An Update On ISIS Activities

November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018

 

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Daesh Explosives Found in East Mosul (DD Nov 29)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Abd Ul-Madhi threatens to shut down political party offices in Ninewa after economic corruption charges. [..]

Coalition planes resumed major role in Iraq last week. [..]

MoI touts security progress in Ninewa, Salahuddin; decries rumors. [..]

Newspaper report says KRG is shutting down PKK offices in Iraqi Kurdistan. [..]

 

Syria

Astana conference ends with no significant progress.​​ [..]

Turkey under diplomatic pressure from Syria, Russia over role in Syria. [..]

SDF continues military buildup in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Israelis may be source of airstrikes on Iranian positions in Damascus. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen:​​ UN Undersecretary urges humanitarian ceasefire in Hodeida. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Jan Kubis, the head of UNAMI, arrived in Najaf to meet the high religious authority Ali Al-Sistani and Muqtada Al-Sadr to discuss​​ the​​ political situation and the UN’s role in Iraq. Al-Sistani​​ said​​ that they are waiting to see how the new Iraqi government performs, and that it faces a big responsibility,​​ especially in regards to fighting corruption. Muqtada Al-Sadr and Kubis discussed recent political developments, and Kubis expressed appreciation for Al-Sadr’s national stances. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi ​​ issued an order to release 3 officers from their counterterrorism positions to retirement on Thursday. [Basnews]

 

Corruption

Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi promised to shut down the financial offices of​​ political parties​​ accused of illegally taking control of the real estate market and auctions in Ninewa and​​ to​​ withdraw PMF forces.​​ [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We reported yesterday about complaints that PMF groups in Ninewa were seizing control of other people’s economic investments for themselves. The PM’s statement thus targets one or more former PMF parties.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition says it executed over 39 operations against Daesh inside Iraqi territory​​ in less than a week. ​​ It spoke of 17 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Mosul, Anbar, and Salahuddin and 22 battles in Lake Himrin, Thirthar, Baiji, Shai​​ Valley, Mosul, and Qayara military airport. [Qasioun]

 

The European Union stated on Thursday that it would support Iraq in tracking Daesh cells. [Ghad]

 

IFP Command announced on Tuesday that IFP units had destroyed a Daesh depot and several Daesh tunnels in a search that spanned several areas in Kirkuk province. [PressIraq]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

The CoR Defense Committee accused neighboring countries of providing shelter and protection to terrorists in Iraq. It​​ does credit​​ Turkey​​ with starting​​ to take serious steps to confront terrorism in Syria and Iraq. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Mithal Al-Alusi,​​ leader​​ of​​ the​​ Iraqi Umma Party, says Iran warned the US that it would burn Baghdad to the ground if the US ​​ keeps​​ trying to minimize Iranian influence in Iraq.​​ [Basnews]

 

Al-Hayat,​​ a Saudi paper based on the UK, reported on Thursday that Ayad Allawi stated that Iraq has no choice except to abide by the US sanctions against Iran. [Alhayat]

 

BAGHDAD

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The Ministry of Interior says tribal armed attacks​​ have been​​ reduced in Sadr​​ City by 95%, saying that tribal sheikhs​​ have received​​ positively the new instructions related to tribal violations. [Rudaw]

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Center for Security Media says Baghdad Intelligence teams arrested two men wanted on terror charges ​​ as they​​ tried​​ to enter Baghdad from Bzaibiz​​ Bridge and Suqour checkpoint. [Buratha]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

A search across the west of Anbar province resulted in finding explosive belts and destroying tunnels, and caves. The search spread across​​ Horan Valley​​ near Rutba,​​ Wadi​​ Hajlan near Haditha, and several other areas across the​​ Anbar desert. [Basnews]

 

Rutba

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded four Iraqi Army members when it targeted their vehicle with an IED near the Saudi border. [ICDNNov29]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that local police units captured 2 Daesh members who had fled the battles in eastern Deir Ez-Zor province. The source said the terrorists were trying to return to their homes in Falluja.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh published on Thursday a photo of one of its Kurdish terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Shirqat/southern Ninewa area. [ICDNNov29]

 

Samarra

Daesh said it killed one Iraqi Army​​ soldier​​ and damaged a vehicle with machine guns in Sumoum village​​ in northwest Samarra, on Wednesday. [ICDNNov29]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it killed two Shia and wounded another with an IED near Al-Mahawila village, in the Al-Waqf area​​ northeast of Baquba, on Wednesday. [A3maq]


