An Update On ISIS Activities

October 18, 2018

 

Rapid Intervention Units Capture a Daesh Commander in Falluja (DD, Oct 18)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Macron promises Abd Ul-Madhi to help with Iraq reconstruction. [..]

2,665 bodies found to date in Ninewa mass graves, including 851 children. [..]

 

Turkey

US awaits Saudi explanation of what happened in Khashoggi case.​​ [..]

 

Syria

UN​​ sounds alarm about potential civilian casualties in Albu Kamal fighting.​​ [..]

Putin says 700 civilian hostages being held by Daesh in Albu Kamal. [..]

SDF, Dulaim tribe come into conflict in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

French magazine insists Baghdadi is directing​​ Daesh forces in Hajin. [..]

Russian report says Coalition accidentally killed 6 SDF soldiers.​​ [..]

SOHR anticipates prisoner exchange between SDF, Daesh. [..]

Ceasefire/surrender agreement with Daesh fails in Suwayda.​​ [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Germany:​​ Germany commits $90 million for Iraq reconstruction, IDPs. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Gunman infiltrates Governor’s compound in Kandahar; kills 3 Afghan officials, wounds 3 Americans. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Reconstruction

Prime Minister-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi received a letter from Emmanuel Macron, the French President, wherein Macron expressed his willingness for them to work together to reconstruct Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Colonel Sean Ryan, spokesman for the Coalition, told the US-funded​​ Radio Sawa​​ on Thursday that Daesh still has “safe havens” in some parts of Iraq. He said that Daesh’s presence in Anbar and Kirkuk Provinces was notable, and that he estimated there to be 1,500 to 2,000 Daesh fighters in the Euphrates Valley area. [Hurra]

 

On Wednesday, the​​ Office of​​ Foreign Assets​​ Control in​​ the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Afaq Dubai​​ Exchange​​ Company,​​ on​​ suspicion of connections to Daesh. The company operates in Iraq only and has no offices in the UAE, despite its name. The​​ Department​​ says the company provided financial and technological support to Daesh, and​​ is a part of a complex​​ network that includes​​ other companies and individuals. [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command says it arrested a terrorism suspect in Rashidiya, Adhamiya subdistrict. Another 5 people were arrested in various areas of Baghdad on murder and drug trafficking charges. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Rapid Intervention units captured a Daesh leader who was hiding​​ on a farm in Falluja. The source said the terrorist, a senior recruitment officer, had just returned from Turkey with a fake ID to reactivate Daesh groups. The source sent us photos of the captured terrorist.

 

The Imam Ali Brigades, a PMF group, said on Thursday that​​ it​​ had arrested a Daesh official in Falluja city. The group said that the official had been responsible for assassinations in what Daesh refers to as the “State of Jazeera.” [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Directorate of Military intelligence says​​ one of​​ its units, operating under the Army’s 14th​​ Division, arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Qarma. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Ministry of Defense reported that Anbar Ops Command helped 45​​ displaced​​ families return to their home areas. 192 individuals, comprising 35 families, from the Kilo 18 camp returned to their homes in Humaira, and 10​​ displaced​​ families returned from the Kilo 18 camp to their homes in Hit District.​​ [MoD Website]

 

Rutba

Jazeera Ops Command announced a “major” military operation to secure the perimeter of the Okaz oilfields. The 7th​​ Army Division, tribal PMF units, and Army helicopters are taking part in the operation, which includes securing the oilfields​​ and inspecting the surrounding desert areas. [BasNews]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that​​ four​​ Shia pilgrims, including a child, were killed and 10 others wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists​​ shot at a bus near Tilul Al-Baj in western Shirqat.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source that a local police officer and the director and another employee of the water purification unit in Al-Aitha village were killed when an IED destroyed the officer’s pickup vehicle. The source said the officer was transporting the employees to their work.

Daesh had said on Wednesday it killed an Iraqi Army officer and another​​ soldier and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in Al-Aitha village. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that a Kata’eb Hezbollah commander and his driver were killed when an IED exploded, targeting their SUV, on the road between Baiji and Tikrit.

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded policemen, including an officer, and destroyed their vehicle in the Thermal​​ (power)​​ Station area north of Baiji. [ICDNOct18]​​ 

 

Samarra

General​​ Imad Al-Zuhairi,​​ Samarra​​ Ops​​ Commander,​​ says​​ that​​ his units thwarted an operation by a sleeper cell, which was​​ planning​​ to attack pilgrims participating​​ in the​​ Arba’in commemoration of​​ Imam Hussein’s​​ death,​​ in Qala,​​ at the entrance​​ to​​ Samarra. The arrest of the cell was made in​​ the​​ Jubairiya​​ Al-Oula​​ neighborhood in Samarra city. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Albu Khado area, near Samarra, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct18]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said it shot and killed three Iraqi soldiers in their military position in Abboud village, in Amerli. [ICDNOct18]

 

DIYALA

The Center for Security Information said on Thursday that units under Diyala Ops Command found and destroyed 11​​ Daesh​​ shelters and safehouses in Diyala Province. Most of the shelters contained military outfits, munitions, and rations. [Ghad]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we reported, a security source said on Wednesday that these shelters were found and destroyed by PMF units.

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh said it damaged an Iraqi Army bulldozer with an IED in the Al-Nida area, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct18]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that two Iraqi Army​​ soldiers​​ were killed and four others, including a captain, wounded in a Daesh attack near Al-Zarqa village, in Riyadh subdistrict.

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMFs and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Fatha area, in Riyadh subdistrict. [ICDNOct18]

 

General Raed Shaker Jawdat, Commander of the IFP, says that ordnance disposal teams from the 5th​​ IFP Division destroyed 2 IEDs in Hawija, while units from the 20th​​ Brigade arrested 3 terrorism suspects and captured 9 AK-type rifles. [Baghdadia]

 

The Federal Police said on Thursday that they had arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Abbasi subdistrict.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed a 1st​​ lieutenant with light weapons near Al-Hilwat village, in the Al-Zab area, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct18]

 

NINEWA

The Iraqi Human Rights Commission says that 2,665 bodies have been recovered from mass graves so far in Ninewa Province. 1,871 are still unidentified. The total included 851 bodies of children. [IraqPress]​​ [Hurra]

 

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that an IFP staff sergeant was killed and​​ two​​ other IFP members were killed in a Daesh ambush south of Makhmur​​ city. The source said that the terrorists, who were on motorcycles, fled to the Qarachogh Mountains after the attack.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded five IFP​​ personnel​​ and set their vehicle on fire in an ambush​​ on a main road​​ southwest of Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

Mosul​​ city

The Ministry of the Interior says that Ninewa intelligence and counter-terrorism teams arrested 3 persons in​​ various parts of​​ Mosul who were planning terrorist attacks against civilians in the city. IEDs and fake IDs belonging to members of the group were also seized. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that local police units captured a Daesh official in east Mosul. The source said the terrorist was responsible for arresting and​​ killing many civilians in the city. The source sent us photos of the captured man.

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that one policeman was killed and four others severely wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists attacked the Antiquities Police station in Hatra.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A security source in Babel said on Thursday that a “sticky” bomb placed under the car of an intelligence officer and exploded in central Hilla, causing damage but no casualties. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Foreign policy​​ 

President​​ Trump said on Thursday that it “certainly look[ed]” as though Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi​​ is​​ dead, and threatened “very severe” consequences if the Saudis were found to have murdered him. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Saudis should be given “a few more days” to investigate before blame is assigned. This follows Pompeo’s trip to Riyadh and Ankara to discuss the case. [AP]​​ [NYT]

 

A Turkish source claimed that​​ on Wednesday,​​ Mike Pompeo had heard the audiotape allegedly recording Jamal Khashoggi’s torture and execution, and had been given a copy of a transcript of the recording. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert denied that Pompeo had heard any such​​ recording. [ABCNews]

 

The​​ New York Times​​ wrote on Thursday that Saudi authorities were allegedly considering blaming intelligence official General Ahmed Al-Assiri for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi as a way to deflect blame from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).​​ According to sources “familiar with the Saudi plans,” the Saudis would announce that Al-Assiri received verbal authorization from MBS to capture Khashoggi but not to kill him, and Al-Assiri would then be blamed for the operation going bad. [NYT]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If this plan is really under consideration, its effectiveness at deflecting blame away from MBS seems somewhat compromised by the publication of this​​ story.

