An Update On ISIS Activities

September 17, 2018

 

Daesh Hideout North of Shirqat

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Adel Abd Ul-Madhi is apparent compromise choice to become Prime Minister.​​ [..]

UNHCR rep cites movement of returned IDPs back to IDP camps due to economic conditions. [..]

Another mukhtar killed, in Samarra. [..]

Daesh targets several Hawija police in deadly incidents.​​ [..]

Four Daesh graves, with 68 bodies, found in Mosul District, Tal Afar. [..]

12 suspected Daesh members arrested​​ by PMFs​​ in Tal Afar. [..]

 

Syria

Russia’s Defense Minister announces a negotiated demilitarized zone in Idlib.​​ [..]

PYD security men capture Iraqi Daesh leaders in​​ Hasaka​​ refugee camp. [..]

Daesh stages several deadly attacks on SDF soldiers in Hasaka. [..]

Daesh targets individual SDF soldiers in all parts of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [..]

Coalition conducted 64 Albu Kamal airstrikes in one week.​​ [..]

Death toll in ongoing Suwayda battles up to 258. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Afghanistan:​​ Taliban kills 17 police, kidnaps 9 in western Afghanistan.​​ [..]

Philippines: ​​​​ Sulu Island confrontation leaves many police and terrorists dead.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The Al-Bina’ coalition, led by Hadi Al-Amiri and Nouri Al-Maliki, said on Monday that Adel Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi was currently the leading candidate for the post of Prime Minister.​​ CoR member​​ Amer Al-Faez of Al-Bina’ said that Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi had the acceptance of both the Al-Fath (Conquest) and Sa’irun alliances, and would be accepted by the Sunni and Kurdish political parties. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi​​ (sometimes spelled AbdelMahdi)​​ actually has a long political resume​​ and has been a major figure in Iraq governments. His talents and contributions have been much admired,​​ and he has a “heavyweight” reputation,​​ but he has not​​ been as​​ prominent​​ lately.​​ He is 76 years old.​​ He was part of the​​ Iran-oriented​​ SCIRI political party but had lived in exile in France for many years and was considered western-oriented.

In fact, he came within an eyelash of becoming the Prime Minister after the December 2005 election for the first permanent government. He even made a trip to Washington to confer with US officials after the election, which suggested that he was the man who would succeed Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, the interim Prime Minister. Ironically, Abd Al-Madhi lost because he was opposed by Muqtada Al-Sadr. The entire Sadrist bloc​​ within the Shia coalition at that time​​ voted against him and he lost by one vote. The end result was that Al-Jaafari was still dropped but succeeded by his deputy, Nouri Al-Maliki, in a US-brokered compromise​​ that had major and historic consequences.

 

The Al-Bina’ coalition​​ also​​ said on Monday that the Kurdish candidate for President of Iraq would be whoever got the most votes within the “Kurdish house.” MP Naim Al-Aboudi​​ of​​ Al-Bina’ said that it was analogous to the election for Speaker of the CoR,​​ in that the election would happen internally within the demographic group represented. [BasNews]

 

A “source close to decision-makers in the PUK” said that the party had chosen Mullah Bakhtiar, head of the Political Bureau of the PUK, as​​ its​​ candidate for President of Iraq. [Sputnik]

 

However, a different source “close to the Political Bureau of the PUK” said that the Iranians had told the PUK that they​​ would support​​ Barham Salih for President of Iraq, on the condition that he dissolve his Coalition for Democracy and Justice and rejoin the PUK.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Reconstruction

The UNHCR representative in Iraq says that there is a reverse movement by IDPs​​ from their​​ home​​ areas back to refugee camps. He says that while the situation in some parts of the country is improving, over 1.9 million Iraqi IDPs still need support. He says that many returnees are unable to pay rent or find work in their home communities,​​ which, along with​​ the​​ slow progress​​ in​​ removing​​ explosive detritus,​​ contributes​​ to their return to​​ IDP​​ camps. [Forat]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that between September 10 and September 16,​​ it​​ conducted 2 airstrikes in Iraq. Of these, 1 was near Al-Asad​​ base near Haditha​​ and​​ 1 was​​ in the​​ Kasik​​ area in Tal Afar.​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Foreign policy

On Sunday, the National Security Council, in a meeting chaired by sitting PM Haider Al-Abadi, passed a resolution approving the deployment of border guards to the Iraq-Turkey border.

Following that​​ news, an Arab newspaper​​ wrote​​ that​​ the​​ Iraqi​​ Army​​ now had to​​ deal with​​ 3​​ major obstacles if it wanted to deploy​​ on the border with Turkey, which​​ it called a “dangerous escalation” with Turkey. The newspaper quoted a security expert as saying that​​ first,​​ Peshmerga forces would not let federal forces enter their territory or impose control over the borders with Turkey and Iran;​​ second, the expert also said that the PKK was occupying “large areas” of Qandil, Amedi, and​​ occupying​​ many villages;​​ and, third,​​ the Turkish Army was occupying areas up to 30 km​​ (19 miles)​​ inside of Iraqi territory. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded seven Iraqi Army members, including an officer, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Abu Ghraib area. [ICDNSep16]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Daesh said it wounded two National Security Service members and damaged their houses in Falluja city with an IED, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that four civilians were killed when a parked motorcycle bomb exploded near a café in Karabela. The source sent us photos of the damaged café.​​ 

Daesh’s exaggerated version​​ said it detonated a parked motorcycle bomb on “Iraqi Army and tribal PMF” gathering in Al-Qa’im district on Friday, killing 17 members, including an officer, wounding eight others, and damaging several vehicles. [ICDNSep15]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Iraqi Army, Salahuddin SWAT, and PMFs, supported by Coalition planes, started a military campaign to clear​​ an​​ area north of Shirqat. The source said the Coalition killed many terrorists in airstrikes on 4 Daesh hideouts. The source the units cleared large parts of the area and destroyed several Daesh hideouts and tunnels. The operation came after four tribal PMF members had been killed in a Daesh ambush in the area. The source sent us photos of the military operations.​​ 

 

Daesh said it captured and then killed two IFP members and damaged their vehicle at a fake checkpoint near Al-Masihili village, east of Tilul Al-Baj in southwest Shirqat, on Saturday. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh’s version said the vehicle was a tanker truck. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted a tribal PMF military position in Al-Aitha village, north of Shirqat, with 2 Katyusha rockets. [ICDNSep16]

