An Update On ISIS Activities

October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018


Daesh Tunnel near Hit (DD October 20)







Unofficial report says Al-Maliki, Al-Mutlaq will be appointed as Vice Presidents. [..]

KRG Security Council cites increased Daesh attacks in northern Iraq provinces. [..]

Falluja-area Daesh families told to reveal names of their Daesh members as condition of return. [..]

Shirqat village, Hammam Al-Alil villages,​​ move to expel all Daesh families. [..]



Khashoggi executioners used a​​ double​​ to make it seem like he was still alive.​​ [..]

Saudi foreign minister says killing of Khashoggi was “tremendous mistake.”​​ [..]

President Trump “not satisfied” with Saudi response to Khashoggi killing. [..]



Coalition members pledging major sums for reconstruction in SDF-held areas.​​ [..]

SOHR reports truce violations by Syrian Army in Hama. [..]

Mosque in controversial Coalition airstrike was actually a command-and-control center. [..]

SDF, Coalition make significant gains against Daesh in Albu Kamal.​​ [..]

Syrian government trades 22 Daesh prisoners for 20 captured Druze women. [..]


Other​​ countries

Tajikistan: ​​​​ Tajikistan offers​​ its terrorists leniency in exchange for​​ returning &​​ repenting.​​ [..]





New​​ government

An “informed source” says that Nouri Al-Maliki and Saleh Al-Mutlaq will be the next Vice Presidents of Iraq. The source says that Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi may propose these nominations to the CoR along with the new cabinet. [BasNews]


A Gulf paper said on Monday that Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi, the newly appointed Prime Minister-designate, will present his government to the CoR at the end of next week, and said that “several new names” would be on the list. Among the new ministers, there will reportedly be 4 “selected personally” by the new PM-designate. The paper says that US support to the new government would be provisional, especially on decisions that the PM-designate and his new government take in the first 3 months related to security, sanctions against Iran, and relations with Syria and Al-Assad. [Sumaria]


Iraq-KRG Issues

The Daily Mail​​ in London​​ says in a report that the KDP is back in the Iraqi political arena one year after the referendum led by Masoud Barzani. It says with the KDP’s win in the Kurdish elections, in which it took 45 out of 111 seats, and having taken 25 CoR seats in the Iraqi elections, Barzani’s party can negotiate from a strong position for ministerial posts. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This may be a logical one-fact analysis, but there are other considerations that discourage Iraqi politicians from being suddenly receptive to Barzani and the KDP.


Anti-Daesh campaign

The Security Council of the Kurdistan Region noted on Monday that there had been an escalation in security breaches in Kirkuk, Mosul, and other areas during September, and that Daesh had increasingly been targeting the homes of security personnel and PMF members, as well as targeting power facilities with IEDs. Through its official Twitter account, the Security Council said that the previous month had seen at least 22 attacks either by Daesh or unidentified armed groups, 25 IED bombings​​ targeted​​ against security personnel and civilians, 5 grenade attacks, and “many” arrests. The Council also noted that there had been many attacks in Khanaqin, Hawija, Qayara, Dibis, and​​ in​​ areas near the Himrin Hills. [BasNews]​​ 


Abdul-Mahdi Al-Karbalai, the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, called on Monday for Iraqi clerics and tribes in northern and western Iraq to press for the reconstruction of their cities, and prevent the return of Daesh. Al-Karbalai was meeting with a delegation of clerics and tribal leaders from Kirkuk, Mosul, Salahuddin, and Anbar. He said that Daesh had been “eradicated intellectually,” but that it was still necessary for clerics to take responsibility for ongoing reform. [Shafaaq]


Sitting PM Haider Al-Abadi said on Monday that the victory over Daesh was achieved by Iraqis, and that they would not allow​​ others​​ to lead them “backward.” Al-Abadi made the remarks at a visit to the Ministry of Defense. [Rudaw]



No reports



Na’im Al-Ka’oud, head of the Anbar Security Committee, says there are​​ security​​ breaches by Daesh in Anbar,​​ but​​ that the​​ security forces are​​ “taking all measures” and carrying out pre-emptive operations against Daesh. He said​​ that​​ Daesh fighters are moving​​ in the​​ western Anbar​​ desert areas and seem to be preparing​​ to launch​​ attacks​​ targeting security personnel and populated areas. [Rudaw]



