An Update On ISIS Activities

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Hadi Al-Amiri, head of the Al-Bina’ coalition, says he has withdrawn his candidacy for the post of Prime Minister, saying in a press conference that any nomination should be supported by all political parties.​​ [Sumaria]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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September 17, 2018

 

Daesh Hideout North of Shirqat

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Adel Abd Ul-Madhi is apparent compromise choice to become Prime Minister.​​ [..]

UNHCR rep cites movement of returned IDPs back to IDP camps due to economic conditions. [..]

Another mukhtar killed, in Samarra. [..]

Daesh targets several Hawija police in deadly incidents.​​ [..]

Four Daesh graves, with 68 bodies, found in Mosul District, Tal Afar. [..]

12 suspected Daesh members arrested​​ by PMFs​​ in Tal Afar. [..]

 

Syria

Russia’s Defense Minister announces a negotiated demilitarized zone in Idlib.​​ [..]

PYD security men capture Iraqi Daesh leaders in​​ Hasaka​​ refugee camp. [..]

Daesh stages several deadly attacks on SDF soldiers in Hasaka. [..]

Daesh targets individual SDF soldiers in all parts of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [..]

Coalition conducted 64 Albu Kamal airstrikes in one week.​​ [..]

Death toll in ongoing Suwayda battles up to 258. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Afghanistan:​​ Taliban kills 17 police, kidnaps 9 in western Afghanistan.​​ [..]

Philippines: ​​​​ Sulu Island confrontation leaves many police and terrorists dead.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The Al-Bina’ coalition, led by Hadi Al-Amiri and Nouri Al-Maliki, said on Monday that Adel Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi was currently the leading candidate for the post of Prime Minister.​​ CoR member​​ Amer Al-Faez of Al-Bina’ said that Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi had the acceptance of both the Al-Fath (Conquest) and Sa’irun alliances, and would be accepted by the Sunni and Kurdish political parties. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi​​ (sometimes spelled AbdelMahdi)​​ actually has a long political resume​​ and has been a major figure in Iraq governments. His talents and contributions have been much admired,​​ and he has a “heavyweight” reputation,​​ but he has not​​ been as​​ prominent​​ lately.​​ He is 76 years old.​​ He was part of the​​ Iran-oriented​​ SCIRI political party but had lived in exile in France for many years and was considered western-oriented.

In fact, he came within an eyelash of becoming the Prime Minister after the December 2005 election for the first permanent government. He even made a trip to Washington to confer with US officials after the election, which suggested that he was the man who would succeed Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, the interim Prime Minister. Ironically, Abd Al-Madhi lost because he was opposed by Muqtada Al-Sadr. The entire Sadrist bloc​​ within the Shia coalition at that time​​ voted against him and he lost by one vote. The end result was that Al-Jaafari was still dropped but succeeded by his deputy, Nouri Al-Maliki, in a US-brokered compromise​​ that had major and historic consequences.

 

The Al-Bina’ coalition​​ also​​ said on Monday that the Kurdish candidate for President of Iraq would be whoever got the most votes within the “Kurdish house.” MP Naim Al-Aboudi​​ of​​ Al-Bina’ said that it was analogous to the election for Speaker of the CoR,​​ in that the election would happen internally within the demographic group represented. [BasNews]

 

A “source close to decision-makers in the PUK” said that the party had chosen Mullah Bakhtiar, head of the Political Bureau of the PUK, as​​ its​​ candidate for President of Iraq. [Sputnik]

 

However, a different source “close to the Political Bureau of the PUK” said that the Iranians had told the PUK that they​​ would support​​ Barham Salih for President of Iraq, on the condition that he dissolve his Coalition for Democracy and Justice and rejoin the PUK.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Reconstruction

The UNHCR representative in Iraq says that there is a reverse movement by IDPs​​ from their​​ home​​ areas back to refugee camps. He says that while the situation in some parts of the country is improving, over 1.9 million Iraqi IDPs still need support. He says that many returnees are unable to pay rent or find work in their home communities,​​ which, along with​​ the​​ slow progress​​ in​​ removing​​ explosive detritus,​​ contributes​​ to their return to​​ IDP​​ camps. [Forat]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that between September 10 and September 16,​​ it​​ conducted 2 airstrikes in Iraq. Of these, 1 was near Al-Asad​​ base near Haditha​​ and​​ 1 was​​ in the​​ Kasik​​ area in Tal Afar.​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Foreign policy

On Sunday, the National Security Council, in a meeting chaired by sitting PM Haider Al-Abadi, passed a resolution approving the deployment of border guards to the Iraq-Turkey border.

