An Update On ISIS Activities

December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018

 

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Bridge Between Qayyara and Shirqat Collapsed (DD Dec 3)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Internal battle over remaining 8 minister posts rages on.​​ [..]

CSIS report says Daesh still has 20-30,000 fighters in Iraq & Syria, and Iraq attacks are increasing.​​ [..]

Bridge collapse creates danger zone on Shirqat-Qayara border. [..]

Daesh stages several small attacks across Salahuddin. [..]

Coalition airstrikes attack Daesh positions in Diyala, Tooz villages. [..]

Human Rights commission says bodies recovered in Ninewa now total almost 5,000. [..]

Commander of pro-Iran militia arrested in Mosul for bribery. [..]

Village mukhtar tortured, killed in Hammam Al-Alil while nearby Army unit doesn’t notice.​​ [..]

Daesh member who helped kill mukhtar in Hatra is apprehended. [..]

KRG estimates 360,000 Yazidis who fled Daesh in 2014 are still displaced. [..]

 

Syria

UNOCHA says 2.8 million Syrians are permanently disabled.​​ [..]

Coalition airstrike kills Daesh leader who helped kill Peter Kassig in 2014. [..]

28,000 Syrians in Jordan return to Syria. [..]

YPG vehicle bomb kills 6 pro-Turkey militiamen in southwest Afrin. [..]

Daesh Daily source estimates 1,000 Daesh trapped in Hajin.​​ [..]

More SDF reinforcements arriving in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Saudi Arabia:​​ Wall Street Journal report implicates Crown Prince in Khashoggi murder; Pompeo refutes it. [..]

Bahrain:​​ US Fifth Fleet Commander dead in Bahrain from apparent suicide.​​ [..]

Nigeria:​​ Boko Haram terrorists attack Nigerian Army in four places.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:​​ 

US airstrike kills senior Taliban commander.​​ [..]

64 Taliban fighters killed in Ghazni Province.​​ [..]

Pakistan:​​ Trump asks new Pakistan Prime Minister to help with Afghanistan peace process.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Muqtada Al-Sadr said that PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi’s government has one year to prove its success, otherwise he (Al-Sadr) will turn to the opposition. This came in a letter to the Prime Minister amid differences regarding the Ministers of Defense and Interior. Al-Sadr is strongly opposing Salim al-Jubouri and Faleh Al-Fayadh for the posts of Defense and Interior respectively. [Anadolu]

 

A “senior source” said that President Barham Salih was trying to contain the conflict between the Al-Islah (Reform) and Al-Bina’ (Construction) blocs over the candidates for the remaining 8 unfilled cabinet ministries. MP Mansour Al-Baiji of Al-Bina’ warned that the government will “collapse” if Abd Ul-Mahdi does not submit the nominees for the remaining ministries to the CoR. [AlHayat]

 

BasNews​​ published what it said was the list of the candidates for the 8 unfilled Ministries. They were:

  • Ministry of Higher Education – Qusay Abd Al-Wahab Al-Suhail

  • Ministry of Education – Saba Kheir Al-Din Al-Ta’i

  • Ministry of Culture – Abd Al-Amir Al-Hamdani

  • Ministry of Displacement and Migration – Hana Emmanuel Kurkis

  • Ministry of Justice – Dara Nour Al-Din

  • Ministry of Planning – Nouri Natiq Hamid ‘Abtan Al-Dulaimi

  • Ministry of the Interior – Faleh Al-Fayadh

  • Ministry of Defense – Faisal Al-Jarba

The list was reportedly taken from a draft letter from PM Abd Ul-Mahdi to the CoR. [BasNews]

