An Update On ISIS Activities

October 30, 2018

 

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Tribal PMFs in West Anbar (DD Oct 30)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Daesh fighters in Albu Kamal raise security concerns along Iraq-Syria border. [..]

Daesh assassinates another mukhtar, in Hawija; kills 2 bodyguards in attempt to kill a second mukhtar. [..]

Sinjar Mayor sounds alarm at increased Daesh activity in southwest Ninewa. [..]

6 PMF members killed by Daesh attack in Tal Safouk, on Syrian border. [..]

 

Syria

Assad issues a general amnesty for all army deserters. [..]

Pentagon announces conclusion of joint training with Turks for Manbij security patrols. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham battles Turkey-supported militia in Aleppo District. [..]

500 YPG troops join SDF “final battle” against Daesh in Albu Kamal.​​ [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Russia:​​ 18-member Daesh cell dismantled in Russia’s Tatarstan. [..]

Denmark:​​ Danes accuse Iran of trying to assassinate anti-Iran group members in Denmark. [..]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

A military source says that intelligence sources estimate the number of Daesh fighters near the Iraqi borders at 4,000 fighters, including 800 Iraqi nationals. The source says​​ that Iraqi Army, PMF, and Border Guards units are deployed along the border, and are on “full alert.” [Ghad]​​ 

Iraqi Army and PMF forces were reported deployed around the Iraq-Syria border area in Al-Qa’im to protect the Okaz oilfield.​​ A source in the MoD said that 2 Iraqi Army brigades and 3 PMF brigades had been deployed near Al-Qa’im.​​ [Qasioun]​​ [Anadolu]

 

Interior Minister​​ Qasim Al-Araji said on Tuesday that the​​ reported​​ withdrawal of the SDF and the redeployment of Daesh near the Iraq-Syria border was still “more than a question mark.” [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Al-Araji’s skepticism would seem to be supported by the news from the Deir Ez-Zor war zone shown below and to throw some cold water on the over-hyped rhetoric reported above. Even if recent military developments raise doubts about the SDF campaign against Daesh, there is no basis as yet for believing that Daesh will suddenly launch an attack against Iraq, which could be a suicide mission.​​ 

 

Sputnik​​ carried a report​​ quoting​​ Iraqi security specialist Mu’id Al-Juhaishi​​ as saying​​ that the remnants of Daesh would disperse throughout the Arab world under new organizational names. Al-Juhaishi said that this had already happened with the organization “Ansar Al-Bukhari,” and that Daesh could move from Syria, Iraq, and Egypt to the Gulf countries. [Sputnik]

 

Foreign policy

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that​​ it​​ would work to speed up the return of Russian children from conflict areas in Syria and Iraq, including 100 children​​ it​​ said were currently being detained, along with their mothers, in prison in Baghdad. [Qasioun]

 

BAGHDAD

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says that a civilian was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Sadr City, east Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source in Anbar Province​​ reported a foiled assassination attempt, in which a “sticky” bomb had been placed under the car of Judge Al-Obeidi in Al-Jolan, northwest Falluja. Al-Obeidi is the Chair of the Anbar Compensation Committee. [Sumaria]

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A security source in Anbar says recent heavy rains revealed several buried IEDs, 9 of which were destroyed near the International Highway, in the Kilo 160 area of western Anbar. [BasNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source in Salahuddin says that Coalition planes attacked Daesh hideouts in Khanuqa village. [Sumaria]

 

Baiji

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that 4 Daesh members were killed in the destruction of a Daesh “nest” in Salahuddin. The incident occurred around the Siniya desert. [Sumaria]

The PMF media office said in a statement that the 6th, 31st, and 51st​​ PMF Brigades had killed 7 Daesh fighters, shot down a Daesh drone, and uncovered a Daesh “hole” used as a shelter in an operation in areas of Siniya and Jazeera Tikrit. [SNG]

 

The PMF​​ also​​ said​​ that the 31st​​ PMF Brigade arrested a Daesh cell following a raid in Albu Juwari​​ in northern Baiji. The cell was composed of 5 men, all charged with planting IEDs on the Baiji-Baghdad Road. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Tikrit

The Center for Security Information says that Army units under Salahuddin Ops Command carried out a search mission in​​ 2​​ villages in Tikrit and found a Daesh hideout containing​​ many​​ hisbah​​ (Islamic Police)​​ documents. 4 other hideouts were​​ also​​ found​​ in the​​ search,​​ containing​​ rations and logistical supplies. All​​ the Daesh​​ hideouts​​ found​​ were destroyed. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Samarra

The IFP said on Tuesday that it had seized,​​ and​​ either​​ disarmed or destroyed,​​ 19 IEDs found near Al-Layn, Samarra. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said its snipers killed an Iraqi Army​​ soldier​​ in the Ja’afra area in Buhriz, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

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

The Center for Security Information says that an IED exploded on the main road leading to Baba Mahmoud village,​​ northeast Khanaqin,​​ killing​​ 2 civilians​​ and wounding​​ 7 others, most of whom were women. [Sumaria]​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Daesh said it wounded two PMFs with an IED in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, on Sunday. [ICDNOct29]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh said on Monday it wounded a Shi’i​​ and destroyed his vehicle with an IED in Zainaddin village​​ (spelling approx.)​​ near Balad Ruz. [ICDNOct29]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The MoI says it arrested a Daesh operative​​ as​​ he was​​ planting an IED​​ in front of​​ an​​ Army​​ staff​​ member’s house​​ in the​​ Domiz neighborhood​​ of​​ Kirkuk.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [IraqPress]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Kirkuk Provincial Police said that the​​ mukhtar​​ of the village of Jassimiya,​​ in Riyadh subdistrict,​​ had been killed by hanging,​​ by Daesh members. [TRT]​​ 

Daesh said it killed the​​ mukhtar​​ of Jassimiya village on Monday. [ICDNOct30]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Whose job is it to protect mukhtars from assassination? How many have to die before that question gets​​ a meaningful​​ answer?​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed a tribal PMF​​ soldier​​ and destroyed his vehicle with an IED near Khatouniya village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [ICDNOct29]

Daesh said it wounded two bodyguards of the​​ mukhtar​​ of Khatouniya village in an attack on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Bakara village on Sunday. [ICDNOct29]

 

Daesh said it wounded two tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Riyadh subdistrict, on Monday. [ICDNOct30]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The MoI says that the Al-Hadba’ police department found a Daesh weapons storehouse in​​ the​​ Nabi Sheet​​ neighborhood,​​ west​​ Mosul. The storehouse contained hand grenades, IEDs, and IED-making materials. [Ghad]​​ [Sumaria]

 

A Daesh mine exploded in Al-Shifa’ neighborhood, west Mosul, wounding 3 children, 1 of whom is​​ in serious condition. [Baghdadia]​​ [IraqPress]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Qayara)