 

See also a related story below under Neighboring Countries – Saudi Arabia

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

A UN report says that thousands of Syrian​​ displaced people​​ in eastern Deir Ez-Zor are subject to grave danger due to the ongoing battles between Daesh and the SDF in Hajin, Al-Sha’afa, Al-Susah, and Al-Baghouz. It also says that around 1,000 civilians are threatened with death in Hajin, whereas over 7,000 others have left the area. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed on Thursday that terrorist groups in Syria “east of the Euphrates” had taken several American and European citizens hostage. Putin said that “Kurdish groups” (i.e. the SDF) had failed to complete their counter-terrorism work, because the terrorists (i.e. Daesh) were still present in the region. He said that “130 families, about 700 people,” were being held hostage.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Putin is apparently referring to the hostages kidnapped from the Al-Bahra IDP camp who are reportedly being held in Hajin. Daesh also has taken civilians from Suwayda prisoner. Other coverage has not indicated that American or European citizens are among the hostages.​​ 

 

Also see story below under Albu Kamal

 

Iran

A source in the Al-Quds Corps of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards told the Kuwaiti newspaper​​ Al-Jarida​​ that Russia has stopped supplying pro-Iranian groups in Syria with weapons. The source says that Russia informed Iran that it now has to pay in cash for any weapons. [ElDorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

The YPG says that it killed 6 pro-Turkey militia fighters in 2 attacks in the Shirawa subdistrict in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun near Al-Qarin intersection, west of Tabaqa, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct18]]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The SOHR reported the killing of a commander of the​​ Al-Qaeda-affiliated Guardians of Religion (aka Hurras Al-Din)​​ by an IED that targeted his car in​​ the town of​​ Ma’asaran in Idlib. Abu Usama Khan Al-Subul was​​ reportedly​​ a commander​​ in Tahrir Al-Sham and a founder of​​ Al-Qaeda​​ in Syria before​​ joining the​​ Guardians of Religion. This​​ brings the total number of​​ persons assassinated in Idlib since April 2018 to 360, including 71 civilians. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Tahrir Al-Sham claimed it arrested several Daesh operatives in​​ Al-Kana’is village,​​ eastern​​ rural​​ Idlib,​​ and captured a large​​ stock​​ of explosives and munitions. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Tribal mediation is underway to contain the conflict between the SDF and the Dulaim tribe following the killing and wounding of 10 tribesmen by SDF units​​ on​​ the​​ Khabur​​ River in​​ northern Deir Ez-Zor. Major tribes, including the Shammar, are mediating. [ZamanAlWasl]​​ 

 

Daesh said it shot and severely wounded an SDF intelligence​​ officer​​ in Dhaman village, in Al-Busayrah subdistrict, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct18]​​ 

Daesh said it killed three SDF members and damaged two vehicles with 2 IEDs in Al-Hajna village, in​​ Busayrah, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Daesh said it killed two SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Al-Shuhail town​​ in Busayrah, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed an SDF leader in Jadid Baqara, 13 miles southeast of Deir Ez-Zor city. [A3maq] In another version it says it killed a mukhtar in Jadid Baqara. Adding to the​​ confusion, it claimed on Thursday to have killed an SDF-appointed mukhtar in nearby Jadid Aqaidat in Deir Ez-Zor District.​​ [ICDNOct18]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The French magazine​​ Le Point​​ claimed in a report that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is alive and is leading Daesh battles from Hajin. The paper says that Daesh has 3,000 fighters in the area, most of them escaped from Raqqa. It says that Al-Baghdadi is moving “in camouflage” among the civilians in the area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

On Friday, the SDF reported that within the past 24 hours it killed 15 Daesh fighters in an assault between Al-Baghouz, Hajin, and Al-Bahra. The assault also included 11 Coalition airstrikes,​​ in which​​ 5 Daesh military positions​​ were​​ damaged,​​ but​​ 2 SDF fighters​​ were​​ killed, and 7 injured. [Hawar] [SDF]

 

RT TV​​ quoted a Russian military source as saying a Coalition airstrike killed​​ six​​ SDF fighters by mistake and wounded 15 others. According to​​ RT TV, the SDF units were attacking Daesh in Hajin with Coalition air support, but poor coordination resulted in the accident. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh kidnapped 120 Arab families from​​ the Al-Bahra IDP camp in Deir Ez-Zor on October 13, and has taken them to Hajin.​​ RT​​ TV​​ says Daesh is holding over 700 prisoners,​​ including some​​ Westerners. [Qasioun]

 

Also see above under National News – United Nations

 

As battles between SDF and Daesh continue in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, Daesh executed 3 civilians on charges of spying for the SDF and the Coalition, the SOHR reported. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh killed 8 government forces soldiers, including an Iraqi militia commander, and captured 2 SUVs and weapons in an attack near Albu Kamal city. The source said Daesh members had sneaked in from the Al-Susah area.

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The SDF council says it is ready to carry out a prisoner exchange with Daesh to release civilians from Suwayda who are held by Daesh. The SOHR says the exchange is expected to take place within 48 hours. According to Nuri Mahmoud, SDF spokesman, the SDF currently holds around 900 Daesh fighters from various nationalities as prisoners. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The Syrian Army reportedly resumed its shelling and advanced towards Daesh positions in Tilul Al-Safa following the collapse of the surrender agreement for Daesh in the area. The agreement was reached on Tuesday, and included a ceasefire and surrender of Daesh fighters, but Daesh failed to commit and tried to attack the Syrian Army’s positions in the area. [SyriaNow]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

On Thursday, a Lebanese military judge indicted a Syrian for the crime of belonging to the “Al-Nusra Front” (i.e. HTS) and attempting to recruit new members. He indicted 2 more Syrians for belonging to “terrorist groups.” The first was going to fight in Syria himself, and the second was involved in terrorist acts according to Lebanese law. The judge referred all 3 to the Permanent Military Court (commonly referred to as the Military Tribunal). [Qasioun]

 

Saudi Arabia

Mike Pompeo’s visit to Saudi Arabia coincided with the Saudis paying the US $100 million to “support stability” in the northern parts of Syria that have been liberated from Daesh. The​​ New York Times​​ reported that the funds deposit coinciding with Pompeo’s visit came as a surprise to many observers. Brett McGurk, the US Envoy to the Coalition, said that the amount was in accordance with an MOU signed by Saudi Arabia last August. [BasNews]

 

See​​ also related stories​​ above under Turkey – Political developments

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Germany

The German government is donating $100 million US to support stabilization in Iraq and Syria, including $10 million to Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa. $90 million will be given to the Iraqi government to implement programs related to the return of IDPs and reconstruction. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A gunman​​ dressed as an Afghan military guard​​ opened fire during a high-level security meeting​​ in the compound of​​ the Governor of Kandahar Province, wounding at least​​ three​​ US citizens and killing​​ three​​ provincial officials, including Abdul Raziq, the region’s police chief. General Scott Miller, US commander in Afghanistan, was attending the meeting. NATO confirmed that General Miller was not harmed in the incident.​​ US Colonel David Butler, who also attended the meeting, said he believed Abdul Raziq was the target of the attack, not Miller.​​ [Rudaw]​​ [AP] [USAToday]​​ [WaPo]

 

Daesh said it wounded two guards of an election center in Khiwa district with an IED, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

October 17, 2018

 

Security Units Capture a Daesh Member in Mosul (Source DD Oct 16)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Sadrist CoR bloc working to require foreign troops to leave Iraq. [..]

Iraqi​​ CTS troops, US commandos​​ stage anti-Daesh raids in Syria.​​ [..]

Ninewa Police arrest 11 Daesh members in Hamdaniya. [..]

 

Turkey

New York Times details high-level connections of Saudi team that killed Khashoggi, and gruesome details of his execution.​​ [..]

 

Syria

NBC report says getting Iran out is new focus of Trump Syria strategy. [..]

Coalition​​ conducted​​ 136 airstrikes on Albu Kamal in one week. [..]​​ 

SDF leader concedes capturing Hajin will take longer than expected.​​ [..]

Human Rights Watch alleges Syrian Government is preventing Damascus-area IDPs from returning home. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Ukraine:​​ Mass shooting at technical college kills at least 19. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ 30 Taliban members killed by US airstrike in SE Afghanistan.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

The Sa’irun alliance says it’s working hard on a resolution to force foreign​​ troops​​ to leave Iraq. Gayeb Al-Omeiri, a Sadrist MP, says that the effort was​​ put off by​​ the delay in forming committees​​ for the new CoR.​​ He says​​ that​​ any CoR resolution​​ regarding the removal of foreign troops​​ will be binding​​ upon​​ the new government. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If this is a Sadrist initiative, the resolution would presumably apply not only to US and NATO troops but also Iranian troops.

