An Update On ISIS Activities

November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017

 

Albu Kamal

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Masoum estimates Iraq needs $100,000,000,000 for reconstruction. [..]

Federal Supreme Court rules KRG referendum unconstitutional & its results void. [..]

DaeshDaily source reports another Daesh mass grave, in Himrin Mountains. [..]

Daesh conducts small-scale attacks in numerous locations around Iraq. [..]

Study says 39,628 people died in Ninewa alone​​ in past three years. [..]

Daesh members, PMF smugglers menace civilians in Qayara, Hatra. [..]

Qubad Talabani pushing PUK party conference to address the future. [..]

Turkey

Erdogan again promises to take​​ Kurdish-held land in Syria. [..]

Yazidi activist says Daesh has moved captive Yazidis to Turkey. [..]

Syria

Saudis, Russians schedule competing Syria conferences. [..]

Coalition stages air drop attack on Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Syria again claims full control of Albu Kamal, after battle led by Iranian general. [..]

Afghanistan

France’s Foreign Minister warns of increased Daesh threat to Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said Monday that although there are no more Daesh-controlled areas in Iraq, the US is prepared to maintain some form of presence in Iraq so as to continue training Iraqi forces.” He added that “we are continuing to fight Daesh in Syria, where it still controls some areas, and has not been completely defeated.” He also said that “the decision to stay in both Iraq and Syria is in our government’s hands.”​​ [foratnews]

 

The Coalition tweeted about Daesh’s failing propaganda due to its electronic communications defeats in tandem with its territorial defeats in Syria and Iraq. According to the Coalition, Daesh’s promotional materials have decreased by 85% as of October 2017 compared to its peak in August 2015.

[@coalition][AlArab]

 

National Interest magazine published an article on Saturday titled “How to Avoid an ISIS 2.0 in Iraq” which talks about the importance of finding a political solution after the military victory against Daesh. The article touches on sectarianism and how the upcoming phase may further polarize the situation in Iraq, as well as economic challenges such as rebuilding Iraq and combating unemployment among the youth. [NationalInterest] [SkyPress]

 

Monday, the Secretary General of Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah expressed the party’s readiness to withdraw large numbers of its​​ commanders​​ from Iraq after Daesh is defeated.​​ “From the beginning of Daesh, we cooperated with Iraqi authorities and sent large numbers of​​ jihadi fighters there,” Nasrallah said, adding that “Hezbollah’s mission in Iraq has been accomplished with Daesh’s defeat. We’re waiting for the final victory. In light of this progress, we will review the situation and if we find that it is done and there is no need for these brothers in Iraq anymore, they will return to join any other arena that requires them.”​​ This came in a televised speech in response to the meeting of​​ the​​ Council of Arab Foreign Ministers​​ which called​​ Hezbollah a terrorist organization in a meeting held in Cairo on Sunday. Nasrallah said “we did not send weapons, missiles, or even a gun to Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, or Iraq. We did not send weapons to any Arab country.” [Anadolu]

 

Iraqi Interior Minister Qassem Al-Araji revealed on Wednesday that the Interior Ministry planted a group of informants inside a Daesh bomb making workshop. The intelligence from this group allowed the government to monitor bombs from the moment they left the workshop until reaching the targeted destination. This information allowed the government to alert the civilians of the area to evacuate before the arrival of the bomb. Al-Araji explained that Iraqi forces have been carrying out mock bombings in Baghdad in order to intimidate Daesh members and to prevent the detection of the Ministry’s informants. The areas targeted by Daesh are secured, the bomb is detonated, and then consenting Iraqi citizens pretend as though they were victims of the explosion.​​ [Iraqpress]

 

Army Chief of Staff, Othman Al-Ghanmi, reiterated next year will be the year Daesh is eliminated, the year security forces are restructured, and corruption is fought by applying the laws to everyone without exception. Al-Ghanmi praised the plan prepared by the Military Inspectorate to train the guards and protection teams. [NNC]

 

