An Update On ISIS Activities

June 21, 2018

 

Yazidi Girl Freed In Hammam Al-Alil

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Federal Court of Iraq says manual recount, appointment of ​​ judges to oversee final election process, are constitutional, but not annulment of KRG “special” vote. [..]

Shammar tribe stages revenge killings against brothers of two accused Daesh killers. [..]

11 Daesh officials, fighters arrested in Mosul. [..]

Army, IFP break up Daesh move across Iraq ​​ border toward Hatra desert. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey prepares for high-stakes presidential, parliamentary elections Sunday. [..]

Turkey has set up 11 military positions in Iraqi Kurdistan to counter PKK. [..]

Turkey reportedly will move allied militiamen from northern Syria to Iraqi Kurdistan to attack PKK HQ in Qandil. [..]

Foreign Minister blasts Syria, Russia for attacks in Idlib Province. [..]

 

Syria

Top-level US military delegation visits Manbij. [..]

4 Coalition airstrikes in Al-Sha’afa, Albu Kamal kill 21 Daesh; may have wounded civilians. [..]

Daesh kills 14 Syrian soldiers south of Albu Kamal city. [..]

Anti-Assad militias in southern Syria respond to government shelling with rocket attacks. [..]

Daesh claims deadly attack on Syrian forces in Suwayda desert. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran/Yemen: ​​​​ Iran moving naval ships, helicopters toward Yemen. [..]

Egypt: ​​​​ Egyptian Army operation kills 32 Daesh, captures 36 in Sinai. [..]

European Union: ​​​​ Most Daesh fighters from western Europe not returning home. [..]

Germany: ​​​​ Merkel nixes German reconstruction assistance to Syria, Iraq without prior political solutions. [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

The Federal Court of Iraq deemed the decision of the Iraqi CoR to recount the electoral votes manually as correct and constitutional. ​​ However, the Court refused to acknowledge the CoR decision to nullify the results of the “special” vote in the Kurdistan Region. It approved the CoR decision to appoint judges to run the process in​​ place of​​ the Electoral Commission.​​ The Court reasoned that manual recounts are constitutionally permissible but annulling votes is not.​​ ​​ [TRT]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is worth mentioning that under Iraq’s constitution, independent agencies report to the CoR, not to the executive branch. This was intended to protect their independence,​​ which was nevertheless compromised for a time by Al-Maliki. It appears that some CoR members, for reasons good and bad, have taken advantage of this provision to challenge the vote count.

 

Muqtada Al-Sadr called on Thursday for all parties to show restraint and compliance with the judicial decisions on the electoral measures passed by the CoR. Al-Sadr also emphasized the need to set a time period for the manual recount, and warned of the danger​​ that​​ the current government​​ will​​ take​​ advantage of a potential “constitutional vacuum.” [Sumaria]

 

New​​ government

Okaz, a Saudi daily newspaper, says that Hadi Al-Amiri, the head of the Al-Fath alliance,​​ declined​​ to join a meeting of the Shia parties to discuss the​​ formation of the new​​ government. Some observers believe that this meeting is aimed to undercut the national meeting of political forces called for by PM Al-Abadi. Sources also believe that Al-Amiri’s​​ decision not to attend​​ is aimed to​​ avoid giving an impression​​ of sectarianism, as he is currently in discussions with Sunni parties. [IKH]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

2 Iraqi women fled to Syria after paying at least $1,500 to be smuggled in from Iraq, according to a security source quoted by​​ Sputnik. The source, who declined to be named, said that the women are wives of Daesh leaders who were living in the Al-Mamoun neighborhood in west Mosul and moved to the village of Tal Wa’i (Shura subdistrict​​ of​​ Mosul). After this, they were able to employ Daesh-affiliated smugglers to bring them along the road towards Erbil and from there along minor dirt roads to Syria.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD​​ (No reports)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information announced on Thursday that security personnel had found 45 IEDs in the area between Al-Salam intersection in Abu Ghraib​​ and​​ Falahat, just west of Falluja. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Ramadi

The Center for Security Information announced on Thursday that security personnel had found 42 IEDs in the area of Zangoura, west of Ramadi city. Several types of rockets and shells were also found in the area of Albu Dhiab, and 38 other IEDs were detonated in the Kilo 3​​ area​​ near​​ Ramadi. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Iraqi Army and Rapid Intervention units started a campaign to clear the Horan Valley area. The source says the forces arrested 14 wanted men and confiscated weapons and IEDs.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the Shammar tribe killed four young men in the Tilul Al-Baj area​​ in western Shirqat. The source says the victims are brothers of Daesh terrorists who​​ participated in killing​​ more than 30 members of the tribe during the last few days.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This sounds like a​​ tribal​​ revenge killing of a type not unfamiliar in Iraq. A tribe retaliates for members killed by killing someone from the killer’s tribe, probably someone not involved in the crime.​​ It is a horrifying but often effective deterrent.​​ In this case, Daesh may be the other “tribe,” but those killed could also be members of an​​ actual​​ tribe.​​ The larger problem here is the breakdown of government authority ​​ in a critical area.

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The​​ Diyala Police announced on Thursday that they had seized explosive materials on the banks of the Diyala River.​​ The police command said in a statement that units from the Buhriz Police had found 5 grenades, mortar shells, an IED, and materials for constructing explosives by the Diyala River, 7 km​​ (4 miles)​​ south of Baquba. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Daesh says it wounded several PMF fighters and damaged their vehicle in an ambush in the Nafut Khana area of Khanaqin, on Wednesday. [ICDNJun21]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Iraqi security personnel stopped an attempt by Daesh to erect fake checkpoints in eastern Diyala Province. Iraqi Police Captain Habib Al-Shammari told a press briefing that units from both the PMF​​ and Iraqi security forces noted a procession of cars and uniformed armed men on the road between the Nafut Khana​​ oil field​​ in Khanaqin​​ and the Mandali subdistrict​​ in southeast Diyala. Al-Shammari said that after checking​​ with both​​ security and military forces, it became clear that the checkpoint was not affiliated with any security force but was a fake checkpoint set up by Daesh. The Daesh fighters manning the fake checkpoint fled after an exchange of fire. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Mohammed Al-Faleh village, in the Al-Nida area, on Wednesday. [ICDNJun21]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The Federal Police said on Thursday that units from the 19th​​ Brigade, 5th​​ Division, arrested 2 persons on terrorism charges in the Laylan subdistrict of Kirkuk. Military Engineering units dismantled 10 IEDs around Tal Al-Ward.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

An “official security source” said on Thursday that security personnel had found the body of a young man previously kidnapped by Daesh from the village of Nafilah in Riyadh subdistrict. The young man was the son of the village​​ mukhtar. His body was found about 3 km​​ (2 miles)​​ from the village. [Shafaaq]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says local police captured 2 Daesh commanders hiding in a house in Al-Zab​​ subdistrict. The source says the terrorists had​​ given​​ large amounts of​​ protection​​ money to Kata’eb​​ Hezbollah earlier. The source says the KH came later and tried to take the terrorists from the police, but the police officer refused.​​ 

 

Daesh says it shot and killed an IFP “spy” in Al-Hora village, in Riyadh, on Wednesday. [ICDNJun21]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

Ninewa Police said on Thursday that they had arrested Daesh’s former “governor” of Tel Keif, “Mujhim Abu Saif Al-Barari,” along with a companion of his. Relating the news, Colonel Saleh Yunis said that security personnel had also found 3 Daesh safehouses​​ in the​​ Wana​​ subdistrict, close to the Mosul Dam. Various weapons, including Katyusha rockets, were seized from the​​ inside of the safehouses. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in Kokjali, located by an entry point to East Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Mosul

The Ministry of the Interior announced on Thursday that 7 Daesh​​ members​​ had been arrested in Mosul. Ministry spokesman General Sa’ad Ma’an said that the 2nd​​ SWAT Regiment under the Ninewa Police​​ command had made the arrests in various parts of the city, and that 1 of the detainees was a Daesh official formerly responsible for collecting weapons from the security services during the period of Daesh control of the city. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it wounded the mukhtar of Hay Al-Zanjili​​ (Al-Zanjili neighborhood)​​ in west Mosul with an IED. [ICDNJun21]

 

Ninewa Ops Command announced on Thursday that they had found a workshop for making IEDs​​ in north Mosul,​​ in the area of Hawi Al-Kanisa, where the Tigris turns west. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says local police units captured 3 Daesh members in​​ Hay​​ Al-Intisar​​ in east Mosul. The police also captured the owner of the house, who​​ had been hiding the terrorists.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Ninewa Police units captured Faisal Al-Khatouni, the Daesh​​ hisbah​​ official of Baaj, who was hiding in a house in Hay Al-Wihda​​ in east Mosul.

