An Update On ISIS Activities

November 14, 2017

November 14,​​ 2017

 

Rawa

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

KRG affirms commitment to dialogue guided by constitution. [..]

Al-Abadi reaffirms attention to assert federal control of disputed areas up to 2003 line. [..]

Pro-Iran AAH militia in shootout with Turkmen in Tuz Khurmatu. [..]

 

Syria

Mattis says US won’t leave Syria until UN Geneva process is completed. [..]

 

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to host Syrian opposition group conference Nov 22-24. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Tuesday, the KRG confirmed its respect for the Federal Court’s interpretation of Article 1 of the Iraqi Constitution, referring to the Region’s commitment to seek a solution to the differences between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region in legal ways. [Sumaria]

 

Member of the Kurdistan Islamic Group​​ bloc,​​ Zana Said,​​ says​​ that the KRG needs to respect the decision of the Federal Court and commit to resolving the differences between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region,​​ and​​ that​​ the Federal Court is the ruling authority over any dispute about the constitutionality of any decision or action. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the Office of the Iraqi Vice President​​ Ayad Allawi praised the KRG on its position on the Federal Court’s decisions which states that the constitution does not authorize the separation of any of the components of Iraq, hoping that the KRG position will pave the way for a more open and transparent dialogue. [Sumaria]

 

Russia’s Rosneft oil company announced on Tuesday that it paid $1.3 billion to the KRG in 2017 as advance payment for oil supplies, announcing an 80% jump in net profits in the 3rd​​ quarter of this year.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the head of the CoR Committee on Oil and Energy denounced the contract between Rosneft and the KRG,​​ which was​​ signed​​ in October, saying that the contract was made after the CoR decision to limit the KRG sovereign powers, including oil contracts and the export of oil, to the federal government. [Rudaw]

 

In the weekly press conference, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi confirmed that security forces are preparing to restore areas not reached since 2003. He said that any corrective measures will not work without fighting corruption. He also said the central government is committed to paying the salaries of the KRG employees. [Ghad]​​ 

Al-Abadi promised to restore control over the border crossings “without escalation,” reiterating the Iraqi government’s determination to take action regarding border crossings after Kurdistan “backed away” from the last​​ draft of a proposed​​ agreement. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, PM Haider Al-Abadi discussed the procedures for extending federal authority in the disputed areas, airports, and border crossings with head of the UN Mission in Iraq Jan Kubis. [Sumaria]

 

In a meeting with UNAMI Representative Jan Kubis,​​ Al-Abadi reiterated that the procedures to impose federal rule in disputed regions are for the Kurdish citizens’ benefit. Al-Abadi and Kubis also discussed, border crossings, IDPs, and the UN’s work to re-stabilize the liberated areas. [Mawsleya]

 

Al-Sabah​​ newspaper said the federal government received a document from the United Nations allowing it to impose its rule in Sheikhan​​ District, Bashiqa, and Faysh Khabur, which are largely controlled by the KRG. The three areas lie outside the​​ Blue​​ Line of 1991 which separates the Kurdistan Region from the rest of Iraqi cities. According to a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the original document on the​​ Blue​​ Line was lost during Minister Hoshyar Zebari’s term, which led the government to request a second copy from the UN. [Mawsleya]

 

The Federal Court announced on Tuesday that the decision to remove the former governor of Kirkuk Najmaldin Karim from his position was administrative rather than legislative. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the Coalition announced the deaths of 4 prominent Daesh leaders in Iraq and Syria in the past three weeks, including Yousif Dmeir, the media official​​ of​​ Daesh; Omar Dmeir, coordinator of external Daesh operations in the Middle East and Europe; Abu Yazan, facilitator of armed activities in Syria; and Abdallah Hajo, a planner of external Daesh operations. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

According to Sputnik, CoR Defense and Security Committee member Iskander Watut told reporters that former KRG President Masoud Barzani is “keeping thousands of Daesh assailants to use them against federal forces.” Watut called on the central government to demand​​ that​​ the KRG hand over the approximately 5,000 terrorists. [Sputnik]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Tuesday, a security source reported that​​ three​​ people were wounded in an IED explosion in Mada’in in southeast Baghdad. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Tuesday, the Military Intelligence Services announced that the an IED depot was discovered in Subaihat, which contained 160 gallons of nitrates and other explosives. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Ramadi

