An Update On ISIS Activities

October 12, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces in West Anbar​​ 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi says displaced people should go home as soon as possible. [..]

Al-Abadi maintains hard line​​ on KRG​​ but denies any intention to use force. [..]

Badr Commander slams Barzani for endangering Iraq. [..]

Iraqi leaflets dropped on Al-Qa’im urge Daesh fighters to surrender. [..]

1,300 Daesh fighters reported killed in Hawija campaign. [..]

Syria

Col. Dillon estimates only 300-400 Daesh fighters left in Raqqa. [..]

5,000 displaced Deir Ez-Zor​​ civilians​​ reported at north Raqqa camp. [..]

Syrian Army advancing in Mayadin city, as Daesh counter-attacks. [..]

Russians start airstrikes on Albu Kamal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

Thursday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi called for the closure of the IDP camps and the return of every displaced citizen to his home as soon as possible.​​ 

He also reaffirmed that Iraq will not wage a war against Kurdish citizens,​​ while​​ stressing the need to preserve the unity of Iraq. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s not that people don’t want to go home; for thousands of IDPs, their home has been destroyed. IDP camps won’t be closed​​ all that fast.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Rawa (1), and Al-Qa’im (3). [InherentResolve]

 

Kurdistan referendum issue

Thursday, the Turkish government announced its decision to gradually close its border crossings with Kurdistan in coordination with the Iraqi government and Iran, as a response to the referendum. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi government responded to the proposal put forward by the Supreme Political Council of Kurdistan, yesterday, for a dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad. Iraqi government spokesman Saad Al-Hadithi​​ said, “The central government has no conditions but a set of national principles that must be returned to. The principles are first: the KRG’s commitment to the territorial integrity of Iraq and the recognition of the national authority over all territory of Iraq;​​ second:​​ a​​ return​​ to adherence to​​ the constitution;​​ third: the application of sovereign authority in foreign affairs, oil export, security and border protection, and border crossings and airlines;​​ fourth: recognition of federal authority in the disputed areas. [Rudaw]

 

Thursday, PM Al-Abadi, reiterated there will be no use of force or a war on Kurdistan because of the referendum. This statement came in light of the tweet by the Kurdistan Security Council saying they received information on Iraqi forces planning an attack on the Peshmerga forces from southwest Kirkuk and north Mosul. Al-Abadi said “we will not allow the return to square one and return to the language of sectarianism and separatism.” [SotIraq]

 

Wednesday evening, government spokesman​​ Al-Hadithi responded to the KRG’s statements alleging Iraqi forces are planning a major attack on the Kurdish forces in disputed areas. Al-Hadithi said these statements are irresponsible and baseless, and such claims are meant to evoke hate between Iraqis and Kurds. He said the military presence of the federal forces in Kirkuk and Mosul​​ came after these forces liberated those areas to provide security for civilians and IDPs. He also said that the federal government has the authority over those areas per the constitution, and the government has invited the Peshmerga to support the security efforts​​ there. [Buratha]

 

The General Secretariat of the Iraqi Council of Ministers issued a decision to enable the prosecution to hold accountable​​ any government​​ employees who participated in the Kurdistan independence referendum. [Rudaw]

 

Thursday, a Kurdish Islamic Group CoR Representative, Zana Said, said a confederacy would be the “most peaceful” solution to overcoming the current crisis between Baghdad and Erbil following the referendum, while warning that extremist voices would lead to a partition. He said this solution will give Kurdistan a place at the United Nations while still being a part of Iraq. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

The Ministry of Peshmerga in the KRG said that it briefed senior US officials on the military movements of Iraqi forces near Peshmerga forces in areas north of Mosul and south of Kirkuk. [BasNews]

 

In response to a question about Iraqi military actions along the lines of contact with the Peshmerga forces in northern Mosul and southern Kirkuk,​​ a​​ US Department of State spokeswoman said the US is closely monitoring the movements of Iraqi forces. She added that America’s main objective is to eliminate Daesh and to protect the stability of the region. [BasNews]

 

Thursday, Peshmerga Forces Commander Bahjat Timiz said the Peshmerga road closures between Kurdistan and Mosul are due to the Iraqi government’s threats against the KRG. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, the KRG closed the road linking Erbil and Mosul and the road linking Dahuk and Mosul, according to a local source. The source said the roads between Kurdistan and Ninewa are now completely shut down. Earlier Wednesday, the Security Council of Kurdistan tweeted that they received information that Iraqi forces, PMF, and Federal Police were planning an attack on areas under Peshmerga control. [Buratha]

 

Thursday, a leader in the Peshmerga denied the claims that Kirkuk is facing military attacks and threats by the Iraqi government. He was​​ responding​​ to a statement by the Security Council in the Kurdistan Region, Wednesday, saying that the Iraqi Forces are preparing to attack the Kurdistan region from Kirkuk and Mosul. [ROJ]

 

Thursday, Joint Forces spokesman Yahya Rasoul called on the Peshmerga to hand over Daesh members to the Iraqi government, as​​ the Iraqi government is the only party that should prosecute them. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Pavel Talabani, son of the former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani,​​ said Thursday that Kirkuk Province needs a joint administration​​ based on​​ the results of the last election, while members of​​ his PUK party in​​ the​​ CoR call for a return to​​ a​​ federal CoR.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, Badr Organization Commander Kareem Al-Nouri said Masoud Barzani is more dangerous to Iraq than Daesh. He added that Barzani’s statements and actions concerning the referendum isolate Iraq. Al-Nouri said that Iraq is a “red line” and that the Badr Organization will not allow Turkey, Iran, or Syria to invade it based on Barzani’s statements. He also said Barzani is to blame in the case of a regional war. [Buratha]

 

Thursday, the Kurdish Islamic Group and Taghyir​​ bloc​​ (Gorran), warned that Kurdistan is going to “face serious risks which will cancel out the realized gains,” blaming the “faulty” decisions of​​ Kurdish​​ parties looking out for their own interests. [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, a statement by Taghyir Representative Hoshyar Abdallah warned of news regarding an illegal 2-year extension on Masoud Barzani’s presidency in Kurdistan and the postponement of the KRG parliamentary elections scheduled for November 2017. He called on the United Nations to intervene. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Thursday, Ministry of Interior spokesman, General Saad Ma’en, announced the arrest of a terrorist unit recruited via social media. The unit consisted of 3 terrorists, one of whom was a service staff member at a school, and one admitted to transporting a suicide bomber and killing an officer. 58 others were arrested in various areas in Baghdad on different charges. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A police source says a man was killed by a sticky bomb in the Al-Falahat area in northern Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

According to a security source, 7 people were wounded by an IED in northern Baghdad on Thursday. The IED was planted in an industrial area in the Tarmiya District. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded another in Al-Thaer village, near Meshahda. [A3maq]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Thursday, a security source reported that security personnel arrested a person on terrorism​​ charges​​ at a checkpoint on Kindi​​ Street in eastern Baghdad. [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

A police source says two civilians were wounded in an IED explosion that was placed near shops in the Al-Ma’alef area in south Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

According to a statement by the Baghdad Operations Command on Thursday, the clearing operations​​ for​​ Daesh remnants in liberated areas in southern Baghdad are ongoing. The operations have led to the discovery of 26 (60 mm) mortar shells; 1 (120 mm) mortar shell; 3 rocket launchers; 1 SBG9 rocket; 1 illumination mortar shell; and 3 (82 mm) mortar shells. 2 IEDs were detonated by the EOD. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Thursday, the Ministry of Interior announced the seizure of explosive materials, military projectiles, IEDs, and C4 explosive substance in a warehouse underneath the Qatana police station.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Thursday, the Hit Provincial Council announced a 3-day mourning period for the victims of the terrorist attack on the Hit café Wednesday evening. [IraqPress]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says security units killed a Daesh suicide terrorist who tried to attack a police station in Haditha. The source says the terrorist, who sneaked in from Al-Qa’im, was originally from Hatra.​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Iraqi Army Aviation (IAA) dropped thousands of leaflets on Al-Qa’im city saying “You have lost the battles for Mosul, Tal Afar, Hawija, and Rawa. You will not stand up to our heroic forces. Surrender is better than death.” Al-Qa’im is considered to be the last Daesh-controlled area of Iraq. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A security source says the Iraqi Army Aviation (IAA), in coordination with the PMF, carried out airstrikes targeting Daesh in Al-Qa’im District.​​ [Mawazin]

 

Thursday, Jazeera Ops Commander, Qassem Al-Mohammadi, announced the “final touches” to​​ the planning for​​ liberation of​​ Rawa and Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Rutba

The​​ Iraqi​​ Federal Police​​ (IFP)​​ announced​​ that IFP troops​​ are moving to areas in western Anbar to liberate the area from Daesh. [ROJ]

 

Thursday, Joint Forces Commander​​ Yahya Rasoul said that the next battle will be the final one against Daesh in Iraq. He added that Iraqi forces must control the border area in order to stop Daesh members from infiltrating through the Syrian border, and there will be aerial sweeping for this purpose.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN​​ (no reports)

 

DIYALA

Thursday, Dijla (Tigris) Operations Commander Muzher Al-Allawi announced the arrest of 10 suspects, including 4 on counts of terrorism, in various search operations in Diyala. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Thursday, Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq Commander, Qais Al-Khazali, issued a general threat to “the Kurds,” saying “nobody can stop the PMF from entering Iraqi lands, and the day will come when Al-Khazali will enter and restore Kirkuk.” [BasNews]

 

Peshmerga​​ commander, Kamal Kirkuki, said Iraqi forces, and especially PMF militias, have been mobilized in large numbers in the Kirkuk vicinity. He noted that the Peshmerga will respond with force to any attack from any direction. [BasNews]

 

The Office of the Islamic Dawa Party in Kirkuk attributed the recent targeting of the Party’s headquarters in the province to the political crisis between Baghdad and Erbil. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Thursday, according to the Joint Operations​​ Command (JOC), 2% of Hawija is​​ still​​ under Daesh control. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Thursday, Joint Operations Commander Yahya Rasoul announced the deaths of 1,316 terrorists, the arrest of 8 terrorists, and the destruction of 219 booby trapped vehicles in the Hawija battles. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

The PMF Explosive Ordnance Disposal​​ (EOD)​​ Directorate cleared a 40 km (25 mile) length of road between Riyadh and Al-Zab. [Mawazin]​​ An​​ EOD​​ engineer said the EOD succeeded in clearing the Hawija roads entirely.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Thursday, the EOD announced​​ removing​​ 17 IEDs and defusing 14 booby-trapped houses in Hawija during the Hawija Liberation Operations. The EOD also cleared a booby-trapped 27-meter tunnel Daesh used for hiding and launching attacks.​​ [IraqPress]

 

Thursday, the​​ Iraqi​​ Federal Police​​ (IFP)​​ announced​​ it had​​ destroyed​​ dozens of tons worth of Daesh IEDs and military remnants planted in the roads, intersections, and buildings of Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

The​​ IFP​​ Command announced the destruction of dozens of tons of bombs and remnants of war​​ in the newly liberated Hawija District. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, a security source in Hawija reported that joint forces comprising the Army, PMF, and Hawija Liberation Ops killed​​ a Daesh leader and 2 of his assistants in the clearing operations​​ in​​ Al-Zab.