Daesh said its snipers killed an Iraqi Army member in Abu Karma village in Al-Waqf, on Wednesday. [
ICDNNov29]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed a PMF commander and wounded two other fighters with an IED in Imam Wais village. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security said on Thursday that Army planes killed a Daesh leader, Mohammed Salman Shu’aibi, and 5 of his companions in Hawija. [Buratha]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The Ministry of Interior said on Thursday that Ninewa security is “good,” and that Daesh is struggling to sustain its activities in the province. ​​ It also says that exaggerated news reports are spreading around the media. MoI also pointed out that Salahuddin is also witnessing a major decline in crime rates. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Atheel Al-Nujaifi, former Governor of​​ Ninewa, says military and CoR members from the province informed the Prime Minister that recent security breaches in Mosul were committed by parties backed by either the military or the PMF, not Daesh. He added that this does not mean that Daesh is no longer a threat, since the conditions that allowed Daesh to flourish in 2014 remain. Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi said earlier that most explosions in Ninewa are of from political and economic causes. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh supporters wrote pro-Daesh graffiti on shops in Al-Wihda neighborhood, in east Mosul. The source said security units prevent media outlets from publishing reports about such activities in order not to create fear among people.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Fear​​ is exactly what the Daesh graffiti writers are trying to​​ create.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that security units found a large Daesh weapons and ammunition cache in a house in the Al-Muhandiseen neighborhood, in east Mosul. The source said the house belonged to a Christian family that left Mosul when Daesh captured the city. The source sent us photos of the cache.

 

An investigation​​ in Mosul determined that a woman had purchased a female child from Daesh for​​ $400.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

The Center for Security Media says military intelligence units operating under the 20th​​ army division arrested a Daesh logistics officer hiding among IDPs in Jada’a IDP camp in Qayara. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that National Security Service units captured a female Daesh member in the Al-Jada‘a  Camp. The source said the women led the NSS units to 11 hidden weapons and ammunition caches in houses in Qayara subdistrict. The source said the women also told the NSS that Daesh is depending more and more on women because women usually don’t get searched  at checkpoints. The source sent us photos of the woman and of some of the weapons caches. 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

On Thursday, units dispatched by the Directorate for Military Intelligence destroyed a factory for creating IEDs and several Daesh tunnels in the​​ Sheikh Ibrahim​​ area near the Iraq border in the Muhalabiya area. [Forat] [Ghad]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Dozens of protestors executed a peaceful stand near​​ the​​ Al-Sayyab (Iraqi poet) statue in Basra in support of Muqtada Al-Sadr’s statement “our neighbors are our friends,​​ not our masters.” ​​ The protestors, mainly Sadrists, called for expediting​​ the​​ reform process and appointing efficient independent ministers. [Sumaria]

 

Karbala

A source in Karbala reported on Thursday that​​ the Directorate of Intelligence and Counterterrorism arrested a Daesh terrorist in Karbala.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

SULEIMANIYA

According to a Saudi paper, a source from the Asayesh reported that Asayesh forces​​ have​​ begun to shut down offices and headquarters of the PKK. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source reported that on​​ Wednesday evening the building of the Directorate Against Violence Against Women​​ in Suleimaniya​​ was targeted with artillery fire.​​ A car parked nearby was damaged. The attack is currently being investigated.​​ [SotIraq]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

See important Turkey-related stories just ​​ below under Syria, National News.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

The 11th​​ session of Syria guarantor countries ended in Astana. Turkey, Russia, Iran, Syria, and the Syrian opposition participated. The parties agreed that it was important to keep monitoring the ceasefire in Idlib and continue fighting Daesh, Al-Nusra, and other terrorist groups. [Qasioun]

 

The State Department said that talks between Turkey, Russian, Iran and the Syrian regime failed to progress on building a team to draft the new Syrian constitution, but that it was “vital” for the team to be formed by the end of the year. The State Department said that parties were unable to agree on candidates to fill the committee, and blamed the lack of progress on the Syrian regime. [KLS]

 

Turkey said that the Astana meeting stressed the unity of Syrian territories, thus eliminating secession agendas by some parties aiming to destabilize Syria and surrounding countries. ​​ [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is nothing more than propaganda against the Kurds, who hope to create an autonomous zone in northeastern Syria. This could be done consistent with Syrian territorial integrity but would not be consistent with Mr. Erdogan’s political agenda.

