An Update On ISIS Activities

November 19, 2018

 

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Explosion in Tikrit (DD Nov 18)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Interior, Defense minister positions still tied up in CoR politics.​​ [..]

UN says 80% of Iraqi children subjected to violence, and school dropout problem is epidemic in parts of Iraq. [..]

Catholic archbishop​​ denounces​​ fraudulent sales of Christian property. [..]

Wall Street Journal reports pervasive political corruption in power sector, Electricity ministry.​​ [..]

Yazidi woman describes horrible experience of living in Daesh captivity. [..]

Iraq under heavy pressure from both US, Iran over response to sanctions.​​ [..]

Daesh vehicle bomb in Tikrit kills 7, wounds 16. [..]

Suicide terrorist in PMF uniform kills 4 PMFs, wounds 6 in NE Diyala. [..]

PMFs find Daesh “bank” in Baaj desert. [..]

Basra Chief of Police says 80% of Iraq’s illegal narcotics come from Iran.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

Trump says full report on Khashoggi murder will come in within a few days. [..]

Trump says US will not extradite Gulen to Turkey, despite NBC reports.​​ [..]

 

Syria

Dissident Turkey-supported militia sparks internal fighting in Afrin. [..]

Coalition airstrikes near Hajin kill 43, including 36 Daesh family members.​​ [..]

Coalition says Daesh charges of civilian airstrike deaths are made up. [..]

SOHR reports Syrian Army has finally retaken Al-Safa Hills near Suwayda. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Saudi Arabia:​​ Royal family faction trying to bloc MBS accession to throne.​​ [..]

Tunisia:​​ Tunisia stops planned stabbing attacks on civilians, soldiers. [..]

Germany:​​ Merkel government stops weapons shipments to Saudi Arabia. [..]

Nigeria:​​ Daesh stages two more deadly attacks in NE Nigeria. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ General Dunford reports little progress against Taliban in 2018.​​ [..]

Philippines:​​ Failed hostage rescue mission kills 5 soldiers, wounds 23. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that the Al-Fath bloc’s opposition has excluded​​ Faleh Al-Fayyad from​​ further​​ consideration for Minister of the Interior. Al-Fath has proposed​​ Abdul Karim Al-Ansari (a PMF advisor), and Hussein Al-Tahhan (ex-Baghdad governor) for the​​ post; both are from Al-Fath. The source added that Muqtada Al-Sadr supports the Al-Tahhan nomination. As for the Minister of Defense, the CoR​​ has reportedly been allowed to​​ decide between​​ the previously nominated​​ Salim Al-Jubouri and Faisal Al-Jerba; neither is opposed by any​​ major​​ political​​ blocs.

 

Muqtada Al-Sadr addressed a letter to Hadi Al-Amiri, the head of Al-Fath, telling him that discrete deals were being arranged between some Al-Fath members and Sunni militias to ”buy” ministerial positions. He told Al-Amiri that “huge” deals are being arranged in secret, with huge amounts of money backed by external support. Sadr​​ reminded​​ him of their agreement to build and manage the country together. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

A UN report says 80% of Iraqi children have been subjected to violence, and that education levels in southern Iraq, Anbar, and Ninewa​​ are​​ very low. It says conflict and inequality​​ are​​ still marking childhood in Iraq. It also says that only half of the children from poorer families can complete primary school, and only 25% of them graduate​​ from​​ secondary school. [Rudaw]

 

Archbishop Shlemon Warduni of the Chaldean Catholic Church said that there have​​ been about 350 fraudulent sales of Christian property in Iraq. He said that the government had stopped about 50 fraudulent sales of Christian-owned properties on the Ninewa Plain, but that there was still a “real and serious problem” of Christian houses and properties having been illegally seized and then resold. [BasNews]

 

Corruption

The​​ Wall Street Journal​​ reported on Monday that General Electric had commissioned a report on its business partners in Iraq, and learned of widespread corruption allegations. The report “paint[ed] a portrait of widespread corruption and bribery in the Iraqi power sector,”​​ and​​ implicated​​ high-level officials in the Ministry of Electricity, with which GE is negotiating for new power contracts. The​​ WSJ​​ quoted an Iraqi government official as saying that “not one single contract … has been done without some kind of deal benefiting one of the religious and political parties.” [WSJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This​​ helps to​​ explain why​​ so many Iraqis can’t get electricity. [..]

 

The Ministry of Electricity said on Monday that an investigation into corruption had been launched following​​ the​​ WSJ​​ report. The Minister of Electricity, Louay Khatib, directed the Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry to investigate what the report had said.​​ Separately, the US Department of Justice declined to comment on the report. [Shafaaq]

General Electric issued its own clarification in response to the​​ WSJ​​ report. GE said that the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, as well as GE, relied on “the highest standards of ethics and integrity,” and that it had commissioned the third-party report without necessarily endorsing it. [Shafaaq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Lamya Hajji, a Yazidi activist, spoke of her experience in Daesh captivity. She said​​ Yazidi women were sold and raped regularly by Daesh​​ emirs. She also told a horrible story of a Daesh doctor who raped a 9 year old female child in front of her. She says that women were abducted for pleasure, while children were taken​​ away for training​​ to become future fighters. [BaghdadToday]

 

Foreign policy

An Iraqi delegation visiting Canada called on the US Congress to help Iraq in getting through the post-Daesh period. The delegation,​​ participating in the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO members,​​ also offered the condolences of Iraqi people​​ to the US for the loss of life incurred in the California wildfires. The delegation was headed by Bashir Al-Haddad, second deputy Speaker​​ in​​ the CoR. [BaghdadToday]

 

The US is demanding that Iraq dissolve pro-Iranian militias before​​ the US considers​​ excluding it from trade sanctions placed on Iran. This comes as media reports that Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi is contemplating a visit to Washington to request an exception for Iraq from the sanctions. US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says that Iraq should fully comply with US demands in order to completely terminate the sanctions. [Sumaria]

Iranian ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi warned Iraq of dire consequences should it​​ give in​​ to US pressure in response​​ to​​ US​​ sanctions against Iran. He said that Iraqi president Barham Salih was not clear in announcing the Iraqi position during his visit to Tehran, which angered the Iranians. Masjedi noted that power and food​​ are exported from Iran to Iraq,​​ so​​ Iran will not be the only country in trouble. He called on Iranian companies to invest more in Iraqi government projects, saying that the Iraqi government is seeking $100 billion worth of investment to implement 1,200 projects. He added that 79 Iranian companies operate in Iraq in the fields of power stations, refineries, hotels, stadiums and residential complexes, investing over $8 billion. [BasNews]

 

An​​ informed source​​ says Saudi Arabia offered​​ to​​ provide​​ Iraq with 600 Mw​​ of power,​​ through a large project​​ in​​ which​​ Saudi​​ Arabia​​ would​​ prepare the​​ power​​ generation, while Iraqis assumed​​ responsibility for the​​ connection in their country. This was​​ reportedly​​ one of the topics discussed during President Barham Salih’s visit to Saudi Arabia,​​ which also included discussing​​ the​​ development​​ of border​​ crossings​​ to​​ increase​​ trade between the two countries. [BaghdadToday]

 

President Barham Salih​​ also met​​ in Riyadh with Abdullatif Al-Zayani,​​ Secretary-General​​ of the​​ Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), to discuss​​ political and security developments in the region,​​ and how to develop mutual relations between Iraq and​​ the​​ GCC states. [Anadolu]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed three Iraqi Army members with silenced guns and stole weapons and ammunition in an attack on a military position in the Al-Salman area, in Tarmiya. [ICDNNov17]

Daesh published on Monday photos of the stolen items. [ICDNNov19]

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

The Center for Security Information says on Monday that 11 IEDs and 2 Juhannam shells were found and destroyed in Kubaisa. Army units also destroyed 6 IEDs in Mahboubiya. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 3 tribal PMF members were kidnapped at a fake Daesh checkpoint on the road between Al-Qa’im and Haditha.​​ 

 

The PMF in Anbar say that it has surrounded the Abu Ridha Al-Baldawi airport,​​ western​​ Anbar, to prevent​​ an expected landing by​​ US planes. The PMF says the US troops are instigating the PMF by planning to establish a base in this area. The spokesman of​​ the​​ PMF​​ also​​ says the US presence in Iraq is unnecessary. [SkyPress]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We could take offense at this pro-Iran propaganda statement, but first let’s wait to see whether the statement about a new US base is really true. In that respect, PMF media does not have a sterling track record.

