An Update On ISIS Activities

December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018

 

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Daesh Landmines Found in West Anbar (DD Dec 8)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Baghdad’s famous Green Zone is reopened to public traffic.​​ [..]

Abd Ul-Madhi wants out of US-demanded role in Iran sanctions. [..]

Anbar government frustrated by slow reconstruction help from GOI. [..]

Seven Daesh operatives arrested in Mosul. [..]

Continuing Daesh pocket in Shura subdistrict draws concerns. [..]

KDP nominates Nechirvan Barzani for​​ KRG​​ President.​​ [..]​​ 

 

Syria

UN refugee plan reveals there are 5.6 million official Syrian refugees.​​ [..]

SDF holding 2,250 European prisoners their countries don’t want back. [..]

Iraq conducts airstrikes, artillery strikes on Daesh in Albu Kamal.​​ [..]

SDF, Coalition force Daesh out of Hajin Hospital area.​​ [..]

Iraqi, Uzbek Daesh fighters shoot each other ​​ in internal feud. [..]

Impending Hajin defeat unleashes Daesh propaganda barrage. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen:​​ 

Government, Houthis agree to an exchange of 15,000 prisoners. [..]

UN says 20,000,000 Yemenis need help. [..]

Nigeria:​​ Two Boko Haram attacks in NE Nigeria meet resistance. [..]

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

On Monday, the Green Zone, which had been closed and highly fortified since the 2003 US invasion,​​ was​​ finally opened​​ to public traffic. Reopening the Green Zone had been delayed several times​​ and​​ its​​ official​​ opening was​​ then​​ arranged to coincide with the anniversary of Iraq’s​​ victory over​​ Daesh. [Guardian]

The office of Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi released a statement saying that in a telephone conversation between Abd Ul-Mahdi and Vice President Pence, the US VP congratulated Iraq on behalf of the US government and President Donald Trump for opening the Green Zone to the public. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

Iraqi will meet the new year with heavy financial burdens following the war with Daesh, which​​ caused destruction in five​​ provinces​​ that will​​ cost​​ an​​ estimated $88 billion​​ to overcome. Iraq is heavily leaning on the donors​​ who pledged support at​​ the Kuwait Conference​​ to​​ reconstruct the country. US companies​​ are looking to gain a​​ large share of the investment opportunities​​ from​​ reconstruction. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Sot Al-Iraq​​ carried a summary of the recent CSIS report on Daesh’s persistence, as well as the follow-up​​ Financial Times​​ article, both of which were recently covered in​​ DaeshDaily. However, the article also included quotes from a Kurdish security official and Center for Security Information spokesman​​ General​​ Yahya Rasul, who agreed that the current fight was “an intelligence war, not a military one,” which consists​​ of chasing Daesh​​ down​​ in their hideouts. Hisham Al-Hashemi, an Iraqi advisor on armed extremist groups, estimated that there were still “over 1,000” Daesh fighters in Iraq, with 500 of them in desert and mountain areas. [SotIraq]

 

The Central Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh terrorist to death.​​ He​​ had​​ transported​​ two​​ suicide attackers who​​ staged a deadly​​ attack​​ on​​ the​​ Al-Meridi​​ Market in Sadr​​ City in 2016. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

PM Abd Ul-Mahdi stated on Tuesday that Iraq was not part of the US sanctions against Iran. He said that an Iraqi delegation would go to Washington to resolve the issue. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh said it shot​​ out​​ and destroyed an Iraqi Army thermal camera in the Albu Firas area, in Meshahda, Tarmiya, on Sunday. [ICDNDec11]

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units in the 6th​​ Army Division infiltrated a​​ 3-member​​ Daesh cell in Mansour.​​ One​​ was arrested in Dora, before the other​​ two​​ were lured out and arrested by surprise. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

The Anbar​​ provincial government​​ criticized the weak performance of the central government and the reconstruction fund, saying that their efforts​​ were far below​​ adequate. It says that the main efforts to​​ return IDPs​​ to their homes​​ were made by the UN (rather than the central government). It also says that the level of destruction reached 80% in some areas of Anbar, such as Ramadi. [BasNews]

 

Falluja

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units in the 10th​​ Army Division found and destroyed a large explosives and ammunition cache in the olive orchards of Khalidiya Island. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded policemen and destroyed a vehicle with 2 IEDs near the Baghdad bus station in Falluja city, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Hit

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says its units in the 10th​​ Army Division arrested 2 Daesh fighters in an ambush in Tal Aswad, in the Albu Nimr Desert in northern Hit. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Daesh said it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in T1 village, near Al-Qa’im, with 5 82mm mortar shells, on Monday. [ICDNDec11]

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Iraqi Army 7th​​ Division units killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed tunnels and hideouts in the desert near Rutba. The source said the units also destroyed large quantities of IEDs and land​​ mines. The source sent us photos of the explosives.

