An Update On ISIS Activities

January 7, 2019

January​​ 7, 2019


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Daesh IED Factory Found Near Hamdaniya (DD Jan 4)







Apparent visit of Iraqi delegation to Israel causes flap in Baghdad. [..]

AAH again threatens US troops in Iraq. [..]

US Special Forces Hawija airdrop operation kills 3 Daesh attacking electricity tower. [..]

DaeshDaily source confirms network of Daesh food smugglers in Hawija. [..]

First 200 families return home to Old Mosul from IDP camp. [..]

12 Dahuk villages evacuated due to Turkish bombing. [..]



Erdogan praises Trump’s Syria withdrawal decision. [..]



. . . but Turkey slams Bolton’s statement that US​​ won’t allow​​ Turkish attacks on​​ the Kurds.​​ [..]

Trump says withdrawal will be “at a proper pace.”​​ [..]

Saudi Arabia will reopen its embassy in Damascus. [..]

Syrian opposition leader criticizes governments who would recognize Assad government. [..]

Staffan de Mistura’s challenging tenure as UN Syria envoy ends. [..]

Daesh suicide attack kills at least 5 in Raqqa. [..]

SDF advances in Al-Sha’afa, arrests “dozens” of Daesh fighters. [..]

SOHR says Daesh now controls only two towns in Albu Kamal. [..]

2 Americans among Daesh fighters captured by SDF. [..]


Other​​ countries

Nigeria: ​​ Nigerian military fights back, kills over 100 Boko Haram fighters.​​ [..]

Afghanistan: ​​​​ Taliban attack in NW Afghanistan kills at least 21 soldiers, police.​​ [..]






Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition issued a statement celebrating Iraqi Army Day, commemorating the​​ formation of the Iraqi Army on January 6, 1921. General Austin Renforth, Joint Ops Commander, said that the Iraqi Army had trained and fought diligently to liberate their country, and that the Coalition was honored to be a part of the celebration. [InherentResolve]


Foreign policy

The Foreign Relations Committee of the CoR says that the recent Israeli announcement that an Iraqi delegation visited Israel is a “game” aimed at creating​​ a​​ commotion in Iraq, and says that the Intelligence and National Security Organizations are responsible for handling such issues. The Vice Speaker of the CoR, Hassan Al-Kaabi, demanded that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs start investigations regarding the alleged visit. [Sumaria]


However,​​ In a tweet, Edy Cohen, an academic at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, published the names of several Iraqis who he claims were part of the delegation. He says the persons​​ who​​ visited Israel are Ahmed​​ Al-Jubouri,​​ Ahmed Al-Jarba,​​ and Abdulrahim Al-Shammari from Ninewa,​​ Abdulrahman Al-Louaisi, a former Ninewa​​ MP,​​ Khalid Al-Mafraji of Kirkuk province, and Aliya​​ Nassif, a Shiite from Baghdad. “We extend the hands of peace to them,” he said. [Rudaw] [Anadolu]


AAH says that it will attack US forces​​ if​​ the government fails to take action regarding these forces’ presence in Iraq. AAH​​ says​​ it is keeping them under scrutiny. This came following the publication of photos showing US military personnel walking around the famous Mutanabi​​ Street in Baghdad. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Don’t you wish that we could somehow call their bluff after one of these insulting​​ and self-promoting​​ statements?



The Security Media Center reported on Monday that dispatches of the Intelligence and Security Directorate of Baghdad captured 1 person wanted for terrorism. The center also reported that the detachments, in coordination with the “crime-fighting office of Al-Mansour,” liberated a kidnapped person in the center of Baghdad, arrested the kidnapper, and captured several wanted persons under various legal provisions in different areas of Baghdad. [Sumaria]​​ 


West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Security Media Center says that Military Intelligence field units arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges at the Al-Suqour checkpoint, west Baghdad. [Sumaria]




Daesh said it killed 3 members of​​ the pro-Iran​​ Saraya Al-Khurasani​​ militia​​ and destroyed their vehicle​​ on Sunday​​ with an IED,​​ on the road between Akashat and Al-Qa’im. [ICDNJan7]


Daesh said it shot and killed a tribal PMF commander on Saturday in Al-Masharie’ village, in Al-Qa’im subdistrict. [ICDNJan7-Telegram]​​ 



No reports



Northern Diyala (Khanaqin)

Daesh published on Saturday photos of an attack on an IFP office in​​ Ali Sabahi village,​​ west of Khanaqin. [ICDNJan5]​​ 


Southern Diyala (Mandali)

