An Update On ISIS Activities

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November 9, 2017

 

Arba’in Ceremony

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Startling report outlines how Daesh recruits children. [..]

Rawa manager says Daesh has no more than 20 men left in Rawa. [..]

3,226 Yazidis are still held by Daesh. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey security personnel conduct major anti-Daesh sweep in Ankara. [..]

 

Syria

The SDF captures Markada. [..]

Syrian Army struggling to dislodge Tahrir Al-Sham from NE Hama. [..]

SOHR says Albu Kamal not yet entirely in Syrian control. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister

Thursday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi confirmed that Daesh’s “military end” is coming soon. He also said the political challenge​​ now is to​​ intensify the intelligence effort and the citizens’ cooperation with security​​ agencies. Al-Abadi’s press office stated that​​ he​​ met with the national intelligence coordination cell and discussed​​ intelligence​​ operations and plans​​ for​​ the post-Daesh phase. [Sumaria]​​ [ROJ]

 

Al-Abadi extended his condolences to the Iraqi people in commemoration of the Arba’in of Imam Hussein and stressed that all government parties exert maximum effort to ensure the safe return of​​ foreign​​ visitors. Al-Abadi​​ also​​ pledged to defeat corruption just as Daesh was defeated. [Sumaria]

 

Thursday, Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi said he will support a new term for PM Haider Al-Abadi if he meets certain conditions, including​​ making​​ the PMF militias follow state authority and bringing balance to foreign relations. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ To have a major Sunni politician suggest he will endorse a Shia Prime Minister for re-election is a significant development. To his credit, Al-Abadi is already working hard to meet both of these conditions, but he will have to keep working at both because they require delicate balancing acts.​​ 

 

Iraq-KRG issues

Thursday, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs and Acting Minister of Industry, Mohammed Shayaa Al-Sudani explained that the federal government decided to reduce the Kurdistan Region’s share​​ of the budget​​ from 17% to 12.6% due to the KRG’s manipulation of the numbers of employees and security units. [Sumaria]

CoR Finance Committee member Ahmad Haji Rashid, a Kurd,​​ said on Thursday that 200,000 people are receiving pensions illegally in the Kurdistan Region. He emphasized that the Kurdistan Region’s problem is not with bankruptcy but with financial management. Rashid went on to note that in the past 10 years the Kurdistan Region has received 100 trillion dinars and if that money had been spent on developing infrastructure, the Kurdistan Region would not be facing its current problems.​​ [Buratha]

 

KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani spoke to the leader of the Sadrist Movement,​​ Muqtada Al-Sadr on Thursday,​​ asking Al-Sadr to mediate a dialogue between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government. Commenting on the request, Al-Sadr stressed that the referendum was not constitutional​​ and​​ its results must be canceled. On the subject of the federal budget Al-Sadr said “the state is going through a difficult economic period and Iraqi people in the south and center are no different than the situation in the [Kurdistan] Region.” [Sumaria]

 

Former KRG President Masoud Barzani alleges that the process of control of the Iraqi forces over Kirkuk was led by Iranian, US, and British collusion, saying that the US and the international community can prevent any clashes, meaning that if fighting broke out, it only happened because the international community gave them the green light. Barzani renewed his defense of the Kurdistan independence referendum, saying “I think the referendum has ensured the future of the Kurdish people,” explaining that the timing of the referendum was good considering that he believes the Iraqi forces were planning to take over disputed areas before the referendum even took place and are “using the referendum as a pretext to cover their plan of conspiracy against the Kurdish people.” [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The leader of the dynasty has his story and he is sticking to it. Unfortunately for Barzani, others including many Kurds will say that the crisis developed and continued because of his own decisions, and that this latest effort to take advantage of a weak central government backfired​​ as a result.​​ 

 

External developments

Thursday,​​ Lebanon’s​​ Al-Akhbar​​ newspaper published the content of the “plea letter” which former KRG President Barzani sent to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander, Qassem Soleimani. Al-Akhbar reports that Masoud Barzani sent a condolence letter to Soleimani for the loss of his father, which was announced by the Iranian Consulate in Erbil, and the media missed the second part of the letter, which contained expressions of regret and complaints. The letter reportedly pleads​​ with​​ Soleimani to urge Baghdad to engage in a dialogue with Erbil and to stop the escalation and military confrontations. The letter also reportedly contained an apology and the expression of willingness to start a “new page” in cooperation with Iran. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition held a meeting,​​ headed by US Defense Secretary James Mattis, in Brussels on Thursday, with participation from Iraq and Gulf states. [Sumaria]​​ In the meeting, Mattis said that the Kurdistan referendum caused tension, and the US is working to resolve disputes between Baghdad and Erbil in accordance with the constitution. He also described the Peshmerga and Iraqi efforts to eliminate Daesh as “important,” noting that 95% of​​ Daesh-held​​ land has been recovered​​ from​​ its​​ control. [Rudaw]

 

In a session about the Middle East, US Senator John McCain said that Iran aims to create more disputes and tensions between Baghdad and Erbil through Soleimani. McCain also said Iran wants to use the upcoming elections in Iraq to expand its influence in Iraq and weaken the US position there. [BasNews]

 

Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron addressed a letter to KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, reiterating France’s support of the KRG’s role in the war against Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh

