An Update On ISIS Activities

December 18, 2015

Peshmerga 2

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Obama asks Erdogan to remove Turkish troops from Iraq.

Sistani and other Najaf clerical leaders warn of people compromising Iraq’s territorial integrity.

Errant Coalition airstrike kills Iraqi soldiers near Falluja.

Daesh launches more failed attacks against Peshmerga in Ninewa, Kirkuk

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

President Obama calls President Erdogan and requests the withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq. The President stressed that Turkey should respect Iraq’s sovereignty and the unity of its lands. [Hurra]

 

Baha Al-Ariji, the former Deputy Prime Minister, has suggested that the shelling of Camp Zilkan earlier this week could have been a false-flag operation by Turkey with the goal of prolonging the Turkish “aggression” in Iraq by providing Ankara with a pretext to prolong its troop deployment in Iraq.  [Sumaria]

 

Iraq’s high-ranking Shia clerics known collectively as the marjaiya have called for Iraqis to reach agreement on plans to liberate the country from Daesh that preserve the territorial integrity of the country. A representative warned in a Friday sermon in Kerbala against plans by “local, regional, and international powers” that seek to divide the country and create in its place “small weak states in conflict with each other.” [Sumaria]

 

With the Ashura ceremonies now ended, demonstrations resumed in Baghdad and elsewhere, over a range of issues. Demonstrations were also held in the South provinces of Maysan, Basra, Muthanna, and Dhi Qar; in the South-Central provinces of Babel, Najaf, Diwaniya, and Wasit; and in Diyala. The demonstrators demanded more reforms, especially in the judicial system, and demanded more anti-corruption measures. Frustration was expressed about the delay in executing the reforms. Demonstrators in Baghdad also demanded a boycott of products from countries that support terrorism. Some demonstrators in Basra and Maysan objected to the Turkish troops in Ninewa. Some in Basra also objected the current rise in murders and assassinations in the city and demanded that the government to work on improving security there. Hundreds of demonstrators in Al-Khalis in Diyala objected to the Nigerian Army attack on a Shia group in that country. [Mada] [Mada] [Maalomah]  [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

The anti-Daesh media conference concluded in Baghdad. It came up with several recommendations including establishing an “international electronic coalition” based in Iraq to fight e-terrorism, training Iraqis on new technologies in psychological and media war, and helping Iraq to sue countries, organizations and media outlets that support terrorism. [Ghad]

 

The Speaker of the CoR, Saleem Al-Jubouri, accompanied by several other high-ranking parliament members, has formally placed a Christmas tree in the parliament building in observance of the Christmas holiday and the beginning of the Christian new year, wishing in his remarks “security, stability, and peace, and the return of the displaced to their homes and their homeland.” He stressed the importance of cooperation between Iraqis in light of the difficult conditions Iraqis face, and noted the proximity on this year’s calendar between the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed and the Christmas holiday. [Ghad]

 

Security developments

Military sources say 100 Russian tanks, out of 300 expected to arrive eventually, arrived at Um Qasr in Basra for the Iraqi Army. [Buratha]

 

The IWMC says more than 40 Daesh terrorists were killed and many wounded, and several of its locations and hideouts destroyed, in different areas in Iraq. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi forces defused a booby-trapped house and a vehicle bomb inside it in the Al-Zor area in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 25th Brigade unit found 100 mortar shells in the Kilo 12 area in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a fish market in Taji north of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others. [Maalomah]
  • Unknown armed men attacked a woman near her home in Tarmiya north of Baghdad, killing her on the spot. [Baghdadia]
  • Iraqi security forces found a weapons cache including IEDs, suicide vests, and mortar rounds, in a residence in the Dubatiya area of Tarmiya. [Baghdadia]
  • A sticky IED fastened inside a civilian car exploded in the Adhamiya area of north Baghdad, killing the driver and wounding three others inside the vehicle. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a liquor store in Batawiyeen in downtown Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men in a civilian car shot and killed an Iraqi Army Major in his vehicle on Qanat highway in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • The body of a Ministry of Electricity employee was found shot in Sadr City in east Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in the Alf Dar area of Baghdad Al-Jadida in east Baghdad, killing one person and wounding six others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a sheep market in Suwaib in southwest Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • A war correspondent working for the Ministry of Defense was wounded when an IED exploded while he was covering events in the Zaidan area of Abu Ghraib in western Baghdad Governorate. [Baghdadia]
  • Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and six wounded, including a colonel and a captain, by mortar shells falling on an Army command post in Intisar village in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad]

 

PM Abadi received a phone call from his Qatari counterpart to discuss the issue of the kidnapped Qatari hunters, according to the PM office. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. The hunters were accompanied by dozens of Iraqi security members but they were overwhelmed by the many armed men in dozens of vehicles according to local sources. This incident sheds light on the lawlessness in Iraq, which is one reason for Daesh’s presence there. Criminal groups large enough to overwhelm security details, but leave no evidence behind, are not working entirely on their own. Such groups will be a major challenge to future governments.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Coalition warplanes struck the areas of Al-Jamiya, Al-Hawz, and Al-Thaila in central Ramadi, killing seven Daesh fighters and wounding eleven others. Coalition airstrikes also destroyed eight Daesh hideouts in Albu Aitha. [PUKMedia] [Sumaria] [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi joint forces with allied tribal fighters and Coalition air support have destroyed Daesh defensive lines west and south of Ramadi in fighting in the Al-Rousain area west of Ramadi and in Al-Sadda and nearby areas south of the city, killing 13 Daesh fighters in the battles, Anbar Tribal Fighters command announced. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes flew five sorties over different areas in Ramadi, killing 11 terrorists and destroying 3 Daesh hideouts and 4 other locations. [Baghdadia]

 

The Joint Operations Command says the Golden Division found a big Daesh weapons and explosives storehouse in Tameem in Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says an Iraqi Army 38th Infantry Brigade unit killed a Daesh terrorist and wounded 2 near the Albu Farraj Bridge north of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

The IAF launched two airstrikes on Daesh hideouts in the Albu Shaban area in Jazeera Ramadi, killing and wounding tens of Daesh members. IAF strikes on Albu Farraj and Jaraishi killed seven Daesh fighters and wounded 11 others north of Ramadi. [Sumaria] [Maalomah]

A video of an elementary school in Ramadi turned into a Daesh foreign fighters’ guesthouse, since captured by Iraqi forces [Harbi]

A video of Iraqi forces in Ramadi [Harbi]

Falluja

A Coalition airstrike during joint operations to clear areas south of Falluja killed or injured ten Iraqi soldiers, a joint operations statement has announced. Iraqi forces captured a strategic position and killed several Daesh fighters. With weather conditions preventing Iraqi air power from operating, Iraqi ground forces called for Coalition air support. After two deadly Coalition airstrikes on Daesh positions, Iraqi ground forces advanced rapidly to engage Daesh fighters at close range. The Coalition then launched a third airstrike using old data that did not take account of the Iraqi ground advance. [Mada]

The Coalition issued a statement saying it will open an investigation into the airstrike and it asked Iraq to participate. [Shafaaq]

 

Russian Today TV publishes a video allegedly of the Coalition airstrike on Iraqi forces near Falluja. [RT]

Daesh publishes photos of Iraqi soldiers killed in the airstrike. [DabiqNews]

 

An Iraqi Army 59th Brigade unit defused 3 IEDs in Halabsa in southeast Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A PMF source says PMF snipers killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Saqlawiya to the north. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi forces cleared the areas of Bayt Al-Tofaha and the zone near the entrance to Nuaimiya, 17 km (10.5 miles) south of Falluja, a member of Anbar provincial council has said. He said 17 Daesh fighters were killed in the operations, which come as part of the widespread campaign in Anbar to root out Daesh in the areas around Falluja and Ramadi. Iraqi forces and unnamed supporting forces also killed four Daesh members in fighting to clear areas near Al-Annaz bridge southeast of Falluja, an Anbar Operations source said.  [Mada] [Maalomah]

The police commander of Ameriyat Fallujah has been wounded in clashes between Iraqi security forces and Daesh east of the city, an Anbar security source said. [Baghdadia] A local source says he was wounded in the battles in Zoba’a. [Gharbiya]

 

Daesh launched heavy mortar shelling on Ameriyat Fallujah on Friday, a member of the local council said, reporting that the shelling killed and wounded an unspecified number of residents and prompted security forces to seal the entrances and exits to the city. [Maalomah]

 

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi troops took control of a Daesh-occupied elementary school in the Zoba’a area east of Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Sumaria]
Daesh’s version is that 20 Iraqi soldiers were killed in Zoba’a and 2 bulldozers were destroyed. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Zoba’a. Daesh paraded with the dead bodies of 2 Iraqi fighters and then threw them into the river. [DabiqNews]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations forces have started transporting 480 students from Haditha to Baghdad to enroll in school, on orders by PM Abadi acting in his capacity as commander of the armed forces, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

An Iraqi Army 7th Division source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Hit, Dolab, and Jazeera Baghdadi (east of Baghdadi), killing or wounding many Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

A security source says the Coalition bombed Daesh in Jazeera Baghdadi, killing 15 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. [Baghdadia]

 

West Anbar

An Al-Abbas Division (PMF unit) commander says his division in Nukhaib is recruiting and arming a battalion of displaced people from different areas in Anbar. He says the battalion will be trained in Nukhaib to help secure the subdistrict and participate in Anbar liberation battles. [Mada]

 

A security source says Daesh blew up tens of houses belonging to members of security forces in the Waleed subdistrict of Rutba with IEDs. The source attributed the motive for this action to Daesh’s defeats in Ramadi. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Friday prayers in a mosque in Anbar. [DabiqNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The Baiji District Mayor says 10,000 families returned to their houses in the District but are suffering from the lack of basic services. He also says 60% of the city is destroyed; reconstruction efforts will start when Iraqi forces move ahead to liberate Shirqat. [Mada]

 

A PMF commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on Siniya, killing 7 Daesh fighters. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [DabiqNews]

Daesh publishes photos of its fighters in the same area. [DabiqNews]

 

Tikrit

The Tikrit District Mayor says more than 30,000 families have returned to the city since it was recaptured from Daesh. He also says the city needs more support from the central government to support local services. [Mada]

 

Samarra

A security source says Daesh launched a large attack on the Strategic Line area west of Samarra but Iraqi forces stopped the attack, killing 15 Daesh members and destroying two vehicles. [Ghad]

 

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Salam rocketed Daesh in 2 villages west of Samarra with Grads, killing around 20 and destroying 4 vehicles. Two Daesh local commanders were killed and a third wounded in the shelling. [Harbi] [Harbi]

Saraya Al-Salam captured a Daesh Humvee and a vehicle bomb in the Khuzaimi area west of Samarra. [Harbi]

 

Southern Salahuddin

A PMF source says PMF troops stopped a Daesh attack on the Ain Al-Faris area. The source says 15 Daesh terrorists tried to sneak into the area but PMFs shelled their location with artillery and mortars. [Harbi]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A civilian was killed and another wounded in a roadside IED blast near Abu Khanazir village in Abu Saida. [Sumaria]

 

Elsewhere in Diyala

A local official says hundreds of Sahwa fighters in Khan Bani Saad and the nearby areas haven’t gotten paid for the last 3 months and asks the central government to intervene. There are more than 9,000 Sahwa fighters in Diyala. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The Sahwa units were established in Diyala in 2007, as were similar units in other Sunni provinces, by Anbar tribal leader Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, a leader much admired by Shia as well as Sunnis. He was soon after assassinated by Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

 

KIRKUK

Peshmerga forces with Coalition air support repelled a large Daesh attack in the Dibis District in the villages of Kraw and Kiba, 45 km (28 miles) northwest of Kirkuk, the Peshmerga commander for the Dibis area announced. His men retrieved the bodies of 11 Daesh militants. Daesh attacked at dawn with vehicles and suicide bombers; a force of more than 150 fighters moved in from Mosul and Shirqat, targeting Peshmerga installations in Dibis, he said. Peshmerga 8th Brigade and 108 Force fighters responded, the commander said, adding that his forces “had information on the movements of Daesh terrorists” during the combat.

Coalition warplanes killed 50 other Daesh militants in airstrikes that included targets in the villages of Batma, Sartak, Gouba, and Al-Haqt, he added. According to the commander’s latest statements, one Peshmerga fighter and two others were wounded in the fighting in Dibis.

 

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack, killing 28 fighters including 2 local commanders, during the last two days near the Turkmen village of Bashir in southwest Kirkuk. [INA]

A PMF source says PMF commanders met with PUK leaders and agreed to work together to free Bashir in the coming days. [Harbi]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source says Daesh executed a Shabak family of four for refusing to join Daesh in Nimrud east of Mosul. Daesh also executed another female teacher who objected to Daesh’s curriculum. [Mada]

Local sources say Daesh is using prisoners to destroy graves in Mosul. The sources say every prisoner must destroy a certain number of graves in order to be released. Daesh launched a large campaign to destroy graves in several areas in Mosul. [INA]

DaeshDaily comment. The real story here is neither the prisoners nor the deceased. The prisoners involved are the minor offenders who would be release after a short term anyway. The new Saudi coalition is the likeliest reason behind this. The only country in the Muslim world that opposes and therefore destroys graves is Saudi Arabia. By following the Saudi example, Daesh passes the message that they are real Salafis, real Wahhabis. This seems to emulate the Saudis but the real message is that they are competing with the Saudis for leadership of Sunni Islam. One of Daesh’s basic long-term strategies is to become the pre-eminent power and authority in the Muslim world, uniting all Muslims under their caliphate to fight the West and all other opponents of their version of Islam.

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says one of its snipers killed a Daesh terrorist at a checkpoint outside Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A Peshmerga commander says Daesh launched an attack on the Kurdish forces in Batnaya, three miles north of Mosul in the Tel Keif District, but the Peshmerga, supported by Coalition airpower, stopped the attack and killed 7 Daesh fighters. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Ninewa. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the Wednesday battles in Ninewa. [A3maq]

 

Photos of some of the Daesh vehicles captured by the Peshmerga during the last two days [BasNews]

 

Videos of Peshmerga fighters gathering Daesh’s dead bodies [YouTube] [YouTube]

[YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Makhmur

Daesh launched attacks on Peshmerga positions at dawn on Friday in the Makhmur District, which Peshmerga forces were able to repel in battles lasting longer than two hours, a local source said. He added that 9 Daesh fighters were killed in the battle and 16 injured. However, 13 Peshmerga fighters were killed and four injured in the fighting around Arab-majority Qaraj subdistrict at the southern end of Makhmur, a Peshmerga source said. Peshmerga forces are launching counter-attacks in the area to “hunt down remnants” of Daesh fighters. [Mada] [Baghdadia] [BasNews]

In the Qaraj fighting, the Peshmerga killed Mohsen Eisa Abd, reportedly a close associate of Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi who had been responsible for planning attacks on Peshmerga forces in the area, a local Peshmerga source said. [Rudaw]

Five Daesh commanders were among those killed in Wednesday’s fighting in Nahrawan, identified by Peshmerga  as Abu Hamoudi, the commander responsible for the Nahrawan area (announced yesterday), Abu Talha, Hussein Sulayman, and Abu Naba, each responsible for special operations, and Abu Humam, responsible for the Khazer area.

Daesh says its terrorists “broke into” a Peshmerga barracks in Tal Reem without giving more details. [DabiqNews]

 

A video of yesterday’s battles in Makhmur [Rudaw]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The American Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement saying US Defense Secretary Carter informed KRG President Masoud Barzani that the KRG should coordinate with Baghdad in order to get its weapons and training. [Buratha]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Qadessiya. Counter-terrorism and intelligence forces in Diwaniya arrested a man from Hsaiba in Ramadi on terrorism charges. [Etejah]

Dhi Qar. Special operations police of the Interior Ministry, with cooperation from local police, have arrested two people accused of conducting terrorist activities in various areas of Nasariya in Dhi Qar Governorate, a Dhi Qar security source said. The two detainees were taken to Baghdad for interrogation. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Local activists say 3 Daesh suicide bomber blew themselves up on a YPG checkpoint near Suluk, killing or wounding several YPG fighters. [BasNews]

 

A Kurdish military source says Daesh detonated a vehicle bomb on Bir Eissa village south of Ain Eissa, then its terrorists attacked the YPG in the village. The attack reportedly failed, five Daesh terrorists were killed and several wounded, and a vehicle was destroyed. [BasNews]

Daesh says only 3 of its terrorists attacked the YPG near Suluk and fought with them for 3 hours, killing or wounding “tens” of YPG fighters. Daesh publishes photos of the 3 terrorists but doesn’t say exactly what happened to them. However, Daesh’s A3maq says the three terrorists detonated themselves, killing all YPG fighters in the location.  [DabiqNews] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a standard Daesh propaganda approach. Every battle is a victory one way or the other, and Daesh is always victorious. If their suicide bombers blew themselves up, that shows they succeeded, and some exaggerated or made-up estimate of enemy deaths is added to the story. They use this tactic over and over, usually to cover for failures and defeats.

 

A local activist in Shaddadi says Daesh imposed a new tax on electricity in the city and removed the internet satellite dishes, forcing people to go to cafes it operates. [ARA]

A local Shaddadi source says Daesh publicly stoned four of its members to death (a Tunisian and 3 Syrians. [ARA]

 

Northwest

At least 34 people, including 11 women and six children, were killed in Raqqa and in the Aleppo countryside in a series of Russian air raids on these areas in the last 24 hours, and many more were wounded, the Syrian Human Rights Observatory said,. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops in Nasrallah village north of Kowaires airbase with a vehicle bomb filled with 4 tons of explosives, killing or wounding many soldiers, including a colonel, and destroying several vehicles. After that, Daesh terrorists invaded Nasrallah and Irbeed villages killing or wounding many soldiers before retreating safely. [DabiqNews]

 

Local activists say Daesh continued its shelling on Tal Aren, wounding two Kurdish civilians. They also say Syrian warplanes launched three airstrikes on Daesh north of Tal Aren, killing or wounding 15 Daesh fighters and destroying heavy weapons. [BasNews]

 

A Jabha Shamiya commander says JS fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Hamzat village, killing 5 Daesh fighters and capturing two. He also says heavy clashes erupted between the two groups near Mare’ without any gain for either. [ARA]

 

Five civilians were killed and others wounded in Russian airstrikes on Aleppo’s countryside. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its terrorist destroyed a Syrian Army vehicle on the road between Ithariya and Silmiya with an IED, killing four soldiers. [DabiqNews]

 

Central and West

Battles continued between Daesh and the Syrian Army near Hadath and Mahin and other areas in Homs eastern countryside. Four Syrian soldiers were killed and others wounded when Daesh fighters sneaked into Maksar Al-Hisan. Meanwhile Russian airplanes bombed Daesh locations in Tadmur and Qaryatayn and two other locations east of Homs. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the battles in Homs. By the end of the video, Daesh executes four men, accusing them of spying for the Syrian government. [DabiqNews]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh publishes more video messages to Saudi Arabia. [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews] [ADI]

 

Note: Daesh’s audio newsletter for today did not get issued, at least not in the usual place.    

 

Yemen. A source close to Daesh says 70 Daesh members in Yemen, including important leaders, defected recently because of “failed military policies” that led to the death of many terrorists. Daesh also executed 2 members of the Awlaki tribe, many of whose members had supported Daesh, accusing them of being soldiers in the Yemeni Army. [Arabi21]

 

Egypt.  Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police vehicle in Arish, giving no further details. [DabiqNews]

 

Libya.  Daesh publishes photos of destroying graves in Sirte. [DabiqNews]

 

Tunisia. The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says his country’s participation in the Saudi-led coalition doesn’t mean it’s going to send troops outside Tunisia. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria. Daesh says it detonated 2 IED on an Algerian Army patrol in Qasantina, killing or wounding several soldiers. [DabiqNews]

 

Afghanistan. The Spokesman of the Afghani Ministry of Communications says Daesh established an FM radio station in Nangarhar and his country is coordinating with NATO to destroy it. [Anadolu]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A news page from Raqqa

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/almonaseronn27

https://twitter.com/AkhuMen111

https://twitter.com/Y_A_S_R__k

https://twitter.com/asd62090048

https://twitter.com/Hossam19902

 

 

 

December 17, 2015

 

Peshmerga

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Saudi Arabia resumes Embassy operations in Baghdad after 25 years.

Iraq steps up military effort south of Falluja.

Iraq forces, Peshmerga fend off bad-weather attacks in Samarra area, southwest Kirkuk, Ninewa

Turkey cites efforts to block terrorism suspects coming from Syria, deport others

Libyan conference representatives appoint a Presidential Council to lead the government.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The chargé d’affaires for the Saudi Embassy in Iraq has arrived in Baghdad with 35 Embassy staff, a foreign ministry source said. The Embassy began its work with a meeting between the chargé d’affaires and Iraq’s foreign ministry undersecretary on Thursday. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Saudi Arabia’s previous Baghdad Embassy has been closed since 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait.

 

As for the new Saudi-led coalition, however, Prime Minister Abadi says it’s not real and only on paper. He says Iraq communicated with many countries in the coalition who said they were not committed to send troops. He finds the coalition strange in that the two countries who are fighting Daesh (Iraq and Syria) are not in it. Abadi says Iraq has been asking the coalition countries for support against Daesh for a year and a half without any response. He says Iraq stopped Daesh advances in the region, and without Iraq’s sacrifices Daesh would have been in the Gulf states now. [Rudaw]

 

The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Salim Al-Jubouri has issued a statement welcoming the formation of the Saudi-led “Islamic Coalition” against terrorism but called for its leadership to coordinate and consult with Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

PM Abadi says Vice President Joe Biden told him the US will vote with Iraq in the UN against the Turkish troop presence. He criticized the contradictory Turkish statements intended to make excuses for the camp in Bashiqa. [Sumaria]

 

Meanwhile, the Uniters coalition, led by former Vice President Usama Nujaifi, issues a statement about yesterday’s Daesh attack in Ninewa, praising the National Mobilization Forces and thanking the Turkish trainers. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Family solidarity is good, but the former VP’s decision to back his brother’s separatist scheme with the NMFs and the Turks seems unlikely to boost his political standing in Baghdad.

 

Security developments

The Minister of Defense attended on Wednesday the National Security Service’s international conference in Baghdad, called to discuss how to counter Daesh’s media strategy. The two-day conference was attended by representatives of more than 20 Coalition countries. [MoD Website]

 

The Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order (JTRN) says it has joined the Anti-Daesh Saudi coalition. [JTRN Website]

DaeshDaily comment. The Baathists still claim they are the rightful leaders and representatives of Iraq. The real problem is with how a terrorist organization that actually helped Daesh capture Mosul, Tikrit and other cities can be trusted in the fight against Daesh?

 

Iraqi units killed 3 Daesh terrorists and defused a booby-trapped house and 2 IEDs in different areas of west Baghdad. Other Iraqi units found 11 IEDs in east Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A security source says an IED exploded on a police vehicle in Tarmiya, wounding one policeman. The source also says unknown armed men shot and killed a woman in Tarmiya. [Sumaria]

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in two different areas in Tarmiya. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi forces in the Albu Aziz area north of Baghdad. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says it killed an AAH militiaman in Mada’in south of Baghdad city. [DabiqNews]

 

A police source says unknown armed men in military uniforms shot and killed a Ministry of Education employee in his house in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it attacked several Iraqi Army Humvees in Arab Jabour with 12.5 and 14.5 mm weapons. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says it shelled the Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade in Rasheed in south Baghdad with 3 mortars. [DabiqNews]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Saba Al-Bor north of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular restaurant in the Husseiniya Al-Rashidiya area of north Baghdad, killing two people and wounding six. [Mada]
  • The body of an unidentified woman was found bearing gunshot wounds in the Baghdad Al-Jadida area of east Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A Ministry of Oil employee was killed when a sticky IED attached to his civilian car exploded as it passed through Dora in south Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near an auto exhibition near the Nahrawan intersection south of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in the Al-Amil area of southwest Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five others. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area of the Bayya district of southwest Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men dressed in military garb raided the Yarmouk Hospital in west Baghdad, abducted a patient from inside, and removed him to an unknown location. [Baghdadia]

 

Coalition warplanes flew 19 sorties on Falluja, Baghdadi, Hit, Mosul and Tal Afar killing 10 terrorists, including 3 suicide bombers, and destroying 17 combat locations, 16 heavy machine guns, 8 vehicles, a rocket launching location and an excavator. [IWMC Report]

 

The Iraqi MoD publishes a video of airstrikes on Daesh locations in different areas. [MoD Website]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Chair of Anbar Governorate Council has called for 4,000 new volunteers for the armed forces from the Governorate. The gates of Habbaniya military base east of Ramadi are open to new recruits, he said, calling on Anbaris to volunteer to combat Daesh and hold newly re-taken territory. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi security forces conducted operations against Daesh remnants in the Hay Al-Qadisiya area of Tameem, killing 20 Daesh fighters. [Baghdadia]

 

Anbar Operations Command troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists who attacked them in Jaraishi north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi forces killed 62 Daesh terrorists, defused 81 IEDs, and destroyed several booby-trapped houses in the ongoing campaign south of Falluja. [Mada]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Zoba’a, killing 15 soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [ADI]

Daesh says it stopped the Iraqi forces attack on Zoba’a and destroyed a construction shovel and an armored vehicle with IEDs. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Falluja. [DabiqNews]

 

Hit/Haditha

Iraqi forces destroyed 16 IEDs and cleared 18 roads and 20 houses in east Baghdadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh near a checkpoint in the Baghdadi area, destroying 2 motorcycles and killing 4 terrorists riding them. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi troops in Baghdadi (photos). [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews]

 

Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of the “graduation” of more of its terrorists in Anbar. [DabiqNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A Mosul Anti-Terrorism Battalion unit killed 3 Daesh members and captured a Daesh leader in the Hajjaj area north of Baiji. [IWMC Report]

DaeshDaily comment. This story is significant. These are largely police and military who fled Mosul in mid-June 2014 and were later trained at the Speicher base near Tikrit by the Iraqi Federal Police to fight in other provinces. This program is consistent with US advice to recruit more Sunnis to fight Daesh.  Some of the police who declined to leave Erbil to be trained ended up joining the separatist National Mobilization Forces.

