An Update On ISIS Activities

December 6, 2018

 

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Vehicle Bomb Captured Near Falluja (DD Dec 6)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Minister of Oil alarmed by world oil price drop; may support reducing OPEC production level.​​ [..]

South Oil Chairman explains why Iraq needs Iranian gas. [..]

CTS arrests an entire Daesh family of 5 in Hawija. [..]

 

Syria

Syria opposition leader wants US to exempt NE Syria from Syria sanctions. [..]

Manbij Military Council arrests sleeper cell of “Turkish spies.” [..]

SDF in major move against Daesh in Hajin; now controls half of the city.​​ [..]

Daesh in Albu Kamal taking heavy losses from Coalition airstrikes.​​ [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran: ​​​​ Amnesty International says Iran killed 5,000 political prisoners in 1988. [..]

Pakistan:​​ Khalilzad meets with Pakistan PM about Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

The Al-Bina’ (Construction) bloc headed by Hadi Al-Amiri says that Faleh Al-Fayadh is the choice of Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi for the position of Minister of Interior and he has no intention to replace​​ him with someone else. Razaq Al-Haydari, an​​ Al-Bina’​​ leader, says that the “incidents” in the CoR on Tuesday just made the PM more set on nominating Al-Fayadh. [BasNews]

 

Economy

Iraq’s Minister of Oil,​​ Thamer Al-Ghadhban,​​ noted that Iraq was a founding member of OPEC and said that Iraq was ready to “reach an understanding”​​ on​​ OPEC’s production level. He added that he was concerned about the stability of the oil market, and that the​​ drop in oil prices in the​​ last 2 months did not favor Iraq or any other oil-producing country. [Rudaw]

 

Foreign policy

The Ministry of Oil says it would take Iraq 2 years to replace the use of Iranian gas with Iraqi power stations. Hayan Abdulghani, Chairman of the South Oil Company, says Iraqi gas production will reach 1.3 million cubic feet by the end of 2020, which will be an increase of 400,000 cubic feet compared to current production. He says that current gas production is not sufficient to operate power stations, and that at least 24 months are needed to bring new gas projects online. [Sumaria]

 

Sweden says its Parliament is extending the stay of its 70-soldier force in Iraq for the year 2019. It also says that expansion of the force to 150 soldiers is also possible. The aim of the Swedish force is to increase Iraqi forces’ capabilities. There are also 220 Swedish military personnel in Kurdistan, mainly engaged in training duties. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Kurdish Yazidi women who survived Daesh captivity demanded to take part in the trial of Lafarge, the French cement company, for funding Daesh. A French court accused Lafarge of paying $16 million to Daesh and other​​ jihadi​​ groups in Syria to allow its factory to continue operating. Amal Clooney, who represents the Yazidi women, says that her clients are willing to prosecute whoever supported Daesh in their persecution of the Yazidi minority. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source said on Thursday that a person had been killed with silenced weapons in Shuala. [Sumaria]

Other​​ security sources​​ later​​ said that Hussein Al-Hijami, a Sadrist leader and leader in Saraya Al-Salam, was shot dead by unidentified armed men in Shuala.​​ Iraqi media said he had been riding in a government 4WD-type vehicle when he was shot.​​ [Shafaaq]​​ [Rudaw]​​ [Rudaw]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Security personnel arrested a young man driving a vehicle bomb at the checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Falluja.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Iraqi Army units captured a car bomb at a checkpoint on the road between Falluja and Baghdad. The source said that the suicide bomber​​ driving the car was an underage displaced boy from Al-Qa’im, and was on drugs. The source sent us photos of the car.​​ 

 

Ramadi

The Ministry of Transportation said on Thursday that it evacuated all families from the Kilo 18 IDP camp in Anbar to the Habbaniya camp, as a step toward returning​​ them all to their home areas. It says that 760 IDPs, mainly from Al-Qa’im, were moved. [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Baghdad Ops Command says that the 44th​​ Army Brigade arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Habbaniya. [Ghad]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh said on Thursday it killed Ra’ad Al-Jumaili, one of the​​ mukhtars​​ of Hit city, and his son, a tribal PMF member, in their house. [ICDNDec6]

A​​​​ DaeshDaily​​​​ source had said on Wednesday that Sheikh Ra’ad Shahab Al-Dulaimi of the Albu Nimr tribe was killed​​ by​​ Daesh terrorists​​ who​​ attacked his house in Kanan village in Hit. The source said that 4 days ago, the Sheikh had publicly expressed his desire to cooperate with the Coalition if it wanted to establish more of a presence in Anbar.​​

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is the same​​ story. However, Daesh​​ for some reason​​ claimed, inaccurately,​​ that the​​ sheikh​​ was from​​ the​​ Jumaila tribe.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

An IED left behind by Daesh exploded by the side of a road in Baiji​​ District. [Dijlah]

 

Tikrit

A PMF statement said that the 88th​​ PMF Brigade had killed 1 suicide bomber and wounded 2 others who tried to infiltrate Al-Alam. The statement said that the wounded terrorists fled toward the Himrin Hills. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

The IFP arrested 4 Daesh members in Samarra and Baghdad on Thursday.​​ [AIN]

 

DIYALA

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

Daesh said it set five trucks, four vehicles, and a factory that belonged to a “Peshmerga intelligence member” on fire in the Qulay area, western Khanaqin, on Wednesday. [A3maq]​​ 

In another version, Daesh claimed the man was an “Asayish intelligence member.” [ICDNDec6]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security source in Kirkuk says Counter​​ Terrorism​​ Service​​ units arrested a family of 5, who were all Daesh operatives. The father, mother, and 3 sons were all members of Daesh. 1 of the sons took part in an armed attack in Abbasi. [Buratha]

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 2 PMF members were wounded when their pickup vehicle was destroyed by a Daesh leftover IED on the road between Khaznah village and Bartella,​​ in northern​​ Hamdaniya​​ District.