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says it arrested a Daesh operative in an ambush in Hammam Al-Alil. There were several arrest warrants for this person for his role in fighting with Daesh in Mosul. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A security source says that Military Intelligence units, operating under the 20th​​ Army Division, arrested a truck driver specialized in transporting Daesh vehicle bombs,​​ in the Jada’a IDP camp in Qayara. [Sumaria]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

The​​ Mayor​​ of Sinjar​​ District, Mahma Khalil, says that Daesh has increased its activities south of Sinjar and the Ninewa Plain to such an extent that it’s noticeable “with the naked eye.” He says he already informed the Iraqi government about this activity, but has not received any response. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that​​ six​​ PMF members, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh attack in the Tal Safouk area. The source said the terrorists came from the Syrian side of the border.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish Army says that it killed 5 PKK fighters in airstrikes in Hakkari, in southeastern Turkey, and Hakurk, in “northern Iraq” (i.e. Iraqi Kurdistan), as well as destroying weapons and ammunition caches. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

The Syrian military recruitment department says that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has issued a general amnesty for all Army deserters. The amnesty includes those who did not​​ show up for​​ their mandatory military​​ reserve service. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ You know the military manpower shortage is really​​ bad​​ when the leader asks all deserters to come to the aid of their country.

 

Northwest

Manbij /Al-Bab

The Pentagon announced the end of the training of Turkish and US troops who would start joint patrols in Manbij, according to US Commander Sean Robertson. He did not define the date of start of such a mission. [Anadolu]

 

The Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, said that “terrorist positions” east of the Euphrates would be within the Turkish Army’s area of operation. He made the remarks in a speech to the Turkish Defense Industry Council, in which he also noted that joint exercises between the Turkish and US troops around Manbij were over and that “joint patrols” would soon start. [Qasioun]

 

Confirming an SOHR story and a Daesh claim from Monday, 3 people, including a leader in the Ahrar Al-Sham militia, were killed when the car in which they were riding exploded in Al-Bab. It is still unclear if the IED was planted in the car or by the side of Al-Azraq Road. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This incident may be a result of the internal conflict in Idlib, farther south.

 

Northeast​​ 

No reports

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo

The SOHR reported continued fighting between Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkey-sponsored National Front for Liberation west, north, and northwest of Aleppo,​​ with​​ increased casualties on both sides. The fighting intensified on Monday night in Kafr Hamrah, a northwestern suburb of Aleppo. The fighting reportedly broke out over a disagreement​​ about​​ establishing a base in​​ Kafr​​ Hamrah and controlling​​ the nearby road to Aleppo. [SyriaHR]​​ 

The National Front for Liberation said in a statement that the fighting came after a Tahrir Al-Sham vehicle tried to pass a National Front checkpoint. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it destroyed a bus carrying SDF members with an IED in the Attal area, in​​ Shuhail,​​ Al-Busayrah, on Monday. [ICDNOct30]

 

Daesh said on Monday it destroyed a vehicle carrying SDF members with an IED in Al-Busayrah subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR reported​​ that​​ the SDF deployed over 500​​ special forces​​ YPG/YPJ​​ fighters to​​ Deir Ez-Zor,​​ in addition to​​ the​​ thousands of fighters already there, to prepare for the “final battle” against Daesh.​​ According to the SOHR,​​ Daesh​​ fighters are​​ currently in​​ Al-Baghouz,​​ Al-Susah, Shajla, Marshada,​​ Al-Shaafa, Albu Badran, Abu Hasan, and Hajin. SDF and​​ Coalition shelling of these areas has​​ already​​ started. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh’s​​ news​​ service​​ A3maq​​ claims that​​ Daesh fighters burned​​ the​​ bodies of SDF fighters killed in​​ the​​ battles in​​ Al-Baghouz,​​ following Daesh​​ retaking Al-Baghouz,​​ Al-Susah, Mozan and Marshada in the past few days. [ElDorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh has fighters in these places but whether it has in fact “retaken” these towns is subject to debate. As we can see from this report, however, the Daesh media warriors are fighting hard.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Daesh says it killed or wounded dozens of Syrian soldiers in battles in Tilul Al-Safa​​ (Al-Safa Hills), eastern Suwayda, including a 1st​​ Lieutenant. ​​ [Qasioun]

Daesh said it killed 11 Syrian soldiers in the Al-Safa Hills area, on Monday. It also said it destroyed an armored vehicle with​​ a​​ rocket in the same area. [ICDNOct30]​​ 

Daesh published on Tuesday photos of targeting a Syrian Army T-72 tank with a rocket in the Al-Safa Hills area. [ICDNOct30]

DaeshDaily comment. In the absence of other sources​​ for​​ these Daesh claims, one would be wise to wait for some​​ verification.

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

On Tuesday, the US State Department, via Twitter, called on Iran to disarm its “Shia militias” in Iraq and allow them to reintegrate into society. This comes ahead of the next round of US sanctions expected to go into force against Iran next Monday. [Anadolu] [Twitter]

 

The​​ Wall Street Journal​​ said in a report that the US was concerned that Iran would retaliate against Israeli​​ airstrikes by targeting US forces in Iraq or Syria. This follows Israel’s campaign against Iranian-backed militias in Syria. [ElDorar] [WSJ]

 

Bahrain

The US military base in Bahrain released a US citizen of Saudi origin, who had been held on suspicion of joining Daesh. The man was held in custody for 1 year without charges​​ being​​ placed or​​ a​​ trial being held. [Sumaria]

 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Monday it destroyed an Egyptian Army M60 tank and a crane with 2 IEDs south of the Lahfan area, south of Arish. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Libya

On Monday, the demining team of the Sirte Protection and Security Force cleared unexploded ordnance from a farm in Abu Hadi, a village 20 km​​ (13 miles)​​ south of Sirte.​​ [Wasat]

 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Russia

The Russian Federal Police say a Daesh cell was dismantled in Tatarstan. 18 members of the cell were arrested in the city of​​ Naberezhnye Chelny, according to​​ RT TV. The cell was​​ reportedly​​ planning attacks in Russia,​​ and​​ then planning​​ to move to Syria after​​ carrying out the attacks. The group possessed​​ weapons and ammunition, but was seeking​​ to acquire​​ more.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Denmark

On Tuesday, the Danish security and intelligence service accused Iranian intelligence of being behind a plan to assassinate the Danish branch of the opposition insurgent group Al-Ahvaziya. An official said that Danish security arrested a Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin on October 21 in connection with the case. [Sumaria]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued on Tuesday a propaganda video asking its supporters to increase their “media​​ jihad” and continue establishing social media accounts. [ICDNOct30]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ A major reason for this exhortation is that the social media “authorities” have been taking down a lot of Daesh social media sites.

 

Daesh issued on Tuesday a propaganda video about the battles in Hajin. The video also shows results of airstrikes. [ICDNOct30]

 

October 29, 2018

 

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Elderly Woman Booby-Trapped by Daesh in Nukhaib

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Sadrists move to control key COMSEC General Secretary position.​​ [..]

