An Update On ISIS Activities

June 29, 2018

 

Mali

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Sistani says Iraqi leadership should focus more on Daesh, less on​​ bargaining over​​ the new​​ government. [..]

Diyala border town remains on front lines in anti-Daesh struggle. [..]

Kirkuk Special Ops commander tells Kirkuk citizens the city is safe, and getting more troops.​​ [..]

 

Syria

European Coalition countries reported uneasy over Trump-Putin deals​​ on: southern Syria. [..]

SDF working to clear Dashisha in Hasaka, just captured from Daesh. [..]

Leaders of Arab faction in Raqqa arrested by the PYD. [..]​​ 

DaeshDaily sources detail Coalition airstrikes on Hajin. [..]

IDPs from southern Syria fighting moving toward Jordan; Jordanians trying to help them​​ face government​​ opposition. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:Armed Kurdish faction attacks 3 IGC military installations in Shino. [..]

 Storeclosing anti-government protest by merchants enters 4th​​ day. [..]

Mali:Attack on Sahel Joint Force base kills 6, ahead of Macron visit. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

The highest religious authority for the Shia in Iraq,​​ Grand Ayatollah​​ Ali Sistani, says that Iraq should concentrate on defeating Daesh rather than getting over-involved with the election and its results. The opinion was conveyed through Sistani’s representative in Karbala, Abdul Mahdi Al-Karbala’i, in his Friday sermon. He​​ also says it is wrong for politicians to dedicate all the time for​​ making​​ coalitions and struggling​​ over positions, rather than confronting terrorism and securing citizens’ safety. [Forat]

 

New​​ government

Al-Akhbar, a Lebanese daily, says that Nouri Al-Maliki has rejected an offer of reconciliation with cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, and prefers to be in the opposition rather than being part of a government chosen by Muqtada Al-Sadr. ​​ Al-Maliki’s State of Law alliance accuses​​ the coalition partners​​ Al-Sadr’s Sairun, Al-Fath (Conquest), and Hikma (Wisdom) of agreeing to nominate a PM from outside the Dawa Party, which Al-Maliki cannot tolerate.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

The media office of the Wisdom alliance leader Ammar Al-Hakim said on Friday that Al-Hakim met with US Ambassador Douglas Silliman and discussed current developments in the Iraqi political scene, including the importance of forming a government that would put Iraqi interests above special interests. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Prime​​ Minister​​ Haider Al-Abadi’s office said in a statement on Friday that 12 convicted terrorists sentenced to death had been executed on Thursday. Al-Abadi had ordered the immediate​​ execution of terrorists already sentenced to death on Thursday, apparently in response to Daesh’s execution of hostages a few days prior. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Iraqi Minister of Justice Haider Al-Zamili​​ said on Friday that there are 64 death sentences for convicted terrorists still pending. In a statement, he said that the reason for the delay between sentencing and execution was the need to present the cases to the General Amnesty Committee, the need for retrials, and other legal proceedings. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Friday that it had​​ arrested​​ one​​ of the people responsible for the recent kidnapping and execution of 6 people on the Kirkuk-Baghdad Road. A location for the arrest was not provided; it is unclear if this is the same arrest as referred to below​​ in Abu Ghraib. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Baghdad Operations Command said on Friday that it had found 13 IEDs and 1 RPG-7 rocket launcher while searching the areas of Abu Habba ​​ in south Baghdad, and Albu Khalid in north Baghdad. [Ghad]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command said on Friday that they had arrested​​ one​​ person on terrorism charges in the area of Abu Ghraib.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that units under East Anbar Ops Command had found 40 IEDs in the​​ Nuaimiya cemetery​​ just south of Falluja. A separate force under Anbar Ops Command found and detonated 8 IEDs while clearing a road in the area of Albu Za’ayan.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Rutba

Eastern Rutba.​​ An official security source in Anbar Province said on Friday that 3 civilians had been kidnapped by Daesh while digging wells in the Al-Sakkar​​ area​​ in eastern​​ Rutba district. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed a Border Guard officer, wounded another Border Guardsman, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near the Saudi border. [ICDNJun29]

 

Western Rutba.​​ A roadside IED exploded around the Iraq-Syria border in Anbar, according to a security source. The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said that the IED exploded while several soldiers were patrolling border areas in Rutba​​ District, killing 2 soldiers​​ and wounding 3. [BasNews] ​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says it killed two tribal PMF fighters with an IED in the Al-Fatha area, northeast of Baiji. [A3maq] [ICDNJun29]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an IFP vehicle near the Zarqa Bridge, west of Tuz Khurmatu. [ICDNJun29]

 

Daesh sources say Kata’eb Hezbollah sustained casualties in a Daesh attack on​​ the Turkmen​​ Jardaghli village in Tuz. [ICDNJun29]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it targeted the house of an IFP member in the Al-Qatoun area, in west Baquba, with an IED on Wednesday, causing damage. [ICDNJun29]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Al-Waqf area. [A3maq]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A security source said on Friday that 6 Daesh fighters had been killed by Coalition bombing in the Himrin Hills. The source said that the bombing had been targeting Daesh safehouses. [Ghad]

 

A local source said that a Daesh sniper had killed a soldier stationed near the village of Abu Karma, north of Abu Saida. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Mohammed Dhaifan Al-Obeidi,​​ chairman​​ of​​ the Udhaim​​ subdistrict​​ council, said on Friday that Daesh had failed to drive local villagers out of their village for what he said was “the 50th​​ time.” The village of Mubarak Al-Farhan sits on the border​​ with​​ Salahuddin Province, near the​​ Mtaibija​​ area on the Salahuddin side, and has reportedly repulsed Daesh many times. Al-Obeidi said that Daesh had dropped “about 120” mortar shells on them, and attacked them “about 50 times” over the last 2 years. He described the village as the “head of the arrow” confronting Daesh,​​ and​​ called​​ for security reinforcements in the area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

In a separate statement, Mohammed Dhaifan Al-Obeidi also said on Friday that 1 Army soldier had been killed and 3 others wounded in a Daesh attack on​​ a​​ village near Hawi​​ Al-Udhaim, near the Salahuddin border.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded five tribal PMF fighters in an attack on Albu Eissa village in Udhaim, on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNJun29]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi soldier and a Shia civilian in Shah Ali village, in Balad Ruz. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh says it killed a PMF officer in the village. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Special Operations Commander Major General Ma’an Al-Sa’adi addressed the citizens of Kirkuk on Friday, saying that the security situation was stable and that citizens should not be overly worried by what was said on some social media. He added that a new security plan was being implemented and that security forces would be redeployed to Kirkuk center. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Hamid Al-Obeidi, Captain of the Kirkuk Police, said that an IED had exploded in the village of Tal Al-Zahab,​​ in​​ Hawija​​ District, killing 2 civilians. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Center for Security Information announced on Friday that units under Ninewa Ops Command had found 6 explosive belts and 13 60mm mortar shells left behind by Daesh in the Ayadhiya area.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

Protests in the city of Nasiriya, Dhi Qar Province, continued on Friday as “hundreds” of people gathered to demand that the government execute those prisoners who have already been sentenced to death. The protests specifically regarded prisoners currently being held in Al-Hout Prison (aka Nasiriya Central Prison). Protesters threatened to continue demonstrating until the central government responded. [Sumaria]

 

Diwaniya

Doctors​​ Without​​ Borders​​ (MSF)​​ say they are starting a survey​​ for​​ viral hemorrhagic fever,​​ which​​ recently spread in Diwaniya,​​ in the​​ south of Iraq. The survey​​ will take​​ 5​​ days, and is prompted by the​​ appearance of several​​ cases​​ in the province.​​ The relevant​​ offices are starting preemptive campaigns to​​ stop the​​ possible spread of the disease by​​ washing​​ cattle and​​ other livestock​​ to eliminate insects, which are the means of transmission.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Kerbala

The Ministry of the Interior announced on Friday that​​ it​​ had arrested a terrorist in Kerbala Province, who they said had been responsible for terrorist operations in the​​ province, including planting IEDs and​​ other​​ murders.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The Turkish Army says that it killed 56 PKK fighters inside Turkey and northern Iraq (i.e., Iraqi Kurdistan) during the past week. It also says that it killed a commander and captured 16 weapons, and​​ destroyed positions and hideouts for PKK gunmen. It says that 4 soldiers were killed and 6 wounded in the operations, and that​​ a total of​​ 4,513 gunmen have been killed since the start of operations in Afrin. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

Europe

European states say that they are not satisfied with the US-Russian “understandings” in Syria that led the regime government to attack southern Syria. These alleged “understandings” include allowing Assad forces to recover the southern parts of the country, in exchange for expelling Iranians from the country. Sources say European countries are worried that the upcoming Putin-Trump summit will grant legitimacy to the Assad regime, by giving its blessing to the formation of a committee to reformulate the Constitution. [EnabBaladi]

 

Israel

Israel says that it will not allow refugees fleeing the government bombing of opposition locations to enter Israeli territories, saying this will not serve the security interests of Israel. The state of Israel will continue looking at other options, such as providing humanitarian support to IDPs inside Syria, says the Israeli Army. [Qasioun]

 

Also see story about Jordan’s stance against taking more Syrian refugees, under “Daraa” below.

