An Update On ISIS Activities

March 30, 2018

 

East Ghouta

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Residents of tiny northern Diyala village hold off Daesh attack. [..]

Kurdish Kirkuk PC Chairman accuses Governor of destroying Kurds’ houses for political reasons. [..]

425 Iraqi refugees return to Mosul from Turkey. [..]

 

Syria

1​​ American,​​ 1​​ British soldier killed by Daesh IED in Manbij. ​​ [..]

SDF mystified by reported Trump statement about US leaving Syria. [..]

Erdogan hostile to Macron’s offer to mediate between Turkey, Kurds. [..]

Erdogan again announces plan to take all of northern Syria from Kurds. [..]

Jaish Al-Islam agrees to leave East Ghouta for Idlib as mass exodus continues. [..]

SDF, Coalition attack Syrian government positions in Mayadin. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Egypt:​​ Coordinator of Daesh international operations reported operating from Sinai. [..]

Libya: ​​ Daesh car bomb kills 6, injures 9 in Ajdabiya in eastern Libya. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh Campaign

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq between March 23 and March 29 (near Qayara (2), Ramadi (1), and Rutba (1)). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Election

During a tribal conference in Al-Hindiya district in Karbala on Friday, Asa’eb​​ Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) Secretary General Qais Al-Khazali attributed the destruction and collapse of the Iraqi state​​ to​​ corruption, and “the cause of corruption is the quota system set by the CoR.”​​ 

Al-Khazali also said that “nothing has changed with the respect to the rights of the PMF so far,” and the “security deterioration that has happened in more than one area is caused by not integrating the PMF into the security and intelligence systems.” [Sumaria]

 

Fuad Hussein,​​ Chief of Staff​​ to the​​ Kurdistan Region’s​​ President,​​ said that the Kurdish political​​ parties​​ are unable to implement their electoral campaigns in​​ “disputed areas,”​​ as the elections would be under the control of “others,” and “therefore, I imagine the Kurds will lose a number of seats in those areas.”​​ 

However,​​ “it would be difficult to form any Iraqi government without the Kurds’ participation.” He elaborated​​ that​​ “we now have 63 seats in the CoR, and it is possible that we will lose 13-14 seats in the upcoming elections to be held in May.” [Rudaw]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

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

Friday, a Police source reported that a roadside IED near a street market in​​ the​​ Hor​​ Rijab​​ area of Dora in southern Baghdad exploded, wounding​​ three​​ civilians.[Sumaria]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Friday, a security source in the Anbar Ops​​ Command​​ reported that security units from the Army and the PMF carried out raids​​ in​​ the​​ Qarma​​ subdistrict in​​ eastern Falluja, and arrested 3 on charges of terrorism and attacking security units.[Buratha]​​ 

 

An​​ Anbar​​ official says PMF units are prohibiting IDP families from returning to their liberated areas in Khaldiya. He​​ says​​ PMFs​​ are limiting the free movement of the families in that area. He demanded withdrawal of PMF units and​​ their​​ replacement​​ with army and local police. [BasNews]

 

Ramadi

Friday, the Security Media Center denied​​ a report that a​​ Daesh unit attacked security units in Jazeerat Al-Khalidiya north of Ramadi. The Center stated that​​ a​​ suspicious agency​​ called​​ “Shabakat Al-Izz” broadcasts​​ pro-Daesh news, and recently promoted a report claiming security units were attacked in​​ Jazeerat Al-Khalidiya.​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Friday, the PMF command for west Anbar announced that an ammunition depot was seized in Al-Qa’im. Commander Qassem​​ Musleh said it contained dozens of mortar shells.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Muthanna Al-Mar’awi, a Daesh member from Ramadi, was killed by an airstrike south of Rutba on Thursday.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Samarra

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter on the Al-Imamain Road, east of Samarra. [ICDNMar30]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur,​​ Tooz)

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and destroyed an SUV in an ambush in the Jalam Al-Daur area, on Thursday. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter and wounded another in the Jalam Al-Daur area, on Thursday. [ICDNMar30]

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the same area, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [ICDNMar30]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Friday, the Diyala Police Command announced the arrest of 5 wanted suspects in Baquba, including 2 on terrorism charges. [Sumaria]

 

A Diyala​​ legislator​​ demanded the transfer of a terror case from Diyala to Baghdad,​​ due​​ to extensive political pressure and interference​​ in investigations in Diyala.

