An Update On ISIS Activities

October 01, 2018

 

School in Gharanij​​ 

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Ninewa municipality re-opens church [..]

ID forgers busted with over 750 blank documents [..]

Another smuggler caught in Shirqat [..]

Ninewa says over 16,000 houses were destroyed by Daesh [..]

New Basra Ops Commander appointed [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan threatens to clear Qandil, Sinjar, Manbij of PKK [..]

 

Syria

Syrian gov’t controlled most Syrian oil since 2012 [..]

SOHR​​ says over 18,000 casualties from Russian air campaign [..]

Iran hits Daesh with ballistic missiles [..]

​​ Fars​​ posts footage;​​ NYT​​ says drones used as well as missiles [..]

Iraqi refugees leave Hasaka for Iraqi IDP camps [..]

Daesh disbands non-military offices in Hajin [..]

33 Daesh fighters killed around Al-Baghouz [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Germany:German court agrees to extradite Iranian diplomat [..]

Nigeria:​​ Boko Haram kills own commander over plan to surrender [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

Speaker of the CoR Mohammed Al-Halbousi discussed with US Special Envoy Brett McGurk the importance of sticking to constitutional deadlines in selecting top posts of the state. They also discussed the regional situation and Iraqi-US coordination in the field of counter-terrorism. [Roj]

 

Reconstruction

The Ninewa municipal directorate announced on Sunday that the Church of St. Paul had been reopened following its reconstruction. The municipal director Abd Al-Qadir Dakhil said that they had restored it in cooperation with humanitarian organizations after it had been destroyed by Daesh. Dakhil noted that Muslim clerics had attended the re-opening ceremony in a show of religious harmony. [FaceIraq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

UNAMI says 75 Iraqi civilians were killed and 179 wounded as an outcome of terror, violence and armed conflicts in Iraq during September. This also includes police and civil defense personnel. [Roj]

 

The Coalition said that between September 24 and September 30, they carried out​​ 10​​ airstrikes in Iraq. Of these, 1 was near Mosul, 2 were near “Anbar desert” and Wadi​​ Al-Shai (in Daquq), 1 was near the Makhmur Mountains, 1 was near Makhmur, 1 was near the “Ninewa desert,” 1 was near the Himrin Hills, 2 were near Rawa, and 1 was near Lake Himrin.​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Miscellaneous

The Central​​ Statistical​​ Organization​​ of​​ the​​ Ministry of​​ Planning says​​ that​​ Iraq’s​​ population as of​​ the end of September 2018​​ was 38​​ million. This includes over 19​​ million males,​​ 51%​​ of the total,​​ and 18 million females. [Anadolu]

 

BAGHDAD

The Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that intelligence and counter-terrorism units had arrested a “criminal network” of 3 people who were making forged identity documents for Daesh officials. Ministry spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an said that “over 750” blank identity documents were seized, including residence and nationality cards, as well as 67 different seals. The Ministry did not specify the location of the arrests. [BaghdadToday]

 

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Daesh said it killed an Iraqi Army officer and wounded several other soldiers with an IED in the Al-Nahda area on Sunday. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said the IED exploded when the soldiers tried to defuse it. [ICDNOct1]

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source said that 2 roadside IED explosions injured 2 people in the Shaab neighborhood of Adhamiya. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Daesh said it wounded three PMF members with an IED in the Jisr Diyala area on Friday. [ICDNSep30]

 

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

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported: ​​ 3​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Military Intelligence says its units in the 14th​​ Army Division found a cache of IEDs in Saqlawiya–Araimia, in Anbar. 37 IEDs were found in the cache. [Ghad]​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded policemen after targeting their vehicle with an IED in the Shuhada neighborhood of south Falluja. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded policemen after targeting their personnel carrier with an IED in the​​ Al-Muthallath​​ area,​​ west of Falluja. [ICDNSep29]

 

Ramadi

The Ministry of the Interior said on Sunday that a Daesh leader had been arrested in the Tameem neighborhood of Ramadi city. [Ghad]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed three Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a fuel tanker truck with an IED on the Kilo 18 road, west of Ramadi. [ICDNOct1]

 

Hit

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed or wounded seven PMF members after attacking them with silenced guns in a house in Al-Aqba village, south of Mohammedi in Hit district. [ICDNSep30]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Daesh issued on Saturday a video of their fighters targeting an Iraqi Army military position between Akashat and Al-Qa’im with mortars. [A3maq]

 

Rutba

Daesh said on Monday it killed five Iraqi Army members, including an officer, and damaged their vehicle with an IED on the Kilo 70 road, western Rutba. [ICDNOct1]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that tribal PMF units wounded, and then captured near Shabali village, a man who was smuggling food supplies and pre-paid mobile telephone cards to Daesh terrorists hiding in areas between Shirqat and Qayara. The source said that the tribal PMF handed the smuggler over to the Qayara Police.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is the second smuggler captured in the same area within a week.​​ 

 

A tribal PMF commander told a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source on Sunday that Coalition planes foiled a Daesh attack on Shabali village. The commander said the terrorists were preparing to attack the village when Coalition planes bombed them, killing 5 terrorists.

 

Daesh said it wounded three PMF members, including a commander, and destroyed their Humvee with an IED north of Shirqat, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Salahuddin Ops Command units killed 2 Daesh terrorists, including a foreigner, and captured 2 others in the Mtaibija area. The source sent us photos of the terrorists.​​ 

 

Samarra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including Omar Al-Badir, the Daesh commander of Samarra, and a cousin of the Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi, in a military operation in Jazeera Samarra. The source sent us a photo of the terrorist.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 3 Saraya Al-Salam members were killed and another wounded when an a roadside IED exploded, targeting their civilian vehicle, on the road between Samarra and Ishaqi.​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad)

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Farahatiya area, near Ishaqi, on Saturday. [ICDNSep30]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it shot and killed two Shia people and damaged their vehicle in Jawad Al-Bashu village, south of Buhriz, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said it targeted the Shia village of Al-Jizani, in the Al-Waqf area, with 6 mortars, on Saturday. [ICDNSep30]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya)

The head of the local council for Muqdadiya said on Monday that Daesh fighters had tried to attack 2 security positions held by tribal PMF fighters in the village of Zaham, but that they were fought off. [Mawazin]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh said it damaged a Shia person’s vehicle with an IED in the Harouniya village, north of Muqdadiya, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

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

A police source says a soldier in a civilian car was wounded by a roadside IED explosion near​​ the “Cobra​​ Camp​​ in Sadiya​​ subdistrict, Khanaqin district. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it wounded several Iraqi soldiers with an IED in the Albu Sulaibi area, near Udhaim, on Saturday. [ICDNOct1]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it targeted Qara Tapa with 2 mortars. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said on Monday it wounded an Iraqi soldier and damaged his vehicle with an IED on the road between Jalawla and Sadiya. [A3maq]

 

Khanaqin

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 4 Badr Organization members, including a commander, were killed and their vehicle destroyed in a Daesh ambush near Khanaqin farms.​​ 

 

