An Update On ISIS Activities

October 4, 2017



CTS Units in Hawija







Animosities continue over KRG independence referendum. [..]

Al-Jubouri trying to mediate referendum issue. [..]

Iraq declares campaign for Hawija successfully over. [..]


SOHR says Daesh finally out of Hama Province. [..]

Syrian Army trying to recover city of Qaryatayn in Homs. [..]

SDF continues advance in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

High death toll alleged from Russian bombing in Mayadin. [..]


Daesh stages large suicide attack on Libyan court. [..]





Iraqi PM​​ Haidar Al-Abadi visited the French capital today, at the official invitation of France’s​​ President Macron, to discuss the development of relationships between the two friendly countries. [ROJ]


Kurdish referendum issue

The US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, reiterated the US rejection of the Kurdistan referendum in his visit to Basra. Silliman also said, however, that the US advises against confrontational policies. [Buratha]


Baghdad.​​ On Tuesday, PM Haidar Al-Abadi reiterated that in order to engage in dialogue with the Iraqi government, the KRG must cancel its referendum results. The KRG has refused this condition. Abadi mentioned a Kurdish proposal to postpone the referendum, adding​​ that​​ the Iraqi government insisted that the referendum be canceled, and any negotiations must be in accordance with the constitution. [IraqPress]


CoR​​ Speaker, Salim Al-Jubouri confirmed on Tuesday that he is following through with bringing together all of the political parties to solve the crisis caused by the Kurdistan referendum.​​ [Sumaria]​​ He said​​ 

he intends to meet with Iraqi leaders and others from Kurdistan in order to reduce tension between Baghdad and Erbil.​​ [BasNews]


Tuesday, despite calls for calm dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, the Iraqi Council of Ministers voted to proceed with punitive measures against the Kurdistan region. [BasNews]


The Sumaria news agency published the CoR finance committee’s decision to stop financial transactions with Kurdistan as voted by the CoR on Tuesday.​​ [Sumaria]


Representative of the State​​ of​​ Law​​ bloc, Mansour Al-Baiji, said the Kurdish parliamentarians lost their membership in the Parliament, according to two articles of the constitution, saying that their coming to the parliament session would be a “constitutional violation.” [Sumaria]

A​​ State of Law representative, Kadhim Al-Sayadi announced on Monday that he presented 102 signatures demanding Kurdish CoR members be denied entry to the CoR. He added that while the CoR Speaker, Salim Al-Jubouri, refused the petition, the Kurdish CoR members must pledge to not participate in the referendum and pledge that they support Iraqi unity.​​ [Sumaria]

Representative Kadhim Sayadi called on the government to mobilize all of its resources to liberate northern Iraq from “Barzani’s militias and his faction.” [Sumaria]


Hassan Khallati, representative of the​​ new​​ National Wisdom Movement (Al-Hikmah)​​ established by Ammar Al-Hakim,​​ reiterated on Tuesday the importance of refraining from discussing the Kurdistan referendum with KRG politicians, emphasizing that the referendum was non-binding.​​ [Sumaria]


Tuesday evening PM Haidar Al-Abadi announced the resumption of humanitarian flights to Kurdistan and warned about the KRG’s “military mobilization” in Kirkuk. He expressed his rejection of imposing a status quo in disputed areas which should be under federal control, mentioning that he had already ordered the KRG to retreat from Ninewa in accordance with the constitution. Abadi also warned against the armed groups who are taking over the resources in those areas.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [IraqPress]


On Tuesday,​​ Gorran​​ representative, Masud Haidar, criticized the request by some CoR members to not allow the Kurdish representatives to enter the CoR. Haidar said that this mentality does not​​ allow for​​ nation-building, and added​​ that​​ the constitution and religious leadership ought to be the references for solving the political disputes.​​ [Sumaria]


The representative of the Kurdistan Islamic Group, Ahmad Haji, said that on Tuesday the Kurdish representatives walked out of the CoR because Tuesday’s session’s introduction was provocative.​​ [Sumaria]


On Tuesday, CoR representative of the Civil Movement, Faeq Al-Sheikh Ali, said the CoR has treated issues of separatism with double standards.​​ [Sumaria]


Kurdistan Parliament member, Salar Mahmoud, said decisions of the​​ CoR​​ and the Iraqi government aimed at the people of Kurdistan are contrary to the constitution and work against the unity and stability of Iraq. He says these decisions close the door to dialogue. [Sumaria]


Iraqi PM Abadi called for a joint administration of Kirkuk and other areas disputed, with​​ still having​​ absolute authority under such an arrangement.​​ [BasNews]

Turkmen​​ CoR member, Jassem Mohammed Jafar, said on Tuesday that the KRG President, Masoud Barzani ordered the Peshmerga forces to open fire on the Iraqi security forces if the latter approached the oil wells in Kirkuk, adding that approaching the oil wells is an escalation and declaration of war by the national government.​​ [Sumaria]


VP Nouri Al-Maliki met with the Turkish ambassador to Baghdad on Tuesday and reiterated the importance of coordinating the positions of Iraq, Turkey, and Iran to contain the Kurdistan aspiration for secession. He made a distinction between the Kurdish people and Barzani.


Turkey.​​ Turkish President Erdogan says Turkey has taken action against the Kurdish referendum, pointing out that Iran, Iraq, and Turkey are ready to double​​ their​​ measures against “Northern Iraq.”  [Sumaria]

Erdogan announced on Tuesday that he intends to impose more punitive measures against the KRG in the aftermath of the referendum.​​ [Sumaria]


On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, said he would mend the relationship between the KRG and Iraqi government on the condition that the KRG cancels the referendum. He added that Barzani’s administration can take steps to address the matter. Cavusoglu stressed that the border crossings be under Iraq’s control.​​ [Sumaria]


The Islamic Union of Kurdistan is exerting efforts to influence Turkish President Erdogan’s position on the referendum, using connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, which Erdogan has strong ties to, to influence his negative opinion on the referendum. [BasNews]


Iran.​​ Iran’s President Rouhani said the tripartite cooperation between Turkey, Iran, and Iraq came to bring more security to Iraqi Kurdistan, while calling on provincial officials to back down on the “wrong” decisions, referring to the referendum. [Sumaria]


The​​ top military​​ adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Yahya Rahim Safavi, said there is a possibility of war with the Kurdistan region in the event geographical boundaries start to change.​​ 

On Wednesday, Safavi said “making changes to the borders in the region would mean the start of a long-term war between four countries and Kurdistan.” Safavi blamed the current tensions between Kurdistan and the Iraqi government on the US, Israel, and some Arab states. He added that Daesh was only 30 km (19 miles) away from Kurdistan and they would have seized it had Iran not intervened.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Buratha]


Russia.​​ Russian President Putin said Moscow has had close ties with the Kurds for a long time and that an oil embargo against Kurdistan will lead to higher oil prices internationally, something that many people will not like. [Sumaria]

Russia’s Minister of Energy, Alexander Valentinovich Novak, confirmed on Tuesday that Russian companies in Kurdistan are still operating.​​ [BasNews]


Erbil.​​ KRG spokesman, Safeen Dizayee, responded on Tuesday to PM Abadi’s office about engaging Baghdad and Erbil in a dialogue. He said canceling the referendum’s results is not as easy as the officials in Baghdad believe it to be. He added that canceling the referendum is up to the Kurdish voters, not politicians.​​ [Sumaria]


The Kurdish-Syrian National Council and the KDP called on the Kurdish people abroad to protest in front of the American and European embassies and consulates throughout Europe in support of the Kurdistan referendum and in condemnation of the threat the Kurdish people received from the Iraqi government and neighboring countries.​​ [BasNews]


Representatives from a large group of civil society organizations in the Kurdistan region organized a rally in front of the UN headquarters in Erbil, condemning the collective punishment and arbitrary measures against the Kurdistan region following the referendum. Participants at the rally launched colorful balloons to express the will of peace and democracy for the Kurdish people. [BasNews]


The Kurdistan flight ban put a damper on Suleimaniya’s film festival on Sunday. Many invitees were unable to attend and those who did attend were worried they might not be able to leave. Those who did attend were pleased by the welcome they received and were not concerned for their safety. [Rudaw]


The Ministry of Religious Affairs in Erbil responded to a statement by Al-Azhar​​ in Egypt​​ (one of Sunni Islam’s highest authorities) against the Kurdish referendum, saying the Kurds have protected many Iraqi and Syrian Sunnis and the Arab world has ignored the injustices the Kurds have suffered under the Iraqi government. [Rudaw]


The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq (near Rawa (2), Al-Qa’im (2), and Hawija (1)). [InherentResolve]​​ 




Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source says two people were killed and four others wounded in a vehicle bomb explosion​​ in Husseiniya. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb near a Shia mosque in Husseiniya, killing or wounding twenty people. [ICDNOct4]​​ 


Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle in the Dhabitiya area, wounding four soldiers inside. [DENOct3]


East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A civilian was killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him​​ near the Jamila wholesale market in Sadr City. [Sumaria]


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

The Ministry of​​ Defense announced​​ that military units​​ found 2 Daesh​​ hideouts​​ along with​​ a stash of explosives and explosive material​​ in the Haramsha area. [Etejah]


Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1




A security source in Anbar reported on Wednesday that​​ three​​ civilians were killed in a booby-trapped house in the Nuaimiya area in southern Falluja. [Waradana]



On Wednesday, a security source reported that a Daesh drone was shot down in Anah. [Ghad]​​ 



Iraqi intelligence reported the destruction of Daesh bases and warehouses of weapons and ammunition in airstrikes on Al-Qa’im. [Ghad]​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed 6 of its​​ own​​ members, including a commander, in Al-Qa’im after accusing them of communicating with Tribal PMFs. The source also says Daesh executed a woman publicly after accusing her of witchcraft.​​ 


Daesh deployed women at checkpoints in Al-Qa’im after some​​ fighters​​ fled to Syria. [Ghad]​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh moved the two Russian soldiers it captured in Deir Ez-Zor to Al-Qa’im.​​ 




The Salahuddin​​ Operations Command​​ announced the death of 29 terrorists in operations to clear the eastern plain of the Shirqat​​ District. The command’s statement added that Daesh attacked Salahuddin​​ Command​​ fighters stationed on a defense line in the Harariyat and Baiji areas. Two Daesh hideouts were destroyed, killing everyone in them.​​ Additional vehicles, rocket launchers,​​ tunnels, and IEDs were destroyed by the EOD. A boat was found in Kan’ous and destroyed, killing everyone in it.

The statement also​​ included​​ a breakdown of the number of internally displaced families returning to​​ each city in​​ Salahuddin. A total of 143,372 internally displaced families returned to Salahuddin after passing security screenings.​​ [Etejah]​​ 



The IWMC announced on Wednesday the liberation of the Makhoul Mountains and Harariyat, and the seizure​​ of the western bank​​ of the Tigris river around​​ the Al-Fatha bridge. [Baghdadia]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This story may sound victorious but it doesn’t make the Iraqi military look very good. Al-Fatha is close to Baiji and supposedly liberated long ago when Baiji was liberated. Iraq has issued countless stories​​ reported here about all the Daesh fighters they were killing in the Makhoul Mountains. PMFs have supposedly been patrolling in this area for a long time. How many times can you liberate the same place?


Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A local source in Salahuddin reported unusual quiet in the Mtaibija area on Wednesday. The source said there were no reported Daesh activities or shelling in the past 24 hours. The source commented that Daesh lost its most prominent commanders in Mtaibija which led Daesh to​​ revise​​ the movements of its armed members. He added that infiltration from Hawija areas to Mtaibija has completely stopped the past three days after the paths were cut off, especially in​​ the​​ Himrin​​ area. [Sumaria]​​ 



On Wednesday, the Diyala Police announced the arrest of 10 wanted suspects on terrorism and criminal counts in various areas of Diyala.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it killed an Intelligence Service member by detonating a sticky IED under his car in Baquba center. [DENOct3]


Daesh says it attacked 2 houses used for Shia ceremonies in Baquba city with hand grenades. [DENOct3]


On Wednesday, the Diyala​​ Police announced the killing of a suicide bomber after cornering him in his vehicle east of Baquba.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi Army soldiers and wounded two others, a captain and an EOD expert, in an ambush in the Luhaib area, near Muqdadiya. [DENOct3]​​ 



The Turkish Red Crescent distributed food parcels and clothes to 350 displaced Turkmen families from Mosul and Tal Afar to Kirkuk province. [Anadolu]


Hawija liberation campaign


A Kirkuk police source reported on Wednesday that 400 to 500 Daesh terrorists have surrendered themselves to the Peshmerga since the launch of the Hawija liberation operation. [Baghdadia]​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the former Daesh​​ wali​​ of Shirqat, Aby Okab Al-Jubouri, surrendered to Peshmerga units hours before Hawija was liberated.​​ 


The IWMC reported on Wednesday that Daesh members retreated on Wednesday noon from Dibis in the operation to liberate Riyadh and areas around Hawija. A Daesh pick-up truck carrying heavy weapons was destroyed, killing everyone in it. [IraqPress]


Daesh publishes photos of attacks on PMFs west of Dibis. [ICDNOct4]​​ 


Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

On Wednesday, the IWMC announced the deaths of 196 terrorists and liberation of 98 villages as the Hawija liberation operation comes to a conclusion. Hawija liberation operations commander, Abdul-Ameer Rasheed Yarallah reported the liberation of Rashad, the Rashad airport, and the Tikrit-Kirkuk road, with a total area of 2,400 sq km liberated. 196 Daesh members were killed. [Baghdadia] ​​ 


Iraqi forces including PMFs took complete control of the Hawija Province center on Wednesday, according to the PMF media. Wednesday morning the security forces and the PMFs conducted a major operation to liberate the center of Riyadh and the villages and areas around it. [Buratha]


However, a security expert, Abdul Kareem Khalad, said on Wednesday that the battles in the center of the Hawija district are still ongoing. According to Khalad, Daesh gangs have been arrested and defeated, and Daesh is being fought on the northern outskirts of Qati’in. ​​ Khalad added that Daesh was threatening the two roads linking the north and south. [Forat]


A local source in Kirkuk reported on Wednesday that Daesh retreated from confrontations with the Iraqi forces in the Hawija vicinity. The source added, however, that Daesh proceeded to mass execute the Daesh groups who fled the battlefields. [Sumaria]​​ 


A local source in Kirkuk said that on Wednesday​​ that​​ 13 of Daesh’s leaders were killed in a Coalition airstrike in Hawija;​​ one of them was in charge of the Diwan Beit Al-Mal​​ (Finance). [Sumaria]

According to the PMF media, the Iraqi Air Force destroyed several Daesh locations in the center of Hawija in preparation for the invasion and liberation. [Forat]


On Wednesday, the Ministry of Defense reported that the Iraqi Air Force killed 25 terrorists and destroyed two-booby trapped vehicles and 4 other vehicles, as well as a Daesh hideout in Hawija. [Ghad]​​ 


The Ministry of Defense stated on Wednesday that the Iraqi Air Force struck Daesh targets at the Marsana Airport, destroying 2 vehicles, 3 shelter tents, a vehicle carrying ammunition, a pickup truck, a motorcycle, and a guesthouse, and killing 8 Daesh members. [Ghad]​​ 


The 3rd​​ Brigade of the PMF liberated the Al-Ghaziya village west of Hawija center and the brigade proceeded to cross the district’s borders, according to the PMF media. [PressIraq]

The PMF’s 4th​​ Brigade liberated the Nafila village west of Hawija center from Daesh on Wednesday morning, according to the PMF media. [PressIraq]


The IWMC reported the liberation of the Nayef Ibrahim and Saidiya villages west of Hawija on Wednesday morning. [IraqPress]


The Hawija liberation operations command,​​ Gen.​​ Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah, said in a statement that the Federal Police,​​ Rapid​​ Response, and​​ PMFs​​ liberated Bureij village and now control the eastern side of the Al-Fatha Bridge. [IraqPress]


Wednesday, PMF and security forces found several Daesh locations and warehouses in clearing operations in the Hawija province and bombed a booby-trapped car, according to the PMF media. [PressIraq]


The Iraqi forces liberated the Rafi’a village south of Riyadh and proceeded to clear the area of all what was left by Daesh. [IraqPress]


On Wednesday, the PMF destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying heavy weapons, killing everyone in it east of Riyadh, according to the PMF media. [PressIraq]


The PMF announced the death of a photojournalist named Hamza Al-Aboudi and said two other journalists were injured in the Hawija operations. [Sumaria]


The PMF announced that it found two mass graves of security forces and civilians, including women and children, killed by Daesh in areas southwest of Hawija. [Waradana]​​ The IWMC added that there are many more mass graves that will be reported later. [Etejah]


The Ministry of Interior reported that on Thursday, it will be showing documents belonging to Daesh in a press conference. The Ministry will also announce new instructions pertaining to vehicle registration plates. [Forat]



Southern Ninewa


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMFs blew up the houses of 6 Daesh terrorists in Hatra. The source sent photos of the destroyed houses.​​ 


Western​​ Ninewa


Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMF positions near the Syrian border in Baaj. [ICDNOct4]​​ 



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Security sources say Turkish authorities arrested a Syrian citizen on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization. [Anadolu]


A Turkish news agency published the details of the discussions between Turkish President, Erdogan, and Russian counterpart, Putin, in Ankara last week. According to the news agency, the two presidents agreed on the impossibility of allowing Kurdish​​ independence. [Buratha]


