October 9, 2018
Coalition Airstrike near Nimrud
Iraqi organized crime group busted [..]
Baghdad hit by several IEDs Sunday night [..]
Locals from Jalawla say AAH threatening them [..]
Daesh continuing to pay family members of killed fighters [..]
Price of food up in Mosul [..]
Repeated attacks drive Hatra villagers to IDP camps [..]
Basra activist claims assassinations “collective punishment” [..]
Daily Beast claims Turkey will move HTS fighters to Afrin [..]
… and DaeshDaily source says HTS leaders selling their Idlib assets [..]
Missing Saudi journo case still open, diplomatic fallout unclear [..]
Russia says there are attempts to move terrorists from Idlib to Iraq [..]
Iranians to man Russian S-300 missile systems sold to Syria [..]
Hezbollah redeploying to encourage refugee return [..]
Daesh appoints new commanders in Al-Baghouz [..]
Suwayda hostage deal has terms; Daesh still wants money [..]
… and local Suwayda militias threaten government if hostages not freed [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
Newly appointed Prime Minister-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi received a phone call from António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, who congratulated Abd Ul-Mahdi for his new posting and said the UN would support Iraq in all areas, and that UN programs in Iraq would continue. [Rudaw]
Iraqi security authorities have arrested one of the largest organized crime groups that carried out dozens of kidnaping and extortion operations, making billions of Iraqi dinars. The 8-person group even installed fake checkpoints, using military outfits to rob citizens and businessmen. [Sumaria]
The Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF group trained by the Coalition, expressed its “strong dissatisfaction” with the reluctance to implement the PMF law and affiliated regulations, calling for quick action to do justice to the PMF fighters. The group says that all legal and judicial decisions regarding granting PMF fighters equal benefits to those serving in the Army and the security services have not been fulfilled yet. [Sumaria]
On Tuesday, The Higher Judicial Council on reported the confessions of 2 Daesh operatives who had been arrested in Syria and handed over to Iraq, and were on trial before the Central Investigations Court. One was a former fashion designer who worked for the media department of Daesh, saying he joined Daesh to pursue power. He says that all media materials were sent to Daesh’s “highly advanced” media headquarters in Deir Ez-Zor. The other worked in logistics, on the transfer of Daesh fighters between fighting areas, and had lost 5 sons in Daesh’s battles. [Sumaria]
The Coalition said that they conducted 4 airstrikes in Iraq between October 1 and October 6. Of these, 1 was near the Makhmur Mountains and 3 were near Wadi Al-Shai and the Jazeera desert. [InherentResolve]
A series of bombings hit Baghdad on Sunday evening. IEDs targeted civilians in the areas of Saba’abkar (in Adhamiya), Jakouk (northwest Baghdad), Shu’la, Rasheed, and Abu Dsheer (in Rasheed), as well as an Army checkpoint in Abu Ghraib. Ultra Sawt gave a total of 20 dead and wounded. RT wrote that Sumaria reported 2 civilians killed and 2 wounded in the Abu Dsheer IED alone. [UltraSawt] [RT]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded fifteen Shia people and destroyed their bus with an IED in the Saba’abkar area. [ICDNOct7]
DaeshDaily comment. Saba’abkar is in Adhamiya, a predominantly Sunni area.
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded twelve Shia people with an explosive vest in the Jakouk area, in Kadhimiya. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded six Shia people by targeting a bus with an IED in the Shu’la area. [ICDNOct7]
Daesh said it killed or wounded thirty Shia people and destroyed a bus with an IED in the Shu’la area, on Sunday. [ICDNOct8]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded ten Shia people by targeting their gathering with an IED in the Abu Dsheer area. [ICDNOct7]
Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in the Abu Ghraib area. It said it set off another IED when paramedics came to the area. It said ten people were wounded in both explosions. [ICDNOct7]
An intelligence source said on Tuesday that the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad had been linked to Daesh sleeper cells, and that Daesh cells and a Ba’ath Party cell had been arrested in Baghdad and its surrounding areas, including Karkh. [Ghad]
West (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)
Daesh said on Sunday it killed a PMF member and damaged his vehicle with a “sticky” IED in Ghazaliya. [ICDNOct7]
DaeshDaily comment. This is the only one of Daesh’s claimed Sunday bombings not corroborated by the reports above.
