An Update On ISIS Activities

December 2, 2016

 

Qayara

 

Today’s Major Developments

Kuwait steps up to help Iraq. [..]

Iraqi commanders considering shifting troop assignments for next phase of Mosul liberation. [..] 

Daesh knocks out electric power in Mosul. [..]

PMFs surround Tal Abta, capture neighboring villages. [..]

Daesh counter-attacks west of Tal Afar. [..]

Peshmerga estimate 1,600 deaths, 10,000 injuries from fight against Daesh. [..]

Turkey Foreign Minister says Turkey opposes Assad staying in power. [..]

Daesh reported making its “last stand” in Sirte. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Kuwait says it will bear the costs of treatment for Iraqi wounded in Mosul in Erbil private hospitals, in coordination with local Erbil authorities. [IraqPress]

The Ministry of Oil says a shipment of specialized equipment to extinguish oilfield fires has just arrived as a gift from Kuwait. [Sumaria] 

The Ministry said today it extinguished another oilfield fire in Qayara. [Sumaria]  

 

Denmark’s Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen, says his country is sending engineering units to participate in the Iraq reconstruction process, and is withdrawing its seven F-16s participating in Coalition operations in Iraq and Syria. Denmark also has a special forces training unit in Iraq.  [Rudaw] 

DaeshDaily comment. This looks like a sound decision. Iraq needs all the reconstruction help it can get; the air war coalition has more countries than it really needs. Denmark has a distinguished record in helping Iraq, going back to the CPA days.

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad demanding more anti-corruption measures. [Rudaw] 

 

The JOC says UNAMI’s numbers about Iraqi forces casualties are highly exaggerated. UNAMI said 1,959 service members were killed during the month of November. The JOC asks international organizations to take information from official sources. [Sumaria] 

 

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, in Rome, says that Daesh recruitment of foreign fighters has gone down by 60% after recent developments in Iraq. He added that Iraq has recovered over 70% of its territory occupied by Daesh. [Anadolu] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, in or near Mosul (3) and Haditha (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

An MoI source says two civilians were killed and five wounded in an IED explosion in a busy market in Mashahida, in Tarmiya. [Ghad] 

The BOC says 22nd army brigade destroyed a guesthouse and explosives during a search mission in Al-Buhairat and Al-Muslihiya.  [BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says 59th army brigade found an explosives cache in Tarbouliya during an inspection routine. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source says unknown armed men threw a hand grenade at a house in Shaab, without causing human casualties. [Ghad] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED placed in a market killed one and wounded seven civilians in Latifiya. [Ghad] 

The BOC says 55th army brigade found explosives caches in Mulla Rushdi and Arab Dawood during an inspection duty. [BOC Facebook Page]

A local Police source says a body of an ex-Sahwa member stabbed to death was found in an abandoned yard in Albu Aitha. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says one person was killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Furat. [Ghad] 

 

West

A security source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Al-Nasr Wa Al-Salam village in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   9(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents:   4

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Falluja District government says two neighborhoods are left to clear from war remnants in Falluja, namely Al-Shuhada Al-Oula and Al-Thaniya, which will be done in the next few days. The rest of the refugees can then return home safely. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This would be a great accomplishment for Iraq. But see the next story, which seems to contradict this one, even though it comes from the same source.

 

The Mayor of Falluja District says Iraqi forces and international companies are working on removing IEDs from several areas in Falluja. He says more EOD teams are needed because of the large numbers of IEDs and because Daesh used sophisticated methods to plant the IEDs. [BasNews] 

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Mayor of Rutba says Daesh targeted Rutba city with 4 mortars, without causing human casualties. He says Iraqi Army 1st division artillery shelled the terrorists and forced them to flee. [Sumaria] 

 

A source in Anbar Operations Command says Daesh is transferring heavy weapons from Anah, Rawa, and Al-Qa’im towards Raqqa. The source says one possible reason is to avoid their destruction in the continuing aerial attacks on these cities.  [Mada]

 

A leader in Haditha Tribal Mobilization says Army helicopters destroyed a Daesh command building and bomb-making workshop in Anah, killing 9 terrorists including some foreigners and destroying two vehicle bombs. [Maalomah]

 

A 7th army division source in Anbar says heavy rains caused tens of IEDs placed by Daesh to explode in and around Anah, Rawa, and Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says a group of its terrorists infiltrated an Iraqi military position near the Ain Al-Baidha area south of Shirqat and killed three soldiers and wounded others. [TWIMG] 

 

Baiji

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in the Taqa area. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Allas oilfield. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

Tooz

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle in Zanjaliya village in Tooz with an IED, killing an officer and a fighter. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A convoy of over 50 trucks packed with all kinds of humanitarian assistance materials left from Baquba for Mosul. The Mayor of Baquba District says all social factions joined efforts to provide needed materials to their brothers in Mosul. [SotIraq] [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source in Kirkuk says 5 Daesh terrorists were killed while trying to place IEDs on the roads used by refugees leaving Hawija toward Kirkuk. [Sumaria] 

 

A source in Hawija mobilization says Daesh arrested 55 civilians and drove them to an unknown location. The charges were conspiring to leave “Caliphate land” and facilitating the escape of citizens from the city. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Ninewa Operations commanders says a change in tactics is imminent in the Mosul operations that may include involving IFP in east Mosul and utilizing the 9th army division in a different way. The 9th division is already clearing Al-Intisar neighborhood and CTS is entering Al-Saha neighborhood, Iraqi army units are currently hunting for snipers, vehicle bombs, and IEDs. [IraqPress]

 

However, a CoR member from Ninewa says there are not enough forces to hold the ground south of Mosul in order to allow the IFP to move to the city. 

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says US diplomats in Iraq suggested that the Mosul liberation campaign should be postponed in order to give time to civilians to leave the city. He says the Council refuses the suggestion because the more time the liberation takes, the more civilian casualties will occur. [Mada] 

 

Mosul

East Mosul

An Iraq military source says Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) units assumed full control of Al-Zuhour neighborhood in east Mosul after fierce clashes with Daesh, and has now entered Al-Mashriq neighborhood amid continuous fighting.  [Rudaw] 

 

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Muharibin. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Muharibin in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says its snipers killed six Iraqi services members in Hay Al-Muharibin and Hay Al-Intisar. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Intisar in east Mosul. [A3maq]

 

CTS is providing the Al-Intisar neighborhood with power, local sources say. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh says it attacked CTS (“SWAT”) units in Hay Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya in east Mosul and destroyed 4 military positions and a Humvee. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack in Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it recaptured half of Hay Al-Shaimaa in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a bulldozer near Al-Shaimaa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Humvee in Hay Al-Bakr. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in east Mosul with 155 mortars, 5 locally made rockets, and 3 artillery shells. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

North and west Mosul

Ninewa PC says Daesh cut off all power to both sides of Mosul, down to Qayara, which is forcing the army to expedite its attacks in the northern part of the city. [Sumaria]

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh destroyed several electricity towers in the Mosul Dam area, cutting off electricity to Mosul city and other areas. [Sumaria]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it killed a Daesh Syrian explosives expert in the Yarmouk area in west Mosul. [KM Facebook Page] 

 

Conditions in Mosul

Press sources in Mosul say many civilians in Mosul are dead and buried without proper procedures or even being seen by their families. Civilian corpses are hastily buried in a public burial ground in Kokjali after registration of their IDs or identification through witnesses, for their families to perform formal burials after the fighting has stopped. [IraqPress] 

 

Kurdish merchants are taking over from their Syrian counterparts in trade with Mosul. Several foodstuffs and grocery owners are moving now to provide liberated areas in east Mosul with their merchandise after long months of stagnation. As it is becoming difficult for Syrian suppliers to reach Mosul, Kurdish traders are now providing supplies not only to the population but to Iraqi army soldiers as well. [Sumaria]

 

UNHCR says it is opening two new refugee camps to absorb potential flow of refugees from Mosul; the first is already opened in Al-Alam in Tikrit, hosting 180 refugees so far, while the second, called Amala, will be operating soon near Tal Afar. This will make six UNHCR locations opened since the Mosul attack.  [Buratha]

 

The UN started distributing winter supplies to refugees in Kokjali and surrounding areas, where 3,500 packs of blankets and other winter supplies were provided in cooperation with the Islamic Relief Organization. 3500 more packs will be distributed in other areas shortly. 

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Mosul. [JustPaste] 

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

Daesh says it attacked PMFs in Al-Khabirat near Al-Jurn, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying a military position, 4 Humvees and 4 SUVs. Daesh says the fighting is ongoing. [TWIMG] 

Here Daesh says it killed five PMF fighters in the village. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed sixteen PMF fighters in the village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in Al-Arij village northwest of Hammam Al-Alil, and the fighting is still ongoing. [StoreUp] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ Abrams tank in Al-Qasr village. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This might be a repeated report from yesterday. 

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles and the spoils it received in Tal Zalat. [JustPaste]

 

The PMF organization says its units surrounded Tal Abta, near the south end of Tal Afar, from the north, east, and southeast and liberated over 21 villages in the process.  The PMF cleared the whole area of IEDs and mines, and defused 7 vehicle bombs. [Mawazin] 

Ansar Al-Marji’ya, a PMF faction, says PMFs surrounded Tal Abta from four sides and opened a secured route for families. [Sumaria] 

 

Qayara/Makhmur

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces in Shayal Al-Abli village, in southwest Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says an Iraqi suicide terrorist attacked PMF positions in Shayal Al-Imam village in southwest Makhmur with a vehicle bomb. Daesh says five PMF fighters were killed and 3 Humvees and 5 other vehicles were destroyed. Daesh says the fighting in the village is ongoing. [StoreUp] 

 

Daesh says five PMF fighters were killed and three others wounded by its artillery shelling in Haj Ali village. [StoreUp] 

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers and destroyed two BMP armored vehicles, and a fuel tanker truck in an attack on Salamiyah village in southwest Hamdaniya. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

IFP media says the IFP blocked a Daesh attack on Al-Sharayi’ village in Tal Afar.  [PressIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. This is the first report we have seen of IFP units in Tal Afar.

Daesh’s version says one of its Kyrgyz terrorists attacked PMFs in Al-Sharayi’ west of Tal Afar with a vehicle bomb, killing ten fighters and wounding others and destroying two military positions. Daesh says after that its terrorists attacked the village, killing more than fifteen fighters and destroying a BMP armored vehicle and other vehicles and forcing the PMFs to retreat from the village. Daesh says it captured 9 machine gun-mounted SUVs, in addition to weapons and ammunition. [TWIMG]

Here Daesh says it captured a BMP vehicle, destroyed another, and destroyed 3 SUVs on the outskirts of the village. [A3maq] 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a PMF BMP armored vehicle with a rocket near the village. [JustPaste] 

Daesh issues a video from the village. The terrorists who appear in the video are teenagers. [A3maq] 

Daesh publishes photos from the village. [JustPaste] 

 

KURDISTAN

A Peshmerga spokesman says 1,600 Peshmerga soldiers have been killed and over 10,000 wounded during the post 2½ years of fighting Daesh. He added that 90% of Peshmerga obligations in the agreement with Iraq are concluded, leaving only a few villages to liberate. [IraqPress] 

 

The forensics department in Amedi says the Gorran affiliated KNN TV reporter Shukri Zain might have been killed by a wild animal. [SotKurdistan] 

A Gorran CoR member says the journalist was assassinated for political reasons and asks the international community to intervene. [SotKurdistan] 

DaeshDaily comment. This argument clearly demonstrates the lack of political trust within the KRG.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Maysan

Maysan Police Department says armed men in a modern car shot a man dead in the Qadisiya neighborhood south of Amarah.  [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister says President Al-Assad cannot stay in power, being responsible for the death of over 600,000 civilians. He was talking in a press conference in Beirut, saying that there is an agreement with Russia on Aleppo but there are different points of view regarding Al-Assad, which is natural. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. This statement seems to directly contradict President Erdogan’s statement yesterday that replacing Assad was no longer Turkey’s priority.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Afghanistan state TV says over 1,000 Afghan Shia fighters have been killed in Syria fighting alongside the Syrian army. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in or near Raqqa (1) Shaddadi (1), and Deir Ez-Zor (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Hawar reports that the populations of villages north of Raqqa are suffering the spread of Leishmaniosis due to lack of medical care caused by closing of medical clinics and not allowing the people to use the hospitals, now limited to caring for Daesh personnel.  [Hawar]

 

Daesh executed a deaf and mute young man in the Makif area in Raqqa. The charges were communicating with the international coalition. [EnabBaladi]

Another two men were executed in the same area for the same reason. [ARA]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

Five civilians are dead and tens wounded from artillery and rocket shelling by anti-government opposition fighters on the Kurdish Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo, local sources say. The shelling is coming from the Sha’ar neighborhood. [Hawar]

 

Six civilians were killed in the opposition bombardment of 11 neighborhoods of east Aleppo that had been captured by the Syrian army and YPG units earlier. Two women and a child were among the casualties. [Hawar]

 

YPG and YPJ located several weapons caches and Turkish flags while clearing the areas in east Aleppo captured from the opposition in the past few days. [Hawar]

 

Mokambo military hospital west of Aleppo received 27 bodies of soldiers from the Syrian army and pro-government militias, local sources say. These were killed in recent widescale attacks by the government on opposition held areas.  [Qasioun] 

 

The Syrian government says three civilians were dead and three wounded in opposition bombing of Maysaloun and Bab Al-Faraj neighborhoods. [SyriaNow]

 

The Russian government denied that any UN humanitarian assistance had arrived in east Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

The Russian Defense Ministry says over 30,000 civilians have left east Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says six civilians were killed in west Aleppo in a rocket shelling by opposition units based east of the city. Battles for control of Sheikh Said neighborhood between the government and the opposition are continuing. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says opposition forces shelled the largely Shia Nabul and Al-Zahra areas north of the city. Government forces responded with artillery and airstrikes on several areas. [SyriaHR] 

 

Government forces made advances on Al-Bab road and the Bab Al-Nairab areas with unprecedented artillery and air support. [ARA]

 

Al-Bab

The Turkish Army said its warplanes attacked five Daesh targets, including three building and trucks packed with weapons in Baza’a and Selvania.  It added that the Turkish Red Crescent is providing humanitarian support to civilians in different areas. [ARA]

 

Daesh recovered Qadayran village from opposition units backed by Turkey despite Turkish artillery support. Local opposition source says Daesh attacked from three directions from Qabasin to Qadayran in a flash attack and recovered the village. [ARA]

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Turkey backed opposition groups’ positions in Qadayran village north of Al-Bab on Thursday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it captured an opposition SUV in Qadayran village. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of its zakat activities in Homs province. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local activists say Daesh used drones to attack 4 government position in Deir Ez-Zor, inflicting several casualties. This is the second attack of the kind following that of Nov. 25. [ARA]

 

Daesh engaged government forces in several fronts in Deir Ez-Zor in fighting that witnessed artillery and rocket bombardment from both sides. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Libya

Northeast

Military sources say the LNA EOD spokesman was killed by a land mine in the Busnaib area. [Wasat]

 

An LNA spokesman says LNA Special Forces captured 3 residential blocks in the Busnaib area. He says 12 buildings in the area are still under Daesh control. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

Local officials say normal life is gradually returning to Sirte and local authorities have started to provide services to more than 65,000 people who returned to their houses. [Wasat]

 

Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, said Daesh is making a “last stand” in Sirte, where it now controls only around two blocks, the Pentagon has said. The remaining terrorists are few in number “but they are persistent and fighting to the death.” He says “This is (Daesh)’s last stand in Sirte and they are fighting hard.” [Wasat]

 

The GNA military says it suspended its operations in Sirte after two Daesh suicide attacks targeted families who were trying to leave through secure routes. It says four GNA fighters were killed and fourteen wounded, in addition to several women and children. [AfriGate]

The GNA military says it secured 25 children and 16 women from the Giza area before it suspended its operations. [AfriGate]

 

A GNA military commander says his troops captured Abu Hamman Al-Libi, one of the most notable Daesh leaders in Sirte. However, social media activists published a photo of a dead body, claiming that this was the aforementioned terrorist. [AfriGate]

 

Northwest

Clashes continued for the second day in Tripoli. Eyewitnesses say families have left their houses in the Bin Ghashir area. A Tripoli Civil Defense official says the CD could not extinguish fires in some areas in Tripoli because of the ongoing fighting. [Wasat] [Libya24] [Libya24] 

Later on, a cease-fire was announced in Tripoli. [AfriGate]

 

Morocco 

The Moroccan Ministry of Interior says security units captured a Daesh cell of 8 members in Fas and Tangier. It says the cell was recruiting Moroccans in coordination with Daesh in Iraq and Syria. [Sumaria] 

 

Other countries 

Yemen 

Daesh says it destroyed a Houthi snipers’ position in the Qifa area in Bayda, wounding the snipers inside. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

CTS troops in Hay Al-Ikha’ in east Mosul [MoD] 

 

CTS commander, General Abdul Wahhab Al-Saedi, and UNICEF delegation visiting schools in Al-Zahra and Al-Samah in east Mosul [MoD] [MoD] 

 

Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Bakr in east Mosul [Iraqia] 

 

Aerial view video of a Daesh vehicle bomb being destroyed [Harbi]   

 

IFP troops 1.5 km south of the Mosul Airport [YouTube] 

 

A Daesh tunnel captured by PMFs near Tal Abta [YouTube] 

Libya

The Daesh terrorist who was captured in Sirte. Allegedly he was killed later. [YouTube] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan] 

 

Daesh supporters publish security instructions for Android users. [JustPaste]

 

December 1, 2016

 

Displaced People from Mosul (Rudaw)

 

Today’s Major Developments

Secretary Carter says Daesh will soon be isolated, defeated in Mosul. [..]

Proposed Baghdad-Erbil oil agreement adds to internal political crisis in KRG. [..]

10 IED incidents cause deaths, many injuries in Baghdad. [..]

Daesh attacks electric towers in Ramadi with IEDs. [..]

Coalition, IAA helicopters attack Daesh in Al-Qa’im, Rawa. [..]

Salahuddin woman saves 9-year-old son from husband and Daesh, then starves to death. [..]

Ninewa Ops commander predicts east Mosul will fully liberated next week. [..]

Daesh snipers killed 15 children in east Mosul [..]

Severe water, food shortages threaten Mosul residents. [..]

Erdogan reverses policy on Syria; no longer seeks to overthrow Assad. [..]

Total displaced people from Aleppo now over 400,000. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says Mosul will be totally isolated very shortly, and Daesh’s days there are numbered. [Waradana]

 

Deputy US Ambassador to Iraq, Stephanie Williams, said during a press conference held at the US Consulate in Basra that the US is committed to a strategic framework with Iraq. She also says the US is also committed to support the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorism. She stressed that the CoR’s vote on the PMFs law is an internal Iraqi affair and the US has nothing to do with it. [Mada]

 

UNAMI says 1,959 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed in November, and another 450 injured, not including Anbar, 

Total Iraqi civilian casualties were 2,885 killed and 1,380 wounded, so non-military deaths totaled 926. Anbar provided a separate calculation of civilian deaths: 292 killed and 98 injured (surprisingly high). The UNAMI total includes non-combat police, Sahwa, personal bodyguards, fire departments, and facilities protection police. Baghdad tops the list with 733 casualties (152 killed, 581 injured). The Ninewa totals were 332 killed and 114 injured. [Maalomah]

 

Gorran warned against a proposed oil agreement between Baghdad and Erbil under which the KRG would provide oil in exchange for its previous share of the Iraqi budget. This would allow the KRG to pay long-delayed government employee salaries. Gorran says the proposal is unconstitutional. A Gorran MP says Baghdad has acted irresponsibly towards oil smuggling operations in Kurdistan. He says now is the chance to set things right. The MP says Baghdad is aware that oil transactions in the KRG are not transparent, and should not allow the rights of Kurdish people to be part of a political bargain. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. The proposal came from the KDP, not from the KRG. Gorran has built its reputation in the KRG as an anti-corruption party, so the expressed concern about government transparency is not surprising. Its issue is less with Al-Abadi than with Barzani, who forced Gorran out of its significant role in the Kurdish government while still acting as President even though his term has been over for some time. 

 

A Shia CoR member says the 2017 federal budget was not approved in the CoR because of disputes regarding the PMF allocations and Kirkuk oil. She says Sunni MPs wanted 35% of the PMF budget allocated to Sunni areas. 

She said some Kurdish MPs wanted the KRG budget to go to the three governorates individually instead of the KRG. [SotKurdistan]  

DaeshDaily comment. The latter issue likewise reflects the internal political crisis in the KRG.

 

A member of the CoR’s Security and Defense Committee, a Gorran MP, says the PMFs Law opens the door for all Iraqi people to join the PMFs, including Yazidi women who were trained by the YPG in the Sinjar area. [Mawazin] 

 

Kurdish MPs objected to the classification of Yazidis and Shabaks as nationalities in the Iraqi unified ID being issued. The new ID combines information from four separate IDs. The Kurds say that these peoples are Kurds but with special religious beliefs, thus the change in their ethnic affiliation is not justified. [ROJ] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is another complicated GOI-KRG issue. The real issue is not ID cards but future political status. The KRG wants the Yazidis and Shabaks in an independent Kurdistan, as well as Christian and other minorities who are not Kurds.

 

The Coalition says it received 18 reports of possible civilian casualties resulting from Coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria during the month of October. Twelve of these reports were determined to be non-credible, three were determined credible, and three reports are still being assessed. Coalition strikes are defined as strikes by ground artillery or airstrikes authorized under the Coalition Air Tasking Order. It says 173 civilians have been killed accidentally in its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since the start of the military operations in 2014. [InherentResolve] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 3 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, in or near Mosul (1) and Rawa (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Daesh says it killed or wounded seven “Shia infidels” with an IED in Karrada. [Top4Top]

 

The BOC says three people were wounded when an IED exploded near a popular café in the Camp Sara area. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

An MoI source says a roadside IED killed one civilian and wounded three in Um Al-Jadayel, In Taji. [Maalomah]

Daesh says it destroyed a “PMF” position with IEDs in Tarmiya, killing or wounding PMF fighters. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED placed near the Hay Ur neighborhood killed one and wounded six, three of them soldiers.  [Ghad]

Daesh says it killed or wounded thirteen “Shia infidels” with an IED in Hay Ur. [Top4Top] 

 

An MoI source says four IEDs killed two civilians and wounded seven others in Al-Shaab. [Mada]

Daesh says it killed twenty-one “Shia infidels” with 4 IEDs in Shaab. [Top4Top]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Daesh says it killed or wounded “Shia infidels” by destroying a bus with an IED in Sadr City. [Top4Top] [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

Security sources say several people were wounded when an IED exploded inside a small bus in Bab Al-Sheikh. [BasNews] 

Daesh says it killed or wounded Shia people by destroying a bus with an IED in Bab Al-Sheikh. [Top4Top]

DaeshDaily comment. This area is close to a major Sunni shrine in Baghdad, and most of its inhabitants are Sunnis. 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says a sticky bomb attached to a car of an employee of the MOD exploded and killed its driver in Al-Wahda quarter. [Maalomah] 

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says 55th army brigade found an explosives cache in Albu Awda. [BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says its reconnaissance brigade found an explosives cache near Al-Tal Al-Athari. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southeast

An MOI source says a roadside IED wounded three civilians in Camp Sara. [Maalomah]

 

West

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   14   (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents:   10  

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Khaldiya council announced starting a campaign to remove the decayed Daesh corpses in the subdistrict.  [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

Electricity Ministry says Daesh attacked 80 power towers with tens of IEDs in Albu Bali, east of Ramadi, in the fiercest attack of the kind. Two military EODs were killed. IEDs were placed among towers in the area in large quantities. Just between towers 70-71, and 71-72 there were 58 explosives. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. In past similar, but smaller, incidents, Daesh claimed it was depriving Shia of electricity; but Ramadi is heavily Sunni. So what is the justification this time?

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A source in Anbar Operations says Coalition warplanes attacked the Daesh HQ at the Taxation office in Al-Qa’im, killing 13 terrorists and destroying several vehicles and weapons. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi Army 7th division source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bombs factory in Anah, killing 9 terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

A local Tribal Mobilization source in Haditha says army helicopters attacked a Daesh meeting in Anah and killed several of them, including Mohammed Ziyad Al-Rawi (Abu Omar Al-Rawi), a Daesh leader.  [Maalomah]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh is holding 700 families in Rawa, mostly women and children, to use them as human shields. [Mada]

 

A local Tribal Mobilization source says heavy rains caused the explosion of tens of IEDs in Anah, Rawa, and Al-Qa’im and caused tens of casualties among Daesh members. [Maalomah] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A PMF commander says a Daesh terrorist starved his wife to death in the Al-Fatha area because she prevented him from training their 9-year-old boy as a suicide bomber. The mother managed to send her son to relatives in liberated areas. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council demanded that security authorities to take action against sleeper cells in the province, following the assassination of a neighborhood mukhtar yesterday.  [Ghad] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A security source says two Daesh operatives were arrested in a house in Qara Tapa, northeast of the Diyala. [Maalomah]

 

The Dijla Operations commander says security units defused 3 IEDs in the Al-Zor area. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says a Daesh suicide terrorist was killed when an IED exploded on his vehicle bomb in a village south of Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

A Peshmerga source says the Peshmerga arrested a Daesh terrorist in the Gharra village area in Dibis. [BasNews] 

 

Hawija

A Kirkuk Police commander says a woman and her child where wounded by a Daesh IED in the Maktab Khalid area when they were trying to escape Daesh controlled areas. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

The Commander of Ninewa Operations says the east side of Mosul will be fully liberated next week. He says Daesh has used 632 vehicle bombs to attack Iraqi units during the past 45 days. [Anadolu] 

 

MoI says its units have liberated over 95 districts and subdistricts, developed a unified database of terrorists with other government organizations, and are working on restoring local police services in liberated areas. [Mada]

 

A member of the Ninewa PC says Daesh has written the phrase “ready to detonate” on all government offices in the city to confuse the population and discourage state employees from returning to their offices in populated areas. [Ghad] 

 

Officials of Iraq Central bank say Daesh is still able to circulate money despite strict measures by the Central Bank and the US Federal Reserve. Numerous money exchange offices, some run by Daesh itself, are finding neverending ways to transfer money inside the country. [Anadolu] 

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

East Mosul

A security source in Mosul says Daesh snipers killed 15 children during their attempted escape from war-torn areas towards army and security forces. [Sumaria]

 

A Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) commander says his units are currently clearing Hay Al-Zuhour, having finished clearing Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya. He says Daesh is continuously shelling the area with mortars. Search operations in Al-Ikha’ (Al-Oula and Thaniya) and Al-Bakr continue; the units are preparing to enter Al-Qadisiya Al-Oula. [Ghad] 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack in Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya, killing thirteen CTS (“SWAT”) soldiers and destroying a Humvee. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of two suicide terrorists, an Iraqi and a Syrian, who attacked Iraqi forces with vehicle bombs in Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed nine Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Bakr. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces Humvee, damaged a bulldozer, and shot down a drone in Hay Al-Bakr. [Top4Top]

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi service member with an IED in Hay Al-Shaimaa. [Top4Top]

 

The MOD says that 9th army division units are clearing the Intisar neighborhood after liberating it in full, and is about to enter the Al-Saha neighborhood. Other units are clearing Al-Nesaba and Jadidat Al-Mufti. [Buratha] 

 

A source in the Rapid Response unit says 100 Daesh fighters backed by artillery and mortar fire attacked Iraqi army forces in Hay Al-Khadra (liberated) and engaged in a 2-hours long battle that ended with the attackers’ retreat after losing 14 men. The army captured 2 attackers. Army casualties were four killed and nine wounded. Troops from 11th army division arrived and deployed in Al-Khadra, Al-Zahra, and Al-Quds neighborhood to hold ground against possible attacks. [Rudaw] 

 

Here Daesh says its snipers killed fourteen Iraqi soldiers in east Mosul. [Top4Top]

 

North and west Mosul

The Coalition said it attacked, but did not fully destroy, 4 bridges out of 5 in Mosul. The aim is to cripple Daesh’s ability to send reinforcements from the right to the left side of the city. Gen. Robert Jones, deputy Coalition commander, says that Coalition and Iraqi troops are digging trenches on the east side of Mosul to obstruct the movement of vehicle bombs, which has proved very useful. [Ghad] 

 

Conditions in Mosul

Officials say that over 600,000 people in east Mosul are suffering severe water shortage due to ongoing battles, as well as food shortages and price rises. International officials say that the threat of mines and snipers is still a prevalent threat to civilians. [IraqPress]

 

An ICRC official says the battle for Mosul might take months, which will put extra burdens on the country to handle humanitarian issues like food and water shortages, and the flow of refugees, among others.  [SotIraq]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

IFP says it isolated the southern side of Mosul from the areas to the south. The troops are already advancing towards the south side of Mosul, says the IFP. [Buratha] 

 

IFP units are on the outskirts of Ghazlani military camp and are preparing to break into it, says a security source. [Mawazin] 

