An Update On ISIS Activities

June 4, 2018

 

The Tigris

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Islamic Dawa leaders concerned about party breaking up over new-government stance. [..]

Turkey, Iran cut off Tigris water flow into Iraq, creating crisis. [..]

Iraqi military discovers Daesh tunnel network north of Mosul. [..]

22 Daesh fighters apprehended in Badoush area. [..]

2 IFP officers kidnapped at yet another Daesh fake checkpoint. [..]

 

Syria

SDF, Coalition, Iraqi aircraft intensify attack on Daesh in eastern Hasaka. [..]

. . . but Daesh seizes SDF-held strategic border town in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Daesh gains against Syrian forces west of Euphrates in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Libya:​​ Daesh attack overwhelms police station in eastern Libya. [..]

Great Britain:​​ Interior Minister announces new anti-terrorism policy. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Suicide terrorist attacks major meeting of Islamic clergy. [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

A delegation of 4 Kurdistan parties, led by Barham Salih, the head of the Coalition for Democracy and Justice and​​ by​​ a leader of the Movement for Change​​ (Gorran), arrived in Baghdad on Monday. ​​ The spokesman for the Coalition for Democracy and Justice, Rebwar Karim, said that the delegation also included members from the Islamic Union and Islamic Group parties, and was scheduled to have meetings with​​ representatives of​​ several other parties. ​​ Karim said that the delegation was aiming to follow up on complaints about the election, and was not there in connection with the formation of the new government. ​​ [Rudaw]

 

New​​ government

The Qatari newspaper​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ reported on Monday that leaders of the​​ Islamic​​ Dawa Party were holding talks to save the party from a​​ breakup, while sources “close” to PM Haider Al-Abadi said that the PM had no intention of leaving the party. ​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ quoted a “political source” who said that Dawa party leaders had held 3 meetings so far to discuss saving the party from a new split, which could be worse than the 2006 split between Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and Nouri Al-Maliki. ​​ The source added that if Al-Abadi did leave the party, he would​​ take​​ quite a few other members with him. ​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We reported last week that the Islamic Dawa party leader opposed going into a coalition with Al-Sadr because of the latter’s previous treatment of Al-Maliki.​​ He is entitled to his opinion, and his opinion is not unreasonable. We have also reported repeatedly that Al-Maliki is working on an alternative coalition arrangement with the Al-Fath (Al-Amiri) alliance, which does not show much party loyalty and obviously undermines Al-Abadi. This is consistent with his actions during Al-Abadi’s tenure, which have seemed designed to undermine him.​​ Dawa has to face the fact that it is already divided between two leaders who are politically weakened but still trying to be the leader of Iraq.​​ It is unlikely to get into the government coalition without Al-Abadi, and would almost guarantee a​​ party​​ breakup if it then supported a coalition arrangement by Al-Maliki with Al-Amiri.

 

Water diversion crisis​​ 

Over the past 2 days, the filling of the Ilısu Dam in Turkey has significantly reduced the water levels of the Tigris in Baghdad and Mosul, resulting in citizens becoming scared about possible drought. ​​ The Security and Defense Committee of the CoR said on Monday that Turkey’s cutting off water from Iraq was a “crime” and a “war” on the Iraqi people. ​​ The head of the Committee, Hakim Al-Zamili, said, “Iraq will enter into official political negotiations with Turkey to solve the water crisis.” Al-Zamili added that if negotiations failed, Iraq had other means of pressuring Turkey, including possible economic sanctions or the expulsion of Turkish companies from Iraq. [BasNews]

 

Pro-Iranian Iraqi political parties are mobilizing against Turkey following the recent water crisis, calling for international pressure or even cutting off relations with Turkey. ​​ Hadi Al-Amiri, head of the Al-Fath (Conquest) Coalition, met with 19 ambassadors in Iraq for assistance in the crisis. He also says that Iraq is open to cooperating with any country (except Israel). [Arabi21]

 

Activists and media expressed their anger at “Turkish and Iranian practices” controlling the upstream flow of the Tigris River, with some calling for a boycott of Turkish and Iranian goods in response. ​​ Video footage showed that the water levels of the Tigris had fallen in Baghdad and Mosul to an extent that made it possible to cross it on foot. ​​ Meanwhile, the Turkish government announced that the Ilısu Dam upstream had begun filling up, and the Iranian authorities cut the flow of the Little Zab river which leads into Suleimaniya. ​​ The Directorate of Dams for the Kurdistan Region said the Iranian action was causing a critical shortage of drinking water in the subdistrict of Qaladze in northern Suleimaniya. The political analyst Hisham Al-Hashemi wrote on Facebook that Iraq did not have a clear solution to this problem, adding that he saw Turkey and Iran as working to reduce the share of water to the downstream countries (Iraq and Syria) in order to put political and economic pressure on them. ​​ [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

Iraq-KRG​​ issues

The Advisor for the Security Council of the Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani, called on Monday to speed up the end of the “occupation” of Kirkuk and the application of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution. ​​ Barzani added that the situation in Kirkuk was stable when the Peshmerga forces were there. ​​ These remarks came as Barzani met the same day with General Walter Piatt, Commander of the Coalition land forces. ​​ [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In other words, there will be no stability in Kirkuk until the Kurds get their way. Sometimes it’s not hard to see why so many other Iraqis dislike​​ Kurdish leaders.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Ninewa Operations Command announced on Monday that 1,300 bodies “belonging to Daesh” had been recovered from Mosul since its recapture last year. ​​ Baghdadia​​ reported that a “security source” said Civil Defense and security forces had found the 1,300 bodies, who he said were mostly Daesh leaders and employees of Daesh’s “Islamic Police.” ​​ [Baghdadia] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We see people trying to get credit for this grim statistic, but recall that many of the bodies recovered in Mosul have been recovered by volunteers because the government did not move quickly enough to deal with the problem. We don’t have total confidence that these are all Daesh bodies of a particular category either. After all this time decomposing under rubble, maybe it’s not so clear sometimes. Other recoveries have included both Daesh fighters and civilians.