The sources added that 6 Daesh members were killed in the Shmet village intersection, 5 Daesh members were killed inside the Shmet village, and another Daesh member was killed in Sabaghiya. Security units also killed the Daesh head of the Education​​ Diwan,​​ called “Abu Anas Al-Iraqi” in Hawija. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Thursday, Peshmerga Brigade 9 Commander, Aras Abdulqadir, denied that PMFs​​ opened fire on Peshmerga units in Daquq. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

The Al-Rashid Bank opened in Ninewa Province today and announced the bank’s administrative headquarters will be reopening and rehabilitating the branches that were destroyed by Daesh.​​ [Karemlash]​​ 

 

A​​ commander in the Zirfani Forces in the Peshmerga announced the re-opening of the road linking Erbil and Ninewa on Thursday. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

East Mosul

Thursday, Ninewa Operations Commander​​ Najm Al-Jubouri denied​​ that​​ security units​​ had​​ shot down a Peshmerga drone in eastern Mosul, as circulated in news reports earlier in the day. [Ghad]​​ 

Thursday, Peshmerga Forces in Mosul Commander Bahjat Timiz​​ also​​ denied the​​ report​​ that​​ the Iraqi Army shot down a Peshmerga drone in eastern Mosul;​​ the Peshmerga does not own drones. [Buratha]

 

West​​ Mosul

Thursday, according to a security source in Ninewa, a civilian was killed in an explosion from a Daesh IED planted inside his house in west Mosul. [Waradana]

 

Facebook activists are circulating a video showing Iraqi forces rescuing a child from under the rubble in Mosul. The child is believed to either be the son of a Daesh leader who was killed in Mosul, or a survivor from​​ one of​​ the Mosul families killed in the military operations in the city. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Najaf

A security source says a car belonging to Daesh was found in Madhloum in western Najaf. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Thursday, Turkish​​ Defense​​ Minister Canikli said​​ that​​ in order to fight Daesh the United States supplied the PYD with weapons enough to arm an army of 40-50 thousand people. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Ansar Al-Furqan, an Iranian organization working out of Baluchistan, Pakistan, published on social media that it is establishing a military branch in Syria. [Dorar]

Jihadi newspapers and accounts are reporting the establishment of a new branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria under the name of “Ansar Al-Furqan Fi Bilad Al-Sham.” At the same time, the Saudi​​ clerics​​ Abdullah Al-Muhaysini and Musileh Al-Olyani denied​​ any​​ association with the new entity. [EnabBaladi]

 

SOHR confirmed the arrival of 1,000 Daesh terrorists in Syria coming from Iraq, including Daesh leaders. SOHR says the terrorists are heading to Daesh-controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [Baghdadia]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, Mustafa Bali, the director of the SDF Media Center, said the information circulated on social networking sites reporting an agreement between the SDF and Daesh is unfounded. [Arabi21] [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 27 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (24), Shaddadi (2), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Hawar News reports the management of the Al-Hawl Camp has prepared its first group of 1,200 Iraqi refugees to return home. [Hawar]

 

Sky News Arabiya reported a number of people were killed and wounded when 2 vehicle bombs exploded​​ on the outskirts of Hasaka. [Sumaria]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Wednesday, Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said that there are 300-400 Daesh members in Raqqa, declaring that 85% of Raqqa is liberated from Daesh. He also confirmed that more than 400 civilians, out of 4,000 still trapped in the city, were evacuated from the city​​ on​​ Tuesday.​​ [Qasioun]

 ​​ ​​​​ A CBS News report from Raqqa Thursday night indicated that there are two small pockets of Daesh fighters, at the stadium and near Na’eem Square. Its video showed ruined neighborhoods with no people, reflecting all the residents who have left the city.

 

Hawar reports SDF special teams freed 250 civilians in the city center. [Hawar]

Hawar reports SDF special​​ teams​​ freed 100 civilians from Daesh. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We don’t know whether these reports are separate or overlapping, but both together are within the estimate by Col. Dillon (above)

 

Hawar News reports that during clashes between the SDF and Daesh, 22 Daesh fighters were killed and the SDF freed 31 civilians. [Hawar]

 

Wednesday, local media reported that 14 civilians were killed in a​​ Coalition airstrike on Daesh-controlled parts of Raqqa Province.​​ [Qasioun]

Local sources​​ allege that​​ Coalition aircraft committed a massacre, killing at least 35 civilians in Raqqa city. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have learned not to trust such reports from “local sources.”

Daesh says more than 35 people were killed by “American” airstrikes on Al-Bado​​ in central Raqqa. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notice that the report above is essentially the same as the Daesh report.

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three SDF fighters in Al-Haramiya on Wednesday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged an SDF bulldozer near Dar’iya​​ in western Raqqa​​ on Wednesday. [A3maq] ​​ 

 

North of Raqqa

Hawar News reports 5,000 civilians from Deir Ez-Zor arrived at Ain Eissa Camp. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Hawar News reports the Turkish Army is concentrating on the outskirts of the Raju area in Afrin Province after withdrawing from the Al-Shahba’ area and crossing the border into Syria. [Hawar]

 

Hawar reports​​ that​​ last night the PYD responded to attacks by the Turkish Army on Qastal Jando village. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

An Anadolu correspondent reported additional Turkish military reinforcements arrived in Reyhanli, a Turkish​​ town​​ on the Syrian border,​​ as a part of​​ the​​ effort to​​ enforce a de-escalation​​ zone in Idlib Province. [Anadolu]

 

Wednesday evening, Abu Al-Fath Al-Farghali, a member of Tahrir Al-Sham’s General Sharia Council and Fatwa Committee, published a fatwa showing “the Sharia judgment of fighting against Turkey and the judgment of helping them​​ in their​​ occupation of Idlib,” saying that “resistance to this new occupation – if the occupation has occurred – is everybody’s duty, whoever the occupier or the participant is.” He also noted that the mujahedin princes have the freedom to allow the existence of limited Turkish forces only at the points that border the atheist groups-controlled areas due to​​ the state of necessity experienced by the​​ mujahedin, as they are being attacked by enemies from all over the world.” [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

According to military sources,​​ Wednesday evening​​ Tahrir Al-Sham captured​​ two​​ villages in eastern Hama. According to media sources close to Tahrir Al-Sham,​​ it​​ is​​ also​​ tightening its grip on the villages of Umm Mayal and Talihan. [Qasioun]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Qasioun reports that after clashes with Daesh, Tahrir Al-Sham captured the villages of Abu Al-Ghar and Hasnawi in the Al-Rahjan area. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday evening, Daesh recaptured Al-Tafha village, located in the eastern rural areas of Hama, after battles with Tahrir Al-Sham. [Qasioun]

 

Homs

Thursday, informed sources in the Syrian Desert revealed that Al-Abdo Forces expelled a number of its members four months ago, who turned themselves in to the Syrian Forces. [Dorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Thursday,​​ Syrian​​ Army helicopters dropped leaflets on all the villages in the rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, calling civilians to move away from the Daesh headquarters. [SyriaNow]

 

Hawar reports that, using a vehicle bomb, Daesh massacred civilians fleeing from Syrian government-controlled areas on the eastern banks of the Euphrates to SDF-controlled areas in Al-Jazeera on the western banks of the Euphrates.​​ [Hawar]

 

Hawar News reports strong clashes between the SDF and Daesh south of the Al-Jufra fields and in Al-Kubra village. The SDF killed 2 Daesh terrorists and seized their weapons. [Hawar]

 

Hawar reports the SDF captured Hilala village 9​​ km​​ (6 miles)​​ north of​​ Al-Sur. [Hawar]

 

Qasioun reports that Syrian forces captured Al-Hussein village today. [Qasioun]

 

Hawar News reports 6 Daesh terrorists were killed, including a Daesh emir, during clashes in Al-Mehemeda​​ village. [Hawar]

 

Wednesday, dozens of civilians were killed in renewed Russian airstrikes on the water crossings on the Euphrates River in the eastern rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Wednesday, the SDF took control of a number of areas in the rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, after fierce battles with Daesh. [Dorar]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its snipers in Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNOct12]​​ 

 

Mayadin

Qasioun reports Daesh killed more than 70 members of the Syrian forces on the outskirts of Mahkan village, south of Mayadin. [Qasioun]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked government forces on the road between Taiba and Mahkan with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and destroying 4 vehicles. [ICDNOct12]​​ 

 

Thursday, the Syrian army captured the village of Tayibah, advanced within the neighborhoods of Mayadin, and eliminated many Daesh terrorists in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

Thursday, the Syrian Army took control of strategic points east of the Euphrates River and in the vicinity of Mayadin, and destroyed two Daesh reconnaissance planes in Al-Qusor and Al-Sina’a neighborhoods. [SyriaNow]

 

On Wednesday, the Syrian government announced its capture of​​ the​​ Al-Baloum neighborhood in Mayadin city. [Qasioun]

 

Qasioun reports 40 civilians were allegedly killed and dozens more were injured in Russian airstrikes on a ferry near Al-Quriya village. [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal

Furat Post reports that the Russian Air Force has launched a new series of airstrikes focused on Albu Kamal​​ city and three towns and villages in Albu Kamal. In​​ one​​ town, three people were killed and others were injured. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Two activists reported Daesh executed 3 unidentified people Wednesday morning in Albu Kamal on charges of communicating with Syrian forces. [Qasioun]

 

Qasioun reports 13 civilians were allegedly killed in airstrikes in Albu Kamal. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, Qasioun reported six civilians were killed and three others wounded in Syrian airstrikes on Albu Kamal. [Qasioun]

 

South​​ 

Daraa

Thursday, anti-government opposition groups launched a battle against “Jaish Khalid Ibn Al-Walid,” accused of pledging allegiance to Daesh, west of Daraa. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded 11 opposition fighters in clashes near Tasil and Adwan. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A soldier was wounded by a sniper rifle in a trap in the Kilo 17 area in western Arish. [ElWatan]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Philippines

Daesh says it killed four Philippine soldiers in clashes in Marawi. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes the 101st​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. It has reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, and other countries. Daesh claims it detonated an IED on a US armored personnel carrier on the road between Baiji and Tikrit on October 5, killing two US soldiers and wounding three. Daesh also published reports, from western media, about the Las Vegas attack and about the attack on US soldiers in Niger. In this issue also, Daesh published an article about its use of IEDs. [ICDNOct12]​​ 

October 11, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces in West Anbar​​ 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

23,000 IDPs blocked from return to Ramadi homes for security reasons. [..]

Daesh suicide attack on Hit café kills 10, wounds 15. [..]

Daesh moves foreign fighters out of Rawa to Al-Qa’im. [..]

Hawija Liberation Campaign declared officially over. [..]

Syria

Russian spokesmen​​ in Syria​​ continue anti-US​​ rhetoric. [..]

Syrian Army gaining control of Mayadin. [..]

Daesh stages suicide attack on police station in Damascus. [..]

Syrian forces extend area of control in southern Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

KRG referendum issue

Tuesday, PM Haider Al-Abadi said Baghdad will not boycott Kurdistan, adding that Iraqi oil is not exclusive to any party. He added that any dialogue should be based on the unity of Iraq, the constitution, and invalidating the referendum. He said that the relationship between the Iraqi government and the KRG is a direct one that needs no mediators.

Abadi called on the Peshmerga forces to​​ avoid​​ clashing​​ with Iraqi forces in disputed areas. He​​ said​​ Daesh is nearing its end,​​ but warned​​ of​​ agendas seeking to fuel sectarian strife.​​ 

Abadi also announced the end of all military operations in western Kirkuk, and​​ the liberation of​​ the Makhoul Mountains and the Himrin Hills.

He ended the speech by adding that the Iraqi government intends to cooperate with France to train the counterterrorism units, and the Iraqi government has provided facilitation to French companies wishing to work in Iraq. [PressIraq]

 

Wednesday, the Independent High Referendum and Electoral Commission in Kurdistan​​ decided to​​ consider​​ an​​ Iraqi​​ court’s​​ decision to issue arrest warrants for the Commission’s president and members a political decision of no significance, according to a statement by the Commission’s President, Hindrin Mohammed.

An Iraqi court had issued arrest warrants for the president and members of the Commission on charges of supervising the independence referendum​​ and thus violating​​ a decision​​ against the referendum​​ made by Iraq’s High Federal Court. [IraqPress]

 

In​​ unofficial​​ announcements regarding new punishments against the KRG, the Finance Committee of the CoR revealed that Baghdad intends to completely cut the KRG’s share of the 2018 federal budget. It says the​​ KRG’s budget will be a point of contention within the Federal Government. [BasNews]

 

Wednesday, Kurdistan’s Supreme Political Council expressed its intention to engage in a dialogue with the Iraqi government regarding Kurdistan’s independence, while rejecting the punishments the Iraqi government has imposed on the KRG, according to a statement by the Council following a meeting with​​ Masoud​​ Barzani. The Council renewed its commitment to​​ the Kurdish people’s will for independence.” The statement said the meeting “announces to public opinion and the United Nations that the Kurdish people are facing a blockade, collective punishment, and the threat of​​ violence, and this situation puts IDPs and residents of Kurdistan at risk.” The meeting was concluded with the decision to keep the Council’s name unchanged. [SotIraq]

 

Wednesday, the KRG accused PM Al-Abadi of threatening to attack Kurdistan; ridiculing what the Kurdish people hold sacred; and making new accusations towards the KRG. The KRG stated that it will hold Al-Abadi accountable for any chaos or instability in disputed areas.

