An Update On ISIS Activities

July 5, 2018

 

SDF in Hasaka

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Speculation about new government exceeds progress in forming it. [..]

Kuwait fund commits to $80 million loan to build Iraqi schools. [..]

Combined military units’ campaign kills 16 Daesh​​ fighters​​ in Tooz. [..]

Major IFP clearing operation in SW Kirkuk kills 15 Daesh​​ fighters. [..]

Another mukhtar (and his children) killed, in Mosul province. [..]

Coalition’s desert airstrikes kill 18 Daesh in southern Hatra. [..]

Three Daesh attacks in Baaj kill 7. [..]

UNHCR official says KRG still gets 700 new Syrian refugees per month. [..]

 

Syria

SDF, Syrian government reported cooperating​​ in​​ multiple fields. [..]

SDF captures 2 more villages, wide rural area in SE Hasaka. [..]

Iraqi intel says Baghdadi’s son was killed by a Russian airstrike. [..]

Two US soldiers killed on patrol in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Anti-Assad militias in southern Syria say they killed 150 Syrian troops, destroyed 19 tanks. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Afghanistan: ​​ Government assault kills 23 Daesh fighters in eastern Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

Fawzi Akram, a member of the central committee of the Turkmen Party, described PUK statements about the elections as exaggerated. The PUK said earlier that Turkey is feeling defeated by Iran​​ because of​​ the low Turkmen turnout and that President Erdogan is highly disappointed. Akram says that there are no signs of Turkish disappointment, and that regional support for the political process in Iraq is highly appreciated. He says​​ the Turkmen will​​ accept the election results, whatever they​​ are. [BaghdadToday]

 

New​​ government

Muqtada Al-Sadr says he will​​ not allow Iraq to be run by outside countries, saying that from now on, Iraq will be run by its sons from inside Iraq, through patriotic and decent Iraqi coalitions. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Talk is cheap, as they say. Reality is that Al-Sadr won the opportunity to form a new government but so far has failed to produce one and in the process has introduced​​ cross-cutting​​ layers of confusion​​ and discord. It would seem that any coalition he assembles will have to include either Al-Amiri’s pro-Iran Al-Fath Coalition or Al-Abadi’s pro-West Al-Nasr Coalition, if not both, and a lot of western money could be riding on the outcome.​​ Actually managing a government is a lot more difficult than mouthing off about it.

 

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, a Qatar-backed paper, says that the struggle for the position of PM is the main issue in the relations among parties that announced coalitions, including Al-Fath (Conquest) and Sairun. The paper says that Al-Sadr is leaning toward supporting Haider Al-Abadi for the position, while Al-Fath is supporting Hadi Al-Amiri, to the dissatisfaction of​​ Al-Sadr. ​​ More complications are expected when the results of manual counting of votes are announced. [BaghdadToday]

 

Okaz, a Saudi daily, wrote about a meeting in Istanbul held by several Iraqi Sunni political leaders, chaired by Salim Al-Jubouri, the Speaker of the CoR. The paper says that the meeting showed the deep divisions among Sunni​​ leaders, many of whom​​ did not support such meetings outside Iraq that would only lead to more sectarian tendencies. [SkyPress]

 

Said Memo Zaini, a media official for the KDP, denied any US or Saudi pressure on his party to enter into a coalition with PM Haider Al-Abadi. Zaini says that the US and Saudi Arabia are friends of the Kurds, and they both want Al-Abadi to be​​ Prime​​ Minister, but they never exerted any pressure on the KDP. He adds that if Al-Abadi is committed to the Kurdish people’s rights and solving problems between the Kurdistan Region and the central government, the KDP would happily support him. [BaghdadToday]

 

A KDP source says that his party held thorough discussions with the PUK and other Kurdish parties during the past​​ several​​ days to agree on a unified negotiating position​​ before going to Baghdad to discuss the formation of the new government. The main topics agreed upon, according to the source, are solving the problems of Kirkuk and the “disputed” areas according to Article 140 of the Constitution, approving a decent share for the Kurdistan Region from the public state budget, and achieving balance in top positions in Iraqi ministries and institutions. [AlAraby]

 

Corruption

The Supreme Judicial Council announced on Thursday that the Karkh Court of Inquiry had certified the confessions of 3 “terrorists” accused of killing the PMF financial director Qasim Al-Zubaydi. Council spokesman Judge Abd Al-Sattar Birqdar said that among the killers was a “contractor” who confessed to killing Al-Zubaydi because of “late payment of financial receivables.” The other 2 killers belonged to the security services and had “common financial interests.” [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The many Daesh Daily readers who work for contractors, as we do, may find the​​ contractor​​ defendant’s late payment excuse injurious to their professional reputation.​​ 

 

Reconstruction

The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has signed an agreement to loan an equivalent of​​ $80,000,000​​ to Iraq for development projects,​​ including the development of 73 schools in 15 Iraqi provinces. This loan is intended to aid in Iraq’s​​ economic and societal development.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The KRG representative in the EU said that the European Parliament seeks to re-normalize relations between Erbil and Baghdad and to dissolve the PMF. It also stresses the importance of applying constitutional law in dealing with natural resources.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Lebanese daily​​ Al-Akhbar​​ quoted informed sources in Iraq as saying that court verdicts against Daesh​​ members,​​ both​​ death sentences​​ and​​ life imprisonment, will be multiplied in the coming days. This includes verdicts that have passed​​ the​​ appeals phase and become final. 12 Daesh​​ convicts​​ were executed last week in response to Daesh’s​​ execution of 8 hostages. [BaghdadToday]

 

Sumaria​​ carried a lengthy account of the confessions of a top Daesh official’s wife. Mona Jassem Mohammed Al-Khalifawi was the wife of Samir Abd Al-Khalifawi, aka “Hajji Samir,” a top-ranking deputy of Al-Baghdadi before being killed in 2013. Mona was married to “Hajji Samir” in 1989, when he was a Major in the Iraqi Army.​​ He​​ was promoted to Colonel in 2003, and​​ after the fall of the​​ Saddam​​ regime, he​​ joined Jama’at Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad (JTT),​​ which​​ later became Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which later became Daesh. He was arrested by US forces twice in 2004 and imprisoned for 8 months total.

After his release, “Hajji Samir” and his wife moved back and forth between Syria and Tarmiya (Baghdad Governorate). They settled in Aleppo and lived with Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and his wife and children. Mona said that around this time, “Hajji Samir” became close with Al-Baghdadi and offered him military advice. “Hajji Samir” also started to run a training camp for Syrians and foreigners who were joining Daesh. In 2013, Free​​ Syrian​​ Army (FSA) soldiers​​ raided their house in Aleppo and attempted to arrest “Hajji Samir,” but eventually shot him after an argument, which caused the explosives​​ belt he was wearing to detonate, according to Mona.​​ 

Then she was taken by the FSA and interrogated for 8 months, after which she and her son were released in a prisoner swap between the FSA and Daesh. After the release, she stayed briefly in Turkey, and then lived in a large house in​​ Shuaitat​​ (in Deir Ez-Zor, although Mona said it was in Anbar), together with the various wives of Al-Baghdadi. After 2 months, she left for an IDP camp in Iraq, and was later arrested​​ for​​ trying to use a forged ID. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

The​​ outgoing​​ Yazidi MP in the CoR, Vian Dakhil, said on Thursday that she had issued an objection to​​ an​​ Iraqi Foreign Ministry statement, which called for foreign countries to take custody of foreign national​​ children related to​​ Daesh​​ members who have fulfilled their sentences or​​ were not​​ convicted of crimes.​​ Dakhil expressed skepticism that all the children in question were​​ from​​ Daesh​​ families, and said that some could be Iraqi children, including Yazidi children, who had been previously kidnapped by Daesh.​​ The Iraqi government is​​ currently holding in custody​​ 833 children from 14 different nationalities.​​ [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Baghdad Ops Command said on Thursday that it had arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges who tried to enter the capital from the north.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

On Thursday, Iraqi police said that 2 civilians were injured​​ in north Baghdad​​ by an explosion in a passenger car. They were taken by security to a nearby hospital.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded two others in clashes in the Mashro’ Tareq area, north of Taji, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it shot at an Iraqi Army recon tower with light weapons in the Mashro’ Tareq area, killing one soldier and wounding two others. [ICDNJul5]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A cache of explosive materials was found buried in farmland in the area of Ja’ara​​ in Mada’in.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source reported that on Thursday night​​ that​​ an IED exploded near an Army checkpoint within the Abu Ghraib subdistrict, resulting in injury​​ to​​ 1 soldier and 1 civilian.​​ [Sumaria]

Daesh said on Thursday it killed an Iraqi Army officer and a soldier with an IED in the Abu Ghraib area. [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information said that units under the Directorate of Military Intelligence arrested 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges in Fallujah​​ District, and that the same units seized a cache of explosives in Jubeil​​ in south Falluja.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Ramadi

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that it arrested a Daesh​​ figure​​ responsible for conveying weapons between Albu Ali and Albu Dhiab. The person is also known for authoring several popular slogans and poems during the anti-government protests in Anbar in 20132014.​​ After news of the poet’s arrest spread,​​ supporters began to circulate on social media a video of his confession,​​ allegedly taken after his arrest.​​ [BaghdadToday]​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

See related story under Diyala, below

 

The Center for Security Information said that units under Samarra Ops Command had arrested 2 persons on terrorism charges in the Ramadi Island area, northwest of Ramadi near the desert.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMF units captured a Daesh female member at a checkpoint near Baiji. The source says the woman’s brother is the Daesh​​ wali​​ of the Shirqat area, who had fled to Deir Ez-Zor earlier. The source said the woman was planning to flee to Turkey through Baghdad International Airport. ​​ 

 

Samarra

The Center for Security Information said that units under Samarra Ops Command had found 3 IEDs and arrested 5 persons in the Albu Nesan​​ neighborhood​​ in the city of Samarra.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Rapid Intervention, IFP, and PMF units started a military campaign to clear the Tuz Khurmatu mountains, killing 16 terrorists, including a Syrian commander, and finding weapons and ammunition hidden in tunnels. The source says many terrorists fled on motorcycles toward Jazeera Samarra.​​ 

 

Daesh sources said on Wednesday that four Rapid Intervention​​ soldiers​​ were killed or wounded when an IED exploded on them in Shiraw village, in Tooz. [ICDNJul4]

 

DIYALA

Intelligence sources said that a Daesh leader and media official responsible for the Daesh publication​​ A3maq​​ has been arrested in Diyala. The sources said “Abu Khattab Al-Iraqi” was found with computers and tablets he was using to promote the Daesh social media campaign “Nada’ #88” (“Call/Appeal #88”).​​ This campaign apparently refers to the arrest of the Daesh figure in​​ Ramadi​​ noted​​ above.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

