An Update On ISIS Activities

November 16, 2018

 

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Daesh Tunnel in Shirqat (DD Nov 14)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CoR committee proposes to take government cars away from CoR members & other officials. [..]

Baghdad, Erbil strike new oil export deal. [..]

 

Turkey

US denies it will extradite Fethullah Gulen to reduce heat on Saudis​​ [..]

 

Syria

Putin, Erdogan set meeting to discuss Syria constitution committee. [..]

UNICEF says 870 children have died in eastern Syria this year. [..]

Syrian Army, jihadists killing each other in “demilitarized” Latakia. [..]

SOHR highlights plight of 584 women,​​ 1,248​​ children in SDF-run IDP camps. [..]

Daesh formalizes its human shields strategy in Albu Kamal.​​ [..]

Syrian Army struggling to close Daesh out in Suwayda desert. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Saudi Arabia: ​​​​ CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi assassination.​​ [..]

Yemen: ​​​​ World Food Program warns of impending famine in Yemen due to war.​​ [..]

Egypt:​​ Egyptian observatory says Daesh showing signs of being bankrupt. [..]

Nigeria:​​ Nigerian Air Force battles Daesh in northeast Nigeria. [..]

Chad:​​ US providing boats, military vehicles to Chad to fight Boko Haram.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

The​​ Legal​​ Committee of the CoR proposed a draft law​​ on Friday that would strip state officials of “privileges that they have gained over the past years” to​​ cut costs.” The legal committee said in a statement that the proposed law would comprise 3 parts. First, it bans officials (including CoR​​ members) from having government cars and other financial privileges. Secondly, it would​​ take back​​ all government cars and auction them.​​ Zaman Al-Wasl​​ notes that the proposal came​​ after​​ a threat from​​ Moqtada​​ Al-Sadr on​​ Twitter on Thursday, wherein he threatened to strip officials of their support if they continued to vote for their own personal interests and privileges.​​ [Zamanalwasl]

 

Corruption

Demonstrators in Baghdad demanded​​ the dismissal of the governor of the Iraqi Central Bank from his position. The CoR​​ is expected to investigate how 7 billion​​ Iraqi dinars​​ stored in public bank coffers​​ were lost. The governor says that the dinars were destroyed in a flood in 2013. [Basnews]​​ [National]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Baghdad and Erbil have struck a new deal to export between 50,000 and 100,000 barrels of oil daily from Kirkuk, after oil​​ cooperation​​ stopped between the 2 entities about a year ago.​​ Basnews​​ reports that the White​​ House welcomed​​ this​​ new development. [Basnews] [Aljazeera]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Former Interior Minister​​ of Iraq​​ and Badr Organization commander,​​ Baqir Jaber Al-Zubeidi​​ says​​ that interrogations of Saudi terrorists conducted by the ministry​​ under his command in 2005-2006​​ revealed that the Saudi government was allowing terrorists to enter neighboring​​ states​​ from which​​ they would enter Iraq without Saudi official knowledge.​​ Regarding the Khashoggi assassination, Al-Zubeidi said that Saudi officials were attempting to spare some involved officials from blame, such as​​ Khalid Bin Ali Al-Humaidan, the Director of Saudi’s General Intelligence Directorate.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

On Friday, a senior​​ foreign policy​​ representative for the European Union told Abd Ul-Mahdi over the phone that the EU approves of the​​ new​​ Iraqi government. He stated that the EU would support Iraq politically, financially, and in security issues. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad emergency police said it found an ammunition cache buried underground in Ameriya containing TNT, IEDs, other explosives, and detonators. The cache was reported by civilians in the area. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A security source in Anbar says a bomb attached to a car exploded​​ on Street 17 in Ramadi city, causing damage. [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ PMF commander of the west Anbar sector says PMF units are ready for any emergencies on the​​ Iraqi-Syrian borders. He says that the​​ top PMF leaders​​ in west Anbar​​ have​​ discussed​​ the​​ security and logistical situation in​​ Al-Qa’im and broader areas. [Rudaw]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh said on Friday it wounded five tribal PMF members and damaged 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs in the Tilul Al-Baj area. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

