An Update On ISIS Activities

November 16, 2017

November 16,​​ 2017

 

Rana Al-Ajili

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Pentagon reveals​​ US has 5,262 military personnel in Iraq, 500 in Syria. [..]

President Masoum pushing to get GOI-KRG dialogue started. [..]

Pro-Iran Iraqi PMF denounces Congress for declaring it a terrorist group. [..]

PMF tactics become an issue in northwest Anbar liberation campaign. [..]

Al-Qa’im council member says 25% of city was destroyed by Daesh. [..]

PKK terrorists in northern Dahuk target Turkish troops. [..]

Turkey

Russian, Turkish, Iranian leaders conferring in Russia next week on Syria. [..]

Syria

SDF captures town, oilfield in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Daesh Daily source says Syrian troops looting houses in Mayadin. [..]

Military clashes build around Albu Kamal city. [..]

Afghanistan

Suicide bomb attack in central Kabul misses target, kills 7. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh liberation​​ 

The Pentagon revealed the number of US troops deployed in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. There are 500 personnel deployed in Syria, 5,262 in Iraq, and 14,000 in Afghanistan, according to Director of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Kenneth McKenzie. [SyriaNow]

 

US Special Envoy to the International Coalition,​​ Brett McGurk,​​ said on Thursday that Daesh has lost 95% of​​ its​​ territory in Iraq and Syria,​​ and​​ the influx of foreign fighters​​ into Syrian has almost stopped. McGurk added that 7.5 million people have been freed from Daesh’s control in Iraq and Syria and 2.6 million Iraqis have returned to their homes. [Dorar]​​ [Sumaria]

According to the 2017 Global Terrorism Index report produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, there were 25,673 victims of terrorism in 2016 worldwide, 22% less than the number of victims in 2014. The top-five countries in the index were: Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, and Pakistan, all of which, except for Iraq, saw a drop in the number of deaths due to terrorism. Iraq saw a 40% increase in deaths last year, an increase attributed to Daesh’s responses to the government’s liberation operations.​​ [EconomicsAndPeace] [Sumaria]

Iraq-KRG issues

Thursday, President Fuad Masoum called for an immediate start to the dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, emphasizing the importance of resuming normal life in Kurdistan and lifting the international flight ban to and from the Suleimaniya and Erbil airports. He also called for the resumption of the Kirkuk Provincial Council’s meetings to elect a new governor.​​ Masoum also announced that the Iraqi government is committed to paying the salaries of the KRG employees and to loosening the restrictions on private financial institutions in the Kurdistan Region. [Sumaria]​​ [Anadolu]

 

Wednesday, CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri, in Washington, encouraged​​ the US to continue supporting Iraq in the post-Daesh phase, including intelligence support, military training, and if necessary, border control. [Youm7]

 

Thursday, Al-Jubouri confirmed that he​​ had​​ carried out several dialogues in Baghdad and Erbil to resolve the disputes between the central government and the KRG. He noted that the “Iraqi parliament dealt with the crisis in the Kurdistan Region as a political problem as opposed to a sectarian one.” In a speech at the US Institute for Peace, Al-Jubouri said that 3 million people were displaced due to Daesh’s attacks, and the war on Daesh will be more difficult in the coming phase, yet the residents of liberated areas are capable of protecting their areas from Daesh. [Rudaw]​​ 

Al-Jubouri said that Iraq will face new problems in the coming phase manifested in the militarization of the society and the proliferation of weapons. He noted that the elections cannot be held on time if​​ certain​​ requisites are not met. Al-Jubouri also said at the US Institute for Peace that Daesh as a geographic entity has ended thanks to the Iraqi and Coalition forces. He added that the military victory will not be enough; there needs to be a political victory. [Sumaria]

 

State of the Law​​ CoR​​ Representative Kamal Al-Zaidi, also a member of the parliamentary committee formed to negotiate with the KRG prior to the referendum in September, said that Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi appointed a “secret” committee headed by “a high-ranking political figure​​ to negotiate with​​ the​​ Kurds,” and that “negotiations are now in an advanced level, and one of the outcomes is acknowledging the court’s interpretation.” [Aawsat] [BasNews]