See related story under Ramadi, above

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it targeted 2 PMF positions with 2 Katyushas in the Abbara area, on Wednesday. [ICDNJul5]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Diyala Ops Commander Mizher Al-Azzawi announced on Thursday that there was an ongoing search operation in the areas of​​ the​​ Himrin​​ Basin​​ north of Lake Himrin, which had so far cleared about 60 villages and a total area of 4,000 km2. He said that the operation has so far resulted in the destruction of 2 Daesh safehouses and an explosives cache containing 22 IEDs and a 200-liter barrel of “C4.”​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

A senior security source in Diyala said on Thursday that a special security team was being formed to investigate an “IED network” in Khanaqin. The source said that Diyala security leaders had authorized the creation of the team after a series of IED explosions in Khanaqin in the past two weeks, including a “sonic IED” detonation at a judge’s house at dawn that morning, which exploded without causing any injuries. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh sources said on Thursday that an IED exploded in the house of a judge in Hay Ramadhan, in Khanaqin. [ICDNJul5]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The 27th​​ Brigade of the PMF killed 2 Daesh fighters who tried to attack the village of​​ Fadikha, in Hawija​​ District, according to a statement by the PMF media office.​​ [PressIraq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh appointed Radhwan Kurdi as its military commander for the Hawija area.​​ 

 

Daesh said it shot at the house of a tribal PMF commander in Halawat​​ Al-Wusta village, in Al-Zab, on Monday. [ICDNJul4]

 

Daesh sources said on Wednesday that several tribal PMF fighters were wounded in clashes in Al-Mahafif village, in Hawija District. [ICDNJul4]

 

Daesh sources said on Thursday that a PMF fighter was killed and others “lost” in clashes in the Khatouniya area, in Hawija District. [ICDNJul5]

 

Security and medical sources say that a beheaded body of a PMF fighter was found near a checkpoint in the village of Murad Khatoun in Hawija. [Forat]

Daesh sources said on Thursday that the body of a PMF member was​​ found​​ beheaded in Murad Khatoun village, in Hawija. [ICDNJul5]

 

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

The Federal Police command said on Thursday that 15 terrorists had been killed and another 15 arrested so far in their clearing operation in the southwestern areas of Kirkuk Province. Command said in a statement that 63 villages had been cleared in Rashad (Daquq), Hawija, and Riyadh. The IFP also destroyed 7 car bombs, 24 IEDs, 27 Daesh safehouses, and 19 Daesh tunnels. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says IFP units killed 4 Daesh terrorists, captured 4 others, including a commander, and destroyed 8 tunnels in the ongoing operation in Rashad desert. Later on, the source says the forces captured 11 more Daesh terrorists. ​​ 

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

Hanin Qaddo,​​ a​​ CoR member​​ for​​ Hadi Al-Amiri’s​​ Badr​​ Organization, expressed surprise​​ at the​​ accusations​​ of​​ 30th​​ PMF​​ Brigade,​​ who claimed​​ that some armed men holding fake PMF ID cards are using the name of the​​ Brigade for personal​​ purposes​​ in Mosul. Qaddo​​ says​​ the​​ Brigade is not based in​​ the city of​​ Mosul, but rather​​ in Nineveh​​ Plain,​​ to protect minorities and preserve law and order. He adds​​ that​​ the​​ presence of the​​ Brigade thwarted serious plans of certain political forces to control and impose​​ demographic changes​​ in Ninewa​​ Plain. [SNG]

 

An officer in Ninewa Ops Command said that a child had been killed and a civilian wounded in a Daesh attack on the Shammar tribe​​ in​​ Hamdaniya.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Mosul

The Iraqi Ministry of Migration and IDPs says that 373 IDPs have returned to their homes in Mosul. The IDPs are the first group of several willing to return home. Army trucks carried IDPs’ furniture to their home cities. [Anadolu]​​ [Xendan]​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information announced on Thursday that units under the Directorate of Military Intelligence arrested 3 members of a “terrorist cell” in the Al-Tanak neighborhood of​​ west​​ Mosul.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

In what may be a more intriguing version of the same story, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Iraqi Army 20th​​ division captured 4 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in the house of the mukhtar of Hay Al-Tanak.

 

Daesh sources said on Thursday that the bodies of seven PMF members were​​ found​​ shot west of Mosul. [ICDNJul5]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hamidat/Hammam Al-Alil

A security source in Mosul said on Thursday that 2 Daesh fighters attacked the village of Tal Khaimah, in the Hamidat subdistrict, between Aski Mosul and Badoush. The source said that the terrorists executed the village​​ mukhtar​​ and 3 of his children before security personnel arrived to fight them, adding that there were 6 wounded​​ among​​ those security personnel and local civilians.​​ [Ghad]

Daesh sources said that the mukhtar of the village and three of his sons were beheaded. The sources also said IEDs were detonated on security units that arrived at the village, killing or wounding several security members. [ICDNJul5]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh attacked​​ the village of​​ Al-Abghala​​ (spelling approx.), south of Badoush, killing the mukhtar of the village, his son, and an Iraqi soldier and wounding seven other soldiers. The source also says Daesh set 6 houses on fire.​​ (We were able to determine that this is another version of the story above.)​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The steady pace of attacks on mukhtars, who are local civilian officials, is a worrisome trend, especially as Iraq seems not to have provided much protection to mukhtars despite the large number of incidents. This is a victory for Daesh, showing it can kill local government officials with impunity, which of course persuades others not to serve in these positions and undermines Iraqi governance. ​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded 12 Iraqi Army members with a car bomb in the same Tal Khaimah village on Wednesday. [A3maq]

It also said it killed a National Security Service member and three PMF fighters in the same village, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

A police source says that unidentified gunmen attacked a family in the village of Khaimah, on the Mosul–Tal Afar Road, with silenced guns, killing 5 family members and wounding a woman and a 4-year-old child. [BaghdadToday]​​ [IraqPress]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike near Albu Saif village​​ in Hammam Al-Alil, just south of the city.​​ 

 

Makhmur/Qayara/Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles and killed 18 terrorists in an airstrike on a Daesh convoy south of Hatra. The source also said the planes targeted a Daesh gathering near Khunaifis village, south of Hatra.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

An Iraqi Army official said that a Daesh attack had killed 4 family members in a village in Baaj on Thursday. Captain Abbas Al-Zeidan said in a statement that about 15 Daesh fighters in 4WD-type vehicles attacked the village of Al-‘Azz, killing​​ two​​ men, a woman, and a 14-year-old boy. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two civilians were killed and another wounded, all from the same family, in a Daesh attack on a house in Tal Safouk. The source says people of the village chased the terrorists and killed 4 of them.

 

Daesh sources said on Wednesday that a Shammar tribe PMF fighter was killed in an attack near the Hamdaniya Compound, in Baaj. [ICDNJul4]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel​​ ​​ 

Daesh sources said on Wednesday that two PMF fighter were wounded when Daesh targeted their position in the Buhairat area, in Iskandariya, with a mortar shell. [ICDNJul4]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Amin Awad, UNHCR Director for the MENA region, spoke on Thursday in Erbil about the situation in Iraq for IDPs and Syrian refugees. He said that about 3.9 million IDP Iraqis had returned to their homes since the end of the war, and that about 2 million were still displaced. Awad also noted that the Kurdistan Region had taken in about 97% of the Syrian refugees in Iraq, and that they were still arriving at the rate of about 700 new refugees per month. He said that these rates showed no sign of slowing and that it was impossible to return the Syrian refugees currently residing in Iraq. [BasNews]

 

The PM of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, met with Amin Awad, UNHCR Director for MENA, and Bruno Guido, the UNHCR representative for Iraq. According to a statement published by the KRG, Barzani confirmed the readiness of the KRG to coordinate with the Iraqi government and the UNHCR to return IDPs to their homes. [Rudaw]

 

SULEIMANIYA

Rangin Abdullah, a CoR member for the Gorran (“Change”) party, says that the statements of Nechirvan Barzani describing the PKK as occupying Iraqi territories, are a pretext for Turkey to enter the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan. She says that the PKK heroically fought Daesh and defended people in southern Kurdish areas, and that it needs support rather than condemnation. She asked the Kurdish CoR to question the Kurdish PM over such statements. [Roj]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Binali Yıldırım, the Turkish PM, admitted that Turkish forces are now holding 350 km2​​ inside Iraq, extending from the Iranian border to Al-Khabur, near Mount Qandil. He says that​​ his country is adopting an offensive rather than a defensive policy to defeat terrorism.​​ 

He says Turkey and the US are working together in Manbij, saying that his country told the Americans that it cannot tolerate any threat in northern Syria. [Shafaaq]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

According to​​ Agence​​ France Press, the UN Security Council failed to come to an agreement on​​ southern Syria due to Russia’s position on the​​ issue.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Political opposition

Yeni Shafaq, a Turkish daily, says that the Kurds and Syrian government are cooperating in military, economic, and educational fields. Joint checkpoints will be established in Hasaka, while the SDF might hand over the border crossings with Iraq and Turkey to the Syrian government. [Dorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The British newspaper “i,” affiliated with the​​ Independent, published an article by Kim Sengupta in which she wrote that Daesh was regrouping in Syria. She said that there were estimated to be between 8,000 and 10,000 Daesh fighters remaining in Syria, and that the group was taking advantage of changing dynamics in the Syrian civil war to launch more attacks. Sengupta​​ noted​​ that the US-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters are now busy fighting Turkish forces. [BasNews]

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ /Jarabulus

The Coalition says that an explosion in Al-Hayya village, a village east of Manbij city,​​ injured more than two dozen people July 5.

 

It says the explosion was caused by a suspected remote-controlled explosive device during a peaceful protest of approximately 2,000 citizens in Al-Hayya.

It also says that​​ U.S. and Turkish forces have been conducting independent, coordinated patrols on the northern demarcation line outside Manbij since June 18. Security within Manbij is maintained by the Manbij Military Council. Manbij remains secure and the MMC is investigating the​​ Al-Hayya blast.

It says that no further details are available at this time.​​ [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

A land​​ mine explosion targeting anti-Turkish protestors demonstrating in Manbij killed​​ one​​ civilian and wounded 22. The explosion took place in the Al-Hayya neighborhood, east of Manbij. [Hawar]

Daesh sources said on Thursday that several people were killed or wounded when an IED exploded on a gathering of SDF supporters in Al-Hayya, in Manbij. [ICDNJul5]

 

A local source in Jarabulus reported the explosion of 2 car bombs Thursday morning,​​ at the same time but in different locations of the city, resulting in material damage only. [Hawar]

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says SDF captured 2 villages and hundreds of farms from Daesh southeast of Shaddadi, close to the Iraqi border. The source says Daesh terrorists fled from the area.