Turkish authorities announced the arrest of a high level Daesh leader, named Haidar Kareem, also known as “Abu Yousef”, who had been recorded as dead in Iraq. The authorities found nearly 40 forged personal identification cards in his residence. The Saqarya court charged him with committing mass murder, belonging to a terrorist group, and attempting to overthrow the constitution. Haidar Kareem participated in Al-Qaeda activities in 2011 before joining Daesh in Anbar. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have occasionally commented on the frequency with which Daesh members whose deaths they announce later show up alive somewhere else. The purpose of this misdirection play is to cause law enforcement to stop looking for them.​​ 




The Hawar news agency reports the water level of the Euphrates River has decreased due to​​ Turkey’s intention to completely cut off water to Syria, threatening the lives of thousands of civilians in northern Syria. This threatens agriculture and could cause power outages. [Hawar]


Wednesday, the Syrian Islamic Council, a Syrian group based in Turkey,​​ condemned the brutal massacres of civilians in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor, calling on international and humanitarian organizations, especially the UN, to act to stop it. [Dorar]


Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, accused the US-led Coalition of orchestrating deadly provocations against the Russian and Syrian forces, saying the activities of the US forces in Syria raise many questions. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Of course, the activities of the Russian units in Syria raise no questions at all, except perhaps at the funerals of the innocent civilians they helped Assad to kill.


Lavrov reiterated Russia’s position on resolving the crisis in Syria through dialogue and on the basis of the UN Security Council resolution 2254, stressing that Syria’s future must be determined by the Syrian people alone. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Does he really mean that? Someone please ask Mr. Lavrov if that means a free and independently conducted election.


Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said the main obstacle to eliminating Daesh in Syria isn’t Daesh’s combat capabilities; it’s the United States. [SyriaNow]


Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, says Bashar Al-Assad has won the war in Syria and there is a long line of countries applauding him. [SyriaNow] [TimesofIsrael]


Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday​​ that​​ “efforts to bring those responsible for atrocities in Syria to European courts are bearing fruit.” [Dorar]


The Syrian government’s Foreign Ministry demanded​​ that​​ citizens who left Syria illegally check Syrian embassies in their country of residence in order to submit requests for settlement of their assets. [EnabBaladi]


During September, Zaman Al-Wasl documented the deaths of 160 members of the Syrian Army and its loyal militias, including 27 officers. ​​ Zaman Al-Wasl documented 179 deaths in August. Most of these​​ soldiers​​ were killed in Homs, Hama, and Deir Ez-Zor. [ZamanAlWasl]


Hezbollah announced it has lost 31 fighters since May. ​​ 23 of its fighters were killed in attacks on positions of the Syrian Army in Daesh’s “Abu Muhammad Al-Adani” attack. [Arabi21]


The Coalition says it conducted 34 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria (near Raqqa (30), Deir Ez-Zor (3), and Albu Kamal (1)). [InherentResolve]​​ 


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


Wednesday, the SDF announced it made progress at Daesh’s expense in the Hasaka countryside, saying the SDF advanced 2​​ km in the center of Markada city and have taken control of 10 farms. [Dorar]



Raqqa city

The Hawar news agency reports the SDF killed 11 Daesh terrorists in Raqqa​​ and​​ destroyed a vehicle bomb near the National Hospital. [Hawar]


Qasioun reports​​ clashes are ongoing in the Al-Firdaws neighborhood,​​ on Tal Abyad Street, and at the electrical plant. Activists have documented 70 airstrikes on Daesh-controlled neighborhoods since yesterday morning, in which​​ Qasioun alleges that​​ dozens of civilians were killed or wounded. [Qasioun]


The SDF media center says the SDF killed 13 Daesh terrorists during fierce fighting in the Al-Nahdha neighborhood. [Qasioun]


Tuesday, Coalition airstrikes​​ allegedly killed​​ 21 civilians and wounded 14 others in an airstrike on a water well in the northwest of the city. [Dorar] [SyriaNow]

Daesh says thirteen people were killed in an “American” bombing on a well in north Raqqa. [DENOct3]


Daesh says it killed 27 SDF fighters in different areas in Raqqa. [DENOct3]

South of Raqqa

Local sources say a Daesh sleeper cell launched a surprise attack on Syrian government forces in the villages of Albu Hamad and Ghanim Al-Ali,​​ southeast of Raqqa. [Qasioun]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

The Hawar news agency reported the Turkish Army, stationed south of Jarabulus, has been shelling the village of Tal Al-Abar continuously since last night. [Hawar]


The Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman detailed what the Ministry called a “special operation” which killed 60​​ Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra)​​ fighters, including 12 leaders, and wounded the Nusra​​ commander​​ Abu Muhammad Al-Julani. [Hawar] [ZamanAlWasl]

Tahrir Al-Sham’s media​​ denies this report and​​ says General Abu Muhammad Al-Julani was not injured in​​ the​​ Russian bombing. Tahrir Al-Sham says the​​ general is in good health and there was no meeting of Tahrir Al-Sham leaders as Russia claims. [Dorar]​​ Tahrir Al-Sham did not comment on the validity of the reports about the Russian strike, which Russia says killed 12 field commanders. [Arabi21]


Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mawlood Jawish Oglu, unveiled efforts to isolate factions opposed to the Astana 6 tension reduction zones deal​​ on Idlib. Oglu said Ankara is seeking to remove fighters from armed factions, especially from Tahrir Al-Sham, which it considers to be the​​ most radical faction in Idlib, adding, the move is aimed at implementing a deal to ease violence in Idlib. [Dorar]


SOHR says a number of artillery shells hit Al-Ayes town south of Aleppo. [SyriaHR]


SOHR learned the Syrian Army bombed areas of Al-Zabra town in the southern suburbs of Aleppo. [SyriaHR]


Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)


SOHR says that after 3 years of control, Daesh has finally been fully expelled from Hama. [SyriaHR]


According to Syrian government​​ reports, the Syrian government forces took complete control of the villages and towns of the Aqairbat​​ subdistrict​​ in Salamiyah. The source pointed to an agreement that was reached between the Syrian Army and Daesh, without revealing any details. [Qasioun]


SOHR says Syrian government forces shelled areas of Hasariya village in​​ northern Hama. [SyriaHR]

SOHR learned the Syrian Army shelled the northern suburbs of Hama, killing 3 civilians in Kafr Zita. [SyriaHR]



According to Syrian government media, the Syrian Army and its supporting militias have extended military reinforcements to eastern Homs to try to regain control of Qaryatayn city. The Syrian Army made an offer to Daesh, but Daesh rejected the offer. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it attacked government forces near Qaryatayn, capturing more areas including a dam and 7 mountains. [ICDNOct4]​​ 


Lebanese news revealed​​ that​​ the airstrike that targeted Hezbollah east of Homs​​ two days ago​​ was Russian and 30 people died. [Qasioun]


Hezbollah announced on Tuesday​​ that​​ the head of operations in the party’s Intervention Unit, Abbas Al-Ashaq,​​ died in a land​​ mine explosion in the Syrian Badia. [Qasioun]

About 400 people were killed in one week of heavy fighting in the Syrian Badia between the Syrian government forces and Daesh. [SyriaHR]


The Negotiating body of Northern Homs announced on Wednesday the signing of a ceasefire agreement with a Russian delegation that includes opening humanitarian crossings and the study of the Syrian Army’s detainee’s files. [Dorar]


SOHR says fighting continues between the Syrian government forces and Daesh in Al-Sukhnah, where Daesh was able to​​ make​​ new progress, controlling points in the center of the Hail​​ oilfields, and the Al-Taiba town and Al-Dahuk mountain in northern Sukhnah. ​​ [SyriaHR]

Daesh says it attacked government forces on the road between Sukhnah and Taiba, killing or wounding Syrian soldiers and capturing 4 military positions. [ICDNOct4] ​​ 


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SDF offensive

The Hawar news agency reports strong clashes broke out between the SDF and Daesh in the Tal Kasri Al-Fuqani village, during which the SDF captured 2 Daesh fighters. [Hawar]


The Hawar news agency reports the SDF has liberated 4 more villages and killed 20 Daesh terrorists. The villages are being swept by EOD teams. [Hawar]


Hawar reports the SDF has​​ captured​​ 10 farms and has killed 5 Daesh terrorists. ​​ The SDF also seized Daesh weapons and drones and currently has the Al-Harmushiya village surrounded. [Hawar]


Daesh says it destroyed an SDF truck with an IED on the road between Al-Sur and Al-Salhiya, killing the fighters inside. It also says it targeted Al-Sur with 25 mortars. [DENOct3]