Al-Azhar Observatory for Combatting Extremism revealed the activity of a new emerging terrorist group called “the eve of Iraq’s occupation,” affiliated with Daesh. The group, according to Al-Azhar, applies Daesh’s methods in recruiting children ages 8-15. The group follows a Daesh-ideology influenced curriculum which teaches children Daesh’s war strategies, principles of slavery and rape, poetry written by Al-Baghdadi, and using Daesh​​ examples​​ in arithmetic, such as numbers of fighters. The group also established a publishing company, which produces various video materials to increase the appeal and spread the ideology. [Baghdadia]

Reconstruction

Monday, President Fuad Masoum said Iraq is “unable” to secure the estimated $100 billion dollar amount needed to rebuild destroyed areas on its own. He added that it is a large amount and it depends on international grants and countries’ ability to make contributions. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, in a meeting with the Swedish Ambassador, Pontus Melander,​​ former​​ head of the National Alliance, Ammar Al-Hakim,​​ said that while​​ Daesh’s presence as a military entity has ended, there are Daesh members remaining in Iraq, and Iraq needs support in fighting extremist ideology. Al-Hakim added that “Iraq waged a war on behalf of the world, and the world must assume their responsibility to rebuild the liberated cities.” [Ghad]​​ 

 

According to official statistics, there were between 1520 thousand civilian deaths and casualties over the past years, with 50% of the victims being from Ninewa. It Is not possible to get final accurate statistics on the scale of human and material losses, and thousands remain missing. According to local statistics, 15,000 houses in Old Mosul were destroyed, 100,000 houses were destroyed in Anbar, and 11,000 were destroyed in Diyala. [Mada]​​ [See the later story under Mosul, which has higher numbers of casualties.]

 

Iraq-KRG issues

Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court​​ formalized its​​ ruling​​ that the September 25th Kurdish independence referendum was unconstitutional and the results void. “The Federal Court issued the decision to consider the Kurdish region’s referendum unconstitutional and this ruling is final,” said the spokesman of the Federal Supreme Court,​​ Ayas​​ Al-Samuk,​​ in a statement on Monday. “The​​ force​​ of​​ this ruling should now cancel all the results of the referendum,” he added. ​​ [Arabi21]​​ [Anadolu]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Monday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s press office said it welcomes the Federal Supreme Court’s decision regarding to referendum held in September and the cancellation of its results and repercussions. “The decision is a further indication of the government’s constitutional position to impose federal jurisdiction and reject the referendum,” the statement said. He added that “the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court has interpreted an article in the Constitution; we respect that article.”​​ [Sumaria]

 

Monday, Aliya Nassif, a member of the​​ CoR’ legal committee looking into the status of the CoR representatives who participated in the Kurdistan referendum, revealed that an agreement was reached with the 15 representatives whose case was supposed to be transferred to the courts. The agreement entails the 15 representatives pledging before the CoR that they are against the referendum and stand by the constitution, in addition to going to court. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, KDP leader Masoud Barzani criticized the Federal Supreme Court’s ruling against the Kurdistan referendum, accusing the Federal Supreme Court of silence in the face of political violations and acting on whims, “which begs a lot of questions.” Barzani gave a laundry list of constitutional articles violated by the federal government against the Kurdish people that went unnoticed by the Court.​​ [IraqPress]

 

Monday, KDP political office advisor, Aref Rushdi, said the Kurdistan referendum held on September 25th​​ is a “historical and legal document” for the Kurds. He added that cancelling the Kurdish people’s decision is difficult. Rushdi reiterated that “the document” is the cumulative result of the chemical attacks, denial of national and ethnic identity, and displacement committed against the Kurdish people. [Sumaria]

 

In a news conference following Monday’s ruling, KRG Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, said that the stability of Iraq is achieved by applying “the constitution in its entirety, not selectively,” adding that the court’s ruling was reached “unilaterally.” He also stated that “Baghdad’s unwillingness to fully apply the Constitution was what forced the KRG to hold the referendum,” expressing again the KRG’s readiness to engage in a dialogue with Baghdad to resolve their outstanding disputes. [ROJ]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Monday, the MoD reported that the Baghdad Operations Command and the 17th​​ Infantry Division carried out​​ pre-emptive​​ search operations​​ in the city.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Meshahda. [A3maq]