 

Mosul District

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

An​​ NPR​​ report covered a US-Iraqi patrol in Badoush and the degree of ongoing cooperation between Iraqi and US forces. The division commander noted for the reporter that the mountainous areas contained “dozens” of holes used by sleeper cells and Daesh fighters. He said that most of the tunnels had been previously destroyed, but Daesh returned and re-opened them. The division attempted to blow up the entrance to a tunnel, but only partly succeeded, so they burned tires near the entrance, so Coalition aircraft could find the target later and bomb it. [SotIraq] [NPR]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Ahmad Al-Jarba, head of the Syria Tomorrow Movement (an opposition party), visited Erbil and met with Masrour Barzani. The 2 men discussed developments in Syria and the progress of battles in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. The Syria Tomorrow Movement is allied with the SDF. [Qasioun]

 

ERBIL

The HPG​​ (PKK)​​ said that their units attacked Turkish units in Tal Lelikan, Sidekan subdistrict, killing 4 of them. [Hawar]

 

DAHUK

The Turkish military announced on Thursday that it had “neutralized” 8 PKK fighters in airstrikes on PKK positions in Metina​​ near the Turkish border in Dahuk, the​​ nearby​​ Sinat-Haftanin area,​​ and Hakurk, northern Erbil. [Anadolu]

 

SULEIMANIYA

The Center for Security Information said that on Thursday, units under the Directorate of Intelligence had arrested 3 persons in Suleimaniya, who were wanted on terrorism charges by the Bashiqa Court of Investigations. [AIN]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Bassam Ishaq, the Syrian Democratic Council’s representative to the US, demanded that the US exclude areas east of the Euphrates from US sanctions on Syria. He says the aim is to provide legitimacy to the educational process in the area, and for its schools to be able to accredit internationally-recognized diplomas. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

The YPG and YPJ said that they carried out 3 attacks against pro-Turkey militias in Afrin, which they said killed “several” militia members, including commanders, and wounded many others. [Hawar]

 

Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

The SOHR reported 1 motorcycle bomb explosion in Al-Bab and another in Afrin, targeting pro-Turkey militia fighters. The SOHR says the areas captured by pro-Turkey militias are witnessing security instability as explosions, kidnappings, and assassinations continue. [SyriaHR]

 

The Manbij Military Council arrested a sleeper cell of Turkish spies, who they said committed several attacks in Manbij. [SyriaHR]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it shot a Syrian government​​ official​​ with a hand gun in Tal Al-Tibn village, southwest of Qamishli​​ city, on Tuesday. [ICDNDec6]​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

An unidentified​​ terrorist​​ was killed while trying to plant an IED near Mary’s Church, south of Rasheed park in Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

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

The SOHR says that security personnel arrested 3 men​​ as they tried​​ to plant mines and IEDs in Ayn Eissa. The 3 were accused of being recruited by Turkey to “spread anarchy in the area.” [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West​​ 

Latakia

The Syrian Army says that it thwarted an attempt by a radical group to attack a military position in Latakia north of Kinsabba, on the Latakia-Jisr Al-Shughur highway.​​ (Jisr Al-Shughur is in western Idlib.)​​ It says the​​ Army killed several​​ of the​​ attackers,​​ while the rest escaped towards​​ the border with​​ Turkey. [SyriaNow]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The SOHR says that the SDF is making arbitrary arrests in Al-Zir village, eastern Deir Ez-Zor district, on the pretext of looking for Daesh sleeper cells. 6 young men have already been arrested. The SOHR also reported that Daesh killed a Syrian soldier visiting his family in an SDF-held area, while unknown attackers threw a hand grenade​​ at​​ the​​ house of an SDF soldier in Al-Zir village. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So maybe the arrests aren’t so arbitrary.

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

On Thursday, the SDF made advances against Daesh in Hajin after fierce fighting, taking the battle to neighborhoods inside the city. Ridur Khalil, an SDF commander, stated that while the SDF gained control over some neighborhoods in Hajin, heavy fighting against Daesh continues.​​ Khalil also said that​​ “safe routes” were opened to civilians to​​ allow them to​​ flee​​ combat zones. [Rudaw]​​ [Qasioun]

 

The SOHR says the SDF now controls half of Hajin, and is continuing to advance under cover of the heaviest bombardment since the start of the operation on September 10. Recent battles in eastern Deir Ez-Zor left 34 Daesh fighters and 17 SDF fighters killed in the past 48 hours. [SyriaHR]

 

Amid “strong clashes” between the SDF and Daesh fighters on Thursday, the SDF succeeded in freeing about 300 civilians from Daesh control in Hajin. They opened up a safe corridor between​​ Daesh-controlled and SDF-controlled​​ areas, and a source reported that SDF fighters assisted civilians by walking with them on foot to safe areas. [Hawar]

 

Ahmad Al-Sultan, another SDF commander, said that fighting was ongoing in Al-Baghouz and Al-Susah as well as Hajin. He added that a recent Coalition airstrike had killed 13 Daesh fighters. [BasNews]

 

The SDF says​​ that​​ it killed 228 Daesh​​ fighters​​ in battles in eastern​​ Deir Ez-Zor since Monday, while the​​ Coalition​​ carried out​​ 115 airstrikes, destroying 23 Daesh positions, 6 vehicles, and an SA gun. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it shot down an SDF recon drone over Al-Bahra town. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This reflects a​​ classic Daesh propaganda tactic. It is losing ground and suffering big casualties, so to distract public attention it puts out a “victorious” story. It’s trivial by comparison, and maybe​​ it’s​​ made up, but it creates a counter-narrative​​ that will please the naïve.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

At least 4 people, including 2 policemen, were killed and 23 wounded in a suicide attack targeting a Chabahar police station in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, southern Iran. Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister for Iran, said that terrorists supported by foreign countries were behind the attack in Chabahar, adding that those crimes would not go unpunished. [Arabi21]​​ [Rudaw]

 

Amnesty International wrote in a report that Iran killed 5,000 political opposition members in its prisons in 1988. It says 99% of the names of missing persons were not found in the official death logs of the Iranian authorities. [ZamanAlWasl] [Amnesty]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This would have been about nine years after Khomeini’s revolution.

