October 3, 2018
Daesh Vehicle in Rutba Desert
KDP criticizes PUK for putting Presidency to a vote [..]
… PUK says KDP never wanted the Presidency anyway [..]
Anbar investigates missing $8 million [..]
Security leaders meet in Anbar to talk about displaced people return [..]
Captured Daesh leader says most leaders trying to flee to Turkey [..]
Al-Assad claims western, Arab nations preparing to re-open missions [..]
Al-Baghdadi’s son reported killed in Russian airstrike [..]
Work on Panorama mass grave in Raqqa starts [..]
Iran: Int’l court orders some US sanctions lifted, but not all [..]
Mozambique: 200 detainees face terrorism trial, around 50 of them Tanzanian [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
On Wednesday, the political office of the KDP attacked the PUK, due to the way it selected the new President, Barham Salih, describing the PUK’s actions as “sabotaging” the agreement between the parties of the Kurdistan Region. It stated that occupying the post of the Presidency of Iraq is a right of Iraqi Kurds, and that the post is supposed to be filled based on a consensus between the Kurdish parties. Instead, the office stated, the Presidency has been monopolized by a single political party. [Anadolu]
The PUK replied by saying that the KDP never wished to hold the post of the Presidency of Iraq; rather, they said, the KDP wanted to use the post as a bargaining chip to exert more pressure on the PUK. Ghazi Kirkuki, a senior official with the PUK, made the remarks, which were published on the party’s website. [Basnews]
A Gulf newspaper says that some Shia political groups disagreed with the selection of Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi to head the coming government. However, they preferred to keep silent about it, as the momentum for supporting Abd Ul-Mahdi was too strong. The paper says that one of the new Prime Minister-designate’s problems is the lack of a large political bloc behind him. [Sumaria]
Atheel Al-Nujaifi, a leader in the Al-Qarar (Decision) alliance, said on Wednesday that the appointment of Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi as PM was important because of Abd Ul-Mahdi’s independence, and particularly given that he is not from the Dawa Party. The Dawa Party has controlled the office of PM since 2003. [BasNews]
The US Embassy to Baghdad congratulated Barham Salih on his new post as President of Iraq. The Embassy hailed the constitutional process that led to his election, saying that it looks forward to working closely with him. [Rudaw]
The US Embassy also congratulated Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi for his appointment as the new Prime Minister-designate, saying that they had worked closely with him before, and were looking forward to even closer work in his new capacity, to achieve security, peace, and development for Iraq. [Rudaw]
US Special Envoy to the Coalition Brett McGurk gave his congratulations to PM-designate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi, and thanked outgoing PM Haider Al-Abadi for leading Iraq during the “darkest period” of the fight against Daesh. [AynAlIraq]
UNAMI also welcomed the appointment of Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi as the new Prime Minister-designate, while calling for strong female representation in the new government. UNAMI assured Abd Ul-Mahdi of the UN’s continued support to Iraq in building its country, peace, and stability. [Rudaw] [BasNews]
Council of Representatives
Iraqi CoR speaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi called on Arab societies to eradicate terrorism “in shape and in thought.” He was speaking before a meeting of the Arab Parliament, saying that the Iraqi Army had fought on behalf of the whole Arab world in its triumphant war on terror. [Sumaria]
An official source from the Anbar Provincial Integrity Commission said on Wednesday that a memo had been issued to all members of the Anbar Council regarding the disappearance of 10 billion dinars (about 8.4 million USD). The money had been allocated prior to 2014 as an emergency grant to the Council for services, projects, and the support of the security forces. Karim Hilal Al-Karbouli, a member of the Anbar Council, said that the grant’s purpose was changed after 2014 to support IDPs and pay tribal PMF fighters. [BasNews]
The Rusafa Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh member to death. The condemned was convicted of blowing up the shrine of Zayn Al-Abidin in Ninewa with a group of other militants, among other charges. [Buratha]
The Ministry of Migration and the Displaced says that 321 Iraqi refugees have returned from Al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria to the Jada’a camp, south of Mosul, making total number of such returnees 533. [Sumaria]
The International Committee of the Red Cross called on its teams to cooperate with the Iraqi government in uncovering the mass graves of Daesh victims. This happened during a meeting between Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and the head of the Commission during the recent UN General Assembly meetings. [Baghdadia]
Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)
Baghdad Ops Command said on Wednesday that they had arrested a Daesh leader in northwest Baghdad. [Dijlah]
Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)
A security source said that a civilian had been killed by unidentified gunmen in the Bub Al-Sham area, northeast Baghdad. [Sumaria]
A security source says that unidentified armed men targeted a house in Ur neighborhood with a hand grenade, causing damage. [Ghad]
East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)
A security source said on Wednesday that security personnel were carrying out raids and searching for weapons in Sadr City. [Sumaria]
Total Baghdad security incidents reported: 4 (Includes only incidents reported)
Total IED security incidents reported: 0
A “high-level” security meeting, attended by the top Army and Police Commands in Anbar, was held to discuss the return of the largest possible numbers of displaced families to their homes, and to close most of the IDP camps. 25 families have already been returned to Al-Qa’im, and 28 to Albu Dhiab Al-Ali. [MoD Website]
An official in the Anbar Provincial Council says that discussions are underway with the PMF to return all IDPs to their home areas, and to eliminate any obstacles prohibiting that. [Sumaria]
Anbar Ops Command special forces units found and destroyed 119 IEDs in Albu Assi and Husaiba Al-Sharqiya (East Husaiba), as well as Al-Salam junction. [MoD Website]
A military intelligence source says that a “well-prepared ambush” brought down a group of terrorists headed by the Daesh commander nicknamed “Abu Al-Kheil,” who was a Daesh military commander. The arrest was made at Kilo 160 in the Anbar desert after destroying the terrorists’ vehicles. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that CTS units captured 4 Daesh terrorists, including a commander nicknamed “Abu Al-Kheil,” after destroying their pickup vehicle with a rocket in Anbar western desert. The source sent us photos of the vehicle and the captured Daesh commander.
