An Update On ISIS Activities

November 10, 2017

November 14, 2017

 

Tribal Meeting in Haj Ali Village

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

KRG Prime Minister calls Baghdad’s KRG budget unfair. [..]

Estimated 40 remaining Daesh fighters in Rawa reported surrounded. [..]

Search operations under way in northern Diyala, other locations, to find Daesh members. [..]

Daesh attacks in Hawija kill several soldiers. [..]

Mass grave with hundreds of Daesh victims found in Hawija. [..]

Tribal leaders in​​ Al-Qa’im,​​ Qayara village plan to oust Daesh families. [..]

Turkey

Erdogan to meet with Putin in Moscow on Syria, following YPG’s​​ visit. [..]

Syria

Daesh stages deadly suicide attack at Deir Ez-Zor military airport. [..]

SDF captures Basira, village, major oilfield in SE Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Daesh still controls Albu Kamal city after bogus Syrian news report. [..]

WHO accuses Syria of starvation strategy against own citizens. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Monday, the US mission in Iraq expressed its “deep sorrow” over the earthquake in Iraqi on Sunday which resulted in human losses and casualties. [Sumaria]​​ The earthquake struck primarily in Kermanshah province in Iran but also killed people on the Iraq side of the border, including the​​ Halabja area.​​ Halabja is within several miles of the border. At least 450 people have died from the earthquake and several thousand are injured.

 

Monday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani called on Baghdad to think about the stability of Iraq and Kurdistan, accusing Baghdad of using double standards. He added that the federal budget is the “worst” and it aims to “abolish the political entity of the Kurdistan Region,” reiterating the Kurdish Region’s entitlement to 17% of the budget. [Sumaria]​​ In response, the Iraqi government issued a statement saying it respects the Kurdistan Region as an entity validated by the constitution, and that the Iraqi government does not intend to deal with the KRG governorates directly. [BasNews]

Nechirvan Barzani revealed that the KRG addressed an official letter to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi containing notes regarding Kurdistan’s share in the federal budget of 2018. According to Barzani, Al-Abadi has not yet responded, and the KRG pledged to pay the salaries of the KRG employees for November and December. [Rudaw]

 

Monday,​​ in​​ a meeting with EU Ambassador to Iraq, Ramon Blecua, Head of Kurdistan’s Regional Security Council, Masrour Barzani, called for holding a comprehensive dialogue to resolve all​​ pending​​ issues between Erbil and Baghdad in accordance with the constitution. Barzani noted the importance of international sponsorship​​ of the dialogue to spare the Kurdish people from suffering. [BasNews]

 

Monday, the Kurdistan groups in both the KRG Parliament and the central government CoR reiterated the necessity of holding a dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil to resolve disputes. The​​ KRG Parliament held a session to look into the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil, and heads of Kurdish political parties agreed that the withdrawal of Kurds from the political process is an “option” in case the federal government refuses to engage in a dialogue. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Kurdish leadership would do better by not pretending that they have more “options” than they really have.​​ 

 

Monday, CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri headed to the US on an official visit. He will be meeting with his counterpart, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, to​​ discuss​​ the situation in Iraq and the region, according to a statement by the​​ Speaker’s office. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, CoR Defense and Security Committee member Iskander Watut, warned of “internal and external agendas” which will facilitate the return of Daesh to liberated areas. He described “leaving traitorous politicians free and without being held accountable for what happened in their provinces as ‘an omen.’” [BaghdadToday]

 

According to Russian Sputnik news agency, Daesh wives, who are​​ on a military base in northern Iraq, hold “dangerous secrets,” especially the foreign ones who lost their husbands and children in military operations. The Sputnik report says the women are hiding the fate of the Yazidi children who were abducted from their mothers in August 2014. It is estimated that there are between 150-250 Yazidi children with Daesh women in Hammam Al-Alil. [BaghdadToday]

 

CoR’s​​ Women, Family, and Childhood Committee member, Rizan Sheikh Dalir, reported that signatures were collected to resolve the crisis of children recruited by Daesh. Dalir said the​​ signatures were submitted to Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, without a response. She clarified that dozens of children were Daesh victims, recruited against their will, and they are now on the streets or imprisoned on charges of terrorism. [Mawazin]

