An Update On ISIS Activities

June 5, 2018

 

Manbij

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Court ruling says courts can’t nullify election results or mandate manual recounts. [..]

News report suggests Al-Fath-Rule of Law coalition may now have advantage in forming government. [..]

Iraqi citizens reporting returned Daesh members to law enforcement in large numbers. [..]​​ 

Turkey’s ambassador assures that new Tigris dam will provide water for Iraq. [..]

Another mass grave with Daesh murder victims found in Hammam Al-Alil. [..]

PMF command demands that pro-Kurdish Yazidi militia in Sinjar disarm. [..]

 

Syria

Russia negotiates concessions to Israel to exclude Iranian, Hezbollah troops from border area. [..]

. . . but Iran militiamen ​​ reported returning in Syrian uniforms. [..]

Manbij crisis ended by US-Turkey agreement for PYD departure, US-Turkey-France shared control, &​​ a​​ local council. [..]

SDF military control of Raqqa will be passed to Arab units. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham kills 22 Daesh members in Idlib. [..]

Daesh counter-attack in Deir Ez-Zor continues. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Somalia:​​ Al-Shabab attack kills at least 9, including two parliament members. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election/New​​ government

Election

The Supreme Judiciary Council of Iraq says that the law does​​ not allow nullifying the election results or enforcing a manual recount of votes of the May 12 elections. It says all​​ protests shall be provided to the Elections Commission which is to decide positively or negatively. It says that the Elections Commission will investigate protests individually, adding that Iraqi laws do not provide alternatives to this method. [Anadolu]

 

The Federal Court said on Tuesday that they have not ratified the names of the winners of the CoR election yet for the simple reason that those names have not yet reached them. ​​ Court spokesman Iyas Al-Samuk made the remarks in response to a journalist’s question. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

UNAMI Special Envoy Ján Kubiš​​ addressed​​ the CoR elections in an interview with​​ Rudaw. ​​ Kubiš said that the elections were a necessary step in Iraq’s democracy, and noted that Daesh attempts to sabotage the election had failed. ​​ He said that complaints about the elections and electoral process should be brought to IHEC and the Iraqi judiciary, and that IHEC was currently reviewing complaints about the elections. ​​ He then emphasized that the UN was not part of the electoral process. ​​ Kubiš also​​ said​​ that the​​ Security Council​​ was reviewing potential solutions to the issue of Kirkuk and the implementation of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution. ​​ [Rudaw]

 

New​​ government

According to the Iraqi Constitution, Prime​​ Minister​​ Haider Al-Abadi will turn over the government to a caretaker government 25 days from now. ​​ Bas News​​ commented that the​​ potential​​ coalition​​ of​​ Al-Fath (Conquest) and Nouri Al-Maliki’s Rule of Law seems​​ to have​​ a​​ better chance now. ​​ They wrote that “media reports” had confirmed that there were initial agreements in place between Al-Fath, Rule of Law, the Kurds, and a Sunni alliance.​​ Saad Al-Mutlabi, a leader in Rule of Law, told​​ Bas News​​ that dialogues with other parties were ongoing, that there were fundamental points of agreement with “most of the winning electoral lists,” and that their allies going forward would be Kurds, Sunnis, and “the large Shi’a lists.” ​​ [BasNews]

 

Corruption

The Ministry of Justice says 518 prisoners were released from state prisons, including 106 released in accordance with a general amnesty law passed by the Council of Representatives in 2016. The law was revised to exclude Daesh prisoners from eligibility under this law. 62 women prisoners are among those released. [Anadolu]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The former President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, said on Tuesday that there was an opportunity to resolve the outstanding differences between the administration of the Kurdistan Region and the federal government. ​​ Barzani issued a statement which said that there were new opportunities following the May 12 elections, if Baghdad and the Region worked within​​ “the principles of partnership and harmony and balance.” ​​ [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: The KDP is conditioning its participation in the new government on concessions on disputed territories and possibly on future political status.​​ This may be related to the story above under “New government.”

