An Update On ISIS Activities

January 4, 2019

 

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PMF Vehicle Destroyed in Tal Afar

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Iraq will hold 2019 oil production level as part of OPEC supply reduction.​​ [..]

President Salih extends his personal diplomacy tour to Qatar. [..]

Move to set up alternative​​ governing​​ council in Sinjar​​ sparks controversy. [..]

 

Turkey

Bolton, Jeffery, Dunford in Turkey to discuss implications of US withdrawal. [..]

Pompeo promises to protect Syrian Kurds from Turkey; Turkey objects.​​ [..]

 

Syria

PYD spokesman says it is seeking an agreement with Syrian government.​​ [..]

GOP Senators propose bill to sanction Syria & its allies for human rights abuses. [..]

Coalition conducted 469 airstrikes in Syria within 2 weeks. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham captures village in Turkish-held Afrin District.​​ [..]

Reports of Egypt, Gulf States troops going to Manbij are officially denied. [..]

Daesh area of control in Deir Ez-Zor now down to 3 towns & 3 villages. [..]​​ 

SDF rescues 7 captured Yazidi women in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen: ​​ US airstrike kills perpetrator of attack on USS Cole in 2000.​​ [..]​​ 

Egypt: ​​​​ Al-Sisi concedes Israel has permission to bomb Daesh in Sinai. [..]

Tunisia:​​ ​​ Ennahda party endorses national reconciliation in Syria. [..]

Afghanistan: ​​​​ 52 Daesh, Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

General​​ Yahya Rasul, speaking for Joint Ops Command, told Iran’s​​ Fars​​ news agency that the US troops withdrawn from Syria will be stationed in Erbil, but would not be redeployed to federal government territories inside Iraq. [Qasioun]

 

Bas News​​ reported that a senior Kurdish source said Friday that US troops withdrew from Syria and headed towards the Kurdish region of Iraq.​​ Bas News​​ stated that the​​ German Press Agency​​ quoted the Deir Ez-Zor civil council relaying a similar story. [BasNews]

 

The Coalition said that between December 16 and December 29, 2018, it conducted 9 airstrikes in Iraq. [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Coalition changed strike report formats; strike reports are now biweekly and do not include specific locations.​​ 

 

Foreign policy

Iraq says it is committed to OPEC’s agreement to reduce oil production, and will keep its production level at 4,513 million barrels per day during 2019. OPEC countries and Russia agreed to cut oil supplies by 1.2 million barrels per day during 2019. [BasNews]

 

The​​ daily​​ Al-Arab​​ says Iraq’s President, Barham Salih, is intending to visit Qatar following his recent visit to Turkey. ​​ Saleh has visited 7 regional countries, in addition to Italy, so far. The pro-monarchy Saudi daily​​ Okaz​​ reported earlier that Qatar proposed that Iraq join a coalition with Syria and Iran, but Iraq rejected the offer. [BasNews]

 

The Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim said on Wednesday that a decision to prevent citizens with Syrian or Iranian stamps on their passports from traveling to Jordan, the Gulf states, and European states was valid. He said that the decision was made by the other states, not Iraq. [ElDorar]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

The Security Media Center says that National Security units arrested a Daesh officer who was moving in disguise in “north Baghdad,” without specifying the exact location. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

No reports

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh said it damaged a PMF vehicle with an IED on Thursday near Al-Fatha. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Security Committee of the Diyala Provincial Council reported on Friday that intelligence operations tracked​​ down​​ a series​​ of Daesh sleeper cells​​ in​​ Buhriz,​​ south​​ of​​ Baquba. [BaghdadToday]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya)

On Friday, a “local source” reported that a Daesh member was killed in the village of Makhisa, near Muqdadiya. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Northern Diyala (Khalis​​ north)

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council said on Friday that the presence of Daesh has decreased in​​ the​​ Zoor​​ agricultural basin, northeast Diyala. [BaghdadToday]

 

Daesh said it wounded an Iraqi Army soldier and damaged a Humvee with an IED on Thursday in the Hibhib area. [ICDNJan4]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

No reports

 

NINEWA

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 3 members of the same family were killed when a group of Daesh terrorists in military uniforms attacked a house in Al-Jabala village, between Tal Afar​​ city​​ and Badoush.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that two PMF fighters were killed when their vehicle was destroyed by an IED near Tal Afar’s northern entrance.

 

Sinjar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the YPG formed a new local government in Sinjar and excluded Arabs from the new council. The source also said that the YPG announced that Arabs are not allowed to enter Sinjar without the YPG’s approval.​​ 

On Thursday, the Chairman of the Ninewa Provincial Council, Saido Chato, denounced attempts to form a parallel local council in Sinjar as being carried out by “illegal parties” and said that such a council would receive no official support or recognition from any official department of Ninewa Province. [SotAlIraq]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkish media reported a large explosion in a residential complex in Ankara, leaving open the possibility that it was caused by a suicide attack. 5 people, including 2 policemen, were wounded, according to​​ the​​ initial tally. The explosion was caused by the natural gas network, which​​ is suspected​​ of being​​ sabotaged. [BasNews]

 

A PKK group attacked Turkish border guards patrolling the Turkey-Iran border in the eastern province of Iğdır with shoulder-held rockets, grenades, and automatic rifles, killing 1 soldier and wounding 2 others. [Sumaria]

 

The Turkish Chief of Staff said that a Turkish soldier had been killed in an “accidental incident” in “northern Iraq” (Iraqi Kurdistan) during an operation against the PKK. [Arabi21]

 

The​​ Wall Street Journal​​ wrote on Friday that Turkey was asking the US for “substantial” military support for Turkish forces to fight Daesh in Syria, including airstrikes, transport, and logistical support, according to senior US officials. The officials said that the requests were extensive enough that if the US fully obliged, it might be more involved in Syria rather than less. The​​ WSJ​​ wrote that 1 official said that the US was unlikely to provide all the support that the Turks required, particularly air support. [WSJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The more important question would be why the US would encourage Turkey to join the anti-Daesh fight in Syria, when Daesh is already close to final defeat thanks largely to soldiers the Erdogan government has disdained. Erdogan has no apparent interests in Syria except to pursue his own campaign against the Kurds. US military support to do what, exactly?