 

France commented on the life sentence issued by an Iraqi court against a French Daesh female operative, saying it “respects Iraqi judiciary decisions.” The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it was informed by the court ruling in advance,​​ and​​ described​​ the​​ legal and trial procedures as acceptable. [SNG]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded six Shia with an IED in the Husseiniya area. [A3maq]

 

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

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Monday that their units arrested 3 suspects in various areas of the capital, 1 of whom was arrested on terrorism charges. ​​ The terrorism arrest took place in the Dora area. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Falluja Court of Investigations has​​ verified​​ the confessions of 3 convicts arrested for forming a gang to blackmail citizens. The 3 sent​​ texts to citizens threatening them,​​ with the aim of obtaining funds to support Daesh. The main convict left Falluja along with IDPs, and then​​ returned​​ and starting his criminal activities. He was​​ apprehended​​ with the cooperation of a citizen and arrested after a short cross-examination. [Shafaaq]

 

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Monday that its units​​ had​​ found 2​​ leftover Daesh​​ IEDs​​ while​​ searching the village of Al-Janabeen in the Ma’amir area. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information announced on Sunday that units under East Anbar Ops Command had found 2 glycerin-based IEDs in 20-liter barrels filled with ammonium nitrate, 3 10-liter plastic containers with the same material, and an 82mm mortar shell. ​​ Center spokesman General Yahya​​ Rasul​​ added that an 800-meter stretch of road in Hitawiyeen had been cleared. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

IFP says its 12th​​ division engaged a Daesh group near Qara Jokh​​ Hills​​ with medium weapons, and freed 2 kidnapped civilians. The 2 are from Shirqat and​​ had been​​ held by Daesh for 3 months. [Forat]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed four PMF fighters with an IED near Al-Aitha village, north of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 2 AAH fighters were killed and their vehicle destroyed by a Daesh IED on the main road between Al-Fatha and Al-Alam.

Daesh said on Sunday it killed a PMF fighter and wounded three others with an IED in the Fatha area. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a Military Police member was killed and another wounded when a suicide terrorist attacked the MP headquarters’ gate in Tikrit with a vehicle bomb.​​ 

Daesh said it detonated a parked vehicle bomb near an “Iraqi Army and PMFs” headquarters in Tikrit city on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that two Shammar tribe PMF members were killed and another wounded when Daesh targeted Al-Hassan village, east of Tikrit, with RPG7 rockets.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we have mentioned last week, tribal PMFs in east Salahuddin are exhausted. Daesh keeps on attacking these fighters, who live in isolated areas.​​ 

 

Daesh said its snipers killed an IFP member in Al-Hassan village on Saturday. [A3maq]

Daesh said it destroyed a vehicle carrying IFP members with an IED in Al-Hassan village, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

The Center for Security Information announced on Monday that PMF fighters, with Iraqi air support, had destroyed Daesh armored vehicles, including two tankers loaded with fuel,​​ east of the Allas​​ Oilfield​​ area near the Diyala border. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

Samarra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 7 Saraya Al-Salam members were killed and 6 others wounded in a Daesh attack on the Jalam area, near Samarra. The source said 40 Daesh terrorists in 6 machine gun-mounted vehicles attacked Saraya Al-Salam in the area. 6 Daesh fighters were also killed. The source said the Daesh fighters fled to the Himrin Mountains areas after the attack.​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

A security source in Salahuddin Province, who asked not to be named, said on Monday that 2 PMF fighters had been killed and 4 wounded in fighting with Daesh around Farahatiya. ​​ [Sumaria]

Daesh said it killed two PMF “spies” in the Farahatiya area, near Ishaqi, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

The spokesman for the Diyala Police, Colonel Ghalib Al-Atiyah, announced on Monday that 12 wanted persons had been arrested in Diyala Province, including individuals wanted on terrorism charges. ​​ In a statement, he credited the Anti-Crime Divisions and the Muqdadiya and Jalawla Police Departments with the arrests. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed two Iraqi soldiers with an IED in Al-Waqf, near Abu Khanazir village, 15 miles north of Baquba. [A3maq]

 

The Security Committee of the Diyala Provincial Council said on Monday that Daesh had tried and failed several times over the last few months to carry out attacks in Baquba. ​​ The head of the Committee, Sadiq Al-Husseini, credited Daesh’s failure to the work of security services and intelligence in tracking down “sleeper cells” in Diyala. ​​ Al-Husseini added that he felt that security in general was “much better” in Diyala than in other provinces. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ You have to like the gentleman’s enthusiasm, but we suspect he does not get out of Baquba much. The larger challenges are in northern Diyala.​​ 

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that the AAH arrested 2 young men in the Udhaim area after accusing them of planting IEDs.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that two PMF fighters were killed and their vehicle destroyed when a roadside IED exploded near the Udhaim Dam.

 

Daesh said on Saturday its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Al-Tala’a village, in Udhaim subdistrict, south of Udhaim city. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that an IFP member was killed and another wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle near Nassif village, in Kirkuk’s western Al-Multaqa subdistrict. The source said the IFP raided the village after the explosion and arrested several young men for investigation.

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two IFP members, wounded four others, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Multaqa “village.” [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed two PMF fighters and destroyed their SUV with an IED in Shirnaw village, in eastern Dibis, on Saturday. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two PMF fighters with an IED in Al-Nasr village​​ in Dibis.​​ [A3maq]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a group of Daesh terrorists sneaked into Bakara village and blew up the house of a tribal PMF commander as people were busy with prayers. The source said four civilians were wounded in the explosion.