Tuesday, security units arrested 3 terrorists in Ramadi, according to an IWMC statement. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Hussein Ali, an official from Rawa, announced the mass escape of Daesh members from Rawa towards the Iraq-Syria border. He called on civilians trapped in Rawa to cooperate with security forces as they enter the city. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, a military source in Anbar reported that the 7th​​ division and the tribes are advancing towards Rawa in order to liberate it from Daesh, with backing from the Coalition and Iraqi Army Air​​ (IAA). [Sumaria] [Etejah]

 

Tuesday, the Military Intelligence​​ Service​​ announced that the “Psychological Operations Unit” has activated a radio station to provide the Rawa residents with safety instructions prior to invading the district to liberate if from Daesh. The radio also sent out warnings to Daesh to either surrender or​​ die. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Tuesday, Head of the Health Bureau in Anbar, Abdulsattar Luwas, revealed that Daesh stole medical equipment from various health establishments in Al-Qa’im and that many health centers in Al-Qa’im are destroyed. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, the PMF EOD cleared the Rummana area of 43 IEDs and mines, according to the PMF media. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Tuesday, Head of the Anbar​​ Provincial Council’s​​ Security Committee, Na’eem Al-Ka’oud confirmed that the desert areas of Anbar still pose a threat to the liberated areas despite the liberation of the Anah and Al-Qa’im districts. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Rutba

Tuesday, the IWMC reported that the Coalition carried out airstrikes on Daesh bases in Wadi Al-Ghadhaf between Rutba city and Nukhaib. The bases destroyed were used by terrorists as training centers and as bases for terrorist operations against civilians and security forces. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The Ministry of Defense announced that a joint forces unit carried out searches in Salahuddin. In the Himrin Mountains, 21 IEDs, 3 tunnels, and 4 Daesh posts were destroyed. [MoD Website]

 

Tuesday, the PMF media announced that the PMF foiled a Daesh infiltration attempt in Jazeera Al-Siniya in northern Salahuddin.​​ [Ghad]

 

Samarra

A security source in Salahuddin reported the discovery of dozens of mortar shells left behind by Daesh in a village​​ on the outskirts of​​ the​​ Samarra-Balad road. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

The PUK media reported that Asa’eb​​ Ahl Al-Haq fighters torched the Turkmen Front’s​​ office in Tuz Khurmatu, after shootouts between members of the two​​ factions. [Shafaaq]

 

DIYALA

The Diyala Police Chief announced on Tuesday the arrest of​​ 10 men on charges of terrorism​​ and kidnapping in different parts of​​ the province. [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]

 

Tuesday, the Basra Criminal Court issued an execution order against an Al-Qaeda terrorist who abducted and killed a citizen in Diyala in 2006. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Tuesday, a security source reported the destruction of several Daesh targets, including guesthouses, in the Al-Waqf and Sinsil basins northeast​​ of​​ Baquba.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Tuesday, Dijla Operations commander​​ Mizhar Al-Azzawi​​ announced the launch of a large-scale military operation to track Daesh cells in the Sinsil and Al-Waqf basins northeast​​ of​​ Baquba, with participation from the IAA. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Shaikhi village in Al-Waqf. [A3maq]​​ 

 

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

The Khanaqin District​​ Council​​ called for the resumption of activity of 3 security groups in the district to prevent chaos.​​ District Mayor​​ Samir Mohammed Nur said the Khanaqin​​ council sent an official letter to the Diyala​​ PC​​ to restore activity of the Asayesh, Forest Police, and Traffic​​ Police, which all withdrew in mid-October after the entry of federal troops to Khanaqin. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Tuesday, the Iraqi Turkmen Front demanded equal​​ (ethnic)​​ representation of the Kirkuk province’s constituents​​ in workers​​ at polling stations, which will promote the integrity of the upcoming elections. [Anadolu]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

Tuesday, a security source in Kirkuk reported that 7 Daesh members, including a leader, were killed in clashes with security units near​​ a military​​ airport and​​ Qaraghol village.​​ Three​​ PMF​​ fighters​​ were killed and others were wounded. [Ghad]

 

Hawija

A DaeshDaily source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Riyadh, killing a commander.