The case relates​​ to the arrest of a major Daesh leader, nicknamed​​ the​​ “Blood​​ Prince” for his numerous crimes.​​ [Sumaria],​​ 

 

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

Chairman of the Udhaim subdistrict council, Mohammed Al-Abidi, reported that Daesh carried out a violent attack on Albu Mar’i village north of Hawi Al-Udhaim at a late hour of Thursday night. He added that the village is one of the smallest of liberated villages, with only 7 residential houses, and the residents, including women, engaged in a battle with Daesh for over an hour to thwart the attack.[Sumaria]​​ 

 

Friday, PMF’s 110th​​ brigade commander, Abu Jamal Al-Janabi, announced that the brigade discovered and cut off about 10 of Daesh’s secret pathways and roads used for infiltrating areas​​ around​​ Sadiya,​​ Wadi Gent, Nafut​​ Khana, and Al-Nida in east and northeast Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

A security source who requested to remain anonymous reported that on Friday the PMF’s 24th​​ brigade thwarted a Daesh attack on a security point near the​​ electricity​​ towers in the Himrin​​ Basin. [Sumaria]

 

Friday, a local source in Diyala reported that a PMF fighter was wounded in a Daesh attack on a security point in​​ the​​ Al-Hafayer area in the vicinity of Lake Himrin. [Sumaria]

The PMF stated that it thwarted a Daesh attack​​ in Al-Hafayer,​​ in Sadiya,​​ on Friday evening. [Sumaria]

Daesh sources say a PMF fighter was wounded in​​ the​​ attack on the Hafayer area, in Sadiya. [ICDNMar30]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The​​ Kurdish Chairman of​​ the​​ Kirkuk PC,​​ Rebwar​​ Talabani, accused​​ the Arab Governor of destroying Kurds’ houses to gain Arabs’ votes. He says​​ the Governors claims that these houses are trespassing on​​ public areas are not supported by similar actions​​ against​​ trespassing Arabs and Turkmen.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Daesh sources say General Abbas Samin of the Ministry of Interior was severely wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in the Baghdad Road area, in Kirkuk city. [ICDNMar30]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The acting Governor of Kirkuk, Rakan Al-Jubouri, says 150 families have returned to Hawija District from the Laylan 1 and 2 IDP camps. The return process is underway while the security checkup process for returnees continues. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh appointed Maysar Al-Afri as its general official of Kirkuk. The source says the former official, Abu Jaafar Al-Obeidi, was killed in an airstrike in the Himrin Mountains area four days ago. The source also says Daesh changed its commanders in several areas in Iraq and Syria because these commanders were not active recently. ​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Friday, the Ministry of Displacement and Immigration announced that 425 Iraqi IDPs in Turkey were returned to their home areas in Mosul through the Ibrahim Al-Khalil border crossing at Zakho in northwest Dahuk in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Ninewa Police arrested 3 persons on terrorism charges in east Mosul.​​ 

 

Friday, MoI​​ spokesman Saad Ma’en, said the Ninewa Police captured 3 Daesh operatives in raids in west Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Mosul Mayor Zuheir Al-Aaraji said that​​ security units have begun operations to capture Daesh’s criminal gangs in Mosul. He also said​​ that the Mosul police​​ are​​ concerned about the “phenomenon”​​ of​​ discovering unidentified bodies in the city streets.[SotIraq]

 

Friday, the Military Intelligence Cell announced that a terrorist cell was dismantled in west Mosul, and it had plans to carry out terrorist operation in the coming days.[Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh terrorists in 3 pickup vehicles raided the houses of 3 Zoba’a tribe leaders in Al-Manayef village in Tal Abta, then executed them near the houses.  ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Makhmur/Qayara/Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the Al-Ra’ad tribal PMF faction arrested the imam of Al-Huda Mosque in Hatra because he urged people not to participate in the elections. The source says the leader of the Al-Ra’ad militia is himself an election candidate. ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This looks like a political corruption story, but could be seen as an anti-government Sunni extremist story.​​ 

 

WesternNinewa

Tal Afar

Thursday, clarifying a story from yesterday, Captain Saif Eddin Al-Shammari of the border guard forces said that a group of Daesh operatives disguised in uniforms of the Iraqi forces set up a fake checkpoint on the road linking the Mosul district with Rabi’a subdistrict of Tal Afar on the Syria border and killed​​ five​​ soldiers in addition to stealing their weapons and vehicle.[SotIraq]

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh attacked Kata’eb Hezbollah positions near the Syrian border, killing 4 fighters, including a battalion commander.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Daesh sources say four PMF fighters were wounded in an IED explosion in Iskandariya. [ICDNMar30]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

In a statement released on Friday, the Iranian KDP announced that one of its members, Ahmed Irani, was killed in an​​ armed​​ attack by two unidentified gunmen in Soran city​​ in​​ northeast Erbil Province. This is the second member of the Iranian KDP who has been killed in the Kurdistan Region this year. Another party​​ member was killed when his car was​​ blown up​​ in Erbil on March 1. [ROJ]​​ [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Friday,​​ Enab Baladi​​ news reported that 6 Turkish soldiers were killed, and at least 7 wounded,​​ in a PKK attack against a Turkish military base in Turkey’s southeastern Siirt Province. [EnabBaladi] [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Friday, the Coalition Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said that two Coalition personnel were killed and five others wounded in an attack by an IED on Thursday in Syria. [Hawar]