 

Russia

The Russian Foreign Ministry says that a meeting based on the Astana formula will be held on July 30 and 31 in Sochi to discuss the Syrian situation. The meeting will be attended by the 3 “guarantors” (i.e., Russia, Turkey, and Iran), Syrian parties, and observers. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Sometimes the meaning of words is more important than the propaganda purposes for which they are used. The question about the “”guarantors” is “Who are the beneficiaries of their​​ guarantee? Surely, it’s not the Syrian people, for Assad, Putin, or Iran.​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The SDF has started efforts to clear the town of Dashisha by the Iraq border, just captured from Daesh, of all mines and IEDs. Hundreds of mines have reportedly already been removed. The battle to expel Daesh from Dashisha took 14 days. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

PYD​​ security units, operating under the umbrella of SDF, arrested all the members of Thuwar Al-Raqqa, the Arab faction in Raqqa, including its commander, despite an agreement reached that the group would evacuate the city of Raqqa. 125 members and their commander Abu Issa were arrested, say local sources. [Anadolu]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and killed Abu Khalid Mashun, a local commander of the Syrian Liberation Front, affiliated with Ahrar Al-Sham. His body was found near the town of Tilmins, near Maarat Al-Numan in southern​​ Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) agreed to coordinate with​​ the​​ Shura Council​​ in Sarmin in southeast Idlib​​ to eliminate Daesh’s​​ presence in the city. A joint force of Tahrir Al-Sham and the local population will assume the duty of pursuing Daesh targets in the city. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes destroyed a building used by Daesh as a military command center in Hajin, killing 11 terrorists.

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes targeted​​ a displaced person’s​​ house​​ in Hajin,​​ used by Daesh as a hideout, killing 6 Iraqi terrorists. The source says a civilian was also killed in the airstrike.

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh SUV and a vehicle bomb, killing 8 terrorists. The source sent us photos of the destroyed vehicles.

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh safehouse near Hajin hospital, killing or wounding 24 terrorists. The source says 7 civilians were nearby and were killed by the airstrike. The source also says the Coalition destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle, killing 4 terrorists.

 

Daesh initiated an attack on government forces’ positions in Hamdan air base and Sukkariya, north of Albu Kamal, following the government’s announcement that it had liberated the desert area of Deir Ez-Zor. No casualties were reported from this attack. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in the Sukkariya area with 5 mortars. [ICDNJun29]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting government forces in Hamdan village with rockets. [ICDNJun29]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says an Iranian military advisor and 5 Nujaba’ Movement fighters were killed in a Daesh shelling in the Albu Kamal area.

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Jordanian activists started a campaign to open the Jordanian border to Syrian refugees fleeing Russian and regime shelling of their cities and villages in south Syria. This was in response to the official position, announced by the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, that Jordan is not able to receive any more refugees. [Dorar]

 

SOHR says there are now 120,000 IDPs from Daraa, due to heavy bombing and artillery shelling by Russian and regime forces. Tens of thousands are heading towards the Jordanian border, while​​ some​​ fled towards Jaish Khalid (Daesh​​ affiliate)​​ -held areas in Yarmouk basin, west of Daraa, near the Israeli border. [SyriaHR]

 

Also see related story under “Israel” in National News above.

 

Five​​ displaced​​ children have died east of Daraa due to lack of medical supplies. The cause of death was said to be spider bites on the Syria-Jordan border. [Qasioun]

 

Opposition​​ militias​​ claim they thwarted​​ a​​ government attack on the air defense base west of Daraa,​​ inflicting heavy casualties to the attacking forces​​ and​​ capturing​​ one​​ of their soldiers.​​ Opposition​​ militias​​ also claim to have destroyed 5 tanks and a BMP belonging to the government forces.​​ [Dorar]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Suwayda

Daesh says it killed 9 Syrian soldiers and set on fire 3 government military positions on the road between Suwayda and Al-Zalaf Dam, on Thursday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The military forces of the “Eastern Kurdistan Defenders,” (EKD) belonging to the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I),​​ also known as the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, announced that it​​ had targeted 3 military bases belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on Thursday night​​ in the​​ Kurdish-Iranian​​ city of Shino. [Rudaw]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The PDK-I is regarded as a terrorist organization by Iran, and is forced to operate from Iraq. Usually, its advocacy is more peaceful than that of the PKK in Turkey.

 

For the fourth day in a row, hundreds of merchants in Tehran closed their shops to protest to the drop in the exchange rate of the local currency, the jump in prices, and the​​ halting​​ of commercial transactions, which turned into anti-regime demonstrations. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani accused “hardline” clerics of supporting the demonstrations in order to overthrow his moderate presidency. Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a call to confront those who sabotage the Iranian economy. [Skypress]

 

North Africa

Libya

Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar says that some foreign parties want a military presence inside Libya, mainly in the south. Although he did not name these parties, it is believed that he was referring to a visit by an Italian military delegation to the city of Gat, in southwest Libya, to look into establishing military observation points. [Anadolu]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian national anti-terrorism agency announced on Thursday that​​ it​​ had arrested a 31-year-old former Daesh official. The detainee reportedly confessed under interrogation to helping facilitate the travel of Daesh members from Tunisia to Syria. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

U.N.

The UN said in its annual report on “Children and Armed Conflict” that over 10,000 children were killed and maimed by armed conflicts in the world last year, and that the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen was responsible for “at least half” of that number. The report said that the most dangerous countries in the world for children are Iraq, Myanmar, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the​​ Congo, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. At least 1,036 children were detained in Iraq on security-related issues. [Sumaria]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh says it shot and killed Somali government finance officials in a market in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

Mali

At least​​ six​​ people were killed and others wounded on Friday in an attack on the HQ of the G5 Sahel Joint Force in central Mali. This attack is the first of its kind against the HQ of the joint counter-terrorism force, which was formed in 2017 with French support, and includes Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad. The attack began with a car bomb at the HQ, followed by a shootout between regional military personnel and armed attackers. This comes 3 days before a planned meeting between French President Macron and his counterparts in the Sahel Group. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it captured 11 pro-government militiamen in the Khogyani area, in Nangarhar, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

The Philippines

Daesh says it killed four Philippine Army soldiers with an IED in Mindanao. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes the 137th​​ issue of its Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Daesh also claims it killed three Coalition soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED on the Military Dam road, in the Hasaka area. [ICDNJun29]​​ 

 

On Thursday, while Daesh supporters were waiting for the new issue of Naba’ magazine, they were surprised to see a rather different issue. A hacker produced an exact replica of the magazine but with funny reports about Daesh and its “caliph.”​​ 

 

 

June 28, 2018

 

Manbij

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Uncertainty abounds over potential new-government coalition. [..]

11 Daesh safehouses destroyed in northern Diyala. [..]

Security units ID fake Daesh checkpoint south of Mosul, kill 17 Daesh. [..]

 

Syria

Coalition starts joint patrols with Turks in Manbij. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham targeting Daesh cells in rural Idlib. [..]

11 from pro-Iran Iraqi militia killed by Daesh in Albu Kamal. [..]

12 Syrian soldiers die in Daesh attack in Albu Kamal. [..]

Ceasefire between Russia, opposition militias in southern Syria follows Russian bombing. [..]

Syrian Army attacks Daesh in southern Syria amid​​ Russian​​ airstrikes.​​ [..]