 

Daesh said it wounded three PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Ranji village, in Al-Zab subdistrict, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Iraqi Army and PMF unit started a military operation to clear the Badoush Hills area. The source said the units found several Daesh tunnels. The source said two soldiers were killed when one of the tunnels exploded.​​ 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence announced on Monday that​​ it​​ had discovered 5 tunnels and several rockets and light arms in​​ the Badoush​​ Hills​​ north of​​ Mosul​​ in Tel Keif. ​​ In a statement, the Directorate said that military intelligence units in the 20th​​ Brigade had carried out the search, finding 5​​ tunnels used as safehouses. ​​ Within the tunnels were several RPG-7 rockets, Katyusha rockets, rocket and mortar launchers, ammunition for light arms, and blankets and foodstuffs. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [SNG]​​ 

 

Mosul

Lieutenant Colonel Jaafar Al-Hadidi, an official in the unit for monitoring security under Iraqi Army military command, said on Monday that Iraqi forces had stopped a “terrorist plot” by Daesh to target both security and civilian locations in the city of Mosul. ​​ Al-Hadidi said that a joint force of counterterrorism and national security units had carried out a pre-emptive operation in Badoush (in​​ northwest Mosul), arresting 22 armed Daesh fighters. ​​ Al-Hadidi said the arrestees were all Daesh members who had fled Mosul during its retaking by the Iraqi Army, then returned under false identities and reorganized over the past few months, and were preparing to carry out both suicide attacks and armed attacks inside the city of Mosul. ​​ Arresting units seized 5 explosives​​ belts, 54 grenades, a “BKC”-type machine gun, materials used in IED manufacture, various types of detonators, communication devices, and plans​​ showing​​ the city of Mosul and its outskirts. ​​ [BasNews]

 

A police source in Ninewa Province said on Monday that a roadside​​ IED​​ had exploded on the east side of Mosul. ​​ Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said that the IED,​​ left in a bag near Karaj Al-Shamal, wounded​​ five​​ civilians upon explosion. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that local police units found 350 cans filled with explosives and arrested 4 Daesh suspects in​​ the​​ Al-Tanak​​ neighborhood​​ in west Mosul.

On Monday, Ministry of the Interior spokesman General Sa’ad Ma’an said in a statement that the 2nd​​ Emergency Police under Ninewa Police Command had found a cache of more than 400 containers filled with explosive materials in Al-Tanak. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that the mukhtar of Wadi Hajar and Ministry of Trade local staff informed shop owners not to distribute food ration items to Daesh members.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

A “security source” said that security personnel have begun to enforce strict security measures in several villages south of Mosul city, operating on information that some Daesh cells had​​ moved​​ into the area. ​​ The source said that the security personnel had already found 1 Daesh safehouse and 3 IEDs, and​​ had​​ arrested 15 people accused of being with​​ Daesh. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that two tribal PMF fighters were killed and their vehicle destroyed with an IED near​​ Ain Al-Jahash​​ village, 19 miles south of Mosul city. The source also said Daesh launched an attack on tribal PMFs in the village, wounding one fighter. The source said a Daesh terrorist was killed in the attack.

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of setting 2 “PMF” construction shovels on fire near Ain Al-Islam intersection, south of Mosul. [ICDNJun2]​​ 

 

Makhmur/Qayara/Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh terrorists kidnapped two IFP​​ members​​ at a fake checkpoint in the Makhmur area.​​ 

 

Iraqi​​ troops arrested a major Daesh leader in​​ its​​ so-called​​ South Mosul Wilayat. ​​​​ The arrest was made in​​ Mosul’s​​ Qayara​​ subdistrict. ​​ [SNG]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that two PMF fighters were killed when a group of Daesh terrorists on motorcycles attacked PMF military positions in Hatra.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that two PMF EOD members were killed when a booby-trapped house exploded on them in Hay Al-Shuhada, in Ayadhiya.​​ 

 

Sinjar

Muzahem Al-Hawit,​​ self-described as the​​ spokesman of​​ the​​ Arab tribes in disputed areas,​​ says the US is aiming to control​​ the​​ Syria-Iraq border through deployment in Sinjar. He added that 150 soldiers and 20 armored vehicles were deployed in​​ the​​ process,​​ surprising the PMF but not the PKK.​​ ​​ He said that the​​ Arab tribes denounce​​ the​​ US support for the PKK in the area,​​ as this group came to​​ the​​ country​​ under​​ foreign orders. [Anadolu]

However, a​​ PMF spokesman for the northwestern sector described​​ Al-Hawit​​ as a​​ so-called spokesman​​ and​​ a “Daesh affiliate.” ​​ He​​ says​​ that whatever​​ Al-Hawit says is a lie and​​ that he is​​ just planting​​ rumors​​ intended​​ to disturb public security. [Knooz]  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ All of this is likely about the current Coalition and Iraq-supported SDF effort to close Daesh out of the Dawisha area in Hasaka, just across the border. We doubt that many tribes are issuing pro-Daesh statements these days.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

On Monday, “about 11” masked gunmen in two cars broke into a compound owned by the Directorate of Oil Police, opened fire on security personnel, and stole a vehicle loaded with petroleum products, according to Lieutenant Mohammed Khalaf of the Iraqi Army, under Basra Ops Command. ​​ Khalaf said that​​ one​​ of the security officers at the compound was wounded in the exchange of gunfire, and that the security services were circulating the description of the stolen vehicle. ​​ [Rudaw]

 