Sistani demands that PMFs protect Sunnis from Daesh.​​ [..]

Coalition takes out 8 Daesh caves, hideouts in Anbar desert. [..]

5 Iraqi Federal Police killed in Daesh ambush in northern Diyala. [..]

Ninewa Police capture 20 Daesh fighters in west, east Mosul. [..]

Army units capture 14 Daesh terrorists in Badoush. [..]

Daesh attacks near Hatra city cut off road access and electricity. [..]

 

Syria

At UN Security Council, US demands a constitutional committee for Syria.​​ [..]

SOHR says Daesh executed 5,480 Syrians in 5+ years.​​ [..]

Daesh surprise​​ attacks​​ reportedly seize three Albu Kamal locations from SDF, cause many casualties.​​ [..]

Daesh ambush kills 11 Lebanese Hezbollah soldiers in Suwayda. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Libya:​​ Daesh surprise attack on Army-held town leaves at least 5 dead, 10 kidnapped. [..]

Italy:​​ New government will withdraw Italy’s remaining Iraq soldiers in 2019. [..]

Nigeria:​​ Nigerian Army, Air Force fight off Boko Haram attack on military base.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:​​ 2 killed, 7 wounded in Daesh attack near Elections Commission building. [..]

Indonesia:​​ New Indonesian passenger plane crashes off Jakarta, probably killing all 189 aboard.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

A Sadrist source says that they are keen to​​ obtain​​ the position of the General Secretary of​​ the Council of Ministers,​​ saying it has​​ 2​​ nominees for that position already: Hamid Al-Ghazi of the Dhi Qar​​ Provincial​​ Council and Tariq Al-Kikhani, former Water Minister.​​ The source said that this was so​​ that​​ the Sadrists​​ could​​ take part​​ in​​ a​​ reform process under the new​​ Prime​​ Minister.​​ [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ That might depend on how the position is defined. The General Secretary position is powerful and important, and is the Prime Minister’s top coordinator of the government bureaucracy. However, the incumbents to date have been coordinators of the governmental process at the top level, not leaders of a reform movement, though the​​ position​​ could​​ also​​ help to coordinate the reform process. Generally, someone who has the Prime Minister’s personal confidence should hold the position, so having the Sadrists seize control of it does not sound like a step forward.​​ 

 

Reconstruction

Ayatollah Ali Sistani said on Monday that he wanted the PMF to act as a “shield” for the Sunni populations threatened by Daesh. He said that he always called on the PMF to say “we are the Sunni” instead of saying “our brothers are Sunni.” He also stated that​​ presumed​​ fissures between Sunni and Shia are​​ actually part of a​​ plot​​ by​​ their enemies. [BaghdadToday]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Ministry of​​ Defense​​ says​​ that​​ Daesh attempted​​ to​​ cross the​​ Iraq-Syria border following its capture of​​ 2​​ towns in Deir Ez-Zor. A source in the​​ Iraqi Border​​ Guards says​​ that​​ the presence of​​ Border​​ Guards​​ around​​ the border was increased. Iraqi planes​​ also​​ dropped leaflets over​​ Al-Baghouz town,​​ demanding​​ that​​ Daesh fighters surrender. [Qasioun]

 

The​​ Central Operations​​ Directorate of the PMF announced​​ that they were in a​​ state of​​ full alert​​ on the Iraq-Syria border after the gains made by Daesh against SDF in Deir Ez-Zor. The Directorate’s​​ statement says​​ that​​ PMF units on the border​​ have been​​ reinforced and are​​ on full alert,​​ especially​​ given attempts​​ to​​ cross​​ the border​​ under cover of bad weather conditions. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This​​ PMF​​ report is misleading. The implication is that, having regained territory in Syria, Daesh may now reinvade Iraq. The more likely scenario would be that​​ any military advantage gained by Daesh was local and temporary; that in general​​ they have been​​ losing ground in Deir Ez-Zor; and that Daesh fighters approaching the border are trying to escape from the fighting, not invade Anbar.

 

An expert on extremist groups says​​ that there are about 3,000 Daesh fighters, and about 800 of them are Iraqis. They are capable of exploiting any “gap” and can pass through Iraqi territory. They still pose a threat to Iraq, and they use the ground. Attacks from the air must be continued. [RT]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Baghdad Ops Command says its forces killed a suicide bomber armed with an explosive belt, who was attempting to attack pilgrims on the Baghdad-Samarra road in Tarmiya.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A police source says an IED exploded in the industrial area​​ in Taji, wounding​​ one​​ civilian. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source mentioned on Monday that​​ one​​ civilian was killed in southeast Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information says that Army units​​ found 5 IEDs in Nuaimiya, and​​ arrested a terrorism suspect in Saqlawiya. [Ghad]

 

Daesh said it wounded an “Iraqi officer” when it targeted his house in​​ Falluja’s​​ Al-Jolan neighborhood with a hand grenade, on Saturday. [A3maq]

In​​ its​​ version​​ of the story, Daesh said it targeted the house of a police colonel in Al-Jolan neighborhood with a hand grenade, wounding his son, a 1st​​ lieutenant. [ICDNOct28]

 

Al-Qa’im

The Center for Security Information says Coalition planes destroyed 8 Daesh caves and hideouts in the Jazeera Ops​​ Command’s​​ sector of the Anbar desert. EOD teams​​ meanwhile​​ destroyed 17 IEDs near the Anbar highway. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Daesh published on Sunday photos of capturing and killing​​ three​​ Iraqi Army members near Okaz oilfield in western Rutba, south of Al-Qa’im. [ICDNOct28]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that IFP units captured an elderly woman wearing an explosives vest in the Nukhaib area​​ of eastern Rutba, on the road to Kerbala. The source said Daesh convinced the woman to blow herself up on Shia pilgrims during the Arba’in ceremony. The source sent us photos of the woman.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed an Iraqi Army “spy” in the Safawiyat area in Nukhaib. [A3maq]

 

Rutba

Daesh published on Saturday photos of targeting an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in an unspecified location near the Saudi border. [ICDNOct27]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on Shabali village, forcing the terrorists to flee.

