An Update On ISIS Activities

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November 30, 2017

 

Daesh Tunnels in the Himrin Area

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Coalition concedes 801 civilians killed by its airstrikes since 2014, but finds most reports non-credible. [..]

Al-Jaafari asks international community for a “Marshall Plan” for Iraq. [..]

Diyala PC committee seeks a plan for Daesh families who can’t go home. [..]

Concern rises in Diyala about Daesh cells in Himrin Mountains. [..]

Iraq denies reports of US​​ troops moving into Kirkuk. [..]

 

Syria

Turkey political, military leaders again threaten to seize Afrin from SDF. [..]

US withdrawing Raqqa troops from Syria. [..]

Syrian forces take 5 villages from Tahrir Al-Sham in southern Aleppo. [..]

Russian, Syrian airstrikes have killed 165 civilians in Albu Kamal. [..]

UN envoy blasts Syrian attacks on civilians in “de-escalation zone” near Damascus. [..]

 

Libya

Daesh documents reveal intention to use Libya as backup location for escaping fighters. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Civilian casualties

In October, the Coalition carried​​ over​​ 519 reports​​ from previous months of possible civilian casualties. From October​​ through November 2017 the Coalition assessed 64 reports, of which 55 were​​ deemed​​ non-credible, 4 were assessed to be duplicates, and 5 were assessed to be credible. The Coalition acknowledges the unintentional deaths of 15 civilians. Since the beginning of Operation Inherent Resolve in August, 2014, 801 civilians have been unintentionally killed in Coalition strikes. 695 reports of civilian casualties are still open. [InherentResolve]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ By our calculation, the 5 credible reports out of 64 “reports” (often a euphemism for accusations), means that​​ just​​ 7.8% of reports were​​ found​​ credible.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Thursday, at the third Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) held in Rome, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said Iraq is in need of an economic plan similar to the Marshall Plan in order to rebuild the cities destroyed by Daesh. He called on the international community to provide the same support extended in 1948 to rebuild western Europe.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Intisar Al-Jubouri of the Committee on​​ Women in the​​ CoR​​ said on Thursday that the​​ case of the​​ abducted Yazidi women is not over yet,​​ as​​ there are​​ many​​ Yazidi women still detained by Daesh. She added that she has data confirming the terrorists moved the Yazidi women with them out of the country. She said all parties must empathize with these women and free them from the terrorists.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Thursday morning, according to a statement by the​​ President’s office, President Fuad Masoum ratified a law to “commemorate the sacrifices of the martyrs of the war against Daesh terrorist gangs, accelerate the handling of their cases, and provide​​ excellent​​ care to the wounded among them.” [Sumaria]

 

Thursday​​ brought a negative forward assessment from​​ Geneva-based think tank ACAPS. According to the publication, Daesh will continue to improvise attacks throughout Iraq in an effort to destabilize the government, while gaining a stronghold in southern Libya. ​​ ACAPS​​ director Lars Peter said “If 2017 did not look good, predictions for 2018 are no better: violence and insecurity are likely to deteriorate in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Ethiopia, Mali, Somalia, and Syria next year.” [ACAPS] [BaghdadToday]

 

Iraq-KRG issues

In a meeting with President Fuad Masoum in Erbil on Wednesday, Masoud Barzani emphasized the importance of a fair negotiation between Baghdad and Erbil, free of pre-conditions and authoritarian language. He emphasized that the “extermination” of the Kurds in Tuz Khurmatu is unacceptable, at the same time noting that the Kurdish people will not “stand idle” in the face of what is happening.​​ [BasNews]

 

In a meeting held on Thursday, President​​ Masoum and CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri agreed on the importance of adopting a “serious and real” dialogue to end all crises, especially between the​​ federal government and the KRG. They also agreed on setting a timeline to return IDPs and rebuild liberated areas.​​ [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Thursday, a security source reported that​​ three​​ civilians were wounded in an IED explosion near a shopping area in Shat Al-Taji.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

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

Thursday, the BOC announced that a search operation in Al-Saadan, Umm Al-Jeer, and Al-Amya neighborhoods in south Baghdad led to the discovery of 42 IEDs, 7 mortar shells, and 3 other explosives. The search also led to the arrest of a number of wanted suspects on various charges.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Thursday, the IWMC announced the arrest of 4 terrorists in Abu Ghraib in a pre-emptive operation.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Thursday afternoon, two people were wounded in an IED explosion in the​​ industrial neighborhood in Abu Ghraib, according to a police source. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Northwest Anbar​​ 

Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman, General Yaya Rasul, said in press conference on Thursday that joint security units​​ have​​ liberated 60% of the Jazeera desert, destroyed the majority of Daesh’s hideouts, and banished Daesh cells​​ from​​ the area.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If we have the arithmetic right, that means 40% of the job remains to be done.

 

Thursday, the PMF announced that its units defused a rigged vehicle in the northern desert, where the vehicle was targeting PMF units. The PMF also reported discovering a vehicle rigging workshop in the same area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a group of Daesh terrorists detonated 2 PMF military positions in Kan’ous village before fleeing back to the Wadi Al-Hawayej area.​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Thursday, Turkmen PMF supervisor Abu Ridha Al-Najjar announced the deaths of​​ three​​ Turkmen PMF fighters and the wounding of 10 others in clashes between the PMF and Daesh between Daquq​​ (southwest Kirkuk)​​ and Tuz Khurmatu.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Thursday, the Security Committee in the Diyala Provincial Council called for adopting a comprehensive roadmap​​ to​​ resolve the cases​​ of “socially ostracized families,” in reference to the hundreds of families with members involved with Daesh. Security Committee member Abdulkhaleq Al-Azzawi said “the fate of the ostracized families is unknown, as returning to their areas is impossible, and any decision may lead to disruption and complicating​​ problems, as these families are sought for revenge.” [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Thursday, the Buhriz Police Bureau in Diyala announced the capture of explosive materials in the abandoned agricultural areas of southern Buhriz. The explosives​​ captured included 3 (81 mm) mortar shells​​ and​​ 2 (5 liter) plastic containers of C4. [Baghdadia]

 

Thursday, PMF commander Jabbar Al-Maamouri confirmed that Daesh is “attempting to open a front” with Baghdad from Bizayez in Diyala. He warned that the “Nahrawan disasters” will be repeated if the borders between Diyala and Baghdad are not secured. [Sumaria]

 

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

Thursday, Diyala Representative Ra’ad Almas warned of the “birth of a Daesh center” in northeast Diyala. He emphasized watching out for the threat of sleeper cells in agricultural areas who “are trying to overcome the residents’ will.” Almas added that several Qara Tapa villages have seen a chain of attacks by Daesh cells on civilians and joint security points. He added that Daesh cells are launched from the Himrin Mountains nearby. [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, Qara Tapa subdistrict manager Wasfi Al-Tamimi announced a Daesh attack on a PMF security point in​​ Al-Qush Jih​​ village on the outskirts of Qara Tapa. According to Al-Tamimi, the attack began with a mortar shell dropped near the PMF security point as assailants attacked it with medium weapons.​​ [Ghad]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh attacked PMF positions in the Himrin Mountains area and killed nine fighters.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

In response to yesterday’s reports about US troops moving into Kirkuk, the Coalition said its movements in the battlefield are not announced to the public, thus neither confirming nor denying the reports. [BasNews]

 

However,​​ the IWMC​​ and JOC​​ said​​ that these​​ reports circulated by Kurdish sources regarding the​​ deployment​​ of US forces to Kirkuk are untrue. The IWMC said​​ there has been no increase in the Coalition forces in Kirkuk or anywhere in Iraq, and the Coalition does not have this capability “not in numbers nor in equipment.” The statement also noted that “controlling the land does not concern foreign forces,”​​ as​​ maintaining​​ security​​ in​​ Kirkuk is an Iraqi national duty, within the control of the IFP and the Kirkuk Police. It also said the Coalition’s duties are limited to training, advisory, and logistical support.​​ [IraqPress]​​ [Sumaria]​​ [ROJ]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Iraqi terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Kirkuk area. [ICDNNov30]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

Thursday, in a meeting with Turkmen political parties and groups, Masoud Barzani said “the identity of Kirkuk city is Kurdish, but it is not the property of a single component; it should be a symbol of religious and ethnic co-existence.” He commended the Turkmen participation in the “independence referendum.” [BasNews]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Thursday, Kirkuk Operations commander, Ali Fadel Imran, announced the deaths of 6 Daesh​​ members​​ in security operations in the Abbasi area in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Thursday, the Military Intelligence Service​​ announced that the Salahuddin Operations​​ intelligence, in cooperation with the IFP, located an IED depot containing over 60 gas cylinder IEDs manufactured for purposes of attacking civilians and security units in Al-Zab.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, etc.)

