An Update On ISIS Activities

November 24, 2015

1

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

As the world reels from the news that Turkey, a NATO country, has shot down a Russian fighter jet, the stakes of the conflict over Daesh have risen significantly. While Daesh began with a small number of ex-Baathists in Iraq the escalating tensions it has been able to provoke now risk triggering a much wider conflagration.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Coalition planes conducted four bombing raids over Ramadi city, destroying two Daesh weapons storehouses and two mortar positions. [IWMC Report]

 

A Coalition airstrike on a Daesh meeting in Hay al-Tameem killed 90 Daesh members and destroyed vehicles and explosives, a security source in Anbar said. The meeting was reportedly a planning session on Daesh military strategy in the area. The IWMC confirmed the strike, announcing that dozens of terrorists were killed. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

Iraqi forces conducted a wide-ranging military campaign to clear the areas around Hay al-Tameem, killing 13 Daesh terrorists, an Anbar Operations Command source says. Iraqi forces have surrounded the area and have Daesh members pinned down within the Iraqi cordon. Some Daesh militants managed to escape towards Ramadi city, he added. [Mada]

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh leader known as Abu Adnan Al-Kurdi, the commander of the Tameem area, and three of his associates as they tried to escape by boat, a security source says, adding that the Iraqi troops fired a Katyusha rocket at the boat to destroy it in the water. [Baghdadia]

 

Anti-terrorism troops found a vehicle bomb and an explosives vest in its clearing operations in the Kilo 5 area. The same force killed seven Daesh militants in the area. [IWMC Report]

Iraqi forces are shelling areas near Kilo 5 in preparation for a planned ground advance. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi Army Eighth Division artillery shelled Daesh positions in Abu Shijil north of Ramadi, killing 15 Daesh members, a security source says.  [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi forces killed ten Daesh militants in Jaraishi, north of Ramadi, the Anbar Operations commander said, while also announcing that a Coalition airstrike destroyed a bulldozer rigged with explosives in a nearby area. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition planes destroyed two Daesh hideouts and killed three Daesh militants in Albu Farraj, and destroyed an armored construction excavator rigged with explosives in the Albu Shaaban area near Albu Dhiab, and a Daesh position near the Palestine Bridge, all north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report] [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

Anbar Operations Command artillery bombed Daesh in Albu Daaij south of Falluja, killing many Daesh militants and destroying a vehicle bomb and a weapons cache. [IWMC Report]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh mortar position and two hideouts in Albu Sawda in Qarma. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its execution of a man it accused of murder. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

In the Baghdadi area, Jazeera Operations Command forces killed 12 terrorists and destroyed a rocket launcher. The same force also defused 24 IEDs and six booby-trapped houses in Albu Hayat, and confiscated 22 cans of C4 explosive. [IWMC Report]

 

The Haditha District Council and the Baghdadi subdistrict council have reached an agreement with the PMFs of Anbar to establish a brigade from within the PMF forces to participate in the operations to clear the area of Daesh and to hold the territory after it is seized, the Chairman of the Baghdadi council says. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

PMF forces destroyed three vehicle bombs in operations responding to a Daesh attack south of Baiji, a Badr commander says. Three PMF fighters were wounded in the battle before the Daesh assault was repelled. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos and a video of its terrorists inside the Harariyat power plant northeast of Baiji. [A3maq] [MrkzGulf] [JustPaste]

 

IFP forces killed three Daesh members in the Makhoul Mountains area, the IFP commander says, adding that his troops also destroyed two Daesh vehicles west of Samarra and another vehicle north of Tikrit. [Baghdadia]

 

Salahuddin Operation Command troops supported by the IAA stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains, killing ten Daesh militants. [IWMC Report]

 

IAF killed ten Daesh militants hiding near the Makhoul Mountains, and destroyed a construction excavator rigged with explosives. [IWMC Report]

 

Shirqat

Coalition planes bombed a Daesh position in the Makhoul Mountain area, killing the Daesh manager of Shirqat Hospital and nine of his associates, a PUK official says. The deceased Daesh member was originally from Qayara, the source said. [BasNews]

 

Coalition planes bombed a Daesh convoy in Shirqat, killing the Daesh wali (local governor) of Al-Zab subdistrict and seven of his associates, a PUK official says. [BasNews]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Iraqi forces found the bodies of 15 Daesh fighters near the Allas oil field, a security source says. This came one day after Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the area. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing Iraqi forces in various areas of Salahuddin. [Dump] [Dump] [Dump] [Dump] [Dump]

 

BAGHDAD

An Iraqi MP from the State of Law bloc drew a pistol and shot at a colleague from the rival Islamic Supreme Council Iraqi (ISCI), following a heated verbal altercation at a TV station. ISCI issued a statement equating the incident to a premeditated terrorist attack. A source close to the ISCI MP, Baligh Abu Kalal, who was not injured in the shooting, has said the MP will bring legal proceedings against Kadhim Al-Sayadi, the MP who fired at him. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment: The MP in question has a history of violence. He was previously affiliated with the Sadrist faction but was apparently ejected from that bloc before he joined former PM Al-Maliki’s supporters in State of Law. 

 

Russia and Belarus will provide Iraq with new military hardware in an agreement announced yesterday by the Chairman of the CoR’s Security and Defense Committee. The Chairman said that Russia will provide Iraq with T-90 tanks, and another contract would see Iraq gaining six Sukhoi jets, five from Belarus and one from Russia. This new equipment will “change the game” in the fight against Daesh, the Chairman said. [Ghad]

 

A Sunni member of the CoR has alleged that other Sunni politicians are angling to bring Daesh into the political process as a Sunni political force, attempting to “make Daesh in Iraq similar to the Taliban in Afghanistan” in his words. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: The MP is referring to the idea of establishing a Sunni federal region in Iraq similar to the Kurdistan region. Behind this idea is the belief this might provide an avenue for Daesh to consolidate and legitimate itself as the dominant Sunni political force in the country. Many Sunni politicians are angry with the new Sunni coalition that was announced suddenly in Jordan, saying it is not representative of Sunni Iraqi opinion. Lately, Sunni Iraqi politicians, seemingly regardless of their affiliation, if any, to Daesh or its predecessors, have been using pro-Daesh allegations as a political club to attack their rivals. 

 

The IAF conducted nine sorties and the IAA conducted 48.

Coalition planes made eight sorties on different areas of Anbar and Ninewa, killing an unspecified number of Daesh militants and destroying an unspecified number of weapons and locations. [IWMC Report]

 

A CoR delegation has visited Camp Liberty to inspect the situation of those living there, led by Humam Hamoudi, a prominent MP. Hamoudi said that some of the people there are in fact former Iranian prisoners of war who joined the MEK later and who have families in Iran, and not original members of the exiled Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) who have no families and have been sheltering in Camp Liberty since the American occupation of Iraq. The MP called on the Iraqi government to communicate with various countries that had offered asylum to the MEK members, saying that “the political atmosphere in Iraq will not permit MEK to stay longer in Iraq.” [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: During the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s both states tried to support domestic opposition forces that were aligned against their respective enemy regimes. These activities included recruiting from among captured POWs. Iran recruited Iraqi POWs for the Badr militia, while Saddam’s regime recruited Iranian POWs to join the MEK.

 

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has claimed that the United States is scheming to divide Iraq along sectarian and ethnic lines, urging Iraqis to resist these alleged designs. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: The esteemed Ayatollah appears surprisingly unaware of his country’s efforts to divide Iraq along sectarian and ethnic lines.

 

Daesh says its terrorists targeted an Iraqi Army convoy in Tarmiya, destroying two trailers and killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it killed two “spies” by detonating an IED on them in south Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near the industrial area in Taji north of Baghdad city, killing two civilians and wounding six. [Baghdadia]
  • The body of an unidentified woman was found bearing fatal stab wounds in the Hay al-Basateen area of north Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Shaab in northeast Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding seven. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men fatally shot a civilian on Palestine Street in east Baghdad, attacking with guns fitted with silencers. [Baghdadia]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, wounding three civilians. [Baghdadia]
  • Unknown armed men killed a Sahwa fighter and wounded two others while they were in their civilian car in Hor Rajab in south Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Hay Al-Amel in southwest Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding five. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in Mashtal, west Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding seven. [Baghdadia]
  • The owner of a jewelry shop was killed when a sticker IED exploded underneath his car in Hay Al-Adel in west Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men abducted an engineer near his house in the Yarmouk area of west Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists captured an Iraqi SWAT “spy” in Sadiya and executed him. [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Diyala

Daesh publishes photos of its blowing up buildings on a small desert military airbase in Diyala. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Turkmen PMF fighters shelled a Daesh gathering in the Turkmen Bashir village in southwestern Kirkuk province, killing 12 Daesh members, a commander from the attacking PMF force says. [Mada]

 

The body of an unknown young man was found with gunshot wounds to the head in south Kirkuk city, a security source says. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Northwest Ninewa

Syrian Kurdish militia fighters have remained in government buildings in Sinjar even after the (homeless but still active) Ninewa Governorate Council made an official request for militias to evacuate government buildings in the area, according to the Mayor of Sinjar District. The GC gave 24 hours to complete the evacuation, ending at 8pm Tuesday, but the PKK-linked YPG has not redeployed from the sites. A YPG commander has said Sinjar is not liberated completely and the situation is still unstable, the Mayor says. [Rudaw]

 

More than 300 Daesh fighters surrendered to the Peshmerga during the last few days, a Peshmerga commander says. He says Daesh members have started to surrender in groups after the Peshmerga cut the international road between Syria and Iraq, and many prefer to surrender to the Kurds rather than return to Daesh and face punishment. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the construction of its Khilafa Mosque in Tal Afar. [JustPaste]

 

Mosul

Daesh executed 11 government employees in Mosul, including one woman, a Ninewa police source says. The executed were reportedly among the 20 government employees arrested at the beginning of the month. [BasNews]

 

Daesh reportedly confiscated a very large shipment of cigarettes west of Mosul. The organization’s Hisbah (religious police) confiscated the tobacco products and burned them, and  arrested the truck drivers. [Mada]

 

Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying a heavy machine gun near Al-Khazer, the Peshmerga command said in a statement. [Rudaw]

 

Coalition planes bombed a Daesh gathering in Qayara at the south end of Mosul District, killing 16 Daesh members and destroying five vehicle bombs. [BasNews]

Daesh publishes photos of its demolition of a mosque in Qayara with a construction excavator. [Dump]

 

Coalition planes bombed Daesh in three villages west of Mosul, killing three Daesh members, wounding five, and destroying two vehicles. [BasNews]

 

Makhmur

Coalition planes bombed Daesh in three villages in Makhmur, killing 21 Daesh militants, a Peshmerga source says. [Rudaw]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

KRG President Masoud Barzani met with a delegation of UK officials, and called for an agreement that will represent “all elements” of Ninewa’s society before the liberation of Mosul. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The real meaning of Barzani’s statement may be that he wants agreement even before Mosul is liberated that parts of Ninewa will be given to Kurdistan. That sounds like a condition for Kurdish participation in the campaign for Mosul. We suspect leaders in Baghdad won’t think this sounds like a national unity message.

 

Civilian planes will resume flights to Erbil airport on Wednesday, two days after Iraqi civil aviation authorities shut down all flights to Erbil and Suleimaniya, a local airline manager in Erbil says. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel. Iraqi security forces arrested two men wanted on terrorism charges in the Athar area six kilometers north of Hilla, according to the chairman of the Babel GC security committee. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it targeted a police vehicle in Jbala in north Babel governorate, killing two policemen and wounding another. [JustPaste]

 

Kerbala. Police arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges at a checkpoint west of Kerbala on the road to Anbar, as he reportedly tried to smuggle unspecified materials through Kerbala to Haditha, the Kerbala police commander says. [Mada]

 

Maysan. Security police arrested a civil society activist in Maysan on charges of incitement after he encouraged Iraqis to participate in demonstrations. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment: Demonstrations are protected in the new constitution; we wonder if the authorities are trying to use old Saddam-era law in order to criminalize protest. The arrest would seem to violate the Prime Minister’s stated policy.

