An Update On ISIS Activities

February 6, 2018

 

Mosul

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

NY Times says 40,000 foreigners joined Daesh in Iraq & Syria. [..]

British officer killed at Al-Asad base in Anbar. [..]

UN says 3.2​​ million​​ Iraq IDPs​​ now​​ returned;​​ 2.6 million still displaced. [..]

Iraq reconstruction conference in Kuwait draws 2,300 companies, US, UK, German support. [..]

2,585 bodies recovered in Mosul; many others still uncollected. [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan says US has promised to leave Manbij to the Turks; YPG says they said the opposite. [..]

Leader of main​​ Turkish​​ opposition party wants Erdogan to support Assad. [..]

 

Syria

UN targeting Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons in Idlib. [..]

Mayadin residents upset with SDF after execution of elderly resident. [..]

Daesh affiliate in Yarmouk area stages a crucifixion. [..]

 

Lebanon

Kurds in Beirut protest Turkey’s Afrin invasion. [..]

4,000 Hezbollah fighters have returned from Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Tuesday, informed sources in Baghdad reported that Syrian Minister of Interior Mohammed Al-Sha’ar arrived in Baghdad on an official visit, and he was received by Iraqi Minister of Interior​​ Qassem Al-Aaraji.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh Campaign

Tuesday,​​ in his weekly press conference​​ Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said that there is a governmental plan to gradually reduce the number of the Coalition forces, but Iraq is still in need of the Coalition’s air forces.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The US Department of Defense confirmed on Monday that it would not withdraw its forces from Iraq soon, and it revealed a US-Iraqi agreement to transfer US troops to train Iraqi Army units,​​ to​​ increase​​ their​​ readiness to combat terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

Military spokesman of the Iraqi Hezbollah,​​ Jaafar Al-Husseini,​​ emphasized that Iraq will not be re-stabilized while the US is present in Iraq, which he says is an occupation, as “the Coalition led by Washington was created outside the will of Iraq.” He added that “a confrontation with the Americans may erupt at any moment.”​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The gentleman has made a mere one-letter error, but we think he means that “the Coalition led by Washington was created outside the will of Iran.”

 

The​​ New​​ York​​ Times​​ reported that about 40,000 people came from more than 120 countries to Syria and Iraq to join Daesh in the past 4 years. Some officials are quoted as saying that thousands more have infiltrated new fronts such as Libya, Yemen, and the Philippines, or have hidden in countries like Turkey. [NYTimes] [Hawar]

 

Tuesday, Sumaria published a new wanted list containing 9 Iraqis, 2 Saudis, 1 Yemeni, 1 Jordanian, and 1 Qatari national. The list includes Daesh Leader​​ Awwad​​ Al-Baghdadi.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, the UK Minister of Defense confirmed that​​ Capt.​​ Dean Sprouting of the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, who was stationed at Al-Asad Air Base, was killed last Wednesday. According to preliminary reports,​​ the​​ cause was not enemy activity. [Shafaaq]​​ 

 

Reconstruction

UN Secretary​​ General reports that 3.2 million Iraqis have returned to their places of origin. There are currently 2.6 million displaced Iraqis. [Hawar]

 

Tuesday, in his weekly press conference Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi reiterated that there is no pressure to force IDPs to return to their areas.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Adviser to the Prince of Kuwait, Mohammad Abu Al-Hassan, said on Tuesday that 2,300 international companies are participating in the Iraq reconstruction conference. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi received German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s envoy Eckhard Brouza, who stressed Germany’s​​ major​​ participation in the conference on Iraq’s reconstruction. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

British Ambassador to Iraq Jon Wilkes assured PM Haider Al-Abadi on Monday of Britain’s support for Iraq in various fields and expressing Britain’s “great” desire to contribute to Iraqi reconstruction efforts. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi received US ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman and they discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation; assistance in programs for stability and reconstruction, and the interest of American companies to invest in Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

Iraq-KRG issues

Tuesday, Kurdish CoR Finance Committee member Masoud Haider said that if Iraq does not commit to an amount equal to the KRG’s needs in the federal budget, the IMF will present a negative report on loans to Iraq at the Kuwait conference.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Election

Tuesday, Ninewa representative Nahla Al-Hababi warned about distributing voter cards in Ninewa before security checks, in fear that voter cards will be given to Daesh members. Al-Hababi said that the IHEC is set to open its office in Ninewa​​ in February​​ to give out voter cards.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Tuesday, the​​ Baghdad Operations Command (BOC)​​ announced that security units arrested two suspects on charges of trading light weapons.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Tuesday, the BOC announced on its Facebook page that security units arrested 3 wanted terrorists following an intelligence operation in Karkh.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Tuesday, BOC commander Jalil Al-Rabi’i announced that intelligence data indicates there are 2 Daesh suicide attackers in Tarmiya, and security units are hunting them down. He added that the BOC continues to hunt down terrorists and destroy their hideouts in Baghdad, especially in the north.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi soldier in clashes in the Al-Azri area, in Tarmiya, on Monday. [ICDNFeb6]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Ghuzailiya area, in Tarmiya, with an IED on Sunday, killing four soldiers inside. [ICDNFeb6]

 

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

Tuesday, a security source in Baghdad reported that a​​ Tribal PMF member was killed and​​ two​​ others were wounded in an IED explosion in​​ the Shia area of​​ Hor​​ Rijab in southern Baghdad, south of Rasheed.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Tuesday, the BOC announced that a security unit seized and defused 200 IEDs left behind by Daesh in the Al-Saadan area, south of Abu Ghraib.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 7(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Tuesday, a judicial source reported that the Central Criminal Court issued a death sentence to a Daesh member who was​​ supervisor​​ of a checkpoint in Al-Jazeera intersection and participated in attacks on Ramadi’s villages. The source added that the terrorist had escaped to Syria from Al-Qa’im,​​ then to Turkey, where Turkish authorities deported him to Iraq for entering illegally.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Samarra

Tuesday, the Samarra Ops Commander, Col.​​ Imad Al-Zuheiri reported that the PMF 433rd​​ brigade infantry, Saraya Al-Salam, Samarra Ops,​​ and​​ IFP units launched an operation at 6:00 am on Tuesday to search Al-Rufaiat​​ (Samarra)​​ and Farahatiya​​ (Balad)​​ for terrorist cells. This led​​ to the destruction of 4 guesthouses.​​ A​​ search for illegally owned weapons in Al-Shurta neighborhood in Samarra led to the arrest of 2 suspects on terrorism​​ charges. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Tuesday, a local source in Diyala reported that a grocery store owner was shot dead by unknown assailants near Abu Saida.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it wounded five people in an IED explosion​​ targeting​​ a Shia gathering in the Binkani area, east of Muqdadiya. [ICDNFeb6]