The Security Media​​ Center says units under Diyala Operations Command found and​​ destroyed a Daesh hideout​​ that was under construction in the Humairat village area in Mandali, as well as​​ weapons in villages nearby. [Sumaria]


Daesh said on Saturday it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their Humvee with an IED in the Al-Nida area​​ of Mandali. [ICDNJan5]




Nouri Hama Ali, a Peshmerga officer,​​ says a large American force moved​​ into the K1 camp in Kirkuk. He says that the US presence in Kirkuk will have positive consequences on the pending issues​​ between Baghdad and Erbil, especially the presence of Iraqi forces in the province. [Rudaw]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment. We know of no basis for the man’s optimism that the presence of American soldiers means that Iraqi troops will withdraw from Kirkuk.


Daesh said it killed two Oil Facilities Protection policemen with machine guns on Friday in Idris Khabbaz village, southwest of Dibis. [ICDNJan5]​​ 


Daesh said on Sunday it blew up the house of a tribal PMF member in Sarheed Al-Matar village, southwest of Kirkuk city, near Hawija’s​​ Riyadh​​ subdistrict. [ICDNJan6]​​ 



US Special Forces units carried out an airdrop​​ operation on Sunday, killing 3 Daesh members in Hawija who had been targeting an electricity tower. [SotIraq]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that IFP units captured a man who was smuggling food items to Daesh​​ near Al-Sadouniya village. The source said the man identified 22 more smugglers in the Hawija area.


Daesh said it blew up wells and electricity generators that “belonged to IFP and tribal PMF members” on Thursday in Madina​​ village,​​ near​​ Hawija​​ city. [ICNDJan5]​​ 


Daesh said on Sunday it damaged a PMF vehicle with an IED in Al-Mistah village, in Abbasi subdistrict​​ in western Hawija. [A3maq]​​ 


Daesh said on Sunday it blew up the house of a tribal PMF commander in Al-Hawayej​​ village, west of Abbasi. [ICDNJan6]


Southwest (Daquq, Rashad)

Daesh said it targeted on Friday a tribal PMF “gathering” in Kurdi Al-Nasr village,​​ in Rashad subdistrict, with 5 60mm mortar shells. [ICDNJan5]​​ 



Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Ninewa Protection Units found an abandoned Daesh explosives factory near Hamdaniya and confiscated IEDs and other explosives. The source sent us photos of the factory.


Mosul​​ city

The Ninewa Governor, Nawfal Al-Akoub, says 200 families returned from the Salamiyah​​ IDP camp to their homes in old Mosul. He said that​​ this was​​ the first group of many to come. All families passed​​ a​​ security check. [BasNews]


The​​ Ninewa police say​​ that they​​ arrested 3​​ female​​ Daesh operatives in old​​ Mosul, including one of an​​ unspecified​​ Arab nationality. [BasNews]


The Directorate of Military Intelligence reported on Monday that the 20th​​ Military Intelligence dispatch and the 43rd​​ Infantry Brigade captured 3 Daesh security personnel in east Mosul. [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]​​ 


Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units operating under the 20th​​ Army Division arrested 3 Daesh operatives in Hammam Al-Alil. [Sumaria]


West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

Daesh published on Saturday photos of murdering three men in the Badoush area after accusing them of being “spies.” [ICDNJan5]​​ A​​​​ DaeshDaily​​ source had previously said on Thursday that 3 members of the same family were killed when a group of Daesh terrorists in military uniforms attacked a house in Al-Jabala village, between Tal Afar​​ city​​ and Badoush.​​


Western​​ Ninewa


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Yazidi PMFs captured 2 “dangerous” Daesh terrorists who had fled from eastern Hasaka to Sinjar.




The Dinarta subdistrict​​ manager​​ in the Akre​​ District of Dahuk says that continued Turkish airstrikes on the district​​ has​​ caused the evacuation of 12 villages. He added that the situation of these villagers is very difficult, due to both the extremely cold weather and the continued Turkish bombing on the pretext of targeting PKK bases in the area. [BasNews]​​ 




Foreign policy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Trump was making “the right call” in deciding to withdraw from Syria. In a​​ New York Times​​ op-ed, Erdogan wrote that the withdrawal had to be planned carefully and “performed in cooperation with the right partners,” by which he went on to clarify that he​​ meant Turkey. Erdogan went on to claim that Turkish troops and the pro-Turkey Free Syrian Army had gone “door-to-door” to root out Daesh fighters in Al-Bab. He then proposed to create a “stabilization force” with fighters from “all parts of Syrian society” in order to “bring law and order” to Syria. [Anadolu] [NYT]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As far as we know, it was the SDF who had gone door-to-door to root out Daesh fighters in much larger parts of Syria than Al-Bab.​​ 