Security personnel and local government officials in Anbar Province asked the families of Daesh members to prove their “innocence” by reporting their Daesh family members’ whereabouts, in exchange for which they would be allowed to return to their homes. The manager of the Qarma subdistrict of Falluja, Ahmed Makhlaf Al-Halbusi, said that the security forces, in coordination with the local government and humanitarian organizations, had agreed on the policy for “conditional return.” [IKH]


The Commander of the tribal PMF in the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict, Colonel Salah Al-Essawi, said on Monday that the Army and tribal PMF units had carried out a search campaign in Al-Hassi and Albu Hawa, and found 40 IEDs and 6 booby-trapped gas cylinders. The EOD units disposed of the materials safely. [Baghdadia]​​ 


A police source said that several bombs exploded in Falluja city on Monday. The source said that the bombs exploded in the city center and the Al-Jolan​​ neighborhood, and did not cause any casualties. [Sumaria]


Daesh said on Sunday it wounded Iraqi Army members and damaged their vehicle with an IED at Al-Thirthar Intersection, in Falluja city. [ICDNOct21]



Daesh said it killed or wounded four Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the road to the Kilo 40 area, west of Ramadi, on Sunday. [ICDNOct22]


In a separate report, Daesh also said it killed or wounded three Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the road to the Kilo 18 area, near Ramadi, on Sunday. [ICDNOct22]



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Iraqi Army 7th​​ Division units killed 2 Daesh terrorists, captured 2 others, and confiscated medium weapons and IEDs in a raid on a tunnel on the outskirts of Hit.​​ An Army corporal was killed in the fighting. The source sent us a photo of the tunnel.​​ 



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF units shot and killed a Daesh suicide terrorist who attacked them near the phosphate company​​ near​​ Al-Qa’im district.​​ 



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that an Iraqi Army captain was kidnapped and his vehicle stolen by Daesh on the road between Rutba and Ramadi.​​ 


Daesh said it killed three Iraqi Army members in an ambush in the Nukhaib area​​ of eastern Rutba, on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh said it shot and killed an Iraqi government “spy” in Nukhaib subdistrict, on Sunday. [A3maq]


Daesh said it killed or wounded four Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near the Saudi border, on Sunday. [A3maq]




A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal and community leaders in Al-Aitha village held a meeting and decided to expel families of Daesh members from the village. The source said the leaders accused these families of aiding Daesh in its recent attacks in the area. The source said the decision includes also anyone who joins Daesh in the future. The leaders also decided that the properties of these families should not be sold to anyone. The leaders also agreed that an armed man from every​​ family in the village should participate in a community watch to prevent Daesh attacks. Additionally, they decided to implement a curfew on motorcycles between sunset and dawn.​​ 


See related story below under Mosul District


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMF members stopped a “big” Daesh attack from 2 sides on Shabali village. The source said that people from the village supported the PMF fighters, killing a terrorist and forcing the terrorists to flee.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 1 person was killed and 4 others severely wounded when a roadside IED destroyed their vehicle in the Hawi Al-Salman area​​ in eastern Shirqat. The source said all the victims were from the same family.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Iraqi Army 9th​​ Division deployed an armored brigade to the Makhoul area to support PMF and tribal PMF units. The source said the area had witnessed many Daesh attacks recently.


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units captured a man​​ near the village of Al-Naml​​ who​​ was​​ smuggling RPGs, ammunition, foodstuffs, and pre-paid mobile phone cards to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area.​​ 



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMF members captured a man near Zuwiya village who was smuggling clothes and food supplies to Daesh terrorists hiding in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source said the man, a brother of a local Daesh commander, admitted there are 400 Daesh terrorists, including foreigners, hiding in the area.​​ 


Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Tal Abu Jarad area on Friday. [ICDNOct20]



Daesh said it killed or wounded Oil Facilities Protection members and damaged their vehicles with an IED near​​ the​​ Allas oilfield, on Friday. [ICDNOct20]



The​​ Chairman​​ of the Security Committee​​ in​​ the Diyala Provincial Council, Sadiq Al-Husseini, said on Monday that an intelligence operation to track the leaders of Daesh cells in Diyala had succeeded and resulted in the dismantling of cells and the arrest of their leaders, in Baquba as well as other cities. [BaghdadToday]​​ 