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Current​​ Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani discussed coordination to confront Daesh sleeper cells in a meeting in Baghdad on Wednesday. Both leaders​​ also​​ stressed the need for dialogue within a Constitutional framework as the best method to solve problems. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A military source said that “elite units” of Iraq’s Counter Terrorism Service, supported by US “commando units,” killed senior Daesh leaders in operations in Hasaka and Albu Kamal, well within Syrian territory. [Ghad]​​ 

 

It was reported in a​​ Pentagon symposium that Daesh attacks went down by 23% in 2017, compared to 2016, and that the flow of fighters, mainly through Turkey, decreased to about 100 per month, compared to about 1,500 per month 3 years ago. General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also says that improved intelligence exchange has played an important role in such results. He was speaking at a counter-terrorism symposium held at the Andrews​​ Joint​​ Military​​ Base, near Washington, DC. [Baghdadia]​​ [Baghdadia] [ElDorar]

 

The Coalition said that between October 7 and 13, they carried out​​ only​​ 1 airstrike in Iraq, near Taji. [InherentResolve]

 

The Ministry of Justice says​​ that​​ 6 Daesh convicts sentenced to death were executed in Baghdad on Wednesday.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

A security source in Baghdad said on Wednesday that a Daesh attack had targeted a bus carrying civilians on​​ [an unspecified location on]​​ the Baghdad-Mosul road, wounding​​ three​​ people, including a child.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that intelligence units in the 24th​​ Division arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges,​​ at the Al-Shuhada checkpoint in Abu Ghraib.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

General Yahya​​ Rasool, spokesman for the Center for Security Information, said on Wednesday that a PMF group found a booby-trapped vehicle left behind by Daesh in Saqlawiya. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded policemen with an IED in the Al-Jolan neighborhood of Falluja city. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Wednesday that units under their 7th​​ Division had arrested a “large sleeper cell” in Baghdadi subdistrict​​ in northern Hit. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed two tribal PMF members in Al-Mamoura village, near Hit​​ city, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct17]​​ 

 

Rutba

Anbar Ops Command says that Army units destroyed 2 Daesh “shelters” and 25 IEDs in​​ Albu Nahi​​ and 4 IEDs in Albu Zeyan​​ (spelling approx.),​​ both obscure desert villages​​ between​​ the​​ Trebil​​ border crossing​​ and Rutba​​ city. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded ten Iraqi Army members, including a colonel, and destroyed 2 vehicles with several IEDs near the Okaz oilfields on Tuesday. [ICDNOct17]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on the Tilul Al-Baj area, on Sunday, killing 2 terrorists. The source said 2 PMF fighters were wounded.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed an Iraqi Army officer and another​​ soldier and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in Al-Aitha village. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that four PMF fighters were wounded when their pickup vehicle was destroyed by an IED on the road between the Baiji Refinery and the 600 Houses area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 2 PMF members were wounded in a Daesh attack on Albu Juwari village. The source said the terrorists, who came on motorcycles, fled to the Makhoul Mountains after the attack.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a group of Daesh terrorists on motorcycles kidnapped a civilian from his house in the Al-Fatha area​​ northwest of Baiji. The source said Daesh contacted the family of the man by phone and told them it killed him, after accusing him of being a “spy,” and threatened to kill other members of his family.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that​​ two​​ policemen were killed and​​ three​​ others severely wounded when an IED destroyed their vehicle on the road between Al-Fatha and Baiji.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Siniya area,​​ just east of the Euphrates,​​ on Tuesday. [ICDNOct17]

 

DIYALA

The Ministry of Defense says that Diyala Ops Command is continuing its joint operations with the PMF in various areas to clear the province of Daesh presence, destroying 22 Daesh safehouses and 20 IEDs. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A security source in Diyala says PMF units destroyed 11 Daesh shelters and safehouses in several areas around Himrin Hills and Lake Himrin, and defused several IEDs. [Mawazin]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Daesh said it shot and killed a PMF member and wounded a commander in an ambush in the Himrin area, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct17]

 

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

The Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that a terrorist had been arrested in possession of 3 IEDs in the Jalawla area. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded six PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Nafut Khana area. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

IPF Commander General Raed Shaker Jawdat says that the IFP 5th​​ Division arrested a terrorism suspect at the Altun Kupri checkpoint, while 4 anti-tank rockets were found among other munitions in Hawija and were safely destroyed. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED west of Dibis, on Monday. [ICDNOct17]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A Daesh attack on an IFP-PMF checkpoint in Al-Zab, Hawija, killed 1 IFP officer and wounded 2 soldiers. [Roj]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP units stopped a Daesh attack on tribal PMF military positions in Al-Zab, killing 4 terrorists, including a local commander. The source sent us photos of the terrorists.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh attacked Bakara village, in Al-Zab; it​​ captured​​ and​​ then killed​​ two​​ shepherds. The source also said Daesh wounded​​ two​​ PMF fighters in an attack on a nearby PMF military position.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that​​ two​​ IFP members, including a 1st​​ lieutenant, were killed and 2 others wounded​​ by​​ a roadside IED​​ that​​ targeted their vehicle on the outskirts of Hawija city.​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq)

A security source in Kirkuk says that military intelligence units arrested a Daesh operative in Daquq​​ District. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that​​ two​​ IFP members were killed and another wounded in a Daesh attack east of Rashad. The source said the terrorists fled to Hawija desert after the attack.

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya)

The Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that units under Ninewa Police Command had arrested 11 Daesh members in the Nimrud​​ subdistrict of Hamdaniya. [Sumaria]​​ [Mawazin]

 

Mosul​​ city

The PMF media office says that PMF “special forces” dismantled a Daesh cell in east Mosul. The arrests were made before the cell had a chance to carry out any terrorist attacks in the city. [BaghdadToday]

 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units in the 20th​​ Army Division arrested 2 Daesh operatives in​​ southwest​​ Mosul. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

PMF units withdrew from central Tal Afar and handed it over to local police forces under the Ministry of the Interior. The PMF will still protect areas in western Ninewa, but will be situated outside the cities. [Anadolu]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

DAHUK

The Turkish Army said on Wednesday that it killed 12 PKK members in airstrikes around Metina, northern Dahuk. [BasNews]

 

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Political developments

On Tuesday, Turkish officials provided the​​ Washington Post​​ with scans of the passports of 7 people out of the 15-person team they say was sent from Saudi Arabia and tortured and killed Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi consulate provided access to Turkish police, but both journalists and Turkish investigators said that the Saudis had brought in cleaning crews and repainted areas of the consulate in an attempt to scrub the scene. [WaPo] [WaPo]

 

The​​ New York Times​​ wrote on Tuesday that of the 15 suspects identified by Turkey in the Jamal Khashoggi case, 4 had direct ties to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), and a 5th​​ was a forensic doctor who held senior positions in the Saudi Ministry of the Interior “such​​ … that he could only be directed by a high-ranking Saudi authority.” The​​ NYT​​ said that they had independently confirmed that 9 out of the 15 named suspects worked for Saudi security, military, or other government ministries. [NYT]

 

The​​ New York Times​​ also wrote on Wednesday that a “senior Turkish official” had leaked details of the audio recordings of Khashoggi’s torture, which the official said included cutting off Khashoggi’s fingers before beheading him in the consulate. According to both the Turkish official and the Turkish newspaper​​ Yeni Safak, the consul, Mohammad Al-Otaibi, objected to the torture and execution being conducted in his office, and was brusquely told to “shut up” by the​​ 15-person Saudi team. [NYT]

A more lurid version of Khashoggi’s torture, based on information Turkish sources gave to the independent website​​ Middle East Eye,​​ alleges that he was​​ dismembered alive with a bone saw while screaming. [Sun] [MiddleEastEye]

 

The British​​ Independent​​ wrote that a source in Saudi Arabia said that “Jamal no longer had protection” from the Saudi royal family, and that MBS wanted to question Khashoggi over his loyalty, adding that “[t]here is no middle ground in the [Saudi] court now. You are either friend or enemy.” Another source claimed that Khashoggi’s disappearance was related to his relations with his family and their internal​​ relationship with the court, rather than stemming from Khashoggi’s public criticism of MBS or the direction of Saudi Arabia. [Independent]

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with both Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia and President Erdogan in Turkey.