Daesh said it targeted the house of a National Security Service officer in Yusuf Bek village, north of Khanaqin, on Friday, causing damages. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded a Shia person and damaged his vehicle with an IED in Mahmoud Aziz village, near Khanaqin. [ICDNSep29]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it wounded a policeman and damaged his vehicle with an IED in​​ Ahmed Taher​​ village, in Khanaqin district. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it damaged a tribal PMF vehicle with an IED in Mubarak village,​​ in​​ Khanaqin​​ district, on Saturday. [ICDNSep30]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on their military position near Al-Zab, killing 2 terrorists, including 1 foreigner. A tribal PMF commander told our source that they anticipate more Daesh attacks in the area because of the lack of security units.​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information says that intelligence units of the IFP found and destroyed a Daesh tunnel in Najatiya village, in Hawija.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

The Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that intelligence units of the IFP had arrested a Daesh member who previously was the official in charge of “zakat” (Islamic tithing; in Daesh’s case, taxation or extortion) for Rashad and Daquq.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh published photos of the houses of a​​ mukhtar​​ and an Iraqi government “spy” being set on fire south of Daquq, on Thursday. [ICDNSep30] [ICDNSep28]

 

NINEWA

The Ninewa Provincial Council said on Monday that over 16,000 houses in the province had been destroyed by Daesh. [FaceIraq]

 

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that IFP units shot and killed a Daesh suicide bomber while searching Tal Matar village, in Makhmur. The source said the terrorist, who was hiding in an unfished building, refused to surrender. The source sent us a photo of the terrorist.​​ 

The source also said that the units captured 11 persons wanted on terrorism charges, and destroyed 8 IEDs and a tunnel while searching the village and nearby areas.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that the mayor of Mosul reopped the Bab Al-Tob market in Old Mosul. The market was severely damaged during the liberation battles.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Ninewa SWAT units captured a Daesh terrorist who was hiding in the house of a tribal PMF member in​​ the​​ Al-Karama​​ neighborhood​​ in east Mosul. The source said the units also captured the tribal PMF member. The source sent us a photo of the terrorist.​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Qayara)

A security source says a search operation south of Mosul resulted in the arrest of 27 Daesh fighters in Hammam Al-Alil. Some of them were reportedly Daesh “emirs.” [Buratha]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Military Intelligence units defused an IED on the road between Hammam Al-Alil and Jahuni village.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that tribal PMF units captured a man and his son in an ambush near Shakhir village, in Qayara, and handed them over to Military Intelligence serviced units. The source said both men are Daesh explosives experts. The source sent us photos of the captured persons.​​ 

 

Daesh said it shot and killed two tribal PMF intelligence members in the Hammam Al-Alil area, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said it killed five SWAT and tribal PMF members with an IED in the “Al-Karathi” area, in Hammam Al-Alil, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in “Khad’an” village, in Qayara, on Saturday. [ICDNSep30]

 

West (Hamidat)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Iraqi Army units from the 66th​​ Brigade destroyed several Daesh hideouts in a military operation near Aski Mosul, Hamidat subdistrict.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed an Iraqi Army captain and four other soldiers with an IED in the Aski Mosul area, on Friday. [ICDNSep30]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

PM Haider Al-Abadi, in his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi armed forces, appointed General Qasim Al-Maliki as the new Basra Ops Commander. The former Commander, Jamil Al-Shammari, faced criticism after 18 protestors were killed and dozens wounded during the ongoing protests in Basra. [Rudaw]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a social media activist who participate in the demonstrations for better services in Basra was shot and killed in the Hayyaniya area. ​​ 

 

Karbala

The Directorate of Internal Affairs and Security said on Monday that they had arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges in Karbala.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

SULEIMANIYA

On Monday, Turkey announced that it had killed 4 PKK “terrorists” in airstrikes in the “Ghara” area of “northern Iraq” (i.e. Iraqi Kurdistan) that stretches between Kirkuk and the border between Suleimaniya and Salahuddin. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Ghara is​​ often referred to as Ghara Hills​​ or​​ Ghara Heights.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

On Monday, in a speech for the opening of the new legislative year at the General Assembly of the Turkish Parliament, President Erdogan stated that Turkey was determined to clear the Qandil Mountains, Sinjar Province, Manbij, and areas east of the Euphrates in Syria of “PKK terrorists,” beginning with the PKK in Syria. He also stated that Turkey had already seized “important areas” of the PKK in Iraq. He said that Turkey was interested in ridding Iraq of sectarianism as soon as possible to allow stability. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If one takes Erdogan seriously here, this implies a Turkish ground invasion deep into Iraqi Kurdistan.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Syrian government admitted to producing oil during the period of the civil war, saying that it obtained over 700 million barrels in the past 7 years, out of a projected 960 million for that period based on pre-war production. Since​​ most of​​ the oil and gas fields in Syria have been outside of government control since 2012,​​ observers​​ say this means that the government kept a “network of shared interests” with both Daesh and the PYD to ensure the continued flow of oil. [BasNews]

 

Russia

The​​ SOHR​​ said on Sunday that Russian airstrikes had killed over 18,000 people in Syria over the last 3 years, saying that almost half of them were civilians. Russia responded by claiming that its “accurate” airstrikes had killed 85,000 “terrorists.” The White Helmets released their own report on Sunday, saying that it had responded to “dozens” of Russian strikes on civilian buildings since 2015, including schools, markets, and medical facilities. Sunday, September 30th, was the 3rd​​ anniversary of Russia’s direct entry into the conflict by carrying out airstrikes. [AFP]

 

Iran

On Monday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) initiated an attack on Daesh positions in Albu Kamal with ballistic missiles. The IRGC press release said that the strike was in retaliation for the attack on a military parade in Ahvaz last month, for which Daesh claimed responsibility. Iranian sources say that the attack came during a meeting of Daesh commanders. These sources claim that 40 of them were killed. The Iranian news agency​​ Mahar​​ says that the missiles hit a strip of land held by Daesh between the SDF-held and Syrian Army-held areas. [Hawar]

 

The semi-official Iranian​​ Fars​​ news agency posted video footage of the missiles being launched, and reported that they were Zolfaqar (aka Zulfiqar) and Qiam missiles. The​​ New York Times​​ wrote that the missiles launched have ranges of 468 to 500 miles, and had been fired from Kermanshah Province, western Iran. Mohammad Bagheri, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, was quoted by​​ Fars​​ as saying that Daesh was the target of the missile strike, but also that the missiles hit areas close to where the US military was as “a warning for the enemies so they don’t move toward creating insecurity in Iran.”​​ 

 The​​ New York Times​​ also quoted Hashim Al-Mosawa, a spokesman for the Iraqi Al-Nujaba, as saying that the strike was within Iran’s right to self-defense. They also wrote that a field commander with a pro-Iranian militia near where the strikes had occurred said that Iranian drones had fired rockets at the Daesh targets shortly after the missile strike. [Reuters] [NYT]

 

The Coalition says that Iran did not issue any warning prior to its attacks on Daesh east of the Euphrates. Sean Ryan, the Coalition spokesman, confirmed that there was no Iranian warning and no damage inflicted on the Coalition. [EnabBiladi]

CNN​​ wrote that the missiles landed “within 3 miles” of US troops. [CNN]

 

The Daesh leader “Abu Ali Al-Mashandi,” said to be a “first-rank” Daesh leader, was reported killed in the Iranian missile strike on Monday.​​ Masalah​​ wrote that “Al-Mashandi” and other Daesh fighters were killed inside a school in Al-Susah, which was being used as a Daesh headquarters. Another missile reportedly targeted an ammunition depot. [Masalah]

