An Update On ISIS Activities

August 9, 2018

 

Yemen

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Manual recount results show only slight changes from original results. [..]

Tariq Najm of Islamic Dawa emerges as possible compromise PM candidate.​​ [..]

Higher gas prices put Iraq’s budget in the black. [..]

Renewed US sanctions on​​ Iran​​ complicate Iraqi politics, undermine Al-Abadi. [..]

9 PMFs killed by Daesh attack on Baiji-Haditha road. [..]

Salahuddin tribe disowns 130 members who helped Daesh. [..]

Deadly Mtaibija battle kills about 10 PMFs, 17 Daesh attackers. [..]

Dispute with tribe leads to AAH moving out of Dujail. [..]

UN conference in Mosul sets framework for Mosul reconstruction. [..]

Basra-area visitors to Iran targeted by criminal violence. [..]

 

Syria

UN working with involved countries to avoid warfare in Idlib. [..]

Daesh preparing for SDF attack on its remaining territory in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

Other Countries​​ 

Yemen:​​ Saudi​​ airstrike​​ kills​​ more than 30 children​​ in Saada.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

The Board of Commissioners​​ for​​ the Independent High Electoral Commission announced on Thursday the​​ seats now held by political​​ alliances​​ in certain districts​​ following the manual recount.​​ 

 

The​​ Wall Street Journal​​ wrote that the manual recount had produced virtually no difference from the initial vote tally, saying that out of the 329 seats in the CoR, less than a dozen were​​ changed​​ by the recount. [WallStreetJournal]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We compared the seats-won totals ourselves. In over half the governorates, there was no change; in several others there was just one change. In Kirkuk, the governorate where the complaints were the loudest (from Arabs and Turkmen), there was no change.

 

Muqtada Al-Sadr expects Iraqi political groups to respond to his 40 conditions for nominating a new Prime Minister within 15 days. He says if there is no response, he​​ will stay with​​ political and popular opposition. He called on all political alliances “that still love the country” to join his new opposition “National Salvation” bloc. Commenting on the US sanctions against Iran, Al-Sadr says that, as usual, the US is punishing people rather than governments. [Arabi21]

 

“High-level political sources” said on Thursday that most of the leaders of the Islamic Dawa party had agreed to nominate Tariq Najm for PM as a compromise candidate, rather than outgoing PM Haider Al-Abadi. The sources claimed that Najm would be preferred by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, based on recent speeches of Sistani’s representatives, which were taken to​​ have​​ undercut Al-Abadi’s chances of a second term. They also claimed that the US had vetoed Hadi Al-Amiri as a potential PM candidate, prompting the Iranians to tell Washington that they would veto Haider Al-Abadi in retaliation. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Najm was Al-Maliki’s Chief of Staff and reputedly has​​ wide and​​ good connections. In a situation where Al-Sadr has no answers and Al-Amiri, Al-Abadi, and Al-Maliki all have strong opposition, Najm​​ may​​ be the one known figure who has a chance, as he would possibly not face opposition from major alliances. (We note for the record, however, that Ammar Al-Hakim​​ also​​ has connections in multiple camps.)​​ Whether other parties will accept yet another Islamic Dawa prime minister would be one​​ issue, and Najm’s​​ long​​ association with Al-Maliki could be another.

 

Corruption

“Legal sources” said on Thursday that officials named by PM Haider Al-Abadi for investigation on corruption charges could be covered under the August 2016 general amnesty law if they were found guilty. [Shafaaq]

 

The Qatari newspaper​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ noted that there had been increased complaints to police stations in Iraq about blackmail and extortion by men in military uniforms, mainly in recently liberated areas. Men in uniform approach civilians and tell them they are wanted on certain charges before releasing them for money. [Sumaria]

 

“Political sources” said on Thursday that Victory alliance figure Khalid Al-Obeidi was seeking a new government position. Al-Obeidi was dismissed from his post as Minister of Defense​​ in the face of​​ corruption charges, and​​ is currently leading a political movement to unseat the​​ incumbent​​ Governor of Ninewa. [Dijlah]

 

Activists accuse the Governor of Ninewa of hiring people who worked with Daesh, after firing many employees for doing​​ the same thing.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Economy

The Iraqi Finance Ministry said on Thursday that the deficit for the current year’s budget would be covered, thanks to the rise in world oil prices. The current year’s budget is 88.1 billion dollars, while revenues were estimated at 91.6​​ billion​​ dollars. Speaking at a press conference, the Finance Ministry Undersecretary, Maher Hamad Johan, said that Iraq would not have to borrow from any lenders to cover the 2018 budget. [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement supporting the mission of the international investigative team concerned with Daesh crimes, which is visiting Baghdad. Ahmed Mahjoub, the Ministry’s spokesman, says the team, chaired by Ahmed Khan, is operating under UN Security Council Resolution 2379​​ of​​ 2017 to collect and preserve evidence of Daesh’s crimes. [Sumaria]

 

The Karkh Criminal Court sentenced 2 Daesh operatives to death and​​ 1​​ to life imprisonment​​ for “belonging to Daesh” and participating in terrorist operations. The convicts were arrested in Syria by unnamed “Syrian forces” and handed over to Iraq. [Sumaria]​​ [Rudaw]

 

Foreign policy

The Iraqi government asked Washington to exclude it from the application of this round of sanctions against Iran, according to a report in the London-based newspaper​​ Al-Arab​​ on Thursday. The Iraqi government reportedly argued that Iraq could turn into a conflict zone between Iran and its enemies. The newspaper’s source said that the Iraqi request has not been officially heard, but that the Americans unofficially rejected it, citing the importance of applying sanctions strictly. [AlIraqNews]

 

Mudhir Mohammed Saleh, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, says that Iraqi economy will be affected by US sanctions on Iran, mainly​​ religious tourism. Iraq receives 2-3 million religious tourists a year, who each pay $40 for an entry visa. [BasNews]

 

The Iraqi daily​​ Mada​​ says that the Iraqi government is looking to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait​​ as a source of​​ electricity and consumable goods, following the US sanctions on Iran, whose trade with Iraq exceeds $10 billion yearly. [BasNews]

 

Mahmoud Sadeghi, an Iranian​​ Member of Parliament​​ affiliated​​ with​​ the reformists, demanded​​ that​​ the government of Iraq pay US​​ $1100 billion as compensations for the Iraqi war on Iran​​ (1980-88). He says his country​​ has​​ been​​ delaying the demand due to the difficult situation of the Iraqi people. This followed​​ Iraqi PM​​ Al-Abadi’s​​ statement that Iraqi government will execute sanctions against Iran, although it does not support them. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This sounds confusing, but​​ taking​​ his premise is that Iraq is responsible for the Iran-Iraq​​ War, and putting a price on Iran’s losses, any Iraqi action that Imposes further losses on Iran is unprincipled and should trigger a demand for repayment of those losses.