 

Baiji

Daesh said it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and damaged 2 Humvees in an attack near Al-Hassan village, east of Baiji, on Friday. Daesh said its terrorists “returned safely” after the attack. [ICDNOct28]

 

Samarra

Daesh published on Saturday photos of a PMF member targeted by its snipers in Jazeera Samarra. [ICDNOct27]

 

The Center for Security Information says that Army units found 11​​ IEDs​​ near the pipeline in Samarra. [Ghad]​​ 

 

DIYALA

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

A security source said on Monday that Daesh executed 4 of its own members in “Diyala state,” revealing their names on its media sources. ​​ The source said it had​​ been 2 months since Daesh announced an execution of its own members. [BaghdadToday]​​ 

The article did not specify the location, but there was another report​​ Monday that Daesh executed 2 of its leaders in “Diyala State” according to intelligence from Lake Himrin in northern Diyala. ​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

A security source reported on Monday that security forces carried out a surprise operation against a Daesh cell near Himrin. The operation resulted in killing a so-called “guard” of the caves used by the other Daesh members to hide out. [SkyPress]

 

On Monday, a security source reported that​​ Daesh wanted to take over the village of Al-Islah in Jalawla,​​ due to its strategic location, agricultural land,​​ and orchards. Thus, it was​​ exposed to various types of aggression,​​ including artillery fire and IED explosions. The source explained that​​ the people of Al-Islah rejected Daesh and​​ instead​​ collaborated with the​​ security forces and​​ with​​ field operations to remove Daesh “remnants,” which infuriated Daesh leaders and led to incessant bombardment of the village. ​​​​ ​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed a tribal PMF member, wounded another, and damaged a vehicle in an ambush in the Himrin Hills area. Daesh also said it killed or wounded “many” fighters in clashes with PMF military reinforcement that arrived in the area. [A3maq] [ICDNOct27]

Later on, Daesh issued a “correction” saying it killed an IFP major and one of his bodyguards in an ambush in the Himrin Hills. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that five IFP members, including a major, were killed in a Daesh ambush in the Himrin Hills area. (And see just below)

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that two​​ more​​ IFP members were killed and another captured in a Daesh attack on a military position near Barima village, east of Hawija.

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members when it targeted their military positions with light weapons and rockets in Daoud Al-Aluqa and Hanani villages, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Sunday. It also said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed a Humvee with an IED in the same area. [ICDNOct29] [A3maq]

Daesh​​ also said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed a Humvee with an IED in the same area. [ICDNOct29] [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that IFP units captured 2 Daesh terrorists in a tunnel in the desert near Abbasi. The source sent us a video of the captured terrorists.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The Interior Ministry reported that Ninewa Police arrested 17 wanted Daesh terrorists in west Mosul, including 1 female who worked for the Daesh​​ hisbah​​ (morality police).​​ [Forat]

Security detachments arrested 2 Daesh members who used to work for the Daesh​​ hisbah​​ in Mosul.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [BaghdadPost]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Ninewa SWAT units captured 11 Daesh members in different areas in West Mosul. The source sent us photos of the captured men.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that local police units captured 3 Daesh terrorists in 3 areas in east Mosul.​​ 

 

Ninewa​​ Provincial​​ Council says the central government allocated IQD 170​​ billion for reconstruction and restoration of services in the province,​​ focused​​ especially​​ on​​ western​​ Ninewa. The allocations would cover costs of reconstructing infrastructure, services offices, bridges, and security buildings. [Basnews]

 

Atheel Al-Nujaifi, the former Governor of Ninewa,​​ warned​​ that terrorism and radicalism would return​​ to Ninewa if the province​​ is not granted an adequate financial allocation​​ in​​ the​​ 2019 budget.​​ According to him, the​​ 143​​ billion​​ Iraqi dollars (130 million US dollars)​​ which have been allocated to Ninewa Province for 2019​​ does​​ not​​ meet half of the province’s​​ requirements. [Sumaria]

 

On Monday,​​ Ninewa​​ Ops Command​​ warned​​ all levels of​​ the​​ security apparatus against arresting citizens based on having the same 3 names as a terrorist, this warning​​ based on orders from the PM and Iraqi Judiciary. The order is​​ intended​​ to prevent​​ the​​ arrest​​ of​​ innocent people and the​​ Command​​ warned that there would be a penalty for ignoring the order regardless of the status of the instigator.​​ [Basnews]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that the main road between the Hammam Al-Alil displacement camp and the city was cut off after a bridge collapsed. The police director of Hammam Al-Alil told our source that the collapse happened because of floods and not because of terrorist activities.​​ 

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

The Center for Security Information says that Army units arrested 14 wanted terrorists in Badoush, and found and destroyed 83 IEDs in​​ the​​ Mazraa area and 1 in Wadi Al-Ain​​ in southwest Mosul city. [Ghad]​​ 

[PressIraq]

 

Daesh said it wounded three Iraqi Army members with an IED in the Badoush area, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a PMF member was killed and another wounded when an IED destroyed their vehicle on the Hatra Bridge. The source said the bridge was damaged and the road to the city was cut off.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that power was cut off in​​ Hatra city and surrounding villages after Daesh blew up 3 electricity towers.​​ 

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF units captured,​​ near Tal Safouk,​​ Mahmoud Al-Hadidi, a senior Daesh military commander.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF units found a large Daesh weapons and ammunition cache in a tunnel west of Baaj.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

The Directorate of Internal Affairs and Security in Wasit announced on Monday that police arrested a man wanted on terror charges. [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish Interior Ministry reported on Monday that 20 PKK fighters were​​ neutralized​​ between October 22​​ and 29. The Ministry reported that within this short time period, Turkish security conducted 2,614 operations and arrested 757 individuals based on the suspicion that they belonged to extremist groups such as Daesh or the PKK. [Anadolu]

 

On Sunday, Turkey shelled US-backed YPG militias and trenches on a hill near the​​ Syrian border​​ city of Jarabulus. [MEE] [Yahoo]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

The United States representative at the UN Security Council urged on Monday​​ that​​ a constitutional council be formed​​ in Syria​​ as soon as possible. He stated at such a development would help to end the humanitarian suffering and also suggested that Russia was trying to prolong the danger in Idlib. [Rudaw]

 

The UN High Commissioner said on Monday that the US has made contributions over​​ $8 million to support Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs in Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

Russia

Semi-official Russian news agency​​ Tass​​ reported on Monday that President Putin issued a presidential decree to replace the Russian ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak with Alexander Yefimov, who has served as the Russian Ambassador to the UAE since 2013. Kinshchak, who was appointed to the post in December 2014, previously served as Russia’s ambassador to Kuwait between 2008 and 2013. [ElDorar] [Tass]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

SOHR​​ reported that despite the limited areas still under​​ Daesh​​ rule in Syria,​​ the number of executions began to increase after a considerable decline within the past few months.​​ Within the​​ past 52 months of its “caliphate,” Daesh executed more than 5,480 civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

Birmingham Life​​ reports that​​ Sally Jones, the British terrorist known as​​ the white widow” is alive (despite reports that she​​ was​​ killed in an airstrike in 2017), and is fighting alongside​​ Daesh​​ in​​ Syria.​​ Sally Jones converted to Islam in 2013 and joined Daesh with her 20 year old husband and recruited European fighters via social media.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Azaz

On Sunday evening,​​ Qasioun​​ reported that​​ the​​ YPG​​ exchanged artillery fire with​​ pro-Turkey fighters​​ after the YPG,​​ concentrated in Tal Rifaat,​​ bombed the pro-Turkish fighters’ locations near Mare’,​​ resulting​​ in casualties. [Qasioun]

