An Update On ISIS Activities

September​​ 18, 2017

 

Raqqa

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Guterres says KRG referendum undermines the war and reconstruction efforts. [..]

Supreme Federal Court​​ issues decision​​ against KRG referendum; KRG promises to ignore it. [..]

White House emphasizes its opposition to KRG independence referendum. [..]

French, Turkish, Iranian officials issue statements against referendum. [..]

Barham Salih splits with PUK; will form new political party. [..]

Iraqi Army captures Akashat area in NW Anbar. [..]

Heroic police captain in Muqdadiya dies a hero after stopping suicide bomber. [..]

Government leaflets rain​​ down​​ on Hawija [..]

Daesh suicide bombers attack US troops in Makhmur, and fail. [..]

Turkey

Turkey sends troops to Idlib​​ and​​ northwestern border​​ areas. [..]

Syria

30 more Coalition airstrikes hit Daesh in Raqqa. [..]

Syrian government says it will attack SDF in Hasaka starting October 1. [..]

SDF Raqqa campaign moves into city’s northeastern neighborhoods. [..]

SDF military position east of the Euphrates hit by Russian​​ airstrike. [..]

Syrian Army​​ rushing to reach Albu Kamal first. [..]

US has reportedly abandoned base in southeast Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the referendum planned by the Kurdish region will divert muchneeded attention from the war against Daesh and rebuilding liberated areas. The Secretary General says he respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq and sees the need to resolve issues between the federal government and the Kurdish region through structured dialogue. Guterres called on all leaders in Iraq to address this issue patiently and with restraint. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Supreme Federal Court, the high judicial authority in Iraq, says it issued an order to stop the process of the KRG’s independence referendum. [Anadolu]

The KRG spokesman criticized the court’s decision, and says the court is politicized and not neutral. He also says the court should recognize any decision that issued by the KRG’s parliament. This is​​ an indication that the KRG will not submit to the court’s decision. [Anadolu]

 

A source close to Prime Minister Abadi says the PM postponed a trip to the UN meeting in New York in order to meet with a KRG delegation in Baghdad tomorrow. [BasNews]​​ 

 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that “The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month.” “The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat (Daesh) and stabilize the liberated areas.” [Sumaria]​​ 

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France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian, speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, urged the KRG to cancel next week’s planned independence vote, warning that now is not the time to go it alone. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

A Kurdish official said on Saturday that the US, the UK, and France offered to have the KRG issues, including the referendum, discussed at the UN, in return for which the KRG would postpone the referendum for 2 years. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Prime Minister Abadi held​​ a​​ telephone discussion​​ ​​ with Turkey’s​​ President Erdogan​​ on​​ the KRG’s independence referendum. Both agreed this step would increase tensions in the region and on the necessity of protecting the unity of Iraq. [Anadolu]​​ 

On Saturday, Prime Minister Abadi told the Associated Press that Baghdad is ready to use force if the referendum leads to violent results. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Turkish Prime Minister says Turkey will not hesitate to respond to any threat to its national security. He says people who have dreams of establishing a “fabricated state” in Iraq and Syria should know that Turkey will respond as necessary. [Anadolu]

 

An​​ Iranian senior official says Iran would cancel its security and military agreements with the KRG if the KRG seceded from Iraq. [ROJ]

 

Iraqi President Fuad Masoum met with Turkmen leaders to discuss the KRG’s independence referendum. The President started an initiative to launch comprehensive dialogue about the referendum. [Anadolu]

Masoum also met with the CoR Speaker, Salim Al-Jubouri, to discuss the referendum. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Sorry, Mr. President. You agreed to be the President of Iraq. This is not presidential leadership.

 

The Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen front says a Turkmen delegation met with US​​ Ambassador Douglas Silliman, demanding​​ that​​ the US guarantee the interests of Iraqi Turkmen. He says the​​ Ambassador said that the US​​ is not in position to grant​​ concessions​​ to Turkmen Iraqis. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Silliman gave the right answer; we recognize Iraqi sovereignty. The story illustrates, however, that the Turkmen keep getting squeezed politically by these KRG territorial power plays against the government. Turkmen in areas coveted by the Kurds are made to feel that they are expected to go along with whatever Erbil wants. Part of any fair settlement of Iraqi-Kurdish issues is accommodating legitimate Turkmen interests.

 

An independent Kurdish COR member says the Kurdish blocs in the COR will continue boycotting the sessions​​ until an agreement is reached between political parties. [ROJ]

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The Supreme Council for the KRG’s referendum issued a statement saying it refused suggestions by the UN, US, and other countries to have​​ an​​ alternative for the referendum. [ROJ]

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with the UK Secretary of State for Defense, Michael Fallon, and other UK officials according to a statement from Abadi’s office. The UK delegation met with the KRG President Masoud Barzani in Erbil. Barzani said in a statement after a meeting that alternatives given by Baghdad don’t include​​ any​​ intention to start negotiations about independence. [Rudaw]​​ 

Barzani says if Baghdad agreed to start a dialogue about independence with a timeline then the Kurdish leadership would​​ meet and revisit the issue. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: If you cave in to our demands in advance, we will be nice to you.

 

The Kirkuk Governor said on Sunday that the COR’s decision to fire him is political and illegal. He also​​ dismissed​​ media reports about the central government appointing a military governor for Kirkuk. [ROJ]

 

Barham Salah, a PUK leader and former KRG Prime Minister, says he has founded a new political party in Kurdistan. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This looks like a so-what story buried in stories about the ongoing controversy. It could be a big deal, however. Dr. Barham is much respected for his long record of public service. He has served as the KRG Prime Minister, as well as a high-level Iraq official. It’s not clear, however, why he is making this move now. One partial answer may be that he is feeling excluded by the Talabanis. Another may be that he is genuinely appalled at the continuing divisive politics in Kurdistan.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Baiji (1), Hawija (3), Al-Qa’im (1), and near Rawa (6). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh published photos of a group of its snipers “graduating” in north Baghdad. [ICDNSep16]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source said on Sunday that two people were wounded when an IED exploded near a medical center in Hay Al-Wihda. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

The Baghdad Operations Command says its units found an explosives cache in the Haramsha area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

A police source said on Sunday that a civilian was killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded near commercial shops in the Sayyed Abdullah area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Military Intelligence Service says security units captured a group of Daesh members in the Sufiya area east of Ramadi. It says the group was responsible for the​​ maintenance​​ of Daesh weapons.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Chairman of the Hit District Council says the Hit Police captured an Anbar Education Directorate employee on terrorism charges.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The IWMC says IAF Sukhois killed many Daesh terrorists and destroyed vehicles and weapons storehouses in the Wata area northeast of Haditha Lake.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Anah

A security source says Daesh is preventing civilians from leaving Anah. The source also says families of Daesh members in Anah District fled to Al-Qa’im and Albu Kamal.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