 

Wasit. Security forces conducted search operations north of Suwaira, arresting a man wanted on terrorism charges. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish President and Prime Minister both defended their country’s downing of a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian-Turkish border yesterday, saying separately that Turkey must protect its airspace. As has been widely reported, Turkish planes shot down a Russian Sukhoi-24 north of Latakia governorate. Ankara said the plane violated Turkish airspace and was warned repeatedly, while Moscow denies the intrusion into Turkish airspace, saying its jet was operating 1 km inside the Syrian border. [Rudaw] [AA]

According to reports on the ground, the incident occurred as Syrian ground troops were advancing on the Turkmen-inhabited mountainous area north of Latakia, with Russian air support. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. This may be a key angle in this story. The Russians were perhaps attacking an area populated by Turkmen, generally favored by Turkey as shown in Iraq.

 

Some sources say that one of the pilots was captured by Turkmen militiamen while the other was killed and that Turkmen militiamen fired on the airmen as they parachuted out of their burning jets. [PUKMedia] The fate of the second pilot is unclear amid conflicting reports. [ARA] [Qasioun]

Graphic video of Turkmen militiamen, reportedly with one of the Russian pilots. [Rudaw]

Video of the downed Russian plane. [YouTube]

Another video of the downed Russian jet. [PUKMedia]

 

A potentially incendiary video purporting to show Turkmen militiamen of the First Coastal Division militia destroying a Russian rescue helicopter coming to the aid of the downed Russian airmen. [YouTube]

In this video we see local First Coastal Division fighters arguing with Islamists over who the Russian pilot’s body belongs to. From off camera we hear someone shout “Allahu Akbar.” After the argument, one of the FCD members complains, “So it’s my fault, I should have burned his body?” [YouTube]

Another video shot from a different angle makes it clear the voice shouting “Allahu Akbar” is that of a foreign fighter. The FCD militiaman seems to refer to the foreign fighter as “sheikh.” Another voice refers to “a prisoner” who “was killed.” [YouTube]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Daesh released ten Assyrian prisoners including five women it captured earlier this year, the Assyrian Network for Human Rights said in Hasaka. In February of this year Daesh abducted 295 Assyrians in northern Syria; so far just 98 have been released. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes a message from its terrorists in Raqqa threatening attacks on Western cities similar to the recent attack in Paris. [AKI]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing a village west of Ain Eissa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

YPG fighters in Syria repelled massive assaults by both Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham in the village of Afrin, a Kurdish military source says, adding that the Kurdish militia killed two Nusra Front fighters and wounded several others. [BasNews] [Hawar]

 

Several reports have said that the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Qasem Soleimani, was wounded in Aleppo and has been taken away to recover, while his supervisory duties over Iranians fighting in Syria have been temporarily transferred to another member of the Revolutionary Guard. [Rudaw]

 

The Nusra Front reportedly shelled the Kurdish Sheikh Maqsoud area north of Aleppo, killing a civilian and wounding three. The Front also reportedly attempted a ground assault on the Kurdish area before the YPG repelled the attack. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes video of its shelling and rocketing on Syrian troops at the Kowaires airbase. [A3maq]

Central and West

Daesh publishes photos to announce its recapturing of positions in the Dowa area near Homs. [Dump]

DaeshDaily comment: Daesh is announcing the recapture of positions that it never admitted losing.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Another Daesh propaganda video. [Archive]

DaeshDaily comment. We didn’t understand this video, which seemed in part to dare the US to give up the bombing and instead send ground troops to fight. Daesh’s on-line supporters’ comments indicated that they thought the message weird.

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Egypt.  Egyptian authorities say seven people were killed in a car bomb attack on a hotel in Arish housing judges supervising the parliamentary elections, including two of the election judges (photos and video). Twelve people were wounded in the attack. [Mogaz] [Mogaz] [IslamMemo]

 

In Daesh’s account of the attack, one of its suicide terrorists attacked the security force of the Suways Hotel in Sinai with a car bomb, while another terrorist approached the judges on foot and opened fire with an automatic rifle before detonating his explosives vest. Daesh published photos of the two terrorists. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army Humvee south of Arish. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of an IED attack on an Egyptian military Humvee south of Sheikh Zuweid in Sinai, killing an officer and several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Libya.  A vehicle bomb exploded on a military police checkpoint south of Msallata on the northwest coast, killing seven people and wounding ten, a security source says. [LibyaAkhbar]

 

Two Libyan soldiers were killed and three wounded, along with sixteen Daesh fighters killed, in clashes on Monday in the Azayat area, 80 km (50 miles) south of Derna. [AkhbarLibya24]

 

Tunisia.   Twelve members of the Tunisian security forces were killed and seven wounded when their bus exploded on Mohammed Al-Khamis Street in Tunis, the Tunisian presidency says. The government has declared a state of emergency and suspended flights into Carthage airport. [Tunisien] [Tunisien]

A video of the location of the explosion in Tunis. [YouTube]

 

The terrorist who conducted the mass-murder attack in Sousse in June was under the effect of narcotics, most likely the amphetamine Captagon, medical sources say. [Tunisien]

 

The Tunisian military sent soldiers to Mount Mghila, where Daesh terrorists had beheaded an innocent 16-year-old shepherd as an alleged “spy” (as we earlier reported) and sent his head home with a relative. The operation killed four terrorists but lost one soldier. [Aawsat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

First Coastal Division (Syria) page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/KDabiq

https://twitter.com/Martyr_IQ

https://twitter.com/Srebrenica___

https://twitter.com/kaldaboalfhd

https://twitter.com/ohr05000777

https://twitter.com/321_soliman

 

 

 

November 23, 2015

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Lack of any follow-up reports on Iraqi forces in Ramadi city for three days raises doubts.

Daesh counter-attacks target two major Salahuddin oil fields and Siniya.

Deputy Secretary of State holds high-level meeting with top Kurdish political leaders.

 

ANBAR

The Anbar GC chairman says that IEDs sown by Daesh in the areas around Ramadi and Falluja have delayed progress in clearing Daesh from the area, as well as Daesh’s use of civilians as human shields, adding that the operations continue nevertheless. [Mada]

 

Ramadi

Iraqi forces captured the Hay Al-Hurriya area, which was the last part of the Kilo 5 area under Daesh control, a security source says. There were 39 Daesh members reported killed and multiple vehicle bombs destroyed. [Mada]

 

A security source says the Coalition conducted an airstrike on Daesh headquarters in Tameem in Ramadi, killing many Daesh terrorists, destroying weapons and an explosives cache. [Mada]

 

IFP forces conducted raids south of Ramadi, arresting three members of Daesh’s so-called Islamic Police, an IFP commander says. [Baghdadia]

 

North of the city, the Iraqi Army destroyed a Humvee bomb as its driver attempted to attack Iraqi forces in Albu Farraj, an Anbar Operations Command source says. He added that Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh hideout and killed three Daesh members in Jaraishi. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed two Daesh hideouts in Albu Flais east of Ramadi, killing or wounding several terrorists. [Ghad]

 

DaeshDaily comment. The obvious question from these mostly minor clashes is what happened to the previously reported incursion into Ramadi city reported last week by official Anbar sources. No official government media have confirmed those stories, and in the past three days there were no further reports of government military activity in the city.

 

Falluja

Coalition airplanes launched an airstrike near the Al-Tuffaha Bridge south of Falluja, killing six terrorists and destroying 4 hideouts and a vehicle. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in different areas in Falluja district. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]  [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi forces position in Zoba’a with a 23 mm cannon and mortars. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of throwing two young men in Falluja off a roof to kill them, after accusing them of homosexuality. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Several Daesh defectors have said Daesh uses the homosexuality accusation to intimidate young men in areas it controls.

 

A car bomb planted in a civilian car exploded on an Army patrol in Falluja, killing three soldiers and damaging a Humvee. [Baghdadia]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed six Daesh members and wounded another and destroyed a vehicle in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A Rapid Intervention unit killed 10 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle and a hideout in Subaihat in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

Coalition planes destroyed three Daesh vehicles in Subaihat, an Anbar Operations Command source says. The source said the area was cleared two months ago of Daesh presence but the organization attacked it again. [Mada]

 

Hit/Haditha

The IWMC says Coalition airplanes destroyed the Hit Bridge, so as to isolate Daesh in the city and cut off its supply lines. [ARA]

 

Western Anbar

Coalition planes bombed the directorate of the Agriculture Ministry in Rutba on Sunday, a security source says. Daesh reportedly used the building as a local headquarters. Three vehicles and a checkpoint were also reportedly destroyed in the attack. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says a civilian was killed and others wounded in an airstrike on Al-Qa’im in the far west. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of schools in Anbar. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Salahuddin Police Chief says more than 35,000 displaced families have returned to their houses in different areas of Salahuddin. [Mada]
Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi forces in Tikrit, the Speicher base, Baiji, Siniya and west Samarra with Katyushas and mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldiers and destroyed four Humvees northeast of Baiji city. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its tanks shelling Iraqi forces near the fertilizers factory in Baiji District. [JustPaste]

 

A video of two Iraqi soldiers freed from Daesh in the Harariyat area in north Baiji. [YouTube]

 

A security source says PMF snipers killed two Daesh fighters as they were trying to sneak into Baiji from the Makhoul Mountains area. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh construction shovel and a vehicle and killed several Daesh members in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Daesh reinforced its forces in the Makhoul Mountains area with 200 fighters from Mosul. [Ghad]

 

Videos of Iraqi forces in the Makhoul Mountains area. [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Shirqat

A PUK official says Coalition airplanes bombed a Daesh convoy north of Shirqat, killing 13 terrorists including the security officer of Shirqat. [PUKMedia]

 

Tikrit

Local PMFs from Tikrit managed to rescue 22 families who escaped from Hawija through the Himrin Mountains, a security source says. [Mada]

 

A joint PMF and police force arrested four people while they were attempting to abduct two civilians in downtown Tikrit, a local police source says. The detainees formed a gang that reportedly confessed to kidnapping a pediatrician last week. [Mada]

 

Samarra

The IAA conducted airstrikes on Daesh in Watban Street, killing the deputy commander of Daesh in Jazeera Samarra and six of his associates, as well as destroying an anti-aircraft missile and a truck loaded with weapons, an Iraqi JOC source says. [Mada]

 

IFP forces shelled multiple Daesh locations in Jazeera Samarra, killing 31 Daesh members including a Daesh commander, the IFP commander says. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi joint forces stopped a Daesh attack west of Samarra, capturing an armored vehicle and a construction excavator, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes a video showing a battle success against Iraqi forces west of Samarra. According to Daesh, the attack started with two vehicle bombs with a Yemeni and a Tunisian, then Daesh terrorists went in and killed the rest. [Archive]

DaeshDaily comment. We couldn’t confirm the date of the attack but most likely it’s from last week.

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Iraqi joint forces repelled a large Daesh attack on the Allas and Ajil oil fields, killing 22 Daesh fighters, a security source says, adding that an Iraqi lieutenant colonel was killed in the battle and 35 Iraqi soldiers were wounded. Heavy clashes have continued since last night between Iraqi forces and Daesh in Siniya following Daesh attacks on that area, the source also said. Another source says the IAA destroyed seven Daesh vehicles around the area, while another said Daesh has reinforced its fighters with militants coming from Ninewa and Hawija but has not been able to retake these oil fields since Iraqi forces captured them in March of this year. [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]

 

An IFP rocket battalion shelled two Daesh locations in eastern Salahuddin, destroying five vehicles and several shelters used for weapons storage, the IFP commander says. [Baghdadia]

 

DaeshDaily comment: Apparently Daesh is regaining ground in the northern areas of Salahuddin. Over the weekend the just-ousted Governor admitted that Daesh captured the Harariyat area, and blamed Daesh’s advances on the political disunity in Salahuddin.

