An Update On ISIS Activities

September 20, 2017

 

Afghani Female Terrorist Captured in Ramadi

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Daesh issues new audio message from Baghdadi. [..]

Iraqi, Turkish pressure increases on KRG leadership. [..]

Coalition spokesman says referendum undermined the war effort. [..]

Daesh threat in Ramadi may not be over. [..]

Coalition airstrike kills 87 Daesh members in Al-Qa’im. [..]

CTS, IFP capture Hawija’s Al-Abbasi city after population starts a revolt. [..]

Iraqi forces move toward Hawija city, Riyadh, Rashad. [..]

 

Syria

33 more Coalition airstrikes hit Raqqa. [..]

Anti-government rescue workers accuse Syrians, Russians of targeting civilians in airstrikes. [..]​​ 

SDF reported close to capturing key city in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Deir Ez-Zor residents moving toward Mayadin to avoid shelling. [..]

Opposition militia attack kills numerous Syrian Army troops in Damascus area. [..]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

 

Daesh released a new audio message from its leader Awwad Baghdadi, who had not spoken since November 2016, in which he mentions North Korea’s “nuclear threat to the US” The audio suggests he remains alive despite speculation over his fate.​​ 

 ​​ ​​​​ “The North Koreans have begun threatening America and Japan with nuclear power, and the Americans, Russians and Europeans live terrified in fear of strikes from the mujahedeen,” he said.​​ The 45-minute audio message, distributed by the group’s Al-Furqan media organization on “official” Daesh channels​​ using​​ the encrypted app Telegram, is filled with conservative religious speech and references to Islamic history.​​ 

 ​​ ​​​​ In his last speech in November 2016, Baghdadi delivered a typical edict about the fight against the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad, and a call for the targeting of Shia Muslims. But the main message was that the group’s fighters must continue the battle for Mosul, the city​​ then​​ in the midst of a siege by Iraqi ground forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition.

 ​​ ​​​​ Now, after Mosul’s liberation in July, Baghdadi says that this speech “should not link between losing territory and truth,” in reference to the group’s dwindling hold​​ on territory​​ in Iraq and Syria.​​ He speaks of some of the group’s fallen population centers, saying he is “certain that bloodshed in Mosul, Raqqa, Sirte, Ramadi and Hama will eventually lead to the downfall of tyrants.”​​ 

 ​​ ​​​​ Baghdadi goes on to say that American complacency had allowed Russia to take “control of the Syria portfolio,”​​ calling Russia​​ the country leading the battle to liberate the group’s last remaining Syrian stronghold in Deir Ez-Zor. In terms of targeting, Baghdadi points to attacks against the US and Iran. He also attacks Turkey and calls​​ it “Muslim Brotherhood apostate” and said it fears Kurdistan independence. He​​ told​​ his terrorists not to surrender or negotiate. [YouTube] [Newsweek] [WatanSerb] [ICDNSep28]

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Thursday, a CoR source​​ said that​​ Jan Kubis, the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq​​ (UNAMI)​​ was blocking communications​​ from the KRG. Kubis and his close affiliates turned off their phones in order not to answer KRG requests for the Iraqi government to back away from the decisions regarding the air ban and distributing forces in disputed areas, as well as other decisions expected to go into effect. Kubis had described the referendum as illegitimate.​​ 

The same source says Kurdish politicians became unsettled by seeing the unexpected extent of the hostility toward its referendum, which is leading to international and regional embargoes in addition to Baghdad’s. [Buratha] [Independent]

 

However, a​​ KRG spokesman denied media reports about Kubis turning his phone off with Kurdish officials. He says the KRG is in continuous contact with all international parties to solve the problems. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The KRG’s Council of Ministers issued a statement saying it rejects the resolutions of the Iraqi government and COR because the resolutions are illegal and unconstitutional. [Rudaw] ​​ 

 

Iraq’s President, Fuad Masoum, says the KRG referendum was constitutional but unilateral secession by the KRG is not. He also says it is wrong to use neighboring countries to threaten citizens inside Iraq.​​ [ROJ]

 

Coalition spokesman, Col. Ryan Dillon, says the KRG referendum negatively affected the efforts to fight Daesh in Iraq. He says the focus is not on Daesh now, as it was before the referendum. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is exactly the problem. The referendum distracted from the military effort, just as UN and foreign countries feared, and which Barzani​​ insisted would not happen.