Following that​​ news, an Arab newspaper​​ wrote​​ that​​ the​​ Iraqi​​ Army​​ now had to​​ deal with​​ 3​​ major obstacles if it wanted to deploy​​ on the border with Turkey, which​​ it called a “dangerous escalation” with Turkey. The newspaper quoted a security expert as saying that​​ first,​​ Peshmerga forces would not let federal forces enter their territory or impose control over the borders with Turkey and Iran;​​ second, the expert also said that the PKK was occupying “large areas” of Qandil, Amedi, and​​ occupying​​ many villages;​​ and, third,​​ the Turkish Army was occupying areas up to 30 km​​ (19 miles)​​ inside of Iraqi territory. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded seven Iraqi Army members, including an officer, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Abu Ghraib area. [ICDNSep16]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Daesh said it wounded two National Security Service members and damaged their houses in Falluja city with an IED, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that four civilians were killed when a parked motorcycle bomb exploded near a café in Karabela. The source sent us photos of the damaged café.​​ 

Daesh’s exaggerated version​​ said it detonated a parked motorcycle bomb on “Iraqi Army and tribal PMF” gathering in Al-Qa’im district on Friday, killing 17 members, including an officer, wounding eight others, and damaging several vehicles. [ICDNSep15]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Iraqi Army, Salahuddin SWAT, and PMFs, supported by Coalition planes, started a military campaign to clear​​ an​​ area north of Shirqat. The source said the Coalition killed many terrorists in airstrikes on 4 Daesh hideouts. The source the units cleared large parts of the area and destroyed several Daesh hideouts and tunnels. The operation came after four tribal PMF members had been killed in a Daesh ambush in the area. The source sent us photos of the military operations.​​ 

 

Daesh said it captured and then killed two IFP members and damaged their vehicle at a fake checkpoint near Al-Masihili village, east of Tilul Al-Baj in southwest Shirqat, on Saturday. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh’s version said the vehicle was a tanker truck. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted a tribal PMF military position in Al-Aitha village, north of Shirqat, with 2 Katyusha rockets. [ICDNSep16]

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 2 Nujaba’ Movement members, including an officer,​​ were killed and another wounded in a Daesh ambush near Siniya. The source said that the terrorists, who were on motorcycles, fled to the Makhoul Mountains area after the attack.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF fighters and destroyed their SUV with an IED in the Siniya area, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it destroyed 2 PMF vehicles with 2 IEDs in the Siniya area, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Fatha area,​​ northeast of Baiji,​​ on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it captured and killed two tribal PMF members in the Al-Fatha area, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said it shot and severely wounded a National Security Service member with light weapons on the road between Baiji and Kirkuk, on Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a water station employee was killed and four other civilians wounded when an IED exploded near the station near Al-Aitha village.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that National Security Service units captured a Daesh female​​ hisbah​​ member at a checkpoint near Tikrit. The source said the woman, whose husband was killed in the liberation campaign in Baaj, admitted she was trying to go to Baghdad and then flee to Turkey to join her brother, also a Daesh member. The source sent us a photo of the woman.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed a Badr militia soldier and wounded 2 others with an IED that targeted their vehicle in the Hassan area, east of Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh published on Sunday 2 photos of targeting an IFP vehicle with an IED on the road between Tikrit and Kirkuk. [ICDNSep16]

 

Samarra

A security source says Daesh fighters killed the​​ mukhtar​​ of Shanana village​​ (spelling approx.)​​ in Samarra and wounded his wife. [Forat]​​ 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed the mukhtar of the Albu Nimr area, in Jazeera Samarra. [A3maq]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said it damaged the house of a PMF member with an IED in the Al-Askari neighborhood in Tuz Khurmatu, on Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Security Committee of the Diyala Council says that it intercepted a Daesh plan to attack the so-called “Husseini processions” carried out during the Shia religious activities for the month of Muharram. The 24th​​ PMF brigade engaged Daesh fighters who attacked such processions in northern Diyala. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Daesh said it wounded Shia people and damaged their vehicles with light weapons in Sayyed Jaber village, south of Kanaan, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said on Saturday it killed three PMF members and wounded eight others with 2 IEDs in Bablan village, north of Muqdadiya. [A3maq]

 

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

Diyala Police Command said on Monday that they had seized a cache of 5 rocket launchers and a 60 mm mortar in Hibhib subdistrict.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Daesh published photos of beheading four men in Yusuf Bek village, north of Khanaqin. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh had said it captured and then beheaded three Peshmerga members in Yusuf Bek village. [ICDNSep10]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The Center for Security Information said on Monday that Federal Police​​ (IFP)​​ in Kirkuk Province had conducted a search​​ operation​​ that resulted in finding 6 IEDs and arresting​​ a person wanted on terrorism charges near the Dibis​​ Bridge.​​ The IFP issued​​ its​​ own press release, in which​​ it said a total of 17 IEDs had been found.​​ [Ghad]​​ [Dijlah]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Sot al-Iraq​​ reports that in total, 7 Daesh members were arrested in Kirkuk and Ninewa Provinces, including 3 leaders. Yahya Rasul on Sunday announced that​​ intelligence detachments of the Federal Police within the Interior Ministry and Intelligence Agency​​ arrested​​ a​​ Daesh leader in Kirkuk who used to work in a military role. He admitted during interrogations that there were 2 more depots in the subdistrict of​​ Al-Zab. Another leader was a food rations official.​​ The Ministry of the Interior confirmed on Monday that 2 “prominent” Daesh members had been arrested in Hawija Province.​​ [SotIraq]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Daesh reportedly abducted​​ two​​ civilians at a fake checkpoint in the Riyadh area of Hawija on the Baiji-Kirkuk road. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units killed 2 Daesh terrorists who were hiding​​ in a tunnel near Barima village, east of Hawija.​​ 