 

BAGHDAD

The Minister of Interior says MOI patrols were targeted more than 1500 times in the last 12 months, including 53 car bombs, 109 IEDs, and 11 explosive vests, in addition to many shooting and shelling attacks. The Ministry said 1096 of its members were killed in that period and 3633 injured. [Mada]

The MoI also says more than 3,000 Daesh members were killed by MoI forces during the last 12 months. It says security forces defused more than 8,000 IEDs and 172 car bombs, while 1,364 of all terrorist attacks happened in Baghdad (55% of the total). [Buratha] [Buratha] [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. Doing the arithmetic, this means an average of 91 MoI personnel are getting killed every month, and roughly 250 Daesh combatants are getting killed by MoI.

 

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority has suspended all flights to Erbil and Suleimaniya airports due to (Russian) cruise missiles and military planes crossing northern Iraq airspace from the east en route to Syrian territory. Airports in the rest of Iraq remain open. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi expressed support for the authority of the governorates to make appointments to the top local positions in the various ministry directorates, rather than the central ministries continuing to do so, the Kirkuk GC Chairman has announced. According to the Chairman PM Abadi expressed this view in his most recent meeting with the governorate council chairs. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: PM Abadi is supporting the new governorates law as it was passed and subsequently strengthened. The law requires devolving authority from central ministries to the governorates, and implementation began this year. This represent a break with the policies of his predecessor, who opposed the law and among other things allowed the ministries to continue appointing their own directorate chiefs in the provinces in spite of the legislation. By giving governors and provincial councils a share in managing government services, the law is intended to create a more federal system, as envisioned in the Iraqi constitution. No so incidentally, this empowers Sunni-majority provinces, leaving fewer excuses to oppose the central government and hopefully undermining Daesh’s anti-government narrative.

 

In a surprise move, former Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi announced in Amman the formation of a new Sunni Iraqi bloc called “The Supreme Coordination Committee for the Governorates Affected by Terrorism”. The announcement was met with a lot of criticism from Sunni politicians who said they heard about this only from the media. Some of them also say some people in the new bloc are responsible for what’s happening now in Iraq, because of their participation in the anti-government demonstrations in 2014 that led to Daesh taking over several Sunni cities. [Mada] [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The lack of proper and united leadership is a problem all over Iraq. In large part this reflects the decades of dictatorship. However, it’s more harmful in Sunni communities, where politicians are not on solid ground with their constituents and jump from a country to country and from agenda to agenda, hurting not only Sunni Iraqis but Iraq as a whole.

 

French planes conducted two airstrikes targeting Daesh in Ramadi and Sinjar, a security source said. [Mada]

 

The spokesman of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry has rejected rumors circulating in Iraq which say the US Congress will meet tomorrow to vote on dividing Iraq. He says the US supports the unity of Iraq and is providing support in the battle against Daesh. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The rumor is easy to refute, but one wonders who is behind these not infrequent (and false) rumors about some action about to be undertaken by the US, and what the motive is for the misinformation.

 

Mosul Dam is completely secured by Coalition airpower, the Minister of Water Resources says. He concedes that the dam requires grouting in cracks that have appeared in the face of the dam and says the ministry will open an international tender for the repair of the facility. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: The Mosul Dam is the most dangerous dam in the world now. If it fails, hundreds of thousands of lives could be lost in the flooding. The dam has been endangered since 2003 due to lack of maintenance, and it suffered even more extreme degradation after Daesh temporarily took control of the dam in 2014. Cracks in the dam have apparently expanded and water has been observed seeping through. The Iraqi government has repeatedly played down the risks associated with the dam and the possibility of its collapse, and has not created an emergency plan in case the dam fails.

 

Sources say French airplanes bombed Daesh in Haditha, Hit, Mosul, Sinjar and Makhmur, killing many Daesh members. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Foreign Affairs Ministry issues a statement welcoming the Security Council’s resolution 2249 regarding the war against Daesh and says it is an important step to fight terrorism. [PUKMedia]

 

Mowaffak Al-Rubaie, the former national security director, says the PMFs should be transformed to something similar to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to protect the political system. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Dr. Mowaffak has a reputation for deft diplomatic language, and we think we know what he means, but the comparison to the Revolutionary Guard is perhaps not well considered.

 

The MoI says it prepared a plan to move the surplus bodyguards of Iraqi officials to the front lines and will punish anyone who doesn’t obey. [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment. Tens of thousands of unneeded bodyguards were assigned to thousands of Iraqi officials, which took manpower away from the Iraqi armed forces. This practice was summarily stopped by the Prime Minister’s anti-corruption reform program.

 

Daesh says it clashed with an Iraqi Army unit in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad and forced it to retreat. Daesh also says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the same area in addition to detonating 2 IEDs and shelling Iraqi forces with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it detonated the car of a “spy” with a sticker IED in Mada’in, wounding him and destroying the car. [JustPaste]

 

An Iraqi Army 43rd Brigade unit defused 2 IEDs in Rashidiya in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 42nd Brigade unit captured a man wanted on terrorism charges and found an IED on him, and it defused two more IEDs in Luhaib in northwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • Unknown armed men shot at a civilian car in Al-Qanat Street in east Baghdad, killing an employee of the MoI intelligence services and wounding two others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men in two SUVs abducted two civilians in the Jamila area of east Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Unknown armed men kidnapped a liquor store owner in Zayouna in the New Baghdad District in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Anti-explosive operatives defused a car bomb in Karrada in central Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A roadside IED exploded on a police vehicle in Arab Jabour, south Baghdad, killing a policeman and wounding three. [Baghdadia]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Mada’in in south Baghdad, killing two and injuring seven. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in Saidiya in southwest Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Radwaniya in southwest Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding three others. [Baghdadia]
  • The body of an unknown man was found bearing gunshot wounds to the head in Bakriya in west Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area in Hurriya in northwest Baghdad, killing two people and wounding six. [Mada]
  • Also in Hurriya, a civilian was killed and two wounded when a sticker IED exploded under a small bus. [Baghdadia]

 

Ahmed Chalabi’s family says the autopsy showed that he died of natural causes. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Governorate Council has not met for nearly two months, a member of the Diyala GC has announced, calling upon Prime Minister Abadi to intervene in the matter. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This situation has received scant news coverage but reportedly it resulted from unresolved political leadership disputes.

 

Diyala police started a search campaign in Khalis, the Diyala police chief says. The orchard areas around Khalis are known to be used by Daesh as hideouts. [Mada]

 

The tribes of Zaghinya village 15 km (9 miles) northeast of Baquba repelled a Daesh attack on the village, reportedly killing an important Daesh leader, the chairman of Abbara subdistrict council says. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a policeman was wounded when an IED exploded near his house in east Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

An IED exploded in Muqdadiya, wounding a policeman and a civilian. [Sumaria]

 

Tribal PMFs stopped a Daesh gathering in the Shirween area, northeast of Muqdadiya, a Diyala GC member says. He says Daesh forces launched attacks on several PMF positions, and asks that the central government provide weapons to the tribal PMFs in the area so they can better resist such attacks. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

A local source says Daesh executed 10 people and hung their bodies on electricity poles in the Al-Zab subdistrict in Hawija, accusing them of “escaping the caliphate land”. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh arrested six people who were trying to escape with their families from Hawija toward Himrin Mountains, a local source says, adding ominously that Daesh released the women and children but kept the six men and moved them to an unknown location. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A Ninewa Police source says Coalition planes bombed Daesh in two villages in Qayara south of Mosul city, killing 11 Daesh members and wounding others. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh executed 12 university students in Mosul, accusing them of running anti-Daesh pages on social media. The source also says Daesh arrested 19 former policemen in Qayara, including 7 officers, accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. The source says the policemen had “repented” after Daesh captured Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A PUK source says Daesh executed two former high ranking police officers, accusing them of communicating with the Iraqi government. [PUKMedia]

 

A KDP official says three Daesh members were killed and others wounded when the Peshmerga shelled Daesh locations in Bartella east of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A source in Ninewa Police says Kata’eb Ahrar Al-Mosul shot and killed a Daesh “intelligence officer” and four of his associates in west Mosul. [BasNews]

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot and killed two Daesh members in a vehicle in south Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Local sources say Daesh’s “services office” forced the shop owners in a local market to pay $250 each to build a roof for the market. [Karemlash]

 

Local sources say Daesh issued fees on children to enroll in the schools. The families also had to pay for the books. The sources also say Daesh changed the curriculum to match its ideology. For example, the history books talk about Daesh members and the math books ask questions about how many Shia should be killed if a certain number of IEDs is detonated. [Karemlash]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Daesh says it shelled Kurdish forces in Sinjar city and Qulat village in Sinjar, killing 50 fighters and wounding 90 and destroying 13 vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

A CoR member from Ninewa says the Iraqi government and the KRG should explain their positions regarding the presence of a terrorist organization (the PKK) in Sinjar. [Buratha]

 

Other Governorates  

 

KURDISTAN

The US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken meets with President Barzani, KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani and former KRG PM Barham Salih in Erbil to discuss the war against Daesh and the political situation in Kurdistan. [Rudaw] [Rudaw] [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. We can reasonably surmise that an official as high as the State Department’s Deputy Secretary did not hold this meeting to discuss military matters. The KRG political crisis is still unresolved.

 

Iraqi Kurdish forces are ready to participate in the liberation of Raqqa in Syria, KRG President Barzani’s media advisor has said. [Sumaria]

Daesh Daily comment. The motive for this statement is unclear, but it is unlikely that the PYD and YPG, who are not favored by Barzani, would welcome the Peshmerga to the battle for Raqqa.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel. Five people wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Musayyib and Mahawil, north of Hilla, the National Security Service says. The detainees were reportedly in possession of weapons and explosives intended for use in attacks on Shia pilgrims on the road to Kerbala. [Mada]

 

A Badr commander says the Badr organization has installed dozens of monitoring cameras in northern parts of Babel to monitor the routes of Shia faithful as they proceed on the upcoming pilgrimages. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: Security monitoring is usually the job of the government, not politicized militias.  

 

Najaf-Kerbala. A man wanted on terrorism charges was captured on the road between Najaf and Kerbala, disguised as a Shia religious pilgrim. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Another interesting segment sent to us from our friend in Turkey. On Saturday Cumhuriyet newspaper in Turkey (close to the secular opposition CHP party) published an article about what appears to be the first joint US-Turkish operation in support of local forces trying to drive Daesh out of the area around Turkey’s border city of Kilis across from northwest Turkey.

“Following agreement between Turkey and the USA as to driving Daesh out of the area to the south of Kilis, an operation was effectively conducted yesterday. With the support of US and Turkish planes, Turkmen forces retook the villages of Harjala and Dalha, where they had been fighting for three months and conflict has intensified over the past month. It has been learnt that air support was influential in removing Daesh from the villages…. Daesh has pulled back for the first time. Daesh, which, despite its intensive attacks over the summer months against PYD-controlled Kobane, was unsuccessful, has for the first time pulled back in the region furthest west along the border with Turkey.”

