An Update On ISIS Activities

October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018

 

Daesh Rockets Found in Hawija (DD Oct 18)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

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. [..]

 

Turkey

Saudi officials concede Khashoggi dead, but say he died in a fight. [..]

 

Syria

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

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

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]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

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]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

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]

 

BAGHDAD

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]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

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]​​ 

 

Rutba

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.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

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]

 

DIYALA

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.

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

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 Tuwaila 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]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

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​​ AlHadba’​​ 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]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

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]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

Daesh said it killed 12 Shia and wounded eight others​​ Thursday​​ after targeting their bus with machine guns south of Hatra. [ICDNOct19]

 

Baaj

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]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

A security source says a man wanted on terrorism charges was arrested in Kerbala on Friday.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Foreign policy

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]

The official Saudi Press Agency published a slightly different version of the same statement, as well as one from the Saudi Public Prosecutor, saying that Khashoggi had died in a “brawl.” [SPA] [SPA]

 

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

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

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]

 

Foreign policy

Russia

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]

 

Europe

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]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

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.

 

Northwest

Afrin

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]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

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​​ 

Idlib

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]

 

Hama

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)

Mayadin​​ District

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]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

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

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

 

See above under Turkey – Political developments

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Friday its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier near the Muslih security barrier, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNOct19]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

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]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

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]

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