 

Daesh says it shot and killed a PMF “spy” in Hay Al-Samah​​ in east Mosul, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says National Security Service units found a kidnapped Yazidi girl with a family in the Hammam Al-Alil camp for displaced people. The source says the family, which is from Tal Afar originally and connected to Daesh, had returned from the Al-Hawl​​ camp in Hasaka a month ago and tried to extort money, $300,000, from the family of the child. The source says the NSS returned the child to her family.​​ 

 

Hatra

On Thursday, Iraqi security personnel killed 9 armed fighters and arrested 4 others who were attempting to​​ enter​​ Iraq from the Syrian​​ Desert. SWAT Major Sadiq Al-Mufriji said in a press statement that 30 armed fighters in 6 4WD-type vehicles attempted to cross the Syria-Iraq border,​​ headed​​ toward the​​ Hatra desert​​ further east,​​ at dawn on Thursday. He said that they fought with Army​​ troops​​ and the Federal Police, and that the remaining 17 fighters fled to the Syrian side of the border.​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Daesh says it shot and killed a Military Intelligence Service member in the Hatra area. [A3maq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A security source said that unidentified gunmen had assassinated Colonel Safa’, the​​ acting director of​​ the​​ Babel​​ Passports Department,​​ as he was​​ heading home from his office. The assassination took place in Hilla. [Dijlah]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Election

The​​ Supreme Electoral Council of​​ Turkey says that​​ the​​ presidential election votes will be counted first​​ in next Sunday’s elections, followed by​​ the​​ parliamentary election votes. Mobile phones,​​ cameras, and similar equipment will be banned in polling stations,​​ which will​​ be​​ open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. [Arabi21]

 

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has published an analysis by​​ Ferhat Gurini,​​ a writer for a Danish​​ publication​​ that suggests​​ that​​ several​​ changes in election rules could allow​​ Erdogan’s ruling AKP party​​ to​​ subvert Turkey’s election process to gain an unfair​​ but decisive​​ advantage.​​ These include relocation of ballot boxes to put them closer to pro-AKP voters and farther from Kurdish voters, as well as loosened local ballot control procedures that could subject election returns to manipulation​​ by​​ election personnel​​ loyal to the AKP. One key to the outcome of the parliamentary election is that the pro-Kurdish​​ People’s Democratic Party​​ (HDP)​​ needs to clear the 10% threshold in order to win any seats in parliament. By reducing the number of Kurdish voters and/or recorded votes, the AKP could keep the pro-Kurdish party out of the parliament and gain a strong majority for itself.​​ 

The article​​ anticipates a runoff in the separate presidential election between Erdogan and his main challenger, Muharram Ince of the Republican People’s Party (CHP). It​​ also cites polls on the presidential​​ election showing that, in that eventuality,​​ Erdogan’s lead is only about .5 of a percent, which puts further emphasis on the integrity of the election.​​ [CarnegieEndowment]​​ 

 

Iraqi Kurdistan campaign

Turkish PM Binali Yıldırım says Turkish troops have​​ cleared over 400 km2​​ in Iraqi Kurdistan​​ from​​ the​​ PKK.​​ He also told a local TV station that Turkish forces​​ have​​ established 11​​ military​​ positions​​ in the area. As he says airstrikes alone cant eliminate terrorism, he says there are no problems with Iran regarding these operations. [Anadolu]

 

Turkey​​ reportedly​​ aims to involve the socalled​​ “Free​​ Syrian​​ Army​​ in its operations in​​ the​​ Qandil​​ Mountains,​​ and has assigned a large budget to pay $800​​ for each fighter, Kurdish sources say. In Afrin, Turkey spent $6 million​​ on​​ salaries and $5​​ million​​ on​​ various expenses. The aim, according to an anti-government source,​​ is to gather 5,500 “mercenaries” to take part in the proposed attack. [Hawar]

 

Syria​​ 

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkey’s​​ Foreign​​ Minister,​​ warned that Turkey will cancel all decisions reached in​​ the​​ Astana, Kazakhstan​​ meeting, should Russia and Iran continue their attacks​​ in Idlib. The Turkish​​ Army has 12 observation points in that area​​ related to the so-called de-escalation zone.​​ [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry says that​​ the​​ foreign military presence​​ in Syria​​ is not helping to reach a political settlement. She also says that defeated factions are still hoping to recover their lost positions, which makes their participation in any political talks​​ of​​ limited​​ value. ​​ She called for continued diplomatic efforts to settle the Syrian problem on basis of UN​​ Resolution 2254 and the​​ Conference of National Dialogue in​​ Sochi. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin

A local source says that 2 mines exploded in Afrin,​​ in​​ the​​ Mahmudiya neighborhood​​ in Jinderes subdistrict​​ and the cultural center used by Turkish​​ troops​​ as a​​ headquarters. [Hawar]

 

Manbij​​ 

A senior US delegation visited the city of Manbij on Thursday, including the commander of US Forces in the Middle East,​​ General Joseph Votel;​​ Under​​ Secretary of Defense John Rood, Commander of US Forces in Iraq and Syria,​​ Paul Funk;​​ and Commander of US Special Forces in Syria and Iraq,​​ Jimmy Gerard. The General Command for the Manbij Military Council said in a statement that the delegation toured the markets of Manbij and listened to people’s opinions and concerns regarding their future and the US-Turkish settlement. An “informed source” in the city said that the visit was aimed at reassuring the Manbij Council and the Kurdish component of the SDF. [BasNews]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Hawar​​ quoted an SDF fighter as saying that the SDF had​​ captured​​ the​​ village​​ Al-Dhiba’i, near Al-Dashisha, from Daesh as of Thursday. The SDF lines​​ are​​ now reported​​ to be between 2​​ km and 6 km from the Syria-Iraq border. [Hawar]​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh says it destroyed 2 SDF vehicles with IEDs south of the Turkman​​ village​​ area, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [ICDNJun21]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

SOHR reported an armed attack, most likely by Daesh, on​​ a​​ Tahrir Al-Sham checkpoint south of Idlib. It also reported a car bomb explosion in​​ the city of​​ Maarat Al-Numan​​ in​​ southern​​ Idlib,​​ with​​ no​​ casualties. Recently, Idlib witnessed several assassinations targeting mostly Tahrir Al-Sham personnel. [SyriaHR]

 

Eight​​ civilians were reported killed and 35 wounded by 2 consecutive explosions in the city of Idlib. The blasts came from an IED and a car bomb near the Al-Tawhid mosque and the Carlton Hotel, respectively. [Qasioun]

 

Homs

Government forces claimed​​ control of large​​ desert​​ areas east of Homs,​​ extending to​​ the​​ Iraqi border,​​ after forcing Daesh out. The state-run official news agency​​ SANA​​ says that the​​ Army killed a group of Daesh gunmen in Sukhnah,​​ and​​ that the army holds additional 850 square kilometers following recent​​ gains​​ against Daesh east of Palmyra. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh says it damaged 2 Syrian Army tanks east of the Third Station with hand grenades on Wednesday. [ICDNJun21]

Albu Kamal​​ District

Kata’eb Hezbollah said that the stage was set for responding to the Sunday night airstrike in Syria, which it said killed several of its members. Its spokesman, Jaafar Al-Husseini, was speaking at a press conference during a memorial ceremony in Baghdad for the “martyrs” who died in the strike. Al-Husseini said that the perpetrator of the strike had not yet been proven, but that it couldn’t be anyone other than the Americans or the Israelis. Al-Husseini said that if the perpetrator​​ is proven, there would be an “appropriate response.” [Rudaw]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ And what would this brave spokesman have KH do if his “appropriate response” actually did have to confront Israel or the US?​​ 

 

