An Update On ISIS Activities

December 14, 2016​​ 

CTS in Mosul (Yalla)

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Watchdog group cites sophisticated Daesh weapons industry.​​ [..]

Anbar PC raps judges for going easy on Daesh operatives. [..]

Daesh downs three electricity towers in southeast Diyala. [..]

Force of 16,000+ reported ready for Hawija liberation campaign. [..]

Iraqi forces fight off Mosul counter-attacks, move on NE Mosul, SE Mosul locations. [..]

IFP declares battle is over south of Mosul. [..]

PMFs consolidate control southeast of Tal Afar, plan to move west. [..]

Syria

Aleppo ceasefire​​ quickly​​ breaks down, then gets restarted, as thousands flee. [..]

UN blasts Syria for attacking civilians; others blame both sides. [..]

Libya

Ashton Carter confirms Daesh is gone from Sirte. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi met with the EU ambassadors, according to a statement from his office. Abadi discussed the Ninewa liberation campaign and cooperation between Iraq and the EU regarding the stabilization of liberated areas and the training of Iraqi forces, especially local police. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

The PMF spokesman says in a press conference in Tehran that the Ninewa Liberation battles are on schedule but they will take months to finish. He also says the PMFs, after securing the Syrian border, might move to Syria, within “legal frameworks,” which means approvals from the Iraqi government, the CoR, and the Syrian government. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There is an apparent linkage in the minds of some Iran-supported PMF militias between the Iraq and Syria conflicts. This is somewhat worrisome, especially as the PMFs​​ edge closer to the Syrian border. The war in Syria is not only about Daesh; the larger war is about a Baathist dictator who intends to stay in power​​ no matter how many Syrians die. The​​ other​​ jihadi groups in Syria are dangerous, but if Iraq manages to​​ defeat Daesh in Iraq​​ it won’t need to send anyone to Syria.​​ 

 

An armament monitoring group says Daesh has a highly complex and well managed weapons industry. Armament Watch said that, using a supply chain from Turkey, Daesh is running an efficient arms industry with a structure similar to any “real” state. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or​​ near Mosul (3), Hawija (1), and Rawa (1)). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The​​ Baghdad Operations Command (BOC)​​ says​​ an​​ IED explosion near Al-Firdous​​ Square in the heart of Baghdad wounded one civilian. ​​ [Sumaria]

The BOC says​​ an​​ IED explosion in​​ the​​ Fadhwat Arab area targeting a liquor shop wounded one civilian. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

The BOC says 55th​​ army brigade destroyed 4 IEDS and found explosives caches while searching Arab Dawood, Mulla Rushdi, Brisam, Futouh, and Sadr Al-Yusufiyah.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

The BOC says 25th​​ army brigade found an explosives cache during a search in​​ the​​ Tarajma area. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

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Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

The BOC says two consecutive IED explosions wounded several civilians in Awerej. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on a “Shia gathering” in Awerej. [A3maq]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says a car bomb exploded​​ in Al-Washash,​​ wounding several civilians. [Sumaria]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]

An MoI source says EOD units safely defused an IED in Al-Washash.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

The BOC says 6th​​ army division EODs safely destroyed 22 IEDs in​​ the​​ Al-Abadi area. ​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

The BOC says a reconnaissance unit found and safely removed an explosives cache in Abbas Al-Arsan.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 9(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 7

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Anbar Provincial Council says many Daesh operatives have returned to Anbar cities, mainly Falluja,​​ along with their families. The Council says the reasons are​​ lax sentencing decisions by the judiciary​​ and international pressure​​ to​​ expedite​​ return of IDPs to their areas.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it severely wounded an Intelligence officer with an IED in the Al-Thaila area in Ramadi on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

The​​ Chairman of the Hit District Council says four persons were released after​​ being found not guilty​​ on​​ terrorism charges in the city. He also says 15 more will be released shortly. [Sumaria]

 

A Tribal Mobilization commander in Haditha says his units prevented a Katyusha attack on the​​ Haditha​​ Dam​​ by obstructing a Daesh rocket unit about to initiate​​ an​​ attack. Three terrorists​​ were​​ arrested;​​ two escaped. [Sumaria]

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Rutba/Western Anbar

A military source says two Iraqi soldiers​​ were​​ killed and several vehicles damaged in​​ a​​ Daesh mortar shelling on Rutba. The source says the Iraqi Army killed two suicide attackers who entered the city to attack army and tribal forces positions.​​  [BasNews]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says it killed five PMF fighters with a shell near the Thermal Station area, north of Baiji. [A3maq]

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Samarra

The Salahuddin Governor says tens of displaced families will return to their home areas in Jazeera Samarra, Dijla subdistrict, and Mkaishifa. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin

Basra Police Department says one of its units based in Samarra arrested four men wanted on terrorism charges. One of them is responsible for a car bomb attack in Ishaqi, near Balad. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Samarra Operations Command says a special unit arrested 6 Daesh terrorists, including a local leader, in an ambush between Balad and Ishaqi. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The​​ Chairman of the Khan Bani Saad subdistrict council says that destruction of three​​ high pressure power towers in Khan Bani Saad south of Baquba indicates​​ the​​ presence and activity of Daesh sleeper cells. Explosives destroyed three towers of the line connecting Baquba to Baghdad,​​ late night Tuesday. [Sumaria]

 

The​​ Chairman of the Khan Bani Saad council​​ also​​ says families of victims of the 2015 terrorist attack protested publicly because the trial of the suspects was moved to Baghdad for no reason. Three hundred people were killed or wounded in the attack. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it attacked a PMF convoy in the Sukuk area, in Bizayez Buhriz. [A3maq]

 

A​​ Diyala​​ Police source says​​ an​​ IED killed one civilian and wounded another in Arab Jabbar, south of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Commander of Diyala Police says 26 terror cells​​ have been​​ dismantled and 36 persons arrested in the past few months. He also says that kidnapping incidents in the province​​ have​​ declined by 90% compared​​ to last year. [Sumaria]

