An Update On ISIS Activities

October 9, 2018

 

Coalition Airstrike near Nimrud

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

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” [..]

 

Turkey

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​​ [..]

 

Syria

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

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

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]

 

Corruption

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]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

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]

 

BAGHDAD

A series of bombings hit Baghdad on Sunday evening.​​ IEDs targeted civilians in the areas of Saba’abkar (in Adhamiya),​​ Jakouk (northwest Baghdad), Shula, 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​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

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]

 

Hit/Haditha

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. ​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

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]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

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. ​​ 

 

Baiji

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]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it destroyed the vehicle of the​​ mukhtar​​ of Al-Shiha village, in the Jazeera Tikrit area, with an IED on Sunday.​​ [A3maq]

 

Samarra

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]

 

DIYALA

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]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

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]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

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.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

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.​​ 

 

Mosul District

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.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

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.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

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.​​ 

 

Baaj

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.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

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.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

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​​ 

 

Political developments

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

 

NATIONAL NEWS

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]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

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]

 

Northwest

Afrin

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]

 

Manbij

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]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

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

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​​ 

Idlib

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]

 

Homs

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.​​ 

 

Mayadin​​ District

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]

 

South​​ 

Daraa

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]

 

Suwayda

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

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

 

See above under Turkey – Political developments

 

Yemen

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]

 

North Africa

Egypt

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

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed a Somali customs employee and an intelligence member at Bakara intersection, in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

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 MEDIA

 

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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October 5, 2018

 

Nadia Murad

 

 

 

 

Notice to our readers: We will be on holiday on Monday, in honor of Columbus Day.​​ DaeshDaily​​ will resume publication on Tuesday, October 9.

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Daesh​​ finance​​ emir” executed by Daesh for theft [..]

Daesh faces difficulty recruiting “second generation” [..]

Iraqi activist wins Nobel Peace Prize [..]

“Anti-terrorist” group threatens Daesh families [..]

 

Turkey

Turkish MoI says 88 arrested for “belonging to PKK” [..]

… and Turkish Army says 68 killed in last week [..]

Syria

Russian FM says Syrian gov’t and Kurds in talks [..]

SDF says 38 Daesh fighters killed in last 24 hours [..]

Daesh blows up houses of IDPs who fled Hajin [..]

Daesh finance officer also flees Hajin [..]

 

Other​​ countries

US:White House releases Nat’l Strategy for Counterterrorism [..]

Afghanistan:1 US soldier, 62 Afghani security personnel killed in last week [..]

4 civilians killed in Afghani gov’t airstrike [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

A security source says Daesh executed the “emir​​ of money,” responsible for Daesh’s financial affairs, somewhere in the desert around the Iraq-Jordan border, saying the execution came on the orders of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. The source says that the “emir,” “Abu Othman Al-Iraqi,” was planning to flee with large amounts of money before being arrested. [BaghdadToday]

 

See also​​ a​​ related item under Syria – Albu Kamal district.

 

Sadiq Al-Husseini, head of the Security Committee for the Diyala Provincial Council, says that Daesh is finding difficulties in producing a second generation as efficient as the previous one, and is rebuilding its media machine. He says that the confessions of Daesh prisoners show that the “backbone” of Daesh in Iraq are the remains of its first generation, many of whom are now killed or captured, although some remain at large. [BaghdadToday]

 

Foreign policy

A leading figure in the High Islamic Council (Shia), Baqir Jabr Al-Zubeidi, called for the formation of a 3 million-strong “ideological army” to counter the “Arabic NATO” proposed by Donald Trump. Al-Zubeidi said that the US will initiate wars on the Arab World, Russia, China, Iran, and parts of Europe, and they (i.e. the Shia world) should be ready. He says that the Gulf countries will be one of the future battlefields. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Al-Zubeidi was also a former Badr Organization commander and Minister of Interior in 2005-2006. The UN accused his Ministry of carrying out extrajudicial torture and executions.

 

Miscellaneous

Iraqi activist Nadia Murad and Congolese Doctor Dr. Mukwege are co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018, in recognition of their work against sexual violence as a weapon of war.​​ Murad is a Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by Daesh and has since become a UN goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking.​​ [Rudaw]​​ [CNN]

The US​​ Embassy to Baghdad congratulated Yazidi activist Nadia Murad on winning​​ the​​ Nobel​​ Peace Prize​​ for 2018. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Congratulations to Ms. Murad. We’re glad to see a representative for Yazidis, and women in conflict zones more generally, receive such international recognition.