PMF media says IFP artillery has started shelling Daesh positions at Mosul Airport and Ghazlani camp. [Harbi] 

 

PMF media says 9th army division units are clearing Al-Qasr village of war remnants. [Harbi] 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army BMP armored vehicle and damaged another with two rockets in Al-Qasr village, northwest of Hammam Al-Alil along the river. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the two attacks. [JustPaste] 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi forces Abrams tank with a mortar shell in Al-Qasr village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi Army and PMF military positions in Adhba Hills with light and midsized weapons and forced Iraqi units to retreat. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

Daesh issues a video from Tal Zalat. [A3maq]

 

Qayara/Makhmur

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Shayal Al-Imam village southwest of Makhmur city with 70 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces Humvee with an IED in the Jalaiwkhan village, killing the soldiers inside. [Top4Top]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

PMF media says tens of Daesh terrorists were killed when heavy rains caused the explosion of a weapons warehouse near Tal Afar. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it attacked PMF positions in Al-Sharia village northwest of Tal Afar, and Belona village east of the city, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying 3 military positions, and capturing weapons and ammunition. Daesh says its terrorists returned safely. [JustPaste]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A member of the Mosul District Council denied earlier reports that Mohammed Ibrahim Helayel (Abu Salman) was killed while escaping Judaila village towards Baaj and then to Syria. He said that the man killed one was another terrorist, adding that names of all escapees are made available to security authorities. [Ghad]

 

KURDISTAN

Arrests have been reported among the demonstrators protesting delays of salary payments to Suleimaniya teachers. Sources among the demonstrators say arrests are made selectively and sporadically in order not to draw attention. [ROJ] 

Demonstrators in Suleimaniya reportedly promised to stop their demonstrations if their arrested colleagues are released. [ROJ] 

 

Metro Center for Defending Journalists’ Rights says the body of Shukri Zain, a TV cameraman for the Gorran-affiliated KM TV station, was found in Amedi, in Dahuk. [Sumaria] 

 

A medical source says two civilians were killed and another wounded by unknown armed men in Darbandikhan, in Suleimaniya. The source says the victims refused to give the armed men, who had long hair and long beards, a ride. [Rudaw] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reversed his earlier statements about overthrowing the Syrian regime, telling a conference in Ankara that the purpose of Turkey’s intervention in Syria is to eliminate terrorism and nothing more. [ARA]

 

Turkey’s Prime Minister says there are agreements with Russia in place to ensure stability in Syria in general and Aleppo in particular. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Daesh asked its operatives to stop using social media applications like WhatsApp or Telegram on their mobile phones, having already stopped using Twitter for some time now. The purpose is to minimize chances of detection by the Coalition, which has killed over 20 Daesh leaders recently.  [Qasioun] 

 

Syrian Network for Human Rights says 1,402 civilians lost their lives during November, by various war combatants. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh started to pay the salaries of its soldiers and employees with the “silver Dirham” it issued earlier, equaling 2800 Syrian pounds. Daesh earlier issued the “golden dinar” for use in oil transactions; one Golden Dinar equals US$ 190. [SyriaHR] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted two airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in or near Raqqa (1) and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Battles between SDF and Daesh are continuing west of Al-Shaddadi. Local sources say Turkish nationals fighting for the SDF were killed. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

A commander of YPG says his forces liberated six neighborhoods from opposition forces in east Aleppo, due to demands of the population. He added that YPG would intervene if opposition forces return. [Hawar]

 

Military sources say civilian and YPG fighters were wounded by opposition shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [BasNews] 

YPG units repelled an attack by opposition forces on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

A refugee from east Aleppo says a man had to trade his daughter to opposition fighters for a package of bread to allow his other four children to stay alive. [Hawar]

 

A vehicle bomb exploded in Sahara west of Aleppo, killing three civilians and wounding three others. [ARA]

 

Government troops battled with opposition units for the Al-Ma’adi neighborhood, while opposition forces used artillery and rocket launchers to shell Syrian Army positions in Hay Al-Sha’ar. [ARA]

 

All opposition factions fighting in Aleppo decided to unify their forces to stop the Syrian Army attack on the eastern side of the city as a first stage, and then recover the whole city of Aleppo as the second. The unified army will be called the Army of Aleppo (Jaish Halab). [ARA]

 

The opposition says it killed 30 government soldiers in an army attack on the Sheikh Said neighborhood in east Aleppo. [Qasioun] 

 

The Governor of Aleppo says the government has provided all facilities need to accommodate east Aleppo refugees, and has already received 200,000 of them. Today 350 persons were received. [SyriaNow]  

 

U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday that about 30,000 people are receiving aid after fleeing the besieged eastern zone of Aleppo in the past few days, making the total number of displaced people in the Syrian city more than 400,000.

By Wednesday, about 18,000 people had been registered entering government controlled areas and about 8,500 crossed into Sheikh Maqsoud, the Kurdish-controlled zone of Aleppo, de Mistura’s humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland told reporters. He said those figures were likely to have risen on Thursday. [Reuters] 

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of a bakery in Maslama city. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Al-Bab

A child lost his life following Turkish artillery bombardment on Baraziya Mountain near Qabasin west of Al-Bab.  [Hawar]

 

Opposition units backed by Turkey arrested a Daesh member in Khaliliya village near Al-Bab.

 

Afrin

The Turkish Army continues to build a concrete wall alongside the Kurdish borders between Syria and Turkey. Two construction vehicles arrived near Sanara village to work on the construction. Sanara is 25 km (15.5 miles) from Afrin and 3 km from the border.  [Hawar]

 

Manbij

An American and a German volunteer fighting with the SDF lost their lives in a Turkish bombardment of Manbij. [PUKMedia] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh attacked government’s forces near Tadmur airbase advancing from Abbasiya according to local activists, who said two government soldiers were killed in the attack. Syria launched air and artillery attacks on Daesh held areas in Homs. A non-government civil defense organization says 99 airstrikes were initiated on the area last month, killing 54 civilians. [ARA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh is confiscating houses of citizens who fled Deir Ez-Zor. One recent incident was recorded in Albu Kamal when houses of three families that left the country were confiscated. [ARA]

 

SOHR says government and opposition exchanged artillery fire in Deir Ez-Zor. Warplanes participated in the government attacks. [SyriaHR]

 

A local activist says Daesh has issued stricter regulations on traders in areas it controls in Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Israel advanced towards the ceasefire line near Kafr Elma village in Golan Heights, which is protected by UN troops. Activists believe this is related to the attack by Daesh gunmen on an Israeli unit from a village close to Kafr Elma. [Qasioun] 

 

SOHR says fighting between opposition units and the pro-Daesh Khalid bin Al-Waleed army are continuing with news of two opposition fighters killed in action. [SyriaHR] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian Army captured two trucks packed with gas cylinders and detonators, and arrested a gunman in Ras Sidir, in south Sinai.  [Hawar]

 

The head of the Salafi Party of Egypt says the war in Aleppo and Mosul is against Sunni Muslims. He added that Shia infiltration of Egypt would never be allowed.  [SotIraq]

 

A 13-year-old boy was shot and wounded in Hay Al-Safa in south Arish. [VetoGate]

 

An officer and 6 soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle on the International Road east of Arish city. [VetoGate]

 

A 27-year-old woman was shot and wounded in the Masoura area in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “battles with the Egyptian Army” in areas south of Sheikh Zuweid. (The photos show nothing but terrorists shooting.) [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol in the Mahdiya area south of Rafah. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

 

Local sources say a 5-year-old boy was wounded by a land mine in the Niji’ Shaibana area south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Benghazi Medical Center says 2 IEDs exploded in the center without causing human casualties. [Libya24] 

 

An LNA spokesman says LNA artillery destroyed a big ammunition storehouse in the Busnaib area. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

The Government of National Accord (GNA) military issued a statement refuting an Al-Jazeera report about the GNA providing secure routes for Daesh terrorists to leave Sirte. It says it is only allowing women and children to leave, not armed men. [Wasat]

 

A military source says GNA snipers killed 3 Daesh terrorists in the Giza area in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Northwest

Battles erupted between local militias in different areas in Tripoli. Seven people were killed and several others wounded in the battles so far. Informed sources say the clashes were between Al-Qaeda groups and Muslim Brotherhood groups. [Wasat] [Libya24] [Libya24] 

 

The UN Mission in Libya says thirty-eight civilians, including eight children and three women, were killed and fifty-one wounded during the month of November. [Wasat]

 

Other countries 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it shot and killed four “Sahwa” fighters in the Khalis Family area in Jalalabad. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh might be referring to local militiamen. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

A woman from Mosul meeting her son for the first time at a camp in Erbil after the family was separated because of a Daesh vehicle bomb that exploded on the family last week. The women’s husband and two other sons are still missing. [Rudaw] 

 

A video of civilians from Mosul, including children, shot by Daesh terrorists [CTS] 

A video of children from Mosul gathering around CTS fighters [Yalla] 

 

A video of a Daesh cell captured in Baghdad [MoD] 

A video of a Daesh fighting position near Mosul being destroyed by a Coalition plane on November 10 [US Embassy] 

 

A video of PMF fighter in Maflaka village, near Tal Afar city. [Harbi] 

 

A video of a Daesh tunnel found in Qara Tapa village, south of Tal Afar [YouTube] 

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]  

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Naba’ magazine. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

November 30, 2016

 

Aleppo (Hawar)

Aleppo (Hawar)

Today’s Major Developments

Government claims 60% of east Mosul and 23 neighborhoods cleared. [..]

UN cites dire situation of Mosul civilians. [..]

200 families have returned home to Nimrud. [..]

PUK explains its side of the oil for salaries dispute. [..]

Government, opposition shelling kills more civilians in Aleppo. [..]

Turks keep bombing the Manbij Military Council. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Coalition spokesman, Colonel John Dorrian, told Reuters by telephone that the battle to retake Mosul from Daesh has become “very hard” in recent weeks but the pace will quicken once Iraqi forces manage to push in from the north and south of the city. He says “(Daesh) has been in the city for two years with a lot of time to build very elaborate defenses and to hoard weapons and resources that are now being used to complicate the advance.” Dorrian was referring to Daesh’s use of suicide car bombs and civilian human shields. [Reuters]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, in or near Mosul (4), Qayara (1), and Sinjar (1); plus Baiji (1) and Al-Qa’im (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Military Intelligence says it arrested a Daesh terror cell composed of three persons, planning for attacks in Baghdad. [Ayn]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The MoI says unidentified armed men kidnapped a wholesale drug store owner on Sadoun Street. [Sumaria]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says one civilian was killed and three wounded by an IED explosion in Tajiyat.  [Waradna]

BOC says 59th army brigade found an explosives cache in Dhiab Al-Dhari. [BOC Facebook Page]

BOC says 22nd army brigade found an explosives cache in Bustan Albu Mohsen. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The BOC says an IED exploded in Zayouna, without causing any casualties. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi police vehicle in the Zayouna area, killing the policemen inside. [A3maq]

An MoI source says the body of a woman shot to death was found in Husseiniyat Al-Ma’amel. [Maalomah]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

BOC says 55th army brigade found an explosives cache and destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in Mullah Rushdi.  [BOC Facebook Page]

BOC says 23rd army brigade found an explosives cache and destroyed 3 guesthouses in Sayafiya and Shakha 7. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West

An MoI source says an IED killed one civilian and wounded another six in Ghazaliya. [Ghad]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents:     3

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Anbar Provincial Council requested Baghdad support to send EOD experts to help remove the remaining IEDs and booby traps from Anbar cities, mainly Ramadi and Falluja. The council’s spokesman says Daesh placed their IEDs in a very sophisticated manner, especially those in houses, so they require special expertise to remove. [Ayn]

 

A security source says two large explosives caches were found in the Kilo 5 area west of Ramadi and Al-Qarya Al-Asriya northwest of the city. [Waradana]

 

Daesh says it killed six Sahwa fighters by detonating an IED in the Albu Farraj area northeast of Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

Khaldiya subdistrict council says a large weapons and explosives cache was found stored in an empty house in Khaldiya. [Maalomah]

 

Falluja

A security source says a Tribal Mobilization member was killed as he entered his booby-trapped house in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Sumaria]

A Tribal Mobilization leader says a PMF fighter was killed while he was trying to defuse an IED in Hay Nazzal in Falluja city. [Maalomah]

 

A family of five members lost their lives when their tent was set on fire by a heater placed inside, in Markaziya camp in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, according to a source in Anbar Police. [Anadolu]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says one of its Palestinian suicide terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army gathering in the Ma’amir area south of Hit with a vehicle bomb, killing more than ten soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a Humvee. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A Tribal Mobilization source says preparations to liberate Anah, Rawa, and Al-Qa’im have been completed with formation of a tribal battalion to hold the ground after liberation. [Mawazin]

 

The MoD says Iraqi Sukhois destroyed a Daesh HQ in Anah, and another in Rawa, killing 15 terrorists. A second strike in Rawa killed 6 more terrorists of foreign nationalities. [MOD website]

 

Local source in Anbar says Iraqi and coalition warplanes destroyed over 30 Daesh targets including training camps and guesthouses in Anah and Rawa, as a step before liberating them. [Mawazin]

 

Nukhaib

The PMF Press says the 3rd division of Saraya Al-Salam (Sadrists) assumed control of the sand barrier and towers separating Anbar from Kerbala, to protect Kerbala and Ain Al-Tamur in particular. [Mediaalsadroffice]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The IWMC says a Joint force of the army and Tribal Mobilization liberated Al-Khattab village east of Shirqat. [Mawazin]

 

A local source says PMFs shot down a Daesh recon drone in Shirqat. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

A Samarra District Council source says that Samarra will still be under the threat of Daesh unless the Mtaibija area north of the Samarra desert is liberated. He expressed surprise of the delay of liberation of an area that has no more than 95-100 Daesh fighters with motorcycles and explosive belts. [Ayn]

 

DIYALA

The Dijla Operations commander says his troops captured 5 men wanted on terrorism charges in different areas in Diyala province. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A security source says one civilian was killed and four wounded by an IED explosion in Baquba. [Maalomah]

 

The Commander of Dijla Operations says a unit of the command forces implemented two operations that destroyed a guesthouse in the Al-Zor orchard area and defused two IEDs in Mukhaisa. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a local mukhtar in a village north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

The Dijla Operations Commander says his troops destroyed 7 Daesh guesthouses and confiscated 7 IEDs in the Abbara (north of Baquba) and Abu Saida areas. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says 5 persons were arrested in the city on charges of joining Daesh. [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the Coalition forces, and Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi, Army Chief of Staff, discussed the possibility of using air drops in western and central Mosul to isolate Daesh held areas and expedite the pace of the campaign, a military source says. This would likely mean more involvement by US Apache helicopters.  [Ghad]

 

Iraqi Army, the PMF, Tribal Mobilization, and local Shabak, Yazidi, and Christian units have discussed how to manage liberated areas in the Nineveh Plain and southeast Mosul, including provision of services and supplies and humanitarian assistance. [Mada]

 

The MOD says Coalition warplanes killed 58 terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, a tunnel, 10 pickup trucks, and 1 cannon, in support of Ninewa operations. [MOD website]

 

The IAA commander says army helicopters performed 1,630 attacks since the start of operations in Mosul. These raids killed 1,530 terrorists, and destroyed 56 vehicle bombs, 143 machine gun-mounted trucks, 42 mortar cells, and 42 houses. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

East Mosul

The IWMC says Iraqi forces have cleared 23 neighborhoods in east Mosul thus far. [Sumaria]

 

The CTS commander says Iraqi forces cleared more than 60% of the east side of Mosul. He says the liberation operation is going according to schedule and the main goal is to preserve the lives of civilians. [Etejah]

 

IWMC says CTS forces today captured the Al-Ikha’ Al-Thaniya neighborhood of Mosul and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings. [Mawazin]

 

A CTS source said its forces entered Al-Barid neighborhood in Mosul amid fierce fighting, adding that two Daesh vehicle bombs were destroyed upon entry. [Mawazin]

However, a CTS officer says Daesh attacked the Al-Barid and Al-Jamia neighborhoods in east Mosul with three vehicle bombs, killing fifteen and wounding twenty, including five soldiers. [BasNews]

 

A security source says CTS entered Al-Shuhada neighborhood in east Mosul and is currently engaged in heavy fighting with Daesh terrorists. [Shafaq]

 

A security source says CTS forces destroyed a truck bomb and killed its driver in the Al-Zuhour neighborhood.  [Waradna]

 

A CTS source says one was civilian killed and seven wounded by Daesh Katyusha shelling of the recently captured Al-Muharibin neighborhood in Mosul. Three soldiers were also wounded.  [SotIraq]

MOD says 9th army division EOD units found a large explosives cache in southeast Mosul and safely cleared it. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a “SWAT” (CTS special forces) gathering in Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya in east Mosul, killing eight fighters and destroying a Humvee and a bulldozer. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted a second suicide attack on Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya, killing more than ten “SWAT” members and destroying a bulldozer. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says 2 suicide terrorists, an Iraqi and a Syrian, attacked Iraqi forces in Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya with 2 vehicle bombs, killing eighteen soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 2 bulldozers and a Humvee. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says one civilian was killed and three wounded when a mortar shell fired by Daesh hit their house in east Mosul’s Al-Bakr neighborhood. [Shafaq]

 

Daesh issues a video of Tuesday’s suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on Iraqi forces on Hay Al-Bakr in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldiers in east Mosul. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Hay Al-Intisar in east Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

A Ninewa Police captain says twelve civilians were killed and eleven wounded by a Daesh shelling in east Mosul. [BasNews]

 

The MOD says 9th armored division and the 3rd brigade of 1st infantry division are finalizing liberation of the Nesaba and Jadidat Al-Mufti areas so as to approach the fourth bridge, connecting the two sides of Mosul. [MOD website]

 

A military source says that after liberating Al-Qadisiya Al-Aula and entering the Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya neighborhood, CTS troops will be only 3 km from the Tigris River. [Ayn]

 

North and west Mosul

A military source says operations to liberate the west side of Mosul will start very shortly after finalizing all necessary preparation and logistics. [Ayn]

 

MOD says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a workshop for bomb-rigging armored vehicles in New Mosul, a training camp in Dawasa, and a bombing workshop on the west side of the city. [MOD website]

 

Daesh documents found in Mosul showing that Daesh is preparing to leave Mosul (video). [Al-Aan]

DaeshDaily comment. We can’t evaluate this report. However, we note that there have been many similar reports and Daesh is still fighting hard in Mosul.

 

Conditions in Mosul

The UN says that the situation Mosul is dire for civilians due to continued bombing and shortage of food and water supplies. [IraqPress]

 

A member of Ninewa Provincial Council warned of a humanitarian tragedy following Daesh booby-trapping of the Taxation Authority building in Nabi Yunus in Mosul, located in a busy area on the east side of the city. Once detonated, a massive tragedy could result. Daesh members wrote the inscription “Done” on the building.  [Sumaria]

 

Daesh issues a video of distributing zakat in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The IWMC says the IFP shelled Daesh targets in Tal Al-Rumman village on the southern outskirts of Mosul with artillery, killing 26 terrorists and destroying two vehicle bombs. [Mawazin]

 

Rapid Intervention Force says it is ready to capture the Albu Saif and Mosul airport areas. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Tal Zalat, southwest of the city, killing 15 soldiers and wounding others. Daesh says it captured the area after heavy fighting, killing more soldiers, destroying 2 Russian tanks, and capturing 6 vehicles. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

PMF authority says PMF liberated the villages of Salhiya in southwest Mosul District and Bota Al-Sharqiya (Bota East) across the border in southern Tal Afar. The villages are currently being cleared of IEDs and war remnants. [Mada]

Daesh publishes photos of a suicide attack conducted by a Chechen suicide terrorist near Salhiya village on Tuesday. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it shot down a PMF drone and destroyed a T72 tank near Tal Faris village in southwest Mosul District near the Tal Afar border. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

A PMF commander says the PMFs are ready to recapture Tal Abta village at the far southwest corner of Mosul District, which controls the supply road from Raqqa. He says that Tal Afar will then be totally surrounded. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. We have seen a lot of news items in the past several days from this otherwise obscure corner of Mosul District—from Tal Abta, Salhiya, and Tal Faris, and from the Tal Afar side of the border. This story, focused on Tal Abta as a strategically located road junction, may be the explanation.

 

Qayara/Makhmur

Daesh says it killed 20 PMF fighters and destroyed 2 Humvees by detonating 5 IEDs in Shayal Al-Imam village in southwest Makhmur. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a BMP armored vehicle and damaged another near the same village with B10 rockets, killing the fighters inside. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Nineveh Plain

An Iraqi Army commander says Iraqi Army 16th division stopped a Daesh attack on the Bawiza area just northeast of Mosul, killing several terrorists, including two suicide bombers. He also says two Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the attack. [AfriGate]

 

Kurdish sources say Peshmerga EOD units removed over 3,000 tons of explosives from Bashiqa and surrounding areas. [ARA]

 

The Nimrud subdistrict manager in Hamdaniya says 200 families have returned home after liberation of the area and clearing of war remnants by the 9th army division. It says that the returnees are going through security checks now. [Mada]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of the Tuesday attack on PMFs near Southern Turkmaniya village. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several PMF fighters and destroyed a Humvee and a car and captured weapons and ammunition in an attack near Handhala village west of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Humvee with an IED in the Hatra area, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

Regarding the oil-related disagreement between Baghdad and the KDP reported here yesterday, KDP officials say it refused a PUK suggestion for an oil agreement between Baghdad and Erbil. A PUK MP says the suggestion was that Baghdad allocate to KRG 17% of the federal budget (which had been the agreed share, based on population), paid in two stages. The first would occur when the KRG provided some of the Kirkuk oil production to Baghdad and would cover salary money owed to KRG employees. The second would be after Erbil provides 250,000 barrels of crude to Baghdad. [Rudaw]

 

A Kurdish MP says 2 of the 3 persons arrested for assassinating cleric Hoshyar Abdullah confessed to the murder. One is a KDP member and the other is from the KDP Peshmerga. [Almasala]

 

The Jewish Community representative in Kurdistan says Jewish people commemorated the 71st anniversary of the forced migration of Jews from Iraq. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The pattern of displacement and forced migration started with Jewish Iraqis. Later those targeted were the Shia, the Kurds, the Yazidis, the Shabaks, the Christians, and the Sunnis. Iraq will be a real country when it is fully protecting the rights of all of its citizens. One powerful symbolic gesture at the start of this new page of Iraqi history would be to welcome back its Jewish families.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Several sources say that Chinese military service members have arrived into the Khmeimim Airbase by the Mediterranean. One source says most are technicians and may be part of a Russian and Chinese cooperation agreement. [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment. We have seen no corroboration for this report.

 

Iran handed over to Syria a Kurdish man who spent 11 years in Iranian prisons on charges of joining the PKK. [Hawar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in or near Raqqa (1), Shaddadi (2), and Abu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Battles between SDF and Daesh are continuing near Abu Fas village in Al-Shaddadi south of Hasaka. Artillery shelling from both sides is also reported. [ARA]

 

The number of Iraqi refugees in Al-Hawl camp is now over 9,000, most escaping from Mosul, They are paying around $100 per person to traffickers who take them close to the Rajm Sulaibi border crossing and then to Al-Hawl camp. [ARA]

 

12 families (25 persons) have left Al-Hawl camp heading to Iraqi Kurdistan after receiving approvals from the KRG. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

SOHR says land mines placed by Daesh exploded at a farm, killing and wounding several people. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

In a press conference with the French foreign minister, an opposition official demanded that the international community and Syrian authorities open a safe route for east Aleppo refugees to leave their city. [Hawar]

 

The Civil Defense organization says that government shelling killed 42 civilians, mostly women and children. He added that the opposition is blocking government attacks on the Sheikh Said neighborhood south of Aleppo. UN officials say Syrian authorities are detaining male refugees from east Aleppo who reach areas under government control.  [ARA]

 

Jaish Al-Fath group says it recovered the Sheikh Said neighborhood captured by government forces yesterday, despite the air support provided by the Syrian and Russian warplanes. [ARA]

Syrian government says its army recaptured Sheikh Said neighborhood after losing it to the opposition yesterday. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment. We recognize that these reports are in conflict. Oddly, both acknowledge losing control of the neighborhood before regaining it.

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense says its warplanes haven’t targeted Aleppo city in 44 days. [Sumaria]

 

29 civilians lost their lives in bombardment and counter bombardment between government and opposition forces in Aleppo. Government forces artillery shelled over 16 areas east of Aleppo while the opposition shelled 8 neighborhoods on the west side in retaliation. Syrian warplanes attacked 11 areas north, west, and south of the city.  [Hawar]

Local activists say eight civilians were killed and twenty wounded in the opposition’s shelling of government-held neighborhoods. [ARA]

Mayadin TV says opposition shelling killed 30 civilians in Aleppo who were trying to reach Syrian Army positions. [SyriaNow]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense says successes of the Syrian Army allowed 18,000 civilians to evacuate Aleppo safely. [SyriaNow]

The Russian MOD says it is sending EOD specialists to Aleppo to assist the Syrian Army. [SyriaNow]

The Russian MOD says a Russian EOD unit was sent to Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in Sheikh Keif village east of the Aleppo Industrial City with mortars and heavy machine guns. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting Syrian Army positions with mortars in Al-Aqoula village south of the Kowaires Airport. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Jarabulus

An MMC commander says that the groups fighting under Turkish support in the Dara’ Al-Furat operations are facing dissension and desertions, which is a sign of their failure. He says Jarabulus Military Council has received 25 fighters who deserted these groups. [Hawar]

 

Al-Bab

Turkish army says 5 of its soldiers were wounded in clashes with Daesh near Al-Bab city. The statement did not specify the exact area. [ARA]

 

The Turkey-supported opposition says it blocked a Daesh attack on Dana village north of Al-Bab with the support of Turkish warplanes. [ARA]

 

Manbij

Manbij Military Council says it repelled the attack of Turkish-supported opposition fighters on Olasha village after killing 37 attackers. The battle for these areas has been on for several days with the support of Turkish warplanes, which attacked MMC positions and caused several casualties. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in Awsajli Saghir village west of Manbij with heavy machine guns. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

An opposition group says it blocked a Syrian Army attack on Jawalik, north of Homs, killing 6 of the attacking force. The battle took several hours.  [ARA]

 

Russian warplanes attacked Daesh positions in the Al-Muhur and Jazl oilfields and the Al-Sawame’ area. [ARA]

Meanwhile, land battles are continuing between Daesh and the Syrian Army. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A spokeswoman of the Russian foreign ministry says 200,000 citizens besieged by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor are in need of humanitarian support.  She says most of international humanitarian support goes to areas under opposition control, while those under Daesh control receive only 1%. [EnabBaladi]

 

Continuing battles are reported along the eastern side of Deir Ez-Zor airport between the Syrian Army and Daesh. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says Daesh captured a tobacco shipment in the Tadmur desert and burned it, then took the drivers to unidentified locations. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says two children died at the Al-Rakban camp east of Homs, for lack of food and medicine. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying a Syrian Army heavy machine gun on Harabish Mountain in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Israeli warplanes attacked western Rif Damascus areas without causing casualties. The purpose and target of the operations are not clear. [Hawar]

 

In the ongoing battle for the western part of Daraa, an opposition group says it killed 18 Daesh terrorists. It also says it destroyed a vehicle and killed several government’s troops east of Daraa. [ARA]

 

The opposition says it inflicted heavy losses on Daesh near Qalamoun, in the desert areas. A local opposition leader says the opposition is scanning the Sham Badia (desert) for Daesh units. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues a video of its affiliate Khalid Army in battles in the Yarmouk Basin. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [DawaAlhaq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Libya

Northeast

A military source says the Libyan National Army (LNA) captured the Customs Compound in west Benghazi. The source says the battles are still ongoing in the area. One LNA soldier was killed and twenty wounded during the battles. [Libya24] [Libya24]

 

Military sources say an LNA general was wounded during the fighting in the Busnaib area west of Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

A military intelligence service says Daesh terrorists who fled Sirte are moving between southeast Misrata and east Bani Walid. The source says American planes targeted a Daesh convoy in the Souf Al-Jin area on Tuesday. [Wasat]

 

AFRICOM says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte on Monday, destroying 14 Daesh positions. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisia Ministry of Interior says security units found a weapons storehouse and confiscated anti-aircraft heavy machine guns in Ben Guerdane. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Families from Mosul celebrating the presence of Iraqi forces. One child is very happy that she is going back to school. [Mawsleya] [Harbi]

 

CTS commanders in a Daesh guesthouse in Hay Al-Zuhour in east Mosul [Mawsleya]

 

A Daesh vehicle bomb being destroyed [YouTube]

PMF fighters destroying a charging Daesh vehicle bomb [YouTube]

 

PMF fighters helping displaced families [YouTube]

 

PMF fighters capturing a Daesh vehicle loaded with weapons south of Tal Afar. [YouTube]

 

A mass grave of Yazidi victims found by the Peshmerga [YouTube]

Syria

Young men from Idlib demonstrating against Fath Al-Sham (Nusra), Ahrar Al-Sham and other militant groups (video). The demonstrators were raising the flag of the Syrian revolution and were confronted by the militiamen. The democratic opposition movement has been largely overcome by the more extreme Sunni militias. [Hawar]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its Asian terrorists. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about battles in the Tal Afar area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

 

November 29, 2016

 

Yazidi Displaced People (BasNews)

Yazidi Displaced People (BasNews)

Today’s Major Developments

Catholic patriarch asks EU to help restore Christian areas. [..]