Qasioun reports the SDF took control of Al-Kasra town, which was the biggest Daesh stronghold in the western Deir Ez-Zor countryside. Daesh is relegated to the villages and towns of Shafra, Safira, Mahmida, and Al-Salu. [Qasioun]


Syrian Army offensive

The Qasioun news agency reports the Syrian government forces launched a large-scale attack on​​ Al-Salu,​​ in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]


By one estimate,​​ Syrian, Russian, and Coalition air raids have forced around 180,000 people to flee Deir Ez-Zor to safer​​ areas. [EnabBaladi]


SOHR says​​ that​​ yesterday 33 members of the Syrian Army and its supporting militias were killed. 30 civilians were killed in Syrian aerial bombardments and shelling. A Syrian Army sniper killed three civilians as they were trying to enter the Madhloum village. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says its snipers killed seven Syrian soldiers and wounded two in Madhloum village. It also says it targeted the village with 50 mortars. [DENOct3]


Daesh publishes photos of shelling government forces’ positions in Hay Al-Rusafa in Deir Ez-Zor city. [ICDNOct3]​​ 



Local sources say 50 civilians were killed and dozens more were wounded in a Russian airstrike on Al-Ashara city in Mayadin. Sources say the air strikes targeted civilians trying to cross the Euphrates river to flee to northeastern Deir Ez-Zor. Qasioun alleges that the Russian airstrikes on eastern Deir Ez-Zor have claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians in the past few days alone. [Qasioun]

According to another account, local sources say a Russian airstrike massacred dozens of civilians at a river crossing as people were trying to cross from Mayadin to Al-Ashara. [Dorar]


Syrian government media reports the Syrian government forces are progressing towards Mayadin,​​ a​​ Daesh’s stronghold​​ in Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi]



Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

SOHR says the Syrian Army continues to advance in southeastern Damascus at the expense of​​ Jaish Usud Al-Sharqiya, where clashes have resulted in human losses and the Syrian Army​​ has​​ restored government​​ control over nine new border posts, including 5 border points with Jordan. [SyriaHR]


SOHR says a rocket propelled grenade hit the eastern part of the capital. On the outskirts of the capital, Syrian helicopters bombed the area of Beit Jinn. [SyriaHR]





North Africa


A security source says two civilians were killed and three others wounded Tuesday evening by unidentified gunmen in northern Sinai. [ElWatan]



A local source says three suicide bombers carried out an attack in Misrata city center in Libya, killing four people and wounding 20 others. [AfriGate]

Another report says two suicide bombers carried out an attack on a court compound in Misrata and another suicide bomber was foiled. Four people were killed in the attack and 41 were wounded. [Libya24]


A judicial source says among the victims of the suicide bombing in Misrata was a Sirte​​ prosecutor. ​​ Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack. [Wasat]


Several sources confirm the attack in Misrata coincided with a trial​​ of Daesh members being​​ held inside the compound. There are conflicting reports as to the number of suicide bombers in the attack in Misrata. Eyewitnesses confirm that 2 suicide terrorists blew themselves up inside the compound. Other sources say only one blew himself up,​​ on the ground floor of the building,​​ and the other attackers were killed on the second and third floors. [Wasat]


According to Libyan sources, armed Daesh members carried out an attack on the Misrata court complex on Wednesday. Two suicide bombers set themselves off after their ammunition was​​ depleted as they clashed with security personnel. The attack resulted in 4 deaths and about 15 injuries. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists, one of them Tunisian, attacked the court compound in Misrata and detonated their explosives vests after “violent clashes,” killing or wounding fifty people. [ICDNOct4]​​ 





President​​ Putin is calling for the immediate detection and neutralization of foreign terrorists returning home from Syria and Iraq. [SyriaNow]

The head of Russia’s Federal Security, Alexander Bortnikov, reported on Wednesday that terrorists who have fought in Iraq and Syria have learned how to manufacture and use chemical weapons. He added that the losses terrorists are incurring in Iraq and Syria are pushing them to establish a new global “terrorist network”. Bortnikov added that terrorist leaders have formed strong ties and organized ethnic terrorist​​ groups in Europe and Russia, which supplies them with weapons and forged vital records. [Sumaria]​​ 




Videos of the Day


Hawija civilians welcome Iraqi forces. [Al-Aan]​​ 


Daesh terrorists surrender to Iraqi forces in Hawija. [YouTube]


IFP units cross the Al-Zab River towards Hawija. [YouTube]


Iraqi soldiers stop a Daesh attack near Hawija. [YouTube]


Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb near Hawija. [YouTube]




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


Daesh issues a propaganda video about its foreign terrorists in west Anbar. [ICDNOct4]​​ 

October 3, 2017


President Jalal Talabani​​ 







Former Iraq President Jalal Talabani dies. [..]

Coalition soldier killed, another wounded. [..]

State of Law COR members putting pressure on President Masoum. [..]

Barzani reportedly using “mediators” to overcome crisis over referendum. [..]

KRG rejects Iraq demands to cede control of airports. [..]

Signs of Sunni sectarianism arise in reaction to referendum issue. [..]

Iraqi Army in Baghdad thwarts 19 vehicle bombs targeting Ashura visitors. [..]

Hawija campaign still on a roll; Iraq also recovers Rashad. [..]​​ 

Two mass graves discovered in Hawija, another in Sinjar. [..]

Barzani reiterates promise not to run again for President. [..]


310 civilians killed in Syria during September. [..]

Heavy fighting reported near Qaryatayn, Sukhnah. [..]

Russia says its pilots killed 304 Daesh members on east bank of Euphrates. [..]

Syrian Army captures 9 border locations on Jordan border. [..]

Daesh suicide attack in Damascus kills 17. [..]


Daesh claims responsibility for deadly Las Vegas attack; police disagree. [..]





Official​​ Iraqi TV announced in a brief statement the death of former​​ President Jalal Talabani, the first Kurdish Iraqi president,​​ one month short of his 84th​​ birthday.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


The US-led Coalition against Daesh announced on Monday the death of a soldier and the wounding of another by an IED targeting their vehicle. The Coalition stated it will provide more details once the families of the victims have been informed. [Baghdadia]​​ 


Sunday, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) reported the death toll of civilians due to terrorism and violence in Iraq​​ was 203 (196 non-police) for the month of September, plus 389 (381 non-police) wounded. According to UNAMI’s statement. 10 of​​ those killed​​ were foreign citizens. The biggest number of civilian casualties came from Baghdad37 deaths and 157 wounded, followed by Dhi Qar, then Anbar, reflecting recent terrorist incidents. UNAMI representative​​ Jan​​ Kubis said that​​ Continued civilian suffering is a​​ glaring reminder of Daesh’s ability to attack despite its defeats on the battleground.” He also emphasized Iraqi unity as a critical factor to overcoming Daesh. [Forat]


Monday, Iraq condemned the attack in Las Vegas and stressed the importance of increasing international efforts to eliminate terrorism. [Sumaria]​​ 


On Sunday, the deputy leader of the COR’s State of Law coalition, Kamil Al-Zaidi, announced that signatures are being collected to formally request that President Fuad Masoum appear before parliament to clarify his position on the Kurdistan referendum. Al-Zaidi noted the final decision on whether the President stays or is removed will be made after his testimony. According to Al-Zaidi, the President did not participate in the referendum and stayed in Baghdad, but there is a need to know his opinion of the “unconstitutional” referendum because he is the “constitution keeper.” [Sumaria]


Monday, the KRG expressed its hope that Washington will reconsider its position rejecting the independence referendum. A Barzani spokesman, Omed Sabah, called on Washington to recognize the results of the referendum, and participate in dialogue between the Iraqi government and Northern Iraq to resolve outstanding issues between them. [Anadolu] [Sumaria]


On Saturday, a Gulf newspaper claimed the KRG President, Masoud Barzani is using “mediators” to find a way out of the crisis with Baghdad and neighboring countries and to stop the punitive measures the Iraqi government is taking against KRG following the referendum. [Sumaria]


There are ongoing intensive communications between Ankara and Baghdad to discuss the developments following the Kurdistan referendum. On Wednesday, Turkish military commander, Hulusi Akar, and Iranian counterpart, Mohammed Baghiri, will look into the steps to take in the upcoming phase, including coordinating forces on the borders. There are political and military communications taking place between Iraq, Turkey, and Iran, in addition to coordinating commercial activity and petroleum matters. Both Turkey and Iran have closed their airspace to Kurdistan. [Sumaria]


On Saturday, the KRG Ministry of Transport & Communication, Mawlood Murad, announced Kurdistan’s rejection of the demand that the central government supervise the airports of the region, saying that both the Erbil and Suleimaniya airports follow the rules and regulations of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority.