 

In response to Mahmoud Sadeghi’s demand that Iraq pay $1100 billion as reparations for the Iran-Iraq War,​​ Faeq AlSheikh Ali, the head of the Tamadun (Civilized) alliance​​ and an MP in the last CoR session, said that Al-Qaeda had entered Iraq on the pretext of fighting US forces, and demanded compensation for the Iraqi people. Sheikh Ali claimed that Iran had brought Al-Qaeda to Iraq in 2003 to fight the Americans. [Shafaaq]

 

And speaking of statements premised on the past,​​ Izzat Ibrahim Al-Douri, Secretary-General of the banned Baath Party and former Vice Chairman to Saddam Hussein, issued a video addressing the Iraqi people and the Army on August 8, the 30th​​ anniversary of the end of​​ the Iran-Iraq war. In his speech, he denounced both Iran and the US, and said that Iraq had previously protected the Arab world against the evils of Iran and confronted what he called the “Iranian invasion” of the war, before the US undertook a “colonial military campaign” to destroy the “modern civil state” of Baathist Iraq. The Iraqi authorities have previously announced the death of Al-Douri on several occasions. [BasNews]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We can’t resist the observation that Al-Douri is officially dead but keeps talking, whereas​​ Al-Baghdadi is officially alive but is never heard from.

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source on Thursday reported that a member of the municipal council​​ in​​ Abu Ghraib was seriously injured in an IED blast. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Anbar Ops Command says that Army units found and destroyed 45 IEDs in the area of Albu Assi, near​​ Al-Salam Junction​​ heading towards Falahat. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

The Anbar Salvation Council says that Daesh is active in the western parts of Al-Qa’im, saying it still keeps safehouses in the “hard terrain areas” in the desert. [Etejah]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says that police units arrested 10 Daesh operatives in Shirqat. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says nine PMF fighters were killed and a commander wounded in a Daesh attack on the road between Baiji and Haditha.​​ 

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that in a meeting with AAH and Kata’eb Hezbollah commanders, leaders of Albu Ajil tribe handed over the names of its 130 members of the tribe who had joined Daesh. The source said the tribe disowned these terrorists.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In tribal terms, this means that the tribe would not seek revenge if these terrorists were killed. Terrorists from Albu Ajil were heavily involved in the Speicher Massacre. Most of the victims were from southern tribes, and sooner or later those tribes were certain to seek revenge from Albu Ajil. It is important to​​ add​​ that many​​ other​​ members of Albu Ajil joined the PMFs and fought Daesh.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says several Iraqi Army​​ soldiers​​ and PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack in the Mtaibija area. The source says the terrorists used 3 IFP vehicles in the attack. The source also says a SWAT captain and two other members, who were rushing to the area, were killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle east of Mtaibija. The source says that after the initial attack, PMF units ambushed Daesh terrorists, who fled after the attack, destroying the 3 vehicles and killing all 17 terrorists.​​ 

 

Samarra

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Humvee with an IED on the Sheikh Mohammed​​ Road, east of Samarra, on Wednesday, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [ICDNAug9]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says​​ the AAH has agreed to move outside Dujail city and hand over security to local police.​​ The AAH released 20 members from Khazraj tribe​​ that​​ it had captured earlier in Dujail, while the tribe released 6 AAH members. The source says the agreement was reached after the Minister of Interior, Qassem Al-A’raji, intervened and after tribal compensations were paid to​​ the​​ Khazraj.​​ 

 

DIYALA

Daesh is redeploying in Diyala, press sources say. They say it is adopting hit and run tactics in Diyala, Kirkuk, and Salahuddin. The independent daily​​ Al-Quds Al-Arabi​​ wrote that the continued Iraqi military attacks on Daesh seem to have made it even stronger. A security source says, “Whenever we believe we have finished them, they come out from here and there with consecutive attacks”. [BasNews]

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A wild boar sat rotting for days in orchards near villages in the Al-Waqf Basin before an explosives expert was available to come remove the IED which killed the boar. Local farmers interviewed said that wild boars routinely set off IEDs planted by Daesh in the orchards. [FaceIraq]

 

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

Daesh says it killed four SWAT members, including an officer, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Albu Eissa area, west of Udhaim, on Wednesday. [ICDNAug9]

 

Daesh says it wounded a PMF with an IED near Sadiya. [A3maq]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

General Mizher Al-Azzawi, Diyala Ops Commander, says 3 Daesh field commanders were killed and 20 safehouses destroyed in operations in the Himrin​​ (northern Diyala)​​ and Al-Nida​​ (Mandali)​​ areas, which were carried out by joint forces and supported by Army helicopters. He says 25 Daesh boats were also destroyed and 3 generators confiscated. [Ghad]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

IFP says that its units killed 2 Daesh attackers, 1 with an explosives​​ belt, in the village of Sin Al-Dhiban, Hawija. ​​ A tunnel network and 4 IEDs were also found while searching 3 other villages in the​​ area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The UN Habitat program and UNESCO hosted a workshop at Mosul University to discuss the reconstruction of the city. Iraqi officials, experts, international organizations, and civil society participated. A US statement says that now there is a strategic framework to start the reconstruction, and move from the emergency response stage to the reconstruction stage. [BasNews]

 

The Ministry of the Interior said on Thursday that the “Falcons” intelligence cell had killed a terrorist responsible for a police death. The terrorist was reportedly responsible for planting an IED targeting the​​ mukhtar​​ of​​ the​​ Al-Quds (Jerusalem) neighborhood in east Mosul, which killed the Ninewa Police explosives expert trying to disarm it​​ in an incident several days ago. The terrorist was surrounded and killed while trying to flee.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Ninewa Police say they arrested 6 Daesh gunmen and found an​​ ammunition and explosives cache in Rashidiya,​​ northwest Mosul. They also arrested a man smuggling expired medicines from Syria to Mosul. [PUKMedia]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says there are still Daesh operatives in Mosul who are providing Daesh members with fake IDs and funding in order to send them​​ to Turkey to avoid prosecution. The source says the operatives also provide Daesh sleeper cells and families of Daesh members with money. The source says some of these operatives were captured but released later for unknown reasons.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Makhmur/Qayara/Hatra

Daesh says it killed three IFP members, including an officer, by detonating an IED on their Humvee southwest of Makhmur​​ city, on Wednesday. [ICDNAug9]

 

Western​​ Ninewa​​ (No reports)

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Several residents of Basra Province were interviewed by Qatari​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed,​​ and​​ expressed their anger that Iraqi citizens had been killed during visits to Iran, occurring simultaneously with the protests against the government. Ali Hamid Al-Maliki, one of the interviewees, said that a relative of his, Haider Hamoud Al-Maliki, had moved to Iran only to be shot by gunmen at his apartment in the middle of the night. The owner of a Basra tourism company said that demand for travel to Iran was down “significantly” following several incidents targeting Iraqis, and called on the government to pressure Iran to protect Iraqis in their country. [AlAraby]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

SULEIMANIYA

The Turkish Army says that its planes attacked PKK positions in Mount Qandil, “northern Iraq” (Iraqi Kurdistan), destroying shelters and weapon positions. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The​​ PKK​​ carried out a shelling​​ attack on a border post​​ in Hakkari Province​​ from the Iraqi​​ side of the border,​​ wounding 6 Turkish soldiers. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