 

The Russian presidential envoy to Astana spoke of possibilities of war between Syrian and Turkish forces in Syria, saying Turkey, as a guarantor country, should commit to independence and unity of Syria, and confirm that its military presence inside Syria is temporary. [Eldorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: Turkey should hand over Afrin and other areas in northwest Syria to the Syrian government. This demand is likely to gain more momentum as Syria regains full control in other parts of Syria. See the next story, for example.

 

The Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Al-Jaafari ,heading the Syrian delegation in Astana, accused Turkey of participating in chemical attacks on Aleppo and of occupying Syrian territories. [Hawar]

 

Al-Jaafari also​​ accused Turkey of failing to honor the stipulations of the Sochi agreement with Russia over Idlib and said​​ that if it did not proceed to implement the Sochi agreement then it would be implemented in “other ways.”​​ He said that​​ Turkey’s stance encourages​​ terrorists from Idlib to continue targeting civilians in Aleppo, Hama, and Latakia provinces.​​ [Basnews]

 

United Nations

From Astana,​​ UN Syria envoy​​ Staffan De Mistura delivered a message to Jan Egeland, the UN Senior Advisor,​​ wherein he stated that the​​ UN had​​ failed to prevent most of the violence against civilians in Syria.​​ [Qasioun]​​ [Relief]

 

UN​​ Secretary-General António Guterres says that a military conflict must be avoided in Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

Middle East

Syrian State TV reported that​​ Syria​​ successfully repelled an intense aerial attack on Thursday evening using the​​ air​​ defense system from Russia. [Yahoo]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Official YPG media reported that a​​ special operation​​ in Jinderes resulted in killing 2 Turkish soldiers and injuring others. [Hawar]

 

Syrian opposition factions say they blocked a YPG attempt to enter villages in Azaz with artillery fire. [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

Hamid Farah, joint chairman of the legislative council in​​ the​​ Tabaqa civil administration says Toma Al-Shekhwai, the Daesh emir of vehicle bombs is in​​ Gaziantep,​​ Turkey. He was speaking at​​ a​​ reception​​ for​​ Congressman Alex Garret. The​​ Congressman​​ had​​ requested proof of Turkey’s deals with Daesh. ​​ [Hawar]

 

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

Yeni Shafaq, a Turkish paper, reported on Thursday that military leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE held meetings with leaders of the YPG in Ayn Eissa. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Al-Watan, a pro-Syrian regime paper, reported that specialists in chemical and biological weapons from the Turkish​​ Army visited the site in Aleppo​​ on Wednesday​​ which had allegedly been gassed with chlorine.​​ On Sunday, Russia claimed that Al-Nusra had shelled the city with chlorine gas​​ from an area within the Idlib de-escalation​​ zone.​​ [Watan]​​ [CNBC]

 

Hama

A Syrian Army unit thwarted an attempt by an opposition faction to enter the town of Karnaz,​​ northwest of Hama. [Syrianow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

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

 

SOHR​​ reported that Daesh is continuing to use executions to terrorize its enemies despite its limited presence in isolated areas in Deir Ez-Zor and Homs,​​ including​​ its sleeper cells in Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ says that reinforcements are continuing to arrive​​ at​​ the front line between Daesh and SDF,​​ now​​ reaching 1,000 soldiers. Armored vehicles with machine guns are also arriving​​ in​​ the area. Total​​ new​​ SDF fighters mobilized is about 1,700. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said it killed three SDF members and damaged their SUV in an ambush in the Jadid Aqaidat area, east of Deir Ez-Zor, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces ambushed and killed a Daesh Iraqi explosives expert near Hawija Saqar, an island in the Euphrates near Hatla.​​ 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The CJTF-OIR reported on Thursday that the SDF and its own units are conducting a counteroffensive against Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. [CJTF]

 

SOHR​​ said Coalition planes targeted houses that had been turned into military command centers in Kashma, near Al-Sha’afa, killing 12 militants. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ reported that the Coalition’s artillery shelling on Kashma and Sha’afa killed 10 civilians, 16 Daesh fighters, and 3 others still unidentified. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issued on Thursday a video of the results of Coalition airstrikes on a hospital in Al-Sha’afa village in Hajin subdistrict. [A3maq]