 

Daesh says it killed six Iraqi soldiers in clashes east of Riyadh. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

PUK-affiliated media reported that the 16th​​ brigade of the PMF, which is based in Bashir and​​ in​​ Tuz Khurmatu in Tooz, were caught in a trap set up by Daesh in Al-Rashad in Daquq.​​ Four​​ PMF members were killed, and​​ four​​ others were wounded. According to the source, following the Peshmerga’s withdrawal from the area, Daesh units moved freely and publicly​​ in Laylan, Daquq, and Tuz Khurmatu, and have lately been shooting citizens and PMFs. [Shafaaq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

According to military data, Iraqi forces killed 30,000 assailants during the military operations in Mosul. According to local officials, however, there are 50,000​​ Daesh fighters and​​ collaborators​​ still in the city. Even months after the liberation of Mosul, it is not strange to see Daesh​​ emirs ​​​​ in public, as the reporting of extremists requires a cumbersome process, which entails presenting witnesses and facing death threats by sleeper cells. [ArabsToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We doubt there are still 50,000 Daesh fighters left in Mosul, but 50,000 Daesh-connected people might be another matter.

 

Hammam Al-Alil

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh terrorists attacked a house near the Hammam Al-Alil cement factory and killed three young men and their 6-year-old sister before fleeing.​​ 

 

A DaeshDaily source says unknown armed men captured and killed a Daesh terrorist from Hammam Al-Alil. The source says the terrorist had been captured by Iraqi forces then released for money. The source the body of the terrorist was found near Tel Kaif.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Ministry of Defense reported in a statement on Tuesday that a pre-emptive operation led to the arrest of a wanted terrorist. A drone search in Al-Buhairat area in the Mada’in intersection and its agricultural areas, as part of the ongoing efforts to maintain long-term security and stability and to prevent the re-use of Daesh​​ guesthouses. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Tuesday, the Babel Police announced that a security unit located 6 IEDs and explosive substances in the Farsiya area. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL/DAHUK

Tuesday, the Turkish army shelled Beremiz village in Sidekan Subdistrict in northern Erbil, according to​​ an​​ ROJ News correspondent in Soran District. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

US Defense Secretary James Mattis reiterated that the US Army will fight Daesh in Syria “as long as they want to fight,” to prevent a new Daesh from forming in the long-run.​​ [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

Secretary Mattis announced that US troops will not withdraw from Syrian territory before the end of the Geneva process and the complete settlement of the situation in Syria, saying “we will withdraw some of our troops from Syria but we will link this with a package of conditions.” [Sumaria]

 

Mattis said that the United Nations has approved the presence of the United States in Syria as Washington is engaged in the fight against Daesh, stressing that the US military will remain in Syria until the situation is resolved by the Geneva process under the aegis of the UN. “You know, the UN said that … basically we can go after ISIS. And we’re there to take them out,” Mattis told reporters on Monday, answering a question about the legal grounds for the US presence in Syria. [ZamanAlWasl] [Dorar]

 ​​ ​​​​ The statements of the US​​ Defense​​ Secretary provoked an angry reaction in Damascus. The Syrian government once again stated that the US troops are operating on Syrian territory without its consent and in violation of international law. “The presence of the US forces or any foreign military​​ presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government constitutes an act of aggression and an attack on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as a gross violation of the Charter and principles of the United Nations,” Syria’s Foreign Ministry said, as cited by the SANA news agency. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Mattis’ announcement looks like a major diplomatic development. Assad and the Russians are already pressuring the US to leave, the obvious reason being to eliminate the strongest opposition to the continuation of his regime. Mattis has defined the opposite position, that the US won’t leave until the UN and the Geneva process have produced a political solution in Syria, which would be unlikely to include the continuation of Assad in office. The Syrian response (above) is the frustrated rant of a tyrant who is suddenly not getting his way.​​ The next voice you hear will be . . .

 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov​​ says​​ Russia has not​​ pledged to ensure the withdrawal of pro-Iranian militias from Syria, calling their presence “legitimate,” and claiming that pro-American armed groups pose the biggest threat in the country, according to Interfax news agency.

