An Update On ISIS Activities

July 26, 2018

 

C:\Users\pemd7\Desktop\Mass Grave in Raqqa.jpg

Mass Grave in Raqqa

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Coalition concedes its airstrikes in Iraq, Syria have killed 1,059 civilians since 2014. [..]

Joint Ops Command sets revised anti-Daesh strategy focused on drones, aerial surveillance. [..]

 

Syria

Another Daesh mass grave found in Raqqa, at the city zoo; 400 people. [..]

Daesh ambush kills 8 Syrian soldiers in Albu Kamal. [..]

Syrian Army makes major gains in SW Syria, in costly campaign. [..]

Vicious Daesh onslaught in Suwayda continues, as deaths top 250. [..]

 

Other countries

Iran: ​​ Soleimani issues latest Iranian threat against US military. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition says its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since 2014​​ have​​ killed 1,059 civilians since the start of​​ its Inherent​​ Resolve operation, describing this as unintended collateral damage. Other organizations have different numbers,​​ however,​​ like Airwars,​​ which estimates such casualties at 5,637. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The discrepancy, however, is between verified numbers and unverified numbers. The number of civilian deaths is much higher than 1,059. The question is how many can be blamed on the Coalition, recognizing that some people defined elsewhere as “civilians” were in fact working for Daesh, for one example. We have printed (sometimes with comments) many media reports that counted all casualties as civilians.

 

Joint Operations Command set a new plan to pursue Daesh cells in liberated areas that includes more use of drones to locate these cells, starting in Kirkuk and Diyala. Field sources say the plan would save effort and time, and will improve the military output considerably.​​ Sources say aerial reconnaissance is a major part o the intelligence effort , especially in wide open areas like deserts, sources say. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s about time more effort was put into aerial surveillance, as we have repeatedly commented. It almost seems like some people involved in this plan were reading the comments.

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source says unidentified gunmen with silenced guns on a motorcycle shot​​ a​​ civilian​​ dead​​ in Saba’ Al-Bor, in Tarmiya District. [Sumaria]

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says an IED exploded in Al-Mashtal in east Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding two others. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi officer and wounded two other soldiers with a sticky IED in the Mashtal area.​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command says army units found 4 IEDs and an explosives cache in Saadan​​ in Abu Ghraib District and​​ Ma’amir​​ in​​ south Baghdad[Rudaw]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Security Media​​ Center says ​​ a search campaign​​ working​​ in​​ a​​ Falluja​​ garage destroyed an IED and cleared over 200 m2​​ from explosives. 15 ammonium nitrate containers were found in Matari and​​ additional​​ IEDs in Albu Dhiab​​ (northwest Ramadi)​​ and Trebil​​ (Jordanian border). [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged the house of an IFP member with an IED in Falluja city, on Tuesday. [ICDNJul26]

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it killed 20 Iraqi soldiers, wounded seven others, and destroyed their bus with 2 IEDs on the 90 Road, west of Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

Al-Qa’im

The Security Media Center says Jazeera Operations Command units destroyed a Daesh safehouse, 21 anti-tank mines, and a Katyusha rocket in the Saada area in Al-Qa’im. [Etejah]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Salahuddin Operations Command says the total number of IDP families returning to their​​ homes​​ areas ​​ is up to 160,852 in Salahuddin as of​​ Thursday. [Ghad]

 

Baiji

Salahuddin Operations​​ Command says​​ its units discovered​​ 63 IEDS during search campaigns in various parts of the province, 60 of them near the Baiji -Siniya oil pipeline.​​ All IEDs were destroyed on site. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi Army members with an IED east of Tikrit, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

A security source says two IEDs planted on the Baghdad-Tikrit Road in​​ the​​ Diba’i area were defused. Another was found on the roadside in Rashidiya in northeast Baghdad. [IraqPress]

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Security Media Center says army units found 3 IEDs in Ishaqi, in Balad. [Ghad]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Daesh says it wounded four Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in Albu Harush village, west of Udhaim, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers, wounded others, and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in the Albu Eissa area, west of Udhaim, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A security source says Daesh initiated an attack on the​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization​​ in a village​​ southwest of Hawija, wounding 3 of them. [SotIraq]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

The Security Media Center said that IFP units destroyed 5 Daesh safehouses and 19 IEDs and captured 2 suspects in an ongoing search in the Daquq area. [AIN]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Security Media Center says military intelligence in the​​ army​​ 16th​​ division ​​ arrested ​​ a Daesh operative​​ trying to​​ escape​​ from​​ the west side of Mosul to the east side. [PressIraq]

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

Security Media Center says army units in Tal Afar​​ Province​​ located 5 mortar shells, an IED, and locally made rockets hidden in Wadi Al-Salih;​​ cleared 318 houses and 6 IEDs in the Tal Al-Qasr residential complex;​​ and found 80 IEDs in Ayonat Al-Alaq.​​ [IraqPress]

 

Army units found an IED in Ashiq village. [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

ERBIL

Al-Quds Al-Arabi​​ daily,​​ published in London says one of the Daesh attackers on the Erbil governorate office​​ was closely related to the Masoud Barzani family, and had​​ brothers working in Kurdish security and​​ the​​ Peshmerga.​​ It says​​ Rahil Mohammed Rustom Musa was influenced by a hard-line mosque sheikh in Erbil, who was recently arrested. [Etejah]​​ 

 

The US Senate​​ voted to allocate​​ US $290 million to support the Peshmerga,​​ out of the total of US $850 million allocated to support the Iraqi Army. Wording in the bill says this is due to the positive role of Peshmerga in the Coalition campaign against Daesh . [Rudaw]

 

Turkish Army says its planes attacked the Kharok area in northern Iraqi Kurdistan near the Turkish border, while the PKK military arm says it killed 37 Turkish troops . [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The​​ HPG​​ (PKK)​​ media center says it killed 33 Turkish soldiers in an attack on a military convoy in Pasay and Sirnak​​ in southeastern Turkey. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Even if you discount the boastful numbers​​ to some extent, the number of people dying in this senseless tit for tat between the Turkish Army and HPG is growing rapidly.​​ Adding this story to the previous one, the HPG claims to have killed 70 soldiers in one day. An unknown number of HPG soldiers died in the airstrikes.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Political opposition

Reuters believes that President Bashar Al-Assad is not in a hurry to negotiate with the SDF, who are willing to start a dialogue to protect their accomplishments of the past seven years in view of the Turkish threat and uncertainty of the US positions. Observers believe that recent military gains made the Syrian​​ President more relaxed and comfortable. [Dorar]

 