 

BAGHDAD​​ 

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

Daesh said on Friday it killed two tribal PMF members, including and officer, wounded two others, and damaged their Humvee with an IED in the Latifiya area. [ICDNOct5]

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 1​​ (Includes only incidents reported)

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that military intelligence detachments in Anbar Province had arrested 2 Daesh members, 1 of whom was responsible for distributing food and salaries to Daesh fighters in the province. The arrests took place in Qarma subdistrict. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 2 PMF members were killed when a roadside IED destroyed their pickup vehicle on the road between Akashat and Al-Qa’im.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Daesh kidnapped 4 Badr Organization members at a fake checkpoint near the Tilul Al-Baj area.  ​​​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 2 PMF members were killed and 2 vehicles destroyed when a group of armed men, in PMF military vehicles, attacked their military vehicle near Siniya.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF units killed 2 Daesh terrorists in an ambush in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source also said the PMFs captured a man who was smuggling food supplies to Daesh in the same area.​​ 

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that an AAH commander was killed and his driver severely wounded when a roadside IED destroyed their vehicle in the Mtaibija area.​​ 

 

Daesh said its snipers severely wounded an Iraqi soldier in the Mtaibija area, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Khalis​​ north)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that a PMF member was killed when a group of Daesh terrorists, dressed in SWAT uniforms, broke into his house near Udhaim and shot him with silenced guns.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The 5th​​ IFP Division and the 22nd​​ PMF Brigade initiated a joint search campaign in Qara Dara and Qara Dam, and some areas of the​​ Lower Zab, in search of suspected Daesh operatives reported to be hiding in the area. [Ghad]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security source in Kirkuk says Daesh attacked a drinking water station in Abbasi subdistrict. [BaghdadToday]

 

The Ministry of the Interior said on Friday that IFP and intelligence units had arrested a Daesh terrorist in Hawija district, who they said served as a commander of a military detachment in Daesh’s “State of Kirkuk.” [Sumaria]

 

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

Daesh said on​​ Friday​​ it killed or wounded IFP soldiers and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Bishir village, in Daquq district. [ICDNOct5]

 

Daesh said on Friday​​ it killed or wounded IFP soldiers and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Asari Al-Badou village, in Daquq district. [ICDNOct5]

 

Daesh said on Friday​​ it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED south of Daquq. [ICDNOct5]

 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

Intelligence units in the 20th​​ Army Division reportedly captured all members of a Daesh sleeper cell in Sahaji, west Mosul. [Ghad]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that a group calls itself “No for Terrorism” informed the families of Daesh members, via mobile phones, that they should leave their houses in areas south of Mosul to the Hammam Al-Alil IDP camp within 48 hours. The source said the group is linked to tribal PMFs in the area.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Center for Security Information says​​ that units under​​ Ninewa Ops Command found and destroyed 125 IEDs in Ibtisha village, as well as a tunnel in​​ the​​ median​​ of the​​ Tigris river,​​ where 15 kg of C4 and solar power cells were stored. [Mawazin]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Sinjar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that local police units captured a Daesh military commander who was visiting his family in Jadala village. The source said the police also confiscated $50,000 US, a silenced gun, and a list of names of​​ mukhtars​​ in the area.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 2 Badr Organization members were killed and their commander wounded in a Daesh attack on a military position south of Hatra. The source said Daesh terrorists in 3 military vehicles tried to capture the position, but were forced to flee.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Karbala

The Police Command in Karbala city said on Friday that they had arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges, and that the IFP had found 112 explosives that had been left behind as war detritus in the western desert area, which were cleared without incident.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish Ministry of the Interior announced on Friday evening that it had arrested 88 individuals for belonging to the PKK in 7 provinces. In a statement, the Ministry said that the intelligence and​​ counterterrorism division conducted operations in 7 provinces, with the goal of preventing disturbances on the anniversary of events that occurred October 6-7, 2014. It reported that the division arrested 23 suspects in Izmir, 15 in Van (Wan in Kurdish), 14 in Adana, 15 in Erzurum, 13 in Mardin, 6 in Kars, and 2 in Mus. The team also seized weapons, drugs, “digital materials,” and documents from “terrorist” groups in the places of residence of those who were arrested. [Anadolu]

 

On Friday, the Turkish Chief of General Staff announced that its forces neutralized 68 terrorists including 2 leaders in operations between September 28 and October 4. These operations targeted the PKK, neutralizing 12 terrorists in Turkish provinces and 56 in “northern Iraq” (i.e. Iraqi Kurdistan). The operations also resulted in seizing weapons, ammunition, and equipment. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Although the totals in the above 2 stories may be correct, it should be remembered that the Turkish military has a habit of claiming that everyone they kill or arrest is affiliated with the PKK, which tends to inflate such numbers.

