An Update On ISIS Activities

March 14, 2018

 

Modul’s Old Bridge

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

5 Border Patrol officers killed by Daesh in Mandali, Diyala. [..]

18 more Daesh fighters killed in Hawija; 2 PMFs also die. [..]

Reopening of Mosul’s Old Bridge brings celebration and PM visit. [..]

Bodies found in West Mosul suspected to be Daesh members executed by Iraqi troops. [..]

 

Turkey

EU increasing its support for 3 million Syrians living in Turkey. [..]

 

Syria

Erdogan says Afrin is about to fall; and Manbij is next. [..]

Fighting between SDF & Turkey-allied militias starts in Azaz. [..]

Anti-Assad militia organizations open new front in northern Hama. [..]

Syrian forces including Iraqi militiamen burn down 12 houses in Deir Ez-Zor revenge attack. [..]

Russian airstrike kills 12 anti-Assad militia members in East Ghouta. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Philippines:​​ Daesh Arab terrorists reported moving toward Marawi. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

Wednesday, CoR speaker Salim Al-Jubouri confirmed that the budget bill has become a ratified law after it was voted on by the CoR. He noted that “veto” method of rejection does not exist in the Iraqi constitution​​ and cannot be​​ used​​ as a method of rejection. He clarified​​ that “the CoR is not concerned with presenting the budget law project again or to conduct any vote on any of its​​ paragraphs, as once it was voted in, it must be taken into consideration by proceeding with normal procedures of​​ publishing.”​​ [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ ​​ We concede that the constitutional provision (Article 70C) is a bit​​ vague, but the President has the “power” to “ratify and issue the laws” passed by the CoR. So a bill is​​ not​​ ratified merely by being passed. The dictionary gives “approve” as a synonym for “ratify.” The lack of a clear veto provision would not seem to render the power to ratify meaningless. We seem to recall instances in which Talabani withheld initial approval. Maybe a constitutional lawyer among our readers would like to weigh in.​​ 

 

Election

Wednesday,​​ an Al-Iraqiya leader,​​ Haider Al-Mulla​​ attacked the recent decisions of the​​ Accountability and​​ Justice​​ Commission, which he says have​​ harmed society and robbed the state of​​ some of​​ its most competent people.​​ He said that “we bitterly followed the joke called “Law 72”​​ of​​ 2017, which mandates the seizure and confiscation of the movable and immovable money of the former regime’s senior members, and confiscating properties. He stressed the need to transfer the case to the judicial system.​​ ​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we commented on the original story, some of those affected by the Commission’s decisions are​​ citizens in the Tikrit area who have​​ not​​ been​​ charged with crimes.

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Iraqi Minister of the Interior, Qassem Al-Aaraji confirmed the re-opening of the Erbil and Suleimaniya airports to international flights in accordance with the Iraqi law, noting that airports​​ are under the exclusive authority of the federal government, and there is “great cooperation” between the KRG and the​​ two​​ airports’ administrations with Baghdad.​​ 

Al-Aaraji​​ also said that Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi ordered that the Kurdistan Region’s employees​​ salaries be disbursed before the Nawroz holidays. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Al-Aaraji to discuss the developments in the dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad and the decision to re-open the two KRG airports. Both expressed the hope that this step rebuilds confidence between Erbil and Baghdad and will be followed by additional steps such as disbursing employee salaries and resolving other issues. [Buratha]

 

Wednesday, Vice President​​ Ayad Allawi said that the decision to lift the ban on the Erbil and Suleimaniya airports is a “positive step,” adding that “this step crowns the efforts and initiatives that aimed to resolve the dispute in accordance with the constitution.” Allawi​​ said “the next steps must be directed towards resolving the Kurdistan Region’s employees’ salaries file as fast as possible” to be followed by other steps to come to final solutions.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, the Kurdish National Unity Bloc in the CoR also described PM Haider Al-Abadi’s decision to re-open the Erbil and Suleimaniya airports as “a positive step towards resolving outstanding issues,” inviting Al-Abadi to take additional steps to further reduce tensions such as providing the salaries of the Kurdistan Region’s employees. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, KDP leader Masoud Barzani said that “the decision to lift the ban on the airports is a good step, but the problems between Erbil and Baghdad are not limited to the airports and budget issues,” but are historic, political, national, humanitarian, economic, and constitutional. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The statement is generally true, but it will be said by many, though not the KDP leader, that many of these problems were caused and exacerbated over many years by Masoud Barzani.

 

Wednesday, head of the KDP bloc in the CoR, Arafat Karram reiterated the KRG’s commitment to any agreement between Baghdad and Ankara in regard to the war on terrorism, as​​ defense is​​ under the authority of the federal government. He noted that the Kurdistan Region is part of Iraq, and any agreement must be preceded by a dialogue between Erbil and Bagdad so that it does not adversely affect the Kurds, also noting the Peshmerga’s interest in this as they are part of the Iraqi security system. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Wednesday, the BOC announced​​ that it​​ targeted​​ a 3-member terrorist group in the Baghdadi area in north Baghdad with an airstrike, killing 2 of them, while the third escaped. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Wednesday, a military source in the Anbar Ops Command announced that a large-scale operation has been launched to clear the desert towards the Syrian border and Saudi Arabian border. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says security units captured in Ramadi city Saleh Al-Mi’mari, aka Abu Rasoul Al-Ansari, a senior Daesh doctor who fled Mosul after the liberation war ended there. The doctor had appeared in several Daesh publications in Mosul.​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says an Iraqi Army captain and four other soldiers were killed when Daesh targeted their vehicle with an RPG rocket in the Haditha desert.​​ 

 

Wednesday, a security source in Anbar reported that​​ two​​ civilians were wounded due to a hand grenade​​ thrown by​​ unknown assailants​​ at​​ a house in Al-Dolab in Hit. Initial investigations indicate the attack is related to an old tribal conflict. [BasNews]

 

Rutba

Wednesday, a source in the Anbar Ops Command reported that​​ two​​ Daesh vehicles were destroyed in a Coalition airstrike in the western desert in Rutba, killing all passengers. [Sumaria]

Wednesday, a military source in Anbar reported that​​ troops of​​ the Anbar Ops​​ Command​​ located a Daesh tunnel in the Rutba desert. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists near the Shirqat Cement Factory. The source says the planes supported Iraqi Army units who were searching the area after getting information that a group of terrorists sneaked in from the Tilul Al-Baj area to the west.​​ 

 

Samarra

Wednesday, the Security Media Center stated that 6 suspects were arrested in connection​​ with​​ the death​​ of Gen. Sharif Ismail at a Sadrist militia checkpoint in Samarra. [Sumaria]

Wednesday, a security source reported that Muqtada Al-Sadr sent a delegation to Samarra to look into the death of​​ General Ismail, reported from an armed clash with Sadr’s Saraya Al-Salam militia.​​ This followed Al-Abadi’s orders that the incident be investigated.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Wednesday evening, a security source in Salahuddin reported that Daesh terrorists attacked a security unit in Tal Al-Thahab in southern Balad district (or south), which led to the death of security members and wounding of​​ three​​ others. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Wednesday, Diyala​​ CoR​​ representative Raad Almas called for an urgent meeting after​​ two​​ members of the Bani Tamim tribe were killed on Tuesday by a criminal gang. He added the incident has created tension and concern among the residents,​​ who fear the situation will erupt at any moment. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Wednesday, Diyala​​ CoR representative​​ Furat Al-Tamimi announced the death of​​ five​​ border police members, including​​ two​​ officers, in a trap set by Daesh on the Mandali-Balad​​ Ruz road near the Karkoush military base, the second trap of its kind in March. [Sumaria]

Wednesday, chairman of the​​ subdistrict​​ Security​​ Committee, Haider Sattar Al-Mandalawi, confirmed that Daesh killed the three border policemen whom they abducted and disposed of the bodies 1 km from the incident location. Al-Mandalawi had reported on Wednesday evening that​​ two​​ border policemen were killed and​​ three​​ others were abducted in a Daesh terrorist attack in Mandali.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Wednesday, leader in the Arab Project in Kirkuk, Abdulrahman Munshid Al-Assi, announced​​ their rejection of forming a joint ops command​​ with​​ representatives of the Peshmerga in mixed areas, and asked Al-Abadi to maintain central government and security forces supervision in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Wednesday, a source in the PMF reported that 11 Daesh terrorists were killed in a PMF and IFP trap in Wadi Umm Al-Khanajer​​ in​​ Riyadh. [Sumaria]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMF units killed 7 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a house that belonged to a displaced person in Sadouniya village. The source says two PMF fighters were killed in the clashes.​​ 

 

Wednesday, the PMF stated that it found a grave containing 6 bodies​​ at​​ the Bakara base in Hawija,​​ all people​​ executed by Daesh.​​ [Sumaria]

 

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

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army SUV with an IED near Al-Murra village, south of Daquq, killing the soldiers inside. [ICDNMar14]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi arrived in Ninewa for the public celebration of the grand reopening of the Old Bridge.

