September 26, 2018
Abd Ul-Mahdi alleged nominated for PM after Beirut meeting [..]
UNDP allocates $40 million for Hawija reconstruction [..]
15 Daesh fighters killed in Anbar desert [..]
Daquq IDP camp closes; IDPs with security issues moved to Laylan [..]
Multiple terrorist network arrests in Mosul [..]
Erdogan says Syria peace process impossible with Al-Assad in power [..]
Source says HTS will refuse to cede territory in Idlib [..]
SOHR says SDF forcibly recruiting youths [..]
Russian, Syrian media claim advances in Al-Safa [..]
France: Iraqi intel foils plot in France [..]
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks military base [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
The independent online publication Al-Monitor published a report on Wednesday saying that compromise PM candidate Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi had been nominated as the result of a Beirut meeting between Al-Sadr, Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and IRGC leader General Qasem Soleimani. Al-Monitor quoted a “Lebanese political source” as saying that the 3 met and agreed on Abd Ul-Mahdi as an acceptable compromise candidate, adding that the main objective of all 3 was to “prevent the US from ruling Iraq once again.” [AlMonitor]
A Gulf newspaper said that the rift between the KDP and the PUK was deepening, writing that KRG President Nechirvan Barzani refused to meet with PUK Presidential nominee Barham Salih. [Sumaria]
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) allocated $40 million for the reconstruction of Hawija and its surrounding villages, and Qasabat Bashir, according to a statement from Kirkuk Governor Rakan Al-Jubouri. Al-Jubouri said that the funds would go to water, electricity, and health projects. [BaghdadPost]
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, refuted claims, which he said were circulating in Iran, that Iran gave Iraq weapons for free to fight Daesh. Amir-Abdollahian noted that Iraq had paid Iran for all weapons received, just as they paid for electricity exports. [BasNews]
Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)
A security source said on Wednesday that a civilian was killed by unidentified gunmen in the Bub Al-Sham area, northeast Baghdad. [Sumaria]
A security source in the Anbar police said on Wednesday that two civilians had been injured in an attack in which a grenade was thrown at the house of a member of Daesh. The source added that the families of Daesh members had returned to the area just a week ago. [FaceIraq]
The Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday that detachments from the Directorate of Military Intelligence had arrested the “mastermind” of a terrorist cell in the Albu Nimr area of Ramadi. The Ministry added that grenade launchers, rocket launchers, machine guns, and other equipment was seized as part of the arrest. [Sumaria]
Al-Jazeera Ops Commander General Qasim Mohammed Salih said on Monday that 15 Daesh members had been killed “deep in the desert.” He said that the killed Daesh members were the same group who had blown up a VBIED at a checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Al-Qa’im earlier. [BaghdadToday]
DaeshDaily comment. The General is referring to the August 29 attack that killed 11, including Iraqi Army troops, PMF fighters, and civilians.
Daesh said it killed four Iraqi Army members and destroyed an SUV with an IED near the Saudi border, on Monday. [A3maq]
As previously reported, a DaeshDaily source had said on Tuesday that 2 Border Guard members were killed and their vehicle destroyed in a roadside IED explosion near the Arar border crossing to Saudi Arabia.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that 4 PMF members, including a commander, were killed at a fake Daesh checkpoint in the Mtaibija area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that a senior PMF commander was severely wounded and 3 of his bodyguards were killed when an IED destroyed their vehicle in the Mtaibija area.
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that Salahuddin Ops Command units, supported by IAA and IAF aircrafts, killed 8 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 safehouses in the Mtaibija area. The source sent us photos of the operation.
Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)
Diyala Ops Command announced that it launched military operations to track Daesh in the cities of Tooz in Salahuddin, Amerli (in Tooz district), and Udhaim (in Al-Khalis district, Diyala). [Roj]
Daesh published on Wednesday photos of a night attack on an Iraqi Army position in the Jalam area of Al-Daur. [ICDNSep26]
Diyala Police Command announced on Wednesday that in 2018 so far, 95 “terrorist networks” had been dismantled in Diyala Province and 601 people arrested. Out of those prosecuted, they said that 12 convicted terrorists had received the death sentence. [Sumaria]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
A security source and eyewitnesses said on Wednesday that Daesh had attacked the village of Gharib, Abbasi subdistrict, northern Hawija, the night before. The source and witnesses said that Daesh fought with the IFP before being driven off. [Shafaaq]
Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)
A member of the (Iraqi) Human Rights Commission, Fadil Al-Gharawi, announced the closure of the IDP camp in Daquq. Al-Gharawi said that this followed the return of 300 families, making up 1500 IDPs total, to their home areas. He said that the security services had closed the camp, and that IDPs with security issues on their files had been moved to the Laylan camp, in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]
Daesh said it set fire to the house of a tribal PMF member in “Al-Qa’an” village, west of Rashad, on Monday. [ICDNSep26]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that Coalition planes and IFP artillery targeted Daesh positions on the Makhmur Mountains, killing 4 terrorists.
