An Update On ISIS Activities

October 4, 2018

 

Al-Susah

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Sadr says Abd Ul-Mahdi’s cabinet must be part of gov’t reform [..]

Abd Ul-Mahdi to live outside Green Zone [..]

Integrity Commission finds Saddam-era funds in Jordan [..]

65% of operations claimed by Daesh didn’t happen [..]

2 car bombings in Kirkuk city [..]

… but Kirkuk Security Committee says everything’s fine [..]

EU Ambassador​​ reportedly​​ poisoned by Basra water [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan says Turkey won’t leave Syria until elections are held [..]

 

Syria

SNC representative claims Putin will abandon Assad [..]

Russian FM says Idlib “corridor” established [..]

SDF announces liberation of another village near Al-Susah [..]

Daesh asks for $1 million per person for Suwayda hostages [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:​​ US​​ blames Iran for Yemen, Syria [..]

Afghanistan:US conducts airstrikes against Daesh, kills at least 6 [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Muqtada Al-Sadr says that his Sa’irun alliance would not support any candidate for the coming cabinet. He also says he​​ wishes​​ to allow the new Prime Minister-designate​​ total​​ freedom to select​​ the​​ government members​​ himself. Al-Sadr tweeted that “We started the reform process and have to finalize it,​​ adding that the PM was independent, and the ministerial cabinet had to be formed without regard to partisan or sectarian politics. [Anadolu]

 

The head of the Rule of Law alliance, Nouri Al-Maliki, expressed on Thursday his support for Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi as Prime Minister-delegate. In remarks reported by his media office, he said, “We have no​​ choice but to work together [to] overcome difficulties together.” [Rudaw]

 

A source revealed the intention of the new​​ Prime​​ Minister-designate​​ Adel Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi to live outside the protected Green Zone​​ in order​​ to be closer to the people. He would either stay in his original home area of Karrada,​​ or select another area outside the​​ Green​​ Zone. The source says​​ that​​ Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi wants to encourage Iraqi politicians in general to abandon the​​ Green​​ Zone. [Sumaria]

 

Corruption

The Commission for Integrity said on Thursday that it had recovered money that had been deposited in a Jordanian bank during the era of the previous regime (i.e., under Saddam). The funds belonged to the dissolved Military Industrialization Corporation. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Intelligence sources say that Daesh exaggerated its media coverage of its operations in Iraq and Syria to boost the deteriorating morale of its fighters, following continued defeats, and to terrorize civilians. The sources say that 65% of operations announced by Daesh in its websites did not really take place. According to them, in the first half of 2018, Daesh announced 600 operations, while the actual figure was less than 200. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This lines up with what we have​​ repeatedly​​ noted: Daesh frequently either wildly exaggerates casualty figures, or claims attacks that aren’t confirmed by any other source.

 

The Higher Judicial Council says that the Karkh Criminal Court entered into evidence the confessions of a Daesh convict who was accused of setting up fake checkpoints in Kirkuk to target Army and security personnel. The man was arrested with 29 IEDs and rocket launchers in his possession, as well as fake IDs.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Central Criminal Court sentenced a man to death for operating as​​ an informant and military trainer for​​ Daesh. He was a soldier before joining Daesh,​​ following the fall of Mosul. He fought against the Iraqi​​ Army in Mosul and Hawija. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

 

See below under Turkey – Military and security developments

 

BAGHDAD

Baghdad Ops Command says it arrested 9 persons, two of them on terror charges.​​ ​​ The terrorism suspects were arrested in Dora, south Baghdad and Samadiya (in Mada’in, southeast Baghdad). Kidnapping suspects were also arrested in Abu Dsheer (in Rasheed, southwest Baghdad) and Al-Basatin (in Shaab, northeast Baghdad). [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

South​​ (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The Ministry of the Interior said on Thursday that intelligence and counter-terrorism units had arrested a Daesh fighter “south of Baghdad,” who they said confessed to several acts of terrorism. The Ministry’s statement added that the Daesh fighter had led the security services to a weapons cache with 70 mortar shells of various types, 5 different (mortar) launchers, and 600 “BKC” rounds. It is unclear if this arrest is included in those mentioned above. [Dijlah]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Daesh said on Thursday it damaged a vehicle carrying IFP members with an IED in Bayya’. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 3​​ (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 1​​ 

 

ANBAR

The Ministry of Migration and the Displaced says that 127 IDP families have returned from Ameriyat Fallujah and Kilo 18 to their homes in Al-Qa’im district. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Ramadi

Daesh said on Thursday it severely wounded a PMF member and damaged his vehicle in an attack with light weapons in the Albu Fahad area.​​ [ICDNOct4]

 

Al-Qa’im

Security sources said that 1 civilian had been killed and another wounded by a roadside IED in the Rummana subdistrict of Al-Qa’im.

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Ministry of the Interior said on Thursday that 2 Daesh members had been arrested in Salahuddin. The location of the arrests was not specified. [Sumaria]

 

Baiji

Daesh social media sources said on Thursday that a Salahuddin Operations Command EOD officer was killed with an IED in the Al-Fatha area, north of Baiji. [ICDNOct4]

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 2 AAH members, including a commander, were killed when an IED destroyed their SUV on the road between Al-Na’ema village and Al-Alam.

 

Samarra

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed a vehicle in an ambush in the Sur Shanas area, near Samarra, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct4]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad)

The PMF media office says that the 43rd​​ PMF Brigade initiated a search campaign for Daesh sleeper cells in​​ Dhuluiya.​​ [Buratha]

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya)

Daesh said on Thursday it wounded 2 Badr​​ Organization​​ members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Al-Aali village, in Muqdadiya district. [A3maq]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz)

A local source in Diyala Province said on Thursday that a civilian working as a barber had been shot and killed in Balad Ruz district. [Mawazin]

The version according to Daesh social media sources on Thursday was that an Intelligence Service member, who works as a barber, was killed in Balad Ruz. They also say that an Iraqi soldier was wounded with an IED in the same area. [ICDNOct4]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

2 explosions in Kirkuk on Wednesday left​​ eight​​ civilians wounded in an initial count. An IED placed in a civilian vehicle and a car bomb exploded in the Asra and Domiz areas, respectively. [BasNews] [Kurdistan24]

A security source said on Wednesday evening that the security services were carrying out searches for 2 armed persons thought to be responsible for the car bombings. [SotIraq]

 

However, the Security Committee in Kirkuk said on Thursday that the security situation in the province was stable,​​ and that the security services were ready to deal with anybody trying to​​ interfere​​ with the security of Kirkuk. The office of the Kirkuk Governor, Rakan Al-Jubouri, said in a statement that the Security Committee, which includes representatives from counter-terrorism and special ops, the IFP, and the Kirkuk Provincial Council, met on Thursday to discuss the security situation.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it killed five IFP members and destroyed their SUV with an IED near Sidaw village, in Dibis, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct3]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit.​​ [A3maq]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it targeted the house of a tribal PMF member in Akola village with rockets on Tuesday, damaging it. [ICDNOct3]

 

Daesh said on Thursday that it blew up the house of an Intelligence Service member in Al-Mustafia village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [ICDNOct4]

 

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

Daesh said on Thursday it killed five PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near “Tab Zawa” village, in Daquq district. [ICDNOct4]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

The PMF media office says that the 29th​​ PMF Brigade carried out a security operation in 4 villages​​ west of Mosul,​​ destroying a Daesh ammunition cache in the process. [Buratha]​​ [IraqPress]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Kata’eb Sayyed Al-Shuhada, a Shia PMF faction, withdrew from the Nimrud area and moved to Bartella.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

Daesh said it damaged an Iraqi Army SUV with an IED in Halila village, northwest Mosul, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct4]

 

Mosul District

West (Muhalabiya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that PMF units withdrew from the north Tal Abta and east Baaj areas and handed over their positions to the Iraqi Army 9th​​ Division. The source said the PMFs moved to Siniya, in Baiji.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

On Thursday, an Iraqi government source reported that EU Ambassador to Iraq Ramon Blecua was poisoned from drinking polluted water when he visited Basra on Wednesday. He arrived in Basra on Wednesday to oversee public service projects,​​ such as electricity and drinking water,​​ which needed support from the EU. The source said that the envoy became sick on​​ Thursday and​​ received medical attention in a hotel. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We wish Mr. Blecua all the best – but perhaps his​​ reported​​ poisoning will finally draw greater attention to the underreported water crisis that has been developing in Basra over the summer.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

An IED killed 4 Turkish soldiers and wounded 5 others on Thursday in Batman,​​ southeastern​​ Turkey. The soldiers were protecting workers repairing the road in the province. [ZamanAlWasl]

On Thursday, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry condemned the attack on​​ the​​ Turkish Army vehicle in Batman Province. [Rudaw]

 

The Turkish Ministry of the Interior says that its border guards, with air support, killed a PKK fighter, who was on the Ministry’s list of those wanted on terrorism charges, in the Nusaybin area of Mardin Province, southeastern Turkey, in an attack on September 6. [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday that Turkey would not leave Syria until the Syrian people held elections. In a speech in Istanbul, he said that after the Syrian people held elections, Turkey would leave Syria to its new “owners.” [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

