An Update On ISIS Activities

December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018


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Daesh Ammunition Found in Hammam Al-Alil (DD Dec 5)







Worldwide terrorism deaths decline for third consecutive year. [..]

Albu Nimr Sheikh killed at home by Daesh terrorists after offering cooperation to Coalition.​​ [..]

Daesh Daily source reports there are still hundreds of Daesh in Makhoul Mountains. [..]

Peshmerga kill 10 Daesh fighters in eastern Daquq. [..]

Regrouping Daesh terrorists set up new base in​​ western Makhmur. [..]

Protests roll on in Basra. [..]



Astana conference described as agreeing on nothing. [..]

Amb. Jeffery to confer in Turkey, Jordan on possible solutions in​​ Syria. [..]

Intense fighting in Albu Kamal causing large death toll on both sides.​​ [..]

Coalition conducted 86 airstrikes in Hajin area last week.​​ [..]

Syrian Army kills 20 Daesh fighters, captures 5 in eastern Homs. [..]


Other countries

Kuwait:​​ Kuwait will launch huge soil decontamination project to offset war damage caused by Iraq​​  in 1990. [..]

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks two more​​ military units in NE Nigeria. [..]

Afghanistan:NATO Secretary-General warns of possible Taliban terrorist base in Afghanistan.​​ [..]





New government/CoR

Kadhim Al-Sayadi, a member of the CoR Integrity Committee, says there are 2 types of objections to the remaining 8 cabinet ministers: some are political and personal, as in the cases of the proposed Ministers of Defense and Interior; others are professional, as in the case of the​​ proposed Minister of Education. [BasNews]



The international team to investigate Daesh crimes will start its mission in Iraq beginning in the new year. Karim Assad, the head of the team, says that the team will start documenting Daesh violations after the conclusion of the evidence collection process, which started last summer. [Baghdadia]​​ 


Anti-Daesh campaign

A security source says Daesh is planning to transfer some of its fighters in Syria to the border area with Iraq. This information was obtained from a ranking Daesh officer recently arrested​​ in Baghdad. [Ghad]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This could be interpreted in different ways. A simple interpretation would be that they​​ expect to be forced out of Hajin and their remaining troops will move toward towns and villages closer to the border.


The 2018 Global Terrorism Index, published by the Sydney, Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace, showed that deaths from terrorism worldwide had fallen for the third year in a row, being down 27% from 2017. The largest decreases in deaths were in Iraq and Syria, with deaths from terrorist attacks down 5,000 for Iraq and 1,000 for Syria; the report said that this is mainly due to​​ Daesh’s continued decline. [Mawazin] [VisionofHumanity]


On the other hand, the​​ Financial Times​​ wrote that Daesh was carrying out an increasing number of kidnappings, killings, and bombings in Iraq and still fighting fiercely in its last territorial possessions in Syria. The newspaper noted that a Daesh bomb killed at least 3 schoolchildren in Mosul last month, a car bomb killed 5 in Tikrit in mid-November, and the recent CSIS report said that attacks on Kirkuk had doubled this year compared to last year. [Watan]


The UK-based​​ Al-Araby​​ carried a report on the families of Daesh members, writing that hundreds of Iraq families were suffering a “tragedy” as they are being denied financial assistance and food aid, and being forbidden from returning to their homes due to their relatives’ connection to Daesh. “Abu Jasim,” the father of an accused Daesh member, said that he had not seen his son for over 2 years, and did not know if he was alive or dead, but said that his family continued to “pay the tax” of the accusation that he was in Daesh. “Abu Jasim” added that his family​​ was forbidden from​​ returning to Mosul, asking, “Even if these accusations are true, can one take on the guilt of others?” [AlAraby]


The Coalition said that between November 25 and December 1, it carried out 4 airstrikes in Iraq—2 in the Himrin Hills, 1 in the “Hawija Pocket,” and 1 in Kirkuk Province. [InherentResolve]


Abu Hamza Al-Kurdi, a Daesh​​ wali​​ of Kirkuk, told the Karkh Investigations Court that he joined Daesh in the north Baghdad region, and that he was​​ responsible for touring Peshmerga prisoners around in cages to raise Daesh fighters’ morale. He became the​​ wali​​ of north Baghdad and met Al-Baghdadi who rewarded him for his services. He then became the​​ wali​​ of Kirkuk and met Al-Baghdadi again in Ninewa. He spoke of a battle with the Peshmerga in Kirkuk, where Daesh arrested 18 soldiers and officers and toured them in cages around Hawija. He masterminded several operations in Baghdad before moving to Syria. He had been a security officer in the Hussein era.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [Sumaria]


