An Update On ISIS Activities

November 26, 2018

November 26, 2018

 

 

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Floods in Shirqat (DD Nov 23)

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Major floods devastate Ninewa, Shirqat, create humanitarian crisis.​​ [..]

UN reports says 37% of Iraqi women “accept” domestic violence. [..]

Daesh-aided flood kills​​ at least 5​​ in Shirqat, sends 8,000 fleeing. [..]

16​​ Turkmen PMFs killed in​​ Daesh attack in​​ Tooz that also kills 6 Daesh.​​ [..]

Clueless court in Kirkuk arrests 6​​ anti-Daesh activists. [..]

Combined police/security detail arrests 17 Daesh members in Mosul. [..]

Daesh assassinates another mukhtar, in Ayadhiya, Tal Afar. [..]

Hatra mukhtar severely wounded by IED in Qayara. [..]

6 PMFs killed south of Hatra. [..]

Daesh unit in Tal Afar attacking area outside Tal Afar city. [..]

 

Syria

SDF, Coalition capture major Daesh leader in Mayadin; arrest other Daesh leaders.​​ [..]

Suspicious poison gas attack​​ sickens over 100 people​​ in Aleppo. [..]

Radio journalist assassinated in Idlib. [..]

Major​​ bad-weather battle kills 92 SDF, 61 Daesh fighters, 51 civilians in Albu Kamal.​​ [..]

Daesh raid on Al-Bahra kills at least 18, kidnaps many more. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:​​ Earthquake hits Kermanshah area in NW Iran, near Iraq.​​ [..]

Yemen: ​​​​ Yemen National Army kills 26 Houthis, wounds 30 in SW Yemen. [..]

Libya: ​​​​ Daesh attack in SE Libya kills at least 8, leaves many kidnapped, wounded. [..]

Somalia: ​​​​ Car bomb attack on Sufi center kills director, 14 others. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ US Army sergeant killed in SW Afghanistan.​​ [..]

Pakistan: ​​​​ Daesh suicide bomber kills 33 in NW Pakistan Shia tribal area.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The UN reported on the immense impacts of floods in Iraq on the 22nd​​ and 23rd​​ of November that caused huge losses. It says that 15,000 people in Ninewa and 10,000 in Salahuddin need instant support. Roads and bridges were reported to have been destroyed by the floods, which were​​ caused by heavy rains. All temporary bridges in Mosul were destroyed. [Rudaw]

 

On Monday, Aoun Dhiab, Advisor to the Ministry of Water Resources, discussed the relationship of Daesh to the recent floods in Shirqat, saying that the floodwater had been discharged towards Al-Jirnaf​​ Valley and sent to dams.​​ However,​​ Dhiab says​​ Daesh had opened all the “vaults” in the valleys near Shirqat, which reduced the ability of the valleys nearby to absorb water. [IKH]​​ 

 

The UN reported that women of different backgrounds are suffering​​ in​​ Iraq,​​ and estimated​​ that 37% of Iraqi women between 15-49 years old believe domestic violence against them is acceptable. The UN says 63% of domestic violence incidents were committed by a family member. It says that eliminating such violence in Iraq is a standard long-term commitment of the UN. [BasNews]

 

New​​ government

Leaks from Nouri Al-Maliki’s office on Thursday indicated that Al-Maliki and Barzani were now in a political bloc along with Hadi Al-Amiri,​​ Khamis Al-Khanjar, and Faleh Al-Fayyad. Barzani and Al-Maliki were reported to have met in Baghdad on Thursday. [SotAlIraq] [SotAlIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We suspect there is less to this than it seems, but time will sort out the details. At least we now know why Barzani suddenly showed up in Baghdad last week, a city he rarely visits.