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh hideout, killing the terrorists inside, and destroyed 8 IEDs while clearing part of the Baiji-Haditha road. [IWMC Report]

 

Tikrit

PM Abadi issues an order to keep the seemingly deposed Salahuddin Governor in his position. Members of Salahuddin GC had held a meeting in Baghdad (as we reported) and voted to fire the Governor. [Sumaria]

 

The Salahuddin Operations Commander says Iraqi forces killed all 4 terrorists hiding in Al-Alam. He says Daesh is using the bad weather to attack Iraqi forces but all its attacks failed so far. [Rudaw]

 

Samarra

Daesh attacked Samarra from two fronts today, a Salahuddin security source said, attacking at dawn with four suicide vehicle bombs followed by mortar shelling. Iraqi security forces destroyed the vehicle bombs before the drivers could detonate their load on Iraqi positions. The organization exploited poor conditions in the skies and heavy fog to launch its assault, the source said. Clashes concentrated in Sherif Abbas Street, Haji Hussein village, and Al-Nakhwa Street. Three mortar shells landed near the Old Samarra Cemetery and the Qatoul area without casualties, the source said.

On the western front Iraqi forces and PMFs repelled the Daesh attack, killing eight Daesh militants including a suicide bomber as well as destroying a construction excavator, a Humvee, and another vehicle before Daesh fighters retreated, according to a security source who spoke to Al-Baghdadia. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

Samarra Operations Command troops stopped a Daesh attack on Jazeera Samarra, killing many and destroying a construction shovel bomb and four other vehicle bombs in addition to 4 vehicles carrying terrorists. [IWMC Report]

 

The Tenth Brigade of the IFP Third Division, with support from the Fifth Division, repelled a Daesh attack in the Mkaishifa area north of Samarra, killing and wounding tens of Daesh militants as well as destroying an unspecified amount of Daesh hardware, an IFP commander says. He adding that corpses of slain Daesh fighters and debris remain scattered on the battlefield. [Mada]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb and a construction shovel bomb in the Strategic Line area west of Samarra; then other terrorist attacked the troops and the fighting lasted for hours. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the Jalam area north of Samarra, killing four. [DabiqNews]  An Iraqi Army 74th Infantry Brigade unit found 9 IEDs and mortar shells in Sayyed Gharib south of Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Elsewhere in Diyala

Five mortars fell on the Abu Musa, Asyud, and Al-Luhaybat, areas of Muqdadiya without human casualties, the District Council announced. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: Daesh shelled these same sites in Muqdadiya the day before as well.

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it detonated an IED inside the Kurds’ Asayesh headquarters in Khanaqin. [DabiqNews]  Khanaqin is heavily Kurdish.

 

KIRKUK

Turkmen PMF fighters repelled a Daesh attack on PMF positions in Shamsiya village north of Bashir in Daquq southwest of Kirkuk city, a Shia Turkmen village, killing five Daesh fighters, a PMF commander said. One PMF fighter was wounded in the battle. He added that his forces had been on high alert because the weather caused poor visibility conditions in the area. [Mada]

Daesh’s version is that its terrorists attacked PMFs in Shamsiya village with light and midsize weapons, killing or wounding many of them. [ADI]

 

A security source says Daesh executed six former members of the Iraqi National Guard and mutilated their bodies in Abbasi subdistrict in Kirkuk. [Ghad]

 

A PUK MP has said that his parliamentary bloc is working to find a “legal solution” to setting aside funding from the national budget for the withheld salaries of governorate employees and pensioners in Kirkuk Governorate and for the Peshmerga in areas of northern Ninewa Governorate–but not for the PMFs in either Kirkuk or Ninewa as the newly approved 2016 budget requires, citing, in his words, the lack of PMF presence in those areas. The MP said that his bloc had suggested that the funds earmarked for PMFs in those areas should go to the Peshmerga but that this was not incorporated into the approved budget law. [Sumaria]

 

The UNHCR established a new displaced people camp of 1,680 tents in Laylan east of Kirkuk. [Rudaw]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Approximately 50 prominent Arab and foreign Daesh commanders have disappeared from the scene in Ninewa, a local source said, prompting speculation that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi the Daesh “caliph” has transferred them to the organization’s camps in Libya. The death of one such commander in Libya, Abu Nabil Al-Iraqi, was confirmed by the Pentagon earlier last month, the source noted. [Sumaria]

 

A Daesh official known as Abu Hamoudi was killed in yesterday’s fighting in Nawaran near Sinjar, a local Peshmerga official announced. Daesh launched attacks today to try to retrieve the bodies of their dead fighters, in a formation led by 12 Humvees, a bulldozer, and a car with Daesh fighters behind, but the Peshmerga repelled the attacks. [Rudaw] [Rudaw]

 

Daesh sent six suicide attackers against Peshmerga positions in the west of Sinjar District on the road between Al-Baaj and Dumiz, a Peshmerga commander announced, saying that his forces had killed two of the bombers but the fate of the remaining four was not yet known. He said Daesh had exploited the poor visibility caused by the weather in the area to infiltrate and launch attacks. [Rudaw]

 

Forty-two Daesh fighters were killed in yesterday’s fighting between Daesh and the Peshmerga east of Mosul in the area between Basakhra village and the Wirdaq front, a PUK official announced, saying this was a final body count for that section of the battles. [Mada]

 

The Peshmerga liberated all areas around Al-Khazer from Daesh after operations today in which an unspecified number of Daesh fighters were killed or fled, a Kurdish security source said, naming “Tal Aswad village, Ali Awa, Hasan Al-Sham, and other areas” in the area which links Ninewa to Erbil. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: This area had been one site of the major Daesh attacks launched yesterday on Peshmerga positions.

Daesh’s version is that it attacked the Peshmerga in the Ali Awa village in Al-Khazer with a vehicle bomb, then its terrorists entered the village and killed the Peshmerga fighters there. [ADI]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters attacked a Daesh pickup vehicle in Muwafaqiya village east of Mosul killing four terrorists inside it. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A PUK official says Daesh executed another former electoral candidate from the Uniters list in Qayara. [PUKMedia]

 

The patriarchate of the Chaldean Church in Iraq has issued a statement announcing that Iraqi Chaldeans would limit their observations of Christmas this year to “silence and tears” owing to the difficult times the community has faced under Daesh’s occupation of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain, saying Iraqi Christians would observe the Christmas holiday under the “the worst” conditions of their history after Daesh occupied the area and 120,000 Christians fled from their homes. Those living as displaced persons in camps are also suffering harsh conditions, the statement said, and are dependent on charitable organizations and the church for their care.
The patriarchate also referred to “neglect and discrimination” faced by Christians in the rest of Iraq, referring to a burglary of a Christian home in east Baghdad, posters in Baghdad calling for Christians to wear the veil, the lack of official holidays for any Christian observances, and the recent controversy over national ID card policy in which minor children of religious minorities would be registered as Muslim if one parent had converted to Islam.

The statement also stressed the Iraqi Christians’ determination to remain in Iraq with their fellow Iraqi citizens and work for full national and religious rights for all Iraqis. [Mada]

 

Daesh says its terrorists launched a large attack on the Peshmerga in Bartella and Khorsabad capturing a brigade headquarters and several barracks and killing or wounding 20 Kurdish fighters. [ADI]

 

Northwest Ninewa

KRG President Masoud Barzani has met with Muslim leaders in Sinjar, announcing afterward in a statement that the people of Sinjar “will decide their future.” The KDP leader stressed the need to preserve and deepen the “culture of coexistence in Sinjar and all areas of Kurdistan,” urging religious and social leaders and political parties to play a role in spreading the culture of coexistence. Barzani called upon the people of Sinjar to “cooperate with the relevant authorities of the Kurdistan Region to rebuild the city and make it a governorate,” confirming that “the people of Sinjar will be the ones to decide their future.” The report notes that Barzani said earlier this month that the KRG would work with the Iraqi central government to make Sinjar a separate governorate in Iraq. [Sumaria]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the Peshmerga in Sinjar killing six fighters and wounding nine. [ADI]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed the Peshmerga in different areas in northwest Ninewa and rocketed the Turkish camp in Bashiqa with 2 Grads. [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews]

 

Other Governorates 

KURDISTAN

KRG President Masoud Barzani received US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. A post-meeting statement from Barzani’s office said they discussed the political and the security situation in Iraq and Syria, the Mosul liberation plan, and raising the level of coordination between Iraqi forces, the Peshmerga, and the Coalition. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish Minister of Interior says Turkey put 33,000 people from 123 countries on the list of people who are not allowed to enter Turkey due to suspicions of participation in terrorist activities in Syria. He also says Turkey deported 2,783 Daesh members from 89 countries. [Cihan]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Coalition warplanes launched intensive airstrikes on the governorate building in Raqqa, Daesh’s main headquarters in the city. The warplanes also bombed the “cultural center” in Raqqa, killing or wounding Daesh members, according to local sources. [Qasioun]

 

Local activists say warplanes (thought to be Russian) bombed several areas in Raqqa including the train station area and Daesh’s sharia court, killing 21 civilians and wounding 11. [BasNews]

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the results of the Russian bombing on Raqqa. [DabiqNews] [A3maq]

Daesh says 9 people were killed and 25 wounded in four airstrikes on a residential neighborhood, its former sharia court location, and the fire department in Raqqa. [A3maq] [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

The National Kurdish Council (a Syrian Kurdish group close to Barzani) says a Roj Ava battalion moved towards the Iraqi-Syrian border at Rabi’a, giving no further details.

DaeshDaily comment. The Roj Ava troops are Syrian Kurdish troops trained by the KRG to fight Daesh in Syria but the PYD has refused to let them do so due to political differences. 

 

The PYD Asayesh says two members of National Defense (a pro-Syrian government militia) were killed in clashes with Asayesh members in Qamishli. It also says the situation is still tense in the city. [Asayish]

The Tayy, the Arab tribe to which the two militiamen belonged, says the YPG killed 2 of its young men “cold bloodedly” without a reason, and the tribe claims the right of response. [Qasioun]

 

A landmine exploded near Tal Abyad, killing two civilians and wounding four. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Hartiya village near Ain Eissa. [DabiqNews]

 

Northwest

A local activist says Syrian troops captured all the villages and towns around the Kowaires airbase from Daesh. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the Russian bombing on Al-Bab. [A3maq]

East

Daesh executed ten men in Al-Mayadin accused of leaving Islam and opposing Daesh. That raised the number of people executed by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor during the last few days to 40. [Qasioun]

 

Coalition warplanes bombed the Kharata oil field in Deir Ez-Zor western countryside, putting it completely out of service and destroying several oil tankers.

 

Meanwhile, heavy battles continued between Daesh and the Syrian Army near Deir Ez-Zor airport and Syrian artillery shelled villages in the area. Daesh also shelled Syrian Army controlled areas. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

South

Shuhada Al-Yarmouk Brigade, a Daesh affiliated radical group, executed two Nusra Front members by detonating them with explosives in Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 3 members of Syrian armed groups south of Damascus. [DabiqNews]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English.

 

Egypt. Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian police armed vehicle in Arish, killing an officer and a soldier and wounding another. [DabiqNews]

 

Libya. Libyan representatives sign a political agreement in Skhirat in Morocco after a year of negotiations and form a Presidential Council to lead the government. The meeting was attended by the UN and several countries’ representatives. [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

General Khalifa Hafter, the leader of his own army, says he doesn’t agree completely with the agreement and he sent 12 points to be added to the agreement draft. [AfriGate]

The 17 February Alliance says it rejects the agreement and considers it a conspiracy against Libya. The Alliance is a coalition of Libyan groups that helped remove Qaddafi. [AfriGate]

 

A former Qaddafi official says radical armed groups, including Daesh, captured large quantities of sarin gas from storehouses in south Libya and moved some of it to the north. [AfriGate]

 

A Libyan security official says an American military airplane landed in the Al-Witiya airbase on the border with Tunisia on Monday with 20 American commandos and a Sudanese translator. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia. Tunisian security captured a takfiri, who joined Daesh and was trained in Libya, in Jendouba. [Tunisien]

Tunisian security captured a takfiri cell in Tunis that wanted to join Daesh in Libya or Syria. Cell members say they were attracted by the speeches of a local mosque imam who admitted his role. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Daesh publishes more video messages to Saudi Arabia. [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews] [ADI] [ADI]

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Albu Fahad tribe in Anbar page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Poulin_25

https://twitter.com/al_ifriqui

https://twitter.com/GzZBfG39Q2hF48u

https://twitter.com/bakralansary

https://twitter.com/abrar_abrar00

 

 

December 16, 2015

 

General Magdid Harki

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Daesh launches multiple counter-attacks against Peshmerga in Ninewa, and attacks Turks in Bashiqa. (See Ninewa coverage below)

Iraqis press diplomatic case on Turkish deployment with Biden, Arab League.

Iraqi forces stop Daesh attacks near Falluja.

Daesh cell arrested in Kirkuk amid worsening security conditions.

Italy sends military help team for the troubled Mosul Dam.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Abadi spoke by telephone to US Vice President Joe Biden. His office then issued a statement saying he stressed to Biden the importance of maintaining Iraqi sovereignty and territorial unity. [Baghdadia]

 

The Arab League will hold an emergency foreign ministers’ meeting on 24 December to discuss the deployment of Turkish forces in Iraq, after Iraq requested such a meeting. [Rudaw]

 

Abadi’s spokesman says Iraq has no position on the new 34-nation Saudi alliance as it has no “clear picture” about it. He also says Saudi Arabia hasn’t yet announced officially the opening of its Embassy in Baghdad. [Buratha]

 

Military developments

Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Obeidi has met with his American counterpart Ashton Carter to discuss the status of the operations in all sectors of the campaign against Daesh as well as preparations for the battle to free Mosul from Daesh control, which Al-Obeidi described in a statement after the meeting as the “final battle” in the war against Daesh. He also supported continued US support to Iraq in training and equipment. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi security forces closed the Jumhuriya and the Tabiqayn Bridges over the Tigris in central Baghdad, after protestors upset about soldiers’ death benefits stormed the entrances to the fortified Green Zone in the center of the Iraqi capital, a security source said. Iraqi forces closed all entrances to the Green Zone. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi MP Nayif Al-Shammari has called on the Iraqi government to issue an amnesty (i.e., rehire) members of the police and other security forces who left their posts when Daesh invaded in mid-2014, so they can participate in the war to liberate Mosul. He says this would honor the survivors of those executed by Daesh in the city, describing many, such as teachers executed for refusing to implement the Daesh curriculum, as having taken heroic positions that led to their own deaths. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Iraq already brought some of these men to work from the Speicher base in Salahuddin, but many others just wanted to stay in Erbil and get paid (so Iraq ignored them).

 

The Iraqi Parliament has approved the 2016 budget, a parliamentary source said. [Mada]

 

Security developments

An Iraqi Army 43rd Brigade unit confiscated explosive materials in two areas in Rashidiya in northeast Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit defused 3 IEDs in the Al-Sour area in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 60th Brigade unit killed a terrorist and wounded another in the Ubaid area in southwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An IFP unit defused an IED planted near a citizen’s house in Bayya in southwest Baghdad while another IFP unit defused an IED planted in an orchard in Rukaya in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded in the Griaat area of northwest Baghdad, killing one person and wounding eight others. [Mada]
  • Unidentified armed men opened fire with a pistol on two brothers and their cousin near their home in Tarmiya north of Baghdad, killing all three. The three had all been serving in the Iraqi military but left earlier due to threats they received from unknown parties. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men dressed in military garb shot another soldier dead at a military checkpoint in Tarmiya. [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]
  • A civilian was killed when an IED planted in a garden exploded in Taji north of Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded on a roadside in the Shaab area of north Baghdad, injuring a civilian. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in the Mashtal area of east Baghdad, killing one person and injuring five others. [Mada]
  • The body of a young woman was found shot in Sadr City in east Baghdad. The body carried torture and burn marks. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded in the Zafaraniya area of southeast Baghdad, killing one person and injuring as many as six others. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • Four civilians were wounded when an IED exploded in Arab Jabour in Dora in south Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • An IED exploded in Hay Al-Amil, southwest Baghdad, killing two people and injuring five others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded targeting an Iraqi Army convoy in the Al-Enaz village in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, killing six soldiers and wounding another. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Iraqi forces now control the agricultural directorate building and Ramadi’s Court building after heavy clashes with Daesh fighters. The commander of the tribal PMFs in Anbar has announced that three detachments of his fighters have arrived in the northern sector of Ramadi to reinforce Iraqi security forces in holding territory seized from Daesh and to prepare to advance on the city center. [Baghdadia] [Mada]

 

In ongoing operations to clear the Jazeera area, Iraqi forces reportedly killed 16 Daesh members as well as destroying three vehicle bombs and several Daesh positions. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces repelled a Daesh attack in Hsaiba east of Ramadi, the head of Khaldiya council has said, adding that the fighting led to the death of 14 Daesh members and the destruction of several Daesh fuel tankers.

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces supported by Coalition warplanes stopped a Daesh attack on the Albu Dhiab area northwest of the city, killing 10 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces supported by Iraqi and Coalition airpower stopped another Daesh attack near the Palestine Bridge in northeast Ramadi, destroying three vehicle bombs, killing seven Daesh terrorists, and forcing the rest to flee. [Sumaria]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh location and killed 5 terrorists in Jaraishi north of Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

An IFP source says Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle and defused 3 IEDs while clearing Madrassa Street in Madhiq east of Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

Videos of Iraqi forces in Tameem in Ramadi [Harbi] [Harbi] [Harbi] [Harbi] [Harbi] [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb being destroyed while attacking Iraqi forces in Anbar [YouTube]

 

Falluja

A PMF source says two PMF groups are participating in the battles to liberate south Falluja that started today. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi forces have fully captured Nuaimiya just south of Falluja, a Baghdad Operations Command has announced, saying that its First Division troops have raised the Iraqi flag over the local police center. First Division forces killed 20 Daesh members and destroyed four heavy guns, weapons caches, and a vehicle, as well as a booby-trapped hideout, while defusing 17 IEDs, the BOC statement said.

 

The Sixth Division seized the Al-Maemir village, while a large contingent of Seventeenth Division forces reached the edge of the Bustan Al-Tikriti area east of Ameriyat Al-Falluja, the BOC said in its statement. The Sixth Division killed 14 Daesh militants, destroyed two vehicles, and defused 10 IEDs and a booby-trapped house, while the Seventeenth Division killed 17 Daesh militants, destroyed two vehicles and four weapons caches, and defused 36 IEDs. [Mada] [Ghad]

Daesh launched vehicle bomb and suicide bomb attacks on two fronts in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, 22 km (14 miles) south of Falluja city, the local administration said, attacking from both the Albu Daaij and the Al-Iqama areas. [Mada]

The Ameriyat Al-Falluja Police Chief says the curfew in the city was cancelled after security forces took full control of the situation, having stopped the Daesh attack. [Maalomah]

Daesh says its terrorists clashed with Iraqi forces in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, without giving information about the results. [ADI]

 

Three Daesh suicide bombers were killed as they attempted to raid a security command center 14 km (9 miles) east of Falluja, an Anbar Operations Command source said. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 4 terrorists and wounded another and destroyed a vehicle in Qarma district. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says eight civilians were wounded (including three children and two women) in a Coalition airstrike on Hit (photos). [A3maq] [DabiqNews]

 

Western Anbar

The Chairman of the Border Crossings Commission in Anbar has ordered formation of an investigative committee to look into the circumstances surrounding an attack three days ago when seven vehicle bombs targeted the Iraqi border crossing at Trebil; all were reported destroyed without causing any human casualties. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

An IFP source says a Rapid Intervention (RI) unit attacked Daesh hideouts in Fatha north of Baiji and killed six terrorists. An IFP source says the RI killed a Daesh sniper in the same area. [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

Eight members of Iraqi joint forces were injured in fighting against Daesh east of Tikrit, according to a PMF announcement. Battles are still ongoing pitting Iraqi police and PMFs against Daesh fighters in the Al-Ali and Al-Alam areas, where fighting erupted yesterday, the PMF spokesman in the area announced, saying that PMF reinforcements had arrived and that intelligence reports indicated that seven Daesh suicide bombers were in the area, while security forces continued to search for them. Security forces have surrounded the Al-Ali area and are preparing to dislodge it from Daesh control, a security source said. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Twelve mortar shells fell on Abu Musa, Asyud, and Al-Luhaybat villages in Muqdadiya, causing damage to homes but without causing human casualties, according to the Muqdadiya District Council. [Baghdadia]

 

The first group of displaced persons, numbering around 100 families, has returned to their homes in a village near Jalawla, a Kurdish Diyala Governorate Council member announced. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Interior Minister Muhammad Salem Al-Ghaban have met with Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim to discuss worsening population security conditions in Kirkuk as well as services for displaced persons in the Governorate, the PM’s office said in a statement, adding that they also discussed plans for recapturing parts of the province held by Daesh. [Rudaw]

CoR members representing Kirkuk have announced their intention to submit a request to the United Nations to investigate the assassinations that have occurred recently in the Governorate, accusing both the central government and the provincial government of “falling short” in discovering the perpetrators of Kirkuk’s recent wave of violent and criminal activity. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh executed a man, his wife and their three children because they tried to leave Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

Security forces arrested a Daesh “sleeper cell” in Kirkuk consisting of four men from the village of Jardagolu, 25 km (15.5 miles) south of Kirkuk, who had previously been members of Al-Qaeda and who had entered Kirkuk city along with Peshmerga forces on the pretext of being displaced persons. The four had been planning attacks in Kirkuk and in the KRG region, said the police director for the districts and sub-districts outside the city. [Mada] [Rudaw]

 

Coalition warplanes conducted a series of bombing raids on Daesh-held sites in western Kirkuk, including a grain storage facility in Hawija, the local electricity directorate, and several houses reportedly used for planning Daesh operations in the area, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh launched simultaneous attacks on multiple Peshmerga positions in Ninewa Governorate today in a coordinated assault involving multiple suicide bombers and vehicle bombs, and mortar and artillery shelling. At least two Peshmerga commanders were killed along with reportedly scores of Daesh fighters. Heavy combat was still ongoing across a number of fronts stretching across Peshmerga-held areas of Ninewa.