Foreign policy

United States

Senator Marco​​ Rubio, member of​​ the Senate Foreign​​ Relations Committee, says the​​ PYD/YPG is becoming a renegade organization. However, he expects​​ the​​ Syrian government to develop​​ a​​ relationship​​ with this group​​ so as​​ to attract Kurdish support. This​​ will be an issue for Turkey.​​ 

Rubio also​​ says​​ that​​ confronting Daesh is the only common​​ goal​​ of the US and Russia in Syria,​​ whereas​​ ​​ the two nations have different perspectives on​​ Syrian unity, natural gas, access to oil, and human rights issues. [Anadolu]

 

Jordan

Jordan’s​​ Foreign​​ Minister says​​ Jordan has​​ no interaction with the Syrian government,​​ except for​​ security channels of communication in border areas. He says this goes for all neighboring countries, and not only Syria, where Jordanian national interest is the main driver​​ for all​​ its​​ actions. [Dorar]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city & district

The​​ Rapid Response team of the Reconstruction​​ Committee of Raqqa​​ Civil​​ Council says it recovered 400 bodies, mostly civilians, from a mass grave in the​​ city zoo. Earlier,​​ 550 bodies were recovered from Rasheed stadium, 120 from the traffic park, 60 from the​​ White​​ Park, and 70 from the​​ Martyrs​​ Park. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF vehicle with an IED east of the maternity hospital in Raqqa, on Tuesday, wounding the fighters inside. [ICDNJul26]

 

Daesh says it killed an SDF “collaborator” with a sticky IED in Ratla town, south of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

North Raqqa (Ayn Eissa, Tal Abyad, etc.)

Daesh says it killed five SDF fighters and destroyed their SUV with an IED near Irtiwaziya village, in Suluk, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Central and​​ west​​ 

Idlib

The​​ Telegraph​​ says British experts are training paramedics from Idlib to deal with chemical attacks,​​ in anticipation of possible​​ government attacks​​ on that​​ area. [Dorar]

 

Latakia

An IED near Turkmen​​ Mountain in Latakia killed two Syrian soldiers. [Hawar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin District

Daesh says it beheaded an SDF member in Shinan village, southeast of Al-Omar oilfield. [ICDNJul26]

 

Albu Kamal District

SOHR says Daesh killed 8 Syrian soldiers in an ambush in the desert area southeast of Albu Kamal ​​ The area is witnessing continued fighting between Daesh and the Syrian​​ Army and has left​​ significant casualties​​ on both sides. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in Al-Sayal village, near Albu Kamal, with 2 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNJul26]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

SOHR says Syrian​​ Army is advancing in Yarmouk​​ Basin under heavy artillery and air cover, capturing over 22​​ towns and villages in the past 24 hours in Yarmouk​​ Basin and southern​​ Quneitra. The Syrian​​ campaign​​ attack started a week ago. [SyriaHR]

SOHR reported considerable advances in Yarmouk​​ Basin for the Syrian army​​ against​​ Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled. It says​​ the Syrian​​ Army captured important locations​​ and has reduced​​ Jaish Khaled’s​​ control​​ area​​ to 10 villages. It says that Jaish Khaled​​ has​​ lost 141​​ fighters​​ battle​​ while​​ 62 soldiers and officers of the Syrian​​ Army​​ have also died. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian troops captured the village of Ayn Dhikr, and moved into direct contact with Jaish Khaled fighters in Tasil. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian troops deployed at the Al-Alam roundabout in Quneitra and other parts of the city. ​​ The troops also entered Hamidiya village 3 km (2 miles) north of Quneitra. [Qasioun]

 

Russia’s Ministry of Defense says Daesh is trying to instigate Israel to attack the Syrian Army. It says gunmen are firing at Israeli territories from Nafi’a and Shajra villages, near the Golan Heights, to draw responses against the Syrian side. [Dorar]

 

Suwayda

Daesh executed 20 Syrian and affiliated militia troops in Suwayda. Daesh says it killed over 150 Syrian soldiers in the recent battles north and east of Suwayda. [Qasioun]

Media sources say the final account of​​ the wave of​​ the​​ Daesh attacks on Suwayda is 250 killed and 200 wounded. Daesh initiated three attacks with explosives​​ belts followed by attacks with rockets and hand grenades on three areas in the city. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it attacked Syrian Army and allied militias in several areas in Suwayda province. It also said it attacked government forces on the Suwayda-Damascus road and ambushed military reinforcement units. It says it killed 140 soldiers, wounded “tens,” and destroyed 4 vehicles. [ICDNJul26]

 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading captured government soldiers and “loyalists” in the Suwayda area. Daesh [ICDNJul25] [ICDNJul25]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, warned President Donald Trump that the Red Sea is not a safe area for US military presence, saying in a speech in Hamdan that the “the Guards, Al-Quds Corps, and the Iranian Army is closer to you than you may believe.” [ZamanAlwasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ To all the US military men​​ among our readers​​ who are shaking in their boots from all these threatening remarks by Iranian leaders, please raise your hands.​​ Whatever attacks may be perpetrated by Iranian forces that are “closer than you may believe,” the retaliatory US attack will show that Iran is not located far enough from the scene to get away with them.

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Egypt’s​​ Ministry of​​ Foreign​​ Affairs​​ says it​​ considers​​ Houthi attacks on two Saudi oil tankers in the Red​​ Sea as​​ a​​ serious breach of international conventions and freedom of navigation. Cairo demanded​​ that​​ the international community play a positive role in enforcing law and order in Yemen. [Anadolu]

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Egyptian Army bulldozers with 2 IEDs south of Arish, on Tuesday, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. It also says it damaged an M60 tank with rocket, south of Arish. [A3maq] [ICDNJul26]

 

Tunisia

The National​​ Guards of Aryanah​​ Province arrested a 20 year old suspect and found​​ videos and posts​​ on his mobile phones supporting​​ terrorism and radical thought. He will be put​​ on​​ trial on charges of supporting terrorism.​​ [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Federal​​ Police say the manager of​​ the Renaissance Dam project was shot dead Thursday morning while in his car. Investigations are yet to reveal more information. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Kabul Police says a suicide attacker detonated himself in the Kampani area in Kabul ,targeting an envoy of Afghani intelligence and killing​​ four​​ and wounding​​ six​​ others. The attack was claimed by the Taliban. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed four US Army “spies” (Afghans) in Manogai, in Kunar, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it shot a US “collaborator” in the Ghani Khel area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNJul26]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED near the house of a parliament member in District 1 in Jalalabad, on Wednesday, wounding two of his bodyguards. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about the battles in south Syria. [ICDNJul26]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists, saying he was killed in Syria. [ICDNJul26]

​​ 

July 25, 2018

 

Quetta

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi gets a supportive visit from Brett McGurk. [..]

