November 30, 2018
Daesh Hand Grenades Found in Hammam Al-Alil (DD Nov 30)
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. [..]
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
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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)
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.
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]
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]
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]
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that two PMF members were severely wounded while stopping a Daesh attack on Safina village.
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.
Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded Iraqi Army members when it targeted their patrol with an IED in the Kasik area. [A3maq]
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.
A DaeshDaily source said on Thursday that Daesh targeted PMF position near Khunaifis village, northwest of Hatra, with mortar shells, causing damages.
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]
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REPORTS FROM TURKEY
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
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Central and West
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]
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.
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
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]
On Thursday, the National Guard and Tunisian Army found a taxi in Kasserine which had been stolen the previous night. [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
Daesh said on Friday it shot and killed one of the bodyguards of the Governor of Khost province. [A3maq]
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 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]