However, a Tribal PMF commander says Daesh executed 4 of its own members, who had fled from Anah, in Albu Kamal.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

Saturday, the Iraqi Army gained control of the Akashat region on the​​ Syria border south of Al-Qa’im. [Qasioun]

On Saturday, Prime Minister Abadi issued a statement saying Iraqi forces liberated Akashat after a fast battle. He says the IAF killed hundreds of Daesh terrorists in the area. [Sumaria]​​ 

The IWMC said Iraqi Army, PMFs, Tribal PMFs, and Anbar Police units participated in the operation. [Sumaria]​​ [Hawar]

 

The IWMC says IAF planes bombed 3 Daesh targets in Al-Qa’im, killing 49 terrorists, including several senior commanders and 7 suicide bombers who were planning to attack southern governorates, and wounding others. [AIN]​​ 

 

A security source says a Coalition plane killed a Daesh security official in Al-Qa’im. The source says the Syrian terrorist was one of the first people to pledge​​ allegiance​​ to Daesh in the Al-Qa’im-Albu Kamal area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday that six people were killed and ten others wounded in an “American” airstrike on the​​ West​​ Hsaiba area​​ near the Syria border​​ in Al-Qa’im. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Rutba

A security source says Iraqi Army 1st​​ division and Tribal PMFs captured several villages in the Akashat desert. [Ghad]​​ 

 

The IWMC says IAF planes destroyed a Daesh camp southwest of Rutba, killing the terrorists inside.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A PMF commander says warplanes destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing 4 terrorists.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The PMF Press says IAA aircraft destroyed 2 Daesh pickups in the Makhoul Mountains.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Tikrit

A local source says planes targeted several Daesh Humvees arriving from Hawija to the Mtaibija area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Sunday, the PMF announced the launch of a joint military operation with the Iraqi Army against Daesh in areas north of the Dujail​​ District.​​ [Hawar]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The MoI spokesman says security units in Diyala surrounded a terrorist who was throwing hand grenades on people in Hay Al-Jadida in Muqdadiya city, causing him to blow himself up. He says a police captain who grabbed the terrorist and prevented him from reaching civilians was killed, in addition to a civilian; seven other people were wounded, including three policemen. On Sunday, a suicide terrorist blew himself up after security units found him hiding in a hole in the same area.​​ [Mada]​​ 

The Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says the 2 terrorists were 15 years old or younger. He says 70% of Daesh terrorists who have conducted attacks in Muqdadiya were teenagers. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh said 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked Shia in Haj Mohsin village in Muqdadiya. It says that after 8 hours, the terrorists blew themselves up, killing or wounding twenty-eight people, including an intelligence officer. [ICDNSep18]

Daesh publishes a photo of the​​ two​​ masked teenagers. [ICDNSep18]​​ 

 

The chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says power was cut off after terrorists blew up a major electricity line in the Himrin Basin area.​​ [Sumaria]

Later on, the Diyala Electricity Department announced that its units had fixed the line. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of damaging an Iraqi Army minesweeper with an IED in​​ a​​ village in Muqdadiya. [ICDNSep17]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi Army units in Isaiwid village, in Muqdadiya. [ICDNSep18]​​ 

 

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

A security source says Iraqi Army units stopped a Daesh attack near Rabi’a village in Saadiya subdistrict. The source also says Daesh shelled Zarqoush village in Saadiya with 3 mortars, without causing casualties. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed a Peshmerga fighter and wounded others with 2 IEDs near Bahiza village in Jalawla. [A3maq]​​ 

 

The Mayor of Al-Khalis District says 45 Arab families who had been displaced from Udhaim were mistreated by the Kurdish Asayesh and forcibly removed from Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source said on Saturday that three people were killed and nine others wounded when a car bomb targeting a liquor store in Hay Aden in south Kirkuk exploded.​​ [Mada]​​ 

 

A security source says​​ that Nadhem Al-Shammari, a college professor and Chairman of the Arab Project organization,​​ was severely wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Hay Al-Wasti in Kirkuk.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says two civilians were wounded in a shootout near a Turkmen party headquarters in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]​​ 

Another security source says a group of young men promoting the independence referendum near a Turkmen party headquarters in Kirkuk were shot at by an unknown assailant. The source says one of them was killed and five others wounded. [Shafaaq]​​ 

A third source says a Peshmerga officer was killed and three other fighters were wounded in the shooting. The source says the victims were promoting the KRG referendum. [Elaph]​​ 

The Kirkuk Police imposed a curfew after the incident. [RT]

 

Sky News Arabia reports that clashes erupted between Daesh and the Peshmerga in Kirkuk when a group of Daesh terrorists took over a mosque in Kirkuk and held the worshipers hostage. It says a Daesh member started preaching against the Peshmerga in the mosque. [SkyNews] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We couldn’t confirm this report from other sources.​​ 

 

Daesh says eleven members of the same family were killed by an “American” airstrike on Batma village in Dibis, northeast of Hawija, on Sunday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The IWMC says Iraqi planes dropped 6 million brochures on several areas in Hawija subdistrict and on east Shirqat, providing security guidance for​​ residents​​ and promising them that the liberation is coming soon. The brochure also gave final warning to Daesh terrorists. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes targeted a Daesh headquarters in Al-Abbasi, killing at least 12 Daesh terrorists, including commanders.​​ 

 

A security source says deputy PMF commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis and other PMF commanders arrived in Kirkuk to discuss military preparations for the Hawija liberation battle, [Rudaw] ​​ 

 

Imam Ali Combat Division, a Shia PMF faction, says its military vehicles arrived near Hawija to participate in the liberation battles. [Harbi]​​ 

 

On Saturday, a PMF commander says the Daesh​​ wali​​ of Kirkuk and one of his deputies were killed in an airstrike near Riyadh. [Sumaria]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source confirmed that the​​ wali​​ and the​​ hisbah​​ official were killed in the airstrike.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh beheaded a school teacher in Al-Hilwat village​​ in Al-Zab​​ after accusing him of communicating with the Coalition.​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A PMF spokesman says 8 PMF fighters were released in Daquq after being arrested by the Peshmerga and the Daquq police for one day. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

The IWMC issued a statement denying media reports about moving Daesh families in the Ninewa area to an unknown location. It says Iraqi forces received from​​ a Peshmerga camp east of Ayadhiya​​ 1,573 Iraqi women and children and 1,324 foreigners and moved them to a safer place​​ in Tel Keif District.​​ [Baghdadia]

The Norwegian Council of Refugees had said it was concerned because the families were moved without the knowledge of international organizations.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