Najaf

The Police Directorate of Najaf announced in a statement that it had arrested 2 wanted persons, 1 of​​ them​​ wanted on terrorism charges. ​​ The statement said that the terrorism suspect was arrested at​​ the Umm Abbasiyat checkpoint. ​​ [Ghad] ​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The Turkish Ministry of the Interior says that it killed 14 terrorists and arrested 5 since May 28, and​​ 11​​ others​​ surrendered to authorities. It did not define their​​ affiliation. ​​ The Interior Ministry says that Army and security personnel carried out 1,419 operations during the past week, arresting 232 persons on suspicion of joining the PKK and 43 persons on suspicion of joining Daesh. The Turkish Minister of the Interior says Turkey will turn Qandil Mountain​​ in northern Iraqi Kurdistan, where the PKK is​​ headquartered,​​ into a safe place, saying the Mountain is not far from the grasp of Turkish forces after​​ it made​​ notable advances in the Hakurk area. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

Russia

The spokesman for the Khmeimim Russian base in Syria says that Syrian government forces would support any movement by pro-Assad tribes against the US presence is Syria. ​​ He said that this goes for any illegal military presence in the country. ​​ [Dorar]

 

The official social media channel of the Khmeimim base says Russia would not support the Syrian Army in south Syria liberation operations​​ if​​ there were​​ forces​​ present​​ that were​​ not previously agreed upon (referring to Iranian militias). [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we reported last week,​​ there is an apparent understanding with Israel that it won’t react to Syrian troops in southern Syria near the Israeli border if Iranian and Hezbollah militias are not included with them. The effect is to create a buffer zone against an Iran-Israel clash.

 

Iran

Iran and Israel exchanged threats regarding the Iranian military presence near Israel on the southern border. ​​ The Iran Chief of Staff says the new situation on the border cannot be revoked, adding that Iranian withdrawal can only be decided on by the Syrian and Iranian governments. [Dorar]

 

Another​​ Iran official says it is for Syria, not Russia, to decide who leaves its territories. ​​ The advisor to Iran’s​​ Foreign Minister was criticizing Russian statements regarding the Iranian presence in Syria, saying that Iran sacrificed valuable lives in Syria in order to protect Iranian national security. [Dorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Syrian opposition military factions defused a car packed with explosives in the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo, on Sunday evening. ​​ The car, containing IEDs, mines, and bombs was a small taxi vehicle, but its source was not revealed. [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The SDF started a campaign, with the backing of Iraqi forces, to expel Daesh from areas it holds in Hasaka province. The new SDF operation is directed at the town of Dashisha.​​ ​​ Daesh is holding over 3000​​ square​​ km ​​​​ in Hasaka, where Dashisha is the stronghold. ​​ The Iraqi Army and Coalition planes are providing support to the operation. [EnabBaladi]

The​​ SDF,​​ backed by Coalition forces,​​ is engaging Daesh in heavy fighting in Hasaka, SOHR reported.​​ ​​ SDF forces are advancing steadily,​​ aiming to eliminate Daesh from the area. [SyriaHR]

 

A Coalition press release said that the SDF has begun the second phase of “Operation Roundup,” a ground offensive aimed at clearing the Dashisha area, by the Hasaka-Iraq border, of Daesh fighters. ​​ The press release said that the SDF offensive was supported by Coalition and Iraqi Air Force/Iraqi Army Air​​ and artillery strikes, and added that Iraqi security personnel were guarding the border to prevent Daesh fighters from escaping into Iraq. ​​ [InherentResolve]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a child was killed and another wounded when Iraqi PMFs shelled Abu Hamdha village indiscriminately. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh appointed a Sudanese terrorist as its security official in the Hasaka area.​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

SOHR says, quoting local sources, that explosions heard north of Raqqa on Monday were caused by demining and IED defusing operations by specialized teams. ​​ Daesh left thousands of mines and explosives in the area before its departure under SDF and Coalition pressure. [SyriaHR]

 

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

A car bomb exploded on Monday near a French-American base near Ain​​ Eissa in northern Raqqa. ​​ No casualties were reported, but another source says the explosion targeted an SDF checkpoint, killing several of its fighters. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Local sources say that fighting broke out between pro-government militias and anti-government armed groups near​​ the​​ Fawaa village in Idlib. ​​ 4 gunmen were killed in the fighting. [Dorar]

 

“More than 10”​​ Syrian troops​​ were killed and wounded​​ near​​ Idlib​​ city​​ in fighting with Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).​​ ​​ According to​​ Qasioun, this occurred after the​​ Syrian troops​​ tried to enter the​​ Shia​​ towns of Kefraya and Fawaa.​​ ​​ [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

SDF Command held a meeting with Russian generals in Hatla village, east of Deir Ez-Zor. ​​ The two parties discussed logistics, including opening a land passage in Husseiniya or Salihiya villages. ​​ [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 4 Syrian soldiers and 2 Daesh terrorists were killed when Daesh attacked government forces near Mayadin. The source said one of the killed terrorists was the former Daesh security official of Mayadin, Abu Ayoub Al-Shami.

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Daesh took over the strategic Bagouz village, near the Iraq-Syria border. ​​ Daesh engaged SDF and Coalition forces near the village, as well as in the area of Hasrat, before capturing it. Daesh now has​​ the​​ MayadinAlbu Kamal road within its range of fire. ​​ The Coalition initiated several airstrikes on Susah​​ village, leaving several civilian casualties.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Daesh initiated an attack in the area of Hasrat, near Albu Kamal, recovering large areas from government forces. The fighting is continuing​​ in​​ the​​ Ramadi and Jala’a​​ areas. [EnabBaladi]​​ 

 

SOHR reported a wide-scale attack by Daesh against government forces, helping the group to transfer its position from the east to the west side of the Euphrates. Dozens of Daesh gunmen moved to the west side from Shaafa and Albu Hassan, taking control of Jala’a, Ramadi, and Hasrat in the process. 11 pro-government fighters and 8 Daesh fighters have been reported killed so far. [SyriaHR]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, said that 2 of its terrorists attacked opposition fighters in Hait town, west of Daraa, on Saturday, killing five fighters, including two commanders, before returning safely. [ICDNJun3] [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Monday photos of the harvest season in the Yarmouk Basin area. [ICDNJun4]