A report from the Department of Conflict and Terrorism Studies revealed that Daesh goes through 6 stages in its process of raising children to compensate for the shortage in its ranks. The first stage is seduction, which includes presenting​​ them​​ extremist ideas and practices through indirect meetings with Daesh members and public events. The 2nd​​ stage is education, in which children are taught intensively and meet with Daesh leaders face to face. 3rd​​ is a “stimulating” phase in which Daesh discovers the child’s abilities and strengths. In the 4th​​ stage Daesh programs the child’s mentality through brutal physical and psychological training,​​ which involves isolating the child from his family, forcing him to wear a uniform, and deepening​​ his commitment to Daesh through the sense of sacrifice and Daesh values. In the 5th​​ phase the child goes through specialized training. The 6th​​ stage is recruitment,​​ in which the child is recruited into Daesh’s ranks and appointed a role according to his abilities. Sometimes that role is to attract other children to Daesh. [Forat]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Thursday, a security source reported that 3 civilians were wounded in an IED explosion near the Khirnabat shopping area in west Baghdad. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Thursday, the Baghdad Operations Command announced that security units carried out a search operation in the Zaidan area in​​ Abu Ghraib, in which they discovered a Daesh hideout containing 2 suicide belts, 4 IEDs, 22 mortar shells, and 4 stun grenades. [Baghdadia]

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

Thursday, Baghdadi leader Shurahbil Al-Abidi announced that several Daesh IEDs exploded in Baghdadi’s villages due to rain and humidity.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

The​​ Rawa​​ district manager,​​ Hussein Al-Aqidi,​​ said​​ that the number of Daesh members remaining in Rawa does not exceed 20. [BaghdadToday]

 

Al-Qa’im

Thursday, the PMF’s 13th​​ brigade located a large Daesh vehicle rigging workshop in Al-Qa’im District, according to a PMF statement.​​ [Baghdadia]

 

Thursday, Commander of the 7th​​ division of the Iraqi Army, Numan Abdulzoba’i announced that a 7th​​ division unit killed 4 suicide terrorists wearing explosive belts who tried to infiltrate into Iraq from Syria.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

SALAHUDDIN​​ (No reports)

 

DIYALA

Thursday, the Chairman of the Diyala Provincial Council, Ali Al-Dayni, reported that thousands of​​ Sahwa fighters​​ have not received their salaries for the past 3 months, for unknown reasons. [Sumaria]

 

Chairman​​ of the Diyala​​ PC’s​​ Security Committee, Sadeq Al-Husseini, announced on Thursday that security units foiled 4​​ intended​​ terrorist​​ attacks​​ targeting the Arba’in processions.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Diyala Police announced on Thursday that it arrested 5 suspects on terrorist charges and 3 on criminal charges in various areas in the province. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

The​​ Chairman​​ of the Muqdadiya District​​ Council,​​ Adnan Al-Tamimi,​​ said on Thursday that 60 families have informed officials that they intend to migrate from their homes if the Daesh cell activity in Nahr Al-Imam village in Muqdadiya Province continues, including both​​ IEDs and mortar shells being fired from an unknown direction.​​ “The residents are demanding that security forces intervene and secure the village once and for all” Said Al-Tamimi, calling on security forces to “speed up their plans to end any activity threatening the lives of innocent people in the village.” ​​ [Ghad]

 

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

Thursday, a security source says the PMF foiled a Daesh attack on security points in Albu Eissa village in northern Diyala​​ by the Salahuddin border. [BaghdadToday]

 

An anonymous source in Diyala reported on Thursday that 2 civilians on an agricultural tractor were wounded in an IED explosion in the Albu Eissa vicinity. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

A security source said a terrorist armed group attacked a joint patrol with an RPG-type missile, causing no injuries,​​ in northern Kirkuk Province.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Political sources say a Turkmen delegation met with Turkish President Recep Erdogan and asked Turkey to help form an “armed force”​​ of Turkmen​​ in Kirkuk Province and Tal Afar District in western Ninewa.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Kirkuk/Dibis

Thursday evening, a security source reported that unknown assailants attacked an Iraqi forces’ post in the Shorja area in Kirkuk’s center. The source reported that the clashes led to the destruction of the security units​​ Hummer. [Baghdadia]​​ [Rudaw]

However, CTS spokesman Sabah Al-Noman denied there were clashes with assailants in the Shorja area in Kirkuk, noting that the area is under control. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Thursday, a security source reported that unknown​​ assailants attacked a CTS and Emergency Police joint patrol unit with a RPG rocket in the Ronaki neighborhood in Kirkuk. The rocket missed the​​ Hummer and hit a nearby building. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Thursday, PUK representative Rebwar Taha asked the government to give the Kurdish residents in Kirkuk “extra reassurance,” and he noted that some of the Kurds who left Kirkuk on October 16th​​ have not returned yet. Taha explained that after the security units liberated Hawija, Riyadh, and areas adjacent to Kirkuk, there have been more complaints about Daesh sleeper cells in those​​ areas, in addition to complaints about the families of Daesh members who provided support to Daesh in carrying out terrorist operations and provided them with shelter. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Thursday, Hawija PMF leader, Hassan Al-Sufi revealed that a joint force arrested 2 suicide terrorists in possession of suicide belts,​​ in a Daesh guesthouse in southwest Kirkuk. The arrests were part of a search of a Daesh hideout in the Makhoul Mountains near Riyadh. The first one arrested was from Tal Afar and the second from Al-Abbasi​​ in Hawija. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

NINEWA

West​​ Mosul

Thursday, a security source in west Mosul reported that a mother and a child were wounded in an IED explosion in the​​ Al-Tanak neighborhood in west Mosul. There are still some neighborhoods​​ with​​ Daesh IEDs that have yet to be defused by Iraqi security units. [Baghdadia]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Thursday, an official source said people in Aski Mosul have forced 15 families to leave the city for having supported Daesh. People attacked these families’ homes with light arms and grenades for 3 days before the families were able to get out of the region. ​​ [Shafaaq]

