An Update On ISIS Activities

November 7,​​ 2017

Arab IDPs Leave Makhmur

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

UNAMI rep offers to mediate unresolved GOI-KRG dispute. [..]

Rawa still awaits final liberation. [..]

Al-Sadr withdraws his militia from Kirkuk. [..]

Barzani’s KDP meeting​​ ends with​​ blast​​ at PUK. Gorran blasts KDP​​ and​​ PUK. [..]

Syria

Assad, Baath party official talk tough about SDF. [..]

Russian planes attack Tahrir Al-Sham in southern Aleppo, NE Hama. [..]

Daesh attack kills 5 Russian soldiers, 4 Russian journalists. [..]

US

Defense Secretary Mattis conferring with allies in Europe this week. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Iraq-KRG issues

Tuesday, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq’s (UNAMI) Representative Jan Kubis met with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. UNAMI urged the KRG to respect the Federal Court’s decision, noting that UNAMI is willing to play the mediator role in the negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad. [Rudaw]​​ [IraqPress]

 

Tuesday, PM Haider Al-Abadi said in his weekly press briefing that the decision of the Federal Court on the Kurdistan referendum applies to all regions of Iraq, accusing the Kurdistan Region of “expansion at the expense of the internal crisis.” Al-Abadi added, “we are working to achieve justice in the distribution of wealth across all regions of Iraq.” [Sumaria]

 

Al-Abadi announced on Tuesday that there is a partnership between corrupt government employees and Peshmerga and the Kurdistan oil smugglers, stressing that the next “war” will be against corruption. Al-Abadi added that “the federal government is still supplying oil refineries in Kurdistan,” explaining that “this past October 550,000 barrels of Iraqi oil were​​ exported through the Turkish port of Ceyhan.”​​ [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, the KRG said that allocating 12% of the federal budget to the KRG barely covers the needs of a single province. [BasNews]

 

Monday, the Ministry of the Peshmerga held a meeting with the Coalition in the KRG regarding the military negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad. A statement by the Ministry said that​​ Acting​​ Minister Karim Sinjari said the negotiations between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi Army are​​ ongoing, and several proposals were given to the Army with no response. Sinjari added that the recent increased military mobilizations by the Iraqi Army and the PMF are worrisome. [BasNews]

 

Thursday, November 2nd, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a document containing rules for the Ministry’s employees, following the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil. Per the document, the employees of the Ministry’s departments, political missions, and consulates abroad are not to mention the “Kurdistan Region” in their vacation requests and to only state “Iraq.” [BasNews]

 

Vice President Nujaifi in US

Tuesday, Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi’s press office confirmed that the Associated​​ Press distorted his statements regarding the arming of the Ninewa Guards during his visit to the United States. The Associated Press reported that Al-Nujaifi ordered weapons for the Ninewa Guards to fight Iranian militias. The Associated Press promised to make a public apology for the mistake. [Sumaria]

 

Tuesday, in a press statement in Washington DC, Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi said the Iraqi government will not be able to forbid the PMF leaders from running for election. He also said the constitution is currently the only contract between Iraqis, and any adjustment to the constitution should be based on mechanisms within the constitution, which are currently unavailable. He added that any attempt to abolish the federal structure of Iraq is a breach of the constitution. [Rudaw]

 

Tuesday, Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi said the “Constitutional Court has a political character and is affected by ruling authorities.” In one of his lectures in Washington DC, he said “the only way​​ to solve the Iraqi crisis is through dialogue and a new legal and social contract between all parties.” He added “when the political balance was lost in Iraq and authorities failed, terrorism emerged and struck the world.” He noted the mistakes by the previous Iraqi government as​​ an example of​​ why all parties should have a share in the government. [Rudaw]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Tuesday, the Airstrikes Coordinator​​ for​​ the Coalition,​​ Andrew Croft,​​ said that the Iraqi forces’ operations against Daesh will not extend into Syrian territory and denied any knowledge of Iranian-backed Iraqi militias on the Iraqi-Syrian border between Albu Kamal and Al-Qa’im. ​​ [Hurra]

 

Croft confirmed that Daesh’s territory has been reduced to 4% of what it had originally and because of Daesh’s major losses and current weakness, Coalition airstrikes have decreased. [BaghdadToday]

 

The​​ Supreme Judicial Council​​ revealed the confessions of the Daesh leader named “Abu Hamza Al-Baljiki (the Belgian)” who had fought in Kobane, Tikrit, Ninewa, and Ramadi and trained minors to fight. The report revealed that Al-Baljiki, who is originally Moroccan, was a thief who was recruited by a drug dealer to become a terrorist in Iraq and Syria. The confessions also outline his trip to Syria and the training he received. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

According to the Baghdad Operations Commander Jalil Al-Rabi’i,​​ the threats​​ reportedly​​ targeting Baghdad Mall were false. The initial report was based on​​ information from US intelligence.​​ [Sumaria]

 

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

Tuesday, according to a statement on the Baghdad Operations Command official Facebook page, security​​ units​​ carried out a search operation in the Al-Juba and Arab Nouri areas in southern Baghdad. The search led to the discovery of 5 IEDs, 7 mortar shells, and one locally-made rocket, which were all defused safely. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Tuesday, security units foiled a terrorist suicide attack aimed at visitors to the Arba’in processions in southern Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

An IFP source reported that a suicide bomber was killed while attempting to carry out an attack on the Arba’in processions. [Sumaria]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command confirmed that security forces killed 2 suicide bombers in Radwaniya on Monday evening. [Baghdadia]​​ 

Tuesday, MoI spokesman Saad Ma’en reported that IFP intelligence identified one of the suicide attackers killed early Tuesday morning in Radwaniya as “Abu Hajar Qadam.” He and the other terrorist, from Al-Qa’im, were planning to target visitors at Arba’in processions. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Tuesday, a security source reported that 1 person was killed and 5 were wounded in an IED explosion near a street market in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4

 

ANBAR

 

Falluja

Tuesday evening, an IFP source reported that 2 people were wounded in an IED explosion near a shopping area in the Zoba’a​​ area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The leader of the PMF in​​ Qarma​​ subdistrict,​​ Mahmoud Mardhi Al-Jumeili,​​ announced on Tuesday that security units have launched a campaign of raids in eastern parts of Falluja city to pursue Daesh cells,​​ based on intelligence information about wanted Daesh members in those areas. ​​ [SNG]

 

Tuesday, a source from Civil Defense said that the EOD defused a number of Daesh “Jahannam” rockets and artillery shells in Falluja. [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Ramadi

According to the MoD statement, a suspect was arrested in Albu Farraj in north Ramadi. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Nine 120mm mortar shells, 4 rockets, C4, and 3 IEDs were found in Albu Dhiab city northwest of Ramadi, according to the MoD statement. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

The MoD reported that 1 IED, C4, 6 IEDs, and 2 M16 rifles were found in the Majar area southeast of Ramadi city. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A security source noted that the next liberation front will be the Rawa District, which will require the construction of a bridge, so the security forces can cross the Euphrates River. The old bridge was destroyed by Daesh. [Etejah]

 