 

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

Tuesday, head of the Udhaim​​ subdistrict council, Mohammed Dhaifan Al-Abidi, said that the movement of new Daesh members and cells has been detected on the borders of Udhaim in northern Diyala and other border areas with Salahuddin, including Mtaibija. He added that there is information indicating that Daesh’s cells are planning to attack Albu Khayal village. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists clashed with Border Police near the Iranian border using light and mid-sized weapons. [ICDNFeb6]

Here Daesh says it wounded two Border Police members, set an SUV on fire, and confiscated a heavy machine gun in an ambush on the road between Mandali and Nafut Khana​​ in Khanaqin​​ on Monday. [ICDNFeb6]​​ 

 

Tuesday, Dijla Ops Command Mizhar Al-Azzawi, announced the launch of a military operation to track down Daesh cells from several directions in the area, extending from Sarha​​ village in the​​ Himrin​​ Basin​​ to Snaidij​​ village​​ west of Qara Tapa.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

A local source in Diyala reported that​​ the​​ Al-Sadeeq police station​​ in Mandali​​ near the Iraqi-Iranian border was attacked by an unknown group on Monday night, wounding 2 policemen and destroying their vehicle.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Tuesday, Badr Organization official Mohammed Mahdi Al-Bayati, said the government’s imposing of the rule of law in Kirkuk governorate was manifested in the arrest of​​ mujahedin​​ and fighters without criminal records, which​​ allowed separatists to extend their influence​​ in the governorate and the district.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source said on Tuesday that a university professor was killed near a gas station in Kirkuk city by unidentified gunmen. [ROJ]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it set on fire two houses and a vehicle belong to PMF members in Al-Adhiba village, east of Riyadh, on Sunday. [ICDNFeb6]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed a PMF member, using silenced guns, in Al-Nasr village, west of Riyadh, on Sunday. [ICDNFeb6]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Saad village, south of Daquq, on Monday. [ICDNFeb6]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A Mosul University instructor has been accused of involvement with Daesh. The instructor, Layla Al-Mawla, says she is innocent of the accusations. She said that the accuser claims she supported Daesh in confiscating his assets (a house, a restaurant, and a car). Al-Mawla said that if an individual​​ who​​ has an issue​​ with another individual​​ can​​ turn them in to​​ the​​ authorities on the grounds of Daesh membership as retaliation, Daesh will return to Mosul in the form of gangs and sleeper cells.​​ [SotIraq]​​ 

 

Tuesday,​​ Al-Sharq Al-Awsat​​ newspaper revealed that 2,585 bodies were collected in Mosul as of mid-January,​​ but​​ “the smell of death”​​ still​​ reeks from the rubble in west Mosul. It also reported​​ that there are​​ IED-rigged houses and rusting rigged cars still in the city.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

A security source in Ninewa reported that security units arrested a “reporter” at Daesh’s Al-Bayan radio station in southern Mosul. The source said the terrorist, Mizhar Hamad Al-Juhaishi, worked as a reporter for the station and distributed leaflets for Daesh in Qayara and Al-Hawd village; Hammam Al-Alil; and Shura. The source added that the terrorist’s neighbors reported his location in a nearby house.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Qayara

Tuesday Ninewa Police Commander Hamad Namis Al-Jubouri announced that the Qayara Police found a depot containing 31 (120 mm) mortar shells, 1 (60 mm) mortar shell, 4 Katyusha rockets, and 20 explosives​​ valves in a Daesh guesthouse in the center of Qayara subdistrict.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, the Diyala Police announced the seizure of 3 Katyusha rockets and explosives​​ wires in a farm in Qayara.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

Tuesday, the PMF media announced that the PMF’s 29th​​ brigade thwarted a Daesh attack with car bombs and suicide attackers in the Tal Safouk border intersection, leading to deaths among the Daesh members.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Tuesday, KRG​​ official​​ Dindar Zebari said that 350 Daesh members surrendered themselves to the KRG security forces​​ during​​ the time​​ of​​ the Hawija​​ liberation​​ operation. He added that prior to the Hawija​​ liberation nearly 1,000 Daesh members and collaborators surrendered themselves to the​​ KRG​​ security services and were detained in a temporary prison in Dibis. After that, they were transported to the Asayesh departments in Erbil because there was no prison in Kirkuk.​​ [Sumaria] ​​ According to Zebari, the security forces and Peshmerga arrested 2,500 Daesh members.​​ [Forat]​​ 

 

The KRG’s Ministry of Peshmerga stated that Acting Peshmerga Minister Karim Shinkali met with​​ commander of the US Security Cooperation Office​​ in​​ Iraq, Gen. Bradley Baker​​ to​​ discuss cooperation. The US delegation​​ reportedly​​ expressed US forces​​ willingness to extend military advisory and training to the Peshmerga in 2018. [BasNews]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish President Recep Erdogan insisted in a speech that Turkish troops will enter Manbij and accused the US of bringing Kurdish forces to the city. Erdogan suggested that the Kurds in northern Syria are not the indigenous people of the region. [Dorar]

Erdogan said his country will return Manbij to the Arabs, who constitute 90% of the population of Manbij, according to Erdogan. Erdogan also said that Washington informed Ankara that the US would leave Manbij.​​ [Zamanalwasl]

 

However, YPG commander Siban Hamo said on Tuesday that “Washington informed us that it would not allow the Turkish Army and the Syrian factions to enter Manbij.” Hamo did not elaborate on the matter and the US has not made a formal statement. [Dorar]

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Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP), Turkey’s main opposition party, renewed his call for the Turkish government to communicate with the Bashar Al-Assad government and establish relations with the Syrian government to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and stop the bloodshed. Kilicdaroglu said “if we want to establish peace in Syria and if we want to be key players in the Syrian arena, we have to communicate with Bashar Al-Assad, because he is defending the Syrian people.​​ 

By contrast, in late January Turkey’s Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalan said Ankara’s continued engagement with the Syrian government was “out of the question,” stressing that “the injustice of the blood of its people cannot contribute to the creation of a future for Syria.” [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The UN Independent Investigation Commission announced on Tuesday that it has begun investigating reports of chlorine gas in northwestern Idlib Province. [Anadolu]

 

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned​​ in the strongest terms” the​​ alleged​​ use of chemical weapons in Syria, particularly in Idlib, calling for those involved in the use of chemical weapons to be held accountable. Guterres also called for a humanitarian truce for 1 month to be held throughout Syria in order for aid to be delivered to civilians. [Anadolu]