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 2 Nujaba’ Movement members, including an officer,​​ were killed and another wounded in a Daesh ambush near Siniya. The source said that the terrorists, who were on motorcycles, fled to the Makhoul Mountains area after the attack.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF fighters and destroyed their SUV with an IED in the Siniya area, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it destroyed 2 PMF vehicles with 2 IEDs in the Siniya area, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Fatha area,​​ northeast of Baiji,​​ on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it captured and killed two tribal PMF members in the Al-Fatha area, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said it shot and severely wounded a National Security Service member with light weapons on the road between Baiji and Kirkuk, on Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a water station employee was killed and four other civilians wounded when an IED exploded near the station near Al-Aitha village.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that National Security Service units captured a Daesh female​​ hisbah​​ member at a checkpoint near Tikrit. The source said the woman, whose husband was killed in the liberation campaign in Baaj, admitted she was trying to go to Baghdad and then flee to Turkey to join her brother, also a Daesh member. The source sent us a photo of the woman.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed a Badr militia soldier and wounded 2 others with an IED that targeted their vehicle in the Hassan area, east of Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh published on Sunday 2 photos of targeting an IFP vehicle with an IED on the road between Tikrit and Kirkuk. [ICDNSep16]

 

Samarra

A security source says Daesh fighters killed the​​ mukhtar​​ of Shanana village​​ (spelling approx.)​​ in Samarra and wounded his wife. [Forat]​​ 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed the mukhtar of the Albu Nimr area, in Jazeera Samarra. [A3maq]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said it damaged the house of a PMF member with an IED in the Al-Askari neighborhood in Tuz Khurmatu, on Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Security Committee of the Diyala Council says that it intercepted a Daesh plan to attack the so-called “Husseini processions” carried out during the Shia religious activities for the month of Muharram. The 24th​​ PMF brigade engaged Daesh fighters who attacked such processions in northern Diyala. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Daesh said it wounded Shia people and damaged their vehicles with light weapons in Sayyed Jaber village, south of Kanaan, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said on Saturday it killed three PMF members and wounded eight others with 2 IEDs in Bablan village, north of Muqdadiya. [A3maq]

 

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

Diyala Police Command said on Monday that they had seized a cache of 5 rocket launchers and a 60 mm mortar in Hibhib subdistrict.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Daesh published photos of beheading four men in Yusuf Bek village, north of Khanaqin. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh had said it captured and then beheaded three Peshmerga members in Yusuf Bek village. [ICDNSep10]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The Center for Security Information said on Monday that Federal Police​​ (IFP)​​ in Kirkuk Province had conducted a search​​ operation​​ that resulted in finding 6 IEDs and arresting​​ a person wanted on terrorism charges near the Dibis​​ Bridge.​​ The IFP issued​​ its​​ own press release, in which​​ it said a total of 17 IEDs had been found.​​ [Ghad]​​ [Dijlah]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Sot al-Iraq​​ reports that in total, 7 Daesh members were arrested in Kirkuk and Ninewa Provinces, including 3 leaders. Yahya Rasul on Sunday announced that​​ intelligence detachments of the Federal Police within the Interior Ministry and Intelligence Agency​​ arrested​​ a​​ Daesh leader in Kirkuk who used to work in a military role. He admitted during interrogations that there were 2 more depots in the subdistrict of​​ Al-Zab. Another leader was a food rations official.​​ The Ministry of the Interior confirmed on Monday that 2 “prominent” Daesh members had been arrested in Hawija Province.​​ [SotIraq]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Daesh reportedly abducted​​ two​​ civilians at a fake checkpoint in the Riyadh area of Hawija on the Baiji-Kirkuk road. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units killed 2 Daesh terrorists who were hiding​​ in a tunnel near Barima village, east of Hawija.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a Kata’eb Hezbollah commander was killed by a group of Daesh fighters who sneaked into his house in Al-Zab. The source said the terrorists fled the area on motorcycles after the attack.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that an AAH commander and another member were killed and their SUV destroyed in a roadside IED explosion between Riyadh and Hawija.

 

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed a policeman near Al-Tahwila village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed an “Iraqi security officer” in an ambush near Dhirban village, in Riyadh, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Monday it wounded a policeman and damaged a vehicle with an IED in Al-Aziri village, east of Hawija. [ICDNSep17]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it blew up the houses of five tribal PMF members in Rabidha Al-Asriya village, northeast of Hawija. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said it blew up the house of an Iraqi Army colonel in Gharib village, west of Abbasi, on Saturday. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed three policemen with silenced guns in the policemen’s houses in the same village. [ICDNSep16]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ military position near Al-Safra village​​ west of Riyadh​​ with 3 SPG9 rockets.​​ [ICDNSep16]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed six IFP members and destroyed their military position in an attack with light and mid-sized weapons near Saadiya village, south of Daquq. [ICDNSep16]

In a different version, Daesh said it killed six IFP members in an attack on Al-Saidi village, in Daquq District. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

Coalition planes attacked Daesh positions in Mount Qarachogh, in Makhmur subdistrict. [Roj]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

Daesh said it killed seven Iraqi soldiers and wounded three others in a suicide attack with an explosives vest near Salamiyah village, in Nimrud subdistrict in Hamdaniya, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Also see story above under Reconstruction, in National News

 

Mosul​​ city

On Monday,​​ Forat​​ reported that​​ Sa’ad Ma’an, spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, announced that 2 Daesh members were arrested in west Mosul.​​ Baghdadia​​ reported that​​ Sa’ad Ma’an said that 3 Daesh operatives were arrested in west Mosul​​ and that​​ 1​​ of them​​ had been​​ the Daesh​​ hisbah​​ (“Islamic Police”)​​ official​​ for​​ Hammam Al-Alil.​​ [Forat]​​ [Baghdadia]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that local police units captured a Daesh security official who was hiding in a house in Hay Al-Intisar, in east Mosul. The source said the units confiscated a fake passport and ID in addition to $30,000 from the house. The source sent us a photo of the captured man.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that security units captured one of Daesh’s recruiters in his house in Hay Al-Karama. The source the man had recruited hundreds of people for Daesh before the liberation.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Ma’moun neighborhood in west Mosul. [ICDNSep16]

In another version, Daesh said it destroyed 2 SUVs carrying Iraqi soldiers with 2 IEDs in Hay Al-Ma’moun. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it wounded an Iraqi Army member and damaged a vehicle with an IED north of Mosul on the road to Wana​​ in Tel Keif. [ICDNSep16]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

On Saturday, the Ninewa Ops Command announced that 58 corpses of Daesh members (including foreign​​ terrorists) were found in 3 cemeteries in Mosul​​ District, 2 of which are in the subdistrict of Hammam Al-Alil. [SotIraq]

 

