An Update On ISIS Activities

October​​ 13, 2017


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Tensions, hostile rhetoric rise in Kirkuk over Iraq military maneuvers. [..]​​ 

US troops pull out of Makhmur base used for Ninewa campaign. [..]

IAF leaflets, arrival of CTS troops, signals start of Al-Qa’im campaign [..]​​ 

333,000 Ninewa IDPs have returned home. [..]


Erdogan announces start of Turkish deployment in Syria’s Idlib province. [..]


Daesh-held percentage of Syrian territory down to 8%. [..]

Russia sets up anti-aircraft missile system in Hama to counter Israeli airstrikes. [..]

Toll from Daesh truck bomb attack in Deir Ez-Zor now 14 dead, 73 wounded. [..]

Syrian Army getting heavy resistance in Mayadin from Daesh, residents. [..]


Daesh attacks​​ Egyptian army​​ units​​ in​​ Arish. [..]





US & Coalition

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)​​ official Rashad Kalali reported that Friday the US forces completely​​ abandoned​​ the military base in Makhmur​​ where they were stationed,​​ and​​ which was the center of the Ninewa and Hawija liberation operations. Kalali​​ said the US​​ troops left​​ in the​​ direction of Baiji, and not one US soldier or advisor​​ was left on the base as of Thursday night. [Baghdadia]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This would seem to mean that the Ninewa and Hawija campaigns are successfully over and there is no further need for the US troops.​​ 


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


US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, said Washington is watching the situation in Kirkuk carefully and is working to prevent any conflict. [Rudaw]


KRG referendum issue

Baghdad voices

Al-Abadi denied, on Friday, the existence of any military mobilization against the Kurds, surprised by the media members who raised this issue. [ROJ]


However, the Iraqi Army Chief of Staff,​​ General​​ Othman Al-Ghanmi, threatened to occupy the city of Kirkuk, saying “Kirkuk must follow Iraq’s direction in accordance with​​ the constitution and the Army will control the city in any way possible. [Rudaw]


Friday, Secretary General of the Badr Organization Hadi Al-Ameri demanded that Peshmerga forces withdraw from areas it seized under “exceptional circumstances” after June 2014. He emphasized that it is part of the Iraqi Army’s duty to return there. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a direct threat to KRG control of Kirkuk.​​ 


The Al-Akhbar Lebanese newspaper reported that Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, carried a special message from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, in which Khamenei expressed “Iran’s unlimited support of Baghdad’s measures against Erbil’s stubbornness,” amid Baghdad’s rumored preparations to launch a military operation in Kirkuk in order to recover oil fields and vital facilities. [Arabi21]


Deputy leader of the small Turkmen group in the CoR, Niazi Miramar Uglu, demanded that the Kurdistan Region withdraw the Peshmerga forces from Kirkuk, leaving security control exclusively to the federal government. [Sumaria]

Friday, Uglu called on the KRG to withdraw the Peshmerga and Asayish from Kirkuk and other areas, to avoid “clashes and tragedies.” He called for the province to be under Turkmen administration and central government security. [Sumaria]


Leader of the Christian Babelyoun Movement, Rayan Al-Kaldani (the Chaldean), warned KRG President Masoud Barzani against​​ “Kurdisizing” Arab and Christian areas and urged him to invalidate the referendum before it is “too late,”​​ saying “we will not allow you to push the country into civil war.” [Sumaria]


Friday, an informed source said President Fuad Masoum arrived in Suleimaniya to look into the crisis between the Iraqi government and the KRG, in addition to the current developments in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

However, the President’s office denied reports that he relayed a message or any conditions from the Iraqi government to the PUK or the KRG during his visit to Suleimaniya on Friday. [Sumaria]​​ [Rudaw]

Masoum also met Friday with US Ambassador Douglas Silliman in Baghdad to discuss political and security developments, notably the current crisis between Baghdad and Erbil. Masoum stated his encouragement to all concerned parties to de-escalate and resort to dialogue as a means for co-existing. Silliman reiterated the US’ commitment to support Iraq in the war on terrorism. [IraqPress]


Kurdish voices

KRG​​ Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani accused Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of mobilizing forces in the Kirkuk and Ninewa provinces and called on​​ Grand Ayatollah​​ Sistani and the international community to intervene to prevent confrontations. [Sumaria]

Friday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani made a plea to each of the Iraqi political parties, President Haider Al-Abadi, Sistani, the Coalition, the US, and the whole world to intervene to prevent a possible war in Iraq and the region. [BasNews]