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

Daesh said it shot and killed an Iraqi Communist Party member and damaged his vehicle in an ambush in Karim Daoud village, western Khanaqin, on Saturday. [ICDNOct21] [A3maq]

It also said it damaged an IFP vehicle with light weapons in the same village on Saturday. [ICDNOct21]​​ 




The Governor of Kirkuk,​​ Rakan Sa’ed Al-Jubouri,​​ called on Monday for military operations to hunt down Daesh “remnants” in southern and western Kirkuk. Al-Jubouri was meeting with a delegation from the UN Mission in Iraq to discuss the political and security situation. He said that security personnel had arrested the perpetrators of the recent terrorist attacks in Kirkuk city. [Rudaw]


Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Governor Al-Jubouri also stated, in a meeting with the Director of IFP Intelligence Operations on Monday, that it was “important” to support the Iraq Federal Police (IFP) in eliminating Daesh in Hawija and its subdistricts, and to support the re-stabilization plans, return of displaced people, and reconstruction efforts in the area. [SotIraq]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units captured 4 Daesh terrorists, including a commander, who were hiding in a tunnel near Hawija. The source said the terrorists were responsible for planting IEDs and destroying electricity towers. The source sent us photos of the captured men.​​ 


On Monday, Federal Police said that their personnel had arrested a Daesh member called “Abu​​ Islam” in Kirkuk Province. The IFP said that he had worked as a “transporter” for Daesh in Riyadh subdistrict. [Mawazin]

Forat​​ published a video of IFP soldiers pulling a Daesh leader known as Abu Talha” out of a ditch in Hawija. [Forat]


Southwest (Daquq)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units ambushed and killed 3 Daesh terrorists, including a military commander, and destroyed 2 motorcycles, near Dakmat village in Rashad​​ subdistrict. The source sent us photos of the terrorists.​​ 




Daesh said on Monday it killed one PMF member, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Al-Salman village, southwest of Makhmur. [A3maq]


Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that the Mosul Appeals Court issued an arrest warrant against a Shabak PMF commander who threatened and attacked witnesses in the court. The source said the Court was sentencing a Daesh member who worked as an informant for the commander​​ after the liberation of Mosul.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ According to our sources, many Daesh terrorists​​ have​​ changed sides;​​ some​​ work as informants for PMFs and​​ have​​ enjoyed protection from those PMFs. ​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that local police units captured a Daesh “education official” from Hammam Al-Alil. The source said the terrorist was hiding in his brother’s house in​​ Mosul’s​​ Al-Kifah neighborhood.​​ 


Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Jubour tribal leaders held a meeting in Al-Hawd village, and decided to evict all families of Daesh members from several villages south of Mosul to IDP camps, in​​ coordination with Iraqi Army units in the area. The source said the tribal leaders fear that those families would be targeted by the families of Daesh victims. The source sent us photos of the meeting.​​ 


Also see similar stories above under Shirqat and Falluja.


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that an Iraqi Army 1st​​ lieutenant was wounded when a roadside IED exploded on his vehicle near Bejwaniya village, in Shura.


West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

The Center for Security Information says that Army units under Ninewa Ops Command destroyed 95 IEDs north of Silo Al-Wa’iliya, while another IED was found in Um Humaira. 2 explosive belts and 2 hand grenades were found in Badoush. [Ghad]​​ 


Southern Ninewa


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 2 PMF members were killed and another severely wounded when a roadside IED destroyed their vehicle on the road between Hatra and Tal Abta.




The Coalition says it will continue training Peshmerga forces, according to Kurdistan Peshmerga Minister Jabar Yawer. He says the Peshmerga have proved their credibility and defeated Daesh, with the help of Coalition air support. A meeting was held to discuss the issue in Erbil on Monday. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It would be nice if the​​ KRG, just once, could also acknowledge the role of the Iraqi Army, IFP, and Counter Terrorism Service and stop pretending that​​ it​​ defeated Daesh by​​ itself.





You are invited to add information to or comment on any Daesh Daily story, about Iraq or other countries​​ 




Political developments

CNN​​ reported on Monday that a member of the 15-person Saudi team that met Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey was seen dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes walking around Istanbul on the day that Khashoggi was killed. Turkish surveillance footage obtained by​​ CNN​​ showed the man, Mustafa Al-Madani, entering the consulate through the front door at 11 AM October 2, and leaving through the back door at 3 PM wearing Khashoggi’s clothes, a fake beard, and glasses. Al-Madani was older than the rest of the 15-person team; a Turkish official alleged that Al-Madani was brought along to act as a body double for Khashoggi.​​ CNN​​ published pictures from the surveillance footage comparing Al-Madani and Khashoggi. [CNN]

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told Fox News on Sunday that the country​​ was​​ investigating Khashoggi’s death and that the 18 people implicated in his​​ murder​​ would be punished appropriately.