Thursday, Ninewa Provincial Council member Husam Eddin Al-Abar called on the Iraqi government to set the record straight on 1,451 cases concerning foreign Daesh women and children detained in a Tel Keif prison, which is a federal prison. Al-Abar said that following the Ninewa​​ liberation​​ campaign, security units arrested nearly 7,000 Daesh members, mostly local, and that most of the foreign Daesh leaders were killed in the military operations.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Thursday,​​ a​​ Badr Bloc​​ Shabak​​ representative​​ in​​ the CoR, Hanin Al-Qudu, called for moving Daesh families away from the Al-Dawan area,​​ which is close to the Nineveh​​ Plain, describing their presence there​​ as​​ a “time bomb” which will lead to systemic targeting of minorities. He also called for raising awareness among Daesh families against extremist views and to facilitate their integration into society. Al-Qudu said there​​ are​​ a number of foreign Daesh women and children,​​ from​​ Asian and European nationalities, detained in Ninewa. He called on their countries of origin to​​ extradite​​ them in accordance with international regulations.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition Apaches targeted several Daesh positions in the Hammam Al-Alil area, killing several terrorists.​​ 

 

Hatra

Tuesday, Iraqi Army Air (IAA) thwarted a Daesh suicide attack​​ that​​ targeted military units of​​ Quick Response and​​ Counter Terrorism Service (CTS)​​ in the desert outskirts of Haraj village north of Hatra city, according to​​ IAA​​ Brigadier General Abdulqader Al-Shawwaf. US reconnaissance aircraft detected the movement of a rigged vehicle and promptly informed the Iraqi Air​​ Force (IAF) which​​ then​​ ordered the destruction of the car. Three​​ rockets​​ were fired,​​ destroying the vehicle and​​ killing the driver.​​ [Xendan]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says several Nujaba’ members, including a commander, were killed or wounded in a Daesh shelling on the Geneva Military Airport, south of Hatra.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Thursday, manager of Wasit Migration, Haitham Aajami, announced the return of 100 families or 400 IDPs to their homes in Tal Afar. He added that​​ soon​​ more IDPs will return, numbering over 2,000 families.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Thursday, a statement by the Ninewa Interior and Security Affairs Department announced that​​ the department found civil status records Daesh had stolen from Ayadhiya in Tal Afar, in addition to 69 records in one of the abandoned houses in Ayadhiya. The department units also found a number of rigged vehicles stolen by Daesh.​​ [BaghdadNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Karbala

Thursday, Karbala Police Commander, Ahmed Ali Zwaini, announced the discovery of 1,904 war remnants, including 82 mortar shells, stun grenades, and SPG9, in the desert areas adjacent to Razzaza​​ Lake.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Thursday, a statement by the Kurdish Islamic​​ Movement said “the current composition of the KRG is the​​ most failing​​ in the KRG’s journey.” The statement explained that the current government​​ drove the Kurdistan Region​​ into​​ dozens of major crises, most notably the deteriorating living conditions of citizens, the absence of services, and the delay and reduction in salaries. [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman met and looked into strengthening the bilateral relationship between the US and Iraq and “the draft budget bill of the federal Iraq.” [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Thursday, the Turkish government said it​​ will​​ launch a military operation in Afrin​​ in case of​​ any threats to its national security. “We have informed Russia,​​ the​​ United States,​​ and Iran that Turkey will not allow any developments against it in Afrin,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ told Anadolu. He also added “we are mainly concerned with everything taking place on our borders with Syria and Iraq, especially in Afrin.”​​ [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ They are testing the reaction of the US and Russia to see if they will meet active opposition. Someone needs to tell the Turks that their scheme will not be permitted to succeed.​​ See the next story​​ and the two that follow.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Turkish Army announced it is sending special forces to rural eastern Aleppo. Turkish authorities stated that Turkey will carry out an extensive military operation in Afrin city to take control of the city from the SDF. [Dorar]

 

Pentagon Spokesman Eric Pahon announced the US will withdraw all weapons that could threaten Turkey at the hands of the Kurdish forces in Syria. [Anadolu]

 

The 1st​​ battalion, 10th​​ Marine Regiment arrived in Syria on September 15th. After​​ Daesh’s defeat in Raqqa,​​ the unit was ordered to​​ return home,​​ and the​​ unit’s​​ replacements have been called off.​​ “The departure of these outstanding Marines is a sign of real progress in the region,” said director of operations, Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga. He explained that​​ We’re drawing down combat forces where it makes sense, but still continuing our efforts to help Syrian and Iraqi partners maintain security.” [CentCom]

 

Thursday,​​ Russian Security Council​​ Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said Moscow​​ is already preparing to withdraw its military forces from Syria,​​ according to​​ Sputnik. [Hawar]

 

Thursday, SOHR reported that the Daesh-affiliated Al-Hayat Media Centre published a new video, in which Daesh​​ kills a​​ Syrian pilot,​​ Captain Azzam Eid,​​ and slaughters about 13 members of the Syrian forces, including​​ one​​ Iraqi fighter.​​ ​​ [SyriaHR] [EnabBaladi]​​ Daesh executed Azzam Eid by setting him ablaze.​​ Captain​​ Eid​​ was​​ detained by Daesh after his aircraft fell in Rif Damashq​​ in April 2016​​ during Daesh’s control over the area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Thursday, Sputnik reported that the Chinese Special Forces’ “Night Tigers” arrived in Tartus city​​ to fight the members of the “East Turkestan Islamic Movement” in Syria, following negotiations between the Syrian and Chinese governments. ​​ [Dorar]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Thursday, Furat Post reported that the SDF is robbing Deir Ez-Zor IDPs of their cars in return​​ of​​ allowing them to enter Hasaka or cross Hasaka to Aleppo,​​ by​​ forcing them​​ to sign a contract under threat.  [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Considering the less than objective source, we suggest waiting for confirmation or, more likely, a more accurate explanation.