 

Rutba

Daesh issued on Monday photos of murdering a man in his house in Rutba after accusing him of being an Iraqi government “spy.” [ICDNNov19]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that​​ 2​​ PMF members were killed and another severely wounded when an IED exploded on them near Al-Salman village.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Ninewa SWAT and tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack near Hawi Shakhir, close to Shabali village, killing 2 terrorists and capturing 1. The source said one of the​​ two​​ killed was Abdul Wahhab Younes, the former Daesh security official of the Qayara area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that​​ 2​​ Salahuddin Ops Command​​ soldiers​​ were killed in a Daesh ambush in the Kan’ous area.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 4 AAH members were killed and their driver severely wounded when a roadside IED exploded on them near Al-Mazraa village, between Baiji and Tikrit.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units captured 2 persons who were smuggling food items, clothes, and mobile phones to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 2 Salahuddin Ops Command​​ soldiers​​ were killed and a captain wounded when their Humvee was destroyed by an IED in the desert near Baiji.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED in the Hajjaj area, on the road between Mosul and Tikrit, on Sunday. [ICDNNov19]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 3 PMF members were killed and 2 others wounded in the explosion.​​ 

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source​​ also​​ said on Sunday that​​ three​​ civilians and​​ four​​ National Security Service members were killed and 16 other people wounded when a vehicle bomb exploded on Street 40, in Tikrit.​​ 

Security sources say a car bomb exploded in Atiba’ Street, downtown Tikrit city, killing at least 5 and wounding 16 on Sunday. [BasNews]

Daesh’s version​​ says​​ it set off a parked vehicle bomb in Tikrit on Sunday targeting a PMF commander, killing or wounding 30 people, including several of his bodyguards. [ICDNNov19]

 

Jan Kubis, the head of UNAMI, strongly denounced the terrorist attack in Tikrit on Sunday, expressing his deepest compassion with the families of the victims. Kubis described that attack as​​ absolute evil,” aiming only to kill civilians. [BasNews]

 

Military intelligence says​​ that a​​ “serious”​​ terrorist was arrested​​ at​​ a​​ checkpoint​​ at the​​ southern entrance to​​ Tikrit​​ city. There​​ was an arrest warrant​​ out for him.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said on Monday it blew up the house of a tribal PMF member in the Mazari’ area, near Yathrib. [ICDNNov19]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED in the Jalam Al-Daur area, on Saturday. [ICDNNov19]

 

DIYALA

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 4 PMF members were killed and 6 others wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist blew himself up at their military position in the Udhaim Dam area, in Al-Khalis. The source said the terrorist was dressed in PMF military uniform.​​ 

 

Security sources said on Monday that a Federal Police checkpoint in the​​ Ali​​ Awa area​​ near​​ Khanaqin​​ city​​ was attacked by an IED planted on a police car, killing an officer and injuring 4 other security personnel. The sources said the attack was believed to have been carried out by Daesh. [BasNews]​​ 

A police source said on Monday that a “large” joint security force was combing the Ali​​ Awa area following the Daesh attack. [IKH]

 

Sadiq Al-Husseini,​​ Chairman​​ the​​ Security​​ Committee​​ of the​​ Diyala​​ PC, says an intelligence team managed to dismantle a Daesh cell and arrest its 3 members in the Khanaqin countryside. He says the cell was involved in numerous terror attacks. [BaghdadToday]​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh​​ executed​​ 3 IFP members it had captured in an attack on Al-Sadouniya village in Riyadh subdistrict, on Friday.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that several AAH members were killed or wounded in a Daesh attack near Abbasi on Monday morning. The source said PMF units started to establish a sand barrier around the city to prevent more attacks.​​ 

 

Daesh said it shot and wounded a tribal PMF member in Marata village, east of Hawija, on Sunday. [ICDNNov19]

 

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

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Hassan Shallal village,​​ west of Daquq, on Saturday. [ICDNNov19]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

The Ninewa Police say that 3 policemen were killed in a Daesh attack at​​ an​​ entrance to Makhmur​​ District. Daesh fighters attacked a checkpoint, killing 3 policemen there and capturing their light weapons, before fleeing to an unidentified location. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that IFP units shelled and rocketed Daesh positions on Mount Qarachogh.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

The “Falcons” intelligence cell​​ of​​ the Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that it arrested 6 of the Daesh attackers who took part in the recent attacks in east Mosul that killed and wounded 16 people. It said that more details of the operation would be announced shortly. [Rudaw]​​ [Forat]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units captured 4 Daesh members in​​ the​​ Al-Intisar​​ neighborhood of east Mosul and the​​ Kokjali neighborhood​​ at the entrance to​​ east Mosul.​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

Ninewa Ops Command says that SWAT units and​​ Coalition air support​​ targeted 2 Daesh positions near Minkar village, south-southwest of Hammam Al-Alil, killing 4 Daesh fighters and destroying 2 Daesh tunnels. [Baghdadia]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source also said on Sunday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed their pickup vehicle near Minkar village, in the Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict.​​ 

A​​ security source​​ confirmed​​ on Sunday that​​ the Coalition had bombed Minkar, and added that​​ the Iraqi Air Force had bombed a Daesh “nest” in Jazeera Shura, near Hammam Al-Alil.​​ [SotIraq]

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 2 PMF members were killed when their vehicle was destroyed by an IED in the Tal Abta area,​​ Muhalabiya subdistrict. The source said PMF units arrested 30 civilians from the area after the explosion.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF units regained control of 4 villages in the Tal Abta area, killing 2 terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. The source said 2 PMF fighters were also killed. The source said Daesh had captured the villages on Monday night and blew up the houses of 4 tribal PMF members.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh killed two civilians in the Hamidat​​ subdistrict. The source said the victims were scrap metal dealers whose cousin is a former CoR member.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ two​​ PMF members were killed and another severely wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Al-Jari village,​​ west of​​ Hatra​​ city.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that “large” PMF military reinforcements arrived in the southern Hatra area from northern Salahuddin.​​ 

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units found $100,000 US, in addition to gold alloys, hidden in the desert between Baaj and Tal Abta. The source said Daesh used the hideout as a “bank.”  ​​​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Chief​​ of the Basra police says that 80% of narcotics entering Iraq are coming from Iran, while the remaining 20% come from other sources such as Kuwait. He says he has obtained the necessary approvals to secure the 94​​ km border between Basra and Iran, which will include inspecting ships in Shatt Al-Arab. [BasNews]

 

Babel

The Babel police say that they arrested 53 persons trying to enter the province through its checkpoints, including 1 wanted on terrorism charges. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Dhi Qar

The Dhi Qar police say that a bomb exploded in front of the Rifa’i Pensions Office without causing casualties. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

DAHUK

A local source says that a Turkish plane attacked the mountain​​ area​​ near​​ Sharanish and Khamtir, in Zakho​​ subdistrict,​​ in northwest​​ Dahuk Province, on Monday. The source says that 2 rockets were fired. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

On Saturday, President Trump​​ stated that there would be a “very full report” on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in the next few days, probably on Tuesday, and that the report would include “who did it.” Trump also said that reporting on Friday night, which said that the CIA had concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the killing, had been “premature.” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that “there remain numerous unanswered questions.” [AP]

 

Trump also said on Saturday that the US was not considering extraditing​​ dissident Turkish cleric​​ Fethullah Gulen, in response to an earlier​​ NBC News​​ report claiming that the US might extradite Gulen in order to “persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government.” [NPR]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said on Monday that UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura would remain in office for a longer period to ensure that there was no gap in the post. Dujarric did not say for how long. [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

Kazakhstan

Kairat Abdrakhmanov,​​ the Foreign Minister of​​ Kazakhstan, says that Russia and Turkey will hold the next session of negotiations regarding Syria in Kazakhstan, on 28 and 29 November. [Qasioun]

 

Turkey

The​​ SDF threatened Turkey with an all-out war if the Turks attack SDF positions east of the Euphrates. The statement came during a visit of a Coalition delegation to Ras Al-Ayn in Hasaka. An SDF leader said that Turkish entry to east of the Euphrates was “a matter of life or death to us ….​​ We do not want to go to war, but if they attack us, we will have to,” he said. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In view of what happened in Afrin, we doubt that Erdogan will be intimidated by this threat, and he could take it as an opening.