 

Prime Minister Abadi received a phone call from the UK’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Boris Johnson, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. Johnson confirmed the UK position to preserve Iraq’s unity. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

The UK’s Ministry of Defense says its planes conducted more than 1,340 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq and 262 in Syria during the last 3 years. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

A Shia COR member says Iraq and Turkey agreed to shut down the oil pipeline​​ going through Kurdistan and activate the pipe that goes through Mosul. He also says the two countries agreed to shut down the Ibrahim Al-Khalil Border Crossing between Turkey and Kurdistan and open another one through the Tal Afar area.​​ [Arabi21]

 

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, warned that the Kurdistan referendum was a dangerous step which destabilizes the region. The Iraqi Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanimi, arrived in Tehran Wednesday evening to discuss military co-operation in light of the referendum. [Buratha]

 

Turkish PM, Ben Ali Yildirim, made an announcement on Thursday about an upcoming Iraqi-Turkish-Iranian meeting to discuss the Kurdistan referendum, according to the Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath channel. Deputy Turkish PM Bekir Bozdag announced earlier on Thursday the suspension of Turkey’s Peshmerga training program and there will be a meeting between Iraqi PM, Haidar Al-Abadi, and his Turkish counterpart, Ben Ali Yildirim soon. [Buratha]

 

Iraqi PM Haidar Al-Abadi and Turkish PM Ben Ali Yildirim discussed, in a phone call, the relationship between the two countries and updates on the Kurdistan referendum. [Buratha]

 

A State of Law COR representative, Sadeq Saleh, said Erbil will pay the price if it does not abide by the Iraqi constitution and laws. A war could erupt between Iraq and Kurdistan if Erbil does not abide by the Iraqi government’s order to hand over airports and border crossings. He also said the Iraqi government is taking rapid steps to resolve the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil to avoid bloodshed. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the Head of the Uniters for Reform Coalition (Sunni) in the CoR, Dhafer Al-Ani, stated that the Kurdistan referendum is a political issue which should be solved within the political​​ framework.​​ He rejected intimidation by foreign military powers, putting emphasis on the importance of dialogue and stopping speech that encourages national hatred. ​​ [SotIraq]

 

Salim Shawqi, a CoR member from the National Wisdom Movement (Ammar Al-Hakim’s new party), said there were two proposed directions within the CoR with respect to suspending representatives and employees who participated in the KRG referendum. The decision will be made by a vote. Shawqi reiterated the illegitimacy of the referendum, saying it was an individual act meant to make a certain statement. [Sumaria]

 

In a press conference Omed Khoshnaw, a KDP​​ parliament member, confirmed Thursday that the Kurdish Parliament will meet to devise a response to the Iraqi CoR’s decisions. He says Kurdistan has some cards to play. The parliament has already formed a committee to respond to the CoR. [Sumaria]

 

US political experts and former officials had lots of opinions on what the referendum means for the US involvement in Iraq. Several of the reactions were compiled by Sot Iraq:

  • Former US officials said the holding of the referendum was a big blow to the US, as for years the US has sacrificed millions of dollars and thousands of troops to prevent an Iraqi partition.

  • James Jeffrey, former US Ambassador to Iraq, called the referendum a huge setback for the US; it takes away the US stance that only the US can maintain Iraqi unity. He says the Trump Administration underestimated the growing Iranian influence, adding the KRG referendum was partly due to the Kurdish fear of Iraq being subdued by Iranian power and armed Shiite factions.​​ 

  • Others said the holding of the referendum makes it difficult for the US to prevent Shia-majority Iran from filling the void left by Daesh’s defeat with armed Shiite factions and their allies in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.

  • Robert Ford, former US Ambassador to Syria, said the fact that Kurdistan followed through with the referendum shows a decline in US credibility.

  • One view is that the referendum gives the KRG more room to negotiate for an independent Kurdistan by inflaming separatism. This could impede US efforts to stabilize Iraq and end the presence of Daesh and similar groups.

  • Peter Galbraith, former US diplomat with Kurdish connections, said the Trump administration mistakenly thought Barzani would be able to handle the severe reaction to canceling the referendum, which the US had called for days before.

