An Update On ISIS Activities

November 21, 2017

Notice to Daesh Daily readers: As​​ most of​​ you are taking the Thanksgiving holiday off, we are doing likewise. Our next issue will be on Monday, November 27. Have a great holiday.

 

November 21, 2017

 

Hay Al-Mashlab in Raqqa

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Muqtada Al-Sadr endorses Al-Abadi for re-election. [..]

Vehicle bomb attack by Daesh spinoff kills 17, wounds​​ many more​​ in Tuz Khurmatu. [..]

About 30 Daesh killed in attacks on four Qayara villages. [..]

KRG assembles​​ negotiations team representing all Kurdish political parties. [..]

 

Syria

Putin holds meetings with Assad, Erdogan in Moscow. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham, other militants, still battling Syrian forces in Hama. [..]

Daesh still fighting in Albu Kamal District; Syrian forces taking heavy casualties. [..]

 

Other countries

Iran declares victory in Syria. [..]

Mosque suicide attack kills 41 in NE Nigeria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Leader of the Sadrist Movement in Iraq, Muqtada Al-Sadr expressed his support of Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi for a second term, saying “Al-Abadi has succeeded during the last period and therefore he should be given a second term and I support him in that. . . .​​ Al-Abadi is capable of running Iraq in the next phase.” [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Al-Sadr may not be among Iraq’s most responsible leaders, but he commands an obedient group of CoR members and a mass following loyal to him. His endorsement is therefore a huge boost to Al-Abadi. As Al-Sadr rarely does something for nothing, there could be expectations behind the endorsement.​​ An important factor here is that Al-Sadr doesn’t want former PM Maliki to be in charge again.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

In the weekly press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced the military elimination of Daesh from Iraq. He emphasized that the Iraqi government “does not allow the criminalization” of those who fought against Daesh. He also told reporters that “those who fought on the ground are Iraqis, and there​​ were no other​​ (ground)​​ forces.” He credited Iraqis for helping eliminate Daesh from Syria. Lastly, he said that in the short​​ next​​ phase, the final clearing operations of the Anbar desert will be completed, after which, Daesh’s final defeat in Iraq will be officially declared. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

At​​ the press conference,​​ Al-Abadi warned corrupt officials​​ against​​ “playing with fire,” saying they tried to distract Iraq from the war on Daesh. He reiterated the need for economic reform in the public and private sectors. He called on anybody who has information to cooperate with authorities to expose corruption. [Sumaria]

Al-Abadi said political disputes allow Daesh to carry out terrorist operations. He emphasized the holding of the elections on time in accordance with the constitution. He also emphasized the importance of returning IDPs to their residences, so they can participate in the elections. [Sumaria]

 

The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold a session on November 22 regarding the situation in Iraq. UNAMI representative Jan Kubis is expected to brief the session. [@UNIraq] [BasNews]

 

Tuesday, according to a military source, the areas still in need of clearing are Jazeera-Salahuddin, Jazeera-Anbar, and Jazeera-Mosul, as well as the​​ Iraq-Syria​​ border extending from the Al-Waleed border crossing north to the Rabi’a border crossing (about 667 km or 414.5 miles).​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

The MoD reported that the Anbar Operations Command began returning 189 families from the Khaldiya and Al-Medina Al-Siyahiya camps to their homes in Baghdad, Ninewa, Babel, Salahuddin, and Kirkuk after their areas were cleared of Daesh remnants. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

In a meeting with PM Haider Al-Abadi on Tuesday, Christian Turner, UK Deputy National Security Adviser, reiterated the UK’s support to Iraq in stabilizing liberated regions. [Rudaw]

 

Tuesday, the Central Criminal Court issued death sentences against three terrorists. According to Judge Abdulsattar Bairaqdar, the three terrorists admitted to having committed various terrorist operations in Iraq. The first suspect participated in an attack on Falluja and fought against security units in several battles including Al-Malaab​​ and​​ Al-Thayla​​ (Ramadi),​​ and​​ Al-Shuhada​​ and​​ Mualimeen​​ (Falluja). The second terrorist rigged a vehicle in cooperation with other terrorists and​​ detonated it as security units tried to defuse it. The third terrorist​​ had​​ supplied​​ Daesh with medicines and other medical supplies. [Baghdadia] [Anadolu]

 