 

Daesh publishes photos of showing one of its propaganda videos in one of its media points in an unspecified place in the Hasaka area. [ICDNNov30]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ area

Thursday, the Coalition announced that the US​​ withdrew​​ over​​ 400 US troops from Raqqa, according to​​ Agence France-Presse. [EnabBaladi]​​ [Also see National News story above]

 

Thursday, SOHR reported that 23 civilians, including​​ at least​​ five​​ children and women, were killed in land mine explosions while they were moving​​ around​​ in Raqqa, or trying to return to their homes during the ten past days. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR reports the Syrian forces captured 5 villages from Tahrir Al-Sham in rural southern Aleppo. [SyriaHR] [Anadolu]

 

Thursday, SOHR reported​​ that two explosions took place in​​ the​​ Khirbat Al-Joz​​ border​​ village in rural southwestern Idlib on Wednesday.​​ A​​ vehicle and the Daimus Tower​​ were targeted. The​​ causes behind​​ both explosions are still unknown. One​​ person​​ was confirmed dead.​​ [SyriaHR]​​ [ZamanAlWasl]​​ 

 

Afrin

[See stories above about Turkey’s threats to invade Afrin]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a group of Daesh members sneaked up to a Tahrir Al-Sham checkpoint north of Hama and killed 4 fighters before fleeing.​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal

Thursday, SOHR reported that 165 civilians, including 49 children and 33 women, have been killed in Russian and Syrian airstrikes on rural eastern Deir Ez-Zor’s villages, towns,​​ and cities since the start of the Abu Kamal battle on November 8th. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We reported earlier on the US accounting for reported civilian airstrike deaths. We suspect no similar accounting will be coming from either the Russians or the Syrians, but the reports of civilian casualties in their airstrikes are constant and the toll must be very high.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says four Russian EOD experts were killed when a booby-trapped house exploded on them in Albu Kamal. The source says the experts had cleared many houses in the city.​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of showing one of its propaganda videos on a group of people in a mosque, and on a group of its terrorists in a hideout, in unspecified locations near Albu Kamal. [ICDNNov30]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting government forces with mortars west of Albu Kamal. [ICDNNov30]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Thursday,​​ Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Jan Egeland,​​ says that 500 civilians, including 167 children with urgent medical needs must be evacuated from the besieged opposition-held enclave of​​ eastern Ghouta. He added that they are waiting for the Syrian government’s permission to evacuate them. Meanwhile, Enab Baladi’s correspondent reported that no one has been evacuated so far. He also added that 10 civilians died due to​​ the​​ lack of​​ medical equipment while waiting for the Syrian government’s permission to be evacuated. [EnabBaladi]​​ Egeland called on world powers to put an end to the ongoing battles in eastern Ghouta’s​​ supposed​​ “de-escalation” zone, saying that “there is no calm in this de-escalation zone, there is only escalation in this de-escalation zone.” [EnabBaladi]

 

Thursday, Ahrar Al-Sham said that the opposition groups in eastern Ghouta foiled a Syrian forces’ attempt to infiltrate into the Vehicle Department in Harasta, destroying a T72 tank, and killing its entire crew. ​​ [Dorar]

 

Thursday, SOHR reported that​​ three​​ civilians were killed by the Syrian forces’ shelling of different locations in Arbin city​​ near Damascus​​ and Haza and Madeira towns in Rif Damashq. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists south of Damascus. [ICDNNov30]

 

Daesh issues a video of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in the city of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Thursday, Iranian​​ Foreign​​ Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “although Daesh​​ has seen a military defeat, Daesh’s​​ doctrine​​ still needs​​ to be countered throughout the world.” “Terrorists should be culturally, ideologically, politically,​​ and financially countered,” he added. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Diplomats looking for a diplomatic opening with Iran could consider a supportive response to Zarif’s statement.

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Houthi BMP armored vehicle with SPG9 rockets in Qifa. [ICDNNov30]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Eyewitnesses say 3 gunmen kidnapped a man in central Arish,​​ causing people to close their shops and return to their homes for safety. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed and Egyptian soldier south of Rafah. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says warplanes and Israeli helicopters targeted several positions in Sheikh Zuweid on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Libya/Tunisia/Algeria

Asharq Al-Awsat published documents confiscated from Daesh bases in various parts of Libya, which include letters from Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi to 13 of his senior assistants in Libya, some of them dating back to​​ late​​ 2016 and others from a few weeks ago. The letters show that Al-Baghdadi sought to​​ make up​​ for his losses in Syria and Iraq by issuing orders to use southern Libya, an area with rough terrain, as a gathering location for terrorists escaping the east, in order to attack Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria. [Shafaaq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Nangarhar​​ State​​ spokesman Attallah Hogyani said that 9,000 Afghan families were displaced to Jamtala due to ongoing fights between Taliban and Daesh. Hogyani added that the fighting has so far led to 11 Daesh deaths, 19 Taliban deaths, and 8 civilian deaths. He added that the displaced families are in​​ urgent​​ need of humanitarian aid. [TRT]

 

Pakistan

Daesh said it shot and killed two Shia and wounded three others, including a Pakistani Intelligence member, in Islamabad. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh members, posing as girls, request photos from Iraqi services members and details of their military units on Facebook in order to hunt them down. ​​ 

 

November 29,​​ 2017

 

Al-Qa’im (CJTFOIR)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

British Prime Minister Theresa May makes surprise visit​​ to​​ Baghdad. [..]

Masoum meets with​​ top​​ KRG leaders in diplomatic offensive. [..]

Daesh mass grave discovered in Hit. [..]

Daesh​​ cells drawing police attention in Diyala. [..]

Multiple reports​​ say​​ US troops moving into Kirkuk military station. [..]

DaeshDaily source says Kata’eb Hezbollah freed senior Daesh official for money. [..]

 

Syria

Syria delegation at Geneva rejects​​ extending​​ conference past Dec. 1. [..]

Daesh Daily source says Albu Kamal shelling, bombing has killed over 100 people. [..]

Syrian forces bomb, shell opposition-held neighborhoods near Damascus. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

British PM Theresa May made a secret visit to Iraq on Wednesday. She is the first British official to visit Iraq since 2008. [Arabi21]​​ Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi held an official reception and welcomed the UK Prime Minister,​​ and he​​ emphasized​​ that the bilateral relationship between Iraq and the UK is seeing “clear developments.” [Sumaria]​​ May commended the Iraqi forces and said the UK will continue to support Iraq’s rehabilitation and train Iraqi forces. She added that the UK has allocated an amount to support the Iraqi forces and the​​ efforts to​​ return​​ IDPs to their homes.​​ [Sumaria]​​ She encouraged the Iraqi government to negotiate outstanding disputes with the KRG within the framework of a united federal Iraq and in accordance with the constitution. She added that the UK will continue to support Iraq across various sectors. [BasNews]

 

Wednesday, according to a statement by President Fuad Masoum’s office, Masoum met with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Deputy​​ PM​​ Qubad Talabani to look into ongoing efforts to resolve outstanding deputes between the federal government and the KRG, as well as other issues at the Kurdish and national levels.​​ During the meeting, Masoum expressed his confidence that Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region will resolve their differences soon through a comprehensive and constructive dialogue, which will​​ ensure the best interests of the Iraqi people and reinforce stability, unity, and the application of the constitution across all sectors. Barzani and Talabani said they value Masoum’s efforts to bridge the gap between Baghdad and Erbil. They added that the KRG is ready to begin a serious and constructive dialogue with the federal government to overcome the current crisis.​​ [IraqPress]​​ [Anadolu]

 

Wednesday,​​ a CoR​​ Security and Defense Committee member,​​ Abdulaziz Hassan,​​ criticized Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi in a letter to be sent to Al-Abadi on Saturday for leaving out the Peshmerga forces while commending​​ “the Iraqi forces, the PMF, IFP, tribal PMF, and other forces” during his joint press conference with the UK Prime Minister. [Rudaw]

 