  • However, another expert said the Kurds consider the referendum a historic step in the generational effort toward statehood in Kurdistan.

  • One reason cited by experts for the referendum’s failure​​ to meet its real objectives​​ was that Barzani, in his old age, thought establishing an independent Kurdish state would be his legacy.​​ [SotIraq]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Hawija (4), Ramadi (2), and near Al-Qa’im (3). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

The MoI spokesman says Daesh is using a new tactic to attack civilians in “safe areas” in Iraq. He says Daesh terrorists are moving around carrying bags filled with explosives. He says security units​​ recently killed 3 terrorists, who were carrying bags and intending to attack Shia pilgrims in the Baghdad area.​​ [Arabi21]

 

Security-related incidents reported

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

A police source says three members of a tribal PMF​​ fighter’s​​ family were injured in a grenade attack on their home in the Al-Karaghoul​​ area. [Sumaria]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command announced the arrest of a man on charges of terrorism,​​ for detonating mortar rounds in the Al-Ghazaliya area. The suspect admits to committing several terrorist attacks in the Al-Ghazaliya area. [Baghdadia] [BOC Facebook Page]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A Baghdad Operations spokesman says 40 terrorists were killed​​ yesterday​​ and 3 arrested in Daesh’s attack on Ramadi. [Ghad]

 

The Commander of​​ Anbar​​ Operations said a Coalition airstrike killed 20 Daesh terrorists in the Western Ramadi desert. [Sumaria]

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh announced a general alert in Al-Qa’im preparing for a major Daesh attack on an unspecified location in Anbar. The source says the attack comes to “avenge” the Daesh terrorists who were killed by Iraqi forces in the Ramadi area yesterday.​​ 

 

Wednesday, PMF media said the PMF sent military reinforcements to the Al-Tash​​ and Al-Ankur​​ areas​​ south of​​ Ramadi​​ city​​ after Wednesday’s dawn attack. [Mawazin]

A security source says a CTS unit conducted a search in the Al-Tash area and killed a Daesh Syrian terrorist who was hiding in a house in the area. [Sumaria]​​ 

In this week’s issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine, Daesh says its terrorists attacked several areas south and west of Ramadi city, including the Anbar University compound, on Wednesday. It says it killed more than 60 Iraqi soldiers, including 10 officers, wounded 80, and captured an officer and a soldier. Daesh says its terrorists used the security vacuum created when Iraqi forces started the military operations in northwest Anbar.​​ [ICDNSep28]

 

A security source says Daesh targeted areas in west Ramadi with rockets and mortars without causing casualties. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Iraqi soldiers captured then killed a Daesh terrorist west of Ramadi (photos.) [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In order to avoid being blocked by Facebook, photos of executions or dead bodies are hidden in the first comment usually.​​ 

 

Iraqi forces destroyed 5 Daesh vehicles in the Ramadi desert (photos.) [Facebook]​​ 

 

A security source says an Iraqi Army unit captured a Daesh female Afghani terrorist near Ramadi. [Ghad]​​ 

Her photo was published on social media. [Facebook]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Albu Nimr Tribal PMFs killed 5 Daesh terrorists, including 3 who blew themselves up when they were surrounded, northeast of Haditha (photos.) [Facebook]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A security source says Coalition planes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh in the Al-Qa’im area, killing 87 terrorists and destroying 24 vehicles. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A PMF brigade commander said the PMFs and the Iraqi Army repelled a Daesh attack in the​​ Harariyat area​​ in the Makhoul​​ Mountains. [Harbi]

Daesh says its snipers killed four PMF fighters near the Thermal Station (Harariyat) area yesterday. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers in an attack in the Maidan area, east of Tikrit. It says it shot down 2 PMF recon drones near the same area yesterday. It also says its snipers killed five PMF fighters and wounded another. [A3maq] ​​ 

 

DIYALA

The​​ Dijla Operations Commander​​ said his units​​ arrested 5 men on​​ terrorism​​ charges in different parts of Diyala province.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers and damaged a car in an ambush in the Anbakiya area, in Khan Bani Saad. [A3maq]

 