The Saudi​​ newspaper​​ Al-Yaum​​ wrote​​ that​​ Russian​​ President Vladimir Putin is ready to​​ abandon Syrian​​ President​​ Al-Assad should he find the right deal. It quoted​​ Yahya Al-Aridi,​​ a​​ representative for​​ the​​ opposition​​ Syrian​​ Negotiations​​ Committee​​ (SNC),​​ as claiming this. [Eldorar]

 

The​​ Russian​​ Foreign​​ Ministry says Russia​​ has​​ established a safe​​ “corridor”​​ to leave​​ Idlib under the supervision of​​ the​​ Russian and Syrian​​ Armies. It is evident that it was referring to the Abu​​ Al-Dhuhur crossing​​ in​​ eastern​​ Idlib. [EnabBaladi]

 

Russia accused “terror” groups in Idlib of continued attempts to simulate a chemical attack in Idlib and blame it on the government. ​​ Foreign​​ Ministry spokeswoman​​ Maria Zakharova​​ claimed that Russia had received​​ information that​​ “Al-Nusra” (i.e. HTS)​​ is planning such​​ an​​ action.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Northwest

Manbij

Daesh social media sources said on Thursday that four SDF members were killed or wounded when their vehicle was targeted by an IED on the road between Manbij and Aleppo. [ICDNOct4]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A source in the Iraqi Refugee Council says that 2,450 Iraqi refugees have now returned home from the Al-Hawl refugee camp in Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a hand grenade in Dashisha village, east of Shaddadi, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

On Thursday, the state-run Turkish paper​​ Anadolu​​ reported that 15 members of the PYD were killed within the past week in Raqqa via assassinations and bombings, which it said occurred largely in Raqqa city and Tabaqa. Sources reportedly told​​ Anadolu​​ that these attacks occurred amid “popular rejection” of the presence of the PYD in Raqqa Province, and its inability to bring security, especially in Raqqa city. The sources reportedly said that the perpetrators behind the attacks belonged to the FSA, tribes, the local population, and Daesh. In response, the PYD forces fortified checkpoints around the city and conducted arbitrary arrests. There have also been “reports” that the PYD was planning a “large-scale military operation” to control the city. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Both sources involved in reporting this story (Anadolu​​ and​​ Qasioun) are not incredibly reliable, especially with respect to Kurdish​​ military operations. As such, these reports should be taken with a large grain of salt pending further reporting by other sources.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Akirshi village, Raqqa​​ subdistrict, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct3]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded three SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Jadida Baladiya village, in Al-Karama subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED east of Suluk. [ICDNOct4]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

Local activists say that an IED​​ that exploded in the city of Idlib on Thursday​​ killed a​​ former​​ driver with​​ the​​ Tahrir Al-Sham group​​ and injured his daughter. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh social media sources said on Thursday that a Tahrir Al-Sham commander was killed when an IED exploded by his vehicle near Isqat village, near Salqin. [ICDNOct4]​​ 

 

Hama

According to a correspondent for the government-owned​​ SANA​​ news outlet,​​ the Syrian Army thwarted an attempt by a pro– “Al-Nusra” (i.e. HTS) group called “Kataeb Al-Izza” to sneak into areas of northern Hama. Army units fired on the infiltrators, forcing them to withdraw. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Activists say that pro-Iran militias are receiving reinforcements in the areas between Deir Ez-Zor and Albu Kamal. These reinforcements reportedly include infantry and armored vehicles. [Qasioun]

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it damaged an SDF vehicle with a​​ sticky​​ IED in​​ Al-Busayrah subdistrict on Tuesday. [ICDNOct4]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF intelligence member in Dhiban town, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct4]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

On Thursday, the SDF announced that it had liberated the village of Muzan, near Al-Susah, “completely” of Daesh after fighting for 3 days. [Hawar] [BaghdadPost] [SyriaHR]

 

The​​ SOHR​​ reported intense Coalition air and artillery attacks on Daesh-held areas east of the Euphrates, following a Daesh attack with a vehicle bomb on SDF positions in the area. The​​ SOHR​​ says that most battles are concentrated in the Shajla and Al-Susah areas in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. ​​ [SyriaHR]

 

The SDF says that it killed dozens of Daesh fighters and destroyed their positions during the past 24 hours in Hajin. [Hawar]

 

Daesh said it damaged an SDF bulldozer with a rocket in Al-Baghouz, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct4]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of a rocket targeting a Syrian Army military position in Sayal village. [ICDNOct4]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Daesh demanded $1 million US for each female hostage that it took from Suwayda, as well as the release of several female Daesh prisoners arrested by Syrian government, for the hostages’ release. The list of names demanded for release by Daesh will be handed over to the Syrian authorities today. Daesh executed another female hostage from Suwayda recently. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh social media sources published on Thursday photos of two Syrian Army officers who were killed in battles against Daesh in the Suwayda area. [ICDNOct4]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Pentagon said on Thursday that Iran is prolonging the crisis in Yemen by providing the Houthis with weapons. The Emirati​​ Sky News Arabia​​ quoted the Pentagon as vowing to “hold the Iranians accountable” if they target US facilities or citizens. [Sumaria]

US CENTCOM Commander Joseph Votel said that Iran was transferring “dangerous and sophisticated” weapons to Syria. He told a press conference that the US was concerned about growing Iranian influence in both Syria and Iraq. [BasNews]

 

Lebanon

On Thursday evening, the US Treasury announced that it would impose sanctions on 1 individual and 7 Lebanese companies for funding​​ the Lebanese​​ Hezbollah.​​ The Treasury’s Foreign Assets Control Office​​ said they​​ had​​ acted​​ today to “disrupt Hezbollah’s financial support networks by designating Muhammad ‘Abdallah​​ Al-Amin​​ ​​ as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT),” accusing​​ Al-Amin of providing “material or financial support to Hezbollah.” [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh published on Wednesday photos of clashes with the Egyptian Army in the Bal’a area, in Rafah city. [ICDNOct3]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Wednesday it shot and killed a Somali Ministry of Finance employee in Bosaso city. [ICDNOct3]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

U.S. forces carried out airstrikes against Daesh in Pacher Agam district of Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan, leaving at least 6 terrorists dead, the 201st Silab Corps said. According to the statement released by 201st Silab Corps, the security forces and​​ residents​​ have not suffered casualties during the operations and airstrikes. [Khaama]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed 2 Taliban members and captured 2 others in an attack in Watapur district, Kunar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published the 150th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh published​​ an​​ infographic saying​​ that during the last week, it​​ conducted 133 attacks in several countries, killing or wounding more than 531 people and destroying 48 vehicles. Daesh also issued instruction to its followers to set​​ fire to​​ houses, buildings, woods, and vehicles. [ICNDOct4]​​ 

 

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October 3, 2018

 

Daesh Vehicle in Rutba Desert

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

KDP criticizes PUK for putting Presidency to a vote [..]

… PUK says KDP never wanted the Presidency anyway [..]

Anbar investigates missing $8 million [..]

Security leaders meet in Anbar to talk about​​ displaced people​​ return [..]

Captured Daesh leader says most leaders trying to flee to Turkey [..]

 

Syria

Al-Assad claims western, Arab nations preparing to re-open missions [..]

Al-Baghdadi’s son reported killed in Russian airstrike [..]

Work on Panorama mass grave in Raqqa starts [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:​​ Int’l court orders some US sanctions lifted, but not all [..]

Mozambique:200 detainees face terrorism trial, around 50 of them Tanzanian [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

On Wednesday, the political office of the KDP attacked the PUK, due to the way it selected the new President, Barham Salih, describing the PUK’s actions as “sabotaging” the agreement between the parties of the Kurdistan Region. It stated that occupying the post of the Presidency of Iraq is a right of Iraqi Kurds, and​​ that the post​​ is supposed to be filled based on a consensus between the Kurdish parties. Instead, the office stated, the Presidency has been monopolized by a single political party. [Anadolu]

 

The PUK replied by saying that the KDP never wished to​​ hold​​ the post of the Presidency of Iraq; rather, they said, the KDP wanted to use the​​ post as a bargaining chip​​ to​​ exert more pressure on the PUK. Ghazi Kirkuki, a senior official with the PUK, made the remarks, which were published on the party’s website. [Basnews]

 

A Gulf newspaper says that some Shia political groups disagreed with the selection of Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi to head the coming government. However, they preferred to keep silent about it, as the momentum for supporting Abd Ul-Mahdi was too strong. The paper says that one of the new Prime Minister-designate’s problems is the lack of a large political bloc behind him. [Sumaria]

 

Atheel Al-Nujaifi, a leader in the Al-Qarar (Decision) alliance, said on Wednesday that the appointment of Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi as PM was important because of Abd Ul-Mahdi’s independence, and particularly given that he is not from the Dawa Party. The Dawa Party has controlled the office of PM since 2003. [BasNews]

 