 

Thursday, a security source in western Ninewa announced that the IFP arrested a Daesh​​ judge​​ and a leader in a mosque​​ diwan​​ who incited fighting against the Iraqi forces. The arrests happened​​ in cooperation with local residents, who drove out the Daesh families who took advantage of the security shifts in disputed areas to return to their homes in Aski Mosul.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Thursday, a security source says Daesh equipment and weapons were found buried in a house in Tal Afar District. Security units launched an extensive search campaign in the same area, looking for other weapons​​ that might​​ have been buried by Daesh before they fled the District. [SNG]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Thursday, head of the Yazidi Affairs​​ office​​ at the KRG’s Awqaf and Religious Affairs Ministry, Khairi Buzani, reported that so far 3,191 Yazidis abducted by Daesh, including 1,128 women,​​ have returned. 3,226 Yazidis are still​​ held​​ by Daesh, of whom​​ 1,520 are female.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Thursday, the head of the KRG Parliament published a statement announcing the official approval of the distribution of the powers of the KRG presidency among the legislative, executive, and judicial KRG institutions.​​ [IraqPress]​​ [SotIraq]

 

ERBIL/DAHUK

In a meeting with the Australian Deputy Ambassador in Erbil, KRG regional security chief, Masrour Barzani, reiterated the KRG’s readiness to engage in a comprehensive dialogue on solving the issues between Erbil and Baghdad in accordance with the constitution. Barzani said “Kurdistan has always preferred to solve problems peacefully, and the referendum was one of the peaceful and democratic means the Kurdish people used to re-order the relationship between Kurdistan and Iraq.” [BasNews]

 

Thursday, First Deputy for the Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasul, met with a delegation from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which included Karsten Karlsson, Advisor and First Secretary in the Norwegian Embassy in Amman, and a number of MENA advisors

According to a statement by Rasul’s office, the meeting concluded with 6 agreed points, with the first point reiterating that the referendum was a Kurdish right of expression, and the results do not have to be executed right away, especially​​ given​​ that the results have been frozen. The other points concerned the disputes with Iraq and emphasized the importance of holding a dialogue with Baghdad in accordance with the constitution in order to secure Kurdistan and disputed areas. The last point emphasized the​​ need to​​ focus on the fight against Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

SULEIMANIYA/HALABJA

The manager of the Garmian area in southern Suleimaniya denied reports that there was a Daesh attack in the Nogul area, clarifying that there was a security operation carried out by the Asayesh against Daesh in response to intelligence information but that was in Tuz Khurmatu in Salahuddin. [Shafaaq]​​ [SotIraq]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Thursday, the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported that Turkish security teams consisting of 1,500 personnel stopped 101 out of 245 suspected Daesh members in a​​ major​​ search operation in various neighborhoods of Ankara. The security teams found various electronics and documents with Daesh symbols. [Sumaria]​​ 

According to security sources, Anadolu reported the Turkish Security forces raided 250 homes, arresting 101 Daesh suspects, whose nationalities weren’t revealed, and confiscating Daesh-related digital devices and other material in a massive anti-terror operation in Ankara on Thursday. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Turkey has made a big deal of its efforts to fight Daesh, portraying itself as the major opponent of terrorism in the region. However, these claims are in part a response to all the critics who complained about their prior cooperation with Daesh recruits and operatives moving in and out of Turkey. Today’s arrests and other recent law enforcement success stories seem to show that Daesh infiltration of Turkey was much greater than the Turks have been willing to admit and is still a big problem.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Turkish​​ Minister of National Defense Nurettin Canikli​​ said on Thursday that Turkey’s goal in Syria’s Idlib Province is to bring peace and stability and that Ankara will use all means possible before resorting to a military option to achieve this goal. [Anadolu]

 

Canikli noted that he gave his counterparts in the NATO meeting sufficient evidence showing the connection between the PYD and the PKK. Canikli told US Defense Secretary James Mattis that “the active PYD units in northern Syria are a front​​ for​​ the terrorist PKK organization, and they both drink from the same terrorist well.” [Rudaw]

 

In an interview, Buthaina Shaaban, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s adviser, said “the Nasib border crossing with Jordan should exclusively be supervised by the Syrian government and the Syrian​​ Army, and the government will not accept any kind of partnership in supervising it. ”In return, the Jaish Al-Thawra opposition group said, on Wednesday, that “only the one who controls the Nasib border crossing can impose his conditions.” ​​ [Dorar]

 

Wednesday, Canada’s Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, apologized after a tweet from her account praising Syria for signing the Paris Agreement on climate change, saying that the now-deleted tweet was “clearly a mistake” and “not acceptable at all,” according to Al-Arabiya News. [Dorar]

 

“We have won in Raqqa, and the coming weeks and months, I am quite sure, will allow us to achieve complete military victory in the Iraq-Syria theatre. But that won’t be the end of this struggle. Long-term stabilization and combating terrorist groups will be indispensable complements to the inclusive and pluralist political solution we want to see emerge in the region,” French President Emmanuel Macron told French naval personnel deployed in Abu Dhabi for the war against Daesh on Thursday, according to France 24.” [Dorar]

 

In its special monthly report released on November 9th, SOHR reported that Syrian warplanes carried out no less than 534 barrel bomb attacks in October, leading to the deaths of 6 civilians, including 3 children, in Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Thursday, Hawar News reported the SDF captured Markada city, Daesh’s last stronghold in Hasaka, and 24 villages, four days after violent clashes with Daesh, killing many Daesh members, and seizing their weapons. [Hawar] [Dorar] [EnabBaladi]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ area

