An Update On ISIS Activities

 

Notice to readers: Iraq has declared a holiday for Monday, to celebrate the anniversary of Iraq’s victory over Daesh. We have decided to​​ honor that and​​ resume with our Tuesday night​​ issue.​​ 

 

December 7, 2018

 

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House Shelled by Daesh in Hatra District (DD Dec 7)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Sadrists make death threats against TV​​ talk show host. [..]

Daesh mass murderer killed in western Salahuddin. [..]

Erbil police chief announces installation of 10,000 security cameras. [..]

 

Turkey

Foreign Minister Cavusoglu asks US to leave northern Syria.​​ [..]

 

Syria

Gen. Dunford says US needs to train 35-40,000 more Syrians for Syrian security operations. [..]

SDF, Coalition move further into Hajin; now control 70% of city.​​ [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen:​​ UN says civilian casualties in Yemen average 123 per week.​​ [..]

Libya:​​ Constitutional​​ referendum may be held by February​​ in Libya. [..]

Morocco:​​ Daesh cell dismantled in Morocco. [..]

United States:​​ 

Trump appoints State Dept. spokesman Nauert to UN Ambassador post. [..]

Lebanese Hezbollah financier goes on trial in DC. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Iraqi​​ Dijla​​ TV presenter Sahar Abbas Jamil says she received death threats from supporters of Muqtada Al-Sadr, saying they threatened to break into the TV station. She says the threats were received after she hosted pro-Iranian journalist Najah Mohammed Ali​​ on her​​ Monitor” program. Sadrists say that a delegation from their movement met the director of the TV station, asking him to pledge not to host Najah Mohammed Ali again for his antagonistic position towards Al-Sadr. [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD

No reports

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its units in the 10th​​ Army Division found a large Daesh hideout containing a large cache with 150 mortar shells and other types of ammunition in​​ the​​ Thirthar​​ area​​ to the north. The cache was destroyed on location. [IKH]

 

Rutba

Security sources in Anbar said that the Iraq-Syria border is “crowded” with planes, which were conducting overflights on a wide area of desert and agricultural land on both sides of the Euphrates, from Al-Baghouz in Syria to the Makr Al-Dhib area in Rutba. The sources said that these flights were seeking to catch Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi if he fled from his presumed location in Albu Kamal. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

Salahuddin Ops Command says that Army units, in cooperation with the 88th​​ PMF Brigade, killed the Daesh “mufti” Hameed Jassam Al-Falo​​ on the Salahuddin side of​​ the Himrin Hills area, northeast of Tikrit. Al-Falo issued a​​ fatwa​​ (religious legal ruling) in 2014 to kill all men and capture all women from the​​ large​​ Jubouri tribe in Al-Alam, and took part in the​​ murder​​ of 22 Army officers​​ Daesh had captured​​ in Al-Alam. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF units surrounded 2 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a tunnel in the Himrin Mountains area. The source said the PMFs asked, via loudspeakers, the terrorists to surrender, and when they refused, the PMFs shot and killed them. The source said the PMFs found weapons and food supplies in the tunnel. 

 

The Center for Security Information says that Army units ambushed and killed a Daesh terrorist and wounded 2 others in​​ the Salahuddin part of the​​ Himrin​​ Hills, as well as finding 13 IEDs in​​ Al-Hasudiya​​ (location unclear). [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that two tribal PMF members were killed while stopping a Daesh attack east of Al-Alam. The source said the PMFs killed 2 Daesh terrorists, including a local commander.

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near the Huleiwa intersection, in the Tuz Khurmatu area. [ICDNDec6]​​ 

 

DIYALA

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

A local source says maintenance personnel from the Ministry of Electricity found an IED placed near a high-tension power pole near Qara Tapa​​ in Kifri​​ subdistrict. Army EODs defused the IED.​​ [BaghdadToday]

 

KIRKUK

No reports

 

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that 70 families are still trapped in the Salamiyah camp for displaced people, between Nimrud and Hamdaniya. The source said the camp management secured hundreds of people, but no help​​ arrived​​ from the Ninewa provincial government.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

The MoI says IFP intelligence units arrested a Daesh operative who used to provide Daesh with the names of state employees and contractors in Mosul. He also headed a team of 6 that planted 10 IEDs to target security forces, and was active in Daesh’s “Services Office,” digging trenches and constructing fortifications.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Rudaw]

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The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that its “special missions” units arrested a man on charges of supplying weapons to Daesh in​​ Al-Faisaliya, east​​ Mosul. [Sumaria]​​ [Buratha]

 

Mosul District (Hamidat, Muhalabiya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that a woman and a child were severely wounded when Daesh targeted houses in Al-Hashash village, near Tal Abta, with mortars. The source said the terrorists fled the area when Iraqi Army 20th Division units arrived.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The Center for Security Information said on Thursday that 17,600 sheets of counterfeit US $100 bills had been seized in Rabi’a subdistrict​​ in northern Tal Afar.​​ [Rudaw]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