 

Daesh said it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the Kilo 40 area, eastern Rutba, with 3 SPG9 rockets, on Monday. [ICDNDec11]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF units shot and killed 2 Daesh terrorists, including 1 from Central Asia, in addition to a smuggler who was delivering food items to the terrorists near the Hawi Shakhir area​​ near Shabali.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that PMF units arrested a man who was smuggling food items, clothes, and mobile phone cards to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source said units followed the man and arrested him and his brother,​​ the​​ Daesh member who was waiting to receive the items.

 

Daesh said it targeted a “PMF gathering” in the Hajjaj area with a Katyusha rocket, on Monday. [ICDNDec11]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it had damaged a vehicle carrying IFP members with an IED near Allas oilfield, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The 133rd​​ PMF Brigade found a Daesh weapons warehouse in Albu​​ Jarub,​​ west of Samarra. The warehouses contained mortar shells, rockets, communications equipment, and explosives. [AIN]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed a PMF member and wounded another​​ near​​ the Sur Ashnas​​ historic​​ palace, a cultural heritage site north of Samarra city,​​ on Sunday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Security sources say Daesh is increasing​​ its​​ activities in Diyala, and is carrying out sniping operations that​​ the sources​​ say have killed several Army soldiers and police. The main area of operation is said to be between Abbara​​ (north of Baquba),​​ Zahra​​ (16 miles northeast of Baquba in Al-Waqf),​​ and Had Akhdher​​ (10.5 miles north of Baquba),​​ all of it being​​ a demographically mixed area where Daesh is trying to inflame sectarian differences. [BasNews]

 

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

A security source reported on Tuesday that a land mine explosion, followed by artillery fire, killed a policeman and injured 2 others during a patrol in Khanaqin. [BasNews]

 

Daesh published on Sunday photos of setting a factory and vehicles that belonged to an “Asayish intelligence member” on fire in the Qulay area, western Khanaqin. [ICDNDec8]​​ Daesh said it conducted the attack last Wednesday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it targeted the house of a Shi’i​​ in Mubarak village in Khanaqin with an IED, causing damages. [ICDNDec10]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it targeted the Shia village of Jizani, in Udhaim subdistrict,​​ Al-Khalis, with 3 81mm mortar shells. [ICDNDec11]

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNDec11]

 

KIRKUK

Dibis

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Jaqmaqa village, in Dibis, on Friday. [ICDNDec8]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Counter​​ Terrorism Service units, supported by Coalition planes, raided several locations in Hawija city and its surroundings and killed 2 Daesh terrorists and captured 4 others.

 

Daesh said it targeted “an IFP gathering” in Al-Salmani village, west of Riyadh, with 8 81mm mortar shells, on Monday. [ICDNDec11]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

The commander of the 31st​​ tribal PMF Regiment said that 2 tribal PMF fighters from the regiment had been killed by an IED targeting their patrol in the​​ village of Shayalah,​​ in the​​ Arab-majority​​ Qaraj subdistrict. The commander also pointed out that these are villages in the border area between Ninewa and Salahuddin provinces. [SotIraq]​​ 

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units prevented any vehicle coming from Mosul from entering the Hamdaniya area without a local guarantor. The source said the PMFs feared​​ a vehicle bomb attack in the area.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

The Ministry of the Interior said on Tuesday that 7 Daesh members had been arrested in various locations in the city of Mosul. It added that the detainees had been working for Daesh’s “security” and “Islamic Police” divisions. [Sumaria]

 

The Center for Security Information says that Army units killed 2​​ Daesh​​ fighters​​ who were​​ trying to place an IED near​​ the​​ Al-Nouri mosque in​​ Old Mosul. [Ghad]​​ [Buratha]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed an Iraqi Army officer and a soldier, wounded another soldier, and damaged a vehicle with a sticky IED near the German Hospital, on the road to Baghdad in west Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that many “dangerous” Daesh terrorists and commanders have returned to their houses in the Shura area. The source said that Shura was Daesh’s “launchpad” for areas south of Mosul, and is still filled with Daesh supporters. The source said that most of the attacks south of Mosul are planned in Shura.