The US Embassy to Baghdad congratulated Barham Salih on his new post as President of Iraq. The Embassy hailed the constitutional process that led to his election, saying that it looks forward to working closely with him. [Rudaw]

 

The US​​ Embassy​​ also​​ congratulated Adel Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi for his appointment as the new​​ Prime​​ Minister-designate, saying that​​ they had​​ worked closely​​ with him​​ before,​​ and​​ were looking forward​​ to​​ even closer work in his new capacity,​​ to​​ achieve security,​​ peace,​​ and development for Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

US Special Envoy to the Coalition Brett McGurk gave his congratulations to PM-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi, and thanked outgoing PM Haider Al-Abadi for leading Iraq during the “darkest period” of the fight against Daesh. [AynAlIraq]

 

UNAMI​​ also​​ welcomed the appointment of Adel Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi as​​ the​​ new​​ Prime​​ Minister-designate,​​ while​​ calling for​​ strong​​ female​​ representation in the new government. UNAMI assured Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi of​​ the​​ UN’s​​ continued support to Iraq in building its country, peace, and stability. [Rudaw]​​ [BasNews]

 

Council of Representatives

Iraqi CoR speaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi called on Arab societies to eradicate terrorism “in shape and in thought.” He was speaking before a meeting of​​ the​​ Arab Parliament, saying that the Iraqi Army had fought on behalf of the whole Arab world in its triumphant war on terror. [Sumaria]

 

Corruption

An official source from the Anbar Provincial Integrity Commission said on Wednesday that a memo had been issued to all members of the Anbar Council regarding the disappearance of 10 billion dinars (about 8.4 million USD). The money had been allocated prior to 2014 as an emergency grant to the Council for services, projects, and the support of the security forces. Karim Hilal Al-Karbouli, a member of the Anbar Council, said that the grant’s purpose was changed after 2014 to support IDPs and pay tribal PMF fighters. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Rusafa Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh member to death. The condemned was convicted of​​ blowing up​​ the shrine of Zayn Al-Abidin in Ninewa with a group of other militants, among other charges. [Buratha]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

The Ministry of Migration and the Displaced says that 321 Iraqi refugees have returned from Al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria to the Jada’a camp, south of Mosul, making total number of such returnees 533. [Sumaria]

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross called on its teams to cooperate with the Iraqi government in​​ uncovering​​ the mass graves of Daesh victims. This happened during a meeting between Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and the head of the Commission during the​​ recent​​ UN​​ General​​ Assembly meetings. [Baghdadia]

 

BAGHDAD

Northwest​​ (Kadhimiya, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command said on Wednesday that they had arrested a Daesh leader in northwest Baghdad.​​ [Dijlah]

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source said that a civilian had been killed by unidentified gunmen in the Bub Al-Sham area, northeast Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says that unidentified armed men targeted a house in Ur neighborhood with a hand grenade, causing damage. [Ghad]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source said on Wednesday that security personnel were carrying out raids and searching for weapons in Sadr City. [Sumaria]

 

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

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 0​​ 

 

ANBAR

A “high-level” security meeting, attended by the top Army and Police Commands in Anbar, was held to discuss the return of the largest possible numbers of​​ displaced​​ families to their homes, and to​​ close​​ most of the IDP camps. 25 families have already been returned to Al-Qa’im, and 28 to Albu Dhiab Al-Ali. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

An official in the Anbar Provincial Council says that discussions are underway with the PMF to return all IDPs to their home areas, and to eliminate any obstacles prohibiting that. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

Anbar Ops Command special forces units found and destroyed 119 IEDs in Albu Assi and Husaiba Al-Sharqiya (East Husaiba), as well as Al-Salam junction. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Rutba

A military intelligence source says that a “well-prepared ambush” brought down a group of terrorists headed by the Daesh commander nicknamed “Abu Al-Kheil,” who was a Daesh military​​ commander. The arrest was made at Kilo 160 in the Anbar desert after destroying the terrorists’ vehicles.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that CTS units captured 4 Daesh terrorists, including a commander​​ nicknamed “Abu Al-Kheil,”​​ after destroying their pickup vehicle with a rocket in​​ Anbar western desert. The source sent us photos of the vehicle and the captured Daesh commander.​​ 

 

The Commander of the 1st​​ Battalion under Jazeera Ops Command, Khamis Al-Mahalawi, says that his units arrested 4 Daesh fighters and destroyed 3 different Daesh tunnels in Wadi area north of Rutba. [BasNews]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that​​ two​​ PMF fighters were killed and​​ two​​ others wounded when an IED targeted their pickup vehicle near Al-Aitha village. The source said that Iraqi forces, including Army, SWAT, and PMF units, had started a military campaign to clear​​ northern Shirqat district. The source also said that Iraqi personnel found 2 pickup vehicles and large quantities of weapons and ammunition in a tunnel during the operations. The source sent us photos of the vehicles. ​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 2 tribal PMF fighters were killed when an IED exploded at their SUV in the desert near Siniya. The source said that PMF EOD units had defused 11 more IEDs in the same area.

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri)

A local source in Diyala Province said on Wednesday that Daesh had blown up a house in the village of Sara Tapa Al-Jadida, 10 km west of Qara Tapa. The source added that nobody was inside the house at the time of the explosion. [BaghdadToday]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

Daesh social media sources said on Wednesday that electricity was cut off several areas in Kirkuk after Daesh blew up electricity towers near Mullah Abdullah village, west of Kirkuk city. [ICDNOct3]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that the​​ mukhtar​​ of Razaba village, near Abbasi, was killed and his son wounded when 12 Daesh terrorists attacked his house. The source said the terrorists were in military uniforms and used motorcycles and a vehicle with PMF logo.​​ 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

IFP Commander General Raed Shakir Jawdat says that troops from the 10th​​ Brigade (IFP) arrested a Daesh operative who was in possession of 5 hand grenades, 5 rifles, and 1 RPG-type rocket launcher in Makhmur, during a search operation covering 13 villages. 1 IED was also destroyed. [Baghdadia]​​ [Ghad]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya,​​ Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that CTS units captured a Daesh leader who was hiding with his family in a deserted house in Salamiyah village, in Nimrud subdistrict. The source said the terrorist admitted he was planning to flee to Turkey, then to Europe. The terrorist also said that most Daesh leaders had received orders to flee to Turkey and to Europe. The source sent us a photo of the captured man. ​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information says that a minefield was found in Bashiqa that was over 300 meters in length. [Baghdadia]​​ [Mawazin]

 

Mosul​​ city

The Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that a Daesh “network” consisting of 13 members had been dismantled and its members arrested. The arrests took place in the Al-Intisar neighborhood of east Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says hundreds of beggars are roaming the streets of Mosul city. The source said most of these beggars are members of families of Daesh terrorists who had been killed in battles. ​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Ninewa Ops Command units captured 8 Daesh terrorists in Al-Jarn village, southwest of Mosul. The source said one of the captured was Zaid Al-Badrani, a Daesh security official from west Mosul, who was responsible for killing dozens of civilians and security employees.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Iraqi Army 20th​​ division units found 300 mortar shells and 11 locally-made rockets in the desert near Shura.​​ 

 

Daesh published on Wednesday a photo of a “tribal PMF intelligence” member it killed in Hammam Al-Alil. [ICNDOct3]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Center for Security Information says that 103 IEDs were found during a search around the village of Ibtisha. Army units searching Faqah village also destroyed 2 booby-trapped Daesh tunnels, which contained 12 IEDs total. [Baghdadia]​​ [Mawazin]

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Sinjar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that a Yazidi shepherd shot and killed 2 Daesh terrorists in the desert near Sinjar. The source said the terrorists had fled Iraqi forces operations in southern Ninewa. The source sent us a photo of the terrorists.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that​​ four​​ PMF members were killed when their vehicle was destroyed by a roadside IED near Al-Barit village, southwest of the town of Hatra, during the Iraqi campaign to clear the Hatra desert.​​ 

The source also said that​​ two​​ more PMF fighters were killed and another wounded in clashes with Daesh terrorists near Khunaifis village.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

On Wednesday, the Turkish Parliament approved a decree to extend by 1 year the mandate for the government to conduct military operations in Iraq and Syria, while granting the Turkish Army the right to do so. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad says that the “war on terror” in Syria will be over shorty. Speaking to the Kuwaiti newspaper​​ Al-Shahid, he says that very soon, the Syrian state will regain control of all the Syrian territories. He added that several Western and Arab states are preparing to re-open their missions in Damascus. [Qasioun]

 

Walid Muallem,​​ the​​ Syrian​​ Foreign​​ Minister,​​ says​​ that​​ the formation of​​ a​​ demilitarized zone in Idlib is a step towards eliminating terrorism from the area. He says he hopes​​ that​​ the Russian-Turkish agreement will go through,​​ starting with​​ the​​ handing over of heavy and medium weapons​​ from fighters within Idlib​​ by December. [Dorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The​​ Daily Mail​​ reported on Wednesday that the youngest son of Al-Baghdadi had been killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria on September 22. They quoted Iraqi commander Jabbar Al-Ma’mouri as saying that Al-Baghdadi’s son had been killed, without providing further details. [Forat]