 

Lilo Abdullha, a spokeswoman for the SDF, says that the Iranian attack was to prevent Daesh militants from escaping from areas that are under siege by the SDF. She says that the attack managed to stop such an escape. [Qasioun]

However, a different spokesman for the SDF denied that any Iranian missile attack on Daesh positions east of the Euphrates took place. Kino Gabriel, the spokesman, says that no attacks took place in the areas of Syrian government or SDF operations, and that there was no bombardment of any area south of the city of Albu Kamal. [Dorar]

 

Iranian opposition sources say that 2 of the 6 missiles fired by Iran on Daesh positions in Albu Kamal exploded moments after launching, and fell in Iranian villages in Kermanshah, causing civilian casualties. [Dorar]​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that between September 24 and September 30, they carried out 54 airstrikes in Syria. Of these, all 54 were near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

 

On Sunday, US Central Command posted a video on Twitter that showed US soldiers using rocket launchers and howitzer cannons to fire at ISIS targets (without showing the targets). [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin

Local sources say that Daesh and Tahrir Al-Sham members are situated in Afrin, and that Tahrir Al-Sham held a meeting in the city earlier. These sources also say that 10 Daesh fighters escaped a Tahrir Al-Sham prison in Jinderes, and are now in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Dozens​​ of Iraqi families returned from the Al-Hawl refugee camp, eastern Hasaka, to Iraqi IDP camps south of Mosul. A PYD official said that the 7th​​ convoy, carrying 89 families (344 persons), crossed the informal “Al-Faw” border crossing heading to Iraq. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that SDF units east of Hasaka captured 4 Iraqi Daesh members who had fled from Hajin. The source said the terrorists, who had worked with Daesh in Ninewa, told the SDF they were planning to flee to Turkey. The source said one of the captured had been an Army Colonel under Saddam, and had worked as an explosives expert with the AQI.​​ 

 

Raqqa

Despite US sanctions against companies associated with the Al-Assad regime, the SDF allowed the “Al-Qatarji Company” in Raqqa Province to buy cotton from Raqqa farmers. [Dorar]

 

Raqqa city​​ & district

Asayesh units operating under the PYD said on Sunday​​ that they​​ engaged a​​ Daesh​​ cell​​ of 7 persons,​​ killing​​ 2​​ and arresting 5. It says the gunfight took place in​​ 2​​ houses​​ on “Basil” street,​​ near​​ the​​ Al-Dar’iya neighborhood in Raqqa,​​ and that they​​ also found​​ a car bomb and​​ “large quantities” of weapons and mines nearby. [ZamanAlwasl]​​ [Skynews]​​ [Reuters]

 

On​​ Thursday,​​ Hawar​​ reported that a civilian was killed and​​ three​​ others were injured in an explosion caused by an IED in the​​ Al-Dar’iya neighborhood of southwest Raqqa. [Hawar]

Daesh claimed on Thursday that it killed an SDF member, wounded three others, and damaged their SUV with an IED in the Al-Dar’iya neighborhood. [A3maq]

 

West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed three SDF members using silenced guns in Ayed village, in Tabaqa. [ICDNSep30]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The​​ SOHR​​ reported internal fighting in a refugee camp near Deir Hassan, northern Idlib, resulting in 5 persons killed. This comes as the latest in a series of gunfights in refugee camps in Idlib, and specifically the Al-Dana subdistrict. [SyriaHR]

 

An unidentified fighter attacked and killed 4 Tahrir Al-Sham fighters in the “Castello” area, northern rural Aleppo. [EnabBiladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed or wounded 20 SDF members by detonating IEDs on their 2 vehicles in Al-Hawayej village, Mayadin subdistrict, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]​​ 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh dissolved all its non-military offices, such as the​​ hisbah​​ (“Islamic Police”), in Hajin, and merged them with its Diwan Al-Askar (military office.) The source also said Daesh deployed its rocket units in farms around the town and increased its checkpoints.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This indicates that Daesh is doing quite badly, at least in Hajin.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that the SDF reopened several schools in Gharanij and other areas it captured from Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor province. The source said the schools suffered severe damages and face a huge lack in educational staff.​​ 

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of a group of its terrorists near the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNSep29]

 

Al-Susah subdistrict (including Al-Baghouz)

The​​ SOHR​​ reported continued violent fighting between the SDF and Daesh in Al-Baghouz and Al-Susah, following a Daesh counter-attack in Al-Baghouz, where several advances were made in the area following car bomb attacks. The​​ SOHR​​ also reported that Coalition airstrikes killed at least 10 Daesh fighters, raising Daesh’s total casualties to 33 during the past 24 hours. 11 SDF fighters were reported killed in the same​​ period. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Coalition planes killed 7 Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander who used to be the Daesh security official for Al-Qa’im, in an airstrike near Al-Susah.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that 6 SDF members were killed in a Daesh suicide attacks with a vehicle bomb near Al-Susah.​​ 

Daesh said on Saturday that it killed or wounded SDF members when 2 of its suicide terrorists, an Iraqi and a Syrian, attacked SDF units in Al-Baghouz village, in Al-Susah subdistrict, with a vehicle bomb. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh published photos of the 2 suicide terrorists. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh issued a video of the attack. As usual, the short video shows the vehicle moving then an explosion from a distance. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded “many” SDF members when 2 of its terrorists, including an Iraqi, attacked SDF units in Al-Baghouz, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of targeting a Syrian Army military position with an​​ SPG9​​ rocket in Al-Khairat village. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh published on Sunday photos of targeting a Syrian Army position in the same village with 2​​ SPG9​​ rockets. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded SDF members after “luring them” to a landmine field in Al-Baghouz. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh published a similar report on Sunday. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed an SDF member in Al-Baghouz, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

On Saturday, Daesh said its snipers killed an SDF member in Al-Baghouz. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it damaged an SDF bulldozer with an IED in Al-Baghouz, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it targeted SDF positions in Al-Baghouz with 20 mortars and 8 rockets, on Saturday. [ICDNSEp30]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted SDF position in Al-Baghouz with 30 mortars and 12​​ SPG9​​ rockets. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded “many” SDF members and recaptured Mozan village,​​ near​​ Al-Baghouz. [ICDNSep30]

Daesh published photos and a video of the battles. [ICDNSep30] [A3maq]

 

Also see above under National News – Iran​​ 

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Local sources say that 8 Syrian Army soldiers were killed in battles with Daesh in Tilul Al-Safa​​ (Al-Safa Hills), rural Suwayda desert.​​ 3 additional Syrian Army soldiers were killed in Qabr Al-Sheikh Hussein, also in the rural Suwayda desert. Daesh media claimed that they killed over 500 soldiers in Suwayda. [Qasioun]

Daesh said it killed 3 Syrian soldiers, wounded 2 others, and stopped their attacks near Al-Safa Hills, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]​​ 

Daesh said on Sunday that it stopped a Syrian Army attack on Al-Safa Hills, killing 7 soldiers and wounding others. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed 2 Syrian soldiers near Al-Safa Hills. [ICDNSep30]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed at least 10 Syrian soldiers and wounded others in battles near the Al-Safa Hills area. [ICDNSep30]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 8 Iraqi militia members were killed and several others captured in a Daesh ambush near Tilul Al-Safa. The source also said that Daesh captured 2 vehicles and quantities of weapons and ammunition.​​ 

