An Update On ISIS Activities

April 13, 2018

 

 

A photo released on April 14, 2018 by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows an explosion on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centers in and around the capital (AFP Photo/Handout / STR)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi concerned about Syria conflict spilling back into Iraq. [..]

Turkmen CoR candidate survives assassination attempt. [..]

PMF units capture 33 Daesh members in Hawija. [..]

Health organization warns of “health catastrophe” from 2,500 bodies still decomposing under Mosul’s rubble. [..]

Many Ninewa IDPs who came home have gone back to Kurdistan. [..]

 

Syria

US, Britain, France launch major air attack on Syrian military targets.​​ [..]

Amb. Haley slams Russia’s consistent backup for Assad’s use of ​​ chemical weapons. [..]

Iran Supreme Leader’s top adviser says US it too weak to remain in northern Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election

Friday,​​ State of Law Coalition​​ member, Kadhem Al-Sayadi, said that the​​ Electoral Commission ratified the names of​​ CoR candidates, “who haven’t fulfilled the​​ conditions of eligibility for nomination​​ for the CoR elections.”​​ Al-Sayadi​​ called for​​ those​​ officials​​ who have​​ done so to be held accountable.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Friday, Vice President Nouri Al-Maliki proposed to address the Syrian crisis through dialogue and peaceful solutions. “We had warned earlier of the use of weapons in dealing with the Syrian crisis, and it was proved that using force is not an appropriate option to resolve the Syrian crisis,” he said. “Today, we​​ reiterate our position opposing resort to the military option against Syria on the grounds of​​ the use of chemical weapons in Douma,” he added. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The statement seems confusing, but the discernible implication is that Al-Maliki is trying to tap into anti-American sentiment ​​ that is being fanned by the pro-Iran PMF alliance. He and they are competing for the same votes.

 

In a report published on Friday, the​​ Lebanese​​ Al-Akhbar​​ newspaper​​ said that​​ Nouri Al-Maliki’s State of Law Coalition and​​ Ammar Al-Hakim’s​​ National Wisdom Movement​​ have​​ spent​​ the most​​ on their election campaigns, adding that​​ they​​ have​​ provided​​ their own​​ unknown candidates with​​ $50-90,000​​ US dollars.​​ The newspaper pointed out that some candidates bought Facebook pages for $ 15,000.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Friday,​​ the Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq and the world, Louis Sako, called for​​ reforming the Constitution and laws​​ in such a way that​​ they respect life, promote peace and stability and​​ encourage the country to protect all citizens​​ and​​ treat all citizens​​ equally. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ You are probably​​ thinking, as we are,​​ ​​ in reading this statement: Why isn’t this guy running?

 

Anti-Daesh​​ campaign

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq between April 6 and April 12,​​ in or near Rutba (2), Al-Qa’im (2), and Tuz (1). [InherentResolve] ​​ 

 

Foreign ​​ policy

Friday, the London-based​​ Al-Arab​​ newspaper​​ quoted senior Iraqi officials as saying that “Al-Abadi has​​ ordered​​ military aides to make an urgent plan​​ with a view to​​ controlling​​ Iraq’s​​ internal security, in case some​​ of the militias inside Iraq try​​ to respond to any US attack against Syria.” According to those officials, “the Iraqi government is​​ committed to​​ Al-Abadi’s recently announced policy of​​ disassociation, and isn’t responsible for Iraqis fighting in​​ neighboring countries.” [Baghdadia]

 

Friday, PM Office spokesman Saad Al-Hadithi said that “Iraq will prevent the launch of any hostile operations from within Syria’s​​ territory towards its territory.” “The conflict in Syria was a major reason that created an environment for Daesh to emerge, expand,​​ and enter Iraq in mid-2014,” he claimed.  [ZamanAlWasl]

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Friday,​​ Security Media Center reported that, using intelligence information, the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) captured a Ninewa member of the Daesh-affiliated Al-Furqan Brigade, as he tried to infiltrate into Baghdad on the Diyala-Baghdad road. ​​ Earlier on Friday, Security Media Center announced the arrest of 5 wanted persons, including a Daesh leader, in Ninewa.​​ [Mawazin]​​ [Sumaria]

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Friday, the BOC announced it arrested a drug dealer in Al-Sadrain Square and found an IED depot near Bustan Jasim Al-Salman in northern Baghdad.​​  [Etejah]​​ 

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Friday, a security source reported that security units captured a person in possession of 3 mortar shells​​ as​​ he passed​​ through​​ a checkpoint in Adhamiya.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Friday,​​ the Military Intelligence Service (MIS)​​ 10th​​ Division announced that it captured 2​​ wanted persons on terrorism charges in Albu​​ Ali Al-Jassem, east of Falluja city. [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says security PMFs found the body of a Yazidi man, who had been kidnapped by Daesh from Sinjar in 2014, in a grave near Rawa. The source says the grave also contained the bodies of three unidentified victims.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN​​ (No reports)

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Friday, a security source in Diyala reported that the IED that exploded on Thursday evening near a home in the Kanaan subdistrict injured a judge​​ of​​ the Diyala Court of Appeals.​​  [Sumaria]

 

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

Friday, a security source in Salahuddin reported that a Turkmen CoR candidate survived an assassination attempt by an armed group on the Baghdad-Kirkuk road in the Udhaim area. His driver was wounded. [Sumaria]

Daesh’s version​​ says it shot at the vehicle of a member of the political bureau of the National Turkmen Movement, on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad on Thursday, wounding his driver and damaging the vehicle. [ICDNApr13]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army military position in the Injana area in Udhaim on Thursday night, killing several soldiers before setting the position and a military vehicle on fire. It also said it ambushed a military convoy on the way to the position, forcing it to retreat. Daesh says it blew up an electricity tower that transmits power to Baghdad, with an IED in the same area. [ICDNApr13]

 

KIRKUK

Dibis

Daesh says it attacked a funeral of a tribal PMF fighter, in Baqan village with light weapons on Thursday, killing one person and setting a house and a vehicle on fire. [ICDNApr13]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMF units conducted an extensive search in the Hawija area and captured 33 Daesh members. The source says all those captured had arrest warrants issued against them by the Kirkuk court.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 4 Daesh terrorists sneaked into Shmet village in Al-Zab subdistrict and attacked the house of a PMF media official. The source says the terrorists couldn’t break into the house but shot the official’s father in the foot before fleeing towards the Abbasi area.​​ 

 

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

Friday, a PUK official in Daquq, Idris Haji Adel, said that the residents of Fareeq (a Kurdish village) have left their homes after receiving threats from Daesh. He added that security units arrested the​​ mukhtar​​ of the village along with others for interrogation.​​ [AIN]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

In a statement released on​​ Friday,​​ Security Media Center spokesman Gen. Yahiya Rasoul said that the Ninewa Ops Command​​ captured 4 wanted​​ persons during​​ a search operation in​​ the​​ Kafruk area​​ west of Batnaya subdistrict​​ in​​ Tal Keif District.​​ “Security forces also captured a senior Daesh leader in Qayara​​ as he was​​ trying to flee Mosul,” Rasoul added.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Mosul