The journal​​ Sada, published by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Carnegie, carried an analysis regarding the KDP’s relationship with the PUK and the Gorran (Change) Movement. The piece​​ argued that the KDP has moved away from its previous strategy of power-sharing with the PUK, and now seeks to dominate the KRG politically without attempting to form consensus with the PUK or Gorran. [Sada]

 

ERBIL

Abdul​​ Khaleq​​ Tallat, the Erbil Police Director, announced a major project to install 10,000​​ security​​ cameras in the streets of Erbil. He also says that his department made 4,324 arrests since the beginning of the year. [Shafaaq]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Foreign policy

On Friday, the Turkish Foreign Minister called on the US to cease its activities in northern Syria. He told US Envoy James Jeffery that the US should sever its ties with the YPG, and remove its observation posts in northern Syria. [ElDorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

General Joseph Dunford says that the US needs to train 35,000-40,000 fighters in Syria, saying that 20% are​​ already prepared. He added that this troop level​​ is needed for the fighters to be able to stabilize and secure the areas they control. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Thursday, the Coalition nations held a meeting to discuss the fate of the more than 700 Daesh prisoners held by the SDF. 13 countries met in Ottawa to discuss the destiny of these prisoners; Canada said that each country would define the destiny of its citizens. The SDF says it is holding 795 Daesh fighters and 584 of their wives as prisoners. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There has been professed reluctance by home countries to take such people back, which leaves the SDF in the middle.

 

The​​ BBC​​ broadcasted an interview with a Saudi Daesh fighter being held prisoner by the SDF. Mohammed Al-Shammari refuses to go back to Saudi Arabia, as he is accused of terrorist operations there, and he is certain that death penalty is waiting for him under the rule of Mohammed Bin Salman. He is also accused by the US of recruiting and sending fighters to France and Germany to carry out terrorist attacks. [Qasioun]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Northwest

Manbij/Al-Bab/Jarabulus

A joint US-Turkey statement said that both states​​ are​​ committed to accelerate progress in the Manbij “roadmap,” beginning implementation by the end of 2018. The statement said that the 2 countries’ Foreign and Defense Ministries agreed to collaborate on counter-terrorism, restoring stability and security, providing humanitarian assistance, and preserving Syria’s territorial integrity. [Qasioun]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Furat​​ says that the bodies of 50 SDF fighters arrived in Raqqa on Friday. All were killed in the previous 2 days, fighting Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

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

Daesh said it stabbed and killed an SDF member near Suluk town on Friday morning. [ICDNDec7]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The “National Liberation Front,​​ a pro-Turkey​​ militia,​​ carried out an attack on Friday in Aleppo against the Syrian Army, killing 4 militia fighters loyal to Assad. [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin​​ District

The SOHR reported that unidentified armed men attacked a car carrying a member of the Deir Ez-Zor municipal council in Suwaidan, which is held by SDF. It also reported that armed men wearing SDF uniforms broke into a jeweler’s house and stole SL 4.5 million worth of jewelry (about $8,700 US). [SyriaHR]

In Daesh’s version, it said it killed four SDF members and wounded another when it targeted their vehicle with machine guns in Suwaidan village.​​ 

Daesh also said it killed five SDF members and wounded three others when it targeted their vehicle with machine guns in an ambush in Dhiban town, on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNDec7]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SDF says it is advancing in Hajin and already controls several neighborhoods inside the city. Ridur Khalil, an SDF commander, adds that liberating Hajin is not the end of Daesh, and the war against this terrorist organization will take a long time. [ElDorar]

The SDF also said in a statement that they had killed 12 Daesh fighters and advanced 700 meters from one direction and 1 km from another inside Hajin. [BasNews]

 

The SOHR reported a heavy presence of Coalition planes over Hajin, following heavy artillery and air bombardment on Daesh positions in the area. It says that the SDF and its allies are now in control of over 70% of Hajin,​​ but​​ advancing slowly due to intense minefields and IEDs planted by Daesh.​​ The​​ SOHR says over 300 Kurdish reinforcement​​ fighters arrived​​ at​​ the front lines. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Coalition planes killed 15 Daesh terrorists, including an “important” military commander in airstrikes on several areas in Hajin. The source said that SDF units advanced in Hajin and captured Hajin hospital in addition to Al-Sha’itat and Al-Sinbal, two major areas in the city. The source also said the SDF freed hundreds of civilians.  