Wednesday, SOHR reported a young man was killed in a land​​ mine explosion in Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Thursday, Hawar News reported the SDF found a Daesh two-story prison near Al-Baida’a Park in Raqqa, in which civilians were tortured. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

Turkey ordered the members of the Turkestan Islamic Party to transfer their families from their positions in Idlib, especially in rural Jisr Al-Shughur, to the Euphrates Shield militia-controlled areas in rural northern Aleppo, in an attempt by Turkey to contain the expected angry reactions of the locals due to the ongoing attacks on private property and​​ public infrastructure in the province, opposition sources said on Thursday. [SyriaNow]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

SOHR reports that clashes continue between the Syrian forces and Tahrir Al-Sham in the northeastern rural Al-Hamawi​​ area. [SyriaHR]

 

Wednesday, SOHR reported at least 8 members of the Syrian forces, including a colonel, and 13 members of Tahrir Al-Sham were killed during the ongoing fighting in rural northeastern Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

According to an informed military source in Daraa, the Syrian forces have withdrawn 300 members of the National Defense militia, fighting with them, from Daraa province to support them in the ongoing battles in eastern Hama, days after the Syrian forces failed to advance in eastern Hama. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR alleges that more than 800 civilians were killed, 2,200 were injured, and tens of thousands were displaced in the last 2 months of military operations in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Army offensive

SOHR reports that the humanitarian situation in Hawijat​​ Al-Qata​​ in eastern Deir Ez-Zor District​​ is deteriorating daily as the area is besieged and Daesh will not let civilians leave, detaining 150 civilians to use as human shields as Daesh attempts to withdraw from the area. The Russians are refusing to let Daesh withdraw​​ until it​​ releases 2 Russian prisoners that Daesh captured in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF offensive

SOHR reports clashes continue between the SDF and Daesh in Basira town, one of the remaining important Daesh centers in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Hawar reports the SDF captured Ali Shahi village from Daesh and foiled a Daesh attack on Tawamiya​​ village, killing 18 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

 

Wednesday, SOHR reported 6 people were killed in unidentified airstrikes by warplanes on different locations in Hariza village in rural eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin

Wednesday, SOHR reported a man and his son were killed in airstrikes by warplanes on locations near Al-Quriya, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it killed four Syrian soldiers in clashes south of Mayadin. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Albu Kamal

Thursday, the Syrian government has announced its full control of Albu Kamal city, Daesh’s last stronghold in rural southeastern Deir Ez-Zor, after Daesh withdrew from it. “The Syrian forces have stormed Albu Kamal city, and engaged in violent clashes with Daesh in the city,” according to an​​ Army statement released by​​ the​​ state-run Syrian news agency SANA. [Dorar] [EnabBaladi]

 

The General Command of the Syrian Army said that the Albu Kamal liberation is a “strategic achievement and a declaration of the fall of the terrorist Daesh agenda in the region and the collapse of its patrons’ fantasies.” [SyriaNow]

 

Another report says that Syrian forces’ units have begun search operations in Albu Kamal to find and eliminate Daesh-planted mines and explosive devises. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reports, however,​​ that clashes continue between the Syrian forces and the Iraqi PMF on one hand and Daesh on the other in Albu Kamal city. [SyriaHR]

In an earlier report,​​ SOHR reported​​ heavy fighting between the Syrian forces and Daesh in Albu Kamal city. SOHR reported​​ that the Syrian forces had​​ managed to capture half of Albu Kamal city. [SyriaHR]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh managed to recapture parts of Albu Kamal after launching a massive counterattack forcing Al-Nujaba’ militia to escape.​​ 

 

SOHR reported that the PMF, Hezbollah, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have entered Albu Kamal city and now control 50% of it. Al-Arabiya Saudi channel reported a SOHR source as saying “Daesh fighters were given a pathway to pass into Daesh-controlled areas in the Syrian desert and Deir Ez-Zor.” The source said that “if it were not for US approval, Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard would not have been able to reach Albu Kamal.” [Sumaria]

 

According the Furat Post journalist, Suhaib Jaber, the Syrian forces, backed by the Iraqi PMF, captured the Al-Hamadan and Al-Hari rural subdistricts in Albu Kamal from Daesh, hours after​​ continuous shelling of the city, forcing Daesh to withdraw. He also pointed out that Al-Hari subdistrict has come under the PMF’s control. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army ammunition truck with a rocket south of Albu Kamal. [A3maq] ​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army BMP armored vehicle and 2 SUVs with rockets near Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on Albu Kamal. [ICDNNov9]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on government forces near Al-Hari village, east of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

SOHR reported 3 civilians were killed, on Wednesday, in airstrikes by warplanes on different locations in Douma in Arbin in Eastern Ghouta in Rif Damashq. Meanwhile, 3 others were killed by the artillery shells landing on locations in central Damascus. [SyriaHR]

 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes the 105th​​ issue of its Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and other countries. In this issue also, Daesh provides instructions to its “mujahedeen”​​ all over the world. [ICDNNov9]

November 8, 2017

 

Iraqi Forces in West Anbar

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

War of words continues in Baghdad​​ &​​ Erbil. [..]

Battle for Rawa looms as Iraqi troops surround city with civilians at risk. [..]

Shammar tribe forcing Daesh families in northern Tal Afar to leave. [..]

 

Syria

Syrian opposition leader calls Russia’s​​ proposed​​ Sochi conference a deliberate diversion​​ from Geneva conference. [..]

Syria, Iran spokesmen make threatening statements toward SDF. [..]

Russia again slams UN report on chemical weapons use in Khan Sheikhoun. [..]