Friday, Head of the Iraqi “Al-Hayah” health organization warned against a “horrifying health catastrophe” threatening the lives of a million​​ people in Mosul due to the gases emitted by about 2,500 decomposing corpses that are still under the rubble of buildings destroyed by war in west Mosul. [Rudaw]

 

Friday, the MoD announced that anti-crime units in Ninewa captured 6 Daesh operatives, including 1 woman, on charges of terrorism. Two of them were captured in the Abu Mariya village​​ in​​ Tal Afar, while the rest were captured in various parts of Mosul.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says local police found two bodies tied and stabbed near a cemetery in Hay Al-Ma’moun, in southwest Mosul. The source says one of the bodies was a former Daesh​​ hisbah​​ member and the other a Daesh supporter. ​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil

Security Media Center Spokesman Gen. Yahya Rasoul said that security units in the Ninewa Ops Command carried out a clearing operation on roads in Adaya village, Muhalabiya, and Ain Jahsh, in which 12 roadside IEDs were destroyed. Rasoul added that 5 IEDs were defused in Kaberli village. 1 Daesh commander was captured in Qayara as he attempted to escape.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

In a statement released on Friday,​​ Security Media Center spokesman Gen. Yahiya Rasoul​​ announced that a Ninewa Ops unit found​​ 4​​ C4 barrels, 3 other booby-trapped barrels, 10 explosive belts, 100​​ mortar rounds, an SPG9​​ rocket,​​ an​​ RPG7​​ rocket​​ and 11​​ anti-armor​​ land mines​​ during search operations in Tal Afar Castle.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

Friday, a local security source reported that the west Ninewa PMF commander, Mukhtar Al-Mousawi, survived an assassination attempt in​​ an explosion that targeted his vehicle convoy on the​​ main​​ road​​ near​​ Tal Afar​​ city’s​​ Abu Mariya​​ neighborhood.[Buratha]

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Kata’eb Hezbollah stopped a Daesh attack on Wardiya village, near the Syria border, killing 7 terrorists. 2 KH fighters were also killed in the attack.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Ninewa PC members and Kurdistan Region officials report a migration pattern of Mosul residents to areas in the Kurdistan Region that they inhabited during Mosul’s​​ occupation by​​ Daesh, citing restrictions from armed factions and deteriorating economic, social, and political conditions.​​ KRG​​ External​​ Relations official Falah Mustafa said that​​ this year​​ 4,000 people migrated from Mosul to the Kurdistan Region, including some who had​​ previously​​ returned to Mosul. Mustafa called on the international community to extend financial and logistical support to the Kurdistan Region to alleviate some​​ of the​​ burden on​​ the KRG, noting that​​ meeting​​ the needs of IDPs and refugees​​ cost $1,000,900,000​​ per year.​​ [BasNews]

 

Friday, the leader of the Democracy and Justice Alliance, Barham Salih, met with the Russian Ambassador to Iraq, Maxim Maximov. Salih’s account of the meeting says he emphasized the importance of resolving all outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil prior to the upcoming elections, and also emphasized the importance of the Kurdish role following the elections. [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This statement might matter later, as Barham Salih is a respected Kurdish leader who could, we think, show up in a prominent position in the next government.

 

ERBIL

Thursday, Hawar reported that the PKK in northern​​ Erbil​​ again​​ attacked Turkish Army personnel in​​ the Sidekan subdistrict, killing at least 3 Turkish soldiers and wounding 5 others. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The US, UK and France launched their anticipated strikes on Syria early Saturday. President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis appeared on television to explain​​ and clarify the​​ US actions. According to a​​ local​​ source in Syria reporting to​​ MSNBC, the locations attacked included two research centers in​​ different parts of​​ Damascus associated with production of chemical weapons, the Tiyas (T-4) airbase in Homs, and weapons storage facilities in Homs and Hama districts.​​ 

In general, the attack was limited to sites relevant to the chemical weapons issue and avoided locations where Russians or Iranians​​ might have been hit. The attack​​ employed both missiles and planes and​​ was substantially larger than the previous US rocket attack on Khan Sheikhoun.​​ [MSNBC]​​ [France24] [AFP]

 

The​​ New York Times​​ had​​ quoted US officials as saying that during Thursday’s meeting at the White House, Defense Secretary Mattis advised President, Donald Trump to wait for more definitive proof before ordering strikes against Syria, warning him that any hasty attack by the US and its allies against Syria might spark a large-scale conflict with Russia and Iran. “We are trying to stop the murder of innocent people. But on a strategic level, it’s how do we keep this from escalating out of control, if you get my drift on that,” Mattis said. [SyriaNow]

 

United Nations/chemical weapons

Friday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said held Russia accountable for the current situation in Syria, saying “It is Russia​​ alone that has stopped at nothing to defend the Syrian regime’s multiple uses of chemical weapons. It is Russia alone that killed the Joint Investigative Mechanism, which allowed the world to ensure accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria.” “It is Russia alone that used its vetoes six times to prevent the condemnation of Assad’s use of chemical weapons. It is Russia alone that used its veto twelve times to protect the Assad regime. And to make matters worse, it is Russia alone that had agreed to be the guarantor of the removal of all chemical weapons in Syria,” she stated. ​​ “If Russia had lived up to its commitment, there would be no chemical weapons in Syria, and we would not be here today. At some point, we have to take action. We do not want the use of chemical weapons to be normal,” she added. [Anadolu]

 

Friday, France’s UN​​ Ambassador, Francois Delattre, called for an end to the “chemical weapons escalation in Syria.” “The United Nations cannot let a country defy the Security Council and International Law at the same time,” he said. “Letting Damascus have the power to exceed all our standards is posing a threat to international security. Let’s put an end to it,” he added. ​​ “In deciding to once again use chemical weapons, the Syrian government has reached a point of no return and the world must provide a robust, united and steadfast response. France will shoulder its responsibility to end an intolerable threat to our collective security,” he stated. [Rudaw]

 

Thursday, Russia warned the US that conducting strikes against Syria in response to Douma’s suspected chemical attack could spark a war. “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war.​​ We hope there will be no point of no return,” Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said. He accused Washington of putting international peace at risk and said the situation was “very dangerous.” “We cannot exclude any possibilities, unfortunately, because we saw messages that are coming​​ from Washington. They were very bellicose,” he said when asked if he was referring to a war between the United States and Russia. [Qasioun]

 

Friday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Western countries against repeating the Libyan and Iraqi scenarios in Syria. “God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience,” Lavrov told a news conference on Friday. He also said that even the smallest miscalculation in Syria could lead to new waves of migrants, and that ultimatums and threats do not help the dialogue. “Even non-significant incidents would lead to new waves of migrants to Europe and to other consequences, which neither we nor our European neighbors need,” Lavrov said. ​​ “Russia and the United States are using their channels of communications on Syria,” Lavrov added. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s too bad the Foreign Minister did not recognize that countries that enable Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own citizens don’t help the dialogue either.​​ 