Total Baghdad security incidents reported: 8 (Includes only incidents reported)
Total IED security incidents reported: 7
The Directorate of Military intelligence says that troops from the 14th Division found a Daesh hideout in Qarma following intelligence tips. 26 IEDS were found hidden there. [Ghad]
The Directorate of Military Intelligence also said that troops under the 14th Army Division also found an abandoned Daesh cache in Saqlawiya containing 83 mortar shells. All shells were safely destroyed on location. [Mawazin]
Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded policemen and destroyed a vehicle after setting off a parked vehicle bomb near the Iyadat Bridge, in Falluja city. [ICDNOct6]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that three Iraqi Army members were killed and two others wounded in a Daesh attack on Khazraj village, near Hit.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that two Iraqi Army members, including a lieutenant, were killed and four others wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists, using pickup vehicles and motorcycles, attacked a military position near Suhailiya Bridge, west of Haditha. The source said the terrorists fled after reinforcements from the Iraqi Army and tribal fighters arrived in the area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that four PMF members were killed and six others, including a commander, wounded in a Daesh attack near the phosphate factory in Al-Qa’im. The source said 2 Daesh terrorists were also killed, but the rest managed to flee.
Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded nine Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their vehicle in an attack with light and mid-sized weapons near the Al-Qa’im city entrance. [ICDNOct6]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that IFP and PMF units found the bodies of 4 Badr Organization members Daesh had captured on Friday at a fake checkpoint near the Tilul Al-Baj area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that tribal PMF units captured 4 men in the Hawi Isdaira area who were smuggling 200 mortar shells to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source said one of the captured men admitted they received USD 30,000 for the mortars. The man also said that there were 300 Daesh terrorists hiding in the mountains.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that four Ministry of Oil employees were killed and eight others wounded when a roadside IED exploded, targeting their bus, near the Siniya Oil Refinery. The source sent us photos of the results of the attack.
Daesh said it captured and killed an Iraqi government “spy” west of Baiji, on Friday. [ICDNOct6]
Daesh said it captured and killed a tribal PMF member near the Asmeda area, north of Baiji, on Friday. [ICDNOct7]
Daesh said it killed two EOD officers and severely wounded two other soldiers after destroying their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Fatha area, north of Baiji, on Friday. [ICDnOct7]
Daesh said it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in Baiji city, on Friday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it killed a tribal PMF commander and wounded another after shooting at their vehicle in Baiji city, on Sunday. [ICDNOct9]
Daesh said it killed or wounded 17 PMF and Oil Facilities Protection members after setting off a parked vehicle bomb near the Baiji Refinery entrance, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]
Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle in the Siniya area. [ICDNOct9]
Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on Al-Sahal Street, west of Baiji. [ICDNOct9]
Daesh said it destroyed the vehicle of the mukhtar of Al-Shiha village, in the Jazeera Tikrit area, with an IED on Sunday. [A3maq]
The Center for Security Information said that 4 men wanted on terrorism charges had been arrested and that an explosives cache had been found in the Basatin Khazraj area in Samarra. [Ghad]
Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their SUV with an IED east of Samarra on Friday. [ICDNOct7]
Daesh said it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the Subaihat area, in Jazeera Samarra, on Saturday. [A3maq]
Southern Salahuddin (Balad)
A security source said on Tuesday that Daesh fighters attacked a local police checkpoint in Ishaqi, Balad district. Shafaaq wrote that one police officer and one civilian had been killed; Ghad said that three police and security services members had been killed and others wounded. [Shafaaq] [Ghad]
Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz)
Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded Iraqi commandos and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Bir Ahmed village, in Amerli subdistrict, Tooz. [ICDNOct6]
Daesh said on Saturday it killed two Shia people and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Abboud village, in Amerli. [ICDNOct6]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
Local sources say that the AAH PMF group is trying to expel residents from 5 villages of Jalawla subdistrict and take over their homes. According to the sources, AAH is threatening to kill them, and is banning them from cultivating their lands. [Roj]
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that two PMF members were killed and another wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists on motorcycles attacked a checkpoint near the Udhaim Dam.