 

Foreign policy

US National Security Advisor John Bolton says he will be visiting Turkey, alongside Special Envoy to Syria James Jeffery and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, to discuss US forces’ withdrawal from Syria. Fighting Daesh and protecting the Kurds will be among the topics of discussion. [Qasioun]​​ [Kurdistan24]

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US is willing to guarantee that “the Turks won’t slaughter the Kurds” after the US withdrawal from Syria. He says that this is a part of the US mission in Syria. ​​ [ZamanAlWasl] [Kurdistan24]

 

However, Turkey rejected Pompeo’s statements regarding protecting Kurds in Syria from being killed by the Turks. A statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry says that Turkey rejects the “form and content” of the US statement. The statement added that Turkey was committed to “combating terrorism,” which included fighting both Daesh and the PKK, and that the fight against the PKK should not be taken as a fight against any specific ethnic or religious group in Syria. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notwithstanding that virtually all of the PKK members and all the Syrians alleged to be PKK members are Kurdish.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

A member of the PYD executive committee, Badran Jia Kurd, said on Friday that it was trying to reach an agreement with Damascus, mediated by Russia, regardless of the US plan to withdraw troops from Syria. Kurd said that the PYD had made an offer to Damascus in a recent meeting in Russia, and was waiting for Russia’s response. [BasNews]

 

The​​ Jerusalem Post​​ anticipated​​ a bloody confrontation between the Turkish and Syrian armies following the US withdrawal. It says that the US is willing to hand over the areas it controls to Turkey, while the Syrian government, backed by Russia, also wants to take over​​ those areas. [ElDorar]

 

The SOHR says that the religious group “Shura Council of Scholars in Al-Sham” issued a statement, claiming to represent Muslim clerics in Syria, describing​​ Tahrir al-Sham as an “outlaw saboteur group.” It called for unity between all other militias in the ongoing fight against Tahrir Al-Sham.​​ The group had described in 2016​​ the​​ SDF an “infidel” movement and should be fought.​​ [SyriaHR]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment. ​​ This is a pro-Turkey​​ Salafist​​ group​​ that was established in 2015.​​ ​​ 

 

Foreign policy

United States

Republican US Senators proposed a bill on Friday that would impose sanctions on Syria and its allies for human rights abuses. Those​​ who would be​​ sanctioned​​ by​​ the bill include the Central Bank of Syria. [Anadolu]

 

The US Department of Defense says that the mission in Syria is not over yet, as Daesh is still there. A DoD official told the US-funded​​ Al-Hurra​​ TV channel that there is a change in the US position, but there is still a lot to do. [ElDorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that between December 16 and December 29, 2018, it conducted 469 airstrikes in Syria. It also reported that over the same time period, there were 222 strikes from “other actors that crossed the Euphrates River Valley.”​​ [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If “other actors” means Iraq, then the role of the Iraqi Air Force has been much greater than reported.​​ The Coalition changed strike report formats; strike reports are now biweekly and do not include specific locations.​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin

Media sources say that Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) has captured the village of Qila, in Jinderes subdistrict in​​ southwestern​​ Afrin, following battles with pro-Turkey militias. The fighting started among these groups in Idlib and Darat Azza, northwestern Aleppo, and has reached Afrin, which Turkey seized​​ earlier​​ from the YPG. [Hawar]

 

Manbij​​ 

The SOHR wrote that both Egyptian military sources and SDF sources denied recent reports about a potential Egyptian-Gulf military presence in the eastern Euphrates and Manbij in particular, saying there were no steps being taken toward establishing such a presence. [SyriaHR]

 

The Turkish daily​​ Yeni​​ Şafak claimed that the PKK has a military​​ headquarters​​ in Al-Haya village, east of Manbij. It says that PKK leaders meet​​ there​​ daily, with PKK leaders coming from their main command in Qandil mountain, “northern Iraq” (Iraqi Kurdistan)​​ to attend. [ElDorar]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed four SDF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED in Jab Al-Qadir village, near Manbij​​ and the Euphrates.​​ [A3maq-Telegram]

However, local sources said an SDF​​ vehicle​​ was destroyed in the village but no casualties were reported.​​ 

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded three SDF members in an attack with machine guns on the Iyadat Shamela security barrier in Raqqa city.​​ [ICDNJan4-Telegram]​​ ​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

 

See story above under Afrin

 

Homs

A story circulated on social media, without confirmation or further details, that Major General Sharaf​​ Hassan Al-Hamawi of the Syrian​​ Army had been killed in Palmyra, Homs. [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR reported​​ 2​​ separate attacks by Daesh militants—in Al-Busayrah​​ subdistrict, Deir Ez-Zor​​ District,​​ and Dhiban​​ subdistrict, Mayadin​​ District, just north of Hajin in Albu Kamal. The attacks​​ targeted​​ an​​ SDF checkpoint and a local money exchange office, leaving​​ 1​​ civilian dead.​​ The​​ SOHR says​​ that​​ Daesh has​​ dozens​​ of sleeper cells in SDFheld areas​​ carrying out​​ assassinations​​ and guerilla attacks,​​ and that such attacks have​​ claimed the lives of 128 civilians since last August. [SyriaHR]