Al-Qa’im

Tuesday, Sumaria published a video of a 55-year old Iraqi woman from Al-Qa’im telling the story of what Daesh members did to her family. She said Daesh arrested a number of her relatives for raising the Iraqi flag. She also said most of Daesh’s members come from the Al-Qa’im district. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tuesday, Anbar PMF Commander, Qatri Al-Samarmad, revealed that Daesh moved a secret prison from Al-Qa’im​​ District to Albu Kamal prior to the​​ Iraqi​​ forces’​​ attack. According to intelligence data, the prison contains a number of former Daesh leaders who turned against Daesh and dozens of residents from western Iraq, mostly members of security forces who were unable to leave​​ and got trapped.​​ 

Al-Samarmad added that the security forces are determined to​​ persuade​​ the federal government to coordinate with the Syrian government to invade Albu Kamal to free the residents of the western areas of Iraq and capture the Daesh leaders. [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Tuesday, a security source in the Jazeera Ops​​ Command​​ in​​ western Anbar reported that​​ security forces completed the clearing of​​ most​​ Al-Qa’im areas, but still need to clear a few Daesh​​ strongholds, including Rummana. [Etejah]​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army bulldozer and a Humvee with 2 rockets in the Rummana area. [A3maq]​​ 

 

A military source says​​ that​​ during search operations on Tuesday​​ security forces found a 15km​​ (9 mile)​​ tunnel​​ built by Daesh in Al-Qa’im District. [BaghdadToday]

 

The Anbar Liberation Ops Command arrested 2 suspected members of Daesh. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

1st Division units destroyed an ammunition depot containing several types of IEDs. 10th Division units arrested 3 suspects in the Jleeb Al-Sheikh area and seized a Kalashnikov rifle and a Brno rifle in addition to a pickup truck in the same location. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

In its latest update on the number of IDP returnees, to Salahuddin, the MoD reported that a total of 145,770 internally displaced families have been allowed to return following background security checks. The MoD statement provides a breakdown by district. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Tikrit

Tuesday, the Ministry of Defense announced that the IAA killed 4 Daesh members in Jazeera. [Etejah]​​ 

 

The MoD reported that security units and the PMF found 120 IEDs in the Ajeel oilfields, which were detonated safely. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Samarra

The Samarra Ops Command ordered search operations in the Saluwa and Farahatiya areas in Balad in southern Salahuddin, which led to the discovery of 3 Daesh hideouts, 2 stun grenades, light ammunition, 36 bullets, 1 hand grenade, medical equipment, a Quran, dried food, and blankets. Additionally, 2 guesthouses were destroyed, according to the MoD statement. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin

Daesh says it captured and then killed a man and his son after accusing the father of being an Iraqi Army “spy” and the son of being a PMF member. Daesh also says it detonated an IED on a Humvee in the Al-Nida area. [DENNov7]

DIYALA

Tuesday, the Diyala Police Command announced the arrest of 3 suspects on terrorist and criminal charges in various areas of the province.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Tuesday, the MoD announced the arrest of the head of the Khan Bani Saad brigade of Daesh in Diyala.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

The head of the Security​​ Committee​​ of the Abu Saida District Council said there is an area of 3,000 acres northeast of Baquba that Daesh so filled with land mines and IEDs that people are forbidden to go there. Farmers have lost a lot of money because they cannot plough their fields or plant crops safely because there are so many mines dispersed in the area. [BaghdadToday]

 

Tuesday, Head of the Muqdadiya District Council, Adnan Al-Tamimi, said that intensive investigations uncovered the identity of​​ Abu Usama Al-Naher, the proposed successor of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi. He says the terrorist’s actual​​ name is Osama Al-Naher,​​ one of Daesh’s prominent leaders in “Wilayat Diyala” and is based in the gardens of the Nahr Al-Imam villages with his armed cells. Al-Tamimi​​ said​​ Al-Naher is involved in the deaths of​​ civilians through IEDs on agricultural roads. He also said there is confirmed information that Al-Naher has ties to corrupt politicians. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Tuesday, the chairman of the Udhaim subdistrict council, Mohammed Daifan, reported that a number of Daesh members attempted to attack PMF and police posts on the outskirts of the liberated Albu Eissa village from the Salahuddin side.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Tuesday, Sadrist leader Muqtada Al-Sadr told his Saraya Al-Salam militia to shut down its positions in Kirkuk and withdraw from the province within 72 hours. He also forbade anyone​​ working​​ close to Al-Hanana​​ (site of​​ his office staff)​​ to​​ be involved​​ with commercial or financial​​ deals, an effort to avoid involvement in corruption. [Sumaria]​​ [Anadolu]

 

Prime Minister​​ Haider Al-Abadi said in a statement on Tuesday that, due to the demands of parents, there will be an investigation into reports of people detained by the Asayesh of the Kurdistan Region in Kirkuk Province. Dozens of detainees have been held in Kurdish security prisons since 2003 in Kirkuk Province and family members are demanding an investigation to be opened so they can know the fate of their relatives. It is noteworthy that from time to time Kirkuk witnesses demonstrations of people demanding to know the fate of the people who had been arrested by the Kurdish security forces (Asayesh).​​ [Sumaria]​​ [ROJ]

 

Tuesday, the Iraqi Turkmen Front called on the federal government in a statement to “not allow” the opening of security headquarters belonging to any political parties in​​ Kirkuk,​​ stressing the need to​​ take Turkmen​​ interests into account.​​ The statement said the Executive Committee​​ of the Iraqi Turkmen Front met with the political department of the Turkmen Front to discuss the latest developments in Iraq and Turkmen areas and the situation in Kirkuk Province after the extension of federal government control over Turkmen areas. [Sumaria]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

Tuesday, the Ministry of Defense announced that a search operation in Zab led to the discovery of 60 IEDs and an ammunition depot, which were all destroyed safely. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Tuesday, a PMF source reported the 88th​​ brigade of the PMF completely cleared the Al-Fatha road between Hawija and Baiji and the east Tikrit areas of IEDs planted on the sides of the road. The source added that the road is now open to military vehicles exclusively.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Member of the Kirkuk Provincial Council,​​ Ahmad Askari,​​ said “after the events of October 16th​​ the prevalence of armed forces in Kirkuk has increased and most of them are strangers to the city.” [ROJ]

 

Southwest Kirkuk

Daesh says it captured then killed five “PMF members” in​​ a​​ village east of Rashad on Monday. [A3maq] [DENNov7]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

West​​ Mosul

Tuesday, a family of five was​​ killed​​ when​​ they returned to their house​​ in 17 Tammuz,​​ which Daesh​​ had​​ booby-trapped, according to a police source. [Etejah]​​ 

 

A DaeshDaily source says 2 armed men on a motorcycle shot and killed an IFP member near his house in Hay Al-Tanak.​​ 

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says an armed group kidnapped and then killed Waleed Ahmed Jassem Al-Jubouri, a Daesh commander, in Salahiya village in Hammam Al-Alil. The source sent a photo of the body.​​ 

Qayara

Tuesday morning, the IFP destroyed a weapon and ammunition depot in Al-Hawd village in Mosul’s Qayara subdistrict, according to a police source. [Etejah]

 

Tuesday, the IFP discovered the dead body of a Daesh member in Al-Hawd village, according to a police source. [Etejah]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Baaj