 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Taken together, all of this is troubling. We are watching the struggle of a very weak government to get on its feet. Supposedly, this government was going to appoint expert ministers who would be above politics to some extent and not​​ be​​ constrained by the usual corruption in the leadership of ministries that has paralyzed the Iraqi government and rendered it ineffective. Instead, we see some of the usual scheming and manipulating, which risks forcing the Prime Minister to hire people the old-fashioned (and corrupt) way in order to keep his government​​ going. Meanwhile, the CoR was elected months ago but 1/3 of the government ministries still don’t have ministers.​​ We reported here recently that international organizations and foreign governments have been holding their promised contributions to Iraq’s reconstruction, waiting apparently for the government to get organized. So again the people are losing while the politicians play.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A report issued by the Center for Strategic and International Studies​​ (CSIS), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, says that Daesh activity is increasing in several parts of Iraq,​​ where it​​ has​​ resumed attacking mainly government targets, at the rate of 75 attacks per month. Assassination and kidnapping for ransom operations are also taking place. The report says that 1,656 Iraqis were killed so far in 2018, comparing to 5,339 in 2017, and 6,217 in 2016. The report says that 20,000-30,000 Daesh fighters are still in Iraq and Syria. [Sumaria]​​ [BaghdadToday]​​ [CSIS]

 

The Ministry of Peshmerga in the KRG said on Sunday that it had obtained new information on Peshmerga prisoners held by Daesh. It said that Peshmerga prisoners captured by Daesh during the period of Daesh control of Mosul were put in cages “to raise the morale” of the Daesh forces in Hawija, and then moved to Mosul. At least 50 Peshmerga fighters’ fates are still unknown. [SotIraq]

 

Iraqi state TV subsequently broadcast the confessions of Daesh leader Jamal Al-Mashhadani, aka “Abu Safa,” who admitted to carrying out a series of attacks, including both the shelling of Taza and the capture and caging of Peshmerga fighters. A video of 21 Peshmerga fighters in cages in Hawija was published by Daesh in February 2015. [SotIraq]

 

The Center for Security Information issued a statement on behalf of the​​ Counter​​ Terrorism​​ Service, responding to media reports that 2 of​​ its​​ members had been arrested on terrorism-related charges. The​​ CTS​​ said that this was because they were involved in an undercover operation to flush out a terrorist financing network. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Sumaria​​ published a video report speculating on the whereabouts of Awwad Al-Baghdadi. An Egyptian researcher, Sameh Eid, said that if Al-Baghdadi was not arrested, he likely had fled to the Libyan desert, where there were still Daesh followers operating in a security vacuum. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ All these Al-Baghdadi whereabouts reports are like episodes in a long-running comedy series in which the star never appears. Think about it this way: If you had just $1 for each report on where he was believed to be hiding, you would be in a higher tax bracket.​​ 

 

Foreign policy

Hawar​​ reported on Monday that the Iraqi government closed the border crossing between Sinjar and northern Syria. According to​​ Roj News, a delegation of the Self-Administration Council of Sinjar met with border crossing officials and expressed that the border crossing between Sinjar and northern​​ Syria is a means for the people of Sinjar to guarantee “many” services, especially medical treatment in the hospitals of northern Syria. [Hawar]

 

BAGHDAD

The Central Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh member to death on charges of blowing up a coffee shop in Al-Qahera neighborhood, Baghdad, which killed dozens of civilians. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The PMF media office said on Monday that the 2nd​​ PMF Brigade arrested a terrorist at a checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Falluja. [IKH]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a group of Daesh terrorists in​​ a​​ government pickup​​ truck​​ killed a tribal PMF member and four members of his family in their houses in Qarma.