KRG Deputy Prime Minister​​ Qubad Talabani warned of a “devastating conflict” over military action in Kirkuk, calling for “wisdom and dialogue.” [Sumaria]


Friday, “dismissed” Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim​​ said it is in Baghdad’s best interest not​​ to​​ think about solving the crisis by sending forces to Kirkuk. He said the Kurds want to solve the crisis through peaceful means. [Sumaria]


Friday, the Peshmerga Forces Command stated that the Peshmerga “is not with war and bloodshed, but will not allow anybody to attack it.”  [Rudaw]


Friday, KRG Security Council Advisor Masrur Barzani called on the international community, especially the US, to intervene to solve the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil. Masrur Barzani said the international community’s support​​ for​​ the “sectarian” government in Baghdad against the referendum is “strange.” He added that the referendum is a domestic Iraqi matter, and called on the international community to stop neighboring countries from meddling with internal Iraqi affairs. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Wait a minute! He is opposed to international meddling in a domestic Iraqi matter but wants the US and international community to intervene.


Friday,​​ the​​ KRG Ministry of Natural Resources presented​​ a​​ 5-part​​ proposal​​ to resolve the financial and oil related problems between Erbil and Baghdad, notably the allocation of 17% of Iraqi oil​​ revenue​​ to Kurdistan. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The allocation formula is based on governorate population. The KRG collectively gets 17% on that basis under normal conditions when oil​​ marketing​​ is entirely through a common Iraq system. They are absolutely dependent on this money. The Minister is therefore asking for what the KRG had been receiving. However, this money has become hostage at times during recent Erbil-Baghdad disputes, and the KRG​​ response​​ was to market their own oil instead of pooling it with the rest of Iraq’s oil. The Turks had been cooperating with this.​​ The​​ Kurds​​ also seized the Kirkuk oil fields that had been managed by Baghdad.​​ The KRGs​​ strategy has now blown up in​​ their faces, which explains the anxiety to get the old allocation formula back.​​ Since Baghdad seems to be working from the “letter of the law” since the referendum, the KRG should get the 17%, but they will likely have to give up some of their adversarial oil management policy. ​​ 


The Suleimaniya Provincial Council called for an unconditional dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil in accordance with the constitution. The Council’s statement also called for the end of the siege and threats against Kurdistan, and added the Iraqi people must benefit from Iraq’s resources. Moreover, the statement called for cooperation with Iraq to resolve problems related to airports and border crossings in Suleimaniya. [IraqPress]



Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh says it killed three “Intelligence members” in Sitta village, near Meshahda. [A3maq]


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

Friday, a security source reported an IED explosion near a shopping area in southern Baghdad. Three​​ civilians were wounded. [Baghdadia]​​ 


Friday, the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) announced the arrest of a Daesh unit leader in Diyala​​ named​​ “Abu Ayman,” and a Daesh head of a suicide bomber’s guesthouse. The two escaped​​ from​​ Diyala to the Karrada area in Baghdad,​​ where they were arrested. [Ghad]​​ 


West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A terrorist was arrested in Abu Ghraib on Friday. [Ghad]​​ 


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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1




Friday, the Baghdadi Tribal PMF Commander, Qatari Al-Abidi, announced the deaths of 3 Daesh suicide bombers who tried to infiltrate Baghdadi. The terrorists were killed in the desert​​ area​​ west of Ramadi. [Sumaria]​​ 



West Anbar Liberation Operations

According to the Joint Operations Command (JOC),​​ Iraqi​​ Air Force planes dropped thousands of leaflets on Al-Qa’im and Rawa. The leaflets contained information about a radio station providing instructions and guidance for citizens as well as a final warning to Daesh ordering them to surrender or die at the hands of Iraqi forces. The leaflets also told residents that “the hour of relief” is near.​​ The leaflets also told people to advise their armed relatives and acquaintances to give up their weapons and enter any house in Al-Qa’im raising a white flag when the liberation forces arrive. [PUKMedia]​​ 


According to a military source,​​ units of the Counter​​ Terrorism​​ Service​​ headed to Anbar Thursday morning to participate in the Rawa and Al-Qa’im liberation operations. [Harbi]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This may be the clearest indication that the liberation operation is about to start. All the major anti-Daesh liberation battles have followed the arrival of the CTS.​​ 