 

Early Friday morning, Khamis Al-Khanjar published a statement demanding that Al-Sadr produce hard evidence of the buying and selling of Iraq state positions. Al-Sadr had previously accused Sunni politicians of being implicated in such sales. [IraqAkhbar]

 

The Sadiqoun bloc, the political arm of AHH, says the remaining cabinet ministries will be settled as one package on Tuesday. It also says that the Prime Minister should discuss his options with the political blocs before nomination. It says Sadiqoun will vote for all the Prime Minister’s choices. [BasNews]

 

MP​​ Hazim​​ Al-Khalidi called on PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi to withdraw the nominations of the Ministers of Youth, Sports and Communications, presenting documents with the signatures of MPs who gave votes of no confidence in the nominated Ministers. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Whatever happened to the promises to create a technocratic cabinet that would be above the usual corrupt wheeling and dealing for the ministries and their spoils?​​ Whatever happened to Moqtada’s promised anti-corruption government?​​ What happened to “no more business as usual?”

 

Council of Representatives

Some members of the PMF​​ organizations​​ who moved up to the CoR were reported to be “continuing to take advantage” of the PMF by exploiting the emotions of the poor to increase their own political gains, such as demanding higher salaries. [BasNews]

 

Hassan Al-Kaabi, the First Vice CoR Speaker, says that the search for missing persons is a humanitarian effort rather than an administrative action. He was talking to an international delegation including Thomas Joel Miller, the head of the International Commission on Missing Persons, and Katherine Sisky of the ICRC. [Rudaw]

 

Reconstruction

As reported by​​ Sumaria,​​ a “Gulf newspaper,” the Iraqi government​​ has​​ not​​ yet​​ received​​ any of the moneys committed by donors for reconstruction. The paper says donors are worried that funds might just go into the pockets of corrupt officials. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Not surprisingly, countries waited for the government formation circus to conclude before wiring the money. The government formation process is still incomplete, and various politicians are still playing political games with it as noted above, so there may be a further delay.

 

Corruption

A report published on Thursday claimed that militias “linked to Shia parties” were selling property to civilians in Mosul. This property was reportedly seized from Christians who fled the area. [SotAlIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we reported last week, Archbishop Shlemon Warduni of the Chaldean Catholic Church claimed that there had been about 350 fraudulent sales of Christian property.

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

On Thursday, Masoud Barzani said that he had a high degree of trust in the Iraqi government, and that he would support PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi. This came as Barzani visited Baghdad and met with Abd Ul-Mahdi.​​ For his part, Abd Ul-Mahdi thanked Barzani for his visit and praised his governance.​​ [AlMasr] [RussiaToday]​​ [SotAlIraq] [SotAlIraq] [SotAlIraq]

 

On Friday, Barzani also met with Al-Sadr. Official statements from both offices were all diplomatic platitudes dealing with the “political process” in Iraq, without anything substantive reported. [SotAlIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In other words, a typical Barzani press release.

 

On​​ Saturday,​​ however,​​ Al-Sadr​​ questioned​​ why​​ the​​ red carpet” was being rolled out​​ for Barzani,​​ when​​ previously​​ he supported​​ a​​ project to split up Iraq. [Kitabat]​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The High Judicial Council says that the Ninewa Court of Investigations ratified the confessions of a Daesh executioner who worked in Mosul. He was responsible for beheading Daesh’s​​ prisoners in​​ public. ​​ He confessed to carrying out executions and supporting Daesh practices. [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Foreign policy

MP Bader Al-Ziadi of Sa’irun said on Thursday that Qatar, the UAE, and Turkey were trying to influence the nomination of the Iraqi Minister of Defense. [Buratha] [UAE71]

 

On Saturday,​​ Arabi21​​ reported that the US-funded Arabic-language channel​​ Al-Hurra​​ fired dozens of its​​ staffers in​​ Iraq, while its UAE office has recently been expanded and hired approximately 100 new​​ staffers, moves that were criticized as putting​​ Al-Hurra​​ “under the control of the UAE.” The Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedoms expressed “deep concern” about the fate of the journalists who work for the Baghdad office of​​ Al-Hurra. [Arabi21]

 

On Saturday, PM Abd Ul-Mahdi said that oil exports from Kirkuk to the Turkish port of Ceyhan had begun. [BasNews]

 

Masoud Barzani met with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince to discuss mutual relations and political developments in Iraq. Barzani started a visit to the UAE on Sunday. [Rudaw]

 

BAGHDAD

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

On Monday, Federal Police arrested a man who threw 4 grenades in the​​ Batawiyeen neighborhood, central Baghdad. Federal Police Command said that the man threw grenades at a car garage following a dispute with the garage owner. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh said it captured, then killed, a National Security Service “spy” in the Sheikh Hamad area, in Tarmiya, on Thursday. [ICDNNov24]

 

ANBAR

Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 4 PMF members, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh ambush on the road between Haditha and Baiji.

