An Update On ISIS Activities

November 14, 2018

 

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Sadouniya Village (DD Nov 13)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Iraq trying to compensate for impact of US anti-Iran sanctions. [..]

Border PMFs in Baaj capture 16 Daesh fighters escaping from Syria. [..]

Kurdish security expert says there are 500 Daesh fighters in Makhmur mountain area. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkish airstrikes kill 19 PKK fighters in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. [..]

 

Syria

Turkey Foreign Minister says 260,000 Syrians have returned home from Turkey. [..]

Coalition planes, SDF artillery ​​ kill 11 more Daesh fighters in Hajin area. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Egypt:​​ Egypt says it has silenced Daesh media operation in Sinai. [..]

United States:​​ State Dept. designates Hezbollah leader’s son as a terrorist. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Reconstruction

On Wednesday, a senior source reported that the Iraqi general budget for 2019​​ has​​ about 585 billion dollars designated for Shia religious endowments and 284 billion for​​ the​​ Sunni​​ Endowment. [BasNews]

 

Across Iraq, many people have been designated by society as “ISIS families,” and their numbers may be over 100,000. Most of them live in camps and are not allowed to leave.​​ Human Rights Watch has called attention to the fact that​​ many innocent people share names (such as Mohammed Ahmed, etc.) with Daesh fighters,​​ causing some of them to be misidentified and arrested—and some have​​ been​​ arrested multiple times.​​ [HRW]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a well known problem in Iraq, and many innocent people have experienced it.​​ 

 

Foreign ​​ policy

Reuters​​ said that Iraq is seeking US approval to exchange Iraqi food products for Iranian oil and gas. Iraq says it needs Iranian oil to operate its power stations and claims it would take time to replace Iran with another gas supplier. [Sumaria]

 

Turkey seeks​​ to fill​​ some of​​ the gap in Iraqi markets caused by the loss of Iranian goods due to​​ recent US sanctions. The head of​​ the Turkey-Iraqi​​ Working​​ Council​​ under the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK)​​ says commodities like eggs, beans, and plastic materials​​ that​​ had​​ been​​ imported from Iran, will now be​​ imported from Turkey. The​​ Council says it​​ has​​ introduced many Turkish exporters to their Iraqi​​ counterparts. [Anadolu]

 

BAGHDAD

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source reported on Wednesday that unknown armed men attacked a civilian,​​ using silenced weapons,​​ in​​ the​​ Al-Siba’ area. [BaghdadToday]

 

ANBAR

No reports

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh said it targeted a tribal PMF position in Tilul Al-Baj with 2 Katyusha rockets on Tuesday. [ICDNNov14]

 

Samarra

Daesh said it killed​​ two​​ PMF members, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle with light weapons on Watban Street in Jazeera Samarra, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov14]

 

DIYALA

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

On Wednesday, a security source said that​​ a​​ Daesh leader was killed in an explosion in​​ the​​ Al-Maita area​​ in northeastern Salahuddin along​​ the Salahuddin border. [Wafd]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source said that early Wednesday morning​​ Daesh attacked IFP forces in​​ the Industrial sector in Kirkuk.​​ The source says the IFP unit called for reinforcements. [Shafaaq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that​​ two​​ Turkmen PMF members were killed and a commander severely wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Tal Al-Ward village, 12 miles southwest of Kirkuk city.

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that​​ one​​ Iraqi Federal Police officer​​ was killed and another wounded in a Daesh attack on Bakara village, just north of Hawija. The source said the IFP returned fire, killing 2 terrorists.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that people​​ in​​ Barima village, east of Hawija city, stopped a Daesh attack. Two tribal PMF fighters were killed. The source said the terrorists came on motorcycles and a machine gun-mounted pickup truck.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that a child was wounded when unknown persons threw a hand grenade at the house of a Daesh family in Hawija. The source said that unknown persons wrote “Wanted” on the houses of Daesh members in the city.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP units killed 2 Daesh terrorists who sneaked into Tal Ali village, in Abbasi subdistrict.​​ 

 

An IFP statement reported that ​​​​ IFP units detonated​​ a vehicle bomb​​ and searched Umm Al-Atham and Gharbiya Al-Ulia villages​​ (spellings approx.)​​ south of Hawija. [Forat] ​​ ​​​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that​​ two​​ PMF fighters were killed and​​ two​​ others severely wounded in a Daesh attack on a military position near Sadouniya village​​ in Riyadh subdistrict.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP units found 11 barrels filled with explosives and many IEDs in tunnels near Sadouniya village.​​ 

 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is a noticeable trend that there continue to be large numbers of reports from Hawija, most about small attacks that kill one or a few people but which add up to significant tolls in dead and wounded.​​ Today’s toll: 5 IFP and PMF killed, 3 wounded.​​ Iraq seems unable to get firm control of this​​ district, which was a Daesh stronghold almost to the end of its heyday in Iraq.