 

Friday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced that a fact-finding team is due to arrive to Douma on Saturday in order to investigate Douma’s chemical attack. [Anadolu]

 

World Health Organization spokesman Tariq Jasarevic said that about 500 cases of suspected exposure to chemical substances were observed in Douma. ​​ Meanwhile, the​​ spokesman of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Geneva, Jean Lark, voiced his concern over the situation of civilians in East Ghouta, after the Syrian forces captured it. [Anadolu]

 

Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that Israel’s targeting of the Tiyas (T-4) Syrian Air Base​​ in Homs​​ was a “historic mistake.” Nasrallah said the attack brings Israel in “direct confrontation” with Iran. ​​ The attack killed 3 Iranian revolutionary guards in the airport, according to Fars News Agency.​​ [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Today’s strikes in Syria included the T-4 airbase, which is the largest airbase in Syria.​​ 

 

Al-Arabi Television​​ earlier​​ quoted some sources as saying that “the price asked by the Americans from the Russians to cancel its expected strike against the Assad regime is to withdraw the Iranian forces and its affiliates from Syria.” “Russia has informed Iran of the US demand,” the sources said, adding that “the US has delayed its expected strike against Syria, waiting for Iran’s response to the US demand.” [Dorar]

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Thursday, Dorar reported that the Iraqi PMF militias conducted a precautionary strike against Daesh members who were planning to attack the 29th​​ PMF Brigade in Tal Safouk. The PMF militias shelled Daesh-held positions inside Syria, killing and wounding several Daesh members, according to the PMF website. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria between April 6 and April 12, in or near Shaddadi (5) and Dashisha (2) in Hasaka, and in Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve] ​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Ali Akbar Velayati, top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader, announced on Iranian television that the next target of Damascus and its allies after seizing East Ghouta will be Idlib then west Kurdistan (i.e., northern Syria). He said the US is too weak to remain in the east Euphrates area, and Washington will not have any option but to leave Syria and the region.​​ [BasNews]

 

Hama

One of the locations targeted by the US/UK/France air attack on Syria is in Hama District.

 

Homs

At least two of the locations targeted by the US/UK/France​​ air attack on Syria are in Homs.

 

Friday, according to sources, SOHR reported that the Syrian forces resumed their shelling of Al-Rastan and its surroundings, killing 2 civilians and wounding others. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists forcing people to attend Friday prayers in the Albu Kamal area.​​ [ICDNApr13]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Forcing people to go prayers is a Wahhabi tradition;​​ the practice​​ is not accepted by any other Muslim group. Focusing on its Wahhabi roots is Daesh’s way to recruit more radicals.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed a Syrian Army soldier and damaged a bulldozer with a rocket near Albu Kamal. Daesh issues a video of the attack.​​ [ICDNApr13]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Friday, SOHR reported that intermittent clashes broke out between the Syrian forces and anti-government militias on the outskirts of Na’ema town, east of Daraa. Meanwhile, the Syrian forces resumed their shelling of Daraa Al-Balad in Daraa city. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ also​​ reported that​​ the​​ Al-Omarian Brigade leader, Nasser Mohammed Ruwais, was killed, and​​ the​​ Al-Tajammu’ Al-Awal leader,​​ Abu Jawad Al-Jabiliya, was seriously wounded in a motorcycle​​ IED​​ attack by unidentified persons in Ghadeer Al-Bustan town in Quneitra.  [SyriaHR] [EnabBaladi]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Friday, Israel announced that an unmanned Iranian aircraft armed with explosives was shot down last February after infiltrating Israeli airspace. The Israeli military said that following an “operational and intelligence-based investigation,” its military has concluded that the “Iranian aircraft was armed with explosives and was tasked to attack Israeli territory.” [Dorar]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Yemeni terrorists claiming he was killed in Bayda.​​ [ICDNApr13]

 

North Africa

Tunisia

Friday, VP of the​​ governmental​​ Tunisian Counterterrorism Committee, Na’elah Al-Faqih, announced in a meeting in France that the money of 28 Tunisian nationals and 5 organizations in Tunisia linked to terrorism​​ by​​ a UN list has been frozen.​​ [Anadolu]

Friday, a blast was heard in a house in Chouaref neighborhood, Kelibia, in Nabeul governorate, partially destroying the house. The causes behind the blast remain unknown, but local sources suspect it was due to explosives inside the house.[Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Germany

Friday, Zaman Al-Wasl reported that German authorities arrested​​ 3​​ Syrians on charges of belonging to militant groups, including Ansar Al-Sham and Daesh, and said that one of them tried to recruit German people to join the fighting in Syria. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Friday,​​ Zaman Al-Wasl​​ reported that​​ five​​ people were killed when a bomb went off during a football match at a stadium on Thursday afternoon in the port town of Barawe, in the Lower Shabelle region. Police said​​ that Al-Qaeda-linked​​ Al​​ Shabab could be behind the attack. Police said it appeared to have been detonated by remote control. “The bomb killed five people and injured a dozen others​​ on the football field. All the casualties were​​ spectators,”​​ according to​​ Mahad Dhoore, a lawmaker for South West state told Reuters. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Friday, Rudaw reported that 10 Afghan policemen were killed and​​ four​​ others wounded in a Taliban attack on an Afghan police position in​​ the​​ Shindand area in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, according to Shindand Governor Shukrullah Shaker. [Rudaw]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes the 127th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine, re-issuing reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. Daesh also publishes infographics​​ about its operations in the Sinai area of Egypt during the last two months. It says it killed or wounded 164 soldiers and policemen and destroyed or damaged 70 vehicles. Daesh says it started a compulsory 10-day religious education​​ campaign in areas south of Damascus. In this issue also, Daesh published the 4th​​ part of its security instructions for Daesh members and followers. [ICDNApr13]

April 12, 2018

 

Douma

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

PMFs retaliate for ambush by killing 11 Daesh in a tunnel, in Al-Qa’im. [..]

Daesh kills at least 18​​ in Shirqat​​ using fake checkpoint,​​ funeral invasion. [..]

Daesh again stages multiple deadly attacks in Salahuddin. [..]

Daesh​​ targets PMFs with deadly attacks in four provinces. [..]

PKK kills more Turkish soldiers in northern Erbil. [..]

 

Syria

Syria, Russia await US retaliation for Douma chemical attack. [..]

France says evidence is clear; Syria invites UN inspectors. [..]

Syrian Army takes over Douma as Jaish Al-Islam leaves. [..]