 

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

Monday, the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) statement reported that BOC security units carried out a search in Al-Ersan in south Baghdad and discovered a weapons​​ and ammunition depot​​ containing 4 IEDs, a 60mm mortar shell, 19 other various mortar shells, 4 grenades, and 2 RBG7 machine guns. The search also led to the arrest of a number of wanted suspects. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Monday, the MoD reported that the 25th​​ Infantry Division, Latifiya intelligence units, and Baghdad security units located an ammunition depot in the Kilo 12 area containing 2 SBG9 rockets, 2 locally-made rockets,​​ ammo for​​ 10 SBG9 rockets, 3 (60mm) mortar shells, 1 (82mm) mortar shell, 1 hand grenade, and 3 other rockets.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Monday, the MoD issued an arrest order against the manager of the Baghdad Airport Police and three others on corruption charges, including the smuggling of official papers and allowing assailants inside the airport in exchange for money. [BasNews]

 

Monday, the BOC announced the arrest of a terrorist called “Abu Ali Tabbaba” who had escaped from Anbar province into​​ the Jihad neighborhood in west Baghdad.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 0

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The MoD reported on Monday that Anbar Operations Command units arrested a wanted suspect in the Kilo 18 IDP camp. They also found 8 IEDs containing C4, 2 IEDs in Al-Tash and Al-Silaijiya, which​​ were defused by the 10th​​ division’s EOD. They also located two guesthouses in the western desert, which were destroyed by 1st​​ division units.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Monday, a military source in Anbar reported that Army units arrested 15 Daesh members in Rawa, after scrutinizing civilian data. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Monday, the MoD stated that following the liberation of the last strongholds from Daesh in west Anbar, security forces are​​ now working to​​ build fortresses, tighten the defense measures, and​​ deploy​​ units along the road linking Rawa and Al-Qa’im​​ and​​ towards the western Anbar desert in order to thwart any terrorist attack on liberated areas.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Monday evening, a military source in Anbar reported that an employee in the Ministry of Health and his son were killed in an explosion in the emergency building at the Rawa Public Hospital. The building had been booby-trapped and it exploded as the man and his son tried to enter it.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Sunday, a military source in Anbar province said that an Iraqi officer and​​ three​​ soldiers were killed while trying to defuse a booby-trapped house in Rawa city. [Buratha]

 

Saturday, 16 Daesh members were killed in Rawa District, according to Na’eem Al-Ka’oud, the head of the Anbar​​ Provincial​​ Council’s security committee.​​ 

 

Rutba

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh appointed its former​​ wali​​ of Rutba, Bandar Fares Mutlaq, as a military commander in the Anbar-Ninewa desert. The source sent a photo of Mutlaq, who is originally from the Nukhaib area in eastern Rutba. ​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

On Sunday, PMF 88th​​ brigade​​ said its​​ units discovered a mass grave in a deserted oil well near the Himrin Mountains, containing bodies of civilians executed by Daesh.​​ ​​ [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

Tikrit

Monday,​​ a​​ Security Committee member​​ from​​ the Diyala Provincial Council, Abdelkhaleq Al-Azzawi, said the PC considers Mtaibija, which is on the border between Diyala and Salahuddin, as the “booby-trapping basin,” which Daesh has used to carry out several attacks on Diyala cities in the past years. He added that the area has been cornered from all directions during the Makhoul and Hawija battles, and all of the main roads there have been closed. A large-scale military operation to end Daesh’s presence there is pending the green light.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

According to the MoD statement on Monday, the 47th​​ brigade and affiliated units in the Samarra Operations Command carried out a search in​​ Samarra and southern Salahuddin areas, including​​ Al-Rufaiat, Farahatiya,​​ Sayed Gharib, Al-Anka, and Al-Saada. The search operations resulted in the discovery of various IEDs and the arrest of​​ a​​ terrorist named “Abu Zai” in the Al-Abbasiya area​​ of​​ Samarra, 9 miles north of​​ Samarra​​ city. Police units arrested a suspect on terrorist charges in the Dhuluiya area. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army SUV with an IED on the road between Samarra and Baghdad on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

