An Update On ISIS Activities

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

 

Daesh Rockets Found in Hawija (DD Oct 18)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Unofficial report says Sadrists, Al-Amiri bloc will each control 9 ministries, Kurds 3. [..]

Daesh officials responsible for many executions arrested in east and west Mosul. [..]

Russian report says PKK members joining Yazidi PMF militia in Sinjar. [..]

 

Turkey

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

 

Syria

Coalition airstrike at Albu Kamal mosque kills 11 Daesh but also 8 civilians. [..]

SOHR says Daesh has regained some positions in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

A member of the delegation representing the Al-Islah (Reform) bloc​​ (led by Al-Amiri & Al-Maliki)​​ in the formation of the new government, Fadi Al-Shammari, said that the Al-Islah and the Al-Bina’​​ (Sadrist)​​ blocs will​​ control a total of​​ 18 ministries,​​ equally,​​ between them. Al-Shammari said that the agreement was intended to give the Sunnis 6 ministries, and Sunni groups in the Al-Bina’ blocs asked for there to be 5 candidates for each ministry to give PM-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi the freedom to choose the one he found most suitable for each position. He also said that Kurdish parties would get only 3 ministries “in accordance with their election [results].”​​ There are 23 or 24 ministries, total.​​ [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The German Parliament (Bundestag)​​ approved extending the use of the German Army to confront Daesh for one more year. The mission of the Army would also include training of Iraqi forces. However, the use of German Tornado jets and aerial refueling services will stop by the end of October 2019. A maximum of 800 soldiers are authorized for the mission. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

The US State Department renewed its warning to its citizens against traveling to Iraq. A similar statement was issued a month ago, saying that US citizens could be subject to kidnapping and violence, and that the​​ Embassy’s ability to help is very limited. [Rudaw]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Baghdad Ops Command said on Friday that it had thwarted a Daesh plan to target religious pilgrims participating in the Arba’in commemoration of Imam Hussein’s death.​​ The​​ Command’s statement said that its security units seized a cache of explosives and IEDs intended to be used​​ against​​ pilgrims, in the Tarmiya​​ District​​ of northern Baghdad. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A security source says Daesh initiated an attack on the Special Operations Battalion HQ situated in the Kilo 35 area, west of Ramadi. The attackers engaged the soldiers in a gunfight. Casualties​​ were reported on both sides. [Sumaria]​​ 

However, the Center for Security Information denied that there had been any Daesh attack on the HQ of the Special Operations Battalion HQ in Kilo 35, saying that the only incident was an IED explosion in the area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that a secondary school teacher was killed in Rutba city when 4 Daesh terrorists on 2 motorcycles shot him using silenced guns.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that IAF planes killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including the military commander of northern Salahuddin, and destroyed 2 pickup​​ vehicles,​​ in airstrikes in the desert near Siniya.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF EOD defused 4 IEDs planted on the road between Baiji and Siniya.

 

Daesh said it killed two tribal PMF members, wounded others, including a battalion commander, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Fatha area, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]

 

Daesh said it targeted PMF and tribal PMF units in Silo Al-Hajjaj with 2 Katyusha rockets, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]

 

DIYALA

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that​​ four​​ PMFs, including an officer, were killed and another officer wounded when a parked vehicle bomb exploded on them in the Himrin area of northern Diyala. The source said that the PMFs​​ were conducting a search to clear the Himrin area. The area had been cleared earlier, but Daesh terrorists who fled from the Mtaibija area returned there.​​ 

 

In a story apparently from the same area, the PMF engineering corps destroyed 10 Daesh tunnels in “western Diyala,​​ presumably close to Mtaibija on the other side of the Salahuddin border. The PMF says the search operation for Daesh sleeper cells and safehouses on the “outskirts” of western Diyala is ongoing. [Ghad] [AIN]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that two Police EOD​​ technicians​​ were killed and a captain severely wounded when an IED exploded on them in Sadiya, in northern Diyala. The source said the IED was planted near the house of an activist who criticizes Daesh on social media. The source said the IED exploded while the experts were defusing another one.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is related to Daesh “luring” methods. Please see the Daesh Media section below.

