An Update On ISIS Activities

January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

 

Notice to our readers: ​​​​ In observance of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we will not be publishing on Monday and will return on Tuesday. Please enjoy the holiday.​​ 

 

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. FarmerChief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon​​ M. Kent

 

 

 

Operations Support Specialist Scott Wirtz

Operations Support Specialist Scott Wirtz

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Turkey will establish two new consulates, in Kirkuk and Najaf, & open new border crossing.​​ [..]

10 Daesh operatives arrested in Mosul. [..]

Basra protesters set fire to police station. [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan will discuss “safe zone” concept with Putin.​​ [..]

 

Syria

McGurk says Syria withdrawal decision may cause the re-emergence of Daesh.​​ [..]

Anti-American demonstration in Baghdad undone by bad weather. [..]

2 Turkish soldiers, 5 pro-Turkey militiamen killed in southwest Afrin. [..]

4 Americans killed in Manbij blast identified. [..]

Syrian troops, Tahrir Al-Sham suddenly in combat in, near Aleppo city.​​ [..]

Some Daesh still fighting in Al-Susah, but 35 killed. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen: ​​ UN says over 1 million people are displaced from Hodeida.​​ [..]

Russia: ​​ Serbia police arrest Daesh member trying to assassinate Putin.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS​​ FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

Mansour Al-Baiji, a Bina’ CoR member said that the final touches​​ are being placed​​ on the​​ proposed legislation​​ to remove all foreign forces​​ from Iraq. He says the law includes evacuating all military bases including those in the Kurdistan region. According to him, the legislation will be up for a vote soon. [Sumaria]

 

A Gulf paper says political differences are delaying the approval of Iraq’s 2019 budget. Kurdish groups may not vote for it because of the continuing issue over their budget share; the Kurds want to return it to 17%, while other parties want to keep it at 12%. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

The Secretary General​​ of the Arab League​​ stated that the​​ Arab League​​ summit​​ in Tunisia​​ would​​ address “all Arab issues,” including​​ reconstruction in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

A political source said that the​​ “digital wall” recently approved by the​​ Iraqi National Security Council was a set of measures to protect​​ official, business, and social​​ Iraqi institutions from cyber attacks.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Sumaria​​ published photos of Jazeera Operations Command military units stationed along the Iraq-Syria border as they bombarded Daesh positions with artillery fire on Friday. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Foreign ​​ policy

The Turkish Foreign Ministry says it will activate its consulates in Basra and Mosul, and start 2 new ones,​​ in Kirkuk and Najaf.​​ The spokesman said that a​​ new border crossing is​​ being opened with Iraq to enhance trade relations. He says the opening of these consulates show​​ the​​ Turkish will to embrace all of Iraq, adding his country disapproves​​ of​​ sanctions against Iran which will mainly harm​​ the​​ Iranian people. [Anadolu]

 

BAGHDAD

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

A sudden and severe​​ deterioration of the​​ weather prevented a demonstration from occurring in Baghdad. The demonstration was arranged by​​ pro-Iran​​ groups and would have demanded that US troops leave Iraq. [Basnews]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

On Friday military intelligence units arrested a Daesh fighter in​​ the Qarma​​ subdistrict. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A similar story reported on Friday​​ says that​​ military intelligence units found a large stockpile of IEDs in​​ Qarma. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 2​​ PMF members were killed and​​ 2​​ others wounded when an IED destroyed their pickup vehicle on the road between Baiji and Haditha.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Daesh kidnapped​​ 2​​ tribal PMF fighters near Zuwiya village.

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it set a poultry farm and 5 vehicles that belonged to an Iraqi Army “spy”​​ on fire​​ and stole his weapon on Tuesday in the Buhriz area. [ICDNJan18]​​ 

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

The Muqdadiya​​ District Council​​ stated that​​ war-related​​ damage to state offices is about IQD 19 billion. The damage to civil property, houses, and shops is about IQD 37 billion​​ and the agriculture and business sectors have suffered about IQD 30 million. [Rudaw]

 

KIRKUK

Southwest ( Rashad)

Daesh said on Thursday it damaged a vehicle carrying PMF soldiers with an IED in 7th of Nisan village, in Rashad subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that local police units captured 6 Daesh​​ operatives​​ in Al-Wihda, Al-Intisar, and Al-Mithaq neighborhoods, in east Mosul. The source said one of them​​ was a senior official at Daesh’s “office of education.”​​ 

 