 

Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

SOHR​​ said that a car belonging to an Islamic group exploded in Al-Bab​​ on a road often used by pro-Turkey militias,​​ killing 2 militia fighters​​ and​​ 1 unknown person,​​ and​​ wounding​​ 6 others.​​ [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Daesh media sources said that a Tahrir Al-Sham commander was killed when an IED targeted his vehicle near Al-Bab. [ICDNOct29]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Two​​ SDF fighters were killed in a car bomb explosion in Hasaka on the way to Makhzoum. [Basnews]

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member in Al-Hisan village, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed a vehicle carrying SDF members on Al-Rawdha road, in Al-Suwar subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said on Saturday that one of its Kurdish suicide terrorists attacked a Coalition and SDF convoy on the road between Al-Shuhail town and Al-Omar oilfield with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding “many” of them and damaging several vehicles. [ICDNOct27]

On Sunday, Daesh said it killed more than 25 SDF members and destroyed 3 vehicles in the suicide attack. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Daesh said on Sunday that it recaptured Al-Susah town and Al-Baghouz and Mozan villages. [A3maq]

Forat Post​​ reported that on Monday dozens of corpses of the SDF were present in the streets of Al-Susah. [Qasioun]

 

Dorar​​ published that around noon on Monday the Coalition increased its positions around the Al-Tanak and Omar oilfields, while also withdrawing its forces from Hajin. This shift is due to an advance Daesh made on Saturday evening, where it took control of Al-Susah and Al-Baghouz from the Coalition-backed​​ SDF. An SDF spokesman​​ conceded​​ on Sunday that 14 of its fighters were killed by Daesh. On Sunday evening, the Iraqi Army sent “large” military reinforcements to the Syrian border. [ElDorar] [Yahoo]

 

Daesh issued on Monday a video report about the battles in Albu Kamal. It said it recaptured several areas in surprise attacks. [A3maq]

 

SOHR​​ says the SDF is mobilizing 300 special forces to start a new offensive in areas held by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor after withdrawing less experienced fighters. 12 US Hummers also arrived in the area. This coincided with the Coalition shelling Daesh positions in Hajin, destroying 2 Daesh vehicle bombs. The Coalition withdrew 50 Hummers and 30 trucks from Hajin to Al-Omar oilfield. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said that 20 people, mostly women and children, were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Hajin and Al-Sha’afa, on Saturday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Such reports usually turn out to be propaganda. In Daesh reports, Coalition airstrikes always kills civilians and never kill Daesh members.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh killed 4 of its foreign members, including a Moroccan commander, after accusing them of “ridda” (leaving Islam) in Hajin. The source said that Daesh was looking for several foreign terrorists who fled before the start of the Coalition-supported SDF attack on Hajin.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Iraqi planes dropped thousands of​​ MoD​​ leaflets on Hajin, Al-Baghouz, and Al-Susah towns advising Daesh terrorists to surrender and warning them not to come close to Iraqi borders. The source sent us a photo of one of the leaflets.​​ 

The planes also dropped MoD leaflets on Iraqi Border Guard and PMF units on the border asking them to be vigilant and prevent Daesh terrorists from getting into Iraq.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that dozens of Daesh terrorists on motorcycles fled from the Albu Kamal area toward Iraq. The source said the SDF might have allowed the terrorists to flee in exchange for releasing SDF members captured by Daesh.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Taken together, today’s reports from Albu Kamal are worrisome but contradictory. It does seem that the SDF suffered a setback, and it had been struggling to hold its positions in recent days. However, it would be surprising if Daesh could hold the places it reportedly captured, given its limited manpower, so the real extent of its “victory” is unclear. And if Daesh is gaining in Albu Kamal, why are Daesh members moving toward the Iraqi border?

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a Lebanese Hezbollah commander and his deputy were killed with 9 other fighters in a Daesh ambush near Al-Safa Hills.

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed at least 10 Syrian Army members, including an officer, in clashes in the Al-Safa Hills area. [A3maq]

Daesh had said earlier that it killed six Syrian soldiers in clashes in the Al-Safa Hills area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded Syrian Army members and destroyed a tank and a bulldozer with 2 rockets in the Al-Safa Hills area. [A3maq] [ICDNOct28]

 

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed 2 Syrian soldiers in the Al-Safa Hills area. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

Daesh said it destroyed a Houthi military position in the Za’aj area, northeast Baidha, with a rocket, on Friday, wounding several fighters. [ICDNOct27]

Daesh issued a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Observatory for Takfiri Fatwas and Extremist Views (under the Dar Al-Ifta Al-Misriyyah​​ institute) publishes a weekly index monitoring and analyzing terrorist operations. Last week, the publication studied 21 terrorist operations conducted in 10 groups in 8 regions which caused 101 deaths or injuries. The results of the analysis showed that the geographic reach of the acts of terrorism have expanded. The​​ observatory​​ also stated that​​ Daesh,​​ in its publication​​ Naba’,​​ continues to exaggerate​​ its operations, while also publishing old pictures that were in previous issues.​​ [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded two Egyptian Army members​​ by​​ attacking them with light and mid-sized weapons and hand grenades east of the Bal’a area, in Rafah. It said it damaged a military vehicle with an IED after the first attack. [ICDNOct27]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded Egyptian Army members and damaged an M60 tank with an IED southwest of Sheikh Zuweid. [A3maq] [ICDNOct28]

 

Libya

At least​​ five​​ people were killed Monday and 10 others kidnapped in an attack by Daesh terrorists on a town in​​ west-central Libya, local and military sources said. [FaceIraq] [ArabNews] [Sputnik]

Three civilians were among the dead, while a soldier was wounded and 10 people were “missing, probably kidnapped,” said General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The raid targeted the desert town of Al-Fuqaha’​​ in Jufra​​ District, which has for over a year been held by the LNA.

LNA forces responded to the attack but the terrorists fled south, killing the fifth victim and injuring another at a security checkpoint, Mesmari said. [PunchNG]​​ 

 

Daesh said that its terrorists “toured” Al-Fuqaha’ town, in Al-Jufra province, on Sunday evening, looking for LNA soldiers, policemen, and “spies.” It said the terrorists killed or captured policemen in an attack​​ on​​ the town’s police station. It said the terrorist set the station on fire. It also said the terrorists captured​​ “wanted persons” in the town and set their houses on fire, “after emptying them​​ of women and children,” then continued their search. Daesh said its terrorists “retreated safely” after capturing the town for several hours.​​ 

 

Daesh also said it killed or wounded LNA members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Al-Fuqaha’ town, on Monday morning. [A3maq] [ICDNOct29]

 

Daesh also said that one of its suicide terrorists attacked the LNA 400 Checkpoint, on the road between Al-Jufra and Sabha, with a vehicle bomb. It said a group of its​​ fighters​​ followed up and killed the survivors.​​ 

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Interior Ministry reported that a 30 year old woman blew herself up near a police car in the Tunisian capital, killing herself and wounding​​ nine​​ others including​​ eight​​ policemen. The Interior Minister announced the attack resulted in no other deaths. A counter terrorism force interrogated the woman’s family. [Rudaw][Independent] [Tunisien] [Tunisien] [Tunisien] [Tunisien] [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Italy

Italy said that it will end its military presence entirely in Iraq by March 2019. Italian troops trained Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces to fight against Daesh and continued to train them to defend against the ongoing insurgency.​​ [Kurdistan24]

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

Boko Haram terrorists, believed to be a faction of Daesh, have attacked a base of the Nigerian Army in the Gashigar area of Borno State, during which a soldier was killed and four others injured.

