An Update On ISIS Activities

May 31, 2018

 

Mosul

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

IHEC rejects canceling votes and recounting 10% of ballots as against the law. [..]

Turkmen leader in Kirkuk cites “stolen votes” and “electronic piracy.” [..]

Secretary General appoints British lawyer to head Investigative Team for Daesh crimes in Iraq. [..]

IDP official ​​ explains Salahuddin process for readmitting Daesh families. [..]

Civil Defense rescue teams in Mosul find 1,468 more bodies. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey again opposes Assad’s continuation in power. [..]

 

Syria

Assad says US troops should leave Syria; threatens SDF. [..]

Assad denies there are Iranian troops in Syria. [..]

Russia says Turkey should turn over areas it controls to Assad. [..]

State Dept. declares Tahrir Al-Sham a terrorist organization. [..]

SDF arrests 15 Daesh members in Albu Kamal. [..]

SOHR reports Syrian troops moving into Daraa, Quneitra. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Afghanistan:​​ Afghan special forces free 105 Taliban hostages. [..]

 US airstrike interrupts Taliban meeting, kills 50. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

IHEC announced on Thursday that it would not​​ implement​​ a resolution of the CoR to cancel part of the elections and do a recount by hand of 10 percent of voting boxesbecause it is against the law. [Anadolu]

 

Arshad Al-Salihi, the head of the Turkmen Front, said on Thursday that President Fuad Masoum was “defending fraudsters” when he “intervened” in the special session of the CoR regarding the elections, saying that the President’s position on the CoR’s decision was for the benefit of the Kurdistan Union Party​​ (PUK)​​ and its allies. In a statement, Al-Salihi said that the President had no authority to interfere in the affairs of the CoR, that justice would only be achieved by returning “stolen votes,” and that the voters’ will had been subverted through “electronic piracy.” ​​ [Sumaria]

 

New​​ government

An article published in the London-based​​ Al-Arab​​ newspaper said that the two main Kurdish parties​​ put forward​​ 12 conditions to the​​ potential​​ Al-MalikiAl-Amiri coalition​​ for​​ joining​​ their bloc and forming​​ the absolute majority. The article said that all 12 conditions revolved around the Kurds recovering their role, which they see as undermined by PM Al-Abadi following the​​ independence​​ referendum. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s hard to take this story seriously, one reason being that the parties reportedly involved would only control 104 seats​​ based on the election results.​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Thursday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Karim Asad Ahmad Khan as the head of the Investigative Team tasked with investigating Daesh crimes in Iraq. ​​ The team was established by UN Security Council resolution 2379 (2017). ​​ UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric noted at a press conference that Khan is a British lawyer with over 25 years of professional experience in international criminal law. [Rudaw]

 

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) issued its casualty report for the month of May. ​​ UNAMI reported that 95 Iraqi civilians were killed and 163 injured in May as a result of acts of terrorism, violence, or armed conflict. ​​ These figures include civilians and all considered civilians at the time of death or injury, such as non-combat police, civil defense, personal or facility security teams, or firefighters. ​​ Baghdad was​​ again​​ the most affected province with 45 killed and 72 injured, followed by Diyala (9 killed, 35 injured) and Kirkuk (20 killed, 16 injured). [Sumaria]

 

The UN said it is ready to assist Iraq in developing a comprehensive strategy to eliminate terrorism, not limited to security operations. ​​ The UN Counter-Terrorism office said, “As long as Iraq is committed to confront terrorism, we are ready to help”. [Dijlah]

 

Sumaria​​ carried an account of the confessions of a female Daesh member as published in​​ Sputnik. ​​ The woman, referred to as “Ahlam Muhasan,” admitted that she had been working with the “Diwan Al-Hisbah” [Daesh’s “Islamic Police”] to prosecute and punish a variety of women for their decisions,​​ using a list based on torture and executions. ​​ “Ahlam” said that she had moved along with [Daesh] families when Iraqi forces came to southern Mosul. ​​ She moved to the village of Al-Hawd in Qayara subdistrict last July, where she was later arrested. ​​ 

During her interrogation, “Ahlam” said that she wasn’t able to take money with her when moving, but that if she had stayed and not been arrested, she could have received funds and given them to Daesh fighters in Al-Hawd. ​​ She added that other members of the “Diwan Al-Hisbah” were likely to have transferred funds to finance Daesh fighters. ​​ “Ahlam” said that the people she would have given money to would have largely been living in IDP camps, and she would have funded them so that they could manufacture IEDs, explosives​​ belts, and weapons. ​​ She added that she and other women in Daesh had been unable to conceal weapons under their clothes while staying among IDP groups. ​​ “Ahlam” had 4 brothers and a son, all in Daesh.

A security source, whose name is withheld, confirmed part of the confession of “Ahlam,” saying that he had seen her during a raid on her family’s house after one of her brothers carried out a terrorist attack in Mosul. ​​ “Ahlam” said that before Mosul fell, she helped gather information about the security services around Al-Hawd, collecting their names and addresses. ​​ Her husband was a policeman before the Daesh occupation of Mosul, and she left him because he didn’t join Daesh. ​​ The report said that through her informing and membership in the “Diwan Al-Hisbah,” “Ahlam” and families close to her were responsible for Daesh arresting “hundreds” of civilians in Al-Hawd and villages in southern Mosul​​ District. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

The Directorate-General of Intelligence and Security said that they had arrested persons wanted on terrorism charges who were trying to enter Baghdad. ​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMF units killed a Daesh suicide terrorist who attacked them near the Akashat Compound​​ by the Syria border. The​​ source says that the terrorist, who was wearing​​ an​​ Iraqi Army uniform, had sneaked​​ in​​ from the desert near the Jordanian border.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Director of the Shahamah IDP camp in Salahuddin, which used to host over 200 “Daesh families,” says that only 130 of these families are in the camp now. ​​ In order to return to its area,​​ a​​ family needs to have an acquittal letter from the local council of its area, or from the area director, as well as to disown any killer or Daesh member of the family or tribe. ​​ A military of civil servant guarantor is also required. [Knooz]

 

Tikrit

A local source in Diyala Province said that some Daesh cells had returned to the Mtaibija border area between Diyala and Salahuddin Provinces. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says four Oil Facilities policemen and two PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack on the Allas Oilfield.​​ 

 

DIYALA

Diyala Ops Commander General Mizhar Al-Azzawi said that 10 wanted persons had been arrested in various parts of Diyala Province, including 1 wanted on terrorism charges. ​​ It is unclear if this includes the Daesh official referred to below.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

A security source said on Thursday that a Daesh official responsible for IEDs in Diyala Province had been arrested. ​​ The source, who asked not to be named, said that the Daesh official, called Abu Yasin, was arrested along with 5 other people found with him in a house in Khanaqin district. ​​ The source added that Abu Yasin was complicit in many murders and recent bombings in Diyala. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi soldier and damaged an armored personnel carrier with an IED in Albu Eissa village, in Udhaim​​ near the Salahuddin border. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

The Center for Security Information said that Diyala Ops Command units defused 11 mines and hand grenades in Harran, Mandali. ​​​​ [SNG]

 

KIRKUK

The Federal Police said on Thursday that they had arrested several wanted persons and found IEDs while searching a number of villages in Kirkuk. ​​ In a statement, the Federal Police said that they had conducted search operations in the villages​​ of Bawa​​ in Laylan subdistrict,​​ Al-Safra and Barima within the Hawija​​ District, the village of​​ Sarbashakh in​​ Dibis​​ near Sargaran, and the villages​​ of Awadiya and​​ Al-Mahdia in​​ Rashad​​ in Daquq District. The statement said that 2 IEDs were founded and detonated, and 6 wanted persons were arrested and various weapons and equipment that they had were seized. ​​ [Baghdadia] ​​ 

 

The Commander of Counter​​ Terrorism​​ forces in Kirkuk described the security situation as “good in general,” but said that Daesh sleeper cells still exist in southern and western areas of​​ Kirkuk​​ Province due to​​ the​​ nature of​​ the​​ terrain and topography of these areas, adding that​​ they are​​ continuing to attack them​​ in coordination with the Coalition. [Youm7]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Civil Defense said that its rescue teams found 1,468 bodies in​​ Old Mosul during the past 10 days. Some were bodies of civilians;​​ others​​ were​​ Daesh fighters, as shown from weapons found along with them. [Knooz]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Ninewa SWAT units captured a Daesh commander who was hiding in a house in Hay Al-Intisar, in east Mosul. The source says the terrorist shot at the SWAT units when he was surrounded,​​ without causing any casualties. The source also says the units confiscated a silenced gun from the house.​​ 