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it killed two SDF members and wounded another on Wednesday in ambush in Al-Takihi​​ village, in Al-Busayrah subdistrict. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it captured and killed an SDF member on Wednesday in Al-Sabha village. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR says that Daesh is collapsing in Deir Ez-Zor due to the SDF pressure and internal conflicts among its leaders, to the extent​​ that it is now​​ incapable of keeping civilians from escaping to SDF-held areas. It says that Daesh’s areas of control are now confined to Al-Sha’afa, Al-Baghouz, Al-Susah, and 3 other villages. [SyriaHR]

 

A military source in eastern​​ Deir Ez-Zor says SDF units​​ have​​ freed 7,000 civilians, mostly women and children, from Daesh captivity and moved them to safe locations. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that SDF units freed seven Yazidi women near Al-Kashma village. The source said the SDF handed over the women and their children to the KRG in Erbil.  

 

Khida Saratov, a member of the team working on retuning Russian nationals from war zones in the​​ Middle​​ East, says​​ that​​ a Russian woman and​​ one of​​ her children​​ were killed in a​​ Coalition airstrike on​​ Al-Shaafa village. The women​​ was from Chechnya and a mother of 5. A Kurdish family is taking care of her children. [Qasioun]

 

South​​ 

No reports

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear-Admiral Touraj Hassani, says Iran will be sending a fleet on a tour to the western​​ Atlantic, i.e., near US waters, in March. He says the ships will include the​​ Sahand, a newly-built destroyer and​​ a​​ helicopter carrier. [Hawar]

 

Yemen

Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi, who was believed to have been responsible for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was reportedly killed in a US airstrike on Tuesday. CENTCOM spokesman Bill Urban confirmed that the strike had occurred, and said that US forces were still assessing whether Al-Badawi had been killed. [Independent]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The US military has long memories, especially of those who kill US servicemen.

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egypt’s President Abd Al-Fatah Al-Sisi says that the Egyptian and Israeli armed forces are cooperating to confront terrorism in the Sinai. He told​​ CBS​​ that over 1,000 Daesh fighters are situated in the Sinai, and that Egypt allows the Israeli Air Force to attack them. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This explains our earlier report from Daesh about Israeli airstrikes in north Sinai.

Daesh sources said that 6 or more Israeli airplanes conducted more than 20 airstrikes on Thursday, targeting different areas around Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid.​​ 

 

The Qatari-owned​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ wrote that the Egyptian Presidency forbade official comment on Al-Sisi’s​​ CBS​​ interview, and​​ requested through the Egyptian Embassy in Washington that it not be broadcast, due to the politically sensitive nature of admitting to military cooperation with Israel. [AlAraby]

 

Libya

The Demining Room for the Central Military Region, including Sirte, said that it had removed and dismantled a 200-kg missile over the past few days, which had remained in a residential district since 2016. It said that about 1.5 tons of war detritus had been removed over the past month, and that about 75% of the explosives and mines had been removed from Sirte. A spokesman for the Sirte Protection Force added that war detritus remained a real hazard for civilians in Sirte. [Libya24]

 

Tunisia

Tunisia’s​​ Ennahda Party says that national reconciliation is a must in Syria. This unexpected position came in a press statement by the executive office of the party. The statement also says that such a reconciliation will end the Syrian people’s agonies and restore Syria’s position in Arab and international organizations. [ElDorar]

 

The Public Prosecutor’s Office issued arrest warrants for 3 persons suspected of being members of the “Tawhid and Jihad Battalion,” which is the same terrorist cell whose members were killed in a shootout early Thursday morning in Sidi Bouzid Governorate. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria

The​​ Director of​​ the​​ Ops​​ Center in​​ the​​ Algerian MoI,​​ Hassan Qasimi,​​ says​​ that​​ Algeria deported a group of​​ so-called “Free Syrian​​ Army​​ fighters who fought in Aleppo,​​ after​​ they​​ tried​​ to enter the country as immigrants. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh published on Friday a photo of a policeman it murdered in Bakaara market in Mogadishu city. [ICDNJan4]​​ Daesh had previously said on Thursday it shot and killed a policeman in Bakaara market, in Mogadishu. [A3maq]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Afghan military sources said that 52 fighters belonging to the Taliban and​​ to​​ Daesh’s Khorasan branch (ISIS-K) were killed in various military operations around Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

Daesh said that four women and children were killed on Wednesday in an “American bombing” in the Ibrahim Khel, in Khogyani District, Nangarhar. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh said it stopped an “Afghan and American forces” attack on the area. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

On Thursday, Daesh published the 163rd​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine, which includes​​ an infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Somalia, west Africa, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. It​​ ​​ claims​​ to have​​ conducted 72 attacks, killing or wounding more than 302 people, and destroying 38 vehicles. Daesh also published instructions to its followers about digital media and how to save or delete their information. Daesh told its followers to avoid using mobile phones. [ICDNJan3]

 

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January 3, 2019

 

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SDF Units Near Al-Sha’afa (Qasioun Jan 3)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Erdogan, Salih pledge cooperation after meeting in Ankara. [..]

7 IFP police​​ killed in separate western Kirkuk incidents. [..]

 

Syria

Trump confirms that Syria withdrawal will be gradual.​​ [..]