Murad said the Iraqi government procedures are collective punishments against the Kurdish people and have no legal grounds. He said those most affected by the airport measures are the Peshmerga casualties, civilian patients, and the refugees and IDPs who receive humanitarian aid through these two airports. [BasNews]


On Saturday, a local official in Diyala said the Peshmerga forces in disputed areas within the governorate have not changed since the Kurdistan referendum, as opposed to the state of alert reported on social media. Peshmerga forces are still in many disputed cities in Diyala including Khanaqin and Jalawla, according to security forces. [Sumaria]


On Saturday, KDP leader, Omed Khoshnaw, called for the preservation of so-called Kurdish areas outside Kurdistan, saying they were “liberated with Peshmerga blood,” and to authorize the Peshmerga forces to defend them. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ A more truthful explanation would be that the Peshmerga have occupied parts of Iraq outside of Kurdistan since 2003 because of political decisions by leaders in the KRG to gain de facto control of areas with high concentrations of Kurdish or other minority residents, in the belief that Iraq was too weak to do anything about it.​​ 


Sunday, Kurdistan referendum council member, Khalil Ibrahim, announced the dissolution of the council and the creation of a political council to deal with the referendum’s results. He says that the KRG will not pose a threat, cause instability in the region, or violate laws and international standards.​​ 

On Sunday, the Amin Bakr of the Taghyir Bloc, which includes Gorran, announced that it will take the initiative to end the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil and to re-establish dialogue, heeding the calls of religious leaders’ calls. Bakr welcomed Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani’s call for de-escalation on Saturday. [Sumaria]


Monday, the (Sunni) Grand Mufti of Iraq, Sheikh Al-Rifai, condemned the “siege” on the Kurdish people and the closure of airports in Erbil and Suleimaniya. Al-Rifai said the Iraqis have been asking for help from embassies around the world because of the Iraqi government and that Sunni cities have been destroyed and Iran is running the country. Sheikh Rifai was unable to return to Erbil because of the air embargo imposed by the Iraqi government on Kurdistan. He was still in Egypt on Oct 1st. [Rudaw]


The head of the Tribal Unifying Council, Ra’ad Al-Suleiman, called for holding a referendum to establish a Sunni region in Sunni-majority governorates, following the example of the Kurdistan referendum. Al-Suleiman said partnership with the Iraqi government has ended due to its oppressive practices against Sunni Arabs. He added the Iraqi government does not accept partnership with Sunni Arabs, which is why it marginalizes and excludes them. [Rudaw]


In a televised interview on Sunday, Vice President Osama Nujaifi, attributed the holding of the Kurdistan referendum to faulty policies and constitutional violations for over 14 years. He said that “some sectarian policies adopted by the previous government have led to the emergence of extremism in the Iraqi regions.” Nujaifi pressed for a new political contract in which all sects are taken into consideration. [Rudaw]


According to a statement by PM Abadi’s office on Sunday, Arab League Secretary General, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit reiterated the Arab League’s rejection of the Kurdistan referendum. Aboul-Gheit praised Iraqi achievements in defeating Daesh and preserving Iraqi unity. [Sumaria]


On Sunday, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, denied any Israeli involvement in the Kurdistan referendum.

On Saturday, the Turkish President, Erdogan, had talked about alleged Mossad (Israeli intelligence) involvement in the Kurdistan referendum. He said that the Israeli flag’s appearance in pro-Kurdish independence gatherings proves the close connection between Kurdistan and the Mossad. Hezbollah Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, described the referendum as a US-Israeli conspiracy to divide the region. [BasNews]


Former US Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, said that Washington’s rejection of the Kurdistan referendum encouraged Baghdad to take punitive measures against the KRG. He said that Iran is the biggest beneficiary of Iraq’s instability. [BasNews]


On Saturday, British Minister of Defense, Michael Fallon, called on Barzani to engage in constructive dialogue with Baghdad and neighboring countries, pleading with him to leave no room for a divide in the war against terrorism. Fallon commended the role of the KRG and Peshmerga forces in the war against Daesh. [Sumaria]


Iraqi PM Abadi’s office issued a statement on Saturday regarding newspaper reports on Abadi accepting an invitation from the French President Macron to discuss the Kurdistan referendum in Paris. The statement clarified that the invitation was extended to Abadi a month before the referendum and has nothing to do with the referendum. [Sumaria]


The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq,​​ in or​​ near Kirkuk (1), Baiji (1), and Al-Qa’im (2). [InherentResolve]



Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Monday, Baghdad Operations Command​​ (BOC)​​ announced the success of the security plan for the first 10 days of Muharram, noting​​ that​​ 19 vehicle bombs were thwarted. They also​​ stopped attacks​​ by​​ 3 suicide terrorists. [Sumaria]


Monday, the BOC​​ announced the killing​​ or​​ imprisonment of 12 terrorists, including 5 suicide bombers, and the seizure​​ of 10 rockets prepared for targeting​​ Ashura​​ procession visitors in the past 10 days. [Mada]​​ 


The Iraq Ministry of the Interior announced on Monday the arrest​​ in Baghdad​​ of a man in possession of 20 grenades. [Baghdadia]​​ 


North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of manufacturing explosives vests in north Baghdad. [ICDNOct2]​​ 


Total Baghdad incidents reported: ​​ 4​​ (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2



Anbar province representative, Ghazi Al-Kaoud, reported that security forces and tribes are providing cover for some Daesh leaders in the province,​​ for which he​​ blamed​​ the government. He explained that Anbar is 80% liberated, but is not considered​​ fully​​ liberated. There is a cease fire among security forces and Daesh​​ members​​ are in hiding.​​ [Ghad]



A security source reported on Monday that 3 PMF members were targeted by an IED in Subaihat in Falluja’s Qarma subdistrict. The IED was placed on the side of a road and went off as a vehicle passed. [Ghad]​​ 



A local official in Al-Wafa’a in Anbar, Naji Aber, announced the deaths of 10 Daesh suicide bombers in the past two days. The suicide bombers were killed by tribe members and security forces. [Sumaria]​​ 



Monday, a security source said Coalition aircraft bombed the Daesh headquarters in Al-Qa’im and Rawa, killing more than 20 terrorists. ​​ The strikes​​ also​​ targeted an anti-aircraft mechanism in Al-Qa’im, oil reserves used by Daesh,​​ and​​ a bomb manufacturing workshop.​​ [Ghad]


Monday, a security source said Daesh pursued more than 6 families in the Al-Qa’im desert, killing two young men and arresting the rest. [Ghad]




Sheikh Saad Al-Hasnawi reported to the IWMC that, following the liberation of the Makhoul Mountains, the fighters of the “Ansar Al-Marji’iyah Brigade” were able to besiege about 30 Daesh members in a tunnel in the Makhoul Mountains. Two Daesh members were killed. [Harbi]​​ 



The​​ Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that a Daesh attack was foiled in north Salahuddin. This took place on the defense line​​ between​​ Harariyat​​ and​​ Baiji. Two Daesh hideouts were destroyed, killing everyone in them, a booby-trapped vehicle was destroyed, 25 IEDs were bombed, and 3 booby-trapped houses were​​ defused​​ by the EOD of the Salahuddin​​ Operations​​ Command. [Baghdadia]​​ 


The PMF arrested the 3rd​​ Daesh​​ wali​​ of Hawija,​​ in charge of the money​​ safe, named Moussa Aleskandar, in the Al-Fatha area​​ near Baiji.​​ [Etejah]


The commander of the​​ Imam Ali Division​​ (Shia PMF group), Sheikh Ahmed Abul Khair, updated the IWMC​​ information on the Baiji side of the​​ Hawija​​ campaign:​​ Farqat Al-Imam Ali has full control over​​ the​​ Al-Fatha area to the bridge in front of the Baiji power company.​​ A Daesh suicide bomber targeting Farqat Al-Imam Ali was killed.​​ A Daesh warehouse of weapons and ammunition was found.​​ Dozens of IEDs were disabled.​​ A group of Daesh vehicles was seized.​​ The Farqat Al-Imam Ali forces went to liberate the final part of the Makhoul Mountain. [Harbi]​​ 


Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter and wounded another near Rumailat village, in Ishaqi subdistrict. [A3maq]



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Chairman of the Diyala Provincial Council’s Security Committee, Sadeq Al-Husseini, announced on Monday the death a Daesh​​ wali​​ named Abu Omar in two airstrikes on the Himrin Mountains in coordination with the CTS. Five armed Daesh members were also killed in other airstrikes nearby.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Tuesday, the Tigris Operations Commander, Muzher Al-Azzawi announced the launch of military operations to track Daesh cells in the Al-Zor basin and Arab Jabbar​​ in​​ northeast and southwest Baquba. [Sumaria]​​ 



Monday, Two IEDs were disabled in a religious place east of Diyala by the CTS and security forces.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 



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

Monday, a security source said Daesh kidnapped a village leader and his son in the Qara Tapa district. [Ghad]​​ 


