An Update On ISIS Activities

September 27, 2017

 

Hawija Campaign​​ 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Car bomb kills 2, wounds 4 in center of Baghdad. [..]

Daesh stages major raids near Ramadi city; 13 policemen and others die. [..]

Daesh​​ in Al-Qa’im​​ executes 5 men arrested in internet cafes. [..]

Hawija campaign targets Daesh locations in eastern Salahuddin. [..]

Hawija campaign has killed 557 Daesh fighters, recovered 103 villages. [..]

KRG refuses to hand over its two airports. [..]

Syria

Coalition lands 35 more airstrikes on Raqqa. [..]

Daesh counter-attack in Raqqa fails but kills 28 SDF fighters. [..]

Russian airstrike campaign in Idlib continues for 8th​​ day. [..]

Afghanistan

Surprise Mattis visit to Kabul triggers attack on Kabul airport. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

The​​ Sunni CoR alliance​​ reiterated its support of the bundle of state procedures voted on by CoR today, as long as they do not harm any of the Kurdish people in Iraq. The​​ alliance’s​​ statement pointed out​​ that​​ these procedures are legal and constitutional​​ and will bring order​​ back​​ to the relationship between the federal and regional authorities. They are not meant to target Kurdish residents in any​​ way.​​ The alliance statement​​ also called on the KRG to exercise sound judgment and maintain the Iraqi unity under the constitution. [Sumaria]

 

At​​ a CoR session on Wednesday, Abadi vowed to impose the “rule of Iraq” over all areas in the Kurdistan region through “the power of the constitution,” emphasizing​​ that​​ the Iraqi government will defend Kurdish citizens inside and outside the Kurdistan region. The​​ CoR​​ session took place with 166 CoR​​ members​​ attending, including Defense Minister​​ Erfan Al-Hiyali,​​ National Security Advisor​​ Faleh Fayyad,​​ Interior Minister Qassem Al-Araji, Petroleum​​ Minister​​ Jabbar Al-Luaibi, and Abadi in attendance. [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi received a phone call from France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. Macron expressed to Abadi that Frances rejects the KRG’s independence referendum and stands by Iraq’s unity. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq (5 near Rawa, 3 near Al-Qa’im, and 3 near Hawija.) [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The Ministry of Interior reported two civilian died, and two more were injured, in a booby-trapped car blast in Al-Bab Al-Mu’adham in the center of Baghdad. The Ministry spokesman, Saad Maan, stated the vehicle was parked in the Sheikh Omar intersection. An anonymous police source later reported the number of injured victims increased to four. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Ministry spokesman Saad Maan​​ also​​ announced that​​ Iraqi intelligence captured a Daesh terrorist​​ named​​ “Abu Sufiyan” inside a hotel in Baghdad. The terrorist had escaped Ninewa​​ Province, where he​​ carried out​​ several terrorist operations, to Baghdad with fleeing IDPs. [Ghad] [Baghdadia]

 

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

The Baghdad Operations Command announced the discovery of various caliber bombs and explosive materials​​ during​​ searches. The explosives, including​​ 55​​ bombs with 155 mm artillery shells, five 60mm mortar rounds, and five liters of explosive materials, were removed without incident. [KM Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source reported four civilians were wounded in an IED explosion on the roadside of a shopping area in the Al-Diwanem​​ area. [Sumaria]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

An IWMC statement said this morning a terrorist group attempted to get near security points in the Al-Rahaliya intersection between Habbaniya and Al-Razaza in Kerbala by detonating two booby-trapped vehicles on the Al-Sini Bridge and attacking security points. The security forces handled the situation and killed most of the group’s members. [Baghdadia]

 

Ramadi

Wednesday, approximately 80 Daesh​​ terrorists​​ seized buildings in neighborhoods south and west of Ramadi, in an event described as the most violent attack since​​ Ramadi​​ liberation. The​​ terrorists​​ held​​ the two areas for 10 hours before security forces and residents managed to​​ overcome​​ the attack.​​ 

The Daesh units reached the area by crossing a desert road linking Anbar with Karbala in 10 vehicles. A Ramadi official said there was information on the possibility of such an attack circulating, and it is believed there were collaborators from within who helped the Daesh units pull off the​​ attack, according to Faisal Al-Assafi, a member of the Anbar Tribal Council.

Raje’ Al-Eissawi, the Security Committee deputy in the Anbar Provincial Council, said Daesh attacked the Al-Tash and​​ Kilo 7​​ areas south and west of Ramadi at 5:00 AM. The Daesh units killed the people in the main control area in Al-Tash before invading residential neighborhoods.

An informed local source said the security forces and tribe members killed roughly 70 of the Daesh​​ personnel, mostly suicide bombers. The same source said there were no civilian deaths,​​ but​​ thirteen​​ police officers from his tribe were killed.

In retaliation​​ for the tribal and security forces response, the Daesh units executed the hostages they had captured in the early Wednesday morning attack, killing​​ both​​ civilians and​​ soldiers.[Mada]

 

Wednesday, the​​ deputy​​ governor of Ramadi preliminarily reported 18 civilian injuries in clashes between security forces and Daesh in Ramadi​​ District. Daesh had infiltrated the Al-Tash and Majar areas in southern Ramadi and the​​ Kilo 7​​ area west of the city. Ramadi remains under​​ tribal and security forces’ control, where they thwart Daesh attacks and occasionally discover booby-trapped vehicles. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

A security source reported security forces set fire to 5 vehicles​​ in the Ramadi desert​​ belonging to 5 Daesh fugitives. The group is​​ reported​​ to be​​ chasing the Daesh members​​ into their headquarters and factories.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

An Anbar​​ security source reported 5 young men from Al-Qa’im were executed​​ by Daesh​​ on charges of “corresponding with apostates in infidel land.” The 5 were arrested in internet cafes three days ago. Daesh​​ informed​​ the residents of Al-Qa’im, Rawa, and Albu Kamal that it has regained control over the Ramadi​​ District. [Ghad]

 

A security source in the Anbar province said security forces launched 5 rockets from the Ayn Al-Asad base onto Daesh targets in the Al-Qa’im​​ District. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

According to the Ministry of Defense, Samarra​​ Operations​​ Command units​​ killed 4 suicide bombers approaching security forces,​​ in​​ violent clashes. This took place over two separate incidents in Al-Ishaqi last night. In the first incident, 2 suicide bombers approached the Al-Farahatiya police station, where the police and emergency units​​ cornered and killed them. In the second, simultaneous incident, 2 more terrorists approached​​ a security point in the Al-Adhiya area and were killed.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

Daesh says 4 of its suicide terrorists attacked 2 police stations in Ishaqi, killing 30 policemen and wounding 42. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Wednesday, an anonymous local source in Salahuddin​​ Province said the Coalition violently​​ bombed​​ multiple areas in Al-Mtaibija​​ in​​ eastern Salahuddin, targeting vehicles carrying explosives and weapons. The source added​​ that​​ the shelling was meant to block any sudden attacks by Daesh from Al-Mtaibija, as Daesh may attempt to break the siege​​ around Hawija​​ after losing Al-Zarqa,​​ its logistical connection with Hawija. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Wednesday, the PMF organization announced it had secured 75 km of the 100 km road linking Tikrit and Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk. Securing this road was made possible after securing the Al-Zarqa Bridge during the Hawija liberation operations. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Wednesday, the Diyala​​ Police​​ says security units founfd​​ 3 IEDs and explosive materials in a search operation in south Baquba. Based on intelligence, the Diyala police carried out a preemptive search operation in the farms and gardens in the Athenian area, 15 km​​ (9 miles)​​ south of Baquba.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The leader of Turkey’s National Movement Party says 5,000 volunteers from his party are ready to fight to “defend Turkmen” in Kirkuk and other Iraqi areas. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC) announced the successful completion of the first phase of the Hawija liberation operation. It confirmed that 557 terrorists were killed and dozens of villages freed. The IWMC statement contains the names of the 5 villages freed by the​​ Counter​​ Terrorism​​ Service​​ and the 63 villages freed by the Iraqi Federal Police and the PMFs; 103 villages were freed in total. The statement also lists the material damages inflicted on Daesh. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

PMF Commander Jabbar Maamouri confirmed Daesh set fire to tons of​​ headquarters​​ files and documents in Hawija. This​​ began in the late hours of Tuesday evening and lasted through the early morning on Wednesday. According to Maamouri, a large scale operation like this indicates Daesh’s collapse and​​ its​​ preparation​​ to flee the upcoming liberation battle. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed four men in Al-Abbasi after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces.​​ 

 

A local source in the Kirkuk province reported 7 Daesh leaders, including​​ one​​ identified as​​ Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s security official, were killed in Coalition shelling in Hawija. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil

Daesh says it killed fifteen Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a military airport southwest of Tal Abta. [A3maq]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN

KRG spokesman Safeen Dizayee stated​​ that​​ any unofficial referendum results not published by the Independent​​ High Referendum and Electoral Commission​​ are considered untrue, including reports published by political factions. A Commission official said the official results will come out within 3 days. [Sumaria]

 

In​​ the​​ CoR session today, PM Abadi reiterated the Iraqi government’s warning​​ about​​ the repercussions of the crisis with Kurdistan, emphasizing the importance of​​ forgetting​​ the referendum and​​ instead​​ entering a constitutional dialogue.​​ [Buratha]

 

In light of Abadi’s rejection of the referendum, Barzani renewed his call for a “rational, serious” dialogue. In a televised speech, Barzani said Erbil did all it could do in the past, whereas Baghdad did not meet its obligations towards the Kurdistan region, which is what led the KRG to carry out a referendum. Barzani called on the Iraqi government and international community to “read the referendum’s message calmly, taking into consideration the legitimate rights of Kurdistan.” [SotIraq]

 

The KRG refused to hand over its two international airports to the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority. The ICAA then informed international air companies to stop their flights to Erbil, allowing only internal flights. [Hawar]

Turkey says it suspended its flights to Erbil and Suleimaniya airports. [Anadolu]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Turkey’s action alone is significant, as much of the air traffic out of Erbil is to and through Turkey, especially Istanbul. The Erbil International Airport terminal used to be a small and overcrowded place, but the KRG has recently spent a lot of money to modernize and expand the facility. ​​ 

 