 

Other​​ countries

United States: ​​​​ Coalition validates only 5 of 590 civilian death complaints from airstrikes. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Muqtada Al-Sadr confirmed on Thursday that he was “structuring” Saraya Al-Salam in Karbala and Samarra, ordering his followers in the militia to return weapons obtained from the state, and not to hinder the actions of security services. In a statement, he said that this move would “advance the interests of Iraq … and strengthen the next Iraqi government, as well as the Army, Police, and security services.” [Sumaria]

Safa Al-Tamimi, a Sadrist official, said​​ that Al-Sadr’s decision to freeze the operations of the Saraya Al-Salam militia in Basra​​ was aimed at enhancing the independence of security services in the​​ province. He says that Al-Sadr insists on​​ ending​​ any interference in the operation of the​​ armed​​ services. [Skypress]

 

Akram Al-Kaabi, the head of the PMF​​ militia​​ Al-Nujaba, says that Wahhabis are behind the murder of the 6 Iraqis kidnapped earlier,​​ and​​ demanded​​ the government’s permission to clear the Kirkuk-Baghdad “death road” once and for all. He also​​ reiterated the claim that the Israelis had bombed members of the PMF​​ militia​​ Kata’eb Hezbollah, and​​ accused the Americans of training terrorists at the Ayn Al-Asad base. He demanded the withdrawal of illegal arms from these “separatist militias” as well as from those armed by Turks in Mosul. [BaghdadToday]

 

New​​ government

Sumaria​​ carried a video report on current developments around the formation of the next government.​​ It​​ said that the Sadrist-Communist Sairun​​ coalitions​​ with Hadi Al-Amiri’s Al-Fath (Conquest), sitting PM Haider Al-Abadi’s Victory​​ alliance, and Amar Al-Hakim’s Wisdom​​ alliance​​ are now threatened​​ by a kind of​​ “breach of contract”​​ stemming from​​ the conditions​​ set by​​ those alliances. Unnamed sources said that conditions regarding potential agreement with former PM Nouri Al-Maliki’s Rule of Law have become untenable. According to the same sources, these conditions included not granting any Ministry positions to Rule of Law, and keeping Nouri Al-Maliki from being nominated for the PM position again.

These behind-the-scenes developments reportedly bothered Al-Fath, and led Hadi Al-Amiri to seek a side alliance with Nouri Al-Maliki, which would then withdraw from​​ its proposed​​ alliance with Sa’irun and seek a coalition between Al-Fath and Rule of Law, and also recruit​​ Ayad Allawi’s National List and the 2 main parties from the Kurdistan Region (KDP and PUK).​​ 

Sources said that if this new coalition came to be, although Al-Maliki and Al-Amiri would then be the most obvious candidates for PM, they would consider waiving the PM nomination​​ in favor of​​ “other political gains.” [Sumaria]

 

The Carnegie Center, a Washington-based think tank, believes that Iran cannot keep Muqtada Al-Sadr from forming the next government, but still wants to contain him ​​ and decrease his influence. ​​ The Center said this could be a common goal of Iranians and Americans alike, adding that Al-Sadr might​​ not have​​ enough political power to confront Iranian influence. [SNG]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Central Criminal Court in Rusafa sentenced​​ 3​​ convicted Daesh​​ operatives​​ to death. Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abd Al-Sattar Birqdar said in a statement on Thursday that 1 defendant was an officer in a Daesh military detachment, the second served in Daesh security and military groups, and the third was secretary of an arms depot in Daesh’s “State of Diyala.” The sentences are​​ subject to appeal. [Rudaw]

 

Prime Minister​​ Al-Abadi, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief, ordered that terrorists sentenced to death, and whose sentences are final, have their sentences immediately carried out. Earlier in the day, PMF supporters staged a march in Dhi Qar demanding that terrorists sentenced to death be executed.​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It occurs to us that some of those convicted may have reason to appeal and are entitled to some legal rights.​​ Iraq trials tend to be very short; legal representation is not always excellent;​​ and courts in all countries do make at least occasional mistakes.

 

Al-Abadi​​ also​​ promised on Thursday to​​ have​​ those responsible for the​​ murder​​ of the kidnapping victims on the Kirkuk-Diyala Road​​ executed. A statement from Al-Abadi’s office added that forensic examination of the victims’ bodies showed that they had already been killed by the time that Daesh published its video​​ with bargaining demands. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

The US Embassy in Baghdad expressed its shock and anger at the recent kidnapping and murder of 8 Iraqis. The Embassy says, “This shows that Daesh is still able to commit evil crimes.” [Shafaaq] [Baghdadia]

The Coalition also issued a statement strongly condemning the killing of the 8 hostages found on June 27. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We remain puzzled by why some sources say there were 8 victims when most reports say there were 6.

 

A UN report says that Iraq is violating a UN resolution regarding the Iranian nuclear deal. The report says that Iraq allowed Iranian companies to participate in a military exhibition in Baghdad on March 10, 2018, and has received Qasem Soleimani, the Commander of the Revolutionary Guard, several times, in violation of UN Resolution 2231. [Forat]

 

The International Coalition​​ has reportedly​​ told the Iraqi government that it​​ opposes extending the PMF​​ militias​​ into tense regions where Daesh​​ has​​ renewed​​ its​​ activity. The London-based​​ newspaper​​ Al-Arab​​ commented that the Coalition fears that militias loyal to Iran will exploit​​ recent expansion of the PMF’s deployment​​ in Kirkuk.​​ [SotalIraq]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The Ministry of the Interior said on Thursday that a fugitive who had escaped from Badoush Prison had been arrested in the Rusafa​​ District​​ in​​ Baghdad. Ministry spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an noted that the prisoner was serving a life sentence for terrorism-related offenses.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (Kadhimiya, etc.)

Daesh says it killed three Shia and wounded three others by detonating an IED it planted inside a small bus in Kadhimiya. [ICDNJun28]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command said on Thursday that​​ its​​ units had found 25 IEDs, mainly in west Baghdad, and arrested a suspect on terrorism charges. The IEDs were discovered during search operations in Farhoud, Risala, Ameriya, Tawayel, and Ma’amir. The search also found 19 mortar shells of various types. The wanted suspect was arrested at a checkpoint in western Baghdad by the “Falcons” intelligence units.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information announced that​​ 3​​ persons wanted on terrorism charges had been arrested.​​ 2​​ were​​ arrested in the​​ Nuaimiya area​​ just south of​​ Falluja​​ and the other in the​​ Saqlawiya​​ area.​​ [Rudaw]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Thursday that 93 IEDs had been found in the​​ Nuaimiya area;​​ 8​​ more​​ were found and dismantled in Saqlawiya. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two Border Guard members were killed, another wounded, and their pickup vehicle destroyed when a roadside IED exploded on their pickup​​ in Barwana in Haditha.

 

Al-Qa’im

Daesh says it destroyed a vehicle carrying Iraqi soldiers with an IED,​​ in an unspecified location in west Anbar on Wednesday. [ICDNJun28]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a PMF EDO expert was killed and his driver wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Baiji and Haditha. Daesh had claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday.

 

Tikrit

An MP from Salahuddin Province, Amal Mara’i, said on her Facebook page that the 8 bodies of people killed in the recent kidnapping incident were not found along the Kirkuk-Baghdad road but rather in the villages of Shurfat. She said that this information was “very important” because residents had been displaced from these villages for over 4 years, and that the​​ villages​​ continued to be run by Daesh gangs. She added that the village where security personnel had found the bodies of the 6 people kidnapped was Albu Darwish, one of the​​ Shurfat​​ villages, which currently has nobody living there, and that there​​ is “almost no” security presence in the area between Salahuddin and Diyala Provinces. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh killed the 4 Kata’eb Hezbollah members it captured on Wednesday near Mtaibija.​​ 

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

The Center for Security Information announced on Thursday that an airstrike had killed a group of Daesh “emirs” in the Himrin Hills area. [Sumaria]

 

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

Diyala Ops Command said on Wednesday that they had destroyed 11 Daesh safehouses​​ previously used for Daesh’s “Sharia Court.” The 5th​​ Brigade and the Diyala Police, with Air Force support, had carried out search operations between the village of Umm Al-Hawali and Camp Aisha, between the villages of Omar Mendan​​ in eastern Hamdaniya​​ and Umm Al-Ghazlan​​ in NW Diyala;​​ and between the villages of Sindij​​ and Anjana​​ (Udhaim)​​ to the area where those areas met. [Etejah]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We appreciate the public information provided regularly by the Diyala Operations Command, but we would all be helped more if it came with less geographical confusion. ​​ In general, the Command’s operation was mostly in northeast Diyala.

 

The 110th​​ Brigade (PMF) said in a statement on Thursday that it was undertaking an amphibious operation to root out Daesh cells on the Diyala​​ River around the village of Al-Tabaj near Jalawla, and​​ near​​ Sadiya.​​ Ghad​​ published photos of the operation. [Ghad]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two IFP members were killed when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Tahaddi Bridge in Hawija.