 

Qatar

Qatar-based academic Steven Wright published an article regarding Qatar’s abrupt announcement that it was leaving OPEC. Wright argued that Qatar’s decision was not closely related to Qatar’s poor political relationship with Saudi Arabia, but was a function of its long-term plans to focus its energy sector around natural gas production and export. [AlJazeera]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Thursday it wounded several Egyptian Army members with an IED near Al-Dhahir village, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Thursday its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier in the Al-Rasm area, west of Rafah. Daesh claimed the army was conducting a “dredging campaign” in the area. [A3maq]

It also said it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED in Al-Rasm. [ICDNDec6]​​ 

 

Libya

Afrigate​​ reported on Thursday that the 276th​​ Infantry Battalion of the Libyan Army and the High Sirte Ops Room conducted joint patrols in the Oil Crescent region to protect it against “criminal gangs.” [AfriGate]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Great Britain

The​​ Times​​ says the UK will keep overlooking what Saudi Arabia and the UAE do, as long as they pay well. An article in the paper referred to the way that the UAE treated British national​​ Matthew Hedges, who was sentenced​​ to​​ life imprisonment on charges of spying,​​ and then released​​ through​​ a presidential pardon. The article​​ asked rhetorically whether​​ this​​ was​​ the way to treat a national of a friendly country.​​ It​​ also mentioned the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that only the blind cannot see that​​ he​​ was killed on​​ the Crown​​ Prince’s​​ orders.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The​​ Independent Electoral Complaints Commission said on Thursday that all voting results​​ for​​ the October parliamentary elections from Kabul polling stations were invalidated “due to various legal issues.” A spokesman said that the elections would have to be re-conducted in Kabul. [Khaama]

 

The Afghan Military in the Southeast claimed that at least 72 Taliban fighters were killed during recent operations in Ghazni, including airstrikes. 40 of the slain fighters were said to Pakistani Taliban members. [Khaama]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it killed an Afghan intelligence member with a hand gun and stole his car in the Khalis Family area, in Jalalabad. [A3maq] [ICDNDec6]

 

Pakistan

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with Pakistani PM Imran Khan on Wednesday. On Thursday, Khalilzad returned to Afghanistan and met with President Ghani to discuss his recent trips. [Khaama] [Khaama]

 

 

 

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December 5, 2018

 

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Daesh Ammunition Found in Hammam Al-Alil (DD Dec 5)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Worldwide terrorism deaths decline for third consecutive year. [..]

Albu Nimr Sheikh killed at home by Daesh terrorists after offering cooperation to Coalition.​​ [..]

Daesh Daily source reports there are still hundreds of Daesh in Makhoul Mountains. [..]

Peshmerga kill 10 Daesh fighters in eastern Daquq. [..]

Regrouping Daesh terrorists set up new base in​​ western Makhmur. [..]

Protests roll on in Basra. [..]

 

Syria

Astana conference described as agreeing on nothing. [..]

Amb. Jeffery to confer in Turkey, Jordan on possible solutions in​​ Syria. [..]

Intense fighting in Albu Kamal causing large death toll on both sides.​​ [..]

Coalition conducted 86 airstrikes in Hajin area last week.​​ [..]

Syrian Army kills 20 Daesh fighters, captures 5 in eastern Homs. [..]

 

Other countries

Kuwait:​​ Kuwait will launch huge soil decontamination project to offset war damage caused by Iraq​​  in 1990. [..]

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks two more​​ military units in NE Nigeria. [..]

Afghanistan:NATO Secretary-General warns of possible Taliban terrorist base in Afghanistan.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New government/CoR

Kadhim Al-Sayadi, a member of the CoR Integrity Committee, says there are 2 types of objections to the remaining 8 cabinet ministers: some are political and personal, as in the cases of the proposed Ministers of Defense and Interior; others are professional, as in the case of the​​ proposed Minister of Education. [BasNews]

 

Reconstruction

The international team to investigate Daesh crimes will start its mission in Iraq beginning in the new year. Karim Assad, the head of the team, says that the team will start documenting Daesh violations after the conclusion of the evidence collection process, which started last summer. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A security source says Daesh is planning to transfer some of its fighters in Syria to the border area with Iraq. This information was obtained from a ranking Daesh officer recently arrested​​ in Baghdad. [Ghad]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This could be interpreted in different ways. A simple interpretation would be that they​​ expect to be forced out of Hajin and their remaining troops will move toward towns and villages closer to the border.

 

The 2018 Global Terrorism Index, published by the Sydney, Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace, showed that deaths from terrorism worldwide had fallen for the third year in a row, being down 27% from 2017. The largest decreases in deaths were in Iraq and Syria, with deaths from terrorist attacks down 5,000 for Iraq and 1,000 for Syria; the report said that this is mainly due to​​ Daesh’s continued decline. [Mawazin] [VisionofHumanity]

 

On the other hand, the​​ Financial Times​​ wrote that Daesh was carrying out an increasing number of kidnappings, killings, and bombings in Iraq and still fighting fiercely in its last territorial possessions in Syria. The newspaper noted that a Daesh bomb killed at least 3 schoolchildren in Mosul last month, a car bomb killed 5 in Tikrit in mid-November, and the recent CSIS report said that attacks on Kirkuk had doubled this year compared to last year. [Watan]

 

The UK-based​​ Al-Araby​​ carried a report on the families of Daesh members, writing that hundreds of Iraq families were suffering a “tragedy” as they are being denied financial assistance and food aid, and being forbidden from returning to their homes due to their relatives’ connection to Daesh. “Abu Jasim,” the father of an accused Daesh member, said that he had not seen his son for over 2 years, and did not know if he was alive or dead, but said that his family continued to “pay the tax” of the accusation that he was in Daesh. “Abu Jasim” added that his family​​ was forbidden from​​ returning to Mosul, asking, “Even if these accusations are true, can one take on the guilt of others?” [AlAraby]

 

The Coalition said that between November 25 and December 1, it carried out 4 airstrikes in Iraq—2 in the Himrin Hills, 1 in the “Hawija Pocket,” and 1 in Kirkuk Province. [InherentResolve]

 