East Mosul

The Ninewa Operations Commander said on Saturday that security units conducted a campaign in east Mosul and captured 24 Daesh suspects. He also says that the Ninewa Guard, former governor Nujaifi’s PMF, was assigned to handle security in several neighborhoods in east Mosul. [BasNews]​​ 

 

West​​ Mosul

The IFP commander says his units captured 12 Daesh terrorists hiding among civilians in west Mosul. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Tal Afar

A Ninewa Police source says Iraqi forces found in Ayadhiya​​ a mass grave containing the bodies of 40 policemen who had been executed by Daesh.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

Southern Ninewa

Makhmur

Sunday, a​​ local official​​ said 3 Daesh suicide bombers attacked a US military camp in the Makhmur District in Ninewa. ​​ US troops killed 2 of the terrorists and the third blew himself up without causing any casualties among the US forces. [Hawar]

In an overlapping report, a security source said on Sunday that 4 suicide terrorists attacked a US military camp in Qaraj subdistrict in Makhmur. He says US forces killed the 4 terrorists and didn’t sustain any casualties. [ROJ]

Daesh says 4 of its terrorists attacked a new US base in Qaraj, destroying 4 cannons and vehicles, and might have killed or wounded US soldiers. [A3maq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Another “victorious” story from Daesh’s creative writing department.​​ 

 

Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara

An Iraqi Army captain says Iraqi forces started a campaign looking for Daesh terrorists in Qayara, Shura, and Hammam Al-Alil. He says they have captured 30 Daesh terrorists so far, including a local leader. [BasNews]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Saturday, Turkish forces sent reinforcements and military supplies to their troops based in Rayhaniya city in the southern province that borders Idlib. These military units will be deployed on the border. This comes after the 6th​​ Astana conference​​ designated​​ Idlib as a de-escalation zone. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Turkish Media sources say the Turkish Army sent more military reinforcements of 80 vehicles, including tanks, to Kilis near the Syrian border. Russian news agency Sputnik says that Turkish military sources say Turkey wants to deploy the forces on the border near Afrin. A Lebanese newspaper says Turkey-backed opposition groups are preparing for battles in Idlib. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The Turkish Military Command says it started military exercises in Turkey’s​​ Şırnak province, near the Iraqi border. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

On Saturday, security sources say security units captured 74 Daesh suspects in Istanbul, all foreigners except for one Turk. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Saturday, The Russian Defense Ministry said its aircraft destroyed three of Daesh’s military factories in different regions of Syria. The factories were producing tanks for suicide operations​​ and​​ contained​​ anti-tank mines and ammonium nitrate. [Qasioun]

 

The SDF decided to remove the commander of the Kurdish Security Forces from office because he made statements against Iran. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 35 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, near Raqqa (30), in Deir Ez-Zor (2), and in Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The Syrian government says it will direct its forces to the Hasaka province to fight the US-backed SDF on October 1st. ​​ The operation aims to restore areas controlled by Kurdish militia. It is noteworthy that while the PYD​​ controls most​​ of Hasaka province,​​ the Syrian Army​​ manages only​​ the security square in the city. [Dorar]

 

An informed source says the government arrested a senior PYD self-administration official in Qamishli. The source says the PYD retaliated by arresting several members of the Government’s Air Force Intelligence Service. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The PYD Asayish says a child was killed and seven other civilians wounded when a parked motorcycle bomb exploded near a café in Qamishli. [BasNews]​​ [SyriaNow]​​ Daesh says it detonated the motorcycle bomb on a vehicle carrying “PKK” members. [A3maq]​​ 

 

A​​ civilian source says​​ that on​​ Sunday, a group of unknown gunmen raided and robbed a house in Al-Haddadiya​​ near Shaddadi,​​ on the pretext they were members of the Democratic Union Party’s​​ ​​ (PYD)​​ intelligence​​ service. They then kidnapped the property owner and left him in a deserted area 8​​ km​​ (5 miles)​​ from the village. This is the second incident of this kind in Hasaka. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Coalition planes targeted Ghariba village east of Markada,​​ south of Hasaka. No casualties were reported. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

The SOHR says only 300-400 Daesh terrorists remain in Raqqa after hundreds were killed during the past few weeks. It also says Daesh will not be able to hold on in Raqqa because of its lack of military​​ and food supplies. It says the delay in the liberation of Raqqa is due to Daesh land mines, in addition to the presence of thousands of civilians used by Daesh as human shields. [SyriaHR]

 

The SDF spokesman says SDF units captured several government buildings in Raqqa city center after 2 days of heavy battles.​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

The SOHR says 11 Daesh terrorists and nine SDF fighters were killed in the Raqqa battles yesterday. [SyriaHR]

 

Military clashes are reported between the SDF and Daesh in​​ Hay Al-Amin and Hay Al-Hana, in the center of the city,​​ and​​ the Al-Rawdha,​​ Al-Ramilah,​​ and​​ Tishrin neighborhoods in​​ northeast​​ Raqqa. [Hawar]

Daesh says its snipers killed four SDF fighters and wounded eight others in Al-Ramilah. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF armored vehicle in Al-Ramilah. [A3maq] ​​ 

 

SDF special forces secured 40 civilians from Al-Rawdha. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says “American” planes conducted more than 60 airstrikes on Raqqa during the last two days. It also says “American” artillery targeted the city with more than 1,200 shells. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh issued a video of a mosque in Raqqa and says it was destroyed by “American” airstrikes. [A3maq]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 4 Daesh snipers were barricading in the mosque.​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF units in Hay Al-Mansour with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNSep18]

 

 

West of Raqqa

Saturday, the co-chair of the Tabaqa Civil Council said preparations were being made for the expansion of the Tabaqa Civil Council with the aim of representing all segments of society and increasing its membership in line with the population developments in Tabaqa,​​ to include Arabs, Turkmen, Armenians, and tribal representation. After its expansion, the Council will have between 130 and 150 members, taking into account the representation of both sexes and representation of all segments of society, including ethnic, religious, and social. [Hawar]

 

North of Raqqa

Saturday, in order to raise awareness and promote education for those with a high school diploma, the Sports Committee of the Raqqa Civil Council opened a scientific institute for rehabilitation and training. The goal of the institute is to rid Raqqa of the state of cultural and social ignorance it was​​ forced to live in under Daesh and promote a conscious and educated generation. ​​ The institute will teach about the meaning of science and the importance of knowledge. [Hawar]

 

Saturday, 15​​ km​​ (9 miles)​​ north of Raqqa city, Maysaloun Farm opened as a school. ​​ Even though there are no school supplies or teaching materials at the farm, children​​ are described as​​ desperately wanting​​ to learn after living without education or the freedom to play under Daesh’s rules. ​​ 35 teachers have taken on the responsibility of teaching 500 children. ​​ They will work for two months to rehabilitate the children psychologically before the school year begins. ​​ The director of the school has appealed to all organizations and authorities responsible for education to provide the school with assistance. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (northwest border,​​ Idlib, Aleppo)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