A Dawa Party statement says​​ the US presence in Iraq​​ is causing​​ instability​​ and​​ calls​​ on US forces to leave Iraq. The statement called on the Iraqi government to denounce a US commander’s statements crediting​​ the​​ US forces for the victory​​ over​​ Daesh in Iraq, explaining that the statements reinforce Iraqi fears​​ caused by​​ making​​ constant​​ hints regarding a new​​ generation of​​ terrorists. Dawa’s statement noted that “Iraqi stability does not serve the US and its allies” and “the US is working for the instability of Iraq for purposes of maintaining a permanent presence in​​ what resembles a permanent occupation.” The statement added that “suspicious” US policies have harmed Iraqi interests, most recently listing​​ some​​ PMF factions as terrorists. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This​​ ill-motivated​​ statement may have less to do with the US than with the upcoming Iraq election. The Prime Minister is a member of Dawa, and we’re sure he did not authorize this statement.​​ There are many Dawa members loyal to Nouri Al-Maliki and to others, whereas Al-Abadi became Prime Minister without a bloc of his own after Al-Maliki was forced out. We read the statement as​​ an effort to undermine​​ Al-Abadi on behalf of one or more rivals within Dawa and the wider Rule of Law coalition. However, his intra-coalition opposition will have to come up with more than bombastic anti-American statements. A just-completed survey shows Al-Abadi is popular in Iraq, and he seems to be setting up for a re-election campaign, whereas the same survey shows the CoR members are unpopular.​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Wednesday, a security source reported that security units found an ammunition depot during a security operation in a farm in the Suwaib area in southwest Baghdad. The depot contained 3 IEDs, 7 mortar shells, a locally made rocket, and 3 dynamite blocks. The source added that the operation was​​ carried out​​ based on intelligence data and with cooperation from​​ citizens. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Wednesday, a security source in Baghdad reported that security units arrested a terrorist at a checkpoint in Abu Ghraib.​​ [Ghad]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Wednesday, the PMF’s​​ Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams​​ continued the clearing operations of the Jazeera desert for the 4th​​ consecutive day since the announcement​​ that government troops now control​​ 50% of the​​ Anbar,​​ Salahuddin, and Ninewa deserts. The PMF’s EOD,​​ according to the PMF’s statement,​​ has so far defused hundreds of IEDs and mines in the Jazeera desert liberation ops. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Wednesday, a security source in the Anbar Ops Command announced the discovery of a mass grave in Al-Jam’iya neighborhood in Hit center. The mass grave contained​​ the bodies of 46 police and Albu Nimr tribal members killed by Daesh. The source said that​​ based on initial findings,​​ some​​ victims were shot, and others were beheaded by Daesh members in early 2014.​​ [BasNews]

 

Rutba

Wednesday, a military source in Anbar reported that a number of Daesh members were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Wadi Horan in southwest Anbar. The airstrike also destroyed their weapons. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh killed an Iraqi soldier and a PMF commander after sneaking near a checkpoint in the Mtaibija area.​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Wednesday, PMF official spokesman Ali Al-Husseini said that strange activity by a group of unknown assailants was detected in the mountain range between the Tuz Khurmatu​​ and Qadir Karam areas. Al-Husseini added that the PMF clashed with the group from a distance. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ Turkmen Front official in Tuz Khurmatu, Haitham Uglu, confirmed that clashes took place between PMFs and an unknown group in the Jambur area in southeast Daquq​​ (Kirkuk). Uglu added that the PMF clashed with another group called “Al-Rayat Al-Baydaa” (the White Flags),​​ which is​​ stationed behind the mountains.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have reported about this group, which called itself​​ Sunni Protection Forces. It is a group of Daesh members under a new name.​​ 

 

Spokesman for the US Department of State,​​ Heather Nauert,​​ said Washington is following​​ news on​​ the​​ alleged​​ PMF violations against Kurds in Tuz Khurmatu and other disputed regions. [BasNews]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Wednesday, the Diyala Police announced the arrest of 24 wanted suspects in various parts of the province, including​​ 2​​ on charges of terrorism.​​ It​​ added​​ that​​ an IED was found during a search operation in Muqdadiya’s villages and farms.​​ [Baghdadia] [Baghdadia]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Wednesday, Dijla Ops Commander Mizhar Al-Azzawi announced that 200 internally displaced families began the return journey to their homes in liberated villages in north Muqdadiya, in coordination with the Dijla Ops Command and local governments. He added that more groups of IDPs will return to their homes in the coming weeks following security background checks and necessary approvals.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

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

Wednesday, Mayor of Al-Khalis, Ali Al-Khadran, said he has confirmed data from trusted sources indicating the growing activity of Daesh cells in various parts of Diyala, notably the Shirween farms in Mansouriya, Hinbis in Muqdadiya, and the Al-Waqf basin. He added that Daesh’s growing activity in several areas at once raises many questions, and he called on security officials to take the necessary precautions.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Wednesday, Representative Raad Almas warned that Daesh members infiltrated into a town bordering Iran, clarifying that Daesh is trying to “change its traditional strongholds in Diyala.” Almas added​​ that he has​​ confirmed information about the presence of Daesh sleeper cells in different parts of Mandali, especially remote areas, “as evidenced by the repeated Daesh infiltrations in the past months which reinforced its cells.” [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Wednesday, Kirkuk representative to the CoR,​​ Mohammed Othman,​​ told the press that “American forces have entered Kirkuk and settled in the K1 military base in northwest of the province.” He clarified that “these forces will provide support to the security forces in Kirkuk and the constitution and the law, as Kirkuk city has Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, and Christians.”​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

A high-level Kurdish official said the​​ arrival​​ of American​​ troops​​ in Kirkuk will not change the reality of the city,​​ where Iraqi forces including​​ PMFs​​ resumed control​​ in October,​​ whereas the​​ KDP​​ claims that​​ the​​ US​​ arrival​​ at​​ the K1 base​​ is​​ part of a​​ strategy​​ to reduce the violations against the Kurds in the city.​​ [BasNews]

 

The Ministry of the Peshmerga denied having knowledge​​ about​​ the American forces move to Kirkuk. Kirkuk Council member Ahmed Al-Askari said the “American forces continue arriving​​ at​​ the K1 base as of last night.” Al-Askari said he does not know the number, duties, or weapons in​​ their​​ possession.​​ [BasNews]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Wednesday, Hawija District​​ Council member Ahmed Khurshid, said that although Hawija was liberated two months ago, most of the Hawija IDP families are still in Kirkuk​​ due to​​ lack of services and Daesh IEDs and land mines left in Hawija. He also added that a large​​ percentage​​ of their houses are destroyed. [ROJ]

 

Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters and wounded two others in clashes near Gharib village, west of Hawija. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says the Kata’eb Hezbollah PMF militia released Imad Aziz Hassan, aka Abu Dajana, a senior Daesh oil official in Mosul, after he paid a large amount of money.​​ 

 

Wednesday, a security source reported that Civil Defense teams found the bodies of 12 civilians in Old Mosul who were killed​​ during the​​ Mosul liberation battles against Daesh last July. Additional searches are underway. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Wednesday, head of the Ninewa Provincial Council, Bashar Al-Kiki, confirmed that the rebuilding process of Mosul has not officially begun, noting that 80% of the west side of the city is destroyed. He added that IDPs cannot return because some areas have not yet been cleared of explosives and war remnants. He added that Old Mosul is also rigged. [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, a security source reported that an IED was defused at the entrance of the Majmou’a Al-Thaqafiya (the Intellectual Group) Street in north Mosul, one of the city’s vital streets. The source added that this particular IED was not a war remnant; it was placed there recently, and investigations are underway. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS​​ 

Wednesday, the Turkish Army reported killing over 80 PKK terrorists in an airstrike in northern​​ Iraqi Kurdistan​​ on Monday, which also destroyed a large weapons​​ depot and two vehicles. [AIN]​​ 

 