 

Turkish security forces say that they captured a “terrorist” affiliated with the PKK/PYD attempting to infiltrate Turkey from the Syrian city of Ras Al-Ayn, across the border from the south Turkish region of Jilan Binar. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

On Friday, the Deputy Russian Foreign Minister stated that Damascus and the Kurds have been engaging in dialogue and that Russia hoped they could reach an agreement. He stated that the areas inhabited by the Kurds were an integral part of Syrian land, and that Kurds should “feel free” there. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Manbij

Turkish media sources say that the PYD/”PKK” surrounded Manbij with trenches and sand barriers, following Turkish Army and pro-Turkish militia intervention in the area. [Anadolu]

 

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The National​​ Front​​ for Liberation​​ (a pro-Turkey coalition claiming to be part of the Free Syrian Army) says it killed several Daesh​​ fighters​​ in fighting near an “FSA” headquarters in​​ Al-Talhiyah​​ village,​​ near Taftanaz, Idlib.​​ An unspecified number of​​ casualties were reported. [Qasioun]

 

Hama

A correspondent for the state-owned media outlet​​ SANA​​ reported that the Syrian Army stopped an “Al-Nusra” (HTS) attempt to infiltrate Ma’arakaba​​ and Lahaya villages,​​ Suran subdistrict,​​ northern Hama. Army units reportedly engaged the infiltrators, forcing them to withdraw. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The SDF said on Friday that it had killed 38 Daesh fighters and destroyed warehouses containing heavy weapons in battles with Daesh throughout Deir Ez-Zor during the prior 24 hours. [Hawar]

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ says gunmen, most likely from Daesh, on motorcycle attacked an SDF checkpoint in​​ Al-Basira​​ (aka Al-Busayrah)​​ village,​​ eastern​​ Deir Ez-Zor,​​ wounding several fighters. Motorcycle attacks​​ have reportedly​​ become common on SDF targets in​​ Al-Basira and​​ Al-Sabha. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ says that Daesh is blowing up houses in areas it still holds in Hajin, mainly houses of IDPs who escaped from Daesh-held areas to SDF-held areas. It also reported that a woman was wounded and 2 children killed following SDF shelling in Hajin.​​ The​​ SOHR​​ also said that Daesh shot​​ down​​ a​​ drone, probably​​ the​​ Coalition’s or SDF’s. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that an Iraqi Daesh finance officer fled from Hajin town carrying a large amount of money. The source said​​ that​​ Daesh deployed more checkpoints and started a search looking for him.​​ 

 

The SDF captured a cement factory in Hajin, eastern Deir Ez-Zor, from Daesh after “intense” fighting. Daesh was also forced to withdraw from Muzan Junction, near Al-Susah, following Coalition airstrikes. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Coalition planes killed 10 Daesh terrorists and wounded many others in airstrikes on 2 villages near Al-Baghouz town.​​ 

 

Daesh said on​​ Thursday​​ it targeted SDF​​ positions in Al-Baghouz with 20 mortars and 5 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct5]

 

Daesh published on Friday 2 photos of targeting an SDF military position near Mozan village, near Al-Baghouz,​​ with an SPG9 rocket.​​ [ICDNOct5]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed three SDF members and wounded others in clashes in Mozan village. [ICDNOct5]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The Syrian Army announced further advances on Daesh-held territory near Tilul Al-Safa, in Suwayda, saying that they had captured some “hard terrain” positions in the direction of the Qabr Al-Sheikh Hussein desert area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed 7 Syrian soldiers and captured their military position west of Al-Safa Hills. It also said its snipers killed a Syrian soldier and wounded another in the same area, on Thursday.​​ [ICDNOct5]

 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

Daesh said it stopped a Houthi attack in the Za’aj area, in Qifa, central Yemen, on Wednesday, killing or wounding fighters and forcing the rest to flee. [ICDNOct5]

 

North Africa

Libya

A civilian was killed by a landmine explosion in Benghazi city, near the former city center. [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

On Thursday evening, the White House released the National Strategy for Counterterrorism, the first “fully-articulated” strategy on the subject since 2011. It said that the US and its international partners “decimated” Daesh. [Qasioun] [Whitehouse] [NationalStrategyforCounterterrorism]

 

AFRICA

Chad​​ 

Daesh said on​​ it killed a Chadian soldier, wounded another, and set their military position in “Letri” town on fire after targeting it wit 5 mortars, on Thursday. Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNOct5]​​ ​​ ​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Resolute Support announced that​​ one​​ US soldier assigned to the mission was killed on October 4. [Khaama]

The​​ New York Times​​ reported that 62 Afghan security force members and pro-government militia fighters, and 37 civilians, were killed in Afghanistan over the period of September 28 to October 4, in addition to the 1 US soldier killed. [NYT]

 

Four​​ civilians were killed and​​ eight​​ wounded in airstrikes by government forces in Maruf, in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan. The airstrikes came to assist local police troops, who were confronting a Taliban attack. ​​ Three​​ women and one​​ child were killed, while​​ seven​​ women and​​ one​​ child were wounded. [Rudaw]

 

On Thursday, the New York Times reported that a bomb placed inside a government office in Khogyani District exploded in the afternoon, killing two government employees and wounding seven others, including four women. [NYTimes]

Anadolu reported that an​​ explosion in a relief organization office in Nangarhār Province, eastern Afghanistan, killed​​ three​​ civilians and wounded​​ six.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Daesh said it killed two USAID employees and wounded nine others with an IED that targeted a USAID office in Khogyani district (in​​ Nangarhār Province,)​​ on Thursday. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said two people were killed and nine wounded. It also said the victims were guards. [ICDNOct5]

​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

(No reports)

 

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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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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]

​​ 

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

 

(No reports)

 

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