 

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokesman Jens Laerke called for Syrian parties to declare an “urgent truce” for at least 1 month throughout the country, saying “the clashes must be stopped for at least a month in order to deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians, especially those living in besieged areas of eastern Ghouta and the towns of Kefraya and Al-Fawaa in Idlib Province.”​​ [Anadolu]​​ [Sumaria]

 

A pro-Syrian government media website said on Tuesday that 97 members of the Syrian government​​ forces​​ were killed during January of this year, including 14 officers. They were killed in battles in Harasta, Hama, Idlib, and Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

The Syrian Kurdish National Council called on the UN to assume its responsibilities and intervene to stop the war in Afrin. [BasNews]

 

Turkish-backed​​ militia organizations​​ announced on Tuesday evening that 20 of their fighters​​ were​​ suffering​​ from​​ suffocation, 7 of them in critical condition, after being bombed by the YPG with chlorine gas. [Qasioun] [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have no confirmation that the YPG bombed anyone with chlorine gas, or even that it could; but Syrian planes are alleged to have done so in the same area. The story comes from two pro-Turkey sources. We await the rest of the story.

 

Hawar reports that the SDF destroyed a Turkish Army vehicle near Hamam village in the Jinderes subdistrict in southwest Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

 

See Manbij stories above under Turkey.

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh arrested 8 of its members in the Dashisha area, in southern Haska near the Iraq border,​​ after accusing them of collaborating with the SDF. The source says the 8 members had fled the​​ fighting​​ in Gharanij, in Albu Kamal.​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

The Syrian Human Rights Network reports that 103 civilians have been killed in the past 11 days in Idlib Province due to Syrian and Russian bombing of residential buildings and vital community centers in cities and towns throughout Idlib Province. [Qasioun]

 

According to Turkish staff, 1 Turkish soldier was killed and 5 others were wounded in a​​ terrorist attack​​ on observation point No. 6, which is being established​​ by Turkey​​ in Idlib Province​​ as part of its de-escalation zone monitoring role. [Qasioun]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Given all the attacks and counter-attacks in Idlib, and all the civilian deaths as reported in the previous story, the concept of Idlib as a de-escalation zone is a joke. Obviously, Syria and Russia aren’t observing it, and neither are Tahrir Al-Sham and Daesh.​​ Moreover, Turkey has an ulterior motive for being there.

 

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Gawish Oglu called for the​​ terrorists​​ of the​​ YPG​​ to be held accountable for shelling the Atma IDP camp for displaced Syrians in​​ far northwest​​ Idlib​​ near the Turkish border. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s not clear whether this attack is the same one reported in the story above.

 

Tahrir Al-Sham announced on Tuesday that it has​​ advanced into​​ new areas in southeastern rural Idlib at the expense of the Syrian forces. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army tank with a rocket east of Sinjar​​ in southeast​​ Idlib. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Hama

Qasioun reports that the Syrian forces have taken control of dozens of villages and towns in eastern rural Hama without any clashes with Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Local sources say Coalition aircraft bombed Syrian forces’ positions near Salhiya town​​ north of​​ Deir Ez-Zor​​ city. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin

According to sources familiar with the events of the region, tensions are high in Al-Shuhail village between the SDF and the residents of the village. The Al-Shuhail residents captured 9 members of the SDF in response to the SDF’s killing of Haj Awad Al-Hamoud Al-Salih, an elderly resident of the village. The Al-Shuhail residents are demanding the surrender of the person who killed this elderly man, in return for the return of the SDF members to their unit. [EnabBaladi]

 

SOHR reports that SOHR received a video of the SDF executing a​​ young man​​ in rural Deir Ez-Zor for belonging to Daesh. [SyriaHR]​​ 

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Albu Kamal

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says three Syrian Army soldiers were killed, including a captain, in a Daesh shelling on their positions in Sukkariya town.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed three SDF fighters with a rocket near Bahra village. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF fighters with a rocket near Bahra. [ICDNFeb6]

Daesh says it killed an SDF fighter and wounded another with heavy machine guns near Bahra. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army military position near the Albu Kamal city bridge with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNFeb6]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an SDF SUV with rocket northeast of Al-Sha’afa. [ICDNFeb6]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on SDF units north of Al-Baghouz village. [ICDNFeb6]​​ 

Daesh says it killed six SDF fighters and captured another, in addition to weapons and military equipment, in the attack. [ICDNFeb6]​​ 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Local activists say Daesh crucified two young men in Yarmouk Camp south of Damascus. Enab Baladi reports that Daesh did not publish anything about the executions like it used to do in areas it controlled in the past. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled publishes photos of publicly whiplashing a man in Al-Shajara town after accusing him of adultery. [ICDNFeb6]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Bas News reports that hundreds of Kurds demonstrated in front of the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, protesting the Turkish aggression in Syria. [BasNews]

 

Lebanese media reported on Monday that about 4,000 Hezbollah fighters have returned to Lebanon from Syria for good. According to analysts, Hezbollah has put about half of its​​ military​​ strength into fighting in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes photos of spoils (AKs and motorcycles) it says it got from the Taliban after clashes in the Jowzjan area. [ICDNFeb6]

 

Daesh says it targeted an oil tanker truck that provides oil to the Jalalabad Airport, with an IED. [A3maq]

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February 5, 2018

 

Shura

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Human Rights Watch report slammed by Iraq Human Rights commission. [..]

US begins troop drawdown from Iraq. [..]

Humanitarian aid from Kuwait turns out to be​​ major. [..]

Japan’s parliament approves $100 million for Iraq reconstruction. [..]

IED attacks kill six civilians in northern Baghdad. [..]

Return of IDP families accelerates in liberated areas. [..]

Daesh gunmen stage multiple deadly attacks across Diyala. [..]

Iraqi airstrikes in Baaj kill 17 Daesh fighters. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey threatens to kill US soldiers who help to defend Manbij. [..]

Turkey arrests Daesh “minister of information”—in Ankara. [..]

 

Syria

Iran joins Syria in hostility to Turkey’s Afrin invasion. [..]

Turkey seems to be gaining in Afrin, amid conflicting reports. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham shoots down Russian fighter jet in Idlib, sets off heavy Russian bombing. [..]

Syria accused of another chemical attack, in Idlib. [..]

Syrian military accused of executing 6 prisoners. [..]

Battle for Al-Bahra village in Albu Kamal rages on. [..]

