An Update On ISIS Activities

November 30, 2018

 

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Daesh Hand Grenades Found in Hammam Al-Alil (DD Nov 30)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

UK newspaper alleges Iranian hit squad killed two prominent Iraqi politicians.​​ [..]

Four​​ more PMFs killed on the Baiji-Haditha Road. [..]

Daesh document found in Diyala records numerous Daesh suicides. [..]

 

Syria

US says Astana talks reached “a dead end.”​​ [..]

Amb. Jeffery says US troops should stay in Syria for now and Iranians should leave first. [..]

Coalition delivers major shipment of vehicles and military supplies to SDF. [..]

Coalition airstrike kills 20 Daesh terrorists in Hajin. [..]

Coalition airstrikes in Albu Kamal alleged to have killed many civilians. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The​​ Daily Telegraph​​ reported that UK security officials​​ said that​​ Iran deployed “hit squads” in Iraq to​​ intimidate and​​ silence its critics and influence the new Iraqi government,​​ by order of General Qasem Suleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. The teams were deployed in late May, after the Iraqi elections.​​ It killed some​​ prominent political actors, including​​ Adel Shaker El-Tamimi,​​ a close ally of former PM Al-Abadi in September, and​​ Shawki​​ Al-Haddad,​​ an ally of Al-Sadr.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Telegraph]

 

Reconstruction

In a meeting with the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi stated that the world should support Iraq in​​ reconstruction and defeating Daesh. [Dijlah]

 

A terrorist bombed the Mersad-Diyala electric supply line resulting in​​ the loss of​​ 400 megawatts​​ of capacity. [Baghdadia]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Yazidi women with the​​ proposed​​ representation of​​ human rights lawyer​​ Amal Clooney, have filed a lawsuit against a French company they​​ accuse of​​ funding Daesh. [Faceiraq]​​ [People]

 

BAGHDAD

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

On Friday the Iraqi Intelligence Service reported that a coordinated effort​​ between a counterterrorism investigative court in Karkh and Baghdad Operations Command resulted in arresting​​ a Daesh leader who led terror operations in Baghdad and Kirkuk. [Sumaria]​​ [Dijlah]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Anbar Ops Command and Ministry of Defense announced on Friday that the 10th​​ Army division of EODs destroyed a​​ Daesh ammunition cache ​​ containing rockets and artillery shells of various calibers,​​ in​​ the Olympic Stadium​​ area​​ in Ramadi. [Rudaw]​​ [MoD Website]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that two PMF members were killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Baiji and Haditha.

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that a Kata’eb Sayyed Al-Shuhada’ commander was killed and his driver severely wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Baiji and Haditha. 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This road is becoming a death trap, with one incident after another reported in recent days.

 

The Ministry of Defense said an engineering and EOD unit of Salahuddin Ops Command destroyed 8 IEDs in Baiji thermal station. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Tikrit

On Friday Salahuddin Ops Command​​ announced that more than 161,091​​ families​​ have now​​ returned home​​ to​​ Salahuddin, about 50,000 of them​​ to the Tikrit District.​​ This is a​​ slight​​ increase​​ over​​ the number reported by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in July. ​​ At that point,​​ 160,481​​ families had returned home to Salahuddin since September 2017,​​ when the​​ Iraqi Federal Police (IFP)​​ announced​​ (prematurely?)​​ that the last Daesh cells had been eradicated from the province. ​​ [Rudaw]​​ [Rudaw]​​ [MoD Website]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Bir Ahmed village in Tooz, on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov30]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is interesting to see that Daesh, in all its media reports,​​ claims that Tooz in Kirkuk. The same claim also goes​​ with​​ Allas and Ajil oilfields, and the Himrin Mountains area.​​ It’s not clear what they are trying to prove with this.

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Head of Diyala Security Council said that within the past few months, his forces have made progress against Daesh and that the most important piece of progress was determining the names of many Daesh leaders. [Baghdadia] [Baghdadia]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said on Friday it killed 2 PMF commanders, wounded 3 other members, and destroyed 3 SUVs with 2 IEDs in Imam Wais village. [A3maq]

 

Northern Diyala

A security source reported that security forces found a document near Himrin Lake in northwest Diyala reported numerous suicide cases among Daesh members spanning the past few months. [Baghdadia]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

IFP announced on Thursday that a search of 6 villages on Friday resulted in destroying 3 tunnels and 2 IEDs. [SotIraq]

 

Daesh said on Friday it targeted a “tribal PMF gathering” in​​ a​​ village east of Hawija, with 4 60mm mortar shells. [ICDSNNov30]​​ 

 

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

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded PMF members and damaged their Humvee with an IED near Zanqar village, in Daquq district. [ICDNNov30]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on​​ Thursday that two PMF members were severely wounded while stopping a Daesh attack on Safina village.

 

Mosul District

Hammam Al-Alil

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that tribal PMF units captured 6 Daesh terrorists and confiscated “tens” of hand grenades and IEDs in Jahuni village. The source said the terrorists were hiding in a house and planning to plant the IEDs on the road to a PMF military position in the area. The source sent us photos of the confiscated explosives. 