 

Afrin.​​ A Hawar news correspondent says the Turkish Army returned to shell the​​ Aska village near Shirawa. [Hawar]

 

Azaz.​​ A military source says joint forces in Al-Shahba foiled an attempted infiltration of the Turkish Army and its allied forces in Tal Allah while YPG female fighters responded to a Turkish attack​​ on​​ the​​ town of Jinderes. An unspecified​​ number of members of Turkish​​ soldiers​​ were killed. Sunday​​ night, the Turkish Army and its allied forces shelled the​​ villages of​​ Menagh, Maraanaz, Bailona,​​ and​​ Ain Diqna​​ villages in Azaz. [Hawar]

 

Sunday, The General Command of the Manbij Military announced Mohammad Abu Adel was elected as the General Commander of the Manbij Military Council, replacing Commander Adnan Abu Amjad, who was killed in the campaign to liberate Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Manbij.​​ Daesh said on Saturday it killed three SDF fighters with an IED near Abu Qalqal village, southeast of Manbij. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Sunday,​​ “Free Syrian Army” (FSA)​​ leaders north of Aleppo said they are ready to enter Idlib city. This comes amid​​ rumors​​ about military operations against Tahrir Al-Sham, the Turkish Army​​ troop buildup​​ on the border with Syria, and​​ the declaration of a de-escalation zone in Idlib by negotiators​​ in the Astana talks. “The Middle East” newspaper leaked​​ that​​ there are Russian-Turkish military operations planned for Idlib aimed at Tahrir Al-Sham. The newspaper says​​ the operation​​ will begin with airstrikes, then the Turkish Army will advance from the northern border towards Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib while Russian and Iranian armies advance from the south.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Saturday, a source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the Idlib de-escalation zone agreement is temporary and does not give legitimacy to any Turkish presence in Syrian territory. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Apparently that doesn’t apply to the Turks in Afrin and Azaz.

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Syrian government media says the Syrian Army took control of​​ two​​ villages in the eastern suburbs of Hama after fighting with Daesh. A Syrian military source says​​ that on Sunday​​ evening the Syrian Army took control of Aqairbat and the Abu Hanaya and Salba villages while tightening their control on an oil pump​​ area. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

Saturday, a local source said there were failed negotiations between the Syrian Army and Daesh in Aqairbat and the Syrian Army had to resolve things militarily. [Dorar]

 

A SANA correspondent says the Syrian Army seized large quantities of machine guns, ammunition, and rockets in a warehouse that belonged to Daesh as the Syrian Army​​ searched​​ Abu Al-Hanaya town in Aqairbat. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Moadhamiya village, east of Aqairbat. [ICDNSep18]​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and damaged another with rockets near the village. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of one of the tanks. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Homs

Government forces, supported by warplanes, advanced and captured​​ two​​ villages during the continuous battles in the Jubb Al-Jarrah-Shomariya-Sha’er area, 50 km (31 miles) east of Homs. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

Media sources say US forces have pulled out of the Al-Zakaf military base​​ near the Jordan border, following an agreement with the Russians on the status of the Syrian Badia. [Qasioun]

 

A colonel in​​ the​​ Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra​​ militia verbally​​ attacked the US-led Coalition​​ over this decision. He says this is evidence​​ the US is backing Daesh. The colonel believes the US is leaving the base to force Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra to work with the SDF. He says this​​ shows America’s unfair position​​ toward​​ the Syrian revolution. [Dorar]

 

Social networking sites reported Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra has handed the Al-Zakaf base to the Russians. A Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra leader denied these reports, saying they are shameful. [Dorar]

According to​​ the​​ Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra leadership,​​ the organization​​ destroyed the Al-Zakaf military base before withdrawing from it.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra insists the Al-Zakaf base was given to civilians working​​ on bringing water to the area and was not given to the Russians. ​​ 25,000 people live in the area and are suffering​​ from water shortages. Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra says the area is still protected by the Coalition and Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra will continue to patrol the area. ​​ 

It is being reported, however, that based on​​ an agreement with Russia, British and US troops are expected to withdraw from the Al-Zakaf and Al-Tanaf bases and return to the Blue Base inside Jordanian territory. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Government forces claim to have captured 75% of Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaHR]

 

The UN is calling on all parties to do as much as possible to ensure the safety of civilians in areas of increased violence. [EnabBaladi]

 

The SOHR says 191 civilians were killed and more than 430​​ wounded between September 10th ​​ and​​ September 18th in the Deir Ez-Zor area. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

West of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ Syrian government media sources say the Deir Ez-Zor military airport is in working order and two planes landed and took off from the airport​​ Monday,​​ carrying military supplies. [Qasioun]​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Government forces, supported by Russian planes, captured 31 km​​ (19 miles)​​ of the western bank of the Euphrates River near Deir Ez-Zor. The area includes Shamitiya, Zaghir Shamiya, Hawi, and Hamad. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

The Syrian Army liberated Hawayej Abu Masa, Hawayej Abu Arab, Al-Kharita, and Ain Abu Jama west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian Army is implementing a suffocating siege on Daesh-controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. Yesterday evening, the Syrian Army took control of the Kharita and Al-Hajif villages and strategic military locations on the southern bank of the Euphrates River, west of Deir Ez-Zor. Syrian forces have taken positions in the industrial area, north of the Euphrates River,​​ to​​ prevent Daesh from crossing the river and reaching other areas under its control in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]​​ [SyriaNow]

 

A field source says the Syrian Army stumbled on a 400 meter tunnel in Al-Mara’iya. [SyriaNow]

 

A whole engineering team was killed while trying to dismantle a mine in Deir Ez-Zor city. [Dorar]

 

Battles continued between government forces, supported by Russian planes, and Daesh in several areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. The SOHR says regime recon units crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates​​ River​​ near Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaHR] ​​ 

 

Daesh published photos of an attack on government forces near the Al-Taym Oilfield, west of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNSep17]​​ 

Daesh said it killed four soldiers, destroyed 2 vehicles, and damaged another in the attack. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Local sources say Daesh shot down a Syrian government helicopter in the town of Al-Shamitiya in western Deir Ez-Zor, where fighting between the Syrian Army and supporting militias and Daesh was taking place. ​​ 

The Syrian Army crossed to the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River under Russian air cover and took control of several military positions in the Marat, Khasham, and Madhloum villages. [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [Dorar]

 

East of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ The major stories in Deir Ez-Zor were east of the city and mostly east of the Euphrates River.​​ 

 

Saturday, a Hawar news correspondent said the Syrian Army and the Russians bombed SDF positions near the Deir Ez-Zor industrial zone, wounding six SDF members. [Hawar]​​ 

 

The US Army Chief of Staff says the US and Russia have held talks to maintain a tension reduction zone in the Euphrates valley after Washington accused Russian planes of bombing SDF positions in Deir Ez-Zor.