A DaeshDaily source said that a group of Daesh terrorists blew up the house of a tribal PMF member in Saraya Tapa village, in Qara Tapa subdistrict, Kifri.
Daesh claimed the house belonged to an Iraqi Army soldier. [ICDNOct6]
Southern Diyala (Mandali)
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that a PMF member was killed and two others wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in the Al-Nida area, Mandali subdistrict.
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in the Al-Khamael village, in the Al-Nida area. [ICDNOct7]
Daesh said it killed an IFP member, wounded another, and damaged their Humvee with an IED near Tuwail’a village, in the Dibis area, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Daesh kidnapped a social media activist from his house in Al-Hilwat village. Later, the source said security units found the body of the activist. The source said the victim was vocal against Daesh on social media.
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that four IFP members were wounded when their pickup vehicle was destroyed by a roadside IED near Al-Safra village, west of Riyadh. The source said the IFP arrested a Daesh member after the explosion.
Daesh said on Saturday it killed four IFP members and destroyed their village after “luring” an IFP them to a deserted tribal PMF military position in Al-Aziri village, then blowing up the position with an IED. [ICDNOct6]
Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members destroyed their armored vehicle with an IED near Awwad Al-Muhawesh village, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Friday. [ICDNOct6]
Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Barima village, east of Hawija city, on Friday. [ICDNOct6]
Daesh said it killed two IFP members in an ambush on the road between Hawija and Riyadh on Saturday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it killed two IFP members, including an officer, after targeting their checkpoint with a rocket in Hawija, on Sunday. [ICDNOct8]
Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Al-Zira’a neighborhood, Riyadh subdistrict, on Sunday. [ICDNOct9]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)
Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Ali Saray village, southern Daquq, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]
Daesh said it damaged an IFP vehicle with an IED near Tob Zawa village, in Daquq district, on Monday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it killed ten tribal PMF fighters and wounded 16 others in clashes in the “Jashaf” area, in Makhmur, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]
Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya)
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that a Ninewa SWAT member was killed and three others wounded in a Daesh attack in the Hawi Nimrud area, Hamdaniya. The source said Coalition planes targeted the terrorists, killing 6 of them. The source also said 2 more terrorists were captured in the area.
A DaeshDaily source said that Daesh is continuing to distribute money to the families of its slain terrorists in Mosul city and the southern Ninewa areas. The source said that Daesh depends on a network of women, each of whom are assigned to certain areas. The source said some of these women were members of Daesh’s hisbah (“Islamic Police”), and some of them are the wives of Daesh members.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that prices of foodstuff had increased rapidly in Mosul and surrounding areas after the government imposed tariffs on goods coming from Turkey.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that National Security Service units captured a Daesh official in the Sumer neighborhood of east Mosul. The source said the man was responsible for Daesh’s Diwan Al-A’shayer (Office of Tribes) in southern Ninewa, and that his son is a now senior Daesh military commander in Hajin. The source sent us a photo of the captured man.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that National Security Service units found 5 explosive vests in a tunnel in the Al-Maidan area, west Mosul. The source sent us photos of the tunnel.
South (Hammam Al-Alil)
A source in the Ninewa traffic police says that the bodies of three police personnel were found near a house being constructed in Al-Adhba village, Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict. [BasNews]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Iraqi Army units in the 20th Division captured 2 Daesh members who were hiding in a house near the Hammam Al-Alil IDP camp.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that two PMF members were killed when a roadside IED targeted their pickup vehicle on the road between Abu Mariya village and Tal Afar.
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that several civilians were killed or wounded when Daesh terrorists in 4 pickup vehicles attacked Saadiya village, east of Hatra. The source said the terrorists were in military uniforms and their vehicles carried PMF slogans.
Daesh claimed on Saturday it killed a “PMF intelligence member” and wounded another in an attack on Saadiya village. [A3maq]
The DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Daesh terrorists severely wounded the mukhtar of the village in another attack. The source said people of the village returned fire and forced the terrorists to flee. However, the source said that afterward, people from the village moved with their families to IDP camps.
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that a local police member was severely wounded when Daesh attacked a police station in Hatra city with RPG7 rockets. The source said Iraqi Army units followed the attackers and killed 2 of them and captured another.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that two PMF members were killed when a group of a group of Daesh terrorists attacked a PMF military position in the Tal Safouk area.
