An Update On ISIS Activities

December 9, 2015

 

Tameem Area

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s major developments:

US suddenly moves 200 Special Operations soldiers to Anbar base.

Dispute over Turkish troops in Ninewa enters third day unresolved.

Turkey displays Kurdistan flag at meeting with Barzani in Ankara.

Deadly suicide bombing targets Shia mosque in east Baghdad.

Ex-Sahwa fighters being kidnapped in Kirkuk.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The controversy over the Turkish troop deployment in northern Iraq continues to roil Iraq. While KRG President Masoud Barzani was in Ankara to meet top Turkish diplomats, the Iraqi Parliament in Baghdad approved a resolution to denounce the Turkish presence in Ninewa, with 195 members present, according to MP Hoda Sajjad of the National Alliance. Kurdish MPs in the KRG were unable to attend because the KRG airports were closed. [Sumaria]

 

The Turkish President’s spokesman says Turkish forces are in Iraq to support Iraqi security forces in the liberation of Ninewa Governorate. [Rudaw]

 

The US-led Coalition has distanced itself from Turkey’s troop deployment in Ninewa, with President Obama’s Special Presidential Envoy for the Coalition Brett McGurk saying in a press conference at the US Embassy that Turkey’s action is not part of the Coalition’s activities in Iraq, which he said were all conducted with the knowledge of the Iraqi government. McGurk added that dialogue between Turkey and Iraq is underway. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Meanwhile, the American representative to the UN, Samantha Power, has described Iraq’s position as “sound” in its dispute with its neighbor, saying that the deployment should have had Iraqi approval. Power called for dialogue between the two states and invited their representatives to meet in Washington. [BasNews]

 

The Kurdistan flag was on display alongside the Turkish flag for KRG President Barzani’s meeting in Ankara with the Turkish deputy foreign minister and other Turkish officials. (photos) [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment: Turkey has historically resisted all formal signs of Kurdish nationalism. The appearance of the Kurdistan flag in a meeting between high-level Turkish and Kurdish figures is significant. This gesture seems to reinforce the widespread belief that the Turkish deployment in Ninewa came from a deal between Barzani and Erdogan.

 

Barzani and top KRG officials also met in Erbil with US Gen. Lloyd Austin and US diplomatic and military officials. [BasNews]

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari says after a meeting with Brett McGurk that Iraq used all the possible diplomatic ways with Turkey and now Iraq will go to the UN and the Security Council to stop the Turkish breach. [Sumaria]

 

A group calling itself the “Death Squads” threatened to attack Turkey’s interests in Iraq if Turkey doesn’t withdraw from Ninewa. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. So, in response to Turkey’s lawlessness, a lawless group wants to attack businesses inside Iraq. That’s not what Iraq needs right now.

 

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry warns its citizens not to travel to Iraq, except the IKR. [Anadolu]

 

The PYD President say the Turkish move is a “dangerous escalation” and says the troops are more than just trainers. [ROJ]

 

DaeshDaily comment. The blame game is normal in Baghdad and many have started to criticize Abadi over this issue. Iraqi social media is boiling and blaming the government. Former Saddam supporters are saying this would have not happened if Saddam were still in charge, forgetting of course that Saddam was the first one to sign an agreement allowing Turkey to enter Iraqi to fight the PKK. Arab media outlets are divided. Saudi media are supporting Turkey; Egyptian media are opposing it; but everyone agrees it’s almost impossible to make the Turks leave.

      The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which exists under Turkish military protection and would otherwise not exist, may be a clue. A major orchestrator in the Ninewa scenario is former Governor Nujaifi. The Nujaifi family, for generations, advocated for annexing Mosul to Turkey. A separate Ninewa Sunni entity under Turkish protection would take a lot of territory from Iraqi control, and all of Ninewa’s non-Sunni northern areas could be handed over to Barzani and the KRG without Iraq being able to do anything about it.

 

Military developments

Brett McGurk, President Obama’s special envoy to the Coalition, has announced that the Coalition is considering deploying American ground troops alongside Iraqi forces in the battle against ISIS, without specifying details. The diplomat also said that recent media reports claiming an “Arab Islamic” force of thousands of soldiers will arrive in Iraq were false, saying this is a matter for the Iraqi government to decide. McGurk also said that $10 million had been set aside for rebuilding Anbar Governorate after seizing it from Daesh control. [Mada] [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. It does not appear from McGurk’s remarks that he is referring to the reported additional personnel just sent to the US base in Anbar. (See below).

 

A suicide bomber detonated himself in the Ahl al-Bayt Husseiniya (Shia) mosque in the Obeidi area in east Baghdad, killing at least seven and injuring at least twenty-two. The casualty figure is expected to climb due to the intensity of the blast. [Mada]

Daesh claims responsibility for the suicide attack in Obeidi. [Dump]

 

A member of the Baghdad GC says many armed groups are using their status as PMFs to move freely in Baghdad and conduct criminal activities. He warns that Daesh might do the same. [IraqPress]

 

Present camps for displaced persons are unsuitable for the coming winter conditions, CoR Speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri has said. He called for measures to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons are safe. The problems faced in ensuring that displaced Iraqis can return to their areas are not only security issues, he said but also “socio-political” issues.

The Speaker also called for a “joint tribal-religious committee” with wide representation in Iraq and support from the central government and the United Nations to “end the problems between different parties” in Iraq, linking these divisions to the problem of terrorism in the country. [Sumaria]

 

The American Embassy in Baghdad says one of Daesh’s leaders, Wissam Al-Zubaidi, who participated in the Speicher massacre, was killed in an American airstrike on Derna in Libya on November 13. [Ghad]

 

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit found 4 IEDs and other explosives in the Manari and Baijiya areas in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The MoD publishes a video of an IAF plane conducting a sortie on Daesh locations. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it killed a PMF commander, his son, and five of his associates by blowing up his vehicle with an IED in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it blew up an Iraqi Army Humvee in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad yesterday. [A3maq]

 

An Iraqi 22nd Brigade unit defused 3 IEDs and destroyed 2 hideouts in the Al-Zor area in northwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An IFP unit confiscated 37 rockets in the Khawalid area west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 24th Brigade unit clashed with a Daesh group in the Abadi area west of Baghdad, killing 3 Daesh terrorists and destroying a machine-gun-carrying vehicle. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Coalition planes conducted 18 sorties on Tal Afar, Shirqat, Mosul and Ramadi, killing many Daesh members and destroying 7 shelters, 8 rocket launchers, 15 locations, 2 weapons storehouse, 4 vehicles (including 2 vehicle bombs), 15 barricades, a tunnel, 2 gatherings, 16 hideouts and 2 heavy machine guns. [IWMC Report]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a commercial area of Griaat in north Baghdad, killing one person and injuring seven others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men dressed in black and driving four-wheel drive vehicles abducted a doctor who works in a pediatric hospital in the Iskan area north of Baghdad.
  • An IED exploded near the Nahrawan intersection in southeast Baghdad, killing two people and wounding six others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded on a passing police patrol in the Arab Jubour area of Dora, south Baghdad, killing one officer and injuring four others. [Mada]
  • A civilian was injured in a roadside IED explosion in an unspecified area of south Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • Armed men raided a money changer’s office in Al-Amal al-Shaabi Street in the western Ameriya district of Baghdad, making off with around 20 million Iraqi dinars ($18,000 USD). [Sumaria]
  • One person was killed and another injured when a sticky IED exploded on a civilian vehicle, also in Ameriya. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a sheep market in Suwaib, west of Baghdad, killing one and injuring four others. [Mada]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Two hundred American soldiers have reportedly arrived at the Ayn Al-Asad base west of Ramadi, an Anbar Operations Command source said. “American Army planes touched down at Ayn Asad Airbase and transported 200 American Special Forces soldiers,” the source told Al-Mada Press, adding that “these planes also transported arms and ammunition.”The source gave somewhat inconsistent comments on this development, saying that the US personnel will engage in combat in the battle to retake Ramadi from Daesh, but also saying that US forces will have a combat role in clearing areas around the base, securing the territory to prevent Daesh fighters from approaching, and destroying hidden Daesh positions. [Mada]

 

Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have continued their clearing operations in Ramadi, raising the Iraqi flag over the former presidential palace north of the city, the Anbar Operations commander said. This followed yesterday’s announcement that the former Anbar Operations Command center had been cleared from Daesh’s presence. An Anbar Police battalion has been transferred to the Tameem area to hold the area after it came under government control yesterday. [Sumaria]  [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists hiding in the former Anbar Operations Command headquarters. [IWMC Report]

Videos of the IWMC chief arriving at the former Anbar Operations Command headquarters [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Anti-Terrorism troops found a weapons and rockets storehouse, 3 weapon caches and a car bomb factory in Tameem. [IWMC Report]

Coalition airplanes bombed 17 targets in the Amarat residential compound in Tameem.  [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition aircraft flew 8 sorties on different areas in Ramadi District killing an unknown number of terrorists and destroying 3 weapons storehouses, 2 heavy machine guns, 11 hideouts, 15 barricades and 8 gatherings in addition to killing 14 terrorists near the former headquarters of the Anbar Operations Command and the Warrar Bridge. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh members are retreating to positions inside Ramadi city as Iraqi forces destroy their defensive positions surrounding the city, an Anbar Operations Command source said. He said Iraqi forces killed 26 Daesh members and destroyed tens of vehicles in battles to clear the southern and western sectors around Ramadi. [Mada]

 

Daesh is compelling civilian families to stay in the city under penalty of death, an Anbar police source said, adding that the organization is using the civilians as human shields. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition planes with Iraqi ground support launched strikes on Daesh targets in Albu Dhiab and Albu Aitha north of Ramadi, the Anbar Operations Commander says, reporting that 65 Daesh members were killed in the attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces mortared areas north of Ramadi and destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in Albu Farraj. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAA and Coalition aircraft stopped a Daesh attack on Iraqi forces near the Palestine Bridge, killing 13. [IWMC Report]

Iraqi forces defused 4 IEDs near the Palestine Bridge. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces cleared more areas in Humaira southeast of Ramadi and defused four IEDs. [IWMC Report]

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh Moroccan terrorist and 3 of his associates in a hideout in Humaira. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi Rapid Intervention Division forces, part of the IFP, launched attacks on Daesh positions in East Hsaiba, killing 11 members of the organization in fighting that lasted for two hours. The IFP commander added that his forces had cleared several houses of Daesh control. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Operations Command artillery killed 11 Daesh fighters while they were planting IEDs near the water station in Wasitiya in Ramadi city. [IWMC Report]

 

IFP troops stopped a Daesh attack east of Ramadi, killing 8 terrorists and destroying a vehicle and destroying or defusing 18 IEDs. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says 5 civilians were killed and 15 wounded in the airstrikes on Ramadi, including women and children (photos and a video). [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Falluja

IAF planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Albu Hatim village near Falluja city, killing its occupants, and destroyed a munitions cache in the same area, the IWMC announced. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

A Rapid Intervention sniper killed a Daesh terrorist in Nuaimiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Coalition airplanes destroyed a big Daesh weapons storehouse in Dwailiba east of Ameriyat Al-Falluja on the Euphrates. [IWMC Report]

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle and a weapons cache in Falluja District and killed several terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Falluja last night and says there were no human casualties. [JustPaste]

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 13 Daesh fighters and destroyed a motorcycle in Qarma District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command troops defused 40 IEDs and 15 booby-trapped houses in the Baghdadi area. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition airplanes killed 8 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 boats in the Suainikh village near Albu Hayat. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition airplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Dolab area, killing 9 Daesh fighters including foreigners. [IWMC Report]

 

Western Anbar

Photos of families fleeing Daesh-held areas in western Anbar, some after paying a sum to the organization to buy permission to leave Daesh territory [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes a detailed video of an attack on Iraqi forces in west Anbar. The attack included a teenage Syrian suicide terrorist blowing up a vehicle bomb. [Archive]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Dijla Operations Command troops, supported by the IAF, killed many Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles in Zarqa in north Salahuddin. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAF destroyed a Daesh foreign terrorists’ guesthouse and killed 12 fighters in Msahaq village north of Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops killed 15 Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area and were shelling Iraqi forces with mortars near the Shirqat Bridge, which connects northern Baiji District to Shirqat. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces rocketed Daesh in the Makhoul Mountains area destroying a hideout and a construction shovel. [IWMC Report]

Daesh publishes a video of the battles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Archive]

Videos of PMFs in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

Iraqi PMF forces killed a Daesh member in an ambush near the Makhoul Mountains, and found after his death that that he had been carrying a Kalashnikov, a hand grenade, and a pen rigged with explosives. [Sumaria]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Iraqi Federal Police, supported by the IAF, conducted a large military campaign near the Ajil area in the Himrin Mountains, killing many terrorists and destroying 2 heavy machine guns. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh publishes a video of an attack on a late Sahwa leader’s house in Buhriz just south of Baquba that killed members of his family. Daesh brings up what was reported in the Iraqi media about clearing the Buhriz orchards and says it was all lies. [DabiqNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The leader was killed in June and now Daesh targets his family. Daesh published a report about this attack last week.

 

Security forces and Peshmerga and PNF militiamen in Diyala Governorate are reinforcing defensive positions along the banks of the Diyala River northeast of Baquba in villages extending toward Muqdadiya, in a bid to prevent Daesh from infiltrating to establish pockets from which to attack villages and tribal fighters in the area, a Diyala security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

An IED exploded in the rural Abu Saida area, killing a farmer working his fields, prompting an MP from Diyala to call for Dijla Operations Command to put an end to this kind of violence, which has killed tens of civilians in Diyala in the past year. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi Army vehicles near Imam Wais, a village north of Muqdadiya. Daesh also says its snipers targeted policemen in Imam Wais killing one of them and wounding two. [JustPaste]

 

Iraqi forces defused 15 IEDs in the Albu Hishma area south of Muqdadiya. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says it killed a Shia (civilian) with an IED in Abu Saida. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh publishes photos of Iraqi Army vehicles destroyed by a parked car bomb in Mtaibija in the Udhaim area. [JustPaste]  Daesh says 5 PMFs were killed in the explosion. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF patrol in another area in Udhaim, killing three PMFs and wounding one. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Iraqi JOC barracks in Shahraban wounding two soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Coalition jets launched heavy strikes in the Hawija area, killing or wounding numerous Daesh fighters, a Kirkuk security source said. He added that security forces in Kirkuk have directed all civilians in Hawija and other Daesh-held areas to leave for Kirkuk city, and said that “a large number” of families had left the Hawija, Al-Abbasi, and Al-Zab areas already and relocated to Kirkuk. [BasNews]

 

Unknown armed men abducted as many as seven former Sahwa members in Hawija in separate kidnapping attacks the last 24 hours in various areas of the District, a local tribal source said, while a security source said the grandson of a water and juice bottling company owner was abducted in central Kirkuk and a barber was also taken in a separate raid. [BasNews]

 

The Kirkuk police commander says the special committee formed by PM Abadi to investigate the assassination of the head of the Arab bloc in Kirkuk GC has finished its work and submitted its report to the Prime Minister. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says clashes erupted between Daesh local and foreign fighters in Hawija after a failed attack on Tuz yesterday. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of shelling PMFs in the Shamsiya village in Daquq with a 57mm cannon. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh executed a secondary school teacher east of Mosul after she allegedly refused to teach the Daesh curriculum. [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul say its fighters shot at a Daesh vehicle and killed 3 terrorists near Tel Keif. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A local source says Daesh executed four of its Russian terrorists in the Ghizlani camp south of Mosul, accusing them of spying for Russia. The source says one of the executed was Daesh’s intelligence officer in Ninewa. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says a child was killed and three civilians wounded in a Coalition drone airstrike on the left coast (east) in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Northwest Iraq

A local source says unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh Yemeni commander in Wana northwest of Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Other Governorates 

KURDISTAN

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Suleimaniya against the Turkish troop presence in Ninewa. The demonstrations were organized by the Kurdistan Society Freedom Movement and attended by former President Talabani’s wife and several PUK officials. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily. This is a significant political development, as it shows clearly that Barzani and the KDP are politically isolated on this issue within the KRG.

 

The KRG issues a statement saying it supports all military operations against Daesh but that should not be a reason for Russia to violate Kurdistan airspace and stop flights in the KRG airports. [Sumaria]

 

Turkish airplanes bombed two PKK villages in the Qandil Mountains in Erbil Governorate, an Erbil security source said. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The timing of this attack might raise political suspicions. Selahattin Demirtas, leader of Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish opposition party, was in Suleimaniya to meet with Jalal Talabani when the airstrikes happened. Once he heard the news, he left without holding the meeting. As Erdogan likes to paint Demirtas as a bedfellow of the PKK, it’s not far-fetched to wonder if the timing of the bombing was intended to embarrass Demirtas.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Another report from our friend in Turkey:

A translated article which appeared in yesterday’s (December 8) edition of Turkey’s left-wing Bir Gün newspaper (which has pro-Moscow and pro-Assad leanings) may be of interest. In it, Erk Acarer interviews a founding member of the Turkmen Brigades in Syria, concentrating on Turkey’s role in training and arming them. Full translated article could be found here.

 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Daesh has released a group of 25 Assyrian Christian captives who were earlier abducted from the Tal Tamr village near Hasaka, the Assyrian Human Rights network has said. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Recent stories have revealed that releases of Assyrian prisoners are tied to large ransoms being paid to Daesh for each person released.

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles with the YPG east of Ain Eissa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

Clashes continue between the YPG on one side and Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham on the other side in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Hawar] [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Central and West

Daesh publishes photos of the battles against the Syrian Army near Al-Qaryatayn. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into the mountains near Mahin in western Homs Governorate and killed nine Syrian soldiers and captured their military positions and storehouses there. [Dump] [A3maq]

 

East

Several Daesh terrorists were killed in a Coalition airstrike on an oil field in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles near the Deir Ez-Zor airport. [JustPaste]       

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Egypt.  Daesh says it destroyed two Egyptian police armored vehicle in Arish, killing the policemen inside them. [A3maq]

Daesh also says it destroyed an Egyptian Army mine destroyer south of Rafah in north Sinai. [A3maq]

 

Libya.  A military source says Libyan planes launched airstrikes on Daesh locations in Benghazi Tuesday night. [AfriGate]

Daesh issues a statement saying 9 of its non-Libyan fighters were killed in the airstrikes. [AfriGate]

Daesh says it detonated an IED near a police station in Derna. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Xendan news agency page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/vjf216

https://twitter.com/tatiz_76

https://twitter.com/Dfdf_dt

https://twitter.com/allmah116

https://twitter.com/goldentree75

 

December 8, 2015

Mosul

 

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments

The political crisis over Turkish troops in Ninewa heats up. Central government officials insist the deployment is unauthorized and should end immediately. Shia militia groups threaten violence and armed resistance. Barzani and others insist Baghdad was aware of the Turkish deployment.

Iraqi forces consolidate hold on areas around Ramadi and capture an important bridge.

Coalition bombers pound Qayara and other Ninewa locations.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The political crisis over the presence of Turkish soldiers and tanks in a military camp in Bashiqa in Ninewa again dominated the Iraq news, amid a storm of allegations and escalating threats.

 

The Iraqi cabinet met on Tuesday and voted to grant PM Abadi the authorization to “take appropriate measures” to respond to the Ninewa crisis, according to a statement issued by Abadi’s office. Iraq will “gradually escalate” its response to the Turkish presence in Ninewa if Ankara refuses to withdraw its forces, the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office said through its spokesman, without specifying further. The Prime Minister has also reportedly phoned the Secretary General of NATO and informed him about Iraq’s refusal of the Turkish troop presence in Bashiqa. [Mada] [Sumaria]  [Sumaria]

 

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari held a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, at the latter’s request, a Ministry spokesman said. Al-Jaafari reiterated Iraq’s rejection of the presence of Turkish forces in Ninewa and called again for their immediate withdrawal, threatening to take the matter to the UN Security Council if Turkey does not oblige.

 

The CoR’s Foreign Relations Committee used more threatening language than the Foreign Minister, issuing a “strongly worded statement” saying it would cut off diplomatic relations with Turkey if they don’t withdraw, a committee member said. He added that the Iraqi side would also study recent allegations by Russia and Iran of Turkish involvement in smuggling Iraqi oil. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

In spite of the unfolding controversy, Turkish forces will not withdraw from Iraq at the present time, the Turkish Foreign Minister has said through his spokesman, while at the same time affirming Turkey’s respect for the unity of Iraqi territory. [Sumaria]

 

The spokesman of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the objection of the Secretary General of the Arab League to Turkish troops in Iraq has “no legitimacy and no weight” because it doesn’t reflect the opinion of the organization he represents. The Secretary General said yesterday that the Arab League opposes the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq.  [IslamMemo]

 

Despite the official Iraqi denial of any advance knowledge of the troop deployment, KRG President Masoud Barzani says that, according to his information, Turkish forces entered Iraq to train local militias to fight in Ninewa in coordination with the Iraqi central government.