Al-Abadi provides informative interview with Associated Press. [..]

Iraqi forces edge toward north, west Mosul. [..]

15th Army reported ready to enter Tal Afar city. [..]

Oil management issue between GOI, KRG reappears. [..]

Coalition investigation concludes it killed Syrian soldiers with errant bombing attack. [..]

16,000 Syrians flee east Aleppo. [..]

Speculation rises on relationship of YPG & Syrian government. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Chaldean Patriarch Luis Sako says in a meeting with the EU Ambassador to Iraq that the return of the Christian families to their areas in the Nineveh Plain is linked to the liberation of Mosul and the entire Ninewa Province, the removal of land mines and IEDs, and the reconstruction of houses and infrastructure, and asks the EU for help. [Mada]

 

Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of the International Coalition, arrived in Bagdad and met with Maj. Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi, the Army Chief of Staff. [Ghad]

 

Prime Minister Abadi denied media reports about PMF intentions to establish a “security zone” in Syria. [Mada]

 

The Minister of Displacement and Migration says 80,000 people have left their houses in Ninewa and Hawija so far. [Sumaria]

 

A CoR member from Anbar says the CoR opened an investigation into the number of Tribal PMF fighters. He says 40,000 fighters are officially registered while the actual number on the ground is only 20,000, which mean that half of the numbers are “ghost fighters”. [Sumaria]

 

In an interview Monday with the Associated Press Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said Daesh lacks the courage to put up long-term resistance in Mosul, despite unleashing hundreds of car bombs that have killed and maimed Iraqi soldiers and civilians. “We have seen the whole organization collapsing . . . in the face of our own armed forces,” Al-Abadi said. “The success of liberating a huge area indicates that Daesh does not have the guts now or the motivation to fight as they were doing before.”

Abadi said Mosul was now completely encircled and that the speed with which the area was secured surpassed his expectations. He declined to say how many Iraqi troops have been killed since the operation began six weeks ago but said the rate of battlefield losses was “sustainable.”

Unlike past operations, the government has called on residents to stay inside their homes—a strategy that has slowed the military’s advance. But he said it was necessary to avoid creating a humanitarian disaster from fleeing residents overwhelming camps as winter approaches.

Abadi said he expects the incoming Trump Administration to grant Iraq a greater degree of logistical support in its war on terror, and dismissed suggestions by Mr. Trump in the election campaign that he would seize some of Iraq’s oil production as a kind of “reimbursement.” “I am not going to judge the man by his election statements,” Abadi said with a smile. “I am going to judge him by what he does later.”

Abadi also said of progress toward greater reconciliation between the country’s religious and ethnic groups “We have moved quite far in terms of reaching out to our own population.” He said there had been “a huge reversal” in terms of communities now welcoming the Iraqi military in a way that would once have been inconceivable.

Abadi acknowledged that some militia fighters have been found guilty of committing abuses against civilians. He said many had been sentenced to death and that he would investigate any further reports of misconduct. “My role is not to cover up for the crimes of others,” the Iraqi leader said. The Shiite militiamen “are mainly volunteers, Iraqi nationalists who rise up to defend their own country. They are prepared to sacrifice their own lives, their own families for the defense of Iraq.” [AP]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), Rawa (1), Baiji (1), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

The BOC says 59th army brigade found a large weapons and explosives cache during an inspection routine in Al-Aridha. [Mawazin]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MOI source says a civilian was shot dead by unidentified armed men near his house in Shaab. [Ghad]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MOI source says a civilian was wounded after being shot by men with silenced guns in Al-Rashad. [Ghad]

A security source says the body of a man shot in the head was found in Al-Sadda, in Sadr City.  [Ghad]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says a south Baghdad checkpoint captured a truck packed with explosive belts, IEDs, C4, and ammonia hidden under layers of second hand clothes. [Mawazin]

The MOD says 1st battalion of the 23rd brigade killed a terrorist in Khtaimiya. [MoD Website]

The BOC says 25th army brigade found a large explosives cache in the Kilo 5 area south of Baghdad. [Mawazin]

The BOC says 55th army brigade found and destroyed a Daesh guesthouse also containing a large quantity of weapons and explosives in Fahhama. [Mawazin]

 

Southeast

An MOI source says an IED killed one civilian and wounded eight others in Jisr Diyala. [Ghad]

An MOI source said an IED placed near a coffee shop in the Al-Bawi area in Mada’in killed one civilian and wounded five others.  [Ghad]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents:          3

 

ANBAR

Jordan says it is unable yet to open the Karama border crossing with Iraq pending final security evaluation of the situation along the international road connecting Iraq to Jordan. [Shafaq]

 

Falluja

A commander in the Tribal Mobilization says 250 Daesh terrorists were arrested during the past month after credentials checks on returnees to the Qarma subdistrict of Falluja. [Mada]

 

A commander in the Tribal Mobilization in Falluja says a mass grave was found near the Muthanna “establishment” (a former military-industrial compound) north of the Falluja District. The grave contained 15 bodies including that of a Sahwa commander from Thirthar.  [Mada]

 

Ramadi

A spokesman for Anbar tribes says 106,000 families have returned to their homes in various liberated areas of the province. That means 70% of the families who left because of Daesh and war operations have returned. He says that the rest will return as soon as basic services are restored in their home areas.

 

The US says 1, 652, 596 sq. meters in Anbar have been cleared of explosive materials. The total explosives removed exceeded 21 tons. [Shafaq]

 

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded 4 by detonating an IED on their car in Hay Al-Andalus in Ramadi city. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says a female child was killed in an IED explosion in Maisariya village in Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A source in Anbar Operations says three Daesh members were stabbed to death in Rawa, west of Anbar. The attackers are unidentified. [Mada]

 

The 7th army division commander says Coalition warplane killed 9 terrorists and destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles in Um Al-Wiz in Rawa. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Daesh is spreading decoys to deceive attacking forces mainly from the air. A local tribal mobilization commander said that dummies of soldiers, tanks, and cannons were placed in Anah and Rawa for this purpose.  [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The JOC announced the start of an operation to liberate the east side of Shirqat from two directions. [Mada]

The IWMC says armed forces liberated the villages of Shayal Al-Abli and Shayal Al-Imam on the east side of Shirqat. Sources say that this will lead to besieging Hawija as well. [Mada] [Rudaw]

 

The IWMC says that army and Tribal Mobilization units are now attacking Kan’ous and Al-Nahiya villages in the east part of Shirqat.  [IWMC Facebook page]

 

A US B-51 bomber attacked and destroyed one of the largest Daesh weapons warehouses in east Shirqat, says a security source. [Sumaria]

 

The MOD says an EOD unit of Salahuddin Operations Command found explosives caches in both Khanuqa and Tilul Al-Baj villages. [MoD Website]

 

The MOD says 13th IFP brigade found and destroyed four IEDs placed on a rural road near Shirqat.  Another 5 IEDs in the area were defused. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

The MOD says 37,316 families from various districts passed the security check and returned to their homes. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

Daesh said it conducted 3 suicide attacks with explosives vests on police, PMFs, and Shia pilgrims in Samarra on Monday. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says one of the suicide terrorists attacked a police and PMF gathering, the second attacked the house of a Salahuddin Provincial Council member, while the third attacked a bus station. It says the terrorists killed or wounded “tens” of people in the three attacks. [Top4Top]

 

Tooz

Daesh says it attacked PMF military positions in the Zarqa area in Tooz with light, midsized, and heavy weapons. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh says its snipers shot and wounded a Peshmerga fighter in Tal Al-Basal village in Tooz subdistrict. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The Diyala Police chief says his units captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Kanaan, east of Baquba. [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A Security source in Diyala says three persons were arrested on terrorism charges in the Jalawla and Assalam areas. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

A security source in Diyala says a Daesh official responsible for Daesh guesthouses in Diyala was arrested in Balad Ruz.  [Journal]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A source in Kirkuk Police says an IED explosion wounded four civilians while heading toward Peshmerga units in Riyadh. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A security source in Kirkuk says unidentified men killed Abu Wala Al-Tunisi, a Daesh leader, as he exited a store in Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A security source in Kirkuk says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in Al-Rashad, killing 18 of them. Daesh terrorists were getting ready to attack Peshmerga units near Allas oilfields. [Sumaria] [Shafaq]

 

NINEWA

Ministry of Education says 412 schools have been reopened in liberated areas of Ninewa. [Mawsleya]

 

Mosul

The Mayor of Mosul says fifty civilians were killed and 300 wounded since the start of the military operations in the city. He says 2-3 civilians are getting killed every day by Daesh shelling on liberated areas.

A CoR member from Ninewa says Daesh has lost most of its ability to attack Iraqi forces. He says Daesh was able to send out 30 car bombs a day but now it can barely send one or two. He also says Iraqi forces cleared civilians from 20 neighborhoods in east Mosul. In the northern military sector, where Iraqi army 16th division is, and Nujaifi’s “national guard,” nothing is moving. However, a CoR member says there will be “surprises” there.

As for the south, a Ninewa Provincial Council member says the fighting is suspended, not because of Daesh resistance but because Iraqi forces want to secure the area before capturing the Albu Saif villages and moving on to the airport. He says the Albu Saif battles will be easier because the civilians have left. [Mada]

 

Local sources in Mosul say Daesh is transferring large quantities of IDs, mostly of its victims, from Mosul hospital to unidentified locations. The IDs are stored in large iron boxes, called ID graveyards, and contain identification papers of persons killed by the terror group in Mosul, many of them security and military personnel. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul liberation campaign

A security source in Mosul says Coalition warplanes attacked the building of Sama Al Mosul TV, used by Daesh as a security HQ. The source says that several terrorists were killed while 60-65% of the building was destroyed. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed 540 Iraqi and Peshmerga soldiers and destroyed 125 vehicles in the sixth week of the battle for Mosul. [ARA]

 

IWMC says 11 Daesh leaders and 18 fighters were killed in an Iraqi F-16 strike east of Mosul. [Ghad]

 

IWMC says IAF killed 20 terrorists including Saudi and Tunisian nationals, and destroyed 6 drones in east Mosul. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi army units control a major junction connecting Al-Nour, Muthanna, and Masarif neighborhoods in Mosul. [SyriaNow]

 

East Mosul

The UN reported on a variety of incidents in which Daesh killed civilians in Mosul. Some victims refused to let Daesh place snipers and rocket launchers on their houses’ roofs. The report says that on Nov, 11, Daesh shot 12 citizens dead for refusing. On Nov. 24, Daesh shot dead 27 citizens in the Al-Muhandisin neighborhood; on Nov. 22 Daesh shot dead a 7 year old kid who ran towards army forces in the Aden neighborhood. [Mada]

 

A commander in the Iraqi army says 73rd army brigade and the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) broke into Al-Sukr and Tamim neighborhoods east and north of Mosul. [Shafaq]

 

CTS says it is clearing the other half of the Al-Zuhour neighborhood after liberating Al-Abadi junction in the city.  [ARA]

 

CTS says it liberated 90% of Al-Bakr neighborhood in Mosul. [IraqPress]

That news did not deter the Daesh propagandists. Daesh says it killed eight “SWAT” members and destroyed two Humvees in a suicide attack on the outskirts of Hay Al-Bakr. [A3maq] It issued a video of the suicide attack. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed nine “SWAT” members and destroyed 2 Humvees in its suicide attack on the outskirts of Hay Al-Bakr. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists, one from Morocco and the other from Syria, attacked Iraqi forces with 2 vehicle bombs on the outskirts of Hay Al-Bakr, killing eighteen service members, wounding others, and destroying 4 Humvees. [StoreUp]

Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi service members on the outskirts of Hay Aden, Al-Bakr, and the Bawiza area (the last being outside the city). [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. So how do we evaluate the sharp contradiction between the government and Daesh stories? Notice that these attacks occurred “on the outskirts” of these neighborhoods. Such wording (synonymous with “near”) tells you that Daesh has lost this territory and is trying to obscure the fact. Daesh is always victorious (even when it’s not).

 

Daesh publishes a photo of the Syrian suicide terrorist who conducted an attack on Iraqi forces near Hay Al-Muharibin. [StoreUp]

Here Daesh says 3 Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with vehicle bombs, one near Hay Al-Bakr, the other in Hay Al-Muharibin, and the third, near the Bawiza area. It says more than 35 soldiers were killed, and others wounded, and an Abrams tank and 6 Humvees were destroyed in the attacks. [StoreUp]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles on the outskirts of Hay Al-Intisar in east Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Another meaningless “outskirts” story.

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in different areas in east Mosul and east of Mosul with more than 215 mortars, 4 Katyushas, and 2 heavy artillery shells, destroying 7 military positions. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh says it killed ten “SWAT” (Special Forces) members and destroyed an Abrams tank and a Humvee Hay Al-Muharibin in northeast Mosul. [A3maq]

 

North and west Mosul

Coalition command says that the pace of battles in Mosul will be quicker as Iraqi forces enter the city from the north, south, and east, adding, however, that Daesh’s two-year stay in the city allowed it to build its resources and defenses. [Waradana]

 

A military source says 9th army division is advancing from the north from near Al-Kindi towards Al-Hadba neighborhood to enter the west side of Mosul.  [Waradana]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil/Mosul subdistrict

The IFP Commander says IFP shelled a Daesh camp in Ibrahimiya village, 3 km south of Mosul, with rockets, killing 7. [Mawazin]

 

The IFP commander says his units shelled Daesh positions in Tilal Abu Saif near Mosul airport, killing five of them, including one Chechnya national. [Ghad]

IFP units are shelling Albu Saif and Ghazlani as a preparation to enter the southern part of Mosul. [ARA]

 

The IFP says its snipers killed 9 terrorists near Um Al-Masayid village, recaptured over the weekend, and says it found a large explosives cache in the area. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on Al-Qasr village, northwest of Hammam Al-Alil along the river, killing more than ten soldiers and destroying 6 Humvees and a BMP armored vehicle. [A3maq]

 

IFP says its units are searching the caves and hills south of Mosul for Daesh escapees from Shura and Hammam Al-Alil.  [Forat]

 

PMF media says it had reached the outskirts of strategic Tal Abta village in far southwest Mosul District after liberating 270 sq. km during the fifth stage of its operations west of Mosul. [Shafaq]

 

PMF says Daesh forces inside Tal Abta are estimated at 600. [Waradana]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a PMF gathering near Salihiya village northeast of Tal Abta, killing or wounding PMF fighters and destroying a T72 tank. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says a Chechen suicide terrorist conducted the attack near Salihiya village. [Top4Top]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF armored personnel carrier with a rocket near Al-Faisaliya village (also called Al-Sada) northwest of Tal Abta at the southern end of Tal Afar District. [A3maq]

 

A security source says PMF units found two mass graves of persons executed by Daesh west of Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

PMF says it reopened a primary school in Al-Shura, and contribute to reviving over 100 liberated villages through provision of humanitarian support and reoperation of water & sanitation health, schooling, and power facilities [Harbi]

 

Qayara/Makhmur

A security source says Rapid Response units liberated Al-Lazaga village next to Al-Hawd. [Forat]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi T72 tank with a rocket near the Haj Ali area south of Qayara. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of targeting the tank. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi forces Humvees in battles in Shayala Al-Imam and Al-Sahel villages southeast of Qayara. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed 20 Iraqi service members and destroyed 7 Humvees and a T72 tank in a suicide attack in Shayala Al-Imam. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it has conducted 3 suicide attacks on PMF gatherings in Shayala Al-Imam and Al-Sahel. [A3maq]

 

A PUK official says the Iraqi army, backed by Coalition warplanes, started an operation to liberate three villages in Makhmur. [Hawar]

 

Nineveh Plain

A security source says 16th Army division repelled a Daesh attack by 500 fighters on Bawiza northeast of Mosul. After several hours of fighting, the attackers returned to their 7 Nissan quarters northeast of Mosul. [Shafaq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Humvee and damaged another in battles on the outskirts of Bawiza. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed eight PMF fighters and destroyed two Humvees in its attack. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of battles near the Bawiza area. [A3maq]

 

An Iraqi Army officer says his troops stopped a Daesh attack near Tel Keif city entrance, killing 8 terrorists and wounding 3, and forcing the rest to flee back to Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

As Tal Afar is under PMF siege now, 15th army division is getting ready to enter the city, says a member of the Ninewa PC. [Sumaria]

 

A Sunni Arab CoR member from Ninewa says American and Kurdish pressure made PM Abadi exclude the PMFs from participating in the Tal Afar city liberation. [SotKurdistan]

 

Saraya Al-Jihad, a PMF faction, says it destroyed a Daesh convoy of eight vehicles with a rocket strike. [Sumaria]

 

Badr Forces of the PMF says its 3rd battalion repelled a Daesh attack on Al-Sharia Al-Janoubia village near Tal Afar city, killing 31 attackers and destroying 3 vehicles. [Sumaria]

 

PMF media says its EODs are clearing four Turkmen villages south of Tal Afar city—South Maflaka, North Maflaka, South Turkmaniya, and Al-Salam from IEDs and war remnants. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says it shot down a PMF recon drone and destroyed a Humvee, killing four fighters inside South Turkmaniya village south of Tal Afar on Monday. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed more than twelve PMF fighters and destroyed a Humvee and 3 military vehicles in a suicide attack in South Turkmaniya village on Monday. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says a Chechen suicide terrorists attacked a PMF gathering with a vehicle bomb in South Turkmaniya village, killing twelve fighters and wounding others, and destroying a Humvee and three military vehicles. Daesh says after that battles erupted and killed three more fighters and shot down a recon drone. Daesh also says it destroyed an amphibious armored vehicle and a Humvee with 2 rockets in Handhala village. [Top4Top]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near South Turkmaniya village. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF amphibious armored vehicle and a Humvee with 2 rockets in Kharaba Juhaish village in northeastern Sinjar, southwest of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMFs in Kharaba Juhaish village. [DawaAlhaq]

 

KURDISTAN

Media sources say the KDP is refusing to provide KRG oil to the Iraq Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) in exchange for cash to pay KRG employees’ salaries. The Iraqi government said it would pay the salaries if the KRG agrees on providing the oil. [SotKurdistan] [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. This is the latest chapter in what is now a long-running GOI-KRG dispute over oil policy. However, the story is as much about the political crisis in Kurdistan. Notice that this is a KDP decision, which it presumes can be imposed on the rest of the KRG. A political party is deciding, not the government, conceding that its leader is also acting as the KRG President. The large protests in Suleimaniya, which have a sympathetic ear from the PUK and Gorran, have been triggered by the failure to pay salaries. People have gone unpaid for months at a time. PUK and Gorran have of late been more cooperative with the Iraqi government.

 

The manager of the Erbil Health Directorate says Erbil hospitals are under pressure because they are receiving Iraqi Army service members who get injured in the Mosul battles. [SotKurdistan]

 

A local source in the Yazidi affairs office says security forces liberated 6 Yazidi citizens from Daesh captivity.   [BasNews]

 

A security source says Kurdish security arrested 3 persons on terrorism charges in Darbandikhan, in Suleimaniya. [Rudaw]

 

A local official says the residents of 60 villages in the Amedi subdistrict bordering Turkey have left their houses because of the Turkish attacks on PKK locations in the area. [Sumaria]

 

Iranian security says it tracked and killed Abu Aisha Al-Kurdi, a Daesh commander, on the KRG-Iran border, as he tried to enter Iran from Kurdistan. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Babel Police announce arresting two men wanted on terrorism charges in Al-Qarya Al-Asriya, north of Babel. [Mada]

 

A security source in Babel says a security unit found and defused an IED placed behind a house wall in Iskandariya, during an inspection mission. [Mada]

 

Wasit

Wasit Police say they it sent the well-equipped special operations unit of Suwaira to join armed forces units protecting Samarra.  [Mada]

 

Muthanna

Muthanna local government says it is extending security measures in Samawa desert and opposes transferring any soldier out of the province. The security units are spread around the desert of Samawa to watch for any infiltration. The local government stresses the threat is still there. [Mada]

 

Kerbala

Kerbala Police say they arrested 65 wanted persons, including 4 on terrorism charges. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

In his speech to the “Parliamentarians for Jerusalem” conference, Turkey’s President Erdogan says he “entered Syria to overthrow (president) Al-Assad” and to impose justice and hand over “the land to its true owners.” [Dorar]

 

The General Secretary of the Arab league admitted that Turkey allowed thousands of fighters to cross into Syria to topple the ruling regime there. He added these fighters turned against Turkey in the end. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition admitted attacking Syrian forces by mistake on the 17th of September, believing that they were Daesh units. The results of the Coalition investigation were issued in a 250-page report. The Coalition admitted good intentions and no willingness to attack Syrian forces, but lack of flags or distinctive signs contributed to the tragedy. [Anadolu]

A string of miscommunications, intelligence shortcomings and human errors resulted in a US-led coalition air strike in Syria in September that reportedly killed around 90 regime forces, the Pentagon said Tuesday. American, Australian, British and Danish planes all took part in the massive air attack, which saw a total of 34 guided bombs and hundreds of rounds of high-caliber ammunition.

There were “errors in the development of intelligence, as well as missed opportunities for coalition members on duty to recognize and voice contrary evidence to decision makers,” US Central Command (CENTCOM) said.

The statement, which followed a six-week probe, marked the US military’s first formal admission of fault into the September 17 attack near Deir Ez-Zor. Regime officials have accused the coalition of intentionally killing its troops, but CENTCOM stressed that the attack was conducted in the “good faith” belief it was targeting Daesh. [Al-Monitor]

 

SOHR says YPG suffered over 20 casualties killed in various areas in battles with Turkish units and Turkish supported opposition near Al-Bab, Manbij, and Kobane. [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in or near Ain Eissa (3), Raqqa (2), Manbij (3), Deir Ez-Zor (2), and Shaddadi (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Turkish forces are continuing to construct the wall separating Kurdish areas of Syria from Kurdish areas in Turkey. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several SDF members by detonating an IED on their SUV east of Tal Hamis. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

A child has lost his life in a fire that broke out in Roj refugee camp in Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

An SDF source says the SDF suspended the Raqqa Liberation battles because they are awaiting the results of the Al-Bab battles and those with the Turkey-backed opposition groups on Manbij, and because they are waiting for the new administration in the US. [BasNews]

 

Unidentified armed men killed Abu Amina Al-Halabi, a leading Daesh religious figure in Raqqa, while a Coalition drone killed Abu Mohammed Al-Baniyasi, a leading Daesh figure, between the villages of Hardan and Hadla north of the city. [ARA]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

France called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting regarding Aleppo. [ARA]

 

A UN official described the situation east Aleppo as terrifying, as 16,000 persons had to escape the city. [Anadolu]

Refugees keep flowing from war areas in Aleppo towards the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood. 50 persons arrived today from Halak, Bustan Al-Basha, and Sheikh Faris. [Hawar]

 

The latest account of casualties in east Aleppo today is 51 killed and 150 wounded, says a non-government civil defense source in the city. [Anadolu]

 

SOHR says for the 15th day in a row, artillery and air shelling of east Aleppo neighborhoods is continuing. Latest account of governmental shelling on more than 13 neighborhoods is 29 dead civilians and tens of wounded under the wreckage. [SyriaHR]

 

A pro-government official says the Syrian government aims to take over the whole of Aleppo before US President-elect Donald Trump assumes power. [Rudaw]

 

Local residents denied earlier reports about clashes between governmental and YPG forces in Aleppo. Flags of both sides are raised beside each other and personnel of both parties were seen walking around freely in areas controlled by each other. [ARA]]

Earlier reports talked about clashes between YPG and government forces in east Aleppo after YPG took down Syrian flags in Halak and Bustan Al-Basha. [Qasioun]

 

An opposition source says opposition units repelled government attacks in the Jama’iyat Al-Zahra and Al-Sha’ar areas east of Aleppo. He says heavy casualties were inflicted on the attackers. [ARA]

 

An opposition source says his units repelled a government attack on Al-Qarasi, south of Aleppo. [ARA]

 

Russian warplanes raided Qaterji neighborhood in east Aleppo, wounding one woman, while government planes attacked Asia, Kafr Hamrah, and Anadan, north of the city. [Qasioun]

 

Government planes attacked refugees escaping the war in Bab Al-Nairab in east Aleppo, killing 25 and wounding tens of others. [Qasioun]

 

Idlib

Several civilians were killed in Syrian government air attacks on Jisr Al-Shughur and Maarat Al-Numan south of Idlib, and artillery shelling on Kafr Rumah. [ARA]

 

An IED exploded west of Idlib targeting a vehicle of Jaish Al-Fath. A member of the group was killed and seven civilians wounded, say local sources.

 

Al-Bab

Daesh says it killed or wounded several opposition fighters by detonating 2 IEDs near Khaliliya village near Qabasin. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Turkish Army confirmed “losing contact” with two of its soldiers in Syria. [ARA]

Daesh says it captured two Turkish soldiers near Al-Dana village west of Al-Bab. [A3maq] [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it stopped an opposition group’s attack on Zerzour village west of Arima, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying an SUV. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh says it targeted opposition groups and Turkish Army positions in Um Adsa village west of Arima with 20 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh says a child was killed and eight others wounded by Turkish shelling and rocketing on Al-Bab city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Turkish Army armored vehicle and a bulldozer with rockets south of Al-Azraq village west of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the 2 attacks. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Al-Houta village with 38 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting SDF (called “PKK”) positions in Al-Houta village south of Al-Arima. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Afrin

Afrin received around 1500 refugees escaping war operations in Al-Bab, Manbij, Qabasin, Aleppo, Deir Ez-Zor, Al-Ra’i, and Azaz. The refugees entered Afrin through the Al-Qatma crossing. [Hawar]

 

Afrin mourned 4 of its fighters killed in action against Daesh and Turkish-supported opposition fighters. [Hawar]

 

Turkish snipers wounded two civilians as they were harvesting their olive crops. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Fighting continued in and around Olasha village in Al-Bab between the Manbij Military Council forces and the Turkish-supported opposition. Heavy Turkish artillery shelling is accompanying the battle. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Shelling and counter shelling between Daesh and government forces continued in Samaalil north of Homs and Al-Muhur oilfields east of it, SOHR says. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says unidentified warplanes destroyed Daesh vehicles and inflicted casualties near Tharda Mountains and 137th battalion HQ. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near Deir Ez-Zor military airport. [JustPaste]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Syrian government forces captured the hill of Talat Al-Ayoun south of Jasim city after withdrawal of opposition forces. Local activists say that this advance will render the city of Faqe’ largely defenseless. [ARA]

 

Daesh says its affiliate, Khaled Army, stopped an opposition group attack from 4 sides in the Yarmouk Basin area west of Daraa, killing more than ten fighters and destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle. Daesh says the opposition failed to achieve any advance in the attacks. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Opposition forces started an effort to drive Daesh out of Daraa by shelling the areas of Tal Saham, Ain Dhikr, and Sad Kawkab west of Daraa. The Khalid bin Al-Waleed group affiliated with Daesh fired back and killed 6 opposition fighters and destroyed 1 armored vehicle. [ARA]

Here the Khalid Army group says it killed fifteen opposition fighters in the battles, and wounded others, and destroyed two machine gun mounted vehicles in different areas in the Yarmouk Basin. [JustPaste]

Khalid Army publishes photos of the battles. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt (no reports)

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army (LNA) Special Forces’ spokesman says the LNA is advancing in the Busnaib and Qanfouda areas, he also says five Special Forces soldiers were killed by a land mine while clearing the Qawarsha area, and the LNA lost contact with another soldier. [Wasat]

The LNA Special Forces say two of their soldiers were killed and two others wounded by a land mine in the Busnaib area. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

A medical source says the son of a Libyan Council of Representatives member was killed in battles against Daesh in the Giza area. [Wasat]

 

The GNA military spokesman says the battles have stopped in the Giza area during the last 48 hours. However, he says warplanes and artillery targeted Daesh snipers in Giza. He also says the military is waiting for financial support from the GNA. [Wasat] [Libya24]

 

Other countries

Pakistan

A police official said a policeman was killed, and two others injured as unidentified militants targeted a police patrol vehicle on Peshawar’s Ring Road on Monday. [PakObserver]

Daesh says it shot and killed a police officer and wounded others in Peshawar on Monday. [A3maq]

 

USA

Daesh’s A3maq says, according to a “security source,” that the attacker in Ohio is a Daesh “soldier” and conducted the attack in a response to Daesh’s call to target Coalition citizens. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. So far, investigators in the US have not linked the attacker to any specific group.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

A Daesh video shows Counter Terrorism Service general Abdul Wahab Al-Saedi eluding a sniper’s bullet in Mosul. [YouTube]

 

A video of Yazidi families who escaped Daesh controlled areas in Tal Afar [Sumaria]

 

Egyptian social media activists issued angry videos, and song, against Qatar after Al-Jazeera published a report that was considered insulting to the Egyptian Army [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh online fanboys were really happy with Al-Jazeera’s report and published it on their websites.