A statement from the KRG’s President’s​​ office said the KRG is happy to see Al-Abadi fulfill his promise to confront corruption at the request of Kurdish and other parties’ in the CoR. He added the KRG, as always, is ready to help him in this regard in any way it can. [Sumaria] [BasNews]

 

The Kurdistan Region Security Council announced in a tweet that the Iraqi forces, the PMF, and the​​ Iraqi​​ Federal Police intend to launch an attack on Kurdistan. [Rudaw]

 

The spokesman for the Office of the Prime Minister, Saad Al-Hadithi, said the Iraqi government has no intention of attacking the Kurdistan Region. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the Secretary General of the KRG Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yawar, denied media reports claiming Iraqi forces are being mobilized in preparation for a major operation in Kirkuk. Yawar said the reports contradict PM Al-Abadi’s Tuesday statement in which he called on the Peshmerga forces to not stand in the way of the Iraqi forces in the areas covered by Article 140. Yawar said some “fiery” statements may be made by certain individuals during meetings about such operations, but they are not official decisions. [Waradana]

 

Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s former Foreign Minister and now a member of the Supreme Political Council of Kurdistan, said there are negotiations with Turkey and Iran over the Kurdistan Region, but Baghdad has changed its position, and does not have a specific plan to carry out military action against the Kurdistan Region. He added that some parties within the PMF might pose a threat. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the Media & Communications​​ Commission, announced receiving an official confirmation from cellular phone companies operating in Iraq​​ that they​​ agree to the Ministerial Council for National Security’s decision​​ that​​ the companies operate under​​ federal​​ authority. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Rawa (5), and Al-Qa’im (3). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

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

Wednesday, a security source reported that 4 people were injured by an IED planted near a shopping area in the Makaseb​​ neighborhood in southern Baghdad. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Wednesday, the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) announced the arrest of​​ a​​ terrorist group working in Abu Ghraib. The terrorists admitted to carrying out several terrorist operations. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Wednesday, Anbar security personnel allowed 100 internally displaced families to return from the Al-Medina Al-Siyahiya camps to their residences in eastern Ramadi city, according to the President of the Khaldiya​​ subdistrict​​ council, Ali Al-Dulaimi. However, he added that 620 families,​​ with​​ 23,000 IDPs, were not allowed to return due to issues in their security background checks,​​ including​​ involvement with Daesh.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

General Amer Al-Mashhadani of the Anbar Police announced the destruction of 320 Daesh IEDs in southern Ramadi. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Wednesday, Hit Police Chief​​ Sattar Abed Hamad announced that the death toll from the​​ Daesh​​ suicide attack on a café in Hit city was 10, and there were 15 injuries. The security units imposed a curfew on the city until further notice. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh’s version says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces on the Corniche Street in Hit city with an explosives vest. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Anah

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh sent military reinforcements of 60 local terrorists from Al-Qa’im to Rawa, while moved its foreign terrorists from Rawa to Al-Qa’im. The source also says there are only a few Daesh terrorists remaining in Rawa, and Daesh intends to use its usual tactics (open walls between houses for easy movement, blocking streets, booby-trapping houses and vehicles, and deploying snipers over buildings.) The source says Daesh moved its “services office” and “hisbah​​ office” from Rawa city to Al-Qa’im, and had members of these offices converted to fighters. Daesh also moved its “finance office,” including pickup trucks full of cash, to Albu Kamal, according to the source. Daesh forced many people from Rawa to leave their houses, without taking any of their belongings with them, and go to the Al-Qa’im area. The source says these families are anti-Daesh, and Daesh intends to use them as human shields. Also, more than 100 Daesh families left Rawa and moved toward Al-Qa’im and Albu Kamal. Some of them stayed in schools and some of them occupied empty houses.​​ 

 

According to Raje’ Barakat Eissawi of the Anbar Provincial Council’s Security Committee,​​ IAA aircrafts attacked​​ 4 Daesh moving targets and destroyed their hideouts in the western desert of Anbar. He added that there is a military mobilization encompassing security teams, the PMF, and local police in preparation for an operation to liberate Anah and Rawa from Daesh in the upcoming few days.​​ [Etejah]

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh is facing a shortage of fighters and is urging the people of Al-Qa’im to join up. The source also says that Daesh told the people of Al-Qa’im that it might leave soon, but​​ it would come back, even if took years, and threatened anyone who cooperates with Iraqi forces in the meantime.​​ 

The source says Daesh executed a man in Al-Qa’im on Tuesday after accusing him of cooperating with Iraqi forces. The source says a 15-year-old Asian boy implemented the execution. The source also says Daesh arrested 20 more people in a village near Al-Qa’im.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is strange that Daesh didn’t impose compulsory conscription as it did in Deir Ez-Zor. ​​ 

 

Wednesday, the Joint Forces intensified their presence in the western Anbar desert in preparation for a military operation to liberate Al-Qa’im and Rawa. According to the Jazeera Ops Commander, Qassem Al-Mohammedi, the Jazeera Ops forces will be launched from several directions to expel Daesh from areas bordering Syria. Al-Mohammedi estimates there are 2,000 Daesh members in Al-Qa’im and Rawa. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

According to a military source in Anbar, 14 Daesh members were killed in an airstrike by the Iraqi Air Force​​ (IAF)​​ on a booby​​ trap workshop in the Al-Abidi area in Al-Qa’im on Wednesday. The workshop was totally destroyed.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Wednesday, the Ministry of Defense​​ revealed​​ the discovery of a Daesh military base near the Syrian-Iraqi border that contains vehicles and weapons. The​​ IAF​​ and​​ IAA​​ continue to sweep the Syrian-Iraqi border area to stop infiltration. [AIN]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

According to a security source, the PMF killed 30 Daesh members and seized their military equipment and vehicles in eastern Salahuddin on Wednesday during security operations to clear the eastern Salahuddin area and the Makhoul Mountains. [Etejah]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Wednesday, the Ministry of Defense announced that the pre-emptive operations in Baquba and Mandali led to the arrest of 2 Daesh members who were planning to carry out a terrorist operation in Diyala. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Tuesday evening the Turkmen Front headquarters in the center of Kirkuk was attacked with a bomb by an unknown group, according to a local source. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Tuesday, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah, the Commander of Hawija Liberation Operations, declared that the tasks of​​ all​​ the forces participating in the operations were successfully over.​​ Hawija​​ city, the Riyadh subdistrict, and 161 villages and​​ areas​​ as well as the Himrin​​ Mountains​​ were restored​​ to Iraqi control. [ROJ]

 

A security source in Kirkuk reported Wednesday that Daesh units who were hiding in a house near Hawija surrendered themselves to the Joint Security Forces. [Waradana]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says PMF and Tribal PMF fighters set the houses of 30 Daesh terrorists in Hawija on fire or blew them up with explosives.​​ 

 

Wednesday, the IWMC published maps showing Daesh’s defeat in Hawija and its containment in Rawa and Al-Qa’im in western Anbar.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

Wednesday, the PMF published a map showing the conclusion of the liberation of Hawija District and surrounding areas and villages after 19 days of battles and clearing operations. [Etejah]​​ 

 

According​​ to​​ a statement by the​​ IFP​​ Commander, Ra’ed Shaker Jawdat,​​ IFP units and Hawija residents managed to kill a terrorist named Sami Ramadan Al-Jassem, also known as the​​ “emir​​ of Shmet village​​ in Al-Zab, and two of his assistants in an operation to clear Hawija of Daesh sleeper cells. [Etejah]

 

Wednesday,​​ a​​ Hawija District Council​​ member, Ahmad Khorshid, called on the Joint Forces to launch clearing operations in the areas still not liberated in southwestern and northwestern Kirkuk, including 100 villages. Khorshid warned of Daesh members hiding in underground tunnels and deserted areas. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ News reports have been vague at best about the military situation in the southwest corner of Kirkuk, in Daquq District, which was also occupied by Daesh. This story seems to show that​​ Iraqi forces have​​ more to do in Kirkuk Province.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

According to the​​ Globe and Mail​​ Canadian newspaper, a special Canadian unit, the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU), carried out a top-secret operation to track and dismantle chemical weapons​​ that​​ were in the possession of Daesh in Mosul and vicinity in northern Iraq.​​ The unit has about 200 Canadian​​ soldiers​​ present in northern Iraq for purposes of training Kurdish​​ forces. The unit contributed to the liberation of Mosul. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

East Mosul

As of Wednesday, an armed gang carried​​ out abductions of civilians in eastern Mosul for the third day in a row, according to security sources in Ninewa.​​ 

Wednesday, security sources in Ninewa reported the abduction of a doctor’s daughter in the Al-Ghabat​​ neighborhood in eastern Mosul​​ and a​​ ransom​​ demand.​​ Security teams arrested the abductors and freed the girl. A restaurant owner had reported being abducted for 4 hours and released after paying​​ $10,000 to the abductors. [Karemlash] [IraqPress]

 

Security teams arrested 28 Daesh members who tried to infiltrate 3 Mosul neighborhoods on Wednesday, according to a security source. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

West​​ Mosul

Tuesday, Federal Police units arrested the Imam of the Fath Al-Ali mosque, Waadallah Shaaban Hamadi, in​​ the​​ New Mosul​​ neighborhood.​​ [Karemlash]

 

Tal Afar

Wednesday, the Military Intelligence Service announced the seizure of a major​​ IED​​ workshop in Hay​​ Al-Rabi’ in Tal Afar. There were over 100 barrels of bleach, 150 IEDs, and hundreds of ingredients used in the manufacturing of explosives found in the workshop. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Wednesday, the Ministry of Interior spokesman, Saad Maen, announced the capture​​ of a warehouse in Tal Afar containing 160 rockets and drone grenades. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The Turkish Army sent new military reinforcements to its units on the border with Syria and Iraq, in the southern Turkish province of Urfa. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry accused the United States of thwarting the peace agreement in the southern de-escalation zone in Syria. [Dorar]

Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry called on the US to explain “its selective blindness” regarding militants operating near US forces in Syria. [SyriaNow]

 

Georgiy Borisenko, director of the North America Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, said US actions near the Al-Tanaf Base in Syria​​ suggest​​ an attempt to divide the war-torn state. [SyriaNow]

 

Jawad Abu Hatab, the head of the anti-Assad Syrian Interim Government, said the coming days will witness political developments that will cool the conflict down and end it in Syria. He says there may be a serious and significant development in the political process early next year. [Arabi21]

 

The​​ opposition​​ National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCIR)​​ attacked​​ Iran’s efforts to provoke wars in Syria through its “criminal interference in Syria” and said that “the Iranian regime intends to reach the eastern shores of the Mediterranean through the seizure of a road between Iraq and Syria in any way possible.” [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (5), Shaddadi (2), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Last Sunday, a new group of Arab fighters defected from the ranks of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Hasaka. [Dorar]

 

The YPG and the Syriac Military Council detained two US fighters who were trying to return home. Ken Harley, an American fighting​​ with​​ the YPG​​ against Daesh in Syria, said the Syriac Military Council held him as a prisoner in a village near Tal Tamr town, located in the rural areas of Hasaka. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

The SDF denied reports that it signed an agreement with Daesh to leave Raqqa city and that the accusations on this point that are circulating in social media are baseless. It is noteworthy that Raqqa city has seen a lull in military activity in the last 2 days. [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, Mustafa Bali, the director of the SDF Media Center, said the information circulated on social networking sites reporting an agreement between the SDF and Daesh is unfounded. [Dorar]

Tuesday,​​ it was reported that​​ the Coalition​​ would​​ declare full control over Raqqa after the SDF reportedly made a deal with Daesh, allowing its members, trapped in Raqqa, to leave the city safely. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Tuesday, the SDF Media Center reported 8 Daesh members were killed in clashes with the SDF in neighborhoods in Raqqa. It also said that 4 Daesh members surrendered themselves to the SDF. [Qasioun]

Hawar News reports 17 Daesh fighters were killed in clashes in Raqqa city. [Hawar]

 

Wednesday, activists from Tadmur reported the killings of 26 Tadmur displaced persons during the last three days in Coalition airstrikes on​​ locations​​ under Daesh control in Raqqa. [EnabBaladi]

 