 

Abadi spoke by phone to Barzani, according to a statement released by the PM’s office. It was reported that the two leaders called for a unified position on the presence of Turkish troops, but of course there was no indication they agreed on any unified position. Abadi reiterated his rejection of the Turkish presence and called for immediate withdrawal, rejecting foreign and regional intervention in Iraq while the statement added that Barzani “confirmed that the sovereignty of Iraq is a red line.” [Sumaria] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: Since, as we wrote yesterday, all the signals suggest that the Turkish deployment came with the collaboration of Barzani, it is difficult to imagine any unified position between the two leaders.

 

PM Abadi met with General Lloyd Austin Central Command Commander. General Austin stressed the US position that US supports Iraq and its territorial integrity. [Mada]

A Department of State spokesman says any country who wants to send troops to Iraq should get permission from the Iraqi government. [Buratha]

 

In the parliament, the (Shia) National Coalition met yesterday, including PM Abadi and Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari, and discussed Iraq’s options towards Turkey’s move. The Coalition suggested an economic boycott and a complaint to the UN Security Council but said a military response is not an option because Iraqi forces are busy fighting Daesh.

 

Meanwhile, the new and controversial Sunni coalition called the “High Coordinating Committee,” believed to be one of the instigators of this crisis, held its first official meeting. It then issued a statement calling for the resolution of the Ninewa crisis through dialogue and for the liberation of areas held by Daesh through “reliance on their own sons.” The statement also raised the bloc’s opposition to Iranian influence in Iraq and expressed concern for the future of areas liberated from Daesh, saying that the original displaced inhabitants of those areas had the right to return but expressing concern that this right could be usurped by the militias that seize the areas from Daesh. [Mada] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s a logical conclusion that “reliance on their own sons” means a Ninewa solution to the Daesh problem that leaves the Iraqi government out, and leaves Ninewa outside Baghdad’s control. Implicitly, this links the High Coordinating Committee to the National Mobilization Forces and to former Governor Nujaifi. Nujaifi of course is accused of being a virtual Daesh collaborator while in office and in some minds turned the province over to Daesh, getting deposed by the Iraqi parliament as a result. Blaming it all on the Iranians and on Shia militias is standard Baathist propaganda to distract Sunnis from the real power play that is going on. Iran is a big problem in Iraq but it is not the only country contributing to Iraq’s problems.

 

Moqtada al-Sadr has called for the UN Security Council to issue a strongly worded resolution that Turkey withdraw its forces, in remarks to the media, saying also that Iraq has become an arena for conflict between regional powers and needed “a new war” to rid itself of the multiple foreign “occupations” of its soil. [Sumaria]

 

At the local level the Baghdad Governorate Council voted to boycott Turkish goods and avoid making contracts with Turkish firms. [Sumaria]

 

For his part, former Governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi denied that he had invited Turkish forces into Ninewa. He alleged that Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi had “verbally” invited the Turkish troop presence. However, an MP from Ninewa, Ahmad Abdullah Al-Jubouri has in turn accused Al-Nujaifi of “having a role” in the deployment of Turkish forces to Ninewa to train the National Mobilization Front. Al-Jubouri also said, however, that the claim that “the Baghdad and Erbil [KRG] governments and [Iraqi] national security were not aware of the entry of Turkish forces is a lie and a fabrication.”

Meanwhile, a former Ninewa Operations Commander accused Nujaifi of selling Mosul to Turkey after he sold it to Daesh. He says Nujaifi formed forces outside government control and that these forces were made up of criminals implicated in attacks on civilians in Ninewa.

The current Ninewa Governor requested an emergency meeting of the Ninewa Governorate Council to take a position on the presence of Turkish forces in Bashiqa. [BasNews] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. The meeting could be a turning point one way or the other, and will perhaps serve to separate the loyalists from the plotters. A prior concern could be the attendance, however, as the meeting can’t be held in Daesh-controlled Mosul and the location of the alternative venue could affect which members come.

 

The Sunni House for Ifta’, an important Sunni religious authority, expresses its rejection of Turkish troops in Iraq and says Sunni Iraqis will carry their weapons and fight foreign forces that try to violate the national borders of Iraq. [Etejah]

 

A spokesman for the KRG Peshmerga ministry stated that the Peshmerga would not intervene in Iraqi-Turkish fighting if the crisis took a military turn, saying that the crisis had escalated farther than it should have given that Turkey has conducted training of Ninewa police and militias in northern Iraq before. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. This was a Gorran-managed ministry but the Gorran ministers remain excluded from the KRG government due to the ongoing dispute. The statement more likely reflects a KDP viewpoint.

 

After all the conflicting words, the spokesman of the High Coordination Committee says Turkey will withdraw its troops from Bashiqa within the next few hours. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Assuming this turns out to be true, we don’t know how a Sunni MP would know about Turkey’s plans.   

 

Security developments

The Judicial Council spokesman says the Central Criminal Court sentenced to death the leader of the Military Council of Revolutionaries in Baghdad, a Baathist armed group that claimed responsibility for many terrorist attacks, and sentenced four of his comrades to life in prison. [PUKMedia]

 

The spokesman of Kata’eb Hezbollah denied the allegations yesterday by a Sunni MP that the KH is kidnapping Sunnis. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi forces killed 2 Daesh members and destroyed a hideout north of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Security forces defused 4 IEDs in Tarmiya District in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces with rockets in the Albu Aziz area north of Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Saba’ Al-Bor in northern Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding seven others. [Baghdadia]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a woman near her house in Husseiniya in north Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area of Suleikh, northeast Baghdad, killing one and wounding five. [Mada]
  • Three Ministry of Education employees were injured when a sticky IED exploded on their vehicle as they passed through the Shaab area in northeast Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in the Kifah area of central Baghdad, killing two and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in the Baiyaa area of southeast Baghdad, killing one person and injuring seven. [Mada]
  • An IED in the Hay Al-Saha area of Dora in south Baghdad, killing one person and injuring six. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in Rasheed District in south Baghdad wounding two civilians. [Sumaria]
  • Iraqi forces seized a “large quantity” of arms in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A mortar shell fell on the Radwaniya area west of Baghdad, killing a woman and injuring three of her children. [Baghdadia]

ANBAR

Ramadi

Iraqi forces have cleared the former Anbar Operations Command headquarters in Ramadi District, the IWMC says. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi forces have completely cleared the Al-Tameem area of Daesh, a security source said, while the IWMC announced that the area would be cleared “in the coming few hours.” [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi troops raised the Iraqi flag on the Al-Qassem Bridge between Tameem and Humaira. [Mada]

A video of Iraqi Rapid Intervention forces in Tameem. [Ghadeer]

 

Iraqi Rapid Intervention forces attacked Daesh sites east of Ramadi, killing “tens” of Daesh members, the IWMC says. [Baghdadia]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces destroyed six Daesh hideouts, a vehicle and 34 IEDs in East Hsaiba east of the city and killed many Daesh fighters. [Mada]

 

Falluja

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh terrorist in the Dhira’ Dijla area north of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 60th Brigade unit killed a terrorist and wounded another in the Auda Al-Shukur area east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 24th Brigade unit killed 5 Daesh fighters and destroyed a house and a vehicle in Lihaib east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 3 terrorists and destroyed 2 hideouts and a vehicle in Qarma district. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh publishes two photos of targeting an Iraqi Army building in Rashad in Qarma with a 23mm cannon. [JustPaste]

A video of PMFs shelling Daesh in Qarma with mortars [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of agriculture in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

An Iraqi warplane struck the Al-Kasriyat area west of Ramadi, killing “tens” of Daesh members including a local Daesh emir, a Jazeera Operations commander said. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IWMC says the IAA

  • destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory and four vehicle bombs in several airstrikes west of Samarra; [Ghad]
  • destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles trying to sneak into the Himrin Mountains area; [Ghad] and

–      destroyed two Daesh hideouts in the Himrin Mountains area, killing many Daesh members. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes a video of a Saudi suicide terrorist who used to work for an American company working with the Saudi Army, then decided to join Daesh and later detonated himself in Baiji. [Archive]

 

Tikrit

Iraqi forces and PMFs repelled a Daesh attack in the Allas oil field area east of Tikrit, killing four Daesh militants. Six PMF fighters were injured in the clashes. [Mada]

 

Coalition planes targeted Daesh sites in two raids north of Tikrit, the IWMC said. [Mada]

 

Shirqat

The IWMC says Coalition airplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in Shirqat, destroying 4 oil tanker bombs, 3 vehicle bombs and 2 construction shovels and killing several Daesh members. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos of whiplashing a cigarette smuggler. [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

The IWMC says the IAA targeted Daesh near Allas and Ajil oil fields, killing many terrorists and destroying a hideout, a construction shovel, a vehicle bomb and another vehicle in addition to a rocket launcher. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked 6 PMF barracks in Allas oil field and killed 40 PMFs before retreating safely. [Dump]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a displaced Sunni man in Tuz. [Mada]

A security source says unknown armed men kidnapped a school headmaster in Tuz. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh publishes photos of its military training in Diyala. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya

An Iraqi policeman was injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen believed to be affiliated with Daesh, at a checkpoint in the Muqdadiya area. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle and a construction shovel in Udhaim. Daesh also says its terrorists clashed with Iraqi forces in another area in Udhaim without giving more details. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Sunni houses destroyed by PMFs in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

The PUK-affiliated chair of the Kirkuk GC Energy Committee has accused the Iraqi Interior Minister of singling out Kirkuk for a “war” by allegedly withholding funds necessary for governorate expenses. The governorate will pay police salaries of 11,000 personnel from local sources this month, he said, calling on Baghdad to release the funds earmarked for the Kirkuk provincial budget. At the same time the council member called on the KRG to send funds to Kirkuk, on the grounds that Kirkuk sends 300,000 barrels per day to global markets through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, but the KRG has not responded. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems to reflect the earlier-reported power struggle between MoI and Kirkuk over who has authority to hire and fire the Chief of Police. MoI was withholding budget money for police as a result of that dispute.

 

A PUK official says Coalition airplanes launched intensive airstrikes on Daesh weapons storehouses in Al-Zab in Hawija, killing or wounding many terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

A Kirkuk police commander says local police and Asayesh arrested 7 men wanted on terrorism charges, in the Hay Al-Shaabi area. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 3 members of the Naqshbandi group for refusing to renew the allegiance to Daesh leader. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The Naqshbandi group is a pro-Baathist group that was one of Daesh’s staunch allies at the beginning, but later there were clashes and this is not the first report of Daesh executing group members. A likely explanation behind this fallout is that the Naqshbandis are Sufis. Daesh needs them but opposes their theology, and they execute some Sufis (sometimes accusing them of being “wizards”) and destroy Sufi shrines.

 

A security source says unknown armed men in a pick-up vehicle shot and killed two Iraqi Army captains east of Kirkuk. [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition planes struck Daesh targets in government buildings in the Qayara area, south of Mosul, killing and wounding 30 Daesh members, a security source in Ninewa said. At one site the majority of the 18 found dead were of foreign Arab nationalities, a security source said. [Mada] [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Coalition airplanes destroyed a Daesh convoy near Qayara, killing many Daesh terrorists. [PUKMedia]

He also says Coalition airstrikes on several areas between Makhmur and Qayara killed 35 Daesh fighters and wounded eight. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of some of the bombing on Qayara. [JustPaste]

Daesh says Coalition airplanes launched 13 airstrikes on Qayara since last night. Daesh says there were no human casualties in the airstrikes. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video message from one of its terrorists (from Mauritius). The video also shows the life of the terrorist’s family in Mosul. [Archive]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the Coalition bombing on the Al-Khan village in Hasaka yesterday and says at least ten civilians were killed including women and children. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Coalition planes struck Daesh positions in a village near Al-Hawl east of Hasaka, destroying several homes and injuring an undetermined number of civilians. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Democratic Forces attack in the western countryside of Al-Hawl. Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists attacked the SDF with two vehicle bombs, killing or wounding many and forcing the rest to retreat. [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing the YPG in Mount Abdulaziz, 22 miles from Hasaka city. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a video message from its Tunisian terrorists in Hasaka Governorate. The video talks about the recent attack in Tunis and ends with executing a Syrian soldier. [Dabiq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Tabaqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

Daesh says it stopped 3 attacks by Syrian armed groups on the Qara Kobri village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes two photos and a video of the results of Russian bombing on a grain silo and a market north of Raqqa. Daesh says a woman was killed and 3 wounded in the airstrike on the market. [JustPaste] [JustPaste] [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says Syrian airplanes and helicopters bombed areas north of the Kowaires airbase preparing for a ground attack. [A3maq]

Fighting has resumed between the YPG and FSA-affiliated factions on the one hand, and Al-Nusra Front and allied factions on the other, in the countryside north of Aleppo, a militia spokesman from the Syrian Front has said. [ARA]

 

Russian and Syrian planes conducted airstrikes around Aleppo, leaving a “massacre” behind, ARA News reports, without specifying the number of civilian casualties. [ARA]

 

Central and West

Daesh says it killed 7 Syrian soldiers and destroyed a soldiers’ carrier north of Al-Qaryatayn in eastern Homs. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

East

Daesh executes three civilians from the Shaitat tribe in Deir Ez-Zor, accusing them of joining other Syrian armed groups. Daesh arrested more civilians in Mayadin and Baqris in eastern Deir Ez-Zor countryside. Daesh moved its headquarters to civilian locations in Deir Ez-Zor after the Coalition intensified its airstrikes on the area. [Qasioun]       

 

South

Residents of the Daesh-held Yarmouk Camp south of Damascus have held demonstrations calling for relief from the siege by the Syrian Army that the camp has endured for 888 days, calling attention to the deteriorated conditions. (There are reports about people starving in this camp.) The demonstration came amid unconfirmed reports that a new agreement would see the Daesh forces redeploying away from the camp. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Yemen.  Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Yemeni Central Security armored vehicle in Hadhramaut, killing two security members. [A3maq]

 

Egypt.  An Egyptian Army officer and three other soldiers were killed and four other soldiers wounded when an IED exploded on an armored vehicle in Rafah. [Youm7]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]

 

Libya.  Local sources in Sirte say a Daesh Sudanese member assaulted two female students in Sirte University without giving them a reason. It was reported, however, that Daesh was holding a lecture at the university and the students didn’t attend. The sources also say Daesh vehicles are patrolling the city without turning up the vehicle lights. [AfriGate]

Local leaders from Ajdabiya met with military officials and decided to launch a military campaign against the “radicals” in the city and its outskirts on December 15. [AfriGate]

Daesh publishes photos of its “education” sessions for mosque imams in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Morocco. The Morocco Ministry of Interior says security forces arrested a “dangerous” Daesh member in Burkan who was planning for terrorist attacks in coordination with Daesh leaders in Iraq and Syria. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Mosul University’s Students page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/abo__ANS__

https://twitter.com/ALLALLA___

https://twitter.com/ttrr34450880

https://twitter.com/e_n_o_0

https://twitter.com/salamgeer9

 

December 7, 2015

 

San Bernardino Victims

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

The news is dominated by the movement of Turkish troops into Ninewa. This is bitterly opposed by Prime Minister Abadi and the government of Iraq. It was apparently facilitated by President Barzani of the KRG, but his actions are under fire from the other major KRG political parties. It’s a huge development with potentially disastrous consequences, but the mainstream media have so far missed the story and its significance.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Conflicting reports and arguments abound in the crisis between Turkey and Iraq over Turkey’s sudden deployment of tanks and soldiers to Bashiqa east of Mosul.

The Iraqi Prime Minister and his supporters offered tough talk: Abadi has requested that Ankara furnish “any evidence” that Iraqi’s central government was told about the deployment of Turkish troops to Iraq before they arrived. He again rejected the presence of Turkish forces on Iraqi soil and demanded their immediate withdrawal. Abadi also repeated recent allegations that Turkey is involved in Daesh’s smuggling of Iraqi oil. He reportedly instructed the Iraqi air forces to be “prepared to protect the homeland and to protect the sovereignty of Iraq.”

The CoR Security and Defense Committee suggested that the Turkish deployment is in place to protect transit lines for Daesh oil. Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said that Iraq has limited its response to bilateral diplomatic channels but could “resort to other options” if Turkey does not withdraw its troops within 48 hours. This could include “internationalizing the issue with international organizations, the Security Council and the international community.” [Mada][Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Sumaria]

PMF leaders held a joint meeting to support the Iraqi government’s opposition to the Turkish troop presence in Ninewa and demanded a “firm response” from the government. They also said “all options are open” if Turkey insists on its position. [Mada]

The General Secretary of the Badr Organization has called for mass popular demonstrations for Iraqi “sovereignty” on Friday, while threatening that Turkish tanks “will be destroyed on their [the Turks] heads.” [Sumaria]

The IFP Commander denied reports that PM Abadi had given orders to bomb the Turkish troops in Bashiqa. [Mawazin]

 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister said that the deployment came at Iraq’s request to conduct training exercises with unspecified security forces in the area. A spokesman for the new Sunni coalition just created at a conference in Amman (and sharply criticized by other Sunnis), called the High Coordinating Committee, said Turkish forces were deployed following an agreement between Iraq and Turkey involving PM Abadi and former Ninewa Governor Osama Al-Nujaifi.

DaeshDaily comment. This is the governor who was deposed by the CoR and suspected of being too close to Daesh prior to the fall of Mosul.

According to vaguely defined Kurdish citizen sources and a retired Peshmerga officer, Turkish troops have been present since 2014 in multiple areas of Iraqi Kurdistan to train Iraqi Arabs and the Peshmerga. (video) [Sumaria].

DaeshDaily comment. As the “Iraqi Arabs” don’t include any government forces, this probably refers to the independent and Baathist-linked National Mobilization Forces in Ninewa, linked to deposed Governor Nujaifi and the KRG and shunned by the Iraqi government.      Notwithstanding all the hostile objections, however, a Turkish official says, on condition of anonymity, that the Turkish troops in Bashiqa are there to stay. [Arabi21]

 

High-level Iraqi sources insist that Turkey’s agreement with Saddam allowing Turkish troops into northern Iraq was no longer valid. That agreement permitted Turkish troops to enter 25 km (15.5 miles) within Iraqi territory to pursue the PKK. The same sources were “shocked” to discover that the current Turkish deployment is 100 km (62 miles) inside Iraq.

An independent Sunni MP, Mithal Al-Alusi, stated that the deployment took place under an agreement reached between Ankara and Baghdad as far back as 2007, but it only allowed Turkey to go 25 km (15.5 miles) or less inside the border (the same as during Saddam’s days). Nouri Al-Maliki, who was Prime Minister at the time, has denied Al-Alusi’s assertion. [BasNews] [PUKMedia] [Rudaw] [Mada]

 

Turkey’s Daily Sabah claimed that the Turkish troops were present in Ninewa for up to two years before the present crisis and had sought to expand their deployment in Iraq. Several Sunni MPs have come forward saying they knew about the Turkish presence in northern Iraq and either supported it or demanded that the federal government take action to end it.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper has reported that the number of Turkish troops deployed to Bashiqa has reached 2,000. [SotKurdistan] A video of Turkish forces heading to Ninewa. [YouTube]

 

Iraq’s Ministry of Defense announced that its Turkish counterpart has issued an invitation to Iraq’s Defense minister to visit Ankara, but the Iraqi MoD said that would be contingent on progress in the present crisis. Masoud Barzani, the KRG president, will visit Turkey on Wednesday, in a visit which his staff says had been planned before the current crisis erupted. [Rudaw] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Barzani’s probable complicity in this situation makes this not just an Iraq vs. Turkey crisis, but also an Iraq vs. Kurdistan crisis. However, the hostile reaction from legislators in the Kurdish parliament representing the Gorran party and the PUK suggest that Barzani has done this on his own and that Kurdish support may be confined to the KDP. (See the report below under Kurdistan)

 

It appears that neither Barzani nor the Turkish leadership anticipated the immediate firestorm caused by this move, which, as we reported late Friday (actually Saturday morning), was trumpeted blatantly by Mahmoud Soraci, the Kurdish spokesman for the National Mobilization Forces. The Kurds responded to the bad reaction by firing and then arresting Soraci the next day.

 

The US Special Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, has arrived in Baghdad for talks with top Iraqi officials, the Coalition has announced. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. McGurk and Obama have been put in a difficult position. This development seriously threatens the President’s strategy. Supporting Iraq in this crisis, as it should, it will find itself on opposite sides from Barzani and Coalition partner Erdogan.

      The potential fallout if this situation is allowed to continue is huge and entirely sad.

Iraq would be unable to get its country back. The Ninewa separatists who want to make Ninewa a separate region will have Turkish and at least KDP support, though also serious opposition within Ninewa. The KRG would be able to annex all the disputed areas in Ninewa, leaving the rest of Ninewa to the separatists or whoever. Many Sunni Arabs in Daesh-controlled and Daesh-threatened areas would be so enraged about the government’s failure to protect Iraq’s territorial integrity that they may turn decisively against it. The Turks and other Arab nations who have conspired against Shia-majority Iraq would win. The fallout would be a huge boost to Daesh, and probably to Iran. Iraqis would blame the whole disaster on the US.

      The US may be the only country that can make the key players back down, though European and UN support would be important. Iraq as we know it could cease to exist without major support from the United States. 