400 Kurdish fighters exit Manbij in apparent transition to government control. [..]

Clashes between Tahrir Al-Sham & Turkey-supported militia widen in Idlib, Aleppo districts. [..]

SDF troops enter Al-Sha’afa in Albu Kamal as some Daesh fighters flee.​​ [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Egypt:​​ Daesh reports over 20 Israeli airstrikes on Egypt’s northern Sinai. [..]

Nigeria:​​ Nigerian military confirms loss of 5-member chopper crew in Boko Haram battle. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ 

Afghanistan leaders worried about US pullout; ask for US clarification.​​ [..]

Trump wants neighboring countries to take more responsibility for​​ Taliban​​ fight. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

CoR MP Alia Nussaif accused the people of Ninewa of being partners of Daesh in its terrorist activities, which caused a wave of outrage among the Ninewa​​ delegation. Ninewa CoR MP Shirwan Duberdani denounced the statements, saying that most people were forced to stay in their homes during the Daesh invasion. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

UNAMI released its monthly casualty report on Thursday. In December, 32 Iraqi civilians​​ were​​ killed and 32 others injured by acts of terrorism and violent conflict. The worst-affected provinces were​​ Baghdad, with 17 killed and 3 injured;​​ Ninewa, with 7 killed and 19 injured;​​ and Salahuddin, with 3 killed and 3 injured. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign policy

Turkey

Turkey’s​​ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a press conference with his visiting Iraqi counterpart ​​ Barham Salih that Turkey is willing to develop relations with Iraq across all fields and play a major part in the reconstruction of its destroyed cities. He said that the​​ two​​ countries can cooperate in the field of defense industries, describing groups like the PKK, Daesh, and Fethullah Gulen as dangerous to both countries. Salih said that Iraq was carrying a message of love, friendship and brotherhood to Turkey, stressing the importance of solving all pending problems, including the water issue. He called for a meeting of a joint strategic council as soon as possible to discuss all topics of joint interest. [Anadolu] [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. It sounds like Erdogan was just playing up his usual messages, but Dr. Barham seems to have arrived with an agenda and at least the beginning of an implementation plan.

 

Saudi Arabia

An Iraqi official says that Saudi Arabia had used an oil exporting port on the Red Sea that was built with Iraqi money based on an agreement signed in the 80s. Iraq protested such usage, saying the validity of that​​ agreement stopped​​ as of​​ the Gulf War. [Sumaria]

 

United States

Former PM Haider Al-Abadi met with US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman on Thursday. Al-Abadi’s office issued a statement saying that the​​ two​​ had discussed the international community’s support for reconstruction in Iraq and the reduction of foreign forces in Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

The Nujaba​​ and Sadiqoun PMF militias threatened to target US interests in Iraq, in response to its​​ alleged​​ breach of Iraqi sovereignty expressed through the visit of President Trump to Iraq. Nujaba​​ says no basis can be established in​​ the land of resistance and martyrs.​​ [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD

Northwest​​ (Kadhimiya, etc.)

Baghdad Ops Command said that IFP units arrested a person wanted on terrorism charges in the Al-Dula’i area,​​ in the Hurriya neighborhood of​​ northwest Baghdad.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A police source said on Thursday that a civilian had been shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in the Tarmiya area. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units, operating under the 14th​​ Army​​ Brigade, arrested a man on terrorism charges in Falluja. The man fought alongside Daesh against Army units during the liberation of Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Thursday that its detachments in the 14th​​ Army Brigade also seized 70 detonators for IEDs, as well as other IED-making materials, in the​​ Albu Khanfar​​ village​​ area of Qarma​​ subdistrict. [Ghad]​​ [Rudaw]

 

SALAHUDDIN

No reports

 

DIYALA

No reports

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 2 PMF members​​ died​​ when a roadside IED destroyed their vehicle near Tal Al-Ward village, 12 miles southwest of Kirkuk city. The source said the PMFs arrested the mukhtar of the village and several young men after the attack.​​ 

 

The Security Media Center said on Thursday that IFP units had arrested 7 Daesh leaders in​​ Altun Kupri, in Dibis. It added that the 7 in question were “well-known leaders” in Salahuddin.​​ [PressIraq]​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh blew up the houses of 2 tribal PMF fighters in​​ Tarqiya village, in Al-Zab.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 2 Daesh terrorists were killed when an IED they were planting exploded on them on the road between Barima village and Hawija. The source said the terrorists were Daesh members who were hiding in the desert, not​​ men​​ from sleeper cells.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that an IFP​​ officer​​ was killed and 3 others wounded in a Daesh ambush near Barima village.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 3 IFP​​ officers​​ were killed when Daesh attacked their military positions near​​ Al-Sadouniya village.​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad)

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed an IFP​​ officer​​ near Katiwa village, in Rashad subdistrict. [A3maq]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that several Daesh terrorists were killed or wounded in airstrikes on the Qarachogh mountains.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 2 tribal PMF fighters were killed when their vehicle was destroyed by an IED near Qaraj village.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that​​ 2​​ IFP soldiers were killed while stopping a Daesh attack near Qaraj village. The source also said that the IFP killed 2 Daesh terrorists, both foreigners.​​ 

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Mosul​​ city

Daesh said it killed an Iraqi Army member and injured another on Wednesday when it attacked their position in​​ the​​ Al-Arabi neighborhood​​ of northeast Mosul, with a hand grenade. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed three Iraqi Army intelligence​​ officers​​ on Wednesday after raiding their house in Tal Al-Asfour village​​ in northwest Mosul. [ICDNJan3]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil)