Tuesday, a military source in the Ninewa Ops Command reported that Daesh members carried out a violent attack on the Iraqi Army and the PMF on the Mosul-Tal Afar​​ Road, but the Iraqi forces thwarted the attack. According to the source, Daesh members in Anbar​​ and Syria fled the battlefield​​ to the desert areas in west Ninewa. [IraqPress]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL/DAHUK

Tuesday, according to a KDP member, KDP leaders held a meeting chaired by Masoud Barzani to discuss the preparations for the next phase, the relationships with neighboring countries, and holding a dialogue with Baghdad. [Sumaria] Following the meeting, the KDP said the PMF and Iraqi Army’s attack on Kirkuk and Kurdish areas on October 15 and 16 happened due to the betrayal and secret meetings of a number of members of a certain Kurdish party, who reportedly admitted to this publicly in their documents. [BasNews] The KDP said such conspiracies will fail like the “Arabization policy” did, and it will not change the identity of the disputed territories. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The post-meeting blast seems obviously directed at the PUK.​​ 

 

Tuesday, the Head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee Abdul Rahim Al-Shammari called on PM Haider Al-Abadi to confirm the validity of the information that is circulating in the media and on social networking sites that armed Kurdish residents are invading Arab housing complexes in the Kurdistan Region and expelling the residents. He emphasized the need to take measures to protect these homes and residents. [Sumaria]

Tuesday in a statement, the Directorate of Asayesh Security in Erbil denied the media reports that Arab refugees in the Kurdistan Region are being forcibly deported and that displaced Kurds from Kirkuk are being housed in their place. The statement went on to reassure all parties that Arab citizens are being respected and are living life normally, adding that some displaced families from Kirkuk have been housed in the same complex as Arabs but these families moved in under an agreement that was reached with the owner of the housing complex. [IraqPress]

Tuesday, Erbil Governor Nawzad Hadi denied that Arab residents were facing pressure and harassment in Erbil, emphasizing that there is coexistence and any offense is stopped. He noted that there were limited offenses against some IDPs from Kirkuk and Tooz before the local government and charities coordinated their living arrangements, and these cases will be handled by a specialized committee. [Sumaria]

 

SULEIMANIYA/HALABJA

The opposition Change Movement (Gorran) launched a sweeping attack on the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party (PUK) accusing both of being responsible for the failures and defeats of Kurdistan, saying “the Change Movement insists on its demands… that the current​​ government be dissolved in preparation for the formation of a national rescue government to manage the current phase and to calm the crisis.” [IraqPress]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Tuesday,​​ a spokesman for Turkey’s​​ Justice and Development Party,​​ Mahir Unal,​​ said that the presence of Turkish forces in Syria and Iraq is in an effort to drive terrorist organizations away from the Turkish border, stressing that it is not possible to protect the Turkish capital without helping to provide security and stability to Turkey’s border states. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov commented on Russia’s eventual withdrawal of troops from Syria, saying Russia will withdraw its troops from Syria depending on the development of the situation, indicating that it will happen after defeating terrorism and eliminating the revolution and the rebels in Syria. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: When Assad’s indefinite continuation in office is assured.

 

Media and Political adviser to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said “what happened in Iraq should be a lesson for the SDF,” referring to the Kurdistan referendum in Iraq and inclinations that the PYD intends to create​​ its​​ own Kurdistan in Syria. [Rudaw]

At a conference in Damascus, President Assad said​​ “The war against terrorism has achieved 80 percent of its goals, but the remaining 20 percent may be the most difficult, especially in Idlib, where Syria is fighting against the Turkish occupation forces and the armed groups led by Al-Qaeda’s branch in the Levant.” Assad​​ was speaking to​​ participants​​ in the “Arab Reality after 100 Years of the Balfour Declaration” conference held in Damascus. He also said that Syria “does not believe in making any dialogue with the terrorists and that it clings to its absolute central authority over the entire Syrian territory.” ​​ [SyriaNow]

 

In his visit to Moscow on Tuesday, Assistant Regional Secretary of the Syrian Regional Branch of the Ba’ath Party, Hilal Hilal, said “there are no red lines in front of the Syrian Army, and it will enter all regions of Syria.” [Rudaw]

 

In a meeting with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, President Bashar Assad said “the Syrian Army and its affiliates’ victories over terrorist organizations will not stop at Deir Ez-Zor, Daesh’s last stronghold in Syria.” Assad added that “the war also targets those seeking to divide and weaken the countries.” [Rudaw]

 

The US-led Coalition confirmed its continued support of Syrian opposition​​ groups who are​​ reliable partners against Daesh, saying “we will continue to support efforts to fight Daesh in Syria.”​​ 

The former Russian Reconciliation Center​​ had alleged​​ that the US has​​ established​​ a camp near the Rukban​​ IDP​​ camp where “gunmen” are gathering to form a “moderate opposition” including Jaish Usud Al-Sharqiya, the Martyr Ahmad Abdu Forces, and the Martyrs Brigade. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that the date for the “Syrian National Dialogue” will be announced soon and that preparations are underway in coordination with Syria and international parties. Lavrov added that UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura is in close contact with Russia on this topic, noting the importance of coordinating with regional partners on the subject. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Syria Now reports that the UN Security Council will formally review the experts’ report on the chemical attacks in Khan Sheikhan, Umm Hush, and elsewhere in Syria. The US​​ is seeking a means to hold the Syrian Army responsible for the chemical attacks in Syria;​​ Russia​​ says it wants​​ an objective, evidence-based professional investigation into the facts. ​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Tuesday, SOHR reported a man was killed in a landmine explosion in the Al-Hawl area in rural southeastern Hasaka. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

Dorar reports Russian fighter jets launched airstrikes on 10 towns in southern Aleppo Monday night, killing at least 10 people. [Dorar]

 

SOHR reported that warplanes launched airstrikes on several locations in Al-Khawin village and Taman’a town in rural southern Idlib. Meanwhile, warplanes launched new airstrikes on Abu Al-Dhuhur military airport and Abu Al-Dhuhur town, killing a man and his wife and wounding their daughter. ​​ [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reported warplanes launched more than 40 airstrikes on Aleppo’s southern villages of Tal Daman, Umm​​ Al-Karamil, Numaniya, Al-Batranah, Al-Wajid, Al-Sumairiya, Jafar Mansour and Al-Munbateh during the past 24 hours, accompanied by violent clashes between the Syrian forces and Tahrir Al-Sham in the region. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported a woman and her child were killed in the explosion of a previously undetonated bomb, in the Al-Mutawassitah​​ village in rural eastern Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

In a new video released on Tuesday, the Turkestan Islamic Party’s leader, Sheikh Abd Al-Haq, issued threats against China during a military parade, which was the first of its kind since the TIP started to operate in Syria, showing a large convoy of its fighters and equipment parading on the new Aleppo-Latakia highway, controlled by the Syrian anti-government opposition from Saraqib town to Badama city.​​ EnabBaladi]

 