Daesh issued photos of targeting a tribal PMF position in the Tilul Al-Baj area with 2 Katyusha rockets. [ICDNNov16]​​ Daesh had reported the attack on Wednesday.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that PMF units captured a Daesh member near the Makhoul Mountains.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded two tribal PMF members, including a commander, and destroyed a vehicle with an IED in the Albu Juwari area. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the​​ Siniya​​ area, northwest Baiji, on Thursday. [ICDNNov16]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it shot and wounded an Iraqi​​ soldier​​ in the Al-Qatoun area, west of Baquba, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed a policeman in Abu Qarma village, in the Al-Waqf area northeast of Baquba, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said it targeted the Shia area of Abu Saida with a Katyusha rocket on Thursday. [ICDNNov16]

 

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

Daesh said it targeted​​ a​​ tribal PMF gathering in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, with 5 mortar shells, on Thursday. [ICDNNov16]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In​​ such reports, when Daesh says “gatherings” it basically means civilian locations.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The IFP says its 6th​​ division and affiliated units destroyed 4 Daesh depots and 4 tunnels in an operation that covered 6 villages. General Raed Shakir Jawdat, an IFP commander, says 8 IEDs and other explosives were also destroyed.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it killed one IFP member and wounded two others in an attack with machine guns on their military position near Al-Kifah village, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near Al-A’waj village, west of Riyadh. [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded tribal PMF​​ members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Hay​​ Ash​​ village,​​ south of​​ Hawija​​ city. [ICDNNov16]

 

NINEWA

No reports

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Imam Ali Regiments, a PMF faction, arranged a protest in Abbasiya in Basra,​​ demonstrating against the US decision to place their commander Shibil Al-Zaidi on​​ a​​ list​​ of supporters of terrorism. The protesters said​​ that they’d take action against any US decision against them. They burned American and Israeli flags.​​ [Marbid]

 

On Friday evening,​​ demonstrators in Basra blocked roads​​ with burning tires​​ to​​ protest​​ delays​​ in meeting their demands. Locals said that there were “many” youth taking part in the demonstration and that they demanded basic services, employment, and accountability for corrupt officials.​​ [Basnews]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS​​ 

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The State Department has denied a report claiming the Trump administration was mulling how to extradite Gulen. The move was reportedly designed to ease pressure on ally Saudi Arabia after a journalist was murdered.

The US is studying the motivations of a Turkish request to extradite preacher Fethullah Gulen, the US state department said Thursday.

NBC News earlier reported that the White House was attempting to send Gulen, despite reportedly holding permanent residency, to​​ placate President Erdogan at a time when he is agitated by the standoff with Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told AFP news agency it rejected that report. “We have received multiple requests from the Turkish government… related to Mr. Gulen,” Nauert said. “We continue to evaluate the material that the Turkish government presents requesting his extradition.”

She said there was no relation between those extradition requests and the Turkish backlash to continued American support of Saudi Arabia.​​ She said that the White House “has not been involved in any discussions related to the extradition of Fetullah Gulen.“​​ [DW]

Turkey has reacted angrily to suggestions that it might tone down its attack on Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi if the US agrees to extradite​​ Fethullah Gulen.

Officials said on Friday that there was “no connection” between the investigation into Khashoggi’s murder and the fate of Fethullah Gulen, a former ally whom Mr. Erdogan now regards as his number one enemy. Mr.​​ Gulen lives in exile in Pennsylvania. [TheTimes]​​ 

 

 

Also see story below under Saudi Arabia

 

Anadolu​​ claims that​​ Reuters​​ and the​​ New York Times​​ reported that the US announced that it would consider replacing the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman with another “less reckless dangerous”​​ leader. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We can’t confirm this report from government-affiliated Anadolu.

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish army says it killed 68 PKK and Daesh fighters during the period from 9-15 of November. It says total terrorists killed in the “Olive​​ Branch” operation led by Turkey last January is 4585. [Anadolu]

 

On Friday, Turkey launched a new attack against the YPG in north Syria. [Eldorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Turkish President​​ Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will discuss​​ Syria’s constitutional committee next Monday.​​ The two presidents are meeting on the occasion of finalizing the marine part of​​ the​​ Russian gas pipeline through Turkey.​​ Previous meetings to discuss forming the constitutional committee have failed, including one such meeting on Thursday. In a meeting at the end of January, the sides have agreed that the committee should be comprised of 3 parts: the Syrian regime, opposition, and guarantor states.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ OK, show of hands here. Raise your hand if you think democracy in Syria will result from the fraternal cooperation of the presidents of Russia and Turkey.