What will happen to the YPG? Security sources commented, “Turkey’s stance toward the YPG is known. The USA favors making more active use of the YPG. Turkey, on the other hand, has announced that it will not turn a blind eye toward the YPG to the west of the Euphrates. The problems and concerns have not been settled one hundred percent. However, Daesh’s attacks and threats against Europe have relegated certain details to back stage.” [Cumhuriyet]

Turkish officials have, until now, referred to anti-Assad forces as ‘opposition forces’. This is the first time Turkish official have made pronouncements to describe “anti-Daesh forces.”

DaeshDaily comment. The implication may be that there is a deal. The Kurds will not cross the Euphrates.  Turkey will support the opposition groups fighting west of the river.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The Kurdish National Council in Syria organized more demonstrations in Hasaka against PYD policies. PYD armed men attacked and assaulted the demonstrators. [Welati]

 

The PYD Asayesh issues orders to their checkpoint to prevent citizens from Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor from entering Hasaka. [ARA]

 

The Democratic Syria Forces say they liberated Al-Melabiya and Al-Khamael south of Hasaka, killing many Daesh fighters and destroying several vehicles. [Welati]

 

The YPG says its troops stopped Daesh attacks during the last two days on several areas in Kobane countryside and Tal Abyad, killing 20 Daesh terrorists, destroying two vehicles, and capturing a vehicle bomb carrying one ton of explosives. [BasNews]

 

A booby-trapped motorcycle exploded in Tal Abyad on Sunday, killing five civilians, including a 7 year old girl, and wounding 15 including women and children. [Welati] [Hawar]

 

A source from the Syrian-Turkish border says 175,000 displaced people returned to Kobane from Turkey during the last nine months. Other sources say these people are not only residents of Kobane but also from other areas liberated from Daesh. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling YPG forces in the Um Barameel village near Raqqa and in Ain Eissa with mortars and Katyushas. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the Russian bombing on Raqqa on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Northwest

Turkish sources said on Sunday Turkey will establish a safe zone in north Syria within a week to fill the gap resulting from Daesh’s withdrawal. The FSA, Jabha Shamiya, Ahrar Al-Sham and Turkmen armed groups will be helped to control the area, and no Kurdish forces. [Welati]

A Jabha Shamiya commander says Turkish airplanes helped them and the Sultan Murad forces (Turkmen) to capture two towns in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [ARA]

 

Eyewitnesses say people continued their demonstrations against Daesh in Manbij on Sunday and Daesh arrested many of them. [ARA]

 

Central and West

The Syrian Army captures Mahin city and the Huwwarin village south of Homs. A local activist says Syrian forces are aiming at clearing Homs southern countryside and advancing towards Tadmur. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian army T72 tank in Dowa with a Kornet rocket. [Dump]

 

East

Daesh publishes another video about the results of the Russian bombing on a mosque in Al-Mayadin in Deir Ez-Zor on Friday. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh publishes another video about the Paris attacks. [Archive]

 

Daesh publishes infographics about the Paris attacks. [Dump]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Egypt. A woman and her baby were killed by an IED planted to target the police near Sheikh Zuweid in north Sinai. [Youm7]

Thousands of people in Ismailia participated in the funeral of an Egyptian Special Forces commander and a soldier killed with three other soldiers in an explosion near Arish. [Mogaz]

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army Humvee in south Sheikh Zuweid, killing all the soldiers inside it. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists killed an Egyptian policeman in Arish, and burned an Egyptian Army food supply truck in Rafah. [JustPaste]

 

A hugely significant and bizarre set of pronouncements exposed the well known but largely undiscussed connection between Daesh and the Saudi-supported Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam. First, the Egyptian Center for Fatwas issued a statement last week condemning the attacks on civilians. The Center said the radicals are using a fatwa issued by Ibn Uthaymeen, one of the major Saudi clerics, who justified killing women and children of enemies if the enemies did the same. That absolutely violates a major Islamic principle, mentioned four times in the Quran, which says no one should be punished for someone else’s crime.  Among other things, the Daesh perversion of the Quran justifies attacking civilians from all Coalition countries because the Coalition is argued to be bombing civilians.

However, the Center soon backed down. It apologized and also deleted the statement from its website after strong objections from Saudi Arabia. [Badil] It seemed obvious that the Center had caved to political pressure and abandoned Islamic principles.

The same week Daesh online supporters re-released the illegitimate fatwa and stressed its justification for killing civilians. [Ana Al-Muslim]

DaeshDaily comment. The role of Wahhabism in providing intellectual support for Daesh is a subject that desperately needs more attention, as it undermines all efforts of Western diplomacy to deal with ISIS and fight Islamic extremism. The re-published fatwa may serve not only to legitimize the Paris attacks but also to legitimize other attacks based on another of Daesh’s major concepts, “nikaya” (causing suffering) against enemies, when its concept of governance under a caliphate that stays and expands seems unachievable after major defeats (like Sinjar and Baiji).

 

Libya. Medical sources say an unknown airplane bombed a vehicle near Sirte, killing the Daesh media official in Libya and two of his associates. [IslamMemo]

A local source says unknown planes bombed Daesh in Wadi Bi in Sirte and several Daesh members were taken to the hospital. [Ewan]

The Libyan News Agency says thousands of Tunisian terrorists have joined Daesh in Libya and publishes the names of 44 of them. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia. Tunisian authorities denied what Daesh said about the 16-year-old shepherd who was beheaded by Daesh for being a spy. They say Daesh forced the kid to admit he was a spy and its sole purpose was to intimidate the people in the area. Daesh beheaded the boy and gave his head to his friend to take it to his family a week ago. [AfriGate] Daesh published a video on Sunday of beheading the boy. [Archive]

 

Tunisian authorities arrested two terrorists in Sfax on their way to join terrorist groups in Libya. [AfriGate]

Tunisian authorities arrested a 30 year old suspect linked to the Sousse terrorist cell. [Tunisien]

 

Morocco. Moroccan authorities say the Moroccan citizens kicked out of Turkey have no links to Daesh. Turkish authorities had claimed they kicked out eight Moroccans linked to Daesh. [Cihan]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Daesh cleric Mohammed Tarhouni page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/wwwaa08

https://twitter.com/RiiFG_88

https://twitter.com/MostHideousOnes

https://twitter.com/Gold_IS_IS

https://twitter.com/hrdjkd1

 

 

 

November 20, 2015

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Iraqi forces reported clearing Daesh from more area around Ramadi Government Compound.

Ousted Salahuddin leaders launch political counter-attack.

Friday pro-reform demonstrations resume like clockwork in Baghdad, other cities.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Anbar GC Chairman says Iraqi forces cleared several areas around Ramadi, including several parts of the large Government Compound in north Ramadi, killing more than 300 Daesh fighters. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. It is worth noting that the positive Ramadi reports of yesterday and today came from independent media, based on information from the GC Chairman, and are not yet reflected in official government media.

 

A security source says Iraqi forces supported by Coalition airpower conducted a military operation around the recaptured Kilo 5 area. They cleared the Muhandiseen area and destroyed 3 suicide bomber guesthouses, killing many Daesh fighters. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi Army 8th Division source says Iraqi artillery shelled a Daesh gathering in Jazeera Khaldiya, 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Ramadi, killing 20 Daesh members and wounding 35. [Mada]

 

A security source says Coalition planes bombed a Daesh gathering in the Tameem area southwest of Ramadi, killing 10 Daesh members. [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Operations Command troops destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles carrying machine guns and a booby-trapped motorcycle northwest of Jaraishi. [IWMC Report]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Daesh is using motorcycles in its suicide attacks against Iraqi forces in Ramadi. He says Iraqi forces killed two suicide bombers on motorcycles in Jaraishi north of the city, and that his troops destroyed three Daesh vehicles carrying machine guns and defused 68 IEDs in the same area. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Coalition planes destroyed seven Daesh vehicle bombs in the Kilo 35 area west of Ramadi. [Ghad]

 

Local sources say civilians in Ramadi are suffering a shortage of food supplies in the city after Iraqi forces surrounded it from all sides. [Maalomah]

 

Falluja

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in Hay Al-Shuhada in Falluja city. [AIN]

 

A security source says Iraqi Army 1st Division troops captured the Leather Factory east of Falluja. [Baghdadia]

 

Coalition planes bombed Daesh in Qarma, killing nine Daesh members and destroying two hideouts, a mortar unit and two heavy machine guns. [IWMC Report]

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed three terrorists and wounded one and destroyed a vehicle in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A video of PMFs shelling and rocketing Saqlawiya and Qarma. [Harbi]

A video of PMFs destroying Daesh IEDs in Saqlawiya. [Harbi]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says Iraqi forces destroyed 16 IEDs while clearing Albu Hayat. Iraqi forces found 9 more IEDs in the Kilo 160 area. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with a rocket in Albu Hayat. [JustPaste]

 

Western Anbar

The IWMC says the IAF bombed Daesh in Al-Qa’im, killing the commander of Daesh’s Tabuk Battalion, an Uzbek terrorist called Abu Bakr, and several of his associates. [Mada]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of its Friday prayers in Anbar. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Salahuddin Governor voted out yesterday says many members of Salahuddin GC have never even visited the Governorate since it was liberated from Daesh and some have family members fighting with Daesh. He says he has not been informed about his dismissal yet and he will go to court. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of Salahuddin GC, also voted out yesterday, says several GC members took bribes to vote for his dismissal. He accused the CoR Speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri of organizing the vote and says he will go to the court. [Buratha]

 

Baiji

Local sources say Shia militias burned more than 170 houses and 3 mosques in addition to other buildings in Baiji so far. [Gharbiya]

 

A security source says the IAA targeted Daesh in north Baiji, killing or wounding many of them. [Mada]

 

The IAA destroyed a Daesh tunnel in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing 15 terrorists. [IWMC Report]

 

Shirqat

The IWMC says Coalition planes bombed a Daesh convoy heading from Shirqat towards Makhoul, destroying 13 vehicles and killing many terrorists. [Mada]

 

Samarra

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the Albu Ali village west of Samarra. [AIN]

 

Daesh says it shelled an Iraqi Army barracks west of Samarra, killing or wounding many soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Humvee near the Samarra Dam. Daesh also says it shelled Iraqi forces near the Dam with mortars and Katyushas, and that one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the same area. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

A security source says Saraya Al-Salam stopped a Daesh attack on the Khuzaimi area west of Samarra. [Mawazin]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

The Sistani rep in Kerbala says all Iraqi groups should unite in the war against Daesh and what happened in Tuz was dangerous and should be avoided. He also says people shouldn’t use the current situation to “force a reality on the ground.” [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is an obvious reference to the Kurds and their territorial claims of recent days.

 

BAGHDAD

Six people were killed and 18 wounded in a double explosion on a Shia mosque in South Al-Rashid in south Baghdad. An IED exploded in the mosque area targeting worshipers during the Friday prayers; then a suicide bomber detonated himself when security officers prevented him from attacking the medical crew and security forces who came to the mosque after the first explosion. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

Prime Minister Abadi ordered honors for the three security men killed in preventing the suicide bombers from causing more casualties in the mosque, and promoted them posthumously to lieutenant. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in Rashid and says it was carried out by one of its Iraqi terrorists. [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes a video “will” of its Iraqi suicide terrorist who blew himself up in a Shia religious gathering in Shaab in north Baghdad three weeks ago. [Archive]

 

The Baghdad Operations Commander says Iraqi forces confiscated a box filled with booby-trapped children’s toys in Rashidiya in north Baghdad (photos). An Iraqi Intelligence Service source says the toys were prepared to give to children who accompany their families during the walks to Kerbala in the Arba’in ceremonies. [Ghad] [IraqPress] [Facebook]

 

Thousands of people demonstrated in Baghdad demanding reforms. Activists from Kerbala and Wasit moved their demonstrations to Baghdad, while Muthanna activists decided to postpone theirs until after the Arba’in ceremony. Other demonstrations occurred in Babel, Diwaniya, and Maysan. [Mada] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Mowaffak Al-Rubaie, the former national security director, says many Daesh supporters who were in sleeper cells in Falluja and Mosul and went to Turkey are returning to Iraq. (Many were presumably seeking asylum in other countries.) He says the Iraqi government is facilitating the return of immigrants and asylum seekers to the country and some terrorists are using this to come back without proper documentation. He warns that the security situation in Baghdad and other governorates will deteriorate even more. [Sumaria]

 

The IAF conducted 4 sorties and the IAA 59.