 

Rutba

Qatari Al-Obeidi, a PMF leader, said on Monday that 13 Daesh fighters had been killed​​ by​​ an airstrike in the Al-Ja’ara area of the Rutba desert. [FaceIraq]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 4 Iraqi Army members, including a captain, were killed when a roadside IED destroyed their pickup vehicle in the Rutba area.​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded nine Iraqi Army members, including one officer, and destroyed two vehicles with two IEDs in the Kilo 90 area​​ in​​ Rutba,​​ on Wednesday. [ICDNNov22] [A3maq]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Coalition said on Monday that Iraqi security personnel under Salahuddin Ops Command had killed the Daesh senior leader known as “Katkut” in an operation in Salahuddin Province on November 21. The Coalition press release noted that “Katkut” had previously operated out of Al-Hadar (aka Hatra), leading a Daesh mortar detachment, and had been responsible for the deaths of Iraqi civilians and security personnel. [InherentResolve]

 

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that at least 5 people were killed and dozens of houses destroyed in Shirqat District after the area was flooded due to heavy rains. The source said 8,000 people fled their houses for Tikrit or to southern Ninewa.​​ 

Later on, the source said that Civil Defense units found the bodies of 4 children who were killed by the flood. The source said that 30 people are still missing.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units killed 4 Daesh terrorists near Tilul Al-Baj. The source said the terrorists were launching mortars on Shirqat city when the PMFs attacked them.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 3​​ soldiers​​ under Salahuddin Ops Command were killed in a Daesh rocket attack near the Hawi Kan’ous area.​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded ten “SWAT” and tribal PMF members with machine guns in Kan’ous village, on Wednesday. [ICDNNov22]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that local police units killed 2 Daesh terrorists near Shabali village. The source said 1 policeman was killed in the fighting.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on their military positions in the Makhoul area, killing 2 terrorists and destroying a vehicle.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 2 PMFs were killed and 2 others wounded in a Daesh attack in the Makhoul area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 2 PMF members were killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on them on the road between Tilul Al-Baj and Shirqat. The source said the IED was planted inside the carcass of a dead dog.​​ 

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that IFP units killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including a Syrian commander, on the Salahuddin side of the Himrin Mountains area.​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (​​ Tooz)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 11 Turkmen PMF members were killed and 5 others captured, and later killed, in a Daesh attack near Bir Ahmed village, near Amerli. The source said 6 Daesh terrorists were also killed in the attack.​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed two Iraqi Army​​ soldiers​​ and wounded two others in Mullah Eid village, in Buhriz. [A3maq]​​ 

 

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

Daesh said it wounded two Iraqi Army members with an IED in Al-Duwalib village, in​​ the​​ Dalli Abbas​​ area, Al-Khalis, on Tuesday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh said it wounded two IFP members with an IED in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, on Thursday. [ICDNNov23]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

In an outrageous legal incident, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that arrest warrants were issued by the Counterterrorism Court in Kirkuk against 6 people from Hatra. The source said the individuals are anti-Daesh activists who helped security forces arrest dozens of Daesh members. The source said the arrest warrants were issued based on testimonies from families of Daesh members.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is one tactic to intimidate people who are moving against Daesh. These people are from Hatra, and there is little chance that a court in Kirkuk would know anything about them, except through​​ helpful​​ “witnesses” who​​ just happened to have​​ fled Hatra to Kirkuk because of their links to Daesh.  ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Ministry of the Interior spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an says that a​​ Daesh member who had worked for Daesh as a photographer was arrested by counter-terrorism units at the Altun Kupri checkpoint in Kirkuk, by Dibis border. [Buratha]​​ [Rudaw]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh captured and killed 3 PMF members at a fake checkpoint near Tal Al-Ward village (aka Tal Alwad).