 

Other political developments

Iraqi and American military sources have repeated the assertion that US forces are in Iraq just to train Iraqi troops. A video shows US troops training Iraqi forces to deploy floating bridges (video). [Sumaria]

 

The general secretary of the Badr Organization says it will target any American base in Iraq. He also announced that Badr “will not permit” the partition or breakup of the country. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: Even amidst a huge crisis with Turkey, the Badr leadership has time to spew more of its anti-US rhetoric.

 

The German government has pledged to build five new hospitals in Sinjar, and has set aside 70 million euros to support Iraq, the German Foreign Minister has announced at a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad. The German FM praised what he said were Iraqi’s “brave suggestions” for national reconciliation and the fight against Daesh. The German FM, who will visit Iraqi Kurdistan tomorrow, also announced his country will also increase the number of soldiers and trainers it is deploying to the Kurdistan region of Iraq. [Sumaria] [Mada] [Rudaw]

 

Military developments

A Sunni member of the CoR’s Security and Defense Committee says Kata’eb Hezbollah kidnapped many Sunni civilians from the Bzaibiz bridge and the Razzaza lake. [Ghad]

 

An independent CoR member says there is strong evidence that Turkish planes dropped weapons and even food supplies to Daesh. [KNN]

 

An Iraqi Army 22nd Brigade unit, based on information obtained from a captured terrorist, found and defused 8 IEDs and other explosives in Tarmiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit defused 5 IEDs in the Khamsa Donem area in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded on a Sahwa checkpoint in Tarmiya north of Baghdad, killing two Sahwa fighters and wounding three others. [Baghdadia]
  • A teacher was killed when unknown armed men fired guns fitted with silencers on him as he left his home in the Naji area north of Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Unknown armed men abducted a Health Ministry employee in the al-Amin area of east Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded near an ice cream shop in Mashtal in east Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five. [Mada]
  • A sticky IED exploded on a civilian car in Jurf Al-Nadaf south of Baghdad carrying Trade Ministry employees, killing one and wounding two. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in the Al-Amel district south of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • Two unidentified bodies bearing gunshot wounds were discovered in the Latifiya area south of Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A car bomb exploded in Latifiya, destroying a small bus and killing a civilian and wounding five. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded in the Direa area of Mada’in, south of Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding six others. [Baghdadia]
  • Security sources arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in the Nafaq Al-Shurta area in west Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Two mortar shells fell in the Akrkouf area west of Baghdad, injuring three civilians. [Baghdadia]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The head of the Khaldiya District Council security committee has cited understaffing in the technical cadre required to defuse bombs and booby-trapped houses as the reason for the delay in the Iraqi forces’ advance on Ramadi. [Mada]

 

Iraqi police forces cleared several homes in the Tal Masoud area east of Ramadi, destroying four Daesh barrel bombs. [Baghdadia]

 

The Tameem area southwest of Ramadi is “80 percent” liberated from Daesh, the Anbar police commander has announced. [Sumaria]

 

A Daesh communications official was killed along with four of his associates in Iraqi security forces operations to clear areas around Ramadi, an Anbar Operations Command source said. [Mada]

 

Iraqi troops destroyed 17 IEDs in Jaraishi and 4 in Albu Aitha north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed two Daesh targets and found a weapons and explosives storehouse in Tameem. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh shot at Iraqi troops in Humaira east of Ramadi killing an Iraqi soldier. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition airplanes flew 6 sorties over different areas in Anbar killing many terrorists and destroying 12 combat locations, 6 heavy machine guns, 6 IEDs, 3 hideouts, a vehicle and weapons storehouses. [IWMC Report]

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition airplanes bombed Daesh in Albu Ali Al-Jassem and Albu Farraj north of Ramadi killing many Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition planes, stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Chlaib west of Ramadi, killing dozens of Daesh terrorists including several suicide bombers and destroying a vehicle, a hideout with 17 terrorist in it, and 4 motorcycles. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

A security source says Coalition airplanes bombed a house in Hay Al-Risala in Falluja city, killing 6 Daesh members. [Mawazin]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 9 Daesh fighters and destroyed 2 vehicles in Qarma District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of targeting an Iraqi Army location in Ameriyat Al-Falluja with a 12.5 mm weapon. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command destroyed 70 IEDs and defused 40 booby-trapped houses and cleared 40 more houses and 10 streets east of Baghdadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says his troops shot down two Daesh recon drones, one in Albu Hayat and the other in Barwana. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh in the Makhoul Mountains area killing four terrorists. [Etejah]

 

The IAF destroyed a Daesh cannon and a vehicle and killed 8 Daesh members north of Fatha, across the river from Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

A PMF source says PMFs stopped a large Daesh attack in the Harariyat area. The source says Daesh fighters crossed the river in boats in an attempt to attack Baiji. [Ghad]

 

Baiji is “secured,” the PMF spokesman has announced, saying that the forces have cleared a 16 km radius around the town, and adding that the PMFs are preparing “big surprises” for future operations after the clearing of the Makhoul Mountains north of Tikrit. [Mada]

Plans are being laid for recapturing northern Salahuddin Governorate, the Salahuddin Operations Commander said, seemingly a reference to Shirqat. [Mada]

 

Shirqat

Daesh has executed five civilians in Shirqat on charges of collaborating with the security forces. [PUKMedia]

 

A security source says Iraqi planes bombed a Daesh explosives factory in southwest Shirqat District, killing 3 Daesh members. [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh executed four civilians in Shirqat after unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh commander. [Ghad]

 

Tikrit

The PMF media says PMFs stopped a Daesh attack southwest of Awja and destroyed 3 vehicles. [Etejah]

 

Samarra

Iraqi Sukhoi jets destroyed two car bomb and IED factories west of Samarra, while another raid destroyed four car bombs in Jazeera Samarra, the IWMC announced. Up to 30 Daesh militants were killed in IAF raids in the area, including 15 bomb-making experts who had joined Daesh after traveling from France. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi 74th Infantry Brigade troops destroyed 35 IEDs in Sayyed Gharib. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAA killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Jazeera Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh says it detonated an IED near a police officer’s house in Baquba and when security forces arrived it detonated another IED, killing two policemen and wounding two. [JustPaste]

 

A joint Police, Military, and PMF operation has destroyed a Daesh “secret encampment” in the Matibija area on the Diyala–Salahuddin provincial border, Iraqi police in Diyala have announced, saying that the operation came as a result of intelligence obtained by Iraqi security forces and adding that the forces destroyed 25 jerry-cans of C4 explosives that were discovered at the site. [Sumaria] [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala

Dijla Operations Command troops launched a search operation near Udhaim and found a vehicle bomb, a boat, 50 IEDs and a tractor. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in Udhaim with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Diyala. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says Daesh arrested dozens of former Sahwa fighters in different areas in Hawija district. The Sahwa members had “repented” earlier and paid 250 USD each to Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has executed two youths in Hawija on charges of collaborating with the Iraqi security forces, a Kirkuk security source said. Daesh arrested an unspecified number of locals after news circulated of contacts with the PMFs and the Peshmerga. [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists killed a man in the Himrin Mountains area who was trying to escape from Hawija. [Mada]

 

Iraqi SWAT forces arrested a Daesh member in southern Kirkuk in an operation based on “precise intelligence information,” a Kirkuk security source said, adding that the detainee had been transferred to the judicial system. [Sumaria]

 

Gunmen in military garb stole a vehicle from a Civil Defense officer’s home in Kirkuk city and detained his brother before releasing him hours later. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition planes and Peshmerga artillery launched coordinated attacks on Daesh-held positions east of Mosul, killing and wounding tens of Daesh militants, a local source said. Coalition bombs also targeted a Daesh site at Mosul University, two sites in the Rashidiya area, in the Ramousi area south of Sinjar, killing 15 Daesh members and destroying three vehicles, a local source in Mosul said. [Mada] [PUKMedia]

 

Unknown armed men in the Tammouz area, west Mosul, shot six Daesh members to death with guns fitted with silencers, eyewitnesses said. In a separate attack in the Shuhada area, members of an anti-Daesh armed group shot dead a Syrian Daesh leader known as Firas Khalil Hazima, also using firearms with silencers.  [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh member in the Wadi Okab industrial area west of Mosul.  [KM Facebook Page]

 

Daesh has executed the brother of an Iraqi MP in Mosul, a local source said. Yousif Muhammad Salman Al-Ubaidi, the brother of MP Jamila Muhammad Al-Ubaidi, was shot dead in a public execution on Mosul’s East Bank on Monday. Daesh has also reportedly executed three doctors west of Mosul for refusing to work for Daesh, a security source in Ninewa police said.  [BasNews] [PUKMedia] [PUKMedia]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed another mosque imam in Mosul for refusing to pledge allegiance to Daesh. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh has conducted an arrest campaign since Sunday targeting retired military officers, arresting more than 50, a PUK spokesman said. [PUKMedia]

 

Photos of Christian refugees who fled Mosul for Erbil [Rudaw]

 

Coalition airplanes bombed Daesh in Mosul and Tal Afar, killing 8 terrorists and destroying 2 heavy machine guns and 3 locations. [IWMC Report]

 

Northwest Ninewa

A local source says Coalition airplanes bombed a Daesh major stronghold near the Waliyia gas station, killing or wounding 20 terrorists. [Mada]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A Gorran member in the KRG parliament says the decision to let Turkish troops enter Iraq was a partisan decision, an obvious reference to Barzani, and it was not approved by the KRG parliament. A PUK member says what happened violates international law and it comes within Turkey’s desire to recreate the glory days of the Ottoman empire. [ROJ] [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. The expressed opposition of Gorran and PUK leaders would seem to expose this military collaboration with Turkey as coming from Barzani and maybe the KDP but not from the KRG as a whole. Gorran and PUK would need to back this up with official party positions.

 

Iraqi civil aviation authorities in Baghdad halted all air traffic to Erbil and Suleimaniya airports for 48 hours, ending at 10 pm local time on December 8th, says the director of Erbil airport, saying that Baghdad cited the anticipated flight of Russian missiles over IKR airspace. He noted that the closure would cost Erbil International Airport alone US$322,000 each day. Given the circumstances surrounding the Turkish troop movement into Ninewa, the airport administration has doubts about the explanation and suggested that political factors could be at play. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit. Four suspects were arrested in Suwaira in northern Wasit Governorate on terrorism charges, a Wasit police commander says, adding that one suspect was arrested while allegedly heading to Baghdad to carry out terrorist attacks.  [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish authorities say they arrested 9 people, including 7 foreigners, trying to sneak into Syria. The authorities sent the two Turks to court, accusing them of supporting Daesh, and the 7 foreigners will be deported. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

There are sharply conflicting accounts about the bombing of Al-Khan village in Hasaka Governorate, which reportedly killed 37 civilians and wounded 17. Activists say the area is under Daesh control but has no Daesh fighters left there; they held the Syrian Democratic Forces responsible for giving the wrong coordinates to the Coalition. [Anadolu] [Hasaka Youth Union] Local sources say Coalition Apache helicopters conducted the airstrikes on Al-Khan. [Qasioun] The Coalition has made no comment about the incident though one report says the US is investigating it. The Iranian Fars news agency suggests the British might have done the bombing.

DaeshDaily comment. The truth will emerge soon enough. However, we are suspicious of people who say a village is controlled by Daesh when they also say there are no Daesh fighters there to control it.

 

A new force has been announced to fight Daesh in Syrian Kurdish areas, to be known as H.A.T. (“Anti Terrorism Forces”), the PUK reports, providing little other detail. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. So far, the components of this new force are a mystery.

 

Daesh has struck the village of Buraz west of Kobane city with heavy shelling and mortar rounds, a PUK official says, adding that reports circulated of civilian casualties in the attack. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh shelled the Quba village southwest of Kobane, wounding three women. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Local sources say 32 Daesh members were killed in Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Daesh recaptures the town of Kufra after losing it to other armed groups. [Qasioun]

Daesh says Syrian armed groups, supported by Coalition airpower, attacked its terrorists in Kufra but it forced them to retreat after killing or wounding many of them. [Dump]

 

Jabha Shamiya publishes a video of some Daesh prisoners it captured. [YouTube]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attempt to advance east of the Kowaires airbase, killing ten soldiers and destroying a tank. [JustPaste]

Daesh also says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on the Juruf village north of Kowaires, after one of its suicide terrorists detonated a vehicle bomb on the Syrian troops killing or wounding many of them. [Dump]

Central and West

A short report about the Daesh oil market in Hama [All4Syria]

 

East

The Syrian government says Coalition airplanes bombed a Syrian Army camp in Deir Ez-Zor, killing 3 soldiers and wounding 13. [Welati] The Coalition denied it was behind the alleged airstrike.

 

Local sources say Daesh executed a media activist by cutting him in two, using two vehicles. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of airstrikes on civilian neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Egypt. Security sources say an IED exploded on a military armored vehicle in Arish on Sunday killing a soldier and wounding four. [Mogaz]

 

Libya. A Libyan military source says Libyan airplanes started a new air campaign against Daesh in Benghazi and Ajdabiya on Sunday. [AfriGate]

 

Afghanistan.  Daesh publishes a video message to Afghanistan. [Archive]

Daesh publishes a video of executing an Afghani soldier in Nangarhar. [Archive]  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Hasaka Youth Union page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/aljanob94

https://twitter.com/ASEER_15_

https://twitter.com/nmbyzz

https://twitter.com/abo_askndr1233

https://twitter.com/ahmad1salah80

 

 

 

December 4, 2015

1

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Huge political crisis erupts in Iraq as Turkey sends troops to northern Ninewa and Al-Abadi asks them to leave.

Daesh “media agency” A3maq says the two terrorists who committed the attack in California are Daesh “supporters”. [A3maq]

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Reports circulated that three brigades of Turkish ground troops had arrived in northern Ninewa, specifically including the Zilkan military camp in Bashiqa, east of Mosul. An informed source says more than 1,000 Turkish soldiers arrived at Zilkan with tanks and armored vehicles. [Maalomah]

An organization in Ninewa called the National Mobilization Forces (NMFs) reportedly confirmed the arrival of Turkish forces at Zilkan, saying that they had come to support the NMFs. [Karemlash] [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment: The National Mobilization Forces is an independent militia linked to the deposed Governor Nujaifi and has no connection to the government, in part because it consists largely of ex-Baathists. [See related stories under Ninewa]

 

The National Mobilization Forces spokesman, Mahmoud Sorachi said Turkish force consist of 1,200 soldiers and many tanks and armored vehicles arrived to the Zilkan camp in Bashiqa. The current Ninewa Governor said there is no Turkish “combat” force in Zilkan, only Turkish trainers. Later Sorachi said Turkey is providing the training based on an agreement with Baghdad and based on an invitation from former Iraq Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi, brother of the former Governor. However, Sorachi also called the Iraqi government a failure and threatened to use “foreign forces” if the government doesn’t do its duty to liberate Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Al-Abadi apparently wasn’t impressed by the “clarification.” Late last night he issued a statement calling on the Turkish government to withdraw from Iraqi territory. [SumerNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This is apparently what PM Abadi was concerned about yesterday in remarks rejecting foreign involvement in the war on Daesh. His statement was directed not at the US but at Turkey.

The situation as it unfolded today reflects an utterly complicated but coordinated set of power plays, and is a major threat to Iraq.

  • Sorachi holds no known government position and is a known KRG puppet.
  • The Zilkan camp was started by former Governor Nujaifi, who had a known cooperative relationship with armed anti-government groups including Daesh before it took over Mosul, and was deposed by the Iraqi parliament. Sorachi’s suggestion that his brother, the former Vice President Nujaifi, is somehow involved adds to the intrigue.
  • Stating that the Turks are there to provide training can’t be taken seriously because there is no one there to train. (It would strain credulity to say they are there to train the National Mobilization Forces.)
  • The circumstances strongly suggest that this move reflects a big-time political deal between KRG President Barzani and Turkey’s President Erdogan. Erdogan gets a possible opportunity to “discourage” further involvement of the PKK and YPG in Sinjar. Barzani gets implied Turkish backup for his territorial claims on Sinjar and other Ninewa areas that have been disputed between Baghdad and Erbil.
  • Nothing in this picture suggests that Turkey’s actions are directed against Daesh, or that it is trying to help Iraq in any way.

 

Before all that happened, the IWMC announced that Iraqi forces alone will liberate Mosul from Daesh. [Baghdadia]

 

A CoR member from Anbar welcomed international “foreign and Arab” involvement in the war against Daesh, expressing his surprise at views voiced by other political trends that rejected accepting foreign advisors to assist Iraqi troops. [Sumaria]

 

Moqtada al-Sadr added anti-US rhetoric to the controversy over the involvement of foreign forces, saying it is false to claim that Coalition forces stopped the spread of Daesh into new territories and drawing a distinction between the air war on Daesh and the “real war” on the ground. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. No one is trying to diminish the accomplishments of the PMFs, including the Shia militias, but no military professional or any other serious analyst would buy the argument that the Coalition bombing is not part of the “real war.” What we are seeing in multiple statements from Shia leaders is an effort to set up the myth that the Shia militias caused the defeat of Daesh and that the Coalition contribution was irrelevant. Such claims suggest a future power play against the elected government by militia leaders beholden to Iran. The political implications threaten to undermine the Iraqi government once Daesh is defeated.

 

Meanwhile, a Turkmen MP has threatened to turn to the United Nations, the United States, and Iran to protect the Turkmen from “extinction,” in his words, accusing Kurdish forces of expanding into Turkmen areas. “The KDP wants to control Sinjar and the PUK wants to control Tuz Khurmatu” he alleged. [Sumaria]

 

Iraq has asked the UN Security Council to form a committee to investigate the smuggling of Iraqi oil by Daesh and the other parties involved in that illicit trade, the country’s Oil ministry spokesperson has said, adding that Iraq’s losses from the illicit trade and the destruction of its petroleum infrastructure number in the billions of Iraqi dinars each month.  [PUKMedia]

 

Military developments

Iraqi 17th Division forces repelled a Daesh attack on a checkpoint in the Buhayrat area of Arab Jabour in south Baghdad, killing one Daesh militant, the Baghdad Operations Command said. [Mada]

Iraqi 17th Division forces also killed a Daesh militant in an ambush in Arab Jabour, after obtaining intelligence information on his whereabouts. [Sumaria]

 

189 Iraqi children were killed and 301 injured in 2015 according to a statement issued by the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). Forty five schools were damaged in Ramadi alone this year, it said. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. We would not put much faith in these numbers, which seem far too low.

 

Coalition planes conducted 10 sorties on Mosul, Hit and Ramadi, destroying two bridge in Hit used by Daesh to transport its supplies, and destroying a vehicle bomb factory, two vehicle bombs and several combat locations and gatherings. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says unknown armed men stopped a small bus and kidnapped seven construction workers in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. Hundreds of Shia workers from east Baghdad have been killed in west Baghdad, either in a direct attack on their gatherings or by kidnapping them and killing them later. This is a typical AQI and Daesh plan where they send someone pretending to have a construction job to lure the workers, then kidnap them. We can link this story to the photos Daesh published yesterday about executing Shia PMFs in Hawija. These poor workers might soon appear in a Daesh publication that claims they were PMFs. 

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a popular café in the Jisr Diyala area in southeast Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a medical complex in the Niariya area of east Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men shot at a Sahwa checkpoint in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad, killing one fighter and wounding four. [Maalomah]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in the Sayyed Abdullah village in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad city, killing two people and injuring six others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in the Mahdia area of Dora District in south Baghdad, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in an area housing auto repair shops in the Diwanem area in southwest Baghdad, killing one and wounding five. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded on a police patrol in the Bayya area of southwest Baghdad, killing one policeman and wounding two others. [Baghdadia]
  • A car dealership owner was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his car in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad. [Mada]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The head of the Khaldiya District Council security committee said Iraqi joint forces have seized control of the Al-Madhiq area east of Ramadi and have advanced 2 km into the Hsaiba area,. He said three Daesh residential facilities and four vehicles were destroyed. He also said that areas south of Ramadi around Hay Al-Tameem have been cleared of Daesh’s presence, cutting them off from the Daesh-held areas in Ramadi. These wide-ranging security operations with Iraqi and Coalition air support resulted in the death of 22 Daesh militants. [Mada] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. In general, Iraq forces are patiently expanding their control of areas in Ramadi District outside the city, one purpose being to make it difficult for Daesh to counter Iraqi forces in the city with attacks from outside the city. Still, it’s hard to evaluate this information, as Al-Madhiq has been reported recently as already cleared, and Tameem too.

 

The spokesman of the Anti-Terrorism Service says Iraqi forces liberated half the areas of Al-Tameem and continue to move ahead in the area supported by heavy airstrikes. He said more than 100 Daesh fighters were killed in the area so far and that Daesh booby-trapped 3,000 houses there. [AIN] The IWMC says the IAA destroyed four Daesh oil tankers in Tameem. [AIN] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Tameem is a large area but we suspect the estimated number of booby-trapped houses, because it might mean all the houses in the area.