Friday, the Pentagon announced that an American soldier working in the Coalition was killed in the IED explosion that went off on a Coalition military convoy on Thursday evening in Manbij, killing​​ two​​ soldiers and wounding​​ five. The Pentagon did not reveal the identity of the second person killed. [Rudaw]

Friday,​​ however,​​ Britain’s Defense Ministry announced that a British soldier was killed by​​ the​​ IED explosion​​ during a US-led military operation against Daesh in Syria.  [Anadolu]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Friday, the SDF said it was not notified of any plan to withdraw the US forces working as part the Coalition in Syria, as stated by US President Donald Trump on Thursday. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The President was reported to have said that, but may have been taken too literally. Some clarification is in order.

 

Thursday, Hawar reported that​​ France’s​​ President​​ Emmanuel Macron​​ met with an SDF delegation that included YPG​​ members​​ in Paris. An Elysee source said that France shares the US position that any Turkish military operation in Syria is “unacceptable.” According to an SDF representative, Macron pledged to send military reinforcements to Manbij and the other SDF-held areas in northern Syria in order to support the SDF and prevent Turkey from attacking the city.​​ [Hawar]

 

According to a statement released by Macron’s office, “Macron​​ assured the SDF of the support of France, in particular for the stabilization of the security zone in northeast Syria, within a framework of inclusive and balanced governance, to prevent any revival of Daesh.” He also expressed hope for a dialogue between Turkey and SDF mediated by France and the international community, the statement added. [Dorar]

 

According to France 24,​​ however,​​ Macron’s office said Friday that “France doesn’t intend to conduct any unilateral military operations in northern Syria outside the International Coalition.​​ France remains involved in the joint fight [against terrorism] and does not plan to conduct a new operation in northern Syria, except the one conducted by the International Coalition against Daesh,” the statement said. [France24] [Qasioun]

 

Friday, Turkey’s​​ President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he was “extremely saddened” by France’s position after Macron met with the SDF delegation and offered to mediate with it. “We are extremely saddened by France’s​​ . . .​​ wrong stance on this issue,” Erdogan said. “We do not need a mediator. Since when has Turkey been sitting at a table with terrorist organizations?” Erdogan said, describing Macron’s move as “nothing but a hostile expression against Turkey.” “Those who say ‘we guaranteed support to the YPG’, ‘we can mediate between Turkey and the SDF. . .​​ are out of their depth and are surpassing their limit,” Erdogan added. “You can sit down at the table with terror organizations but Turkey will continue its fight against terror.” “Those who go to bed with terrorists, or even host them in their palaces, will sooner or later understand the mistake they’re making,” he said, adding that “we have no intention to harm soldiers of allied nations, but we cannot allow terrorists to roam freely (in northern Syria).” [Elaph]

 

Turkey’s​​ Foreign​​ Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said “France’s offer to mediate between Turkey and the PYD/PKK-led SDF terrorist group in Syria is unacceptable.” “Who are you to mediate between Turkey and terrorist organizations?” Cavusoglu said. “Such high level meeting with the terrorist PYD/PKK demonstrates France’s double standard regarding terrorist organizations,” he added. [Anadolu]

 

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin declined Macron’s proposal, saying that Turkey “rejects any efforts to promote ‘dialogue’, ‘contact’ or ‘mediation’ between Turkey and those terrorist organizations, which are trying to masquerade as legitimate organizations, hiding under the guise of different names, including the so-called “SDF.” Countries, which we consider​​ to be our partners and allies, should also demonstrate a clear and tough stance on any manifestation of terrorism, rather than taking steps aimed at legitimatizing terrorist organizations. Different names​​ . . .​​ cannot hide the true face of these terror formations,” Kalin added.​​  [Qasioun][Dorar]

 

Friday, Turkey’s​​ President​​ Erdogan said that the Turkish Army has begun necessary preparations to “clean Ayn Al-Arab, Tal Abyad, Ras Al-Ayn and Hasaka from​​ terrorists​​ up to the Iraq border. He also stated that the Olive Branch Operation will continue​​ with its plan​​ to capture Tal Rifaat​​ in Azaz​​ and its surrounding​​ area. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In other words, Erdogan intends to roll back ALL of the gains​​ in northern Syria​​ made by the YPG and SDF in the fight against Daesh, and do so on his own authority and​​ tolerating​​ no interference from any other country. President Macron has tried to broker some kind of understanding and gotten the predictable response. So far, aside from occasional hints that its few soldiers in Manbij are not leaving, the US has not clearly stood up to Erdogan’s​​ bullying tactics. In that context, Trump’s​​ perhaps tentative​​ suggestion that the US​​ will soon​​ leave​​ Syria is ill-timed​​ at​​ the least. Time is running out​​ on this scenario. If Erdogan is allowed to get away with bullying his NATO allies in this way,​​ and seizing all of northern Syria,​​ that​​ will go down as one of the most shameful failures of American policy in the Middle East.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria between March 23 and March 29, all near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