Abu Hamza Al-Kurdi, a Daesh​​ wali​​ of Kirkuk, told the Karkh Investigations Court that he joined Daesh in the north Baghdad region, and that he was​​ responsible for touring Peshmerga prisoners around in cages to raise Daesh fighters’ morale. He became the​​ wali​​ of north Baghdad and met Al-Baghdadi who rewarded him for his services. He then became the​​ wali​​ of Kirkuk and met Al-Baghdadi again in Ninewa. He spoke of a battle with the Peshmerga in Kirkuk, where Daesh arrested 18 soldiers and officers and toured them in cages around Hawija. He masterminded several operations in Baghdad before moving to Syria. He had been a security officer in the Hussein era.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ [Sumaria]

 

General Frank McKenzie, Trump’s nominee to head CENTCOM, says Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is in great fear, and is moving around in the desert near the Euphrates in the border area between Syria and Iraq. He says Al-Baghdadi’s command capability was greatly affected by the Coalition strikes, because for him, “the chase is underway.” [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

No reports

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Sheikh Ra’ad Shahab Al-Dulaimi of the Albu Nimr tribe was killed when a group of Daesh terrorists, using a PMF pickup vehicle and dressed in​​ military uniforms, attacked his house in Kanan village. The source said that 4 days ago, the Sheikh had publicly expressed his desire to cooperate with the Coalition if it wanted to establish more of a presence in Anbar.​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units, operating in the 8th​​ Army Division, found a large ammunition cache in Albu Hardan, in Al-Qa’im. The cache was destroyed by the division’s EODs. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Rutba

Colonel Adel Rashid, commander of a tactical battalion in the Anbar Provincial Police, says Daesh targets in the Husseiniyat desert, western Anbar, were identified and would be attacked in the next few hours. [BasNews]​​ 

Colonel Rashid also said later on Wednesday that units under his command had arrested a Daesh “leading figure” in Rutba. [Ahad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 1 PMF member was killed and 3 others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Al-Salman village. The source said PMF EOD units defused 10 more IEDs in the same​​ area.

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says there are still hundreds of Daesh terrorists on the Makhoul Mountains. The source said the terrorists are still getting food supplies through smugglers and through corrupt PMF members in the area. ​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 4 PMF members were killed and 2 others wounded when Daesh shelled and rocketed their positions in the Makhoul Mountains area. ​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it killed or wounded Iraqi Army engineering units and​​ destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the road between Tikrit and Baghdad, on Monday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec5]

 

DIYALA

No reports

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 2 PMF members were killed and 4 others wounded in a Daesh attack on their positions near Al-Sadouniya village in Riyadh subdistrict.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 2 PMF members were wounded when Daesh attacked Bakara village in Al-Zab. The source said the PMFs withdrew from their military positions but IFP units intervened and forced Daesh terrorists to flee.​​ 

Later on, the source said the IFP killed 3 Daesh terrorists who fled after the attack, including Abu​​ Yaseen Al-Jubouri, a Daesh commander in Al-Zab.

 

The Federal Police said on Wednesday that units under their 6th​​ Division had destroyed a Daesh tunnel in Hawija, near Al-Nasr. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh said it targeted a “tribal PMF gathering” in Al-Khatouniya village, in Riyadh subdistrict, with 5 60mm mortar shells and 2 rockets, on Tuesday. [ICDNDec5]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it blew up the house of an Iraqi Army officer in Al-Mirbat village. [ICDNDEc5]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)

Peshmerga units engaged Daesh in a Daquq village near Taza subdistrict, killing 10 fighters and capturing large quantities of weapons and explosives. The Peshmerga says it eliminated the Daesh presence in the area. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near the Kaka’i village of Ali Saray, in Daquq District, on Tuesday. [ICDNDec5]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ What explains the fixation of Daesh on this village?

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and damaged their PMF vehicle with an IED near Zanqar village, in Daquq District, on Tuesday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec5]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur/Nineveh Plain​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says that around 150 Daesh​​ terrorists who fled from the Nimrud area in Hamdaniya and the Qarachogh Mountain area in Makhmur established a small base in the desert near Gwer subdistrict about a month ago. The source said the terrorists have a network of tunnels and are planning to conduct attacks in the Ninewa Plain area. The source said some of the terrorists have been responsible for attacks on Christian and Shabak people since the AQI days. ​​ 

 

Mosul city

General Sa’ad Ma’an, spokesman of the MoI, says that the 12th​​ Emergency Police​​ Battalion of Ninewa arrested 6 Daesh fighters in various areas of east Mosul.​​ The Center for Security Information added that they had been working for the Daesh “Office of Soldiers.”​​ [Ghad]​​ [Forat]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that local police units captured 4 Daesh terrorists and confiscated ammunitions in Tabraq Ziyara village (spelling approx.), in Hammam Al-Alil.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 3 PMF members were killed in a Daesh ambush near a restaurant near Aslubi village, Qayara. The source said the terrorists stole the PMFs’ vehicle and weapons and fled the area.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 2 PMF members were killed and 3 others wounded in a Daesh attack on Rajm Al-Azni village (spelling approx.). The source said the PMFs withdrew toward Tal Abta, while Daesh terrorists were seen roaming the village on motorcycles.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units captured a Daesh terrorist in Khazna village, in Hatra district. The​​ source said the terrorist was working as a guard on a farm that belongs to a PMF commander.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Protests in Basra continued, reportedly borrowing ideas from the “Yellow Jackets” protests in France. Protestors in yellow jackets in several​​ areas gathered in front of government offices and oil companies, demonstrating against low services levels, unemployment, and corruption. Fighting with the police was reported, and gunfire was heard in various areas. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

No reports

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

On Wednesday, Turkish border guards arrested a Daesh member as he attempted to infiltrate Turkey​​ through the border with Syria. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

The American website​​ Eurasia​​ Review​​ says that the Astana meetings did not succeed, as the participants, mainly Russia and Turkey, cared more about their mutual interests rather than solving Syrian problems. It says that the participants could not agree on a single subject during 11 sessions of discussion. The failure to reach a solution for the formation of a constitutional committee is just an example of such failure. [Hawar]

 

United Nations

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet​​ stated on Wednesday at a press conference in Geneva that the UN was concerned about the conditions of 7,000 civilians held by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. She stated that the UN witnessed today that Daesh has increasingly used civilian hostages as human shields.​​ She also called on all opposition militias to remove heavy weaponry from residential areas, in accordance with international humanitarian law.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Michelle Bachelet also said that Daesh is killing people opposed to it in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. She said that anybody believed to be cooperating with the SDF or other armed groups was executed immediately. [EnabBaladi]​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We hope the distinguished Ms. Bachelet doesn’t think either of these Daesh practices is new, or that her statement will have an effect on either.