The Iranian parliament issued a statement, signed by 210 members, denouncing the Kurdistan referendum, considering it an introduction to the partition of Iraq. The parliament statement called on the Iranian government to cooperate with Iraq to prevent a new “Zionist adventure” in Iraq. Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, stressed​​ that​​ Iran does not recognize the Kurdish referendum. [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish Army helicopters conducted an airdrop operation in the Barzan area in northern Erbil. PKK fighters responded and clashes went on. Turkish airplanes also bombed the Zagros area. [Hawar]​​ 

The Turkish Army says its aircraft conducted a military operation in northern Iraq, killing 13 PKK fighters who were preparing to attack Turkish areas. [Anadolu]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ OK, but we couldn’t help noticing that Barzan, the village attacked, is the home area of the Barzani tribe, which makes the timing suspiciously​​ coincidental with the Turkish posturing about Masoud Barzani’s independence referendum. Among the countless previous Turkish air attacks on PKK camps in northern Kurdistan, we don’t recall any others​​ in Barzan, but maybe we missed something.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry released a video showing the Russia’s​​ strategic bomber,​​ two-95Ms, firing highly explosive missiles at both Idlib and Hama.​​ The spokesman for the​​ Ministry, Major General Igor Konashnikov, mentioned that “the strikes resulted in the destruction of terrorist command centers, insurgent gatherings, and military equipment gathering sites, as well as munitions depots.” [Qasioun]

 

The Deputy Chief of​​ Iran’s​​ Oil Research Center for Technical and International Affairs announced​​ that​​ the first completely Iranian-made refinery​​ will be designed and built after the establishment of relative security in Syria.​​ Mansour Bazmi said the construction of the refinery could start at the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2018), noting the refinery is to be built near Homs in Syria, using Iranian technology with an estimated capacity of 140 thousand barrels. [SyriaNow]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 37 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria (35 near Raqqa, 1 near Shaddadi, and 1 near Deir Ez-Zor.) [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

A leader in the SDF said they were attacked yesterday in Raqqa by more than 100 Daesh fighters, coming from Syrian Army territory and​​ disguised as SDF fighters, in an attempt to free the other Daesh members trapped by the SDF in the National Hospital in Raqqa. This led to the death of 28 SDF fighters,​​ though​​ the attacks were foiled.​​ [Hawar]

 

The SDF has​​ captured​​ the Al-Imam Al-Nawawi mosque in the Al-Nahdha neighborhood in Raqqa city, and captured two terrorists. [Hawar]

 

The center of Raqqa city and its eastern side are witnessing strong clashes between Daesh and the SDF. The SDF have freed 16 civilians who were being used by Daesh as human shields.​​ [Hawar]

 

Local sources said​​ that on​​ Tuesday evening at least 30 people were killed and others wounded in an airstrike​​ by Coalition aircraft on a house in the Al-Badoo​​ neighborhood in Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

The YPG says one of its cameramen was killed while covering a battle in Raqqa. [Hawar]​​ 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Tuesday, the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria announced more than 800 illegal opposition elements in Idlib had joined the Syrian forces. [Qasioun]

 

The​​ Russian Defense Ministry​​ spokesman​​ General Konashnikov said five field commanders and 32 fighters from Tahrir Al-Sham were killed by an air strike south​​ of Idlib.​​ He added​​ that​​ the Russian​​ Air​​ Force launched a precision air strike on the building that was confirmed to be holding a meeting of field commanders. As a result of the strike, five field commanders and 32 fighters were eliminated.​​ The Russian strike also resulted in the destruction of an ammunition and explosives warehouse as well as six vehicles with weapons.​​ [SyriaNow]​​ [EnabBaladi]​​ [Qasioun]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Public Relations Manager in Tahrir Al-Sham,​​ Imad​​ Eddin Mujahid, denied the Russian Ministry of Defense statement claiming Russian forces killed 5 of​​ Tahrir Al-Sham​​ commanders, saying there are no members with the names that Russia listed.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

A correspondent in the Idlib​​ area reported​​ that​​ intensive raids by the Russian Air Force on Idlib towns and cities are ongoing for the 8th​​ day in a row, resulting in 4 civilian deaths and dozens injured in Sanama village west of​​ the city of​​ Maarat Masrin in southern Idlib. Wednesday, the raids were focused on the​​ area​​ west​​ of​​ Idlib, especially in Jisr Al-Shughur​​ subdistrict and its towns and villages. A health center there had to stop operating. These airstrikes​​ are in violation of the de-escalation agreement​​ in the​​ Astana​​ 6​​ negotiations. ​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Airstrikes​​ this morning targeted areas in Batbu village in western Aleppo, which hadn’t seen raids in months, SOHR reported. The Wednesday morning raids targeted a school, causing significant damage, with no human losses reported. A hospital in Dar Azza town stopped operating due to the shelling. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Daesh says it killed two Syrian soldiers in clashes near Abu Hanaya village, in Aqairbat subdistrict. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Homs

The Syrian Army and its supporting militias​​ took control of several strategic villages near​​ Jubb Al-Jarrah in the eastern rural area of Homs, after violent battles with Daesh.​​ [Qasioun]

Daesh says it killed nine Syrian soldiers and wounded others in clashes near Um Al-Rish village, in Jubb Al-Jarrah subdistrict. [A3maq]​​ 

 

The SOHR reported there are ongoing violent clashes in Homs between Syrian government forces including its affiliated militias and Daesh. The Syrian government forces shelled areas in Kafr Laha, a small city north of Homs city. This resulted in damage but no human losses. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed four civilians in Al-Kasrah​​ subdistrict​​ after accusing them of communicating with government forces.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh appointed a Tunisian terrorist, who just fled the Raqqa battles, as its military commander of Deir Ez-Zor. The source says​​ he​​ was personally responsible for shelling civilians trying to escape the Raqqa fighting.​​ 

 

SDF​​ offensive

Intense clashes​​ between the SDF and Daesh​​ continue in Al-Sur town, northeast of Deir Ez-Zor city. Five Daesh terrorists were killed during the clashes and the SDF seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition.​​ [Hawar]

The SDF has​​ liberated half of Al-Sur. [Hawar]

Daesh says it attacked SDF positions in Al-Saad village, south of Al-Sur. It says it started the attack with a vehicle bomb. It says it killed eight SDF fighters, and captured and then beheaded three more. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Syrian Army offensive

The front​​ lines of the Syrian Army and its supporting militias have recently witnessed a great calm in the vicinity of Deir Ez-Zor and its eastern rural areas, after​​ Syrian forces came​​ into a direct line of contact​​ for a stretch of​​ about 7 km​​ (4 miles)​​ with the SDF​​ from​​ near the village of Khasham to the village of Hatla. [Qasioun]

 

A Syrian military source said the Syrian Army and its allies extended their control in the vicinity of the village of Marat on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, towards the town of Hatla. This is in order to impose a complete siege on the remaining members of Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor city, by controlling Al-Husseiniya town and its surroundings, in parallel with the deliberate and slow progress in Hawija Saqar to the east of the city. [SyriaNow]

 

Units of the Syrian Army foiled a terrorist attack with a car bomb on one of its​​ positions​​ in Hawija Saqar, the island in the Euphrates​​ and inflicted heavy losses on Daesh terrorists in different parts of Deir Ez-Zor and its rural areas. [SyriaNow]

 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army minesweeper with an IED near the Al-Safa security barrier, south of Arish. [A3maq]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

The Taliban and Daesh are both taking credit for a rocket attack on Kabul’s airport early Wednesday just hours after U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis landed in Afghanistan for a surprise visit.

A barrage of up to 40 rounds of munitions hit the airport, including 29 rocket-propelled grenades, according to a U.S. military official. In response to the attack, the U.S. conducted an airstrike to support an Afghan crisis unit on the ground, but “one of the missiles malfunctioned,” causing injuries to Afghan civilians, the Coalition said in a statement.

Mattis had left the airport hours before the attack took place. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who was in Afghanistan with the U.S. defense chief, was similarly out of harm’s way when the rockets hit. Though no U.S. personnel were injured, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesperson Najib Danish said one Afghan woman was killed and 11 civilians were wounded in the incident. Rockets hit two civilian homes close to the airport.​​ 

A U.S. military official told ABC News that two Hellfire missiles were fired from an Apache helicopter. One missile hit its target, while the second accidentally struck a building, killing the one civilian and wounding several others. [GMA]​​ 

Daesh’s version says 3 of its terrorists attacked the UN office and US and Turkish troops in the Kabul Airport. It says the attack started by targeting the airport with 20 SPG9 rockets, 45 mortars, and 25 hand grenades. It says that after heavy battles, the terrorists detonated a 50kg bomb then detonated their explosives vests. It says more than eighty US, Turkish, and Afghani soldier were killed and “tens” wounded in the attack.

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it shot and killed a Shi’i in Quetta. [A3maq]​​ 

 

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September 26, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces Near Hawija​​ 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

“Official” turnout for KRG referendum was 72%. [..]

Denunciations, threats over Kurdish independence referendum continue. [..]

Turkey

Erdogan power plays continue over Kurdish independence move. [..]

Syria

Daesh attempts counter-attacks in east and north Raqqa city. [..]

Major Russian airstrike campaign brings heavy casualties in Idlib. [..]

Civilian casualties rising from Syrian Army clashes in eastern Hama. [..]

Two rescued Yazidi teen-agers describe Daesh captivity. [..]

SDF captures subdistrict capital northeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Russians still blaming US for death of General Asapov. [..]

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

The Independent High Referendum and Electoral Commission spokesman, in Kurdistan, reported a 72.16% participation rate in the referendum. There were 3,305,925 voters in total.​​ [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The basis for these numbers should be explained. Does it include only the three Kurdish provinces or also people in Kirkuk and in other places who were able to cast ballots? (The second alternative would likely produce a lower percentage.) On Monday, international media reported (and we repeated) that official Kurdish estimates showed 76% had voted. So what changed the calculation?