Wednesday, Minister of the Peshmerga Karim Sinjar met with Bradley Becker, commander of Iraq security cooperation at the US Central Command. Becker said that the United States will continue to arm the Peshmerga forces, and the US Congress​​ has​​ decided to grant the Ministry of the Peshmerga $364 million in financial aid in 2018.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Wednesday, KDP Advisor Aref Rushdi said the current phase requires reinforcing the relationship between Kurdish forces in order to activate the KRG’s role and “stand in the face of Baghdad’s pressures.” He added that it is possible to make changes​​ in some of the KRG’s ministries. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ A little straight talk would help on both sides. The Peshmerga have a sometimes brave history as party militias for the KDP and PUK, as well as some history of party politicians using elements of their peshmerga as party thugs. There was an agreement a few years​​ ago​​ on a consolidated ministry, and appointment of a Gorran minister seemed to add some non-political credibility. Then came Masoud Barzani’s coup against Gorran; the ministry​​ was​​ in effect​​ left divided between​​ party militias again; and the “Ministry of Peshmerga” became a KDP front.​​ 

The real need is for the KRG to restore the unified Ministry of Peshmerga with a minister not subservient to party interests. The​​ Pentagon​​ would be wise to stop playing along​​ with KDP games​​ and make meaningful reunification a condition for continued financial support to the Peshmerga.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

CNN Turk reported that the Syrian YPG (PYD) forces sprayed a Turkish border post with gunfire late on Tuesday, wounding one soldier.​​ The report added that​​ Turkey responded with artillery fire, adding that the gunfire came from Afrin District, northwest of Syria. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This pro-Turkey account asks us to believe that the YPG gunfire was unprovoked.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura proposed extending the Geneva 8 negotiations until December 15th,​​ but the Syrian government rejected the proposal​​ and held on​​ to the original end date of December 1st. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Tuesday, the anti-government High Negotiations Committee expressed its readiness for direct negotiations with the Syrian government’s delegation in the current round of the Geneva talks. “It (the Syrian government) no longer has the pretext that the opposition is fragmented. We are one. We are ready to negotiate directly with the other side,” said Yahya Aridi, head of the High Negotiations Committee. [Dorar]

 

In a speech in Washington on Tuesday​​ (which​​ Daesh Daily​​ attended),​​ Secretary of​​ State Rex Tillerson said that Geneva’s UN-brokered talks on Syria were “the only possible basis for the reconstruction of the country and the implementation of a political solution that leaves no role for Assad’s regime or his family in the Syrian government.” [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Wednesday, Turkey rejected the Pentagon’s continued support to the SDF,​​ linked to​​ the PYD, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization. “We cannot accept this situation because every weapon​​ and any ammunition is a threat to Turkey via the PKK. . . . Any support given to the PYD in Syria or any other region means prolonging the life of the PKK” said Turkish spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. [Anadolu]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says nine civilians were killed after walking into a land mine field in the Abu Khashab area.​​ 

 

Raqqa

North Raqqa​​ (Ain Eissa, etc.)

A Daesh member’s wife told the story of how her family ended up joining Daesh in Syria.​​ She claimed that her husband had never had extremist views, but started sympathizing with Daesh after spending long hours on social media.​​ Shortly after arriving​​ in​​ Syria​​ in 2013, her husband was employed by Daesh as a teacher for a monthly salary of $200. After learning about “the truth of Daesh” and at the request of extended family, the family decided to leave Daesh. She narrates the story of how she sold her jewelry to be able to afford the $5,000 cost of smuggling her family to liberated areas. Her husband was​​ detained​​ by the SDF and she and the children are currently in the Ain Eissa camp. [Sumaria]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

Wednesday evening, according to Dorar, Tahrir Al-Sham regained several positions​​ that the Syrian forces had​​ moved in on​​ earlier in the day in rural southern Aleppo. [Dorar]

 

According to a SANA correspondent, the Syrian forces captured​​ two​​ villages from Tahrir Al-Sham in southwestern Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

Afrin/Azaz

Anadolu reports Turkey sent military reinforcements to Kilis State on the border adjacent to Afrin. [Anadolu]

 

Wednesday, director of the SDF Media Center Mustafa Bali said if the Turkish army launched a military attack on Afrin, the SDF would mobilize its soldiers in all the SDF-controlled areas in Syria, from Hasaka to Aleppo. “We will form a broad popular front to confront Turkey’s occupation of Syrian territory.” [Arabi21]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Wednesday, Tahrir Al-Sham​​ said it​​ recaptured the two villages of Abu Ajwa and Anbaz in​​ northeast Hama,​​ following​​ violent clashes with Daesh,​​ in which​​ over​​ 15 Daesh members were killed. Meanwhile, Tahrir Al-Sham​​ thwarted​​ a Daesh attack on​​ the​​ Muwailah​​ village in the same region. [Dorar] [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Tahrir Al-Sham ambushed Daesh in Muwailah village, east of Hama, killing a senior commander and capturing 6 other terrorists. ​​ 

 

According to “special sources,” Hawar News reports that 1,000 Daesh members have recently moved from Deir Ez-Zor to rural northeastern Hama, without any clashes, under a secret agreement with the Syrian government. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Another inflammatory Hawar story based on unidentified sources. This is not journalism.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army machine gun-mounted vehicle with a rocket near the Al-Ward oilfield. [ICDNNov29]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its battles in Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNNov29]

 

Albu Kamal

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says more than 100 people were killed in several areas in the Albu Kamal countryside by shelling and bombing during the last 4 days.​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket “on the outskirts of” Albu Kamal. Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it damaged 3 Syrian Army bulldozers with rockets near the T2 Station. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army 23mm cannon and damaged a tank with 2 rockets west of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Wednesday, SOHR reported that clashes resumed between the Syrian forces and the Islamic opposition group of Ahrar Al-Sham in the vicinity of the Vehicle Department in eastern Ghouta, near Harasta city. The clashes were​​ accompanied by mutual shelling. Meanwhile, the Syrian forces targeted locations in Harasta city with 10 rockets and artillery shells. [SyriaHR]

 

Wednesday, SANA reported that the Syrian forces recaptured the eastern range of the​​ Tal​​ Baradiya in Rif Damashq from Tahrir Al-Sham, according to a military source. [SyriaNow]

 

Wednesday, SOHR reported that​​ four​​ civilians, including​​ two​​ children, were killed, and at least 14 others were wounded in 6 airstrikes by warplanes on the Al-Rahman Corps-held Hamouriya city in Rif Damashq. [SyriaHR]

 

Wednesday, SOHR reported that the Syrian forces shelled the outskirts of​​ a​​ Jaish Al-Islam-held​​ neighborhood​​ in Douma city in Rif Damashq, just outside of Damascus. [SyriaHR]

 

Daraa

Wednesday, Enab Baladi reported that a Jordanian surveillance plane flew for more than six hours​​ on Tuesday evening over Daraa,​​ whose​​ two parts​​ are​​ controlled by the Syrian government and the opposition. [EnabBaladi]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Two people were killed and another was injured when a car bomb detonated near the finance department in the busy Khor Maksar district in Aden early on Wednesday morning.

 

An Aden police spokesman, Abdurrahman Al-Nakeeb, said that the investigation was ongoing but confirmed that a 2008 Toyota Corolla had detonated. It is not clear, however, if the explosives had been on a timer or triggered remotely. [TheNational]​​ 

Daesh says it parked a car bomb near the Ministry of Finance building in the Khor Maksar area in Aden, ​​ then detonated it at night, destroying the building and killing several guards. [ICDNNov29]

 

Jordan

Wednesday, the Jordanian State Security Court issued a 10-year prison sentence against a 52-year old Jordanian citizen who,​​ in 2016,​​ had planned to target an air force base in northeast Jordan which​​ the Coalition uses​​ to target Daesh. The court noted that he had been in contact with Daesh in Raqqa. Daesh​​ asked him to execute a military attack against military intelligence personnel in Jordan. He was also tasked with watching another air force base in Al-Azraq for a military attack. [Youm7]

 

North Africa

Egypt

At a televised ceremony on Wednesday marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi ordered the army and police to use “all brute force” necessary to restore security and stability in Sinai within three months. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The tough talk sounds good but the Egyptian military, which has intimidated the rest of the country, has conspicuously failed to solve the North Sinai problem despite what should be a vast manpower advantage.