Basra activists are worried about the large security deployment and the continued assassinations of peaceful activists in the city. Activist leader Akram Al-Kaabi described Basra as “turning into a military barracks” and said the assassinations were a “collective punishment” against the entire population of Basra. Al-Kaabi added that the assassinations carried a message to demonstrators to stop their protests and remain silent about the ongoing issues with service provision and lack of clean water. [Rudaw]
A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that a local activist was shot and killed by armed men in a pickup vehicle in the Al-Jam’iyat neighborhood of Basra city. The source said the activist had participated in the demonstrations and in the attack on the Iranian consulate.
DaeshDaily comment. It’s hard not to see this as confirmation of Mr. Al-Kaabi’s view above.
The counterterrorism branch of the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council announced that they had arrested a “large network” involved in financing Daesh during a joint operation with the Coalition. [Rudaw] [Ghad]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
The news website Daily Beast reported on Monday that President Erdogan intended to move the Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) fighters trapped in Idlib to an unnamed area near the Turkish border and then to Afrin. The report claimed that by moving HTS fighters to Afrin, Turkey would position them to fight or at least contain the YPG. Salih Muslim, the former co-chair of the PYD, was quoted as saying that Erdogan wanted to move jihadists to Afrin in order to destabilize the demographics of the region and keep the Kurdish population from returning. [DailyBeast]
A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that the Turkish Military Intelligence Service asked Tahrir Al-Sham to provide detailed information about HTS leaders and fighters (including photos, family member, countries of origin, phone numbers, etc.), in addition to information about HTS brigades, media outlets, management units, and a complete inventory of its weapons and vehicles. The source also said that HTS leaders are secretly selling their properties in the Idlib area through real estate agents in Turkey. The source sent us lists of properties that belong to Abu Mohammed Al-Jolani, the HTS leader, and Abu Mariya Al-Qahtani, a member of the HTS senior committee. The source said those properties, including fuel stations, restaurants, and farms, are now for sale.
The case of Jamal Khashoggi, a former Saudi official turned Washington Post journalist, who was known for his criticism of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), has become no clearer a week after his disappearance. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain marriage documents and never emerged. On Saturday, Turkish police and intelligence sources said they believed Khashoggi had been murdered inside and his body dismembered and removed from the consulate. Saudi officials have claimed that Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after entering. Turkish sources have said that CCTV footage around the consulate did not show him leaving on October 2, while his Turkish fiancée waited for him outside on October 2 and says she never saw him.
On Monday, President Erdogan said that if the Saudis had proof that Khashoggi was alive, they should offer it. Turkish officials have also alleged that a team of 15 Saudi officials who visited Turkey during the period of Khashoggi’s disappearance were sent to Istanbul to murder him. Khashoggi’s disappearance has caused a major diplomatic spectacle, with Britain, France, and the EU calling for an investigation. The US has yet to issue an official public statement, although administration officials claimed that they were working to find answers about Khashoggi’s whereabouts. [CNN] [DailySabah] [WaPo] [Guardian]
Military & security developments
Turkish officials in Hakkâri, in the southeast of the country, claim that rockets fired on a Turkish military base from inside Iraqi territory killed 1 soldier and wounded 4. They say that the attack came from PKK-held areas. [Sumaria]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Russia / Iran
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Vladimirovich Syromolotov says there are attempts to transfer terrorists from Idlib to Iraq, saying that stopping this process is an Iraqi responsibility. He adds that terror groups are using so-called “quiet ports” in Indonesia, Sinai, and Afghanistan. [Ghad]
Also see related story above under Turkey – Political developments
The Israeli military intelligence website DEBKA wrote on Monday that Iranian experts will manage the S-300 missile systems provided by Russia to Syria due to their past experience in the field. The website wrote that the Russian decision surprised both the US and Israel. [ElDorar] [DEBKA]
Iranian Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani said that Israel would not be able to assume any serious attacks in Syria following the deployment of the S-300 missile system, describing this as a positive development for the Syrian President Al-Assad. [ElDorar]