Coalition planes conducted 14 sorties on Ramadi, Falluja, Tal Afar and Mosul, killing many terrorists and destroying five vehicles, including a vehicle bomb, and destroying 3 hideouts, 14 locations and two weapons storehouses. [IWMC Report]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops conducted a search campaign in several areas in south Baghdad and found a huge quantity of C4 explosives. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 60th Brigade unit killed two terrorists and wounded three and destroyed a hideout in the Ubaid area in southwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A Rapid Intervention unit killed two terrorists in the Harariyat area in west Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A member of the Security Committee in Baghdad GC says four Kurdish battalions that are part of the presidential guard force responsible for protecting the President and the government compound, were deployed in several areas of south Baghdad to cover for the shortage of forces after some units were deployed to the battlefield. [Mawazin]

 

According to security sources:

  • Unknown armed men shot at the house of an MoI general on Palestine Street in east Baghdad without any casualties. [Ghad]
  • An IED exploded in Karrada in Baghdad center, wounding a civilian. [Ghad]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area in Zafaraniya in southeast Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men threw a hand grenade at a checkpoint in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad, killing two Sahwa fighters and wounding one. [Maalomah]
  • An IED exploded near a car wash in Saidiya in southwest Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a wholesale market in Ameriya in west Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding 4. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad, killing three civilians and wounding five. [Gharbiya]

 

DIYALA

A CoR member from Diyala says there are still 15,000 displaced people who haven’t returned to their houses in Diyala. [Zaman]

 

Baquba

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Al-Khalis west of Baquba, objecting to the MoD’s decision to move the emergency brigade from the city, and say this move will endanger the city. They also demanded compensation for the victims of the explosion in Al-Khalis market and punishment of the five terrorists who admitted their role in it. The terrorists were moved recently to Baghdad. [Sumaria] [IraqPress]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says unknown armed men shot and wounded an Iraqi soldier at a military post in the Mukhaisa village orchards. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the security committee in Abu Saida says many Iraqi soldiers were killed recently in the area and asks Dijla Operations Command to conduct security operations to clear the orchards. [Zaman]

 

Elsewhere in Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into an Iraqi Army barracks in Balad Ruz east of Baquba and planted an IED there, then detonated it, killing or wounding many soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed several Daesh oil tankers in Riyadh in Hawija. [AIN]

 

Daesh publishes two photos of its media point in Riyadh. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A medical source says 11 workers were killed in an errant Coalition airstrike that landed on a dairy in east Mosul yesterday. He says the bombs targeted a nearby Daesh car bomb factory. [IraqPress]

 

A Ninewa Police general says unknown armed men threw a hand grenade on a Daesh caravan in the Jawsaq area in south Mosul, killing four terrorists. He also says unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh member in Hay Al-Zuhour in east Mosul. [Erem]

 

Northwest in Ninewa

The IWMC says Coalition planes bombed Daesh in the Qubuk and Atemarat villages in Tal Afar District, destroying seven vehicles and killing many terrorists. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it attacked a Peshmerga barracks in Haloum village in Tal Afar District, killing 13 Kurdish fighters before burning the barracks down. [Dump]

 

Makhmur

The IWMC says Coalition planes bombed four Daesh houses in the Kubaiba village northwest of Makhmur, killing fifty Daesh members including the military commander of the area. [Mada]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra. The PMF commission in Basra says 750 PMF fighters from Basra have been killed so far in addition to 250 from the army and the police. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The numbers of casualties seem very high even for a big city like Basra. The fact that the PMFs lost three times more people than army and police suggests that PMF fighters may need more training before being sent to the battlefield.  

 

Babel. Babel Operations Command troops arrested a Daesh group and seized 3 IEDs in Husseiniya near Musayyib. [IWMC Report]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish airplanes bomb PKK locations in Iraq’s Qandil Mountains, reportedly with no human casualties. [PUKMedia]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

A local activist says the Turkish Army targeted several locations in Tal Abyad with heavy machine guns between Thursday evening and Friday morning without causing human casualties. [BasNews]

 

Local sources say the PYD Asayesh broke up a demonstration in Hasaka organized by the Kurdish National Council in Syria, and assaulted demonstrators. The demonstrators were objecting to PYD policies. [BasNews]

 

Six YPG fighters who were taken to Turkey for medical treatment, but handed over by Turkish authorities to the pro-Turkey Ahrar Al-Sham opposition group, were released today as part of a prisoner exchange deal between the YPG and several Syrian armed groups. [Hawar] [Welati]

 

Northwest

Coalition airplanes bombed Daesh in Mare’, Manbij and Raqqa last night. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops in a village near the Kowaires airbase, killing or wounding many soldiers and damaging a tank (photos). [JustPaste]

 

Jabha Shamiya fighters capture the Dalha village in Aleppo’s northern countryside from Daesh. [Qasioun] A Jabha Shamiya commander says his troops killed or wounded 15 Daesh fighters and destroyed five of its buildings in Tal Maled village. [ARA]

Jabha Shamiya publishes a video about shelling Daesh in Dalha. [Jabha Shamiya]

Jabha Shamiya also publishes a video of four Daesh prisoners, one of them 15 years old. [Jabha Shamiya]

 

Daesh continued its mortar attacks on two villages (Arab and Kurdish) 30 km (19 miles) west of Kobane. A local woman died yesterday because of the shelling. [Hawar]

 

Central and West

Russian planes launched airstrikes on Mahin and Huwwarin, supporting the Syrian Army efforts in the area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it stopped the Syrian Army attack on Hafar village near Mahin. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian troops near Mahin. [Store2] [Store2]

 

A video of the Al-Hadath village after it was captured by the Syrian Army. [YouTube]

 

East

Russian bombing kills 29 civilians in 3 areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of Russian bombing on a mosque in Al-Mayadin. [JustPaste]

 

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

Daesh says Russian airplanes launched five airstrikes on Bukamal killing an old man and a child and wounding 10 people. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. While it is well documents that airstrikes are killing civilians in Daesh controlled area, we have to mention that Daesh has never said that anyone other than civilians was killed.    

   

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA COUNTRIES

 

Daesh publishes two more videos about the Paris attacks. [Archive] [ADI]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic. [Archive]

 

Yemen. Daesh says its terrorists launched a massive attack on three Yemeni Army barracks in Hadhramaut, killing many soldiers; then when the Army reinforcements came, a Yemeni suicide terrorist detonated his vehicle bomb on them, killing more soldiers. Daesh says around 50 soldiers were killed in the attack. [Dump]

A Yemeni medical source says 17 soldiers were killed and 20 wounded in the attack. Dozens of historic houses in the area were damaged according to local sources. [Anadolu]

A video of the Daesh attack in Hadhramaut. [YouTube]

 

Lebanon.  The Lebanese Army arrests 3 men and confiscates their truck and 2 kg of explosives at the entrance of a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon. [Qasioun]

 

Egypt.  Hundreds of people receive the body of Saleh Al-Jibali, an Egyptian who was killed in the Paris attacks. [Youm7]

 

Al-Azhar Observatory issues a report about Daesh and how it recruits young people in western countries. [Youm7]

 

Egyptian security forces conduct a search campaign in southern Arish and Sheikh Zuweid and arrest 42 suspects and destroy several hideouts in addition to two IEDs. [Youm7]

 

Libya.   A Libyan journalist says Daesh’s Friday speech in Sirte urged terrorists to attack oil establishments in Libya. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia. Tunisian authorities arrest three terrorists coming from Libya. One of the terrorists participated in the attempted attack on the American Embassy in Tunisia. [AfriGate]

 

Afghanistan. Daesh publishes photos of destroying graves in Afghanistan. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Former Iraqi Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/llsoudll

https://twitter.com/maha21778

https://twitter.com/abo_mosab_54

https://twitter.com/Eghd3

https://twitter.com/cbcnxk1

https://twitter.com/Hoourya

https://twitter.com/KananSami221156

 

 

 

 

November 19, 2015

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

 Iraqi forces reportedly capture Governorate Council building in Ramadi.

Salahuddin Governorate political coups continue—in Baghdad.

Ninth Yazidi mass grave is found in Sinjar.

Kuwait arrests Daesh cell that shipped Ukrainian rockets through Turkey to Daesh in Syria.

 

Daesh Daily cross-reference. Our understanding of the struggle against Daesh started from the observation that it was largely an internal revolt, not just an invasion of foreign jihadis. Here is a cross-reference to the official website of the Iraqi Baath Party, which helps to make our point. It claims all Daesh operations against Iraqi forces as its own. [Al-Basrah]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Anbar Governorate Council (GC) Chairman says Iraqi forces captured the Governorate Council building in Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

The Chairman of Khaldiya District Council says IAA helicopters launched heavy airstrikes on different areas in Ramadi city, killing many Daesh members. He says the airstrikes were intensified on Ramadi to make it difficult for Daesh to prepare suicide bomber attacks on Iraqi forces. [Maalomah]

The Chairman says the Anbar Police Chief distributed 1,000 M16s to Anbar Emergency troops (local volunteers) in Habbaniya base to allow them to participate in Anbar liberation battles. [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Operations Command troops defused 15 IEDs while advancing into Ramadi from the north. [IWMC Report]

 

The Anti-Terrorism Service says 20 families escaped Daesh-controlled areas in Ramadi and arrived at the Kilo 5 area just west of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

A member of Ramadi District Council says Daesh is holding 200 families hostages to use as human shields in Ramadi city. [Maalomah]

 

The IAF killed 20 Daesh members and destroyed 2 vehicles and a construction shovel while Coalition planes killed 13 terrorists and destroyed 4 mortars and 8 heavy machine guns in the Ramadi area. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says Coalition planes bombed a Daesh convoy in Jazeera Khaldiya, destroying five vehicles and killing many terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Coalition planes bombed Daesh in Albu Farraj and Albu Dhiab north of Ramadi, killing many Daesh members and destroying 6 hideouts and a vehicle. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces cleared the Albu Risha checkpoint area northeast of Ramadi, killing 20 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Rapid Intervention troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle with a Kornet rocket and killed a Daesh sniper in Juwaiba, 16 km (10 miles) northeast of Ramadi. [Maalomah]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in Tameem southwest of Ramadi, killing 9. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Sukhoi planes bombed a Daesh hideout in Zangoura west of Ramadi, killing a large number. [Ghad]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops destroyed a Daesh hideout in East Hsaiba, killing three terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

A video of Iraqi forces clearing areas in Ramadi [YouTube]

A video of Rapid Intervention soldiers fighting in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles north of Ramadi. [JustPaste]

 

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed three terrorists, defused 43 IEDs, and destroyed 10 vehicles and 2 suicide bomber guesthouses in different areas east and south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 8 terrorists and wounded one and destroyed 2 vehicles and a hideout in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

An Iraqi Army 53rd Brigade unit killed 5 Daesh members and destroyed a vehicle and 2 hideouts in Rashad in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in the Falluja area. [YouTube]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says Jazeera Operations Command troops killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 8 IEDs and defused 3 booby-trapped houses in the Albu Hayat area. [Baghdadia]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of executing 5 men in Anbar accusing them of spying for the Iraqi Army and PMFs. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The men were shot by a firing squad, usually a punishment reserved for Daesh members.  

