An Update On ISIS Activities

February 8, 2019

February 8, 2019

 

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Mahmoud Ismael (DD Feb 7)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Ninewa activist attacked by Governor’s nephew blames the Governor in TV interview.​​ [..]

Five​​ arrested in Karbala on terrorism charges. [..]

 

Syria

SDF co-chair warns of serious consequences from a sudden US withdrawal. [..]

Merkel says Daesh is still a threat in Syria. [..]

Yazidi child freed after 5 years of Daesh captivity in Egypt. [..]

SOHR: Coalition negotiating with Daesh to leave its remaining small pocket near Al-Baghouz.​​ [..]

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Other​​ countries

Iran: ​​ Khamenei says Iran’s hostility is not toward the American people. [..]

Saudi Arabia:​​ US Senate pushing White House over MBS role in Khashoggi murder; Saudi Foreign Ministry pushing back.​​ [..]

Libya: ​​ Internal fighting stalls LNA takeover of south Libya oilfield. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

The US Defense Department released a report on Friday that said Daesh would be able to recreate itself more quickly in Iraq than in Syria. It said that Daesh was reorganizing in Iraq, and that 50 foreign fighters join the group every month. It said Daesh​​ is raising funds through oil trade,​​ extorting “taxes,​​ and​​ other​​ criminal activities. [Sumaria]

 

On Friday, the French Minister of the Armed Forces arrived in Baghdad to discuss the future of military cooperation with the Iraqi government. [Rudaw]

The​​ Minister,​​ Florence Parly,​​ said Friday that verdicts​​ on​​ French Daesh fighters detained in Iraq were up to the Iraqi authorities. The French Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, had previously said that France would seek to intervene if French nationals who had fought for Daesh were sentenced to death.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

On its Facebook page, the US Embassy in Baghdad said on Friday that although the 1979 revolution had promised the Iranian people a prosperous future, the Iranian regime had been able to produce “nothing but false promises.” Iraqi CoR MP Ashwaq Kareem, from Al-Sadr’s Sadiqoun bloc, called upon the Iraqi Foreign Ministry to warn the US Embassy against attacking the states neighboring Iraq. [Anadolu]

 

MP Faisal Al-Essawi told​​ Sumaria​​ on Friday that the US presence in Iraq​​ is not an occupation, but​​ is in fact​​ needed. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

No reports

 

ANBAR

Al-Qa’im

A source within Anbar Operations Command said on Friday that Joint Ops Command opened an investigation into an incident in which a​​ police headquarters​​ was​​ targeted by rocket fire in Al-Qa’im. [BasNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Security Media Center said on Friday that an unspecified number of terrorists had been killed and safehouses destroyed in the Kan’ous area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The concentration of Daesh incidents in this specific area in eastern Shirqat is noteworthy.

 

Baiji

On Friday, a security source told​​ Sumaria​​ that Daesh had executed 3 brothers that it had kidnapped 2 days before as the​​ brothers were​​ looking​​ for desert truffles in Al-Mashak. [Sumaria]

A security source previously said on Wednesday that 3 brothers had been kidnapped by Daesh in the Makhoul Mountains. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad)

Daesh said it killed a policeman and a Saraya Al-Salam “intelligence member” on Wednesday in an ambush in the Al-Aqsa​​ village​​ area in Ishaqi.​​ [ICDNFeb8]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Khanaqin)

The Security Committee of the Diyala Provincial Council said on Friday that a “dangerous” terrorist cell in the Khanaqin countryside had been dismantled.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

Daesh said its snipers wounded a PMF soldier on Thursday in Rabi’a village, in Sadiya, Khanaqin District.​​ [ICDNFeb8]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

Daesh said it burned​​ down the house of a Shi’i​​ with hand grenades on Wednesday in​​ the​​ Al-Asra neighborhood​​ of​​ Kirkuk city. [ICDNFeb8]

 

Hawija (Abbasi)

Daesh said it targeted a tribal PMF “gathering” in Al-Ahnaf village, west of Abbasi, with 7 mortar shells, on Thursday. [ICDNFeb8-Telegram]​​ 

 