Daesh kills another mukhtar, in southeast Diyala. [..]

Khanaqin village ​​ evacuated by after Daesh kills 5 inhabitants. [..]

AAH PMFs accused of killing a policeman near Mosul. [..]

 

Syria

UN takes public stance supporting Syrian refugees against​​ possible government schemes against them. [..]

US Treasury Dept.​​ sanctions 5 firms, 8 individuals linked to Syrian chemical weapons. [..]

At least​​ 215​​ killed by​​ 12​​ Daesh suicide attackers in Suwayda.​​ [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Canada:​​ Toronto Police rebut Daesh claim that gunman was their “soldier.” ​​ [..]

Pakistan: ​​ Attacks on polling station, police van kill at least​​ 31​​ people. [..]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Demonstrations

Prime Minister Al-Abadi met with the US Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, on Wednesday. The statement by the PM’s office said that they discussed strengthening relations between the two countries and McGurk’s appreciation of the steps taken by the Iraqi government to improve services in response to the recent protests. [Rudaw] ​​ 

 

According to the independent daily​​ Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Sunni areas might join in demonstrations similar to the southern provinces.​​ However,​​ Shaalan Al-Karim, a leader of the “Alliance of Iraqi Forces” (Sunni),​​ says that​​ while​​ the situation in the western provinces is as bad as in the southern provinces, to date no demonstrations have taken place because demonstrators would instantly be accused of being affiliated with the Baath Party or with Daesh. [BaghdadToday]

 

New Government

The Bahraini daily​​ Akhbar Al-Khaleej​​ says that the US Embassy​​ in​​ Baghdad approved a proposal by Ayad Allawi, head of the Wataniya (National) alliance, to announce a “national salvation” government. The proposed “national salvation” government would involve suspending the CoR, the Constitution, and the Provincial Councils in order to form an interim government that would run the country for 2 years and prepare for new elections under amended electoral laws after that. Allawi reportedly circulated this proposal to all political parties and embassies, and is said to have received positive signs from the US Embassy. The Iranian Ambassador is strictly opposed to the idea, and is holding meetings with Shi’a parties to expedite forming a government based on the results of the CoR elections. Sitting PM Al-Abadi reportedly did not respond to or comment on the proposal. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Without​​ any​​ prompting from the Ambassador, we can say that he is unlikely to have supported such an unconstitutional​​ proposal.

 

Abdul Hussein Al-Zergawi, of the​​ Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance,​​ says​​ that​​ any external or foreign advice to support forming a national government is welcome. He was responding to the press regarding the so-called​​ 5+2​​ suggestion of​​ the​​ Iranian​​ Revolutionary​​ Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, which​​ calls for​​ forming a Shia coalition that would nominate​​ two people​​ for​​ the PM’s office, and then start discussions with Sunnis and Kurds to join.​​ However, Al-Zergawi denied having​​ any​​ knowledge of​​ such a​​ “5+2”​​ proposal​​ during earlier meetings​​ about​​ forming a coalition. The Iranian proposal was first mentioned by​​ the Saudi daily​​ Al-Hayat,​​ which​​ said​​ that​​ the​​ public unrest and demonstrations delayed discussion of​​ it. [BaghdadToday]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Sami Al-Bayati, the deputy head of the Turkmen party Al-Haq, accused Kurdish parties of being behind the recent explosions in Kirkuk, which he called​​ an attempt to return their forces to the city after being expelled by governmental forces back in October. He says that the reaction of the Kurds​​ validates​​ these accusations, as after each explosion they demand return of their forces to Kirkuk. This opinion was backed by Qasim Qazanji, head of the Turkmen Front in Kirkuk, who says that the leading Kurdish parties are fabricating these attacks, mainly against Turkmen, to show​​ (falsely)​​ that security cannot be achieved in Kirkuk without the Peshmerga. [BaghdadToday]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Qatari​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ quoted a source as saying that hundreds of Daesh members in Iraq​​ have​​ had their identity documents frozen, and issuance of Iraqi identity cards to their families has​​ been prohibited. The source, who asked not to be named, noted that this was causing administrative problems with ratifying people’s legal names for marriage and registering newborns.​​ [Sumaria]​​ Full Arab legal names usually include the mother’s and father’s name).

 

BAGHDAD

The Central Criminal Court in Rusafa sentenced 2 terrorists to life imprisonment on Wednesday. The spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council, Abd Al-Sattar Birqdar, said that 1 of the convicts had worked in a workshop for the manufacture of explosives in Ninewa, and the other had been convicted of incitement against security forces, and had admitted belonging to Daesh. [Sumaria]​​ [Ghad]

 

ANBAR

Rutba

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi Army members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED on the Kilo 170 road. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMF units found hundreds of Daesh weapons and communication devices in a deserted house in Siniya.​​ 

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two PMF fighters were killed and their pickup vehicle destroyed by an IED on the road between Tikrit and Samarra. The source says PMF units defused 6 more IEDs on the same road.​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A local source in Diyala Province said on Wednesday that​​ three​​ civilians, including the village​​ mukhtar, had been killed by an IED explosion in the village of Zahra,​​ 16 miles northeast of Baquba​​ in the Al-Waqf Basin. The other 2 people killed were farmers from the same village. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh sources​​ also reported that​​ the mukhtar of Zahra village, in Abbara, was killed when an IED exploded near his house. [ICDNJul25]

 

The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that personnel under Diyala Ops Command had found and destroyed 3 Daesh safehouses, 1 with assistance from Army Air. Diyala Ops Command confirmed independently that they had destroyed 2 Daesh safehouses in the Abbara area​​ just north of Baquba. [Baghdadia]​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that personnel under Diyala Ops Command had arrested a total of 8 wanted persons in various locations in the province.​​ The Directorate of Internal Affairs and Security also announced on Wednesday that a person wanted on terrorism charges was arrested by the​​ Hibhib police. It is unclear if this is​​ one​​ of the same arrests. [Baghdadia] [Ghad]​​ 

 

A security source in Diyala reported that a Daesh member was led into a trap​​ in​​ Baquba​​ District, which was set up with the help of his wife. He hid in a sleeper cell in Kirkuk while communicating with her. She gave important information to authorities about his intentions to travel 100 kilometers to retrieve her from her family’s home near Baquba and enlist her in Daesh. He was ambushed along his way. [Sumaria]

 

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

A “well-informed source” reported on Wednesday that due to Daesh, Mardan village in Khanaqin has been completely evacuated. The source said that within the last few days, Daesh killed 5 civilians there. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