In a very similar story, the MoI reported that the 7th​​ police battalion under Ninewa Police Command arrested 4 Daesh operatives​​ from​​ Daesh’s Ministry of Defense​​ and captured 2 Daesh vehicles. The arrests were made in​​ Al-Intisar, Al-Wihda, and Karama neighborhoods in​​ east Mosul​​ and Tilul Al-Atshana​​ (Hamidat subdistrict, just​​ west of​​ Mosul city. [Sumaria]

 

The Directorate of Military Engineering, an explosives treatment battalion, and the director of land mines claim to have cleared “many” homes, buildings, streets, and mosques of IEDs and undetonated mines in the old section of Mosul city. [Madar]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 2 PMF fighters were killed in a Daesh attack near the southern entrance of Hatra city.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

On Friday evening, angry protesters set fire to a police station in Basra,​​ demonstrating against corruption and​​ poor​​ services. [Basnews]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that President Erdogan would discuss developing a safe zone in Syria, similar to that in​​ Idlib,​​ with his Russian counterpart. [Eldorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat​​ reported that the SDF had presented a “road map” to Russia for the SDF to join forces with the Syrian regime. [Qasioun]

 

Former leader of the International Coalition against Daesh, Brett McGurk, said that President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria would cause the reemergence of Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

United Nations

On Friday, the UN Secretary General said that any plan for north Syria must take Turkey’s legitimate concerns into account. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Debka, an Israeli intelligence website, reported that there are about 10,000 pro-Iran Iraqi militants on the Syria-Iraq border waiting to enter Syria and confront Daesh if the Syrian government agrees. It would be the second major pro-Iran entry into Syria since 2014. [Qasioun]

 

Last Friday,​​ Sada​​ published an article warning that despite losing its territory​​ in Hajin, instability in Iraq and Syria allows​​ Daesh to survive. [Sada]

 

Northwest

Afrin

On Friday​​ Hawar​​ reported that​​ the​​ Mahmudiya neighborhood in Afrin witnessed an explosion. [Hawar]

 

Afrin Liberation forces​​ killed​​ 5 pro-Turkey militiamen​​ and 2 Turkish soldiers​​ in Jinderes, southwest Afrin,​​ according to Kurdish media. [Hawar]

 

Manbij​​ 

The​​ SOHR​​ says that investigations into the Manbij attack that killed US soldiers revealed that 2 people at least, a man and woman, were involved in the attack. The search for the man is underway in​​ the​​ area​​ controlled by the​​ Manbij​​ Military​​ Council. [SyriaHR]

 

BBC​​ reported that 3 of the 4 US citizens who were killed in the blast on Manbij​​ have been identified as​​ Jonathan Farmer,​​ a soldier;​​ Shannon Kent,​​ a sailor​​ and cryptography specialist, and Scott Wirtz​​ a civilian​​ but a former Navy Seal. [BBC]​​ The fourth was an Arab-American language specialist.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that the suicide terrorist who blew himself up in Manbij​​ had been at​​ Al-Hawl Camp in Hasaka. The source said that Daesh has “hundreds” of suicide terrorists in the camp and is recruiting more.​​ 

 

Northeast​​ 

No reports

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Sputnik​​ says intense fighting is taking place in Rashideen​​ (Aleppo city),​​ Al-Zahra’​​ (Shia town north of Aleppo​​ city), and Maalia​​ (spelling approx.)​​ in Aleppo between​​ Tahrir Al-Sham​​ and the Syrian Army,​​ in which​​ the​​ Army​​ employed​​ heavy artillery. The fighting began late Thursday night and was reported to be ongoing on Friday. [Syrianow]

 

Local sources reported a large​​ explosion​​ on Friday that​​ hit a military command center in Idlib,​​ killing 15​​ people​​ including 9 civilians. [Enabbaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR​​ reported​​ that​​ Coalition planes​​ maintain their presence​​ over​​ the small 15 km2 ​​​​ remaining​​ area​​ held by Daesh​​ in Albu Kamal,​​ accompanied by continued pressure by SDF on Daesh.​​ 

The​​ SOHR​​ says 1,122 Daesh militants​​ have been​​ killed since September 10, 2018​​ and​​ 621 SDF fighters​​ have been​​ killed during the same period.​​ 367 civilians,​​ including 130 children,​​ have been​​ killed. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ reported​​ that​​ when​​ the​​ SDF advanced​​ yesterday​​ into​​ Al-Susah, Daesh detonated​​ 2​​ vehicles bombs. It​​ also​​ said​​ that​​ the​​ SDF is​​ now​​ encircling 15 Daesh fighters who failed to escape​​ Al-Susah​​ under bad weather conditions. It reported 8 Daesh militants and 2 SDF fighters were​​ killed. However, it also says​​ Daesh managed to retrieve several positions​​ in Al-Susah​​ after pushing SDF units back. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