 

Foreign policy

United States

Bloomberg​​ says that US​​ intelligence believes the Syrian government was behind the chemical attack on Aleppo on October 24. It says that tear gas was used, rather than chlorine. It says the government blamed the opposition in order to break the ceasefire reached by Russia and Turkey. [Qasioun]

 

US Special Envoy James Jeffery is starting a tour of Turkey and Jordan to discuss a political solution to the Syrian issue. The State Department says the mission will take place from December 4 to December 14. [EnabBaladi]

 

Russia

Russian Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, said on Wednesday that Russian intelligence has tracked oil tankers moving from the Coalition and SDF-controlled area east of the Euphrates to Turkey and Iraq. He claimed that oil sales were being used to finance the militias. Gerasimov was speaking to a meeting of foreign military attaches. [FaceIraq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Coalition said that between November 25 and December 1, it carried out 86 airstrikes in Syria. All 86 were reported as “near​​ Hajin.” [InherentResolve]

Also see related stories under Albu Kamal District

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

In Jinderes, an IED detonated near the headquarters of Faylaq Al-Sham, killing and wounding fighters. [Hawar]

 

Al-Bab

The SOHR reported violent confrontations between pro-Turkish militia fighters and “most likely” YPG fighters in Al-Bab, with​​ casualties reported on both sides. It also said that the YPG is executing hit and run attacks on pro-Turkish militias in Al-Bab and Afrin. [SyriaHR]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it killed an SDF commander​​ and damaged his vehicle with a sticky IED in Qamishli city, on Tuesday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec5]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

HTS media reported that HTS (Tahrir Al-Sham), together​​ with fighters from Ansar Al-Tawhid, was able to block Syrian Army attempts to infiltrate​​ Tal​​ Al-Touqan​​ in eastern Idlib Province. [Qasioun]

 

Hama

On Wednesday, Syrian “opposition” militias killed 4 members of the Syrian Army and affiliated militias when they attempted to infiltrate Lahaya village in Hama Province, coming from Al-Taiba in Homs. [Qasioun]

 

Homs

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Syrian Army units killed at least 20 Daesh terrorists, captured 5 others, destroyed 4 vehicles, and captured another vehicle in an ambush in the Bir​​ Al-Safwaniya area, in eastern Homs province.​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin District

Daesh said it killed two SDF members with machine guns in Al-Jardhi village, on Monday. [ICDNDec5]

 

Albu Kamal District

The SOHR reported that intense fighting between Daesh and the SDF in Hajin left 28 Daesh fighters, including 3 suicide​​ attackers, and 9 SDF fighters killed. 870 total Daesh fighters have been killed since September 10, compared to 473 SDF fighters killed during the same period. From October 28​​ to the present, 256 civilians, including 93 children and 62 women, were killed,​​ mainly due to Coalition airstrikes. [SyriaHR]

 

Fighting between Daesh and the SDF in Hajin intensified on Wednesday. Local sources reported continued artillery shelling by the SDF and car bomb attacks by Daesh, making use of the poor weather conditions. They say that the SDF, backed by the Coalition air force, made some advances in the area. [ElDorar]

 

An SDF statement issued on Wednesday said that the Coalition had carried out over 115 airstrikes on Daesh positions in and around Hajin over the previous 24 hours. It said that the combination of airstrikes and fighting between the SDF and Daesh had killed 228 Daesh terrorists over the previous 72 hours. [BasNews]

Daesh said on Wednesday that Coalition planes targeted Hajin city with more than 40 airstrikes and artillery shelling, killing 25 people and wounding 17. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ But they didn’t kill any Daesh fighters, and they never do kill any Daesh fighters, only innocent civilians—and you have Daesh’s word on that. (But re-read the story just above for perspective—and the story below.)​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Coalition planes killed 8 Daesh terrorists, including Saleh Mahmoud Jassem (aka Saleh Dawla) in an airstrike on Hajin. The source said that Saleh was a senior Daesh commander, and had held several positions, including as military commander of Tal Afar.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It seems increasingly clear that the Coalition is repeating​​ its Iraq strategy of targeting Daesh leaders as a means of weakening the Daesh resistance—a kind of decapitation strategy.​​ 

 

The SOHR also says that there was fighting between Daesh and Syrian Army units, backed by Iranian militias, near Albu Kamal. A group of Daesh fighters approached the Tehran-Beirut road from eastern Deir Ez-Zor. Casualties were reported on both sides. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Tehran-Beirut Road? Who is renaming​​ highways through Iraq and Syria?

 

South​​ 

Daraa

“Local sources” say that Lebanese Hezbollah fighters transferred dozens of “Tochka” rockets from the 89th​​ Brigade location in Jabab, northwestern Daraa, to Lajat, northern Daraa. [ElDorar]​​ 

 

The SOHR says that an unidentified man threw a hand grenade at a Syrian Army checkpoint in Karak, eastern Daraa, while a land mine killed a civilian in the middle of Daraa province. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Suwayda

Local media reports say that the Syrian Army lost 40 soldiers, and Daesh lost 21 fighters, in fighting in Suwayda during the first 3 weeks of November. They also say 70 others were killed and 66 wounded last month. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ However, the absence of battle reports recently from the Suwayda area has certainly left the impression that the fighting is over there, at least for now.

