An Update On ISIS Activities

November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018

 

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Sgt. Leandro Jasso, 25, died Nov. 24, 2018, from wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces in Afghanistan. (Army Times)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Sadr adamant that new Interior, Defense secretaries must be politically independent.​​ [..]

Abd Ul-Madhi warns of increased Daesh presence in Ninewa, other key areas. [..]

14 Daesh operatives captured in Mosul. [..]

Corrupt Iranian border guards blamed for increased drug flow into southern Iraq. [..]

 

Turkey

Saudi Crown Prince requests G20 meeting with Erdogan.​​ [..]

 

Syria

Turkey-allied militias fire on YPG units working with Manbij Military Council. [..]

Daesh executes 8 captured SDF soldiers in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Afghanistan:​​ 3 US soldiers killed by Taliban explosion in Afghanistan.​​ [..]

UNICEF says 6,000,000 Afghans need humanitarian assistance.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Muqtada Al-Sadr’s office released a statement on Tuesday saying that his bloc would refuse to​​ support​​ any candidates for the Interior and Defense ministries unless they were “independent.” A vote was scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed in the last minute because​​ Prime Minister​​ Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi could not find appropriate candidates.​​ Al-Sadr suggested that the PM select war heroes who defeated Daesh for these​​ positions. [Sumaria]​​ [Basnews]

 

On Tuesday Iraqi PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) Ján Kubiš discussed politics, security, and the economy of Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

US Envoy Brett McGurk says General Electric negotiated with the Iraqi Trade Bank (TBI) to finalize​​ an agreement for​​ the enhancement of the power grid before next summer. [Sumaria]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

The KRG President and​​ the​​ US​​ Ambassador to Iraq,​​ Douglas Silliman,​​ discussed Iraq’s economy,​​ security,​​ new government, and the support of the KRG parties for PM Abd Ul-Mahdi.​​ Barzani said that he​​ was​​ supportive of​​ improving the relationship between Erbil and Baghdad.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Abd Ul-Mahdi announced on Tuesday that Daesh’s presence​​ had increased in the province of Ninewa, the western regions, and the borders. [Sumaria]

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan officials report that Daesh returned to 3 areas in Ninewa: Hammam Al-Alil, Baaj, and Mosul city. [FaceIraq]

 

Ayad Allawi,​​ leader​​ of the Wataniya (“National”) bloc​​ warned​​ that a second generation of Daesh​​ would emerge​​ if the same expulsion and unfairness policies remain in place. He​​ noted that​​ displaced people were particularly vulnerable to recruitment, and mentioned the​​ Jurf Al-Sakhar area​​ in Babel,​​ some of​​ whose population is still not allowed to return.​​ [RT]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

On Tuesday, Syrian media sources reported that the Iraqi Army artillery targeted Daesh positions in Al-Baghouz on the Syrian side of the Al-Qa’im-Deir Ez-Zor border. [BaghdadToday]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

Okaz, a Saudi daily, says Iraq has frozen​​ the​​ assets of an Iran-affiliated bank and financial institution. The assets of Sina Bank and Bahman Group were frozen in​​ accordance with money laundering and terror funding law. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security reported on Tuesday that 2 civilians were killed and 2 injured in an explosion in Shuala. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

No reports

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh kidnapped 2 Saraya Al-Salam​​ soldiers​​ at a fake checkpoint near Al-Jalam village.​​ 

 

A spokesman of the Salahuddin provincial government says a PMF force fired bullets after breaking into the​​ governorate​​ headquarters. He says the incident followed a quarrel between a PMF fighter and one of the​​ Governor’s bodyguards after PMFs​​ intercepted​​ the Governor’s convoy in Tikrit. [Rudaw]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said it severely wounded 2 tribal PMF members and destroyed an SUV with an IED in the Hardaniya area, north of Dhuluiya, on Sunday. [ICDNNov27]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Diyala Criminal Court​​ issued a life sentence to​​ a convict accused of joining the Baath​​ Party and taking part in meetings to revive it. [IKH]​​ [Basnews]

 

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

A group of fisherman and their families were able to​​ attack​​ and kill a Daesh member as he attempted to cross​​ Lake​​ Himrin in northern Diyala. [Dijlah]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP and PMF units killed 3 Daesh terrorists, destroyed several tunnels, and defused IEDs in a search​​ of​​ desert​​ areas near Riyadh.