A local source in Diyala reported on Tuesday the death of 3 PMF fighters in clashes with Daesh in the Al-Zor basin northwest of Diyala. Several Daesh members were killed. [Ghad]​​ 

According to a local source, security forces and​​ Iraqi​​ Army Air​​ (IAA)​​ surrounded several Daesh members in the Al-Zor basin in northeast Diyala. The​​ IAA​​ is supporting PMFs, including​​ Tribal PMFs,​​ in the operation. [Ghad]​​ 


The Diyala police announced the arrest of two suspects on terrorism​​ and​​ other​​ criminal charges on Tuesday. The two suspects were arrested in Jalawla​​ in Khanaqin. [Ghad]​​ 


A security source in Diyala reported on Monday that a farmer was wounded by an IED that went off on a tractor. [Ghad]


Daesh says it wounded four PMF fighters with an IED in Udhaim on Monday. [A3maq]



Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Sunday.​​ The Hawija liberation operation command announced the liberation of 16 villages and taking control over the southern part of the Himrin Mountains. With that, the first part of the second phase of Hawija operations was declared completed. Later on Sunday, IWMC reported​​ Hawija operations commander Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah’s announcement that the joint forces had liberated 28 villages. [Waradana] [Waradana]​​ The PMF continued advancing, killing several Daesh snipers hiding in villages. [PressIraq]


Monday.​​ Joint security forces​​ captured​​ 3​​ more​​ villages in the Hawija​​ District from Daesh. [Buratha]

The IWMC reported the liberation of the Sayed Hassoun and Al-Sayidi villages east of Hawija​​ city. [IraqPress]​​ PMFs liberated the Mullah​​ Saleh village in southeastern Hawija. [Waradana]


Tuesday.​​ Iraqi forces resumed their liberation operations for the 5th​​ day in a row, according to a PMF statement. [Buratha]

CTS and PMF forces liberated the Upper and Lower Yarghun villages northeast of Hawija. Procedures to clear the area of explosives are underway. [Baghdadia]

Iraqi forces liberated the “strategic opening” area west of Hawija on Tuesday, according to a statement by the PMF organization. PMF EODs began clearing the area of explosives and booby-trapped cars left by Daesh.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

On Monday, the PMF organization​​ had​​ announced that its EODs​​ had removed​​ over 600 IEDs from public roads, houses, and​​ other places​​ since the beginning of the Hawija operations.​​ [Etejah]


Monday, Ali Al-Akbar​​ PMFs​​ found a booby-trap​​ workshop​​ in Al-Hamad village south of Hawija. Two booby-trapped vehicles were seized from the factory. [Harbi]​​ 

Monday, the PMF set up an alternative bridge to Tal Midan, south of Hawija, to facilitate the crossing of military units.​​ [Ghad]


The PMF Commander, Jabbar Al-Maamouri, reported on Tuesday the collapse of Daesh’s internal defense lines in the center of Hawija​​ District. He believes there is presently great chaos in the center of Hawija. [Sumaria]​​ 

An anonymous source said Daesh leaders of various Arab nationalities are accusing the Hawija residents of treason, breaking the Bayaa (loyalty pledge to the caliphate), and collaborating with the Army and the PMFs. The source says this accusation shows the extent of the crisis Daesh is facing after its losses. [Sumaria]​​ 

Monday, a PMF leader said Daesh members are shaving their beards in order to escape. [Sumaria]


Monday, the PMFs announced they found a mass grave containing the remains of army and police personnel in the Al-Therban village south of Hawija. [PUKMedia]​​ [Baghdadia]

According to a security source, another mass grave with remains of army and police personnel was discovered southwest of Hawija, in Abu Sakhra village in Al-Abbasi.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh has executed a lot of people in Hawija. These​​ likely won’t be the only mass graves​​ discovered.


Monday, military and oil officials said Daesh set fire to 3 oil wells near Hawija. Daesh is trying to use the smoke to avoid airstrikes as they retreat toward Hawija city. Security forces used bulldozers to try to contain the fire. Sending crews to assess the damages at the wells may be risky because Daesh may have left land mines behind. [Forat]​​ [PUKMedia]


On Tuesday, a local source in Kirkuk said that Daesh burned down 7 of its media centers in Hawija, including the headquarters which housed the entire Daesh archive. The archive included videos, documents identifying Daesh fighters, and interviews, and documents on its armed operations following its takeover of Hawija. [Sumaria]​​ 


Monday, the PMFs arrested Musa Al-Iskandar, the so-called Daesh “treasury official” and the “third deputy governor of Kirkuk.” [PressIraq]

A​​ local source said Abu Bilal Al-Masri, a senior Daesh​​ member,​​ was killed in Hawija​​ District in clashes with the PMF.​​ [Waradana]

On Sunday the PMF intelligence informed the media that the Daesh official in charge of drones, named Al-Mulla, was killed in a booby-trapped drone that exploded while he was launching it in southwest Hawija. [PressIraq]

A local source in Kirkuk reported that a Daesh official called “Abu Kareem Al-Iraqi” and one of his companions were killed in an airstrike which targeted his vehicle in Riyadh. According to the source, the special unit, with mostly Iraqi members, is considered the elite Daesh unit. [Sumaria]​​ 


Federal Police Commander Rashid Shaker said the forces liberated 65 villages and an area of 471 sq km west of Hawija​​ in Salahuddin. [Baghdadia]​​ 


Ali Al-Akbar​​ Brigade commander, Alaa Al-Jubouri,​​ told​​ the IWMC​​ of the progress in​​ the Himrin Mountains​​ (mostly in northern Diyala and Salahuddin).​​ The Brigade now controls the​​ Himrin​​ Mountain tops and the Harariyat area.​​ With help from the IAA, dozens of Daesh members were killed, and several vehicles and hideouts destroyed.​​ Huge, complex tunnels used by Daesh snipers were discovered.​​ A fully equipped Daesh training base located in tunnels and valleys was found.​​ Large quantities of Daesh weapons, ammunition, military equipment, communication devices, food, and clothing were found.​​ [Harbi]​​ 


On​​ Tuesday,​​ PMFs​​ captured​​ the Al-Asriya, Asriya Tlail Al-Qamar, and Asriya Al-Satih villages northeast of Hawija.​​ The​​ CTS​​ and​​ PMFs captured​​ Ghaida and Hashisha northeast of Hawija​​ city.​​ PMFs​​ began efforts to capture​​ the Tal Al-Jul and Qazal Tapa villages in northeast Hawija.​​ The Badr PMF brigade and CTS liberated Humaira Al-Sughra northeast of Hawija and bombed a booby-trapped Daesh vehicle in the Serrat Al-Sousse village.​​ [Harbi]​​ [Harbi]​​ 


Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Monday, the commander of the Hawija forces announced Iraqi forces have complete control of Rashad in Daquq District south of Hawija. [IraqPress]

According to another report, the Rashad​​ subdistrict has been completely liberated, the airport south of Rashad has been captured, and 45 villages have been liberated. A Daesh operations center was found in the Himrin Hills along with stores of weapons. [PressIraq]​​ CTS and PMF units liberated Rashad center after killing most Daesh members there; the rest fled. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Although the media focus has been on Hawija, the territory at stake also includes Daquq in Kirkuk, eastern Shirqat District in Salahuddin, parts of the Baiji District in Salahuddin​​ including a mountainous area,​​ and​​ parts of northern Diyala.​​ Eastern Shirqat and much of Hawija have​​ now been captured.​​ 


A military source reported that Army and PMF units captured the Rashad air base, and that the strategy is to use the base to help the move toward Hawija city. [Hawar]


Monday, the IWMC reported the liberation of the Al-Mahdia and Jawala villages west of Rashad. [IraqPress]


Monday, warplanes bombed a gathering of 20 Daesh terrorists near Al-Fatha in the Himrin mountain range. [PressIraq]


On Monday, a Kurdish security force said that a Kakai Kurdish young woman named Naska Jabbar was able to escape​​ Daesh in Daquq after​​ being kidnapped​​ months ago. The source said she had been kept in a house in the Albu Mohammed village controlled by Daesh. [Ghad]



Jawan Mahmoud, an official in charge of the Kurdistan region provinces in the Migration and Displacement Ministry, stated that a wave of 222 displaced persons was transported from Al-Hawl camp in the Azaz​​ District in northwest Syria​​ through Turkey, via the Ibrahim Al-Khalil port,​​ then​​ to the Ninewa camps after security screenings. The Ministry gave out food parcels and potable water to the displaced persons. Mahmoud confirmed that the Ministry continues to return all the​​ Iraqi​​ families from the Azaz camp back to Iraq in cooperation with the Turkish government and Iraqi Embassy in Ankara.​​  [PUKMedia]​​ 