​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a Kata’eb Hezbollah commander was killed by a group of Daesh fighters who sneaked into his house in Al-Zab. The source said the terrorists fled the area on motorcycles after the attack.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that an AAH commander and another member were killed and their SUV destroyed in a roadside IED explosion between Riyadh and Hawija.

 

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed a policeman near Al-Tahwila village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed an “Iraqi security officer” in an ambush near Dhirban village, in Riyadh, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Monday it wounded a policeman and damaged a vehicle with an IED in Al-Aziri village, east of Hawija. [ICDNSep17]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it blew up the houses of five tribal PMF members in Rabidha Al-Asriya village, northeast of Hawija. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said it blew up the house of an Iraqi Army colonel in Gharib village, west of Abbasi, on Saturday. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed three policemen with silenced guns in the policemen’s houses in the same village. [ICDNSep16]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ military position near Al-Safra village​​ west of Riyadh​​ with 3 SPG9 rockets.​​ [ICDNSep16]

 

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

Daesh said on Sunday it killed six IFP members and destroyed their military position in an attack with light and mid-sized weapons near Saadiya village, south of Daquq. [ICDNSep16]

In a different version, Daesh said it killed six IFP members in an attack on Al-Saidi village, in Daquq District. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

Coalition planes attacked Daesh positions in Mount Qarachogh, in Makhmur subdistrict. [Roj]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

Daesh said it killed seven Iraqi soldiers and wounded three others in a suicide attack with an explosives vest near Salamiyah village, in Nimrud subdistrict in Hamdaniya, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Also see story above under Reconstruction, in National News

 

Mosul​​ city

On Monday,​​ Forat​​ reported that​​ Sa’ad Ma’an, spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, announced that 2 Daesh members were arrested in west Mosul.​​ Baghdadia​​ reported that​​ Sa’ad Ma’an said that 3 Daesh operatives were arrested in west Mosul​​ and that​​ 1​​ of them​​ had been​​ the Daesh​​ hisbah​​ (“Islamic Police”)​​ official​​ for​​ Hammam Al-Alil.​​ [Forat]​​ [Baghdadia]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that local police units captured a Daesh security official who was hiding in a house in Hay Al-Intisar, in east Mosul. The source said the units confiscated a fake passport and ID in addition to $30,000 from the house. The source sent us a photo of the captured man.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that security units captured one of Daesh’s recruiters in his house in Hay Al-Karama. The source the man had recruited hundreds of people for Daesh before the liberation.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Ma’moun neighborhood in west Mosul. [ICDNSep16]

In another version, Daesh said it destroyed 2 SUVs carrying Iraqi soldiers with 2 IEDs in Hay Al-Ma’moun. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it wounded an Iraqi Army member and damaged a vehicle with an IED north of Mosul on the road to Wana​​ in Tel Keif. [ICDNSep16]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

On Saturday, the Ninewa Ops Command announced that 58 corpses of Daesh members (including foreign​​ terrorists) were found in 3 cemeteries in Mosul​​ District, 2 of which are in the subdistrict of Hammam Al-Alil. [SotIraq]

 

Also see related story below under Tal Afar

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that two Iraqi Army members were killed and two others wounded, as was the driver, when a roadside IED exploded on their taxi near Ayn Al-Jahash.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMF units destroyed several Daesh small safehouses and confiscated food items and military uniforms in a military operation near Safina village​​ in Qayara.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A PMF group in Tal Afar arrested 12 civilians without a warrant on suspicion of involvement with Daesh, according to Captain Thamir Khadir of the Ninewa police.​​ 

In a separate incident​​ about graves, security personnel found the bodies of 10 former Daesh leaders in an unmarked grave. Captain Khadir said that Daesh had executed them for dereliction of duty during the Battle of Mosul.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

The Minister of Defense for Germany, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Monday that her country will continue to focus on maintaining stability and coordination with the Peshmerga to protect the citizens of the Kurdistan Region.​​ She said that Germany and the Peshmerga defeated Daesh together, and that they needed to preserve that.​​ Von der Leyen made the remarks during a visit to Erbil. [Rudaw]

 

ERBIL

A security source said on Monday that a civilian vehicle had been destroyed near the Majidi Mall, a major shopping venue​​ in​​ Erbil. The source said that unidentified parties threw a hand grenade at the vehicle, destroying it completely. [Mawazin]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Such incidents in Erbil are unusual. If Daesh does not claim responsibility, some further investigation might be in order.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Idlib

Russia

Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu said on Monday that there would be no military operation carried out in Idlib. This announcement came​​ after Russian President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan came to an agreement to establish a “demilitarized zone” in the province. According to the Russian news agency​​ Interfax, Shoigu confirmed that this agreement meant there would be no military operation. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems like great news, but we will wait for the rest of the story. It is hard to believe that Assad and the Russians will let the province continue to be controlled by Islamist militias.