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

The Houthi delegation arrived in Sweden to participate in Yemen peace talks sponsored by the UN. The delegation arrived onboard a Kuwaiti plane.​​ The Yemeni government delegation also left for Sweden on Tuesday. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday its snipers killed a Houthi member in the Za’aj area, in Baidha. [A3maq]

 

Kuwait

Kuwait says that $204 billion worth of projects will be in place until 2025, aiming to clean Kuwaiti soil from pollution caused by the Iraqi war on Kuwait in 1990. The funds will be paid by the UN out of Iraqi war reparations to Kuwait. [Sumaria]

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source on Wednesday said that 1 terrorist had been killed and another wounded in a raid in the “New Valley” area of Asyut, central Egypt.​​ [AhlMisr]

 

Libya

The Security Directorate of Sirte found the body of a Daesh fighter in a housing block on Wednesday. He had been killed in the fighting to liberate Sirte. [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

Boko​​ Haram terrorists attacked a military base in Gudumbali town, Borno State, northeast Nigeria near Lake Chad, killing 1 soldier and wounding several others, according to security sources. Gudumbali had also been attacked by Boko Haram in early September. [DefensePost]

Daesh said it killed or wounded Nigerian Army members in an attack “with different kinds of weapons” in Gudumbali on Tuesday.​​ [ICDNDec5]

 

On Monday, Boko Haram terrorists attacked a military base in Mallam Fatori, a Borno State town near the borders with Niger and Chad. The attack was repelled with air support, according to military sources, who said 1 soldier was killed and several others injured in the attack. [DefensePost]

Daesh had said it killed or wounded several Nigerian Army members in an attack “with different kinds of weapons” on their military position in Malam Fatori town, on Monday. [ICDNDec4]​​ 

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that there was a “great danger” that the Taliban would return to power in Afghanistan and allow terrorist groups to use it as a home base. He went on to warn against the​​ re-establishment of the “Caliphate” in Afghanistan, having defeated it in Iraq and Syria. Stoltenberg was speaking to a meeting of foreign ministers of NATO countries in Brussels. [BasNews]

 

Afghan Military sources said that the Taliban “shadow governor” for Ghor Province had been killed in a US drone strike on Monday. [Khaama]

 

Daesh published on Wednesday photos of setting up bags allegedly filled with hashish in Nangarhar. [ICDNDec5]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Wednesday a photo of one of its terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Sinai. [ICDNDec5]

 

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MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Abd Ul-Madhi says CoR “state of chaos” is blocking completion of the cabinet.​​ [..]

Ninewa CoR member alleges political parties trying to control parts of Ninewa economy. [..]

Another mukhtar assassinated in Hammam Al-Alil, in same area as yesterday.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey warns Saudis, UAE on collaborating with Kurds in northern Syria. [..]

 

Syria

Jeffery says US won’t leave Syria until “irreversible political process” is implemented.​​ [..]

British paper says Daesh has run out of places to retreat to in Syria, Iraq. [..]

1,000 civilians flee Daesh control in Hajin area. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:​​ 

Iran in new debate with Security Council over its nuclear missiles. [..]

Rouhani threatens again to close Strait of Hormuz if Iran is prevented from exporting its oil. [..]

Saudi Arabia:​​ GOP Senators in US say Crown Prince involved in Khashoggi murder.​​ [..]

Yemen:​​ Houthi delegation leaves for peace talks in Sweden. [..]

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi told a news conference on Tuesday that a “state of chaos” in the CoR had prevented the completion of his cabinet. This followed​​ a​​ CoR meeting​​ that lasted for only​​ half an hour; video posted of the session to social media showed MPs shouting at each other. Abd Ul-Mahdi said that he was waiting for the CoR to schedule a new session to confirm​​ his minister nominees for​​ the 8 still-unfilled Ministry positions. [BasNews]

 

Corruption

Mansour Al-Mureid, a​​ CoR member​​ for Ninewa Province, said on Tuesday that most of the parties in the province impose “royalties” on the wealthy and control bidding (i.e., for government contracts). Al-Mureid said in a statement that there were “economic offices” that functioned internally for most parties in the province, and that the existence of these offices was one of the reasons that services had deteriorated. [Shafaaq]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Rakan​​ Al-Jubouri, the​​ Governor of Kirkuk,​​ announced​​ the suspension​​ of​​ work on​​ all customs points between Kirkuk and​​ the​​ KRG​​ provinces. This​​ follows the​​ federal government decision​​ to unify tariffs​​ with​​ the​​ Kurdistan​​ Region​​ last Wednesday​​ (presumably making “customs points” unnecessary). [Anadolu]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Council of Ministers declared Monday, December 10, 2018, a holiday in honor of the first anniversary of victory over Daesh. [Ain]

 

BAGHDAD

No reports

 

ANBAR

Falluja

On Tuesday, the 2nd​​ PMF battalion arrested 2 men, 1 of whom was wanted on terrorism charges, at a checkpoint in Falluja. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Daesh said that it hit an Iraqi Army military position on the Syrian border with 2 heavy artillery shells on Monday. [ICDNDec4]

 

Rutba

Daesh said it killed two Iraqi Army members, wounded another, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Kilo 110 area, on Monday. [ICDNDec4]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

Daesh said it destroyed the vehicle of an IFP officer with a sticky IED in the Rabidha area​​ (spelling approx.)​​ in Al-Alam​​ subdistrict, on Monday.​​ [A3maq]

In a different version, Daesh said the vehicle belonged to a police captain. [ICDNDec4]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said it shot and wounded three Peshmerga members in Qara Chai village, on Monday. [ICDNDec4]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh’s story​​ put the village in Kirkuk, like it does with areas that belong​​ to​​ Tooz. This village is actually in Tooz​​ and​​ close to Kifri​​ in Diyala.​​ 

 

DIYALA

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

A PMF group from Qara Tapa​​ in Kifri​​ shelled a Daesh position in Kheizranah​​ (spelling approx.) in​​ northern​​ Diyala, on Tuesday. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

A security source in Diyala Province said on Tuesday that a fisherman had been killed and his brother wounded in a Daesh attack near Lake Himrin. [BaghdadToday]​​ 