 

SALAHUDDIN

Salahuddin GC meets again in Baghdad and decides to fire the Salahuddin Governor and elect the Deputy Governor in his place. [Baghdadia]  Yesterday, as we reported, they voted out the GC Chairman and replaced him with the Deputy Chairman, drawing criticism from the Prime Minister.

A Sunni CoR member from Salahuddin says the GC meeting in Baghdad is illegal and some of the members who attended are accused of corruption or terrorism charges. [Sumaria]

A member of the PMF Commission says the political disputes in Salahuddin will affect the security situation in the Governorate. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s generally accepted in the US that decisions of public bodies have to be made in public meetings, and there are state laws to enforce that. The same ideas have been introduced into Iraq by USAID democracy projects, but this secret political coup by the Salahuddin GC shows that some people were not paying attention. Maybe the COR and/or Iraq’s GCs need to create clear law in this critical area. Whatever the merits or demerits of the officials replaced, the sneaky way in which they were replaced has no place in a democratic country.

 

Baiji

Iraqi forces supported by the IAA advanced to clear the eastern side of the Makhoul Mountains, killing 25 Daesh fighters and clearing two mountaintops. [IWMC Report]

 

The IWMC says the IAA killed many Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Ghad]

 

A PMF commander says his troops killed 3 Daesh fighters after a 2-hour chase in Makhoul Mountains. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We keep wondering what happened to the promised liberation of Shirqat, supposedly the next step after consolidating control of Baiji. No one has explained the strategic importance of having Iraqi forces chase small groups of Daesh fighters around the Makhoul Mountains south of Shirqat. In that context, we wonder why the PMFs seem to be so much less active lately, after being so prominent in earlier battles that recaptured Tikrit and other areas of Salahuddin from Daesh.

 

Videos of the battles in the Makhoul Mountains area [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its air defense near the Fertilizers factory north of Baiji. [JustPaste]

 

Shirqat

A local source says Daesh arrested 9 men, all called Marwan, in villages east and south of Shirqat. The source says Daesh is looking for a man who coordinates between anti-Daesh groups in Shirqat and Iraqi security forces. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Another typical Baathist tactic: Arrest a bunch of people and someone will confess. This story is also an example of a larger and dangerous problem. Official statements and Coalition bombs have put Daesh on notice in Shirqat, and they are nervous. This puts citizens of Shirqat at risk until Iraq forces finally get there.

 

Tikrit

A security source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Al-Awja southwest of Tikrit. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi SWAT forces were deployed in Tikrit after numerous kidnapping incidents. [Baghdadia]

 

Samarra

IFP troops killed 17 terrorists and captured 3 near the Strategic Line area. [IWMC Report]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops killed five Daesh members and destroyed a vehicle west of Jazeera Samarra. [Sumaria]

The IFP Commander says his troops shelled Daesh in Mkaishifa, killing 8 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it rocketed Iraqi forces near the Samarra Dam with 5 Katyushas and 6 mortar shells. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

A PMF source says the AAH captured two villages west of the Himrin Mountains, killing many Daesh fighters. [Ghad]

 

BAGHDAD

A CoR member says the KRG violated the oil deal with Baghdad and it doesn’t give any information about the amounts of oil it is exporting. For that reason the Iraqi government decided not to give the KRG its 17% share of the Iraqi budget. The KRG’s Minister of Natural Resources says the KRG is sending the oil through Turkey to Israel and selling it from there to avoid Baghdad’s monitoring. [Baghdadia]

 

The CoR approves a resolution to block Daesh websites and media outlets that support terrorism. [Sumaria]

The Judicial Council spokesman says Iraqi courts tried 854 people on terrorism charges during the month of October. [Sumaria]

 

The CoR’s Security and Defense Committee says it will submit recommendations to the Iraqi government asking that it request Russian airstrikes. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it killed an informant in his house in Mada’in in south Baghdad, then detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army vehicle. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it blew up electricity stations and water pumps in Mada’in. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh’s reason for the destruction of services is to punish the Sahwas living in that area, ignoring that other “Sunni” civilians are benefiting from these services in the area.

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops defused 3 IEDs in different areas in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Al-Tha’er near Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • A roadside IED exploded on a small civilian bus in Taji in north Baghdad killing one person and wounding five. [Maalomah]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Ameen in east Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding seven. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Dora in south Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five. [Mada]
  • The body of an unknown man was found shot in Hay Al-Jihad in southwest Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Security forces arrested 3 men wanted on terrorism charges in the Ibrahim Bin Ali area in west Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • A civilian was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Security forces arrested 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Ghazaliya. [Maalomah]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

The Chairman of the municipal council in Qara Tapa denies the reports about a motorcycle explosion in the city yesterday and says there has been no security breach for weeks. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

An Arab CoR member from Kirkuk says 300 families escaped Daesh-controlled areas in Hawija but the Peshmerga refused to let them enter Dibis.

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh has infiltrated displaced families many times before and civilian families are paying the price.   

 

A Peshmerga commander says Kurdish forces secured 600 people escaping Daesh controlled areas in Kirkuk governorate to areas in Salahuddin controlled by Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Sinjar

A ninth Yazidi mass grave was found in Sinjar. [BasNews]

 

A video shows the airstrikes during the liberation of Sinjar. The video is accompanied by a sound track of intercepted Daesh wireless communications. Daesh terrorists were panicked and urging each other to keep their positions or to launch mortar attacks on anything. [Rudaw]

 

Mosul

Daesh says two of its terrorists attacked 2 Peshmerga locations in Amar Bayt in Tel Keif east of Mosul and clashed with Kurdish fighters before detonating their explosives vests, killing 15 Kurdish fighters and destroying several vehicles including 4 Humvees. Daesh says it shelled the location after the Peshmerga regrouped. [Dump]

 

A KDP official says the Peshmerga stopped a Daesh attack near Bashiqa, killing 7. [Rudaw]

 

A PUK official says Daesh executed in Mosul 6 of its own members, from a local tribe, for fleeing the battles in Bashiqa. He also says Daesh arrested 50 Turkmen citizens in Ninewa. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed the Peshmerga in several areas in Ninewa. [JustPaste]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot into a Daesh vehicle on the road to Badoush in Mosul, killing 4 terrorists. [KM Facebook Page]

 

The Kurdistan Security Council says the Peshmerga stopped a Daesh attack near the Mosul Dam at 3 am Thursday, killing 28 Daesh members including 7 suicide bombers. All the terrorists killed were foreigners except one. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh delivered the bodies of 22 of its members killed in a Coalition airstrike on Al-Khazer on Wednesday to the forensics department morgue in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Local sources say Daesh police and Hisbah members disappeared from the streets and Daesh moved its weapons and explosives to mosques and churches. The sources also say Daesh announced through its radio in Mosul the arrival of 72 families coming from Syria and given houses belonging to displaced people. [Karemlash]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed 10 former police officers who were in its prisons for some time in rural Hatra District south of Mosul. [Karemlash]

 

A security source says military planes bombed Daesh oil tankers in rural Baaj District in southern Ninewa, destroying three of them. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the bombing on two factories in Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says 13 people were killed and 28 wounded in the bombing. [A3maq]

 

Makhmur

Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga vehicle in the Qaraj (Arab) area in Makhmur with an IED. [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Ninewa

A Peshmerga source says Kurdish forces, supported by Coalition airpower, stopped a Daesh attack on Aski Mosul village southwest of Mosul, killing 4 Daesh fighters. [BasNews]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

A security source says the National Security Service arrested a man wanted for terrorism charges in Musayyib in Babel, 30 km (19 miles) northwest of Hilla. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

A man and his 13 year old daughter were killed and his wife wounded in a Daesh shelling on Boraz village in west Kobane. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says their forces stopped 3 separate Daesh attacks on Ain Eissa, Suluk and the Abdul Aziz Mountain areas. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes a video of some of its operations against the Democratic Syria Forces including a suicide attack. [MediaFire]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling areas west of Ain Eissa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

The Turkish Army shelled grain silos in Tal Abyad with heavy artillery. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. This action seems to make no sense, even from a Turkish perspective. We understand why Turkey doesn’t like the YPG but the US has worked with them. Attacks on the Kurds undermine the anti-Daesh campaign and so merit an American diplomatic response.

 

Local sources say 4 Daesh members were killed by land mines 7 km (4 miles) west of Jarabulus by the Turkey border while trying to flee to Turkey. The sources say Daesh planted the mines to prevent its men from fleeing. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say the PYD forced heavy taxes on olive farmers in Afrin. [BasNews]

 

A Syrian military source says the Syrian Army advanced in Sheik Ahmed village near the Kowaires airbase and captured the main train station. He also says a Syrian Army unit destroyed a Daesh gathering in Al-Bab. Syrian planes bombed Daesh in several areas in Aleppo’s eastern countryside. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Al-Bab. [JustPaste]

 

A local activist says residents demonstrated against Daesh in Manbij for the second week. He says the demonstrators accused Daesh of bringing airstrikes on their city and then escaping from their positions, allowing the Syrian Army to advance and punish the residents. Daesh men shot into the air, forcing the demonstrators to flee. [ARA]

 

Central and West

A Syrian military source says Syrian planes bombed Daesh locations west of Tadmur, killing many Daesh members and destroying their vehicles. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops and supporting militias captured more areas in Homs’ northern countryside. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Russian planes conducted 160 sorties destroying 344 Daesh targets. [SANA]

DaeshDaily comment. We have no way to confirm these targets are all Daesh locations. 

 

Daesh says it recaptured the positions it lost earlier to the Syrian Army in the Hadath village north of Mahin near Homs city, destroying an armored vehicle and killing many soldiers. [Dump]

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

 

East

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the Russian bombing on Deir Ez-Zor on Wednesday. [A3maq]        

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh publishes another video about the Paris attacks called “Paris before Rome,” apparently an effort to intimidate the Italians. [MuslimsNews]

DaeshDaily comment. It is interesting to see Daesh using Al-Jazeera reports as introduction for its own videos most of the time.

 

The Russian application Telegram announced on Twitter that it has blocked 164 more accounts that are spreading terrorism. [Twitter] Daesh has used Telegram, which is encrypted, for many of its communications.

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Kuwait. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior announced it captured a Daesh cell (5 Syrians, 2 Australians, a Lebanese, an Egyptian and a Kuwaiti). The cell was responsible for sending money and weapons to Daesh. One of the detainees admitted he bought rockets in Ukraine and shipped them to Turkey, then to Daesh in Syria. [KUNA]

 

Yemen.  Daesh publishes 2 photos of its terrorists in Abyan. [GulfUp] [GulfUp]

 

Lebanon. A report came out about the Daesh cell that planned and conducted the terrorist attack in Beirut last week. Some cell members were arrested, and weapons and explosives were confiscated. The report says Daesh started a recruiting campaign in north Beirut. [Safir]

 

Egypt.  Daesh publishes the summary of its operations in Egypt for month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. [Archive]

 

Libya.  Libyan planes continue their airstrikes on terrorist locations in Benghazi for the second day in a row. [LibyaAkhbar]

 

The Libyan MoI’s spokesman says Daesh terrorists contacted him using the Viber application and offered him 20 million Libyan dinars to kill General Khalifa Haftar. He says he recorded the call and shared it with the authorities. [Ewan]

 

The Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs says there are 4,000 to 5,000 Daesh fighters in Libya, mostly from Tunis, Sudan and Yemen. He says Daesh might use eastern Libya as its new center and asks to have Libya included in the international efforts to fight Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

Libyan security forces captured 2 terrorists carrying suicide vests who tried to sneak into Tunisia. The security forces were forced to release the terrorists later because Daesh captured 6 security personnel in Sabratha in northwest Libya. [Tunisien]

 

Tunisia. Tunisian authorities captured 5 terrorism suspects in Siliana in northern Tunisia. [Tunisien]

 

Tunisian authorities arrested 3 takfiris trying to sneak into Tunisia from Libya. [Tunisien]

 

Tunisian authorities arrested 12 takfiris in the coastal city of Nabeul. [Tunisien]

 

Other Locations

Bangladesh.  Daesh says its terrorists in Bangladesh conducted 3 operations recently: Shooting an Italian priest and wounding him seriously; shooting a Baha’i leader and wounding him seriously; and capturing then beheading a local politician. [Dump]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Rudaw Arabic page.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/aa37ios

https://twitter.com/7VLNRoOTIOAZIOH

https://twitter.com/bsir_alkorieshy

https://twitter.com/Mrjan_o_qlaed

https://twitter.com/dsaasd1201

 

 

November 18, 2015

NB-152104-635834426451992010

   

DaeshDaily cross-reference: One of the friends of DaeshDaily (whose name we will withhold for their own safety) sent us an interesting interview with a Daesh commander who defected, which appeared in yesterday’s Cumhuriyet newspaper in Turkey. The former commander talks about the help they used get from Turkish authorities. Relations with Turkish intelligence were excellent. Daesh intelligence personnel have operated in Turkey with few problems. He talks about two mosques in Kilis where Daesh and Al-Nusra members (each with its own mosque) gather before they enter Syria. Some Daesh terrorists from Syria were once provided with McDonald’s hamburgers, courtesy of Turkish intelligence. [Cumhuriyet

Our friend translated the article to English and you can find it here.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Coalition planes blast Daesh in Ramadi.