Daesh said it killed an Iraqi Army officer, a tribal leader, and seven “PMF members” in the Dhabitya area, in Qarma, on Friday. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNDec1]

 

Ramadi

A security source in Anbar says that on Monday, security personnel arrested the former Director of the Integrity Commission for Anbar on terrorism charges.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says its units, operating in the 10th​​ Army Division, arrested a Daesh operative at the Japanese​​ Bridge in Ramadi. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Anbar Ops Command said that security personnel under its command blew up 38 IEDs in the Albu Salih area. [Etejah

 

A security source says an IED wounded 2 tribal PMF fighters in the Sakran area of Haditha. The IED targeted a tribal PMF patrol. [BasNews]

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units, operating under the 7th​​ Army Division, arrested a Daesh officer in Rawa who was in charge of armoring vehicles. [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that the bridge between​​ Shirqat and​​ Qayara collapsed because of the floods​​ caused by the recent​​ rain. The source said the collapse of the bridge is forcing people to take dangerous roads filled with Daesh fake checkpoints. The source sent us photos of the collapsed bridge. 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 4 PMF members were killed and 5 others severely wounded in a Daesh attack on their military positions in the Al-Fatha area, north of Baiji. The source said the PMFs killed 2 Daesh terrorists. The terrorists fled to the Himrin Mountains area after the attack.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED on the “Hyundai” road, southwest of Baiji, on Friday. [ICDNDec2]​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their machine gunmounted vehicle with an IED in the Jazeera Tikrit area, on Saturday. [ICDNDec2]

 

Daesh said it blew up an electricity tower that provided power to “Army and PMF” positions in several villages near Tikrit, on Saturday. [ICDNDec2]

 

Samarra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Saraya Al-Salam units stopped a Daesh attack on their military positions west of Samarra, killing 2 terrorists, including a commander.​​ A​​ Saraya Al-Salam member was also killed in the attack.​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

A security source said on Monday that PMF units destroyed 3 Daesh safehouses in the Jazeera Salahuddin area.​​ [Etejah]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed two tribal PMF members and wounded another in an attack on their military position with light and medium weapons in the Mazari’ area, in Yathrib. [A3maq] [ICDNDec1]

 

DIYALA

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

A Himrin PUK official says that Coalition planes attacked Daesh positions in​​ the​​ Kifri and Tuz Khurmatu​​ subdistricts in northern Diyala and the Tooz District in Salahuddin, while the Peshmerga engaged Daesh militants on the ground. 8 Daesh fighters and 1 Peshmerga​​ fighter were killed. Coalition planes attacked Daesh positions in 5 villages. [PUKMedia]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The obvious question is why, near the end of 2018, there are still five or more villages with Daesh military positions.

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The spokesman for the PMF in the “northern axis,” Ali Al-Husseini, said on Monday that the PMF was keeping terrorists from returning to the outskirts of Kirkuk, and that news regarding “the return of terrorist activity” to Kirkuk was untrue.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a tribal PMF member was killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on them on the road between Riyadh and Hawija.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a group of Daesh terrorists, on foot, shot and killed two civilians in Barima village,​​ then fled​​ into the desert. The source said the terrorists had left the vehicles nearby in order not to attract attention of PMF units in the village. 

 

The Center for Security Information says that IFP units destroyed 2 Daesh shelters and 2 tunnels while clearing 6 villages in Hawija. 3 IEDs were also destroyed in the process. [Ghad]​​ [PressIraq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that PMF units killed a Tunisian​​ Daesh​​ terrorist and found​​ large numbers​​ of weapons and IEDs in a tunnel near​​ Al-Sadouniya village, Riyadh subdistrict.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed two IFP members and destroyed their military position with light weapons and rockets near Rabza village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [A3maq] [ICDNDec3]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A tribal PMF intelligence officer said on Sunday that Daesh attacked the village of Kurdi Al-Nasr, Rashad subdistrict, and killed a relative of the​​ chairman​​ of the Rashad subdistrict council, as well as wounding another. A different security source in Kirkuk Province had said earlier that 4 security personnel were killed or wounded while driving off a Daesh attack in Rashad. [BaghdadToday]​​ 