Daesh said it blew up the house of a PMF “intelligence member” on Thursday in Gharib village, in Abbasi subdistrict. [ICDNFeb8-Telegram]

Daesh also said it wounded a tribal PMF soldier with an IED in the same village, on Thursday. [ICDNFeb8]

 

Southwest (Rashad)

The spokesman for the Security Media Center, General Yahya, said on Friday that IFP intelligence units had found a Daesh “nest” on the outskirts of Wadi Al-Kur during a search​​ south of Rashad. The location​​ contained Kalashnikov-type rifles, food, and clothing.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh said it damaged an IFP SUV with an IED on Wednesday near Tal Khadija village, in Rashad subdistrict. [A3maq]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

Mahmoud Ismeal, an anti-Daesh​​ activist,​​ said in a television interview that he had been attacked on the orders of Ninewa Governor Nawfal Al-‘Akoub. He said that 1 of the reasons he had been attacked was that he had reported some of the Governor’s​​ associates​​ for being Daesh members.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source had previously said on Wednesday that an activist was beaten​​ up by the nephew of the Governor of Mosul and a tribal PMF commander.

 

A local source in Ninewa said that 12 bodies recently found by Civil Defense teams in west Mosul had no identifying marks, and that it would be “very difficult” to identify them. The source said that it was impossible to say whether they were bodies of civilians killed during the period of Daesh​​ occupation or of Daesh fighters. The Directorate of Civil Defense had previously reported finding the 12 bodies on Thursday. [Sumaria]

 

The Security Media Center said that detachments from the Energy Police had arrested a Daesh financer in east Mosul. The Center said that the man was financing Daesh by smuggling oil and oil derivatives. [Forat]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Friday that military intelligence detachments from the 20th​​ Division of the 43rd​​ Infantry Brigade had arrested a terrorist hiding in the IDP camp in Hammam Al-Alil. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

PMF Command said in a statement on Thursday that the 44th​​ PMF Brigade would carry out a search and raid operation from the Jazeera Mosul area toward the border with Syria in order to hunt down Daesh cells and secure the area.​​ [Forat]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

No reports

 

Southern Ninewa

No reports

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Babel Police Command said a person wanted on terrorism charges had been arrested in Muwailha, northern Babel.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

Karbala

The Directorate of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism arrested​​ 4​​ people in western Karbala Province on charges of terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Karbala said that tourist security personnel arrested a Daesh member in a hotel in the old city in the center of Karbala Province on Friday. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

No reports

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Elham Ahmed, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council (the political wing of the SDF), warned that a sudden withdrawal of US forces would result in a resurgence of Daesh. She said it was important for a small number of US​​ troops​​ to remain in northern and eastern Syria because it was a “powerful symbol” and could be considered tactical support. She said that the US forces also provide important intelligence for destroying Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

The​​ Wall Street Journal​​ wrote that the SDF was selling oil to the Qatirji Group, an oil broker subject to US and EU sanctions for supplying fuel to the Syrian government. It wrote that the Qatirji Group was delivering crude oil from SDF-held oilfields to Syrian government refineries. [WSJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We can’t have it both ways. If the US is going to cut off its support for the SDF, leaving it to the whims of President Erdogan, it is forced to accommodate itself to the Syrian government in order to have some counterweight to the Turks. As we have reported in numerous stories, the SDF is doing exactly that​​ in different ways.​​ 

 

Foreign policy

United States

A spokesman for the US State Department said that the US was interested in the security of the SDF and its Kurdish units, and that the US had already said that it should not be subjected to military attacks.​​ Dorar​​ says that this statement was intended to comfort the Kurdish allies after Turkey’s​​ President Erdogan expressed a desire to launch attacks east of the Euphrates. [ElDorar]

 

Russia

The​​ Syrian Law Journal​​ wrote on Twitter that Parliament had approved a $200 million, 40-year investment in the Homs Public Fertilizer Corporation by the Russian company Stroytransgaz. [Twitter]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Daesh was “still a threat” in Syria. Speaking at the inauguration of the Berlin HQ of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, she said that while Daesh had been driven out of its territory, it was “transforming into an asymmetrical warfare force.” [AsharqAlArabi] [Politico]

 