 

Northwest

Afrin

The YPG says that its units carried out 2 IED attacks in Rajo and Bulbul in Afrin, killing 3 pro-Turkey militia fighters and wounding 3 others. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The autonomous administration in Hasaka handed over a man suspected of being a Daesh member to the Iraqi Refugees Council in Al-Hawl refugee camp in Hasaka.​​ [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

The Reconstruction Committee of the Raqqa Civil Council says that their rapid response team started recovering bodies from the Panorama mass grave, saying that all bodies are being properly documented. Identified bodies will be handed over to their families, while unknown bodies will be re-buried in a grave designated by the council for this purpose. The team’s initial work in 4 mass graves throughout Raqqa has recovered 2,800 bodies so far. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The​​ SOHR​​ says that armed men assassinated an opposition field commander, who they said was originally from the Caucasus region,​​ between​​ the areas of​​ Tahtaya and Tamanah,​​ near the demilitarized zone announced by Russia and Turkey earlier. ​​ This followed another assassination of​​ a​​ Tahrir​​ Al-Sham commander near Jisr Al-Shughur,​​ western rural​​ Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ says that a Coalition drone targeted and killed a Daesh fighter who was trying to detonate a booby-trapped motorcycle in Al-Sabha village, on the east bank of the Euphrates. The​​ SOHR​​ also reported an IED attack on an SDF vehicle in Al-Suwar, northern rural Deir Ez-Zor, on Tuesday. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Daesh social media sources claimed on Tuesday that five US soldiers were wounded by Daesh mortar shelling on Al-Bahra town. The sources claimed that the information was announced by pro-SDF media outlets. [ICDNOct2]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We did not see any reports on this from Syrian media outlets, pro-SDF or not.

 

Daesh social media sources said that 2 Fatemiyoun (pro-Assad Afghani Shia militia) members were killed in clashes with Daesh near Albu Kamal. [ICDNOct3]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed 15 SDF members, wounded others, and destroyed their truck after detonating a parked vehicle bomb in Gharanij. [ICDNOct3]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The​​ SOHR​​ reported the withdrawal of several members of the team in Suwayda negotiating the release of hostages kidnapped by Daesh, due to lack of communication with the Russian, Syrian, and Daesh sides. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded Syrian soldiers in clashes near Al-Safa Hills. It also said its snipers killed 2 soldiers in the same area. [ICDNOct2]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

On Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the US to lift sanctions against Iran on humanitarian goods, including food, medicine, and civil aviation safety equipment. Iran had brought the case, claiming that the US re-imposition of​​ sanctions violated a 1955 “friendship treaty” between the 2 countries.​​ 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said​​ later​​ Wednesday that the “friendship treaty” with Iran had been cancelled, and went on to describe Iran as a source of threat to Americans in Iraq. Pompeo also described the ICJ ruling as a defeat for Iran, as the court rejected Iran’s call for other sanctions to be terminated. [NYT] [CNN] [BBC] [Sumaria]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior says that Egyptian security forces killed 15 terrorists in a gunfight in Arish, northern Sinai. Security personnel attacked the group of terrorists, who were reportedly preparing for attacks on government targets on the anniversary of the 1973 war, October 6. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Tunisia

On Wednesday afternoon, a Tunisian soldier was killed and 2 others injured when a land mine detonated under their truck in the Chambi (aka Ash-Sha’nabi) Mountains in Kasserine, western Tunisia. [Anadolu]​​ [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Mozambique

A group of about 200 detainees accused of belonging to a​​ jihadi​​ group will be tried on Wednesday in Mozambique, according to a judicial source. The source said that about 50 of the defendants are from Tanzania,​​ but​​ will be tried in Mozambique regardless. The Islamist group that the defendants are accused of belonging to, the Mozambique Al-Shabaab (no relation to the Somali Al-Shabaab), has killed over 50 people, burnt villages, and caused people to flee their homes. [BaghdadNews]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

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October 2, 2018

 

Makhoul Mountains

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Barham Salih elected President of Iraq [..]

… Barzani objects to vote over Presidency [..]

… and Salih names Abd Ul-Mahdi as PM-designate [..]

More death threats target prominent Iraqi women [..]

Anbar source says Daesh leaders being released with bribes [..]

Daesh kills another​​ mukhtar​​ in Hawija [..]

Kurdistan election results in; KDP takes over 45% of votes [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan says he won’t allow barrel bombing in Idlib [..]

 

Syria

PYD source says Afrin was “betrayed” to the Turks [..]

UN says unsafe for refugees to return [..]

US, Iraqi sources disagree on threat posed by Iran missile strike [..]

SDF releases “rehabilitated” Daesh prisoners [..]

SDF arrests 30 gov’t employees [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Somalia:​​ 4 Ethiopian refugees shot; Daesh claims responsibility [..]

Afghanistan:Bombing targets election campaign, claimed by Daesh [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The KDP announced on Monday that its candidate for President of Iraq, Fuad Hussein, had withdrawn from the race for President. The KDP statement blamed the Iraqi CoR for not observing “customs” between the Kurdish blocs regarding the election of the President. [Rudaw]

 

On Tuesday, following the KDP’s withdrawal, the Iraqi CoR elected the PUK candidate, Barham Salih, as President of Iraq. Barham Salih received 219 votes in the CoR, and the withdrawn KDP candidate, Fuad Hussein, received 22. [Rudaw]

 

BasNews​​ reported on Tuesday that KDP leader Masoud Barzani said that the current mechanism for electing the President of Iraq was “unacceptable,” and that he would announce a further position on it soon. [BasNews]

 

Reuters​​ wrote that Barzani had failed to get votes from any major CoR blocs, which is what they said precipitated an actual CoR vote on the Presidency. They noted that this marked the first time in “modern Iraqi politics” that one of the top 3 positions was filled by a vote rather than a backroom deal. [Reuters]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ All this adds up to Barzani having sour grapes that politics-as-usual didn’t favor​​ the KDP. It remains to be seen if the KDP – PUK rift from this will have any further fallout.

 

On Tuesday, President Barham Salih officially assigned PM candidate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi to form a new government, making Abd Ul-Mahdi the Prime Minister-designate. [Sumaria]

 

Sitting PM Haider Al-Abadi said on Tuesday that while the President of Iraq is elected by the CoR, the PM had to come from the largest electoral bloc, not from a candidate “settled upon.” He made the remarks at his weekly press conference. He added that a “settled upon” candidate was against the Constitution. [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A source in the Iraqi intelligence service says the organization is investigating death threats received by former Miss Iraq Shimaa Qasim and the Iraqi winner of the Arab version of “The Voice,” Dumooa Tahseen. The source says that a report was filed to the Prime Minister regarding all recent assassinations and kidnappings. The intelligence service accused a pro-Daesh group called the “Salman Al-Mohammadi Regiments” of masterminding recent incidents. [Ghad]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a worrying escalation of the recent incidents targeting​​ high-profile Iraqi women. These assassinations and kidnappings are intended to serve as a warning to Iraqi women against participating in the public sphere.

 

New York Times​​ journalist Rukmini Callimachi, who brought tens of thousands of Daesh documents from Iraq to the US last year, also said that she had received death threats from Daesh members. She said that she had been informed of the threat by the FBI. [BaghdadToday]

 

A ”senior source” from Anbar Province said that Daesh leaders were being smuggled out of prisons in Anbar in exchange for bribes, after which the Daesh leaders would flee to Turkey. The allegations were aired on the channel​​ Al-Iraqi Al-Ikhbaria​​ (“Iraqi News”) on Tuesday. [Wafd]

 

The Saudi-owned daily​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ said that the operations against Daesh left over 20,000 widows, of which they said 4,000 are still in contact with Daesh, either through direct contact or through relatives. [Sumaria]

 

Farida Khalaf, a Yazidi woman​​ who was abducted by​​ Daesh​​ and sold into slavery,​​ got married in Koln, Germany​​ on Monday.​​ She expressed her happiness to be returning to a “normal life.” Khalaf​​ has also published a book on her experience, and was one of around 7,000 Daesh sex slaves​​ taken from​​ Sinjar. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

A security source in Baghdad says a man was arrested on terrorism charges in the Batawiyeen neighborhood, in the heart of Baghdad. ​​ The arrest was made by the 1st​​ Army Division,​​ based on​​ an arrest warrant issued by the Ninewa​​ Investigations​​ Court. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Daesh said it killed or wounded 47 Shia people after targeting 2 buses with 2 IEDs in the Shaab neighborhood of Adhamiya. [ICDNOct2]

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Daesh said it killed four Shia people and wounded ten others with an IED in the New Baghdad area on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 3​​ (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 2​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The spokesman for the Center for Security Information, General Yahya, says that units under East Anbar Ops Command found 2 IEDS and an ammonium nitrate container in Hitawiyeen , while other units found 37 IEDs and 37 detonators behind the Arimiya village. [Ghad]

 