 

In a press conference held in Beirut on Wednesday with the foreign ministers of Iraq and Lebanon, the Iraqi Foreign Minister stated that the disappearance of Saudi journalist Khashoggi was “alien, surprising, and contrary to human rights.” His Lebanese counterpart stated that they must wait for the results of the investigation before making official statements on the matter, but that it was natural to be “on the side of truth” and that every time a similar incident occurs, to emphasize the importance of respecting international agreements, the principle of sovereignty, and international legitimacy. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

NBC​​ News​​ says​​ that​​ the​​ Trump​​ Administration​​ has​​ a new strategy for​​ the​​ war in Syria,​​ concentrating on pushing Iranian forces and​​ Iransupported groups out of the country. [ElDorar]

 

Middle East

The Lebanese daily​​ Al-Akhbar​​ says that the UAE is making contacts regarding the situation in Syria and its leadership. The UAE Foreign Minister recently met with several Lebanese figures that have close ties with Syria. The UAE is reportedly acting on behalf of itself and Saudi Arabia, to maintain their presence in the Syrian arena. [ElDorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that between October 7 and 13 it carried out 136 airstrikes in Syria. All 136 were near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ That’s almost 20 airstrikes per day! This seems to confirm our impression that the effort to finally remove Daesh from Albu Kamal is proving to be extremely difficult.

 

General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the US is coordinating with several countries to determine the fate of 700 Daesh prisoners held by the SDF. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

A roadside IED targeted a truck near Burj Haider,​​ in Afrin’s​​ Jinderes subdistrict, leaving 3 civilians wounded. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

On Wednesday, US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey stated that the militias in the demilitarized zone around Idlib have completely withdrawn their heavy weapons, in accordance with the agreement between Turkey and Russia. He said that between 50,000 and 70,000 members of Tahrir Al-Sham remain in the area. [Qasioun]

 

Latakia

Several fighters from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Guardians of Religion (aka Harras Al-Din) group were killed and wounded following a land​​ mine explosion in northern Latakia. The group was on a reconnaissance mission to​​ obtain intelligence on Syrian Army military​​ positions. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded five SDF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED near Jazrat Albu Hamid, Kasrah subdistrict. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A leader of the SDF stated that expelling Daesh from Hajin would take longer than expected, and that Daesh benefited from the environment of that area, including sandstorms, which helped them hide from reconnaissance planes. The SDF stated that there are about 3,000 Daesh members remaining in Hajin. [Qasioun] [ElDorar]

 

The SOHR says SDF brought more reinforcements, mainly “special” or “elite​​ forces” units, from Shaddadi to the battlefronts with Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor, where there is intense fighting and a high casualty rate. These battlefront areas include Hajin, Al-Sha’afa, Al-Susah, and parts of Al-Baghouz. [SyriaHR]​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it targeted SDF positions near Al-Baghouz with 30 mortars and 18 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct17]

 

Daesh said it shot at an SDF vehicle in Kashkiya village on Tuesday, wounding several fighters. [ICDNOct17]

 

Daesh published on Wednesday photos of killing five captured men after accusing them of being SDF “spies.” [ICNDOct17]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed an SDF member, wounded others, and captured weapons and ammunition in an attack on SDF positions north of Hajin. It also said it targeted SDF positions in the same area with 2 130mm artillery shells. [ICDNOct17]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report accusing the Syrian government of illegally preventing​​ displaced people​​ from returning to Damascus and Rif Damashq. It stated that Syrian IDPs tried to return to Darayya, in Rif Damashq, and Qaboun, a municipality in Damascus, in May and July, but could not access their residential or commercial property. Civilians told HRW that the government restricted movement in Darayya and Qaboun, and that it may also have destroyed their property. [ElDorar]

 

Suwayda

Daesh said on Wednesday that​​ it killed​​ 4 Syrian Army or affiliated militia members in​​ battles near Tilul Al-Safa, eastern Suwayda.​​ This follows Daesh claims on Tuesday that it​​ killed or wounded 46 Syrian Army troops. [EnabBaladi]​​ [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards say Iraqi “Islamic resistance” militias killed the mastermind of the attack on a military parade in Ahwaz last month. They say that planner was the Daesh leader nicknamed “Abu Dhuha,” who was also the “emir” of Daesh in Diyala province. [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we reported previously, Hadi Al-Amiri announced on Tuesday that Badr Organization members had killed “Abu Dhuha.”

 

Saudi Arabia

 

See above under Turkey – Political developments

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Ukraine

At least 19 people were killed and 40 to 50 wounded in an explosion at a technical college in the city of Kerch, in Russian-annexed Crimea. A later report said that it was a “mass school shooting” in which the 18-year-old student who carried out the attack also set at least one explosive device. Russian authorities initially called the incident a “terrorist act,” but then reclassified it as “mass murder.” [Hawar] [BBC]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The Afghanistan High Peace Council denied that there were talks between the US Envoy​​ Zalmay​​ Khalilzad​​ and the Taliban regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. The head of the Council says such a withdrawal can be put to discussion after the war in the country is over and security is achieved. [Anadolu]

 

Parliamentary candidate Abdul Jabar Qahraman was killed in an explosion in his office in Lashkar​​ Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility. [Khaama] [Khaama]

 

At least 30 Taliban-affiliated fighters, including 4 suicide bombers, were killed by a US airstrike in Ghazni Province, southeastern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published​​ photos​​ on Wednesday of two of its terrorists,​​ saying they were killed in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNOct17] [ICDNOct17]

 

Daesh published on Wednesday a photo of one of its terrorists, claiming he was killed in “west Africa.” [ICDNOct17]

 

October 16, 2018

 

A Yazidi Mass Grave near Tal Afar (Source DD Oct 15)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

US pledges $178 million to help Iraq’s religious minorities.​​ [..]

Kurdish, Turkmen, leaders in Kirkuk offer diametrically opposing views on first anniversary of resumed GOI control. [..]

Mass grave with 16 Yazidi victims found near Tal Afar-Sinjar border. [..]

Basra Police arrest 25 for setting fire to Iranian consulate. [..]

 

Syria

SDF, Coalition fighting off Daesh counter-attacks in Albu Kamal. [..]

Syrian Army-Daesh battles enter 12th​​ week in Suwayda area. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:​​ US​​ puts​​ sanctions on Basij organization of Revolutionary Guards.​​ [..]

Qatar: Report says Qatar hacked e-mails of Syrian opposition members in US. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Reconstruction

The US Embassy in Iraq said on Tuesday that the US would donate $178 million to help religious minorities in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

However, the Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq, Cardinal Louis Sako,​​ said on Tuesday that previously promised US aid had failed to arrive. He contrasted the US with Hungary, saying that Hungary had provided $5 million in direct aid to repair and rebuild damaged and destroyed Christian homes, schools, and churches. Cardinal Sako was speaking at a Vatican briefing while Mark Green, administrator for USAID, was also at the Vatican. [AP]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The​​ target area is Ninewa, and the​​ broader​​ USAID-coordinated effort is already under way​​ there, though some of the effort is in the information-gathering phase.​​ ​​ One major purpose of the US, Hungarian, Catholic Church and other​​ organizations​​ is to facilitate the return to Ninewa of religious minorities driven out by Daesh. The number who have returned has been disappointing. The destruction and damage to homes, schools, and churches during Daesh rule is one of the major barriers to return.​​ While much of the focus has been on Christian communities, there are even more Yazidis affected by the situation.

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Two perspectives on the same anniversary:

Shakhwan​​ Abdullah, a leader​​ in the KDP, called on Tuesday for the Iraqi judiciary to hold outgoing Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi responsible for​​ what Kurds consider​​ “genocide” and the use of “excessive force” in Kirkuk last year. He also called for international troops to provide security for the province, and threatened a “mass uprising” if these demands were not met. This comes on the 1st​​ anniversary of the military operations in which the Iraqi federal government retook control of Kirkuk and other disputed areas. [Sumaria]

 

By contrast, the deputy head of the Turkmen Front, Hassan Turan, says the “law enforcement operation” that took place in Kirkuk last year was a historic achievement. He praised all who contributed to the action, saying that Kirkuk will always remain a precious part of Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Nechirvan Barzani, the PM of the Kurdistan Region, met on Monday with a high-level US delegation, including Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, and Consul General to Erbil Steve Fagin. The US delegation reportedly expressed their support for the Kurdistan Region and called for further dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad.​​ [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ What did they really talk about?