Jan Egeland, UN Advisor on Humanitarian Affairs in Syria, say that Russia, Turkey, and Iran​​ have​​ pledged to the UN to avoid a battle for Idlib, in northern Syria. He says that in case such a war happens, Turkey will need to open its borders to refugees. [Qasioun]

 

Also see story below under Idlib

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Russia Today​​ TV says that Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese Hezbollah, will reveal next Tuesday what the future of his forces in Syria will be. Hezbollah sources told the TV channel that Nasrallah will announce a historic, irrevocable victory, and say that whether his units stay in Syria will be up to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The sources also say that he will​​ describe​​ recent reported troop movements​​ as​​ just routine movements. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The management of the Al-Hawl refugee camp forced 1,000 refugees to leave for SDF-controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor. The forced deportation was said to make space for additional Iraqi refugees coming from the Al-Shaddadi area. Iraqis form the majority of refugees in the camp, in addition to 4,000 Syrian IDPs. [ZamanAlwasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This camp, located just inside Syria, has been predominantly​​ helping​​ Iraqis for some time.

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

See lead story above under National News, as context for the following report.

 

Syrian helicopters dropped leaflets on towns and villages in southeast Idlib, calling for reconciliation and the start of​​ a​​ peace process. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh-affiliated media claimed that they had taken control of the village of Al-Tayyana and the Al-Milih oil well after fighting with the SDF. [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR says Daesh eliminated its “Hisbah” (Islamic Police) organization in towns in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, and is focusing almost entirely on security to prepare for an attack by the SDF on the largest inhabited area still under Daesh control—in Hajin, Al-Susah, Al-Sha’afa, and Baghouz. Daesh reportedly lost interest in punishing minor violations as it prepares for this major security and military effort. Executions by Daesh have dropped to almost none in the past few weeks. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh initiated a major attack on Syrian Army positions in Al-Hamdan village, near Albu Kamal. Losses were reported on both sides in the fighting. [Qasioun]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The SOHR says that fighting​​ continued in the desert in northeastern Suwayda between Syrian Army forces and Daesh. As fighting continues, secret negotiations are​​ reportedly also​​ still​​ ongoing​​ to release captives kidnapped by Daesh from Suwayda on July 25. [SyriaHR]

 

A female captive from Suwayda,​​ one of about 30​​ captured by Daesh on July 25, died in captivity in​​ unknown​​ conditions, says the SOHR. Conflicting stories about​​ the captive either​​ dying of​​ poor​​ health conditions or being executed by Daesh in retaliation​​ for the​​ execution of​​ 1​​ of its fighters in Suwayda recently started to circulate. [SyriaHR]

 

Russian forces withdrew​​ the “Shabaab​​ Al-Sunna​​ units, who were​​ recently engaged in reconciliation,​​ from Suwayda to Daraa. The units were moved to Suwayda following​​ the recent attack that killed 200 civilians. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Joseph Votel, the Commander of CENTCOM, said on Thursday that the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, is behind many Iranian activities that are aimed at destabilizing the Middle East. [Dijlah]

Votel​​ had​​ said on Wednesday that Iranian naval maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz had been aimed at proving their military capabilities there, and said that the US was committed to ensuring freedom of navigation and trade in the region. [FaceIraq]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross​​ says that 29 Yemeni children were killed in an airstrike targeting a bus in Saada, in the north of the country. In a recent update, the​​ ICRC​​ says its hospital received 30 dead bodies and 48 wounded children after the attack. [Anadolu]

 

The State Department has asked the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen to investigate airstrikes that killed at least 39 people and wounded 51, most of them students. State spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the US had asked the coalition to conduct a full and transparent investigation into the incident. [Hawar]

 

North Africa

Libya

Daesh publishes photos of a group of its terrorists establishing a checkpoint on road near Ajdabiya. [ICDNAug9]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Europe

European intelligence services believe Daesh had plans to attack in all parts of Europe without exception, from Portugal to the Balkans. Investigation revealed 3 potential attackers, all Belgians,​​ 1​​ of whom was​​ released,​​ another​​ who is​​ still​​ wanted,​​ and​​ a​​ third​​ who was​​ killed in Syria.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

United States

A US citizen named Zacharias​​ Abdin, age 19, told a Federal Court in Charleston, SC that he had supported Daesh financially, a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison. He was arrested while trying to travel to Jordan, after telling a covert FBI agent that he intended to attack an American target. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Greece

Kurdish refugees in the​​ refugee​​ camp in Lesbos, Greece say that Daesh pursued them to the camp after​​ they​​ escaped​​ wartorn Syria. They say that many Arab refugees from Deir Ez-Zor were Daesh affiliates who molested and mistreated Kurdish​​ refugees. They say​​ that​​ Daesh slogans were seen around the camp, but​​ that camp authorities did not pay much attention. [Rudaw]

 

AFRICA

Daesh says it shot and killed a Somali intelligence officer at an intersection in Mogadishu. [ICDNAug9]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its members who attacked the Taliban in Nangarhar. [ICDNAug9]

 

Philippines

Daesh publishes photos of 3 of its terrorists, who targeted a Philippine Army military position in Sulu Island with mortars. [ICDNAug9]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes an “info video” about the results of its attacks in different countries during the last​​ week. [ICDNAug9]

 

 

 

 

August 8, 2018

 

Water Crisis in Southern Iraq

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Amiri threatens that the PMF will overthrow any Prime Minister proposed by US. [..]

Ministry of Interior​​ moves to curtail sit-in protests. [..]

UNAMI director warns of major water crisis in southern Iraq. [..]

Guterres condemns mistreatment of women & children in Daesh families. [..]

Pro-Iran militia leaders slam US & Al-Abadi over new US sanctions on Iran.​​ [..]

Daesh claims to have killed 27 Iraqi soldiers in north Baghdad. [..]

Redeployment of Ninewa PMFs under way, but details lacking. [..]

 

Syria

UN fears government attack in Idlib will create massive IDP wave. [..]

Media sources say SDF is holding 550​​ Daesh prisoners and 1,750 family members. [..]

Islamist militias in Idlib initiate pre-emptive arrest campaign vs. government sympathizers. [..]

Daesh attacks SDF positions in Mayadin. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New government

Jan Kubis, the head of UNAMI, was speaking to the UN Security Council, where he described the security situation in Iraq as “fragile,” while praising the manual vote-counting process and judicial integrity. He says that recent demonstrations placed the development​​ process in Iraq at the top of the priority list. [Sumaria]

 

Jan Kubis also says that Iraq needs a strong Prime Minister, while crediting Al-Abadi​​ for trying to respond to protestors’ demands. [Sumaria]

 

The head of the Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance, Hadi Al-Amiri, said on Wednesday that he rejected any US interference in choosing a Prime Minister. He asked rhetorically if he would be allowed to choose a policeman in Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or America, and said that if not, Iraqis should not accept those countries choosing a PM. Al-Amiri said​​ that he had met with US Special Envoy Brett McGurk and told him that he would not accept any imposition in the names being suggested for​​ PM, and that if any name was imposed on the Iraqis, that government would be overthrown within 2 months by the PMF. [AlIraqNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: Iran does not want Al-Abadi continuing to lead the Iraq government, for its own reasons. Therefore, its ally, Badr, also does not want​​ him (but remember that Al-Amiri’s electoral alliance started by trying to ally with Al-Abadi). The lie is in making it seem like a patriotic issue. As for the threat, we hope McGurk gave an appropriately blunt response.