A source in Anbar Police says a comprehensive curfew was imposed in​​ Qarma district,​​ east of Falluja,​​ to allow for a search campaign for weapons and wanted persons. The curfew will be lifted​​ as soon as the operation is over. [BasNews]

 

Rutba

General Mahmoud Al-Falahi, Anbar Ops Commander, says that the 1st​​ Army Division, with the help of Army helicopters, executed an assault south of the city of Rutba, destroying a Daesh vehicle and arresting 3 “dangerous” Daesh fighters. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The PMF Engineering Corps says it captured a Daesh pickup truck “packed” with mines and mortar shells abandoned in Akashat. The PMF engineers disassembled the vehicle on site. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike on the Makhoul Mountains. ​​ 

 

DIYALA​​ (No reports)

 

KIRKUK

Dibis

A security source in Kirkuk Province said that​​ two​​ people had been killed and​​ one​​ wounded by an explosive device planted in a motorcycle in the village of Tuwail’a, Dibis district. [SotIraq]

Daesh said on Tuesday it blew up an electricity transformer near a farm of a tribal PMF member near Tuwail’a village. It said it detonated another IED killing two tribal PMF members, who arrived in the place of the first explosion, and wounding another. [ICDNOct2]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it wounded IFP members and damaged their Humvee with an IED near Sidawa village, in Dibis. [ICDNOct2]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security source said on Tuesday that the​​ mukhtar​​ for the village of Rabzah, in the Riyadh district of Hawija, was killed in a Daesh attack. [BaghdadToday]

 

The IFP says that its 3rd​​ Division cleared 14 villages and destroyed a Daesh​​ safehouse in​​ the​​ Makhmur​​ (Ninewa)​​ and​​ Al-Zab areas in a search campaign.​​ Daesh tunnels and mines were also destroyed in​​ the​​ process. [Etejah]​​ [PressIraq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that three IFP members, including a major, were killed when their vehicle was destroyed with an IED near Hawija. The source said the IFP arrested several young men from the area after the attack.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Hilwat village, in Al-Zab subdistrict, killing 2 terrorists. The source sent us a video of the PMFs parading with the bodies of the Daesh members.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed three IFP members, including an officer, and wounded to others with an IED near Al-Hajal village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their Humvee with an IED near​​ Tal​​ Al-Baghal​​ village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [ICDNOct2] [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded PMF members and damaged their SUV with an IED in Al-Nasr village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [ICDNOct2]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

Ministry of the Interior​​ (MoI)​​ spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an says that the Karama Police Department, under the Ninewa Police, arrested 7 Daesh operatives in the Aden neighborhood of​​ east​​ Mosul. 2 of them​​ confessed​​ to​​ proDaesh activities and​​ carrying out​​ executions,​​ while the remaining 5 fought in battles against the Iraqi​​ Army. [Sumaria]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source confirmed on Tuesday that local police units had captured 7 Daesh members in the Aden neighborhood. The source said one of the captured was an AQI member since 2007, while another one was a Daesh media member.​​ 

 

The spokesman for the MoI, Sa’ad Ma’an, says that the Tal Afar Police arrested a member of the​​ hisba​​ (Daesh’s “Islamic Police”) in Al-Faisaliya, east Mosul. The arrestee​​ was wanted for several murders and for fighting against Iraqi forces in Mosul. [Ghad]​​ [Forat]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Iraqi Army units in the 20th​​ Division captured a Daesh leader who was hiding in a house in Rajm Al-Hadid, in west Mosul.​​ 

 

A source in the​​ Ninewa police says​​ that​​ a masked group, using​​ vehicles​​ without license plates,​​ have robbed 4 mobile phones and accessories​​ shops​​ in Zuhur​​ Street,​​ west Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil)

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Albu Saif village, in Hammam Al-Alil, on Monday. [ICDNOct2]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

PMF engineering teams dismantled several IEDs and mines during a search of Tal Afar, according to a PMF statement. [Forat]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

Center for Security Information spokesman General Yahya says that Army helicopters destroyed a tunnel and 2 safehouses between the Hatra and Tilul Al-Baj areas. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that the Iraqi Army 9th​​ Division deployed its units around Hatra, after getting information about a potential Daesh attack on the city. ​​ 

The source later said that Iraqi Army and PMF units, supported by Iraqi and Coalition aircraft, started a major military campaign to clear the Ninewa desert between Hatra and Baaj.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A security source says unidentified persons detonated an IED​​ at​​ the house of a cleric in Basra, causing damage. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

The results of the Kurdistan Region elections, after the sorting of 94% of the votes, show the KDP​​ in the​​ lead with 45.9% of the votes. Runners-up are​​ currently​​ as follows:​​ 

  • The PUK – 19.4%;​​ 

  • Gorran (aka Change Movement) – 11.8%;​​ 

  • Jeel Jadid (“New Generation”) – 8.38%;​​ 

  • Islamic Group – 7.7%;​​ 

  • Towards Reform – 5.39%;​​ 

  • Al-Asr Coalition – 1.06%.​​ 

Overall turnout in Sunday’s elections was 59% of eligible voters. Turnout was lowest in Suleimaniya with a little less than 55%.​​ [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These are vote percentages; we have not seen a report on seat distribution.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Several people were injured after a driver ran them down with a car in the Bakırköy district of Istanbul. The channel​​ NTV​​ reported that the driver, whose motivations are currently unknown, fled the scene and is being sought by the police. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign policy

On Tuesday, Turkish President Erdogan stated in a speech to the AKP’s Parliamentary bloc that Turkey would not allow the Syrian regime to drop barrel bombs on Idlib. He also stated that Turkey was a relevant actor in all issues of the region, and “especially Syria.” [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

A source “close to the autonomous administration of the PYD” said on Monday that Afrin had come under the control of the Turkish Army due to what he called “the betrayal of Kirkuk.” The source said that “over 18,000” Kurdish fighters were ready to fight for Afrin until the bitter end, but that some of the Kurdish leadership had withdrawn abruptly from the fighting, forcing the other Kurdish units to cede Afrin without fighting. He added that the scenario was “similar to what happened in Kirkuk.” [BasNews]

 

United Nations

On Tuesday, the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq announced that conditions were not safe for Syrian refugees to return to their homes, and that Syria must work to create appropriate conditions for refugees to return home. This statement was made in response to statement by the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Saturday, wherein he called for a million Syrian refugees to return home. In a press conference, Farhan Haq stressed that the UN would never force the refugees to return home, and that the choice of returning home must be made voluntarily by the refugees themselves. [Anadolu]

 

Iran

Iran says that its missile operation against Daesh east of the Euphrates killed several major Daesh leaders. The state-owned news channel​​ Al-Alam​​ said that “Abu Ali Al-Mashadani,” a major Daesh commander in Mosul and later in Syria, was inside the school building in Al-Susah hit by the attack. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we reported,​​ Masalah​​ said the same thing on Monday.

 

Russia says that Monday’s Iranian missile attack on Daesh positions in Deir Ez-Zor falls within the realm of “counter-terrorism efforts.” This was according to Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia, who was speaking to CNN. [Dorar]

 

The Pentagon says that the Iranian missile attack on Daesh adversely affected counter-Daesh operations and posed a threat to aviation over the area, as it took place without prior notice. [Dorar]

 

However, according to​​ Russia Today, an Iraqi security source reported that Iran coordinated with Iraq prior to its airstrikes against Daesh on Syrian soil. The source added that if there had not been any coordination, then the Iraqi government would have responded to this strike with a counterstrike since it passed through Iraqi air. [Dorar]

 

Foreign policy

Europe

Germany announced that it would stop its reconnaissance flights and refueling missions over Iraq and Syria by next year. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

YPG units say they killed a Turkish soldier in Rajo, Afrin in a sniping operation. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The​​ SDF says​​ that​​ it released a group of Daesh prisoners in Hasaka after subjecting them to​​ rehabilitation courses​​ in its prisons,​​ and​​ receiving​​ their commitment to stay away from any armed activity in the future. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ And if there’s one thing Daesh members are known for, it’s keeping their promises…​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun in​​ Matab Abu Rashad​​ village, east of Karama, on Monday. [ICDNOct2]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo

The​​ SOHR​​ reported fighting in northern​​ rural​​ Aleppo between​​ the​​ Syrian​​ Army and​​ opposition​​ militias, without​​ any further​​ details. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that the SDF arrested 30 government employees in Dhiban town. The source said the employees had gone to Deir Ez-Zor to demand their salaries and demand to return to their work. The source said the SDF accused them of collaborating with the government.