Daesh’s​​ version​​ says​​ it killed one “PMF member,” wounded another, and destroyed their boat in an ambush on Himrin Lake. [A3maq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This looks like a possible Daesh retaliation for the killing of Daesh member on the lake by local residents some days earlier.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh said on Tuesday killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their Humvee with an IED on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit. It said killed or wounded more IFP members with another IED that targeted their patrol. [A3maq] [ICDNDec4]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it wounded three IFP members and damaged their SUV with an IED in Barima village, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 2 IFP members were wounded when Daesh attacked their unit in the desert near Rashad. The source said the IFP killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The Center for Security Information says that Army units found a large explosives cache and “used” rifles in a search campaign in old Mosul. [Baghdadia]​​ [Forat]

 

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says its 1st​​ Battalion​​ surprised​​ and arrested a Daesh weapons procurement officer in a cafe in west Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A Ninewa police source says Daesh attacked Jarn village (aka Upper Jarn), Hammam Al-Alil, kidnapping the​​ mukhtar​​ of the village and​​ 2​​ of his​​ companions.​​ The home of the Albu Badran tribe is located south of the village.​​ [BasNews]

In a subsequent story, Captain Amir Wathiq said that Iraqi security personnel had found the body of the​​ mukhtar​​ of Jarn less than 24 hours after his kidnapping. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is the second mukhtar assassination in two days in the same small area. Again, the mukhtar was not protected even though mukhtars are clearly priority Daesh targets and have been for some time. There are Army units around to find the body, but not to protect the mukhtar.

 

The Jarn incident followed a similar incident yesterday in Hammam Al-Alil.​​ A security source confirmed that a group of Daesh fighters in military uniforms entered the village of​​ Al-Amrini village,​​ which is close to Jarn, and killed the​​ mukhtar, who was one of the elders of the Albu Badran tribe.​​ [SotIraq]

Daesh said it shot and killed the​​ mukhtar​​ of Al-Amrini village on Monday. [A3maq]

A​​​​ DaeshDaily​​​​ source had said on Monday that 3 Daesh terrorists captured​​ and​​ then killed the​​ mukhtar​​ of Al-Amrini village. The source said the terrorists kidnapped the​​​​ mukhtar​​ from his house and took him on foot outside the village, then tortured and killed him.

On Tuesday, the Directorate of Military Intelligence announced that they had destroyed a Daesh safehouse in Ayn Al-Jahash, Shura subdistrict. It added that explosives and materials used in explosives manufacture were seized from inside.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it wounded several​​ SWAT​​ personnel​​ and destroyed a vehicle when it set off a booby-trapped house near Ayn Al-Jahash intersection. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Center for Security Information said that Army units destroyed 3 IEDs in Umm Al-Shababit village, Tal Afar. [Baghdadia]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Local sources from Basra Province said on Tuesday that security personnel had attacked demonstrators and media who were gathered in front of the Basra Provincial Office. The sources said that the security personnel used clubs and live ammunition to clear the demonstration, and arrested several protestors and journalists. [BasNews]

 

Dhi Qar

The Dhi Qar Criminal Court sentenced a Daesh operative to death on charges of attacking the Imam Kadhim University in 2014. The convict led an attack on the building with explosives belts, leaving many civilians dead or wounded. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Foreign policy

Devlet Bahçeli, head of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE against supporting “terrorists” in northern Syria. He says that if these countries support the so-called “border guards” forces financially, that it means they are paying back their debt to the US. He says that the​​ two​​ countries supported the failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016, and are attempting to please the US by supporting “terrorist secessionists” in Syria.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The controversy surrounding the Saudi Crown Prince adds further fuel to the controversy between Turkey and Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi murder. The involvement of the Saudis in Syria may now be more problematical than helpful.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Russia

Tatyana Moskalkova, Russia’s Commissioner for Human Rights, says she has received over 1,000 applications to return home from women who are Russian citizens and travelled with their husbands to Iraq and Syria. She says their husbands were fighting with Daesh in these countries, while many of them had​​ children. She says it is not easy to get them all home, as many of the​​ women also​​ fought with Daesh and some are charged with terrorism in these countries, which makes their return a potential danger. [Sumaria]

 

Iran

On Tuesday, Iran announced that it was not planning to establish military bases in Syria, because that would not serve its interests. It said that the presence of Iranian forces in Iraq and Syria are based on the requests of the governments of the respective states and is limited to expert advisory support. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

United States

James Jeffery, US Special Envoy to Syria, says that the Astana and Sochi talks​​ have​​ failed so far to form a constitutional committee and present it to the UN Special Envoy. He says if such failure continues, the US has to end the Astana track. [Qasioun]

However,​​ Rudaw​​ wrote that Jeffery expressed US support for the Astana talks “to find a political solution in Syria.”​​ Jeffery also said that​​ the US does not have any political agenda that concerns the Kurds or anybody else in Syria. He says that US policy is based on dealing with the population of north and east Syria, but the main objective is confronting Daesh. He says joint patrols and coordination with the Turks in Manbij will continue. He was speaking at a press conference in Washington. [Rudaw]

Jeffery also said that the US had different options for military engagement in Syria, including a strategy already taking place in Iraq. He said US forces would remain in Syria until it completed its​​ goals for​​ fighting​​ terrorism, which are eradicating Daesh, the withdrawal of Iranian forces, and implementing an irreversible political process. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Jeffery’s stated position is exactly right. Getting to “irreversible” may be the hardest part.

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Independent​​ wrote that Daesh seems to have lost any place to retreat to after a series of defeats and the deaths of their main commanders. Their decline in Syria and Iraq​​ has​​ left them with very few options, says the paper. At the peak of its power, Daesh ruled an area as large as the UK, inhabited by 10 million persons, but now it is contained in a small area east of the Euphrates, under heavy Coalition fire. [Arabi21]

 

The Coalition said that together with the SDF, it was “continuing the fight” against Daesh. The Coalition press release noted that Daesh had tried to take advantage of poor weather conditions between November 24 and 30, but said the Coalition and the SDF had kept Daesh from effectively counter-attacking. [InherentResolve]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

The​​ SOHR reported a gunfight​​ in​​ the Mahmudiya​​ neighborhood​​ of​​ Afrin between unidentified​​ fighters​​ and​​ the​​ pro-Turkey militias​​ controlling the city. Yesterday, rockets from unknown sources killed a commander in an Islamist​​ militia​​ supported by Turkey and wounded several others.​​ The SOHR wrote that​​ indications pointed to​​ YPG​​ sleeper cells operating in Afrin. [SyriaHR]

