An Update On ISIS Activities

September 25, 2018

 

Dr. Suad Al-Hilli

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CoR Speaker sets Oct. 2 deadline to elect a President [..]

US House passes sanctions on AAH and HHN; bill awaits Senate review [..]

SWAT raid on Anbar Provincial Council for corruption [..]

40 Daesh families in Diyala provided intel on relatives during 2018 [..]

Human rights activist Al-Hilli killed in Basra city [..]

KRG arrested 2,600 between 2014-2016; 680 still awaiting trial [..]

 

Syria

France asks for UN support for Idlib deal [..]

Bolton says US won’t leave Syria until Iran does [..]

SDF captures Al-Shajla village, shrinking Daesh-held area [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Bahrain:Bahrain charges 169 for forming “Bahraini Hezbollah” [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Speaker of the CoR Mohammed Al-Halbusi said on Tuesday that October 2 was the deadline to elect a President for Iraq.​​ The PUK has nominated Barham Salih, while the KDP nominated Fuad Hussein. The CoR was originally scheduled to vote on candidates for the Presidency of Iraq on Monday, but the lack of agreement between the PUK and the KDP on the traditionally Kurdish post has postponed the process.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said they had conducted​​ 4​​ airstrikes in Iraq between September 17 and September 23. Of those,​​ 1​​ was​​ near Baaj, 1 was “near Rutba,” 1 was “near Anbar,” and 1 was near Makhmur.​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Sitting PM Haider Al-Abadi said on Tuesday that there had been successful operations against “Daesh stragglers” in the last few days, while noting that terrorism was still a real threat in the region. He was speaking at his weekly press conference. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign policy

The US House of Representatives passed legislation to sanction 2 PMF militias with ties to Iran, including Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq (AAH). The independent online newspaper​​ Al-Monitor​​ published a report on Tuesday regarding the bill, in which American politicians expressed their fear that AAH could receive a ministerial portfolio in the next government. Representative Ted Poe (R, Texas) sponsored the measure as an amendment to the Defense Department budget (NDAA); Poe said that his amendment would help counter Iranian influence.

 Michael Knights, a fellow at the Washington think tank WINEP, noted that AAH could not plausibly get a major Ministry such as Defense, Interior, or Finance; he said that they would most likely receive a minor Ministry. Knights also noted that Iraqi officials he had met during a June tour of Iraq asked about the wisdom of imposing sanctions on AAH, saying that the officials felt that if sanctions were imposed on AAH rather than on AAH leader Qais Al-Khazali personally,​​ the effect would be to increase AAH members’ sympathy with Al-Khazali and anti-American views.​​ Al-Monitor​​ wrote that many of the current AAH fighters were not part of the movement during its post-2003 targeting of American soldiers, but joined in 2014 to fight Daesh.

 The other militia that faces sanctions is Harakat Hezbollah Al-Nujaba​​ (HHN), but they did not run candidates in the last election and will not receive a Ministry. The Senate Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote on the NDAA on Thursday. [BaghdadToday] [Kurdistan24]

 

BAGHDAD

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

A security source said on Tuesday that personnel from the “Falcons” intelligence unit had defused an IED placed inside a Kia in a garage in central Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded eight Shia people with an IED the Batawiyeen area. [A3maq]

 

Northwest​​ (Kadhimiya, etc.)

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded eight Shia people by setting off an IED on their bus in the Kadhimiya area. [A3maq]

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source said on Tuesday that​​ three​​ people had been seriously wounded by an IED explosion in the banking area of north Baghdad.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Another source, possibly referring to the same incident, specified that​​ three​​ people had been injured by an IED explosion in Shula.​​ [Sumaria]

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded ten Shia people by setting off an IED targeting their gathering in the Shula area. [A3maq]

 

In a different incident,​​ four​​ people were injured by an​​ IED​​ near the north Baghdad​​ “Gate,​​ variously reported as either a roadside IED or a VBIED.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]

 

A security source said on Tuesday that​​ two​​ women had been wounded by a roadside IED planted near a market area in Shaab. [Sumaria]

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded ten Shia people by setting off an IED targeting their gathering in the Shaab area. [ICDNSep25]

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded five Shia people by setting off an IED targeting their gathering in the Talibiya area. It also said it killed or wounded 16 more people and destroyed 20 buses with 2 IEDs in the same area. [A3maq]

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source said Tuesday that​​ one​​ person had been killed and​​ two​​ others wounded by a roadside IED in New Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source said on Tuesday that​​ two​​ civilians were killed by a roadside IED which targeted a gathering of workers in Bayya’.​​ A different security source said only that 4 people were injured.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded 20 “PMF members” by setting off an IED targeting their gathering in the Bayya’ area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded 30 Shia people by setting off an IED targeting their gathering in the Al-Aamel area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded 20 Shia people by setting of and IED​​ targeting​​ their gathering in the Shurta Raba’a area. [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 11​​ (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 11

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This level of violence in Baghdad is notably high compared to recently. However, it should also be noted that the incidents with the “highest” body counts are unconfirmed claims by Daesh.

 

ANBAR

There was a SWAT raid on the Anbar Provincial Council building in Ramadi on Monday, resulting in the arrest of Mohammed Jabbar, an advisor to the Chairman of the Council, on corruption charges.

On Tuesday, a member of the Anbar Provincial Council, Sabah Karhout, said that the next few days will see the arrest of several corrupt officials, particularly those in the departments of health, education, and other service providers. Karhout singled out the education and health departments as having employees who were “especially” involved in administrative and financial corruption. [BasNews]

 

Falluja

Daesh said on Tuesday it wounded policemen and damaged their vehicle with 2 IEDs near Al-Hadhra Bridge, in Falluja city. [A3maq]

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that​​ two​​ Border Guard members were killed and their vehicle destroyed in a roadside IED explosion near the Arar border crossing to Saudi Arabia.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

On Tuesday, Salahuddin Ops Command announced that they had arrested 3 farmers accused of communication with Daesh, and destroyed 2 Daesh safehouses in Salahuddin Province, which included​​ caches of medical supplies and foodstuffs. The Commander said this was a result of search operations in “the western area” of the province. [Mawazin]

 

Baiji

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that 6 Daesh tunnels, containing 10 IEDs, foodstuffs, and a generator, had been found and destroyed in the Siniya area of Salahuddin Province. [Sumaria]​​ [BaghdadNews]

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that​​ two​​ Salahuddin Police members were killed in a Daesh attack on their military position near Mtaibija.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed two IFP members, wounded another, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Mtaibija area, on Monday. [ICDNSep25]

 

Samarra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that IFP and Saraya Al-Salam units found large quantities of rockets, shells, and IEDs in 4 tunnels in the Jazeera Samarra desert area. The source also said that 2 Saraya Al-Salam members were killed in clashes with Daesh near Jazeera Samarra.​​ 

 

DIYALA

A security source in Diyala Province said on Tuesday that in 2018, to date, 40 families in Diyala with Daesh ties had come forward to declare their innocence. The source said that the families had come to the security and intelligence services and provided information about the Daesh members in their families to establish their own innocence, saying that some of the families had given “very important information.” [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Presumably, the families in question are seeking to establish their innocence to avoid being expelled from their communities. As we have noted before, this will be an ongoing issue as communities seek to balance re-integration and security concerns.

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

The Commander for the 88th​​ Brigade (PMF) said that they had found a Daesh hideout in the Himrin Hills that had been used as a staging point for Daesh operations. [Shafaaq]

 

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

Daesh said it shot and killed three Iraqi Army members and wounded another in the Umm Talil village, Udhaim subdistrict, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed three IFP members, including a colonel, and wounded two others in an attack on their military positions near the Al-Nasr Al-Oula village, in Jalawla subdistrict, Khanaqin district, on Monday. [ICDNSep25] [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a Kata’eb Hezbollah commander and his driver were killed and their vehicle destroyed when a roadside IED exploded near Kadhimiya village, Hawija district.