 

United Nations

On Friday UNICEF said in a statement that from January to September 2018, 870 Syrian children have been killed in eastern​​ Syria. It said that this was the “highest number ever” for this time period​​ ​​ since the crisis began in 2011. [Rudaw]

 

The UN says that “bad things” are expected in Syria unless progress is made in negotiations with armed opposition factions. It says it is optimistic though cautious about Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

United States

US says it will vote against any resolution in the UN General Assembly stipulating ​​ sovereignty of Syria over the occupied Golan Heights, stating that resolution is biased against Israel. [Eldorar]

 

Northwest

No reports

 

Northeast​​ 

No reports

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The Syrian regime requested that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) send Iranian peacekeepers to Idlib. The IRGC said that its peacekeepers are on the way, and​​ also said​​ that it does not currently have armed fighters in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

Latakia

SOHR​​ reported​​ that​​ intense fighting between the Syrian​​ Army and the opposition factions in demilitarized areas including Latakia have produced casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR]

SOHR​​ reported on Friday that in Latakia, jihadists killed 9 Syrian soldiers and the Syrian Army killed 5 fighters belonging to​​  the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Guardians of Religion (aka Harras Al-Din). [SyriaHR]

 

Hama

The Syrian Army blocked an attempt by Jaish Al-Izza to approach demilitarized areas north of Hama. Government media reports that Jaish Al-Izza​​ said that the Syrian Army used light guns and mortars​​ to stave them off. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

SOHR​​ says hundreds of women and children, as well as Daesh escapees, are homeless and are staying in SDF run camps in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ SOHR​​ sources say 1,248 children and 584 women from various nationalities are kept in these camps under heavy SDF surveillance. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh issued more restrictive orders in areas under its control in east Deir Ez-Zor province. The orders included:​​ 

  • No one can leave these areas. Anyone who gets caught leaving will​​ be killed. And if someone manages to escape, their house will​​ be blown up.​​ 

  • Anyone who has​​ escaped will be targeted in​​ future​​ Daesh attacks on areas under SDF or government control.​​ 

  • Every person should become a Daesh member, otherwise they​​ could be imprisoned and whiplashed. ​​ 

  • Anyone who communicates with the government, the Coalition, or the SDF will​​ be killed immediately and their bodies will​​ be thrown in front of their houses or in the river and no one​​ will be allowed to​​ bury them.

  • ​​ People, especially farmers and cattle owners,​​ must​​ pay more “taxes” to Daesh.​​ 

  • Mobile phones are strictly prohibited. No one​​ may​​ contact anyone outside Daesh controlled areas. Any violation will be punished with death.​​ 

  • No one has the right to buy or sell any furniture.​​ 

  • All tribal and community leaders​​ must​​ renew their pledge of allegiance to Daesh.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This document is highly revealing. It is essentially the Daesh​​ human​​ shields​​ ​​ strategy for situations in which Daesh is surrounded and facing defeat. It is a replay of the west Mosul strategy, which dragged the Mosul liberation campaign out for months​​ despite Daesh’s massive manpower disadvantage​​ and left parts of the city devastated.​​ Daesh​​ intimidates​​ people into staying in their homes or wherever Daesh says, and they do shoot civilians who try to flee, including women and children. Daesh turns these residential neighborhoods into military positions. This forces the Coalition to avoid bombing Daesh, so as to avoid civilian casualties (a military advantage for Daesh) or ensures heavy civilian casualties when they bomb anyway. (a propaganda advantage for Daesh). Either way, Daesh wins. This​​ in turn​​ forces the SDF and US artillery units into relying on ground offensives that​​ could increase their own casualties.​​ In Mosul, we had elite Counter Terrorism Service troops to lead the​​ house-to-house​​ battle where this hostage strategy was​​ employed. The US is now relying on a militia organization to play the same role​​ in Albu Kamal.​​ We wish the Pentagon would break its silence on developments in Albu Kamal and articulate a strategy for how Daesh will finally be closed out.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh killed two young men after accusing them of providing information to the Coalition. The source said Daesh claimed it had found photos of Daesh positions in the mobile phone of one of the victims.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it targeted Syrian Army positions in Al-Ramadi and Al-Khairat villages, near Albu Kamal, with more than 45 mortar shells. [ICDNNov15]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

The “popular resistance” attacked the Syrian Army in Daraa with a hand grenade on Thursday in Jasim city in Izra District. The​​ militia​​ claims to have killed 1 Syrian Army soldier in Hama. [Eldorar]

 

Suwayda

SOHR reported on Friday that Daesh and the Syrian Army fought in east Suwayda, mostly in Tilul Al-Safa, where the Syrian Army shelled Daesh positions with rocket and artillery fire.​​ Local media sources say Daesh killed over 30 Syrian soldiers​​ in​​ the​​ Suwayda desert, including 2 officers. [EnabBaladi]​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces sent hundreds of soldiers and 25 tanks in addition to Iraqi militiamen to the Al-Safa Hills area.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This and countless other stories lately from the Al-Safa Hills remind us that the Syrian Army can’t seem to close Daesh out either.