The Deputy of the Turkmen​​ bloc,​​ Yamamari Oghlu,​​ said on Sunday that there are “hundreds” of Daesh members hiding in the forests​​ in​​ eastern Tooz​​ District, calling on PM Haider Al-Abadi to intervene before there’s a massacre. Oghlu says there are 400​​ to​​ 800 terrorists hiding in the forests. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, PMF​​ commander​​ Ali Al-Husseini revealed that 200 Daesh members are​​ deployed​​ in the mountainous areas extending from the easternmost part of Diyala to northeast Tooz. According to Al-Husseini,​​ over 20 of them are affiliated with Tareq Al-Hashimi​​ a former Iraq Vice President​​ who was​​ previously​​ sentenced to death in absentia. He added that Daesh took advantage of those areas because they are abandoned, as​​ the Peshmerga withdrew from them. He also said Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has already been requested to order the IAA to shell those gatherings. [SNGIQ]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Diyala Police Command announced​​ it is​​ carrying out a large-scale search operation in agricultural farms in northeast Baquba in order to prevent a Daesh presence in the province. An IED was defused in the operation. [Alkhaleej]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Daesh said on Sunday that it destroyed a PMF car with a stick IED in Muqdadiya. [A3maq]

 

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

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and destroyed a vehicle with an IED in Udhaim on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

According to head of the PMF’s 23th brigade media, Hussein Al-Husseini, the PMF foiled a Daesh attack on security points in Abu Eissa between Diyala and Salahuddin. This is the fourth attempted attack of its kind in the past two weeks. [Ghad]  ​​​​ 

 

Monday, local sources in Diyala reported that Daesh released a civilian who Daesh abducted two weeks ago from his house in Al-Islah​​ village in Jalawla. The civilian was reportedly released after his family agreed to pay $50,000,​​ down from $150,000 Daesh initially demanded. The family sold a farm in order to obtain the amount. [Ghad]

 

Diyala Police Commander, Jassem Al-Saadi said that intelligence and CTS units in Diyala managed to capture a large underground guesthouse packed with weapons and ammunition in complex terrain in Balkana. The guesthouse contained 43 mortar shells, 39 rockets, over 50 kg of C4, 19 IEDs, hand​​ grenades, clothing items, seals, license plates, wireless communication devices, and other materials. Al-Saadi added that the guesthouse​​ also​​ contained the “biggest library of extremist books.” [Alkhaleej]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh says it shot and killed a PMF member in Qurtuba village in Mandali on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The MoD Statement on Monday reported that the IFP units carried out a search operation in​​ a​​ village in Al-Zab to clear it of Daesh remnants. The search operation found 8 pressure-operated IEDs containing ammonia nitrate and a rocket.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Sunday, Kirkuk Operations commander, Major-General Ali Al-Imran, announced that security units killed over 30 terrorists in northern Hawija. The security units destroyed suicide belts and guesthouses in​​ what was described as​​ the largest operation to track Daesh in the Hawija vicinity. [Dijlah]

 

NINEWA

Statistics published on Monday by civil society organizations, in cooperation with government bodies such as the Ninewa Operations Command,​​ counted​​ the number of victims in Mosul over the past three years. Fajr Al-Mosul Organization spokesman Abdullah Mohammed, a participant in the​​ report, said that 38,628 people were killed in Ninewa, including civilians and militants. 34,180 people were killed​​ in Mosul alone.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Mosul

Monday, Nouraldin Qablan, Deputy Chairman of the Ninewa Provincial Council, said that about 300 foreign Daesh wives and children, captured in Mosul, have been transferred from northern Iraq to Baghdad “for deportation to their home countries,” adding that “this is the second wave of deportations, and two or three more will follow to transfer more than 1,200 members of foreign Daesh families.” [Arabi21]​​ [Buratha]

 

A security source in Ninewa reported on Monday that two people were killed in an IED explosion near a commercial area in Old Mosul.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Five PMF members were killed in a booby-trapped car blast in northwest Mosul. [Alkhaleej]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that a Tribal PMF fighter was killed and another wounded when Daesh terrorists shot at checkpoint near the Gas Factory in Hammam Al-Alil on Saturday.