Also see related story below under Tal Afar

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that two Iraqi Army members were killed and two others wounded, as was the driver, when a roadside IED exploded on their taxi near Ayn Al-Jahash.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMF units destroyed several Daesh small safehouses and confiscated food items and military uniforms in a military operation near Safina village​​ in Qayara.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A PMF group in Tal Afar arrested 12 civilians without a warrant on suspicion of involvement with Daesh, according to Captain Thamir Khadir of the Ninewa police.​​ 

In a separate incident​​ about graves, security personnel found the bodies of 10 former Daesh leaders in an unmarked grave. Captain Khadir said that Daesh had executed them for dereliction of duty during the Battle of Mosul.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

The Minister of Defense for Germany, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Monday that her country will continue to focus on maintaining stability and coordination with the Peshmerga to protect the citizens of the Kurdistan Region.​​ She said that Germany and the Peshmerga defeated Daesh together, and that they needed to preserve that.​​ Von der Leyen made the remarks during a visit to Erbil. [Rudaw]

 

ERBIL

A security source said on Monday that a civilian vehicle had been destroyed near the Majidi Mall, a major shopping venue​​ in​​ Erbil. The source said that unidentified parties threw a hand grenade at the vehicle, destroying it completely. [Mawazin]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Such incidents in Erbil are unusual. If Daesh does not claim responsibility, some further investigation might be in order.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Idlib

Russia

Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu said on Monday that there would be no military operation carried out in Idlib. This announcement came​​ after Russian President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan came to an agreement to establish a “demilitarized zone” in the province. According to the Russian news agency​​ Interfax, Shoigu confirmed that this agreement meant there would be no military operation. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems like great news, but we will wait for the rest of the story. It is hard to believe that Assad and the Russians will let the province continue to be controlled by Islamist militias.

 

Iran

Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bassam Ghassemi said that his country would not participate in Syrian government military operations in Idlib. [Hawar]

 

Foreign policy

Israel

Press reports say that the Syrian Army found evidence that Daesh used Israeli-made weapons in its battles in Syria. The weapons were found during searches by the Syrian Army in areas that it re-captured from Daesh, mainly in Daraa. Such weapons were originally supplied by the US to​​ militia allies in​​ the​​ Free Syrian Army.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that YPG Asayesh captured Aoun Al-Din Ahmed, the Daesh wali of Rawa, and a group of other Daesh Iraqi commanders in the Roj Ava Camp for displaced people in Hasaka. ​​ The source sent us a photo of the passport of Aoun Al-Din.​​ 

The source said on Monday that the terrorists admitted they got orders from the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, to flee to Turkey. They also said that Baghdadi ordered his foreign terrorists to flee to the desert between Iraq and Syria, to reorganize, while Syrian terrorists should stay and fight in the Deir Ez-Zor area. ​​ 

 

93 Iraqi families, 366 people total, returned from the Al-Hawl camp in Hasaka to IDP camps in Qayara. The families were received by the Iraqi government at the Khatouniya crossing on the Iraq-Syria border. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

In an ugly-sounding incident,​​ Daesh said it strangled to death an SDF intelligence commander in the National Hospital, in Hasaka city, on Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed​​ 2​​ SDF members and wounded five others in a sport hall in Hasaka city, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it severely wounded 2 SDF members by setting off an IED on a security barrier in Hay Ghuwairan in Hasaka city, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it killed 2 Syrian soldiers with a sticky IED under their motorcycle in Hasaka city, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded​​ 5​​ SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with hand grenades in Shaddadi. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with machine guns in Muwailih village, south of Markada, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed​​ 8​​ SDF members and destroyed several motorcycles and shops with an IED in the Mushairifa area, in Hasaka. [ICDNSep16]

 

Daesh said it wounded “many” SDF members with a hand grenade in the Dashisha area, in Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

Raqqa

Daesh said on Sunday it killed an SDF “spy” and destroyed his shop with an IED on Al-Nour Street, in Raqqa. [ICDNSep16]

Later on, Daesh “corrected” the report saying the person was wounded. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed an SDF member using a silenced gun in Hay Al-Rumaila, in Raqqa. [ICDNSep16]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed two SDF members and destroyed their motorcycle with an IED north of the Al-Manakhir area, near Raqqa city. [ICDNSep17]

 

The Raqqa Internal Security Forces (SDF-affiliated) said that they had arrested Daesh “sleeper cells” in the Raqqa area and seized their weapons and ammunition. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa city​​ & district

A land​​ mine in Raqqa killed a civilian and wounded​​ two​​ children in the Amin Al-Dawla neighborhood in​​ western​​ Raqqa. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Kurdish sources said that the​​ YPG’s​​ Wrath of the Olive Operations Room” carried out​​ attacks​​ against the pro-Turkey militia Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the Azaz countryside. They said these operations had killed 5 of the pro-Turkey “mercenaries” and wounded 8 others. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that more than 150 Daesh terrorists have joined Hurras Al-Din (Guardians of Religion,) an Al-Qaeda affiliate, in the Jisr Al-Shughur area, in​​ western​​ Idlib.  ​​​​ 

 

Homs

Opposition sources say that the battles between the Syrian Army and affiliated militias against Daesh in the eastern Homs countryside left at least 13 killed, including both Syrian Army soldiers and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. [Dorar]

 

The SOHR reported continued fighting between the Syrian Army and Daesh in​​ far eastern​​ Homs near the Al-Tanaf base. The SOHR reported both casualties and advances by the Syrian Army in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with light weapons in the Al-Rawdha area, east of Al-Suwar, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Busayrah Bridge, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two SDF members and damaged their vehicle with machine guns on the road to the Conoco oilfield. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED on the Khurafi Road, west of the Conoco oilfield. [ICDNSep17]

 

Daesh said it shot and destroyed an SDF tanker truck near Al-Omar oilfield, on Sunday. [ICDNSep17]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said on Monday it killed an SDF member and destroyed a bulldozer with an IED near Al-Yamama village. [ICDNSep17]

 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed an SDF member near Dhiban town. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded nine SDF members with a parked motorcycle bomb in Dernaj town. [ICDNSep17]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The Coalition said that between September 10 and September 16, it conducted 64 airstrikes in Syria, all of them in or near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We take this report with some concern, as​​ the large number of airstrikes​​ suggests that dislodging Daesh from Albu Kamal is proving difficult.

 

One likely factor is that the Daesh fighters are dug in. An IDP from the city of Hajin said that Daesh fighters were entrenched in their positions. Their snipers had containers of vitamins, proteins, and “serums” on them to help them remain in their positions for longer periods without needing food brought to them. [Hawar]

 

Another likely factor is that Daesh is applying some version of its human shields strategy. The SDF has established a refugee camp near Al-Bahra, close to Hajin, to absorb IDPs fleeing Daesh-held areas through the Alwani crossing. 30 families already entered the camp. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

Heavy fighting is taking place between SDF and Daesh east of the Euphrates, in all three districts, while Daesh claims to be thwarting the SDF attack on its positions in the village of Al-Baghouz, in the Al-Susah subdistrict. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike near Al-Susah. The source also said the SDF was now 1 km away from the town.