 

The Al-Nusra group in​​ Um​​ Batina village, near Quneitra, fired several rockets and mortar shells on the town of Khan Arnabah, causing damage. ​​ Government forces fired back at the sources of the attack. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Daesh published on Sunday a photo of one of its Yemeni terrorists, saying he was killed in the Bayda area. [ICDNJun3]

 

North Africa

Libya

The Directorate of Security for​​ the city of​​ Ajdabiya​​ posted a video on its Facebook page of the Daesh attack on the police station in Al-Qanan,​​ 11 miles​​ south of Ajdabiya. ​​ The video showed Daesh fighters storming the police station and the police fleeing. ​​ AfriGate​​ reported that an unnamed source said security services found a disabled GoPro camera in the area after the attack. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday. ​​ [AfriGate]

The​​ video​​ clearly shows that the station was empty during the attack.​​ 

Daesh’s A3maq said on Saturday that Daesh killed or wounded Libyan policemen in an attack on Al-Qanan police station south of Ajdabiya. [A3maq]

In another report Daesh said a group of its terrorists attacked the police station, and “after heavy clashes,” killed the policemen inside, then set the station on fire. [ICDNJun2]

 

A woman was killed and five other members of her family wounded when a group of terrorists shot at them near Al-Qanan police station, south of Ajdabiya. The family, originally from Kufra, was on the road when the terrorists shot at them.​​ 

A Security Service of Ajdabiya source said security units found a broken car southwest of Al-Qanan and found a Daesh camera inside the vehicle. The video in the camera showed several Daesh terrorists, including a “Sudanese”, entering the station. Policemen had withdrawn earlier. [AfriGate]

 

A military spokesman says that the Libyan Army has entered the largest neighborhood​​ in​​ Derna,​​ in eastern Libya, and is advancing steadily in the city. ​​ The spokesman says the Army is fighting a coalition​​ of Al-Qaeda, Daesh, and the Muslim Brotherhood,​​ and​​ that the Army enjoys the support of Derna’s population. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We don’t know what to say about this story, as Derna has supposedly been under government control for a long time.

 

The Red Crescent in Sirte found the remains of a person buried by the sea 17 km​​ (11 miles)​​ west of Sirte. ​​ A source in the Red Crescent said they received a tip about the remains, likely to be the body of a former Daesh fighter. ​​ [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

On Sunday, June 3, the Tunisian National Unit for Research on Terrorist Crimes announced that​​ it​​ had discovered a cell of​​ takfiri​​ terrorists, members of which were between 17 and 21 years old. It has been​​ active between the governorates of Kasserine and Tunis. ​​ A group of them admitted under interrogation that they had been inspired by Daesh; the second group later decided to join them. ​​ [Tunisien]

 

Daesh said it blew up a gas pipe between the Doulab Oilfield and Sfax with an IED on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Great Britain

Britain is adopting a new strategy to confront terrorism, as announced by the newly appointed Interior Minister, including new legislations that comply with the digital age and modern patterns of terrorism. He says such legislation would increase the most​​ severe​​ penalties on certain crimes, and would include early confrontation of terrorist threats, and more cooperation with international , local, and private sector partners, as well as with technology firms, to confront cyberterrorism and design programs to confront personal tendencies toward​​ radicalism or terrorism. ​​ [Anadolu]

 

Russia

Daesh said on Saturday it detonated an IED on a police vehicle in the Urus-Martan area, in Chechnya, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh issued on Monday a video of shooting and killing a policeman in Bakaara Market in Mogadishu. [ICDNJune4]

Daesh said on Saturday it shot and killed a policeman in Bakaara Market. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed two policemen near Bakaara intersection. [A3maq]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A suicide bombing on Monday targeted a meeting of Afghan clerics in the capital of Kabul, after they issued a​​ fatwa​​ [ruling under Islamic jurisprudence] forbidding such attacks. ​​ The bombing took place after the meeting, which was attended by over 3,000 senior Afghan clerics. ​​ Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said the blast happened around 11:30 am. ​​ Kabul Police Chief Daud Amin said that at least 4​​ were killed and 1 wounded, all civilians. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said that there were 12 victims, without specifying the numbers of killed and wounded. ​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Another report on the attack said at least 7 people are dead and 9 others wounded, according to Kabul police. Ghafor Aziz, the police chief of Kabul’s 5th District, said officers were working to secure the area after the attack.

A suicide terrorist struck at one of the entrances of the compound where the meeting of the religious body, known as the Afghan Ulema Council, was taking place in the traditional tent of the Loya Jirga, or the Council of Elders. Around 2,000 members of the Council had gathered for the Loya Jirga, which earlier on Monday issued an Islamic ruling, or a fatwa, declaring that suicide attacks were “haram,” or forbidden under Islamic law. The explosion struck as the gathering was ending and the participants were about to leave. It was not immediately clear how many of the clerics were among those killed.[CBS]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the suicide terrorist killed or wounded at least 70 people. [ICDNJun4]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed two Afghan policemen in Jalalabad city on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Sunday a photo of weapons and ammunition it got after a battle with the Taliban in the “Sholt” area, in Kunar. [ICDNJun3]

Daesh published on Saturday photos of the battles in the Sholt area. [ICDNJun2]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed an Askar Al-Islam militiaman in the Nazyan area, in Nangarhar, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Pakistan

At least three paramilitary soldiers were killed and four others injured in an attack by terrorists in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province Monday.