Afrin/Azaz

Tuesday, Hawar News Agency reported that Turkish linked groups based in Darat​​ Izza fired a mortar shell on the Burj Suleiman village of Shirawa in Afrin. The mortar shell, which fell on the village’s gardens, was followed by gunshots, which caused panic and damage to civilian houses. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Hawar News reported the Turkish forces, stationed in Amarna village, south of Jarabulus, are shelling the Self-Defense forces’ positions in the Shuyoukh Tahtani town in western Kobane. [Hawar]

 

SOHR reported that the SDF’s military police released, on Tuesday, all the young men it recently arrested in Manbij and in Tabaqa in western Raqqa District. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

Syrian Army units control the northern village of Sarha and clashes continue between the Syrian forces and the Nusra Front in northeastern Hama. [SyriaNow]

 

Russian warplanes have launched more than 70 airstrikes on Hama’s eastern villages of Suruj, Qasr Ibn Wardan, Huwais Um Jran, Huwais Ibn Hdeib, Abla, Shakousiya, Rahjan, and Abu Khanadeq as well as Abu Khanadeq camp since Tuesday’s dawn, according to the Enab Baladi’s correspondent. [Dorar]

 

SOHR reported that the Syrian forces shelled several locations in Lataminah town in rural northern Hama. Meanwhile, a civilian was killed and others were wounded in airstrikes by warplanes on areas in rural northeastern Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Army offensive

Russia’s Defense Ministry disclosed that four Russian news correspondents and five Russian soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in a residential neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor. [Dorar] [EnabBaladi]

Daesh​​ sources​​ also reported that​​ five Russian soldiers and four Russian journalists were killed or wounded by an IED explosion in Deir Ez-Zor. [Mu’ta]

Furat Post reported that 34 members of the Syrian forces were killed in a surprise attack by Daesh in rural northeastern Deir Ez-Zor on Monday. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

SDF offensive

Hawar reports the SDF captured Al-Qushairiya village from Daesh, killing 7 Daesh terrorists and destroying a Daesh vehicle carrying weapons. [Hawar]

 

SOHR reported that violent clashes continued between the SDF and Daesh east of the Euphrates River in rural eastern Deir Ez-Zor, especially in the vicinity of the Al-Basira town and Al-Sabkha village, where the SDF captured several Daesh-controlled locations, supported by large military reinforcements. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SUV carrying SDF fighters with an IED near Al-Rawdha village, east of Al-Sur, killing or wounding four fighters. [A3maq] [DENNov7]

 

Mayadin

SOHR reports the launch of more than 35 airstrikes on Tuesday in areas in and around Al-Quriya town east of Mayadin. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army T72 tank with a rocket west of Mayadin. [DENNov7]

Albu Kamal

Tuesday, SOHR reported violent clashes continue between the Syrian forces and Daesh in the​​ southwestern​​ desert of Albu Kamal, leading to the killing of more than 24 members of the Syrian forces in Daesh counterattacks in defense of its last stronghold. [SyriaHR]

SOHR reports that clashes continue between the Syrian forces and Daesh 15km (9 miles) southwest of Albu Kamal. [SyriaHR]

 

Deir Ez-Zor 24 reports that airstrikes from warplanes killed four civilians in Al-Sayal village in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi]

 

Tuesday, SOHR reported four civilians, including two children, were killed in airstrikes by warplanes on the Sayal crossing in rural eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a trailer truck loaded with food items arrived at Albu Kamal. The source says Daesh distributed the items to its supporters in the city. The source also says the city is facing a severe shortage of food. ​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and a machine gun mounted vehicle and damaged a bulldozer with rockets east of the T2 Station. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket east of the T2 Station on Monday. [A3maq]​​ 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

SOHR reports they Syrian Forces are carrying out airstrikes on Tahrir Al-Sham positions in in Rif Damashq on the border with Quneitra. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists who attacked the security agency headquarters in Aden. [ICDNNov7]

Jordan/Lebanon

The Lebanese Army announced on Tuesday that it arrested 2 Daesh leaders in Arsal in northeastern Lebanon [Xendan]

 

The Jordanian State Security Court sentenced 3 defendants to 3 years of hard labor for promoting Daesh terrorism. [Forat]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it captured then killed two Egyptian Army “spies” north and west of Rafah. It also says it destroyed a police vehicle with an IED east of Bir Al-Abd. [DENNov7]

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army vehicle with an IED near the Palestinian border in Rafah on Monday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

U.S./EUROPE

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that Daesh is beginning to lose most of its territory in Iraq and Syria but in the midst of Daesh’s losses it may launch lone wolf attacks against NATO allies. [Mawazin]

 

In his visit to north Europe countries this week, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will be meeting with NATO members and will be expected to face questions regarding the strategy with respect to Daesh.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

According to the news manager at Shamshad TV, Abed Ihsas,​​ Gunmen dressed as policemen used a hand grenade to kill a security guard and then opened fire on the staff of​​ the Shamshad TV channel building​​ in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Daesh has claimed credit for the attack. [Reuters] [Hawar]​​ [Rudaw]

Gunmen disguised as police officers stormed the Shamshad TV building in the Afghan capital Kabul killing at least two staff members. At least three attackers were involved, armed with guns and grenades. The station said one blew himself up at the entrance gate while another went up to the roof to fire at security forces. Staff were trapped inside, with some jumping out of windows and others escaping through a neighboring building. Normal programs were replaced with a still image. Special forces had to blast their way through a wall protecting the station to enter.​​ 

Soon after Afghan security forces brought the raid under control, a Shamshad anchor was back on the channel, reporting on the assault. [BBC]

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked the TV station.​​ It says one of the terrorists blew himself up while the other was killed in clashes.​​ It says at least 29 security members and 15 channel employees were killed in the attack. [A3maq] [ICDNNov7]

Daesh says it shot and killed a Pakistani diplomat in Jalalabad on Monday. [A3maq]​​ 

In a previous report, A3maq said 20 people were killed in the attack. [A3maq]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Daesh terrorists flee Al-Qa’im. [YouTube]​​ 

Iraqi forces find Daesh tunnels in Al-Qa’im. [YouTube]

November 6,​​ 2017

 

Al-Qa’im

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Hostile​​ rhetoric heightens in KRG-Iraq standoff. [..]

PM Barzani suggests previous oil revenue formula may be restored. [..]

Al-Abadi raises the Iraqi flag in Al-Qa’im. [..]

Two coincidental reports suggest Al-Baghdadi is on the move. [..]

Iraqi Army initiates major campaign to clear Daesh pockets in Rutba. [..]

Iraqi Army thwarts Daesh attack on Shia shrine in Samarra. [..]

Daesh double suicide attack on Shia mosque in Kirkuk kills at least 5. [..]

Turkey

Prime Minister Yildirim making extended visit to Washington. [..]

Syria

Daesh suicide attack reported to kill 100 civilians in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

SDF captures​​ four​​ Deir Ez-Zor villages from Daesh. [..]

Iraqi PMFs, helicopters cross border into Albu Kamal. [..]

Syrian forces recover SW Syria ground lost to Tahrir Al-Sham. [..]

