October 19, 2018
Daesh Rockets Found in Hawija (DD Oct 18)
Unofficial report says Sadrists, Al-Amiri bloc will each control 9 ministries, Kurds 3. [..]
Daesh officials responsible for many executions arrested in east and west Mosul. [..]
Russian report says PKK members joining Yazidi PMF militia in Sinjar. [..]
Saudi officials concede Khashoggi dead, but say he died in a fight. [..]
Coalition airstrike at Albu Kamal mosque kills 11 Daesh but also 8 civilians. [..]
SOHR says Daesh has regained some positions in Albu Kamal. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
A member of the delegation representing the Al-Islah (Reform) bloc (led by Al-Amiri & Al-Maliki) in the formation of the new government, Fadi Al-Shammari, said that the Al-Islah and the Al-Bina’ (Sadrist) blocs will control a total of 18 ministries, equally, between them. Al-Shammari said that the agreement was intended to give the Sunnis 6 ministries, and Sunni groups in the Al-Bina’ blocs asked for there to be 5 candidates for each ministry to give PM-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi the freedom to choose the one he found most suitable for each position. He also said that Kurdish parties would get only 3 ministries “in accordance with their election [results].” There are 23 or 24 ministries, total. [BasNews]
The German Parliament (Bundestag) approved extending the use of the German Army to confront Daesh for one more year. The mission of the Army would also include training of Iraqi forces. However, the use of German Tornado jets and aerial refueling services will stop by the end of October 2019. A maximum of 800 soldiers are authorized for the mission. [Baghdadia]
The US State Department renewed its warning to its citizens against traveling to Iraq. A similar statement was issued a month ago, saying that US citizens could be subject to kidnapping and violence, and that the Embassy’s ability to help is very limited. [Rudaw]
North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)
Baghdad Ops Command said on Friday that it had thwarted a Daesh plan to target religious pilgrims participating in the Arba’in commemoration of Imam Hussein’s death. The Command’s statement said that its security units seized a cache of explosives and IEDs intended to be used against pilgrims, in the Tarmiya District of northern Baghdad. [Sumaria]
A security source says Daesh initiated an attack on the Special Operations Battalion HQ situated in the Kilo 35 area, west of Ramadi. The attackers engaged the soldiers in a gunfight. Casualties were reported on both sides. [Sumaria]
However, the Center for Security Information denied that there had been any Daesh attack on the HQ of the Special Operations Battalion HQ in Kilo 35, saying that the only incident was an IED explosion in the area. [Ghad]
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that a secondary school teacher was killed in Rutba city when 4 Daesh terrorists on 2 motorcycles shot him using silenced guns.
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that IAF planes killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including the military commander of northern Salahuddin, and destroyed 2 pickup vehicles, in airstrikes in the desert near Siniya.
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that PMF EOD defused 4 IEDs planted on the road between Baiji and Siniya.
Daesh said it killed two tribal PMF members, wounded others, including a battalion commander, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Fatha area, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]
Daesh said it targeted PMF and tribal PMF units in Silo Al-Hajjaj with 2 Katyusha rockets, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that four PMFs, including an officer, were killed and another officer wounded when a parked vehicle bomb exploded on them in the Himrin area of northern Diyala. The source said that the PMFs were conducting a search to clear the Himrin area. The area had been cleared earlier, but Daesh terrorists who fled from the Mtaibija area returned there.
In a story apparently from the same area, the PMF engineering corps destroyed 10 Daesh tunnels in “western Diyala,” presumably close to Mtaibija on the other side of the Salahuddin border. The PMF says the search operation for Daesh sleeper cells and safehouses on the “outskirts” of western Diyala is ongoing. [Ghad] [AIN]
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that two Police EOD technicians were killed and a captain severely wounded when an IED exploded on them in Sadiya, in northern Diyala. The source said the IED was planted near the house of an activist who criticizes Daesh on social media. The source said the IED exploded while the experts were defusing another one.
DaeshDaily comment. This is related to Daesh “luring” methods. Please see the Daesh Media section below.
Daesh said it blew up the house of an Asayish member in Mama village, in Dibis, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]
Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their IFP vehicle with an IED in Tuwail’a village, in Dibis, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
On Friday, a source within the Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) said that a Daesh operative working as a policeman at the Tal Al-Dhahab police station, in Hawija, was arrested. [Sumaria]
On Friday, the IFP announced that it had searched the oil field in Hawija, resulting in clearing the area of 2 Daesh depots containing clothing and “numerous” IEDs. [Buratha]
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that IFP and tribal PMF units found several Daesh rockets prepared for launch against Al-Hilwat village. The source said Daesh terrorists were planning to rocket the village, but they fled when they were spotted by the security forces.