 

Iran

Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bassam Ghassemi said that his country would not participate in Syrian government military operations in Idlib. [Hawar]

 

Foreign policy

Israel

Press reports say that the Syrian Army found evidence that Daesh used Israeli-made weapons in its battles in Syria. The weapons were found during searches by the Syrian Army in areas that it re-captured from Daesh, mainly in Daraa. Such weapons were originally supplied by the US to​​ militia allies in​​ the​​ Free Syrian Army.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that YPG Asayesh captured Aoun Al-Din Ahmed, the Daesh wali of Rawa, and a group of other Daesh Iraqi commanders in the Roj Ava Camp for displaced people in Hasaka. ​​ The source sent us a photo of the passport of Aoun Al-Din.​​ 

The source said on Monday that the terrorists admitted they got orders from the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, to flee to Turkey. They also said that Baghdadi ordered his foreign terrorists to flee to the desert between Iraq and Syria, to reorganize, while Syrian terrorists should stay and fight in the Deir Ez-Zor area. ​​ 

 

93 Iraqi families, 366 people total, returned from the Al-Hawl camp in Hasaka to IDP camps in Qayara. The families were received by the Iraqi government at the Khatouniya crossing on the Iraq-Syria border. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

In an ugly-sounding incident,​​ Daesh said it strangled to death an SDF intelligence commander in the National Hospital, in Hasaka city, on Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed​​ 2​​ SDF members and wounded five others in a sport hall in Hasaka city, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it severely wounded 2 SDF members by setting off an IED on a security barrier in Hay Ghuwairan in Hasaka city, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it killed 2 Syrian soldiers with a sticky IED under their motorcycle in Hasaka city, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded​​ 5​​ SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with hand grenades in Shaddadi. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with machine guns in Muwailih village, south of Markada, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed​​ 8​​ SDF members and destroyed several motorcycles and shops with an IED in the Mushairifa area, in Hasaka. [ICDNSep16]

 

Daesh said it wounded “many” SDF members with a hand grenade in the Dashisha area, in Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

Raqqa

Daesh said on Sunday it killed an SDF “spy” and destroyed his shop with an IED on Al-Nour Street, in Raqqa. [ICDNSep16]

Later on, Daesh “corrected” the report saying the person was wounded. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed an SDF member using a silenced gun in Hay Al-Rumaila, in Raqqa. [ICDNSep16]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed two SDF members and destroyed their motorcycle with an IED north of the Al-Manakhir area, near Raqqa city. [ICDNSep17]

 

The Raqqa Internal Security Forces (SDF-affiliated) said that they had arrested Daesh “sleeper cells” in the Raqqa area and seized their weapons and ammunition. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa city​​ & district

A land​​ mine in Raqqa killed a civilian and wounded​​ two​​ children in the Amin Al-Dawla neighborhood in​​ western​​ Raqqa. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Kurdish sources said that the​​ YPG’s​​ Wrath of the Olive Operations Room” carried out​​ attacks​​ against the pro-Turkey militia Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the Azaz countryside. They said these operations had killed 5 of the pro-Turkey “mercenaries” and wounded 8 others. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that more than 150 Daesh terrorists have joined Hurras Al-Din (Guardians of Religion,) an Al-Qaeda affiliate, in the Jisr Al-Shughur area, in​​ western​​ Idlib.  ​​​​ 

 

Homs

Opposition sources say that the battles between the Syrian Army and affiliated militias against Daesh in the eastern Homs countryside left at least 13 killed, including both Syrian Army soldiers and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. [Dorar]

 

The SOHR reported continued fighting between the Syrian Army and Daesh in​​ far eastern​​ Homs near the Al-Tanaf base. The SOHR reported both casualties and advances by the Syrian Army in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with light weapons in the Al-Rawdha area, east of Al-Suwar, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Busayrah Bridge, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two SDF members and damaged their vehicle with machine guns on the road to the Conoco oilfield. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED on the Khurafi Road, west of the Conoco oilfield. [ICDNSep17]

 

Daesh said it shot and destroyed an SDF tanker truck near Al-Omar oilfield, on Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said on Monday it killed an SDF member and destroyed a bulldozer with an IED near Al-Yamama village. [ICDNSep17]

 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed an SDF member near Dhiban town. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded nine SDF members with a parked motorcycle bomb in Dernaj town. [ICDNSep17]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The Coalition said that between September 10 and September 16, it conducted 64 airstrikes in Syria, all of them in or near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We take this report with some concern, as​​ the large number of airstrikes​​ suggests that dislodging Daesh from Albu Kamal is proving difficult.