 

The SOHR reported continued fighting between Daesh and the SDF, backed by Coalition airstrikes, in Al-Baghouz, with increasing casualties​​ on​​ both​​ sides. [SyriaHR]

The pro-Kurdish Hawar reports that battles between SDF and Daesh fighters in Al-Baghouz​​ have​​ left 17 Daesh fighters dead. [Hawar]

Daesh’s version​​ says that it destroyed two Hummers and three APCs of the SDF, which rolled over a Daesh land​​ mine in Al-Baghouz, while the SDF attack on the village was repelled. [EnabBiladi]

 

Daesh issued a rash of​​ “victorious”​​ claims about fighting in Baghouz Foqani (some perhaps overlapping with others).

On Saturday,​​ Daesh said​​ one of​​ its snipers killed an SDF member north of Baghouz Foqani town. It also said it wounded SDF members with mortar shells in the same area. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh published photos of battles north of Baghouz Foqani. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it severely wounded SDF members and destroyed their vehicle with 2 IEDs north of Baghouz Foqani. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh said it wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an SPG9 rocket north of Baghouz Foqani. [ICDNSep15]

Daesh published photos of targeting a Syrian Army military position near Albu Kamal city with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNSep15]

On Sunday,​​ Daesh said several SDF members were killed or wounded, 2 Humvees and a personnel carrier were destroyed, and 3 other Humvees damaged when SDF units walked​​ into a minefield in Baghouz Foqani. It says the units withdrew after that, leaving weapons and ammunition. It also said it killed or wounded SDF fighters after targeting their positions in the area with 20 mortars, 4 artillery shells, and 5 SPG9 rockets. It said that its snipers killed an SDF member in the area on Saturday. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh published photos of weapons and ammunition it claimed it captured from the SDF in Baghouz Foqani. [ICDNSep16]

Daesh published photos of targeting SDF units in the Baghouz Foqani area with shells and with snipers. [ICDNSep16]

On Monday,​​ Daesh published photos of targeting SDF units in the Baghouz Foqani area with mortars. [ICDNSep17]

Daesh said it targeted SDF positions in the area with 10 mortars. [ICDNSep17]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh fanboys reading all this might be persuaded that Daesh is winning. However, the repetition of typical “victorious” stories about successful snipers, enemy soldiers walking into a mine field, mortar and rocket attacks (often aimed at places Daesh has lost) suggest the well-known Daesh tactic of exaggerating its military actions to distract people from the reality that it is losing. However, Daesh is obviously putting up a major fight in Albu Kamal, which is the​​ major battlefield for its last stand in Syria.

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The SOHR says that the Syrian Army engaged Daesh infiltrators in 2 villages in Suwayda in a gunfight that left 1 local pro-government fighter killed. The Suwayda battles between the Syrian Army and Daesh have claimed the lives of 258 persons, among them 142 civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian​​ takfiri​​ and​​ fatwa​​ observation group Dar Al-Iftaa says that Daesh has established “cluster cells,”​​ taking advantage of​​ the decline of the Muslim Brotherhood, and focused​​ on children​​ of​​ limited awareness. [SNG]

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of “stopping an Egyptian Army campaign” south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh published on Sunday photos of killing three allegedly​​ pro-government militiamen it captured in the Al-Barath area, south of Rafah. [ICDNSep16]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a Somali policeman with a machine gun and stole his weapon in Bosaso city. [ICDNSep17]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The head of the local council in Farah, western Afghanistan, says that 2 separate Taliban attacks claimed the lives of 17 policemen, while​​ nine​​ others were kidnapped. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh said it killed a pro-government militiaman with an IED in the Momand area, in Nangarhar, on Thursday. [ICDNSep15]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded two Afghan Army members with an IED near a military headquarters in Jalalabad. [ICDNSep15] [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed 3 Taliban members and wounded 3 others in an ambush in the Korengal area, in Manogai. [A3maq]

 

Philippines

Daesh said it killed nine Philippine Army members and wounded others in clashes in Zamboanga city, in Del Norte district, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

In an initial statement Saturday, the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City said the hostilities in Barangay Bakong, in Patikul​​ on Sulu Island,​​ erupted when​​ the Daesh-affiliated​​ Abu Sayyaf terrorists opened fire on soldiers approaching their positions there from two directions. The soldiers returned fire and succeeded in driving their attackers away after killing seven of them in the two-hour skirmishes.

The soldiers were in Barangay Bakong​​ to look for​​ the notorious Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron and his lieutenants, Hatib Sawadjaan and Idang Susukan, all wanted for heinous crimes, including multiple murders, attempted murder and kidnappings. In a report to WestMinCom, Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo​​ of the military-led anti-terror Joint Task Force Sulu said seven bodies of Abu Sayyaf bandits were found scattered in the scenes of the running firefights, while 6 others were reportedly wounded in the encounter.

Pabayo also reported to the WestMinCom that 17 of his men were wounded as they traded shots with Sahiron and his followers. [PhilStar]

Daesh​​ claimed​​ it killed 17 people and wounded 13 in clashes in “Kapontacs” village, in Patikul on Sulu Island, on Saturday. [ICDNSep17]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a propaganda video about its “lone lions” attacks in different countries. [ICDNSep16]

 

Daesh issued on Monday a propaganda video about its terrorists in Diyala. [ICDNSep17]

 

 

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September 14, 2018

 

Salamiya Water Station

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Barham Salih reported to be leading candidate for President of Iraq. [..]

Sunni bloc nominates Anbar Governor Al-Halbusi to be CoR Speaker. [..]

Human Rights Watch slams Iraq for intimidating lawyers representing Daesh defendants. [..]

Ninewa restores Nimrud subdistrict water station after 4-year rehab project. [..]

 

Syria

Lavrov offers a “humanitarian corridor” for Idlib civilians to leave.​​ [..]

UN Ambassador Haley warns of US retaliation if chemical weapons used in Idlib.​​ [..]

Germany’s Foreign Minister conditions Syrian reconstruction aid on​​ free​​ elections. [..]

Manbij explosion kills​​ at least​​ 6 civilians. [..]