 

NINEWA

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that units under Ninewa Ops Command had dismantled 4 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 18 IEDs in the villages of Al-Thawrah (west Mosul) and Umm Dhiban (Mosul subdistrict). A separate search covering an area from west Mosul to the Hamdaniya district found 250 120mm mortar shells, which were seized. [BaghdadNews]

 

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that a banker had been arrested on terrorism charges in Ninewa Province. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul​​ city

Daesh said it killed a PMF intelligence member by detonating a sticky IED under his vehicle in the village of Sahaji, 9 miles west of Mosul, on Saturday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Iraqi Army 20th​​ Division and Ninewa SWAT units ambushed and killed 20 Daesh terrorists in the desert near Shura. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 12 Daesh terrorists in a pickup truck attacked Tal Tiba village, in southern Qayara. The source said the terrorists broke into the house of the​​ mukhtar, who was not present at the time. The source said the terrorists stole 4 sheep before fleeing.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that Yazidi PMF units found a mass grave of Daesh victims in the desert near Al-Karama compound, in Sinjar. The source sent us photos of the mass grave.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that security units captured 2 Daesh terrorists near Tal Safouk village. The source said the terrorists, both of whom are from west Mosul, had fled from the Dashisha area.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Human rights activist Suad Al-Hilli​​ was killed in Basra city by unidentified shooters while riding in a car, according to Basra police office Rafid Al-Nouras. Al-Nouras added that Al-Hilli’s driver was injured in the shooting. [Rudaw]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source confirmed on Tuesday that Dr. Suad Al-Hilli, a member of the Al-Wid Human Rights Organization, was shot and killed near a restaurant in Basra city.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Dr. Al-Hilli was a well-known activist. She was one of the strong voices that demanded better services for Basra. Her death created uproar on social media.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Dindar Zebari, the Coordinator for International Advocacy for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said in a press conference held in Erbil on Tuesday that 2,652 people had been arrested between 2014 and 2016 on charges of Daesh affiliation (in the Kurdistan Region). He said that of those, 1,100 had been charged and given sentences ranging from 3 years to life imprisonment. According to Zebari, another 870 suspects were not charged and were released, and 682 defendants are currently in the process of being investigated. [Forat]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The KRG’s independent prosecution of Daesh-related crimes has been an ongoing point of friction between them and Baghdad.

 

ERBIL

A security source in Erbil Province said that an explosion had occurred on a street in east Erbil city. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

On Monday, the French Foreign Minister requested that the UN support the agreement between Turkey and Russia regarding Idlib. He stated that France would support the UN supporting the Russian-Turkish agreement on Idlib. The UN General Assembly will meet on Wednesday, and Idlib will be a main topic of discussion. [EnabBaladi]

 

Foreign policy

United States

The UK​​ Daily Express​​ wrote that Donald Trump’s goals have changed, and that the elimination of Daesh in Syria would not lead to the US leaving Syria. The newspaper​​ quoted National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday as saying that the majority of US military personnel would stay in Syria as long as the Iranian militias loyal to Bashar Al-Assad remained on Syrian soil. [Dorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said they had conducted 74 airstrikes in Syria between September 17 and September 23. Of those, all 74 were near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The continued high number of strikes around Albu Kamal suggests that the SDF is having difficulties in their final pushes into Daesh-held territory.

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

On Tuesday, the YPG claimed that it killed 5 Turkish soldiers in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Clashes occurred between the Syrian Army and the SDF in Hasaka city, after 2 weeks of fighting in Qamishli between the 2 sides that resulted in 15 deaths.​​ Furat​​ reports that the shooting occurred because the Syrian Army kidnapped 2 SDF soldiers. [Dorar]

 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed two SDF members in “Al-Rawi” village, north of the city of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed two SDF members and destroyed their motorcycle with an IED on the road to​​ Al-A’wadh​​ village, south of Shaddadi, on Sunday. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said it killed an SDF member, wounded two others, and damaged their vehicle with an IED on the road to​​ Al-A’wadh​​ village, on Sunday. [ICDNSep24]

 

Daesh said it​​ shot and killed an SDF commander in​​ the​​ Al-Mufti​​ neighborhood of​​ Hasaka city, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo

Fighting​​ occurred in Mare’ between the YPG and​​ “Syrian opposition” militias​​ involving heavy weapons. 3 days prior, similar​​ fighting​​ occurred near​​ Azaz. [Qasioun]

 

Latakia

The​​ SOHR​​ reports there have been clashes in Latakia between the Syrian Army and​​ militants from the​​ Turkistan Islamic Party. An attack resulted in killing at least 3 Syrian Army soldiers. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The​​ SOHR​​ reported on Tuesday that fighting between the SDF and Daesh is continuing in Al-Susah and Al-Baghouz. [SyriaHR]

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

On Tuesday,​​ the SDF announced in a statement that they had taken control of the village of​​ Al-Shajla, in Al-Susah subdistrict, near the border with Iraq,​​ after 3 days of fighting against Daesh.​​ [BasNews]​​ [Hawar] [EnabBaladi]​​ [Qasioun]

 

On Tuesday, Coalition forces carried out airstrikes on the town of Hajin, one of the last Daesh-held areas, killing 21 Daesh members, according to an SDF statement. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it killed four SDF members, including two commanders, and damaged their SUV with an IED near the Al-Azraq oilfield, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it wounded four SDF members after attacking their security barrier in Al-Hawayej village with light weapons, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

On Monday evening, Daesh killed an unspecified​​ number of​​ fighters from Iraqi​​ Hezbollah and destroyed military equipment in Hajin,​​ via a car bomb attack. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that SDF units killed 4 Daesh terrorists in heavy fighting near the town of Al-Baghouz.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed three SDF members with mortar shells in Al-Baghouz. [ICDNSep24]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it targeted SDF positions in Al-Baghouz with 20 mortar shells. [ICDNSep25]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded “many” SDF members when a Daesh Iraqi suicide terrorist attacked them with a VBIED in Al-Baghouz. [ICDNSep25]

 

South​​ 

Rif Damashq​​ 

SOHR​​ reports that the operations of the Syrian Army, its affiliated militias, and the Lebanese Hezbollah against Daesh in Rif Damashq are ongoing. [SyriaHR]

 

Suwayda

Local sources report that the Syrian Army replaced their 15th​​ Division with Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and the 5th​​ Division, based on intelligence that these factions would be prepared to begin operations against Daesh in Al-Safa. [Dorar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a pro-government Palestinian militia commander had 6 of his fighters wounded and several others captured in a Daesh ambush near the Al-Safa Hills.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

An official with the Lebanese Army reported that on a mission to track a drug dealer in the Hermel Governate, near the Syria-Lebanon border, the Lebanese Army was attacked by unknown fighters. A Lebanese Army soldier was killed and 7 others wounded. [Qasioun]

 

Bahrain

Bahraini authorities said on Tuesday that 169 people had been charged for forming what they called the “Bahraini Hezbollah.” Ahmed Al-Hamadi, head of the prosecution for terrorist crimes, said that out of the 169 referred to trial, 111 were currently detained. Al-Hamadi said the prosecution had charged them with crimes including establishing and joining a terrorist group, plotting murders, training in weapons and explosives, possession of weapons and explosives without a license, and financing a terrorist group.​​ Al-Jazeera​​ noted that analysts have been skeptical of previous claims of Hezbollah involvement in Bahrain. [Rudaw] [AlJazeera]

 

