September 17, 2018
Daesh Hideout North of Shirqat
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. [..]
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. [..]
Afghanistan: Taliban kills 17 police, kidnaps 9 in western Afghanistan. [..]
Philippines: Sulu Island confrontation leaves many police and terrorists dead. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
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 Abdel–Mahdi) 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Daesh said it wounded two National Security Service members and damaged their houses in Falluja city with an IED, on Friday. [ICDNSep15]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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
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]
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.
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]
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]
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
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.
Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bassam Ghassemi said that his country would not participate in Syrian government military operations in Idlib. [Hawar]
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]
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]
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
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.
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]
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.
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
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
Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a Somali policeman with a machine gun and stole his weapon in Bosaso city. [ICDNSep17]
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 killed 3 Taliban members and wounded 3 others in an ambush in the Korengal area, in Manogai. [A3maq]
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 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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