East Ghouta

Friday, Russia’s General Staff announced that it has reached an agreement with Jaish Al-Islam on East Ghouta. The head of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Department, Sergey Rudskoy, said that “an agreement has been reached with Jaish Al-Islam to evacuate the militants and their families from ​​ Douma city.” According to Rudskoy, the agreement will be executed “soon.” [Qasioun] [Hawar]

Friday, Qasioun quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying that “the anti-terrorism operation in Syria’s East Ghouta is almost over with the opposition factions shrinking down to just one city​​ after abandoning the rest of the​​ East​​ Ghouta enclave.” [Qasioun]

 

Friday, under the ceasefire agreement,​​ Syria Now​​ reported that the 6th​​ batch of buses has headed to Idlib. A SANA correspondent reported that under the Red Crescent auspices, 128 buses carrying 7,003 people, including 1,243 “terrorists,” have left Jobar, Zamalka, Arbin and Ain Tarma and headed to Idlib.  [SyriaNow]

Syria Now​​ reports that the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria has decided to extend the ceasefire agreement in order for Failaq Al-Rahman to completely leave Arbin towards Idlib. According to a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday,​​ the militiamen​​ and their families headed to Idlib through a humanitarian corridor. This​​ raises​​ the total number of people who have left Arbin since the ceasefire agreement to 31,915. [SyriaNow]

 

Friday, SOHR reported that Failaq Al-Sham blew up an underground network of tunnels in Jobar neighborhood before leaving the area. Meanwhile, the 7th​​ batch of buses is preparing to transport civilians, fighters and their families to northern Syria in accordance with the agreement with Failaq Al-Rahman. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Thursday, Qasioun reported that 7 civilians were killed when a land mine, planted by the YPG, exploded near Fafin village in Azaz. Likewise, Qasioun reported, a member of the Turkey-allied militias was killed, and another wounded in an explosion of a YPG land mine in Afrin. [Qasioun]

 

Friday, Hawar reported that​​ a​​ YPG “special operation” against the Turkish Army​​ on Mamê Gur​​ Hill in Bulbul subdistrict, killing 4 Turkish soldiers,​​ wounding 3 others, and destroying a Turkish tank. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Enab Baladi​​ reported that​​ six​​ SDF members were killed, as well as dozens of Daesh, in yesterday’s Daesh surprise attack on the SDF positions in the city of Shaddadi in southern Hasaka. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Thursday,​​ Zaman Al-Wasl​​ quoted an SDF military source as saying that “the SDF in Conoco oilfield targeted the Syrian forces’ positions in Deir Ez-Zor with rockets.” Unconfirmed reports said that the International Coalition conducted several airstrikes against the Syrian forces’ positions in Mayadin, Al-Ashara and Khasham in Deir Ez-Zor. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Friday, SOHR reported that a major explosion took place in Mayadin, killing at least 12 people and wounding others. According to intersecting sources, the explosion was probably caused by an unidentified plane that targeted a Syrian forces’ headquarters in Al-Rumaila neighborhood in Mayadin. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Al-Ghabra village, northeast of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Friday prayer in Hajin city. [ICDNMar30]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian and Russian planes with anti-aircraft machine guns in Hajin. [ICDNMar30]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Friday, SOHR reported that negotiations are still underway between Russia and Syrian opposition factions in southern Rif Damashq and the southern outskirts of the capital Damascus in order to reach a new agreement on the future of the towns of Yelda, Bait Sahm and Babila towns. Meanwhile, SOHR added, the Syrian forces are preparing to launch a new military operation against Daesh in south Damascus as Tahrir Al-Sham prepares to leave the Yarmouk Camp with the last batch of IDPs coming out of Jobar, Zamalka and Arbin under the agreement reached with Failaq Al-Rahman. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, collecting zakat (tax) on olive oil and then distribute it to poor people in the Yarmouk Basin area. [ICDNMar30]

 

Daraa/Quneitra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed 11 young men publicly in Sahm Al-Jolan after accusing them of communicating with government forces.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says that Yaseen Al-Thamer, aka Abu Bakr Al-Obeidi, is leading Daesh international activities from his hideout in the Sinai desert. The source says Al-Thamer arrived in Sinai more than a year ago.​​ 

 