 

CoR’s Sunni Coalition,​​ Ittihad Al-Qiwa (Forces’ League) representative, Mohammed Al-Abedrabbo​​ says​​ the return of IDPs is a condition to holding the elections set for April 2018, as reported from Kurdish and Sunni opinion​​ sources. [Mada]​​ 

 

A Muslim hacker group vowed to “wipe Daesh off the internet,” according to a report by​​ Newsweek. The group is​​ planning​​ to attack Daesh’s servers on November 17th. [Newsweek] [Sputnik]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Monday the MoD announced that a terrorist in the Daesh “Wilayat Diyala” was arrested in Karkh. The terrorist arrested worked as a transporter of weapons and terrorists.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Security sources say Sunday an IED planted near shops exploded, killing one civilian and wounding five others in Taji District. [IraqPress]

 

Sunday, security units seized a rigged vehicle and defused it in the Albu Khalid area in north Baghdad, according to a Baghdad Operations Command statement. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

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

The Baghdad Operations Command announced that security units defused 7 Daesh IEDs in search operations in Al-Hamid and Al-Khudeir. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Sunday, the Military Intelligence Service reported the arrest of 2 terrorists who infiltrated with the IDPs to Baghdad. The 2 terrorists lived in the Ameriya neighborhood in west Baghdad. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4

 

ANBAR​​ 

Falluja

According to a Baghdad Operations Command statement, security units carried out a search operation in Hitawiyeen south of Falluja, which led to the discovery of various Daesh explosives, in addition to the arrest of a number of wanted suspects on various charges. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Ramadi

MoD announced in a statement that the Anbar Police arrested 30 people for belonging to Daesh and found 20 Daesh IEDs in the Al-Sufiya area. [MoD Website]

 

MoD announced in a statement that the Anbar Operations Command’s​​ 10th​​ brigade arrested 2 men for conspiring with Daesh in the Kilo 18 camp in the Abu Al-Jir region west of Ramadi. The 10th​​ brigade seized a pile of 3 rifles, 12 machine guns, 4 sniper rifles, and 10 Kalashnikovs.​​ It​​ also confiscated a container of C4 and 3 detonation devices. [MoD Website]

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Head of the Anbar Security Committee Na’eem Al-Ka’oud stated that the Coalition killed 17 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike in Rawa on Monday. According to Al-Ka’oud only about 40 Daesh members are left in Rawa, and they are cornered by the Iraqi forces. [Sputnik]

 

Monday, Joint Operations Command spokesman, General Yahya Rasul, confirmed that Daesh units remaining in west Anbar​​ have​​ lost their ability to fight and their control over the residents. The JOC explained that liberating the Rawa district is only a matter of time, with​​ protecting​​ civilian life a top priority. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Monday,​​ Tribal​​ PMF commander Qatri Al-Samarmadi said that 13 displaced families were able to flee from Rawa by boat after Daesh withdrew from areas adjacent to the Euphrates River. The families were provided with necessities in order to be transported to IDP camps. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Monday, a military source in Anbar reported that the units from the Army’s 7th​​ division liberated six villages in west Rawa after Daesh members escaped to the desert. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

The commander of the 7th​​ division of the Iraqi Army announced on Saturday the full recovery of Al-Rummana subdistrict from Daesh. [IraqPress]

 

Former Anbar military operations commander, Ismail Al-Mahlawi, said that the Albu Mahal tribal sheikhs held a meeting with the rest of the tribes in Al-Qa’im and surrounding areas and decided to stand united against Daesh supporters. Anbar tribal leaders unanimously agreed that it will be “impossible” to treat Daesh members with tolerance, and it is imperative to punish them. This agreement led several Daesh families to flee. [Mawazin]​​ [BaghdadToday]​​ [Baghdadia] ​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

The MoD reported that EOD units went to the Ajil oil filed to inspect the area and remove Daesh remnants. The EDO team units found 85 types of explosives that were detonated safely and 8 terrorists​​ were killed. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