General Frank McKenzie, Trump’s nominee to head CENTCOM, says Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is in great fear, and is moving around in the desert near the Euphrates in the border area between Syria and Iraq. He says Al-Baghdadi’s command capability was greatly affected by the Coalition strikes, because for him, “the chase is underway.” [Baghdadia]​​ 



No reports




A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Sheikh Ra’ad Shahab Al-Dulaimi of the Albu Nimr tribe was killed when a group of Daesh terrorists, using a PMF pickup vehicle and dressed in​​ military uniforms, attacked his house in Kanan village. The source said that 4 days ago, the Sheikh had publicly expressed his desire to cooperate with the Coalition if it wanted to establish more of a presence in Anbar.​​ 



The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units, operating in the 8th​​ Army Division, found a large ammunition cache in Albu Hardan, in Al-Qa’im. The cache was destroyed by the division’s EODs. [Ghad]​​ 



Colonel Adel Rashid, commander of a tactical battalion in the Anbar Provincial Police, says Daesh targets in the Husseiniyat desert, western Anbar, were identified and would be attacked in the next few hours. [BasNews]​​ 

Colonel Rashid also said later on Wednesday that units under his command had arrested a Daesh “leading figure” in Rutba. [Ahad]




A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 1 PMF member was killed and 3 others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Al-Salman village. The source said PMF EOD units defused 10 more IEDs in the same​​ area.



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says there are still hundreds of Daesh terrorists on the Makhoul Mountains. The source said the terrorists are still getting food supplies through smugglers and through corrupt PMF members in the area. ​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 4 PMF members were killed and 2 others wounded when Daesh shelled and rocketed their positions in the Makhoul Mountains area. ​​ 



Daesh said it killed or wounded Iraqi Army engineering units and​​ destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the road between Tikrit and Baghdad, on Monday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec5]



No reports



Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 2 PMF members were killed and 4 others wounded in a Daesh attack on their positions near Al-Sadouniya village in Riyadh subdistrict.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 2 PMF members were wounded when Daesh attacked Bakara village in Al-Zab. The source said the PMFs withdrew from their military positions but IFP units intervened and forced Daesh terrorists to flee.​​ 

Later on, the source said the IFP killed 3 Daesh terrorists who fled after the attack, including Abu​​ Yaseen Al-Jubouri, a Daesh commander in Al-Zab.


The Federal Police said on Wednesday that units under their 6th​​ Division had destroyed a Daesh tunnel in Hawija, near Al-Nasr. [IraqPress]


Daesh said it targeted a “tribal PMF gathering” in Al-Khatouniya village, in Riyadh subdistrict, with 5 60mm mortar shells and 2 rockets, on Tuesday. [ICDNDec5]​​ 


Daesh said on Wednesday it blew up the house of an Iraqi Army officer in Al-Mirbat village. [ICDNDEc5]​​ 


Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)

Peshmerga units engaged Daesh in a Daquq village near Taza subdistrict, killing 10 fighters and capturing large quantities of weapons and explosives. The Peshmerga says it eliminated the Daesh presence in the area. [PUKMedia]​​ 


Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near the Kaka’i village of Ali Saray, in Daquq District, on Tuesday. [ICDNDec5]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ What explains the fixation of Daesh on this village?


Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and damaged their PMF vehicle with an IED near Zanqar village, in Daquq District, on Tuesday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec5]



Makhmur/Nineveh Plain​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says that around 150 Daesh​​ terrorists who fled from the Nimrud area in Hamdaniya and the Qarachogh Mountain area in Makhmur established a small base in the desert near Gwer subdistrict about a month ago. The source said the terrorists have a network of tunnels and are planning to conduct attacks in the Ninewa Plain area. The source said some of the terrorists have been responsible for attacks on Christian and Shabak people since the AQI days. ​​ 


Mosul city

General Sa’ad Ma’an, spokesman of the MoI, says that the 12th​​ Emergency Police​​ Battalion of Ninewa arrested 6 Daesh fighters in various areas of east Mosul.​​ The Center for Security Information added that they had been working for the Daesh “Office of Soldiers.”​​ [Ghad]​​ [Forat]


Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that local police units captured 4 Daesh terrorists and confiscated ammunitions in Tabraq Ziyara village (spelling approx.), in Hammam Al-Alil.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 3 PMF members were killed in a Daesh ambush near a restaurant near Aslubi village, Qayara. The source said the terrorists stole the PMFs’ vehicle and weapons and fled the area.​​ 


Southern Ninewa


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 2 PMF members were killed and 3 others wounded in a Daesh attack on Rajm Al-Azni village (spelling approx.). The source said the PMFs withdrew toward Tal Abta, while Daesh terrorists were seen roaming the village on motorcycles.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units captured a Daesh terrorist in Khazna village, in Hatra district. The​​ source said the terrorist was working as a guard on a farm that belongs to a PMF commander.​​ 