 

According to​​ Forat, troops they referred to as the “Revolutionary Guards” set up new military checkpoints along the southern banks of the Euphrates from Mayadin city to Albu Kamal, to prevent civilians from crossing between areas controlled by the Syrian regime to areas controlled by the SDF. Formerly, river crossings had been under the control of the National Defense Forces (a pro-government militia), but recently, civilians have been using unofficial river crossings between the banks. [Dorar]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ says that fighting between Daesh and the SDF is continuing east of the Euphrates, mainly in Al-Susah and Al-Baghouz, causing casualties on both sides. The SDF was reported to have arrested 6 Daesh fighters of Syrian, Asian, and Algerian nationalities. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Monday it targeted SDF positions in Al-Baghouz with 56 mortars and 11 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct1]

 

Daesh published on Monday photos of battles with the SDF in Al-Baghouz. [ICDNOct1]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in “Al-Wala’” village, on Monday. [ICDNOct2]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed four SDF members and wounded others in an attack on their military positions near east Al-Bahra village. It said its snipers killed six SDF members and wounded three others. It also said it targeted SDF positions near the village with 25 mortars. [ICDNPOct2]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

On Tuesday evening, Daesh executed a 25-year-old woman who had been kidnapped from Suwayda after negotiations with the Syrian regime faltered. Daesh has threatened to execute more women in the coming days if the regime does not fulfill its demands. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

 

See above under National News – Syria – Iran​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

“Abu Hamza Al-Maqdisi,” said to be one of the most prominent Daesh leaders in the Sinai, was killed in a raid by the Egyptian Army. “Al-Maqdisi” was a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who had been responsible for training Daesh fighters. His killing was confirmed by both “tribal sources” and Daesh. [IKH]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed three Egyptian soldiers with an IED near Abu Zari’ security barrier, south of Rafah. [ICDNOct2]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier near Al-Mahdiya security barrier, south of Rafah. [ICDNOct2]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Unidentified gunmen shot dead four Ethiopian refugees in Bosaso, the commercial capital of northern Somalia, in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland, officials said Monday.​​ 

Initial reports said that armed men shot the​​ four​​ civilians, thought be ethnic Oromos, at close range in an attack in Santos, a village predominantly inhabited by Ethiopian immigrants in the region, on Monday evening. [HornDiplomat]

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed three Christian Ethiopian people and wounded two others in Bosaso. [ICDNOct1]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A suicide attack targeted a gathering during an election campaign in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving several people dead or wounded. Local officials said that the incident took place near the Kama district, and that at least 7 people were killed and more than 20 others injured.

Officials from the provincial Public Health Directorate said that the dead bodies of at least 13 people have been moved to the hospitals, along with 30 others who have sustained injuries.​​ 

However, a provincial council member says at least 14 people died in the attack and 30 more were wounded. The incident took place as a​​ Parliamentary candidate,​​ Nasir Momand,​​ had organized an election campaign in the area. [Khaama]

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or 35 people and wounded 55 others when one of its suicide terrorists attacked a meeting held by an election candidate in the Saray Bazar area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNOct2]

 

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October 01, 2018

 

School in Gharanij​​ 

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Ninewa municipality re-opens church [..]

ID forgers busted with over 750 blank documents [..]

Another smuggler caught in Shirqat [..]

Ninewa says over 16,000 houses were destroyed by Daesh [..]

New Basra Ops Commander appointed [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan threatens to clear Qandil, Sinjar, Manbij of PKK [..]

 

Syria

Syrian gov’t controlled most Syrian oil since 2012 [..]

SOHR​​ says over 18,000 casualties from Russian air campaign [..]

Iran hits Daesh with ballistic missiles [..]

​​ Fars​​ posts footage;​​ NYT​​ says drones used as well as missiles [..]

Iraqi refugees leave Hasaka for Iraqi IDP camps [..]

Daesh disbands non-military offices in Hajin [..]

33 Daesh fighters killed around Al-Baghouz [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Germany:German court agrees to extradite Iranian diplomat [..]

Nigeria:​​ Boko Haram kills own commander over plan to surrender [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

Speaker of the CoR Mohammed Al-Halbousi discussed with US Special Envoy Brett McGurk the importance of sticking to constitutional deadlines in selecting top posts of the state. They also discussed the regional situation and Iraqi-US coordination in the field of counter-terrorism. [Roj]

 

Reconstruction

The Ninewa municipal directorate announced on Sunday that the Church of St. Paul had been reopened following its reconstruction. The municipal director Abd Al-Qadir Dakhil said that they had restored it in cooperation with humanitarian organizations after it had been destroyed by Daesh. Dakhil noted that Muslim clerics had attended the re-opening ceremony in a show of religious harmony. [FaceIraq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

UNAMI says 75 Iraqi civilians were killed and 179 wounded as an outcome of terror, violence and armed conflicts in Iraq during September. This also includes police and civil defense personnel. [Roj]

 

The Coalition said that between September 24 and September 30, they carried out​​ 10​​ airstrikes in Iraq. Of these, 1 was near Mosul, 2 were near “Anbar desert” and Wadi​​ Al-Shai (in Daquq), 1 was near the Makhmur Mountains, 1 was near Makhmur, 1 was near the “Ninewa desert,” 1 was near the Himrin Hills, 2 were near Rawa, and 1 was near Lake Himrin.​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Miscellaneous

The Central​​ Statistical​​ Organization​​ of​​ the​​ Ministry of​​ Planning says​​ that​​ Iraq’s​​ population as of​​ the end of September 2018​​ was 38​​ million. This includes over 19​​ million males,​​ 51%​​ of the total,​​ and 18 million females. [Anadolu]

 

BAGHDAD

The Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that intelligence and counter-terrorism units had arrested a “criminal network” of 3 people who were making forged identity documents for Daesh officials. Ministry spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an said that “over 750” blank identity documents were seized, including residence and nationality cards, as well as 67 different seals. The Ministry did not specify the location of the arrests. [BaghdadToday]

 

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Daesh said it killed an Iraqi Army officer and wounded several other soldiers with an IED in the Al-Nahda area on Sunday. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said the IED exploded when the soldiers tried to defuse it. [ICDNOct1]

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source said that 2 roadside IED explosions injured 2 people in the Shaab neighborhood of Adhamiya. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Daesh said it wounded three PMF members with an IED in the Jisr Diyala area on Friday. [ICDNSep30]

 

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

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 3​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Military Intelligence says its units in the 14th​​ Army Division found a cache of IEDs in Saqlawiya–Araimia, in Anbar. 37 IEDs were found in the cache. [Ghad]​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded policemen after targeting their vehicle with an IED in the Shuhada neighborhood of south Falluja. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded policemen after targeting their personnel carrier with an IED in the​​ Al-Muthallath​​ area,​​ west of Falluja. [ICDNSep29]

 

Ramadi

The Ministry of the Interior said on Sunday that a Daesh leader had been arrested in the Tameem neighborhood of Ramadi city. [Ghad]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed three Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a fuel tanker truck with an IED on the Kilo 18 road, west of Ramadi. [ICDNOct1]

 

Hit

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed or wounded seven PMF members after attacking them with silenced guns in a house in Al-Aqba village, south of Mohammedi in Hit district. [ICDNSep30]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Daesh issued on Saturday a video of their fighters targeting an Iraqi Army military position between Akashat and Al-Qa’im with mortars. [A3maq]

 

Rutba

Daesh said on Monday it killed five Iraqi Army members, including an officer, and damaged their vehicle with an IED on the Kilo 70 road, western Rutba. [ICDNOct1]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that tribal PMF units wounded, and then captured near Shabali village, a man who was smuggling food supplies and pre-paid mobile telephone cards to Daesh terrorists hiding in areas between Shirqat and Qayara. The source said that the tribal PMF handed the smuggler over to the Qayara Police.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is the second smuggler captured in the same area within a week.​​ 

 

A tribal PMF commander told a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source on Sunday that Coalition planes foiled a Daesh attack on Shabali village. The commander said the terrorists were preparing to attack the village when Coalition planes bombed them, killing 5 terrorists.

 

Daesh said it wounded three PMF members, including a commander, and destroyed their Humvee with an IED north of Shirqat, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Salahuddin Ops Command units killed 2 Daesh terrorists, including a foreigner, and captured 2 others in the Mtaibija area. The source sent us photos of the terrorists.​​ 

 

Samarra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including Omar Al-Badir, the Daesh commander of Samarra, and a cousin of the Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi, in a military operation in Jazeera Samarra. The source sent us a photo of the terrorist.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 3 Saraya Al-Salam members were killed and another wounded when an a roadside IED exploded, targeting their civilian vehicle, on the road between Samarra and Ishaqi.​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad)

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Farahatiya area, near Ishaqi, on Saturday. [ICDNSep30]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it shot and killed two Shia people and damaged their vehicle in Jawad Al-Bashu village, south of Buhriz, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said it targeted the Shia village of Al-Jizani, in the Al-Waqf area, with 6 mortars, on Saturday. [ICDNSep30]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya)

The head of the local council for Muqdadiya said on Monday that Daesh fighters had tried to attack 2 security positions held by tribal PMF fighters in the village of Zaham, but that they were fought off. [Mawazin]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh said it damaged a Shia person’s vehicle with an IED in the Harouniya village, north of Muqdadiya, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