 

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi King,​​ Salman bin Abdul Aziz says that his country supports peaceful solutions in Syria that secure the elimination of terrorist groups and the return of refugees. [Qasioun]

 

Middle East

The​​ Russia Today​​ TV channel said that a military convoy from an “Arab Gulf country” arrived at the front lines between the SDF and Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, before leaving after 72 hours. The sources did not mention which Gulf country it was or the reason for the visit, but it was described as possibly a prelude to a military contribution in the battle against Daesh in the area. [ElDorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Al-Sanadid Arab militia says it is dissolving itself and joining the YPG, which it said was “on US orders.” Bandar Al-Jarba announced the decision in a meeting held in Tal Allaw village in Qamishli, but it was negatively received by the attendees. [Qasioun]

A senior leader of the Al-Sanadid militia escaped to the UAE after transferring large amounts of money to accounts owned by him and his leader, “Sheikh Hammadi.” The militia allied with the YPG against Daesh several years ago. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

“Informed sources” say there is a large possibility that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is somewhere on the Iraq-Syria border. Commenting on a British media story alleging that the SDF knows where Al-Baghdadi is, an SDF spokesman says it is an intelligence piece passed to a reporter, declining to confirm or deny the news. Lilwi Al-Abdullah, spokeswoman for the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council, under the SDF, says it is possible that Al-Baghdadi and his close associates are in Hajin or nearby, and it is difficult for them to get away. She says that the SDF will continue their offensive until​​ the​​ Daesh presence in this area is terminated.​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We note for the record that many “informed sources” have reported the whereabouts of Baghdadi over the past few years, and that the results from these predictions have mostly shown that the “informed sources” were not informed.​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin

The SOHR reported fighting between Turkish forces and the Shuhada Al-Sharqiya militia in the Villas and Mahmudiya neighborhoods in Afrin​​ city, which has​​ been held by the Turks since March. The fighting halted for a few hours to allow civilians to leave their houses. [SyriaHR]

A local source from Afrin said that the Turkish Army and​​ several pro-Turkish militias including the Sultan Murad militia,​​ were​​ fighting the​​ Shuhada​​ Al-Sharqiya militia​​ (which Rudaw called Ahrar Al-Sharqiya)​​ in​​ Afrin. The source said that​​ its​​ fighters refused a Turkish demand for them to leave the city, prompting the fighting. [Rudaw]​​ 

A motorcycle bomb exploded, wounding 5 persons near a building used by pro-Turkey military police, previously the Karama School, in Afrin, Kurdish sources say. They also say that the Turkish Army has attacked some of the militias operating under its command for unknown reasons. [Hawar]

A local source says​​ that​​ the​​ pro-Turkish “National Army” militia​​ and​​ Shuhada​​ Al-Sharqiya were negotiating peace after hours of fighting​​ in Afrin. [ElDorar]​​ 

A later report said that the “National Army” and Shuhada Al-Sharqiya had reached a ceasefire agreement, allowing Shuhada Al-Sharqiya to evacuate its fighters to Jinderes​​ in southwest Afrin.​​ [ElDorar]

 

Manbij​​ 

The YPG says that it defused a 10 kg Daesh mine​​ in​​ the Manbij orchards​​ that​​ had been reported by local residents. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Media sources say that SDF leaders met with Coalition commanders to discuss development​​ in​​ the war against Daesh. The meeting was held Tal Habash village, west of Amuda in Hasaka. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

No reports

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR said that Coalition airstrikes in​​ Abu Hasan, southeast of Hajin,​​ killed 43 people​​ on Saturday, including 36 family members of Daesh fighters. The SOHR added that it was the highest death toll from Coalition strikes since the beginning of the SDF offensive in September. Coalition spokesman Sean Ryan told​​ AFP​​ that there had been no civilian casualties from the airstrikes in question.​​ [AFP]

 

The Coalition issued a press release​​ on Saturday denying that there were any civilian casualties in their​​ earlier​​ strikes “near Hajin.” The Coalition said that it had conducted 19 airstrikes between Friday night and late Saturday afternoon in support of ground operations, and that it had confirmed all targets as “legitimate” Daesh targets and assessed the areas as free of civilian presence.

In the same press release, the Coalition said that there were 10 airstrikes in the same area that it did not carry out, and “call[ed] on all other actors to cease uncoordinated firing​​ across the Euphrates.”​​ [InherentResolve]

Daesh said on Saturday that 40 people, mostly women and children, from Al-Baqaan village, in Hajin subdistrict, were killed by Coalition airstrikes. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The first story above, combined with the repeat of our story just above, illustrates what is behind the debate over civilian casualties from airstrikes. The 43 people killed by the airstrikes in Abu Hasan included 36 civilians—who were family members of Daesh fighters. So they were civilians, but they were not innocent people cruelly targeted by the West, the usual Daesh propaganda line.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including 2 commanders, in an airstrike on the Hawi Al-Susah area.​​ 

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Daesh said on Monday that Coalition planes killed more than 250 people, mostly women and children, in airstrikes on eastern Deir Ez-Zor province, especially Hajin and Al-Susah. It said the number could double because people bury the dead without documentation. It claimed the Coalition airplanes and artillery used white phosphorus. It said Al-Susah and Al-Baghouz were destroyed completely and “became from the past.” It said it became difficult for people to find bread after Coalition planes destroyed bakeries in the area. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ More airstrike propaganda from Daesh. The cruel Coalition killed a huge number of women and children, they say. Please see the comment above.​​ 

Moreover, what about the people Daesh killed because they were trying to escape? Who counts those​​ civilians? They have used the​​ same strategy from Mosul to Falluja to Raqqa to Hajin, again and again. Prevent people from leaving and use them as human shields.​​ It’s a strategy of setting up other people to get killed so they can save themselves.​​ 

 

As an example of the human shields strategy noted above, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh killed a man and his two sons and arrested the rest of their family—for​​ trying to escape Hajin.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Al-Sukkariya village, near Albu Kamal. [ICDNNov17]

 

Daesh issued on Monday a video of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in Sayal village, north of Albu Kamal​​ city. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The SOHR reported that the Syrian Army retook Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills) from Daesh on Saturday. Syrian state news agency​​ SANA​​ said that the Syrian Army had “made a great advance” and was now combing the area for stragglers. [AFP]

 

Reuters​​ reported that “hundreds” of Daesh fighters had withdrawn from the Tilul Al-Safa area as Syrian Army tanks approached with air support.​​ [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 18 Kata’eb Hezbollah members, including a commander, were killed and 3 vehicles destroyed in a Daesh ambush near Al-Safa Hills.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

