Daesh members coming from Raqqa who surrendered themselves to the SDF were, after investigations, handed over to tribal leaders to resume normal lives, on the condition that they cut all ties with Daesh. [BasNews]​​ 

Tuesday evening, the Coalition announced that within a month about 400 Daesh, including many foreign fighters, surrendered themselves to the SDF in Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, US Department of State Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US will provide “humanitarian assistance to those in need and support the stabilization efforts in Raqqa and other liberated areas to include the removal of explosives left behind by ISIS, restoring basic services, and supporting local governing bodies.” [DepartmentOfState] [Sumaria]​​ 

 

US Special Envoy to the International Coalition, Brett McGurk, said on Wednesday that Daesh lost about 6,000 of its militants in Raqqa. ​​ McGurk added that the US will provide assistance in reconstruction of the city.​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We notice the difference in the figures for dead Daesh: 2,120 by the SDF, 6,000 overall according to McGurk. So did the other 3,880 die in Coalition airstrikes?​​ That sounds high.​​ Mr. McGurk might want to clarify this.

 

Zaman Al-Wasl News reports Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer Al-Sabhan and U.S.​​ Special​​ Envoy Brett McGurk were seen touring some places in the rural areas of Raqqa, and holding meetings with the Raqqa Civil Council after Raqqa was declared a Daesh-free city. ​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Hawar News reports the Turkish Army attacked the villages of Bailona and Ain Diqna from the Kaljibrin​​ road, south of​​ Azaz city.​​ [Hawar]

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Enab Baladi News reports that​​ there are ongoing hit-and-run battles between Tahrir Al-Sham and Daesh in the eastern rural areas of Hama, in an attempt by Tahrir Al-Sham​​ to​​ recapture its recently-lost positions in the region.​​ [EnabBaladi]

Homs

Wednesday, 20 members of the Syrian forces were killed and others wounded in battles with Daesh in the vicinity of Qaryatayn, in the southeastern rural area of Homs.​​ [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]​​ [EnabBaladi]

Tuesday, Iranian official media announced the death of Major General Abdullah Khosrawi Saturday in battles with Daesh east of Homs, without giving further details.​​ [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reported a child was killed after he was injured in Syrian forces’ bombardment of locations in Talbiseh town, located in the northern rural area of Homs.​​ [SyriaHR]

Syria HR News reports that during the past 24 hours, Daesh killed at least 19 Syrian troops in a counter-attack near the Syrian-Iraqi border, forcing them to withdraw from the area of Al-Waar Dam and its valley, after bombings and intensive shelling on Syrian forces’ positions in the area.​​ [SyriaHR]

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Army offensive

Russian warplanes in Khmeimim base carried out 83 air patrol sorties, during which they launched 174 airstrikes on Daesh​​ locations​​ east of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [Qasioun]

Daesh continued its withdrawal from the eastern and western rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, making way for both the Syrian forces and the SDF to take them over.​​ [Dorar]

SOHR reported warplanes carried out several airstrikes on Daesh-controlled neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor city, amid reports of human losses in clashes between the Syrian forces and Daesh in different parts of the city.​​ [SyriaHR]

After about 40 days of the major battle​​ for​​ Deir Ez-Zor, the Syrian forces​​ have​​ recaptured more than 52 cities, towns and villages, and about 150 km of the banks of the Euphrates River. Meanwhile, about 650 civilians, including about 300 children and women,​​ have been​​ killed by Syrian forces and Russian planes, and more than 150,000 civilians were displaced during the military operations in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian forces restored the Islah Al-Husseiniya area and the Paper Factory in Deir Ez-Zor, and launched a large-scale military operation to uproot the last remaining Daesh groups in Hawija Saqar village, an island near the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it blew up a booby-trapped tunnel under a building where Syrian soldiers were barricading in Al-Rashidiya, in Deir Ez-Zor city. [A3maq]​​ 

 

SDF offensive

According to a number of reliable sources, SOHR reported that the SDF have begun to sweep the northwestern rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, after Daesh withdrew from the last remaining villages​​ under its control in these areas, in accordance with an undeclared agreement with the SDF, towards the eastern rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Hawar News reports the SDF foiled a Daesh attack in Deir Ez-Zor and seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition.​​ [Hawar]

 

Mayadin

SOHR reported the Syrian forces shelled locations in the towns of Ashara, Quriya and Mahkan. Meanwhile, warplanes carried out intensively escalating airstrikes on different locations in the Al-Shuhail town, the vicinity of the Al-Omar oil field, and east of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [SyriaHR]

The Syrian forces, at dawn Wednesday, crossed the Euphrates River towards the eastern bank near Mayadin, east of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ Moreover, the Syrian forces tightened their control over Dhiban​​ village, east of Deir Ez-Zor, as well as several military positions in the vicinity of Mayadin.​​ [Qasioun]

SOHR documented the deaths of two civilians in the now Syrian Army-controlled Buqris town. They were shot while trying to escape from the town on a motorcycle. Meanwhile, unidentified warplanes shelled areas in Albu Kamal, located on the Syrian-Iraqi border in the eastern rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, which resulted in the killing of an Iraqi family of 6 members, including a woman and three children, who were seeking refuge in​​ Albu Kamal.​​ [SyriaHR]

Albu Kamal

Enab Baladi reports​​ the Syrian forces resumed their military operations towards Daesh-controlled Albu Kamal city.​​ [EnabBaladi]

Wednesday evening, the Syrian forces launched the “Fajr 3” operation, which aims to capture Albu Kamal.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Tuesday evening, the Furat Post network reported that 9 people were killed and others were injured in Albu Kamal in Russian airstrikes on a number of cars and food warehouses in the “Dawar Al-Masriya” region, located in Albu Kamal.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Tunisia

The National Guard and the Inspection Division detained 4 men in Sidi Bouzid suspected of being members of a terrorist organization for allegedly glorifying and inciting terrorism on social networking sites. [Tunisien]

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos​​ 

Iraqi F16s target Daesh in Al-Qa’im. [Facebook]​​ 

 

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