Tuesday, the Daily Beast published an article about an Iraqi hacker group called “Daeshgram,” which targets Daesh’s online propaganda, specifically on the Twitter and Telegram social media platforms. The secret group, founded one year ago, is composed of 4 members:​​ two working in IT Security, one engineer, and one student. The group uses different tactics, one being to​​ produce​​ high-quality media output that mimics Daesh’s official style and creates​​ confusion among Daesh members. The group also receives regular death threats from Daesh. [Youm7] [DailyBeast]

 

Iraq-KRG disputes

Tuesday, Turkmen CoR Representative Jassem Mohammed Jafar expressed his surprise​​ at​​ former KRG President Masoud Barzani’s rejection of the Federal Court’s decision, warning that “this rejection takes the disputes and the crisis back to square one.” [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, Sadeq Al-Labban, a member of the CoR legal committee looking into the status of the CoR representatives who participated in the Kurdistan referendum, confirmed that the committee sent a new request to the Federal Court to inquire about their case and whether their membership in the CoR will be suspended or if the punishment will be canceled along with the cancellation of the referendum itself. [Sumaria]

 

Long-time leader of Lebanon’s Druze and current leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, tweeted that the Kurdistan referendum does not get canceled with​​ just​​ a decision by the​​ federal government, and there​​ had​​ better be a political​​ agreement​​ between Baghdad and Erbil for a​​ second​​ referendum, to​​ cancel the first one and affirm the federal unity of Iraq. [Rudaw] [@walidjoumblatt]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Reuters reported from local officials and security sources that over 800 wives and children of extremists suspected to be enlisted in Daesh, originally from Turkey, Europe and former Soviet states, were moved from northern Iraq to a detainment facility in Baghdad. According to​​ the Chairman​​ of the Security and Defense Committee in the Mosul​​ District​​ Council, Mohammed Al-Bayati, about 700 others remain in the facility in Tel Keif. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spokeswoman in Iraq, Sarah Al-Zoqari, said their numbers increased as more and more foreigners and their families surrendered. Al-Zoqari noted that the ICRC is the only organization that has been allowed to provide humanitarian aid to those families.​​ [IraqPress]

 

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Tuesday, Baghdad Operations Command​​ (BOC)​​ reported that security units arrested 2 terrorists from the Daesh “Wilayat​​ Al-Furat” in Hit after the terrorists came to the Batawiyeen neighborhood in​​ central​​ Baghdad. One of the terrorists worked as an economist in the​​ Wilaya, and the other one had been previously detained in Camp Bucca.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh says its snipers killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded four others in the Meshahda area. [DENNov21] ​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Meshahda. [DENNov21] ​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed a Tribal PMF commander in his house in the Ru’oud area. [DENNov21] ​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Tuesday, a police source reported that unknown assailants shot and killed a tribal PMF member and wounded two others in the Old Diyala Bridge area in southeast Baghdad.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Tuesday, the BOC announced that units from the BOC’s 6th​​ Infantry Division continue to clear the BOC’s area of Daesh war remnants and are preparing the area and agricultural land for the return of displaced families. The BOC added that a search was conducted in the Khazraj area in west Baghdad, where an ammunition and explosives depot was discovered. It contained 3​​ different types of​​ rockets and 3 mortar shells. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

Tuesday, a security unit arrested the Imam of Al-Hussein​​ Mosque​​ at​​ his house in Hit on charges of supporting Daesh.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says security units captured 2 female suicide terrorists who tried to attack the house of an Iraqi Army officer in Haditha. The source sent photos of the 2 sisters.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh started a media campaign, especially in its Naba’ magazine, during the last few weeks, asking women to defend the “caliphate.” Of course Daesh would never admit that the girls were captured. ​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Iraqi forces used tens of buses to move families of Daesh members from Rawa to displacement camps in Hammam Al-Alil. The source sent videos of the buses.​​ 

 

According to a MoD statement, Jazeera Ops Command​​ (JOC)​​ units and the 7th​​ Infantry Division began establishing​​ security posts and​​ defense measures, and deploying security units on the road linking Rawa and Al-Qa’im to the west Anbar desert. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Tuesday afternoon, a military source in Anbar reported that the director of the Jazeera Operations EOD and two soldiers were killed in an explosion of a rigged house in Rawa. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, a security source in the Anbar PMF Command reported that security units arrested 11 Daesh sleeper cell members in various parts of Rawa. [Baghdad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Samarra