 

The Kurdish referendum went relatively smoothly, with no security incidents. There were rumors of protests surrounding the referendum in Kirkuk, which discouraged some voters from going to polling centers in the early hours of the voting period.​​ 

The number of voters increased in the middle of the day throughout the areas included. A Kurdish official in Ninewa confirmed that a faction affiliated with the PMFs forbade some Kurds from going to the polling centers in the​​ Nineveh Plain​​ area.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Abadi announced he does not recognize the referendum in Kurdistan or its results, as the referendum took place with no international recognition or legal control. In his visit to the Joint Operations Command headquarters on Monday evening, Abadi said, “our forces​​ continue to fight on the battlefield and were not distracted by any secondary matters such as the referendum. Abadi reiterated that the Federal Supreme Court will handle conflicts resulting from the referendum. [IraqPress]

 

The Council of Ministers (cabinet) says Baghdad will not negotiate with Erbil over the results of the referendum. It also says all the border openings in Kurdistan should be under the control of the federal government. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

One complication showed up in Israel, where two anonymous Israeli officials said Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu forbade his government’s officials from commenting on the Kurdish referendum, after Turkey expressed annoyance with Israel for announcing its support of the referendum on September 13 according to Reuters.

An Israeli Knesset member wrote a tweet on Monday in support of the referendum. Kurdish officials distanced themselves from the “harmful and unwanted” Israeli​​ statement​​ as it reaffirms accusations by referendum opponents associating Kurdistan with Israel.​​ 

Turkey’s​​ President​​ Erdogan​​ said Netanyahu’s attitude with respect to Kurds hurts Turkey’s relationship with Israel. [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ A little explanation might help explain the dynamic. Opinion in Arab countries toward Israel has always been negative and has often been hostile. A lot of anti-Jewish propaganda goes with that. The Kurds have, to their credit, avoided getting on this Arab bandwagon, and Israel sees the possibility of having a Middle East country that is actually friendly with them. It’s a positive notion, whatever one thinks of the referendum or Netanyahu.​​ 

 

Iraqi VP Nouri Al-Maliki says the repercussions of the Kurdish referendum will be disastrous for Iraq and the region. According to a statement by Al-Maliki’s office, Al-Maliki reiterated his call for boycotting Kurdistan, politically and economically.​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is worth mentioning that Al-Maliki’s harsh attitude toward the Kurds during his tenure as Prime Minister is one of the reasons why the KRG-Iraq problem is as bad as it is.

 

An anonymous source reported that Iraqi President Masoum did not participate in the Kurdish referendum. Masoum had pointed out the necessity of dealing with the referendum through “exceptional steps.”​​ [Sumaria]

Nevertheless, members of the CoR’s National Alliance, a Shia coalition, say they are gathering signatures to impeach President Masoum because he broke his presidential oath to​​ preserve Iraq’s unity. ​​ [Anadolu]

 

A source in the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concern over the Kurdish referendum, saying that it exacerbates the conflicts among the Iraqi people at a time when the focus should be on achieving stability and unity for Iraq and defeating terrorism.​​ [Sumaria]

 

In the aftermath of the referendum in Kurdistan, the Iraq government–with international support–has taken precautions to avoid a definitive Kurdish move to separate from Iraq. Iraqi and Turkish forces have reportedly put military measures in place in case of an emergency on the border. Erdogan has stated that Turkey will take the necessary steps in order to prevent a Kurdish separation and hopes to reach a solution via dialogue. Iraqi parliamentary member, Iskandar Wotout believes Iranian military units will join the Turkish and Iraqi forces so as to send a clear message to Barzani not to act unilaterally.​​ [Waradana]

 

The​​ COR’s​​ Security and Defense Committee met with the Army Chief of Staff to​​ support​​ implementation of​​ its orders with regards to the Kurdish referendum. The parliament voted​​ to approve the​​ Committee’s​​ recommendations,​​ resulting in provisions​​ stating​​ that​​ (1)​​ the Kurdish referendum is unconstitutional;​​ (2)​​ the Commander-in-Chief​​ is charged​​ with​​ maintaining Iraqi unity​​ and deploying Iraqi forces to parts of Iraq currently controlled by the KRG since 2003;​​ (3)​​ the government must accelerate the safe return of displaced persons;​​ (4)​​ legal action​​ will​​ be taken​​ against​​ referendum​​ participants,​​ in particular Iraq​​ government​​ employees;​​ (5)​​ all international​​ border crossings​​ into​​ Kurdistan​​ must be controlled by Iraq;​​ and​​ (6)​​ foreign​​ oil companies​​ are prohibited​​ from operating in disputed areas. [Forat]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As an interesting sidelight to the last point, the KRG-contracted oil company best known for agreeing to work in disputed areas had a top executive who is now the US Secretary of State.

 

The Official Iraqi Television reported Abadi saying the Iraqi government gave the KRG a grace period of 3 days in order to surrender control of airports, or it will face an air embargo in response to the referendum. [Arabi21]

 

Prime Minister Abadi says in his weekly press conference that the federal budget should be controlled by the central government according to the constitution. He says the revenues of the KRG are raised without monitoring and go to personal accounts outside the country. Abadi also says Baghdad will preserve the unity of Iraq and will impose its constitutional authority. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Prime Minister may have a point about the lack of transparency in KRG finances, but he is hardly the first person to​​ expose corruption in Kurdistan.​​ There have been many reformers in the Kurdistan itself​​ in recent years​​ who have dared to​​ complain​​ about corruption in Kurdistan, one leading example being the recently deceased Nawshirwan Mustafa, founder of the anti-corruption Gorran party.​​ 

 

The spokeswoman of the U.S. Department of State, Heather Nauert, released a statement following the Kurdish independence referendum on Monday saying the step will increase instability and hardships for the region and its people. The US historic relationship with the Kurdistan Region’s people will not change in light of the non-binding referendum, the statement added. “The​​ unilateral referendum will greatly complicate the Kurdistan Regional Government’s relationship with both the Government of Iraq and neighboring states,” the statement read.

The United States called on all sides to engage constructively in dialogue to improve the future of all Iraqis, expressing opposition to “violence and unilateral moves by any party to alter boundaries.”

“The United States supports a united, federal, democratic and prosperous Iraq and will continue to seek opportunities to assist Iraqis to fulfill their aspirations within the framework of the constitution,” the statement added. [NRT]​​ 

In a press conference on Tuesday, Ms. Nauert said the referendum is unilateral and the US doesn’t support it. She also said she didn’t think any Coalition country would support the referendum. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

In a Daesh-related development, the​​ president of Chechnya in Russia​​ posted a video showing a Chechen man imprisoned in Iraq for joining Daesh. The prisoner says, “I am in Iraq, and if you are thinking about joining Daesh’s ranks, it is better for you to abandon that idea. It is not a success;​​ there is no Islamic state. It is a terrorist organization designed to bring together many Muslims in one place and destroy them.”​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Hawija (3), Baiji (2), Qayara (1), Sinjar (1), Al-Qa’im (1), and Rawa (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A Security source says one civilian was killed and four others wounded​​ when an IED exploded near shops in the Abu Ghraib district.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

An Anbar Police commander says his units surrounded and killed 20 Daesh terrorists who sneaked into the Al-Tash area. A Tribal PMF commander says security units are in full control of the area. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]​​ 

The IWMC says the situation in Ramadi is under control. [Sumaria]​​ 

The Mayor of Ramadi District says 18 people were killed in the clashes. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Anah

Anah

A leader in the Baghdadi Tribal PMFs​​ announced that security forces killed a suicide terrorist who was hiding in a tunnel in the center of Anah.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Rawa

A leader in the Baghdadi Tribal PMFs​​ says​​ Iraqi forces​​ killed Abu Anas, known as “Wali Daesh,” in Rawa.​​ [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC announced​​ that​​ 6 Daesh terrorists were killed and a vehicle bomb and a workshop for building vehicle bombs were destroyed in​​ Iraqi Air Force (IAF)​​ airstrikes in Rawa. [Ghad]​​ [Buratha]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh distributed 30,000 Iraqi dinars, around $25, to each of its supporters in Ubaid village, near Rawa.​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh is selling all wheat and barley reserves it had confiscated earlier from farmers in Al-Qa’im, in addition to over 100 vehicles it had stolen from Iraqi government warehouses in 2014 to pay salaries for its terrorists who had not been paid for the last 4 months. The source also says Daesh called on the people of Al-Qa’im to pledge allegiance and join its terrorists to defend the city against Iraqi forces.  ​​ ​​​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh arrested in Al-Qa’im a former Iraqi Army colonel after accusing him of urging people to oppose Daesh.​​ 

 

An Anbar security source said Daesh has​​ initiated​​ widespread arrests in Al-Qa’im. An anonymous source said Daesh found the words “Your state will soon end” on one of the walls in Al-Qa’im, which prompted the​​ arrest campaign.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ One concern in such situations is that Daesh is determined to make an example out of some people in order to intimidate all the others. If they can’t find the actual sources of the graffiti to punish, any innocent persons will do.

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh kidnapped four soldiers, who left their military unit heading for their houses on a vacation, on the international road near Rutba. The source says the soldiers were in a civilian vehicle with a driver.  ​​​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 150 Daesh terrorists in Al-Qa’im are preparing to attack Iraqi forces in Rutba in order to divert the attention of Iraqi forces advancing toward Rawa.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says it attacked PMF positions near Al-Makhazen Bridge, killing four fighters, wounding three others, and destroying 3 military positions. It also says it targeted the Al-Asmeda area with 50 mortars and 2 Grad rockets. [ICDNSep26]​​ 

 

Tikrit

A security official in Salahuddin said 16 Daesh terrorists were killed and 4 wounded​​ when​​ Iraqi forces​​ stopped​​ an attempt by Daesh to recapture​​ the strategic bridge between Tikrit and Tuz Khurmatu.​​ [Sumaria] [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says local police killed a Daesh suicide terrorist who was trying to attack the Al-Daur Police Station with an explosives vest.​​ 

 

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council said three Daesh​​ hideouts​​ on the​​ Diyala​​ border were destroyed.​​ [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

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

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council announced the formation of a tribal armed force in three liberated villages in Udhaim subdistrict in a move to prevent any security breaches, in coordination with security and government leaders. More than 100 Tribal PMF fighters are armed with rifles and deployed at security posts around the villages. ​​ 

Hundreds of displaced families have returned to the Albu Bakr, Albu Awad, and Bu Khayal villages in the past few days. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed an Iraqi soldier in the Aswad area in Al-Khalis on Monday. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The Kirkuk police lifted the curfew on Kirkuk​​ Province early Tuesday morning and re-opened its​​ routes to​​ the rest of the provinces,​​ per a statement by Kirkuk​​ Police commander, Khattab Omar Aref. The security situation is back to normal in Kirkuk.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a civilian was killed and three others wounded when armed men shot at the Turkmen Front’s office in Kirkuk. The source says an IED planted near the office also exploded.​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The secretary​​ general of the Badr Organization, Hadi Al-Amiri,​​ says he met with PMF leaders and security forces to discuss the second phase of the liberation of Hawija.​​ [Buratha]