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that IFP units killed 2 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a tunnel near an oilfield in the Dibis area. The source said the IFP confiscated motorcycles, weapons, and military uniforms​​ from the tunnel.

 

Daesh said it shot and killed IFP members on the road between Kirkuk and Mosul, on Friday. [ICDNNov24]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The IFP says that its 6th​​ Division started a search operation in 4 villages in Hawija, destroying 5 Daesh safehouses and 3 tunnels, in addition to 5 IEDs, in Hawija. The units also stopped a Daesh attempt to approach the area using mortars. [Forat]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed two IFP members with machine guns near Al-Zira’a village, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Friday. [ICDNNov25]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that an MoI 1st​​ lieutenant was killed when his vehicle was destroyed by an IED on the road between Daquq and Kirkuk.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units killed 3 Daesh terrorists in an ambush in the Rashad desert.​​ 

 

The Kirkuk Directorate of Intelligence says 3 Daesh safehouses in Rashad subdistrict were targeted and destroyed. Several IEDs and explosives equipment were also found. [Sumaria]​​ [AIN]

 

NINEWA

Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi, Chief of Staff for the Army, says the security situation in Ninewa is stable and is under control. He says that military units in Ninewa are performing their duties efficiently. He adds that “simple” security violations are being addressed, and there is no military threat to the province. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it wounded one Iraqi Army member in an attack on a checkpoint with a hand grenade and machine guns in an unspecified location in Ninewa, on Thursday. [ICDNNov23]​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Ninewa Police and National Security Service units searched several areas in west Mosul and captured 17 persons on terrorism charges. The source said one of the captured was a notorious Daesh local leader.​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information says that security personnel found 21 explosives​​ belts and quantities​​ of other weapons and ammunition in Mosul’s​​ Old​​ City. [IraqPress]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that Daesh is still distributing money to the families of its members in Mosul,​​ using a network of women to distribute the money.

See related story just below, under Mosul District

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

Shura

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 2 children were killed and 5 others wounded when a roadside IED exploded on a pickup carrying them to their elementary school in Shura. The source said that after that attack, the local police informed Daesh families to leave for displacement camps within 24 hours.​​ 

Daesh’s version said it killed four PMF members on Thursday, wounded eight others, and destroyed a vehicle with an IED in Zalhafa village, in Shura. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we see by comparing the stories, these “PMF members” Daesh targeted and killed were elementary school children.​​ 

 

Qayara

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that it arrested a female Daesh operative nicknamed “Um Al-Dawaesh” in the Jada’a IDP camp in Qayara. She was active in delivering food to Daesh members in their hideouts and was wanted by the judiciary. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the​​ mukhtar​​ of Za’izi’a village, in Hatra, was severely wounded when an IED exploded on his vehicle on the road between Aslubi village and Qayara. The source, establishing a possible motive, said the​​ mukhtar​​ had informed the families of Daesh terrorists to leave​​ Za’izi’a​​ within one week.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that three children were killed when a Daesh leftover IED exploded in Al-Marir village, in Qayara subdistrict. The source said​​ a​​ child had been killed a week earlier when another IED exploded in an orchard in the village.​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information says that units from the 20th​​ Army Division arrested a Daesh logistical support official in Qayara. [Forat]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Najma oilfield, north of Qayara​​ city. [ICDNNov22]

Daesh said on Thursday it set the oilfield on fire with an IED. [ICDNNov22]

 

Daesh said it killed tribal PMF members and destroyed their SUV with another​​ IED near Najma oilfield, on Saturday. [ICDNNov25]

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

Daesh said it killed or wounded Iraqi Army members and destroyed their SUV with an IED near Bawabat Al-Sham, in Hamidat subdistrict,​​ 3 miles southeast of Badoush, on Friday. [ICDNNov25]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that two PMF members were killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on them near Al-Hashash village in the Tal Abta area.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A security source said on Monday that a​​ mukhtar​​ was assassinated and his wife was injured in a Daesh attack in the Ayadhiya subdistrict of Tal Afar. [Ayn]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that there are still dozens of Daesh terrorists hiding in the Abu Mariya Hills area northeast of Tal Afar City.​​ The source said the terrorists are organizing attacks on nearby villages and assassinations of​​ mukhtars​​ and tribal PMF members. ​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that​​ 6​​ PMF members, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh attack near Al-Barit village, south of Hatra.