3 sources “close to the royal court” said that Saudi royalty are trying to prevent Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) from becoming king, following the international protest around the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. According to these sources, the dissident branches of the Al-Saud family would back King Salman’s younger brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, to succeed him. [Reuters]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Dar Al-Ifta’a​​ fatwa​​ and​​ takfiri​​ monitoring group said that terrorist incidents had dropped for the second week in a row, and that the victims from incidents they counted dropped to 208 dead​​ and wounded, compared to 301 from last week. Afghanistan again topped their list of the countries most vulnerable to terrorist operations, as they counted 7 operations in the last week, 6 of which targeted the Afghan Army or police. Pakistan ranked second, with 3 attacks by the Taliban,​​ followed by Iraq, Mali, and Nigeria. The group also noted that Daesh claimed to have carried out several operations that never actually happened.​​ [AhlMisr]

Dar Al-Ifta’a also announced that it had started production of animated videos aiming to counter extremist ideology. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer and a truck with 2 IEDs,​​ east of the Arish Airport. [ICDNNov17]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded several Egyptian Army members with an IED​​ in​​ the Lahabdin area, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNNov19]

 

Libya

Locals in Wadi Al-Hunaywah, on the outskirts of Sirte, said on Monday that Daesh members had put up a checkpoint the previous night on the nearby road between Sirte and Benghazi. They said that the Daesh fighters had been stopping passing cars.​​ [Wasat]​​ 

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Minister of the Interior, Hisham Al-Frati, announced on Monday that a series of​​ planned​​ stabbing attacks​​ on​​ civilians and security and military personnel had recently been thwarted. He also said that materials for the manufacture of explosives and an unlicensed drone aircraft had recently been seized. [Tunisien]

Al-Frati also said on Monday that security personnel had arrested 7 terrorists who hid in the mountains during 2018, and​​ discovered​​ 40​​ takfiri​​ cells. [Tunisien]

Finally, Al-Frati said that the terrorist “Mona Qibla,” who blew herself up in the capital, had been briefed on the use of the bomb by terrorists hiding in the Tunisian mountains. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Germany

Germany’s​​ Minister for Economic Affairs says that the German weapons supply to Saudi Arabia has stopped completely in the aftermath of the murder of​​ journalist​​ Jamal Khashoggi​​ in Turkey. New imports will not be licensed, and ongoing imports will be stopped, says the Ministry. [Sumaria]

 

Great Britain

The​​ Sunday Times​​ told the story of 3 British Daesh sisters who all have children, making them the largest Daesh family in the UK. They were all arrested by the SDF in Syria, where their Portuguese husbands were killed fighting for Daesh. Their brother was arrested on terror charges in Tanzania. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Such a nice family.

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

Daesh said its Nigerian affiliate​​ killed 40 soldiers and stole 4 armored vehicles, 5 SUVs, and weapons and ammunition in an attack on a Nigerian Army position in the town of Mitli, near Lake Chad, on Sunday. It​​ said the terrorists set the military position on fire. In another version, Daesh said​​ they​​ stole 4 tanks and an armored vehicle.

Daesh also said it killed two soldiers, wounded others, set an armored vehicle on fire, and stole 2 SUVs in an attack on a Nigerian Army position in Minok town, near Maiduguri, on Saturday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov19]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said on Sunday that the Taliban were “not losing” in Afghanistan. He added, “We used the term stalemate a year ago and, relatively speaking, it has not changed much.” [Khaama]

 

The Afghan​​ Military​​ said on Saturday that “at least 25” Taliban fighters were killed in airstrikes in Ghazni, southeastern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

The 201st​​ Silab Corps of the Afghan Military said on Sunday that “at least 30” Taliban fighters, including some from its “Red Unit,” were killed in operations in Nangarhar Province. [Khaama]

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of the result of its IED attack on Afghan Special Forces in the Bandar area, in the Achin district of Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [ICDNNov17]

Daesh had previously said that it killed or wounded Afghan Special Forces members with an IED in the Bandar area​​ on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

Philippines

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Saturday that​​ five​​ soldiers were killed and 23 others injured while troops were trying to rescue hostages from​​ the​​ terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.​​ The soldiers were searching for hostages taken by the Abu Sayyaf group when the​​ fighters​​ attacked them on the island of Jolo, Sulu, on Friday,​​ regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana told reporters.​​ “The effort is part of our mission to rescue the remaining hostages,” Besana said.​​ Abu Sayyaf is a loose alliance of several hundred armed members formed in the 1990s with​​ financing​​ from Al-Qaeda.

Friday’s clash was one of the deadliest since an Abu Sayyaf​​ militia​​ joined the Maute group in seizing Marawi City in 2017, leading to a 5-month battle that claimed more than 1,100 lives.​​ Abu Sayyaf is now believed to hold “less than 10” hostages, Besana said.​​ The soldiers who survived Friday’s ambush did not see any hostages during the 90-minute clash near the town of Patikul, Besana said.​​ [Rappler]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed seven Philippine Army soldiers and captured weapons and ammunition in “Layang” village, in Jolo Sulu Island, on Friday. [ICDNNov17]

Daesh issued on Saturday a video of the clashes. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Monday a photo of one of its terrorists claiming he was killed in the Afghanistan/Pakistan area. [ICDNNov19]

 

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MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CoR committee proposes to take government cars away from CoR members & other officials. [..]

Baghdad, Erbil strike new oil export deal. [..]

 

Turkey

US denies it will extradite Fethullah Gulen to reduce heat on Saudis​​ [..]

 

Syria

Putin, Erdogan set meeting to discuss Syria constitution committee. [..]

UNICEF says 870 children have died in eastern Syria this year. [..]

Syrian Army, jihadists killing each other in “demilitarized” Latakia. [..]

SOHR highlights plight of 584 women,​​ 1,248​​ children in SDF-run IDP camps. [..]

Daesh formalizes its human shields strategy in Albu Kamal.​​ [..]

Syrian Army struggling to close Daesh out in Suwayda desert. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Saudi Arabia: ​​​​ CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi assassination.​​ [..]

Yemen: ​​​​ World Food Program warns of impending famine in Yemen due to war.​​ [..]

Egypt:​​ Egyptian observatory says Daesh showing signs of being bankrupt. [..]

Nigeria:​​ Nigerian Air Force battles Daesh in northeast Nigeria. [..]

Chad:​​ US providing boats, military vehicles to Chad to fight Boko Haram.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

The​​ Legal​​ Committee of the CoR proposed a draft law​​ on Friday that would strip state officials of “privileges that they have gained over the past years” to​​ cut costs.” The legal committee said in a statement that the proposed law would comprise 3 parts. First, it bans officials (including CoR​​ members) from having government cars and other financial privileges. Secondly, it would​​ take back​​ all government cars and auction them.​​ Zaman Al-Wasl​​ notes that the proposal came​​ after​​ a threat from​​ Moqtada​​ Al-Sadr on​​ Twitter on Thursday, wherein he threatened to strip officials of their support if they continued to vote for their own personal interests and privileges.​​ [Zamanalwasl]

 

Corruption

Demonstrators in Baghdad demanded​​ the dismissal of the governor of the Iraqi Central Bank from his position. The CoR​​ is expected to investigate how 7 billion​​ Iraqi dinars​​ stored in public bank coffers​​ were lost. The governor says that the dinars were destroyed in a flood in 2013. [Basnews]​​ [National]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Baghdad and Erbil have struck a new deal to export between 50,000 and 100,000 barrels of oil daily from Kirkuk, after oil​​ cooperation​​ stopped between the 2 entities about a year ago.​​ Basnews​​ reports that the White​​ House welcomed​​ this​​ new development. [Basnews] [Aljazeera]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Former Interior Minister​​ of Iraq​​ and Badr Organization commander,​​ Baqir Jaber Al-Zubeidi​​ says​​ that interrogations of Saudi terrorists conducted by the ministry​​ under his command in 2005-2006​​ revealed that the Saudi government was allowing terrorists to enter neighboring​​ states​​ from which​​ they would enter Iraq without Saudi official knowledge.​​ Regarding the Khashoggi assassination, Al-Zubeidi said that Saudi officials were attempting to spare some involved officials from blame, such as​​ Khalid Bin Ali Al-Humaidan, the Director of Saudi’s General Intelligence Directorate.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

