October 24, 2018
Iraqi Army Units in Northern Salahuddin (DD Oct 22)
CoR approves about half of 21 Cabinet members nominated by Ul-Madhi. [..]
Al-Sadr warns against playing political games with Cabinet nominations. [..]
Ninewa Police capture 15 Daesh in different Mosul locations. [..]
8-member Daesh cell captured west of Mosul city. [..]
Turkey’s Defense Minister says Idlib ceasefire deal with Russia is working. [..]
De Mistura makes last visit to Damascus as UN Syria envoy. [..]
Bolton announces US & Russia will expand Syria cooperation. [..]
Coalition airstrikes alleged to have killed 41 civilians in Albu Kamal. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
A member of the Iraqi parliament told Sumaria that the CoR would hold a vote of confidence on the Prime Minister-designate’s government on Wednesday evening. [Sumaria] The CoR did in fact meet for the purpose, and the latest information is that about half of the nominees have been approved so far.
According to Rudaw, Prime Minister-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi proposed the following for Minister positions to be voted on Wednesday evening: Falih Al-Fayyad as Minister of Interior, Iyad Al-Samarrai as Minister of Planning, Hashim Darraji as Minister of Defense, Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim as Foreign Minister, Ahmed Al-Obeidi as Minister of Youth and Sports, Alaa Al-Alwani as Minister of Health, Luay Al-Khatib as Minister of Electricity, Thamir Al-Ghadhban as Minister of Oil, Fuad Husein as Minister of Finance, Abdullah Loibi as Minister of Transportation, Banken Rijani as Minister of Housing, Qadi Al-Suhail as Minister of Higher Education, Salih Al-Jubouri as Minister of Industry, Salih Al-Husni as Minister of Agriculture, Asma Sadiq as Minister of Justice, Na’im Al-Rabi’i as Minister of Communications, Saba Al-Ta’e as Minister of Education, Jamal Al-Adel as Minister of Water Resources, Hasan Al-Rabi’i as Minister of Culture, Nawzad Hadi as Minister of Municipalities, and Mohammed Jasim as Minister of Commerce. [Rudaw]
Muqtada Al-Sadr says he objects to the secret vote proposed by some parliamentarians to approve the new government. He also rejected the “dividing of spoils,” sectarianism, external meddling, and corruption. He called on all parties to give freedom to the Prime Minister to select the cabinet. [Anadolu]
Al-Sadr addressed the CoR on Wednesday through his Twitter account, stating that their votes for that day were precious responsibilities before “God, the population, and Iraq.” He warned them against outside influences, and urged for their votes to be independent.” [Rudaw]
CoR member Kadhim Al-Sayadi said on Tuesday that the Prime Minister granted 4 ministries to the Sadr-led Sa’irun bloc. [Rudaw]
The National Axis Bloc (Sunni), headed by Khamis Al-Khanjar says it has reservations about the government program announced yesterday, as it ignores sectarian interests. The same position was announced by the Sunni block headed by Osama Al-Nujaifi. [Sumaria]
The CBI reports that the foreign currency reserves of Iraq are over $60 billion having risen from $55.5 billion last July. The CBI attributes the rise to financial policies. [Anadolu]
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says his country was the most generous in the Iraq reconstruction process, committing over $5 billion. He also says he expects Iraq to form a strong government. He visited Baghdad recently but could not visit Erbil. He called for involving Turkmen in the new government. [Anadolu]
Outgoing Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi told national security personnel that reconstruction, services, and attracting investments are upcoming challenges, which cannot be executed without security. He also says that terrorism is looking for new hosts in the country, which shall never be allowed. [Sumaria]
The Karkh investigations court specializing in terrorist cases confirmed the confessions of two terrorists standing trial for detonating a bomb on a minibus in Shula in north Baghdad last May. The two confessed to being Daesh members. [Ghad]
A Daesh jihadist imprisoned by the Kurds in Syria, who is also a maker of medical shoes, demanded to be extradited to Germany, his native country, for trial. He said he yearned to return to his previous life to “start over.” [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. If we were facing trial in a foreign country for helping terrorists to kill a lot of people, we would want to start over too.