Daesh said it targeted the house of a PMF member in Marata village with hand grenades on Thursday, causing damage. [ICDNOct19]
Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Tar Al-Baghal, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]
Daesh said on Friday that it killed two IFP officers, wounded four other IFP members, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Zakka’ village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [A3maq]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)
A security source in Kirkuk Province said on Friday that PMF units had killed 3 Daesh members in the Rashad area. The source said that 1 of the killed Daesh members was a leader in the organization called “Musahir Najm Abdullah Al-Jawali,” who was connected with an attempt to assassinate officers in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]
A source in the Ninewa police said that police units arrested Khudheir Suleiman Hassan, aka “Judge Hassan,” from Tal Afar, and his brother in west Mosul. A security source said that Hassan had been sentenced to life imprisonment in Badoush before Daesh took over Mosul in 2014. The security source stated that the judge presided over the Daesh courts in 2015-2016, which issued thousands of death sentences to innocent people. [Baghdadia] [SotIraq]
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that Ninewa SWAT units captured a “dangerous” Daesh terrorist in Al-Wihda neighborhood, in east Mosul. The source said the terrorist was responsible for Daesh public executions on the west side of the city. The terrorist, who was trying to flee to Turkey, is one of the most important captured Daesh terrorists in the last two years. The source sent us a photo of the captured man.
General Sa’ad Ma’an, spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior, says that Ninewa police arrested 2 Daesh operatives in the Al-Intisar neighborhood in east Mosul and Al–Hadba’ in northeast Mosul. Both worked for the Daesh “Office of Soldiers” (functioning as the Daesh Ministry of Defense). [Ghad] [IraqPress]
The PMF media office says a that joint Army and PMF group dismantled a Daesh cell, which it said was planning to launch attacks inside Mosul city, and arrested one of its members in a night raid in west Mosul. [Ghad] [Buratha]
The Russian news agency Sputnik said on Friday that more and more PMF fighters in Sinjar District were coming from the PKK. They wrote that Yazidi units in the PKK had been made into the PMF regiment “Al-Nasr Al-Mubain,” and that that the commander of the regiment, Said Hussein, had formerly been a PKK commander. [BasNews]
Daesh said it killed 12 Shia and wounded eight others Thursday after targeting their bus with machine guns south of Hatra. [ICDNOct19]
The PMF media office said that a PMF engineering team had cleared 60 houses in the Qataniya subdistrict of Baaj and found 20 IEDs. [AIN]
A security source says a man wanted on terrorism charges was arrested in Kerbala on Friday. [Sumaria]
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REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Late on Friday, Saudi state TV made an announcement regarding the initial Saudi probe into the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi TV report conceded for the first time that that Khashoggi died, but said this resulted from “a quarrel and a physical confrontation” with unnamed parties in the consulate. The report also said that 18 Saudi nationals had been detained as part of the probe. The deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Assiri and a senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Saud Al-Qahtani, were reported to have been sacked over the affair. [WSJ] [BBC]
DaeshDaily comment. Conceding that this explanation seems more plausible than the bizarre account coming from Turkish government sources and carried by western media, it does not explain away the Turkish version, which confidently reported that Khashoggi had been tortured, murdered, and dismembered. It is also noteworthy, though not surprising, that the official account seeks to separate Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman from any responsibility by (1) blaming the incident on an unexpected altercation (as if Khashoggi were somehow partly responsible, and ignoring the fact that a 15-member team was sent to confront Khashoggi at the Istanbul consulate) and (2) blaming everyone else involved including high-ranking officials (ignoring the fact that some of them are close to the Crown Prince.) This gives the Saudi story the appearance of a giant trial balloon. Other sources will not take this cover story seriously. Based on our knowledge, not that many people fight to the death when they apply for marriage licenses, and even fewer would attack 18 security personnel to do so.