The MoD announced that​​ the total number of displaced families who have returned to Salahuddin is​​ 146,666, each​​ after successfully completing their security checks.​​ 32,503 families have returned to Shirqat District, 56,032 families have returned to Baiji District, 42,650 families have returned to Tikrit city, 2,751 families have returned to Al-Daur Province south of Tikrit, and 5,169 families have returned to Albu Ajil village southeast of Tikrit.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Sunday, the IWMC says a 3 Daesh members were killed as they tried to infiltrate northern Salahuddin.​​ [IraqPress]

 

Saturday, the IWMC announced that a pre-emptive operation resulted in the killing of 13 suicide terrorists who were hiding in a tunnel in Salahuddin.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Shirqat

Sunday, Shirqat Mayor Ali Al-Dodah confirmed that over 70% of​​ Shirqat’s​​ displaced families returned to​​ the district​​ Shirqat after its​​ complete​​ liberation from Daesh. According to Al-Dodah, there is “great anger” among the Shirqat tribes,​​ who refuse to allow the return of Daesh families. Al-Dodah added that the water project has been activated, schools and health centers are operating, but the power stations have not yet been​​ returned to service. He also added that the EOD promised to work to re-open the bridge connecting the two​​ sides​​ of Shirqat in the next couple of days.​​ [BaghdadToday] [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Baiji

The MoD announced that the 5th​​ infantry division units carried out pre-emptive operations​​ in the Zalou and​​ Wadi Thalab areas​​ in the Himrin Mountains in search of Daesh cells. The​​ units found explosive devices and a 20-gallon barrel containing 4 types of material, which they detonated safely. The units also found a tunnel in Wadi Thalab. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions near the Al-Makhazen Bridge, north of Baiji, and on the road between Baiji and Haditha with a rocket and 6 mortars. [DENNov13]

Tikrit

Daesh says 6 of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi Army positions on Al-Nafut Street in Tikrit city. It says 3 of the terrorists blew themselves up after heavy clashes. It says 20 Iraqi soldiers were killed, including eight officers, and others were wounded in the attack. [ICDNNov13]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ What happened to the other 3?

 

Samarra

The MoD reported the arrest of 2 men wanted on charges of terrorism in Ishaqi city. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Daesh publishes photos of manufacturing IEDs in Diyala. [ICDNNov13]​​ 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army minesweeper with an IED in the Bizayez Buhriz area, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [DENNov13]

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

Monday, Dijla Ops Commander Lieutenant General Mizhar Al-Azzawi announced the launch of a large-scale military operation to track Daesh cells in Hawi Al-Udhaim in northern Diyala, with support from the IAA. [Sumaria]

Al-Azzawi, announced that a Daesh vehicle was destroyed in Hawi Al-Udhaim, killing the two terrorists aboard. [Ghad]

 

Monday, Diyala Provincial Council member, Abdulkhaleq Al-Azzawi, reported that 2 Daesh terrorists were killed in an IAA airstrike on their vehicle in​​ the​​ Al-Mita area near the Diyala-Salahuddin border. [Youm7]

Monday, Head of Al-Udhaim Council, Mohammed Daifan Al-Abidi reported that an IAA helicopter tracked and killed an armed Daesh cell made up of three members in the hills near Albu Jumaa on the border between Diyala and Salahuddin.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed the houses of an Iraqi Intelligence officer, his cousin (an MoI employee), and his son (a policeman) with IEDs in Qara Tapa village. It also says it detonated 2 IEDs on a Tribal PMF reinforcement unit that arrived in the area, wounding several fighters. [DENNov13] ​​ 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Monday, the Basra Criminal Court issued an execution sentence against a Daesh members on charges of planting an IED in a civilian car in Balad Ruz in Diyala and detonating it remotely, killing 2 civilians,​​ in September 2009. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed with an IED an oil pipe that provides oil to Baghdad from Nafut Khana​​ in Diyala, in Mandali. [A3maq]

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Monday, a security source reported that 4 Daesh members, including two suicide terrorists, were killed in the Batma village​​ in Dibis,​​ near Himrin Mountains. The source reported that clashes were ongoing. [Baghdadia]​​ 