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues infographics about the Iraqi losses in the 6th week of the Mosul battle. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the north Mosul military sector. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “industry” in Al-Qa’im. [DawaAlhaq]

November 28, 2016

 

Civilians in Mosul

Civilians in Mosul

Today’s Major Developments

CoR passes controversial law to incorporate PMFs into Iraqi military. [..]

McGurk says Iraq has regained 56% of Daesh-held territory. [..]

Daesh stages suicide attack on security personnel in Samarra. [..]

Iraqi forces expand area of control in east Mosul, move into north Mosul. [..]

IFP campaign south of Mosul on hold. [..]

PMFs expand control area in Tal Afar, but forced to recapture villages in Mosul District. [..]

Daesh attack at restaurant near Hilla kills 125 people. [..]

Syrian Army captures 1/3 of east Aleppo from opposition forces. [..]

Israeli military clashes with Daesh in Golan Heights area. [..]

12 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai attack. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The CoR approved legislation that incorporates the PMFs in the Iraqi security forces.  The legislation, supported by 208 of the chamber’s 327 members, was quickly rejected by Sunni Arab politicians and lawmakers as proof of the “dictatorship” of the country’s Shia majority and evidence of its failure to honor promises of inclusion. [AP]

DaeshDaily comment. The resolution includes all PMFs, including Sunnis.

 

Speaker Jubouri, a Sunni, says the law will impose military rules on the PMFs, and it will not spare anyone who committed a crime. He says volunteers from all Iraqi peoples joined the PMFs and they should get their rights. However, he says he wishes the PMFs Law had been approved by political consensus and not by a majority vote. [Sumaria]

 

Former vice-president Osama Al-Nujaifi says Sunni Iraqis should not be treated as a minority. He says the “will of the majority” will take Iraq to an unwanted future. He says laws should be approved by political consensus. [Sumaria]

 

A Sunni CoR member from Ninewa says the Shia Alliance should try to please the Sunni people instead of Sunni politicians supported by regional powers.

DaeshDaily comment. This is an obvious reference to Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

 

A Shia CoR member says Sunni politicians didn’t object to the law in principle, but wanted 40% of the PMFs to be Sunnis. She says there are already 20 Sunni PMF factions. [Sumaria]

Daesh Daily comment. Most of the militiamen in the Popular Mobilization Forces are Shia, and the largest militias are Shia-controlled. The law passed on a sectarian vote and was promptly denounced by Sunni legislators as further evidence of the dictatorial Shia government, a tired refrain that often indicates hidden motives. Based on this story, the real objection of Sunni politicians was about their share of the pie. 

    In fact, the law has provisions that would keep the PMFs under government control, subject to regulations issued by the Prime Minister, who endorsed the law, and members would be expected to sever ties with political parties and avoid partisan political activity.

    The PMFs were created when Iraq was in its most vulnerable stage and Daesh was about to take over Baghdad. It is not a healthy thing to have armed militias in any country, but it was needed at that time. With the defeat of Daesh now just over the horizon, the government wants to ensure it has control of the situation going forward. The PMFs must be under the Iraqi military establishment control, and under Al-Abadi’s leadership, they have been.

    Unspoken so far in this dialogue is the fact that a few of the major Shia militias are extremely pro-Iran and presumably have Iranian funding. To make the law effective and reassure Sunni Iraqis, those militias would need to be dissolved, or to become government entities. That will be easier said than done, but is at the heart of the issue. By contrast, the constant references to PMF abuses against Sunnis is based heavily on past history, prior to creation of the unified command under the Prime Minister, and have little recent evidence to support them. The constant repetition of this “concern” reflects bad journalism still stuck on an old story line and still tuned in to one-sided propaganda, some of which emanates from people linked to those “regional powers.”

 

The US Department of State spokesman, John Kirby, says Washington is worried about the Iraqi CoR’s resolution to merge the PMFs with the Iraqi military. He says the United States doesn’t want the fighters participating in the battles against Daesh to instigate sectarian tensions. [Anadolu]

 

The Presidential Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, says almost all of Daesh leader Baghdadi’s deputies have been killed. He says it’s only a matter of time before Baghdadi himself will be killed. McGurk says Iraqi forces, supported by the Coalition, have regained 56% of Daesh controlled areas in Iraq. Daesh has also lost 27% of its territory in Syria. [Anadolu]

 

The White House on Thursday condemned the Daesh suicide attack on Shia Muslims in Iraq, which reports say killed at least 97 people as they were returning from a religious pilgrimage. [Examiner]

Medical sources say the final count of the Babel attack was 125 killed and 95 wounded. [Ennahar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, six in Ninewa, in or near Mosul (5) and Tal Afar (1), the others in Bashir (1), Baiji (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

The BOC says 59th army brigade destroyed a booby-trapped guesthouse of Daesh in Nahr Al-Safi. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command says two people were killed and five wounded when a parked car bomb exploded in Jamila. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on a Shia gathering in the Jamila area in Sadr City. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed or wounded seventeen people in the bombing. [Top4Top]

 

The BOC says 45th army brigade found two artillery shells in Al-Luqmaniya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 23rd army battalion destroyed 3 guesthouses and 2 IEDs in Sayafiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says 55th army battalion located explosives caches in Al-Harkawi and Albu Faris during an inspection operation. [BOC Facebook Page]

A police source says the body of a man shot in the head and chest was found floating in the Tigris River near Dora. [Maalomah]

 

West

A local police source says one civilian was killed and three wounded by an IED explosion in the Industrial quarter of Abu Ghraib. [Maalomah]

The BOC says its reconnaissance battalion destroyed an IED during an inspection routine in Abbas Al-Arsan. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   8      (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents:    4

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Daesh says two policemen were killed and four wounded in an attack on a police barrier in the Albu Alwan area on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says security forces located a large weapons and IED cache in Al-Tameem in southwest Ramadi city.  [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

A local Tribal Mobilization Commander says 5 Daesh terrorists were killed by an airstrike in Hit, following intelligence information. [Maalomah]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A local Tribal Mobilization Commander says an attack by army helicopters on a poultry farm used as a security checkpoint in Anah killed 4 Daesh terrorists.  [Maalomah]

 

Daesh said on Friday it conducted a suicide attack on a Sahwa security barrier at the entrance of Rutba city, killing six fighters and destroying an SUV. Daesh also said it killed or wounded ten Iraqi soldiers in an attack on the Kilo 110 area east of Rutba on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Salahuddin Operations Command says mortar shells fired by Daesh on the city of Shirqat killed two policemen and wounded eleven persons. The shells were fired from an area east of Shirqat still held by Daesh on the Shirqat Police Station.  [Mada]

 

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in Shirqat city and near Khanuqa village with 4 locally made rockets, a Katyusha rocket, and 4 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter on Makhoul Mountain. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army vehicle with heavy machine guns in Shirqat city, killing the soldiers inside. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Baiji

The MoD says an Iraqi drone destroyed a Daesh pickup-truck bomb and a neighboring bombing workshop in Zuwiya. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

The Mayor of Samarra reported that a group of Daesh terrorists, including suicide terrorists, sneaked into the eastern neighborhoods of Samarra city and attacked security forces, killing three IFP members and wounding three. He said a curfew was issued in the city. [Anadolu]

Security sources later said 5 Daesh suicide attackers entered Samarra and engaged security forces. The attackers were besieged in a house by the security forces and killed. The attackers killed a bodyguard for Salahuddin Provincial Council. [Mada]

A security source says a curfew was imposed in Samarra following the entry of 5 Daesh terrorists to Samarra.  [Sumaria]

A security source later said all Daesh terrorists who entered Samarra had been killed. [Sumaria]

The curfew was lifted in Samarra and the city entrances were reopened. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh issued a propaganda video calling on its fanboys to fight the “infidels” anywhere and everywhere

Daesh said it killed four PMF fighters and wounded seven and assassinated two Intelligence Service members and destroyed 3 cars with IEDs in the Tayoub and Jalam areas in Samarra province on Friday. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The Mayor of Baquba District says people in Diyala organized a support campaign for the people of Mosul and will send humanitarian aid as soon as possible. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council says 395 displaced families returned to their houses in Mansouriyat Al-Jabal, just north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh published 2 photos of targeting “PMF” positions in Abu Saida with Katyusha rockets. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Daesh says it destroyed 2 electricity towers near Qara Tapa. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh says it wounded a PMF fighter by detonating an IED on his patrol in the Albu Eissa area in Udhaim. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army building with IEDs in the Al-Nida area in Mandali. [DawaAlhaq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says unknown gunmen shot dead a Sabean jeweler and his brother at Maabed Gate in south Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

A security source says the body of a man strangled to death was found in a park east of Kirkuk. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A security source says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Rashad, killing 18 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Peshmerga fighters in Al-Atshana village in Daquq. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

South

A security source says Daesh sniper wounded a Peshmerga fighter in Atshana village near Daquq. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

The MoD says Military Intelligence has located a large storage of sensitive Daesh documents, computers, and other materials,  including names, photos, real estate deals, and purchase orders, among other very important data. The documents are currently being studied. [MoD Website]

 

The UN pleads for support to meet possible new waves of refugees expected to flow out of war areas. The UN is installing a third refugee camp, with 1600 tents, after clearing the ground of the land mines. [IraqPress]

 

JOC says 20 families (98 persons) left Jada’a refugee camp near Qayara to return to their homes, while 61 families (389 persons) were admitted to Jada’a 2, a newly opened refugee camp. 83 families (498 persons) entered the Al-Khazer camp in Hamdaniya. Total families in camps are 7,893 families (42,196 persons). [Buratha]

 

The MOD says IAF F-16s destroyed several Daesh targets in and around Mosul. [Buratha]

 

A USAID official in the US Embassy to Baghdad says $ 190 million is needed to reconstruct Mosul. He says this figure is initial and might change according to battle developments. It says, however that the number might change. [SotIraq] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We would be astonished if Mosul reconstruction were to cost only $190 million.

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

East Mosul

Ninewa Operations Command says Al-Gasr village east of the Tigris River is now liberated. [Sumaria]

 

Ninewa Operations says CTS liberated of Qahera and Masarif neighborhoods east of Mosul, moving the total number of liberated neighborhoods in the area to 23. [Mada]

JOC says CTS units continued clearing the neighborhoods of Ikha’, Al-Zuhour, Al-Qahira, and Al-Nahdha, and Al-Bakr. [Buratha]

 

CTS is entering the Al-Barid and Al-Falah neighborhoods in east Mosul amid fierce battles. [Waradana]

 

JOC says 9th and 1st army troops liberated Hay Al-Ansab and are advancing in the Yunis Al-Saba’awi, Assalam, and Palestine neighborhoods. [Buratha]

 

State TV says that IAF warplanes destroyed a major bombing factory in east Mosul. [Buratha]

 

All these progress reports notwithstanding, the Daesh propaganda machine keeps putting out contrary stories. In general, it is publishing more stories in an apparent effort to counter the public relations effect of news about its defeats by cranking out an even higher volume of stories. To some extent, these would, if validated, undermine the government’s optimistic reports, but there is no way to evaluate the great majority of them. Examples of Daesh reports over the past few days on east Mosul are the following.

 

Daesh says it killed more than ten Iraqi soldiers and destroyed two Humvees and a BMP armored vehicle in a suicide attack near Hay Al-Intisar. [A3maq]

Daesh says a Saudi suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb near Hay Al-Intisar. Daesh says battles erupted after the attack and thirty-eight Iraqi soldiers were killed and others wounded. [Top4Top]

DaeshDaily comment. For some reason, Daesh remains fascinated with Hay Al-Intisar, which it has already lost based on government reports. Notice the word “near” in both of the reports just above.

 

Daesh says it killed four “SWAT” (CTS) fighters and destroyed a Humvee with a mortar shell in Hay Aden. [A3maq]

Daesh also says its snipers killed five “SWAT” snipers in the same area. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says its snipers killed four Iraqi Army service members and destroyed a Humvee in the Aden and Khadra areas. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of battles in the two areas. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed five “SWAT” members near Hay Al-Bakr in east Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Hay Al-Shaimaa. [Isdarat]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Hay Al-Salam. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Hay Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya in northeast Mosul. [JustPaste] Also see Qadisiya story below]

DaeshDaily comment. The photos just show some Daesh terrorists shooting. Also, we cannot validate the dates of these photos, so there is no way to validate that they are even about the battles cited. Substituting video and photos from other battles is an old Daesh trick.

 

Daesh said it targeted Iraqi Army positions with more than 159 mortars, 5 locally made rockets, and 11 heavy artillery shells. [Ana Al-Muslim]

Later on Daesh said it targeted Iraqi forces in east Mosul and in areas east of Mosul with 385 mortars, 4 Katyushas, 2 locally made rockets, and 5 heavy artillery shells. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

CTS says that a major obstacle to a faster advance in east Mosul is the multitude of civilians. [Sumaria]

 

CTS says it has killed over 990 terrorists on the east side of Mosul so far, adding that it is changing tactics as it enters populated areas where people are used by Daesh as human shields. [SotIraq]

The Mayor of Mosul says 50 civilians have been killed and 300 wounded so far in the east Mosul liberation operations. [Mada]

 

North and west Mosul

Joint Operations Command (JOC) says that the breakthrough into west Mosul is imminent. [Buratha]

 

An IFP officer says Coalition planes targeted a Daesh car bomb and IED factory in the Sina’a area in Mosul, killing ten terrorists. He also says a series of explosions in the factory killed fourteen civilians in the area. [Anadolu]

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of the results of “American” bombing on the Sina’a area in the west side of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

A Counter Terrorism Service commander says the CTS, supported by the Coalition and the Iraqi Army 16th division, targeted Daesh in north Mosul and captured several areas. [Anadolu]

 

CTS says it killed 10 Daesh terrorists and arrested 3 others who sneaked into the Commercial Exchange area, 10 km (6 miles) north of central Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A CTS commander says Iraqi forces destroyed a vehicle bomb Al-Qadisiya Al-Thaniya in northeast Mosul. He also says Coalition planes destroyed another vehicle bomb in Hay Al-Muharibin in the same area. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh snipers are causing panic among civilians trying to escape Mosul city.  Two reputed sniper killers are based in Al-Zahra (east) and Al-Masarif (northeast) neighborhoods.  [ARA] Al-Zahra was one of the first neighborhoods targeted by the CTS.

 

Daesh publishes photos of two Dagestan suicide terrorists who attacked Iraqi forces in northeast Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A police source in Ninewa says Coalition warplanes killed 8 Daesh commanders trying to escape towards Syria. The commanders were identified as French nationals.  [BasNews]

 

Other military developments in Mosul

Military Intelligence personnel are vigorously checking IDPs’ identities in search of Daesh operatives. An IDP cleared by the checkup says that intelligence has very good information, while a female IDP whose husband fail to pass the checkup says that personal foes of her husband provided the government with false information. [IraqPress]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh issued a video of the “normal life” in Hay Sumer in south Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Such videos are never a good sign for people living in these “normal” areas.

 

Daesh publishes photos of a school in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

According to the DaeshDaily reporter in the battle zone, the advances have stopped in the southern military sectors. He says the Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) units are waiting orders to advance from the south.

 

The IFP Commander says rocket shelling by his units killed 5 Daesh leaders in Tilal Abu Said, overlooking Mosul airport in the southeast corner of the city. [Buratha]

 

The MoD says army helicopters destroyed a heavy cannon and several boats used by Daesh in the village of Yusufiyah in Hammam Alil. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Irbeed village and the Adhba Hills area in Hammam with 17 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

The MoD says Army helicopters killed 54 terrorists and destroyed several villages in airstrikes on the Masayid area near Jarn, west of Hammam Al-Alil. [MoD Website]

 

An IFP officer says a joint IFP and PMF force recaptured Al-Masayid and Turkmaniya villages from Daesh, killing a group of foreign Daesh terrorists. [Anadolu]

 

PMF media says PMF forces liberated Turkmaniya village after a battle that left several Daesh terrorists killed. [Sumaria]

Reality is that the PMFs had captured Al-Masayid on November 3rd but Daesh recaptured it a few days ago. An IFP commander said the IFP artillery helped the PMFs to recapture the village. Another IFP commander says the IFP is 3 km away. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. This is one reason not to like the official refrain after the capture of every village that it has been “liberated.” If it can be so quickly lost again, it is not liberated. The PMF media tried to present this as another victory in Tal Afar, when it was more like an embarrassment occurring back in the Mosul District and much closer to Hammam Al-Alil.

 

PMF media says PMF units helped tens of Southern Turkmaniya village residents to evacuate war areas. [Maalomah]

 

PMF says over 400 families were rescued in various battle locations, and were provided with food supplies, medicines, and other needs. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it killed eight PMF fighters and destroyed an amphibious armored vehicle in a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb conducted by an Iraqi terrorist near Al-Masayid. [A3maq] [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes aerial photos of the suicide attack. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Humvee and a car and captured a vehicle near Al-Masayid. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

A PMF source says an airstrike by IAA helicopters on Tal Zalat village west of Mosul killed 35 terrorists and destroyed several vehicles. A Daesh truck was destroyed by PMF in the village.  [Mada] [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. Tal Zalat is in the same general area and was likewise already “liberated.”

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF bulldozer with a rocket near Tal Abta, in the far southwest corner of the Mosul subdistrict, near the southern end of Tal Afar. [Ana Al-Muslim]

However, the PMF says that Daesh burned down its HQ in Tal Abta and then escaped from the area. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a “PMF gathering” in Belona village east of Tal Abta on Sunday. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it attacked PMF positions in Belona village and a suicide terrorist from Mosul attacked the PMFs with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many fighters and destroying military positions and vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [StoreUp]

 

Qayara

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and wounded two others with an IED in Shuwayrat village. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

A security source says the bodies of twelve men arrested earlier by an unidentified militia in Zahailila village in Qayara, were found. The village, west of Qayara city, was liberated last July. [BasNews]

 

Nineveh Plain

All Nineveh Plain areas are now liberated, says the Ninewa Liberation Operations Command.  [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has apparently not accepted this news. It said on Sunday that it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on Jalaiwkhan village and killed or wounded many Iraqi Army soldiers, and damaged a personnel carrier. [DawaAlhaq]

 

People in Kokjali village just east of Mosul say Daesh shells the village daily with rockets from the areas they still control inside Mosul. [SotIraq]

 

JOC says 1st army division is establishing fortifications on the Mosul-Gwer road. [Buratha]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Peshmerga source says Peshmerga and PMF are in full coordination and have cut off the road towards Raqqa, He added that 5th army division is awaiting orders to enter Tal Afar and liberate it.  The next step will be the districts of Qayrawan and Qahtaniya, and then the rural district of Baaj, a stronghold of Daesh in the area.  [Buratha]

 

The PMF organization says its units liberated 13 villages in Tal Afar in the past 72 hours. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Humvee with an IED in Al-Hamra village east of Tal Afar, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

The PMF says Al-Abbas units of the PMF liberated a village and advanced 6 km (4 miles) toward Tal Afar. [Buratha]

 

JOC says PMF are clearing the villages of Muwailihat and Tel Faris. [Buratha]

 

PMF says it blocked a wide scale Daesh attack to regain control of the Mosul road near Al-Sharia Al-Janoubia village near Tal Afar city, killing 31 attackers and destroying several weapons, while capturing 4 of them. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh says it ambushed PMF fighters near Shimaliya village near Tal Afar city, killing or wounding “tens” of fighters and destroying several vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked PMF positions in the Sharayi’ area west of Tal Afar, killing eight fighters and wounding three, and destroying a Humvee before returning safely. [DawaAlhaq] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 PMF BMP armored vehicles near Kharaba Juhaish village, west of Tal Afar [A3maq]

Daesh said on Sunday it captured the village after killing twenty PMF fighters and wounding others, destroying 3 BMP armored vehicles and a personnel carrier, and capturing 6 SUVs, a personnel carrier, and weapons and ammunition. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed five PMF fighters and destroyed a BMP armored vehicle with a rocket near the village. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

KURDISTAN

An official source in Sinjar says two more mass graves of Yazidi Kurds were found in Shababik village in Sinjar, making a total number of 29 mass graves found in and around the city so far. [Buratha]

 

Turkish army command says Turkish warplanes destroyed 12 PKK targets in airstrikes on Avashin-Basian, and Qandil Mountain areas in northern Kurdistan.  [Maalomah]

 

On Sunday, unknown armed men attacked the KDP HQ in Chamchamal, in Suleimaniya next to Kirkuk, before escaping after a battle with guards, a KDP official says. [ARA]

 

Erbil security forces say they arrested the killers of cleric Hoshyar Ismail, who was assassinated last week. The two arrestees confessed their crime. [ROJ]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

On Thursday Daesh attacked a restaurant in Babel, near Hilla, killing eighty-three people, including Iranian pilgrims, and wounding thirty. The IWMC said the vehicle carried 500 liters of ammonium nitrate. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. According to the Saudi Wahhabi doctrine, Shia should be killed anywhere and anytime. Daesh is just implementing the Wahhabi doctrine. Wahhabi satellite channels are calling publicly on “Muslims” to wipe out Shia cities. From that ideology, there are no Shia civilians in this ugly war. And just for the record, this doctrine does not include the Shia alone. The crimes against minorities in Iraq and Syria, and other countries, are part of this. The same TV channels who support this genocide doctrine are accusing the “crusader Coalition” of committing crimes against civilians in Mosul and elsewhere. This makes the citizens of western countries targets too.

There are some naïve people working on automatic pilot who say these calls are just politics and mainly target Iran. However, attacks on Shia supported from Sunni countries will only push the Shia toward Iran. The vast majority of Shia don’t support the Iranian theocracy, but the aggressiveness of the Wahhabis and the silence of the rest of the world will make the Shia people’s options very limited.  

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Israeli planes targeted a deserted military building that was previously used by UN units in the Syrian part of Golan. The building had been used by Daesh terrorists to attack a group of Israeli soldiers near the Syrian border. [DawaAlhaq] This is reportedly the first military clash between Daesh and Israeli armed forces.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in or near Shaddadi (5), Ain Eissa (3), Raqqa (2), Albu Kamal (2), and Deir Ez-Zor (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A security source says Daesh initiated a fierce attack on SDF forces in Makman village west of Hasaka. No other details are available so far. [Rudaw]

 

Iraqi refugees in Al-Hawl camp demonstrated in front of the UNICEF office in the camp, demanding support for their families, including food and winter supplies.  [Hawar]

 

The 378 Iraqi refugees who were waiting at the Rajm Sulaibi crossing have reached and been admitted to the Al-Hawl camp. [Hawar]

 

YPG units repelled a large Daesh attack in the Al-Shaddadi area after a battle that took 9 hours. 57 terrorists were killed and 6 vehicles were destroyed. [Hawar]

 

A local source says battles continued for the third day between Daesh and the SDF near Abu Fas village. [ARA]

Daesh said it attacked SDF (“PKK” according to Daesh) positions in Abu Fas village west of Shaddadi, killing thirty fighters and capturing two vehicles. Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [JustPaste]

 

Raqqa

Daesh says it killed fifteen “PKK” members and destroyed a Humvee and a car by detonating a parked car bomb, a booby-trapped house, and IEDs west of Ain Eissa on Wednesday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This report was published today. Usually Daesh publishes reports that are one or two days old.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

SOHR says government forces recovered the strategic neighborhood of Sakhour in northeast Aleppo. This means the armed opposition has lost 1/3 of its territory in east Aleppo. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a major military development, and a headline story on western media today, and shows that the Syrian government with its Russian air support has gained a clear advantage over the opposition fighters in Aleppo after years of stalemate. News reports said that several thousand or more residents were now trying to escape from the area.

 

Opposition sources say government forces from different sides have now come together, north and west of the city, after conquering the Sakhour area, aided, it claimed, by the YPG as well as Russian warplanes. [ARA]

 

Russian Ministry of Defense says the Syrian Army liberated 40% of east Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

The volunteer Civil Defense organization working in areas not controlled by the Syrian government declared Aleppo a disaster area. It says that the area, populated by 279,000 people, has been hit by over 7000 artillery shells, as well as rockets and chlorine projectiles. Civil Defense says it lost half of its vehicles and equipment and is suffering total destruction of infrastructure.  [Qasioun]

 

The YPG says thousands of people escaping northeast Aleppo are moving into Sheikh Maqsoud, a Kurdish area. [PUKMedia]

 

The YPG says it rescued over 6000 civilians by opening safe routes for them to exit the areas of Halak and Bustan Al-Basha, after witnessing intensive battles between government forces and the opposition in east Aleppo. [Hawar]

 

Syrian opposition units continued shelling the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood, killing six and wounding thirteen civilians so far. [Hawar]

Opposition units are firing at the refugees escaping east Aleppo to Sheikh Maqsoud using mortar and machine gun fire. Several wounded refugees were admitted to Sheikh Maqsoud clinics. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. The opposition groups believe that the YPG is in effect an ally of the government, which rationalizes (to them) the repeated shelling of Kurdish civilians.

 

The SOHR says an unidentified warplane attacked the city of Al-Zahra north of Aleppo, populated by Shia and protected by Hezbollah trained units. 4 airstrikes caused an undetermined number of casualties. It was suggested that Russian planes attacked the area by mistake. [SyriaHR] Local activists say that Russian warplanes bombed Al-Zahra with cluster bombs, causing civilian casualties and large fires. [ARA]

However, the pro-PYD Hawar media organization said the attack on Al-Zahra was most likely by Turkish warplanes, and left two civilians killed and eight wounded. [Hawar]

 

Unidentified warplanes also bombed the city of Nabul, killing several civilians. Local activists say there were 6 air raids.  [Dorar]

Activists say 6 airstrikes by unknown warplanes, probably Russian, killed civilians in Al-Zahra and Nabul. [Qasioun]

 

Local activists say a Russian airstrike killed ten civilians and wounded twenty in Al-Sha’ar neighborhood in east Aleppo, while Syrian helicopters using chlorine gas shelled two other neighborhoods, causing suffocation cases among women and children. [ARA]

 

Total casualties of airstrikes in east of Aleppo is 613 in 13 days, as an outcome of Russian and Syrian air attacks . The Civil Defense organization says that starting Monday, 200 airstrikes on Aleppo were initiated. [Qasioun]

 

The opposition forces claim in one report that SDF forces now control all north Aleppo neighborhoods, now that the opposition forces have withdrawn. The opposition source adds that delay in reinforcements from Islamic groups, the pressure of government forces, their support from Russian aircraft, and sudden Kurdish attacks from Al-Halak and Ain Al-Tal caused the withdrawal. [ARA]

 

Opposition sources say that Syrian government forces captured 9 neighborhoods in east Aleppo, and that the SDF captured 7 neighborhoods. The opposition controlled areas are now out of internet service, communications, and fuel. [Qasioun]

 

In a statement seemingly contradictory to the two above, an opposition source says that an agreement was made with the PYD to hand over several areas in east Aleppo in order to preserve the lives of civilians. [Dorar]

 

The independent SOHR says SDF forces took over the remaining part of the Bustan al-Basha neighborhood after the opposition’s withdrawal. It says that 2500 refugees arrived in Kurdish Sheikh Maqsoud while 1700 reached government controlled areas. [SyriaHR]

 

Idlib

SOHR said a humanitarian aid convoy reached the outskirts of Madaya city, which is besieged by government and Hezbollah forces. The convoy is awaiting simultaneous admission of other convoys to the cities of Al-Fawaa and Kefraya, northeast of Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

An apparently later report said 21 out of 67 of aid supplies trucks were admitted to Madaya city. Other trucks will be admitted gradually. These trucks carry thousands of food supplies, medicines, cleaning, and logistical materials. [SyriaHR]

 

Local sources say an IED exploded in the Atma Refugee Camp north of Idlib, wounding several civilians. [Hawar]

 

Al-Bab

Opposition units backed by Turkey recovered the villages of Al-Zerzour and Khaliliya northwest of Al-Bab city from Daesh. Turkish artillery support was provided to the opposition units. [ARA]

Daesh says it stopped a Turkey backed opposition group attack on Khaliliya village near Qabasin and Al-Zerzour village west of Arima, killing two fighters and capturing weapons. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

The Turkish Army says opposition groups captured Khaliliya, Ajami, and Sab Weran villages near Al-Bab on Sunday, killing 4 Daesh terrorists and capturing 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles. It also says Coalition planes destroyed 4 Daesh buildings in the Al-Bab area. [Anadolu]

 

Turkish Army says Daesh used chemicals against opposition forces supported by Turkey in the Khaliliya area. [ARA]

 

A car bomb explosion by Daesh killed three and wounded several civilians in Al-Ra’i village, while Turkish artillery shelled Daesh fortifications in two areas northwest of Al-Bab, causing several casualties. Daesh is fiercely defending Al-Bab against the attack by Turkey-supported opposition units. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Turkish Army armored vehicle with a rocket south of Al-Kafr village west of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of targeting the vehicle. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that a child was killed and five people wounded by a Turkish Army tank’s shelling on Tadif near Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Investigations by the Turkish Armed Forces and intelligence units are continuing into the airstrike on a Turkish Special Forces team positioned to the north of Al-Bab. Investigations are focusing on whether or not the coordinates of the team’s position were leaked. Military sources point out that it would have been impossible for Syria to have struck the Turkish team in a night raid without this critical information having been passed on. According to information obtained from military sources, the identity of the plane remains an enigma. This accounts for the comment, “A plane belonging to Syria is considered to have conducted the strike,” made with reference to the bombing. The sources, indicating that such wording is reserved for situations that evade clarification, pointed out that only a small number of planes remained at the Assad regime’s disposal and the number of planes capable of staging night operations was even smaller.

