An Update On ISIS Activities

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.

  • Reserve Your Ticket​​ Here​​ 

 

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Turkish government​​ newspaper says PKK has withdrawn from northern Erbil subdistrict.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

 

Hajin

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

17 charged​​ in IHEC warehouse fire. [..]

Sadrist spokeswoman says new govt. to be announced in a few days. [..]

Captured Daesh leader describes its money problems, desertions. [..]

Diyala PC security chairman says Daesh “finished” in Diyala. [..]

Kirkuk Daesh leader & 6 associates killed by army, police units. [..]

Another mukhtar assassinated, in Tal Afar. [..]

 

Turkey

Three killed in attack on AKP candidate at political rally. [..]

18 Daesh members arrested in Izmir, Istanbul. [..]

 

Syria

Assad gives southern Syria opposition groups an ultimatum. [..]

Trump agrees to $6.6 million to fund White Helmets. [..]

Journalist & 10 Iraqi militiamen killed near Albu Kamal. [..]

Coalition, SDF attack Daesh near Hajin. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The UN Security Council unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) until May 31 2019. The current mandate was due to expire on July 31; the US drafted the extension proposal early because of concerns about​​ the escalation of​​ political tensions following the May 12 CoR elections.​​ [Rudaw]

 

A security source said on Thursday that there was information on the activity of cells of the banned Ba’ath party outside of Iraq. The source said that the cells were still run by members loyal to Saddam Hussein, but that they did not represent any threat to the Iraqi government, as they could not find sources of funding. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Election/New​​ government

Election

The Al-Rusafa Court of Inquiry issued 17 arrest warrants​​ for​​ the burning of ballot boxes and equipment​​ in the IHEC warehouse fire. [Xendan]

 

New​​ government

Jafar Al-Musawi, a spokesman for Muqtada Al-Sadr, said on Thursday that the alliance between Al-Sa’irun and Al-Fath had “ended the theory of civil war” by undermining those who were hoping to destroy Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

A​​ CoR member​​ in the Sadrist Al-Ahrar​​ bloc,​​ ​​ Zeinab Al-Ta’ie, talked on Thursday about how the alliance between Sa’irun and Al-Fath came about. Al-Ta’ie said that the alliance was not a result of a meeting between Muqtada Al-Sadr and Hadi Al-Amiri, but of lengthy negotiations between the groups’ respective committees. Al-Ta’ie added that the alliance was not intended to be exclusive to the large Shi’a parties, but would be broader and have effective participation from Sunni and Kurdish groups, and that this would be announced within the next few days. [BasNews]

 

Arabi 21​​ carried an analysis of the Sa’irun-Al-Fath​​ coalition​​ based on interviews with political leaders. It said​​ that​​ the agreement​​ raised questions about the role that Sunni and nationalist parties would play, especially since the Sa’irun-Al-Fath​​ coalition​​ appeared to​​ have been created​​ on a sectarian basis. They also noted that this allied the most prominent anti-Iran and pro-Iran Shi’a parties.​​ 

Arabi 21​​ went on to quote an interview with Rashid Al-Azzawi, a winning​​ CoR​​ candidate in Haider Al-Abadi’s Victory alliance. Al-Azzawi said that negotiations with the new alliance were ongoing and not finalized. He said that Victory wanted to join a “national” coalition that had other parties in it besides the current parties, so that the new coalition would not be explicitly sectarian. He added that Iran and America both had important roles to play in Iraq and the Iraqis needed to maintain good relations with both.

Saleh​​ Al-Mutlaq,​​ whose party is part of​​ Ayad Allawi’s​​ Wataniya (National)​​ alliance, agreed that they were in favor of any “national” and non-sectarian government. He then went on to criticize the election results as “corrupt” and “fraudulent,” and ask what that would mean for the next government.​​ 

Atheel Al-Nujaifi,​​ controversial brother of Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi,​​ leader​​ of the Ahrar (Decision)​​ alliance, said he was very doubtful of​​ any alliance​​ being formed​​ before resolving the​​ ongoing​​ debate over​​ the​​ election results. Al-Nujaifi added that the issue of forming the next government and choosing a new PM were now decisions that he saw as “purely Shia,” and so there was no need for other groups to get involved before the Shia blocs came to an agreement. He finished by saying that the Al-Sadr-Al-Amiri​​ coalition​​ could only be evaluated based on their actual program of government. [Arabi21]