Monday, Kirkuk operations commander, General Ali Fadel Imran announced the deaths of 6 terrorists, including 3 in the Batma village in Dibis and 3 others in the Al-Jada’a village in Hawija, and the arrest of 14 others. He also noted that security units defused 152 IEDs in Kirkuk and located a large Daesh hideout containing explosives and ammunition. [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Kirkuk Provincial Administration announced on Saturday the discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of hundreds of civilians executed by Daesh at the former US Al-Bakara base in Hawija. [Sumaria]

Sunday, Mawazin reported that security units found a mass grave containing approximately 2,000 dead bodies in the Hawija outskirts, based on information from the residents. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 2 Daesh suicide terrorists blew themselves near School Street in Hawija after they were surrounded by Tribal PMFs and local residents. The source says several people were killed or wounded.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh attacked several villages in the Hawija area, killing or wounding several IFP and PMF members. The source also says Daesh killed several civilians they accused of cooperating with Iraqi forces.​​ 

NINEWA

West​​ Mosul

A Ninewa Police source reported on Monday that a family of four and two accompanying PMF members were killed in a house explosion in Ranbusi in northwest Mosul. The house had been rigged by Daesh and it exploded once the family returned to it. Security units forbade IDPs from returning until the search operations for booby-traps are completed. [BasNews]

 

According to Judge Abdulsattar Baqiraqdar, on Monday the Central Criminal Court issued a death sentence against a Daesh member who was involved in several terrorist operations, including the theft and destruction of historical artifacts in the Mosul museum. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Qayara

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that leader of Jubour and Luhaib tribes from Haj Ali village in Qayara had a meeting and agreed on displacing the families of Daesh members, and any tribal leader who intervenes, within 72 hours. They also agreed to destroy the houses of Daesh members, hand over any Daesh member from both tribes to security forces, and kill anyone who hides a Daesh member and destroy their houses.​​ 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that an EOD lieutenant colonel and four other soldiers were killed while trying to defuse a booby-trapped house in Tal Afar. The source says hundreds of houses are still booby-trapped in the city.​​ 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

WASIT

Monday, the US mission in Iraq extended its condolences for the deaths of the Iraqi security units whose helicopter crashed in Wasit during a training. [Sumaria]

 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said on Monday that elections will be scheduled after consultation with the Kurdish political parties, pointing out that “the current government is temporary and was extended by Parliament.” [ROJ]

 

Monday, in a press meeting, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani confirmed that he has not set an appointment to visit Baghdad, expressing hope for a serious dialogue to be held between the central government and the KRG in accordance with the constitution. [Sumaria]

 

Lahur Sheikh Talabani, the director of the KRGs Information Protection Service, said on Friday that the negotiations between the central government and the KRG are only about 36 oilfields in the disputed areas. He says revenues of these fields go to one family. He says the talks don’t aim at having the Peshmerga return to disputed areas. However, he says the Peshmerga will return.​​ 

 

ERBIL/DAHUK

The Turkish Air Force attacked the PKK in Bradost subdistrict in northern Erbil. According to the head of the Sidekan town, Ihsan Abdulqadir, the shelling led to the death of several PKK fighters and the destruction of a vehicle. [Rudaw]​​ According to eyewitnesses, a civilian was killed in the Turkish airstrikes on Sidekan. [Sumaria]  ​​​​ 

 

SULEIMANIYA/HALABJA

The KRG Council of Ministers thanked the Turkish Republic for sending rescue aid to help those affected by the earthquake on Sunday. The KRG Council of Ministers also called on the Iraqi​​ government to provide needed help to the victims. The KRG also extended its condolences to the families of the victims in Halabja, Garmian, and other affected areas in Kurdistan and Iran. [Rudaw]

 

Iranian Revolutionary Guards​​ shelled Mount Asus which is controlled by the PUK in Suleimaniya. [ROJ]

 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkey’s Hakkari Province announced on Monday evening the​​ neutralization​​ of 10 PKK terrorists, including 2 commanders, by the Turkish Air Force. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This could just be the Turkish report on the incident reported above under Erbil/Dahuk

 

Monday, Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan said that those who do not believe in a military solution in Syria should pull their troops out, after Russia and the United States said no military solution was possible in Syria. “I am having trouble understanding these comments. If a military solution is out of the question, then those who say this should pull their troops out,” Erdogan told reporters before flying to Russia. [Dorar] [EnabBaladi]