[Arabi21] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Democratic Progressive Party in Syria concluded an agreement with the Democratic Front, close to the Syrian government, calling for a peaceful and just solution to the Kurdish issue in Syria, according to Democratic Front spokeswoman Mays Karidi. [Rudaw]

 

Tuesday, Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that “Russia supports the extension of the mandate of the investigation team, which performs “important” work, and hopes to reach an​​ agreement with the United States on the extension of the mission of the joint investigation mechanism between the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” stressing at the same time the need to review the mandate Investigators. “It is important to extend the mission of the investigation team, but with a modified mandate because the methodological errors that occurred in the last report have to be corrected, this is the objective of our draft resolution,” Nebenzia added. [Hawar]

 

The President of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said Chechen authorities are working to bring back Russian women and children at risk in hot spots in Syria and Iraq, pledging to help them and not leave them in a “catastrophic situation.” Kadyrov said “we were able to transport 48 people out of hot spots in Syria and Iraq and this was accompanied by real danger to the lives of those who managed these operations.” [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday,​​ the official Russian news agency​​ RIA​​ Novosti reported that Russian boxer Vyacheslav Lapshin died in Syria while fighting alongside Daesh. The boxer was reportedly killed in March, but the news of his death emerged in November. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked an SDF security barrier near the eastern entrance of Shaddadi city with a vehicle bomb, killing 14 fighters and destroying 4 vehicles. [ICDNNov14]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting SDF units in Al-Shahil village with mortars. [ICDNNov14]​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ area

Tuesday, the Pentagon published a clarification about media reports concerning an agreement between the US and the SDF​​ on one side​​ and Daesh​​ on the other​​ about Daesh leaving Raqqa. According to the statement, the US was not part of the agreement, and local partners negotiated with Daesh in an effort to protect civilian life. ​​ [BasNews] BBC had published an article titled ‘Raqqa’s Dirty Secret’ about a secret deal under the “gaze of the US and British led Coalition.” [BBC] [Annahar]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR reports Tahrir Al-Sham​​ wounded several people​​ who were demonstrating at a check point to prevent a Tahrir Al-Sham convoy from entering Al-Atarib town​​ on their way to fight the Nur Al-Din Al-Zenki Movement​​ in western Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported violent clashes resumed between Tahrir Al-Sham and the Nur Al-Din Al-Zenki Movement in different locations in the vicinity of the Regiment 111​​ location​​ in Al-Sheikh Sulaiman area and in the vicinity of the towns and villages of Ewijel, Tadil, Kafr​​ Naha and Taqad in rural western Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Afrin/Azaz

Tuesday, Hawar news reported the Turkish Army, stationed in Samaan Castle, targeted​​ Aska​​ village in the Shirawa Subdistrict in Afrin with 3 mortar shells. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Tuesday, Iba’a reported that Tahrir Al-Sham destroyed a Syrian forces’ tank with a guided missile in Rabia village, located in ​​Hamra District in northeastern Hama, killing its 3 crew members. Meanwhile, Tahrir Al-Sham shelled the Syrian-controlled areas in the vicinity of Douma village in eastern Hama. [Dorar]

 

A SANA correspondent in Hama reported, on Tuesday, that Syrian army units had recaptured the tribal Al-Sarha village, located in rural northeastern Hama, after causing Tahrir Al-Sham heavy losses in both lives and equipment. ​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Tuesday morning, SOHR reported the Syrian anti-government opposition groups launched 3 mortar shells on the Syrian forces-controlled areas in Salhab town, in rural western Hama, leading to the injury of a civilian. Meanwhile, Tahrir Al-Sham shelled the Syrian-controlled areas in rural northeastern Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

According to confirmed sources, SOHR reported on Tuesday that 6 Chechen Daesh members managed to enter Deir Ez-Zor Military Airbase, driving a vehicle, wearing Russian military uniforms.​​ Then, they opened fire with machine​​ guns on the Syrian forces who were in the airbase, and detonated the vehicle in which they were traveling, which resulted in the death of 13 members of the Syrian forces, along with the 6 attackers, and the injury of others. [SyriaHR]

Mayadin

Tuesday, the SDF announced that it carried out a military operation on Monday midnight in which it captured the Al-Shal Al-Gharbi village, located 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi]

 