The military said its troops, however, fought​​ off​​ the invasion and killed scores of the terrorists,​​ who were sighted in 13 gun-mounted trucks.

The terrorists attacked the military base, identified as 145 Battalion’s location on Saturday, attempting to cart away arms and ammunition,​​ but the troops engaged them in a gun battle.​​ The army confirmed the attack on its Twitter page on Sunday, saying, “Troops repelled Boko Haram terrorists’ attack in Gashigar. The terrorists were routed when they attempted to infiltrate the 145 Battalion. They fled due to superior firepower by the troops and support from the Nigerian Air Force.​​ “However, one soldier was killed in action while four others were wounded. The injured were immediately evacuated by Bell 412 helicopter to Maiduguri for treatment.”

The Nigerian Air Force said its Mi-35 helicopter gunships bombed the terrorists and forced them to retreat from the invasion​​ of​​ the army base.

 

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola,​​ said on​​ Sunday that​​ “The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole provided air support for ground forces to repel a Boko Haram terrorists’ attack at Gashigar​​ in Borno State. The operation was carried out on Saturday and Sunday, following a report from troops at Gashigar that their location was under attack.

“Accordingly, a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platform was redirected to Gashigar. Mi-35 helicopter gunships were scrambled to the location. The fire forced the terrorists to retreat from the camp. Several of them​​ were​​ killed or injured in the process. The ISR platform and helicopters remained within the location providing necessary air support for the troops until the situation was stabilised and threats neutralized.” [PunchNG]

 

Daesh said it killed 11 Nigerian Army​​ soldiers​​ and damaged a tank in an attack on Gashigar town, in the Lake Chad area, on Saturday. Daesh said it followed on Sunday the soldiers who retreated from the​​ town and attacked their 12-vehicle convoy, killing 18 soldiers, wounding others, and capturing a tank, a Howitzer cannon, and 6 SUVs. [A3maq] [ICDNOct28]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A spokesman for​​ the​​ Kabul police chief said on Monday that least two people,​​ a​​ police officer and one Independent Elections​​ Commission staff member, were killed and seven more​​ (4​​ IEC staff members,​​ 2​​ police officers and​​ 1​​ civilian), wounded in a suicide attack outside the IEC offices in PD9 of Kabul city on Monday morning. According to security officials, the suicide bomber targeted a vehicle carrying IEC staffers. According to police, a suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives close to the gate of the offices. [TOLO]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded 25 Afghan Election Commission employees and security members and damaged three vehicles when one of its suicide terrorists set of his explosive vest near the commission’s office in Subdistrict 9, in Kabul. Daesh published a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNOct29] [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

The Nangarhar provincial government media office said in a statement on Sunday that at least 3 Daesh-Khurasan members were killed and a number of light and heavy weapons destroyed in a US drone airstrike in the Shinkai and Sheikh Qala areas of Haska Mina District. [Khaama]

 

Indonesia

Lion Air flight JT 610, an Indonesian​​ passenger plane,​​ crashed into the sea during a trip from Jakarta to Sumatra​​ carrying 189​​ persons.​​ Officials say that it disappeared from radar​​ 13 minutes after takeoff. ​​ Officials fear there​​ are​​ no survivors.​​ The plane was a new Boeing 737, flying in daytime and in good weather.​​ [Sumaria] [CNN]

October 26, 2018

 

PMF Vehicle Destroyed in Baiji (DD)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

PMF militia announces plans to fight with Houthis in Yemen.​​ [..]

Tribal PMFs in Makhmur stop Daesh move to kidnap mukhtar. [..]

Ninewa Police arrest 12 Daesh operatives in west Mosul. [..]

Daesh is extorting money from Mosul businessmen to pay Daesh families. [..]

PMF commanders extorting money from contractors in Qayara. [..]

Daesh executes 5 kidnapped civilians in Baaj. [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan demands that Saudis reveal location of Khashoggi’s body.​​ [..]

 

Syria

Assad suddenly rejects UN role in new constitution; US initiates Security Council meeting.​​ [..]

Daesh bad-weather counter-attacks in Mayadin, Albu Kamal kill many SDF soldiers.​​ [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Lebanon: ​​ Lebanon President wants Syrian refugees to go home. [..]

Afghanistan: ​​​​ Afghanistan security conference opens in Herat. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Bret McGurk praised the transfer of power between​​ Haider al-Abadi’s cabinet to that of Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi as “smooth and organized.”​​ [Sumaria]

 

In a phone call with the new Iraqi PM, UK PM Theresa May invited Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi to visit​​ Britain​​ to​​ be​​ congratulated​​ on forming the​​ new Iraqi government. She​​ expressed the UK’s support for Iraq in “every department.” [Anadolu]

 

Reconstruction

French President Emanuel Macron promised Nobel​​ Prize winner Nadia Murad​​ that Paris would​​ host 100 Yazidi women who were imprisoned and abused by Daesh. Macron​​ also​​ pledged to​​ support Murad’s​​ fund to reconstruct​​ the Yazidi homeland​​ in​​ Sinjar Province. [Sahfaaq]​​ [NadiasInitiative]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

Imam Ali Regiments, a PMF faction,​​ said​​ it​​ was planning to fight alongside the Houthis​​ in Yemen. A video​​ on​​ social media showed​​ the​​ militia’s​​ fighters prior to​​ the move. [Shafaaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Iraq can’t take itself seriously if it permits any militia to go off on its own to fight in Yemen. Who is making this decision? Who is running Iraq’s foreign policy?