 

Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

The YPG arrested 4 fighters from pro-Turkey militias, who they said were operating as spies for Turkish intelligence, along with explosives and small arms. The exact location of the arrests was not revealed. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The SOHR says that an explosion targeting​​ an HPG​​ (PKK)​​ vehicle at the Halko junction in the “Corniche” area of​​ Qamishli​​ wounded​​ 2​​ HPG members. [SyriaHR]​​ [Hawar]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Unidentified men shot​​ and killed​​ Qaed Tabor, an SDF commander,​​ on​​ the​​ Hasaka-Tal Barouk road, while others were killed in an IED attack on their car south of Hasaka. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

Syrian state-run media says that the Syrian Army thwarted an attempt by a “terrorist group” to advance from a village south of Idlib towards a Syrian Army position. It says that Army units destroyed a 4WD vehicle and killed all terrorists onboard. [SyriaNow]

 

Ahrar Al-Sham engaged Tahrir Al-Sham in a gunfight west of Idlib on Tuesday, after​​ Ahrar Al-Sham​​ opened​​ a​​ headquarters​​ in Jadara without the approval of Tahrir Al-Sham. [ElDorar]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham executed a man on charges of spying for the Syrian government and participating in a car bomb attack in Idlib last year. It says he was paid SL 50,000 for his services, and that he is a former thief. [ElDorar]

 

“Harras​​ Al-Din” (the “Guardians of Religion),​​ Al-Qaeda allied​​ militia​​ in Idlib, published photos of a military camp it established in Idlib. It​​ said​​ that​​ the “Guardians of Religion”​​ are trained​​ there. [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it killed two SDF EOD members and wounded six others after “luring” them to a parked motorcycle bomb and then setting it off in Jadid Aqaidat village, on Monday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec4]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR reported “intense” fighting on the northwest outskirts of Hajin between the SDF and Daesh. It says that the SDF made advances at several points, but the bad weather​​ led​​ to a counter-attack by Daesh, which always makes use of such conditions, since Coalition planes stop their operations. [SyriaHR] [Hawar]

 

A media source said that more than 1,000 civilians had fled areas in and around Hajin in the last 24 hours, as fighting between the SDF and Daesh intensified in the area. The source also said that the SDF had killed “dozens” of Daesh terrorists in the same period. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The civilians fleeing are important militarily, as they can no longer be used as human shields. The fact that so many left, under threat of death, suggests that Daesh is losing control of the city.

 

The SDF says it freed over 1,200 civilians who were held captive by Daesh, and moved them to safe areas. [Hawar]

 

A land​​ mine explosion in Hajin wounded 8 SDF fighters who were​​ advancing in​​ the​​ Hawama neighborhood in Hajin. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said it shot down an SDF recon drone in Hajin on Monday. [A3maq]

Daesh issued a video of the​​ drone. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday that four women and three children were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Hajin. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it hit SDF military positions northeast of Al-Kashma with 2 Grad rockets and 3 heavy artillery shells, on Monday. [ICDNDec4]

 

Daesh issued a video of targeting a Syrian Army tank near Albu Kamal with a rocket. Daesh had reported the attack on Monday. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

No reports

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Iran announced on Tuesday that it rejects “arbitrary” interpretations of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. In 2015, the Security Council asked Iran not to develop missiles that could carry nuclear warheads,​​ On Tuesday it met​​ but reached no​​ consensus over Iranian nuclear testing, according to the Kuwaiti envoy to the UN. In an official statement, Iran said that it is the right of any state to develop missiles that carry​​ traditional​​ warheads, and that its program was compliant with Resolution 2231, unlike the US. [Anadolu]

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened again to close down the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-third of the world’s oil supplies pass. He says if the US ever deprives Iran from exporting oil, then “not one drop” of oil will pass through the straits. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Saudi Arabia

CIA Director Gina Haspel​​ briefed a small group of key US Senators about the details of the murder in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.​​ The briefing​​ was followed by statements from two Republican Senators—Lindsay Graham and Bob Corker—that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman​​ was involved directly in the murder. Corker said that if MBS were tried by a jury, “he would be convicted in 30 minutes.”​​ [Telegraph]

 

Yemen

The Houthi delegation left Sanaa to Sweden, accompanied by the UN Special Envoy, to start peace talks. The UAE says these talks form a vital peace opportunity. [Hawar]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed one Egyptian soldier with an IED near Rafah port. [ICDNDec4]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near the Arish Airport, south of the city. [A3maq]

 

Libya

The Benghazi Criminal Investigations Department arrested a person who they said was the murderer of a special forces soldier from Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

A US Federal District Court in Hawaii heard the case of Sergeant Ikaika Erik Kang, who was accused of providing material support to Daesh. According to the DOJ, Kang met with FBI agents posing as Daesh members, and provided them with military equipment and classified documents. The DOJ said that Kang also agreed to carry out attacks in Honolulu. [IKH]​​ 

Kang was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. [WashingtonTimes]

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

Daesh said it killed or wounded several Nigerian Army members in an attack “with different kinds of weapons” on their military position in Malam Fatori town, on Monday. [ICDNDec4]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issued a photo of one of its terrorists on Tuesday, claiming he was killed in Libya. [ICDNDec4]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh​​ almost never reports battlefront casualties when they happen.​​ Those reported to have died heroically, such as by​​ (supposedly at least)​​ detonating their explosives vests and killing themselves, are regarded as succeeding in their mission​​ so they don’t count as casualties.​​ All​​ enemy​​ airstrikes kill​​ only innocent​​ civilians,​​ never Daesh fighters,​​ and​​ otherwise​​ Daesh terrorists “return safely” from their attacks. These after-the-fact photos are about the only acknowledgement they make of fighters killed, and​​ don’t​​ tell you how they got killed; and we are careful to use the word “claimed” or similar, as sometimes these stories are used to allow fighters actually still alive to go into hiding and reappear somewhere else later.​​  ​​​​ 

 

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