The Diyala Police announced on Wednesday that they had arrested a Daesh “emir” and 3 of his associates in the area of Al-Tabaj village​​ in Jalawla, Khanaqin. They added in a statement that the “emir” had been responsible for terrorist operations and suicide bombings around Lake Himrin.​​ [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Dibis

The 22nd​​ PMF Brigade carried out a search around the villages of Mama​​ south of Dibis​​ and Al-Milih​​ west of the city​​ and the Little Zab River in Dibis​​ District, according to a press release from the PMF media office.​​ [Forat]​​ 

 

NINEWA

The Ninewa Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh member nicknamed “Al-Muhajir” to death on Wednesday. Spokesman Judge Abd Al-Sattar Birqdar said that “Al-Muhajir” had massacred a number of​​ civilians, both men and women, in Sinjar, and had also fought against Iraqi security and military personnel in Mosul. [IraqPress]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

An official source said on Wednesday that members of the Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) PMF group killed a policeman in an attack on a group of police vehicles north of Mosul. The source, who asked not to be named, said that there was an accidental collision in​​ the “Shady Casino” forested tourist area between​​ an AAH vehicle and a civilian vehicle. A rescue patrol arrived on the scene of the accident, followed by a police​​ contingent​​ of 7 vehicles. When the second group of vehicles arrived on the scene, the AAH members opened fire on them, killing 1 policeman and damaging 2 rescue vehicles. [SotIraq]​​ 

 

Mosul

The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that personnel under the Directorate of Military Intelligence had arrested a “senior member” of Daesh’s “Islamic Police,” who was trying to flee from west Mosul to east Mosul. [Ghad]

 

Southern Ninewa

Muhalabiya

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMF units killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a tunnel in the Tal Abta area.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that PMF units destroyed 7 Daesh safehouse, killed 4 terrorists, and captured Younes Ahmed Ali, aka Abu Anas, a Daesh military commander and a Saddam army captain, near Al-Wardiya village.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Najaf

On Wednesday, the Police Directorate of Najaf announced that the “Falcons” intelligence cell arrested a “dangerous” person on charges of terrorism, murder, theft, and other crimes. [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Kurdish media says that HPG​​ (PKK)​​ units killed 5 Turkish soldiers in Jolamergy, southeast Turkey. [Hawar]

 

President​​ Recep Tayyip​​ Erdoğan says in a press conference before flying to South Africa that he would discuss issues related to Daraa and Idlib with his Russian counterpart​​ Vladimir Putin. He commented​​ that​​ “Anything could happen, anytime, in those areas”.​​ [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that any refugees returning to Syria must be returned “with dignity and safety,” and that nobody should be forced to return. This comes after the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the formation of a center for the repatriation of Syrian refugees in cooperation with the Syrian regime government. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we reported recently, this “repatriation” center​​ is apparently intended to investigate the people applying for repatriation, to identify regime opponents.​​ For that reason, we suspect​​ that​​ a lot of Syrian refugees who want to return will let others go first.​​ However, we have also reported a scheme to seize the property of people who do not return.

 

Foreign policy

United States

The Treasury Department announced sanctions on Wednesday for 5 institutions and 8 individuals who it said were linked to the Syrian chemical weapons program. The Treasury Department said in a statement that these were “key elements” of the network that had provided electronic equipment that aided the Syrian development of chemical weapons. [Sumaria]

 

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, says there will be no cooperation with the Russian Army at this moment, and that the US will not do anything more until Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo decide otherwise. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

The Department of Justice confirmed​​ that it had​​ received​​ 2​​ US​​ citizens captured by SDF during battles with Daesh, which was also confirmed by the Pentagon. One of the arrestees is a man and the other is a mother of 4 from Indiana. [SyriaNow]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A spokesman for the Coalition says that the war on Daesh in Syria might take at least 2 or 3 months more. He said that defeating Daesh is the objective now; what happens afterwards will be decided in time. He was speaking through closed-circuit TV from the French Embassy in Baghdad. [Qasioun]

 

The Coalition announced that it had killed 3 Daesh leaders who had planned to target Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and the US. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tamaz Batirashvili, the eldest brother of famous Daesh leader Tarkhan Batirashvili aka Abu Omar Al-Shishani, was killed in Syria, according to the Georgian channel​​ Rustavi 2.​​ This was confirmed by a family member living in Georgia.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Kurdish media sources said that an IED exploded in Shaddadi,​​ in southern​​ Hasaka, that left 7 persons wounded. [Hawar]

 

Local sources in Hasaka say that 2​​ YPG​​ fighters were killed in a gunfight with Turkish troops near the entrance to​​ the northern border city of​​ Ras Al-Ayn.​​ ​​ Earlier, several​​ YPG soldiers​​ were killed or wounded in clashes with the Turks near the​​ eastern​​ border village of Hasanki​​ (spelling approximate)​​ in Qamishli. [Dorar]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) said on Wednesday that​​ it​​ had arrested a Daesh “security leader” in Idlib, “Abu Hassan Al-Masri.” HTS said that “Al-Masri” had been responsible for several bombings and assassinations in areas controlled by Syrian opposition militias. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh sources say a heavy explosion targeted a Turkish Army monitoring position in Ishtabraq village, near Jisr Al-Shughur, in western Idlib. [ICDNJul25]​​ 

 

Daesh sources say 5 Free Idlib Army members were killed or wounded when a vehicle bomb exploded near their​​ position​​ in Al-Tamanah near Idlib’s southern border. [ICDNJul25]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin

The SOHR reported advances of SDF troops, backed by the Coalition, in northeast Deir Ez-Zor, saying that they captured the​​ Flaytah​​ desert area as well as several oil fields. Local sources say that the SDF are holding the 150 family members of Daesh fighters​​ captured near Hajin in Albu Kamal​​ [reported here earlier] as prisoners in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Coalition planes destroyed a house used by Daesh as a security office in Hajin, killing 5 terrorists3 Saudis and 2 Iraqis.

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Ahmed Berri, the military​​ head of​​ the​​ Syrian opposition militia, the​​ Revolutionary​​ Forces,​​ says​​ that the​​ Jordanian​​ Air​​ Force attacked Daesh​​ in southern Syria. Speaking from Astana,​​ Berri​​ says​​ this​​ is​​ the first time that Russian and Jordanian planes​​ have​​ attacked​​ Daesh​​ in​​ the south​​ at the same time. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh sources say​​ they exploded​​ a vehicle bomb on government forces in Ain Dhikr town, west of Daraa, killing or wounding fighters, including a pro-government militia captain, and destroying 2 tanks. [ICDNJul25]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed 2 Syrian Intelligence members in​​ the city of​​ Jasim, west of Daraa. [A3maq]

 

Suwayda

Suwayda city

At least 166 people were killed in a suicide bombing and​​ related​​ attacks that took place in the southern province of Suwayda, in and near Suwayda city. This​​ information​​ came from a tweet by​​ the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs​​ (UNOCHA)​​ in Syria.