 

Thursday, Deputy CoR Speaker Humam Hamoudi said in a meeting with UNAMI Representative Jan Kubis that the conflict with the KRG is headed toward a solution in accordance with the constitution and the Federal Court’s decisions. He called for learning from the “mistake” of holding the referendum, noting that “Iraq has passed the threat of being divided.”​​ [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, the Iraqi CoR voted on the wording of a resolution regarding the salaries and allowances of those serving in the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMFs) while failing to vote on a report to punish Kurdish deputies who voted for the independence of the Kurdistan Region because the Kurdish blocs withdrew along with other representatives, which caused the lack of a quorum. [ROJ]

 

In a statement released on Thursday, the Iraqi PMF militia Al-Nujaba​​ Movement,​​ fighting with the Syrian government in Syria denounced the US Congress’ decision to classify it as a “terrorist organization,” announcing that it will not change its strategy, and that it will continue to fight the US-backed and Israel-backed groups such as Daesh, Al-Nusra Front and all the other Wahhabi terrorist groups in both Syria and Iraq. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh says its snipers wounded two Iraqi soldiers near the Tabi area, in Tarmiya. Daesh also says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Hay Al-Shuhada in Tarmiya on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

The Military Intelligence Services announced that security units arrested two terrorists in north Baghdad on Thursday. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

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

Thursday, the Baghdad Operations Command​​ (BOC) announced that security units defused 3 IEDs​​ during a sweep​​ in south Baghdad. Security units also found 15 mortar shells, 1 locally-made rocket, and various grenades and explosives left behind by Daesh. The BOC reported that a number of arrests were made on various charges. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Thursday, a security source reported that​​ four​​ civilians, including a woman, were killed in an IED explosion near a produce shop in the Subaihat village area in the Qarma subdistrict.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Military Intelligence Services reported the arrest of 2 terrorists in​​ Qarma. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Thursday, the Military Intelligence Services announced locating a​​ chlorine production workshop​​ used​​ for explosives manufacturing,​​ in the Al-Jeghaifi neighborhood in Falluja. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Thursday, a security source in Anbar reported the discovery of a Daesh weapons​​ depot in the Wadhahiya area in Al-Baghdadi. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

CoR MP Ahmed Al-Suleimani says that the reason the battle for Rawa has been delayed compared with the liberation of other parts of Anbar is largely because of disputes in the CoR about the participation of the PMF in the liberation battle. The PMF’s participation in battles has become controversial because of the way the PMF entered areas of Kerbala District and Al-Qa’im District, causing some violations and problems; PMFs arrested 35 young people in Kerbala and bombed houses in Al-Qa’im after the district had been liberated. Al-Suleimani says that PM Haider Al-Abadi is familiar with the objections politicians have in regard to maintaining PMF participation in battles. [Arabi21]

 

Thursday, security units liberated the Al-Sa’adan area​​ in​​ northwest Rawa and raised the Iraqi flags on the buildings there, despite the area’s roads and buildings being rigged by Daesh. A security source added that the security units, backed by​​ IAA​​ aircrafts, killed a number of Daesh​​ fighters​​ in the process.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Thursday, a security source reported that the​​ military engineering units​​ set up two floating bridges on the Euphrates River in preparation to liberate Rawa. One of the bridges is between Rawa and Anah, and the second between Jazeera and west Rawa. The bridges are meant to help security units reach Rawa faster and to provide safe pathways for civilians. [Etejah] [AlAraby]

 