Daesh’s version​​ said it killed one “PMF member” and wounded another in an attack on Kurdi Al-Nasr on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights said on Monday that nearly 5,000 bodies had been recovered from Ninewa Province since its liberation from Daesh a year ago. This includes 1,992 which remain unidentified. Fadhil Al-Gharawi, a member of the Commission, called on security bodies to help expedite the clearing of war detritus, and for the Ministry of Health to complete DNA matching tests on the unidentified bodies. [BasNews]​​ [Forat]

 

The Center for Security Information said on Sunday that members of a terrorist network had been arrested, who were involved in distributing money to the families of killed Daesh fighters in Ninewa.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that the Iraqi Army, 16th​​ Division, and tribal PMF units destroyed 11 Daesh tunnels and 34 IEDs and confiscated weapons and ammunition in the desert near Sayyed Ismail village, in Nimrud subdistrict, Hamdaniya.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that many people left their houses in several areas in west Mosul after flood water reached over 1 meter (~3.3 feet).​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that local police units captured a Daesh member in Al-Salam hospital in east Mosul.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF security units captured the commander of Saraya Al-Khorasani, a pro-Iran militia, in Mosul, along with 44 others from his organization, after he released a senior Daesh commander for a $40,000 bribe. The source also said the men were accused of releasing many other Daesh members for money, in addition to kidnapping merchants for ransom in the Mosul area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that local police units captured a Daesh member in Rashidiya neighborhood,​​ northwest​​ Mosul. The source said the terrorist admitted that he was registered with Daesh as a suicide bomber, and gave the names of 4 other Daesh members in his group.​​ 

Interior Ministry spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an said on Monday that 5 Daesh members had been arrested in​​ Rashidiya.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it killed one Iraqi Army member and wounded another when it destroyed their vehicle with a sticky IED in Al-Hadba’ neighborhood,​​ northeast Mosul, on Saturday. [A3maq]

In a different version, Daesh said it killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded another when it detonated a sticky IED on their vehicle near the 5th​​ Bridge, on the road to Ghabat, east Mosul, on Saturday. [ICDNDec2]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 3 Daesh terrorists captured then killed the mukhtar of Al-Amrini village, in Hammam Al-Ali​​ southeast of Zarqa. The source said the terrorists kidnapped the​​ mukhtar from his house and took him on foot outside the village then tortured and killed him. The source said there is an Iraqi Army unit near the village that apparently didn’t notice the kidnapping.

A security source​​ had​​ said​​ earlier​​ that Daesh had attacked the village of Amrini, in Hammam Al-Alil, and kidnapped the village​​ mukhtar. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ How can a competent Army unit be located by a village but not have anyone watching out for the mukhtar? It reinforces a sense that these officials are on their own where their security is concerned—which might explain why they appear to be unprotected and are too often victims.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that local police units found a Daesh ammunition and explosives cache in a tunnel near Jahuni village, Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict. The source said the tunnel was dug by Daesh recently, after IFP units withdrew from the area.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units, operating in the 15th​​ Army Division, captured a Daesh minefield in Kolat village,​​ eastern​​ Sinjar. The​​ minefield contained 130 IEDs,​​ which were all destroyed by the EODs. [Baghdadia]​​ [Buratha]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that security units captured a Daesh terrorist in Kharbat Hamad village,​​ west of Hatra,​​ who had participated in killing the​​ mukhtar​​ of the village and members of his family on November 9. The source said the terrorist had secretly returned to his house in the village. The source also said the terrorist gave information about an MoI employee in Hatra who helped the​​ terrorist obtain a fake ID. The terrorist also gave the names of women who were helping Daesh terrorists and provide them with supplies.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

The Yazidi Affairs Department of the Kurdistan Endowments Ministry issued new statistics on the Yazidi minority in Iraq. It says that there are 550,000 Iraqi Yazidis total, and that there are 360,000 who became IDPs following the emergence of Daesh. It also says that there were 1,293 Yazidi victims in the “first days” of the Daesh invasion. [Rudaw]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Doing the arithmetic, 65% of all the Yazidis in Iraq fled from Daesh. We would not have been surprised if the number were higher. The largest number of those IDPs moved to Iraqi Kurdistan.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