Hawar reports that Turkish President Recep Erdogan arrived in Russia to meet his counterpart Vladimir Putin. Their meeting will focus on Turkey’s initiatives in Afrin.​​ [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Hawar, which is pro-PYD and​​ anti-Erdogan,​​ is hardly the reliable news source on the agenda for a meeting between Erdogan and Putin.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russian Deputy​​ Chairman​​ of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Russian Senate,​​ Ziad Sabisby,​​ says that Russia will adhere to a neutral stance in the fighting between the Syrian Army and the SDF, indicating that Russia insists on the permanent participation of the Kurds in the conferences and meetings concerning the Syrian crisis.​​ 

During a joint press conference between the YPG and Russian military leadership on Monday, the YPG General Command handed over a number of​​ Kazakh, Dagestan, Chechen and​​ Russian​​ Daesh​​ families​​ who​​ are Russian citizens​​ to the Russian Federation, including 13 women and 29 children. [ROJ]​​ [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This Russian statement on the SDF looks like good news, but it’s confusing, as it contradicts several statements to the contrary that were reported in Daesh Daily. ​​ Russia’s intentions matter in this context, as the SDF and its territorial holdings could come under a lot of pressure from the Assad regime after Daesh is fully defeated in Syria.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that the fight against terrorism in Syria on the battlefield has ended, stressing that it is time to create conditions for a political process in Syria. [SyriaHR]

 

Monday, Russian Presidential​​ aide Yuri Ushakov said no new date has been set yet for holding the Syrian National Dialogue conference​​ in Sochi.​​ [Dorar]

 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mawlood Jawish Oglu said on Monday that Turkey does not in principle oppose holding a conference to resolve the Syrian crisis, but does not agree to the invitation of terrorist groups to the conference. [Anadolu]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says it killed five SDF members with an IED at an intersection south of Markada. [A3maq]​​ 

Here Daesh says it killed four SDF members with an IED in Markada city on Sunday. [A3maq]

Raqqa

West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

The SDF announced that they released 19 Daesh members from their headquarters in Al-Mahmoudli village west of Raqqa. The SDF said in a statement that this move came after an initiative by the Tabaqa Civil Council and tribal elders and the completion of an investigation that confirmed that these Daesh members had not “stained their hands with blood.” [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

Monday, Russian warplanes carried out three airstrikes on the Al-Atarib market, in western Aleppo, killing and wounding 30 civilians, according to a field source. [Dorar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Tahrir Al-Sham leader was killed and his house was set on fire by a group of armed men in Idlib province on Saturday. The source says the leader had executed several Daesh members.​​ 

Afrin/Azaz

Hawar reports the Turkish Army shelled the hills of​​ Aska​​ village in Shirawa District in Afrin and the YPG responded to the source of the shelling. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Syria Now reports the Syrian Army recovered the villages of Al-Hasnawi and Abu​​ Al-Ghar in northeastern Hama from Tahrir Al-Sham. [SyriaNow]

 

A member of the Tahrir Al-Sham council, Abdu Al-Rahim Atwa, admitted, in a video, to Tahrir Al-Sham’s military loss to the Syrian Army in the recent battles in rural northern Hama. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Army offensive

Monday, a large number of Syrian forces, including officers, were killed and wounded in a Daesh suicide attack on a group of Syrian​​ soldiers​​ at the entrance of the Deir Ez-Zor military airport. [Dorar]

SOHR reports there was an explosion near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport but there is no word yet as to the cause of the explosion and whether it was a Daesh attack on the Syrian forces or something else. [SyriaHR]

 

Hawar reports that Syrian forces stormed Hawija Qata in eastern rural Deir Ez-Zor. [Hawar]

 

Monday, the Syrian government forces refused to negotiate with Daesh assailants to evacuate civilians and Daesh fighters from Hawija Qata in return for Daesh handing over the bodies of three Russian fighters. [UAE71]

 

SDF offensive

Hawar reports the SDF captured Al-Sahil Al-Gharbi village in southeastern Deir Ez-Zor, killing 11 Daesh terrorists, destroying a Daesh vehicle, and seizing weapons and ammunition. [Hawar]