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Qatari​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ reported that there was a “high rate” of reports of Daesh members in “liberated areas,” as covered by​​ Mawazin. ​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ wrote that Iraqi military reports showed an “unprecedented” increase in the rate at which people were providing tips to Iraqi military and police hotlines to reported suspected Daesh members or suspected terrorist activity. ​​ They quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying that military and police receive at least 30 tips a day originating from the “liberated areas.” ​​ Other citizens and police officers interviewed confirmed the importance of intelligence collection in finding Daesh members. ​​ A member of the civil society Iraqi Rehabilitation Organization, Talal Al-Hayani, said he thought the Daesh propaganda machine had largely been defeated, and that the increased rate of reporting against Daesh reflected the low public opinion of them.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

On Tuesday, CoR Security and Defense Committee member Iskander Witwit​​ warned that Daesh may exploit certain fragile areas.​​ ​​ For example, Samarra has active Daesh cells and more Daesh fighters may​​ emerge from the desert of Anbar and​​ Diyala​​ Provinces. Daesh cells may also be hiding along the borders and outskirts of those areas. An official told​​ Baghdad Today​​ that it is imperative to conduct a broad campaign to purge Daesh from all​​ such​​ areas.​​ ​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Sumaria​​ reported on documents written by the then-deputy leader of Daesh, Adnan Ismail Najm Al-Dulaimi, aka Abu Abdulrahman Al-Bilawi, killed in June 2014 by Iraqi forces. ​​ A researcher on security and extremist groups, Hisham Al-Hashemi, commented on the documents, noting that Al-Bilawi was at that time the head of the military council for Daesh. ​​ Al-Bilawi served in​​ Saddam’s​​ Republican Guard before joining Al-Qaeda in 2005. ​​ In July 2007, he was arrested and imprisoned in Abu Ghraib prison, which he broke out of, along with many other prisoners, when Daesh attacked the prison. ​​ 

The documents found on Al-Bilawi when he was killed indicated that Daesh was trying to direct units from Tal Afar and Ayadhiya to make short, coordinated attacks on the west side of Mosul, while conducting military drills at the same time in Mosul and Samarra, then bring Daesh detachments in from the desert areas and Thirthar, in order to paralyze and frighten Iraqi forces in the area. ​​ The documents indicated that Daesh was waiting for the Iraqi armed forces commanders to respond to this process, and particularly to the scale of the military drills in Samarra.

Al-Hashemi said that the death of Al-Bilawi was a reason for postponing the attacks on west Mosul, and that some Daesh fighters remained stationed in west Ninewa for 3 days afterward waiting for his orders. ​​ Al-Hashemi added that they were also waiting for a reaction from the Iraqi forces regarding the Samarra drills, but the Iraqi leadership tried to keep people from being afraid by denying that the event happened. ​​ Al-Hashemi said that the main reason the Iraqi security forces fled Mosul was the bombing done by Abu Omar Al-Jazrawi, targeting a group of army leaders in front of the Mosul Hotel, which led to the morale of the Iraqi Army collapsing, and their withdrawal to the east side of Mosul, followed by orders from Baghdad to withdraw completely. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The​​ New York Times​​ responded to criticism of its handling of Daesh documents, as covered by​​ Sumaria. ​​ Sumaria​​ noted that both the international and Western press have accused the​​ NYT​​ of stealing the documents and taking them to the​​ NYT​​ HQ in the US without the knowledge of Iraqi authorities. ​​ These criticisms have noted that there were both moral and legal objections to​​ taking these documents to​​ keep them​​ from Daesh rather than turning them over to law enforcement or intelligence agencies. ​​ 