The Commander of the 1st Battalion under Jazeera Ops Command, Khamis Al-Mahalawi, says that his units arrested 4 Daesh fighters and destroyed 3 different Daesh tunnels in Wadi area north of Rutba. [BasNews]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that two PMF fighters were killed and two others wounded when an IED targeted their pickup vehicle near Al-Aitha village. The source said that Iraqi forces, including Army, SWAT, and PMF units, had started a military campaign to clear northern Shirqat district. The source also said that Iraqi personnel found 2 pickup vehicles and large quantities of weapons and ammunition in a tunnel during the operations. The source sent us photos of the vehicles.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that 2 tribal PMF fighters were killed when an IED exploded at their SUV in the desert near Siniya. The source said that PMF EOD units had defused 11 more IEDs in the same area.
Northern Diyala (Kifri)
A local source in Diyala Province said on Wednesday that Daesh had blown up a house in the village of Sara Tapa Al-Jadida, 10 km west of Qara Tapa. The source added that nobody was inside the house at the time of the explosion. [BaghdadToday]
Daesh social media sources said on Wednesday that electricity was cut off several areas in Kirkuk after Daesh blew up electricity towers near Mullah Abdullah village, west of Kirkuk city. [ICDNOct3]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that the mukhtar of Razaba village, near Abbasi, was killed and his son wounded when 12 Daesh terrorists attacked his house. The source said the terrorists were in military uniforms and used motorcycles and a vehicle with PMF logo.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]
IFP Commander General Raed Shakir Jawdat says that troops from the 10th Brigade (IFP) arrested a Daesh operative who was in possession of 5 hand grenades, 5 rifles, and 1 RPG-type rocket launcher in Makhmur, during a search operation covering 13 villages. 1 IED was also destroyed. [Baghdadia] [Ghad]
Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Bashiqa)
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that CTS units captured a Daesh leader who was hiding with his family in a deserted house in Salamiyah village, in Nimrud subdistrict. The source said the terrorist admitted he was planning to flee to Turkey, then to Europe. The terrorist also said that most Daesh leaders had received orders to flee to Turkey and to Europe. The source sent us a photo of the captured man.
The Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that a Daesh “network” consisting of 13 members had been dismantled and its members arrested. The arrests took place in the Al-Intisar neighborhood of east Mosul. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source says hundreds of beggars are roaming the streets of Mosul city. The source said most of these beggars are members of families of Daesh terrorists who had been killed in battles.
South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura)
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that Ninewa Ops Command units captured 8 Daesh terrorists in Al-Jarn village, southwest of Mosul. The source said one of the captured was Zaid Al-Badrani, a Daesh security official from west Mosul, who was responsible for killing dozens of civilians and security employees.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that Iraqi Army 20th division units found 300 mortar shells and 11 locally-made rockets in the desert near Shura.
Daesh published on Wednesday a photo of a “tribal PMF intelligence” member it killed in Hammam Al-Alil. [ICNDOct3]
The Center for Security Information says that 103 IEDs were found during a search around the village of Ibtisha. Army units searching Faqah village also destroyed 2 booby-trapped Daesh tunnels, which contained 12 IEDs total. [Baghdadia] [Mawazin]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that a Yazidi shepherd shot and killed 2 Daesh terrorists in the desert near Sinjar. The source said the terrorists had fled Iraqi forces operations in southern Ninewa. The source sent us a photo of the terrorists.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that four PMF members were killed when their vehicle was destroyed by a roadside IED near Al-Barit village, southwest of the town of Hatra, during the Iraqi campaign to clear the Hatra desert.
The source also said that two more PMF fighters were killed and another wounded in clashes with Daesh terrorists near Khunaifis village.