Wednesday, Riad Seif, head of the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to protect the civil registries as well as the registries of deeds and real estate of the Raqqa City Council. [Anadolu]

 

Hawar News reports the SDF captured a Daesh stockpile of land​​ mines in addition to a small reconnaissance plane. The SDF also captured a Daesh warehouse filled with weapons, ammunition, and mines. [Hawar]

 

Hawar News reports SDF special teams freed 40 civilians from Daesh. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 400 Ahrar Al-Sham and Jund Al-Aqsa terrorists in Idlib formed a new group that pledged allegiance to Hamza Bin Laden. ​​ 

 

Hawar News reports that in conjunction with Turkey’s preparations to occupy Idlib city, the Turkish Army withdrew some of its troops from the border opposite Afrin and sent them to the border near Idlib. [Hawar]

 

Hawar News reports the Turkish Army moved its troops from areas in Al-Shahba’ through the Bab Al-Salama border crossing to an area adjacent to Idlib Governate. [Hawar]

 

Syrian Foreign Minister​​ Walid Muallem, referring to the Turkish troops in Idlib, said “the Turkish presence on Syrian territory is illegal.” When asked about a possible confrontation with the Turkish Army, he said Syria will continue to coordinate with Russia and is committed to the Astana conference’s agreement on Idlib. [Hawar]

 

An official of the Political Bureau of the Opposition said the priority of the opposition factions in Idlib is to protect civilians from bombing, killing, and systematic displacement under the pretext of the “War on Terror.”​​ He added that “the aim of the opposition is to redeploy the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to impose its control over the entire region and block the external forces seeking to establish a Kurdistan region in Syria, in addition to resolving the problems with the Nusra Front and​​ Jaish Usud Al-Sharqiya​​ which caused successive disasters for our revolution.” [Qasioun]

 

Wednesday, several members of Tahrir Al-Sham were killed and others were wounded in an airstrike by unidentified aircraft on one of its headquarters in​​ a​​ rural area of Idlib. [Dorar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Qasioun reports that, following Daesh’s crossing from Aqairbat​​ in eastern Hama​​ to the Al-Rahjan area, Tahrir Al-Sham liberated several​​ Daesh​​ areas but Daesh still controls 10 villages. Military operations are ongoing between Tahrir Al-Sham and Daesh. It is worth mentioning that the Syrian forces allowed Daesh to cross from Aqairbat towards areas under the control of Syrian opposition groups in eastern Hama. [Qasioun]

The battles continue between Tahrir Al-Sham and Daesh in the eastern rural areas of Hama, after Daesh captured 13 villages from Tahrir Al-Sham. [EnabBaladi]

 

Local sources say 3 members of the National Defense Militia of the Syrian Army were killed on Wednesday, including a journalist, in a land​​ mine explosion in eastern Hama. [Dorar]

 

Homs

Media sources revealed that Daesh moved from the outskirts of Sukhnah city to the eastern area of Homs with a convoy of tanks and heavy vehicles and without any Russian airstrikes or battles with the Syrian forces for a distance of about 150​​ km​​ (93 miles). [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes killed a senior Daesh Iraqi commander, in an airstrike near Deir Ez-Zor on Sunday. ​​ 

 

SDF offensive

Qasioun reports​​ that​​ Daesh recovered several areas​​ from the SDF today, including 3 villages, in western Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

However, the pro-SDF​​ Hawar News reports the SDF captured 2 villages, killed 9 Daesh terrorists, and destroyed a Daesh armored vehicle​​ between Al-Sur and Markada. [Hawar]

Hawar​​ says​​ the SDF advanced 5​​ km​​ (3 miles)​​ against Daesh today. [Hawar]

 

Dorar reported​​ Wednesday evening​​ that​​ Russian aircraft​​ allegedly​​ massacred dozens of civilians while targeting water crossings in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [Dorar]

 

Hawar reports the SDF has freed 10,000 civilians in Deir Ez-Zor. [Hawar]

 

Syrian Army offensive

Daesh says it killed 13 SDF fighters in an attack on Mahmida village, west of Deir Ez-Zor, on Tuesday. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh also says it destroyed a Humvee and an SUV carrying SDF fighters in a suicide attack near the village on Tuesday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed 17 SDF fighters in an attack on the Al-Jufra oilfield, northeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh​​ said​​ yesterday it killed eight SDF fighters in an attack on the Jufra oilfield, northeast of Deir Ez-Zor. We don’t know if these were two different attacks.​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF bulldozer with a rocket near the oilfield. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed 15 Syrian soldiers in clashes near Hatla town, east of Deir Ez-Zor​​ and north of Jufra, on Tuesday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army tank with a rocket near Madhloum village. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Mayadin

Wednesday, Jamal Al-Zoubi, a member of the People’s Assembly, said that the Syrian forces​​ have taken​​ full control of Mayadin, after fighting with Daesh. [Qasioun]

However, another report​​ Wednesday​​ said​​ the Syrian Forces made significant progress at Daesh’s expense in Mayadin. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Syrian forces captured the Al-Rahba Fortress near the eastern entrance to Mayadin city. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said the Syrian Army took control of strategic points east of the Euphrates River and​​ in​​ the vicinity of Mayadin. [SyriaNow]

 

Albu Kamal

According to activists, Daesh executed 3 people in Albu Kamal on charges of​​ communicating​​ with the Syrian forces. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh beheaded a man in Albu Kamal on Saturday after accusing him of cooperating with government forces. ​​ 

 

​​ A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh paraded in Albu Kamal city with 2 Hezbollah fighters it captured in battles near Deir Ez-Zor.​​ 

 ​​​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh deployed foreign female terrorists to its checkpoints in Albu Kamal. The source says this is the first time Daesh has used women in its checkpoints, other than for searching women.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

The Syrian Ministry of Defense announced 1 death and 6 injuries as a result of a double suicide attack in front of a police station on the Khaled Ibn Al-Walid Street in Damascus Wednesday afternoon, following clashes with police who tried to stop the attack. According to a source in the Ministry, the police were able to corner a third suicide bomber in Suq Al-Baleh near the same street, which led him to detonate himself. [Sumaria]​​ Daesh claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.​​ [A3maq] Another report​​ said​​ a​​ number of civilians were killed and wounded.​​ [Dorar]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Hay Al-Tadhamun. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Informed sources report that over the past few days the Syrian forces have taken control of the entire Jordanian border in​​ Rif​​ Damashq​​ Province. Syrian opposition groups have receded into​​ a geographical area of about 6,500 sq km in the vicinity of Al-Tanaf base, where US forces are coordinating with some opposition factions. Sources report this comes after international pressure and after​​ opposition factions​​ refused​​ to go to Shaddadi and participate with the SDF in the liberation of Deir Ez-Zor. It is noteworthy that this is the first time the Syrian forces have moved​​ into these areas. [Qasioun]

Wednesday, the Syrian Central Military Media published a map showing the Syrian Army’s control of large areas in the southern rural areas of Damascus, adjacent to the Syrian-Jordanian border, following the anti-government opposition groups’ sudden withdrawal from the region. [EnabBaladi]

 

October 10,​​ 2017

 

Hawija

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi says Daesh will be done in Iraq by year’s end. [..]

Speaker​​ Al-Jubouri’s diplomacy competing with anti-KRG CoR hardliners. [..]

Turkey, Iran leaders continue criticism, threats toward KRG. [..]

IAF, IAA hammer Daesh locations in Al-Qa’im. [..]

400 more Daesh fighters from Hawija surrender to Peshmerga in Dibis. [..]

10 more mass graves found in Hawija. [..]

7 more Yazidis rescued in Iraq, Syria. [..]

Syria

Russian spokesman in Syria says US not doing enough to support​​ them. [..]

51 more Coalition airstrikes hit Raqqa. [..]

SDF has Daesh on the ropes in Raqqa. [..]

Lack of resources threatens thousands in Hasaka IDP camp. [..]

Russia overwhelms Mayadin with airstrikes. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi says, “this year will see the end of Daesh in Iraq.” He added that “the joint forces have been able to reach areas not reached by any military force since the fall of the former regime.” [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Kurdistan referendum issue

Iraqi leadership.​​ Tuesday, Al-Abadi warned of the emergence of agendas seeking to stir up​​ ethnic​​ strife in the country. He also said​​ that the federal government “will not stand idly by in attempts to break up the unity of the country.” He called on the Peshmerga forces not to clash with the federal forces in the disputed areas,​​ and stressed​​ that there will not be any dialogue with the Kurdistan region​​ until​​ the referendum is canceled.​​ [Sumaria]

Al-Abadi​​ said also on Tuesday that​​ starting any dialogue should be based on Iraqi unity, the constitution, and rejection of the referendum. He added​​ that​​ there are no clashes with Kurdistan. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is extremely unlikely that Barzani will humiliate himself and the KRG by invalidating his own referendum, and Al-Abadi must know this. The net effect is that there won’t be any dialogue based on this formula.​​ 

 

Al-Abadi said that the application of a confederation system as a compromise between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq would​​ require​​ amending​​ the Constitution. [BasNews]​​ Monday, Kurdish sources claimed Baghdad suggested “through a third party” the confederal system as a compromise with Kurdistan, in light of the current crisis following the referendum. [BasNews]

 

Tuesday, Kurdistan Alliance MP Rizan Sheikh Delir, called CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri’s visit to Erbil a positive turning point in the relationship between the Iraqi government and the KRG, establishing a peaceful dialogue framework to solve the current crisis. She called on Kurdish politicians to respond positively to the visit.  [Sumaria]

Monday, Al-Jubouri, said “my visit to Erbil was intended to seek solutions to the crisis between the federal government and Kurdistan region, and launch an open dialogue.” [Anadolu]​​ 

Tuesday, he described the Kurdistan referendum as a “dangerous problem,” citing the “state’s unity” as a primary and central issue which cannot be compromised. Al-Jubouri also said the liberation operations throughout Iraq happened thanks to the efforts of the residents and security forces. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, Iraq VP Osama Al-Nujaifi said that he discussed the situation in Ninewa, the Kurdistan referendum and its consequences, as well as possible measures and solutions with the US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman. [BasNews]

Nujaifi stressed on Saturday that Baghdad must not resort to imposing sanctions and siege against Kurdistan, confirming he didn’t sense any retreat on the part of Barzani. [Rudaw]

 

Tuesday, Oil Minister​​ Jabbar Ali Al-Luaibi ordered the rehabilitation of the pipelines to the Turkish port of Ceyhan via Salahuddin and Nineveh. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ To our knowledge, the alternate pipeline route through Ninewa has not been used for some years, and obviously could not be used during the three years Daesh controlled the province. It’s therefore logical to assume that these pipelines need some maintenance.