Also see below under Syria – Foreign Policy – United States





Foreign policy

United States

US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Sunday that US withdrawal from Syria was conditional on Turkey​​ committing​​ to​​ not​​ target​​ America’s​​ Kurdish allies. Bolton said that the US withdrawal would be conducted in such a way that guaranteed that Daesh was​​ first​​ defeated;​​ that “the defense of Israel and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured;​​ and​​ that the US would​​ take care of those who have fought with us against ISIS.” [Reuters] [WSJ]


Bolton’s comments prompted a backlash from Turkish officials who saw it as walking back terms that Trump and Erdogan had agreed upon during their phone call on December 14, 2018. Bolton arrived in Turkey on Monday. [WSJ]


El Dorar​​ and the Turkish​​ Yeni Safak​​ also​​ noted that the​​ Wall Street Journal​​ had​​ reported​​ that National Security Advisor John Bolton​​ was coming to Turkey with​​ a color-coded map,​​ to​​ negotiate a “power-sharing plan” in northeastern​​ Syria. The​​ WSJ​​ quoted a US official as describing the map as “Sykes-Picot on acid.”​​ This plan is supposed to​​ include safe areas for the Kurdish fighters that the US seeks to protect. [ElDorar]​​ [YeniSafak] [WSJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Sykes-Picot was the secret Anglo-French agreement to divide Ottoman territories after WWI, which created many of the modern Middle Eastern borders. To many Arabs and Turks, it remains a symbol of Western conspiracy and imperialism; hence, what was a throwaway line in a​​ WSJ​​ story has much greater significance to the Arab and Turkish public.


Trump confirmed on Monday in a tweet that the US withdrawal from Syria would be done “at a proper pace,” which observers said was an effort to dispel fears of a rapid withdrawal. [BasNews] [WaPo]


Saudi Arabia

The​​ Telegraph​​ says that Saudi Arabia will​​ reopen its embassy in Damascus near the beginning of 2019, or at the latest by mid-2019. The paper says that Saudi Arabia, Al-Assad’s strongest opponent, seems ready to give him legitimacy. The visit of the President of Sudan to Damascus, followed by the reopening of the embassies of the UAE and Bahrain, are all steps towards that end. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We won’t be the only ones to suggest that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia may have his own purpose—to buy some friendship that will shore up his​​ own​​ reduced credibility.​​ The moves by​​ Bahrain and the UAE give him some cover, but​​ they​​ are​​ known​​ Saudi​​ collaborators.


Political developments

Syrian opposition leader​​ Nasir​​ Al-Hariri called on Monday for the Arab League to reconsider any plans to re-admit Syria, and for Arab countries to reconsider their decisions to resume relations with the Al-Assad government. [ElDorar]


United Nations

Geir O. Pedersen, the new UN Special Envoy to Syria, started his term of office. The tenure of outgoing Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has now ended.​​ [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We say to Mr. de Mistura: Thank you for trying to solve so many seemingly overwhelming ​​ problems in Syria in the face of overwhelming odds; thank you for tolerating so many fools and scoundrels in the cause of peace and justice; thank you for hanging in there on the many occasions when you would have been justified in giving up; and thank you for reminding us of what the United Nations at its best truly symbolizes.


Anti-Daesh campaign

Local media sources say that the SDF is discussing the issue of Daesh prisoners captured by the SDF with the Syrian government. The sources say that the government is ready to receive all Syrian and non-Syrian Daesh prisoners from the SDF. The SDF is holding 2,622 Daesh fighters and relatives as prisoners; among them are 584 women and 1,248 children. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This has been a big problem for the SDF, made worse by the refusal of host countries to accept responsibility for Daesh criminals from their own countries; but became a serious threat once​​ President​​ Trump declared that the US would make a quick exit from Syria, raising the possibility that​​ the SDF could be abandoned and unable to prevent​​ these prisoners​​ from​​ escaping​​ and returning​​ to the front.​​ 


The​​ PYD-led​​ autonomous administration in northeast Syria handed over 5 Daesh prisoners, 11 women, and 30 children, all of Kazakhstan nationality, to their country, media sources say. [Hawar]​​ BasNews]




Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun Monday afternoon in Al-Hosari village, near Manbij. [ICDNJan7-Telegram]​​ 




Raqqa city​​ & district

The SOHR reported that a Daesh suicide attacker wearing an explosives​​ belt detonated himself in Raqqa city near a YPG checkpoint, killing at least 5 people – 1 Kurdish fighter and 4 civilians – and injuring 8 others. [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded 17 SDF members when one of its suicide terrorists attacked them with a machine gun,​​ then blew himself up Monday noon at a “recruitment center” near​​ Al-Rashid​​ High​​ School in Raqqa city.​​ [EnabBaladi]​​ [ICDNJan7]


East Raqqa (Karama, etc.)