 

Egypt

Daesh stages several more attacks on police in North Sinai. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Monday, the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights responded to the accusations by Human Rights Watch that the Iraq government collectively punished families with members in Daesh as it captured​​ vast areas in 2014. IHCHR member Anas Al-Azzawi said that “it has nothing to do with collective punishment or exercise of forced displacement for these families;​​ it is a social issue,​​ as many of the residents in areas with Daesh members, some belonging to one tribe or one family, refuse the return of those individuals to their original areas.” Al-Azzawi added that the HRW should have contacted Iraqi officials​​ to learn about these cases, as the post-Daesh challenges are extremely difficult and require social solutions as opposed to just political ones. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Sunday, Human Rights Watch said that, at the beginning of January 2018, at least 235 Iraqi families whose relatives are suspected of belonging to Daesh have been displaced and are living in IDP camps. [Qurtas]

 

Sumaria published a list of people wanted by security authorities for​​ belonging to​​ Daesh, Al-Qaeda,​​ or the​​ Baath. The list includes Saddam Hussein’s daughter, Raghad, who resides in Jordan, 28​​ others involved with Daesh, 12 others in Al-Qaeda, and 20 wanted Baath leaders and members.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Monday,​​ the​​ head of Interpol in Iraq,​​ Sadeq Faraj Abdulrahman,​​ clarified that Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was not on the “wanted list” of the Iraqi government, saying Al-Baghdadi was wanted to start with​​ so​​ requires no​​ further​​ notice, and Al-Baghdadi is wanted internationally​​ and​​ not just in Iraq. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Sunday, the​​ Washington Post​​ published an article titled “The Islamic State’s toxic farewell: Environmental sabotage and chronic disease,” discussing Daesh’s damage to the environment, especially after setting 25 oil wells on fire in 2016. The​​ Post​​ tells the story of an Iraqi teenager who suffers physically and psychologically​​ because of​​ inhaling these fumes, which caused permanent damage to his heart. “He hates life. He just hates life,” his mother said. [Youm7] [WashingtonPost]​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh Campaign

Monday, Associated Press reported that the U.S. has started to reduce the number of its troops in Iraq, according to Iraqi government spokesman Saad Al-Hadithi and Western contractors. “The battle against Daesh has ended, and so the level of the American presence will be reduced,”​​ he​​ said, pointing out that “the drawdown is still in its early stages and doesn’t mark the beginning of a complete pullout of U.S. troops.” Likewise, Western contractors at Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq said that dozens of U.S. soldiers have been transported from Iraq to Afghanistan on daily flights in the past week, along with weapons and equipment. “Continued Coalition presence in Iraq will be conditions-based, proportional to the need and in coordination with the Iraqi government,” Coalition Spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said. [Anadolu] [WashingtonPost]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Monday, the Coalition put out a statement saying​​ the​​ Coalition will shift its focus in Iraq from enabling​​ combat operations to sustaining military gains against Daesh.”​​ [CentCom]​​ 

Department of Defense official spokesman Eric Pahon said “we are not signaling any significant drawdown in Iraq at this time;” and “we are shifting our focus from combat operations to training operations in order to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS.” [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Supreme Justice Council​​ spokesman Judge Abdulsattar Bairaqdar said that the Federal Discrimination Court approved a request by a civilian woman to separate from her husband who was proven to be a Daesh member, based on the dissolved Revolution Command Council resolution/decision no. 1529 from 1985,​​ which allows​​ a​​ wife​​ to separate from her husband if he “flees to the enemy,” while maintaining her full marital rights. The Court said that “the definition of “enemy” changes based on the political system as opposed to the traditional meaning of the word; it includes all terrorist organizations.”​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Judicial authorities published the confessions of a woman of Moroccan descent and German citizenship outlining the details of joining Daesh. The woman said that as she browsed social media sites, she would come across Daesh videos and pictures and would receive invitations to join Daesh forums, which piqued​​ her curiosity. She also tells the details of Daesh’s final days in Ninewa as the Iraqi forces​​ closed in. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Head of the Persons with Special Needs Directorate in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Abeer Mahdi Al-Jalabi, confirmed that the ministry deals with the children of Daesh members,​​ including foreign ones, as victims. She said that the ministry has returned children with Chechnyan parents to their country. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Sunday, a security source says 100 German children in Iraq are undergoing DNA testing, which is part of the process for repatriation of Daesh foreign children to return them to their home countries. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, Mahdi Al-Allaq, announced that the humanitarian aid Iraq is currently receiving from Kuwait exceeds the offers of all Arab states combined. Al-Allaq pointed out the​​ temporary school​​ buildings​​ funded by Kuwait,​​ which have greatly helped students attend school in liberated areas, in addition to schools​​ set up​​ within IDP camps. Al-Allaq says opening additional schools in the upcoming phase will support re-stabilization of liberated areas. He added that the latest financial grants to support the health sector in liberated governorates will help rebuild health centers and hospitals. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Monday, the Japanese Embassy in Baghdad announced that the Japanese parliament approved $100 million to support liberated areas in Iraq on the condition that the projects​​ funded​​ be implemented through UN agencies and international humanitarian organizations. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Monday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s media office spokesman Saad Al-Hadithi announced that over 250 Arab and global companies will participate in the Kuwait donor conference on February 12. Al-Hadithi added that​​ despite​​ reports about Al-Abadi not receiving promises about the​​ contributions of a number of states at the World Economic Forum, all of Al-Abadi’s meetings with international companies and financial and political institutions were ‘fruitful and positive.” [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Monday, Al-Abadi received US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman and discussed the US companies’ efforts to invest in Iraq and Washington’s support to rebuilding Iraqi cities. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Al-Abadi’s media office stated that Al-Abadi met with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel’s envoy in his office in Baghdad, where the envoy confirmed Germany’s participation in the conference to rebuild Iraq. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iraq Jon​​ Wilks reiterated to Al-Abadi that the UK supports Iraq across​​ multiple​​ sectors, as well as​​ the UK’s participating companies’ desire to contribute to the efforts to rebuild Iraq following the defeat of Daesh. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Spokesman of the Iraqi Border Crossings Assembly, Mohammed Al-Shuweili, announced that a committee from the Iraqi government and KRG was formed and tasked with opening​​ two​​ border crossings in Suleimaniya, and the proposal to re-open the border crossings will be presented to PM Al-Abadi who has the final say. [SotIraq]​​ 

 

Sunday, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source was told by someone involved in the negotiations that the last sticking point on re-opening the airport is the GOI’s insistence upon sending Iraqi officials to handle​​ immigration functions at the airport.  The KRG has offered to allow GOI staff to supervise, but the GOI wants central government personnel manning the counters.