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A total of about 450 Turkish children who are relatives of Daesh fighters are allegedly detained in Iraq. “Media outlets” said these children were being kept either in orphanages or Rusafa Prison, in Baghdad. Iraqi authorities returned 17 children to Turkey last week after their​​ family members​​ were killed. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Nawal Al-Araji, a member of the Baghdad Provincial Council, said on Tuesday that some political parties are still funding Daesh through money laundering operations. She demanded more control and monitoring of the “currency auction” conducted by the Central Bank of Iraq, by both the CoR and the Office of Financial​​ Supervision. Saad Al-Mutalibi,​​ a fellow​​ Council member, said​​ that​​ pro-Daesh networks​​ are operating​​ in Baghdad and are supporting Daesh sleeper cells. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source said that a civilian had been killed by unidentified gunmen in Mada’in on Tuesday. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Al-Qa’im

A security source said that an IED explosion in Al-Qa’im on Tuesday had killed an Iraqi Army colonel and wounded​​ two​​ other officers. [BasNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 4 Saraya Ashura fighters were killed and another captured in a Daesh attack on a military position near the Makhoul Mountains.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded five PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Dhuban neighborhood, west Baiji, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it killed an Oil Facilities Protection member and wounded another in an attack on the Allas Oilfield, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The IFP said on Tuesday that 2 terrorism suspects were arrested in Huwaish, Samarra​​ District, while 2 others were killed in a search operation in the Jazeera Samarra area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Hadi Al-Amiri, in his role as​​ leader​​ of the Badr Organization, said on Tuesday that the Daesh military official for Diyala, “Abu Dhuha,” had been killed by Badr Organization members in Diyala.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Daesh said it wounded a PUK leader and a policeman with an IED in Yusuf Bek village, in Khanaqin, on Monday. [A3maq] [ICDNOct16]

In what could be another version of the same story, Daesh says it set off an IED near the house of a PUK leader in Yusuf Bek village, on Monday, causing damage. [ICDnOct16]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded six PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Himrin Lake, in northeast Diyala. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

The acting​​ Chairman​​ of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, Rebwar Al-Talabani, says that the PMF is holding 4​​ officials of​​ the KDP and the Turkmen People’s Party as prisoners in Kirkuk, without considering their immunity or positions. He said that “oppressive forces” are arresting people and torturing them for raising Kurdish flags or for​​ having supported​​ the​​ KRG independence​​ referendum, “as was the case under the Baath Party.” [Rudaw]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh said it killed two Oil Facilities Protection​​ personnel​​ and destroyed their vehicle​​ Monday​​ with an IED near Kathahiya village​​ in the Multaqa subdistrict. [ICDNoct16]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Alas village, in the Dibis area, on Monday. [ICDNOct16]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it blew up the houses of 3 tribal PMF members in Rabidha Al-Asriya village, eastern​​ Hawija, on Monday. [ICDNOct16]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it killed a PMF member, wounded others, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Zanqar village, in Daquq, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that local police units captured 4 Daesh terrorists in Al-Intisar and Al-Wihda neighborhoods, southeast Mosul. The source said one of the captured was a Daesh security official in west Mosul before the liberation, while the others had been operating in the Qayara and Nimrud​​ (Hamdaniya)​​ areas.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Many Daesh terrorists remained in their provinces and simply changed their residence. It is unlikely for people from east Mosul to identify a Daesh terrorists from the west side of the city or from other areas like Qayara. However, we see that security units are doing a good job capturing many of these terrorists. The bad news, according to our sources, is that​​ some​​ of them are being released​​ because of corruption, nepotism, or political pressure.  ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar/Sinjar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source also said on Monday that the bodies of 16 Daesh Yazidi victims, including women and children, were found in a mass grave near Qasr Al-Mihrab village, near the Tal-Afar-Sinjar border. The source said a person who had witnessed the massacre in August 2014 led security units to the area. The witness said the murders were ordered by the Daesh​​ wali​​ of Tal Afar at that time, Salah Al-Qarbash, an Iraqi Turkmen. 5 of the victims have been identified so far: 2 women and 3 men from Sinjar. The source sent us photos of the mass grave.​​ 

 

Another source said the bodies of “about 15” Yazidis were found in a mass grave in the village​​ of Mihrab​​ on Monday. A source said that the Yazidis were victims of Daesh and were killed during the period of Daesh control of the area. Some of the remains​​ were​​ taken to Sinjar for reburial in accordance with the Yazidi religion. [SotIraq]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a Baaj local council member and a Shammar tribal leader were killed and their driver severely wounded when armed men in PMF military uniforms shot at their vehicle west of Baaj. The source said that people from the area accused Yazidi PMFs of the attack.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Basra police announced in a press conference on Tuesday that it had arrested 25 individuals last month for setting fire to the Iranian consulate, saying that they are part of the “Third Trend” movement. Basra police stated it was still seeking 2 leaders of the movement who are wanted by the law. The “Third Trend” was founded in 2014 by young activists seeking to decrease the influence of religious leaders in politics. [Anadolu]

 

A governmental investigation committee says that “infiltrators” belonging to various parties were behind the violence that​​ has taken​​ the lives of dozens of protestors and security personnel in Basra since the start of September. The committee’s report did not name the parties responsible. The committee also criticized what it characterized as a “slow” and “weak” reaction from the military and security services, including both Basra Ops Command and the local police. [Anadolu]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

On Tuesday, the Turkish Chief of Staff announced that Turkish airstrikes destroyed “numerous”​​ military positions,​​ weapons depots, and shelters of the PKK in Zab in​​ northern​​ Erbil, and​​ in​​ Metina and the Avasin-Basyan area in Dahuk. [Anadolu]

 

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Political developments

Turkish officials provided a list of 15 Saudis who Turkey alleges participated in the disappearance and alleged killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate on Oct. 2. On Tuesday, Turkey released the list as a way to demonstrate Saudi involvement in the killing. According to the Turkish account and flight information, the 15 men arrived in Istanbul on Oct. 2 — most of them early in the morning — and then departed in the hours after Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Turkish officials provided passport scans for seven members of what they called a hit squad, including Khalid Aedh Alotaibi, who had made trips to the United States that coincided with visits by top members of the Saudi royal family, including King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.​​ 

Alotaibi is one of 11 Saudis included on the list who have ties to the Saudi security services, according to their posts on social media, emails, local media reports and other material reviewed by The Washington Post. [WashingtonPost]​​ 

Three sources familiar with the case told CNN that the Saudi mission to interrogate and possibly abduct journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was organized by a high-ranking officer with the General Intelligence Presidency, Saudi Arabia’s main intelligence service.​​ 

One of those sources described the officer as close to the inner circle of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is unclear whether the crown prince authorized an interrogation or abduction. Several officials CNN spoke with said the apparent killing could not have happened without the direct knowledge of the 33-year-old crown prince, the kingdom’s de facto ruler.

A Turkish official told CNN on Tuesday that Khashoggi’s body was cut into pieces after he was killed two weeks ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The claim, which was first made to the New York Times earlier in the investigation into Khashoggi’s fate, comes after Turkish officials searched the consulate for nine hours on Monday night. The Turkish official would not comment on the disposal method for the body.

On Tuesday, President Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the crown prince informed them that an investigation into the matter had begun and answers would be forthcoming shortly. [CNN]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northwest

Azaz

An opposition news service reported intense battles between the Syrian Army and the​​ Turkey-affiliated​​ “Free Syrian Army” near Mare’​​ in Azaz. [ElDorar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

On Tuesday, the Interior Ministry announced that the EOD team under the Internal Security Forces in Raqqa was able to dismantle an IED in Al-Sinaa as well as​​ 4 mines in the Raqqa​​ District. [Hawar]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) claimed on Monday to have eliminated a Daesh cell near Idlib, killing and capturing several of its members, following an attack on its HQ. Tahrir Al-Sham says it continues its campaign against Daesh terrorists and against those who call for reconciliation with the government.​​ [Qasioun]​​ [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

On Tuesday, a Daesh​​ security​​ leader was killed in a​​ Coalition airstrike in Deir Ez-Zor city.​​ He​​ worked in “real estate,” confiscating the property of IDPs from Daesh-controlled areas. [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR reported that Daesh is resuming its counter-attacks on the SDF in Al-Susah, Al-Sha’afa and Hajin, taking advantage of sandstorms and bad weather conditions. The SDF is reportedly trying to contain the attacks, backed by air and land Coalition support. [SyriaHR]

 

According to a report from the SDF published by​​ Hawar​​ on Tuesday, the SDF killed 9 Daesh members in total within the past 24 hours. The report stated that the SDF had killed terrorists and seized a 120mm mortar and other weapons in Al-Baghouz. In the village of Al-Susah, the SDF killed more Daesh fighters and destroyed a Daesh motorcycle and other vehicles. 2 Coalition airstrikes destroyed 3 Daesh​​ locations. [Hawar]

 

A source stated that on Monday​​ that the Imam Ali Brigades, an Iraqi Shia militia​​ reportedly led by​​ the Iran​​ Revolutionary​​ Guards,​​ drove the​​ pro-government​​ National Defense Forces (NDF)​​ out of their headquarters​​ in​​ Albu Kamal,​​ due to complaints about their behavior within the city. The source stated that the NDF had been looting houses, shooting indiscriminately, and​​ forcing shopkeepers to give them​​ discounts. [ElDorar]