North Africa

Libya

Unidentified gunmen raided the local council building in Wadi Zamzam, about 40 km inland, southwest of the city of Sirte. The gunmen reportedly vandalized the office of the head of the local council, destroyed some official documents, and stole others. A source in the office of the local council said that the motive for the break-in could be an ongoing dispute over the appointment of young people to government positions. [Wasat]

 

General Fawzi Al-Mansouri, Commander of the Gulf (i.e. of Sirte) Military Region and Commander of the Ajdabiya Ops Room, toured the Sidra area and inspected the units stationed there. He said that the tour was to raise the morale of units stationed in Libya’s “Oil Crescent.” [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

A landmine exploded on Monday night in the military zone of Jebel Ech Chambi (aka Mount Ash-Sha’anbi), a mountain peak in the western state of Kasserine. The explosion killed 2 brothers who were riding an Isuzu truck after collecting firewood at the base of the mountain. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

On Tuesday, the Head of the Anti-Terrorism Center for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, aka “Russian Commonwealth”),​​ General of Police Andrey Novikov,​​ stated that Daesh was “determined” to create a “caliphate” in central Asia’s post-Soviet states, and that it has already been attempting to activate sleeper cells in the region. [Hawar]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh said it killed 2 Taliban members in an ambush in Khogyani, in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

On Tuesday, Daesh issued a propaganda video about its attacks in the Kirkuk area. [ICDNSep25]

 

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September 24, 2018

 

General Fadhil Barwari

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Dawa Party leader says they won’t allow outside candidates for PM [..]

General Barwari, ISOF Commander, dies of complications after heart attack [..]

Danish Coalition troops shell PMF camp [..]

Shirqat tribal leaders hold meeting planning to expel Daesh families [..]

Samarra IFP Commander provides bodyguards to​​ mukhtars​​ [..]​​ 

Qayara court issues arrest warrants against tribal PMF leaders in Hatra [..]

 

Turkey

Daesh member arrested in Turkey confirmed to have entered country as refugee [..]

 

Syria

HTS says they’re meeting ahead of official statement on​​ Russia-Turkey​​ Idlib agreement [..]

Kurdish National Council welcomes Idlib agreement but warns against further movement of armed groups [..]

Daesh launches revenge attacks against SDF in Deir Ez-Zor [..]

SDF says 40 Daesh fighters killed in Hajin in last 24 hours [..]

Daesh claims mortar and sniper counter-attacks in Al-Baghouz [..]

 

Other countries

Iran:​​ Major attack on military parade kills at least 25; Iranians blame Saudis [..]

… but Daesh claims responsibility [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

An unnamed leader in the Dawa Party said that candidates for the post of Prime Minister would be nominated through his party, and that the Dawa Party would not allow other parties to put forth a candidate for PM. The leader said that sitting PM Haider Al-Abadi had become a weak candidate for a second term, and that the party would seek to nominate Tariq Najm as a compromise candidate. [BaghdadNews]

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the US was “working in Iraq to form an Iraqi national government” and that the next leader would be a figure “chosen by the Iraqi people and voted for in the last elections.” He added that US had participated in several activities to counter Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks, and that the US would not accept Iran continuing its practices in the region and in Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

According to 2 American reports published by​​ The Atlantic, the end of the “Islamic Caliphate” does not mean the end of Daesh in both Syria and Iraq. The article​​ on Iraq noted that the Iraqi government had emerged victorious against Daesh last year, but added that in the predominantly Sunni provinces of Diyala, Salahuddin, and Anbar, Daesh was again carrying out insurgent-style attacks.​​ The article also said that one indicator of the ability​​ of​​ IDPs to return to their home areas was the number of​​ mukhtars​​ killed by Daesh in that area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have noted Daesh’s targeting of​​ mukhtars, and the lack of protection​​ given them, many times.

 

Also see story below under Anti-Daesh campaign, in Syria.

 

On Monday, the Dhi Qar Criminal Court sentenced 2 terrorists to death by hanging and another to life imprisonment after their conviction on various criminal charges in Anbar and Diyala Provinces. The Higher Judicial Council said that the 2 convicts who were given death sentences were responsible for killing 12 civilians in the Anah and Al-Jazeera regions of Anbar Province.​​ The convict sentenced to life imprisonment was implicated in bombing houses in the city of Wajihiya, Diyala Province.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Ghad]

 

In memoriam

On​​ Thursday,​​ General Fadhil Barwari,​​ the Commander of the US-trained Golden Division, aka Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF), passed away in Erbil due to health complications from a heart attack. Born in Dahuk, Barwari joined the Peshmerga in his late 30s during the reign of the former Ba’ath regime, joining the Iraqi Army after the fall of the regime. Barwari is remembered for leading Iraqi forces, particularly the Golden Division, against Daesh. Brett McGurk, US Envoy to the Coalition, described Barwari as “a legend” to whom “the world owes a debt of gratitude.” [Kurdistan24]

PM Haider Al-Abadi reportedly attended General Barwari’s funeral.

 

BAGHDAD

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded 12 Shia people and destroyed 2 buses with 2 IEDs in the Al-Qahera neighborhood of Adhamiya. [ICDNSep23]

Daesh’s A3maq said 13 people were killed or wounded in the attack. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The Al-Qahera neighborhood is a mixed area, and more Sunni than Shia. There is no way all the victims were Shia.​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members with an IED in the Mada’in area on Wednesday. [ICDNSep21]

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source said on Monday that a person wanted on terrorism charges had been arrested after attempting to pass through a security checkpoint manned by the “Falcons” intelligence cell in west Baghdad. [BaghdadNews]​​ [Ghad]

 

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

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

 

ANBAR

General Nouman Al-Zubaie, the Commander of the 7th​​ Division in Anbar Province, said that 16 secret tunnels used by Daesh had been destroyed, which he said secured the desert areas between Anbar and Salahuddin and Ninewa Provinces. He said that dozens of booby traps and IEDs were also found and destroyed, and various weapons seized. [ArabsToday]

 

Falluja

Daesh said it killed two tribal PMF fighters and wounded three others by setting off an IED on their Humvee in Zaidan village on Wednesday. [ICDNSep21]

 

Daesh said it blew up the house of a “wizard” in the Al-Wahda neighborhood of Falluja city, on Friday, wounding his son, a National Guard member, and causing damage. [ICDNSep22]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh uses the term “wizard” for Sufi Muslims.​​ 

 

Daesh said it damaged a vehicle carrying policemen in the Nazal neighborhood of Falluja city, on Friday. [ICDNSep23]

 

Ramadi

Daesh said it killed five Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Kilo 18 area, near Ramadi, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Al-Qa’im

The PMF Commander for the “western axis” of Anbar, Qassem Musleh, said on Monday that Danish troops in the Coalition had shelled a PMF camp near Saada (in Al-Qa’im) at around 8 PM that evening. Musleh said that 8 shells fell near the camp. [Sumaria]

A Kurdish news source added that Musleh said this was a “deliberate targeting by foreign forces.” An unattributed Iraqi Army source reportedly said that it had been a mistake during a training exercise. [NRT]

 

Rutba

The Center for Security Information said on Monday that 3 Daesh fighters had been killed at the Iraq-Syria border. The Center credited the 19th​​ Brigade (PMF) with the killings, and said they happened in the area of Akashat, a border town in the Al-Waleed subdistrict.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that joint security units, supported by Coalition planes, destroyed a large Daesh training camp in the western Anbar desert, killing several terrorists. The source also said the units destroyed Daesh tunnels, hideouts, IEDs, and motorcycles and captured 4 suspects. The source sent us photos of the operations.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Iraqi Army 7th division units killed 4 Daesh terrorists, destroyed their vehicle, and defused a vehicle bomb near the “Al-Dhab’a” village. The source sent us photos of the vehicles.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed three Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near the Jordanian border, on Saturday. [ICDNSep23]

 