The​​ NYT​​ and the reporter responsible for the story said that they were helped by Iraqi forces, who knew the story the​​ NYT​​ was​​ working on, and that​​ they had​​ to smuggle the documents out of Iraq to prevent them from being lost or destroyed in a war zone. ​​ The​​ NYT​​ added that Iraqi military intelligence was aware of its work and that military intelligence units had prevented it from taking some sensitive documents. ​​ They said that the Iraqi forces aware of the story also hoped that the story would convince some of their allies of the danger of Daesh and the seriousness of their fight. ​​ The​​ NYT​​ said that they would keep the documents safe, and that in the future they would be fully digitized and available on the Internet. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

Turkey’s​​ Ambassador to Baghdad says that Turkey has planned to build the Ilısu Dam for over 10 years, saying that all steps taken were made in consultation with neighboring countries, including Iraq. He stressed that Turkey would supply Iraq with enough water quantities, as it was not built just for storage, but to generate power as well. [Arabi21]

 

PM Haider Al-Abadi called on Turkey to respect Iraq’s sovereignty in the course of Turkey’s war on the PKK. ​​ Al-Abadi made the remarks at his weekly press conference. ​​ He added that he would not accept the use of Iraqi territory to launch attacks on other countries, including Turkey, and would coordinate​​ with Turkey on border security, but that there currently was no coordination​​ mechanism​​ that would permit Turkish troops to enter Iraqi territory. ​​ He further noted that although there had been a small Turkish military presence in northern Iraq and the Kurdistan Region since the​​ 1980s, if Turkey tried to increase such a military presence, he would consider it a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. ​​ [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Prime Minister is raising an issue we have addressed before. Reality is that Iraq has done essentially nothing to prevent its territory from being used by the PKK for military camps in northern Iraqi Kurdistan,​​ from which its armed personnel cross the border and kill Turkish citizens. The KRG has also essentially done nothing, in part because the PKK’s declared cause of an independent Kurdistan ​​ has a lot of sympathizers among Kurdish voters. Al-Abadi manages not to mention the PKK combatants who are operating in Iraqi space but is making an issue of the Turks. ​​ The Erdogan government has created a lot of issues in Iraq​​ with its high pressure and constant scheming, but let’s be fair. If Iraq, including the KRG will not prevent these PKK sanctuaries in Iraq, Turkey’s only option is to deal with them on their own.​​ Political posturing won’t solve that problem.

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command announced on Tuesday that it had arrested wanted persons in various parts of the capital, including 2 suspects wanted on terrorism charges. ​​ A statement said that the terrorism arrests were made in the Adhamiya and Rashidiya areas. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

Iraqi​​ Federal Police​​ IFP) command announced on Tuesday that it had arrested several Daesh fighters. ​​ In a statement,​​ it​​ said that after receiving a tip about Daesh activity in Mahdia, in the Dora area of Baghdad, Federal Police in​​ the 8th​​ Brigade of the 2nd​​ Division​​ had arrested a “resident of Suleimaniya and Halabja” who was in possession of false identity documents. ​​ After being interrogated, he confessed to being a Daesh member who received false civilian identities from another person and sent them to other Daesh members. ​​ The Federal Police then arrested the second person in Dora, who confessed to selling forged documents to the first arrestee. ​​ The same units later arrested a third person living in Ghazaliya, close to Abu Ghraib, who admitted to belonging to a Daesh group in Diyala. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

See stories below under Samarra regarding operations in the Samarra-Anbar desert area.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

Salahuddin Operations Command announced on Tuesday that units in the Salahuddin Anti-Explosives Department, as well as units under the Directorate of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, had found various explosives in Diba’i,​​ just south of​​ Tikrit. ​​ In a statement, Command said the discovery included 50 anti-armor mines, 4 thermal grenades, 12 detonators for anti-armor mines, 10 “homemade” grenades, 25 explosive detonators, and a variety of lighters.​​ ​​ The Center for Security Information confirmed the discovery and added that they had also found a book of records used by Daesh’s “Islamic Police.”​​ ​​ [Ghad]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

On Tuesday, the PMF announced that​​ it had​​ foiled an effort by Daesh to smuggle oil from the Allas​​ oilfields in eastern​​ Salahuddin. [BaghdadToday]​​ 