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Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded Iraqi Army members when it targeted their patrol with an IED in the​​ Kasik area. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 2 PMF members were killed, 3 others wounded, and a pickup vehicle destroyed in a Daesh attack near Al-Barit village, south of Hatra.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh targeted PMF position near Khunaifis village, northwest of Hatra, with mortar shells, causing damages.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

A security source reported that 3 Basra oil company partners were injured in a land mine explosion in Al-Zubayr​​ district​​ in Basra​​ Province. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

Cyprus filed an official complaint to the UN against Turkey, accusing it of violating its airfield and regional waters. It called on Turkey to stop​​ immediately. [Hawar]

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish military announced that it had​​ neutralized​​ 41 PKK terrorists from November 23-29. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

The US stated that while the Astana discussion on​​ writing​​ a new Syrian constitution seems to have reached a “dead end,” it is still necessary to make a breakthrough on the topic by the end of the year. [Qasioun]

 

The former head of the High Negotiation Commission, Khalid Al-Mahamid told​​ Arabiya TV​​ that there was an international plan to eliminate Al-Nusra in Idlib and it would begin next month. The plan (which would include Turkey) would take place with US approval. [EnabBaladi]

 

United Nations

Kuwait says it will apply to the UN to extend the resolution related to delivering humanitarian support to Syria through the UN Security Council. The validity of the previous resolution issued in 2017 will end in January 2019. [Enabbaladi]

 

Foreign policy

Russia

Sputnik, a Russian media agency, reported that Syria did not use the recently supplied SS-300 missiles to intercept Israeli attacks on Thursday evening. It also reports that the attacks targeted Al-Kiswah in south Damascus. [Eldorar]

 

United States

James Jeffery, the United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement, said the US should not withdraw its forces from Syria at the moment, and that all pro-Iran forces should leave the country first. [Qasioun]

 

Middle East

Turkish daily​​ Yeni Shafaq​​ reported that Saudi Arabia and the UAE met with​​ PYD leaders​​ in Ayn Eissa and Tal Abyad​​ earlier this week and that Saudi Arabia funded the PYD with 100 million dollars. [Eldorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The SDF announced on Friday that it had captured Usamah​​ Iyad Al-Salih,​​ who had served as Awwad​​ Baghdadi’s assistant in Syria. [Rudaw]​​ [Yahoo]

 

Northwest

No reports

 

Northeast​​ 

No reports

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

Sources say a convoy of 10 Turkish armored vehicles arrived at the Turkish observation posts in north and west Hama. Previously, the Syrian Foreign Minister threatened to take action against Turkey if it continued to occupy Syrian territories. [Eldorar]

 

Latakia

Syrian Army General Ahmad Rahal said on Friday that the 4th brigade under Maher Al-Assad had been deployed to northern Latakia for military operations. [Eldorar]

 

SOHR​​ reported that​​ the​​ “ Incite the Believers”​​ jihadist faction has rejected the Russian-Turkish agreement to hand over its heavy weapons. It​​ says it​​ is ready for battle with the Syrian government and its allies. The faction deploys fighters of many ethnic backgrounds. [SyriaHR]

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The Coalition sent a shipment of military supplies to the SDF fighting east of the Euphrates. Sources close to the SDF published videos on social media on Friday of the shipment going towards Deir Ez-Zor.​​ SOHR​​ reports that 75 Coalition trailers entered SDF-held areas. 30 of them brought​​ Hummers and 20 brought Jeeps in addition to various other vehicles and fuel tankers. The cargo of 15 trucks was unknown. [Enabbaladi] [Qasioun] [SyriaHR]

 

The battles intensified south of ​​ Deir Ez-Zor​​ between SDF and Daesh with dozens of casualties on both sides. Meanwhile, the US is training 30,000 fighters to join the SDF in their battles and is building observation posts in Kobane and Tal Abyad​​ on the Turkey border.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SOHR​​ says an IED exploded near Shahil town close to​​ Al-Tanak oilfield​​ southeast of Deir Ez-Zor, leaving​​ damage. SDF killed two Daesh militants in a raid of a house in​​ Al-Shahil, while unidentified gunmen shot an SDF fighter dead​​ in​​ Al-Shahil. Daesh attacked SDF HQ in the carpet factory in Busayrah​​ east of Deir Ez-Zor and engaged SDF fighters before withdrawing. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ says SDF initiated an arrest campaign targeting Daesh fighters who surrendered earlier and reached a reconciliation with the SDF in Deir Ez-Zor. Reasons behind the campaign are unknown. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Coalition planes killed more than 20 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike on Hajin.​​ 

 

Manbij Military Council and Jaish Al-Thuwar militia, both under the SDF, thwarted a Daesh attack on their positions in Deir Ez-Zor, near the Iraq border. Coalition planes interfered to stop the attack initiated from Baghouz, Al-Susah, and Hajin. [Hawar]

 

On Friday morning,​​ Qasioun​​ published a video of Thursday morning showing that SDF members who had been arrested by Daesh on November 23 were injured in a Coalition airstrike on Kashma area near Sha’afa.​​ Forat Post​​ reported that in addition to the SDF POWs, 3 Daesh leaders and civilian detainees had also been killed in the Thursday morning attack. [Qasioun]

Qasioun​​ reported that on Friday Coalition planes attacked a hospital in Sha’afa, east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing and wounding dozens of civilians. ​​ Daesh’s​​ A3maq​​ had​​ published a video showing the damage and bodies of civilians, including children. Meanwhile, Syrian state media said that the total casualties of coalition raids were 30, most of them women and children. The story was confirmed by local activists who say 20 civilians were killed in the attacks. [Qasioun]

SOHR​​ says total casualties of Coalition airstrikes on Kashma and Sha’afa are 38, targeting a hospital and a prison. 16 civilians, 5 SDF POWs, and 22 Daesh militants were killed in these strikes. [SyriaHR]

SDF special units initiated special rescue operation freeing hundreds of civilians from Daesh captivity in Sha’afa village in Al-Susah. [Hawar]​​ 

Qasioun​​ also reported a very similar story (also attributed to​​ Forat Post)except that there were 4 Daesh leaders and the attack occurred on Wednesday morning. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As with many previous Qasioun stories about Coalition airstrikes, which always focus solely on alleged civilian casualties, one should await some confirmation before buying the story.