 

Hanan Al-Fatlawi,​​ leader of the Irada party that won 2 seats in the newly elected CoR, says that the Saudis are quire annoyed by the recently announced coalition between the Sa’irun and Al-Fath alliances. She tweeted​​ that​​ “Both parties are Iraqis, so what’s your problem?” [Arabi21]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A Daesh leader captured by Iraqi authorities spoke about Daesh’s funding​​ woes​​ and​​ its​​ current status. Saddam Al-Jamal says that Daesh is confused and divided due to the continued airstrikes and the territories it lost in Iraq and Syria. Al-Jamal says Daesh fighters have lost the will to fight, and many have deserted. He says several countries, which he did not name, funded Daesh, in addition to oil and antiquities sales, as well as taxes it imposed on rich people and farmers. [Qasioun]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

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

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Thursday that 2 wanted persons had been arrested on terrorism charges in the area​​ of Salman​​ Pak​​ south​​ of central​​ Baghdad.​​ Security personnel also seized 8 IEDs, 2 containers of glycerin, 2 containers of ammonium nitrate, and 5 kg of “explosive paste” in the Al-Akhsaf​​ area​​ in​​ south Baghdad.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

On Thursday, the Falluja Police Directorate asked citizens to report any Syrian families living in the city.​​ The​​ Falluja Police Chief,​​ Colonel Jamal Saleh,​​ said that the police had already​​ expelled​​ several such families, and that the security forces did not allow Syrian families in Falluja “for reasons related to the security situation.” [Sumaria]

 

Baghdad Operations Command announced on Thursday that security forces had found 3 mortar shells, 2 IEDs, and 2 bombs in the area of Ma’amir, which were destroyed on site.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Ramadi

The Center for Security Information announced on Tuesday that 22 persons wanted on terrorism charges had been arrested in Anbar Province. Center spokesman General Yahya​​ Rasul​​ credited Anbar Anti-Terrorism detachments and Anbar Ops Command for the arrests, which he said took place in the Al-Tash and Humaira areas, south of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]​​ 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh kidnapped four PMF fighters at a fake checkpoint in Makhoul subdistrict.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says local police units captured 4 persons in Kan’ous village who were delivering food items and other supplies to Daesh terrorists. The source says the captured persons, who have family members with Daesh, admitted there are more than 100 terrorists in the area, including foreigners.  ​​​​ 

 

DaeshDaily​​ sources say that Daesh terrorists in the Shirqat area are forcing civilians to provide them with military uniforms in order to use them for attacks on Iraqi forces. The sources say Daesh threatens the civilians​​ that​​ they could get killed with their families if they don’t comply. The source says the terrorists use this tactic in order not to bring attention to themselves. ​​ 

 

Tikrit

The Directorate of Military Intelligence announced on Thursday that it had arrested one of the terrorists responsible for the Camp Speicher massacre. A statement by the Directorate said that the terrorist was arrested at a checkpoint​​ in​​ the city of​​ Tikrit.​​ [Ghad]​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

Al-Mada Press​​ says that 47 officers accused of enabling Daesh to conduct the 2014 Speicher massacre still have not been held accountable. [BaghdadToday]

 

Samarra

The PMF announced on Thursday that the 313th​​ Brigade (PMF) was shelling​​ Daesh groups in Hawijat,​​ northeastern Samarra.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters, wounded two, and damaged their SUV in an ambush near Al-Adhiya village, in Ishaqi. [ICDNJun14]

 

DIYALA

The​​ Chairman of the​​ Security Committee for the Diyala Provincial Council,​​ Sadiq Al-Husseini, gave an interview in which he said that Daesh was essentially finished in Diyala. He says it​​ remains​​ in a few scattered and remote areas.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

The head of the Muqdadiya local council, Adnan Al-Tamimi, said on Thursday that Daesh fighters had attacked a police checkpoint in the area of Bablan, central Muqdadiya​​ District, but​​ were​​ fought off by the security personnel there. Al-Tamimi added that there had been a second Daesh attack,​​ on an Army checkpoint in Sinsil, but it was also thwarted and the attackers fled.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

North Diyala (Khanaqin, Kifri, Al-Khalis north)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Daesh sniper shot and killed a PMF fighter in the small village of Albu Mar’i, north of Udhaim.