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army SUV with an IED on the road between Baghdad and Samarra, killing the soldiers inside. [DENNov21] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This might be a repeated story from Sunday.​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Tuesday, the IWMC reported the deaths of 17 civilians and the wounding of 26 in an explosion of a rigged Kia vehicle parked in the Al-Maash market in Tuz Khurmatu. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior reported that the explosion in the vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu was carried out with a​​ bomb-rigged Kia vehicle. [Baghdadia]​​ 

Tuesday, an official in Tooz​​ District​​ reported that the terrorist suicide attack in Tuz​​ Khurmatu​​ resulted in the deaths of 15 people and the wounding of 90 others, and the numbers are rising. The source added that security units arrested a suicide terrorist wearing a suicide belt near the explosion location. [Baghdadia] [Ghad]​​ 

Turkey’s​​ Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack on Tuz Khurmatu and extended its condolences to the Iraqi people. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Turkey takes an active interest in the Turkmen, who are not Turkish but are somewhat related. Tuz Khurmatu has been a Turkmen city but more recently has had a large number of Kurds. The Tooz District is one of the so-called “disputed areas.”

 

A​​ Daesh Daily​​ source says the vehicle bomb incident was perpetrated by a breakaway group of former Daesh members​​ operating from the Himrin Mountains,​​ calling itself the Sunni Protection​​ Forces, mostly Kurds but also including Turkmen, in addition to some foreign fighters. Its announced purpose is to kill Shia and Iraqi soldiers. The source reports speculation that the group is linked to Mullah Krekar, a Kurdish militant who went to Norway in 1991. In 2003, Norway issued an exclusion order against him, but it was suspended to avoid a possible death sentence were he to be sent back to Iraq. He was later labeled a threat to the Norwegian public and in 2012 was arrested and placed in protective custody.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ No one should take the claims of​​ organizational independence too seriously. This is a group of Daesh members​​ under a new name,​​ trying to kill people in a continuation of the Daesh insurgency. In the immediate aftermath of its defeat in Rawa, Daesh has started a number of small attacks around the country, and this larger attack is part of the same strategy. It’s part of the second coming of Daesh unless Iraq can put an effective end to all this terrorism. Taking away the “caliphate” territory was not the end of the struggle.

 

DIYALA

The Security Committee of the Diyala Council called for the unification of the different security mechanisms​​ in Diyala​​ into one component in order to secure the roads inside the governate. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the Diyala Police Command reported the arrest of 9 suspects on terrorist and criminal charges in various areas of the province.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Monday, Chairman of the Diyala Provincial Council’s Security Committee, Sadeq Al-Husseini,​​ stated​​ that no more than 100 Daesh​​ operatives​​ dispersed in sleeper cells​​ still​​ remain in Diyala.​​ [Dijlah]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We would be surprised if the number is that low, and doubt that the Chairman really has any way to know.​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Daesh says it killed or wounded several Iraqi soldiers with an IED near Muqdadiya. [DENNov21] ​​ 

 

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

Tuesday, a security source reported the discovery of 5 rockets in a Military Intelligence Services operation in the Al-Salam area northeast of Baquba.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Tuesday, Chairman of the Diyala Provincial Council’s Security Committee, Sadeq Al-Husseini said that the​​ Golden Division of the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS)​​ succeeded in intercepting a Daesh network and locating one of its bases in a deserted area extending from Jalawla and Qazaniya. An airstrike was conducted on the base, killing a prominent Daesh leader called “Dynamo” and 14 of his assistants and companions.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Tuesday, the Diyala Police Command announced that a Mandali Police unit​​ seized​​ five C4 containers, as well as arresting​​ 9 suspects on terrorism​​ and​​ other​​ criminal charges in various areas of the province. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The Kirkuk Provincial Council held its first session on Tuesday in the absence of the​​ Council​​ Chairman​​ Rebwar Talabani and the members of the Kurdish Brotherhood Bloc. [Sumaria]​​ Reportedly, the meeting lasted only a matter of minutes.

 

A​​ Daesh Daily​​ source says some people in Kirkuk are trying to quickly finish their business with key record-keeping offices, such as birth certificates, passports, and land registrations. This is based on the fear that armed groups will attack these directorates in order to destroy the records. The situation in Kirkuk is reported to be tense.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The land records are a particular area of concern because of the thousands of claims and counter-claims that have occurred over the same properties​​ for many years​​ between Kurds and Arabs who have owned the property at different times.