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of targeting a Syrian Army position in Albu Kamal with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNNov29]

 

Daesh sources published on Friday a video message, allegedly from families of SDF members captured by Daesh, asking the Daesh leader, Awwad Baghdadi, to release the prisoners and promising not to fight Daesh. [ICDNNov30]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh claims these people are from Shuaitat tribe, which is Daesh’s number one enemy in the Deir Ez-Zor area. This is a Daesh media stunt to undermine the SDF.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

The​​ Turkish news service​​ Anadolu​​ reported that local sources said Israel attacked Syrian and Iranian targets in Daraa and Quneitra on Thursday​​ evening. The attack lasted about an hour and Syrian aerial defense returned fire. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

The Netherlands says there will be no arms deals with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, or Egypt unless it is proven they will not be used in the Yemen war. [Zamanalwasl]

 

North Africa

Tunisia

On Thursday, the National Guard and Tunisian Army found a taxi in Kasserine which had been stolen the previous night. [Tunisien]

 

On Thursday evening, terrorists on motorcycles shot a civilian and targeted 2 policemen​​ using Kalashnikovs in Kasserine city. [Tunisien] [Tunisien]

Daesh said a group of its terrorists attacked a police patrol with machine guns in Al-Manar neighborhood, in Kasserine city, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

In Tunisia, 12​​ suspected of belonging to Daesh and coordinating a suicide attack​​ were​​ arrested.​​ [France24]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA​​ 

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Friday it shot and killed one of the bodyguards of the​​ Governor of Khost province. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded three pro-government militiamen and damaged their vehicle in the “Deserk” area​​ of​​ Achin​​ District in Nangarhar. [ICDNNov30] [A3maq]​​ 

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina

Argentina is hosting the G20 summit starting today and ending Saturday. President Mauricio Macri of Argentina received the official leaders of state before they​​ entered​​ into a closed meeting. [Rudaw]​​ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is one of the leaders attending, along with President Trump, President Putin, Chancellor Merkel, President Macron and others.

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Thursday the 158th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh said it conducted​​ 61 attacks​​ last week in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, east Asia, and west Africa, killing or wounding more than 538 people, and destroying 21 vehicles. In this issue also Daesh published more details about its attack on the southeastern Libyan oasis town of Tazirbu. It said it killed 29 people, including the police chief of the town, and captured 11, including the commander of the military in the town, other officers, and the chairman of the municipal council. [ICDNNov29]

 

 

 

November 29, 2018

 

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Daesh Explosives Found in East Mosul (DD Nov 29)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Abd Ul-Madhi threatens to shut down political party offices in Ninewa after economic corruption charges. [..]

Coalition planes resumed major role in Iraq last week. [..]

MoI touts security progress in Ninewa, Salahuddin; decries rumors. [..]

Newspaper report says KRG is shutting down PKK offices in Iraqi Kurdistan. [..]

 

Syria

Astana conference ends with no significant progress.​​ [..]

Turkey under diplomatic pressure from Syria, Russia over role in Syria. [..]

SDF continues military buildup in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Israelis may be source of airstrikes on Iranian positions in Damascus. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen:​​ UN Undersecretary urges humanitarian ceasefire in Hodeida. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Jan Kubis, the head of UNAMI, arrived in Najaf to meet the high religious authority Ali Al-Sistani and Muqtada Al-Sadr to discuss​​ the​​ political situation and the UN’s role in Iraq. Al-Sistani​​ said​​ that they are waiting to see how the new Iraqi government performs, and that it faces a big responsibility,​​ especially in regards to fighting corruption. Muqtada Al-Sadr and Kubis discussed recent political developments, and Kubis expressed appreciation for Al-Sadr’s national stances. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi ​​ issued an order to release 3 officers from their counterterrorism positions to retirement on Thursday. [Basnews]

 

Corruption

Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi promised to shut down the financial offices of​​ political parties​​ accused of illegally taking control of the real estate market and auctions in Ninewa and​​ to​​ withdraw PMF forces.​​ [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We reported yesterday about complaints that PMF groups in Ninewa were seizing control of other people’s economic investments for themselves. The PM’s statement thus targets one or more former PMF parties.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition says it executed over 39 operations against Daesh inside Iraqi territory​​ in less than a week. ​​ It spoke of 17 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Mosul, Anbar, and Salahuddin and 22 battles in Lake Himrin, Thirthar, Baiji, Shai​​ Valley, Mosul, and Qayara military airport. [Qasioun]

 

The European Union stated on Thursday that it would support Iraq in tracking Daesh cells. [Ghad]

 

IFP Command announced on Tuesday that IFP units had destroyed a Daesh depot and several Daesh tunnels in a search that spanned several areas in Kirkuk province. [PressIraq]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

The CoR Defense Committee accused neighboring countries of providing shelter and protection to terrorists in Iraq. It​​ does credit​​ Turkey​​ with starting​​ to take serious steps to confront terrorism in Syria and Iraq. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Mithal Al-Alusi,​​ leader​​ of​​ the​​ Iraqi Umma Party, says Iran warned the US that it would burn Baghdad to the ground if the US ​​ keeps​​ trying to minimize Iranian influence in Iraq.​​ [Basnews]

 

Al-Hayat,​​ a Saudi paper based on the UK, reported on Thursday that Ayad Allawi stated that Iraq has no choice except to abide by the US sanctions against Iran. [Alhayat]

 

BAGHDAD

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The Ministry of Interior says tribal armed attacks​​ have been​​ reduced in Sadr​​ City by 95%, saying that tribal sheikhs​​ have received​​ positively the new instructions related to tribal violations. [Rudaw]

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Center for Security Media says Baghdad Intelligence teams arrested two men wanted on terror charges ​​ as they​​ tried​​ to enter Baghdad from Bzaibiz​​ Bridge and Suqour checkpoint. [Buratha]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