Yemen

Daesh stages deadly attack on security HQ in Aden. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Victory over Daesh

Monday, Iraqi President Fuad Masoum confirmed that the final victory against Daesh will be soon. According to a statement from Masoum’s press office, Poland held an official reception for Masoum on Monday morning, headed by Polish President Andrzej Duda. The two presidents looked into expanding the bilateral relationships between the two countries across all sectors. [Sumaria]

 

Iraq-KRG issues

Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri discussed the latest developments in Iraq, with a focus on the crisis with Kurdistan. According to the CoR press office, the two looked into solutions to end the ongoing crises in Iraq, especially the crisis between the central government and the KRG, by​​ emphasizing​​ dialogue in accordance with the constitution. [SotIraq]

 

Monday, Sumaria published the Federal Court’s document regarding the legality of separation by any Iraqi component, based on the request of the Secretary General of the Ministerial Council to clarify constitutional​​ issues. [Sumaria] Monday, the Federal Court confirmed that the Iraqi constitution contains no passage allowing the separation of any Iraqi component, and noted that the constitution emphasizes​​ the country’s unity. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, a statement from the office of Prime Minister​​ Haider Al-Abadi said “the Iraqi government confirms its commitment to its constitutional position by maintaining Iraq’s unity, preventing any separatist attempt, and proceeding with necessary measures to impose federal authority. . . .​​ All measures taken by the federal government were within these constitutional provisions and within their powers.”​​ [ROJ]

 

Monday, Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s office demanded​​ that​​ the KRG explicitly announce its commitment not to separate from Iraq and to abide by the constitution and the Federal Court’s decisions. He cited​​ the Federal Court’s explanation of Article 1 of the constitution which emphasizes Iraqi unity and authorizes​​ the​​ federal​​ government to​​ maintain the unity of Iraq. [Mawsleya]

 

Monday, Badr Bloc representative, Faleh Hasan Al-Khazali, said he considers the Federal Court decision deeming the Kurdistan referendum null as “the last chance to avoid an armed solution.” Al-Khazali called on former KRG President Masoud Barzani to abide by the law and cancel the referendum’s results.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Monday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani expressed his readiness to share the​​ payment of the​​ KRG’s salaries with the federal government while calling on the federal government to “hold a strategic dialogue” and “not play the Kurdish forces card.” Barzani said “the disputes with Baghdad will not be solved through military force, and we call​​ for​​ a permanent ceasefire with the Iraqi forces.” He added that Baghdad’s actions aim to “abolish the political and legal entity of Kurdistan.” [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Inflated political rhetoric​​ from either side​​ will not solve anything. For example, Baghdad’s recent military actions actually aim to put​​ under federal control the​​ non-KRG areas of Iraq​​ that the KRG has occupied by stationing its Peshmerga there and essentially daring Baghdad to do something about it. We don’t hear anyone proposing to abolish the KRG.​​ ​​ 

 

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is ready to hand over the revenues of oil exports to Baghdad if Iraq’s federal government gives the Kurdish region its 17-percent share of the budget, KRG’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said on Monday.​​ [Anadolu]​​ [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Settling this issue would lessen the air of crisis we notice in the KRG and remove one major source of current tensions.​​ 

 

Monday,​​ a​​ Kurdish representative​​ in​​ the CoR,​​ Najiba Najib, said the 2018 budget is the “worst and most dangerous” to Kurdistan, accusing political parties of seeking to weaken the Kurdish people. Najib also said some parts of the budget are “blatantly unconstitutional,” including changing​​ the name​​ of the Kurdistan Region, which is spelled out in the constitution, to “Northern Iraqi Governorates.” She explained that the 17% Kurdish share of the budget, “which the KRG never received in full,” was reduced even further, adding that all Kurdish parties stand against the 2018 budget until it is adjusted. [BasNews]

 

Monday, PUK CoR representative,​​ Ms.​​ Rizan Sheikh Dalir, criticized “the Baghdad government’s lack of seriousness to carry out a dialogue with the KRG to resolve their outstanding disputes, despite all of the KRG’s initiatives.” Dalir called Baghdad’s rejection and continued “humiliation” and “provocation” of Kurdish leaders and civilians and the reduction of the Kurdistan Region’s share of​​ the budget as “unacceptable.” Dalir also called on the Iraqi government to “reconsider its language which aims to bring back the chauvinism of the previous administration.” [IraqPress]

 

Monday, PUK​​ official​​ Bakhtyar Shaways announced that he has officially asked​​ Prime Minister Al-Abadi to recognize Halabja as a standalone governorate in the 2018 budget, despite “unconstitutional terminology” appearing​​ in the​​ 2018​​ federal budget, such as the use of the term “Northern Iraqi Governorates” instead of the “Kurdistan Region – Iraq,” in addition to dropping the Kurdish share from 17% to 12.67% without a census or a legal justification. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We think changing the “Kurdistan Region” name in the budget is another example of the inflated rhetoric cited above. It may be a small offense but it’s an unnecessary offense. It is encouraging that we are talking about the KRG’s fair share, which is based on restoring a joint oil marketing policy, hopefully under way. The long-established fair share is 17%, but it is always somewhat less due to shared expenses. The dueling budget statements don’t tell us whether CoR members are trying to reduce the fair share or whether the shared expenses are (as usual) the difference. A lot of bombastic political statements in Iraq (including the KRG) are based on a firm belief in other people’s ignorance.

 

Monday,​​ a member of the CoR​​ Petroleum and Energy Committee, Zaher Al-Abadi, accused former KRG President Masoud Barzani​​ of the​​ “stealth acquisition” of the North Oil Company. Zaher Al-Abadi called on the Iraqi Minister of Petroleum, Jabbar Al-Luaibi, to open an investigation into​​ how 370 technicians from the Kar​​ Company, which​​ he said​​ is owned by Masoud Barzani and runs the Avana and Bai Hassan oil fields, were brought to work in the North Oil Company. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Just for the record, Kar is owned by Kurdish businessman Baz Barzangy.​​ ​​ 

 

Monday, in an interview with NPR, Masoud Barzani reiterated that he does not regret holding the referendum in Kurdistan. Barzani said that the “KRG expected the closure of border crossings and economic sanctions, but not a military attack.” Barzani added that “Russia’s attitude with respect to the procedures taken by Baghdad were more positive than America’s” and that “Kurdistan is re-evaluating its relationship with Washington based on its last stance.” [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have noticed after covering Masoud Barzani for a long time that in his own mind and public pronouncements he is never wrong. As for replacing the US relationship with the Russians, let him be the first one on the plane and let’s see how many people follow him.