 

Iraqi Vice President, Nouri Al-Maliki, stressed the importance of the Kurds canceling the referendum’s results and moving forward to a dialogue with the Iraqi government in accordance with the constitution. [Sumaria]

 

Council of Representatives.​​ Saturday,​​ pro-Maliki​​ CoR Representative Aliyah Nassif announced that the recently formed CoR committee on the Kurdistan referendum voted to terminate the​​ membership of Kurdish representatives who participated in the referendum. The list of names has been submitted to the CoR Chair. [Sumaria]

 

However, CoR KDP​​ representative, Shakhwan Abdullah, said the CoR temporary committee which claimed to have voted to end the membership of 10 Kurdish members has no legal standing, as CoR committees have no authority to end the membership of a representative. [Sumaria]

 

CoR KDP spokesman Rinas Janu said on Tuesday that the party’s representatives were boycotting the CoR sessions. [Rudaw]

 

Monday, a Kurdistan Islamic Group ​​ representative, Ahmad Haj Rasheed, said the decisions by the Iraqi government and CoR representatives vis-à-vis the KRG are unilateral decisions and have a direct negative impact on Kurdistan’s residents. [Rudaw]

 

KRG leadership.​​ Sunday, Masoud Barzani met with CoR Chairman, Salim Al-Jubouri, who both agreed on the importance of preserving security and political stability through dialogue and refraining from raising tensions. Barzani says he reiterated to Al-Jubouri that the KRG is open to a dialogue without pre-conditions. [Mawsleya]

 

Tuesday, Masoud Barzani, said the KRG has not taken any steps towards escalation and is ready to enter a dialogue with Baghdad with an open agenda and no pre-conditions. [Rudaw]

 

Saturday, Barzani’s office said that he, Iraqi Vice-President Ayad Allawi, and Osama Al-Nujaifi agreed on holding talks with the Iraqi political factions and the immediate lifting of sanctions on Erbil. [ROJ]

 

Tuesday, President of the Council for Kurdish Regions Outside of Kurdistan, Nasradin​​ Sindi, said there have been no instructions given to the Peshmerga forces to retreat from Kurdish areas not under the KRG. He explained that the KRG is open to dialogue and there is no point in resorting to other means. [Sumaria]

 

Sunday, Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq Secretary General, Al-Khazali, reiterated that Kirkuk, the Ninewa Plains, Sinjar, Tal Afar, and Rabi’a are Iraqi areas which he will not hesitate to defend with force. He also rejected any efforts to fuel national strife. Al-Khazali also said the attempt to separate Iraq is an Israeli project intended to distract attention. [Sumaria]

 

KRG Minister of Commerce Newzad Adham, announced on Tuesday that commercial activity on border crossings is normal. The commercial activity within Kurdistan has increased since the liberation of Mosul and other areas from Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

A fist fight broke out between the security guards of President Fuad Masoum and the security guards of VP Nouri Al-Maliki at the funeral processions of late President, Jalal Talabani on Friday. [Rudaw]

 

Foreign and international.​​ Turkish PM Ben Ali Yildirim, reiterated on Tuesday his determination to hold discussions with Iraq and Iran regarding upcoming steps towards the KRG in the near future. He said the KRG “lost its friendship” with Ankara and Tehran after holding the “illegitimate” referendum. He noted that the KRG exploited the Iraqi government’s preoccupation with fighting Daesh to carry out this “unconstitutional adventure.” [Sumaria]

 

Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, announced that Turkey will take an Iraqi request to block the oil pipeline with the KRG seriously. He also claimed there are documents proving cooperation between KRG President, Masoud Barzani, and the Israeli Mossad.

He added that the border crossings are not between Turkey and Kurdistan, they are between Turkey and Iraq, stressing that Turkey will address the Iraqi government with regards to the border crossings.

He said that Barzani carried out the referendum despite everybody’s call for not holding it, adding that holding the referendum was a “big mistake” which will not bring the Kurds any additional rights. On the contrary, he said it will endanger the Kurds in Iraqi in the future. [Buratha]​​ 

 

Saturday, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “revealed” that a former French foreign minister and an Israeli minister developed a plan with Barzani for a partition of Iraq. Erdogan also noted there is a tripartite agreement with Tehran and Baghdad to monitor the developments in border regions. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, Iranian Judiciary Chief, Ayatollah Sadeq​​ (Amoli)​​ Larijani, described the Kurdistan referendum as “a​​ new fire lit up by Israel to distract the region,” adding that Iran “would never​​ agree to a partition path.” Larijani added that Daesh and​​ takfiri​​ groups are nearing their end in Syria and Iraq with the efforts of armed groups, people, and Iranian support, whereas the “arrogant” countries used to claim that fighting Daesh would take 20 years. [Sumaria]

Monday, UNAMI​​ chief, Jan Kubis, denied the UN has taken any initiative to solve the crisis following the Kurdistan referendum.​​ [Sumaria]

Thursday,​​ former US diplomat and author of “The End of Iraq,” Peter Galbraith, criticized the US policy in dealing with Kurdistan’s referendum in September in a CNN interview. He said that​​ When it comes to the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, the US “is on the side of Iran and against the people who were our friends.” [CNN] [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So if we understand the distinguished gentleman correctly, any US officials who opposed the KRG referendum did so because they are pro-Iran.​​ Please raise your hand if you believe this.​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Rawa (4), Al-Qa’im (2), ​​ Hit (1), Bashir (1) Tuz Khurmatu (1), and Hawija (1). ​​ [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed a National Security Service member in his house in the Al-Zor area, in Tarmiya. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Monday, a security source said a civilian was killed and two others were wounded in an IED explosion in Al-Zafaraniya. [PressIraq]

 

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

Tuesday, a police source said 1 policeman​​ was killed and 3 others were injured in an IED explosion that went off as their vehicle passed. The IED was planted on a roadside of the Hor Rijab area in southern Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Sunday, a local police source said that security teams captured explosives and other weapons, including 9 mortar shells, 11 mortar shell valves, and a rocket in southern Baghdad during a search operation in Al-Rasheed. [Waradana]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Saturday, 1 person was killed and 4 others were wounded in an IED explosion in​​ the​​ Al-Haswa area​​ in​​ western Baghdad, according to a local police source. [Waradana]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The PMF​​ organization​​ announced on Tuesday​​ that it​​ received​​ 10 families that​​ escaped​​ from Daesh in the Ramadi desert. The PMF provided the families with basic needs and moved them to safer​​ places. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Tuesday, a source from the Al-Jazeera Operations​​ Command​​ reported killing a suicide bomber in​​ the​​ Al-Kassara area​​ in​​ western Hit District. The​​ units​​ continue to search for another suicide bomber in western Anbar.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Anah

Al-Jazeera Operations Command says Coalition airstrikes destroyed 7 vehicle bombs and killed 10 terrorists in Rawa.​​ [Harbi]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, security source in Anbar reported that​​ Coalition warplanes destroyed 5 Daesh vehicles headed from Al-Qa’im District towards​​ government positions​​ in Anah​​ District, killing everyone in the vehicles. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Tuesday, the Ministry of Defense announced that​​ the IAA​​ airstrikes destroyed two Daesh vehicles​​ on Al-Qa’im Road,​​ near the Syrian border,​​ while completing a search​​ operation in​​ the border city of​​ Akashatkilling everyone in the vehicles. The vehicles carried ammunition, mortar shells, and machine guns.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

According to a local source in Anbar, over 200 Syrian Daesh families entered Al-Qa’im District​​ Sunday​​ after the Syrian Army entered Mayadin to fight Daesh. The source added that Daesh​​ forced residents​​ in the Al-Rummana, Al-Obeidi, and Al-Zella areas in Al-Qa’im​​ out of their homes to obtain space for the new families. [Waradana]

 

Saturday,​​ Iraqi Air Force​​ (IAF)​​ planes​​ targeted​​ three​​ important Daesh locations​​ in Al-Qa’im. The operation​​ caused​​ the death of Abu Tareq,​​ described as​​ a close companion of Awwad​​ Al-Baghdadi.​​ According to a Ministry of Defense statement on Tuesday, the airstrikes targeted a gathering of Daesh leaders in​​ the city’s​​ Al-Jamaheer​​ neighborhood​​ who were planning attacks on Baghdad and Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf. The airstrikes completely destroyed the location and killed 20 Daesh members, wounded others, and destroyed two vehicles.​​ The operation​​ also​​ destroyed a workshop for making booby-trapped vehicles in the Furat neighborhood in Al-Qa’im, where 3 vehicles were bombed and 12 booby-trapping experts of foreign nationalities were killed.

 

A precision airstrike on a suicide bomber guesthouse in the 7 Nissan Neighborhood in Al-Qa’im killed 14 terrorists and wounded others, and destroyed a number of​​ explosives​​ belts and ammunition. [Buratha]

 

Iraqi Army commander Sattar Jabbar Kadhim announced on Saturday that a Daesh guesthouse west of Akashat was destroyed. The guesthouse contained 166 anti-armor rocket launchers; 20 missiles; 57 grenades; 148 rockets (8 SPGs); 20 rocket launchers (7 RPG); 61 Katyusha rocket launchers; and various types of ammunition. [Buratha]

 

Rutba

A security source reported earlier on Tuesday that 4 Daesh vehicles were destroyed in an airstrike in western Anbar. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says 18 Daesh terrorists were killed in search operations on the​​ east side​​ of Shirqat. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Tuesday, the IWMC announced the deaths of 3 Daesh members and the​​ destruction​​ of a pickup vehicle carrying weapons in an attempted Daesh​​ counter attack​​ on Jazeera Al-Siniya. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Saturday, Ministry of Interior Spokesman, Saad Maen, announced the deaths of 9 Daesh suicide bombers during​​ a​​ police operation in​​ a​​ village in Shirqat. [Buratha]

 

DIYALA

The Tigris (Dijla) Operations commander, Muzher Al-Azzawi, announced the arrests of 8 wanted men, including 2 on charges of terrorism, and the dismantling of 2 IEDs during search operations in different parts of Diyala​​ Governorate. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Diyala Provincial Police Command announced the seizure of a cache of explosives in the Al-Khatoun area in western Baquba. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, the IWMC announced the death of the terrorist called Abu Omar,​​ who​​ was​​ the main transporter​​ for Daesh​​ in​​ part of its​​ Wilayat Diyala,”​​ in a Coalition airstrike.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Sunday, the PMF destroyed 5 newly-constructed Daesh guesthouses and seized explosive materials in villages in northern Muqdadiya, according to PMF media. [Forat]

 

Dijla (Tigris) Operations commander, Muzher Al-Azzawi, announced the launch of a major military operation on Tuesday to track down Daesh members in Al-Nada Basin, 45 km (28 miles) east of Baquba.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

 

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

Sunday, Dijla (Tigris) Operations commander, Muzher Al-Azzawi, announced the deaths of 4 Daesh leaders in an airstrike in northeast Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

Saturday, the Dijla​​ Ops​​ Command announced that a pre-emptive search operation​​ was conducted​​ from two directions,​​ the Himrin Dam and Wadi Jahriz​​ in​​ the Himrin Mountains, to​​ put​​ pressure​​ on​​ terrorists​​ and reinforce security. The search teams found 4 IEDs, 3 pickup vehicles, and a tractor, which were all destroyed by the EOD. [IraqPress]

 

Saturday, Diyala Police announced the destruction of 5 guesthouses and 3 vehicles belonging to Daesh in Iraqi Army Air​​ (IAA)​​ airstrikes​​ in​​ northern Diyala and along its borders with Salahuddin. [Waradana]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Tuesday, a Peshmerga commander, Kamal Kirkuki, announced the deaths of 8 Daesh members in western Kirkuk during clashes with Daesh. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Tuesday, a military source said over 400 Daesh members surrendered to the Peshmerga forces in Dibis, ​​​​ most coming from the Hawija District. The surrendered Daesh members were transferred to safe areas outside of Kirkuk for interrogation by the Kurdish forces;​​ their families were transferred to special camps under the control of the Iraqi Army in southern Mosul. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Monday, a security source said the Peshmerga foiled a Daesh attack on Peshmerga positions in northwestern Kirkuk. Four Daesh members were killed and one was arrested. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, according​​ to Daniel Jabbar of the Kirkuk Police, a mortar shell was fired at the Dawa Party location around 10:00 PM by unknown party. [Rudaw]

 

Saturday, Turkmen Front President, Representative Arshed Al-Salehi, called on PM Haider Al-Abadi to​​ keep​​ military​​ units​​ in Kirkuk after liberating Hawija in order to prevent terrorism from returning.​​ None of the political parties agreed on any compromise on the constitutional and administrative future of the province. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The PMF​​ Press​​ announced the discovery of 10 mass graves containing troops and civilian bodies, including women and children, in Hawija on Saturday. [Sumaria]

 

Sunday, the IWMC reported that a number of Daesh members who refused to surrender themselves were killed in Hawija, while the clearing operations​​ for​​ explosives​​ in Hawija continued. [IraqPress]

 

Saturday,​​ Iraqi​​ Federal Police commander​​ Ra’ed Jawdat announced that​​ the IFP had​​ seized a booby-trap workshop and a tunnel network in Hawija, in addition to 15 rockets, 2 booby-trapped vehicles, 177 IEDs, and 5 warehouses containing missiles. [IraqPress]

 

Tuesday, the PMF EOD defused two booby-trapped Daesh vehicles in Hawija and found weapons and IEDs during search operations, according to PMF media. [Ghad]​​ 

As of Tuesday, the PMF’s EOD and security personnel continue to clear Hawija’s northern villages of war remnants, including mines, and are securing roads in anticipation of the IDPs return, according to PMF media. [PressIraq]

Tuesday, the PMF’s EOD defused 2 Daesh booby-trapped cars in northern Hawija. [Forat]

 

Daesh says it conducted 3 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces south of Hawija. [ICDNOct10]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

East Mosul

Sunday, the Military Intelligence​​ Service​​ announced the discovery of an ammunition warehouse containing 1,600 mortar shells in a basement of a building in eastern Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

West​​ Mosul

Tuesday, Baghdad Operations Command announced the arrest of an escaped prisoner from the Badoush Prison near Mosul. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN

Tuesday, a source from the Bureau for the Rescue of Yazidi Abductees in Dahuk said 7 Yazidi abductees were rescued from Daesh in the preceding 24 hours. Qa’idi added the Yazidis rescued were a mother and 4 children from the Solagh area and another woman from Tal Banat who were rescued from Daesh in Syria, and an 8-year-old child who was freed in Ninewa. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A pro-PKK media source says at least 15 members of the Turkish army were killed or wounded in military operations carried out by the​​ PKK​​ in the Barzan area Ghafar in northern Kurdistan.​​ [ROJ]

 

In conjunction with Turkish statements about opening a new border crossing with Iraq, Lieutenant General Jabbar Yawar, Secretary-General of the KRG Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs said that any​​ new border crossings between Iraq and Turkey will not be established without the consent of the KRG, as it will be within the areas under Peshmerga control. ​​ [BasNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Daesh said on Saturday its snipers killed four PMF fighters and wounded another in Jurf Al-Sakhar, and destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED also in Jurf Al-Sakhar. [A3maq] [A3maq] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Jurf Al-Sakhar was the first city retaken from Daesh, but is still a place with significant sectarian tensions. It’s the kind of place where Daesh might try to recycle its insurgency.