Qasioun also reported that the SDF took over two villages in Hasaka near the Syria-Iraq border.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Daesh sources said on Thursday that an SDF commander was killed when an IED exploded on his car south of Amuda. [ICDNJul5]

 

Daesh said it damaged an SUV carrying SDF members with an IED in Shaddadi city, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

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

Daesh sources said on Thursday that the commander of the SDF military academy was wounded in an attack near Tal Al-Saman, north of Raqqa. [ICDNJul5]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo

Local sources reported fierce fighting between armed opposition factions and the Syrian Army in Tadif, east of​​ the city of​​ Aleppo. The opposition​​ took control of some Syrian regime positions​​ before being forced out, according to​​ the​​ sources. [Qasioun]

 

Homs

Iraqi intelligence says that a Russian airstrike in Homs, and not a Syrian​​ Army attack, killed Abu Hudhaifa Al-Badri, the son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 11 other Daesh gunmen were killed in the airstrike. [Dorar]​​ [Yahoo]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Two​​ US soldiers from the Coalition were killed by Daesh mines while patrolling areas in Namliya. ​​ The Coalition and SDF are running joint patrols in the area. [Dorar]

Daesh​​ pronounced on Thursday that it had killed 4 US soldiers with an IED explosion in the village of Namliya, near​​ Al-Suwar in northeast Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [Qasioun]

Daesh claimed on Thursday that a group of its terrorists ambushed a Coalition convoy in Al-Namliya village, near Al-Suwar, on Wednesday and detonated 18 IEDs, killing four US soldiers, wounding others, and damaging 3 vehicles. It also claimed the terrorists clashed with the convoy before “returning safely.” [ICDNJul5]​​ 

 

Coalition helicopters executed a landing behind Daesh lines in the city of Hajin, east of Deir Ez-Zor, followed by an airstrike. The 15-minute landing was aimed at arresting Daesh leaders. The results of the operation are so far unclear. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member by detonating an IED on an SDF gathering in Al-Hasin village, north of Deir Ez-Zor city, near Al-Suwar, on Wednesday. [ICDNJul5]

 

Daesh said it damaged a vehicle carrying SDF members on the Khurafi Road, northeast of Deir Ez-Zor, on Tuesday, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [A3maq] [ICDNJul4]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Daesh said it targeted an SDF military position in the Dhahr Al-Baghouz area with 5 mortars, on Tuesday. It also said it targeted an SDF position with 9 mortars on Wednesday. [ICDNJul4] [ICDNJul5]

 

South​​ 

Daraa

The opposition Military Ops Room in southern Syria says that since June 15, 150 government troops​​ have been​​ killed, including several officers, while 19 tanks and 4 APCs were destroyed. [Dorar]

 

Opposition​​ militias​​ claimed that they killed 37 government troops and destroyed one T-72 tank west of Daraa,​​ and​​ killed​​ 15 other​​ government troops​​ east​​ of​​ Daraa,​​ while blocking​​ the​​ government​​ Army’s​​ attempt to capture Saida. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues​​ an​​ infographic about developments in the Yarmouk Basin area during the last 10 days. It says that​​ anti-Assad​​ opposition groups asked Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled for a truce and the JK accepted. It says 250 opposition fighters defected and went to the Yarmouk Basin area. It also says that 4,000 people​​ who​​ left the Hauran area​​ were handed over by the opposition to the government, and went to the Yarmouk Basin. It says the JK targeted government forces in Sheikh Maskin with rockets. It also says that many people from the Yarmouk Basin joined the JK to fight the government. [ICDNJul4]

 

Daesh sources said on Thursday that opposition groups, who signed a truce with the government, closed the road between Saham and Hait town in order to prevent people from going to Jaish Khaled controlled areas. [ICDNJul5]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Ismail Kawthari, a commander in the Revolutionary Guards, threatened to cut off oil supplies through the Straits of Hormuz if the US banned the export of Iranian oil. Similar statements were also repeated by Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, earlier on Thursday. ​​ Iran exports 2.3 million barrels of oil per day. [BaghdadNews]

 

On Thursday, US Central Command spokesman Bill Urban said that the US was ready to ensure that the Strait of Hormuz is available for free navigation as allowed by international law.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Jordan

A Jordanian military news source,​​ Hala Akhbar, reported that continuous Jordanian efforts at diplomacy succeeded in renewing negotiations between Russia and the Syrian opposition.​​ [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Germany

The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution admitted that the YPG and PYD are the Syrian wing of the PKK. The conclusion was stated in a 138-page report, which also mentioned that 14,500 PKK supporters live in Germany. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

23 Daesh fighters, including a leader, were killed on Thursday in a government attack on a Daesh hideout in eastern Afghanistan, according to a Nangarhar Province spokesman. The spokesman added that 3 Taliban fighters had also been killed on Thursday morning, including senior leader Mullah Hakimullah. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed an Afghan soldier in a village in Chaparhar, in Nangarhar, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed 5 Taliban members, wounded 7 others, and destroyed a vehicle with an IED in the Khogyani area, in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

 

Philippines

The Philippine Army said at least 13 Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) members were killed in a series of clashes in Maguindanao that started last Sunday.

Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, Western Mindanao Command public affairs officer, said Thursday that “Since the 1st day of the intensified operations conducted by the troops under the JTF Central led by Brigadier​​ General Cirilito Sobejana in the different areas in Central Mindanao, a total of 13 killed and undetermined number of wounded enemies has been reported while on the government side 14 were wounded and two were killed during encounters.”

Besana said one of the fatalities is Commander Marrox, BIFF Brigade Commander of the Karialan Faction. “He (Marrox) was a known bomber and one of the prime suspects with warrant of arrest in the Mamasapano clash which resulted​​ in​​ the death of the (Special Action Force) SAF 44,” he said.

“Marrox spearheaded the ambush to the troops of the 40th Infantry Battalion a year ago.​​ 

Besana said the latest encounter is a clash between around 10 members of the bandit Karialan group and troops of 2nd Mechanized Battalion in the vicinity of Barangay Dapiawan, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao at around 6:55 am.​​ Besana said the troops were conducting zoning operation at the Dapiawan Elementary School when they were fired upon by BIFF members.​​ “Troops immediately established their defensive position and returned fire. 60mm mortar fire was​​ also delivered,” he said. [ManilaShimbun]​​ 

 

A Philippine Army spokesman says that a junior officer of the 40th Infantry Battalion conducting a clearing operation in a remote village of Mamasapano on Thursday was killed in an ensuing firefight with a militant Moro group linked to Daesh. The spokesman said that the junior officer was among the soldiers conducting a clearing operation in the village when they ran into members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).​​ He also said a separate fighting erupted around 7 a.m. in the village of Dapiawan in the nearby town of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, also in Maguindanao province, though there was no reported casualty from either side.​​ 

The military assaults against BIFF guerrillas began during the weekend, supposedly targeting BIFF leader Abu Turaipe, whose faction had pledged allegiance to Daesh. But Turaipe​​ is believed to have escaped again. [Inquirer]​​ 

 

A Philippine Army spokesman said that a member of the Daesh-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was killed and four firearms were recovered as advancing government troops continue their pursuit operation against the terror group in the interior of Maguindanao province.​​ He said the latest in the series of clashes since July 1 occurred Wednesday (July 4) at the border of Mamasapano and Rajah Buayan towns,​​ where a BIFF militant was killed and four firearms were recovered from the fleeing extremists.​​ ​​ [PNA]

Daesh said on Wednesday that a group of its terrorists attacked the Philippine Army 40th​​ infantry brigade in the Pidsandawan area in the Rajah Buayan municipality, in Maguindanao, killing 20 soldiers and capturing weapons and ammunition, before “returning safely.” [ICDNJul4] [A3maq]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists, saying he was killed in the Baghdad area. [ICDNJul5]

 

 

Notice to readers. Due to the Independence Day holiday, our next issue will be on Thursday, July 5. Please enjoy your holiday!

 

July 3, 2018

 

Horan Valley

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Manual vote recount in SW Kirkuk shows major discrepancies from official results. [..]

Al-Abadi meets with USAID delegation on technical support issues. [..]

Al-Abadi reports US pressure to restore Peshmerga patrols in disputed areas. [..]

NY Times story analyzes surprising role of Daesh’s Islamic Police. [..]

Iraqi units in West Anbar kill 11 Daesh, find 15 Daesh tunnels in Horan Valley. ​​ [..]

14 Daesh fighters killed​​ in village​​ near Kirkuk. [..]

Daesh targets, wounds East Mosul mukhtar in assassination attempt. [..]

Kata’eb Hezbollah’s Daesh prisoners in Hatra disappeared suspiciously. [..]​​ 

 

Syria

Newspaper reports possible Raqqa deal between government, SDF. [..]

UN Human Rights spokesman urges Jordan to take in new southern Syria refugees. [..]​​ 

UN says last two Syrian chemical weapons facilities being destroyed. [..]

Baghdadi’s son dies fighting in Homs. [..]

Southern Syria opposition coalition claims to kill 45 Syrian troops in Daraa. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Egypt:​​ 241 in North Sinai labeled as terrorists by Egyptian court. [..]

U.S.:​​ ​​ CNN says Trump may declare Iranian Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

On Tuesday, the Iraqi Turkmen Front announced that the manual counting of 24 ballot boxes showed a “50% difference” from electronic results, saying that this validated accusations of vote tampering. This recount of 24 ballot boxes was carried out in Daquq. Ahmed Ramzy Kuberlou, an electoral official for the Turkmen Front, noted that one ballot box in particular had 219 electronic votes recorded, while the box contained only 70 votes.​​ [Sumaria]

 

New​​ government

Mohammed Al-Karbouli, a leader in​​ the​​ Sunni party​​ Al-Hal, says​​ that​​ one​​ cause of problems​​ for​​ the Sunni​​ part​​ of​​ the country is their​​ politicians​​ struggle for positions, saying​​ that​​ there​​ are​​ efforts to​​ form a more united front. [BasNews]

 

The KDP says its delegation is not heading to Baghdad to look for positions or ministries, but rather to restore the political balance agreed in 2003 and shaken later on. Arafat Karam, head of the Party’s parliamentary bloc,​​ described current political coalitions as fragile and inconsistent, saying they were aimed at forcing the losing blocs to accept the status quo, and exert pressure on the Supreme Court by pretending to form the biggest bloc. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We notice that stories about forming the new government have almost dried up in recent days. Meanwhile, the government’s time is running out, based on the constitution. It​​ seems reasonable to conclude that one reason for the delay is the desire of parties who disliked the election results to wait for manual recount results in hopes of improving their fortunes. A second reason, which we concede is intuitive, is that no party has been able to assemble a coalition that is unassailable in the CoR, one major point of disagreement being who will lead it​​ as Prime Minister.