 

Tunisia

Tuesday evening, Tunisian Ministry of National Defense announced that military units killed a terrorist in the highlands of Kasserine Province, Tunisia. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia​​ 

Daesh says it shot and killed a Somali soldier in Afgooye city, in south Somalia. Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Jowzjan Wilaya​​ spokesman​​ Mohammed Ridha Ghafouri reported that clashes took place after Daesh members attacked a police station in the Batu village in Darzab,​​ causing​​ the death of two people, including one soldier. [TRT]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

CCTV videos show Daesh attack on Nahrawan. [YouTube] [YouTube]​​ 

 

PMFs capture 3 Daesh terrorists during the Al-Qa’im battles. [MoD]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces found a large ammunition and explosives storehouse in Qarma, in Falluja District. [MoD]​​ 

 

Syria

A newspaper close to the Syrian government issues a video of a large Daesh convoy allegedly fleeing the Albu Kamal area toward SDF controlled areas. [Watan]​​ 

 

Shaitat Tribe members with the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council capture Daesh terrorists. [YouTube]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its battles in Iraq and Syria. The video shows new and old battles from different areas. It also shows destruction of a helicopter on the ground with a rocket and several foreign terrorists. [ICDNNov29]

 

November 28, 2017

 

Rutba

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi pronounces Anbar northern desert campaign a success. [..]

Iraqi forces still working to dislodge Daesh from Rutba desert. [..]

CoR Human Rights Com. accuses KDP of destroying​​ IDP homes​​ in Ninewa. [..]

 

Syria

UN​​ Syria conference starts in Geneva; government delegation will attend. [..]

Syrian opposition leader wants​​ Geneva​​ solution based on UN Resolution 2254. [..]

SOHR reports Albu Kamal battle killed 400 men. [..]

 

US

Pentagon says US has 1,720 military personnel in Syria, 8,892 in Iraq. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced that an area of nearly 14,000 km2​​ in the Jazeera area in Anbar has been cleared. He confirmed the​​ end of the​​ military presence of Daesh and called on regional leaders to co-operate in the war on terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, Ahmed Al-Asadi announced his resignation from his position as the PMF’s official spokesman after three years in the role,​​ saying​​ he no longer represents the official PMF opinion. He added that “the PMF will remain an Iraqi security entity separate from elections, and whoever wishes to run for elections must resign from the PMF.” [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ That statement makes the logic curious, as his opinion appears to be the same as the Prime Minister’s position. Is he saying that the “official PMF opinion” is not the Prime Minister’s position?

 

Tuesday, National Security Advisor Faleh Al-Fayadh and Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council Nikolai Patrushev discussed the fighting against terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria. They also discussed the technical military cooperation between Iraq and Russia and communication via security apparatus channels. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Tuesday evening, a security source reported that a stun IED exploded​​ on abandoned land in the Al-Salamiyat area​​ in​​ northern Baghdad. [Sumaria] [Ghad]

 

Tuesday, a security source reported that an IED exploded near a street market in the Al-Hora village in Tarmiya. [BaghdadNews]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

Tuesday,​​ UNAMI Representative, Jan Kubis, strongly condemned the armed attack and suicide bombing which led to the death and wounding of dozens of civilians in the Nahrawan area on Monday evening. Kubis extended his condolences to the Iraqi people and government. [Shafaaq]

 

Tuesday, PMF commander Jabbar Al-Maamouri said that the Nahrawan area was the second target of a new Daesh killing method “by sending two suicide attackers to shoot innocent civilians then blow themselves up.”​​ The first attack of this kind was carried out on the outskirts of Muqdadiya month ago.​​ Al-Maamouri added that Daesh has guesthouses on the​​ boundary​​ between Nahrawan and​​ Baghdad.​​ Al-Maamouri added that Daesh​​ also​​ has pockets in Kanaan and Buhriz​​ in Diyala, which are largely agricultural, and Daesh is able to enter Baghdad through them without passing security checkpoints.​​ [Sumaria]

 

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

Tuesday, a local police source reported the death of a former security member due to an IED attached to the bottom of his car in south Baghdad. [IkhNews]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Tuesday, London-based​​ Al-Hayat​​ newspaper quoted Anbar Provincial Council spokesman Eid Ammash explaining “the threat facing the return of IDPs to their homes is manifested by groups who have taken it upon themselves​​ to retaliate​​ against IDP families with members affiliated with Daesh.” He added that the areas of returned IDPs suffer from deteriorating services and​​ poor​​ living​​ conditions. Ammash added that on Sunday, 200 IDP families were transported to their homes only​​ to have​​ 50​​ of them​​ returned to the IDP camp due to suspicions of having family members​​ linked​​ to​​ Daesh. According to​​ Al-Hayat, the US Embassy in Baghdad stated that it has information on cases where Salahuddin and Anbar IDPs were forced to leave the camps. [Sumaria] [Alhayat]

 

Falluja

The Baghdad Operations Command notified civilians that on Tuesday morning it would destroy Daesh ammunition depots in Qarma area. [Forat]

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Tuesday, a security source reported that the Jazeera Ops​​ Command​​ 7th​​ division​​ and tribal members are building a 140 km2​​ soil barrier extending from Rummana​​ subdistrict in Al-Qa’im​​ to east Rawa and the Haditha Lake to prevent Daesh members from​​ re-infiltrating into Iraq. [Mawazin]

 

Al-Qa’im

Tuesday, Anbar Operations commander Mohammed Al-Mahlawi announced that a pre-emptive operation in the​​ industrial neighborhood in the center of Al-Qa’im resulted in the arrest of 6 Daesh members and the capture of a depot containing 14 rockets, 33 IEDs,​​ and​​ 9 mortar shells, among other weapons and explosives. [BasNews]

 

Tuesday, Jazeera Ops Commander Major General Qassem Al-Mohammedi reported that a soil barrier is being built and a trench is being dug spanning 140 km along the border between Iraq and Syria to prevent Daesh members and​​ bomb-rigged vehicles from infiltrating into Iraq. The trench​​ and barrier will extend from the Al-Walid​​ crossing on the southwest, pass Al-Qa’im,​​ and continue​​ to the​​ Ninewa​​ desert.​​ [BasNews]

 

Rutba

Tuesday, Joint Operations Command​​ (JOC)​​ spokesman, General Yahya Rasul, announced that the JOC is ready to engage in the toughest battle in Wadi Horan in the Anbar desert, the final Daesh stronghold in Iraq. He added that the Iraqi forces cleared 50% of the western desert,​​ concluding​​ the first​​ stage of the second phase of the clearing operations.​​  ​​​​ [AlAraby]

 

Tuesday, Anbar Operations Major General Mahmoud Al-Fallahi announced the launch of a search operation in the southern Rutba desert. He added that the operation aims to track and eliminate Daesh units in the western Anbar desert. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, General Al-Fallahi announced the destruction of a Daesh military base in southern​​ Rutba. The base contained an arms-building​​ workshop, rigging equipment, and a rigged vehicle. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN​​ 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says one person was killed and four others from the same family wounded in a Daesh shelling on Amerli.​​ 

 