 

One likely factor is that the Daesh fighters are dug in. An IDP from the city of Hajin said that Daesh fighters were entrenched in their positions. Their snipers had containers of vitamins, proteins, and “serums” on them to help them remain in their positions for longer periods without needing food brought to them. [Hawar]

 

Another likely factor is that Daesh is applying some version of its human shields strategy. The SDF has established a refugee camp near Al-Bahra, close to Hajin, to absorb IDPs fleeing Daesh-held areas through the Alwani crossing. 30 families already entered the camp. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

Heavy fighting is taking place between SDF and Daesh east of the Euphrates, in all three districts, while Daesh claims to be thwarting the SDF attack on its positions in the village of Al-Baghouz, in the Al-Susah subdistrict. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike near Al-Susah. The source also said the SDF was now 1 km away from the town.

 

The SOHR reported continued fighting between Daesh and the SDF, backed by Coalition airstrikes, in Al-Baghouz, with increasing casualties​​ on​​ both​​ sides. [SyriaHR]

The pro-Kurdish Hawar reports that battles between SDF and Daesh fighters in Al-Baghouz​​ have​​ left 17 Daesh fighters dead. [Hawar]

Daesh’s version​​ says that it destroyed two Hummers and three APCs of the SDF, which rolled over a Daesh land​​ mine in Al-Baghouz, while the SDF attack on the village was repelled. [EnabBiladi]

 

Daesh issued a rash of​​ “victorious”​​ claims about fighting in Baghouz Foqani (some perhaps overlapping with others).

On Saturday,​​ Daesh said​​ one of​​ its snipers killed an SDF member north of Baghouz Foqani town. It also said it wounded SDF members with mortar shells in the same area. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh published photos of battles north of Baghouz Foqani. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it severely wounded SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with 2 IEDs north of Baghouz Foqani. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an SPG9 rocket north of Baghouz Foqani. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh published photos of targeting a Syrian Army military position near Albu Kamal city with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNSep15]

On Sunday,​​ Daesh said several SDF members were killed or wounded, 2 Humvees and a personnel carrier were destroyed, and 3 other Humvees damaged when SDF units walked​​ into a minefield in Baghouz Foqani. It says the units withdrew after that, leaving weapons and ammunition. It also said it killed or wounded SDF fighters after targeting their positions in the area with 20 mortars, 4 artillery shells, and 5 SPG9 rockets. It said that its snipers killed an SDF member in the area on Saturday. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh published photos of weapons and ammunition it claimed it captured from the SDF in Baghouz Foqani. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh published photos of targeting SDF units in the Baghouz Foqani area with shells and with snipers. [ICDNSep16]

On Monday,​​ Daesh published photos of targeting SDF units in the Baghouz Foqani area with mortars. [ICDNSep17]

Daesh said it targeted SDF positions in the area with 10 mortars. [ICDNSep17]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh fanboys reading all this might be persuaded that Daesh is winning. However, the repetition of typical “victorious” stories about successful snipers, enemy soldiers walking into a mine field, mortar and rocket attacks (often aimed at places Daesh has lost) suggest the well-known Daesh tactic of exaggerating its military actions to distract people from the reality that it is losing. However, Daesh is obviously putting up a major fight in Albu Kamal, which is the​​ major battlefield for its last stand in Syria.

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The SOHR says that the Syrian Army engaged Daesh infiltrators in 2 villages in Suwayda in a gunfight that left 1 local pro-government fighter killed. The Suwayda battles between the Syrian Army and Daesh have claimed the lives of 258 persons, among them 142 civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian​​ takfiri​​ and​​ fatwa​​ observation group Dar Al-Iftaa says that Daesh has established “cluster cells,”​​ taking advantage of​​ the decline of the Muslim Brotherhood, and focused​​ on children​​ of​​ limited awareness. [SNG]

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of “stopping an Egyptian Army campaign” south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh published on Sunday photos of killing three allegedly​​ pro-government militiamen it captured in the Al-Barath area, south of Rafah. [ICDNSep16]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a Somali policeman with a machine gun and stole his weapon in Bosaso city. [ICDNSep17]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The head of the local council in Farah, western Afghanistan, says that 2 separate Taliban attacks claimed the lives of 17 policemen, while​​ nine​​ others were kidnapped. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh said it killed a pro-government militiaman with an IED in the Momand area, in Nangarhar, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded two Afghan Army members with an IED near a military headquarters in Jalalabad. [ICDNSep15] [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed 3 Taliban members and wounded 3 others in an ambush in the Korengal area, in Manogai. [A3maq]

 

Philippines

Daesh said it killed nine Philippine Army members and wounded others in clashes in Zamboanga city, in Del Norte district, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

In an initial statement Saturday, the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City said the hostilities in Barangay Bakong, in Patikul​​ on Sulu Island,​​ erupted when​​ the Daesh-affiliated​​ Abu Sayyaf terrorists opened fire on soldiers approaching their positions there from two directions. The soldiers returned fire and succeeded in driving their attackers away after killing seven of them in the two-hour skirmishes.