 

Qasioun​​ reported on Friday that within the past few days the​​ militias​​ that​​ reconciled​​ with the Syrian government,​​ also known​​ as “settlement factions,” have​​ suffered heavy losses due to​​ Daesh​​ mortars and sniper​​ fire in​​ Tilul​​ Al-Safa, eastern​​ Suwayda. ​​ 7 were killed and 27 were wounded. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

The Washington Post reported Friday that the CIA has concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [Yahoo]

 

The World Food Program announced on Friday that​​ if the conditions of Yemen continue to deteriorate at their current rates, then​​ about 18 million people will face​​ famine​​ over the next 6 months. [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egypt-based Observatory of Takfiri Fatwas and Extremist Ideas announced that Daesh media​​ is​​ exhibiting​​ signs of bankruptcy. [AhlMisr]

 

Libya/Tunisia

A civilian was killed on Thursday night by an unknown gunman in Ajdabiya in Libya. [Wasat]

 

A Tunisian counter terrorism agency announced on Friday that 23 people convicted of terrorism would have their assets frozen. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

 

Also see stories above under Turkey and Saudi Arabia

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

Nigerian Air Force ​​​​ spokesman Ibikunle Daramol said that several Boko Haram operatives were decimated Thursday as Air Force fighter jets struck the terrorist group’s locations on the fringes of Lake Chad and Sambisa Forest in Borno State,​​ in a renewed operation tagged “Green Sweep,” targeting terrorists in the Northeast. The bombers strafed the terrorists around Lake Chad as well as areas around the Alagarno Forest near Sambisa. [AllAfrica]​​ 

 

A Nigerian military officer in Maiduguri told AFP on Thursday “We lost three soldiers in the fight and several others are still missing.” The attack on Kareto, a base some 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of the Borno state capital Maiduguri, started late Wednesday. At the same time, Boko Haram fighters attacked Mammanti village, just outside Maiduguri, killing one person and burning the entire village. They then stole hundreds of cattle, the local chief of the village and residents said. [Vanguard]​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Nigerian soldiers and destroyed a tank and a vehicle in an attack in Kareto town, near Lake Chad, on Thursday. [A3maq]

In another version, Daesh said it killed three Nigerian soldiers and wounded several others after attacking a Nigerian Army position in Kareto with machine guns, on Thursday. It said its terrorists set on fire 2 tanks and an SUV and captured weapons and ammunition before “returning safely.” [ICDNNov16] ​​ 

 

Chad

The United States on Friday donated military vehicles and boats worth $1.3 million to Chad as part of a campaign against terrorists in the country. Chad is one of several West African states engaged in Western-backed operations against Boko Haram and Daesh in a region where militants have gained a foothold. Richard K. Bell, US​​ Embassy charge d’affaires, said that the US donated six boats and six trucks to Chad’s military brigade operating in the Lake Chad basin. A group of 13 Chadian soldiers are in training in the United States, Bell said at a ceremony in the Chadian capital N’Djamena. “The threat from Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa is centered mostly in the waters and rivers of the Chad​​ Basin and the northeast of Nigeria,”​​ said​​ Samantha Reho, a​​ spokeswoman for AFRICOM, the US military’s command in Africa. The most recent attack by Boko Haram in Chad was last month,​​ when eight soldiers were killed. [Vanguard]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Senior Afghani intelligence officials warn that​​ the​​ Fatemiyoun​​​​ militia​​ may return from Syria to Afghanistan. [Eldorar]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Afghan Special Forces members with an IED in the “Bandar” area, in Achin district in Nangarhar,​​ on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

November 15, 2018

 

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Daesh Recon Drone (DD Nov 14)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Political infighting continues over Abd Ul-Madhi cabinet nominees.​​ [..]

Minister of Electricity says ministry has no budget money for projects. [..]