Daesh sources say four IFP members were wounded when 3 IEDs exploded on their vehicle near the Tahaddi Bridge. The sources also say 2 IFP Humvees were destroyed near Barima village, east of Hawija city. [ICDNJun28]

 

On Thursday, a security source in Kirkuk reported that a member of the Federal Police had been killed and others wounded in clashes with Daesh in a village in​​ Hawija​​ District.​​ 

[SotalIraq]

 

NINEWA

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

Iraqi security services killed 17 Daesh fighters who had set up a fake checkpoint on the road between Mosul and​​ Hatra. General Qahtan Al-Ma’adyadi announced the news in a press briefing on Thursday. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Babel Police Command announced on Thursday that they had found 8 IEDs and 4 RPG-7 rockets in northern Babel, near Al-Fadhiliya. [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

On Thursday, the Russian Consulate in Erbil announced that it had received 2 Russian-nationality children whose parents are currently held in Kurdistan detention centers under investigation for affiliation with Daesh. The Russian Consulate, with help from the Kurdistan Regional Government, was able to return the children, two girls born in 2013 and 2015.​​ [Forat]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

A Western diplomatic source says that the US is ready to allow President Al-Assad to recover all Syrian territory, provided that Iran would fully withdraw from Syria. The issue will be discussed in the coming summit between Presidents Trump and Putin. [Dorar]

 

Iran

Bahrouz Baniadi, a member of the Iranian Shura Council, warned of the rapprochement between President Al-Assad and President Putin at the expense of the Iranians who are sacrificing their blood in Syria. He says it is possible that Al-Assad and Putin would betray Iran to Trump and Netanyahu in a political deal. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Turkish media says that a group of Afrin police trained by Turkey headed to Afrin to take over local policing responsibilities. The force is composed of Arabs, Turkmen, and Kurds, says Turkey. [Qasioun]

 

Manbij /Jarabulus

The Coalition announced the start of joint patrols with Turkish forces in Manbij along the city’s borders. The Coalition says that it is committed to the safety of the city and the agreements reached. [Qasioun]

 

Sources reported that an explosion took place in Jarabulus, with no other details available. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Tahrir Al-Sham announced a curfew in the city of Sarmin (Idlib District), starting Thursday and effective until further notice. This comes as​​ Tahrir Al-Sham​​ has launched a “security campaign” in several areas of rural Idlib targeting Daesh cells. A security source told​​ Dorar​​ that​​ it​​ had arrested several Daesh fighters in possession of IEDs or explosives​​ belts. [Dorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Iranian media sources say that Mussa Rajabi, a commander in the Revolutionary Guards, was killed in battles against Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor several days ago. [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 11 Nujaba’ Movement members were killed in a Daesh attack near Albu Kamal.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 12 Syrian soldiers were killed and 8 others wounded in a Daesh attack near Albu Kamal. The source says the attack started after a suicide terrorist blew his explosives vest up near a battalion headquarters. The source says​​ the​​ Daesh​​ fighters​​ withdrew to Al-Susah after the attack.

 

Daesh attacked government forces and affiliated militias around the location called “Point 400,” near the border with Iraq. Government forces say they thwarted the attack, destroying a vehicle and capturing a drone, in addition to killing several Daesh gunmen. [Qasioun]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of rocketing Syrian Army positions near Sukkariya, north of Albu Kamal city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh sources say a Syrian Army 1st​​ lieutenant was killed by a sniper in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNJun28]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

A source for the Saudi channel Al-Arabiya reported on Thursday that a 12-hour ceasefire between Russia and the Syrian opposition groups in Daraa and the surrounding area began tonight. This ceasefire comes following reports that the death toll from Russian bombings of the town of Mseifreh, eastern Daraa, has risen to 44 killed. [Qasioun]

 

Government forces say they took Al-Sakar, a strategic hill near Umm Walad, east of Daraa, from Daesh. This was accompanied by dozens of Russian airstrikes, killing dozens and wounding more. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Media outlets for the Lebanese Hezbollah reported on Thursday that regime forces now controlled the towns of Hirak (Izra district) and Al-Soura, slightly west of Hirak. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Armed opposition factions say they killed several fighters from government-affiliated militias, while thwarting an advance towards Tal Hamad, west of Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Israeli Prime​​ Minister​​ Netanyahu responded to protests in Iran by sending a message on social media to “the Iranian people.” In a video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday, Netanyahu said that the Israelis had seen the Iranians’ “courage on the football field, the same courage as you showed in the streets of Tehran.” [BasNews]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior says that it killed 4​​ armed fighters​​ and arrested 2​​ from the​​ Hasm group,​​ classified by Egyptian authorities as terrorists,​​ in Asyout​​ in​​ southern Egypt. The authorities say the group​​ was responsible​​ for​​ the attack on​​ the​​ Alexandria​​ Director​​ of Security​​ last March. [Anadolu]

 

Morocco

Nasser Bourita, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that North Africa collectively hosts the largest group of Daesh-affiliated terrorists in the world, saying there are over 6,000 of them in North Africa. He adds that Daesh was strengthened by the inclusion of veteran fighters from Syria​​ and Iraq, which makes it even more dangerous. He was speaking at an anti-Daesh Coalition conference in Sukhariyat, Morocco. [Dijlah] [Sumaria]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

The Coalition issued its monthly report on civilian casualties. It said that there were​​ 321 open reports of civilian casualties carried over from previous months, and​​ 269 new reports of civilian casualties between April 20 and May 31. Of these, 5 reports were assessed as credible:

  • April 20, 2015, Mosul, Iraq; 18 civilians killed.

  • March 20, 2017, Raqqa, Syria; 40 civilians killed.​​ This report was previous closed and reopened due to new evidence presented by Human Rights Watch.

  • June 25, 2017, Buqris​​ Tahtani​​ (Mayadin), Syria; 2 civilians killed.

  • July​​ 26, 2017, Albu Kamal, Syria; 2 civilians killed.

  • October 31, 2017, Al-Qa’im, Iraq; 2 civilians injured.

266 reports were rejected as non-credible. 314 reports are still open. The Coalition’s press release noted that Amnesty International recently published a report detailing allegations of civilian casualties in Raqqa; 1 of the Amnesty reports was dismissed and all others are still open. The Coalition says that between August 2014 and the end of May 2018, it conducted 29,596 airstrikes in total in both Iraq and Syria, which have unintentionally killed at least 939 civilians. [InherentResolve]

 

The US State Department announced on Thursday that they had added Iraq, Iran, Myanmar, and Niger to their list of countries that exploit children. [Sumaria]​​ The story provided no further explanation.

 

The prosecution asked a New York Federal Court to show mercy in a case against a Daesh member, after he provided important information to the US government. The Daesh member, who went to Syria in 2014, is an immigrant from Bangladesh living in New York, who abandoned the terror group and offered his services to the FBI. ​​ He also helped deradicalize a teenager. [Hurra]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh says it shot and killed a Somali government finance official in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

At least​​ eight​​ people were killed and​​ four​​ wounded by an explosion in the Charkh​​ District of the central Afghan​​ province of Logar, Afghan military officials said on Thursday.​​ [Ghad]

 

The Philippines

Daesh says it killed three Philippine soldiers in a mortar shelling on a military base in the Patikul area on Sulu Island, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

 

June 27, 2018

 

SDF in Dashisha

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

IOM says 590,000 Iraqi IDPs have returned home s far this year. [..]

Ramadi District’s Mayor says stability threatened by higher unemployment, poverty. [..]

6 hostages kidnapped by Daesh founded murdered. [..]

6 more Daesh fighters arrested in Mosul. [..]

 

Turkey

McGurk praises US-Turkish cooperation on Manbij. [..]

 

Syria

Russia verifies intention to drive anti-Assad groups out of southern Syria deconfliction zone. [..]

Report says SDF has liberated Dashisha. [..]

PYD asserts authority against Arab militia in Raqqa. [..]

Syrian Army says it has liberated the Deir Ez-Zor desert from Daesh. [..]

Suicide attacker kills 20 Syrian government soldiers in Daraa. [..]

Al-Nusra kidnaps, kills village mayor in suburban Daraa. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Muqtada Al-Sadr​​ has​​ ordered a 2-year freeze of the operations of​​ his​​ Saraya Al-Salam​​ militia​​ in Basra, as well as dismissing its leaders in that city. He sent a delegation to Basra to support the security services and ban any interventions in their operations. [AlAraby]

 

New​​ government

​​ “Political sources” say that the​​ Sunni​​ alliances​​ who​​ won CoR seats in the​​ elections are aiming to form a unified bloc to select one candidate for the position of Speaker of the CoR. The Qarar​​ (“Decision”)​​ alliance​​ and​​ Anbar​​ Our Identity”​​ party reportedly​​ have differences over​​ whom​​ to nominate. Ayad Allawi, leader of the Wataniya electoral alliance that included Qarar, is planning a meeting with​​ Vice President​​ Osama Nujaifi, the​​ leader​​ of Qarar. [Skypress]

 

The Qatari-owned​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ suggests that the US wants to use Kuwait as a US proxy. It reports​​ ​​ that the US is depending on Kuwait to​​ help​​ avoid​​ having​​ Iraq​​ fall​​ into a “constitutional vacuum,” while adding that reports of a Saudi role in Iraq are exaggerated. The paper quoted an unnamed Iraqi Minister as saying that the Emir of Kuwait is an acceptable person​​ to​​ most Iraqi​​ factions​​ and can influence the course of events​​ instead of having​​ any US intervention, which would be viewed with suspicion by Iraqi political​​ factions. [IKH]

 

Economy

The Baghdad Investment Commission says that the size of investments in Iraq since 2010 is $15 billion US, with​​ the largest​​ portion coming from Turkey,​​ as reported by​​ Anadolu,​​ the​​ Turkish​​ state-run​​ news agency.​​ Shakir​​ Al-Zamili,​​ the​​ head of the​​ Commission, says​​ that​​ Iran and​​ the Gulf states​​ had a fair share of investments as well. [ElWatan]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ A major factor in the Turkish investment is the extensive role of Turkish businessmen in​​ the economy of​​ Iraqi Kurdistan.

