June 4, 2018
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. [..]
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. [..]
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
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
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
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 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]
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]
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 city & district
SOHR says, quoting local sources, that explosions heard north of Raqqa on Monday were caused by de–mining 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
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]
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 Mayadin–Albu 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 Sha’afa 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]
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
Daesh published on Sunday a photo of one of its Yemeni terrorists, saying he was killed in the Bayda area. [ICDNJun3]
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]
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
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 cyber–terrorism and design programs to confront personal tendencies toward radicalism or terrorism. [Anadolu]
Daesh said on Saturday it detonated an IED on a police vehicle in the Urus-Martan area, in Chechnya, on Thursday. [A3maq]
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]
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]
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]