 

Samarra

On Tuesday, Samarra Ops Commander Imad Al-Zuhairi said that operations launched by the Iraqi forces against Daesh were conducted in coordination with​​ the Sadrist​​ Saraya Al-Salam​​ PMF organization.​​ The official media of Saraya Al-Salam confirmed the spread of Daesh in Samarra​​ District in Salahuddin governorate. [Youm7]

Saraya Al-Salam​​ itself,​​ which is​​ assigned to​​ the Samarra area, announced on Tuesday that it had killed 13 Daesh fighters in a joint operation with the Iraqi Army around the Tigris and​​ to its west in​​ areas near Lake Thirthar in Anbar. The operation described covered an extremely wide area, including Albu Jarub, west of Samarra; Subaihat in Falluja’s Qarma subdistrict, and an obscure place in Anbar called Al-Hadidi.​​ [Ghad] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We wish the Army would put out the official version of the story. However, places like this are where the remaining fight against Daesh has to be carried out. It’s the deserts, the mountains, and all the​​ other​​ places in between the urban areas where Daesh control has been essentially eliminated.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh attacked a Saraya Al-Salam battalion headquarters in Jazeera Samarra, killing 2 fighters and stealing weapons and ammunition. The source says Daesh terrorists set the place on fire before retreating.​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh issues a video of detonating an IED on two Iraqi soldiers in the Al-Waqf area. Daesh had claimed​​ responsibility for​​ the attack on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

The Diyala Police announced that​​ it had​​ arrested 12 people, including several terrorists affiliated with Daesh, in Muqdadiya and​​ in the​​ Jalawla​​ area in Khanaqin in northeast Diyala. [Forat]​​ 

 

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 3 Badr​​ PMF​​ fighters were killed and their vehicles destroyed when an IED exploded on their convoy in the Udhaim Dam area.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The IFP​​ announced on Tuesday that​​ Federal Police in the 4th​​ Brigade of the 6th​​ Division had found 3 IEDs in Hawija subdistrict while supporting PMF groups in Kirkuk. ​​ Federal Police from the 5th​​ Brigade also arrested 5 persons wanted for terrorism in Kirkuk, some of whom were Hawija residents.​​ ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

West Mosul

The Center for Security Information, through spokesman General Yahya Rasul , reported that a joint force assigned to clear the Badoush Mountains had found 2 “SPG”-type rockets, 5 explosive charges, 8 IEDs, and a Katyusha rocket launcher. ​​ [Baghdadia] ​​ 

 

The Ministry of the Interior said that 20 Daesh members were arrested in west Mosul. ​​ Ministry spokesman General Sa’ad Ma’an said that units under Ninewa Police Command carried out the arrests, adding that among them were members of Daesh’s “security” and “Islamic police” groups. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Ninewa SWAT units captured Muhannad Al-Obeidi, the Daesh security official of Hatra, who was hiding in a house in Hay Al-Shuhada​​ [“hay” = neighborhood]in west Mosul. The units confiscated a silenced gun from the house.

 

East Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Ninewa SWAT units captured 2 Daesh members in a house in Hay Al-Sihha in east Mosul,​​ based on information obtained from residents of the area. The source also says the units confiscated passports and money from the house. The source says the terrorists had​​ been in hiding since the Mosul liberation and were planning to flee to Turkey.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Rapid Intervention units captured 6 Daesh members in Hay Al-Zahra, in east Mosul.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed an officer by detonating an IED on his vehicle in the North Garage area, in east Mosul, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says local police and PMF units found a mass grave of civilians killed by Daesh in the desert near Hammam Al-Alil. The source says the victims were blindfolded and shot in the head. The source sent us photos of the mass grave.