His office announced that Al-Abadi issued several orders aimed at improving the security and stability of the Ninewa governorate during a meeting with security and military commanders of the Ninewa Ops Command. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source sent us photos and videos of bodies that were found by local residents in Hay Al-Maidan, in west Mosul. The source says the bodies might belong to Daesh members who were executed by Iraqi​​ troops​​ months ago.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a senior Badr commander was killed with 4 of his associates in a Daesh ambush near Saqqar village, near Baaj. The source says the commander was on his way back from Syria.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Wednesday,​​ Gorran​​ CoR representative Sarwa​​ Abdulwahid announced that the Erbil Police issued an arrest warrant for her following​​ her​​ criticisms​​ of​​ officials in the governorate. She added that the decision “demonstrates political bankruptcy after the failure of the referendum.” [Sumaria]

Wednesday, an eyewitness in Sidekan​​ in northern Kurdistan,​​ Mahdi Daoud,​​ told Sumaria that 4 Turkish planes targeted a PKK location in an area of the Sidekan subdistrict in Erbil for over an hour. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan​​ Barzani thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for his efforts to reduce the tensions between Erbil and Baghdad, reiterating that one of his priorities is to reinforce the relations and friendship between France and the Kurdistan Region. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told local administration officials in Ankara that “we search for terrorist cells in northern Iraq at every chance” and that “soon we will obliterate the terrorists there.” [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If only they hadn’t let so many of them into Turkey. They could maybe have obliterated them there too.

 

Wednesday, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said the EU proposed the allocation of a further 3 billion Euros ($3.7 billion) for supporting over 3 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, as part of a refugee deal signed in 2016. “Of that, 1 billion Euros should come from the EU budget and 2 billion Euros should be contributed by member states,” Avramopoulos added. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Wednesday, Bashar Al-Assad received PM Haider Al-Abadi’s envoy and National Security Advisor, Faleh Al-Fayyad.​​ Al-Fayyad stressed that resuming the war on terrorism by both the Iraqi and Syrian people is essential to re-stabilizing the region as a whole.​​ 

Al-Assad​​ said​​ that despite “great achievements” in Iraq and Syria, the “US, its allies, and collaborators in the region have not given up their plans to weaken and divide the region by continuing to provide material support and political cover to armed organizations,” according to official Syrian media. He added that “this requires intensifying and unifying the efforts of the​​ countries standing up to these plans and seeking to maintain their unity and bring back security and stability to the region.” [BasNews]

 

Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon accused Russia of being responsible for the crimes committed by the Syrian government in eastern Ghouta. “We urge Russia to stop creating distractions and compel the Assad regime to stop brutalizing innocent Syrian citizens and allow much-needed aid to reach the people of Eastern Ghouta and other remote areas,” Pahon said. “By enabling the Assad regime’s brutality, Russia is morally complicit and responsible for Assad’s atrocities,” Pahon added. [Dorar]

 

Wednesday, Dorar reported that Russia warned the US for the third time in the last 24 hours​​ about​​ striking Syrian​​ Army​​ positions in Damascus. In a statement released on Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “As always, the US will attract the global community’s attention to civilian sufferings and civilian victims.” “Under this pretext, the US-led coalition may use force, particularly attacking the Syrian capital,” Lavrov said, adding that he hoped “such irresponsible plans will not be realized.” [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The several repetitions of this theme over several days suggest that the Russians were in fact worried that the US would attack Syrian positions in the East Ghouta area, using the chemical weapons issue as justification.

 

Wednesday, Zaman Al-Wasl reported that the Foreign Ministers of the guarantor states of the “de-escalation zones” agreement in SyriaRussia, Iran and Turkeywill meet in the Kazakhstan​​ capital of Astana on March 16. [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ What de-escalation zones? And what is the difference in this context between a “guarantor” and a “conspirator,” if any?

 

Wednesday, Iranian news agency “Holy Defense” reported that 5 members of the Afghani “Fatemiyoun Brigade,” affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard,​​ died in​​ battle against Daesh in Syria, without specifying​​ where​​ they were killed. [Dorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

Wednesday, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said he “hopes that Afrin will have completely fallen by Wednesday evening,” according to Reuters. He also reiterated that in the Turkish-led operation, the utmost care is being taken to avoid harming civilians. He also pointed out that civilians are being evacuated from the city through a special corridor. “We will clear Afrin of terrorists, clear Manbij, and east of the Euphrates River to our border with northern Iraq, we will rid the terrorists from all of them the same way,” he added.​​ [Dorar]

 

Wednesday, Dorar reported that the Turkey-allied Syrian militias captured a town and 10 villages in Afrin, following clashes with the YPG. According to the “Olive Branch” operations room, “the Turkish Army and the “Free Syrian Army” are now 600 m away from Afrin city.” [Dorar]

 

Wednesday, Qasioun reported that the Turkey-allied Syrian militias captured Al-Ghazawiya and Shadir villages​​ west of Afrin city. A number of YPG​​ soldiers​​ were reportedly killed and wounded during the clashes. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, Qasioun reported that the Turkey-allied Syrian militias captured the villages of Al-Yabisa in Bulbul and Kuran in Jinderes, following violent clashes with the YPG. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, Hawar reported that​​ a​​ YPG operation in Badina village in​​ Rajo​​ subdistrict killed​​ 10 members of the Turkish Army.​​ [Hawar]

 

Tuesday,​​ pro-YPG​​ Hawar reported that 25 members of the Turkish Army as well as 46 of its allied militias were killed during clashes with the YPG in Shara, Jinderes, Maabatli, Bulbul,​​ and Rajo. [Hawar]

 

Wednesday, Dorar reported that 8 members of the pro-Syrian government “Public Forces” militia were killed, and 6 others wounded in Turkish airstrikes on Al-Harsh checkpoint separating​​ Nubl, 11 miles east of Afrin city,​​ from Al-Zahraa. ​​ [Dorar]

 

Tuesday, according to military sources, Anadolu reported that a Turkish soldier was killed by a bomb that the terrorists planted between pages of the Holy Quran in​​ a​​ village in Sheikh Hadid subdistrict.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Aziz

Wednesday, according to Reuters, a Syrian forces leader said that the Shia militias in Nubl and Al-Zahra’a towns​​ in Afrin​​ shelled Turkish positions in Mare’ city in Azaz in response to the Turkish airstrike that killed 8 members of those militias. [EnabBaladi]

 

Wednesday, SOHR reported that clashes broke out between​​ Turkey-allied militias​​ and the SDF in Maraanaz in Aziz, accompanied by mutual shelling, without any reports of casualties. [SyriaHR]

 

Northeast​​ (No reports)

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

Wednesday, Qasioun reported that Syrian opposition factions have launched a new military operation, code-named “Anger for Ghouta,”​​ in rural northern Hama,​​ in order to alleviate the Syrian forces’ military pressure on Eastern Ghouta. The factions participating in the operation are Jaish Al-Izza, the Fighting Salvation Front, Jaish Al-Shaab, the Syrian Liberation Front, Jaish Al-Ahrar, the 1st Infantry Division,​​ Tajammu’ Ahl Al-Sham, Regiment 111 and Shuhada’ Al-Tremseh Martyrs​​ Brigade.​​ Anger for Ghouta​​ has​​ reportedly captured​​ the small city of​​ Karnaz, north of Hama, following fierce battles with the Syrian forces, killing and wounding several members of the Syrian forces.  [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, SOHR reported that violent clashes are still ongoing between the Syrian forces and opposition factions in the villages of Hamamiyat, Zalin, Karnaz, Buraidij and Al-Mugheer in northern Hama, following the latter’s attack on the Syrian forces’ positions as part of the “Anger for Ghouta” battle. The clashes are accompanied by violent mutual shelling, SOHR added, with reports of casualties on both sides. According to SOHR, the opposition factions have captured the northern neighborhood of​​ the small city of​​ Karnaz and most​​ of​​ Hamamiyat​​ village. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says government forces and Iraqi militias burned down 12 houses and arrested several young men in Muhasan town after a Nujaba’ Movement fighter was killed in an IED explosion that targeted his vehicle.​​ 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says two SDF fighters were killed and civilian houses destroyed when government forces targeted Gharanij with rockets. ​​ 