 

Negotiations between the Syrian government and Daesh are​​ continuing​​ regarding the fate of the 30 women and children who were kidnapped by Daesh from Suwayda, according to the​​ SOHR. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

 

See above under Syria – National News – Iran​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Sunday it damaged an Egyptian Army vehicle with an IED near the​​ Musleh​​ security barrier, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNSep30]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed a police employee in Arish city, on Saturday. [ICDNOct1]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian National Guard said that they arrested 50 people in El Kef and Zaghouan, both in northern Tunisia, who were implicated in a “network” that financed Tunisian terrorists active in Syria. A “notable amount” of foreign currency was seized in the arrests. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

A German court agreed to extradite​​ Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat,​​ to Belgium.​​ Assadi​​ is suspected of taking part in an attack on​​ an​​ Iranian opposition gathering in France. The court said that in this specific case, diplomatic immunity would not apply, as​​ Assadi​​ was on leave outside the country​​ of his​​ diplomatic​​ post (Austria). [Rudaw]​​ [BBC]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

On Monday, a suicide bomber drove a car into an Italian military convoy in Mogadishu, killing​​ two​​ people and injuring 4. The convoy was transporting a European delegation to the Jaalle Siyad military base in​​ the​​ Hodan district​​ of Mogadishu.​​ Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombing.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed a Somali policeman and wounded three others with an IED at Bakaara intersection, in Mogadishu city. [A3maq]

 

Nigeria

Boko Haram Commander Ali Gaga was killed by other Boko Haram Commanders over a plan to defect and surrender with about 300 captives, according to anonymous sources. The sources also said that the terms of Ali Gaga’s surrender had already been brokered by​​ “a prominent NGO conversant with the issues.” [VanguardNGR]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed several Nigerian Army soldiers in “Ghashkar” town, near Lake Chad, on Friday. [ICDNSep29]

Daesh published on Sunday photos of the attack. [ICDNSep30]

 

Chad

Six​​ people, including​​ two​​ soldiers, died in a Boko Haram attack near Lake Chad on Saturday night. The Chadian army said that they had killed 17 Boko Haram fighters afterward in a counter-offensive.​​ [AFP]

 

South Sudan

At least 10 people were killed when a grenade exploded in the middle of a nightclub in Yambio, South Sudan. [Sumaria] [Independent]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said it shot and killed a Shia person and wounded another in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed an Afghan policeman in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said it shot and killed an Afghan Army soldier and stole his belongings in Jalalabad. [ICDNSep30]

 

Pakistan

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed three Sufi people in the Hazar Ganji area, in Quetta. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said it wounded the victims. [ICDNSep30]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Sunday a photo of one of its Palestinian terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Sinai area. [ICDNSep30]

 

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September 28, 2018

 

KRG Elections

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi says he’ll back Abd Ul-Mahdi for PM if Sistani does [..]

Daesh reported to be excluding non-Arabs from leadership [..]

Al-Khalidiya IDP camp officially closed​​ [..]

​​ “Huge” weapons cache found near Nimrud [..]

Rockets fired on Basra airport [..]

… and US closes Basra consulate [..]

KRG elections start; high turnout from security services [..]

 

Syria

UN calls on 7 nations to “hasten peaceful solution” in Syria [..]

Russian FM says transfer of terrorists from Idlib “unacceptable” [..]

Merkel agrees with Erdogan to hold Istanbul summit [..]

Fighting between civilians and Syrian intelligence in Daraa [..]

19 Syrian Army and police reported killed by Daesh [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Lebanon:Daesh disciple arrested in poison plot [..]

Yemen:UN extends mandate of Yemen war crimes investigation [..]

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Acting Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi said on Friday that he would support Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi to succeed him as PM if he received the support of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to do so. In a statement mailed to reporters, Al-Abadi acknowledged the rumors that Abd Ul-Mahdi would be the compromise choice for the next PM, and said that he would support Abd Ul-Mahdi if he was the Grand Ayatollah’s choice, notwithstanding that “the wise Grand Ayatollah does not go into details” regarding political preferences. [Kurdistan24]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A security source said on Friday that Daesh was taking steps to exclude “immigrants,” by which they mean non-Arabs and foreign fighters, from taking leadership roles in the organization. The source said that as Daesh was trying to restructure, they were relying strongly on local members (i.e. Iraqi Daesh members) for leadership. The source added that the “immigrants” had been at odds with Al-Baghdadi and the Iraqi Daesh membership, and that this had caused internal conflicts recently. [BaghdadToday]

 

While the Coalition’s monthly casualty report gave the number of civilians unintentionally killed by airstrikes since August 2014 at 1,114, as reported on Thursday, the London-based nonprofit group Airwars says the total is much higher, at a minimum of 6,575. [BasNews] [Airwars]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Airwars is one of the major submitters of casualty reports to the Coalition. Their reports are usually dismissed by the Coalition for “insufficient evidence.”

 

BAGHDAD

The media office of sitting PM Haider Al-Abadi said on Friday that Al-Abadi had instructed the Ministry of the Interior and intelligence services to focus their efforts on obtaining information regarding recent high-profile assassinations and kidnappings in Basra and Baghdad. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Al-Abadi is​​ referring to the killing of model Tara Fares in Baghdad on Thursday and activist Dr. Suad Al-Hilli in Basra on Tuesday, both of which we covered previously.

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source said on Friday that​​ two​​ civilians had been wounded by a roadside IED detonation in the Taji area of north Baghdad. [Mawazin]

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command said on Friday that they had arrested 4 wanted persons, including 1 wanted on terrorism charges, in various locations. The terrorism suspect was arrested in Radwaniya, west Baghdad. Units under Baghdad Ops Command also found 2 IEDs, 1 Katyusha rocket, and 7 155mm shells in west Baghdad, which they said had been left behind by Daesh.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Al-Khalidiya IDP camp was officially closed on Friday following the return of the families in it to their home areas, confirming a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source who reported its closure on Thursday. The local official for Al-Khalidiya, Ali Dawoud, said that the local government had helped 80 families from the camp return to their home areas, and that another 60 families had been transferred to the Habbaniya camp. [BasNews]

 

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that the terrorist known as “Abu Omar” had been arrested in Falluja district. They added that “Abu Omar” is a prominent Daesh leader.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded three policemen with an IED in Falluja city on Wednesday. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said the policemen were killed or wounding while trying to defuse the IED. [ICDNSep28]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that​​ two​​ PMF members were killed and​​ two​​ others severely wounded when an IED destroyed their vehicle on the road between Baiji and Tikrit.​​ 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it damaged several shops belong to a tribal PMF member in Tikrit city with an IED, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep28]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Diyala Ops Command announced on Friday that it had begun the 3rd round in its operation to track Daesh cells in the cities of Al-Udhaim (in Diyala), Tooz, and Amerli (in Tooz district). It said that the first 2 rounds of the operation succeeded in destroying Daesh depots, supplies, and vehicles. [Roj]

 

Diyala Ops Commander General Mizher Al-Azzawi said on Friday that a Daesh safehouse containing 8 “large” IEDs was found and 2 Daesh vehicles were seized in the Zarqa Bridge area, on the border between Diyala and Salahuddin. [BaghdadToday]

 

DIYALA

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that a group of Daesh terrorists killed a Badr Organization commander in his farm in Sadiya subdistrict, Khanaqin district. The source said that Badr Organization units arrested 4 young men after the attack.

