An Update On ISIS Activities

November 17,​​ 2017

 

Rawa

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Iraqi forces liberate Rawa. [..]

CoR members blast US Congress for designating Nujaba’ as “terrorist organization.” [..]

 

Syria

Germany will fund de-mining project in Raqqa. [..]

At least 20 civilians killed in Daesh vehicle bomb attack on SDF checkpoint. [..]

SDF in control of three more villages in Mayadin. [..]

Syrian troops enter Albu Kamal city. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Daesh threatens the Vatican. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh liberation campaign

Friday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi​​ said​​ that the armed forces liberated Rawa in record time, and they continue to clear the Jazeera (desert) area and are securing the Iraqi border. He added that Rawa’s liberation reflects the great power and capabilities of the armed forces as well as the successful planning of the battles. [Sumaria]​​ Al-Abadi congratulated the Iraqi people on the liberation of Rawa from Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

The Coalition reports that between November 11th​​ and 17th​​ the Coalition conducted 26 airstrikes in Iraq, in or near Rawa (17) and Al-Qa’im (3), and Qayara (5) and Ramadi (1). [Defense]

 

Minister of Interior, Qassem Al-Aaraji, said Iraqi security units were able to intercept Daesh gatherings and cells by planting undercover agents among them. According to Al-Aaraji, in some cases, security forces pay for the vehicles used in explosions in Baghdad and ask of people to give statements and report false numbers of victims. Security units are also in contact with a wife of a Daesh leader who provides them with information, according to Al-Aaraji. [BaghdadToday]

 

In an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Thursday, Brian Hook, Senior Policy Advisor to the US Secretary of State, said “Secretary Tillerson has engaged in a great deal of personal diplomacy on Syria to defeat​​ (Daesh),” adding that “(Daesh)​​ as a physical caliphate will be defeated by the end of the year.” [Forat]

 

In the past​​ several​​ days, the Iraqi government​​ has completed​​ a 100-million-dollar plan to deal with the post-caliphate​​ phase in Iraqi cities. This is an urgent matter​​ in light of the retaliation attacks Daesh​​ has​​ promised and the risks​​ of renewed​​ internal​​ strife.

The US and the UK contributed to the plan by offering support to the Iraqi forces,​​ including​​ the Army, CTS, intelligence, and local police. Jordan is set to begin intensive training of Iraqi officers in December. [AlAraby]

In a blog published on November 17th, Matthew Henman, editor of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC), said “Despite the hope – or perhaps misguided expectation – otherwise, the defeat of​​ (Daesh)​​ as a territorial entity will not represent its defeat as a non-state armed group, nor put a halt to its armed campaign. Instead, the group will almost certainly transition from a pseudo state back to an underground armed insurgency, remaining capable of conducting​​ asymmetric attacks against security forces in Iraq and Syria and continuing to undermine security and central governance.” [Shafaaq] [IHS]

 

Member of the Security Committee of the Anbar Provincial Council, Na’eem Al-Ka’oud, said Daesh’s presence has ended in Iraqi cities, but they are still present in the deserts. [AlQurtas]

According to a military and a security source, over onethird of Daesh members were able to escape the areas they previously controlled in Iraq, especially in the north and west of Iraq. Those who escaped fled to the desert or hid among residents, without being recognized as sleeper cells. [AlAraby]​​ 

 

Issues with US Congress

Friday, Head of the Irada Movement​​ in the Council of Representatives (CoR), Hanan Al-Fatlawi, criticized the US statements against certain PMF leaders and factions​​ in​​ describing them as terrorists. She​​ called​​ them a pretext to a war on the PMF. Al-Fatlawi accused the Iraqi government of silence and not defending those who stood up for Iraq, and she called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President to summon the US Ambassador and give him a memo protesting the US statements. [Sumaria]​​ Fatlawi recently left the Rule of Law coalition to establish her own bloc.

Current Rule of Law representative Haider Al-Kaabi said he considers that the US Congress’ decision to list the Nujaba’ Movement as a terrorist group “clearly targets the PMF.” He emphasized the need for Iraq to exhaust all diplomatic efforts to clarify the reality of the PMF’s sacrifices. [Sumaria]

The leader of the CoR’s​​ Citizen Alliance​​ bloc​​ (Al-Muwatin),​​ Hamid​​ Al-Khudari, expressed disapproval of the US Congress decision to list​​ Nujaba’​​ as a terrorist organization. Al-Khudari called​​ on the US administration to stop its “provocative American attempts”​​ to​​ target the PMF, which he objected to “in whole and in part.” [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We understand why some​​ Iraqi​​ politicians, especially​​ MPs linked to former PM Maliki,​​ might object to the Congress designating​​ a PMF faction as a terrorist group,​​ Nujaba’​​ in this case.​​ They claim to be defending Shia PMFs.​​ However, they ignore the fact that the​​ issue is not really the PMF in general but the pro-Iran PMF elements. These are precisely the groups most distrusted by​​ Iraqi​​ citizens, including Shia.​​ More recently it was PMF factions who created the crisis with the Peshmerga. Not so many years ago, some of those factions killed American soldiers in cooperation with Iran.​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source reported on Friday that​​ four​​ people were wounded in an IED explosion near a street market in Abu Ghraib. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Friday, representative Kamal Al-Dulaimi emphasized that the big victory against Daesh in Anbar will be marked by the return of Anbar’s residents to their home, rebuilding the area, and returning IDPs to liberated areas. He noted that there are 86 IDP camps in Anbar alone.​​ 

Al-Dulaimi added that the Rummana subdistrict in Al-Qa’im is a critical location in Anbar, as it is adjacent to Syria. He added that the residents of Rummana resisted Daesh for a long period, and would have continued had they not run out of ammunition. He added that because the​​ government did not communicate with the tribes of these areas, Daesh killed 22 people and abducted 50 others. ​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Friday, Jazeera and Northern Euphrates​​ Liberation​​ Commander, Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Yarallah, announced the complete liberation of Rawa, noting that the Iraqi flag was raised on top of its buildings. [IraqPress]​​ Friday morning, security units and tribal PMFs launched a large-scale operation to invade and liberate Rawa from Daesh. [Sumaria]

Friday, Jazeera Commander, Qassem Al-Mohammedi announced the complete liberation of Rawa, according to the IWMC, adding that the Iraqi flag was raised over the mayor’s building. [Baghdadia]​​ 

Friday, the IWMC stated that the Jazeera Ops Command units and the tribal PMF liberated​​ four​​ neighborhoods of Rawa, the mayor’s office, the post office, the market, and the Rawa Bridge. [Baghdadia]​​ 

Friday, Psychological Operations issued instructions via radio to the residents of Rawa calling on them to raise a white flag on their houses and for Daesh members to surrender themselves to security units. The instructions began on Thursday. [Ghad] [Etejah]​​ 

 

Friday, Hawar News reported that the Iraqi forces captured the entire Rawa​​ subdistrict, Daesh’s last​​ territory​​ in Iraq. Iraqi media sources said that the Iraqi forces were able to​​ capture​​ the center of Rawa​​ after​​ capturing four neighborhoods during​​ the morning hours on Friday in the western part of the district. The Iraqi forces issued appeals to the people of Rawa​​ subdistrict, and invited them to raise white banners over their homes, and urged Daesh members to surrender themselves. [Hawar]

 

According to a military source, the Jazeera Ops Command troops, 7th​​ division, and tribes liberated Rawa with backing from the Coalition and IAA, which killed a number of Daesh members and caused​​ many others to flee toward the desert. [Sumaria]​​ PMF spokesman Ghassan Al-Eithawi announced that over 15 villages were liberated and over 45 Daesh members were killed in Rawa. [Mawazin]

 

Friday, the field​​ Psychological​​ Operations units played the Iraqi national anthem at Rawa’s entrance in celebration of its liberation from Daesh and the end of Daesh’s military presence in Iraq, according to the IWMC. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim Al-Araji announced that the liberation of Rawa marks​​ the end of​​ the​​ Daesh military threat. “We congratulate the religious authority and the Iraqi nation on the liberation of Rawa town,” he said in a brief statement released on Friday. [Anadolu]

Friday, Minister of Defense Arfan Al-Hayali, stated that “the liberation of Rawa, Daesh’s last stronghold in Iraq, is a turning point in bringing peace and stability to Iraq.” [Sumaria]

 

Friday, the press office of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi revealed that Al-Abadi is supervising the “major clearing” operations of Jazeera and the western desert following the liberation of Rawa from Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Friday, the IMWC published a map of Anbar in Arabic and English following the liberation of Rawa from Daesh, with Anbar appearing in green, indicating its complete liberation. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source sent us​​ photos​​ of Daesh documents on its members in the west Anbar-Albu Kamal area.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Friday, the IWMC announced that security units destroyed a pickup truck carrying a 12mm machine gun, killing​​ a​​ Daesh suicide terrorist who tried to infiltrate into Siniya.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its attacks in the Diyala area. [ICDNNov17]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Friday,​​ head of the Abu Saida Security Committee, Awwad Al-Rabi’i, announced that a joint security unit discovered 3 decayed bodies most likely belonging to Daesh members,​​ in the Makhisa farm​​ area. [Sumaria]

 

A local source in Diyala reported that a Daesh attack on police checkpoints​​ on the outskirts of Tawakul​​ in western Muqdadiya​​ was foiled on Friday. Security units searched nearby farms, and the situation is under control. [Ghad]​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Friday, a military source in Diyala reported that the Iraqi Army invaded an underground Daesh hideout in an agricultural area in the Al-Tarfaya area in south Diyala.​​ Before​​ the troops entered, the Daesh members had fled the hideout, leaving behind their suicide belts, weapons, and hot food. [Ghad]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Friday, armed clashes broke out between​​ residents described as “volunteers​​ and PMF​​ members​​ stationed in the KDP political office in Kirkuk. According to eyewitnesses, the clashes resulted in dead​​ and wounded​​ among the PMF fighters, and clashes are ongoing in some neighborhoods. Eyewitnesses reported hearing gunshots in various Kurdish neighborhoods, and the police called on the residents not to leave their homes. The witnesses added that the PMF transported its casualties to private hospitals by plane, as opposed to Kirkuk’s hospitals. [Rudaw] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The story comes from a Kurdish source, and would need to be verified from a more independent source. That aside, why is Iraq stationing PMFs instead of regular Army troops at a KDP political office or anywhere else in Kirkuk city?​​ Even if an incident is caused by the Kurds, there will be a Kurdish version that blames the PMFs.