 

Wednesday, Qasioun reported that intermittent clashes broke out between Daesh and the SDF in Hajin in rural eastern Deir Ez-Zor. Meanwhile, Daesh carried out several attacks on the Syrian forces’ positions in the vicinity of Albu Kamal, Al-Qom,​​ and Muaizila, without any reports of causalities.​​ 

Meanwhile,​​ the SDF has reportedly released 12 Daesh​​ family​​ members who were arrested while they were fleeing Hajin and heading to the desert. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of “American” bombing on Al-Sha’afa village. [ICDNMar14]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The photos don’t show civilian casualties, which means that the target was​​ actually​​ not occupied by civilians; i.e. it was a military target.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

East Ghouta

Wednesday, SOHR reported that 12 members of Failaq Al-Rahman, including two senior leaders, were killed in a Russian airstrike on East Ghouta. [Hawar]

 

Wednesday, Qasioun reported 3 civilians were killed, and others were wounded in Syrian airstrikes on Kafr Batna and Haza in East Ghouta. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday,​​ Enab Baladi​​ reports that the Syrian forces are launching a ground attack on the outskirts of East Ghouta’s towns of Jisreen, Arbin, Hamouriya and Saqba under the cover of heavy artillery and rocket shelling. ​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

An​​ Enab Baladi​​ correspondent reported that the Red Crescent Society evacuated a second group of people, including 25 wounded, from opposition-held areas in East Ghouta, under a medical evacuation agreement reached between the Syrian government and the Jaish Al-Islam last Monday under UN auspices. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh published a photo of two Syrian soldiers it killed in Hay Al-Qadam. Daesh says it killed 40 soldiers so far in the ongoing battles in the area.​​ [ICDNMar14]

 

Daesh publishes photos of setting cigarette boxes on fire south of Damascus.​​ [ICDNMar14]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier with an IED near the Al-Ghaz Security Barrier, south of Arish, killing the soldiers inside. [ICDNMar14]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh says it killed a policeman in Bosaso city on Tuesday. [ICDNMar14]

 

ASIA

Philippines

According to intelligence reports, including the CIA and Australian, dozens of Daesh terrorists of Moroccan and other Arabic nationalities have been heading to Marawi in southern Philippines using forged documents, and the last group joining them is led by an extremist called “Abul​​ Baraa.” [Sumaria]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes photos of executing two Afghan soldiers and a “spy” in Nangarhar. [ICDNMar14]

 

Daesh says it killed a pro-government militiaman in clashes in the Bandar area, in Achin. [ICDNMar14]

 

Pakistan

Reuters reports that on Wednesday at least 7 people were killed and 18 others wounded​​ by​​ an explosion that targeted a police checkpoint near Lahore, according to a spokesman of the rescue teams, Jam Sajjad Hussein. A police source, Haider Ashraf, said the incident happened during a shift change in the checkpoint set up in front of a religious gathering with 80,000 participants. [Sumaria]

 

India

Daesh published a photo of Easa Fazili, aka Abu Yehia Al-Kashmiri, standing and raising his index finger in the usual Daesh fashion. [ICDNMar14]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This worrisome news. This​​ video​​ shows that thousands of angry people participated in Fazili’s funeral in Srinagar. This means that Daesh​​ has​​ succeeded in becoming part of a very long struggle in Kashmir, and it might be able to recruit thousands of people in Kashmir. We published two​​ Kashmir​​ stories​​ on Monday.​​ The issue over control of Kashmir has always been between India and Pakistan, and that is an opening for Daesh to present itself as the protector of Muslims.

March 13, 2018

 

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Daesh Coins​​ 

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

President Masoum vetoes the budget. [..]

GOI, KRG reach accord on airports, financial coordination. [..]

Who blew up Al-Mustafa Mosque near Tikrit? Sources conflict. [..]

Clash between special forces unit & Sadrists militia, kills general. [..]

15 Daesh fighters killed in Hawija. [..]

Newly-found Mosul grave held 70 murdered security personnel. [..]

 

Syria

President replaces Tillerson just as​​ US, Russia threaten each other over East Ghouta, chemical weapons. [..]

Erdogan promises Turkey will enter Afrin city “soon.” [..]

Turkey unilaterally announces US has agreed to removing SDF units from Manbij, Raqqa, other cities. [..]​​ 

Anti-government East Ghouta militia takes bus convoy to Idlib; leave neighborhood to Syrian Army, as Daesh tries to move in. [..]

 

Other countries

 Yemen:Daesh car bomb kills at least 7 in Aden.

 Russia:Russia arrests 60-member Daesh recruitment cell.

  

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh Campaign

The​​ CoR​​ Security and Defense CoR Committee announced that the KRG handed over more than 800 Dash​​ members to the central government. However,​​ it​​ still has over 2,000​​ fighters and​​ commanders in KRG prisons. The​​ federal government deems​​ this​​ unacceptable and demands they be handed over.​​ [IraqPress]

Tuesday, Minister of Justice​​ Haider Al-Zamili, confirmed that the​​ cases of​​ Daesh​​ members​​ handed over by the Kurdistan Region​​ have been referred to​​ investigative​​ judges. He says​​ Iraqi law mandates that all detention and deportation centers be under the authority of the MoJ.​​ [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Under Iraq’s legal system, some “judges” are prosecutors. “Investigative judges” are the ones who prepare cases for trial.​​ 

 

Reconstruction

In the Tuesday weekly press conference,​​ Prime Minister Haider​​ Al-Abadi reiterated that criminal​​ gangs will be hunted down, stressing that the only chance they​​ have is to confess and surrender the money.​​ 

Al-Abadi​​ also​​ reported that​​ there are ongoing talks with people from Arab countries about​​ investing​​ in Iraq, and the Council of Ministers has​​ made​​ a number of decisions​​ about​​ supporting local products. [Sumaria]

 

Council of Representatives

Tuesday, the media office​​ of President Masoum announced​​ that​​ he has​​ decided to return the Iraqi 2018 federal budget​​ passed​​ on March 3 to the CoR to be​​ re-examined in form and content.​​ An informed source revealed that Masoum refused to approve the 2018 federal budget law. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, State of Law representative, Abdulsalam Al-Maliki, accused President Masoum of breaching the constitution and the law by refusing to approve the budget, and described it as “an early election promotion.” He said that Masoum’s refusal is of no legal​​ significance,​​ as​​ Article 72 of the constitution says the President approves and issues the laws enacted by the CoR, and they are considered as approved 15 days​​ after​​ submission. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Someone please give the gentleman a calendar. On our calendar, the 15 days are not up until March 18.