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Northern Diyala​​ (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A security source in Baquba says a roadside IED killed an Oil Police officer and wounded two other policemen patrolling a main road near Mansouriya in northeast Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a Humvee with an IED in the Albu Taraz area in Udhaim. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

An Arab CoR member from Kirkuk held the Peshmerga accountable for the killing of two young men in Qutan village​​ in Dibis​​ yesterday. He says the two brothers were killed as they were checking on their house, from which their family had been displaced. He says the killing was a message to other families not to return. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija

A security source in Kirkuk says 16,000 men are ready to start the battle of Hawija. The force is composed of army, police, and PMF​​ units. A brigade of Hawija residents composed of 2,800 men​​ is​​ also participating. The source says Coalition trainers trained most these forces earlier. [Sumaria]

 

A police source​​ in Kirkuk says Daesh executed 28 ex-members of Sahwa and​​ the​​ police force in Hawija. The group was arrested by Daesh earlier on​​ charges of communicating with security and Peshmerga forces. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Kirkuk says tens of civilians escaping Daesh rule have arrived​​ at the​​ Maktab Khaled crossing​​ in​​ southwest Kirkuk,​​ coming from Hawija.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source in Hawija says Coalition warplanes destroyed the last bridge connecting Hawija to Ninewa,​​ in​​ the​​ Shmet area. [Sumaria]

Daesh says the only bridge linking Hawija to Al-Zab is out of service because of an “American” airstrike. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Ninewa Provincial Council says over 45% of Ninewa is now liberated, and that there are still 600,000 persons living under Daesh control. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

The MoD says the Iraqi Air Force destroyed bomb-making workshops and weapon storage sites in six areas in Mosul.​​ [Waradana]

 

East Mosul

The​​ Security Committee of​​ the​​ Ninewa​​ PC​​ says Daesh initiated suicide attacks with explosive belts and vehicle bombs on​​ the​​ Al-Nour, Al-Tamim, and Qadisiya neighborhoods east of Mosul. The source says​​ the​​ attackers were killed and vehicles destroyed by CTS units controlling these areas. [Sumaria]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) says it repelled an attack by a Daesh group that infiltrated liberated areas east of Mosul. 10 attackers were killed and 16 arrested. However, 8 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 21 civilians wounded in the battle. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A security source in Mosul says the army is now controlling the road leading to the Nabi Yunus shrine in east Mosul. [Etejah]​​ 

 

A local source says Daesh targeted Hay Al-Zuhour and Hay Al-Muthanna in east Mosul with mortars, causing civilian casualties. The source also says heavy battles are ongoing between the​​ CTS and Daesh near Khosr​​ River in Mosul. The source says Daesh terrorists prepared for this fight days ago and sent its terrorists, dressed as civilians and fishermen,​​ across​​ the river before the battle. [ARA]

 

Daesh claims it regained control of Al-I’lam neighborhood in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Hay Al-I’lam, Hay Al-Nour, and Hay Al-Tamim. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tamim. [A3maq] Daesh says it recaptured Hay Al-Tamim. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Hay Al-Tamim. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

A military source in Mosul says an IED killed two women and wounded another in Hay Al-Falah, in east Mosul.​​ [SotIraq]

Daesh says it killed two CTS members with a shell in Hay Al-Falah in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

A security source in Mosul says the army arrested 12 Daesh infiltrators in Kokjali, just outside east Mosul. The area is being searched for more infiltrators. ​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

An intelligence source says Daesh terrorists are using garbage trucks for their movements in Mosul. The source also says Daesh is burning down houses in parts of east Mosul before Iraqi forces arrive. [Ghad]

 

Northeast Mosul

IWMC says military intelligence took over a Daesh communications center in the Shalalat area in northeast Mosul near the Police Academy. The center contains monitoring screens, sophisticated communication equipment, cameras, speakers, computers, printers, etc.  [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A military source says that army units entered Hay Al-Sukkar in northeast Mosul under fierce resistance and bad weather conditions. The battle is still in its early hours, says the source. [Etejah]​​ 

A security sources says​​ a​​ mortar shell fired by Daesh killed twelve family members in a house in Hay Al-Sukkar. ​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Southeast Mosul

A military source in Mosul says 9th​​ army division units are advancing to recover Al-Salam Hospital​​ in southeast Mosul,​​ amid fierce street battles and Daesh snipers on tops of buildings. The source says five Iraqi soldiers​​ have been​​ killed and eight wounded against tens of casualties on the Daesh side.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Local sources in Mosul say 9th​​ Army brigade is transferring 300 families from southeast Mosul to safety in Khazer refugee camp. [Maalomah]

 

Ninewa Operations Command says Coalition airstrikes on Al-Wihda and the Saba’awi junction in southeast Mosul killed 13 terrorists. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Immigration and Displacement says total people displaced from Mosul since the start of war operations is 107,000.​​ [IraqPress]

 

The Mosul population is suffering irregularities in distribution of food rations. ​​ Many have told the press that a rationing system for fair distribution of foodstuffs should be adopted. [Ghad]​​ 

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Shura/Hammam Alil

The IFP Commander says IFP concluded its mission south of Mosul by liberating the whole southern sector of 1855 sq. km (725 sq. miles), including 96 villages, 56 oilfields, and the Mishraq Sulphur factory, and killing 1300 terrorists in the process. The IFP also sent three brigades to support Iraqi army units in Hamdaniya. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Prime​​ Minister Al-Abadi orders​​ the​​ opening and inspection of a mass grave of Daesh victims found in Hammam​​ Al-Alil​​ subdistrict. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Military Intelligence, in cooperation with local residents, found 2 ammunition caches in Ghalawin village in Hammam Al-Alil. [MoDWebsite]​​ [Harbi]

 

MoD says the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) destroyed a Daesh explosives workshop and a vehicle bomb in Albu Saif, in Hammam Al-Alil just south of Mosul city.​​ [Waradana]

 