Foreign Policy​​ magazine​​ publishes expose on black market sales of US weapons. [..]​​ 

Syrian Army captures Albu Kamal​​ with Iraqi help. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Iraq-KRG issues

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said that he has ordered armed forces to fight Daesh even within Syrian territory. ​​ Abadi also said that there are joint efforts with Iraq’s neighboring countries to protect the borders from any threat Daesh may pose, according to Al-Arabia News. [Dorar]​​ [See stories below under Albu Kamal, Syria]

 

Wednesday, the Iraqi Central Bank ordered that the currency exchange institutions of Iraq stop the operations of their branches in Kurdistan and warned of penalties against those who do not abide by the decision within a week and until further notice. [Rudaw]

 

In the context of Kurdish CoR representatives who participated in the Kurdistan referendum and Kurdistan’s unwillingness to throw out the results of the referendum, CoR sources say that according to Article 156 of the constitution, the penalty for CoR representatives for non-compliance with court decisions could extend to the death penalty and Kurdish CoR representatives will be punished within the confines of this article.​​ 

Head of the CoR Committee on the Kurdistan Referendum,​​ Kamal Al-Zaidi,​​ cites more than 15 Kurdish​​ CoR members​​ who violated the constitution according to 2 different articles, recommending that these​​ MPs​​ have their membership suspended and that they be turned over to the justice system. The Committee prepared its report on the separatist deputies but a quorum problem forced the vote on the report to be postponed, according to Al-Zaidi. [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Kurdish officials who undermine Iraq are a problem, but elected officials who propose severe criminal punishments for political offenses, thus inflaming the situation further in order to score political points, are a much bigger problem.

 

KRG regional security chief, Masrour Barzani, reiterated on Wednesday that the military option against Kurdistan will not bring any results and will only complicate the situation further. [Rudaw]

The head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and former KRG President Masoud Barzani​​ alleged that​​ “the seizure of Kirkuk was led by the Iranians with the knowledge of American and British officials,” pointing out that “Iraqi forces had this plan even before the referendum.”​​ [IraqPress]

Tuesday, the KDP said in a statement that Iraqi forces and the Iranian-backed PMFs had plans to attack Kirkuk before the referendum even took place and that Arabization will not change the identity of the Kurdistan regions. The statement went on to say that “the attack launched by the​​ PMF and the Iraqi forces on Kirkuk and Kurdish areas outside the [Kurdistan] Region on the night of October 15​​ . . .​​ caused the displacement of thousands of Kurdish, Arab, and Turkmen families, the martyrdom of many civilians, and violations by members of the PMF in Tuz Khurmatu and other Kurdish areas.” The statement added, “The​​ attack was under the pretext of holding a referendum, but the fact is that the attack had been planned and was prepared before the referendum took place. . . .​​ The Iraqi government is clearly violating the constitution and interpreting articles in the constitution selectively according to its interests, rather than choosing dialogue.” [SotIraq]

 

International developments

Wednesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, reiterated that the events​​ on Kurdistan are not an Arabic stance against the Kurds, noting that the Kurdistan Region has privileges no other state or region in the world has. He also said that what happened was a “provocation” outside the bounds of the law. [Sumaria]​​ 

In​​ a​​ joint press conference with Al-Jaafari, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, urged Iraq to hold a dialogue with the Kurdistan Region in order to solve the current disputes, and he encouraged the protection of minority rights, including those of the Kurds. Al-Thani reiterated the importance of the Qatari-Iraqi relationship and developing the relationship on a strategic level. He said Doha will play an active role in rebuilding Iraq. [BasNews]

 

Wednesday, Masrour Barzani and Norwegian Special Envoy to the Middle East Knut Langeland, discussed the bilateral relationship between Norway and the Kurdistan Region, recent developments in the region, and the Baghdad-Erbil crisis. The Norwegian Envoy expressed support​​ for the dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil on the basis of the constitution and​​ the​​ hope that the two sides will prepare for the post-Daesh phase and rebuilding the country. [BasNews]

 

Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned that withdrawing German forces from Iraq will send the wrong message, and it will increase the risk of a new civil war. Gabriel called on the German parliament to extend the military mission to train the Peshmerga in northern Iraq, and he called on the candidates for the next KRG​​ parliament​​ to not object to the extension of the German training. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition

Tuesday, Gen. Andrew A. Croft, Deputy Commanding GeneralAir, reported that the Coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq went down by 70% in October, due to the defeats imposed on Daesh. The airstrikes went down from an average of 1,800-2,600 in previous months to 850 in October, which indicates the decline in the areas Daesh controls, now reduced to about 4-5% of the total area it previously occupied. [Mawazin]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

Wednesday, security forces arrested a wanted terrorist in the Husseiniya​​ area​​ in northeast Baghdad during​​ a​​ pre-emptive operation to prevent attacks on the Arba’in processions. [Baghdadia]

 

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

Wednesday,​​ four​​ people were wounded in a roadside IED explosion in the Old Jisr Diyala area in southern Baghdad, according to an IFP source. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Wednesday, security units carried out search operations in​​ two areas in​​ south Baghdad, which found 1 IED, 1 locally-made rocket, 7 grenades, 16 explosive batteries, and various​​ kinds of​​ ammunition left behind by Daesh.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Wednesday, security expert Fadel Abu Ragheef revealed​​ what he described as a​​ tribal uprising by the Anbar tribes to expel whoever has links to Daesh in addition to their families.​​ 

Abu Ragheef​​ noted that​​ the prominent Daesh leaders have​​ almost all​​ been killed by​​ airstrikes prompted by intelligence from Iraq’s​​ Suqour Intelligence Cell,​​ leaving​​ only​​ a few Daesh cells in hiding. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Falluja