Later on, Cumhuriyet said that the Turkish military is not blaming the Syrian regime for the attack near Al-Bab that left three Turkish soldiers dead previously reported as being a Daesh attack. Cumhuriyet had reported on Nov 24 that three Turkish soldiers were killed and seven injured in a Daesh attack on Al-Bab in Syria. [Cumhuriyet]

A government army source says that the attack on a Turkish military convoy between Azaz and Al-Bab was committed by two SU-34 Russian warplanes that took off from Hemeimeem airport. The raid killed 4 Turkish soldiers, wounded 10, and destroyed a tank and an armored vehicle.  The source said that the attack took place on November 24, and was in commemoration of the Turkish shooting down of a Russian plane last year. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh said one of its Syrian suicide terrorists conducted a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on the Turkish Army and opposition group headquarters near Waqah village northwest of Al-Bab. Daesh publishes a photo of the terrorist and a remote photo of an explosion.

Cumhuriyet also said that a Syrian newspaper close to the regime claimed that Syrian government forces were forced to retreat under shelling from the Turkish army in defense of the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham forces (Nusra). [Cumhuriyet]

We thank our friend in Turkey for these reports

 

Manbij

Manbij Military Council says it repelled Daesh attacks on three villages west of Manbij, killing 30. Coalition warplanes assisted in repelling this attack.  [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council says it killed 11 Daesh terrorists while repelling their attack on Tel Hodan near Manbij. It also said it engaged opposition units supported by Turkey in Sab Weran village. [ARA]

 

A land mine placed by Daesh at Sukkariya junction wounded four family members who were attempting to reach Manbij. Two children were among the wounded. [Hawar]

 

Daesh published photos of targeting SDF positions near Arima west of Manbij with rockets, mortars, and heavy machine guns. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Ten civilians were killed in Samaalil village in an airstrike by Syrian warplanes, while Al-Kam Shia village was bombed by unidentified warplanes. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

Government warplanes killed three women and a child in a strike on Ghanto village. [Qasioun]

 

Government warplanes based in Tadmur military airport attacked Tiba and Sukhnah villages, while its artillery and rocket launchers shelled the village of Abbasiya.  [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Maslama city. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh and government forces exchanged artillery shelling on areas controlled by each other in Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh shelled the neighborhoods of Shura and Qusour, while Syrian army artillery shelled Hamidiya and Sheikh Yassin neighborhoods controlled by Daesh. A Syrian airstrike killed sixteen civilians in Hamidiya. [ARA]

 

Local sources say Russian airstrikes killed six civilians in an attack on Hamidiya neighborhood Sunday. A3maq, the Daesh news service, says the casualties were fifteen civilians. [ARA]

 

Russian airstrikes on a Daesh camp near Al-Susa village in Albu Kamal left 30 terrorists dead, while strikes on Marat and Hatla east of Deir Ez-Zor left 3 civilians dead. [ARA]

 

Five civilians were killed in Daesh shelling of the Muwadhafin neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Russian warplanes killed 22 civilians in an airstrike on a vegetable market in Deir Ez-Zor. Fighting continued between the government forces and Daesh near the military airport in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

Daesh said on Sunday that more than 15 people were killed and 40 wounded, mainly women and children, by a Russian bombing on a vegetable market in Hay Al-Hamidiya in Deir Ez-Zor city. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

The Syrian government says it killed over 20 Daesh terrorists with tanks, artillery, and airstrikes on several Daesh positions east of Deir Ez-Zor airport. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says an airstrike by Coalition warplanes killed three civilians in Dhiban village east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army heavy machine gun with a rocket at the 113th battalion headquarters west of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

The Israeli military says its warplanes attacked Daesh positions in the Al-Yarmouk basin west of Daraa, in the Golan Heights area, in response to an attack by Daesh gunmen on an Israeli patrol yesterday. Local activists reported casualties among Daesh ranks without specifying figures. [ARA] Israeli warplanes destroyed the UN building used as a prison by Khalid Bin Al-Waleed units affiliated with Daesh. There were no reports of casualties among Daesh members or the prisoners. [EnabBaladi]

(Also see lead story on Syria above.)

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a religious seminar for citizens and “repented” opposition fighters in Al-Qasr town in the Yarmouk Basin. [StoreUp]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Twelve soldiers were killed in an ABM attack on a security barrier in Arish on Thursday. [VetoGate]

Security units attacked terrorist hideouts in two villages in Arish on Saturday, killing 5 takfiris who were involved in the Thursday attack. Soldiers were also wounded in the clashes. [VetoGate]

Daesh said it attacked an Egyptian Army barrier near Al-Sabil village southwest of Arish, killing fifteen soldiers and destroying 2 M113 armored vehicles. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

An IED exploded in the same area on Monday, wounding an officer. [VetoGate]

 

The gas supplies were cut off from 13,000 houses in Arish city after security forces found several IEDs near the gas pipeline. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says three takfiris were killed when they attacked a security barrier near the Rafah city entrance. The source also says one soldier was wounded in the attack. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces shelled and bombed 3 areas in Mazare’ Al-Zaytoun (olive farms) in North Sinai, preparing for a ground assault. [ElWatan]

 

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior says it captured a cell of 10 terrorists in Suez who were in contact with terrorists in north Sinai and were planning terrorist attacks. [ElWatan]

 

Eyewitnesses say tens of civilians are returning to their houses in areas south of Sheikh Zuweid after the areas were cleared by security forces. [ElWatan]

 

The Supreme States Security Court says 20 Daesh terrorists were transferred to the Criminal Court in Marsa Matrouh. It says some of the terrorists participated in beheading 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya in February 2015, in an effort to drag the Egyptian Army into a war in Libya. The terrorists also participated in several attacks in Egypt and Libya and organized military training and takfiri seminars in both countries. Some of the terrorists returned to Egypt after the heavy airstrikes. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

Libya

Northeast

Military sources say an LNA general was wounded by a mortar shell in the Qanfouda area west of Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

The GNA military says it captured more buildings in the Giza area. It also says Daesh is fighting desperately. It says there are still women and children trapped in the area and used by Daesh as human shields. [Wasat]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded sixty-seven GNA fighters in battles in Sirte on Friday and Saturday. It also says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest in the area. It says American planes conducted 45 airstrikes during the last 2 weeks. [A3maq]

 

AFRICOM says it targeted 68 Daesh positions in Sirte between November 25th and November 27th. [Wasat]

 

The GNA military says it captured a 22-year-old Tunisian woman who had joined Daesh in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

A security source says citizens captured a local terrorist in Mahdiya province and handed him over to security forces. The terrorist had been involved in the attack on the hotel in Sousse. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Houthi positions with heavy machine guns in Qifa in Bayda. [JustPaste]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed twelve Afghani soldiers and destroyed 2 armored vehicles in an attack in the Ghur Murghab area on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Pakistan

Gunmen riding a motorbike sprayed bullets on a police vehicle near Laal Flat in Karachi on Sunday night, killing a senior police officer and injuring another, according to a police commander.

Elsewhere in the city, a man belonging to the Ahmadiyya community was gunned down outside his house in a near-identical drive-by attack.

Meanwhile another traffic policeman escaped a gun attack in Karachi. Gunmen riding motorcycles opened fire on his vehicle but fled after the policeman shot back. [Tribune]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the first 2 attacks. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

CTS fighters securing families under fire in Mosul [Sumaria]

People of Al-Khadra in Mosul welcoming Iraqi forces [MoD]

Families trapped by the Mosul fighting [BBC]

18 Yazidi people who escaped from Daesh [Rudaw]

 

Iraqi forces in Hay Aden in Mosul [Mawsleya]

A Daesh suicide terrorist killed by CTS troops in Hay Aden [MoD]

Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Qahera in Mosul [Mawsleya]

Battles in east Mosul [MoD]

 

CTS General Abdul Wahhab Al-Saedi in Muharibin in Mosul [MoD]

An Intelligence Service video from Daesh controlled areas in Mosul [MoD]

 

Daesh vehicle bombs being destroyed by IAA helicopters [MoD]

Iraqi forces destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb near Mosul [YouTube]

Several Daesh drones shot down by CTS troops in Mosul [MoD]

 

Peshmerga fighters capturing Daesh terrorists who were hiding behind walls [YouTube]

A PMF fighter having fun with a Daesh sniper [YouTube]

 

Iraqi soldiers celebrating the liberation of Jalaiwkhan village in Hamdaniya [MoD]

 

Daesh vehicles fleeing Tal Afar [YouTube]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its sniper operations in Ninewa. The video shows a group of Daesh snipers who allegedly got fighting experience from Ramadi, Baiji, Homs, and Kobane. The video shows targeting of bulldozers and military vehicles with special anti-armored vehicle sniper weapons. The video also shows the execution of a man who was accused of cooperating with the Iraqi Army. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issued a propaganda video asking its fan boys to target Russia and France and other countries that are participating in the war in Iraq and Syria, using knives, explosives, or anything at hand. The video gives “practical” demonstrations of killing two people, one with knives, and one with explosives. [DawaAlhaq]

 

 

November 23, 2016

Hammam Al-Alil Children (DaeshDaily)

Hammam Al-Alil Children (DaeshDaily)

Note to our readers: In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Daesh Daily will not be published tomorrow and Friday. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Today’s Major Developments

Baghdad PC committee wants to add PMFs to city security personnel.  [..]

Anbar Police arrest 80 in Ramadi. [..]

Daesh arrests lead sheikh of Al-Jubour tribes. [..]

Nujaifi militia in Mosul has costly encounter with Daesh. [..]

Daesh “minister of media” killed by IAF airstrike. [..]

Another mass grave found near Hammam Al-Alil. [..]

Cleric from Kurdistan Islamic party assassinated in Erbil. [..]

Syrian Army gains ground on opposition in Aleppo. [..]

Manbij Military Council battling Turks west of Manbij. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Security Committee of Baghdad Provincial Council calls for involvement of PMFs in securing Baghdad’s perimeter. It says that such areas are around 20 km wide surrounding the capital, making it difficult for the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) to control Baghdad’s security by itself. [Sumaria]

The BOC says all capital areas are secured.

A BOC spokesman says that army units are now heading to Nahrawan, responding to claims that the area is left without security protection. [Sumaria]

 

Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s Foreign Minister, says his country is sending more weapons to Iraq and is training 15 Iraqi army officers in Hungary on EOD operations. He added that Hungary would also train Iraqi police units and receive Iraqi wounded military personnel in its hospitals. [Maalomah]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, on or near Mosul (4), Tal Afar (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)

An MoI source says six civilians including two policemen were wounded by an IED explosion near Jabir Bin Hayan Bridge in Hurriya. [Sumaria]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says two civilians were killed and nine wounded in an IED explosion in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Mada]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says the final count of victims of a Hay Ur car bomb explosion is four dead and fifteen wounded. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The MoI says at least one civilian was killed and nine wounded in a car bomb explosion in Mashtal.  [Mada] [Mawazin]

An MoI source says an IED explosion killed one and wounded five civilians in Habibiya. [Maalomah]

The BOC says a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car went off in New Baghdad, killing the driver. [Sumaria]

An MoI source says a sticky bomb attached to a car exploded and killed its driver in Al-Ameen. [Ghad]

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on a Shia gathering in Sadr City. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a photo of the car bomb explosion in Sadr City. [StoreUp]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says seven civilians were wounded in an IED explosion in Zafaraniya. [Maalomah]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Shia religious gathering in Zafaraniya. [A3maq]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi Army soldiers and wounded five, and damaged 3 vehicles, in an ambush in Yusufiyah. [A3maq]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

An MoI source says 4 IEDs went off simultaneously in Al-Shurta Al-Khamsa and Bayya’, killing three civilians and wounding nine. [Mada]

Daesh says it detonated 4 IEDs on Shia gatherings in the Bayya’ and Shurta areas. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed or wounded 26 people with IEDs in Bayaa’, Shurta, and Zafaraniya. [DawaAlhaq]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says armed men shot dead a real estate trader in an attack on his car in Washash.  [Mada]

An MoI source says four civilians were wounded in an IED explosion in Ameriya. [Sumaria]

An MoI source says two civilians were killed and five wounded by an IED explosion in an industrial area in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

Daesh says it destroyed two PMF vehicles with IEDs in Ameriya and Abu Ghraib. [A3maq]

An MoI source says a civilian was wounded by an IED explosion in Hay Al-Khadra. [Sumaria]

The BOC says 54th army brigade found 45 hand grenades in Hay Al-Dakhiliya during an inspection routine. [BOC Facebook page]

Daesh says it damaged a Humvee with an IED in the Tobchi area. [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   21    (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:       16

 

ANBAR

The leader of IOM in Iraq said in a press conference in Ramadi that more displaced families are returning to Anbar than any other governorate. He also says that 18-20% of the total number of displaced people from Iraq are from Anbar. [Anadolu]

 

Falluja

The MoD says 8th army division arrested 5 terrorism suspects in Ameriyat Al-Falluja.  [MoD Website]

 

Anbar Provincial Council says 150 families escaping Daesh arrived in Ameriyat Al-Falluja from Al-Qa’im, and were admitted to refugee camps therein. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Anbar said that an EOD officer was killed while defusing a booby-trapped house in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

Anbar Police says it arrested 80 people in Kilo 5, Kilo 7, Thila, Al-Tash, Sufiya, and Sajariya. Police sources say that all arrestees pose a threat to Ramadi security. Weapons found in the houses of these persons were confiscated. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Haditha

The MOD says 38th, 39th, and 41st brigades located several explosives caches in Al-Furat, Al-Bakr, and Albu Nimr. [MoD Website]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A security source in Anbar says Coalition warplanes killed 5 Daesh terrorists in an attack on Sagra, east of Anah. [Mada]

 

A Tribal Mobilization source in Haditha says armed groups in Anah attacked Daesh checkpoints with firearms, forcing the terror group to announce a curfew. No account of losses is available. [Maalomah]

 

A local Tribal Mobilization commander says 4 Daesh leaders were shot dead by unidentified armed men in Rawa. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi Army soldiers and destroyed a Humvee in an attack on the Kilo 35 area west of Rutba. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. The video doesn’t show any Iraqi forces casualties. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack west of Rutba. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN (No reports)

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Chairman of the Diyala Provincial Council says the return of 500 families to their houses in Mansouriyat Al-Jabal has started. He says the returnees have passed the security check. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A Security source says a joint force sound a weapon cache Himrin hills. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Kirkuk Police commander says 11 persons were arrested in Sargaran subdistrict, northwest of Kirkuk city, on terrorism charges. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

Kirkuk’s Governor says the liberation of Hawija is imminent and that a plan is set. He says Iraqi army and Peshmerga will attack from the east side while the PMF will attack from the west. [Mada]

 

A security source in Kirkuk says Daesh arrested Sheikh Ibrahim Naif Al-Muhairi, the sheikh of Jubour tribes in Iraq and six of his brothers and relatives, on charges of instigating people against Daesh. [Mada]

 

A security source in Hawija says Daesh guesthouses in Hawija, Rashad, and other areas are run by ex-Baath party local leaders. He says families have to show allegiance by providing a “can of wheat” to Daesh. [Mada]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of Iraqi airstrikes on Hawija. [A3maq]

 

Southwest

A Peshmerga source says an IED explosion in the village of Aziziya, in Daquq, wounded a Peshmerga Brigadier and two of his escorts.  [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A security source in Mosul says Daesh launched several mortar shells on the neighborhoods of Al-Zahra, Aden, Samah, and Tahrir in east Mosul killing six and wounding over thirty civilians. [Mada]

A security source in Mosul says Daesh snipers shot two civilians to death as they were leaving Hay Al-Zahra in east Mosul.  [Maalomah]

 

The CTS says it liberated 80 residential buildings in the Al-Karama complex in Hay Al-Khadra in east Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

CTS says it is clearing the Ikha’ neighborhood of IEDs and war remnants, while other CTS units move on to Al-Tamim and Al-Nour neighborhoods. [Mada]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi Army soldiers on the outskirts of Hay Al-Intisar in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near Hay Al-Intisar with a vehicle bomb, killing thirteen service members and wounding others and destroying a Russian tank and 3 Humvees. [Top4Top] [A3maq]

 

A source in Ninewa Liberation Command says Daesh bombed Al-Samah neighborhood with Katyusha rockets killing 13 civilian women. [BasNews]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes destroyed mortar units and car bombs in airstrikes on Hadba’ and Mithaq neighborhoods.  [Forat]

 

The CTS says that 40% of the east side of Mosul is now liberated. [Mawazin]

 

A local source from Mosul says Daesh asked its terrorists in Mosul to “migrate” after the heavy losses it suffered in the city. [Manber]

DaeshDaily comment. This report would seem to be contradicted by all the other stories showing Daesh is still fighting hard in east Mosul. However, many Daesh terrorists have left Mosul.

 

Daesh issues infographics about the results of the 5th week of Ninewa battles. Daesh says it killed 487 government and Peshmerga soldiers during the fifth week of Ninewa operations. It also says it destroyed or hit over 116 armored vehicles and initiated 20 suicide attacks, and shot down an American drone. [A3maq]

 

The IWMC says Ziyad Kharoufa, the Daesh “Media Minister”, was killed by an IAF airstrike in west Mosul. [Mada]

Al-Azhar in Cairo, considered an authoritative Islamic source, issued a statement saying the killing of the Daesh media minister in Ninewa is a victory for Iraqi forces. It also says that Daesh is trying to justify its recent defeats in Iraq by giving false examples from Islamic history. [Annabaa]

 

Daesh publishes photos of parading with the dead body of an Iraqi soldier in Mosul city. Daesh terrorists threw the body into the street before putting it in a pickup and touring the areas under its control in Mosul. As usual, the photos show a lot of children. [JustPaste]

 

Military developments within Mosul

A spokesman of the Ninewa Guards (Nujaifi militia) says eight of its men were killed and sixteen wounded in an attack by Daesh with vehicle bombs, snipers, and suicide attackers that came out of one of the tunnels in the commercial exchange area north of Mosul. Daesh captured 3 of the Ninewa Guards and one soldier of the 16th army division as prisoners. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says the Third Bridge in Mosul is out of service after Coalition airstrikes. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the bridge after the airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

Iraqi Army says it is deploying Russian made Pantsir-1 AA systems around Mosul to intercept any foreign warplanes entering the area.  [Mawazin]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

A security source on Ninewa says Army helicopters attacked and destroyed a Daesh convoy of 40 fuel tankers near Adhba village, west of Hammam Al-Alil. [Mada]

 

The Ministry of Health says a mass grave that contains the bodies of Daesh victims (men, women, and children) was found in Hammam Al-Alil. [IraqPress]

 

The MoD says 15th infantry division killed a Daesh field leader from Chechnya along with several other terrorists at a gas station north of Hammam Alil. [Maalomah]

 

The MoD says 15th army division destroyed a Daesh explosives workshop and storage facility in Shura. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi terrorists conducted a suicide attack on a PMF barrier near Irbeed village

while a group of its terrorists attacked the PMFs on Adhba Hills. [A3maq] [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist who attacked Irbeed village. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it killed four PMF fighters with a rocket on Adhba Hills. [A3maq]

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone on Adhba Hills. [A3maq]

Daesh says an Iraqi Army helicopter made an emergency landing after it was shot down by Daesh in the same area. [A3maq]

 

Qayara

US Air Force says it is training Iraqis on protecting and managing the Qayara air base, so they can take over after departure of the US personnel. [Mada]

 

Nineveh Plain

Hamdaniya

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on Jalaiwkhan village near Ali Rash, killing or wounding soldiers and destroying two Humvees and a BMP armored vehicle. [A3maq]

 

Ninewa Liberation says 9th army brigade is clearing the historic city of Nimrud of war remnants, defusing over 240 IEDs so far. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says 9th army divisions liberated the villages of Yarganti and Old Tawajna near Nimrud, and is clearing the road from Hamdaniya to Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Ninewa Liberation Command says 9th army division and 15th Army Special Forces battalion liberated the village of Qara Tapa northwest of the Al-Zab River. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says 182 families (1093 persons) were admitted to Al-Khazer IDP camp, while 196 more families (595 persons) entered Jada’a camp in Qayara. [Maalomah]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Prime Minister Al-Abadi says Iraqi Army and the IFP will enter the city of Tal Afar. [PUKMedia]

 

The PMF announces cutting off the Tal Afar-Sinjar road and meeting up with Peshmerga units in the Sino area. [Sumaria]

Deputy PMF commander, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, says the fourth stage of west of Mosul military campaign is almost over. He says Mosul is cut off from all sides, except for the road between Mosul and Tal Afar, which is an “internal issue” and it “will be over soon”. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Obviously there are some political issues regarding the PMFs capturing that road.

 

PMF Press says PMFs liberated the Hussein Idris village on the Tal Afar-Sinjar road. [Buratha]

 

The MOD says 72nd and 92nd infantry brigades are advancing alongside PMF forces towards the city of Tal Afar and are clearing the surrounding villages off war remnants and IEDs. [MoD Website]

 

MP Nahla Al-Hababi says Daesh recruited 150 children from Tal Afar to the “Caliphate Scouts” brigade. She called on the UN to prepare rehabilitation programs for children used by Daesh for war operations. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Tal Afar attacked a PMF gathering near Kharaba Juhaish village southwest of Tal Afar with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying military vehicles. Daesh also says its terrorists attacked a PMF gathering in Al-Sharayi’ village west of Tal Afar, killing several fighters and destroying and damaging military and construction vehicles. [TWIMG]

 

 

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attack on PMF gatherings near Ain Hisan village southwest of Tal Afar. [A3maq]  Daesh says 20 PMF fighters were killed, 3 Humvees and 5 cars were destroyed, and 4 construction vehicles were damaged in the two suicide attacks. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of one of the suicide attacks. The video shows the vehicle bomb moving, then it shows a remote explosion. [A3maq]

Daesh says it also destroyed 3 PMF vehicles with rockets and a fourth one with a mortar shell near Ain Hisan village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Tuesday on a PMF gathering southwest of Tal Afar, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying several vehicles. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

Asayesh (Kurdish security) says assassination of cleric Hoshyar Ismail of the Kurdistan Islamic Movement in Erbil is an attempt to destabilize security in the region. Investigations are underway to identify the assassins. The cleric was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in front of his house in Erbil this morning. [Sumaria]

The KRG issues a statement condemning the assassination of the cleric. [ARA]

 

The Turkish Army says its planes targeted 5 PKK positions in 3 areas in northern Iraq. [Anadolu]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Basra Police says it captured 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges in two different areas in Basra province. [Sumaria]

 

Muthanna

The Muthanna Police say they arrested two persons wanted for terrorism in the desert areas of Samawa. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in or near Raqqa (4), Deir Ez-Zor (4), Ain Eissa (2), and Albu Kamal (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

An informed source says 3 Daesh terrorists were killed in Markada south of Hasaka. It is unknown how they were killed. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

Coalition warplanes killed over 50 Daesh terrorists in attacks on a training camp near Raqqa, say local activists. The camp, called Tilul Al-Suq, is located in the Sukhnah area. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says two people were killed in an “American airstrike” on Al-Keli village east of Jarniya, west of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

The SOHR says tens of families are leaving the Raqqa area because of the Coalition airstrikes on Daesh locations. It also says battles continued between the SDF and Daesh north of Raqqa. It says the SDF arrested tens of young men in Tal Abyad for compulsory military service. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of targeting “Kurdish militias” with SPG9 rockets north of Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “trade activities” in Tabaqa city. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo City

Government troops are advancing in east Aleppo backed by heavy helicopter fire. The government forces recovered several areas in the Hanano residential area and Ba’edeen area, pushing opposition forces back. [Hawar]

 

Three civilians were killed and two wounded by Turkey-backed opposition groups’ shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

Syria’s Ambassador to Moscow says that victory in Aleppo is imminent, and that a decision has been made to normalize the situation in the city afterwards. [Hawar]

 

Three civilians were killed and several others wounded by opposition shelling of the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood. The shelling came from the Bustan Al-Basha and Halak areas using locally made projectiles. [Hawar]

 

SDF forces are attempting to recover the Bustan Al-Basha area, controlled by opposition units, following the continued shelling of Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo from that area. Sheikh Maqsoud is mostly Kurdish. [ARA]

 

A medical source says at least thirteen people were wounded by a Syrian Army helicopter attack that dropped barrel bombs containing chlorine on Aleppo. [Dorar]

 

Al-Bab

Opposition units supported by Turkey repelled a wide-scale Daesh attack with vehicle bombs and rockets on the village of Kafira, northwest of Al-Bab city. Daesh forces heading from Tadif lost 4 fighters in the battle, in which Turkish warplanes bombed the attacking units and the road between Tadif and Kafira. [ARA]

 

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and seven injured in a Daesh attack on Al-Bab. [Cumhuriyet]

We thank our friend in Turkey for translating this report.

 

Turkish warplanes initiated 9 attacks on Daesh positions, the Turkish army says. The attacks destroyed two command centers, 4 defensive positions, and a weapon storehouse. [ARA]

 

Turkish warplanes launched airstrikes on the city of Arima. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists conducted a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on the Turkish Army and opposition groups headquarters near Waqah village northwest of Al-Bab. Daesh publishes a photo of the terrorist and a remote photo of an explosion. [A3maq] [Ana Al-Muslim]

Daesh issues a video of the suicide attack. The video shows a vehicle bomb moving, then an explosion from a distance. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Turkish Army armored vehicle with a rocket south of Waqah village. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting the armored vehicle. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says five people were killed and ten wounded by Turkish Army tank shelling on Al-Ghoz village west of Al-Bab on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it stopped an SDF (“PKK”) attack on Nairabiya village west of Al-Bab. Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Turkish Army and opposition groups’ attack on Qabasin city just north of Al-Bab. Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [DawaAlhaq]

A local activist says Turkey-backed opposition groups captured 6 Kurdish villages northeast of Qabasin after battles with Daesh. [BasNews]

 

A local activist says two Kurdish civilians were killed and two wounded by Daesh land mines in the Al-Bab area. [BasNews]

 

Manbij

Turkish warplanes bombed Arayma west of Manbij. No account of casualties is yet available. [Hawar]

 

Intense battles are taking place between opposition forces supported by Turkey and Manbij Military Council units, under heavy Turkish bombardment in Jubb Al-Dam, Arayma, and Qart Weran villages west of Manbij. Turkish artillery shelled the village of Barazi, east of Al-Bab and west of Manbij, causing hundreds of people to escape towards Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council forces destroyed a third Turkish tank west of Manbij.  [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF (“PKK”) positions with Katyushas and heavy machine guns in Maqta’ Hajar Saghir village south of Manbij. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a suicide terrorist and says he conducted an attack on “PKK positions” in Kawkali village south of Manbij. [Top4Top]

 

Idlib

Syrian warplanes attacked Khan Sheikhoun city in southern Idlib, killing two men and two children, while other planes attacked Tilmins village near Maarat Al-Numan, killing an unknown number of civilians, local activists say. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Government forces and affiliated militias, backed by Russian warplanes, initiated a new campaign west of Latakia to recover areas held by the opposition. Local activists say the opposition forces repelled the attack.  [ARA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says unidentified warplanes attacked Marat village east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing two women and three children, and wounding over ten civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Local activists say a Russian air attack on the city of Jasim north of Daraa left seven civilians killed and several others wounded  Russian warplanes also attacked several other villages north of Daraa, causing immense damage  and an unknown number of casualties. [ARA]

 

An IED killed one man and wounded several others east of Daraa, while government forces shelled with heavy artillery the areas of Tariq Al-Sad and Daraa Al-Balad in the city. [Qasioun]

 

Opposition forces repelled an attack by Syrian forces on Al-Tal city east of Damascus, after destroying two armored vehicles. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed seven opposition fighters and destroyed 5 SUVs in an ambush near Bir Al-Sis in the Al-Hamad area east of Damascus. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Thousands of displaced people are returning to their houses in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, after the Egyptian Army secured several areas in the two cities. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian Army Apaches targeted ABM positions south and west of Arish on Tuesday, killing 5 terrorists. [ElWatan]

 

A former takfiri leader says ABM killed two of its terrorists who objected to the beheading of Sheikh Suleiman Abu Haraz, a 98-year-old Sufi cleric. [ElWatan]

 

Security forces destroyed several terrorist hideouts, 5 motorcycles, and 2 IEDs, and captured 29 suspects in different areas in north Sinai. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

An Libyan National Army (LNA) Special Forces commander says his troops found a Daesh field hospital in the Qawarsha area west of Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

The LNA allowed people in the Qawarsha area to temporarily return to their houses to check on their belongings. [AfriGate]

 

The LNA says its warplanes targeted Daesh positions in the Qanfouda area west of Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

The Government of National Accord (GNA) military says its troops killed 37 Daesh terrorists in the Giza area in Sirte on Wednesday. [Wasat]

 

The GNA military spokesman says Daesh terrorists are trapped in less than 100 sq. meter area in Giza. He says the delay in the final attack is because of the civilians. He also says 14 Daesh terrorists surrendered to his troops in Sirte. [Libya24]

 

AFRICOM says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh terrorists in Sirte on Tuesday and 13 on Monday. [AfriGate]

 

Misrata Hospital says five GNA soldiers were killed in the battles against Daesh in Sirte on Tuesday. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh says it wounded two Houthis by detonating an IED on their car in the Dhahar district in Qifa,  northwest of Bayda. [A3maq]

 

Afghanistan  

Daesh says it shot and killed an Afghani Intelligence Service officer in Jalalabad city. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Photos of a Daesh wedding found in Bashiqa [BasNews]

 

Videos of the Day

The churches in Nimrud are open again. [Sumaria]

 

PMFs destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb near Tal Afar Airport [YouTube]

 

An interview with the wife of Abu Abdul Rahman Al-Bilawi, a Daesh military commander killed in Mosul [YouTube]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

 

November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016

Hammam Al-Alil

Today’s Major Developments

US weapons for Syrian opposition allies are quickly diverted to Daesh. [..]