Nineveh Plain

A displaced woman passed away today for lack of medical supplies in the Al-Khazer refugee camp, press sources say. [Sumaria]

A government source in Mosul says the Ninewa Governor informed Prime Minister Abadi that the health directorate is not functioning well in the displacement camps in Ninewa. The source also says Kuwait opened health clinics in the Hassan Sham and Al-Khazer camps. [Ghad]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

MoD says the IAF destroyed​​ a​​ Daesh explosives workshop and​​ a​​ vehicle bomb in Tal Afar.​​ [Waradana]

 

MoD​​ says​​ the​​ IAF​​ attacked a Daesh gathering south of Tal Abta,​​ killing 20 leaders and 50 of their​​ military​​ escorts. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

The PMF Press​​ says​​ PMF​​ forces are advancing in two directions; northwest and southeast, aiming to liberate remaining villages in the​​ territory between​​ Tal Abta​​ in the southwest Mosul subdistrict and the​​ Tal Afar​​ Airport.​​ [Buratha]​​ It​​ says​​ that​​ after liberating 10 villages and clearing​​ the Tal AbtaTal Afar road, all​​ Daesh​​ supply lines from the south are cut off.​​ [Buratha]

 

PMF commander Hadi Al-Amiri says PMFs will liberate all western Ninewa areas to the Syrian border. He says the circle is closing on Daesh after the cutting off of its supply lines. He also says Daesh attacks every day and night to break down this circle, but in vain.​​ [PressIraq]

 

The PMF Press says PMFs destroyed 4 Daesh vehicle bombs and a shovel. Daesh raised an Iraqi flag for purposes of deception as it approached PMF frontlines near Sharai’ village west of Tal Afar. [Buratha]​​ 

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

The PMF Press says PMFs​​ shot down a Daesh drone in Hatra using medium weapons. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN

A​​ KRG​​ spokesman​​ issued a statement saying that the leader of the AAH Shia militia, Qais Al-Khazali, was wrong and irresponsible when he said that the next danger in Iraq after Daesh will be the Kurds, especially President Barzani. It threatened the AAH with a fate similar to Daesh’s. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The statement is presumably to​​ defend​​ Barzani, not the KRG as a whole.​​ Bombastic statements from Erbil aside, the AAH leader is likely not the only Iraq leader who holds this opinion. A lot of previous bombastic statements are part of the reason.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A Security source in Basra says a locally made IED killed an employee of the​​ Ministry of​​ Electricity near his house in Abu Al-Khasib. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish President Erdogan announced a “national alert” against terrorist organizations. He says Turkey has killed, wounded, or arrested 9,500 PKK fighters. He also says 40,000 people were​​ arrested and 100,000 fired from their jobs since the military coup. He also says the Turkey killed 1,800 YPG and Daesh fighters since August. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In other words, all those government employees fired for no specific reason are no better than terrorists. Erdogan’s witch hunt continues, under the banner of an anti-terrorist crusade but essentially targeting all perceived political opponents.​​ 

 

The PKK claims​​ it​​ shot down a Turkish F16 in Diyarbakir at 07:30 Monday morning. The Turkish​​ Army says the plane​​ crashed​​ for technical reasons. [Shafaq] [Hawar]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted​​ two​​ airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria,​​ near Ain Eissa. [InherentResolve]

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Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

The SDF captured Kharba Jahasha village, 50​​ km​​ (31 miles)​​ northwest of Raqqa, killing 3 Daesh terrorists. Daesh terrorists took a family from the village as hostages, but then one of the terrorists detonated himself, killing two members of the family and wounding two. [Hawar]

 

A female YPG commander says tens of women from the SDF-liberated villages have joined the Raqqa liberation campaign. [Hawar]

 

Coalition planes launched heavy airstrikes on the northern outskirts of Raqqa causing damage​​ to​​ civilian property. The Coalition targeted Daesh military positions in Al-Ridani village west of Raqqa. Heavy battles are ongoing between Daesh and the SDF near Ahmediya village,​​ and​​ Coalition planes heavily targeted the area. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

General Townsend refuted media reports about the Coalition delivering weapons to Arab and Kurdish forces by helicopter. [Rudaw] BasNews had​​ reported, according to a field military source, that 7 Coalition helicopters delivered weapons and ammunition to the YPG near Ain Eissa. ​​  

 

Daesh publishes photos of an olive mill in Al-Tabaqa. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

Heavy battles erupted between the Syrian Army and​​ its​​ allied militias and​​ remaining​​ opposition​​ militiamen​​ in east Aleppo, ending the​​ declared ceasefire just after it started.​​ Nusra Front​​ and​​ Mujahidin​​ Al-Sham​​ attacked the Syrian forces with 2 vehicle bombs near Al-Haj Bridge,​​ killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and militiamen. The first group of sick and wounded people was​​ supposed to leave in the early morning and the rest at 5 am, but government allied militias obstructed the process.​​ Russia and the Syrian government accused the opposition of breaking the ceasefire.​​ ​​ [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]​​ [Qasioun]​​ [EnabBaladi] [ZamanAlWasl]

Enab Baladi, an opposition backed source, says the reason for the violation of the ceasefire was 4 heavy artillery shells that targeted west Aleppo.​​ It says the shells came from Iran-backed militias.​​ [EnabBaladi]​​ 

 

Opposition sources said the delay​​ in​​ civilians exiting Aleppo was due to the lack​​ of​​ a neutral party to supervise their departure. Opposition sources say Iranbacked militias broke the ceasefire and launched tens of rockets on east Aleppo.​​ Syrian warplanes launched airstrikes on​​ east​​ Aleppo, wounding several civilians including women and children. [Qasioun]​​ [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

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Later on, opposition sources say​​ they reached another ceasefire with the Russians and the first group of wounded people and civilians will leave on Thursday morning to areas west of Aleppo.​​ [Qasioun]​​ 

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense says 6,000 civilians, including 2,000 children, and 366 opposition fighters, left east Aleppo during the last 24 hours. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Turkish presidency sources say President Erdogan and Russian President Putin stressed the importance of full implementation of the ceasefire in Aleppo in a phone call. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

The UN issued a statement saying it’s not participating in evacuating civilians from east Aleppo, but is ready to do so. [Dorar]

 

Prior to the renewed ceasefire, there were numerous allegations and counter-allegations that amounted to many people killed, by actions of both sides.