The Coalition said that they conducted 66 airstrikes in Syria between October 1 and October 6. Of these, 46 were near Albu Kamal and 20 were “near Albu Kamal and Hajin.” [InherentResolve]
The Coalition also dropped leaflets on the last major Daesh stronghold in Deir Ez-Zor Province, in Hajin, telling fighters to surrender before Daesh is eliminated for good from the area. Other leaflets asked for information on migrants, offering financial rewards. [ElDorar]
The PYG says that it killed 4 pro-Turkey militia fighters belonging to Jabhat Al-Shamiya (aka Levant Front) in the Shara subdistrict of Afrin. [Hawar]
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed a vehicle carrying SDF members with an IED in “Al-Mustaha” village in Abu Qalqal subdistrict, southeast of Manbij. [A3maq]
Daesh published on Sunday photos of the destroyed vehicle. [ICDNOct7]
Daesh said it killed two SDF members in an ambush in Al-Dashisha village, east of Shaddadi, on Sunday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it killed three SDF members, wounded two others, and damaged their vehicle with an IED on the Al-Ghaz Field road, east of Shaddadi, on Saturday. [ICDNOct8]
Daesh said it killed two SDF members with silent weapons on the road between Tal Al-Jayer and Shaddadi, on Sunday. [ICDNOct8]
Daesh said it killed two SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Maysara village, south of Shaddadi, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]
Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF commander in Al-Fadghami village, east of Shaddadi, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]
Raqqa city & district
Daesh said it killed two SDF members and wounded another in an attack on a security barrier in Hos village, east of Raqqa city, on Friday. [ICDNOct6]
Daesh said it killed four SDF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED in Al-Karama subdistrict. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded six SDF members and damaged their SUV with an IED on Al-Mankhar road, in Al-Karama. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed ten SDF members and wounded others by setting off an IED on their bus in Jarniya town. [ICDNOct7]
In another version, Daesh said it killed or wounded ten SDF members in the attack. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed two SDF members after setting off an IED on their motorcycle in “Haroubi” village, east of Suluk. [ICDNOct7]
Daesh said on Tuesday it set off a parked motorcycle bomb on an “American Army” convoy on Al-Qitar Street, in Raqqa city. [A3maq]
Central and West
The SOHR says that the body of a young man was found in the Al-Roj plain, west of the city of Idlib. He was believed to have been killed by Tahrir Al-Sham. Tahrir Al-Sham against also carried out an operation attempting to arrest a former commander of Jabhat Thuwar Syria (Syrian Revolutionaries Front), which included an armed confrontation in which a citizen was reported injured. [SyriaHR]
The London-based, Saudi-owned paper Asharq Al-Awsat reported that the Syrian government gave orders to the Lebanese Hezbollah to reposition itself in Al-Qusayr, to allow for the return of 40,000 Syrians from Lebanon. The report says that many IDPs view Hezbollah as an obstacle to their return, while others say that fighting prevents their return. [ElDorar]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
The SOHR says an IED explosion killed the Electricity Officer for the SDF in eastern Deir Ez-Zor while he was driving a “tanker” truck by the east bank of the Euphrates. The attack took place on a road limited to military shipments and movements. 2 of his sons were also wounded in the attack. [SyriaHR]
Deir Ez-Zor District
A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that one civilian was killed and three others wounded when a vehicle bomb exploded in Al-Shuhail town.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that the government sent a “large” amount of military reinforcements, including Iraqi militias, to the Mayadin area.
Daesh said it killed an SDF commander and one of his associates and wounded four other PMF members by targeting the commander’s vehicle with an IED in the Jama area, southeast of Al-Omar Oilfield, on Sunday. [ICDNOct8]
In another report, Daesh said one SDF member was killed and four others wounded in an IED explosion in the Jama area. [ICNDOct8]
Albu Kamal District
On Tuesday, Bas News reported that an SDF media official said that Daesh appointed new military leaders in Al-Baghouz, after many other Daesh fighters were killed or fled. The media official stated that Daesh fighters infiltrated Deir Ez-Zor and attacked the SDF in Al-Baghouz. The SDF and the Coalition launched a counter-attack including 4 airstrikes, killing 6 Daesh fighters and destroying Daesh trenches. [Qasioun]
A DaeshDaily source confirmed on Sunday that Coalition planes had killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including Abu Mohammed Al-Sha’iti, in an airstrike near Al-Susah. The source said Sha’iti was the Daesh security official of the Albu Kamal area and had participated in the Sha’itat massacre, when Daesh killed hundreds of people from his own tribe.