According to a security source in Anbar, Daesh arrested 15 young men in Al-Qa’im on Friday on charges of communicating with security services. Daesh made the arrests at internet cafes after searching cell​​ phones. The young men were transported to an unknown location. [Ghad]​​ 


Friday, a security source in Anbar reported that Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles headed from Al-Qa’im to Anah. The vehicles were carrying medium machine guns. [Ghad]​​ 


Friday, a security source in the Jazeera Ops Command announced that 32 booby-trapped houses and over 13 IEDs were defused in a clearing operation in western Anbar. [Etejah]




Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked PMFs near the Asmeda (Fertilizer) Factory, north of Baiji. It says one of the terrorists blew himself up, after clashes, while the other “returned safely.” It says more than 14 PMF fighters, including a commander, were killed, others wounded, and 3 vehicles were destroyed in the attack. [ICDNOct13]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Of course the source of this “victorious” report is the run-away terrorist​​ who “returned safely.​​ 



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

Friday, Ahmad Al-Zarkoushi, a local official in Diyala, reported that over 400 internally displaced families were given the green light to return​​ next week​​ to Asakira village,​​ 4 km​​ (2.5 miles)​​ east of Sadiya​​ in Khanaqin. He added that​​ a total of​​ over 3,000 families have returned since​​ the IDP return program​​ was started​​ two years ago. [Sumaria]​​ 



Kurdistan’s Security and Information Agency claimed that the Iraqi Forces had been mobilized near Kirkuk. [Anadolu]


Friday, international media outlets, including Reuters and​​ Agence​​ France Press, said Iraqi forces had​​ launched a military operation in south Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

However,​​ the Joint Operations Command (JOC) denied that​​ report.​​ The JOC said their forces are still conducting clearing operations in liberated areas, and warned that they will take legal action against any attempt to disturb public opinion and cause crises. [Sumaria]


Friday, the Kurdistan 24 channel said Iraqi forces and PMF militias are preparing for an attack on Kirkuk to seize its oilfields and the K1 military base. This​​ seemed to ignore​​ Al-Abadi’s Thursday statement​​ that​​ the Iraqi Army will not engage in a war against civilians in Kurdistan. [BasNews]


Friday, KRG Peshmerga Ministry’s Secretary General Jabbar Yawar denied​​ reports that​​ the Iraqi government gave the Peshmerga a grace period of 48 hours to leave Kirkuk. [Sumaria]


Friday, an Iraqi military source​​ did say​​ that federal forces have begun to redeploy in the southern areas of Kirkuk province, as part of a plan to redeploy in Peshmerga-controlled areas. [Anadolu]


The General Commander of the Peshmerga forces confirmed movements of the Iraqi Army and PMFs​​ in the vicinity of Kirkuk. [ROJ]


Military commanders south of Kirkuk revealed some PMF factions have bad intentions towards the Peshmerga presence in areas south of Kirkuk. [ROJ]


CoR member for the State of Law coalition, Jassim Mohammad Jaafar, confirmed that Counter Terrorism forces and the PMF moved to restore federal government control over oil wells in Kirkuk, noting that yesterday the PUK demanded that PM Haider Al-Abadi delay beginning such operations. [Sumaria]


The General Command of the Peshmerga forces declared, on Friday, the readiness of its forces to defend Kirkuk against any threat after the Iraqi forces were mobilized on the border of Kirkuk province. [Anadolu]


Friday, Masoud Barzani’s Political Affairs and Public Relations Office said the reason the Peshmerga are mobilizing in Kirkuk’s outskirts is to face any emergency; not to attack anyone. The Asayesh​​ Bureau in Kirkuk said tens of thousands of Peshmerga militants with heavy weapons have arrived at the Kirkuk borders. [BasNews]

The Vice President of the Kurdish Region, Kosrat Rasul, said the KRG sent thousands more of its troops to the Kirkuk region to deal with threats from the Iraqi Central Government. [BasNews]


The​​ Peshmerga Operations Room​​ commander​​ in southern Kirkuk, Maj. Gen. Rasool Qadir, confirmed that Peshmerga forces moved towards areas south of Kirkuk against the backdrop of the movements of the Iraqi forces. He stated that the situation is normal, controlled, and stable. [Sumaria]


However, another​​ Peshmerga military commander said he received a demand from the PMF to evacuate the Peshmerga headquarters south of Kirkuk within 2 hours. He added that the Peshmerga strengthened its forces in the city after receiving the demand and stressed that the Peshmerga do not want any confrontation with Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]