 

The Center for Security Information announced on Tuesday that security personnel under Ninewa Ops Command had found an explosives​​ belt in the village of Khan,​​ in the​​ Muhalabiya area​​ of Mosul subdistrict near the Tal Afar border. ​​ A destroyed safehouse and 2 more IEDs were found in Lazzaqa.​​ [Baghdadia] ​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Center for Security Information announced on Tuesday that security personnel under Ninewa Ops Command had found a cache of explosives in the village of Al-Shahadin​​ in​​ Ayadhiya subdistrict​​ northeast of Tal Afar city. ​​ Center spokesman General Yahya​​ ​​ said the find included 15 explosives​​ belts, 30 mortar shells, and 2 “SPG”-type rockets. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ ​​ 

 

Sinjar

The PMF​​ organization​​ demanded that the Êzîdxan Protection Force (HPÊ), a Yazidi militia, disarm. The PMF said that it would not permit the HPÊ to carry weapons in the center of Sinuni and Sinjar. ​​ Haydar Shesho, commander of the HPÊ, said that they were not responsible to the PMF, and that the HPE security personnel were official forces who had approval from the Peshmerga Ministry. ​​ He added that the PMF were just trying to obstruct the HPÊ. ​​ US troops have been deployed in Sinjar over the past few days. ​​ [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This has nothing much to do with security in Sinjar and everything to do with the long-standing Kurdish (and especially KDP) scheme to gain permanent political control of Sinjar. (It is a mere inconvenience to the Kurds that Sinjar is not contiguous with​​ Kurdistan.) Some Yazidis are pro-Kurdish and some are not, in part because some identify as Kurdish and some don’t. Those upset that they were suddenly abandoned overnight by the Peshmerga as Daesh invaded Sinjar​​ in 2014​​ are in the​​ anti-Kurdish​​ group. There have been militias on both sides of this divide. The Iraqi government having reasserted predominant control over Sinjar, the obviously pro-Kurdish HPE is asserting authority it doesn’t have but is promoting the Kurdish solution to the political status issue, which is its real purpose as seen from Erbil.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The​​ Babel Police​​ command announced on Tuesday that its forces had arrested 44 wanted persons, including 1 wanted on terrorism charges and 1 accused of kidnapping. The Director of the Babel Emergency Police, General Abbas Al-Zarkani, said that the terrorism suspect had been arrested at a checkpoint in the north of the province, next to Baghdad, and that​​ he​​ had 2 grenades hidden in his vehicle at the time of his arrest. ​​ The 4 persons traveling with him were also arrested. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Dhi Qar

The Dhi Qar Criminal Court announced on Tuesday that it had sentenced 4 terrorists to death for their role in a plan 9 years ago to blow up explosives in the Husseiniya neighborhood of the Rashidiya subdistrict​​ in​​ north Baghdad. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said that Turkish forces would continue military operations in Syria and Iraq until “the elimination of the last terrorist with his gun aimed at Turkey,” as quoted in​​ the state-run Turkish news agency​​ Anadolu. ​​ Erdoğan added that this included entering Sinjar, if necessary, as part of Turkey’s campaign against the PKK. ​​ [Dorar] ​​ 

 

Also see stories below under “Manbij”

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

A Spanish paper says Russia​​ agreed with​​ Israel to dissolve pro–Assad militias in Syria and integrate them into regular forces. ​​ The paper said this​​ was discussed between the Russian and Syrian presidents in Sochi recently. [Dorar]

 

Russian Military Police are deployed on all the crossings between Harmal and​​ Al-Qasr, Lebanon​​ on the Syria-Lebanon border, and more are about to be deployed in the area between Beqaa and Qalamoun, placing Hezbollah supply lines​​ virtually​​ under its scrutiny. ​​ Some sources say recent Russian movements are the result of a Russian-Israeli-US understanding​​ on Syria. [Qasioun]

 

However, sources in militant opposition factions say Iranian and pro-Iranian militias are returning to the areas they left, putting on the uniforms of regular Syrian forces. Government checkpoints are allowing them to pass easily, says the sources. [Qasioun]