Wednesday, security units carried out a search operation in the Ma’amir area in Zoba’a, where 14 IEDs were defused, and 32 mortar shells, 15 grenades and more ammunition from Daesh remnants were located. Additionally, a number of wanted suspects were arrested on various charges.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

According to intelligence​​ reports, the Daesh units left in Rawa​​ have​​ “fully surrendered,” especially now that the armed forces completed the military and logistical preparations for Rawa’s liberation. Based on MoD data, after closing the border​​ with​​ Al-Qa’im and cutting the Daesh supply lines, Daesh is cornered, which will make the liberation battle easy. [Harbi]​​ 

 

The Iraqi Human Rights Commission, an independent​​ agency, said on Wednesday that Daesh is holding about 10,000 civilians as human shields in Rawa. It says​​ Daesh is tightening its grip on the detained population and preventing them from reaching the safe passages designated for their departure by the Iraqi forces. [Anadolu]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

Baghdadi Tribal PMF Commander, Qatari Al-Abidi, announced the launch of a campaign to liberate Rummana in north Al-Qa’im on Wednesday, with participation from security forces and tribes. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, a military source in Anbar reported that a​​ bomb-rigged vehicle driven by a suicide terrorist attempted to attack the Iraqi Army at the entrance of Rummana in north Al-Qa’im. Members of the 8th​​ division destroyed the vehicle, killing the terrorist driving it.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, the PMF announced that the PMF 13th​​ brigade discovered a large Daesh rigging workshop in Al-Qa’im​​ District during a search operation. The PMF statement added that the brigade is working to clear the city and to provide basic necessities to the residents. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Wednesday, the EOD cleared 20 booby-trapped houses and the Al-Qa’im Power Station of Daesh explosives and mines, according to PMF media.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN​​ (No reports)

 

DIYALA

Wednesday,​​ Diyala Police spokesman, Gen. Ghalib Al-Atiya reported that the level of terrorist violence incidents is at its lowest since 2014, with a limited presence of extremists. The Diyala Police Command​​ also​​ revealed that it​​ has​​ detected criminal offenses committed with Daesh tools, such as IEDs and mines,​​ but by other people,​​ attempting​​ to escape justice​​ (by creating the impression Daesh did it).​​ Al-Atiya said investigations revealed that many crimes originally documented as terrorist crimes were later discovered to have criminal motives. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Wednesday, Dijla Ops Commander Mizhar Al-Azzawi announced the launch of a search operation targeting terrorists in Kanaan, 20 km (12.5​​ miles) east of Baquba. Al-Azzawi elaborated that the operation is based on precise intelligence data and aims to eliminate sleeper cells. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, a security source revealed the details of the terrorist attack on the remote Al-Jeel village, 20 km south of Buhriz in southern Baquba. The attack resulted in the death of a woman, wounding of 2 others, and the destruction of a car and a guesthouse belonging to the family targeted. The residents of the village responded to the assailants,​​ and​​ the clashes lasted for over an hour and a half, after which the terrorists fled the scene. According to a security source, it is​​ suspected that the assailants were Daesh members, but the motives remain unclear. [Sumaria] [Etejah]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida/Central Diyala

Wednesday, Diyala Provincial Council​​ member​​ Ali Al-Dayni said that mortar shells by unknown parties are threatening to displace hundreds of families in the Nahr Al-Imam village in Muqdadiya in northeast Diyala. He called on security leaders to devise an emergency plan to protect civilian life. [Sumaria]

 

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

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored personnel carrier with an IED in Albu Eissa village, in Udhaim. [A3maq]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Wednesday, Kirkuk representative Khalid Al-Mufraji announced that a high-level security meeting was held in Kirkuk with CTS Commander Abdulghani Al-Asadi, PMF Commander Hadi Al-Amiri, and Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah, to look into reinforcing security in Kirkuk and​​ implementing​​ federal decisions forbidding​​ the presence of security entities other than the federal units in Kirkuk. The security leaders also agreed on a large-scale security operation to clear areas with a Daesh presence such as Hawija, Kirkuk, and a number of locations south and southwest of Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Hawija Local Council member Ahmad Khurshid announced on Wednesday that the Hawija​​ District is “still a ghost town void of residents” and confirmed that there are Daesh members hiding in guesthouses in desert areas. Khurshid added that although hundreds of IDPs returned to their villages following the clearance of explosives, the lack of services and the presence of explosives in some neighborhoods​​ make​​ the return of the majority of Hawija’s residents dangerous. He added that the​​ District​​ Council and Hawija schools have resumed their operations, but there are still about 200 Daesh members hiding in guesthouses. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

Wednesday, security units foiled a Daesh infiltration near Hammam Al-Alil. A security source reported that 3 Daesh members disguised in military uniforms were aiming to attack residents from the western side of the area. [Etejah]​​ [PressIraq]

 

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh launched an attack on Kata’eb Hezbollah in Khunaifis village, northwest of Hatra town, killing or wounding several fighters. ​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Shammar Tribe members gave the families of Daesh members in Rabi’a subdistrict an ultimatum to leave the area in 24 hours. The source says 30 Daesh families left​​ for​​ displacement camps in Qayara and Hammam Al-Alil. The source sent a​​ video​​ of a group of tribal men threatening men related to Daesh. One of the tribal men says “Your women should leave​​ too;​​ otherwise we will enslave them like you enslaved Yazidi women.”​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Wednesday, Kurdish energy expert Govand Sherwani said that the Kurdistan Region will be able to compensate for the loss of oilfields in Kirkuk, which are now under federal control, and discover new oilfields. Sherwani added that there are a number of gas and oil fields in Kurdistan that have not yet been tapped into. He also said there are 15 foreign companies working in Kurdistan, and their work will contribute to increasing the number of oilfields in Kurdistan. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If we can just get back to the coordinated energy policy and away from the dueling energy policies that resulted mostly from KRG decisions, this would not be a problem. Even if Kurdistan becomes an independent country some day, it could still have a coordinated energy policy with Iraq. No one in Kurdistan should be disadvantaged because the federal government resumed control of the Kirkuk oilfields.