25 more Speicher massacre victims found in the Tigris River. [..]

US confirms airstrike death of senior Al-Qaeda leader in Syria. [..]

Joint Forces reported preparing for Hawija liberation campaign. [..]

Iraqi forces reported in control of 45% of east Mosul, but fierce opposition continues. [..]

Mosul District Council member killed in his booby-trapped house. [..]

Exodus of families under way in Tal Afar. [..]

Turks step up attacks around Al-Bab; support attacks in Manbij area too. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says security forces stopped several attempted terrorist attacks on Shia pilgrims during the Arba’in Ceremony. [Mada]

 

A BBC investigative report based on information from Conflict Armament Research (CAR) has uncovered the existence of a corrupt system by which weapons meant for Western-backed rebels in Syria are ending up in the hands of Daesh in Iraq. James Bevan, a team investigator says “To date, the international community has been blind to the fact that weapons are being diverted into conflict affected areas.”

The BBC report followed the team and reported on its detail-oriented investigative techniques. The team works just behind the frontlines in areas recently captured from Daesh. It examines munitions for markings on them, but the empty boxes are the most useful, since they carry serial numbers and batch numbers. For one example, the CAR team found evidence that a church in Qaraqosh had been used as a Daesh weapons factory. However, while Daesh tried to mass-produce weaponry in areas it controlled and set up home-made mortar factories, there is also evidence of materials coming from abroad. Around the church pews in Qaraqosh were bags of an industrial chemical, sold only on the domestic market in Turkey, but large quantities made it into Daesh hands. “When we look at improvised weapons and homemade explosives, we know they buy in massive bulk and they buy primarily on the Turkish market,” says Bevan. “Their procurement networks reach out into southern Turkey and they obviously have a series of very strong relationships with very big distributors.”

The team also found evidence on the source of Daesh ammunition. Initially, most Daesh ammunition was captured on the battlefield from Iraqi and Syrian forces. By the end of 2015, however, ammunition boxes were turning up that were traced back to factories in Eastern Europe. It emerged that the material had been sold – legally – to the governments of the United States and Saudi Arabia. It was then shipped through Turkey. The destination was northern Syria and the opposition groups (which the US and Saudi Arabia supported) fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

The intention was never for the ammunition to find its way to Daesh but somewhere along the way it was diverted. This ammunition was found in Tikrit, Ramadi, Falluja and now Mosul–all places where it has been used to fight the US-backed Iraqi forces. The speed with which Daesh was getting this material was startling – sometimes only two months from leaving the factory. “If you supply weapons and ammunition not only to non-state actors but to non-state actors in a very complex interlocked conflict then the risk of diversion is very, very high,” says Mr. Bevan. [BBC]

DaeshDaily comment. The frightening figure here is “2 months.” The Iraqi government can’t get weapons and ammunition that fast. It actually took them a year or so to get anti-armored vehicle rockets to destroy Daesh vehicle bombs. We ignore and don’t believe the PYD claims that the opposition groups are giving up their weapons to Daesh on purpose, or the claims by Shia politicians that Saudi Arabia is arming Daesh, but we think there needs to be further investigation on the sources of this corruption

 

Daesh used chemical weapons at least 52 times against enemy forces on the battlefield, according to an analysis released Tuesday. Of the 52 times it has used chemical weapons, 19 of those attacks came in and around Mosul, according to the London-based defense consultancy IHS Jane’s. [Ghad]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6) and Kasik; and Baiji (2) and Al-Qa’im (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a busy restaurant in Husseiniya. [Mada]

An MOI source says sniper fire targeted a joint Army-PMF checkpoint in Tarmiya, killing two persons and wounding three. [Mada]

BOC says 59th army division found an explosives cache in Tal Masoud during a routine inspection. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a “PMF” fighter and wounded another in the Khtaimiya area in Arab Jubour. [Ana Al-Muslim]

BOC says 23rd army brigade destroyed an IED in Al-Sur during a routine inspection. [BOC Facebook Page]

BOC says 55th army brigade found an explosives cache in Albu Wawi.  [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

The BOC says 5th IFP brigade found a weapons cache in Al-Dhubat, during a routine search. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says two policemen were killed and three others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Khan Dhari area of Abu Ghraib. [Maalomah]

BOC says its reconnaissance battalion destroyed an IED and found an explosives cache in Abbas Al-Arsan, in Abu Ghraib.   [BOC Facebook Page]

The Military Intelligence Service says it found 52 hand grenades in a bag, in the Yarmouk area. [Ghad]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents:          4

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A local officials says families of the victims of the terrorist attack on the wedding in Ameriyat Al-Falluja destroyed the houses of the people who planned the attack. [Sumaria]

 

The Ameriyat Al-Falluja manager says 76 suspects were arrested and 12 cars without proper registration papers were found during a search campaign to clear the subdistrict of Daesh sleeper cells. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it killed seven Iraqi soldiers, including an officer, by detonating a booby-trapped house and an IED in the Albu Farraj and Juwaiba areas of Ramadi District. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed an officer and two Sahwa fighters with an IED in the Madhiq area in Ramadi on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Iraqi Army 30th brigade found 20 IEDs in the Zangoura area just west of Ramadi city. [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Haditha

A Haditha Tribal Mobilization commander says a large weapons cache was found buried underground in Wadi Zaghdan, south of Haditha along the Euphrates River. The area was cleared by army troops recently after Daesh fighters withdrew from there to Qa’im. [Maalomah] [Mada]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army SUV with an IED in the Kilo 110 area, east of Rutba. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the explosion. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh said on Monday it targeted Rutba city with 5 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Anbar Provincial Council says unidentified armed men displaced 250 families at gunpoint from Rahaliya village in Nukhaib in eastern Rutba. All displaced families are refugees from Ramadi and Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces captured 6 men wanted on terrorism charges near Rahaliya. [MoD Website]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Salahuddin Police got information about 2 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Asri in Shirqat. The police killed one of the two, who was wearing an explosives vest. The police also killed 2 other Daesh terrorists, who were barricading in a house in Jamila village. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it damaged a PMF Humvee near Khanuqa village, south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions east and north of Shirqat with 65 mortars, 5 locally made rockets, and 2 mortar shells. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting PMF positions near Al-Naml village south of Shirqat with SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

The Commission for Human Rights says the bodies of 25 Speicher massacre victims were found in the Tigris River in Tikrit. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near the Allas oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The Diyala governor says Daesh has failed during the last year to recruit young people in the governorate because its “media machine” was targeted by security forces. He also says Daesh terrorists have turned to robbery and theft to finance themselves in many areas in Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council says security units have captured many people wanted on terrorism charges who were staying with their relatives as “guests” in different areas in Diyala during the last few months. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

Districts and Subdistricts Police department says it arrested a Daesh cell in the city working to revive Daesh sleeper cells. The cell of 3 including a woman who entered the city with the waves of IDPs that moved into the city and surrounding area.  [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A security source in Kirkuk says army, PMF, IFP, and Tribal PMF reinforcements equipped with medium and heavy weapons are positioning around Hawija, pending higher orders to start liberation. [Maalomah]

 

A Peshmerga commander says there is an agreement that the Iraqi Army and the Peshmerga will both participate in the Hawija liberation, and that the military operation will start soon. He says Daesh has 2,000 men in Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Masna’a village north of Hawija. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Southwest

A security source in Kirkuk says a Daesh sniper killed a Peshmerga soldier in Daquq. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Ninewa Provincial Council says Iraqi forces have captured 45% of the east side of Mosul. He says the battles are difficult because Daesh terrorists shaved their beards and are attacking Iraqi forces while hiding among civilians. He also says Coalition planes destroyed five brigades in Mosul.

However, the Chairman says the JOC intends to replace the commander of the Iraqi Army 16th division because of the slow progress of his troops in northern Mosul. (The same commander had faced a similar slow-to-act accusation when the Speicher Massacre happened in mid-2014 and he was the Salahuddin Operations Commander.)

An Arab CoR member from Ninewa says Iraqi Army 15th division will take charge of the west of Mosul military sector instead of the PMFs. He says the PMFs will handle the border areas with Syria. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The last item seems to indicate that the Ninewa liberation campaign will include all of Ninewa, and that the PMFs will be spread over a wide area in Tal Afar, Sinjar, and Baaj. The details have yet to be released, however.

 

The MoD says the IAA targeted Daesh in different areas in Ninewa killing 78 terrorists and destroying 11 vehicles, including a vehicle bomb. [Maalomah]

 

CTS troops are about to liberate the Al-Ikha’ and Muharibin neighborhoods in Mosul, says a CTS commander. He added that two-thirds of these areas are already liberated, in addition to 70% of Al-Khadra. [Etejah]

 

The CTS says its units entered Al-Zuhour neighborhood in Mosul and captured a hospital and a health center. [Ghad]

 

A CTS source says Daesh attacked Abbasiya village and Commercial Exchange area north of Mosul with six vehicle bombs. The attack was foiled and all vehicles were destroyed before reaching their targets. [BasNews]

 

Local sources say a rocket shelling caused the water supply to be cut off in east Mosul. [Karemlash]

 

PMF intelligence says unknown gunmen shot dead two Daesh terrorists in Al-Nour neighborhood in east Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh says one of its Moroccan suicide terrorists killed eighteen “SWAT” members and destroyed an Abrams tank, a Humvee, and a bulldozer in an attack with a vehicle bomb “on the outskirts” of Hay Al-Intisar, in east Mosul. Daesh says it killed more service members and destroyed a bulldozer in in battles after the suicide attack. [A3maq] [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded five in battles near Hay Al-Intisar. [Ana Al-Muslim]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh reports use the term “SWAT,” in reference to the CTS Special Forces. Its definition does not conform to US usage, mostly for police work, but this is Daesh’s term.

Notice that this attack occurred “on the outskirts” of Intisar, which tells you that Daesh has already lost this neighborhood to the government.

 

Daesh says it killed five “SWAT” members and wounded three by detonating a booby-trapped house “on the outskirts of” Hay Al-Tahrir, in northeast Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed four PMF fighters near Hay Al-Tahrir and Bawiza. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of Iraqi soldiers being targeted by its snipers in Hay Al-Tahrir. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in east Mosul and in areas east of Mosul with 200 mortars, 3 locally made rockets, and 12 mortar shells. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Other military developments in Mosul

The Sunni Endowment says its Chairman, Abdullatif Al-Humaim, survived a sniper attack during his visit to the front lines in Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A Sumaria TV crew survived a Daesh ambush in Hay Al-Samah in Mosul. [SotIraq]

 

Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh transferred prisoners from a hospital in east Mosul to unknown locations as CTS forces approached. [Sumaria]

 

Elsewhere in Mosul

IWMC says an air strike by the IAF destroyed two vehicle bomb factories and killed “tens” of terrorists in Wadi Okab on the west side of Mosul.  [Mada]

 

Turkish Anadolu news agency says Coalition warplanes killed Abu Ehab, a Daesh commander, in an airstrike in Mosul. [Ghad]

 

16th army brigade found the Beit Al-Mal (Daesh treasury office) near the Dijla tourist resort north of Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil/Mosul subdistrict

The IFP says it captured six hills near Hammam Alil and is closing in on strategic Tilal Albu Saif. [Buratha]

The IFP Commander says tens of Daesh tunnels were destroyed by the 9th Army in Salamiyah and Humaira villages on the Hamdaniya side of the river, which were liberated on Monday. He also says that Daesh keeps attacking IFP positions, mostly with vehicle bombs, but without achieving results. [PressIraq]

 

The PMF says it destroyed a vehicle bomb that approached its forces in Um Hijara Al-Ulya village, in southwest Mosul subdistrict near the Tal Afar border. [PressIraq]

 

Further south, Daesh says it killed twelve PMF fighters and destroyed an SUV in an attack near Tal Abta, in far southwest Mosul subdistrict near the southeast corner of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

Daesh also says it shot down an Iraqi forces recon drone near Tal Abta. [A3maq]

 

Qayara

A security source says an army captain was killed and five soldiers wounded while searching a booby-trapped house in Qayara. [BasNews]

 

The Ministry of Oil says it has put out the fires started by Daesh in oil well #72 in Qayara.  [IraqPress]

 

Nineveh Plain

Hamdaniya

Daesh says it killed twenty Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 4 vehicles in a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb conducted by a Syrian terrorist and battles near Salamiyah village, east of Hammam Al-Alil across the Tigris in Hamdaniya. [A3maq] [DawaAlhaq] [But see IFP story on Salamiyah under Shura/Hammam Al-Alil above.]

 

Daesh said on Monday a group of its terrorists infiltrated Jadida village southeast of Mosul and destroyed an Iraqi Army military position. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Diagrams found in Hamdaniya show the distribution of Daesh camps in Iraq, Syria, the Caucasus, Aden in Yemen, and Hejaz in Saudi Arabia. [IraqPress]

 

Bashiqa

A source in Ninewa Police says an explosion in Bashiqa killed Khadr Hassan, a Yazidi member of the Mosul District Council, who was visiting his house. Daesh had booby-trapped the house before their withdrawal from the city. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters with a mortar shell near Bawiza, just northeast of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Tel Keif

Daesh says it killed fifteen Iraqi soldiers, destroyed 3 vehicles, and captured weapons and ammunition in an attack west of Tel Keif. [A3maq]

Daesh said it captured the “oil area” and the “perimeter” of the Free Trade Zone. [A3maq] [StoreUp]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of areas it “controls” west of Tel Keif. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Several civilian bystanders, including children, appear in the video at a battlefield location. This is a liberated area, so the attack might have been conducted by a group of terrorists who were posing as civilians. Iraqi forces can’t  figure out a way to deal with this difficult situation as they cannot hold thousands of people prisoner in liberated areas. If they lose their guard even for a few hours, Daesh could attack them using “civilians.” Meanwhile, the real civilians are still at risk in these places.

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The Chairman of the Ninewa PC says 4,000 families have begun leaving their houses in Tal Afar District for Baaj and the road to Syria because of Daesh and PMF shelling.

An Arab CoR member from Ninewa said on Sunday that there is a deal between Iraq and Turkey, brokered by the US, to have the Iraqi Army liberate Tal Afar city while the PMFs capture the airport and the surrounding the district. [Sumaria]

 

The PMF organization says the fourth stage of its operations has started. This stage includes total siege and isolation of the city of Tal Afar. [Mada]

PMF spokesman says the PMFs don’t intend to enter Tal Afar and they will surround the city to allow the Iraqi Army and local fighters to enter. [Rudaw]

 

The PMF says it liberated Al-Sharia Al-Janoubia and Al-Sharia Al-Shimaliya villages near Tal Afar. [Sumaria] [Waradana]

PMFs entered Ain Al-Hissan Al-Janoubia village west of Tal Afar airport and killed two Daesh snipers in the village. [Ghad]

 

The PMF organization says its forces have liberated Kharaba Juhaish village southwest of Tal Afar, pushing Daesh terrorists to the city. [ROJ]

 

The PMF says it’s very close to cut off the strategic Tal Afar-Sinjar road. PMF reconnaissance drones have noticed a large-scale withdrawal of Daesh fighters towards Syria. [Ghad]

 

A Peshmerga local commander says that while PMF troops are closing on Tal Afar, Daesh terrorists are escaping towards Syria. He added that Daesh has only Baaj and Qayrawan left to defend, and when they fall, the road to Raqqa will be completely cut. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh is already using alternative country roads to connect to Raqqa, say security sources. The new roads are on difficult terrain and are difficult to detect without air coverage. One of these roads leads to Baaj, into Hasaka, and then to Raqqa. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and wounded twelve with a mortar shell in Suban village, south of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkey Military Command says its planes lunched airstrikes on PKK positions in the Avshin and Zab areas, killing five fighters and destroying two hideouts. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Security sources say Istanbul Counter Terrorism units captured two Daesh suicide terrorists, an Uzbek and a Tajik, in the city. They also say 36 foreigners who were accused of having links to Daesh will be deported. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The UN says it will start airdropping foodstuffs and relief materials everywhere in Syria except for east Aleppo, which is under siege. [Dorar]

 

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said on Tuesday a US airstrike on November 18 killed Abu Afghan Al-Masri, a “senior al Qaeda leader,” near Sarmada, in northwest Idlib, near the Turkish border.

Cook told reporters that Al-Masri, an Egyptian, originally joined al Qaeda in Afghanistan and later moved to its Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra. [Reuters]

Zaman Al-Wasl had reported on Nov 18 that a Coalition drone tracked and destroyed a vehicle belonging to Fath Al-Sham (Nusra) group, killing three of its members north of Idlib.

ARA reported at that time that senior Al-Qaeda leader Abu Al-Afghan Al-Masri and two other people were killed in the airstrike.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, on or near Raqqa (7), Ain Eissa (3), Albu Kamal (2), and Manbij (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says it killed or wounded five SDF (“PKK”) members with an IED on Corniche Street (= street by the river), in Hasaka. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. For Daesh, anyone in Kurdish areas in Syria is a PKK member. That includes not only PYD, YPG, SDF, and MMC members, but also all civilians. Daesh has thus cleverly appropriated the Turkey government’s designation of the Syrian Kurdish forces as PKK, for its propaganda value.

 

A land mine went off in the Corniche neighborhood in Qamishli, slightly wounding two persons in a passing car. [Hawar]

 

150 new Iraqi refugees arrived at the Rajm Sulaibi border crossing, escaping the fighting in Mosul. The families were received by the Kurdish Red Crescent, for inspection before admission to Al-Hawl camp. [Hawar]

 

A refugee from Raqqa told SDF forces that Daesh forced him to flog his 9 year old daughter for not wearing a head covering.  [PUKMedia]

 

YPG admitted losing two fighters in a battle with Daesh in Shaddadi. [Hawar]

 

The Turkish Army entered Syria north of Hasaka and occupied the historic Roman Bridge. [SyriaNow]

 

Raqqa

SDF forces in Ain Eissa receive 3,000 displaced people from Raqqa District areas liberated from Daesh.

 

SOHR says a drone attack occurred on the outskirts of Raqqa. No mention of the source or of casualties was reported. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of its religious seminars for children in Raqqa. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh’s ability to mobilize suicide terrorists so quickly comes from such seminars. The first thing Daesh does is to teach the concepts of “wala’ and bara” (loyalty and enmity) which are basically used by Daesh to show that only takfiris like Daesh are true Muslims and everyone else should be annihilated.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

Opposition groups based in Bustan Al-Basha in east Aleppo shelled the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood using mortars and gas cylinders. [Hawar]

 

Local activists say government helicopters and warplanes killed over ten civilians and wounded many others in Hay Qadi Askar east of Aleppo. [ARA]

 

Opposition forces targeted governmental forces in the Nabul and Al-Zahra areas north of Aleppo with Katyusha rockets. [Qasioun]

 

Government helicopters killed nine civilians in the Maadi neighborhood in Aleppo, using explosive barrels, while inflicting material damage to the Al-Sakhour neighborhood.  [Qasioun]

 

Syrian warplanes destroyed seven Daesh gun-mounted vehicles in Tel Al-Sous near the aviation academy east of Aleppo.  [SyriaNow]

 

Al-Bab

Turkey’s President Erdogan says that opposition forces supported by his country are about to enter Al-Bab and will move afterward to Manbij. He says Turkey has no intentions in Manbij except for eliminating PYD and YPG threats. [Qasioun]

 

The Turkish Army says it targeted 93 Daesh positions in and around Al-Bab, destroying vehicles, defensive positions, and command centers. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says two people were killed and seventeen wounded, including women and children, in Turkish Army tanks’ shelling on Al-Bab city. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the shelling. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded opposition fighters who were advancing towards Qabasin, by detonating 5 IEDs. [A3maq]

Daesh also says it destroyed an opposition group BMP armored vehicle, that was trying to advance toward Qabasin, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it stopped a “PKK” attack on Nairabiya village, west of Al-Bab, killing three “PKK” fighters. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Turkish Army and opposition groups with mortars and heavy machine guns near Daghilbash village northwest of Al-Bab. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Afrin

Afrin mourned eleven SDF fighters killed in Turkish air and artillery attacks in north Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

Manbij

For the second day, Turkish artillery shelled three villages near Manbij, wounding several civilians.  [Hawar]

 

A Turkish raid on a village west of Manbij killed six civilians. [Hawar]

 

Turkish warplanes were observed doing surveillance over the city of Manbij and surrounding areas. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council says it destroyed a second Turkish tank today. [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Turkish artillery has continued to shell the Sheikh Nassir and Arayma villages west of Manbij, causing extensive damage. [SyriaHR]

 

Other Northwest Syria

Daesh publishes photos of publicly executing a man in Maslama city after accusing him of being a Syrian Army spy. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh killed 13 government soldiers and wounded 30 in fierce battles in Huwaisis and Tal Al-Sawana east of Homs, according to the A3maq news service of Daesh. [Qasioun]

Daesh’s own version says it stopped two Syrian Army attacked on the Huwaisis and Tal Al-Sawana areas, east of Homs, killing thirteen soldiers, wounding thirty and damaging a tank. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of Syrian soldiers escaping from the Huwaisis area after the attack. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near the Huwaisis area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SOHR says Syrian warplanes attacked Lahaya, north of Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh sent a fact-finding mission to the prisons of Kasra, Tabani, and Maadan after news that local Daesh leaders in Deir Ez-Zor were making hundreds of arrests for personal motives. Tens of prisoners were released and several Daesh local leaders were punished and dismissed for misuse of power for personal or tribal reasons. [ARA]

 

Battles between Daesh fighters and government’s army backed by artillery and air force are gaining on in several areas in and around Deir Ez-Zor. Most heated battles were in the areas of Hay Al-Jufra and Sina’a inside the city, which left casualties on both ends. [ARA]

 

Syrian army killed four Daesh terrorists near Al-Tharda Mountain. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says Daesh is forcing the male population in Mayadin city to buy Pakistani outfits for 6,000 liras and use them. This is the formal Daesh outfit.  [SyriaHR]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of its “educational activities” for school children in the Yarmouk Camp. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on Nusra Front fighters in the Lajat area, wounding several of them. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an opposition fighter near Yelda, south of Damascus. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its hisbah activities in the Yarmouk Basin. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Two young girls were shot and wounded by unknown armed men while they were playing near their house in Mallahi village in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

An Egyptian soldier was wounded when an IED exploded on his patrol on the Mahdiya road south of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

A military source says Libyan National Army (LNA) troops secured a resort and several buildings in the Qanfouda area. [Libya24]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an LNA soldier in the Busnaib area west of Benghazi. Daesh also says it damaged an LNA SUV with midsized weapons in the same area, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Counter Terrorists in east Libya say they captured the wife of the head of the AQIM, the Algerian Mukhtar Bel Mukhtar, in Derna. The woman informed the investigators that her husband is still alive. The terrorist has been reported killed several times. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

A Government of National Accord (GNA) military source says 14 Daesh terrorists surrendered to GNA troops in the Giza area. [Libya24]

 

The GNA military says it found the bodies of 22 terrorists in the cleared areas in Giza. [AfriGate]

 

A medical source says four GNA soldiers were killed and ten wounded in battles in the Giza area. [Wasat]

 

A GNA military commander says GNA troops captured 30 houses in the Giza area on Monday and killed 30 Daesh terrorists. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded eleven GNA soldiers in battles in the Giza area in Sirte. [A3maq] [DawaAlhaq]

Here Daesh says it killed or wounded thirty GNA soldiers in battles in the Giza area on Monday. [A3maq] [Top4Top]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured a takfiri young man who pledged allegiance to Daesh after he tried to run over a security member with his car in Sousse. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of assassinating an Aden International Security colonel in Aden using a silenced gun. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Pakistan

A senior police official says at least three Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel were killed and five others wounded a roadside bomb blast in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday morning. [DunyaNews]

 

Daesh says it killed six border guards and wounded five by detonating an IED on their vehicle in Peshawar. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Daesh supporters issue a warning that the local police have started a search campaign in Ramadi [GooglePlus]

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Counter Terrorism General Abdul Al-Wahhab Al-Saidi personally helping to secure families who are under fire in Mosul. [Facebook]

 

Iraqi forces destroying Daesh vehicle bombs in east Mosul [Sumaria]

 

Families escaping their houses in Bawiza near Mosul because of Daesh shelling [Mawsleya]

 

The Suleimaniya demonstrations [YouTube]

 

A young boy telling the story of how Daesh recruited him for its Ashbal Al-Khilafa [Sumaria]

Libya

A video from the Giza area in Sirte [K24]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

 

November 21, 2016

Arba'in Ceremony

Arba’in Ceremony

Sheikh Suleiman Abu Haraz

Sheikh Suleiman Abu Haraz

Today’s Major Developments

Biden gives Al-Abadi a call. [..]

Millions of Shia arrive in Kerbala for Arba’in. [..]

IAA unleashes deadly strike on Daesh training camp in Rawa. [..]

Daesh executes 15 in Hawija for helping people leave. [..]

Iraqi forces extend reach to a few more neighborhoods, as Daesh fights back. [..]

Total displaced from Mosul reaches 68,000. [..]

Ministry of Culture says Daesh destroyed 70% of historic Nimrud. [..]

Turks and opposition militia allies in Syria attack Manbij. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

US Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Al-Abadi and praised Iraqi forces’ progress in Ninewa and said the US will continue its support to Iraq in the war against terrorism, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. Biden also stressed on the US support for Iraq unity and sovereignty, and praised the coordination between Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga. [Mada] [Rudaw]

 

Prime Minister Abadi says in a televised speech that some people are trying to insult Iraqi people. He also asks Arab media not to ignite sectarian strife in Iraq. [Mada] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

In that context, Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs started legal procedures to sue the Saudi but London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper for publishing a report that insulted Iraqi Shia. The newspaper had issued a “report” claiming that WHO said unwanted pregnancies are occurring during Shia ceremonies. The WHO refuted the report and said it didn’t publish anything like that. The newspaper withdrew the report later and apologized. [Mada]

WHO said it saw the report on Friday and refuted it the same day, but Al-Sharq Al-Awsat insisted on publishing it. WHO threatened to sue the newspaper, which later on Sunday published the WHO statement that refuted the report. The newspaper didn’t apologize and just said it cut its relationship with its correspondent in Baghdad.

DaeshDaily comment. The report is another example of the Wahhabi propaganda that portrays the Shia as an infidel cult. This propaganda is what Daesh has used to “legitimize” its terrorist attacks on Shia.