Daesh said it killed four Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Kilo 120 area, east of Rutba, on Saturday. [ICDNSep23]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal leaders of Shirqat held a meeting and agreed to displace​​ families​​ of Daesh members​​ from their areas within a week. The source said the leaders accused those families of providing weapons and food supplies and information about Iraqi forces to Daesh terrorists. The source said the meeting occurred after several security incidents in Shirqat. The source sent us photos of the meeting.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on the village of Al-Aitha and captured the Daesh military commander of the Shirqat area, Abu Hudhaifa Al-Anbari, who was wounded in his leg during the battle.  ​​​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Salahuddin SWAT and PMF units captured 4 Daesh terrorists and confiscated weapons and food items in a tunnel near the village of Al-Naml. The source said the terrorists admitted they were getting supplies from corrupt tribal PMF members. The source sent us photos of the tunnel.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ 2​​ Iraqi Army members were killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their SUV near Tilul Al-Baj. The source said that security units had defused 4 other IEDs planted by Daesh terrorists in the same area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that tribal PMF units captured a man near Shabali village who was transporting clothes and food supplies to Daesh terrorists hiding in the area. The source said the man, who lives in an IDP camp, has 2 brothers fighting with Daesh in Syria.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed eight Iraqi Army members in clashes in Sheikh Hamad village, northeastern​​ Shirqat​​ district, on September 18. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Friday it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in​​ Al-Khadhraniya village, in Shirqat district. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said it killed three Iraqi Army members, including an officer, and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in​​ Al-Khadhraniya village, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP and PMF units started a military operation to surround Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source said that IFP artillery targeted several Daesh positions on the mountains. The source sent us photos of the operations.​​ 

 

Tikrit

Federal Police said that they arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges who was trying to enter the city of Tikrit. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an SUV carrying tribal PMF members with an IED near Al-Manahil village, in Tikrit district, on Wednesday, killing or wounding the fighters inside, including an officer. [A3maq] [ICDNSep20]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Shia people by targeting​​ a religious gathering in Al-Alam with an IED on Thursday. [ICDNSep22]

 

Daesh said it destroyed a liquor store in Tikrit city with an IED on Friday. [ICDNSep22]

 

Samarra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the IFP 4th​​ Division Commander met with​​ mukhtars​​ from Samarra and Ishaqi and urged them to provide information about Daesh sleeper cells. The source said the commander also assigned 2 bodyguards to each​​ mukhtar, provided them with AKs, and established military points near their houses.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Finally, some serious procedures to protect the​​ mukhtars. We hope that security commanders copy this in all Daeshinfected areas.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 2​​ Iraqi​​ Hezbollah members, including a commander, were killed and 3 others wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle near Huwaish village.

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Dujail)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units in Dujail captured an AAH commander who was responsible for killing​​ 4​​ young men from​​ the​​ Khazraj tribe last month.​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that a tribal PMF commander was killed when a group of Daesh terrorists attacked his house in Al-Milh village, in Al-Daur. The source said the terrorists fled on motorcycles after the attack. The source said the village was vulnerable to Daesh attacks because there are no security units nearby.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed and Iraqi soldier, wounded others, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Bir Ahmed village, in Tooz. [ICDNSep23]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said on Monday it severely wounded a Shia person and damaged his vehicle with an IED in Abu Saida village, in Al-Waqf. [A3maq]

 

Central Diyala (Abu Saida)

A security source in Diyala Province said on Monday that a farmer had been injured by an IED explosion in his orchard, in the Abu Saida area. [Mawazin]

 

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

Tigris Ops Command said on Monday that 6 Daesh members had been killed by an airstrike in Khanaqin district. [Sumaria]​​ [Roj]

Security personnel found the bodies of 7 Daesh members in the outskirts of Khanaqin, as reported on Monday. A security source said that they had been killed by airstrikes on the day before.​​ [BaghdadPost]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Umm Talil village, west of Udhaim, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it blew up the houses of an Iraqi Army soldier and a PMF member in Al-Awamer village, in Qara Tapa, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep20]

 

Daesh said it wounded four Iraqi Army members and damaged a Humvee with an IED in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units shot and killed a Daesh suicide terrorist who attacked a PMF office in Khanaqin.​​ 

 

Daesh said that it damaged 2 IFP vehicles in an ambush near Mikhas village, in Khanaqin, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 2 people were killed and 4 others wounded when a parked vehicle bomb exploded, targeting​​ a Shia gathering in the Tis’in neighborhood​​ just outside​​ Kirkuk city.​​ 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it killed or wounded 20 Shia people. [A3maq]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The PMF media office said that the 56th​​ Brigade (PMF), local police, and community elders and dignitaries in the Abbasi subdistrict of Hawija had held a security meeting to coordinate their joint pursuit of Daesh cells. [AynAl-Iraq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh terrorists set fire to the houses of several security personnel in Tal Al-Ward village, in Riyadh. The source said the village is empty.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that three IFP members were killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded, targeting their vehicle, on the road between Riyadh and Rashad.​​ 

 

Daesh said it set​​ fire to​​ the house of a tribal PMF member in Al-Safra village, west of Riyadh, on Wednesday. Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNSep20] [ICDNSep20]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed an IFP member between Khirbat Aziz and​​ Al-Mustafia village, in Riyadh, on Thursday. [ICDNSep21]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed three IFP members in an attack on the road between Riyadh and Hawija.​​ 

It also said it damaged an IFP Humvee that came to the area with an IED, killing or wounding the IFP members inside. [A3maq] [A3maq] [ICDNSep23]

 

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

Daesh said it destroyed an IFP Humvee and set a military position on fire with an IED near Tob Zawa village, Daquq district, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed three IFP members, including an officer, wounded seven others, and destroyed their SUV with 2 IEDs near Arab Koy village, in Daquq district. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Monday it destroyed a vehicle carrying IFP members with an IED near the Iftikhar area, in Daquq district. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that the 12th​​ Emergency Police Regiment under Ninewa Police Command had arrested 8 Daesh members in​​ the Al-Zahra, Sumer, and Qadisiya neighborhoods of east​​ Mosul.​​ The Ministry said that the arrests included both Daesh fighters​​ and members in Daesh’s “Islamic Police.”​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that security units captured 4 men on terrorism charges in Al-Arabi, in east Mosul. The source said the units confiscated forged IDs from the house of 1 of the arrestees. The source said the IDs were intended to be given to Daesh members who are trying to flee to Turkey. The source sent us photos of the captured men.​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Shura)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that an old man was killed and his son wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists in a pickup vehicle shot at them near Ayn Al-Jahash village. The source said the victims were civilians and had nothing to do with the security forces. ​​ 

On Friday, the source said that​​ two​​ civilian brothers were killed when a group of Daesh terrorists raided a house in the same village. The source said the terrorists were in military uniforms.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed two PMF members, wounded two others, and destroyed an SUV with an IED in​​ Shurtaniya​​ village, in Shura, on Friday. [A3maq]​​ 

In another report, Daesh claimed it shot and destroyed the SUV. [ICDNSep22]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The PMF media office announced that PMF field engineering detachments had found IEDs and explosive belts in Sheikh Ibrahim and Abu Rasin, Tal Afar district. [Ghad]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 3 PMF members were killed, 3 others wounded, and their vehicle destroyed when an IED exploded on the road between Abu Mariya village and Tal Afar.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF units killed 2 Daesh terrorists, one from Syria and one from Central Asia, who were hiding in a tunnel on a mountain near Abu Mariya village. The source said the PMFs paraded the bodies of the terrorists around the village. The source sent us photos of the parade.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Iraqi Army, local police, and PMF units killed 5 Daesh terrorists and destroyed several tunnels in a military operation west of Tal Afar. The source sent up photos of the operations. ​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a court in Qayara issued arrest warrants against 4 tribal PMF commanders in the Hatra area. The source said the 4 commanders were accused of killing dozens of Army officers who had served under Saddam in the Hatra area, with support from pro-Iran militias, after the liberation battles. The source said the commanders fled the Hatra area after the warrants were issued. The source sent us copies of the warrants.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including a commander, and destroyed their vehicle in an airstrike west of Hatra, on Friday.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the​​ mukhtar​​ of Maflaka village, in Hatra, and his cousin were killed and the​​ mukhtar’s son severely wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists attacked the​​ mukhtar’s house.​​ 