President Salih, Jordan’s King Abdullah discuss Iraqi funds being held in Jordan. [..]

British report highlights all the remaining land mines in Falluja. [..]

Hundreds of Daesh suspects arrested in Qarma after attack kills 9. [..]

IFP captures 13 Daesh fighters using Tribal PMF badges, uniforms. [..]

Over 30 PMFs were killed in Hatra during past two weeks.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

US puts sanctions on 17 Saudis implicated in Khashoggi murder. [..]

Report that Trump Administration has considered extraditing Gulen back to Turkey sparks outrage.​​ [..]

 

Syria

Amb. Jeffery pushes for UN-sponsored political process in Syria. [..]

21 Daesh fighters killed by Coalition, SDF in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Ali Al-Sened, a leading figure​​ in Haider​​ Al-Abadi’s Victory alliance, says Falih Al-Fayyad and​​ Salim Al-Jubouri​​ will not be confirmed by the CoR as the ministers of​​ Defense and​​ Interior. He says​​ that the​​ Victory alliance​​ did​​ not​​ nominate any candidates​​ for​​ Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi’s​​ cabinet;​​ however, they did exert pressure on him. He criticized Abd Ul-Mahdi’s​​ selection of​​ Al-Fayyad and​​ Al-Jubouri as​​ “a stage performance and a lie before the Iraqi people” since neither of them​​ will actually serve as​​ a​​ minister.​​ [Basnews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Al-Abadi fired Al-Fayyad toward the end of his term, but Abd Ul-Madhi renominated him.​​ So maybe there is an issue there. However, it’s not clear why Al-Jubouri, the former CoR Speaker, would not be an acceptable minister.

 

On Thursday, Muqtada Al-Sadr tweeted a warning​​ to the CoR​​ that if they did not stop voting in line with their​​ narrow party​​ “interests” and “allocations,” then “we will deprive you of your support and the people will vote against you.” [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The message is that the old ways of ministry management are over. Many, even in the political class, have become disgusted with party quotas for choosing ministers, and the Iraqi public has caught up with the bad habit of handing a ministry to one party, which then feels​​ it owns the ministry​​ and can exploit it for its own​​ corrupt​​ benefit, which means that public service loses. This is part of what Al-Sadr ran ​​ against in the election, and his campaign had a strong anti-corruption theme. Whether Al-Sadr and Abd Ul-Madhi and others can back this up consistently will be the question, as political blocs on the inside will keep pushing to keep the privileges to which they have become accustomed and the financial spoils that come with them.​​ We have to remember​​ also​​ that by the end of the day, Sadr is a power seeker, and he has as many corrupt people in his bloc​​ as anyone else.​​ 

 

Reconstruction

The Minister of Electricity​​ stated that the allocations for electricity​​ in​​ the budget for 2019​​ are​​ not enough to implement projects in addition to paying salaries and loans. Many governorates, especially Basra and the​​ KRG,​​ have been​​ critical​​ of the 2019 budget. [Baghdadpost] [Shafaaq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Mada​​ published an article on Monday saying that Daesh was renewing its activities in liberated areas,​​ and​​ the Iraqi government​​ is not responding adequately.​​ Sources say that the attacks currently conducted along the Iraq-Syria border remind them of Daesh tactics in 2014.​​ [Mada]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

On Thursday morning Iraqi President Barham Salih and Jordan’s King Abdullah discussed increasing cooperation and returning Iraqi funds that have​​ been “frozen and smuggled.”​​ [Rudaw]

 

BAGHDAD

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says a man wanted on terror charges was arrested in a checkpoint in Al-Jihad neighborhood, in west Baghdad. [Dijlah]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Guardian​​ reported​​ that​​ Daesh left behind a​​ “legacy” of mines and IEDs in Falluja.​​ Hundreds of primitive IEDs are spread around rural roads and fields, as well as​​ destroyed houses,​​ forming a belt over 10 miles long in the city. All Falluja residents are vulnerable to the hazards of these remnants, including children. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Following​​ a​​ Daesh attack on a​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization officer’s​​ house and​​ an offensive that killed​​ nine​​ people​​ in Dhabitiya, near Qarma, security forces arrested hundreds of Daesh suspects​​ in the area. Ahmed Al-Halbousi,​​ manager of the​​ Qarma​​ subdistrict, says​​ that the attacks occurred due to​​ a​​ power vacuum left by the withdrawal of​​ Iraqi military​​ forces​​ from Dhabitiya to Tarmiya​​ in north Baghdad.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Ramadi