Libya/Tunisia

A security source says a car bomb explosion on Thursday evening hit a security check point in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya, some 120 km​​ (75 miles)​​ west of Benghazi, killing six people and injuring nine others. “The car bomb was parked near the Salama security checkpoint. It was detonated remotely,” the source told Xinhua. [Xinhua] [Reuters]​​ 

Daesh says it killed or wounded 19 Libyan National Army soldiers and destroyed several vehicles when one of its suicide terrorists attacked a checkpoint with a vehicle bomb at the eastern entrance of Ajdabiya city on Thursday. [ICDNMar30] [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed a Taliban fighter and captured another in clashes in the Manoki area, in Kunar, on Thursday. [A3maq]​​ 

Here Daesh says it stopped a Taliban attack on the Wadi Shorki area, in Kunar, killing a fighter, capturing another, and capturing 2 machine guns. [ICDNMar30]

 

Daesh says it killed an Afghan Army soldier in an attack on a military base in Watapur, in Kunar. [A3maq]

Daesh says it shot and killed a pro-government militia commander in the Ghani Khel area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNMar30]

Daesh says its snipers killed two Afghan soldiers in the Darzab area, in Jowzjan, on Thursday. [ICDNMar30]

 

India

Daesh says it shot and killed an Indian police officer in Bijbehara in Kashmir on Thursday. ​​ 

 

 

March 29, 2018

 

Yazidi Girl Saved in Baghdad (DD)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Maliki election alliance effort with pro-Iran PMF leaders fails. [..]

Voter card election fraud in Anbar causes closure of IHEC offices. [..]

Vital Hawija real estate records recovered from Mosul. [..]

UNAMI criticizes KRG for excessive force against anti-government protesters. [..]

Gorran CoR member calls KRG leadership “a gang of thieves.”​​ [..]

 

Syria

Outflow of militiamen, civilians from East Ghouta continues. [..]

SOHR totals the Afrin military casualties: 1,506 YPG, 463 Turkey-allied militiamen, 80 Turkish soldiers. [..]

Daesh attacks SDF in Shaddadi in southern Hasaka. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh Campaign

A​​ military source says Daesh is using the gaps in liberated areas to sneak into Mosul, Diyala, Kirkuk and Salahuddin,​​ and​​ says Iraqi authorities are deploying more troops in these areas to close such gaps. [BaghdadNews]

 

The​​ Central​​ Criminal Court of Iraq has sentenced​​ a Daesh operative convicted of recruiting young men through social media​​ to life in prison. [AlghadPress]

 

Reconstruction

UNAMI says Japan is committing​​ an​​ additional US$ 10​​ million for recovery and reconstruction​​ efforts​​ in Iraq.​​ The money​​ will be directed toward​​ improving the​​ livelihood of over 9,000 marginalized citizens, as well as rehabilitation of​​ the​​ agricultural and irrigation sector in the country. [BasNews]

 

Council of Representatives

The Presidency has sent the public budget law to the Ministry of Justice for publication in the official gazette, according to the official Iraqi TV station. [Sumaria]

 

Election

Nouri Al-Maliki’s chances of returning to the position of​​ Prime​​ Minister​​ seem to be​​ getting lower,​​ following​​ his​​ inability to form a coalition with​​ the​​ Fath coalition sponsored by PMF​​ leaders. His​​ State of Law​​ coalition​​ has​​ also decided​​ to​​ withdraw from Salahuddin province​​ because of the low probabilities of​​ winning​​ a parliamentary seat there. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Al-Maliki was once powerful but now seems to be cornered. His support no longer includes the Dawa politicians supporting Al-Abadi. He is not an Iran protégé’ despite what some people say, and now can’t ally with the PMF leadership either, who are Iran protégés. He burned his bridges with the Sunnis, the Kurds, and the Sadrists when he was Prime Minister. All his behind-the-scenes maneuvering against Al-Abadi over the past few years doesn’t seem to have bought him much advantage. He was a big winner in the 2014 election, however, before being​​ pushed out of the Prime Minister position anyway due to the Daesh crisis.​​ He may be betting that people will vote for the past instead of the future. We suspect this will prove to be over-optimistic.