 

Monday,​​ CoR member​​ Zana Sa’eed said that the Finance Committee held a meeting with the IMF,​​ in which​​ the​​ IMF​​ said it would support the Iraqi government in the donors​​ conference on the condition of the allocation of 10 trillion dinars, or 14% of the budget, to the Kurdistan Region, which​​ he says​​ the government is trying to​​ refuse. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Saturday, PM Haider Al-Abadi said that the Kurdish problem is the “battle of all successive​​ Iraqi​​ governments, and there is a national problem; as there is an oil crisis and​​ a need to​​ resume​​ payment of employees in the Kurdistan Region, and we are working to resolve those issues.” Al-Abadi added that the “Kurdish problem is partly historical, and we respect the aspirations of the Kurds.” Al-Abadi added that he met with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Deputy Qubad Talabani at the World Economic Forum, and they agreed on a roadmap and hope it will transpire. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Monday, MoD spokesman Saad Ma’en reported that IFP units arrested a restaurant worker in Baghdad on charges of​​ belonging to​​ Daesh.​​ He​​ admitted to participating in several terrorist operations in Ninewa and escaping to Baghdad after the liberation​​ campaign.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Monday, a security source reported that​​ five​​ people were killed or wounded in a​​ roadside​​ IED explosion​​ at​​ a street market in the Hamamiyat village in Taji.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Monday, security sources reported that an IED exploded​​ at​​ a street market in Tarmiya, killing​​ one​​ civilian and wounding 6 others. [BasNews]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Sunday, a security source says there was an explosion in eastern Baghdad that wounded four people. The nature of the explosion​​ is unknown.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Monday, a security source reported that an IED exploded near a shopping area in Wardiya in Mada’in, southeast Baghdad Governorate, wounding 2 civilians.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

The IFP carried out a search operation​​ in the Aamel neighborhood, just south of the airport road,​​ and​​ discovered​​ 15​​ Kalashnikov​​ rifles, a number of various pistols, 5 guns, armor,​​ and​​ ammunition.​​ [PressIraq]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Monday,​​ Chairman​​ of the CoR IDP Committee, Raad Al-Dahlaki, said that Baghdad’s security forces will close​​ the​​ IDP camp in Al-Jami’a​​ neighborhood in western Baghdad in mid-February. He added that “79 IDP families living there have been informed of the decision” and that “they should return to their areas in Ninewa​​ and Anbar provinces.” [Anadolu]

 

Monday, the​​ Baghdad Operations Command​​ announced that the security units completed a clearing operation in Ghazaliya as part of their daily duties to track Daesh gangs and clear areas of war remnants. The BOC added that an abandoned guesthouse was found. It contained spoiled foods and cooking tools, in addition to mortar shells, a boat, and explosives. The statement added that 39 various IEDs were found in a clearing operation​​ in​​ Shiha, Al-Sultan, and Ma’amir in western Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ PressIraq]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 7(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Monday, the National Media Center announced the return of over 244,000 IDP families to their areas in Anbar, Salahuddin, and Ninewa in the past week,​​ which it attributed to​​ the noticeable security stabilization and​​ the​​ return of basic services and suitable conditions in liberated governorates, in addition to the government’s plan for the voluntary return of IDPs. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Monday, head of the Haditha​​ Tribal PMF, Sheikh Awwad Al-Jughaifi announced that a joint unit from the 28th​​ brigade,​​ Jazeera Operations​​ Command,​​ and​​ the​​ Tribal PMF Maghawir brigade found Daesh military remnants​​ during​​ a security​​ search​​ in the Ja’ara and Wadi Horan areas​​ to the​​ southwest, and 3 guesthouses were destroyed. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Monday, a military source in Anbar reported that a joint unit from the 28th​​ brigade of the 7th​​ division​​ and​​ Jazeera Ops, with support from the tribes,​​ conducted a​​ search​​ operation​​ in Wadi Horan, destroying 2 Daesh guesthouses and arresting 7 suspects.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

Rutba

Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed a Border Guard vehicle with an IED near the Trebil Border Crossing. It says it killed two Border Guards and wounded others in clashes after the explosion. [ICDNFeb3]

 

Daesh said it destroyed 2 Iraqi Army SUVs near the Rutba entrance with IEDs on Saturday, killing the soldiers inside. [A3maq]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Samarra

Monday,​​ the​​ Diwaniya Police reported that 2 Katyusha rockets were found in​​ the​​ Al-Rakka area​​ of​​ Samarra.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur,​​ Tooz)

Monday, Rapid​​ Response media reported that dozens of IDP families were returned to their areas in Suleiman Beg, Tuz Khurmatu, and Yankjah, after Rapid Response units were deployed​​ there based on orders from Prime Minister Al-Abadi and with supervision by Minister of Interior Qasim Al-Aaraji. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it killed a soldier and wounded another in an attack with silenced guns on a joint Iraqi Army and police military position in the Qatoun area, on Sunday. [ICZDNFeb5]

 

Daesh said on Monday it ambushed a Shia vehicle in the Kanaan area, killing or wounding the people inside. [ICDNFeb5]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Monday, a security source in Diyala reported that suspected Daesh assailants attacked a PMF security point in Al-Aali village​​ near​​ Muqdadiya, wounding​​ one​​ PMF member. [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

Monday, a security source in Diyala reported that​​ five​​ Tribal PMFs were killed and another wounded in a Daesh attack in Himrin. [Ghad]​​ 

Monday Captain Habib Al-Shammari of the Diyala Police announced the deaths of​​ six​​ PMF members in an attack believed to be by Daesh assailants on a PMF checkpoint near the Himrin Dam. The assailants escaped.​​ [SotIraq]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed five Iraqi soldiers and captured their weapons in an ambush in Al-Hafayer village, near Sadiya in Khanaqin. [ICDNFeb5]

 

Sunday, a local official said the mukhtar of Al-Asakra village in Sadiya​​ subdistrict was killed by gunmen suspected to belong to Daesh.​​ [Sumaria]

Daesh said it killed the mukhtar of Al-Asakra village​​ in an attack on his house. [ICDNFeb5] Later on, Daesh “corrected” the report and omitted the mention of his house. [A3maq]

 