 

Hassan Salim, the former head of the Sadiqoun bloc in the CoR and a leader in the Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance, says it is time for Iraq to pay back Iran for all its support in the past period, calling the government to stop “flirting” with the US, which destroyed this country. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that it had decided to ban the organization of unauthorized sit-in protests in the country. The Deputy Minister, General Mohammed Badr, announced the decision in a statement.​​ Rudaw​​ noted in its item that Iraqi law already prohibits demonstrations or sit-ins without prior authorization from government authorities. [Rudaw]

 

Council of Representatives

On Wednesday, the Shia National Alliance bloc said that there was near-consensus on calling for provincial council elections to take place in April of next year. A leader of the Alliance,​​ Mohammed Al-Masoudi, said that what had happened in the CoR elections called for reconsidering electoral processes in the future, including the provincial council elections. [BasNews]

 

Reconstruction

Jan Kubis of UNAMI also said Wednesday that he expects a major migration from the south of Iraq in the coming 5 months, due to the water crisis. He said that this crisis could threaten the lives of over 2 million Iraqi citizens. [Rudaw] [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Ministry of Transport said on Wednesday that it had agreed with Jordan to resume the movement of trucks through the Trebil border crossing in Anbar. The Ministry said in a statement that it had met with the Jordanian side in “intensive meetings” for 2 days, ending with a signed agreement to allow trucks to enter both countries. [Anadolu]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned on Wednesday what he called “blatant violations”​​ against women and children believed to have ties to Daesh. Among these violations were restriction of movement, withholding of aid, and rape and sexual exploitation. This was stated in the Secretary-General’s quarterly report, being discussed by the UN Security Council as part of the discussion on the implementation of UNAMI’s mandate. [Anadolu]

 

See related story below under Northeast (Syria)

 

The spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council, Abd Al-Sattar Al-Birqdar, says Chief Justice Faiq Zaidan received Jan Kubis of UNAMI and also the leader of the international team investigating Daesh crimes. [Hawar]

 

Essam Al-Hana (aka Abu Mansur Al-Maghrebi) is a 35-year-old Daesh operative standing trial in Baghdad. He speaks English, French, and Spanish. He was arrested on the Iraq-Syria border, and has confessed that a Daesh delegation went to the Philippines to try to reach North Korea and obtain weapons there, but the effort failed. He also says that exchanges of prisoners took place several times with the Turks. He joined Al-Nusra after losing his rank in Daesh due to infighting.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

The day following US sanctions on Iran, Iran-backed militias threatened to break the embargo. The Kata’eb Sayyid Al-Shuhada (Martyrs of Sayyid Brigades, aka KSS) issued a statement saying that work was underway to break the embargo on Iran. The statement criticized the stance of PM Haider Al-Abadi, saying that if it hadn’t been for Iran, Al-Abadi would not be in power, and saying that it was the duty of the Iraqi government to stand by Iran and break the “economic siege.” [FaceIraq]

 

The PMF group AAH, headed by Qais Al-Khazali, also described the US sanctions against Iran as a violation of legal and humanitarian values, expressing regret for the​​ position of the PM towards these sanctions. It also says that the country’s leaders should make their decision based on national sovereignty and preserving the country’s interests. The group’s statement says, “Being away from the Iranian axis should not mean falling into the American axis,” saying that the Al-Abadi government should not obligate its country to such positions, especially as the government is outgoing. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Conceding the credibility problem with the sources, these statements are a reminder that US policies that seek to punish Iran also harm Iraq. ​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya,​​ Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source said on Wednesday that the Iraqi Army, together with fighters from the Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) PMF, had stopped a Daesh attempt to bomb electricity towers in Tarmiya. The source said that the security and PMF personnel fought​​ off the Daesh terrorists with light and medium weapons, and that there had also been earlier fighting on Tuesday night in Tarmiya. [FaceIraq]

 

Daesh says it killed 27 Iraqi soldiers, wounded 11​​ others, destroyed 2 Humvees and damaged another in attacks on the Albu Firas and Albu Jarna areas, in Meshahda, Tarmiya on Tuesday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh makes exaggerated claims daily, but 27 is a large number. An official Iraqi response would help clarify the situation.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Daesh says it killed three IFP members and wounded two in an attack in Silaijiya village, in Al-Wafa’ subdistrict, west of Ramadi. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh says it killed three IFP members and wounded three others with silenced guns. [ICDNAug8]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source said on Tuesday that a member of the Anbar Emergency Regiment had been killed by unidentified gunmen in his house, in the village of Sahiliya, northwest of Hit. [FaceIraq]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

General Numan Al-Zawba’i, Commander of the 7th​​ Army Division, says that his troops killed 10 Daesh gunmen near the border with Syria in western Anbar. The Daesh group​​ entered the Iraqi side of the border and was intercepted with the support of Army helicopters. [BasNews]

 

The Center for Security Information says that border guards engaged and killed 1​​ Daesh gunman in northern Al-Qa’im, after thermal cameras showed the gunman’s position. [Ghad]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The Field Engineering​​ company under Salahuddin Ops Command found ammunition caches in the Nafut neighborhood of Baiji. The cache was destroyed on-site, says Salahuddin Ops Command.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it killed or wounded 17 PMF fighters and destroyed 2 Humvees and an SUV in an attack in the Al-Aith area, east of Tikrit, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

Daesh said it destroyed a vehicle carrying PMFs with an IED in the Al-Aith area, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The Ministry of the Interior says that personnel​​ under Samarra Ops Command found an empty safehouse with an explosives belt inside. [Baghdadia]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says it wounded four PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Huleiwa village, in Tuz, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

The Diyala Police Chief,​​ General Faisal Al-Abadi, said on Wednesday that there was an agreement in place to disarm the PMFs outside of the cities. Al-Abadi said that this agreement had been reached with the PMF for all areas of Diyala, as well as removing equipment stored by PMF groups from warehouses in the cities. [FaceIraq]

 

Also see related story below under “Ninewa”

 

The Diyala Provincial Police Command said on Wednesday that it had dismantled 2 “pressure-based”​​ IEDs, the first in a village in Khanaqin District, and the second near the rural village of Shirween, northeast of Muqdadiya. [BaghdadNews]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Ministry of Interior says that a woman wanted on terrorism charges was arrested in Baquba. [Baghdadia]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Ministry of Interior says that security personnel found 2 IEDs in Albu Khayal, in Udhaim. [Baghdadia]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The​​ Center for Security Information says that National Security patrols arrested 4 Daesh operatives in the Banja neighborhood of Kirkuk. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Daesh says it blew up the house of a tribal PMF fighter in Barghliya village, eastern Hawija, causing damage. [ICDNAug8]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)