 

Daesh said on Monday that it targeted SDF positions near Al-Baghouz with 88 mortars and 9 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct15]

Daesh published on Tuesday photos of targeting SDF positions near Al-Baghouz with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct16]

Daesh published on Tuesday photos of targeting Coalition planes with heavy machine guns in the Al-Susah area. [ICDNOct16]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The SOHR says that​​ the fighting​​ between the Syrian Army and affiliated militias against Daesh in Suwayda has entered its 12th​​ week. The battles are taking place about 50 km​​ (30 miles)​​ from the Coalition’s Al-Tanaf base. [SyriaHR]

 

Sources said that there were high casualties for the Syrian Army and affiliated militias in battles in Tilul Al-Safa​​ (Al-Safa Hills)​​ against Daesh. [ElDorar]

 

Daesh said it stopped a Syrian Army attack in the Al-Safa Hills area on Monday, wounding 3 soldiers. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded 10 Syrian soldiers “while they were trying to advance toward the Al-Safa area.” [A3maq]

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed 11 Syrian soldiers and wounded 3 others in clashes near the Al-Safa Hills area. [A3maq]

 

In different versions, Daesh said on Tuesday it stopped a Syrian Army attack on the Al-Safa Hills area, killing 16 soldiers, wounding 20 others, and forcing the rest to retreat. It said it followed with a counterattack on the Syrian Army, killing or wounding 10 soldiers and capturing several military positions in addition to weapons and ammunition. ​​ [ICDNOct16]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The US Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on Iran on Tuesday, including sanctioning the Basij (an auxiliary force to the IRGC), as well as 5 investment groups and 3 banks allegedly supporting it. US officials said that the Basij was implicated in Iranian internal violence and human rights abuses. [BasNews]

 

Iranian TV says a terrorist group kidnapped 14 Iranian soldiers in Mirjawa, in Sistan and Baluchistan Province, southeastern Iran. A local Sunni​​ insurgent​​ group, Jaish Al-Adl (“Army of Justice”),​​ claimed responsibility. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Qatar

On Monday, the​​ Daily Beast​​ published an article that discussed Qatar’s attempts to infiltrate the Syrian opposition in the US. The article noted that Qatari hackers attempted to break into the emails of prominent Syrian activists in exile in the US. Qatar targeted at least 1,200 individuals, most of whom were outspoken critics of Qatar. The Syrian activists, however, were ostensibly its friends. The article suggests that Qatar may have wanted to spy on their conversations with other governments. [ElDorar] [DailyBeast]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi decided to extend the state of emergency in the country for another 3 months. The country has been in a state of emergency for the past 1.5 years. [Anadolu]

 

Libya

The 128th​​ Infantry Division of the Libyan National Army arrested Jema’a Masoud Al-Hassan Al-Qarqa’i, a Daesh​​ emir​​ who was active in Nawfaliya, east of Sirte and west of Bin Jawad. The Division’s media office said that Al-Qarqa’i had participated in most of the attacks in the Nawfaliya area. [Libya24]

 

The security services in Ajdabiya announced that the city was on a “state of alert” and deployed patrols to “prevent [security] violations.” [Libya24]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Germany

A Syrian refugee tried to set off a bomb and held a woman hostage in the main Cologne train station on Monday, and was subsequently shot by police. Witnesses claimed that he was acting on behalf of Daesh. On Tuesday, Cologne police said that they had searched the man’s apartment and found no signs of extremism or ties with Daesh. [AP]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The security chief of Samangan Province, central Afghanistan, was killed in a Taliban attack on Monday night. An unknown​​ number of police and soldiers were also killed. [Khaama]

 

A drone strike killed “at least 9” Daesh fighters in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan, on Tuesday. [Khaama]

October 15, 2018

 

 

Shabali Village (Source DD October 13)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Move reported within CoR to expel US troops from Iraq.​​ [..]

Al-Sadr calls on Kurds to co-exist within a unified Iraq. [..]​​ 

Tribal PMFs in Shirqat retaliate for Daesh attack; expel Daesh families from village. [..]

Kirkuk city vehicle bomb wounds 4, leads to 2 arrests. [..]

19 Daesh officials arrested in Ninewa. [..]

51 Daesh bodies found near Qayara base. [..]

 

Turkey

How Turkey learned details of Khashoggi incident​​ is​​ under debate. [..]

Pompeo going to Saudi Arabia to discuss Khashoggi incident with Crown Prince.​​ [..]

CNN report says Khashoggi’s death resulted from a botched interrogation. [..]

 

Syria

BBC says Syria used chemical weapons 106 times after agreeing to destroy them.​​ [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham accepts Russia-Turkey Idlib deal, but suspects Russian motives. [..]

SDF progress remains slow in Albu Kamal. [..]

Syrian Army says it’s advancing in Suwayda desert, but still does not control it. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen:​​ Saudi airstrike kills 17 bus passengers in Hodeida.​​ [..]

1,248 children killed by airstrikes since March 2015​​ [..]

United States:​​ Secret Service says Daesh schemed to assassinate Trump in Philippines.​​ [..]

Nigeria:​​ Boko Haram executes health worker; threatens to kill 2 others. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ 17 Afghan soldiers killed, 4 wounded 11, kidnapped in Taliban attack.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

An administrative court​​ blocked​​ outgoing Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s decision to dismiss Falih Al-Fayadh​​ from​​ all​​ of​​ his official positions, including his positions as Advisor and Secretary-General to the National Security Council and chairman of the PMF. The court agreed to stop Al-Fayadh’s dismissal on the basis that it would leave a serious void in the security services and potentially cause lasting instability. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s not clear to us why a court would have veto authority on an obviously executive-branch decision.

 

Council of Representatives

A Gulf newspaper says that the US is working behind the scenes to obstruct a draft law aiming to expel US​​ troops​​ from the country. The draft will be based on Article 1 and Clause 5 of the Constitution, stating that Iraq is an independent sovereign country, and that the Iraqi Army is responsible for its security. The Pentagon, State Department, and the US Embassy are​​ reported to be​​ in contact with several Iraqi politicians to prevent such a draft from being submitted to the new CoR. [Sumaria]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Muqtada Al-Sadr addressed the Kurds in a letter on Monday, calling them to coexist in a unified Iraq. He promised justice and fairness to the Kurds. He also called them to cooperate to eliminate sectarian divisions and make Kirkuk a model of coexistence among all Iraqis. [Roj]

 

A senior delegation from the “Reform and Reconstruction” alliance, led by Ammar Al-Hakim, visited Erbil and met with Barzani. The alliance expressed its appreciation for the role of Barzani and the KDP in the history, civilization, and future of Iraq. It said that the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil needed “a new page.” [SotIraq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Iraqi expert on extremist groups,​​ Hisham Al-Hashemi,​​ said that following Daesh’s territorial losses, Al-Baghdadi had now eliminated “more than 9” Daesh departments, keeping only 3: the Office of Soldiers, in charge of military affairs; the Office of Security, Intelligence, and Information;​​ and the Office of Administration and Finance. This allegedly shows that Daesh is shifting from a state-like model of operations to a decentralized “advisory board” model. [Dijlah]

 

The Basra Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh convict to death​​ after his conviction​​ on charges of initiating IED attacks in Diyala 5 years ago. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign policy

Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, and his Syrian counterpart Waleed Al-Muallem both expressed their hopes to reopen all the border crossings between the two countries soon, especially Albu Kamal. [Hawar]

 

BAGHDAD

Baghdad Ops Command said on Monday that security personnel under​​ its​​ command had arrested a fugitive who had previously escaped from Badoush Prison​​ in Ninewa.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

ANBAR

A tribal PMF source says that Daesh​​ is now working​​ under the new name of “Ansar Al-Sharia,” based in Syria, and​​ is​​ depending​​ on women to initiate terror attacks in Anbar.​​ From its reported base in Hajin, in Albu Kamal, it​​ is planning to start a series of operations in Anbar, according to intelligence sources. The group is led by Abu Hajir​​ Al-Shami, a high profile Daesh commander who has been in Hajin for a while. The source called for more female police personnel to search houses and women. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notice that this story does not line up with the story above under “Anti-Daesh campaign.” Notice in particular that the story above attributes organizational decisions to Baghdadi, while this one surfaces a new leader.​​ 

 

Anbar Ops Command said on Monday that units under it had detonated 26 IEDs left behind by Daesh in the Al-Hawraa​​ area, as well as 70 other IEDs in the Al-Shamiya area. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Falluja