 

Ninewa Police Chief Hamad Namis Al-Jubouri said on Thursday that police had arrested 2 Daesh fighters in Mosul. ​​ He credited the 2nd​​ Rapid Response Regiment with the arrests, which he said were made in the Al-Quds [“Jerusalem”] neighborhood of east Mosul. ​​ The arrestees admitted to killing several security personnel, in addition to other crimes. ​​ [Xendan]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict

A security source said that the 1st​​ Rapid Response Regiment (SWAT) of the Ninewa Police had raided a house in the village of Sihaji, southwest of Mosul city, and found a secret door leading to an underground bunker used as a Daesh safehouse. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Qayara

The Center for Security Information said on Thursday that the 1st​​ Rapid Response Regiment (SWAT) under Ninewa Police Command had arrested a Daesh fighter who they said had been in a leadership position, and who had played a role in killing policemen’s wives in the village of Lazaga. ​​ The arrest took place in the Al-Mamoun neighborhood in southwest Mosul. ​​ [PUKMedia] ​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh mortar shelling near the Syrian border. The source says PMF artillery responded,​​ forcing Daesh terrorists to retreat to Syria.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

According to pro-Kurdish Hawar, the​​ PKK​​ killed at least 10 Turkish soldiers in operations against the Turks in the Sidekan​​ subdistrict​​ in​​ northern​​ Soran​​ District. [Hawar]

 

According to pro-government Anadolu,​​ an official​​ Turkish​​ statement announced that 3 Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with​​ the​​ PKK in Erbil governorate. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

On Wednesday night, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that the people of Syria should have democratic elections. He stressed that Turkey does not believe that Bashar Al-Assad can govern Syria,​​ as​​ he​​ has​​ killed about a million people. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Syrian​​ President Bashar Al-Assad said that the US should learn from its lesson in Iraq and leave Syria. Talking to​​ RT​​ TV, he said that the door is open for negotiations with the SDF, otherwise military solutions will be the alternative, with or without an​​ American presence. [Qasioun]​​ [Hawar]

 

Foreign policy

Iran

In an interview with​​ Russia Today, Bashar Al-Assad denied the presence of Iranian forces in Syria, and denied making an official invitation to Iran to enter Syria and fight the Syrian opposition with him. [EnabBaladi]

 

Russia

Russia commented on the violent encounters among the factions forming the Turkey-backed national army in Idlib and Jarabulus by saying, “These factions are not qualified to run the country,” asking Turkey to reconsider its support of them and return all areas to the control of the legitimate Syrian [regime] government and its Army. [Dorar]

 

United States

The US​​ added​​ the Tahrir​​ Al-Sham​​ organization​​ to its list of terrorist groups. ​​ The State Department said this was just another name for the Al-Nusra group, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda. [Anadolu]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

On Thursday,​​ Turkey-allied militias in Afrin​​ announced the dissolution of cells affiliated with the YPG in Afrin. Sources say this occurred amid clashes that lasted from late Wednesday night to one​​ o’clock​​ in the morning on Thursday. [Qasioun]

 

Jarabulus

A bike bomb in the city of Jarabulus killed a civilian on Thursday.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh killed three Syrian Army members it had captured, near Abu Hamdha village, east of Hasaka.​​ 

 

Central and West​​ (No reports)

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh publishes photos of killing two Syrian soldiers it captured west of Mayadin. [ICDNMay31]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

On Wednesday, militias affiliated with the SDF arrested more than 15​​ Daesh​​ members in a campaign launched in the town of Gharanij. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Jaish Khaled conceded the innocence of 7 of its most prominent leaders, whom it executed about a year ago. ​​ Jihadist social media accounts leaked an internal document that stated there was no relation between the 7 leaders and the accusations that had been made against them. They had been accused of treason and killing a commander, and therefore apostasy. [Arabi21]

 

Daraa/Quneitra

SOHR reports that several reliable sources say that the Syrian regime continues to increase its military presence in the governorates​​ of Daraa and Quneitra. The reinforcements coincide with increased military preparations of the Iranian forces and Hezbollah. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Libya

AFRICOM said that the hunt for terrorist groups in Libya is continuing in coordination with the National Accord​​ Government. The US​​ General’s​​ statement​​ came following a meeting with Fayez​​ Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidential​​ Council of the Libyan​​ National Accord​​ Government. [Anadolu]

 

Tunisia

On Wednesday, a research and inspection team​​ from​​ the​​ National​​ Guard in Qasrayn​​ Province dismantled​​ a terrorist group composed of 5 members (32-60 years old). The group had proven contacts with terrorist groups hiding in​​ the​​ Samama​​ Mountains. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

CENTCOM issued​​ its​​ monthly press release on civilian casualties from Coalition​​ airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria. ​​ For the month of April, CENTCOM said that there were 5 “credible” reports of incidents resulting in civilian casualties and 149 “non-credible” reports. ​​ The 5 credible reports included 1 in Mosul, which killed 2 civilians. ​​ The other 4 reports were from Syria, with 1 report each from Deir Ez-Zor, Shaddadi, Rayhaniya, and Albu Kamal, killing 7 civilians total. ​​ A large majority of the non-credible reports were dismissed for insufficient information or insufficient evidence. ​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Bas News​​ reported on the CENTCOM press release, noting that the total reported civilian death toll since August 2014 was at least 892 civilians resulting from the Coalition’s reported 29,358 airstrikes. ​​ [BasNews]

 

Belgium

The Belgian Embassy in Algeria said on Thursday that one of the victims of the attack in Liege, was born in Algeria to an Algerian father. ​​ The Embassy said on its official Facebook page that it was trying to facilitate the victims’ father’s travel to Belgium to have one last look at his daughter. ​​ On Tuesday, 4 people were killed and 4 wounded in an attack in Liege, Belgium.​​ ​​ Daesh​​ claimed responsibility for the attack. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

Germany

According to the German government, over 1,000 “Islamists” traveled to Iraq and Syria within the past few years. The government wants to take the children of the German fighters and care for them. [EnabBaladi]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Afghani media say that Afghan​​ special​​ forces freed 105 hostages from Taliban captivity in Helmand, Afghanistan and killed 16 Taliban fighters and wounded 28, in Takhar, in the​​ northeast of the country. ​​ [PUK]

 

US forces in Afghanistan said that a US airstrike killed 50 Taliban leaders and fighters​​ as they were​​ holding a meeting last week. US forces said that after a Taliban attack on the city of Farah was thwarted by US and Afghan forces, they retreated to re-evaluate their position, but were closely watched by US forces. [Forat]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of the 10 terrorists who attacked the Afghan Ministry of Interior on Wednesday. It says “tens” of security forces members were killed or wounded in the attack. [ICDNMay31]

 

Daesh says it killed two Afghan soldiers, wounded three others, and damaged an SUV with an IED in Jalalabad. [Telegram]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published the 134th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It also gives details about the terrorist who conducted the Belgium attack claiming he was converted in prison by one of its members​​ and​​ then conducted the attack one day after he was released. [ICDNMay31]​​ 

 

May 30, 2018

 

Daesh Attack in Kabul

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Top UNAMI official urges a unity government; says armed groups caused massive election fraud. [..]

Move in CoR to overrule IHEC on election decisions divides politicians. [..]

Al-Jubouri, Sunni party leaders trying to formalize a CoR coalition. [..]

UN says it will help Iraq develop comprehensive anti-terrorism strategy. [..]

Continuing Turkmen & Arab Kirkuk protests prevent transfer of ballots to Baghdad. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey’s Foreign Minister says​​ SDF control of Manbij will be replaced by​​ Turkey-US management. [..]

Turkey proposes to NATO to designate PYD as a military arm of the PKK. [..]

 

Syria

UN official says many Syrians returning home, need humanitarian relief. [..]

Russia maneuvering to clear southern Syria of opposition militias, establish buffer zone near Israel. [..]