 

On Friday, 2 sources within the Iraqi Ministry of Oil informed​​ Reuters​​ that Iraq would stop exporting crude oil to Iran from Kirkuk. The sources said that Iraq has been exporting at least 30,000 barrels of crude oil to Iran from Kirkuk daily. [Rudaw]

 

BAGHDAD

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Daesh said it killed​​ five​​ Shia and wounded​​ four​​ others with an IED in the New Baghdad area, on Thursday. [A3maq]

MoI spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an had said on Thursday that an IED injured a civilian in New Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Baghdad Ops Command reported that “the past 24 hours” it arrested 2 suspects, 1 on terrorism charges and the other on theft charges, in Sadr City. [Mawazin]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says a body of a civilian shot to death was found in an empty yard in Sadr area in Mada’in. [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information spokesman​​ General​​ Yahya Rasul announced on Friday that East Anbar Ops Command arrested 3 wanted persons in Falluja and found 30 IEDs in Matari. He also announced that forces​​ working​​ in cooperation with Samarra Ops Command freed 2 abductees in Samarra.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Hit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Jazeera Operation Command units destroyed a Daesh tunnel in the Al-Mamoura Hills area, between Kubaisa and Hit, killing 4 terrorists.​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that four PMF members were killed when their pickup vehicle was destroyed by an IED near Al-Obeid village, in Rawa subdistrict.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The Center for​​ Security​​ Information reported that the​​ Salahuddin​​ Ops Command​​ destroyed 17 C4 containers found near the oil​​ pipeline near Baiji and meant to be used as IEDs. [Mawazin]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that two PMF fighters, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh attack on a PMF military position in the Himrin Mountains area.

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in the Siniya area, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct26]

A​​​​ DaeshDaily​​​​ source had said on Wednesday that two PMF members were killed and a commander wounded​​ by a​​ roadside IED in the Siniya area. ​​

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that three Iraqi Army members, including an officer, were killed and their vehicle damaged by an IED on the road between Al-Daur and Al-Alam.

Daesh said it killed or wounded Iraqi Army members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Daur, on Thursday. [ICDNOct26]

 

DIYALA

No reports

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh)

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED the Riyadh area, on Wednesday. [ICDNOct26]

 

Southwest (Daquq)

MoI spokesman Saad Maan said​​ intelligence detachments and counter terrorism personnel​​ arrested​​ a Daesh official responsible​​ for planting​​ IEDs in Daquq. [Baghdadia]  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Khandaq village, killing 2 terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. The source said the terrorists tried to kidnap the mukhtar of the village.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

On Friday, the Center for Security Information reported that the Ninewa Police arrested 12 Daesh​​ operatives​​ in west Mosul. They worked for the​​ Daesh​​ Hisbah​​ (morality police), Daesh​​ Security,” Daesh “Zakat Department,”​​ and​​ the Daesh​​ “Office of Soldiers.” [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Daesh is using extortion money to pay the families of Daesh members in Mosul city. The source said business owners are paying Daesh in order not to be attacked.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This has been the situation exactly with the AQI, and Daesh later on, since 2003. Mosul business owners, including Iraqi government major contractors,​​ formerly​​ paid​​ millions of dollars in extortion money even before Daesh captured the city. Daesh is going back to this​​ tactic​​ after losing​​ its “caliphate” status.​​ This is why it would be logical​​ to deal with Daesh as an organized crime entity.​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

In an extortion plot of another kind, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that some PMF commanders are forcing construction contractors to pay almost half of their profits in order to allow them to work freely in the Qayara area.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ While many people joined the PMFs to defend Iraq after Daesh captured Mosul in 2014, some thugs have also joined,​​ either for personal benefit or​​ to support​​ ​​ foreign agendas, or both.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Baaj

An army source says Daesh executed​​ five​​ civilians it kidnapped earlier in Baaj. Daesh accused them​​ of cooperating and sharing​​ information on Daesh with the Iraqi army.​​ The​​ Baaj health office received the​​ bodies. [BasNews]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that a group of Daesh terrorists in 3 pickup vehicles and “Qandahari” clothes kidnapped five civilians from Tal Ghazal village, accusing them of working for the PMFs.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle near Al-Wardiya village, killing 4 terrorists.​​ 

 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

The pro-Kurdish​​ Hawar​​ paper reports that the HPG​​ (PKK)​​ killed​​ 14​​ Turkish soldiers​​ and destroyed 5 of their locations​​ in Sidekan in northern​​ Erbil​​ and​​ killed 4 Turkish soldiers and destroyed 3 military positions​​ in​​ Celê​​ District in Colemêrg city in Hâkkari Province​​ near the KRG border.​​ [Hawar]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

President Erdogan demanded that Saudi Arabia reveal the location of Jamal Khashoggi’s body. He argued that the 18 suspects linked to Khashoggi’s death should be brought to Istanbul to face trial​​ as that is where the crime occurred.​​ The​​ strange​​ statements of the Saudi government, he said, have increased​​ the importance of having​​ Turkey handle​​ the​​ Khashoggi’s case.​​ [CNN]

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the situation in Idlib is stable and Turkey’s focus is on areas east of the Euphrates. He told a meeting of his party that since the signature of Sochi agreement, the situation in Idlib has been quiet and stable. He says Turkey should not bother itself with Manbij while a real terror threat is present east of the Euphrates, referring to the Kurdish presence. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Erdogan does not get off message for long. His priority is socking it to the Kurds, whom he sees as his real enemies.

 

Foreign policy

On Friday Erdogan​​ declared what he called the “last warning” regarding the Syrian crisis. He stated that his forces would focus on​​ protecting Turkey’s borders and would fight against the​​ “Syrian-Kurdish fighters east of the Euphrates” and not Manbij. [Eldorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

Diplomatic sources say the UN Security​​ Council is discussing the situation in Syria​​ at​​ US request following the rejection​​ by​​ the Syrian government of any foreign, including UN, intervention, in formation of​​ a​​ new constitution formulation committee. [Hawar]​​ 

On Friday, Staffan De​​ Mistura communicated (from a closed​​ TV​​ broadcast in Beirut) to a UN Security Council meeting in New York that the Syrian Foreign Minister told him Wednesday that the constitutional commission was an issue of “state sovereignty,” and that the Syrian government did not accept the role of the UN in the process of its launch. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Assad is apparently feeling so confident that he can blow off the UN and still get his way. ​​ Perhaps the departure of De Mistura contributed to that conclusion, as he had been stubbornly persistent about keeping the UN in the picture. For its part, successive US administrations have failed to embrace the UN’s leadership​​ firmly, probably encouraging Assad to believe that the US won’t make an issue of this. There could be a lot riding on that Security Council meeting in New York.

 

Political developments

SOHR says it is unclear how Hezbollah managed to recover 5 bodies of its fighters killed in battles with Daesh 11 months ago. One of them was a major leader. Most likely possibility is a deal reached with Daesh to allow food into its areas and possibly some money paid to close the deal. [SyriaHR]

 

Foreign policy

Europe

A German court is trying a​​ 26 year old​​ Syrian man​​ on charges of joining Daesh. The identity of the man was said to be​​ Faisal A. H.”​​ without further details​​ in accordance with​​ German​​ privacy laws. [Zamanalwasl]​​ 

 

Iran

On Thursday, pro-Hezbollah media mourned Jamil Skaf, a leading party figure killed in battles against Daesh in Syria. Skaf is the 3rd Hezbollah leader killed in the “eastern Syrian desert” in the last few days. [ElDorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Wednesday, the SDF released 102​​ Daesh prisoners​​ in accordance with an order from​​ the​​ Democratic​​ Self-Administration” government.​​ The detainees​​ were released because​​ their​​ motive for joining Daesh was​​ to gain​​ material​​ support​​ when​​ most of them were suffering​​ from​​ dire material conditions. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Friday it killed two SDF members and wounded two others in an attack on a security barrier in Al-Karama subdistrict. [ICDNOct26]

 

North Raqqa​​ (Ayn Eissa,​​ Tal Abyad, etc.)