 

Reconstruction

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says that 590,000 Iraqi IDPs have returned to their homes during 2018, but that the rate of return is slowing down for several reasons. The IOM says that the total number of IDPs in Iraq went down to 2 million, vs. 3.8 million returnees. Mosul has the most returnees at 1.4 million, followed by Anbar at 1.2 million, then Salahuddin at 534,000. Out of the 3.8. million returnees, 3.7 million returned to their original homes. Among the reasons slowing return reported by IDPs in a survey was the​​ number​​ of destroyed homes (reported​​ to​​ be​​ 26%​​ of the total), lack of work opportunities (reported by 25%), and general security issues. [Forat]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Sumaria​​ carried an account of a​​ Daesh​​ woman and her time with Daesh’s “Islamic Police.” “Wajda,” born in 1988 in Ninewa Province, was considered “one of the most dangerous women” in Daesh, according to​​ Sputnik. Her parents also belonged to Daesh, as well as her sisters and 2 brothers, who were both killed in Iraqi security operations during the retaking of Ninewa. “Wajda” was in contact with Daesh senior leaders as part of her role in the “Islamic Police,” informing on various people around her, which led to their arrest and execution. “Wajda” was arrested on May 31. Various other former Daesh members testified against her, including her ex-husband.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source said on Wednesday that​​ three​​ people had been wounded by a car bomb in Aden Square, northeast Baghdad. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Mayor of Ramadi​​ District, Ibrahim Al-Awsaj, said on Wednesday that the economic situation in the city is “deteriorating” and that this poses a serious threat to security and stability. He said that Ramadi had been severely damaged by both military and terrorist operations over the last few years, and that high rates of unemployment and poverty could pose a security risk. [BasNews]

 

On Wednesday, a security source in Anbar reported that 3 wanted persons were arrested as they attempted to plant IEDs in Ramadi.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Anbar Ops Command announced on Wednesday that​​ its troops had​​ found and detonated 75 IEDs. 60 of them were found in “residential areas,” while the remaining 15 were found in Albu Dhiab near the Al-Rayan mosque.​​ The location of the “residential ​​ areas” was not specified.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Anbar Ops Command announced on Wednesday that the Coalition had destroyed Daesh tunnels in 5 airstrikes in west Anbar. Command’s statement said that 4 tunnels had been destroyed in the Silaijiya​​ village area west of Ramadi city,​​ north of the International Road.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council, Sabah Karhout, said on Wednesday that the American company contracted to restore and secure the International Road (to Jordan) has not yet started its work, and that the Provincial Council had asked Baghdad to withdraw the project from the American company. [BasNews]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says it killed a PMF EOD expert on the road between Baiji and Haditha on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A security source says that a military patrol found the bodies of the​​ six​​ hostages who had previously been kidnapped by Daesh near Tuz Khurmatu. Daesh demanded the release of Daesh-affiliated women held as prisoners, and granted a grace period of 3 days to the Iraqi government to comply. The 6 worked in logistics for the armed forces sector. [Skypress]​​ 

 

DIYALA

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

Diyala Ops Commander General Mizhar Al-Azzawi said on Wednesday that 4 Daesh safehouses had been destroyed and 4 IEDs dismantled in the Himrin Basin area, northeast Diyala. Al-Azzawi said that the joint force responsible was continuing to search for the 6 people abducted by Daesh a week earlier on the Kirkuk-Baghdad Road. [Sumaria]​​ As noted in the story above, however, the six hostages were found murdered.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh kidnapped 4 Kata’eb Hezbollah fighters at a fake checkpoint near the Udhaim Dam.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a PMF commander was killed and a civilian wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Udhaim Dam area.​​ 

 

Daesh sources say a PMF fighter was killed and another wounded near Mansouriya. [ICDNJun27]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Military Advisor to the Peshmerga Ministry, General Bakhtiar Mohammed, warned that​​ troops​​ were totally absent at night in some areas in southwest Kirkuk Province, which​​ has​​ helped Daesh to increase their operations in the area. He says that in the​​ areas​​ of Riyadh, Rashad, and Hawija, security forces withdraw to the main roads at night. He called for coordination between the federal forces and the Peshmerga. [Forat]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says IFP units trapped​​ and​​ killed 7 Daesh terrorists, including a Saudi and a Tunisian, who were hiding in a valley near Al-Kubba village.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh terrorists kidnapped a civilian from his house in Sadouniya village. The source says that the body of the victim was found later, tortured and shot.

 

Daesh says it killed tribal PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Atira village, in Al-Zab, on Tuesday. [ICDNJun27]

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

Federal Police Chief Raed Jawdat said on Wednesday that a Daesh official had been killed in a shootout with the Federal Police. Jawdat said in a statement that a group of Federal Police encountered Daesh fighters in the area of Wadi Al-Shai after clearing the village of​​ Dakshaman. The Daesh official,​​ “Abu Ayub,”​​ the brother of the terrorist Barzan Hindi, aka​​ Abu Suleiman​​ Al-Jawali,​​ was killed.​​ 4 other suspects​​ were​​ arrested.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Buratha]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the Daesh military commander of northern Salahuddin, Abu Ayoub, was killed Tuesday night in a failed attack on IFP units. The source says Daesh appointed Assaf Al-Badrani, a former Saddam Special Guard captain in Mosul, as the new commander.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Ninewa Ops Commander General Najem Al-Jubouri announced on Wednesday that the road between Ninewa Province and Baghdad was secure, following the implementation of a security plan by Ninewa Ops Command, which he said included “the latest security technology.” [BasNews]

 

Mosul

The Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday that 5 Daesh fighters had been arrested in west Mosul. Ministry spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an said that units under Ninewa Police Command made the arrests during searches in the neighborhood of Al-Amel, in west Mosul.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that a person wanted on terrorism charges had been arrested in Badoush. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Qayara/Hatra

The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that​​ a​​ person wanted on terrorism charges had been arrested in the Qayara IDP camp.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says several PMF​​ fighters were killed and others wounded when a Daesh booby-trapped tunnel exploded on them in Al-Barit village, south of Hatra.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Supreme Judicial Council announced on Wednesday that the Babel Criminal Court had issued a death sentence​​ on​​ 2 people convicted in connection with the bombing of a checkpoint in 2016. [Sumaria]

 

Dhi Qar

On Wednesday, the Dhi Qar Criminal Court upheld the death sentences for 6 Daesh terrorists who took part in a​​ deadly​​ attack on 2 restaurants on the Dhi Qar-Muthanna highway.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Brett McGurk, the US Special Envoy to the Coalition, says that US-Turkish cooperation is developing positively. He praised the work done so far with​​ America’s​​ NATO ally, especially in Manbij. [Qasioun]

 

The PKK​​ says that it initiated an attack on Turkish units, killing 8 soldiers and wounding 4 in Hakkari Province, on the southeast corner of Turkey. It also says that it shot at a Turkish helicopter, forcing it to withdraw. YPJ units killed a Turkish soldier and wounded 2 others in Bitlis​​ Province in southeast Turkey. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

The UN Secretary-General​​ António Guterres says “it is highly likely” that chemical weapons such as sarin and chlorine were used in an attack south of Lataminah​​ on March 24, as the fact-finding mission of the​​ Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

Russia

The Lebanese daily​​ Al-Akhbar​​ says that the US made an offer described as​​ very generous​​ to Russia​​ regarding the​​ deal of the century​​ in Palestine and Syria. The offer​​ was that if​​ Russia​​ would​​ facilitate​​ the​​ US-Gulf-Israeli initiative in Palestine,​​ and curtail Iran’s role in Syria, the​​ US​​ would​​ recognize Syria​​ of​​ as an exclusively​​ Russian​​ sphere of​​ interest. [Dorar]

 