An opposition​​ Civil Defense member tells Anadolu that 1,138 civilians were killed in east Aleppo in the past 30 days. [Dorar]

 

The SOHR says the Syrian Army killed more than sixty civilians, opposition fighters, and their families in several areas in east Aleppo, either by shelling or by directly shooting them. [SyriaNow]

 

The SOHR says the opposition shelled the government controlled areas in west Aleppo while the Syrian government bombed, shelled, and rocketed areas in east Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Six people were killed and others wounded by opposition shelling on Hay Bustan Al-Qasr and Al-Hamdaniya. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian official news agency SANA says three people were killed and forty-five wounded in opposition shelling and rocketing in other areas. [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian government said, in response to the failure of the first ceasefire, that​​ implementation of the ceasefire and evacuation has not happened and the negotiations are facing “big complications”. [SyriaNow]

 

Expressing shock at the apparent collapse of a deal enabling evacuation of thousands of civilians from eastern Aleppo, the United Nations human right chief said that the resumption of extremely heavy bombardment by Syrian Government forces and their allies on civilian-populated areas “is almost certainly a violation of international law and most likely constitutes war crimes.”

“The way this deal was dangled in front of this battered and beleaguered population – causing them to hope they might indeed live to see another day – and then snatched away just half a day​​ later is also outrageously cruel,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad​​ AlHussein said in a statement issued by his Office (OHCHR). [UN]​​ 

 

The United Nation’s Commission of Inquiry for Syria (COI) said Wednesday it had noted the grave allegations leveled against pro-government forces in Aleppo, including “summary executions, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and forced conscription.”

The​​ Commission said Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government was now in “effective control” of eastern Aleppo, and therefore had “primary responsibility” for ensuring that violations in the city are stopped.

And, with the deal struck late Tuesday for the evacuation of rebels from Aleppo on hold, the COI echoed a call made across the humanitarian community that civilians be allowed to leave conflict zones safely.

The report also mentioned that it had received reports that opposition fighters were blocking civilians from fleeing Aleppo and using them as human shields.

In a statement, the COI said it had “allegations of opposition groups … preventing civilians from leaving as well as opposition fighters embedding themselves within the civilian population, thus heightening the risk to civilians of being killed or injured.” It specifically implicated al-Qaeda’s former affiliate Fateh Al-Sham (Nusra) Front and the Ahrar al-Sham​​ militia. [ArabyNews]​​ 

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense said Ahrar Al-Sham targeted Hay Salahuddin in Aleppo city with mortars. [SyriaNow]

 

Idlib

The SOHR says opposition groups targeted Kefraya and Al-Fawaa, Shia towns east of Aleppo, with tens of shells, causing human casualties. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Opposition sources say Iran-backed militias​​ set conditions for​​ allowing​​ wounded people to leave Kefraya and Al-Fawaa.​​ [EnabBaladi] [ZamanAlWasl]​​ 

 

A later reports says opposition and government sources say an agreement has been reached and 15,000 people trapped in Kefraya and Al-Fawaa will be evacuated. [Arabi21]

 

Al-Bab

An opposition source says opposition groups, supported by Turkish airpower, captured the Zamzam area and parts of Souq Al-Hal near Al-Bab, killing ten Daesh terrorists and wounding “tens”. He also says the Turkish Army bombed and shelled the Al-Bab area. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it killed seven opposition fighters in an attack on Al-Zerzour village, east of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Daesh claims Turkish warplanes initiated 3 airstrikes on Al-Bab hospital. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If Al-Bab’s hospital is like those in other Daesh-held cities, it has been converted into primarily a Daesh headquarters.

 

Afrin

Three hundred displaced people arrived​​ in​​ Afrin on Monday and Tuesday coming from Raqqa, Al-Bab, Qabasin, Deir Ez-Zor, Albu Kamal, and Tadmur. [Hawar]

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Manbij

The Manbij Civilian Council says 200 families are arriving​​ in​​ the Manbij area every day. It says there are more than 18,000 displaced people in small camps the​​ Council​​ established in the area, and there are thousands​​ of​​ others suffering from the bad weather conditions​​ due to the lack of displacement camps. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in Maskanah city. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

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Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The Coalition commander,​​ General Steven Townsend,​​ says Daesh captured armored vehicles and anti-aircraft weapons in Tadmur. [Dorar]

 

Daesh says it’s close to placing​​ full siege on T4 airport after advancing there from multiple​​ routes. It added that two suicide attacks were executed on Syrian​​ Army​​ positions​​ between Al-Qaryatayn and Faraqlus and between the airport and Faraqlus.​​ [A3maq]

A local activist says Daesh captured more areas near the T4 Airport after several attacks with vehicle bombs. [Arabi21]

 

The SOHR says warplanes targeted several areas near Tadmur. It also says Daesh targeted the Al-Sharifa area east of Homs with a vehicle bomb. [SyriaHR]​​ 

Daesh says it captured​​ Al-Sharifa village, which is​​ west of T4 airport. [A3maq]

 

A​​ high ranking Iranian officer,​​ Brig. Hasan Akbari,​​ was​​ killed during the​​ Tadmur battles. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a video of its heavy artillery shelling on Al-Jadida village, east of Homs. [A3maq]

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Daesh publishes photos of Syrian Army positions it captured in the Qasr Al-Hayr Al-Gharib area, in Homs. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