Photos of the liberation of Tameem. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army troop carrier in Madhiq. [A3maq]

 

An IFP Rapid Intervention unit destroyed 63 IEDs in east Hsaiba. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces killed two terrorists and destroyed three Daesh hideouts east of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh tried again to break the Iraqi siege on Ramadi by attacking from north of the city with three vehicle bombs, missiles and mortars, an Anbar Operations Command source said, but Iraqi joint forces defeated the attack. [Mada]

 

Iraqi and Coalition airplanes stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Farraj, Jaraishi and the Palestine Bridge, destroying 8 Daesh vehicle bombs. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces removed 50 families to safety after they fled Daesh-held areas in Ramadi, the commander of Anbar’s tribal fighters has announced. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Seventh Division forces defused 40 IEDs west of Ramadi in the area between Albu Hiyan and Haditha, a division commander said. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Federal Police stopped two suicide vehicle bombers attacking their troops in the 110 Kilo area on the highway west of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

An Iraqi Army 35th Brigade unit killed 5 terrorists in Hitawiyeen south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 2nd Brigade unit killed a Daesh terrorist attacking them on a motorcycle east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 24th Brigade unit killed 4 terrorists and destroyed a construction shovel in Halabsa southwest of Falluja and in the Lihaib area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi troops killed five terrorists and wounded three in Qarma District. [BOC Facebook Page]

A Rapid Intervention unit killed 6 Daesh fighters in Subaihat in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

IFP troops found 10 IEDs in Dhabitya in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of shelling an Iraqi Army building north of Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

A local PMF commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Baghdadi, killing five Daesh fighters and destroying 2 vehicle bombs and a construction shovel. [Maalomah]

 

Jazeera Operations Command defused 25 IEDs west of Baghdadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Western Anbar

Ten Daesh militants perished in the Akashat area of far western Anbar when a car bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says the IAF destroyed 16 Daesh fuel tankers east of Rahaliya. [Mada]

 

IFP troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the Kilo 110 area in western Anbar. [IWMC Report]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

An IFP source says Iraqi forces killed 12 Daesh fighters and destroyed 5 defensive positions in the Fatha and Makhoul Mountains areas. [Harbi] The overlapping IWMC report said they also destroyed three vehicles. [IWMC Report]

 

Shirqat

A Daesh member “lost his sanity” and killed his wife and son after beheading a young boy, local sources report. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations Command’s Abrams tanks killed 10 Daesh terrorists in Jazeera Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

An IFP source says Iraqi forces found 30 IEDs and 20 rockets and other weapons and explosives in the Milih area west of Samarra. [Harbi]

 

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Salam rocketed Daesh with Grads in the Albu Jaroub village west of Samarra, killing a Libyan Daesh leader called Abu Hamza. Saraya Al-Salam also stopped a Daesh attack west of Samarra, killing a Daesh local commander and four of his fighters. [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of attacking an Iraqi military convoy near the Samarra Dam. [DabiqNews]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Zarqoush tribe in Diyala has warned of Daesh efforts to infiltrate the Himrin basin, citing Daesh attacks on villages in the area, where the tribe is centered. [Sumaria]

 

Elsewhere in Diyala

A Diyala police source says an IED exploded in Mansouriya targeting a PMF vehicle, killing two fighters and wounding two. [IraqPress]

 

KIRKUK

An airstrike in the Hawija District killed an unspecified number of Daesh militants, including a Daesh religious official for Hawija and Shirqat known as Abu Sumia, a Kirkuk security source said. A separate report referred to a French airstrike which reportedly killed ten Daesh members in Hawija, citing a security source in the area. [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh has beheaded one of its prominent commanders, known as Muwafaq Ali Hawija, in Hawija, after finding him guilty in its sharia court of betraying the organization by fleeing from battles in the Makhoul Mountains, a local source said. Daesh also reportedly killed another five individuals in Hawija on charges of spying for the Iraqi government. [PUKMedia] [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh executed four young men and an old man in Hawija accusing them of cooperating with security forces. [Buratha]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

[This is related to the major Baghdad story above]

The spokesman of the National Mobilization Forces organization in Ninewa, Mahmoud Sorachi, accused the Iraqi federal forces of “falling short” in providing arms to their fighters and hinted at the possibility of seeking support from regional powers, adding that his organization had asked Turkey and the Coalition for support. He says they are waiting for the “zero hour” for the liberation of the city, and have called for Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi to provide further arms to their fighters. [Baghdadia] [Karemlash]

The Ninewa Operations Command denied any knowledge of the NMF spokesman’s remarks or any coordination with his organization. Iraqi security forces in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture have formed a joint command headquarters in the Makhmur District in northeast Ninewa with the purpose of coordinating and supporting all forces in the anticipated battles to liberate Ninewa, the Ninewa Operations Commander and the Minister of Agriculture have both said. [Mada] [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. The larger issues are discussed above in the lead story under Baghdad. The National Mobilization Forces organization is suspected for its Baathist connections and is obviously not part of the plan for retaking Ninewa.

 

Coalition planes struck Daesh targets in various areas of Mosul, destroying a security installation in Sultan Abdullah in the Qayara area, killing over 20 Daesh militants including the terrorist known as Muhammad Marwan Salah, the security commander for the area, and destroying armaments, positions, and an IED-making facility in the area. [PUKMedia]

 

The Saraya Ninewa militia has promised to “eliminate” Daesh, after it killed an allegedly Daesh-affiliated woman inside Mosul, a militia statement said. [Karemlash]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters destroyed a Daesh fuel tank on the road to Tal Zalat west of Mosul, killing two terrorists inside. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A local source says Daesh arrested a local mosque imam in Mosul because he said that Daesh destroyed Sunnis. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of bombing on a mosque in Qayara. [A3maq]

 

Northwest Ninewa

The IWMC says the Coalition destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in Tal Afar. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The “Syria Now” news agency has reported that a Turkish mafioso has decided to send supplies to Daesh, including sophisticated technology that includes unmanned aerial vehicles, laptop computers, radios, video cameras, fax machines and printers, and body-mounted cameras. Hawar News, a PKK media organization, claims that the mafioso is close to Turkish PM Erdogan. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The YPG has denied reports of Syrian regime troops making encampments in the Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish border north of Raqqa to train the National Defense Army. A PYD official denied there is a Syrian Army training camp in Tal Abyad. Several opposition media outlets said the regime opened a new training camp in the city. [ARA]

 

A local activists says the SDF supported by Coalition airplanes attacked Daesh in south Hasaka in an attempt to advance towards Shaddadi. The activist says 7 Daesh fighters and one Kurdish fighter were killed. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it repaired a bridge in Raqqa after it was damaged by Russian airstrikes (video). [A3maq]

 

Northwest

A YPG commander has denied reports that YPG had received arms from Russia at Sheikh Maqsoud. He said they will continue their defense of Aleppo’s Afrin District from attacks by the Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham and other organizations. [PUKMedia]

 

A cease-fire has been agreed between the YPG and the Aleppo Operations Chamber, on the initiative of the Consultation and Reconciliation Council in Aleppo, in which the two parties agreed to cease fire and redeploy their forces away from the frontline areas. [Welati]

 

Daesh continued its shelling of Kurdish-majority Tal Aren, in the countryside southeast of Aleppo, amid reports of deteriorating health and humanitarian conditions in the town. Daesh militants launched their locally made rockets and mortar shells from the Bilat village, 3 km northeast of Tal Aren. Reports of civilian casualties and worsening conditions are emerging from the town. [Hawar]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian government troops captured Nasrallah village in Aleppo’s eastern countryside from Daesh. [SANA]

 

A local activist says Jabha Shamiya fighters destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb near Kufra in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Birghaida. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Of course Daesh doesn’t give any explanation why they are rocketing the town today when it said yesterday that Daesh captured it.

Daesh publishes photos (most likely from yesterday) of the battles in the area. [DabiqNews]

 

Central and West

Daesh publishes a video of the battles with Syrian troops southeast of Homs yesterday. [A3maq]

 

East

Daesh executed a Syrian woman in the Bukamal District in Deir Ez-Zor on charges of insulting religion, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported, citing local activists. [BasNews]

 

Unknown armed men killed two Daesh members in the Junaina village in Deir Ez-Zor countryside and threw their bodies in the river. Daesh launched a search campaign after the attack and arrested several people. [Qasioun]      

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh daily audio newsletter for today in Arabic. [Archive]

 

Yemen. Daesh publishes a video of killing 15 Houthis in Abyan by beheading 9 of them and detonating the rest. [DabiqNews]

 

Egypt. A security source says the Egyptian army shelled a Daesh gathering south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing five terrorists and wounding two. [AfriGate]

Daesh publishes photos of an Egyptian Army unit shot by one of its snipers south of Kharouba in Sinai. [DabiqNews]

 

Libya. A Libyan military commander says Libyan troops captured 5 terrorists in the Karkoura area in west Benghazi. [Ewan]

 

Informed sources say Daesh started to dig trenches south and west of Sirte, preparing for any attacks in the city. [AfriGate]

 

Local sources say Libyan airplanes bombed Daesh in Derna without giving information about casualties. [AfriGate]

 

Three masked armed men shot and killed a Libyan Army 302 Battalion soldier in Ajdabiya. The soldier had fought Daesh with the Battalion in west Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

The leader of Katibat Al-Tawhid, allegedly a Daesh associate group, was killed by Ministry of Interior operatives in Tripoli. Murad Qamati was implicated in several attacks, including the one on the Mitiga airport prison in September. [Erem]

The MoI in Tripoli released a video of a Tunisian member of Katibat Al-Tawhid admitting their role in the Mitiga operation.

 

Tunisia. The Tunisian MoI says security forces arrested two people recruited by a fugitive terrorist to conduct suicide attacks. The brother of one of those captured conducted a suicide attack in Libya in June. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A YPG page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/sh_baghdad

https://twitter.com/EUplOoad

https://twitter.com/aljanob94

https://twitter.com/azaz26161azaz

https://twitter.com/Mbebar214

 

 

 

December 3, 2015

1001

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

 Al-Abadi says Iraq needs more US air support but not ground troops.

Heavy Coalition and Iraqi bombing carried out in Anbar, Ninewa

 

ANBAR

A Badr commander says Badr is waiting for a “political decision” before it can participate in Anbar liberations battles. He says the plan of the Iraqi military command was to liberate the Makhoul Mountains area but now the plan might have been shifted to Anbar instead. [Mawazin]

 

The Kurdish agency Rudaw has run a story in which some Sunni refugees from Anbar have denounced the Sunni leadership in Anbar, saying that they are responsible for the destruction that has been visited on Anbar for having put their personal interests ahead of those of the Governorate. The story quotes the Sunni imam of a mosque in Anbar and another man from Anbar, who equated the entry of Daesh into the Governorate with the entry of the PMFs, implying neither was in the interest of Anbaris. [Rudaw]

 

Iraq is faced with a new wave of internal displacement as families start to leave Anbar for Baghdad and the Kurdistan region, the CoR committee on migration has announced. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces killed more than 20 Daesh militants in operations in various areas of Anbar Governorate, as well as destroying five vehicle bombs, Anbar Operations Command announced. [Baghdadia]

 

Rapid Intervention units of the Iraqi Federal Police killed ten Daesh militants, including by sniper attack and rocket fire, as well as defusing 31 IEDs in Anbar. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces repelled a Daesh attack that included five suicide vehicle bombs in the Hamadiya and Albu Aitha areas north of Ramadi. It says the organization was trying to break the siege by Iraqi forces on Ramadi. Another Daesh attack was repelled south of Ramadi by Iraqi Eighth Division forces, a police commander said. Iraqi forces continued clearing IEDs on the approach to Ramadi, with one police commander saying the degradation in Daesh’s ability to fight in the area signaled that Iraqi troops would reach the center of Ramadi in the coming days. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Government spokesmen have alternated between hints of an imminent military campaign into the city and explanations for the delay. Our hunch is that the ground campaign will start in ten days or so, after the ongoing Shia religious ceremonies end.

 

Coalition planes destroyed two Daesh vehicles and a tunnel in Albu Farraj north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

A member of Anbar GC says the IAA targeted Daesh in several areas east of Ramadi, killing many, including local and foreign commanders. He says the IAA intensified its attacks to prevent Daesh from attacking Iraqi forces with vehicle bombs. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Khaldiya, killing five terrorists and destroying two vehicle bombs. [IWMC Report]

 

The 1st Rapid Intervention Division cleared several houses and killed three terrorists east of Ramadi and defused 37 IEDs. The Division’s rocket unit shelled a Daesh hideout in the area, killing four terrorists.  [IWMC Report]

 

A Rapid Intervention rocket unit killed five Daesh members in a rocket attack in Hsaiba east of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

A Rapid Intervention unit killed two Daesh members and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun and a booby-trapped house in Nuaimiya south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 35th Brigade unit killed four Daesh terrorists west of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 24th Brigade unit killed a Daesh sniper in the Abadi area west of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 52nd Brigade unit rocketed Daesh in the Albu Khanfar area northwest of Qarma killing three terrorists and wounding two. Another unit from the same brigade killed a Daesh fighter and wounded two and destroyed two hideouts in Rashad in Qarma district. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes a video of one of its suicide terrorists attacking Iraqi forces in Falluja District with a vehicle bomb. [Archive]

 

Daesh publishes photos of some of its terrorists in Falluja. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of some of its terrorists “graduating” from a military camp in Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

Reinforcements from Baghdad including an unspecified number of soldiers, and weapons, have arrived to support Iraqi forces in the Baghdadi and Haditha areas, a Seventh Division commander announced. [Sumaria]

 

A Daesh mortar shell fell on a mosque in Baghdadi, damaging the structure and wounding a person who had been praying inside. [Sumaria]

 

Western Anbar

Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with vehicle bombs in the Kilo 110 area, killing or wounding many of them. [Dump]

 

Jazeera Operations Command troops defused three IEDs on road in the Kilo 160 area in western Anbar. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Rawa. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) found a large explosives factory in an unspecified area of Salahuddin Governorate, an Interior ministry source said. He listed materials for making, timing, and detonating hundreds of improvised bombs. [PUKMedia]

 

Baiji

Salahuddin Operations Command destroyed a Daesh construction shovel in Siniya and killed two Daesh fighters trying to sneak into Iraqi locations in Fatha. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi Federal Police troops stopped a Daesh attack near the Harariyat area north of Baiji. killing a Daesh terrorist. Three IFP fighters wounded. [IWMC Report]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces established a new defense line north of Baiji. The source also says Iraqi forces killed three Daesh fighters in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Ghad]

Another Salahuddin Operations Command source says a local police force raided a Daesh observation location in the Himrin Mountains, killing two terrorists. [Mada]

 

IFP killed five Daesh militants and destroyed their hideout in a rocket attack in the Makhoul Mountains, an IFP commander announced. [Baghdadia]

 

The IAF conducted also an airstrike on Daesh positions in the Makhoul Mountains, killing and injuring “tens” of militants and destroying a hideout containing a weapons store. [Baghdadia]

 

Tikrit

Iraqi Sukhoi jets targeted a Daesh military camp in Jazeera and killed “tens” of Daesh members, including one militant known as Abu Fatima Al-Tunisi, and destroyed 13 vehicles, the IWMC announced. [Mada] [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh executed a father in front of his family in Tikrit and put his body on display in the city, a PMF commander said, adding that his forces were able to move the family to safety after they fled the city during clashes between PMF and Daesh fighters. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

Daesh says it shelled a Shia religious gathering in Samarra with 2 Grad rockets, killing many of those attending. [JustPaste]

 

Four Katyusha rockets fell on multiple sites in Samarra city, killing two civilians and wounding 12 others, the Samarra District Council has announced. [Mada]

 

An IFP source says IFP troops found two Daesh weapons and explosives storehouses in the Jalam area east of Samarra. [Ghad]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Dijla Operations Command troops supported by PMFs found a Daesh hideout in the Sumaidi’ area in Dhuluiya, in Balad District, and confiscated a vehicle, explosives, and IEDs. [IWMC Report]

 

BAGHDAD

The spokesman of the Prime Minister has reiterated the PM’s view that Iraq does not need more ground combat forces from the United States but requires more air support, which includes special forces to assist in targeting. No foreign force will operate in Iraq without a clear agreement with the Iraqi government, he said. [Sumaria]

 

The Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq militia has reiterated its opposition to any foreign force that “violates the sovereignty of Iraq” in remarks issued by the group’s spokesman in response to the recent American announcement that it would send additional ground forces to Iraq. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This story can be analyzed in relation to the preceding story. Abadi is in an increasingly tenuous political position, and the increasing political assertiveness of some pro-Iran/anti-American militias is part of his problem. Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq is an openly anti-American militia that has killed US troops in the past. Militia leaders have perpetrated the myth that the PMFs are winning the war without American help (ignoring the fact that Coalition bombing support has been critical to them at times.)

 

President Fouad Masoum, currently in France, has expressed his opposition to the participation of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the anticipated battle to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh, saying the Peshmerga were needed on Iraqi territory. The President also stated that a “security intelligence committee” had been formed between France, Russia, Syria, and Iran to share information in the war against Daesh. [Welati]

 

A member of the CoR’s Security and Defense Committee says Turkey is not allowing 8 helicopters Iraq purchased from Russia to get to Iraq. The helicopters were supposed to be transported over Turkey’s airspace. [Etejah]

 

IFP units killed two would-be Daesh bombers wearing suicide vests in the Mada’in area in south Baghdad Governorate before they could attack Shia pilgrims en route to Kerbala. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Unknown armed men stormed the house of a PMF member in Shaab in northeast Baghdad and killed him, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

IAF planes flew 87 sorties in the last 24 hours, including a strike that used intelligence information to target a Daesh hideout in the Sdaira area of Ninewa that killed eight Daesh leaders, and another strike on a Daesh hideout in the industrial area of Falluja that killed the Daesh commander for the Makhoul Mountains area, known as Abu Bilal al-Shishani, and several of his associates. [BasNews]

 

Coalition planes launched 32 airstrikes on Daesh targets in various areas of Iraq and Syria, including 14 on Syrian territory, of which at least nine targeted petroleum wellheads, six in Deir Ez-Zor and three in Bukamal. The remaining 18 strikes targeted Daesh in Iraqi territory, including 8 near Ramadi targeting Daesh tactical assets, destroying a tunnel, a car mined with explosives, arms stores, combat positions, and a tank. [Sumaria] [PUKMedia]

 

An Iraqi Army 60th Brigade unit killed a Daesh terrorist in the Atar area northwest of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing Iraqi forces in “north Baghdad”. [JustPaste]

 

An MoI source says security forces arrested a terrorist and captured a car bomb in Rashidiya in north Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

According to security sources:

  • The bodies of a man and a woman were found shot in Shula in northwest Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • Two unidentified men’s bodies were found bearing gunshot wounds in the Shula area. [Baghdadia] [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded on a police patrol in Taji, in north Baghdad Governorate, injuring five policemen. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular wholesale market in the Rashidiya area in north Baghdad, killing, by competing estimates, one or two persons, and injuring six or eight others. [Mada] [Maalomah]
  • The blast from a sticky IED that had been attached to a civilian car carrying Iraq Federal Police killed the driver and two other policemen in the Talbiya area of east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a bakery in the Wardiya area of Mada’in in south Baghdad Governorate, killing two people and wounding five others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area of Mada’in, killing one person and injuring four others. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • Iraq First Division intelligence tracked and killed two Daesh militants, one wearing a suicide vest, in an ambush in the Tuwaitha area south of Baghdad. [Mada]

DIYALA

Baquba

An IED exploded in the Maqali’ area of Mansouriya, east of Baquba, killing a PMF fighter and injuring three others. [Sumaria]

 

Two men were arrested on terrorism charges in the Qatoun area west of Baquba, according to the Diyala GC security committee chairman. [Sumaria]

 

A local police source says unknown armed men on a motorcycle shot and killed an Iraqi Army captain as he while leaving his house in Khan Bani Saad in south Baquba. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army gathering in Udhaim with light and midsize weapons, killing three soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Daesh has executed four civilians in Hawija on charges of passing information to the Iraqi security forces, a local source said. The victims belonged to the Jubour and Obeid tribes. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing four men (in civilian clothes), accusing them of being Shia PMFs. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says the IAA targeted Daesh in Hawija, killing 13 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A mortar shell fell on an encampment of Turkmen PMF fighters in Bashir village, 25 km (15.5 miles) south of Kirkuk, killing a PMF fighter and injuring two others, a security source said. [Mada]

 

An unspecified number of civilians from an area south of Kirkuk submitted themselves to the protection of the Peshmerga as they fled Daesh-held territory. [PUKMedia]

 

Coalition planes killed ten Daesh militants in strikes near Rashad in southwest Kirkuk, a security directorate source said. [Hawar]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh executed two brothers in Mosul, Ra’id and Omar Al-Jarjari, on allegations of collaborating with Iraqi security forces, a local source in Mosul said, adding that the two were executed by gunfire. Another report by the Kurdish media agency Rudaw cites a KDP official who says Daesh executed three Kurdish residents of Mosul on charges of spying, also by gunfire, after raiding a home and capturing them in Omarkan village west of Mosul. [Mada] [Rudaw]

 

The bodies of twenty-seven Daesh members, including Arabs and foreigners, have been delivered to the central morgue in Mosul in the last 48 hours, according to a local security source, who said the militants had perished in the many Coalition raids on various areas of the city. In a separate story, the morgue was reported to have received the bodies of 20 Daesh militants who had died in airstrikes in Hawija. [BasNews] [PUKMedia]

 

Coalition planes targeted Daesh weapons caches in Abu Sayf village south of Mosul, destroying a large quantity of weapons and killing nine Daesh militants who were guarding them, a Ninewa police source says. The munitions had originally belonged to the Iraqi Army before it abandoned Mosul in advance of the Daesh seizure of the city. [BasNews]

 

Coalition planes also destroyed two Daesh vehicles on the west bank of the Tigris River in Mosul, killing seven militants. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading a man publicly, after accusing him of witchcraft. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of distributing its CDs and publications to people, including children. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing Peshmerga in the Shandoukha village. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

A commander in the Syria Revolutionaries Front has denied any link between his group, which was dissolved last year, and the Army of Revolutionaries, which operates under the Syria Democratic Forces working with the YPG, saying it was only “revolutionary slogans” that made the two groups seem linked. The SRF commander categorically denied that his militia has ever coordinated with the YPG. [Welati]

 

Northeast

The YPG has released its version of the results of the fighting between its forces and Daesh in Ain Eissa on Tuesday, announcing that after its reconnaissance of the area it found it had killed 12 Daesh fighters and captured another, and that it had seized a large quantity of arms and supplies. Hawar news also reported that Daesh shelled Qarquzaq from its positions in Jarabulus, using mortars and heavy weapons. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its anti-aircraft unit in Hasaka. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

Nine civilians including two children were wounded as Nusra Front and its allies continue to shell the Sheikh Maqsoud area of Aleppo city, a local security source said. [BasNews]

 

Daesh shelled the Kurdish town of Tal Aren in the countryside south of Aleppo with mortars and rockets, killing one person and injuring several others, and destroying multiple homes, local security sources said. [PUKMedia] [Welati]

 

Back and forth military battles occurred over one town. Daesh forces seized the town of Braghida in the countryside north of Aleppo on the Turkish border, according to the spokesman for the Jabha Shamiya militia, who said a rapid Daesh attack and deployment of heavy weapons including rockets and artillery forced the militia to retreat, allowing Daesh to seize the town. [ARA]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Syrian opposition groups in Braghida in Aleppo’s northern countryside killing or wounding many of them and capturing two, then captured the Hamzat village (Photos). [Dump]  [JustPaste]

However, Kata’eb Al-Thuwwar says they recaptured Braghida and Hazmat, killing ten Daesh members. [All4Syria]

Jabha Shamiya publishes two videos of the battles in Braghida. [YouTube] [YouTube]

A video of Jabha Shamiya fighters inside Braghida after the battle. [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment. Consistent with its “always victorious” media strategy, we do not expect an update from Daesh.