Barzani declares that Tuz is Kurdish territory–PMFs keep out.

Daesh shows photo of soda can bomb that downed Russian plane.

 

ANBAR

Anbar provincial government has only received 18 percent of its expected allocation from the central government, the Anbar Governorate Council spokesman has said, urging the central government to release the remaining funds to help the governorate face the challenges posed by displaced persons and heavy fighting on its territory. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s not just Anbar. Iraq has a major financial crisis because of the huge worldwide decline in the price of oil, on which over 90% of its economy depends. It is likely the most oil-dependent economy in the world. This situation threatens both the war effort and the efforts to rebuild a politically and economically viable country after Daesh is gone. The lower oil prices have been great for the American people, bad for the Iraqi people.

 

Ramadi

Coalition planes launched 50 airstrikes on Daesh in Ramadi city. According to the Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC), the strikes killed 15 Daesh members and destroying 31 locations, 4 vehicle bombs, a bulldozer, 8 vehicles and several weapons and combat locations. [IWMC Report]

A separate report based on a security source says Coalition planes bombed a local Daesh headquarters on Street 17, killing 25 Daesh members and destroying three vehicles. [Baghdadia]

 

Security forces liberated the Qattana police station in southern Ramadi city, a security source said, adding that Iraqi forces are clearing the recently recaptured areas. [Maalomah]

 

A video shows 1,500 volunteers from Ramadi joining Iraqi forces. [Forat]

 

Iraqi forces with Coalition air support stopped two Daesh attacks north of Ramadi, killing 40 Daesh members and destroying five vehicle bombs, an Anbar Operations Command source says. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh hideout north of Ramadi with a rocket, killing four terrorists. Iraqi forces also ambushed and killed a Daesh fighter as he tried to attack an Army vehicle with a rocket launcher. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi troops were clearing the Kilo 5 area near the city when a Daesh member shot two Iraqi soldiers, killing one and wounding the other before he was killed by Iraqi troops. Iraqi forces killed 10 more terrorists in the area and found a Daesh IED factory, a vehicle bomb and another bomb in addition to weapons and explosives. [IWMC Report]

 

A video shows the destruction in the Kilo 7 area after it was liberated from Daesh. [YouTube]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya District Council says Iraqi forces cleared two areas in Hay Al-Tameem southwest of Ramadi, killing many Daesh fighters. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh weapons cache and 3 anti-aircraft machine guns southeast of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of Iraqi forces blowing up a Daesh vehicle bomb in Ramadi area (under control). [Iraqia]

 

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed seven Daesh fighters, destroyed 2 vehicles, and defused 3 IEDs in areas south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

IAA destroyed two Daesh vehicles in the Zoba’a area south of Falluja, killing six Daesh fighters. [Maalomah]

 

A PMF source says PMF snipers killed 4 Daesh members in Saqlawiya north of Falluja. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh in Albu Sawda in Qarma, killing 13 terrorists and destroying a weapons cache. [IWMC Report]

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 5 Daesh members and wounded 3 and destroyed 2 vehicles in Qarma. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its elementary schools in Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on a residential compound in Baghdadi, forcing the assailants to retreat, the Chairman of the Baghdadi subdistrict council says, adding that the group shelled Baghdadi with no casualties. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says the commander of the Al-Assad Brigade (an anti-Daesh tribal force) survived an attempt on his life when unknown armed men shot at his personal car with mid-size weapons in Baghdadi city. The attack is the first of its kind inside the city. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying a machine gun in the Jubba area in Baghdadi subdistrict, Jazeera Operations Command says. [Mada]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says his troops killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists and destroyed a machine-gun-carrying vehicle in the Albu Hayat area. He also says his troops found a mass grave for 11 Daesh fighters in the area. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi forces shelled a Daesh gathering in Qusairat in Haditha district, killing five Daesh members including a local Daesh leader, and destroyed a vehicle carrying weapons and rockets, Jazeera Operations Commander announced. [Mada]

 

A security source says the IAA targeted Daesh in Zawiya in Haditha, killing 5. [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Iraqi forces liberated Masoud village, 20 km (12.5 miles) north of Baiji, a security source says. The strategically located village had been a launching point for Daesh attacks on Iraqi forces. However, 20 IFP members were reportedly wounded. IFP troops killed three Daesh members in Masoud and destroyed a bulldozer bomb, an IFP commander says. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

 

PMF fighters found hallucinogenic pills on two would-be suicide bombers they killed yesterday, a PMF commander said, one of them a Saudi. The PMF commander said that such drugs were commonly used by Daesh suicide bombers. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing six Daesh members and destroying three vehicle bombs. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Federal Police troops killed 75 Daesh fighters and destroyed 4 vehicle bombs during the last 3 days in the Makhoul Mountains area. Iraqi forces continued clearing the eastern side of the Mountains and defused another vehicle bomb there. [IWMC Report]

 

A PMF source says the Ali Akbar Brigade conducted a military operation in the Makhoul Mountains area, claiming that they killed or wounded many Daesh terrorists. [Harbi]

 

A video of the PMFs in the Makhoul Mountains area [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its suicide terrorists in an armored vehicle bomb attacking Iraqi forces in the Makhoul Mountains. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the battles in the same area. [JustPaste] [JustPaste] [Archive]

 

Tikrit

Heavy clashes are reportedly underway between Daesh and Iraqi forces on the strategic line west of Tikrit, security sources have announced. Iraqi reinforcements are reportedly on their way to the battle site. [Baghdadia]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations Command troops stopped a Daesh attack in Mkaishifa, killing 5 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. [IWMC Report]

 

IFP forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Jazeera Samarra area, killing four Daesh members, and destroying a hideout. [Baghdadia]

 

An IAA airstrike reportedly killed Abu Rasoul Al-Faransi, a French national implicated in several terrorist attacks. Saraya al-Salam announced that its militiamen located the Daesh member and provided the location to the IAA, which launched the attack, killing Al-Faransi and several of his associates.  [Maalomah]

 

Samarra Operations Command troops destroyed 40 IEDs in Sayed Gharib southeast of Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of a close hand grenade battle between the PMFs and Daesh near Samarra. [YouTube]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

The spokesman of President Barzani says the President has no issues with the PMFs regarding the war against Daesh, but that doesn’t mean the PMFs can go to Tuz. He says Tuz is Kurdish land and it is protected by the Peshmerga. The spokesman says President Barzani stressed that Kurdish land is not a place for the PMFs. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Apparently the KRG President (who of course is no longer legally the President) intends to acquire parts of Iraq by decree. Sinjar and now Tuz have been added in the last few days, and we should expect more territorial claims as Daesh is gradually displaced. Defeating Daesh is vital, but it is not the end game in Iraq. 

 

Meanwhile, a Peshmerga commander says the agreement between the Peshmerga and PMFs in Tuz is being implemented. He says the PMFs released 15 Kurds and will release 7 more and after that the Peshmerga will release the PMF prisoners. [Rudaw]

 

BAGHDAD

Security forces conducted a raid in Taji in north Baghdad, finding a cache of weapons and explosives reportedly intended for attacking Shia faithful on the upcoming Arba’in pilgrimages. [Baghdadia]

 

Prime Minster Abadi says the governorate councils of liberated governorates should have their meetings in the governorate and not in Baghdad. His remarks came in a press conference held after the Salahuddin Governorate Council met in a hotel in Baghdad yesterday and voted to dismiss their Chairman and appoint his deputy to replace him. [Sumaria]

 

Minority group CoR members ended their boycott of CoR sessions after President Masoum vetoed the National Card Law that discriminated against non-Muslims. [AIN]

 

The CoR’s Migration and Displacement Committee says 15 displaced people committed suicide recently and held the government responsible for not adequately supporting the displaced people. [IraqPress]

 

A Sunni CoR member says Iraq should seek a Resolution from the UN Security Council to declare support of terrorism by any country a violation of Article Seven. [Buratha]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops found IEDs in southeast and southwest Baghdad.  [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army “informant” in his house in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • A roadside IED exploded in Rashidiya, in north Baghdad, killing a municipal worker and wounding another. [Baghdadia]
  • The body of an unknown man was found in Hay Ur in northeast Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Shaab in northeast Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding seven. [Mada]
  • The body of an unknown man was found shot in Sadr City in east Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • An IED exploded near a popular restaurant in the Jisr al-Diyala area in southeast Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five. [Mada]
  • An Iraqi soldier was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [AIN]
  • An IED exploded in the Wardiya area in south Baghdad, killing two people and wounding six others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad, killing two people and wounding six others. [Mada]
  • In Abu Ghraib in western Baghdad Governorate, a sticker IED exploded under a taxi carrying three soldiers, killing the driver and one soldier and wounding the other two. [Baghdadia]
  • Unknown armed men abducted a foodstuffs dealer in front of his shop in the Al-Jami’a area of west Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition planes conducted six sorties, on Mosul, Sinjar and Shirqat, killing 14 terrorists and destroying 5 locations, 3 mortars and a heavy machine gun. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Police in Diyala arrested several men on terrorism charges. The men had been reportedly using a truck as a mobile explosives storehouse. [Baghdadia]

 

Northern Diyala

An IED exploded on a gathering site for day laborers looking for casual work in Qara Tapa, a Diyala police source said. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Daesh says it captured the Peshmerga barracks in Kawaz Arab village in Hawija District and blew them up (photos). [Dump] [JustPaste]

 

Two people wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in a village 15 km (9 miles) west of Kirkuk, a Kirkuk police source says. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Sinjar

Daesh remains a threat to Sinjar city from areas it still holds, a PUK official has said. Holding territory just eight kilometers south of the newly recaptured city, the group can still shell the city. The PUK official called for operations to free these predominantly Yazidi areas. [Sumaria]

 

A Yazidi CoR member says there are 5,830 Yazidis still missing since Daesh captured parts of Ninewa last year. [Xendan]

 

An official of HPK (a PKK group) says HPK troops participated in liberating Sinjar but no one gave them credit for it. He says they have engaged in many military battles since Daesh took over Sinjar and have suffered many casualties. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. This story is one more angle to the complicated politics of the struggle against Daesh. Any credit given to a PKK group would (1) antagonize the leadership of Turkey; and (2) undermine the KRG’s message that it liberated Sinjar single-handedly. No credit will come from either of those capitals. The YPG has gotten US military support in Syria in part by downplaying its known affiliation with the PKK, which, however, is a US-designated terrorist organization. No credit for the PKK will come from Washington either. The YPG has also had a presence in Sinjar that went largely unnoticed until Daesh was defeated, but to a lesser extent so did the PKK. Both helped the Yazidis get some of their homeland back, but there is no one left to give them credit, with the important exception of the Yazidis.