Saudi/Jordanian/UAE delegation discussing Arab border force for liberated areas of Syria. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Belgium:​​ Daesh claims responsibility for attacks that killed four people.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Afghan soldiers repel Daesh attack on Interior ministry in Kabul. [..]  ​​​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

UN Special Representative to Iraq Ján Kubiš called on Iraqi leaders to form a unity government free of corruption and sectarianism.  ​​​​ Kubiš made the remarks during the UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Iraq on Wednesday. ​​ He went on to point out that 6 of the Kurdish parties have questioned the electoral process and said, “The situation is still tense in Kirkuk; the Arab and Turkmen parties [in Kirkuk] demanded a vote recount.” ​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Part of the problem is that despite all the complaints about the election, the specific issues are not so clearly articulated, making the complaints hard to evaluate. However, when the results of entire precincts are being canceled, there are obviously some irregularities. For perspective, it is worth remembering that losing parties and candidates in many countries almost routinely complain about the honesty of the election process. As for creating a “unity government,” please no. All those unity governments have produced chaotic government and massive corruption, and have created enormous disunity with nearly disastrous results. Creating a meaningful opposition in the CoR is one of the most desirable outcomes of this election.

 

Election​​ fraud issue

The UN representative in Iraq says that armed groups committed widespread​​ fraud during the Iraqi elections held on May 12. He did not name the groups nor the areas subject to such fraud. He​​ also​​ noted the low turnover of voters. [Anadolu]

Daesh Daily comment.​​ The registered voters who didn’t vote had a bigger impact on the outcome than those who cheated.

 

The official spokesman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said in a statement on Wednesday that the KDP rejected​​ any​​ CoR decision to annul electoral results. ​​ The statement said that the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) should abide by existing legal provisions, but added that the KDP supports​​ any legal decision in favor of recounting votes, in order to reassure parties and voters regarding the validity of the electoral process. ​​ [Rudaw]

 

Ammar Al-Hakim’s​​ Wisdom alliance and the Sadiqoun bloc led by Qais Al-Khazali announced their support for the decision of the special session of the CoR regarding the electoral results. ​​ Wisdom CoR member​​ Razzaq Al-Haidari said in a statement that the CoR decision had “legal and constitutional validity” and that it was binding upon the Electoral Commission. ​​ Al-Haidari said that if the Electoral Commission did not apply the CoR decision, they would be legally accountable, and that the CoR could withdraw their mandate and dismiss the Commission. ​​ Sadiqoun, which is part of Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq [AAH], similarly said on Wednesday that​​ it​​ supported the decision of the CoR. ​​ Hassan Salim, a leader of the bloc, called it the “right action … especially since there were lots of objections to the election results.” ​​ [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The bottom line question is not whether the election results are flawed but whether the CoR can change election results by legislation. As other political actors in Iraq have already pointed out, the answer is No.

 

New​​ government

Several prominent Sunni figures gathered at CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri’s home the night before last [i.e. Monday night] for the purpose of “forming a national bloc able to meet the challenges of the next phase,” according to a statement by Al-Jubouri’s office. ​​ The statement said that the meeting included Al-Jubouri’s National Coalition and several other MPs wishing to form “joint agreements,” and that the meeting discussed issues with the electoral process and allegations of fraud. ​​ The statement did not mention the number of attendees;​​ Bas News​​ reported that other sources said the meeting included 27 mostly Sunni MPs. ​​ [BasNews]

 

A new​​ CoR​​ coalition has formed calling itself The Coalition of Iraqi Forces.​​ The new coalition was formed by the parties Iraq Our Identity and National​​ Peoples​​ Party.​​ [Rudaw]​​ It​​ i​​ a coalition of provincial-level parties in Anbar, Ninewa, and Salahuddin that ran only in their own provinces.​​ ​​ 

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga, Jabar Yawar, said that the most important Kurdish request of the new government is the reinstating of the Peshmerga to the so-called “disputed” regions of Kurdistan which fall outside the administrative​​ authority​​ of the Kurdistan Region. ​​ [BasNews]

 

Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani met with the British Ambassador to Iraq, Jon Wilks, on Wednesday, and the two discussed the political situation in Iraq before and after the CoR elections and the role of the Kurdistan Region in the political process in Iraq. ​​ Barzani emphasized the need to preserve a genuine partnership [with Baghdad] in the decision-making and political and legislative process. ​​ [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ What did the Ambassador emphasize? Barzani’s post-meeting press releases are always used to give emphasis to his​​ talking points, whatever was actually discussed at the meeting, so they are largely meaningless.​​ ​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Army sources say Daesh is adopting a new tactic after its defeat in major battles in main cities. They say it is now operating in small cells, using hit and run tactics on remote towns and villages that are distant from main cites and provincial centers. The sources say that the Army is keen to eliminate all remaining Daesh fighters, but that it is rather difficult as the group is keeping away from direct confrontation due to its limited personnel and difficulties of movement.​​ [AlAraby]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is describing a situation obvious to every Daesh Daily reader. The real problem is not Daesh’s tactics, which were forced on them by their defeats in the cities, but the failure of the Iraqi military to put enough of its resources in mobile military units and helicopters, and basic personnel security, to counter Daesh’s hit and run tactics. The political narrative of the moment, seized on by all the Iraqi politicians, is that Daesh has been defeated. Reality is that Daesh is still fighting, and at the moment they are gaining ground, not losing, with Iraqi policemen and mukhtars as well as soldiers being killed every day—the Daesh strategy for recycling the insurgency,​​ not some “new tactic.”

 

The UN said on Wednesday that it would help Iraq develop a comprehensive anti-terrorism strategy, while adding that Iraq is continuing its commitment to a comprehensive anti-terrorism approach that is not limited to security operations. ​​ Vladimir Voronkov, the Under-Secretary for the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, made the remarks during the UN session on Iraq. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

Foreign policy

Nikki Haley, the US​​ Ambassador to the UN, says that the​​ next​​ government of Iraq will make decisions that will define Iraq’s future for​​ decades. ​​ She says that such a government has a rough way to go, but will enjoy US support along the way for a better future. ​​ Stressing the importance of respecting human rights following the Daesh period, Haley says that the US is looking forward to establish a​​ firm​​ partnership with the new government. ​​ She also called on the UN to work on collecting evidence of Daesh crimes and genocide in Iraq, and​​ set​​ an example of​​ the​​ justice to be followed. [Youm7]

 

BAGHDAD

Baghdad Ops Command said in a statement that personnel under its command had arrested 7 wanted persons, including 4 wanted on terrorism charges. ​​ The statement said that the arrests took place in Adhamiya, Taji, and “areas south of Baghdad.” ​​​​ The other 3 suspects were arrested on charges of vehicle theft in the​​ Aamel​​ neighborhood, on the south side of the airport road. ​​​​ [Baghdadia] [Ghad]​​ 

 

A PMF website said in a statement that they had arrested a hacker in Baghdad who was trying to hack PMF websites. ​​ The statement said that members of the same hacking team had admitted to hacking “important” websites belonging to several politicians and media figures. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A police source said that​​ two​​ civilians had been wounded on Wednesday by a roadside IED in Taji. ​​ The source, who requested anonymity, said that the IED went off near the industrial district. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Baghdad Ops Command units conducted a search in the Al-Ma’amir area in Zoba’a, south of Falluja, and the nearby Kilo 5 area, finding 11 IEDs, 31 shells of various types and sizes, and 3 electronically-controlled rockets, which were detonated onsite. ​​ [Baghdadia] [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Iraqi Army Intelligence units captured a vehicle bomb in Falluja and arrested its driver. The source said the terrorist is from Falluja and has been working as a vehicle bomb transporter from Anbar to Baghdad. The source sent us a video of the vehicle and a photo of the terrorist.​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A security source in Anbar Province said on Wednesday that 3 civilians had been injured by an IED left by Daesh. ​​ The explosion took place in the industrial district of Rawa. ​​ [BasNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a tribal PMF fighter was killed and another wounded in a Daesh attack on Al-Aitha village. The source said Daesh terrorists set a PMF military position on fire before fleeing the village.​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED on the road between Tuz and Tikrit, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged a Humvee carrying Iraqi soldiers with an IED in​​ the​​ Al-Qadisiya​​ neighborhood​​ in Tikrit city, on Tuesday. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Samarra

A security source in Salahuddin said on Tuesday that​​ three​​ Federal Police were killed and others wounded in a Daesh attack on a military barracks. ​​ The source, who asked not to be named, said in an interview with​​ Sumaria​​ that the attack took place in the area of Jalam Samarra,​​ near Samarra city,​​ and that the Daesh attackers also took “heavy losses.” ​​ [Sumaria] ​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that three IFP members were killed in a Daesh attack on an IFP military position in the Jalam Samarra area. The source said the terrorists stole a vehicle, weapons, and IDs before fleeing.