Syrian​​ Army​​ preparing to storm​​ Daesh-held​​ Yarmouk​​ refugee camp. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Election

Thursday, Sadrist leader Muqtada Al-Sadr responded to the speech of Izzat Al-Douri, the former Saddam deputy, noting that he will “activate​​ a​​ special division to capture or kill him following the elections.”​​ Al-Sadr added that the purpose of Al-Douri’s speech was intended to frighten the Iraqi people.[Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh Campaign

Thursday, VP of the CoR Defense and Security Committee Nayef Al-Shammari denied that there are negotiations between Baghdad and Damascus to transport Syrian aircraft to Iraq to avoid their exposure in cases of a US attack on Syria. He also warned of negative consequences for national security in the event of an escalation in Syria. Al-Shammari reiterated that Iraq will not be part of the ongoing regional political conflicts.​​ [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Thursday, BOC units captured 3 wanted suspects, including a woman, on charges of theft, abduction, and, and terrorism, in various parts of Baghdad.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Thursday, the Anbar Ops Command announced finding a mass grave of burned bodies in a house in​​ the​​ Tarabsha area of the Ramadi​​ District. The bodies have not been identified but according to the source they are​​ bodies of​​ civilians​​ or Daesh members.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Jazeera Operations Command units conducted a search along the Haditha-Baiji oil pipeline. The source also says Iraqi Army Aviation (IAA) helicopters destroyed a Daesh “caravan” (mobile trailer) hidden under sand in the same area.  ​​​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a PMF member was killed in a Daesh ambush in the Al-Qa’im desert. The source says PMFs units searched the area and killed 11 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a tunnel.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Thursday,​​ Security Media Center Spokesman Gen. Yahya Rasoul said that the Salahuddin Ops Command​​ carried out a search in Al-Allas oil fields and found 47 IEDs left behind by Daesh.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Three versions of an important story.​​ A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says three PMF fighters including a commander, as well as one policeman, were killed at a Daesh fake checkpoint near​​ Sdaira village. The source says 15 more people, including 9 PMF fighters, and 14 others, were wounded when 2 IEDs exploded during the funeral ceremonies for the four victims. ​​ 

The media version quotes a security source as saying that Daesh attacked Sdaira village, killing 4 civilians and wounding 4 others.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [Sumaria]​​ A local official in the Sdaira village in southern Shirqat said that two IEDs​​ then​​ exploded during a funeral on Wednesday killing 16 and wounding 14 others. [Rudaw]​​ 

Daesh says it killed four PMF members, wounded four others, and destroyed 2 vehicles in an ambush near​​ Sdaira village, southeast of Shirqat, on Wednesday.​​ [ICDNApr12] It says it​​ then​​ killed 17 people and wounded 30 with machine guns in the Isdaira village cemetery, where its victims were attending the funeral of the victims of the first attack.​​ [ICDNApr12]

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 4 AAH fighters, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh attack in the Al-Fatha area northeast of Baiji.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says four PMF members were killed at a Daesh fake checkpoint on the road between Baiji and Makhoul. The source says Daesh has had its units in the area reactivated for more than a week now.​​ 

 

Thursday, Security Media Center Spokesman Gen. Yahya Rasoul announced that a Jazeera Ops Command unit searched​​ along​​ an oil pipeline and found a 12-meter long Daesh caravan​​ (mobile trailer)​​ covered in dirt in Baiji.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says National Security Service units captured Ali Jaed Aqoub, a senior Daesh security official, at a checkpoint north of Tikrit. The source says the terrorist used to be an AQI leader before joining Daesh. The source also says the terrorist was trying to reach Baghdad and then fly to Turkey using a fake ID he obtained through contacts with local officials in Ninewa.​​ 

Samarra

Thursday,​​ Security Media Center Spokesman Gen. Yahya Rasoul announced that Samarra Ops units captured 2 suspects in a search in the Balad base. They also searched Albu Badri area and found 3 IEDs. Another IED was found in​​ the Shatit area and 10 others in another area.​​ [Mawazin]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh says a group of its fighters attacked PMF positions in Mashiyat village, near the Balad Station, with machine guns on Wednesday, killing or wounding four members. It says the same​​ group attacked a PMF training facility in the West Hadhira area, killing or wounding six more fighters. [ICDNApr12]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur,Tooz)

Daesh says it attacked a PMF military position in the Jalam Al-Daur area with light and mid-sized weapons. It also says it destroyed a reinforcement PMF vehicle that came to the area with an IED, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [ICDNApr12]

Daesh says it targeted a PMF position in the Jalam Al-Daur area with 5 mortar shells. [ICDNApr12]

Daesh says its snipers wounded a PMF fighter in the Jalam Al-Daur area. [ICDNApr12]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There is a noticeable upward trend ​​ in Daesh attacks on PMFs.

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it killed four Shia and destroyed their vehicle with an IED at Al-Quds intersection in Baquba city. [ICDNApr12]

 

Daesh says it attacked a vehicle carrying Shia people on the road between Baquba and Abu Saida with light weapons on Wednesday, killing or wounding the people inside. [ICDNApr12]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Diyala Police Captain Habib Al-Shammari reports that a Daesh commander was killed in a trap in Muqdadiya on Thursday morning. [Rudaw] [Sumaria]

 

Head of the Diyala PC Security Committee, Sadeq Al-Husseini said that a PMF unit killed a Daesh militant in a trap in Muqdadiya.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it attacked a PMF military position with light weapons in Isaiwid village on Wednesday. [ICDNApr12]

 

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

Thursday, Diyala Police Captain Habib Al-Shammari said that a roadside IED near a military location in the Mikhas area of the Khanaqin district exploded on a civilian car driven by a border policeman,​​ causing​​ his death. [Rudaw] [Sumaria]

Daesh says it​​ killed​​ a Border Police member and destroyed his vehicle with a sticky IED near Khanaqin. [ICDNApr12]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Thursday, a security source in Kirkuk said that security units in coordination with the PMF captured 2 Daesh operatives who tried to infiltrate into Hawija​​ District. [Knooz]

 

Daesh says it targeted a PMF house with light weapons in Al-Sabaghiya village on Wednesday. [ICDNApr12]

 

Daesh says it killed four IFP members and destroyed an SUV in an ambush on the road between Riyadh and Kirkuk. [ICDNApr12]

 

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

Thursday, a security source in Kirkuk reported that 4 IFP members were wounded​​ by Daesh gunshots​​ in​​ Al-Taybat village in Rashad subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, a security source in Kirkuk said that Daesh operatives demolished 2 houses and torched 3 others in Saba’a Nissan (April 7) and Ghaida villages in southwestern Kirkuk governorate. He explained that Daesh did so on accusations that the home owners cooperated with the security forces.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, a security source in Kirkuk reported that a man was shot dead in front of his family by Daesh​​ as the terrorist group raided his​​ house in Rashad​​ and accused him of​​ cooperating​​ with​​ the​​ government.​​ [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the Ninewa Police captured 6 persons on terrorism charges in Hay Al-Wihda, in east Mosul.