 

ERBIL/DAHUK

Wednesday,​​ a​​ Turkmen​​ leader in the KRG parliament,​​ Majid Bazargan rejected​​ the idea of​​ forming​​ a transitional government for the Kurdistan Region. He noted that the current government already has the parliament’s confidence and they can work together with regards to the ministers and​​ officials who are in default. He added that the parliament at this time will work on the projects concerning the conditions of residents and preserving the Kurdistan revenues. [Sumaria]

 

Wednesday, the KRG called on Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to revise the KRG salaries budget, clarifying that the federal budget did not contain an item for the Peshmerga forces. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Security sources say Turkish security units arrested the Daesh terrorist Abdul Khaliq Abdul Qadir Ali and 3 other people who have links to him in the central Turkey​​ Kayseri Province.​​ The Iraqi terrorist had appeared in a video shooting and killing his own brother, who opposed Daesh.​​ [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ According to DaeshDaily sources, hundreds of Daesh Iraqi members fled to Turkey since the start of the liberation operations.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Mohammed Sabra, the chief negotiator of the Syrian Opposition Delegation for the Syrian Peace Talks in Geneva, said that the “Sochi conference is a Russian attempt to circumvent the UN-sponsored Geneva negotiations and international resolutions on political transition in Syria, which we consider a necessary and primary path to solve the conflict in Syria. He emphasized that whoever participates in the Sochi conference should be excluded from the “Riyadh 2” conference. ​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

In an interview with Al-Mayadeen TV on Tuesday, Buthaina Shaaban, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s adviser, said “everything is up to the Syrians and to dialogue between the Syrians, and there cannot be any dialogue about the division or cutting up of a part of the country, or on so-called federalism.” She added that what happened recently in the Iraqi Kurdistan region “should be a lesson” to the SDF. ​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Ali Akbar Velayati, Adviser to the Supreme Leader of Iran, said on Tuesday that the Syrian forces will soon begin operations to recover the Idlib region in northwest Syria after the Syrian Army takes over Raqqa. Velayati explained that the Iranian delegation’s visit to Aleppo is confirmation of the readiness of the Iranian people to stand by Syria in the war and in the reconstruction phase. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We notice the more than coincidental pattern of subtle threats against the SDF, which are also subtle but hostile messages​​ directed at​​ the US. These messages will continue until one of two things happens: (1) Syria actually does attack the SDF and YPG, perhaps with Russian and/or Iranian help; or (2) the US does something to​​ deal with​​ the threats.​​ The SDF is not threatening Syrian troops and has at times cooperated with the government. The way out of the emerging situation is to negotiate some kind of autonomous zone for Syrian Kurds in northern Syria that does not compromise the territorial integrity of Syria. This would be a big improvement for the Syrian government over having that area controlled by Daesh.

​​ 

During a UN meeting on the extension of the investigation mission’s mandate on Tuesday,​​ Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov,​​ slammed the UN chemical weapons report, which blames​​ the Syrian government for the sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun which killed more than 80 civilians. [Dorar]

 

Wednesday, Sergei Rybakov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, said that “Russia is opposing a draft of the UN resolution to extend the mandate of an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria,” Russian media reported. [ZamanAlWasl]

Wednesday, a statement by the foreign ministers of Germany, France, UK, and the US urged the International Security Council to renew the investigations into the chemical attacks in Khan Sheikhoun in Syria and to hold the perpetrators accountable. [Rudaw]

 

Foreign Policy​​ magazine published an expose​​ on​​ the extent of black-market sales of US weapons to opposition groups in Syria.​​ Foreign Policy​​ says weapons are bought via the encrypted messaging app Telegram;​​ there are over 5,000 Telegram users catering to weapons buyers and sellers primarily based in Idlib Province in northwest Syria.​​ Foreign Policy​​ says that while the area is host to a “diverse array of rebel groups, the Al-Qaeda affiliate​​ Tahrir Al-Sham​​ represents the strongest faction in the area that is benefiting from these black-market sales.​​ Foreign Policy​​ says that most of these weapons entered Syria​​ as part of an effort to train and equip fighters in northern Syria to fight Daesha​​ ​​ program the US​​ ended in 2015 after US-trained commanders were kidnapped and their weapons stolen by Al-Qaeda.​​ Foreign Policy​​ published photos of arms being sold in illicit markets, and according to a list of serial numbers, many of the weapons are the same as those provided by the US to opposition groups under the US “Syria Train and Equip” program.​​ [SyriaNow] [ForeignPolicy]

 

In a report released on its website on Wednesday, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said it has documented the deaths of 3,607 Palestinians in Syria, including 462 women, between the beginning of 2017 and November 2017, along with 1,640 Palestinian detainees in the Syrian government’s prisons, 105 of which are women. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ area

Wednesday, the SDF found a number of Russian and homemade missiles and some weapons and ammunition, as well as tools that Daesh used to behead civilians, in a number of Daesh warehouses in Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR reports clashes between the SDF on one hand and Islamic factions and Turkish-backed factions on the other near the villages of Shuyoukh and Al-Amarna in northeastern rural Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham’s Security Office raided a Daesh headquarters in the Al-Nairab village in rural Idlib, eliminating a Daesh assassination cell of four members, a security source in Tahrir Al-Sham said on Tuesday. ​​ [Dorar]

 

Anadolu reported on Wednesday that civilians were killed on October 21 by the Syrian forces’ bombardment of parts of Syria’s Idlib, Latakia and Hama provinces that fall within the de-escalation Zone. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh sources say a vehicle bomb exploded on a Tahrir Al-Sham security barrier near the Sarmada city entrance, near the Turkish border. [ICDNNov8]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama,​​ etc.)