A Peshmerga commander is quoted as saying “We will not withdraw from Kirkuk and our forces are on alert.” [Sumaria]



Forces 70 Commander​​ of the Peshmerga,​​ Sheikh Jafar Sheikh Mustafa,​​ announced on Friday that no shields or Peshmerga forces locations were handed over to the PMF or Iraqi forces. He said the Peshmerga left some areas around Kirkuk which had no military significance, and the forces are being redistributed for tactical reasons. [Rudaw] [BasNews]


According to a local source, a wing of the​​ small​​ and controversial​​ National Unity Party​​ handed over​​ some​​ places on​​ the Kirkuk periphery to PMF militias. [BasNews]


Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The PMF’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Directorate announced on Friday that it removed over 1000 IEDs, and detonated 22 booby trapped vehicles, 7 booby trap workshops, and 6 tunnels in Hawija.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 




Friday, Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Immigration Jassem Mohammad Al-Jaf announced that 333,132​​ displaced people​​ have returned from camps in east and south Mosul to their residences all over Ninewa. He said over 1 million IDPs left during the operation to clear Daesh military remnants. [PUKMedia]​​ 


Tal Afar

The Military Intelligence Service discovered a Daesh hideout containing 330 locally-made mortar shells and 4 suicide belts and destroyed them in the Abu Mariya village in Tal Afar.​​ [Harbi]​​ 



[See stories above under National News]


According to a security source in Suleimaniya, a Peshmerga commander was killed in an attack in front of his house in the Said Sadiq area in eastern​​ Suleimaniya. [Sumaria]​​ 



Friday evening, a security source in Babel reported that unknown assailants targeted a telecommunications company with IEDs and abducted two of its engineers in Hilla city center. [Sumaria]​​ 


Daesh says it destroyed an SUV carrying PMF fighters with an IED in Iskandariya on Thursday. [A3maq]

In another report, but​​ possibly on​​ the same story, Daesh says it killed five PMF fighters with an IED in Iskandariya on Thursday. [A3maq]




President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced, on Friday, the start of the Turkish military deployment operation in Syria’s Idlib Province in cooperation with Turkey-allied militia groups. [Dorar]


Turkish Chief of Staff, Hulusi Akar, held an inspection visit to the border posts and military units in Reyhanli District in the Turkish border state of Hatay, which is witnessing military movements in the framework of deploying Turkish Army units to Idlib Province in Syria. [Arabi21]




The Russian Defense Ministry announced​​ on Thursday that​​ Syria now​​ controls more than 92% of the Syrian territory that Daesh once controlled. The Ministry announced​​ that​​ the Russian Army carried out 517 attacks in one week and destroyed 1,260 sites belonging to terrorist organizations. [Qasioun]

In a confirming report, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, less than 8% of Syrian land is still under Daesh control. [SyriaNow]


Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his American counterpart, Rex Tillerson, assured him that Washington’s only goal in Syria is fighting Daesh. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Not to speak for the Secretary, but we are sure he wishes this were also Russia’s only goal in Syria.


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


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


Raqqa city

Qasioun reports that in the past few days there has been a lull in military operations in Raqqa. This comes in conjunction with circulating news that there are talks between the SDF and Daesh about an agreement to allow Daesh to leave Raqqa for Deir Ez-Zor. There has been no official statement​​ confirming this news. A few days ago, the SDF announced that it would soon be in full control of Raqqa. The SDF​​ has been estimated to​​ control 85% of the city. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This estimate has to be low, because by Pentagon estimates Daesh has only a few hundred fighters left in Raqqa, and they are unlikely to be holding 15% of the city.


Hawar News reports the SDF killed 14 Daesh terrorists during clashes and SDF special teams freed 49 civilians from Daesh. [Hawar] [PUKMedia]


Thursday, more than 35 civilians were killed and others were injured in Coalition airstrikes​​ in the Daesh-controlled Al-Bado​​ neighborhood in Raqqa.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Another Qasioun civilian casualty story. Their stories never report military targets or casualties. We have no way to validate these stories.