One suicide bombing at a vegetable market killed 38 people, the state-run Ikhbariya TV reported.

State TV showed footage of charred bodies, damaged vehicles and a blown-up street market.

Syrian forces thwarted two other attacks in Suwayda, shooting and killing two attackers before they blew themselves up, state-run media added. [CNN]​​ 

Daesh says 9 of its terrorists attacked government forces and allied militias positions in different areas in Suwayda city . It says 4 of the terrorists blew themselves up and the rest were killed in clashes. It also said it attacked government forces in villages east of Suwayda, killing or wounding “tens” of “government forces members” and destroying 4 vehicles. It also says its terrorists battled with​​ government forces on the Suwayda-Damascus road. It says​​ that altogether​​ it killed 235 government​​ troops​​ and wounded more than 200.​​ [Also see stories below]

[A3maq] Daesh sources say that among the victims were Druze leaders. [ICDNJul25]

Daesh claims to have targeted Syrian Army forces. However, local sources say most of the casualties were civilians, 80 of whom have been identified. [EnabBaladi]

 

Other Suwayda attacks

Daesh says 40 government forces members, including a 1st​​ lieutenant, were killed in a Daesh attack on Rami village, east of Suwayda. [A3maq] [ICDNJul25]

 

A suicide bomber attacked the Najma roundabout in Suwayda, killing over 20 people, while Syrian Army troops killed 2 other suicide attackers in the area. This comes as Daesh is attacking areas northeast of the city. [Qasioun]

 

A third explosion took place in Suwayda​​ city, an hour after​​ two​​ earlier​​ explosions​​ in​​ the city’s​​ Maslakh neighborhood. The explosions left 40 civilian casualties in the main market area in downtown Suwayda. [Qasioun]

 

The total death toll from several Daesh attacks in Suwayda rose on Wednesday to 215 dead and 180 injured, according to local media sources. This total apparently includes both the suicide attacks​​ in the Suwayda city area and the​​ attacks on nearby villages. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh initiated a counter-attack on Syrian Army forces and affiliated militias in the northeast of Suwayda, recapturing 2 villages and besieging 2 others. [Qasioun]

Daesh Daily comment.​​ Daesh will likely play up these massacres as a “victory,” with the claim noted above that it was attacking the Syrian Army. In general, it was killing innocent civilians. In fact, this is a reflection of the long-standing Daesh strategy for countering its defeats: to create a highly publicized incident to distract attention from those defeats, usually in a different place. Daesh is being closed out of southern Syria by Syrian government forces, and was previously blasted out of the Yarmouk Camp south of Damascus. It has been eliminated from southern Hasaka by the SDF and is on its last legs in Albu Kamal. So it has focused on the least defended corner of Syria and killed a lot of innocent people. This is classic Daesh behavior. As we have often said about Daesh propaganda, “Daesh is always victorious, even when it’s not.”

 

* ​​ * ​​ * ​​ * ​​ *

Incongruously, local media sources say that Syrian Army troops asked the people of the villages of Suwamira and Matouna, east of Suwayda, to hand over their personal​​ firearms, as there is no more danger coming from Daraa. The population complied​​ with the Syrian Army​​ orders. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the remains of the Syrian warplane that was shot down by Israel in southwestern Syria. [ICDNJul25]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says its snipers wounded an Egyptian soldier near the Al-Maidan security barrier, west of Arish. [A3maq]

 

Libya

The Ajdabiya Operations Room said in a statement on Wednesday that all the terrorists who attacked the El Agheila police station the day before had been eliminated. The statement said that 12 terrorists in total had been killed, 1 of them blowing himself up after being surrounded. The attacking terrorists allegedly belonged to the “Benghazi Shura Council” and Ansar Al-Sharia organizations. [AfriGate]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Canada

A source close to Faisal Hussain’s family told CTV News that the gunman was buried on Wednesday, and that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Meanwhile, a source familiar with the case says that the gun the terrorist used in Sunday’s mass shooting was likely obtained from a “gang-related source.”

CP24 safety specialist Cam Woolley says a police source has told him the semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting is illegal in Canada and was originally from the United States. American authorities are helping track the gun’s exact origins. The terrorist opened fire on Danforth Avenue in Toronto Sunday night, killing two people and wounding 13 others. Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has not said how he died, only that police officers located him Sunday night and that “an exchange of gunfire took place.” [CTV]

Daesh says that the terrorist who conducted the attack in Toronto on Sunday was one of its “soldiers.” [A3maq]​​ Daesh claimed that the gunman who injured 13 and killed 2 in Toronto had done so in response to its orders. The​​ Lebanese​​ Daily Star​​ reports that Toronto police said that there was​​ no evidence to support​​ Daesh’s claim that the shooter was acting on its orders.​​ [Ghad] [DailyStar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh has on previous occasions claimed that a mass shooter was one of its “soldiers” even though they had no basis for the statement. ​​ 

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh says it killed or wounded 14 Somali Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Lower Shabelle, in southern Somalia. [A3maq]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed three Afghan Intelligence personnel, including a commander, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Jalalabad. [A3maq]

 

Pakistan

At least 31 people, including five policemen and two children,​​ were​​ killed in an explosion outside a polling station in Quetta, officials have said.​​ 

There are fears the death toll could rise,​​ as many of the 35 people wounded are in a critical condition.

According to​​ Hashim Ghilzai, an administration official in Quetta.​​ “(The bomber) was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up.” [Sky]

Daesh’s version​​ says one of its suicide terrorist attacked a polling station with an explosives vest east of Quetta, killing or wounding more than 50 people including policemen and voters. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

 

July 24, 2018

 

Hodeida

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Human Rights Watch criticizes Iraq’s handling of demonstrations. [..]

Saudi initiative with KRG seen as effort to counterweight Iran. [..]

PKK says its armed wing killed 15 Turkish soldiers in northern Erbil. [..]

 

Syria

Syrian democratic opposition names its nominees for Constitution Committee. [..]

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter plane over Golan Heights. [..]

Israel tells Russia it wants Iran entirely out of Syria. [..]

65% of Deir Ez-Zor population has returned home. [..]

SDF, Coalition ramp up pressure on Daesh in Albu Kamal. [..]

Mass grave with 16 Syrian soldiers found in southeastern Daraa. [..]