A security official said that 2 terrorists attacked a checkpoint the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) near Mastung city. One attacker was killed in an exchange of fire with soldiers while the other blew himself up. Three soldiers were killed and four injured in the gun battle and ensuing suicide bombing. [WIONews]​​ 

Daesh said on Monday that 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked a Pakistan Army position in the Mastung area, in Baluchistan, killing or wounding “many” soldiers. [ICDNJun4]

 

 

June 1, 2018

 

Daesh Bunker​​ 

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Newspaper reports says Al-Abadi may split from Islamic Dawa. [..]

Yazidi activist thinks 2,000 Yazidi captives are being held in Albu Kamal. [..]

Daesh documents with NY Times reveal details of its internal management. [..]

Iraqi Army units, US advisors sent to control contested area on Syria border. [..]

 

Syria

Macron wants to provide military support to the Syrian Kurds. [..]

UN again warns of shortfall in funding for Syrian refugees. [..]

30 Coalition airstrikes hit Albu Kamal District in past week. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham capturing, executing Daesh members in Idlib. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

CoR member​​ Mohammed Al-Sihoud, a leader of Nouri Al-Maliki’s Rule of Law alliance, said on Friday that there was an “international conspiracy” against Iraq, which had the aim of bringing the country into political chaos. ​​ Al-Sihoud told​​ Bas News​​ that the electoral results were “programmed by international bodies, in order to introduce a very weak government,” saying that this “programming” was a conspiracy by “regional and international countries” who would benefit from a weak Iraqi government. ​​ [BasNews]

 

New​​ government

The newspaper​​ Al-Alam​​ Al-Jadid​​ says that​​ Nouri Al-Maliki and Hadi Al-Amiri are touting​​ Masoud Barzani, head of the KDP and​​ former​​ President of the Kurdistan Region,​​ as a strong candidate for the position of the President of Iraq. ​​ Alternatively, former Minister of Finance Hoshyar Zebari was​​ reportedly​​ proposed​​ by the would-be Al-Sadr/Al-Abadi coalition.​​ Another report says​​ Al-Abadi would not prefer​​ either​​ nomination if he​​ returns as​​ Prime Minister. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ All of this is about forming the government, not about the merits of potential​​ Presidential​​ candidates. Al-Sadr and Al-Abadi reportedly had proposed Zebari, certainly a worthy candidate, but also a leader within the KDP, with the hope of getting the KDP to join their coalition and help put it over the top. The Al-Maliki/Al-Amiri would-be coalition is trying to one-up that move by proposing Barzani himself, presumably reasoning that this would make the KDP more likely to join them​​ instead.​​ This is a cynical move and​​ also​​ has at least a couple of complications. One is that​​ historically​​ Barzani is interested in Iraq only to the extent that he​​ can promote his political interests and those of the KRG. Another is that a lot of those just-elected CoR members don’t like Barzani based on years of observation, especially after his recent independence referendum, making him a far more controversial choice than Zebari.​​ 

 

Erem, a UAE news agency, says that PM Haider Al-Abadi is about to abandon the Dawa party due to differences with Sheikh Abdul Haleem Al-Zuhairi, a member of the party’s consultative council and one of its most influential figures. Al-Abadi did not​​ make​​ Zuhairi​​ a negotiator with the Al-Sadr alliance​​ for​​ creating a coalition,​​ as Zuhairi​​ does not favor allying​​ with Al-Sadr due to the latter’s​​ hostility​​ toward former PM Nouri Al-Maliki. Al-Zuhairi​​ is known in the Dawa party as a “kingmaker,” due to his​​ past​​ role in nominating Prime Ministers. [SNG]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ All three of Iraq’s Prime Ministers since 2003 have been from Islamic Dawa.​​ This story aside, it has seemed from multiple stories we have carried that it is Al-Maliki who was abandoning Dawa, to ally with the Al-Amiri’s Conquest alliance. Now it’s not clear who is abandoning whom. However, a clear majority of Dawa CoR members lined up with Al-Abadi for this election.

 

Muqtada Al-Sadr denied that his visit to Kuwait aimed to discuss the next government or that he met with Brett McGurk, the US Special Envoy. He responded to​​ these reports​​ by​​ saying that the​​ Emir​​ of Kuwait is a man of peace and moderation, and that the visit was brotherly. [BaghdadToday]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Friday, a Yazidi activist said that Yazidis kidnapped by Daesh, including children, could still be held in underground Daesh prisons in Syria. ​​ Hussein Ali Al-Khansouri told the Russian news agency​​ Sputnik​​ that there could be over 2,000 Yazidis in total being held in the Daesh-controlled areas around Al-Susah, Al-Sha’afa,​​ and​​ Al-Bagouz​​ in​​ the​​ Albu Kamal District of​​ Deir Ez-Zor, and​​ in​​ the border area of Al-Dashisha​​ in Hasaka. ​​ He estimated that there were more than 300 Yazidis being held in Al-Dashisha alone. ​​ Al-Khansouri noted that all of these areas had been subject to Coalition bombings. ​​ Aidan Al-Sheikh Kalu, Director of the Yazidi Directorate in Dahuk, has previously said that there were 3,259 total Yazidi survivors being held by Daesh as of August 2014​​ when the crisis started. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

Baghdadia​​ covered The​​ New York Times’ publication of supporting documents from Daesh that its correspondent​​ brought​​ from Iraq to the US. ​​ Times​​ military correspondent​​ Rukmini Callimachi​​ took thousands of​​ files from abandoned Daesh offices after the so-called “Caliphate” started to collapse. ​​ Callimachi said that the files would help answer the question of how Daesh managed to maintain control over such a large amount of territory for so long when virtually the whole world was against them.

