An Update On ISIS Activities

January 24, 2019

January 24, 2019

 

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Mosul (Mada Jan 24)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Univ. of Pennsylvania archeology team arrives in Mosul to start restoration project for cultural and religious sites.​​ [..]

Saudi leadership reinforces its declared support for Iraq. [..]

CoR party proposes legislation to remove US military from Iraq. [..]

 

Turkey

Hunger strike by imprisoned​​ woman​​ opposition leader reaches 77 days.​​ [..]

 

Syria

SOHR says security in areas controlled by Turkey-allied militias is deteriorating. [..]

Daesh territory in Syria down to almost nothing. [..]

Report says Iran’s General Soleimani planning for missile attacks on Israel from Syria. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Nigeria: ​​ Report reveals Boko Haram attacks in other parts of northern Nigeria. [..]

Afghanistan: ​​​​ 40 Taliban fighters killed by Coalition airstrikes. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Reconstruction

A team of US archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania have arrived in Mosul to reconstruct museums and minority holy sites. The State Department awarded a $2 million grant for the project, which​​ is scheduled to​​ last 3 years. [Mada] [Penn]

 

Foreign policy

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman​​ (MBS)​​ expressed​​ his​​ “full support​​ for​​ Iraq and its security and welfare.” This came in a telephone conversation between the​​ Crown​​ Prince and​​ Iraqi​​ PM​​ Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi​​ on Thursday. [Sumaria]​​ [BasNews]

Abd Ul-Mahdi​​ also​​ received an official invitation from Saudi King Salman Bin Abd Al-Aziz to visit Riyadh. [Sumaria]

 

The Al-Islah (Reform) Coalition proposed a bill to CoR Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbusi that includes terminating 2 signed agreements with the US. The Al-Islah spokesman said that the bill would “stop” US and foreign military bases in Iraq and prevent foreign military bases from existing in Iraq, while also blocking foreign military trainers and advisers. All foreign military forces would have to leave Iraq within a year of adopting the new bill. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source reported on Thursday that unidentified armed men shot and killed a restaurant owner in​​ the​​ Ur​​ neighborhood in Shaab. [Sumaria]

 

South​​ (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the 17th​​ Infantry Division had found a cache of Daesh weapons and ammunition in the Al-Akhsaf area, south Baghdad. The cache included a SPG9 launcher, an RPG7 launcher, 120mm mortars, and various types of ammunition.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Diyala Ops Commander General Abd Al-Mohsen Al-Abbasi said on Thursday that “joint forces,” operating with air support, had carried out a search operation in the Albu Khasiya​​ [spelling approx.]​​ and Qarma areas, and found and destroyed a Daesh cache.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source said that a land mine explosion in Baghdadi on Thursday killed a man and his wife, and injured their child. [BasNews]

 

Daesh said it blew up the house of a PMF commander on Tuesday in Al-Aqba village, in Hit south of Mohammedi. [ICDNJan24]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that PMF units captured a Daesh commander after he was wounded in clashes near the Himrin Mountains area.

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said its snipers killed a policeman on Wednesday in Abu Qarma village, in Al-Waqf. [A3maq]

 

Northern Diyala (Khanaqin)

A security source said that several Daesh fighters had attacked a police station in a village bordering Al-Islah, Jalawla subdistrict, Khanaqin District. The source said that federal and local police fought off the attack.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

The Security Media Center issued a statement on the reported withdrawal of the Counter​​ Terrorism Service (CTS) from Kirkuk. The Center said that the CTS had been commissioned to perform its duties in Kirkuk for “more than a year,” a mission which the Center said was now complete. The statement confirmed that the CTS duties in Kirkuk would be taken over by units from the 61st​​ “Presidential” Brigade, as previously reported by some media. [IraqPress]

 

Hawija (Riyadh)

Daesh said it killed two policemen and wounded others in a suicide attack on Wednesday at the entrance​​ to​​ Riyadh. [A3maq]

This may allude to a​​ Wednesday​​ DaeshDaily​​ report​​ that 2 PMF soldiers were killed and 2 others wounded on Friday when Daesh terrorists on motorcycles attacked PMF military positions near Al-Saray village. ​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul District

West (Muhalabiya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 2 PMF soldiers were killed and a civilian driver and another PMF soldier wounded when a roadside IED targeted their vehicle in the Tal Abta area.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