 

Friday, Head of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, Rebwar Talabani said the Iraqi government seeks to repudiate Article 140 of the constitution. He noted that the Turkmen demand for a​​ Governor appointment is unreasonable, and the priority is to normalize the situation in Kirkuk. [Rudaw]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Four months after the Iraqi government announced the complete liberation of Mosul, the residents of Old Mosul are unable to return to their homes due to various factors, such as the fear of sleeper cells, mines and IEDs, and​​ in many cases​​ the total destruction of their homes.​​ According to social researcher Hamid Al-Zubaidi, the rebuilding​​ of​​ Mosul may​​ be delayed by​​ security, social, and environmental problems.​​ [Karemlash]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says people of Mosul threatened to stop the work of several humanitarian organizations who are distributing aid in Mosul, because the organizations included Daesh families among their recipients. The source says several people went to the Provincial Council demanding that these organizations stop their aid to Daesh families. The source also says that people have started to mark the houses of Daesh families.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It was Daesh members who used to mark the houses of their enemies. They should have known that payback would come later.  ​​​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

Friday, the Ministry of Transport announced that the​​ displaced people​​ of Mosul continue to be transported through efforts​​ of​​ the Higher Committee for the Relief and Shelter of IDPs. Head of the transportation company in charge of transporting the​​ displaced people, Abdallah Lu’aibi, clarified that 100 displaced families were moved from the Tel​​ Keif area to the Qayara airport, and 1,460​​ displaced people​​ were moved from Tal Al-Jarabee’​​ camp near Tal Abta​​ to the Hammam Al-Alil camps. [IraqPress]

 

Friday, Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict manager Khalaf Al-Jubouri announced the deaths of a father and son and the wounding of another person from the same family in a Daesh gun attack on their home in Jahuni village in south Ninewa.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Subdistrict manager Al-Jubouri called for opening the Mosul Dam for two hours in order to force Daesh members to come out of their​​ hideouts along the river​​ banks​​ (by raising the water level),​​ from​​ which they​​ are​​ attacking​​ civilians. [Sumaria]

 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish security forces killed 3 PKK terrorists late Thursday in Hazro District’s Kirmatas village, located in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province, according to a statement issued early Friday by Diyarbakir Provincial Governor’s Office. Improvised explosives and ammunition were also seized, the statement said. [Anadolu]

 

Friday morning, the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported that Turkish security forces raided 15 homes, arresting 11 PKK suspects in western Turkey’s​​ Izmir province. Security sources said the suspects were apprehended during an operation in Izmir’s city center and in the Menemen District by provincial forces and intelligence services. Security forces also found photos of dead terrorists in 15 homes. ​​ [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan​​ again​​ slammed the US policy in Syria, accusing it of sponsoring Daesh as well as failing to fulfill the promise to withdraw US-backed Kurdish militias from the Syrian Daesh-liberated areas, saying that “Washington has become an obstacle to the war against the YPG and Daesh due to its support ​​ of some terrorist organizations.” He also confirmed that “Turkey continues its war against all the terrorist organizations,” according to Russia Today. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If whining were a competition, Erdogan would win the Nobel Prize.

 

Leader of the anti-government Syrian Coalition,​​ Mohammed Yahya Maktabi, strongly condemned Russia’s veto​​ of​​ the extension of the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria. [Rudaw]

 

The Coalition reports that between November 11th​​ and 17th​​ the Coalition conducted 13 airstrikes in Syria​​ in and​​ near Deir Ez-Zor (12) and Albu Kamal (1).​​ [Defense]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says it killed four SDF fighters with an IED north of Markada city, south of Shaddadi, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ area

Germany will spend an initial 10 million Euros to help remove mines from Raqqa, the Handelsblatt newspaper said on Friday. The foreign ministry is set to announce the increased funding as part of a pact with the United States on Friday, the paper added. The agreement calls for Germany to help fund Tetra Tech, a U.S. government contractor working to clear mines from Raqqa. The U.S. military continues to press Germany for additional aid in Syria, but Germany is waiting for measures on how to stabilize Syria, the newspaper said. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the operation in Idlib is going as planned,​​ while also​​ emphasizing that the Afrin area must be cleared of PKK units. Erdogan expressed disappointment with the US for “not fulfilling its promises” and that he “does not want to repeat the experience in Afrin.” He also accused the US of financially supporting Daesh in Syria.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Mr. Erdogan is relentlessly on his own agenda and his priorities have little to do with Daesh. His agreement with Russia to participate in monitoring the Idlib de-escalation zone was apparently motivated mostly by the opportunity to move troops closer to Afrin for a possible later attack on the YPG, which he has repeatedly promised to carry out. Neither the Russians nor the​​ US​​ have supported his Afrin scheme so far, one reason why he has not made his move.

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Friday, Tahrir Al-Sham announced it killed 18 members of the Syrian forces Thursday evening in Abu Mayal village. [Dorar]

 

Enab Baladi reports Tahrir Al-Sham destroyed 4 Syrian tanks in Hama. [EnabBaladi]

 

Friday, SOHR reported that members of the Syrian forces were killed and wounded during the ongoing clashes with anti-government opposition groups in different locations in the vicinity of Al-Zara in rural southern Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Friday, local sources say 30 people were killed in a vehicle bomb attack near a gathering of displaced people at an SDF checkpoint near​​ Jufra​​ oil field. [Dorar] [SyriaHR]

20 civilians were killed, and 30 others were wounded in a Daesh car bomb attack on civilians in Faraj village, located between Jufra and Konica. [Hawar]​​ [Sumaria]​​ This​​ is​​ another report on the same incident.

 

SOHR reports that the Syrian forces have​​ finally​​ taken control of Hawija​​ Qata from Daesh, a river island on the Euphrates. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin

SOHR reported that violent clashes continue between the SDF and Daesh on the outskirts of Tayyana and Dernaj villages, after the SDF, backed by Coalition airstrikes, captured the villages of​​ Dhiban, Al-Tayyana and Shinan in rural eastern Deir Ez-Zor, which led to the death of a number of civilians. Two SDF members were reportedly captured and beheaded by Daesh. ​​ [Dorar] [SyriaHR]​​ [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says it killed six SDF fighters and destroyed a vehicle in clashes east of the Al-Omar Oilfield. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal

SOHR reports that Syrian forces have entered Albu Kamal city. [SyriaHR]

 

Hawar reports the SDF killed 7 Daesh terrorists south of Al-Tanak oilfield near the Iraqi border. [Hawar]

 

According to SANA the Syrian Air Force destroyed a Daesh vehicle and all 6 of its passengers near Albu Kamal in Majawda village. [SyriaNow]

 

Friday, SOHR reported that Daesh beheaded two civilians on charges of “insulting God and witchcraft” in Hajin town.​​ 

Meanwhile, a young man was killed in airstrikes on locations in the Subaikhan desert. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of mosques destroyed by Russian airstrikes in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNNov17]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh use of mosques as military positions is well documented, however.​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army SUV with a rocket in Al-Ghabra village, north of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket near Al-Hamdan village, west of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian vehicles with rockets in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNNov17]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Daesh publishes a video of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in Hay Al-Tadhamun. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Friday, the Lebanese General Directorate of State Security announced the arrest of a terrorist cell working for Daesh in Lebanon. The cell members were tasked with​​ spying on​​ posts of​​ the​​ Lebanese Army and United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in the south and reporting statistics and photos back to Daesh in Raqqa and Albu Kamal. The cell also planned terrorist operations​​ in the Aaliya District, and​​ was​​ involved in recruiting new members and sending money to Daesh.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say that a group of armed men tried to exploit the heavy fog in the early hours of the morning and ambush a security post south of Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai, Egypt. Sources say troops spotted the car carrying armed terrorists and targeted it with artillery shells, forcing the terrorists to flee. [ElWatan]

A security source says security units found an IED planted on the Arish-Qantara East road in the Maidan area in Sinai, Egypt that was targeting buses transporting soldiers. Experts in detecting mines found the IED and secured 17 km of road for the passage of the buses. [ElWatan]

El-Watan reports that an armed group targeted a transport vehicle in the center of Arish, killing one person. [ElWatan]

Libya

A source from Al-Gala’ Hospital in Benghazi confirmed that armed groups shot at the hospital from 12:30​​ pm on Thursday to 3:00​​ am​​ Friday,​​ in intervals,​​ due to a quarrel that took place outside the hospital and ended inside the entrance. The hospital was hit with an RPG and the corridors​​ leading to intensive care and the radiology department were subjected to random shooting.​​ [AfriGate]

 

The Chairman of the Committee for the Activation and Security of Security Services in Sirte, Libya, says there are Daesh members in areas near Sirte.​​ [Libya24]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

Italy

Daesh published a poster threatening to attack the Vatican on Christmas. The poster shows masked Daesh members driving a vehicle outside the church. This is the second threat against the Pope since August. The poster said “wait for a bloody Christmas.” [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Friday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned Russian citizens of the possibility of terrorist attacks in major cities in the US and Europe over the new year’s holiday. [Sumaria]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Video of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi forces capture Rawa. [YouTube

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes the 106th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. It includes reports about its operations in Iraq, Syria, and other countries. It also publishes infographics about its attacks “outside the Caliphate” during the last Hijri (lunar) year. It says 60 of its terrorists conducted 38 attacks in 19 countries (Tunisia, the UK, Egypt, Russia, Bangladesh, Turkey, France, Germany, Jordan, Indonesia, the US, Palestine, Iran, Kenya, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, and Australia.) In this issue also, Daesh publishes an article about one of its “doctors,” claiming he was killed by Israeli drones in Sinai. Daesh also published an article about killing a 48-year-old blind man in its “Wilayat Al-Furat” after accusing him of witchcraft. [ICDNNov17]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Syrian terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Kirkuk area. [ICDNNov17]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We say “claiming” because some of the deceased in these photos have reappeared miraculously (when of course no one was looking for them anymore) to spread further mayhem.

 

November 16,​​ 2017

 

Rana Al-Ajili

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Pentagon reveals​​ US has 5,262 military personnel in Iraq, 500 in Syria. [..]

President Masoum pushing to get GOI-KRG dialogue started. [..]

Pro-Iran Iraqi PMF denounces Congress for declaring it a terrorist group. [..]

PMF tactics become an issue in northwest Anbar liberation campaign. [..]

Al-Qa’im council member says 25% of city was destroyed by Daesh. [..]