The​​ Times​​ published a report that said that while the caliphate set up by Daesh in Iraq and Syria may end, its ideology will​​ be​​ spread through the remaining fighters. [Arabi21]

 

A Yazidi activist said on Friday evening that Sausan, a Yazidi from Sinjar who was kidnapped in 2014, when she was 5, has finally been freed as a 10-year-old. She​​ was kept with Daesh affiliates in Egypt and now​​ speaks only the Egyptian dialect​​ of Arabic. [BasNews]

 

An Iraqi woman​​ with​​ 3 children who had been arrested in Syria on suspicion of belonging to Daesh was deported to Iraq, where she was sent to a police station.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Northwest

No reports

 

Northeast​​ 

No reports

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

A land mine explosion in Hama killed 8 members of the Albu Hasan tribe who worked in livestock. [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR said that many reliable sources​​ have​​ told it that the Coalition is negotiating with Daesh to leave its last remaining pocket. [SyriaHR]

 

On Thursday,​​ the​​ Guardian​​ said that intelligence officials believe some followers of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi attempted to launch a coup against him in a village near Hajin on January 10. A bounty has​​ reportedly​​ been placed on the head of the main planner, Abu Muath Al-Jazairi. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As our readers know, we tend to minimize the credibility of Al-Baghdadi stories. There have been a couple of reports of splits among top Daesh leaders, however. Even identifying the current Daesh leaders is difficult, as so many of the top leaders, including their replacements, have been killed by the Coalition and in combat.​​ 

 

The SOHR reported that 12 men of various nationalities and 4 Russian and Uzbek women were able to leave the last Daesh-held pocket and enter SDF-controlled territory. [SyriaHR]

 

A female Daesh leader fled to SDF-controlled areas with her 2 children. She is 28 years old and a Canadian citizen from Toronto of Somali origins. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issued a video of shooting down an Iraqi recon drone over Al-Baghouz on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

South

No reports​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the slogan “Death to America” or “Down with the USA” should be taken to refer to the politicians currently in power, specifically referencing Trump, John Bolton, and Mike Pompeo, and not to refer to the American people at large. [NYT] [Twitter]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Thank​​ you, Sir,​​ but we​​ honestly​​ wish that it wouldn’t take you 40 more years to stop the death slogans altogether and to start​​ thinking of your people’s wellbeing instead.​​ ​​ 

 

Saudi Arabia

The US​​ Senate is​​ pressuring​​ the Trump​​ Administration to provide further answers regarding Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salmans role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. In October, Senators Bob Corker and Bob Menendez, then the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,​​ requested​​ an investigation into Khashoggi’s killing under the Magnitsky Act, which provides for sanctions on foreign government officials responsible for human rights abuses. The legislation​​ gives the White House 120 days to respond. In November, Corker and Menendez wrote a letter asking the White House to specifically investigate whether MBS was involved, asking the White House to respond by the same deadline. That deadline came on Friday; the White House has not yet formally responded. [ABC]

 

The Saudi Foreign Ministry tweeted a graphic saying, “Our leadership is a red line” and “We warn against any attempt to link Khashoggi’s crime to our leadership,” in an apparent warning against US pressure. [Twitter]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We would like to suggest an appropriate response to this statement, but our response could not be printed by any respectable news organization.

 

North Africa

Egypt

Unidentified gunmen opened fire at Friday prayers in a mosque in Bandar, Asyut Governate, killing 2 people:​​ a 19-year-old and a 14-year-old.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Libya

The Chairman of the National Oil Company, Mustafa Sanalla, said that​​ production at the Sharara oilfield was unlikely to restart soon, as militia fighters affiliated with the UN-backed government in Tripoli were now fighting with Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army on the outskirts of the oilfield. [WSJ]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Military sources said on Friday that Afghan Special Forces had killed 2 senior Taliban leaders in a raid in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

The Afghan MoI and the Afghan National Police Forces, in separate statements, said that over 30 “irresponsible” armed persons had been arrested in Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

On Thursday, Daesh published the 168th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh published, as usual,​​ an infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, west Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and east Asia during the last week. It said conducted 74 attacks, killing or wounding 191 people and destroying 26 vehicles. [ICDNFeb7]

 

 

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