The Security Media Center said on Thursday that units under Ninewa Ops Command had freed a child, 2 women, and a man who had been kidnapped by Daesh near the Iraq-Syria border in 2014.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

The PMF media office said that a joint PMF and Iraqi Army​​ unit​​ carried out a search operation in the Hatra desert, and that they found safehouses during the search. [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The Turkish MP Leyla Guven,​​ in jail since January 2018, has now been on a hunger strike for the last 77 days. Guven is facing a prison sentence of over 100 years for allegedly belonging to and leading an armed organization and disseminating terrorist propaganda. Guven is an MP for the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party and the co-chair of Democratic Society Congress, a organization which the Turkish government says is linked to the PKK. Sabiha Temizkan, Guven’s daughter, said that her mother’s health was “very poor” due to the hunger strike. The​​ BBC​​ reported that “thousands” of people attended a rally in support of Guven last weekend in Diyarbakir, and that 250 other political prisoners were now on sympathy hunger strikes. [BBC]

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Foreign policy

Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, says that Turkey has the right to fight terrorist groups inside Syria, according to an agreement between Turkey and Syria in 1998. The agreement also obligates Syria to fight such groups, he says. Çavuşoğlu says that if Syria declines to do so, then​​ Turkey will assume this mission.​​ [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition issued a statement saying that it had carried out an airstrike on a Daesh “command and control facility” in a mosque in “eastern Syria” on Thursday. The statement said that Daesh continued to violate the Law of Armed Conflict by using protected structures for military purposes.​​ [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Kurdish media sources say that the Kurdish militia Afrin Liberation Forces killed 1 Turkish soldier and 3 pro-Turkey militia fighters in Shirawa and Azaz. [Hawar]

 

Manbij /Jarabulus

The SOHR reported 2 IED explosions in Qabasin, in Al-Bab, and Ghandoura, in Jarabulus, which are held by pro-Turkey militias. It says that the Ghandoura explosion left some civilians wounded. This comes amidst a deterioration of security in most areas held by pro-Turkey militias, the SOHR reported. [SyriaHR]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

The SDF engaged the Albu Khamis tribe in a gun battle near Mansurah, northwest of Raqqa in Al-Thawrah District, following the killing of an Albu Khamis tribesman near an SDF checkpoint. After tribesmen burned SDF cars and buildings, large SDF military reinforcements arrived in the city. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The Syrian Army continued the bombardment of opposition areas in Hama and Idlib, causing civilian casualties. Syrian artillery bombed​​ the town of​​ Tal Mannas, Maarat Al-Numan​​ District, and 8 adjacent villages beginning early Thursday morning. [ElDorar]​​ 

 

An HTS security official told​​ Ibaa​​ that on Thursday a “dangerous” Daesh official had been killed. The Daesh official was reportedly injured as he and another Daesh fighter attempted to plant an IED near the home of an HTS fighter in Idlib, and the IED detonated prematurely. The other fighter was killed in the explosion; the Daesh official died after being transported to the hospital. [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said on Thursday it killed an SDF fighter, wounded four others, and damaged an SUV with an IED in Al-Hawayej village, in Dhiban subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Forat​​ says that the SDF captured Baghouz Foqani (Upper Baghouz), which it wrote was “the last area held by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor,” with support from the Coalition. Intense air attacks by the Coalition on Wednesday forced Daesh forces to withdraw from the city. It says only 2 locations making up 2 square km are under Daesh control now. [ElDorar]

 

The Coalition is reportedly negotiating the surrender of the remaining Daesh fighters trapped in Al-Baghouz, which was captured yesterday by the SDF. Local sources say that the Coalition halted its aerial attacks on Al-Baghouz and allowed 7 trucks of humanitarian aid to enter the city. Hundreds​​ of Daesh fighters are said to still be​​ in​​ Al-Baghouz, although hundreds of others were reported to have surrendered to Coalition and SDF forces on Monday and Tuesday. [Anadolu]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It seems that the battle is not quite over for some Daesh fighters. At this point, there are not many places for them to escape to.

