An Update On ISIS Activities

October 24, 2018

 

Iraqi Army Units in Northern Salahuddin​​ (DD Oct 22)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CoR approves about half of 21 Cabinet members nominated by Ul-Madhi. [..]

Al-Sadr warns against playing political games with Cabinet nominations. [..]

Ninewa Police capture 15 Daesh in different Mosul locations. [..]​​ 

8-member Daesh cell captured west of Mosul city. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey’s Defense Minister says Idlib ceasefire deal with Russia is working. [..]

 

Syria

De Mistura makes last visit to Damascus as UN​​ Syria​​ envoy.​​ [..]

Bolton announces US & Russia will expand Syria cooperation. [..]

Coalition airstrikes alleged to have killed 41 civilians in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

A member of​​ the​​ Iraqi​​ parliament told​​ Sumaria​​ that the CoR would​​ hold​​ a vote of confidence on the Prime Minister-designate’s government on Wednesday evening. [Sumaria]​​ The CoR did in fact meet for the purpose, and the latest information is that about half of the nominees have been approved so far.

 

According to Rudaw, Prime Minister-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi proposed​​ the following for Minister positions to be voted on Wednesday evening: Falih Al-Fayyad as Minister of Interior, Iyad Al-Samarrai as Minister of Planning, Hashim Darraji as Minister of Defense, Mohammed Ali​​ Al-Hakim as Foreign Minister, Ahmed Al-Obeidi as ​​ Minister of Youth and Sports, Alaa Al-Alwani as Minister of Health, Luay Al-Khatib as Minister of Electricity, Thamir Al-Ghadhban as Minister of Oil, Fuad Husein as Minister of Finance, Abdullah Loibi as Minister of Transportation, Banken Rijani as Minister of Housing, Qadi Al-Suhail as Minister of Higher Education, Salih Al-Jubouri as Minister of​​ Industry, Salih Al-Husni as Minister of Agriculture, Asma Sadiq as Minister of Justice, Na’im Al-Rabi’i as Minister of Communications, Saba Al-Ta’e as Minister of Education,​​ Jamal Al-Adel as Minister of Water Resources,​​ Hasan Al-Rabi’i as Minister of Culture, Nawzad Hadi as Minister of Municipalities, and Mohammed Jasim as Minister of Commerce. [Rudaw]

 

Muqtada Al-Sadr says he objects​​ to the​​ secret vote​​ proposed by some parliamentarians to approve the new government. He also rejected the “dividing of spoils,​​ sectarianism,​​ external​​ meddling, and​​ corruption. He called​​ on​​ all​​ parties to give freedom to the Prime Minister to select​​ the​​ cabinet. [Anadolu]

​​ Al-Sadr addressed the CoR on Wednesday through his​​ Twitter account,​​ stating that their votes for that day were precious responsibilities before “God, the population, and Iraq.” He warned them against outside influences, and urged for their votes to be independent.” [Rudaw]

 

CoR member Kadhim Al-Sayadi said on Tuesday that the Prime Minister granted 4 ministries to the Sadr-led Sa’irun bloc. ​​ [Rudaw]

 

The National Axis Bloc (Sunni), headed by Khamis Al-Khanjar says it has reservations about the government program announced yesterday, as it ignores sectarian interests. ​​ The same position was announced by the Sunni block headed by Osama Al-Nujaifi. [Sumaria]

 

The CBI​​ reports that​​ the foreign currency reserves of​​ Iraq are over $60 billion​​ having risen from​​ $55.5 billion last July. The CBI​​ attributes​​ the rise to financial policies. [Anadolu]

 

