An Update On ISIS Activities

January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019


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Car Bomb Explosion in Al-Qa’im (Jan 11)







Deadly car bomb in Al-Qa’im raises issue of police understaffing. [..]

Mukhtar of NW Mosul neighborhood killed by Daesh. [..]



Turkey delegation will visit Washington next month to discuss US Syria withdrawal, as Erdogan-Bolton clash reverberates.​​ [..]



Russia says the US handing over Syrian territory it holds to Assad will solve the problem. [..]

Pentagon begins US withdrawal; estimates 4-6 months to complete. [..]

Daesh members fleeing Syria en masse, taking a lot of money with them.​​ [..]

DaeshDaily source says Daesh fighters fleeing into the desert from Al-Susah.​​ [..]

SDF, Coalition​​ airstrikes​​ free 400 civilians from Daesh near Hajin. [..]


Other​​ countries

Iran: ​​ France warns Iran to stop ballistic missile activities. [..]

Yemen: ​​ World Bank allocates $32 for Yemen emergency aid.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:​​ ​​ Taliban attack kills at least 6 security personnel in northern Afghanistan. [..]






Political sources said that “high-level mediations” are underway to resolve a “media war” between​​ Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq​​ (AAH)​​ and the Hikma (Wisdom) bloc headed by Ammar Al-Hakim. The problem started when a TV station owned by Hikma accused AAH of assassinating the owner of the Laymouna restaurant in Sadr City, saying that the assassin was arrested holding an AAH ID card. [BasNews]


Foreign policy

Turkey’s Ambassador to Iraq, Fatih Yildiz, considers​​ “double taxation” to be the main trade obstacle between Iraq and Turkey, saying his country aims to raise the​​ amount of​​ trade between the​​ 2​​ countries to $20​​ billion. He says​​ that​​ Iraqi​​ President Barham Salih promised to resolve this issue during his recent visit to Turkey. [Sumaria]



IFP command says it arrested a man on terrorism charges in Baghdad, following intelligence leads. The exact location of the arrest was not specified. [Sumaria]​​ 




The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units operating in the 14th​​ Army Division found 2 ammunition and explosives caches, including 91 IEDs, in Albu Khanfar, Qarma subdistrict. [Ghad]​​ 


Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A security source from the Anbar Provincial Police reported that a land mine in Raihana killed a woman and her son and injured others. [BasNews]



A car bomb explosion in Al-Qa’im killed 2 persons and wounded 23, the Ministry of Health says. The explosion took place in the market area. 4 policemen were among the wounded. [Baghdadia]​​ 


MPs from the Anbar Provincial Council stated that the explosive car bomb​​ in Al-Qa’im resulted in killing 4 people and injuring 20 others. Na’im Al-Ka’oud, the head of the Security Committee in the Anbar Provincial Council, said that there is a great shortage of security forces and that more policemen are needed to prevent more explosions. He noted that the Anbar police force has 10,000 fewer policemen currently than it had in 2014, before Daesh appeared. He also called for the “removal” of the families of Daesh and “especially the leaders,” as he claimed they were forming active cells and supporting Daesh. [Dijlah] [Rudaw]



Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said it killed a tribal PMF soldier and wounded seven other soldiers, including an officer, on Thursday when it attacked the houses of the commander and an officer in the Mazari’ area, near Yathrib. [ICDNJan11]​​ 


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

Daesh said that on Thursday, it set a factory and 5 vehicles that belonged to an Asayish member on fire near Hilwan​​ Bridge, in the Qulay area, Khanaqin​​ District. [ICDNJan11]



No reports



Anti-explosives personnel in the 50th​​ Brigade under Ninewa Ops Command removed 55 booby traps, 120 mines and IEDs, and 120 “projectiles” from the Ninewa Ops Command area of operations.​​ [IraqPress]


Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the mukhtar of​​ the​​ Haramat neighborhood, in​​ northwest Mosul, was killed when a group of Daesh terrorists in military uniforms attacked his​​ house. The source said the terrorists fled to the Al-Atshana Mountains area, in​​ nearby​​ Badoush subdistrict, after the murder.​​ 


Western​​ Ninewa


The PMF media office said that PMF units had stopped a rocket attack targeting the Qayrawan area on Friday, and found 40 mortar rounds and “hundreds” of unexploded ordnance left behind by Daesh in the area.​​ [Sumaria]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Yazidi PMF units stopped a Daesh​​ unit​​ near the Syria border, killing 2 terrorists.