 

Daesh said it damaged an Iraqi Army bulldozer with an IED in Al-Maita village, in Udhaim, on Wednesday. [ICDnSep28]

 

Daesh said that on Wednesday it targeted a joint Iraq Army and PMF convoy with several IEDs in Albu Juma’a village, in Udhaim, wounding soldiers and PMF fighters, including a commander, and damaging or destroying 6 vehicles. [ICDNSep28]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an Iraqi Army SUV with an IED on the road between the village of Umm Al-Ghazlan and Qara Tapa, on Wednesday, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [A3maq] [ICDNSep28]

 

Daesh said on Friday its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Umm Talil village, western Udhaim. [ICDNSep28]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that IFP units arrested 20 Daesh suspects in Al-Khatouniya village. The source said 4 of the arrestees were working openly for Daesh.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Zab, killing 2 terrorists.​​ 

 

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

Daesh said it set fire to the houses of a​​ mukhtar​​ and an Iraqi government “spy” south of Daquq, on Thursday. [ICDNSep28]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members after targeting their vehicle with an IED near Albu Najm village, southern Daquq, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep28]

 

NINEWA

Ninewa Chief of Police Hamad Al-Namis said on Friday that about 2,200 total terrorists had been arrested by the Ninewa Police since the liberation of Mosul. [Buratha]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that a “huge” cache of weapons and equipment had been found by the Nimrud Police Directorate. The cache reportedly contained a rocket​​ launcher, 2 rockets, 3 RPG-7 rockets, a “BKC” machine gun, a rifle, a 60mm mortar base, 30 RPG-7 rocket launchers, 3 “SPG-9 rockets,” 200 “BKC” rounds, and 13 Kalashnikov rifles.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Ministry of the Interior said on Friday that 6 Daesh members had been arrested in the Nimrud area by units under the Ninewa Police Command. The Ministry added that the detainees had worked for Daesh variously as fighters, in Daesh’s “Islamic Police,” and as a checkpoint officer in Nimrud during Daesh’s control of Mosul. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Daesh captured and beheaded​​ two​​ fishermen near Hawi Shakhir village. The source said the two victims were from Al-Hawd village.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

CNN​​ reported that rockets were fired at the Basra airport early Friday morning, but did not land inside the airport or the US​​ consulate nearby. Residents in the Abu Sakhair district of northern Basra said that they heard 2 rockets fired at around 1:20 AM local time; eyewitnesses said the rockets landed outside of the airport. A spokesman for the US State Department told​​ CNN​​ that the​​ consulate was not harmed, and that they were monitoring the situation closely. [BasNews]

 

However, the​​ State Department also announced on Friday that it would close the consulate in Basra, citing “credible threats” from Iranian and “Iranian-backed” forces in Iraq. A US​​ administration official quoted anonymously in the​​ Wall Street Journal​​ named Kata’eb Hezbollah, Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq, and Harakat Al-Nujaba as among the Iraqi militias that could pose a threat to US personnel. [WSJ]

The​​ Washington Post​​ quoted a “senior Iraqi security official” as saying that the Iraqis were not aware of any intention by Iran to attack American diplomats or the consulate. [WaPo]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) for the Kurdistan Region said that there was heavy turnout in its polling stations, which opened on Friday to the Peshmerga and security forces for special voting. The Kurdistan Region IHEC said that 77% of eligible voters for the special vote turned out in Erbil, 80% in Dahuk, 80% in Suleimaniya, and 88% in Halabja. General voting is scheduled for Sunday, September 30th. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The special early voting is for security forces only; hence the high turnout rates may or may not be reflected in the general vote. The Iraqi CoR elections in May had a notably low turnout rate in the early special elections that was reflected in general turnout. However, Peshmerga and Kurdish security forces may be more inclined to voting than the general electorate.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

The UN Special Envoy to Syria called on the US and 6 other states to “hasten efforts for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis.” This statement was made after a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, France, the UK, and Germany that occurred during the 73rd meeting of the UN General Assembly. The statement also called for a legitimate and inclusive constitutional committee to begin creating a new Syrian constitution and to allow for just elections under UN supervision. [Qasioun]

 

Russia

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the transfer of terrorists from Idlib to other areas would be “unacceptable.” He said in a statement that, for example, it would be unacceptable to transfer fighters from Idlib to Afghanistan, and added that maintaining a terrorist hotspot in Syria was also unacceptable. [Ghad]

 

Foreign policy

Europe

On Friday, after a meeting held in Berlin between Germany and Turkey, Angela Merkel stated that she agreed with President Erdogan regarding hosting a meeting in Istanbul in December this year. She said that they would discuss Syria and Idlib with the presence of the Russian and French Presidents. [EnabBiladi]

 

Northwest

Afrin

The YPG reported that on Wednesday it killed 1 fighter with the Al-Jabha Al-Shamiya (the Levant Front), 1 fighter from Ahrar Al-Sham, and a translator working with the Turkish military and the extremist groups in Afrin, in 3 separate operations. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that 11​​ SDF​​ members were killed and 11 wounded when a roadside IED targeted their truck near Al-Sakura farm, in Raqqa province.​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded 35 SDF members with the IED, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The​​ SOHR​​ reports that Idlib remains very unstable and dangerous, as it has been for the past 5 consecutive months. It reported on Friday that there were 2 explosions in Idlib Province: first, an IED detonated on the path between Samrin and Idlib. Later, an unidentified person threw a hand grenade in Saraqib city, in the interior of Idlib Province. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The​​ SOHR​​ reports that Daesh has been taking “revenge” for its casualties and material losses. It reported on Friday that Daesh killed​​ two​​ SDF members on Thursday night near​​ Al-Busayrah, and that​​ three​​ corpses were found with gunshot wounds in their heads. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

On Friday,​​ Hawar​​ reported that the SDF stormed Al-Safafnah village, in the Al-Susah subdistrict, and liberated “several” points from the control of Daesh. ​​ [Hawar]

 

The​​ SOHR​​ reports that fighting continues between the SDF and Daesh in Hajin and around Al-Susah. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said it targeted SDF positions in Al-Baghouz with 30 mortars, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep28]

 

Daesh published photos of a Syrian Army sniper targeted by its snipers in Al-Abbas village, in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNSep28]

 

South​​ 

Daraa

Local sources said that fighting broke out between members of Syrian Air Force Intelligence and a civilian in the town of Al-Harra, rural northern Daraa, in the middle of the night on Wednesday, leading to a fight that lasted several hours. The sources also said that this led to the arrest of 5 civilians​​ for interrogation​​ by the Syrian intelligence services who​​ had been​​ sent to investigate, despite their arrests being contrary to the terms of the local settlement with the Al-Assad government. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Dorar​​ reported on Thursday that Syrian Air Force intelligence was attempting to conscript Daraa residents into the Army.​​ If the civilians resisted conscription, this​​ would be a plausible reason for​​ Syrian intelligence personnel​​ to​​ end up​​ fighting civilians. However, this story does not explain how​​ one​​ civilian reportedly fought​​ off​​ military personnel for several hours.