SDF appears to be gaining in Albu Kamal, despite conflicting claims. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

United States:​​ US Marines reported training​​ in East Africa​​ for possible Iranian efforts to block Strait of Hormuz. [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The London-based daily​​ Al-Hayat​​ says​​ that​​ Barham Salih, a former Prime Minister​​ of the Kurdistan Region,​​ is the strongest candidate to become the​​ President of Iraq. The report says that the final nomination​​ will be made​​ on Friday. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We can’t evaluate the accuracy of the rumor, but Iraqis should hope that it’s true. Dr. Barham held high positions in the early post-Saddam governments, and has a reputation as​​ highly capable but also as​​ a Kurd who has cared about Iraq as a whole. He was part of the PUK leadership for years, but recently left and started his own political movement. He could therefore presumably serve as a President who is not primarily a representative of​​ a​​ major​​ Kurdish political party.

 

Council of Representatives

The Sunni “National Axis” coalition, which has 50 CoR seats, nominated Mohammed Al-Halbusi, the Governor of Anbar,​​ from Falluja District,​​ as a candidate for Speaker of the CoR. [Dijlah]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The KRG said on Thursday that Daesh was reorganizing itself in​​ areas​​ “disputed” between Erbil and Baghdad after the withdrawal of the Peshmerga from those areas. The KRG went on to say that it was necessary to have 3-way security cooperation between the Peshmerga, Iraqi (federal) government forces, and US forces, to keep Daesh from re-emerging. [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This has become one of the most persistent propaganda lines in Iraq. The argument goes that unless the Peshmerga are restored to their previous physical control of areas not legally under the authority of the KRG, security will deteriorate and let Daesh back in.​​ The main purpose of involving the US is to put pressure on the Iraqi government.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW)​​ on Thursday said that Iraqi security personnel are threatening and sometimes arresting lawyers for providing legal services to clients suspected of being members of Daesh. According to the report, many lawyers have stopped representing people suspected of being affiliated with Daesh out of fear for their lives. The result is that these defendants are limited to state-appointed lawyers. Lama Fakih, Deputy Director for the MENA division at HRW, said that the Iraqi government was attacking lawyers for doing their jobs and that these attacks were severely undermining rule of law, sending a message that only some Iraqis had a right to legal representation.​​ [SotIraq] [HRW]

 

BAGHDAD

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The Security Information Center said on Friday that security personnel in New Baghdad seized a vehicle containing 2 IEDs at a checkpoint. The driver of the vehicle resisted arrest and was killed. [Rudaw]

 

A police source says that an IED exploded in the fish market of Nahrawan, wounding wo civilians. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

The IFP says that its units arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Zafaraniya. The arrestee was a member of Daesh who was using an alias and forged IDs. [Aynaliraq]

 

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

Daesh said it wounded tribal PMF fighters and damaged their vehicle after shooting at them in the Latifiya subdistrict in Mahmudiya, in far south Baghdad, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep14]

 

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

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source said on Friday that a civilian had been wounded by an IED in downtown Falluja. [Ghad]

 

The Ministry of Defense says that intelligence units from the 14th​​ Army Division arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Qarma, Falluja​​ District. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their military vehicle with an IED north of Baiji, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it wounded four Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Hamra area, north of Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the Strategic Line (pipeline), north of Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Samarra

Daesh says its snipers killed a tribal PMF fighter in the Jazeera Samarra area, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed two policemen and destroyed an SUV with an IED in Dhuluiya. [ICDNSep13]

 

DIYALA

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Diyala police say that a joint team of Mandali police and​​ federal​​ security​​ personnel​​ seized​​ a weapons cache in​​ the​​ Mandali subdistrict​​ of​​ Diyala. The cache included rockets, mortar shells, hand grenades,​​ and​​ explosives​​ detonators. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said on Friday it blew up the house of a tribal PMF member in Barima village, east of Hawija. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said on Friday it blew up the house of an IFP member, east of Hawija. [ICDNSep14]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A police source in Kirkuk says that police units defused IEDs targeting a water pipeline in the Rashad subdistrict of Daquq. [BaghdadPost]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that the Ninewa Directorate of Water finished the rehabilitation of the Salamiya water station, which had been out of order for the last 4 years. The source said the station provided water to Nimrud subdistrict and its villages.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that municipal workers found Daesh documents under the rubble of a Daesh safehouse in Hay Al-Zanjili in west Mosul, including photo IDs of terrorists.

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Qayara)

Security personnel found a mass grave containing 18​​ Daesh​​ bodies in the Hammam Al-Alil area. A security source said that the bodies were examined and then buried, and that it was confirmed from identity cards on the bodies that they had been former Daesh members. The source claimed that they had been executed for fleeing the Battle of Mosul. [Buratha]

 

The Ministry of Defense says that intelligence units in the 20th​​ Army Division arrested 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges in the village of Jadida, in Hammam Al-Alil.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that tribal PMFs found Daesh “court” documents in the house of a terrorist in Jawa’na village​​ in Qayara. The source said the documents show that Daesh had killed a tribe leader and his two brothers in 2015 after accusing the leader of providing information to the Coalition.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Daesh said on Friday it killed three PMF members, wounded five others, including a commander, and damaged 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs near a gypsum factory northeast of Tal Afar. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said it damaged a tribal PMF vehicle with an IED near Kharab Kabir village, east of Tal Afar, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish Army says that its planes carried out attacks in Hakkari, southeast Turkey,​​ killing 5 PKK fighters. They also attacked PKK targets in Avasin and Basyan, in the Amedi district of Dahuk. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a Russian-German forum in Berlin that Russia was interested in protecting civilians, and would create a secure “humanitarian corridor” for whoever wished to leave Idlib. He said that Russia would not act the same as the US did in Mosul and Raqqa, in which cases there were no discussions about civilians, and there was no humanitarian corridor. He said that Russia would speak to Turkey next Monday. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As is common, the Russian statement is not even true, as there were humanitarian corridors set up in both Mosul and Raqqa. Their value was reduced by Daesh’s “human shield” strategy of using civilians as hostages.​​ The likely problem with the promised Russian “humanitarian corridor” is that once those civilians who choose to​​ escape​​ have left, the Syrian government may apply its Eastern Aleppo strategy,​​ with Russian​​ air​​ support, and bomb places controlled by anti-Assad rebels into submission, including barrel bombs and​​ possibly​​ even chemical weapons, putting the remaining civilians at grave risk. As in eastern Aleppo, Assad may treat civilians who remain as rebel supporters and therefore acceptable military targets. ​​ 

 

A Russian analyst warned of the possibility of a war between Russia and Turkey if Russia​​ maintains its position supporting​​ “tough​​ measures” in Idlib. [Dorar]

 

Foreign policy

A “high-level” meeting between Turkey, Russia, Germany, and France to discuss Syria is being held in Istanbul, in preparation for a summit between the countries’ leaders. [Anadolu]

 

United States

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley advised Syria, Russia and Iran to think twice before using chemical weapons, and said that the resolve of President Trump to use force should not be tested again. [Dorar]

 

The Saudi-owned daily​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ revealed a new US document, stating that the US may accept current President Bashar Al-Assad remaining in power if 5 conditions are met, including cutting relations with Iran and its militias, stopping the patronizing of terrorism and sheltering​​ of​​ terrorists, eliminating all weapons of mass destruction, and stopping threats​​ to​​ neighboring countries. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We think we will wait for some official statement or a report from closer to the source before accepting this one.