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded five others by detonating an IED on their vehicle in the Riyadh area. [DENNov21] ​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Tuesday morning, a security source reported the deaths of 8 Daesh leaders, one of whom was​​ a “wali,”​​ in the outskirts of Qasabat Bashir in southwest Kirkuk. Several PMF members were killed in the operation, however.​​ [PressIraq]

 

NINEWA

Confusion reigns over the important question of how many people have died in Ninewa.​​ Ninewa Deputy Governor, Hassan Al-Allaf, estimates that there have been 10,000 deaths in the governorate, of whom​​ 2,400 people​​ were​​ decapitated.​​ UNAMI reported 5,218 deaths and​​ other​​ casualties in Ninewa between February 2015 and October 2017. The Ministry of Health estimated that there were 889 deaths and casualties in Ninewa in 2016. According to Al-Allaf, 4,000 bodies are considered missing in Ninewa, which are possibly still under the rubble in Old Mosul. Following the liberation of Mosul, Minister of Finance Hoshyar Zebari, said in a press statement that 40,000 people were killed in the city. SOHR on the other hand said 3,864 people were killed and 22,579 received treatment in west Mosul. [ArabsToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It would help if one Iraqi ministry, or perhaps the Human Rights​​ commission, would compile all these numbers in one place and produce one set of numbers based on the same assumptions.

 

Mosul

West​​ Mosul

Tuesday, security sources in Ninewa reported that the IFP​​ sealed off​​ the Matahin, Al-Yarmouk, Al-Tanak, and​​ Yabisat​​ areas from all directions and closed their entrances. The IFP ordered a curfew in the four neighborhoods in west Mosul in order to search for wanted terrorists and criminals, with participation from the IAF.​​ [Karemlash]​​ 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict

Tuesday, the Suqour (Hawks) Cell located a Daesh ammunition depot in the Ayn Jahsh area on the strategic road northeast of Tal Abta in​​ southwest Mosul subdistrict.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Hammam Al-Alil

A security source in Mosul reported that Daesh assailants attacked the Al-Islahiya village in Hammam Al-Alil in south Mosul, seizing a part of it before the Army intervened. The source added that Daesh assailants also invaded a number of houses in​​ the​​ Al-Tanak neighborhood in west Mosul after clashes with security units. [BasNews]

 

Qayara​​ 

A security source reported on Tuesday that about 30 Daesh terrorists who tried to attack security units in the Mahane, Al-Hawd, and Al-Islahiya villages in Qayara were killed. 7 other Daesh members escaped.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Head of the Tactical Unit in the Army’s 3rd​​ brigade, General Abdulrahman Al-Bahadli, said the Army units foiled a Daesh attack in the​​ Khoshtar and Khattab areas on Tuesday evening. Al-Bahadli elaborated that the Daesh assailants clashed with the security units for 40 minutes. The clashes resulted in the deaths of 9 Daesh assailants, the destruction of an armed vehicle and three 4WDs carrying medium weapons and ammunition. He clarified that the goal of the attack was to seize the road linking Makhmur and the Kirkuk desert. [BasNews]

 

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh ambushed and killed a PMF commander and stole his vehicle on the road between Aliba village and Hatra. The source says PMFs arrested 4 people from the village after the ambush.​​ 

 

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a group of Daesh terrorists, in Iraqi military vehicles and uniforms, attacked Qaraj village in Makhmur and killed nine people after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. The source says Tribal PMF fighters fled the village without a fight.

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh ambushed and killed a Ninewa Police officer on the road between Rabi’a and Mosul. ​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Tuesday, KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani said that any Kurdish delegation visiting Baghdad for negotiations will be from the government, with representatives from all Kurdish parties in the KRG. Barzani said all Kurdish parties agree on three principles: 1) the refusal​​ to​​ divide​​ Kurdistan into two administrations, 2) negotiations​​ between the KRG and the Iraqi government​​ only, and 3) no unilateral negotiation by any other party. [BasNews]​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The story sounds like everyone is being put on a tight leash, but the more important​​ and​​ good news is that all the parties are included in the negotiations, and being consulted, rather than having Masoud Barzani​​ dominate the decision-making and leave opposition parties out.

 

Tuesday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani confirmed that all Kurdish parties are against dividing the Kurdistan Region into two administrations.​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is their position now, but as we reported previously in a detailed story, there was a move to create a Suleimaniya-Halabja-Kirkuk region prior to Masoud Barzani’s resignation.