PKK terrorists in northern Dahuk target Turkish troops. [..]

Turkey

Russian, Turkish, Iranian leaders conferring in Russia next week on Syria. [..]

Syria

SDF captures town, oilfield in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Daesh Daily source says Syrian troops looting houses in Mayadin. [..]

Military clashes build around Albu Kamal city. [..]

Afghanistan

Suicide bomb attack in central Kabul misses target, kills 7. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh liberation​​ 

The Pentagon revealed the number of US troops deployed in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. There are 500 personnel deployed in Syria, 5,262 in Iraq, and 14,000 in Afghanistan, according to Director of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Kenneth McKenzie. [SyriaNow]

 

US Special Envoy to the International Coalition,​​ Brett McGurk,​​ said on Thursday that Daesh has lost 95% of​​ its​​ territory in Iraq and Syria,​​ and​​ the influx of foreign fighters​​ into Syrian has almost stopped. McGurk added that 7.5 million people have been freed from Daesh’s control in Iraq and Syria and 2.6 million Iraqis have returned to their homes. [Dorar]​​ [Sumaria]

According to the 2017 Global Terrorism Index report produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, there were 25,673 victims of terrorism in 2016 worldwide, 22% less than the number of victims in 2014. The top-five countries in the index were: Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, and Pakistan, all of which, except for Iraq, saw a drop in the number of deaths due to terrorism. Iraq saw a 40% increase in deaths last year, an increase attributed to Daesh’s responses to the government’s liberation operations.​​ [EconomicsAndPeace] [Sumaria]

Iraq-KRG issues

Thursday, President Fuad Masoum called for an immediate start to the dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, emphasizing the importance of resuming normal life in Kurdistan and lifting the international flight ban to and from the Suleimaniya and Erbil airports. He also called for the resumption of the Kirkuk Provincial Council’s meetings to elect a new governor.​​ Masoum also announced that the Iraqi government is committed to paying the salaries of the KRG employees and to loosening the restrictions on private financial institutions in the Kurdistan Region. [Sumaria]​​ [Anadolu]

 

Wednesday, CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri, in Washington, encouraged​​ the US to continue supporting Iraq in the post-Daesh phase, including intelligence support, military training, and if necessary, border control. [Youm7]

 

Thursday, Al-Jubouri confirmed that he​​ had​​ carried out several dialogues in Baghdad and Erbil to resolve the disputes between the central government and the KRG. He noted that the “Iraqi parliament dealt with the crisis in the Kurdistan Region as a political problem as opposed to a sectarian one.” In a speech at the US Institute for Peace, Al-Jubouri said that 3 million people were displaced due to Daesh’s attacks, and the war on Daesh will be more difficult in the coming phase, yet the residents of liberated areas are capable of protecting their areas from Daesh. [Rudaw]​​ 

Al-Jubouri said that Iraq will face new problems in the coming phase manifested in the militarization of the society and the proliferation of weapons. He noted that the elections cannot be held on time if​​ certain​​ requisites are not met. Al-Jubouri also said at the US Institute for Peace that Daesh as a geographic entity has ended thanks to the Iraqi and Coalition forces. He added that the military victory will not be enough; there needs to be a political victory. [Sumaria]

 

State of the Law​​ CoR​​ Representative Kamal Al-Zaidi, also a member of the parliamentary committee formed to negotiate with the KRG prior to the referendum in September, said that Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi appointed a “secret” committee headed by “a high-ranking political figure​​ to negotiate with​​ the​​ Kurds,” and that “negotiations are now in an advanced level, and one of the outcomes is acknowledging the court’s interpretation.” [Aawsat] [BasNews]

 

Thursday, Deputy CoR Speaker Humam Hamoudi said in a meeting with UNAMI Representative Jan Kubis that the conflict with the KRG is headed toward a solution in accordance with the constitution and the Federal Court’s decisions. He called for learning from the “mistake” of holding the referendum, noting that “Iraq has passed the threat of being divided.”​​ [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, the Iraqi CoR voted on the wording of a resolution regarding the salaries and allowances of those serving in the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMFs) while failing to vote on a report to punish Kurdish deputies who voted for the independence of the Kurdistan Region because the Kurdish blocs withdrew along with other representatives, which caused the lack of a quorum. [ROJ]

 

In a statement released on Thursday, the Iraqi PMF militia Al-Nujaba​​ Movement,​​ fighting with the Syrian government in Syria denounced the US Congress’ decision to classify it as a “terrorist organization,” announcing that it will not change its strategy, and that it will continue to fight the US-backed and Israel-backed groups such as Daesh, Al-Nusra Front and all the other Wahhabi terrorist groups in both Syria and Iraq. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh says its snipers wounded two Iraqi soldiers near the Tabi area, in Tarmiya. Daesh also says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Hay Al-Shuhada in Tarmiya on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

The Military Intelligence Services announced that security units arrested two terrorists in north Baghdad on Thursday. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

South​​ (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Thursday, the Baghdad Operations Command​​ (BOC) announced that security units defused 3 IEDs​​ during a sweep​​ in south Baghdad. Security units also found 15 mortar shells, 1 locally-made rocket, and various grenades and explosives left behind by Daesh. The BOC reported that a number of arrests were made on various charges. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Thursday, a security source reported that​​ four​​ civilians, including a woman, were killed in an IED explosion near a produce shop in the Subaihat village area in the Qarma subdistrict.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Military Intelligence Services reported the arrest of 2 terrorists in​​ Qarma. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Thursday, the Military Intelligence Services announced locating a​​ chlorine production workshop​​ used​​ for explosives manufacturing,​​ in the Al-Jeghaifi neighborhood in Falluja. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Thursday, a security source in Anbar reported the discovery of a Daesh weapons​​ depot in the Wadhahiya area in Al-Baghdadi. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

CoR MP Ahmed Al-Suleimani says that the reason the battle for Rawa has been delayed compared with the liberation of other parts of Anbar is largely because of disputes in the CoR about the participation of the PMF in the liberation battle. The PMF’s participation in battles has become controversial because of the way the PMF entered areas of Kerbala District and Al-Qa’im District, causing some violations and problems; PMFs arrested 35 young people in Kerbala and bombed houses in Al-Qa’im after the district had been liberated. Al-Suleimani says that PM Haider Al-Abadi is familiar with the objections politicians have in regard to maintaining PMF participation in battles. [Arabi21]

 

Thursday, security units liberated the Al-Sa’adan area​​ in​​ northwest Rawa and raised the Iraqi flags on the buildings there, despite the area’s roads and buildings being rigged by Daesh. A security source added that the security units, backed by​​ IAA​​ aircrafts, killed a number of Daesh​​ fighters​​ in the process.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Thursday, a security source reported that the​​ military engineering units​​ set up two floating bridges on the Euphrates River in preparation to liberate Rawa. One of the bridges is between Rawa and Anah, and the second between Jazeera and west Rawa. The bridges are meant to help security units reach Rawa faster and to provide safe pathways for civilians. [Etejah] [AlAraby]

 

Al-Qa’im

Thursday,​​ Chairman​​ of the Al-Qa’im​​ District​​ Council, Nadhem Al-Bardan, reported that 25% of Al-Qa’im infrastructure was destroyed due to military and terrorist operations by Daesh. Al-Bardan explained that the destruction entailed civilian homes, governmental departments,​​ and​​ public​​ services​​ facilities​​ such as water, power, and sewage, and municipalities. Al-Bardan called on the central government and international organizations to support the re-stabilization of Al-Qa’im through rehabilitation and reactivating support. [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, the IWMC reported the death of the female war reporter and head of the 13th​​ brigade media, Rana Al-Ajili, while​​ she was​​ covering the Al-Qa’im​​ campaign. A photographer accompanying the reporter was wounded. [Baghdadia]​​ [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Thursday, the PMF’s 36th​​ brigade discovered a mass grave near Al-Safra containing 20 decayed bodies of people executed by Daesh while it controlled Shirqat. [Mawazin]​​ [Mawazin]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Salahuddin Provincial Council​​ member​​ Mulla Hassan Karmiyani said on Thursday that armed groups are spreading in the​​ Tooz District near​​ Tuz​​ Khurmatu. He​​ noted​​ that military aircraft are hovering over the area from time to time. Karmiyani says that Daesh fighters dispersed when the Iraqi forces took control of Hawija and now they are reorganizing their forces in areas previously controlled by the Peshmerga before the Peshmerga were forced to evacuate. Karmiyani says what started out as a group of 40 armed men has now increased to about 200 armed men, stressing that the presence of these groups is a danger to the region. ​​ [ROJ]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Thursday, Dijla Operations​​ Commander Mizhar Al-Azzawi announced the launch of a large-scale military operation by the police, Army, and tribal PMFs, to track Daesh cells in east Baquba. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Al-Azzawi announced the destruction of the “Main Guesthouse” of Daesh and the defusing of 3 IEDs placed near it in the south Kanaan area, 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Baquba. Al-Azzawi added that the underground guesthouse contained food and explosives.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Thursday, the Security Committee in Abu Saida announced the end of the “5-day siege” and confirmed that the war over water is still a weapon used by Daesh against areas which oppose its ideology. Head of the Security Committee, Awwad Al-Rabi’i said the Army and police units were able to re-open a tributary that feeds large areas of the Abu Karma farms (6 km east of Abu Saida).​​ [Sumaria]

 

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

Thursday, Diyala Representative to the CoR, Raad Al-Mas, denied that the Peshmerga returned to Khanaqin. He elaborated that the return of the Peshmerga to any part of the province will be exclusively based on orders from Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Thursday, Kirkuk Police Commander, Khattab Omar, denied media claims that the Kirkuk Police took over the security file from the CTS. He added that the reports are baseless and seek to disturb the security of Kirkuk. Omar added that the CTS is in charge of the security file in Kirkuk, and the Kirkuk Police Command works according to their orders.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldiers and wounded three in clashes near Al-Mirbat village in Riyadh on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a group of Daesh terrorists sneaked into a village near Hammam Al-Alil and killed a Tribal PMF fighter and his brother and seriously wounded their father in their house.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

Thursday, the IWMC reported the deaths of 7 Daesh members as the 29th​​ brigade thwarted an attack on Tal Safouk near the border with Syria, destroying 1 Daesh vehicle. Several Daesh members escaped the scene. [IraqPress]​​ 

The PMF version reported the deaths of 8 Daesh members as the PMF thwarted the attack.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

SULEIMANIYA/HALABJA

KRG Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, received a letter from Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in which Mogherini expressed the EU’s condolences to Kurdistan in light of the recent earthquake in Iran that​​ claimed victims in​​ the Halabja Governorate in​​ Kurdistan. [Rudaw]

 

The KRG Representation office in Washington issued statistics on the casualties​​ of the earth quake​​ in Iraq from the KRG Joint Crisis Committee. Nine people in the Halabja Governorate were killed—two in Halabja, four in Darbandikhan, and two in Kalar in the Garmian area. 554 were injured, mostly by building collapses and falling objects, of which 160 were “traumatic cases.” There has been extensive damage,​​ with the Darbandikhan area worst hit.​​ The KRG and UN agencies are helping with relief efforts.

