An Update On ISIS Activities

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]

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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

 

Notice to our readers: We will be on a brief holiday Thursday and Friday in honor of the Ashura holiday in Iraq, and back with you on Monday.

 

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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September 18, 2018

 

PMF Machinery Move to Basra

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Daesh Daily source details Daesh’s new leadership structure.​​ [..]

Daesh stages deadly bus bombing against IFP in​​ Kirkuk.​​ [..]

Babel court issues death sentence to Daesh terrorist who helped kill 34 religious pilgrims in 2016. [..]

 

Syria

Russian military plane shot down in Syria—by a Russian missile.​​ [..]

SDF source reports US assurances that it will remain in Syria indefinitely.​​ [..]

Turkey’s Cavusoglu explains the Turkey-Russia Idlib deal. [..]

SDF frees 2 more kidnapped Yazidis. [..]

Daesh mass grave in Raqqa yields 2,600​​ bodies.​​ [..]

SDF is advancing on three towns in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Afghanistan:​​ 26 Daesh terrorists arrested for plotting attacks on Ashura holiday. [..]

 Coalition troops storm Daesh hideouts in eastern Kunar. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Hadi Al-Amiri, head of the Al-Bina’ coalition, says he has withdrawn his candidacy for the post of Prime Minister, saying in a press conference that any nomination should be supported by all political parties.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Kata’eb Hezbollah, a PMF group, threatened to​​ overthrow​​ the next​​ Prime​​ Minister if he does not respect the sacrifices of the PMF, and​​ KH​​ in particular, says Abu Talib Al-Saidi, a commander of the militia. He​​ said that​​ the ongoing political debates and developments would not be possible without the sacrifices of the militia. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This​​ has become a tedious theme of​​ pro-Iran propaganda.​​ It propagates the myth that the war was won by the PMFs, supported of course by Iran, ignoring the Counter Terrorism Service, the Iraqi Federal Police, and the regular Army—and of course pretending that the Coalition airpower was actually unnecessary. Further north, the Kurdish leadership keeps pounding the myth that the war was won​​ mostly​​ by the Peshmerga. Given what happened to Al-Abadi, the Commander-in-Chief, in the election, apparently a lot of people believe this stuff.

 

A Kurdish source says​​ that​​ US​​ Envoy​​ to the Coalition​​ Brett McGurk met with Mullah​​ Bakhtiar,​​ head​​ of the​​ Political​​ Bureau of the PUK,​​ to convince him to withdraw​​ his candidacy for the post of President of​​ Iraq.​​ The source says the reason is McGurk’s wish to make​​ it easier for​​ the PUK​​ to select its preferred​​ candidate. [Ghad]

 

Reconstruction

South Korea provided US $1.2 million to​​ Iraq to​​ support humanitarian activities in Iraq. [BaghdadPost]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A​​ Daesh Daily​​ source says Daesh has reorganized its leadership structure in Iraq and Syria. The source produced names and current locations.

Within the military structure,​​ Hamid Al-Badri, a cousin of Awwad Baghdadi, is the security commander in Iraq, working from the Jazeera Samarra area. Abu Saja Al-Shishani, a Moroccan, the general military commander, is in the Syrian Desert. ​​ Jassem Mohammed, aka Abu Ayesha, the security commander for Iraq, is in western Anbar. Abu Hamza Al-Shishani, the general official of soldiers, is in the Homs Desert. Abu Basir Al-Badawi, responsible for Daesh’s foreign recruiting, is in the Deir Ez-Zor area. All are essentially hiding out​​ by working from remote places.

Within the religious structure, Abu Auf Al-Saudi, the general​​ hisbah​​ official; Abu Talha Al-Saudi, the general official for mosques; and Hassan Falih Taha, a Syrian who is general director of Daesh’s religious committee, are all in the Deir Ez-Zor area.

Among other officials, Khaled Harbous Khalaf, a Syrian serving as the Daesh police official, is in the Homs Desert; Ali Tahseen Al-Afri, the general economy official, is somewhere in Syria; Abu Ali Al-Libi, the natural resources official, is in the Iraq-Syria border area; and Abu Hamza Al-Amriki, the media official, is in the Deir Ez-Zor area.​​  

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have no way to confirm this information, but this source has been reliable for many previous reports.