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 1 PMF member was killed when a roadside IED destroyed his vehicle near Tal Safouk.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

 

See Masoud Barzani stories under National News above.

 

DAHUK

The Turkish Army says its planes attacked PKK positions in Haftanin and Metina, killing 6 fighters and destroying several positions. [SotIraq]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

The Israeli newspaper​​ Jerusalem Post​​ ran a report​​ claiming​​ that Assad had given Syrian citizenship to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and to Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. The newspaper​​ said​​ that by doing this, the Syrian government sought to conceal the presence of Iranian and Hezbollah fighters in Syria, as well as effect long-term demographic change. [ElDorar] [JPost]

 

United Nations

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday that 3,381 children had been killed in Syria in the past 5 years, and 3,348 others maimed in the same period of time. Guterres said that the Syrian government, as well as militia groups, exhibited blatant disregard for children’s lives and basic rights. [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

Europe

The SOHR wrote that a group of​​ jihadi​​ fighters of French origin had handed over a child that they had kept hostage, who was the daughter of a former French​​ jihadi, in exchange for a ransom of tens of thousands of Euros. [SyriaHR]

 

Middle East

An “informed source” claimed on Monday that Arab Gulf military forces were participating in the battles against Daesh alongside the SDF. The source claimed that Gulf countries were fielding “heavy machinery” in the battles against Daesh east of the Euphrates. The source also claimed that there was a plan to transition the SDF into border guards, and that Saudi Arabia and the UAE would pay for training and arming these forces, but that pressure from Turkey had put off this plan. [BasNews]

 

The SOHR wrote that a Gulf delegation visited the city of Kobane to meet with SDF leaders and discuss the military and administrative future of the region. [SyriaHR]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The SDF and the Coalition announced a “major operation,” resulting in the arrest of the Daesh second-in-command Osama Uwaid Abu Ziad, who was hiding in Al-Tayyana, Mayadin​​ District. [Sumaria]

 

A “senior military source” in Iraq said that a cell of Daesh​​ emirs​​ had been arrested in Syria. The source said that the detainees included​​ emirs​​ in charge of cities in Albu Kamal and Deir Ez-Zor. The detainees reportedly said that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi had fled Mosul after its liberation, fleeing to the border near Al-Qa’im, and then fleeing again to the Hajin area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Northwest

Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

Daesh said on Sunday it killed three SDF members, including a commander, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Sarb neighborhood, north Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed two SDF members and destroyed a truck carrying ammunition with an IED in Harir Hatim village, south of Shaddadi city, on Wednesday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov22]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded four SDF members in an attack on a security barrier in Tishrin Farm, north of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun on Al-Qitar (Train)​​ Street, in Raqqa city. [ICDNNov25]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded three SDF members in an attack with a hand grenade on Tal Abyad​​ Street, in Raqqa city. [ICDNNov25]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun in Mishrafa​​ village, near Jazrat Abu Hamid, in the Raqqa city area. [ICDNNov26]​​ 

 

West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

Daesh said on Saturday it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun near Al-Sulaimani Bridge, west of Tabaqa. [ICDNNov24]

 

Central and West​​ 

Aleppo

Over 100 people were wounded in a suspected poison gas attack in Aleppo on Saturday. The head of the Aleppo Doctors Syndicate said that chlorine gas was suspected to have been used, based on patients’ symptoms. Syrian state media outlet​​ SANA​​ said that the attack took place in the Al-Khalidiya​​ neighborhood.