Monday, a security source reported that a Daesh group attacked a PMF security checkpoint​​ outside​​ Sadiya,​​ killing​​ four​​ Tribal PMFs and wounding​​ two​​ others in clashes.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Monday, Dijla Ops Commander Mizhar Al-Azzawi announced that​​ they found​​ what he referred to as “Daesh’s energy source” in Wadi Al-Samak in northeast Diyala during a search operation by a joint security unit. According to Al-Azzawi, the security unit found a large power generator that fed 3 main guesthouses. Al-Azzawi added that Daesh’s attempts to gain a foothold in Wadi Al-Samak failed due to the pre-emptive operation by the joint security unit.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Monday, head of the Dijla Ops media, Brigadier General Kareem Hamid Al-Khaffaji announced that joint security units carried out a large-scale military operation to track Daesh cells in Nafut Khana, Wadi Thallab, and Ayn Samak, and the destroyed mosque in eastern Diyala. Al-Khaffaji added that the Army’s 5th​​ division seized and destroyed a base that contained IEDs, food commodities, and 4 barrels of C4, in addition to guesthouses containing rocket launchers, hand grenades, large water tanks, electric supplies, and gas cylinders belonging to Daesh.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Monday, a security source in Kirkuk reported that an armed group bombed the house of Hawija District Council member Khalid Hussein Hammoud in Al-Madina village, destroying the house​​ completely, the source added that there was nobody inside the house at the time of the incident, and after security arrived on the scene, a mortar shell fell inside the fence of the house, causing damage.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

Daesh said on Saturday that it blew up the house of a Hawija District Council member, also a PMF commander, in Madina village, east of Hawija. [ICDNFeb3]

 

Monday, a security source in Kirkuk reported that Daesh units attacked a house in Albu Saif village with mortar shells, destroying two houses belonging to PMF members. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Monday, a security source reported that PMF​​ units supported by​​ an Army unit foiled a Daesh infiltration attempt into Hawija from the western Desert in Salahuddin adjacent to Kirkuk. The source added that the PMFs killed 4 Daesh members in the operation and destroyed their vehicle.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Monday, according to a security source, ROJ News reported that an Iraqi officer was killed, and another police member was wounded when a roadside IED exploded on an Iraqi​​ Federal Police patrol in Albu Mohammed village in Daquq District, 35 km​​ (22 miles)​​ southwest​​ of Kirkuk.​​ [ROJ]​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that security forces captured a Daesh terrorist in Hay Al-Mithaq in southeast Mosul and confiscated a gun and a silencer. The source says the terrorist is originally from Safina village​​ in Makhmur. The source sent us photos of the terrorist.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

Monday, a security source reported that​​ military​​ units backed by Iraqi Army Air (IAA)​​ helicopters​​ carried out a security operation in the Birahfi village in Hammam Al-Alil and clashed with a Daesh group hiding in a building, leading to the deaths of 5 terrorists, including a suicide bomber.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

Another version of the same story says​​ a​​ military​​ unit carrying out​​ the​​ search found a cell​​ phone charger connected to solar panels. After surrounding the area, the security unit​​ came under fire and responded to the source, killing 5 suicide attackers who were in a guesthouse in the village’s periphery. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Ninewa Ops Commander Najm Al-Jubouri reported that the 20th​​ division​​ and​​ Shura PMFs, with Coalition backing, killed 5 Daesh​​ fighters​​ who were hiding in a tunnel in Shura. [Mawsleya]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that local Tribal PMF units trapped a group of Daesh terrorists in a tunnel in the Shura area.​​ One of the terrorists blew himself up,​​ killing himself and 7 other terrorists, including a local commander. The source says no PMF fighter was hurt in the explosion. The source sent us photos of the tunnel after the explosion. ​​ 

 

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh captured four PMF fighters, including a commander, near the Geneva Military Airport, south of Hatra.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh killed two PMF fighters and captured vehicles and weapons in an attack on a village south of Hatra.  ​​​​ 

 

WesternNinewa

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that PMF units found a large Daesh explosives and ammunition storehouse in the Baaj area, near the Syrian border. The source sent us photos of some of the findings.  ​​​​ 

 

Monday, according to an official security source, Iraqi aircraft launched an airstrike on a group of gunmen who infiltrated the Iraqi border from Syria in the Ninewa desert, near Jabaqa village in Baaj​​ District, killing 17 gunmen and destroying 4 SUVs as well as other weapons and ammunition. ​​ [Anadolu]

Iraqi​​ Air​​ Force​​ Captain Saman Ghalib told Anadolu that based on intelligence data indicating that an assailant was detected in the Ninewa desert near Jabaqa village, 2 helicopters and 2 drones were sent to the​​ location. Ghalib added that the​​ resulting​​ airstrikes​​ also​​ destroyed​​ weapons, ammunition, communication devices, and a “sophisticated wireless communication system.” He added that the assailants infiltrated from the Syrian border and attempted to settle in the Ninewa desert. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Monday, Head of the Higher​​ Electoral Commission’s office in Erbil, Ali​​ Qadir, announced that the deadline for receiving the candidate lists will be February 10. He said​​ that there are​​ 1,120,000​​ eligible voters in Erbil province, of whom​​ only 22% have received the​​ new​​ electronic​​ voting​​ cards so far.​​ [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We reported last week that IHEC is working with both old and new voting cards, with the newer ones having biodata that serves to verify the voter’s identity at the polls; the old cards lend themselves to voter fraud. This should put some​​ urgency​​ behind the effort to issue the new voter cards to as many voters as possible​​ before the election. ​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Sunday, the Turkish government issued a warning the United States about its forces deployed in Manbij city, threatening that the military operation in Afrin against the Kurdish fighters would extend to Manbij and could strike US soldiers if they are wearing “terrorist” uniforms. Turkish government spokesman Bakr Bozdag said “the Turkish armed forces will be forced to enter Manbij if the terrorists do not leave the city, for the sake of our people, the survival of our state, the unity of our territory, and the security of our borders, in addition to preventing the establishment of a terrorist state on our borders. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We will be seriously disappointed in the US Government if there is no appropriate response to this outrageous and threatening statement.​​ 

 

Sunday, Turkish authorities announced the arrest of the so-called “information minister” of Daesh in the Turkish capital of Ankara, according to Anadolu.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Sunday, Turkish Counter-terrorism teams arrested 82 people, including 77 foreigners in Istanbul on suspicion of having links to Daesh, according to Anadolu. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Turkish invasion

Monday, Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi called on Turkey to end its military operation in Afrin, saying the operation would bring back instability and terrorists to Syria.”Turkey should stop its operation and respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said​​ during his weekly press conference, adding that “Turkey’s actions can bring back insecurity, instability and terrorism to Syria.” [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There is a larger problem here for the Turks. Syria opposes the Turkish invasion of Afrin, and believes Turkey has taken unfair advantage of its monitoring role in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Iran is in lockstep with Assad, thus today’s statement. This helps to explain the odd story several days ago in which Syrian troops opened fire on a Turkish convoy. The Turks are on the one hand opposing (in their monitoring role) the aggressive efforts by Syria to recover southern Idlib, which not so incidentally reflects Turkey’s anti-Assad stance. Syria is opposing Turkey’s assault on Afrin, which is Syrian territory after all, as a violation of its sovereignty.​​ Two later stories reflect this issue.