 

BAGHDAD

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source says armed men shot and wounded a civilian near the Shurufi​​ Mosque in the Ur neighborhood, in Adhamiya. [Sumaria]

 

A security source said on Tuesday that a roadside bomb exploded in the Shaab neighborhood​​ in​​ Adhamiya, injuring​​ three​​ people. [Sumaria]

Daesh said it killed or wounded 20 Shia in a religious gathering in Shaab, with two IEDs.​​ [ICDNSep18] [ICDNSep18]

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A police source says that explosives teams from the Ministry of Interior safely defused and removed 3 IEDs that had been placed at the municipal council building in Sadr City. [Sumaria]

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command says that units from the 25th​​ Army Brigade arrested an escapee from Abu Ghraib prison, somewhere “south of the capital.” A large group of prisoners convicted on terrorism charges escaped Abu Ghraib prison in 2013. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

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

 

ANBAR

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A source in Jazeera Ops Command in Anbar says that Coalition planes executed 3 airstrikes on Daesh targets “deep in the desert” west of Rawa, killing and wounding several militants. [BasNews]

Daesh claimed on Tuesday that it stopped an “American” airborne operation in an unspecified Anbar desert location, killing​​ three​​ soldiers, wounding others, and forcing the rest to retreat. Daesh claimed it “lured” the American force into an ambush.​​ [ICDNSep18]

 

Rutba

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed​​ five​​ Army soldiers, including an officer, and destroyed their vehicle with a roadside IED in the Kilo 120 area.​​ [A3maq]

 

Daesh also claimed to have killed four Iraqi Army soldiers and destroyed their vehicle in an ambush near the Jordanian border.​​ [ICDNSep18]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed a Tribal PMF soldier, wounded​​ two​​ others, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Isdaira village, south of Shirqat.​​ [ICDNSep18]

 

Baiji

A​​ Daesh Daily​​ source said on Tuesday that Salahuddin SWAT units captured a former Daesh member, who later on joined Shia PMFs, in Baiji. He source said the man had stolen vehicles and furniture from government buildings when Daesh entered Salahuddin in 2014, and then joined PMFs in 2017 and started to kidnap people for ransom. The source sent us a photo of the suspect.​​ 

 

On Tuesday, security personnel arrested a distributer of Daesh audio and video productions at a checkpoint on the BaijiHaditha road in Salahuddin Province, according to the Center for Security Information. Center spokesman​​ General​​ Yahya said in a statement that the detainee admitted to working with Daesh to distribute the materials.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Tikrit

The Ministry of Defense says that the 15th​​ Army Division found Daesh IEDs, explosives, and tunnels in the Mtaibija area, in Salahuddin​​ by the Diyala border. It found and destroyed over 24 IEDs and various explosives, as well as a Daesh tunnel. Supporting Army helicopters destroyed several Daesh safehouses in​​ the​​ process. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Samarra

A​​ Daesh Daily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP units destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb that was charging on Saraya Al-Salam PMF units in Jazeera Samarra, with a thermal rocket. The suicide bomber was a 16 year old boy. The source sent us photos of the destroyed vehicle.

 

DIYALA

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

Daesh said it wounded​​ four​​ Shia, including a mukhtar, and destroyed 3 houses and 2 vehicles in an attack “with multiple types of weapons” on​​ a​​ village in Khanaqin, on Monday.​​ [ICDNSep18]

 

A security source says Daesh fired 4 mortar shells on​​ a small​​ village​​ in​​ Jalawla, wounding​​ seven​​ civilians. [Forat]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source said on Tuesday​​ that a roadside IED placed on the BaghdadKirkuk Road targeted a bus​​ carrying Federal Police, killing​​ one​​ policeman and​​ one​​ civilian​​ and wounding 14​​ others. [Sumaria]

Later Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said that the casualty toll from the BaghdadKirkuk Road bombing had risen to​​ two​​ dead and 15 wounded. [Sumaria]

Daesh claimed responsibility, saying it killed 12 IFP members and destroyed their bus with an IED.​​ [ICDNSep18]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Center for Security Information says that intelligence units in the IFP destroyed 2​​ car bombs​​ and 3 Daesh safehouses in Hawija. The statement says​​ that the safehouses​​ belonged​​ to Daesh’s​​ Qadisiya​​ group,​​ which is​​ operating in​​ the mountains between​​ Ninewa and Diyala. [Baghdadia]​​ [PressIraq]

 

A​​ Daesh Daily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP and Rapid Intervention units, supported b the Iraqi Air Force and Iraqi Army Aviation, destroyed several Daesh hideouts in the Hawi Al-Zab area, killing 4 terrorists. An IFP commander told the source that the area was filled with Daesh terrorists who depended on help from sleeper cells in the area. The commander also said that the IFP would establish military positions in the area to prevent Daesh from returning. The source sent us photos of the results of the operation.