 

Syrian regime forces and its militia allies advanced rapidly in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, forcing Daesh to retreat, and took control of the village of Aqoula and the Ras Al-Abd area, breaking the Daesh siege on Syrian regime troops inside the Kowaires airport. [ARA]

Central and West

Daesh says it stopped a large Syrian Army attack in the Qaryatayn area, killing 85 soldiers including four officers (video). [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying a Syrian Army tank near Qaryatayn. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the spoils it got near Qaryatayn. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian troops with Kornet rockets in the Homs area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of printing out the school curriculum in Homs. [JustPaste]

 

East

Daesh publishes a video of young boys executing prisoners in Deir Ez-Zor. The video is called “to the sons of the Jews” and it threatens in the video to take over Iraq, Syria, Washington and Tel Aviv. [DabiqNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is making sure that its evil will continue long after it’s gone. The kids in the videos are from different countries and some of them might be no older than 10 years old. Daesh is training such kids by the thousands.  

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Egypt. Daesh says it killed a “spy” in his house in Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Libya. An informed source says several Daesh members were transported to Ibn Sina hospital in Sirte. The source says they might have been wounded in an unknown airstrike on Nawfaliya. [AfriGate]

The municipal council of Sabratha issued a statement denying reports about the presence of terrorist groups or Daesh training camps in the city. The council asked media outlets to come and visit the city instead of depending on unreliable sources from outside. [AfriGate]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a strange statement, as Daesh said it has terrorists in Sabratha and many Libyan terrorists caught in Tunisia said they were trained in the city.

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Al-Sabri in Benghazi. [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia. Security forces arrested a Daesh cell of three members in Beja. The terrorists were spying on security headquarters in the area, preparing to conduct terrorist attacks on them. [Tunisien]

 

Afghanistan.  Daesh says it stopped an Afghani Army attack in Nangarhar, killing five soldiers and forcing the rest to flee (photos). [JustPaste 

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Facebook page  of Daesh supporter in Mauritania (from prison)

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/VIOHILL

https://twitter.com/alshami206

https://twitter.com/monaser_l

https://twitter.com/rkrk4m34

https://twitter.com/asdasd123hhh

 

December 2, 2015

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Failure of water system threatens public health in Mosul.

Heat is on Erdogan on multiple fronts regarding alleged Turkish cooperation with Daesh.

Daesh gains ground against opposition forces in Syria.

Cameroon Army reports freeing 900 hostages, killing 100 Boko Haram fighters.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Twenty-two Daesh fighters were killed in fighting to clear the east and southern approaches to Ramadi, an Anbar Operations source said, adding that security forces destroyed seven vehicles and a truck bomb and seized explosive materials. [BasNews]

 

IAF planes conducted airstrikes on Daesh positions in Tarabasha north of Ramadi, killing 20 Daesh leaders of Arab and foreign nationality. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it shelled Iraqi forces near the Albu Farraj Bridge north of Ramadi with mortars. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh never previously mentioned it had lost the bridge.

 

Coalition airplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle, killing the terrorists inside it, in Albu Ali Al-Jassim northwest of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

East of Ramadi, Iraqi Rapid Intervention forces killed two Daesh members and defused 23 IEDs, an Anbar security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Rapid Intervention units in east Hsaiba killed 13 Daesh fighters, including a sniper, and destroyed four hideouts and defused 13 C4 IEDs. [IWMC Report]

 

An Iraqi Army officer and two soldiers were killed yesterday and two officers and a solider wounded in the failed Daesh attack on Tal Mshaihda east of the city. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

The IAF bombed a Daesh hideout in the industrial area in Falluja city, killing a Daesh Chechen leader called Abu Bilal. [IWMC Report]

 

The head of the Anbar Governorate Council has requested that Iraqi forces open safe passages for women, children, and seniors to exit Falluja, citing the “very difficult security situation” inside the city with food and other vital supplies dwindling, as well as Daesh’s threats to execute civilians who attempt to flee the city. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. We realize the statement is contradictory, but this is what he said.

 

Iraqi forces killed a terrorist and wounded another in Nuaimiya just south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says it bombed and rocketed Iraqi forces in different areas in Falluja District. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi Army building in Albu Sawda in Qarma and in Zoba’a with a 23 mm cannon. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Iraqi forces killed 14 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle and a hideout in areas east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

IAF planes struck a Daesh hideout in Albu Daaij east of Falluja, killing eight Daesh members and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Baghdadia]

 

An Iraqi Army 24th Brigade unit clashed with Daesh fighters in the Lihaib area in Qarma, killing one and forcing the rest to flee. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command troops destroyed 60 IEDs and a car bomb and defused two booby-trapped houses in the Baghdadi area. [IWMC Report]

 

The Command also said the Iraqi Tenth Division Artillery killed ten Daesh members and destroyed 27 IEDs and a vehicle bomb in fighting around Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

An Iraqi Army air raid targeted a Daesh gathering in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing 15 Daesh militants. [Mada]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces killed three Daesh snipers hiding in a cave in Makhoul Mountains. [Ghad]

A PMF source says his troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Harbi]

Another PMF source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Fatha area. [HarbiShirqat

 

A video of a Saudi Daesh member captured by Iraqi forces. [YouTube]

 

Shirqat

The IAF destroyed a Daesh hideout in Sdaira area east of Shirqat, killing 8 terrorists including a commander. [IWMC Report]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations Command troops found 20 IEDs and 2 rockets in addition to other explosives in the Tayoub area in Samarra District. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh supporters republish the Samarra high school graduation certificate of Daesh leader Awwad Baghdadi. [Ana Al-Muslim]

DaeshDaily comment. The interesting thing about this old photo is that it shows a stamp of the Baath party division in the area on his diploma. All high school graduates were forced to get their diplomas stamped at the nearest Baath party headquarters; otherwise they wouldn’t be able to enter college. The Baath party division gave the student a rank of one, two or three. “One” means the student is a Baath party member (the vast majority of students were forced to join anyway); “Two” meant a supporter but not a member; and “Three” meant not a member and not a supporter. Baghdadi got a One.

This document doesn’t show that Baghdadi was a Baathist per se; however it shows he is not like other former Iraqi AQI leaders like Omar Hadid who were linked to the jihadists in Afghanistan before 2003. He was part of the official Baathist establishment as shown by the fact that he was accepted into the College of Islamic studies, which required a security clearance, and then was appointed as a mosque imam in Baghdad, which required a direct approval from Izzat Al-Douri, Saddam’s Vice President.

Baghdadi also did graduate study at the College of Islamic Studies. Only students with rank “One” could be admitted to study for a post graduate degree, no matter what their standing was in their undergraduate class.

 

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Salam rocketed a Daesh hideout west of Samarra, killing 8 Daesh members including two local commanders. [Harbi]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

An IAF airstrike in northern Salahuddin killed “tens” of Daesh fighters including the organization’s military commander in the Makhoul Mountains known as Abu Saif Al-Souri. The airstrikes targeted Daesh gatherings identified through intelligence gathering. [Mada] [PUKMedia]

 

An IED exploded on a PMF foot patrol in the Himrin Mountains, killing one PMF fighter from Hawija and wounding 16 others. [Baghdadia]

 

BAGHDAD

The general secretary of Kata’eb Hezbollah says the deputy chairman of the PMF Commission, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, bought $300 million worth of weapons for the Iraqi MoD, while the MoD’s allocation for the PMFs is only about 8% of the Ministry’s budget. He asked the Ministry to increase its PMF budget to 4 trillion Iraqi dinars (around $3.3 billion). He added a claim that 20,000 PMF fighters were killed or wounded in the battles against Daesh so far. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. And from where, may we ask, did Mr. Muhandis get the money?

 

Prime Minister Abadi has “ended the duties” of the Minister of Trade, Muhammad Abd Al-Kareem Al-Kasnazani. He said he considers the Minister “resigned” from his position and says he failed to discharge his ministerial duties. Last month an investigative court in Baghdad restricted the Minister and several other high-level officials in the Trade Ministry from traveling pending adjudication of corruption charges. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: The Minister is implicated in several corruption cases and his bodyguards admitted killing Ministry employees who wanted to report the corruption.

 

PM Abadi also vowed to open an extensive investigation into the killing, by unknown gunmen, of Kirkuk GC Mohammed Khalil Al-Jubouri two days ago. The Badr organization has already announced that it holds Daesh responsible for the killings. [BasNews] [Sumaria]

 

An MoD spokesman says Iraq will file an official complaint with the Security Council if the reports about Turkey buying Iraqi oil from Daesh turn out to be true. [PUKMedia]

 

The Kata’eb Hezbollah killed five would-be suicide bombers targeting Shia pilgrims heading to Karbala in a battle lasting over an hour, a security source said. All five bombers were killed in the battle with no civilian or Hezbollah casualties announced. [Sumaria]

 

The MoD publishes a video of airstrikes on Daesh in several areas. [MoD Website]

 

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit defused 4 IEDs in Tal Al-Samar and another one in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near the main supermarket in Shaab in north Baghdad, wounding a civilian. [Ghad]
  • The body of an unknown woman was discovered in the Al-Nasr area of east Baghdad bearing multiple stab wounds [Mada]
  • One person died and two were injured when a sticky IED attached to a civilian car exploded in the Karrada District in central Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in the Zafaraniya area of southeast Baghdad, killing two and wounding four others. [Mada] Unknown armed men opened fire on a civilian in Zafaraniya, killing him on the spot. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded in the al-Furat area near a bakery complex in southwest Baghdad, killing two and wounding seven others. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • A roadside IED exploded in the Street 9 area of Bayya in southwest Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding two others. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]
  • An IED near a commercial area killed one and wounded six others in the Iskan area of west Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded on an Iraqi military patrol in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad, wounding four soldiers. [Baghdadia]

 

KIRKUK

A funeral was held for the slain Arab Kirkuk GC member Muhammad Khalil al-Jubouri in a Kirkuk city cemetery. Governor Najmaldin Karim has denounced the killing and committed security forces in the region to work swiftly to find the perpetrators. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says 150 families escaped from Daesh controlled areas in Hawija and Shirqat and headed to Kirkuk waiting for Peshmerga approval to get in. [Ghad]

A PUK official says many families are leaving Hawija and Shirqat towards Mosul, anticipating an attack on both cities. [IraqPress] [See Mosul story below]

 

Videos of families escaped from Hawija and secured by PMFs [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

The IAF destroyed two Daesh IED factories in Hawija. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says Coalition airplanes bombed Daesh locations in Riyadh and Rashad in southwestern Kirkuk, killing ten terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Sinjar

Seven Peshmerga fighters were killed in the Jadarai village in Sinjar when a booby-trapped house exploded, the Mayor of Sinjar announced, pointing out that the death toll was higher than the number of Peshmerga killed in the liberation of Sinjar. [Rudaw]

 

Mosul

Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Sinjar, and in Qayara in southern Mosul District, killing and wounding 35 Daesh members.  [Mada]

 

Mosul has been without running water for the last three weeks, since emergency power has been cut in the city, a local resident said, alleging that the Iraqi government is hesitant to try to liberate the city now and warning of a humanitarian catastrophe in the making. Residents have turned to drinking well water, which is polluted and unfit for drinking, causing illness to spread, especially among children. [Mada]

 

Tens of families have fled from Hawija and Shirqat to Mosul, for fear of Coalition airstrikes, a PUK source said, saying that the families had arrived after Daesh expelled the original Christian, Kurdish, or religious minority inhabitants to take up residence in the vacant houses. [PUKMedia]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The General Secretary of the Peshmerga Ministry says the United States sent heavy weapons for the Peshmerga. The weapons are now in Kuwait and will arrive in a month. [IraqPress]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

 Another report from Turkey translated by a DaeshDaily friend

Turkey’s left-wing Bir Gün newspaper reports that an opposition deputy has raised a question in parliament about Russia’s accusations that Daesh is selling its petrol through Turkey, aided and abetted by the Turkish government. CHP legislator Mahmut Tanal, from Istanbul, cited Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s statement following the downing of the Russian jet that, “Turkey has demonstrated with this act that it is protecting the Daesh militants. Bearing in mind the direct financial gain that certain Turkish officials who are involved in the distribution of petroleum products manufactured at facilities belonging to Daesh derive from this process, this is nothing surprising.”

Tanal submitted a list of questions with the request that they be answered by Interior Minister Efkan Ala: “Is the distribution of petrol produced at facilities belonging to the Daesh terror organization being conducted on Turkish territory? Who are the Turkish officials whom Medvedev alleges are involved in the delivery process? Is there a connection between the delivery of petrol products alleged to be conducted jointly with Daesh and the grounding of the Russian warplane? Was said warplane grounded for the purpose of strengthening economic ties and to please the petrol manufacturers?” [Bir Gün]

Russia has published a video of oil tankers crossing the border from Syria to Turkey. [RT]

Erdogan said today that no one has the right to insult Turkey by accusing it of buying oil from Daesh. [Aawsat]

 

The KRG representative in Moscow has told Russian authorities that he suspects that Turkey maintains economic ties with Daesh. [PUKMedia]

 

The German TV channel ARD has reported that Daesh sells captured Yazidi women in “slave markets” in southwest Turkey. Its correspondent was reportedly able to make contact with a Kurdish middleman who has assisted families in negotiating the paid release of family members. With the middleman’s help the ARD correspondent was able to negotiate the sale of a prisoner, receiving instructions to visit an office in Gaziantep where the TV correspondent presented a sum of $15,000 for the release of an eleven-year old girl. The money was mechanically counted by the staff in the office, reportedly staffed by Syrians only. Shortly after this the correspondent received a WhatsApp message confirming that Daesh had received the payment and would release the girl. The Kurdish middleman Abi Mital said he had been able to secure the release of 250 Yazidi women and children in this fashion and that Daesh had taken over $250 million in return for their release. [PUKMedia]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Daesh forces attacked the town of Tal Aren with shells and mortars, killing two civilians and wounding ten others. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes a video from Raqqa of beheading a Russian (Chechen) “spy” who joined Daesh in 2014. The execution was conducted by a terrorist who also spoke Russian. [Archive]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Safawiya village east of Ain Eissa. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked YPG forces west of Ain Eissa then a suicide terrorist attacked the YPG with a vehicle bomb, killing 26 Kurdish fighters. [A3maq]

 

Northwest

Daesh says it captured the town of Kufra in Aleppo’s northern countryside from Jabha Shamiya and Ahrar Al-Sham (photos and a video). [JustPaste] [A3maq]

Other news sources say Daesh forces reclaimed territory in fighting with the Democratic Syria Forces in Kufra between Afrin and Azaz, an Afrin District spokesperson said. SDF fighters had just liberated the village from Daesh some days ago. Nusra Front fighters had loosened their control over roads leading to the area, which helped Daesh in its battle with the SDF, the source said. [BasNews] [Welati] [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading a man in Manbij accused of witchcraft. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Usually Daesh uses this accusation against Sufi Muslims.

 

A Daesh Sharia court judge known as Farouq was found dead in his home in Manbij near Aleppo, prompting Daesh to conduct widespread detentions of more than 30 residents, a local activist told BasNews. In the same region, in the town of Bazae, between Manbij and Al-Bab, five Daesh members have been killed by unknown assailants in the last two days. Daesh has reportedly arrested more than 250 residents in the past five days in the area, four of whom it executed on Tuesday. Daesh also reportedly publicly executed a man in Jarabulus on charges of blasphemy. [BasNews] [ARA]

 

Daesh also launched heavy shelling and rocket attacks in the countryside north of Aleppo, but the Syrian Front and Fatah Halab forces were able to put down the attack. [ARA]

 

The Ahrar Souriya Brigade along with Nusra Front has launched mortar and rocket attacks on the Sheikh Maqsoud District of Aleppo, resulting in as many as ten civilian deaths and a number of injuries. The brigade forces were in turn targeted by airstrikes by unidentified air forces. [Welati] [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Central and West

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide bombers attacked a Syrian Army convoy near Al-Qaryatayn in eastern Homs, killing around 30 soldiers and destroying 2 tanks and an armored vehicle. [Dump]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh publishes the fourth issue of its Konstantiniyye (Constantinople) magazine. [Archive]
Daesh publishes a video of some of its German terrorists. By the end of the video one of them blows himself up to kill Shia somewhere in Iraq. [GoogleDrive]

 

Daesh publishes infographics about its operations in Iraq and Syria during the month of November. [A3maq]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Yemen. Daesh publishes photos of executing two security personnel in Hadhramaut. [JustPaste]

 

Libya.   Several media sources said Daesh is training some of its terrorists to fly airplanes using a simulator that might have been looted from a government facility. [AfriGate]

Council of Mujahidin in Derna executed a local Daesh leader who was captured earlier. [Erem]

 

Tunisia.  Security forces were deployed extensively in Tunis after reports about potential attacks. [AfriGate]

Tunisian authorities conducted 227 raids and arrested 20 terrorism suspects. [Tunisien]

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its media events in Sirte. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes two photos of the weapons it captured from Shuhada Abu Sleem militia in Derna. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a video of its terrorists in Harawa celebrating the Paris attacks and sending more threats. [Archive]

 

Other locations

Cameroon.  The Cameroon Army says its military operations near the Nigerian border killed 100 Boko Haram terrorists, released more than 900 hostages, and confiscated weapons and vehicles in addition to Daesh flags. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A pro-Daesh page from Mosul

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/majd_alkhalil1

https://twitter.com/basha_0006

https://twitter.com/fahdhammod200

https://twitter.com/asdasd123hhh

https://twitter.com/Katusha__38

 

 

 

December 1, 2015

Golden Division

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Airstrikes hit more Daesh targets in Ramadi city.

Sunni Arab leader and former Finance Minister Rafaa Al-Issawi convicted on corruption charges.

Arab leader on Kirkuk Governorate Council killed by unknown assailants.

Ninewa MP blasts Barzani for demanding territorial concessions as a condition for Peshmerga participation in Mosul liberation.