The Directorate of Military Intelligence said on Thursday that its detachments had arrested 2 Daesh fighters in Hammam Al-Alil. The Directorate said in a statement that the​​ two​​ had taken part in fighting​​ government soldiers​​ during the liberation​​ of Mosul.​​ [PressIraq]​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

The Ninewa Provincial Council says that the PKK and the PMF in Sinjar are planning to form a parallel local government and council, which would only complicate the situation in Sinjar further. The Provincial Council says​​ that the​​ announcement​​ of the​​ formation of​​ such​​ a​​ government and council came from​​ illegitimate parties that hold parts of Sinjar by force. [BasNews]

 

Southern Ninewa

No reports

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

See report of Erdogan-Salih press conference under Iraq, National News above

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

President Trump confirmed that the US withdrawal from Syria will take place over a period of time and that the US aims to protect the Kurdish fighters. Trump described Syria as a “land of no fortunes … only sand and death.” [Qasioun]

 

Great Britain

The UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says President Al-Assad is an obstacle to peace in Syria​​ and likely to remain so, saying, “The UK cannot contemplate a peace in Syria with this regime, but due to Russian support, he’ll stay in power for some time.“ [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The​​ Monitor​​ website says the US informed the Coalition against Daesh that it is committed to continue fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and will concentrate on dismantling the Daesh international network through exchange of information and confronting terror funding. The Coalition is composed of 73 states.​​ It​​ will meet in February to discuss its future steps. [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Defense Ministry says it killed over 23,000 “terrorists” and destroyed 159 tanks, 57 vehicles, 900 cannons and 3,000 machine​​ gun-mounted trucks in 2018. The Minister says that this brings the number of “terrorists” killed since 2015 to 87,000, including 4,500 from the former Soviet republics. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Syrian Defense Ministry’s definition of “terrorist” is presumably quite expansive​​ to reach these kinds of numbers.

 

Northwest

Azaz

Local media sources say that​​ unnamed​​ militia fighters killed 3​​ YPG​​ fighters who were trying to “infiltrate” the city of Mare’ ​​​​ in Azaz. The militias fired at the​​ YPG​​ fighters,​​ reportedly​​ causing several casualties. [ElDorar]​​ 

 

See further context below under Idlib/Aleppo

 

Manbij​​ 

The online newspaper​​ Rai Al-Youm​​ wrote on Wednesday that the negotiations between the YPG and the Syrian government regarding the handover of Manbij had been completed.​​ This coincided with the exit of approximately 400 Kurdish fighters from the city. The agreement will reportedly allow the Syrian government to take control of official institutions in the city, including military recruitment.​​ A source familiar with the negotiations said they were conducted under Russian-Iranian auspices at the Khmeimim air base. [RaiAlYoum]

 

On Thursday, the Qatari-owned​​ Al-Quds Al-Arabi​​ quoted a leader from the pro-Turkish National Front as saying that the National Front militias would regard any Arab forces entering​​ Manbij or the east Euphrates area as “occupying forces” and would resist them. This comes following reports of talks between the US, the UAE, and Egypt​​ about​​ sending Arab troops to Manbij. [AlQuds]

 

Northeast​​ 

No reports

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Clashes between Syrian militias spread across northern parts of Syria, according to the SOHR. Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) is engaged in fighting with the National Front militias, which are backed by Turkey. The fighting started in Aleppo but extends now to Hama and Idlib. 17 HTS fighters and 16 National Front militants were killed in the fighting. The total death toll on both sides is 75 militia fighters and 6 civilians killed within the past 3 days. [Rudaw]

 

The fighting between Tahrir Al-Sham and National Front militias spread to 4 new villages south of Idlib and west of Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

The SOHR reported that a curfew had been imposed in Saraqib, due to continued fighting between HTS and pro-Turkey opposition militias along the Idlib-Aleppo border. A child and another​​ civilian were reported killed in​​ the​​ crossfire. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR reported increased casualties as fighting between Tahrir Al-Sham and pro-Turkish opposition militias continues, amid news of advances​​ by​​ of both sides in different areas, and the civilian population’s concerns that the fighting might force them to undergo a new wave of internal migration. [SyriaHR]

 

An IDP was injured in Atma camp, northern Idlib, during “ongoing clashes” between various groups including Nour Al-Din Al-Zenki and HTS. [Hawar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

An Egyptian-Gulf military delegation visited the SDF held areas east of Deir Ez-Zor in Syria recently. ​​ A PYD source noted that the visit comes following PYDEgypt talks,​​ and that​​ Egypt is planning to deploy in Syria​​ as a step​​ against Turkish ambitions in the area. [ElDorar]

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it shot and wounded three SDF members on Tuesday in Al-Shuhail town. [ICDNJan3]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF “intelligence member” on Tuesday in Dhiban town. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

On Thursday the SDF gained control over Abu Hasan village and the Kashma area, on opposite sides of the Euphrates​​ near Al-Sha’afa. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that SDF units​​ fought their way​​ into Al-Sha’afa,​​ forcing Daesh terrorists to flee. The source said the SDF captured large parts of the eastern side of the town.​​ Most Daesh commanders fled to the Al-Susah area.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Coalition planes killed 9 Daesh terrorists and wounded others in an airstrike near Al-Susah.​​ 

 

Qasioun​​ reported that 11 civilians from the same family were killed on Thursday by Coalition airstrikes in Al-Sha’afa town. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This story comes with the usual cautions, as Qasioun’s reporting on airstrikes is solely and not always accurately focused on civilian casualties.