On Friday, a senior​​ foreign policy​​ representative for the European Union told Abd Ul-Mahdi over the phone that the EU approves of the​​ new​​ Iraqi government. He stated that the EU would support Iraq politically, financially, and in security issues. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad emergency police said it found an ammunition cache buried underground in Ameriya containing TNT, IEDs, other explosives, and detonators. The cache was reported by civilians in the area. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A security source in Anbar says a bomb attached to a car exploded​​ on Street 17 in Ramadi city, causing damage. [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ PMF commander of the west Anbar sector says PMF units are ready for any emergencies on the​​ Iraqi-Syrian borders. He says that the​​ top PMF leaders​​ in west Anbar​​ have​​ discussed​​ the​​ security and logistical situation in​​ Al-Qa’im and broader areas. [Rudaw]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh said on Friday it wounded five tribal PMF members and damaged 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs in the Tilul Al-Baj area. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

Daesh issued photos of targeting a tribal PMF position in the Tilul Al-Baj area with 2 Katyusha rockets. [ICDNNov16]​​ Daesh had reported the attack on Wednesday.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that PMF units captured a Daesh member near the Makhoul Mountains.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded two tribal PMF members, including a commander, and destroyed a vehicle with an IED in the Albu Juwari area. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the​​ Siniya​​ area, northwest Baiji, on Thursday. [ICDNNov16]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it shot and wounded an Iraqi​​ soldier​​ in the Al-Qatoun area, west of Baquba, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed a policeman in Abu Qarma village, in the Al-Waqf area northeast of Baquba, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said it targeted the Shia area of Abu Saida with a Katyusha rocket on Thursday. [ICDNNov16]

 

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

Daesh said it targeted​​ a​​ tribal PMF gathering in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, with 5 mortar shells, on Thursday. [ICDNNov16]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In​​ such reports, when Daesh says “gatherings” it basically means civilian locations.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The IFP says its 6th​​ division and affiliated units destroyed 4 Daesh depots and 4 tunnels in an operation that covered 6 villages. General Raed Shakir Jawdat, an IFP commander, says 8 IEDs and other explosives were also destroyed.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it killed one IFP member and wounded two others in an attack with machine guns on their military position near Al-Kifah village, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near Al-A’waj village, west of Riyadh. [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded tribal PMF​​ members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Hay​​ Ash​​ village,​​ south of​​ Hawija​​ city. [ICDNNov16]

 

NINEWA

No reports

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Imam Ali Regiments, a PMF faction, arranged a protest in Abbasiya in Basra,​​ demonstrating against the US decision to place their commander Shibil Al-Zaidi on​​ a​​ list​​ of supporters of terrorism. The protesters said​​ that they’d take action against any US decision against them. They burned American and Israeli flags.​​ [Marbid]

 

On Friday evening,​​ demonstrators in Basra blocked roads​​ with burning tires​​ to​​ protest​​ delays​​ in meeting their demands. Locals said that there were “many” youth taking part in the demonstration and that they demanded basic services, employment, and accountability for corrupt officials.​​ [Basnews]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS​​ 

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The State Department has denied a report claiming the Trump administration was mulling how to extradite Gulen. The move was reportedly designed to ease pressure on ally Saudi Arabia after a journalist was murdered.

The US is studying the motivations of a Turkish request to extradite preacher Fethullah Gulen, the US state department said Thursday.

NBC News earlier reported that the White House was attempting to send Gulen, despite reportedly holding permanent residency, to​​ placate President Erdogan at a time when he is agitated by the standoff with Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told AFP news agency it rejected that report. “We have received multiple requests from the Turkish government… related to Mr. Gulen,” Nauert said. “We continue to evaluate the material that the Turkish government presents requesting his extradition.”

She said there was no relation between those extradition requests and the Turkish backlash to continued American support of Saudi Arabia.​​ She said that the White House “has not been involved in any discussions related to the extradition of Fetullah Gulen.“​​ [DW]

Turkey has reacted angrily to suggestions that it might tone down its attack on Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi if the US agrees to extradite​​ Fethullah Gulen.

Officials said on Friday that there was “no connection” between the investigation into Khashoggi’s murder and the fate of Fethullah Gulen, a former ally whom Mr. Erdogan now regards as his number one enemy. Mr.​​ Gulen lives in exile in Pennsylvania. [TheTimes]​​ 

 

 

Also see story below under Saudi Arabia

 

Anadolu​​ claims that​​ Reuters​​ and the​​ New York Times​​ reported that the US announced that it would consider replacing the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman with another “less reckless dangerous”​​ leader. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We can’t confirm this report from government-affiliated Anadolu.

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish army says it killed 68 PKK and Daesh fighters during the period from 9-15 of November. It says total terrorists killed in the “Olive​​ Branch” operation led by Turkey last January is 4585. [Anadolu]

 

On Friday, Turkey launched a new attack against the YPG in north Syria. [Eldorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Turkish President​​ Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will discuss​​ Syria’s constitutional committee next Monday.​​ The two presidents are meeting on the occasion of finalizing the marine part of​​ the​​ Russian gas pipeline through Turkey.​​ Previous meetings to discuss forming the constitutional committee have failed, including one such meeting on Thursday. In a meeting at the end of January, the sides have agreed that the committee should be comprised of 3 parts: the Syrian regime, opposition, and guarantor states.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ OK, show of hands here. Raise your hand if you think democracy in Syria will result from the fraternal cooperation of the presidents of Russia and Turkey.

 

United Nations

On Friday UNICEF said in a statement that from January to September 2018, 870 Syrian children have been killed in eastern​​ Syria. It said that this was the “highest number ever” for this time period​​ ​​ since the crisis began in 2011. [Rudaw]

 

The UN says that “bad things” are expected in Syria unless progress is made in negotiations with armed opposition factions. It says it is optimistic though cautious about Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

United States

US says it will vote against any resolution in the UN General Assembly stipulating ​​ sovereignty of Syria over the occupied Golan Heights, stating that resolution is biased against Israel. [Eldorar]

 

Northwest

No reports

 

Northeast​​ 

No reports

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The Syrian regime requested that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) send Iranian peacekeepers to Idlib. The IRGC said that its peacekeepers are on the way, and​​ also said​​ that it does not currently have armed fighters in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

Latakia

SOHR​​ reported​​ that​​ intense fighting between the Syrian​​ Army and the opposition factions in demilitarized areas including Latakia have produced casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR]

SOHR​​ reported on Friday that in Latakia, jihadists killed 9 Syrian soldiers and the Syrian Army killed 5 fighters belonging to​​  the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Guardians of Religion (aka Harras Al-Din). [SyriaHR]

 

Hama

The Syrian Army blocked an attempt by Jaish Al-Izza to approach demilitarized areas north of Hama. Government media reports that Jaish Al-Izza​​ said that the Syrian Army used light guns and mortars​​ to stave them off. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

SOHR​​ says hundreds of women and children, as well as Daesh escapees, are homeless and are staying in SDF run camps in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ SOHR​​ sources say 1,248 children and 584 women from various nationalities are kept in these camps under heavy SDF surveillance. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh issued more restrictive orders in areas under its control in east Deir Ez-Zor province. The orders included:​​ 

  • No one can leave these areas. Anyone who gets caught leaving will​​ be killed. And if someone manages to escape, their house will​​ be blown up.​​ 

  • Anyone who has​​ escaped will be targeted in​​ future​​ Daesh attacks on areas under SDF or government control.​​ 

  • Every person should become a Daesh member, otherwise they​​ could be imprisoned and whiplashed. ​​ 

  • Anyone who communicates with the government, the Coalition, or the SDF will​​ be killed immediately and their bodies will​​ be thrown in front of their houses or in the river and no one​​ will be allowed to​​ bury them.