Daesh published photos of weapons and IDs it stole after the attack on an IFP position in the Jalam Samarra area on Tuesday. [ICDNMay29]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Diyala Ops Commander General Mizhar Al-Azzawi said on Wednesday that security personnel had arrested 2 wanted persons on the outskirts of Baquba, 1 of​​ them​​ on terrorism charges. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

A PUK source says that Daesh is deploying in areas near Himrin​​ Hills and Khanaqin, and is posing a threat to security in these areas. The source says the only solution for this problem is the return of Peshmerga forces, who know the area and its terrain and can keep security under control. The source also indicated that there was a similar situation in areas around Hawija and Kirkuk following the withdrawal of Peshmerga units from the area. [BaghdadToday]

 

On Wednesday evening, a military source said that​​ one​​ member of the PMF was killed and​​ three​​ others wounded in an explosion of an IED in the Himrin​​ area. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Election.​​ Protestors in Kirkuk​​ are preventing​​ ballot boxes​​ at​​ 186 election​​ stations from being moved to Baghdad. Arabs and Turkmen are demonstrating for the third week in a row, protesting alleged election fraud in their areas. [Anadolu]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh says it destroyed a vehicle carrying IFP fighters with an IED near Barima village, east of Hawija​​ city, on Tuesday. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP SUV with an IED near Awwad village, west of Riyadh. [Telegram]

 

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

Daesh says it killed an IFP officer, wounded five other IFP members, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Ghaida village, south of Daquq, on Tuesday. [Telegram]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that security personnel under Ninewa Ops Command had found 20 IEDs in the Batnaya area​​ in Tel Keif.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Mosul

The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that security personnel under Ninewa Ops Command had found a variety of explosives on the west side of the city. ​​ Center spokesman General Yahya​​ Rasul​​ said that a search had found 18 explosives​​ belts, 5 grenades, 15 “homemade grenades,” and 3 other pieces of equipment including a damaged rocket launcher and a bazooka. ​​ [Baghdadia] ​​ 

 

The Ministry of the Interior says that rapid response units from the Ninewa Police arrested a member of Jaish Al-Usra, one of the Daesh groups, in Al-Quds neighborhood in​​ east​​ Mosul. The arrest was​​ aided by​​ prior intelligence. [BaghdadToday]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

Daesh says it set 2 PMF vehicles​​ on fire​​ near Ain Al-Islam intersection, south of Mosul, on Tuesday. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Qayara/Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh attacked Aslubi village​​ in Qayara​​ and blew up the houses of the mukhtar and 3 tribal fighters. The source says tribal PMFs clashed with Daesh near the village, killing one terrorist and forcing the rest to flee toward the Tal Abta area. A tribal PMF fighter was wounded.​​ 

However,​​ an​​ Iraqi Army source said that Daesh fighters had attacked a village on the border between Salahuddin and Ninewa Provinces on Wednesday morning. ​​ The source said that Daesh fighters attacked the village​​ of Aslubi and​​ burned 2 houses in the village, and units from the 20th​​ Division of the Iraqi Army responded and fought them. ​​​​ [Ghad] ​​ 

 

A source from the Ninewa Police said that police units arrested a cleric belonging to Daesh in the Al-Haj Ali camp for IDPs in Qayara. ​​ The source added that the cleric had formerly been responsible for mosques and​​ zakat​​ [tithing]​​ in the [Daesh] “State of the Tigris.”​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

The PMF media office said in a statement on Wednesday that PMF units under the Anti-Explosives Directorate had found a cache of mortars left behind by Daesh in the​​ Qayrawan​​ subdistrict. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Babel Police announced on Wednesday that they had arrested 33 wanted persons for various offenses throughout the province. ​​ Director of the Emergency Police,​​ General Abbas Al-Zarkani,​​ said in a statement that detachments from the 4th​​ Regiment had arrested​​ one​​ of the suspects,​​ who was wanted on terrorism charges.​​ Three arrests​​ were for murder charges.​​ ​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, announced on Wednesday that Syrian Kurdish units will withdraw from Manbij by the end of the summer, and that US and Turkish units will administer the region until the establishment of a new administration. ​​ In a statement to the channel​​ A Haber, Çavuşoğlu said, “The YPG will withdraw from Manbij and we don’t care where they withdraw to at this point.” ​​ He added that the “road map” for Syria would be the main subject of upcoming talks with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo in Washington, saying that such a “road map” would not be limited to talks about Manbij, but would concern northern Syria as a whole. ​​ [BasNews]

 

For the first time, the Turkish delegation to the NATO parliamentary assembly in Warsaw, Poland has created a report intended to officially​​ designate​​ the​​ Kurdish​​ PYD​​ party in Syria​​ as​​ a​​ military arm of the PKK. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The extremes to which the Turks will go to further Erdogan’s domestic political agenda are astonishing and offensive.

 

The state-run Turkish news agency​​ Anadolu​​ reported that Turkish security personnel had arrested 6 Iraqis in Samsun Province, northern Turkey, on “suspicion of belonging to Daesh.” ​​ Anadolu​​ did not mention any specific charges, but said that the detainees had been transferred to the State Security Directorate for legal proceedings. ​​ [Xendan]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

The UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator expected the return of over 200,000 Syrian​​ displaced people​​ to their original locations, as​​ military operations​​ have stopped​​ in these areas. He says​​ 80,000 have returned to Idlib since last March. He says​​ their​​ return​​ will​​ require intensified humanitarian relief efforts​​ by the UN and other organizations. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Serge Lavrov called for the departure of all “foreign armed groups” from de-escalation zones in southern Syria. ​​ He says such zones are governed by Russian-US and Jordanian agreements. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Lavrov is citing the earlier agreement for a de-escalation zone in southern Syria, which has brought a cessation of most hostilities there. President Trump was in on this agreement. Unstated is the fact that this de-escalation zone strategy has been artfully managed by Russia so that each zone soon falls under the control of the Assad government.

 

United States

Media sources​​ are speculating​​ about the possibility of the US withdrawing from the​​ Al-Tanaf military base, on the Syria-Jordan border. The issue will be discussed in the meeting with Russia and Jordan related to southern Syria. ​​ Also proposed is the withdrawal of regime forces and affiliated militias to about 25 km​​ (15 miles)​​ away from the borders, to secure Israel’s borders, and moving Syrian opposition militias to Idlib in the north. ​​ The re-opening of the Jordan-Syria border was also proposed. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This report would seem to support the analysis in the comment just above.

 

Northwest​​ 

Manbij​​ /Al-Bab/Ayn Al-Arab

See first report under Reports from Turkey above

 

The Qatari TV channel​​ Al-Jazeera​​ says a military delegation from Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Jordan visited a Coalition base near Ayn Al-Arab (Kobane) in northern Syria by the border. The delegates held meetings with SDF and Coalition field commanders. ​​ According to​​ Anadolu, a Turkish news agency, the aim of the visit is to form an Arab force, building on the Sanadid units (the Arab component of the SDF), to form the core of Arab border guard units in north Syria. ​​ Turkey considers the SDF and affiliated forces to be terrorist forces. [Qasioun]

 

Clashes broke out Wednesday night between Ahrar Al-Sharqiya and the Free Police, affiliated with Turkey, in the city of Al-Bab. The fighting continues intermittently. ​​ Several civilians were injured amidst the clashes. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR says 4 were wounded in car bomb and IED explosions in Dana north of Idlib. The car bomb targeted Tahrir Al-Sham HQ in the city, while the IEDs exploded near the gas station. SOHR also reported a civilian killed by unidentified armed men near Maarat​​ Al-Numan​​ in southern Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

Hama

An​​ employee​​ in a humanitarian organization was killed when government forces fired at his car in Sahl Al-Ghab, northwest of Hama. ​​ The car was heading from Qahira to Ankawi village when it was​​ targeted. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh initiated a fierce attack, starting with a car bomb, on​​ Syrian​​ Army positions east of Deir Ez-Zor. The attack was preceded by mortar shelling and lasted for at least 3 hours, leaving several casualties. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its media personnel, claiming he was killed in the Deir Ez-Zor area. [ICDNMay29]

 

South​​ 

Daraa

Syrian opposition​​ militiamen​​ attacked a Syrian Army convoy heading from Kharba Ghazala to Daraa ​​ to reinforce regime units there. No further details were reported. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Libya

A civilian died of their wounds following a car bomb explosion near​​ a junction with​​ Gamal Abdel Nasser​​ Street in Benghazi. This​​ raises​​ the total number of civilians killed in the explosion to 11. [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Belgium

Daesh claimed on Wednesday that​​ it was​​ responsible for the attacks in Belgium that left 4 people dead and wounded others.​​ It says the terrorist who conducted the attack in Belgium is one of its members.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Telegram]​​ 

 

Germany

On Wednesday, two people, including one policeman, were wounded by a knife attack on a train from the city of Hamburg to Flensburg in Germany. The attacker was killed by a policeman. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Interior says the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces​​ suppressed a major attack on the​​ Ministry compound Wednesday. According to a statement released by the Ministry, a​​ group of at least 10 terrorists launched a coordinated attack at around 12:10 pm local time Wednesday and attempted to storm the main compound of the ministry.