 

Reconstruction

Prime Minister​​ Haider Al-Abadi met a delegation from USAID, and discussed several​​ subjects, including cooperation with USAID, economic support, the return of IDPs, protecting minorities, and training local police. [Rudaw]

 

The Qatari​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ reported on Tuesday that Iraq had begun to expand the Ayn Al-Asad base in Anbar, likely in preparation for new US troops. The newspaper quoted a senior army officer as saying that current construction would extend the northern and western parts of the base by “several kilometers.” [BaghdadToday]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Al-Abadi’s office said on Tuesday that there was US pressure on the Iraqi government to reinstate Peshmerga troops in Kirkuk and​​ other​​ “disputed” areas. Sa’ad Al-Hadithi, a spokesman for the PM’s office, emphasized that the deployment of security forces in Iraq was an independent, sovereign decision of the Commander-in-Chief. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Any such US pressure would be unwarranted.​​ The Peshmerga have no legal authority in non-KRG provinces.​​ There were Peshmerga​​ exercising authority​​ in​​ such provinces,​​ based on political direction from Erbil or Suleimaniya,​​ most notably Kirkuk, Diyala, and Ninewa,​​ because Baghdad was too weak to do anything about it and the Kurds took advantage of that weakness to establish de facto physical control of areas beyond their legal authority. Seizing Kirkuk city and surrounding area from the central government in the wake of the Daesh invasion​​ in mid-2014​​ was the ultimate achievement in this dubious policy. In how many other sovereign countries would this be tolerated? The resumption of federal control over some of these areas raised​​ objections from​​ the Kurds who lost some of their control of non-Kurdish areas, but there is no principled reason for anyone else to object or to support​​ a return to Peshmerga control in areas outside KRG jurisdiction.

The larger problem is that​​ the political status issue surrounding Iraqi Kurdistan and border areas near Iraqi Kurdistan has not been resolved.​​ ​​ Recent events have made that even more difficult,​​ for which the fault lies with the KRG,​​ and Kurdish bargaining tactics have not helped. However, it is an issue that still needs to be addressed.

 

Nechirvan Barzani, the PM of the Kurdistan Regional Government, met with US Republican Senator Lindsay Graham after latter’s meeting with President Erdogan and his visit to Manbij. No statement was issued regarding the meeting, which was attended by the US Ambassador, US military leaders, and Kurdish politicians. [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The leader of Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq (AAH), Qais Al-Khazali, called on Tuesday for major operations against any remnants of Daesh in Iraq. Speaking during a memorial visit to Karbala, Al-Khazali said that there should be major operations involving all armed forces, as happened during the earlier​​ period of anti-Daesh mobilization, adding that it was illogical for the remaining terrorists to appear and disappear at will.

 

The Supreme Judicial Council says that the Ninewa Criminal Court sentenced 5 Daesh convicts to life imprisonment. The convicts were part of Daesh’s “Islamic Police” and the​​ Jund Diwan​​ (Military Office) of Daesh in Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

PM Al-Abadi said on Tuesday that the death sentences he​​ had​​ previously ordered​​ to be​​ expedited​​ had been delayed. Speaking at his weekly press conference, Al-Abadi blamed the delay on routine bureaucracy. [BaghdadToday]

 

The​​ New York Times​​ published a story, based on the documents that one of their reporters took from a Daesh “Islamic Police” station in Tel Keif, Ninewa Province, detailing how citizens under Daesh rule were able to obtain a type of justice through Daesh’s internal bureaucracy. In one example, a fighter short-changed a shopkeeper regarding the purchase price of a chicken, but the shopkeeper recovered what he was owed after complaining to the local “Islamic Police.” The “Islamic Police” became intermediaries in many unresolved petty disputes. In short, much of the content of the documents resembles that of any police station in a small or medium-sized city.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Foreign policy

Mohammed​​ Mahjoub, the spokesman of Iraq’s​​ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says that Iraq is ready to cooperate with Turkey to confront the PKK.​​ According to the government-affiliated Anadolu, he​​ says Iraq agrees with Turkey on the classification of the PKK as a terrorist group. He doubted the ability of Iraqi and Turkey to eliminate the presence of the PKK fully in all its areas of difficult terrain, but said that Iraq will help Turkey put the PKK under siege. [Anadolu]

 

The Foreign Ministry called on various countries to repatriate the children of foreign fighters in Iraq. Many of these were either acquitted or served prison terms as juvenile offenders. [Rudaw]

BAGHDAD​​ (No reports)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information announced on Tuesday that detachments under the Directorate of Military Intelligence had arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges and found several IEDs in the Saqlawiya subdistrict of Falluja.​​ [AIN]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in the Kilo 120 area, on Monday, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [ICDNJul3]

 

The Center for Security Information said that units under Anbar Operations Command had found a Daesh safehouse north of Kilo 160.​​ Within, they found the body of a Daesh fighter who had been killed while bombing the safehouse, and a cache of explosives.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Iraqi Army and PMF units killed 11 Daesh terrorists and found 15 tunnels and a vehicle camp in a military campaign in the Horan Valley area.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says four PMF fighters were killed at a Daesh fake checkpoint in the Makhoul area.​​ 

 

Tikrit

The Center for Security Information says that Iraqi F-16s destroyed 3 Daesh tunnels in​​ the​​ Makhoul Mountains. The tunnels were used by Daesh to fire mortar shells on Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin

The Center for Security Information says that Samarra Ops Command units, supported by army helicopters,​​ conducted​​ a search in​​ the area of​​ Awara​​ village,​​ southeast of Dujail. The operation resulted in​​ the destruction of 5​​ Daesh​​ safehouses and​​ the​​ arrest​​ of​​ 6 persons,​​ including 3 wanted​​ on​​ terrorism​​ charges. [Sumaria]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says it killed or wounded PMF fighters and destroyed 2 vehicles in an attack on Al-Ramath village, in the Jalam Al-Daur area. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

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

Daesh says it killed or wounded seven tribal PMF fighters in an attack on the Mubarak Al-Farhan border village in Al-Khalis and nearby Al-Bayar village in Udhaim. It also said it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored personnel carrier that came to support the PMFs, with 2 IEDs, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [ICDNJul2]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged a vehicle of a Shia person with an IED in Ahmed Taher village, near Khanaqin. [ICDNJul3]

 

KIRKUK

The Federal Police announced that search operation in Kirkuk Province had found 4 Daesh tunnels and 12 sites used to produce explosives, as well as 4 IEDs and an 82mm mortar. 3 Daesh safehouses were also destroyed and 2 persons were arrested. The search covered areas​​ in and​​ around​​ five different​​ villages.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

Intelligence sources say that Iraqi​​ troops​​ killed 14 Daesh fighters, including a field commander, in a village near Kirkuk,​​ after following intelligence leads. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed four IFP members, wounded four others, and destroyed an SUV with an IED near Sidaw village, south of Dibis on the Tigris. [ICDNJul3]

 

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

Iraqi police say that Daesh assassinated a major PMF leader on the Kirkuk-Tuz Khurmatu​​ Road. The slain official was Ali Khalifa, aka Abu Zahra Al-Abadi, Deputy Commander of East Tigris PMF operations. [BasNews]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a joint IFP and PMF forces killed 4 Daesh terrorists, destroyed a tunnel, and defused 30 IEDs in a military operation to clear the desert of Rashad subdistrict.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh sources said on Monday that the mukhtar of Hay Al-Intisar was wounded and two of his bodyguards killed when Daesh targeted his house with an IED. [ICDNJul2]

 

The Ministry of the Interior announced on Tuesday that 5 wanted Daesh members had been arrested in various areas of Mosul city. The Ministry credited the 2nd​​ Ninewa SWAT Regiment with the arrests.​​ [BasNews]​​ [Forat]

 

Southern Ninewa

Makhmur/Qayara/Hatra

The Pentagon says it cannot confirm the death of Abu Obeida, a Daesh financial official, following a joint operation by the Coalition and the Peshmerga in Iraq. This came in response to statements by the Peshmerga commander in Makhmur that such an operation in Qarah Jukh, near Makhmur,​​ killed 3 Daesh fighters including Abu​​ Obeida.​​ “We can confirm the operation, but cannot confirm the killing of this person,” says the Pentagon. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says tribal PMF fighters and PMF 90th​​ brigade captured a wounded Daesh member and found 4 tunnels loaded with weapons and food supplies in a raid on several villages in the Qayara area. The source says the captured terrorists admitted that there had been 40 other Daesh members hiding in the area but they fled after receiving a phone call informing them about the raid.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Kata’eb Hezbollah, supported by tribal PMFs, captured 11 Daesh suspects in the Hatra area. However, a tribal PMF commander said that the men were arrested for political reasons. The commander also told our source that the KH had arrested 80 young men from the area during the liberation battles, but when their families tried to intervene they were told that the KH didn’t have any prisoners.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is not hard to figure out what might have happened to these 80 men, but KH won’t tell. This situation seems to demand an investigation.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The​​ PKK military wing, HPG,​​ attacked a Turkish military convoy in Ormar, southern Turkey. It says it killed​​ over 20 soldiers, and​​ also destroyed 2 vehicles. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political opposition

Al-Watan, a government-run newspaper, says meetings and discussions between the Syrian government and the SDF were held in Damascus and Qamishli, where they​​ were expected to​​ discuss​​ the possibility of handing Raqqa over to the government. According to the paper, the Kurds will hand over border crossings and oilfields to the Syrian government, and remove all banners, flags, and photos of Kurdish symbols from cities taken by them, and accept the presence of government military recruitment offices in these areas, in exchange for the government accepting the Kurdish language as a subject in the school curricula, obtaining the position of Minister of Oil, and considering the service of SDF fighters to be formal military service. [Qasioun]

 

United Nations

Liz​​ Throssell, the spokeswoman of the UN Human Rights Commission, called​​ on​​ Jordan to open its borders to allow Syrian refugees into its territories, and invited other countries to provide support to the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the embattled areas in southern Syria. Jordan already hosts around 650,000 Syrian refugees, while over 40,000 are gathered on its borders following recent​​ military​​ developments. [Hawar]

 

The UN announced on Tuesday that the last two chemical weapons facilities are being destroyed in Syria. [Qasioun]

Russia

The SOHR says that several explosions were recorded when Russian air defenses engaged air targets over Khmeimim​​ Air​​ Base in Latakia for the third time in 48 hours. Several air targets were shot down, SOHR says. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

The Turkish Army fired several artillery shells on checkpoints manned by its​​ militia​​ allies in the Hamzat Brigade near the village of Taranda​​ near Afrin city​​ and Dir Sim Hospital in Afrin, Kurdish sources say. The reason was reported to be the Brigade’s fighters’ refusal to​​ follow Turkish orders to​​ evacuate their positions and leave Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh says it killed two SDF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED near Al-Nour Mosque, in Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

5 fighters were killed and others wounded by an IED targeting their vehicle on the Ariha-Mastouma Road in Idlib. Sources say that these IEDs are of unknown origin and that this is not the first incident of its kind. [EnabBaladi]

 

Homs

The son of Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi died in Homs.​​ Reuters​​ reports that he was killed in a combat operation, while the news page​​ Site​​ reports that he died in a suicide attack. [Sumaria]