 

Tuesday, Al-Rafidain Operations commander, Ali Ibrahim Dab’oun, announced the arrest of a suspect on terrorism​​ charges​​ in Dhi Qar. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkey’s​​ Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, renewed his call on the United States to stop backing the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PYD) and its armed wing​​ (in his interpretation), the PKK, and​​ the PKK’s​​ branches​​ in Syria, threatening to break the Turkish alliance with the United States. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We wouldn’t rush to disagree with any reader whose response to this story is “Put up or shut up.”

 

Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed the Kurdistan referendum in a phone call, as well as the latest developments in Syria and​​ Iraq, and ways to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Turkey and France, according to sources in the Turkish President’s office. The two presidents also reiterated the importance of preserving the unity of both Syrian and Iraqi lands. [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This as interpreted by Erdogan. We wonder what Macron actually​​ said.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Tuesday, Russia accused the US of pretending to fight Daesh in Iraq while in reality the US deliberately minimizes its airstrikes to allow the group’s militants’ stream to cross the border into Syria and impede the advancement of the Russian-backed Syrian Army. Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, says the result was the mass transfer of extremists from the Iraqi borders into Deir Ez-Zor, where Daesh is trying to gain a stronghold on the eastern Euphrates River bank. “The actions of the Pentagon and the​​ Coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tactic a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian Army’s operation, backed by the Russian Air Force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates?” asked Konashenkov.“Or is it an artful move to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Iraq by forcing them into Syria and into the path of the Russian Air Force’s pinpoint bombing?” Konashenkov added that the Syrian forces are trying to expel Daesh from Mayadin city, whereas Daesh continues to try to reinforce its lines there with foreign militants coming from Iraq. [Mawazin]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We hardly know what to say. Should we be stationing US Marines on the Iraq-Syria border so as not to let Daesh fighters cross it? But “pinpoint bombing” by the Russian Air Force? Really? We would urge Igor to get a broader perspective on this issue by talking to attendees at some of the funerals of the​​ much-too-high number of civilians killed by their “pinpoint bombing.”​​ 

 

Monday, the Al-Akhbar Lebanese newspaper revealed that a delegation of YPG’s general commanders, headed by the YPG​​ commander​​ Sipan Hemo, made an unannounced visit to Russia last week at its invitation, as part of Moscow’s efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis. “Russian officials also reiterated Russia’s view that the Syrian Kurds must effectively and equally participate in the political process,” according​​ to the Lebanese​​ Al-Akhbar​​ newspaper. [Qasioun]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 53 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, including a surprisingly high 51 in or near Raqqa, where Daesh is reportedly already close to defeat. The others were in or near Deir Ez-Zor (1) and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

According to local sources, the Al-Sad camp, managed by the SDF, lacks the most basic elements of life. Thousands of Deir Ez-Zor displaced people in Al-Sad camp, located in the southern rural areas of Hasaka, are suffering​​ from multiple​​ conditions, compounded by a severe lack of shelter and tents, which forces hundreds of families to sleep in the open for several days before they get a tent. [Arabi21]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Local sources say there is a lull in military activity in Raqqa city, which has come as a great relief to the civilians trapped under Daesh, as they have been able to roam the streets in search of drinking​​ water and food. ​​ Local sources say Daesh has fully withdrawn from Raqqa, heading towards the western areas of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

However, other reports​​ (see below)​​ seemed to contradict the​​ statement that Daesh had withdrawn.

 

The Combined Joint Task Force of Operation Inherent Resolve says the Raqqa Civil Council is holding discussions to determine the best way to help civilians trapped under Daesh’s control leave the city, while saying that anyone who is found to have fought for Daesh will be turned over to local authorities. In this regard, Coalition Director of Operations, Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga, said “we have a responsibility to defeat Daesh while preserving civilian life to the greatest extent possible. Make no mistake, a lot of hard fighting remains and we are committed to the lasting defeat of Daesh.” [InherentResolve]

 

Hawar news agency reports 8 Daesh terrorists were killed in clashes with the SDF in downtown Raqqa. [Hawar]

Hawar reported Tuesday that the SDF had freed 350 civilians from Daesh in Raqqa city. [Hawar]​​ [ROJ]

 

Hawar​​ also​​ reports that Daesh has turned the National Hospital into a place to trade human organs and is using patients as blood donors. [Hawar]

 

Hawar reports Daesh fighters have begun burning their weapons, ammunition, and documents as the SDF tightens​​ its​​ grip on Raqqa.[Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/ Manbij

Hawar reports that​​ Syrian forces entered Himar​​ Al-Jais village near Manbij and forced all of the village’s residents to leave the area. [Hawar]

 

Sunday, the YPG in Afrin accused pro-Hezbollah militias of abducting​​ dozens of the city’s residents while they were heading to Aleppo. [Arabi21]​​ [Arabi21]

Aleppo/Idlib

In accordance with​​ the​​ Astana 6 agreement, Turkey deployed its first military observers​​ to​​ their surveillance points after it reached an agreement with the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s formal affiliate in Syria, to hand over the management of Idlib to Turkey and to dissolve itself later to further distance ​​ itself from Al-Qaeda. [SyriaNow]

The Turkish Army said​​ that​​ since Sunday it has begun reconnaissance activities in Idlib within the surveillance posts identified in the “de-escalation zone” agreement. [EnabBaladi]

 

Turkey’s Defense Minister, Nurettin Canikli,​​ stated personally that​​ the Turkish Army’s operations in Idlib are to establish a de-escalation zone in accordance with the Astana 6 agreements. [Dorar]

At the same time,​​ Canikli, hinted at the possibility of the Turkish Army remaining in Idlib “until the danger is over.” Canikli said, “the Turkish Armed Forces need to stay in Syria until the threats from Syria against Turkey are eliminated.” [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So this action is not really for Syria but an opportunity to target the Kurdish districts farther north from another angle. Thanks for the clarification.

 

The Al-Dorar Al-Shamiya Network reported, on Tuesday, that the Russian Army had opened a special office in YPG-controlled​​ areas for recruiting people who want to join the Fifth Corps of the Syrian Army. [Dorar]

 

Thursday, the Syrian Interim Government has entirely taken over the management of the Al-Salama​​ border​​ crossing with Turkey, located in northern Aleppo, which was previously managed by Al-Jabha Al-Shamiya (the Levant Front), after it had reached an agreement, supported by Turkey, with the anti-government​​ opposition groups. [Anadolu] [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. This development seems to have occurred suddenly and the implications are not clear. The “Syrian Interim Government” is the political face of​​ some anti-Assad opposition groups, which has operated from Syria but now has an office in Azaz.​​ 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Latakia

Qasioun reports that a Russian warplane crashed shortly after taking off from Khmeimim Base in Latakia, about 1​​ km from the base. Russia has not officially announced the incident. [Qasioun]

 

Hama

According to sources close to Tahrir Al-Sham,​​ it​​ recovered several villages from Daesh in eastern areas of Hama. Daesh retreated to the eastern suburbs of Hama. According to sources in the Syrian opposition, Daesh crossed from Aqairbat towards the Al-Rahjan area, controlled by Tahrir Al-Sham, following an agreement with Syrian government forces. [Qasioun]

Tuesday, Abu Al-Fath Al-Farghali, a member of Tahrir Al-Sham’s General Sharia Council and Fatwa Committee, accused Daesh of collaborating with the Russian and Syrian Governments to attack Tahrir Al-Sham, saying the Syrian government and Russia allowed 500 Daesh members, along with heavy weapons, to cross through areas under their control to attack Tahrir Al-Sham.[Qasioun]

 

Media sources close to Tahrir Al-Sham say​​ it​​ recovered 3 villages from Daesh’s control: Al-Shakusa, Al-Rahjan, and Sarha. [Qasioun]

Dorar reported that Monday morning Daesh carried out a sudden attack on Al-Rahjan town, located in the eastern rural areas of Hama. [Dorar]

 

Daesh said on Monday it attacked Tahrir Al-Sham east of Hama and captured several villages. [A3maq] [A3maq]​​ 

 

Local sources say three civilians were killed and 10 others were wounded in Russian airstrikes in Al-Thafariya village in eastern Hama. Local sources say many of the injured are still trapped under the rubble and civil defense teams are working to free them. Villages in eastern Hama have been seeing a mass exodus as a result of the heavy bombardment. [Qasioun]

 

Sunday, Tahrir Al-Sham says it repelled​​ an attack launched by Syrian forces on positions in the Telasia front, north of Hama. This attack came after Tahrir Al-Sham captured Abu Dali village, in the northern rural areas of Hama. [Qasioun]

 

Homs

Tuesday, media sources confirmed that Daesh has prevented Al-Qaryatayn residents from leaving the city so far, while the Syrian​​ forces have also obstructed the entry and exit of citizens to and from the city, and cut off all forms of communication with it. [ZamanAlWasl]

Daesh issues a video from Qaryatayn city. [A3maq]​​ 

 

The Qaryatayn​​ local​​ council warned of a possible massacre of ten thousand civilians by the Syrian and Russian forces as they try to take the city back from Daesh. [Dorar]

 

Tuesday, the official Syrian Television cameraman, Mohammed Milad, was killed, along with two comrades, in a land mine explosion near the Salhiya village in Homs while covering the Syrian​​ forces operations. [EnabBaladi]

 

Monday, Local authorities in Deir Ez-Zor reported that in addition to the Russian airstrikes on the ferries used by civilians to cross the river, the Syrian​​ forces laid sea mines in the Euphrates River in order to stop civilians from fleeing the military operations in Deir Ez-Zor. This allegedly​​ killed dozens of civilians. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Hawar news agency reports the Al-Jazeera Storm campaign has completed its first month, during which the SDF​​ claims to have​​ liberated 3,348 sq km, freed 50,000 civilians, and killed 156 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

 

Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the UN, warned of the consequences of continued fighting and airstrikes on civilians and infrastructure in Deir Ez-Zor, where 95,000 civilians were displaced in the span of 8 days. [Anadolu]

 

The SDF captured 4 villages: Shaqra and Safira, Tahtani, and Fuqani. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed eight SDF fighters in an attack on the Jufra Oilfield, northeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Local sources reported the arrival of a convoy of displaced persons coming from the eastern villages of Deir Ez-Zor that was 7​​ km long. The convoy was reportedly sent west to camps​​ in​​ southwest Hasaka. [Qasioun]

 

Spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor​​ Konashenkov, said more than 100 Daesh terrorists were killed​​ by​​ Russian airstrikes in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Russia’s Defense Ministry accused the US-led Coalition of trying to derail the Deir Ez-Zor operation against Daesh. [Dorar]​​ [See longer story above]

The Russian Defense Ministry said it detected​​ attempts to transfer terrorists from Iraq to Syria and the Russian Air force killed more than 100 Daesh members in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

According to Qasioun, at dawn today, the Syrian forces massacred civilians, including children and women, on the outskirts of Hatla village. [Qasioun]

 