A search across the west of Anbar province resulted in finding explosive belts and destroying tunnels, and caves. The search spread across​​ Horan Valley​​ near Rutba,​​ Wadi​​ Hajlan near Haditha, and several other areas across the​​ Anbar desert. [Basnews]

 

Rutba

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded four Iraqi Army members when it targeted their vehicle with an IED near the Saudi border. [ICDNNov29]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that local police units captured 2 Daesh members who had fled the battles in eastern Deir Ez-Zor province. The source said the terrorists were trying to return to their homes in Falluja.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh published on Thursday a photo of one of its Kurdish terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Shirqat/southern Ninewa area. [ICDNNov29]

 

Samarra

Daesh said it killed one Iraqi Army​​ soldier​​ and damaged a vehicle with machine guns in Sumoum village​​ in northwest Samarra, on Wednesday. [ICDNNov29]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it killed two Shia and wounded another with an IED near Al-Mahawila village, in the Al-Waqf area​​ northeast of Baquba, on Wednesday. [A3maq]


Daesh said its snipers killed an Iraqi Army member in Abu Karma village in Al-Waqf, on Wednesday. [
ICDNNov29]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed a PMF commander and wounded two other fighters with an IED in Imam Wais village. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security said on Thursday that Army planes killed a Daesh leader, Mohammed Salman Shu’aibi, and 5 of his companions in Hawija. [Buratha]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The Ministry of Interior said on Thursday that Ninewa security is “good,” and that Daesh is struggling to sustain its activities in the province. ​​ It also says that exaggerated news reports are spreading around the media. MoI also pointed out that Salahuddin is also witnessing a major decline in crime rates. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Atheel Al-Nujaifi, former Governor of​​ Ninewa, says military and CoR members from the province informed the Prime Minister that recent security breaches in Mosul were committed by parties backed by either the military or the PMF, not Daesh. He added that this does not mean that Daesh is no longer a threat, since the conditions that allowed Daesh to flourish in 2014 remain. Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi said earlier that most explosions in Ninewa are of from political and economic causes. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh supporters wrote pro-Daesh graffiti on shops in Al-Wihda neighborhood, in east Mosul. The source said security units prevent media outlets from publishing reports about such activities in order not to create fear among people.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Fear​​ is exactly what the Daesh graffiti writers are trying to​​ create.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that security units found a large Daesh weapons and ammunition cache in a house in the Al-Muhandiseen neighborhood, in east Mosul. The source said the house belonged to a Christian family that left Mosul when Daesh captured the city. The source sent us photos of the cache.

 

An investigation​​ in Mosul determined that a woman had purchased a female child from Daesh for​​ $400.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

The Center for Security Media says military intelligence units operating under the 20th​​ army division arrested a Daesh logistics officer hiding among IDPs in Jada’a IDP camp in Qayara. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that National Security Service units captured a female Daesh member in the Al-Jada‘a  Camp. The source said the women led the NSS units to 11 hidden weapons and ammunition caches in houses in Qayara subdistrict. The source said the women also told the NSS that Daesh is depending more and more on women because women usually don’t get searched  at checkpoints. The source sent us photos of the woman and of some of the weapons caches. 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

On Thursday, units dispatched by the Directorate for Military Intelligence destroyed a factory for creating IEDs and several Daesh tunnels in the​​ Sheikh Ibrahim​​ area near the Iraq border in the Muhalabiya area. [Forat] [Ghad]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Dozens of protestors executed a peaceful stand near​​ the​​ Al-Sayyab (Iraqi poet) statue in Basra in support of Muqtada Al-Sadr’s statement “our neighbors are our friends,​​ not our masters.” ​​ The protestors, mainly Sadrists, called for expediting​​ the​​ reform process and appointing efficient independent ministers. [Sumaria]

 

Karbala

A source in Karbala reported on Thursday that​​ the Directorate of Intelligence and Counterterrorism arrested a Daesh terrorist in Karbala.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

SULEIMANIYA

According to a Saudi paper, a source from the Asayesh reported that Asayesh forces​​ have​​ begun to shut down offices and headquarters of the PKK. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source reported that on​​ Wednesday evening the building of the Directorate Against Violence Against Women​​ in Suleimaniya​​ was targeted with artillery fire.​​ A car parked nearby was damaged. The attack is currently being investigated.​​ [SotIraq]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

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REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

The 11th​​ session of Syria guarantor countries ended in Astana. Turkey, Russia, Iran, Syria, and the Syrian opposition participated. The parties agreed that it was important to keep monitoring the ceasefire in Idlib and continue fighting Daesh, Al-Nusra, and other terrorist groups. [Qasioun]

 

The State Department said that talks between Turkey, Russian, Iran and the Syrian regime failed to progress on building a team to draft the new Syrian constitution, but that it was “vital” for the team to be formed by the end of the year. The State Department said that parties were unable to agree on candidates to fill the committee, and blamed the lack of progress on the Syrian regime. [KLS]

 

Turkey said that the Astana meeting stressed the unity of Syrian territories, thus eliminating secession agendas by some parties aiming to destabilize Syria and surrounding countries. ​​ [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is nothing more than propaganda against the Kurds, who hope to create an autonomous zone in northeastern Syria. This could be done consistent with Syrian territorial integrity but would not be consistent with Mr. Erdogan’s political agenda.

 

The Russian presidential envoy to Astana spoke of possibilities of war between Syrian and Turkish forces in Syria, saying Turkey, as a guarantor country, should commit to independence and unity of Syria, and confirm that its military presence inside Syria is temporary. [Eldorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: Turkey should hand over Afrin and other areas in northwest Syria to the Syrian government. This demand is likely to gain more momentum as Syria regains full control in other parts of Syria. See the next story, for example.

