An Update On ISIS Activities

October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018

 

Explosion in Qayyara (DD Oct 23)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Adel Abd Ul-Madhi​​ will present Cabinet to CoR on Wednesday.​​ [..]

Ninewa Police arrest 10 Daesh terrorists. [..]

Deadly vehicle bomb explodes in Qayara city. [..]

PMFs in Qayara kidnap, torture social media activist. [..]

Daesh boy assassin arrested in Mosul District. [..]

Army​​ in northern Tal Afar​​ arrests smuggler of Daesh members to Turkey. [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan tells MPs Khashoggi murder was premeditated; wants perpetrators extradited to Turkey.​​ [..]

British report says Khashoggi body parts have been found. [..]

 

Syria

Gen. Votel says Coalition needs Al-Tanaf base as counterweight to Iran.​​ [..]

Coalition conducted 67 anti-Daesh airstrikes in Albu Kamal in one week.​​ [..]

SDF, Coalition military advance continues in Al-Baghouz, Al-Susah. [..]

Iranian, Russian officials reportedly​​ discussing joint operation in Albu Kamal city. [..]

29 Syrians kidnapped by Daesh in Suwayda to be exchanged for SDF Daesh prisoners. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Afghanistan:​​ 

Suicide bomb at Kabul election center kills 57.​​ [..]

15 arrested for Taliban attack at Kandahar’s Governor’s office. [..]

1 Czech soldier killed, 2 wounded in​​ Herat​​ insider attack. [..]

Afghan troops stop Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan, kill 13. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Al-Iraqiya TV​​ reported that​​ Iraq’s​​ Prime Minister-designate​​ Adel Abd Ul-Madhi​​ plans to submit his cabinet to the CoR for approval on Wednesday at 6 pm. There must be at least​​ 50% + 1​​ CoR votes, out of the current 329 MPs, to​​ approve​​ the cabinet. If​​ the vote is negative,​​ he will submit another proposal. [Anadolu]

 

Masoud Haider, a former Kurdish MP,​​ also​​ said on his Facebook page that he expected the CoR vote on the new government to take place at 6 PM Wednesday. He said​​ the Kurds would get 4 ministries in the new government. A different, unnamed, source said that the ministries the Kurds would receive would be Finance, Water, Displacement and Migration, and Tourism. [BasNews]

 

Council of Representatives

Sumaria​​ reported that an Arab paper says​​ some​​ CoR​​ members are​​ seeking to nullify some of the​​ appointments made​​ by sitting Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi as unconstitutional. The newspaper quoted a source in the CoR as saying that “several” MPs​​ intend​​ to​​ offer a resolution​​ canceling all appointments made by Al-Abadi and his cabinet during the period following the nomination of the new Prime Minister-designate. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Tuesday, CoR Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbusi called for new security plans to be drawn up, and for more security personnel to be assigned to the cities liberated from Daesh. Al-Halbusi’s comments came as part of a statement from his office condemning a vehicle bombing in the market in Qayara, which killed​​ nine​​ people. [BasNews]

 

See also related story under Ninewa – Mosul District – South​​ 

 

The Coalition said that between October 14 and 20 it conducted 3 airstrikes in Iraq. Of these, 1 was near Tuz Khurmatu, 1 was near the Makhmur Mountains, and 1 was near the “Diyala desert.” [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Tuesday that their intelligence units under Baghdad Ops Command had arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Mada’in.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The mayor of​​ the​​ Ameriya​​ neighborhood​​ said on Tuesday that​​ three​​ civilians had been injured by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle who blew himself up near a marketplace.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that 14th​​ Army Division intelligence units arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Saqlawiya. The arrestee​​ allegedly fought against the Iraqi Army in Anbar. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded policemen with 2 IEDs in Falluja city. [A3maq]

 

Rutba

The PMF Western Anbar Ops Command said on Tuesday that it had found several light weapons and Daesh documents in a search and raid operation in the “western Anbar desert.” [Dijlah]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Iraqi Army units arrested a group of men who were operating an unlicensed fuel station in Rutba desert. The source said the station is owned by a PMF commander,​​ who intervened and released the men.​​ However,​​ Daesh terrorists used to buy fuel from the station.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Corruption might be the main reason for Daesh existence in Iraq. Daesh terrorists cannot fill their machine gun mounted vehicles with gas at an ordinary fuel station.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Samarra