  • ​​ People, especially farmers and cattle owners,​​ must​​ pay more “taxes” to Daesh.​​ 

  • Mobile phones are strictly prohibited. No one​​ may​​ contact anyone outside Daesh controlled areas. Any violation will be punished with death.​​ 

  • No one has the right to buy or sell any furniture.​​ 

  • All tribal and community leaders​​ must​​ renew their pledge of allegiance to Daesh.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This document is highly revealing. It is essentially the Daesh​​ human​​ shields​​ ​​ strategy for situations in which Daesh is surrounded and facing defeat. It is a replay of the west Mosul strategy, which dragged the Mosul liberation campaign out for months​​ despite Daesh’s massive manpower disadvantage​​ and left parts of the city devastated.​​ Daesh​​ intimidates​​ people into staying in their homes or wherever Daesh says, and they do shoot civilians who try to flee, including women and children. Daesh turns these residential neighborhoods into military positions. This forces the Coalition to avoid bombing Daesh, so as to avoid civilian casualties (a military advantage for Daesh) or ensures heavy civilian casualties when they bomb anyway. (a propaganda advantage for Daesh). Either way, Daesh wins. This​​ in turn​​ forces the SDF and US artillery units into relying on ground offensives that​​ could increase their own casualties.​​ In Mosul, we had elite Counter Terrorism Service troops to lead the​​ house-to-house​​ battle where this hostage strategy was​​ employed. The US is now relying on a militia organization to play the same role​​ in Albu Kamal.​​ We wish the Pentagon would break its silence on developments in Albu Kamal and articulate a strategy for how Daesh will finally be closed out.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh killed two young men after accusing them of providing information to the Coalition. The source said Daesh claimed it had found photos of Daesh positions in the mobile phone of one of the victims.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it targeted Syrian Army positions in Al-Ramadi and Al-Khairat villages, near Albu Kamal, with more than 45 mortar shells. [ICDNNov15]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

The “popular resistance” attacked the Syrian Army in Daraa with a hand grenade on Thursday in Jasim city in Izra District. The​​ militia​​ claims to have killed 1 Syrian Army soldier in Hama. [Eldorar]

 

Suwayda

SOHR reported on Friday that Daesh and the Syrian Army fought in east Suwayda, mostly in Tilul Al-Safa, where the Syrian Army shelled Daesh positions with rocket and artillery fire.​​ Local media sources say Daesh killed over 30 Syrian soldiers​​ in​​ the​​ Suwayda desert, including 2 officers. [EnabBaladi]​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces sent hundreds of soldiers and 25 tanks in addition to Iraqi militiamen to the Al-Safa Hills area.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This and countless other stories lately from the Al-Safa Hills remind us that the Syrian Army can’t seem to close Daesh out either.

 

Qasioun​​ reported on Friday that within the past few days the​​ militias​​ that​​ reconciled​​ with the Syrian government,​​ also known​​ as “settlement factions,” have​​ suffered heavy losses due to​​ Daesh​​ mortars and sniper​​ fire in​​ Tilul​​ Al-Safa, eastern​​ Suwayda. ​​ 7 were killed and 27 were wounded. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

The Washington Post reported Friday that the CIA has concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [Yahoo]

 

The World Food Program announced on Friday that​​ if the conditions of Yemen continue to deteriorate at their current rates, then​​ about 18 million people will face​​ famine​​ over the next 6 months. [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egypt-based Observatory of Takfiri Fatwas and Extremist Ideas announced that Daesh media​​ is​​ exhibiting​​ signs of bankruptcy. [AhlMisr]

 

Libya/Tunisia

A civilian was killed on Thursday night by an unknown gunman in Ajdabiya in Libya. [Wasat]

 

A Tunisian counter terrorism agency announced on Friday that 23 people convicted of terrorism would have their assets frozen. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

 

Also see stories above under Turkey and Saudi Arabia

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

Nigerian Air Force ​​​​ spokesman Ibikunle Daramol said that several Boko Haram operatives were decimated Thursday as Air Force fighter jets struck the terrorist group’s locations on the fringes of Lake Chad and Sambisa Forest in Borno State,​​ in a renewed operation tagged “Green Sweep,” targeting terrorists in the Northeast. The bombers strafed the terrorists around Lake Chad as well as areas around the Alagarno Forest near Sambisa. [AllAfrica]​​ 

 

A Nigerian military officer in Maiduguri told AFP on Thursday “We lost three soldiers in the fight and several others are still missing.” The attack on Kareto, a base some 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of the Borno state capital Maiduguri, started late Wednesday. At the same time, Boko Haram fighters attacked Mammanti village, just outside Maiduguri, killing one person and burning the entire village. They then stole hundreds of cattle, the local chief of the village and residents said. [Vanguard]​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Nigerian soldiers and destroyed a tank and a vehicle in an attack in Kareto town, near Lake Chad, on Thursday. [A3maq]

In another version, Daesh said it killed three Nigerian soldiers and wounded several others after attacking a Nigerian Army position in Kareto with machine guns, on Thursday. It said its terrorists set on fire 2 tanks and an SUV and captured weapons and ammunition before “returning safely.” [ICDNNov16] ​​ 

 

Chad

The United States on Friday donated military vehicles and boats worth $1.3 million to Chad as part of a campaign against terrorists in the country. Chad is one of several West African states engaged in Western-backed operations against Boko Haram and Daesh in a region where militants have gained a foothold. Richard K. Bell, US​​ Embassy charge d’affaires, said that the US donated six boats and six trucks to Chad’s military brigade operating in the Lake Chad basin. A group of 13 Chadian soldiers are in training in the United States, Bell said at a ceremony in the Chadian capital N’Djamena. “The threat from Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa is centered mostly in the waters and rivers of the Chad​​ Basin and the northeast of Nigeria,”​​ said​​ Samantha Reho, a​​ spokeswoman for AFRICOM, the US military’s command in Africa. The most recent attack by Boko Haram in Chad was last month,​​ when eight soldiers were killed. [Vanguard]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Senior Afghani intelligence officials warn that​​ the​​ Fatemiyoun​​​​ militia​​ may return from Syria to Afghanistan. [Eldorar]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Afghan Special Forces members with an IED in the “Bandar” area, in Achin district in Nangarhar,​​ on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

November 15, 2018

 

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MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Political infighting continues over Abd Ul-Madhi cabinet nominees.​​ [..]

Minister of Electricity says ministry has no budget money for projects. [..]

President Salih, Jordan’s King Abdullah discuss Iraqi funds being held in Jordan. [..]

British report highlights all the remaining land mines in Falluja. [..]

Hundreds of Daesh suspects arrested in Qarma after attack kills 9. [..]

IFP captures 13 Daesh fighters using Tribal PMF badges, uniforms. [..]

Over 30 PMFs were killed in Hatra during past two weeks.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

US puts sanctions on 17 Saudis implicated in Khashoggi murder. [..]

Report that Trump Administration has considered extraditing Gulen back to Turkey sparks outrage.​​ [..]

 

Syria

Amb. Jeffery pushes for UN-sponsored political process in Syria. [..]

21 Daesh fighters killed by Coalition, SDF in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Ali Al-Sened, a leading figure​​ in Haider​​ Al-Abadi’s Victory alliance, says Falih Al-Fayyad and​​ Salim Al-Jubouri​​ will not be confirmed by the CoR as the ministers of​​ Defense and​​ Interior. He says​​ that the​​ Victory alliance​​ did​​ not​​ nominate any candidates​​ for​​ Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi’s​​ cabinet;​​ however, they did exert pressure on him. He criticized Abd Ul-Mahdi’s​​ selection of​​ Al-Fayyad and​​ Al-Jubouri as​​ “a stage performance and a lie before the Iraqi people” since neither of them​​ will actually serve as​​ a​​ minister.​​ [Basnews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Al-Abadi fired Al-Fayyad toward the end of his term, but Abd Ul-Madhi renominated him.​​ So maybe there is an issue there. However, it’s not clear why Al-Jubouri, the former CoR Speaker, would not be an acceptable minister.