East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)
On Wednesday, a security source reported that an IED was dismantled which was intended to detonate in Nahrawan. [Sumaria]
Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)
Military intelligence reported its units operating under the 11th army division arrested a terrorist that took part into attacks against army units in Mada’in District in southeast Baghdad Governorate. [Ghad]
Daesh said it killed or wounded policemen after setting off an IED and motorcycle bomb in Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict on Tuesday. It said that after the 2 explosions, a suicide bomber set off his explosives vest, killing and wounding “several” people. [ICDNOct24]
The Central Directorate of Intelligence announced on Wednesday that detachments from the Directorate of Military Intelligence had arrested a Daesh “mastermind” in the manufacture of IEDs. [Etejah]
Military Intelligence says its units operating under the 10th army division dismantled a sleeper terror cell operating in Albu Taiban, Zangoura, and the Kilo 5 area in Ramadi District, and has arrested all of its members. [Buratha]
Military intelligence says its units operating under 8th army division found an explosives cache in a hideout in the Jazeera-Albu Obeid area in Al-Qa’im containing various weapons and explosives and destroyed it on site. The units also destroyed 4 Daesh safehouses in a desert area in Al-Qa’im District. [Baghdadia]
Daesh reported it killed or wounded five Iraqi Army soldiers and destroyed their vehicle at the Al-Qa’im city entrance, on Tuesday. [A3maq]
Daesh claims it killed four Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Saqqar area, near Rutba, on Tuesday. [A3maq]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that a tribal PMF commander and his driver were killed when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Al-Salman area in eastern Shirqat.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that two PMF members were killed and a commander wounded in a roadside IED explosion in the Siniya area.
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
The PMF on Wednesday arrested 2 Daesh members attempting to infiltrate Udhaim subdistrict to launch attacks. [FaceIraq]
3 mortar shells fell on a village in Jalawla in Khanaqin District on Wednesday. Local sources say that they were launched from the Sheikh Baba area south of Jalawla. [Baghdadia]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that one PMF fighter was killed and another wounded in a Daesh attack on a military position near Sadouniya village in Riyadh subdistrict.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that residents of Gharib village, west of Hawija, are leaving their houses because of lack of water. The source said Daesh blew up the water purification station near the village.
Daesh said on Wednesday it killed four IFP members, including a brigade commander, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the road between Arab Koy village and Daquq. [ICDNOct24]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that local police units captured 15 persons on terrorism charges in different neighborhoods in Mosul city.
Military intelligence says its units in Ninewa found 14 explosives belts, 20 igniters, 8 hand grenades, and other explosives in the Al-Maidan neighborhood in Old Mosul. An iPad and several fake IDs were also found. [Ghad]
South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that a tribal PMF fighter was killed and an officer wounded when a group of 12 Daesh terrorists attacked a military position east of Shakhir village in Qayara.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that tribal PMF units captured a man who was transporting food supplies and military clothes in his vehicle to Daesh terrorists hiding near Ain Al-Qassab village. The man admitted that 3 of his sons are hiding there and fighting alongside Daesh.
An MP from Ninewa reported that Daesh released a new issue of its publication saying that after the attack in Qayara, Daesh had “caught its breath” and listed evidence that it was reinvigorating its activities. [BaghdadToday]
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that security units arrested a Daesh cell of 8 members near Rahmaniya village. The source said the cell was responsible for distributing salaries to Daesh families in the Mosul area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that Ninewa Police and SWAT units killed 3 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a tunnel in the Badoush Hills area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that one civilian was wounded and his vehicle destroyed in an IED explosion near Ghuzail village, north of Ayn Jahash. The source said the man was a contractor transporting food supplies to PMF units in the area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that a civilian was killed when a group of Daesh terrorists in military uniforms attacked his house in Ain Fathi village. The source said the victim had informed security units about several Daesh members in the village.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that 300-400 Daesh terrorists fled military operations in northern Salahuddin toward areas south of Hatra. The source said the terrorists now control a large area and have conducted several attacks during the last few days.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on Huwaider village and captured one of the terrorists. The source said the terrorist admitted he participated in killing four civilians in Saadiya village, east of Hatra, 2 weeks ago. The source sent us a photo of the captured terrorist.
Army units oversaw the return of 150 Yazidi families to their houses in Jazeera complex north of Baaj. [Baghdadia]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that two PMF members were killed and 3 SUVs destroyed in a Daesh attack on a military position in the Tal Safouk area. The source said a Daesh terrorist was also killed.