Russia said on Wednesday that its operations in southwestern Syria would cease only after terrorist groups in the area were defeated. Vasily Nebenzya, the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, made the statement at a​​ Security Council meeting. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So much for the deconfliction zone in southern Syria. The real game, again, is that the anti-Assad militias have to stop fighting, while Syrian forces eventually take over the area with Russian help. It is a clever strategy if you can keep getting away with it. As we recall, this zone resulted from an agreement between President Trump and President Putin.​​ 

 

United States

The US Special Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, says the US allocated $90 million US to stabilize Raqqa and other parts of Syria. He announced this in a meeting with Nasser​​ Bourita, the Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister, in a meeting of the Coalition in Sukhariyat, near Rabat. He stressed that the US aim was to defeat Daesh’s “Caliphate” and ideology. McGurk also noted​​ that 23 coastal African states have joined the coalition. [Forat]

 

Brett McGurk, the US Special Envoy, says that thanks to the Coalition, Daesh​​ now holds​​ only 2% of Syrian territory. [Dorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Kurdish fighters attacked Turkish units in Afrin, killing 1​​ Turkey-allied​​ militiaman and wounding another, while announcing that all occupation forces are legitimate targets, a Kurdish news service says. [Hawar]

 

Two​​ car bombs exploded in the center of Afrin on Wednesday,​​ killing​​ eight​​ civilians and wounding 25 others.​​ ​​ The first explosion was reported as happening at the Zira’a roundabout, and the second in Villas Street.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The SDF announces the full liberation of 600 km2​​ of Hasaka’s​​ countryside,​​ including Dashisha, the last stronghold of Daesh in the area, killing 247 terrorists, including 2 “emirs.”​​ [Hawar]​​ [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Assyrian sources say that the PYD took over 2 Assyrian villages north of Hasaka, despite the protests of local Assyrian militias. The PYD, together with Syriac militias, established sand barriers in the villages without the approval of the Assyrian militias. ​​ [ZamanAlwasl]

 

Raqqa

PYD units in Raqqa forced the Thuwar Al-Raqqa group, composed of Arabs, to submit to Kurdish leadership in Raqqa and move​​ some​​ of its​​ personnel​​ to Tabaqa. The Turkish state-owned​​ Anadolu​​ wrote that the PYD, “under the cover of acting as the SDF,” mobilized over 5,000 fighters in the past 3 days to impose its conditions, after previously putting the Thuwar Al-Raqqa​​ headquarters​​ in the city under siege. [Anadolu]​​ [Hawar]

 

Central and West​​ (No reports)

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The General Command of the Syrian Army said that they had​​ now​​ cleared an area of 5,800 km2​​ from Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor, and that this had completed the “liberation” of the Deir Ez-Zor desert.​​ [Rudaw]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Daesh sources say a Syrian Army captain was killed by a sniper in Albu Kamal city. [ICDNJun27]

 

Daesh sources say an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander was killed in Albu Kamal. [ICDNJun27]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

A suicide attacker killed 20 government soldiers and wounded dozens of others near the town of Nahita, Daraa district, after refusing to surrender to government forces. This came following the withdrawal of opposition fighters from the city. [Qasioun]

 

Opposition factions claim that they destroyed 3 Syrian government tanks in Daraa,​​ and​​ stopped government forces from advancing from the airbase west of Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

Local sources in Dael,​​ 9 miles​​ north of Daraa​​ city, say that Al-Nusra​​ killed​​ the​​ mayor of Dael​​ for aiding​​ demonstrations in the village​​ supporting the advance of the Syrian​​ Army. He was kidnapped a few days ago along with Bashar Al-Shahadat, a member of the National Reconciliation Committee. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled publishes photos of its terrorists in the Yarmouk Basin area. [ICDNJun27]

 

Suwayda

Daesh took over several areas in different parts of the Syrian desert east of Suwayda, after the government forces withdrew without fighting. The government forces are moving to deploy in southern Syria, in preparation for a major attack. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Sources say there is a major Egyptian role to play​​ in​​ assisting the US in​​ achieving​​ the so-called “deal of the century” between Palestinians and Israelis. The sources say Abdel​​ Fattah Al-Sisi,​​ the​​ Egyptian​​ President,​​ will provide a piece of land north of Sinai and convince Jordan and​​ the​​ Palestinian​​ Authority to​​ agree. They say huge investments are promised to Egypt in return. [Arabi21]

 

Libya/Tunisia

Libya

A military source in the Sirte Ops Rooms said on Wednesday that Daesh fighters had kidnapped​​ two​​ military personnel.​​ [Wasat]

 

The Minister of the Interior for the interim Libyan government, Ibrahim Bushnaf, said that the Ministry had sent support forces to the Gulf of Sirte during the recent period of fighting. Bushnaf said in a statement that the Ministry had sent a total of 150 armed vehicles to support the security forces who were then fighting in the “oil crescent.”​​ [Libya24]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

A US Federal Court sentenced Ahmed Abu Khattala to 22 years in prison for his involvement in the killings of​​ four​​ US diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Abu Khattala was previously convicted of terrorism charges, but acquitted of direct responsibility in the 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. [Anadolu]

 

Denmark

A Danish court revoked​​ the​​ Danish nationality​​ of 2 men of Algerian and Moroccan origins, and sentenced 2 women from Afghanistan and Denmark​​ to​​ 3 years imprisonment and deportation of the former after the end of her term of imprisonment. All 4 were convicted of trying to travel to Syria to join Daesh. [SNG]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh says it shot and killed a policeman in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video asking Muslims for support. [ICDNJun27]

 

June 26, 2018

 

Mosul

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Salahuddin PC Chairman blasts “negligence & corruption” of security services. [..]

PUK protests alleged deterioration of security in Kirkuk. [..]

Mosul council, GOI add up the bill for Mosul reconstruction: $20 billion. [..]

KRG official says KRG has freed 1,465 or 3,548 captured Yazidi women. [..]

 

Syria

Coalition reports 22 more airstrikes in Albu Kamal in past week. [..]

Daesh attacks SDF positions near Mayadin city. [..]

UN says 45,000 civilians have fled fighting in SE Syria. [..]

Syrian forces capture two more towns in NE Daraa. [..]

Syrian Army reportedly using barrel bombs in SE Syria fight. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran: ​​ Unidentified gunmen attack Revolutionary Guard Corps battalion in SE Iran. [..]

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Reports say Iran has major supply of missiles capable of hitting Saudi Arabia. [..]

US:​​ Supreme Court upholds​​ modified version of​​ Trump’s​​ travel​​ ban on immigrants from Middle East​​  countries.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Daesh attacks soldiers, police in four provinces. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The Lebanese daily​​ Al-Akhbar​​ says that Prime​​ Minister​​ Al-Abadi and former PM Nouri Al-Maliki agreed to form a joint committee to reunite their opposing factions of the Islamic Dawa Party. The paper says that the two leaders plan to keep the PM’s office within the Dawa Party, which is rather threatened by recent political developments. [BaghdadToday]​​ 

 

The news service​​ Gulf Online​​ says that PM Al-Abadi agreed to the condition set by cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr to back Al-Abadi for the PM’s office. The main condition is reportedly withdrawal of Al-Abadi from Dawa, however, nothing can be confirmed before the Federal Court ratifies the election results. [Skypress]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This report obviously contradicts the previous report. Notice also that neither newspaper is in Iraq.

 

Okaz, a Saudi daily, says that Iran is fighting hard to form a government in Iraq headed by Nouri Al-Maliki, to prevent a coalition of the Al-Sadr and Al-Fath blocs. The paper says that the Iranians are holding meetings with various political factions that won seats in the next parliament to make their wish happen. The paper says that Iran believes the current alliances are just initial understandings that could change, and that nothing is final yet. [BaghdadToday]

 

Dhia Al-Asadi, a leader of the political wing of the Sadrist movement, says that Muqtada Al-Sadr can play influential roles in Iraq, but he rather prefers to stay in the observer’s seat rather than getting involved directly in politics. He says that Al-Sadr has always believed that politics is not the right place for the clergy. [Shafaaq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If your spaceship just arrived on Earth and you have no knowledge of Al-Sadr’s history in Iraq since 2003, you might buy this explanation.

 

Corruption

Security sources say influential political parties are using government IDs and vehicles to smuggle drugs from Kuwait and Iran into Iraq. The source says that these same parties are threatening judges to​​ try to get their imprisoned convicts​​ released.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The Coalition against Daesh called on both the Iraqi (federal) government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to jointly coordinate the “disputed” areas between Erbil and Baghdad in order to counter the danger of a Daesh resurgence in these areas, which are currently under the control of Baghdad’s forces and the PMF. The station​​ Kurdistan 24​​ reported on statements by US Commanders. General Joseph Votel said that the Coalition needed to continue coordinating with both Peshmerga forces and Iraqi forces, calling the Peshmerga a “key partner of the Coalition.” General Walter Piatt spoke, warning of the danger of increased Daesh activity in the “disputed” areas, especially Kirkuk. These statements follow Daesh’s kidnapping of 6 people on the Kirkuk-Baghdad road and their publication of a video of the kidnapping victims on Saturday night.​​ [SotIraq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It appears the kidnappings have provided a propaganda opportunity for the Kurds to argue that the “disputed areas” won’t have adequate security until they get the Peshmerga back.​​ Statements are being twisted to fit the purpose.​​ This propaganda line has been ongoing for some time, however, and is intended largely for US consumption. The following story​​ provides two​​ more examples.