 

Bashiqa. The Zilkan Camp in Bashiqa, which has featured prominently in an ongoing dispute between Iraq and Turkey over Turkish military presence at the camp, took heavy shelling by Daesh forces with more than 120 mortar shells landing on the camp where Peshmerga fighters and some non-government National Mobilization Forces personnel are barracked, the PUK has announced. A Ninewa security source said that the shelling of the base was preceded by an attack by three Daesh suicide bombers that was frustrated. Two were killed before they could detonate their payload and the third fled the scene without detonating himself. [Baghdadia]

 

Peshmerga forces engaged Daesh fighters amid the attack on the base and killed more than 23 of them in battles which are still ongoing east of Mosul. Mada reports that three Peshmerga soldiers were killed in the shelling, citing the PUK’s media official in Ninewa. Two National Mobilization Front militiamen were killed in the shelling and four others wounded, according to a statement issued by former Ninewa governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi, an NMF leader. The NMF have now vacated the Zilkan base, a Ninewa security source said, citing the renewed shelling. Anadolu reports that four Turkish soldiers at the base were wounded in the shelling, citing the Turkish military. [Mada] [Baghdadia]  [Mada] [Anadolu] [Mada]

 

The Turkish Chief of Staff says 4 Turkish soldiers were wounded slightly. Daesh attacked the Peshmerga in Bashiqa and some of its shells fell on the camp. The Turkish artillery responded and destroyed some Daesh locations. The Chief of Staff says the attack shows the importance of providing protection for the camp. [IslamMemo]

 

However, a Sunni MP from Mosul says Nujaifi is the “godfather of Turkization” of Ninewa and wants to join it to Turkey, like his grandfathers wanted. He repeated the statement of others that Nujaifi’s claims that Iraq gave permission to Turkish troops are not true. [Etejah]

 

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Turkish troops in Zilkan “responded properly” to the Daesh attack and destroyed several Daesh locations. It says a trainee was killed and another trainee and four Turkish soldiers were wounded. It says the attack proved Turkey’s fears about the safety of the compound was right and that the hostile Iraqi government response drew Daesh attention to the camp. [Anadolu]

The Turkish PM also says the Turkish troops destroyed Daesh locations in the area and says Turkey will take the necessary measurements to against the dangers in the area. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. The Turkish troops wouldn’t have been attacked if they were not there in the first place. It sounds like Turkey will now use this attack to strengthen its troop presence in Ninewa. Turkey always finds a way to take advantage of what Daesh does, while Iraq pays either way.   

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the Peshmerga in Bashiqa Mountain and says its terrorists launched an attack on the Peshmerga in the same area.[A3maq] [A3maq]

A Daesh source says Daesh terrorists attacked the Turkish camp in Bashiqa with 200 Grad rockets, killing or wounding many of them. [A3maq]

Daesh says its terrorists launched an attack on the Peshmerga in Al-Khazer after a suicide attack

[A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Although Daesh has claimed the attack on Zilkan base in its media outlets, Iran’s Fars news agency carries one report, which lacked confirmation and which we found not credible, stating that the Shia Kata’eb Hezbollah militia claimed responsibility for the shelling of the Bashiqa base. [Fars] Kata’eb Hezbollah pointed out it has no presence near Bashiqa and says it didn’t shell the NMF compound. [Rudaw]

 

Coalition warplanes joined the fight, targeting the Daesh attackers in the Khazer and Wirdaq areas, but were unable to strike the attackers in the Bashiqa area owing to poor weather conditions, a PUK media official said. A statement issued by the Security Committee of the KRG says that the Coalition flew 23 sorties in the fighting. [Mada] [Rudaw]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Daesh also launched a heavy attack on Peshmerga positions in Al-Ayadhiya west of Mosul, detonating two suicide vehicle bombs and four explosives vests, a Peshmerga source said. Two Peshmerga fighters and 17 Daesh militants were killed in the attack. Rudaw refers to four Daesh suicide bombers who reportedly killed and injured ten Peshmerga fighters in an attack on a Peshmerga command center in the Kasik area, Rudaw reports, providing no further details. [Baghdadia] [Rudaw]

 

A Peshmerga field commander said the Peshmerga stopped two Daesh attacks in Ninewa today, citing the battles in Bashiqa, on the Khazer front, and in Nawaran near Sinjar, saying that the Peshmerga were able, with international air support, to repel the attacks and inflict casualties on Daesh in the Nawaran area numbering in the tens including suicide attackers, as well as destroying 12 vehicle bombs and a weapons cache. The Daesh attackers in the villages of Hasan Sham, Mankouba, and the Qusair Mountain were also repelled by Kurdish forces, who killed 20 Daesh fighters—their bodies left behind when their fellow militants fled the battle. A Peshmerga commander, General Magdid Harki, and another field commander were killed in the battle to prevent Daesh from advancing up Qusair Mountain. [BasNews] [Rudaw] [Xendan]

 

Daesh says 3 of its suicide terrorists attacked the Peshmerga in Kraishat village, killing or wounding many of them. [ADI]

 

A video of destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb near Nawaran [Kurdistan24]

A video of Daesh suicide bombers’ vehicles captured by the Peshmerga [Kurdistan24]

 

Makhmur

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Peshmerga in Makhmur with locally made rockets. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says its terrorists captured the Al-Zanqal area and the oil company close to it in Gwer after battles with the Peshmerga. [A3maq]

 

Other Developments

Daesh has executed a former parliamentary candidate with the Uniters for Reform list, Ghaib Sultan Abd, after taking him from his home in the Qayara area south of Mosul, a Ninewa police source said. [BasNews]

 

A local human rights group says a Saudi Daesh imam issued a verbal fatwa to kill newly born children with Down Syndrome. The group says it couldn’t confirm the report but says there have been 38 deaths among such children in the city. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing three “spies”. [DabiqNews]

 

One important story got lost in the battle reports. Italy is sending 450 of its soldiers to protect engineers from the Italian firm Trevil who will be working to prevent the collapse of Mosul Dam, the Italian PM Matteo Renzi has announced. Trevil participated in the construction of the dam in the 1980s along with German companies. The Dam provides water and power to more than one million people and is under threat of failure, Renzi said. [Mada]

 

Other Governorates 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

A group of 26 Qatari falconers (hunters), who were abducted by an unknown armed group today, were in off-limits areas and not abiding by Iraqi government instructions, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior has announced. It said it would continue the effort to find the missing men. [Sumaria] Media sources say nine of the Qatari hostages were released and arrived in Kuwait. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says unknown armed men in two vehicles shot and killed two civilians in Hartha in northeast Basra. [Mawazin]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked the YPG on Mount Abdulaziz on Monday with explosives vests, killing 18 YPG fighters including the military commander of the area. [A3maq]

 

The YPG has called for residents of the Tal Hamis area, in the Hasaka countryside, to return home after the removal of land mines in the area that were placed by Daesh before it lost control of the area to YPG forces. [BasNews]

 

The YPG says it arrested 21 Syrian security members in Qamishli accusing them of “misbehaving.” Local sources say Syrian troops withdrew to their headquarters after the situation got tense with the YPG. [ARA]

 

Northwest

The Free Syrian Army Chief of Staff said Russia has launched 1,300 airstrikes on Syria so far and only 5% of them targeted Daesh. He says 1,300 people including women and children were killed by Russian airstrikes so far. [KulRadio]

 

Syrian helicopters bombed Al-Bab, followed by Russian airstrikes on the city, killing 9 civilians and wounding more than 40. Syrian planes also launched 3 airstrikes on Maskana, but there are no reports of casualties. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian regime resumes operation of the Kowaires airbase after recapturing it from Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh detonated a car bomb in Harbal village after Jabha Shamiya launched an attack to recapture it. [Qasioun] Daesh says it stopped a fourth Jabha Shamiya attack on Harbal, killing or wounding many JS fighters (photos). Daesh says at least 8 JS members were killed in the attack. [DabiqNews] [A3maq]
Daesh publishes photos of the results of the Russian bombing on Maslama. [DabiqNews]

Central and West

A Syrian military spokesman says Syrian troops shelled Daesh in eastern Homs countryside, killing many Daesh fighters and destroying many vehicles. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes a video of executing Nusra Front fighters. [DabiqNews]
Daesh publishes a video of the Hadath village north of Mahin. [A3maq]

 

East

Daesh says it captured 3 Syrian army military locations and killed seven soldiers in the Jufra area near the Deir Ez-Zor airport. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [DabiqNews]

 

Saudi Arabia. Daesh publishes several video messages threatening Saudi Arabia. [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews]

 

Egypt. An Egyptian security source says a roadside IED exploded targeted a military armored vehicle in Arish but missed it. A soldier was taken to the hospital after he got wounded by debris. [Youm7]

 

Egyptian security conducted a security campaign in Arish and captured 28 terrorism suspects. [Youm7]

 

Libya. An informed source says Libyan troops surrounded a terrorist leader’s house in Ajdabiya and asked the residents of the area to leave. Libyan warplanes launched several airstrikes on Ajdabiya targeting the Ajdabiya Shura Council of Revolutionaries and other terrorist groups. [LANA]

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Libyan armed groups in Derna with 106 mm cannons and other weapons. [ADI]

 

Tunisia.  Security forces arrested two terrorism suspects in Gabes. [Tunisien]

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security forces arrested a Daesh female suspect in Tunis. Security forces found Daesh media materials and statistics in the woman’s house and videos of important facilities in the capital. The woman admitted she was radicalized after attending sermons led by a terrorist in a mosque. [Tunisien]

Tunisian Army artillery shelled several areas in the Kasserine heights where terrorists are hiding. [Tunisien]

Tunisian security forces conducted 301 raids and arrested 21 terrorism suspects. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Daesh publishes infographics about its operations in West Africa. [A3maq]    

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Ain Al-Mosul (a pro Nujaifi group) page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/hrootmosuli2

https://twitter.com/mohamedabosohib

https://twitter.com/g7777ali

https://twitter.com/GggggaaXhkhckyf

https://twitter.com/Byareek1437

 

December 15, 2105

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  REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Iraq rejects Turkish redeployment within Ninewa; wants the Turks out.

Arrest warrants issued for officers of National Mobilization Front militia.

New Saudi-led Coalition draws suspicion from Iraqi parties.

Heavy fighting near Tikrit between Iraqi forces and Daesh.

Arab tribal leaders in northeast Syria target Kurdish takeover strategy.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Turkish troops in Ninewa. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi says some people are trying to divide Iraq and the Turkish forces should leave Iraq immediately. Through his spokesman, Abadi described the Turkish withdrawal from Bashiqa as “partial” and not complete, He say Iraq’s position has not changed and that it still wants a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the issue. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

In a statement issued today, the cabinet has again demanded that Turkish forces withdraw from Iraqi, referring again to Iraq’s request that the UN Security Council discuss the complaint raised by Iraq against the Turkish presence in Iraqi territory, and to implement “measures to avoid the repetition of this violation.” [Sumaria]

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has confirmed that his country’s forces only “redeployed” in Ninewa and have not withdrawn completely. This position was also voiced by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, who cited the invitation of former Ninewa Governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi to train militiamen in the Governorate to justify the Turkish presence. [Sumaria] [AA]

 

KRG President Masoud Barzani has met with Iraqi national security advisor Faleh al-Fayad to discuss planning for the anticipated operations to eject Daesh from Mosul, as well as the Turkish deployment in northern Iraq, according to a statement issued by Barzani. [BasNews]

 

Iraqi judicial authorities issued arrest warrants on Tuesday for four officers in the “National Mobilization Front” militia, a judicial source said, without providing further details. The NMF has been tied to the leadership of former Ninewa Governor Atheel al-Nujaifi. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment: The NMF was embroiled in the recent controversy over the deployment of Turkish forces to Zilkan camp in Bashiqa, ostensibly to train NMF and Peshmerga fighters. It’s not surprising that its anti-Iraq separatist scheme would attract law enforcement attention.

 

New Saudi-led alliance. Several Iraqi political factions have rejected the newly announced Saudi-led “Islamic Alliance against Terrorism,” an initiative ostensibly bringing together 34 countries under Saudi leadership to combat terrorism. An MP from the National Alliance said that Saudi Arabia was acting to cover up past support it has provided to armed groups in the region, while a member of the Civic Democratic Alliance said that the Saudi-led initiative could be disastrous for Iraq, as it could strengthen political forces that seek the breakup of the country. However, the Uniters for Reform Coalition has called for Iraq’s “immediate joining” of the Saudi-led alliance, citing Iraq’s unique problems with terrorism and its need for support in the fight against Daesh. [Mada] [Sumaria]

The Saudi Foreign Minister Adil Jubeir has said that the new Saudi-led coalition would conduct information and training initiatives, but did not rule out the possibility of a joint ground force to fight against Daesh. However, a top Saudi defense advisor said that a joint force had not yet been discussed for the Saudi-led Islamic alliance. [Sumaria] [IslamMemo]

The Lebanese foreign ministry has issued a statement denying knowledge of any details related to the formation of the Saudi-led coalition, even though it was announced as numbering among the 34 states that ostensibly joined the grouping. [AA]

 

High ranking Egyptian officials say the coalition is a “matter of formalities” and Egypt will not commit troops for it. The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a brief statement saying Egypt supports all efforts, especially if they were Arab or Islamic, to fight terrorism and will be part of them. [Arabi21]

 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs says Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are discussing sending troops to Syria to fight Daesh. [Erem]

 

The Saudi Ambassador to Iraq says the Saudi diplomatic mission to Iraq will start its work within the next couple of days. The Saudi King ordered the Embassy in Baghdad reopened. [Aawsat]

 

Other Political Developments

An MP from Basra has denied reports that Iran is preparing to back oil drilling operations in Basra’s oilfields without Baghdad’s approval, saying that “we refuse Iran digging oil wells without the agreement of the government.” [Rudaw]

 

Finland will not extradite to Iraq the two Iraqi twins whom it recently arrested on charges of involvement in the Camp Speicher massacre in Salahuddin last year, the human rights committee in the Iraqi Parliament has announced. Finland received a request from Iraq to hand them over but has declined, citing the lack of a security agreement between the two countries. [Sumaria]

 

Iraq’s Integrity Commission has launched an investigation into the former director of the office of commerce, Baha Nasir Hussein, who is already under investigation for possible links to armed groups, on charges that Hussein stole digital media containing the entire list of ration card holders for all of Iraq. [Ghad]

 

A member of the CoR’s Agriculture Committee says the committee sent an official letter to the Minister of Agriculture asking him to prevent government silos from buying grains from Daesh controlled areas. He says Daesh is using corrupt officials to sell its harvest to the government. [Etejah]

 

Security developments

Unidentified armed men in two four-wheel-drive vehicles opened fire on a lieutenant colonel who had been working in the PMFs, a police source said. The officer was killed in the attack, which occurred near his house. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi security forces destroyed a Daesh hideout filled with IEDs in the Qasseer area in northwest Baghdad. [IWMC Report]

 

An Iraqi Army 22nd Brigade unit destroyed 2 foreign fighter guesthouses and defused 3 IEDs in the Ibn Sina area in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A security source says a roadside IED exploded, targeting an Iraqi Army vehicle in Tarmiya in north Baghdad, killing a soldier and wounding another. [Ghad]

 

An Iraqi Army 55th Brigade unit confiscated several IEDs and other explosives in different areas of south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A security force says two men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Mada’in in south Baghdad. [Ghad]

 

An Iraqi Army 51st Brigade unit destroyed 2 vehicles and wounded 3 terrorists in an orchard west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • A roadside IED detonated on a passing Army patrol in Tarmiya north of Baghdad, killing a soldier and wounding two others. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in the Souq Shalal market area of Shaab in north Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding seven others. [Baghdadia]
  • Also in the Shaab area, unknown armed men raided a privately owned power generator, opening fire on the generator’s owner and killing him on the spot. [Mada]
  • The bodies of two unknown men were found shot in Saba Al-Bor in north Baghdad. [Gharbiya]
  • An IED exploded targeting a shop selling alcoholic products in the Fadwat Arab area of Bab Al-Sharqi in central Baghdad, causing heavy damage to the shop but no human casualties. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded in a popular market in the Amin area of east Baghdad, killing one person and injuring as many as seven others. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded on a commercial area of Al-Masraf Street in the Jisr Diyala area of southeast Baghdad, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • Unknown armed men in a civilian vehicle shot and killed a civilian in Zafaraniya in southeast Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • The body of an unknown man was found shot in Zafaraniya in southeast Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • Unidentified armed men threw a hand grenade on a residential building in the Al-Amil area of southwestern Baghdad before fleeing in an unknown direction. The blast caused material damage but no human casualties.
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Iskan in west Baghdad, killing one person and injuring four others. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded in the Suwaib area west of Baghdad, wounding a civilian. [Baghdadia]

ANBAR

An informed source says Khamis Al-Khanjar, a Sunni businessman from Anbar, met with several Sunni armed groups’ leaders in the UAE to discuss the formation of an Anbar Region. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. Some Sunni leaders from Anbar and Ninewa are seeking formation of regions in each of the two governorates and not a unified Sunni region. This looks like a companion move to that in Ninewa by Atheel Al-Nujaifi and the NMF, and is equally suspicious. Al-Khanjar has been a supporter of anti-government armed groups in Anbar and has a website we consider pro-Daesh. As for the idea of autonomous Sunni regions in Anbar and Ninewa, this is a good way to create weak government entities that will be easily taken over by the next coming of Daesh.

 

The Tribal Affairs office in Anbar has said that it will bring legal proceedings against the Amlaqa communications company of Anbar, which is accused of funding Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

Coalition airstrikes reportedly killed a Daesh commander responsible for IED bombing operations and ten other Daesh members in various areas of central Ramadi, a security source said. Another report cites a security source who says that 15 Daesh members were killed in five Coalition airstrikes in the Aziziya area of central Ramadi. [Baghdadia] [Baghdadia]

 

Five detachments of tribal PMF fighters have arrived to Ramadi’s northern front and will join the battle to seize Jazeera Ramadi from Daesh, Anbar Operations commander said. [Sumaria]

 

East of Ramadi, Iraqi joint forces repelled a Daesh attack in the Tal Mshaihda area southeast of Ramadi, killing an unspecified number of Daesh fighters in heavy battles, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

An Anbar security source described the assault in Tal Mshaihda as the organization’s “most violent attack”, saying that Iraqi forces with Coalition air support destroyed 15 Daesh vehicle bombs in the fighting, and that two policemen were killed in the attack and six wounded. [Sumaria]

However, an Anbar police source says Daesh attacked Tal Mshaihda after the Iraqi units withdrew and left the local police in charge. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. Within the political agreements the Iraqi Army hands liberated areas to local police and tribal fighters to hold the ground while the Army moves ahead. In some cases the local police don’t handle the situation well, if not leaving all together. Many local police were fired after they left their positions when Daesh attacked and they were reinstated because of political deals. 

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Tal Mshaihda (an Iraqi and a Saudi), killing 15 soldiers and destroying 3 Humvees (photos). [JustPaste] [DabiqNews]

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Albu Ali Al-Jassem and Albu Dhiab northwest of Ramadi, destroying 6 hideouts and killing many terrorists. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi Army’s 8th Division Commander says Iraqi troops supported by Iraqi and Coalition airplanes killed 37 Daesh terrorists, including Asians, east of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces alongside the highway near the Albu Hayes Bridge north of Ramadi and captured more than 10 barracks and killed or wounded many Iraqi soldiers. Daesh says the Coalition bombed an Iraqi Army headquarters in the area by mistake. [JustPaste

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attempt to sneak into the Palestine Bridge area northwest of Ramadi, killing 7 Daesh members and destroying a construction shovel and an armored vehicle. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces killed 10 Daesh terrorists and defused 25 IEDs in the Albu Risha area northwest of Ramadi. An Iraqi Army officer and three soldiers were wounded. [IWMC Report]

 

The chairman of Khaldiya District Council says a local Daesh leader was killed in a Coalition airstrike on Zangoura west of Anbar. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi forces defused 20 IEDs near the train station south of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAF destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Hay Al-Aramil area south of Ramadi killing a Daesh sniper. [IWMC Report]

DaeshDaily comment. A similar story was reported yesterday by the IWMC, so we don’t know if this one is new.

 

A Rapid Intervention unit rocketed and destroyed a Daesh foreign fighters’ guesthouse in East Hsaiba. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition planes flew 15 sorties on Ramadi, killing 8 terrorists and destroying 6 locations, 4 supply roads and a heavy machine gun. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

Saraya Al-Jihad has killed a Daesh sniper, originally from Chechnya, in fighting north of Falluja, the militia announced in a statement, adding that the tribal PMF group repelled a Daesh attack in the same area, killing four Daesh members. [Sumaria]

 

An Iraqi Army 60th Brigade unit killed 2 Daesh fighters in the Matalaa area and a third terrorist in the Maameer area east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Iraqi Army 24th Brigade killed 17 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles in the Lihaib and Abadi areas east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists and wounded 3 in Qarma District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of school children in Zoba’a. [DabiqNews]

 

Hit/Haditha

A video of Daesh terrorists executing a 15 year old boy in the Dolab area of Hit District. [Qurtas]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Salahuddin Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Sukariyat area in Siniya. [IWMC Report]

 

A Rapid Intervention unit conducted a military operation in Fatha north of Baiji, killing 2 Daesh fighters. An Iraqi soldier was killed in the operation. [IWMC Report]

 

An IFP unit conducted a military operation in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing a Daesh sniper. An IFP member was wounded in the operation. [IWMC Report]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command captain says Iraqi warplanes intensified their bombing on several areas near the Makhoul Mountains, preparing for the Iraqi forces’ attack on Daesh in Zuwiya and Msahaq north of Baiji, and Shirqat. [BasNews]

 

Shirqat

PMF forces destroyed a 50-meter-long tunnel linking homes near the northern entrance to Shirqat. The tunnel contained IEDs, one loaded with more than 30 kg of explosives, as well as clothing and food supplies. [Sumaria]

 

Tikrit

Heavy clashes erupted east of Tikrit between Iraqi forces and Daesh, in which at least one Iraqi officer and another Iraqi soldier were killed. Iraqi special forces (SWAT) are battling Daesh in and around the Al-Alam area, a Salahuddin security source said. An Iraqi special forces soldier was killed and two injured, including the force commander Lt. Col. Hussein Dawoud, with fighting still ongoing.

The Rapid Response intelligence force engaged in a related battle in the neighboring Al-Ali area. The details are still unclear but the fighting has also involved tribal PMFs. A Salahuddin security source said PMF fighters killed a Daesh suicide attacker in the fighting and that two PMF fighters were killed. Security forces have closed all roads leading into the Al-Alam area to hamper Daesh movement. [Mada] [Mada] [Baghdadia] [Baghdadia] A security source says two bodyguards of a CoR member from Salahuddin were killed in the attack. [Ghad]

 

The IFP killed a Daesh sniper in the Makhoul hills and an artillery unit destroyed a Daesh vehicle mounted with a machine gun, killing multiple Daesh members inside, an IFP commander said. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of the suicide bomber who was caught in Al-Alam. [Qurtas]

 

DIYALA

Dijla Operations Command troops defused an IED in Al-Khalis. [IWMC Report]

 

KIRKUK

The Kirkuk Governorate Council has accepted the resignation of the head of Kirkuk city council, Khalid Hussein Al-Assi, amid a recent spike in violent criminal activity including kidnappings, theft, and armed robbery. The head of Kirkuk GC, Ribwar Talabani, said that criminal activity by “gangs and criminal mafias” was threatening the safety of Kirkuk’s citizens. He called for the GC security committee to step up its role in the response. Yesterday the Governorate announced the formation of an operations room to coordinate the response to the crime spate in Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

A security source in Kirkuk says French warplanes bombed Daesh in Hawija, killing 18 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles and 4 tactical locations. The source also says Daesh is using civilian locations as headquarters in Hawija to show that the airstrikes target civilians only. [Sumaria]

 

SWAT forces in Kirkuk conducted raids and search operations in Intisar village, south of Kirkuk city, a Kirkuk security source said, during which they responded to gunfire from one of the houses in the area. After the skirmish the force entered the house to discover the body of the suspected attacker along with weapons and explosives, and made five arrests in the area. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A KDP official says Daesh executed 135 civilians, including 24 women, during the last 24 hours in Mosul after they were arrested on different accusations. He also says Daesh confiscated the belongings of the victims. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The civilian death toll in Mosul from Daesh executions is extremely high and is getting worse. The delay in retaking Mosul is taking a large human toll. Confiscating the belongings of people who get executed for political reasons was also a common Baathist tactic.  