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Thursday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan​​ Barzani said that the improvement in relations between Erbil and Baghdad​​ has​​ contributed to resolving​​ some​​ of the​​ problems​​ between them. He​​ expressed​​ the​​ hope that other issues​​ will​​ be resolved via serious dialogue. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday,​​ Secretary of the​​ KRG Council of Ministers,​​ Amanj Rahim,​​ revealed that there are talks between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ministry of Oil about devising a solution to disburse the financial​​ obligations​​ and loans​​ for​​ oil companies operating in the Kurdistan Region. He added that there are “positive indicators on the horizon” for a solution between Iraq and Erbil, and once an agreement is reached, the​​ disbursements​​ fall within the federal budget. He added that Baghdad will send 40 billion IQD to the families of martyrs.​​ [SotIraq]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Intelligence says it freed a Yazidi girl and arrested her Daesh captor in Shaab city. She had been in his captivity for 7 months. [Ghad]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a security unit captured 4 Daesh members from Ninewa who were hiding in a house in​​ Baghdad. The source says the terrorists had a captive Yazidi girl in the house and were demanding 50 million ID (around $40,000) from her family.​​ 

 

ANBAR

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the manager of the Independent High Electoral Commission in Anbar shut down the IHEC offices and demanded that the central government send security units to protect IHEC and its employees. The source says PMF members and local police are buying electoral cards from people for 60,000 ID each (around $50) inside the IHEC office.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ According to our sources, there is a race in Anbar now to buy voter cards. The race is between the PMF leaders’ Al-Fath​​ alliance​​ and​​ a Sunni alliance financially supported​​ by Saudi Arabia.​​ 

 

Falluja

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a civilian was killed and his brother wounded after they returned from the Ameriyat Al-Falluja displacement camp to their house in Fallujah. The source says a Daesh leftover IED exploded when the two brothers entered the house.​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Thursday, a military source in Anbar reported that​​ two​​ civilians were killed​​ by an explosion​​ in a​​ bomb-rigged house in​​ the​​ Al-Qala’a area of Rawa while​​ they were​​ cleaning the house.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ local source in Anbar says the army is digging a trench and building a sand barrier from north of Rawa to​​ a location​​ north of​​ Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

A Qatari paper quoting Iraqi officials says Iraqi​​ Army engineering units are constructing a trench along the Iraq-Syria border (the third of​​ its​​ kind),​​ from​​ Al-Qa’im​​ to​​ Akashat​​ in Rutba,​​ a distance of over 60 km​​ (37 miles). The trench is 3 meters deep and 4 meters wide.​​ The purpose is​​ to improve​​ border security and minimize​​ movement from​​ across​​ the border. [Xendan]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

A local source in Salahuddin says Daesh gunmen killed a PMF fighter at a checkpoint near Mtaibija, on the Diyala border. [Sumaria]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur,​​ Tooz)

Daesh says it blew up the house of a government employee in Yankjah, a Sunni Turkmen city near the Kirkuk border. [ICDNMar29]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The​​ Chairman​​ of​​ the​​ Diyala PC says the participation of 60,000 IDPs in the​​ upcoming election places them in grave danger. He says most of these IDPs cannot return to their original areas due to accumulated complications since June 2014. [Sumaria]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh says it killed two Shia with an IED on the road between Abu Saida and Sheikhi village on Wednesday. [ICDNMar29]

 

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

Thursday, Chairman of the PC’s Security Committee in the Diyala PC, Sadeq Al-Husseini announced that a joint security unit carried out an operation in Mtaibija on the border between Diyala and Salahuddin and killed 1 Daesh operative.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Thursday, the PMF’s 110th​​ brigade carried out raids in the Sadiya subdistrict in Khanaqin. The PMF stated that the brigade is still hunting down Daesh operatives in the area from Sadiya to the mountains of Nafut Khana.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

PMF media says 400 of its 110th​​ brigade troops are continuing their search for Daesh fugitives​​ in​​ northeast Diyala. It says the area of​​ PMF operation​​ includes​​ Sadiya, Himrin,​​ Gent valley, and Nafut Khana. [AlghadPress]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A​​ CTS commander in Kirkuk says his units killed a Daesh operative trying to plant an IED in a Shia mosque under construction,​​ in​​ a public​​ square in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

The Associated​​ Press says​​ the​​ Iraqi government had prior information on recent Daesh attacks on the Baghdad-Kirkuk road but it did not take action. It says Daesh fighters who killed IFP​​ members​​ after kidnapping them through a fake checkpoint were wearing PMF uniforms. ​​ Reports say the government is surprisingly ignoring increasing Daesh threats in the area despite promises​​ to​​ increase​​ the number of​​ military units in the area.​​ The​​ Acting​​ Governor of Kirkuk mentioned a​​ vacant area that needs to be filled between Iraqi and Peshmerga units, while other sources says Iraqi intelligence in Kirkuk​​ is suffering since​​ the decreases of​​ Coalition​​ activity​​ in the area. [BaghdadToday]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Governor​​ of Kirkuk​​ says all real estate registers​​ and cadaster files​​ from​​ Hawija​​ have been​​ returned to Hawija from Mosul. Daesh transferred these files to Mosul during its occupation of the area. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This might sound like a dry public administration matter, but is actually a big deal, as these records are crucial.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Thursday, Ninewa Police commander Hamad Namis Al-Jubouri announced the death of 12 Daesh members​​ in​​ Mosul and​​ the​​ defusing of 6 IEDs in west Mosul. ​​​​ [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, the Security Media Center denied the reports claiming​​ five​​ soldiers were killed in a Daesh trap in west Mosul. The false reports had stated that the Daesh operatives were disguised in the Iraqi forces uniforms;​​ the list of names is fake.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