Callimachi took over 15,000 documents during her 5 trips to Iraq, each covering​​ one routine transaction such as a sale or a fine. ​​ Taken together, the documents showed that Daesh exercised both brutality and bureaucracy, using their administrative skills to diversify their economy so that they received revenue from various streams. ​​ The documents showed that the group was largely self-financed through these endeavors and was not reliant on external donations. ​​ Surprisingly, the documents also indicated that their revenue from routine taxes was much higher than from oil sales. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

The Foreign Minister for France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said on Friday that​​ the​​ French national,​​ Melina Boughedir,​​ was a “Daesh terrorist” who had fought against Iraq and should be tried there. ​​ In an interview with the French​​ LCA​​ TV channel, Le Drian said that since Boughedir had gone to Mosul to fight in 2016, she should be tried in the place where she fought. ​​ He added that the French Consulate was following the case, that France did not intervene in judicial decisions but condemned the death penalty as a rule, and that he had related this position to Iraqi authorities when he visited Baghdad in February.

Melina Boughedir was arrested in Mosul in November 2017, sentenced in February to 7 months jail time for illegally entering the country, and was slated to be deported to France. ​​ However, the Iraqi Court of Appeals ruled that it was not a simple case of illegal entry into Iraq, because she knew beforehand that her husband was going to Iraq in order to join Daesh. ​​​​ [Sumaria]​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

A Chechnyan official says Iraq is about to deport 94 children (known as “Daesh children”) to Russia. Documents of 25 children are already​​ finalized, while the second stage will handle the children born outside Russia, of which there are 45.​​ Of these,​​ 38 were born in Iraq, 1 in Syria, 5 in Turkey, and 1 in Germany. Iraqi families are not allowed to adopt Russian children whose mothers are under Iraqi authorities’ custody. ​​ 26 women are sentenced to life imprisonment, 2 to death and 26 are still standing trial before Iraqi courts. [SNG]

 

The Coalition said that between May 25 and May 31, it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, consisting of 1​​ in​​ Bashir, 1​​ in Qayara, 1​​ in​​ Baghdad, and 1 near Kirkuk. ​​ The strikes all targeted 1 Daesh “tactical unit” and/or 1-2 Daesh-held buildings. ​​​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Foreign policy

On Friday, the Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq (AAH)​​ organization​​ denounced the US Congress’ decision to classify it as a “terrorist group,” saying that this was blatant foreign interference in Iraqi affairs, and asking the Iraqi Foreign Ministry to take action against the US Embassy in Baghdad. ​​ In a statement, AAH said that the Congressional decision was “in line with the series of foolish decisions famously made by the Trump government.” ​​ They also questioned the timing of the decision, noting that it came after the CoR elections in which​​ candidates​​ affiliated with AAH won 15 seats. ​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Few Americans will cry for AAH, which killed American soldiers and has remained entirely hostile to the US.

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP Humvee with an IED near Sitta village, in Meshahda, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Friday that wanted persons had been arrested in various parts of the capital, including​​ one​​ wanted on terrorism charges. ​​ The terrorism suspect was arrested in the area of Qadisiya. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

A police source said that a civilian had been killed in an attack​​ at​​ his home in Radwaniya. ​​ The source, who asked not to be named, said the attack took place at noon on Friday, and that the attackers used silenced weapons. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1

 

ANBAR​​ (No reports)

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 2 Kata’eb Hezbollah fighters were killed when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Tilul Al-Baj​​ (western Shirqat)​​ and Baiji.

 

Baiji

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and destroyed their SUV with an IED on the road between Baiji and Tikrit. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

A member of the Mandali​​ subdistrict council said on Friday that security personnel, supported by local​​ citizens, thwarted a Daesh attack the night before on the village of Karim Jaloub, in the Al-Nida Basin. ​​ Haider Sattar, the councilman, said there had not been any casualties​​ and called for security reinforcements in the Al-Nida Basin. ​​ [Baghdadia] ​​ 

However,​​ ​​ the​​ Diyala Operations Command denied that a Daesh attack on the village of Karim Jaloub took place. ​​ Diyala Ops Commander General Mizhar Al-Azzawi said on Friday that the only thing that had happened was a brief firefight between 2 terrorists on a motorcycle and a security outpost “hundreds of meters away” from the village. ​​ Al-Azzawi then chastised the media for not relying on official sources. ​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

KIRKUK​​ (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

The spokesman for the Center for Security Information, General Yahya​​ Rasul, said in a statement that units from the Directorate of Military Intelligence, under Ninewa Ops Command, had found 100 IEDs left behind by Daesh in Bashiqa,​​ a​​ subdistrict of Mosul District​​ extending​​ northeast​​ from​​ Mosul city.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Intelligence Service units captured Wajda Nooh, a Daesh female​​ hisbah​​ official from Qayara, who was hiding in a​​ tunnel under a​​ house in​​ the​​ Al-Intisar​​ neighborhood​​ in​​ southeast Mosul. The units confiscated money from the woman, who admitted she was distributing it to Daesh families in Mosul. The source says the woman was responsible for killing several women during the liberation battles in Qayara. The source sent us a photo of the woman.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army officer and seven soldiers and destroyed 2 SUVs with IEDs in the Bab Al-Sham area, in west Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that a​​ Ninewa​​ factory for manufacturing IEDs for Daesh had been seized. ​​ Center spokesman General Yahya said units from the 20th​​ Division of the Military Intelligence Directorate had found the facility​​ near​​ the “transit zone” south of Mosul. ​​ [We are unsure​​ of​​ exactly where that is.]​​ He said that they had seized 1223 120mm mortar shells, 243 82mm mortar shells, 93 of various types of artillery shells, 38 57mm cannon rounds, 35 60mm mortar shells, 9 IEDs, and 6 “Hellfire” rockets. ​​ [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source sent us​​ photos​​ of the bunker.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