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East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Heavy battles continued between Daesh and the Syrian Army and its allied militias south of Deir Ez-Zor. Battles also erupted near Al-Jufra village near the Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport. Daesh targeted the airport with mortars. The Syrian Army shelled or rocketed Daeshcontrolled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city,​​ and Daesh targeted government controlled areas with mortars. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Battles also erupted between Daesh and the Syrian Army​​ in​​ Al-Haweiqa in Deir Ez-Zor city. Battles also erupted near the Al-Baghailiye​​ area west of the city. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of a herb shop in Al-Mayadin. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Five soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle in Arish. [ElWatan]​​ 

 

Security sources say armed men shot at a security barrier in Al-Masaeed west of Arish, wounding one soldier. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say an IED exploded on the International Road near Arish, damaging a security vehicle, without causing human casualties. ​​ [VetoGate]

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Daesh says it stopped an Egyptian Army campaign south of Sheikh Zuweid after 3 hours of fighting, forcing the Army to retreat. It also says it destroyed 3 M113 armored vehicles and 4 Humvees with IEDs in different areas of North Sinai, killing or wounding soldiers. [DawaAlhaq] [A3maq]​​ 

Eyewitnesses say security reinforcements arrived south of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman says all LNA personnel should prepare for “liberating Tripoli”. [Libya24]​​ 

 

Central coast

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the conclusion of US airstrikes on Sirte, saying the city got rid of Daesh. [Libya24]

 

The GNA Military is raiding houses in the Abu Hadi area, south of Sirte, looking for Daesh terrorists. [Libya24]

 

The Government of National Accord (GNA) Military spokesman, General Mohammed Al-Ghasri, says he submitted his resignation for health reasons. [Libya24]​​ 

 

Tunisia

A judicial spokesman says a cell of 11 terrorism suspects was arrested in Sfax. He says the cell was providing financial and logistical support for terrorists who are hiding in the mountains. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries​​ 

Finland​​ 

The trial of two Iraqi twin brothers accused of involvement in the Speicher massacre has​​ started in Finland. One of them appeared in a Daesh video,​​ killing eleven cadets. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

A video of SDF fighters in the liberated Kharba Baqir village northeast of Raqqa [Hawar]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today​​ [Bayan]

December 13, 2016​​ 

Manbij Schools (Hawar)

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Iraq captures two more east Mosul​​ neighborhoods; now claims to control 40. [..]

PMFs expand control to more villages in and near Tal Afar. [..]

Internal Kurdish dispute over federal budget, other issues, continues. [..]

Syria

SDF takes several more villages in drive toward Raqqa. [..]

Long disastrous battle for Aleppo finally ends in government victory. [..]

East Aleppo civilians flee as​​ UN alleges Syrian Army executed​​ other​​ civilians. [..]

Turkey-supported militias surround Al-Bab, prepare to enter city. [..]

Daesh control in Tadmur (Palmyra) area solid despite Russian bombing. [..]

Egypt

Daesh claims responsibility for deadly Christian church bombing in Cairo. [..]

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says the situation in the country is not appropriate now for discussion about a political settlement. He says Iraq needs national reconciliation for all its peoples instead of settlements among politicians. He asks who will be part of this settlement and on what basis? [Rudaw]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Shia politicians, led by Ammar Al-Hakim, have started a new political initiative and called it a “historical settlement.”  ​​​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq (near Mosul (5), Kasik (1), and Baiji (1)). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source says the body of an unknown woman was found shot in Hamamiyat in Taji, [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army “spy” and killed a PMF fighter by a sniper shot in Tarmiya. [A3maq]

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says 59th​​ army brigade found an explosives cache in Sab’a village during an inspection routine.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

​​ 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says armed men attacked a house in Hay Tariq, Sadr​​ City, with automatic rifles and two hand grenades without causing any human casualties.​​  [Sumaria]​​ 

An MoI source says a body of a man shot in the head was found in an empty yard in Al-Ameen.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

An MoI source says an IED exploded in Al-Obeidi​​ and​​ wounded three civilians. [Sumaria]​​ Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack without specifying casualties. [A3maq]

A security source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in the Sadda area in Sadr​​ City. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source says one civilian was killed and several sounded when an IED exploded​​ in a commercial area in Mada’in.  ​​​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

An MoI source says unidentified armed men in a 4-wheel drive vehicle kidnapped a school teacher​​ as he​​ exited​​ his house in Mada’in.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

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

The BOC says 25th​​ army brigade found an explosives cache and destroyed an IED while searching​​ the​​ Al-Rakoub area.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

​​ 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says two people were wounded when a roadside IED exploded near Al-Duwanem. [Ghad]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says a checkpoint in Abu Ghraib stopped a Scania truck, and then​​ arrested its driver after discovering explosives and explosive belts hidden in its tires.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

A security source says two people were wounded when an IED exploded in Al-Bakriya. [Ghad]​​ 

The BOC says 24th​​ army brigade destroyed 4 IEDs in​​ the​​ Al-Abadi area.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 13(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The BOC says 6th​​ army division safely destroyed 27 IEDs in Nuaimiya. ​​ [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A police source in Falluja says security units found large weapons and explosives caches hidden in a house in​​ the​​ Jaghaifa neighborhood in Falluja. The raid was based on informant intelligence.​​  [BasNews]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Coalition says​​ the​​ tribes of Haditha will participate in liberating the cities of Anah, Rawa, and Qa’im. A military delegation from the Coalition inspected tribal defensive frontlines in the city.​​  [Sumaria]​​ 

 ​​​​ 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Jazeera Operations commander says Coalition warplanes attacked a Daesh guesthouse in Rawa killing 12 terrorists.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on an Iraqi Army barracks in the Kilo 40 area, north of Rutba. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Samarra

Daesh says it detonated an IED,​​ killing four PMF fighters in Al-Jalam in Samarra. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council says the Facilities Protection Service agreed to increase security measures around two water purification units north and east of Baquba in order to prevent sleeper cells from poisoning the water. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A security source says unidentified armed men opened fire on three civilian cars late yesterday night in Hamidat village, in Kanaan subdistrict east of Baquba, killing and wounding five civilians. The source described that attack as the fifth​​ one​​ of the kind.​​ [Ghad]

 