 

Qayara/Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says pro-Iran PMFs are smuggling tens of oil tanker trucks everyday from the Qayara area and selling the oil on the black market in Iran. The source says the PMFs threatened IFP units in the area and told them not to interfere.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s not enough that pro-Iran militias are smuggling millions of dollars worth of oil from Basra. Now, they are in Qayara too.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says many Daesh families who left the Qayara area are living in villages south of Hammam Al-Alil. The source says the presence of the families of Daesh commanders in the area means that these commanders are also close by. The source says residents of the area are angry because since these families arrived at least 11 security personnel have been killed. People of the area accuse unspecified officials of keeping silent about this. The source also says people of the area have started to send threat messages to these Daesh families.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 80 Daesh terrorists who fled Albu Kamal in Syria regrouped in the Hatra desert. The source says Daesh is preparing to have bases in the area in order to launch attacks on civilians and security forces, exactly like it used to do in 2014. The source says airstrikes targeted Daesh positions in nearby areas on Monday, killing 30 Daesh terrorists. The source also says Daesh targeted PMF positions in Hatra city with 11 mortars.​​ 

 

Makhmur

Monday, a security official reported that Daesh units infiltrated Al-Akra village in​​ the​​ Qaraj​​ area of Makhmur,​​ southeast of Mosul,​​ and abducted a man and his son. The source added that the Daesh​​ units killed the father and disposed of his body in a well in Al-Adla village, and they let the son go after tying him to a pole​​ in the same village. [Shafaaq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the body of the Qaraj village mukhtar was found in the village on Monday. The source says Daesh had tried to kill the Mukhtar previously when he was displaced in Debaga Camp. The source also says 3 Daesh terrorists from the area kidnapped then killed the Tribal PMF commander of the same village.  ​​​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is classic strategy from the Daesh terrorism book. When trying to take over any location, assassinate officials with responsibility for security, starting with the mukhtar. This and many other stories in this issue of Daesh Daily show that Daesh is already working to recycle its insurgency.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Monday, PMF spokesman Ahmad Al-Asadi denied that the PMF forces withdrew from Zummar and Rabi’a, which were seized after the events in Kirkuk on October 16th. [Rudaw]

 

Baaj

Sunday, a security unit thwarted the latest Daesh attack on the Tal Safouk crossing near the Iraqi-Syrian border, killing 5 Daesh members.​​ [IraqPress]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Head of the Committee of Migration and Displacement in the Babel Council, Riyadh Aadi, called on the displaced families from Mosul who wish to return to their home towns to review their cases with the Department of Migration and Immigration. According to Aadi, the number of families does not exceed 4,000.​​ [Karemlash]  ​​​​ 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Monday, KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani reiterated that it is time for the PUK to evaluate its situation and prepare for a new political era by holding a conference to review its future decisions, as opposed to focusing on retaliation and elimination of others. Talabani’s statement came after PUK leaders demanded to speed up​​ the​​ setting​​ of​​ a date to hold a conference and elect new leadership. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Deputy Qubad Talabani discussed three essential issues with the Islamic Union, including the KRG’s preparations to engage in a dialogue with Baghdad, according to Advisor to the KRG Prime Minister, Dilshad Shihab. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, the Coalition held its regular meeting in Erbil headed by Acting Minister of Peshmerga, Karim Sinjari, who confirmed that the negotiations between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi Army did not yield any results, although the military activities were reduced. [Rudaw]

 

KRG Parliament Speaker Yousif Mohammed Sadeq criticized the KRG, saying its approach wasted half a century’s worth of revenues. He added that the KRG must abandon what he described as a “mentality sickened with the elimination of others.” He said he wondered how a referendum would​​ succeed in a region surrounded by “enemy states” and without a force to defend its borders, while its government cannot afford half its employee salaries. Sadeq added that the referendum was held as​​ “a decision of a party outside the Parliament’s will.” [Sumaria]