Protests in Basra continued, reportedly borrowing ideas from the “Yellow Jackets” protests in France. Protestors in yellow jackets in several​​ areas gathered in front of government offices and oil companies, demonstrating against low services levels, unemployment, and corruption. Fighting with the police was reported, and gunfire was heard in various areas. [Sumaria]



No reports




Military & security developments

On Wednesday, Turkish border guards arrested a Daesh member as he attempted to infiltrate Turkey​​ through the border with Syria. [Qasioun]





Political developments

The American website​​ Eurasia​​ Review​​ says that the Astana meetings did not succeed, as the participants, mainly Russia and Turkey, cared more about their mutual interests rather than solving Syrian problems. It says that the participants could not agree on a single subject during 11 sessions of discussion. The failure to reach a solution for the formation of a constitutional committee is just an example of such failure. [Hawar]


United Nations

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet​​ stated on Wednesday at a press conference in Geneva that the UN was concerned about the conditions of 7,000 civilians held by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. She stated that the UN witnessed today that Daesh has increasingly used civilian hostages as human shields.​​ She also called on all opposition militias to remove heavy weaponry from residential areas, in accordance with international humanitarian law.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Qasioun]


Michelle Bachelet also said that Daesh is killing people opposed to it in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. She said that anybody believed to be cooperating with the SDF or other armed groups was executed immediately. [EnabBaladi]​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We hope the distinguished Ms. Bachelet doesn’t think either of these Daesh practices is new, or that her statement will have an effect on either.


Foreign policy

United States

Bloomberg​​ says that US​​ intelligence believes the Syrian government was behind the chemical attack on Aleppo on October 24. It says that tear gas was used, rather than chlorine. It says the government blamed the opposition in order to break the ceasefire reached by Russia and Turkey. [Qasioun]


US Special Envoy James Jeffery is starting a tour of Turkey and Jordan to discuss a political solution to the Syrian issue. The State Department says the mission will take place from December 4 to December 14. [EnabBaladi]



Russian Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, said on Wednesday that Russian intelligence has tracked oil tankers moving from the Coalition and SDF-controlled area east of the Euphrates to Turkey and Iraq. He claimed that oil sales were being used to finance the militias. Gerasimov was speaking to a meeting of foreign military attaches. [FaceIraq]


Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that between November 25 and December 1, it carried out 86 airstrikes in Syria. All 86 were reported as “near​​ Hajin.” [InherentResolve]

Also see related stories under Albu Kamal District




In Jinderes, an IED detonated near the headquarters of Faylaq Al-Sham, killing and wounding fighters. [Hawar]



The SOHR reported violent confrontations between pro-Turkish militia fighters and “most likely” YPG fighters in Al-Bab, with​​ casualties reported on both sides. It also said that the YPG is executing hit and run attacks on pro-Turkish militias in Al-Bab and Afrin. [SyriaHR]




Daesh said it killed an SDF commander​​ and damaged his vehicle with a sticky IED in Qamishli city, on Tuesday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec5]


Central and West​​ 


HTS media reported that HTS (Tahrir Al-Sham), together​​ with fighters from Ansar Al-Tawhid, was able to block Syrian Army attempts to infiltrate​​ Tal​​ Al-Touqan​​ in eastern Idlib Province. [Qasioun]



On Wednesday, Syrian “opposition” militias killed 4 members of the Syrian Army and affiliated militias when they attempted to infiltrate Lahaya village in Hama Province, coming from Al-Taiba in Homs. [Qasioun]



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Syrian Army units killed at least 20 Daesh terrorists, captured 5 others, destroyed 4 vehicles, and captured another vehicle in an ambush in the Bir​​ Al-Safwaniya area, in eastern Homs province.​​ 


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin District

Daesh said it killed two SDF members with machine guns in Al-Jardhi village, on Monday. [ICDNDec5]


Albu Kamal District

The SOHR reported that intense fighting between Daesh and the SDF in Hajin left 28 Daesh fighters, including 3 suicide​​ attackers, and 9 SDF fighters killed. 870 total Daesh fighters have been killed since September 10, compared to 473 SDF fighters killed during the same period. From October 28​​ to the present, 256 civilians, including 93 children and 62 women, were killed,​​ mainly due to Coalition airstrikes. [SyriaHR]


Fighting between Daesh and the SDF in Hajin intensified on Wednesday. Local sources reported continued artillery shelling by the SDF and car bomb attacks by Daesh, making use of the poor weather conditions. They say that the SDF, backed by the Coalition air force, made some advances in the area. [ElDorar]