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

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

Five civilians were injured in a roadside IED explosion in​​ the Dora​​ area in southern Baghdad, police said Saturday.​​ [Sumaria]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The PUK Media published confessions of the detained Daesh terrorist called “Abu Amnah” in front of the Central Interrogation Court judge. Abu Amnah was the​​ emir​​ of the Abu Ghraib crossing​​ in​​ the so-called “Wilayat Baghdad.” He confessed to joining Daesh after a one-year imprisonment by the US forces. The article outlines some of Abu Amnahs routines,​​ and​​ how his family did not know of his affiliation with Daesh,​​ and​​ how​​ he used the Telegraph App to communicate. He also detailed his involvement in the recruitment of Daesh members and the manufacturing​​ of​​ IEDs. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

Al-Iraq News reported that Daesh’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi escaped to Syria on Friday evening from Rawa in a yellow taxi. It is believed that he is in Deir Ez-Zor. Sunday night, Al-Iraq News reported from an intelligence source that Al-Baghdadi called on Daesh members to remain and fight in Al-Qa’im but​​ those able to leave​​ escaped in their personal cars to Syria.​​ [Buratha] [FaceIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Yet another reported Baghdadi sighting in which he is neither heard nor actually seen.​​ But see the story under Albu Kamal, Syria, below.​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Sunday, Prime Minister​​ Al-Abadi arrived​​ in​​ Al-Qa’im and raised the Iraqi flag in the city and​​ at​​ the Hsaiba Border Crossing. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

Monday, according to a media source, the PMFs began withdrawing from Al-Qa’im after completing the liberation operation, and the Iraqi Army took over the posts which the PMFs left. [Buratha]​​ 

 

Monday, the security forces and PMF continued their​​ clearing operations in the Al-Qa’im​​ city​​ following its liberation from Daesh. In addition to IED and mine removal, the security forces are tracking Daesh members hiding in neighborhoods in the city center. [Etejah]

 

Monday, the EOD discovered a booby-trapping and IED workshop in Al-Qa’im and defused a number of locally-made IEDs. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Sumaria posted a video of a Daesh market found by security forces where Daesh used to sell belongings stolen from Al-Qa’im’s displaced residents. Among the goods stolen were electronic appliances, gas cylinders, and other equipment. Facebook activists said that Daesh moved most of the goods to Syria prior to the start of the liberation operation in Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Monday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi issued guidelines regarding the liberated areas in western Anbar, including Al-Qa’im. Al-Abadi instructed the concerned official entities to make the maximum effort to clear the residential​​ neighborhoods, roads, and institutions from explosives left behind by Daesh and to create the right conditions to bring back basic services to the residents and prepare for the return of IDPs. He also instructed them to examine the demands of residents and government employees, which they presented during his visit to liberated areas on Sunday. [Buratha]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted one airstrike on a Daesh target in Iraq, near Al-Qa’im. [InherentResolve]

 

Rutba

Saturday, West Anbar Operations Command announced that it carried out a large anti-Daesh operation to clear the areas extending towards Al-Rutba, and from Al-Rutba​​ all the way​​ to Kerbala, in which they​​ destroyed 15 Daesh camps and​​ 10 hideouts, and captured 40 villages as well as​​ the Al-Rutba southern airport and Al-Rutba northern airport.​​ [IraqPress]

The commander of the West Anbar Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said on Saturday that Iraqi forces, backed by the PMFs, launched an anti-Daesh operation to retake​​ the last Daesh-controlled areas in western Anbar. They recently recaptured the outskirts of Al-Rutba town as well​​ as Al-Sada, Karabela,​​ and Hsaiba, Iraq press reported on Saturday. He further noted that they destroyed 15 Daesh camps and hideouts in the wake of the counterterror offensives, and​​ claimed to have​​ liberated 40 villages​​ in addition to the​​ two air bases north and south of Al-Rutba, bringing the total expanse of liberated areas in western Anbar to 20,000 square kilometers.​​ [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Count us as skeptical that Daesh still controlled two airports and 40 villages in Rutba.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Monday, the Diyala Police announced the arrest of 2 terrorists, in Khanaqin in northeast Diyala and Khan Bani Saad​​ southwest of Baquba. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Tikrit

Monday, Diyala Provincial Council Member, Abdul Khaleq Medhat said that an airstrike targeted 4 Daesh locations in the Mtaibija Basin on the border between Diyala and Salahuddin. Medhat added that the repeated strikes on Daesh’s guesthouses and gatherings in Mtaibija contributed to reducing​​ the danger from​​ Daesh​​ activity in nearby areas, including Hawi Al-Udhaim. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Samarra

Commander of Operations in Samarra,​​ Gen. Imad Al-Zahiri,​​ announced on Monday that a major terrorist attack on visitors to a Shia​​ religious shrine in downtown Samarra was thwarted, saying 11 terrorists were arrested and all of their weapons were confiscated. Every year, hundreds of​​ thousands of Shia​​ pilgrims travel to Samarra city to visit the shrines of Ali Al-Hadi and Al-Hasan Al-Askari before heading to the holy city of Kerbala to commemorate Arba’in. ​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Monday, the Intelligence Service announced​​ the​​ foiling​​ of​​ a​​ planned​​ terrorist attack​​ with two suicide bombers on​​ visitors to​​ the Arba’in processions​​ in Diyala.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Monday, Head of the Muqdadiya District Council, Adnan Al-Tamimi, said that the military operation in the Nahr Al-Imam village uncovered the hideout location of a wanted Daesh leader called “Al-Jarithi” who is from that village. Al Tamimi also reported that a joint security unit carried out search operations in Nahr Al-Imam, covering the districts and the surrounding agricultural gardens,​​ and seized a Daesh guesthouse containing explosives and IEDs. ​​ [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Buratha]

 

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

A local source says a man was kidnapped by a group of 8 people​​ who broke into his house in Al-Islah in​​ Jalawla,​​ northeast Diyala,​​ wearing uniforms of the security forces and took him to an unknown location. [Ghad]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Sunday, at least five people were killed and 14 others were wounded in​​ two suicide attacks on a Shia​​ mosque in Kirkuk, police and medical sources said. [Anadolu]

Monday, Intelligence commander Maen Al-Saadi confirmed that the Sunday incident in Kirkuk was a terrorist attack committed by two foreign Daesh members. The attack targeted​​ a political party, according to Al-Saadi,​​ and​​ was meant to fuel sectarian strife and create confusion, especially now that Kirkuk is under federal​​ control.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Nevertheless, on Monday Turkmen representative to the CoR, Niazi Memari Uglu accused the Azadi Iranian Movement, the PKK, and Kirkuk’s dismissed Governor Najmaldin Karim of being behind the two explosions in Kirkuk on Sunday. According to Uglu, the Kurds are trying to send the message that the federal rule has not brought security and safety to the province, and that the absence of the Asayesh and the Peshmerga compromised the security in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Monday, former Kirkuk Police commander, Sarhad Qader, reported that the head of the Ministry of Interior Police Affairs, Mowaffak Abdulhadi, is set to go to Kirkuk, where the security responsibilities will be divided among​​ Kirkuk’s ethnic​​ components (Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen), with 32% for each. Qader said it is not yet known what the agreement between the KDP and the PUK will be regarding the Kurdish share of responsibilities. Qader said that “if the Peshmerga forces hadn’t retreated on October 16th, the Iraqi Army and PMF would have faced a massacre on Kirkuk’s streets and would have been forced to retreat.” [Rudaw]

 

Monday, the IWMC announced that a pre-emptive operation led to the arrest of 4 terrorists linked to terrorist military units in “Wilaya Kirkuk.”​​ [Baghdadia]​​ ​​ [BaghdadNews]​​ 

 

A security source in Kirkuk reported that an unknown person threw two stun grenades at the Baba Gurgur gas station in Kirkuk city center. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Sunday, a security source reported that a civilian was killed and another was wounded in a grenade explosion in a village in Dibis’ outskirts. [SotIraq]