Reconstruction

Turkish​​ Foreign Minister​​ Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says his country was the most generous in the Iraq reconstruction process, committing over $5 billion. He also says he expects​​ Iraq to form​​ a strong government. He​​ visited Baghdad recently but could not visit Erbil. He called for involving Turkmen in the new government.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Outgoing Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi told national security personnel that reconstruction, services, and attracting investments are upcoming challenges, which cannot be executed without​​ security. He also says that terrorism is looking for new hosts in the country, which shall never be allowed. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Karkh investigations court specializing​​ in terrorist cases confirmed the confessions of two terrorists standing trial for detonating a bomb​​ on a minibus in Shula in​​ north​​ Baghdad last May. The two confessed to​​ being Daesh members. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A Daesh jihadist imprisoned by the Kurds in Syria, who is also a maker of medical shoes,​​ demanded​​ to be extradited to Germany, his native country, for trial. He​​ said he yearned​​ to return to his previous life​​ to “start over.”​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If we were facing trial in a foreign country for helping terrorists to kill a lot of people, we would want to start over too.​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

On Wednesday, a security source reported that an IED was dismantled which was intended to​​ detonate​​ in​​ Nahrawan. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Military intelligence reported​​ its units operating under the 11th​​ army division arrested a terrorist that took part into attacks against army units in Mada’in​​ District in​​ southeast​​ Baghdad​​ Governorate. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Daesh said it killed or wounded policemen after setting off an IED and motorcycle bomb in Ameriyat Al-Falluja​​ subdistrict​​ on Tuesday. It said that after the 2 explosions, a suicide​​ bomber set off his explosives​​ vest, killing and​​ wounding​​ “several”​​ people. [ICDNOct24]

 

The Central Directorate of Intelligence announced on Wednesday that detachments from the Directorate of Military Intelligence​​ had arrested a​​ Daesh​​ “mastermind”​​ in the​​ manufacture of IEDs. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Ramadi

Military Intelligence says its units operating under the 10th​​ army division dismantled a sleeper terror cell operating in Albu Taiban, Zangoura, and​​ the Kilo 5​​ area​​ in​​ Ramadi District,​​ and has arrested all of its members. [Buratha]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Military intelligence says its units operating under 8th​​ army division found an explosives cache in a hideout in​​ the​​ Jazeera-Albu Obeid area in Al-Qa’im containing various weapons and explosives​​ and destroyed it on site.​​ The units​​ also destroyed 4 Daesh​​ safehouses in​​ a desert area​​ in​​ Al-Qa’im​​ District. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Daesh reported​​ it killed or wounded five Iraqi Army​​ soldiers and destroyed their vehicle at​​ the​​ Al-Qa’im city entrance, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Rutba

Daesh​​ claims it killed​​ four​​ Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Saqqar area, near Rutba, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that a tribal PMF commander and his driver were killed when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Al-Salman area​​ in​​ eastern​​ Shirqat.

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that two PMF members were killed and a commander wounded in a roadside IED explosion in the Siniya area. ​​ 

 

DIYALA

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

The PMF on Wednesday arrested 2 Daesh members​​ attempting to infiltrate Udhaim​​ subdistrict​​ to launch attacks.​​ [FaceIraq]

 

3 mortar shells fell on a village in Jalawla in Khanaqin District on Wednesday. Local sources say that they were launched from the Sheikh Baba area​​ south of Jalawla. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that one PMF fighter was killed and another wounded in a Daesh attack on a military position near Sadouniya village in Riyadh subdistrict.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that residents of Gharib village, west of Hawija, are leaving their houses because of lack of water. The source said Daesh blew up the water purification station near the village.

 

Southwest (Daquq)

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed four IFP members, including a brigade commander, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the road between Arab Koy village and Daquq. [ICDNOct24]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that local police units captured 15 persons on terrorism charges in different neighborhoods in Mosul city.

 

Military intelligence says its units in Ninewa found 14 explosives belts, 20 igniters, 8 hand grenades, and other explosives in the Al-Maidan neighborhood in Old Mosul. An iPad and several fake IDs were also found. [Ghad]​​ 

 

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that a tribal PMF fighter was killed and an officer wounded when a group of 12 Daesh terrorists attacked a military position east of Shakhir village in Qayara.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that tribal PMF units captured a man who was transporting food supplies and military clothes in his vehicle to Daesh terrorists hiding near Ain Al-Qassab village. The man admitted that 3 of his sons are hiding there and fighting alongside Daesh.