Syrian Army claims to have captured 20 towns & villages in SW Syria & Quneitra, but reportedly​​ lost​​ 24 soldiers.​​ [..]

 

Other countries

Yemen: ​​ IOM says 280,000 people have fled port of Hodeida. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Demonstrations

Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Iraqi security services of using lethal force and excessive violence against the protestors demonstrating for proper power and water services and better work opportunities. According to HRW, 3 demonstrators were killed and 47 wounded, while 2 children were shot and 1 severely beaten with rifle butts since the start of demonstrations on July 8. HRW says the security forces used live ammunition in 6 instances and beat up 20 persons during or after their arrest. It also noted 5 instances when demonstrators threw stones at the security services and burned tires. The report also noted that there had been strict internet restrictions imposed in the center and south of the country. [Roj]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Prime Minister​​ Al-Abadi​​ had​​ ordered security services not to use live ammo, so some investigation will likely follow.​​ ​​ 

 

In his weekly press conference,​​ Al-Abadi said that security​​ units​​ had arrested “more than 100” protestors in the demonstrations who he said were paid agitators, as revealed by​​ intelligence information. [Sumaria]

 

PM Al-Abadi said in his weekly press conference that the government had allocated funds for water projects in Basra and Dhi Qar. He added that many districts had suffered​​ from​​ poor service provision because of lack of revenue following the decline in oil prices over the past 2 years.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Economy

An official source said that there wasn’t enough money in the budget for​​ ministries to hire​​ new personnel based on​​ their grades on job appointment tests. The Qatari​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ quoted the source, who asked not to be named, as saying that this meant the appointments made as a result of these grades would remain on paper only. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Somewhat contradicting these austerity stories, A CoR member on the Finance Committee, Magda Al-Tamimi, said on Tuesday that there had been a total surplus during the first half of 2018 amounting to nearly 7.5 trillion dinars. Al-Tamimi said in a statement that while the revenue from both oil and non-oil revenues combined was approximately 42.5 trillion dinars, the total expenditures required by the budget​​ were​​ approximately 35 trillion dinars, suggesting that the government was working with a surplus. Iraq’s average monthly expenditures for the first 6 months of 2018 were 5.8 trillion dinars per month, and its average monthly revenue was just over 7 trillion dinars, of which 6.4 trillion was oil revenue. The monthly national surplus was thus approximately 1.2 trillion dinars. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ For conversion purposes, 1 trillion IQD is about 840 million USD currently. ​​ 

 

New​​ government

15 Sunni political leaders met with Nouri Al-Maliki, leader of the “Rule of Law” alliance, to discuss a possible coalition in the coming days. As reported by the independent​​ Al-Quds Al-Arabi, sources say that Al-Maliki promised the group a Ministry. Sources also​​ speculate​​ that this might force the other Sunni group, led by Usama Al-Nujaifi and Khamis Al-Khanjar, to form a coalition with Muqtada Al-Sadr in response. The sources added that Jamal Al-Karbouli, head of the Al-Hal bloc, was not within the group that met with Al-Maliki. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is impossible to evaluate this story. The source provides no names whatsoever for the “15 Sunni political leaders” and crucially omits​​ Ayad​​ Allawi (who seems unlikely to ally with Al-Maliki after what happened after the 2010 election).​​ So who is Baghdad Today really talking about? The one thing clearly demonstrated, however, is that Al-Maliki is still charging hard to get the Prime Minister position back, notwithstanding his unimpressive results in the election.​​ 

 

An​​ informed source” inside the “alliance of Sunni forces” said on Tuesday that there was a developing agreement to grant Salim Al-Jubouri, the former Speaker​​ of​​ the CoR, the portfolio of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the new government. The source claimed that this had eased​​ tensions​​ among​​ the Sunni parties. ​​ [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A story with no further details said that security operations were continuing to pursue Daesh in Kirkuk, Diyala, and Salahuddin. A later story noted that PM Al-Abadi confirmed in his weekly press conference that security operations in these areas would continue. [Forat]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The​​ Guardian​​ reported on the​​ changing​​ status of women in Daesh and their new role in view of the organization’s decline in Syria and Iraq. The newspaper says that Daesh recently upgraded the role of women, and command and organizational tasks were assigned to them. The​​ Guardian​​ says that their operational role is increasing, and that women in Daesh are much more dangerous, since they are now permitted to carry arms. 180 Daesh women were arrested in 2016,​​ compared with​​ 171 in 2015 and 71 in 2014. [OneIraq]

 

Foreign policy

“Informed sources” say that the recent visit of the high-ranking Saudi delegation to Kurdistan was motivated by the US desire to limit the Iranian role there, in Suleimaniya in particular, and to affect the formation of the coming government through economic relations. The source says that the US wants closer ties with the Kurds, who could affect the coming government, using Saudi economic support as a tool. Saudi Arabia announced their desire to improve economic and investment relations with KRG.​​ 

The Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance, headed by Hadi Al-Amiri, denounced the Saudi visit, saying it is aimed at dividing Iraq. ​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

On Tuesday, the Karkh Criminal Court issued a life sentence to a person convicted of​​ attacking​​ a transmission tower by planting an IED. The convict admitted to the crime and said he was attempting to spread instability. He was convicted on terrorism charges. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source said on Tuesday that a civilian had been injured in a shooting attack by unidentified gunmen in the Tarmiya district. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it severely wounded an AAH commander and destroyed his vehicle with an IED in the Saba’ Al-Bor area in Tarmiya, on Sunday. [ICDNJul24]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED south of Falluja, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two tribal PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack on their military position near Kan’ous village.​​ 

 

Tikrit

The Salahuddin Criminal Court sentenced to death 3 people convicted of detonating a car bomb in Tikrit on March 15, 2017. The explosion killed one civilian and wounded several others. Investigations established that the convicted persons​​ were​​ Daesh​​ members.​​ The sentence was announced by the Supreme Judicial Council. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored personnel carrier with an IED in the Al-Aith area, east of Tikrit. [ICDNJul24]

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A military source in Diyala Province said on Tuesday that 3 Daesh safehouses had been destroyed and 5 IEDs dismantled in the​​ Mukhaisa​​ area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

A local source in Diyala Province said on Tuesday that a farmer had been killed by gunfire from unidentified assailants​​ near​​ the​​ rural village of Alibat in​​ the Al-Khalis​​ District. The source said that the incident was the second of its kind within a week. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK​​ (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Two​​ employees who worked in the health sector in Ninewa were arrested based on a court order from the Ninewa Court. Investigations revealed that the​​ two​​ had been involved with Daesh since it took control of Mosul in 2014.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa​​ (No reports)