Daesh said it killed two SDF members with silenced guns on Sunday in Jadid Khabur village, in Al-Karama subdistrict east of Raqqa city. [ICDNJan7-Telegram]​​ 


Central and West​​ 

No reports


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed an “apostate” with machine guns on Friday in Suwaidan village, in Dhiban subdistrict. [ICDNJan6]​​ 


Daesh said it killed an SDF member and wounded another on Saturday when it attacked their vehicle near Al-Nahiya circle, in Dhiban. [ICDNJan6]​​ 


Daesh said it killed two SDF members, wounded two others, and damaged their vehicle on Saturday when it targeted them with machine guns on the road to Al-Omar oilfield in the Dhiban area. [ICDNJan6]


Daesh said on Sunday it killed two SDF members, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle when it set off a parked motorcycle bomb on the road between Dhiban and Al-Shuhail. [ICDNJan6]


Albu Kamal​​ District

A missile fired by Daesh on Deir Ez-Zor province killed 1 YPG fighter and injured another YPG fighter, and 2 British special forces soldiers. [Yahoo]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ dozens​​ of Daesh terrorists surrendered to SDF units​​ on the outskirts of Al-Sha’afa town. The source said the SDF​​ has now​​ captured large parts of the town,​​ but there are still many Daesh terrorists who refuse to surrender.​​ 


Daesh initiated a sudden counter attack on SDF positions in Al-Sha’afa, making use of bad weather conditions, and causing several casualties. Sources say that the SDF thwarted the attack on the area, which had been totally captured by the SDF over the few days prior. The Coalition fired surface-to-surface missiles from Al-Omar oilfield on Daesh positions. [ElDorar] [SyriaHR]

Daesh issued on Monday photos of battles with the SDF near Al-Sha’afa. [A3maq]


The SOHR says that Daesh is collapsing in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, now holding only 2 areas (Al-Susah and Al-Baghouz, near the Iraq border), except for scattered cells in the desert between Deir Ez-Zor and Homs. Daesh initiated a failed counter-attack on Al-Sha’afa but failed to achieve results. [SyriaHR]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh captured 10 young men in Al-Susah after accusing them of supporting the government and raising its flags in the town.​​ 


The SDF said on Monday that it captured 5 foreign Daesh fighters, including 2 Americans, 2 Pakistanis, and an Irish national. The SDF said that the 5 were preparing to carry out an attack on civilians fleeing Daesh-held areas.​​ [BasNews]​​ [AFP]​​ [NYT]


Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members on Saturday after “luring” them to a land​​ mine field on 24 Street in Al-Sha’afa. [ICDNJan6]

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed two SDF fighters “on the outskirts of” Al-Sha’afa town. [A3maq]

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF members on Saturday after targeting 2 SDF gatherings in Kashma town with 2 rockets. [ICDNJan6]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh​​ issues reports, some from their creative writing department,​​ with​​ terms like “luring” and “outskirts​​ of” when it loses areas. Its reports also become more about snipers, mortars, and rockets, and of course land mine fields.​​ 


The Coalition said that it had carried out multiple airstrikes against Daesh media cells in the “Middle Euphrates River Valley” over the week of December 23 to 29. The Coalition’s statement said that Daesh’s media and communications capabilities had been degraded by “approximately 45 percent” since September 2018. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Coalition is attacking our sources! (Not necessarily our most reliable sources)


Local sources in Deir Ez-Zor say that new Coalition reinforcements arrived at the front to fight Daesh, coming from Shaddadi​​ in​​ southern​​ Hasaka. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Caution: This is a Qasioun story based on “local sources.”