Daesh says it killed four IFP members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED on the road between Daquq and Tob Zawa, on Tuesday. [ICDNAug8]

 

NINEWA

Pro-KRG “spokesman for Arab tribes in the disputed areas,” Muzahim Al-Huwait, said on Wednesday that the PMF had begun to withdraw from several areas in Ninewa Province. Al-Huwait said that the PMF were withdrawing from Zummar in northern Tal Afar, areas near the Tigris, and from several areas inside the city of Mosul,​​ saying that they were leaving the cities and going to the southern provinces. Al-Huwait said that the Ninewa provincial government in Ninewa had insisted​​ on the withdrawal of the PMF from the cities. However, he says that the Iraqi security forces could not adequately protect all these areas, and called for the Peshmerga to return. [Shafaaq]

 

Also see report above under “Diyala”

 

Mosul​​ (No reports)

 

Southern Ninewa

Makhmur

Daesh says it killed or​​ wounded IFP members and damaged their Humvee with an IED in Qara Suwar village, northwest of Makhmur city. [A3maq] [ICDNAug8]

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Ministry of the Interior says that security personnel found IEDs, an explosives cache, and a safehouse in Tal Afar. [Baghdadia]

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

HPG (PKK) units initiated 2 attacks in Colemerg (aka Hakkari), killing a Turkish soldier and wounding another. It also says that it stopped a Turkish Army​​ assault between two subdistricts, killing 3 Turkish soldiers and wounding many others. [Roj]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

The UN says in a​​ report that the anticipated attack of the Syrian Army on Idlib could lead to a new immigration wave, include as many as 700,000 civilians. The report says that recent events have caused a large number of IDPs from all over Syria to accumulate in Idlib. The report called for the preparation of a health and humanitarian support effort to meet such a possibility. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh​​ campaign

A female SDF fighter says that she has killed over 1,000 Daesh gunmen by herself. She fought in all major SDF battles, including Kobane, and was heavily wounded several times, including presently. The interview took place in Suleimaniya. She says​​ that Daesh tried to target her personally in battle several times, but her colleagues were always there for her. Alftria Khabat was inspired by Abdullah Ocalan in her early youth before joining the YPJ (women’s equivalent of the YPG) in Afrin. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Media sources say that the SDF is holding 550 Daesh prisoners of 44 nationalities, keeping them and their families in the Al-Hawl, Roj, and Ayn Eissa​​ IDP camps. There are also 550 “Daesh women” and 1200 child relatives of Daesh fighters in SDF captivity. [Qasioun]

 

See related story above under​​ “Anti-Daesh campaign”

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

The SOHR reported that 95 persons were arrested in Idlib by the National Liberation Front. The SOHR wrote that Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS, formerly Al-Nusra) is participating in the arrests. [SyriaHR]

The National Liberation Front, composed of several opposition militias, initiated an arrest campaign in southeastern Idlib, targeting those calling for reconciliation with the Syrian government. The operation included arrests made at 3:00 AM in several towns and villages. [ZamanAlwasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The likely explanation is that Tahrir Al-Sham and other Islamic militias are expecting the Syrian Army to come after them in Idlib, so are trying to sideline potential collaborators before the shooting starts.

 

The Commander of YPG units says there is no definite plan about the group’s participation in any attack​​ in Idlib. Siban Hammo says that his group is attacking Afrin sporadically and will step up its attacks in time. [Dorar]

 

Homs

A drone attacked the Shuairat military airport in central Homs. No statement​​ about casualties was reported. [Qasioun] [Hawar]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Task and Purpose, a US military news website, published an investigative report on Wednesday alleging that an SDF soldier shot a US Marine on February 17 and that the Coalition probably covered it up. The case would be the first known instance of an “insider” or​​ “green on blue” shooting during Operation Inherent Resolve. The report claims that the SDF soldier shot the Marine at an unnamed base in Deir Ez-Zor as retaliation for the Marines helping provide medical care to injured civilians, from whom the SDF personnel at the base wanted to withhold medical treatment, because the civilians were not Kurdish. However, the Coalition denied that any “insider” attacks had taken place as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. [TaskAndPurpose]

 

Mayadin District

Daesh initiated an attack on SDF positions in Tayyana, killing several SDF fighters and causing damage. The attack was followed by a series of explosions, say local sources. [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal District

Fighting broke out between the pro-regime National Defense units and Iranian-backed militias in Albu Kamal. Casualties were reported but not enumerated, but sources say a high-ranking officer from the pro-Iranian militias was killed. [Qasioun]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif​​ Damashq​​ 

Unidentified gunmen attacked Syrian Army checkpoints in East Ghouta for the first time since the departure of armed groups following the Russian-sponsored agreement. A gunfight lasted for 15 minutes before Army units were deployed in the location​​ to search for the attackers. [Dorar]​​ 

 

Daraa/Quneitra

SOHR reported that hundreds of IDPs returned to the town of Hamidiya, in Quneitra, after having departed during the fighting. Russian military police​​ and United Nations UNDOF peace-keeping units are also deploying in the area. ​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Suwayda

Daesh killed 4 fighters from the Syrian National Social Party east of Suwayda. The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber armed with an explosives belt, who attacked a Party checkpoint. This followed the execution of a Daesh member by the Party in the city. [Qasioun]

 

Fighting in Suwayda continued, as negotiations stopped. The Syrian Army is reportedly advancing in the Suwayda desert, backed by airstrikes and artillery. [Hawar]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army M60 tank with an IED west of Sheikh Zuweid, on Tuesday. [ICDNAug8]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier near the Al-Ghar security barrier, south of Arish, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

The State Department doubled the reward for information leading to the arrest of 2 Al-Qaeda leaders, from $5 million to $10 million. The 2 Al-Qaeda leaders are “Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah” and “Saif Al-‘Adil.” [Sumaria]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

5 Taliban fighters, including the senior leader known as “Birahim Allah,” were killed on Wednesday by a car bomb in Ghazni Province, eastern Afghanistan. [Ain]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Taliban attack on the “Taram” area in Khogyani District, in Nangarhar on Tuesday, killing 4 fighters and wounding 5. [A3maq]

Daesh says it stopped a Taliban attack on the “Sabri” area, in Khogyani, killing or wounding fighters. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it stopped the attacks on the 2 areas killing 5 Taliban members and wounding 7. [ICDNAug8]

 

Daesh says one of its members attacked Taliban in the Marki Khel area, in Sherzad District, in Nangarhar, on Tuesday, “with machine guns and hand grenades” killing 3 fighters and wounding 7. [A3maq] [ICDNAug8]

August 7, 2018

 

Raqqa

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Newspaper​​ report​​ calls Al-Abadi broadly acceptable but increasingly marginalized. [..]

Al-Abadi opposes US Iran sanctions but says Iraq will abide by them to preserve its own interests. [..]

Kirkuk Governor proposes to reconstruct 116 villages destroyed by Peshmerga. [..]