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Center for Security Information said​​ on Tuesday​​ that police and PMF personnel, under the direction of Ninewa Operations Command, conducted a search operation in the mountains of the Ayadhiya area. The group found an IED and a “Katyusha”-style rocket launcher. Another group from Ninewa Ops Command found 4 IEDs in the Shiha area. [Forat]​​ [Baghdadia]

 

Baaj

Khalf Al-Hadidi, a member of the Ninewa Provincial Council, said on Tuesday that Daesh fighters were returning to the Iraq-Syria border, and called on the government to move quickly to ensure the safety of the province. Al-Hadidi said that there had been reports of Daesh movements​​ along the​​ border and​​ in​​ Baaj, adding that eyewitnesses had told him there were convoys of 100 to 200 vehicles moving around the border. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Logically, the border situation probably reflects ongoing developments on the Syria side of the border, where Daesh has been squeezed out of southern Hasaka and is in danger of losing its remaining positions in Albu Kamal, both of which are largely border developments.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The office of the High Commission for Human Rights in Basra says that the city has witnessed 73 total IED attacks during 2018 so far, targeting civilians, security personnel, and buildings. [BaghdadToday]

 

Babel

The office of the PMF in Babel Province said that​​ it​​ had sent 200 vehicles as part of a logistical support campaign to assist the PMF in Kirkuk and unnamed other provinces.​​ [PressIraq]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

A security source says that 2 armed men attacked an Erbil​​ provincial government building in Erbil with firearms, saying that the attackers were arrested. This comes 1 day after an attack on the Erbil​​ provincial​​ office by 3​​ college students​​ on Monday. [BaghdadToday]

 

General Muaed Salim Al-Juhaishi, a researcher and specialist in urban warfare, accused Iran of being behind the attack on the provincial HQ building in Erbil on Monday. He said that this was done for the purpose of threatening the US, and that the way the building was attacked suggested that it was done in the form of a terrorist attack but not actually plotted by a terrorist organization. He noted that the perpetrators attacked before the start of business hours, foregoing the opportunity to kill a large number of officials at work, and that they did not use IEDs, but only guns. Al-Juhaishi said that all of these things suggested that the attack was intended to send a message. [Rudaw]

 

The director of the Asayesh for Erbil, Tariq Nouri, announced on Tuesday that Asayesh personnel had arrested a cleric in Erbil who was linked to Daesh. Nouri said that the cleric, Ismail Sousi, admitted to being associated with Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

The armed wing of the PKK said on Tuesday that it had killed 15 Turkish soldiers in the Sidekan border area.​​ Its​​ press statement said that the soldiers were killed in the​​ PKK​​ attack on a Turkish Army position​​ on Mount Lelikan. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political opposition

The Syrian opposition negotiating delegation, headed by Naser Al-Hariri, announced the list of names it handed over to UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura as candidates​​ for​​ the Constitutional Committee. ​​ [Qasioun]

 

A spokesman for the FSA-affiliated Army of the Revolution said on Tuesday that the Syrian regime​​ does​​ not accept the resettlement of the Syria Civil Defense members (aka White Helmets). He said that whoever from the organization remained in Syria would be put on trial. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

Israel

The Israeli armed forces say they shot down a Syrian Sukhoi fighter​​ plane​​ 2 km inside Israeli airspace, over the Golan Heights. [Qasioun]

 

The UN Special Envoy to Syria warned on Tuesday of an “alarming course … of confrontations between Israel and Syria.” This came after the Israeli downing of the Syrian military plane. [Qasioun]

 

Israel says that it rejected a Russian proposal to keep pro-Iranian militias 100 km away from its border with Syria. The issue was discussed between Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Israel stressed it does not want any Iranian presence in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

The​​ Times of Israel​​ website says​​ that​​ Israel presented​​ 5 main demands to Russia regarding Iranian presence, including​​ keeping​​ Iran​​ from​​ establishing​​ any military foothold in Syria, removing all longrange​​ missiles, closing down any Iranian missile factories, and removing​​ all air defense systems protecting such weapons. It also requested​​ the​​ closure of border crossings between Syria and Lebanon, and Syria and Iraq,​​ to stop​​ the​​ smuggling​​ of​​ Iranian weapons. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Egyptian​​ fatwa​​ and​​ takfiri​​ Observatory, Dar Al-Iftaa, issued a recent study claiming that Israel supports terrorist groups in Syria, particularly Daesh. The Observatory noted on their official Facebook page that Israel had provided treatment for wounded fighters in hospitals on their side of the Golan Heights, and alleged that Israel had both bought oil and sold weapons to Daesh through intermediaries. They also noted the relative lack of Daesh incitement against the state of Israel, and Daesh’s apparent lack of concern with the liberation of Palestine. The study concluded that Israel was likely to have supported Daesh due to a lack of other options for intervention in Syria in order to counter-balance the Russian and Iranian intervention. The Observatory also noted a previous report by the Israeli Intelligence and Information Office, which encouraged a temporary alliance between Daesh and Israel given their common enemies of Iran, the Syrian Army, and the Lebanese Hezbollah. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that their airstrikes had killed 6 “high-value” Daesh “leaders and planners” since April 24. They said in a press release that the killed leaders had been planning attacks on Saudi Arabia, the US, and Sweden. The most recent of the strikes mentioned, on June 24 and 26, killed 3 Daesh members associated with the terrorist​​ cell planning attacks in Sweden.​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The SDF says that Coalition reinforcements arrived in Ayn Al-Arab from Iraq. They say that the reinforcements consisted of over 300 trucks carrying military equipment and ammunition. [Qasioun]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh says it killed three SDF fighters after attacking their vehicle with an IED northeast of Al-Munkhar, east of Raqqa, on Monday. [ICDNJul24]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The SOHR reported that there was a gunfight between a Daesh fighter and Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) fighters near Zawiya mountain in Idlib. The Daesh gunman detonated himself with an explosives​​ belt after being surrounded by the Tahrir Al-Sham fighters. At least 63 fighters have been killed from both groups since April. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh sources say that four people were killed in a land mine explosion near Kefraya town. [ICDNJul24]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The pro-regime governor of Deir Ez-Zor, Abdul Majeed Kawakibi, says that the population of the province is up to 1.1 million now, after the return of over 600,000 IDPs since the liberation from Daesh​​ on September 5 of last year. He says that the province had a population of 1.5 million before the war, which means that 65% of its original population has returned. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin​​ District