Daesh said on Friday it killed two “Iraqi Army intelligence members” in Maflaka village. [A3maq]

In other reports, Daesh said that the​​ mukhtar​​ of Maflaka village and his brother, a “member of Iraqi Army intelligence,” were killed in an attack on Friday. Daesh published photos of the attack. [A3maq] [ICDNSep22] [ICDNSep22]

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that for the first time in 4 years, electricity has arrived​​ in​​ the city of Baaj and its surrounding villages. The source said the power will be supplied to the Qayrawan area in the next few days.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish pro-government newspaper​​ Yeni Şafak​​ said on Sunday that officials from the Adana Police Counterterrorism Branch and the National Intelligence Agency determined that Daesh terrorist Ahmet İsa entered the country as a refugee in 2017. It was determined that İsa, who had been injured in Kobane, Syria, had received treatment at various hospitals and had had his right leg amputated at the hospital he had most recently gone to. The police raided the hospital and took Ahmet İsa in for interrogation. Ahmet İsa said he had been a member of Daesh and had taken part in many battles. Ahmet İsa said that the group he had fought in was commanded by German rapper Denis Cuspert (Deso Dogg). Ahmet İsa was placed in detention by the court he appeared before after his procedures had been conducted. [YeniSafak]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We thank our friend in Turkey for summarizing and translating this report.​​ 

 

On Monday, the HPG said that they killed 10 Turkish soldiers in a series of clashes in Barzan​​ (Erbil district, Iraqi​​ Kurdistan) and​​ Sirnak​​ (southeastern Turkey). [Hawar]

 

Foreign policy

On Monday, Erdogan said that Turkey was waiting for Russian support to combat “terrorist organizations” such as the PKK, PYD, and YPG. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Idlib

Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) said on Monday that it would announce its position on the Russian-Turkish​​ agreement regarding Idlib during the next few days. “Imad Al-Din Mujahid,” the official spokesman for HTS, told​​ Agence France Press​​ that HTS is holding meetings to determine its final position on the Idlib agreement, and that a formal statement will be issued soon. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This goes against earlier reports that some HTS factions had outright rejected the Russian-Turkish agreement.​​ 

 

The Kurdish National Council in Syria said on Monday that they welcomed the Russian-Turkish agreement on Idlib, while warning of the possibility that armed groups including Al-Nusra (i.e. HTS) could move from there to other areas. The Council said in a statement that the agreement was an important positive development, because it moved away from the humanitarian disaster that would have been imposed on millions of civilians if there had been fighting there. The statement added that the movement of armed groups, especially to the Kurdish areas, including Afrin, was a legitimate concern that the international community would need to address. [BasNews]

 

Abdul-Salam Abdul-Razzaq, a leader with the Syrian Liberation Front (aka JTS, a merger of the Islamist groups Ahrar Al-Sham and Nour Al-Din Al-Zenki), said on Monday that there was an agreement between Iran and Daesh to transfer Daesh fighters to Idlib. Abdul-Razzaq said that the agreement aimed to undermine the agreements made about Idlib and weaken the Syrian opposition groups by encouraging fighting between them and Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

Middle East

On Sunday, 5 states discussed the crisis in Syria in New York at a meeting hosted by Staffan de Mistura, the UN Envoy to Syria. Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE each sent its respective Foreign Minister to the meeting. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

According to 2 American reports published by​​ The Atlantic, the end of the “Islamic Caliphate” does not mean the end of Daesh in both Syria and Iraq. The report on Syria​​ said​​ that the “Syrian Daesh” is waiting to form an alliance with Al-Qaeda to fight the Al-Assad regime after the US, Russian and Turkish forces leave. The report on Syria noted that the conflict in Syria has not ended, and that a third of Syria remains outside the control of the government, either under Turkish or US influence. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Also see story above under Anti-Daesh campaign, in Iraq.

 

The Pentagon announced on Monday that Daesh has not yet been driven out of Deir Ez-Zor. However, they noted that the goal of the Coalition is to defeat Daesh all over the world, not to drive it out. [Qasioun]

 

French newspapers reported on the difficulties faced by foreign Daesh fighters who want to return to their home countries after Daesh’s collapse in Syria and Iraq. The newspapers reported that there were an estimated 1,200 French citizens with Daesh, including fighters and their wives and children, and that only 7 people had returned this year. Leaked documents indicated that the French and European intelligence services predicted the mass return of​​ jihadis​​ in 2016 and 2017. However, many foreign fighters are effectively trapped in Syria, with Iraq as the only nearby international border, and the Iraqi authorities have been trying Daesh fighters and sentencing them to death. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Kurdish media reported on Monday that the HPG (PKK) said that they had killed 5 members of “terrorist organizations” in Afrin. They said that the anti-terrorist operations took place on Sunday in Rajo and Jinderes.​​ [PUKMedia]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Tahrir Al-Sham killed 4 Daesh members, including an Iraqi commander, it captured in several areas in Azaz district. The source said the terrorists were trying to flee to Turkey. The source said that during the last week, Tahrir Al-Sham killed more than 30 Daesh members it had captured in the desert.​​ 

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said its snipers killed an SDF member in​​ the “Umm Hafour​​ village, in the Tal Al-Jayer area, on September 18. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded 11 SDF members and damaged their vehicle in an ambush in Al-Fathi village, south of Shaddadi, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed an SDF member in the Al-Nashwa neighborhood of Hasaka city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it strangled and killed an SDF member in the Al-Aziziya neighborhood of Hasaka city on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it wounded an SDF member with a silenced gun in Shaddadi city on Saturday. [ICDNSep23]

 

Daesh said it set on fire a vehicle belonging to the​​ mukhtar​​ of Tal Al-Tair village, northeast of Hasaka, on Saturday. [ICDNSep23]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

On Monday, a source told​​ Anadolu​​ that dozens of fighters stormed the village of​​ Khatouniya​​ and killed 7 civilians. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed an SDF member near Al-Baidha Garden, in the Al-Tawasa’iya neighborhood of the city of Raqqa, with a silenced gun. [A3maq] [ICDNSep20]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a landmine in Al-Karama on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed an SDF member with silenced guns near the Al-Sakura intersection, north of Raqqa. [ICDNSep22]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun in​​ the village of​​ Al-Mashhour,​​ in the Al-Karama subdistrict. [A3maq] [ICDNSep23]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two SDF members with silenced guns near Hawi Hawa village,​​ northwest of​​ the city of​​ Raqqa. [ICDNSep23]

 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed an SDF member in Hos village, in Karama subdistrict. Daesh published a photo of the victim. [A3maq] [ICDNSep24]

 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed an SDF member near Al-Bustan Garden in Raqqa city. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

 

See stories above under National News.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Within the past 48 hours, the district of Deir Ez-Zor witnessed 5 revenge attacks from Daesh against the SDF. These attacks included the first attempt to assassinate a female volunteer with the SDF troops, killing 2 SDF fighters from Al-Suwar, and shooting at 2 SDF members in Al-Shahil. [SyriaHR]

Daesh claimed to have shot and killed two SDF members in Al-Shahil on Sunday. [ICDNSep24]

 