 

A local source says Daesh executed 3 more mosque imams in Mosul for refusing to urge people to join Daesh. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh’s Hisbah religious police have arrested more than 100 youths in a widespread arrest campaign in Mosul on charges of “disobeying instructions,” a local source reported. Daesh also confiscated identity papers and identification cards for surveillance purposes from tens of other residents in Mosul during the raids. The source said that Daesh had announced that those arrested will receive punishments of lashing, fines, or incarceration. [Mada]

 

Coalition warplanes launched airstrikes on multiple sites around Mosul, a Ninewa security source said, specifying that one attack in the Bashiqa area, 15 km (9 miles) east of Mosul city, killed and injured 10 Daesh members, while another air raid in the Ayadhiya area, 30 km (19 miles) west of Mosul, killed seven Daesh members including a local security commander.  [Mada] A Ninewa Police source says Daesh’s wali of Ayadhiya was also killed in the airstrike. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa police source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Tel Keif, killing 8 foreign terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles. [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul fighters killed a Saudi Daesh communications expert in a house he occupied in the 17 July area in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

The representative of the Iraqi Shabak minority in the Iraqi Parliament, MP Salim Al-Shabaki, has announced that 1,000 Iraqi Shabak are ready to volunteer for the Peshmerga to fight and hold territory in operations to liberate Shabak areas of the Nineveh Plain from Daesh. More significant, he said the community “insists” that its areas in Ninewa Governorate be annexed to the Iraqi Kurdistan region, and will not accept being administered again by Ninewa Governorate as they were before Daesh took control of large areas of Ninewa in 2014. One Shabak division already operates under the Peshmerga Ministry of the KRG, while Al-Shabaki has announced that a second division would be created. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Shabaks are a small, mostly Shia, Kurdish-speaking ethnic minority who are concentrated in the Nineveh Plain east of Mosul, normally home to a major Christian population, and in Sinjar near the Yazidis. This looks like another political coup by the KRG against the central government. It looks more suspicious when you realize that Shabaks are the majority of the population in Bashiqa, location of the would-be Turkish military contingent that moved into Bashiqa with Barzani’s connivance.

However, the Shabaks are divided about their political future just as the Yazidis are. Some are pro-KRG, like this CoR representative, some not (particularly the Shia). Moreover, whatever their collective or divided opinion, they are not large enough to force the Christians or Yazidis to accept any particular political status decision.

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh blew up five Shabak houses in Rashidiya, 20 km (12.5 miles) north of Mosul, after looting them. Daesh took over the houses when they captured the area and used them as headquarters. [BasNews]

 

Elsewhere in Ninewa

A Ninewa police source says Daesh executed its Iraqi wali of Hatra and ten of his associates, accusing them of cooperating with the Peshmerga, and appointed a Syrian wali in his place. Daesh also arrested over 100 young men in Mosul for disobeying Daesh’s instructions. [Karemlash]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar. A (Sunni) mosque guard has been arrested in Nasariya on terrorism-related charges. [Mada]

 

Basra. A group of ten suspects has been arrested on charges of involvement in the explosion at the Shia Al-Ashour Husseiniya mosque south of Basra, Basra’s Chief of Police announced, adding that the coming days will see the implementation of a joint security plan for northern Basra in conjunction with security forces from neighboring Maysan Governorate. The Chief referred to 4,000 outstanding arrest warrants in the area, many dating back years.  [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish authorities say they arrested a Daesh suspect who was planning a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Istanbul. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Daesh issues an order prohibiting the sale, use, promotion or repair of satellite dishes in all the areas it controls (photos). [RRB Facebook page]

 

Northeast

Raqqa Tribes Gathering, a coalition of Arab tribes, issued a statement accusing the YPG of forced displacement in “tens” of Arab villages in Suluk and Tal Abyad and asking the international community to intervene. They demanded that the YPG leave those areas and allow them to be run by the residents. The tribes issued the statement in a meeting after the funeral of one of Al-Raqqa Revolutionaries Brigade (RRB) fighters who was killed in clashes with the YPG yesterday (video). [Welati] [BasNews] [Facebook]

A RRB official said an Asayesh vehicle didn’t stop at the checkpoint of the Tribes Army (an ally of the RRB) checkpoint and shot at it, killing one fighter and wounding another. He says the incident is a dangerous precedent and it might affect the relationship between the RRB and the YPG. [Smart]

DaeshDaily comment. The Raqqa Revolutionaries Brigade is part of the Burkan Al-Furat coalition of moderate opposition forces, as is the YPG, so the military clash that killed one of its fighters is worrisome and makes no sense. (See the Brigade’s Facebook page referenced below.)

The statement of the Raqqa Tribes Gathering is a significant political development. The military efforts of the YPG have perhaps given the impression that northeast Syria is overwhelmingly Kurdish, but Arabs are a significant percentage of the population and there are many Assyrian Christians. The emerging efforts of the PYD to develop a system of governance around its own leadership will continue to be opposed by others in this area, as well as by Turkey and the KRG.

 

Sky News publishes a video about a Daesh underground prison for Yazidi women in north Syria. The prisoners were not able to move a single step in those cells and no one knows what happened to them. [IslamMemo]

 

Daesh shelled the Keri Abria village, 35 km (22 miles) west of Kobane, wounding two children. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says Daesh attacked the Ishra village near Mount Abdulaziz, 22 miles from Hasaka, but the YPG fighters destroyed the 2 vehicles and killed 3 Daesh terrorists.

Daesh also attacked the Mejjo village near Suluk, but the YPG fighters stopped the attack killing 2 terrorists. [Hawar]

 

A field source says a Coalition warplane bombed Daesh locations near the Qara Quqaz Bridge southwest of Kobane. The source says Daesh used these locations to shell Kobane areas with mortars. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing and shelling areas in western Kobane countryside. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh looted an archeological site in Tal Abyad before it was driven out of the city. The YPG collected the remains, waiting for archeological experts to come. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Local activists say Russian warplanes bombed a local market in Maskana in Aleppo’s countryside twice, killing more than 50 civilians and wounding many others. Russian warplanes bombed the Daesh-controlled town on Sunday, killing 20 civilians. [BasNews]

 

A Jabha Shamiya commander says Daesh launched another big attack on Mare’ while Russian warplanes were bombing the area. The commander accused the Russian warplanes of supporting the Daesh attack. [ARA]

 

Local sources say the Turkish Army has started to build a wall on the Syrian border near Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says 2 people were killed and 9 wounded in 5 airstrikes on Manbij (photos). [DabiqNews]

 

East

Heavy battles erupted near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport and a Syrian colonel was killed. The Syrian Army and Daesh shelled each other’s locations. A woman was killed when a Daesh shell fell on her house in the Joura area.

Daesh executed a young man in Deir Ez-Zor eastern countryside, accusing him of trying to establish armed groups against Daesh. Daesh also cut off the hands of two young men in Mayadin.

Coalition airplanes dropped leaflets asking people to stay away from Daesh oil fields and oil tankers. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh-held oil facilities and tankers have become favorite targets for Coalition bombing.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English  [Archive]

 

Egypt. Egyptian police raided a village west of Arish looking for a terrorist. A policeman saw the terrorist and grabbed him to prevent him from detonating himself on the police, but the terrorist blew himself up and killed both of them. [Mogaz]

Daesh says many Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded by an IED in Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Egyptian security forces arrested 5 Daesh female members in Sinai who participated in several attacks on Egyptian forces. A woman was caught earlier after she detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army vehicle; she admitted she leads a cell of 4 other women whom Daesh uses for its terrorist attacks.

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh uses women because in Middle Eastern societies’ security forces usually don’t search women. Many women have been arrested in Iraq, and Sunni politicians and media constantly complain about the female prisoners and ask for their release.  

 

Libya.  A Libyan military commander says a security operations room was formed from border forces, oil facilities protection services, and Ajdabiya security directorate and has established checkpoints and deployed forces in the city. [AfriGate]

A security source says a large military operation will start in Ajdabiya to clear the southern and western parts of the city from Daesh. The new Director of Security in the city ordered his employees to report to their jobs, otherwise they will be fired. [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

The Shoura Council of Mujahidin in Derna says the Daesh leader in Libya, the Iraqi Abu Nabil Al-Anbari, was not killed in the American airstrike a couple of weeks ago. The SCMD says it got the information from Daesh prisoners it keeps. [AfriGate]

Local sources in Sirte say Daesh cut off all internet and mobile phone communications in the city, except for several internet offices it supervises. Daesh also prohibited satellite dishes and smoking in the city, confiscated the employees’ salaries from the banks, and issued a document of 13 articles intended to govern life in the city. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Al-Raqqa Revolutionaries Brigade page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Zar4eb28

https://twitter.com/alzaydi1323

https://twitter.com/mohammedalzopai

https://twitter.com/asce46711995

https://twitter.com/ssmolensk_33ii1

 

December 14, 2015

1

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Issue of Turkish troops defused by diplomacy, but details are still unknown.

Iraqi forces continue patient advance on Ramadi city, while Daesh destroys all the bridges.

North Oil Company official murdered in Kirkuk city; investigation demanded.

Kurds in northwest Syria trapped among Daesh, Syrian Army, and other Kurds

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Turkish forces began withdrawing some of their forces and hardware from the Zilkan base in Bashiqa, a PUK official confirms, though he was unable to confirm the extent of the redeployment. Turkish media have described the move as coming within “a new arrangement” for Turkish forces present in Ninewa, but specific details have yet to emerge. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said in a statement that Turkish forces will remain in Iraq to conduct training operations. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [PUKMedia]

US Vice President Joe Biden has welcomed the Turkish decision to withdraw its forces, saying in a statement that he told the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in a phone call that the Turkish redeployment was an important step to calm the recent tensions and encouraging dialogue between Ankara and Baghdad. [Sumaria]

The Turkish Prime Minister says regarding the Turkish troops in Bashiqa “if there are threats we will send reinforcements, and of there are no threats we will reorganize our troops”. He also says Iraq is not capable of protecting its borders. [Anadolu]

 

DaeshDaily comment. We can’t yet discern the real understanding from the PR statements that have followed, but it appears that diplomacy has found a face-saving formula and that Joe Biden has again quietly helped to sort out an Iraq crisis. Turkey will apparently continue to pretend innocence, and Barzani and the Ninewa separatists will continue to pretend they had nothing to do with the crisis.

 

A Shia member of the CoR Security and Defense Committee, says there is no evidence Turkish troops withdrew from Bashiqa. He says Turkish armored vehicles actually entered Iraq from the Ibrahim Al-Khalil border center to Bashiqa. [Buratha]

 

A Shia MP says the Government and the CoR formed a joint committee to investigate the Iraqi political parties that knew about the Turkish troop movement in Iraq. He also says Turkey’s latest move might be mere re-deployment. [Etejah]

 

Iraq’s Minister of Transportation has confirmed reports that MP Mowaffak Al-Rubaie and several other Iraqi MPs were responsible for the delayed departure of a plane traveling from a conference in Malmo, Sweden. He and others tried to board the plane in Sweden carrying shampoo, in the case of Al-Rubaie, and other non-permitted items such as honey in the case of other unnamed MPs. Al-Rubaie was reportedly stopped at airport security; he insisted that he had been able to board with it in Baghdad before flying via London to Malmo, and asserting that he was an important Iraqi official and therefore able to skirt the rules of international air travel. Swedish aviation authorities have since filed a complaint with Iraqi Airways for having allowed Al-Rubaie to travel with the shampoo in his hand luggage in the first place. [IPA]

 

Security developments

The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad has issued death sentences to three Daesh emirs from Anbar. [Baghdadia]

 

An Iraqi Army 25th Brigade unit found an IED and other weapons and explosives in the Arab Jassem area in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A security source says security forces captured 5 Daesh members in Mada’in. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an Iraqi Army Humvee in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. [DabiqNews]

Daesh also says its terrorists attacked Iraqi soldiers with light weapons in another area in Yusufiyah. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army officer with a sticky IED under his car in Rasheed in south Baghdad. [DabiqNews]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Sahwa locations in Rasheed with midsize weapons. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Intelligence Service captain with a sticky IED under his car in Latifiya in south Baghdad. [DabiqNews]

 

According to security sources:

  • A major working for the Ministry of Defense was injured when a sticky IED exploded on his car in Shula, a Shia area in northwest Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in a popular restaurant in the Husseiniya area of north Baghdad, killing two and injuring seven. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area of Hurriya in northeast Baghdad, killing one person and injuring six. [Mada]
  • A sticky IED exploded on a civilian vehicle as it passed through the Habibiya area of east Baghdad, killing the driver and injuring three passengers. [Mada]
  • Security forces defused a roadside IED in Sadr City in east Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area on Mustashfa Street in Mada’in in southern Baghdad Governorate, killing one person and injuring six. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • Security forces arrested a man in Mada’in wanted on terrorism charges. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded Baghdad

 

Coalition warplanes flew 21 sorties, targeting locations in Shirqat, Baghdadi and Mosul, and killing many terrorists and destroying 2 mortars, 3 rocket launchers, a hideout, a checkpoint, 3 heavy weapons, 7 combat locations, 2 IEDs and 3 vehicle bombs. [IWMC Report]

 

ANBAR

The Anbar Police Chief says 8,000 people from Anbar have been involved with Daesh. Arrest warrants have been issued for 2,500 of them. [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a significant statement, as it shows that the jihadis are not the larger part of the problem; those residents of Anbar who support Daesh are the larger problem. After Daesh goes, those people will still be there.

 

Ramadi

Iraqi security forces killed 33 Daesh fighters and destroyed several vehicles in a widespread campaign in areas north of Ramadi, the Anbar police commander said. He added that “Daesh has become incapable of stopping the advance of the ground forces of the Army and Police and tribal fighters and their movement [in Ramadi] remains visible to [Iraqi air power], which continues to destroy their strongholds and positions in Ramadi” [BasNews]

Daesh has destroyed all bridges linking to Ramadi in order to obstruct advancing Iraqi forces, the head of the Khaldiya council has said, adding that Iraqi security forces are developing alternative ways to penetrate Daesh’s defenses of the city. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Lack of bridges works both ways. Daesh fighters are more likely to be trapped in the city with no safe way out.

 

A Daesh bomb-maker in Ramadi, a Syrian known as Ibrahim Al-Halabi, was killed along with several of his associates in a wide-ranging Iraqi security operation in the Jazeera Al-Khaldiya area, an Anbar Operations Command source told Mada Press. A police source told Sumaria TV that the Syrian was killed in fighting with Iraq River Police while he was trying to cross the Euphrates River to escape from the Ramadi area. The Anbar Operations source added that Iraqi forces destroyed three vehicle bombs that had been prepared for use on Iraqi forces, as well as destroying a missile-launching platform. He said Daesh’s battle readiness in Ramadi is continuing to be degraded after dozens of Daesh members were killed or fled the area, according to the source. [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says the IAA bombed a Daesh gathering in the Rosain area in north Ramadi city, killing 10 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition planes with ground support from Anbar Operations Command killed 15 Daesh members in Albu Dhiab and Albu Farraj north of Ramadi, an Anbar security source said. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Second Mechanized Brigade killed ten Daesh members in operations around Ramadi, including in East Hsaiba, Madhiq, and Sadiqiya, a division source said. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi forces defused 50 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 100 IEDs in the Hay Al-Zaytoun area in Tameem. [IWMC Report]

 

A member of Anbar GC says the liberation of Tameem and other areas in Ramadi was done by Iraqi forces and the reports about US forces participating are not true. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition airstrikes also destroyed a Daesh facility for making IEDs and vehicle bombs in the Al-Sinaea area of central Ramadi, killing three Daesh militants. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

An Anbar GC member says Iraqi forces might liberate Daesh strongholds in Sufiya just east of the city border and Dhubbat and Hoz within the city in the coming 2 days. He also says Iraqi forces are advancing slowly because of the IEDs and booby-trapped houses and also because Iraqi forces fear a Daesh counterattack on Habbaniya base. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says the IAF destroyed 4 Daesh Humvees in Sufiya in east Ramadi. The source says the vehicles were trying to parade in the area to boost the terrorists’ morals. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh excavator and a vehicle killing 4 terrorists in the Tal Masoud area east of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The IFP killed a Daesh sniper and destroyed his hideout in Hay Al-Aramil just south of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of Iraqi forces destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb in Ramadi [YouTube]

Videos of the Golden Division and other troops battles in Ramadi [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [Facebook] [Facebook]

A video of an IAA helicopter targeting Daesh in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

Falluja

A security source says several Rapid Intervention troops were killed or wounded when a Daesh construction shovel bomb attacked them in Nuaimiya just south of the city. [Ghad]

 

An Iraqi Army 59th Brigade unit defused 4 IEDs in the Annaz area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 24th Brigade unit killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a hideout in the Abadi area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 hideouts and a vehicle in Albu Sawda in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

An Iraqi Army 45th Brigade unit raided a house belongs to a captured Daesh member in Dhabitya  in Qarma and found 3 IEDs and other explosives. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Iraqi forces in Qarma. [DabiqNews]

 

Iraqi Rapid Intervention troops killed 2 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Iraqi airstrikes destroyed a Daesh bomb-making facility in Dolab, Hit District, killing 11 Daesh members, an Anbar police source said. [Sumaria]

 

Jazeera Operations Command troops defused 23 IEDs in the Albu Hayat area. [IWMC Report]

Jazeera Operations Command troops killed 10 Daesh fighters and destroyed a truck carrying rockets in the Albu Hayat area. [IWMC Report]

 

Jazeera Operations Command artillery shelled Daesh in Dwailiba, wounding 3 terrorists and destroying 3 rocket launchers and the ammunition caches. [IWMC Report]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Al-Nujaba Movement says its fighters captured 3 “strategic” hills in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Mawazin]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles and killed the terrorists inside them in the Makhoul Mountains area. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi Sukhoi planes acting on intelligence provided by the Military Intelligence Directorate, targeted Daesh on the Abu Sajiyat Road near the Himrin Mountains, killing 12 Daesh members. [Mada]

 

Clashes broke out on Sunday in the Himrin Mountains between Iraqi forces and Daesh militants, a Salahuddin security source said. The fighting erupted while police forces attempted to create a safe passage for ten individuals from two families who had fled from Hawija earlier in the day, the source said. Two policemen were killed in the fighting, during which Iraqi forces were able to rescue five individuals including an eight-year old boy. Search operations for the remaining five fleeing individuals continued into Monday when Iraqi forces found the remaining individuals, Salahuddin security sources said. The family members were in poor shape due to hunger and the cold conditions and one person did not survive the journey, the source added, reporting that the surviving family members have been taken to a secure location. [Mada] [Mada]

 

Tikrit

A medical source says three civilians were wounded in a Daesh mortar shelling on the Albu Ubaid village west of Tikrit. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Daesh launched a large attack on several areas, including the Allas oil field, near the Himrin Mountains. [Ghad]

 

A security source says PMFs and tribal fighters killed 2 Daesh suicide terrorists, who tried to sneak into Al-Alam subdistrict from a hideout in a delta in the Tigris, and are looking for a third terrorist. [Mada]

 

Samarra

The IAF destroyed a Daesh command headquarters west of Jazeera Samarra, killing seven Daesh militants, the IWMC announced. [Mada]

 

Saraya Al-Salam confiscated large amounts of weapons in the Ishaqi area near Samarra. [Harbi]

 

Tooz

A security source says additional Peshmerga troops arrived to Tuz Khurmatu and were deployed in several areas in the city. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The former Governor of Diyala, Amer Al-Mugamaei, says an Administrative Court has decided to restore him to his position as Governor of the province, in place of sitting Governor Muthanna Al-Tamimi. The Governorate Council passed a vote of no confidence against the Governor in March, based on allegations of embezzling funds earmarked to support displaced persons. [PUKMedia]

Daesh says it detonated an IED in the Al-Mafraq area in Baquba killing an Iraqi Army “spy”. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army Humvee in Al-Qatoun, destroying it and killing the soldiers inside.  [DabiqNews]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

More than 100 families have returned to the villages of Wuloush, Al-Jazeera, and Jaqjiq, near Muqdadiya, which were recaptured from Daesh some time ago, the District’s Mayor has announced, saying the return of the displaced villagers came through a coordinated effort between Dijla Operations Command and the District government. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

A security source says unknown armed men assassinated an Iraqi Army major in Mansouriya in northeast Diyala. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

An unidentified group of armed men driving a BMW attacked a car belonging to the inspection directorate of the North Oil Company in the Wahda area in east Kirkuk city, killing the deputy director of the inspection directorate and his driver, as well as injuring a police engineer and a lawyer in the inspection directorate. [Sumaria]

 

A Turkmen MP from Kirkuk asks the Iraqi government to investigate the recent assassinations against Arab and Turkmen officials in Kirkuk, including the oil company officials today. He asks, if the security forces can’t find the people who committed these crimes then what are they doing in the city? [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. The subplot here is the mistrust of Kurdish political leadership and Asayesh security apparatus by Turkmen and Arabs in Kirkuk. This is an ongoing issue, but was further intensified by the occupation of Kirkuk territory by Daesh and the KRG. The Kurds imposed their authority in Kirkuk after 2003 without any agreement from Baghdad, and declared their authority over Kirkuk city when the Iraqi Army abandoned it in the face of the Daesh invasion.

 

Security authorities in Kurdistan publish a video of a captured Daesh terrorist who admitted beheading 5 Peshmerga prisoners in Hawija. [Rudaw]

 

Counter-terrorism forces have announced the capture of a suspect known as Abu Maryam on charges of involvement in multiple crimes, which include killing numerous Peshmerga prisoners. [PUKMedia]

A joint security operations room has been established in Kirkuk to respond to crimes such as theft, abduction, and rape, the High Security Committee of the Governorate has announced. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition planes struck Daesh targets in Al-Mazraa village, near Al-Kasik, on the Mosul-Tal Afar road west of Mosul, killing 45 Daesh members and destroying six vehicle bombs, an Iraqi joint command source said. [Mada]

 

Daesh has executed three Sunni imams in central Mosul, reportedly for having refused a Daesh order to use their Friday sermons to encourage those gathered prayer to join Daesh, a local source said.

Daesh also executed one of its own judges, known as Younis Abd Al-Salam, on charges of collaborating with Iraqi security forces and the International Coalition, a PUK official said, adding that the executed man was known for having passed many death sentences on Mosul residents. Meanwhile, in Qayara, Daesh executed one of its most prominent local commanders, the deputy governor of its “Dijla state” on charges of grand treason, a Ninewa source said, speculating that the charge may involve passing information to the security forces. [BasNews] [PUKMedia] [Karemlash]

 

A local source says Daesh executed a doctor publicly in Hammam Al-Alil south of Mosul for refusing to implement Daesh orders. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. There has been one incident after another lately in which medical doctors have been executed. No one is safe in the “caliphate.”

 

The corpses of 31 Daesh fighters killed in combat with Iraqi forces have arrived at the central morgue in Mosul, a Ninewa security source says.  [BasNews]

Sinjar

Peshmerga forces repelled a Daesh attack in the Tal Qasab area southeast of Sinjar, destroying two vehicle bombs with their drivers inside before a third sped away. [Rudaw]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked the Peshmerga in the Halloum village northeast of Tal Afar with a vehicle bomb killing or wounding many of them. [ADI]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish border guard arrested 14 foreigners who sneaked from Syria into a Turkish military zone in Kilis. The prisoners were taken to a hospital for medical checkup; then they will be handed to the local police. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The Asayesh says it found two vehicle bombs in Hasaka, one parked near the College of Agriculture and the other near a hospital. [Qasioun]

 

A local activist says 2 motorcycle bombs exploded in the Tal Majdal village in Hasaka’s western countryside killing 4 YPG fighters and wounding 6 people including a child. [BasNews]
Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Safawiya village east of Ain Eissa. [ADI]

 

Daesh attacked areas in and around the town of Ayn Eissa near Kobane with heavy weapons and mortar shells, the YPG has announced in a statement, noting that Daesh has launched its attacks from the area outside Jarabulus. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

The towns of Tal Aren and Tal Hasel are “at the mercy” of Daesh and the regime, as Daesh continues shelling the predominantly Kurdish areas. The two towns have the unlucky quality of being situated in a location strategic to both the Daesh and the Syrian regime, which has also held the towns. The area is located on a strategic highway linking Aleppo to Al-Safira and is located near several important military installations, including two military airfields and a chemical weapons research and production facility within a 10 to 25 km (6-16 mile) radius. Daesh began shelling the towns in November after the regime troops retreated from the area. Daesh has cut off roads around the area, making it difficult to remove the injured for treatment. [Hawar]

A controversial law ratified by the self-governing administration of Afrin took effect Sunday, allowing the administration to manage the funds and properties of those who have migrated from Afrin or been absent from the town for more than a year. [BasNews]

PYD intelligence (Asayesh) forces conducted a widespread conscription and detention campaign, taking away tens of Kurdish civilians in the city of Afrin and surrounding areas, as well as in the Dirkik countryside, especially in the village of Suwaydiya. According to a Kurdish activist in the Afrin area the Asayesh raided Suwaydiya at night after cutting electric power to the city, demanding that families provide sons to the conscription campaign, and detaining some of the area’s civilians, including women, children, and whole families. The activist said that the village remained surrounded by the Asayesh forces, who had imposed a curfew in the city, and reported similar raids in various villages in the Afrin and Dirkik areas. The Kurdish intelligence forces also reportedly seized property from villagers, including personal and agricultural items. Detainees predominately belonged to the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The PYD and its YPG militia have been a big asset against Daesh, but their recently initiated efforts to create their own governmental entity in northeast Syria faces severe political headwinds. They are grabbing the property of people who flee and forcing men into their military force without the support of any election or other expression of public opinion by those affected, and of course they don’t have agreement from the Syrian government either. This gives Turkey, which is hostile to Kurdish independence anywhere, a big opening. President Barzani is allied with Erdogan and against the PYD.  The Kurdistan Democratic Party is a separate political party opposed to the PYD and its PKK connection and friendly with Barzani. Barzani hopes to win Turkish support for Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence by following Turkey’s anti-PKK line. This helps to explain why Turkey is now targeting YPG-held locations at times, and why Iraqi Kurds and Syrian Kurds have a political conflict over Sinjar. All of this is one more example of why Syria is a mess and could get worse.