 

The Kerbala Governor says millions of people have arrived in the city for the Arba’in ceremony. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, in or near Mosul (3), Kasik (1), and Tal Afar (1); and Baiji (2) and Hawija (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says a terror cell planning to attack Shia pilgrims in Baghdad was dismantled; a large quantity of explosives was found. [Baghdadia]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A Ministry of Interior (MoI) source says one person was killed and five wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in Mashtal. [Mada]

Daesh said on Saturday that it detonated an IED on Shia pilgrims in the Mashtal area. [A3maq]

MoI spokesman Saad Maan says a sticky bomb attached to a minibus wounded three civilians in Sadr City. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a “Shia bus” in Sadr city. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed one PMF fighter and wounded others with an IED on Palestine Street on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a soccer field in Mada’in. [Mada]

An MoI source says a mortar shell killed two and wounded four civilians in Nahrawan. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED exploded in Aamel neighborhood, killing two and wounding five civilians. [Mada]

A Police source says one Tribal Mobilization fighter was killed and another wounded when unidentified armed men attacked a TM checkpoint in Al-Rasheed subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The MOD says 54th army brigade arrested Salam Hashim Shallal, a wanted terrorist, in Abu Ghraib. [Harbi]

 

A security source says security units in Ameriya arrested a tribal leader from Anbar who had pledged allegiance to Daesh. [Ghad]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:       5

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Anbar Police say that one of seven persons involved in the car bomb attack on a wedding in Ameriyat Al-Falluja is a policeman at the Al-Faris police station in the city. The arrestees confessed to preparing the car in a remote place outside the city. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. A tribal leader from Anbar says many Daesh terrorists in Anbar are being released by security personnel after paying large bribes. He says some who were captured during battles were released because corrupt investigators said they were not on the “wanted” list. He says these officers are becoming millionaires because of such bribes. He also says the two Daesh suicide terrorists who attacked Falluja last week had been endorsed by local officials. He says the terrorists gathered explosives for several days and no one paid them any attention. Corruption is more dangerous to the future of Iraq than Daesh. A bribery scheme on this scale, with such large security implications, demands a real investigation into who paid what to whom.

 

Ramadi

Daesh said on Saturday that it detonated a parked vehicle bomb on a police gathering in Hay Al-Tameem in Ramadi city. Daesh says thirteen people were killed and others wounded in the attack. [A3maq] [Isdarat]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A commander in the local Tribal Mobilization force in Haditha says army helicopters attacked a Daesh training camp near Rawa, killing over 50 terrorists including the Saudi Daesh leader, Abu Salman. [Maalomah]

 

A member of the Security Committee in the Anbar Provincial Council says 200 families left their houses in Rahaliya after “unknown fronts” arrested tens of civilians in the subdistrict. He says Anbar Operations Command should prevent any groups from entering the area. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A member of the Salahuddin Provincial Council says security forces finished checking 750 people from Shirqat who were moved earlier to a displacement camp in Al-Alam and allowed them to return to their houses. He also says 6 Daesh collaborators were captured. [Mada]

The Mayor of Shirqat said on Sunday that the Salahuddin Operations Command has moved the residents of Hay Al-Askeri to Al-Alam under heavy security because they collaborated with Daesh and hid the corpses of Daesh terrorists. During the incident in question, a group of Daesh terrorists established a checkpoint in Shirqat and killed five PMF fighters. He says security forces killed 5 terrorists in Hay Al-Askeri, but the residents hid the dead terrorists’ bodies. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said that on Sunday Iraqi forces tried to regain positions they lost on Saturday near Al-Ain Al-Baidha south of Shirqat, but it stopped the attack, destroying a Humvee and capturing weapons. [A3maq]

Daesh had said on Saturday that its terrorists captured the road between Al-Naml and Al-Ain Al-Baidha villages [A3maq]; that it captured the road between Al-Naml and Khanuqa village [A3maq]; that it conducted a suicide attack on PMFs near Khanuqa village [A3maq]; that it captured 5 PMF military positions south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of an attack near Al-Ain Al-Baidha village on Friday [A3maq], and of battles near Khanuqa. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh published photos of battles in the area [DawaAlhaq], and a photo of a Chechen suicide terrorist who attacked Iraqi forces in the area. [Isdarat]

 

Tooz

Daesh says its snipers killed four PMF fighters near Allas Oilfield in the Zarqa area. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The Dijla Operations commander says his troops confiscated 5 suicide vests from a Daesh guesthouse west of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Security Committee of the Diyala Provincial Council says a joint force destroyed two guesthouses in Muqdadiya and located weapons and explosives caches.  [Ghad]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Sadiya local council in Khanaqin requests the government to clear the areas of Imam Wais and Himrin basin of Daesh cells spread around the orchards area. [Ghad]

 

A government source says the armed group that kidnapped two Peshmerga fighters from Kifri in Baghdad released them after their family paid $60,000 dollars. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

An Arab CoR member from Kirkuk says Daesh executed fifteen former security members and other people in Hawija after accusing them of helping civilians to leave Hawija. He says the delay in Hawija liberation affects both the Kirkuk and Salahuddin governorates because the Hawija District is still used as a launch pad for attacks. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Kuwaiti Red Crescent is extending wide-scale efforts to assist refugees and IDPs in various areas of Mosul and Kurdistan. The organization operated actively in Hasan Sham camp near Mosul, while relief materials were provided to Syrian refugees in Kurdish camps. [ARA]

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

IWMC says CTS units liberated Ikha’, Aden, and the water project area in east Mosul. The CTS killed Marwan Hamid Saleh Al-Hawali, a Daesh leader in the Aden neighborhood. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces on the “outskirts” of Hay Aden, killing 30 soldiers and destroying 8 Humvees. [A3maq]

Daesh says its terrorists captured a Humvee, weapons, and ammunition, in an attack on Iraqi forces near Hay Aden. [A3maq]

Daesh issued on Saturday a video of fighting near Hay Aden. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Notice that the these media “reports” are about events “near” and “on the outskirts of” the Aden neighborhood. They sound victorious until you remember that the government has already captured Hay Aden.

 

Daesh says it killed at least 20 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 6 Humvees in a suicide attack near Hay Al-Tahrir in northeast Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near Tal Al-Tahrir in northeast Mosul, killing 20, wounding others, and destroying 2 ammunition storehouses and 6 Humvees. Daesh says another Syrian suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb near Hay Aden, killing or wounding 27 service members and destroying 8 Humvees. Daesh says it captured a Humvee, weapons, and ammunition after the attack. Here Daesh says its snipers killed ten Iraqi Army service members in eastern parts of Mosul city. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes a photo of the Palestinian suicide terrorist who attacked Iraqi forces near Hay Al-Tahrir with a vehicle bomb. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that one of its foreign suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb near Hay Al-Samah in east Mosul, killing 25 soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 12 Humvees and a vehicle carrying satellite broadcasting equipment. Daesh also said it killed or wounded fourteen Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 5 Humvees and a bulldozer in battles in different areas in east Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of Iraqi service members targeted by its snipers in Hay Al-Samah. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Ninewa Operations command says 16th army division units liberated Orta Kharab village north of Mosul.  [Mada]

 

IWMC says 16th army division liberated Abbasiya village in east Mosul. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a video of battles in Hay Al-Intisar in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Hay Al-Intisar. [DawaAlhaq]

 

CTS units are searching several liberated neighborhoods for car bombs equipped by Daesh. Two were reported blocked today by the CTS from reaching their targets, but one wounded a woman. [IraqPress]

 

Doctors Without Borders says it established two field hospitals equipped with surgery units in north Mosul and Qayara. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Mosul says Daesh ordered its commands to withdraw into the center of Mosul city.  [Maalomah]

 

A security source in Mosul says Coalition warplanes destroyed the Fourth Bridge connecting the two sides of Mosul.  The planes attacked a Daesh checkpoint on the bridge, killing 4 terrorists and wounding several others. [BasNews]

Daesh says the Fourth Bridge in Mosul city is out of service after a midnight Coalition bombing. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the bridge after the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Friday seven people were killed and fourteen wounded in a Coalition airstrikes on Hay Al-Tanak in Mosul city. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed eight Iraqi soldiers in different areas in east Mosul. [A3maq]

 

MOD says 9th army division killed the person responsible for photographic documentation at Daesh’s news service, A3maq. Three cameras packed with photos were found with the slain photographer. [Forat]

The MOD says 9th army division shot down a Daesh drone over Mosul.  [PressIraq]

 

Other Mosul military developments

A security source says Daesh executed twelve ex-members of the security forces in the north bus station in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

An officer in Ninewa Operations Command says Daesh detonated two vehicle bombs in Muharibin neighborhood in northeast Mosul, killing fourteen civilians and wounding eight others; it kidnapped 10 young men and took them to an unknown location. [BasNews]

 

Iraqi Red Crescent says 1200 new persons escaped east Mosul and were transferred to refugee camps. [Anadolu]

 

The UN says 8,500 people left their homes in Mosul during the last three days, raising the total number of displaced people to 68,500. [Rudaw]

 

Ministry of Immigration and Displacement says 2,427 refugees returned to their homes in Ninewa from Jada’a and Debaga camps in Qayara and Makhmur. [Sumaria]

 

A KRG official says more than 100 Yazidi prisoners have been freed from Daesh since the start of the Ninewa Liberation operation. [BasNews]

 

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh moved prisoners from Al-Salam Hospital, which it uses as a prison in east Mosul, to an unknown location. [Sumaria]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Ministry of Electricity says power supply has returned to liberated areas of Ninewa. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh issues a video of its educational activities for children in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published photos of distributing its Naba’ magazine in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the “normal life” at a market in Mosul. [Isdarat]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

IWMC says army helicopters supporting IFP units killed 25 terrorists in attacks on Hammam Alil, Adhba, and a third location and destroyed several vehicles, weapons, and 3 tunnels.  [IraqPress]

 

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of targeting an Iraqi forces’ construction shovel truck near Adhba village northwest of Hammam Al-Alil. [A3maq]

 

The IFP says it shot down a Daesh drone north of Adhba village. [Sumaria]

 

The IFP commander says that forces are ready to recover Mosul airport and Gazlani barracks.  [PressIraq]

IFP deployed its units around the Tilal Abu Said area, and is waiting for orders to recapture it.  [Forat]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a PMF’s gathering near Hammam Al-Alil Intersection on Sunday, killing ten fighters, wounding others, and destroying 3 Humvees. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of battles near Omar Al-Farouq village, east of Hammam Al-Alil. [A3maq]

Daesh says an Iraqi Army tank “exploded” east of Hammam Al-Alil. [A3maq]

 

Qayara

A statement by IAA says army helicopters attacked Al-Kafur and Lazaga villages, killing 10 Daesh terrorists and destroying vehicles and weapon caches. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it captured Imam Gharbi village south of Qayara. [A3maq]

Daesh had said it killed eleven Iraqi service members, including a colonel, in an attack on the village. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Culture says Daesh destroyed 70% of the Nimrud historical city. [Rudaw]

 

Ninewa Operations command says 9th army division liberated Al-Salam, Salamiya, Omar Kan, and Humaira villages, North of Nimrud. Tawajna village is currently under government siege. [Mada] [Rudaw] [Mawazin] [AIN]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Security Committee of Mosul Provincial Council says Daesh commanders have escaped Mosul to Tal Afar, adding that Mosul hospital is filled with wounded Daesh fighters.  [Ghad]

A Daesh commander arrested by the army says the defense of Tal Afar was supervised by Al-Baghdadi in person. [PressIraq]

A local source says, according to intelligence information, the Daesh leader, Awwad Baghdadi is moving secretly between Baaj, Tal Afar, and the Syrian border. [Sumaria]

 

IWMC says army helicopters killed 15 terrorists and destroyed several vehicles, weapons, and a tunnel near Tal Afar airport.

 

The PMF organization says its units found a vehicle bomb and tunnel digging equipment left by Daesh near the Tal Afar airport. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it shot down an “American” MQ-9 bombing drone near Tal Afar Airport. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of shooting down the drone. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued a video on Sunday of targeting a PMF bulldozer with a rocket near Tal Afar Airport. [A3maq]

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of the results of “American” bombing on Tal Afar. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles and mortars shelling near Tal Afar Airport. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a video of “normal life” in Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed two “PKK” members and wounded four others in mortar shelling near Sukainiya village west of Sinjar city. [A3maq]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

Local sources in Mosul say US Special Forces unit executed an airdrop in Baaj, arresting 7 top Daesh commanders. [IraqPress]

 

KURDISTAN

Masoud Barzani, in a written statement, called on Kurdish parties to select a person to lead the region of Kurdistan in his place. He also called for replacement of the Kurdish parliament speaker. [ARA]

The KDP issued a statement saying it is ready to start dialogue with all parties. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. If you have followed Barzani’s various statements on the KRG leadership crisis, you probably won’t take this one at face value. The real purpose may be to show that the opposition has no credible alternative to him and to galvanize the KDP to re-energize its support and keep him in office. Barzani’s term ended some time ago, as did an extension voted by the Kurdish parliament, and he is term-limited, but he has continued to exercise power as if this doesn’t matter. To Gorran and the PUK, it does matter. The parliament speaker he wants replaced is a Gorran member, who would have succeeded to the presidency if the constitution had not been violated by the KDP. Eliminating him could open the door for a KDP speaker, a Barzani son perhaps, who could then succeed his father and preserve the dynasty. Or the further “dialogue” could just prolong the crisis and thereby prolong Barzani’s “tenure.” The US has prioritized the war effort and treated Barzani as the President despite his lack of legitimacy, while standing up to his various independence maneuvers, but the demise of Daesh in Ninewa could produce a more normal set of KRG circumstances in which he will be forced to deal with his political opponents on a more democratic basis. As for the KDP, it is not going to agree to anything that its leader doesn’t want.

 

A Kurdish security source says Asayesh (Kurdish security) forces killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Halabja during a search campaign for a terror group that entered the city. Another 2 blew themselves up when besieged. [PUKMedia]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The MoI says security units captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Basra. [AIN]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Istanbul is hosting a “Stop the bloodshed in Iraq” exhibition, focusing on alleged violations against the Sunni population in Iraq. The Legal Coalition for Iraq along with the official Turkish humanitarian agency (IHH), organized the exhibition. Organizers say that the violations against Sunnis have reached unprecedented levels, by both governmental and non-governmental parties, and sometimes security forces.  [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment. This isn’t even a Sunni sectarianism supported by the government of a Sunni country. It would have been really great if such exhibitions were hosted when Daesh started beheading Sunni Iraqi people and throwing them of the roofs of buildings.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in or near Ain Eissa (6), Raqqa (3), Deir Ez-Zor (3), and Abu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A refugee Iraqi family suffered serious injuries when Daesh war remains exploded due to children playing around them in Tal Huwais. [Hawar]

 

SOHR says an IED targeted Kurdish units on the road to Al-Hawl. No account of casualties is available. [SyriaHR]

 

PYD self-management military police is looking for young men who have not joined military service and has made several arrests. Arrests were made mainly in Arisha village west of Hasaka. [ARA]

 

Turkish units entered Hasaka in the Ain Dewar and Haji Matari border villages. Reports speak of excavation works by the Turkish side to divert water channels into Turkey. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

SDF EOD units are clearing land mines and IEDs planted by Daesh in Tal Al-Saman village. Over 300 mines were removed from perimeter and roads, where the next step is clearing citizen’s houses. [Hawar]

Daesh said on Saturday that five people were killed by an “American” airstrike on their house in Tal Al-Saman village north of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Local activists say Coalition warplanes killed nine civilians in an airstrike on Salihiya village north of Raqqa. The planes also attacked Ba’as village, killing one civilian and wounding another.  [ARA]

Daesh says six people from the same family and three workers were killed in an “American airstrike” on a cotton factory in the Salihiya area north of Raqqa. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF (“PKK”) positions east of the Tishrin Dam with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of targeting a SDF construction shovel truck with a rocket near Al-Haba, southeast of Ain Eissa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a video of the “normal life” in Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

Artillery shelling between the two battling sides in Aleppo amounted to 76 dead and 80 wounded. Syrian air attacks killed at least 50 of them. Opposition bombardment of western Aleppo areas killed eight children and wounded 27 among 36 civilians as shells hit Al-Furqan school. The opposition claims that it destroyed a Syrian armored vehicle and recovered several locations in the Sheikh Said area that it lost yesterday. [Hawar] [Qasioun]

 

Syrian Air Force destroyed 10 Daesh vehicles in Deir Hafir east of Aleppo.  [SyriaNow]

 

Al-Bab

Turkish-supported opposition forces executed a citizen for attempting to prevent them from looting his house, say local sources in Qabasin. Local activists accuse opposition forces of destroying 400 houses in Qabasin. By Hawar’s account, the opposition forces formed a military council to run the city after Daesh’s withdrawal two days ago. The Turkish air force executed airstrikes on 17 Daesh and 4 PYD targets.  [Hawar] [Hawar] [ARA] [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. This story seems confusing because of its multiple sources. Hawar is pro-SDF/YPG; ARA is KRG-Kurdish; Dorar is closer to the opposition groups. Qabasin is close to strategically important Al-Bab. Daesh was ejected there by the opposition groups, then came back in. Despite the inference in the report that Daesh has now been fully removed, it seems more likely that it has not lost the entire place. This would explain the ten stories that follow, all determined statements from Daesh that they have not yet been defeated (allowing for a little of the usual exaggeration).

 

Daesh issues a video of Turkish bombing on Qabasin and Baza’a villages near Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video (Saturday) of Turkish Army tanks shelling Qabasin. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said opposition groups, supported by Coalition bombing and Turkish Army shelling, attacked Qabasin. Daesh says the opposition used American Humvees in the attack. Daesh said it stopped the attack after hours of heavy battles, destroying 2 Humvees and damaging 2 SUVs. Daesh says this was the fourth failed opposition attack on Qabasin in the last few days. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Turkish Army and opposition groups with mortars near Qabasin. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with opposition groups and the Turkish Army northwest of Al-Bab. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it conducted two suicide attacks on Turkish troops and opposition fighters in Olan village, north of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of one of the suicide attacks. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Turkish Army and opposition groups in Kafr village northwest of Al-Bab with a vehicle bomb, killing more than fifteen soldiers and fighters, wounding others, and damaging several vehicles. [Isdarat]

Daesh publishes two aerial photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of targeting a Turkish Army tank with a rocket near Hazwan village, west of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that a child was killed and twelve other people wounded by Turkish Army tank shelling on Al-Bab city. [A3maq]

 

Manbij

Manbij Military Council says it destroyed a Turkish tank while confronting a Turkish backed attack on western villages of Manbij. Battles are continuing between Council forces and Turkish backed opposition in several villages, including Sheikh Nassir. Turkish warplanes attacked the village earlier killing one MMC fighter and wounding another, while Turkish artillery shelling of Sheikh Nassir and two other villages caused material damage. Turkish warplanes initiated 6 air raids on the city in addition to several reconnaissance missions. Opposition forces say that they have already recovered Sheikh Nassir village from the SDF.  [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Fighting broke out between Daesh and government troops backed by air cover north of Hama. The Syrian air force attacked Latamna, and Morik.  No account of results of battles is available. [Qasioun]

 

Opposition forces shelled Al-Zahra neighborhood in Homs killing four and wounding eight civilians. This came in response to government’s attacks on Al-Waar neighborhood controlled by the opposition earlier. Government’s shelling of Al-Waar killed one fighter, while Jubb Al-Jarrah was attacked by the Syrian forces amidst battles in the area. [ZamanAlWasl] [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh published photos of battles with the Syrian Army near Al-Muhur Oilfield. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says Syrian Army units, supported by Shia militias and Russian airpower, attacked the Huwaisis area east of Homs. Daesh said it stopped the attack, killing thirteen soldiers and fighters, and wounding thirty, and destroying a T62 tank, and forcing the rest to retreat. [Isdarat]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh arrested 200 persons in Mayadin city in Deir Ez-Zor on charges of violating Islamic law. All were released after paying a monetary fine. [Qasioun]

 

A local activist says battles continued between the Syrian Army and allied militias against Daesh near Deir Ez-Zor Airport. Warplanes targeted Jufra and other areas near the airport. Daesh shelled the government controlled Joura area in Deir Ez-Zor city, wounding four civilians. [ARA]

 

A local activist says Daesh raided and closed several internet cafes in Mayadin and Albu Kamal, and arrested several civilians. Tens of Iraqi families arrived from Mosul to areas east of Deir Ez-Zor, while Daesh emir families arrived to areas west of Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

 

Daesh issued on Saturday a video of six Syrian soldiers who surrendered to its terrorists near Deir Ez-Zor Airport. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of battles near Al-Muhur Gas Company north of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Opposition units shelled the city of Harasta, in suburban Damascus, with 25 rockets, killing four civilians and wounding twenty.  [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says battles between Daesh and Islamic opposition forces initiated in Al-Lajat area in northeast  Daraa leaving one fighter of the opposition units killed by an IED. [SyriaHR]

 

A local activist says opposition groups stopped a Khaled Army, a Daesh affiliate, attack near Lajat, killing or wounding more than 8 terrorists. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egypt issued a statement condemning the Daesh crime of beheading Sheikh Suleiman Abu Haraz, a 98-year-old Sufi sheikh in Sinai. Daesh had published photos of beheading the sheikh and another victim on Friday. [AfriGate] [ElWatan]

DaeshDaily comment. Only Daesh terrorists have the “courage” to kill a 98-year-old man. Daesh wants media attention desperately. This crime will anger the vast majority of the people of Egypt, and especially Sinai. However, Daesh doesn’t care about the majority. Daesh wants to recruit the takfiris, all over the world, who think such ugly crimes fit their psychopathic and sociopathic tendencies.

 

Security forces allowed the residents of three villages south of Sheikh Zuweid to return to their houses after securing the area. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh said that it destroyed an Egyptian Army M113 armored vehicle with an IED southwest of Sheikh Zuweid on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Eyewitnesses say warplanes are flying extensively over several areas south and west of Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Eyewitnesses say 3 armed men kidnapped a civilian near a fish market in Arish city. [ElWatan]

 

A medical source says two civilians were wounded by unknown armed men in Arish city on Sunday [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

Three people, including two children, were killed and twenty-six wounded, including women and children, when a car bomb exploded near Al-Jala’ Hospital in Benghazi, according to the hospital’s spokesperson. [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

The LNA Special Forces say they stopped a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb in the Qanfouda area and forced the suicide terrorist to flee, leaving the vehicle. [AfriGate]

 

An LNA spokesman says military reinforcements arrived in west Benghazi Military Sector. He says the LNA is awaiting orders to capture the remaining areas in Busnaib and Qanfouda. [Wasat]

 

The LNA Special Forces says it found the bodies of eleven people in a grave in the Busnaib area. [Libya24]

 

Daesh said on Saturday that it killed two LNA soldiers and detonated an IED in battles in the Busnaib area west of Benghazi. [A3maq]

 

Central coast

A local official says 5,000 families have returned to their houses in the Sirte area. 18,000 families had left their houses in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

The GNA military says its troops captured 15 more houses in the Giza area and killed 3 Daesh snipers. [Wasat]

 

The GNA military issued a statement mourning the death of one of its commanders, who was killed in the Giza area. [Libya24]

A security source says a local Daesh commander and 10 other terrorists were killed in the Giza area on Sunday. [Wasat]

 

The Misrata Hospital says two GNA soldiers were killed and seventeen wounded in the latest battles in Sirte. [Wasat]

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed five GNA soldiers and wounded seven others in battles in the Giza area. [A3maq]

Daesh had claimed it killed or wounded twenty-four GNA soldiers in battles on Thursday and Friday. [A3maq]

 

A GNA military source says four women from foreign countries surrendered to GNA troops in the Giza area. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

The final count of the suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Kabul is 30 killed and 80 wounded. Taliban denied any involvement, while nobody claimed responsibility so far. [Anadolu] [Reuters]

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack in Afghanistan. [Anadolu]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists blew up his 16kg explosive vest in a Shia mosque in Kabul, killing or wounding 200 people. [Isdarat]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [Isdarat]

DaeshDaily comment. We have no one more to “thank” for this blind hatred but the continuous Wahhabi media machine attack on anyone who is different.

 

Pakistan

Daesh said on Sunday that it shot and killed three Pakistani Border Guards and a policeman in Quetta city. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A local activist says the man who brought the Daesh vehicle bomb to Ramadi city is the first cousin of the Anbar Police Chief. [Facebook]

The Chief had said earlier that he cut ties with members of his family, including his own brothers, because they joined Daesh.

 

Videos of the Day

Muslims and Christians

The Arba’in ceremony in Kerbala [Sumaria]

 

Shabak people celebrating Arba’in in the Nineveh Plain for the first time in years [Sumaria]

 

A Christian Iraqi celebrates Arba’in in Sweden. He says this is to repay the Iraqi Muslims who raised the crosses on Ninewa churches again. [Facebook]

 

The liberated Al-Tahira Church in Qaraqosh, one of the biggest churches in the Middle East. Daesh had turned it into a shooting range. [NRT]

 

Iraqi Army units in Mar Behnam Monastery in Nimrud [MoD]

 

Iraqi forces in Omar Kan village near Nimrud [MoD]

 

East Mosul

A displaced man being treated by the Iraqi Army for wounds sustained from Daesh shelling near Mosul [YouTube]

 

A doctor from Mosul who was killed by Daesh while he was treating people near Mosul [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tahrir in Mosul [Afaq]

Iraqi forces in Hay Aden in Mosul [MoD]

 

A News 10 video shows a Daesh lie. A3maq showed a video of a vehicle bomb charging at Iraqi forces near Mosul. News 10 reporters say the same vehicle was destroyed by Iraqi forces. [News 10]

 

South and west of Mosul

PMF fighters destroying a charging Daesh vehicle bomb from a close-range, southwest of Mosul [YouTube]

 

IFP troops in Adhba village [YouTube]

 

Daesh terrorists captured by Iraqi forces near Hammam Al-Alil [Al-Aan]

 

Videos of Iraqi forces in Tal Afar Airport [YouTube] [Iraqia]

 

Other people and places

A Yazidi child saying Daesh terrorists tried to rape her many times after kidnapping her and her mother. [Al-Aan]

 

Recommended good read: ”Friend or Foe? Sometimes Hard to Tell in War for Mosul.” [ABCNews]

 

An Iraqi Military Intelligence Service video from areas under Daesh control in Mosul [MoD]

 

IAF airstrikes on Daesh targets in Ninewa [MoD]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for Sunday in English [Bayan]

 

Another Daesh propaganda video [Isdarat]

 

 

November 18, 2016

East Mosul

East Mosul

Today’s Major Developments

Al-Abadi gives Trump a call. [..]

CTS, Army making steady progress in east Mosul; Daesh says it’s counter-attacking. [..]

IFP commander says entire area south of Mosul now cleared. [..]

Daesh counter-attacks repelled around Tal Afar airport. [..]

Turks and supporting opposition groups move closer to Al-Bab. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Prime Minister’s office issued a statement saying Prime Minister Al-Abadi made a phone call to congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump for winning the election. It also says Trump congratulated Abadi on the victories against Daesh, expressed US support for Iraq in the war against Daesh, and invited Abadi to visit the US. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq. Seven were in Ninewa (near Mosul (5), Kasik (1), and Sinjar (1); the other five in or near Hawija (2), Al-Qa’im (2), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

The MOD says it received four more F-16 jet fighters from its 36-jet deal with the US. [Baghdadia]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)

An MOI source says an IED placed near commercial shops in Shula killed one civilian and wounded seven others. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MOI source says the bodies of two women shot to death were found on a roadside in Rashidiya. [Mada]

A security unit found an explosives cache in a house in Saba’ Al-Bor. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Niariya. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Iraqi Army 17th division found a large explosives cache in the Sayed Abdullah Al-Jawan area during an inspection routine. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi army 23rd brigade found and destroyed two Daesh guesthouses in Khtaimiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi Army soldier in Arab Jubour. [Isdarat]

Daesh says its snipers wounded an Iraqi Army soldier in Arab Jubour. [Isdarat]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Iraqi Army 24th brigade found a weapon cache in Al-Shartan area. [BOC Facebook Page]

BOC 4th reconnaissance battalion found several rockets in a cache in Al-Arsan. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  10     (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents:  2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Security sources say the number of casualties from the terrorism attack on a wedding in Ameriyat Al-Falluja yesterday increased to 70 dead and wounded. [Etejah]

The manager of Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict says security units captured 7 suspects believed linked to Thursday’s terrorist attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

Iraqi Army 8th division EOD units destroyed 25 IEDs in Zangoura. [MoD Website]

 

The MOD says 31st Battalion troops arrested 7 Daesh terrorists as they tried to cross the river from Jazeera Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

The MOD says EOD units found an IED planted in a civilian’s house in Ramadi. The IED was safely removed and destroyed. [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Haditha

The MOD says 38th and 39th army brigades found large weapons and explosives caches while clearing Al-Bakr and Al-Furat neighborhoods in Hit and the Al-Suwaib and Albu Nimr Sadda areas. [MoD Website]

 

Four Daesh terrorists planning terror attacks in Haditha were arrested, a Tribal Mobilization local commander says. [Maalomah]

 

Security forces are on full alert in Haditha, Hit, and Baghdadi in anticipation of possible Daesh attacks. [PUKMedia]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of its “animal wealth” in Al-Qa’im. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The MOD says total returnees to their home areas in Salahuddin amounted to 119,828 to various areas of Salahuddin. Several terrorists trying to mingle with returnees were arrested. [MoD Website]

 

Shirqat

Salahuddin Operations Command EOD units destroyed 44 IEDs in the Adhba area of Shirqat, the MOD says. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces positions in several areas in Shirqat and south Ninewa with more than 175 mortars, 4 Katyushas, and 6 artillery shells. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of targeting PMF positions near Tilul Al-Baj with SPG9 rockets. [Isdarat]

 

Baiji

PMF Press says PMF snipers shot dead two terrorists who were planting a roadside IED in Fatha, northeast of Baiji. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions north and west of Baiji with 45 mortars. [Isdarat]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Security and PMF units arrested 7 Daesh terrorists during a search campaign in Mtaibija, Imam Wais, and Himrin, the Diyala Provincial Council says.  [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a member of Daesh’s A3maq media was killed by an IED in the Mtaibija area. [Sumaria]

 

PMF killed a Daesh terrorist near Himrin Lake, says the PMF 24th brigade commander. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A local source says Daesh executed eight persons in Hawija, including four ex-army officers, on charges of cooperating with government forces. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The Ninewa Liberation commander says Counter Terrorism Service units continued their advances in east Mosul and are clearing Al-Bakr, Al-Dhahabi, Al-Khadra, Al-Tahrir, and Al-Wala, and have cleared Hay Aden completely. He also says Iraqi Army units captured Omar and Bashtamaz villages in the southeast and are clearing buildings in Hay Al-Intisar, Judaidat Al-Mufti, Al-Salam, Younes Al-Saba’awi, and Palestine neighborhoods. [Ghad]

 

Local sources say Daesh moved its terrorists from the apartment buildings in Al-Khadra in east Mosul to other areas. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh media seem determined to deny the loss of neighborhoods to the government.