Daesh said on Tuesday it shot and killed a Saraya Al-Salam member in the Khuzaimi area in Jazeera Samarra, 18 miles west of Samarra city. [A3maq]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A security source said on Tuesday that police and PMF units were “monitoring” movements of armed men around Imam Wais village, north of Muqdadiya. [Ghad]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that 2 Daesh members had been arrested in Banja Ali and Jemen. The Center’s statement said that the 2 had been working for Daesh’s “Office of Soldiers.”​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it killed three IFP members, wounded others, and destroyed a machine gun mounted vehicle with an IED near Arab Koy village, in Daquq​​ District, on Monday. [A3maq] [ICDNOct23]

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Arab Koy, on Monday. [A3maq] [ICDNOct23]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Ninewa SWAT and local police units captured 10 Daesh​​ terrorists​​ in different areas in east Mosul. The source said one of the terrorists was captured planting an IED in Al-Intisar neighborhood, and he revealed the names of the other 9. The source said one of the captured persons was responsible for transporting kidnapped Yazidi women from Ninewa to Syria.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Ninewa Police units captured a man in Al-Tamim neighborhood, in east Mosul, and confiscated 12 antique Christian books and other antiquities from his house, in addition to several hand grenades.​​ 

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Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A Ninewa police source said​​ a vehicle bomb exploded in a market in Qayara.​​ Bas News​​ wrote that​​ nine​​ civilians​​ were killed and 12​​ wounded.​​ Baghdadia​​ reported​​ six​​ killed and 30 wounded.​​ [BasNews]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that the terrorist who set of the vehicle bomb in Qayara was from Hatra, and the vehicle had been stolen from the house of a​​ mukhtar​​ in the Qayara area.

 

See also related story above under Anti-Daesh campaign

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a PMF commander kidnapped and tortured a social media activist who had criticized the PMFs on Twitter. The source said the activist was snatched from a market in Qayara by a group of PMF members and then released on the outskirts of the city.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that security units captured a member of Daesh’s Ashbal Al-Khilafa (Cubs of the Caliphate). The source said the boy had appeared in Daesh propaganda videos,​​ killing people. The boy admitted he was receiving a monthly salary from Daesh through a woman who lives in west Mosul. The source sent us photos of the boy.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a shepherd was killed when an IED exploded on him near Aslubi village, in Qayara subdistrict.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a PMF member was killed and another severely wounded when an IED exploded near Aslubi village.​​ 

 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that 20th​​ Army Division intelligence units arrested a Daesh “nutrition official,” responsible for providing food to Daesh fighters in Mosul. The arrest was made in Hammam Al-Alil. [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that intelligence units captured a Daesh commander at a checkpoint on the road to Baghdad. The source said the terrorist had a fake ID, a silenced gun, and $9,000.​​ 

 

West (Hamidat)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Iraqi Army 20th​​ Division units,​​ working​​ with an international demining organization, destroyed 112 Daesh leftover IEDs in the Badoush area.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Iraqi Army 16th​​ Division units captured a smuggler and several Daesh members in the Rabi’a area. The man admitted he had smuggled more than 150 Daesh members to Turkey during the last 2 months.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

President Erdogan, speaking to MPs from his AK Party​​ conference, said that the killing of Khashoggi was premeditated and that Turkey had “strong evidence” to this effect. Erdogan called for the 18 Saudi nationals detained as part of Saudi Arabia’s investigation of the case to be tried in Istanbul for their role in the murder. [BBC]

 

The British​​ Sky News​​ wrote on Tuesday that sources had told them that body parts belonging to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the sources described as “cut up” and “disfigured,” had been found. One of the sources said the remains of Khashoggi’s body were found in the garden of the Saudi​​ Consul in Istanbul. [Sky] [DailyMail]

 

See also related story under​​ Neighboring countries – Saudi Arabia

 

Military & security developments

On Tuesday, Turkish security personnel said that they had arrested 2 Daesh members who were on the Turkish “red list” of terrorists. They said that the Daesh members were French citizens of Moroccan origin who had entered Turkey from Syria. [Ghad]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

General Joseph Votel, the Commander of US Central Command, said that the international Coalition had succeeded in degrading Daesh’s ability to occupy new territories in Syria. On Tuesday,​​ Military Times​​ reported that he said that it was still necessary for US troops to remain​​ at​​ the Al-Tanaf military base​​ in southeastern Syria​​ to counter growing Iranian activities in the region. [Qasioun]