 

Election

Tuesday, Sadr Leader Muqtada Al-Sadr was asked about his stance regarding a second term for Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. He​​ responded​​ by saying​​ We are waiting for him to fulfill his promise of​​ combatting​​ corruption.” [Sumaria]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Airports.​​ At his​​ weekly Tuesday press conference, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced​​ he has​​ reached​​ a “formula” with the KRG to re-open airports. At the same time,​​ he​​ invited​​ the KRG to cooperate​​ with him to​​ deliver the salary payments for KRG​​ employees​​ (being​​ made​​ by the national government). [Sumaria]

 

In a meeting with Ministry of Interior (MoI) officers working at the Kurdistan Region’s airports,​​ the​​ Prime Minister announced the re-opening of the Erbil and Suleimaniya airports to international flights. He added that a high-level committee will be formed to supervise their​​ administration,​​ and​​ management​​ of​​ its border crossings,​​ and to ensure adherence to federal standards. He added that the “verification system”​​ at​​ the airports and border crossings will be linked to the main system in Baghdad,​​ and that the passport and nationality departments and their​​ personnel​​ will be linked to the federal MoI in accordance with the law.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said in a press conference that “We welcome the decision to open the airports to international flights. It is an important step,​​ and we thank Al-Abadi.” He added that the agreement was within the framework of the constitution​​ He also​​ expressed​​ the​​ hope that​​ the remaining problems will be resolved after the election. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ spokesman of the KRG Ministry of Transportation, Omid Mohammed, said that the Ministry had not received a notification about re-opening the Erbil and Suleimaniya airports to international flights;​​ the Suleimaniya airport director, Abdullah Taher, said the airport was waiting for an official order from the Prime Minister. [Sumaria]

 

Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk welcomed the lifting of the ban on international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region’s airports, calling it “an important step toward post-IS stability, which requires a strong and unified KRG within the constitutional framework of Iraq.” [SotIraq]

 

French President Emmanuel Macron​​ also​​ welcomed the decision to lift the ban on international flights. [@EmmanuelMacron] [BasNews]

 

Budget.​​ KRG Prime Minister Barzani was unhappy, however, about the federal budget. He called it a “significant betrayal”​​ of​​ the Kurdistan Region. He says “the betrayal was deliberate, and we consider it an injustice to the Kurdistan Region’s people.”​​ [Sumaria]

 

Financial coordination.​​ Following a meeting with​​ the​​ Director of the Iraqi Central Bank, Ali Al-Allaq, on Tuesday,​​ the​​ KRG Minister of Finance and Economy, Ribaz Hamlan, said that Baghdad and Erbil signed an agreement concerning financial matters, and​​ that​​ the salaries of the Kurdistan Region’s employees are in the Erbil branch of the Iraqi Central Bank. The Ministry is awaiting an order from PM Al-Abadi to disburse them. Hamlan added that the meeting discussed the commercial banks not licensed by Baghdad, and as a first phase​​ it was agreed to reduce the number of banks and then license the​​ remaining banks to be dealt with officially by the Iraqi government inside and outside of Iraq in the second phase. The meeting also covered the topic of customs, and another meeting will be held next week to organize customs​​ duties between Erbil and Baghdad. Hamlan noted that the remaining​​ issue to be resolved is about companies operating in the Kurdistan Region​​ that​​ have tax-related issues; this will​​ be resolved in early June. [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Tuesday, a police source reported that a civilian was killed and​​ four​​ others were wounded​​ by an IED ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ near a street market in the Hamamiyat area of the Taji​​ District. [Sumaria]

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Tuesday, a security source reported that assailants on a motorcycle targeted a café with a hand grenade in Hay Ur, wounding​​ one​​ civilian. [Ghad]​​ [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Al-Qa’im

Tuesday, the Ministry of Migration and Displacement announced the return of 222 IDPs to Al-Qa’im​​ District from​​ the​​ Ameriyat​​ Al-Falluja and Al-Madina Al-Siyahiya camps. The returning families and their belongings were transported by buses and trucks organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation and the governorate;​​ humanitarian aid was distributed in the camps. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the MIS announced that a Daesh​​ ammunition depot was found in the Karabela area in Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba

​​ Tuesday, a source in the Anbar Ops Command revealed that 3 Daesh members were killed by the Coalition air force in a tunnel in Wadi Al-Ghadhaf,​​ in the Rutba desert, between Rutba city and Nukhaib.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Tuesday, a security source said that the Iraqi Army, backed by the PMF, foiled a Daesh attempt to infiltrate Shirqat District, killing 4 Daesh terrorists. [Buratha]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says local police captured a Daesh terrorist wearing women’s clothes at a checkpoint near Shirqat. The source says the terrorist was trying to flee toward Qayara. The source sent us photos of the terrorist.​​ 

 

Baiji

Tuesday, the EOD of the PMF dismantled over 150 various IEDs in Baiji, and defused 200 others. The statement added that safe pathways have been established in Harariyat (in the Makhoul Mountains area near Baiji) and the units continue to clear the areas of mines and other threats as well as terrorists.​​ [Ghad]

 

Tikrit

A security source told​​ DaeshDaily​​ that armed men blew up Al-Mustafa Mosque 5 km (3 miles) east of Al-Alam. The source says Daesh terrorists were suspected of sneaking into the area and destroying the mosque.​​ 

However, another​​ DaeshDaily​​ source reported that Saraya Al-Khorasani​​ (Khorasani Brigades), a pro-Iran militia, blew up the mosque one day after one of its members was beheaded there.​​ 

 

Samarra

Tuesday, the Security Media Center announced that Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi ordered an immediate investigation into the killing of​​ the​​ Brigade 57 (special forces) commander, Gen. Sharif​​ Ismail,​​ by gunshots from “uncontrolled units” at checkpoints at the entrance of Samarra city, following​​ a​​ clash between Saraya Salam PMFs and federal units. [Sumaria] [BasNews]

 

A security source reported that an armed confrontation took place on Tuesday evening between a military unit and assailants in Al-Qala’a,​​ near​​ Samarra. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Monday, a local source in Diyala reported that​​ two​​ civilians were killed by gunshots​​ from​​ unknown assailants in​​ the center of​​ Abu Saida. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Tuesday, the Diyala Police Command announced the launch of a military campaign to track Daesh terrorists in Al-Nida Basin and secure the area. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Tuesday, a source in the PMF reported that 8 Daesh terrorists were killed in a trap set up by a PMF unit in Shalakha village in Riyadh​​ subdistrict.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, a​​ PMF​​ source announced the deaths of 7​​ Daesh terrorists, including 4​​ suicide attackers,​​ who tried to target them in​​ a​​ village near Hawija​​ city. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the IWMC announced that the IFP and its supporting units continued to track down​​ Daesh​​ units in western​​ Kirkuk​​ for the third day,​​ as part of their​​ plan to clear Hawija. They​​ found 3 tunnels, 2 suicide belts, and 3 guesthouses.​​ [IraqPress]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Tuesday,​​ a security source said that​​ security forces found a mass grave containing 70 bodies,​​ mostly from​​ members of​​ Ninewa security forces, in the Rashidiya subdistrict​​ in northern​​ Mosul.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Tuesday,​​ a security source said that​​ security forces found 4 Daesh guesthouses containing weapons and ammunition in Al-Zayouna village north of Mosul. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Shura

Tuesday, the Military Intelligence Service announced it had seized a Daesh hideout in Mosul’s Shura subdistrict.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

Qayara

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked PMFs in the​​ Zahailila area​​ west of Qayara city​​ and killed seven​​ soldiers, before returning safely. [ICDNMar13]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

Tuesday, according to the PMF media, Mawazin news reported that the PMF 28th​​ Brigade and the PMF artillery destroyed Daesh’s “soldiers office – Saif Al-Dawla battalion” on the opposite side of Tal Safouk on the Iraqi-Syrian border.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Tuesday, the Turkish authorities announced that 2 Turkish soldiers were killed and 5 others wounded in an​​ IED blast​​ as they conducted​​ a​​ security operation​​ against PKK units​​ in Diyarbakir in​​ southeastern Turkey.​​ [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

NATIONAL NEWS

East Ghouta

A major and nasty dispute has broken out between the US and Russia over East Ghouta and​​ the​​ US allegations and implied threats over use of chemical weapons there. This coincided with the announcement early Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is being replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Gen. Valery Gerasimov called Gen. Joseph Dunford Tuesday to discuss the situation in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta.

Earlier Tuesday, Gerasimov said Moscow has “reliable information” that the militants in East Ghouta are preparing to stage a chemical attack and put the blame on the Syrian government, setting the stage for a U.S. strike.