Daesh published a photo of Hudhayfa Al-Badri, the son of its “caliph,” saying he was killed while attacking Russian and Syrian troops near the Thermal Station in the Homs area. [ICDNJul3]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The Deir Ez-Zor Military​​ Council, affiliated with the SDF, arrested several Daesh fighters and captured a variety of weapons and communications equipment in a search campaign in​​ the villages of​​ Shuhail,​​ Zir, and​​ Dhiban​​ (Mayadin). The​​ Council’s units also defused a boobytrapped motorcycle and several IEDs. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say unidentified gunmen shot​​ and killed​​ Turki Al-Khaibal, an SDF commander,​​ in​​ the​​ Attal area,​​ east of Deir Ez-Zor. The attackers intercepted his car where he was with one of his escorts,​​ who was also​​ killed in the attack. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh says it damaged an SDF vehicle with an IED on Khurafi Road (between Deir Ez-Zor and Hasaka), in northeast Deir Ez-Zor, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

The​​ Syrian​​ opposition’s​​ Military​​ Operations​​ Room says​​ that its soldiers​​ killed 45 members of pro-government militias in Tal​​ Al-Saman,​​ west of Daraa. It says that government forces lost over 20 tanks in the area in the past​​ few days. [Qasioun]

 

Government media says that the Syrian Army captured large quantities of weapons and ammunition in northern Daraa, including in Soura, Almah, and Malihat Al-Atash. A Daesh tunnel network was found and destroyed. [SyriaNow]

 

The​​ Jaish Khaled militia​​ (Daesh-affiliated)​​ in Yarmouk basin says that armed factions should announce their allegiance to Daesh​​ in order​​ to gain the militia’s support in the ongoing battle against government forces. The militia confirms​​ that​​ has not​​ taken​​ part in the fighting so far. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, targeted Syrian Army positions in Sheikh Maskin town, west of Daraa, with Grad rockets. [A3maq] Daesh corrected the report later, saying the rockets were Katyushas. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [ICDNJul3]

 

Daesh issues a video of the preparations of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, in the Yarmouk Basin area. [A3maq]

 

Suwayda

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army vehicle with an IED in the Al-Ashrafiya area, in the Suwayda Desert, killing the soldiers inside. [ICDNJul3]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

On Tuesday, Austrian authorities announced they would revoke the immunity of an Iranian diplomat who was arrested in Germany for planning an attack against a “region opposed to Iran.” His name is Asadollah Asadi, and Iranian authorities said that he would lose his status as a diplomat.​​ [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Cairo Criminal Court listed 241 individuals as terrorists, for​​ joining the “Wilayah Sinai”​​ (“Sinai State”)​​ terrorist group. Wilayah Sinai was formerly known as Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis and is affiliated with Daesh. Those on the list are accused of committing various acts of terror, including murder and attacks on​​ policemen. [Anadolu]

 

The Egyptian General Command of the Armed Forces released a summary of​​ its​​ accomplishments in counter-terrorism in Sinai in 2018, broken down by service branch and geography.

The Egyptian Air Force targeted and destroyed 17 vehicles, a terrorist storehouse, a fuel storage point, and a tunnel network in Rafah. They were also involved in operations killing 3​​ takfiri​​ terrorists and arresting 59 suspects, as well as the seizure of a wide variety of explosives.

The western​​ units of​​ the Border Guards seized over 7,000 rounds of ammunition of various types, as well as nearly 2,000 kg of cannabis and around 3 million pills​​ with​​ unspecified illicit drugs.

The southern​​ units​​ of the Border Guards seized around 320 pounds of heroin and 24 vehicles used for smuggling operations, as well as arresting 43 persons crossing the border illegally. [AhlMisr]

 

The Egyptian Takfiri Fatwa Observatory wrote that the arrest of the Israeli national Wahiba Isaa in the US, on charges of promoting and recruiting for Daesh, showed a relationship between Daesh and Israel. [AhlMisr]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

CNN says that US President Donald Trump is planning significant steps against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. One option being studied is to classify the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group. ​​ This would allow further steps like freezing assets and banning the travel of certain Iranian figures. [Arabi21]

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist who attacked Sikh people in Jalalabad. [ICDNJul3]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh’s​​ A3maq​​ issued infographics about Daesh’s attacks in the Deir Ez-Zor and Hasaka areas against the SDF since April 1. It claims that it conducted 16 attacks in Hasaka and 14 in Deir Ez-Zor, killing 58 people including six Coalition soldiers and 6 SDF commanders, and damaging or destroying 14 vehicles. It said the attacks included 16 IEDs and 14 assassinations. [A3maq]​​ 

July 2, 2018

 

IAA

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Newspaper says 45 lame-duck CoR members have left Iraq to escape corruption charges. [..]

Iraq removed from international money laundering watch list. [..]

Iraq says it has an effective security plan for Iraq-Syria border. [..]

IAA​​ airstrikes kill 16 Daesh in Tooz, 8 in Mtaibija. [..]

Diyala PC member severely wounded in assassination attempt. [..]

Retired Iraqi Army general killed in Kirkuk city. [..]

250 IDP families have returned to Mosul’s Old City. [..]

Tribal PMFs demolish 11 Daesh houses in Shura, south of Mosul. [..]

 

Syria

SOHR records 4,759 civilian deaths in first 6 months of 2018. [..]

Bolton says removing Iran from Iraq is more important than removing Assad. [..]

Coalition’s weekly airstrike report shows 14 in Albu Kamal, 6 in Dashisha area. [..]

Government, SDF troops in deadly clash in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Egypt: ​​ 30 terrorists killed in Rafah, Egypt. [..]

Libya: ​​​​ Eastern Libya clashes kill 16 civilians, wound 15. [..]

France: ​​​​ French cement company in Syria accused of paying off Daesh. [..]

Afghanistan: ​​​​ Jalalabad bombing kills at least 20, wounds 20. [..]

 Two terrorist attacks seem to target President Ghani. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Corruption

The Qatari-owned​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ wrote that over 45 MPs from different blocs in the CoR had left Iraq on one-way tickets. The newspaper quoted an “official source,” who asked not to be named, as saying that the MPs had gone to various countries including Iran, Turkey and Egypt, along with their families. The source speculated that they were traveling to avoid facing corruption charges after the dissolution of the current session of the CoR.​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ cited a different source​​ as​​ claiming​​ on June 30 that there would be arrest warrants issued​​ soon​​ against several MPs. [Sumaria]

 

Muqtada Al-Sadr was reported on Monday as posing a series of rhetorical questions, wondering, among other things, when corrupt people would be prosecuted for corruption, when the Iraqi economy would flourish, and when the youth would play a role in shaping the reconstruction of Iraq. [Arabi21]

 

The Central Bank of Iraq announced that it had been formally removed from monitoring and follow-up by the Financial Action Task Force​​ on Money Laundering​​ (FATF), an international monitoring organization. This comes as a result of the Central Bank making “significant progress” in implementing a strategy to combat money laundering and the funding of terrorism.​​ [Baghdad News]

 

Iraq-KRG​​ issues

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced its support for a Federal Supreme Court decision resolving the Baghdad-Erbil dispute over oil and gas exports​​ shipped​​ directly from the Kurdistan Region. The Secretary for the Council of Ministers in the KRG, Amanj Rahim, said that the​​ basis for the management of oil and gas in Iraq had to be Article 112 of the Constitution, rather than Central Law 101, published in 1976, which the Iraq Ministry​​ of Oil​​ was​​ using​​ to support​​ its claim to a share of oil revenues from the KRG. [SkyPress]​​ 

 

The Ministry of Peshmerga in the KRG said on Monday that it had agreed with the US-led Coalition to review the military plans for Kirkuk and the “disputed” areas. According to the Ministry’s statement, this came following a meeting in Erbil between Peshmerga officials and Coalition representatives. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This sounds like a political concession to make some Kurds feel better over the loss of Peshmerga control over areas outside the KRG.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

General Yahya​​ Rasul​​ of the Center for Security Information said on Monday that Iraq has developed a plan to limit the infiltration of terrorists from Syria to Iraq by 90%. Yahya said that Iraq would secure its borders through a combination of barbed wire, aerial reconnaissance, and surveillance cameras. [RT]

A military source said on Monday that Iraqi security forces and the PMF are deployed along the Iraq-Syria border, “from Anbar to Mosul,” to secure the border against Daesh fighters attempting to enter Iraq from Syria. The source said that the Iraqi forces and the PMF succeeded in securing 640 km of the border and installing barbed wire and watchtowers along it. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have gotten used to the standard hype words about military “success” stories. The word “liberated” does not quite mean what the hyped version claims; the word “cleared” does not quite mean what the hyped version claims; and we suspect the word “secured”​​ will not mean what these enthusiastic stories claim. As far as we know, there are no air-tight borders anywhere, and we doubt that lock-down security is about to be installed on the Iraq-Syria border. If people keep insisting that it is, we think we can find a bunch of former Mexicans to go test the theory.

 

The Coalition said that it conducted 9 airstrikes in Iraq between June 25 and July 1. Of these, 2 were near​​ the​​ Al-Asad​​ base in Haditha,​​ 2 in or near Al-Qa’im, 2 in or near Rutba. There was​​ 1​​ in or near Makhmur in Ninewa;​​ 1​​ in the​​ Jalawla​​ area,​​ and 1 near Hawija. Most strikes targeted Daesh “tactical units,” but​​ the​​ strikes near Al-Asad and Jalawla targeted Daesh caves or tunnels. [InherentResolve]

 

The Supreme Judicial Council announced on Monday that the Karkh Criminal Court had sentenced 4 convicted terrorists to death. The 4 were convicted of assassinating the private driver for the​​ Grand​​ Ayatollah’s representative in Baghdad.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Dhi Qar Criminal Court sentenced 2 terrorists to death and 1 to life imprisonment on Monday, according to the Supreme Judicial Council. Council spokesman Judge Abd Al-Sattar Birqdar said in a statement that one of the terrorists sentenced to death was guilty of burning down several houses​​ in​​ an act of terrorism in Baghdad, and that the other was responsible for detonating 2 car bombs in Dhi Qar. The terrorist sentenced to life had been responsible for detonating IEDs and participating in armed attacks on houses in Diyala in 2006. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

A number of areas of Baghdad have recently seen anti-US and anti-Trump slogans and banners go up. The Al-Nujaba​​ Movement​​ (now a US-designated terrorist organization)​​ denied that this was organized by PMF factions. Al-Nujaba​​ spokesman Hashim Al-Musawi said that the banners merely reflected Iraqi popular opinion, and added that “not everything is linked to the PMF.” [Shafaaq]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Baghdad Ops Command searched the areas of​​ Ma’amir,​​ west of Baghdad​​ in Falluja, and “Kilo 12,” south of Baghdad, and found 3 “Grad”-type rockets, 9 mortar shells, detonators, and various other equipment left behind by Daesh.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed two Iraqi soldiers, wounded others, and damaged an armored vehicle in an attack on the Nadim Thaniya​​ village​​ area, in Meshahda, Tarmiya. [A3maq]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Directorate of Military Intelligence announced on Monday that​​ it​​ had found a cache of explosives​​ in the Shuhada​​ neighborhood​​ in Falluja, under the​​ International​​ Highway. The Directorate’s statement said that the cache included 517 explosive detonators, as well as 4 IEDs, in a tunnel left behind by Daesh. The tunnel and explosives were destroyed on-site.​​ General Yahya of the Center for Security Information confirmed the discovery in a separate statement.​​ [Ghad]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

Security personnel from the Directorate of Military Intelligence arrested 2 terrorists involved in Daesh funding operations in the Artaja​​ area​​ of Al-Qa’im​​ District, in the Anbar desert.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh kidnapped a PMF official in the Nukhaib desert in eastern Rutba. The source said Daesh demanded that PMF units withdraw from west Anbar in order to release the official.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ That is not going to happen. Getting kidnapped by Daesh is like an automatic death sentence. In all our reporting, we have seen few instances in which the poor guy(s) kidnapped did not soon end up dead. This is a sad and continuing story, as Daesh keeps kidnapping people, considering each such​​ incident a​​ “success”​​ that props up its fading “Daesh is always victorious” narrative.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that two PMF fighters were killed, two others wounded, and their pickup vehicle destroyed when a roadside IED exploded on them north of Shirqat.