 

Germany

German Foreign Minister​​ Heiko Maas says that his country is ready to participate in the reconstruction of Syria after it reaches a political solution that would lead to free elections.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

On Friday, Turkey announced that its Intelligence agency was able to capture 9 YPG “terrorists” in Afrin. [Anadolu]

 

The YPG says that it killed and wounded 6 pro-Turkey fighters, including 3 Turkish Army soldiers, in 3 separate attacks in Afrin. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There have been several similar reports recently, suggesting that there is a kind of low-visibility “counterattack” strategy under way by the YPG​​ against Turkish occupation.

 

Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

At least​​ six​​ civilians were killed in an explosion at​​ the​​ Al-Amal Hospital square, in the center of Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed a YPG intelligence member with a sticky IED in the Al-Nasseri area, in Hasaka, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED on Tal Al-Jayer Road, east of Shaddadi, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Friday it killed an SDF member and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle with an IED east of Karama. [ICDNSep14]​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

 

See report above under National News

 

Hama

The SOHR reported that militias that had joined the Syrian Army following recent attacks caused several explosions in Sahl Al-Ghab (Ghab Plains). They reportedly tried to blow up a bridge between the opposition-held village of Tuwaina and the village of Al-Hurra, held by the government. Several other​​ bridges in the area were recently destroyed. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says that a man threw several hand grenades near​​ Al-Qala’a​​ in Salamiyah,​​ held by the Syrian Army. An IED explosion in the same area wounded a​​ general​​ in​​ the Syrian​​ Army. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh says it killed 7 SDF fighters and wounded many others in an ambush near the Al-Azraq oilfield. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed or wounded six PMF members by detonating an IED near a checkpoint in Abu Hardoub village,​​ east of Mayadin city,​​ on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR says that the SDF and Daesh are engaging in fierce battles in the last areas held by Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. Coalition planes and SDF artillery continue to shell Daesh positions. People are fleeing Al-Susah, Al-Sha’afa, and Al-Baghouz, which sit near the border with Iraq. [SyriaHR]

 

By one report, the SDF reportedly failed to make any real progress on the ground in its encounters with Daesh in Al-Baghouz,​​ and​​ separately in​​ Al-Kasrah​​ subdistrict at the far northern part of Deir Ez-Zor, while Daesh recaptured several points that it had lost to SDF in the previous 2 days. Daesh spread large numbers of land mines and built strong fortifications in the​​ Al-Baghouz​​ area. SDF commanders expect Daesh to fight to the death. [EnabBaladi]

 

However, the SDF says that its forces entered Al-Baghouz village, and liberated 5 control points held by Daesh.​​ It​​ also​​ said advances​​ were made in Al-Susah. [Hawar]

 

In addition, the Commander of 9th​​ SDF battalion says that his units liberated 7 km around Hajin,​​ and​​ says​​ that the Daesh defenses in the area are collapsing. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that more than 35 Daesh foreign terrorists and their families fled from Hajin to Al-Sha’afa by boat. So far hundreds of foreign terrorists and their families have fled to the desert.

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded SDF members by shelling their positions north of Baghouz Foqani with 15 mortars. [ICDNSep14]

Daesh said its snipers killed two SDF members north of Baghouz Foqani, on Thursday. [ICDNSep14]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notice the Daesh propaganda tactic here. In its media statements, as we have often pointed out, “Daesh is always victorious.” On the battlefield, however, Daesh is gradually losing in Deir Ez-Zor. So it touts firing off 15 mortars as a victory and claims to have killed an unspecified number of enemy soldiers; and it makes claims that its snipers killed enemy soldiers (claims​​ which are​​ made​​ more often when they are losing). This is intended to cancel out the public relations impact of an impending defeat.​​ To the perceptive, however, these “victorious” reports reveal that things are not going well.

 

South​​ (No reports)

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Essam Abu Amjad, a member of the Security and Defense Committee of the Egyptian Parliament, says that Turkey and Qatar will pay the price for their support of terrorism. [Hawar]

 

Libya/Tunisia

Tunisia

Units from both the Tunisian National Guard and Army are carrying out “large-scale” search operations in Enfidha, Sousse Governorate, after receiving information that 2 armed men were spotted in the factory district. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

United States

The Israeli military intelligence website​​ DEBKA​​ reported on Friday that the US was conducting an exercise near the Red Sea, including F-35s and amphibious assault vehicles, in anticipation of a possible military confrontation with Iran.​​ DEBKA​​ wrote that around 4,500 US Marines were training out of Djibouti around the coasts of the Horn of Africa, and that this training was focused on countering a simulated Iranian blockade of the Strait of Hormuz or the Bab Al-Mandeb in the Red Sea. [BaghdadToday] [DEBKA]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published the 147th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes reports about its attacks during the last week. It published an infographic saying it conducted 99 attacks in Iraq, Syria, “Khorasan,” Libya, Sinai, east Asia, west Africa, and Somalia, killing or wounding more than 379 people and capturing 3. The infographic shows that 2/3 of Daesh attacks were in Iraq. In this issue also, Daesh published a report about its fights against Al-Qaeda in Yemen. It also published an infographic with instructions to its supporters to plan and conduct terrorist attacks. [ICDNSep14] ​​ 

 

 

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September 13, 2018

 

Two Yazidi Girls Return to Their Families

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Sadr announces leadership agreement on a new, non-partisan Prime Minister. [..]

CoR temporary chairman sets Saturday meeting to elect the CoR Speaker. [..]

$10 million in Daesh cash reportedly found in rubble at Mosul University. [..]

 

Syria

Pentagon asks Egypt, Jordan, Gulf states to do more in Syria. [..]

SDF kills 41 Daesh fighters in Albu Kamal campaign.​​ [..]

Yazidi girl freed in Syria says there are 11 more held by Daesh in Hajin, but some don’t intend to return. [..]