Local sources told​​ Bas News​​ on Thursday that US-led Coalition forces targeted the town of Al-Sha’afa, with 4 airstrikes that killed 21 Daesh fighters and wounded several others, as well as wounding civilians. The sources said that the first airstrike targeted a Daesh gathering, killing 11 Daesh fighters and wounding 4 civilians. The second targeted a house, killing 4 others, some of​​ them believed to be civilians. The third airstrike targeted a Daesh vehicle, killing 4 armed fighters and destroying the vehicle. The fourth targeted another Daesh vehicle near the Al-Sha’afa orchard, killing 2 fighters and destroying the car.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh killed 14 Syrian soldiers and captured​​ ground​​ in an attack south of Albu Kamal city. The source says the government sent military reinforcements to the area after the attack.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Anti-government opposition militiamen​​ used multiple rocket launchers to attack government units in Daraa and Suwayda, in response to the regime’s shelling of​​ opposition positions​​ in the​​ two​​ provinces. The opposition​​ group​​ says it inflicted losses on the government forces. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Suwayda

Daesh says it killed a Syrian Army officer and 20​​ other​​ soldiers in an ambush near Tal Ghanem on Wednesday. [A3maq] Daesh says it captured a Syrian soldier in the Tal Ghanem area, near Al-Safa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and a machine gun-mounted vehicle in an ambush in the Al-Safa area, in​​ the​​ Suwayda desert. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a government tank with a rocket near Tal Asfar, in the Suwayda desert. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran/Yemen

The Iranian news agency​​ Tasnim​​ says that Iran sent a destroyer and a helicopter carrier from its 54th​​ fleet to the Gulf of Aden, following recent developments​​ at​​ the port of Hodeida in Yemen. [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Army says in a statement that it killed 32 “extremist” gunmen and arrested 36 more in its operations targeting terrorist groups in the north and​​ central​​ Sinai. 15 IEDs were defused, while several storage​​ units for​​ vehicles and weapons were destroyed. [IKH]

 

Libya

The Libyan​​ National​​ Army says that it regained control of the ports of Ras Lanuf and Sadar, in the “oil crescent” area, after attacks that started Thursday morning.​​ 

The fighting to​​ capture the rest of​​ Derna is still ongoing. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Derna was captured long ago. No one has explained why it needs to be captured again.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

European Union

The EU Police Agency (Europol) said that the Europeans who have traveled to Syria and Iraq in order to join Daesh have not returned to Europe in substantial numbers since Daesh’s downturn.​​ Manuel Navarrete, head of Europol’s Counter-Terrorism Center, said that Western counter-terrorism officials remain concerned with tracking insurgents returning from conflict areas, but those​​ insurgents​​ have not returned in large numbers. Rather, Navarrete said the main threat they posed was inspiring low-tech attacks such as those carried out with knives or cars, noting that the police had more difficulty stopping​​ those​​ attacks than attacks by ex-combatants.​​ 

Europol said that over 5,000 Europeans overall, mostly from Britain, France, Germany, and Belgium, had traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with Daesh. Of these, about​​ 1,000 had been killed ​​ and​​ 1,500 had returned. A large number of returnees have been arrested, with​​ others​​ fleeing or in hiding in Malaysia, the Philippines, Libya, or Turkey.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that her country would not participate in a reconstruction process in Syria or Iraq without a political solution to​​ their respective political​​ crises. Responding to a question in a meeting with students at the German University of Jordan, she said that German efforts were presently focused only on humanitarian aid to refugees and IDPs. [Sputnik]

 

ASIA

Pakistan

Daesh says it shot and killed a policeman in the Hazar Kanji area, in Quetta. [A3maq]

June 20, 2018

 

 

MOSUL DOCUMENTARY

 

 

 

 

INVITATION TO A MOVE PREMIERE—TODAY​​ (THURSDAY) AT​​ 4:00

Our colleagues at​​ AM LLC​​ have asked us to​​ cordially invite​​ DaeshDaily readers to​​ an open bar networking reception and a private screening of​​ “MOSUL.” This is​​ A​​ documentary feature film on the battle to reclaim the city of Mosul from ISIS.​​ Two years in the making,​​ MOSUL​​ follows the true-life story of an Iraqi journalist who joins an army of uneasy allies and unforgettable characters in the epic battle.​​ 

When: Thursday, June 21​​ 

4:00 – 4:15 PM – Welcome and refreshments (lobby and bar)

4:15 – 5:45 PM – Screening of “Mosul” film (theater)

5:45 – 6:00 PM – Director’s comments and Q&A (theater)

6:00 – 6:45 PM – Post-screening reception (lobby and bar)

Where:​​ Atlantic Plumbing Cinema​​ 

807 V Street NW, Washington, D.C.

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MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Pivotal Federal Supreme Court ruling on election expected today. [..]

Newspaper says emerging coalition will give PM post to neither Al-Abadi nor Al-Maliki. [..]

UNHCR counts 250,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq, most in Kurdistan. [..]

Kata’eb Al-Hezbollah members provoke deadly shootout with Army, police in East Baghdad. [..]

Shammar tribe blasts government security failures as Daesh kidnappings continue in Shirqat. [..]

Turkish government​​ newspaper says PKK has withdrawn from northern Erbil subdistrict. [..]

 

Turkey

National election Sunday expected to generate heavy turnout. [..]

 

Syria

UN inquiry commission blames both Syria and opposition for war crimes and human rights violations in Damascus area. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham kills 17 Syrian soldiers in Latakia. [..]

Coalition hits Daesh convoy near Palmyra, kills 14. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Great Britain:​​ ​​ British police stop Daesh terror plots against Prime Minister May. [..]

Germany: ​​ ​​​​ German police pre-empt biological terror attack. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Taliban breaks Eid ceasefire by killing 30 Afghan soldiers. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

The Wisdom alliance, led by Amar Al-Hakim, called on Wednesday for all political groups to adhere to the Federal Supreme Court’s decision, expected on Thursday, regarding the CoR elections. Salah Al-Arabawi, a leader in Wisdom, said that he expected a compromise position from the Federal Supreme Court, such as the partial cancellation of votes cast abroad. However, he added that he also expected the Federal Supreme Court to rule that recent attempts to amend election law were unconstitutional for several reasons, including their passage in special sessions of the CoR and the principle of separation of powers. Thursday, June 21, has been set​​ by the Court​​ as the date for President Fuad Masoum’s appeal​​ against​​ amendments in the​​ electoral law. [BasNews]

 

New​​ government

An “informed source” told​​ Bas News​​ on Wednesday that there was an agreement between “major political forces” to keep the post of PM from being occupied by a member of the Islamic Dawa party (the party to which sitting PM Al-Abadi and former PM Al-Maliki both belong). The source, who asked not to be named, said that these political​​ groups​​ had yet to decide on an alternate candidate for PM. [BasNews]

 

Jaafar Al-Musawi, the spokesman for Muqtada Al-Sadr, said on Wednesday that the Sadrist Sairun alliance would nominate the next PM through the “large coalition” that they intend to form. In a press statement, Al-Musawi emphasized that this was a decision for Iraqis and not for foreign countries to exert pressure over. He noted that Article 76 of the Iraqi Constitution provides for the​​ largest CoR bloc to name the PM. He ended by repeating that the coalition in question was not limited by Shia, Sunni, or Kurdish sectarian affiliation. [Rudaw]

 

Corruption

An Inquiry​​ Court​​ responding to a case from​​ the Commission​​ on Integrity​​ issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for the​​ Chairman​​ of the Provincial Council of Kirkuk, Rebwar Talabani. The warrant charges that he​​ illegally​​ disbursed 76 million​​ Iraqi​​ dinars. [Ghad]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Security sources say the Euphrates is bringing dead bodies from Syria​​ into Iraq, for the third time in less than two weeks. Sources say that 3, 6, and 17 bodies were brought by the river,​​ successively, mostly of them men tortured and shot in the head. [Qasioun]

 

PM Haider Al-Abadi warned on Wednesday of Daesh attempts to infiltrate the Iraqi border to carry out terrorist operations. He made the remarks at his weekly press conference. [BaghdadToday]

 