 

On Thursday evening, a landmine exploded in the Yarmouk Basin, western Daraa, killing 2 former members of the FSA. The landmine had been planted by Daesh. [EnabBiladi]

 

Suwayda

Pro-government​​ newspapers reported that on Thursday Daesh ambushed the 4th Division of the Syrian Army in Tilul Al-Safa, killing 19 soldiers and policemen.​​ Zaman Al-Wasl​​ wrote that the dead included 4 officers. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Local sources said that 3 Syrian Army soldiers were killed and others injured, including members of affiliated militias, in a Daesh ambush in the Suwayda desert near Tilul Al-Safa. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s not a good sign for the Syrian Army when the official version of the story has a higher body count than the version based on “local sources.”

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

The Lebanese Directorate of General Security said that they had arrested a young man on charges of belonging to Daesh, having contact with terrorists inside of Syria, and being sent to carry out​​ terrorist missions in Lebanon. The alleged missions​​ included​​ poisoning water​​ tanks that are used by​​ the Lebanese Army. [Sumaria]

 

Yemen

On Friday, the​​ UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) decided to extend the​​ mandate of the​​ international​​ team of​​ investigators​​ looking into​​ human rights violations and war crimes committed during the war in Yemen, despite the objections of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the Yemeni government headed by Abdrabbah Mansur Hadi.​​ [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said it killed a Taliban member and wounded another in “Lokndijil” village in Alingar district, Laghman Province, eastern Afghanistan, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Pakistan

Daesh said it killed 15 Pakistani Army members and wounded 30 others in clashes in the Shireen Ab area, in Mastung district in Balochistan, on Wednesday. It said it used machine guns, hand grenades, and explosives vests in the clashes, which it said lasted 12 hours. [ICDNSep28] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We searched Pakistani media and couldn’t find a reference for this attack. The only thing we found is the report below from Iran.​​ 

 

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says it has killed 4 militants on the Saravan border crossing close to Pakistan in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province.

In a September 28 statement published by Iranian state media, the IRGC said “Iranian forces killed 4 terrorists and wounded 2.” The statement also said, “Other members of the terrorist group fled to the neighboring country.” [RFERL]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

On Thursday, Daesh issued the 149th​​ issue of its Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh published infographic about its operation during the last week in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, and other countries. It said it conducted 128 attacks killing or wounding more than 551 people. Daesh also published a photo of its 5 members, masked, who conducted the attack in Ahwaz. [ICDNSep27]

 

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September 27, 2018

 

Khaldiya Camp

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Christian​​ waqf​​ says all Ninewa churches to be rebuilt [..]

Daesh activity in Diyala could foreshadow attacks on​​ Iraq-Iran​​ border [..]

2,000 Daesh fighters reported in Makhoul Mountains, 400 km2​​ unsecured [..]

HRW says Iraqi forces, PMFs responsible for forced disappearances [..]

…​​ and Center for Security Information responds by slamming HRW [..]

US House passes resolution to sanction Iran-backed militias [..]

Iraqi fashion icon slain in Baghdad [..]

Anbar PMF Commander says 40 Daesh members arrested [..]

291 refugees return from Turkey to Ninewa [..]

18 Daesh members killed on Mount Qarachogh [..]

 

Syria

Russian, Iranian, Turkish FMs meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly [..]

Rouhani says Al-Assad’s fate will depend on elections [..]

Spokesman says Coalition will stay in Syria indefinitely [..]

US representative to Syria says Al-Assad could be removed constitutionally [..]

SDF takes Al-Baghouz, advances toward Al-Susah [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:​​ Trump, Bolton, Hook step up US rhetoric against Iran [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Reconstruction

The head of the Christian​​ waqf​​ (charitable religious endowment), Raed Jarjis, announced on Thursday that the​​ waqf​​ would help rebuild all the churches and monasteries in Ninewa that were destroyed by Daesh in 2014 and following. Jarjis said that this work had already begin, with the support of the local government in Ninewa and in cooperation with humanitarian organizations. [BasNews]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Leader of the KDP Masoud Barzani said that he hopes the new Iraqi government will solve the outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil. He was speaking to a group of his supporters in Zakho. He added that he hoped to see a good turnout in the September 30th​​ Kurdistan elections. [SotIraq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A security source said on Thursday that the re-emergence of Daesh activity in the Khanaqin countryside and the attacks on villages in the desert of Mandali, southern Diyala Province, showed that Daesh would focus next on reaching the Iraq-Iran border. The source said that Daesh had​​ begun​​ to implement this goal by pushing families living in villages near the border into being displaced, especially in Khanaqin and the village of Humairat, in Mandali. The source concluded that the security services had stopped what he said were the last 5 Daesh attempts to get close to the Iraq-Iran border, but that Daesh’s goal was to open a front between Diyala Province and Iran. [BaghdadToday]

 

On Thursday,​​ SotIraq​​ carried a report on the progress of anti-Daesh operations around the Himrin Hills and the Makhoul Mountains, largely in Diyala and Salahuddin Provinces but also extending into the neighboring provinces. The report said that there were estimated to be around 2,000 Daesh fighters hiding in the Makhoul Mountains, where they still had prison facilities and ran “Islamic courts.” The reported quoted Marwan Al-Jabara, a​​ tribal​​ PMF leader in Salahuddin, as saying that there was a “complex” network of roads between the mountain ranges and the Al-Jazeera desert area, which allowed Daesh fighters to move between Diyala, Makhoul, and Mosul to Syria. Al-Jabara said that there was an area of about 400 km2​​ that was not controlled by security, and called for operations with Coalition air support to clear the area.​​ [SotIraq]

 

On Thursday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report saying that the Iraqi Army, security forces, and PMF groups had forcibly disappeared people between 2014 and 2017. The HRW report documented the forced disappearance of 74 men and 4 boys since the start of operations against Daesh. HRW added that the victims were mostly Sunni, and that the Iraqi authorities had not responded to any requests from the victims’ families or from HRW regarding the locations of the disappeared. [Rudaw] [HRW]

 

The Center for Security Information issued a response on Thursday to the HRW report. The Center’s statement said that HRW’s report was “neither professional nor credible,” and accused HRW of “sectarianism” because the HRW report claimed that forced disappearances mostly affected Sunni Arabs. The Center’s statement further criticized HRW for failing to condemn terrorism, and said that the HRW claim that children as young as 9 had been forcibly disappeared was false. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ HRW is not above criticism, but an official response​​ saying,​​ “What about the terrorists?” is weak at best, particularly given that HRW has issued reports on Daesh atrocities before.

 

The Coalition issued its monthly report on civilian casualties. They wrote that in August, they carried over 219 open cases of reported casualties, received 151 new reports, and assessed 60 reports of civilian casualties. Of those 60, 8 were determined to be “credible” and new, 2 were​​ duplicates of​​ previous reports, and 50 were assessed as “non-credible.”​​ The 8 “credible” reports totaled 42 civilians killed in Iraq and 11 civilians killed in Syria. The reports dismissed as “non-credible” were overwhelmingly assessed as having “insufficient evidence.” There are 310 reports still open.​​ The report noted that at least 1,114 total civilians have been inadvertently killed in Coalition strikes since August 2014.​​ [InherentResolve]​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ 42 civilians killed in Iraq is particularly high given that recent Coalition airstrikes have focused almost exclusively on Daesh’s remaining territory in Syria.