Daesh said on Friday it set off an IED at the house of a tribal PMF soldier in Albu Khashab village, in Sinjar northeast of Baaj, causing damages. [ICDNJan11]​​ 



The Turkish MoD says its planes attacked PKK positions in Hakurk,​​ in northern Erbil, killing 5 fighters and destroying their positions. [Sumaria]​​ [Buratha]




Foreign policy

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it would send a delegation to Washington, D.C.,​​ early next month to continue discussions on the repercussions of the US withdrawal from Syria. [WSJ]


Meanwhile, Erdogan’s hostile reaction to John Bolton’s statement that the US withdrawal was conditional on the Turks not attacking the US-allied Kurds after the withdrawal continues to make headlines. The Turks have reportedly already massed a large number of troops along the border.​​ CNBC reported that Foreign Minister Cavusoglu is adamant that the Turks will not request permission from anyone to attack the YPG.​​ [CNBC]





Foreign policy


The Russian Foreign Ministry called on the US to hand over the areas it is evacuating to the Syrian government. Maria Zakharova, the Ministry’s spokeswoman, says the return of government control over these areas will eliminate any threats to Syria’s neighbors (i.e., Turkey). [EnabBaladi]


United States

A statement from the Coalition said​​ on Friday that the US​​ had​​ started a “deliberate” withdrawal of its forces from Syria.​​ The statement, from Coalition spokesman Sean Ryan,​​ said that the Coalition​​ would not specify timelines, locations, or troop movements for operational security​​ reasons. [Hawar]​​ [WaPo]


The Pentagon says that it​​ has​​ started to pull out “some” military equipment from Syria, without giving further details.​​ CNN​​ said earlier that CENTCOM had defined the ships and planes involved in the withdrawal process.​​ Defense Department officials said that initial withdrawals were limited to equipment, and that no troops had yet been withdrawn.​​ The DoD officials added that the number of US troops deployed in Syria might increase slightly to expedite the withdrawal process, and that the operation was expected to take 4 to 6 months to complete.​​ [Anadolu]​​ [WaPo]​​ [NYT] [WSJ]


The​​ New York Times​​ wrote that the US departure from Syria marked a “post-American era” for the Middle East. The​​ NYT​​ noted that Turkey, Iran, and Russia were​​ hashing out the end of the civil war without the US present. The paper went on to write that despite the Middle East being near the top of the US foreign policy agenda since the Cold War, some scholars and arguably both the Obama and Trump administrations now viewed the region as more trouble than it was worth. [NYT]


Anti-Daesh campaign

The SOHR reported on Friday that hundreds of mostly Iraqi Daesh members and their families​​ have​​ fled to Iran, Turkey, and Iraq within the past 40 days. The​​ SOHR​​ said that “large sums” of money have flowed between Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran​​ due to​​ Daesh members fleeing from Hajin. It also​​ reported that 15,000 Daesh fighters​​ and their families​​ in Syria​​ are headed to Iraq, including 12,000 women and children. [Dijlah]



No reports



West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun Friday afternoon near Adnaniya Farm, northwest of Raqqa. [ICDNJan11]​​ 


Central and West​​ 


The Turkish news agency​​ Anadolu​​ says that the Turkish Army deployed “commando” units and armored vehicles on the borders of Idlib, following “Al-Nusra” (i.e., HTS) taking control of the province. [Sumaria]


According to activists, an IED explosion injured 4 people and set 2 cars on fire near a building of the Ba’ath Party in Aleppo. [ElDorar]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it killed an SDF commander, wounded three other soldiers, and damaged their vehicle on Thursday when it set off a parked motorcycle bomb near Al-Busayrah​​ Bridge. [ICDNJan11]


Daesh said it wounded three SDF members on Thursday when it targeted an SDF office in the Al-Sabha area, in Al-Busayrah subdistrict, with a hand grenade. [ICDNJan11]


Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with machine guns on Thursday in Dernaj village. [ICDNJan11]​​ 


Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that many Daesh terrorists have fled from Al-Susah town​​ near the Iraq border​​ toward the desert. The source said that most of the remaining terrorists are Iraqis. The source said that a Daesh speaker urged the terrorists in Friday prayers to fight to the death and not surrender.​​ 