Thursday, the MoD announced​​ the​​ capture of the​​ 6 Daesh terrorists in Al-Wihda,​​ during​​ a large scale security campaign. [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh says it detonated a sticky IED under a PMF vehicle in Hay Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya, in east Mosul, on Wednesday. [ICDNApr12]

 

Southern Ninewa

Qayara

Security Media Center spokesman Gen. Yahiya Rasoul stated that the MIS division 20 captured 2 terrorists hiding among civilians, including a Daesh commander trapped​​ in the Qayara Bridge​​ area, while the second was captured in Hammam Al-Alil. Rasoul added that the BOC captured a terrorist in Abu Ghraib. [Forat]

 

WesternNinewa

Tal Afar

Daesh says it detonated several IEDs on the convoy of the Ninewa PMF commander, Mukhtar Al-Musawi, east of Tal Afar city, killing four bodyguards, wounding the commander and other fighters and destroying 2 vehicles. [ICDNApr12]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Thursday, the Babel Police stated that it found a depot that contained 15 rockets and American communications devices left behind by Daesh.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Thursday, according to local sources, Hawar reported that​​ the PKK in northern Iraqi Kurdistan attacked Turkish Army personnel in Tal Jidali in​​ the Sidekan subdistrict​​ north of Erbil, killing several Turkish soldiers and wounding others.​​ [Hawar]

 

Thursday, the PKK announced that 19 Turkish troops were killed in 3 separate operations in Sidekan between April 9 –11. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Thursday,​​ based on​​ a private source, CNBC reported that the US had selected eight possible targets in Syria, including two airfields, a research facility, and a chemical weapons facility. [Dorar]

 

Thursday, France’s President Emmanuel Macron said he has “proof” that the Syrian government attacked Douma with chemical weapons last weekend. He said he would decide “in due course” on what action to take once all the information had been verified, insisting he would strive to prevent an escalation of conflict across the Middle East. [Qasioun]

 

Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled Germany out of any possible military action in Syria, saying that “Germany will not take part in possible military action — I want to make clear again that there are no decisions — but we see, and support this, that everything is being done to send a signal that this use of chemical weapons is not acceptable.” “I think it is important to have a common line, without Germany participating militarily,” Merkel said. “If the permanent​​ representatives in the UN Security Council were to initiate steps … going beyond the diplomatic dimension, then we will be supportive.” [Dorar]

 

Thursday, Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari announced that two teams of OPCW investigators are due to arrive in Syria on Thursday and Friday to look into the alleged Douma chemical attack. “We’re ready to escort them to where they want, whenever they want, anytime they want.” “The OPCW sent four passports to the Syrian embassy in Brussels. The visas were granted immediately,” said Ja’afari, adding that “Syria is also prepared to grant visas for inspectors at the Syrian border with Lebanon.” [Qasioun]

 

Thursday, Dorar reported that the Syrian Television quoted Bashar Al-Assad as saying that “any possible military action against Syria by western countries will only lead to further instability in the region, which threatens international peace and security.​​ [Dorar]

 

Wednesday, Laith Al-Azari, a member of the Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq political bureau, said that “the the policy of disassociation is an act of weakness, and we aspire to build a strong Iraq. So, we must bring peace and support stability in Syria,” pointing out that “the US strike in Syria will revive the terrorists there, and if the terrorists gathered their strength there, that would inevitably pose a threat to Iraq,​​ especially under the current situation.” [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, leader of Al-Nujaba’ militia, Akram Al-Ka’abi, said that “after defeating terrorism in Iraq and Syria and exposing the US-led evil coalition, we find the evil coalition​​ idiots​​ trying to redress their defeated project and protect the Takfiri terrorism directly, after the ​​ Zionist entity​​ failed to support and protect terrorism through its repeated attacks.” “We are waiting for you in Syria. We will resist you, we will fight you and we will defeat you as we defeated your terrorist affiliates, namely Daesh, Al-Nusra and the other terrorist groups,” he added. [Qasioun]

 

East Ghouta

Wednesday, Syria Now reported that Jaish Al-Islam leader, Issam Buwaidani, left Douma with his senior commanders and fighters, after handing over all their heavy weapons, including tanks, armored vehicles and rocket launchers, to the Russian military Police under the agreement reached between Jaish Al-Islam and the Syrian forces mediated by Russia. [SyriaNow]

 

Thursday, Hawar reported that the Syrian forces​​ took control of​​ Douma, the anti-government militias’ last stronghold in East Ghouta, after Jaish Al-Sham withdrew from it. “The raised state flag over a building in the town of Douma has heralded (government) control over this location and therefore over the whole of East Ghouta,” Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian Peace and Reconciliation Center in Syria, was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. “Russian military police will be deployed in the city to supervise the implementation and respect of law and order in the liberated Douma city,” Yevtushenko added. [Hawar] [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So, while everyone in Washington was distracted by how to respond to the Douma chemical attack, the Syrians and Russians took over Douma and have largely closed out the opposition in East Ghouta. So there will probably be a US attack, but the Syrians and Russians have already gotten what they wanted.​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says six civilians were killed and 11 wounded when a suicide terrorist in a vehicle bomb attacked a crowded market in Azaz city. The source sent us a video of the aftermath.​​ 

 

Thursday, Hawar reported that 11 civilians from Afrin, including women and children, were killed when a land mine planted by Syrian forces went off on their car near Tal Jabin village in the Tal Rifaat subdistrict of Azaz. [Hawar]

 

Thursday, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that “Turkey is “very uncomfortable” with some countries that have turned Syria into an “arm wrestling” arena. As for Afrin, he said that “Turkey will maintain its presence and activities in Syria until Syrian lands become safe for everyone.” He added that they will “secure Idlib, Tal Rifaat, Manbij, Ayn Al-Arab, Tal Abyad, Ras Al-Ayn and Qamishli, and will enable all Syrians to return to their homes.” [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West​​ (No reports)

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Thursday, Qasioun quoted activists as saying that 161 civilians, including 90 men, 20 women and 34 children, have been killed since 2017 by the explosion of land mines planted by Daesh, the SDF and Syrian forces in Deir Ez-Zor province. [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Thursday, Qasioun reported that Daesh conducted a surprise attack on the Syrian forces’ positions in Al-Ghabra village, west of Albu Kamal, killing and wounding several members of the Syrian forces. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier near Albu Kamal city. It says its snipers killed another soldier in Al-Ghabra village, northeast of Albu Kamal. [ICDNApr12]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket near Sukkariya village north of Albu Kamal city. [ICDNApr12]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Thursday, Qasioun reported that the Syrian forces have deployed its tanks on the outskirts of Al-Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, in preparation for storming it. On the other hand, Daesh has declared “Al-Shuhada’ Sector” of Al-Yarmouk Camp as a military zone, and is evacuating civilians from it in anticipation of any Syrian military operation. Meanwhile, intermittent clashes broke out between Daesh and the “National Defense” militias on the outskirts of​​ the​​ Al-Tadhamun neighborhood in Damascus. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a group of its terrorists watching its latest propaganda video in Yarmouk Camp. [ICDNApr12]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area, just south of Damascus, after accusing him of blasphemy. [ICDNApr12]

 

Suwayda

Thursday, Dorar quoted​​ the​​ Al-Suwaidiya 24 Network as saying that “a number of clerics and local militias held Syrian officers and soldiers as prisoners in different locations in Al-Suwayda city, in response to the arrest of the cleric Munir Abdul Baqi and his family on the Syria-Lebanon border.” [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it blew up a shrine in the Kurdi Baba area, in Nangarhar, wounding two people. [ICDNApr12]

April 11, 2018

 

East Ghouta​​ 

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Vice President Al-Nujaifi offers cautious endorsement of Al-Abadi. [..]