Objections by Ninewa Plain minorities stop transfers of Arabs to their areas. [..]

Ninewa Governor proposes to fire managers who stayed & worked for Daesh. [..]

 

Syria

SDF says it won’t hand over Raqqa, Hasaka to Syrian government. [..]

State Department slams Assad regime for killing detainees. [..]

9th​​ Daesh mass grave found in Raqqa. [..]

Exodus of Daesh families continues in Hajin, Albu Kamal. [..]

Syrian Army, local tribesmen advance on Daesh in Suwayda. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

The​​ Washington Post​​ wrote in a report published on Monday that Al-Abadi would be an acceptable candidate for re-election as PM, but that the protests have allowed other parties to marginalize him. A “senior official,” speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Al-Abadi’s Victory alliance was no longer seen as a key partner either by Al-Sadr or by Al-Amiri. The official claimed that Al-Abadi’s status had fallen to the same level as the Kurdish or Sunni parties, seen as a minor partner in forming a new government. Additionally, the Dawa Party might nominate Tariq Najm, Al-Maliki’s former chief of staff, for PM, according to the official. [Skypress]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ All of this may prove to be true if some plausible alternative to Al-Abadi can be found—someone who could command a majority vote in the CoR. So far, all these “other parties” are nowhere near producing that person. Ruling Al-Abadi out might remove the one person who would have broad acceptance among the contending parties; which is why he can’t yet be ruled out. The seemingly endless delay for election recounting (unlikely to change the situation), protests (unlikely to produce a realistic reform agenda), and intra-party bargaining (seemingly ineffective to date) have undermined Al-Abadi’s leadership, however. So far in this stalemate, everyone is losing.

 

Abdulrahman Al-Luwaizi, a leader in the Sunni Union of Iraqi Forces, says that Mohammed Al-Halbousi and Mohammed Tamim are the main candidates for the position of Speaker of the CoR, despite the differences among Sunni forces on​​ filling the position. The​​ outgoing​​ Speaker, Salim Al-Jubouri,​​ wants to be​​ the Minister​​ of Foreign Affairs, or the Minister​​ of Higher Education, as compensation​​ for​​ giving up​​ the Speaker position. [BasNews]

 

Nechirvan Barzani,​​ PM​​ of​​ the​​ Kurdistan​​ Region, says​​ that​​ final solutions​​ for the​​ problems between​​ the central​​ government​​ and​​ the​​ Kurdistan government can be achieved​​ only​​ after the formation of the new government. He says​​ further​​ that real negotiations to form coalitions can only start after​​ the​​ ratification of​​ the​​ results of the elections. He says his meeting with​​ PM Al-Abadi in Baghdad was good, and relations are​​ back to normal,​​ but​​ that​​ radical solutions have to wait until the formation of the new government. He stressed that​​ the​​ Kurds have no red lines on any names proposed for the post of​​ PM. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: The major Kurdish parties will sell out to whoever pledges to support their agenda, which is so demanding as to be virtually unsupportable. The Kurds tried a similar tactic in 2010, when they tipped the Prime Minister position to Al-Maliki instead of Allawi​​ after​​ extracting promises from him. Al-Maliki soon broke his promises, and the Kurdish leaders hated him​​ thereafter, but of course never blamed themselves for making unreasonable demands in the first place.​​ 

 

The Qatari​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ says that Arab and Turkmen parties in Kirkuk will demonstrate if the manual recount of the CoR election votes produces similar results to the electronic count. The paper says that the Arab and Turkmen parties would not accept such an outcome.​​ However, a​​ political source said that the recount may result in​​ changes in​​ individual​​ races​​ but​​ will not affect the level of support for different political parties. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

CoR member Falih Al-Khazali says that cabinet decisions to meet the demonstrators’ demands have not been executed even to a “1% level.” He says that proposed solutions have no time frame, and hence have no value. [BasNews]

 

Corruption

PM Al-Abadi said during his weekly press conference that he was appointing the former Ministers of Industry and Education to the Integrity Commission. He added that the government would not stop hunting down corruption. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Washington, D.C.-based group Shia Rights Watch issued​​ its​​ monthly report for July 2018.​​ Although overall figures for anti-Shia attacks in Iraq were lower in 2018 than for 2017, Shia Rights Watch warned that attacks singling out Shia Muslims were probably much higher than official reports indicated. They​​ wrote​​ that government security advisor Hisham Al-Hashimi said that state media were​​ intentionally downplaying the number of victims of Daesh attacks in June and July in order to​​ avoid​​ a “state of panic.”​​ 

They also noted that 36 more bodies of Shia victims killed in the Camp Speicher Massacre were recovered from a mass grave.​​ [ShiaRightsWatch]

 

Both​​ the​​ French and​​ the​​ German citizens who were​​ reported as having been sentenced to life in prison for their Daesh affiliation​​ on Monday​​ offered strikingly different accounts​​ on Tuesday. The French citizen says that he came to Syria to convince his son to abandon Daesh and return to France. He says he signed a confession in Arabic that he could neither​​ read​​ nor understand. Meanwhile, the lawyer of the German woman says​​ that​​ she was underage when she came to Syria,​​ and was​​ then​​ raped​​ and​​ forcibly​​ married to a Daesh fighter who abandoned her.​​ The lawyer​​ says that​​ the woman​​ entered Iraq to escape Daesh in Syria. [Sumaria]

 

The​​ Supreme Judicial Council said​​ on Tuesday​​ that​​ the​​ Central​​ Criminal​​ Court sentenced 5 Daesh convicts to death on charges of​​ joining a terrorist group​​ and fighting military and security forces in Ninewa and Anbar. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

Prime​​ Minister​​ Al-Abadi addressed Iraq’s opposition to the new US sanctions against Iran, which came into force on Tuesday. Al-Abadi said at his weekly press conference that Iraq was against sanctions in principle, having paid a social price for sanctions against the previous regime (i.e. that of Saddam​​ Hussein). However, he said that Iraq would have to abide by the sanctions in order to not depart from the global economic system, which would hurt the interests of the Iraqi people. [Forat]

Reuters’ report on Al-Al-Abadi’s statement, by Ahmed Rasheed, quotes Al-Abadi as saying that Iraq does not agree with U.S. sanctions against Iran but will abide by them to protect its own interests. “Blockade and sanctions destroy societies and do not weaken regimes,” he said at a news conference.​​ “We consider them a strategic mistake and incorrect but we will abide by them to protect the interests of our people. We will not interact with them or support them but we will abide by them,” he added.​​ President Donald Trump​​ said​​ on Tuesday that firms doing business with Tehran would be barred from the United States as new U.S. sanctions against Iran took effect.​​ The US and Iran,​​ though opposed to each other, are​​ both​​ Iraq​​ allies, putting​​ Abadi’s outgoing government in a difficult position.​​ [Reuters]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Baghdad Ops Command says it arrested 7 persons on various charges in different parts of Baghdad, including Adhamiya​​ (Northeast), Sadr City​​ (East), and Bayya’​​ (Southwest). [Etejah]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source said on Wednesday that​​ military units​​ had fought with Daesh members in the Tarmiya​​ District of northern Baghdad.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source said on Tuesday that a civilian had been seriously injured by an IED placed near a supermarket in the Bayya’ area. [Sumaria]