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it captured​​ and​​ then killed a Salahuddin Provincial Council employee in an ambush near Dhirban village, in Riyadh subdistrict.​​ [ICDNSep18] [ICDNSep18]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed 3 IFP members and wounded others by detonating an IED on their vehicle, in Riyadh​​ subdistrict.​​ [ICDNSep18]

 

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

Daesh said it killed or wounded 5 IFP members in an ambush near Ali Saray village in Daquq District, on Monday.​​ [A3maq]In another report, it said the attack was with an IED.​​ [ICDNSep18]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday that it attacked the house of the mukhtar of Al-Fakhera village, south of Daquq. The mukhtar managed to escape; Daesh set one of his vehicles on fire and stole 2 guns.​​ [ICDNSep18]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

Nawfal Al-Akoub, the Ninewa Governor, says that 90 families have returned from the Jadaa refugee camp near Qayara to their homes in the Mosul neighborhoods of Zanjili, Al-Rifa’i, Boursa, and Sheikh Fathi, after spending 1.5 years in the camp. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A Ninewa police source says that an IED exploded in the Al-Maash market, in east Mosul, seriously wounding 6 civilians. [BasNews]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

On Monday, detachments from the Directorate of Military Intelligence found and destroyed a large cache of equipment belonging to Daesh in the Shura subdistrict of Mosul. The Center for Security Information said that the cache contained 90 60mm mortar shells, 9 120mm mortar shells, and 2 82mm mortars. [SotIraq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Higher Judicial Council says the Babel Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh operative to death for taking part in the terrorist attack that left 34 pilgrims dead in Al-Shawmali, Babel​​ in 2016. [BaghdadToday]​​ 

 

Basra

A Daesh Daily source said on Tuesday that hundreds of pieces of PMF machinery that were used in reconstruction efforts in Ninewa, Salahuddin, and Anbar, were moved to Basra after getting orders from the​​ Marji’ya​​ to rehabilitate water purification units in Basra.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

DAHUK

The Turkish Army says that it killed 5 PKK fighters in an airstrike in the Avasin-Basyan area in the Amedi subdistrict of Dahuk, near the Turkey border. [Anadolu]

 

ERBIL

Masrour Barzani, the advisor to the Security Council of the Kurdistan Region, met with a US delegation including Brett McGurk, the Envoy to the Coalition, Douglas Silliman, Ambassador to Iraq, and Steven Fagin, Consul General in Erbil. According to a statement, they discussed the formation of the new Iraqi government and the role of the Kurdistan Region. Barzani reportedly noted the “strong partnership” between the Kurdistan Region and the US, stressing the importance of long-term security cooperation between them. [BasNews]

 

Nechirvan Barzani, PM of the Kurdistan Region, met with Ursula von der Leyen, the Minister of Defense for Germany, to discuss security and humanitarian developments in the Kurdistan Region. The German delegation expressed the desire to learn more about how to assist with refugee and IDP programs in the Region. Barzani thanked the Germans for the visit and for the military and humanitarian assistance provided by Germany and the Coalition during the fight against Daesh, and expressed his desire for the German military advisors to remain in the Region.​​ [SotIraq]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkish security says it​​ arrested Abdulkhaleq Al-Kurdi, a Daesh leader in Kayseri Province, central Turkey. Al-Kurdi is an Iraqi national and was active with his son in the Tal Afar​​ District in Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

A Russian plane went down in Syria.​​ Russia says​​ it​​ was shot down by a Russian S-200 anti-air missile system, which it sold to Syria previously.​​ Apparently the Syrians were trying to hit Israeli planes flying in Syrian airspace. However, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense,​​ Israeli planes hid behind the Russian plane, leading the air defense system to target the Russian plane. 14-16 Russian military personnel were killed in the incident. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

Foreign policy

United States

The US on Tuesday issued a statement saying that the death of the crew of a Russian plane in Syria was “regrettable.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the incident was a reminder of the need to end the Iranian transfer of weapons systems through Syria. [BasNews]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The clear implication there is that if Iran were not trying to establish a military presence in Syria, the Israelis would not be there, so incidents like this would not happen.

 

A “senior source” in the SDF said on Monday that the Americans had told them the Coalition forces would remain in Syria indefinitely. [Qasioun]

 

Turkey

Turkey says that the recent agreement reached with Russia on Idlib will ensure protection of the province’s borders, according to​​ Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Minister​​ of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. He adds that Russia will make sure that the Syrian government won’t​​ initiate any attack,​​ while Turkey will guarantee the same​​ regarding​​ the opposition​​ militias. A demilitarized area of 15-20 km deep was agreed​​ upon​​ in the recent summit​​ between​​ Putin and Erdogan. [EnabBaladi]

 

Salih Muslim, former co-chair of the PYD, said on Tuesday that there was an “agreement” between Turkey and Russia to transfer “Al-Nusra” (i.e. Tahrir Al-Sham) members from Idlib to Afrin. In a press statement, he said that this was a Turkish plan, and that if “Al-Nusra” members entered Afrin, the PYD would fight them, because their main objective was the liberation of Afrin. Muslim added that Iran was secretly involved with the Syrian Army in Idlib, and would not withdraw from Syria. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The SDF’s media office said on Tuesday that SDF special forces units had freed​​ two​​ kidnapped Yazidis, both from Sinjar. The statement said that the freed abductees were handed over to the authorities to arrange for reunification​​ with their families.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ ​​ ​​ 