The soldiers were in Barangay Bakong​​ to look for​​ the notorious Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron and his lieutenants, Hatib Sawadjaan and Idang Susukan, all wanted for heinous crimes, including multiple murders, attempted murder and kidnappings. In a report to WestMinCom, Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo​​ of the military-led anti-terror Joint Task Force Sulu said seven bodies of Abu Sayyaf bandits were found scattered in the scenes of the running firefights, while 6 others were reportedly wounded in the encounter.

Pabayo also reported to the WestMinCom that 17 of his men were wounded as they traded shots with Sahiron and his followers. [PhilStar]

Daesh​​ claimed​​ it killed 17 people and wounded 13 in clashes in “Kapontacs” village, in Patikul on Sulu Island, on Saturday. [ICDNSep17]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a propaganda video about its “lone lions” attacks in different countries. [ICDNSep16]

 

Daesh issued on Monday a propaganda video about its terrorists in Diyala. [ICDNSep17]

 

 

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September 14, 2018

 

Salamiya Water Station

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Barham Salih reported to be leading candidate for President of Iraq. [..]

Sunni bloc nominates Anbar Governor Al-Halbusi to be CoR Speaker. [..]

Human Rights Watch slams Iraq for intimidating lawyers representing Daesh defendants. [..]

Ninewa restores Nimrud subdistrict water station after 4-year rehab project. [..]

 

Syria

Lavrov offers a “humanitarian corridor” for Idlib civilians to leave.​​ [..]

UN Ambassador Haley warns of US retaliation if chemical weapons used in Idlib.​​ [..]

Germany’s Foreign Minister conditions Syrian reconstruction aid on​​ free​​ elections. [..]

Manbij explosion kills​​ at least​​ 6 civilians. [..]

SDF appears to be gaining in Albu Kamal, despite conflicting claims. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

United States:​​ US Marines reported training​​ in East Africa​​ for possible Iranian efforts to block Strait of Hormuz. [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The London-based daily​​ Al-Hayat​​ says​​ that​​ Barham Salih, a former Prime Minister​​ of the Kurdistan Region,​​ is the strongest candidate to become the​​ President of Iraq. The report says that the final nomination​​ will be made​​ on Friday. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We can’t evaluate the accuracy of the rumor, but Iraqis should hope that it’s true. Dr. Barham held high positions in the early post-Saddam governments, and has a reputation as​​ highly capable but also as​​ a Kurd who has cared about Iraq as a whole. He was part of the PUK leadership for years, but recently left and started his own political movement. He could therefore presumably serve as a President who is not primarily a representative of​​ a​​ major​​ Kurdish political party.

 

Council of Representatives

The Sunni “National Axis” coalition, which has 50 CoR seats, nominated Mohammed Al-Halbusi, the Governor of Anbar,​​ from Falluja District,​​ as a candidate for Speaker of the CoR. [Dijlah]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The KRG said on Thursday that Daesh was reorganizing itself in​​ areas​​ “disputed” between Erbil and Baghdad after the withdrawal of the Peshmerga from those areas. The KRG went on to say that it was necessary to have 3-way security cooperation between the Peshmerga, Iraqi (federal) government forces, and US forces, to keep Daesh from re-emerging. [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This has become one of the most persistent propaganda lines in Iraq. The argument goes that unless the Peshmerga are restored to their previous physical control of areas not legally under the authority of the KRG, security will deteriorate and let Daesh back in.​​ The main purpose of involving the US is to put pressure on the Iraqi government.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW)​​ on Thursday said that Iraqi security personnel are threatening and sometimes arresting lawyers for providing legal services to clients suspected of being members of Daesh. According to the report, many lawyers have stopped representing people suspected of being affiliated with Daesh out of fear for their lives. The result is that these defendants are limited to state-appointed lawyers. Lama Fakih, Deputy Director for the MENA division at HRW, said that the Iraqi government was attacking lawyers for doing their jobs and that these attacks were severely undermining rule of law, sending a message that only some Iraqis had a right to legal representation.​​ [SotIraq] [HRW]

 

BAGHDAD

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The Security Information Center said on Friday that security personnel in New Baghdad seized a vehicle containing 2 IEDs at a checkpoint. The driver of the vehicle resisted arrest and was killed. [Rudaw]

 

A police source says that an IED exploded in the fish market of Nahrawan, wounding wo civilians. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

The IFP says that its units arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Zafaraniya. The arrestee was a member of Daesh who was using an alias and forged IDs. [Aynaliraq]

 

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

Daesh said it wounded tribal PMF fighters and damaged their vehicle after shooting at them in the Latifiya subdistrict in Mahmudiya, in far south Baghdad, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep14]