Russia’s explanation​​ conceded there was an incident but said it was accidental. Some Daesh fighters fled from Deir Ez-Zor and moved east of the Euphrates River. The Russians carried out​​ strikes against the Daesh fighters,​​ but​​ some of the strikes were close to the SDF and wounded some SDF members. [Dorar]

 

Sunday, a Russian commander at the Khmeimim base warned the US not to believe the accusations that the Russians and the Syrian Army attacked the SDF.​​ 

He​​ then further politicized the situation by​​ claiming that​​ the​​ Defense​​ Department’s statement condemning the targeting of the SDF confirms Washington’s suspected intention to escalate the situation against the Syrian government.​​ 

Washington​​ says​​ Russian aircraft bombed a target east of the Euphrates River despite knowing there were US-backed forces in that region. [Qasioun]

 

Saturday, the leader of the SDF Deir Ez-Zor Military Council said the Russian​​ airstrikes​​ north of Deir Ez-Zor were a message from the Syrian government and Russia and were to be expected. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Army crossed the Euphrates River, under Russian air cover, to the Hawija Saqar island between the eastern bank of the Euphrates and one of its branches. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]

Syrian Army captured Hawija Saqar after heavy battles with Daesh. [SyriaHR]​​ 

Daesh’s version​​ says that​​ on Sunday Syrian Army units arrived at the eastern bank of the Euphrates near Deir Ez-Zor. It said it conducted two suicide attacks with vehicle bombs, in Madhloum and Marat villages. It says battles are still ongoing. It also said one of its suicide terrorists attacked​​ government forces with a vehicle bomb in Hawija Saqar, killing twenty-five soldiers. It said its terrorists attacked the forces in the same village killing fifteen more soldiers. [ICDNSep17]  ​​​​ 

 

Sunday, the spokesman for the Syrian Elite Forces said the Syrian Army crossing to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River was based on a US-Russian agreement. [Qasioun]

 

Sunday, an Al-Jazeera Storm source said a civilian family of five was killed in Mohsin city by a Syrian airstrike as they were trying to cross the Euphrates​​ River to escape the fighting. In the last 3 days, more than 190 civilians have been killed in Deir Ez-Zor in Coalition, Syrian, and Russian bombing. [Qasioun]

 

Sunday, the Al-Jazeera Storm Operations Room announced it had​​ advanced 63​​ km​​ (39 miles)​​ in 8 days. ​​ It has evacuated 4,000 civilians from combat areas, and it has liberated 14 farms and villages, a sugar factory, a cotton mill, and an electrical plant. The liberation forces destroyed 5 vehicle bombs and Daesh detonated 3 vehicle bombs without achieving their objectives. ​​ Daesh​​ also​​ carried out 4​​ other​​ suicide attacks without achieving their objectives. Hundreds of Daesh terrorists have been killed in the past few days​​ and​​ fourteen​​ SDF troops​​ have died. [Hawar]

 

A local source says thirteen civilians were killed in Coalition airstrikes and Syrian Army bombing in the eastern Deir Ez-Zor countryside. [Qasioun]

 

A child was killed in airstrikes on Albu Omar town southeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Three women from the same family were killed and others were wounded in airstrikes on Khasham village east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin

Iraqi “Hawks” Intelligence says, Sunday, Iraqi aircraft carried out airstrikes, inside Syrian territory, targeting six Daesh sites in Mayadin. The airstrikes destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, a warehouse of ammunition, belts, and explosive devices, and killed and wounded dozens of Daesh fighters. Iraq​​ reportedly​​ carried out these airstrikes in coordination with the Syrian government, Iran, and Russia. [EnabBaladi] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Albu Kamal

Sunday, a Syrian military official announced the launch of “Dawn 3” operations to reach the Daesh-controlled border area of Albu Kamal on the border with Iraq. [Qasioun] [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is where the political tension over Deir Ez-Zor is most clearly shown. The SDF has already said publicly that it is taking responsibility for the areas east of the river and wants the Syrian Army to stay​​ on the west side. Assad and Putin want total control of Deir Ez-Zor,​​ and all of Syria,​​ and the SDF is suddenly in the way. ​​ It adds up to a high-stakes contest for control of post-Daesh Syria. That contest is clearly underway.

 

Four children, two women, and two men were killed in airstrikes on the Albu Kamal area. [SyriaHR]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

An opposition fighter was killed by a Jaish Khaled sniper in the Yarmouk Basin area. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Source close to Daesh say an FSA captain, 5 of his soldiers, and their families surrendered to Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, in the Yarmouk Basin area. [Ana Al-Muslim] [ICDNSEP17]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard says security units found a vehicle bomb in Najaf Abad city near the house of an IRG​​ fighter who had been executed by Daesh in Syria.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say a civilian was killed and four others wounded when mortar shells hit two houses in Rafah. The sources say the terrorists were trying to target security units in the area.​​ [ElWatan]

 

Local sources say armed men attacked a construction company in Bir Al-Abd, set 4 vehicles on fire, and stole 3 pickups. Hours earlier, armed men set 4 other vehicles on fire in the Al-Hafen area in​​ Central Sinai. The terrorists claim the vehicles were used to provide construction materials to security forces.​​ [ElWatan]

 

A security source says three civilians, including a​​ ten-year-old​​ girl, were shot and wounded by armed men in different areas in Rafah and Arish on Sunday.​​ [ElWatan]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Russia

A Russian official says 445 Russian children were taken by their families to battle areas in Iraq and Syria. She says 28% of those children are under 3 years old. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Philippines

Daesh says it killed ten Moro Liberation Front members and wounded eight others in clashes in Datu Salibo​​ municipality​​ in Maguindanao on Sunday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Syria

A tenth recording of wireless communications of Tahrir Al-Sham commanders has been leaked. In the recording, a commander orders an attack on Ahrar Al-Sham with vehicle bombs, with captured Daesh terrorists in the vehicles. [YouTube]​​ 

 

 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

 

 

 

September​​ 15, 2017

 

Syria Control Map Between June and September (SOHR)

Red: Government Forces
Yellow: SDF
Green: Opposition Groups
Black: Daesh

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Barzani refuses to postpone his referendum. [..]

Turkey’s leaders adamant against KRG independence; pledge support to Al-Abadi. [..]

Anbar PC sets 6-month deadline to return all Anbar IDPs to their homes. [..]

KRG refuses to recognize COR firing of Kirkuk Governor. [..]

KRG parliament reconvenes after two years; Gorran, KIG parties boycott. [..]

Total of fatalities in Daesh Dhi Qar attack rises to 84. [..]

 

Syria

SDF force in Deir Ez-Zor approaching east bank of Euphrates. [..]