 

Daesh publishes a video of the battles against the Syrian Army in Aleppo. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Syrian armed groups in the Al-Bil village in north Aleppo. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the Russian bombing on Maslama in Aleppo. [ADI]

 

Central and West

Daesh publishes photos of shooting down a Syrian Army drone in West Qalamoun. [ADI]

 

Daesh says it captured the town of Hadath east of Sadad from the Syrian Army, killing 5 soldiers and capturing a tank and a vehicle and other different weapons and ammunition (photos). [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Egypt.  Egyptian authorities say security forces captured a Daesh cell of 7 members responsible for recruiting and sending terrorists to Syria. The cell is led and financed by a local dentist who admitted he recruited many terrorists in several cities by paying them 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($638) each. [Mogaz]
Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian police armored vehicle in Arish, killing or wounding the policemen inside. [DabiqNews]

 

Libya. Daesh terrorists executed a Libyan man and a woman from an Arab country publicly in Sirte, accusing them of witchcraft and opposing Daesh in the city. [AfriGate]

Daesh issued orders to the people of Sirte they must register all their business contracts in its sharia court, otherwise they will be punished. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Sweden. A court in Sweden has sentenced two men to life imprisonment over “terror crime” murders carried out by Islamic State militants in Syria in 2013. The case against the pair is the first time that a “terror crime”–as opposed to “crimes against international law”–has been tried by a Swedish court. [BBC]

DaeshDaily comment. The war on terror would be going much better if other nations took the same measures against their citizens who joined Daesh. Some countries released Daesh returnees even after it was proven they had killed Syrian and Iraqi civilians. Many in Iraq and Syria feel that their blood is cheaper when things like this happen. What’s the difference between a terrorist who kills Iraqi or Syrian civilians and a terrorist who kills civilians in other countries?

Some of the returnees claimed to be only “cooks” or doing other civilian jobs for Daesh, but with tens of thousands of civilians killed by Daesh, every Daesh member is implicated in at least one of these casualties and should be held accountable for their crimes. Otherwise they are more than capable of continuing their crimes in their home countries. Does anyone really want Daesh recruiters or potential suicide bombers loose in their streets? 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Daesh page from Ramadi

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/shebl112

https://twitter.com/Khalid_Mohsen19

https://twitter.com/khilafaa_42

https://twitter.com/abo_alzober88

https://twitter.com/ere_erett

December 11, 2015

Mahin

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq seeks UN Security Council resolution against Turkey.

Iraqi forces gain more ground in Ramadi.

Diyala documents show fleeing Daesh militants lack public support.

Turkish citizens quit Basra after PMF ultimatum.

Daesh vehicle bombs cause major casualties in Syria.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has directed his Foreign Affairs ministry to lodge a formal complaint regarding the Turkish deployment in Iraqi territory and to ask the UN Security Council to “carry out its responsibility.” It called for an emergency Security Council meeting to discuss the Turkish presence in Iraq, a call echoed again in a statement issued today by Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Ján Kubiš, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and the representative of the UN Secretary General in Iraq, said the UN considers the Turkish deployment a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. [Sumaria]

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on Friday Ankara’s refusal to withdraw troops from Iraqi territory, while expressing surprise at the reaction to the presence of Turkish troops after they had been deployed in Iraq for a year and a half. The Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish forces have been present in Iraqi territory for over a year without any protest from Iraq or other states. He alleged that Iraq was conducting a campaign of incitement against Turkey. The Turkish PM stressed Turkey’s commitment to Iraq’s territorial integrity, and adding that “the presence of terrorist organizations in Iraq threatens the security of Turkey.” [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. A clear commitment to Iraq’s territorial integrity is exactly what is lacking. As we have noted repeatedly, Turkey’s movement into Bashiqa has nothing to do with its training program for the Kurds, which is not in Bashiqa, but it seems closely connected to the schemes of both Barzani and the Ninewa separatists to violate Iraq’s territorial integrity.  

 

Abadi made a televised address today in which he said Iraq was still open to dialogue with Turkey to resolve the crisis, while asserting Iraq’s right to take all measures to protect its sovereignty. The PM said Iraq hoped to have good relations with all its neighbors and that its measures to assert its position in the dispute with Ankara did not target the Turkish people. [Mada]

PM Abadi says there are no foreign troops with armored vehicles in Iraq except the Turkish troops. He says Iraqi didn’t ask for troops from any country. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Abadi is responding to Turkey and its supporters’ argument that Turkey can have troops in Iraq because Iran does.

The current Governor of Ninewa Nofal Hammadi Al-Sultan has denied reports in the Iraqi media which claim that he gave permission for the present Turkish deployment to Bashiqa, which he called an “occupation force.” The reports appeared on the satellite channel Ninewa al-Ghad, which is owned by former Ninewa Governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi, who is linked to the Sunni Arab “National Mobilization Forces” that Turkey has supposedly deployed to Ninewa to train. Al-Sultan said he would file a legal complaint against the channel. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. With his scheme so quickly exposed, it seems the former Governor is feeling the heat.

 

Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Turkish president Erdoğan’s replies to journalists’ questions at the airport as he was departing for a visit to Turkmenistan. When questioned about the troops sent to Ninewa, he replied: “We are a very different country. Iraq is a place teeming with terrorist organizations. Terrorist organizations pose a threat to Turkey at every moment. We came to Iraq in response to an invitation. If the Iraqi central administration takes no measures against absolutely any terrorist attack made on our country from there, we will take the measures. More or less one and a half years have passed. Doesn’t this invite the question, “What’s kept you for one and a half years?” [Cumhuriyet]

DaeshDaily comment. This is another Erdogan misdirection play, analogous to the training excuse. His comment about “one and a half years” refers to Daesh, but Daesh has only rarely attacked within Turkey and not from Iraq, and has in many minds benefited from direct or indirect Turkish cooperation. The terrorists Erdogan really cares about are the PKK, who are in Kurdistan, where Turkey has moved in and out at will in order to counter-attack them. There are probably no PKK fighters in Bashiqa, normally the home of Christians and other non-Muslim minorities.

The Turks are diplomatically isolated on this issue, and on the defensive, and having virtually no acceptable justification for their actions are reduced to making up excuses.

 

The Turkish Prime Minister explains the developments regarding the Turkish troops in Iraq to Vice President Biden in a phone call, according to the PM’s media office. [IraqPress]

 

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister says his country will conduct an “intensive study” about the security situation in Ninewa before taking any decision regarding the number of its troops, and there is a possibility it will raise the number of its troops there [ARA]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr threatened in his Friday sermon to intervene militarily in the crisis, warning of his followers’ readiness to fight “the Turkish occupation” just as they fought “the occupation of America and its allies.” [Mada]

 

Sistani’s rep in Kerbala asked the Iraqi government to preserve Iraq sovereignty and asked the neighboring countries to respect Iraq and not send troops in the name of fighting terrorism. [Buratha]

 

Security developments

Iraqi CoR members say political differences are hindering the work of the Quadripartite Coalition operations room. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Are there parliament members who still think the Russians are going to save them? So far, this much-touted arrangement among Russia, Syria, Iran, and Iraq has not made a lot of difference in Syria and has made no visible difference in Iraq.

 

The Ministry of Electricity has announced that the electricity transmission line for importing power through Diyala has been brought back into service after five towers that facilitate the importation of power from Iran to Diyala and Baghdad were sabotaged in attacks yesterday. []

 

PM Abadi has ordered the judicial and security authorities to monitor the arrest in Finland of two men charged with participating in the massacre by Daesh at Camp Speicher in 2014 in which as many as 1,700 or more Iraqis, most Air Force cadets, were killed.  Finland detained the two 23-year-old Iraqi twins on Friday on suspicion of having killed 11 people in the Speicher massacre, which took place after ISIS seized Tikrit, Finnish police announced. They said the two had reached the country in September along with others arriving as refugees. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a popular market in the Shaab area of northeast Baghdad, killing two people and wounding six. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in Boub Al-Sham in north Baghdad, wounding two civilians. [Baghdadia]
  • An unidentified man’s body was found bearing gunshot wounds in the Gayyara area of Sadr City in east Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area near Camp Sara in central Baghdad, killing one person and wounding eight others. [Mada]
  • Two unidentified decapitated male bodies were found in the Al-Amin area of southeast Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • A man’s body was discovered inside his car bearing gunshot wounds in the Furat area of southwest Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in a fish market in the Hamid Shaban area of Abu Ghraib, in western Baghdad Governorate, killing one and injuring six more. [Maalomah]

 

ANBAR

The Anbar PMF commander, Col. Rashid Falih, has denied reports claiming that US ground forces have entered Anbar to participate in battles, saying that US forces are present in Anbar in a limited advisory capacity concerning the field of aircraft and aerial reconnaissance, and explaining that the forces, who reside at Ayn Al-Asad and Habbaniya air bases, are rotated every six months. The remarks come the day after the US issued its denial of the previous day’s report that 200 US forces had deployed to Ayn Al-Asad airbase allegedly to participate in ground combat in the battle for Ramadi. [Rudaw]

 

Ramadi

Undeterred by the official denials, Mada Press has again reported that US forces are involved in the battle for Ramadi, saying that American troops have been participating in combat in Ramadi for the past week and the rapid progress by Iraqi forces there is due to their involvement. In addition to this claim, the newspaper cites a security official in Ramadi who reportedly says that US Apache helicopters are waiting for the “green light” to participate in the battle for Ramadi, especially to deploy airborne forces and snipers to assist civilians attempting to escape the besieged city. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Rumors about US forces going into combat in Anbar keep coming up, only to be denied and proven wrong. We don’t know any reason to believe the rumors this time, though US aircraft will almost certainly remain active in the Ramadi area.

 

Iraqi Forces have announced the launch of operations to liberate the city center of Ramadi from Daesh control, says a Ramadi District Council member, predicting that Iraqi forces would have control of the entire city within the coming few days. [Sumaria]

 

300 Daesh fighters are besieged inside central Ramadi without an escape route, according to an AP report. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Eighth Division forces are in complete control of Street 60 in south Ramadi city, a Division source has said. An unspecified number of Daesh fighters were killed in the battle for the area today while others were seen fleeing toward Sujariya and Hamadiya south of Ramadi, the source said. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces defused 30 IEDs in Tameem, clearing the main road in the area. [Baghdadia]

 

Operations to liberate the Jazeera Al-Ramadi area are underway involving Anbar Operations Command troops and 500 tribal fighters, says the Northern Ramadi PMF commander. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Jazeera Al-Ramadi is essentially the center of the city, but is north of the Euphrates. Ramadi sits on both sides of the river. So far, Iraqi troops have advanced on the south side. Daesh coordinates its operations largely from Jazeera Al-Ramadi, and the road east connects to Falluja, thus the importance of this military objective to Iraq.

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Khaldiya says Iraqi forces don’t have enough explosives experts to deal with all the IEDs and booby-trapped houses in Ramadi. He also says Daesh terrorists are still able to move between Falluja and Ramadi through Jazeera Khaldiya. [Qurtas]

 

Contradictory accounts are circulating regarding the destruction of a bridge near Ramadi. Mada Press reports that Daesh used IEDs to destroy the Nadhim Bridge, located near Anbar Operations Command headquarters north of Ramadi, in a bid to hamper the progress of Iraqi forces, citing an Anbar Operations Command source. However Al-Sumaria reports that the bridge was destroyed when an Iraqi aircraft destroyed a tanker on the bridge while it was loaded with explosives and being deployed in an apparent suicide attack, citing an unnamed Anbar security source who also reported other damage in the area. [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

20 Daesh members were killed in separate raids on the Malaab and Dubat areas, six km (4 miles) southeast of Ramadi, an Anbar Operations Command source said. [Mada]

Security forces killed 18 Daesh fighters in the Al-Aramil area south of Ramadi, the IWMC has announced. [Ghad]

Daesh has reportedly destroyed another bridge in Ramadi, which linked central Ramadi to Albu Aitha and Albu Farraj. [Maalomah]

A Daesh emir and several of his associates were killed in an artillery strike in Jazeera Khaldiya, an IFP source said. [Ghad]

Coalition planes struck a Daesh hideout in Albu Assaf west of Ramadi, killing an unspecified number of Daesh members. [Ghad]

A security source says Iraqi forces liberated the stadium area south of Ramadi after a 12-hour heavy battle. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Please pardon our cynicism, but how many times has Iraq announced that its forces “liberated” the stadium area?

 

A video of the destruction in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

Falluja

Iraqi Falcon Air forces and the military intelligence directorate conducted a joint operation targeting a gathering of Daesh leaders in the Al-Nizal area of Falluja, the MoD has announced in a statement. Killed in the attack, which the MoD statement said was launched following precise intelligence information, were the Daesh “minister of war” known as Abu Zayad Al-Himiari, the “governor [wali] of Anbar” known as Abu Asad, a communications official known as Abu Zeinab, a security official known as Abu Fatima, and an official responsible for suicide attackers known as Abu Nadia, as well as several other Daesh militants. [Baghdadia]

Coalition warplanes destroyed 7 Daesh shelters south of Falluja, killing the terrorists inside. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 36th Brigade unit killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Nuaimiya just south of the city, while a 60th Brigade unit killed 3 terrorists and wounded 2 in the Ubaid area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces found two explosives hideouts in Shakha and Hitawiyeen, south of Falluja, and defused 4 IEDs in the Annaz area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 4 terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles and 5 hideouts in Qarma District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Iraqi Army Seventh Division forces used Russian-made Kornet missiles to destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb near the Wahid Bridge in the Baghdadi area, killing the suicide attacker at the wheel. [Sumaria]

 

IAF aircraft destroyed a vehicle bomb west of Daesh-held Kubaisa, south of Hit, killing two suicide attackers, an Iraqi Seventh Division source said. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb that was attacking an Iraqi Army convoy near Kubaisa. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh claimed yesterday that the vehicle bomb killed and wounded many Iraqi soldiers.

 

Western Anbar

A security source says Iraqi forces killed a suicide bomber who was wearing an explosives vest in the Kilo 160 area. [Baghdadia]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army headquarters near the Saudi border, killing 30 soldiers. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Iraqi forces and PMFs stopped a Daesh attack in the Al-Asmida area north of Baiji, resulting in an unspecified number of Daesh casualties. [Ghad]

The IWMC says the IAF launched an airstrike on Daesh in the Awasha area in the Himrin Mountains, killing 7 Daesh fighters and destroying an oil tanker. [Ghad]

A PMF source says PMFs killed 7 Daesh terrorists who were trying to sneak into Himrin Mountains. The source says the terrorists used animals for their transportation. [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

Three Daesh members have been killed in the Jazeera area in a joint operation by Iraqi forces and PMFs, a Salahuddin Operations Command source said. [Ghad]

Samarra

The IWMC says two Daesh suicide terrorists attacked a PMF military post north of Samarra. PMFs killed the first bomber but the second detonated himself, killing a PMF and wounding another. [Buratha]

 

Southern Salahuddin

Displaced persons living in Hardaniya camp in southern Salahuddin have decried the local and federal governments for ignoring their plight, stressing their desire to return to their homes in liberated areas. One man spoke to Mada Press describing his flight from his village near Balad after Daesh killed one of his sons, saying that the negligence of Iraqi officials is harder to endure than the deprivation and harsh weather conditions in the camps, and calling on Iraqi officials to conduct field visits to the camps to observe conditions there. A child in the sixth year of primary school told Mada that children in the camp had not washed their heads with shampoo or soap in months; she wants to return home to live like her peers and continue her studies. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh documents retrieved from an abandoned hideout in the Himrin Hills northeast of Baquba show that fugitive Daesh militants are not finding help from Diyala’s residents, the Diyala police commander announced. The documents, reportedly found by Iraqi police and PMFs two days ago, discuss the difficult material conditions that fleeing Daesh militants are suffering in the area without material support, and describing the refusal of many families in liberated areas to shelter Daesh members, referring even to cases of families refusing to support their own relatives. The documents also reportedly contained information on Daesh planning in the area, the commander said. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Muqdadiya area is facing an “agricultural catastrophe” due to the embargo imposed by security forces on importing chemical fertilizers, the head of the local council has warned, appealing to Diyala GC to intervene. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Iraqi police defused 15 IEDs and seized Daesh vehicles and supplies in various areas of the Governorate, Diyala Police command has announced, It says the security plan for the Governorate has moved from the phase of “clearing and liberating” to the phase of “pre-empting” Daesh footholds and ferreting out dormant cells in the province.

Diyala police operations concentrated especially on the villages of Dashtan, Al-Anwar, and Hafayer, which have been previously used by Daesh as launching points for operations including hitting power transmission towers (see above in Baghdad) and disrupting the highway linking central Iraq to Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran, the source said, adding that the topography of the area was such that in one area Iraqi police had to cover a 7 km (4 mile) radius on foot. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

A Peshmerga commander says Coalition airplanes and Peshmerga artillery bombed and shelled Daesh trenches west of Kirkuk, destroying 15 of them. He also says Daesh fighters are overwhelmed by the bombing and some are shaving their beards and joining the civilians trying to enter Kirkuk. [Rudaw]

 

Unidentified armed men traveling in a civilian vehicle but dressed in clothes that resemble military garb abducted an individual from in front of his home in the Al-Nasr area of Kirkuk city. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition warplanes struck a vehicle carrying four Daesh members near Mosul University, killing the occupants, a PUK spokesman said, adding that Coalition airstrikes also hit a Daesh facility in the village of Ashiq, killing seven Daesh members and injuring three, as well as a farm in Omar Qabji village near Bashiqa, killing and injuring a number of Daesh members. [PUKMedia]

A local source says Daesh executed a former electoral candidate in front of her house in Mosul, after accusing her of opposing Daesh. Daesh prevented her family from arranging any funeral ceremonies because Daesh says she left Islam when she opposed Daesh. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. These sad incidents keep coming in Mosul. The counter-violence by anti-Daesh citizen groups may be encouraging, but they don’t help the growing number of good people who are dying while politicians and others talk about liberating Mosul “some day soon.”

 

Daesh has executed one of its high-level commanders on charges of spying for Russia, a local source said. The executed individual, a Chechen, was executed by firing squad in Mosul. [PUKMedia]

Other Governorates 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra. Turkish-owned establishments in Basra have been shuttered as their owners flee the governorate just hours after Shia armed factions of the PMF forces in the province gave the Turkish consulate in Basra city 72 hours to vacate its staff from the governorate and close the diplomatic facility. The PMF statement, issued Friday, threatened to target “all Turkish interests in Basra without exception” in case the consulate does not comply with the demand, issued in retaliation for the controversial Turkish deployment in Ninewa Governorate. [Rudaw] [Ghad]

 

Kerbala. Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani’s representative in Karbala has called for the government to take greater interest in the plight of displaced people in Iraq, many of whom are lacking adequate food, shelter, and humanitarian supplies as winter approaches, he said, calling also for greater support for the tribal forces who are fighting Daesh in Iraq. [Ghad]

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister says Syrian Kurds are asking Turkey to rid them of the PYD. [ARA]

 

Turkish authorities say they arrested 913 foreigners from 24 countries in 2015 who were trying to join Daesh in Syria (The total included about 198 from Europe, including 19 Brits, 19 Germans, 18 Frenchmen, 5 Belgians, 5 Dutch, 8 Danes, 14 Swedes, 11 from Ukraine, and 99 from Russia; 2 Americans and 5 Australians; 116 from the Middle East/North Africa area, including 83 Palestinians, 11 Saudis, 7 Egyptians, 5 Tunisians, 5 Moroccans and 5 Iranians; and 472 from Asia including Central Asia, including a surprising 324 from China, 6 South Koreans, 44 Indonesians, 23 Tajiks, 63 from Turkmenistan, 7 Azeris, and 5 Afghans). [Cihan]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems like a high number but it’s only a small percentage of the tens of thousands of would-be terrorists who have crossed into Syria and Iraq to join Daesh, and it won’t persuade many of Turkey’s countless critics who think it did not try that hard to stem the flow.  

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Syrian official sources say 60 people were killed in the three Tal Tamr explosions. [SANA]

Daesh claims responsibility for the attack and says it killed 60 “murtads” (people who left Islam). [DabiqNews]

DaeshDaily comment. In Daesh ideology, anyone who doesn’t join Daesh is a murtad, including civilians.

The Asayesh issued a statement saying 25 civilians were killed and 122 wounded in the three explosions in Tal Tamr yesterday. The Asayesh says it’s still looking for more victims under the rubble. [Welati] [Asayish] An earlier story said the casualty numbers were expected to climb, as buildings had collapsed in the blast area and more victims were likely to be discovered in the rubble, according to a doctor in the area. [BasNews]

 

This disastrous incident has generated political fallout. The PYD’s minister of defense in Jazeera blamed the Turks and the Saudis and linked the attacks to a Syria-focused opposition meeting in Riyadh. He alleged a strategy to create tensions between the Kurds and the Arabs in this area. [Welati] The spokesman of the Syria Democratic Forces, which includes the YPG, says the Riyadh meeting was a conspiracy to legitimize terrorist groups like Al-Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham, which have also been attacking the SDF. [Welati]

DaeshDaily comment: The PYD and the Syrian Democratic Forces were not invited to Riyadh. The Barzani-supported Kurdistan National Council was invited. The fact that Al-Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham are now attacking them, as well as Daesh, presenting them with three enemies, leads them to posit a Sunni Arab conspiracy in which Turkey and Saudi Arabia are allies of all three of the groups attacking them.     

 

Local sources say 6 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters were killed and 7 wounded in a two-vehicle bomb attack in the Jamba village near Al-Hawl. [Erem] [Qasioun]

Daesh says its terrorist killed “tens” of YPG fighters in the attack. [DabiqNews]

 

The Turkish Army shelled a village west of Tal Abyad with heavy artillery without causing human casualties. [Hawar]

 

At least one Daesh militant was killed in fighting between Daesh and Kurdish forces in the Qurat Quwaziq village southeast of Kobane, while a Nusra Front fighter was killed in fighting with Kurdish fighters north of Aleppo. [BasNews]

 

The spokesman of the Burkan Al-Furat (a Syrian armed alliance including the YPG) says his troops shot down two Daesh booby-trapped drones in two areas southwest of Kobane. He also says the Coalition bombed Daesh in the area, destroying many armored vehicles and other targets. [Welati]

 

Northwest

Local source say Daesh continued its shelling on Tal Aren in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, wounding three civilians. The town was abandoned by the Syrian Army, leaving its citizens to defend themselves against Daesh.  [Hawar]

 

Syrian opposition groups captured the Hamzat village in Aleppo’s northern countryside from Daesh. Clashes also continued near Kufra. In response to the Syrian troop advances, Daesh detonated a vehicle bomb in the nearby Jazer village. A Jabha Shamiya senior military commander was killed in the clashes. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

Daesh says its suicide terrorist killed dozens of Jabha Shamiya fighters in the attack, including the commander. [DabiqNews]

 

Central and West

Russian warplanes bombed Daesh in Mahin while Syrian artillery shelled the city. Russian warplanes also bombed Daesh in several areas in Tadmur. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it advanced further near Mahin and captured hills and farms and forced Syrian troops to retreat to the Christian city of Sadad, 37 miles south of Homs city. [A3maq] [DabiqNews]

Daesh publishes photos of the loot its terrorists got in Mahin and more photos about the battle. [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes a video of executing 2 Syrian opposition group fighters. [ADI]

 

East

Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh-controlled oil refineries near Mayadin, killing and wounding many people, including civilians who work in the refineries for Daesh. [Qasioun]       

 

Heavy clashes and mutual shelling continued in several areas in Deir Ez-Zor, including the Deir Ez-Zor airport area. [Qasioun]       

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes another “apocalyptic” video predicting it will fight in Rome soon. [DabiqNews]

 

Tunisia.  Tunisian authorities say they arrested a Salafi takfiri man and his son who were in an advanced stage of building a helicopter in Ben Arous. The man had a son who was a suicide bomber in Syria. [Tunisien]

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security forces arrested a cell of 25 terrorists in Kasserine who were planning to conduct terrorist attacks during the New Year celebrations and confiscated explosives materials and terrorism books. [Tunisien]

 

Nigeria. Boko Haram attacks and then burns an entire village in northeast Nigeria, killing 14 people. [SAWA]

 

Cameroon. Eight people were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide attack in north Cameroon. [Aawsat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Daesh Facebook page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/alansar4islami1

https://twitter.com/M3alslam7

https://twitter.com/Zar4eb28

https://twitter.com/booal555

https://twitter.com/k_kinany

 

 

December 10, 2015

Bashiqa Map

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments

High-level discussions continues as Turkish troop crisis continues.