Refugees.​​ The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday that Iraq had 250,000 Syrian refugees living within it, 97% of whom are in the Kurdistan Region.​​ UNHCR official Bruno Geddo, speaking on the occasion of World Refugee Day, said that Iraq is currently sheltering 300,000 refugees, of whom 250,000 are Syrian, and that up to 700 new refugees per month are still coming into Iraq from Syria. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign policy

Iran.​​ Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, appeared in Iraq accompanied by several Revolutionary Guards leaders, while inspecting “the works of restoration of holy shrines in Iraq.” Soleimani attended several meetings with leaders of Iraqi Shia parties earlier.​​ Photos​​ published by​​ IRNA, the state-owned Iranian news agency, showed Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, the deputy commander of the PMF, accompanying​​ the delegation. [Arabi21]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Army and police units clashed with a Kata’eb Hezbollah convoy on Palestine Street when the convoy refused to stop at a checkpoint.​​ 

Baghdad Police announced on Wednesday that a suspect who had previously fired at security personnel on Palestine Street was apprehended. This follows a report from a security source earlier in the day, saying that 5 civilian cars carrying armed persons passed through a checkpoint on Palestine Street without stopping, and fired at security personnel when those manning the checkpoint tried to stop them. The earlier report said that 1 security unit​​ member​​ was killed and 2 others wounded in the shootout. [Sumaria]​​ 

The​​ Chairman​​ of the Security and Defense Committee, Hakim Al-Zamili, went on Wednesday to the headquarters of Kata’eb Hezbollah on Palestine Street. A security source said the purpose of the visit was to mediate clashes between Kata’eb Hezbollah and the security services.​​ Rudaw​​ added that according to eyewitnesses, a​​ group​​ of Kata’eb Hezbollah​​ members​​ were the riders of the 5 cars involved in the earlier shootout on Palestine Street. [Rudaw]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The spokesman for the Center for Security Information, General Yahya​​ Rasul, announced on Wednesday that units under Anbar Operations Command had found and destroyed 67 IEDs while searching the area between the Al-Salam intersection and the Falahat train station​​ just west of Falluja. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Ramadi

General Yahya also announced on Wednesday that another group under Anbar Ops Command had found and destroyed 42 IEDs and 5 rockets in the area around Zangoura, just west of Ramadi. A 2-km-long road in Albu Assaf was also cleared, and 8 IEDs made out of 20-liter barrels containing “C4” were disposed of. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Directorate of Military Intelligence announced on Wednesday that​​ it​​ had stopped 2 terrorists planning to bomb a mosque in Hit​​ District. [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

A security source in Anbar Police said on Wednesday that Daesh fighters had kidnapped 4 civilians from private factories in the Al-Qa’im​​ District, on the border with Syria. The source, who declined to be named, said that the Daesh fighters stopped a civilian vehicle, kidnapped the occupants at gunpoint, and took them​​ to​​ some​​ place in the western Anbar desert.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Shammar tribe issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the abduction and killing of a number of its members by Daesh​​ in Shirqat and Tikrit. In the statement, the tribe both condemned the killings and kidnappings and said that the security forces had failed to protect civilians under its charge. The Shammar tribe demanded that PM Al-Abadi stand accountable for the security failure, and that as Commander-in-Chief, Al-Abadi should allow volunteer brigades to patrol the area if the security forces​​ cannot ensure the safety of civilians there.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMF units found the body of the mukhtar of Ain Sadid village, located near Tilul Al-Baj. The victim had been kidnapped by Daesh from his house on Tuesday.​​ 

A “local source” said on Wednesday that Daesh had kidnapped 5 people​​ from two​​ small​​ villages near​​ Tilul Al-Baj,​​ in western​​ Shirqat subdistrict3​​ from​​ Ain Sadid and 2​​ from another​​ village.​​ The source, who asked not to be named, said that Daesh had confirmed its kidnapping of the victims by contacting their families.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Shammar tribe PMF fighters ambushed and killed 3 Daesh terrorists near Tilul Al-Baj. The source says the PMF got information about a potential Daesh attack on the area. The source says several other Daesh terrorists fled after the failed attack.​​ 

A “security source” in Salahuddin Province​​ confirmed​​ on Wednesday that a Shammar tribal security group had killed 3 Daesh fighters trying to enter villages around Tilul Al-Baj. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

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

Daesh says it killed a PUK official and destroyed his vehicle with an IED in Al-Mardan village, east of Khanaqin. [ICDNJun20]

 

Zahid Al-Dalawi, a member of the Diyala Provincial Council, said on Wednesday that the people of Khanaqin will conduct a peaceful sit-in​​ Thursday​​ to protest the crimes​​ being committed by​​ Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A “security source” in Kirkuk Province said on Wednesday that Kirkuk security personnel had arrested 4 people, 1 of whom belonged to the PMF and another to the Dawa Party, for kidnapping a member of the Kurdish Asayish security force. The source, who declined to be identified, said that units from the​​ Rahim Awa police​​ station in​​ Kirkuk​​ city arrested the group of 4 at a house in​​ Kirkuk’s​​ Kurdish​​ Tapa neighborhood​​ and freed the Asayish member. The source added that the arresting units also seized various drugs and weapons found at the house. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Federal Police announced on Wednesday that it had found and destroyed 2 Daesh tunnels and 13 IEDs in Hawija.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

Daesh says it damaged a PMF military vehicle with an IED near Tal Rab’a village, south of Daquq, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says eight PMF fighters were killed and seven others wounded when IEDs exploded on their convoy near Al-Barit village, south of Hatra city. The source says the PMFs were moving from the Baiji area towards the Syrian border.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two civilians were severely wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Hatra and Aliba village.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

The Turkish state-owned​​ Anadolu​​ reported that the PKK had withdrawn from its headquarters in Sidekan,​​ in northern Erbil, due to the Turkish​​ armed​​ forces bombing the area.​​ Anadolu​​ quoted Ihsan Abd Al-Qadir,​​ manager​​ of the Sidekan​​ subdistrict, as saying that the PKK was a “scourge” for the local population, and emphasizing that Sidekan​​ did not want to be​​ a shelter for militant groups. He credited the Turkish Air Force bombings of Sidekan,​​ and​​ of the​​ Qandil​​ area farther south,​​ with driving the PKK out​​ of Sidekan. [Anadolu]

 

DAHUK

The Turkish Army says its planes killed 10 PKK fighters in airstrikes on two rural areas in northern Dahuk. It also claims that it destroyed PKK weapons caches and defensive positions in these areas. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Euro News​​ carried a primer on the Turkish elections in Q&A format. Among the facts covered:

  • The election will take place on June 24. They were originally scheduled for November 3, 2019, then​​ rescheduled through a constitutional referendum held on April 16, 2017.

  • The resulting​​ constitutional amendment included the introduction of the “Executive Presidency,” replacing the current parliamentary system and abolishing the Prime​​ Minister position. The number of MPs will increase from 550 to 600. These amendments will take effect after the June 24 election.

  • Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), which​​ currently has​​ a parliamentary majority, has​​ said that​​ its​​ goal was to get at least 300 seats in the new parliament. However, because the​​ Prime Minister​​ post​​ will not exist after the elections, Erdogan himself needs to win the presidential election​​ to stay in power,​​ as he can’t rely on​​ a parliamentary majority.

  • Parties need to​​ win at least​​ 10% of the national popular vote in order to secure seats in parliament. If a party​​ “wins”​​ seats but fails to hit the 10% threshold, their seats will be given to​​ another party that does​​ hit the 10% threshold. In practice, this could ensure an AKP majority if the opposition vote is split enough.

  • If any candidate for​​ President wins the first round of the election by a simple majority (over 50%), that candidate will become President directly. If no candidate​​ achieves a majority, a runoff election will be held between the​​ two​​ top candidates.

