An Update On ISIS Activities

December 10, 2015

Bashiqa Map

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments

High-level discussions continues as Turkish troop crisis continues.

Iraqi forces advance in Ramadi.

US denies troop deployment to Ramadi air base.

Coalition planes destroy bridge linking Hawija and Shirqat

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

While Iraqi officials carried on remonstrating over the presence of Turkish forces in Ninewa Governorate, high-level Turkish officials weighed in on the controversy, with contradictory input. Turkish PM Erdogan has rejected the idea of Turkish withdrawal while the Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad seemed to suggest withdrawal might be possible, with conditions.

 

Erdogan says the Turkish troops are in Bashiqa and other locations for training missions and they might be increased or decreased depending on the situation. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. His Excellency is trying to mix the Turkish troops who are training the Peshmerga in Erbil and Suleimaniya with the troops in Bashiqa. Those two cities are within the KRG official control but Bashiqa belongs to the central government.

The blunt truth is that Turkey is in Bashiqa because (1) the military camp there was created by former Governor Nujaifi, who has been exposed as a lead conspirator in this scenario along with the shadowy National Mobilization Forces organization; and (2) because Barzani facilitated their movement into Bashiqa, taking advantage of the Peshmerga presence in the area and the fact that Iraq could not do anything about it. This has nothing to do with training anybody and looks so far like Stage 1 of a three-party conspiracy against the Iraqi government. 

 

The Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad, Faruk Kaymakcı, said his country would be willing to withdraw its forces if the Iraqi government takes over the role of protecting its trainers, the CoR Defense and Security Committee announced after talks with the Ambassador today. One committee member, Iskandar Wutout, said that the Ambassador’s justifications for the Turkish presence in that session were “flimsy and unconvincing.” He predicted that the crisis would not be easily solved since it was, in his words, a “conspiracy planned in advance.”

DaeshDaily comment. Bashiqa is near the front lines between Daesh and the Peshmerga-held territory in Ninewa province in an area that is disputed between the Iraqi central government and the KRG, which has maneuvered for years to incorporate northern Ninewa into the anticipated independent Kurdistan. Iraqi forces can’t deploy to that area at this time so the task would fall to the Peshmerga. So the Ambassador’s suggestion that Iraqi forces take over security at the Bashiqa encampment may meet resistance in Baghdad as this would imply their acknowledgement of Kurdish control over this part of Ninewa.

 

The head of the Turkish intelligence service, Hakan Fidan, and Turkish foreign ministry advisor Feridun Sinirlioğlu arrived in Baghdad, sources at the Baghdad International Airport said, to discuss the crisis. The Iraqi foreign ministry confirmed that the talks took place, providing no details, but an unidentified committee member told Al-Ghad that the Ambassador said the Turkish deployment came at the invitation of the former Governor of Ninewa and some MPs. [Mada] [Mada][Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Assuming the Ambassador was quoted correctly, his explanation is an admission that Turkey’s actions are unauthorized. The former Governor, Nujaifi, has no current authority by definition, and was actually voted out of office. “Some MPs” could include any self-selected group, possibly the new and self-named High Coordinating Committee. None of these people have any individual authority to authorize foreign troop movements into Iraq.

 

The Iraqi Prime Minister’s office has repeated its assertion that Turkish troops entered Iraq without the knowledge of the government, saying through its media office that the training program did not justify the “disgraceful violation” of Iraqi sovereignty on the part of the Turks. The PM’s office has also announced that it told the Turkish delegation that the solution to the crisis must include a Turkish withdrawal. [Xendan] [Mada]

 

61 Iraqi MPs have submitted a demand that the parliament investigate the “Turkish penetration” into Iraqi territory, CoR speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri said.

Iraq’s Minister of Transportation, Baqir Al-Zubaydi, said that the Turkish deployment represents a “threat to national security” and, referring to Iraq’s F-16 and Sukhoi jets, said Iraq was “capable of striking any occupation [force], be it Turkish, or Arab, or by any other name.” [Sumaria]

 

Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan said in a press conference that a tripartite meeting would be held on December 21 between Ankara, the KRG, and Washington, without mentioning the possibility of Baghdad’s involvement. He said bluntly that his country would not withdraw its forces since they are, according to him, deployed to Iraq to train Peshmerga fighters, not to take on a combat role. However, he also said that Turkish forces were in Ninewa to promote stability in the region. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki called for the PMFs to prepare for “the enemies’ plans” for the partition of Iraq. He accused Turkey of “treachery” and called for mass demonstrations on Saturday “to reject the Turkish presence on Iraqi soil.” [Sumaria]

 