Al-Qa’im

Thursday,​​ Chairman​​ of the Al-Qa’im​​ District​​ Council, Nadhem Al-Bardan, reported that 25% of Al-Qa’im infrastructure was destroyed due to military and terrorist operations by Daesh. Al-Bardan explained that the destruction entailed civilian homes, governmental departments,​​ and​​ public​​ services​​ facilities​​ such as water, power, and sewage, and municipalities. Al-Bardan called on the central government and international organizations to support the re-stabilization of Al-Qa’im through rehabilitation and reactivating support. [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, the IWMC reported the death of the female war reporter and head of the 13th​​ brigade media, Rana Al-Ajili, while​​ she was​​ covering the Al-Qa’im​​ campaign. A photographer accompanying the reporter was wounded. [Baghdadia]​​ [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Thursday, the PMF’s 36th​​ brigade discovered a mass grave near Al-Safra containing 20 decayed bodies of people executed by Daesh while it controlled Shirqat. [Mawazin]​​ [Mawazin]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Salahuddin Provincial Council​​ member​​ Mulla Hassan Karmiyani said on Thursday that armed groups are spreading in the​​ Tooz District near​​ Tuz​​ Khurmatu. He​​ noted​​ that military aircraft are hovering over the area from time to time. Karmiyani says that Daesh fighters dispersed when the Iraqi forces took control of Hawija and now they are reorganizing their forces in areas previously controlled by the Peshmerga before the Peshmerga were forced to evacuate. Karmiyani says what started out as a group of 40 armed men has now increased to about 200 armed men, stressing that the presence of these groups is a danger to the region. ​​ [ROJ]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Thursday, Dijla Operations​​ Commander Mizhar Al-Azzawi announced the launch of a large-scale military operation by the police, Army, and tribal PMFs, to track Daesh cells in east Baquba. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Al-Azzawi announced the destruction of the “Main Guesthouse” of Daesh and the defusing of 3 IEDs placed near it in the south Kanaan area, 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Baquba. Al-Azzawi added that the underground guesthouse contained food and explosives.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Thursday, the Security Committee in Abu Saida announced the end of the “5-day siege” and confirmed that the war over water is still a weapon used by Daesh against areas which oppose its ideology. Head of the Security Committee, Awwad Al-Rabi’i said the Army and police units were able to re-open a tributary that feeds large areas of the Abu Karma farms (6 km east of Abu Saida).​​ [Sumaria]

 

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

Thursday, Diyala Representative to the CoR, Raad Al-Mas, denied that the Peshmerga returned to Khanaqin. He elaborated that the return of the Peshmerga to any part of the province will be exclusively based on orders from Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Thursday, Kirkuk Police Commander, Khattab Omar, denied media claims that the Kirkuk Police took over the security file from the CTS. He added that the reports are baseless and seek to disturb the security of Kirkuk. Omar added that the CTS is in charge of the security file in Kirkuk, and the Kirkuk Police Command works according to their orders.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldiers and wounded three in clashes near Al-Mirbat village in Riyadh on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a group of Daesh terrorists sneaked into a village near Hammam Al-Alil and killed a Tribal PMF fighter and his brother and seriously wounded their father in their house.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

Thursday, the IWMC reported the deaths of 7 Daesh members as the 29th​​ brigade thwarted an attack on Tal Safouk near the border with Syria, destroying 1 Daesh vehicle. Several Daesh members escaped the scene. [IraqPress]​​ 

The PMF version reported the deaths of 8 Daesh members as the PMF thwarted the attack.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

SULEIMANIYA/HALABJA

KRG Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, received a letter from Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in which Mogherini expressed the EU’s condolences to Kurdistan in light of the recent earthquake in Iran that​​ claimed victims in​​ the Halabja Governorate in​​ Kurdistan. [Rudaw]

 

The KRG Representation office in Washington issued statistics on the casualties​​ of the earth quake​​ in Iraq from the KRG Joint Crisis Committee. Nine people in the Halabja Governorate were killed—two in Halabja, four in Darbandikhan, and two in Kalar in the Garmian area. 554 were injured, mostly by building collapses and falling objects, of which 160 were “traumatic cases.” There has been extensive damage,​​ with the Darbandikhan area worst hit.​​ The KRG and UN agencies are helping with relief efforts.