Military Intelligence says its units operating in the 10th​​ army division dismantled a Daesh sleeper cell ​​ and arrested its members in Abu Taiban​​ northwest of Ramadi city​​ and​​ in​​ Al-Aqba, in eastern Hit. The cell calls itself “Abu Naba Al-Asafi cell” and was trained in Daesh’s Albu Nimr camp in 2015. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on the outskirts of Haditha city. The source said the PMFs killed 2 Daesh suicide terrorists who were trying to sneak​​ into the city.​​ 

 

Rutba

Anbar police said​​ two​​ civilians were wounded​​ by​​ an IED explosion in Rutba. [Basnews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units found heavy weapons and food supplies in a tunnel near Ain Sadid, on the western border of Shirqat.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This report could be connected to Daesh’s operations in Hatra(see ​​ story below), as Ain Sadid is close to the Hatra intersection.

 

Daesh said it shot and killed two PMF members with light weapons in Kan’ous village on Wednesday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov15]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh’s A3maq said the village was in Makhmur district, while the other Daesh report mentioned it was north of Shirqat.

 

Daesh said it wounded​​ 3​​ PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Shayal Al-Imam village, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh said the village was in Makhmur.​​ Being slightly off on locations is not an unusual mistake for the Daesh media warriors. They are more focused on telling you how many people they killed.

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units shot down a Daesh recon drone in the desert near Baiji. The source said Daesh launched the drone from the Makhoul Mountains area. The source sent us photos of the drone.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We haven’t seen reports about Daesh drones in a while, even from Daesh media.

 

Samarra

The Center for Security Media said that army units of Samarra Ops Command, arrested 11 men wanted for various criminal charges, including 2 wanted for terrorism,​​ at Al-Huwaish checkpoint. 3 Daesh IEDs were also destroyed. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ 

Daesh said it wounded​​ two​​ tribal PMF members after targeting their checkpoint with light and midsized weapons near​​ Mazari’​​ village, near Yathrib, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov15]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (​​ Tooz)

A security source said on Thursday that 3 explosions occurred in Tuz Khurmatu on Wednesday night at the same time as the explosions in Erbil and Baghdad. [Sotaliraq]

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Ahmed Mudhir Al-Jubouri, a CoR member for Diyala, demanded that the Prime Minister send “a force” from Baghdad to maintain security in Imam Wais village because​​ of​​ continued mortar shelling from “terrorist operations.” [Sumaria]

 

The Diyala Penal court sentenced 2 terrorists to death by hanging. The first terrorist was charged with attacking​​ the​​ Iraqi Army in Muqdadiya, and the second with attacking Iraqi police​​ in Buhriz​​ in Baquba.​​ [Sotaliraq]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that IFP units captured 13 Daesh terrorists and confiscated guns, sticky IEDs, and communications devices in Hawija. The source said the terrorists had​​ Tribal PMF badges and uniforms.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it wounded four tribal PMF members and damaged their machine gunmounted SUV with an IED near Mujamma’ Saddam village, near Riyadh. [ICDNNov15]

 

On Thursday,​​ IFP command announced that many forces cooperated in a search across several villages in Kirkuk including Saadiya​​ and​​ Al-Therban in Hawija, Batma​​ and Al-Milih​​ in Dibis, and Al-Sous in Daquq. The​​ units​​ found​​ 4 Daesh depots and​​ 8 IEDs and detonated them safely. [Buratha]

 

Southwest (Daquq,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in​​ the Kaka’i village of​​ Ali Saray. [A3maq] [ICDNNov15]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ What is Daesh’s fascination with Ali Saray? They make attacks there frequently.

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members in an attack on their military position near Bashir village​​ in Taza, on Wednesday. Daesh said it used light and mid-sized weapons in the attack. [A3maq] [ICDNNov15]

We reported yesterday that a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that​​ two​​ Turkmen PMF members were killed in a Daesh attack near Bashir,​​ a Turkmen village​​ in Taza subdistrict. The source said that other PMFs killed 2 Daesh terrorists and forced the rest to flee.​​

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Coalition planes killed a Daesh explosives expert and 3 other terrorists and destroyed their pickup vehicle in an airstrike on Qarachogh Mountain.