Pro-Turkey militias attack Syrian Democratic Forces expanding in northeastern Syria.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The spokesman for Anbar GC says many Daesh terrorists were killed and several hideouts and weapons storehouses destroyed in airstrikes on Daesh locations in different parts of Ramadi city. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says the IAF killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a hideout and a vehicle in Ramadi city, while Coalition airplanes conducted 11 sorties in the city, killing four terrorists and destroying Daesh locations and hideouts. [AIN]

 

Iraqi Joint Operations Commander confirmed yesterday’s reports that Iraqi forces have asked Ramadi’s citizens to vacate the city as soon as possible in advance of the imminent government assault. [MoD Website]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says the IAA targeted Daesh in Albu Dhiab north of Ramadi, killing five Daesh fighters and destroying a vehicle. [Sumaria]

 

An Iraqi JOC source says Iraqi forces cleared the Al-Jamiya area north of Ramadi from Daesh and captured large stretches of the International Highway. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi forces clashed with Daesh fighters in Tal Mshaihda east of Ramadi, an Anbar Police source said. 30 Daesh members were killed while four Iraqi security personnel were wounded including a major, the source added, saying that Iraqi forces were able to recapture the position after Daesh took it and held it for a couple of hours. [Ghad]

The Chairman of Khaldiya District Council says that during the battle the IAA destroyed six Daesh vehicle bombs attacking Tal Mshaihda. [Maalomah]

Daesh’s version is that it attacked Iraqi forces in Tal Mshaihda, destroying 9 tanks and 3 Humvees and burning down 15 small structures. [Dump] Daesh publishes photos of the battle in Tal Mshaihda. [JustPaste] [Dump]

A video of Iraqi forces after the battle in Tal Mshaihda. [YouTube]

 

The IWMC says Rapid Intervention units killed 6 Daesh snipers, defused 7 booby-trapped houses, and destroyed 68 IEDs east of Ramadi. [Mawazin]

 

The IAA killed five Daesh terrorists in a boat, apparently trying to sneak into east Hsaiba, the IAA commander says. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi forces captured the Ramadi Glass Factory west of Ramadi, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

A video of Iraqi forces clearing the Hay Al-Sikak area southwest of Ramadi. [Harbi]

A video allegedly of the contents of a Daesh member’s cell phone found in Ramadi [Iraqia]

 

Falluja

Iraqi Army 24th Brigade Unit destroyed a vehicle bomb, killing the terrorist inside, in the Abedi area near Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces killed 14 Daesh terrorists and wounded 4 and destroyed a vehicle in Qarma. [AIN]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing Iraqi forces in different parts of Falluja District. [JustPaste] [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

The MoI’s Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell and the Joint Operations Command destroyed a Daesh suicide bomber location and an IED storehouse in Hit, killing 21 Daesh members and wounding many others. Daesh issued a curfew in the area and executed four of its members, accusing them of providing information to Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi artillery shelled several Daesh targets in the Rabi’ area east of Albu Hayat, killing 10 Daesh members. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition planes launched an airstrike on Daesh’s Hisbah (religious police) headquarters in the Al-Jabal area in Hit, destroying the site and killing four Daesh members, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi planes dropped leaflets over Hit, urging residents to keep away from Daesh banners and not to raise the banners. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The interesting question may be whether this signals a larger campaign to recapture Hit or is just a public advisory to avoid potential bombing locations. 

 

Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh hideouts in two areas in Baghdadia subdistrict, killing 30 Daesh members, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IWMC says Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh hideout and killed a sniper in the Sukariyat area in Siniya. [Mawazin]

 

The IWMC says Dijla Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh military camp in the Himrin Mountains area. [Mawazin]

 

Iraqi forces found a weapons and explosives cache with dozens of IEDs and Katyusha rockets inside, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

Tikrit

An unknown armed group stormed the Tikrit General Hospital and opened fire on two individuals inside, killing them both, a Salahuddin police source said. [Mada]

 

Samarra

A PMF source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout and a vehicle west of Samarra. [Harbi]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

IFP forces captured two Daesh members trying to infiltrate into Balad, according to the Iraqi Federal Police Commander. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi forces with IAA helicopter support stopped the latest Daesh attack on the Allas and Ajil oil fields, destroying three vehicles and killing and wounding several of the attackers. [Ghad]

 

Dozens of families fleeing Daesh-held territory in Kirkuk and Ninewa governorates have reached Salahuddin Governorate and received aid from the authorities there, a local source said. [Mada]

 

A video of the car bomb explosion in Tuz on Nov 28 [YouTube]

 

BAGHDAD

A Criminal Court in Baghdad has sentenced former Finance Minister, Rafaa Al-Issawi, to seven years in prison on corruption charges. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Issawi is a major Sunni political leader whose highly publicized run-in with Al-Maliki, including government arrest of his bodyguards, helped to destabilize Iraqi politics and contributed to the Daesh takeover of Sunni provinces in Iraq. The corruption charges are apparently unrelated to that history but his conviction is likely to be yet another issue some Sunni Arabs have with the government.

 

A leader of the Union of Patriotic Forces, the Sunni coalition in the CoR, has said the United States prefers to delay the liberation of Iraq from Daesh in order to avoid having PMFs hold territory taken from Daesh. In his remarks, MP Abd Al-Adhim Al-Ujman said the US prefers that tribal forces hold territory retaken from Daesh, and as such prefers to delay operations given that these forces are not yet ready for the task. [Sumaria]

 

UNAMI, the United Nations Mission in Iraq, says a total of 888 Iraqis were killed and 1237 wounded during the month of November. [Sumaria]

 

Baghdad Operations Command forces found a hideout containing nine IEDs and a number of explosives in the Um Najem area of north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 60th Brigade unit killed three terrorists and wounded another in the Atar area northwest of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

A 60th Brigade unit killed a Daesh member and wounded two others as well as destroying a machine gun-carrying vehicle in the al-Obeid area in northwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Security forces found three IEDs, an explosives vest, and other explosives in various areas of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Iraqi government has reportedly welcomed the decision of Germany to expand its involvement in the campaign against Daesh following the recent terror attacks in Paris. [Xendan]

 

An advisor to the CoR speaker Saleem al-Jubouri has denied reports which claim the Speaker visited Turkey recently to take part in a national reconciliation conference. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: The so-called national reconciliation conference about which some reports have circulated was apparently held without any major announcement in advance, and is reportedly backed by an Anbar businessman with ties to several unregistered or falsely registered companies that have been among those able to fraudulently access large sums of dollars in hard currency from the Iraqi Central Bank. The same businessman is also reportedly tied to the scandal in which Daesh was able to obtain a large number of Toyota vehicles which it uses in its operations.

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army “source” and wounded another in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [JustPaste]  Daesh also says it attacked an Iraqi Army convoy in Arab Jabour with light and midsize weapons. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it shelled the Ameriya police station in west Baghdad with three mortars and a rocket. [JustPaste]

 

A Baghdad Operations Command source says security forces captured a Daesh explosives storehouse in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad. [Harbi]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on a Shia gathering in Shaab in north Baghdad and said it was conducted by an Iraqi. [Dump]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded targeting a security convoy in Saba al-Bor in north Baghdad, wounding four soldiers. [Mada]
  • Two bodies of unknown men were found bearing gunshot wounds in Husseiniya in north Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • The bodies of two unknown men were found bearing gunshot wounds to the heads and chests in Jurf Al-Naddaf in south Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Rashid in south Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding three. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near an industrial area in Hay al-Amil in southwest Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • A sticky IED exploded under a small bus in the Hurriya area of northwest Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others. [Mada]

 

A video of another suicide bomber killed before attacking Shia pilgrims in Baghdad. [YouTube]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh publishes photos of breaking through an Iraqi Army location in Buhriz just south of Baquba and executing the soldiers there. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Shia pilgrims in a small bus near Buhriz without giving information about casualties. [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Diyala

Displaced families are returning to the Sadiya area, the Sadiya subdistrict directorate said, announcing that there have not been any new instances of forced displacement recorded in the area. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Unknown armed men shot and killed Mohammed Khalil Al-Jubouri, a Kirkuk Governorate Council member who headed the GC’s Arab bloc, after stopping his vehicle at a checkpoint in the road in the Tisein area of Kirkuk city, a security source says, adding that the Councilman’s wife was also severely wounded in the attack. [Ghad] She subsequently died in the hospital. [Ghad]

 

Daesh has been forcing individuals who seek to leave the areas under its control to pay a reported sum of US$300 each, a security source says, adding that the organization has made an unspecified large amount of money from such payments given that many people are seeking to leave. [Mada]

 

Daesh has abducted 35 individuals belonging to the Kurdish Ansar al-Islam terrorist group and the pro-Baathist Naqshbandi group in the Qadessiya junction of Rashad District, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Kirkuk city, a Kirkuk security source said, explaining that the abductions apparently come as retaliation for the two armed groups’ killing of a prominent Daesh commander. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has reportedly moved dozens of its fighters from Rashad toward villages in the adjoining Daquq District, a local security source said.  [Sumaria]

 

Three women hanged themselves in Hawija after Daesh compelled them to marry its members, a local source said. [Sumaria]

 

An MP from Kirkuk says the Iraqi government has failed to protect the Arabs in Kirkuk. He says they failed to prevent Daesh from capturing Arab areas in Kirkuk, and that the assassinations have not stopped since 2003. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says two unknown men on a motorcycle shot and killed an Egyptian Daesh commander in Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

An MP from Ninewa Governorate has accused KRG president Masoud Barzani of making Peshmerga involvement in the operation to liberate Mosul from Daesh “conditional” on the annexation of disputed areas to the IKR. Relatedly, a Badr MP has announced its rejection of the KRG’s alleged ambition to annex the Ninewa Plain and other disputed areas to the KRG, saying that such questions can only be resolved through dialogue and the constitutional process and not by force of arms. [Karemlash] [Karemlash]

 

Daesh executed the journalist Azhar Adnan Rashid, from the Mosul newspaper Al-Huduba, a Ninewa police source said, adding that the body of the journalist, who was abducted two months before, was turned over to the Mosul morgue.  [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Daesh executed Zuhair Al-Araiji, who was secretary to an ex-MP, after he was detained by the organization two weeks ago. He also says Peshmerga forces captured 12 individuals suspected of maintaining communications links with Daesh, in villages in the Tel Keif District east of Mosul, [PUKMedia]

 

Coalition planes killed more than 30 Daesh militants in Qayara including Abu Obeida, the local Daesh military commander, in airstrikes that reportedly targeted the Daesh sharia court near the main hospital in the area, a PUK official said. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says Coalition airplanes bombed a Daesh checkpoint on the Hatra Bridge linking Ninewa to Baiji, killing 7 Daesh terrorists. [Mawazin]

 

A Peshmerga source says five Daesh terrorists were killed in an airstrike on Hay Al-Shuhada in Qayara and four others were killed in another airstrike on the Khabata village in Makhmur District. [Harbi]

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Qayara. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur

Daesh publishes a video allegedly of an American drone shot down in Gwer. [A3maq]

 

Northwest Ninewa

A Coalition airstrike on a Daesh convoy in Tal Afar killed 13 militants including the local military commander, known as Rownaq Muhammad Tahir Al-Afari, a PUK official said, adding that the airstrike also destroyed the four Daesh vehicles in the convoy. The same official said that Daesh had executed five civilians in Mosul city including three former Ninewa police officers, a former election candidate and, as reported earlier, the director of the Mosul sugar plant. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK official says 11 Daesh members, including a local leader and 3 foreign fighters, were killed in Daesh internal violence in Tal Afar. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles near the Shandoukha village northeast of Tal Afar. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The Saudi monarch King Salman has received the President of the Kurdistan region, Masoud Barzani, in Riyadh, according to official Saudi media. Barzani arrived Tuesday with a delegation from the KRG and was received by the King and a number of high-ranking emirs. The visit comes after the KRG delegation was received in the UAE earlier in the week. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Free Syrian Army has announced that it possesses copies of signed contracts linking Turkey to the purchase of oil from Daesh. [Xendan]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The Syria Democratic Forces have cut the lines between Daesh positions in Shaddadi and the territory it controls in Iraq after taking new territory in the village of Hawaziya and other areas on the strategic line linking the two Daesh-held areas, northeast of Shaddadi city, according to a military source in the Hasaka countryside. The source also said that the SDF have seized the rural village of Umm Madfaa south of Hasaka after fighting that erupted yesterday in which 13 Daesh members were reportedly killed including a Tunisian commander. Daesh is continuing to move its members and their families out of the areas around Shaddadi towards Deir Ez-Zor, the source added. [BasNews]

 

Local sources said Daesh might leave Shaddadi city to the Democratic Syrian Forces in an arrangement brokered by local tribal leaders to save the city from further bombing and destruction. The sources say Daesh is withdrawing gradually from Hasaka southern countryside to Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. The fact that local tribes were apparently able to negotiate Daesh out of town is significant.

 

The YPG issues a statement saying clashes with Jabhat Al-Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham continued southwest of Kobane, and Al-Nusra shelled Hay Al-Sheikh Maksoud in Aleppo killing a child and wounding 4 civilians and destroying 30 houses and 18 shops. The YPG also says Daesh attacked their positions west of Ain Eissa without giving more information. The YPG admitted today the explosion in Tal Tamr yesterday was from a car bomb and not from an old land mine as reported. [Hawar] [Hawar] [ROJ] [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. The timing of the attacks by Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham on the YPG and Jaish Al-Thuwar (a Syrian armed group within the Syrian Democratic Forces) raises serious issues. The Syrian Democratic Forces continue to make progress east of Raqqa and have captured many villages and a couple of cities from Daesh. It makes no sense that armed groups all claiming to be both anti-Daesh and anti-Assad are fighting each other unless you register that the attacks on the SDF are by groups allied with Turkey. Most of the SDF soldiers are YPG Kurds. Turkey is hostile to their territorial ambitions and wants to keep them (and by extension other SDF) out of Raqqa. Raqqa is precisely where the US would like to see them go. (We concede this is confusing, but don’t blame the messenger.)

 

Online activists uncovered the death of 6 Daesh media members in Hasaka last week. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes a video of shelling and rocketing the YPG in northern Raqqa countryside. [A3maq]

 

Northwest

Daesh publishes a video of the Russian bombing on a water station in Khasfa in Aleppo’s eastern countryside. [A3maq]

 

A video of a Daesh recon drone shot down by Jabha Shamiya in Kufra in Aleppo. [YouTube]

 

South

Daesh said it detonated a booby-trapped motorcycle on a Syrian armed group in Yelda in Rif Damashq Governorate, killing three fighters. [JustPaste]

 

East

Daesh has reportedly executed two of its commanders, both of Moroccan origin, in Deir Ez-Zor, after they were pronounced guilty on “morals” charges in a Daesh sharia court, local sources said. One official was reportedly assassinated by unknown armed men as he left the Hisbah court in the Ashara area.

Local sources also reported that Daesh arrested 50 young men in Mayadin and Bukamal east of Deir Ez-Zor, removing them to the military airport where they were reportedly required to dig graves as punishment for offenses they had committed. Daesh continues its ban on Internet cafes in and around Mayadin, without announcing why the ban is in place or when it might be lifted. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Archive]

 

Jordan. Unknown armed men shot at a police patrol in Irbid, killing an officer and another policeman. Local sources say such incidents, most likely conducted by Daesh, are increasing in the Kingdom but the Jordanian authorities are keeping silent about them. [Erem]

 

Lebanon. Al-Nusra released 16 Lebanese soldiers in exchange for 13 prisoners of the Lebanese Army. The Lebanese Army prisoners included Awwad Baghdadi’s ex-wife and her two children with a Kuwaiti Nusra leader who is her second husband. The exchange was done through a Qatari intermediary. [ARA] [Aawsat]

 

Libya. A military source says Libyan airplanes bombed a meeting of terrorist leaders in Ajdabiya and conducted 7 sorties on Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia. The Tunisia fires the Minister of Interior, a week after the major terrorist attack in Tunis. [IslamMemo]

Tunisian authorities arrested 28 more terrorism suspects during 347 raids. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria. The Algerian Ministry of Defense says the Army found 1.6 tons of explosives in Boumerdes, 50 km (31 miles) east of the capital. [IslamMemo]

Daesh says it damaged two Algerian Army vehicles with an IED in Qasantina. [JustPaste]

 

Other locations

Pakistan. Daesh said its terrorists attacked Din TV Station in Lahore with hand grenades, wounding two policemen and several employees. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Jaish Al-Thuwar page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/albara225

https://twitter.com/syhsgsgj

https://twitter.com/AbuAlkhatab45

https://twitter.com/dawabet1

https://twitter.com/tatmadad3

 

November 30, 2015

1

 

Daesh’s Media War (2) [continued from last week]

So who could help us to fight Daesh propaganda?

 

Ironically, the only group that could compete with Daesh media using Daesh’s own rhetoric is Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda and Daesh came from the same origins, with similar radical intentions–but with one difference: Al-Qaeda envisions a long-term project, which makes it even more dangerous than Daesh; but we will come to that later.

 

Al-Qaeda online supporters can brag about its history in killing civilians without getting much objection from Daesh supporters. No one can accuse Al-Qaeda of being more peaceful or less hateful than Daesh. Al-Qaeda follows the same takfiri line and idolizes the same radical clerics.

Al-Qaeda’s target audience is the only one that matches Daesh’s media audience.

 

It would be an embarrassment to use Zawahiri’s anti-Daesh rants to counter Daesh, but some people think it would a good idea to draw on preachers like Maqdisi, Abu Qatada, and Hani Al-Sibai to counter Daesh messaging. But they are no better than Zawahiri when it comes to instigating hatred and violence. Recall that Maqdisi was Zarqawi’s teacher and the one who introduced him to Islamic radicalism when he was still a low-life thug in Amman; that Abu Qatada was the one who issued the fatwa legitimizing the killing of Algerian soldiers’ families; and that Sibai publicly supported the 9/11 attacks. How could anyone think that using such people will lead to anything good?

 

These men are producing anti-Daesh materials, but they haven’t shown any sign of retracting their previous positions. They still espouse the same hatred towards everyone, and they support violence and killing. Their opposition to Daesh should not be their ticket to further spread their poison. We are dealing with Daesh now, but it is only part of an even larger problem and these are some of radicalism’s ugliest faces. Being anti-Daesh won’t make them suddenly the “good guys.” The same thing could be said about the countless other clerics who appear in the media with similar views.

 

That does not mean no one is left to counter Daesh messages. However, our current messages are not that effective with Daesh’s target audience. We need to rethink the entire thing and start over.

 

First, let’s admit that no matter what we do or say, Daesh will still be able to recruit and attract some people here and there, and we must be prepared to eliminate them when we can. Let’s also admit that the radical Islamic rhetoric is deeply rooted and well-publicized all over the world. If all of Daesh’s recruits were motivated by religious zeal, the logical counter-strategy would be to oppose its radicalism with arguments from moderate, mainstream Islam, with frequent citations from the Quran. However, the people who join Daesh are not a cross-section of the Muslim population. Those who join do so for different reasons, and religious reasons are actually not the most important. Some of the joiners are not even practicing Muslims or are not Muslims at all. We have to analyze Daesh’s media audience more deeply in order to win the game.

[To be continued]

The first part of the article can be found here.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Iraqi forces gearing up for Ramadi invasion; advise citizens to leave now.

Al-Abadi, two other Iraq leaders reject McCain’s proposal for more US ground troops.

Daesh reactivates phone lines in Mosul, bans satellite receivers.

 

An interesting article looking at the role of Daesh’s destruction of archaeological and cultural heritage sites in the areas it controls, and its media strategy relative to this policy. The author says that, while Daesh is hostile to idols, it has its own idols. [JSTOR]

 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Iraqi forces stopped their advance on Ramadi from the west, north, and south to allow families to exit the city through newly established checkpoints in advance of the anticipated assault on the city, the deputy chairman of Anbar GC says, adding that Iraqi forces continue to advance on the town from the east. The Iraqi joint command has issued a statement asking civilians to leave the city immediately and exit to the south. [Mada] [Mada]

 

Coalition planes bombed multiple Daesh positions inside Ramadi, killing five Daesh militants and destroying three vehicles and a hideout.

Coalition planes also destroyed a Daesh mine field and a vehicle, in addition to killing seven Daesh militants including three snipers, in areas north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAF bombed Daesh in Thirthar northeast of Ramadi, destroying a rocket launcher, six vehicles, and two hideouts, a security source says. [Mada]

 

The IAF launched airstrikes on Daesh held areas of Madhiq, 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Ramadi, destroying houses and killing and wounding several Daesh militants, an Iraqi Joint Operations Command source says. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces have completed the liberation of the east Hsaiba area east of Ramadi city, reportedly destroying 11 IEDs, defusing six booby-trapped houses, and killing five terrorists in the operations. An Iraqi officer was killed and another soldier wounded. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces have also completely cleared the Tameem area southwest of Ramadi, a security source says. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces defused 142 IEDs west of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says a child was killed and four wounded in bombing on Jazeera Khaldiya (photos). [JustPaste]

 

A video of Iraqi forces blowing up a Daesh vehicle bomb in Hay Al-Sikak west of Ramadi. [Harbi]

A video of the US-trained Golden Division in a battle in Ramadi area. [YouTube]

Falluja

Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh in the Saqlawiya area, killing many Daesh members including a Syrian terrorist known as Abu Jarrah al-Shami. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces killed four Daesh militants, wounded four others, and destroyed three hideouts and an IED factory in various areas east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 40th Division troops killed 16 terrorists and destroyed two vehicles and three hideouts in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Rapid Intervention forces repelled a Daesh attack in the Albu Sawda area of Qarma [MoD Website].