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

An​​ intelligence source said on Thursday that​​ Daesh’s​​ so-called “Black Robe” (aka “Man in Black” in some English sources) was killed in Kirkuk Province. The source said that security personnel fought and killed “Black Robe” and 6 of his companions after receiving a tip regarding their location in Dibis. “Black Robe” was considered one of the most dangerous Daesh leaders in Kirkuk Province, and the source said that he had been responsible for recent bombings in Kirkuk.​​ Captain Hamid Al-Obeidi confirmed the operation in a press statement, saying that it was carried out by a joint force of the Army and police. He added that these​​ units​​ had​​ also​​ retrieved documents relating to Daesh’s planned future targets.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Rudaw]

 

An unknown group attacked Counter​​ Terrorism​​ units in​​ the​​ Shoraw​​ neighborhood in​​ Kirkuk​​ city​​ with a hand grenade, wounding two soldiers. The CTS​​ opened fire in retaliation,​​ reportedly​​ killing an old woman and wounding​​ three​​ civilians. [Roj]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a PMF commander was killed and his driver wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Shirnaw village, in eastern Dibis. The IED was planted near a PMF checkpoint. The source says PMF security units arrested 6 members of the checkpoint after accusing them of negligence.

 

Hawija​​ (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two tribal PMF fighters were killed when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Abbasi and Tal Al-Dhahab village.​​ 

Daesh says it targeted tribal PMFs in Tal Al-Dhahab with mortars on Tuesday, wounding several fighters. [ICDNJun14]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source confirmed the attack.​​ 

 

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

A source in the Federal Police said on Thursday that units in the Federal Police had searched villages in Rashad​​ (Daquq)​​ and Riyadh​​ (Hawija),and found Daesh safehouses and explosive belts. The source, who asked not to be named, said that the operation was ongoing. [Baghdadia]​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED near Bawabat Al-Sham, west of Mosul, on Wednesday. [ICDNJun14]

Here Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle and damaged another with 2 IEDs near the intersection. [ICDNJun14]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul Subdistrict

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says three PMF fighters were killed and their pickup vehicle damaged when an IED exploded on them near the Aski Mosul intersection just outside Mosul city, east of Tal Afar.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Captain Amir Wathiq of the Ninewa Police said that the​​ mukhtar​​ of ‘Ayunat village, 60 km (37 miles)​​ northwest of Mosul, had​​ been killed by unknown gunmen.​​ 

In an incident in the same area,​​ Captain Murtada Ahmed of the Ninewa Police said on Thursday that 1 policeman had been killed and 7 Daesh fighters arrested in an attack on​​ the Kasik junction northwest of Mosul. ​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

The armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) announced on Thursday that​​ it​​ killed 5 Turkish soldiers in attacks on 2 Turkish Army positions in the Barzan subdistrict of northern Erbil. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The Emirati​​ Sky News Arabia​​ reported that​​ three​​ people had been killed on Thursday during a rally​​ held by​​ Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).​​ A later report by the Turkish state-run​​ Anadolu​​ said the attack happened in the southeastern state of​​ Şanlıurfa.​​ Anadolu​​ quoted Baha Al-Deen Yildiz, the head of the AKP in the state of​​ Şanlıurfa, as claiming that the incident was an armed attack by supporters of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). ​​ Yildiz said that the PDP were targeting the AKP’s MP candidate in the subdistrict of​​ Suruç, Khalil​​ Ibrahim Yildiz. He added that one of the people killed was the older brother of the candidate, and that at least 11 people had also been injured.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Anadolu]

 

Turkish authorities announced that they arrested 18 people suspected of belonging to Daesh in the cities of Istanbul and Izmir. A security source said that 10 of the suspects were arrested in Izmir, along the coast of the Aegean Sea, during operations by Turkish intelligence and counter-terrorism police. 8 were arrested in Istanbul on Wednesday. It is suspected that they had smuggled funds to Daesh, traveled to areas where Daesh fought and​​ then​​ returned to Turkey, and conducted training for executing suicide attacks. [Shafaaq]