The Directorate of Internal Affairs said on Monday that 2 persons had been arrested on terrorism charges in Falluja​​ District.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED on the main road in Falluja city. [ICDNOct14] [A3maq]

 

Al-Qa’im

Daesh said it killed four Iraqi Army members, including an officer, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the road between Akashat and Al-Qa’im, on Friday. [ICDNOct14]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source had said on Friday that two PMF members were killed when a roadside IED destroyed their pickup vehicle on the road between Akashat and Al-Qa’im.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh appointed a new commander for areas south of Mosul after the previous commander was killed, along with 2 other terrorists, in Daesh’s failed​​ Friday​​ attack on Shabali village​​ northwest of Shirqat city. The source also said that 2 tribal PMF fighters were killed in the attack. ​​ 

Tribal PMF units​​ expelled​​ 14 families of Daesh members from the village to displacement camps and demolished their houses. The source sent us photos of the demolitions.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ one​​ civilian was killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Tilul Al-Baj and Shirqat​​ city.​​ 

 

Daesh said it severely wounded two tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Tilul Al-Baj area, on Thursday. [ICDNOct14] [A3maq]​​ 

In another report, Daesh said it killed or severely wounded SDF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Tilul Al-Baj. [ICDNOct13]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh kidnapped​​ three​​ truck drivers at a fake checkpoint near Tilul Al-Baj. The source said the trucks were transporting food items to Ninewa. The source said that the Daesh terrorists stole some of the food, but left the trucks on the road.​​ 

 

Daesh said it wounded two tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Aitha village,​​ near the Ninewa border,​​ on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ two​​ PMF members were killed in a Daesh attack on a military position in Makhoul subdistrict. The source said the terrorists fled into the Makhoul Mountains after the attack.

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF units captured a Daesh member after he was wounded in clashes near the Makhoul Mountains.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF units captured a man who was trying to smuggle IEDs and ammunition to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Ta’mim neighborhood of Baiji city, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Sikak neighborhood of west Baiji​​ city, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Siniya area, on Friday. [ICDNOct14]

 

Daesh said it killed two PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Tal Albu Jarad area​​ on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh said it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the Tal Abu Jarad area on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in​​ the​​ Al-Kahraba’​​ neighborhood​​ in​​ Baiji​​ city, on Sunday. [ICDNOct15]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said that it blew up houses of tribal PMF members in Sumailat village, in Jazeera Tikrit, on Friday. [ICDNOct13]​​ 

 

Samarra

The Center for Security Information said on Monday that a Daesh “nest” had been found in Samarra​​ District, resulting in the arrest of 6 wanted persons and the seizure of military uniforms that had been used by Daesh members.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Sayyad village in Amerli. [ICDNOct14]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Hulaiwa intersection, in Tooz. [ICDNOct15]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said on Sunday it wounded a Shia person and a tribal PMF member and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Zahra village, in the Al-Waqf area. [ICDNOct14]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said on Monday it wounded a Shi’i​​ and damaged his vehicle with an IED in Abu Khanazir village. [A3maq]

 

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

Udhaim

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 2 Kata’eb Sayyed Al-Shuhada members were killed and another wounded when Daesh destroyed their vehicle with a rocket near the Udhaim Dam area.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded five Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near Albu Awad village, Udhaim subdistrict, on Saturday. [ICDNOct14]

 

Daesh said it killed two tribal PMF members, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Albu Mar’i village, in Udhaim, on Saturday. [ICDNOct14]

 

Jalawla

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a Badr Organization commander was killed in a Daesh attack in Jalawla subdistrict. The source said Badr raided several houses and captured 12 suspects after the attack.

 

Daesh said it damaged an Iraqi Army minesweeper with an IED in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

On Monday morning, the IFP conducted searches in the Kirkuk Province, covering the areas of Dibis, Rashad in Daquq district, and the road between Suleimaniya and Kirkuk. [Buratha]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source said that​​ four​​ civilians were wounded when a parked vehicle bomb exploded in Al-Mamdouda neighborhood, in Kirkuk city, on Saturday evening. [Anadolu]​​ 

On Sunday, a security source said that 2 brothers from Mosul were arrested as suspects for detonating a bomb in Kirkuk on Saturday evening. The source, who requested anonymity, said that the brothers were living in Kirkuk city, but had gone to Mosul after the bombing. According to the Ministry of Health,​​ eight​​ people were wounded in the attack. [SotIraq]

Daesh said it killed or wounded “many” Shia and destroyed their houses after setting off a parked vehicle bomb in Al-Mamdouda, on Saturday. [ICDNOct14]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

General Raed Jawdat, IFP Commander, says that Daesh attacked IFP 6th​​ Division units with a vehicle bomb during a search campaign in 3 villages in Hawija. [BasNews]

 

A security source in Kirkuk said on Monday that IFP units had found 2 rockets in Hawija​​ District, which were then dismantled.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Daesh claimed several attacks in Daquq.

Daesh said it killed two PMF members and wounded others with an IED in​​ the​​ Al-Thaqalayn neighborhood, in Daquq, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Tal Khadija village, west of Rashad, on Friday. [ICDNOct14]

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs in Tob​​ Zawa village, in Daquq, on Sunday. [A3maq] [ICDNOct15]

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Ali Saray village, in Daquq, on Sunday. [A3maq] [ICDNOct15]

Daesh said it blew​​ up the house of an Iraqi government “spy”​​ in​​ southern​​ Daquq, on Sunday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

Ministry of the Interior spokesman General Sa’ad Ma’an said on Monday that 15 Daesh members had been arrested, including a “network” of 8 Daesh members who were distributing money to families of Daesh members in Ninewa. He said that others had worked in Daesh’s “Islamic Police” or fought the Army following Daesh’s control of Mosul. The arrests took place in both east and west Mosul, as well as the village of Dernaj just outside of city.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

The Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that 4 persons accused of terrorism had been arrested in​​ the Aden neighborhood of​​ east Mosul.​​ Ministry spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an​​ said that​​ 1 of​​ the arrestees had been working with Daesh’s “Real Estate Office.”​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [Forat]

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

Captain Iyad Ziad of the Ninewa Police said on Monday that the police had found the bodies of 51 Daesh fighters near the military base in Qayara district. He said that bodies of many nationalities were found, including Russian, Turkish, Afghani, and Arabs had been found, and that they had been killed by Daesh for fleeing from combat.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that National Security service units captured 2 Daesh members in​​ the​​ Jada’a​​ IDP​​ camp​​ in Qayara. The source said that the terrorists, both from Tal Afar, were planning to escape to Turkey with forged IDs. The source sent us a photo of the 2 men.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a local group that calls itself “No​​ to​​ Terrorism” killed an Iraqi​​ Daesh leader after capturing him in a tunnel in the Hawi Shakhir area, in Qayara.​​ 

The source said that many Daesh terrorists are hiding in tunnels and river deltas near Shakhir village.

 

Daesh said on Saturday it ambushed and killed a tribal PMF member near the Qayara Intersection on the road between Mosul and Baghdad. [A3maq] [ICDNOct13]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that people in Rabi’a subdistrict captured a Daesh terrorist and handed him over to local police. The source said the terrorist had returned 4 days earlier from the Al-Hawl IDP camp in Hasaka.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a PMF fighter was wounded in a Daesh attack near Saadiya village, east of Hatra. The source said the PMFs repelled the attack on forced Daesh to flee.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

On Monday, the Turkish Chief of Staff announced that the Turkish military had launched airstrikes against the PKK in Zab near the Turkish border, destroying PKK “strongholds,” weapons, and depots. [Anadolu]

 

SULEIMANIYA

On Monday, Suleimaniya police found a water director killed by gunfire. Initial reports from the police say that the killing was motivated by “social differences.” [SotIraq]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The Turkish​​ pro-government newspaper​​ Daily Sabah​​ reported on Saturday that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged torture and murder had been recorded on his Apple Watch and subsequently synched with his iPhone, which was then in the possession of Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancée.​​ However,​​ Reuters​​ wrote that it was​​ highly​​ unlikely the watch could have synced with the phone when the phone was outside the consulate, given the effective range of both devices. [Reuters]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Without disputing this now widely reported bizarre story of how Khashoggi’s story got out, there is​​ a​​ simpler alternative explanation for why Turkish officials have claimed to know with certainty that Khashoggi was tortured and killed​​ and​​ have also claimed that​​ recordings​​ proving​​ this​​ exist, and that Turkey has been slow to provide this evidence:​​ namely, that​​ Turkey​​ bugged the Saudi consulate and doesn’t want to admit​​ it.