 

On Thursday, Muqtada Al-Sadr tweeted a warning​​ to the CoR​​ that if they did not stop voting in line with their​​ narrow party​​ “interests” and “allocations,” then “we will deprive you of your support and the people will vote against you.” [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The message is that the old ways of ministry management are over. Many, even in the political class, have become disgusted with party quotas for choosing ministers, and the Iraqi public has caught up with the bad habit of handing a ministry to one party, which then feels​​ it owns the ministry​​ and can exploit it for its own​​ corrupt​​ benefit, which means that public service loses. This is part of what Al-Sadr ran ​​ against in the election, and his campaign had a strong anti-corruption theme. Whether Al-Sadr and Abd Ul-Madhi and others can back this up consistently will be the question, as political blocs on the inside will keep pushing to keep the privileges to which they have become accustomed and the financial spoils that come with them.​​ We have to remember​​ also​​ that by the end of the day, Sadr is a power seeker, and he has as many corrupt people in his bloc​​ as anyone else.​​ 

 

Reconstruction

The Minister of Electricity​​ stated that the allocations for electricity​​ in​​ the budget for 2019​​ are​​ not enough to implement projects in addition to paying salaries and loans. Many governorates, especially Basra and the​​ KRG,​​ have been​​ critical​​ of the 2019 budget. [Baghdadpost] [Shafaaq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Mada​​ published an article on Monday saying that Daesh was renewing its activities in liberated areas,​​ and​​ the Iraqi government​​ is not responding adequately.​​ Sources say that the attacks currently conducted along the Iraq-Syria border remind them of Daesh tactics in 2014.​​ [Mada]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

On Thursday morning Iraqi President Barham Salih and Jordan’s King Abdullah discussed increasing cooperation and returning Iraqi funds that have​​ been “frozen and smuggled.”​​ [Rudaw]

 

BAGHDAD

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says a man wanted on terror charges was arrested in a checkpoint in Al-Jihad neighborhood, in west Baghdad. [Dijlah]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Guardian​​ reported​​ that​​ Daesh left behind a​​ “legacy” of mines and IEDs in Falluja.​​ Hundreds of primitive IEDs are spread around rural roads and fields, as well as​​ destroyed houses,​​ forming a belt over 10 miles long in the city. All Falluja residents are vulnerable to the hazards of these remnants, including children. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Following​​ a​​ Daesh attack on a​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization officer’s​​ house and​​ an offensive that killed​​ nine​​ people​​ in Dhabitiya, near Qarma, security forces arrested hundreds of Daesh suspects​​ in the area. Ahmed Al-Halbousi,​​ manager of the​​ Qarma​​ subdistrict, says​​ that the attacks occurred due to​​ a​​ power vacuum left by the withdrawal of​​ Iraqi military​​ forces​​ from Dhabitiya to Tarmiya​​ in north Baghdad.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Ramadi

Military Intelligence says its units operating in the 10th​​ army division dismantled a Daesh sleeper cell ​​ and arrested its members in Abu Taiban​​ northwest of Ramadi city​​ and​​ in​​ Al-Aqba, in eastern Hit. The cell calls itself “Abu Naba Al-Asafi cell” and was trained in Daesh’s Albu Nimr camp in 2015. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on the outskirts of Haditha city. The source said the PMFs killed 2 Daesh suicide terrorists who were trying to sneak​​ into the city.​​ 

 

Rutba

Anbar police said​​ two​​ civilians were wounded​​ by​​ an IED explosion in Rutba. [Basnews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units found heavy weapons and food supplies in a tunnel near Ain Sadid, on the western border of Shirqat.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This report could be connected to Daesh’s operations in Hatra(see ​​ story below), as Ain Sadid is close to the Hatra intersection.

 

Daesh said it shot and killed two PMF members with light weapons in Kan’ous village on Wednesday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov15]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh’s A3maq said the village was in Makhmur district, while the other Daesh report mentioned it was north of Shirqat.

 

Daesh said it wounded​​ 3​​ PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Shayal Al-Imam village, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh said the village was in Makhmur.​​ Being slightly off on locations is not an unusual mistake for the Daesh media warriors. They are more focused on telling you how many people they killed.

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units shot down a Daesh recon drone in the desert near Baiji. The source said Daesh launched the drone from the Makhoul Mountains area. The source sent us photos of the drone.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We haven’t seen reports about Daesh drones in a while, even from Daesh media.

 

Samarra

The Center for Security Media said that army units of Samarra Ops Command, arrested 11 men wanted for various criminal charges, including 2 wanted for terrorism,​​ at Al-Huwaish checkpoint. 3 Daesh IEDs were also destroyed. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ 

Daesh said it wounded​​ two​​ tribal PMF members after targeting their checkpoint with light and midsized weapons near​​ Mazari’​​ village, near Yathrib, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov15]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (​​ Tooz)

A security source said on Thursday that 3 explosions occurred in Tuz Khurmatu on Wednesday night at the same time as the explosions in Erbil and Baghdad. [Sotaliraq]

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Ahmed Mudhir Al-Jubouri, a CoR member for Diyala, demanded that the Prime Minister send “a force” from Baghdad to maintain security in Imam Wais village because​​ of​​ continued mortar shelling from “terrorist operations.” [Sumaria]

 

The Diyala Penal court sentenced 2 terrorists to death by hanging. The first terrorist was charged with attacking​​ the​​ Iraqi Army in Muqdadiya, and the second with attacking Iraqi police​​ in Buhriz​​ in Baquba.​​ [Sotaliraq]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that IFP units captured 13 Daesh terrorists and confiscated guns, sticky IEDs, and communications devices in Hawija. The source said the terrorists had​​ Tribal PMF badges and uniforms.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it wounded four tribal PMF members and damaged their machine gunmounted SUV with an IED near Mujamma’ Saddam village, near Riyadh. [ICDNNov15]

 

On Thursday,​​ IFP command announced that many forces cooperated in a search across several villages in Kirkuk including Saadiya​​ and​​ Al-Therban in Hawija, Batma​​ and Al-Milih​​ in Dibis, and Al-Sous in Daquq. The​​ units​​ found​​ 4 Daesh depots and​​ 8 IEDs and detonated them safely. [Buratha]

 

Southwest (Daquq,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in​​ the Kaka’i village of​​ Ali Saray. [A3maq] [ICDNNov15]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ What is Daesh’s fascination with Ali Saray? They make attacks there frequently.

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members in an attack on their military position near Bashir village​​ in Taza, on Wednesday. Daesh said it used light and mid-sized weapons in the attack. [A3maq] [ICDNNov15]

We reported yesterday that a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said 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

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Coalition planes killed a Daesh explosives expert and 3 other terrorists and destroyed their pickup vehicle in an airstrike on Qarachogh Mountain.

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif)

The Center for Security Media says Ninewa Ops Command arrested a man wanted on terror charges in​​ ​​ the​​ Hamidiya​​ area​​ in southeast Hamdaniya​​ and another in Tel Keif. It also said​​ explosive ordnance disposal​​ units destroyed 94 IEDs and 158 mines, as well as 4 locally made IEDs in Kafraj, in Tal Afar. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that National Security Service units captured 11 Daesh members, including a commander from Baaj, in Al-Jada’a camp for displaced people​​ in Qayara. The source said the arrests were done​​ in​​ accordance with​​ arrest warrants.​​ 

 

West (Hamidat)

A Ninewa police source said that an IED targeting a police patrol killed 2 civilians and wounded 1 policeman in Badoush. [BasNews]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that two PMF fighters were killed when PMF units stopped a Daesh attack near Abu Mariya Mountain, west of Tal Afar. The source said the PMFs killed 3 terrorists, including a local commander.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh​​ kidnapped​​ and​​ then killed 2 Badr PMFs​​ on the road between​​ Al-Barit village and Hatra city. The source said that more than 30 PMFs​​ have been killed by Daesh near Hatra during the last 2 weeks.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This helps explain why Iraq is putting more regular Army units into Hatra, which has become a significant battle zone.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The​​ US consulate​​ operating from Baghdad after​​ closing​​ in Basra​​ is contemplating reopening in Basra. Asad Al-Aidani,​​ the​​ Basra​​ Governor, says regional tensions caused the closure of the consulate.​​ The ConsulGeneral,​​ Timmy Davis,​​ said that the US Consulate is closely monitoring the situation.​​ [Marbid]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

On Thursday,​​ a​​ Turkmen representative in the KRG parliament said that the Turkmen wanted to assume the posts of Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Speaker of Parliament. [Basnews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Anyone taking odds on whether both of those things will be happening?