Hama

SOHR reports clashes between the Syrian forces and Tahrir Al-Sham northeast of Al-Hamawi. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reports​​ the Syrian forces captured Tal​​ Khazim from Tahrir Al-Sham as heavy clashes continue between them​​ in northeastern Hama.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Wednesday, Syrian forces recaptured Balil village in rural eastern Hama after violent clashes with the Jaish Al-Izza opposition group, according to Syrian government media sources. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh sources say Tahrir Al-Sham suffered “massive losses” when it tried to capture 4 “alleged” Daesh members who were barricading in a house in Qala’at Madiq​​ northeast of​​ Hama​​ city. The sources say 2 of the terrorists blew themselves up while the other two were killed in the clashes. The 4 terrorists were accused of killing a goldsmith and his three sons and stealing their money and jewelry. [ICDNNov8]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In this report we have​​ two​​ types of terrorists. The first type is the one that kills and steals in the name of a “caliphate,” while the second type is trying to show it is a “legitimate” law enforcement entity. ​​ 

 

Daesh sources say Daesh stopped a second Tahrir Al-Sham attack on​​ Aniq Bajra Hills, in Salamiyah District, killing or wounding several Tahrir Al-Sham fighters. [ICDNNov8]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SOHR reports violent clashes are taking place​​ between the SDF and Daesh​​ in Towamiya village northeast of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

The SDF captured the Khan village, 32 km east of Deir Ez-Zor, after battles with Daesh, killing 5 Daesh members.[Hawar]

 

Mayadin

SOHR reports clashes between the SDF and Daesh near Al-Busayrah town north of Mayadin and Al-Sabkha village south of Raqqa where the SDF is making progress in Daesh-controlled sites. SOHR confirms that large military reinforcements arrived in Syria for the SDF in preparation for the battle to take control of the entire east bank of the Euphrates River. [SyriaHR]

 

Zaman Al-Wasl reported that Syrian and Russian warplanes launched airstrikes on Al-Quriya city (Mayadin) and Al-Kashma village, just across the river in Albu Kamal.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Albu Kamal

The Syrian forces, backed by the Iraqi PMF, have entirely captured Albu Kamal city, Daesh’s last stronghold in Syria, after Daesh members fled the city towards the eastern side of the Euphrates River, RT News reported on Wednesday.​​ [RT]​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Rudaw]

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army “attempt to advance” to Albu Kamal. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Wednesday, the Syrian forces entirely surrounded Albu Kamal, Daesh’s last stronghold in Syria, and started to enter the city, according the Syrian Central Military Media. This came hours after the Syrian forces announced they met the Iraqi forces on the Syrian-Iraqi border, 24 km south of Albu Kamal. [EnabBaladi]​​ [SyriaNow]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Nujaba Movement commander and 3 of his associates were killed in a Daesh attack near the Iraqi border.​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army BMP armored vehicle with a rocket near Al-Hari village, near the Iraqi border. [A3maq] ​​ 

 

SOHR reports clashes continue between the Syrian forces and Daesh in the Albu Kamal desert 15​​ km (9 miles) from Albu Kamal city. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and an armored vehicle with 2 rockets near the T2 Station. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh also says it conducted a suicide attack on government forces near the station. [A3maq]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says heavy clashes erupted after Daesh launched an attack on government forces north of Albu Kamal.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

Wednesday morning, the media activist Osama Al-Masri reported that under the cover of rockets and artillery shelling, Syrian warplanes launched about 30 airstrikes​​ in the Damascus area​​ on Jobar​​ (in Damascus),​​ and​​ Ain Tarma, Kafr Batna, Saqba, Hamouriya and Douma​​ (eastern suburbs of Damascus)​​ while targeting Harasta city with 4​​ napalm missiles. As a result, a number of civilians, including women and children, were killed and wounded. These airstrikes were accompanied​​ by​​ violent clashes between the Syrian forces and the Al-Rahman Corps in the region. [Dorar] [EnabBaladi]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

The Director of Information Technology in the international Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Wajdi Al-Quliti announced the OIC’s plans to launch a cyber​​ security center to combat cyber terrorism. [Anadolu]

 

U.S./EUROPE

Italy

The Italian Interior Ministry announced the deportation of a Moroccan citizen from Italy for “reasons related to state security.” The man was found to have fought with Daesh in Syria and Iraq and has close ties to extremist Islamic organizations in Belgium, where he lived for several years before moving to Italy. [Anadolu]

 

AFRICA

Somalia

A UN report revealed that the number of followers of a Daesh affiliated militant group in Somalia increased from a few dozen last year to 200 this year. US forces bombed the militant group for the first time​​ on​​ Friday November 3rd. Security officials fear the group could​​ provide​​ a safe haven for Daesh members fleeing Syria or Iraq [Forat]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes photos of 2 masked terrorists, saying they were the ones who attacked the Shamshad TV station. [ICDNNov8]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

CTS units arrive 2​​ km from the Syrian Border. [YouTube]​​ 

 

PMFs stop a Daesh attack near Al-Qa’im. [YouTube]

 

Syria

Nujaba Movement meets with the Syrian Army in Albu Kamal. [YouTube]​​ 

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