Gerasimov noted that Russian military officers are present at Syrian facilities and warned that “if a threat to our servicemen emerges,​​ the Russian armed forces will take retaliatory measures against both missiles and their carriers.” [ABCNews]​​ 

Gerasimov, who heads Russia’s General Staff, said Moscow has information that the United States is planning to bomb the Syrian forces’ positions in Damascus, threatening that “Russia will respond militarily if Russian lives are threatened by such an attack.” “In the event of a threat to the lives of our servicemen, Russia’s armed forces will take retaliatory measures against the missiles and launchers used,” Gerasimov said in a statement. [Dorar]

 

Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the statements by US Permanent​​ Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, who said the US is prepared to act on the use of chemical weapons if it must. The Russian statement said “such bellicose, irresponsible claims of the US representative are outrageous and extremely concerning. . . .​​ Necessary response measures will be taken in this case.” The statement added that accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons is a pretext to unilateral US strikes on Damascus and Syrian government institutions, which puts the lives of the Syrian military advisors at risk, including officials of the​​ (Russian)​​ Reconciliation Center. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, according to unnamed sources, Kuwaiti newspaper​​ Al-Rai​​ reported that​​ Lebanese​​ Hezbollah, at the request of Bashar Al-Assad,​​ has decided to withdraw from the provinces of Hasaka, Deir Ez-Zor, Raqqa and Aleppo as well as Idlib, Hama and Suwayda.” According to the newspaper, “Hezbollah will keep its forces in Damascus, Homs, Daraa and Quneitra.” [Dorar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin

Tuesday, Qasioun reported that the Turkey-allied militias captured Qarabash​​ in Jinderes subdistrict​​ and Faqira in​​ Shara subdistrict,​​ following fierce battles with the YPG. [Qasioun]

 

Tuesday, Hawar reported that 31 members of the Turkish Army were killed during the ongoing​​ fighting​​ with the YPG in Tarmisha​​ and Shiketa in Sheikh Hadid subdistrict​​ in western Afrin​​ and​​ Maserka village in Shara subdistrict​​ in the northeast. [Hawar]         

Tuesday, Dorar reported that the Turkish Army is only 5 km​​ (3 miles)​​ away from​​ linking its forces in​​ Shara​​ in northeast Afrin and​​ Jinderes​​ in southwest Afrin. Having​​ encircled​​ Afrin​​ city​​ from three sides, says Dorar, Turkey has​​ permanently cut the YPG supply lines in Afrin. [Dorar]

 

Tuesday, Turkey’s president, Recep Erdogan, said that “the Turkish Army will soon enter Afrin​​ city​​ in​​ order to​​ liberate​​ it from the​​ terrorist PYD/PKK,​​ and return it to its original residents.” He also stressed his country’s concern for the safety of civilians during the operation, saying “If we hadn’t had all that concern, Afrin would have fallen a long time ago.” [Anadolu]

 

Tuesday,​​ based on “local sources,​​ government-connected​​ Anadolu reported that “the Turkish Army and its allied Syrian militias have surrounded Afrin city, and opened a safe passage from the south for the civilians.” [Qasioun]

 

Manbij

Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced an agreement with the US to withdraw the Kurdish-Syrian units from Manbij city, to be replaced by joint forces from the US and Turkey, and to roll out this model in all Eastern Euphrates cities, including Raqqa. The mechanisms and timeline of the withdrawal of fighters will be decided in a Turkey-US meeting on March 19. [BasNews]​​ [Dorar]

 

In a similar report by ABC, Cavusoglu claimed that under​​ the​​ agreement the​​ YPG​​ will leave and Turkish​​ and​​ U.S.​​ soldiers​​ will ensure the town’s security.​​ However, the U.S. State Department provided no such details. It said Washington and Ankara are committed to working out outstanding issues and that detailed discussions are still underway and still require approval.

Shervan Darwish, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council, said members of the YPG left the town soon after it was liberated from Daesh in 2016. Darwish says local forces are now in charge in Manbij and work closely with the U.S.-led Coalition, including in joint patrols. [ABCNews]

 

The SDF says it is unaware of any U.S.-Turkish deal over Manbij. Redur Khalil, head of SDF foreign relations, said “We do not have any knowledge of any Turkish-American agreement in this regard.” He also denied that Kurds were in control of the town and said “it has been run by local officials since 2016.” [EnabBaladi]

 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This would not be the first time that Cavusoglu has prematurely announced US agreement with Turkish demands. We will believe this if and when there is official US verification. However, the Kurds have good reasons to be suspicious after what happened in Afrin, preceded by an American decision not to oppose the Turkish invasion.​​ 

A further complication may be the​​ Tuesday announcement that Rex Tillerson​​ will be replaced as​​ Secretary of State​​ by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Tillerson will still be in office on March 19, but some review of policy toward Syria would be expected and a delay in any Manbij decision would not be surprising.​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

West Raqqa (Tabaqa, etc.)

Tuesday, joint head of the Internal Committee of Tabaqa’s Democratic Civil Administration, Mazloum Omar, said that internal security forces arrested a Daesh cell in Tabaqa’s Al-Mashara​​ neighborhood in a special operation, during which 4 Daesh members, including​​ 2​​ Daesh women, were killed. [Hawar]    

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Tuesday, SOHR reported that violent clashes are still ongoing between Tahrir al-Sham one hand and Ahrar al-Sham and Noureddine Zenki on the other in Basartoun and Anjara in rural western Aleppo.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says that Hurras Al-Din (Religion Protectors),​​ an Al-Qaeda linked organization, killed​​ several Tahrir Al-Sham members​​ near Al-Khawin village, near Maarrat Al-Numan, in southeastern Idlib. The source says the group, formed about a month ago,​​ has​​ stated that it would​​ fight the Syrian government, the Coalition, and Israel, and have​​ a​​ presence in the Idlib and south Damascus areas.​​ 

 

Hama

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says unknown armed men shot and killed Abu Thamer Al-Masri, a senior Tahrir Al-Sham leader,​​ and a well-known Al-Qaeda member, and captured his driver near Suruj.​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says government forces found Daesh minting equipment and thousands of Daesh coins in a tunnel under a house in Hasrat.​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted 2 Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal city with 2 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNMar13]

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier near Albu Kamal city. [ICDNMar13]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

East Ghouta

Tuesday, according to pro-Syrian government media, Qasioun reported that the Syrian forces have completely captured Al-Qadam neighborhood in Damascus under a previous agreement with the Syrian forces and the opposition groups in Al-Qadam neighborhood. Qasioun added that “a large​​ number of buses carrying over 1000 people, including over 300 members of Ajnad Al-Sham as well as their families, left Al-Qadam neighborhood, heading to Idlib province.” [Qasioun]

Tuesday, Anadolu reported that a convoy of 26 buses, carrying 1055 IDPs from Al-Qadam neighborhood, arrived in Idlib province under an agreement between the Syrian forces and opposition militias. [Anadolu]

 

In a statement released on its Facebook page earlier on Tuesday, the Khmeimim airbase had said that “Moscow may agree to a temporary ceasefire in East Ghouta if the militiamen decide not to leave, but on the condition that the areas of influence remain as they are now.” [Dorar]

 

Tuesday, Dorar reported that violent clashes broke out between Daesh and the Syrian forces in Al-Qadam and Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhoods as well as Al-Thalathin Street in the Yarmouk Camp, with reports of casualties on both sides. Meanwhile, the Syrian aircraft launched several airstrikes on Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhood, Daesh’s stronghold in the region. [Dorar][Qasioun] [SyriaHR]    

Tuesday, SOHR reported that the Syrian forces resumed shelling the Daesh-held areas in the Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh’s version says it continued its attacks on government forces in Hay Al-Qadam, where opposition groups had withdrawn from the area (see above stories), killing or wounding more than 10 soldiers and damaging a tank. Daesh published photos of the battles in Hay Al-Qadam.