 

ERBIL/DAHUK

For the first time in 20 years, PKK fighters in Sarsink, in the Amedi District in northern Dahuk,​​ targeted a group of Turkish troops on Wednesday. According to a Kurdish media source, the PKK set up a trap for a bus carrying Turkish soldiers in Sarsink, killing 1 Turkish soldier and wounding 3 others. Neshwan Husni, the subdistrict manager, reported that assailants shot into a car carrying Turkish soldiers, killing 1 and wounding 2. [SotIraq]

 

Thursday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with the Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk,​​ in which​​ McGurk reiterated the friendship between Erbil and Washington, expressing hope that the bilateral relationship will be reinforced​​ in​​ all aspects. A KRG statement said that the two sides were pleased that the confrontations between the Peshmerga and the Iraq forces stopped, and they emphasized the importance of holding a serious dialogue in accordance with the constitution to resolve disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. [Rudaw]

 

Thursday, Begard Talabani, leader of the PUK block in the KRG parliament,​​ announced that a meeting with the consulates and diplomatic bodies was held in Kurdistan to send a peaceful message from the Kurdish people to the world that “the Kurdish Parliament has the desire to hold a serious dialogue with Baghdad in accordance with the constitution.”​​ She​​ added​​ that “the withdrawal of Kurdish blocs from the Iraqi political process is an open option in case Baghdad is unwilling to engage in a dialogue with Kurdistan.” [Rudaw]

 

In an interview with​​ Washington Times​​ posted on Thursday, the Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, warned of renewed confrontations between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces and the PMFs in case the PMF tries to push the Peshmerga deeper into the Kurdistan Region. Bayan called on the US to assume a more effective role in the negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil. [WashingtonTimes] [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The KRG’s​​ anti-GOI​​ propaganda campaign goes on, as shown by the two stories above, trying to get​​ the US and​​ others to pressure the Baghdad government while insisting it welcomes dialogue.​​ 

 

However,​​ PUK leader Nasrallah Al-Surji​​ insisted​​ that the KRG must cancel the referendum’s results given local and international demands, as well as the negative repercussions the referendum has had on the Kurdish people. He added that the KRG is awaiting​​ an official copy of​​ the Federal Court’s decision on November 20th.​​ Al-Surji added that it is okay if the KRG cancels the referendum’s results as long as Baghdad pledges to pay the KRG’s full rights in the federal budget and the Peshmerga’s salaries. He also said the decision to cancel the referendum requires consensus from all Kurdish parties in Kurdistan. [IraqPress]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

According to diplomatic sources, Turkish President Recep Erdogan will​​ make​​ an official visit to Russia next Wednesday to participate in a trilateral Russian-Turkish-Iranian summit to consider the Syrian crisis. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The US and the SDF should be wary of this meeting.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Al-Muallem stressed the importance of continuing coordination between Syria and Iraq to meet the challenges facing the region and to activate agreements signed between the​​ two​​ countries to hold the Syrian-Iraqi joint committee meeting as soon as possible. [SyriaNow]

 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir announced on Thursday that Saudi Arabia is sending invitations to attend the Syrian Opposition Conference in Riyadh on the 22nd​​ and 23rd​​ of November, adding that the conference aims to include all existing opposition platforms and unify their vision and ranks. [Dorar]

 

Thursday, Russia vetoed​​ a​​ UN​​ draft resolution drafted by the US​​ to renew an international probe seeking to identify those responsible for​​ the​​ chemical attacks in Syria. [ZamanAlWasl]

ROJ reports that the UN Security Council will vote on​​ two​​ drafts today, one US, one Russian, to renew the mandate of the joint UN and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation committee. Russia is expected to veto for the 10th​​ time to prevent any​​ such​​ action. [ROJ]

 

Thursday, Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported cooperation between the Syrian government and the PKK militia in chemical weapons, quoting the director of Chemical Violations in Syria,​​ Zahar Al-Saket as saying that the PKK received 100 missiles from the Syrian government, including a capsule of mustard gas in Deir Ez-Zor on August 31, 2015. ​​ The Turkish newspaper reports that the PKK-Syrian government agreement signed in Damascus specifies that the missile will be used against Turkey and that the US was aware of this agreement. Saket says the Syrian government is looking for “partners” in​​ opposing​​ the charges against the Syrian government for the use of chemical weapons. The UN has 32 charges against the Syrian Army. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This looks like a propaganda piece from a pro-government newspaper. We would prefer to wait for confirmation before taking it seriously.

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ area

SOHR reports that a person was killed when a mine exploded in​​ the​​ Al-Ramilah​​ neighborhood​​ in Raqqa city. [SyriaHR]

 

Thursday the French​​ Army spokesman,​​ Colonel Patrick Steiger,​​ announced that the Coalition opposed the deal which allowed​​ Daesh fighters to withdraw from their former strongholds in Raqqa, i.e. to escape. Steiger added that the Coalition’s drones were watching the convoy, but it was unable to carry out airstrikes against Daesh fighters because they were among civilians. [Sumaria]​​ [Forat]

 

Northwest

Al-Bab

According to “local sources” cited by Hawar News on Thursday, a large number of civilians were killed and wounded in a car bomb attack on Turkish army units near Al-Khansa school in eastern Qabasin, a Kurdish town east of Al-Bab. ​​ The injured were transported to Turkey, according to the same sources. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

The Syrian forces regained control of Qasr town from Tahrir Al-Sham. EOD teams immediately began clearing the town of mines left by Tahrir Al-Sham. [SyriaNow]

 

Homs

According to a statement from the Asayesh, on Thursday,​​ Syrian​​ Asayesh EOD units located and defused a truck loaded with TNT parked in​​ Al-Hilaliya​​ village.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the Syrian anti-government opposition group, Jaish Al-Tawhid, announced that it foiled a Syrian forces’ attempt to infiltrate into its positions in Al-Hilaliya, located in rural northwestern Homs, after violent clashes with National Defense Forces groups affiliated​​ with​​ the Syrian government, causing them heavy losses. [Dorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Hawar reports the SDF killed 34 Daesh terrorists in Al-Sur town​​ in Deir Ez-Zor District​​ and Dhiban​​ village,​​ 5 km​​ (3 miles)​​ east of Mayadin​​ in Mayadin District. Five SDF fighters were killed today. ​​ [Hawar]

 

Mayadin

Thursday, SOHR reported violent clashes had broken out between the SDF and Daesh on the outskirts of Dhiban town, located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. [SyriaHR]

 

Wednesday, local media sources reported that the SDF captured the Al-Hawayej town and Al-Jido oil field in Badiyat Al-Shuaitat from Daesh, backed by Coalition airstrikes. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says it stopped an SDF attack southeast of the Al-Omar​​ oilfield, killing eight fighters, wounding ten, and capturing two, and destroying a Humvee. Daesh publishes photos of spoils it got after the attack. [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh says it attacked a Syrian Army convoy west of Mayadin. It says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the convoy with a vehicle bomb, then heavy battles erupted for 8 hours. It says it killed 50 soldiers, destroyed 3 vehicles, and captured 5 trucks loaded with weapons and ammunition in addition to 4 cannons and 2 heavy machine guns. Daesh publishes photos of the results of the attack. [ICDNNov16]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed a Syrian Army officer and four soldiers in Al-Hawayej village.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says government forces are looting houses in Mayadin city after accusing people who had occupied the houses of being Daesh members. The source sent a photo of two trucks carrying furniture.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a common practice by Syrian government forces. It has its own derivative name “Ta’fish.” ​​ 

 

Albu Kamal

SOHR reports that after Daesh expelled the Syrian forces and the PMF from Albu Kamal on November 11th, clashes between the Syrian forces and the PMF on one hand and Daesh on the other have resumed in the western, southern, and eastern outskirts of Albu Kamal city. [SyriaHR]

 

According to SANA the Syrian Air Force launched intensive airstrikes on Daesh gatherings and Daesh supply lines near Albu Kamal city, killing 6 Daesh terrorists and destroying the car they were traveling in. [SyriaNow]

 

Furat Post reported that Hezbollah’s elite Radwan​​ Forces​​ have been deployed to Albu Kamal, along with the Afghan “Fatimun Brigade” militia,​​ in preparation for storming Albu Kamal. [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The​​ botched Albu Kamal invasion is an embarrassing episode for Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Al-Nujaba’, but instructive.​​ They should have anticipated that Daesh would make a major last stand in Albu Kamal.​​ There will be great fanfare around what will presumably be a successful takeover of the city eventually.​​ However, the SDF and Coalition could have done it in a way that saved time and lives and they were in position to do so. The major pro-Iran PMF groups have disdained Coalition air cover, which is one reason why they could not be relied on to carry major battles​​ in Iraq, all of which were conducted with heavy Coalition support. Al-Nujaba’ was apparently sent into Albu Kamal with no air cover, with predictable results.