“This was an operation that was a rogue operation,” he said. “This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had. ​​ They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it.”

Al-Jubeir added that none of those involved in Khashoggi’s death had close ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Al-Jubeir noted that the investigation was still in its early stages and said that Saudi officials currently don’t know the exact cause of Khashoggi’s death or where his remains are. [FoxNews]​​ 

President Trump says he is “not satisfied” with Saudi Arabia’s response to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, days after the country admitted the Washington Post columnist died in its consulate in Istanbul, but claimed it was part of an interrogation.​​ “I am not satisfied with what I’ve heard,” Trump told reporters at the White House Monday, adding that the Saudis must hurry up their investigation after they said they may need a month: “That’s a long time. There’s no reason for that much. Be faster.”​​ [ABCNews]​​ 






United Nations

The Russian Foreign Minister said that UN Secretary-General​​ António​​ Guterres is coordinating with the Syrian government for the nomination of a successor for UN​​ Envoy Staffan de Mistura,​​ who will be leaving office next month.​​ [ElDorar]


Anti-Daesh campaign

Coalition​​ member states are​​ mobilizing to raise funds from around the globe to assist in reconstructing Syria. France says it allocated $35​​ million​​ US​​ to support stabilization in Kurdishcontrolled areas. Germany allocated $10​​ million​​ US, while Saudi Arabia committed $100​​ million​​ US​​ and the UAE $50​​ million. [EnabBaladi]


The head of the Iraqi “Falcons” intelligence cell and the Director-General of Intelligence and Counterterrorism at the Ministry of the Interior, Abu Ali Al-Basri, said that Daesh members in Syria had been killed by Coalition airstrikes in the Hajin area last Thursday. Al-Basri said that they had been preparing terrorist operations in Turkey, Iran, and Suleimaniya, Iraq. He also said that a series of airstrikes had been carried out by Russian airplanes, based on intelligence provided by the “Falcons” cell.​​ [Forat]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Russian airstrikes based on Iraqi intelligence is a new development if true. The story has no details on this, however.


US General Patrick Roberson, Special Operations Commander for the Coalition, told the​​ BBC​​ that​​ two​​ Daesh fighters with British citizenship who were captured in Syria should be extradited to Britain. The British government had previously claimed that Huma Al-Shafa’i Al-Sheikh and Alexandra​​ Kuti​​ had been stripped of their British citizenship. Al-Sheikh and Kuti questioned these claims in August during a​​ BBC​​ interview. [Shafaaq]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh appointed new members to its​​ shura​​ council, 3 for each country: Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Yemen. The source said Daesh appointed Thamer Saleh Al-Ahmedi, from Ninewa, as its​​ sharia​​ leader of Syria. The source also said Daesh appointed a French terrorist​​ of​​ Saudi origins as its​​ sharia​​ leader of Iraq.​​ 




Raqqa city​​ & district

On Monday, a mine explosion planted by Daesh killed​​ two​​ civilians and injured others who were collecting copper and plastic from a public park in Raqqa city. [Qasioun]


Daesh said on Monday it wounded four SDF members and damaged their SUV with an IED in Ratla village, south of Raqqa. [A3maq]


Central and West​​ 


The​​ SOHR reported Syrian​​ Army shelling of several areas near Lataminah,​​ north​​ of Hama​​ city,​​ in a violation​​ of​​ the Russian-Turkish sponsored truce agreement. It says​​ that​​ Turkish intelligence is still trying to convince​​ jihadi​​ fighters to withdraw from​​ the​​ agreed-upon​​ areas​​ of the truce, but not​​ with​​ much success so far. [SyriaHR]


The​​ SOHR reported a one-hour gunfight near Khirbat Al-Naqus village,​​ Al-Suqaylabiyah​​ District,​​ between Syrian forces and​​ the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation as well as other “opposition”​​ militias.​​ Other clashes​​ were reported in the “southern​​ Aleppo​​ countryside.​​ Artillery​​ shelling​​ and machinegun​​ fire​​ by the Syrian​​ Army​​ is continuing in more than one​​ truce​​ area. [SyriaHR]