 

A senior Peshmerga commander said the Peshmerga will be fighting in the second phase of the Hawija liberation operations that will begin next week. [Baghdadia]

 

A military source in Kirkuk says many Daesh members and their families are surrendering themselves to the Peshmerga forces near Hawija. [Ghad]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says more than 25 Daesh members, including 3 commanders, surrendered with their families to the Peshmerga southwest of Kirkuk.​​ 

 

A military source says the Daesh​​ governor​​ of Hawija secretly escaped the province​​ as the real government’s​​ military forces were liberating the​​ Al-Zab area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

West​​ Mosul

The Ninewa Police Department announced the arrests of 17 Daesh collaborators in Rashidiya, in far northwest Mosul. Their belongings will be confiscated and their families will be held,​​ in accordance with​​ a​​ policy​​ of the Ninewa Operations Command. [Etejah]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Tribal PMFs looted 4 generators and an ambulance from the military hospital in Hay Al-Nafut.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN

Tuesday, activists on social media circulated pictures showing some voters rigging the elections, saying such actions are an added argument against the referendum. According to the activists, some people took selfies and bragged about voting more than once. [PressIraq]

 

Monday evening, Iraqi activists on social media published a videotape showing the falsification of votes​​ in the Kurdish region. The video shows an employee at the polling station with a large number of ballots, checking the “yes” box on each ballot. Monday, more than 5 million Kurds turned out at polling stations in northern Iraq. [Qasioun]

 

Feyli Kurds participated widely in the Kurdish referendum, voting with a yes, an official in the Peshtigo Organization​​ optimistically​​ reported.​​ [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily ​​ comment.​​ The Feyli Kurds are distinctive because they are Shia, and most live near the Iran border well south of the KRG. This unique perspective produces divided loyalties (ethnic vs. religious), the above report notwithstanding.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The Turkish Foreign Minister announced the Turkish government will assess all requests made by the Iraqi central government following the​​ Iraqi​​ Kurdish referendum,​​ including a joint​​ military​​ operation with Iraq. Monday, the Iraq Ministry of Defense announced joint military exercises with​​ the Turkish military on the border adjacent to the Kurdish region, which observers are calling a warning message to the Kurds. [Qasioun]

 

Turkish President, Erdogan, says all the options are open, including economic sanctions, closing the border and the airspace, up to military options, regarding the KRG independence referendum. [Anadolu]

The Turkish President, Erdogan, threatened to shut down the oil pipelines of the Kurdish region north of Iraq which exports through Turkey, as a response to the KRG’s referendum. He said he will announce more measures throughout the week. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is confusing. Iraq’s oil pipeline goes through part of Turkey to Turkey’s port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean. The Kurds have used the same pipeline, though more recently, with Turkey’s collaboration, have set up other, separate pipelines. However, the pipelines for all Iraqi oil going through Kurdistan have been owned by Iraq (and used by the KRG) and oil has heretofore been piped primarily through Turkey.

 

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs says Turkey informed the KDP representative in Ankara, who is now in Erbil, not to return. He says Barzani’s situation with Baghdad is weak now. He says Barzani could have been in a much more powerful position if he had canceled the referendum. [Anadolu]

 

Turkish military exercises near the Khabur Border Crossing with Iraq continued for the 9th day. [Anadolu]

 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Daesh’s​​ laws and​​ actions imposed on the people it controlled are fading as life slowly returns to normal and​​ Syrian​​ laws​​ are being practiced once again​​ in areas under the Syrian Army’s control.​​ The​​ Furat Post​​ said the currency issued by Daesh in 2015 has disappeared from areas under Daesh control.​​ Local currency is being used again, and the USD is at a low exchange rate of 475 Syrian Liras.​​ In Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa, Daesh forced the people to use Daesh currency and prohibited the circulation of Syrian currency.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]​​ [Sumaria]

 

The YPG joint president says the YPG will stand by the people​​ of​​ southern Kurdistan in the event of an attack due to the referendum. The YPG joint president says the referendum is a natural right for all, and he supports the people’s right to vote. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This statement makes the blundering mistake of echoing the PKK line and giving Erdogan more ammunition. The PYD and YPG have insisted that they are an autonomous entity, which is a major reason why the US has justified working with them.​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 30 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (26), Deir Ez-Zor (2), Shaddadi (1), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The SOHR​​ says eleven people, including six Iraqi refugees and three​​ women, were killed by airstrikes on Markada city on September 24. It says the number of fatalities might increase because there are people who were severely wounded. [SyriaHR]

 

The living condition in Markada, southern Hasaka, prior to the current battles was deteriorating as humanitarian aid has been cut off from Markada for a long time. There is a shortage of food, and​​ a spike in prices due to the roads connecting Markada and Hasaka being blocked. Similarly, the health and education sectors were deteriorating and faced severe shortages in supplies. The residents also suffered from the hot climate, power shortages, potable water shortages, and telecommunication shortages. The situation enabled Daesh to recruit children, luring them in with a monthly salary to support their families.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Najibir Military Academy in Qamishli launched a new training course for female YPG fighters. There are 30 new fighters, both Kurdish and Arabic, and 3 international fighters,​​ from New Zealand, Spain, and Norway. The course runs for 2 months. ​​ The trainees​​ get​​ intellectual and military lessons and martial arts, as well as training on how to use weapons. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

YPG counter terrorism units killed a number of terrorists and seized large quantities of weapons, ammunition, and mines in rural western Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

SDF special forces liberated 25 civilians from the Al-Nahdha neighborhood. [Hawar]

Daesh issues a video of clashes in Hay Al-Nahdha. [A3maq]

 

In clashes between the SDF and Daesh, at least 23 Daesh terrorists were killed,​​ and​​ a vehicle bomb​​ destroyed. [Hawar]

 

Daesh launched an attack against the SDF in the center of the city in an attempt to disrupt the SDF’s progress. The SDF responded, defeating the attack and causing Daesh heavy human losses. The SDF also managed to seize 3 vehicle bombs. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it launched a major attack on SDF units in Hay Al-Mashlab and Hay Al-Sina’a in eastern Raqqa and Raqqa Al-Samara village east of the city, killing 120 fighters and wounding others.​​ 

Daesh also says it captured several military positions in an attack on Hay Al-Kahraba’ in north Raqqa. [ICDNSep26]​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF Humvee with a rocket in Hay Al-Kahraba’ on Monday. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed five SDF fighters and wounded three in Hay Al-Kahraba’ and Hay Al-Amin. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh lost Al-Mashlab and Al-Sina’a long ago. Even if there is some truth to this “victorious” story, it won’t affect the overall direction of events, in which Daesh is being closed out.

 

Daesh says around forty people were buried under the rubble after an “American” airstrike on Hay Al-Badou. [A3maq]

 

During the SDF’s advance in​​ the​​ Hanah​​ neighborhood,​​ just west of Hay Mansour,​​ the SDF took control of a warehouse containing large quantities of weapons, ammunition, rockets, and mobile phones used to detonate booby-traps. [Hawar]

 

Monday, an SDF commander said the SDF could expel Daesh from Raqqa city in less than a month. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

More than 350 families, or 900 people, have reached the refugee camps in the Afrin region. ​​ The pro-PYD Hawar repeated its oft-stated opinion that​​ there has been a​​ growing failure of aid and international organizations to provide the camps with the necessities they need to serve the displaced people, especially as winter is coming. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Russian planes targeted​​ on Saturday​​ Failaq Al-Sham (Sham Legion), an alliance of non-Al-Qaeda Islamist opposition groups, near Tal Mardikh village east of Idlib, killing at least 68 fighters in the largest attack of its kind. [SyriaHR]

 

At least 42 people, including​​ twelve children and seven​​ women, were killed during the last 24 hours in Russian​​ airstrikes on several areas in Idlib province. [SyriaHR]

 

A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense said reports of Russian air strikes against residential areas in Idlib are false and the reports of “eyewitnesses” are baseless. He said the Russian Air Force bombed 10 terrorist targets in Idlib province but there was much reconnaissance and gathering of information before those attacks, and the targets destroyed were far from residential. Russian warplanes have launched 100 air raids in Idlib province, allegedly killing more than 30 civilians and wounding dozens more. ​​ The focus of most of the raids was Jisr Al-Shughur city, west of Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video on its website and Twitter showing Russian forces shelling locations affiliated with Nusra in Idlib city. The Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman said the Russian forces targeted 10 Nusra locations in the Idlib province, and the locations are non-residential and consist of underground Nusra storage units and shelters.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official said Moscow has information indicating the massacre in Khan Sheikhan city, in April,​​ which brought on a US rocket attack on the base,​​ was the result of​​ opposition​​ group​​ bombs containing​​ poison sarin gas.​​ However, an earlier report by​​ a​​ UN Commission confirmed​​ that​​ the massacre was caused by Syrian military aircraft dropping bombs containing sarin gas.​​ At that time,​​ the Russian Ministry of Defense​​ said​​ the massacre resulted from the targeting of an opposition laboratory for manufacturing chemical weapons. [Qasioun]

 

Monday, 26 armed factions of the Syrian opposition announced their integration under joint command. The​​ 26 groups will be integrated into​​ 3 blocsSultan Marad, Al-Safwa, and Jaish Al-Watani. [Qasioun]

 

Local sources say dozens of civilians were killed​​ in​​ the Syrian Army’s bombing of a civilian convoy on the Athariya-Khanazir crossing into areas under opposition control in Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Monday, ten members of the Syrian Army and its supporting militias were killed, east of Hama,​​ even as the Army made​​ progress against Daesh in the​​ region. [Qasioun]

 

The Al-Dorar Al-Shamiya network reported the number of civilian victims killed by the Syrian Army in Aqairbat is more than 100. There are​​ reportedly​​ tens of thousands of civilians trapped between the Syrian Army and the Syrian opposition in areas east of Idlib. The Syrian Army recently took control of Aqairbat after battles with Daesh. [Dorar] [EnabBaladi]

 