 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ All of this is confusing, but shows the consistency of Russian diplomacy in trying to clear out all the obstacles to reassertion of​​ Assad’s​​ control over all of Syria. With the difficult opposition pockets in and near Damascus cleared, the focus has shifted to southern Syria. This looked​​ to​​ Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran​​ like an opportunity​​ to move their forces close to the Israeli border. This has brought Israel into the Syrian conflict with threats to invade southern Syria and otherwise attack Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria in order to prevent that. Russia has apparently negotiated an arrangement acceptable to Israel under which, within 25 km of the Israeli border,​​ the Syrian Army will deal with southern Syria on its own, possibly a risky move for the exhausted Syrian military if the opposition is particularly stubborn.​​ This has created some conflict between Russia and Iran, but the Russians are clear-headed about their core objective of serving Assad’s interests first. Assad can’t tell the Iranians and Hezbollah to back off; he owes them too much. But the Russians can.​​ 

 

France

Lafarge, the French cement giant, demanded to postpone its court hearing regarding the company’s alleged funding of Daesh. The court hearing was set for today in Paris. The company is accused of paying over 12​​ million​​ euros​​ to armed groups in Syria, including Daesh, to keep its factory in Syria operational, and allow personnel to come and go​​ at​​ the factory. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Syrian military sources say​​ that Daesh had turned the schools in​​ the​​ Yarmouk refugee camp and Al-Hajar Al-Aswad into training sites for raising young Daesh recruits. ​​ Sumaria​​ published pictures from the areas after they came under Syrian regime control, including signs painted on the walls, apparently referring to the children there as “Cubs of the Caliphate–State of Hama.” ​​ A representative from the Syrian Ministry of Defense said that Daesh had been training children under 13 as gunmen and suicide bombers. ​​ Video recordings of the children’s training showed children lined up in uniform taking military orders, engaging in target practice, and being present during executions. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northwest

Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

The US State Department said on Tuesday that all parties would accept the settlement​​ that has been reached​​ to stabilize the situation in Manbij. ​​ State​​ Department​​ spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a news conference that the US and Turkey had come to an agreement that provided for the withdrawal of the YPG/PYD from Manbij to areas east of the Euphrates.  ​​​​ [Anadolu]

 

Turkey and the US agreed on a 6-month “road map” to manage affairs in Manbij, which would include the withdrawal of all Kurdish forces, the formation of a joint Turkish, US, and French command, and the establishment of a civil council to run the city. [Qasioun]

 

PYD General Command​​ has​​ announced the withdrawal of its units from Manbij, following the US-Turkey  ​​​​ understanding. ​​ A few “trainers” stayed in the city in coordination with the Coalition, according to the Manbij Military Council. [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The SDF announced the start of a new operation to capture Dashisha south of Hasaka, saying it already holds some forward positions in the area. However, Qasioun also reports that Daesh killed several SDF fighters in an ambush near the town of Dashisha. ​​ [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

A Kurdish website says that the SDF agreed to the deployment of Arab units in its areas of control​​ in​​ north Syria. The Arab units will start deploying in Raqqa, where the US is planning to withdraw its troops. [Dorar]

 

The Turkish Foreign Minister threatened to enter Kobane and Raqqa,​​ by​​ duplicating the Manbij example. He said​​ that​​ other than​​ Turkey and the US, there will be no role for any other state in Manbij, be it the UK, France, or Belgium. ​​ He says Russia is in Tartus, while there is no Syrian or Russian presence in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. ​​ Daesh is in the desert areas. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Manbij agreement is hopefully a positive step that could calm US-Turkish relations, but now the ever bombastic Erdogan regime puts out another bullying statement. This is offensive, but objectivity requires the concession that the bullying strategy has worked so far and so the Turks are probably justified in assuming that it will continue to work.