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

The IFP says its 66th​​ Brigade​​ killed​​ 2 Daesh fighters​​ while they were placing IEDs on the Mosul-Badoush​​ Road, 1 of whom was wearing an explosives​​ belt.​​ A member of the Ninewa Security Committee also mentioned the incident in a press conference on Tuesday.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Buratha]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source also said on Tuesday that an Iraqi Army unit shot and killed 2 Daesh terrorists who were planting IEDs on the road between Badoush and Tal Afar.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A military source says 5 Daesh fighters attacked a checkpoint in Buwayr village, south of Hamra near the Mosul District border. 3 attackers were killed and 2 escaped. The​​ Army recovered the bodies of the 3 Daesh attackers. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information says that Army units found 7 old Daesh tunnels in the mountains near Sheikh Ibrahim. [Ghad]​​ [Buratha]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 121 families returned to their houses in​​ the Yazidi-majority village of​​ Hardan after an agreement was reached with Yazidi PMF units in the area.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The families in question may not be Yazidis but Arabs, whose return could be seen as a potential threat to Yazidis.​​ These are transitions that must be completed, however, if the IDP camps are to be finally emptied. Some families are still in IDP camps because of suspected loyalties to Daesh.

 

Sinjar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Yazidi PMFs allowed 30 Arab families who​​ had been​​ in a displacement camp in Hammam Al-Alil, to return to their houses in the Khana Sor​​ area​​ near the Syria border, after the families passed the required security check. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Yazidi PMF units defused 11 leftover Daesh IEDs on the road between Sinjar and Al-Shamal subdistrict.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that units belonging to Ansar Al-Marji’ya, a Shia PMF, withdrew from several areas in Hatra after military reinforcements from the Iraqi Army 9th​​ Division arrived in the area.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Putting Hatra’s security under the control of regular Army troops is a good idea, as Hatra is increasingly a conflict area and the PMF units successively assigned there have struggled at​​ times as Daesh activity increased. This is a desert area​​ on a key desert route to Syria​​ where Daesh needs to operate in order to continue its fight.

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ 2​​ PMF members were killed when an IED exploded on them on the road between Baaj and​​ the border town of​​ Tal Safouk.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack in the Tal Safouk area, killing 2 terrorists, including a commander.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

The Kurdistan Democratic Party nominated Nechirvan Barzani, the nephew of Masoud Barzani, for the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region. [BasNews] [Aawsat]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

On Tuesday, a representative of​​ President​​ Erdogan’s Justice and Development Part (AKP), Omar Celik, stated that the US announcement that the US would train 35,000-40,000 SDF troops had greatly offended Turkey. He said that Turkey did not see good intentions behind the project, and that it would immediately destroy any threat to its national security. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If Turkey’s military power matched the brashness of its threats, it would actually be dangerous.

 

Military & security developments

The​​ Governor of Rize​​ Province​​ in​​ northeastern Turkey,​​ on the Black Sea,​​ says that the province’s​​ head of​​ security was​​ shot and​​ killed. Police sources say the​​ murderer​​ is a local police officer. [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

US Special Envoy to Syria James Jeffery visited Gaziantep in Turkey, and met with refugees and CSO representatives. His delegation also visited US and Turkish military positions. [EnabBaladi]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Local media sources say that the Syrian government sentenced several opposition and jihadi figures to death​​ in absentia. Among these are Abu Mohammad Al-Julani, the leader of Tahrir Al-Sham, Essam Al-Buwaidhani, the leader of Jaish Al-Islam, and Abd Al-Nasr Shammir, head of the Rahman Corps. 40 others are also sentenced to death, mainly people from east Ghouta, on charges of shelling civilian areas in Damascus. [Qasioun]

 

A source close to the government says that the Syrian government is facing a financial crisis, since Syria’s oil fields are controlled by the Kurds and Americans, the gas fields by the Russians, and the phosphate mines by the Iranians.​​ 

The source​​ also​​ says that the government called on reserve soldiers (born between 1980 and 1985) for military service, and is preparing lists of reserves born between 1975 and 1980 to call upon. [ElDorar]

 

United Nations

The UNHCR announced a $5.5 billion plan to meet the Syrian refugee crisis. The campaign will cover the more than 5.6 million refugees registered with the UNHCR. The funds include support to refugee host countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The money is huge, but the number of refugees—5.6 million—is staggering. Remember also that UNHCR is counting only the official refugees—those who have registered with the UNHCR (which means the number is documented). The total number of Syrian refugees is higher.