  • The most prominent candidates for the Presidency are President Erdogan of the AKP and the “People’s Alliance,” Muharrem İnce of the Republican People’s Party, Meral Aksener of the İYİ Party (“Good Party”), and Selahattin Demirtaş of the Peoples’ Democratic Party.​​ [EuroNews]

 

Voting abroad began at Turkish diplomatic missions on June 7 and closed on Tuesday evening.​​ Sadi Güven, the head of the Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey, said that participation from Turkish voters living abroad had previously​​ reached a record number of 1.49 million voting. There are about 3.05 million Turkish voters registered abroad, meaning that participation from abroad stands at 48.8%. Electoral participation within Turkey is usually much higher, with a rate of 85% in the last parliamentary elections, held in November 2015.​​ Sunday is election day​​ in Turkey. [Youm7]

 

Turkish media​​ reported​​ an attack on a Turkish military vehicle near Ozonder village​​ in​​ Hakkari​​ Province. 2​​ soldiers were killed and​​ 1​​ wounded. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

The Independent Commission of Inquiry told the UN that both the Syrian government and the opposition​​ have​​ committed war crimes and violations against human rights in Ghouta and other areas over the years of fighting. [EnabBaladi]

 

Russia

The spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry says certain parties are preparing for a pseudo-chemical attack in Syria, and will blame the government for it. She describes such an action as ”paid.” She says that more information will be announced once received. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The lady​​ made a similar statement not long ago, predicting a chemical attack by regime enemies that would then be blamed on Syria—just before Assad unleashed such an attack himself, as verified by the UN.​​ 

 

Press reports​​ indicated​​ pressure on Russia to push pro-Iran militias further back from Israeli borders. Papers say that the Director of​​ the​​ Israeli PM office is on a secret visit to Moscow, following the visit of the Russian Military Police Director to Israel. News says that Washington and Tel Aviv want these militias​​ kept farther north, beyond​​ Damascus, rather than 20-25 km away from​​ the​​ Israeli border. [Qasioun]

 

Political opposition

A delegation from the Foreign Relations Committee of the Kurdish National Council in Syria is attending a meeting of the Syrian opposition held in Saudi Arabia, according to Bashar Amin, the head of the Office of Media and Culture for the Council. Amin said that the delegation is visiting at the invitation of the Syrian opposition head negotiator, Naser Al-Hariri, and that the purpose of the visit is to discuss political and organizational issues in preparation for the upcoming Geneva conference. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Kurdish National Council is an “opposition” group funded by Barzani and Erdogan. As such, it may be more anti-PYD than anti-Assad.

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West

Latakia

Tahrir Al-Sham killed 17​​ Syrian​​ soldiers, including 3 officers, in an attack on​​ Syrian​​ military​​ positions on Mount Turkmen, north of the city of Latakia. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Homs

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh convoy of 3 vehicles in the desert near Tadmur​​ (Palmyra), killing 14 terrorists.​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

Local authorities said on Wednesday that Daesh executed a 15-year-old boy in Al-Susah. The boy was executed on charges of smuggling Daesh members to areas outside of their control. [Qasioun]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Daesh publishes photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, celebrating Eid in the Yarmouk Basin area. [ICDNJun20]​​ 

 

Suwayda

Government forces made advances​​ at​​ Daesh’s expense​​ in the​​ eastern desert​​ of Suwayda​​ province​​ on Tuesday.​​ They​​ announced​​ their​​ recovery of several areas in​​ the​​ Al-Dhaha​​ Valley area,​​ in fighting east of Tel Arar village.​​ [Qasioun]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it killed an Egyptian Army officer and destroyed a Humvee with an IED south of Arish, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Libya/Tunisia

Libya

Libyan security sources said that the terrorist “Al-Mahdi Salem Dangou,” aka “Abu Bakarat,” was present with Ibrahim Jadhran’s forces and allied with Jadhran’s attack on oil facilities. The sources claimed that “Abu Bakarat” had also been among those​​ who​​ attacked Sabha a few weeks ago. “Abu Bakarat” has previously worked for Daesh’s “Islamic​​ courts” and was implicated in the massacre of Copts in Sirte. [Libya24]

 

The head of the Directorate of Security for Sirte, Colonel Ma’iuf Al-Madani, said that the Libyan Air Force bombing of Al-‘At’at, south of Sirte, had killed a member of Ansar Al-Sharia, an Al-Qaeda affiliate named on international terrorism lists. The terrorist​​ killed​​ was “Anas Mohammad Al-Lafi​​ Suleimani.” Al-Madani said that the Libyan​​ National​​ Army will launch operations to take control of the oil fields over the next few days. [Libya24]​​ 

 

The Libyan Army is now in control of the center of the city of Derna, northeastern Libya. The fighters of the Mujahedeen Shura Council have withdrawn to the neighborhoods of Suq Al-Dhalam and Maghar, the last two areas still under their control. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Great Britain

British authorities thwarted a suicide attack on 10 Downing Street (the residence of the British PM) targeting PM Teresa May, the​​ Independent​​ says. The paper says that a Daesh member was planning to get to the PM and behead her.​​ He​​ was planning to detonate an IED at the gate, and then use pepper gas against the guards to enter the building. [Anadolu]

 

British Daesh follower Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman has begun trial for his plan to assassinate Theresa May. The 20-year-old London-born Rahman was planning a suicide bombing attack on May, according to the Attorney General’s office. His plan was discovered last September and MI5 agents posing as Daesh operatives began to exchange letters with him, in which he spoke of his desire to join a Daesh “sleeper cell” and to target Theresa May and the British Parliament. Rahman was arrested in November.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

British police arrested a former fashion model who said she was “brainwashed online” and “seduced through Facebook” into trying to move to Syria. Kimberley Miners, 29, was arrested after police found correspondence with Janeid Hussein, including a bomb-making guide. Hussein was a Daesh recruiter, then using the name “Abu Osama Al-Britany,” who was killed in an airstrike in 2015. He contacted Miners after she began to express her sympathy for the Syrian people online, and invited her to come to Turkey, where he would meet her and take her to Syria. The case has drawn comparisons to Sally-Anne Jones, the British “White Widow” who moved to Syria to join Daesh.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Germany

The German Police said on Wednesday that they had arrested a Tunisian national allegedly planning a biological terror attack in Germany. Holger Münch, head of the Federal Criminal Police Office, said that the 29-year-old suspect, “Saifullah H.,” had been arrested in Cologne with “concrete preparations” for a biological attack “unprecedented in Germany.” According to media reports, “Saifullah H.” had enough material in his apartment to produce between 250 and 1,000 doses of ricin. [BasNews]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The Governor of Badghis District, Afghanistan, told​​ Agence​​ France Press​​ that​​ the​​ Taliban killed 30 government soldiers in its first major attack following the ceasefire agreed​​ upon​​ during the Eid holidays. He says​​ the​​ Taliban’s decision​​ is​​ to continue fighting​​ the​​ government. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed a “US Army spy” in the Darzab area, in Jowzjan, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists celebrating Eid in an unidentified location in “Khorasan” (Afghanistan/Pakistan.) [ICDNJun20]

 

June 19, 2018

 

Daesh Shelling on Suwayda

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi reportedly about to report evidence of major electoral fraud. [..]

Al-Maliki reported as key figure in emerging Al-Fath-led coalition. [..]

Government coalition still not finalized.; Al-Abadi alliance still talking. [..]

US newspaper report says Pentagon may pull back on Iraq commitments. [..]

Three mukhtars killed or kidnapped by Daesh in Salahuddin. [..]

Daesh claims it killed 2 CTS members, captured 17 policemen & PMFs. [..]

Bodies of 167 executed Daesh fighters found in Hatra. [..]

7 Daesh-kidnapped civilians found dead in southern Hatra; 30 shepherds kidnapped. [..]

 

Turkey

Pre-election mass arrest targets 124 Turkish Army soldiers. [..]

Turkish Army claims to kills 10 PKK with Qandil airstrike. [..]

 

Syria

Russian military in Syria calls Turkey’s Afrin occupation illegal. [..]

Syria condemns US-Turkey deal, troop deployments in Manbij. [..]

Coalition acknowledges French Special Forces fighting with SDF in Dashisha liberation campaign. [..]

Daesh attacks suddenly targeting SDF units in Raqqa city. [..]

Syrian forces, Russian planes capture several desert villages in SE​​ Syria. [..]

Mysterious airstrike kills 22 Iraqi PMFs fighting for Assad in Albu Kamal. [..]

Pompeo says US is committed to ceasefire in SW Syria. [..]