However, the Ministry says the Afghan forces reacted quickly to suppress the attack and managed to eliminate all the militants involved. The statement further added that the militants​​ had​​ managed to reach the entrance gate of the ministry compound by disguising themselves in military uniforms and using armored vehicles. According to MoI, the Afghan troops seized various types of arms, a suicide bombing vest, hand grenades, communication devices, and ammunition.

The Ministry said at least eight policemen were wounded in the attack but the ministry spokesman Najib Danish had earlier said at least one policeman lost his life in the attack and five others were wounded. [Khamaa]​​ 

The terrorists who attacked the Afghan Interior Ministry Wednesday were wearing old US Army Universal Camouflage Pattern Uniforms and driving a captured Humvee, a tactic the enemy has used in the past, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said today. “Eight terrorists in a captured Humvee attempted to penetrate the Minister of Interior headquarters in downtown Kabul,” Army Gen. John Nicholson, Operation Resolute Support mission commander, told reporters at the Pentagon. [Military.com]​​ 

Daesh’s​​ A3maq​​ says Daesh conducted an attack on the Afghan Ministry of Interior in Area 15 in Kabul, without giving more details. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Daesh says it shot and wounded a Taliban “judge” and one of his associates in Khogyani on Tuesday. [Telegram]

Daesh publishes photos of its PR activities for young boys in the Wazir Tanki area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNMay29]

 

Pakistan

Two guards were injured in an attack by unknown armed men on an​​ intelligence​​ agency​​ vehicle​​ on​​ the​​ Northern Bypass in Peshawar on Tuesday evening.​​ Police said​​ the vehicle was travelling on Northern Bypass when two bike riders​​ opened fire on it at 7:30pm. The vehicle was bullet proof and officers sitting in the front seat remained​​ unharmed. However, two guards sitting in the rear suffered injuries​​ from​​ the firing and were taken to the​​ Combined Military Hospital. [RadioTNN]

Daesh says it killed a Pakistani Intelligence service officer and two other members and damaged a vehicle in Peshawar on Tuesday. [Telegram]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It seems the terrorists didn’t report the results of the attack accurately to their superiors.​​ 

 

 

 

May 29, 2018

 

 

General Mohammed Amash

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CoR votes for recounting 10% of the ballots & canceling overseas votes—but​​ ​​ has no authority to do that. [..]

Al-Abadi criticizes calls for canceling election results after the fact. [..]

Al-Abadi, Al-Sadr, Al-Hakim reported in agreement on govt. coalition. [..]

Al-Fath alliance trying to assemble rival coalition. [..]

Surprise Daesh attacks hit many locations in central Iraq. [..]

Al-Alam Police Chief & deputy, 2 others, killed by Daesh IED. [..]

Chairmen of Salahuddin, Diyala PCs disagree sharply on remaining Daesh threat along Salahuddin-Diyala border. [..]

Another mukhtar killed in his own house, in eastern Salahuddin. [..]

11 civilians killed by IED near Baquba market. [..]

11 PMFs killed in Hawija. [..]

Daesh children begging in the streets of Mosul. [..]

11 civilian Daesh victims found dead in Mosul. [..]

 

Syria

Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt considering autonomous region in Syria. [..]

Syrian Army may move into southern Syria without Iran, Hezbollah, to avoid Israeli attacks. [..]

Daesh kills 22 Syrian soldiers in Mayadin, amid broader attack on government forces [..]

. ​​ . ​​ . but flees from Hajin in Albu Kamal under SDF attack. [..]

Syrian Army heads south. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Libya:​​ Macron seeks breakthrough from major Libya conference in Paris. [..]

Somalia:​​ Daesh​​ claims​​ killing​​ 7 Somali intelligence officers & a soldier. [..]​​ 

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

The CoR held a special session on Monday in which it voted for a manual recount of 10% of the votes cast in the last election and the annulment of election results from abroad.

However, CoR member​​ Alia Nassif​​ said that the special session of the CoR the day before “did not have any legal impact.” She​​ said on Tuesday that any annulment of the election results had to come from the​​ federal​​ courts,​​ and​​ that the decision of the CoR the day before was illegal and unconstitutional. ​​ In a statement, she said that all electoral mechanisms​​ are defined legally and could not be amended or annulled by a decision of the CoR, as any change would require amending the law. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

Hoshyar Zebari, a member of the Political Bureau of the KDP, said that the Iraqi CoR’s decision on the elections increases the political tension in the country, and​​ that the vote was “non-binding.” ​​ He made the remarks on his Facebook page. The Iraqi CoR held a special session on Monday night to discuss the May 12 elections. ​​ It passed​​ a resolution to annul electoral results from​​ ballots cast​​ abroad, provisional votes in all provinces with the exception of Ninewa,​​ and votes cast by IDPs in Salahuddin and Anbar, and to manually recount at least 10% of all votes cast at polling places throughout Iraq. ​​ [BasNews]

 

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Electoral Foundation said on Tuesday that it welcomed any decision by the Electoral Commission on recounting the CoR election results,​​ but said​​ that the CoR itself “is not legally permitted” to interfere with the Commission’s work. ​​ An official for the KDP Electoral Foundation, Khusru Kuran, noted in a statement that the special session of the CoR on Monday did not​​ have​​ a quorum, and so was not legally a meeting of the CoR​​ anyway. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

President Fuad Masoum says he is watching recent developments regarding the​​ elections, and all​​ the​​ accompanying points of view and accusations. Masoum called on all parties, including the Electoral Commission, to comply with the constitution and prevailing laws, and​​ to​​ stick to legal procedures in handling protests and objections related to​​ the​​ elections. [Shafaaq]

 

PM Haider Al-Abadi criticized calls to cancel parts of the election results. [Anadolu]

 

New​​ government

A source close to the​​ Prime​​ Minister says the Sairun, Victory, and Wisdom​​ alliances​​ have reached understandings that would allow Mr. Al-Abadi a second term as​​ Prime​​ Minister. The source says that​​ those parties control at least 150 seats are at hand, and that there is no way that​​ the​​ Al-Fath​​ (Conquest)​​ alliance could get the majority of seats. ​​ He adds that joining of the Al-Fath and the Rule of the Law alliances is unlikely,​​ as this is​​ rejected​​ by most​​ members of allied parties. [Ghad]

 

However, Al-Fath is trying to form its own coalition.​​ The Al-Fath (Conquest) Alliance, led by Hadi Al-Amiri, said on Tuesday that​​ it​​ now has​​ 53 MPs in​​ its​​ bloc and that the number is increasing. ​​ Laith Al-Athari, a leader in Al-Fath, said that many MPs from other political groups have​​ joined the Al-Fath bloc in the last few days, and added that they would shortly reveal the names of the MPs who had joined them. ​​ However, another MP for Al-Fath, Nahla Al-Hababi, said that there had been widespread fraud and vote manipulation in the elections, and claimed that as a result, some​​ CoR members​​ would be Daesh representatives. ​​ [BasNews]

DaeshDaily ​​ comment.​​ 53 is not that many more than Al-Fath’s initial seat total. So far, the story is more about hype than arithmetic.