Both the Syrian government and the Russian Defense Ministry blamed the attack on insurgent militias.​​ Abdel-Salam Abdel-Razak, an official from the Nour​​ Al-Din Al-Zenki militia, said in response that the rebel militias did not have the capacity to use chemical weapons.​​ [Reuters] [AP]

 

The AP says that the Director of​​ the​​ Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons agreed with the UN to assess the situation in Syria before possibly deploying a fact-finding team.​​ [Hawar]

Ahmed Ramadhan, a member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition,​​ claims​​ that Iran arranged the shelling of Aleppo with chemicals,​​ in coordination with the Russians,​​ to achieve​​ certain goals,​​ including forcing​​ the original residents of​​ Aleppo to leave,​​ and​​ then​​ replacing​​ them with Iranian militia members.​​ [ElDorar]

 

The SOHR says that a land​​ mine exploded in Aleppo, near the Aleppo to Al-Bab road, killing 2 children and wounding 5 others. [SyriaHR]

 

Idlib

The SOHR said that unidentified armed men shot and killed the activist Raed Al-Fares, along with a friend of his, on Friday in Kafr Nabl, Idlib Province. Al-Fares was known for running the station Radio Fresh and​​ for​​ his criticism of both the Syrian government and​​ jihadi​​ militias. [Reuters]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Tahrir Al-Sham arrested 37 men in Idlib after accusing them of being Daesh members.​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

There were four incidents in DEZ District, all in the​​ Al-Busayrah subdistrict.

Daesh said it wounded several SDF “intelligence members” and damaged their vehicle with machine guns in the​​ Al-Takihi area, in​​ Al-Busayrah, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov22]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed two SDF members, wounded another, and destroyed a truck tanker with an IED in​​ Bariha village, in Busayrah, on Saturday. [ICDNNov25]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed two SDF members and wounded another with an IED in an office in Busayrah, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun and stole his motorcycle in Al-Shuhail town​​ in Busayrah subdistrict, on Sunday. [ICDNNov26]

 

Mayadin​​ District

 

See major Mayadin story above under National News

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Taking advantage of poor weather, Daesh launched an offensive against the SDF on Friday through Saturday. The SOHR said that 92 SDF fighters and 61 Daesh fighters were killed in the fighting, which it said included “three separate assaults” on Saturday. The SOHR also said that 51 civilians were killed, among whom were 19 children, believed to be mostly relatives of Daesh fighters.​​ [AFP]​​ [AFP]​​ 

Arabi21​​ added that the​​ SDF is struggling to advance, despite US support, due to the difficult desert terrain, bad weather, and Daesh’s well-planned deployment. [Arabi21]

 

The Coalition said on Sunday that​​ it​​ had counterattacked and contained the Daesh “breakout.”​​ The Coalition statement confirmed that Daesh had used inclement weather for cover in the fighting, and “navigated among civilian populations.” [InherentResolve]

 

Hajin

“Media sources”​​ reported that​​ 3​​ Daesh attacks on SDF positions left 47 SDF fighters killed​​ on Friday and Saturday.​​ The attacks​​ reportedly​​ took place​​ in the villages of Al-Bahra and Gharanij, as well as​​ near​​ Al-Tanak oilfield. [Qasioun]

Daesh​​ claims​​ it killed 61 SDF fighters and​​ captured​​ 30 others on Saturday. They said that 32 were killed between the Hajin and Al-Susah areas, and 10 in Al-Bahra and Gharanij. Daesh also threatened to execute the sons of the Arab tribes of the Jazeera Syria area if they sent them to fight along the SDF. Daesh also claimed that Coalition airstrikes killed 14 civilians in Al-Sha’afa. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed 32 SDF members, wounded “tens,” and captured several of them in an attack with light, mid-sized, and heavy weapons. Daesh said the attack started from the Al-Susah area to the Hajin camp for displaced people north of the city. Daesh said the remaining SDF members escaped and it captured their military positions. [ICDNNov24]

Daesh said it continued the attack to Al-Bahra and Gharanij, killing 10 SDF members, wounding and capturing others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [ICDNNov24]

Daesh published photos and a video of the attacks and of capturing and killing SDF members. [ICDNNov24] [ICDNNov24] [ICDNNov24] [ICDNNov24] [ICDNNov24] [A3maq] [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that at least 18 civilians, including women and children, were killed when Daesh rocketed Al-Bahra town indiscriminately. The source also said that people of the town helped the SDF when Daesh attacked the town.​​ 