6 civilians killed by Daesh shelling of Suwayda city in SE Syria. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen:​​  ​​​​ Government troops, Arab coalition capture Hodeida port from Houthis. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ 25 killed, 54 wounded by Daesh suicide bomber in Nangarhar. [..]​​ 

 18 killed as Daesh suicide bomber attacks Eid celebration in Jalalabad. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

Akhbar AlKhaleej​​ reports that PM Haider Al-Abadi will reveal documents and photographic evidence establishing “great electoral fraud” in the May 12 parliamentary elections,​​ within two days. [BaghdadToday]

 

US Ambassador to Iraqi Douglas Silliman met with sitting VP and leader of the Decision alliance,​​ Osama Al-Nujaifi,​​ on Tuesday, according to a statement from Al-Nujaifi’s office. The statement said that the two discussed Decision’s position on alleged electoral fraud and the CoR decisions regarding​​ the​​ electoral law.​​ [Sumaria]

 

New​​ government

On Tuesday, a source close to​​ Hadi Al-Amiri,​​ the leader of Al-Fath, revealed that he had stipulated that Sa’irun must enter into a coalition with the Rule of Law coalition, led by Nouri Al-Maliki, and form the largest political bloc, or else withdraw. In a press conference, Al-Sadr has announced joining​​ with​​ Al-Amiri’s group to form the largest bloc. Meanwhile, Maliki has been meeting with other political leaders​​ about their joining​​ the​​ coalition.​​ [SkyPress]

 

Kareem Al-Nouri, a leader in​​ the​​ Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance, said that their coalition with Al-Sadr’s Sairun was an “open” alliance, and would not be an exclusively Shia group, or exclude Kurds or Sunnis from joining. [Rudaw]

 

The Secretary of the Iraq Communist Party and a leader of Al-Sadr’s Sa’irun alliance, Raed Fahmi, said on Tuesday that there was still no formal coalition between Sa’irun and Hadi Al-Amiri’s Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance. He said that what had happened up this point was “understandings” and “dialogues” and that the coalition had not yet been subject to a signed binding agreement. [BasNews]

 

Al-Abadi’s​​ Victory alliance said on Tuesday that they would hold a “national meeting” with about 10 other electoral lists who won seats in the CoR elections. A spokesman for the alliance, Hussein Al-Adali, said in a statement that the meeting would hopefully be held “early next week,” and that the purpose of the meeting was to agree on the general features of the administration of the state and its institutions in the next stage. He added that the meeting will not address the issue of legal or judicial appeals​​ of​​ the electoral process. [Sumaria]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Mohammed Mahdi Al-Bayati, the former Minister of Human Rights,​​ alleged​​ on Tuesday that the Peshmerga forces and Daesh leaders had an agreement under which “first-rank” Daesh leaders were given passage from Hawija to other regional countries. Al-Bayati told​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ that the Daesh leaders had paid more than $10,000 per person for this service, and said that this explained why security forces had not found more Daesh fighters upon retaking Hawija. [Buratha]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Tuesday,​​ Al-Araby Al Jadeed​​ revealed how Daesh was able to kill more than 40 people within 3 days inside and around Mosul. Daesh concentrated forces on open areas, villages, and external paths surrounding Mosul from which it executed ambush-style attacks and then swiftly withdrew. The source said that the geography​​ enabled​​ Daesh to move quickly. [BaghdadToday]

 

The Coalition reported​​ that they had conducted 3 airstrikes in Iraq between June 11 and June 17. Of these, 2 were near Bashir​​ in southwest Kirkuk​​ and 1 near Rutba​​ in Anbar. [InherentResolve]

 

Foreign policy

The​​ Washington Times​​ reports that the Pentagon has decided to shelve plans for Iraq due to the electoral wins of Muqtada Al-Sadr and Hadi Al-Amiri. This has occurred despite discussions of cooperation between the US and NATO in training and advising the Iraqi military in preventing the reemergence of Daesh. The plan had been long-term as in Afghanistan. Although NATO has shown increased commitment to the Iraq mission,​​ NATO​​ Secretary-General Stoltenberg stated that training local forces to fight Daesh is the​​ most effective strategy.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

The Center for Security Information announced on Tuesday that detachments from the Federal Police and the Ministry of the Interior had thwarted attempts to form a “terrorist cell” in Baghdad, and arrested the members of the cell in various areas around Baghdad. [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a PMF commander was killed when a roadside IED exploded on his vehicle in the Meshahda area.

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source said on Tuesday that a civilian had been killed by an attack​​ in​​ southeast Baghdad, in the area of the old Diyala Bridge. The source said that unidentified gunmen fired silenced weapons at a civilian, killing him. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The spokesman for the Center for Security Information, General Yahya​​ Rasul, said on Tuesday that units under Anbar Operations Command had found a Daesh safehouse, freed a kidnapping victim, and arrested the kidnapper.​​ He​​ added that the safehouse was southwest of Lake Thirthar, and was destroyed.​​ [Ghad]​​ Southwest of Lake Thirthar​​ might mean north of Ramadi, but the story was non-specific on the location.​​ ​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

The PMF announced on Tuesday that the 29th​​ PMF Brigade had thwarted an attempt by Daesh to infiltrate Iraq from Syria.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Rutba

Following​​ two​​ similar incidents in Kirkuk and Ninewa, Daesh kidnapped a group of​​ civilians from the city of Rutba. The​​ victims owned a private construction materials​​ business.​​ Baghdad Today​​ wrote that there were 3​​ people​​ kidnapped, while​​ Sumaria​​ said there were 6.​​ [BaghdadToday]​​ [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a group of Daesh terrorists in 4 SUVs​​ kidnapped the mukhtar of Abu Aqareb village and six other civilians and stole food items from the village. The source said later that Daesh killed the seven men.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a group of Daesh terrorists kidnapped the mukhtar of Ain Sadid village, near Shirqat’s western border, from his house.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh terrorists kidnapped 10 civilians at a fake checkpoint near the Makhoul Mountains area. The source said later that Daesh killed the civilians.

 

Daesh said it killed seven “PMF fighters” and captured three others in an ambush northwest of Siniya, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

A “senior officer” in Salahuddin Ops Command said on Tuesday that Daesh was active to a dangerous degree in the northern areas of Salahuddin Province, adding that this information had been relayed to Baghdad and nothing had happened. The officer, who asked not to be named, was quoted in the Qatari​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. The officer added that Daesh had taken advantage of the government’s preoccupation with the elections to become more active in recent days, and that their activities were a threat to civilians. He called for security leadership to hold a meeting among Ninewa, Salahuddin, Kirkuk, and Diyala Ops Commands to develop plans to counter Daesh activities. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It seems apparent from many stories in this report that Daesh is actually on the offensive, making hit-and-run attacks all over Iraq,​​ killing policemen and mukhtars​​ and many others. ​​ This was not a good holiday weekend in Iraq.

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a group of Daesh terrorists kidnapped the mukhtar of Al-Sadra village, in the Mtaibija area, from his house before fleeing to the Himrin Mountains area. The source said later that Daesh killed the mukhtar.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Most of the victims in the reports above from Shirqat and Tikrit are from Shammar tribe. We have mentioned earlier that Daesh is focusing on this tribe recently.​​ 

 

DIYALA

The Ministry of the Interior said in a statement that the Diyala Police had arrested 17 wanted persons on terrorism and criminal charges in various areas of the​​ province.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said on Tuesday that its snipers killed a policeman in Abu Qarma village, in Al-Waqf. [ICDNJun19]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A policeman was killed by Daesh sniper fire near the village of​​ Abu Karma. The​​ chairman​​ of the Security Committee for the Abu Saida subdistrict​​ council, Awad Al-Ruba’i, said that Daesh fighters tried to attack a police station near the village shortly before the killing happened, but were driven off by security personnel. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh published on Monday photos of a group of its terrorists ambushing a PMF convoy in the Imam Wais area. [ICDNJun18]

 

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

On Tuesday it was reported that a woman was killed and another member of her family injured by an IED. It exploded in the morning on a civilian car that her family had been driving between the villages of​​ Albu Eissa (in Udhaim)​​ and​​ Mubarak Al-Farhan both in Diyala Province near the Salahuddin border. [Ghad]

Daesh said on Tuesday that it wounded a tribal PMF fighter and destroyed his vehicle with an IED in Albu Eissa. [ICDNJun19]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 3 Kata’eb Hezbollah fighters were killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their SUV west of Mandali.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Daesh said on Monday it killed a CTS officer and another CTS member and captured 17 policemen and PMF fighters in an ambush on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad. It also said it targeted security forces that came to the area with several IEDs, and shelled a nearby Iraqi Army barracks with mortars. [ICDNJun18]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