Thursday, the MIS announced​​ the​​ capture of​​ 4 terrorists in Old Mosul, Shura, and Hammam Al-Alil.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

An officer in the Border Guard says Daesh fighters disguised in military outfits ambushed​​ five​​ Iraqi soldiers at a fake checkpoint between Mosul and the border at Rabi’a. ​​ [Shafaaq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Fake Daesh checkpoints are now so common, and usually deadly, that some coordinated response is needed to prevent an indefinite recurrence of such incidents.​​ 

 

Sinjar

Iraqi​​ Army and PMF​​ units​​ are deployed near Khansour border​​ crossing​​ on​​ the​​ Iraqi -Syrian border after reaching an​​ understanding​​ with​​ the​​ Sinjar protection units (PKK)​​ who had​​ been​​ deployed there. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, a security source reported that on Wednesday morning Yazidi fighters (the Ayzid Khan unit of the Peshmerga) refused to hand over a Yazidi “holy shrine” in Sinjar to the Iraqi forces and the PMFs.​​ [SotIraq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit

Thursday, the MIS announced that its Al-Rafidain Ops Command units,​​ in cooperation with the Wasit CTS​​ command,​​ captured 2 terrorists in Wasit governorate. [Sumaria]

 

Babel

Babel intelligence says it found a weapons and explosives cache in Hamza Al-Gharbi, south of Babel. The cache contained mortar shells, artillery projectiles, and various munitions. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

In a statement released on Thursday regarding demonstrations across the Kurdistan Region over the last four days, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) expressed concerns over “excessive force” used by the security forces against protesters in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. “The right to peacefully protest is a fundamental human right and is a cornerstone of democracy,” the statement said. “The authorities are responsible for ensuring that this right is respected and protected as it is one of the most important ways which are available for the public to express their opinion,” UNAMI said. UNAMI also welcomed the KRG’s announcement that the allegations would be investigated. [ROJ]

 

SULEIMANIYA

Kurdish CoR member Sarwa Abdul Wahid of the Gorran party called Nechirvan Barzani, the KRG Prime Minister, “shameless,” and called on Prime Minister Abadi to stop dealing with him as his government​​ is “illegitimate.” Commenting on the current salaries crises in Kurdistan and the demonstrations taking place, she described the ruling elite in Kurdistan as a “gang of thieves.” [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Thursday, Hawar reported that violent clashes broke out between Turkish​​ Army troops​​ and the​​ PKK​​ near Kocbaba village in Hazro subdistrict in Diyarbakir, in which 6 Turkish soldiers were wounded. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

A report by​​ The Economist​​ in London confirms that Turkey has further objectives in the Syrian north following the occupation of Afrin. The report says that Turkey is planning to attack other areas in north Syria where PKK units are present and in Iraq as well. [BasNews]

 

Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova expressed “Moscow’s concern about the US plans to increase its military presence in Syria” by sending heavy military equipment to the Al-Tanaf area in southeastern Syria. “We are still concerned about reports that the United States and its allies are consolidating their illegal military presence on the Syrian territory, especially in the region, which the Americans arbitrarily established around Al-Tanaf, in southeastern Syria, where heavy military equipment is being sent,” she said. [Qasioun]

 

East Ghouta

Thursday, a SANA correspondent reported that under the Red Crescent auspices, 89 buses carrying 5,290 people, including 1,374 “terrorists,” have left Jobar, Zamalka, Arbin and Ain Tarma and headed to Idlib. [SyriaNow]

 

Thursday, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced that about 135,000 civilians and Failaq Al-Rahman fighters have left East Ghouta since February 28 under the agreement reached between Failaq Al-Rahman and the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria. It added that​​ 24,912​​ people​​ have been transported to Idlib province through Arbin since the current agreement. [EnabBaladi]

 

Thursday,​​ Al-Sharq Al-Awsat​​ newspaper said that “through its ongoing negotiations with Russia, Jaish Al-Islam wants to achieve several gains: keeping its military presence, weapons and institutions in Douma while reaching a ceasefire agreement with the regime, allowing freedom of movement from and to the region, as well as the issuance of a general amnesty.” The newspaper added that In return for those gains, “Jaish Al-Islam will remove its heavy weapons and allow a symbolic presence of the regime’s institutions in the city; and a number of the opposition fighters will become members of the local police.” [Dorar]

 