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that hundreds of families escaped the Al-Susah area, fleeing toward SDF units in Al-Baghouz. The source said the families managed to escape after Coalition airstrikes forced Daesh terrorists to hide in houses and in tunnels.
Daesh published on Friday photos of clashes with the SDF near Mozan village, near Al-Baghouz. [ICDNOct5]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded five SDF members with a rocket “on the outskirts of” Mozan village. [ICDNOct7]
DaeshDaily comment. Daesh uses this term when it loses an area. Daesh had claimed last week it recaptured it, but obviously it lost it again.
Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an SDF armored personnel carrier with a rocket near Al-Baghouz. [ICDNOct6]
Daesh published on Tuesday 2 photos of the attack. [ICDNOct9]
Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded SDF members after “luring” them to a landmine field near Al-Baghouz. [ICDNOct6]
Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded SDF members after “luring” them to a landmine field “on the outskirts of” Mozan village. [ICDNOct7]
Daesh published on Sunday photos of targeting SDF positions near Mozan village with mortars. [ICDNOct7]
Daesh said it targeted SDF positions near Mozan village with 27 mortars and 5 SPG9 rockets, on Monday. [ICDNOct9]
Syrian Army forces started to remove checkpoints from the city of Daraa and to hand security over to the civilian administration. This was accompanied by the opening of the main streets by the city council, following the withdrawal of “opposition groups” from the city. [EnabBaladi]
The Saudi-owned international daily Al-Hayat says that the Syrian government agreed to released 38 female Daesh prisoners that it holds in exchange for the release of 27 women and children kidnapped from Suwayda and held as hostages held by Daesh. Sources say the problem for closing the deal is that Daesh has demanded $27 million to finalize the hostages’ release. [Qasioun]
The pro-government channel Al-Suwayda 24 reported that on Monday local militias gave government officials an ultimatum to secure the kidnapped persons’ release within 24 hours, and the governorate building was shot at. On Tuesday, pro-government militias responded to the threat by blocking main roads in the city. [ElDorar]
The Syrian government says that its Army is continuing its advance against Daesh in Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills), rural Suwayda, where the fighting is currently taking place in mountainous “hard terrain” areas. [SyriaNow]
A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that 11 Syrian soldiers were killed and 4 others captured in a Daesh attack near Al-Safa Hills. The source said Daesh set the position on fire before withdrawing.
Daesh said on Sunday it stopped a Syrian Army attack near Al-Safa Hills, killing 5 soldiers and wounding others. [ICDNOct7]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
See above under Turkey – Political developments
Daesh said it attacked Al-Qaeda positions in the Hamidha area, in Qifa, Al-Badya Governate, on Saturday, killing or wounding “many” fighters, and damaging a vehicle and a motorcycle. It said it used “different kinds of weapons” in the 4-hour attack. It also said it used IEDs, snipers, and ambushes to cut off Al-Qaeda’s supply lines in the area. [ICDNOct7] [A3maq]
News reports said that 10 militants were killed in gunfights with Egyptian security personnel in Arish. [Hawar]
Daesh said on Monday it destroyed an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED in the Lahfen area, south of Arish. [A3maq]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed a Somali customs employee and an intelligence member at Bakara intersection, in Mogadishu. [A3maq]
Daesh said it killed 3 Taliban members and wounded 7 others in an attack on military positions in the Sabri area, in Kunar Province, northeastern Afghanistan, on Thursday. [ICDNOct6]
Daesh said on Monday it killed an Afghan soldier in clashes in the Matin area, in Manogai, Kunar Province. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Tuesday it shot and killed three Taliban members in the Hazar Wan Tanki area, in Momand Dara, in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [ICDNOct9]
Daesh issued on Friday a propaganda video about its attacks in the Kirkuk area. [ICDNOct5]
Daesh published on Saturday a photo of one of its Uzbek terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNOct6]
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