Shortly after the Saudi TV broadcast, the Saudi Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Twitter regarding Khashoggi’s disappearance, in which it said that the 18 “suspects” it had under investigation had travelled to Istanbul “after indications appeared [sic] the possibility of returning Jamal Khashoggi to the country.” The statement said that these suspects’ discussions with Khashoggi “did not go as required and escalated negatively which led to a fight between them and […] Khashoggi, which aggregated [sic] the situation and led to his death.” [Twitter]
Military & security developments
The Turkish Army says that it killed 33 PKK fighters in Mardin, Siirt, Diyarbakir, and Agri in southeastern Turkey, as well as in unspecified locations in “northern Iraq” (i.e. Iraqi Kurdistan). The Army said that large quantities of weapons and ammunition were also captured. [Anadolu]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Ajmad Othman, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Council (the political wing of the SDF) criticized the recent statement of Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jafari, who supported Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem’s statements rejecting decentralization in Syria. Othman said that the Iraqi minister betrayed his country’s constitution, which entails a federal state. Othman added that Al-Jafari was speaking as if he was in “the Iraq of the 1960s” rather than a federal, decentralized state.
On Monday, Muallem said that the Syrian government would seek to control the area east of the Euphrates after Idlib, and that the Kurds would pay a price if they continued with the “American illusion.” The Syrian Democratic Council criticized this as threatening language that did not further dialogue. [BasNews]
The Pentagon questioned the numbers of hostages held by Daesh stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Pentagon statement said that the US was are aware of the Daesh attack on the IDP camp, but that the figures stated by the Russian President were “highly questionable.” It added that it the US was unaware of any US or Western hostages from that camp being held by Daesh. [Qasioun]
The office of the French Presidency said on Friday that France’s participation in the upcoming 4-way summit on Syria, to be held in Istanbul on October 27, was conditional on there not being an attack on Idlib. The German government also announced the participation of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the upcoming summit, saying that the agenda would focus on the situation in Idlib and the Russian-Turkish agreement on it. [ElDorar]
The Russian newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa carried a report in which it alleged that Daesh had “re-established” a 30,000-strong army, and accused the Coalition of using white phosphorus while fighting Daesh in Syria, due to what it characterized as US “impotence” in finally clearing Daesh from the Albu Kamal area. The piece went on to say that Americans were cooperating with the Russians around Albu Kamal, which should be taken as tacit American acceptance of an Iranian troop presence. [ArabWindow]
DaeshDaily comment. Accusing the US and Coalition of using white phosphorus bombs is old propaganda.
The YPG media office says that the YPG attacked the vehicles of pro-Turkey militias in Afrin, saying it killed 3 militia members and destroyed the vehicles. [Hawar]
The SOHR says an IED targeted a Kurdish Red Crescent vehicle in the Salihiya neighborhood of the city of Hasaka, and that the explosion left several civilians wounded. [SyriaHR]
Central and West
Tahrir Al-Sham says it captured a Daesh vehicle bomb in southern rural Idlib, after raiding a Daesh HQ. It also claimed to have seized Daesh equipment and weapons in Mseibin village, south of Idlib city. [Qasioun]
1 person was killed and 8 others wounded in a gunfight in Masyaf, western Hama, which is controlled by the Syrian Army. Who was fighting and why, as well as the role of the Syrian Army, are unclear. [Qasioun]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead two SDF officials in Jadid Baqara village, the SOHR reported. [SyriaHR]
Albu Kamal District
A DaeshDaily source said on Friday that 11 Daesh terrorists and 8 civilians were killed, and 13 other Daesh terrorists wounded, in a Coalition airstrike on a mosque used by Daesh as a military base in Al-Susah.
The SOHR reported continued intense fighting between Daesh and SDF in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, saying that Daesh recovered some of the areas it lost to the SDF earlier following a counter-attack. [SyriaHR]
Daesh said on Friday it killed an SDF member and wounded others when it targeted their positions in Mozan village with 5 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct19]
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that government forces captured Marwa Younes Assal, a senior Daesh hisbah official from Ninewa, in the eastern Suwayda desert. The source said the woman was also the wife of Abdul Wahid Ahmed Khudhair, a senior Iraqi Daesh commander who had been killed by Coalition planes during the Mosul liberation campaign.
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
See above under Turkey – Political developments
Daesh said on Friday its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier near the Muslih security barrier, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNOct19]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented on the recent attack in Kandahar on Thursday, saying that such attacks during the lead-up to the elections are against the aspirations of the people of Afghanistan, as well as its stability and security. [Anadolu]
Daesh issued on Friday photos of killing an Afghan Army member in Badeel Valley, in Kunar. [ICDNOct19]
On Thursday, Daesh published the 152nd issue of its Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh published an infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, West Africa, and Somalia during the last week. It said it conducted 118 attacks, killing or wounding more than 404 people. Daesh also published an infographic showing instructions to its members about how to “lure” security units and “spies” and then attack them. [ICDNOct18]