Opposition​​ militias, including the National Front for Liberation and the Free Idlib Army,​​ claim they​​ stopped​​ a​​ Syrian Army​​ attempt to advance in​​ villages around​​ Khirbat Al-Naqus in violation of the Turkish-Russian agreement.​​ They​​ say several Syrian soldiers were wounded before withdrawing. [Qasioun]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A US military delegation visited US units in SDF-held areas in Deir Ez-Zor to inspect​​ military​​ progress in the area. The SDF did not comment on the visit. [EnabBaladi]


Kurdish media says that the SDF has defused many IEDS and mines in its areas of operation. [Hawar]


Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it killed an SDF intelligence member in Al-Ahmar village, in Al-Suwar, on Sunday. [ICDNOct22]


Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed an SDF member in an attack in Dhiban town, on Thursday. [A3maq]


Albu Kamal​​ District

The Coalition has responded to an earlier report that alleged an attack on a mosque that killed civilians.​​ The Coalition said​​ on Monday​​ that​​ its​​ airstrike destroyed several buildings that were used by Daesh to launch attacks on the SDF in Al-Susah. The Coalition’s statement said that the strike killed “several” Daesh fighters​​ as​​ they were actively firing on “Coalition partner forces.” The statement also noted that among the buildings targeted was a mosque​​ Daesh was using as a command-and-control center, violating the Law of Armed Conflict regarding the use of religious sites. The​​ AP​​ report on the airstrike noted that there were allegations of civilian casualties, which the Coalition did not directly comment on. [InherentResolve] [AP]

Hawar​​ reported that the Coalition said that the attack took place after confirming that there were no civilians inside the mosque. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we reported on Friday, our source said that there were 11 Daesh fighters and 8 civilians killed by the airstrike, as well as 13 other Daesh fighters wounded. The follow-up story illustrates​​ one pitfall of accepting reports on Coalition airstrikes from biased sources, sometimes described as “local sources.”​​ Mosques have​​ often been converted​​ by Daesh​​ to military installations. When they are bombed, Daesh issues propaganda about the Coalition’s cruelty to civilians.


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Coalition planes killed the Daesh military commander of Al-Susah and 5 other terrorists in an airstrike on a Daesh safehouse in the town.​​ 


Also see related story above under Anti-Daesh campaign


The SDF reported on Friday that “within the past 24 hours” it made several advances against Daesh in the Albu Kamal district. In Al-Baghouz, it advanced​​ between 2 and 3 km long along 3 separate lines of attack against Daesh-controlled areas, and destroyed a Daesh tunnel. Coalition airstrikes killed 4 terrorists in the area. In Al-Susah, Daesh detonated a car bomb that killed 2 SDF fighters and wounded 3. Daesh fighters retreated inside Al-Susah and the SDF fighters secured control over half of it. The SDF killed 1 terrorist in Mozan village. The SDF was able to dismantle “a great number” of explosives and mines planted by Daesh around Al-Jardhi village, in Mayadin​​ District, and the village of Abu Hamam, near Al-Bahra. The final total was 7 Coalition airstrikes, 14 Daesh members killed, and 3 Daesh buildings, 1 Daesh tunnel, and 1 Daesh bulldozer destroyed. [Hawar] [SDF]


Qasioun​​ reported on Sunday that battles in eastern Deir Ez-Zor between Daesh and the SDF, which​​ was supported by US and French forces, continued during the previous​​ 24 hours. The Coalition initiated 15 airstrikes, killing 23 Daesh fighters and destroying tunnels, vehicles, and vehicle bombs. [Qasioun]


On Monday, the SDF entered​​ the town of Al-Susah, held by Daesh. The SDF says it attacked Daesh defenses inside the town, but​​ encountered​​ stiff resistance. The SDF says it​​ has​​ made advances since the start of the attack in the morning, under heavy artillery and rocket shelling. [EnabBaladi]

On Monday morning, in the course of the fighting in Al-Susah, an SDF sniper killed a Daesh suicide bomber and seized his vehicle bomb. [Hawar]

Daesh said on Monday its snipers killed an SDF member in the Hawi Al-Susah area. [A3maq]