Thursday, Qasioun reported that the Syrian forces executed a whole family in Kafr Batna in East Ghouta on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, Qasioun added, the Syrian forces shelled Douma city with rockets, causing casualties among civilians. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says four civilians were killed and four others wounded when Tahrir Al-Sham terrorists shot at people who were trying to ride buses to leave East Ghouta. The source says Tahrir Al-Sham members are still hiding in the area and refuse to leave.​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Thursday, SOHR reported that at least 1,506 YPG members have been killed, along with about 463 members of the Turkey-allied Syrian militias and 80 Turkish soldiers, since the launch of the “Olive Branch” Operation in Afrin. [SyriaHR]

 

Thursday, Qasioun quoted Lt. Col. Mohammed Al-Hamadin, a senior leader in the Turkey-allied National Army militia, as saying that the “Olive Branch Operation” forces will not enter Afrin’s villages that lie west of Nubl and Al-Zahra’a, starting from Bashamra and Al-Zouq villages to Za’rita village. They will be left as separating points between the Olive Branch Operation forces and the Syrian​​ Army​​ and its allied militias, he added. [Qasioun]

 

In a statement released on Thursday, the YPG media center said that a Turkish soldier was killed and another wounded in a “special operation” against the Turkish Army in central Afrin city. The statement added that “new clashes broke out between Ahrar Al-Sharqiya militia and Ahrar Al-Sham militia in the city over the generator stolen from the city’s bakery.” [Hawar]

 

Thursday, Qasioun reported that a Turkish soldier died in the hospital, after getting wounded by the explosion of a YPG hand grenade during the military operations in Afrin on March 22. [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Thursday, Qasioun reported that Daesh launched a surprise attack from various directions on the SDF positions​​ in the city of​​ Shaddadi city in southern Hasaka, and Daesh​​ suicide terrorists​​ attacked the eastern entrance of the city with explosives​​ belts. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a reminder that Daesh still controls part of southern Hasaka. This area has not gotten much SDF or US priority with so much going on elsewhere, but it is a challenge that has to be faced and may be more important in view of Erdogan’s designs on all of Kurdish-held northern Syria.

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Thursday, SOHR reported that clashes broke out between Tahrir Al-Sham on one hand and Suqur Al-Sham and Ahrar Al-Sham on the other in​​ the​​ Idlib villages and towns of Khan Al-Sabal, Al-Bara, Ihsim and Marayan, with reports​​ of casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR]

 

Thursday, SOHR reported that clashes broke out between Tahrir Al-Sham on one hand and Noureddine Zenki and Ahrar Al-Sham on the other in Mikilbis, Anjara and Taqad in rural western Aleppo, following a Tahrir Al-Sham attack on the region. The clashes were reportedly accompanied by mutual shelling, with casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR]

 

Thursday, according to local sources, Qasioun reported that a Turkish convoy of 40 military vehicles has reached​​ the​​ area fronting the Khirbet Al-Joz border crossing, near Jisr Al-Shughur in rural western Idlib. A number of Syrian opposition sources suggested that Turkey might​​ be trying to​​ “establish a Turkish observation point on the Syrian coast.” [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

Thursday, Qasioun reported that the Syrian forces have imposed a night-time curfew in Albu Kamal city in anticipation of any Daesh surprise attack on the city from the northern side of the Euphrates River, following yesterday’s Daesh surprise attack that caused several casualties among the Syrian​​ troops. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the​​ Al-Susah​​ subdistrict.​​ [ICDNMar29]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier near the Yarmouk Camp on Wednesday. [ICDNMar29]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two opposition fighters near Yelda on Wednesday. [ICDNMar29]

 

Daraa

Thursday, Qasioun reported that​​ anti-government​​ opposition factions foiled an attempt by the Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, to infiltrate into the opposition-held Al-Bakir town in rural western Daraa, killing and wounding several members of Jaish Khaled.​​ [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

A​​ US judge​​ rejected​​ a Saudi request to​​ dismiss​​ lawsuits against​​ Saudi Arabia​​ for​​ the​​ role​​ played by many Saudis​​ in​​ the​​ September 11 attacks. The judge in charge described the lawsuits as “well based.” [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

France

French authorities say they arrested the driver who tried to run over French soldiers jogging in​​ an area of​​ the Alps. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it shot and killed an Afghan Army​​ soldier​​ in his house in Jawdara village in Haska Meyna, northwest of Kabul. [ICDNMar29]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Afghan terrorists, saying he was killed. [ICDNMar29]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes the 125th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, republishing reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, and other countries. It also publishes infographics about​​ its road ambushes in Iraq in the past 2 weeks. It says it killed or wounded 110 people, destroyed 9 vehicles, and stole 7 other vehicles. [ICDNMar29]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh forgot to mention the children it killed in those ambushes. Our sources sent us photos of two children killed by Daesh’s cowardly ambushes targeting Shia civilians.​​ 

 

 

 

March 28, 2018