PMF media says its forces repelled a Daesh attack on Mubarak Al-Farhan village between Salahuddin and Diyala, without suffering any casualties. The attack​​ started​​ from Al-Bawi area.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

​​ 

Northern Diyala​​ (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Daesh says it blasted an oil pipe​​ that runs through​​ Mandali, and published​​ some photos of the operation. [DawaAlhaq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A polices source says armed men shot dead two of the sons of​​ the​​ Mukhtar of Qutan village​​ in​​ Dibis​​ District while​​ they were in​​ their car. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Abbasi city. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

​​ 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign​​ 

Prime Minister Al-Abadi says​​ again,​​ in a press conference,​​ that there will be changes in the Mosul liberation plan. He praised the swift advance of Iraqi forces into the city. He says that the battle has reached its final stages.​​ [Sumaria]

 

East Mosul

CTS says it liberated Al-Falah​​ in east Mosul in full, after repelling a large Daesh counter attack​​ that used​​ drones and vehicle bombs. The CTS says Daesh lost over 50 in the battle, many of​​ them of​​ Arab and foreign nationalities. [Ghad]​​ 

The IWMC confirmed that Iraqi forces liberated Hay Al-Falah. It says that Iraqi forces have so far liberated 40 neighborhoods. [Baghdadia]​​ 

Daesh says a suicide bomber attack killed eight Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a BMP in Al-Falah neighborhood. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a now-routine Daesh propaganda ploy, issuing a partial but victorious-sounding battle report from a place it has already lost.

 

A CTS source says it liberated the Industrial Sector​​ in​​ east Mosul,​​ killing over 20 terrorists, and destroying 4 bombing workshops and 7 vehicle. The source described the area as of extreme importance to Daesh as the bulk of its workshops are stationed therein. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Ninewa Operations Command says that both the Al-Falah Al-Oula and Al-Falah Al-Thaniya neighborhoods are now liberated by the CTS. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

A security source says unidentified armed men shot dead “Abu Hind Al-Galib,” a Daesh leader​​ responsible for​​ recruiting children. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

A security source in Ninewa says Daesh attacked Al-Zuhour neighborhood in east Mosul with two car bombs,​​ killing and wounding tens of civilians and seven soldiers.​​ 

A CTS commander says Iraqi forces are 2​​ km away from the River. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh says a suicide bomber attack killed​​ 9​​ Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a BMP in Al-Intisar.​​ Daesh published a photo of the attacker. ​​ [A3maq]​​ [DawaAlHaq]

Here Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on the outskirts of Hay Al-Intisar, killing 13 soldiers and destroying 2 BMP vehicles. [A3maq]​​ 

Here Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces on the outskirts of Hay Al-Intisar, killing 21 soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 3 BMP vehicles. Daesh publishes photos of the 2 terrorists. It also says a third suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Fallah with a vehicle bomb, killing​​ 7​​ soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a Humvee. It says its snipers killed​​ 8​​ Iraqi soldiers in Al-Azirat. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

A local source says ten civilians were killed and thirty wounded by Daesh mortar shelling on liberated areas in east Mosul. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video showing the destruction of tens of Iraqi forces vehicles and tanks in Mosul. The video also shows the British journalist John Cantlie talking about the Mosul battles. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Conditions in Mosul

UNICEF says that 35,000 children​​ have​​ escaped Mosul since the start of​​ fighting there, adding that most are in miserable condition. It says that it cannot define the number of children killed in action, but it is believed that Daesh targeted escaping children. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The Military Intelligence Service found a large Daesh ammunition cache near Al-Bazzuna village in Hammam Al-Alil. It also found the dead bodies of several Daesh victims in the area. [MoD Website]​​ 

​​ 

Nineveh Plain

A spokesman for the 16th​​ army division says its troops repelled a Daesh attack with light and medium weapons and a vehicle bomb on Bawiza, just northeast of Mosul city. Coalition warplanes provided air support to the Iraqi units. The attack killed one Iraqi soldiers and wounded three, while attackers lost 18 fighters and 3 vehicles.​​ [IraqPress]

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers in Azirat, southeast of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The PMF Press says its forces advancing from the north and south of Tal Afar have met at the road connecting Tal Afar to its airport, without any further details. [Sumaria]

 

The PMF Press says PMF forces liberated Hussein Juma’a and Ashwa villages and destroyed two vehicle bombs that attacked the forces near that village. [Ghad] [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says​​ two suicide terrorists, one from Mosul and the other from Aleppo, attacked PMFs with two vehicle bombs near Ashwa village, an Arab village southeast of Tal Afar, killing or wounding twenty-four fighters and destroying military vehicles.​​ 

Daesh also says​​ one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked PMFs with a vehicle bomb in Tal Asga’​​ west of Tal Afar, killing or wounding “tens” of fighters and destroying several military vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]​​ Daesh says it recaptured Tal Asga’ village from the PMFs following suicide attacks. [A3maq]

 

The​​ PMF​​ organization​​ says it cleared the 20 km​​ (12.5 miles)​​ Tal AbtaAshwa road of IEDs​​ and mines and killed a suicide attacker. [Maalomah] [Maalomah] [PressIraq]

Daesh says a suicide attack in Ashwa village killed 15 PMF fighters and destroyed several vehicles, and was​​ the second in one day. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF shovel with a guided missile in Al-Sharai’ village west of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

The​​ PMF​​ organization​​ also says its units liberated Tal Aziz, Tal Baswa, and Hattab villages overlooking​​ the​​ Tal AbtaTal Afar airport road. [Buratha]​​ 

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A security source in Ninewa says Daesh arrested 30 civilians from southwestern areas between Baaj and Syrian borders and took them to​​ an​​ unidentified location. The charges were smuggling​​ of​​ escapees and encouraging them to “leave the land of the caliphate”. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

PMF said it repelled​​ a​​ Daesh attack in Hatra,​​ killing 5 attackers and destroying​​ a​​ machine gunmounted truck. It also says it killed “Abu Mustafa Al-Sumaida’i,”​​ the best known Daesh sniper in the area.  [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Daesh says it ambushed a PMF convoy in Hatra,​​ killing several​​ men​​ and destroying 3 vehicles. [A3maq]