 

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that​​ two​​ Turkmen PMF members were killed in a Daesh attack near Bashir,​​ a Turkmen village​​ in Taza subdistrict. The source said that other PMFs killed 2 Daesh terrorists and forced the rest to flee.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that 3 pieces of ancient pottery were seized from Daesh possession in west Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Ninewa

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units captured 16 Daesh​​ fighters​​ in the Tal Safouk area​​ on the Syria border. The source said the terrorists had fled from eastern Syria.

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Hawkar​​ Al-Jaf, a security expert, said​​ Daesh is using​​ Qarachogh​​ Mountain, near Makhmur city,​​ to attack Ninewa, Kirkuk, and Erbil. He said that​​ Daesh combatants sought refuge in this mountain​​ following​​ their​​ defeat in​​ Hawija and Tal Afar.​​ He estimated that there​​ are around 500 Daesh combatants on the mountain. Al-Jaf​​ advised the Coalition and Iraqi army to seek the help of the PKK,​​ as​​ they​​ are experienced in mountain areas. [BaghdadToday]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

On Tuesday,​​ Yeni Shafaq, a Turkish government paper, reported that President​​ Erdogan​​ said that a Saudi intelligence official who listened to the recording of​​ the killing of Jamal Khashoggi said it was so “atrocious” that whoever carried it out must have taken “heroin.”​​ [Yahoo]

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish​​ Army reported that​​ it killed 19 PKK fighters in airstrikes on​​ several areas in northern Iraq (Kurdistan region),​​ including​​ its​​ Qandil​​ Mountains​​ headquarters. [Sumaria]

 

A Turkish court sentenced a Daesh operative to imprisonment on charges of attempting a terror attack on November 10, the anniversary day for the founding of the Turkish state by Kemal Ataturk. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

On Wednesday, the UN warned of​​ worse​​ human suffering​​ than has been witnessed yet in​​ the Syrian crisis if clashes escalate in Aleppo, Hama, and Idlib. [Anadolu]

 

Human Rights Watch says it is necessary to confront the issue of incendiary weapons possessed by the Syrian government, reporting that Syria has used the weapons at least 3 times. The UN disarmament meeting will discuss this issue at its conference in Geneva on November 19-23. [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, says 260,000 Syrian refugees have returned from Turkey to their homes in Syria following the Turkish operations in north Syria. He stated that Turkey’s extensive diplomatic efforts saved Idlib from disaster. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This statement is hard to evaluate because we don’t know how many of those 260,000 were driven out of Syria by the military operations of Turkey itself and its militia allies. [..]

 

Iran

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat​​ reported that Syrian officials are not upset about the US sanctions against Iran, despite expressing outrage in public. According to​​ Al-Sharq​​ Al-Awsat, there was a big drop in imported Iranian foods and medicines to Syria after the Russian intervention in 2015, and the Iranian credit line to Syria has​​ been​​ stopped for over a year now, while Turkish commodities smuggled in by pro-regime groups have flourished. [Eldorar]

 

Austria

According to​​ several​​ human rights and justice organizations, Austria has begun investigating charges against 24 Syrian regime officials. The organizations called on the Austrian government to take measures​​ similar to those of​​ France and Germany, who​​ issued​​ international arrest warrants against​​ Syrian intelligence officials. The organizations were​​ the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, the Centre for the Enforcement of Human Rights International, the Syrian​​ Center for Legal Research and Studies, and the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. [Eldorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

The​​ SOHR​​ reported an attack by​​ unidentified gunmen​​ on​​ a checkpoint of Jabha​​ Al-Shamiya, a pro-Turkey militia in Afrin,​​ causing a gunfight and​​ wounding 3 militia fighters. Internal fighting among pro-Turkey factions was also reported in​​ a neighborhood in Afrin. [SyriaHR]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

On Wednesday SDF media reported that the SDF arrested a prominent Daesh leader in Raqqa city. [Hawar]