 

Daesh publishes a photo of shelling Iraqi forces in the Tareq Camp east of Falluja with Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command forces cleared 50 houses, destroyed 47 IEDs, and defused 39 booby-trapped houses in areas east of Baghdadi. [IWMC Report]

 

West Anbar

The Suqoor Intelligence Cell reportedly provided targeting information for air strikes on Daesh guest houses for suicide bombers in Al-Qa’im, resulting in the death of 32 Daesh members. The slain reportedly included high ranking Daesh targets of various nationalities including Syrian, Russian, and Saudi citizens, as well as Iraqi Daesh members wanted on charges of killing a policeman and burning members of the Albu Nimr tribe to death. [Baghdadia] [Suqoor Intel Cell Facebook Page]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Heavy clashes erupted between Iraqi forces and Daesh fighters in the Makhoul Mountain area, in which an unspecified number of Daesh militants were killed, security sources said. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in the Fertilizers Factory area north of Baiji and in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste] [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Shirqat

Daesh has tightened its security measures in the Shirqat area, after graffiti appeared in the area saying “Death to Daesh.” The authors of the graffiti are not known. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

Iraqi forces destroyed 11 IEDs near the strategic line west of Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces defused a Daesh armored vehicle bomb, in the Albu Eissa area east of Samarra, security sources say. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces near Mkaishifa and Samarra with mortars, rockets and IEDs. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its snipers targeting Iraqi soldiers west of Samarra. [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Iraqi security forces arrested a suspect who had infiltrated into Dhuluiya on charges of involvement in multiple terror attacks. [Ghad]

 

BAGHDAD

The Ministry of Interior has issued a statement holding Iran responsible for the situation on the Iraq-Iran border that erupted over the weekend. According to the current legal arrangement between the two countries, Iranian nationals are required to obtain visas to enter Iraq on pilgrimages. With the upcoming pilgrimage for the Shia observance of Arba’in, tens of thousands of Iranian faithful are making their way to the border crossings in hopes of making their way to Kerbala. However the Iranian authorities are bound by the agreement not to allow any of their citizens without a visa to cross the border. On Saturday, however, large crowds of Iranian pilgrims were allowed to approach the border before obtaining visas, resulting in a stampede that injured several border guards and destroyed property in the border zone of Zurbatia in Wasit Governorate. Iraqi border authorities, overwhelmed by the crush of the crowd, eventually allowed the Iranians to enter Iraqi territory without a visa. [Mada]

 

An IED exploded targeting Shia pilgrims in the Basateen area of Shaab in northeast Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five others. The body of an unidentified man was found bearing fatal gunshot wounds, also in Basateen. Also in Shaab, Iraqi forces killed a would-be suicide terrorist wearing an explosives vest, intending to attack pilgrims in the area.

DaeshDaily comment: This incident reflects a pattern we have noticed in previous incidents as well – a deadly IED in Basateen followed by the discovery of a body of an unknown man in the same area. We cannot confirm this, but suspect that such murders are retaliatory attacks by Shia militias after terrorist attacks are carried out in a given area. There is no assurance that the person killed in “retaliation” was guilty of anything.

 

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) troops killed two would-be suicide bombers attempting to target pilgrims near Mahmudiya in south Baghdad, and Iraqi forces killed another suicide bomber preparing to detonate his explosives vest on Shia pilgrims passing through the Saidiya area of south Baghdad, the BOC has announced. Iraqi forces also defused two IEDs in Arab Jassim in south Baghdad.  [IWMC Report] [Mada] [Mada] [BOC Facebook Page] [Sumaria]

A video of the suicide bomber killed in Saidiya. [Harbi]

 

The Minister of Defense met yesterday with US Senator John McCain to discuss the war on Daesh and US support for Iraq. The Iraqi Minister stated after the meeting that the world should realize that the Iraqi Army has regained its confidence and should back its struggle against Daesh. Senator McCain made remarks in the media calling for further troops to join the ground war against Daesh (a position he has often taken in the US).

This set off a negative reaction, however. Prime Minister Abadi said Iraqi forces including the military, police, tribal forces, and PMFs are currently fighting Daesh, and that the Iraqi government did not seek more manpower on the ground for the fight, instead asking for further support in the form of arms, training, finance, and air support. Hakim al-Zamili, the Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the CoR, forcefully rejected McCain’s remarks, going as far as to say that Iraq would fight against any additional forces that entered the country to fight against Daesh. The Badr militia commander also opposed McCain’s suggestion, saying that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar are financing Daesh and allowing the terrorists to enter Iraq; according to him, if the US is serious about fighting Daesh it could stop these countries from their support and facilitation of the group. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [BasNews] [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment. The Iraqi reactions to McCain can’t be taken at face value. Abadi has to rely on President Obama’s continued support, even if some think it too limited, so can’t take the political risk of supporting Republican proposals to provide more help (whatever he personally thinks). Reality is that the Coalition bombing and other military assistance is absolutely essential and that he needs all the additional help he can get. The generally anti-American line and dubious competence of the committee chairman, a Sadrist, has been shown in numerous public statements we have reported. The Badr commander is once again reiterating his pro-Iran propaganda line; minimizing the US military role also minimizes its influence, which allows Iran to increase its influence. Reality is that Iran can’t save Iraq and that American support is critical.

 

A Sunni MP from Anbar says the US promises to Iraqi Sunnis are “empty” and the real support could be helping to reconstruct the political process in Iraq and help Sunni Iraqi politically and militarily. [BasNews]

 

Iraqi forces captured four suspects who were distributing radical takfiri printed materials in the Jaara area of Mada’in in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Security forces captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in the Jisr Diyala area of southeast Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

 

The IAA conducted 20 sorties, the IAF 32, while the Coalition conducted nine over various areas of Iraq. [IWMC Report]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near the main market of Tarmiya in north Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and five wounded when an IED exploded in the Saba Al-Bor area of north Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Armed men dressed in military uniforms shot at a civilian who was operating a private generator in the Binouk area of east Baghdad, killing him and wounding his son. [Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and four wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in the Sheikh Omar area of downtown Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Security forces arrested a displaced person from Ramadi in possession of a fake identity badge purportedly from the Council of Ministers, as well as photos and videos of important buildings in the Green Zone. The suspect was reportedly trying to enter the Green Zone, allegedly to take additional photographs of potential targets. [Ghad]
  • An IED exploded in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad, killing the driver of a civilian car and wounding three Iraqi soldiers traveling inside. [Mada]
  • Security forces found the body of an unknown man bearing fatal gunshot wounds in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a popular restaurant in the Jisr Diyala area of south Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a produce market in Ameriya in west Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]
  • A Sahwa leader was assassinated by unknown armed men in the Ghazaliya area of west Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Dijla Operations Command arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Muqdadiya. [IWMC Report]

 

KIRKUK

A woman was killed and her four children wounded as they tried to escape Daesh controlled areas in Kirkuk after an IED exploded in their path, a Peshmerga source says. Daesh has apparently sown the ground leading out of its areas with roadside bombs to prevent residents from fleeing their control. Security sources secured 12 Arab families that have escaped from Hawija and allowed them to enter the Dibis district, a Peshmerga source says. Iraqi artillery bombed Daesh hideouts in Hawija, behind the Himrin Mountains to secure the escape of the families who are attempting to leave the area. [Baghdadia] [Mada] [Mada]

 

Videos of families who escaped from Hawija. [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh reactivated the phone lines in Mosul city, a local source says. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment: The phone lines even in Mosul are operated by the Iraqi government communications directorate for the area, but Daesh had cut the service.

 

A security source says Daesh issued orders prohibiting the people of Mosul from using satellite receivers and confiscated the receivers from the local markets. [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Daesh started to sell the properties of the Yazidis, Christians, Shabaks and other ethnic groups for low prices in a public auction in Mosul. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh executed the manager of a major sugar factory in Mosul and several of her employees because she refused to re-start production at the factory, currently out of operation, at Daesh’s request. The execution reportedly took place in the Ghizlani military camp before the victim’s body was delivered to the morgue in Mosul. The family was prevented from holding a funeral, per Daesh’s normal practice. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a Daesh police official was killed with two of his associates in a Coalition airstrike on a Daesh convoy in the Ghabat area. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man publicly, allegedly for killing his wife. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Aski Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Daesh publishes a video of the result of the bombing on the college of education in Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit. Police in Wasit Governorate arrested a wanted man in Suwaira on charges of involvement in multiple Daesh attacks, and found weapons and explosives in his possession. [Ghad]

 

Marshes. The Minister of Water Resources says drought in the Marshes in the south resulted from Turkey releasing only small amounts of water to Iraq and from Daesh’s control of several dams. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

After arresting the journalists who published the story and the video about the Turkish weapons shipment to Daesh and the judges and policemen who confiscated it, Turkish authorities arrest three high-ranking police commanders. [Cihan]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

A Kurdish military source says the Democratic Syria Forces supported by Coalition airpower captured the southern Hasaka Dam on the Khabur River after killing 15 Daesh fighters. The source also says the DSF are advancing towards Shaddadi city. [BasNews]

 

Local activists say Daesh terrorists gave Kurdish residents of Al-Thawra city in Raqqa Governorate one week to leave their houses with their personal belongings and threatened to kill anyone who stays and to burn down their houses. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says its terrorists parked a vehicle bomb carrying more than 500 kg of explosives near a YPG gathering the Ughaibish village south of Tal Tamr northwest of Hasaka, killing more than 15 people. [Dump]

Daesh publishes two photos and a video of the explosion. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

Local activists said 16 YPG fighters were killed in the explosion on Sunday, while YPG sources said a land mine left by Daesh exploded without causing human casualties. [ARA] [Asayish]

 

Northwest

Daesh says one of its suicide bombers attacked a Syrian Army gathering near the Kowaires airbase with a vehicle bomb, followed by other fighters attacking the soldiers. Then a Tunisian suicide bomber attacked with another vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many soldiers. [Dump]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles south of Kowaires. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says Russian and Syrian airplanes bombed Dar Al-Fatah more than 300 times recently, killing 212 people and wounding 152. Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing. [JustPaste]

 

Local sources say Daesh continued its shelling on the Kurdish-majority town of Tal Aren without giving information about casualties. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling YPG forces with locally made rockets west of Ain Eissa. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West

Daesh says Syrian troops tried to advance near Al-Qaryatayn, after heavy Russian bombing, but Daesh stopped the attack and forced the Syrian troops to retreat (video). [JustPaste] [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the spoils it got after the attack. [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh publishes the third issue of its Manabi’ magazine in Russian. [CTS]

Daesh publishes the seventh issue of its Dar Al-Islam magazine in French. [Archive]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Egypt.  Two unknown armed men on a motorcycle shot and killed four security members and confiscated their weapons in Giza. [Mogaz]

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army Humvee in Qarm Al-Qawadees in Sinai. [JustPaste]

 

Libya.   Local sources say Daesh released a Libyan army colonel it captured a month ago without giving the reason. [AfriGate]

Local news sources say Daesh will celebrate the “graduation” of its first Ashbal Al-Khilafa group of 85 boys under 16 years old in Sirte next Friday. Daesh advertised the event through the local radio station. [AfriGate]

Media sources say Daesh is preparing its fighters and weapons to Daesh-controlled areas in Harawa, Nawfaliya and Bani Jawad, preparing to attack Ajdabiya and the oil areas in east Libya. [AfriGate]

A security source says a border officer was assassinated in Ajdabiya, raising the number of similar cases to 38. [AfriGate]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh admitted ten of these assassination earlier. Assassinations aim at creating chaos and intimidating the public. This is often the first step for Daesh to advance in any area. We see a serious risk that Ajdabiya will become the next Mosul.

 

A sniper killed a child in Bab Tobruk in Derna. Daesh terrorists often sneak into the area and attack civilians. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Al-Sabri in Benghazi. [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia. The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says it arrested two suspects who were planning for terrorist attacks in Medenine in south Tunisia and confiscated weapons and explosives. [Aawsat]

The MoI also said it conducted 282 raids during the last two days and arrested 44 terrorism suspects. [Tunisien]

The Tunisian MoI spokesman says security forces captured more than 1200 terrorist cells since the beginning of the year. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Qamishli Media Center page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/seefs48

https://twitter.com/favlimitbot11

https://twitter.com/ammariraqi251

https://twitter.com/dawalhak

https://twitter.com/aymantaj12

 

 

November 27, 2015

Omaya Jbara

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

 Iraqi, Daesh forces prepare for battle over Shirqat.

Sunni tribal leaders reject new Sunni political coalition.

Firestorm in Turkey over Erdogan attacks on newspaper that linked Turkish intelligence to Daesh, as the Russians link his son to Daesh.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Iraqi forces liberated the Rumaila area, 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Ramadi, says Chairman of Khaldiya District Council, adding that many Daesh members were killed or wounded in the operation. [Mada]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tameem south of Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

Falluja

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the bombing on the Zuewiya area west of Falluja. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Iraqi Army Seventh Division stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Hayat, killing five Daesh fighters and destroying a vehicle, the Jazeera Operations Commander says. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of attacking Iraqi forces west of Haditha. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi forces attack on the Harariyat area, killing or wounding 40 soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Shirqat

Reinforcements have arrived for Iraqi forces around Shirqat in preparation for a major assault on the Daesh-held city, aiming to cut it off from supply lines in Ninewa Governorate, an Iraqi Army Captain said. Another source said Daesh has deployed snipers on buildings in Shirqat in preparation for the anticipated attack (video). [Karemlash] [YouTube]

 

The Daesh organization in Shirqat has introduced optional fines as an alternative to corporal punishment for those it finds guilty of “minor” offenses, such as shaving of facial hair or improper clothing. While the typical punishment for such acts has been lashing, from now on those sentenced will reportedly have the option of paying a fine of $15 (in US dollars) for each whiplash in the sentence. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Yet another way for Daesh to raise money. These guys are really entrepreneurial in their own way.

 

BAGHDAD

A slate of Sunni tribal leaders has rejected the new Sunni coalition just established in Amman, saying it doesn’t represent them. Tribal leaders fighting Daesh are the true representatives of the Sunnis, they said. [Mada]

 

A federal court has rejected the legal challenge raised by former Iraqi Vice President Usama Al-Nujaifi against his dismissal and the abolition of his position. [Rudaw]

 

Iraqi security forces in south Baghdad captured six militants who were allegedly planning to target Shia faithful traveling from Baghdad to Kerbala in the upcoming pilgrimage, Baghdad Operations Command announced. [Sumaria]

 

A mortar shell fell on Arab Jabour in south Baghdad, killing a woman and two children and wounding six others. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi MoD publishes video of airstrikes on Daesh positions in Salahuddin, Anbar, and Diyala. [MoD Website]

 

NINEWA

Sinjar

The Minister of Defense, Khalid Al-Ubaidi, traveled to Ninewa, where he visited several military sites in a preview of operations to liberate the Governorate from Daesh. While visiting Sinjar on Friday, the Minister affirmed the Iraqi government’s support for the Peshmerga in the area after the Kurdish forces’ successful recapture of the town. The Minister’s tour of Ninewa came after he traveled to Erbil and held talks with KRG President Massoud Barzani and KRG security officials. [Baghdadia] [Ghad]

 

Mosul

Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh convoy near Badoush, killing 13 Daesh members and wounding three, a Ninewa police source says. [BasNews]

 

Sinjar

A video of Sinjar after Daesh [Mayadeen]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Coalition planes struck Daesh positions in Tal Afar, killing a Daesh wali (local governor) and four of his associates, local sources say. [BasNews]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

The representative of Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Kerbala has stated that PMF fighters should not vacate their positions around Iraq to travel to Kerbala during the upcoming Arba’in pilgrimage. [Ghad]

 

 REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Editor-in-Chief of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, Can Dündar, and another journalist were both arrested on Thursday following the paper’s publication of a video purportedly showing Turkish intelligence involvement in shipments of weapons across the Syrian border destined for Daesh fighters. The video [YouTube] purports to show that Turkish intelligence agents were apprehended by Turkish border police while transporting the weapons. Turkish PM Erdogan reportedly threatened the Editor-in-Chief after publication of the video, saying he would “face consequences.”

Cumhuriyet was awarded the Reporters Without Borders Prize just last week for “independent and courageous journalism.” The arrests reportedly sparked protests as hundreds reportedly turned out to denounce the detention of the two journalists. [Cihan] [TodaysZaman] [QudsArabi]

 

Russian media publish photos purportedly showing Bilal Erdogan, son of Turkish PM Erdogan, meeting with alleged Daesh leaders. [Sana]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Syrian opposition leaders have announced their opposition to the participation of the PYD in the upcoming meeting in Saudi Arabia. [Welati]

 

Northeast

A PYD official has denied recent reports that American forces have arrived in Kobane through the Murshid Pinar crossing, ostensibly to train the YPG militia. [Welati]

 

Northwest

Heavy clashes erupted between the Democratic Syria Forces and rival Sunni armed groups in rural areas north of Aleppo. Kurdish sources say Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham are trying to stop the DSF from advancing in the area. [Qasioun]  [Welati]

 

Weapons from Turkey have been delivered to Syrian armed groups near Aleppo in smaller trucks, local sources say, explained as a change in strategy on the part of Turkish weapons suppliers after Russian jets reportedly targeted larger trucks apparently carrying weapons to fighters in Syria. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the Russian airstrikes on Tadef. [JustPaste]

Central and West

Daesh says Syrian troops supported by Russian airpower tried to advance in areas near Mahin but its fighters stopped the attack, killing 15 soldiers and destroying four tanks and an armored vehicle (photos). [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Egypt.  Daesh publishes photos of blowing up an Egyptian Army vehicle with an IED south of Rafah.  [JustPaste]

 

Libya.  Daesh has claimed responsibility for a series of killings of security and military leaders in Ajdabiya, local media sources say, after committing the tenth such assassination this week. [AfriGate] [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia.  Following this week’s deadly bus attack in Tunisia that killed 12 people, the country’s Ministry of Interior has announced it conducted 367 raids, arresting 40 terrorism suspects and confiscating weapons and explosives. In addition the Ministry says that 92 individuals who had returned to Tunisia from Syria, Iraq, and Libya have been put under house arrest. [PUKMedia]

 

A debate has erupted this week between the Tunisian MoI and the country’s judiciary since it became known that the suicide attacker in the recent bus bombing had been arrested previously but was ordered released by the Tunisian courts, citing lack of evidence. [AfriGate]

 

The Tunisian MoI has reportedly released further information on the terrorist cell captured in Sousse on November 8. Twenty-six takfiris including one woman were initially detained in that roundup. Calling themselves the “Furqan Battalion,” the group was allegedly planning to conduct major attacks in Tunisia. The Tunisian MoI announced it arrested five more members of the same cell yesterday. [AfriGate]

 

Other locations

Nigeria.  A suicide bomber detonated himself inside a Shia gathering in Kano state, killing 21 people. A Daesh Twitter account claims responsibility for the attack. [IslamMemo] [Twitter]

 

Bangladesh. Daesh said on Thursday its terrorists shot at a Shia mosque in Borga in northern Bangladesh, killing a civilian and wounding three. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Daesh Facebook page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/AzdSayil

https://twitter.com/Khaledakis_

https://twitter.com/Qooe_fllo46

https://twitter.com/fhbasnh

https://twitter.com/SADACZXCZXCZXCZ

 

 

November 25, 2015

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Notice: In accordance with our policy of not publishing on US and Iraqi holidays, there will be no Daesh Daily on Thanksgiving Day.

A message to our readers
We are starting to publish segments about different aspects of the war against Daesh, including its theology, propaganda themes, and media strategies. These segments might add up eventually to articles or reports. We would really appreciate your feedback regarding these segments. You can email us directly on info@DaeshDaily.com

Daesh’s Media War  (1)

    Let’s imagine two teams playing each other on the same field at the same time. One is playing soccer, and the other is playing football. The soccer team is scoring as many goals as it likes; the football team is scoring as many touchdowns as it likes. Who is winning?  
    The game is not about goals or touchdowns, however. It’s about winning audience support. 
Daesh’s media war is intended to get more recognition, to intimidate its immediate enemies, to expand its forces and territory, and most immediately to recruit as many men and women as possible, from anywhere and everywhere. The vast majority of people reject Daesh’s message, including Muslims. The real problem is the small number who don’t. If Daesh wins one-percent of its intended audience, Sunni Muslims, it will add up to thousands upon thousands of potential suicide bombers. They already seem to have an unlimited supply. Their game is extremely dangerous. 
    The worst thing any team can do is to play the other team’s game. The FIFA World Cup champions can’t defeat any decent high school football team in football, and the best NFL stars can’t beat any professional soccer team at soccer. 
    Daesh’s media game is based on three major elements: religion, hatred and violence. If we try to counter Daesh using any of these elements we will only empower its narrative. By contrast, the free world stands for many good things, but none is remotely interesting for Daesh’s supporters. Freedom? They hate it. Democracy? They consider it a blasphemy. A better life? They are blowing themselves up by the dozens every day. 
    One possible solution is to hire a professional team to counter Daesh’s game. But who? Daesh is the enemy of the great majority of Muslim traditional schools. Using a Shia narrative, a Sufi narrative, or even a moderate Sunni narrative will not work any better than a non-Muslim narrative. Using the Ibn Taymiya-Abdulwahhab narrative heavily sponsored by Saudi Arabia will add fuel to fire, as most of Daesh’s hatred and takfir towards other Muslims came from that narrative, and at the same time it already considers the representatives of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia as the “Evil Empire.” So they are the enemy but using them will only empower Daesh’s narrative. So, who is left? 
To be continued.    