An explosion in Ankara in a cafe wounded 7. Turkish media said that the explosion was likely caused by a natural gas leak. [BasNews] [DailySabah]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

A UNOCHA report said that 2.8 million Syrians​​ are permanently disabled, and that one out of every 15 Syrian refugees in Jordan and one of every 30 refugees in Lebanon is disabled. Men form the majority of the disabilities, followed by children. [Qasioun]

 

Political opposition

The Syrian Democratic Council, the political body of the SDF, says that the recent statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey​​ Lavrov are worrisome.​​ The Council​​ said in a statement​​ that the​​ SDF treats the Kurdish cause as a national issue that should be solved​​ within the​​ framework of the​​ unity of Syria,”​​ according to the constitution.​​ The Council​​ stressed​​ its​​ independence and the distance it keeps from any axis in the region. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

“Local sources” said that the Coalition shelled Syrian Army positions with 14 missiles fired from the Al-Tanaf military base. Syrian media confirmed the attack following the local report, saying no casualties were incurred. [ElDorar]

Sean Ryan, the Coalition spokesman, denied accusations that the Coalition bombed Syrian Army positions in Homs, saying that the strikes in question attacked Daesh targets in the desert. [ElDorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is an example of why we are wary of stories based on “local sources.”

 

Apparently the same Coalition airstrikes under criticism actually targeted and killed​​ Abu Al-Umarayn,​​ a Daesh commander, along with several of his companions.​​ Al-Umarayn had been involved in executing “many” prisoners, and had also been involved in killing US​​ humanitarian​​ aid worker Abd Al-Rahman Peter Kassig in 2014. [ElDorar] [Hawar]​​ [Qasioun] [BBC]​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

Jordan

28,000 Syrians, including 3,400 refugees registered as such with the UNHCR, left Jordan to return to Syria via the Nasib border crossing. Jordan is hosting around 650,000 Syrian refugees. [Rudaw]

 

Norway

The Norwegian newspaper​​ ABC Nyheter​​ says that 30 Norwegians fighting alongside Daesh​​ have been​​ killed​​ since 2011. Out of about 100 Norwegians​​ total​​ who joined Daesh, 30 were killed, 40 returned to Norway, and 30 are still in Syria.​​ Norwegian authorities know “very little” about​​ the 30 still in Syria, according to a senior Norwegian police official.​​ [EnabBaladi]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

A vehicle bomb exploded in the Jinderes subdistrict of Afrin, killing 6 pro-Turkey militia fighters and wounding 8. [Hawar]

The YPG said that they had carried out several operations in Afrin, which they said killed 11 pro-Turkey militia fighters. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun in Umm Madfa’ village, west of Shaddadi, on Saturday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec2]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded four SDF members with a hand grenade at a security barrier near Al-Bustan​​ Garden, in Raqqa city. [ICDNDec2]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The​​ “Syrian​​ Salvation​​ Government​​ in north Syria handed over an Argentinian woman to Turkey after freeing her from captivity from a militia in Idlib. There is journalist of South African nationality still in captivity, held​​ by a​​ jihadi​​ militia west of Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

Media sources say Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) destroyed bridges connecting the towns of Al-Eis and Al-Hadher, controlled respectively by the opposition and the government. [ElDorar]

 

Hama

On Sunday evening, the Syrian Army shelled a group of its own affiliated fighters by accident, resulting in casualties. The affiliated fighters had been attempting to infiltrate an area of northern Hama where they could target rebels when the friendly fire occurred. The Syrian Army then removed the dead and injured fighters as soon as it was informed of its mistake. [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it wounded four SDF members with machine guns on the road between Dhiban town and Al-Omar oilfield, on Thursday. [ICDNDec1]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