DIYALA

Tuesday, Chairman of the Diyala Provincial Council, Ali Al-Dayni, warned of what he called “deadly spaces” in the province. He explained that​​ Diyala​​ is seeing noticeable activity by Daesh members, and it is important to eliminate it before​​ it becomes​​ a source of terrorism, as​​ there are still sleeper cells in Diyala. He noted the importance of expanding the tribal PMF in those spaces to prevent extremists from​​ harming​​ public security. [NNICQ]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Tuesday, Chairman of the Muqdadiya​​ District​​ Council, Adnan Al-Tamimi,​​ announced the launch of large-scale military operation to track Daesh cells in northeast Diyala. [Ghad]

 

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

Tuesday,​​ a​​ Diyala Provincial Council member, Abdulkhaleq Al-Azzawi, revealed that the Al-Mita area in Salahuddin, located​​ across the Wahhab Al-Salman and Albu Karhout villages in Diyala,​​ is uncontrolled and void of residents (they​​ are displaced) and poses a security threat​​ in the northern part of the province. He​​ called​​ for clearing​​ the area of Daesh cells​​ that​​ are using it as a safe haven. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with a sticky IED in Dali Abbas on Monday. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Tuesday, the Kirkuk Provincial Council held a meeting and chose its eldest member, Jamal Mawlood, to chair the Council’s weekly sessions until a new chairman and deputy are elected, according to PUK member Ahmed Askari. [Rudaw]

 

Thursday, the​​ Kurdish​​ Kirkuk Brotherhood​​ List​​ (Al-Muta’akhiya)​​ in the Kirkuk Provincial Council announced its “approval”​​ for replacing​​ Acting Council Chairman, Rebwar Talabani, while​​ claiming the​​ right to fill the position. The Turkmen​​ members​​ rejected the Kurdish proposal,​​ as it “paves the way for the Kurds to take over the Council Chairman position.” The Kirkuk Brotherhood List​​ had​​ said Jowan Hassan had​​ been nominated for the position. [Sumaria]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

Tuesday, a security​​ source​​ in Kirkuk reported that unknown assailants attacked a Turkmen satellite​​ television​​ channel headquarters in north Kirkuk, wounding the​​ security​​ guard​​ for​​ the building. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Tuesday, the Human Rights Committee of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR) accused the KDP,​​ led​​ by Masoud Barzani, of tearing down and torching IDP homes in Ninewa. According to Chairman Abdul Rahim Al-Shammari “once the IDPs returned to their areas, they discovered that their homes had been destroyed and torched by KDP-affiliated forces.” Al-Shammari called on the international community and international organizations to “conduct a fair and transparent investigation to show the international community what the KDP forces​​ have​​ done.” Al-Shammari also called on the government and humanitarian organizations to improve the conditions of IDPs and​​ to​​ work on returning them to their homes in Ninewa. Human Rights Watch had previously reported that security​​ units​​ in the KRG destroyed large numbers of Arab homes in Ninewa and Kirkuk using illegal​​ means. HRW noted that the same​​ security units​​ maintained Kurdish homes in those areas. [PressIraq]

 

Mosul

Tuesday, a​​ security​​ source reported that security units defused a rigged car and an IED near an elementary school in East Mosul. The source added that security units arrested 5 suspected Daesh members. [SNGIQ]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

Tuesday, the PMF’s 33rd​​ brigade announced locating a large number of Daesh guesthouses in the southwest Ninewa desert. The guesthouses contained depots of spare equipment used for vehicle rigging as well as medical supplies. [BaghdadToday]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Wednesday, a security source in Basra reported that an unknown group attacked a Ministry of Electricity employee’s house in Basra with a stun IED. ​​ [Ghad]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Tuesday, in a meeting with Turkish Consul to the KRG Mohammed Akef Inam, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani emphasized that the KRG regards its relationship with Turkey as “important,” expressing hope that the bilateral relationship between Erbil and Ankara will return to​​ its​​ former​​ state. The Turkish Consul extended his gratitude to Barzani for his support​​ in​​ strengthening​​ the relationship between Ankara and Erbil before bidding him farewell​​ at the end of the Consul’s assignment​​ in the KRG. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There is a lot of truth on both sides here. The Iraqi Kurdistan private economy is heavily dependent on all the Turkish investment, Turkish-owned businesses,​​ and all the Turkish-managed construction and other projects, and Turkey is the KRG’s its best energy customer. They need each other.​​ 

 

Tuesday evening, according to a KRG statement, the Chinese Consul to the KRG delivered a message to PM Nechirvan Barzani from the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi in which he called on the KRG and the Iraqi government to maintain the status quo between Erbil and Baghdad and to resolve outstanding disputes between them in accordance with the constitution. [BasNews]

 

A delegation from the KRG met with the KDP, Kurdish Communist Party, and the Kurdish Toilers​​ Party (KTP) on Tuesday.​​ Advisor to the KRG​​ PM,​​ Dilshad Shihab, said in a​​ subsequent​​ press conference that “the delegation looked into the internal situation files, uniting the Kurdistan front, dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, and dealing with the international community.” He added that that “it will be for the best​​ to hold early elections in Kurdistan in the event that the Kurdish political parties do not come to a joint solution to the crisis​​ in​​ the Kurdistan Region.”​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

In the meeting with KRG leadership and political parties on​​ Tuesday, KDP Leader Masoud Barzani called on the federal government to “let go of its impossible conditions” in order to begin negotiations with the KRG to resolve outstanding disputes. Barzani discussed negotiations, peaceful​​ solutions, and the breaches and selectivity in applying the constitution with respect to the KRG. He added that the KRG is willing to engage in a dialogue with Baghdad. He added that “betrayal and imposing the status quo through force and use of weapons are unacceptable,” emphasizing that “the current situation is temporary.”​​ [IraqPress]​​ Masoud Barzani said the decision to hold the referendum was “a correct decision” and a “sacred gain for Kurdistan.” He added that “imposing the status quo through force in disputed areas will not change the nature of their identity.”​​ [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ One thing you can say for Masoud Barzani is that he is relentlessly on message. The phrase “often wrong but never in doubt” could have been based on him.

 

Tuesday,​​ Shirko Hama Amin, CoR representative of the​​ Kurdish Taghyir Bloc​​ (including Gorran),​​ called on the KRG and the Iraqi federal government to issue a formal warning to Turkey and Iran to stop their attacks on the Kurdistan Region’s territory. He also called on Turkey to withdraw its military​​ posts​​ from the Kurdistan Region. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

Tuesday, the General Staff of the Republic of Turkey announced that Turkish warplanes and drones carried out airstrikes on the​​ Assos​​ (aka Behram)​​ area​​ in northern Iraqi Kurdistan, destroying 41 PKK targets, including shelters and tunnels.​​ It said​​ Turkish Army and security forces continue targeting PKK positions and​​ personnel​​ in south and southeast Turkey as well as northern​​ Iraqi Kurdistan​​ in response to continual PKK attacks in on Turkish civilians and security personnel.​​ [Buratha]

Tuesday, Turkey said it could expand its military mission in Syria to two other provinces, potentially bringing its forces into confrontation with US-backed Kurdish fighters whom Ankara considers as enemies. “The Turkish army could launch a military operation in the Syrian city of Afrin controlled by the Kurdish militants in the near future,” Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Monday. ​​ “Who knows, tomorrow or maybe even earlier,” Canikli said in response to a question about possible dates for the start of the operation. ​​ [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We think the Defense Minister is just talking, now that the US has indicated its intention to keep limited forces in northern Syria.​​ Turkey would likely invade this area if it thought it could get away with it. However, the US and Syria (and likely Russia) stand in the way.