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

Among today’s major developments:
Internal disputes break out over who has authority in Ninewa’s Sinjar District, Kirkuk province.
Coalition continues heavy bombing in Ninewa; also hits western Anbar.
Dhi Qar mayor slams government mismanagement of marshes.
PYD in Syria challenges proposal to make Euphrates the western border of Kurdish “territory;” wants Jarabulus added.

ANBAR
Coalition planes launched three sorties on unspecified areas of Anbar, killing three Daesh militants. [IWMC Report]

Daesh publishes photos of some of its terrorists in Anbar. [JustPaste]

Ramadi
Two Iraqi forces attacking Daesh positions from different directions seized the Palestine Bridge over the Euphrates, meeting on the newly recaptured structure. Iraqi ground troops with Coalition air support had been attacking Daesh’s hold on the strategic crossing from the north and west. [Baghdadia]
DaeshDaily comment: The IWMC reported the liberation of Palestine Bridge on November 4th. Clearly from today’s news we can see that Daesh recaptured the bridge since that time. However neither the IWMC nor any other official Iraqi source announced in the intervening weeks that the bridge had been lost again. It is expected in any war that there will be setbacks, but we find it troubling that the Iraqi authorities are using policies of obfuscation and stonewalling familiar from Saddam’s style of rule.
The capacity gaps of the Iraqi forces go beyond training and armaments to include lack of capacity in media and public communications. The Iraqi people are in the dark about the advances and setbacks of their own forces in their own country. The Coalition could help by offering training to Iraqi military and security personnel on interacting with the media and sharing information with the media.

Iraqi forces are only 115 meters away from the main gate of the former Anbar Operations Command headquarters, the deputy chairman of Anbar GC has said, adding that the capture of Palestine Bridge has isolated Daesh fighters in Ramadi from those in Falluja. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. This sounds good, but speaking of the government withholding information, when will official government media say something about the reported military campaign of several days ago that had Iraq troops securing the government compound in Ramadi? There were two days of unofficial reports, then nothing.

Daesh has started to blow up dozens of houses belonging to members of the Iraqi security forces in Ramadi and in Albu Aitha north of Ramadi, reportedly as revenge for Daesh members who have been killed in battle, the Anbar Operations commander says. [Sumaria]

Anbar Operations Command troops conducted operations to clear and open roads west of Ramadi, defusing 46 IEDs in the process. [IWMC Report]

A video of the battles in the Kilo 5 area [YouTube]

The Iraqi Army Eighth Division artillery shelled Daesh sites in Malahma, northeast of Ramadi, killing six Daesh militants and wounding five. [IWMC Report]

The IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb that was used in an attempted attack on Iraqi forces yesterday in Albu Farraj north of Ramadi, an Anbar Operations Command source said, without providing further details. [Sumaria]

Falluja
Iraqi artillery attacked Daesh in Albu Daaij, killing the Daesh emir of the area and destroying two vehicles. [IWMC Report]

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi forces in several areas of Falluja District. [JustPaste]

Baghdad Operations Command troops reportedly killed seven Daesh fighters and wounded another, as well as destroying four vehicles, all in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

A Rapid Intervention Unit reportedly killed a Daesh terrorist in Subaihat in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

The PMF Media publishes photos of a mosque in Anbar used to booby-trap armored vehicles. [PMF Media FB Page]

Western Anbar
The IAF destroyed a large car bomb factory in Rutba, destroying nine vehicles including two rigged as vehicle bombs, the IWMC says. [Mada]

A Coalition aerial bombing sortie targeted Daesh gatherings in Rutba city, killing and wounding an unspecified number of Daesh members, a security source says. Eleven people were wounded in one strike, which targeted the Al-Zubair Mosque in the Hay Al-Mithaq area of Rutba, including a child and an old man, local sources say. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]
Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Rutba. [JustPaste]

Iraqi forces supported by tribal fighters targeted multiple Daesh gatherings in the Horan Valley in far western Anbar, 360 km (224 miles) west of Ramadi, the Jazeera Operations Commander said. Iraqi forces reportedly freed three families that had been held by Daesh. Security forces also reportedly captured 550 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and destroyed a booby-trapped motorcycle and a vehicle carrying a machine gun, killing a militant inside it. [Mada]

SALAHUDDIN
Baiji
Iraqi joint forces repelled a Daesh vehicle bomb attack in the Al-Salam area south of Baiji, a security source says. The would-be suicide bomber driving the vehicle was killed and the vehicle destroyed with no other casualties. [Mada]

The IAF destroyed several Daesh boats used to ferry weapons and ammunition, killing several Daesh members in the process, in the area between Al-Fatha and Harariyat near Baiji. [Mada]

Videos of the families that escaped from Hawija area to the protection of Iraqi forces in north Baiji [YouTube] [YouTube]

The IAA targeted a Daesh hideout by the Al-Shirqat intersection just north of Baiji, killing five Daesh leaders and wounding ten, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

Two Daesh members were killed when an IED they were trying to plant in the Makhoul Mountains area exploded prematurely, A PMF commander said. [Sumaria]

Shirqat
Daesh arrested the family of a driver of a Daesh emir after the driver allegedly stole the bulletproof vehicle used to transport the emir, a local source says, adding that the organization has threatened to kill the driver’s captured family if the driver does not return the vehicle within three days. The driver is reportedly a local resident who joined the organization and worked in its assassination squads before earning a promotion to work as the emir’s driver. [Sumaria]

Tikrit
Iraqi joint forces securely relocated 17 families escaping from Hawija to the Al-Alam subdistrict east of Tikrit, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

Daesh says it shelled Iraqi forces in Tikrit city with 25 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

The IAA targeted Daesh positions from which Daesh has shelled Speicher base, killing ten militants. [IWMC Report]

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near the Speicher airbase with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many soldiers. [Dump] [MRKZGulf]
Daesh also says it shelled the Speicher base with 30 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

Samarra
The Iraqi Federal Police uncovered a Daesh explosives factory west of Jazeera Samarra, reportedly seizing a large number of explosives, the IFP commander said. [Baghdadia]

A security source says a civilian was wounded when an IED exploded in a popular market in Samarra city. [Ghad]

Daesh says it booby-trapped and blew up the house of a local official in Samarra. [JustPaste]

A video of Saraya Al-Salam bellowing up a Daesh vehicle bomb [YouTube]

Elsewhere in Salahuddin
The Dijla Operations Commander says Daesh lost over 1,000 fighters in 17 failed attacks to take the Allas and Ajil oilfields over the last eight months. Iraqi forces are now using new strategies to defend the oilfields. [Sumaria]

BAGHDAD
The Shia-dominated State of Law Coalition and Supreme Islamic Council welcomed the formation of the new Sunni Coalition, saying that the grouping could end the political fragmentation within the Sunni community. [Mada]
DaeshDaily comment. Others including the Sunni politicians who commented unfavorably yesterday are likely to think it will add to the fragmentation. So far this is an unclear picture.

The Iraqi Interior Minister and the French Ambassador to Baghdad met yesterday, discussing intelligence and security cooperation. The Minister reportedly told the Ambassador that four months before the deadly terrorist attacks earlier this month in Paris, Iraqi intelligence agents had provided information to their French counterparts regarding a Daesh training camp in Raqqa, Syria, which was specialized in training French-speaking militants. The Ambassador stated that the Paris attacks came as Daesh’s answer to its territorial losses in Sinjar, Diyala, and Salahuddin. The Ambassador also announced that France will extend training to Iraqi security forces in anti-explosives operations, operations to counter the smuggling of antiquities, and other fields. [Mada]

The investigative judge of Rusafa Court in Baghdad announced that security forces arrested four suspects on charges of belonging to Daesh,. The detainees reportedly admitted their involvement in several attacks, including many explosions. [Baghdadia]

A car bomb exploded near a pastry shop in Wardiya in the Mada’in area of south Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven, an MoI source says, noting that the casualty figures are expected to rise. [Mada]

Baghdad Operations Command forces conducted security operations across various areas of Baghdad, killing two Daesh members, wounding two others, and capturing two men wanted on terrorism charges. [IWMC Report]

The IAA reportedly targeted Daesh hideouts in an unspecified area west of Baghdad, killing four terrorists and destroying two hideouts. [BOC Facebook Page]

Baghdad Operations Command troops reportedly defused 28 IEDs across three unspecified areas in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

Security forces reportedly found and defused a vehicle bomb and arrested its owner in Hay al-Jamaa, west Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

The MoD publishes a video of the booby-trapped toys found in Rashidiya last week. [MoD Website]

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in north Baghdad. [JustPaste]

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Rashidiya in north Baghdad, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]
  • The bodies of two unknown men were found shot in the head in Rashidiya. [Maalomah]
  • A college professor was killed, and his wife wounded, when a sticky IED exploded under their car in Suleikh in north Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men fired gunshots on a civilian car in Jamila in east Baghdad, killing two civilians inside. The two victims reportedly worked as farmers. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in Basmaya in southeast Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near Jisr Diyala in southeast Baghdad, killing one person and wounding four. [Mada]
  • An IED targeting a tribal PMF vehicle exploded in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, killing two PMF fighters and wounding three. [Mada]

The IAA reportedly flew 27 sorties yesterday. [IWMC Report] The IAF conducted 6 sorties.
The Coalition conducted 12 sorties on Ramadi, Falluja, Baghdadi, Baiji, Shirqat, Mosul and Tal Afar, killing many terrorists and destroying 7 locations, 2 vehicle bombs, 2 heavy machine guns, a rocket launcher, a hideout, and a mortar location. [IWMC Report]

DIYALA
Eastern Diyala
Dijla Operations Command troops supported by PMFs conducted a search operation in Balad Ruz and captured five men wanted on terrorism charges. [IWMC Report]

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army position in Shahraban with light and midsize weapons, wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]
Daesh says it planted an IED inside the car of a policeman in Shahraban, wounding him severely. [JustPaste]

Northern Diyala
Daesh says it destroyed a police vehicle in Udaim killing an officer and six policemen. [JustPaste]

Elsewhere in Diyala
Daesh publishes photos of beheading a “spy” in Diyala. [Dump] [Dump]

Daesh publishes photos of attacking a house in Diyala and killing three men, two of them Shia. [JustPaste]

KIRKUK
The Iraqi Minister of Interior has refused to send the salary money for Kirkuk police until the Governor fires the Chief of Police for the governorate, a Kurdish CoR member says. [Rudaw]
DaeshDaily comment. This raises the ante in an ongoing dispute. At one level it’s a legal dispute: Who has the authority to appoint provincial Chiefs of Police? The Minister of Interior once had the final approval authority, but the Provincial Powers law seemed to change that. The law is still in the process of implementation, however. At another level it’s a political dispute. The Kurds have had de facto supervisory control of police and security services almost back to 2003 and essentially seized control of Kirkuk city and other areas when Daesh created the opportunity in mid-2014. They have made it clear they want the rest. Other Iraqis inside and outside Kirkuk have made it clear they are opposed. The incumbent Chief is considered by MoI to be politically beholden to the PUK and disloyal to Baghdad at a time when Iraq’s security is at stake.

Fifty civilians escaped from the Khabaza area near Hawija to Peshmerga-held territory in Kirkuk and were moved to sites near Kirkuk city, a Peshmerga commander says. [PUKMedia]

Daesh publishes photos of its snipers training camp in Kirkuk Governorate. [JustPaste]

NINEWA
Sinjar
The Yazidi Spiritual Council has submitted a memorandum to KRG president Masoud Barzani asking his forces to liberate the Yazidi-inhabited areas south of Sinjar and the Bashiqa area in the Ninewa Plain, as well as to provide basic services to the liberated areas of Sinjar subdistrict. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. This looks like a public message in support of KRG control of Sinjar. The Yazidi people are in fact politically divided, with political leaders, militia leaders, and traditional leaders often having different perspectives, and many Yazidis are still loyal to the Syrian Kurds in the YPG who came to help them after the Peshmerga initially pulled out in the face of the Daesh threat.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has reportedly said it will not evacuate government buildings it occupied during the operations to retake Sinjar, saying that there is no order from Baghdad to do so. These remarks drew criticism from the Peshmerga who said the decision to evacuate the buildings in Sinjar has nothing to do with the Baghdad central government. [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment.  We concede this is really confusing, but the summary goes something like this. The YPG claims to act in support of the Government of Iraq, but has no legal authority in Sinjar or in Iraq generally. The KRG is setting itself up as the authority in Sinjar, hopes to achieve permanent control, and has taken over some of its territory, but it has no legal authority in Sinjar. The Iraqi government, which does have legal authority in Sinjar, has no troops on the ground there and so has no real authority.

The General Secretary of the KRG’s Ministry of Peshmerga says the Peshmerga captured only five Daesh prisoners in the Sinjar battle and none of them is Saudi. [Ghad]
DaeshDaily comment. We mention this only because of a previous video clearly showing a Daesh Saudi terrorist caught during the liberation of Sinjar [YouTube]. What’s the purpose of the misinformation?

Mosul
Mosul is “Iraqi territory” and as such the PMF militias will not wait for approval to liberate the city, a PMF leader says, in an apparent reference to remarks made the previous day by KRG president Barzani calling for a political agreement before the town is recaptured. The PMF leader did say, however, that the recapture of Mosul should follow the recapture of Anbar, citing Daesh’s use of supply lines that link Mosul to its territory in Syria through Anbar. [Sumaria]

Coalition planes conducted heavy airstrikes on Daesh locations in the Sultan Abdullah village in Qayara, killing 12 Daesh fighters and wounding many others, a security source says. Coalition planes also bombed Daesh in the Safina village between Qayara and Mosul, killing 15 Daesh fighters. [Mada] [PUKMedia]
A PUK official says the Coalition airstrikes today killed five notable Daesh commanders. [Karemlash]

Peshmerga forces, supported by Coalition air power, liberated three villages in the Wanaki area 35 km (22 miles) west of Mosul, a Peshmerga commander says, adding that his forces killed five Daesh snipers and wounded three others in the operations. [BasNews]

Daesh executed 20 of its members, accusing them of cowardice, in the Badoush prison west of Mosul. [BasNews]

Kataeb al-Mosul announced that its fighters killed two Daesh terrorists, one Iraqi from Baghdad and another with “Asian features,” inside a house that had been confiscated from displaced Mosul residents. [KM Facebook Page]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the bombings on Mosul. [Archive]

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Peshmerga fighters in several areas in Ninewa. [JustPaste]

Northwest Ninewa
Four Daesh snipers originally from Britain were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Al-Kasik camp 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Mosul. [BasNews]

Elsewhere in Ninewa
Coalition planes bombed Daesh in several villages in Makhmur east of Mosul, including Gwer, a Peshmerga source says. [BasNews]

Other Governorates  
KURDISTAN
Turkish military airplanes were seen striking PKK locations in northern areas of Dahuk Governorate, eyewitnesses say. No information is available on the results of the attacks. [Sumaria]

KRG President Barzani met with a delegation of the Syrian National Kurdish Council to discuss recent developments in Syria. Barzani stated that the Roj Ava Peshmerga will have a big role in Syria after the upcoming Syrian opposition conference in Saudi Arabia. [Welati]
DaeshDaily comment: The so-called Roj Ava Peshmerga are displaced Syrians who were trained by the KRG after fleeing to Iraqi Kurdistan. The Syrian Kurdish party, the PYD, has mostly refused their presence in Kurdish areas of Syria, citing their links to the Iraqi Kurdish political leadership.

Air travel has resumed to Suleimaniya and Erbil airports after being briefly suspended due to Russian rockets flying over the Kurdistan region, the KRG Ministry of Transportation has announced. [Xendan]

SOUTHERN IRAQ
The Mayor of Chibayish District in Dhi Qar governorate has sent an open letter addressed to both Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi and to Moqtada al-Sadr, writing that Iraq’s southern marshlands in the last eight months have suffered what he described as the “second worst catastrophe” since Saddam’s forced desiccation of the marsh areas in the 1990s. The mayor cites neglect on the part of the central government, writing that the Minister of Water Resources (associated with the Sadrists) has not visited the Iraqi marshlands even once. In his letter he describes crippled agricultural and fishing industries, and says animals have perished by the thousands and fish stocks have been decimated. [Sumaria]

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

The leader of the PYD in Syria said that Jarabulus forms part of “West Kurdistan” (i.e. Syrian Kurdistan) and Turkey has no right to intervene in the area, apparently responding to earlier Turkish demands that the YPG-backed Syrian Democratic Front halt its advance on Daesh-held territory at the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. The PYD chief said that the Jarabulus area, west of the Euphrates, is at least 50 percent Kurdish and that Syrian Kurdish militia forces therefore have a right to operate there. [PUKMedia]

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

Northeast
Eyewitnesses say Turkish helicopters flew at low altitude 3 km inside the Syrian borders in Hasaka countryside, covering 20 square km. They say this is the first time Turkish helicopters flew this low over the area. [ARA]
The YPG spokesman said two helicopters flew over YPG controlled areas north of Qamishli and warns that the YPG will “take the necessary measures” against such breaches in the future. [ARA]
DaeshDaily comments. Making statements you can’t back up is the height of military folly. If the Turks weren’t intimidated by the Russians, how much would they fear the YPG militia?

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the Russian bombing on a grain silo east of Raqqa. [JustPaste]

Northwest
A Jabha Shamiya commander says Daesh shelled Mare’ with mortars wounding 8 civilians. He also says Daesh members tried to sneak to Mare’ but the JS captured two of them and forced the rest to flee. Coalition airplanes bombed Daesh in several areas in Aleppo’s northern countryside on Tuesday killing five terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [ARA]

Daesh says heavy clashes erupted with the Syrian Army after airstrikes near the Jamiliya village near Kowaires airbase. Daesh says it shelled Syrian troops with mortars, killing 6 soldiers and wounding 6 and damaging a bulldozer. Daesh says the Syrian Army sent reinforcements but one of Daesh’s suicide bombers attacked them with a vehicle bomb, killing 24 soldiers and wounding many others. [Dump]

Daesh has been shelling the Tal Aren area in the Al-Bab countryside since yesterday, a local activist says, saying the attack has caused damage to civilian property. [BasNews]

The Iran Revolutionary Guard has issued a statement denying reports that its commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani was injured in Aleppo. [BasNews]

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Manbij and says two civilians were wounded. [JustPaste]

Central and West
Daesh publishes a video of the fighting in Mahin. [Archive]

East
A local activist says two Daesh leaders, a Tunisian and an Egyptian, defected recently in Bukamal, while a Saudi leader was captured before he could escape. He also says five Daesh members surrendered to a Syrian armed group in the area while Daesh police arrested more than 20 people in east Deir Ez-Zor. He says many Daesh members are trying to flee because of the recent defeats. [ARA]

A local activist says Daesh hisbah thugs broke into the funeral ceremonies of a man Daesh executed recently in Mayadin because his son is a soldier in the Syrian Army. The mourners clashed with the hisbah who called for more reinforcements. Daesh sent many of its terrorists and arrested everyone in the ceremonies. [ARA]

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

Egypt.  Thousands of people participated in the funerals of the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Arish (video). [Youm7]

Libya.  Eyewitnesses say three anti-Daesh men were assassinated within two hours in Ajdabiya. [AfriGate]
A Libyan official says the Daesh media officer in Sirte, Abu Jalal Al-Maghrebi, was killed with five other Daesh members by Libyan airstrikes on Tuesday. [AfriGate]
A video of Daesh Tunisian members captured by the Libyan Army. [Ewan]

Tunisia.  Tunisian authorities issued several decisions after the attack yesterday on the presidential guard bus in Tunis. It declared a state of emergency for 30 days, activated the national plan to fight terrorism and radicalism, intensified the campaign against terrorism websites, and closed the border with Libya for 15 days, among other steps. Twelve people were killed and 20 wounded in the attack, including four civilians, and a body thought to belong to the suicide bomber was found. [Tunisien] [Tunisien]
Daesh claims responsibility for the terrorist attack yesterday and says it was done by a Tunisian terrorist with an explosives vest. [JustPaste]
The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says 10 kg of Samtax explosives were used in the terrorist attack yesterday. It also says the same kind of explosive was confiscated coming from Libya. [Tunisien]

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day
Ean Libya News page (news agency Facebook page)

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day
https://twitter.com/91EicB84HegTnJ9
https://twitter.com/FuR_SN_ANeSr_14
https://twitter.com/kjuvgfd7
https://twitter.com/blackhawk_vx
https://twitter.com/sebe_1212