 

President​​ Trump said on Monday that he was sending Secretary of State Pompeo to meet with Saudi​​ Crown Prince Mohammed bin​​ Salman over Khashoggi’s disappearance. Trump also said that he had spoken briefly with Salman, and that Salman had denied any involvement. Trump then speculated that maybe Khashoggi’s disappearance could have been the work of “rogue killers.” [WaPo]

 

CNN​​ wrote on Monday that the Saudis were preparing a report that would acknowledge that Jamal Khashoggi was killed as the result of an “interrogation gone wrong.” They wrote that their sources indicated that the interrogation was supposed to conclude with Khashoggi’s abduction from Turkey.​​ The​​ New York Times​​ wrote that another source said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved an interrogation and rendition operation. The​​ NYT​​ source said that the intelligence officer in charge, who is a friend of MBS, had botched the operation​​ in​​ trying to “prove himself.”​​ [CNN]​​ [Telegraph]

 

NBC News​​ wrote later on Monday that the report allegedly being prepared would absolve MBS of any responsibility, by providing him plausible deniability to say that he neither knew about nor ordered the killing. One source said that the Saudi report would claim that Khashoggi was killed by “rogue operatives.” [NBCNews]

 

Military & security developments

Turkish police closed Tehran Street in Ankara, where the Iranian Embassy is located, following threats of a suicide attack on the embassy. The embassy itself was evacuated.​​ [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

The​​ BBC​​ on Monday said that a joint investigation by​​ BBC Panorama​​ and​​ BBC Arabic​​ showed the Assad regime was able to end the war in its favor due to the use of chemical weapons. The​​ investigation concluded that the regime carried out no less than 106 chemical weapons attacks in Syria since September 2013—the point when​​ the regime agreed to destroy its chemical weapons. [ElDorar] [BBC]

 

The Syrian Ministry of Defense issued a circular prohibiting the arrest of Syrian military and civilians who have settled their issues with the government, and granted them ID cards to that effect. This followed several arrests made at checkpoints against opposition figures whose names were not removed from lists used for searches. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

Adnan Abu Faisal, head of the Turkey-backed Syrian opposition Military Council in Manbij, says that the Turkish Army and its affiliated​​ opposition​​ militias have mobilized over 20,000 fighters at 7 points to attack the​​ YPG in Manbij. He says that PYD/YPG is the Syrian arm of the PKK, and they are only protected by the US and its weapons that were provided to them. He says the command of these groups in is in the Qandil Mountains in Iraq, and that they are not Syrians. He estimated the YPG forces at 5,000 fighters. [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed or wounded 10 SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Shaddadi, on Friday. [ICDNOct13]​​ 

 

Daesh said it shot and killed two SDF members on the Um Madfa’ road, west of Shaddadi, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

Tahrir Al-Sham​​ (HTS)​​ signaled on Sunday that it would abide by​​ the agreement reached between Russia and Turkey in Idlib to avoid​​ a​​ government attack on Idlib.​​ The HTS statement said that​​ it was​​ seeking to provide security in areas they controlled​​ and that they wished to prevent any massacres.​​ However,​​ it​​ also warned against the ill intentions of the “Russian occupier.”​​ HTS​​ also stressed​​ its​​ commitment to the “option of​​ jihad” and said that they would not surrender their weapons.​​ [Hawar]​​ [Reuters]

 

The spokesman for the pro-Turkey National Liberation Front (NLF), Naji Mustafa, said in an interview that the provisions of the Russian-Turkish agreement meant that the militias under the NLF would not have to hand over their weapons. He added that he expected the Syrian government and the Russians to violate the agreement. [AlMonitor]

 

On Monday, the Syrian Foreign Minister threatened an assault on Idlib if the militia groups did not comply with the agreement between Turkey and Russia. He also said that Idlib is the​​ same as any other Syrian province, in that it will eventually come under the control of the “Syrian state.” [ElDorar]

 

The​​ SOHR says​​ that​​ the​​ areas falling under the​​ Russian-Turkish agreement are rather quiet,​​ as heavy weapons were withdrawn​​ by​​ militias in the area. The hardline Islamist groups control 70% of these areas,​​ and have not really announced​​ their​​ withdrawal,​​ which​​ has​​ raised fear of possible Russian attacks. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member, severely wounded another, and​​ damaged​​ their vehicle in an ambush in the Al-Busayrah​​ subdistrict, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13] [A3maq]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF intelligence member in​​ Al-Tayyana village, on Thursday. [ICDNOct13]

 

Daesh said it killed two SDF members and severely wounded another after shooting and damaging their vehicle in an ambush​​ in​​ Dhiban town, on Friday. [ICDNOct13]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SDF’s Lailwa​​ Abdullah says​​ that​​ Hajin is witnessing very fierce battles between​​ the​​ SDF and Daesh,​​ and that​​ the​​ SDF’s progress is rather slow due to​​ Daesh​​ using​​ the​​ area’s civilians as human shields. [Hawar]

 

The SOHR says that battles between Daesh and the SDF in Hajin, Al-Baghouz, and Al-Susah have entered their sixth week, with cautious attempts to advance by the SDF troops, supported by US and French soldiers. The SOHR reported rocket and artillery shelling and counter-shelling all along the front line. [SyriaHR]

 

The​​ Afghani​​ Fatemiyoun​​ militia, led by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, has withdrawn from its positions in Albu Kamal, allowing civilians to return under the scrutiny of the Syrian Army. The militia was accused of looting and theft during its stay in the city. [ElDorar]

 

On Friday, Daesh took “hundreds” of people, including relatives of current and former Daesh fighters, from an IDP camp near Hajin, according to the SOHR. They added that several SDF fighters died defending the camp. [AFP]

 

Daesh is holding over 90 women kidnapped from the 130 families who were in the Al-Bahra IDP camp in Deir Ez-Zor, says the SOHR. The hostages are believed to be in Hajin. Proposals for their release are being studied, including release of Dash commanders or allowing food supplies into their areas. The Coalition has yet to approve any such proposal. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh moved 60 men it captured from the Al-Bahra IDP camp to the town of Hajin. The source said that Daesh forced the men to dig trenches and tunnels around the town.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that SDF units captured near Al-Bahra town 3 Iraqi Daesh terrorists, including Saber Atiya Talla’ Al-Ahmedi, a military commander and a one of the founders of AQI in Ninewa.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it targeted SDF positions at the train station north of Hajin with 19 SPG9 rockets. It also said it targeted SDF positions in Mozan village with 11 mortars and 18 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNOct13]

Daesh issued on Saturday a video of its attacks north and east of Hajin. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Sunday it severely wounded SDF members and damaged a Humvee and a motorcycle with an IED north of Hajin. [ICDNOct14]

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted SDF positions northeast of Hajin with 35 SPG9 rockets, 38 BMP shells, and 8 mortars. [ICDNoct14]

 

Daesh said that Coalition planes targeted Hajin town with white phosphorous bombs on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a video of clashes with the SDF near Al-Bahra village. [A3maq]

Daesh published​​ photos​​ on Sunday of weapons it captured after an attack northeast of Kashma village. [ICDNOct14]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Syrian security personnel arrested 2 former officers of the FSA in Daraa, who had agreed to the Russian-guaranteed peace process in Daraa. The arrests were made based on complaints by the civilians that the 2 officers committed kidnappings. [ElDorar]

 

Suwayda

The​​ Syrian government says​​ that the Syrian​​ Army​​ is advancing in​​ the​​ Suwayda desert,​​ and has liberated new areas in​​ the​​ Tilul Al-Safa​​ (Al-Safa Hills)​​ area,​​ supported by air and artillery attacks in a​​ hard​​ terrain​​ mountainous area. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it stopped Syrian Army attacks near the Al-Safa Hills area, killing or wounding soldiers and damaging a BMP armored vehicle. [A3maq] [ICDNOct14]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two Syrian soldiers and damaged a BMP armored vehicle in an ambush near the Al-Safa Hills area. [ICDNOct14]

Daesh said it stopped a Syrian Army attack near the Al-Safa Hills area, on Sunday, killing a soldier, wounding another, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [ICDNOct15]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

 

See above under Turkey – Political developments

 

Yemen

A Saudi airstrike in Hodeida​​ on Saturday hit 2 buses carrying civilians fleeing the city. At least 17 people were killed and 20 injured. Houthi rebels released video footage of the buses on Sunday as evidence that the passengers were civilians. [PressTV] [PressTV]

 

On Friday, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said that the Saudi investigation of August’s airstrike on a school bus was “not credible,” and called on the Saudi-UAE alliance to immediately stop such airstrikes.

Pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia, including from allies, to do more to limit civilian casualties in a 3-1/2 year civil war that has killed more than 10,00