 

Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ali Bin Yildirim said Turkey has eliminated 3,600 Daesh terrorists from Syria. ​​ He added that over the past 7 years Turkey has been the dream keeper of the Syrian people through its responses to the Syrian crisis. He explained that terrorist organizations are taking advantage of the divides in the country to spread terrorism. [TRT]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Tuesday, the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) officially announced the start of the eighth round of Geneva’s UN-brokered talks on Syria, confirming that the Syrian government will show up on Wednesday. [Anadolu] [Dorar] [Arabi21]

 

Tuesday, head of the Moscow platform of the Syrian opposition, Muhannad Dlykan,​​ explained​​ that some Kurdish opposition groups are not present with the opposition delegation participating in the 8th​​ round of the Geneva talks. He added that the Kurdish component in the opposition should be represented fairly. Dlykan said that UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura informed the delegation that his plan for his round concerns the constitution (including the 12 articles) and the elections. [Rudaw]

 

Tuesday, members​​ of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation and the Moscow platform of the Syrian opposition, Sami Beitinjaneh, said that there is no alternative to the UN-sponsored Geneva path, which is the only way to implement UN​​ Resolution No. 2254. He described resolution No. 2254 as “a complete roadmap for a political solution, democratic change, preventing bloodshed, and combating terrorism.”​​ [SyriaNow]

 

In a statement published on its website Tuesday, director of the SDF Media Center Mustafa Bali said that, contrary to news reports, there is no truce between the SDF and Daesh. The statement added​​ that​​ SDF forces​​ are “continuing to eliminate terrorism all over Syria with to the fullest extent of our energy and determination.” [Hawar]

 

The Chinese Ministry of Defense plans to send two units from the Special Operations Forces known as the “Siberian Tigers” and the “Night Tigers” to Syria in order to fight terrorists of the “East Turkestan Islamic Movement,” according to a Sputnik report on Tuesday. Sputnik added that “the Syrian President’s advisor and Chinese military officials discussed the participation of Chinese Special Forces in fighting terrorists of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, whom Syrian forces​​ spotted in the countryside of Damascus.” According to Sputnik, this is not the first time Chinese troops have crossed into Syria; in 2015 the Syrian government permitted some 5,000 soldiers to enter its territory as allied forces and stationed them in the western​​ province​​ of Latakia. [Dorar]

 

In a statement published by​​ the​​ Al-Sahab organization on Tuesday, Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri attacked Tahrir Al-Sham and its Leader “Abu Mohammed Al-Jolani,” two days after Tahrir Al-Sham had arrested a number of its former leaders affiliated with Al-Qaeda. Al-Zawahiri accused Al-Jolani of “breaking the covenant” by separating from Al-Qaeda, establishing a new entity that has aggravated disputes, fighting all Al-Qaeda-linked members, arresting their women, and interrogating their children. Al-Zawahiri also stressed his refusal to abandon the “jihad of the nation,” explaining that he does not accept Tahrir Al-Sham’s actions. [Arabi21]

 

Social media sources say Daesh arrested 4 of its former top leaders after accusing them of communicating with Al-Qaeda. Several Tahrir Al-Sham groups and commanders issued statements condemning the arrests. Tahrir Al-Sham issued a statement confirming the arrests without mentioning any names. [ICDNNov28]  ​​​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)​​ (No reports)

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Military sources say the Turkish Army bombarded villages in​​ the​​ Bulbul​​ subdistrict​​ on the Turkish border. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Tahrir Al-Sham’s director of media relations Imad Al-Din Muhajid​​ praised​​ Daesh’s progress east of Hama, almost reaching the border of Idlib Governorate, saying​​ that​​ “battles in the Badia are fierce and the geography of the land allows for the rapid progress of military forces.” Daesh’s media has been silent regarding the battles in the region. [EnabBaladi]

 

Homs

Tuesday, SOHR reported that clashes broke out between the Syrian forces and Syrian Islamic opposition groups in the vicinity of Al-Hilaliya in rural​​ northern​​ Homs, in which two opposition fighters were killed and two were injured. Meanwhile, the Syrian forces targeted different locations in Al-Rastan city, located in rural​​ northern​​ Homs, with several mortar shells. ​​ [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Daesh issues a video of religious training for young boys southeast of Deir Ez-Zor. It says it has more than 1,700 students, boys and girls, in the area. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin

Tuesday, the Central Military Media reported that Syrian forces recaptured Quriya town, south of Mayadin, following battles with Daesh. The Central Military Media added that violent clashes are still ongoing on the western bank of the Euphrates River. [EnabBaladi]​​ [SyriaNow][SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal

SOHR has documented the​​ deaths​​ of 202 members of the Syrian forces and 197 Daesh fighters over the past 10 days in Albu Kamal. [SyriaHR]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

According to U.N. Special Envoy​​ Staffan​​ de Mistura, the Syrian government has accepted a Russian proposal for a ceasefire in the besieged opposition-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. “I was just informed by the Russians today at the P5 meeting that the Russians have proposed and the government accepted a ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta because we were and are very concerned about it,” de Mistura said.​​ [Reuters]​​ [YeniSafak]​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

SOHR reports violent clashes between the Syrian forces and Tahrir Al-Sham in southwestern Damascus. [SyriaHR]

Tuesday, SOHR reported violent clashes resumed between the Syrian forces and Tahrir Al-Sham in the vicinity of Tal Baradiya in​​ southwest​​ Damascus, following a Syrian forces’ attack on the region, accompanied by heavy shelling and barrel-bomb attacks. According to SOHR, 4 members of Tahrir Al-Sham were killed, in addition to a number of members of the Syrian forces. [SyriaHR]

 

Daraa

Some Syrian anti-government opposition groups, including “Tajamo Al-Ahrar” and “Tajamo Al-Shahid Abu Hamza Al-Neamie,” have launched a battle​​ code-named​​ “The Landowners,” against​​ Jaish Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed,​​ the​​ Daesh affiliate​​ in southern Syria, in Tasil town in the Yarmouk Basin, in rural​​ western​​ Daraa. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says it stopped an opposition groups attack on Tasil town, west of Daraa. [A3maq]

However, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says opposition groups captured 4 Daesh military positions near Tasil.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Tuesday, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced that National Security was able to detect activity by terrorist group commanders in north Sinai to execute a chain of hostile operations against vital establishments and Christian houses of worship. The MoI announced the arrest of 6 terrorist units and 3 of their assistants, and​​ that​​ 11 terrorists were killed in gunfire exchanges​​ with the police. [Aawsat]

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In a statement released on Tuesday, Egyptian Army spokesman Tamer Al-Rifai said that “Army forces successfully eliminated three extremists, arrested five others, and destroyed eight hideouts used by the terrorists” during an army raid in central Sinai, the southern part of North Sinai. [Anadolu]

 

A security source in northern Sinai confirmed that during​​ the​​ heightened​​ security campaigns, 6 convicts were arrested on various charges,​​ and 40 suspects were arrested on charges of belonging​​ to​​ takfiri​​ groups. The campaigns​​ also destroyed 3 houses belonging to terrorist leaders west of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S.

According to a Pentagon report released on Monday, there are 1,720 American troops in Syria, 8,892 in Iraq, and 15,298 in Afghanistan. [EnabBaladi]

 

Asia

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed 3 Taliban fighters and wounded 8 in clashes in the Bira Khel area in Nangarhar. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed 3 Taliban fighters, including a commander, in clashes in Alingar District in Laghman province in eastern Afghanistan. [A3maq]

 

Malaysia

Tuesday, Malaysian Minister of Defense, Hishammuddin Hussein, said the Islamic Alliance States’ victories against Daesh in the Middle East led to the return of foreign​​ terrorists​​ to​​ Southeast Asia. He added that regional terrorist groups such as Abu Sayyaf, Al-Mujahidoun, and the Islamic group had previously declared loyalty to Daesh, and they may become a haven for terrorists​​ escaping Mosul,​​ Aleppo, and Raqqa. [Dijlah]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ And how many soldiers of the “alliance” were killed in these victories?​​