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh said it blew up the house of an Asayish member in Mama village, in Dibis, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their IFP vehicle with an IED in Tuwaila village, in Dibis, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

On Friday, a source within the Iraqi Federal Police (IFP)​​ said​​ that a Daesh operative working as a policeman at the Tal Al-Dhahab police station, in Hawija, was arrested. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

On Friday, the IFP announced that it had searched the oil field in Hawija, resulting in clearing the area of 2 Daesh depots containing clothing and “numerous” IEDs. ​​ [Buratha]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that IFP and tribal PMF units found several Daesh rockets prepared​​ for launch against​​ Al-Hilwat village. The source said Daesh terrorists were planning to rocket the village, but they fled when they​​ were spotted by the security forces.​​ 

 

Daesh said it targeted the house of a PMF member in Marata village with hand grenades on Thursday, causing damage. [ICDNOct19]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Tar Al-Baghal, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Thursday. [ICDNOct19]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Friday that it killed two IFP officers, wounded four other IFP members, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Zakka’ village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

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

A security source in Kirkuk Province said on Friday that PMF units had killed 3 Daesh members in the Rashad area. The source said that 1 of the killed Daesh members was a leader in the organization called “Musahir Najm Abdullah Al-Jawali,” who was connected with an attempt to assassinate officers in Kirkuk.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

A​​ source in the Ninewa police said​​ that police units arrested Khudheir Suleiman Hassan, aka “Judge Hassan,” from Tal Afar, and his brother in​​ west​​ Mosul. A security source said that Hassan had been sentenced to life imprisonment in Badoush before Daesh took over Mosul in 2014. The security source stated that the judge presided over the Daesh courts in 2015-2016, which issued thousands of death sentences to innocent people.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [SotIraq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Ninewa SWAT units captured a “dangerous” Daesh terrorist in Al-Wihda neighborhood, in east Mosul. The source said the terrorist was responsible for Daesh public executions​​ on the west side of the city. The terrorist, who was trying to flee to Turkey, is one of the most important captured Daesh terrorists in the last two years. The source sent us a photo of the captured man.​​ 

 

General Sa’ad Ma’an, spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior, says that Ninewa police arrested 2 Daesh operatives in the Al-Intisar​​ neighborhood in east Mosul and​​ AlHadba’​​ in northeast​​ Mosul. Both worked for the Daesh “Office of Soldiers” (functioning as the Daesh Ministry of Defense). [Ghad]​​ [IraqPress]

 

The PMF media office says a that joint Army and PMF group dismantled a Daesh cell, which it said​​ was planning to launch attacks inside Mosul city,​​ and arrested​​ one​​ of its members in a night raid in west Mosul. [Ghad]​​ [Buratha]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

The Russian news agency​​ Sputnik​​ said on Friday that more and more PMF fighters in Sinjar​​ District were coming from the PKK. They wrote that Yazidi units in the PKK had been made into the PMF regiment “Al-Nasr Al-Mubain,” and that that the commander of the regiment, Said Hussein, had formerly been a PKK commander. [BasNews]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

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

 

Baaj

The PMF media office said that a PMF engineering team had cleared 60 houses in the Qataniya subdistrict of Baaj and found 20 IEDs.​​ [AIN]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

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

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Foreign policy

Late on Friday, Saudi state TV made an announcement regarding the initial Saudi probe into the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi TV report​​ conceded for the first time that​​ that Khashoggi died, but said this resulted from​​ “a quarrel and a physical confrontation” with unnamed parties​​ in the consulate. The report also said​​ that 18 Saudi nationals had been detained as part of the probe.​​ The deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Assiri and​​ a senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Saud Al-Qahtani, were reported to have been sacked over the affair. [WSJ] [BBC]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Conceding that this explanation seems more plausible than the bizarre account coming from Turkish government sources and carried by western media, it does not explain away the Turkish version, which confidently reported that Khashoggi had been tortured, murdered, and dismembered. It is also noteworthy, though not surprising, that the official account seeks to separate Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman from any responsibility by (1) blaming the incident on an unexpected altercation (as if Khashoggi were somehow partly responsible, and​​ ignoring the​​ fact that a​​ 15-member team​​ was​​ sent to confront Khashoggi at the Istanbul consulate) and (2) blaming everyone else involved​​ including high-ranking officials (ignoring the fact that some of them are close to the Crown Prince.) This gives the Saudi story the appearance of a giant trial balloon.​​ Other sources will not take this cover story seriously.​​ Based on our knowledge, not that many people fight to the death when they apply for marriage licenses, and even fewer would attack 18 security personnel to do so.