For example, Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in Sheherazad village in east Mosul and cut off the supply lines on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Shaima in east Mosul. Daesh says it captured half of Hay Al-Shaima after a group of its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in the area. [Isdarat]

Daesh publishes aerial photos of targeting Iraqi forces with a Grad rocket in Sheherazad village. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it launched an attack on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tahrir, which the CTS says it’s clearing (see above), and forced them to retreat. Daesh says it destroyed Iraqi forces headquarters in the area, in addition to a Humvee, and captured weapons and explosives. [Isdarat]

 

Here Daesh says it killed ten Iraqi SWAT members and destroyed 3 Humvees in a suicide attack on the outskirts of Hay Aden, which the CTS says is completely cleared (see above). [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces Humvee on the outskirts of Hay Aden. [A3maq]

Daesh says several Iraqi soldiers were killed or wounded when heavy battles erupted in Hay Aden between Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition planes, and Daesh. Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb, killing more than ten soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 3 Humvees. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi Army sniper near Hay Al-Intisar, also reported by CTS as being cleared (see above). [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi forces attack near Umar Al-Farouq. Daesh says a Syrian suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several service members and destroying an Abrams tank and several vehicles. Daesh says the battles are still ongoing. [Isdarat]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [Isdarat]

Daesh says its snipers killed 6 Iraqi Army service members in the area. [Isdarat]

Daesh later says 40 Iraqi Army service members were killed, including a commander, in the fighting near the village. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in east Mosul and in areas east of Mosul with more than 155 mortars, 4 artillery shells, and 2 rockets, killing or wounding many service members. [Isdarat]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces have started to clear Ibrahim Al-Khalil village in east Mosul, and found many tunnels in addition to a rocket launcher and a large number of rockets. It also says Iraqi forces captured several Daesh terrorists in the village and found the dead bodies of several others. [PUKMedia]

 

Other military developments in Mosul

A local source says Daesh put the names of 31 of its members, who fled the fighting, at checkpoints, as wanted men who should be captured or executed immediately. [SotIraq]

 

The Deputy Chairman of the Ninewa Provincial Council says tens of civilians have been killed or wounded by Daesh shelling on the areas in east Mosul captured by the government. [Baghdadia]

 

A medical source says 120 civilians who were wounded in Mosul arrived at Erbil hospitals. [Rudaw]

 

A local source says a civilian was killed and his wife and two of his children wounded when a Daesh drone strike hit a house in the Faisaliya area in east Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil/Mosul subdistrict

The IFP commander says his troops cleared the entire sector south of Mosul. To date, it has killed 951 Daesh combatants and destroyed 259 vehicles and vehicle bombs, 25 car rigging factories, 92 explosives vests, 83 booby-trapped motorcycles, and 36 rockets filled with chemical weapons. He says the troops cleared 1850 square km (608 square miles) and are awaiting orders to break into Mosul city and Ghizlani Camp. He says his troops are 3 km away from the Mosul city line. He says his troops freed more than 10,000 families and worked to reopen schools, police stations, and services offices. [Sumaria] [Harbi]

The IFP issued a statement saying its commander met with the Iraqi Army 9th division commander to discuss preparations to enter Mosul city. [Forat]

 

A security source says 17 Daesh terrorists were killed and 5 vehicles, 6 hideouts, 2 motorcycles, and a booby-trapped storehouse destroyed in airstrikes on the Adhba area. [IraqPress]

 

The MOD says IAA helicopters provided air cover to IFP forces in Adhba village northwest of Hammam Al-Alil, killing 17 terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles, two motorcycles, and 7 Daesh positions. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army bulldozer with a rocket near Adhba. [Isdarat]

 

The Ninewa Liberation commander says Iraqi Army 9th division captured Tal Wa’i village, east of Shura near the Tigris. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This report is confusing, as Tal Wa’i was supposedly captured long ago and is well south of Mosul. To our knowledge, the government had not acknowledged losing it nor has Daesh claimed to have captured it.

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on the Shabak Jalaiwkhan village near Ali Rash in Hamdaniya, killing four soldiers and wounding others. [Isdarat]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 9th division captured Omar Kan village, north of Nimrud. [Buratha]

The IWMC says they killed 14 or more Daesh terrorists and destroyed a motorcycle and a mortar unit near Omar Kan. [AIN]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in the Tel Keif area with 15 mortars. [Isdarat]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The MOD says IAA helicopters killed 28 Daesh terrorists near Tal Afar and destroyed 6 vehicles and two machine guns. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says a suicide terrorist from Tal Afar attacked PMFs in Suban village south of the city, with an explosives vest, killing fifteen. Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Abrams tank with a rocket near Tal Afar Airport. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Tal Afar attacked Iraqi forces near the Tal Afar Airport entrance, killing or wounding several of them. Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces with more than 300 mortar shells, killing tens of service members and wounding others, and destroying 3 Abrams tanks, a BMP armored vehicle, and damaging another, destroying 3 Humvees and damaging another, and destroying a bulldozer. It also says several Iraqi vehicles and bulldozers were destroyed in a landmine field. [Isdarat]

DaeshDaily comment. All these “victorious” reports amount to an admission that the government now controls the airport.

 

The PMFs issued a statement mourning the death of its EOD commander, Jassem Shubbar, in Tal Afar. The commander’s brother was killed in an EOD unit in Tikrit last year. [Harbi]

 

A local source says PMFs killed the commander of Daesh’s Chechen Brigade and 5 of his associates in a shelling on a Daesh hideout in Tal Afar. [Sumaria]

 

The PMF Press says PMF units closed the road between Tal Afar city and the airport. The PMFs liberated two villages east of Tal Afar and destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs.  [Buratha]

 

Kata’eb Hezbollah says it cleared the perimeter of Tal Afar Airport. It also says it captured the Daesh military commander of the western military sector, a Turkish terrorist called Abu Ibrahim, who was running Daesh’s airport defense. It says most Daesh commanders in the area are Turks. It also says Daesh had recently forced young men from Tal Afar to join the Daesh forces. [Etejah] [Buratha]

 

A security source says 28 Daesh terrorists were killed and 3 machine gun-mounted vehicles and 3 other vehicles destroyed in airstrikes in the Tal Afar area. [IraqPress]

 

Photos of Daesh tunnels at Tal Afar Airport [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of fighting near Tal Afar Airport. [Isdarat]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists, one from Mosul and one from Tal Afar, conducted a double suicide attack on a PMF military position near Hatra, far south of Mosul city. Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [A3maq] [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists, one from Saudi Arabia, and one from Mosul, attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb near Hatra, killing four service members and wounding others. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of an Iraqi suicide terrorist conducting an attack on PMF units near Um Urouq village near Hatra. The photos show the terrorist, then a distant explosion. [Isdarat]

 

A member of the CoR’s Security and Defense committee says Saraya Ashura, a PMF faction, stopped a Daesh attack near Hatra Intersection, killing 4 terrorists and destroying two machine gun mounted vehicles. [Ghad]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A security source says security units captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in east Basra. The man claimed to be a PMF fighter. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

This just in from Cumhuriyet. The trial of one of the accused in the 2015 Daesh suicide bombing at Ankara Station, Metin Akaltin, revealed the interesting detail that the defendant was fined in June of this year for stealing nine cans of beer from a supermarket. (Thanks to our friend in Turkey for this translation.) [Cumhuriyet]

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Ahmet Uzumcu, the director of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a global watchdog tasked with destroying chemical weapons, says the OPCW is probing more than 20 reports of alleged use of toxic arms in Syria since August. He also says Daesh may have itself manufactured mustard gas used in attacks in Syria and Iraq.

A joint UN and OPCW panel also found that Daesh was behind a mustard gas attack in Syria in August 2015. Samples of mustard gas taken from attacks in Syria and Iraq have been analyzed by the OPCW’s laboratories in The Netherlands and “the findings do suggest that this substance may have been produced by ISIS itself,” said Uzumcu. [AFP]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that strategic missile carriers from the Russian Aerospace Forces attacked infrastructure of Daesh and Jabhat Al-Nusra in Syria with cruise missiles.

It says that launches of the air-based cruise missiles were made from the area above the Mediterranean Sea. The planes took off from one of the airports in the territory of the Russian Federation and, having made two in-flight refueling stops, travelled more than 11,000 km. The route of the missile carriers ran over the waters of the northern seas and eastern Atlantic.

The Ministry stated that after the missile strike, Russian planes returned to their home airbase. The attacks also involved Su-33 ship-based fighters from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and aircraft strikes from the Khmeimim air base. [BasNews]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria (near Ain Eissa (10), Raqqa (3), and Deir Ez-Zor (3)). [InherentResolve]

 

Several opposition clerics warned of the return of Al-Qaeda to Syria under the new name of Taliban Al-Sham, saying that this will cause more disintegration of opposition forces in Syria and lead to further local wars, as the new organization is expected to attract the most radical members of Syrian Islamist groups. [Dorar]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

39 more Iraqi families from Ninewa arrived at the Rajm Sulaibi crossing on the Iraqi-Syrian borders, Red Crescent teams provided food and health support to the refugees. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say an IED exploded a PYD vehicle in Hay Ghuwairan in Hasaka without causing casualties. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

Battles between SDF and Daesh went full force in Thilth Kheneiz village southwest of Qantara, before it was finally captured by the SDF, which also confiscated large quantities of weapons and explosives. Other SDF forces advancing from Ayn Eissa have entered the village of Tal Saman. SDF is about 26 km (16 miles) from Raqqa.  [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

The French government proposes an attack to put Raqqa under siege, so as to prevent movement between the city and Mosul. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SPD bulldozer with a rocket east of Al-Haba town, located southeast of Ain Eissa. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says eleven SDF (“PKK”) members were killed when they walked into a land mine field near Farhud village, southwest of Ain Eissa. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh issues photos of its “agricultural activities” in Tabaqa. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

Without real advance on the ground, the artillery shelling between government forces and opposition units in east and old Aleppo is continuing. Recent accounts of casualties refer to 45 additional civilians, including a child, bringing the total to 120. Civil defense sources speak of a chemical attack with chlorine on eastern Aleppo by army helicopters.  [Hawar] [EnabBaladi]

 

Local activists say Russian airstrikes on Yaqid Al-Adas north of Aleppo left 30 people dead, many of them women and children. [ARA]

 

Syrian warplanes and artillery destroyed a Daesh weapons storage facility and several vehicles near the Air Academy east of Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

Opposition shelling of west Aleppo neighborhoods killed seven civilians. [SyriaNow]

 

Idlib

A Coalition drone tracked and destroyed a vehicle belonging to Fath Al-Sham (Nusra) group, killing three of its members north of Idlib, while Russian planes attacked Um Al-Sabr camp south of the district. [ZamanAlWasl]

A local activist says a senior Al-Qaeda leader, Abu Al-Afghan Al-Masri, and two other people were killed in the airstrike. [ARA]

 

Al-Bab

Turkish artillery shelled 80 Daesh and 1 SDF targets in the northern areas, while Turkey-backed opposition forces are close to entering Al-Bab city. [ARA]

The Turkish Ministry of Defense says Turkey-backed opposition groups captured 5 more villages near Al-Bab. It also says an opposition fighter was killed, and three Turkish soldiers and eighteen opposition fighters were wounded. [ARA]

 

Daesh says 5 civilians were killed and 43 wounded, including 12 in critical condition in Turkish Army tanks shelling on residential areas in Al-Bab city and surrounding areas. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Turkish Army tanks with rockets near Hazwan village west of Al-Bab, killing all of the tank crew members. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting the Turkish Army and opposition groups with mortars in Al-Kafr village west of Al-Bab. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of one of its snipers targeting opposition fighters in Qadiran village north of Al-Bab. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Qabasin. [Isdarat]

 

Azaz

Fighting between opposition groups Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabha Shamiya has been going on in Azaz for over a week now. Ahrar Al-Sham HQ was attacked for the second time in two days. Citizens demonstrated in the city today, demanding that both factions join forces against the threat of both Daesh and government forces.  [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Afrin

YPG says 5 opposition fighters were killed while attacking YPG positions in Afrin and in Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo city. [Hawar]

 

Turkey is providing more ammunition to opposition units it backs in Syria. Several Turkish ammunition-packed trucks entered Syrian areas in Mullah Khalilah, where two supply helicopters landed. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Government forces continued shelling Hay Al-Waar in Homs with artillery and sniper fire, while battles with Daesh were reported in Huwaisis, Al-Muhur, and Tal Al-Sawana. Meanwhile Russian warplanes bombed Al-Sha’er oilfield and Sukhnah, north of Tadmur. High civilian casualties were reported.  [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes a video of battles near Al-Muhur gas company northwest of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Unknown warplanes, most likely Russian, bombed Conoco oilfields east of Deir Ez-Zor, causing large fires, local activists say. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a water tank factory in Deir Ez-Zor. [Isdarat]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

The opposition unit that shelled Damascus yesterday belongs to “Jaish Al-Islam,” based in East Ghouta. It killed a woman and wounded three civilians when it shelled Salihiya in Damascus yesterday. [SyriaNow]

 

Several Daesh terrorists were killed on Suwayda-Damascus highway by an IED placed by the army, while heading to Daraa. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian tanks shelled and killed several terrorists in the Western Naqqar area in Quneitra. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says the Egyptian Army stopped a terrorist attack on an area between Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, killing 24 terrorists. The source says a terrorist used heavy weapons in the attack. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “Islamic police” in Sinai. The photos show the beheading of two old men. [Isdarat]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh called the two victims “kahen,” a word that could be translated as clergymen. The two men could be anti-Daesh Muslim clerics. We will wait to see reports about them in Egyptian media.  

 

ABM terrorists shot and killed a policeman and a civilian who were kidnapped earlier, and threw their bodies near the Arish city entrance. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan National Army (LNA) source says the LNA found four bodies in a grave in the Busnaib area west of Benghazi. He also says LNA troops found a prison and a field hospital in the area. [Wasat]

 

The LNA Special Forces spokesman says battles continue between LNA troops and terrorists in west Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

LNA troops destroyed a vehicle bomb near the Customs building in the Qanfouda area, killing the suicide terrorist. [AfriGate]

 

A security captain says a civilian was wounded by a land mine near a farm in Benghazi city. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 LNA fighters in the Busnaib area, west of Benghazi. Daesh also says it damaged an LNA vehicle carrying a machine gun-mounted LNA vehicle in the same area. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it targeted LNA gatherings in the Qawarsha area with mortars. [Isdarat]

 

Central coast

The Government of National Accord (GNA) military spokesman says his troops advanced further in Giza, killing more than 9 Daesh terrorists and destroying a car bomb. [Wasat]

 

A GNA military commander says Daesh set fire to several houses in the Giza area. [Wasat]

 

Northwest

A security source says clashes erupted in the Dahmani area in Tripoli, without giving more details. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian sources say security units have found 5 weapons storehouses so far in Bin Guerdane during the last few days. The sources say the storehouses contained 24 anti-aircraft SAM7 rockets. A security expert says Daesh is still trying to capture a city in Tunisia. [Anadolu]

 

A Tunisian newspaper says 4 masked radicals (3 men and a woman) set fire to the house of a Tunisian Army colonel and stabbed his nephew before fleeing in the Marnaqiya area near the capitol. [Al-Wasat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Families being shot at by Daesh while trying to escape [YouTube]

Civilians in Mosul hit by Daesh shells [YouTube]

 

Iraqi troops in Hay Al-Tahrir, east Mosul [MoD]

Iraqi troops in Hay Al-Zahra in east Mosul [Iraqia]

 

IAA helicopters destroying 2 Daesh mortar units [MoD]

IAA helicopters attacking Daesh targets near Mosul [MoD]

 

Daesh weapons and vehicles captured by Iraqi forces in Mosul [MoD]

 

A water bottle booby-trapped by Daesh near Mosul [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh tunnel under a mosque in Bartella [Twitter]

 

A video taken by a Daesh terrorist [YouTube]

 

The first moments of Tal Afar Airport battles [YouTube]

PMFs in Tal Afar Airport [YouTube] [MoD] [YouTube] [YouTube]

PMF fighters destroying Daesh vehicle bombs near Tal Afar Airport [YouTube]

PMF construction shovels in Tal Afar Airport [YouTube]

Daesh wireless communications intercepted by Iraqi forces in Tal Afar Airport [YouTube]

The first moment of the Daesh explosion in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, as people were dancing and celebrating the wedding [YouTube]

 

Daesh terrorists fleeing Tal Afar towards Syria [Rudaw]

IAA helicopters destroying Daesh vehicles that fled Tal Afar [YouTube]

 

A video from the ground of Daesh targets being hit by Coalition planes west of Mosul [Rudaw]

 

A Daesh suicide terrorist dressed as a woman and captured by security units in Anbar [Iraqia]

 

Syria

A child who was saved from under the rubble after a Russian airstrike [Arabi21]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of attacks in south Baghdad and Muthanna province. The video shows people getting executed, in addition to IED and suicide attacks, and shows two Iraqi suicide terrorists who conducted a suicide attack in Samawa on June 1st, 2016 that killed or wounded tens of civilians. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues infographics about the results of the Mosul battles between October 17th and November 17th. [A3maq]

November 17, 2016

 

mosul

Today’s Major Developments

Barzani says he didn’t say that. [..]

Daesh attacks a wedding in Ameriyat Al-Falluja; kills 21 & wounds 42. [..]

Daesh attack in Hit repelled by Army, PMFs, citizens. [..]

CTS, Army units consolidating hold on east Mosul despite heavy resistance. [..]

Latest mass grave discovered near Hammam Al-Alil buried 300 policemen. [..]

PMFs take control of airport area south of Tal Afar. [..]

94 killed, 150 wounded in latest Syrian/Russian airstrikes on east Aleppo. [..]

SDF forces now 16 miles from Raqqa, but fighting continues near Ain Eissa. [..]

Opposition militias in Azaz city still shooting at each other. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Responding to Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani’s statement that Peshmerga will not withdraw from areas they liberate, Prime Minister Abadi’s office issued a statement stating that the agreement with the Kurdish side was clear in saying they would withdraw from all areas liberated during the current Ninewa operations. As for areas lost and recovered during the past government’s era, the constitutional provisions will apply. [ROJ]

The KRG Presidency Office issued a statement saying that the translation of Barzani’s speech was not accurate and Barzani is committed to the deal regarding Peshmerga’s presence in the liberated area. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. In Iraq, one of the oldest “dodges” for evading accountability for dubious statements is to blame the translator.

 

In response to a PMF leader’s statement that his militia is heading for Syria after defeating Daesh in Iraq, at the Syrian government’s request, the Prime Minister’s office said through its spokesman Saad Al-Hadithi that Iraq does not interfere in other countries’ internal affairs. [Arabi21]

Several Shia politicians say they oppose some PMF commanders’ statements about the PMFs participating in the war in Syria. [Mada]

 

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says it has less than $30,000 dollars in its budget for displaced families. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is bad news but otherwise mostly another indication that the bill for displaced families and many other things is being paid for by the Coalition countries and the UN.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes in Iraq, near Mosul (3), Sinjar (1), and Sultan Abdullah (1); and Hawija (2), Haditha (1), and Rawa (3). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A local police source says the body of a beheaded woman was found near Al-Nasr Military Industry Establishment north of Taji. [Maalomah]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MOI source says two civilians were killed and six wounded by an IED placed near commercial shops in Grai’at, in Adhamiya. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MOI source says one civilian was killed and seven wounded by an IED explosion in Dara’iya village, in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A security source says armed men kidnapped a Sahwa member upon leaving his house in Albu Aitha. [Maalomah]

The BOC says 24th army brigade destroyed an IED and found an explosives cache in Khaqarra.

[BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says 55th army brigade found an ammunition cache in Arab Dawood. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says 7th army brigade located an explosives cache in Abu Ghraib. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:     7     (Includes only incidents reported)

IED incidents reported:                         3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Chairman of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja Subdistrict Council says 21 people were killed and 42 wounded by a suicide attack with a car bomb that targeted a wedding in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it killed more than thirty Sahwa fighters and wounded “tens” by detonating a parked car bomb in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. For Daesh, any Sunni who doesn’t join it is a “Sahwa fighter,” whether a man, a woman or a child. Whatever the cover story, it’s a mass murder of civilians. These incidents show over and over that Daesh fighters are basically a band of killers, notwithstanding the religious veneer provided by their tireless media types.

A more immediate question concerns security in Falluja District. For some time after the government’s victory there, there were no deadly incidents reported from Falluja. Efforts have been made to screen out Daesh fighters among the returnees, but incidents like this will raise fears that Daesh is back in Falluja.

Photos of the results of the terrorist attack. Some of the victims are children. [Twitter]

 

The Anbar Police Chief says security units captured Harith Al-Jubouri, a Daesh terrorist from Dora in Baghdad, who planned Tuesday’s suicide attacks in Falluja city, at a checkpoint in Ramadi. He says the terrorists who conducted the attacks were wearing military uniforms and carrying counterfeit security badges.  [Mada]

 

Hit/Haditha

Hamad Al-Karbouli, a battalion commander in the Tribal Mobilization of Kubaisa, says the Iraqi Army and its tribal allies repelled a Daesh attack on the city. Heavy mortar shelling accompanied that attack, which ended by withdrawal of the attackers to the western desert after heavy losses. Local sources say that the local population played a major role in stopping the attack. Over 17 attackers were killed and two vehicle bombs destroyed.  [Sumaria] [Maalomah]

Daesh said a group of its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army and Sahwa positions in Kubaisa city, killing several of them, including army officers, before returning safely. [Isdarat]

Daesh Daily comment. Daesh fighters always “return safely” (even when they don’t).

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A Tribal Mobilization commander says Iraqi Army helicopters destroyed two vehicles carrying 7 terrorists of Asian nationalities heading from Syria to Anah. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi Army positions in the Kilo 70 area north of Rutba. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Karabala town near the Syrian border. [Isdarat]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says fighting with light arms and hand grenades erupted as Daesh attacked a PMF checkpoint near Shirqat junction. No account of casualties is available so far. The fighting turned into close combat and is continuing. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it killed six PMF fighters, destroyed a vehicle, and captured weapons in an attack on PMF positions in the Ain Al-Baidha area west of Shirqat. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the area is south of Shirqat. It also says its terrorists returned safely after the attack. [Isdarat]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded another on the outskirts of Shirqat city. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Shirqat city. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Shirqat and south Ninewa areas with more than 150 mortars. [Isdarat]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF vehicle in the Fatha area. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it attacked PMF positions north and west of Baiji with 45 mortars. [Isdarat]

 

Tikrit

A security source says security measures extended at Tikrit checkpoints after news that Daesh terrorists are mingling with displaced families returning to their areas in the province. [Ghad] [Baghdadia]

 

Southern Salahuddin

A security source says an IED killed an employee of the Ministry of Electricity while he was performing maintenance of the power grid in Balad. [Etejah]

 

DIYALA

The Diyala Operations commander says 17 people wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in various parts of the province. [Sumaria]

 

Diyala Provincial Council says 12 liberated villages are witnessing the phenomenon of “fighting farmers,” forced to carry arms to protect their villages from Daesh attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/southeast Diyala

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi Army service members and destroyed their vehicle in the Bizayez area in Buhriz subdistrict. [Isdarat]

 

The Security Committee in Baquba says the men who carried out the car bomb attack on Shafta have been arrested.  [Ghad]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee in Mandali in southeast Diyala with an IED, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [Isdarat]

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the Dayniya area in Balad Ruz. Daesh also says it damaged a PMF vehicle in the Nida area in Balad Ruz, wounding the fighters inside. [Isdarat]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh captured 75 civilians who were trying to escape Daesh controlled areas in Hawija, and accused them of trying to “leave the caliphate land.” [Sumaria]

 

Southwest

Daesh says its snipers killed two Peshmerga fighters near Murra village in Riyadh subdistrict. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading four “spies” in Kirkuk province. [DawaAlhaq]

 

NINEWA

A report by several relief organizations says that 59,000 people have left Ninewa so far since the Ninewa liberation campaign started. [Anadolu]

A CTS commander says 80% of civilians in Mosul are still in the city. [Rudaw]

 

The MoD says the IAA conducted 800 attacks on Daesh during the Ninewa Liberation Operation, killing hundreds of terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

A Sunni COR member from Ninewa says the PMFs will participate in liberating the west side of Mosul city. [Sumaria]

 

A Canadian army officer said Canadian Special Forces have engaged Daesh directly several times recently with light arms and anti-armor weapons. Such battles were either in self-defense, or in defense of Ninewa or Kurdish citizens. [Baghdadia]

A Canadian commander told CBC News that Canadian Special Forces who are training the Peshmerga had destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs using anti-armored vehicle missiles because the Peshmerga didn’t have such missiles. He says the Canadian troops don’t have any combat role in the battles, but sometimes they use force to help the Peshmerga or to protect civilians. [Mada]

 

Mosul

Ninewa liberation campaign

The CTS command says it liberated the 30th of July neighborhood in east Mosul and entered the Muharibin neighborhood. It says it’s a matter of hours before reaching central Mosul. [PUKMedia]

 

Mosul Operations announced that CT units liberated Al-Tahrir neighborhood east of Mosul and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.   [Mada]

Photos of Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tahrir and Hay Al-Adel. [Sumaria]

A security source says CTS troops killed 2 Daesh Tunisian commanders in Hay Aden. [Maalomah]

 

IWMC says army units are now moving into the Al-Intisar, Jadidat Al-Mufti, Al-Salam, Younis Al-Saba’awi, and Palestine neighborhoods in southeast Mosul, while CT units are clearing the neighborhoods of Aden, Khadra, Al-Bakr, Al-Qadisiya Al-Oula, and Tahrir. [IraqPress]

 

A Ninewa liberation commander says Iraqi forces killed 20 Daesh terrorists, including 5 suicide bombers and 3 snipers in the east side of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Ninth Army division spokesman says its troops killed 3 terrorists, including one suicide attacker, who tried to enter Al-Intisar neighborhood east of Mosul. [Rudaw]

Daesh says a group of its suicide terrorists sneaked into PMF positions near Hay Al-Intisar in east Mosul and killed four fighters. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed four SWAT members near Intisar, Arbajiya, and Tahrir. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four SWAT members near Hay Al-Zahra in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed twelve SWAT members and destroyed a Humvee and damaged another near Hay Al-Zahra. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Mosul attacked an Iraqi Army headquarters with a vehicle bomb near Hay Al-Zahra with a vehicle bomb, killing twelve service members and wounding others, and destroying a Humvee and damaging another. Daesh also says its snipers killed nine Iraqi Army service members, wounding others in east Mosul. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in east Mosul and in areas west of Mosul with 106 mortars, 2 locally made rockets, and 4 artillery shells. [Isdarat]

 

Mosul Operations says 100 Daesh operatives have been arrested so far by security personnel. [Baghdadia]

 

Other military developments in Mosul

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot and killed a Daesh military commander from Diyala near the car market on the west side of the city. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Kurdistan24 Kurdish TV says one of its reporters was shot in the leg by a Daesh sniper in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its media members from Mosul who was killed in battles. [Isdarat]

 

Conditions in Mosul

People of Mosul are burying the dead bodies of family members in their houses because they are unable to leave due to Daesh shelling. [Rudaw]

 

Local sources say the demand for cigarettes in the liberated parts of Mosul has spiked. Daesh banned cigarettes sales in the area under its rule in Ninewa. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of the “normal life” in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

Human Rights Watch says the bodies of 300 policemen were found in a mass grave in Hammam Al-Alil. [Ghad]

 

The IFP says its forces killed 24 terrorists and destroyed 8 vehicle bombs in Adhba 12 miles south of Mosul and northwest of Hammam Alil, adding that its troops are heading towards Aqrab checkpoint south of Mosul. [Ghad]

In another report, the IFP commander says his troops killed 85 Daesh fighters while clearing Adhba vi