A​​ correspondent reported the number of victims of the Wadi Odhaib massacre has reached over 100.The massacre was​​ allegedly​​ committed by the Syrian​​ Air​​ Force against civilians trapped in​​ Aqairbat. The warplanes targeted the Wadi Odhaib area as tens of thousands of civilians​​ were trapped​​ between the Syrian​​ Army-controlled area and the​​ opposition controlled areas east​​ of​​ Idlib.​​ [Dorar]

 

Many trusted sources say tens of displaced people from the Aqairbat area were killed or wounded while trying to escape from Wadi Al-Odhaib toward opposition group areas northeast of Hama. The sources say government forces and snipers shelled and shot at the displaced people and their vehicles. The SOHR says Tahrir Al-Sham and other groups are capturing Daesh members who trying to flee with the displaced people. It says 5,800​​ residents​​ have been displaced from the Aqairbat area so far after an agreement between Daesh and government forces had been reached. It says some Daesh members, who didn’t approve the agreement, are trying to hinder the movement by attacking government forces in the area. The SOHR also says government forces arrested 25 civilians, 14 from the same family, who were trying to cross to Tahrir Al-Sham areas. [SyriaHR]

 

Back in western Hama, several Nusra attacks on Syrian military checkpoints were foiled. Nusra had tried to take control over Ma’an, Suran, Atshan, and Al-Telasia, while the Syrian Army managed to seize new areas in eastern​​ Hama.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR reported the death of a child in a Syrian government airstrike around Lataminah village, 24 miles north of Hama city,​​ in a series of raids which targeted several other villages​​ where clashes between the Syrian forces and other factions, including Tahrir Al-Sham, are taking place.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

Heavy battles continued between government forces in the Shomariya-Sha’er-Jubb Al-Jarrah triangle. ​​ The SOHR says government forces, accompanied by heavy airstrikes and rocket shelling, advanced in the area and captured 7 villages, and moving closer to the border with eastern Hama​​ province. It says the forces might be able to end Daesh presence in the area in the coming few days. [SyriaHR] [SyriaNow]

Daesh says it damaged 2 Syrian Army tanks with shells east of Jubb Al-Jarrah. [A3maq]

 

The Syrian Army advanced​​ 5 km​​ (3 miles)​​ on the road from the Hamima village in southern Homs​​ near the Deir Ez-Zor border, killing and injuring Daesh​​ fighters. [SyriaNow]​​ Government forces captured several military positions in the area. The forces are trying to advance toward areas southeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says it killed fourteen Syrian soldiers and Shia militiamen and destroyed 3 vehicles in a suicide attack east of the Hamima area. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SDF campaign

Two Yazidi girls, Shaima’ Dakhil and Samaya Maran Ahmad Iziditan, were subjected to psychological and physical torture and were traded from​​ Sinjar​​ to Tal Afar, to Raqqa, and then to Deir Ez-Zor within a four-year span. During this time, Daesh terrorists used them as slaves before they were finally liberated by the SDF in Deir Ez-Zor. ​​ Shaima​​ is 13 years old and was kidnapped in the​​ Sinjar District. Samaya is 14 and was kidnapped in the Kojo Shank Aliya village where Daesh killed all of the men and kidnapped all of the women and children. Samaya says Daesh terrorists tortured and killed her sister in front of her. The girls were forced to convert to Islam, marry Daesh terrorists, and act as servants. [Hawar]

 

The SDF took control of the Al-Sur town, near the Khabur River, northeast of Deir Ez-Zor city. ​​ Unidentified warplanes launched a number of airstrikes on the town prior to the SDF seizing it. [Qasioun]

SDF fighters arrived at the western entrance of Al-Sur, where fierce clashes erupted with Daesh. The SDF destroyed a vehicle bomb that Daesh tried to use to prevent the SDF’s advance. [Hawar]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on SDF units near the Al-Sur Silos. [A3maq]

 

With SDF militias advancing in the Al-Sur area of Deir Ez-Zor, backed by the Coalition, the number of IDPs is increasing under harsh humanitarian conditions.

An activist from Markada in southern Hasaka said its residents decided to escape air raids after what happened in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor camps on the Euphrates River banks. The activist noted the residents of Markada are heading towards Mayadin, as SDF closed the roads to Hasaka as well as the Qana and Al-Hawl camps.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The SDF alleges that Russia’s bombing of SDF positions yesterday was to slow the SDF’s progress. [Hawar] The SDF commander in chief in Deir Ez-Zor says Russia’s targeting of SDF sites aims to block the SDF’s progress toward the Euphrates River. The Commander in Chief said that, after the Russians bombed their sites, the SDF responded in kind, using their legitimate right to defend themselves. [Hawar]

 

Russian forces have established a bridge on the Euphrates River in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zor. Russian media sources broadcast a video showing Russian Army vehicles crossing the Euphrates. [Qasioun]

 

The SDF​​ captured​​ Al-Kibar town, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, after heavy fighting with Daesh. ​​ There was fierce fighting between the SDF and Daesh in an attempt to advance toward the area of Al-Harmushiya Al-Kasrah, west of Deir Ez-Zor, which is the last of Daesh’s strongholds in the region. [Qasioun]​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ Hawar​​ story alleges that a double airstrike by the Russian Air Force led to a number of civilian casualties, including children, who were killed as they were attempting to escape from occupied zones, trying to get to SDF-controlled areas. Civilians who have escaped to SDF controlled locations say Russian and Syrian planes continue to bomb civilians in their homes in Deir Ez-Zor city and in the northern villages of Deir Ez-Zor, rather than Daesh sites, on the pretext that they are preemptive strikes. ​​ On top of this, the Syrian Army’s allied factions carry out rocket attacks on civilians as they flee to areas liberated by the SDF. [Hawar]

 

The​​ Furat Post​​ reported the arrest of one of its correspondents by intelligence units affiliated with the SDF militias after reaching the Al-Shaddadi area south of Hasaka from the Deir Ez-Zor Rif in the recent displacement wave. The correspondent was detained in an unknown location on the accounts of “media activism.

Local sources reported the military intelligence of the SDF has cut off cellular phone networks in the Al-Arisha and Al-Shaddadi areas despite the fact that the Al-Arisha tower is fully functioning. Internet brokers are reported to be secretly cooperating with the SDF. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Syrian Army campaign

The Russian news agency FAN published a video showing the “National Defense” militias affiliated with the Syrian government dealing with the residents of the villages and towns it recently entered with backing from Russian forces. The video shows a very demeaning arrest of an elderly man in his house in the Sabha village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. A Daesh member is shown to be arrested in the operation. The video is speculated to​​ have​​ been​​ staged. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

SOHR documented the death of 6 civilians as a result of airstrikes targeting Marat village on the east of the Euphrates River.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A member of the Syrian Army executed five civilians after their arrest. Social networking pages are circulating pictures and videos of the executions. The executed civilians were arrested by a member of the Syrian Army as revenge for the attack on his village,​​ Al-Qardaha. The Syrian Army member posted the pictures of the execution on social networking sites.​​ Hawar​​ could not confirm the authenticity of the images. [Hawar] [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Foreign Minister announced Daesh received information about the whereabouts of Russian Maj. Gen. Valery Asapov, in Deir Ez-Zor city, and targeted him specifically. He added, the US is moving Daesh terrorists with helicopters out of Deir Ez-Zor and the US believes terrorism is an important tool to carry out America’s interests. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is from Syria’s Foreign Minister. After all the US has done to get Daesh out of Syria, this shows the level of Syrian gratitude.

 

The US responded to Russian accusations of being behind the killing of Gen. Asapov. ​​ Russian media agency, Sputnik, quoted the​​ State Department saying the US does not support Daesh and did not condone the killing of the Russian commander. The goal of the US and the Coalition is to defeat Daesh, and the US continues to avoid collision with Russia in Syria. The State Department says​​ these comments made by Russian officials are false and do not help the cause. [Dorar]

 

Russian newspapers are​​ nevertheless​​ reporting​​ that​​ the death of Maj. Gen. Valery Asapov was the result of treason. There has been no official comment from the Russian Ministry of Defense. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh paraded in Al-Mayadin with several SDF prisoners.​​ 

​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh appointed a Tunisian terrorist as its military commander of Mayadin after the former commander was killed in a Coalition airstrike on the town of Buqris. The source says the previous commander was a defected Syrian Army captain who joined Daesh in 2014.​​ 

 

Daesh says four people were killed and two others wounded in Russian airstrikes on Mayadin. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of the results of Russian airstrikes on Mayadin. The video shows casualties. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh called on the people of Albu Kamal to pledge allegiance in mosques in the city. The source says only few people went to the mosques, mostly children.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Daraa

Field sources confirmed the assassination of 4 units of Jaish Al-Ababil, an opposition faction, near Zimrin town in western Daraa. The 4 units, including a commander, were killed in a car blast by two explosive devices. [ZamanAlWasl]​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh publishes photos of its “security units” operations in the Sinai area. The operations include establishing checkpoints and arresting then executing people, including an old man, after accusing them of “ridda” (apostasy.) [ICDNSep26]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army armored vehicle with an IED on the road between Abu Tawila village and Sheikh Zuweid, killing a soldier inside. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army water tanker truck with an IED near Abu Tawila village, east of Sheikh Zuweid. [A3maq] ​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Germany

Wednesday, the website Deutsche Welle published that a German court began trying Abu Wala’ Iraqi and 3 other Daesh members for recruiting Daesh fighters from Germany to fight in Iraq and Syria. They are expected to be sentenced to 10 years in prison. The trials may go on through February 2018. It was confessions of other Daesh returnees that led to the arrest of Abu Wala’ Iraqi, who joined Daesh’s ranks in Damascus, then fled to Turkey before returning to Germany to spread Daesh ideology in mosques in Germany. [Baghdadia]​​ 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues a video attacking Shia religious ceremonies for Ashura. [ICDNSep26]​​ 

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today​​ [Bayan]

 

September 25, 2017

 

 

Iraqi Forces Near Hawija

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi reiterates that Iraq will not recognize KRG referendum. [..]

US Embassy calls KRG independence referendum non-binding. [..]

Turks take opportunity to conduct maneuvers along Iraq border. [..]

Iraqi forces now control eastern Shirqat, Hawija’s Al-Zab subdistrict. [..]

Tension arises in northeast Diyala, Mandali, Tuz, over referendum. [..]