The SDF said that they had seized a quantity of weapons and ammunition from Daesh in the fighting around the village of Al-Shajla, in southern Deir Ez-Zor near the border with Iraq. [Hawar]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed two SDF members in​​ the village of “Darnaj,​​ south of​​ the​​ Al-Omar oilfield, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin​​ District

On Monday,​​ Enab Baladi​​ reported that the SDF imposed a curfew on the people of​​ Suwaidan​​ to prevent them from joining “angry” demonstrations and destroying shops. The SDF opened fire to disperse the demonstrations, killing a 14-year-old and injuring​​ four​​ others. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh said it killed three SDF members in an attack near Al-Tayyana village, east of Mayadeen city, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed three SDF members in an attack in Suwaidan village, on Sunday. [ICDNSep24]​​ 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ reports that fighting between the Syrian Army, including affiliated foreign militia fighters, and Daesh has returned to the district of Albu Kamal. At least 9 Daesh fighters were killed and 5 Syrian Army fighters and affiliated militia fighters were killed. [SyriaHR]

 

The​​ SOHR​​ reports that Daesh launched attacks against the Syrian Army and affiliated militias in Deir Ez-Zor throughout the night. Daesh fighters entered through the Euphrates River and began attacking them in Hasrat. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh published photos on Friday of them targeting Syrian Army positions in Al-Khairat village, north of Albu Kamal, with mortars. [ICDNSep21]

Daesh said on Saturday it targeted Syrian Army positions in the village with mortars and SPG9 rockets, destroying a 14.5mm cannon. [ICDNSep22]

Daesh published photos on Sunday of them targeting Syrian Army unit in the village with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNSep23]

 

Daesh said on Saturday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier and wounded another near Sayal village, just north of Albu Kamal city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of its snipers in areas between Albu Kamal and Hasaka. [ICDNSep22]

Daesh published on Monday photos of its rocket units in the same area. [ICDNSep24]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members, including a commander, by setting off a parked vehicle bomb on an SDF vehicle on the road between Al-Bahra and Gharanij villages, on Saturday. [ICDNSep23]

 

Hajin​​ subdistrict

On Monday, the SDF reported that they killed 40 Daesh fighters, destroyed a headquarters, and a depot for heavy weapons within the past 24 hours in Hajin. [Hawar]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Coalition planes killed 7 Daesh terrorists, including a commander from Falluja, and destroyed their boat in an airstrike near Hajin.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that SDF units secured 22 families who escaped from Daesh in the Abu Hasan area, southeast of Haijn. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that SDF units allowed 4 vehicles loaded with food supplies to enter the city of Hajin. The source said that the supplies were provided by aid organizations.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed an SDF member in Al-Bahra village, northwest of Hajin. [A3maq]

Daesh said it killed an SDF member and wounded others in clashes in East Bahra village, on Saturday. [ICDNSep23]

 

Al-Baghouz​​ village

Daesh media reported that Daesh fighters attacked an SDF car with a rocket and killed 5 SDF fighters and injured others on Sunday evening in Al-Baghouz Foqani. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday its snipers killed an SDF member in Al-Baghouz. Daesh published photos of the attack. [A3maq] [ICDNSep20]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of targeting SDF units in Al-Baghouz with mortars. [ICDNSep20]

Daesh said on Thursday it damaged an SDF armored personnel carrier with an IED in Al-Baghouz. [ICDNSep20]

 

Daesh said on Friday its snipers killed an SDF member in Al-Baghouz. [A3maq]

​​ 

Daesh published photos on Friday of them targeting SDF positions in Al-Baghouz with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNSep21]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members with 2 IEDs in Al-Baghouz, on Saturday. [ICDNSep23]


Daesh said on Sunday it killed five SDF members in clashes in Al-Bag
houz. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted SDF positions in Al-Baghouz with 55 mortars. [ICDnSep23]

 

Daesh said it wounded several SDF members with 3 IEDs in Al-Baghouz​​ on Sunday. [ICDNSep24]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded SDF members with an IED in Al-Baghouz. It also said it detonated another IED,​​ targeting​​ a Humvee that came to the rescue. [ICDNSep24]

 

Daesh said on Monday it damaged an SDF Humvee with an IED in Al-Baghouz. [A3maq]

 

South​​ (No reports)

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

An attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, southwestern Iran, on Saturday killed between 25 to 29 people and injured upwards of 70. The parade was in commemoration of the start of the Iran-Iraq war. 4 gunmen opened fire on the soldiers taking part in the parade and the civilian spectators. At least 8 of those killed were in the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC); women and children were also killed.

 On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javid Zarif and President Rouhani alleged that the attack had been carried out by terrorists who were armed and funded by a “foreign regime”​​ with “US masters,” referring to Saudi Arabia.​​ On Monday, Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi said that a “large part of the network” responsible for the attack had been arrested.​​ [BBC] [CNN]​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the Ahwaz attack. It said a group of its members attacked an Iranian Army and Revolutionary Guard parade, killing more than 40 and wounding 60. [A3maq] [ICDNSep22]

On Sunday,​​ Daesh published a video of 3 men inside a vehicle who it said were about to carry out the attack on the military parade in Iran. In the video, 2 men spoke in Arabic about​​ jihad​​ and the 3rd​​ spoke in Farsi, saying that they would target the IRGC. [Sumaria]​​ [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer and damaged another with 2 IEDs near the El Arish Airport, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Libya

On Monday, UNICEF announced that with the increase in clashes in Tripoli since August 27, the number of IDPs increased by more than 25,000. Half of them are children. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

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

It also said it shot and killed a Somali customs employee at the same intersection. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a government official and wounded one of his associates in Bosaso city, northeastern Somalia. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Sunday photos of a group of its terrorists in Somalia. [ICDNSep23]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Thursday that it killed three Taliban members, wounded another, and captured a military position in an attack in the Korengal area, in Manogai, eastern Afghanistan. [A3maq] [ICDNSep20]

Daesh said it shot at a Taliban position in the Korengal area on Sep 18, killing 2 fighters and wounding 4. [ICDNSep20]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed 4 Taliban members in an ambush in the Chapa Dara area, in Kunar, northeastern Afghanistan, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed 2 Taliban members, wounded another, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Momand Dara area, in Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed an Askar Al-Islam militia fighter in an ambush in the Achin area, in Nangarhar, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed a pro-government militia fighter and stole his weapon in an ambush in the Achin area. [ICDNSep24]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

On Thursday, Daesh published the 148th​​ issue of its Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh issued infographic about is operations during the last Hijri (lunar) year, claiming it conducted more than 2981 attacks in more than 10 countries, killing or wounding more than 19,900 people. It also said that during the last 2 months, it stopped “tens” of government forces attacks in Suwayda desert, killing 500 soldiers and wounding “tens.” [ICDNSep20] ​​ 

 

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September 19, 2018

 

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Explosion in Kirkuk City

 

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Mohammed Al-Halbusi becomes Speaker of the Council of Representatives.​​ [..]

PUK leadership votes to nominate Barham Salih for President of Iraq. [..]

. . . but KDP nominates someone else.​​ [..]

Planning Minister estimates Daesh destroyed 150,000 houses; reconstruction cost: $88 billion.​​ [..]

Report says Daesh has re-established its official state in rural mountain area. [..]

Human Rights Commission sounds alarm over all the Yazidis and other Iraqis kidnapped by Daesh and still in captivity. [..]

Aid worker killed, 2 wounded in Daesh Hatra attack. [..]

 

Turkey

Defense Minister says Army has killed 366 PKK fighters in last 45 days. [..]

 

Syria

State Department extols new role of Saudis, others in stabilizing Syria. [..]

Pro-Turkey militia battles Syrian Army units in Azaz. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham militias reject Turkey-Russia agreement on Idlib.​​ [..]