An SDF statement issued on Wednesday said that the Coalition had carried out over 115 airstrikes on Daesh positions in and around Hajin over the previous 24 hours. It said that the combination of airstrikes and fighting between the SDF and Daesh had killed 228 Daesh terrorists over the previous 72 hours. [BasNews]

Daesh said on Wednesday that Coalition planes targeted Hajin city with more than 40 airstrikes and artillery shelling, killing 25 people and wounding 17. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ But they didn’t kill any Daesh fighters, and they never do kill any Daesh fighters, only innocent civilians—and you have Daesh’s word on that. (But re-read the story just above for perspective—and the story below.)​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Coalition planes killed 8 Daesh terrorists, including Saleh Mahmoud Jassem (aka Saleh Dawla) in an airstrike on Hajin. The source said that Saleh was a senior Daesh commander, and had held several positions, including as military commander of Tal Afar.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It seems increasingly clear that the Coalition is repeating​​ its Iraq strategy of targeting Daesh leaders as a means of weakening the Daesh resistance—a kind of decapitation strategy.​​ 


The SOHR also says that there was fighting between Daesh and Syrian Army units, backed by Iranian militias, near Albu Kamal. A group of Daesh fighters approached the Tehran-Beirut road from eastern Deir Ez-Zor. Casualties were reported on both sides. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Tehran-Beirut Road? Who is renaming​​ highways through Iraq and Syria?




“Local sources” say that Lebanese Hezbollah fighters transferred dozens of “Tochka” rockets from the 89th​​ Brigade location in Jabab, northwestern Daraa, to Lajat, northern Daraa. [ElDorar]​​ 


The SOHR says that an unidentified man threw a hand grenade at a Syrian Army checkpoint in Karak, eastern Daraa, while a land mine killed a civilian in the middle of Daraa province. [SyriaHR]​​ 



Local media reports say that the Syrian Army lost 40 soldiers, and Daesh lost 21 fighters, in fighting in Suwayda during the first 3 weeks of November. They also say 70 others were killed and 66 wounded last month. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ However, the absence of battle reports recently from the Suwayda area has certainly left the impression that the fighting is over there, at least for now.




Neighboring countries


The Houthi delegation arrived in Sweden to participate in Yemen peace talks sponsored by the UN. The delegation arrived onboard a Kuwaiti plane.​​ The Yemeni government delegation also left for Sweden on Tuesday. [Rudaw]


Daesh said on Wednesday its snipers killed a Houthi member in the Za’aj area, in Baidha. [A3maq]



Kuwait says that $204 billion worth of projects will be in place until 2025, aiming to clean Kuwaiti soil from pollution caused by the Iraqi war on Kuwait in 1990. The funds will be paid by the UN out of Iraqi war reparations to Kuwait. [Sumaria]


North Africa


A security source on Wednesday said that 1 terrorist had been killed and another wounded in a raid in the “New Valley” area of Asyut, central Egypt.​​ [AhlMisr]



The Security Directorate of Sirte found the body of a Daesh fighter in a housing block on Wednesday. He had been killed in the fighting to liberate Sirte. [Wasat]






Boko​​ Haram terrorists attacked a military base in Gudumbali town, Borno State, northeast Nigeria near Lake Chad, killing 1 soldier and wounding several others, according to security sources. Gudumbali had also been attacked by Boko Haram in early September. [DefensePost]

Daesh said it killed or wounded Nigerian Army members in an attack “with different kinds of weapons” in Gudumbali on Tuesday.​​ [ICDNDec5]


On Monday, Boko Haram terrorists attacked a military base in Mallam Fatori, a Borno State town near the borders with Niger and Chad. The attack was repelled with air support, according to military sources, who said 1 soldier was killed and several others injured in the attack. [DefensePost]

Daesh had said it killed or wounded several Nigerian Army members in an attack “with different kinds of weapons” on their military position in Malam Fatori town, on Monday. [ICDNDec4]​​ 




NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that there was a “great danger” that the Taliban would return to power in Afghanistan and allow terrorist groups to use it as a home base. He went on to warn against the​​ re-establishment of the “Caliphate” in Afghanistan, having defeated it in Iraq and Syria. Stoltenberg was speaking to a meeting of foreign ministers of NATO countries in Brussels. [BasNews]


Afghan Military sources said that the Taliban “shadow governor” for Ghor Province had been killed in a US drone strike on Monday. [Khaama]


Daesh published on Wednesday photos of setting up bags allegedly filled with hashish in Nangarhar. [ICDNDec5]




Daesh published on Wednesday a photo of one of its terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Sinai. [ICDNDec5]





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