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

The Military Intelligence Service says security units raided a Daesh guesthouse in the Dahila area in Al-Khalis, and confiscated 3 explosives vests. It says terrorists intended to use the vests to attack Shia pilgrims. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Chairman of the Energy Committee in the Diyala Provincial Council says security units are not allowing fuel tanks to enter Khanaqin. An informed source says the move came to punish disputed areas that participated in the KRG referendum.​​ [ROJ]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The IWMC says the Hawija liberation operations are nearing Kirkuk. The IWMC said the 88th​​ Brigade fighters and other Iraqi factions completed their necessary preparations and received training in​​ anticipation of the final phase of the Hawija liberation operations. It added​​ that​​ the 88th​​ Brigade is already situated along a defense line near the​​ Himrin​​ Mountains. [IraqPress]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A member of the Hawija District Council says joint CTS and IFP units captured Al-Abbasi city and 8 nearby villages. The source says the units moved on toward​​ Riyadh in Hawija and Rashad in Daquq District. [Sumaria]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says that before Iraqi forces entered Abbasi, people of the city revolted against Daesh and killed 4 terrorists.​​ 

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces crossed Al-Zab River and are 6 km (4 miles) away from Hawija city. The source says Iraqi forces are advancing rapidly and Daesh fighters are fleeing without fighting. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

[See lead Hawija story above]

 

A PUK official says Coalition planes targeted a Daesh military office in Tal Al-Eida village in Daquq District, killing 12 terrorists, including a military commander, and destroying the office and 2 vehicles. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

West​​ Mosul

Thursday, a Civil Defense source reported finding 21 civilian corpses, including women and children, in the rubble of houses bombed by Daesh in Old Mosul, bringing the number of corpses found to over 2,000. The corpses have been identified, and search operations are underway. [Buratha]

 

Southern Ninewa

Baaj

A PMF commander said the PMFs repelled an attack by 12 Daesh vehicles targeting PMF positions on the border with Syria. [Ghad]

 

KURDISTAN

Thursday, the Turkish Minister of Defense,​​ Nurettin Canikli, said there is a noticeable increase in the number of terrorists in northern Iraq, saying Turkey will do whatever it takes to deter the increasing threats in those areas. Canikli pointed out the sensitivity of the status in northern Iraq which has a mix of ethnicities and sects, and a Kurdish secession could​​ mean the beginning of never-ending wars which will affect the entire world. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The most serious problem coming out of this referendum mess is it has encouraged an even worse level of interference by Turkey in Iraq’s affairs.​​ Every statement has to be read between the lines, where it does not read so well.​​ The Turks are pretending concern about Iraq, but in reality their actions are not motivated by a desire to help Iraq.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Thursday, a judicial source in the Basra Court of Appeals​​ said the criminal court in Basra ordered​​ the​​ execution of a terrorist for detonating an IED, in collaboration with others, in front of a civilian’s house in the Al-Qatoun area in Diyala,​​ in April 2012. The court issued two more life sentences​​ on​​ the same terrorist​​ for​​ two similar crimes in Diyala in 2012. [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish President Erdogan met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the presidential compound in Ankara. Putin said after the meeting that Russia’s position regarding the KRG referendum is well-known. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Wednesday saying it respects the aspirations of the Kurdish people to have their own state, and also it supports Iraq’s unity and sovereignty. ​​ [Anadolu] [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Turkey’s Minister of Trade says the Khabur Border Crossing with northern Iraq is still open, but it might get closed, depending on political developments.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement warning citizens about going to northern Iraq because of potential security threats resulting from the referendum.​​ [Anadolu]

 

A Turkish security source told Anadolu Agency that Turkish counterterrorism teams stopped 16 out of 20 suspected​​ PKK​​ terrorists in concurrent raids on nine Istanbul neighborhoods on Thursday. The security bureau had received data from intelligence about locations used by the PKK to recruit young men. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The YPG released the names of seven of its fighters who were killed between September 22 and 25 during their participation in Al-Jazeera Storm​​ in Deir Ez-Zor​​ and the campaign to liberate Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