Iraqi forces advance in Ramadi.

US denies troop deployment to Ramadi air base.

Coalition planes destroy bridge linking Hawija and Shirqat

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

While Iraqi officials carried on remonstrating over the presence of Turkish forces in Ninewa Governorate, high-level Turkish officials weighed in on the controversy, with contradictory input. Turkish PM Erdogan has rejected the idea of Turkish withdrawal while the Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad seemed to suggest withdrawal might be possible, with conditions.

 

Erdogan says the Turkish troops are in Bashiqa and other locations for training missions and they might be increased or decreased depending on the situation. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. His Excellency is trying to mix the Turkish troops who are training the Peshmerga in Erbil and Suleimaniya with the troops in Bashiqa. Those two cities are within the KRG official control but Bashiqa belongs to the central government.

The blunt truth is that Turkey is in Bashiqa because (1) the military camp there was created by former Governor Nujaifi, who has been exposed as a lead conspirator in this scenario along with the shadowy National Mobilization Forces organization; and (2) because Barzani facilitated their movement into Bashiqa, taking advantage of the Peshmerga presence in the area and the fact that Iraq could not do anything about it. This has nothing to do with training anybody and looks so far like Stage 1 of a three-party conspiracy against the Iraqi government. 

 

The Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad, Faruk Kaymakcı, said his country would be willing to withdraw its forces if the Iraqi government takes over the role of protecting its trainers, the CoR Defense and Security Committee announced after talks with the Ambassador today. One committee member, Iskandar Wutout, said that the Ambassador’s justifications for the Turkish presence in that session were “flimsy and unconvincing.” He predicted that the crisis would not be easily solved since it was, in his words, a “conspiracy planned in advance.”

DaeshDaily comment. Bashiqa is near the front lines between Daesh and the Peshmerga-held territory in Ninewa province in an area that is disputed between the Iraqi central government and the KRG, which has maneuvered for years to incorporate northern Ninewa into the anticipated independent Kurdistan. Iraqi forces can’t deploy to that area at this time so the task would fall to the Peshmerga. So the Ambassador’s suggestion that Iraqi forces take over security at the Bashiqa encampment may meet resistance in Baghdad as this would imply their acknowledgement of Kurdish control over this part of Ninewa.

 

The head of the Turkish intelligence service, Hakan Fidan, and Turkish foreign ministry advisor Feridun Sinirlioğlu arrived in Baghdad, sources at the Baghdad International Airport said, to discuss the crisis. The Iraqi foreign ministry confirmed that the talks took place, providing no details, but an unidentified committee member told Al-Ghad that the Ambassador said the Turkish deployment came at the invitation of the former Governor of Ninewa and some MPs. [Mada] [Mada][Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Assuming the Ambassador was quoted correctly, his explanation is an admission that Turkey’s actions are unauthorized. The former Governor, Nujaifi, has no current authority by definition, and was actually voted out of office. “Some MPs” could include any self-selected group, possibly the new and self-named High Coordinating Committee. None of these people have any individual authority to authorize foreign troop movements into Iraq.

 

The Iraqi Prime Minister’s office has repeated its assertion that Turkish troops entered Iraq without the knowledge of the government, saying through its media office that the training program did not justify the “disgraceful violation” of Iraqi sovereignty on the part of the Turks. The PM’s office has also announced that it told the Turkish delegation that the solution to the crisis must include a Turkish withdrawal. [Xendan] [Mada]

 

61 Iraqi MPs have submitted a demand that the parliament investigate the “Turkish penetration” into Iraqi territory, CoR speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri said.

Iraq’s Minister of Transportation, Baqir Al-Zubaydi, said that the Turkish deployment represents a “threat to national security” and, referring to Iraq’s F-16 and Sukhoi jets, said Iraq was “capable of striking any occupation [force], be it Turkish, or Arab, or by any other name.” [Sumaria]

 

Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan said in a press conference that a tripartite meeting would be held on December 21 between Ankara, the KRG, and Washington, without mentioning the possibility of Baghdad’s involvement. He said bluntly that his country would not withdraw its forces since they are, according to him, deployed to Iraq to train Peshmerga fighters, not to take on a combat role. However, he also said that Turkish forces were in Ninewa to promote stability in the region. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki called for the PMFs to prepare for “the enemies’ plans” for the partition of Iraq. He accused Turkey of “treachery” and called for mass demonstrations on Saturday “to reject the Turkish presence on Iraqi soil.” [Sumaria]

 

The United States Embassy issued a statement affirming its official position that military deployments inside Iraq by external forces must have the agreement of the Iraqi government. [Ghad]

 

The five permanent members on the UN Security Council are supportive of Iraq’s position with respect to the Turkish deployment, the Iraq foreign ministry spokesman has said. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

The US Embassy in Iraq has issued a statement denying reports in Iraqi media, (which we reported yesterday) that US forces have landed at Ayn Asad airbase near Ramadi and will engage in combat. [PUKMedia]

 

Iraqi Criminal Courts have issued a death sentence to the military commander of Daesh’s Kirkuk “wilaya,” the judicial authorities announced.  [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition killed the Daesh “minister of finance,” known as Abu Sallaf, in a recent airstrike, said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [DabiqNews]

Daesh says its terrorists shot and killed 2 members of the Sunni Islamic Party in Tarmiya. The two were brothers. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit killed 2 terrorists and defused 4 IEDs and 2 booby-trapped houses in the Difa’ Al-Jawwi area in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An IFP force found explosives and IEDs in the Batta area in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a commercial area of Hamamiyat village in Taji north of Baghdad, killing two people and injuring eight others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men killed two civilians in Tarmiya north of Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A sticky IED mounted under a civilian car exploded in the Adhamiya area in east Baghdad, killing one person inside and wounding two others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men opened fire on a PMF member in the Kasra wa Atash area of Sadr City in east Baghdad, killing him. [Sumaria]
  • An IED blast in a commercial area of Zafaraniya, southeast Baghdad. killed one person and wounded seven others. [Mada]
  • Daesh says its terrorists killed a “spy” in his house in the Sayyed Abdullah area of Mahmudiya in south Baghdad. [DabiqNews]
  • An IED blast near a residential complex in Saidiya, south Baghdad, wounded two civilians. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area on Street 60 in Dora, south Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a medical complex in the Wardiya area of Mada’in, south of Baghdad, killing one person and injuring four others. [Mada]

 

The MoD publishes a video of airstrikes on Daesh in Anbar and Salahuddin. [MoD Website]

Coalition airplanes flew 10 sorties on Shirqat, Tal Afar, Mosul and Falluja killing many terrorists, including a Daesh leader in Shirqat, and destroying 6 locations and 6 vehicles, including 4 vehicle bombs. [IWMC Report]

 

ANBAR

The chairman of Anbar GC has called on Iraqi families in Anbar to submit to the local authorities the names of their family members who have been abducted or disappeared, in order to create a centralized list for purposes of human rights monitoring. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

Iraqi forces have taken control of Ramadi’s central rail station, says the head of the Khaldiya District security committee. [Ghad]

 

As of Wednesday Iraqi forces have taken “complete control” over the western portions of Ramadi city, in the area between Palestine Bridge and Qasim Bridge, the Iraqi Counterterrorism Agency commander said. [Sumaria]

Iraqi forces supported by the IAA and Coalition warplanes cleared the road to the Al-Qasim Bridge and stopped a Daesh attack in the area, killing 15 Daesh terrorists and wounding 10 and destroying two vehicles. Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAF destroyed two vehicle bombs and a boat in an air raid on Jisr Al-Warar in central Ramadi, the IWMC announced. The IAF also hit targets in Albu Farraj and Albu Dhiab, north of Ramadi, killing a total of ten Daesh members and destroying Daesh vehicles. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

 

The IAF destroyed two sniper hideouts in the Al-Dubat area south of Ramadi, killing two Daesh snipers, the IWMC says, while an Anbar Operations Command source said that a security operation south of Ramadi killed four Daesh snipers attempting to obstruct the progress of security forces on the main international highway.  [Mada] [Mada]

 

On Thursday Iraqi forces took control of the southern part of the Malaab area south of Ramadi city, inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh, a security source said. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: The Malaab area was announced earlier as liberated but from today’s story it appears that it was lost again before being recaptured by Iraqi forces.

 

Iraqi Eighth Infantry missile units struck Daesh positions in the Madhiq area east of Ramadi, destroying a vehicle bomb and killing “tens” of Daesh members. [Baghdadia]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroyed three Daesh vehicles in the Abu Teban area west of Ramadi, killing the occupants. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Iraqi forces inside the liberated Anbar Operations Command. [MoD]

 

Coalition airstrikes destroyed 9 hideouts, 3 boats and 2 locations in the Ramadi area. [IWMC Report]

 

Anbar Operations Command artillery shelled a Daesh gathering in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 6 Daesh members and wounding 4 and destroying a vehicle. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout in Tal Mshaihda east of Ramadi and two vehicles carrying 9 fighters in Albu Farraj to the north. [IWMC Report]

 

An IAA helicopter was targeting a Daesh hideout when the pilot noticed a group of civilians and changed the rocket’s path in Albu Chlaib northwest of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says several civilians, mostly children, were killed or wounded in an airstrike on Ramadi (photos). [ADI]

 

Falluja

An Iraqi Rapid Intervention unit defused 27 IEDs in several areas east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army excavator with a 23mm cannon. [ADI]

 

Iraqi troops killed 5 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in the Al-Rofa area in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi forces destroyed a booby-trapped house and also a Daesh mortar launching location in Albu Sawda in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Tribal fighters of the Albu Nimr broke a Daesh siege in the Abu Delaya area near Haditha where six people had been trapped, allowing the six to reach safety, and destroyed a vehicle and an excavator in the operation. [Sumaria]

 

Western Anbar

Daesh says two Syrian brother attacked an Iraqi Army convoy with a vehicle bomb carrying a machine gun on the road between Ain Al-Asad and the Kilo 160 area west of Kubaisa, killing many soldiers and destroying many vehicles. Daesh says the remaining vehicles were targeted with IEDs, killing 15 soldiers and destroying 7 vehicles. Daesh published a photo of the two terrorists. [DabiqNews]

 

The Al-Suqoor (Falcon) Intelligence Cell has announced 22 Daesh members were killed in a coordinated operation with Iraqi joint forces and central intelligence that targeted the local headquarters of a suicide-attack ring in the Jraijib area of Al-Qa’im which the force said had been planning suicide attacks on Iraqi forces in Anbar and Salahuddin. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IAF bombed a Daesh location in Zuwiya village in the Makhoul Mountains area killing several Daesh members. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAA killed 20 Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area and destroyed a fuel station used by Daesh in Harariyat north of Baiji, killing or wounding 10 terrorists. [IWMC Report]

 

Shirqat

A Coalition airstrike in the Shumait area destroyed the bridge linking Shirqat to Hawija. Iraqi warplanes struck Daesh sites in the same area, killing “tens” of Daesh members, the IWMC says. Another airstrike in the same area killed the Daesh administrator for the local area and two of his associates. [Baghdadia] [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

Shirqat is “in range,” a PMF commander said, claiming that the Daesh-held city would fall quickly to Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations Command troops supported by PMFs destroyed 25 IEDs and defused 27, and destroyed 4 vehicles, a shovel and an excavator in different areas west and southwest of Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles west of Samarra. [DabiqNews]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Iraqi forces defused 25 IEDs in the Yathrib area south of Balad, a Salahuddin Command source said. [Ghad]

 

Unknown gunmen in military garb kidnapped two civilians in the Askari area of Tuz Khurmatu, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A member of Diyala GC has said that tribal PMF forces in the governorate are facing conditions of “extreme poverty,” blaming the central government for failing to pay salaries for these fighters. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Dijla Operations Command troops supported by PMFs found 12 IEDs, 8 hideouts, and 4 observatory locations, in addition to a bulldozer and explosives materials, and destroyed 25 IEDs near Albu Hishma south of Muqdadiya. [IWMC Report]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it destroyed 5 electricity towers in Sadiya. [DabiqNews]

 

The head of the Udhaim council announced that the area is completely in the control of security forces and that the danger from Daesh is 110 km (68 miles) away. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in Udhaim, killing three soldiers. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee in another area of Udhaim. [DabiqNews]

 

Diyala police have announced the capture of a second Daesh hideout within a month, in the Himrin Mountains. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh local command center inside a water plant in the Qayara area south of Mosul, killing twenty Daesh members including local commanders, as well as destroying weapons and explosives, the Ninewa Operations Commander said, adding that the local population was in a “state of revolt” against the Daesh, which had weakened its control. [Baghdadia] [Mada]

 

A Peshmerga officer says Coalition airplanes bombed and destroyed Daesh rocket launchers on Mount Bashiqa. The officer says Daesh used to rocket Peshmerga troops from the mountain. [ARA]

A PUK official says Coalition airplanes bombed Daesh in Badoush and Bashiqa, killing 10 terrorists and wounding 6. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK official says Daesh executed a female teacher in Mosul for refusing to teach her students Daesh’s new curriculum. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh has executed a judge from the Mosul appeals court, in the Bab al-Toub area in central Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh executed 3 former Iraqi Army officers in the Badoush prison. The officers were captured 9 months ago and refused to “repent”. [BasNews]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh beheaded another man in Mosul, accusing him of witchcraft. [Karemlash]

 

A Ninewa police source says unknown armed men shot and killed two Daesh snipers in downtown Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighter destroyed a Daesh vehicle south of Mosul, killing or wounding 4 terrorists. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Daesh publishes a video of the battles near the Shandoukha village. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Bazkartan area. [DabiqNews]

 

Other Governorates 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babil. The deputy chair of Babil GC escaped an assassination attempt as he returned from Baghdad, the official said, stating that gunmen opened fire on his vehicle as he was traveling but that no one was injured in the attack. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Local activists say Daesh captured 5 young men in the Ain Al-Hara village, southwest of Hasaka, and forced them to join its fighters. The activists say this is the first time Daesh enforced compulsory military service. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Many reports appeared earlier that Daesh is doing this.

 

Local sources say 3 car bombs exploded in Tal Tamr in Hasaka’s western countryside killing or wounding many people. Local sources say one of the vehicles targeted a YPG checkpoint and one targeted an Asayesh center while the third exploded in a main street. Welati says the three vehicles were loaded with sugar. Other sources say two vehicles exploded near two markets while the third exploded near a hospital (photos). The hospital received the bodies of three people killed in the attack, including a doctor, and 17 wounded so far.

The PYD management in Jazeera accused Daesh, Turkey and the recent opposition-group meeting in Riyadh of organizing the attack to counter the Syrian Democratic Forces.

[Qasioun] [ARA] [Welati] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man publically after accusing him of murder. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing the YPG east of Ain Eissa. [DabiqNews]

 

Northwest

Eyewitnesses say Daesh withdrew more than 300 vehicles and 5 tanks from Deir Hafir, 50 km (31 miles) east of Aleppo towards Manbij after the Syrian Army advanced from the Kowaires airbase area towards the city. [BasNews]

 

Local activists say Coalition airplanes and Apaches targeted Daesh heavily near Manbij, killing many terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles.  [BasNews]              

 

Daesh says dozens of Syrian armed groups’ fighters “repented” and joined its ranks. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says 2 people were killed and 5 wounded in Syrian bombing on Bazaa in Aleppo’s eastern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Central and West

In a significant development, Daesh recaptured Mahin and several other towns in Homs eastern countryside after heavy clashes with the Syrian Army and its supporting militias. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it captured Mahin city and the Huwwarin village after killing many Syrian soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [DabiqNews] Daesh says 25 soldiers were killed and 3 tanks and a vehicle destroyed in Mahin. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles near Mahin. [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews]

 

East

An informed source in Deir Ez-Zor says Daesh’s oil official, Abu Sara Al-Iraqi, was killed with three of his associates in a Coalition airstrike in the Bukamal area. The source says this is the third Daesh oil official killed by the Coalition in less than three months. [BasNews]

 

Daesh shelled two areas under Syrian Army control in Deir Ez-Zor, wounding four civilians including a child. The Syrian Army bombed and shelled several areas in Deir Ez-Zor eastern countryside. [Qasioun]        

 

A local activist says Daesh issued new taxes on the shops in Deir Ez-Zor, and forced more taxes on the Shaitat tribe. He also says Daesh arrested many people, claiming it was looking for cigarettes, and confiscated the house of an Alawite citizen in Mayadin. [KulRadio]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Egypt. Daesh publishes photos of the Egyptian Army land mine it destroyed in south Rafah yesterday. [ADI]

Daesh publishes two photos of an executed Egyptian Army “spy”. [DabiqNews]

 

Libya. An informed source says Daesh terrorists paraded in 30 vehicles in Sabratha and established 2 checkpoints in the city. The source also says police stations were evacuated and government offices were closed in the city. [AfriGate]

Informed sources say Daesh clashed with a local militia in Sabratha and the militia captured 2 Daesh members, a Libyan and a Tunisian. [AfriGate]

A Libyan military officer says local and foreign terrorists established a checkpoint in Ajdabiya. He confirmed that military operations will start on December 15 to clear the city. [AfriGate]

The Libyan Security Observatory publishes a map showing Daesh locations in Libya. [AfriGate]

A Libyan military source says Libyan airplanes bombed Daesh in west Benghazi. The source didn’t specify the time of the airstrikes. [Hadath]

A video of Daesh terrorists in Sirte. [Ewan]

Daesh says it shelled Libyan armed groups with mortars in Derna. [DabiqNews]

 

Morocco. The Morocco Ministry of Interior says security forces captured two Daesh supporters who issued a video threatening terrorist attacks in the kingdom. [Aawsat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Shakw Makwq, a popular Iraqi page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/aljanob95

https://twitter.com/S1R_G

https://twitter.com/ut_sajbkdx

https://twitter.com/aaahmedd1990

https://twitter.com/Venan113

 

 

December 9, 2015

 

Tameem Area

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s major developments:

US suddenly moves 200 Special Operations soldiers to Anbar base.

Dispute over Turkish troops in Ninewa enters third day unresolved.

Turkey displays Kurdistan flag at meeting with Barzani in Ankara.

Deadly suicide bombing targets Shia mosque in east Baghdad.

Ex-Sahwa fighters being kidnapped in Kirkuk.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The controversy over the Turkish troop deployment in northern Iraq continues to roil Iraq. While KRG President Masoud Barzani was in Ankara to meet top Turkish diplomats, the Iraqi Parliament in Baghdad approved a resolution to denounce the Turkish presence in Ninewa, with 195 members present, according to MP Hoda Sajjad of the National Alliance. Kurdish MPs in the KRG were unable to attend because the KRG airports were closed. [Sumaria]

 

The Turkish President’s spokesman says Turkish forces are in Iraq to support Iraqi security forces in the liberation of Ninewa Governorate. [Rudaw]

 

The US-led Coalition has distanced itself from Turkey’s troop deployment in Ninewa, with President Obama’s Special Presidential Envoy for the Coalition Brett McGurk saying in a press conference at the US Embassy that Turkey’s action is not part of the Coalition’s activities in Iraq, which he said were all conducted with the knowledge of the Iraqi government. McGurk added that dialogue between Turkey and Iraq is underway. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Meanwhile, the American representative to the UN, Samantha Power, has described Iraq’s position as “sound” in its dispute with its neighbor, saying that the deployment should have had Iraqi approval. Power called for dialogue between the two states and invited their representatives to meet in Washington. [BasNews]

 

The Kurdistan flag was on display alongside the Turkish flag for KRG President Barzani’s meeting in Ankara with the Turkish deputy foreign minister and other Turkish officials. (photos) [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment: Turkey has historically resisted all formal signs of Kurdish nationalism. The appearance of the Kurdistan flag in a meeting between high-level Turkish and Kurdish figures is significant. This gesture seems to reinforce the widespread belief that the Turkish deployment in Ninewa came from a deal between Barzani and Erdogan.

 

Barzani and top KRG officials also met in Erbil with US Gen. Lloyd Austin and US diplomatic and military officials. [BasNews]

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari says after a meeting with Brett McGurk that Iraq used all the possible diplomatic ways with Turkey and now Iraq will go to the UN and the Security Council to stop the Turkish breach. [Sumaria]

 

A group calling itself the “Death Squads” threatened to attack Turkey’s interests in Iraq if Turkey doesn’t withdraw from Ninewa. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. So, in response to Turkey’s lawlessness, a lawless group wants to attack businesses inside Iraq. That’s not what Iraq needs right now.

 

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry warns its citizens not to travel to Iraq, except the IKR. [Anadolu]

 

The PYD President say the Turkish move is a “dangerous escalation” and says the troops are more than just trainers. [ROJ]

 

DaeshDaily comment. The blame game is normal in Baghdad and many have started to criticize Abadi over this issue. Iraqi social media is boiling and blaming the government. Former Saddam supporters are saying this would have not happened if Saddam were still in charge, forgetting of course that Saddam was the first one to sign an agreement allowing Turkey to enter Iraqi to fight the PKK. Arab media outlets are divided. Saudi media are supporting Turkey; Egyptian media are opposing it; but everyone agrees it’s almost impossible to make the Turks leave.

      The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which exists under Turkish military protection and would otherwise not exist, may be a clue. A major orchestrator in the Ninewa scenario is former Governor Nujaifi. The Nujaifi family, for generations, advocated for annexing Mosul to Turkey. A separate Ninewa Sunni entity under Turkish protection would take a lot of territory from Iraqi control, and all of Ninewa’s non-Sunni northern areas could be handed over to Barzani and the KRG without Iraq being able to do anything about it.

 

Military developments

Brett McGurk, President Obama’s special envoy to the Coalition, has announced that the Coalition is considering deploying American ground troops alongside Iraqi forces in the battle against ISIS, without specifying details. The diplomat also said that recent media reports claiming an “Arab Islamic” force of thousands of soldiers will arrive in Iraq were false, saying this is a matter for the Iraqi government to decide. McGurk also said that $10 million had been set aside for rebuilding Anbar Governorate after seizing it from Daesh control. [Mada] [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. It does not appear from McGurk’s remarks that he is referring to the reported additional personnel just sent to the US base in Anbar. (See below).

 

A suicide bomber detonated himself in the Ahl al-Bayt Husseiniya (Shia) mosque in the Obeidi area in east Baghdad, killing at least seven and injuring at least twenty-two. The casualty figure is expected to climb due to the intensity of the blast. [Mada]

Daesh claims responsibility for the suicide attack in Obeidi. [Dump]

 

A member of the Baghdad GC says many armed groups are using their status as PMFs to move freely in Baghdad and conduct criminal activities. He warns that Daesh might do the same. [IraqPress]

 

Present camps for displaced persons are unsuitable for the coming winter conditions, CoR Speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri has said. He called for measures to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons are safe. The problems faced in ensuring that displaced Iraqis can return to their areas are not only security issues, he said but also “socio-political” issues.