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif)

The Center for Security Media says Ninewa Ops Command arrested a man wanted on terror charges in​​ ​​ the​​ Hamidiya​​ area​​ in southeast Hamdaniya​​ and another in Tel Keif. It also said​​ explosive ordnance disposal​​ units destroyed 94 IEDs and 158 mines, as well as 4 locally made IEDs in Kafraj, in Tal Afar. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that National Security Service units captured 11 Daesh members, including a commander from Baaj, in Al-Jada’a camp for displaced people​​ in Qayara. The source said the arrests were done​​ in​​ accordance with​​ arrest warrants.​​ 

 

West (Hamidat)

A Ninewa police source said that an IED targeting a police patrol killed 2 civilians and wounded 1 policeman in Badoush. [BasNews]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that two PMF fighters were killed when PMF units stopped a Daesh attack near Abu Mariya Mountain, west of Tal Afar. The source said the PMFs killed 3 terrorists, including a local commander.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh​​ kidnapped​​ and​​ then killed 2 Badr PMFs​​ on the road between​​ Al-Barit village and Hatra city. The source said that more than 30 PMFs​​ have been killed by Daesh near Hatra during the last 2 weeks.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This helps explain why Iraq is putting more regular Army units into Hatra, which has become a significant battle zone.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The​​ US consulate​​ operating from Baghdad after​​ closing​​ in Basra​​ is contemplating reopening in Basra. Asad Al-Aidani,​​ the​​ Basra​​ Governor, says regional tensions caused the closure of the consulate.​​ The ConsulGeneral,​​ Timmy Davis,​​ said that the US Consulate is closely monitoring the situation.​​ [Marbid]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

On Thursday,​​ a​​ Turkmen representative in the KRG parliament said that the Turkmen wanted to assume the posts of Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Speaker of Parliament. [Basnews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Anyone taking odds on whether both of those things will be happening?

 

DAHUK

See Dahuk-related story under Reports from Turkey, below

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The US announced on Thursday that it had placed sanctions on the 17 Saudi officials who were involved in killing Jamal Khashoggi in the Istanbul consulate. [Anadolu]​​ [Al-Monitor]

 

Foreign policy

Reports surfaced Thursday in Washington that the Trump Administration actually​​ has​​ considered extraditing Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey, as demanded by President Erdogan. Gulen has been a US resident, in Pennsylvania, for over 20 years. Erdogan has insisted, with no evidence provided, that Gulen was behind the​​ recent​​ coup attempt​​ against Erdogan’s government.​​ The reports say State Department personnel advised of the proposal were appalled when they realized it might actually be serious.​​ [NBC]

 

Military & security developments

Turkey says it killed 4 PKK fighters in attacks on Metina, in northern Dahuk in Iraqi Kurdistan. [BasNews]

However, while​​ Turkey says it targeted PKK positions in Dahuk,​​ local officials say the raids killed 3 civilians. [Basnews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

US envoy​​ for​​ Syria James Jeffery says the coming period will witness the defeat of Daesh by the SDF and the start of a political process to maintain peace in Syria. [Hawar]

Jeffery stated that the US asked Russia to exert pressure on the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to start a UN-sponsored peace process,​​ starting with the Syrian constitution. He says Russia is responsible for the formation of the constitutional committee,​​ as was decided in the Istanbul summit. [Qasioun]

 

Russia

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that if the European Union did not want another flow of migrants they should support the peace process in Syria and help in reconstruction. ​​ [ElDorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

A source reported to​​ Bas​​ News​​ that the YPG sent about 700 young Kurds from Afrin to fight in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ At the same time​​ over 700 YPG fighters​​ were​​ sent from Aleppo to Deir Ez-Zor, passing through areas under the control of the Syrian regime,​​ to participate in battles against Turkey there. ​​ The source said that over 2,000 youth from Afrin​​ have been recruited​​ under the banner​​ of​​ liberating​​ Afrin. The source speculated that the youth were probably going to be prepared for battles in Tal Abyad, Kobane, Manbij, and​​ wars against Daesh,​​ and there have been “serious preparations” for armed battle in areas of the​​ Turkish​​ Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations.​​ [BasNews]

 

Manbij​​ /Jarabulus

The third US-Turkish patrol started its mission,​​ in accordance with prior​​ US-Turkey agreements, near​​ the​​ Sajur​​ River on the border between Manbij and Jarabulus. [Anadolu]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed an SDF “intelligence member” near Al-Qatar (Train) Street, in Raqqa city. [A3maq]