Accelerated pace of IDP returns continues in Al-Qa’im. [..]

Tribal agreement in Salahuddin allows non-culpable Daesh family members to return. [..]​​ 

Daesh leader self-implicated in Speicher base massacre arrested in Tikrit. [..]

Daesh kills at least 11 Iraqi soldiers, wounds 10 in attacks across Salahuddin. [..]

Kirkuk Kurdish leaders blame GOI troop withdrawals for letting Daesh back into Daquq. [..]

 

Syria

Turkey Foreign Minister pronounces Syria too unstable to turn Afrin over to government. [..]

Trump tweets warning to Russians to “get ready” for US attack in Syria. [..]

Syrian forces reposition troops, planes in anticipation of US attack on bases. [..]

Russia withdraws 11 warships from Tartus, Syria base; commences firing drills off coast. [..]

British PM May denounces Syrian chemical attack; says the perpetrators will be “held to account.”​​ [..]

UN humanitarian coordinator for Syria says 700,000 more Syrians displaced since start of 2018. [..]

Russia says 41,000 people have now been evacuated from Douma. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Election

Iraqi Vice President Usama Al-Nujaifi says his electoral list, Al-Qarar Al-Iraqi, would support a second term for Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, but within certain conditions such as a clear government program and true partnership. Al-Nujaifi says Al-Abadi’s term was much better than his predecessor Nouri Al-Maliki’s. He says Abadi has achieved some successes, but overall success was partial, especially in terms of political and economic performance. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This endorsement by a Sunni leader and Vice President​​ from Ninewa​​ for a Shia Prime Minister, albeit somewhat conditional, is potentially significant.

 

Sources say major​​ Shia political​​ parties are trying to​​ get control​​ over the​​ CoR​​ seats allocated​​ by law​​ to minorities,​​ by​​ persuading those parties’​​ representatives to​​ work​​ under its​​ leadership. The minorities have quotas​​ totaling​​ nine seats. [BasNews]

 

Fath Al-Mubin alliance leader Karim Al-Nouri emphasized that the “presence of the PKK must not be a pretext for violating Iraq’s sovereignty.” He said the government is a UN member and will use diplomatic and political options to remove threats against Iraq. He added that there is no need for the Peshmerga to deploy to areas outside the Kurdistan Region’s borders, and​​ that​​ the Peshmerga’s role is to protect the Kurdistan Region against terrorist threats. He also invited all citizens, especially IDPs, to overcome the current challenges and participate in the election. [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon says Daesh may initiate attacks to affect the Iraqi election, noting that Daesh fighters are gathering in areas known by Iraqi government. Dillon said that intelligence cooperation between Iraq and the Coalition is continuing. [Sumaria]

 

A CoR member says Daesh and Baath operatives are still operating within the national intelligence apparatus. She threatened to reveal their identities through​​ documents​​ she has access to if​​ nothing is done about it. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

The​​ Prime​​ Minister’s media office​​ quoted him as saying that Iraq​​ want to ensure​​ that any escalation in Syria​​ does​​ not​​ affect​​ Iraq. [Sumaria]

Muqtada​​ Al-Sadr described​​ President Trump’s statements about attacking Syria as “provocative” and​​ said this​​ would lead the whole area​​ into an abyss.​​ He said​​ his militia​​ is​​ ready to protect Iraq’s western borders and will​​ not tolerate attacks on​​ holy shrines in Syria. [Sumaria]

 

A member of the​​ CoR Security​​ Committee said​​ that​​ former (Saddam)​​ deputy​​ Izzat Al-Douri,​​ who delivered a speech last week,​​ is not in Iraq. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This report might cause some mild surprise, as Al-Douri was previously reported (in 2015) as dead. However, he has been heard at other times since then.​​ Al-Douri was one of the Baathist leaders targeted by the CPA government for arrest, but was never captured.

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh says it blew up the houses of a tribal PMF fighter and an Intelligence Service “spy” in the River area of Tarmiya on Tuesday. [ICDNApr11]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad​​ Operations​​ Command says it ambushed and killed two Daesh suicide attackers planning to target Shia pilgrims in​​ the​​ Al-Khadra neighborhood. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says several civilians were wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a vehicle near the Ramadi central courthouse.​​ 

The story was later confirmed by the Security Media Center.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

The Anbar Ops Command has resumed returning​​ displaced people​​ to their​​ liberated areas in Al-Qa’im District, accompanied by Army and police units.​​ 93 families​​ with​​ 433​​ members​​ were returned from​​ the​​ Al-Jazeera Al-Siyahiya, Khaldiya, and Kilo 18 camps​​ in eastern Anbar.​​ [MoD Website]

 

Rutba

Daesh says it killed several Iraqi soldiers and damaged a Humvee in an attack on a convoy east of Rutba on Monday. [ICDNApr11]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army bulldozer with an IED east of Rutba on Monday. [ICDNApr11]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says three PMF fighters were killed and five wounded when 2 Daesh IEDs exploded near Isdaira village.

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMFs allowed the families of 83 Daesh terrorists to return to their houses after the families announced they had cut ties with the terrorists in a tribal agreement. The source says the agreement was reached two days ago in a meeting at the Salahuddin Provincial Council building that was attended by the Governor, the Salahuddin Operations Commander, and other officials.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a significant development. It represents one way of splitting the difference in the difficult situations presented by Daesh families still living in or returning to their home communities. Some people see only the security risk and want to exclude all such families, which is understandable but not a sustainable policy, as those people need to live somewhere. Others realize that it is not fair to blame people for crimes committed by their relatives. The core problem is that often we don’t know whether the family members are also Daesh members or just​​ have criminal relatives.​​ This formula, which obviously has official support, is way for the families to separate themselves from the actions of their relatives. ​​​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle on a road near Baiji, killing the fighters inside. [ICDNApr11]

 

Tikrit

Wednesday evening, a security source who requested to remain anonymous reported that​​ four​​ PMF members were wounded in a Daesh attack on an infrastructure training military base in the Balad Station vicinity. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says security units captured 2 Daesh terrorists who were planting IEDs north of Tikrit.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says an IFP 1st​​ Lieutenant was killed and his driver severely wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in Suleiman Beg.

 

Daesh says it damaged a PMF SUV with machine guns in the Al-Aith area, east of Tikrit. [ICDNApr11]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says IFP units captured Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Halbousi, a Daesh commander, in a house in Al-Awja village​​ south of Tikrit. The source says the IFP found a forged passport and large amounts of money in the house.