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Local sources said that Asayesh units with the Kurdish autonomous government arrested 8 members of the Al-Sanadid militia, part of the SDF, in the town of Yarubiya. No reason for the arrests was given. In apparent retaliation, the Al-Sanadid fighters put up checkpoints on the road between Jawadiya and Qahtaniya and arrested 20 members of the Asayesh. [Dorar]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

The Rapid Response Team of the Reconstruction Committee of Raqqa Civil Council finished recovering bodies from a Daesh mass grave in the old mosque in Raqqa, with 2,600 total bodies recovered. [Hawar]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF soldier in Matab Abu​​ Rashid​​ village, in Karama subdistrict east of Raqqa city.​​ [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded 6 SDF members and destroyed an SUV with an IED near Al-Bustan Garden in Raqqa city.​​ [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

 

See story above under Turkey and National News.

 

Homs

Syrian intelligence units killed 2 Daesh militants and captured 7 others in an ambush near Palmyra, and captured drugs, weapons, and communications equipment. The Daesh group,​​ moving from Al-Tanaf​​ in the southeast,​​ was​​ heading through the desert, towards Raqqa. [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian government says that it made advances against Daesh in the “Syrian desert,” an area it defined as reaching from rural eastern Homs to the Deir Ez-Zor desert. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR noted continued fighting between the SDF and Daesh in Al-Baghouz, Al-Susah, and Hajin. It says that SDF units have advanced in these 3 areas and captured several positions. Mines and tunnels, as well as counter-attacks with car bombs, are the main Daesh means of defense, in view of the air superiority provided by the Coalition. [SyriaHR]

 

Kurdish sources say that the SDF liberated the bridge connecting Al-Baghouz​​ Foqani “Upper​​ Baghouz”​​ to Albu Kamal. [Hawar]

The SDF killed 6 Daesh militants while thwarting a Daesh counter-attack on the​​ bridge. [Hawar]

 

A Daesh social media account said on Tuesday that Daesh deployed snipers in the Baghouz areas in order to “lure” SDF and Coalition to the area.​​ [ICDNSep18]

Daesh said on Tuesday it wounded SDF members by targeting the military positions north of Baghouz Foqani with 15 mortars.​​ [ICDNSep18]

Daesh said on Tuesday that 25 SDF members, including​​ three​​ commanders, who were killed or wounded in the Baghouz area, arrived in Sari Military Hospital in Hasaka.​​ [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Libya

On Monday evening, the Sirte Protection Force discovered a quantity of unexploded ordnance, RPGs, and mortars left behind by Daesh in the Sirte Central Clinics Complex. Salim Al-Amil, a spokesman for the demining group within the Sirte Protection Force, said on Tuesday that​​ it​​ had found the explosives while surveying the area in preparation for re-equipping the clinical facilities there. [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh says it shot and killed a Somali customs employee in Bakara Market, in Mogadishu.​​ [A3maq]  ​​​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), says a group of at least 26 Daesh terrorists have been arrested for planning attacks on mourners during the Ashura Day. A knowledgeable source has said the militants have been arrested during separate operations in Kabul. ​​ The leader of the group, identified as Abdullah son of Sultan Shah, has also been arrested by the NDS.​​ [Khaama]

 

Coalition troops stormed Daesh hideouts in eastern Kunar Province, leaving a number of militants dead or wounded. Local officials in Kunar said the operations were conducted late Sunday night in the Watapur District. Provincial Security Chief Amir Mohammed Zaman confirmed the raid and said at least 3 Daesh militants were killed during the raid and 2 others arrested. He said a Daesh commander identified as Abuzar was among those killed during the operations.

Meanwhile, the 201st​​ Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said US forces based in Afghanistan carried out airstrikes using unmanned aerial vehicles (likely drones), targeting the Daesh militants in Watapur District and leaving at least 2 dead.​​ [Khaama]

 

Daesh said it killed 6 guards of a Sufi shrine, then set the shrine on fire in Surkh Rod District, in Nangarhar. Daesh also said it stole AK machine guns.​​ [A3maq] [ICDNSep18] [ICDNSep18]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed a US Army “spy” and destroyed his vehicle near Khost, on Monday.​​ [ICDNSep18]

 

Daesh said it killed​​ three​​ pro-government militiamen in clashes in the Momand area in Nangarhar, on Monday.​​ [ICDNSep18] [A3maq]

 

Philippines

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde said at least 7 people, including a 6 year old girl, were injured by an IED in General Santos City around 11:40 AM on Sunday.​​ [Rappler]

Daesh said it​​ wounded 7 Christians with an IED in a village in General Santos City.​​ [A3maq]

 

 

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