 

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

Rudaw​​ created a documentary about​​ Daesh​​ families, based on stories told by women in the Ain Eissa camp, where about 120 wives of Daesh fighters are guarded by the SDF. Some of the women express pride​​ in their affiliation with​​ Daesh and some of them say that they are victims either of Daesh or of the camp. [Rudaw]

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

The Syrian Army says it thwarted​​ two​​ attempts by “terrorist groups” to enter safe villages north of Hama near the Idlib borders. The army units in Zalin used artillery fire to stop the movements of a group called Kataeb Al-Izza near Lataminah. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it severely wounded two SDF members in an attack in Al-Bariha village, in Busayrah​​ subdistrict, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

A motorcycle bomb exploded on the main road near Busayrah,​​ leaving no casualties. [Hawar]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said on Thursday it killed two SDF members with machine guns in the Al-Tayyana area. [ICDNNov15]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

SOHR​​ reported on Thursday that the Coalition conducted reconnaissance flights over Hajin, Al-Susah, and the Tanak oilfield and also launched strikes at Daesh positions. It reports that the SDF blocked a Daesh attempt to expand in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ SOHR​​ said that 21 Daesh fighters had been killed “in the past 24 hours” in a report published on Thursday. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ says the Syrian Army and affiliated pro-Iran militias shelled Daesh positions with artillery fire in Hajin. It described the attack as “revenge” against Daesh for its offensive against Syrian Army positions west of the Euphrates. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh is using​​ a​​ Syrian Christian woman as its head doctor in the Albu Kamal area. The source said the doctor had been kidnapped by Daesh and is married to a Daesh commander called Abu Taha Al-Britaini.​​ 

 

Daesh said that 13 children, 4 women, and 1 man were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Al-Baghouz village, in Al-Susah subdistrict, on Thursday morning. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Yet another Daesh report of an errant Coalition airstrike that kills only civilians and no Daesh members.​​ It seems​​ too​​ ​​ that only A3maq​​ among all the Daesh media outlets​​ is allowed to report “civilian casualties.”​​ Perhaps this is where the creative writing department works.

 

Daesh said its snipers killed 2 Syrian soldiers in Al-Ashayer village, near Albu Kamal city, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Due to weather conditions, fighting between Daesh and the Syrian Army halted for 48 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Daesh media claims to have killed 2 Syrian Army or affiliated soldiers and wounded 3.​​ [Eldorar]

 

In a similar report,​​ Daesh said on Thursday that it stopped a Syrian Army attack and killed 2 soldiers and wounded 3 others in clashes near the Al-Safa Hills area. [A3maq] [ICDNNov15]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

The European Court of Justice announced that the PKK would remain on the European Union list of terrorist organizations. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said it damaged an Afghan Army vehicle with​​ an IED in the “Torkham” area, in Mamand Dara​​ District in Nangarhar, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed a pro-government militiaman in an ambush in the Mamand Tanki area, in Achin​​ District in Nangarhar, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it wounded three Afghan Army members when it detonated an IED on their vehicle in the “Moy Mubarak” area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNNov15]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued on Thursday a propaganda video about its terrorists and its attacks in the Sinai area. The video shows several former Egyptian Army or security officers who “repented” and joined Daesh. The terrorists “explain” why they left their jobs and joined Daesh,​​ reciting mostly quotes from the founder of Wahhabism. The terrorists threatened more attacks on Egyptian security forces and Christian Egyptians. All these terrorists were allegedly killed later. The video also shows the terrorists planning and conducting attacks on civilians and security units, and murdering civilians after claiming they were “spies.” [ICDNNov15]

 

Daesh published on Thursday the 156th​​ issue of its Naba magazine. In this issue, Daesh issued​​ an​​ infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and east Asia during the last week claiming it conducted 67 attacks, killing or wounding more than 205 people and destroying 19 vehicles. In this issue also, Daesh said that Al-Shabab movement in Somalia recently captured “tens” of Daesh supporters, including women, and killed some of them in prisons. Daesh also said that Al-Shabab was punishing anyone who possesses Daesh publications with prison from 6 months to 2 years. Daesh said that Al-Shabab had done the same thing 3 years ago when Daesh announced its “Wilayat Al-Somal.” Daesh said that Al-Shabab is anticipating another “wave” of people pledging allegiance to Daesh.  ​​​​ [ICDNNov15]

 

 

November 14, 2018