 

PM of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani, speaking on the withdrawal of Peshmerga troops from Kirkuk, said “we withdrew voluntarily,” explaining “When the Iraqi forces and the PMF occupied areas in Kurdistan on October 16th… we withdrew of our own volition so as not to escalate the war. Unfortunately, there were clashes between the two sides.” According to Hawar News, the KDP accuses​​ other​​ Kurdish forces of handing over Kirkuk but the PUK maintains that they withdrew on the basis of a joint decision. [Hawar]

 

SULEIMANIYA

Tuesday, a KRG delegation headed by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani arrived​​ at​​ Dabashan​​ in Suleimaniya​​ to meet with PUK​​ politburo​​ member, Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, Jalal Talabani’s widow. The meeting was also attended by Deputy​​ PM​​ Qubad Talabani,​​ her son, Minister of Agriculture​​ and​​ Water Resources Abdulsattar Majeed, Acting Minister of Transportation Mawlood Bawmrad, government spokesman Safeen Dizayee, and Advisor to the Prime Minister Dilshad Shihab. [Rudaw]

 

Monday, PUK leader Mahmoud Sangawi revealed that a meeting was held between PUK leaders​​ and Iran’s​​ Al-Quds Force Commander, General Qassem Soleimani, during their​​ earlier​​ visit to Tehran. Sangawi told former Peshmerga fighters that during the aforementioned meeting, Iranian officials advised them against holding the referendum. [SotIraq]

 

Tuesday,​​ Amin Bakr of the​​ Taghyir​​ bloc, which includes Gorran, called on the federal government to open the Suleimaniya and Erbil airspace following the Federal Court’s formal ruling on the unconstitutionality of the Kurdistan referendum. He also called for the cancellation of the punitive measures imposed on financial institutions in Kurdistan. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Dorar reports that the differences between the US and Turkey are escalating as Turkey tries​​ to acquire the Russian S-400 weapon system. In light of this, the US has threatened not to supply Ankara with F-35 fighter jets. In response to the US’ threat, Turkey has threatened to stop operating the US designed radar system in the Turkish Malatya Province that protects Israel from ballistic missiles if the US does not hand over F-35 fighter jets. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ At some point, US patience with Erdogan will run out. There are obviously sharp differences, but while US spokesmen try to play them down to keep the anti-Daesh coalition together, Erdogan plays them up​​ for his own political reasons​​ in what​​ looks​​ increasingly ​​ like an anti-American​​ and anti-Coalition policy​​ being pursued​​ by a leader whose country is supposedly a​​ NATO member. Sending him fighter planes that could well be used to attack his own people​​ (or even US military personnel)​​ does not sound like a rational decision, whatever Erdogan thinks of it.

 

The PKK’s People’s Defense Forces (HPG) announced the deaths of 13 PKK guerillas (PKK fighters) and​​ the​​ commander of the Free Women’s Units, the women’s military wing of the PKK, Dalal Amad, in clashes with the Turkish Army​​ on Basta​​ Mountain in Şırnak in Turkey’s​​ Kurdish area. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Hawar reports that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a surprise trip to Russia and stressed his readiness to work with anyone who wants peace and stability in Syria. The two presidents discussed the principles for organizing the political process to resolve the Syrian crisis. [Hawar] [Dorar]

 

The pro-Erdogan​​ Anadolu reports​​ that​​ the Turkish-Russian summit on Wednesday will focus on ongoing events in Syria’s tension reduction zones and the fight against terrorism in Syria. The summit will also discuss the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria, finding a solution to the Syrian crisis under UN Security Council Resolution 2254, and contributions of the Guarantor States (Russia, Turkey, and Iran) in the Geneva process. [Anadolu]

 

French newspaper​​ Le Monde​​ reported that Turkey is willing to make compromises​​ with​​ Russia in return​​ for​​ marginalizing the Kurds in Syria ahead of the Sochi conference scheduled on November​​ 22. [BasNews]​​ Syria has already asked that the Kurds be excluded.​​ The Geneva 8 conference is scheduled for November 28.