Monday evening, Daesh media reported that dozens of the SDF were killed and wounded in a booby-trapped car attack by Daesh on the outskirts of Mehemeda in the western rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh also launched a violent attack on SDF positions in the​​ Conoco​​ Oil Field. Earlier Monday, the SDF captured the villages of Zaghir and Mehemeda in the western rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, after fighting with Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Monday, Daesh announced it killed dozens of the SDF fighters hours after the latter captured new villages in the western rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor. Meanwhile, SOHR accused the Al-Baqara tribe of collaborating with the Syrian Army in the battles of Deir Ez-Zor. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Sunday, Furat Post Network reported there were consecutive explosions in the Sports City, a Russian Forces headquarters located at the southern entrance of Deir Ez-Zor. [Dorar]

 

Mayadin

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that Russia is carrying out about 150 airstrikes each day on Daesh-controlled sites in Mayadin city. [Qasioun]

 

Tuesday, all the hospitals and medical points in Mayadin are out of service due to the heavy​​ airstrikes​​ on the city. [Dorar]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

The Syrian Army controls 8,000 square kilometers in the southeastern rural areas of​​ Rif​​ Damashq​​ and eliminated the last group of “Daesh” terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say security forces were targeted by a vehicle bomb as a suicide terrorist tried to storm a cement factory in central Sinai. One person was killed in the explosion. Security sources say​​ takfiri​​ terrorists sent threats to the cement factory demanding it close or else it would be bombed. Security forces set up an ambush at the entrance to the cement factory. The​​ security forces fired at the car,​​ which caused the explosion. [AhlMisr]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on the Egyptian Army near Baghdad village in Central Sinai. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Tunisia

The Ministry of Interior announced that it uncovered​​ two​​ takfiri​​ cells consisting of 40 members in Bin Arous that promote jihad and glorify Daesh on social media. [Tunisien]

 

October 6, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces in Hawija​​ 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

France reported looking for city to host Iraq-KRG negotiations. [..]

Al-Maliki, State of Law party trying to remove President Masoum [..]

. . . but Sadrists challenge Al-Maliki’s leadership of Shia alliance. [..]

Turkey keeps up pressure on KRG. [..]

Iraq readies military offensive to recover Rawa in Anbar. [..]

Erbil​​ airport taking​​ heavy​​ financial losses from international flight ban. [..]

Syria

Coalition hits Raqqa with 29 more airstrikes. [..]

SDF progress continues in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Syrian Army & Russian air cover move into Mayadin. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

 

According to the French newspaper​​ Le Monde, there has been an effort to pick a European city to host the “negotiation table” between Baghdad and Erbil to solve the dispute resulting from the Kurdistan referendum.​​ Le Monde​​ speculates the negotiations may happen in Paris. [BasNews]

 

Friday, Iraqi Ambassador to Turkey, Hisham Ali Al-Akbar Al-Alawi, confirmed that the Iraqi government “may use force if necessary” to control the Al-Khabur crossing between Turkey and​​ Kurdistan, saying the military​​ activity​​ on the border was​​ considered as a preparation for that. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is worth noting that this crossing is in the far northwest corner of Iraqi Kurdistan, by the city of Zakho in Dahuk, a long way from any disputed territories. Despite the ambassador’s bombastic ​​ statement, it is much more likely that the crossing would be closed from the Turkish side of the bridge.

 

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that Turkey will open a new border crossing with Iraq, in cooperation with the central government in Baghdad, after it shuts down the existing border crossing in response to last week’s Kurdish independence referendum. “We have proposed opening the new Ovakoy border crossing, west of the currently border crossing, to Baghdad and we are expecting their support,” said Yildirim. [Arabi21]

 

Upon his arrival from Iran, Turkish President Erdogan said in a televised statement that Turkey, Iran, and the Iraqi government will make a joint decision to stop oil supplies to northern Iraqi “Kurdistan”, in response to the referendum. He added that Kurdistan must “return to its senses and reverse its decision.” Erdogan also criticized the fact that Kirkuk was added to the referendum, as the Kurds “are invaders in that area.” [SotIraq]

 

Turkish Deputy PM, Başbakan Yardımcıları, announced in a televised speech on Friday that Turkey has defined the timeline and nature of its steps to deal with Kurdistan, which he referred to as “the northern Iraq region,” adding that those steps may change according to the situation. [Sumaria]

 

Friday, State of Law representative, Haidar Al-Muwalla, announced his withdrawal from former​​ President Jalal Talabani’s funeral processions, along with other representatives, in protest of the​​ President being​​ covered by​​ the Kurdish flag rather than the Iraqi flag, in addition to the “failure”​​ to​​ follow funeral procession protocols. [Sumaria]

 

Ismael Khurmali, an executive member of the Kurdish Election Commission, said the preliminary results of the referendum are the same as the final results, as there were no complaints about irregularity during the process. [Rudaw]

 

The Pentagon announced that the US continues to support the Peshmerga,​​ even though​​ the US​​ funding period for them​​ ended​​ in July and discussions for resuming the funds have not started. According to Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon, even if no new funding agreement is signed, the US will still support the Peshmerga through training and military supplies. [Rudaw]

 

The parliamentary Al-Ahrar​​ (Sadrist)​​ bloc,​​ said​​ that​​ having​​ Vice President Nouri​​ Al-Maliki as​​ head of the National Alliance will​​ exacerbate the differences within the Alliance. It wants to​​ elect another person acceptable to all religious authorities. [Buratha]

 

Al-Maliki is spearheading a movement to remove Fuad Masoum from his position as​​ President, based on​​ the​​ equivocal​​ position Masoum​​ adopted on​​ the Kurdistan referendum. State of Law representative Haidar Al-Muwalla said signatures have been collected and presented to the CoR chair calling for Masoum’s​​ removal. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This reflects one of the unsavory aspects of​​ Iraqi​​ politics—the lack of flexibility and resulting unwillingness to compromise. Removing Masoum will only make the political problem worse, not better. We are also getting suspicious that these hard-line moves by State of Law have more to do with promoting Al-Maliki for a return to the Prime Minister position than they do with promoting progress in Iraq. He is trying to get an edge by staking out an extreme anti-Kurdish position. It’s worth noting that much of the recent alienation of the Kurds was because of actions by Al-Maliki when he was Prime Minister.​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or​​ near Hawija (8), Bashir (1) and Ramadi (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source reported that two civilians were wounded in an IED explosion on the roadside of the Diyala Bridge area. [Baghdadia]

 

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

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) reported the discovery of a Daesh hideout in the Al-Mazraa area in southern Baghdad. The hideout contained 22 IEDs, 1 mortar shell, and 1 rocket. The IEDs were defused by the EOD.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [Etejah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Friday, the Anbar Police announced they​​ had​​ discovered a Daesh hideout containing weapons and explosives, during​​ a large search operation in the center of Falluja. The EOD defused the materials without incident.​​ According to Officer Ali Sami, the hideout contained light and medium weapons. [Baghdadia] [Waradana]

 

Ramadi

Anbar Operations​​ Commander Mahmoud Fallahi announced that a Daesh suicide bomber tried to infiltrate a military base in the 35 Kilo​​ area.​​ He​​ was killed on the spot by security forces. [Baghdadia]

 

Anah

Anbar Security Council member, Raje’ Barakat Al-Issawi, announced on Friday that the​​ armed​​ forces and supporting forces are preparing to carry out a large-scale attack to regain control over the Rawa​​ District from Daesh. Iraqi Army Air (IAA)​​ struck​​ Daesh hideouts,​​ killing​​ dozens of suicide bombers and foreign fighters.​​ [Etejah]

 

Friday, the Anbar Operations Command announced that security forces discovered 320 mortar shells (120 mm) and 71 mortar shells (60 mm) in various parts of Anah District while clearing the​​ city of battle remnants. The Daesh mortar shells were transported out of the city by Civil Defense and the EOD. [Baghdadia]

 

Al-Qa’im

A security source says dozens of terrorists were killed in a Coalition airstrike in Al-Qa’im.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

Friday, a security source in Anbar announced that the Coalition destroyed a booby-trapped car with an airstrike in the Jabab area in western Al-Qa’im District. The booby-trapped car was intended to target security forces in Anah. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A security source in Anbar said on Friday that​​ Daesh leader​​ Majid Meteib Agiel Al-Mahlawi and five of his personal guards were killed in an airstrike by the Coalition in Al-Qa’im. [Ghad]

Friday, a security source reported the death of dozens of Daesh members in Coalition airstrikes on the Daesh “Diwan Al-Hisbah” in Al-Qa’im. The location was totally destroyed. [Baghdadia]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh​​ has​​ started to confiscate satellite receivers from Al-Ubour village. The source says the village was one of Daesh’s​​ strongholds and Daesh used to treat its people leniently.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IWMC reported on Friday that 5 Daesh members​​ were killed​​ while trying to​​ escape​​ the ongoing military operations in the Makhoul Mountains, where Iraqi​​ troops​​ stopped Daesh members from fleeing to liberated areas. [IraqPress]

 

DIYALA

Chairman of the Diyala Provincial Council’s Security Committee, Sadeq Al-Husseini, stressed on Friday that Daesh’s “Wilayat Diyala” had become part of the past, pointing out that all the first-line leaders were​​ dead​​ after the Hawija battle. [Buratha]

 

Tigris (Dijla) Operations​​ commander, Muzher Al-Azzawi, announced on Friday the arrest of five men on​​ terrorism​​ counts in​​ different​​ areas of Diyala during search operations by security forces. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A security source says an​​ Iraqi​​ airstrike killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including a Daesh leader named Hisham Mohammed Saad,​​ in the Al-Hod Al-Waqf area​​ northeast of Baquba.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed a policeman in the Qatoun area in Baquba. [A3maq]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

According to a local source in Diyala, Thursday evening, one of Daesh’s most prominent transporters of weapons, explosives, and medications was killed in an airstrike on his vehicle in eastern Diyala. The vehicle carried weapons, anti-tank containers, and another Daesh member, and​​ was targeted on a road between the Buthaja and Kasiba villages on the outskirts of the Al-Waqf Basin. The terrorist killed was from Makhisa village and has been active since the days of Al-Qaeda.​​ [Ghad]​​ [Ghad]

 

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

Friday, a local source reported that a major Daesh hideout was destroyed in an airstrike in northeastern Diyala. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it killed the​​ mukhtar of Saif Saad village, in Qara Tapa. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Brett​​ McGurk,​​ U.S.​​ special envoy​​ to​​ the Coalition​​ Against Daesh, tweeted that large numbers of Daesh members surrendered themselves in Hawija, without explaining to whom they surrendered themselves. McGurk said there were more “surprises on the way.” [Forat] [McGurkOnTwitter]

 

Friday, the PMF’s 11th​​ Brigade liberated three villages northeast of Hawija: Marata Al-Sughra, Sheikh Muzher and Marata Al-Kubra. [Etejah]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

The PMFs liberated the villages of Al-Saidiya and Hama northeast of Hawija, and continue to clear Tal Al-Ward village, according to the PMF media.​​ [Forat]

 

Friday, the PMF​​ organization​​ announced​​ the​​ clearing​​ of​​ several areas northeast of Hawija city. [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Friday, a source in the Ninewa intelligence, reported the arrest of 21 Daesh members who were intending to carry out terrorist attacks in Mosul against security forces, civilians, and community leaders. [Baghdadia]

 

Friday, the Ministry of Migration and Displacement announced the return of 12,378 IDPs from the south and east Mosul camps to their respective​​ neighborhoods​​ in the city​​ in​​ the past two days. The IDPs and their belongings were transported via trucks and buses coordinated by the Ministry of Migration and Displacement and the Ministry of Transport, which also provided them with humanitarian aid. More IDPs will be returning to liberated areas in Mosul in the next two days. [Sumaria]

 

East Mosul

Friday, General Rahman Al-Abidi of the PMF’s Ninewa Guards reported that​​ two​​ Daesh members were arrested in Al-Nour​​ neighborhood. The​​ two​​ Daesh members were photographing the neighborhood alleys with cellphones. One had a vehicle and admitted to being a member of Al-Hisbah, and the other admitted to being a Daesh member. [Ghad]

 

Tal Afar

Friday, Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said Kurdish Peshmerga forces had killed or captured 1,000 Daesh members since the launch of the Tal Afar liberation operation on the 20th​​ of August so​​ far. Dillon described the Peshmerga forces as a “vital partner,” pointing out that the war against Daesh will last​​ well​​ after the liberation of Hawija. [BasNews]