Syrian government, SDF commander exchange unpleasantries. [..]

Astana conference ends; establishes deconfliction zone for Idlib. [..]

Daesh leadership calls for major change in religious ideology. [..]

Bin Laden’s son sends a message to radical Islamist​​ opposition groups. [..]

US-born Daesh terrorist in SDF custody in Raqqa. [..]

Syrian forces recapture Aqairbat​​ in Hama​​ in mutually deadly conflict. [..]

Syrian Army continues gains west & south of Deir Ez-Zor city. [..]

 

Great Britain

Daesh detonates IED on London metro train, injures 29 people. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

 

Masoud Barzani says he refused to postpone the independence referendum, because he was not offered any alternative. [Sumaria]​​ 

The KRG Parliament, without the presence of the Kurdish Islamic Group and Gorran, voted unanimously to have the referendum on time on September 25. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Prime Minister Abadi and his Turkish counterpart agreed in a phone call to work together to make the KRG retreat from its decision to go on with the referendum, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. The statement also says that the Turkish Prime Minister said that Turkey will support the Iraqi government actions to preserve Iraq unity. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]​​ 

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says he has called a National Security Council meeting to discuss the referendum. He says a decision will be taken about the referendum after the meeting. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Turkish Prime Minister says Turkey has put a “precise” plan in place in case the KRG announces independence. He says KRG independence is a big mistake that will destroy the federal structure of Iraq. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This announcement carries the implication that they think Barzani might actually do that.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 3 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Hawija (2), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

In an interview with Russia Today TV, on Friday evening, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, says the IRGC has infiltrated the US military command and control centers in recent years and has obtained evidence of American operations and support for Daesh. He says that disclosure of that information would bring discredit on the US. He said that if the high-ranking Iranian officials give permission, the IRGC would release evidence showing what scandals the US has been involved in inside Iraq and Syria. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Considering the source, and the medium, we thought this would be a good weekend joke.​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers near Tarmiya. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED near Tarmiya, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [DENSep15]​​ 

 

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

A security source says one person was killed and three others wounded when an IED exploded near a market in the Hor Rijab area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded others in attacks on two checkpoints in Abu Ghraib. [DENSep15]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says the PC established a 6-month timeline to return the remaining displaced people in Anbar to their homes. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says Daesh targeted Iraqi forces in the Saqra area with mortars. The source says Iraqi forces rocketed Daesh location, destroying the mortar unit and killing 3 terrorists. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Anah

A security source says Coalition planes and Iraqi Army artillery targeted Daesh defense lines in Rawa and Anah. The source also says Iraqi forces secured 62 families who escaped Daesh-controlled areas in west Anbar. [Ghad]

 

Al-Qa’im

A security source says Daesh executed three young men in Al-Qa’im after accusing them of communicating with security forces. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Rutba

A military source says Iraqi forces started a large military operation from different sides to clear the Akashat area, northwest of Rutba by the Syria border and close to Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The IWMC says IAF planes destroyed a Daesh military camp​​ west of Rutba, killing several terrorists. It says the terrorists were planning an attack in neighboring Kerbala province.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in Shuwairtan village with 5 mortars. [DENSep15]

 

Tikrit

A local source says 2 Daesh terrorists were killed and another wounded when their vehicle exploded, for an unknown reason, in the Mtaibija area along the Diyala border. [Sumaria]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

The Tooz Mayoralty says two fishermen from Amerli were found beheaded near the Zarqa Lake, near Amerli. ​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

Daesh says it says it killed two PMF fighters near Amerli.​​ [DENSep15]

 

DIYALA

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

A local source says a farmer was killed when an IED exploded near a dirt road in Qara Tapa. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The KRG says the CoR’s decision to fire the Kirkuk government is “unacceptable” and will remain as just ink on paper. It says it will continue working with him as the “legitimate” governor. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A local source says 3 Daesh preachers fled Hawija with their families to an unknown location. The source says Daesh raided their houses and the houses of their relatives looking for them. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A local source says Daesh executed one of its foreign commanders in Hawija after accusing him of treason and attempting to flee “the caliphate land.” [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A military source says Coalition planes bombed a Daesh hideout in Al-Zab, killing 2 Daesh security officials. [Harbi]​​ 

 

NINEWA

West​​ Mosul

Ninewa Operations Command source says security units issued arrest orders against two officers who kidnapped people for ransom in west Mosul. [Ghad]​​ 

However, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says security units captured a Tribal PMF officer who had kidnapped merchants from west Mosul for ransom.​​ 

 

Tal Afar

The IWMC says Iraqi forces found 14 women (13 Turks and a Russian) and 16 children in the Al-Ra’i area in Ayadhiya. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The terrorists left their own families and fled. ​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Baaj

Daesh publishes photos of targeting PMF units south of Baaj with bombs dropped from planes. [ICDNSep15]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN

A Kurdish Islamic Group leader announced that the party would not attend the KRG Parliament session. He says the session was agreed upon by the PUK and the KDP for the sake of the independence referendum. He says the session should have aimed at activating the Parliament and improving citizens’ lives, and not just focused on one issue. Gorran also announced its members would not attend because the reactivation of the parliament wasn’t based on legal process. The Gorran bloc in the Parliament says the people in power in Kurdistan don’t want the parliament to play its real role. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

The KRG Parliament held its first session in 2 years. 62 members attended the session out of 100. It elected​​ Ms.​​ Picard Talabani, a PUK official, as the Parliament secretary. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]  ​​ ​​​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

An Iraqi Army captain says the number of fatalities of the terrorist attacks in Dhi Qar increased to 84. [Rudaw]​​ 

The Security Committee in the Dhi Qar says the Daesh vehicles that conducted the attacks yesterday came from the desert between Dhi Qar and Basra. It says the Council of Ministers will send a team to investigate the attacks. It also says it requested $5,000 from the central government to allocate salaries for security jobs in the province. Several security officials were fired and taken to investigation after the attacks. [Ghad]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It would have helped if senior security positions, in the province and in Iraq in general, were not given to people based on their political affiliations. Many senior security officials have no security or military background whatsoever. Daesh is in part the result of poor governance in Iraq.​​ The poor governance is in large part the result of corruption and politically motivated decisions.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Local authorities say the police captured​​ on Wednesday a Daesh member​​ in Ghazi Aintab who had military training in Syria. [ZamanAlWasl]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Syria government vs. SDF conflict

The commander of the Deir Ez-Zor Military council, an SDF faction, warned​​ the Syrian Army​​ and​​ its​​ ​​ militia allies against firing across the Euphrates River​​ near Deir Ez-Zor​​ as his fighters close in.