The Speaker also called for a “joint tribal-religious committee” with wide representation in Iraq and support from the central government and the United Nations to “end the problems between different parties” in Iraq, linking these divisions to the problem of terrorism in the country. [Sumaria]

 

The American Embassy in Baghdad says one of Daesh’s leaders, Wissam Al-Zubaidi, who participated in the Speicher massacre, was killed in an American airstrike on Derna in Libya on November 13. [Ghad]

 

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit found 4 IEDs and other explosives in the Manari and Baijiya areas in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The MoD publishes a video of an IAF plane conducting a sortie on Daesh locations. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it killed a PMF commander, his son, and five of his associates by blowing up his vehicle with an IED in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it blew up an Iraqi Army Humvee in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad yesterday. [A3maq]

 

An Iraqi 22nd Brigade unit defused 3 IEDs and destroyed 2 hideouts in the Al-Zor area in northwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An IFP unit confiscated 37 rockets in the Khawalid area west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 24th Brigade unit clashed with a Daesh group in the Abadi area west of Baghdad, killing 3 Daesh terrorists and destroying a machine-gun-carrying vehicle. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Coalition planes conducted 18 sorties on Tal Afar, Shirqat, Mosul and Ramadi, killing many Daesh members and destroying 7 shelters, 8 rocket launchers, 15 locations, 2 weapons storehouse, 4 vehicles (including 2 vehicle bombs), 15 barricades, a tunnel, 2 gatherings, 16 hideouts and 2 heavy machine guns. [IWMC Report]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a commercial area of Griaat in north Baghdad, killing one person and injuring seven others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men dressed in black and driving four-wheel drive vehicles abducted a doctor who works in a pediatric hospital in the Iskan area north of Baghdad.
  • An IED exploded near the Nahrawan intersection in southeast Baghdad, killing two people and wounding six others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded on a passing police patrol in the Arab Jubour area of Dora, south Baghdad, killing one officer and injuring four others. [Mada]
  • A civilian was injured in a roadside IED explosion in an unspecified area of south Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • Armed men raided a money changer’s office in Al-Amal al-Shaabi Street in the western Ameriya district of Baghdad, making off with around 20 million Iraqi dinars ($18,000 USD). [Sumaria]
  • One person was killed and another injured when a sticky IED exploded on a civilian vehicle, also in Ameriya. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a sheep market in Suwaib, west of Baghdad, killing one and injuring four others. [Mada]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Two hundred American soldiers have reportedly arrived at the Ayn Al-Asad base west of Ramadi, an Anbar Operations Command source said. “American Army planes touched down at Ayn Asad Airbase and transported 200 American Special Forces soldiers,” the source told Al-Mada Press, adding that “these planes also transported arms and ammunition.”The source gave somewhat inconsistent comments on this development, saying that the US personnel will engage in combat in the battle to retake Ramadi from Daesh, but also saying that US forces will have a combat role in clearing areas around the base, securing the territory to prevent Daesh fighters from approaching, and destroying hidden Daesh positions. [Mada]

 

Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have continued their clearing operations in Ramadi, raising the Iraqi flag over the former presidential palace north of the city, the Anbar Operations commander said. This followed yesterday’s announcement that the former Anbar Operations Command center had been cleared from Daesh’s presence. An Anbar Police battalion has been transferred to the Tameem area to hold the area after it came under government control yesterday. [Sumaria]  [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists hiding in the former Anbar Operations Command headquarters. [IWMC Report]

Videos of the IWMC chief arriving at the former Anbar Operations Command headquarters [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Anti-Terrorism troops found a weapons and rockets storehouse, 3 weapon caches and a car bomb factory in Tameem. [IWMC Report]

Coalition airplanes bombed 17 targets in the Amarat residential compound in Tameem.  [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition aircraft flew 8 sorties on different areas in Ramadi District killing an unknown number of terrorists and destroying 3 weapons storehouses, 2 heavy machine guns, 11 hideouts, 15 barricades and 8 gatherings in addition to killing 14 terrorists near the former headquarters of the Anbar Operations Command and the Warrar Bridge. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh members are retreating to positions inside Ramadi city as Iraqi forces destroy their defensive positions surrounding the city, an Anbar Operations Command source said. He said Iraqi forces killed 26 Daesh members and destroyed tens of vehicles in battles to clear the southern and western sectors around Ramadi. [Mada]

 

Daesh is compelling civilian families to stay in the city under penalty of death, an Anbar police source said, adding that the organization is using the civilians as human shields. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition planes with Iraqi ground support launched strikes on Daesh targets in Albu Dhiab and Albu Aitha north of Ramadi, the Anbar Operations Commander says, reporting that 65 Daesh members were killed in the attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces mortared areas north of Ramadi and destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in Albu Farraj. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAA and Coalition aircraft stopped a Daesh attack on Iraqi forces near the Palestine Bridge, killing 13. [IWMC Report]

Iraqi forces defused 4 IEDs near the Palestine Bridge. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces cleared more areas in Humaira southeast of Ramadi and defused four IEDs. [IWMC Report]

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh Moroccan terrorist and 3 of his associates in a hideout in Humaira. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi Rapid Intervention Division forces, part of the IFP, launched attacks on Daesh positions in East Hsaiba, killing 11 members of the organization in fighting that lasted for two hours. The IFP commander added that his forces had cleared several houses of Daesh control. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Operations Command artillery killed 11 Daesh fighters while they were planting IEDs near the water station in Wasitiya in Ramadi city. [IWMC Report]

 

IFP troops stopped a Daesh attack east of Ramadi, killing 8 terrorists and destroying a vehicle and destroying or defusing 18 IEDs. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says 5 civilians were killed and 15 wounded in the airstrikes on Ramadi, including women and children (photos and a video). [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Falluja

IAF planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Albu Hatim village near Falluja city, killing its occupants, and destroyed a munitions cache in the same area, the IWMC announced. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

A Rapid Intervention sniper killed a Daesh terrorist in Nuaimiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Coalition airplanes destroyed a big Daesh weapons storehouse in Dwailiba east of Ameriyat Al-Falluja on the Euphrates. [IWMC Report]

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle and a weapons cache in Falluja District and killed several terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Falluja last night and says there were no human casualties. [JustPaste]

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 13 Daesh fighters and destroyed a motorcycle in Qarma District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command troops defused 40 IEDs and 15 booby-trapped houses in the Baghdadi area. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition airplanes killed 8 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 boats in the Suainikh village near Albu Hayat. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition airplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Dolab area, killing 9 Daesh fighters including foreigners. [IWMC Report]

 

Western Anbar

Photos of families fleeing Daesh-held areas in western Anbar, some after paying a sum to the organization to buy permission to leave Daesh territory [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes a detailed video of an attack on Iraqi forces in west Anbar. The attack included a teenage Syrian suicide terrorist blowing up a vehicle bomb. [Archive]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Dijla Operations Command troops, supported by the IAF, killed many Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles in Zarqa in north Salahuddin. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAF destroyed a Daesh foreign terrorists’ guesthouse and killed 12 fighters in Msahaq village north of Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops killed 15 Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area and were shelling Iraqi forces with mortars near the Shirqat Bridge, which connects northern Baiji District to Shirqat. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces rocketed Daesh in the Makhoul Mountains area destroying a hideout and a construction shovel. [IWMC Report]

Daesh publishes a video of the battles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Archive]

Videos of PMFs in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

Iraqi PMF forces killed a Daesh member in an ambush near the Makhoul Mountains, and found after his death that that he had been carrying a Kalashnikov, a hand grenade, and a pen rigged with explosives. [Sumaria]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Iraqi Federal Police, supported by the IAF, conducted a large military campaign near the Ajil area in the Himrin Mountains, killing many terrorists and destroying 2 heavy machine guns. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh publishes a video of an attack on a late Sahwa leader’s house in Buhriz just south of Baquba that killed members of his family. Daesh brings up what was reported in the Iraqi media about clearing the Buhriz orchards and says it was all lies. [DabiqNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The leader was killed in June and now Daesh targets his family. Daesh published a report about this attack last week.

 

Security forces and Peshmerga and PNF militiamen in Diyala Governorate are reinforcing defensive positions along the banks of the Diyala River northeast of Baquba in villages extending toward Muqdadiya, in a bid to prevent Daesh from infiltrating to establish pockets from which to attack villages and tribal fighters in the area, a Diyala security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

An IED exploded in the rural Abu Saida area, killing a farmer working his fields, prompting an MP from Diyala to call for Dijla Operations Command to put an end to this kind of violence, which has killed tens of civilians in Diyala in the past year. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi Army vehicles near Imam Wais, a village north of Muqdadiya. Daesh also says its snipers targeted policemen in Imam Wais killing one of them and wounding two. [JustPaste]

 

Iraqi forces defused 15 IEDs in the Albu Hishma area south of Muqdadiya. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says it killed a Shia (civilian) with an IED in Abu Saida. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh publishes photos of Iraqi Army vehicles destroyed by a parked car bomb in Mtaibija in the Udhaim area. [JustPaste]  Daesh says 5 PMFs were killed in the explosion. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF patrol in another area in Udhaim, killing three PMFs and wounding one. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Iraqi JOC barracks in Shahraban wounding two soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Coalition jets launched heavy strikes in the Hawija area, killing or wounding numerous Daesh fighters, a Kirkuk security source said. He added that security forces in Kirkuk have directed all civilians in Hawija and other Daesh-held areas to leave for Kirkuk city, and said that “a large number” of families had left the Hawija, Al-Abbasi, and Al-Zab areas already and relocated to Kirkuk. [BasNews]

 

Unknown armed men abducted as many as seven former Sahwa members in Hawija in separate kidnapping attacks the last 24 hours in various areas of the District, a local tribal source said, while a security source said the grandson of a water and juice bottling company owner was abducted in central Kirkuk and a barber was also taken in a separate raid. [BasNews]

 

The Kirkuk police commander says the special committee formed by PM Abadi to investigate the assassination of the head of the Arab bloc in Kirkuk GC has finished its work and submitted its report to the Prime Minister. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says clashes erupted between Daesh local and foreign fighters in Hawija after a failed attack on Tuz yesterday. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of shelling PMFs in the Shamsiya village in Daquq with a 57mm cannon. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh executed a secondary school teacher east of Mosul after she allegedly refused to teach the Daesh curriculum. [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul say its fighters shot at a Daesh vehicle and killed 3 terrorists near Tel Keif. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A local source says Daesh executed four of its Russian terrorists in the Ghizlani camp south of Mosul, accusing them of spying for Russia. The source says one of the executed was Daesh’s intelligence officer in Ninewa. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says a child was killed and three civilians wounded in a Coalition drone airstrike on the left coast (east) in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Northwest Iraq

A local source says unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh Yemeni commander in Wana northwest of Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Other Governorates 

KURDISTAN

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Suleimaniya against the Turkish troop presence in Ninewa. The demonstrations were organized by the Kurdistan Society Freedom Movement and attended by former President Talabani’s wife and several PUK officials. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily. This is a significant political development, as it shows clearly that Barzani and the KDP are politically isolated on this issue within the KRG.

 

The KRG issues a statement saying it supports all military operations against Daesh but that should not be a reason for Russia to violate Kurdistan airspace and stop flights in the KRG airports. [Sumaria]

 

Turkish airplanes bombed two PKK villages in the Qandil Mountains in Erbil Governorate, an Erbil security source said. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The timing of this attack might raise political suspicions. Selahattin Demirtas, leader of Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish opposition party, was in Suleimaniya to meet with Jalal Talabani when the airstrikes happened. Once he heard the news, he left without holding the meeting. As Erdogan likes to paint Demirtas as a bedfellow of the PKK, it’s not far-fetched to wonder if the timing of the bombing was intended to embarrass Demirtas.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Another report from our friend in Turkey:

A translated article which appeared in yesterday’s (December 8) edition of Turkey’s left-wing Bir Gün newspaper (which has pro-Moscow and pro-Assad leanings) may be of interest. In it, Erk Acarer interviews a founding member of the Turkmen Brigades in Syria, concentrating on Turkey’s role in training and arming them. Full translated article could be found here.

 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Daesh has released a group of 25 Assyrian Christian captives who were earlier abducted from the Tal Tamr village near Hasaka, the Assyrian Human Rights network has said. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Recent stories have revealed that releases of Assyrian prisoners are tied to large ransoms being paid to Daesh for each person released.

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles with the YPG east of Ain Eissa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

Clashes continue between the YPG on one side and Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham on the other side in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Hawar] [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Central and West

Daesh publishes photos of the battles against the Syrian Army near Al-Qaryatayn. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into the mountains near Mahin in western Homs Governorate and killed nine Syrian soldiers and captured their military positions and storehouses there. [Dump] [A3maq]

 

East

Several Daesh terrorists were killed in a Coalition airstrike on an oil field in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles near the Deir Ez-Zor airport. [JustPaste]       

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Egypt.  Daesh says it destroyed two Egyptian police armored vehicle in Arish, killing the policemen inside them. [A3maq]

Daesh also says it destroyed an Egyptian Army mine destroyer south of Rafah in north Sinai. [A3maq]

 

Libya.  A military source says Libyan planes launched airstrikes on Daesh locations in Benghazi Tuesday night. [AfriGate]

Daesh issues a statement saying 9 of its non-Libyan fighters were killed in the airstrikes. [AfriGate]

Daesh says it detonated an IED near a police station in Derna. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Xendan news agency page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/vjf216

https://twitter.com/tatiz_76

https://twitter.com/Dfdf_dt

https://twitter.com/allmah116

https://twitter.com/goldentree75

 

December 8, 2015

Mosul

 

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments

The political crisis over Turkish troops in Ninewa heats up. Central government officials insist the deployment is unauthorized and should end immediately. Shia militia groups threaten violence and armed resistance. Barzani and others insist Baghdad was aware of the Turkish deployment.

Iraqi forces consolidate hold on areas around Ramadi and capture an important bridge.

Coalition bombers pound Qayara and other Ninewa locations.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The political crisis over the presence of Turkish soldiers and tanks in a military camp in Bashiqa in Ninewa again dominated the Iraq news, amid a storm of allegations and escalating threats.

 

The Iraqi cabinet met on Tuesday and voted to grant PM Abadi the authorization to “take appropriate measures” to respond to the Ninewa crisis, according to a statement issued by Abadi’s office. Iraq will “gradually escalate” its response to the Turkish presence in Ninewa if Ankara refuses to withdraw its forces, the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office said through its spokesman, without specifying further. The Prime Minister has also reportedly phoned the Secretary General of NATO and informed him about Iraq’s refusal of the Turkish troop presence in Bashiqa. [Mada] [Sumaria]  [Sumaria]

 

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari held a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, at the latter’s request, a Ministry spokesman said. Al-Jaafari reiterated Iraq’s rejection of the presence of Turkish forces in Ninewa and called again for their immediate withdrawal, threatening to take the matter to the UN Security Council if Turkey does not oblige.

 

The CoR’s Foreign Relations Committee used more threatening language than the Foreign Minister, issuing a “strongly worded statement” saying it would cut off diplomatic relations with Turkey if they don’t withdraw, a committee member said. He added that the Iraqi side would also study recent allegations by Russia and Iran of Turkish involvement in smuggling Iraqi oil. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

In spite of the unfolding controversy, Turkish forces will not withdraw from Iraq at the present time, the Turkish Foreign Minister has said through his spokesman, while at the same time affirming Turkey’s respect for the unity of Iraqi territory. [Sumaria]

 

The spokesman of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the objection of the Secretary General of the Arab League to Turkish troops in Iraq has “no legitimacy and no weight” because it doesn’t reflect the opinion of the organization he represents. The Secretary General said yesterday that the Arab League opposes the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq.  [IslamMemo]

 

Despite the official Iraqi denial of any advance knowledge of the troop deployment, KRG President Masoud Barzani says that, according to his information, Turkish forces entered Iraq to train local militias to fight in Ninewa in coordination with the Iraqi central government.

 

Abadi spoke by phone to Barzani, according to a statement released by the PM’s office. It was reported that the two leaders called for a unified position on the presence of Turkish troops, but of course there was no indication they agreed on any unified position. Abadi reiterated his rejection of the Turkish presence and called for immediate withdrawal, rejecting foreign and regional intervention in Iraq while the statement added that Barzani “confirmed that the sovereignty of Iraq is a red line.” [Sumaria] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: Since, as we wrote yesterday, all the signals suggest that the Turkish deployment came with the collaboration of Barzani, it is difficult to imagine any unified position between the two leaders.

 

PM Abadi met with General Lloyd Austin Central Command Commander. General Austin stressed the US position that US supports Iraq and its territorial integrity. [Mada]

A Department of State spokesman says any country who wants to send troops to Iraq should get permission from the Iraqi government. [Buratha]

 

In the parliament, the (Shia) National Coalition met yesterday, including PM Abadi and Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari, and discussed Iraq’s options towards Turkey’s move. The Coalition suggested an economic boycott and a complaint to the UN Security Council but said a military response is not an option because Iraqi forces are busy fighting Daesh.

 

Meanwhile, the new and controversial Sunni coalition called the “High Coordinating Committee,” believed to be one of the instigators of this crisis, held its first official meeting. It then issued a statement calling for the resolution of the Ninewa crisis through dialogue and for the liberation of areas held by Daesh through “reliance on their own sons.” The statement also raised the bloc’s opposition to Iranian influence in Iraq and expressed concern for the future of areas liberated from Daesh, saying that the original displaced inhabitants of those areas had the right to return but expressing concern that this right could be usurped by the militias that seize the areas from Daesh. [Mada] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s a logical conclusion that “reliance on their own sons” means a Ninewa solution to the Daesh problem that leaves the Iraqi government out, and leaves Ninewa outside Baghdad’s control. Implicitly, this links the High Coordinating Committee to the National Mobilization Forces and to former Governor Nujaifi. Nujaifi of course is accused of being a virtual Daesh collaborator while in office and in some minds turned the province over to Daesh, getting deposed by the Iraqi parliament as a result. Blaming it all on the Iranians and on Shia militias is standard Baathist propaganda to distract Sunnis from the real power play that is going on. Iran is a big problem in Iraq but it is not the only country contributing to Iraq’s problems.

 

Moqtada al-Sadr has called for the UN Security Council to issue a strongly worded resolution that Turkey withdraw its forces, in remarks to the media, saying also that Iraq has become an arena for conflict between regional powers and needed “a new war” to rid itself of the multiple foreign “occupations” of its soil. [Sumaria]

 

At the local level the Baghdad Governorate Council voted to boycott Turkish goods and avoid making contracts with Turkish firms. [Sumaria]

 

For his part, former Governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi denied that he had invited Turkish forces into Ninewa. He alleged that Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi had “verbally” invited the Turkish troop presence. However, an MP from Ninewa, Ahmad Abdullah Al-Jubouri has in turn accused Al-Nujaifi of “having a role” in the deployment of Turkish forces to Ninewa to train the National Mobilization Front. Al-Jubouri also said, however, that the claim that “the Baghdad and Erbil [KRG] governments and [Iraqi] national security were not aware of the entry of Turkish forces is a lie and a fabrication.”

Meanwhile, a former Ninewa Operations Commander accused Nujaifi of selling Mosul to Turkey after he sold it to Daesh. He says Nujaifi formed forces outside government control and that these forces were made up of criminals implicated in attacks on civilians in Ninewa.

The current Ninewa Governor requested an emergency meeting of the Ninewa Governorate Council to take a position on the presence of Turkish forces in Bashiqa. [BasNews] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. The meeting could be a turning point one way or the other, and will perhaps serve to separate the loyalists from the plotters. A prior concern could be the attendance, however, as the meeting can’t be held in Daesh-controlled Mosul and the location of the alternative venue could affect which members come.

 

The Sunni House for Ifta’, an important Sunni religious authority, expresses its rejection of Turkish troops in Iraq and says Sunni Iraqis will carry their weapons and fight foreign forces that try to violate the national borders of Iraq. [Etejah]

 

A spokesman for the KRG Peshmerga ministry stated that the Peshmerga would not intervene in Iraqi-Turkish fighting if the crisis took a military turn, saying that the crisis had escalated farther than it should have given that Turkey has conducted training of Ninewa police and militias in northern Iraq before. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. This was a Gorran-managed ministry but the Gorran ministers remain excluded from the KRG government due to the ongoing dispute. The statement more likely reflects a KDP viewpoint.

 

After all the conflicting words, the spokesman of the High Coordination Committee says Turkey will withdraw its troops from Bashiqa within the next few hours. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Assuming this turns out to be true, we don’t know how a Sunni MP would know about Turkey’s plans.   

 

Security developments

The Judicial Council spokesman says the Central Criminal Court sentenced to death the leader of the Military Council of Revolutionaries in Baghdad, a Baathist armed group that claimed responsibility for many terrorist attacks, and sentenced four of his comrades to life in prison. [PUKMedia]

 

The spokesman of Kata’eb Hezbollah denied the allegations yesterday by a Sunni MP that the KH is kidnapping Sunnis. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi forces killed 2 Daesh members and destroyed a hideout north of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Security forces defused 4 IEDs in Tarmiya District in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces with rockets in the Albu Aziz area north of Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Saba’ Al-Bor in northern Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding seven others. [Baghdadia]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a woman near her house in Husseiniya in north Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area of Suleikh, northeast Baghdad, killing one and wounding five. [Mada]
  • Three Ministry of Education employees were injured when a sticky IED exploded on their vehicle as they passed through the Shaab area in northeast Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in the Kifah area of central Baghdad, killing two and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in the Baiyaa area of southeast Baghdad, killing one person and injuring seven. [Mada]
  • An IED in the Hay Al-Saha area of Dora in south Baghdad, killing one person and injuring six. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in Rasheed District in south Baghdad wounding two civilians. [Sumaria]
  • Iraqi forces seized a “large quantity” of arms in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A mortar shell fell on the Radwaniya area west of Baghdad, killing a woman and injuring three of her children. [Baghdadia]

ANBAR

Ramadi

Iraqi forces have cleared the former Anbar Operations Command headquarters in Ramadi District, the IWMC says. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi forces have completely cleared the Al-Tameem area of Daesh, a security source said, while the IWMC announced that the area would be cleared “in the coming few hours.” [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi troops raised the Iraqi flag on the Al-Qassem Bridge between Tameem and Humaira. [Mada]

A video of Iraqi Rapid Intervention forces in Tameem. [Ghadeer]

 

Iraqi Rapid Intervention forces attacked Daesh sites east of Ramadi, killing “tens” of Daesh members, the IWMC says. [Baghdadia]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces destroyed six Daesh hideouts, a vehicle and 34 IEDs in East Hsaiba east of the city and killed many Daesh fighters. [Mada]

 

Falluja

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh terrorist in the Dhira’ Dijla area north of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 60th Brigade unit killed a terrorist and wounded another in the Auda Al-Shukur area east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 24th Brigade unit killed 5 Daesh fighters and destroyed a house and a vehicle in Lihaib east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 3 terrorists and destroyed 2 hideouts and a vehicle in Qarma district. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh publishes two photos of targeting an Iraqi Army building in Rashad in Qarma with a 23mm cannon. [JustPaste]

A video of PMFs shelling Daesh in Qarma with mortars [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of agriculture in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

An Iraqi warplane struck the Al-Kasriyat area west of Ramadi, killing “tens” of Daesh members including a local Daesh emir, a Jazeera Operations commander said. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IWMC says the IAA

  • destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory and four vehicle bombs in several airstrikes west of Samarra; [Ghad]
  • destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles trying to sneak into the Himrin Mountains area; [Ghad] and

–      destroyed two Daesh hideouts in the Himrin Mountains area, killing many Daesh members. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes a video of a Saudi suicide terrorist who used to work for an American company working with the Saudi Army, then decided to join Daesh and later detonated himself in Baiji. [Archive]

 

Tikrit

Iraqi forces and PMFs repelled a Daesh attack in the Allas oil field area east of Tikrit, killing four Daesh militants. Six PMF fighters were injured in the clashes. [Mada]

 

Coalition planes targeted Daesh sites in two raids north of Tikrit, the IWMC said. [Mada]

 

Shirqat

The IWMC says Coalition airplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in Shirqat, destroying 4 oil tanker bombs, 3 vehicle bombs and 2 construction shovels and killing several Daesh members. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos of whiplashing a cigarette smuggler. [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

The IWMC says the IAA targeted Daesh near Allas and Ajil oil fields, killing many terrorists and destroying a hideout, a construction shovel, a vehicle bomb and another vehicle in addition to a rocket launcher. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked 6 PMF barracks in Allas oil field and killed 40 PMFs before retreating safely. [Dump]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a displaced Sunni man in Tuz. [Mada]

A security source says unknown armed men kidnapped a school headmaster in Tuz. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh publishes photos of its military training in Diyala. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya

An Iraqi policeman was injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen believed to be affiliated with Daesh, at a checkpoint in the Muqdadiya area. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle and a construction shovel in Udhaim. Daesh also says its terrorists clashed with Iraqi forces in another area in Udhaim without giving more details. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Sunni houses destroyed by PMFs in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

The PUK-affiliated chair of the Kirkuk GC Energy Committee has accused the Iraqi Interior Minister of singling out Kirkuk for a “war” by allegedly withholding funds necessary for governorate expenses. The governorate will pay police salaries of 11,000 personnel from local sources this month, he said, calling on Baghdad to release the funds earmarked for the Kirkuk provincial budget. At the same time the council member called on the KRG to send funds to Kirkuk, on the grounds that Kirkuk sends 300,000 barrels per day to global markets through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, but the KRG has not responded. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems to reflect the earlier-reported power struggle between MoI and Kirkuk over who has authority to hire and fire the Chief of Police. MoI was withholding budget money for police as a result of that dispute.