 

Several Iraqi politicians have said Iraq cannot form a government except with the agreement of Iran. In response to a question on these statements, Muqtada Al-Sadr said that “Iran is a neighbor that worries about its own interests” and that the involvement of any state in Iraqi affairs is rejected, including Iran. [Hawar]

 

Abdul Bari Zebari,​​ Chairman of the CoR​​ Foreign Affairs Committee, called​​ on​​ Muqtada​​ Al-Sadr to start an initiative to ease the tension among winning and losing​​ parties​​ and to keep equal distance from all parties to keep peace and order.​​ He says Al-Sadr should open-heartedly listen to all losing and complaining parties and play an honest role in deciding the next steps. [Shafaaq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Al-Abadi said on Tuesday that operations to clear Daesh continue, and said that most of the border with Syria​​ has been well​​ secured. ​​ He made the remarks during his weekly press conference and​​ a​​ follow-up with​​ Sumaria. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ However, this has been a really bad weekend for Daesh attacks and for police and other casualties, as will be seen from many of the stories below.

 

The London-based, Saudi-owned newspaper​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ reported on Tuesday that an envoy of the Chechen President would meet with Russian women convicted in Iraq, noting that Russian authorities face difficulties when trying to retrieve Daesh-affiliated Russian women and children. ​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ wrote that Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov ordered DNA testing to facilitate the extradition of children of former Daesh fighters who had​​ either​​ been either killed or imprisoned​​ in Iraq or Syria. ​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notwithstanding that predominantly Muslim Chechnya is to some extent self-governing, it is part of Russia. As most of the Russian citizens who joined Daesh are Muslims, including many from Chechnya, it has had ​​ a larger than normal role in the Syria crisis.

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Baghdad Operations Command announced on Tuesday that 5 suspects, including 2 wanted on terrorism charges, had been arrested in the capital. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (Kadhimiya, etc.)

The Iraqi Federal Police announced on Tuesday that it had found IEDs in Baghdad. ​​ In a statement, it said that combined units of the 2nd​​ Division of the Federal Police and the Baghdad Emergency Police had found 5 IEDs with 1.5 kilos of ammonium nitrate near the Al-Jawadain checkpoint in Kadhimiya. ​​ [Baghdadia] ​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a PMF commander and five other fighters were killed in a Daesh attack on PMF positions near Tarmiya. The terrorists were dressed in IFP uniforms.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed two tribal PMF fighters, wounded two others, including a commander, and damaged a vehicle when it blew up a booby-trapped military position in Meshahda.​​ 

 

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

Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed a vehicle carrying PMF fighters with an IED in the Oweisat area, in south Baghdad. [Telegram]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Mass Graves Affairs Department says it found a graveyard​​ with​​ victims of Al-Qaeda near Al-Rahman mosque in​​ the​​ Furat neighborhood​​ in​​ west Baghdad. The area contains 5-7 individual graves of civilians executed by Al-Qaeda in 2007. [Shafaaq]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ ​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The PMF media office said on Tuesday that teams from the Field Engineering Directorate of the PMF had dismantled 80 IEDs made from 20-liter containers of glycerin as well as 18 mortar shells​​ found in the Sinai neighborhood in Falluja city and​​ in Al-Fatha​​ (possibly the town northeast of Baiji in Salahuddin, but the story was not specific). ​​ The PMF media statement said that the teams also dismantled 10 anti-tank mines, 7 “homemade” rockets, 4 shaped IEDs, 3 “Austrian” rockets, and 25 explosives​​ detonators. ​​ [Etejah] ​​ 

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that local police killed a Daesh foreign suicide terrorist, dressed as an Iraqi soldier, in Al-Dhab’a village, in Rutba. The police killed the terrorist before he reached the police headquarters.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said Daesh kidnapped and then beheaded a tribal PMF commander near Kan’ous village. The source said Daesh terrorists are using the Makhoul Mountains as a launch pad for their attacks on civilians and security units in the area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that three PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh ambush near the Hawi Kan’ous area.​​ 

 

Baiji

The Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday that 2 terrorists had been arrested and a VBIED detonated in Salahuddin. ​​ In a statement, the Ministry said that units from the intelligence division of Salahuddin Police Internal Security arrested a wanted terrorist, and that a unit from a separate division had made another arrest of a terrorist. ​​ Personnel from the Anti-Explosives Division, together with the Baiji Electric Police, found a VBIED on a Hummer left behind by Daesh, which was detonated safely. ​​ [Mawazin] ​​ 

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that the Al-Alam Police​​ Chief, General Mohammed Hammash Al-Jubouri, his deputy, Colonel Saleh Samir Al-Obeidi, and two other police officers were killed when an IED exploded on their vehicle near the Mtaibija area. ​​ 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed the two officers and two other policemen and destroyed their SUV with an IED near Al-Hassan village, east of Tikrit. [Telegram]

 

The Iraqi Federal Police announced on Tuesday that it had found IEDs and Daesh safehouses in Shirqat, in far northwest Salahuddin, and​​ in the​​ Mtaibija​​ area​​ on the Diyala border. ​​ In a statement, they said that units from their 3rd​​ Division searched the village of Khadhra in Shirqat, finding an explosives belt and 2 IEDs. ​​ Meanwhile, units from the 17th​​ Brigade searched the Mtaibija and Hawi Al-Udhaim areas, on opposite​​ sides of the border, finding a total of 10 IEDs and 4 Daesh safehouses. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ ​​ 

 

Sadiq Al-Husseini,​​ Chairman​​ of the Security Committee for the Diyala Provincial Council, said in an interview with​​ Sumaria​​ that the security situation on the Salahuddin-Diyala border was stable, and that military operations in the Mtaibija area had ended the practice of Daesh fighters entering Diyala from Salahuddin. ​​ He added, “The situation on the border with Salahuddin is the best it’s been since 2014.”​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

However, the Chairman of the Salahuddin PC Security Committee, Sheikh Jassem Al-Jabarra, issued a statement saying that there are “serious threats” of Daesh attacks on eastern Salahuddin, targeting especially civilians and mosques. He called on security units to deploy more men and to establish more checkpoints.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source explained that Daesh is using its pockets in the Mtaibija, Himrin Mountains, and Makhoul Mountains areas as launch pads for the attacks. The source said there are “thousands” of Daesh foreign terrorists hiding in those areas, and in areas south and west of Mosul. The source said that (Shia) PMFs were withdrawn from most of the areas in Salahuddin, allowing Daesh to reorganize itself. The source also said that tribal PMF units are exhausted, and many tribal fighters are living with their families in remote areas that are vulnerable to Daesh attacks. The source said that Daesh could even launch a major attack on a big city like Samarra or Tikrit. The source said many “liberated” areas could easily fall to Daesh, and that many of these areas are not even accessible by the government.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Sheikh Jassem and his tribe has been fighting Daesh for years now. He lost many family members, including his sister, the late PMF commander Omaya Al-Jabara, to Daesh.​​ When someone like him sounds the alarm, the Iraqi government should listen carefully.​​ ​​ 

 

Samarra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that three IFP members were killed in a Daesh attack on an IFP military position in the Jalam Samarra area. The source said the terrorists stole a vehicle, weapons, and IDs before fleeing.​​ 

Daesh said on Tuesday that its terrorists attacked an IFP military position in the Jalam Samarra area, killing three members, wounding others, capturing weapons and ammunition, and setting the position and a Humvee on fire before returning safely. [ICDNMay29]

 

Daesh said it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the Mu’tasim area, east of Samarra, on Friday, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [Telegram]

 

Daesh said it damaged 2 SUVs carrying PMF fighters in an ambush in the Thirthar area, in Jazeera Samarra, on Friday. [Telegram]​​ This incident would have been close to Anbar, far to the west of Samarra city.