Daesh claimed that more than 20 people were killed in the airstrikes. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Also according to​​ SOHR, the Syrian Army fired 40 artillery shells on Sha’afa village held by Daesh. This attack followed a failed attempt by Daesh to cross to the western side of the Euphrates, held by the Syrian Army. [SyriaHR]

 

“Activists” estimate that there are 40,000 civilians in Daesh-held areas surrounded by the SDF who are ​​ living under siege. They called on the international community to bring relief. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh arrested its military commander of eastern Deir Ez-Zor, Abu Hamza Al-Iraqi, after accusing him of disobeying orders. The source said Daesh appointed a French terrorist,​​ of​​ Moroccan origins, as the new commander.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh moved SDF prisoners it had captured in the Albu Kamal area battles to a new prison in Hajin after the old prison was destroyed. The source said Daesh wants to exchange prisoners​​ for​​ a group of Daesh terrorists who had been captured by the SDF.

Daesh issued on Monday a video of dead and wounded SDF prisoners it had captured. Daesh had claimed that the prison, in Al-Khasham village, was bombed by Coalition planes. [A3maq]

 

According to images shared on social media and intelligence news sites, the Iraqi Army deployed Chinese-made tanks to the Syria-Iraq border which appeared to be old tanks that were partially refurbished. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said it targeted Syrian Army positions in Albu Kamal city with 30 120mm mortar shells, on Wednesday. [ICDNNov29]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

A news source said that attacks which are believed to be Israeli targeted positions of the​​ Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps​​ on Wednesday in Damascus. [Basnews]

 

The Syrian Human Rights Council announced on Tuesday that an American Syrian activist, Layla Shweikani,  was arrested and ​​ tortured to death in 2016 in the Adra prison in Damascus. Regime forces had captured her while she was serving IDPs in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta and charged her with supporting terrorism. [Qasioun] [AlAraby]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran/U.S.

A US official dealing with​​ Iran said that Washington would have a military reaction if Tehran attacked US interests in the region. [Anadolu]

 

The US Senate approved a law that would impose sanctions against Iran and any terrorist groups that threaten Iraqi security. 2 PMF factions are already affected by this law,​​ which would freeze their monies and resources and ban entry visas to the US. The Law authorizes​​ the​​ President to​​ designate​​ such groups and the State Department to prepare a list showing them. [Sumaria]

 

US officials say that credible Iraqi reports show that Iran has been distributing ballistic missiles to Shia militias in Iraq. ​​ [Rudaw]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Mark Lowcock,​​ UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs,​​ stated the importance of ceasefire in Hodeida to allow humanitarian support to enter the city. He was speaking from Sana’a,​​ where he arrived this morning. [Hawar]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Thursday its snipers killed one Egyptian soldier at the Al-Safa security barrier, south of Arish. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it damaged an Egyptian Army M60 tank and an armored personnel carrier with 2 IEDs in the Lahfan area, south of Arish. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of targeting an Egyptian Army M113 tank with an IED south of Arish. [ICDNNov29]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it damaged an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED in the Al-Muqata’a area, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Thursday a photo of one of its terrorists, who is says was killed in the Sinai area. [ICDNNov29]

 

Tunisia

A woman was injured on Thursday by a mine explosion on​​ Semmama Mountain, in Kasserine. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

On Thursday, the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) released a monthly summary of civilian casualties. Throughout the 30,738 airstrikes conducted by the Coalition between August 2014 and October 2018, the report indicates that 1,124 civilians have been killed. In October, the CJTF-OIR received 7 new reports and assessed 19 reports: 4 were concluded to be credible, 2 were duplicates, and 13 were determined to be non-credible.​​ [CJTF]

 

Canada

Canadian authorities announced on Thursday that they had placed sanctions on the 17 suspects involved in Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. [Sumaria]

 

EUROPE

Austria​​ 

On Wednesday the Austrian judiciary sentenced an​​ Austrian citizen​​ to 8 years imprisonment on charges of recruiting 2 families for “jihad” in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

France

French police evacuated employees of LCL bank​​ in the​​ south of France after a woman barricaded herself inside the bank threatening to blow it up. The premises​​ are​​ now surrounded by​​ police. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed a Taliban member in the Jalalabad area. [ICDNNov29]

 

 

 

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