The General Staff of the Syrian opposition revealed there was a meeting held on Tuesday​​ with the participation of the president of the Commission, Colonel Fadhil Alaa​​ Al-Hajabi, and his deputy,​​ Col.​​ Haitham Al-Afisi. The Commission confirmed​​ that​​ a structure will be established to form a national army, representing all of the forces of the revolution. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We don’t know what to make of these stories about forming a new national army. The war against Daesh in Syria is already grinding to an end, with Syrian government forces gaining ground every day. Conceding the good intentions here, this initiative seems to be much too late. We wonder if they know something we can’t see.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 35 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (33), and near Deir Ez-Zor (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Strong clashes continue between the SDF and Daesh in the center of Raqqa city, resulting in the deaths of 15 Daesh terrorists since last night. [Hawar]

 

The Sur News network says two American soldiers were killed Wednesday during fighting between Daesh and the SDF in Raqqa city. [Dorar]

 

SOHR reported two young men were killed in mine explosions in Raqqa and its vicinity. This brings the number of victims killed by mines left by Daesh between June to September this year to 146, including 33 children and 9 civilian women. The victims were killed as they tried to escape Daesh-controlled areas of Raqqa to SDF controlled areas. Dozens of wounded civilians were also reported. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three SDF fighters, including a sniper, and wounded another in Hay Al-Thakana and Hay Al-Kahraba’. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged an SDF Humvee and a Bulldozer with 2 rockets in Hay Al-Kahraba’. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed four SDF fighters in clashes in Hay Al-Murur. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These are places generally in the center of the city. The stories are another example of Daesh publishing “victorious” stories about places it has already lost.​​ 

 

East of Raqqa

The SDF is preparing an​​ operation to eliminate Daesh from the village of Raqqa Samra, two miles east of Raqqa city, where clashes​​ between the SDF and Daesh​​ are already occurring.​​ [Hawar] [Dorar]

 

The SDF seized a cache​​ of Daesh ammunition in Kasrat village. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The Turkish Army and its supporting militias continue to attack towns and villages in Afrin, injuring civilians.​​ Many shells​​ have​​ fallen​​ on civilian houses in the region. [Hawar]

A Hawar news correspondent says the Turkish Army bombed Qatma village in Afrin. There is no information as to whether there were casualties. [Hawar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Rescue workers from the Syrian opposition say Russian and Syrian planes have killed more than 150 civilians and wounded dozens more in​​ a little​​ more than a week in the Idlib province. The shelling began after a 6-month hiatus, as armed groups led by the Al-Qaeda branch in Syria have launched a series of large-scale attacks on the areas under the Syrian Army’s control in northern Hama. According to Reuters, an opposition civil defense rescue worker said they have received 152 bodies and rescued 279 civilians since the renewed heavy shelling. Six​​ hospitals have been destroyed and the raids have targeted power plants and IDP camps filled with civilians. Thousands of families have fled towns for rural areas to distance themselves from the daily shelling. [Hawar]

 

The UN refuses to hold Russia and the Syrian Army responsible for targeting hospitals and medical centers in Idlib city and its surrounding areas. Jan Egeland, the UN humanitarian adviser in Syria, condemned the bombings of 5 hospitals and 2 humanitarian aid warehouses in Idlib, but did not hold any party responsible for the crimes. Egeland said “It is not clear who carried out these​​ attacks.” Egeland called for a system that allows warring parties to protect civilians and medical facilities. [Dorar]

 

A young girl was killed by shrapnel from a shell dropped on Nile​​ Street in Aleppo. The shelling targeted locations in three areas, with no reported injuries. The Syrian​​ airstrikes​​ also targeted areas in the Burj Al-Azzawi village south​​ of​​ Aleppo; the Al-Siyala village in Jabal Al-Huss in the same​​ area; and Haiyan town north​​ of​​ Aleppo​​ city. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

With Russian air support, the Syrian Army and its supporting militias have been able to tighten their control over several villages in the Aqairbat​​ subdistrict. [Qasioun]

 

A Syrian Army Brigadier says a high ranking Syrian Army officer was killed along with ten others in his unit in clashes with Syrian opposition factions in villages in Hama. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reported areas of the Shahshabu​​ Mountain in northwestern Hama were targeted by warplanes​​ at​​ midnight on Wednesday. Other airstrikes took place​​ around​​ Qasr​​ Ibn​​ Wardan​​ village 37 miles northeast of​​ Hama, Al-Sermaniya village​​ on Ghab​​ Plain in northwestern Hama, and​​ parts of​​ Rahjan village in northeastern Hama. [SyriaHR]​​ 