The source said later that Daesh kidnapped at least 12 civilians from the town, most of them from the Shuaitat tribe, in addition to several SDF members. The source said the terrorists also looted shops and stole 4 pickup vehicles from Al-Bahra. The source said that most of Daesh terrorists in Hajin participated in the attack on Al-Bahra. ​​ 

 

Jaish Al-Thuwar, an Arab opposition militia affiliated with the SDF, joined SDF operations against Daesh in Hajin on Monday. A video was published showing dozens of the militia’s fighters heading to the front. [EnabBaladi]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh broke into an SDF prison near Al-Bahra and freed many of its terrorists. The source said some of the freed terrorists instantly joined Daesh in the fighting.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that several Daesh terrorists were killed in internal fighting in Hajin. The source said the fight started when an Iraqi commander issued orders to dissolve a military unit of Uzbek fighters and move its members to be under his command.  ​​​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Coalition planes killed 11 Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander, in an airstrike near Kashma village. The source also said that the Coalition destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle, killing 4 more terrorists.

 

Daesh said on Friday it attacked SDF position northeast of Al-Sha’afa town and Kashma village. [A3maq]

Daesh published a video of an attack on SDF position northeast of Al-Sha’afa town. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded SDF members and destroyed their Humvee with a rocket north of Hajin. [ICDNNov22]

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Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded SDF members and forced the rest to escape after an attack with light, mid-sized, and heavy weapons north of Hajin. [ICDNNov22]

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNNov22]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed at least six SDF members and captured others in an attack near Al-Bahra town. [A3maq]

In what could be a different version of the same story, Daesh said on Friday that it killed six SDF members, wounded “tens,” and captured “large numbers” in an attack on SDF positions north and west of Hajin city. It also said it set on fire several military positions and captured weapons and ammunition. [ICDNNov23]

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23]

Daesh also published photos of SDF members it captured in the attack. [ICDNNov23]

Daesh issued on Saturday a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said Coalition planes killed 12 women and children in airstrikes on Hajin on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Border towns

Daesh said on Friday it launched a “large scale” attack on SDF positions northeast of Al-Sha’afa town and clashed with SDF units “with all kinds of weapons” forcing SDF members to escape, setting their military positions on fire, and capturing weapons and ammunition. It also said it killed 13 SDF members in an attack on a military position northeast of Al-Kashma village. [A3maq] [ICDNNov23]

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23][ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it destroyed 2 Syrian Army military positions near Albu Kamal city with 2 rockets. [ICDNNov22] ​​ 

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNNov22]

 

Iraqi, French, and US artillery joined forces to shell Daesh units at the Al-Saham camp near the Iraq-Syria border. The shelling is aimed at preventing Daesh fighters from crossing the border to Iraq. [Qasioun]

 

Many Daesh fighters, including an Iraqi commander, were killed in the Coalition’s airstrikes on Al-Baghouz. [Qasioun]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander called Muhannad Saad Mohammed Al-Rawi, in an airstrike near Al-Baghouz.

 

 

Daesh said that Coalition planes killed 14 people from the same family in an airstrike on a house in Al-Sha’afa town, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a senior Daesh Iraqi commander, from Al-Qa’im, died from wounds​​ he sustained in battles in the Albu Kamal area.

 

South​​ 

(No reports)

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

On Sunday, an earthquake in Kermanshah, northwestern Iran, left 771 persons wounded. The province witnessed161​​ ​​ aftershocks​​ following the original quake. [Anadolu]

 

On Monday, the US consulate in Erbil expressed its regret over the loss of lives and damage caused by the earthquake that affected areas of Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and Iran. The consulate said that the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance was monitoring the situation. [BasNews]

 

Yemen

On Monday, the Yemen National Army claimed​​ to have killed 26 Houthi fighters and wounded 30 others in Dhale within the past 24 hours. [Hawar]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Sunday it damaged an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near the Al-Rasm area, in Rafah. [ICDNNov25]

 