 

Baiji

Daesh said it damaged a vehicle carrying PMF fighters with an IED near Al-Zarqa bridge, on Saturday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Samarra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a woman and a child were killed when Daesh targeted Al-Huwaish village with mortars.​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Iraqi​​ Army​​ Aviation helicopters​​ killed 16 terrorists in the​​ Tooz District on Monday, according to a Ministry of Defense statement. [Rudaw]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Abdul Khaleq Al-Azzawi, a Diyala PC member, was severely wounded when armed men in pickup vehicles shot at his convoy on the road between Baquba and Al-Salam in Salahuddin.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday that its snipers killed a policeman in Zaghinya Kabira village, in the Al-Waqf area. [A3maq]

 

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

Mohammed Dhaifan Al-Obeidi, chairman of the Udhaim subdistrict council, said on Monday that 8 Daesh fighters had been killed in an airstrike on the outskirts of Mtaibija the night before. Al-Obeidi said ​​ this followed a Daesh attack on the​​ Diyala​​ village of​​ Mubarak Al-Farhan, along the Diyala-Salahuddin border, near Mtaibija​​ in eastern Salahuddin, in which 6 villagers and tribal militia fighters were injured.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Referring to the same attack on Mubarak Al-Farhan, Sadiq Al-Husseini​​ , the Diyala PC committee chairman,​​ said that the security forces repelled the attack,​​ and estimated​​ the attackers at about 50 people.​​ He confirmed that 6 people had been injured.​​ Etejah​​ added that the PMF Commander for the northern areas, Ali Al-Husseini, said that there would soon be a “major operation” to hunt down Daesh cells in Kirkuk, Diyala, and eastern Salahuddin.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that two PMF fighters were killed and four others wounded in a Daesh attack on Albu Bakr village, north of Udhaim on the Salahuddin border.

Daesh said it killed or wounded five Iraqi soldiers and PMF fighters Saturday in an attack on Albu Bakr. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed an Iraqi soldier, wounded three others, and damaged a vehicle with an IED near Udhaim’s Albu Eissa village, another Salahuddin border village. [A3maq]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units destroyed 5 Daesh hideouts and captured several Daesh members in the​​ Nafut​​ Khana​​ area. The source also said, however, that the PMFs killed the captured terrorists.​​ 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Sadiq Al-Husseini, leader of the Security Committee for the Diyala Provincial Council, said on Monday that 2 Daesh leaders had been arrested and weapons and explosives in their possession seized in an operation in the area of Qazlaq​​ (spelling approximate), about 43 miles east of Baquba.​​ Al-Husseini said that the detainees were implicated in a variety of crimes, including the killing of 2 border patrol officers a few months ago in the Al-Nida area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that unknown armed men shot and killed a retired Iraqi Army general in his house in Hay Al-Askari, in Kirkuk city. The source said the armed men used PMF vehicles during the attack.

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that an IFP captain was killed and his driver severely wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle near Sadouniya village.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that four tribal PMF fighters were killed and six others wounded in a Daesh attack near Al-Zab.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Ninewa Governor Nawfal Sultan Al-Akoub announced that about 250 IDP families have returned from the IDP camps south of Mosul to Mosul’s​​ Old​​ City.​​ They had returned to their prior residences in the areas of Nabi Sheet, Al-Farouq, Al-Maidan, Al-Shakhwan, and Makawi. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that local police units captured Khaled Al-Ubaid, a Daesh senior commander, who was hiding in a house in Hay Al-Karama​​ (neighborhood)​​ in East Mosul.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that local police units captured a Daesh member who was hiding in a house in Hay Al-Sukar, in northeast Mosul. The source said the terrorist had empty Iraqi passports and was trying to distribute them to other Daesh members trying to flee the country.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ the​​ Iraqi Army 20th​​ division captured 2 Daesh members who sneaked from the Badoush Hills into the Mushairifa area in northwest Mosul. The source said the terrorists admitted they were trying to bring food to 30 other terrorists hiding in the hills, including foreigners.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it wounded a PMF intelligence member by detonating an IED​​ on his house in the Badoush area. [A3maq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMFs demolished the houses of 11 Daesh members in the Shura area.​​ 

 

On Monday, the Center for Security Information announced that it had arrested two members of Daesh and seized two tunnels in Ninewa. They captured one terrorist in the area of Shuqaira and two tunnels in the village of Zarqa​​ in Hammam Al-Alil. [Sumaria]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Peshmerga commander in Makhmur said that Coalition planes had launched airstrikes on​​ the Qarah Jukh​​ Mountains, killing 2 Daesh fighters there.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that security units captured a Daesh female member, who was working in a Daesh “court” in Qayara before the liberation, in a market in Qayara city.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Minister of the Interior announced on Monday that a Daesh member had been arrested in the​​ city of Tal Afar. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, the Deputy Chairman of the PMF, called on Monday for the formation of a commission of inquiry into an explosion at a weapons warehouse in the city of Hilla. In a statement, he admitted that some PMF members were storing weaponry “incorrectly” and asked the Iraqi government to allocate storage space for PMF weapons at government-owned repositories. [BaghdadToday]

 

The deputy head of the Babel Provincial Council, Hassan Fada’am, denied that the PMF were taking on a growing role at the expense of other security services in the province. He pointed out that​​ there were no PMF forces in the city center, only around Jurf Al-Nasr (formerly Jurf Al-Sakhar). [BaghdadToday]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Syrian Network for Human Rights published a report recording 4,759 civilian deaths in Syria in the first half of 2018. This total included 1,104 children and 798 adult women. The Assad regime was recorded​​ as being responsible for 3,056 of these deaths, while Russia was responsible for 398. Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) was documented as being responsible for 182 civilian deaths, and Kurdish forces for 112. The report noted the rise in civilian casualties since the last such report in May, due to the military campaign in Daraa. Bombings and assassinations both increased for the third month in a row; most assassinations were recorded in Idlib Province. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

Foreign policy

United States

National Security Advisor John Bolton said, “The overthrow of the Assad regime is not a strategic issue for Washington … America’s priority is expelling Iranian militias from Syrian territory.” Bolton was quoted in an article in the​​ Wall Street Journal, in which he added that President Trump will ask for Moscow’s help in reducing the Iranian military presence in Syria. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This may sound like getting tough on Iran, but​​ it​​ sounds more like a cave-in to Assad and Putin,​​ just​​ as Afrin seemed like a cave-in to Turkey (and we don’t really know the extent of the concessions on Manbij). We seem to be acquiescing​​ also​​ to the Syrian takeover of the agreed deconfliction zone in southern Syria too. Iran trying to set up bases and launching points in Syria is a recent development and totally separate from the long-standing issues in Syria. This report suggests the possibility, erroneously we hope, that talking tough about Iran is a cover for an emerging sellout of the Syrian people.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that it conducted 20 airstrikes in Syria between June 25 and July 1. Of these, 14 were​​ in​​ Albu Kamal and 6 were​​ in southern Hasaka. Strikes largely targeted Daesh “tactical units” or Daesh vehicles. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: The airstrikes were in support of the SDF ground campaigns to remove Daesh from Albu Kamal and Dashisha. The increased focus on “tactical units” and “vehicles” would indicate that there are no strategic targets​​ left​​ to bomb in this area.​​ 

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

A senior US delegation, including US Senators, visited the city of Manbij and toured the city’s markets with the political and military administration of Manbij. The delegation included Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

According to local sources, the SDF​​ expanded its area of​​ control​​ in​​ southern Hasaka after fighting with Daesh members on Sunday. [Dorar]

 

Eleven SDF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack near Al-Fadghami village, south of Hasaka, Friday night.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Local sources said that three members of Suturu (a Christian militia allied with the PYD) members were killed and six others wounded when a suicide terrorist, claiming to be a disabled person in a wheelchair, blew himself up near Al-Ghassaniya school, in Hasaka. [ZamanAlWasl]​​ 

Daesh said it killed seven Sutoro in a suicide attack near a school in Hasaka on Saturday.​​ [A3maq]

On Sunday, Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted the HQ of the Christian militia “Suturu” in the city of Hasaka. Local sources previously said that a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near a “Suturu” checkpoint in Hasaka. Kurdish Asayesh leaders in Hasaka said that the explosion wounded​​ seven, with no report on the number killed. Daesh’s “A3maq” claimed that the bombing killed​​ seven.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a classic Daesh tactic. It has just suffered another territorial defeat in Dashisha. To distract from that news, it makes an attack in a different place that gets a lot of media attention and allows its propagandists to tout another “victory.”