 

Another Qasioun report says​​ Daesh reportedly killed many SDF fighters in the village of Flaiteh, in the desert on the Syria-Iraq border. Local activists say that​​ over 50​​ SDF members were killed or wounded. [Qasioun]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment. And now another Qasioun report based on “local activists,” filed as Daesh is steadily losing ground and needing a “victorious” story. We recall no prior reports that SDF troops were even in Flaiteh.

 

South​​ 

Daraa

A land​​ mine explosion killed 2 children in Qaitah, northern Daraa. The dead children were both 15 years old. [EnabBaladi]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

President Trump​​ said​​ on Wednesday that Iran had started withdrawing its forces from Syria, saying that it was forced to do that in Yemen as well. Trump​​ said​​ that his tough stance toward Iran over the last​​ two​​ years had weakened its regional influence. [ElDorar]

 

Iranian Foreign Minister​​ Mohammad Javad Zarif is planning to visit India and Iraq over the coming​​ two​​ weeks. He will be heading an economic delegation, including private sector representatives, during his visits.​​ [Rudaw]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said that Israeli planes conducted more than 20 airstrikes on Arish, Rafah, and Sheikh Zuweid on Wednesday evening. [A3maq]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry​​ of the​​ Interior​​ said​​ on Thursday​​ that 2 suicide attackers blew themselves up​​ after a gun fight with security units in​​ the town of​​ Jilma,​​ Sidi Bouzid Governorate,​​ in​​ central Tunisia. [Hawar]​​ [Tunisien]​​ 

 

The Tunisian MoI said later on Thursday that the​​ two​​ suicide attackers were from Sidi Bouzid and had been wanted as part of an investigation since December 12, 2018. [Tunisien]

An official from Sidi Bouzid said that the shootout had been part of a “pre-emptive” security operation, and that besides the​​ two​​ terrorists who blew themselves up, several others had been killed in the fighting.​​ A​​ security officer​​ was​​ injured in the shootout. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed a policeman in Bakaara market, in Mogadishu. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it wounded three policemen and destroyed part of a police station in Beledweyne city,​​ in Hiiraan​​ Province,​​ with an IED. [A3maq]

 

Nigeria

The Nigerian Air​​ Force said that all 5 crew members of a Mi-35 helicopter, which went missing while in combat against Boko Haram terrorists, have been confirmed dead. A statement by the Director of NAF Public Relations and Information said that the helicopter had crashed in combat on Wednesday while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion,​​ in​​ Damasak in Borno State. [Vanguard]​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded several Nigerian soldiers on Wednesday in an attack on their military position in Damasak. [ICDNJan3]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The Afghan government requested the US clarify its policy on Afghanistan, after a report said that the US may withdraw from Afghanistan. [Anadolu]

 

President Trump said that “regional countries,” including India, Russia, and Pakistan, should be fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

The Bulgarian Minister of Defense, Karasimir Karakachanov, said on Thursday that his country would remove its troops from Afghanistan if US troops withdrew. He said that Bulgaria has sent troops to Afghanistan 37 times, and the most recent deployment consisted of 160 people. The Bulgarian military trained Afghan forces in​​ preserving public order, military intelligence, and first aid. [Anadolu]

 

Security personnel and Taliban fighters fought in​​ Pul-e​​ Khumri city, northern Baghlan Province, on Wednesday night. The Governor said at least 10 security personnel were killed; the Taliban claimed to have killed 20. [Khaama]

 

The Afghan military said that at least 11 Taliban fighters had been killed and 7 wounded in fighting and​​ from​​ an airstrike in northern Faryab Province. [Khaama]

 

 

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January 2, 2019

 

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Iraqi Forces Near Makhoul Mountains (DD Dec 31)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Some in CoR seek ouster of new​​ Education minister over alleged Daesh ties.​​ [..]

New Communications minister reveals major Daesh theft of internet service. [..]

Barham Salih pays Erdogan a visit. [..]

25 Daesh members rounded up in west Mosul. [..]

Army units, Daesh clash in Badoush. [..]

Tal Afar silo reopens to farmers, after four years.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

Military reinforcements keep arriving in southern Turkey near Syria border. [..]

 

Syria

Trump allowing​​ more time for US Syria withdrawal.​​ [..]

Israeli military source says US talking to Saudis, UAE about putting troops in Manbij. [..]

Assad gives Iraq blanket permission to enter Daesh to strike Daesh. [..]

Fighting erupts between Tahrir Al-Sham & pro-Turkey militia;​​ kills 31 in Aleppo District. [..]

Iraqi F-16s​​ interrupt Daesh leadership meeting​​ in Albu Kamal, destroy the building. [..]

SDF captures Kashma from Daesh.​​ [..]

SDF-Daesh battle continues in Al-Sha’afa. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Tunisia:​​ Daesh expert warns Daesh operatives are moving into Africa. [..]

Nigeria:​​ Boko Haram launches attacks on 5 more Nigerian military units.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:​​ 

Taliban delegation visits Iran to discuss Afghanistan peace talks. [..]

Taliban & Daesh attack Afghan units, but take major airstrike casualties. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The newly appointed Minister of Education, Shima’ Al-Hiyali, was accused of having both a brother and husband who were members of Daesh. Several CoR MPs motioned to remove her from office. MP Hanin Qaddo​​ of the Bina’ (Construction) bloc said on Monday that the CoR would vote on her​​ possible​​ dismissal in its next session. Qaddo added that Al-Hiyali had not yet been sworn in.

Former Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi also alleged that Al-Hiyali’s husband had voluntarily joined Daesh.