 

The Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Al-Jaafari ,heading the Syrian delegation in Astana, accused Turkey of participating in chemical attacks on Aleppo and of occupying Syrian territories. [Hawar]

 

Al-Jaafari also​​ accused Turkey of failing to honor the stipulations of the Sochi agreement with Russia over Idlib and said​​ that if it did not proceed to implement the Sochi agreement then it would be implemented in “other ways.”​​ He said that​​ Turkey’s stance encourages​​ terrorists from Idlib to continue targeting civilians in Aleppo, Hama, and Latakia provinces.​​ [Basnews]

 

United Nations

From Astana,​​ UN Syria envoy​​ Staffan De Mistura delivered a message to Jan Egeland, the UN Senior Advisor,​​ wherein he stated that the​​ UN had​​ failed to prevent most of the violence against civilians in Syria.​​ [Qasioun]​​ [Relief]

 

UN​​ Secretary-General António Guterres says that a military conflict must be avoided in Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

Middle East

Syrian State TV reported that​​ Syria​​ successfully repelled an intense aerial attack on Thursday evening using the​​ air​​ defense system from Russia. [Yahoo]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

Official YPG media reported that a​​ special operation​​ in Jinderes resulted in killing 2 Turkish soldiers and injuring others. [Hawar]

 

Syrian opposition factions say they blocked a YPG attempt to enter villages in Azaz with artillery fire. [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

Hamid Farah, joint chairman of the legislative council in​​ the​​ Tabaqa civil administration says Toma Al-Shekhwai, the Daesh emir of vehicle bombs is in​​ Gaziantep,​​ Turkey. He was speaking at​​ a​​ reception​​ for​​ Congressman Alex Garret. The​​ Congressman​​ had​​ requested proof of Turkey’s deals with Daesh. ​​ [Hawar]

 

North Raqqa​​ (Ayn Eissa,​​ Tal Abyad, etc.)

Yeni Shafaq, a Turkish paper, reported on Thursday that military leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE held meetings with leaders of the YPG in Ayn Eissa. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Al-Watan, a pro-Syrian regime paper, reported that specialists in chemical and biological weapons from the Turkish​​ Army visited the site in Aleppo​​ on Wednesday​​ which had allegedly been gassed with chlorine.​​ On Sunday, Russia claimed that Al-Nusra had shelled the city with chlorine gas​​ from an area within the Idlib de-escalation​​ zone.​​ [Watan]​​ [CNBC]

 

Hama

A Syrian Army unit thwarted an attempt by an opposition faction to enter the town of Karnaz,​​ northwest of Hama. [Syrianow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member in Al-Takihi village, in Busayrah subdistrict, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

SOHR​​ reported that Daesh is continuing to use executions to terrorize its enemies despite its limited presence in isolated areas in Deir Ez-Zor and Homs,​​ including​​ its sleeper cells in Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ says that reinforcements are continuing to arrive​​ at​​ the front line between Daesh and SDF,​​ now​​ reaching 1,000 soldiers. Armored vehicles with machine guns are also arriving​​ in​​ the area. Total​​ new​​ SDF fighters mobilized is about 1,700. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said it killed three SDF members and damaged their SUV in an ambush in the Jadid Aqaidat area, east of Deir Ez-Zor, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces ambushed and killed a Daesh Iraqi explosives expert near Hawija Saqar, an island in the Euphrates near Hatla.​​ 

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The CJTF-OIR reported on Thursday that the SDF and its own units are conducting a counteroffensive against Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. [CJTF]

 

SOHR​​ said Coalition planes targeted houses that had been turned into military command centers in Kashma, near Al-Sha’afa, killing 12 militants. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ reported that the Coalition’s artillery shelling on Kashma and Sha’afa killed 10 civilians, 16 Daesh fighters, and 3 others still unidentified. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issued on Thursday a video of the results of Coalition airstrikes on a hospital in Al-Sha’afa village in Hajin subdistrict. [A3maq]

Daesh claimed that more than 20 people were killed in the airstrikes. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Also according to​​ SOHR, the Syrian Army fired 40 artillery shells on Sha’afa village held by Daesh. This attack followed a failed attempt by Daesh to cross to the western side of the Euphrates, held by the Syrian Army. [SyriaHR]

 

“Activists” estimate that there are 40,000 civilians in Daesh-held areas surrounded by the SDF who are ​​ living under siege. They called on the international community to bring relief. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh arrested its military commander of eastern Deir Ez-Zor, Abu Hamza Al-Iraqi, after accusing him of disobeying orders. The source said Daesh appointed a French terrorist,​​ of​​ Moroccan origins, as the new commander.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh moved SDF prisoners it had captured in the Albu Kamal area battles to a new prison in Hajin after the old prison was destroyed. The source said Daesh wants to exchange prisoners​​ for​​ a group of Daesh terrorists who had been captured by the SDF.

Daesh issued on Monday a video of dead and wounded SDF prisoners it had captured. Daesh had claimed that the prison, in Al-Khasham village, was bombed by Coalition planes. [A3maq]

 

According to images shared on social media and intelligence news sites, the Iraqi Army deployed Chinese-made tanks to the Syria-Iraq border which appeared to be old tanks that were partially refurbished. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said it targeted Syrian Army positions in Albu Kamal city with 30 120mm mortar shells, on Wednesday. [ICDNNov29]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

A news source said that attacks which are believed to be Israeli targeted positions of the​​ Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps​​ on Wednesday in Damascus. [Basnews]

 

The Syrian Human Rights Council announced on Tuesday that an American Syrian activist, Layla Shweikani,  was arrested and ​​ tortured to death in 2016 in the Adra prison in Damascus. Regime forces had captured her while she was serving IDPs in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta and charged her with supporting terrorism. [Qasioun] [AlAraby]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran/U.S.