 

ERBIL/DAHUK

For the first time in 20 years, PKK fighters in Sarsink, in the Amedi District in northern Dahuk,​​ targeted a group of Turkish troops on Wednesday. According to a Kurdish media source, the PKK set up a trap for a bus carrying Turkish soldiers in Sarsink, killing 1 Turkish soldier and wounding 3 others. Neshwan Husni, the subdistrict manager, reported that assailants shot into a car carrying Turkish soldiers, killing 1 and wounding 2. [SotIraq]

 

Thursday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with the Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk,​​ in which​​ McGurk reiterated the friendship between Erbil and Washington, expressing hope that the bilateral relationship will be reinforced​​ in​​ all aspects. A KRG statement said that the two sides were pleased that the confrontations between the Peshmerga and the Iraq forces stopped, and they emphasized the importance of holding a serious dialogue in accordance with the constitution to resolve disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. [Rudaw]

 

Thursday, Begard Talabani, leader of the PUK block in the KRG parliament,​​ announced that a meeting with the consulates and diplomatic bodies was held in Kurdistan to send a peaceful message from the Kurdish people to the world that “the Kurdish Parliament has the desire to hold a serious dialogue with Baghdad in accordance with the constitution.”​​ She​​ added​​ that “the withdrawal of Kurdish blocs from the Iraqi political process is an open option in case Baghdad is unwilling to engage in a dialogue with Kurdistan.” [Rudaw]

 

In an interview with​​ Washington Times​​ posted on Thursday, the Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, warned of renewed confrontations between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces and the PMFs in case the PMF tries to push the Peshmerga deeper into the Kurdistan Region. Bayan called on the US to assume a more effective role in the negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil. [WashingtonTimes] [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The KRG’s​​ anti-GOI​​ propaganda campaign goes on, as shown by the two stories above, trying to get​​ the US and​​ others to pressure the Baghdad government while insisting it welcomes dialogue.​​ 

 

However,​​ PUK leader Nasrallah Al-Surji​​ insisted​​ that the KRG must cancel the referendum’s results given local and international demands, as well as the negative repercussions the referendum has had on the Kurdish people. He added that the KRG is awaiting​​ an official copy of​​ the Federal Court’s decision on November 20th.​​ Al-Surji added that it is okay if the KRG cancels the referendum’s results as long as Baghdad pledges to pay the KRG’s full rights in the federal budget and the Peshmerga’s salaries. He also said the decision to cancel the referendum requires consensus from all Kurdish parties in Kurdistan. [IraqPress]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

According to diplomatic sources, Turkish President Recep Erdogan will​​ make​​ an official visit to Russia next Wednesday to participate in a trilateral Russian-Turkish-Iranian summit to consider the Syrian crisis. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The US and the SDF should be wary of this meeting.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Al-Muallem stressed the importance of continuing coordination between Syria and Iraq to meet the challenges facing the region and to activate agreements signed between the​​ two​​ countries to hold the Syrian-Iraqi joint committee meeting as soon as possible. [SyriaNow]

 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir announced on Thursday that Saudi Arabia is sending invitations to attend the Syrian Opposition Conference in Riyadh on the 22nd​​ and 23rd​​ of November, adding that the conference aims to include all existing opposition platforms and unify their vision and ranks. [Dorar]

 

Thursday, Russia vetoed​​ a​​ UN​​ draft resolution drafted by the US​​ to renew an international probe seeking to identify those responsible for​​ the​​ chemical attacks in Syria. [ZamanAlWasl]

ROJ reports that the UN Security Council will vote on​​ two​​ drafts today, one US, one Russian, to renew the mandate of the joint UN and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation committee. Russia is expected to veto for the 10th​​ time to prevent any​​ such​​ action. [ROJ]

 

Thursday, Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported cooperation between the Syrian government and the PKK militia in chemical weapons, quoting the director of Chemical Violations in Syria,​​ Zahar Al-Saket as saying that the PKK received 100 missiles from the Syrian government, including a capsule of mustard gas in Deir Ez-Zor on August 31, 2015. ​​ The Turkish newspaper reports that the PKK-Syrian government agreement signed in Damascus specifies that the missile will be used against Turkey and that the US was aware of this agreement. Saket says the Syrian government is looking for “partners” in​​ opposing​​ the charges against the Syrian government for the use of chemical weapons. The UN has 32 charges against the Syrian Army. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This looks like a propaganda piece from a pro-government newspaper. We would prefer to wait for confirmation before taking it seriously.