For her part, Al-Hiyali reportedly submitted her resignation to PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi,​​ to decide upon as he wishes.​​ Abd Ul-Madhi has not yet taken a public position,​​ Al-Hiyali issued a press statement in which she claimed that her brother worked in Mosul as an engineer during the period of Daesh occupation,​​ and denied that he had taken part in any Daesh military actions.​​ [ArabsToday]​​ [Sawa] [Aawsat]

 

Former MP Masha’an Al-Jubouri said on his Facebook page that Al-Hiyali’s brother had been known as the Daesh leader Laith Khalil Najm Abdullah Al-Hiyali, and that he had been Director-General​​ of the Ninewa​​ Directorate of​​ Water from 2012 to 2014, when he​​ was​​ expelled from office​​ for​​ joining Daesh. Al-Jubouri noted that Shima’ Al-Hiyali had been nominated for the Ministry of Education by Khamis​​ Al-Khanjar, who he alleged​​ was​​ aware of the Daesh connection. [BaghdadToday]

Osama Al-Nujaifi said at a press conference on Monday that Al-Hiyali’s husband had been an MP colleague of his, but that Al-Nujaifi did not wish to associate himself with him, as Al-Hiyali​​ returned to Mosul and pledged allegiance to Daesh. [Kawthar]

 

Footage of Laith Al-Hiyali from 2016 published by the Daesh outlet​​ A3maq​​ was found, in which he condemns the Coalition for bombing water infrastructure in Mosul. [Hurra]

According to​​ DaeshDaily​​ sources from Mosul, the brother of the Minister of Education, Laith Al-Hiyali, appeared in 2 Daesh videos during the Mosul liberation campaign. In both videos, he talked about the results of Coalition airstrikes on the city and threatened revenge. The sources said that Al-Hiyali was a Ba’ath party member who joined AQI after 2003. He was fired from his job as a manager at the Ninewa Directorate of Water, but Atheel Al-Nujaifi, when he became Governor, gave him his job back. Al-Hiyali helped Daesh through his job by providing them with chlorine to make bombs, according to the sources. He was fired again, but returned when Daesh captured the city in June 2014. His 2 sons were killed in the liberation battles,​​ 1 of them​​ as​​ a suicide terrorist. Al-Hiyali managed to flee after the liberation.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh was in​​ partial control​​ in Mosul​​ long​​ before it “officially” captured the city. Daesh had planted hundreds of operatives in all government offices in Mosul.​​ 

The minister might have nothing to do with her brother’s affiliation. After all, the brother of Ninewa’s Governor is a Daesh leader,​​ as is​​ the brother of the Anbar Police Chief. The​​ new​​ Minister of Youth is accused of being an AQI member in Latifiya, southern Baghdad. Many AQI, and other insurgent group​​ members, joined the political process and held senior positions.​​ To the extent they succeed​​ in that, they can provide cover for others.​​ Many Daesh members have badges and IDs as officials’ bodyguards, for example. ​​ 

 

Corruption

The Minister of Communications,​​ Dr.​​ Na’im Al-Rubaie, said on Wednesday that about $3.5 million worth of internet service was stolen monthly​​ by Daesh​​ in​​ the provinces of​​ Kirkuk​​ and​​ Mosul​​ and​​ in​​ areas around​​ Baghdad. He said that​​ some​​ internet service was stolen by cutting and diverting the optical cables carrying internet traffic.​​ Some companies are under investigation and 3 officials have thus far been arrested. Al-Rubaie​​ said that the names of the companies would be revealed after the investigations, and that the investigations would be conducted according to the law. The companies​​ found guilty would be blacklisted and​​ billed for internet service stolen​​ since 2015.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [AlWatan]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition released​​ its​​ monthly report on​​ alleged​​ civilian casualties. Out of 25 civilian casualty reports, it deemed​​ only​​ 3 “credible,” 2 of which happened in Iraq. A Coalition airstrike on March 30, 2017, near Zanjili neighborhood,​​ west​​ Mosul, on a VBIED factory caused a secondary explosion that killed 12 civilians. Another airstrike on April 10, 2017,​​ near the railway area of Mosul, killed 3 civilians. [InherentResolve]

 

The Central Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh convict to life imprisonment. The convict was active in​​ Daesh’s​​ hisbah​​ (Islamic Police) office in Mosul. [Sumaria]​​ [IraqPress]

 

Foreign policy

Iraq President Barham Salih is visiting Ankara to discuss bilateral relations and the Syrian issue with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [EnabBaladi]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source says that unidentified gunmen killed a civilian in the industrial quarter in Taji​​ District. [Sumaria]

 

Baghdad Operations Command said on Wednesday that its units had arrested various persons, including​​ an escapee from Badoush Prison​​ who was arrested in Shuala. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Daesh said it killed or wounded Iraqi Army​​ soldiers​​ and destroyed their Humvee with an IED on Tuesday in the​​ Nuaimiya​​ area​​ just south of Falluja city.​​ [ICDNJan2]

 

Ramadi

Daesh published on Wednesday photos of shooting​​ to death​​ a man​​ it​​ claims​​ was an Iraqi government “spy” in the Kilo 35 area. [ICDNJan2]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says Daesh kidnapped a school teacher in the Kubaisa desert. The teacher was in the desert looking for mushrooms. Security personnel​​ have advised​​ the population to avoid going to the desert, which might contain war detritus in addition to​​ posing​​ the​​ risk​​ of terrorist attacks. [BasNews]

 

Daesh said it killed three Iraqi Army​​ soldiers​​ and destroyed a truck on Monday with an IED in the Mohammedi​​ subdistrict, in​​ eastern​​ Hit. [ICDNJan1]