 

On Tuesday, Masrour Barzani, the advisor to the Security Council for the Kurdistan Region, met with General Walter Piatt, the Deputy Commander of Coalition Forces in Iraq and Syria. Barzani reportedly emphasized the need to normalize the situation in the “disputed” areas outside of Kurdistan Region administrative control and the management of security in the “disputed” areas.

The General Secretary of the Ministry of Peshmerga, Jabbar Yawar, said in a separate statement that the security situation in the “disputed” areas is very bad, and stressed the readiness of the Peshmerga to return to Kirkuk and other “disputed” areas. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition reported that​​ it​​ had conducted​​ 7 airstrikes in Iraq between June 18 and 24. ​​ There were 4 in Rutba, and 1 each in or near​​ Bashir​​ (Daquq), Tal Afar and Kasik​​ (Tal Afar).​​ Most strikes​​ were against Daesh “tactical units.”​​ [InherentResolve]

 

PM Haider Al-Abadi says that there are persons who spread rumors, magnify the enemy’s achievements and aim to undermine Iraqi society. He says that Iraq has triumphed over Daesh, which represents radicalism, and that this has proved that moderate Islam can be victorious. [BaghdadToday]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

On Tuesday, the Karkh Criminal Court sentenced to death 4 Daesh fighters, who had been convicted of planting IEDs targeting security personnel​​ in​​ south Baghdad. The spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Abd Al-Sattar Birqdar, said that the 4 had planted IEDs along the roads in the area of Al-Yusufiyah, which had killed several security personnel and wounded several others.​​ [Ghad]​​ [Dijlah]

 

ANBAR

Anbar Ops Command announced on Tuesday that​​ it​​ had supervised the return of 61 IDP families to their homes.​​ The​​ 61 families, comprising 281 individuals in total, had been staying in the Khalidiya IDP camp and have​​ returned to their home​​ communities​​ in Falluja​​ city, Qarma, and​​ Saqlawiya. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Falluja

The Center for Security Information said on​​ Tuesday​​ that units under the Military Intelligence Directorate had arrested 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges​​ near​​ Albu Shijil,​​ in the​​ Saqlawiya area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 4 Kata’eb Hezbollah members, including a commander, were killed​​ during​​ a Daesh attack near the Akashat Compound south of Al-Qa’im by the Syria border. The source says the terrorists used motorcycles in the attack.

 

Rutba

Daesh says it destroyed a military vehicle with an IED near the Jordanian border, killing the soldiers inside, including an officer, on Saturday. [ICDNJun26]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The​​ Chairman​​ of the Salahuddin Provincial Council, Ahmed Al-Karim, said on Tuesday that families had been displaced from the​​ province because of​​ Daesh​​ threats. He went on to criticize what he characterized as the negligence and corruption of the security services. His remarks came at a session of the Provincial Council, at which he warned that there would be a “disaster” in Salahuddin Province if the security situation​​ is not addressed urgently. [BasNews]

 

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says tribal PMF units found the body of a young man tied and shot in the Kan’ous area. The source says the body belonged to a Daesh commander who had been arrested by another tribal PMF unit earlier.​​ 

 

Daesh sources say that electricity was cut off on Al-Nahiya village when it destroyed electricity poles with IEDs. [ICDNJun26]

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says that on Monday, 150 civilians supported by AAH and Kata’eb Hezbollah members arrived in Albu Ajil village, east of Tikrit, and set the house of a tribal leader in the village on fire. The source says the civilians were family members of Speicher Massacre victims. The source sent us a video of the incident.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Many members of​​ the​​ Albu Ajil tribe participated in the massacre. It was reported that a tribal leader in the area promised some of the cadets protection, but handed them over to Daesh. The story is more complicated.​​ According to our sources at that time, Daesh wanted to implicate local tribes in the massacre and ordered that each tribe provide armed men to shoot and kill the cadets. It gets even more complicated when we know that some of the tribe members​​ joined PMF units and fought Daesh.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed four policemen and damaged an SUV in an attack on the Allas oilfield area. [ICDNJun26]

Daesh also says its snipers killed three policemen and wounded others in the same area. [ICDNJun26]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded three IFP members with an IED near Al-Zarqa​​ Bridge, between Tuz Khurmatu and Tikrit. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it damaged a vehicle with an IED near the bridge, then killed three IFP members with another IED. [ICDNJun26]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded seven PMF fighters, including the mukhtar of the village, in an attack on Al-Zubaidat village near​​ Tal Qusaiba, east of Tikrit, on Monday. [ICDNJun26]

Daesh also says it killed a local police EOD expert with an IED in the same area. [ICDNJun26]

 

Samarra

Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter west of Samarra, on Monday. [ICDNJun26]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh says it wounded three PMF fighters by detonating an IED on their patrol in Dujail, on Sunday. [ICDNJun26]

 

DIYALA​​ (No reports)

 

KIRKUK

The​​ PUK sent a letter to the Presidency, the Prime Minister, the CoR, the Kurdistan CoR, and UNAMI, protesting the deterioration of the security situation in Kirkuk and threatening to take unilateral action if no measures are taken. The letter sent states that Daesh is operating in and around Kirkuk amid the failure of the Iraqi authorities to stop it.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that​​ Iraqi​​ Federal Police​​ (IFP) units​​ had found a Daesh tunnel and a workshop for manufacturing IEDs in Kirkuk Province. Center spokesman General Yahya​​ Rasul​​ said in a statement that the search operation had​​ covered a range of small villages in the north of Kirkuk Province. ​​ He added that the​​ IFP​​ had also found a vehicle formerly used by Daesh, 8 different mortar shells, a machine gun, 2000 unusable bullets, and about 20 kg of TNT.​​ [Ghad]​​ [PressIraq]​​ 

 

Federal Police Chief Major Raed Jawdat said that units from the 2nd​​ Division of the Federal Police arrested a Daesh fighter in Laylan as he attempted to flee from Diyala into Kirkuk Province.​​ 

In another incident, units from​​ the 6th​​ Division found 6 RPG-7 anti-armor rocket launchers during a search of the Qadisiya neighborhood in Kirkuk city. A group from the Mechanized Division searched the village of Dhahiriya in Hawija and found 200 IEDs.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Sumaria​​ carried a video report on the fear of a Daesh resurgence in Hawija. They noted that this was a file that was supposed to be closed after the area was cleared of Daesh last year. However, despite federal forces’ control over the area, Daesh was not fully cleared from valley and mountain areas which they continued to use as headquarters.​​ Sumaria​​ added that the ongoing demand by the Kurdish parties to form a Joint Ops Room which would include Peshmerga and Asayish forces, a demand rejected by the Arabs and Turkmen in the area, continues to increase tension in the area. [Sumaria]

 

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

A security source in Kirkuk Province discussed the killing of​​ one​​ civilian and the wounding of​​ two​​ others in the village of​​ Iftikhar, a Kaka’i village near Daquq city. The source, who asked not to be named, said that a group of 5 or 6 Daesh fighters came into the village and attacked a citizen and his relatives. As a result, several villagers fled the village for the city of Daquq.​​ [Sumaria]

A security source said on Tuesday that unidentified gunmen suspected of belonging to Daesh entered the village of Iftikhar in Daquq district the night before on cars and motorcycles. The gunmen fired indiscriminately, killing one civilian and wounding two others, after which they gathered the village’s young people and beat them. A local official for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Idris Al-Haj Adel, confirmed the shootings and said that the citizen killed was a father of 8, and that one of the injured persons was an 11-year-old girl. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

An MP from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Shakhwan Abdullah, said on Tuesday that “repeated” Daesh attacks on Kurdish areas have caused the displacement of about 200 Kurdish families in Daquq​​ District. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Kirkuk Province said on Tuesday that one of the most prominent Daesh leaders, referred to as “Mullah Nawzad Al-Jawali,” was killed in fighting in the village of Dakshaman​​ The source, who asked not to be named, said that Al-Jawali had been linked with previous kidnappings and attacks around Tooz, Wadi Zeghitun and Abu Khanajir. [Sumaria]​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted the house of a tribal PMF fighter with an RPG7 shell, causing damage. [ICDNJun26]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source in Mosul says that the Iraqi government approved a project proposed by the Mosul municipality to rehabilitate the​​ Old​​ City in Mosul for $20 billion US. A multi-ministerial committee approved the proposal, which includes rehabilitating the old market (Souq), as well as compensating the owners of homes that were destroyed. [Anadolu]