Daesh​​ also​​ said​​ it stopped an​​ anti-government​​ opposition groups’ attack on its positions in the Yarmouk Camp. Daesh says the groups started the attack with shelling the camp from the Yelda area, then detonated​​ a parked vehicle bomb. Daesh says 2 opposition group armored vehicles​​ continued with the attack, but Daesh stopped them, killing one fighter and wounding another. It says none of its terrorists were​​ hurt. [ICDNMar13]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

Medics say​​ seven​​ people were killed in Aden city on Tuesday when a car bomb ripped through a military kitchen used by Yemeni forces trained and backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

They said one of the dead was a young boy walking in the street at the time of the blast. 15 people were wounded. Witnesses said the blast was caused by a car laden with explosives, apparently driven by a suicide bomber towards the kitchen,​​ in Al-Derain in northern Aden. [Reuters]​​ 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a logistics center in Aden, belonging to pro-UAE forces, with a vehicle bomb, capturing several positions, killing or wounding 30 people and destroying several vehicles. Daesh published a photo of the suicide terrorists in addition to remote photos of the explosion. [ICDNMar13]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED in the Qabr Omair area, in Sheikh Zuweid, on Sunday.​​ [ICDNMar13]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED west of Rafah.​​ [ICDNMar13]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Russia

Tuesday, the Russian Security announced that the MoI and federal security​​ stopped​​ a​​ Daesh​​ activity in Moscow and its districts​​ that​​ worked on recruiting​​ supporters​​ of the group. 60 people were arrested.​​ [Ghad]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it shot and killed an Afghan Army member and stole his weapon in Khost on Monday. Daesh publishes a photo of the AK it stole. [ICDNMar13]

 

Daesh says it killed two Afghan Army members and a “spy” in Dih Bala, in Nangarhar. [ICDNMar13]

 

March 12, 2018

 

Daesh Tunnel in Shura

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Daesh terrorists kill 15 PMFs at northern Diyala fake checkpoint. [..]

11,000 people still missing in Mosul since Daesh arrival in 2014 [..]

Ninewa Police arrest 42 Daesh members in Hammam Al-Alil. [..]

 

Syria

Coalition resumes heavy airstrikes in Albu Kamal. [..]

Turkey-allied militias expand captured territory in Afrin. [..]

Syrian troops have surrounded key East Ghouta city. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Between March 2 and March 8, the Coalition conducted 3​​ airstrikes in Iraq,​​ near Qayara (1), Hawija (1), and in the Atshana​​ Mountains (1) on the Iraq-Syria border near Hasaka. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

The Ministry of Interior announced the arrest of a Daesh terrorist in northern Baghdad.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

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

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) announced the arrest of a number of people on different legal charges and the discovery of an IED, 5 C5 missiles, and 2 hand grenades in Khtaimiya in southern Baghdad and other parts of Baghdad. ​​ [Baghdadia]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Saturday, a security source said an IED exploded near a popular market in Nasr Al-Salam in Abu Ghraib, wounding​​ three​​ people.[Buratha]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Al-Qa’im

Monday, The Military Intelligence Directorate announced the seizure of dozens of IEDs and mortars during a search operation in Al-Qa’im​​ District. [Mawazin]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh said it killed an IFP battalion commander and wounded three soldiers near Sabbaghiya village, southeast of Shirqat, on Friday.​​ [ICDNMar11]

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that three PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh ambush in the Makhoul Mountains.​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said it destroyed a vehicle carrying Shia people in the Al-Saud area on Saturday, near the Sayyed Mohammed Shrine, killing or wounding the people inside.​​ [ICDNMar11]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Saturday,​​ chairman of the Al-Abbara​​ subdistrict​​ council,​​ Adnan Mulla Al-Tamimi,​​ said that​​ two​​ farmers were injured when 3 IEDs exploded on an agricultural road east of Al-Abbara.[Sumaria]

 

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh terrorists, wearing Iraqi Army uniforms, killed 15 PMF fighters at a fake checkpoint near the Udhaim Dam.​​ 

 

Daesh published on Monday photos of executing several PMF fighters near the Hafayer area, in Sadiya, in Khanaqin. [ICDNMar12]

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh published photos of an attack on a PMF military position near the Iran border. [ICDNMar12]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Sunday, Commander of Counter Terrorism Special Operations, Maj. Gen. Maan Al-Saadi, announced the arrest of two of the perpetrators of the attack on the Turkmen Front headquarters on Friday March 9. Al-Saadi says that the attack was conducted by “separatists.” Al-Saadi stressed that the Counter Terrorism units in Kirkuk will protect the security of the city from separatists or others who mean to destabilize the security situation in the Province. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh attacked Bakara village and Hawija, killing 5 fighters, capturing​​ 2​​ others, and blowing up the house of a tribal PMF commander.​​ 

​​ 

Saturday, a security source said 1 member of the PMF was killed and 6 wounded when an IED exploded on a PMF patrol in Al-Najatiya village.[Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMF fighter was killed and five others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Hawija.​​ 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [ICDNMar11]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that IFP units killed​​ five​​ Daesh terrorists hiding in a tunnel, in Bir Mahdi village in Al-Zab. The force says the IFP found large quantities of weapons, ammunition, and food supplies in the tunnel.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle near Al-Hilwat village​​ in Al-Zab subdistrict, killing​​ three​​ terrorists.

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A police source says that Daesh killed a family of five at a fake checkpoint Sunday night on the Baghdad-Kirkuk road. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed three Shia on the Baghdad-Kirkuk road, near Daquq, then set their vehicle on fire. Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNMar11]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A Police officer said on Monday that 11,000 people have gone missing in Mosul since Daesh took over in 2014 and their fate is still unknown. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that the Ninewa Police captured a Daesh commander who was hiding in a house in​​ the​​ Al-Shuhada​​ neighborhood, after getting intel information from citizens of the area.

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

Saturday, a security source says that Ninewa Police arrested 42 Daesh members and seized weapons in Hammam Al-Alil.​​ [SotIraq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF units killed 6 Daesh terrorists who were hiding near Dhala village​​ (spelling approximate)​​ after getting information from citizens of the area.

The Military Intelligence Directorate announced that security units found a Daesh hideout and killed a Daesh militant in clashes in​​ Dhala village,​​ in Hammam Al-Alil. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units found a Daesh tunnel near Shura. The source says the PMFs killed 3 Daesh terrorists in the tunnel and confiscated weapons and IEDs. The source sent us photos of the tunnel.

 

Qayara/Hatra/Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that two PMF fighters were killed, a displaced person wounded, and a PMF vehicle destroyed when an IED exploded on a PMF vehicle south of Hatra. The source says the vehicle was accompanying displaced people returning to their houses in the area.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that 15 Daesh terrorists, dressed in Iraqi Army uniforms, attacked Kahriz village early Monday morning and killed the tribal PMF commander of the village, two of his sons, and three other fighters.

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that five PMF fighters were killed in clashes with Daesh in Wardiya village​​ on the Syria border. The source says the PMFs killed 4 Daesh terrorists including a Turkmen commander.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Monday, Anadolu reported that a Turkish soldier was killed, and 3 PKK members were​​ “neutralized”​​ during clashes with the PKK in Turkey’s eastern Agri province. Meanwhile, 2 children were injured when a roadside IED went off​​ on their bus,​​ according to the​​ Agri Governor’s Office. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Between March 2 and March 8, the Coalition conducted 16​​ airstrikes near Albu Kamal and 1 near Al-Shaddadi​​ in Hasaka.​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Sunday,​​ Al-Sharq Al-Awsat​​ newspaper reported that a senior Russian military official secretly arrived in Damascus two days ago, carrying a message from President Vladimir Putin to Bashar Al-Assad, including maps of the Syrian forces’ observation points north of Aleppo. According to those maps, the Syrian forces will be able to establish 10 observation points near Azaz, Tal Rifaat, Nabl and Al-Zahra’ on the condition that they will not come close to Afrin, which​​ will be controlled by​​ the Turkish Army and Turkey-allied Syrian militias in accordance with the understandings reached by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran. In exchange for these points, the Turkish army will establish 12 or 13 observation points in rural Idlib, Hama and Aleppo, and it will go on with its “Olive Branch’ operation in order to join the Furat Shield areas between Aleppo, Jarabulus, and Idlib, according to the newspaper. [Qasioun

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Considering the less than impeccable source, we would suggest waiting for verification on this one.

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Monday, Qasioun reported that the Turkey-allied Syrian militias captured the villages of Bilan, Al-Rans Al-Ahmar, Kutanli and Abila in Bulbul, and Zindakan, Qila, Burj Kumush and Jalma in Jinderes. [Dorar] [Qasioun]

 

Sunday, Qasioun reported that the Turkey-allied Syrian “National Army” captured the Tallaf airport as well as 13 other villages in Afrin. National Army spokesman, Mohammed Hammadin, said that “the Kurds are part of the Syrian people,” urging civilians to “return to their liberated villages.” [Qasioun]

 

Monday, Hawar reported​​ that violent clashes are still ongoing between the YPG and the Turkish​​ Army in the villages of Kutana, Darwish and Qazel Pasha in Bulbul subdistrict.​​ [Hawar] [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There is an unmistakable pattern in Hawar stories from Afrin. While other sources report battles won by the pro-Turkey militias, Hawar continues to report ongoing​​ violent​​ clashes.​​ Based on Hawar’s coverage, the Kurds rarely win but they are never actually defeated. We note the similarity to​​ many​​ Daesh reports.