No reports




Neighboring countries


On Monday, Daesh published a photo of one of its terrorists,​​ saying he was killed in Al-Baidha. [ICDNJan7]


North Africa


Daesh said on Monday it wounded Egyptian soldiers and damaged their armored personnel carrier with an IED near Abu Dhira’ security barrier, south of Rafah. [ICDNJan7]


Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded Egyptian soldiers and destroyed their M113 armored vehicle with an IED on the road between Najd and Al-Sidra security barriers, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNJan7]



Libyan authorities arrested a wanted former leader of the Ansar Al-Sharia Islamist militia, Amad Al-Ghariyani, aka “Al-Zubeir,” in Zawiya, western coastal Libya. [Libya24]






Daesh said it shot and severely wounded a Somali intelligence member on Friday in Beledweyne city,​​ in Hiiraan​​ Province. [A3maq]



The Nigerian Army said on Monday that they had killed “over 100” Boko Haram fighters as part of the clearance operation “Lafiya Dole” in Yobe State and Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. The Army’s​​ statement noted that the Nigerian Air Force Task Force had provided close air support, and that the battle had now “shifted” to the outskirts of Lake Chad and border areas. [DailyPost] [VanguardNGR]

On Sunday, the Nigerian Air Force had said that its Air Task​​ Force had conducted attacks on Boko Haram gun trucks as part of Operation Lafiya Dole, saying it had destroyed at least 3 trucks. [VanguardNGR]

A statement later on Monday​​ said that Nigerian troops had killed an additional Boko Haram fighter and arrested 2 others in the Damboa Local Government area, Borno State, as part of Operation Lafiya Dole. [VanguardNGR]


On Monday evening, gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram fighters stormed the village of Auno, 10 km​​ (6 miles)​​ from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. A resident said that there were soldiers in the village to fight them off, and that the fighting was ongoing as of Monday night. [DailyPost]


Military sources said on Friday that at least 2 Nigerian Army soldiers had been killed in an ambush by Boko Haram fighters near the village of Banki, on the border with Cameroon. 7 civilians were injured in the attack. [VanguardNGR]


Daesh said it killed at least 15 Nigerian soldiers, wounded others, set on fire 3 tanks and 2 SUVs, and stole a vehicle on Saturday in an attack on a military position in Damasak, in Borno State. [ICDNJan6]


Daesh said it wounded five Nigerian soldiers and destroyed their SUV with an IED on Saturday on the road between Marte and Karino towns, in Borno State. [ICDNJan6]​​ 


Daesh said it killed five Nigerian soldiers with an IED on Friday on the road between Monguno city, Borno State,​​ and Mirari​​ town. [ICDNJan6]​​ 



The government of Gabon announced that it had thwarted an attempted​​ military coup, and arrested the conspirators, who had managed earlier to capture the radio station. [Anadolu] [BBC]




The Afghan Military in the East said on Sunday that the Taliban and Daesh’s Khorasan affiliate (aka ISIS-K) had been fighting​​ each other​​ in the Korengal Valley, Pech Dara district, Kunar Province, eastern Afghanistan. The Afghan Military’s statement said that at least 2 ISIS-K fighters had been killed, and 1 other injured, as well as 1 Taliban fighter injured. [Khaama]

In Daesh’s version, it said it captured 3 villages on Thursday in an attack with “different kinds of weapons” on Taliban military positions in the Korengal area in, Manogai in Kunar. Daesh said it also killed or wounded Taliban fighters and captured weapons and ammunition. [ICDNJan5]​​ 

In another version, Daesh said it killed 2 Taliban fighters in the attack. [A3maq]


A Taliban attack on a military base in Qadis​​ District, Badghis Province,​​ in​​ northwestern Afghanistan, killed at least 14 security personnel, including 2 policemen and 12 soldiers. A separate attack in Ab Karami​​ District, also in Badghis, killed at least 7 policemen and wounded 9 more. [AlJazeera]


Mohammed Rada’i, spokesman for the Afghan​​ Military​​ in the​​ North, says that a US drone killed 14 Taliban​​ fighters and 4 civilians in an attack in Faryab​​ Province, northern Afghanistan. [Anadolu]​​ 

However, a different statement from the Afghan Military in the North said only that 14 Taliban fighters had been killed in the airstrike, with no mention of civilians.​​ [Khaama]


The Afghan Military in the North also said on Monday that a “high-ranking” leader of the Taliban’s “Red Unit,” Mawlavi Habib, had been killed in operations in Faryab Province. [Khaama]


A roadside IED exploded in Paktika Province, eastern Afghanistan, killing 6 civilians and wounding 6 others. No party claimed responsibility so far. [Rudaw]


Daesh said on Sunday it killed an Afghan government intelligence member in Jalalabad. [ICDNJan6]


Daesh said it killed a Taliban member on Sunday in the Kaka Bazar area, in Khogyani. [ICDNJan7]






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