SOHR​​ says a Daesh mine killed​​ three​​ children in Suluk, northeast of Raqqa.​​ 

In Amasi neighborhood in Raqqa, 2 men in a speeding car threw a hand grenade on a military building, wounding a guard. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

Mayadin​​ TV channel quoted Syrian officials saying White Helmets and pro-Turkey opposition factions are transferring chemical materials from Jisr Al-Shughur to Kharbat Amoud village​​ to execute a chemical attack simulation. [Hawar]

 

Latakia

Snipers of​​ Muhajireen Al-Sunna, a Jihadist faction in Jabal Al-Akrad in Latakia,​​ shot​​ 2 Syrian soldiers and wounded them, possibly killing them according to the​​ SOHR. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that six SDF members, including a 1st​​ lieutenant, were killed and others wounded when a suicide terrorist in a vehicle bomb attacked them near Abu Hardoub village​​ east of Mayadin city.​​ Qasioun​​ also reports that a car bomb exploded in SDF-held Abu Hardoub village. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF commander near the Al-Tanak oilfield, on Wednesday. [A3maq

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Hajin.​​ A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh killed four men, including two brothers, in Hajin after accusing them of providing information to the Coalition about Daesh locations. The source said Daesh killed the victims at the location of Al-Zuwiya​​ Mosque,​​ which​​ had​​ been used as a Daesh command center and was destroyed by the Coalition 3 days ago.  ​​​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed seven SDF members, wounded “many” others, destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicle and a Humvee, and captured weapons and ammunition in an attack on the train station, north of Hajin city, Friday noon. [ICDNOct26]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Daesh killed a high school teacher in Hajin after accusing her of cooperating with government forces. The source said Daesh captured four more people whose fate was unknown.​​ 

 

Daesh issued a video of four SDF members it captured on Wednesday north of Hajin. [A3maq]

 

Gharanij. ​​​​ A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that Daesh kidnapped five SDF members, including an officer, near Gharanij.​​ 

Daesh said it captured five SDF members north of Gharanij, on Thursday. [A3maq]

Daesh published on Thursday photos of its attack on SDF positions north of Gharanij. [ICDNOct25]

 

Al-Susah. ​​​​ Daesh said on Friday it killed 25 SDF members in an attack in Al-Susah. It also said it blew up a house where SDF fighters were barricading, killing six of them and capturing two. ​​ Daesh said its terrorists continued the attack and reached Al-Baghouz.​​ 

Daesh also said it killed several SDF members, wounded others, and captured a Humvee, a bulldozer, and other vehicles in addition to weapons and ammunition after one of its suicide terrorists attacked SDF units in Al-Baghouz with a vehicle bomb. [ICDNOct26] [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued a video and published photos of the attack on SDF units in Al-Susah town. [A3maq] [ICDNOct26]

 

Kashma/Al-Sha’afa.​​ Daesh said it killed two SDF members, wounded “many” others, and set a bulldozer on fire in an attack northeast of ​​ Al-Kashma and Al-Sha’afa, Friday afternoon. It also said it captured weapons​​ and ammunition after SDF fighters retreated. [ICDNOct26]

Daesh issued on Friday photos of an attack northeast of Kashma. [ICDNOct26]

Daesh issued on Friday photos on an attack northeast of Al-Sha’afa. [ICDNOct26]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The photos show that Daesh​​ took advantage of​​ the severe weather to conduct its attacks.​​ 

 

SOHR​​ and​​ Enab Baladi​​ reported similar stories of the weather affecting combat between the SDF and Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor District.​​ SOHR​​ reported that on Thursday 300 SDF fighters transferred from Tabaqa to Hajin on Thursday as reinforcements,​​ but​​ also noted​​ a decline in the quality of SDF weapons. The reinforcements, however, retreated on Friday to Tabaqa due to a uniquely terrible, blinding sandstorm that halted Coalition flights and created a military advantage for Daesh. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR] [Hawar]

 

On Friday, Daesh initiated a series of violent counter attacks on SDF positions in Kashma, Gharanij, Al-Susah, Al-Baghouz, and Hajin. These attacks coincided with the sandstorm that extends from Deir Ez-Zor to Syria. [EnabBaladi]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Lebanon’s​​ President​​ Michel Aoun​​ called​​ on​​ the international community​​ to​​ provide aid​​ to displaced Syrians​​ in Syria​​ rather than in​​ their countries of​​ asylum, so as to​​ encourage them to return. He said Lebanon today supports displaced Syrians in returning home safely since violence has stopped in large areas of the state, saying “clearly since the military confrontations have stopped,​​ they should​​ return.”​​ [Anadolu]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

John Bolton, US National Security Advisor says the US will​​ pressure​​ Iran to respond to​​ US demands. Speaking from Yerevan,​​ capital of Armenia, he said that​​ unless Tehran changes its policies, its trade with Armenia is​​ in​​ jeopardy. [BasNews]

 

President​​ Trump signed new sanctions on Thursday against supporters of the Lebanese Hezbollah. The legislation is as the known as the “Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act,”​​ and is​​ intended to decrease​​ Hezbollah’s​​ financial​​ resources​​ and isolate​​ it.​​ [Hawar]

 

EUROPE

Russia

The Russian security apparatus announced that a Daesh terror cell that was plotting to attack Moscow​​ has​​ been dismantled. It stated that the leader of the cell directed​​ Daesh members originating from Central Asia in using firearms and handmade IEDs. [Sumaria]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The​​ 7th security conference kicked off in​​ Herat,​​ Afghanistan, with​​ 15 states​​ participating. The conference is to discuss peace and security​​ in​​ Afghanistan and the region.​​ Uzbekistan, the US, India, Pakistan,​​ the​​ UK, the Netherlands, and Norway are among the participants.​​ 

 

Uzbekistan

The​​ Uzbek​​ security apparatus in cooperation with other security forces arrested 4 Uzbeks accused of ​​ being involved​​ in terrorism. A source from the Uzbek​​ security apparatus said that the 4 were leaders in international terrorist organizations inside Syria.​​ The source revealed that 2 of the detainees were trained in acts of vandalism and terrorist activity, 1 was a member of a secret cell in Uzbekistan, and the 3rd was responsible for receiving new Daesh recruits in Turkey and transferring them to Syria in 2015. Each used forged documents and arrived in Syria via recruitment channels in Russia, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan.​​ [Qasioun]​​ [FaceIraq]

 

October 25, 2018