The Ninewa Directorate of Intelligence said on Wednesday that they had arrested 5 members of a “terrorist network” in Mosul who were forging official security and military documents. The arrests took place in the neighborhoods of Siddiq, Al-Tahrir, and Al-Zahra, all in east Mosul. A security source independently confirmed the arrests. [BasNews] [Shafaaq]
A DaeshDaily source confirmed on Wednesday that security units captured a Daesh cell of 5 members in different areas in east Mosul. The source said the cell was providing Daesh members with fake IDs in order to send them outside Iraq.
The Center for Security Information said on Wednesday that 11 people had been arrested on terrorism-related charges in Ninewa Province. The Center’s statement said that 8 were arrested in Al-Karama, east Mosul, and 3 others were arrested in Tal Al-Ruman, southwest Mosul. [Sumaria] [Ghad]
The Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday that units under Ninewa Police Command had arrested an escapee from Badoush prison in the Sumer neighborhood of east Mosul. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that Ninewa SWAT units captured a “dangerous” Daesh terrorist who was hiding in the house of a tribal leader in Al-Wahda neighborhood, in east Mosul. The source said the tribal leader, who has several family members in Daesh, had been released from prison after intervention from Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi.
South (Hammam Al-Alil/Qayara)
A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that tribal PMF units freed the family of the mukhtar of Aslubi village, in Qayara. The source said Daesh had kidnapped 5 members of the mukhtar’s family and held them hostage in a deserted house in a nearby village.
A security source in Mosul said that a civilian shot at two Iraqi Army soldiers in the village of Albu Saif, in Hammam Al-Alil, believing them to be Daesh members disguised in Army uniforms. The two soldiers were injured in the incident. [BasNews]
A police source in Ninewa Province said on Wednesday that a PMF group had arrested 4 teachers in the Rabi’a subdistrict without a warrant, on charges of involvement with Daesh. [BasNews]
A security source in Basra Province said on Wednesday that the police had arrested a person accused of throwing a grenade in Abu Al-Khaseeb district, southern Basra. [Sumaria]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
On Tuesday night, while in New York for the meeting of the UN General Assembly, President Erdogan gave an interview to Reuters, in which he said that “radical” groups had begun to withdraw from the demilitarized zone in Idlib (arranged by Turkey and Russia), that the peace process was impossible in Syria while Assad remained in power, and that Turkey would continue to purchase natural gas from Iran despite US sanctions. [Qasioun] [Reuters]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Although Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) said on Monday that it would announce its position on the Idlib agreement within a few days, Arabi21 reported on Wednesday that an anonymous military source that there is widespread refusal within HTS to withdraw from any of the territories under its control. [Arabi21]
At the 73rd UN General Assembly meeting for Countering Terrorism, the Turkish Foreign Minister stated that terrorism continued to be a threat in both Iraq and Syria, including Daesh, Al-Qaeda, the PKK, and the PYD/YPG. [Qasioun]
Rudaw carried an interview with “Troy Cassandra Budagh,” the wife of a former Daesh “emir.” In the interview, the Belgian national said that she had traveled with her husband to Syria via Turkey, and that the Turkish border guards had let her in to Syria without even asking for ID. She said that she had lived in Raqqa for 4 years, while her husband carried out car bombings. After being there for a while, she became concerned about the future of Daesh and wanted to return to France, but her husband refused. When her husband died during the siege of Raqqa, she surrendered to the SDF. She claimed that the Belgian government was currently not helping her to return to Belgium. [Rudaw]
Northwest (No reports)
The SOHR reports that the SDF is continuing its campaign of seizing youths (19 years old and above) in the cities and towns of Hasaka, Raqqa, and Deir Ez-Zor, to involuntarily recruit them into the ranks of the SDF. [SyriaHR]
Daesh said on Wednesday it wounded four SDF members in the Ghuwairan neighborhood of Hasaka city. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Wednesday it wounded four SDF members in an ambush on the road to Umm Madfa’, west of Shaddadi. [A3maq]
Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member in “Umm Zar” village, north of Shaddadi, on Monday. [A3maq]
Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF commander and another SDF member in Tal Hajar village, north of Hasaka, on Tuesday. [A3maq]
Central and West
On Wednesday morning, the SOHR witnessed a car bomb explosion that occurred in Salqin subdistrict in Harem district in Idlib, causing damage. It reported on Monday night that a leader of Tahrir Al-Sham was killed in Maarat Al-Numan. [SyriaHR]
Also see reports above under Turkey – Political Developments, and Syria – National News
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Deir Ez-Zor District
The SOHR witnessed “excessively violent” confrontations between Daesh and the SDF in Al-Shajla, in Al-Susah subdistrict, near the border with Iraq. [SyriaHR]
Turkish state-owned media outlet Anadolu wrote that the PYD killed 10 civilians in Abu Nital village, in Al-Suwar subdistrict, on Tuesday and Wednesday, and that many remaining civilians fled. The source said that the PYD stormed the village the previous day with help from US Apache helicopters, and had told US Coalition forces that the village was hosting dozens of Daesh fighters in order to receive Coalition support. [Anadolu]
DaeshDaily comment. The source makes this report suspect, to say the least – Turkey has a vested interest both in discrediting the SDF and in obscuring the distinction between the SDF and the PYD/YPG. We also trust the Coalition would apply stricter vetting before providing air support than is described here.