​​ 

KURDISTAN

The Chairman of the PUK’s CoR block, Ala Talabani, says the Kurdistan Islamic​​ Group had sent the draft 2017 federal budget to the KRG in October, but the KRG didn’t respond. It says a Kurdish block in the CoR reached an agreement about the federal budget, but the KRG​​ opposed​​ the agreement. [ROJ]​​ 

 

Hundreds of teachers, government officials,​​ disabled,​​ and students demonstrated in Suleimaniya, protesting a law that allows the KRG to save a percentage from their salaries and also protesting a delay in​​ paying​​ the salaries. [ROJ]​​ 

 

Security sources say Turkish planes destroyed 12 PKK targets in the Zab area in Kurdistan. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

Thousands of Peshmerga fighters demonstrated in Erbil, protesting comments attributed to a Gorran CoR member who reportedly defamed the families of deceased Peshmerga fighters. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The MP said the KRG is not taking care of the families of the deceased fighters and​​ is​​ forcing them to “sell themselves.” She later explained her comments were manipulated, and she didn’t mean to insult the Peshmerga.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Pentagon says a coalition airstrike conducted on Dec. 4 in Raqqa, Syria, killed 3 Daesh leaders directly involved in facilitating external terror operations and recruiting foreign fighters. Two of those targeted – Salah Gourmat, and Sammy Djedou – were involved in facilitating the Nov. 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris. Both were close associates of Adnani, the Daesh spokesman who was also killed by a Coalition airstrike. The third leader killed in this strike, Walid Hamman, was a suicide attack planner who was convicted in absentia in Belgium for a terror plot disrupted in 2015. All three were part of a network led by Boubaker Al-Hakim, who was killed in another coalition airstrike on Nov. 26. The three were working together to plot and facilitate attacks against Western targets at the time of the strike. [Defense]​​ 

 

The SOHR says 90,506 civilians, including 15,948 children and 10,540 women,​​ have been killed since the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

A source close to the PYD says senior US Department of State officials met with PYD leaders in the American​​ air​​ base, 35 km (22 miles) south of Kobane, a week ago and told them the US will not agree to divide Syria on any ethnic or sectarian basis. [BasNews]  ​​​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 4 near Ain Eissa and 4 near Deir Ez-Zor. [InherentResolve]​​ 

​​ 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

The SDF captured Al-Ahmediya and Kharba Baqir villages,​​ 50km​​ (31 miles)​​ northwest of Raqqa. Heavy battles are ongoing in the nearby Kharba Jahasha village. Many Daesh terrorists were​​ reported​​ killed in the battles. [Hawar]

 

The SDF captured Hisan village west of Raqqa on Monday and confiscated weapons and ammunition (video). The SDF also captured Shalaliya and Mijban villages 53km​​ (33 miles)​​ west of Raqqa, killing 4 terrorists. [Hawar]

 

The SDF says it advanced 22km (14 miles) and captured 16 villages and tens of farms during the first 3 days of the Raqqa liberation campaign. It also says it killed 23 Daesh terrorists and captured 3. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say the number of casualties of Russian airstrikes on Raqqa city increased to twenty-three killed and more than twenty wounded. [Qasioun]​​ 

The SOHR says twenty people were killed, including five children and four women, in airstrikes conducted by unknown planes on Raqqa city. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

Turkish Intelligence Service officials say the opposition and the government reached a ceasefire agreement in Aleppo facilitated by Turkey. They said they held extensive communications in order to evacuate thousands of civilians trapped in east Aleppo, in addition to opposition fighters. They say the agreement includes evacuating the civilians to west Aleppo and the buses for transportation have already arrived. Within the agreement, opposition fighters will leave with their light weapons. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

The US Department of State spokesman, John Kirby, says the ceasefire was reached with Russian and Turkish efforts. He also says the United States welcomes any solution that would end the violence in Syria. [Hawar]

 

The Turkish Prime Minister says Turkey will establish camps for 80,000 civilians who escaped from east Aleppo in areas the opposition controls​​ north of Aleppo. [ARA]

 

UN Human Rights Office spokesman Robert Colville says pro-government troops killed at least eight-two civilians, including eleven women and thirteen children, some “on the spot” in an unspecified neighborhood in east Aleppo. He says “The reports we had are of people being shot in​​ the street trying to flee and shot in their homes”. He also says Syrian troops and allied militias heavily shelled civilians trapped in the city. [ARA]

 

Sources close to Hezbollah say the Hezbollah​​ artillery officer​​ was killed in the Tadmur battles. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Iranian media outlets say a senior Revolutionary Guard commander was killed in east Aleppo. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Russian UN Rep says Russia cannot guarantee the safety of the civilians leaving Aleppo because the situation is not completely under Russia’s control. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

Informed sources say the ceasefire will continue for 2 days. They say the opposition fighters will leave with their light weapons and the civilians will not be searched. The sources say the YPG refused to allow people who have left Aleppo to pass through areas it controlled. [Dorar]

 

The UNICEF says more than 100 unaccompanied children in eastern Aleppo are reported to be trapped under a building that is under heavy attack. It warned of “alarming” reports from a doctor in the city that many​​ children​​ who had been separated from their families were trapped in the building in the eastern part​​ of the city. [EnabBaladi]

 

The SOHR says four people, including two children, were killed and others wounded by opposition shelling on two different areas in Aleppo. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Idlib

The UN envoy to Syria, Staffan De Mistura says he is afraid that the Syrian Army will move to Idlib after Aleppo. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

An opposition source says in a recorded voice message that an agreement was reached to allow the opposition fighters to leave toward Idlib, and if they want to go to north Aleppo, they have to go through Turkey (video). [ZamanAlWasl]

​​ 

A Syrian military source told Sputnik that all opposition group fighters have left the city carrying their personal weapons after the Syrian Army opened a secure road. He says opposition fighters moved toward areas northwest of Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