 

Foreign policy

Middle East

Al-Jazeera’s website says that military personnel from UAE and Saudi Arabia toured SDF-held areas in​​ northern​​ Syria, including 3 areas near Manbij. These delegations reportedly are discussing the possibility of training armed groups​​ fighting​​ with the SDF​​ as well as​​ local militias. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

NPR​​ reported last Monday that​​ 44 mostly​​ European states have yet to repatriate widows and orphans who are their citizens who are now held in SDF detention centers in northern Syria due to involvement with Daesh. The SDF centers contain over 500 Daesh fighters and suspects, about 550 women, and about 1,200 children of Daesh fighters.​​ NPR​​ reported that the UK stripped some of the fighters of their citizenship, and that France agreed​​ to take in children of Daesh​​ members, but not their parents. [BasNews] [NPR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This reinforces a comment we made last week, that European countries don’t really want these people back in their countries, where they​​ would be​​ a security threat, but this leaves the SDF in the middle—and the SDF is not even a country​​ with any responsibility for these people.

 

Local sources say that the​​ PKK​​ released Said Awed, a Daesh commander arrested by the​​ PYD​​ in Al-Tayyana, Mayadin​​ District, for a ransom of $100,000. The “PYD” were said to have released over 40 Daesh fighters 3 months ago for large amounts of money. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Aside from the probability that the “local sources” are probably referring to the SDF and not the​​ PKK​​ or​​ ​​ PYD,​​ possibly betraying a propaganda purpose, we don’t believe the story anyway, conceding that Sumaria is usually reliable.

 

Northwest

Afrin

The YPG claimed responsibility for 2 attacks in Afrin against the pro-Turkish Sultan Murad militia. The first was an IED attack that killed a security officer for the militia;​​ the second was an attack on a military position that killed 1 militia fighter and wounded 2. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These small counter-attacks in Afrin have been increasing over time. The Turks and their paid friends took control of Afrin from the Kurds, but the price of success is starting to rise.

 

Manbij​​ 

Daesh said on Saturday it shot and killed an SDF member at the Al-Madfa’ security barrier in Manbij city. [ICDNDec8]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday that it killed or wounded SDF members in an ambush near Al-Kitab circle, in Manbij city. [A3maq]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Saturday that it killed two SDF members with a silenced gun in Hos village, in Al-Karama subdistrict, east of Raqqa city. [ICDNDec8]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The military spokesman for Tahrir Al-Sham, Abu Khalid Al-Shami, says the Syrian Army and its allied militias are mobilizing on the Idlib borders. He claims that fresh units from the 4th​​ Syrian Army Division and fighters from local militias that took part in the “national reconciliation process” with the government are arriving in the area. [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and wounded three SDF members, including a commander, in Hariji village, south of Al-Suwar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded seven SDF members after targeting their vehicle with machine guns in an ambush in Al-Shuhail town, on Sunday. [ICDNDec10] [A3maq]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Local media sources say that unidentified armed men killed 5 SDF soldiers in Dhiban. [Qasioun]

Daesh said it killed two SDF members and wounded two others, including a commander, in an ambush near Dhiban,​​ on Monday. [A3maq]

In a different version, Daesh said it shot and killed five SDF members after attacking their vehicle with machine guns at the Dhiban town market, on Monday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec11]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Airstrikes

Iraq announced that its planes carried out airstrikes on 2 Daesh positions in Al-Susah, 1 of which had 30 armed fighters, and the other 14. [Qasioun]​​ Al-Susah is on the Iraq border.

 

Meanwhile, according to a security source, Iraqi Army artillery shelled Daesh positions inside Syria, killing several Daesh fighters. The exact location of the shelling was unspecified or unknown but was presumably on the Syrian side of the Albu Kamal border. [Buratha]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Coalition planes killed 8 Daesh media officials in an airstrike near Hajin. The source also said that the planes killed several Daesh Uzbek terrorists in another airstrike.​​ Significantly, the source​​ also​​ said that SDF units were advancing in Hajin, while many Daesh terrorists were withdrawing toward Al-Sha’afa.​​ 

 