 

Lebanon

Lebanese media says that​​ two​​ Hezbollah leaders were killed in Syria. The killed leaders were named as Mohammed Zaidan and Mohammed Sa’ed Al-Manhadran. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that between October 14 and 20 it conducted 67 airstrikes in Syria. Of these, 20 were near Hajin, 14 were near Albu Kamal, and 33 were near “[Albu] Kamal and Hajin.” [InherentResolve]

 

The Public Relations Committee of the SDF said that the SDF had released 102 Syrian and Iraqi detainees convicted of “belonging to Daesh” after they completed their sentences, and were also proved not to have killed civilians. The detainees were released in Hasaka in the presence of local government officials. [Hawar]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo

A man, his wife, and their child were killed by a landmine explosion near Barad village, northern Aleppo, while attempting to leave for the areas controlled by the YPG and the Syrian government. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The SDF is reportedly negotiating with Daesh amid the ongoing fighting in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. The SDF is demanding the release of some prisoners and the dead bodies of its fighters, in exchange for allowing food supplies to enter the Daesh-held areas and opening a safe route to allow whoever wants to leave the Daesh-held areas. [ElDorar]

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 2 Syrian Army members, including a major, were killed and 4 others wounded when armed men shot them near Al-Muhasan town.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 2 SDF members were killed and an SUV destroyed in a Daesh mortar shelling on Jadid Aqaidat town.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it damaged an SUV carrying SDF members with an IED in Al-Shuhail town. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

On Tuesday, the SDF published on its official site that it had made several significant advances in the Albu Kamal district against Daesh.​​ 

 

Al-Baghouz.​​ The report states that in Al-Baghouz, the SDF destroyed several Daesh command centers, killing “many” Daesh members in one of them. SDF fighters killed 1 Daesh driver of a car laden with explosives, and seized Daesh weapons and communications equipment. The SDF reported that it was able to advance in Al-Baghouz.​​ 

In Al-Susah, the SDF continues to advance causing “great” losses among Daesh fighters. The assault on Al-Susah began on Monday, when the SDF took half of it from Daesh. Clashes and mortar fire continued in Hajin. The final total, according to the SDF, was 29 Daesh casualties, 7 Daesh buildings destroyed, 10 Coalition airstrikes, and numerous weapons seized including rockets, a Kalashnikov rifle, and 6 missiles. [Hawar] [SDF]

 

Coalition airstrikes.​​ The SDF said on Tuesday that Coalition aircraft had carried out 10 airstrikes against Daesh in the “last pockets” of Daesh-held territory east of the Euphrates, resulting in an unspecified number of Daesh fighters killed and injured. [BasNews]

 

Forat​​ says that Daesh lost​​ several​​ major commanders in its battles against the SDF in​​ Hajin and Al-Susah. ​​ It wrote that 4 foreign Daesh leaders and 1 Syrian Daesh leader were killed in the Coalition’s airstrike on Al-Susah, and 2 others were killed on the outskirts of the town.​​ Among the killed Daesh leaders, it named Harta Daha, aka “Abu Rumaisa the Briton,” Nasser Ahmed Muthanna, aka “Abu Muthanna the Yemeni,” Tareq Al-Jubara, aka “Abu Adham Al-Shamali,” and Anwar Shuduri, who was a spokesman for Daesh.​​ [ElDorar]​​ 

 

Al-Susah.​​ The SOHR noted continued intense battles between Daesh and the SDF in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, mainly ​​ in Al-Susah, where the SDF is trying to advance, accompanied by airstrikes and ground-based shelling by the Coalition. Heavy casualties were reported on both sides. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Although there is no effort to attract attention to their role, the advanced artillery units of the Coalition are an important component of the ground campaign​​ in support of the SDF.