Daesh proposes to swap 30 civilian hostages in Suwayda for captured commander. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

CoR Speaker​​ 

Iraq has a new Speaker of the Council of Representatives. The Council elected Mohammed Al-Halbusi, the Governor of Anbar and former CoR member, Mohammed Al-Halbusi.​​ Al-Halbusi defeated former Defense Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi of Ninewa by 169 votes to 85.​​ He is only 36​​ years old, and thus represents a generational leadership change.

Al-Halbusi​​ received​​ a telephone call​​ from​​ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. According to a statement from Al-Halbusi’s office, Pompeo said that Al-Halbusi’s election was another step towards embodying the will of the next generation and their important role in leading the country towards stability and development. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

President

On Wednesday, the PUK’s governing council voted for Barham Salih as its candidate for President. This came after the return of Salih to the PUK, having resigned from his Coalition for Democracy and Justice.​​ Mullah Bakhtiar, head of the Political Bureau for the PUK and Salih’s closest competitor for the PUK nomination for President, had said on Tuesday that the PUK would consider Salih as a candidate if he returned to the party. [BasNews]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ By returning to the PUK, Salih also fulfilled Iran’s condition for supporting him, as we reported on Monday. It would be erroneous to infer that the western-oriented Salih is a pro-Iran candidate, however, or that the rumored Iranian support was crucial to his getting the nod.

 

However, it turns out that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will have its own candidate for the Iraqi presidency,​​ according to a KDP​​ spokesperson​​ on Wednesday.​​ 

According to the spokesperson, Mahmood Mohammed, officials from the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) had agreed in a recent meeting that the Kurdish parties should agree on one candidate for the Iraqi president role.​​ The PUK was supposed to inform the KDP of their candidates before making a final decision, but after the return of Barham Salih to the party, he was nominated for the Iraqi presidency unilaterally, Mohammed explained.

Mohammed said that the Iraq president position should be shared by the people of Kurdistan and not a single party. ​​ “The Kurds should decide on one candidate similar to the united position and program we had in Baghdad,” he stated.

The​​ COR​​ is scheduled to​​ vote​​ on Sept. 25 to elect the country’s new​​ President,​​ which​​ has been a Kurdish post since the first democratic election in​​ 2005.​​ [Kurdistan 24]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This takes a little explaining. Yes, this has been a “Kurdish post” but more specifically it has been a PUK post. This reflected​​ an understanding between the two traditional ruling parties in the KRG. The KRG President position was held by Massoud Barzani, leader of the KDP, who has never wanted to trade it for the higher-sounding position of President of Iraq. Nor, however, has he wanted to alternate his KRG President position with the PUK, an arrangement that has prevailed, albeit imperfectly, in the selection of Prime Ministers. Allowing the PUK to control the​​ presidency of Iraq was therefore a way to maintain a kind of equality. We control this presidency; you control that presidency; we don’t let anyone else in.

That explains why the PUK might think this is their position to fill. It explains why Barham Salih would need to be back in the PUK in order to fill it. However, Massoud Barzani is no longer the President of Iraqi Kurdistan. That explains why the KDP might think that the old understanding is no longer applicable.​​ 

It would not be surprising if this​​ conflict of the moment were a lead-in to a big-party deal about something else, which in turn would resolve the Iraq presidency issue. History suggests that the selection of the next President of Iraq is more likely to result from another KDP-PUK deal than from a democratic election in the Council of Representatives.

 

The Sadiqoun bloc​​ (the political wing​​ of the AAH),​​ headed by Qais Al-Khazali,​​ said​​ that there are 10 names being studied as candidates for​​ Prime​​ Minister. He denied​​ that​​ any agreement​​ had been​​ reached regarding any of the candidates. [BasNews]

 

Reconstruction

Minister of Planning Salman Al-Jumaili says Daesh destroyed over 150,000 houses in Iraqi territory during the period of its rule. He estimated the amount required to reconstruct​​ all this​​ destroyed​​ housing stock​​ at US $88 billion. [Anadolu]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A report by the daily​​ Al-Mada​​ says that Daesh has reestablished a minimal “state” in the Makhoul Mountains, with about 2,000 fighters who survived the military operations that stopped 9 months​​ ago. The group is a bit isolated and highly dependent on relatives and family members, but still issues​​ fatwas and executes death sentences. [BaghdadToday]

 

The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights called on the Iraqi government to coordinate with Coalition forces and the Syrian government in order to save the Iraqis who have​​ been abducted by Daesh and​​ are​​ now in Syrian territory. The Commission noted that Daesh was believed to be​​ still​​ holding Yazidi abductees in its last strongholds, and that there were thousands of Iraqis still missing as a result of Daesh kidnappings.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

The Higher Judicial Council says that the Karkh Criminal Court sentenced Ismail Al-Ethawi, a Daesh leader who occupied various posts, including as a deputy to Al-Baghdadi, to death by hanging. Al-Ethawi fled to Syria, and then to Turkey, where he was arrested and handed over to Iraq. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Baghdad Police say they arrested 13 persons, including 1 terrorist and 2 wanted for murder, in Al-Husseiniya and Kadhimiya. The others were arrested for theft and robbery. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source said on Wednesday that a bomb exploded in the area of Kasra wa Atash, in Adhamiya, with no casualties. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

Hit​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that PMF members were killed and their SUV destroyed in a Daesh ambush west of Hit.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that two soldiers were killed when a group of Daesh terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army 7th​​ division military position west of Haditha. The source said 2 terrorists, including a Tunisian, were killed in the attack.

 

Rutba

The Center for Security Information says that the 8th​​ Army Division, with Coalition air support, killed 15 Daesh militants hiding in a cave northeast of Akashat, in​​ far western​​ Anbar​​ near Al-Qa’im. The cave contained explosive belts, weapons, and ammunition. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that two PMF members were killed when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Baiji and Haditha. The source said the vehicle was transporting locally made rods from Baiji to west Anbar.​​ 

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Diyala Ops Command announced the start of a new military operation​​ in​​ northern​​ Muqdadiya​​ District, backed by the PMF and air support. The aim is to clear the​​ area​​ of Daesh presence. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

 

A security source said on Wednesday that an IED placed inside a civilian car had exploded in the Tis’in area. Later Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said​​ three​​ people had been injured by the bombing. [Sumaria]​​ [AIN]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security source says that the 88th​​ PMF Brigade destroyed Daesh tunnels and a vehicle, as well as capturing a shelter used as a storehouse for ammunition and IEDs in Dhirban village, in Hawija. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information says that IFP intelligence units captured a Daesh safehouse​​ in Hawija​​ containing 12 gas cylinders, which were booby-trapped with C4 charges. [PUKMedia]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

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

Daesh said it destroyed an IFP Humvee with an IED on Arab Koy​​ Road, in Daquq, on Tuesday, killing the members inside. It said it killed or wounded more IFP members after attacking another vehicle. 13 IFP members were killed in the attack. [ICDNSep18]

 

NINEWA

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that four PMF members and their taxi driver were killed when a group of Daesh terrorists in a pickup vehicle shot at the taxi near Aslubi village, across the main road from the Qayara military base. The source said the terrorists stole weapons and set the taxi on fire before fleeing.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that tribal PMF units found several Daesh hideouts in the Jazarat area, in Qayara, and confiscated food and medical supplies.​​ 

 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Wednesday that detachments in its 20th​​ Division had seized a workshop for the manufacture of IEDs in an unspecified location south of Mosul city. A “large number” of IEDs, Katyusha rockets, and other explosives were also seized.​​ [BaghdadToday] [Ghad]​​ 