Albu Kamal District
Daesh said on Wednesday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Al-Jalaa town, northeast of Albu Kamal subdistrict. [A3maq]
In another report, Daesh called the town “Al-Wala’.” [ICDNSep26]
Daesh said its snipers killed a Syrian Army sniper in Al-Abbas village, northwest of Albu Kamal city, on Monday. [ICDNSep26]
Russian media and Syrian state-owned media announced on Wednesday that the Syrian Army was able to advance hundreds of meters across the rocky area of Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills) and its surrounding areas.
However, the Daesh publication A3maq reported that Daesh killed a general and a lieutenant of the Syrian Army on Tuesday and 4 fighters on Wednesday in Tilul Al-Safa. 3 of those killed on Wednesday were reportedly killed by sniper fire. [EnabBiladi] [SyriaNow] [Qasioun]
Daesh said its snipers killed 3 Syrian soldiers near Al-Safa Hills, on Tuesday. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Wednesday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier near Al-Safa Hills. [A3maq]
Daesh said on Wednesday it killed a Syrian soldier and wounded 3 others in clashes near Al-Safa Hills. [A3maq]
Daesh said it killed more than 25 Syrian soldiers, wounded others, and captured weapons and ammunition while stopping a Syrian Army attack on Al-Safa Hills, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep26]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
On Wednesday, at the first conference on regional security held in Tehran, Secretary of Iranian National Security Ali Shamkhani said that defeated Daesh fighters are moving from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan. The conference was attended by representatives of Iran, Russia, China, India, and Afghanistan. [Qasioun]
DaeshDaily comment. The post-Soviet intergovernmental organization CIS expressed similar concerns about Daesh’s central Asian ambitions yesterday.
Also see report below under “Daesh Media”
On Wednesday, the head of the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, accused the Syrian regime of using Daesh to sabotage the agreements of Sochi ratified between Turkey and Russia. He tweeted on Wednesday that Daesh was “under the command” of the Syrian regime, writing that hundreds of its fighters had transferred from Albu Kamal to Idlib to ruin the Idlib agreement, as had been done in Suwayda. [Qasioun]
DaeshDaily comment. The Islamist Syrian Liberation Front (JTS) also alleged on Monday that there was a similar agreement between Iran and Daesh.
In an interview with CNN, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir accused Iran of allowing Daesh to expand in Syria and Iraq. [Dorar]
Daesh issued on Wednesday photos of its members targeting an Egyptian Army tank with a rocket in Shabana village, south of Rafah. [ICDNSep26]
On Wednesday, UN Special Representative to Libya Ghassan Salame said that armed groups supporting the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army have committed “grave violations” of international human rights law and humanitarian law. [Anadolu]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
A senior security source said on Wednesday that Iraqi intelligence services had stopped a terrorist plot in France. The source said that Iraqi intelligence gave their French counterparts a list of terrorists who were planning operations in France, based on confessions they had received from detained terrorists in Iraq. The French authorities reportedly arrested most of the implicated terrorists quickly, who confessed to being linked to the Iraqi cells and planning terrorist acts in France. The arrests were carried out in Strasbourg and Marseille. [Ghad]
Nigerian troops repelled an attempt by Boko Haram to overrun a military base in the village of Kekeno, Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, on Sunday. Reports said that “dozens” of Boko Haram fighters engaged Nigerian troops in a battle lasting for several hours. A local eyewitness said there were no military casualties, and that the number of Boko Haram casualties was unknown. [DailyMaverick]
Daesh said on Wednesday it ambushed a Nigerian Army 5-vehicle convoy in Abadam town, near Lake Chad, killing seven soldiers and wounding others. [ICDNSep26]
On Wednesday, Daesh threatened Iran with further attacks, having previously claimed responsibility for last Saturday’s attack on a military parade in Ahvaz that killed at least 25, including civilian spectators and children. Daesh spokesman Abu Al-Hassan Al-Muhajir issued a short audio recording praising the attack. He said that the attack “on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards” would not be the last such attack. [BasNews] [ICDNSep26]
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