 

Al-Qa’im

Former Minister of Interior Baqir​​ Jaber​​ Al-Zubeidi said on Wednesday that Daesh had a plan to attack Al-Qa’im​​ District and​​ surrounding areas. He said that Daesh wanted Al-Qa’im to be “the head of the bridge” for its return to Iraq from Syria. [FaceIraq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 4 PMF members were killed and 2 others wounded in a Daesh attack on military positions near Kan’ous. The terrorists were on motorcycles.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Yet another Daesh attack by motorcycle, a strong recent trend.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack near Shabali village and captured a terrorist who was wounded in his foot during the attack. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that airstrikes killed 8 Daesh terrorists near the Makhoul Mountains. PMF units arrested 2 terrorists and captured weapons and motorcycles after the airstrike. ​​ 

 

Daesh said it severely wounded tribal PMFs​​ on Sunday after targeting them with machine guns on the road between Khanuqa village and Shirqat. [ICDNJan1]

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 4 Daesh hideouts were destroyed by airstrikes in the Himrin Mountains area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Salahuddin Ops Command, Salahuddin Police, and PMF units, supported by Iraqi​​ Army​​ Aviation​​ aircraft,​​ destroyed several Daesh tunnels in a military operation near the Zuwiya area.​​ 

 

Samarra

Daesh said it killed an Iraqi Army “spy” and a Saraya Al-Salam “spy” after raiding their houses on Friday in the Albu Sanou’ area​​ (spelling approx.), Samarra​​ District. [A3maq] [ICDNDec29]​​ Daesh published photos Wednesday of​​ killing one of the victims. [ICDNJan2]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

The Security Media Center says that units under Salahuddin Ops Command arrested 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges in Dujail, and destroyed 3 IEDs and other explosives. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

On Wednesday a security source in Diyala said that “joint military forces, with the support of Army aircraft” began to track Daesh in the groves of 12 villages in the Al-Waqf​​ Basin, the largest agricultural basin in Diyala. [BaghdadToday]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed an Iraqi Army member on Sunday in Al-Kubba village, in the Al-Waqf area, northeast of Baquba. [ICDNDec31]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed two Iraqi soldiers, wounded an officer and three more soldiers, and destroyed a Humvee with an IED on Monday in Taha Al-Rashid village, in Buhriz​​ subdistrict. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Northern Diyala (Khanaqin)

On Wednesday, a member of the Diyala Provincial Council, Hoshyar Ismael, said that Daesh launched an attack on “livelihoods” in Khanaqin. On Tuesday evening, Daesh attacked a gravel and sand factory near​​ Khanaqin, and burned it to the ground, the 2nd attack of its kind since last December. The factory is believed to sustain Arab tribes around the city of Khanaqin. [BaghdadToday]

 

Daesh said that it blew up a factory and set an excavator on fire, both of which belonged to a Shi’i, in the Qulay area in Khanaqin, on Monday. It also said it stole weapons and ammunition. [ICDNJan1]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

IFP and Kirkuk Ops Command units carried out a search operation in several villages in Kirkuk Province. They found a Kalashnikov-type rifle and arrested 2 suspects in the Razqari area, Daquq, and arrested 2​​ more​​ suspects in the village of Al-Khuzaifi, Riyadh subdistrict, in Hawija. [IraqPress]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh said it damaged an IFP Humvee with an IED on Tuesday in Qutan village​​ in Dibis. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged a vehicle on Tuesday in an attack near Al-Keif village in Dibis. [A3maq]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP units killed 2 Daesh terrorists and captured another in​​ an​​ ambush in the desert near Riyadh. The source said that 1 of the captured terrorists admitted he had killed a​​ mukhtar​​ in the area few weeks ago, and that Daesh was planning to kill more​​ mukhtars.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that IFP units distributed 20,000 forms to​​ mukhtars in Hawija​​ District to register all the families in their areas. The source said the form is used as a security check.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The mukhtars are basically a very important defense layer against terrorism because they know their areas and they can identify any strangers or any suspicious activities. This is the reason why Daesh, and the AQI before that, made the mukhtars a​​ prime​​ target.​​ 

 

Daesh said it wounded a tribal PMF member and damaged a vehicle with an IED on Monday in Riyadh subdistrict. [ICDNJan1]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED on Monday in Muradiya village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [ICDNJan1]​​ 

Daesh also said its terrorists set fire​​ to​​ the​​ shop of a tribal PMF member on Monday in the same village. [ICDNJan1]​​ 

 

Daesh said it targeted an IFP position with 2 rockets on Monday between Rabza and Sayed Jalal villages in the Riyadh​​ subdistrict. [ICDNJan2]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded three IFP members and damaged their Humvee with an IED on Tuesday near Sharifiya village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [ICDNJan2]

In a different version, Daesh said the three IFP members were killed in the explosion. [A3maq]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Daesh terrorists, using military uniforms and vehicles, raided houses and kidnapped 14 people in Rashad. On Saturday, the source said that Daesh killed 1 of the captives​​ after accusing him of being a tribal PMF member, and released the rest.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that IFP units ambushed and killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including a local commander, in the desert near Rashad.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Daesh terrorists kidnapped a​​ mukhtar​​ from a village in the Gwer area.​​ 

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Ninewa Plain Protection​​ Units arrested 6 Daesh members who were hiding​​ on a poultry farm in Hamdaniya.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Ninewa SWAT units captured 25 Daesh members in different areas​​ of​​ west Mosul. The source said all arrests were b