 

Monday evening, the Kurdish-Syrian National Council called on the UN to step up to its responsibilities and intervene to stop the Turkish offensive on Afrin, which is into its third week. The statement says that the “extent of destruction and the outrageous violations against Kurdish civilians, especially the Yazidis, has been increasing day after day.” [BasNews]​​ 

 

Russia

Russian Ambassador to Tehran,​​ Levan Jagarian, said on Monday “I do not know of Iran’s intention to establish a naval base in Syria.” Jagarian stressed that all foreign forces must leave Syria after the eradication of terrorism there. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ However, the Russians pointedly got out of the way when the Turks were about to invade Afrin. Maybe the Ambassador only means to include the other foreign countries.

 

Anadolu reports that the UN Security Council failed, on Monday, to reach an agreement on a draft resolution to establish a mechanism to hold accountable those involved in the use of chemical weapons in Syria, both elements of the Bashar Al-Assad government​​ and​​ other armed groups. [Anadolu]

 

Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed concern over shoulder-launched missiles in possession of rebels after a Russian Su-25 aircraft was downed in Idlib this weekend. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

See the related ​​ Idlib stories below.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Sunday the​​ New York Times​​ published an article titled “Thousands of ISIS Fighters Flee in Syria, Many to Fight Another Day.​​ Based on US and other Western intelligence data, thousands of Daesh fighters have fled to safe havens underground, in Syria and abroad, and are “awaiting orders sent by insurgent leaders on encrypted communications channels.”  [Forat] ​​ [NYTimes]​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Monday, SOHR reported that the YPG recaptured the positions and the hills it previously lost in the vicinity of Sheikh Kharuz village in Bulbul subdistrict​​ in northern Afrin, in the ongoing clashes with the Syrian opposition militias and the Turkish army, accompanied by intensified mutual shelling. There are​​ reports of casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR]

 

Monday, Qasioun​​ had​​ reported that the Turkey-allied militias captured Sheikh Kharuz Mountain in​​ Bulbul​​ subdistrict just east of Shara. [Qasioun]​​ 

 ​​ ​​​​ Qasioun also reported that the militias captured Hill 1027 and Haj Bilal village in Sheikh Hadid subdistrict in western Afrin. [Qasioun] In another report it says that the Turkey-allied militias turned back a YPG attack on the Syriatel Hill​​ in​​ Al-Sheikh Hadid subdistrict, killing more than 15 YPG members. [Qasioun]

 

Monday, Qasioun reported that the Turkey-allied militias captured Sorka village in Rajo subdistrict in northwest Afrin, following fierce battles with the YPG. [Qasioun] [Anadolu]

However, a Hawar correspondent reported that the SDF killed 9 members of the Turkish forces in Rajo District. [Hawar]

 

Monday, Qasioun reported that the Turkey-allied militias captured Dikmadash village and Mount Bafloun near Mount Barsaya in Shara subdistrict, following fierce battles with the YPG. [Qasioun]

However, the pro-PYD Hawar reported that violent clashes are still ongoing between the SDF and the Turkish Army in Dikmadash village, with reports of casualties on the Turkish side. [Hawar]

 

Sunday, Turkishbacked forces posted​​ jihadist songs online near the border area in Afrin Province, according to Hawar. Hawar suggests that this is evidence that what Turkey is calling the “Free Syrian Army” is really a Daesh remnant. The songs talk about battles and victories in Chechnya and Afghanistan, according to Hawar. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

 

See lead story under National News above

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

According to the Khabour page on Facebook, the YPG in Hasaka sent reinforcements to Manbij and Afrin to participate in the​​ fighting​​ against the Turkish Army. [Dorar]

 

Daesh said on Monday it destroyed an SDF bulldozer with a rocket on the road between Al-Suwar and Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib

Russian aircraft shot down.​​ A major incident occurred​​ on Saturday​​ when a Russian​​ Su-25 fighter jet​​ was shot down​​ in​​ the city of​​ Saraqib​​ southeast of Idlib city​​ by Tahrir Al-Sham fighters using a surface-to-air missile;​​ the pilot was killed, apparently in a gunfight on the ground.​​ 

The intense Russian airstrikes that followed killed​​ an unknown​​ number of​​ Tahrir Al-Sham fighters but reportedly also killed many​​ civilians and​​ wounded​​ dozens​​ more, in Idlib​​ city​​ and Masrin (Idlib subdistrict in eastern Idlib) and Maarat Al-Numan and​​ Kafr Nabl​​ (Maarat Al-Numan subdistrict​​ in southern Idlib.​​ [Arabi21]

 

As of Sunday evening, Turkish media​​ was reporting that Russia temporarily closed off Syrian airspace to Turkish planes of all types, including ambulance helicopters, while Russia collected​​ the body of its pilot, according to Turkish writer Metehan Demir. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 10 hospitals and clinics in southern Idlib are out of service because of the heavy bombing.​​ 

 

Alleged chemical attack.​​ Sunday, according to local sources, Syrian aircraft targeted Saraqib city in eastern Idlib with barrel bombs carrying chlorine gas, causing the suffocation of 11 civilians.​​ [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This would be a major incident with potentially serious repercussions if true. However, Qasioun airstrike stories based on “local sources” always need verification, which is often not forthcoming. ​​ 

 

Execution of prisoners.​​ A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that government forces executed 6 Tahrir Al-Sham fighters it captured in Umm Al-Karamil village, in the Mount Simeon area of Aleppo District.​​ 

 

“De-escalation zone” controversy.​​ Monday, a Turkish military convoy reached the strategic​​ town of​​ Al-Eis in Aleppo​​ District south of Aleppo city,​​ through​​ the​​ Kafr​​ Lusin area​​ on the Turkish border​​ in northwest​​ Idlib,​​ to establish a fourth observation point in the region, as part of the de-escalation agreement reached in Astana, according to military sources.​​ [Qasioun][SyriaHR] [Anadolu]

 

Monday evening, in rural southern Aleppo, Dorar reports mutual bombardment between the Turkish forces stationed at a de-escalation zone point and Iranian militias. [Dorar]

Daesh Daily comment.​​ These two developments reflect the increasing rift between Syria and Iran on the one hand and Turkey on the other, as noted in another comment above.