 

A PUK official says Coalition airplanes launched intensive airstrikes on Daesh weapons storehouses in Al-Zab in Hawija, killing or wounding many terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

A Kirkuk police commander says local police and Asayesh arrested 7 men wanted on terrorism charges, in the Hay Al-Shaabi area. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 3 members of the Naqshbandi group for refusing to renew the allegiance to Daesh leader. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The Naqshbandi group is a pro-Baathist group that was one of Daesh’s staunch allies at the beginning, but later there were clashes and this is not the first report of Daesh executing group members. A likely explanation behind this fallout is that the Naqshbandis are Sufis. Daesh needs them but opposes their theology, and they execute some Sufis (sometimes accusing them of being “wizards”) and destroy Sufi shrines.

 

A security source says unknown armed men in a pick-up vehicle shot and killed two Iraqi Army captains east of Kirkuk. [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition planes struck Daesh targets in government buildings in the Qayara area, south of Mosul, killing and wounding 30 Daesh members, a security source in Ninewa said. At one site the majority of the 18 found dead were of foreign Arab nationalities, a security source said. [Mada] [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Coalition airplanes destroyed a Daesh convoy near Qayara, killing many Daesh terrorists. [PUKMedia]

He also says Coalition airstrikes on several areas between Makhmur and Qayara killed 35 Daesh fighters and wounded eight. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of some of the bombing on Qayara. [JustPaste]

Daesh says Coalition airplanes launched 13 airstrikes on Qayara since last night. Daesh says there were no human casualties in the airstrikes. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video message from one of its terrorists (from Mauritius). The video also shows the life of the terrorist’s family in Mosul. [Archive]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the Coalition bombing on the Al-Khan village in Hasaka yesterday and says at least ten civilians were killed including women and children. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Coalition planes struck Daesh positions in a village near Al-Hawl east of Hasaka, destroying several homes and injuring an undetermined number of civilians. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Democratic Forces attack in the western countryside of Al-Hawl. Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists attacked the SDF with two vehicle bombs, killing or wounding many and forcing the rest to retreat. [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing the YPG in Mount Abdulaziz, 22 miles from Hasaka city. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a video message from its Tunisian terrorists in Hasaka Governorate. The video talks about the recent attack in Tunis and ends with executing a Syrian soldier. [Dabiq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Tabaqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

Daesh says it stopped 3 attacks by Syrian armed groups on the Qara Kobri village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes two photos and a video of the results of Russian bombing on a grain silo and a market north of Raqqa. Daesh says a woman was killed and 3 wounded in the airstrike on the market. [JustPaste] [JustPaste] [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says Syrian airplanes and helicopters bombed areas north of the Kowaires airbase preparing for a ground attack. [A3maq]

Fighting has resumed between the YPG and FSA-affiliated factions on the one hand, and Al-Nusra Front and allied factions on the other, in the countryside north of Aleppo, a militia spokesman from the Syrian Front has said. [ARA]

 

Russian and Syrian planes conducted airstrikes around Aleppo, leaving a “massacre” behind, ARA News reports, without specifying the number of civilian casualties. [ARA]

 

Central and West

Daesh says it killed 7 Syrian soldiers and destroyed a soldiers’ carrier north of Al-Qaryatayn in eastern Homs. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

East

Daesh executes three civilians from the Shaitat tribe in Deir Ez-Zor, accusing them of joining other Syrian armed groups. Daesh arrested more civilians in Mayadin and Baqris in eastern Deir Ez-Zor countryside. Daesh moved its headquarters to civilian locations in Deir Ez-Zor after the Coalition intensified its airstrikes on the area. [Qasioun]       

 

South

Residents of the Daesh-held Yarmouk Camp south of Damascus have held demonstrations calling for relief from the siege by the Syrian Army that the camp has endured for 888 days, calling attention to the deteriorated conditions. (There are reports about people starving in this camp.) The demonstration came amid unconfirmed reports that a new agreement would see the Daesh forces redeploying away from the camp. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Yemen.  Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Yemeni Central Security armored vehicle in Hadhramaut, killing two security members. [A3maq]

 

Egypt.  An Egyptian Army officer and three other soldiers were killed and four other soldiers wounded when an IED exploded on an armored vehicle in Rafah. [Youm7]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]

 

Libya.  Local sources in Sirte say a Daesh Sudanese member assaulted two female students in Sirte University without giving them a reason. It was reported, however, that Daesh was holding a lecture at the university and the students didn’t attend. The sources also say Daesh vehicles are patrolling the city without turning up the vehicle lights. [AfriGate]

Local leaders from Ajdabiya met with military officials and decided to launch a military campaign against the “radicals” in the city and its outskirts on December 15. [AfriGate]

Daesh publishes photos of its “education” sessions for mosque imams in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Morocco. The Morocco Ministry of Interior says security forces arrested a “dangerous” Daesh member in Burkan who was planning for terrorist attacks in coordination with Daesh leaders in Iraq and Syria. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Mosul University’s Students page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/abo__ANS__

https://twitter.com/ALLALLA___

https://twitter.com/ttrr34450880

https://twitter.com/e_n_o_0

https://twitter.com/salamgeer9

 

December 7, 2015

 

San Bernardino Victims

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

The news is dominated by the movement of Turkish troops into Ninewa. This is bitterly opposed by Prime Minister Abadi and the government of Iraq. It was apparently facilitated by President Barzani of the KRG, but his actions are under fire from the other major KRG political parties. It’s a huge development with potentially disastrous consequences, but the mainstream media have so far missed the story and its significance.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Conflicting reports and arguments abound in the crisis between Turkey and Iraq over Turkey’s sudden deployment of tanks and soldiers to Bashiqa east of Mosul.

The Iraqi Prime Minister and his supporters offered tough talk: Abadi has requested that Ankara furnish “any evidence” that Iraqi’s central government was told about the deployment of Turkish troops to Iraq before they arrived. He again rejected the presence of Turkish forces on Iraqi soil and demanded their immediate withdrawal. Abadi also repeated recent allegations that Turkey is involved in Daesh’s smuggling of Iraqi oil. He reportedly instructed the Iraqi air forces to be “prepared to protect the homeland and to protect the sovereignty of Iraq.”

The CoR Security and Defense Committee suggested that the Turkish deployment is in place to protect transit lines for Daesh oil. Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said that Iraq has limited its response to bilateral diplomatic channels but could “resort to other options” if Turkey does not withdraw its troops within 48 hours. This could include “internationalizing the issue with international organizations, the Security Council and the international community.” [Mada][Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Sumaria]

PMF leaders held a joint meeting to support the Iraqi government’s opposition to the Turkish troop presence in Ninewa and demanded a “firm response” from the government. They also said “all options are open” if Turkey insists on its position. [Mada]

The General Secretary of the Badr Organization has called for mass popular demonstrations for Iraqi “sovereignty” on Friday, while threatening that Turkish tanks “will be destroyed on their [the Turks] heads.” [Sumaria]

The IFP Commander denied reports that PM Abadi had given orders to bomb the Turkish troops in Bashiqa. [Mawazin]

 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister said that the deployment came at Iraq’s request to conduct training exercises with unspecified security forces in the area. A spokesman for the new Sunni coalition just created at a conference in Amman (and sharply criticized by other Sunnis), called the High Coordinating Committee, said Turkish forces were deployed following an agreement between Iraq and Turkey involving PM Abadi and former Ninewa Governor Osama Al-Nujaifi.

DaeshDaily comment. This is the governor who was deposed by the CoR and suspected of being too close to Daesh prior to the fall of Mosul.

According to vaguely defined Kurdish citizen sources and a retired Peshmerga officer, Turkish troops have been present since 2014 in multiple areas of Iraqi Kurdistan to train Iraqi Arabs and the Peshmerga. (video) [Sumaria].

DaeshDaily comment. As the “Iraqi Arabs” don’t include any government forces, this probably refers to the independent and Baathist-linked National Mobilization Forces in Ninewa, linked to deposed Governor Nujaifi and the KRG and shunned by the Iraqi government.      Notwithstanding all the hostile objections, however, a Turkish official says, on condition of anonymity, that the Turkish troops in Bashiqa are there to stay. [Arabi21]

 

High-level Iraqi sources insist that Turkey’s agreement with Saddam allowing Turkish troops into northern Iraq was no longer valid. That agreement permitted Turkish troops to enter 25 km (15.5 miles) within Iraqi territory to pursue the PKK. The same sources were “shocked” to discover that the current Turkish deployment is 100 km (62 miles) inside Iraq.

An independent Sunni MP, Mithal Al-Alusi, stated that the deployment took place under an agreement reached between Ankara and Baghdad as far back as 2007, but it only allowed Turkey to go 25 km (15.5 miles) or less inside the border (the same as during Saddam’s days). Nouri Al-Maliki, who was Prime Minister at the time, has denied Al-Alusi’s assertion. [BasNews] [PUKMedia] [Rudaw] [Mada]

 

Turkey’s Daily Sabah claimed that the Turkish troops were present in Ninewa for up to two years before the present crisis and had sought to expand their deployment in Iraq. Several Sunni MPs have come forward saying they knew about the Turkish presence in northern Iraq and either supported it or demanded that the federal government take action to end it.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper has reported that the number of Turkish troops deployed to Bashiqa has reached 2,000. [SotKurdistan] A video of Turkish forces heading to Ninewa. [YouTube]

 

Iraq’s Ministry of Defense announced that its Turkish counterpart has issued an invitation to Iraq’s Defense minister to visit Ankara, but the Iraqi MoD said that would be contingent on progress in the present crisis. Masoud Barzani, the KRG president, will visit Turkey on Wednesday, in a visit which his staff says had been planned before the current crisis erupted. [Rudaw] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Barzani’s probable complicity in this situation makes this not just an Iraq vs. Turkey crisis, but also an Iraq vs. Kurdistan crisis. However, the hostile reaction from legislators in the Kurdish parliament representing the Gorran party and the PUK suggest that Barzani has done this on his own and that Kurdish support may be confined to the KDP. (See the report below under Kurdistan)

 

It appears that neither Barzani nor the Turkish leadership anticipated the immediate firestorm caused by this move, which, as we reported late Friday (actually Saturday morning), was trumpeted blatantly by Mahmoud Soraci, the Kurdish spokesman for the National Mobilization Forces. The Kurds responded to the bad reaction by firing and then arresting Soraci the next day.

 

The US Special Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, has arrived in Baghdad for talks with top Iraqi officials, the Coalition has announced. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. McGurk and Obama have been put in a difficult position. This development seriously threatens the President’s strategy. Supporting Iraq in this crisis, as it should, it will find itself on opposite sides from Barzani and Coalition partner Erdogan.

      The potential fallout if this situation is allowed to continue is huge and entirely sad.

Iraq would be unable to get its country back. The Ninewa separatists who want to make Ninewa a separate region will have Turkish and at least KDP support, though also serious opposition within Ninewa. The KRG would be able to annex all the disputed areas in Ninewa, leaving the rest of Ninewa to the separatists or whoever. Many Sunni Arabs in Daesh-controlled and Daesh-threatened areas would be so enraged about the government’s failure to protect Iraq’s territorial integrity that they may turn decisively against it. The Turks and other Arab nations who have conspired against Shia-majority Iraq would win. The fallout would be a huge boost to Daesh, and probably to Iran. Iraqis would blame the whole disaster on the US.

      The US may be the only country that can make the key players back down, though European and UN support would be important. Iraq as we know it could cease to exist without major support from the United States. 

 

Other political developments

Iraqi and American military sources have repeated the assertion that US forces are in Iraq just to train Iraqi troops. A video shows US troops training Iraqi forces to deploy floating bridges (video). [Sumaria]

 

The general secretary of the Badr Organization says it will target any American base in Iraq. He also announced that Badr “will not permit” the partition or breakup of the country. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: Even amidst a huge crisis with Turkey, the Badr leadership has time to spew more of its anti-US rhetoric.

 

The German government has pledged to build five new hospitals in Sinjar, and has set aside 70 million euros to support Iraq, the German Foreign Minister has announced at a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad. The German FM praised what he said were Iraqi’s “brave suggestions” for national reconciliation and the fight against Daesh. The German FM, who will visit Iraqi Kurdistan tomorrow, also announced his country will also increase the number of soldiers and trainers it is deploying to the Kurdistan region of Iraq. [Sumaria] [Mada] [Rudaw]

 

Military developments

A Sunni member of the CoR’s Security and Defense Committee says Kata’eb Hezbollah kidnapped many Sunni civilians from the Bzaibiz bridge and the Razzaza lake. [Ghad]

 

An independent CoR member says there is strong evidence that Turkish planes dropped weapons and even food supplies to Daesh. [KNN]

 

An Iraqi Army 22nd Brigade unit, based on information obtained from a captured terrorist, found and defused 8 IEDs and other explosives in Tarmiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit defused 5 IEDs in the Khamsa Donem area in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded on a Sahwa checkpoint in Tarmiya north of Baghdad, killing two Sahwa fighters and wounding three others. [Baghdadia]
  • A teacher was killed when unknown armed men fired guns fitted with silencers on him as he left his home in the Naji area north of Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Unknown armed men abducted a Health Ministry employee in the al-Amin area of east Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded near an ice cream shop in Mashtal in east Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five. [Mada]
  • A sticky IED exploded on a civilian car in Jurf Al-Nadaf south of Baghdad carrying Trade Ministry employees, killing one and wounding two. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in the Al-Amel district south of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • Two unidentified bodies bearing gunshot wounds were discovered in the Latifiya area south of Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A car bomb exploded in Latifiya, destroying a small bus and killing a civilian and wounding five. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded in the Direa area of Mada’in, south of Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding six others. [Baghdadia]
  • Security sources arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in the Nafaq Al-Shurta area in west Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Two mortar shells fell in the Akrkouf area west of Baghdad, injuring three civilians. [Baghdadia]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The head of the Khaldiya District Council security committee has cited understaffing in the technical cadre required to defuse bombs and booby-trapped houses as the reason for the delay in the Iraqi forces’ advance on Ramadi. [Mada]

 

Iraqi police forces cleared several homes in the Tal Masoud area east of Ramadi, destroying four Daesh barrel bombs. [Baghdadia]

 

The Tameem area southwest of Ramadi is “80 percent” liberated from Daesh, the Anbar police commander has announced. [Sumaria]

 

A Daesh communications official was killed along with four of his associates in Iraqi security forces operations to clear areas around Ramadi, an Anbar Operations Command source said. [Mada]

 

Iraqi troops destroyed 17 IEDs in Jaraishi and 4 in Albu Aitha north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed two Daesh targets and found a weapons and explosives storehouse in Tameem. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh shot at Iraqi troops in Humaira east of Ramadi killing an Iraqi soldier. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition airplanes flew 6 sorties over different areas in Anbar killing many terrorists and destroying 12 combat locations, 6 heavy machine guns, 6 IEDs, 3 hideouts, a vehicle and weapons storehouses. [IWMC Report]

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition airplanes bombed Daesh in Albu Ali Al-Jassem and Albu Farraj north of Ramadi killing many Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition planes, stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Chlaib west of Ramadi, killing dozens of Daesh terrorists including several suicide bombers and destroying a vehicle, a hideout with 17 terrorist in it, and 4 motorcycles. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

A security source says Coalition airplanes bombed a house in Hay Al-Risala in Falluja city, killing 6 Daesh members. [Mawazin]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 9 Daesh fighters and destroyed 2 vehicles in Qarma District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of targeting an Iraqi Army location in Ameriyat Al-Falluja with a 12.5 mm weapon. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command destroyed 70 IEDs and defused 40 booby-trapped houses and cleared 40 more houses and 10 streets east of Baghdadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says his troops shot down two Daesh recon drones, one in Albu Hayat and the other in Barwana. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh in the Makhoul Mountains area killing four terrorists. [Etejah]

 

The IAF destroyed a Daesh cannon and a vehicle and killed 8 Daesh members north of Fatha, across the river from Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

A PMF source says PMFs stopped a large Daesh attack in the Harariyat area. The source says Daesh fighters crossed the river in boats in an attempt to attack Baiji. [Ghad]

 

Baiji is “secured,” the PMF spokesman has announced, saying that the forces have cleared a 16 km radius around the town, and adding that the PMFs are preparing “big surprises” for future operations after the clearing of the Makhoul Mountains north of Tikrit. [Mada]

Plans are being laid for recapturing northern Salahuddin Governorate, the Salahuddin Operations Commander said, seemingly a reference to Shirqat. [Mada]

 

Shirqat

Daesh has executed five civilians in Shirqat on charges of collaborating with the security forces. [PUKMedia]

 

A security source says Iraqi planes bombed a Daesh explosives factory in southwest Shirqat District, killing 3 Daesh members. [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh executed four civilians in Shirqat after unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh commander. [Ghad]

 

Tikrit

The PMF media says PMFs stopped a Daesh attack southwest of Awja and destroyed 3 vehicles. [Etejah]

 

Samarra

Iraqi Sukhoi jets destroyed two car bomb and IED factories west of Samarra, while another raid destroyed four car bombs in Jazeera Samarra, the IWMC announced. Up to 30 Daesh militants were killed in IAF raids in the area, including 15 bomb-making experts who had joined Daesh after traveling from France. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi 74th Infantry Brigade troops destroyed 35 IEDs in Sayyed Gharib. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAA killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Jazeera Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh says it detonated an IED near a police officer’s house in Baquba and when security forces arrived it detonated another IED, killing two policemen and wounding two. [JustPaste]

 

A joint Police, Military, and PMF operation has destroyed a Daesh “secret encampment” in the Matibija area on the Diyala–Salahuddin provincial border, Iraqi police in Diyala have announced, saying that the operation came as a result of intelligence obtained by Iraqi security forces and adding that the forces destroyed 25 jerry-cans of C4 explosives that were discovered at the site. [Sumaria] [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala

Dijla Operations Command troops launched a search operation near Udhaim and found a vehicle bomb, a boat, 50 IEDs and a tractor. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in Udhaim with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Diyala. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says Daesh arrested dozens of former Sahwa fighters in different areas in Hawija district. The Sahwa members had “repented” earlier and paid 250 USD each to Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has executed two youths in Hawija on charges of collaborating with the Iraqi security forces, a Kirkuk security source said. Daesh arrested an unspecified number of locals after news circulated of contacts with the PMFs and the Peshmerga. [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists killed a man in the Himrin Mountains area who was trying to escape from Hawija. [Mada]

 

Iraqi SWAT forces arrested a Daesh member in southern Kirkuk in an operation based on “precise intelligence information,” a Kirkuk security source said, adding that the detainee had been transferred to the judicial system. [Sumaria]

 

Gunmen in military garb stole a vehicle from a Civil Defense officer’s home in Kirkuk city and detained his brother before releasing him hours later. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition planes and Peshmerga artillery launched coordinated attacks on Daesh-held positions east of Mosul, killing and wounding tens of Daesh militants, a local source said. Coalition bombs also targeted a Daesh site at Mosul University, two sites in the Rashidiya area, in the Ramousi area south of Sinjar, killing 15 Daesh members and destroying three vehicles, a local source in Mosul said. [Mada] [PUKMedia]

 

Unknown armed men in the Tammouz area, west Mosul, shot six Daesh members to death with guns fitted with silencers, eyewitnesses said. In a separate attack in the Shuhada area, members of an anti-Daesh armed group shot dead a Syrian Daesh leader known as Firas Khalil Hazima, also using firearms with silencers.  [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh member in the Wadi Okab industrial area west of Mosul.  [KM Facebook Page]

 

Daesh has executed the brother of an Iraqi MP in Mosul, a local source said. Yousif Muhammad Salman Al-Ubaidi, the brother of MP Jamila Muhammad Al-Ubaidi, was shot dead in a public execution on Mosul’s East Bank on Monday. Daesh has also reportedly executed three doctors west of Mosul for refusing to work for Daesh, a security source in Ninewa police said.  [BasNews] [PUKMedia] [PUKMedia]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed another mosque imam in Mosul for refusing to pledge allegiance to Daesh. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh has conducted an arrest campaign since Sunday targeting retired military officers, arresting more than 50, a PUK spokesman said. [PUKMedia]

 

Photos of Christian refugees who fled Mosul for Erbil [Rudaw]

 

Coalition airplanes bombed Daesh in Mosul and Tal Afar, killing 8 terrorists and destroying 2 heavy machine guns and 3 locations. [IWMC Report]

 

Northwest Ninewa

A local source says Coalition airplanes bombed a Daesh major stronghold near the Waliyia gas station, killing or wounding 20 terrorists. [Mada]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A Gorran member in the KRG parliament says the decision to let Turkish troops enter Iraq was a partisan decision, an obvious reference to Barzani, and it was not approved by the KRG parliament. A PUK member says what happened violates international law and it comes within Turkey’s desire to recreate the glory days of the Ottoman empire. [ROJ] [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. The expressed opposition of Gorran and PUK leaders would seem to expose this military collaboration with Turkey as coming from Barzani and maybe the KDP but not from the KRG as a whole. Gorran and PUK would need to back this up with official party positions.

 

Iraqi civil aviation authorities in Baghdad halted all air traffic to Erbil and Suleimaniya airports for 48 hours, ending at 10 pm local time on December 8th, says the director of Erbil airport, saying that Baghdad cited the anticipated flight of Russian missiles over IKR airspace. He noted that the closure would cost Erbil International Airport alone US$322,000 each day. Given the circumstances surrounding the Turkish troop movement into Ninewa, the airport administration has doubts about the explanation and suggested that political factors could be at play. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit. Four suspects were arrested in Suwaira in northern Wasit Governorate on terrorism charges, a Wasit police commander says, adding that one suspect was arrested while allegedly heading to Baghdad to carry out terrorist attacks.  [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish authorities say they arrested 9 people, including 7 foreigners, trying to sneak into Syria. The authorities sent the two Turks to court, accusing them of supporting Daesh, and the 7 foreigners will be deported. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

There are sharply conflicting accounts about the bombing of Al-Khan village in Hasaka Governorate, which reportedly killed 37 civilians and wounded 17. Activists say the area is under Daesh control but has no Daesh fighters left there; they held the Syrian Democratic Forces responsible for giving the wrong coordinates to the Coalition. [Anadolu] [Hasaka Youth Union] Local sources say Coalition Apache helicopters conducted the airstrikes on Al-Khan. [Qasioun] The Coalition has made no comment about the incident though one report says the US is investigating it. The Iranian Fars news agency suggests the British might have done the bombing.

DaeshDaily comment. The truth will emerge soon enough. However, we are suspicious of people who say a village is controlled by Daesh when they also say there are no Daesh fighters there to control it.

 

A new force has been announced to fight Daesh in Syrian Kurdish areas, to be known as H.A.T. (“Anti Terrorism Forces”), the PUK reports, providing little other detail. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. So far, the components of this new force are a mystery.

 

Daesh has struck the village of Buraz west of Kobane city with heavy shelling and mortar rounds, a PUK official says, adding that reports circulated of civilian casualties in the attack. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh shelled the Quba village southwest of Kobane, wounding three women. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Local sources say 32 Daesh members were killed in Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Daesh recaptures the town of Kufra after losing it to other armed groups. [Qasioun]

Daesh says Syrian armed groups, supported by Coalition airpower, attacked its terrorists in Kufra but it forced them to retreat after killing or wounding many of them. [Dump]

 

Jabha Shamiya publishes a video of some Daesh prisoners it captured. [YouTube]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attempt to advance east of the Kowaires airbase, killing ten soldiers and destroying a tank. [JustPaste]

Daesh also says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on the Juruf village north of Kowaires, after one of its suicide terrorists detonated a vehicle bomb on the Syrian troops killing or wounding many of them. [Dump]

Central and West

A short report about the Daesh oil market in Hama [All4Syria]

 

East

The Syrian government says Coalition airplanes bombed a Syrian Army camp in Deir Ez-Zor, killing 3 soldiers and wounding 13. [Welati] The Coalition denied it was behind the alleged airstrike.

 

Local sources say Daesh executed a media activist by cutting him in two, using two vehicles. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of airstrikes on civilian neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Egypt. Security sources say an IED exploded on a military armored vehicle in Arish on Sunday killing a soldier and wounding four. [Mogaz]

 

Libya. A Libyan military source says Libyan airplanes started a new air campaign against Daesh in Benghazi and Ajdabiya on Sunday. [AfriGate]

 

Afghanistan.  Daesh publishes a video message to Afghanistan. [Archive]

Daesh publishes a video of executing an Afghani soldier in Nangarhar. [Archive]  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Hasaka Youth Union page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/aljanob94

https://twitter.com/ASEER_15_

https://twitter.com/nmbyzz

https://twitter.com/abo_askndr1233

https://twitter.com/ahmad1salah80