 

Forat​​ writes that Iranian forces and Iraqi PMF units are establishing checkpoints in Albu Kamal. These forces are on alert for possible Daesh attacks, given the pressure on Daesh by the SDF and the Coalition. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh said on Friday that Coalition planes conducted more than 100 airstrikes on Hajin since Thursday evening. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Friday that Coalition planes bombed a hospital in Hajin. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh use of hospitals, and other civilian buildings, as headquarters is well documented. It was basically the same tactic in Ramadi, Falluja, Manbij, Mosul, Raqqa, etc. ​​ 

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Unnamed sources say that the Lebanese Hezbollah is re-deploying its units in southern Syria, following recent Israeli missile attacks on its positions in​​ Al-Kiswah, south of Damascus. It moved its units toward​​ Daraa,​​ including rockets launching pads. [Arabi21]

 

On Thursday, a land mine explosion in Daraa killed 1​​ newly-graduated​​ Syrian Army officer and injured 5 others. The explosion occurred​​ as​​ they attempted to dismantle the mine.​​ [ElDorar]​​ [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Yemen

The United Nations’ refugee agency said Friday there were nearly 1,500 civilian casualties in Yemen from August through October, the latest grim tally to emerge from a four-year civil war as opposing parties hold talks in Sweden.

 

The announcement came as Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, met for a second day for U.N.-sponsored talks aimed at halting the bloodshed.

UNHCR urged the two sides to do more to protect civilians, saying data from Yemen shows an average of 123 civilian killed and wounded every week during the three-month period, in a war that has killed at least 16,000 civilians.​​ ​​ 

On Friday, at the venue in a castle in the town of Rimbo, north of Stockholm, U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths and various delegates from Yemen were seen walking on the grounds.

The talks opened Thursday on an upbeat note, with the warring sides agreeing to a broad prisoner swap, boosting hopes that the talks would not deteriorate into further violence as in the past.

In a release from Sanaa later Friday the rebels said their delegation had met with Griffiths and looked forward to having success in the talks and making concrete progress. [AP]

 

The U.N. warned Friday the world’s worst humanitarian crisis is getting worse. Because of an ongoing civil war, more than 20 million in Yemen face starvation.​​ The U.N.’s humanitarian chief has described what’s happening here as a major catastrophe and he said it has the potential to become the worst situation this generation of aid professionals has ever seen.

[CBSNews]

 

Saudi Arabia

Two​​ sources said that Saud Al-Qahtani had personally overseen the torture of at least 1 detained female activist earlier this year. The sources said that the woman and at least 3 other activists were​​ subjected to sexual harassment, electrocution, and flogging as part of their detention, and said that Al-Qahtani was present when at least 1 of the women was tortured. Al-Qahtani was an advisor to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) until October, when he was sacked over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [Reuters]

 

North Africa

Libya

Emad Al-Sayeh, head of the Libyan Elections Commission, says a referendum will be held regarding a new constitution for the country before the end of February. Authorities could not​​ confirm​​ the mechanism​​ or​​ final date of the referendum. Al-Sayeh says this is a step towards ensuring​​ the​​ unity and stability of the country. [Hawar]

 

EOD teams in Benghazi found 2 IEDs “ready to explode” inside a school in the​​ Al-Saberi neighborhood of the city. [Libya24]

 

A civilian was shot and killed by a “stray bullet” in the Al-Salmani​​ area of Benghazi city. [Libya24]

 

Morocco

The Moroccan MoI says it dismantled a Daesh cell of 6 members in Beni Mellal, in the​​ interior​​ of the country. Moroccan security captured communication equipment and publications promoting Daesh radical thought; initial investigations indicated that the cell worked on recruiting young men in the city. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

President Trump announced on Friday that he​​ is​​ nominating​​ current State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to the be the next US Ambassador to the UN. [Anadolu] [CNN]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This appointment is being criticized, based on Nauert’s lack of diplomatic experience. We have noticed, however, in numerous State Department press statements we have covered, that Nauert, formerly with Fox News, has been a knowledgeable and articulate spokeswoman.​​ 

 

The US Department of Justice says that Qasim Taj Al-Din, a major financier of Hezbollah, is standing trial in Washington for evading sanctions that ban him from dealing with US companies. He was listed by the Justice Department in 2009 as an important financier for Hezbollah. [BasNews]

 

EUROPE

France

French media said that in June, a Pakistani and​​ a Russian national from​​ Chechenia​​ were arrested after plotting to kill gay men by seducing them through social media. They were arrested after French security monitored their contacts with 20 potential victims. One of the potential victims contacted the police after a harsh conversation with the Pakistani suspect. The Pakistani suspect denied being gay, and said that he was a Muslim and against terrorism; however, authorities found that he had a collection of about 7,000 photos of Daesh. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

On Friday, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan said that it rejected the decision of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to invalidate votes cast in Kabul during the October parliamentary elections. The IEC called the decision of the IECC “illegal and biased” and said it would continue its work as normal. [Khaama]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

On Thursday, Daesh published the 159th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine, which includes​​ an infographic about its attacks last week in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and west Africa. It claimed it conducted 67 attacks, killing or wounding more than 197 people and destroying 34 vehicles. Daesh also published a story about 3 Egyptian security officers who defected and joined Daesh, and were killed later. Daesh had issued a video about the 3 terrorists. [ICDNDec6]

 

Daesh published on Friday a photo of one of its terrorists, saying​​ he was killed in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNDec7]

 

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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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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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