A US official dealing with​​ Iran said that Washington would have a military reaction if Tehran attacked US interests in the region. [Anadolu]

 

The US Senate approved a law that would impose sanctions against Iran and any terrorist groups that threaten Iraqi security. 2 PMF factions are already affected by this law,​​ which would freeze their monies and resources and ban entry visas to the US. The Law authorizes​​ the​​ President to​​ designate​​ such groups and the State Department to prepare a list showing them. [Sumaria]

 

US officials say that credible Iraqi reports show that Iran has been distributing ballistic missiles to Shia militias in Iraq. ​​ [Rudaw]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Mark Lowcock,​​ UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs,​​ stated the importance of ceasefire in Hodeida to allow humanitarian support to enter the city. He was speaking from Sana’a,​​ where he arrived this morning. [Hawar]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Thursday its snipers killed one Egyptian soldier at the Al-Safa security barrier, south of Arish. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it damaged an Egyptian Army M60 tank and an armored personnel carrier with 2 IEDs in the Lahfan area, south of Arish. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of targeting an Egyptian Army M113 tank with an IED south of Arish. [ICDNNov29]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it damaged an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED in the Al-Muqata’a area, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Thursday a photo of one of its terrorists, who is says was killed in the Sinai area. [ICDNNov29]

 

Tunisia

A woman was injured on Thursday by a mine explosion on​​ Semmama Mountain, in Kasserine. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

On Thursday, the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) released a monthly summary of civilian casualties. Throughout the 30,738 airstrikes conducted by the Coalition between August 2014 and October 2018, the report indicates that 1,124 civilians have been killed. In October, the CJTF-OIR received 7 new reports and assessed 19 reports: 4 were concluded to be credible, 2 were duplicates, and 13 were determined to be non-credible.​​ [CJTF]

 

Canada

Canadian authorities announced on Thursday that they had placed sanctions on the 17 suspects involved in Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. [Sumaria]

 

EUROPE

Austria​​ 

On Wednesday the Austrian judiciary sentenced an​​ Austrian citizen​​ to 8 years imprisonment on charges of recruiting 2 families for “jihad” in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

France

French police evacuated employees of LCL bank​​ in the​​ south of France after a woman barricaded herself inside the bank threatening to blow it up. The premises​​ are​​ now surrounded by​​ police. [Ghad]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed a Taliban member in the Jalalabad area. [ICDNNov29]

 

 

 

November 28, 2018

 

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Iraqi Forces in Southern Ninewa (DD Nov 22)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Incendiary article accuses PMFs of major corruption in Mosul.​​ [..]

Western tribes declare no confidence in AAH border​​ security. [..]

WHO sends 13 tons of medical supplies to Shirqat Hospital. [..]

7 PMFs killed in 3 Daesh attacks on Baiji-Haditha Road. [..]

Daesh terrorist group arrested in Hawija were identified by security camera. [..]

1,900 bodies recovered from wreckage in west Mosul.​​ [..]

UN announces 33,000 explosive devices cleared in Mosul since July.​​ [..]

Daesh forces Army retreat from Al-Barit, Hatra. [..]

 

Syria

All representatives to Astana conference have arrived in Kazakhstan. [..]

Russia warns of possible Daesh chemical attack in Hajin. [..]

US sets up​​ observation station in Tal Abyad. [..]

SOHR says Daesh gained ground on SDF, Coalition in past month.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New government

Ayad Allawi,​​ leader​​ of the Wataniya (“National”) bloc, said it nominated 7 candidates for consideration for Minister of Defense. The 7 do not include Hisham Al-Daraji, proposed earlier by the media. [Basnews]

DaeshDaily comment. The​​ Minister of Defense has generally been a Sunni.

 

Reconstruction

Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi and Jan Kubis, the head of UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI), discussed reconstruction, the formation of the new government, allowing investment companies​​ into the country, and UN sanctions on Iran. [Rudaw]

 

Corruption

On Tuesday evening, Al-Khaleej Online published an article that described the PMF actions in Mosul as following “in the​​ footsteps of Daesh.” The author said that after Mosul citizens put their own effort into rebuilding Mosul economically, PMFs took over large parts of their initiative and some investment and economic opportunities, taking advantage of those initiatives “for their own interests.” A source says that the PMF divided more than 10 locations among themselves, including a multi-level parking lot and a large shopping mall. According to the piece, the PMFs are “terrifying” the people of Mosul. [Alkhaleej]

 

The Iraqi judiciary released former Minister of Trade Abdul Falah Al-Sudani who had been charged with corruption, saying he is covered by the general amnesty resolution of August 25, 2016. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Part of Iraq’s pattern of endemic corruption is legislation that covers the corrupt retroactively. Al-Sudani is among the most​​ famous of Iraq’s corrupt officials and the latest to beat the system.

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Masoud Barzani, the head of KDP, says Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi does not want to harm the people of Kurdistan. He said that the Kurds have shown good intentions​​ without compromising their basic principles. [Sumaria]

 

Heather Nauert, State Department spokeswoman, denied any US role in the recent visit by Masoud Barzani to Baghdad. She says the US always encourages meetings and dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil. [Sumaria]

Daesh Daily comment.​​ In our opinion they​​ have encouraged too many such meetings, too many of which have been used to create the illusion of progress and generate self-serving press releases.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

In a press conference, on Wednesday, Barzani stated that Daesh has returned to​​ Salahuddin, Ninewa, and Diyala, and is “worse than before.” He said that Daesh returned because the underlying causes of its emergence in the first place have still not been treated. [Shafaaq]​​ 

 