Al-Bab

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister says​​ Turkey-supported​​ opposition groups​​ have​​ surrounded Al-Bab completely and are preparing for the final assault on the city. He says the opposition will capture the city in a short amount of time. [ARA]

 

The Turkish military says its artillery destroyed 157 Daesh positions north of Aleppo including defense positions, hideouts, and headquarters. It also says Turkish planes targeted 28 Daesh positions in Al-Bab and Baza’a,​​ including 6 hideouts 2 weapons storehouses 3 headquarters, 2 checkpoints, and 2 car-rigging factories. [ARA]

Daesh says Turkish tanks are heavily shelling Al-Bab city. It also published a video to show that the Turkish backed opposition is not closing down on Al-Bab. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh publishes gruesome photos of the results of the Turkish Army shelling on Al-Bab. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting two Turkish Army tanks with rockets west of Al-Bab. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh refutes media reports that opposition groups captured the Youth Residence area in Al-Bab and issues a video of the area. [A3maq]​​ 

 

A Turkey backed opposition group’s commander says the opposition stopped a Daesh attack near Aqil Mountain near Al-Bab, killing or wounding Daesh terrorists. He also says several opposition fighters were also killed or wounded. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

Afrin

Local sources say the Turkish Army cut down 300 olive trees in Afrin during the last three days in order to build a border wall. [BasNews] ​​ 

​​ 

Manbij

67,000 students returned to their schools in the Manbij area. [Hawar]

 

Idlib

A group​​ within​​ the Turkeybacked Ahrar Al-Sham defected and formed a new group called Jaish Al-Ahrar. [Hawar]

​​ 

Ahrar Al-Sham issued a statement refuting social media reports about merging with Nusra Front. Social media activists have said that​​ Ahrar has merged completely with Nusra. [EnabBaladi]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Heavy battles erupted when Daesh attacked the Syrian Army and allied militias near Al-Sheikh Hilal village southeast of Silmiya, killing or wounding several soldiers and militiamen. [ARA]

 

Daesh captured the Al-Qaryatayn​​ Intersection southwest of the T4 Airport after heavy battles with Syrian troops and allied militias. [Qasioun]​​ 

Daesh captured the major Syrian Army military position 4 km (2.5 miles) north of Qaryatayn. [ZamanAlWasl]

A local source says large numbers of people left their houses in Al-Qaryatayn after Daesh approached the city. [EnabBaladi]

Heavy battles erupted when Daesh attacked Syrian Army and allied militias near Al-Qaryatayn east of Homs. Battles also continued near the T4 Airport. Daesh shelled and rocketed Syrian positions inside the airport. Russian planes targeted residential areas in Tadmur city. The Syrian Army shelled and rocketed residential areas in Tabiseh north of Homs, wounding several civilians. [Qasioun]​​ 

Daesh publishes a video showing its forces closing​​ in​​ on T4 airport held by the Syrian army in Homs. [A3maq]

Daesh says it cut off the road between the T4 Airport and Al-Qaryatayn. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of its terrorists in the Air Defense Battalion headquarters southeast of the T4 Airport. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of its terrorists near the airport. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army tank with a rocket near the T4 Airport. [DawaAlhaq] ​​ 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting the airport with artillery. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of a Russian military base it captured in Tadmur. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says that Russian warplanes killed 70 civilians east of Hama, using poisonous gases. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of spoils it got in the Jazl area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A local activist says Daesh​​ offered​​ an “amnesty”​​ to​​ its prisoners in the Deir Ez-Zor area. He says the amnesty includes people who “spied” for the government or Coalition​​ and who​​ “repent.” [ARA]​​ 

 

The SOHR says a woman and her child were killed and other people wounded by a Daesh shelling on government controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Syrian Army in the Deir Ez-Zor area. [DawaAlhaq] ​​ 

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Opposition groups stopped a large Daesh attack in the Qalamoun Mountains​​ area, killing or wounding many Daesh terrorists. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh claims responsibility​​ for the​​ bombing of the Coptic Christian​​ church in Abbasiya, Cairo. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says one of its “soldiers” detonated himself in the church, killing or wounding righty “crusaders”. Daesh threatened Christians in Egypt, and everywhere, with more attacks. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh didn’t mention that the terrorist blew himself up in the women’s section in the church. It also didn’t mention that Christian Egyptians are more than a thousand years older than the crusaders. This official hatred, mixed with an extreme level of ignorance, is what ancient civilizations in the Middle East are facing. The takfiris should know, and Hitler should be their example, that you cannot kill ten million people or force them to leave their land, as the Wahhabi ideology espouses. ​​ 

 

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior says the terrorists who conducted the suicide attack on the church in Cairo had visited Qatar in December 2016 and had contact with Muslim Brothers leaders before returning to Sinai. Qatar issued a statement in response, saying the suspect had visited Qatar, but it didn’t receive any request from Egypt for his arrest. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

Daesh accused Israeli warplanes of shelling south of Arish and Sheikh Zuweid in Sinai. One Daesh operative was killed in the airstrikes. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Security units captured an ABM commander in a house in Al-Touma village, south of Sheikh Zuweid, on Monday. [VetoGate]

 

Medical sources say four civilians were wounded by a shell that fell on their house south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]​​ 

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan National Army (LNA) EOD commander says his troops found in the Qanfouda area a box filled with explosives that were smuggled from Turkey to Daesh. [AfriGate]​​ 

 

Central coast

The Government of National Accord (GNA) Military captured 3 Daesh terrorists–a Libyan and 2 foreigners–in the Arba’in area west of Sirte. The terrorists were in bad condition. [AfriGate]​​ 

 

Tunisia

Security units captured 4 wanted takfiris and 19 terrorism suspects in different areas in the country between December 6 and December 10. [Tunisien]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today​​ [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues infographics about the 8th​​ week of the Mosul battles [A3maq]​​ 

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December 12, 2016