Daesh’s says it killed or wounded five Shia with an IED in Bayya’. [A3maq] [ICDNAug7]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded seven Shia people with an IED targeting a bus in Al-Aamel, just west of Bayaa’. [ICDNAug7]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Ministry of Defense says that it found a hidden IED cache in the Sijar area​​ just northeast​​ of Falluja​​ city. The​​ Ministry said the​​ cache contained 30 IEDs, which all were destroyed on site.​​ The Center for Security Information confirmed the discovery, but said the cache consisted of 8 IEDs and a 106mm rocket.​​ [Ghad]​​ [FaceIraq]

Daesh says it caused an explosion at the house of a National Security Service member in Hay Al-Jolan, in the city,​​ causing damage. [ICDNAug7]

 

The Center for Security Information says that intelligence units in the 14th​​ Army Division arrested 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Saqlawiya.​​ [Ghad]​​ [FaceIraq]

 

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a member of MoI Intelligence was killed when a group of Daesh terrorists raided his house in Bastamiya village, west of Hit. The source says the terrorists threatened the people of the village if they cooperate with the Iraqi government.​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A source in Al-Jazeera Ops Command says that forces under its command executed an operation in the Rawa desert in western Anbar, killing 16 Daesh gunmen. The source says the​​ Daesh​​ fighters entered Iraqi territory from Syria. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Iraqi personnel found the bodies of 12 Daesh fighters​​ in Rawa, reportedly including Daesh leaders, following a Coalition airstrike. [FaceIraq]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed a PMF member in Baridiya village, west of Hit. [A3maq]

 

Rutba

Daesh says it stopped a tribal PMF attack in an unspecified location in west Anbar, killing two fighters, wounding another, and damaging 2 vehicles. [ICDNAug7]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says four PMF fighters and a taxi driver were shot and killed by a group of Daesh terrorists in 2 pickup vehicles, near Tilul Al-Baj in western Shirqat.​​ 

 

Baiji

The Center for Security Information says that Army units from Salahuddin Ops Command found and destroyed an explosives cache in Baiji, while another unit found 24 IEDs placed along the pipeline extending from Siniya to​​ the​​ Dora​​ neighborhood​​ in Baghdad. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin Emergency Brigades Commander Colonel Khalil Al-Ramil said that Daesh fighters had attacked the village of Manahila, near the Mtaibija border area. Al-Ramil said the attack​​ was​​ aimed at​​ enabling​​ Daesh leaders trapped in Mtaibija​​ to​​ escape to the Himrin Hills area. [FaceIraq]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a tribal PMF fighter was killed and a commander wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle near Al-Alam.

 

Samarra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Saraya Al-Salam commander was killed when an IED exploded on his vehicle on the road between Samarra and Tikrit. The source says Saraya Al-Salam accused the AAH of the attack.​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that security personnel had arrested 5 persons wanted on terrorism charges in Samarra.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Diyala Police announced on Tuesday that they had arrested a terrorism suspect in Baquba who had been wanted for the last 7 years. [FaceIraq]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A security source said that a civilian had been killed by a roadside bomb in Muqdadiya​​ District on Tuesday. [FaceIraq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk Governor Rakan Said Al-Jubouri said on Monday that the Peshmerga had demolished 116 villages in south and west Kirkuk Province during military operations there, and called on the international community and donor organizations to support a reconstruction effort.

The Governor added that the electricity grid around Kirkuk has been subject to large-scale terrorist attacks, including the Diyala-Kirkuk line, the Hawija-Al-Daur line, and areas in the south of Salahuddin, which had been subject to about 30 sabotage operations over the course of 1 month, depriving Kirkuk of electricity. [Buratha]

 

According to the PMF media office, the 22nd​​ PMF Brigade, in cooperation with the Federal Police, embarked on a search operation in eastern Kirkuk, from the villages of Qaraghol​​ (Kirkuk District)​​ to Al-Khashouka​​ (Hawija​​ District)​​ and Wadi Abu Khanajir​​ Rashad, Daquq District), and including some areas of the Lower Zab River. [PressIraq]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says IFP units, in cooperation with tribal PMFs, established 11 new military positions in an around Barima village to protect electricity towers that provide Hawija District with power.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says three IFP members, including a lieutenant, were killed when Daesh attacked their military position near Khashouka village.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and wounded two others in an attack near Hamzaka village, in Al-Zab. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

The Center for Security Information says that units under Ninewa Ops Command found and destroyed a Daesh safehouse, where large quantities of stored food were found. The exact location was not defined.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

The Iraqi government has suspended the transfer of dozens of Arab families to the Ninewa Plain after stiff opposition from Yazidi, Shabak and Christian groups. The Ninewa Plain is characterized by ethnic diversity, and any attempt to enact ethnic or demographic change there might have dire consequences. [BasNews]

 

The PMF media office said that engineering units from the 30th​​ PMF Brigade had found and dismantled 6 rockets and several other projectiles in the Bashiqa area.​​ [Buratha]

 

Mosul

The Governor of Ninewa ordered the dismissal of state employees who continued working during the period of Daesh control. The decision covers all employees with the grade of “division manager” and higher. [BasNews]

 

The head of the Ninewa​​ Provincial​​ Council, Bashar Al-Kiki,​​ says​​ that​​ IQD 15​​ billion was​​ allocated to rehabilitate and restore the west side of Mosul.​​ Al-Kiki says​​ that​​ IQD 180 billion was​​ allocated for​​ the return of​​ IDPs and​​ the​​ restoration of infrastructure under the supervision​​ of the​​ Council of​​ Ministers and the local government. [Rudaw]​​ 1 billion Iraqi dinars​​ = approximately​​ $840,000.​​ 

 

A raid in the Zanjili neighborhood of west Mosul succeeded at arresting 8 Daesh members, but 12​​ others escaped. The security services are still searching for the escapees, saying that there are “Arab and Turkish leaders” among them. [BaghdadPost]

 

The Ministry of the Interior said on Tuesday that SWAT units under Ninewa Police Command had arrested a Daesh member in the Al-Sukar neighborhood of​​ north​​ Mosul, who had previously been a​​ Daesh tax collector​​ in the Shirqat area. [Dijlah]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says that people​​ in​​ Hay Al-Dhubat, in east Mosul, accuse 2 officers in​​ the​​ Ninewa Directorate of Intelligence of kidnapping several merchants in the area for ransom.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa​​ (No reports)

 

Western​​ Ninewa​​ (No reports)

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political opposition

Elham Ahmed, the head of the executive commission of the SDF, says that the SDF will not hand over Raqqa and Hasaka to the government. She says that​​ the​​ central government was always the problem in Syria. She adds that the SDF negotiations in Damascus were for discussion purposes, and have not reached solutions. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