 

Monday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, welcomed the presence of Iraqi government employees in the Kurdistan airports. He also reiterated the call for holding a​​ dialogue​​ between Erbil and Baghdad in accordance with the constitution, emphasizing the two sides must come to a political solution, as opposed to a military one. [Rudaw]

 

Monday, the KRG​​ Council of Ministers​​ began its regular meeting headed by PM Nechirvan Barzani, and Deputy Qubad Talabani. The meeting is expected to cover the bilateral relationships between Baghdad and Erbil, the developments in the crisis between the two sides, and the latest developments in the negotiations. [BasNews]

 

Monday, the KRG called on the international community to urge Baghdad to lift the bans on international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region, adding that the “restrictive” procedures taken by Baghdad against Erbil “are in violation of Iraq’s obligations per human rights and international laws.” The KRG explained that the unilateral reduction of the KRG’s share of the 2018 federal budget and the closure of the Kurdistan Region’s airspace constitute collective punishment against Iraqi citizens. The KRG explained that the Erbil and Suleimaniya airports are vital to ensuring humanitarian aid reaches the 1.5 million IDPs in Kurdistan.​​ [Buratha]

 

In a meeting with Head of the Kurdistan’s Regional Security Council, Masrour Barzani, on Sunday,​​ British Ambassador to Iraq,​​ Jon Wilks, said the UK supports the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region and fully supports Kurdistan in overcoming the current phase. He added that the UK reiterates and supports the dialogue and negotiations in accordance with the constitution in order to resolve issues between Erbil and Kurdistan. Masrour Barzani said he values the international support for beginning a proper and direct dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to solve problems. Masoud Barzani also called on the federal government to “respect the constitution and to hurry up with a positive response to the KRG’s attempts to begin dialogue and negotiations.”​​ ​​ [SotIraq]​​ In the meeting with Ambassador Wilks, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani called on the international community to prepare the negotiation floor between Baghdad and Erbil. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is another example of the KDP leadership trying to use western countries as a wedge against the central government.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkey’s​​ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Saturday to continue military operations against the “terrorist” PKK militants. “We will dry all marshes used to launch attacks against our country, especially​​ Qandil in Iraq,” Erdogan said during a speech at an AKP’s conference in Reza province, in a reference to​​ the​​ mountainous​​ Iraqi border​​ region​​ where the PKK has its central operation in Iraq and on​​ which the Turkish air force is launching airstrikes. As for the Turkish military operations in Syria, Erdogan said that his country will complete the Idlib operation in northern Syria “to liberate Afrin and hand over Manbij,​​ controlled​​ he says​​ by the Kurdish Democratic Union​​ (PYD),​​ to its original owners and to clear other areas of the other terrorist organizations.” [SotIraq]

 

Iraqi Yazidi activist, Ali Al-Khansuri, reported that Daesh moved its slave markets from areas in Iraq and​​ Syria to Turkey, where it detains Yazidi women and children among Daesh families smuggled prior to its major defeats in Iraq and Syria. Daesh, according to Al-Khansuri, negotiates with the families of the abducted Yazidis out of Turkish cities, demanding thousands of dollars. Al-Khansuri said the abductees are sold in the cities of Gaziantep, Urfa, and Ankara. [Youm7]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

There are dueling conferences coming up. One is the Riyadh 2 conference to unify Syrian opposition ahead of the Geneva 8 talks. The pro-Turkey Dorar media organization reported that many people​​ on the anti-government​​ High Commission for Negotiations​​ have resigned in advance​​ of the​​ meeting.​​ [Dorar]

 

A source familiar with the Syrian opposition said on Monday that Russia has​​ re-set the date for the Sochi Syrian National Dialogue Conference for December 2nd. [Dorar]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Monday, a military parade was​​ staged​​ by the SDF in the streets of Qamishli after it received 100 Hummer armored vehicles from the international Coalition, according to an Enab Baladi correspondent in Hasaka. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