 

DAHUK

See Dahuk-related story under Reports from Turkey, below

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The US announced on Thursday that it had placed sanctions on the 17 Saudi officials who were involved in killing Jamal Khashoggi in the Istanbul consulate. [Anadolu]​​ [Al-Monitor]

 

Foreign policy

Reports surfaced Thursday in Washington that the Trump Administration actually​​ has​​ considered extraditing Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey, as demanded by President Erdogan. Gulen has been a US resident, in Pennsylvania, for over 20 years. Erdogan has insisted, with no evidence provided, that Gulen was behind the​​ recent​​ coup attempt​​ against Erdogan’s government.​​ The reports say State Department personnel advised of the proposal were appalled when they realized it might actually be serious.​​ [NBC]

 

Military & security developments

Turkey says it killed 4 PKK fighters in attacks on Metina, in northern Dahuk in Iraqi Kurdistan. [BasNews]

However, while​​ Turkey says it targeted PKK positions in Dahuk,​​ local officials say the raids killed 3 civilians. [Basnews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

US envoy​​ for​​ Syria James Jeffery says the coming period will witness the defeat of Daesh by the SDF and the start of a political process to maintain peace in Syria. [Hawar]

Jeffery stated that the US asked Russia to exert pressure on the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to start a UN-sponsored peace process,​​ starting with the Syrian constitution. He says Russia is responsible for the formation of the constitutional committee,​​ as was decided in the Istanbul summit. [Qasioun]

 

Russia

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that if the European Union did not want another flow of migrants they should support the peace process in Syria and help in reconstruction. ​​ [ElDorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

A source reported to​​ Bas​​ News​​ that the YPG sent about 700 young Kurds from Afrin to fight in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ At the same time​​ over 700 YPG fighters​​ were​​ sent from Aleppo to Deir Ez-Zor, passing through areas under the control of the Syrian regime,​​ to participate in battles against Turkey there. ​​ The source said that over 2,000 youth from Afrin​​ have been recruited​​ under the banner​​ of​​ liberating​​ Afrin. The source speculated that the youth were probably going to be prepared for battles in Tal Abyad, Kobane, Manbij, and​​ wars against Daesh,​​ and there have been “serious preparations” for armed battle in areas of the​​ Turkish​​ Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations.​​ [BasNews]

 

Manbij​​ /Jarabulus

The third US-Turkish patrol started its mission,​​ in accordance with prior​​ US-Turkey agreements, near​​ the​​ Sajur​​ River on the border between Manbij and Jarabulus. [Anadolu]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed an SDF “intelligence member” near Al-Qatar (Train) Street, in Raqqa city. [A3maq]

 

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

Rudaw​​ created a documentary about​​ Daesh​​ families, based on stories told by women in the Ain Eissa camp, where about 120 wives of Daesh fighters are guarded by the SDF. Some of the women express pride​​ in their affiliation with​​ Daesh and some of them say that they are victims either of Daesh or of the camp. [Rudaw]

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

The Syrian Army says it thwarted​​ two​​ attempts by “terrorist groups” to enter safe villages north of Hama near the Idlib borders. The army units in Zalin used artillery fire to stop the movements of a group called Kataeb Al-Izza near Lataminah. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it severely wounded two SDF members in an attack in Al-Bariha village, in Busayrah​​ subdistrict, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

A motorcycle bomb exploded on the main road near Busayrah,​​ leaving no casualties. [Hawar]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said on Thursday it killed two SDF members with machine guns in the Al-Tayyana area. [ICDNNov15]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

SOHR​​ reported on Thursday that the Coalition conducted reconnaissance flights over Hajin, Al-Susah, and the Tanak oilfield and also launched strikes at Daesh positions. It reports that the SDF blocked a Daesh attempt to expand in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ SOHR​​ said that 21 Daesh fighters had been killed “in the past 24 hours” in a report published on Thursday. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR​​ says the Syrian Army and affiliated pro-Iran militias shelled Daesh positions with artillery fire in Hajin. It described the attack as “revenge” against Daesh for its offensive against Syrian Army positions west of the Euphrates. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh is using​​ a​​ Syrian Christian woman as its head doctor in the Albu Kamal area. The source said the doctor had been kidnapped by Daesh and is married to a Daesh commander called Abu Taha Al-Britaini.​​ 

 

Daesh said that 13 children, 4 women, and 1 man were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Al-Baghouz village, in Al-Susah subdistrict, on Thursday morning. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Yet another Daesh report of an errant Coalition airstrike that kills only civilians and no Daesh members.​​ It seems​​ too​​ ​​ that only A3maq​​ among all the Daesh media outlets​​ is allowed to report “civilian casualties.”​​ Perhaps this is where the creative writing department works.

 

Daesh said its snipers killed 2 Syrian soldiers in Al-Ashayer village, near Albu Kamal city, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Due to weather conditions, fighting between Daesh and the Syrian Army halted for 48 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Daesh media claims to have killed 2 Syrian Army or affiliated soldiers and wounded 3.​​ [Eldorar]

 

In a similar report,​​ Daesh said on Thursday that it stopped a Syrian Army attack and killed 2 soldiers and wounded 3 others in clashes near the Al-Safa Hills area. [A3maq] [ICDNNov15]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

The European Court of Justice announced that the PKK would remain on the European Union list of terrorist organizations. [Anadolu]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said it damaged an Afghan Army vehicle with​​ an IED in the “Torkham” area, in Mamand Dara​​ District in Nangarhar, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed a pro-government militiaman in an ambush in the Mamand Tanki area, in Achin​​ District in Nangarhar, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it wounded three Afghan Army members when it detonated an IED on their vehicle in the “Moy Mubarak” area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNNov15]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued on Thursday a propaganda video about its terrorists and its attacks in the Sinai area. The video shows several former Egyptian Army or security officers who “repented” and joined Daesh. The terrorists “explain” why they left their jobs and joined Daesh,​​ reciting mostly quotes from the founder of Wahhabism. The terrorists threatened more attacks on Egyptian security forces and Christian Egyptians. All these terrorists were allegedly killed later. The video also shows the terrorists planning and conducting attacks on civilians and security units, and murdering civilians after claiming they were “spies.” [ICDNNov15]

 

Daesh published on Thursday the 156th​​ issue of its Naba magazine. In this issue, Daesh issued​​ an​​ infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and east Asia during the last week claiming it conducted 67 attacks, killing or wounding more than 205 people and destroying 19 vehicles. In this issue also, Daesh said that Al-Shabab movement in Somalia recently captured “tens” of Daesh supporters, including women, and killed some of them in prisons. Daesh also said that Al-Shabab was punishing anyone who possesses Daesh publications with prison from 6 months to 2 years. Daesh said that Al-Shabab had done the same thing 3 years ago when Daesh announced its “Wilayat Al-Somal.” Daesh said that Al-Shabab is anticipating another “wave” of people pledging allegiance to Daesh.  ​​​​ [ICDNNov15]

 

 

November 14, 2018