 

A Turkish soldier was killed and 4 wounded in a PKK attack in Hakkari east of Turkey. The PKK used rockets in their attack. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, says that the southern​​ Syria​​ areas have two options, either negotiate or fight. He says the door is open to negotiations and peaceful solution, but if this fails there is always the military option. He​​ also​​ says that Iran is an allied country and so is Russia, and that’s why it’s natural for them to have bases in Syria if they want. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said in an interview with the Iranian state-owned Al-Alam TV that Saudi Arabia had offered to normalize relations with Syria if Syria cut all ties with Iran. Al-Assad said that Syria’s relationship with Iran was not on the table for negotiations, and so this and similar proposals had been rejected out of hand. [Dorar]

 

United States

The US State Department announced on Thursday that President Trump had agreed to allocate about $6.6 million to fund operations of the “Syrian Civil Defense,” or “White Helmets.” State spokesman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the US “strongly supported” the White Helmets, and claimed that they had saved 100,000 lives since the start of the conflict. The allocated funding is also intended to support the UN in investigating violations of international law in Syria. [Sumaria]

 

US Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield said that US troops were in Syria not only to stop Daesh but also to counter Iranian influence.​​ Bas News​​ noted that this may be the first such open admission by a US official. Satterfield was responding to a question from a US House subcommittee on the possible withdrawal of US forces from Syria. [BasNews]

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

Turkish Foreign Minister​​ Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says the US will withdraw the weapons of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Manbij before implementing the “road map” agreed upon with Turkey.​​ [Dorar]

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR reported increased Daesh activity in Idlib, reflected in a series of car bombs and IED explosions. The last one was in Kafr Nabl, near Maarat Al-Numan​​ in southern Idlib, where a bomb destroyed a shop, killing a civilian and wounding another. Another car bomb explosion claimed by Daesh killed 6 Al-Nusra members. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor District

SOHR reported that a child was killed by a mine explosion in Deir Ez-Zor. (Location unspecified)​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a female journalist and 10 Iraqi militiamen were killed in a Daesh attack near Albu Kamal.​​ 

 

Coalition planes and SDF units attacked Daesh positions near Hajin village, followed by intense battles between Daesh and the SDF. Hajin is the last stronghold of Daesh in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNJun14]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says government forces killed a Daesh Iraqi commander they captured in clashes near Urwa town, in Suwayda.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh publishes photos of killing three Egyptian soldiers it captured in an ambush on a road west of Arish. [ICDNJun14]

 

Libya/Tunisia

Libya

The Libyan​​ National​​ Army announced that it was in control of the Veba oil terminal less than an hour after it was attacked by the Benghazi Defense Brigades. “Informed sources” said that the Army had also destroyed several military vehicles belonging to terrorists near the port of Sidra. Libyan Army Central Ops Commander Lieutenant Colonel Al-Sharif Al-‘Awami said that Sidra and Ras Lanuf had been under attack by terrorist groups since early Thursday morning.​​ [Libya24]

 

Wasat​​ wrote that multiple concurring sources reported ongoing battles in the “oil crescent,” with hit-and-run battles between Army forces and a force belonging to militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran in the area between Sidra and Ras Lanuf. [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

US authorities arrested an Israeli resident of the US on suspicion of using social media to promote and aid Daesh. Wahiba Issa Dis, 45, was arrested in a town near Milwaukee. She has been a legal resident of the US since 1992. A court indictment claims that Dis used several different social media accounts to promote Daesh, and that she constructed a “virtual library” of information on bomb-making, biological weapons, and explosives​​ vests. She is accused of explaining to an undercover policeman the way to make ricin, and suggesting that​​ he​​ poison water tanks with it.​​ [Sumaria]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh says it shot and killed a finance official in Mogadishu on Wednesday. [ICDNJun14]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed a pro-government militia commander, three of his associates, and an election official with an IED in Rodat​​ District, in Nangarhar. [ICDNJun14]

 

Daesh says it killed an Askar Al-Islam militiaman with an IED in Nazyan, in Nangarhar, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

June 13, 2018