SDF and Coalition reported to have killed dozens of Daesh fighters in battles in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, and captured several vehicles. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that there are around 1,000 Daesh terrorists trapped in Hajin. The source also reported that Daesh stole 11 Kia pickups from Al-Bahra town and took them to Hajin in order to use them as vehicle bombs.​​ 

 

SDF forces reportedly freed “hundreds” of civilians from Daesh captivity in the process of advancing in the Hajin area. [Hawar]

 

SOHR reported that more SDF reinforcement units arrived on the front lines in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, coming from Coalition camps in Ain Eissa and Kobane. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that SDF snipers killed Mahmoud Khattab, a senior Daesh security commander, near Al-Bahra, close to Hajin. The source said that Khattab, a French citizen of Syrian origin, was buried in Hajin.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on​​ Monday​​ that tribal SDF fighters killed another Daesh commander in battles near Al-Bahra. The source said that the terrorist, from Iranian origins, used to be Daesh’s​​ wali​​ of Diyala and later became the head of Daesh’s “Diwan Al-Jund” (Office of Soldiers). ​​ 

 

SOHR reported a “cautious silence” on the fronts between Daesh and the SDF in east Deir Ez-Zor, interrupted by sporadic gun fire and rocket shelling every now and then. Daesh fired rockets at the Al-Tanak oilfield that fell 50 meters away from the field while the SDF was​​ digging a trench around the oilfield. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source also said on Saturday that Daesh was digging trenches and establishing sand barriers on the east side of Al-Susah town, anticipating an SDF attack. ​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it targeted SDF positions northeast of Kashma with 20 mortar shells. [ICDNDec2]

Daesh published photos of the shelling. [ICDNDec2]

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a video of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers near Albu Kamal city. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed a Syrian Army military position near Albu Kamal with rockets. [ICDNDec2]

Daesh issued a video of targeting a Syrian Army tank with a rocket in Al-Ashayer village, west of Albu Kamal city, on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh published on Saturday photos of its terrorists in Al-Sukkariya village, near Albu Kamal. [ICDNDec1]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that pro-Al-Nusra graffiti was​​ found on walls in different areas in Suwayda. The source said the graffiti raised fears that Al-Nusra might have sleeper cells in the city.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan/Lebanon

 

See story above under Syria, National News about Syrian refugees in Jordan.​​ 

 

Saudi Arabia

The​​ Wall Street Journal​​ wrote on Saturday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) sent at least 11 messages to his closest advisor, Saud Al-Qahtani, in the hours immediately before and after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.​​ MBS also reportedly said in August 2017 that if efforts to get Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia failed,​​ “we could possibly lure him outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements.”​​ The​​ WSJ​​ wrote that their report was based on excerpts from a classified CIA assessment reviewing electronic communications. [AFP] [WSJ]

 

Contradicting the​​ WSJ​​ report, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that he had read “every piece of intelligence” that the US had regarding the killing of Khashoggi, and that there was “no direct evidence” linking MBS to Khashoggi’s killing. [Reuters]

 

Yemen

The Saudi and UAE-led coalition says it responded positively to the request of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to facilitate the evacuation of 50 wounded Houthi fighters to Masqat. It says this step comes as part of the “trust-building process,” leading towards peace talks to be held in Sweden. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh said it killed an Al-Qaeda member with an IED and captured his weapon in the Hamidhiya area, in Qifa, on Saturday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec2]

 

Qatar

Oil prices jumped by 4.5% after Qatar announced its withdrawal from OPEC and the trade agreement between China and the US.​​ The Qatari Minister of Energy, Saad Al-Kaabi, says Qatar is leaving OPEC starting next month, describing the decision as technical rather than political. [Anadolu]

 