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)


Hawar News reports PYD female fighters shot down a Turkish Army reconnaissance drone in the​​ Kurdish​​ Rajo​​ subdistrict in northwest​​ Afrin. [Hawar]



The Turkish Army has entered Idlib Province as part of the plan to occupy the region to enforce a tension reduction zone. [Hawar]

In a statement on Friday, the Turkish Army said it had begun to establish observation posts in Idlib since last Thursday in compliance with the recent decisions of Astana talks. [Dorar]


Thursday evening, the Turkish​​ Army started to set up positions in the western rural areas of Aleppo after it had entered the area with dozens of military vehicles, accompanied by Tahrir Al-Sham. [EnabBaladi]


Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)


According to the Russian Sputnik agency, Russia has recently deployed a new S-300 and S-400 air defense missile systems in Syria’s Masyaf, in Hama Province, in response to the recent Israeli airstrikes. [Dorar]


Tahrir Al-Sham announced its restoration of control over Al-Rahjan town in eastern Hama following fierce battles with Daesh. [Dorar]


15 Daesh members as well as 7 others from Tahrir Al-Sham were killed during the ongoing fighting in​​ a​​ rural area of Hama. [SyriaNow]


The Russian Ministry of Defense said 2,400 Nusra assailants have been killed since September 19th​​ in clashes with Syrian forces near Hama. [SyriaNow]



Qasioun reports that​​ Syrian forces launched large-scale attacks against Daesh in the area around Al-Qaryatayn city, where they captured Wadi Mihassah, Wadi Mazibala, and Gharbiyat south of the​​ city. This comes after the news of failed negotiations between the Syrian Army and Daesh to allow Daesh to leave Homs and head towards Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh managed to capture Al-Qaryatayn city​​ late last month​​ following a surprise military operation against the Syrian forces. [Qasioun]


The​​ Syrian Forces captured the Hazm Al-Gharbiyat area and Jubail Mountain, southwest​​ of Qaryatayn in​​ a​​ rural area, as well as the Al-Saliba Farms and the Al-Massihi area, northeast of Al-Qaryatayn. [SyriaNow]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army units east of Hamima with a Katyusha rocket. [ICDNOct13]​​ 


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

According to medical staff, the number of displaced persons who lost their lives last night in the explosion of 2 Daesh truck bombs has risen to 14 with 73 others wounded. [Hawar]


Hawar News reports the 2 car bombs that targeted civilians fleeing from the Syrian Forces to SDF-controlled areas yesterday killed nine people and wounded 43 others, including 3 Hawar correspondents who were at the scene of the blast. [Hawar]​​ [ROJ]


Syrian Army offensive

The Syrian Army announced Thursday evening, that Daesh’s supply lines in Deir Ez-Zor have been cut off at the northern entrance to the city. [Qasioun]


According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Syrian units, led by​​ General​​ Suheil​​ Al-Hassan and backed by Russian warplanes, liberated the Euphrates banks northwest and west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]


The Syrian Army is at a close distance from neighborhoods under Daesh control in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

Enab Baladi reported that the Syrian Forces made significant progress at Daesh’s expense in Deir Ez-Zor’s neighborhoods. [EnabBaladi]


Syrian government forces continue advancing east of the Euphrates​​ River in Deir Ez-Zor and arrived at the Deir Ez-Zor-Hasaka Road in Salhiya on Friday. The forces killed a number of Daesh members and destroyed their weapons and ammunition. [SyriaNow]


According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, on Friday 450 assailants from Al-Tanaf attacked Syrian forces’ locations. Syrian units, supported by Russian warplanes liberated the Euphrates bank in northwest and west Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have no confirmation of this, and it seems improbable that militiamen from Al-Tanaf, where the Coalition has been forcing anti-government militias to withdraw, would suddenly show up in Deir Ez-Zor.


Dozens of Syrian Daesh fighters fled from Daesh’s ranks to Turkey in the rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]


Thursday evening, eleven civilians were killed and dozens were injured in airstrikes by planes, believed to be Russian, on areas, located east of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]


Qasioun reports the Syrian Army arrested dozens of civilians after taking control of Hatla village in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]


The Syrian Forces, stationed in Hatla Tahtani, continued​​ their operations on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River and made remarkable progress in Hatla Fuqani in the eastern rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor, killing and wounding a number of Daesh members. [SyriaNow]


SDF offensive

Hawar News reports​​ SDF​​ captures​​ Tabiriya village north of Al-Sur town after a 2-day siege. Clashes continue in the Jufra fields. [Hawar]


Hawar reports Daesh launched a large-scale attack on SDF locations in Deir Ez-Zor but the SDF foiled the attack, killing 6 Daesh fighters. [Hawar]


Daesh says it attacked SDF positions north of Al-Jufra Field, east of Deir Ez-Zor, and killed nine SDF fighters and captured 5 military positions. [ICDNOct13]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [ICDNOct13]​​ 