On Friday​​ SDF​​ leaders announced that its units had killed and injured 35 Daesh members in Al-Susah. [Sumaria]

 

South​​ 

No reports

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

The UN says in a report that over 1 million people​​ have​​ escaped Hodeida since the start of the Yemen war. The total number of families that left Hodeida from June 2018 to January 2019 is 174,717 families,​​ and 48,300​​ additional​​ individuals. [Rudaw]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Fatwa Observatory​​ analyzed a Daesh​​ publication,​​ published January 2019, called,​​ “Refuting the Suspicions of the Retractors of the Muslim State” which highlights lying and deceit as a “lifeline” for the organization. The review notes that this is a marked​​ transformation in Daesh​​ ideology, which had previously been​​ more​​ aggressive.​​ [AhlMisr]

 

Libya

The Libyan Army on Friday was able to kill a prominent​​ Daesh​​ leader in​​ Al-Shati​​ in south Libya. ​​ [Madar]

 

Anadolu​​ reported that Khalifa Haftar’s forces,​​ the Libyan National Army,​​ killed 3 Daesh fighters in Sabha,​​ in​​ south​​ Libya,​​ during an operation to clear areas northwest of Sabha. One of the fighters killed was an Egyptian national. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

NORTH AMERICA

Canada

On Thursday a Canadian court​​ convicted a woman​​ of​​ committing terrorist acts​​ and attempting​​ four times​​ to join terrorist organizations times.​​ She was arrested in 2017.​​ [FaceIraq]

 

EUROPE

Russia

According to Russian media, Serbian security forces arrested a Daesh operative who had been planning to assassinate President Putin during his visit to Serbia on Thursday. The site says the man is a member of a local Daesh cell, and that a sniper rifle and a knife were found in his possession. [Anadolu]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Thursday the 165th​​ issue of its​​ Al-Naba​​ magazine, including​​ an infographic about its attacks last week in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, west Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It​​ claims​​ it conducted 74 attacks,​​ killing or wounding​​ more than 200 people and destroying 39 vehicles. In this issue also, Daesh claimed responsibility for the apartment building explosion and a commuter bus bombing in the​​ Russian city of Magnitogorsk. It said 39 people were killed and “tens” were missing​​ from​​ the first explosion, and three commuters were killed in the second explosion.​​ 

Al-Naba’​​ also published an “interview” with one​​ of the​​ Daesh terrorists in Manbij, who gave details about the Coalition and the SDF presence in the city, and threatened more attacks against them. The terrorist also claimed that Syrian Army officers had visited the city several times and met with SDF officials. [ICDNJan17]

 

On Dec 31, 2018, a section of an apartment block in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk collapsed in what the authorities reported was a utility gas explosion. A total of 39 bodies were found at the site. The next day, Jan 1, 2019, a commuter bus exploded in the city’s district where the affected building is located. Certain media outlets in Russia reported that the two incidents were connected and that a house explosion was in fact a terrorist act. Russia’s Investigative Committee has refuted​​ the​​ allegations. [Unian]

The Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) said an Islamic State affiliate in the North Caucasus had planted a bomb “between the third and 10th floors” of the apartment block in the Urals city.

Russia’s Investigative Committee released a statement Friday saying that all explanations were being considered in its ongoing probe into the blast. The​​ Committee said, however,​​ that a gas leak was being considered as the most likely explanation and reiterated that no traces of explosive materials had been found at the site of the explosion.

“I call on journalists to refrain from trusting the messages of terrorist organizations, which, as is well-known, attribute all high-profile incidents in the world to themselves,”​​ said​​ the committee’s spokesperson, Svetlana Petrenko, in​​ the​​ statement.

Meanwhile, a widely circulated report published Friday by journalist Nikita Mogutin claimed that the apartment blast had been caused by explosives planted by three men who had planned a series of terrorist attacks in Magnitogorsk on New Year’s Eve. The unconfirmed report based on unnamed sources claimed that another explosive device had been found in the city on Jan. 1 and that the three plotters had been killed after attempting to flee security forces. [MoscowTimes]​​ 

 

 

 

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