Syrian warplanes targeted Qasr Ibn Wardan village​​ in​​ eastern​​ Hama. [Hawar]

SOHR reported Syrian​​ airstrikes​​ targeted the Tuwal Dabbaghin, Qasr​​ Ibn Wardan, Kafr Zita, Al-Lataminah, and Morek, resulting in damage but no​​ reported​​ losses​​ of life. [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

Battles broke out between the Syrian Army and Daesh in the Hamima area in eastern Homs, in an attempt by the Syrian Army to advance east towards Jubb Al-Jarrah, Al-Shomariya, and Al-Sha’er. Nine Syrian Army soldiers were killed near Jubb Al-Jarrah. [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Army and its supporting militias took control of Shuwaiha village from Daesh, near Jubb​​ Al-Jarrah. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reported in Homs​​ that​​ the clashes between Syrian​​ forces​​ and Daesh are ongoing east of Homs city. The Syrian Army is attempting to continue advancing into the Jubb Al-JarrahShomariyaAl-Sha’er triangle, 50 km​​ (31 miles)​​ to the east of Homs city. The Syrian Army​​ hopes​​ to expel Daesh from this area​​ within a few days. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it attacked government forces south of Sukhnah city, killing 100 soldiers and capturing hills overlooking the city. It says the battles are still ongoing. [ICDNSep28]

Daesh says it captured Al-Tantour Mountain, near Sukhnah [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SDF offensive

Strong clashes continue between the SDF and Daesh in Al-Sur town. The SDF managed to kill suicide terrorists wearing explosives​​ belts before they reached their targets. The SDF controls 50% of Al-Sur. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it attacked 2 SDF military positions on the road between Sur and Salhiya, killing four fighters, damaging a military vehicle, and destroying the two positions, before returning safely. [ICDNSep28] ​​ 

 

SOHR was informed that Coalition warplanes carried out more raids targeting Daesh in Al-Sur and other areas in the northern Deir Ez-Zor, concurrently with clashes with Daesh on one hand, and the SDF on the other in the Al-Sur vicinity. The SDF was able to advance in the Al-Sur periphery, as it seized two villages nearby. The SDF is still attempting to seize Al-Sur itself. It is expected that in the ensuing hours the Al-Jazeera Storm operation forces will capture the rest of Al-Sur. SOHR had published earlier that the SDF had expanded its control over half of Al-Sur amid continued mutual shelling. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian Army offensive

Qasioun reported that the Syrian Army and its supporting militias have completely stopped military operations near Deir Ez-Zor city following the killing of the Russian general. [Qasioun]

 

However, SOHR reported violent clashes between the Syrian government forces and Daesh after a violent Daesh attack on areas south of Al-Shula and Kabajab towns on the Deir Ez-Zor-Damascus road. Daesh is trying to block the main road, controlled by the Syrian Army. The clashes are​​ accompanied by intense mutual shelling. Human and material losses have been confirmed. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it launched counterattacks on Syrian and Russian units in several areas in Deir Ez-Zor. It says it recaptured Shula and Kabajab villages after killing 65 Syrian and Russian soldiers, wounding “tens,” capturing 2 Russian soldiers and a Syrian soldier, and destroying 4 tanks. It also says it recaptured Albu Omar and Jabila villages after a suicide attack conducted by a Taji terrorist, killing 15 soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a tank and 3 military vehicles. Daesh says 2 of its terrorists attacked Syrian Army units in Al-Marai’ya village, southeast of Deir Ez-Zor, and destroyed 3 rocket launchers and killed Syrian and Russian soldiers who operated the launchers. It says one of the terrorists blew himself up on a group of soldiers, while the other returned safely. [A3maq] [ICDNSep28]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed 33 Syrian soldiers and a Russian soldier in battles near Shula. [A3maq]​​ 

 

The Mara’iya area in eastern Deir Ez-Zor city was attacked violently by Daesh, concurrently with the Daesh and Syrian forces’ clashes on the Damascus-Deir Ez-Zor road. At the same time, a vehicle​​ bomb​​ targeted Syrian government forces’ locations in the area near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport. Human losses and injuries were reported. Clashes are also taking place in Al-Sinaa and other areas.