The United States Embassy issued a statement affirming its official position that military deployments inside Iraq by external forces must have the agreement of the Iraqi government. [Ghad]

 

The five permanent members on the UN Security Council are supportive of Iraq’s position with respect to the Turkish deployment, the Iraq foreign ministry spokesman has said. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

The US Embassy in Iraq has issued a statement denying reports in Iraqi media, (which we reported yesterday) that US forces have landed at Ayn Asad airbase near Ramadi and will engage in combat. [PUKMedia]

 

Iraqi Criminal Courts have issued a death sentence to the military commander of Daesh’s Kirkuk “wilaya,” the judicial authorities announced.  [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition killed the Daesh “minister of finance,” known as Abu Sallaf, in a recent airstrike, said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [DabiqNews]

Daesh says its terrorists shot and killed 2 members of the Sunni Islamic Party in Tarmiya. The two were brothers. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit killed 2 terrorists and defused 4 IEDs and 2 booby-trapped houses in the Difa’ Al-Jawwi area in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An IFP force found explosives and IEDs in the Batta area in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a commercial area of Hamamiyat village in Taji north of Baghdad, killing two people and injuring eight others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men killed two civilians in Tarmiya north of Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A sticky IED mounted under a civilian car exploded in the Adhamiya area in east Baghdad, killing one person inside and wounding two others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men opened fire on a PMF member in the Kasra wa Atash area of Sadr City in east Baghdad, killing him. [Sumaria]
  • An IED blast in a commercial area of Zafaraniya, southeast Baghdad. killed one person and wounded seven others. [Mada]
  • Daesh says its terrorists killed a “spy” in his house in the Sayyed Abdullah area of Mahmudiya in south Baghdad. [DabiqNews]
  • An IED blast near a residential complex in Saidiya, south Baghdad, wounded two civilians. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area on Street 60 in Dora, south Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others. [Mada] [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a medical complex in the Wardiya area of Mada’in, south of Baghdad, killing one person and injuring four others. [Mada]

 

The MoD publishes a video of airstrikes on Daesh in Anbar and Salahuddin. [MoD Website]

Coalition airplanes flew 10 sorties on Shirqat, Tal Afar, Mosul and Falluja killing many terrorists, including a Daesh leader in Shirqat, and destroying 6 locations and 6 vehicles, including 4 vehicle bombs. [IWMC Report]

 

ANBAR

The chairman of Anbar GC has called on Iraqi families in Anbar to submit to the local authorities the names of their family members who have been abducted or disappeared, in order to create a centralized list for purposes of human rights monitoring. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

Iraqi forces have taken control of Ramadi’s central rail station, says the head of the Khaldiya District security committee. [Ghad]

 

As of Wednesday Iraqi forces have taken “complete control” over the western portions of Ramadi city, in the area between Palestine Bridge and Qasim Bridge, the Iraqi Counterterrorism Agency commander said. [Sumaria]

Iraqi forces supported by the IAA and Coalition warplanes cleared the road to the Al-Qasim Bridge and stopped a Daesh attack in the area, killing 15 Daesh terrorists and wounding 10 and destroying two vehicles. Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAF destroyed two vehicle bombs and a boat in an air raid on Jisr Al-Warar in central Ramadi, the IWMC announced. The IAF also hit targets in Albu Farraj and Albu Dhiab, north of Ramadi, killing a total of ten Daesh members and destroying Daesh vehicles. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

 

The IAF destroyed two sniper hideouts in the Al-Dubat area south of Ramadi, killing two Daesh snipers, the IWMC says, while an Anbar Operations Command source said that a security operation south of Ramadi killed four Daesh snipers attempting to obstruct the progress of security forces on the main international highway.  [Mada] [Mada]

 

On Thursday Iraqi forces took control of the southern part of the Malaab area south of Ramadi city, inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh, a security source said. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: The Malaab area was announced earlier as liberated but from today’s story it appears that it was lost again before being recaptured by Iraqi forces.

 

Iraqi Eighth Infantry missile units struck Daesh positions in the Madhiq area east of Ramadi, destroying a vehicle bomb and killing “tens” of Daesh members. [Baghdadia]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroyed three Daesh vehicles in the Abu Teban area west of Ramadi, killing the occupants. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Iraqi forces inside the liberated Anbar Operations Command. [MoD]

 

Coalition airstrikes destroyed 9 hideouts, 3 boats and 2 locations in the Ramadi area. [IWMC Report]

 

Anbar Operations Command artillery shelled a Daesh gathering in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 6 Daesh members and wounding 4 and destroying a vehicle. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout in Tal Mshaihda east of Ramadi and two vehicles carrying 9 fighters in Albu Farraj to the north. [IWMC Report]