The SOHR says that Coalition planes are flying over the Al-Omar oilfield east of Deir Ez-Zor, and the Syria-Iraq border. The SDF and Daesh are also engaged in a fight near the town of Hajin and surrounding areas. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says SDF units captured the Al-Addad desert road, completely isolating Daesh in Al-Sha’afa,​​ Al-Susah, and Hajin.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says SDF units captured the families of 150 Daesh Iraqi members near Hajin. The source says Daesh fighters sent their families our because of the heavy bombing and shelling on the town. The source says Daesh is suffering a severe lack of food and weapons.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 12 Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander, and two civilians were killed when Coalition planes targeted 3 Daesh locations in Susah. The source says the planes targeted 3 Daesh hideouts, one of them near the town’s hospital.​​ 

 

Daesh says another suicide terrorist attacked Syrian government forces near Hajin with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers. [ICDNJul24]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

7 civilians, including children, were killed by an explosion in Germana, Damascus. The SOHR says that a campaign to arrest those responsible was initiated by Syrian Army units in Saqba, eastern Ghouta. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded Syrian soldiers​​ while they were trying to advance​​ towards Tal Dakwa, east of Damascus. [A3maq]

 

Daraa/Quneitra

The SOHR says that a mass grave containing Syrian Army soldiers and allied militia fighters was found in Al-Sahwah, southeastern Daraa. 16 bodies were found in the mass grave, making the total number of bodies found 1090 since last April. Another similar grave was found​​ earlier by the SDF​​ in Ayn Eissa, ​​​​ containing at least 350 bodies. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Army says that it now holds over 20 villages in Daraa and Quneitra countryside, according to the state-run​​ SANA​​ news agency. ​​ [Qasioun]

More than 24 Syrian Army soldiers were killed and dozens injured in fighting with Jaish Khaled, the​​ Daesh affiliate,​​ on Tuesday in rural western Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said it stopped “continuous” Syrian Army attacks on Jillen, killing more than 24 soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 4 tanks and an armored vehicle, forcing the Syrian Army to retreat,​​ leaving weapons and ammunition​​ behind. It also said that one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian Army and allied militias units near Ain Zubaida town with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding “tens” of them and destroying several military vehicles. [ICDNJul24] ​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in areas west of Daraa. [ICDNJul24]

Daesh issues a video of Syrian Army casualties near Jillen. [A3maq]

 

Syrian Air Force planes attacked 2 villages in Yarmouk Basin, western Daraa, with napalm bombs. Field sources say that Syrian Army personnel captured the village of Ghadir Al-Bustan, which was recently taken over by Daesh. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says a Syrian Army warplane was shot down in the Yarmouk Basin area. Daesh sources say the body of the pilot was retrieved. [ICDNJul24] [ICDNJul24]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The annual report of Germany’s Ministry of the Interior, published on Tuesday, says​​ that Iran has​​ stepped up its cyber attacks and poses a threat to German companies and research institutions. The report noted that cyber attacks likely to have originated from Iran have been on the rise since 2014. [Sumaria]

 

The Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Mohammed Bagheri, says that US bases and interests in the area are within the range of Iranian forces’ fire. He was replying to recent statements by Donald Trump. [Anadolu]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says that over 280,000 people fled Hodeida, where battles intensified again following a period of relative peace. No details of their destination were specified. [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior said on Tuesday that 13 terrorists were killed in a firefight with security personnel in Arish, the capital of the North Sinai Governate. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Libya

The Directorate of Security for Ajdabiya said that Daesh fighters had attacked the El Agheila police station, west of the city, at 3 am Tuesday morning, killing 1 of the military personnel stationed there. A later report said that at least 3 soldiers were killed and others wounded.​​ The Ajdabiya Central Hospital reported receiving 2 dead soldiers and 3 wounded.​​ [AfriGate] [AfriGate]​​ [Wasat]​​ 

A security source said that as part of Daesh’s attack on the El Agheila police station, a member of the security personnel there was “slaughtered” (i.e. executed by beheading). However,​​ the Ajdabiya Ops Room denied​​ that​​ report.​​ They said in a Facebook post that the slain officer was shot.​​ [Wasat]​​ [AfriGate]

 

A media officer said that Army personnel had killed 9 members of “extremist groups” who had attacked El Agheila, as well as destroying several vehicles of the attackers. [AfriGate]

A media officer said via a Facebook post that the Army had surrounded the groups who had previously attacked the El Agheila police station.​​ [AfriGate]

 

By another account,​​ Daesh terrorists killed two policemen at a checkpoint in Agheila town east of Ajdabiya.​​ Sources from the city’s Megaryf Hospital confirmed that two were killed and others were injured in the attack. “The attack took place early on Tuesday in the eastern town of Al-Agheila when the armed men “slit a police officer’s throat” and killed another in a shootout with security forces manning the checkpoint,”​​ a security official in Ajdabiya said.​​ He says the group later attacked a police station, raised the Daesh flag atop the building and burned several police and ambulance vehicles. [LibyanExpress]​​ 

Daesh says it killed or wounded seven LNA policemen, captured others, and destroyed a police station and 3 vehicles in​​ its​​ attack​​ on the​​ Al-Agheila police station, west of Ajdabiya. [A3maq]

 

2 military personnel under​​ LNA commanding general Khalifa Haftar were reported killed while chasing a group of Daesh fighters who attacked the police station. 3 other soldiers were wounded. Fighting is still ongoing in​​ Al-Jufra, believed to be the source of​​ the​​ Daesh attack. [Anadolu]

The Commander for the Sirte area and the Ajdabiya Ops Room, General Fawzi Al-Mansouri, said on Tuesday that personnel under his command were besieging the terrorists responsible for the attack on the El Agheila police station. He confirmed that fighting was ongoing in the Al-Jufra district, and that reinforcements were being sent there. [Wasat]

 

In an apparently separate incident, a truck ran over and injured 3 security personnel in Ajdabiya. [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Europe is not removed from Iranian-sponsored terrorism, referring to recent accusations against an Iranian diplomat accused of plotting bomb attacks in Vienna. Pompeo says that it is time for Europe to confront Iran. [Anadolu]

 

Canada

A law enforcement source said that Canadian investigators​​ were looking into possible connections between Toronto shooter Faisal Hussain and Daesh. The source said that Hussain had visited Daesh websites, but there was no indication that Daesh had directed Hussain to carry out the attack. The Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale, previously said that there was no connection currently established between Hussain and national security issues. [CBSNews]

 

Great Britain

The British Minister of Security, Ben Wallace, said that the UK would not oppose the death penalty for 2 members of a London-based Daesh cell if they are tried in the US. Wallace told the British House of Commons that the government had decided in this case not to seek guarantees (i.e. against the death penalty)​​ if the accused are convicted. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

ASIA

Philippines

Daesh says it killed three Philippine Army soldiers in shelling on a village on Sulu Island. [A3maq]