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on government forces southwest of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with government forces west of Albu Kamal. [ICDNNov16]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket near Al-Hamdan village, west of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

SOHR reports violent clashes between the Syrian forces and Tahrir Al-Sham near Kafr Hawar and several hills in southwestern Rif Damashq. [SyriaHR]

 

According to Sputnik, a civilian was killed, and 10 others were wounded when Syrian anti-government​​ militiamen​​ in​​ Damascus’​​ Jobar​​ neighborhood​​ launched two rockets on Al-Sabaa​​ Bahrat Square in central Damascus and Abbasid Square near Jobar. [Hawar]

 

Daraa

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed a young social media activist after​​ arresting​​ him in the Daraa area.​​ 

 

In an exclusive interview with Zaman Al-Wasl on Thursday, the director of Mugahidi Huran Brigades’ media office said that​​ his​​ opposition group​​ captured 3 Daesh members trying to infiltrate from the Syrian forces-controlled areas into Inkhil city, northwest of Daraa, carrying explosive belts and guns. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

Daesh in Yemen says it damaged a Houthi BMP armored vehicle with a rocket on Jamida Mountain, in Qifa, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Libya

Security sources confirmed that the Libyan Air Force carried out an airstrike on a Daesh location in Harawa​​ in the Sirte Desert​​ on Wednesday. [Wasat]

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Thursday, Nigerian media reported that 14 civilians were killed and 29 others were wounded in a suicide attack in Maiduguri city, located in northeastern Nigeria. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the latest attack, but this is an area of Boko Haram activity. ​​ [Hawar]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Thursday, a huge explosion occurred in the center of the Afghan capital of Kabul near a gathering of the supporters of Atta Mohamed Nur,​​ a provincial​​ governor. In a statement released on Thursday, an Interior Ministry spokesman, Abdul Basir Mujahid, said that the bomber tried to enter the building, but was arrested at the checkpoint, where he blew himself up, killing​​ at least​​ 7 people. [Hawar]

Daesh claimed​​ responsibility for​​ the suicide attack that targeted​​ the​​ gathering in Kabul. Daesh’s statement did not provide evidence supporting the claim. On the other hand, Taliban denied involvement in the attack in a statement by Taliban spokesman Thabihallah Mujahid. [AlWafd]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a meeting of the Jami’a Islamiya Party with an explosives vest, killing 60 people and wounding more than 50. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist, a teenager, in addition to a video of the attack. [ICDNNov16]

 

Kazakhstan

Kazakh Special Forces arrested 11 suspected members of Daesh in Shymkent city who were promoting the group on social media, according to the National Security Committee in Kazakhstan. [Alaan]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A Daesh terrorist calls the family of the three brothers and their 6-year-old sister that Daesh killed 2 days ago near Hammam Al-Alil. When the father of the victims asks why, the terrorist says they will come back and kill the entire family, even the infants,​​ in revenge for airstrikes.”​​ [Facebook]

 

November 15, 2017

 

Rawa

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Iraqi forces close in on Daesh in Rawa. [..]

Political opposition group wants​​ KRG PM and Deputy PM to resign. [..]

 

Syria

UN resolution slams human rights abuses in Syria. [..]

SDF spokesman reportedly defects to Turkey.​​ [..]

The battle for Albu Kamal continues between Syrian forces, Daesh. [..]

 

US

Congress labels Iran-affiliated PMF organization a terrorist group. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Wednesday,​​ Prime Minister Haider​​ Al-Abadi issued a statement​​ interpreting​​ the Federal Court’s decision about Article 1 of the constitution to mean that the results of the Kurdistan independence referendum should be canceled. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

PUK representative Rebwar Taha welcomed the Federal Court’s decision and the KRG’s acceptance of it​​ yesterday, saying that this should be the starting point for dialogue between the KRG and the central government. [Sumaria]

 

The KRG stated on Wednesday that UNAMI Representative Jan Kubis handed a letter from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, in which Guterres expressed relief that the KRG and the Iraqi government are ready for dialogue. In the letter, Guterres emphasized the need for stability and reconciliation in order to combat the Daesh threat. [BasNews]

Wednesday, the EU welcomed the KRG’s​​ acceptance of​​ the Federal Court’s interpretation of Article 1 of the constitution. The EU reported that the KRG expressed its commitment to engaging in dialogue with Baghdad in clear terms. [BasNews]

French Foreign Ministry​​ spokeswoman Annis Espanyol says France applauds the KRG for recognizing the decision of the Iraqi Federal Court. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, the KRG invited Al-Abadi to refrain from the language of threats and to work on finding a solution to the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. A KRG statement added that the federal government should stop resorting to the media and interpreting the constitution unilaterally without notifying the KRG or asking for their input.​​ [SotIraq]​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Aside from the odd statement that a national government should not issue opinions on constitutional matters without consulting regional governments, the whining about resorting to the media is hypocritical. The KRG has been waging a public relations campaign for some days against the Iraqi government, as anyone reading Daesh Daily reports knows.

 

Wednesday, the KDP stated that it decided to return and participate in CoR sessions, because of the rough conditions facing the Iraqi people and​​ its​​ belief that communication is the only solution to disputes. [Rudaw]​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Back to square one. Barzani will do his best to prevent Abadi from getting reelected.​​ ​​ 

 

Wednesday, Al-Abadi told Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Summary or Arbitrary Executions, that human rights violations in Iraq are “few,” and that the government has taken concrete steps to punish the violators. Callamard reiterated that the UN supports Baghdad in this regard and encourages the steps the Iraqi government has taken. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, in a meeting​​ in Washington​​ with Senator Bob Corker,​​ Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,​​ CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri emphasized the need to mobilize the efforts to rebuild the areas destroyed due to Daesh’s takeover and to speed up the return of IDPs to their home​​ towns. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Wednesday, the IWMC reported that the Military Intelligence Services arrested two terrorists in the Taji area north of Baghdad. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

South​​ (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command units searched the Kilo 5 area in south Baghdad, where 4 IEDs and other explosives left behind by Daesh were found. A number of wanted suspects were also arrested on various charges.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command units carried out a search in the Baijiya neighborhood in Mansour, which located 3 IEDs, 52 mortar shells, and other explosives. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Tuesday, a security source reported the arrest of a group carrying C4 in a vehicle with the intention of blowing it up near the Mansour University in west Baghdad. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Wednesday, the Jazeera Ops Command announced the liberation of 13 villages, according to a statement from the IWMC. In addition, 45 terrorists were killed​​ including​​ 3 suicide terrorists;​​ 10 vehicles carrying equipment and terrorists, 8 motorcycles, over 100 IEDs, and 6 booby-trapped cars were destroyed. [IraqPress] [Ghad] Jazeera Ops Commander, Lieutenant General Abdul​​ Amir Yarallah, announced Daesh’s losses in its last strongholds in west Anbar since November 13th, including the 13 villages recovered​​ north of the Euphrates River. Yarallah added that the​​ armed​​ forces continue advancing towards Rawa. [Baghdadia]

 

Wednesday, a security source reported that Coalition warplanes carried out 7 airstrikes on Daesh posts and weapon depots in Rawa, Daesh’s final stronghold. According to intelligence data, Daesh​​ fighters​​ are preparing to flee to the desert as the security forces approach the area. [Mawazin]​​ 

Wednesday, Coalition aircraft destroyed a Daesh IED factory and a vehicle bomb in Rawa, Western Anbar, a security source in Anbar said. [Sumaria]

 

A military source near Rawa said the EOD began setting up artificial bridges on the Euphrates River to pave the way for the liberation campaign to invade Rawa. [Mada]​​ 

 

Wednesday, security expert Hashem Al-Hashimi revealed that there are 12,000 civilians trapped by Daesh in Rawa’s center for use as human shields. [Forat]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems inconsistent with​​ recent​​ estimates that there are only 20 or maybe 40 Daesh fighters left in the city.

 

Wednesday, Anah​​ District​​ Mayor Sa’id Fayyad stated that the battle against Daesh in Rawa will be finished​​ in the next 2-3 days. [Sputnik]

 

Head of the Anbar Security Committee, Na’eem Al-Ka’oud confirmed on Wednesday that civilians held hostage by Daesh in Rawa have been evacuated by​​ boat across the Euphrates​​ River. [Sputnik]

The Ministry of Defense shared a video showing the Iraqi Army extending humanitarian help to IDPs from Rawa. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

The MoD reported that​​ the​​ total​​ number of Salahuddin families who have cleared security background checks and returned home is now up to​​ 147,220. [MoD Website]

 

Baiji

According to the MoD, units from Salahuddin Ops​​ Command​​ searched the Al-Jazeera area from the area across​​ from​​ Uwaynat, where 61 IEDs were found and defused. [Etejah]

 

Tikrit

Wednesday, a PMF statement announced that PMFs​​ foiled a Daesh attack in Albu Eissa village near Mtaibija. [Forat]

 

DIYALA

A local official in Diyala issued a decree to bulldoze orchards belonging to those who cooperated with Daesh to destabilize internal security. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Wednesday, Head of the Muqdadiya Council, Adnan Al-Tamimi, reported that a large-scale security conference was held in the Dijla Ops headquarters to discuss the security of Muqdadiya, with a focus on the recent events in the Nahr Al-Imam village. One of the decisions made is to destroy the farms belonging to collaborators and members of Daesh. Another decision was to secure the agricultural road that passes the Nahr Al-Imam village and to form a tribal PMF within the village to confront sleeper cells.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Manager​​ of the Abu Saida​​ subdistrict, Mohammed Al-Baqer, confirmed that armed clashes occurred recently between the Sunni and Shia tribes, but says they were reconciled through dialogue. Al-Baqer added that Daesh cells are still present in the Al-Waqf basin and attack security​​ units once in a while, but overall the situation is stable. He also added that the “federal government has no excuse not to provide residents of Abu Saida with services. Most service projects are on hold due to the shortages in medical and educational staff.” [BaghdadToday

 

Wednesday, Dijla Ops Commander Mizhar Al-Azzawi announced the destruction of 3 IEDs and the arrest of 17 suspects on criminal and terrorist charges during a search operation in the Makhisa basin to track Daesh members and sleeper cells. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Head of the Security Committee in​​ the Abu Saida council, Awwad Al-Rabi’i, reported on Wednesday that Daesh cells in the Makhisa farms​​ area​​ used “illicit and unprecedented means” to fight the residents of Abu​​ Qarma village​​ in the Al-Waqf area. Al-Rabi’i added that the Daesh cells cut off the flow of the Abu​​ Qarma River which passes the Makhisa farms and feeds Abu​​ Qarma, in order to drive the residents out of the village. He added that security units re-opened the river, but the terrorist cells planted 4 IEDs in the farm roads to impede their advance. [Ghad]

 

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

[See northern Diyala-related story below under Hawija]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Chairman of the Kirkuk Provincial Council​​ Rebwar Talabani confirmed on Wednesday that he will not return to the governorate before the “illegal” and “unconstitutional” procedures there are​​ stopped, describing the security situation in Kirkuk as “loose.” He added that there are armed gangs and they may carry out abductions and murders at any moment. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, dismissed Kirkuk Governor, Najmaldin​​ Kareem, said he is proud that the referendum was held in Kirkuk, and that he expects Kirkuk to be divided into two governorates; the first in Hawija and the second for the Kurds and Turkmen. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, the​​ head of the​​ KDP’s Foreign Relations Office, Hoshyar Siwaily, said that “the KDP really wants to return to Kirkuk, but only on the condition that it will not be a humiliating return,” stressing that such a return must be for the Kurdish people’s interest. Moreover, he expressed the KDP’s rejection of the PUK’s candidate, Rizgar Ali, as Kirkuk’s​​ Governor, according to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists training in the “Kirkuk” area. [ICDNNov15]

However, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the hills in the photos are actually in the Himrin area in Diyala. The source says Daesh wants to “prove” to its loyalists that it still has a foothold in the Hawija area. The source says there are hundreds of Daesh fighters, including Iranians, in the area between Himrin and Mtaibija. The source says Iraqi forces haven’t been able to clear the area because of the difficult terrain.​​ 

 

According to the MoD, units from the IFP and the Salahuddin Command carried out pre-emptive search operations in the Al-Zab area to secure it from Daesh remnants. As a result, 9 IED materials, cables, and explosive lighters were found. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

Wednesday, a security source reported that unknown assailants killed​​ three​​ people in the Hammam Al-Alil area, including a child. The source added that the assailants shot them in front of their house. [BasNews]​​ According to the source, one of the victims was a tribal PMF member.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Wednesday, a security source reported that Iraqi forces units expelled 10 Daesh families from Zummar. The Daesh families had returned to Zummar following the Peshmerga’s withdrawal and the federal forces deployment in the area. Two Daesh families also fled from​​ a​​ village in Aski due to threats from the residents. [Shafaaq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

Wednesday, the Kerbala Police​​ Chief, Ahmed Ali Zweini, announced the arrest of a wanted suspect on charges of terrorism. The suspect worked in Al-Qaeda before joining Daesh. [Ghad] [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Basra

According to the MoD, the Basra Ops Command carried out several search operations in the desert areas of Basra that are adjacent to other provinces. The operations, conducted by Iraqi Army Air helicopters, aimed to track wanted criminals, weapon traders, and drug dealers, and to prevent Daesh from using these areas to carry out attacks in the province. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

A statement signed by 109 political, parliamentary, academic, and Kurdish media personalities stated that the Kurdistan referendum held on September 25th​​ resulted in a disaster​​ for​​ the people, and it called on KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Deputy Qubad Talabani to take responsibility and resign. [Sumaria]

 

In a report issued by the Finance Committee in the​​ Kurdish parliament on the Iraqi Kurdistan region’s share of the​​ federal​​ budget, seen by Rudaw, it stated that “If Baghdad does not agree to pay 17% of the budget for the Kurdistan region, the Kurdistan region must​​ get by on​​ 12.67% of the total revenues of Iraq without deducting sovereign expenditures.​​ The report also stressed that “the difference in the number of employees of the Kurdistan region must be addressed by a specialized committee comprising experts from both sides,​​ as the​​ KRG​​ confirms the number is​​ 1,249,481 people, while Baghdad indicates that the number of​​ KRG​​ employees is only 681,021 people.” [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These numbers are not even close. Presumably some of the difference is in who is counted as a government employee. It would be fascinating to know what the breakdown of​​ the KRG number is. In essence, the CoR seems to believe that the usual 17% share (minus some expenses) is based on inflated numbers. ​​ 

 

The Turkish Army neutralized 3 PKK members in Northern Iraqi Kurdistan. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Following a question about Daesh members from Raqqa posing a threat to Turkey, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu​​ said that Turkey is taking all necessary measures in the border areas and in cities in order to face possible Daesh or other terrorist organization threats. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Wednesday, the UN condemned the systemic violations and abuses against Syrian civilians since 2011, issuing a resolution to curb serious human rights violations in Syria. The UN resolution called on Iran’s militias to withdraw from Syria and blamed the Syrian government for violations against civilians. [Dorar]

 

Wednesday, Joint Leader of the PYD,​​ Shahuz Hassan called on the US-led Coalition to remain in Syria until a political solution is found in Syria. [Dorar]

 

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that the fight against terrorism is not an “entry card” for “certain countries or coalitions for a military presence in Syria,” blaming the UN for allowing the presence of certain foreign militaries in Syria. [SyriaNow]

Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry approved using video footage as evidence of the US support for Daesh in Syria. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The statement yesterday by Secretary of Defense Mattis that the US would stay in Syria until decisions on its political future are made in Geneva was guaranteed to set off stories like these. The strategy behind Russia’s ongoing anti-American propaganda is to force the US out of Syria so as to leave Assad’s rule unchallenged.

 

SDF spokesman, Big. Gen.​​ Talal Silo, reportedly left his unit and has gone to Turkey.​​ Silo arrived in Turkish territory early on Wednesday morning, according to AFP. Mohammad Abdallah, politburo chief of the Hamza Division,​​ a Turkey-backed opposition group,​​ told AFP that a deal to take Silo to Turkey was agreed upon between Silo and Turkish forces. Abu Al-Farouq, a deputy chief of Liwa​​ Al-Shamal, confirmed the deal to AFP.​​ Silo is a Syrian Turkman who has fought in the Turkmen Seljuk Brigade, a faction partnered with the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says it killed three SDF members with an IED near the city of Markada, south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ area

Tuesday, the Coalition admitted to the possibility that dozens of foreign Daesh militants, who might have escaped when 3,500 civilians were evacuated from Raqqa, are hiding among civilians. The Coalition also justified not targeting a large Daesh convoy on the grounds that there were civilians in the convoy.​​ Coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said “there were about 300 militants who had been identified as potential fighters but not all those fighters who fled Raqqa were identified.” [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Dara Mustafa, a member of the PYD’s diplomatic relations office in Europe, told Bas News that Turkey had not received any concessions from Russia regarding Turkey’s plan to enter Afrin, and Turkey’s request to ban the PYD from participating in the Syrian National Dialogue conference, to be held in Sochi. He also added “neither Russia nor the international community allows Turkey to enter Afrin in western Syrian Kurdistan region because Afrin is not occupied by Daesh.” [BasNews]

 

Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said Tuesday the​​ Coalition would not offer support to any forces that are not fighting Daesh or working toward the U.S. mission.​​ “If you’re not fighting (Daesh) and you’re not working towards the same mission that we are, then you don’t get that support,” he said.

Dillon’s comments came during a briefing where he was asked whether the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve bears the responsibility to extend support to PYD militants who recently moved to Afrin in northwest Syria in case of a Turkish operation in the area.

Dillon said​​ that the coalition would protect forces who fight Daesh, giving the example of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).​​ He also said that the SDF is a Coalition partner and it is composed of Kurds, Arabs, Yazidis, and Christians. He said that the Coalition will protect its partners.​​ Dillon added he could not confirm any plan by Turkey to launch an operation in Afrin.

He gave the example of a Syrian opposition group called​​ Al-Shuhuk which stopped supporting U.S. operations in southeastern Syria around Al-Tanf.

“I think we’ve shown once in the past that with the element who were working out of Al-Tanf who did not want to fight​​ (Daesh)​​ and had other endeavors. We cut our ties with them because that’s what they wanted to pursue and then they were not going to be supported by the coalition any further.” he said.​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Hawar reports the Turkish Army shelled​​ another village in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Enab Baladi reports that​​ Syrian forces advanced at Tahrir Al-Sham’s expense in 5 villages in eastern Hama. [EnabBaladi]

 

Homs

Historical artifacts expert Mohammed Khalid Asaad,​​ in the Homs Department of Artifacts, reported that two stolen artifacts going back to the 2nd​​ or 3rd​​ century were found in a Daesh hideout in southern Tadmur. [Forat]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that 6 strategic T-22M3 bombers launched airstrikes on Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor, crossing Iranian and Iraqi airspace to hit their targets. [Sumaria]

 

Mayadin

The SDF advanced in Al-Shuhail town and captured a village near it as Daesh retreated to Abu Hamam town. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF units in the Al-Omar Oilfield with Katyushas. [ICDNNov15]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near Mahkan village, south of Mayadin. [ICDNNov15]

 

Albu Kamal

SOHR reports that fighting continues between the Syrian forces and​​ Iraqi militias​​ on one hand and Daesh on the other in Albu Kamal. [SyriaHR]

 

Lebanese media reports that Daesh killed eight members of the Lebanese Hezbollah in Albu Kamal. [Dorar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh beheaded four Nujaba’ Movement members near a mosque in Albu Kamal.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ They may have been among the PMFs who entered Albu Kamal before the Syrian Army could arrive and were trapped by Daesh.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed seven Syrian soldiers and wounded others with a rocket near Albu Hamdan village, west of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

It also says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and a bulldozer, and damaged another tank with rockets in the same area. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting 2 groups of Syrian soldiers with rockets west of Albu Kamal. [ICDNNov15]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Anadolu reports that eight civilians were killed and 100 others were wounded during Syrian airstrikes over the past 24 hours in Ghouta. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh publishes a propaganda video about its operations against Nusra Front south of Damascus. [ICDNNov15]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Libya/Tunisia

Tuesday, a security source in Libya reported that Daesh has re-emerged in Sirte, Libya, which it had lost 11 months ago in clashes with the Libyan forces. Daesh reportedly set up a checkpoint 20 km (12.5 miles) south of Buhadi near Sirte, and they are using it to​​ stop​​ and search civilian cars. The source added that Daesh is​​ set up​​ in rugged valleys 80 km (50​​ miles) south of Buhadi. [SPA]

 

Tuesday, the National Guard Research and Inspection Division dismantled a​​ takfiri​​ cell of 30 members in different parts of Tunisia. [Tunisien]

Algeria

Wednesday, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said that North Africa is under threat from foreign fighters escaping Daesh following its defeats in Iraq and Syria. [Youm7]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

US

The US Congress categorized the Iran-affiliated Nujaba’ Movement of the PMF as a terrorist group and called on President Donald Trump to blacklist the group and any foreign officials connected to it within 90 days. [Rudaw]

 

According to the​​ Military Times, a propaganda video published by Daesh on November 10th​​ shows a US-made thermal camera, originally intended for maritime use, which retails for $5,000. [MilitaryTimes] [Etejah]​​ 

 

UK

According to the​​ British​​ Telegraph​​ newspaper, the young son of Sally Jones (the White Widow), was not killed in the airstrike which killed his mother. According to witnesses, the boy was seen 35 miles away from the Euphrates River near the eastern Syrian border with Iraq. [Telegraph] [Youm7]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh says it shot and killed an Afghan Intelligence officer in Mandozi, west of Khost on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

November 14,​​ 2017

 

Rawa

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

KRG affirms commitment to dialogue guided by constitution. [..]