 

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

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source said on Friday that a civilian had been wounded by an IED in downtown Falluja. [Ghad]

 

The Ministry of Defense says that intelligence units from the 14th​​ Army Division arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Qarma, Falluja​​ District. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their military vehicle with an IED north of Baiji, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it wounded four Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Hamra area, north of Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the Strategic Line (pipeline), north of Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Samarra

Daesh says its snipers killed a tribal PMF fighter in the Jazeera Samarra area, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed two policemen and destroyed an SUV with an IED in Dhuluiya. [ICDNSep13]

 

DIYALA

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Diyala police say that a joint team of Mandali police and​​ federal​​ security​​ personnel​​ seized​​ a weapons cache in​​ the​​ Mandali subdistrict​​ of​​ Diyala. The cache included rockets, mortar shells, hand grenades,​​ and​​ explosives​​ detonators. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said on Friday it blew up the house of a tribal PMF member in Barima village, east of Hawija. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said on Friday it blew up the house of an IFP member, east of Hawija. [ICDNSep14]

 

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

A police source in Kirkuk says that police units defused IEDs targeting a water pipeline in the Rashad subdistrict of Daquq. [BaghdadPost]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that the Ninewa Directorate of Water finished the rehabilitation of the Salamiya water station, which had been out of order for the last 4 years. The source said the station provided water to Nimrud subdistrict and its villages.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that municipal workers found Daesh documents under the rubble of a Daesh safehouse in Hay Al-Zanjili in west Mosul, including photo IDs of terrorists.

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Qayara)

Security personnel found a mass grave containing 18​​ Daesh​​ bodies in the Hammam Al-Alil area. A security source said that the bodies were examined and then buried, and that it was confirmed from identity cards on the bodies that they had been former Daesh members. The source claimed that they had been executed for fleeing the Battle of Mosul. [Buratha]

 

The Ministry of Defense says that intelligence units in the 20th​​ Army Division arrested 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges in the village of Jadida, in Hammam Al-Alil.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that tribal PMFs found Daesh “court” documents in the house of a terrorist in Jawa’na village​​ in Qayara. The source said the documents show that Daesh had killed a tribe leader and his two brothers in 2015 after accusing the leader of providing information to the Coalition.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Daesh said on Friday it killed three PMF members, wounded five others, including a commander, and damaged 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs near a gypsum factory northeast of Tal Afar. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said it damaged a tribal PMF vehicle with an IED near Kharab Kabir village, east of Tal Afar, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish Army says that its planes carried out attacks in Hakkari, southeast Turkey,​​ killing 5 PKK fighters. They also attacked PKK targets in Avasin and Basyan, in the Amedi district of Dahuk. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a Russian-German forum in Berlin that Russia was interested in protecting civilians, and would create a secure “humanitarian corridor” for whoever wished to leave Idlib. He said that Russia would not act the same as the US did in Mosul and Raqqa, in which cases there were no discussions about civilians, and there was no humanitarian corridor. He said that Russia would speak to Turkey next Monday. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As is common, the Russian statement is not even true, as there were humanitarian corridors set up in both Mosul and Raqqa. Their value was reduced by Daesh’s “human shield” strategy of using civilians as hostages.​​ The likely problem with the promised Russian “humanitarian corridor” is that once those civilians who choose to​​ escape​​ have left, the Syrian government may apply its Eastern Aleppo strategy,​​ with Russian​​ air​​ support, and bomb places controlled by anti-Assad rebels into submission, including barrel bombs and​​ possibly​​ even chemical weapons, putting the remaining civilians at grave risk. As in eastern Aleppo, Assad may treat civilians who remain as rebel supporters and therefore acceptable military targets. ​​ 

 

A Russian analyst warned of the possibility of a war between Russia and Turkey if Russia​​ maintains its position supporting​​ “tough​​ measures” in Idlib. [Dorar]

 

Foreign policy

A “high-level” meeting between Turkey, Russia, Germany, and France to discuss Syria is being held in Istanbul, in preparation for a summit between the countries’ leaders. [Anadolu]

 

United States

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley advised Syria, Russia and Iran to think twice before using chemical weapons, and said that the resolve of President Trump to use force should not be tested again. [Dorar]

 

The Saudi-owned daily​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ revealed a new US document, stating that the US may accept current President Bashar Al-Assad remaining in power if 5 conditions are met, including cutting relations with Iran and its militias, stopping the patronizing of terrorism and sheltering​​ of​​ terrorists, eliminating all weapons of mass destruction, and stopping threats​​ to​​ neighboring countries. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We think we will wait for some official statement or a report from closer to the source before accepting this one.

 

Germany

German Foreign Minister​​ Heiko Maas says that his country is ready to participate in the reconstruction of Syria after it reaches a political solution that would lead to free elections.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

On Friday, Turkey announced that its Intelligence agency was able to capture 9 YPG “terrorists” in Afrin. [Anadolu]

 

The YPG says that it killed and wounded 6 pro-Turkey fighters, including 3 Turkish Army soldiers, in 3 separate attacks in Afrin. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There have been several similar reports recently, suggesting that there is a kind of low-visibility “counterattack” strategy under way by the YPG​​ against Turkish occupation.