 

KURDISTAN

Rudaw reports the Erbil International Airport may not be able to afford to remain open after losing most of its traffic due to Baghdad’s flight ban. Before the ban, Erbil​​ had​​ 50-60 flights per day, bringing in an estimated $350,000 daily. Domestic flights are still running. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Friday, Babel Police spokesman Adel Al-Husseini announced the arrest of 40 criminal suspects in Hilla in pre-emptive search operations in the Muwailha area. Additionally, the police found a quantity of gunpowder and a cordless communications device that were removed without incident.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said he received an invitation from his Iraqi counterpart, Haider Al-Abadi, to visit Baghdad in the coming days. [Anadolu]

 

Friday, the Turkish Army announced it destroyed hideouts belonging to the autonomy-seeking PKK organization, in airstrikes on the Qandil region in northern Iraq, and arrested two PKK terrorists​​ in eastern Turkey. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Friday, The Russian Defense Ministry said 91 percent of Syrian territory has been liberated from Daesh terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian activists called for a day of “Syrian outrage” on Saturday October 14th​​ in all of the capitals and centers of decision-making in the world to express their displeasure with the situation in Syria, referring to the destruction of cities, the displacement of civilians, the division of land, and the Russian and Iranian militias fighting alongside the Syrian Army. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 34 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or​​ near Raqqa (29), Al-Hawl (1), Shaddadi (1), Deir Ez-Zor (2) and Albu Kamal (1). ​​ [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Hawar news agency reports​​ that​​ clashes continue between the SDF and Daesh​​ around​​ the west​​ side​​ of the​​ municipal stadium, while the SDF freed 25 civilians from the western neighborhoods of the city.​​ [Hawar]

 

Activists say eight civilians were killed and others injured in airstrikes, believed to be from Coalition planes, on neighborhoods in the city. Local sources say the shelling focused on civilian homes in Daesh-controlled neighborhoods. [Qasioun]

 

The SDF discovered the two most important Daesh warehouses for weapons and ammunition in​​ the​​ Al-Firdaws​​ neighborhood​​ near the Al-Baladi playground in Raqqa city center. [Hawar]

 

As of Friday, the clashes in Raqqa’s city center between the SDF and Daesh are ongoing. 7 Daesh members were killed. SDF freed 65 civilians from Daesh, mostly women and children. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The Syrian opposition group, Ahal Al-Diyar, announced it is entirely​​ ready​​ militarily ready to support the Turkish forces in Turkey’s upcoming military operations in areas controlled by the YPG in the Afrin area. [Qasioun] [Dorar]

 

The Turkish army continues to shell the Jinderes and​​ Aska​​ areas in the Afrin District with heavy weapons. The YPG​​ female fighters have been responding to the shelling source. [Hawar]

 

Hawar news agency reports Turkish surveillance aircraft hovered over the Manbij Council Military Forces in the west and the south of the city. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Friday, militias backed by the Turkish government are preparing to enter the Idlib Province in the near future, after President Erdogan published the map for entering the city.​​ [Hawar]

Enab Baladi news agency reported that five leaders in anti-government opposition groups said some anti-government opposition groups are preparing to enter the province of Idlib soon, in​​ coordination with Turkey, without giving more details. In this regard, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that the Turkish army will be deployed within the borders of Idlib, while the Russian forces will be outside. [EnabBaladi]

Local sources say Tahrir Al-Sham took control of Al-Masherfa village in the southern area of Idlib. ​​ Tahrir Al-Sham also announced its advance towards Abu Dali village, in addition to killing the son of the Chief of the National Defense Militia, Muhammad Shalash Al-Mubarak. [Qasioun]

 

The Al-Hamza division of the​​ so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA)​​ said​​ that news circulating in the media about the Al-Hamza division going to Idlib to fight Tahrir Al-Sham is false. [Dorar]

 

Local activists reported that Tahrir Al-Sham carried out a sudden attack against the Syrian forces in Abu Dali village in eastern Hama. Syrian and Russian warplanes shelled various areas in the Idlib and Hama countryside, with reports of deaths and injuries among civilians. [Hawar]

 

Friday morning,​​ seven​​ children were killed and others were wounded as a result of Syrian Air Force airstrikes on the​​ city of​​ Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib.​​ Other​​ southern Idlib​​ places targeted​​ included​​ Tel Khanzir, Al-Musherifa, Abu Omar, Farja, and Dajaj, resulting in deaths and injuries​​ to​​ civilians. These airstrikes came after Tahrir Al-Sham’s attack on the Syrian​​ Army positions in Abu Dali village south of Idlib, which led to the seizure of several military locations, according to local sources. [Qasioun]

 

Friday,​​ activists from Khan Sheikhoun said that the Syrian​​ Air​​ Force launched five airstrikes on the popular market in the center of the city, killing seven people, mostly women and children, and wounding dozens more. [ZamanAlWasl]

SOHR reported​​ that​​ four planes, likely Russian, carried out four airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, located in the southern rural areas of Idlib, and areas in the vicinity of the popular market in the city center, killing at least 5 civilians, including 3 children, and wounding others. [SyriaHR]

 

Recently, Syrian​​ opposition sources said the de-escalation agreement was recently reinstated in Idlib city, following the Russian escalation in northern Syria the past two weeks. [Qasioun]

 

Friday, Russian planes​​ allegedly​​ committed a massacre in Khan Sheikhoun,​​ and​​ dozens of civilians, including women and children, were killed and wounded, according to local sources. The Russian warplanes targeted 10 residential neighborhoods and a street market. [Dorar]

 

SOHR reported a man was killed and a number of civilians were wounded in airstrikes on​​ a displaced​​ persons​​ camp near Al-Halba town in the southern rural areas of Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

The Russian Ministry of Defense denied reports saying that Daesh shot down a Russian helicopter in the Sheikh Hilal area in eastern Hama. The Ministry said the helicopter made an emergency landing due to a technical problem, based on the technical inspection report. [Qasioun]​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Friday morning, an​​ Enab Baladi​​ reporter in Idlib said “Tahrir Al-Sham” launched a heavy weapons​​ attack on Syrian forces in the Abu​​ Dali village in the eastern rural areas of Hama, and encircled the villages of Abu Dali and Telasia from three points.​​ Following the attack, the Syrian Air Force launched airstrikes on Al-Khawin village for the first time, resulting in a number of injuries, according to local activists.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Friday morning, SOHR reported the outbreak of violent clashes in several areas in the northeastern rural areas of Hama between the Syrian forces backed by militias on the one hand, and Tahrir Al-Sham and other Islamic groups on the other, after the latter’s attack on the​​ area. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it shot down a Russian helicopter south of Sheikh Hilal village, east of Hama. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Homs

In a statement on Friday morning, Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov criticized the Al-Tanaf US base in the Syrian Badia, saying its placement near the Syrian-Jordanian border impedes the Syrian government’s operations against Daesh, adding that the Al-Tanaf base has not carried out any operations against Daesh.​​ By contrast,​​ the operations carried out by Daesh were launched from the area around Al-Tanaf, where the US convoy is located. [Qasioun]

 

Friday, Russian Ministry of Defense made accusations against the Al-Tanaf base in Syria, saying the base plays a “suspicious” role in the region, according to a statement by the Ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov. He said, whenever the Syrian government forces, backed by the Russian Air​​ Force, move eastward to eradicate Daesh from Deir Ez-Zor, the situation is complicated by the presence of the US military base behind its front lines in the Al-Tanaf town. [Dorar]

 

The Daesh presence in eastern​​ Homs has​​ reportedly​​ been contained in several villages near the Jubb Al-Jarrah area, as well as the Al-Qaryatayn city. This comes after the Syrian government forces took complete control over the towns and villages of Aqairbat in the eastern Hama area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed five Syrian soldiers and destroyed 2 machine gunmounted vehicles in clashes east of Sukhnah. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army east of Sukhnah. [ICDNOct6]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SDF offensive

Hawar news agency reported 8 Daesh terrorists were killed in the Al-Jazeera Storm campaign as clashes continue between the SDF and Daesh. Clashes broke out in​​ Wasiha village south of​​ Al-Sur. The SDF has liberated half of​​ Wasiha village and has seized a large​​ quantity​​ of arms and ammunition. [Hawar]

Friday, the SDF liberated 5 new villages from Daesh and entered Wasiha village, and​​ killed 5 Daesh members.​​ Fighting is​​ ongoing. [Hawar]​​ 

 

The SDF freed 20,000 civilians​​ from​​ Deir Ez-Zor city and its surrounding villages. Two children lost their lives due to the lack of water in the areas the IDPs were moved to. The IDPs reported that their children are dying of dismal humanitarian conditions. [Hawar]

 

Clashes between the SDF fighters and Daesh intensified on Thursday on 3 fronts. The SDF advanced by 20 km​​ (12 miles)​​ and captured 20 farms.​​ 

The Al-Jazeera Storm Campaign continues for the 27th day in a row. SDF fighters are continuing to advance south of Al-Sur town towards the Iraqi border. [Hawar]

 

Thursday evening, the death toll​​ from​​ military operations in Deir Ez-Zor Province increased to 50, including women and children. A rocket from an unknown source fell on Hay​​ Al-Qusor​​ in DEZ city, controlled by the Syrian forces, killing 15 civilians, including children. Media sources said the rocket may have been launched from​​ a​​ Russian base. [Qasioun]

 

Thursday night, Furat Post Network reported more than 15 civilians were killed and others were wounded, some in critical condition, resulting from Daesh mortar shells landing on the Al-Qusor neighborhood. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Syrian soldiers near Madhloum village. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin

Friday noon, the Syrian government forces seized the Al-Rahba Citadel and military locations​​ on the outskirts of Mayadin following battles with Daesh and heavy shelling. The Russian Air Force carried​​ out dozens of airstrikes on Daesh locations and residential neighborhoods in the area. Mayadin is currently one of Daesh’s main​​ strongholds​​ in Syria. The Syrian government forces have not entered the area since the Syrian​​ opposition factions took over it in 2012. [Qasioun] [Dorar]​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

The Russian Air Force renewed their airstrikes on several eastern Deir Ez-Zor cities and towns, especially Mayadin and Albu Kamal, and villages near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport.

 

Qasioun alleges that more than 15 civilians were killed, and others wounded, in Russian airstrikes on Mahkan town. The civilians were killed as they were crossing the Euphrates River. On Thursday, the number of civilian victims of military operations was 50 people, including children and women, according to Qasioun. [Qasioun]

 

Thursday night, 14 civilians, including 3 children, were killed in Russian airstrikes on ferries they were using to cross the Euphrates River in Mahkan, located south of Mayadin. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The UN said on Friday, it was unable to deliver humanitarian aid to Deir Ez-Zor because of the fighting between the Syrian forces and Daesh. The fighting south of the city has cut off the road and it cannot be used as a commercial or humanitarian supply route. [Dorar]

 

Friday, SOHR reported that, under the cover of intensive airstrikes and artillery shelling, the Syrian forces initially captured a number of positions in the western section of Mayadin.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Friday, the Syrian Forces reached Mayadin city, through crossing a desert road, starting from​​ the hills of Al-Tharda​​ and the old Mayadin road. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket east of Mayadin. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Sources say a person was shot and wounded by unknown assailants during a tour of the Rafah town in northern Sinai. [AhlMisr]

 

Libya

The Special Deterrence Forces put out a statement which described the Daesh bombing of the Misrata Court Complex, which killed four people and injured 40 others. It​​ called on all Libyans to prepare for more Daesh threats. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Thursday, the National Guard arrested a number of​​ takfiri​​ members,​​ in a number of states,​​ who​​ publicly​​ praise Daesh’s organization.​​ The prosecution has authorized a​​ criminal​​ case on “suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization.” [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

US

Several terrorists have made it to the new FBI​​ “Most Wanted”​​ list,​​ but​​ interestingly, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi isn’t one of them. The list​​ does​​ include Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Nigeria

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on a Nigerian Army convoy. [ICDNOct6]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi soldiers battle Daesh in the Hawija area. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes infographics about its suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria during the month of September. It says it conducted 41 attacks in Iraq and 35 in Syria, 18 against government forces and 17 against the SDF. [A3maq] ​​