Iraqi tribes in the west and northwest of Iraq rejected the announcement of the Secretary-General of Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq (AAH), Qais Al-Khazali, to take over securing the border with Syria. A spokesman for the tribes said that they rejected the “spread of the Iranian PMF” along the border with Syria and Iraq because the tribes believed that AAH’s intentions were most likely to loot the areas and to arrest civilians in order to release them with high bail amounts. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

The US Senate approved sanctions on the AAH and Hezbollah militias on charges of helping Iran. The law also impacts​​ Afghan and Pakistan militias supporting the Syrian government. [Dilah]

 

The Central Bank of Iraq instructed banks and exchange companies not to sell US dollars to persons traveling to Iran. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

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

On Wednesday morning, a civilian was killed by an armed attack in the Dora neighborhood. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that one PMF member was killed and two others severely wounded when an IED exploded on them near​​ Al-Ba’eed village, in Haditha District, on Saturday. The source said the PMFs arrested 4 Daesh suspects after the attack.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement released on Wednesday that it sent a shipment of more than 13 tons of “life-saving” medication and medical supplies to the Shirqat Hospital. It said that the shipment should be enough for 10,000 people over the course of 3 months. [Basnews]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that the body of a school headmaster was found near the Tigris in Shirqat city. The Source said the victim had been kidnapped hours earlier after he finished his dawn prayer in a nearby mosque.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that security units captured 2 men near Ain Sadid village on Shirqat’s western border who were smuggling food supplies and winter clothing to Daesh terrorists hiding in the Makhoul Mountains. The source said the 2 men used motorcycles to deliver the materials. ​​ 

 

Baiji

PMF media says PMF is starting an operation to remove Daesh war remnants from Siniya subdistrict in Baiji District, resulted so far in clearing 11 explosives caches and 65 IEDs.​​ [Massala]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that two PMF members were killed when Daesh rocketed their military position on the road between Baiji and​​ Haditha on Sunday. The source said that 2 more PMF members were killed and 3 others wounded when Daesh targeted another PMF position on the same road with mortars, on Monday.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that three PMF fighters were killed while stopping a Daesh attack on a military position on the road between Baiji and Haditha. The source said that around 30 terrorists on motorcycles conducted the attack. The source said the PMFs killed 4 terrorists and forced the rest to flee.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded “Iraqi forces members” in an ambush in the Al-Fatha area northwest of Baiji, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

On Wednesday, the Diyala Ops Commander announced that army and police units, with air support would begin a campaign on Wednesday morning to hunt down the last Daesh cells in the area. The operation would target​​ Kanaan and​​ Buhriz.​​ [Mawazin]​​ [Baghdadia]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

IFP command says 6th​​ IFP division started an operation to clear five villages in Kirkuk from Daesh’s remaining presence. Three safehouses, and several IEDs were destroyed in process. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Former Governor of Kirkuk Najmaldin Karim, who was dismissed previously by former Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, says Kirkuk is facing the danger of Arabization, an increased crime rate, undisciplined PMF factions, and the re-emergence of Daesh in the province. [BaghdadToday]

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that one IFP member was killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded on them on the road between Riyadh and Rashad. The source said the IFP​​ arrested the group of Daesh terrorists who planted the IED after getting their photos from a security camera in a nearby commercial shop.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP units ambushed and killed 2 Daesh terrorists near Tal Al-Ward village, in Riyadh subdistrict. ​​ 

 

On Wednesday, a security source reported that security forces found equipment and weapons in a house in Riyadh subdistrict. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it captured and then killed a tribal PMF member near a grain silo in the Riyadh area. [ICDNNov28]

Daesh published photos of the victim. [ICDNNov28]

 

NINEWA

Mosul city

Iraq Civil Defense Commission says 1,900 bodies were salvaged from under the wreckage on the west side of Mosul city. The Civil Defense teams started salvaging Daesh​​ fighters’ bodies after they finished ​​ salvaging the bodies of civilians. [Anadolu]

 

The UN reports that Mosul has been cleared of 33,000 explosive devices, including 450 explosive belts, since it was liberated in July this year. [SotIraq]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

On​​ Tuesday evening, 3 Daesh members were killed and 8 arrested in Mosul. [AlKhaleej]

 

Western Ninewa

On Wednesday, the Center for Security Information​​ announced that Ninewa Operations Command arrested a terrorist and destroyed 67 IEDs in Al-Hassan, 22 more in Al-Asriya village, and 4 others nearby. [Mawazin]​​ [Ghad]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Iraqi forces withdrew 10 km (6 miles) in the Hatra desert area. The source said the force had reached Al-Barit village, but retreated because of heavy Daesh counterattacks. The source said that six Iraqi soldiers were killed and four others wounded when a Daesh suicide bomber blew himself up near Al-Barit village on Friday. The source also said that four PMF members were severely wounded when a Daesh IED destroyed their vehicle near the village on Sunday. The source said that Daesh killed four PMF members and captured 4 others in an attack south of Hatra, on Sunday.  ​​​​ 

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The source said that Iraqi forces also advanced from west Anbar, surrounding Daesh in the desert between Ninewa and Anbar.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that PMF units started a search between Hatra and the Tilul Al-Baj area and found IEDs and other explosives. The source said most of the villages in the area are still empty because of the fear of Daesh attacks.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a group of Daesh terrorists in pickup vehicles kidnapped a civilian man in Kharbat Hamad village, west of Hatra city,​​ after accusing him of cooperating with the Iraqi military.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel police said it arrested a man on terror charges at Iskandariya checkpoint in Babel. [Ghad]

 

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

SULEIMANIYA

Hussein Karkouki, a leader in the Kurdistan Freedom Party, says the KRG decision to close down KFP offices on charges of supporting the PKK is politically motivated and legally baseless. He says his​​ party has been licensed by federal authorities since 2008. [Sumaria]

 