Referendum turnout in Kurdistan reported at 78%. [..]

Syria

Syria’s Foreign Minister says Syria would accept an autonomous area in northern Syria if it remains part of Syria. [..]

Coalition drops 27 more airstrikes on Raqqa; SDF nears complete control. [..]

Human Rights Watch says Coalition strikes on school killed 84 civilians. [..]

Charges, counter-charges as SDF accuses Russians, Syrians of targeting them. [..]

Daesh loses more ground west and east of Deir Ez-Zor city. [..]

Libya

US planes attack Daesh camp in Libyan desert. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says in a meeting of the Joint Operations Command that Iraq will not recognize the KRG referendum. He says the referendum happened without international recognition and without proper supervision. He also says he will escalate legal procedures against the people who created this “strife and chaos.” [Sumaria]  ​​​​ 

Abadi issued orders to security units to protect citizens who don’t want to participate in the referendum according to a statement from his office. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The US Embassy in Baghdad says the results of the referendum are non-binding. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

The UK Foreign Affairs Minister, Boris Johnson, says the UK doesn’t support the referendum and will continue to support Iraq’s unity. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The UN Secretary General says he will continue supporting Iraq’s unity. He also says he is concerned about potential chaos in the KRG. [Sumaria]  ​​​​ 

 

The Ministry of Defense announced that the Iraqi and Turkish militaries will start ‘major maneuvers’ on their shared border as polls come to a close. [Buratha]​​ 

The chief office of the Turkish Military Command general staff said the third phase of the confrontations near the Iraqi borders will launch on Tuesday, with participation from Iraqi forces. [Anadolu]

 

The Ministerial Council for National Security​​ says​​ the KRG referendum was unconstitutional, undermined​​ Iraq’s stability and security,​​ and​​ harmed its efforts to rebuild the country.​​ The Council​​ stated​​ that the Iraqi government considers itself responsible for all matters related to the interests, security, and welfare of its citizens, including the interests and aspirations of Kurdish citizens. The Council said that because border crossings are the ports​​ of​​ the federal government and oil is the wealth of the Iraqi people according to the Iraqi constitution, the Kurdish region must hand over all border crossings, including airports, to the federal government and there will be an investigation into Kurdistan officials who are depositing oil export money into their accounts. ​​ The Council also said it would prosecute all​​ Iraqi government​​ employees in the Kurdish region who carried out referendum procedures.​​ [Ghad]

 

The​​ CoR​​ passed a vote to suspend​​ government​​ officials and employees who participated in the Kurdistan referendum.​​ [Mawsleya]

 

On Sunday, the Iraqi Ministry of Justice announced the execution of 42 men accused of terrorism, including participation in the Camp Speicher massacre. The executions took place in the Nasiriya Central Prison. [BasNews]​​ [Buratha]​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Camp Speicher massacre of military cadets orchestrated by Daesh near Tikrit at the start of the its takeover of Sunni Arab areas was a truly horrible incident that still reverberates. To Iraq’s credit, however, the incident still reverberates mostly because Iraq has been successfully investigating, arresting, and convicting many of the perpetrators, executing a lot of them.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Hawija (3), and near Rawa (3). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of executing​​ a​​ government “spy” in north Baghdad. [ICDNSep25]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its operations in north Baghdad. The video shows terrorist attacks and executions of alleged Sahwa fighters and security members, all in civilian clothes. [ICDNSep25]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says an IED explosion killed one person and wounded four others near industrial shops near Kasra​​ wa Atash.​​ [Ghad]​​ [Ghad]​​ [Baghdadia]

 

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

A security source says a roadside IED, targeting a police patrol, exploded in​​ Dora, injuring 2 policemen.​​ [Ghad]

 

The Baghdad Operations Command announced​​ that​​ security forces cleared 8 Daesh houses, seizing explosives, during sweeps of the area.​​ [Ghad]​​ [Etejah]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command announced the discovery of explosives​​ in west​​ Baghdad. The materials were removed without incident.​​ [Etejah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Anah

The Director of Civil Defense in Anbar announced the reopening of the Civil Defense Center in the center of Anah city. It is the first security and service department to​​ re-start its services after Anah’s liberation from Daesh on Thursday of last week. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says security forces have arrested dozens of Daesh members inside and outside of Anah.​​ [Ghad]

 

Al-Qa’im

A security source says the Coalition bombed Daesh sites​​ in Al-Qa’im, killing more than 10 Daesh terrorists.​​ [Ghad] [Ghad]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says prices of food items increased to unprecedented levels in Rawa and Al-Qa’im. The source says Daesh sold wheat from the Al-Qa’im Silo for lower prices.​​ 

 

Rutba

The commander of the PMFs​​ on the western​​ front in​​ Anbar announced that​​ the PMFs will work​​ with the Iraqi Army on steps to secure the international road​​ in far​​ western Anbar​​ and to protect liberated areas.​​ [AIN]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The PMF leadership announced the end of the first phase of the Hawija liberation operations, resulting in the liberation of a 1200 square km area which covers​​ Hawija’s Al-Zab​​ subdistrict​​ and​​ eastern​​ Shirqat. [Buratha]

Sunday, PMFs​​ killed 8 Daesh members after launching​​ an​​ operation in the Zuwiya intersection​​ in northwestern Baiji District​​ and Al-Naml village​​ in Shirqat District​​ south of Shirqat​​ city. The PMFs​​ also started clearing the area​​ of​​ IEDs and explosives. [Buratha]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on an Iraqi forces convoy in Zuwiya village. [A3maq]​​ 

Here Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a PMF gathering in Zuwiya village with a car bomb, destroying an Abrams tank and other vehicles. [ICDNSep25]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the Daesh​​ hisbah​​ official of Wilayat Kirkuk was killed by CTS units in clashes in the Zuwiya area.​​ 

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in the Badou Compound with a Grad rocket. [DENSep25]​​ 

 

The IWMC reported large quantities of weaponry and vehicle bombs left behind by Daesh were found in eastern​​ Shirqat​​ District​​ on Monday. The 11th​​ Brigade​​ EOD​​ cleared the houses and roads affected. [IraqPress]

 

The IWMC says Noor and Al-Tal villages were liberated on September 23,​​ following violent clashes between the 3rd​​ Brigade (supported by the​​ Iraqi Federal​​ Police and the​​ Iraqi Air​​ Force) and Daesh. [IraqPress]

 

Monday, the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration announced the displacement of about 6,000 residents of Shirqat over the previous 2 days. The IDPs were transferred to the Haj​​ Ali Camp​​ in Mosul’s Qayara subdistrict. [Anadolu]

 

Baiji

Daesh publishes photos of targeting “PMF gatherings” in Baiji city with Grad rockets. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in 3 villages in the Baiji-Shirqat area with 7 mortars and a Grad rocket, wounding seven fighters. [DENSep25]​​ 

Here Daesh says it wounded three PMF fighters with a Grad rocket. [DENSep25]​​ 

 

Tikrit

Security forces cut off Daesh’s main supply corridor in Mtaibija on Sunday according to an anonymous source in Diyala. This resulted in Daesh being cornered from all directions in Mtaibija. [Buratha]

 

Samarra

Daesh said on Sunday it killed five PMF fighters and destroyed 5 boats in an ambush near the Huwaish area, northwest of Samarra. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A source in the Peshmerga says clashes broke out between the Peshmerga and the PMFs in Tuz Khurmatu and one Peshmerga member was killed. ​​ It is unknown if there were casualties among the PMFs. A security source said there was a large gathering of PMFs in Tuz Khurmatu in anticipation of any emergencies after the referendum.​​ [Ghad]

However, PMF spokesman denied the reports about clashes between PMFs and the Peshmerga. He says a civilian was killed by unknown armed men in Tuz. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source says a Peshmerga patrol was shot​​ at​​ by unknown assailants, killing a number of Peshmerga members,​​ in Tuz Khurmatu. [Baghdadia]

 

A security sources say Peshmerga were targeted by a missile,​​ without​​ causing casualties, because the Peshmerga prevented a funeral procession from burying a deceased​​ person​​ in Tuz Khurmatu.​​ [Ghad]

 

A large group of PMFs have moved to Tuz Khurmatu to support security forces stationed there in the event of an emergency or friction with the Kurdish forces in the region. ​​ Tuz Khurmatu is one of the disputed areas​​ being targeted by​​ the Kurdish referendum.​​ [Ghad]

 

Saturday, Commander Mezhar Azzawi said Dijla Operations conducted a​​ quick-strike​​ operation west of Tuz and liberated a​​ large​​ area from Daesh. [Buratha]

 

A local source in Salahuddin​​ Province reported​​ that​​ nine​​ armed​​ Daesh members, including two leaders, were killed in an Iraqi airstrike near Jisr Al-Zarqa in the eastern Salahuddin. [PressIraq]

 

DIYALA

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

Arab people in Jalawla say they were forced to participate in the referendum out of fear they would be displaced by the Peshmerga. Others say they participated willingly. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A local source says​​ that​​ since Sunday, families are continuing to leave​​ parts​​ of Diyala, fearing Kurdish forces will force them to vote in the Kurdish referendum. The local source says Qara​​ Tapa, in the northeast of the province, looks like a ghost town. These families are not leaving permanently;​​ they plan to return once the referendum crisis and its consequences have ended.​​ [Ghad]​​ Qara Tapa is a mixed Arab-Kurd-Turkmen area.