Al-Abadi reaffirms attention to assert federal control of disputed areas up to 2003 line. [..]

Pro-Iran AAH militia in shootout with Turkmen in Tuz Khurmatu. [..]

 

Syria

Mattis says US won’t leave Syria until UN Geneva process is completed. [..]

 

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to host Syrian opposition group conference Nov 22-24. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Tuesday, the KRG confirmed its respect for the Federal Court’s interpretation of Article 1 of the Iraqi Constitution, referring to the Region’s commitment to seek a solution to the differences between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region in legal ways. [Sumaria]

 

Member of the Kurdistan Islamic Group​​ bloc,​​ Zana Said,​​ says​​ that the KRG needs to respect the decision of the Federal Court and commit to resolving the differences between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region,​​ and​​ that​​ the Federal Court is the ruling authority over any dispute about the constitutionality of any decision or action. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the Office of the Iraqi Vice President​​ Ayad Allawi praised the KRG on its position on the Federal Court’s decisions which states that the constitution does not authorize the separation of any of the components of Iraq, hoping that the KRG position will pave the way for a more open and transparent dialogue. [Sumaria]

 

Russia’s Rosneft oil company announced on Tuesday that it paid $1.3 billion to the KRG in 2017 as advance payment for oil supplies, announcing an 80% jump in net profits in the 3rd​​ quarter of this year.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the head of the CoR Committee on Oil and Energy denounced the contract between Rosneft and the KRG,​​ which was​​ signed​​ in October, saying that the contract was made after the CoR decision to limit the KRG sovereign powers, including oil contracts and the export of oil, to the federal government. [Rudaw]

 

In the weekly press conference, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi confirmed that security forces are preparing to restore areas not reached since 2003. He said that any corrective measures will not work without fighting corruption. He also said the central government is committed to paying the salaries of the KRG employees. [Ghad]​​ 

Al-Abadi promised to restore control over the border crossings “without escalation,” reiterating the Iraqi government’s determination to take action regarding border crossings after Kurdistan “backed away” from the last​​ draft of a proposed​​ agreement. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, PM Haider Al-Abadi discussed the procedures for extending federal authority in the disputed areas, airports, and border crossings with head of the UN Mission in Iraq Jan Kubis. [Sumaria]

 

In a meeting with UNAMI Representative Jan Kubis,​​ Al-Abadi reiterated that the procedures to impose federal rule in disputed regions are for the Kurdish citizens’ benefit. Al-Abadi and Kubis also discussed, border crossings, IDPs, and the UN’s work to re-stabilize the liberated areas. [Mawsleya]

 

Al-Sabah​​ newspaper said the federal government received a document from the United Nations allowing it to impose its rule in Sheikhan​​ District, Bashiqa, and Faysh Khabur, which are largely controlled by the KRG. The three areas lie outside the​​ Blue​​ Line of 1991 which separates the Kurdistan Region from the rest of Iraqi cities. According to a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the original document on the​​ Blue​​ Line was lost during Minister Hoshyar Zebari’s term, which led the government to request a second copy from the UN. [Mawsleya]

 

The Federal Court announced on Tuesday that the decision to remove the former governor of Kirkuk Najmaldin Karim from his position was administrative rather than legislative. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the Coalition announced the deaths of 4 prominent Daesh leaders in Iraq and Syria in the past three weeks, including Yousif Dmeir, the media official​​ of​​ Daesh; Omar Dmeir, coordinator of external Daesh operations in the Middle East and Europe; Abu Yazan, facilitator of armed activities in Syria; and Abdallah Hajo, a planner of external Daesh operations. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

According to Sputnik, CoR Defense and Security Committee member Iskander Watut told reporters that former KRG President Masoud Barzani is “keeping thousands of Daesh assailants to use them against federal forces.” Watut called on the central government to demand​​ that​​ the KRG hand over the approximately 5,000 terrorists. [Sputnik]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Tuesday, a security source reported that​​ three​​ people were wounded in an IED explosion in Mada’in in southeast Baghdad. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Tuesday, the Military Intelligence Services announced that the an IED depot was discovered in Subaihat, which contained 160 gallons of nitrates and other explosives. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Ramadi

Tuesday, security units arrested 3 terrorists in Ramadi, according to an IWMC statement. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Hussein Ali, an official from Rawa, announced the mass escape of Daesh members from Rawa towards the Iraq-Syria border. He called on civilians trapped in Rawa to cooperate with security forces as they enter the city. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, a military source in Anbar reported that the 7th​​ division and the tribes are advancing towards Rawa in order to liberate it from Daesh, with backing from the Coalition and Iraqi Army Air​​ (IAA). [Sumaria] [Etejah]

 

Tuesday, the Military Intelligence​​ Service​​ announced that the “Psychological Operations Unit” has activated a radio station to provide the Rawa residents with safety instructions prior to invading the district to liberate if from Daesh. The radio also sent out warnings to Daesh to either surrender or​​ die. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Tuesday, Head of the Health Bureau in Anbar, Abdulsattar Luwas, revealed that Daesh stole medical equipment from various health establishments in Al-Qa’im and that many health centers in Al-Qa’im are destroyed. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, the PMF EOD cleared the Rummana area of 43 IEDs and mines, according to the PMF media. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Tuesday, Head of the Anbar​​ Provincial Council’s​​ Security Committee, Na’eem Al-Ka’oud confirmed that the desert areas of Anbar still pose a threat to the liberated areas despite the liberation of the Anah and Al-Qa’im districts. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Rutba

Tuesday, the IWMC reported that the Coalition carried out airstrikes on Daesh bases in Wadi Al-Ghadhaf between Rutba city and Nukhaib. The bases destroyed were used by terrorists as training centers and as bases for terrorist operations against civilians and security forces. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The Ministry of Defense announced that a joint forces unit carried out searches in Salahuddin. In the Himrin Mountains, 21 IEDs, 3 tunnels, and 4 Daesh posts were destroyed. [MoD Website]

 

Tuesday, the PMF media announced that the PMF foiled a Daesh infiltration attempt in Jazeera Al-Siniya in northern Salahuddin.​​ [Ghad]

 

Samarra

A security source in Salahuddin reported the discovery of dozens of mortar shells left behind by Daesh in a village​​ on the outskirts of​​ the​​ Samarra-Balad road. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

The PUK media reported that Asa’eb​​ Ahl Al-Haq fighters torched the Turkmen Front’s​​ office in Tuz Khurmatu, after shootouts between members of the two​​ factions. [Shafaaq]

 

DIYALA

The Diyala Police Chief announced on Tuesday the arrest of​​ 10 men on charges of terrorism​​ and kidnapping in different parts of​​ the province. [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]

 

Tuesday, the Basra Criminal Court issued an execution order against an Al-Qaeda terrorist who abducted and killed a citizen in Diyala in 2006. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Tuesday, a security source reported the destruction of several Daesh targets, including guesthouses, in the Al-Waqf and Sinsil basins northeast​​ of​​ Baquba.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Tuesday, Dijla Operations commander​​ Mizhar Al-Azzawi​​ announced the launch of a large-scale military operation to track Daesh cells in the Sinsil and Al-Waqf basins northeast​​ of​​ Baquba, with participation from the IAA. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Shaikhi village in Al-Waqf. [A3maq]​​ 

 

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

The Khanaqin District​​ Council​​ called for the resumption of activity of 3 security groups in the district to prevent chaos.​​ District Mayor​​ Samir Mohammed Nur said the Khanaqin​​ council sent an official letter to the Diyala​​ PC​​ to restore activity of the Asayesh, Forest Police, and Traffic​​ Police, which all withdrew in mid-October after the entry of federal troops to Khanaqin. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Tuesday, the Iraqi Turkmen Front demanded equal​​ (ethnic)​​ representation of the Kirkuk province’s constituents​​ in workers​​ at polling stations, which will promote the integrity of the upcoming elections. [Anadolu]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

Tuesday, a security source in Kirkuk reported that 7 Daesh members, including a leader, were killed in clashes with security units near​​ a military​​ airport and​​ Qaraghol village.​​ Three​​ PMF​​ fighters​​ were killed and others were wounded. [Ghad]

 

Hawija

A DaeshDaily source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Riyadh, killing a commander.

 

Daesh says it killed six Iraqi soldiers in clashes east of Riyadh. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

PUK-affiliated media reported that the 16th​​ brigade of the PMF, which is based in Bashir and​​ in​​ Tuz Khurmatu in Tooz, were caught in a trap set up by Daesh in Al-Rashad in Daquq.​​ Four​​ PMF members were killed, and​​ four​​ others were wounded. According to the source, following the Peshmerga’s withdrawal from the area, Daesh units moved freely and publicly​​ in Laylan, Daquq, and Tuz Khurmatu, and have lately been shooting citizens and PMFs. [Shafaaq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

According to military data, Iraqi forces killed 30,000 assailants during the military operations in Mosul. According to local officials, however, there are 50,000​​ Daesh fighters and​​ collaborators​​ still in the city. Even months after the liberation of Mosul, it is not strange to see Daesh​​ emirs ​​​​ in public, as the reporting of extremists requires a cumbersome process, which entails presenting witnesses and facing death threats by sleeper cells. [ArabsToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We doubt there are still 50,000 Daesh fighters left in Mosul, but 50,000 Daesh-connected people might be another matter.