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said a group of its terrorists killed the mukhtar of the Jaisat tribe in his house in the Farahatiya area in Ishaqi, on Friday. It also said another group killed 3 Saraya Al-Salam members, including an officer, wounded another, and set their vehicle on fire in an ambush in the Kuwaiti area in Ishaqi, before returning safely. [ICDNMay26]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said it blew up the house of a tribal PMF fighter in Yankjah, a small Turkmen village near the Kirkuk border, on Sunday. [Telegram]

 

DIYALA

Sadiq Al-Husseini,​​ Chairman​​ of the​​ Diyala PC​​ Security Committee, announced on Tuesday that 3 wanted persons had been arrested on terrorism charges, 1 of whom was an active Daesh member. ​​ The arrests took place in various parts of Diyala Province. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A security source in Diyala said on Tuesday that 10 wanted persons had been arrested, including 2 wanted on terrorism charges. ​​ It is unclear if this includes the arrests mentioned above. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 11 civilians, including four women and a child, were killed and 12 others wounded when an IED exploded in a market​​ area​​ in Baquba. The source said the IED was planted in a garbage can.​​ 

 

A​​ security source said on Tuesday that 1 civilian had been killed and 7 wounded by an explosion in Baquba. ​​ The source said that the explosion came from an IED that had been left near the Women’s School for Applied Skills, near the Baquba market. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ This may be an overlapping story with the one above, but if so greatly underestimates the real death toll.​​ 

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said it destroyed an SUV carrying Iraqi soldiers with an IED in Sheikhi village, in the Al-Waqf area, on Sunday. [Telegram]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a young man was killed and his father wounded when Daesh rocketed the Shia village of Zuhairat, in Muqdadiya.​​ 

Daesh said it targeted the village with a rocket and published a photo of the attack. [Telegram]​​ 

 

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 1,000 Iraqi Army, IFP, and PMF members started a military campaign to clear the Himrin Mountains, for the second time this month. The source said Daesh snipers killed a PMF commander and four other fighters, and two IFP members were killed by an IED. The source said Daesh had filled the roads leading to the mountain tops with IEDs.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh attacked a PMF military position near the Udhaim Dam and captured and then killed six PMF fighters who ran out of ammunition. The source said the terrorists set the position on fire before retreating to the Himrin Mountains area. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that local residents stopped a Daesh attack in the Udhaim Dam area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that two IFP members were killed when a Daesh roadside IED exploded on their vehicle on the main road between Udhaim and Baquba.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that two PMF fighters were killed and their vehicle destroyed when an IED exploded on it in Ain Layla village, near Himrin Hills. The source said PMF units arrested 14 Daesh suspects from the village after the attack.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that two Diyala SWAT members were killed when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Sadiya.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Daesh terrorists in a police vehicle shot and killed a PMF commander near Sadiya.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded three PMF fighters with an IED in Rabi’a village, in Sadiya. [Telegram]

 

KIRKUK

Dibis

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that two PMF fighters were killed, another wounded, and their vehicle destroyed when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Maysaloun village, in Dibis. The source said the vehicle was carrying weapons.​​ 

Daesh said it killed one tribal PMF fighter and destroyed their vehicle in the attack. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Daesh said it set on fire 10 farms belong to PMF fighters near Allaw Al-Mahmoud village, west of Dibis, on Saturday.​​ Daesh said it targeted a tribal PMF patrol with an IED in the same village on Thursday.​​ 

It also said it set on fire farms belonging to PMF fighters in Al-Milih and Azraq, west of Dibis. [Telegram]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh set on fire hundreds of acres of wheat that belonged to local farmers in Gharib and Sadouniya villages. The source said this was the first attack of its kind since the liberation of Hawija.

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh terrorists attacked Afisa village, in Riyadh, from the western side of the village. The source said that while PMFs were stopping the attack, 4 terrorists sneaked into the village from the north, blew up the mukhtar’s house, and kidnapped a PMF fighter.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units killed a Daesh terrorist in clashes in Al-Ayn village, near Hawija. The source said the IFP arrested the father of the terrorist, who is the mukhtar of the village, after the clashes.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 11 PMF fighters, including a battalion commander and his deputy, were killed in a Daesh ambush in the Hawi Al-Abbasi area. The source said the fighters were ambushed after getting misleading information from a civilian in the area. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that IFP units surrounded and then killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including a Syrian commander, in the Hawi Al-Zab area. The source said the commander had been the​​ wali​​ of Hawija.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Daesh terrorists on a motorcycle shot and killed Mohammed Jum’a Al-Obeidi, a tribal PMF commander, near his house in Al-Zabra village, in Riyadh. The source said the commander was on his way to the mosque for the dawn prayer. The said the terrorists used silenced guns.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said IFP EOD units defused 60 Daesh leftover IEDs in the Al-Zab area. The source said a child had been killed in the area by one of those IEDs. The IEDs were uncovered by the rain.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it blew up the house of a tribal PMF fighter in Gharib village, west of Abbasi. [Telegram]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it shot and killed a PMF fighter in Barghliya village,​​ in eastern​​ Hawija.​​ 

 

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

A security source in Kirkuk Province said on Tuesday that a lieutenant and another​​ police​​ officer​​ from the 5th​​ Division of the Federal Police were injured by an IED in the village of Ghaida,​​ in​​ Daquq subdistrict​​ just south of Daquq city. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that local police found a Daesh underground prison under a street in Bartella, in Hamdaniya. ​​ 

 

Mosul

Official sources at the Ninewa Governor’s office say Nawfal Al-Aqoub, the Governor, is now monopolizing all decisions related to reconstruction of the east side of Mosul, as he did with cleanliness projects when he shunted municipalities aside and took personal control of the issue. [Ghad]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says that many children are begging in the streets of Mosul. Most of these children are the sons and daughters of Daesh terrorists who were killed in the Mosul liberation battles.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Civil Defense units found the bodies of 11 civilians, including women, who were killed by Daesh during the liberation battle in Hay Al-Maidan. The source said Daesh captured the victims as they were trying to escape toward Iraqi forces.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a Kata’eb Sayyed Al-Shuhada paramedic official was killed when armed men shot at his vehicle in Old Mosul.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh is still sending money to the families of its members in Mosul using the hawala system. The source says the Daesh finance official, Wajih Al-Shammari, is operating in Turkey. The money gets distributed by a network of women in Mosul.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh, and the AQI before that, created a “kafala” (bond) system to distribute money to the families of their dead or captured members. It seems to be working. The money usually goes through legitimate money exchange offices to a network of​​ distributors. In Mosul specifically, Daesh uses women because usually they are less likely to be searched at checkpoints and so can more easily move around. ​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Qayara

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a group of Daesh terrorists blew up the house of an Iraqi Army captain and killed his brother in Qutan village, in Qayara. The source said the terrorists fled to the Ain Al-Jahash area after the attack.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Iraqi Army 20th​​ division intelligence units captured a Daesh female member in Izhailila village, southwest of Qayara city. The source said the woman was a member of Daesh​​ hisbah​​ in Mosul. The source sent us​​ photos​​ of the woman.​​ 

 

Daesh said it set on fire the house of a tribal PMF captain in the Qayara area, on Thursday. Daesh also said it set on fire the houses of an election candidate and two government “spies” in Aslubi village on Friday. [Telegram]

 

Western​​ Ninewa​​ (No reports)

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

A group of Daesh terrorists, who were sentenced to life in prison or to death, sneaked a letter and photos complaining about their suffering in the Al-Hout (Whale) Prison in Nasiriya. The letter describes the “inhumane” way they are being treated in the prison and criticizes human rights organizations and international media for ignoring them. [Telegram]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Iraqi prisons don’t have a good reputation for either humane conditions or humane treatment. However, we would have much more sympathy if the same terrorists hadn’t sentence to death the same “infidels” in human rights organizations and international media to death. We would have even more sympathy if Daesh prisons were a little better. ​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Sumaria​​ reported that eyewitnesses in Erbil Province said on Tuesday that fighting was ongoing between PKK militants and the Turkish Army in the Sidekan border area. ​​ Kurdish media said that the PKK had attacked a Turkish military position in Jabal Dil​​ (spelling approximate)​​ that morning, and that heavy and medium weapons were used in the fighting. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The​​ PKK​​ announced​​ that its military arm had​​ killed​​ 15 Turkish soldiers. 10 were killed in Gulmerk in Turkey on May 28 and 25, and 5 were killed in Sidekan in Soran​​ District, Erbil. [Roj]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

Arab countries

According to​​ Bas News, a source from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday that the Arab partners of the SDF are discussing the idea of establishing a federation of 3 Arab regions in Syria. ​​ The source, who declined to be identified, told​​ Bas News​​ that talks were underway with Egypt, Jordan, and especially Saudi Arabia to establish an Arab federation in Raqqa, Deir Ez-Zor, and Manbij. ​​ The source added that these countries were still discussing the proposal, as well as whether to “send Arab troops to Syria to prevent the formation of a ‘Shia crescent’ in the region.” ​​ [BasNews]

 

United Nations

The UN Security Council​​ (UNSC)​​ demanded that all parties commit to Resolution 2401, issued last March. The resolution demands a 30-day ceasefire by all parties involved. It also stressed the importance of providing easy access for humanitarian and medical aid workers, as well as de-mining teams, to combat areas. This was announced by the Polish representative, who is​​ chairing this session of the​​ UNSC. [Anadolu]