 

Sunday, the SDF announced its full control of Al-Basira city, after clashes with Daesh in the east of Deir Ez-Zor, backed by Coalition aircraft. And so, the SDF have captured the entire Khabur​​ Basin. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Mayadin

Daesh said on Sunday that 6 of its suicide terrorists attacked SDF units in the Al-Omar Oilfield. It said 2 of the terrorists blew themselves up. It said many SDF fighters were killed or wounded in the attack. It also said it targeted SDF positions east of Basira village with 2 Katyushas. [ICDNNov12]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Again, what happened to the other 4?​​ 

 

SOHR reports that the SDF is making progress​​ against Daesh​​ in Al-Shuhail town, next to the Al-Omar oilfield, and the nearby Al-Zar village against Daesh. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket south of Mayadin. [A3maq]

Monday, the SDF media center reported that the SDF captured the Al-Tanak oil field, close to Al-Omar, after violent battles with Daesh, resulting in the killing of 19 Daesh members. [Dorar]

“Local sources” are quoted as saying that the​​ (PYD)​​ terrorist organization took over the Al-Tanak oilfield, the second largest oilfield in Deir Ez-Zor, after Daesh withdrew from it. [Anadolu]

 

Albu Kamal

Confusion reigns over what happened in Albu Kamal city, previously reported captured by Syrian forces. This turned out not to be true. There are several conflicting stories of what happened, but as of tonight, Syria is not close to capturing the city.

 

According to a​​ Daesh Daily​​ source, the Iraqi Nujaba’ militia entered Syria from the border crossing at Hsaiba. At Albu Kamal, they were joined by Lebanese Hezbollah troops and Syrian militiamen coming from the west. Syrian forces from Sukkariya were to be airdropped in, but no Syrian troops were actually there. By simply hiding, the Daesh units lulled the militiamen into thinking that there was no one defending the city, so the militiamen rushed into the city. As they advanced, Daesh first let them in, then ambushed them. The Syrian Army was not in the city, leaving the militias to go it alone against the Daesh fighters. This is how 32 militiamen died, many of them Iraqis. Airstrikes​​ intended to hit Daesh, mostly likely by the Russians, who have been bombing heavily in Albu Kamal, reportedly hit the PMFs by mistake

 

Daesh militants regained control of Albu Kamal, their last stronghold in Syria, after Iranian-backed militias who claimed to have captured the city a few days earlier were ambushed and forced to retreat, tribal leaders, residents and a war monitor said on Monday.​​ Daesh fighters were hiding in tunnels in the heart of Albu Kamal, allowing the Syrian forces to think that Daesh had left.​​ [Reuters]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have reported this from one of our sources and from SOHR on Thursday. We think it is important to mention here that the Iranian “advisors” who lead these militias have one “advantage”: They​​ have a reputation for not​​ ​​ caring​​ about their casualties. During the Iraqi-Iranian war, where most of these generals participated, Iranian commanders send thousands of soldiers to be killed within hours just to get some minor tactical gain. It is sad that young men, from Iraq and elsewhere,​​ are​​ under the​​ command of these “advisors.”​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh beheaded two Iraqi militiamen it had captured earlier in Albu Kamal city. The source also said that Daesh executed several civilians after accusing them of collaborating with the attacking forces.​​ 

 

The Syrian​​ Army conceded its​​ failure to achieve “permanent victory” in Albu Kamal city,​​ and began​​ operations to seize Albu Kamal again from a new axis. [SyriaHR]

A Syrian Army commander denied, however, that Daesh returned and took control of Albu Kamal, saying “there is no truth to the news that some of the media have reported of the return of armed​​ men… The Syrian Army and its allied forces are still pursuing Daesh fighters in the vicinity of the city.” [SyriaNow]

 

According to confirmed information, Zaman Al-Wasl reported on Monday​​ that​​ “the Syrian forces have never entered Albu Kamal. In fact, the Iraqi forces had slightly broken into the city from the Iraqi side, after carrying out a surprise attack on Daesh, which was preparing to fight the Syrian forces from the other side. As a result, the Iraqi forces had captured a limited area in the southeast of Albu Kamal, but they soon retreated under Daesh counter-attacks. ​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