 

The SOHR says that SDF units are still clearing mines while advancing to eliminate what remains of Daesh fighters east of the Euphrates. Daesh is still holding a few farms and residential complexes, and is trying to open a route for escape or head towards the Iraq border. Most of the remaining Daesh fighters are non-Syrians, the SOHR says. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it attacked SDF positions “on the perimeter of” Al-Baghouz town with “different kinds of weapons.” [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed seven SDF members in battles “on the perimeter of” Al-Baghouz town. Daesh said the battles are ongoing. [A3maq]

In another version, Daesh said it killed or wounded seven SDF members in a “wide-range” attack. [ICDNJan24]

 

South​​ 

Damascus​​ 

An explosion in​​ the​​ Al-Adawi​​ neighborhood of​​ Damascus on Thursday​​ caused​​ damage. It was caused by an IED placed in a car. News​​ reports​​ about the explosion and the party responsible​​ are​​ conflicting. [EnabBaladi]​​ 

The SOHR says that the explosion took place near the Russian Embassy​​ in​​ Damascus, and left 4 civilians slightly wounded.​​ This was the second explosion in 5 days. [SyriaHR]

 

Daraa

The Kuwaiti newspaper​​ Al-Jarida​​ reported that there had been a “top-secret” visit of General Qasim Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, to Daraa. The paper quoted a source as saying that Soleimani visited Al-Ghariya Al-Sharqiya (Eastern Ghariya) town in Daraa, only 2 days before firing a surface-to-surface missile on Israeli Army positions in the Golan Heights. It says that Soleimani believes the only way to stop Israeli attacks on Syria is firing 3 missiles against Israel for each 1 fired on Syria. [ElDorar]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

US sources said that the Trump administration attempted to persuade European states to impose a ban on Iranian government airlines for espionage and​​ for​​ transferring fighters and weapons across borders. [BasNews]

 

Yemen

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed 2 Houthis and wounded 3 others when it damaged their machine gun mounted vehicle with an IED in the Al-Sha’ar area, in Ibb. [A3maq] [A3maq] [ICDNJan24-Telegram]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This the first time Daesh has claimed responsibility for an attack in Ibb Province. However, the only​​ report​​ we saw today from the Al-Sha’ar area was a vague announcement from government military sources about a Yemeni Army Special Forces operation that killed or wounded Houthi fighters.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

A local police officer, Captain Mohamed Hussein, said 4 civilians were wounded on Wednesday after a VBIED in a pickup truck exploded outside​​ the​​ Premier​​ Bank​​ headquarters​​ at Taleh​​ Junction in​​ Mogadishu.​​ [GaroweOnline]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded four Christians​​ on Wednesday when a group of its terrorists conducted an attack in Bosaso city. [A3maq] [ICDNJan24]

 

Nigeria

On Thursday, a​​ Vanguard​​ reporter summarized under-reported Boko Haram attacks over the last week, writing that 26 civilians had been killed in Sokoto State, northwest Nigeria, and that Katsina State, north-central Nigeria, was “surrounded by armed robbers and kidnappers.” The reporter quoted the Governor of Katsina State as saying that kidnappings and armed robbery were ongoing​​ daily. [VanguardNGR]

 

Daesh said it killed seven Nigerian soldiers, wounded others, and stole an SUV and weapons and ammunition on Wednesday in an attack on a military position in Ajiri village, southern Borno State. [A3maq] [ICDNJan24]​​ This claim presumably was about a Boko Haram attack.

In a separate statement, Boko Haram claimed to have attacked Ajiri. [DefensePost]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Military sources said on Thursday that various coalition airstrikes throughout Afghanistan had killed a total of 40 Taliban fighters over the past 24 hours. [Khaama]

 

A coalition airstrike on Wednesday killed Mawlawi Madad, the Taliban “commander of IED operations” in the Helmand region, southern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

3 suicide bombers, including 2 Pakistanis, were arrested in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Venezuela

International reactions to the events​​ in​​ Venezuela varied, as the US and its allies in Latin America supported​​ the claim of​​ Juan Guaido, the Speaker of Parliament,​​ who declared himself to be President. On the other side, Russia, China, and Turkey, among others, announced their support for current President Nicholas Maduro. The US said that “all options” were open if the Venezuelan President uses force against the opposition. [Arabi21]

 

António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General called on all parties in Venezuela to express restraint to avoid violence that may destroy the country. He demanded a transparent investigation of news of killings and arrests accompanying the unrest in the country.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

 

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