Daesh published on Monday photos of beheading an Egyptian Army “spy” in the Sheikh Zuweid area. [ICDnNov26]

 

Daesh said on Monday it damaged an Egyptian Army military vehicle with an IED south of Arish. [ICDNNov26]

In another report, Daesh said the vehicle was M113 armored vehicle. [A3maq]

 

Libya

A police station in the southeastern Libyan oasis town of Tazirbu was attacked on Friday. On Saturday, the UN said that at least 8 civilians were killed in the attack, with 9 wounded, 3 abducted and 9 still missing and believed to be kidnapped. The UN mission to Libya condemned the attack, and called for the immediate release of the kidnapped and their safe return to their families. [DailyItem]

Daesh said it killed or wounded 29 police, army, and pro-LNA members, including the police chief, and captured several others, including a lieutenant and a colonel, in an attack on Tazirbu town, on Friday. [ICDNNov24]

 

A security source in Bani Waleed says that a leading Daesh figure,​​ Adil Al-Saghir Al-Orfali, an escapee from Sirte, was arrested on the airport road near Bani Waleed. ​​ [Wasat]

 

Algeria

Algeria held 43 Syrians for entering the country illegally; some of them were wanted by Syrian authorities. Algeria decided to deport them back to their country. They entered Algeria coming from Lebanon, with the goal of reaching Europe. [EnabBaladi]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

A car bomb attack in Galkayo, Mudug Province, central Somalia, left 15 civilians killed. The attack was carried out by Al-Shabaab fighters targeting a Sufi center. The leader and founder of the Sufi center was among the victims. [Anadolu]

 

Nigeria

Boko Haram​​ said it captured two Nigerian soldiers and stole a tank and a personnel carrier in in its Tuesday’s attack on a military position in Metele, in Borno State,​​ near Lake Chad. [ICDNNov21]

Boko Haram​​ had also said it killed five Nigerian Army members in the attack, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Boko Haram​​ said it shot and wounded Nigerian Army members near Argi town, near Lake Chad, on Saturday. [ICDNNov25]

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a video showing its terrorists “controlling” Kangroa town, near Lake Chad. [A3maq]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The US military said on Saturday that a US​​ soldier​​ had been killed in Afghanistan, without releasing details. 2 Afghan soldiers died in a separate incident when their helicopter went down. [AP]

On Sunday, the Pentagon identified​​ the killed service member​​ as​​ Army Ranger​​ Sgt. Leandro Jasso, from Leavenworth, Washington. The​​ DoD​​ statement said that he was​​ killed on Saturday in Nimruz Province, southwestern Afghanistan.​​ Sgt. Jasso was on his third deployment to Afghanistan. [ABCNews]

 

The UK announced a new financial aid package to Afghanistan, valued at PS 25 million ($32 million), and aimed at supporting drought victims. ​​ The aid includes tents, food supplies, and clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of Afghani citizens. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh said on Monday it targeted the “American Airbase” in Bagram Airport with a BM1 rocket. [ICDNNov26] [A3maq]

 

Pakistan

On Friday, at least 33 people were killed in a suicide attack on a marketplace in Kalaya, a town in a Shia-dominated area of Orakzai tribal district, northwestern Pakistan. On Saturday, the top official​​ for Orakzai district, Khalid Iqal, told​​ AFP​​ that the death toll was 33, up from 31 on Friday. “Among the dead are three Hindu merchants,” he added. [Rappler]​​ 

Daesh said that one of its suicide terrorists attacked a Shia gathering in Orakzai city with an explosives vest on Friday, killing 57 people and wounding 75. [ICDNNov24]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Thursday a photo of one of its terrorists, claiming he was killed in Bayda, in Yemen. [ICDNNov22]

 

Daesh published on Monday​​ two​​ photos of​​ two​​ of its terrorists,​​ saying​​ they were killed in Syria. [ICDNNov26] [ICDNNov26]

 

Daesh published on Friday the 157th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In an infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, “west Africa,” and “east Asia,”​​ it​​ claimed​​ it conducted 62 attacks, killing or wounding more than 251 people and destroying​​ 31 vehicles. [ICDNNov23]

 

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