Bahrain

US Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, Commander of US Naval Forces Central Command and the Fifth Fleet, was found dead on Saturday in an apparent suicide at his residence in Bahrain. NCIS and the Bahraini Ministry of the Interior are investigating, although no foul play is currently suspected. [AlJazeera]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Dar Al-Iftaa’​​ fatwa​​ and​​ jihadi​​ monitoring group said that terrorist violence had declined, relatively speaking, during the last week in November. In that week, it counted 191 people killed, injured, or kidnapped, compared to the third week of November, in which it counted 685 victims. Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iraq were ranked a​​ shared first in terms of countries most vulnerable to terrorist attacks. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near Abu Ubaid factory, south of Arish, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh on Saturday said it damaged an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near the Al-Rasm area, in Rafah. [A3maq]

In another report, Daesh said its terrorists clashed with Egyptian Army units near the Al-Rasm​​ area, on Saturday. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Sunday it damaged (another) Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near the same area. [ICDNSDec2]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh had reported the exact​​ same​​ story on Sunday November 25.​​ 

 

Libya

The Commander of the Gulf of Sirte military region, Fawzi Al-Mansouri, denied news of a possible attack in the area, saying the security situation in Sidra Bay was good. [Libya24]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Monday that seven Somali intelligence members were killed or wounded when an IED they were trying to defuse exploded on them at the Bakaara intersection in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

Nigeria

Boko Haram terrorists attacked a military base in base in Arege village, near Baga,​​ south of​​ Lake Chad, northeast Nigeria. The base came under attack before dawn on Friday, November 30. A military source said that​​ at least 1 soldier was killed and 7 injured. The same base came under attack the previous Wednesday. [TheDefensePost]

Boko Haram​​ said it killed seven Nigerian Army members and wounded “tens” when a group of its terrorists attacked army positions in Arege on Friday. Daesh said its terrorists “returned safely” then attacked the town again and “controlled it completely.” [A3maq]

 

Boko Haram​​ said it killed eight Nigerian Army members and wounded 17 others in an attack near​​ Gamboru​​ village in the Lake Chad area, on Thursday. Daesh said all its terrorists “returned safely” after the attack. [A3maq] [ICDNDec1]

 

Boko Haram terrorists​​ shot and​​ killed​​ 2​​ soldiers​​ in​​ Buni Gari,​​ Yobe, northeast Nigeria. 6 Boko Haram members were also killed in the fighting.​​ ​​ [TheDefensePost]​​ 

Daesh said it killed 17 Nigerian Army members and wounded others in an attack on Buni Gari town, in Yobe state, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

In a separate item, Boko Haram seriously wounded 5 militia members in a suicide bomb attack in​​ the​​ Borno state capital​​ of​​ Maiduguri. [TheDefensePost]

Residents of the Muna Garage area in Maiduguri said on Saturday that 2 female​​ suicide bombers​​ attempted to detonate their vests, but they were spotted​​ and security forces ordered them to stop.​​ One​​ of the girls detonated her vest,​​ killing herself,​​ while​​ the other disappeared and is being​​ sought​​ by security operatives within the city of Maiduguri. [DailyPostNG]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A US airstrike late Saturday night killed senior Taliban commander Abdul Manan, the Taliban “shadow governor” for Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan. His death was announced by Afghan officials on​​ Sunday, and confirmed by the Taliban and the spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan. [AFP]​​ [Khaama]

 

The Afghan Military in the Southeast said​​ on Sunday that 64 Taliban fighters had been killed during recent operations in Ghazni Province, east-central Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed a Taliban member in Chaparhar​​ District, in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [A3maq]

Daesh published photos of capturing then killing the Taliban member. [ICDNDec2]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed four pro-government militiamen and wounded two others with an IED in the Malkani area, in Watapur, in Kunar Province, northeastern Afghanistan. [A3maq]

 

Pakistan

Imran Khan, The Prime Minister of Pakistan, says he received a letter from President Trump urging him to assist in the peace process in Afghanistan and help get the Taliban leaders to the negotiations table. ​​ [ZamanAlWasl]​​ [Khaama]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued on Monday a propaganda video about its “achievements.” [ICDNDec3]

 

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