The SDF says in a statement that it assaulted Daesh positions near Hajin and freed 400 civilians. It also says it killed 147 Daesh militants, destroyed 78 positions, 6 vehicles, car rigging workshop, two land mine sites, 3 mortars, and a drone workshop. It also cut off two main Daesh supply routes. Finally, it says that Coalition planes executed 63 airstrikes on Daesh positions. [PUKMedia]​​ 


The SOHR says that the SDF arrested 3 non-Syrian Daesh leaders (a Russian, an Afghani, and a Turk) in Deir Ez-Zor. The 3 were connected to the deadly attacks in Raqqa in the past few days. The SOHR also reported 720 Daesh escapees among the IDPs leaving Daesh-held areas, all of whom it says were arrested by the SDF. [SyriaHR]




The “Popular Resistance” militia​​ said that its fighters had​​ attacked a Syrian Army checkpoint in​​ the small city of​​ Ghabagheb, north of Daraa, using RPG rockets.​​ It says​​ 2 Syrian soldiers were killed and 3 wounded in the attack. [Qasioun]​​ 




Neighboring countries


France called on Iran to stop all activities related to Iranian ballistic missiles immediately, saying Iran’s missile program is violating UN Security Council Resolution 2231. The French Foreign Ministry was responding to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who said that Iran was launching 2 satellites into space using Iranian-made missiles. The US also warned Iran against taking such an action. [BasNews]


The family of Michael White, the US Navy veteran imprisoned in Iran, said on Friday that White had traveled there with a valid visa to visit a female friend, and rejected any suggestion that White was engaged in espionage. [NYT]



The UN announced that the World Bank allocated $32 million to provide life-saving emergency aid in Yemen. [Anadolu]


North Africa


The Egyptian Dar Al-Iftaa’​​ jihadi​​ and​​ fatwa​​ watch group says that Daesh and Al-Qaeda are targeting the UAE and Saudi Arabia through their media publications. Recent publications cited included accusations against both countries of “Zionism” and of enhancing relations with Israel and the US.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Al-Ahram​​ newspaper reported on Friday that Egyptian authorities deported a 24-year-old German man who attempted to join Daesh in Egypt. [IKH]


Daesh said it wounded Egyptian Army members and destroyed a Humvee and a bulldozer with 2 IEDs on Thursday near Al-Dhahir village, south of Sheikh Zuweid. It also said it damaged another Humvee with heavy machine guns in the same area. [ICNDJan11] [A3maq]


Daesh said it killed or wounded Egyptian soldiers and destroyed their M113 armored vehicle with an IED on Thursday between Al-Mar’i and Al-Sidra security barriers, south of Arish. [ICDNJan11] [A3maq]



Hawar​​ reported that the Libyan Council of National Security and Defense and the Libyan Foreign Ministry was considering “several” measures against Turkey after seizing 2 shipments of arms and drugs coming from Turkey. [Hawar]






Chief of Army Staff,​​ General Tukur Buratai,​​ said on Friday that Nigerian Army troops had cleared the town of Baga, Borno State, and congratulated the troops who had taken part in the operation. [VanguardNGR]




The Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said that Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib met with the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, on the first day of his trip to China. The ONSC said in a statement that Wang Yi emphasized the importance of an Afghan-led peace process, and said that peace would be impossible without direct talks between the government and the Taliban. [Khaama]


Elif Shah Tay,​​ Director of Fayzabad district in Jowzjan Province, northern Afghanistan, says that the Taliban killed 6 Afghan security personnel in an attack in the area. He says that a gunfight took place, and that Taliban fighters withdrew after reinforcement arrived. The Taliban claims it killed 8 security personnel in that attack. [Rudaw]


Military sources said that the Taliban intelligence chief for Faryab Province, northern Afghanistan, and a senior leader of Daesh’s Khorasan affiliate (ISIS-K), were killed in separate airstrikes on Thursday. [Khaama]




On Thursday, Daesh published the 164th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh published an infographic about its attacks during the last week in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, west Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, claiming it conducted 71 attacks, killing or wounding more than 191 people, and destroying 27 vehicles. It also issued an infographic about its attacks during the last 3 months in Aleppo, Hasaka, Raqqa, and Deir Ez-Zor provinces, claiming it conducted 271 attacks, killing or wounding more than 910 people, and destroying 125 vehicles. [ICDNJan10]





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