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

Turkish National Security Council stated that Turkey will continue its operations against terrorism in Syria and Iraq. It also expressed willingness to enhance cooperation with the new Iraqi government. The council met in Ankara under the chairmanship of President Erdogan who said that Turkey cannot ignore terror practices of the PKK. [Sumaria]

 

The Turkish army announced on Wednesday that it had “neutralized” 3 PKK terrorists in airstrikes in Iraqi Kurdistan. [Anadolu]

 

Military & security developments

HPG, military arm of PKK, says it initiated attacks on the Turkish army in Qalaban, Sirnak inside Turkey killing 10 Turkish soldiers. It says it lost two of its fighters ​​ to Turkish air bombing. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

The UN called on the Syrian regime to reveal the fate of detainees and missing persons. [Qasioun]

 

Political developments

The Kazakhstan foreign ministry says representatives of all states invited to the 11th​​ session of Astana talks have arrived in the city, including the Syrian opposition and the UN delegation. [Zamanalwasl]

 

The bilateral meetings related to the 11th​​ session of Syrian guarantor countries started in Astana. Russian and Syrian representatives met to discuss the constitutional committee, Idlib, IDPs, and terrorism. [Qasioun]

 

Russia

A Russian official participating in the Astana talks said on Wednesday that there was a deal to exchange 50 prisoners each between the Syrian Army and militia opposition before the​​ next year. [Eldorar]​​ [Qasioun]

 

The Russian news agency Interfax reported that a member of the Russian delegation to Astana noted that the formation of a constitution was a challenge for both sides. He also said that Russia wanted to create the new constitution before the end of the next year, and that 75% of the members have been agreed upon. They have yet to consider ​​ 15-16 candidates from civil society representatives. [Eldorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Russian Defense Ministry said that Daesh is preparing to attack the SDF in areas around Hajin and in the village of Kashma in Deir Ez-Zor District with chemical​​ weapons. [Basnews]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force Public Affairs Office released its weekly summary on Wednesday for November 18-24. The document states that it conducted 185 strikes and 248 engagements in Syria and Iraq. It is notable that this week the Coalition increased its activities in Iraq whereas in previous weeks it documented strikes only in Syria. [CJTF]​​ 

 

Northwest

No reports

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A motorcycle bomb attack killed 2 SDF fighters on the 47th​​ Road south of Hasaka. No party has claimed responsibility so far. [Qasioun]

 

SDF started digging a trench outside Ras Al-Ayn city in Hasaka. The 20 km (12 miles) trench is aimed to block possible Turkish advances in the area. The US also established an observation station in Tal Abyad. [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that SDF units found a Yazidi family​​ of a woman and her four children in the Hasaka area. The source said the SDF is coordinating with the authorities in Dahuk to send the family home.​​ 

 

Central and West​​ 

Latakia

“Incite the Believers” Islamic operations room claimed that it killed 24 Syrian​​ soldiers last Friday. The attack was shown in a movie produced by the organization in Latakia. [EnabBaladi]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor District

SOHR​​ says Daesh is enjoying the first​​ month of its recovery of lands taken by SDF earlier and has since then initiated several attacks using car bombs and tunnels, taking advantage of bad weather conditions, which impede Coalition planes from actively interfering.​​ SOHR​​ reports that 612 were killed in the area since the start of operations, including 232 civilians. The civilian casualties include 87 children and 62 women, while 243 Daesh and 137 SDF fighters were killed. [SyriaHR]

SDF says it is​​ about to start a major operation with the Coalition to eliminate Daesh presence east of the Euphrates. The SDF received large reinforcements that are deployed along the front line. Thousands of well-equipped fighters from Jaish Al-Thuwar and other Arab factions, arrived to the area to join the SDF. [Basnews]

Albu Kamal District

Daesh said on Wednesday that SDF prisoners it had captured were killed or wounded when Coalition planes targeted a prison in which it was holding them in Al-Kashma village. [A3maq]

 

The Syrian Army and Iraqi PMF shelled Daesh held areas east of Deir Ez-Zor with rockets and artillery fire. The PMF shelled Daesh positions in Baghouz, and Daesh targeted areas inside Iraqi territories, and Albu Kamal city, which is held by the Syrian government​​ in response to Syrian bombing of its positions. [Qasioun]

Daesh said on Wednesday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Al-Sukkariya town, north of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it destroyed 2​​ Syrian Army military positions with 3 SPG9 rockets in the Albu Kamal area on Tuesday, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [ICDNNov28]

 

Daesh published on Wednesday a photo of one of its Asian terrorists claiming he was killed in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNNov28]

 

South​​ 

No reports

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

On Wednesday, the US Treasury added 2 Iranians to the Specially Designated Nationals list, Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan, due to malicious cyber activities. ​​ [Basnews] [Treasury]

 

An Iranian border guards 1st ​​​​ Lieutenant was killed in clashes with smugglers near the Iraqi border,​​ Fars News Agency​​ says. ​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

A security source of the Czech Republic says the Saudi Embassy in Prague has sent funds to a terror suspect in Syria, saying the man​​ escaped to Mauritania and then Jordan, before entering Syria. The​​ Saudi Embassy kept funding the suspect with the awareness of the Czech justice system. [SyriaNow]

 

Yeni Shafaq, a Turkish daily, says UAE and Saudi Arabia have plans for Syria and Iraq. It says Mohammed Bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, is trying to have closer relations with Iraq and Syria. [Eldorar]

 

The Yemen Army says​​ it started a fresh operation west of Mukalla, in Hadhramaut. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said that an “American” recon drone was shot down in the Achin area in Nangarhar, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published on Wednesday a photo of one of its terrorists, saying he was killed in the Afghanistan/Pakistan area. [ICDNNov28]

 

 

November 27, 2018