The spokesman for the Center for Security Information, General Yahya, said on Tuesday that units under the Federal Police and Kirkuk Ops Command had searched several villages in Kirkuk Province. ​​ They found an​​ IED on the road to Qara Tapa in Yaychi subdistrict,​​ and​​ arrested a​​ wanted person, found 3 shaped IEDs in one village, and arrested another wanted person;​​ found​​ a “field” of IEDs in a second village; 3 IEDs near two other villages; and 7 more in another village.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it damaged an IFP vehicle with an IED in Sidawa village, south of Dibis. [ICDNJun19]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Local police reports from Kirkuk Province on Sunday evening indicated that 2 truck drivers had been killed and 4 others kidnapped in a Daesh attack on the Kirkuk-Baghdad road. The reports​​ indicated that the attack was carried out in the​​ Najana​​ area by Daesh fighters disguised as security personnel.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [IraqPress]​​ ​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh terrorists killed a SWAT officer and three civilians it had captured at a fake checkpoint near Al-Safra village​​ in Riyadh. The source said the civilians were truck drivers from Babel.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a group of Daesh terrorists killed two tribal PMF fighters and blew up the houses of three others in an attack on Al-Barghliya village.

 

Daesh said it killed a PMF fighter and wounded another in an ambush on the road between Hawija and Riyadh, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded seven PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle in an ambush near Barima village, east of Hawija city, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

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

Daesh published on Tuesday photos of killing an Iraqi Army “spy” near Ghaida village, south of Daquq. [ICDNJun19]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, General Sa’ad Ma’an, said on Tuesday that the 9th​​ Emergency Police Regiment under Ninewa Police Command had arrested a Daesh official in the Tal Al-Ruman neighborhood, west Mosul. [Ghad]​​ [Sumaria]

 

General​​ Sa’ad also said that a different Daesh official, reportedly formerly responsible for real estate, had been arrested in Al-Ghabat, east Mosul.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that a group of Daesh terrorists, hiding as IDPs in Al-Madraj camp, beheaded a policeman and buried his body in the camp. The source said security units arrested the terrorists, who gave confessions and led the security officers to the grave of the victim.​​ 

 

Hatra

Captain Amir Wathiq of the Ninewa Police said that security personnel had found 167 bodies of Daesh fighters in the​​ Hatra​​ area. Wathiq said that the bodies were believed to belong to fighters who had been killed by their leaders during the retaking of the city of Mosul.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

The bodies of​​ seven​​ people kidnapped by Daesh were found by security personnel in Hatra, who reported that the victims had been executed by gunshots to the head. The deputy head of the CoR Committee on Security and Defense, Nayef Al-Shammari, said that Daesh fighters disguised in military uniforms had kidnapped about 30 shepherds from the Shammar tribe in the Thirthar area,​​ and called for Joint Ops Command to return to the Al-Jazeera region to eliminate Daesh’s presence in the area.​​ CoR​​ member Abd Al-Rahman Al-Luwaizi said that the 7 victims had been kidnapped in an ambush on the Abu ‘Ajarib Bridge and subsequently executed near the airport south of Hatra.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa​​ (No reports)

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

On Tuesday, 3 small Kurdish parties announced their alliance on one electoral list ahead of the Kurdistan CoR elections. The parties in question are the Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party, the Kurdistan Workers and Toilers Party, and the Kurdistan National Democratic Union Party. They will run together as “The Modern List.” [Rudaw]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 124 members of the Turkish armed forces, under the pretext of affiliation with Fethullah Gülen, the exiled figure reviled by President Erdogan. The Turkish elections will take place on June 24. [Hawar]

 

The Turkish Army says that it killed 10 PKK gunmen in an airstrike in the Qandil Mountains border area in northeast Iraqi Kurdistan, on June 10. [Anadolu] ​​ The PKK headquarters base in Iraq is in this area.

 

2 Turkish soldiers were killed and 3 wounded by PKK-planted IEDs​​ in​​ southeast Turkey, security sources say. A search campaign that followed witnessed a third IED explosion that killed another soldier and wounded a second. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

A “well-informed Kurdish source” said on Tuesday that Gulf countries would soon send military specialists to train “border guards” in the “liberated areas” east of the Euphrates. The source also​​ warned that the alliance between the Kurds and the US-led Coalition forces could be cancelled at any moment. The source, who declined to be named, told​​ Bas News​​ that Saudi Arabia and the UAE could soon send forces to train border guards to protect Arab tribes east of the Euphrates. He said that the situation between the Kurds and Americans was unstable in the absence of any real guarantees, especially given Turkish pressure on the Coalition. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Like many stories based on unidentified sources, there is no verification, and we suspect that beyond the sending of military specialists, which seems plausible, the story is mostly speculation.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition reported that they had conducted 23 airstrikes in Syria between June 11 and June 17. Of these, 10 were​​ in​​ southern Hasaka and 13 near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

 

The Coalition said on Tuesday that it had killed 4 Daesh members responsible for oil and gas sales in the “Middle Euphrates River Valley” on May 26. The Coalition statement said that those killed include Abu Khattab​​ Al-Iraqi, the leader of the Daesh oil and gas sales network, and 3 other men who helped him: Abu Yusuf​​ Al-Hashimi, Abu Hajr Milhim, and Abu Hiba​​ Al-Maghrebi. [InherentResolve]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

The Khmeimim Russian base in Syria says it sees Turkish operations in Afrin north of Syria as illegal as long as​​ there is​​ no coordination with the​​ Syrian​​ government. The base says on its social media websites that military operations against​​ the​​ Turkish presence​​ near​​ government forces are likely. [Dorar]

 

Manbij​​ 

The Syrian government condemned the deployment of Turkish and US forces in Manbij, following the “road map” agreement between the two countries. The Syrian government says this is aggressive conduct towards Syria, and a blatant breach of the UN Charter. [Qasioun]

Commenting on the Turkish and US plans in Manbij, the Syrian government says it is determined to liberate all of Syria. It​​ blamed​​ Turkish-American aggression​​ for​​ prolonging Syrian agony and suffering. [SyriaNow]

 

The head of the National Coalition for the Syrian Opposition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, praised the deployment of the Turkish Army in Manbij, saying that this is an important step towards achieving​​ stability in “liberated areas” and the return of IDPs to their homes. He says this will ensure the elimination of all​​ terrorist groups​​ in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The Coalition admitted that French Special Forces are fighting alongside the SDF in their attack on​​ Dashisha​​ in​​ southern​​ Hasaka. The official website of the Coalition published photos of French soldiers attacking Daesh in the town. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including Daham Mahmoud, in an airstrike​​ in the​​ southern​​ Hasaka area. The source said Mahmoud was one of the leaders of the attack on Yazidi people in Sinjar in 2014.​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

The SDF announced a state of alert in all parts of Raqqa, following several attacks targeting its units in the city. Unidentified gunmen attacked an SDF vehicle with an RPG on Tal Abyad​​ Street, killing​​ five​​ SDF soldiers​​ and wounding several others. Last week, a motorcycle bomb killed​​ three​​ SDF fighters in the city. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Several Syrian​​ military​​ officers were reported killed during overnight fighting around the Damascus–Daraa highway, according to pro-regime media. The cities of Latakia and Tartus were named as locations for some of the deaths. [Qasioun]

 

Aleppo/Idlib

The Tahrir Al-Sham group (HTS, formerly known as Al-Nusra) says that it arrested a​​ 3-person​​ Daesh cell in western​​ Idlib, claiming that the cell is involved in assassinations and bombings. [EnabBaladi]

 

Homs

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that government troops, supported by Russian planes and Iraqi militias, captured several villages in the desert in southwest Homs, toward the Iraq border.