 

An MP from Ninewa reported that Daesh released a new issue of its publication saying that after the attack in Qayara, Daesh had “caught its breath” and listed evidence that it was reinvigorating its activities. [BaghdadToday]

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that security units arrested a Daesh cell of 8 members near Rahmaniya village. The source said the cell was responsible for distributing salaries to Daesh families in the Mosul area.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Ninewa Police and SWAT units killed 3 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a tunnel in the Badoush Hills area.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that one civilian was wounded and his vehicle destroyed in an IED explosion near Ghuzail village, north of Ayn Jahash. The source said the man was a contractor transporting food supplies to PMF units in the area.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that a civilian was killed when a group of Daesh terrorists in military uniforms attacked his house in Ain Fathi village. The source said the victim had informed security units about several Daesh​​ members​​ in the village.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 300-400 Daesh terrorists fled military operations in northern Salahuddin toward areas south of Hatra. The source said the terrorists​​ now​​ control a large area and have conducted several attacks during the last few days.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on Huwaider village and captured one of the terrorists. The source said the terrorist admitted he participated in killing four civilians in Saadiya village, east of Hatra, 2 weeks ago. The source sent​​ us​​ a photo of the captured terrorist.​​ 

 

Baaj

Army units oversaw the return of 150 Yazidi families to their houses in Jazeera complex north of Baaj. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that two PMF members were killed and 3 SUVs destroyed in a Daesh attack on a military position in the Tal Safouk​​ area.​​ The source said a​​ Daesh terrorist was also killed.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra​​ MPs announced on Wednesday that they​​ would​​ refuse to vote for the government of Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi.​​ Their complaint was that they were unable to examine the nominees’ qualifications because they were not provided with CVs.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

SULEIMANIYA

On Wednesday, 2 delegations of the Peshmerga and the International Coalition met in Suleimaniya to discuss the dangers of Daesh “remnants” and​​ how to handle​​ security breaches.​​ [Mawazin]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

Turkey’s Defense​​ Minister Hulusi Akar says on Wednesday that many radical fighters and heavy weapons were withdrawn from the demilitarized​​ areas in Idlib, and that ceasefire violations were reduced by 90%. He says he will discuss the situation further with his Russian counterpart on Saturday. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

Staffan De Mistura arrived​​ in​​ Damascus​​ for​​ his last visit as an international envoy in Syria. The UN says De Mistura will stay for a few days without specifying​​ which​​ officials he would meet. ​​ It is expected that amendments​​ to​​ the Syrian constitution will​​ be discussed. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ For every politician who makes himself the center of attention, there are a hundred public servants of great talent, some of them diplomats, whose fidelity is to their mission to help others. De Mistura defined perseverance. He hung with the Syria mess for several years, trying against all odds to turn the tide of events. He was the Syrian people’s best friend, even though he was from Sweden. It is a shame that he is leaving, and a bigger shame that he could not overcome the impossible odds stacked against him. Still, as many of our reports showed, he never stopped trying, has often made a difference,​​ and made some progress​​ toward a new Syria. From​​ all of us who care about Syria and its people, a​​ grateful and​​ heartfelt salute from long distance.

 

Political developments

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe says his government is confirming the identity of the Japanese journalist recently released in Syria. He thanked Turkey and Qatar for their efforts in that release. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

United States

John Bolton, US National Security Advisor says the US and Russia agreed to expand coordination regarding Syria in all fields. He also​​ stated​​ that avoiding a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib​​ was a necessity. [ElDorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Given all the contention over policy toward Russia, it might help our confidence if we knew what “fields” this cooperation will include.​​ 

 

France

A French official says his country is planning to receive​​ French children of Daesh​​ members​​ held​​ by the Kurdish forces in Syria, but not interested in receiving their mothers. The official says the issue will be considered on a case-by-case basis. France fears that the​​ children may become​​ terrorists​​ if left in Syria. [Ghad]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ European countries have set a clear pattern in trying to keep their Daesh citizens in Iraq or Syria and put on trial there. This keeps these terrorists out of the home country, hopefully for years, or permanently for those who are executed. The absence of a death penalty in European countries is in some cases a further incentive to leave them where they are.