Basra MPs announced on Wednesday that they would refuse to vote for the government of Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi. Their complaint was that they were unable to examine the nominees’ qualifications because they were not provided with CVs. [BaghdadToday]
On Wednesday, 2 delegations of the Peshmerga and the International Coalition met in Suleimaniya to discuss the dangers of Daesh “remnants” and how to handle “security breaches.” [Mawazin]
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REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says on Wednesday that many radical fighters and heavy weapons were withdrawn from the demilitarized areas in Idlib, and that ceasefire violations were reduced by 90%. He says he will discuss the situation further with his Russian counterpart on Saturday. [Qasioun]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Staffan De Mistura arrived in Damascus for his last visit as an international envoy in Syria. The UN says De Mistura will stay for a few days without specifying which officials he would meet. It is expected that amendments to the Syrian constitution will be discussed. [Hawar]
DaeshDaily comment. For every politician who makes himself the center of attention, there are a hundred public servants of great talent, some of them diplomats, whose fidelity is to their mission to help others. De Mistura defined perseverance. He hung with the Syria mess for several years, trying against all odds to turn the tide of events. He was the Syrian people’s best friend, even though he was from Sweden. It is a shame that he is leaving, and a bigger shame that he could not overcome the impossible odds stacked against him. Still, as many of our reports showed, he never stopped trying, has often made a difference, and made some progress toward a new Syria. From all of us who care about Syria and its people, a grateful and heartfelt salute from long distance.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe says his government is confirming the identity of the Japanese journalist recently released in Syria. He thanked Turkey and Qatar for their efforts in that release. [Qasioun]
John Bolton, US National Security Advisor says the US and Russia agreed to expand coordination regarding Syria in all fields. He also stated that avoiding a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib was a necessity. [ElDorar]
DaeshDaily comment. Given all the contention over policy toward Russia, it might help our confidence if we knew what “fields” this cooperation will include.
A French official says his country is planning to receive French children of Daesh members held by the Kurdish forces in Syria, but not interested in receiving their mothers. The official says the issue will be considered on a case-by-case basis. France fears that the children may become terrorists if left in Syria. [Ghad]
DaeshDaily comment. European countries have set a clear pattern in trying to keep their Daesh citizens in Iraq or Syria and put on trial there. This keeps these terrorists out of the home country, hopefully for years, or permanently for those who are executed. The absence of a death penalty in European countries is in some cases a further incentive to leave them where they are.
Raqqa city & district
Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded 20 SDF members and destroyed their truck with an IED near Jazrat Abu Hamid village, east of Raqqa city. Daesh said the fighters were heading to the battlefields in the Albu Kamal area. [A3maq] [ICDNOct24]
Daesh said on Wednesday it killed an SDF member, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Al-Haws village, in Karama subdistrict. [A3maq]
Central and West
SOHR says Jaish Al-Islam is regrouping and purchasing weapons in northern Syria following its withdrawal from Eastern Ghouta several months ago. The SOHR says the faction is establishing points on the front line with government forces northeast of Aleppo. [SyriaHR]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Albu Kamal District
SOHR says shelling is continuing between Daesh and SDF in Albu Kamal. Daesh seems to be attempting to recapture Al-Susah and other areas it lost, using vehicle bombs and counter attacks. SOHR reported at least 37 Daesh fighters were killed and dozens wounded in Coalition airstrikes on Al-Susah. However, it has also been alleged that Coalition airstrikes caused two massacres on October 18 and 19, killing 41 civilians, including 10 children. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]
Daesh reported on Wednesday that it killed 11 SDF members, wounded four others, and set 3 military positions on fire in an attack in Al-Susah. Daesh also said it targeted SDF positions east of the town with 60 mortars and 5 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct24]
Hawar, a Kurdish publication, reports that in Hajin and Al-Baghouz 10 Daesh fighters were killed by the SDF on Wednesday. The SDF reports that it was able to destroy “many” Daesh car bombs and Daesh military vehicles. According to the SDF, Daesh fighters in Hajin attacked the SDF positions in the evening from multiple directions with car bombs and heavy weapons, but the SDF was able to thwart these attacks and kill “many” of the attackers. [Hawar] [Hawar]
Daesh claimed it killed four SDF members and wounded others in an attack north of Hajin on Wednesday. [A3maq]
The Deir Ez-Zor media center reported that the US Department of Defense stated that it would permit the SDF to receive a shipment of more than 900 trucks loaded with weapons, ammunition, and military equipment. [ElDorar]
According to a local news network, two civilians were killed and seven others injured by a land mine planted by the Syrian Army and pro-regime militia forces while they were working on the fields in Al-Tyha. [Qasioun]
DaeshDaily comment. We don’t know that this story isn’t accurate, but the source has proven unreliable in the past and the story itself is somewhat implausible.
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
Egyptian security forces killed 11 extremist fighters with gunfire near a cave in Asyout in southern Egypt. The attack took place following information received by security authorities that an armed group is planning attacks on selected targets in the country. Sources say gunmen opened fire on security forces upon their arrival, which forced them to return fire and kill all members of the group. [Hawar]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
The appeals court in Antwerp sentenced 36 year old Fouad Belkacem to 12 years in prison for leading a “terrorist” group called “The Sharia of Belgium” and sending fighters to Syria. The court stated that he would be stripped of his nationality for posing a threat to public security and failing to fulfill the obligations of Belgian citizenship. He can appeal the decision to a higher Belgian court. [Qasioun] [BBC]
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said in a statement that at least 6 Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike conducted by the U.S. forces of Afghanistan in Nur Geram District in eastern Nuristan province. [Khaama]