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Daesh said on Tuesday it shot and killed one IFP member near Al-Mustafia village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

The Ninewa Security Council calls for an investigation into a Daesh​​ strongbox with contents worth​​ about​​ $17,000,000,found by shepherds in​​ the​​ Ninewa desert.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

A Ninewa police officer says 14 Daesh operatives were arrested during a search operation in Mosul following residents’ reports from Kokjali and Bazwaya villages in western Hamdaniya close to Mosul. Weapons and ammunition were also captured. The police confirmed that there were 2 leaders among the arrestees. [BasNews]

 

Mosul​​ city

The Center for Security Media says that Ninewa Ops Command arrested 4 Daesh suspects and seized a drone, arms, and ammunition in old Mosul. [Mawazin]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 2 PMF fighters were killed while stopping a Daesh attack near Al-Barit village. The source said the PMFs killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including a commander, and forced the rest to flee.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Protests in Basra renewed amid increasing tension between protestors and security forces. The head of​​ the​​ Basra tribal council says that the quality of services​​ has​​ not changed​​ much and that unemployment and water salinity were still major problems. [Rudaw]

 

A security source says Iranian officers facilitated drug-smuggling​​ into Iraq, and called on​​ the central government to send a special force from Baghdad to​​ the​​ border. He says corruption spreading​​ among Iranian border guards​​ is one of the factors allowing​​ drugs​​ to enter​​ Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

The German Consulate in Erbil says it is taking new​​ and​​ stricter measures in visa processing to minimize corruption,​​ in response to a report by​​ Der Spiegel​​ which quoted refugees saying they paid bribes to obtain visas from the consulate. [Rudaw]

 

SULEIMANIYA

Asayesh​​ personnel​​ in Suleimaniya surrounded the​​ headquarters of the Freedom Movement of Kurdistan Society, a branch of the PKK, and​​ told​​ the party members to abandon it. They refused and said they would defend themselves if​​ the Asayesh tried to force them to​​ leave. [Basnews]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish National Security Council announced on Tuesday that​​ despite the US observation posts​​ set up to protect the SDF,​​ the Turkish​​ Army would​​ continue to fight Kurdish units east of the Euphrates.​​ [Eldorar]

 

Turkey announced on Tuesday that it bombed Zab (in northern Erbil) and 2 border crossings in Kurdistan near its border. [BasNews]​​ [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ​​ requested a meeting with the Turkish​​ President at the G20 meeting later this week. Cavusoglu said that “at the moment there is no reason not to meet with the​​ Crown​​ Prince.” [Yahoo]

 

Turkish​​ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Daesh ​​ has formed small well-trained groups waiting to enter Syria. He promised to eliminate all of them in a few months. [ElDorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

The Syrian High Negotiations Committee, an umbrella body representing the Syrian opposition,​​ has begun to establish an office to observe “Iranian conduct” in Syria, aiming to end its presence in the country. [Arabi21]

 

Northwest

Afrin

Pro-Turkey militia fighters kidnapped “many” Kurdish citizens in Afrin. [BasNews]

 

A mine exploded in Afrin targeting a car of​​ the​​ pro-Turkish faction,​​ Al-Hamza. The identities of the attackers are still unknown. The city also witnessed intensive fighting between two groups of the​​ Faylaq Al-Sham faction, both affiliated with Turkey. [SyriaHR]

 

Manbij /Al-Bab​​ 

SOHR​​ reported continued military fighting between pro-Turkey factions in Al-Bab. Ahrar Al-Sharqiya fought 1 armed family,​​ wounding 5.​​ A​​ civilian was killed when unidentified men opened fire in Al-Bab, which is currently held by armed militias. [SyriaHR]

 

Pro-Turkey​​ militias​​ shelled​​ positions of​​ YPG​​ personnel​​ operating under the Manbij​​ Military​​ Council in Aleppo. The Turkish​​ Army shelled YPG positions with heavy artillery near​​ the​​ Sajur​​ River in Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