United States

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that recent reports by the Assad regime regarding the deaths of detainees prove that the regime has “systematically arrested, tortured, and killed tens of thousands of Syrian civilians.” Nauert said in a press release that human rights organizations say at least 117,000 Syrians have been detained or forcibly disappeared since the start of the civil war in 2011. [Dorar]

 

Iran

Mr. Nathan Tek, a regional spokesperson for the US State Department​​ said on Tuesday that the most dangerous activities carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) were their activities in Syria.​​ He​​ said that the IRGC were using civilian aircraft to transport fighters and weapons inside Syria. [Dorar]​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin

The SOHR reported increasing hardships in Afrin under the pro-Turkey militias, which are reportedly burning olive orchards and applying​​ various taxes to extract money from the citizens, as well as kidnapping civilians in order to release them later for ransom. [SyriaHR]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

A new mass grave was found by the Rapid Response team in Raqqa, in Panorama Park. The grave contains many bodies,​​ to be inspected and registered by the team shortly. This makes 9 mass graves found in the city, from which the team has recovered over 1500 bodies in total. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa sources reported that the SDF handed over about 30 citizens of Raqqa, who were detained on charges of working for Daesh, to the Syrian government. Most of these people were former government employees who continued working for Daesh after its takeover of Raqqa. [Arabi21]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo

A spokesman for Nour Al-Din Al-Zenki, a pro-Turkey Islamist opposition militia, says that the government is planning a major attack in western Aleppo, saying, “It will be backed by the sectarian militias of Tehran.” He says that the opposition is ready for such a possibility, describing it as the strongest and fiercest in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

Latakia

The SOHR says that the Syrian Army lost 8 soldiers, including an officer, in an attack by the Turkestan Islamic Party​​ (a militia from China)​​ on its positions in Mount Turkmen, near Latakia. The fighting followed the Islamic group’s attack on Syrian Army positions, and left casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

The Jabal Al-Islam militia also initiated an attack on Syrian Army forces on Mount Turkmen, near Latakia, leaving 4 soldiers killed and 7 wounded. [Dorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The SOHR reports that Daesh is initiating desperate attacks against the SDF and other enemies in northeast Deir Ez-Zor, aiming mainly to inflict as many​​ losses as possible. However,​​ dozens​​ of Daesh gunmen were killed in Coalition airstrikes in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, and 28 Daesh fighters were reported killed in Deir Al-Milih, after fighting with the SDF. [Qasioun]​​ [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Daesh attacked Syrian Army positions near​​ the Al-Taym oil field, while airstrikes targeted the attacking​​ units. [Qasioun]

 

Furat​​ reported fighting between various pro-regime and pro-Iran militia groups in Deir Ez-Zor. The “Al-Quds Brigade” reportedly fought with the “Al-Asad Forces,” leading to at least 1 civilian death and several wounded. [Dorar]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 44 families of Daesh members, mostly foreigners, surrendered to the SDF near Hajin. The source says that there are 800 remaining, and that most of the remaining terrorists in Hajin are Iraqis from west Ninewa and west Anbar.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh arrested one of its Iraqi security commanders in Hajin after accusing him of killing 2 other Daesh members, an Egyptian and a Jordanian. The source says the bodies of the 2 terrorists were found shot near the Euphrates River.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two civilians were killed and another wounded when a rocket, launched from the Gharanij area, fell on their house in Al-Sha’afa.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the SDF allowed 4 trucks loaded with food supplies to enter Al-Sha’afa. The source says Daesh distributed most of the items​​ to​​ its members and sold the rest to civilians for high prices. However, Daesh told the people of the town that it looted the trucks from the SDF after a battle.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

A Daesh suicide attack east of Douma killed 2 fighters from pro-government militias and wounded 7. [SyriaHR]

 

Daraa/Quneitra

The SOHR says that many citizens have returned to their home areas in northern rural Quneitra, following the recapture of these areas by Syrian regime forces and the withdrawal of militias. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian Army forces and regime-affiliated militias initiated extensive campaigns in the area of Al-Lajat, northern Daraa, some of them carried out for unknown reasons. [Dorar]

 

Suwayda

The SOHR reported continued fighting between the Syrian Army and its affiliated tribal forces from Suwayda against Daesh, within the recent campaign started by the government to expel Daesh from the eastern and northern Suwayda desert with artillery and rocket shelling, aided by air cover.​​ Syrian Army​​ units​​ are reportedly advancing.​​ Syria Now​​ wrote that they were about to clear the whole area from Daesh, and were advancing from three directions in the northeast of the province.​​ [SyriaHR] [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh is varying its operations between the areas surrounding Suwayda and Deir Ez-Zor, as its area of control is constantly shrinking under the attacks of the SDF and the Syrian Army. [SyriaHR]

 

2​​ fighters​​ from​​ the Syrian​​ National​​ Social​​ Party were killed in a Daesh suicide attack on a​​ checkpoint in Suwayda,​​ in Tal Razin,​​ east of the city. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

A Daesh suicide attacker who targeted another checkpoint of the Syrian National Social Party was arrested. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian National Social party in Syria announced​​ the​​ execution of​​ a Daesh operative in Suwayda. The operative was​​ arrested,​​ and his body​​ is​​ currently hanging​​ in downtown Suwayda.​​ It is unclear if this is the same Daesh suicide attacker reported arrested above.​​ [Qasioun]

 

According to unidentified sources quoted by​​ Suwayda 24, the Lebanese Hezbollah is effectively in control of the regime’s National Defense Militia in Suwayda. [Dorar]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Iranian news agency​​ Fars​​ reported on Tuesday that the Iranian Ministry of Security had​​ stopped terrorist​​ operations in Kurdistan and Khuzestan​​ provinces, plotted by separatist and​​ takfiri​​ groups respectively. [FaceIraq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Spain

Spanish media published photos of terrorists laughing and playing before executing the Barcelona attack that took the lives of 16 civilians in August last year. One picture showed Omar Hishami, one of the main participants in the Barcelona attack, standing by the Eiffel Tower in Paris; another was shown smiling while putting on an explosives​​ belt. The pictures were found in the wreckage of a house in Alcanar,​​ near Barcelona,​​ which exploded while​​ terrorists were​​ making bombs. Recordings also showed​​ the​​ attackers​​ mocking​​ their victims. The 6 attackers,​​ of Moroccan origin,​​ were killed by the police.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Macedonia

The Macedonian Ministry of the Interior said that police had arrested 7 people on Tuesday believed to have fought for Daesh in Syria and Iraq. The arrestees,​​ ages​​ 23​​ to​​ 41, were wanted in​​ two​​ separate cases dating​​ back​​ to 2015 and 2016. Macedonian authorities estimate that about 100 Macedonians have fought in Syria and Iraq, around 20 of whom have been killed in the fighting. [Forat]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Afghan media sources say 50 civilians and security personnel were killed by Taliban attacks and US airstrikes combined in the eastern province of Logar. A provincial council member says that 35 were killed by Taliban attacks in the Azra area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed a Taliban commander in an ambush in a village in Chaparhar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it captured 3 Taliban members in an attack in Manogai. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed a Taliban member and wounded another in clashes in Khogyani. [A3maq]

August 6, 2018