 

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

The SDF foiled an IED attack near Tal Abyad on the road to Raqqa. All IEDs were safely defused. [Hawar]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Land mines exploded in​​ a​​ YPG-held area,​​ killing​​ one​​ child and wounding​​ three​​ others. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed​​ two​​ SDF members with machine guns and stole their guns in the Dernaj area, in Dhiban subdistrict, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov14]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF commander with machine guns and stole his weapons in the Al-Hawayej area, near Mayadin Bridge, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov14]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

SOHR​​ says the Coalition airstrikes and SDF artillery shelling on Daesh-held areas in Hajin ​​ east of Deir Ez-Zor intensified, resulting in killing 11 Daesh combatants. The total death toll since Sunday is 30. [SyriaHR]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Daesh said its snipers killed 2 Syrian soldiers​​ near the Al-Safa Hills on Tuesday. [ICDNNov14]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

On Wednesday morning,​​ Iran executed Wahid Madhlomayn, a gold trader,​​ and his deputy, Mohammed Ismail Qasimi, on charges of storing 2 tons of gold. Both were accused of harming the national economy and assuming unlicensed financial operations. [Rudaw]

 

Yemen

Daesh issued on Wednesday a video of its attack on Al-Qaeda positions in the Za’aj area. [A3maq]

Daesh had said it captured several Al-Qaeda military positions in the Za’aj area, in Qifa, on Sunday. It said that after 10 hours of clashes, its terrorists captured 4 of the positions, killed 10 Al-Qaeda members, and wounded “large numbers” of them. [ICDNNov12]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egypt-based Observatory for Takfiri Fatwas and Extremist Views has announced that 2018 counter​​ terrorism operations have succeeded in “amputating” the media arm of terrorists in the Sinai, noting that they have only been able to​​ publish​​ a “failed” operation in February that used old pictures. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED near Bal’a security barrier, in Rafah, on Monday. [ICDNNov14]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it damaged an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near the Al-Tawil area, west of Rafah. [ICDNNov14]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near Al-Kharafan security barrier, east of Sheikh Zuweid, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov14]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier with an IED on Al-Halal Mountain, in Central Sinai, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Libya/Tunisia

A child was hit in his right hand by a random bullet in Ajdabiya in​​ eastern​​ Libya. In the same town, a​​ rocket launcher fell on a car and damaged it.​​ [Libya24]

 

On Tuesday evening, Tunisian counterterrorism officials reported that a home raid​​ in Rawad​​ led to the seizure of ready-to-use explosives and materials for creating explosive devices.​​ [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

The​​ State Department Tuesday designated​​ Jawad Nasrallah,​​ the son of​​ Hezbollah’s​​ Hassan Nasrallah,​​ as​​ a terrorist for​​ initiating attacks on Israel and “the​​ West.​​ It also blacklisted​​ the​​ Al-Mujahidin Brigades​​ as a terrorist​​ organization​​ on charges of attacking Israeli targets from​​ the​​ Palestinian​​ territories. It announced a 5 million​​ dollar reward for information about specific​​ Hamas and Hezbollah leaders. [Basnews]​​ [National]​​ [Aljazeera]

 

The Coordinator for Counterterrorism,​​ Nathan A. Sales,​​ said that​​ Iran​​ spends over a​​ billion​​ dollars​​ a year to support terrorist groups,​​ of which​​ Hezbollah receives 700 million. [Sumaria]

 

EUROPE

Russia​​ 

Hida Saratova, a Chechnya human rights activist and member of the Human Rights Commission of Chechnya, said that Russia is ready to receive around 60 children of Russian origin from Iraq. She says there are about 7,000 women and children​​ from Russia​​ in Iraq and Syria.​​ In​​ Rudaw’s report, she said that 660 children are ready for transfer, and that the Iraqi side is demanding 6,000 dollars for each. [Rudaw]

In a very similar report from​​ Qasioun,​​ Hida Saratova​​ said that​​ Russian authorities are reluctant to accept the return of Russian widows and children from Iraq and Syria. Last year, 100 women and children, mostly Cossacks, returned on the initiative of​​ the​​ Chechnya president. She says​​ Russian authorities are​​ not willing to receive​​ any more.​​ [Qasioun]

 

ASIA

Philippines

Daesh said it killed a pro-government militiaman after raiding his house in Layang village, in Patikul, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov14]