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded 20 SDF members and destroyed their truck with an IED near Jazrat Abu Hamid village, east of Raqqa city. Daesh said the fighters were heading to the battlefields in the Albu Kamal area. [A3maq] [ICDNOct24]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed an SDF member, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Al-Haws village, in Karama subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

SOHR says Jaish Al-Islam is regrouping and purchasing weapons in northern​​ Syria following its withdrawal from Eastern Ghouta several months​​ ago. The SOHR says the faction is establishing points on the front line with government forces northeast of Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

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East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

SOHR says shelling is continuing between Daesh and SDF in​​ Albu Kamal. Daesh seems to be attempting to recapture Al-Susah and other areas it lost,​​ using vehicle bombs and counter attacks.​​ SOHR reported at least 37 Daesh fighters were killed and dozens wounded in Coalition airstrikes on Al-Susah. However, it has also been alleged that​​ Coalition airstrikes​​ caused two massacres on October 18 and 19, killing 41 civilians, including 10 children. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh reported on Wednesday that it killed 11 SDF members, wounded four others, and set 3 military positions on fire in an attack in Al-Susah. Daesh also said it targeted SDF positions east of the town with 60 mortars and 5 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct24]

 

Hawar, a Kurdish publication, reports that in Hajin and Al-Baghouz 10 Daesh fighters were killed by the SDF on Wednesday. The SDF reports that it was able to destroy “many” Daesh car bombs and Daesh military vehicles. According to the SDF, Daesh fighters in Hajin attacked the SDF positions in the evening from multiple directions with car bombs and heavy weapons, but the SDF was able to thwart these attacks and kill “many” of the​​ attackers. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh​​ claimed​​ it killed four SDF members and wounded others in an attack north of Hajin​​ on Wednesday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

The Deir Ez-Zor media center reported that the US Department of Defense stated that it would permit the SDF to receive a shipment of more than 900 trucks loaded with weapons, ammunition, and military equipment. [ElDorar]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

According to a local news network,​​ two​​ civilians were killed and​​ seven​​ others injured by a land​​ mine planted by the Syrian Army and pro-regime militia forces while they were working on the fields in Al-Tyha. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We don’t know that this story isn’t accurate, but the source has proven unreliable in the past and the story itself is somewhat implausible.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian security forces​​ killed 11 extremist fighters​​ with gunfire​​ near a cave in​​ Asyout ​​ in​​ southern Egypt. The attack took place following information received by security authorities that an armed group is planning attacks on selected targets in the country. Sources say gunmen opened fire on security forces upon​​ their​​ arrival, which forced​​ them​​ to return fire and kill all members of the group. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

The appeals​​ court in Antwerp sentenced 36 year old Fouad Belkacem​​ to 12 years in prison for leading a “terrorist” group called “The Sharia of Belgium” and sending fighters to Syria. The court stated that he would be stripped of his nationality for posing a threat to public security and failing to fulfill the obligations of Belgian​​ citizenship.​​ He can​​ appeal the decision to a higher Belgian​​ court. [Qasioun] [BBC]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The 201st​​ Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said in a statement that at least 6 Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike conducted by the U.S. forces of Afghanistan in Nur Geram​​ District in eastern Nuristan province. [Khaama]

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]

 

 

October 22, 2018

 

Daesh Tunnel near Hit (DD October 20)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

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. [..]

 

Turkey

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. [..]

 

Syria

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.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

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]

 

BAGHDAD

No reports

 

ANBAR

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]

 

Falluja

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]

 

Ramadi

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]

 

Hit/Haditha

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.​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

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.​​ 

 

Rutba

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]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

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.​​ 

 

Baiji

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]

 

Tikrit

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

 

DIYALA

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]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

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.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

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

Hatra

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.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

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.

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

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]​​ 

 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

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.​​ 

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

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​​ 

Hama

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]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

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]

 

Suwayda

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.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

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

Egypt

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]

 

Libya

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]

 

Tunisia

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]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

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]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

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

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]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

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

 

 

October 19, 2018