Daesh said on Saturday it killed a “PMF member” and wounded another with an IED in Qara Tapa subdistrict. [A3maq]​​ 

 

On Sunday, a Diyala Provincial Council member, Aldul Khaleq Medhat, confirmed that PMFs entered Hawi Al-Udhaim and destroyed 2 Daesh hiding locations and 2 boats used for crossing the Al-Hawi River. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ Humvee with an IED in Mubarak Al-Farhan village, in Udhaim. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed a “PMF member” with an IED in Duwalib village in Dalli Abbas. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

An informed source confirmed that Peshmerga forces transported poll boxes from Mandali to Khanaqin after the local police forces forced them out.​​ [Waradana]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A Ghad correspondent in Erbil says Peshmerga​​ units and armored vehicles​​ are moving toward Kirkuk.​​ [Ghad]

Sunday, the Secretary General of the​​ KRG​​ Peshmerga Ministry said a delegation of Iraqi Army military commanders met with Peshmerga leaders in Kirkuk, Saturday, to discuss the liberation of Hawija. The Peshmerga will be a supporting force for the Iraqi Army in the liberation process. [Ghad]

 

Kurdish Asayesh forces forced IDPs in disputed areas to vote in the referendum. Displaced Kirkuk families reported being strongly harassed, which led them to flee the area toward the south. The Asayesh made them choose between voting in the referendum or leaving. There were gunshots reported near poll centers in Arabic and Turkmen areas. Asayesh harassment was also reported in Ninewa and Dahuk. Ra’ad Al-Masi, representative of Diyala province, called for a committee to be established to look into the harassment against Arabs and Turkmen that forced them into voting. [Waradana]

 

The Kirkuk police leadership ordered a curfew on all vehicles in the province until further notice. The curfew comes in​​ the aftermath of​​ the Kurdish referendum​​ in​​ the area.​​ [Forat]

 

The Districts and Subdistricts Police director for Kirkuk Province announced the arrests of two Daesh units in the center of the province as part of a security operation.​​ [PressIraq]

The Al-Nahiya Police Directorate announced the arrest of men wanted on charges of terrorism​​ [Ghad]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Sunday, the Ministerial Council for National Security said the first phase of the liberation of Hawija is complete, with one hundred villages in eastern areas of Shirqat under Iraqi control as well as areas north of the lower Zab​​ River. It is time to move to the second phase to liberate​​ the​​ southwestern areas of Kirkuk province.​​ [Ghad]

 

The IWMC​​ announced the killing of 21 Daesh terrorists and the destruction of 3 vehicle bombs in 10 combat missions carried out as part of the Hawija liberation operations. [Buratha]

 

Eyewitnesses from Hawija province said Daesh members and their families began to retreat from east of the​​ Tigris River​​ towards Hawija​​ center​​ and the Himrin Mountains, escaping ongoing battles and the advancement of security forces. [Mada]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes killed a Daesh Chechen explosives expert in an airstrike on the woods area near Hawija. The source also says the Daesh “Bait Al-Mal” (treasury) official of Hawija surrendered with 4 other terrorists to IFP units.​​ 

 

The IWMC announced the liberation of the Khanuqa mountain range and two villages in Hawija. [Buratha]

 

The​​ Kirkuk Chief of Police announced the arrests​​ of 2 Daesh members in Riyadh.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Saturday as part of the larger operations to liberate Hawija from Daesh control, the PMF and federal police freed the Al-Zarariya village adjacent to the Zab river.​​ [Buratha]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

There were protests in Alqosh​​ in northern Tel Keif,​​ rejecting the Kurdistan referendum.​​ [PressIraq]

Alqosh is a mostly Christian Assyrian city​​ near the KRG border​​ that was recovered from Daesh by the Peshmerga.

 

Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ tank and 5 Humvees in a suicide attack in Al-Khazer, in Hamdaniya. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says security units captured a group of Tribal PMF fighters who had kidnapped for ransom a local merchant in Mosul, and released the man who was kidnapped.​​ 

 

East Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the bodies of 12 Daesh members were found shot in 2 areas in east Mosul. The source says the 12 had been kidnapped by an unknown group.​​ 

 

Tal Afar

Sinjar

Daesh says it attacked 3 PMF military positions near a military airport south of Qayrawan, destroying one of them. It also says it targeted the area with 30 mortar shells. [DENSep25]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil

The IWMC reported the troops of the 33rd​​ Brigade targeted a Daesh gathering, Saturday​​ morning,​​ consisting of a number of Daesh units and vehicles in Albu Alwan in the southwest Ninewa desert. [IraqPress]

 

Hatra/Makhmur

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh captured four PMF fighters in a surprise attack near Hatra. The source also says Daesh shelled Hatra city and destroyed large parts of the electricity directorate building.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sunday, the Ninewa Operations Chief said the Iraqi Army is conducting sweeps for terrorists and weapons in western areas of Ninewa.​​ [Ghad]

 

Baaj

The PMF​​ Press says PMFs​​ foiled a large-scale Daesh attack on the Syrian-Iraqi Border on Sunday, killing a number of Daesh members in​​ the​​ Al-Muthalath area. The PMF set a Daesh vehicle on fire, killing all of its passengers. [PressIraq]

KURDISTAN

Voting in the Kurdish referendum was closed on Monday evening after being extended one hour by the KRG’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission, according to a journalist. The Commission reported a 74% turnout as of 4:00 pm. [Buratha]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Later western news accounts said the total turnout was 78%.

 

According to informed sources in Kurdistan, the polling centers opened at 8:00 am on Monday, with a turnout of 5 million. Mosques’ loudspeakers broadcast celebratory calls for prayers​​ and churches rang their bells in celebration of the referendum. [IraqPress]

Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission extended the voting period in the Kurdistan referendum by one hour on Monday.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Security authorities in Erbil say they are on high alert, but stress the security situation is normal. The Road to Mosul has been cut off, but not the road to Kirkuk. ​​ There​​ was less movement in Erbil than usual.

 

An anonymous source said the Erbil​​ International Airport was closed for 3 days for unexplained​​ reasons. [Buratha]

 

The leader of the​​ Gorran​​ Party​​ declared​​ that the party was​​ boycotting the Kurdish referendum,​​ saying​​ recognition of the referendum would mean turning a blind eye to the corruption and the​​ theft​​ of petroleum revenues this year. In his statement, he also noted the illegitimacy of Barzani’s presidency which renders the referendum illegitimate. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

The “No to the Referendum”​​ Movement called for the cancellation of the referendum results in Kurdistan today. In a media statement, the movement said the referendum was announced by political groups outside of the legitimate, democratic system. The referendum delegates blocked the​​ Movement’s observers from monitoring the referendum and hindered their publicity efforts.​​ [Buratha]

 

A​​ parliamentary source stated the​​ CoR​​ will take the necessary procedures against Kurdistan following the referendum. The possible disciplinary actions to be taken against Kurdistan will be discussed on Friday.​​ [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

 

A security source said on Sunday that an unknown group of armed men killed six civilians and wounded another with automatic weapons in the center of Al-Hila [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the Jurf Al-Sakhar area, killing the fighters inside. [DENSep25]​​ 

 

Dhi Qar

Security Services arrested two people on charges of terrorism in Dhi Qar.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Monday, Turkish reinforcements of commando units and armored vehicles were delivered to Reyhanli. According to an Anadolu reporter, the reinforcements were transported to the Syrian border under security. [Anadolu]

 

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Turkey said Turkey will be taking all necessary measures in accordance with international law, should the Kurdish referendum pose threats to Turkish national security. In a written statement, the Ministry said it does not recognize the referendum and considers its results illegitimate. It added​​ that​​ the Kurdish government threatens peace and stability in Iraq and the entire region, and called on Turkish citizens in Kurdish areas to leave as soon as possible.​​ [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs says having a self-ruling Kurdish area in negotiable as long as the region remains within the Syrian state. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It would be hard to overestimate the importance of this statement. The Foreign Minister has foreshadowed the possible future understanding with the PYD.

 

Sunday, a spokesman for the Russian Khmeimim Base​​ reportedly​​ said a terrorist attack will be carried out in Syria by the American​​ intelligence.​​ The attack will be carried out by extremists belonging to Nusra​​ but​​ working for America, it said. The spokesman said the attack must be​​ stopped by all means necessary.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily​​ comment.​​ We have no idea where this rhetoric is going.​​ Statement on such level should​​ not be so mindless.​​ ​​ ​​ 

 

Sunday, Iranian media announced the death of Reda Sajarani, a general in the Revolutionary Guard in Syria but did not specify where or when he was killed. [Qasioun]

 

Monday, thirteen civilians were killed and others were injured in a series of airstrikes by the Russian air force and affiliates of the Syrian government. The airstrikes targeted towns and villages in rural areas of Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo for the seventh day in a row. The Syrian Civil Defense Director reported the airstrikes hit over 20 towns and villages beginning early morning on Monday. [Anadolu]

 

Friday, the US President’s envoy to the international coalition,​​ Brett​​ McGurk, announced​​ that​​ Washington hopes​​ to avoid any incidents with the Russian military in the Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor. He referred to the improved understanding,​​ both on the ground in Syria between the US military and the Russians, and between Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, after their meeting in New York, explaining that the communications to prevent accidents are working well. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 29 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (27), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and near Shaddadi (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

PYD Asayesh foiled a Daesh attack in Shaddadi​​ city, in which three terrorists tried to use explosives​​ belts to target a checkpoint.​​ An Asayish member was killed in the clashes, in addition to the 3 terrorists. The situation is currently stable in the region. [Hawar]

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked SDF units in the western entrance of Shaddadi. It says during the heavy battles, one of the terrorists blew himself up, killing or wounding SDF fighters. [ICDNSep25] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So, what happened to the other terrorists? Did the suicide bomber kill them in the explosion?​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF vehicle with an IED south of Shaddadi on Sunday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with SDF units in the Hasaka area. [ICDNSep25]​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Human Rights Watch said it has​​ documented the deaths of 84 civilians, including 30 children, in two Coalition air raids in Raqqa city in March. ​​ On March 21, Coalition aircraft destroyed a school in Mansour​​ on​​ the pretext there were Daesh fighters there, but activists say there were 50 displaced families inside the school. [Qasioun] [HWR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ And who would have put displaced families in a building that would be targeted by Coalition airstrikes as a Daesh building?