 

An IAA helicopter was targeting a Daesh hideout when the pilot noticed a group of civilians and changed the rocket’s path in Albu Chlaib northwest of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says several civilians, mostly children, were killed or wounded in an airstrike on Ramadi (photos). [ADI]

 

Falluja

An Iraqi Rapid Intervention unit defused 27 IEDs in several areas east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army excavator with a 23mm cannon. [ADI]

 

Iraqi troops killed 5 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in the Al-Rofa area in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi forces destroyed a booby-trapped house and also a Daesh mortar launching location in Albu Sawda in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Tribal fighters of the Albu Nimr broke a Daesh siege in the Abu Delaya area near Haditha where six people had been trapped, allowing the six to reach safety, and destroyed a vehicle and an excavator in the operation. [Sumaria]

 

Western Anbar

Daesh says two Syrian brother attacked an Iraqi Army convoy with a vehicle bomb carrying a machine gun on the road between Ain Al-Asad and the Kilo 160 area west of Kubaisa, killing many soldiers and destroying many vehicles. Daesh says the remaining vehicles were targeted with IEDs, killing 15 soldiers and destroying 7 vehicles. Daesh published a photo of the two terrorists. [DabiqNews]

 

The Al-Suqoor (Falcon) Intelligence Cell has announced 22 Daesh members were killed in a coordinated operation with Iraqi joint forces and central intelligence that targeted the local headquarters of a suicide-attack ring in the Jraijib area of Al-Qa’im which the force said had been planning suicide attacks on Iraqi forces in Anbar and Salahuddin. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IAF bombed a Daesh location in Zuwiya village in the Makhoul Mountains area killing several Daesh members. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAA killed 20 Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area and destroyed a fuel station used by Daesh in Harariyat north of Baiji, killing or wounding 10 terrorists. [IWMC Report]

 

Shirqat

A Coalition airstrike in the Shumait area destroyed the bridge linking Shirqat to Hawija. Iraqi warplanes struck Daesh sites in the same area, killing “tens” of Daesh members, the IWMC says. Another airstrike in the same area killed the Daesh administrator for the local area and two of his associates. [Baghdadia] [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

Shirqat is “in range,” a PMF commander said, claiming that the Daesh-held city would fall quickly to Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations Command troops supported by PMFs destroyed 25 IEDs and defused 27, and destroyed 4 vehicles, a shovel and an excavator in different areas west and southwest of Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles west of Samarra. [DabiqNews]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Iraqi forces defused 25 IEDs in the Yathrib area south of Balad, a Salahuddin Command source said. [Ghad]

 

Unknown gunmen in military garb kidnapped two civilians in the Askari area of Tuz Khurmatu, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A member of Diyala GC has said that tribal PMF forces in the governorate are facing conditions of “extreme poverty,” blaming the central government for failing to pay salaries for these fighters. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Dijla Operations Command troops supported by PMFs found 12 IEDs, 8 hideouts, and 4 observatory locations, in addition to a bulldozer and explosives materials, and destroyed 25 IEDs near Albu Hishma south of Muqdadiya. [IWMC Report]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it destroyed 5 electricity towers in Sadiya. [DabiqNews]

 

The head of the Udhaim council announced that the area is completely in the control of security forces and that the danger from Daesh is 110 km (68 miles) away. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in Udhaim, killing three soldiers. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee in another area of Udhaim. [DabiqNews]

 

Diyala police have announced the capture of a second Daesh hideout within a month, in the Himrin Mountains. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh local command center inside a water plant in the Qayara area south of Mosul, killing twenty Daesh members including local commanders, as well as destroying weapons and explosives, the Ninewa Operations Commander said, adding that the local population was in a “state of revolt” against the Daesh, which had weakened its control. [Baghdadia] [Mada]

 

A Peshmerga officer says Coalition airplanes bombed and destroyed Daesh rocket launchers on Mount Bashiqa. The officer says Daesh used to rocket Peshmerga troops from the mountain. [ARA]

A PUK official says Coalition airplanes bombed Daesh in Badoush and Bashiqa, killing 10 terrorists and wounding 6. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK official says Daesh executed a female teacher in Mosul for refusing to teach her students Daesh’s new curriculum. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh has executed a judge from the Mosul appeals court, in the Bab al-Toub area in central Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh executed 3 former Iraqi Army officers in the Badoush prison. The officers were captured 9 months ago and refused to “repent”. [BasNews]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh beheaded another man in Mosul, accusing him of witchcraft. [Karemlash]

 

A Ninewa police source says unknown armed men shot and killed two Daesh snipers in downtown Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighter destroyed a Daesh vehicle south of Mosul, killing or wounding 4 terrorists. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Daesh publishes a video of the battles near the Shandoukha village. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Bazkartan area. [DabiqNews]

 

Other Governorates 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babil. The deputy chair of Babil GC escaped an assassination attempt as he returned from Baghdad, the official said, stating that gunmen opened fire on his vehicle as he was traveling but that no one was injured in the attack. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Local activists say Daesh captured 5 young men in the Ain Al-Hara village, southwest of Hasaka, and forced them to join its fighters. The activists say this is the first time Daesh enforced compulsory military service. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Many reports appeared earlier that Daesh is doing this.