Afrin

Monday, an Anadolu correspondent​​ reported​​ that the PYD​​ units in Afrin​​ targeted the Turkish observer force in Darat Azza with 5 mortar shells, adding that another of the PYD’s mortar shells fell 100 meters away from the Turkish observer force in​​ the historic​​ Samaan Castle, while the remaining mortar shells landed on civilian areas, without any reports of human losses. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

In response to the recent Turkish military threats in Afrin, the Foreign Relations Committee of Afrin confirmed they would respond with all their might to any attack by the Turkish Army on Afrin, saying that concerned international organizations should be held responsible for Turkish machinations against Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Monday, a YPG’s military source said that the Turkish army had targeted Shirawa​​ subdistrict in Afrin with 5 shells, which caused damage to civilian houses, the YPG responded to the attack. ​​ [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Daesh attacked Tahrir Al-Sham in northeastern rural Hama, capturing 4 villages from Tahrir Al-Sham. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Friday night, a Coalition special force carried out an​​ air​​ drop​​ operation from 3 US helicopters in the Daesh-controlled Gharanij town​​ in rural eastern Deir Ez-Zor​​ District, in which some foreign Daesh leaders were captured and 8 Syrian Daesh members were killed, after one-hour of violent clashes with Daesh, accompanied by​​ intense​​ Coalition airstrikes on the town, according to the local Jurf Media agency. [Dorar]

 

Coalition spokesman, Colonel Ryan Dillon, revealed on Monday that Daesh fighters escaped to desert areas to hide, while others integrated into Sunni residential areas. Dillon added that the foreign fighters are trying to escape the Syria and Iraq region, and the Coalition continues to find them, especially in northern Deir Ez-Zor, where they are trying to escape to Turkey. According to Dillon, last week, 5 German and Belgian fighters were arrested next to an oil tank. [Watan]

 

Daesh issues a video report on the Deir Ez-Zor area. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin

Monday, SOHR reported that the Syrian forces’ Suhail Al-Hasan troops captured a village between Subaikhan and Al-Duwer, east of Deir Ez-Zor, after clashes with Daesh, accompanied by intense missile shelling. ​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal

Monday, SOHR reported that the Syrian forces took full control of Albu Kamal, Daesh’s last major stronghold in Syria, directly commanded by General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, after fierce battles with Daesh, in which at least 82 members of the Syrian forces were killed, along with more than 70 Daesh members, and dozens were wounded on both sides. [SyriaHR]

 

Monday, Al-Mayadeen TV said that General​​ Soleimani​​ personally commanded the operations room of the “Resistance Axis Allies” during the Albu Kamal liberation battle. ​​ [Dorar]

 

Monday, the Syrian government re-announced its full control over Albu Kamal, Daesh’s last major stronghold in Syria, after clashes with Daesh,​​ though​​ some sources​​ said​​ that clashes are still ongoing in some parts of the city. A Syrian military source, cited by​​ Agence​​ France Press, said that “the Syrian forces have taken full control of Albu Kamal,” adding that “we are now working on clearing Albu Kamal of Daesh IEDs and land mines.” [Dorar]

 

According to Syrian government media, a day after the Syrian forces’ full control of Albu Kamal city, the forces have cut Daesh off from the western bank of the Euphrates River. [EnabBaladi]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed more than 50 prisoners in Albu Kamal before government forces entered the city.​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army and Shia militias in Hamdan village with mortars. [ICDNNov20]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the attack on Al-Ashayer village. [ICDNNov20]

Daesh said on Sunday it attacked government forces in the village, killing eight soldiers and militiamen. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a video of the results of Russian airstrikes on Al-Khairat village, north of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that​​ on​​ Sunday a mortar shell was fired by terrorists and landed​​ at​​ the outer fence adjacent to the Russian embassy’s residential complex​​ in Damascus, damaging a wall, the powerlines, and the water supply system, without causing casualties.​​ Moscow says the attack on the embassy will not affect Russia’s resolve to eliminate terrorist hotbeds in Syria and its cooperation with the Syrian government.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Monday, SOHR reported that violent clashes are still taking place between the Syrian forces and Tahrir Al-Sham in the vicinity of the Vehicle Department in eastern Ghouta, near Harasta city, with reports of​​ casualties​​ on both sides, accompanied by the Syrian forces’ heavy shelling of areas in Harasta city and Madeira town in eastern Ghouta. Meanwhile, locations​​ on the outskirts of Bait Na’em town in​​ the​​ Al-Marj area in eastern Ghouta were shelled this morning. [SyriaHR] [EnabBaladi]