However,​​ Assad aide Bouthaina Shaaban​​ says the Syrian government​​ is ready to fight the SDF.​​ “Whether it’s the Syrian Democratic Forces, or Daesh or any illegitimate foreign force in the country … we will fight and work against them so our land is freed completely from any aggressor,” she said in an interview with Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV.​​ The​​ Syrian Army moved​​ into​​ Deir Ez-Zor​​ from the west.​​ The Deir Ez-Zor Military Council​​ has​​ quickly moved​​ toward Deir​​ Ez-Zor from the eastern side of the river since launching​​ its​​ offensive a week ago.​​ 

The commander,​​ Abu Khawla,​​ says “Now we have 3 km between us and the eastern riverbank, once our forces reach the area, any shot fired into that area we will consider an attack on the​​ Military​​ Council.”​​ He also says “We have notified the regime and Russia that we are coming to the Euphrates riverbank, and they can see our forces advancing.” “We do not allow the regime or its militias to cross to the eastern riverbank.”

Russian​​ Foreign​​ Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova​​ claimed that​​ the Syrian​​ Army had already crossed​​ the Euphrates.​​ “The suburbs of​​ this provincial center (Deir Ez-Zor) have been liberated. Advance units have successfully crossed the Euphrates and are holding positions on its eastern bank,” she said, without specifying where.​​ Abu Khawla​​ called​​ this “mere propaganda … no one has crossed.”​​ “Every village around the eastern riverbank of the Euphrates river​​ to​​ the Iraqi-Syrian border is a goal for our forces,” he said. “We are moving forcefully and quickly. We do not have a timeline, but we hope soon to free the entire eastern bank.”​​ [Reuters]​​ 

 

Coalition spokesman, U.S. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, told reporters​​ yesterday​​ that the Deir Ez-Zor battlefield was already congested and the plan was for the SDF to move down the middle Euphrates River Valley and not enter Deir Ez-Zor city.​​ “I’ll just tell you that the plan is not to go into Deir Ez-Zor city but there (are) plenty of ISIS fighters and resources and leaders​​ …​​ throughout the middle Euphrates River valley,” Dillon said. [Reuters

 

Military sources say the United States could not convince opposition groups from the Deir Ez-Zor area to fight alongside the SDF in the Deir Ez-Zor battles.​​ Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra, a US supported opposition group, has refused to fight alongside the SDF.​​ The sources​​ also​​ say​​ that​​ the​​ anti-government​​ opposition​​ has​​ also refused​​ to fight alongside the regime against Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Astana de-escalation plan for Idlib

Turkey, Russia, and Iran​​ announced,​​ in the​​ closing​​ statement of the Astana​​ 6​​ talks, that a new de-escalation zone would be established in Idlib province, and​​ in​​ parts of Latakia, Homs, and Aleppo provinces. The agreement is renewable every​​ six months. They also say they will establish a joint coordination center to monitor these areas. The opposition delegation​​ in Astana​​ says government forces and militias will not have a presence in these de-escalation areas. [Dorar]​​ 

A source from the opposition military delegation to Astana 6 says only Turkish forces will enter Idlib province, while Russian military police will be deployed around the province, according to the agreement. He says that the opposition rejected any Iranian role in Idlib. [Dorar]​​ 

 

Tahrir Al-Sham issued a statement criticizing the Astana talks, claiming the negotiations led to nothing, and saying that it will continue to fight the government. [Dorar]​​ 

However, opposition sources say Tahrir Al-Sham does not oppose the admittance of Turkish monitors into Idlib. [SyriaNow]​​ 

 

A Russian representative in Astana 6 was quoted as saying that the war against Daesh in Syria will end within months. Then the talk will be about fighting the opposition elements who are engaged against the regime. [Qasioun]​​ 

However, the Russian delegation issued a statement denying that report, and saying media outlets misinterpreted the statement about fighting the opposition groups. [Dorar]​​ 

 

The son of Osama Bin Laden, Hamza, issued a statement to Syrian opposition groups, specifically Tahrir Al-Sham, and Ahrar Al-Sham, He says that the “international order” is fighting opposition groups in Syria because the opposition groups are trying to establish a caliphate. He asks Tahrir Al-Sham commanders to listen to its religious leaders. He also asked Ahrar Al-Sham not to accept any deals with Russia, the United States, or regional powers. The leader of Ahrar Al-Sham had said earlier that the movement is negotiating with unspecified parties in order to keep the “liberated areas,” saying this situation is an exception, and it is allowed by religion.​​ For the first time, a representative of Ahrar Al-Sham participated in the Astana talks.​​ [Dorar]​​ [BaladiNews]​​ 

 

The SOHR says since the first Astana talks, government forces have recaptured 53,000 sq. km, raising its controlled areas to 89,000 sq. km, 48% of Syrian land. It also says the SDF controls 43,000​​ sq. km., 23.1%; while opposition groups control 30,600 km, 16.5%. It also says Daesh has lost 2/3 of the land it used to control since June. It says Daesh now controls 22,800 sq. km., 12%. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Major shift in Daesh ideology

Daesh’s senior commission issued a statement asking Daesh “provinces,” offices, and committees to stop working by its former doctrine. It says the doctrine was wrong and confusing and led to disputes. [ICDNSep15]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The doctrine, which was issued under the previous leadership of the commission to explain Daesh’s religion, had clearly implied that more than 99% percent of Muslims are not actually Muslims. It announced that Daesh religion is based on an even more radical line of Wahhabism that adopts a sequential line of takfir (excommunication.) However, Daesh is in trouble now. It is losing territory, resources, and followers every day. The last thing it needs is to lose more followers by continuing to teach that killing almost every Muslim on Earth is legitimate. ​​ 

 

An informed source says empty boxes of printed circuit boards manufactured by​​ Vishay Intertechnology, a US company, were found in more than one location in Syrian Army rocket manufacturing facilities managed by Iranian officers (photos). [ZamanAlWasl]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria,​​ in or​​ near Raqqa (14), and Deir Ez-Zor (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Coalition Apaches killed​​ 17​​ people and wounded others in attacks on Dashisha village​​ in​​ southeast​​ Hasaka​​ near the Iraq border. [ZamanAlWasl]​​ 

 

The SOHR says the PYD Asayesh​​ arrested​​ several activists and Kurdish Party members in several areas in Hasaka Province. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

The SOHR says a 12 year old boy from Deir Ez-Zor was killed by Turkish border guards and others​​ were​​ wounded​​ as​​ they tried​​ to cross the border with his family to Turkey. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

US officials say a Daesh American-born​​ terrorist surrendered to the SDF in Raqqa. [Qasioun]​​ 

The​​ Daily​​ Beast​​ says, according to​​ multiple US military spokespersons,​​ that a US citizen was captured, while a source familiar with the situation told them​​ the unnamed fighter had “surrendered.”