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

The Ministry of Defense says that intelligence units from the 20th​​ Army Division arrested a Daesh commander responsible for kidnappings and assassinations in north Mosul. The arrest was made in Tal Zalat,​​ southwest of Mosul city in Muhalabiya​​ subdistrict. [Mawazin]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that two PMF members were killed, another wounded, and their machine gun-mounted vehicle destroyed when a roadside IED exploded near Khabaza village between Tal Abta and Hatra.  ​​​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that the director of an Iraqi aid organization was killed and two of his colleagues wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists shot at the victims’ vehicle near Hatra. The source said the victims were distributing food items and other aid materials.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that two PMF members were killed and a commander wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle near Al-Jari village, west of Hatra. People of the village told the PMFs that a group of Daesh terrorists entered the village earlier and stole weapons and food items.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Karbala

Karbala Police Command said on Wednesday that the​​ police​​ had arrested a suspect wanted on terrorism charges,​​ at a checkpoint. [Mawazin]

 

Wasit

The Wasit​​ Police said they had arrested a suspect wanted on terrorism charges north of Suwaira. [Forat]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Masrour Barzani, advisor to the​​ KRG​​ Security Council, met on Wednesday with Nicola Terzano, commander of the Italian forces in Iraq. Terzano said that his country would continue to train and supply the Peshmerga. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a report that Turkish attacks on Kurdish targets in northern Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan) might have been illegal under international law. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ OK, and what about the PKK attacks on Turkish targets in Turkey?

 

Military & security developments

According to government-affiliated​​ Anadolu,​​ Turkey’s​​ Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says that the Turkish Army​​ has​​ killed 366 PKK fighters in the past 45 days. [Anadolu]

 

According to pro-Kurdish Hawar,​​ several Turkish Army troops have​​ been killed in fighting with the HPG (PKK) in Erzincan and Bitlis Provinces,​​ in​​ eastern Turkey. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

Adama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, said at a press conference on Wednesday that the reconstruction of Syria could take more than half a century. He expressed his hope that Syrians would be able to reconcile with one another as citizens and not as sectarian or ethnic groups. [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

United States

President Trump says the US will announce its position regarding staying in Syria shortly. He said that the US came to Syria to fight Daesh, and has almost finished the job. Trump said that when it was fully done, the US would “see what to do,” adding that the decision would not take long. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This would seem to contradict or at least hedge the rumored assurances given by Secretary of Defense Mattis that the US would be in Syria indefinitely.

 

State Department spokeswoman​​ Heather​​ Nauert told the CNN that the contributions of Saudi Arabia and other states to the stabilization of Syria exceeded US expectations. She says that sharing such responsibility is not bad, and that the US is pleased.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

The pro-Turkey National Front for Liberation fought the Syrian Army in the Azaz District, causing casualties. Local sources said the fighting focused around Ratyan, Bayanoun, Hajjan, and Tal Musaibin, in the Tal Rifaat subdistrict north of Aleppo city. [Dorar]​​ 

 

The YPG says that it killed 2 pro-Turkey militia fighters and wounded 3 others in an operation in​​ the​​ Shirawa​​ area​​ in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Jarabulus

The group Ahrar Al-Sharqiya, part of the pro-Turkish​​ Free Syrian Army,​​ said that​​ it arrested 5 Daesh members, including a Daesh leader, at a checkpoint in the Jarabulus countryside. [Dorar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh​​ claimed​​ on Wednesday it ambushed a 30-vehicle “American” and SDF convoy on Street 60, in Hay Ghuwairan, in south Hasaka. It said that after detonating an IED on the convoy, its terrorists attacked, killing 15 soldiers, wounding 25 including US soldiers, destroying 3 SUVs, and damaging a truck carrying ammunition. [A3maq] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The other side of this story has not been reported; no US casualties have been announced.

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh published a photo of an SDF member it killed; it then stole his weapon and motorcycle east of Karama on Monday. [ICDNSep18]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded three SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near the Women’s Union in Raqqa city. [ICDNSep19]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The SOHR says that several​​ jihadi​​ factions rejected the RussianTurkish agreement, namely 6 groups fighting under the banner of Tahrir Al-Sham, who are refusing to abandon their positions in Jisr Al-Shughur in east Idlib and​​ in​​ north Hama facing the Syrian Army, saying that their mission is to fight Russian infidels. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says that the rate of return of IDPs to their villages in rural Hama and Idlib has increased following the RussianTurkish agreement the previous day. It says that over 7,000 persons who fled their villages during the preparations for the​​ expected​​ battle have returned. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Fighting between the Syrian Army and Daesh is continuing in the Homs and Deir Ez-Zor deserts, reaching the area of the Al-Tanaf base near the border with Iraq, says the SOHR. The Syrian Army killed 4 Daesh fighters and captured 6 others. Fighting is ongoing. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR says that Daesh trenches, mines, and tunnels in the orchards of Al-Baghouz Foqani are blocking the advances of the SDF and the Coalition towards the village. Daesh is initiating nighttime suicide attacks with groups of not more than 5 fighters, mostly of Asian nationalities. The SOHR says that at least 61 SDF and 97 Daesh fighters have been killed since Sept. 10. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR reported a Daesh counter-attack on an SDF position on Wednesday, starting with 2 car bombs in Al-Baghouz Foqani. It said that Coalition planes carried out several airstrikes on Daesh positions. It also reported that​​ some​​ SDF fighters​​ who are​​ originally​​ from Hajin are not fighting,​​ because they believe​​ that​​ Hajin should be​​ the​​ priority for SDF attacks. [SyriaHR]

 

Local sources told the Turkish state-owned media outlet​​ Anadolu​​ that “at least 57” SDF members had been killed in the fight for Al-Baghouz, and that the SDF had not succeeded in advancing even a kilometer. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Qasioun is notorious for biased reports attributed to unidentified “local sources.”

 

An SDF official said that Coalition forces, France in particular, were taking part in the fighting against Daesh around Hajin and Al-Baghouz Foqani. The official said that they had killed “dozens” of Daesh fighters and captured a “senior leader” in Al-Baghouz Foqani. [Qasioun]

 

19 Daesh fighters were reported killed in fighting around the village of Al-Baghouz Foqani. [Hawar]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh threatened to kill 30 women and children, mostly Druze, whom it had captured in the Suwayda area. The source said Daesh demanded the release of one of its senior commanders, Abu Talha Al-Iraqi, who had been captured by government forces, in exchange for releasing the women and children.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Wednesday it damaged an Egyptian Army armored vehicle with an IED near Shabana School, south of Rafah. [ICDNSep19]

 

Libya

The Ministry of Interior of the Libyan Government of National Accord says that all preparations have been made to hand over all important locations in Tripoli to a regular police force. They say that such a force is well trained, highly professional, and politically independent. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

The European Commission​​ says​​ that​​ it is contemplating legislation that would compel popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to delete content promoting terrorism and extremism, while preserving freedom of expression. [FaceIraq]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

The Somali Deputy Minister of Information announced on Wednesday that 12 Al-Shabab fighters had been killed in an airstrike on Sako,​​ in​​ Middle Juba province, southern Somalia. The Minister said that the airstrike targeted a meeting of about 37 leaders of Al-Shabaab in the city, which has been under Al-Shabab control since 2008. An Al-Shabaab-affiliated website denied that the leaders had been killed, claiming that the airstrike had hit a public hospital and a school. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces have arrested 8 key members of the Taliban and Daesh in eastern Nangarhar Province.​​ 

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani quoted a statement by the provincial government saying that the NDS has also confiscated some weapons, munitions, and explosives from the detained individuals. Khogyani further added that the militants were captured on separate operations over the past one week. According to Khogyani, arrested Daesh and Taliban members have been from Jalalabad city and the Bati Kot, Behsud, Khogyani, and Rod districts.

The detained militants hail from Kunar and Nangarhar provinces and have confessed to their crimes, Khogyani said, adding that the suspects have been referred to the judiciary for trial. [Khaama]​​ 

 

 

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