Ninewa​​ Operations Commander Najm Al-Jubouri​​ insisted​​ on Monday that Mosul is completely safe, and denied there were problems between Ninewa and Erbil. Al-Jubouri​​ added that liberating the final part of Salahuddin will completely secure Ninewa’s borders. He also added that the residents have supported​​ Iraqi​​ forces in eliminating sleeper cells in the city and they are authorized to fight any terrorists to keep Mosul safe. [Ghad]


West​​ Mosul

Three members of the Mosul Municipality “service effort” were wounded on Tuesday in an explosion near the 5th​​ Bridge in Al-Thawrah neighborhood in western Mosul. An Iraqi police officer said an IED went off in the area​​ during​​ a clearing operation. The grand​​ reopening of the 5th​​ Mosul Bridge was scheduled on Tuesday. [Ghad]​​ 


Tal Afar

A PMF source reported that the PMF forces killed 5 suicide bombers on Monday as they tried to detonate their explosive belts at PMF bases in Tal Afar, Ayadhiya, and Al-Hadar​​ in Hatra. [Etejah]


Western​​ Ninewa


A security source reported on Monday that a mass grave of 11 Yazidi citizens killed by Daesh was found in the Tal Qasab area in Sinjar.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 



Ninewa Operations Commander Najm Al-Jubouri​​ confirmed on Tuesday that the Army and PMF foiled a Daesh attack in Baaj along the Syria border. Five Daesh members were killed. [Ghad]​​ 



[See KRG-related stories under National News.]


Kurdistan Democratic Party​​ (KDP)​​ member, Aref Tayfour, reported that KRG President Barzani intends to fulfill the “promises” he made prior to the referendum. Barzani will not run for re-election. He will instead serve as the Chairman of the Shura. [Sumaria]




On Tuesday, the Basra Criminal Court issued an execution sentence to a terrorist​​ convicted​​ of detonating an IED in the Hashimiyat area in Diyala in 2011 in cooperation with others. The attack​​ killed two citizens. [Ghad]​​ 




Turkish President, Erdogan, said he will visit Iran on Wednesday to participate in the Joint Strategic Council meeting, where the Kurdistan referendum will top the agenda. [Sumaria]




During September, activists documented the​​ deaths​​ of 310 civilians in Deir Ez-Zor due to the ongoing fighting there, accompanied by intense aerial bombardment and artillery shelling. ​​ According to an​​ infographic​​ published by the Deir Ez-Zor 24 network​​ on​​ Sunday, 29 civilians were killed by the​​ Coalition; 231 civilians were killed by the Syrian Army and Russian Air​​ Force; one civilian was killed by the SDF; 14 civilians were killed by Daesh; 6 civilians were killed by the Turkish​​ gendarmerie while crossing the Syrian-Turkish border; and 9 civilians were killed by unidentified​​ entities. [EnabBaladi]


“Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” documented the killing of 208 civilians, most of them killed by Coalition bombing in Raqqa. The Coalition has carried out 1,359 raids in Raqqa, which it says have killed 161 civilians. The SDF has killed 11 civilians with missiles and shelling. [Dorar]


The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (6), near Deir Ez-Zor (2), and near Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


Qasioun reports clashes broke out between the SDF and Daesh on the outskirts of Markada town in southern Hasaka.​​ [Qasioun]



Raqqa city

Sunday, during the ongoing fighting in central Raqqa, the SDF killed 19 Daesh terrorists, freed 15 civilians, liberated 4​​ military positions​​ from Daesh control, and seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition. Two SDF fighters were killed. [Hawar]


The Hawar news agency reported clashes have intensified in Raqqa city. The SDF has killed 27 Daesh terrorists as they continue their advance. Clashes are ongoing in the Al-Firdaws neighborhood, near the National Hospital, near the train station, and around the Kura Al-Ardiya roundabout. [Hawar]


Monday, the SDF took control of a residential area north of central Raqqa, after violent clashes with Daesh fighters, resulting in deaths and injuries on both sides. [Qasioun]


Monday, 12 of Daesh’s fighters were killed during clashes in the neighborhoods of Raqqa, causing the deaths of 3 members of the SDF. [Hawar]


In a statement to the Kurdish website Ronahi, Omid Kabar, a leader of the SDF, said on Saturday that 300 members had defected from the Syrian Army​​ and joined the ranks of the SDF in Raqqa in the past few days. [Dorar]


Daesh’s news agency A3maq says Coalition aircraft bombed the last​​ remaining​​ water wells in Raqqa, killing more than 20 people. ​​ Enab Baladi could not confirm the information reported by A3maq. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says more than twenty people were killed and fifteen wounded by “American” bombing on two wells in north Raqqa. Daesh says “American” planes targeted 13 wells during the Raqqa battles. [A3maq]​​ 


Daesh says “American” forces targeted Hay Al-Tawasa’iya with more than 40 airstrikes and 400 artillery shells. [A3maq]


North of Raqqa

Saturday, in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor’s IDP camps, the administration of Ain​​ Eissa camp extended the water networks to the bathrooms, kitchen and the tents of displaced people to provide the residents with water. [Hawar]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The “Ibn Tamiya Brigades”​​ militia repelled an attack by​​ Tahrir Al-Sham (formerly the Nusra Front)​​ in the town of Dara Azza, located in the western rural area of Aleppo, after​​ separating itself from Tahrir Al-Sham.​​ Clashes reportedly erupted between them due to Tahrir Al-Sham arresting a child called “Osama Al-Shannaq,” who is the son of the leader of the “Ibn Tamiya Brigades.” [Hawar] [Qasioun]


Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

At dawn Monday, sixteen soldiers in the Syrian Army were killed and others wounded in a sudden attack by Tahrir Al-Sham on the area of the Castillo Factories, north of Aleppo. [Qasioun]


Saturday, fierce clashes broke out between the forces of the Syrian Army stationed in the Malah area and the​​ militias​​ stationed in Kafr Hamra town, located in the northern rural areas of Aleppo, and continued for long hours, during which dozens on​​ both sides were killed. [Hawar]


The Turkish​​ Army on Sunday sent new military reinforcements to Rayhaniya city in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, which​​ borders the Syrian province of Idlib, including armored vehicles and a number of military vehicles. [Dorar]


Jaish Al-Islam announced​​ that​​ the PYD released eight of its fighters. [Qasioun]


Monday, Tahrir Al-Sham’s Shura Council appointed Abu Muhammad al-Jolani as general leader after the resignation of the commander-in-chief, Hashim​​ Al-Sheikh (known as Abu Jaber).​​ [Dorar]


Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)


Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said Colonel “Valery Vidianin” died at Moscow’s main military hospital in Moscow from wounds sustained in Syria​​ when a land​​ mine exploded under his car while​​ he was​​ distributing humanitarian aid in Hama province. [Qasioun]


The Syrian Army and its supporting militias took control of the Akash village from Daesh in Aqairbat. [Qasioun]



Sunday, Daesh announced its​​ capture of​​ Qaryatayn city in the eastern rural areas of Homs after fighting with the Syrian Army, during which Daesh used all kinds of weapons in what it called “the invasion of Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani,” resulting in the killings and injuries of dozens in the Syrian Army. [Qasioun]


Sunday, the Syrian Army declared that it encircled Qaryatayn city after Daesh​​ recaptured it. [Qasioun]


Clashes are continuing in Al-Sukhnah as the Syrian Army and its supporting militias try to take back the land they lost from Daesh. Daesh took this strategic location 2 days ago in a battle they called “Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani. [Qasioun]


Monday, seven members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia were killed and others were wounded in a raid on their positions near the T3 base in the eastern rural areas of Homs, according to sources close to the militia. [Qasioun]


Sunday night, the Syrian Army took control of Al-Abd village, near Jubb​​ Al-Jarrah in the eastern rural areas of Homs, after fighting​​ with Daesh, resulting in deaths and injuries on both sides. ​​ [Qasioun]


Monday, the leader of the Radwan group, belonging to Hezbollah, Ali​​ Al-Hadi Al-Ashiq,​​ known as “Haj Abbas”, and another commander, “Samer Atwi” were killed after a land​​ mine exploded under their car in the desert areas of Homs near Al-Sukhnah city. There was no​​ further information about the fate of their comrades. [ZamanAlWasl]


Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army and allied militias near the Qasr Al-Hayr Al-Sharqi Intersection, east of Sukhnah. [ICDNOct3]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army tank and a BMP armored vehicle with rockets, east of Sukhnah. [ICDNOct3]​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed a truck carrying Syrian soldiers with an IED near the Al-Hail gas field, south of Sukhnah. [A3maq]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SDF​​ offensive

After liberating the Kibar village, located in the rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor Saturday, Al-Jazeera Storm forces have completed a full sweep of the area Sunday, during which two Daesh terrorists were killed. [Hawar]


SDF liberated 3 farms south of Al-Sur town, in addition to killing 10 Daesh terrorists and destroying an armored vehicle during clashes in the area. [Hawar]


Saturday, the official spokeswoman​​ for SDF’s​​ Al-Jazeera Storm campaign in Deir Ez-Zor, Lailawa Al-Abdullah, said the SDF managed to completely​​ capture​​ Jufra oilfields from Daesh’s mercenaries. [Hawar]


Saturday, the Al-Jazeera Storm campaign continued​​ to move forward, destroying an artillery piece​​ belonging to​​ Daesh,​​ and​​ making sweeps of the liberated Al-Sur city, during which fighters seized a quantity of weapons and ammunition. [Hawar]


Saturday, the SDF declared it had secured complete control over the oil fields of Al-Jufra, northeast of Deir Ez-Zor city. [Dorar]


The Khabur website said the SDF arrested Yasser al-Dahla, commander of ”Baqara Brigade,” part of the so-called “Deir Ez-Zor Military Council,”as well as four of his associates in Shaddadi in Hasaka Saturday on charges of “violating military orders.”