 

Ninewa Police announced on Tuesday that they had arrested the former Daesh “traffic director” of Mosul, along with 3 of his accomplices, in west Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Southern Ninewa

Makhmur/Qayara/Hatra

The PMF said on Tuesday that it was launching a “large-scale” operation to hunt down Daesh cells in the​​ Hatra​​ desert. General Ali Al-Hamdani of the 11th​​ Brigade (PMF) said that forces from various PMF groups were participating, along with intelligence and special forces units, and that the​​ combined​​ forces had so far reached 15 km​​ (9 miles)​​ deep into the desert. [Sumaria]​​ [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh sources say that three PMF fighters from​​ the​​ Shammar tribe were killed in clashes in the Hatra area. [ICDNJun26]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

On Tuesday, the Dhi Qar Criminal Court issued death sentences​​ on​​ 3 terrorists. 2 were from Baghdad and 1 from Anbar.​​ The 3 were sentenced​​ for​​ the killing of 2 civilians.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

The chairman of the High Committee for Follow-Up and Response to International Reports for the KRG Council of Ministers said on Tuesday that the KRG had freed 1,465 Yazidi Kurdish women from Daesh, out of the total of 3,548 recorded kidnapped. [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems to claim that all the women freed were freed by the KRG, but it has been reported that the KRG has paid ransoms to free some captured Yazidi women. More important is the difference between the two numbers. ​​ Zebari’s numbers show that 2,083 Yazidi women—59% of the total—are still in captivity.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

UN​​ Special​​ Envoy​​ Staffan​​ De​​ Mistura and representatives of France, Germany, Jordan,​​ the​​ UK,​​ the​​ US, and Saudi Arabia,​​ called for​​ an​​ immediate​​ cessation​​ of violence in Syria. The countries​​ represented at Geneva​​ were discussing​​ the​​ situation on the ground and​​ the​​ recent constitutional discussions. [Qasioun]

 

Political opposition

The head of the negotiating delegation for the Syrian opposition, Nasr Al-Hariri, held Russian forces responsible for all “massacres,” because of their support and air cover provided to government forces and affiliated militias. [Qasioun]

 

The Italian news agency​​ AKI​​ quoted Syrian opposition sources as saying that Russia was negotiating in Amman with opposition​​ militias​​ representing the southern Syria​​ opposition​​ front, after​​ it​​ found out that the opposition had weapons capable of downing planes. [Dorar]

 

Foreign policy

United States

Following discussions with King Abdullah of Jordan, President Trump expressed in a statement his concern about the Syrian​​ Army​​ attacks in the south of the country. He stressed that his main objective was to confront Iranian influence in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

A US source says​​ that​​ the main reason that the US will not interfere in southern​​ Syria​​ is​​ President Trump’s wish​​ to avoid conflict with Russia. ​​ He says that Trump, who inherited a complicated Syrian situation from his predecessor, has no intention to interfere militarily in southern​​ Syria. [Dorar]

 

Iran

The spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Behram Qasimi, says his country is staying in Syria, while expressing concern about the future of Yemen. He stressed that his country will stay in Syria as long as terrorism does. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition reported that​​ it​​ had conducted 28 airstrikes in Syria between June 18 and 24. ​​ Of these,​​ 22​​ were​​ in​​ Albu Kamal,​​ 5​​ were​​ in the​​ Al-Shaddadi​​ area in Hasaka, presumably related to the SDF Dashisha offensive,​​ and​​ 1 was near Palmyra. The majority of strikes either targeted Daesh supply routes or Daesh “tactical units.”​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Anadolu, the Turkish state-run news agency, says that Italy has sent 20 soldiers to a US base near the Al-Omar oilfield in Deir Ez-Zor. The Italians aim to support the SDF fighters. [Dorar]

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West​​ (No reports)

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source reports that four SDF fighters were killed and six others wounded in a Daesh attack near the town of Abu Hardoub, east of Mayadin city.

Local sources say that Daesh attacked SDF positions in Abu Hardoub, killing and wounding several of their fighters. The SDF consequently blocked the main road connecting Abu Hardoub to Abu Hamam. [Qasioun]

 

Local security, in cooperation with the SDF, arrested several “mercenaries,” as the Kurdish news service put it, in the village of Al-Shuhail. “Internal Security Forces” in Deir Ez-Zor says that it aided the village in searching for terrorist positions before arresting these persons​​ and​​ turned the detainees over to the SDF. It said it​​ would issue a more detailed statement later. [Hawar]

 

SOHR wrote that Al-Shuhail was seeing increased tensions between the SDF, who control the area, and the local population. Eastern Deir Ez-Zor has seen a series of bombings targeting SDF members. SOHR added that some locals were staging sit-in protests against SDF searches. [SyriaHR]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

The state-run​​ Syrian news agency​​ SANA​​ says​​ that​​ Israel fired​​ 2​​ missiles targeting Damascus​​ International​​ Airport. The agency claims that Israel is trying to​​ relieve the​​ pressure on​​ Syrian opposition units​​ after their defeats in Daraa, Suwayda and Deir Ez-Zor. [Dorar]

 

Daraa

The UN says that at least 45,000 civilians have escaped the combat area in Daraa, mainly fleeing toward Jordan. [Qasioun]

 

Government forces took control of Busra​​ Al-Harir and Malihat Al-Atash, strategic towns​​ northeast of Daraa, and has reached Azraa, the SOHR says. Russian planes and Syrian helicopters initiated hundreds of airstrikes. Opposition-held areas are now isolated from each other. [Hawar]​​ 

 

The​​ Syrian​​ Army engaged a militia on Monday near Nahita, east of Daraa; further details were unknown. Meanwhile, Army helicopters dropped explosive barrels on​​ the town of​​ Nahita​​ and the cities of​​ Hirak​​ (Izra District)​​ and Daraa, combined with heavy artillery and rocket shelling. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says one person was killed and three others wounded in Russian airstrikes on civilian houses in Adwan village, west of Daraa. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Iranian news agency​​ Mehr (MNA)​​ reported that there was an armed attack on a Revolutionary Guards battalion in the southeast region of Mirjaveh. It wrote that 3 members of the Revolutionary Guard and 3 of the attackers were killed in the fighting, following which the unidentified gunmen fled toward Pakistani territory. [Dorar]

 

The website “Missile Threat” and the UK daily​​ The Guardian​​ say that Iran has the largest missile arsenal in the Middle East, which​​ includes 7 types of missiles, almost all of which can reach targets in Saudi Arabia. The closest Saudi point is 300 km away from Iran and can be hit from across the border; the Saudi capital Riyadh is 1304 km from the Iranian capital of Tehran, and Iran has missiles with a range of 2000 km. [BaghdadToday]

 

Ali Khorram, an advisor to the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, said that Russia was “stabbing Iran in the back,” both​​ in​​ Syria and​​ in​​ moving to expel Iran from OPEC. [Dorar]

 

North Africa

Egypt

On Tuesday, the Cairo Criminal Court added 186 persons to its list of “terrorist” figures, including​​ TV​​ journalist Moataz Matar. These persons will remain on the “terrorist” list for 5 years after the official publication of the list. [Sumaria]

 

On Tuesday, the Egyptian State Security Prosecution decided to imprison Anas El-Beltagy, the son of noted Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed El-Beltagy, for 15 days on charges of “joining a banned group.” [Anadolu]

 

Daesh sources say that ten Egyptian Army soldiers were killed in attacks on their positions near Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid cities. [ICDNJun26]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Egyptian Army units in the Al-Sayyah area, near Rafah port. [ICDNJun26]

 

Daesh sources say that a government TV station employee was killed in an attack on his house in Arish. [ICDNJun26]

 

The Takfiri Fatwa Observatory and the Egyptian Dar Al-Iftaa organization issued a report discussing Daesh’s losses and its level of decline​​ as of​​ Ramadan 2018 as opposed to Ramadan last year. Given the symbolic and religious importance of the month, Daesh has attempted every year to increase its terrorist operations during Ramadan. However, the number of Daesh attacks declined severely between the previous Ramadan and the most recent one, as measured by Daesh operations in Iraq (down 55%), Syria (down 80%), the Philippines (down from 21 attacks to 2), and the Sinai.

The Observatory wrote that Daesh’s new strategy to compensate for its losses in Iraq and Syria involved two main​​ goals. The first is to expand in areas of civil conflict, mainly Afghanistan and Somalia, and renew its activity​​ in Libya and Yemen. The second is to intensify indiscriminate attacks in safe an