 

Sunday,​​ the​​ Russian RT network reported that the pro-Syrian government National Defense Forces have started leaving Afrin and heading​​ for​​ Aleppo. They had​​ arrived in Afrin​​ in​​ February to support the​​ YPG fighters but have had little impact on the ground.​​ “It seems that they have decided not to wait for the Turkish Army to​​ . . .​​ cut the road to Aleppo,” RT added. [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Monday, according to local sources, Dorar reported that the​​ YPG​​ has mobilized​​ troops​​ in Ras Al-Ayn city on the Syria-Turkey border, after Turkey’s President​​ Erdogan​​ threatened to expand the Turkish military operations. According to Al-Khabur website, the​​ YPG​​ has brought large military reinforcements to Ras Al-Ayn city from Tal Tamr town, west of Hasaka, and deployed 20 snipers over the high buildings there and in Al-Kharabat neighborhood. [Dorar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh appointed Mohammed Aziz Al-Farahat, aka Mohammed Dawla, as its Hasaka area military commander. The source says that the former military commander, an Iraqi Turkmen called Mohammed Aslan, fled to Turkey four days earlier.​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Monday, SOHR reported that Ahrar Al-Sham and Suqur Al-Sham captured Ma’ashourin checkpoint in northeastern Maarat Al-Numan, killed a Tahrir Al-Sham leader and captured others during the ongoing violent clashes with Tahrir Al-Sham. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that​​ the​​ Coalition targeted​​ one of​​ its​​ airstrikes on​​ a group of Daesh terrorists​​ near Hajin​​ who were preparing to attack SDF units in Bahra village. The source said 4 Daesh terrorists were killed in the airstrike.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander, in an airstrike on Hajin.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it targeted government forces near Albu Kamal city with 3 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNMar12]

Daesh published on Sunday photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in the Albu Kamal area with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNMar11]

Daesh said on Saturday it targeted Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal city with 4 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNMar10]

Daesh published on Saturday photos of targeting a Syrian Army position near the village with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNMar10]​​ 

Daesh published photos on Saturday of targeting a Syrian Army position near Al-Ghabra village with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNMar10]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We noticed that Daesh is using this type of rocket more often for the last few weeks. We hope that one of our readers, with a military background, can tell us if there might be any significance in this trend.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Sukkariya village, north of Albu Kamal. [ICDNMar11]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

East Ghouta

Monday, SOHR reported that violent clashes are still ongoing between the Syrian forces and Islamic opposition groups in East Ghouta, especially in Harasta and Arbin, and that the Syrian forces have completely encircled Harasta. [SyriaHR]

 

The Iraqi Imam Hussein Brigade militia published a video, entitled “Ghouta is being liberated,” on its official Facebook page. The video shows a number of its members in the Al-Biruni Hospital area in Harasta city that has been heavily shelled by both the Syrian and Russian forces for days. [Qasioun]

 

Monday, SyriaNow reported that the Syrian forces recaptured Aftris village in East Ghouta, following fierce battles with Tahrir Al-Sham and its affiliates. [SyriaNow]

 

Sunday, Jaish Al-Islam spokesman Hamza Berqad said that over 40 members of the Syrian forces were killed, and 3 tanks were destroyed​​ in East Ghouta. [Qasioun]

 

Monday,​​ the​​ Jaish Al-Islam political body announced that through the UN mediation, it reached an agreement with Russia to evacuate wounded people in batches from East Ghouta for treatment. [Dorar]

 

Sunday, SyriaNow reported that the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation demanded that the Faylaq Al-Rahman​​ militia​​ cut ties and immediately separate from the “Al-Nusra Front”​​ (Tahrir Al-Sham)​​ in East Ghouta. Its spokesman,​​ Maj. Gen. Vladimir Zolotukhin,​​ said​​ that “the parties discussed issues related to withdrawal of Al-Nusra Front from East Ghouta to Idlib as well as further destiny of the Faylaq Al-Rahman members.” [SyriaNow]

 

Damascus south

Daesh said on Saturday that its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Hay Al-Tadhamun, in south Damascus. [ICDNMar10]

 

Monday, SOHR reported that Daesh advanced in Al-Qadam neighborhood, south of Damascus, following violent clashes with the Syrian forces, with reports of casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR]

Daesh said on Monday that it attacked government forces’ positions in Hay Al-Qadam south of Damascus, killing or wounding soldiers and capturing weapons and ammunition. It said that those positions had been left to the government forces by opposition groups in an agreement between the government on one side and Mujahidi Al-Sham and Ajnad Al-Sham. It said the agreement​​ included allowing 500 fighters from both groups, in addition to​​ a​​ few Tahrir Al-Sham fighters, to leave for Idlib. [A3maq] [ICDNMar12]

 

Daesh said its snipers targeted opposition fighters in Yelda on Sunday. [ICDNMar12]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted 2 Egyptian Army convoys in the Abu Shanar and Al-Ahrash areas, in Rafah, with 2 IEDs, damaging an M60 tank and a bulldozer. [ICDNMar11]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an Egyptian Army YPR armored vehicle with a “large size” IED south of Arish on Saturday, killing the soldiers inside. [ICDNMar12]

 

Libya/Tunisia

Sunday, Libyan​​ National​​ Army​​ (LNA) spokesman​​ Ahmad Al-Musmari​​ said​​ that security forces killed 3 Daesh leaders who were trying to flee Derna.[Libya24]

A military source reported on Friday that a suicide attack targeted the​​ LNA in​​ Ajdabiya, Libya. Initial reports say one member of the military was injured and 4 military vehicles were destroyed. [AfriGate]

Daesh said that one of its suicide terrorists attacked an LNA checkpoint south of Ajdabiya city with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying ​​ 4 vehicles. [ICDNMar10]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said it shot and killed​​ a​​ US Army translator and an Afghan Intelligence member west of Jalalabad on Saturday. Daesh published a photo of the ID and gun of the Intelligence member. [ICDNMar11]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed a pro-government militiaman and wounded another with an IED in Darzab District in Jowzjan. [ICDNMar11]​​ 

 

India

An Indian Army official said that 3 unidentified militants were killed on Monday in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag​​ District of Jammu and Kashmir, the army said.

The official also said that an anti-militancy operation was launched in Anantnag​​ District late Sunday night following information about the presence of militants in the area, an army official said. He said three militants were killed in the pre-dawn encounter with security forces. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants was not immediately known. [LiveMint]​​ 

Daesh sources said on Monday that Abu Al-Bara’ Al-Kashmiri, the Daesh emir of “Wilayat Kashmir”, and 2 other commanders were killed in clashes with the Indian Army. [ICDNMar12]

March 9, 2018

 

Kabul

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Turkey planning military campaign in northern Iraqi Kurdistan to eliminate PKK presence. [..]​​ 

Massive anti-corruption demonstration held in Baghdad. [..]

Salahuddin PC Chairman demands military protection against armed groups threatening voters. [..]

34-member Daesh cell arrested in west Mosul by Ninewa Police. [..]​​ 

 

Syria

WHO documents 67 attacks on Damascus-area hospitals, health facilities in 2 months. [..]

Syrian airstrikes, opposition shelling undermine UN ​​ humanitarian mission in East Ghouta. [..]

Erdogan says Turkish forces have Afrin city almost surrounded. [..]

Russian mercenaries, Syrian troops menace same Deir Ez-Zor area where US attacked them before. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Libya:​​ Violent explosion rocks city near Tripoli. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Daesh suicide bomber in deadly attack near Shia mosque in Kabul. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign relations

Friday, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told the press that Turkey will conduct military operations in northern Iraqi Kurdistan to eliminate the PKK and Daesh as needed. He added that the Turkish government is in close contact with the Iraqi government about this matter. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Whether the Iraqi government approves of Turkey invading a large area of northern Iraq is perhaps another matter.