Syrian forces kill 20 Daesh fighters in Suwayda ambush. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Jordan: ​​​​ Jordan arrests 3 more members of Al-Balqa terrorist cell. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

On Thursday, Moqtada Al-Sadr said that senior Iraqi political leaders have agreed on an independent figure to lead the new Iraqi government. He said the person was selected without regard to party or sectarian divisions, but instead based on​​ expertise, experience, and integrity. He​​ noted​​ that some politicians quickly rejected him,​​ a response​​ which​​ Al-Sadr said​​ would “lead Iraq back to square one; back to corruption in a new​​ thobe​​ (traditional robe).​​ [Anadolu]

 

Ali Zayni, the most senior MP in the CoR,​​ and thus its temporary chairman,​​ says that the CoR session on Saturday will select the Speaker of the CoR as the first step towards selecting the President and the Prime Minister. He says that the situation in Iraq, mainly in Basra, is too serious to wait any longer. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

General Paul LaCamera assumed command of the Coalition from outgoing General Paul Funk in a ceremony in Baghdad on Thursday. In a speech, General Funk thanked the Iraqi partners of the Coalition and expressed his confidence that Daesh would be​​ fully​​ defeated. [InherentResolve]

 

Foreign policy

The Central Bank of Iraq says it is​​ no longer​​ subject to EU sanctions imposed during the former regime (i.e. under Saddam Hussein). Dealings between European financial institutions and the Central Bank​​ are no longer​​ banned. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Other

The Gallup polling institution says that 2017 was the year with the most suffering in over a decade, based on an opinion poll of citizens from 145 countries. The country leading Gallup’s “negative experience index” was the Central Africa Republic, but it was followed by Iraq in second place. [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD​​ (No reports)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A police source says​​ that 2​​ men wanted on terrorism​​ charges were arrested in​​ the​​ Nazal and Jubeil neighborhoods in Falluja. Weapons and fake IDs were also​​ seized. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh said it severely wounded a tribal PMF commander and destroyed his vehicle with a sticky IED on Kamaliyat Street in Falluja city, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep13]

 

Rutba

Daesh said it killed or wounded 13 Iraqi Army soldiers and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles with several IEDs east of Rutba, on the road to Trebil,​​ by the Jordan border, on Tuesday. [ICDNSep13]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that PMF units shot down a small Daesh drone that was carrying a locally made explosive inside a soda can near Makhoul. The drone flew from the Makhoul Mountains area.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that a civilian was killed when a roadside IED exploded on his vehicle north of Shirqat. ​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it killed two SWAT members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Hamra area, north of Tikrit, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

A breaking news item says​​ Daesh has​​ assassinated an intelligence officer in Yathrib subdistrict, south of Balad. [Dijlah]

Daesh said on Thursday it killed an IFP Intelligence member in his house in the Bajili area, in Yathrib. [A3maq] [ICDNSep13]

 

Daesh said it killed​​ two “spies,” from the​​ IFP and PMF,​​ in their respective houses in the Farahatiya area​​ of​​ Ishaqi​​ subdistrict, on Tuesday. [A3maq] [ICDNSep13]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A security source in Diyala Province said on Thursday that a team from the Diyala police captured a Daesh operative referred to as the “emir​​ of safehouses” after​​ luring​​ him to a restaurant near Baquba. [BaghdadToday]

 

Diyala Police Chief Faisal Al-Abadi said on Thursday that Daesh had attempted to infiltrate the city of Baquba via “sleeper cells,” but had been thwarted by the intelligence efforts of the Diyala​​ Police. [Sumaria]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A senior Iraqi military source said that an operation had begun on Thursday in Diyala Province to hunt down Daesh members in the​​ villages​​ of Al-Banan and Shouk Al-Reem. [Youm7]​​ 

 

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that a PMF commander was killed when an IED exploded on his vehicle near his house in Khanaqin. The source said security situation in Khanaqin had deteriorated during the last week and several PMF members were assassinated.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Kirkuk police say that Daesh fighters sneaked​​ into a clinic in Daquq​​ District and kidnapped an ambulance driver,​​ and​​ also stole​​ medicine. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

In an apparently separate incident, a security source said on Thursday that Daesh had kidnapped 2 civilians from the village of Haftghar, Daquq​​ District. [Mawazin]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that two Military Intelligence Service EOD members were killed while trying to defuse a booby-trapped house in Tal Al-Sha’er village. The source said the house, which belonged to a PMF commander, was empty and had been booby-trapped by Daesh the night before.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

An Arab newspaper wrote on Thursday that 10 million dollars had been found under the rubble of a building at the University of Mosul. Local and security sources were quoted as saying that Daesh had used that building as a headquarters for its “Islamic Police” and finance​​ office. The money has reportedly been set aside. [Sumaria]

 

General Sa’ad Ma’an, Ministry of the Interior spokesman, says that emergency units of the Ninewa police arrested 6 Daesh operatives in​​ the​​ Al-Mithaq,​​ Al-Qahira,​​ and​​ Tahrir​​ neighborhoods in west Mosul,​​ and​​ Al-Muthanna​​ in east Mosul. [Baghdadia]​​ [BaghdadPost]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Iraqi Army 15th​​ division and local police units captured a suicide terrorist and confiscated his vehicle bomb near Owainat village, in Rabia subdistrict in northern Tal Afar. The source said people of the village had killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists last month. The source sent us photos of the vehicle bomb.​​ 

The Center for Security Information says that the 15th​​ Army Division engineering team defused a car bomb in Owainat. The car contained 7 explosive belts and 5 IEDs. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the Iraqi Army 9th​​ division captured 2 men near Khunaifis village who were smuggling weapons and food items to Daesh terrorists in the nearby desert. The source sent us photos of the 2 men.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Masoud Barzani, leader of the KDP, met in Erbil on Thursday with the US Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, as well as US Ambassador Douglas Silliman. They reportedly discussed the latest efforts to form the Iraqi government, and the upcoming CoR session on Saturday. [Forat]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These two high-level officials did not fly to Erbil just to have a general discussion of current political trends. What did they really talk about? McGurk is spending so much time in Iraq lately that he must qualify​​ to be​​ an official resident.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkish units killed 3 PKK fighters in Bingol, southeastern Turkey. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

A senior UN Official sent the coordinates for about 235 protected sites in Idlib Province to Russia, Turkey and the US-led Coalition, in​​ an effort to protect them from the​​ anticipated​​ attack on Idlib. Panos Moumtzis, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis, reported that a high-ranking Russian official stated that every effort was being made to arrive at a peaceful solution.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ See comment​​ below.