 

The Syrian​​ government​​ gave the UN a list of candidates to consider for inclusion on the constitutional committee which will write the new Syrian constitution. The formation of this committee has been agreed upon since the Sochi meeting in January this year. The UN is​​ said to be​​ studying the list carefully. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

Chemical weapons

The​​ President of the OPCW announced that the samples which his organization gathered in areas exposed to chemical weapons attacks establish proof​​ that there were​​ more chemical materials than​​ the Syrian regime has announced. [Qasioun]

 

Israel

An Israeli spokesperson for the Ministry for Arabic Media said that Israel is working to counter Iranian military positioning in Syria. Netanyahu added that removing​​ Iran from southern Syria​​ is one priority​​ because Iran’s long-range missiles are capable of striking Israel​​ from​​ many kilometers​​ within​​ southern Syria.  ​​​​ [Qasioun]

 

A high-level Israeli source says that Israel approved​​ a​​ Syrian government presence in southern​​ Syria​​ ​​ adjacent to Israeli borders after a Russian promise that there will be no presence of Iran or Hezbollah there. [Dorar]

Haaretz​​ reported​​ on Monday that the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad intends to move Iranian forces,​​ including Hezbollah,​​ further away from the Israeli-Syrian border. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Al-Bab

Local sources say a car bomb exploded in the town of Qabasin, 7 km​​ (4 miles)​​ north of Al-Bab, held by Turkish forces. No reports on casualties are available. [Hawar]

 

The 3rd explosion within 8 days targeted areas under Turkish control in Qabasin. [SyriaHR]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

SOHR observed renewed clashes and military operations east of the Euphrates​​ River aiming to​​ defeat​​ Daesh. ​​ The operations are carried out by the SDF with the support of the​​ International​​ Coalition in Deir Ez-Zor and Hasaka governorates. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s worth looking at a map to understand this. Hasaka is just north of Deir Ez-Zor, and southern Hasaka has been left under Daesh control until just recently so as to prioritize Deir Ez-Zor. This probably happened because the Syrian Army and the Russians were moving to take over all of Deir Ez-Zor, prompting a fast move of the SDF out of Hasaka and Raqqa to areas east of the Euphrates in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ To close Daesh out of Deir Ez-Zor,​​ however, its military movements from Hasaka to Deir Ez-Zor ​​​​ have to be stopped, so as to prevent reinforcements and resupply. The new Hasaka front should therefore be seen as an extension of the SDF campaign in Deir Ez-Zor.

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

The​​ Idlib Al-Kheir operations room (affiliated​​ with​​ Tahrir al-Sham)​​ announced a curfew in the city from 12:00 to 4:00 AM. It says this is for a security operation to track sleeper cells that are responsible for assassinations in Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Last Friday, 3 Saudi military leaders visited the American​​ operating​​ base in Kharab Ashiq in​​ eastern​​ Aleppo​​ District, not far from the Raqqa border. They met with officials​​ of​​ the PYD. The source said on Monday that the purpose of the visit was to establish​​ new​​ Arab units in a faction affiliated with the SDF. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that unknown armed men in a pickup vehicle shot and killed a Tahrir Al-Sham Uzbek commander in Idlib city.​​ 

 

Hama

A militant group, Abu Amara, announced on Tuesday that they would​​ undertake​​ a new operation against the​​ Syrian Army and its affiliated militias in Hama governorate. [Dorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh is attempting to disperse the​​ Syrian Army​​ and its allies​​ west of the​​ Euphrates. They attacked the town of Sabikhan (on​​ the west​​ bank​​ of the river) and Salihiya (north of Deir Ez-Zor city) simultaneously. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin​​ District

SOHR said that at least nine Russians and 26 Syrian soldiers have died after a ferocious attack by Daesh in Mayadin. It said “There were 35 pro-government forces killed, including at least nine Russians. Some of those Russian nationals were government troops, but not all of them.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense said at least four Russian national soldiers were killed by rebel shelling during a joint attack mounted by several different opposition groups on an army base in Mayadin last Wednesday. Russian news outlets reported that two Russian military advisers were killed during the incident and two more later died in hospital.

According to the Russian MoD, 43 attackers were killed during last week’s fighting.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that 22 Syrian soldiers, including 2 officers, were killed in a Daesh attack on Mayadin city. The source said Daesh attacked the city from 3 sides. The source also said Daesh terrorists captured several military vehicles and set 8 military positions on fire before retreating.​​ 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday dozens of Daesh terrorists fled from Hajin to Al-Susah after SDF units, supported by Coalition planes, advanced to Hajin. The source said the terrorists were carrying IEDs and mid-sized weapons. The source also said SDF snipers killed Abu​​ Yousif​​ Al-Baritani, a Daesh commander, as he was fleeing.​​ 

 

Daesh published photos of its snipers in the Baghouz area. [ICDNMay26]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Local media sources published pictures of large quantities of tanks, saying that the 4th​​ Division of the Syrian Army is heading to​​ Quneitra. ​​ Damascus Now, a pro-government website, says the “armed forces are preparing to liberate southern areas”.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Syrian opposition factions on Monday foiled a plot of the fighters of the Jaish Khaled (affiliated with Daesh) to infiltrate​​ the​​ town​​ if​​ Sheikh Saad in Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

A source warns that complacency in dealing with Daesh in Daraa​​ Governorate is leading to the development of sleeper cells. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a senior opposition commander was killed and several other fighters wounded in a Daesh attack on Sheikh Saad town, southwest of Daraa. The source said Daesh captured the town for few hours and captured 4 vehicles and weapons before fleeing.

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed two opposition fighters near Sheikh Saad. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled publishes photos of “normal Ramadan life” in the Yarmouk Basin area. [ICDNMay29]​​ 

 

Daesh published on Sunday photos of publicly killing a man in Al-Shajara town. [ICDNMay27]​​ 

 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that the bodies of 4 Tahrir Al-Sham members were found shot in the head near Hardan town, in Suwayda. ​​ The source said they had been captured by government forces earlier.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Daesh published a photo of one of its Yemeni terrorists, claiming he was killed in Bayda. [ICDNMay29]

 

North Africa

Libya

On Tuesday, an international conference on Libya was held in Paris in the presence of leaders of Libyan delegations and representatives of 20 states and regional and international organizations. The meeting was held under the auspices of the UN, as an initiative of the French​​ President,​​ Emanuel Macron,​​ with the purpose of “creating conditions to escape from the crisis” which has​​ been ongoing since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.​​ [ZamanAlwasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Libya political situation has been in a situation of instability since the demise of Gaddafi, with an internationally recognized government in Tripoli, in northwest Libya; an elected House of Representatives in Tobruk in northeast Libya; a Libyan National Army operating in eastern Libya that does not report to the recognized national government; and a High State Council in Tripoli, a high-level advisory group. While this is an international conference, Macron hopes to use it to put pressure on the leaders of these four competing entities to come to a clear agreement on some basic issues, most especially the proposed national election, planned overoptimistically for this year. If the plan works it would be a great step forward, but so far nothing has put these pieces together, so there is considerable skepticism and some concern that the effect will make the situation even worse.

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Great Britain

A​​ British parliamentary committee issued a report on Tuesday that warned that a​​ disaster​​ such as Iraq could happen again because there is still limited​​ authority in Parliament​​ to prevent a future prime minister from launching into a war without taking proper consultation with the​​ Council of​​ Ministers and considering all peaceful options first. [Anadolu]

 

Belgium

A man has shot dead two female police officers and a civilian in the eastern Belgian city of Liège.

 

The gunman also took a female cleaner hostage at a school before being killed by police. Four other police officers were also injured.​​ The incident is being treated as terrorism.​​ [Roj]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed six Somali Intelligence service personnel with an IED at an intersection in Mogadishu. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed a Somali Intelligence service member in Mogadishu. [Telegram]

 

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed a Somali soldier, wounded two others, and damaged a military vehicle in an attack on a village south of Qandala. [Telegram]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Tuesday it shot and killed an Afghan government “spy” in Behsud, in Nangarhar. [Telegram]​​ 

 

Daesh published on Sunday photos of killing a captured Afghan government “spy” and a pro-government militiaman. [ICDNMay27]

 

Pakistan

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two policemen and wounded others in clashes in Quetta city. [Telegram]​​