The Russian TV station​​ RT​​ says that Coalition planes mistakenly bombed SDF positions near Hajin. It reported that the bombardment killed or wounded 15 SDF fighters. The attack followed close-quarters fighting between Daesh and the SDF, after which the SDF captured​​ the​​ city’s hospital. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issued on Monday an infographic saying that between December 1 and December 10, Coalition planes conducted more than 230 airstrikes on Kashma, Al-Sha’afa, Al-Baghouz, and Al-Susah, killing more than 80 people, wounding 50, and destroying 4 mosques, 2 hospitals, and a water purification station. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These probably seem like non-military targets with innocent victims. As we often point out, however, they are the kinds of places typically taken over by Daesh as key military positions. If there really were 80 people killed, not a surprising number if there were 230 airstrikes as Daesh says, you can assume that all or almost all of them were Daesh fighters or other Daesh personnel, and possibly some of their family members.

 

Daesh said on Monday that Coalition planes targeted Hajin with more than 30 airstrikes. [A3maq]

Daesh said that 15 members of the same family were killed in a Coalition airstrike on houses in Al-Kashma village, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

A Coalition press release said that Daesh had used the Hajin Hospital as a base from which to engage Coalition partner forces (i.e. SDF), and in doing so, had forfeited the “protected status” otherwise afforded the hospital under the Geneva Conventions. [InherentResolve]

 

Hajin

The SOHR says that intense fighting continued in Hajin between SDF and Daesh, leaving casualties on both sides. The battles were accompanied by intense SDF artillery shelling on Daesh positions near the Al-Tanak oilfield. Coalition planes also attacked Daesh positions in and around Hajin, says the SOHR. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF sources said that intense battles were taking place around the Hajin hospital, leaving over 50 Daesh fighters killed. SDF defused 15 IEDs and destroyed a car bomb before it reaches its objective. [Hawar] Later stories indicated that the SDF had captured the hospital, which was being used by Daesh as a military installation.

 

The​​ SDF media office says​​ that the​​ SDF​​ stopped a Daesh counterattack in Hajin, killing 55​​ Daesh fighters and destroying 43 Daesh positions. [Hawar]

 

Local sources​​ said that​​ 2​​ SDF soldiers​​ were killed and 4 wounded in Daesh rocket shelling of​​ the​​ Hawama neighborhood, in Hajin. [Qasioun]

 

Conflict was reported between Iraqi and Uzbek members of Daesh, amid news that the Iraqis wanted to keep foreigners out of influential positions in the group. The conflict reportedly manifested after powers were granted to Abu Aisha Al-Anbari, the commander of the Kawaser Al-Anbar regiment, to the dissatisfaction of the Uzbek regiment, which engaged Kawaser Al-Anbar in a battle in Hajin that killed or wounded 16, including field commanders. Reportedly “Al-Baghdadi” envoys failed to contain the conflict. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it killed seven SDF members, wounded others, and stopped their attack “on the outskirts of” Hajin on Saturday evening. It also said it killed five more SDF members after it “lured” them to a land​​ mine field. It also said its snipers killed three fighters in the same area. Daesh said the SDF retreated from the area after the losses they sustained. [ICDNDec9] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh uses the term “on the outskirts of…” when it’s losing that city​​ or has already lost it. Later on, it will report victorious counterattacks, then victorious shelling and rocketing stories, then the city will disappear from Daesh reports pending terrorist attacks done by sleeper cells. ​​ 

Luring enemy soldiers into their land mine fields,​​ as well as​​ killing them with their snipers, are also stories most likely to spike when Daesh is losing.

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed seven SDF members and wounded others in another​​ attack on Hajin Hospital. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So, the SDF was “on the outskirts” of Hajin, and now suddenly it’s in the main hospital of the city​​ and being attacked by the always-victorious Daesh fighters who were occupying the hospital as a military installation a few days ago. Daesh is always victorious, even when it’s not.​​ 

 

Al-Bahra and Albu Kamal

Daesh said on Saturday that it killed or wounded at least 10 SDF members when it targeted 2 military positions in East Bahra village, just northwest of Hajin,​​ with 2 rockets. [ICDNDec8]

Daesh published photos of one of the attacks. [ICDNDec8]

Daesh said on Saturday it targeted “SDF gatherings” in East Bahra with 15 mortar shells. [ICDNDEc8]

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted the SDF in East Bahra with 30 120mm mortar shells and 7 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNDec9]

Daesh published on Monday photos of targeting East Bahra with mortars. [ICDNDec10]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This news item perfectly illustrates the sequence of Daesh propaganda stories designed to mask their defeats, noted two comments above. This is one of the “victorious shelling and rocketing stories.” Daesh lost control of Al-Bahra some time ago.