 

The Coalition announced that its partners had seized an estimated $1.4 million worth of Captagon pills near Al-Tanaf. A Coalition statement credited​​ the​​ Maghawir​​ Al-Thawra​​ anti-government militia​​ with the seizure of “more than 300,000” pills.​​ It says that Despite Daesh’s façade of Islamic purity, its criminal terrorists are known drug users and traffickers.​​ Captagon is a highly-addictive amphetamine-based drug that is banned in many countries. It is informally referred to as the “jihadists’ drug.”​​ [InherentResolve]​​ ​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

The Iraq PMF​​ organization​​ said​​ it​​ had lost 22 fighters and that several others were wounded in an airstrike on Albu Kamal on Monday night. It​​ accused​​ the US of initiating the attack. It says that US​​ planes fired two missiles on the 45th​​ and 46th​​ PMF Brigades, who were protecting the Iraqi-Syrian border, killing 22 and wounding 12 others. The PMF demanded that the US provide an explanation. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The source did not identify which PMF organization the 45th​​ and 46th​​ brigades belong to. But see story below.

The US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, said on Tuesday that the US Air Force was not responsible for the attack on “some Iraqi factions in Syria,” saying that there was no US air activity in the area. [Sumaria]

On Monday, the Coalition issued a statement saying that​​ it​​ had not carried out any airstrikes near Albu Kamal during the time period in question. [InherentResolve]

Iraq’s​​ Joint Ops Command denied​​ there were​​ any attacks on Iraqi forces in the border area between Iraq and Syria, saying that​​ the​​ units attacked were inside Syria.​​ Those units are​​ well​​ inside​​ the​​ Syrian​​ border,​​ near Albu Kamal,​​ and have no contacts with​​ the​​ Joint Ops Command, which​​ is solely responsible for protecting the border. [Roj]

 

The Foreign Ministry of Iraq issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the targeting of the PMF in the area of Albu Kamal, saying that any such targeting of ground troops​​ would constitute​​ support for Daesh. Spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub said that the Ministry denounced and condemned any air operations targeting forces fighting against Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) said on Tuesday that the attackers of the PMF had been identified only as American and Israeli planes, and that they were surprised by the statements justifying the attack. In a statement, AAH denounced the act, and emphasized the need for the Iraqi government to take​​ action against the perpetrators of this crime as soon as possible, as well as the need for more coordination between border security forces and the Syrian government to prevent such acts. They added that the Iraqi border could not be secured without the Syrian side of the border also being secured. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This story seems to provide some of the missing factual explanation for what happened while leaving other questions unanswered. Summarizing what seems to have happened, there were AAH fighters about a mile inside Syria, in Albu Kamal, supporting the Syrian regime and not reporting to the Iraqi military. They were not on the border working as Iraqi soldiers. They did something that got them ​​ targeted by unidentified​​ aircraft identified​​ (apparently incorrectly)​​ as American by the always anti-American AAH, except that Coalition planes are not usually identified by country.

It may be a worthwhile observation that the Shia-led PMF agency and Foreign Ministry issued statements​​ supporting the Iraqi PMF units while the Sunni-led Defense Ministry blew up their story.

 

Daesh published on Tuesday photos of targeting government forces near Albu Kamal with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNJun19]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Secretary of State​​ Mike Pompeo​​ says​​ the US​​ is committed to a ceasefire in southwest Syria,​​ previously​​ approved by​​ the​​ Russian and US presidents. During a telephone conversation with Sergei​​ Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, on Monday, Pompeo​​ asked for a similar Russian and Syrian commitment. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

The​​ Free Syrian​​ Army​​ (opposition) says​​ that​​ it destroyed a​​ government​​ military convoy​​ in Daraa on the road between Kharba Ghazala and​​ Daraa​​ the city. The convoy included 4​​ armored personnel carriers. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s not clear who is claiming to be the “Free Syrian Army” here.

 

The Jaish Khaled group, operating in the Yarmouk River Basin, acknowledged, publicly,​​ its affiliation with Daesh in a statement published on Tuesday. ​​ The statement called on local residents who had left their villages to return, calling them​​ subjects of Caliph Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that six civilians, including four women, were killed and eight others wounded when Daesh shelled Suwayda city.​​ 

 

Regime forces and Daesh fought in the Tel Arar area of Suwayda on Tuesday, killing and wounding several on both sides, including a Syrian officer.​​ Qasioun​​ reported Daesh deaths as a result of​​ Syrian Army​​ artillery shelling. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Yemen government forces, backed by the Arab coalition, took full control of Hodeida airport following fierce battles with Houthi militias. A military source says that army units are sweeping the​​ airport to secure it in full. It also says that Houthi militias withdrew to the center of Hodeida. The spokesman of the Houthi group says that this news is untrue, and that battles are continuing south of the airport. [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh published on Tuesday photos of killing two Egyptian Army “spies” in Sinai. [ICDNJun19]

 

Libya

A military force of around 40 armed cars arrived in the area of Al-Khamsin and Al-Hanaiwa, east of Sirte. A source said that their purpose was to protect and secure Sirte.​​ [Wasat]

 

An “informed source” said that Libyan​​ National​​ Army​​ troops​​ were monitoring members of the Petroleum Defense Guards, led by Ibrahim Jadhran, in the Gulf of Sirte.​​ [Libya24]

 

An “official source” in Libya said that Army forces had found a car in Derna with documents naming members of Daesh and Al-Qaeda, as well as lists of assassinations that had been previously carried out by Daesh and Al-Qaeda in Sirte, Benghazi, and Derna.​​ [Libya24]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Great Britain

The British newspaper​​ The Sun​​ published a report claiming that Daesh leaders could be traveling from Syria to Nigeria to train Nigerian extremists to launch terrorist attacks against Britain. They noted that Britain currently has​​ 150 soldiers in Nigeria conducting anti-terrorism training.​​ The Sun​​ wrote that a “senior Nigerian Air Force Commander” said during a recent training in the city of Kaduna, northern Nigeria, that extremist groups in Nigeria were learning from Daesh’s tactics. 2 Britons of Nigerian origin, who said they were recruited by Jundallah, beheaded a man in London in 2013. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Sweden

Swedish authorities say​​ three​​ of the​​ six​​ people wounded in an armed attack on Monday passed away on Tuesday. No suspect has been arrested in connection to the attack so far;​​ the police say that there is no evidence​​ detected​​ to date​​ of terrorist​​ motives. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The Chinese​​ Xinhua​​ agency reported that Taliban fighters had attacked a security post in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, killing​​ five​​ Afghan security personnel and wounding​​ four. [Sumaria]

 

Attaullah Khogyani, Nangarhar provincial spokesman,​​ said on Saturday that at least 25 people​​ were​​ killed and 54 wounded, including Taliban fighters, in an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province.

The explosion occurred about 5:15 p.m. (8:45 a.m. ET) at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan civilians in the province’s Rodat district, Khogyani said. US Army Lt. Colonel Martin O’Donnell, spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, had earlier attributed the blast to Daesh-Khorasan, the group’s affiliate in the country. [CNN]

Daesh said that one of its suicide terrorists attacked government officials and Taliban members with an explosives​​ vest in Rodat, on Saturday, killing or wounding 100 people. [ICDNJun17]

 

A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 18 people in a crowd celebrating the Eid holiday in Jalalabad city,​​ outside the office of the Nangarhar provincial governor, the second assault in as many days,​​ marring​​ an unprecedented​​ government-Taliban​​ ceasefire.

Nangarhar provincial health director Najibullah Kamawal put the death toll from Sunday’s blast at 18 with 49 wounded. “Some of the wounded are in a serious condition,” Kamawal added, suggesting the death toll could rise. [FirstPost]​​ 

Daesh said one of its suicide terrorists attacked a gathering of Afghan forces and Taliban fighters in Jalalabad with an explosives​​ vest, killing 25 people and wounding 60. [ICDNJun17]

 

India

On June 16, a terrorist opened fire on police officers in Kashmir, after an Eid celebration, injuring a policeman. Daesh flags were also spotted during the violent protests that broke out after Namaz offerings. Several youth covering their faces with scarves pelted stones at security forces, while waiving Daesh and Pakistan flags. Security officials had to resort to using tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. [IndiaTV]

Daesh said a group of its terrorist killed an Indian soldier and wounded others in an attack on a security barrier in Srinagar, on Saturday, before returning safely. [A3maq] [ICDNJun17]

 

 

Notice to our readers.​​ In honor of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, we will not publish on Friday. Our next issue will be on​​ Tuesday.​​ Happy Eid to everyone.​​ 

 

June 14, 2018