 

In the last few days the SDF has made significant progress at Daesh’s expense. ​​ The Al-Hurriya​​ neighborhood in the north​​ of the city, the​​ Al-Nahdha neighborhood​​ in the northwest,​​ and a small part of Hara Al-Akrad​​ (= Kurds’ neighborhood)​​ are all Daesh has left in the city.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Clashes raged in the center, north, and west of the city, as​​ SDF​​ fighters advanced toward Imam Al-Nawawi Mosque. 14 Daesh fighters were killed and 400 RPGs were seized from Daesh. [Hawar]

 

A video shared by members of the SDF on social media​​ reportedly​​ showed​​ a​​ new​​ US​​ shipment of weapons to the SDF, including armored vehicles, military bulldozers, and closed trucks believed to be carrying diverse munitions. [Qasioun]​​ ​​ 

 

Daesh says “American” artillery targeted a well in Hay Al-Bado​​ in downtown Raqqa, killing or wounding civilians. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF units in the Silos area in the far north of the city with a rocket. [ICDNSep25]​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed ten SDF fighters and wounded five others in the Al-Firdaws and Al-Rumaila neighborhoods, northwest of Old Raqqa. [DENSep25]​​ 

Daesh issues videos of battles with SDF units in Hay Al-Firdaws and Hay Al-Amin. [A3maq] [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

East of Raqqa

Saturday, the Syrian Army and its supporting militias took complete control of rural eastern Raqqa, including the town of Maadan​​ and Maadan Atiq village,​​ near the​​ Deir Ez-Zor border northwest of Deir Ez-Zor city,​​ after weeks of fighting. This was​​ one of​​ Daesh’s​​ most important strongholds.​​ [SyriaNow]

[Qasioun]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

One person was injured and there was much material damage when Tahrir Al-Sham shelled the Jamila village in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Turkey-backed opposition groups​​ continues to​​ shell​​ villages in the Afrin district with heavy weapons, resulting in material damage to civilian property. ​​ The PYG are responding by shelling the​​ opposition group’s positions.​​ [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The PYD-backed Hawar calls all opposition groups in northern​​ Syria (including Nusra) “Turkish Army mercenaries.”​​ 

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Several​​ Turkey-backed opposition groups​​ announced the formation of a unified military council under unified leadership. ​​ The council aims to bring together all factions of the Syrian opposition. [Qasioun]

 

The United Nations sent 16 humanitarian aid trucks to Idlib province through Turkey on Monday. The aid will be distributed in Idlib city and surrounding villages. ​​ [Anadolu]

 

An official of Syrian Civil Defense reported airstrikes by unspecified air forces on Idlib villages, killing at least 4 civilians and injuring 11. The villages are: Sheikh Sindyan, Ishtabraq, and Alya. [Anadolu]

 

Friday, the Syrian opposition faction Ahrar​​ Al-Sharqiya arrested Muhammed Al-Mulla Ali, known as Abu Hasan ‘Adalat,​​ as he​​ attempted​​ to escape to Turkey in disguise. He is one of​​ the​​ Aleppo people who helped Daesh enter the city. He is also accused of abuses against civilians and helping to execute a number of youth. Thursday, the opposition arrested​​ Omar Ahmed​​ Al-Hajji, a general coordinator​​ for​​ Daesh,​​ north​​ of Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Daesh says it killed ten Syrian soldiers in clashes near Abu Hanaya village, in Aqairbat subdistrict. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Homs

A military source says the Syrian Army has uprooted more Daesh terrorists in Jubb Al-Jarrah in rural eastern Homs, taking control of 5 villages. In just a few hours, the Syrian army and supporting militias were able to take control of and sweep 35 square kilometers.​​ [SyriaNow]

Sunday, a military source announced the Syrian Army’s control of 50 square kilometers in the Jubb Al-Jarrah area of Homs. EOD​​ units are working to sweep the region​​ for mines​​ and IEDs. [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian Army and its supporting militias took control of 4 villages after heavy fighting with Daesh near Jubb Al-Jarrah. [Qasioun]

 

Sunday, the Daesh headquarters in the Syrian Badia was bombed by Iranian Revolutionary Guard​​ drones​​ in the border area with Syria and Iraq​​ (video.)​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Friday, Russian media announced​​ that​​ the Coalition destroyed the Al-Zakaf​​ base to prevent​​ its​​ use by any other armed parties. It was considered to be one of the most important strongholds of the US forces in the Syrian Desert, located in eastern Homs​​ near the border; [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Army campaign

Friday, government forces​​ took control of large areas in the western side of Deir Ez-Zor, and reached Al-Tabani, Daesh’s largest and final stronghold on the western side of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Saturday, The Syrian Army and its allies managed to secure the entire Deir Ez-Zor-Aleppo road. ​​ The Syrian Army has taken control of 44 towns, farms, and villages from Daesh. [SyriaNow]

 

Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced​​ that​​ Daesh​​ mortar fire had​​ killed Lt. Gen. Valery Asapov.​​ Russia blamed the US for his death, on the grounds that it is not trying hard enough to defeat Daesh and leaving it stronger than it should be.​​ (They actually said that.) [Qasioun] [Newsweek]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles east of the Hamima area on the Homs-Deir Ez-Zor border. [ICDNSep25]​​ 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack east of Hamima village. It says one of its Moroccan suicide terrorists attacked Syrian forces with a car bomb, killing fifteen soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 3 SUVs. It also says it destroyed a tank with a rocket and a bulldozer with an artillery shell. [ICDNSep25] ​​ 

Here Daesh says fourteen soldiers were killed in the suicide attack. [A3maq]​​ 

 

SDF campaign

The Russian Defense Ministry denied reports that Russian warplanes targeted SDF positions in Eastern Deir Ez-Zor. The Russian Defense Ministry’s statement comes in response to a report published by Reuters, which said Russian warplanes had struck SDF positions in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

SDF forces claim to have been targeted by Russian airstrikes Monday morning in the Deir Ez-Zor province bordering Iraq. The SDF vows to respond. The​​ Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman denied​​ the​​ claims. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Sunday, Russian space surveillance photos showed the progress of American special forces, accompanied by the SDF, taking control of a Daesh military site. The images allegedly show that the progress was not a result of clashes with Daesh. They also show American vehicles entering the Daesh location in rural northern Deir Ez-Zor. Russia used the photos to suggest that the US is working with Daesh.​​ [SyriaNow] [Qasioun]

 

Twelve members of the Syrian Army and its militias were killed yesterday in shelling by the SDF in the eastern region of Deir Ez-Zor as they were crossing the Euphrates River, near the villages of Marat and Al-Jufra, towards the villages of Khasham and Madhloum on the eastern bank of the river, with Russian support.

The distance between the SDF and the Syrian Army has shrunk considerably on the eastern side of Deir Ez-Zor. The Syrian and Russian Air Forces shelled the SDF in the industrial zone on the northern side of Deir Ez-Zor, amidst a significant collapse within​​ Daesh​​ ranks. [Qasioun]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Russian and Syrian military units near Madhloum village with Katyusha rockets. [ICDNSep25]​​ 

Daesh also publishes 2 photos of one of its air defense units near the village. [ICDNSep25]​​ 

Daesh says it targeted Syrian and Russian military units near Marat and Madhloum villages with 8 artillery shells, 4 Katyushas, 5 Grad rockets, and 15 mortars. [DENSep25]​​ 

 

The SDF took control of the Conoco oil field on the eastern side of Deir Ez-Zor, Friday evening, after fighting with Daesh.​​ [Qasioun]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF units near the Conoco field with Grad rockets. [A3maq]​​ 

A military source says the Russians and the Syrian Army bombed SDF positions in the Conoco oil field with mortars and rockets, while conducting airstrikes in the same area. SDF members were killed and wounded. [Hawar] [Hawar] [Qasioun]

After the Russian shelling on SDF positions in the Conoco oil field stopped, there was a cautious calm. ​​ The SDF responded to the source of the shelling with shells and artillery, which lasted several hours. One SDF member was killed and two others were wounded. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

On the 15th​​ day of Al-Jazeera Storm, SDF​​ forces liberated thousands of civilians from Daesh in the Deir Ez-Zor area and transferred them to areas under their control. [Hawar]

 

The SDF has captured grain silos in Al-Sur town, northeast of Deir Ez-Zor city. Sunday evening, Daesh attacked the SDF at the sugar factory north of Deir Ez-Zor city. The SDF resisted the attack and the Daesh fighters retreated. [Hawar]

In heavy clashes in Al-Sur, the SDF captured 4 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF machine gun-mounted vehicle with a rocket just south of Al-Sur. [A3maq]​​ 

 

The YPG released the names of 8 of its members who were killed participating in Al-Jazeera Storm. [Hawar]

 

Mayadin

The Coalition killed 10 civilians and injured many others in an airstrike in Mayadin. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Albu Kamal

Unidentified warplanes launched air raids on residential neighborhoods in Albu Kamal near the Iraq-Syria border.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed one of its commanders in Albu Kamal after accusing him of communicating with opposition groups. The source also says Daesh has started to raid and search houses in Albu Kamal without giving any reason.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of Alawite people and opposition fighters targeted by its snipers in south Damascus. [ICDNSep25]​​ 

 

Daesh says one of its snipers shot and wounded a Tahrir Al-Sham commander in the Yarmouk Camp. [DENSep25]​​ 

 

Daraa

Daesh publishes photos of the​​ hisbah​​ activities of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, in Nafi’a town, west of Daraa. [A3maq]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it rigged the house of a policeman in Hay Al-Sumran in Arish city with explosives, then blew it up. [DENSep25]​​ 

 

Libya

U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord and aligned forces, U.S. forces conducted 6 precision airstrikes against a Daesh desert camp Friday evening local time. The camp was used to move Daesh terrorists in and out of Libya, stockpile weapons and other equipment, and to plot attacks, according to the command. The command also said that Daesh operatives in Libya have “been connected to multiple attacks across Europe.”

“The United States will track and hunt these terrorists, degrade their capabilities and disrupt their planning and operations by all appropriate, lawful, and proportional means, including precision strikes against their forces, terror training camps and lines of communication, as well as partnering with Libyan forces to deny safe havens for terrorists in Libya,” the statement read. [CNN]

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a propaganda video about its terrorists in Nawfaliya and nearby areas. [ICDNSep24]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh ordered its supporters, an “important note,” to circulate this video as much as possible on social media. The video shows a couple of terrorist attacks and “checkpoints.” Daesh wants to show that it is still active in Libya.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Philippines

Daesh said it shot at and hit a Philippine Army helicopter on Saturday over Datu Salibo, in Maguindanao, forcing it into an emergency landing. [A3maq]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Security units capture a Daesh suicide terrorist who intended to attack Shia pilgrims in Bayya​​ (photo.) [Facebook]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces kill the Daesh sharia official of Al-Zab and his brother, and arrested his wife. Iraqi forces also captured several Daesh terrorists. [Facebook] [Facebook]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces conduct a security check in Anah. [Facebook]​​ 

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi forces battle Daesh near Zuwiya. [Facebook]​​ 

 

Tribal women fight Daesh in Shirqat and Hawija. [AfaqTV]​​ 

 

People of east Shirqat celebrate the liberation. [YouTube]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces liberated Al-Zab. [Harbi]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]