The Hawar news agency reported that the SDF liberated Laja village and killed 30 Daesh terrorists since yesterday. [Hawar]

The SDF liberated the Wasiya and Qabada villages and 4 farms in Jazarat. [Hawar] [EnabBaladi]


Syrian Army offensive

Syrian government news reports say clashes continue between the Syrian government forces and Daesh, as the Deir Ez-Zor-Damascus road remains cut for the 6th​​ day in a row. The Syrian Army is importing food and other supplies through Homs and the eastern villages of Hama. [EnabBaladi]


Saturday, the Syrian Army managed to regain control over most of the areas it recently lost, which extended for about 300 km (186 miles) from the vicinity of Deir Ez-Zor to Qaryatayn city. [SyriaHR]


Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked a Syrian Army convoy west of Abu Lail village, southeast of Deir Ez-Zor, with a vehicle bomb, destroying a tank and several vehicles and killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers. [ICDNOct3]​​ 


Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian and Russian troops in Madhloum village with mortars and Katyushas. [ICDNOct3]​​ 


Daesh issues a video of two Russian soldiers it said it captured in Al-Shoula village, southwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]​​ 

However, a representative of Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in western Syria denied that any soldiers had been captured and the spokesperson repeated these claims on Tuesday. “All servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces staying in the Syrian Arab Republic are safe and in a good condition and are performing the designated tasks,” the spokesperson said, according to state-run Tass Russian News Agency. [Newsweek]​​ 


Sunday, unidentified aircraft launched, at dawn, several air raids on Al-Omar oil field controlled by Daesh, located in the east of Deir Ez-Zor, which is one of the largest oil fields in Syria and Daesh’s main source of income in Syria. Local media sources reported the outbreak of large fires in the field, which resulted in losses and significant damage to the field. [Qasioun]


The Russian Defense Ministry announced the results of air raids on Daesh-controlled areas, saying the raids killed 304 Daesh terrorists and injured 170 others in two days on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river. [Qasioun]

The Russian Defense Ministry responded to the video broadcast by Daesh’s A3maq news agency, showing two Russian soldiers. An unnamed source in the Ministry is quoted as saying no Russian soldiers have been captured in Syria, trying to cover up the incident. [Dorar]



Unidentified warplanes launched more than 15 airstrikes on residential areas in Mayadin, causing civilian deaths and injuries. [Qasioun]


Late Sunday night, unidentified aircraft launched more than 60 air raids on residential areas in Mayadin, located in the rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, in less than three hours, resulting in the deaths and injuries of civilians. [Qasioun]


Ten civilians were killed and others were injured this afternoon in an unidentified air raid on the town of Buqris Fuqani, east of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [Qasioun]


Albu Kamal

Sunday, a number of civilians were killed and wounded in an​​ airstrike by unidentified aircraft​​ on Albu Kamal. In addition, seven civilians were killed and others were wounded by airstrikes​​ on the town of Buqris​​ in Mayadin. [Qasioun]


Qasioun alleges that at dawn on Monday, unidentified aircraft carried out a horrific massacre in Abu Kamal city, killing 15 civilians, including children and women. [Qasioun]



Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Saturday, after battles with the​​ anti-government opposition​​ factions, the Syrian Army announced that its forces​​ captured​​ nine locations along Syria’s border with Jordan, starting from point 177 to point 185, as well as the “Umm Ozun” hill, northeast of the Zulf​​ Dam in the southeastern rural areas of Damascus. [Dorar]


Syrian media reported a double suicide attack killed seventeen people, police and civilians, in the Al-Maidan neighborhood in Damascus. [Hawar]

Daesh says 3 of its suicide terrorists attacked a police station in Hay Al-Maidan in Damascus on Monday with light weapons and hand grenades before blowing their explosives vests up, killing or wounding “tens” of people. [ICDNOct3]​​ 


The Russian Media Agency reported on Monday the deaths of 15 people (5 policemen and 10 civilians) in the attack on a police station in Damascus. According to their reports, a Syrian security source said the attack was carried out by 4 suicide bombers. [Sumaria]​​ 

15 people were killed and dozens were wounded Monday evening in three consecutive explosions in the Al-Maidan neighborhood. [Qasioun]


A field source says the Syrian Army and its supporting militias stormed the liberated Jabal Al-Sheikh because the people were rebelling against the Syrian government’s control of the area. [Dorar]




North Africa


Sunday night, a security source in northern Sinai said security forces were ambushed by terrorists near the olive groves south of Arish city. The soldiers managed to kill a suicide terrorist in his car and detonate it before it reached its target. Meanwhile they were ambushed by a group of militants. ​​ Clashes broke out between the security forces and the militants and the militants escaped into the farms. [ElWatan]

Daesh publishes photos of stopping an Egyptian Army attack in the Rafah area. [ICDNOct3]​​ 



On Monday, a spokesman of the Armed Libyan Forces, General Ahmad Al-Musmari, accused Qatar of transporting Daesh fighters from Syria to Libya. He said that Daesh,​​ Muslim​​ Brotherhood affiliates, and organizations affiliated with Al-Qaeda formed an alliance in Libya to spread extremism. Al-Musmari claimed that Qatar continues to extend financial aid to the terrorist groups in Libya. Al-Musmari asked the United Nations not to intervene in Libya’s military. [Sumaria]​​ 



The Algerian Ministry of Defense announced that the armed forces killed 5 terrorists and seized 5 Kalashnikov machine guns used in a​​ search​​ in Wilayat Bijaya in eastern Algeria.




Monday, at least five policemen were injured in an explosion in the Bahrain capital of Manama. The explosion is believed to have been a terrorist attack. [Sumaria]​​ 



Daesh says it shot and killed a policeman and wounded a police captain in Bosaso, in east Somalia. [A3maq] ​​ 




United States

On Monday, McCarran Airport in Las Vegas temporarily suspended its flights due to suspicions of an armed person. The Las Vegas police warned citizens of a possibility of mass shootings in different parts of the city. [Sumaria]​​ 


On Monday, Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on a country music festival in Las Vegas where so far 59 people were killed and about 200 were wounded. However, the attack was committed by a lone shooter, and investigators have said he was not part of a terrorist group. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh claimed the attack was conducted by one of its “soldiers,” calling him “Abu Abdelbir Al-Amriki” (the American). [ICDNOct2] ​​ 



Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Monday that it foiled the activity of a Daesh cell in Moscow. The cell was led by two extremist foreigners who planned for the “Russia Today” operations. The detained members of a terrorist cell were planning attacks on Moscow’s public transport system and areas of congregation. Two IEDs, two handguns, and two grenades, communication devices, and ingredients for making IEDs were seized from the residences of the terrorists. [Sumaria]​​ 


The men suspected of killing two policemen in Dagestan were killed by counter-terrorism units. [Kavkaz]​​ 

Daesh says 3 of its terrorists killed two policemen in Dagestan on Sunday. [A3maq]



A man who fatally stabbed two women outside Saint Charles station in Marseille on Sunday has been traced through his fingerprints to multiple fake identities, prosecutors have said. The assailant – who was released on Saturday after being detained for shoplifting – was shot dead by soldiers immediately after the attack. Detectives are examining the attacker’s mobile phone to establish if he had accomplices or contacts with Daesh.​​ 

The public prosecutor, Frédéric Molins, said the man had been traced through his fingerprints to seven different identities in France and several​​ North​​ African countries since 2005.

The attacker had been arrested by police in Lyon on 29 September for shoplifting and gave officers a Tunisian passport in the name of Ahmed H, born 9 November 1987 at Bizerte. [Guardian]​​ 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]​​ 




Videos of the Day


A Daesh vehicle bomb explodes near Iraqi forces and a media crew. [Facebook]


Iraqi forces captured Al-Rashad. [Sumaria]​​ 




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan] ​​