Latakia​​ 

Groups belonging to the​​ umbrella organization​​ “Incite​​ the Believers​​ targeted​​ a​​ large Syrian​​ Army​​ operations room in​​ Jabal Al-Akrad in Latakia on Tuesday.​​ [ElDorar]

 

SOHR​​ says a group of Moroccan fighters and Turkmen militiamen attacked government army positions​​ in Latakia​​ and exchanged gunfire with Syrian Army soldiers, breaking the truce. The Syrian Army​​ has​​ lost 47 soldiers since signing the demilitarized zones agreement with Turkey on September 17. [SyriaHR]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed 1 SDF member with a silenced gun on the road between Hasaka and Al-Hawl, on Sunday. [ICDNNov27]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed 2 SDF members, wounded another, and damaged an SUV with an IED on Al-Wadi​​ Street, in Raqqa city. [A3maq]

 

A bomb, believed to be a Daesh remnant, wounded 3 children near the​​ zoo in Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

North Raqqa​​ (Ayn Eissa,​​ Tal Abyad, etc.)

The US took military measures in Tal Abyad to prevent Turkey from shelling the SDF. [ElDorar]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Syrian forces shelled 5 villages in Idlib and Hama with rocket launchers and artillery fire causing damage. [Qasioun]

 

Hama

 

See Hama-related story just above

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member in Al-Zar village, in Busayrah subdistrict, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

SOHR​​ reported Daesh​​ released artillery fire​​ on​​ an​​ SDF position in a carpet factory in​​ Busayrah. This is the second attack of the kind in 2 days. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ reported that SDF​​ reinforcements​​ arrived​​ in​​ areas​​ east​​ of the​​ Euphrates, including​​ hundreds of fighters from factions that fought Daesh​​ in the north.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Tensions increased between pro-Iran militias and SDF forces as the former planned​​ to​​ advance on​​ Al-Azba village, located near Al-Azba oilfield. The Coalition says it will not allow Iranian​​ forces to advance near the oilfield. [ElDorar]

 

Syrian forces started an arrest campaign in​​ Deir Ez-Zor​​ and captured​​ dozens of young men, mostly​​ those​​ who​​ returned after​​ their areas were liberated​​ from Daesh. Syrian forces are sending the National Defense Forces formed​​ from men​​ in these areas to Hama and Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh​​ killed​​ 8 SDF Arab members in Hajin. The source said Daesh had captured the victims earlier in an attack near the Iraqi border. The source said 6 other fighters had been killed in that​​ attack. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh arrested 13 civilians in Hajin after unknown persons raised the Syrian revolution flag on a tower and wrote anti-Daesh graffiti on walls of houses.​​ 

 

Osama Abu Zaid was a high-ranking Daesh official and had been arrested by SDF and the coalition in Al-Tayyana town near Hajin. Abu Zaid intended to detonate himself when SDF troops​​ approached, but stopped when he saw that they brought his sister. Abu Zaid served as an officer for the Syrian Army and defected to serve​​ Al-Qaeda and Daesh.​​ [Sumaria]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh released a Druze man it had captured earlier in Hardan town after his family paid one million Syrian liras (around $2,000.)

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

A young woman living in the US admitted to helping fund Daesh using bitcoin, fraud, and money laundering. Zobia Shahinaz, living​​ on Long Island, said she transferred around $ 150,000 to Daesh. She says she was trying to travel to Syria to join Daesh in 2017, but was stopped by the authorities. If convicted, she will face 20 years imprisonment. [Sumaria] [CNBC]

 

Heather Nauert, State Department spokeswoman, says the US needs to take strict measures to stop Iranian terrorism and violence outside its borders. [Sumaria]

 

EUROPE

France

Daesh called on “lone wolves” to exploit the chaos of the protests in Paris against oil prices and French​​ President​​ Macron’s​​ economic policies to initiate fresh attacks. [Egypt]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

An explosion in Afghanistan killed 3 US soldiers and injured 3 others on Tuesday.​​ The Taliban took​​ credit for​​ the blast.​​ [BasNews]​​ [Yahoo]​​ [Anadolu]

 

UNICEF announced on Tuesday that about 6 million Afghans, half of​​ them​​ children, are in need of humanitarian aid. [Anadolu]

 

 

 

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