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ area

SOHR reports that a person was killed when a mine exploded in​​ the​​ Al-Ramilah​​ neighborhood​​ in Raqqa city. [SyriaHR]

 

Thursday the French​​ Army spokesman,​​ Colonel Patrick Steiger,​​ announced that the Coalition opposed the deal which allowed​​ Daesh fighters to withdraw from their former strongholds in Raqqa, i.e. to escape. Steiger added that the Coalition’s drones were watching the convoy, but it was unable to carry out airstrikes against Daesh fighters because they were among civilians. [Sumaria]​​ [Forat]

 

Northwest

Al-Bab

According to “local sources” cited by Hawar News on Thursday, a large number of civilians were killed and wounded in a car bomb attack on Turkish army units near Al-Khansa school in eastern Qabasin, a Kurdish town east of Al-Bab. ​​ The injured were transported to Turkey, according to the same sources. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

The Syrian forces regained control of Qasr town from Tahrir Al-Sham. EOD teams immediately began clearing the town of mines left by Tahrir Al-Sham. [SyriaNow]

 

Homs

According to a statement from the Asayesh, on Thursday,​​ Syrian​​ Asayesh EOD units located and defused a truck loaded with TNT parked in​​ Al-Hilaliya​​ village.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the Syrian anti-government opposition group, Jaish Al-Tawhid, announced that it foiled a Syrian forces’ attempt to infiltrate into its positions in Al-Hilaliya, located in rural northwestern Homs, after violent clashes with National Defense Forces groups affiliated​​ with​​ the Syrian government, causing them heavy losses. [Dorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Hawar reports the SDF killed 34 Daesh terrorists in Al-Sur town​​ in Deir Ez-Zor District​​ and Dhiban​​ village,​​ 5 km​​ (3 miles)​​ east of Mayadin​​ in Mayadin District. Five SDF fighters were killed today. ​​ [Hawar]

 

Mayadin

Thursday, SOHR reported violent clashes had broken out between the SDF and Daesh on the outskirts of Dhiban town, located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. [SyriaHR]

 

Wednesday, local media sources reported that the SDF captured the Al-Hawayej town and Al-Jido oil field in Badiyat Al-Shuaitat from Daesh, backed by Coalition airstrikes. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says it stopped an SDF attack southeast of the Al-Omar​​ oilfield, killing eight fighters, wounding ten, and capturing two, and destroying a Humvee. Daesh publishes photos of spoils it got after the attack. [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh says it attacked a Syrian Army convoy west of Mayadin. It says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the convoy with a vehicle bomb, then heavy battles erupted for 8 hours. It says it killed 50 soldiers, destroyed 3 vehicles, and captured 5 trucks loaded with weapons and ammunition in addition to 4 cannons and 2 heavy machine guns. Daesh publishes photos of the results of the attack. [ICDNNov16]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed a Syrian Army officer and four soldiers in Al-Hawayej village.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says government forces are looting houses in Mayadin city after accusing people who had occupied the houses of being Daesh members. The source sent a photo of two trucks carrying furniture.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a common practice by Syrian government forces. It has its own derivative name “Ta’fish.” ​​ 

 

Albu Kamal

SOHR reports that after Daesh expelled the Syrian forces and the PMF from Albu Kamal on November 11th, clashes between the Syrian forces and the PMF on one hand and Daesh on the other have resumed in the western, southern, and eastern outskirts of Albu Kamal city. [SyriaHR]

 