 

Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

At least​​ six​​ civilians were killed in an explosion at​​ the​​ Al-Amal Hospital square, in the center of Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed a YPG intelligence member with a sticky IED in the Al-Nasseri area, in Hasaka, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED on Tal Al-Jayer Road, east of Shaddadi, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Friday it killed an SDF member and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle with an IED east of Karama. [ICDNSep14]​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

 

See report above under National News

 

Hama

The SOHR reported that militias that had joined the Syrian Army following recent attacks caused several explosions in Sahl Al-Ghab (Ghab Plains). They reportedly tried to blow up a bridge between the opposition-held village of Tuwaina and the village of Al-Hurra, held by the government. Several other​​ bridges in the area were recently destroyed. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says that a man threw several hand grenades near​​ Al-Qala’a​​ in Salamiyah,​​ held by the Syrian Army. An IED explosion in the same area wounded a​​ general​​ in​​ the Syrian​​ Army. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh says it killed 7 SDF fighters and wounded many others in an ambush near the Al-Azraq oilfield. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed or wounded six PMF members by detonating an IED near a checkpoint in Abu Hardoub village,​​ east of Mayadin city,​​ on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR says that the SDF and Daesh are engaging in fierce battles in the last areas held by Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. Coalition planes and SDF artillery continue to shell Daesh positions. People are fleeing Al-Susah, Al-Sha’afa, and Al-Baghouz, which sit near the border with Iraq. [SyriaHR]

 

By one report, the SDF reportedly failed to make any real progress on the ground in its encounters with Daesh in Al-Baghouz,​​ and​​ separately in​​ Al-Kasrah​​ subdistrict at the far northern part of Deir Ez-Zor, while Daesh recaptured several points that it had lost to SDF in the previous 2 days. Daesh spread large numbers of land mines and built strong fortifications in the​​ Al-Baghouz​​ area. SDF commanders expect Daesh to fight to the death. [EnabBaladi]

 

However, the SDF says that its forces entered Al-Baghouz village, and liberated 5 control points held by Daesh.​​ It​​ also​​ said advances​​ were made in Al-Susah. [Hawar]

 

In addition, the Commander of 9th​​ SDF battalion says that his units liberated 7 km around Hajin,​​ and​​ says​​ that the Daesh defenses in the area are collapsing. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that more than 35 Daesh foreign terrorists and their families fled from Hajin to Al-Sha’afa by boat. So far hundreds of foreign terrorists and their families have fled to the desert.

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded SDF members by shelling their positions north of Baghouz Foqani with 15 mortars. [ICDNSep14]

Daesh said its snipers killed two SDF members north of Baghouz Foqani, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notice the Daesh propaganda tactic here. In its media statements, as we have often pointed out, “Daesh is always victorious.” On the battlefield, however, Daesh is gradually losing in Deir Ez-Zor. So it touts firing off 15 mortars as a victory and claims to have killed an unspecified number of enemy soldiers; and it makes claims that its snipers killed enemy soldiers (claims​​ which are​​ made​​ more often when they are losing). This is intended to cancel out the public relations impact of an impending defeat.​​ To the perceptive, however, these “victorious” reports reveal that things are not going well.

 

South​​ (No reports)

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Essam Abu Amjad, a member of the Security and Defense Committee of the Egyptian Parliament, says that Turkey and Qatar will pay the price for their support of terrorism. [Hawar]

 

Libya/Tunisia

Tunisia

Units from both the Tunisian National Guard and Army are carrying out “large-scale” search operations in Enfidha, Sousse Governorate, after receiving information that 2 armed men were spotted in the factory district. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

United States

The Israeli military intelligence website​​ DEBKA​​ reported on Friday that the US was conducting an exercise near the Red Sea, including F-35s and amphibious assault vehicles, in anticipation of a possible military confrontation with Iran.​​ DEBKA​​ wrote that around 4,500 US Marines were training out of Djibouti around the coasts of the Horn of Africa, and that this training was focused on countering a simulated Iranian blockade of the Strait of Hormuz or the Bab Al-Mandeb in the Red Sea. [BaghdadToday] [DEBKA]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published the 147th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes reports about its attacks during the last week. It published an infographic saying it conducted 99 attacks in Iraq, Syria, “Khorasan,” Libya, Sinai, east Asia, west Africa, and Somalia, killing or wounding more than 379 people and capturing 3. The infographic shows that 2/3 of Daesh attacks were in Iraq. In this issue also, Daesh published a report about its fights against Al-Qaeda in Yemen. It also published an infographic with instructions to its supporters to plan and conduct terrorist attacks. [ICDNSep14] ​​ 

 

 

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September 13, 2018