 

Russia

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, says that Russia is ready to discuss a compromise between​​ the​​ Astana​​ formula​​ and the​​ so-called “minimized international group” (a smaller subset of the countries that participated in the Vienna talks)​​ to support Syria based on international law, respecting Syrian unity and independence. [Qasioun]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Russians will be supportive of any formula that leaves Assad in power.​​ Beyond that, they will be as flexible as necessary and the diplomatic​​ malarkey​​ will be adjusted as necessary.

 

Foreign policy

United States

The Pentagon asked that the Gulf countries, Egypt, and Jordan play a bigger role in Syria, in a meeting of the​​ armed forces​​ Chiefs of Staff for these countries. [Dorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Deputy Commander of the Coalition, Major General Felix Gedney, says that Daesh is still a threat to Syria, Iraq, and the UK. Speaking to the​​ UK​​ Independent, Gedney says that the whereabouts of Al-Baghdadi are unknown. He says that Daesh is turning into something like a rebel group that utilizes hit-and-run tactics. He said that there were still hundreds of Daesh fighters, but he​​ did not know​​ the number of Britons among them.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A minibus exploded in southern Tal Hamis, Qamishli​​ District, killing the driver and wounding 2 children. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the SDF freed​​ Inas Rasho,​​ a Yazidi girl that was taken by an Iraqi Daesh family in Al-Hawl Camp. The source says the family, originally from Baaj, had escaped to Dashisha but the​​ girl was then kept in the​​ camp for 4 years. The source said the SDF​​ arrested the family and handed over the girl to the Kurdish Asayesh, who returned the girl to her family in Sinjar.​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said it killed three SDF members with an IED near Al-Haws village, in Karama subdistrict east of Raqqa city, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Another Daesh media source said the IED was planted in a parked motorcycle. [ICDNSep13]

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

A Syrian opposition group says it badly wounded General Hussein Khasara of the Syrian Army, using an IED, in Salamiyah​​ District​​ in eastern Hama. [Dorar]

 

Homs

The front between Daesh and the Syrian Army is now extending from Deir Ez-Zor and Homs to Al-Tanaf, near the border with Iraq and Jordan. The SOHR says that Syrian government forces are making advances. [SyriaHR]​​ 

DaeshDaily reports.​​ We have no reports of large concentrations of Daesh fighters in this elongated stretch of territory. This may indicate that Daesh in Syria is already doing what it has done in Iraq—moving into the desert and fighting in small units with hit and run tacticsbut the Syrian military has fewer assets deployable to counter these tactics than Iraq does, and unlike Iraq it does not have the world-class​​ Coalition​​ air support.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said on Thursday it killed seven SDF members and destroyed their vehicle in an ambush near Al-Azraq Oilfield, north of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNSep13]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SDF says it has killed 41 Daesh fighters in the past 2 days in Deir Ez-Zor Province, and that 6 SDF fighters had been killed in the same period. The SDF said in a statement that the Coalition had also been carrying out airstrikes on Daesh locations, and that fighting was ongoing. [BasNews]

 

The SDF media office reported on Thursday that the battle against Daesh in Al-Baghouz had so far resulted in taking 3 square kilometers of land and killing 23 Daesh fighters. [Hawar]

 

The SOHR reported continued SDF/Coalition operations against Daesh in Al-Baghouz and Hajin, including heavy air and artillery shelling. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the SDF freed​​ Fayrouz Hazem,​​ a Yazidi girl who had been captured by Daesh,​​ after getting information from families that were escaping Hajin. The source said the girl informed the SDF that there are more than 11 Yazidi girls held captive by Daesh in Hajin. Some of them have children and don’t intend to return to their families in Iraq.​​ 

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of “the agriculture” in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNSep13]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Photos of a couple of terrorists and some eggplants is all that Daesh’s agricultural activities are about these days. ​​ 

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of targeting SDF position north of Baghouz Foqani village with mortars. [ICDNSep13]

 

Pro-Daesh media says that dozens of pro-government militia fighters were killed and wounded in battles with Daesh in Hamimiya and the “T2” pumping station. [Qasioun]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

On Thursday morning, the Syrian Army violated an agreement​​ (which had been ratified in Daraa with Russian approval) and raided homes and arrested 3 people in Daraa. 2 of them were former members of the Free Syrian Army and one of them was the former leader of the local council of Daraa. It is unknown where they were taken. [Dorar]

 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces ambushed a convoy of Daesh fighters near Al-Safa Hills, east of Suwayda, killing 20 fighters, including an Iraqi commander, and destroying 3 SUVs.

 

Battles between Daesh and the Syrian Army are continuing on the border between Rif Damashq and Suwayda, mainly in the Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills) area. Daesh is still holding over 30 women and children as hostages. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

On Thursday, the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate announced the identities of 3 members of the Al-Balqa terror cell: Ahmad Al-Nusur, Ahmad Odeh, and Diaa Al-Fuwair. They were arrested last month during an armed confrontation with Jordanian security after they bombed a security patrol in the city of Al-Fuheis​​ near Salt in Al-Balqa Governorate. The detainees confessed that they had been planning to attack Al-Balqa intelligence and district services, and a video of their​​ confession was broadcast on state television. The events in Al-Balqa Governorate in August resulted in killing 9 civilians and injuring dozens of others, and the arrest of “many” members of the terrorist cell, who​​ had been​​ accused of being involved in another deadly bombing earlier in August. [Anadolu] [Khaleej]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Daesh said on Thursday it stopped a Houthi attack on the Za’aj area, in Walad Rabi’a’ district, northwest of Baidha, killing or wounding several fighters and forcing the rest to flee. [ICDNSep13] [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said it killed an Egyptian Army member, wounded three others, and destroyed their military vehicle with a rocket west of Rafah, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep13]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

Republicans in the US Senate are proposing sanctions against pro-Iran military groups related to the Revolutionary Guards. The sanctions are related to Iran-funded terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

EUROPE

Ukraine

Ukrainian border guards say that they arrested a Tajik citizen believed to be a Daesh member in​​ Boryspil Airport in Kiev. The arrestee was named in the database of the Tajik police as a terrorism suspect.​​ ​​ [Ghad]​​ [FaceIraq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

A social media account linked to Daesh issued a message to Daesh’s “lone wolves” in Coalition countries. It said that Daesh’s operatives​​ have​​ tried several types of attacks, but the best way to hurt those countries is to conduct attacks that look accidental and don’t bring attention. The account suggested to Daesh’s operatives​​ to set woods, upper stories of residential towers, commercial compounds, and factories on fire, and​​ to​​ sabotage rail tracks to divert trains. It said such attacks could be repeated from time to time to cause more economic losses. [ICDNSep13]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh usually tries to conduct attacks that bring more media attention to itself. This suggested​​ tactic​​ will give Daesh the opportunity to claim any fire anywhere without so much effort. ​​ 

 

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