 

US Defense Department Spokesman Eric Bahon accused the Syrian government of obstructing humanitarian access to the Al-Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border, saying that the Syrian government has the final word​​ on​​ allowing​​ the UN convoy to leave Damascus. [Dorar]

 

The UN announced the end of the work of the Joint Investigation Mechanism on Chemical Attacks in Syria after Russia used its veto power against a resolution to extend its work. [Dorar]

 

The Speaker of the Iranian Shura Council,​​ Ali Larijani,​​ announced an impending end to the Iranian presence in Syria, although he did not mention a time frame. Larijani says Commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Gen. Qassem Soleimani has declared the end of Daesh’s control of any land in Syria. [ROJ]

 

Spokesman for the Coalition Col. Ryan Dillon acknowledged high-level coordination with Russia on the situation in Syria in order to prevent accidents. “We talk on the phone with the Russians in a continuous line of communication… to be sure of airborne flight movements and movements of ground troops to avoid collisions.” [Dorar]

 

Dorar reports The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) met on Monday and revealed an agreement between Tehran and the Syrian government under which the latter will pay all of the expenses and military costs Iran has spent in Syria. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ And from what fund will cash-strapped Syria be paying all this money? And why is this charade necessary?

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Hawar reports that 3,000 Iraqi refugees from Al-Hawl camp​​ have​​ returned to their homes. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

The Coalition says the Raqqa Internal Security Forces (RISF) assumed security of three neighborhoods: Mashlab, Al-Jazra and Al-Tayar in Raqqa on Nov. 20. It says a ceremony in the eastern Raqqa neighborhood of Mashlab marked RISF’s assumption of the neighborhood’s security mission from Syrian Democratic Forces who liberated the city Oct. 20.

This ongoing handover is an important step in a process that will allow the SDF to continue fighting Daesh elsewhere,” said Special Operations Joint Task Force commander Maj. Gen. James Jarrard. “With the RISF gradually assuming the security mission in Raqqa under the Raqqa Civil Council’s leadership, we continue to have Raqqawis securing and governing Raqqawis.”

The RISF is composed of local volunteers with subordinate sector commanders who are appointed by the Raqqa Civil Council. RISF units will provide local security and prevent Daesh’s re-emergence in Raqqa and the local area. [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR reports clashes between the Syrian forces and Tahrir Al-Sham near Sheikh Mohammed, southwest of Khanasir in southeast Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Afrin/Azaz

Hawar reports that Asayesh​​ personnel​​ in Afrin seized a truck full of ammunition destined for the Turkish Army in Azaz. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Turkestani News published pictures of the Turkestan Party, Tahrir Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army fighting the Syrian forces in rural eastern Hama near Al-Mustariha village. [EnabBaladi]

SOHR reports violent clashes between the Turkestan Party and Tahrir Al-Sham on one hand and the Syrian forces on the other in the villages of Al-Mustariha, Abu Khanadeq, and Abu Maru in northeastern Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reports that Tahrir Al-Sham targeted the Syrian forces in Sarha village in northeastern Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh kidnapped 4 Tahrir Al-Sham members northeast of Hama and took them to an unknown location.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh captured Suruj village, east of Hama, after heavy battles with Tahrir Al-Sham.​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says ten Syrian soldiers were killed and six others wounded after a Daesh female suicide terrorist blew herself up near Buqris Tahtani village clinic.​​ 

 

Albu Kamal

Dorar reports that Syrian forces shelled the Suh Al-Fra’i IDP camp near Albu Kamal. [Dorar]

 

SOHR reports that clashes continue between the Syrian forces and Daesh on the western bank of the Euphrates River amid airstrikes in the towns of​​ Al-Jalaa, Al-Majawda, Al-Tuwaitha, and Al-Baqaan. ​​ [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reports that in the last 5 days of fierce battles in​​ Albu Kamal,​​ 235 members of the Syrian Army and allied forces have been killed. [SyriaHR]

 

Iraq’s​​ IWMC issued a statement on Tuesday saying​​ its​​ 28th​​ brigade targeted Daesh gatherings in Syria in the area across from Tal Safouk​​ on the border, destroying a vehicle carrying 120 mortar shells and another vehicle carrying other weapons. The Daesh gatherings had attempted to​​ attack​​ the PMFs​​ with rigged vehicles numerous times. [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Tuesday, spokesman of the Anbar tribes Ghassan Al-Eithawi reported that approximately 2,000 Daesh members fled from Ramadi and other areas of Anbar to Albu Kamal and Deir Ez-Zor prior to​​ the military operations. He added that there are Daesh guesthouses and members in the desert, and security units are tracking Daesh members who fled Rawa. He added that over 150 Daesh members were killed on Rawa’s fences and​​ in​​ surrounding villages.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Taken together, these stories show that while the city is more or less in government hands, the Albu Kamal District is still a battleground.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Syrian Army EOD captain was killed while defusing an IED in Albu Kamal.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says government forces are setting houses and vehicles in Albu Kamal on fire after accusing the owners of supporting Daesh. The source says many of these people have no links to Daesh.​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army tank with rocket in Hamdan village. [ICDNNov21]