 

The Turkish state-run​​ Anadolu​​ reported that the PYD was smuggling oil out of Syria into the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and from there to Iran.​​ Anadolu​​ quoted​​ Bas News​​ as saying that “large​​ quantities” of oil were being smuggled to Sinjar, as the PYD wanted to sell as much as possible before their administration of the border around Hasaka Province ended. [Anadolu]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

The SDF launched raids in neighborhoods in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor, arresting a number of what it said were “terrorists and sleeper cells.” The SDF also published pictures of weapons and ammunition that​​ it​​ claimed to have confiscated in the raids. [EnabBaladi]

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

The “Guardians of Religion” (Al-Qaeda affiliate) launched a surprise attack on regime forces in northern Hama on Monday, managing to capture several positions.​​ Dorar​​ reported a source as saying that the attack targeted regime positions in Tal Bazam, north of Suran, a subdistrict capital north of Hama city. [Dorar]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 4 government forces members were killed and 8 others wounded in clashes with the SDF near Hawayej Dhiab town, in Tabni subdistrict. The source also said that 2 SDF fighters were killed in the clashes.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

A new Iranian militia, led by the IRGC, appeared beside Assad forces in the battle in Daraa. It has joined the Zulfiqar brigades. Pro-regime pages showed the leader of the Abu Fadhil Al-Abbas militia in various villages and standing in front of maps in discussion with other leaders. [Dorar]

 

Syrian opposition factions in Daraa destroyed a regime tank and stopped a regime offensive near the town of Nawa in western Daraa, according to the​​ Central Operations Room.”​​ [Qasioun]​​ The story does not say whose “Central Operations Room” this is.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh publicly beheaded a Syrian Army 1st​​ lieutenant it had captured earlier near Abdin town. The source said Daesh had demanded that government forces withdraw from the area in exchange for releasing the officer, but the government refused.​​ 

 

Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled issued a statement on Saturday asking the people of the Hauran plateau area​​ in southwestern Syria by Jordan to “migrate” to Daesh controlled areas in the Yarmouk Basin. [ICDNJun30]​​ 

 

Suwayda

Daesh said on Sunday it killed a Syrian soldier in the Khirbat Al-Umbashi area, in the Suwayda desert. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said on Monday that it has been confirmed that some groups trying to enter Jordan are armed factions. At the northern border, he said,​​ border​​ crossings​​ pose a security threat,​​ as authorities​​ cannot​​ determine who​​ is a civilian and who​​ is a combatant.​​ [Qasioun]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Around 30 terrorists were reported killed in Rafah,​​ near​​ the northern Sinai border with Gaza. Local sources said that the Army had arrested​​ one​​ of the terrorists, who reported the locations of others following interrogation. [Dijlah]

 

On Monday, the Egyptian government announced that a curfew would be extended in some areas of Rafah and Al-Arish in northern Sinai until October, when the state of emergency ends. [Anadolu]

 

Libya

According to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), 16 civilians were killed and 15 others wounded from June 1 to 31​​ in​​ clashes​​ throughout​​ Libya. Most deaths were caused by bombing. 10 civilians were killed and 8 injured in Derna, 3 killed and seven injured in Ajdabiya, and 3 killed in Beni Walid. [Wasat]

 

The 101st​​ Battalion of the Army and the 21st​​ Infantry Battalion returned to the municipality of Ajdabiya after successfully liberating Derna.​​ ​​ [Libya24]

 

Morocco

Moroccan authorities arrested 4 people suspected of being Daesh converts. A statement by the Ministry of the Interior said that the suspects were between 19 and 24, and were in the process of learning about bomb-making in order to carry out terrorist operations in Morocco. [AlWafd]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

The FBI announced that​​ it​​ had arrested an alleged Al-Qaeda operative targeting Independence Day celebrations in Cleveland, Ohio. In a statement, they said that Dimitris Nathaniel Bates, aka Abd Al-Rahman Rafiq, had been planning to use a car bomb to target members of the armed forces and their families. [Xendan]

 

Germany

German authorities arrested a 27-year-old German woman suspected of belonging to Daesh. The German prosecutor’s office said in a press release that the woman had left Germany in August 2014,​​ going to Iraq via Turkey and Syria in September 2014. She then allegedly began working for the Daesh “Morals Police” in Falluja and Mosul, making sure that women outside the home were dressed “appropriately.” She was arrested by the Turkish security services after visiting the German embassy in Ankara, and deported to Germany.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

France

Lafarge​​ Cement is accused in​​ a​​ French court of complicity in crimes against humanity, as part of the ongoing investigation into LaFarge’s payments to Daesh. The LaFarge plant in Syria was operational during the period of Daesh control of the area, and LaFarge is accused of paying about $35 million to Daesh in order to keep the plant operational, according to​​ Sky News. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) submitted a brief asking the court to consider LaFarge’s financial support for Daesh as participation in crimes against humanity committed by Daesh. Previous reports on the LaFarge case have revealed that French intelligence was aware of the financing and regularly met with the company’s former Director of Security, Jean-Claude Veillard. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A suicide bombing in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, killed at least 20 people and wounded a similar number. The attack came hours after President Ghani visited Jalalabad. The police chief for Nangarhar Province, Ghalem Sanaya Stanikzai, said that the attack targeted members of the Sikh minority who were on their way to meet the President. At least 10 of the dead were Sikhs. [BasNews]

 ​​ ​​​​ The​​ Afghan Police​​ report​​ said that a suicide bombing in Jalalabad had​​ killed at least 19 people, most of them members of the country’s Sikh minority. The police said the victims had been travelling in a vehicle to meet President Ashraf Ghani, who​​ was visiting Nangarhar,​​ when the bomber struck.​​ Hours earlier, Mr. Ghani had opened a hospital in Jalalabad during his two-day visit to Nangarhar. Officials said he was not in the area when the suicide blast occurred.

Among those killed was Awtar Singh Khalsa,​​ the only Sikh candidate running in the October parliamentary elections.​​ Nangarhar health director Najibullah Kamawal told AFP news agency that 17 of the dead were Sikhs and Hindus. Another 20 people were wounded, he added.​​ [BBC]​​ 

Daesh said that one of its suicide terrorists blew himself up on​​ a​​ gathering of Sikh and Hindu people in Jalalabad, killing 40 people and wounding 20 and destroying 4 vehicles. [A3maq]

 

The Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), have arrested at least three Daesh Khorasan terrorists who were plotting suicide attacks against Afghan forces.

The provincial government office in Nangarhar said the militants were arrested​​ in​​ Behsud​​ District on Sunday during an operation of the NDS Special Forces. [Khaama]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted the health compound in the Khalis Family area, in Jalalabad, with a BM rocket. Daesh said President Ashraf Ghani was attending an opening ceremony in the compound. [ICDNJul1]

 

Daesh said on Monday it attacked Taliban positions in Kunar killing a fighter, wounding others, capturing 4, and capturing weapons and ammunition in addition to a military position. [ICDNJul2]

 

Daesh said on Saturday that four Afghan Special forces members were killed or wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist blew himself up in the Maqam Khan area, in Jalal Abad. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed a Taliban spy in a market in Momand Dara, in Nangarhar, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

The Times​​ (British) reported on Monday that “hundreds” of Taliban fighters were being trained inside Afghanistan by Iranian special forces. The newspaper wrote that this reflected a shift in Iranian thinking and desire to influence the war in Afghanistan.​​ The Times​​ quoted a political advisor to the Taliban as saying that this was the result of talks between Iran and the Taliban which had begun this spring. [IKH]​​ 

June 29, 2018

 

Mali

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Sistani says Iraqi leadership should focus more on Daesh, less on​​ bargaining over​​ the new​​ government. [..]

Diyala border town remains on front lines in anti-Daesh struggle. [..]

Kirkuk Special Ops commander tells Kirkuk citizens the city is safe, and getting more troops.​​ [..]

 

Syria

European Coalition countries reported uneasy over Trump-Putin deals​​ on: southern Syria. [..]

SDF working to clear Dashisha in Hasaka, just captured from Daesh. [..]

Leaders of Arab faction in Raqqa arrested by the PYD. [..]​​ 

DaeshDaily sources detail Coalition airstrikes on Hajin. [..]

IDPs from southern Syria fighting moving toward Jordan; Jordanians trying to help them​​ face government​​ opposition. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:Armed Kurdish faction attacks 3 IGC military installations in Shino. [..]

 Storeclosing anti-government protest by merchants enters 4th​​ day. [..]

Mali:Attack on Sahel Joint Force base kills 6, ahead of Macron visit. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

The highest religious authority for the Shia in Iraq,​​ Grand Ayatollah​​ Ali Sistani, says that Iraq should concentrate on defeating Daesh rather than getting over-involved with the election and its results. The opinion was conveyed through Sistani’s representative in Karbala, Abdul Mahdi Al-Karbala’i, in his Friday sermon. He​​ also says it is wrong for politicians to dedicate all the time for​​ making​​ coalitions and struggling​​ over positions, rather than confronting terrorism and securing citizens’ safety. [Forat]

 

New​​ government

Al-Akhbar, a Lebanese daily, says that Nouri Al-Maliki has rejected an offer of reconciliation with cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, and prefers to be in the opposition rather than being part of a government chosen by Muqtada Al-Sadr. ​​ Al-Maliki’s State of Law alliance accuses​​ the coalition partners​​ Al-Sadr’s Sairun, Al-Fath (Conquest), and Hikma (Wisdom) of agreeing to nominate a PM from outside the Dawa Party, which Al-Maliki cannot tolerate.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

The media office of the Wisdom alliance leader Ammar Al-Hakim said on Friday that Al-Hakim met with US Ambassador Douglas Silliman and discussed current developments in the Iraqi political scene, including the importance of forming a government that would put Iraqi interests above special interests. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Prime​​ Minister​​ Haider Al-Abadi’s office said in a statement on Friday that 12 convicted terrorists sentenced to death had been executed on Thursday. Al-Abadi had ordered the immediate​​ execution of terrorists already sentenced to death on Thursday, apparently in response to Daesh’s execution of hostages a few days prior. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Iraqi Minister of Justice Haider Al-Zamili​​ said on Friday that there are 64 death sentences for convicted terrorists still pending. In a statement, he said that the reason for the delay between sentencing and execution was the need to present the cases to the General Amnesty Committee, the need for retrials, and other legal proceedings. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Friday that it had​​ arrested​​ one​​ of the people responsible for the recent kidnapping and execution of 6 people on the Kirkuk-Baghdad Road. A location for the arrest was not provided; it is unclear if this is the same arrest as referred to below​​ in Abu Ghraib. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Baghdad Operations Command said on Friday that it had found 13 IEDs and 1 RPG-7 rocket launcher while searching the areas of Abu Habba ​​ in south Baghdad, and Albu Khalid in north Baghdad. [Ghad]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command said on Friday that they had arrested​​ one​​ person on terrorism charges in the area of Abu Ghraib.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that units under East Anbar Ops Command had found 40 IEDs in the​​ Nuaimiya cemetery​​ just south of Falluja. A separate force under Anbar Ops Command found and detonated 8 IEDs while clearing a road in the area of Albu Za’ayan.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Rutba

Eastern Rutba.​​ An official security source in Anbar Province said on Friday that 3 civilians had been kidnapped by Daesh while digging wells in the Al-Sakkar​​ area​​ in eastern​​ Rutba district. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed a Border Guard officer, wounded another Border Guardsman, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near the Saudi border. [ICDNJun29]

 

Western Rutba.​​ A roadside IED exploded around the Iraq-Syria border in Anbar, according to a security source. The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said that the IED exploded while several soldiers were patrolling border areas in Rutba​​ District, killing 2 soldiers​​ and wounding 3. [BasNews] ​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says it killed two tribal PMF fighters with an IED in the Al-Fatha area, northeast of Baiji. [A3maq] [ICDNJun29]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an IFP vehicle near the Zarqa Bridge, west of Tuz Khurmatu. [ICDNJun29]

 