 

Samarra

Tuesday,​​ in a slightly contrasting​​ report,​​ Samarra Ops​​ Commander Iman Al-Zuheiri​​ said his​​ security units​​ captured Al-Halbousi in​​ the​​ Al-Saba’a area​​ (Area 7).​​ Al-Halbousi​​ was responsible for the deaths​​ of dozens of soldiers and participated in the​​ 2014​​ Speicher​​ base​​ massacre​​ in Tikrit​​ according to​​ a​​ video that was in his possession.​​ [Buratha]​​ ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says seven tribal PMF fighters were killed when Daesh attacked Al-Huwaish village, north of Samarra. The source says Iraqi Army units finally arrived at the village, forcing the Daesh terrorists to flee.

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur,​​ Tooz)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says IAA helicopters destroyed a deserted house used by Daesh as a hideout east of Al-Daur.​​ 

 

DIYALA

Diyala Police says they blocked several Daesh attempts to reorganize itself in the Himrin Mountains, by targeting their cells in Himrin (north), Kanaan (southeast), and Abu Saida (central) based mainly on local intelligence sources.​​ Mawazin]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

MoD says intelligence units​​ surprised​​ and arrested a major Daesh leader in Diyala.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Daesh says it wounded three policemen, including an officer, with an IED in the Al-Wathba area, in Baquba. [ICDNApr11]

 

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

The Diyala PC​​ Security​​ Committee says a PMF unit killed​​ the​​ Daesh​​ emir​​ of​​ Wadi​​ Gent​​ (Gent​​ Valley)​​ near Sadiya. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Wednesday, the PMF’s 11th​​ brigade rescued a family in Riyadh​​ subdistrict that Daesh was planning to execute, according to Abu Ali Al-Abadi of the brigade’s intelligence​​ unit. [PressIraq]

 

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

Wednesday, Kirkuk​​ Governorate​​ legislator​​ Shakhwan Abdallah accused the federal government of “handing over” southern Daquq​​ District to Daesh units​​ when it decided​​ to withdraw security and Army​​ units​​ from disputed areas while not allowing the Peshmerga forces to enter them. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday,​​ Kirkuk​​ PUK​​ leader​​ Mohammed Othman​​ reported ongoing​​ talks between the federal government and KRG regarding the return of the Peshmerga to disputed areas, and​​ said​​ the two governments​​ have​​ agreed​​ on the need to protect those areas, especially the outskirts of Kirkuk and​​ the​​ Daquq​​ District. He warned that there are numerous villages in Daquq that the federal forces have not reached while Daesh has​​ remained​​ active​​ there. [BaghdadToday]

 

Daesh says it set the house of a tribal PMF on fire in Al-Saidi village, south of Daquq. [ICDNApr11]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Wednesday, the Security Media Center announced that a terrorist cell of 11 members was intercepted and dismantled in Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Ninewa​​ Police say​​ they​​ arrested 15 Daesh members in Al-Arbajiya, in northeast Mosul. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the body of a Daesh informant was found stabbed and tortured in the river in the Al-Mansour neighborhood in west Mosul. ​​ 

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police patrol in Hay Al-Wihda; detonated​​ a sticky IED under the car of a PMF member in Hay Al-Bakr; and​​ detonated another IED on the house of another PMF member in Hay Al-Zahra, wounding him severely. [ICDNApr11]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says security units raised an alert after getting information about Daesh terrorists wearing PMF uniforms who were reported establishing fake checkpoints on the road between Mosul and Baghdad.

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the Ninewa Police captured a Daesh commander in a displaced persons camp in Hammam Al-Alil.

 

The MoI says police have​​ arrested the official of the Daesh “tribes office” in Hammam Al-Alil. [Sumaria]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Security Media Center says an army unit found 4 barrels packed with C4 and large quantities of explosive belts and mortar shells, during a search operation in the Tal Afar historical castle. [Sumaria]

 

Baaj

Security​​ Media​​ Center says 29th​​ army brigade blocked​​ a Daesh attempt to enter​​ the​​ Tal Safouk​​ border point between Iraq and Syria, trying to take advantage of​​ heavy rain and bad weather conditions.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

A source in​​ the Rapid​​ Response forces says​​ they defeated​​ a Daesh attack by​​ a​​ suicide bomber​​ with an​​ explosives​​ belt, by killing the attacker near a checkpoint in Baaj. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Wednesday, the media office of the Basra​​ Court of Appeals​​ reported​​ that​​ Basra​​ criminal courts​​ issued​​ 1,630​​ decisions​​ in the first three months of 2018. These included​​ 98​​ death​​ sentences​​ and​​ 11​​ life sentences. However,​​ 183​​ defendants​​ were released​​ due to​​ insufficient evidence, and reconciliation was accepted in 144 criminal cases. [Sumaria]

 

Wasit

MoD says one of its intelligence units arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Wasit.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Wednesday, Hawar reported that the PKK​​ in northern Iraqi Kurdistan attacked​​ Turkish Army​​ personnel​​ in Tal Lilkan in Sidekan, a vast​​ northern​​ subdistrict​​ of​​ the​​ Soran District,​​ killing 4 Turkish soldiers and wounding 5 others.​​ [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Turks bombarded the area from the air several days ago, forcing the residents to flee their villages.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Wednesday, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that Turkey has​​ neutralized​​ over 4,600 “terrorists,” including 4,108 in Syria, 337 in Northern​​ Iraqi​​ Kurdistan,​​ and 173 in Turkey, since the launch of the “Olive Branch Operation.” [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We think the meaning of “olive branch” is lost in translation. We could also point out that bombing villages in northern Iraqi Kurdistan has nothing to do with Operation Olive Branch.​​ 

 

Turkey’s​​ Foreign​​ Minister​​ Mevlut Cavusoglu​​ says Turkey cannot hand over Afrin to Syrian authorities, given the chaos taking place in Syria and the fighting​​ going on within​​ the​​ country. [BasNews]

 

Wednesday, Hawar reported that a Turkish soldier was killed in a land mine explosion during the ongoing Turkish military operations in​​ southeast​​ Turkey’s​​ Bitlis Province, according to the​​ Al-Forat​​ News Agency.​​ [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Tuesday, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin threatened that Russia will retaliate if missiles are fired at Syria. “If the U.S. and its western allies conducted any strikes, the missiles will be downed as well as the sources they were fired from,” Zasypkin said. [RussiaToday]

 

In​​ response,​​ President Donald Trump​​ told​​ Russia, in a tweet on Wednesday,​​ to “get ready” for missile strikes in Syria after last weekend’s suspected chemical attack on Syria’s Douma.​​ “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” Trump wrote. “You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” he said. “Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been,” he added “and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia​​ needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?” [AlArabiya][Sputnik]

 

In response to Trump’s​​ comments, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday​​ that the​​ “‘smart’ missiles referred to by Mr. Trump would​​ destroy evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack. Or is the original idea to use the smart missiles to sweep the traces of the provocation under the rug?” “‘Smart rockets should be aimed at terrorists in Syria, rather than its legitimate government,” she added. [BaladnaNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ For what it’s worth, we have noticed that Ms. Zakharova speaks good English.