 

Shortly after the Saudi TV broadcast, the Saudi Foreign Ministry issued a statement on​​ Twitter regarding​​ Khashoggi’s disappearance, in which it said that the​​ 18​​ “suspects” it had under investigation had travelled to Istanbul “after indications appeared [sic] the possibility of returning Jamal Khashoggi to the country.” The statement said that these suspects’ discussions with Khashoggi “did not go as required and escalated negatively which led to a fight between them and […] Khashoggi, which aggregated [sic] the situation and led to his death.”​​ [Twitter]

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

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish Army says that it killed 33 PKK fighters in Mardin, Siirt, Diyarbakir, and Agri in​​ southeastern​​ Turkey, as well as in​​ unspecified locations​​ in​​ “northern Iraq” (i.e. Iraqi Kurdistan). The Army said that large quantities of weapons and ammunition were also captured. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Ajmad Othman, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Council (the political wing of the SDF) criticized the​​ recent statement​​ of Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jafari, who supported​​ Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem’s​​ statements rejecting decentralization in Syria.​​ Othman​​ said​​ that​​ the Iraqi minister betrayed his country’s constitution, which entails a federal state.​​ Othman added​​ that​​ Al-Jafari was speaking as if he​​ was in​​ “the​​ Iraq of the​​ 1960s” rather than a federal, decentralized state.​​ 

 On Monday, Muallem said that the Syrian government would seek to control the area east of the Euphrates after Idlib, and that the Kurds would pay a price if they continued with the “American illusion.” The Syrian Democratic Council criticized this as threatening language that did not further dialogue.​​ [BasNews]

 

Foreign policy

Russia

The Pentagon questioned the numbers of hostages held by Daesh stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Pentagon statement said that the US was are aware of the Daesh attack on the IDP camp, but that the figures stated by the Russian President were “highly questionable.” It added that it the US was unaware of any US or Western hostages from that camp being held by Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Europe

The office of the French Presidency said on Friday that France’s participation in the upcoming 4-way summit on Syria, to be held in Istanbul on October 27, was conditional on there not being an attack on Idlib. The German government also announced the participation of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the upcoming summit, saying that the agenda would focus on the situation in Idlib and the Russian-Turkish agreement on it. [ElDorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Russian newspaper​​ Svobodnaya Pressa​​ carried a​​ report in which​​ it​​ alleged that Daesh had “re-established” a 30,000-strong army, and accused the Coalition of using white phosphorus while fighting Daesh in Syria, due to what it characterized as US “impotence” in finally clearing Daesh from the Albu Kamal area. The piece went on to say that​​ Americans were cooperating with the Russians around Albu Kamal, which should be taken as tacit American acceptance of an Iranian troop presence. [ArabWindow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Accusing the US and Coalition of using white phosphorus bombs is old propaganda.

 

Northwest

Afrin

The YPG media office says that the YPG attacked the vehicles of pro-Turkey militias in Afrin,​​ saying​​ it killed 3 militia members and destroyed the vehicles. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The SOHR says an IED targeted​​ a Kurdish Red Crescent vehicle in​​ the​​ Salihiya​​ neighborhood of the city of​​ Hasaka,​​ and that the explosion​​ left several civilians wounded. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

Tahrir Al-Sham says it captured a Daesh vehicle bomb in southern rural Idlib, after raiding a Daesh HQ. It also claimed to have seized Daesh equipment and weapons in Mseibin village, south of Idlib city. [Qasioun]

 

Hama

1 person was killed and 8 others wounded in a gunfight in Masyaf, western Hama, which is controlled by the Syrian Army. Who was fighting and why, as well as the role of the Syrian Army,​​ are​​ unclear. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead​​ two​​ SDF officials in Jadid Baqara village, the SOHR reported. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 11 Daesh terrorists and 8 civilians were killed, and 13 other Daesh terrorists wounded, in a Coalition airstrike on a mosque used by Daesh as a military base in Al-Susah.​​ 

 

The SOHR reported continued intense fighting between Daesh and SDF in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, saying that Daesh recovered some of the areas it lost to the SDF earlier following a counter-attack. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed an SDF member and wounded others when it targeted their positions in Mozan village with 5 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct19]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces captured Marwa Younes Assal, a senior Daesh​​ hisbah​​ official from Ninewa, in the eastern Suwayda desert. The source said the​​ woman was also the wife of Abdul​​ Wahid​​ Ahmed Khudhair, a senior Iraqi Daesh commander who had been killed by Coalition planes during the Mosul liberation campaign. ​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

 

See above under Turkey – Political developments

 

North Africa

Egypt

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

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented on the recent attack in Kandahar on Thursday, saying that such attacks during the lead-up to the elections are against the aspirations of the people of Afghanistan, as well as its stability and security. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh issued on Friday photos of killing an Afghan Army member in Badeel Valley, in Kunar. [ICDNOct19]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

On Thursday, Daesh published the 152nd​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh published an infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, West Africa, and Somalia during the last week. It said it conducted 118 attacks, killing or wounding more than 404 people. Daesh also published an infographic showing instructions to its members about how to “lure” security units and “spies” and then attack them. [ICDNOct18]