Hours earlier. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian and Russian troops in a school in Madhloum village with a vehicle bomb, killing “tens” of soldiers and destroying 6 vehicles. [ICDNSep28]

 

The Syrian Army killed four civilians in their car on the road between Al-Kasra and Zaghir in western Deir Ez-Zor.​​ 

Local sources say a Russian airstrike killed six civilians in Marat in Eastern Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [Qasioun]

 

While denying there was any talk on the matter, the Syrian Foreign Minister said Russia does not need to build a military base in Deir Ez-Zor. The agreement between Syria and Russia is that the Russians have the Tartus and Khmeimim bases. He reiterated that Russia’s military presence in Syria is legitimate and the Syrian government gave its consent for the Russian presence. [Dorar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Albu Omar village, between Mayadin and Deir Ez-Zor. The photos show a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb conducted by a Tajik terrorist in addition to photos of spoils its terrorists got. [ICDNSep28]​​ 

 

Mayadin

Villages and towns near Deir Ez-Zor are witnessing a mass exodus towards eastern towns in Deir Ez-Zor. This comes after shelling of villages and towns to the northeast of Deir Ez-Zor, which resulted in the death and wounding of many civilians. [Qasioun]

 

According to SOHR, the Syrian Air Force escalated its shelling on the remaining villages east of the Euphrates, namely: Khasham, Jadida Aqaidat, Jadid Bakara, Al-Dahla, and Al-Sabha. 4 members of a single family were killed in Jadid Bakara, two of whom were civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says​​ aircraft, presumed to be Coalition, conducted several raids on areas in Mayadin.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in the Mayadin area, killing an Uzbek explosives expert and his local assistant. The source also says warplanes targeted a Daesh house on Street 40 (Arba’in) in Mayadin city, killing at least 11 terrorists.

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

There were clashes between the Syrian Army and the Al-Rahman Corps, an Islamist rebel group,​​ between​​ the Al-Jobar​​ neighborhood in Damascus​​ and Ain Tarma,​​ just​​ east of the capital, which resulted in the death of a number of Syrian Army soldiers. There was artillery and rocket fire which resulted in a number of civilian deaths and injuries. [Hawar]

 

According to SOHR,​​ clashes between Syrian​​ forces​​ and Daesh​​ between​​ Al-Mutahalaq​​ in Jobar​​ and​​ the​​ outskirts of Ain Tarma are ongoing. There were confirmed deaths and injuries within the Syrian Army and its supporting militias.​​ Areas​​ around the city of​​ Harasta​​ in Damascus’ northeastern suburbs​​ have been subjected to shelling by Syrian government forces, causing damage.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daraa

SOHR was informed, Thursday morning, that unknown assailants assassinated a former fighter with a combat brigade. He was shot in front of his house in Al-Yadouda town​​ near​​ Daraa. [SyriaHR]

 

Quneitra

Syrian government forces targeted areas in Tal Masahara in central Quneitra with heavy machine guns, causing damage. An IED explosion was heard on the town’s periphery. [SyriaHR]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Philippines

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Philippine Army boats in clashes near Balut Island, west of Marawi. It also says it killed two soldiers in clashes in the Badian area, in Marawi.​​ [A3maq]

 

Nigeria

Daesh publishes photos of “its” agriculture in the Chad Lake area. [ICDNSep28]​​ 

DaeshDaily​​ comment. The aim of publishing photos of melon and pepper is to say that Daesh still has its “Wilayat West Africa” up and running.​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi soldiers rescue children near Tal Afar. The children’s mothers had abandoned them and blown themselves up. [Facebook]​​ 

 

IAA aircrafts destroy Daesh vehicles in Anbar. [MoD]

 

A Daesh vehicle bomb, hidden in a shop, attacks Iraqi forces in the Zarqa area in Tooz. [Facebook]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes the 99th​​ issue of its Naba magazine. In this issue, Daesh publishes the speech of Baghdadi in addition to reports about its last week’s​​ attacks in Iraq, Syria, and other countries. It also published​​ infographics​​ about its attacks in Egypt during the last Hijri (lunar) year. [ICDNSep28]​​ 

 

 

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