 

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a traffic circle in Raqqa, according to the SDF media center. [Hawar]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Daesh supporters claim that Tahrir Al-Sham killed 22 civilians in the Idlib area after accusing them of being Daesh members. [ICDNJun5]

 

Qasioun​​ provided a different version of​​ the story, reporting that​​ Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) killed 22 Daesh​​ fighters​​ on Tuesday in fighting near the city of Salqin, according to the HTS media outlet. ​​ They added that they had also captured 4 other fighters and seized 40 Kalashnikov-style rifles, machine guns, and rockets. ​​ [Qasioun]

 

Homs

The Maghawir Al-Thawra (“Commandos​​ of the Revolution”) opposition faction claimed in a statement that it thwarted a Daesh suicide bomb attack on one of its patrols near the Al-Tanaf base, on the Jordanian border​​ in far southeastern Homs. The two-hour battle ended with all attacking fighters killed. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh initiated a large attack on government forces near the Al-Taym oilfield near Deir Ez-Zor, capturing some strategic positions. The attack started from Mayadin. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin​​ District

The fierce fighting between Daesh and government forces east of the Euphrates is continuing, resulting in the killing of 45 government soldiers and at least 26 Daesh​​ fighters​​ so far, SOHR reported. ​​ Daesh is attacking a 100 km-long front, aiming to confuse government forces and their allies west of the Euphrates. ​​ The Albu KamalDeir Ez-Zor road was cut off as a result of the​​ fighting. [Hawar]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

After taking Bagouz village Monday, Daesh attacked government positions in Albu Lil and Mo Hassan. ​​ Local sources reported an American airstrike in the area. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh started to dig a trench around Al-Sha’afa town and​​ has​​ deployed snipers in order to stop SDF units from advancing. ​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

A pro-government website says fierce clashes took place in Qardaha, Latakia between government forces and a militia led by Jaafar Shalish, a relative of President Al-Assad. ​​ Police say that the security operation against the militias is continuing, while several casualties were reported. ​​ [Dorar]

 

Daraa

Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled said on Monday 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

 

However, Daesh published a photo of one of its terrorists who attacked opposition fighters near Hait and said he was killed. [ICDNJun5]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Tunisia

On Monday, June 4, the Tunisian National Guard arrested a 23-year-old in Jendouba Governorate on charges of belonging to and promoting a terrorist organization. ​​ The Ministry of the Interior said in a statement on Tuesday that the arrestee had been running a Facebook page called​​ Tawheed, which glorified Daesh and promoted terrorism. ​​ [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

United States

A US report warned that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi may coordinate with US terrorist websites. ​​ The London-based, Saudi-owned​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ quoted the report as saying that some people in the US would always be receptive to religious slogans exploiting personal sensitivity and the idea of hostility between Islam and the West. ​​ The report called on Internet companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter to take action against the “New Daesh-ites.” ​​ The report was published by the New America think tank in Washington, DC, and co-authored by Mitchell Silber, former Director of Intelligence at NYPD, and Jesse Morton, a former jihadi turned FBI informant. ​​ The report referred to Morton’s past activities, running the website​​ Revolution Muslim​​ for​​ an Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist cell in NYC,​​ as a possible template for Al-Baghdadi’s ability to spread Daesh ideology outside of Iraq and Syria after the physical destruction of the Daesh “Caliphate.” ​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ For a guy who hasn’t been seen in years, and is not provably even alive,​​ and​​ whose​​ “caliphate”​​ has been almost completely destroyed, Baghdadi seems to inspire a lot of​​ anxiety.

 

Great Britain

The British government convicted an adolescent from London​​ of​​ planning to attack the British Museum with a hand grenade. This was her​​ response to a decision that prevented her from traveling to Syria to marry a Daesh terrorist. [Shafaaq]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

At least​​ nine​​ people, including​​ two​​ local representatives​​ in the parliament, were killed in an attack by Al-Shabab in the state of Hirshabelle, part of Middle Shabelle in southern Somalia. ​​ Local officials said that the Al-Shabab militants ambushed a military convoy that was​​ transporting​​ officials, including the​​ two​​ legislators. ​​ [Anadolu]

 

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