 

The Rusafa Central Criminal Court sentenced a person convicted of working for Daesh to life imprisonment. The convict reportedly confessed to belonging to Daesh in 2015 and working to treat wounded Daesh members during their control of Ninewa Province.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a draft resolution to sanction Iranian-backed militias for “threatening the peace or stability of Iraq.” The bill does not name specific militias, but gives the US President the power to impose sanctions on militias found to be “threatening” or “undermining … the democratic process in Iraq.” [BasNews] [ForeignAffairsCommittee] [Congress.gov]

 

The Secretary-General of the Iraqi Ummah Party (part of the minor Civil Democratic Alliance aka Al-Madani alliance), Mithal Al-Alusi, said on Thursday that Iran is seeking to fight the US on Iraqi soil. Al-Alusi alleged that Iran controlled “mercenary militias” within Iraq that would target US interests irrespective of Iraqi law.

 Al-Alusi’s remarks come following statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his deputy Brian Hook saying that the US would retaliate directly against Iran in the case of attacks on US interests by groups deemed to be Iranian proxies. [BasNews]

 

Also see related stories​​ below under Neighboring Countries – Iran

 

BAGHDAD

Iraqi media reported on Thursday that Tara Fares, a model who was formerly Miss Baghdad and Miss Iraq​​ runner up, had been shot dead in Baghdad. The model was known for her social media presence and for representing many brands in their advertisements. [CNNArabic]

A source at the Interior Ministry said that the investigation into Tara Fares’ death was underway. The source said that she had been killed by being shot with 3 bullets. [Sumaria]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that several people were assassinated in Baghdad today including Iraqi Christian model and the former Miss​​ Baghdad Tara​​ Fares, a massage center owner, and a hairdresser in different areas in Baghdad. The killings created anger on social media, with many people accusing pro-Iran militias.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These murders are not separate from the killings of Dr. Suad Al-Hilli and other activists recently. To put things in perspective, during his “faith campaign,” Saddam used his Fedayeen to kill people, publicly and without a trial, after accusing them of different charges like treason or immoral behavior, etc. The goal was to intimidate people into submission. What happens now is no different. Armed militias are using the same tactic. They attack defenseless targets to muddy​​ the waters​​ when​​ a​​ political distraction is needed. And,​​ by the way, many of Saddam’s​​ Fedayeen and their commanders have joined these armed militias,​​ whether​​ Sunni or Shia​​ (see the report below under Daesh​​ Media).​​ Saddam died, but his methods are still alive. And these criminals, whether they claim to be protecting country, religion, or ethics, ignore the fact that killing a human being is the biggest crime anyone can commit against country, religion, or ethics.​​ 

 

ANBAR

Qatari Al-Obeidi, the PMF Commander for Anbar Province, said on Thursday that the operation to sweep the western desert areas of Anbar Province, bordering Ninewa and Salahuddin Provinces, had resulted in the arrest of 40 Daesh members. [FaceIraq]

 

Falluja

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said local authorities shut down the Khalidiya Camp for IDP families after the last group of families returned to their houses in west Anbar.​​ 

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Iraqi Army units found a Daesh safehouse in the Kilo 160 area and destroyed rockets and ammunition within.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed two IFP members, wounded another, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Mtaibija area. [A3maq]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

The Center for Security Information said on Thursday that the Iraqi Air Force had destroyed several Daesh safehouses in the Suleiman Beg area. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

The Center for Security Information said on Thursday that the Federal Police had found 3 Daesh safehouses in the Himrin Hills, which contained explosive belts, foodstuffs, and documents including lists of terrorists’ names.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

Northern Diyala (Khanaqin)

The Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that a suicide bomber had been thwarted in Jalawla district. The Ministry’s statement said that the bomber was carrying 3 explosive devices in total and had attempted to target a military position.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The Center for Security Information said on Thursday that federal security units in Kirkuk Province had arrested 2 Daesh members who were hiding in the Nazrawa IDP camp. [IKH]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that guards of an IFP office in Riyadh shot and killed a suicide bomber who was trying to enter the office. The source said the terrorist wore an IFP uniform. The source sent us a photo of the terrorist.​​ 

 

On Thursday, an IED detonated in Hawija, killing a policeman. [Roj]

 

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

On Thursday, an IED detonated in Daquq, injuring​​ three​​ policemen. [Roj]

 

NINEWA

291 Iraqi refugees returned from various camps in Turkey to their home areas in Ninewa, according to the Ministry of Displacement and Migration. [IraqPress]

 

Makhmur

Federal Police said on Thursday that their 3rd​​ Division had killed 18 Daesh terrorists during a clearing operation in Mount Qarachogh, in Makhmur. The IFP statement added that the division had also found and detonated 13 IEDs, destroyed several Daesh tunnels, and seized other IEDs made with glycerin and C4. [PUKMedia]​​ [Roj]

 

Mosul​​ city

The British newspaper​​ I, a sister publication to the​​ Independent, published on Thursday a report about the suffering of two girls, 9 and 11, whose parents were Daesh leaders killed in an airstrike on Mosul. The report said that the girls are now rejected by their extended families due to their parents’ association with Daesh.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Ninewa Police units captured a Daesh terrorist in the Sumer neighborhood of east Mosul. The source said the police received testimonies from citizens that the terrorist had killed a civilian in the village of Ijhala (Qayara subdistrict) when Daesh was in charge.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

General Jamil Al-Shammari was transferred from Basra Ops Command to head the Defense University, according to a press release from PM Haider Al-Abadi’s office on Thursday. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkey’s opposition​​ BirGün​​ newspaper carried a brief report from Doğan News Agency on an anti-Daesh police operation in the city of Eskişehir. It states that Provincial Police Counterterrorism, Intelligence and Special Operations branch teams staged an anti-Daesh operation this morning. Five people were arrested and taken to the Counterterrorism Branch for interrogation. [BirGün]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We thank our friend in Turkey for summarizing this report.​​ 

 

The HPG reported that on Wednesday, it killed 2 Turkish soldiers in an outpost in Van Province in southeast Turkey with sniper fire. In response, Turkish forces hit the area with rockets and mortar shells. Thursday morning, the HPG​​ attacked a military position​​ in Silopi district,​​ Şırnak​​ Province. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia/Iran/Turkey

The Russian, Iranian, and Turkish Foreign Ministers met in New York in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that all 3 parties were pleased with the recent Russia-Turkey deal to establish a “buffer zone” in Idlib. The Russian statement claimed that the Idlib deal meant the prospect of a “really sustainable process [for a] political settlement” was possible. [PressTV]

 

In a press conference that occurred alongside the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Rouhani stated that the fate of Bashar Al-Assad would be decided by “the Syrian people” in elections. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is noteworthy in that it marks a more conditional support for Al-Assad than Iran has previously expressed.