 

Kurdish media says intense fighting is continuing inside the town of Al-Susah, and that the SDF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb that tried to approach its front lines. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 2 Daesh members, including a Saudi, were killed, and 4 civilians wounded, when the SDF shelled Al-Susah town with mortars.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 4 Daesh terrorists were killed and others wounded when a Daesh hideout was shelled in Al-Susah. The source said the shelling was “from an unknown source” and the shelling was highly accurate.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it targeted SDF positions in Hawi Al-Susah with 6 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct22]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded several SDF members in suicide attack with a vehicle bomb in Al-Susah. It also said it killed five SDF members and wounded others in clashes in the same town. [ICDNOct23] [A3maq]

Daesh published on Tuesday photos of the fighting in Al-Susah. [ICDNOct23] [ICDNOct23]

 

Albu Kamal city.​​ Local sources reported that a meeting was held between IRGC officials and Russian Army officials on Monday in an IRGC “headquarters” in Albu Kamal city. Its purpose was to develop a joint operation within the city. [ElDorar]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The Russian news agency​​ Sputnik​​ said on Tuesday that an agreement sponsored by Russia, reached a few days prior, provides for the release of all 29 civilians kidnapped by Daesh in Suwayda in exchange for the release of some Daesh prisoners held by the SDF and the Coalition. ​​ Daesh will release 7 women and 3 children initially, and receive 30 of its female prisoners in return. [ElDorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we previously reported, our source said on Saturday that 20 Druze women had been released by Daesh in exchange for the release of 22 Daesh members by the Syrian government.

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his country is ready to negotiate with the US without preconditions, but within a “framework of mutual respect.” He said that the US “should show respect to Iran,” also adding that many countries were still doing business with Iran despite the US sanctions. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Jordan

On Tuesday, a local Jordanian media source reported that a retired general who was a former intelligence official was assassinated by gunfire in Amman. He was reportedly shot with 3 bullets to the chest in front of his home by an unknown person. [Anadolu]

 

Saudi Arabia

A​​ Reuters​​ report said that​​ an​​ aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Saud Al-Qahtani, was close enough to MBS that it will be difficult for Saudi Arabia to use him as a fall guy for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi without also implicating MBS. Al-Qahtani ran social media for MBS, and is now also being named as behind the detention of Saudi elites and​​ even​​ the Lebanese Prime Minister in November​​ 2017. He was 1 of the 2 top officials that was sacked after the Saudi probe into the incident admitted that Khashoggi was dead on Saturday. Al-Qahtani had previously said on Twitter that he was “an employee and a faithful executor of the orders of my lord the king and my lord the faithful crown prince.” [Reuters]

 

See also related stories under Turkey – Political developments

 

Yemen

Daesh said its snipers killed an Al-Qaeda member​​ on Sunday​​ in the Jalajel area, in Qifa, Al-Bayda Governorate,​​ in​​ central Yemen. [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Tuesday it stopped an Egyptian Army military campaign south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing or wounding soldiers and forcing the rest to retreat. [ICDNOct23]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said it shot and killed two policemen at Bakaara market, in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A suicide bombing killed at least 57 people and wounded 119 at a voter registration center in Kabul on Sunday. [BBC]

Daesh said on Tuesday that at least 120 people, including voters and security members, were killed or wounded when one of its suicide terrorists attacked a voting center with an explosives vest in Subdistrict 17, in Kabul. It also said it killed or wounded more than 150 people by setting off 19 IEDs in different areas in Kabul.

Daesh also said it killed or wounded 100 people with 13 IEDs in Jalalabad, Chaparhar, Khogyani, Kama, and Surkh Rod. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Tuesday it targeted the Presidential Palace in Subdistrict 1, in Kabul, with 3 Grad rockets. [ICDNOct22]

 

At least 15 people have been arrested in connection with last Thursday’s attack​​ at the​​ Kandahar​​ Governor’s compound, which killed Kandahar’s​​ Police Chief,​​ General Abdul​​ Razaq. President Ghani of Afghanistan blamed the plot on Pakistan. Former chief of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security Rahmatullah Nabil claimed that the assassination​​ was planned by Taliban leader Mullah Sherin.​​ [Khaama] [Khaama] [Khaama]

 

One​​ NATO soldier was killed and​​ two​​ were wounded in​​ an apparent insider attack on Monday in Herat Province, western Afghanistan. A statement from the Resolute Support Mission attributed the attack to “a member of the Afghan security forces.” The Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic confirmed that the​​ three​​ soldiers were from the Czech Republic. [Khaama]

 

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces repelled a “major” Taliban assault in Faryab Province, northern Afghanistan, on Monday night. The 209th​​ Shaheen Corps said in a statement that 13 Taliban fighters were killed and 19 others injured. [Khaama]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued on Tuesday a propaganda video about the battles in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNOct22]

 

 

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