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

A police source says a soldier in a civilian car was wounded by a roadside IED explosion near​​ the “Cobra​​ Camp​​ in Sadiya​​ subdistrict, Khanaqin district. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it wounded several Iraqi soldiers with an IED in the Albu Sulaibi area, near Udhaim, on Saturday. [ICDNOct1]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it targeted Qara Tapa with 2 mortars. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said on Monday it wounded an Iraqi soldier and damaged his vehicle with an IED on the road between Jalawla and Sadiya. [A3maq]

 

Khanaqin

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 4 Badr Organization members, including a commander, were killed and their vehicle destroyed in a Daesh ambush near Khanaqin farms.​​ 

 

Daesh said it targeted the house of a National Security Service officer in Yusuf Bek village, north of Khanaqin, on Friday, causing damages. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded a Shia person and damaged his vehicle with an IED in Mahmoud Aziz village, near Khanaqin. [ICDNSep29]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it wounded a policeman and damaged his vehicle with an IED in​​ Ahmed Taher​​ village, in Khanaqin district. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it damaged a tribal PMF vehicle with an IED in Mubarak village,​​ in​​ Khanaqin​​ district, on Saturday. [ICDNSep30]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on their military position near Al-Zab, killing 2 terrorists, including 1 foreigner. A tribal PMF commander told our source that they anticipate more Daesh attacks in the area because of the lack of security units.​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information says that intelligence units of the IFP found and destroyed a Daesh tunnel in Najatiya village, in Hawija.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

The Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that intelligence units of the IFP had arrested a Daesh member who previously was the official in charge of “zakat” (Islamic tithing; in Daesh’s case, taxation or extortion) for Rashad and Daquq.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh published photos of the houses of a​​ mukhtar​​ and an Iraqi government “spy” being set on fire south of Daquq, on Thursday. [ICDNSep30] [ICDNSep28]

 

NINEWA

The Ninewa Provincial Council said on Monday that over 16,000 houses in the province had been destroyed by Daesh. [FaceIraq]

 

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that IFP units shot and killed a Daesh suicide bomber while searching Tal Matar village, in Makhmur. The source said the terrorist, who was hiding in an unfished building, refused to surrender. The source sent us a photo of the terrorist.​​ 

The source also said that the units captured 11 persons wanted on terrorism charges, and destroyed 8 IEDs and a tunnel while searching the village and nearby areas.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that the mayor of Mosul reopped the Bab Al-Tob market in Old Mosul. The market was severely damaged during the liberation battles.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Ninewa SWAT units captured a Daesh terrorist who was hiding in the house of a tribal PMF member in​​ the​​ Al-Karama​​ neighborhood​​ in east Mosul. The source said the units also captured the tribal PMF member. The source sent us a photo of the terrorist.​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Qayara)

A security source says a search operation south of Mosul resulted in the arrest of 27 Daesh fighters in Hammam Al-Alil. Some of them were reportedly Daesh “emirs.” [Buratha]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Military Intelligence units defused an IED on the road between Hammam Al-Alil and Jahuni village.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that tribal PMF units captured a man and his son in an ambush near Shakhir village, in Qayara, and handed them over to Military Intelligence serviced units. The source said both men are Daesh explosives experts. The source sent us photos of the captured persons.​​ 

 

Daesh said it shot and killed two tribal PMF intelligence members in the Hammam Al-Alil area, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said it killed five SWAT and tribal PMF members with an IED in the “Al-Karathi” area, in Hammam Al-Alil, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in “Khad’an” village, in Qayara, on Saturday. [ICDNSep30]

 

West (Hamidat)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Iraqi Army units from the 66th​​ Brigade destroyed several Daesh hideouts in a military operation near Aski Mosul, Hamidat subdistrict.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed an Iraqi Army captain and four other soldiers with an IED in the Aski Mosul area, on Friday. [ICDNSep30]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

PM Haider Al-Abadi, in his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi armed forces, appointed General Qasim Al-Maliki as the new Basra Ops Commander. The former Commander, Jamil Al-Shammari, faced criticism after 18 protestors were killed and dozens wounded during the ongoing protests in Basra. [Rudaw]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a social media activist who participate in the demonstrations for better services in Basra was shot and killed in the Hayyaniya area. ​​ 

 

Karbala

The Directorate of Internal Affairs and Security said on Monday that they had arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges in Karbala.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

SULEIMANIYA

On Monday, Turkey announced that it had killed 4 PKK “terrorists” in airstrikes in the “Ghara” area of “northern Iraq” (i.e. Iraqi Kurdistan) that stretches between Kirkuk and the border between Suleimaniya and Salahuddin. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Ghara is​​ often referred to as Ghara Hills​​ or​​ Ghara Heights.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

On Monday, in a speech for the opening of the new legislative year at the General Assembly of the Turkish Parliament, President Erdogan stated that Turkey was determined to clear the Qandil Mountains, Sinjar Province, Manbij, and areas east of the Euphrates in Syria of “PKK terrorists,” beginning with the PKK in Syria. He also stated that Turkey had already seized “important areas” of the PKK in Iraq. He said that Turkey was interested in ridding Iraq of sectarianism as soon as possible to allow stability. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If one takes Erdogan seriously here, this implies a Turkish ground invasion deep into Iraqi Kurdistan.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Syrian government admitted to producing oil during the period of the civil war, saying that it obtained over 700 million barrels in the past 7 years, out of a projected 960 million for that period based on pre-war production. Since​​ most of​​ the oil and gas fields in Syria have been outside of government control since 2012,​​ observers​​ say this means that the government kept a “network of shared interests” with both Daesh and the PYD to ensure the continued flow of oil. [BasNews]

 

Russia

The​​ SOHR​​ said on Sunday that Russian airstrikes had killed over 18,000 people in Syria over the last 3 years, saying that almost half of them were civilians. Russia responded by claiming that its “accurate” airstrikes had killed 85,000 “terrorists.” The White Helmets released their own report on Sunday, saying that it had responded to “dozens” of Russian strikes on civilian buildings since 2015, including schools, markets, and medical facilities. Sunday, September 30th, was the 3rd​​ anniversary of Russia’s direct entry into the conflict by carrying out airstrikes. [AFP]

 

Iran

On Monday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) initiated an attack on Daesh positions in Albu Kamal with ballistic missiles. The IRGC press release said that the strike was in retaliation for the attack on a military parade in Ahvaz last month, for which Daesh claimed responsibility. Iranian sources say that the attack came during a meeting of Daesh commanders. These sources claim that 40 of them were killed. The Iranian news agency​​ Mahar​​ says that the missiles hit a strip of land held by Daesh between the SDF-held and Syrian Army-held areas. [Hawar]

 

The semi-official Iranian​​ Fars​​ news agency posted video footage of the missiles being launched, and reported that they were Zolfaqar (aka Zulfiqar) and Qiam missiles. The​​ New York Times​​ wrote that the missiles launched have ranges of 468 to 500 miles, and had been fired from Kermanshah Province, western Iran. Mohammad Bagheri, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, was quoted by​​ Fars​​ as saying that Daesh was the target of the missile strike, but also that the missiles hit areas close to where the US military was as “a warning for the enemies so they don’t move toward creating insecurity in Iran.”​​ 

 The​​ New York Times​​ also quoted Hashim Al-Mosawa, a spokesman for the Iraqi Al-Nujaba, as saying that the strike was within Iran’s right to self-defense. They also wrote that a field commander with a pro-Iranian militia near where the strikes had occurred said that Iranian drones had fired rockets at the Daesh targets shortly after the missile strike. [Reuters] [NYT]

 

The Coalition says that Iran did not issue any warning prior to its attacks on Daesh east of the Euphrates. Sean Ryan, the Coalition spokesman, confirmed that there was no Iranian warning and no damage inflicted on the Coalition. [EnabBiladi]

CNN​​ wrote that the missiles landed “within 3 miles” of US troops. [CNN]

 

The Daesh leader “Abu Ali Al-Mashandi,” said to be a “first-rank” Daesh leader, was reported killed in the Iranian missile strike on Monday.​​ Masalah​​ wrote that “Al-Mashandi” and other Daesh fighters were killed inside a school in Al-Susah, which was being used as a Daesh headquarters. Another missile reportedly targeted an ammunition depot. [Masalah]

 

Lilo Abdullha, a spokeswoman for the SDF, says that the Iranian attack was to prevent Daesh militants from escaping from areas that are under siege by the SDF. She says that the attack managed to stop such an escape. [Qasioun]

However, a different spokesman for the SDF denied that any Iranian missile attack on Daesh positions east of the Euphrates took place. Kino Gabriel, the spokesman, says that no attacks took place in the areas of Syrian government or SDF operations, and that there was no bombardment of any area south of the city of Albu Kamal. [Dorar]

 

Iranian opposition sources say that 2 of the 6 missiles fired by Iran on Daesh positions in Albu Kamal exploded moments after launching, and fell in Iranian villages in Kermanshah, causing civilian casualties. [Dorar]​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that between September 24 and September 30, they carried out 54 airstrikes in Syria. Of these, all 54 were near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

 

On Sunday, US Central Command posted a video on Twitter that showed US soldiers using rocket launchers and howitzer cannons to fire at ISIS targets (without showing the targets). [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin

Local sources say that Daesh and Tahrir Al-Sham members are situated in Afrin, and that Tahrir Al-Sham held a meeting in the city earlier. These sources also say that 10 Daesh fighters escaped a Tahrir Al-Sham prison in Jinderes, and are now in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Dozens​​ of Iraqi families returned from the Al-Hawl refugee camp, eastern Hasaka, to Iraqi IDP camps south of Mosul. A PYD official said that the 7th​​ convoy, carrying 89 families (344 persons), crossed the informal “Al-Faw” border crossing heading to Iraq. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that SDF units east of Hasaka captured 4 Iraqi Daesh members who had fled from Hajin. The source said the terrorists, who had worked with Daesh in Ninewa, told the SDF they were planning to flee to Turkey. The source said one of the captured had been an Army Colonel under Saddam, and had worked as an explosives expert with the AQI.​​ 

 

Raqqa

Despite US sanctions against companies associated with the Al-Assad regime, the SDF allowed the “Al-Qatarji Company” in Raqqa Province to buy cotton from Raqqa farmers. [Dorar]

 

Raqqa city​​ & district

Asayesh units operating under the PYD said on Sunday​​ that they​​ engaged a​​ Daesh​​ cell​​ of 7 persons,​​ killing​​ 2​​ and arresting 5. It says the gunfight took place in​​ 2​​ houses​​ on “Basil” street,​​ near​​ the​​ Al-Dar’iya neighborhood in Raqqa,​​ and that they​​ also found​​ a car bomb and​​ “large quantities” of weapons and mines nearby. [ZamanAlwasl]​​ [Skynews]​​ [Reuters]

 

On​​ Thursday,​​ Hawar​​ reported that a civilian was killed and​​ three​​ others were injured in an explosion caused by an IED in the​​ Al-Dar’iya neighborhood of southwest Raqqa. [Hawar]

Daesh claimed on Thursday that it killed an SDF member, wounded three others, and damaged their SUV with an IED in the Al-Dar’iya neighborhood. [A3maq]

 

West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed three SDF members using silenced guns in Ayed village, in Tabaqa. [ICDNSep30]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The​​ SOHR​​ reported internal fighting in a refugee camp near Deir Hassan, northern Idlib, resulting in 5 persons killed. This comes as the latest in a series of gunfights in refugee camps in Idlib, and specifically the Al-Dana subdistrict. [SyriaHR]

 

An unidentified fighter attacked and killed 4 Tahrir Al-Sham fighters in the “Castello” area, northern rural Aleppo. [EnabBiladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed or wounded 20 SDF members by detonating IEDs on their 2 vehicles in Al-Hawayej village, Mayadin subdistrict, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]​​ 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh dissolved all its non-military offices, such as the​​ hisbah​​ (“Islamic Police”), in Hajin, and merged them with its Diwan Al-Askar (military office.) The source also said Daesh deployed its rocket units in farms around the town and increased its checkpoints.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This indicates that Daesh is doing quite badly, at least in Hajin.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that the SDF reopened several schools in Gharanij and other areas it captured from Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor province. The source said the schools suffered severe damages and face a huge lack in educational staff.​​ 

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of a group of its terrorists near the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNSep29]

 

Al-Susah subdistrict (including Al-Baghouz)

The​​ SOHR​​ reported continued violent fighting between the SDF and Daesh in Al-Baghouz and Al-Susah, following a Daesh counter-attack in Al-Baghouz, where several advances were made in the area following car bomb attacks. The​​ SOHR​​ also reported that Coalition airstrikes killed at least 10 Daesh fighters, raising Daesh’s total casualties to 33 during the past 24 hours. 11 SDF fighters were reported killed in the same​​ period. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Coalition planes killed 7 Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander who used to be the Daesh security official for Al-Qa’im, in an airstrike near Al-Susah.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that 6 SDF members were killed in a Daesh suicide attacks with a vehicle bomb near Al-Susah.​​ 

Daesh said on Saturday that it killed or wounded SDF members when 2 of its suicide terrorists, an Iraqi and a Syrian, attacked SDF units in Al-Baghouz village, in Al-Susah subdistrict, with a vehicle bomb. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh published photos of the 2 suicide terrorists. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh issued a video of the attack. As usual, the short video shows the vehicle moving then an explosion from a distance. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded “many” SDF members when 2 of its terrorists, including an Iraqi, attacked SDF units in Al-Baghouz, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of targeting a Syrian Army military position with an​​ SPG9​​ rocket in Al-Khairat village. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh published on Sunday photos of targeting a Syrian Army position in the same village with 2​​ SPG9​​ rockets. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded SDF members after “luring them” to a landmine field in Al-Baghouz. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh published a similar report on Sunday. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed an SDF member in Al-Baghouz, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

On Saturday, Daesh said its snipers killed an SDF member in Al-Baghouz. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it damaged an SDF bulldozer with an IED in Al-Baghouz, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it targeted SDF positions in Al-Baghouz with 20 mortars and 8 rockets, on Saturday. [ICDNSEp30]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted SDF position in Al-Baghouz with 30 mortars and 12​​ SPG9​​ rockets. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded “many” SDF members and recaptured Mozan village,​​ near​​ Al-Baghouz. [ICDNSep30]

Daesh published photos and a video of the battles. [ICDNSep30] [A3maq]

 

Also see above under National News – Iran​​ 

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Local sources say that 8 Syrian Army soldiers were killed in battles with Daesh in Tilul Al-Safa​​ (Al-Safa Hills), rural Suwayda desert.​​ 3 additional Syrian Army soldiers were killed in Qabr Al-Sheikh Hussein, also in the rural Suwayda desert. Daesh media claimed that they killed over 500 soldiers in Suwayda. [Qasioun]

Daesh said it killed 3 Syrian soldiers, wounded 2 others, and stopped their attacks near Al-Safa Hills, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]​​ 

Daesh said on Sunday that it stopped a Syrian Army attack on Al-Safa Hills, killing 7 soldiers and wounding others. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed 2 Syrian soldiers near Al-Safa Hills. [ICDNSep30]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed at least 10 Syrian soldiers and wounded others in battles near the Al-Safa Hills area. [ICDNSep30]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 8 Iraqi militia members were killed and several others captured in a Daesh ambush near Tilul Al-Safa. The source also said that Daesh captured 2 vehicles and quantities of weapons and ammunition.​​ 

 

Negotiations between the Syrian government and Daesh are​​ continuing​​ regarding the fate of the 30 women and children who were kidnapped by Daesh from Suwayda, according to the​​ SOHR. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

 

See above under Syria – National News – Iran​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Sunday it damaged an Egyptian Army vehicle with an IED near the​​ Musleh​​ security barrier, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed a police employee in Arish city, on Saturday. [ICDNOct1]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian National Guard said that they arrested 50 people in El Kef and Zaghouan, both in northern Tunisia, who were implicated in a “network” that financed Tunisian terrorists active in Syria. A “notable amount” of foreign currency was seized in the arrests. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

A German court agreed to extradite​​ Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat,​​ to Belgium.​​ Assadi​​ is suspected of taking part in an attack on​​ an​​ Iranian opposition gathering in France. The court said that in this specific case, diplomatic immunity would not apply, as​​ Assadi​​ was on leave outside the country​​ of his​​ diplomatic​​ post (Austria). [Rudaw]​​ [BBC]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

On Monday, a suicide bomber drove a car into an Italian military convoy in Mogadishu, killing​​ two​​ people and injuring 4. The convoy was transporting a European delegation to the Jaalle Siyad military base in​​ the​​ Hodan district​​ of Mogadishu.​​ Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombing.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed a Somali policeman and wounded three others with an IED at Bakaara intersection, in Mogadishu city. [A3maq]

 

Nigeria

Boko Haram Commander Ali Gaga was killed by other Boko Haram Commanders over a plan to defect and surrender with about 300 captives, according to anonymous sources. The sources also said that the terms of Ali Gaga’s surrender had already been brokered by​​ “a prominent NGO conversant with the issues.” [VanguardNGR]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed several Nigerian Army soldiers in “Ghashkar” town, near Lake Chad, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh published on Sunday photos of the attack. [ICDNSep30]

 

Chad

Six​​ people, including​​ two​​ soldiers, died in a Boko Haram attack near Lake Chad on Saturday night. The Chadian army said that they had killed 17 Boko Haram fighters afterward in a counter-offensive.​​ [AFP]

 

South Sudan

At least 10 people were killed when a grenade exploded in the middle of a nightclub in Yambio, South Sudan. [Sumaria] [Independent]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said it shot and killed a Shia person and wounded another in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed an Afghan policeman in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said it shot and killed an Afghan Army soldier and stole his belongings in Jalalabad. [ICDNSep30]

 

Pakistan

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed three Sufi people in the Hazar Ganji area, in Quetta. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said it wounded the victims. [ICDNSep30]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Sunday a photo of one of its Palestinian terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Sinai area. [ICDNSep30]

 

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September 28, 2018