Daesh sources say Kata’eb Hezbollah sustained casualties in a Daesh attack on​​ the Turkmen​​ Jardaghli village in Tuz. [ICDNJun29]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it targeted the house of an IFP member in the Al-Qatoun area, in west Baquba, with an IED on Wednesday, causing damage. [ICDNJun29]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Al-Waqf area. [A3maq]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A security source said on Friday that 6 Daesh fighters had been killed by Coalition bombing in the Himrin Hills. The source said that the bombing had been targeting Daesh safehouses. [Ghad]

 

A local source said that a Daesh sniper had killed a soldier stationed near the village of Abu Karma, north of Abu Saida. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Mohammed Dhaifan Al-Obeidi,​​ chairman​​ of​​ the Udhaim​​ subdistrict​​ council, said on Friday that Daesh had failed to drive local villagers out of their village for what he said was “the 50th​​ time.” The village of Mubarak Al-Farhan sits on the border​​ with​​ Salahuddin Province, near the​​ Mtaibija​​ area on the Salahuddin side, and has reportedly repulsed Daesh many times. Al-Obeidi said that Daesh had dropped “about 120” mortar shells on them, and attacked them “about 50 times” over the last 2 years. He described the village as the “head of the arrow” confronting Daesh,​​ and​​ called​​ for security reinforcements in the area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

In a separate statement, Mohammed Dhaifan Al-Obeidi also said on Friday that 1 Army soldier had been killed and 3 others wounded in a Daesh attack on​​ a​​ village near Hawi​​ Al-Udhaim, near the Salahuddin border.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded five tribal PMF fighters in an attack on Albu Eissa village in Udhaim, on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNJun29]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi soldier and a Shia civilian in Shah Ali village, in Balad Ruz. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh says it killed a PMF officer in the village. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Special Operations Commander Major General Ma’an Al-Sa’adi addressed the citizens of Kirkuk on Friday, saying that the security situation was stable and that citizens should not be overly worried by what was said on some social media. He added that a new security plan was being implemented and that security forces would be redeployed to Kirkuk center. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Hamid Al-Obeidi, Captain of the Kirkuk Police, said that an IED had exploded in the village of Tal Al-Zahab,​​ in​​ Hawija​​ District, killing 2 civilians. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Center for Security Information announced on Friday that units under Ninewa Ops Command had found 6 explosive belts and 13 60mm mortar shells left behind by Daesh in the Ayadhiya area.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

Protests in the city of Nasiriya, Dhi Qar Province, continued on Friday as “hundreds” of people gathered to demand that the government execute those prisoners who have already been sentenced to death. The protests specifically regarded prisoners currently being held in Al-Hout Prison (aka Nasiriya Central Prison). Protesters threatened to continue demonstrating until the central government responded. [Sumaria]

 

Diwaniya

Doctors​​ Without​​ Borders​​ (MSF)​​ say they are starting a survey​​ for​​ viral hemorrhagic fever,​​ which​​ recently spread in Diwaniya,​​ in the​​ south of Iraq. The survey​​ will take​​ 5​​ days, and is prompted by the​​ appearance of several​​ cases​​ in the province.​​ The relevant​​ offices are starting preemptive campaigns to​​ stop the​​ possible spread of the disease by​​ washing​​ cattle and​​ other livestock​​ to eliminate insects, which are the means of transmission.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Kerbala

The Ministry of the Interior announced on Friday that​​ it​​ had arrested a terrorist in Kerbala Province, who they said had been responsible for terrorist operations in the​​ province, including planting IEDs and​​ other​​ murders.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The Turkish Army says that it killed 56 PKK fighters inside Turkey and northern Iraq (i.e., Iraqi Kurdistan) during the past week. It also says that it killed a commander and captured 16 weapons, and​​ destroyed positions and hideouts for PKK gunmen. It says that 4 soldiers were killed and 6 wounded in the operations, and that​​ a total of​​ 4,513 gunmen have been killed since the start of operations in Afrin. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

Europe

European states say that they are not satisfied with the US-Russian “understandings” in Syria that led the regime government to attack southern Syria. These alleged “understandings” include allowing Assad forces to recover the southern parts of the country, in exchange for expelling Iranians from the country. Sources say European countries are worried that the upcoming Putin-Trump summit will grant legitimacy to the Assad regime, by giving its blessing to the formation of a committee to reformulate the Constitution. [EnabBaladi]

 

Israel

Israel says that it will not allow refugees fleeing the government bombing of opposition locations to enter Israeli territories, saying this will not serve the security interests of Israel. The state of Israel will continue looking at other options, such as providing humanitarian support to IDPs inside Syria, says the Israeli Army. [Qasioun]

 

Also see story about Jordan’s stance against taking more Syrian refugees, under “Daraa” below.

 

Russia

The Russian Foreign Ministry says that a meeting based on the Astana formula will be held on July 30 and 31 in Sochi to discuss the Syrian situation. The meeting will be attended by the 3 “guarantors” (i.e., Russia, Turkey, and Iran), Syrian parties, and observers. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Sometimes the meaning of words is more important than the propaganda purposes for which they are used. The question about the “”guarantors” is “Who are the beneficiaries of their​​ guarantee? Surely, it’s not the Syrian people, for Assad, Putin, or Iran.​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The SDF has started efforts to clear the town of Dashisha by the Iraq border, just captured from Daesh, of all mines and IEDs. Hundreds of mines have reportedly already been removed. The battle to expel Daesh from Dashisha took 14 days. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

PYD​​ security units, operating under the umbrella of SDF, arrested all the members of Thuwar Al-Raqqa, the Arab faction in Raqqa, including its commander, despite an agreement reached that the group would evacuate the city of Raqqa. 125 members and their commander Abu Issa were arrested, say local sources. [Anadolu]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and killed Abu Khalid Mashun, a local commander of the Syrian Liberation Front, affiliated with Ahrar Al-Sham. His body was found near the town of Tilmins, near Maarat Al-Numan in southern​​ Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) agreed to coordinate with​​ the​​ Shura Council​​ in Sarmin in southeast Idlib​​ to eliminate Daesh’s​​ presence in the city. A joint force of Tahrir Al-Sham and the local population will assume the duty of pursuing Daesh targets in the city. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes destroyed a building used by Daesh as a military command center in Hajin, killing 11 terrorists.

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes targeted​​ a displaced person’s​​ house​​ in Hajin,​​ used by Daesh as a hideout, killing 6 Iraqi terrorists. The source says a civilian was also killed in the airstrike.

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh SUV and a vehicle bomb, killing 8 terrorists. The source sent us photos of the destroyed vehicles.

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh safehouse near Hajin hospital, killing or wounding 24 terrorists. The source says 7 civilians were nearby and were killed by the airstrike. The source also says the Coalition destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle, killing 4 terrorists.

 

Daesh initiated an attack on government forces’ positions in Hamdan air base and Sukkariya, north of Albu Kamal, following the government’s announcement that it had liberated the desert area of Deir Ez-Zor. No casualties were reported from this attack. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in the Sukkariya area with 5 mortars. [ICDNJun29]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting government forces in Hamdan village with rockets. [ICDNJun29]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says an Iranian military advisor and 5 Nujaba’ Movement fighters were killed in a Daesh shelling in the Albu Kamal area.

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Jordanian activists started a campaign to open the Jordanian border to Syrian refugees fleeing Russian and regime shelling of their cities and villages in south Syria. This was in response to the official position, announced by the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, that Jordan is not able to receive any more refugees. [Dorar]

 

SOHR says there are now 120,000 IDPs from Daraa, due to heavy bombing and artillery shelling by Russian and regime forces. Tens of thousands are heading towards the Jordanian border, while​​ some​​ fled towards Jaish Khalid (Daesh​​ affiliate)​​ -held areas in Yarmouk basin, west of Daraa, near the Israeli border. [SyriaHR]

 

Also see related story under “Israel” in National News above.

 

Five​​ displaced​​ children have died east of Daraa due to lack of medical supplies. The cause of death was said to be spider bites on the Syria-Jordan border. [Qasioun]

 

Opposition​​ militias​​ claim they thwarted​​ a​​ government attack on the air defense base west of Daraa,​​ inflicting heavy casualties to the attacking forces​​ and​​ capturing​​ one​​ of their soldiers.​​ Opposition​​ militias​​ also claim to have destroyed 5 tanks and a BMP belonging to the government forces.​​ [Dorar]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Suwayda

Daesh says it killed 9 Syrian soldiers and set on fire 3 government military positions on the road between Suwayda and Al-Zalaf Dam, on Thursday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The military forces of the “Eastern Kurdistan Defenders,” (EKD) belonging to the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I),​​ also known as the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, announced that it​​ had targeted 3 military bases belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on Thursday night​​ in the​​ Kurdish-Iranian​​ city of Shino. [Rudaw]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The PDK-I is regarded as a terrorist organization by Iran, and is forced to operate from Iraq. Usually, its advocacy is more peaceful than that of the PKK in Turkey.

 

For the fourth day in a row, hundreds of merchants in Tehran closed their shops to protest to the drop in the exchange rate of the local currency, the jump in prices, and the​​ halting​​ of commercial transactions, which turned into anti-regime demonstrations. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani accused “hardline” clerics of supporting the demonstrations in order to overthrow his moderate presidency. Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a call to confront those who sabotage the Iranian economy. [Skypress]

 

North Africa

Libya

Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar says that some foreign parties want a military presence inside Libya, mainly in the south. Although he did not name these parties, it is believed that he was referring to a visit by an Italian military delegation to the city of Gat, in southwest Libya, to look into establishing military observation points. [Anadolu]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian national anti-terrorism agency announced on Thursday that​​ it​​ had arrested a 31-year-old former Daesh official. The detainee reportedly confessed under interrogation to helping facilitate the travel of Daesh members from Tunisia to Syria. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

U.N.

The UN said in its annual report on “Children and Armed Conflict” that over 10,000 children were killed and maimed by armed conflicts in the world last year, and that the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen was responsible for “at least half” of that number. The report said that the most dangerous countries in the world for children are Iraq, Myanmar, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the​​ Congo, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. At least 1,036 children were detained in Iraq on security-related issues. [Sumaria]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh says it shot and killed Somali government finance officials in a market in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

Mali

At least​​ six​​ people were killed and others wounded on Friday in an attack on the HQ of the G5 Sahel Joint Force in central Mali. This attack is the first of its kind against the HQ of the joint counter-terrorism force, which was formed in 2017 with French support, and includes Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad. The attack began with a car bomb at the HQ, followed by a shootout between regional military personnel and armed attackers. This comes 3 days before a planned meeting between French President Macron and his counterparts in the Sahel Group. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it captured 11 pro-government militiamen in the Khogyani area, in Nangarhar, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

The Philippines

Daesh says it killed four Philippine Army soldiers with an IED in Mindanao. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes the 137th​​ issue of its Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Daesh also claims it killed three Coalition soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED on the Military Dam road, in the Hasaka area. [ICDNJun29]​​ 

 

On Thursday, while Daesh supporters were waiting for the new issue of Naba’ magazine, they were surprised to see a rather different issue. A hacker produced an exact replica of the magazine but with funny reports about Daesh and its “caliph.”​​