Hawar reports the SDF foiled a Daesh attack at the​​ SDF-captured​​ Al-Tanak oilfield and in​​ Al-Shal village, killing 14 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

 

Albu Kamal

The Russian Ministry of Defense published photos of a Daesh convoy leaving Albu Kamal towards a border crossing between Syria in Iraq. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Monday, the Furat Post activist Salama Al-Hussein reported 17 members of the Syrian forces were killed in a Daesh car bomb attack on the Syrian forces near Al-Hamadan airport, located on the outskirts of Albu Kamal. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported an Iraqi citizen was killed by the Syrian forces’ shelling of locations in the Marashda village in rural Albu Kamal. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, the Syrian forces captured the entire Syrian-Iraqi border in the southernmost​​ corner​​ of Deir Ez-Zor, after violent clashes with Daesh, accompanied by rockets and artillery shelling and dozens of Russian airstrikes on Daesh-controlled positions in the region, according to field sources. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says heavy battles are ongoing on villages around Albu Kamal city for the seventh day in a raw. It says the attackers could not advance regardless of the heavy artillery shelling and Russian airstrikes. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack near Albu Hamadan village, northwest of Albu Kamal. It says a Tunisian suicide terrorist attacked government forces with a vehicle bomb. It also says it killed or wounded more soldiers and fighters, including two Afghanis, in clashes near the village. It also says it destroyed 2 tanks and damaged 2 more with rockets. [ICDNNov14]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

SOHR reported that after Monday midnight, clashes resumed between Al-Rahman Corps and​​ government​​ forces in different locations in Jobar​​ in the city,​​ and the outskirts of Ain Tarma. A​​ member of Al-Rahman Corps was killed. Meanwhile, the Syrian forces launched more mortar shells on the outskirts of the Al-Mohammediya village and Harasta city in Eastern Ghouta, wounding a number of civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported clashes broke out between Tahrir Al-Sham and​​ government​​ forces in Tal Baradiya and the Al-Dhuhr Al-Aswad in the rural southwestern Damascus, following the Syrian forces’ attack on the region, without any reports of human losses. [SyriaHR]

 

Daraa

The commander of the Ahfad Ali Brigade, affiliated to the Shabab Al-Sunna “Youth of Sunna” Forces, was killed, along with his two comrades, when a roadside IED exploded under their car on the Samadi-Samaj road, in northern Daraa. [EnabBaladi]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported a mutual gunfire exchange occurred between the Islamic armed groups and Jaish Khalid Ibn Al-Walid, a Daesh affiliate, in the Yarmouk Basin, in rural western Daraa. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Saudi Arabia will host an “expanded” conference for the Syrian opposition from the 22th to the 24th ​​​​ November in Riyadh, aiming to unify its position of a new round of United Nations-backed peace talks, the state news agency SPA reported on Monday. [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Relate this to the Mattis statement under the Syria news.

 

Witnesses said 2 suicide bombers detonated a car packed with explosives in the Al-Mansoura district in northern Aden on Tuesday, killing at least six people. Dozens of other people, including civilians, were wounded in the attack, which occurred outside a camp used by a local security force organized by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels. [Independent]​​ 

A later repot says ten people were killed and others wounded in the attack.​​ [MasryaAlyoum]

Daesh says one of its Yemeni suicide terrorists attacked a UAE forces’ headquarters in Al-Mansoura with a vehicle bomb. Daesh publishes a phot of the terrorist. [ICDNNov14]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Sumaria published details of the animosity between Daesh and the Muslim Brotherhood members in Egyptian prisons. The members of the two groups reportedly​​ neither​​ eat nor pray together. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

According to a new publication by the Al-Azhar Observatory for Combating Extremism, the Boko Haram group in Nigeria abuses women sexually just as Daesh does. The report calls on the international community to free the abducted women from terrorist groups in Africa. [Elaph]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier at the Kharouba security barrier, east of Arish. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Egyptian Army cement factory in Sinai with 2 Grad rockets. It also publishes a photo of an Egyptian Army lt. colonel it says it killed. [ICDNNov14]

 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

France

Tuesday, French investigators searched the​​ office of​​ Lafarge, the cement maker suspected to have indirectly financed extremist groups in Syria, including Daesh. [AlArabiya]

 

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