 

Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an SDF SUV with a rocket northeast of Al-Shaafa. [ICDNDec8]

Daesh said on Monday it destroyed a Syrian Army bus with a rocket near Albu Kamal city. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Monday it targeted Syrian Army position in Albu Kamal city and its outskirts with 42 120mm mortar shells. [ICDNDec10]

Daesh said on Monday it targeted Syrian Army positions in Al-Khairat village, north of Albu Kamal, with 8 mortar shells. [ICDNDec11]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Four more “victorious shelling and rocketing stories.”

 

South​​ 

No reports

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Lebanon’s​​ ​​ Minister of the Interior, Nihad Al-Mashnouq, says that Lebanese security personnel thwarted a Daesh operation to smuggle explosives into the country in cheese containers and assemble them inside Lebanon. The operation was exposed by an undercover Lebanese agent. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Yemen

Agence France Press​​ says that the Yemeni government and the Houthis have agreed​​ during their talks in Sweden​​ to exchange prisoners. The total number​​ of prisoners covered by​​ the agreement is 15,000,​​ including 8,200 from the government side. The exchange will be performed in stages in Sanaa, which is​​ controlled by​​ the​​ Houthis,​​ and​​ in​​ Seyoun​​ in the Hadhramaut Valley,​​ controlled​​ by the government. [Hawar]

 

The UN says​​ that​​ it needs $4​​ billion in 2019 to assist 20​​ million Yemenis. The UN says​​ that​​ although​​ the level of​​ fighting​​ has​​ decreased, there is no actual ceasefire on the ground. [Hawar]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded Egyptian Army members and damaged an M60 tank with 2 IEDs east of Arish. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it damaged an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED west of the Arish Airport, on Sunday. [ICDNDec10]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier at the Al-Ghaz security barrier, south of Arish, on Sunday. [ICDNDec11]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it wounded Egyptian Army members and destroyed their bulldozer with an IED in Rafah. [ICDNDec11]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that an Egyptian Army​​ howitzer​​ exploded​​ as​​ the​​ Army was shelling the “houses of the people” of Hay Al-Rasm, west of Rafah. [A3maq]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

France

French authorities reported that on Tuesday evening 1 person was killed and 6 civilians injured by gunfire in Strasbourg.​​ The Guardian​​ reported​​ in the same story that 2 were killed and at least 12 injured. [Sumaria] [Guardian]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Sunday it killed a policeman with machine guns and stole his weapon in Bakaara market in Mogadishu. [ICDNDec9]

 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a Somali intelligence member at a vegetable market in Afgooye city in​​ Lower Shebelle, about 25 km​​ (16 miles)​​ west of Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it shot and killed a Somali intelligence​​ officer​​ near the municipality office in Bosaso city. [A3maq]

 

Nigeria

Two​​ soldiers were killed on Saturday morning when suspected Boko Haram terrorists loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau attacked a military base at Gulumba village, northeast Nigeria, according to a security source. A second source said that a suicide bomber tried to infiltrate the base but was “neutralized” by troops.​​ The source also confirmed, however,​​ that 2 soldiers were killed and said that 2 others were injured. Last month, Shekau released a video claiming attacks against troops in Gulumba. [News24]

 

Nigerian soldiers intercepted a column of Boko Haram terrorists on Friday near a military base in​​ Jakana​​ town,​​ northeast Nigeria​​ in Borno State,​​ which started​​ a gunfight​​ that killed​​ 3​​ civilians,​​ according to​​ security sources.​​ A soldier was injured in the​​ gunfight.​​ [News24]

Daesh said it killed three Nigerian Army​​ soldiers​​ and wounded others in an attack on a military position in Jakana,​​ located​​ near Maiduguri, on Sunday. [ICDNDec11]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

An explosion in Kabul on Tuesday killed at least 6 people, including 4 security personnel, and wounded at least another 6. [Khaama]

 

The leader of Daesh’s Khurasan branch (aka ISIS-K) in Bati Kot district was killed on Monday in an Afghan Special Forces operation in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

On Tuesday, the Afghan armed forces said that they fought off 2 separate attacks by Daesh’s Khurasan branch in Kunar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued on Monday a propaganda video about the battles in the Hajin area. [ICDNDec10]

 

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