 

Local sources say 3 car bombs exploded in Tal Tamr in Hasaka’s western countryside killing or wounding many people. Local sources say one of the vehicles targeted a YPG checkpoint and one targeted an Asayesh center while the third exploded in a main street. Welati says the three vehicles were loaded with sugar. Other sources say two vehicles exploded near two markets while the third exploded near a hospital (photos). The hospital received the bodies of three people killed in the attack, including a doctor, and 17 wounded so far.

The PYD management in Jazeera accused Daesh, Turkey and the recent opposition-group meeting in Riyadh of organizing the attack to counter the Syrian Democratic Forces.

[Qasioun] [ARA] [Welati] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man publically after accusing him of murder. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing the YPG east of Ain Eissa. [DabiqNews]

 

Northwest

Eyewitnesses say Daesh withdrew more than 300 vehicles and 5 tanks from Deir Hafir, 50 km (31 miles) east of Aleppo towards Manbij after the Syrian Army advanced from the Kowaires airbase area towards the city. [BasNews]

 

Local activists say Coalition airplanes and Apaches targeted Daesh heavily near Manbij, killing many terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles.  [BasNews]              

 

Daesh says dozens of Syrian armed groups’ fighters “repented” and joined its ranks. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says 2 people were killed and 5 wounded in Syrian bombing on Bazaa in Aleppo’s eastern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Central and West

In a significant development, Daesh recaptured Mahin and several other towns in Homs eastern countryside after heavy clashes with the Syrian Army and its supporting militias. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it captured Mahin city and the Huwwarin village after killing many Syrian soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [DabiqNews] Daesh says 25 soldiers were killed and 3 tanks and a vehicle destroyed in Mahin. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles near Mahin. [DabiqNews] [DabiqNews]

 

East

An informed source in Deir Ez-Zor says Daesh’s oil official, Abu Sara Al-Iraqi, was killed with three of his associates in a Coalition airstrike in the Bukamal area. The source says this is the third Daesh oil official killed by the Coalition in less than three months. [BasNews]

 

Daesh shelled two areas under Syrian Army control in Deir Ez-Zor, wounding four civilians including a child. The Syrian Army bombed and shelled several areas in Deir Ez-Zor eastern countryside. [Qasioun]        

 

A local activist says Daesh issued new taxes on the shops in Deir Ez-Zor, and forced more taxes on the Shaitat tribe. He also says Daesh arrested many people, claiming it was looking for cigarettes, and confiscated the house of an Alawite citizen in Mayadin. [KulRadio]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Egypt. Daesh publishes photos of the Egyptian Army land mine it destroyed in south Rafah yesterday. [ADI]

Daesh publishes two photos of an executed Egyptian Army “spy”. [DabiqNews]

 

Libya. An informed source says Daesh terrorists paraded in 30 vehicles in Sabratha and established 2 checkpoints in the city. The source also says police stations were evacuated and government offices were closed in the city. [AfriGate]

Informed sources say Daesh clashed with a local militia in Sabratha and the militia captured 2 Daesh members, a Libyan and a Tunisian. [AfriGate]

A Libyan military officer says local and foreign terrorists established a checkpoint in Ajdabiya. He confirmed that military operations will start on December 15 to clear the city. [AfriGate]

The Libyan Security Observatory publishes a map showing Daesh locations in Libya. [AfriGate]

A Libyan military source says Libyan airplanes bombed Daesh in west Benghazi. The source didn’t specify the time of the airstrikes. [Hadath]

A video of Daesh terrorists in Sirte. [Ewan]

Daesh says it shelled Libyan armed groups with mortars in Derna. [DabiqNews]

 

Morocco. The Morocco Ministry of Interior says security forces captured two Daesh supporters who issued a video threatening terrorist attacks in the kingdom. [Aawsat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Shakw Makwq, a popular Iraqi page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/aljanob95

https://twitter.com/S1R_G

https://twitter.com/ut_sajbkdx

https://twitter.com/aaahmedd1990

https://twitter.com/Venan113

 

 

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

1

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