Colonel Ahmed Al-Jubouri, Ninewa Ops Commander, said on Friday that an Iraqi force accompanied by US advisors had taken control of the Iraq-Syria border​​ along​​ the western desert of Ninewa. ​​ In a press statement, Al-Jubouri said that the 15th​​ Division of the Iraqi Army and the 37th​​ Brigade from the 9th​​ Armored Division, along with US advisors,​​ took​​ control of the border strip after entering the villages of Umm Jurais, Umm Al-Dhiban, and Tal Safouk. ​​ He added that “hopefully” the force would establish a fixed military base on Mount Sinjar.​​ [Rudaw] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There has been one Daesh attack after another on Tal Safouk,​​ defended mostly by PMFs,​​ none of them successful according to reports coming to us. We have wondered why such an obvious Daesh focus area could not be secured well enough to discourage such attacks.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

An “informed source” says that Turkish land​​ units​​ are entering deep into the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan. The source says that​​ the​​ Turks​​ entered a village in Soran district. The soldiers told the villagers that they​​ were there to chase the PKK fighters. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political opposition

The SDF announced on Thursday that​​ any Assad regime​​ military confrontations with the​​ SDF​​ will not lead to any success. A spokesman​​ said that any military action​​ against​​ the SDF will only lead to more casualties, destruction, and hardship for the Syrian people.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

United States

On Thursday the Pentagon said that any​​ Syrian​​ attack on US forces or its allies would be bad policy. This statement was made in the weekly press conference in response to a statement by Bashar Al-Assad​​ in which​​ he mentioned using force against the SDF. [Qasioun]

 

France

As reported by​​ Rudaw, the French newspaper​​ Le Parisien​​ said that France was seeking to support the Kurds in Syria in their fight against Daesh without provoking Turkey. ​​ Le Parisien​​ noted that this tension came as an Arab-Kurdish delegation visited the Élysée Palace and received French promises of support. ​​ The newspaper said that France was confused about what to do for the Kurds given continued attacks on them by Turkey. ​​ The Arab-Kurdish delegation met with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday evening, and afterwards said that France would provide military support to the Kurds. ​​ [Rudaw]

 

Israel

On Thursday night, Israeli media revealed that the Syrian regime agreed to remove Iran and Hezbollah from Syria. On a Russian channel, the Israeli official of national security said in a conversation with his French counterpart, that Israel has agreed to let Bashar Al-Assad remain the president of Syria after the war if Iran and Hezbollah​​ are removed from Syria. [Qasioun]

 

United Nations

The UN warned of a significant shortfall in funding for aid to Syrian refugees, which could threaten the stability of hosting countries. ​​ Humanitarian aid groups called on international donors to provide $5.6 billion for the 5.5 million Syrian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq,​​ and Egypt. ​​ But according to the directors of various UN agencies, speaking at a conference in Amman, only 18 to 22 percent of that funding has been offered to date. ​​ Amin Awad, the UNHCR Director for the MENA region, said that his organization was already in arrears due to providing cash assistance and supporting services​​ to​​ refugees. ​​ [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Sumaria​​ reported on a​​ New York Times​​ article which said that the mission against Daesh had grown more powerful since top Kurdish leaders had returned, French Special Forces had increased in number, the Marines had arrived, and the Iraqis were conducting secret investigations. ​​ The​​ Times​​ said that US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the US commanders had at least 6 months to crack down on Daesh in eastern Syria, but that 6 months could turn out not​​ to​​ be enough. ​​ 

The​​ Times​​ noted that the Kurds and Arabs allied with the US​​ (i.e., the SDF)​​ had been very effective in fighting Daesh, but that Turkey’s attacks in northwestern Syria had pushed the Kurds away from the US-led offensive near the Iraq-Syria border. ​​ Seth Jones, Director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., was quoted as saying that Daesh had turned to guerilla operations, which increased the chances that they would continue to operate in eastern Syria and western Iraq for years to come. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition said that between May 25 and May 31, it conducted​​ 37​​ airstrikes​​ on Daesh targets in Syria. ​​ Of these, 30 were near Albu Kamal, 4 near Al-Shaddadi, 2 near Hajin, and 1 near Al-Sha’afa. ​​ They noted that during all of May, the Coalition has conducted 225 airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria, a 304% increase over the 74 strikes conducted in March, and a 123% increase over the 183 strikes conducted in April. ​​ [InherentResolve] ​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Two​​ civilians were killed and​​ five​​ wounded Friday morning by a land mine left behind by Daesh in the city of Raqqa. ​​ [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Friday morning, Tahrir Al-Sham​​ killed 2​​ members by gunfire suspected of involvement in bombings and planting IEDs in the city of Al-Dana in Maarat Al-Numan subdistrict​​ of​​ Idlib. [EnabBaladi]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a “repented” Daesh member was killed by unknown armed men in his house in​​ Maarat Masrin, in Idlib. The source says that Tahrir Al-Sham has killed 25 repented Daesh members in the Idlib area after a series of assassinations and IED attacks by Daesh sleeper cells.​​ 

The source says Tahrir Al-Sham also arrested 62 men in Idlib city and killed 3 of them publicly after accusing them of being Daesh members.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Baghouz area. [ICDNJun1]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Daesh says it wounded several opposition fighters and damaged an armored vehicle and a bulldozer as opposition fighters were trying to advance near Adwan town, west of Daraa​​ city, on Thursday. [A3maq] ​​ 

 

Suwayda

The regime moved members of Daesh from Yarmouk and Al-Hajar Camp to​​ locations​​ in Suwayda​​ in southeast Syria. More Daesh​​ military units​​ are​​ reportedly​​ preparing to​​ leave Syria and​​ go to Jordan. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it captured the “Sholt” area in Nurgal District, in Kunar, after clashes with Taliban. Daesh also says it captured weapons and ammunition. [ICDNJun1]​​ 

 

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]​​