According to SANA the Syrian Air Force launched intensive airstrikes on Daesh gatherings and Daesh supply lines near Albu Kamal city, killing 6 Daesh terrorists and destroying the car they were traveling in. [SyriaNow]

 

Furat Post reported that Hezbollah’s elite Radwan​​ Forces​​ have been deployed to Albu Kamal, along with the Afghan “Fatimun Brigade” militia,​​ in preparation for storming Albu Kamal. [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The​​ botched Albu Kamal invasion is an embarrassing episode for Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Al-Nujaba’, but instructive.​​ They should have anticipated that Daesh would make a major last stand in Albu Kamal.​​ There will be great fanfare around what will presumably be a successful takeover of the city eventually.​​ However, the SDF and Coalition could have done it in a way that saved time and lives and they were in position to do so. The major pro-Iran PMF groups have disdained Coalition air cover, which is one reason why they could not be relied on to carry major battles​​ in Iraq, all of which were conducted with heavy Coalition support. Al-Nujaba’ was apparently sent into Albu Kamal with no air cover, with predictable results.

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on government forces southwest of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with government forces west of Albu Kamal. [ICDNNov16]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket near Al-Hamdan village, west of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

SOHR reports violent clashes between the Syrian forces and Tahrir Al-Sham near Kafr Hawar and several hills in southwestern Rif Damashq. [SyriaHR]

 

According to Sputnik, a civilian was killed, and 10 others were wounded when Syrian anti-government​​ militiamen​​ in​​ Damascus’​​ Jobar​​ neighborhood​​ launched two rockets on Al-Sabaa​​ Bahrat Square in central Damascus and Abbasid Square near Jobar. [Hawar]

 

Daraa

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed a young social media activist after​​ arresting​​ him in the Daraa area.​​ 

 

In an exclusive interview with Zaman Al-Wasl on Thursday, the director of Mugahidi Huran Brigades’ media office said that​​ his​​ opposition group​​ captured 3 Daesh members trying to infiltrate from the Syrian forces-controlled areas into Inkhil city, northwest of Daraa, carrying explosive belts and guns. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

Daesh in Yemen says it damaged a Houthi BMP armored vehicle with a rocket on Jamida Mountain, in Qifa, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Libya

Security sources confirmed that the Libyan Air Force carried out an airstrike on a Daesh location in Harawa​​ in the Sirte Desert​​ on Wednesday. [Wasat]

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Thursday, Nigerian media reported that 14 civilians were killed and 29 others were wounded in a suicide attack in Maiduguri city, located in northeastern Nigeria. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the latest attack, but this is an area of Boko Haram activity. ​​ [Hawar]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Thursday, a huge explosion occurred in the center of the Afghan capital of Kabul near a gathering of the supporters of Atta Mohamed Nur,​​ a provincial​​ governor. In a statement released on Thursday, an Interior Ministry spokesman, Abdul Basir Mujahid, said that the bomber tried to enter the building, but was arrested at the checkpoint, where he blew himself up, killing​​ at least​​ 7 people. [Hawar]

Daesh claimed​​ responsibility for​​ the suicide attack that targeted​​ the​​ gathering in Kabul. Daesh’s statement did not provide evidence supporting the claim. On the other hand, Taliban denied involvement in the attack in a statement by Taliban spokesman Thabihallah Mujahid. [AlWafd]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a meeting of the Jami’a Islamiya Party with an explosives vest, killing 60 people and wounding more than 50. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist, a teenager, in addition to a video of the attack. [ICDNNov16]

 

Kazakhstan

Kazakh Special Forces arrested 11 suspected members of Daesh in Shymkent city who were promoting the group on social media, according to the National Security Committee in Kazakhstan. [Alaan]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A Daesh terrorist calls the family of the three brothers and their 6-year-old sister that Daesh killed 2 days ago near Hammam Al-Alil. When the father of the victims asks why, the terrorist says they will come back and kill the entire family, even the infants,​​ in revenge for airstrikes.”​​ [Facebook]

 

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