However,​​ the Commander of the Russian armed forces deployed to Syria, Sergey Sorokin, said that Daesh’s announcement of recapturing Albu Kamal is “baseless propaganda,” adding that “the entire city has been under the Syrian forces’ control since Friday.” [EnabBaladi]

 

According to a Syrian press report, the Syrian forces are 35km (21 miles) west of Albu Kamal on the outskirts of the last oil field controlled by Daesh in Syria. [SyriaHR]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The apparent reason for the confusion is that the Syrian government lied. It said it had captured Albu Kamal. As the war was collapsing on Daesh at the time, it seemed quite plausible, but it was a false story. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily source​​ said on Sunday that unidentified warplanes bombed 4 civilian houses used by Daesh members in Sukkariya village near Albu Kamal, killing 8 terrorists and several “Ashbal Al-Khilafa (caliphate cubs) boys.​​ 

Daesh says its snipers killed eight Syrian soldiers in the Hizam area, south of Albu Kamal on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket near the Albu Kamal Silos, south of the city. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army bulldozer and a machine gun mounted vehicle with rockets in the Albu Hamdan area, northwest of Albu Kamal, on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh said on​​ Sunday it stopped a Syrian Army attack near the area, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying several vehicles. It also says its snipers killed three more soldiers. [ICDNNov12]​​ 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Sunday evening, the UN World Health Organization sent an urgent request to the Syrian government and the military groups operating in Eastern Ghouta in Rif Damashq to facilitate immediate medical evacuations, and allow safe passage of medical supplies. “The situation is heartbreaking. We have now reached a critical point, where the lives of hundreds of people, including many children, are at stake. If they do not immediately get the medical care they urgently need, they will most likely die,” said Elizabeth Hoff, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) operation in Syria. [Dorar]

 

In a report published on Monday, Amnesty International says the Syrian government has committed crimes against humanity and war crimes by subjecting the civilians in the Syrian​​ opposition-controlled areas to unlawful sieges, using “surrender or starve” tactics, which have forced them to live in dire conditions and caused widespread displacements. [Dorar]

 

Daraa

Monday, the military council in Alma town, located in rural eastern Daraa, said it dismantled a fake IED, planted by the Syrian government’s agents in front of Alma’s preparatory school, containing a threatening message to the Syrian anti-government opposition sent by the Iranian 313 Brigade, recently formed in rural northern Daraa.​​ [Dorar]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Jordan/Lebanon

Monday, Jordan, in coordination with the UAE and Germany, hosted a meeting​​ of​​ the Stability Support Group affiliated with the Coalition. During the meeting, Adviser to the Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs, Nawaf​​ Al-Tal emphasized that Jordan will continue to support Iraq in the fight against terrorism. [Youm7]

 

Monday, the Jordanian National Security Court charged 4 Daesh proponents with promoting the criminal ideology of Daesh and attempting to join​​ a​​ terrorist organization. [Petra]

 

Monday, the Lebanese General Bureau for Internal Security Forces announced that a Palestinian man was arrested in northern Lebanon near the Syrian border. The statement added that the man confessed to membership​​ in​​ Daesh, and that he left Ayn Al-Hilwa Camp​​ for​​ Syria with 8 others. [Youm7]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Jund Al-Islam, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, issued an audio statement on Sunday saying it attacked a Daesh group in Sinai on October 11. It says it aimed at capturing the Daesh members but ended up killing them. It says 2 of its members own members were also killed. The group accused Daesh of repeatedly attacking “Muslims” in Sinai and threatened to eradicate Daesh if it doesn’t stop. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Several media reports mentioned that since the “caliphate” is crumbling, some Daesh members in Sinai have joined Jund Al-Islam. In general, Daesh terrorists might not find anyone other than Al-Qaeda to host them.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed four soldiers and damaged an Afghani Army minesweeper with an IED in Kot district in Nangarhar on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it assassinated an Afghani Intelligence member in Surkh Rod district in Nangarhar on Sunday. [DENNov13]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

PMF fighters rescue one of their colleagues under fire. [Facebook]​​ 

Iraqi forces found Daesh tunnels in Al-Qa’im. [Facebook]​​ 

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