 

Kurdish CoR member Mohammed Othman warned of the presence of Turkish forces in Iraq, calling it a violation of international law. He also expressed regret that the Kurdish forces were not able to build a joint military force and take a joint stand​​ against this “occupation.” [ROJ]

 

The Economist​​ published an article titled “Saudi Arabia’s use of soft power in Iraq is making Iran nervous” about Saudi Arabia’s interest in southern Iraq, especially Basra, and how it impacts Iran’s interests in Iraq. [Sumaria] [TheEconomist]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Our recent positive stories about the Iraq-Saudi Arabia relationship apparently reflect a real policy shift in both countries. At a Middle East Institute forum in Washington this week, Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. Naufel Alhassan, made it a point of emphasis.​​ 

 

Reconstruction

Prime Minister​​ Al-Abadi says that Iraq has lost $46 billion​​ due to​​ the war against Daesh.​​ He​​ says that the world is not prepared to donate such a​​ large​​ amount. [BaghdadToday]

 

IDPs from Tuz Khurmatu complained that the Iraqi government is not dealing with them the same as it deals with other IDPs, as​​ they have not received financial compensation to return to their areas of residence. The Iraqi Ministry of Emigration says that no IDPs have been given compensation to return because the budget had​​ not been passed. [Rudaw]

 

Friday,​​ Chairman​​ of the Diyala PC, Ali​​ Al-Dayni,​​ announced the arrival of the first foreign investment delegation to Baquba District following the events of June 2014, noting that a meeting was held with a major Turkish investment company specialized in agricultural and animal products. He said this is a sign of the improving security situation and​​ that​​ the delegation showed interest in​​ eight​​ investment opportunities​​ ​​ that​​ “will find their way to execution in the upcoming period.” [Sumaria]

 

Friday, the UN Migration Agency in Iraq appealed for funding to​​ meet the​​ urgent needs​​ of​​ IDPs and returnees, at an estimated cost of​​ $27 million. It​​ says​​ that at this time, there are​​ still​​ over 2.3 million Iraqi IDPs, with​​ the number of returned IDPs​​ now​​ over 3.5 million. More than 100,000 IDPs​​ are​​ returning to their​​ home​​ areas​​ each​​ month. [@UNIraq] [IOMIraq] [BasNews]

 

Election

Rudaw reports that Tahrir Square in downtown Baghdad witnessed a massive demonstration of people demanding an end to corruption and sectarianism. Many of the demonstrators were holding signs with pictures of Muqtada Al-Sadr. [Rudaw]

 

Iraqi​​ imam​​ Muqdad Al-Janabi emphasized in his Friday sermon that the upcoming elections are “a crossroads” for Iraq that will either lead to stability and prosperity or spark never ending internal and external problems. He also emphasized that not voting will result in the “same faces”​​ getting elected​​ and lead Iraq​​ onto “a dark path.” [Rudaw]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Friday, Kurdish Alliance representative Zana Saeed said the Kurds will not boycott the government or CoR, in the wake of​​ the federal budget approval “by a majority without consensus” which he called a “major disappointment to the Kurdistan Region’s residents who had hopes the federal government would save its deteriorating economic situation.” He added that “our policy will change, and what happened is an important experience for us to think about the nature and type of future alliances.” He also said “the​​ majority in Iraq will be harmful to smaller minorities.” [Sumaria]

 

On Thursday evening, the first international flight took off from the Erbil International Airport after a 5-month ban. Director of the Awqaf (religious endowments) Ministry in the Kurdistan Region, Nabez Ismail, reported that 150 pilgrims headed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, and 4,000 people from the Kurdistan Region will complete the Umrah this year, as Baghdad partially lifted the​​ flight​​ ban on the Erbil and Suleimaniya​​ airports. [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says an unidentified gunman broke into a house in​​ the​​ Mashtal​​ area​​ in East Baghdad early Friday morning​​ and​​ killed​​ three​​ people. [Rudaw]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says an IED placed near a market in the Radwaniya area wounded​​ two​​ civilians.​​ [Baghdadia]

A second report says​​ four​​ civilians were wounded​​ by​​ a roadside bomb near a market in​​ the​​ Radwaniya area. [Rudaw]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the East Anbar Operations Command found more than 30 IEDs in a search in ​​ Qarma subdistrict. ​​ 

In what seems to be a confirming report, the Military Intelligence Directorate announced on Friday that a cache of explosives was found in​​ Al-Subaihat in Qarma. The cache contained 20 highly explosive IEDs, 9 cylindrical IEDs, and 4 mortar bombs. The cache of weapons was detonated on site by the​​ EOD​​ detachment. ​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Police Command told​​ DaeshDaily​​ that the explosions heard early morning on Friday were under-control detonation of explosives caches found in the Jazeera Ramadi area​​ north of the​​ city. The command also says its units, supported by Iraqi Army units, conducted a large security operation in different areas in Ramadi city looking for Daesh sleeper cells and weapons hideouts

Friday, a security source says 2 wanted men were arrested and explosive materials, AK-47 rifles, and 7 RPGs were seized during security operations in different parts of Ramadi. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

 

A security source says the Coalition conducted airstrikes on Daesh​​ pockets​​ in southern Ramadi city on Friday. [BaghdadToday]

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)/Al-Qa’im

A security source says​​ two​​ Daesh members were arrested trying to infiltrate Al-Qa’im. [Baghdadia]

 

Friday, a security source said Anbar Police carried out a security operation in Al-Jamaiya, Albu Alwan, Kilo 5, and other areas of Ramadi city. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Salahuddin PC​​ Chairman​​ Abdul Jabbar Al-Karim​​ asked Prime Minister​​ Al-Abadi to intervene to limit the proliferation of weapons by many armed factions and tribes in Salahuddin. Al-Karim says that the number of weapons on the street is affecting the elections by threatening citizens​​ into choosing​​ one list or another. Al-Karim​​ wants​​ Al-Abadi to send Counter Terrorism​​ units​​ and Rapid Response to intervene and​​ to provide security for the election. Al-Karim​​ says​​ the soldiers​​ would protect voters and prevent pressure from armed factions. [Arabic]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Chairman​​ of the Ishaqi​​ subdistrict​​ council,​​ Jassem Mohammad Al-Bazaya,​​ says that on Friday​​ security​​ and PMF units​​ foiled a terrorist attack planned by a terrorist cell in western Ishaqi.​​ Two​​ suicide terrorists were killed. [Etejah]

 

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and wounded more than seven in an attack on the Kuwaiti Road, in Ishaqi, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

The Diyala Police Command announced the arrest of 6 wanted terrorists and criminals in different parts of the governorate on Friday.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Diyala PC member Ahmad Rizouk announced that the rate of violence in the Diyala River basin between Abu Saida District and Al-Abbara​​ (northern Baquba District)​​ has decreased by 80%. [Sumaria]

 

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

Head of the Diyala PC Security Committee Sadiq Al-Husseini announced that joint security forces​​ eliminated​​ the most important Daesh network in the Al-Tabaj basin in northeast Diyala. The operation resulted in the killing of a Daesh leader and 2 of his aides. [Watan]

 

Al-Husseini​​ also​​ announced that an airstrike killed a Daesh leader and his​​ assistant​​ deep in the Himrin mountains on Friday. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A member of the Turkmen Front in Kirkuk Mohammad Samaan says that the Turkmen Front headquarters in Kirkuk was targeted with an RPG by unknown persons. A​​ Counter​​ Terrorism vehicle was hit, killing one member of​​ CTS​​ and wounding another. [Sumaria]

 

Secretary of the Gorran office in Kirkuk, Mohammed Nasraldin, says that there has been a significant increase in Daesh activity in Kirkuk. He says that the Iraqi Army is unable to stop Daesh and that it is necessary for Peshmerga forces to intervene to maintain security in Kirkuk. He says the Peshmerga have lots of experience courageously fighting Daesh over the past few years, whereas the Iraqi Army withdraws from cities when things get tough. [BasNews]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

PMF​​ spokesman Ali Al-Husseini announced that 22 Daesh leaders and a number of suicide terrorists h