 

Monday, the Syrian forces lost contact with​​ a​​ Syrian​​ soldier inside​​ the Vehicle Department in Eastern Ghouta, near Harasta city in Rif Damashq, according to “Arin Al-Haras Al-Jumhury” (the Republican Guards’ Den) Facebook page. [EnabBaladi]

 

Quneitra

In a statement released on Sunday, the Israeli army announced that Israeli tanks had fired warning shots at a Syrian government military installation, near the Druze Hader village, after Syrian soldiers were spotted working to fortify the outpost in the demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights, in violation of the 1974 ceasefire agreement between Syria and Israel, which prohibits the entry of heavy construction tools or military vehicles into the demilitarized zone. [Dorar]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Houthi positions in Qifa with mortars. [ICDNNov20]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security units have stepped up their campaign to clear the center of Sinai from terrorist strongholds. The units chased 3 terrorists in a vehicle carrying explosives. The security unit killed one terrorist and seized the vehicle and explosives. In Northern Sinai south of Rafah city, a security unit killed 3 terrorists after armed clashes. Security searches continue in Al-Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Sunday, three people were killed and three others were wounded in shootings in scattered incidents in Rafah town in northern Sinai, Egypt. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh says it killed a policeman in Arish city on Saturday. It also says it destroyed a police SUV with an IED west of Arish. [A3maq]

 

Tunisia

The National Unit for Investigation of Crimes and Terrorism and Organized Crime and Safety dismantled a terrorist cell of 30 members in the Sidi Hussein region, Tunisia. [Tunisien]

The National Guard Research and Inspection Division dismantled a cell of 4 terrorists in Jendouba State, Tunisia. [Tunisien]

Saturday, National Security units arrested a man and a woman in Ben Arous, Tunisia, for glorifying terrorism.​​ [Iraqpress]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia​​ 

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed a Somali policeman in Afgooye city in Lower Shebelle District. [ICDNNov19]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

In a visit to Kabul, French Foreign Minister​​ Jean-Yves Le Drian warned of the increasing Daesh threat in Afghanistan following its defeats in Iraqi and Syria. Le Drian said that foreign Daesh assailants hail from all directions, especially neighboring countries including Russia, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Le Drian added that although the Daesh-loyal assailants are far less than the number of Taliban fighters, their bloody attacks against the Shia​​ are​​ causing fear in Afghanistan.” He emphasized that​​ the​​ Taliban, which​​ is in control of 40% of Afghan land, and Daesh are fighting​​ each other. [Xendan]

 

Daesh says it killed a pro-government militia fighter and wounded five others in clashes in 2 villages in Nangarhar on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed three Afghan soldiers in clashes in a village in Achin, in Nangarhar, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published photos Saturday of the results of an attack on Taliban in the Wazir Tanki area in Nangarhar. The photos showed 2 dead fighters. [ICDNNov18]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it shot and killed a judiciary investigator in Kunar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published photos of one of its military training camps in Kunar.​​ [ICDNNov19]

Daesh publishes photos of snow in Kunar. [ICDNNov20]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

A child rescued from under the rubble by Iraqi soldiers. [YouTube]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces rescue a woman chained by Daesh in west Anbar. [YouTube]

 

Syria

A group of Daesh terrorists, including foreigners, captured by the Syrian Army. [YouTube]

 

A video allegedly shows Daesh terrorists leaving Raqqa peacefully. [YouTube]​​ 

 

Oilfields set on fire by Daesh in the Albu Kamal area. [YouTube]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about some of its dead terrorists. [ICDNNov19]

 

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