 

Sunday evening, two suicide bombers blew themselves up on Atlas​​ Street in Kirkuk’s center, killing 1 person and wounding 16. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Monday, a security source in Kirkuk reported the death of a Hawija PMF member in an IED explosion while the Hawija PMFs were defusing IEDs in the Muzher Al-Assi village in Rashad, in Daquq. [Sumaria]

 

Sunday, the house of KDP member Shakhwan Kaka’i in Daquq was attacked with a grenade. [SotIraq]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

West​​ Mosul

According to security sources the old neighborhoods of West Mosul are witnessing military operations despite the Iraqi government’s announcement that​​ they have​​ been freed from Daesh control. This is happening as​​ members of​​ the US Congress​​ are​​ seeking to draft a law to impose​​ terrorism sanctions on the PMF’s Asa’eb Al-Haq militia. According to security sources there have been frequent attacks against the security sources in the old neighborhoods of Mosul and there are still many tunnels that the Iraqi forces have not been able to detect, allowing Daesh to resume its activities in old Mosul. [ArabsToday]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Monday,​​ a​​ Peshmerga Commander in the Salihiya area of Zummar, Bahjat Silki, said the Peshmerga detected PMF activity in the area, adding that it “will respond to any movement toward Peshmerga if not pre-coordinated.” [BasNews]

 

Monday, a security source reported the arrest of 7 Daesh members in Zummar carrying muffled weapons and dozens of cellular phones. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Baaj

Monday, the 40th​​ brigade of the PMF freed a 16-year old Yazidi girl from a Daesh guesthouse in a pre-emptive operation in the Baaj Desert. [Baghdadia]​​ 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

Monday, Minister of Interior, Qassem Al-Aaraji, announced the arrest of a dangerous suspect who was planning to carry out a terrorist attack. Al-Aaraji noted that the MoI has plans in place to​​ “handle sleeper cells and other negative phenomena, such as those holding extremist ideology, several of which have already been arrested in various locations in Kerbala.” [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Monday,​​ a​​ Kurdish Alliance​​ COR​​ representative, Jamal Kochar, denied that the federal forces took over the Ibrahim Al-Khalil border crossing, noting that a delegation from the Joint Operations Command (JOC) visited the Iraqi troops in a Turkish base to participate in a graduation ceremony. Kochar said the Peshmerga units are still in control of the border crossing. [IraqPress]

 

Sunday, Secretary General of the Peshmerga, Jabbar Yawar, said the Iraqi government is pressuring the Kurdistan delegation to accept its proposed points solely based on negotiations, without referring to the constitution. Yawar added that the Peshmerga does not want to engage in military confrontations with the federal forces in case no agreement is reached. [SotIraq]​​  

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

In two phone calls in the past two days, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, discussed the bilateral relationship between Turkey and the United States as well as a number of regional issues of mutual interest, especially the Syrian and Iraqi crises. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım is set to visit Washington from Tuesday through November 11th. [BasNews]

 

The Adviser of the European Center for Counterterrorism in the Middle East, Maj. Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf, said on Monday that over the past 6 months Turkey has prevented 50,000 Daesh terrorists from entering Syrian territory, saying that Turkey has helped end the supply of weapons, ammunition, and financial funding. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

According to informed sources, Russia has decided to postpone the Sochi peace conference on Syria, entitled “Syrian People’s Conference,” to which it invited 32 political factions, after receiving regional and international messages that it should work on a more serious formula and get the approval of influential countries, especially the United States.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

US Defense Secretary James Mattis responded to reports of a possible conflict between the US and Russia in Syria, saying “the focus is on avoiding a conflict between Russian and US forces as the gap has narrowed between them in Syria​​ [and] . . .​​ the focus is on defeating ISIS​​ in its last few areas.” [Dorar]

 

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami has expressed Iran’s determination to continue its support for the Syrian government, even after the end of the war in Syria. “Like in the past, we are determined to stand by our Syrian brothers after the war,” Hatami told Syrian Defense Minister Major General Fahd Jassem​​ Al-Freij in a phone conversation on Sunday.​​ [Dorar]

Syria will go ahead in its war against terrorism and its backers across all the Syrian territories​​ until​​ achieving victory and restoring peace and stability to every inch of the Syrian territories, Deputy​​ Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid Al-Muallem said during his meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader’s Adviser for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati. Al-Muallem and Velayati discussed Syrian-Iranian relations and means of enhancing them in all domains, as well as the latest developments of the situations in Syria and the region in light of the latest political and field changes. Viewpoints were identical on the necessity of strengthening coordination and consultation between the two “brotherly” countries to further enhance the victories achieved by the resistance axis and its allies in the face of terrorism and its backers. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ How a Shia theocracy got to be “brothers” with a Baathist regime that has killed several hundred thousand of its own people is one of the mysteries of international politics.

 

Monday, Alexander Ivanov, the spokesman for the Russia-run​​ Khmeimim​​ air base in Syria, said that “the military option might be the sole option to address those US-baked Kurdish militants that illegally occupied large swathes of territory in northern Syria.” Mustafa Bali, a SDF spokesman, said that Ivanov’s comments are only reflecting his personal contemplations, adding that SDF fighters have​​ enough strength to react to​​ any​​ threat.​​ [Rudaw]

 

The Syrian​​ forces’​​ offensive in the Euphrates River​​ valley​​ ​​ will eliminate the last terrorist grouping in the country, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said on Monday. “What has to be done now is to complete the offensive in the southeast of Syria along the Euphrates River. Terrorists are still putting up resistance but their fate is predetermined,” he said in an interview with​​ the​​ Gazeta web-portal. “The agenda now includes issues of post-conflict settlement, reconstruction of damaged infrastructure and provision of essential humanitarian assistance to the population,” the deputy minister said. [SyriaNow]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says it killed more than 18 SDF fighters, wounded others, and damaged 4 vehicles in clashes on Khurafi Road near Abu Fas village on Saturday. [ICDNNov5]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR reported that warplanes launched more than 25 airstrikes on the villages of Siyala,​​ Maizila and Ramla in southern rural Aleppo since Monday morning. [SyriaHR]​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Sunday, Iba’a reported that Tahrir Al-Sham has recaptured Tal Al-Sawan and the Al-Khala village in southern rural Aleppo, after fierce clashes with the Syrian forces, causing significant losses to the​​ Syrian forces. Meanwhile, violent clashes broke out between the Syrian anti-government opposition and the Syrian government forces in​​ a nature​​ reserve, after the latter’s attempt to advance towards Khirbat Huwaish, in rural southern Aleppo, which the Syrian anti-government opposition impeded, killing 11 members of the Syrian forces and wounding others, forcing the Syrian forces​​ to retreat.​​ [Dorar]

 

Al-Bab/Manbij/Jarabulus

According to the journalist Adnan Al-Hussein, the SDF detained about 100 young men 18-31 years old, from Manbij city and rural eastern Aleppo,​​ to be driven to military recruitment.​​ [EnabBaladi]​​ [ZamanAl-Wasl]​​ [Anadolu]​​ Separately, local citizens carried out a general strike and protests, to denounce the forced military recruitment by SDF in the area.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Hawar reports that the Turkish Army targeted positions of the fighters of the Manbij Military Council while the Manbij fighters responded to the attack. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs,​​ Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