US military officials confirmed the capture to CNN and Fox News.​​ 

 

The SOHR says heavy battles continued between the SDF, supported by US Special Forces, and Daesh in Raqqa. It says seven civilians, including three women, were killed in Coalition airstrikes on the city. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

SDF special units secured 20 civilians in Hay Al-Nahdha in northwest Raqqa. (video) [Hawar]​​ 

 

East of Raqqa

Warplanes conducted extensive airstrikes on Daesh controlled areas on the southern bank of the Euphrates​​ River. Clashes continued between government forces and Daesh in the area. Several Syrian soldiers were captured or wounded east of Ghanem Al-Ali town. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Idlib

An​​ informed source​​ said on Thursday that tens of Turkish Army tanks and military vehicles arrived​​ in​​ Rihaniya, across the border from Idlib.​​ Turkish media sources close to the government said the Turkish Army will start a military operation to capture Idlib.​​ [Hawar]​​ 

Yeni​​ Şafak, A​​ Turkish newspaper​​ close to the government,​​ says Ankara intends to send thousands of soldiers alongside​​ its allied​​ opposition groups to secure the new de-escalation zone in Idlib. It says Turkey will send 21,000 soldiers and opposition fighters in the coming days, crossing 35-50​​ km into​​ Syrian​​ territory. [Qasioun]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a major story if true but comes from two less than objective sources. It would need to be confirmed. Notice the story above that the Turks will​​ monitor​​ the implementation of the deconfliction zone in Idlib.

 

Armed men shot and killed another Tahrir Al-Sham Saudi​​ shar’i (religious​​ leader)​​ after Friday prayers in Idlib. [Qasioun]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The divisions within Tahrir Al-Sham intensified after recordings of wireless communications of Tahrir Al-Sham leaders, including Jolanithe military commander and actual leader,​​ were leaked during the last few days. In these recordings, Tahrir Al-Sham commanders were​​ frustrated with​​ shar’is, many of whom are Saudis. Tahrir Al-Sham admitted the authenticity of the recordings and said it punished the military commanders. However,​​ Abdullah​​ Al-Muhaysini and Musleh Al-Alyani, senior Saudi shar’is,​​ resigned after the leaks.​​ In addition, several groups announced their defection from Tahrir Al-Sham.​​ ​​ 

 

A child was killed and a man​​ and​​ another child wounded when a land​​ mine exploded on them in Khafsa. [Hawar]​​ 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

A military source says the Syrian Army and allied militias captured Qulaib Al-Thawr city​​ in Hama’s eastern Salamiyah District, killing or wounding Daesh terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Government forces​​ and allied militias, supported by Russian and Syrian aircraft, recaptured Aqairbat city and Qulaib Al-Thawr​​ after heavy battles with Daesh.​​ 

The SOHR says at least 279 Daesh terrorists and 128 soldiers​​ have been​​ killed in the area since the 3rd of September. It also says Daesh kept the dead bodies of Russian soldiers who were killed in the battles.​​ [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army tank with a rocket north of Khalid Hilal village, near Aqairbat. [DENSep15]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [ICDNSep15]​​ 

 

Homs

A military source says the Syrian Army and allied militias captured 3 more villages in the Jubb Al-Jarrah area, east of Homs, killing several Daesh terrorists and destroying military vehicles. [SyriaNow]

 

The SOHR says heavy battles continued between government forces and Daesh in the Jubb Al-Jarrah​​ Shaer-Shomariya​​ triangle,​​ east of Homs. It says Daesh attacked government forces with a vehicle bomb in the area. Both sides sustained casualties. [SyriaHR]​​ ​​ 

Daesh says Syrian forces, supported by Russian planes, attacked its positions southeast of the Jubb Al-Jarrah area. It says one of its Syrian terrorists attacked government forces with a vehicle bomb, killing fifteen soldiers and damaging 2 tanks. It says it destroyed 2 more tanks and damaged another with rockets. It also says nine more soldiers were killed and others wounded after walking into a land mine field in the area. [ICDNSep15]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army tank with a rocket southeast of Jubb Al-Jarrah. [ICDNSep15]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the same area. [ICDNSep15]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about an attack on Syrian forces in the Hamima area, on the Homs-Deir Ez-Zor border. [ICDNSep15]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Government forces, supported by foreign militias, captured several areas northwest of Deir Ez-Zor city, killing or wounding Daesh terrorists. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Government sources say the Syrian Army and allied militias captured the Ayash area, northwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]​​ 

Government sources say the Syrian Army and allied militias captured the Hawija Al-Mara‘iya area, southeast of the Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport. [SyriaNow]​​ 

However, the SOHR says government forces are still trying to control the​​ two​​ areas. [SyriaHR]

 

Local sources say more than 100 people, mostly women and children, were killed by Coalition airstrikes on a displacement camp near Jadida Aqaidat town east of Deir Ez-Zor. [Dorar]​​ 

 

Three people were killed and others wounded in airstrikes on the​​ Al-Sawh​​ area​​ northwest of​​ Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]​​ ​​ 

 

Government forces say a civilian was killed and other wounded in a Daesh mortar shelling in Al-Joura in Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaNow]​​ 

Government sources say a government worker was killed by a Daesh shelling on an aid convoy in​​ Deir​​ Ez-Zor.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army cannon with a rocket on Harabish Mountain. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army machine gun-mounted vehicle with a rocket west of Baghailiye. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin

The SOHR says​​ 53​​ people, including​​ 21​​ children and​​ 5​​ women, were killed by Russian and Coalition airstrikes on Mayadin and several areas east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

The SOHR says​​ 5​​ family members of Daesh terrorists were killed in airstrikes in the Ashara subdistrict. [SyriaHR]​​ 

The SOHR says unidentified planes targeted a Daesh car in the​​ Al-Quriya​​ village​​ area, killing several terrorists. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Local sources​​ say 25 civilians were killed in​​ Syrian​​ and​​ Russian​​ airstrikes on Mayadin, Buqris Tahtani, Tabiya​​ Al-Shamiya, and Jadid Bakara.​​ [Qasioun]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Syrian Government sources say the United States and Russia will meet next week to discuss the issue of Deir Ez-Zor and Al-Tanaf. They say the US may hand over the Tanaf area to government forces. [SyriaNow]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Great Britain

An IED was detonated on a Tube train at Parsons Green station in southwest London during Friday’s morning rush hour, injuring 29 people.

A hunt is under way for the person who placed the device and the area around the station has been evacuated. Specialist officers there securing the IED of the improvised device and ensuring it is stable. [BBC]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. It says its terrorists planted several IEDs and detonated one of them, wounding thirty people. [ICDNSep15]​​ 

 

The Iraqi Ministry of Interior issued a statement condemning the attack. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Syria

Two Russian submarines target Daesh positions in Deir Ez-Zor with 7 rockets. [RT]​​ 

 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

September 14, 2017