It also said it destroyed an SDF bulldozer with a rocket in the same area. [A3maq]


Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed an SDF machine gun mounted vehicle with a rocket near East Bahra village. [ICDNOct21]

Daesh issued a video of the attack. [A3maq]


Daesh said on Sunday it targeted SDF positions at the​​ train​​ station north of Hajin with 3 Grad rockets. [ICDNOct21]


Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed an SDF member near Mozan village. [ICDNOct22]




Local sources informed​​ Dorar​​ that the Syrian government personnel were charging displaced people more than 100,000 Syrian pounds ($200 USD) to remove mines planted by Daesh​​ on their properties, which was often more than they could afford. The local sources reported that many families were forced to pay these large sums to return to their properties. A resident claimed that he paid 800,000 Syrian pounds for demining, and lost his house​​ anyway,​​ because​​ the government personnel “removed the​​ mine remotely.” The casualties of the mines have mostly been women and children in the areas around the Yarmouk Basin. [ElDorar]



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh released 20 Druze women it had kidnapped around 2 months ago from the Suwayda area, in exchange for the Syrian government releasing 22 Daesh terrorists, mostly commanders.​​ 




Neighboring countries


The Iranian insurgent group Jaish Al-Adl (“Army of Justice”) threatened to kill 12 Iranian soldiers that it had kidnapped near the border with Pakistan a week earlier. Jaish Al-Adl’s statement said that the kidnapping was a step “to defend the rights of the Baloch Sunni minority” in the region. [ZamanAlWasl]


Saudi Arabia


See above under Turkey – Political developments


North Africa


Daesh said it killed Egyptian soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED south of the Arish Airport, on Friday. [ICDNOct21]

Daesh said on Monday it destroyed an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED near the Al-Sabil security barrier, south of Arish. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Monday it destroyed an Egyptian Army M60 tank with an IED near the west entrance to the city of Arish. [A3maq]


Daesh said on Saturday it shot and wounded at least two Egyptian soldiers near the Musleh security barrier, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNOct20]​​ 

Daesh said on Monday its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier near the Qabr Omair security barrier, west of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNOct22]


Daesh said it damaged an Egyptian Army vehicle with an IED, east of Rafah, on Sunday. [ICDNOct21]



A source in Sirte said that 3 car bombs had been found in Harawa, a village in the Sirte desert, on Monday. The source said that the bombs had been planted by Daesh, and that they were defused by an engineering team from the Libyan Army. [Libya24]



The Tunisian National Guard said that they had shot a terrorist called Murad Al-Ghazlani on Sunday in Kasserine Governorate, western Tunisia, after he threatened arresting officers with an explosives​​ belt. The National Guard said that “Al-Ghazlani” was responsible for manufacturing explosives, and had been implicated in assassinations​​ using​​ targeted bombings. [Tunisien]






Daesh-affiliated Boko Haram​​ said it killed or wounded Nigerian soldiers in an attack near the town of Arghi, in the Lake Chad area, on Sunday. [A3maq]


Democratic Republic of the Congo

A statement published by the UN on Friday described the Secretary-General as “outraged” by the ongoing killing and kidnapping of civilians by armed groups in the Beni area of North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In a press conference, the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said that the Secretary-General condemned the killing of at least 11 civilians, including a boy, and the injuring and kidnapping of others during an attack on the town of Mayongose, on the outskirts of Beni. [Anadolu] [UN]




Daesh said it killed an Afghan soldier, wounded another, and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in Mano village, in Chaparhar district,​​ central​​ Nangarhar Province,​​ eastern Afghanistan, on Friday. [A3maq]


Daesh said it wounded three Afghan Army members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in the Khogyani area, in Nangarhar Province,​​ on Saturday. [ICDNOct21]


Daesh said on Sunday it killed two Afghan Army members, wounded another, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Momand area, in Achin district, southern Nangarhar Province. [A3maq]



Tajikistan said that it would provide help and protection to Tajik extremists who voluntarily return from Iraq and Syria. The Tajik Ministry of the Interior called on such returnees to contact the Ministry to surrender. It says that 4 extremists who returned and repented recently have now been released and reintegrated into their communities. 60 Tajik citizens fighting in Iraq and Syria have already returned.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 




On Sunday, Daesh issued a propaganda video about its attacks in the Shirqat-southern Ninewa area. [ICDNOct21]



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