 

Foreign policy

United States

Coalition spokesman Sean Ryan repeated​​ US​​ Defense Secretary James​​ Mattis’ statement that Coalition forces would stay in Syria after the end of the civil war and continue to support the SDF. Ryan said after fighting ends, Coalition forces would stay to provide support and training to SDF fighters, and to keep Daesh from returning to the region. [Rudaw]

 

On Wednesday, assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Story Karem said, during a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing in Washington, that if US forces in Syria were attacked, then the US would be ready to defend itself. He also said that Iran’s behavior in Syria made a political solution “slim.” [Dorar] [Dvids]

 

The new US Special Representative on Syria, James Jeffery, said in an interview with​​ Asharq Al-Awsat​​ that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad could be removed from power through a constitutional process. He compared this with Nouri Al-Maliki’s removal from power in Iraq, noting that Al-Maliki’s political isolation happened after he failed to keep Daesh from growing, and saying that the same had happened to Al-Assad. [Dorar]

 

On Thursday,​​ Zaman Alwasl​​ reported that Defense Secretary James Mattis blamed Iran for the continuation of the war in Syria, stating that Iran had caused Bashar Al-Assad to remain. ​​ [ZamanAlwasl]

 

Middle East

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said in an interview with​​ Sputnik News​​ on Thursday that the agreement in Sochi between Russia and Turkey over Idlib was “excellent” and a “positive development.” [Dorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

On Thursday, the YPG reported that it launched 2 attacks, each killing a Turkish soldier in Afrin and Rajo. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed an SDF commander, wounded five other fighters, and damaged a vehicle in an attack in Shaddadi city, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it set an SDF military position in Al-Nashwa neighborhood, in Hasaka city, on fire, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

On Thursday,​​ Hawar​​ reported that a civilian was killed and​​ three​​ others were injured in an explosion caused by an IED in the​​ Al-Dar’iya neighborhood of southwest Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

“Escalating” political violence in Idlib Province and surrounding areas has reached its 5th​​ consecutive month, the​​ SOHR​​ noted. The violence began in late April with assassinations, and has claimed many lives in the forms​​ of artillery fire, murder, kidnapping, and IED detonations. [SyriaHR]

 

See also stories​​ above under National News

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces asked the​​ mukhtars​​ of villages in Mayadin and Albu Kamal to provide them with the names of Daesh victims and names of Daesh members. The source said the government would cut salaries and aid from Daesh families, and provide aid to the families of Daesh victims.​​ 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SDF on Thursday took control of​​ the town of Al-Baghouz following fighting with Daesh, aided by Coalition support. The Turkish news agency​​ Anadolu​​ quoted local sources as saying that fighting in Al-Baghouz lasted over 20 hours the day before. Local sources also reportedly said that the town had been shelled to the point of being “very much” destroyed, and that about 25 civilians had been killed in the fighting. [Qasioun]​​ [Anadolu]

 

SDF fighters told​​ Rudaw​​ on Thursday that they had advanced after liberating Al-Baghouz, and that only the village of Al-Susah now remained under Daesh control. They said they were now 1 km from Al-Susah.​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Coalition planes killed 9 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike near Al-Baghouz. The source also confirmed that SDF units have advanced toward the town of Al-Susah.

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it conducted a suicide attack on SDF units in Al-Baghouz.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded SDF members and destroyed a vehicle with several IEDs in Al-Baghouz. [A3maq]

 

On Thursday,​​ Qasioun​​ reported that there has been a large wave of IDPs from Deir Ez-Zor, as a result of the ongoing conflict between Daesh and the Syrian Army and its allied militias in the area. A source said that most IDPs originate from the villages near Al-Baghouz. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that​​ two​​ SDF members were killed and​​ four​​ civilians wounded in a Daesh suicide attack with a vehicle bomb that targeted a checkpoint near Gharanij. The source said Daesh used a vehicle it had stolen earlier in the ongoing battles near Al-Baghouz.

 

On Wednesday evening, 5 Daesh fighters were killed, dozens injured, and a headquarters destroyed in airstrikes by the US-led Coalition near the city of Al-Sha’afa. The strikes also resulted in “destroying the targeted area entirely.” [Qasioun]

 

The​​ SOHR​​ reports that violent conflict continues in Hajin, where the SDF is making new plans to attack Daesh from multiple sides. [SyriaHR]​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 4 Syrian Army members were killed, others wounded, and 5 vehicles destroyed in a Daesh ambush near the town of Al-Salihiya.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Daraa

A branch of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence in Daraa sent notices to 16 youths in Tasil village, saying that they had 10 days before being conscripted into the Army. [Dorar]

 

On Thursday, the​​ SOHR​​ reported that late at night, Daesh killed 1 Syrian Army soldier and injured others in Tal Al-Harra,​​ Daraa Province,​​ in the first confrontation since July. [SyriaHR]

 

Suwayda

On Thursday, the Syrian state-owned media outlet​​ SANA​​ reported that the Syrian Army made a new advance in the Tilul Al-Safa area (aka Al-Safa Hills,​​ the last Daesh bastion in Suwayda), killing “many” Daesh fighters in the advance. [SyriaNow] [SANA] [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Thursday that its snipers killed 2 Syrian soldiers near Al-Safa Hills. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

President​​ Trump addressed the UN General Assembly and accused Iran of sowing “chaos, death, and destruction.” He went on to ask the UN Security Council on Wednesday to help keep Iran from pursuing nuclear capabilities.​​ [USAToday] [BBC]

 

The United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) conference met in New York on​​ Tuesday, on​​ the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.​​ Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir called for regime change in Iran, while UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al-Otaiba called for more external pressure on Iran. Brian Hook, the US State Department special representative on Iran, accused the Iranians of supplying the Houthis in Yemen with the missiles fired at Saudi Arabia and the UAE.​​ US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that the Iranian regime would “face significant consequences” if they did not change their behavior, adding “… we will come after you.”​​ [USAToday]

 

Lebanon

The US House of Representatives passed amendments to the existing law sanctioning the Lebanese Hezbollah, allowing Lebanese MPs who are Hezbollah members to be individually targeted for sanctions. The amendments are awaiting a Senate vote. [AnNahar]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Thursday it destroyed 3 Egyptian Army bulldozers and damaged another with IEDs south of Abu Obeid Farm, west of the​​ El​​ Arish Airport. [ICDNSep27]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Netherlands

Dutch police said that they had foiled a “major terrorist attack” on Thursday evening, and that they had arrested 7 suspects in connection with the planned attack. The police statement said that the arrestees were planning to use explosive belts, Kalashnikov rifles, and a car bomb to carry out the attack. The arrests took place in Arnhem and Weert, southern Netherlands. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Kyrgyzstan

On Thursday,​​ SyriaNow​​ reported that the security in Kyrgyzstan arrested a citizen for recruiting 100 people to join terrorist groups, especially Daesh, in Syria. [SyriaNow]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

A Daesh social media account published on Thursday photos of Ibrahim Sab’awi Ibrahim, a Daesh commander in Salahuddin. The account gives a brief about Ibrahim’s operations with Daesh and claim his was killed in the Baiji battles in 2015. [ICDNSep27]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Ibrahim is Saddam’s nephew. His father is Sab’awi Ibrahim Al-Hassan, Saddam’s halfbrother and the director of​​ the​​ infamous Directorate of General Security. Ibrahim’s brother is Omar Sab’awi, the deputy commander of Saddam’s Fedayeen organization. Regardless of the account’s claim, there is a​​ social media​​ video showing Ibrahim being beaten to death by PMFs somewhere in Salahuddin. ​​ 

 

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September 26, 2018