 

Daesh publishes photos of dropping a “bomb” from a drone on Syrian Army units “on the outskirts of” Albu Kamal. [ICDNNov21]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting government forces with Grad rockets and heavy artillery “on the outskirts of” Albu Kamal.​​ [ICDNNov21]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ When Daesh uses “on the outskirts of” it means that it lost the city.​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Shia militia vehicle with a rocket in Al-Ghabra village.​​ [ICDNNov21]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

SOHR reports clashes between the Syrian forces on one hand and Tahrir Al-Sham and Islamic factions on the other south of Beit Tima town in Rif Damashq. [SyriaHR]

 

Daraa

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Tahrir Al-Sham captured a Daesh Iraqi military commander in Daraa. The source says Tahrir Al-Sham demanded that Daesh release all Tahrir Al-Sham prisoners in exchange for him.

 

Daesh publishes photos of the work of the​​ hisbah​​ of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, west of Daraa. [ICDNNov21]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

In a live state TV broadcast on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of Daesh in Iraq and Syria. Major General Qassem Soleimani also declared the end of Daesh in a letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Daesh has been “eliminated from existence in Iraq and Syria.” [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It would be better to gloat over the demise of Daesh after it is fully defeated. As can be seen from today’s news, this has not yet happened.

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it killed or wounded several Egyptian soldiers with light and mid-sized weapons and IEDs near the border with Gaza. Daesh says the soldiers were abolishing “properties of Muslims” in the area.​​ 

 

Tunisia

Monday, the National Guard Research and Inspection Team dismantled a terrorist cell of 3 members in Medenine state, Tunisia. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Germany

German police launched a large-scale counter-terrorism operation in 4 states targeting Syrians suspected of fighting with Daesh, according to Die Welt News. [Anadolu]

 

Left-wing​​ party lawmaker Sevim Dagdelen was criticized on Tuesday after displaying the YPG flag in the German Parliament. Germany considers the YPG to be the Syrian wing of the Turkish PKK terrorist organization, but Dagdelen argues that the ban on the YPG flag is “disgraceful,” claiming that the YPG is fighting Daesh and should be respected for its efforts. [Anadolu]

 

Spain

A statement by Spain’s Ministry of the Interior said that according to the Spanish intelligence agencies, no less than 222 terrorists​​ (199 men and 23 women),​​ Spanish citizens and foreign citizens​​ living​​ in Spain,​​ enlisted in Daesh in recent years or were arrested prior to joining Daesh.​​ The statement added that 47 of those were killed, and 34 others returned to Spain (13​​ of them​​ arrested and 21 released), including 14 who are currently residing in Spain under strict security measures. Spanish Intelligence said it is preparing to face the challenge of the returned extremists from Syria and Iraq after receiving intensive training in the use of weapons.​​ [Sana]

 

Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concern over the impact of the return of Canadian citizens enlisted in Daesh on Canada’s national security. Trudeau said Canadian citizens who joined Daesh will be prosecuted, and the government will make an effort to integrate them back into society. [Sumaria]

 

 

AFRICA

At least 41 people were killed and dozens were injured in a suicide attack on a mosque in Mobi city in northeast Nigeria. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Tajikistan

According to the Tajikistan Interior Ministry’s press office, Tajikistan extradited a former Russian soldier who fought for Daesh in Syria and Iraq. Ministry spokesman Umarjoni Emomali said “Denis Khisamov was transferred to the Russian side in accordance with international agreements.” Emomali explained Khisamov had forged a Tajik passport to enter Turkey from Syria. [RT]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Sadrist leader Bahaa Al-Aaraji says the United States position in the fight against Daesh was honorable. He says without the Coalition airstrikes and intelligence the victory against Daesh would not have been so fast. [SkyPress]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Coming from a senior Sadrist leader, this admission is a major development.​​ 

 

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