They Syrian Army captured the northern village of Sarha from the Nusra Front in northeastern rural Hama according to a SANA correspondent. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR reports there are clashes between the Syrian forces on the one hand and Tahrir Al-Sham and Islamic factions on the other in​​ the​​ villages​​ of Sarha, Abu Dali, Al-Musherifa, and Al-Shakousiya​​ in the Salamiyah District of​​ northeast Hama.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaish Al-Azza seized new positions from the Syrian government’s control on Monday in eastern rural Hama according to the Aba’ news agency. [Dorar]

 

Homs.​​ Zaman Al-Wasl​​ reports that the Syrian forces have suddenly withdrawn from some of​​ the areas they​​ controlled in the vicinity of​​ the​​ Al-Tanaf border crossing with Iraq. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria,​​ in and​​ near Deir Ez-Zor (2), and Albu Kamal (4). [InherentResolve]

 

Deir Ez-Zor

Sunday, Hawar News reported more​​ than 100 civilians were killed and​​ others were wounded in a Daesh suicide attack with two booby-trapped cars against civilians trying to flee from the Syrian forces-controlled areas to the SDF-controlled area near Abu Fas village in​​ Hasaka. [Hawar]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh used a 15-year-old Yazidi boy, who had been kidnapped from Sinjar three years ago, to conduct the attack.​​ 

 

Monday, the SDF captured the villages of Al-Khaja, Al-Hajna, Tayib Al-Fal, and Sukkar, after fierce clashes with Daesh southeast​​ of Deir Ez-Zor, killing 11 Daesh members.​​ [Hawar]​​ [EnabBaladi] [SyriaHR]​​ [Dorar]

 

SOHR reported unidentified warplanes launched airstrikes on the villages of Al-Briha​​ east of​​ Deir Ez-Zor​​ city, and Daman, in rural eastern and northeastern Deir Ez-Zor, killing a man and wounding others. Meanwhile,​​ three​​ children were killed in airstrikes by warplanes on Al-Galaa village in rural eastern Deir Ez-Zor. ​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin

Daesh says it killed 22 Syrian soldiers,​​ destroyed a BMP armored vehicle and 3 other military vehicles, and captured weapons, ammunition, and 2 more vehicles​​ in attack on government forces west of Mayadin on Sunday. [A3maq]​​ [ICDNNov6]​​ 

 

Albu Kamal

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a convoy of 13 Daesh vehicles fled from Iraq to Albu Kamal then “disappeared” into the countryside. The source says a high-ranking Daesh official might have been in the convoy.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ You might want to read this in the context of the reported Al-Baghdadi escape from Rawa, above under “Reports from Iraq.”​​ 

 

Saturday, SOHR reported that clashes broke out between​​ Iraqi​​ PMF​​ units​​ and Daesh in eastern Albu Kamal,​​ after the PMFs​​ advanced into the​​ Syrian area of Al-Hari,​​ after securing​​ control of​​ the​​ Al-Qa’im border crossing with Syria. However, Daesh launched counter attacks on the PMFs​​ and forced​​ them​​ to retreat to the Iraqi border. [Hawar]

 

Saturday, according to field sources, Iraqi helicopters shelled​​ Daesh-controlled areas in Albu Kamal, destroying a Daesh anti-aircraft gun in Al-Suwaiya​​ town. [Dorar]

 

Jaafar Al-Husseini, spokesman for the Iraqi Hezbollah militia, said the Iraqi forces will engage in the battle against Daesh in Syria’s Albu Kamal,​​ as it borders Iraq. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Is he speaking​​ with authorization from​​ Iraq’s Commander in Chief or is he breaking ranks? It’s a question with important implications.​​ 

 

Sunday night, 11 Daesh members were killed and 4 villages in eastern Deir Ez-Zor were liberated in the SDF Al-Jazeera Campaign, following violent battles between the SDF and Daesh. The SDF is less than 17 km (10.5 miles) away from the Iraqi border. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Dorar reported that violent clashes continue between Daesh and Syrian forces in the vicinity of Albu Kamal, in an attempt by Daesh to impede the Syrian advance​​ towards the city.​​ Likewise, A3maq reported that Daesh destroyed 2 four-wheel vehicles and a tank of the Syrian forces with two guided missiles, near the T2​​ Second Station, west of Albu Kamal. [Dorar][SyriaHR][EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it killed two Syrian soldiers and destroyed a tank with a rocket near the T2 Station. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh also says it destroyed 2 Syrian Army SUVs with rockets near the station. [A3maq]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Saturday, the Syrian forces recaptured the areas it lost, on Friday, between Quneitra District and West Ghouta in Rif Damashq, according to the Central Military Media. [EnabBaladi]

In a report released on Monday, the Association of Pharmacists in the besieged Eastern Ghouta said that drug stocks have been exhausted in the Ghouta area during the​​ recent​​ period, which led the medical centers sometimes to use expired medicines to improve the condition of the patient. The Association pointed out that more than 400​​ patients​​ need to be evacuated to hospitals outside the area.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

The Syrian forces resumed​​ their​​ shelling of Jaish Al-Islam-controlled areas in the towns of Bait Al-Naim, Masraba and Douma in Eastern Ghouta in Rif Damashq. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Iran

A state-run Iranian newspaper,​​ Kayhan,​​ threatened to​​ target 2 US cities after a Houthi militia targeted the airport in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh. The newspaper warned that the next target will be Dubai in the UAE. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Some of the world’s bravest-sounding people sit behind typewriters.

 

Yemen

Aden Security forces announced its full control of the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department after Sunday’s Daesh suicide attack on the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department in Khor​​ Maksar district in Aden city in southern Yemen, in which 17 security​​ personnel​​ were killed, and 27 others were wounded, according to the​​ spokesman for​​ the​​ Aden Security Department, Captain Abdul Rahman Al-Naqib.​​ [RT Arabic]

Daesh’s version​​ says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the headquarters with a vehicle bomb, killing 29 security members, wounding others, and destroying 9 vehicles. It says 3 more terrorists entered the headquarters after killing 21 security officers and members and destroying 4 vehicles. It says after 11 hours of battles, one of the terrorists blew himself up while the other two were killed in the clashes, where more than 30 security members were killed and 4 vehicles destroyed. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a Houthi military position in the Qifa area​​ on Sunday, killing or wounding many fighters before returning safely. [ICDNNov6]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Afghan officials announced the killing of 7 Daesh terrorists in US airstrikes in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan. [MasryAlYoum]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed two policemen in Jalalabad on Sunday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Prime Minister Abadi raises the Iraqi flag in Al-Qa’im and the Hsaiba​​ border​​ crossing. [Yalla] [Hurra]

 

An Iraqi soldier meets with his family in Al-Qa’im for the first time in 4 years. [Yalla]​​ 

A Daesh vehicle bomb explodes on Iraqi forces near Al-Qa’im. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb near Al-Qa’im [YouTube]​​ 

 

IAA aircraft destroy Daesh targets near Al-Qa’im. [Iraqia]

 

November 3,​​ 2017