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Military & security developments
On Wednesday, the Turkish Parliament approved a decree to extend by 1 year the mandate for the government to conduct military operations in Iraq and Syria, while granting the Turkish Army the right to do so. [Qasioun]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad says that the “war on terror” in Syria will be over shorty. Speaking to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Shahid, he says that very soon, the Syrian state will regain control of all the Syrian territories. He added that several Western and Arab states are preparing to re-open their missions in Damascus. [Qasioun]
Walid Muallem, the Syrian Foreign Minister, says that the formation of a demilitarized zone in Idlib is a step towards eliminating terrorism from the area. He says he hopes that the Russian-Turkish agreement will go through, starting with the handing over of heavy and medium weapons from fighters within Idlib by December. [Dorar]
The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that the youngest son of Al-Baghdadi had been killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria on September 22. They quoted Iraqi commander Jabbar Al-Ma’mouri as saying that Al-Baghdadi’s son had been killed, without providing further details. [Forat]
The YPG says that its units carried out 2 IED attacks in Rajo and Bulbul in Afrin, killing 3 pro-Turkey militia fighters and wounding 3 others. [Hawar]
The autonomous administration in Hasaka handed over a man suspected of being a Daesh member to the Iraqi Refugees Council in Al-Hawl refugee camp in Hasaka. [Hawar]
Raqqa city & district
The Reconstruction Committee of the Raqqa Civil Council says that their rapid response team started recovering bodies from the Panorama mass grave, saying that all bodies are being properly documented. Identified bodies will be handed over to their families, while unknown bodies will be re-buried in a grave designated by the council for this purpose. The team’s initial work in 4 mass graves throughout Raqqa has recovered 2,800 bodies so far. [Qasioun]
Central and West
The SOHR says that armed men assassinated an opposition field commander, who they said was originally from the Caucasus region, between the areas of Tahtaya and Tamanah, near the demilitarized zone announced by Russia and Turkey earlier. This followed another assassination of a Tahrir Al-Sham commander near Jisr Al-Shughur, western rural Aleppo. [SyriaHR]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
The SOHR says that a Coalition drone targeted and killed a Daesh fighter who was trying to detonate a booby-trapped motorcycle in Al-Sabha village, on the east bank of the Euphrates. The SOHR also reported an IED attack on an SDF vehicle in Al-Suwar, northern rural Deir Ez-Zor, on Tuesday. [SyriaHR]
Albu Kamal District
Daesh social media sources claimed on Tuesday that five US soldiers were wounded by Daesh mortar shelling on Al-Bahra town. The sources claimed that the information was announced by pro-SDF media outlets. [ICDNOct2]
DaeshDaily comment. We did not see any reports on this from Syrian media outlets, pro-SDF or not.
Daesh social media sources said that 2 Fatemiyoun (pro-Assad Afghani Shia militia) members were killed in clashes with Daesh near Albu Kamal. [ICDNOct3]
Daesh said on Wednesday it killed 15 SDF members, wounded others, and destroyed their truck after detonating a parked vehicle bomb in Gharanij. [ICDNOct3]
The SOHR reported the withdrawal of several members of the team in Suwayda negotiating the release of hostages kidnapped by Daesh, due to lack of communication with the Russian, Syrian, and Daesh sides. [SyriaHR]
Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded Syrian soldiers in clashes near Al-Safa Hills. It also said its snipers killed 2 soldiers in the same area. [ICDNOct2]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
On Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the US to lift sanctions against Iran on humanitarian goods, including food, medicine, and civil aviation safety equipment. Iran had brought the case, claiming that the US re-imposition of sanctions violated a 1955 “friendship treaty” between the 2 countries.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said later Wednesday that the “friendship treaty” with Iran had been cancelled, and went on to describe Iran as a source of threat to Americans in Iraq. Pompeo also described the ICJ ruling as a defeat for Iran, as the court rejected Iran’s call for other sanctions to be terminated. [NYT] [CNN] [BBC] [Sumaria]
The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior says that Egyptian security forces killed 15 terrorists in a gunfight in Arish, northern Sinai. Security personnel attacked the group of terrorists, who were reportedly preparing for attacks on government targets on the anniversary of the 1973 war, October 6. [Ghad]
On Wednesday afternoon, a Tunisian soldier was killed and 2 others injured when a land mine detonated under their truck in the Chambi (aka Ash-Sha’nabi) Mountains in Kasserine, western Tunisia. [Anadolu] [Tunisien]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
A group of about 200 detainees accused of belonging to a jihadi group will be tried on Wednesday in Mozambique, according to a judicial source. The source said that about 50 of the defendants are from Tanzania, but will be tried in Mozambique regardless. The Islamist group that the defendants are accused of belonging to, the Mozambique Al-Shabaab (no relation to the Somali Al-Shabaab), has killed over 50 people, burnt villages, and caused people to flee their homes. [BaghdadNews]
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