 

Ground warfare reports.​​ Qasioun reports that​​ Tahrir Al-Sham​​ captured an abandoned battalion​​ headquarters​​ west of the Abu Dhuhur airport. [Qasioun]

Monday,​​ Tahrir Al-Sham​​ recaptured Tal Al-Husseiniya and Al-Mushairifa villages, west of Abu Dhuhur military airport, following fierce battles with the Syrian forces.​​ [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Tahrir Al-Sham arrested 8 men in Idlib city after accusing them of forming a Daesh cell. The source says the cell was responsible for assassinating several Tahrir Al-Sham members.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it destroyed 5 Syrian Army tanks and 3 BMP armored vehicles in “heavy clashes” near Sinjar in southeast Idlib. [ICDNFeb5] Daesh had said on Sunday it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket east of Sinjar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued a video on Sunday of distributing wheat flour to people in an unidentified area south of Idlib city. [A3maq]

Daesh published 2 photos of its PR activities in the Idlib area. [ICDNFeb3]​​ 

 

Hama

Daesh published aerial photos of one its drones targeting a Syrian Army position in Al-Saan town with bombs. [ICDNFeb3]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that government forces exhumed the graves of 300 Daesh members in the Wadi Al-Deir (Valley of the Monastery) area near Deir Ez-Zor city and turned the place into a soccer field.​​ 

 

Qasioun reports that the SDF shelled Syrian forces’ positions in Al-Baghailiye and the Syrian forces responded with heavy artillery shelling on Tayyana town​​ in Mayadin,​​ which is under SDF control. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As the SDF shelling Syrian forces makes no logical sense, we suggest waiting for confirmation or clarification.

 

Mayadin

Daesh said on Monday it killed six SDF fighters and captured an SUV in an ambush near Al-Tanak Oilfield. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that three SDF fighters were killed in a Daesh suicide attack with a vehicle bomb near Bahra village, northwest of Hajin.

On Monday, Daesh’s version​​ said it killed or wounded 15 SDF fighters and destroyed a Humvee and 3 other vehicles in​​ the​​ suicide attack.​​ [Dorar]​​ [A3maq]

Daesh published photos of the suicide terrorist, a Syrian from Aleppo, in addition to aerial photos of the attack. [ICDNFeb5] We don’t know for sure if this is about the same attack.

 

Saturday—Daesh says it killed four SDF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Bahra. [A3maq]

Sunday—Daesh said on Sunday that it killed​​ 4​​ SDF fighters and wounded​​ 8​​ others in a rocket attack in Al-Bahra. [A3maq]

Monday—Daesh said it targeted SDF units in Bahra village with mortars and heavy machine guns. [ICDNFeb5] Daesh published photos of targeting SDF units in Bahra with rockets and heavy machine guns. [ICDNFeb5]

Daesh published photos of battles near Al-Bahra. [ICDNFeb3] [ICDNFeb3]

 

Daesh​​ claimed​​ on Saturday that Bahra village has been under heavy “American” bombing and shelling since Friday. [A3maq] It​​ then​​ said on Sunday that the bombing and shelling continued for the third day in a raw. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh​​ says​​ that more than 38 people, including 20 women and 7 children, were killed in the bombing and shelling. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Saturday that 11 people were killed and 7 wounded in an “American” bombing on a hospital in Al-Bahra village. [A3maq] Daesh published a video of the results of the bombing. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of the results of “American” bombing on Al-Sha’afa village​​ near the Iraq border. [ICDNFeb3]

Daesh said on Monday that 17 civilians were killed in a separate “American” bombing northeast of Al-Sha’afa. [A3maq]

Daesh published photos of the results of the airstrikes. [ICDNFeb5]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that several Syrian soldiers were killed or wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist detonated his vehicle bomb in the Albu Kamal area. The source says the​​ terrorist was from Hajin and he had worked previously as a “source” for the government forces in the area.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier and wounded another near Albu Kamal. [ICDNFeb4]

 

Daesh published photos of targeting a Syrian Army position​​ near Albu Kamal with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNFeb5]

 

Daesh issued a video on Monday of targeting a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket in Al-Ghabra village, north of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Monday, 14 members of the Syrian forces were killed in a Failaq Al-Rahman ambush in​​ the Damascus suburb of​​ Ain Tarma, east of​​ the city. [EnabBaladi]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that Daesh executed two young men of Palestinian origins in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area after accusing them of spying for government forces.​​ 

Daesh published photos of executing two young men. [ICDNFeb3]

 

Daesh issued on Saturday a video of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in Hay Al-Tadhamun, south of Damascus. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Daesh said its snipers killed 2 Houthi fighters in Qifa, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued a video on Monday of a Houthi fighter targeted by its snipers in the Qifa area. [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Sunday, according to Egyptian media,​​ two​​ Egyptian soldiers were killed and​​ wounded​​ others wounded when a roadside bomb targeted their vehicle south of Arish city in Sinai, Egypt. [Sumaria]

 

Sunday, A security source in northern Sinai, Egypt, says​​ five​​ police officers and​​ one​​ civilian were wounded when an IED exploded in a bus south of Arish.[ElWatan]

 

Saturday, a security source says​​ three​​ police officers were injured in Rafah during a security search. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded policemen by targeting their vehicle with an IED south of Arish, on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh said it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED south of Arish, on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh said its snipers killed two Egyptian soldiers in the Kilo 17 area, west of Arish, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded Egyptian policemen with several IEDs in North Sinai. [ICDNFeb5]

 

Libya

Saturday, a military source confirmed that 3 members of the Libyan armed forces were killed and 1 terrorist was killed during clashes near the Al-Dhahra Company oil field where Daesh terrorists were trying to tamper with the pipelines.[AfriGate]

 

Saturday, a security source says 4 soldiers of the Libyan Army and 4 members of an armed group were killed in clashes that broke out on Friday near the Al-Dhahra oil field. Daesh was planning to bomb the oil fields in Jafra city but the Libyan Army unit​​ stopped​​ the attack. [Arabiya]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Italy

The Italian police in Calabria, southern Italy,​​ captured a mafia group known as “Ndrangheta,”​​ alleged to be​​ selling Tramadol pills​​ (opioid pain medication)​​ to Daesh and Boko Haram.​​  [Forat]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed an Afghan Intelligence member in Jalalabad. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A video shows people of the Sha’itat area destroying a Daesh IED in a very primitive, and dangerous, way. [DeirEzZor24]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued the 3rd​​ installment of its propaganda video about occupying the US. In this video, Daesh manages to break into the White House. [ICDNFeb4]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh finally found a place to show that it is “winning.” However, we need to remind Daesh that internet victories don’t count when your ass is being whipped everywhere else. ​​ 

February 2, 2018