 

Hammam Al-Alil

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh terrorists attacked a house near the Hammam Al-Alil cement factory and killed three young men and their 6-year-old sister before fleeing.​​ 

 

A DaeshDaily source says unknown armed men captured and killed a Daesh terrorist from Hammam Al-Alil. The source says the terrorist had been captured by Iraqi forces then released for money. The source the body of the terrorist was found near Tel Kaif.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Ministry of Defense reported in a statement on Tuesday that a pre-emptive operation led to the arrest of a wanted terrorist. A drone search in Al-Buhairat area in the Mada’in intersection and its agricultural areas, as part of the ongoing efforts to maintain long-term security and stability and to prevent the re-use of Daesh​​ guesthouses. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Tuesday, the Babel Police announced that a security unit located 6 IEDs and explosive substances in the Farsiya area. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL/DAHUK

Tuesday, the Turkish army shelled Beremiz village in Sidekan Subdistrict in northern Erbil, according to​​ an​​ ROJ News correspondent in Soran District. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

US Defense Secretary James Mattis reiterated that the US Army will fight Daesh in Syria “as long as they want to fight,” to prevent a new Daesh from forming in the long-run.​​ [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

Secretary Mattis announced that US troops will not withdraw from Syrian territory before the end of the Geneva process and the complete settlement of the situation in Syria, saying “we will withdraw some of our troops from Syria but we will link this with a package of conditions.” [Sumaria]

 

Mattis said that the United Nations has approved the presence of the United States in Syria as Washington is engaged in the fight against Daesh, stressing that the US military will remain in Syria until the situation is resolved by the Geneva process under the aegis of the UN. “You know, the UN said that … basically we can go after ISIS. And we’re there to take them out,” Mattis told reporters on Monday, answering a question about the legal grounds for the US presence in Syria. [ZamanAlWasl] [Dorar]

 ​​ ​​​​ The statements of the US​​ Defense​​ Secretary provoked an angry reaction in Damascus. The Syrian government once again stated that the US troops are operating on Syrian territory without its consent and in violation of international law. “The presence of the US forces or any foreign military​​ presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government constitutes an act of aggression and an attack on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as a gross violation of the Charter and principles of the United Nations,” Syria’s Foreign Ministry said, as cited by the SANA news agency. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Mattis’ announcement looks like a major diplomatic development. Assad and the Russians are already pressuring the US to leave, the obvious reason being to eliminate the strongest opposition to the continuation of his regime. Mattis has defined the opposite position, that the US won’t leave until the UN and the Geneva process have produced a political solution in Syria, which would be unlikely to include the continuation of Assad in office. The Syrian response (above) is the frustrated rant of a tyrant who is suddenly not getting his way.​​ The next voice you hear will be . . .

 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov​​ says​​ Russia has not​​ pledged to ensure the withdrawal of pro-Iranian militias from Syria, calling their presence “legitimate,” and claiming that pro-American armed groups pose the biggest threat in the country, according to Interfax news agency.

[Arabi21] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Democratic Progressive Party in Syria concluded an agreement with the Democratic Front, close to the Syrian government, calling for a peaceful and just solution to the Kurdish issue in Syria, according to Democratic Front spokeswoman Mays Karidi. [Rudaw]

 

Tuesday, Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that “Russia supports the extension of the mandate of the investigation team, which performs “important” work, and hopes to reach an​​ agreement with the United States on the extension of the mission of the joint investigation mechanism between the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” stressing at the same time the need to review the mandate Investigators. “It is important to extend the mission of the investigation team, but with a modified mandate because the methodological errors that occurred in the last report have to be corrected, this is the objective of our draft resolution,” Nebenzia added. [Hawar]

 

The President of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said Chechen authorities are working to bring back Russian women and children at risk in hot spots in Syria and Iraq, pledging to help them and not leave them in a “catastrophic situation.” Kadyrov said “we were able to transport 48 people out of hot spots in Syria and Iraq and this was accompanied by real danger to the lives of those who managed these operations.” [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday,​​ the official Russian news agency​​ RIA​​ Novosti reported that Russian boxer Vyacheslav Lapshin died in Syria while fighting alongside Daesh. The boxer was reportedly killed in March, but the news of his death emerged in November. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked an SDF security barrier near the eastern entrance of Shaddadi city with a vehicle bomb, killing 14 fighters and destroying 4 vehicles. [ICDNNov14]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting SDF units in Al-Shahil village with mortars. [ICDNNov14]​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ area

Tuesday, the Pentagon published a clarification about media reports concerning an agreement between the US and the SDF​​ on one side​​ and Daesh​​ on the other​​ about Daesh leaving Raqqa. According to the statement, the US was not part of the agreement, and local partners negotiated with Daesh in an effort to protect civilian life. ​​ [BasNews] BBC had published an article titled ‘Raqqa’s Dirty Secret’ about a secret deal under the “gaze of the US and British led Coalition.” [BBC] [Annahar]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR reports Tahrir Al-Sham​​ wounded several people​​ who were demonstrating at a check point to prevent a Tahrir Al-Sham convoy from entering Al-Atarib town​​ on their way to fight the Nur Al-Din Al-Zenki Movement​​ in western Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported violent clashes resumed between Tahrir Al-Sham and the Nur Al-Din Al-Zenki Movement in different locations in the vicinity of the Regiment 111​​ location​​ in Al-Sheikh Sulaiman area and in the vicinity of the towns and villages of Ewijel, Tadil, Kafr​​ Naha and Taqad in rural western Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Afrin/Azaz

Tuesday, Hawar news reported the Turkish Army, stationed in Samaan Castle, targeted​​ Aska​​ village in the Shirawa Subdistrict in Afrin with 3 mortar shells. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Tuesday, Iba’a reported that Tahrir Al-Sham destroyed a Syrian forces’ tank with a guided missile in Rabia village, located in ​​Hamra District in northeastern Hama, killing its 3 crew members. Meanwhile, Tahrir Al-Sham shelled the Syrian-controlled areas in the vicinity of Douma village in eastern Hama. [Dorar]

 

A SANA correspondent in Hama reported, on Tuesday, that Syrian army units had recaptured the tribal Al-Sarha village, located in rural northeastern Hama, after causing Tahrir Al-Sham heavy losses in both lives and equipment. ​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Tuesday morning, SOHR reported the Syrian anti-government opposition groups launched 3 mortar shells on the Syrian forces-controlled areas in Salhab town, in rural western Hama, leading to the injury of a civilian. Meanwhile, Tahrir Al-Sham shelled the Syrian-controlled areas in rural northeastern Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

According to confirmed sources, SOHR reported on Tuesday that 6 Chechen Daesh members managed to enter Deir Ez-Zor Military Airbase, driving a vehicle, wearing Russian military uniforms.​​ Then, they opened fire with machine​​ guns on the Syrian forces who were in the airbase, and detonated the vehicle in which they were traveling, which resulted in the death of 13 members of the Syrian forces, along with the 6 attackers, and the injury of others. [SyriaHR]

Mayadin

Tuesday, the SDF announced that it carried out a military operation on Monday midnight in which it captured the Al-Shal Al-Gharbi village, located 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi]

 

Hawar reports the SDF foiled a Daesh attack at the​​ SDF-captured​​ Al-Tanak oilfield and in​​ Al-Shal village, killing 14 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

 

Albu Kamal

The Russian Ministry of Defense published photos of a Daesh convoy leaving Albu Kamal towards a border crossing between Syria in Iraq. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Monday, the Furat Post activist Salama Al-Hussein reported 17 members of the Syrian forces were killed in a Daesh car bomb attack on the Syrian forces near Al-Hamadan airport, located on the outskirts of Albu Kamal. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported an Iraqi citizen was killed by the Syrian forces’ shelling of locations in the Marashda village in rural Albu Kamal. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, the Syrian forces captured the entire Syrian-Iraqi border in the southernmost​​ corner​​ of Deir Ez-Zor, after violent clashes with Daesh, accompanied by rockets and artillery shelling and dozens of Russian airstrikes on Daesh-controlled positions in the region, according to field sources. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says heavy battles are ongoing on villages around Albu Kamal city for the seventh day in a raw. It says the attackers could not advance regardless of the heavy artillery shelling and Russian airstrikes. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack near Albu Hamadan village, northwest of Albu Kamal. It says a Tunisian suicide terrorist attacked government forces with a vehicle bomb. It also says it killed or wounded more soldiers and fighters, including two Afghanis, in clashes near the village. It also says it destroyed 2 tanks and damaged 2 more with rockets. [ICDNNov14]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

SOHR reported that after Monday midnight, clashes resumed between Al-Rahman Corps and​​ government​​ forces in different locations in Jobar​​ in the city,​​ and the outskirts of Ain Tarma. A​​ member of Al-Rahman Corps was killed. Meanwhile, the Syrian forces launched more mortar shells on the outskirts of the Al-Mohammediya village and Harasta city in Eastern Ghouta, wounding a number of civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported clashes broke out between Tahrir Al-Sham and​​ government​​ forces in Tal Baradiya and the Al-Dhuhr Al-Aswad in the rural southwestern Damascus, following the Syrian forces’ attack on the region, without any reports of human losses. [SyriaHR]

 

Daraa

The commander of the Ahfad Ali Brigade, affiliated to the Shabab Al-Sunna “Youth of Sunna” Forces, was killed, along with his two comrades, when a roadside IED exploded under their car on the Samadi-Samaj road, in northern Daraa. [EnabBaladi]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported a mutual gunfire exchange occurred between the Islamic armed groups and Jaish Khalid Ibn Al-Walid, a Daesh affiliate, in the Yarmouk Basin, in rural western Daraa. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Saudi Arabia will host an “expanded” conference for the Syrian opposition from the 22th to the 24th ​​​​ November in Riyadh, aiming to unify its position of a new round of United Nations-backed peace talks, the state news agency SPA reported on Monday. [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Relate this to the Mattis statement under the Syria news.

 

Witnesses said 2 suicide bombers detonated a car packed with explosives in the Al-Mansoura district in northern Aden on Tuesday, killing at least six people. Dozens of other people, including civilians, were wounded in the attack, which occurred outside a camp used by a local security force organized by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels. [Independent]​​ 

A later repot says ten people were killed and others wounded in the attack.​​ [MasryaAlyoum]

Daesh says one of its Yemeni suicide terrorists attacked a UAE forces’ headquarters in Al-Mansoura with a vehicle bomb. Daesh publishes a phot of the terrorist. [ICDNNov14]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Sumaria published details of the animosity between Daesh and the Muslim Brotherhood members in Egyptian prisons. The members of the two groups reportedly​​ neither​​ eat nor pray together. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

According to a new publication by the Al-Azhar Observatory for Combating Extremism, the Boko Haram group in Nigeria abuses women sexually just as Daesh does. The report calls on the international community to free the abducted women from terrorist groups in Africa. [Elaph]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier at the Kharouba security barrier, east of Arish. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Egyptian Army cement factory in Sinai with 2 Grad rockets. It also publishes a photo of an Egyptian Army lt. colonel it says it killed. [ICDNNov14]

 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

France

Tuesday, French investigators searched the​​ office of​​ Lafarge, the cement maker suspected to have indirectly financed extremist groups in Syria, including Daesh. [AlArabiya]

 

November 14, 2017