 

Wednesday, Damascus hit back at Trump’s threats, accusing Washington of supporting “terrorism.” “We are not surprised by such a reckless escalation from a regime like the United States which has fostered and continues to foster terrorism in Syria,” state news agency SANA quoted an official source at the foreign ministry as saying. [Annahar]

 

Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed the Kremlin’s​​ official​​ opposition to a possible U.S. strike on Syria and said that “the situation in Syria is tense.” He called for conducting an “unprejudiced and objective investigation into allegations of the suspected use of chemical weapons in Douma before making judgments,” adding that​​ the chemical warfare​​ allegations “are not based on real facts.” He also said that the​​ Kremlin​​ hopes “that all sides will avoid any steps that are not provoked by anything and that could significantly destabilize an already fragile situation in the region.” [SyriaNow]

 

Wednesday, Qasioun reported that due to the US threats, the Syrian forces have vacated their positions at the Sin Military Airport in eastern Qalamoun, and headed to Al-Nairab Military Airport southeast of Aleppo city. They also transported a number of its Sukhoi Su-35S jet fighters from the T-4 Airport​​ (bombed a few days ago by Israel)​​ to Al-Nairab, according to Syrian opposition military sources. [Qasioun]

Wednesday, Dorar reported that the Lebanese Hezbollah militia has​​ almost withdrawn from the T-4 Military Airport. Dorar quoted Sky News Arabia as saying that “the Lebanese Hezbollah-affiliated “Al-Radwan​​ Brigade” has vacated its positions at the T-4 Military Airport and near Al-Qusayr city in rural Homs, amid fears of an impending US military attack.” [Dorar]

 

Wednesday, based on satellite photos from Israel-based ImageSat International, Fox News reported that Russia has withdrawn eleven warships from its Tartus naval base in Syria, hours after Trump’s tweet. Meanwhile, Moscow said that the Russian Navy is expected to hold a major naval firing drill off the coast of Syria. [Dorar][ElWatanNews]

 

Wednesday, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that Australia will support a US airstrike in response to Douma’s chemical attack. “I am not going to comment on US military actions. But if the United States does carry out an airstrike on Syria in response to this use of chemical weapons against citizens, then Australia will support any action against Syria that is targeted, calibrated and proportionate,” she told the ABC. [Dorar]

 

Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, as reported by the BBC,​​ said that the “shocking” chemical attack on Syria’s Douma “cannot go unchallenged.” “The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act. According to senior British officials, May appeared to be preparing the ground for coordinated military action against Syria, as she pointed the finger at the Syrian government for the chemical weapons attack in Douma and promised to ensure that those responsible were “held to account.” [Anadolu] [Elaph]

 

In a statement released on Tuesday, Panos Moumtzis, the UN’s Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria’s Crisis, said that fighting across Syria was forcing more and more people from their homes, warning that the massive displacement was posing more complicated humanitarian problems​​ for​​ the Syrians. “I am deeply concerned about the continuing massive displacement of around 700,000 Syrians since the beginning of the year due to ongoing hostilities in the country. The latest displacement comes on top of already 6.5 million internally displaced Syrians and over 5.5 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries,” Moumtzis said. [Qasioun]

 

The​​ Deputy​​ Operations Commander in the Russian​​ Army says that over 41,000 persons, including 3,000 fighters and 8,000 of their families,​​ were evacuated from Douma. [Sumaria]

Syria’s​​ Permanent Representative​​ to​​ the UN says Syria would never allow​​ a​​ change of regime and its consequences like what happened in Iraq and Libya. He was addressing all western states. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Why would the gentleman make such a statement unless he fears that the current crisis might in fact lead to regime change in Syria? Apparently he is not only an Assad loyalist, as might be expected, but also a Qaddafi loyalist and a Saddam loyalist.

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city& district

Tuesday, Al-Khabur news website reported that Saudi Arabia has sent non-military aid to the PYD in Raqqa, including 300 trucks carrying ambulances, construction materials, steel and other construction materials, following a visit by a senior Saudi official to the PYD-held areas in northern Syria last week. [Dorar]

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

Wednesday, SOHR reported that a civilian was killed in a Daesh land mine explosion in​​ the tiny village of​​ Al-Hardanah​​ in Salamiyah​​ District in rural eastern Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Wednesday, Qasioun reported that Syrian forces conducted mass arrests​​ of​​ civilians in​​ the​​ Harabish and Al-Sina’a neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor city. The arrests included a number of civilians who had​​ recently come back to the city from northern and western Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, Qasioun reported that clashes broke out between the SDF and the residents of Al-Hasin village, north of Deir Ez-Zor city. Meanwhile, the Syrian forces have transported a lot of their heavy military equipment from Mayadin to Albu Lail village, east of the city. [Qasioun]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Daesh issues a propaganda video attacking opposition groups in the Damascus area, especially Tahrir Al-Sham. [ICDNApr11]

 

Daraa/Quneitra

Tuesday,​​ Zaman Al-Wasl​​ reported that Syrian​​ anti-government militias​​ in Quneitra foiled an attempt by​​ the​​ Hezbollah and “National Defense” militias to infiltrate into​​ the​​ Al-Hamriya area in northern Quneitra, killing several​​ of their fighters. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Wednesday, SOHR reported that clashes broke out between the Syrian forces and​​ anti-government militias​​ in Daraa Al-Balad in Daraa city. Meanwhile, intermitted clashes broke out between the Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, and Syrian opposition factions in different locations in Al-Yarmouk Basin in rural western Daraa. [SyriaHR]

 

Wednesday, SOHR reported that the Syrian forces shelled with heavy machine​​ guns​​ in​​ Na’ema town in eastern Daraa. Meanwhile, 3 civilians were killed in a roadside IED explosion in Al-Ghariya Al-Gharbiya village in northeastern Daraa.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Reuters says two explosions were heard in Riyadh,​​ the Saudi​​ capital. No more details were​​ reported.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

A Daesh suspect tried in Cairo’s penal court created​​ chaos​​ in the courtroom​​ when he said that​​ the​​ coming World Cup in Russia will witness qualitative developments in Daesh operations. [Sumaria]

 

Tunisia

Daesh says it killed a Tunisian Army sergeant in clashes on Maghila Mountain, in Kasserine, on Tuesday. [ICDNApr11]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Russia

The Director of Russian Federal Security says that it thwarted a terrorist attack on a balloting center on the day of Russia’s presidential election. [Sumaria]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it captured a pro-government militia commander after raiding his house in a village in Nangarhar. [ICDNApr11]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its​​ hisbah​​ personnel destroying opium farms in the Manogai area, in Kunar. [ICDNApr11]

April 11, 2018