Activists say the Syrian forces have not been able to enter Mayadin in the midst of fierce battles with Daesh. Activists also say the Syrian forces took control of the road between Mayadin city and Mahkan village in an attempt to prevent civilians from leaving the city. [Qasioun]


The Syrian forces are tightening their control over Al-Sheikh​​ Shabalali, Al-Harami, and​​ Al-Fatsa,​​ south and southeast of the city. [Qasioun]


Qasioun reports seven civilians were killed by Syrian Army snipers in the area of Mayadin city. According to activists, the villages and towns around the city are witnessing a large wave of displacement, fearing the Syrian Army’s control over the region and​​ a​​ massacre​​ by Syrian troops. [Qasioun]



Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Local sources say, one day after the signing of a ceasefire agreement for the Damascus area, a number of civilians were killed and wounded in Syrian government airstrikes in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhood in the southern part of the city. [Qasioun]​​ [EnabBaladi]



Friday, a Laja activist reported that the Syrian government forces and its militias broke the South Truce, when the militias carried out a sudden attack on areas under the Opposition’s control north of the Laja area in Daraa. The militias seized the Al-Wared and Al-Malzouma villages. Several Syrian​​ government forces and foreign militias, including a commander, were killed. In addition, several Syria government fighters were captured by the Opposition. [ZamanAlWasl]


Daesh says its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, damaged an opposition groups’ tank and an armored vehicle in Al-Ajami town, west of Daraa. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of targeting an opposition groups’ tank with a rocker in Al-Ajami town. [A3maq]​​ 




North Africa


Egyptian Military Spokesman Tamer Al-Refaie said on Friday that six Egyptian Armed Forces personnel were killed when a group of terrorists targeted a security checkpoint in Arish using grenades and fire arms.

In a statement, the spokesman noted that military forces clashed and exchanged fire with the terrorist elements immediately, leaving a number of terrorists dead and wounded​​ and forcing the rest to flee.​​ [ElWatan]​​ 


Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists blew themselves up, after heavy battles, in an Egyptian Army battalion camp, east of Arish on Thursday, killing at least 14 soldiers, including an officer, and wounding “tens.” It also says a group of its terrorists attacked an Egyptian Army security barrier, south of Arish, and returned safely. [ICDNOct13]​​ 


Daesh says it killed an Egyptian Army “spy” in Hay Al-Ahrash, north of Rafah. [A3maq] ​​ 



Thursday, the Search and Inspection Division of the National Guard in Al-Mohammedia in Ben Arous broke up a​​ takfiri​​ cell consisting of 40 members who were attracting young people to adopt​​ takfiri​​ ideology and glorifying terrorism. [Tunisien]




Daesh says it killed two policemen and wounded another in clashes in Quetta city. [A3maq]​​ 



Daesh issues a video of clashes in Marawi city. [A3maq]​​ 




Videos of the Day


Coalition planes kill 4 Daesh terrorists on the Himrin Mountains. [MoD]​​ 


Iraqi soldiers talk with Daesh terrorists using wireless devices taken from​​ dead​​ terrorists. [YouTube]​​ 


Tribal PMF fighters capture a Daesh member in Hawija. [YouTube]​​ 


IFP soldiers find Daesh tunnels in Hawija. [YouTube]


PMFs find mass graves of civilians killed by Daesh near Hawija. [YouTube]​​ 


Daesh vehicles and terrorists targeted by aircraft in west Anbar. [YouTube]​​ 


2 Daesh terrorists surrender to Peshmerga units. [YouTube]​​ 


October 12, 2017


Iraqi Forces in West Anbar​​ 







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. [..]


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. [..]





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]



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




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]​​ 



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.​​ 



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]​​ 



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)



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]​​ 




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]



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]



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]​​ 




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




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]




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)


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 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.)


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]



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]​​ 



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]




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]




North Africa


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





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




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​​ 







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. [..]


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. [..]





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]



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]​​ 




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]​​ 



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]​​ 



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]



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]​​ 



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]​​ 



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]​​ 




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.




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]​​ 




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]




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)


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 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.)


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]



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]​​ 



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.​​ 



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









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. [..]


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. [..]





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]​​ 



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




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]​​ 



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]​​ 



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]​​ 



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]



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




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]



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]




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]​​ 




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]​​ 



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]




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]​​ 




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.




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)


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 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]


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​​