 

Mosul

Hundreds of Daesh members and their families arrived in Mosul after fleeing Raqqa, traveling through al-Qa’im in western Anbar. The organization granted them homes that had been confiscated from Christians, Shabaks, and other religious minorities in the area. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi planes dropped millions of leaflets on Mosul and other cities in Ninewa asking citizens to cooperate with Iraqi forces and to listen to a specific radio station that provides instructions. [Buratha]

 

Coalition planes conducted heavy airstrikes on a Daesh encampment in the Ghabat area just north of Mosul, destroying heavy weapons and military vehicles, a source in Ninewa says, as well as a second attack targeting a Daesh convoy west of Mosul, killing several of its members including an explosives expert with an unspecified European nationality. [Mada]

 

A Peshmerga source says Daesh was gathering its troops to attack the Kurdish forces in Wanaki west of Mosul, but the Coalition launched heavy airstrikes on Daesh in the area and foiled the attempt. [Rudaw]

 

Peshmerga fighters stopped a heavy Daesh attack near Bashiqa, killing many Daesh attackers and destroying a vehicle bomb, the Bashiqa subdistrict manager announced. [Mada]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it detonated an IED on a Daesh vehicle on the road between Tal Abta and Baaj killing 3 Daesh Hisbah members. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Unknown armed men shot dead a Saudi Daesh leader known as Abu Alaa in Shura, south of Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the kindergartens in Mosul. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. These photos terrify us more than any gruesome photos Daesh publishes.

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Gorran and the PUK meet to discuss the political crisis in Kurdistan. Gorran says it is ready to negotiate with the KDP after its officials are allowed to go back to their positions in the KRG government. [Rudaw]

 

The KRG issues a statement saying Vice President Biden called President Barzani and congratulated him on the victory in Sinjar. [BasNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Thirteen men were arrested on terrorism charges in Dhi Qar Governorate, a security source says. The detainees reportedly included former Baath party members and several followers of the radical Shia cleric Mahmoud Al-Sarkhi. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Sarkhi is a relatively young cleric who appeared suddenly after 2003, claiming to be the Supreme Marji’ and challenging all major clerics in Najaf. The vast majority of Iraqi Shia think he’s a Baathist clone supported by Sunni countries in the region. He does have a few thousand devoted followers who staged the first attack against the Coalition in Kerbala in 2003. They also made several attacks against the Iraqi government, which finally decided to raid Sarkhi’s offices, where they found IED factories and tons of weapons and explosives.

Sarkhi criticized Sistani’s fatwa against Daesh and claims that what’s happening now in Anbar is peaceful resistance against the government. He has close ties with the pro-Daesh Association of Muslim Scholars. Ironically, many Iraqi Daesh supporters, who in general think all Shia are heretics, like him and consider him the real Shia leader! 

 

The former director of the Sunni waqf endowments in the southern governorates has made allegations that the current waqf director and several past directors have used their positions to provide funds and shelter to individuals involved in terrorism. The former director alleges that Iraqi security sources have ample evidence of this from documents showing the link between the waqf director and terrorist activities, and provided documents to support his accusations. [Sumaria]

 

The Wasit Police Commander says his forces arrested a “dangerous” terrorist responsible for many attacks in Suwaira. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish Army says it killed a Daesh member and arrested 21 others while they were trying to cross the border from Syria to Turkey. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The Turkish Army wouldn’t have shot them if they were moving in the opposite direction.

 

Turkish media sources says Turkish authorities arrested 8 people in Istanbul airport suspected of being Daesh members. [BasNews]

 

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister says Turkey has plans to eradicate Daesh on Turkish borders and it will start military operations in the coming days. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The YPG says the Turkish army shelled their positions in Tal Abyad and east Kobane yesterday. [BasNews]

 

Local activists say more than 40 Daesh members were killed and many others wounded in the French and other airstrikes on Raqqa over the last three days. [ARA]

Daesh publishes a video of the civilian casualties of the bombing on north Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Northwest

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops near the Kowaires airbase, killing or wounding many soldiers and destroying a tank. [Dump] [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the “normal life” in Qibasin city in Aleppo. [JustPaste]

 

Local activists say a young man from Manbij shot and killed a Tunisian Daesh sharia judge and two other terrorists and wounded others before killing himself. The Tunisian terrorist had issued an order to behead the young man’s brother. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of children it “educates” in Manbij. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and an armored vehicle in Dowa in Homs (photos). [Dump] [JustPaste]

 

East

Daesh says 4 people were killed, including children, and 9 wounded in Russian airstrikes on Albu Kamal near the Iraqi border. Daesh published photos of the results of the bombing. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]    

 

Daesh shelled civilian houses in areas under Syrian Army control in Deir Ez-Zor while Syrian planes conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh areas. [ARA]   

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh publishes the 12th issue of its Dabiq magazine, called the “Just Terror”. The issue contains photos of the alleged bomb used in the Russian airplane in Egypt. Daesh says the bomb was smuggled into the airplane inside a soda can. The issue also says Daesh executed its Norwegian and Chinese prisoners. [MuslimsNews]

 

Daesh publishes two more videos about the Paris attacks and threatens to conduct more attacks. [Archive] [Archive]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Lebanon. Daesh says it shelled a Shia village in Baalbek with a Katyusha rocket. [JustPaste]

 

Several sources say Real Madrid star Christiano Ronaldo has sent a personal invitation to a Lebanese child who was orphaned and wounded in the deadly Daesh bombing attack earlier this week in south Beirut. Social media users took up the boy’s case after it became known that the child, whose parents perished in the attack, harbored the dream of meeting Ronaldo in person. (#CristianoMeetHaidar). Ronaldo apparently took notice of the hashtag campaign and has invited the boy to Spain to meet him. [Twitter]

 

Libya.  An Egyptian diplomat anticipates an Egyptian-Russian intervention in Libya soon.  [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia.  The Tunisian Ministry of Interior spokesman says the seven Daesh members arrested recently used to run more than 30 websites to glorify Daesh and attract recruits. [Tunisien]

 

Tunisian authorities publish a photo of a wanted terrorist who is wearing an explosives vest and ask people to report him. [AfriGate]

 

Afghanistan.  Daesh publishes photos of one of its training camps in Afghanistan. [JustPaste]  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Syria Media page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/ghareeb_001

https://twitter.com/e3030media

https://twitter.com/zFUZjJ83NX7Nyro

https://twitter.com/120Muawiya

https://twitter.com/albttarm25

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Four top Daesh leaders reported killed by Canadian airstrike near Haditha.

Coalition bombs keep falling on Mosul.

Yazidi spokesmen resist KRG territorial claim on Sinjar.

 

DaeshDaily cross-reference: A very interesting article by Graeme Wood, an expert on Daesh ideology, about the Daesh attacks in France. [Politico]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Anti-Terrorism Service says its troops managed to cross the Euphrates towards Ramadi city after four days of heavy bombing support. [Qurtas]

 

Iraqi forces stopped an attack in Jaraishi, 40 km (25 miles) north of Ramadi, and destroyed four vehicle bombs. [Mada]

The Coalition bombed a Daesh hideout in Jaraishi, killing a sniper, and bombed two Daesh gatherings near the former headquarters of the Anbar Operations Command. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says one of its Tunisian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces at a school near the Albu Hayes Bridge north of Ramadi, killing or wounding many soldiers, then Daesh terrorists attacked and captured the school. [Dump]

Daesh says it executed ten Iraqi soldiers it captured at the school. [A3maq]

Daesh says an Iraqi suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in the same area. [Dump]

 

Two IFP battalions arrived at the Kilo 5 area just west of Ramadi to hold territory recently seized from Daesh, the Chairman of Khaldiya District Council says, adding that they will share this duty with local tribal fighters. [Mada]

Iraqi forces supported by Coalition airpower destroyed 3 Daesh mortar units, a tower, a vehicle bomb and a construction shovel near the Kilo 5 area. [IWMC Report]

Iraqi forces uncovered a large weapons and explosives cache while clearing the Kilo 5 area, the IWMC says. [Baghdadia]

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb destroyed by Iraqi forces in the Kilo 5 area. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. Control of the Kilo 5 area, just three miles from downtown Ramadi, is potentially critical to the military outcome in Ramadi.

 

A local tribal commander says Iraqi forces destroyed four Daesh boats and killed 9 Daesh members trying to sneak out of Jazeera Khaldiya. [BasNews]

 

IFP troops killed six Daesh militants and destroyed hideouts and a vehicle in the Al-Malaab area east of Ramadi, the IFP commander says. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says one of its Iranian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near Anbar University with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many soldiers. [Dump]

 

Another vehicle bomb destroyed by Iraqi forces in Ramadi area [YouTube]

A video of Iraqi jets bombing Daesh in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

Falluja

The MoI spokesman says Iraqi artillery shelled a Daesh gathering in Albu Daaij near Falluja, killing the Daesh commander of the area, Abu Sayyaf, and 8 of his associates. [PUKMedia]

 

Saraya Al-Jihad says it cleared a 20 km (12.5 mile) road linking Saqlawiya to north Qarma. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army bulldozer near the Albu Farraj Bridge north of Ramadi. [JustPaste]

 

An Iraqi 35th Brigade unit killed two Daesh militants south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces killed or wounded 20 Daesh fighters in Subaihat in Qarma. [IWMC Report]

A Rapid Intervention unit killed ten Daesh members near the industrial area south of Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 7 Daesh fighters in Albu Sawda in Qarma. [IWMC Report]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi Army position in Albu Sawda with a 23 mm cannon. [JustPaste]

Iraqi forces destroyed two hideouts and two vehicles in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Schools in Ameriyat al-Falluja were closed for the second day in a row as Daesh shelling continues on the area. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Haditha

Four Daesh leaders close to Awwad Baghdadi, the Daesh leader, were reportedly killed in a Canadian airstrike near Haditha, a security source says. The Canadian MoD reportedly said two of its jets conducted the strike. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces “near” Albu Hayat. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh has never admitted to losing Albu Hayat. Its response to defeats is often to publish photos from that or some other battle, presumably to create the impression that they actually won. 

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces with locally made rockets in Khasfa west of Haditha. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) killed 60 Daesh militants and destroyed three vehicle bombs in the Makhoul Mountains area, according to a statement the IFP issued Monday. [Baghdadia]

 

The IAF killed 8 terrorists and destroying a construction shovel in the Makhoul Mountains area, while the IAA killed 20 Daesh on the other side of the Mountains. [IWMC Report]

 

Al-Nujaba Movement claims its fighters cleared the road to the Makhoul Mountains and broke the siege on Iraqi forces in the Mountains, killing 5 Daesh fighters (three Saudis, a Turk and one from the Caucasus) and destroying four vehicle bombs. [Ghad]

 

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountain area, killing six terrorists including a Saudi. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Terrorism troops advanced to the Thermal Unit area north of Baiji after initial bombing. [IWMC Report]

DaeshDaily comment. This area was liberated from Daesh a couple of weeks ago but the IWMC forgot to mention when it was lost again. 

 

A video of a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Baiji [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh military clinic in Baiji [YouTube]

 

Tikrit

A video of 400 displaced families returning to their houses in Mkaishifa [YouTube]

 

Samarra

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Salam shelled a Daesh hideout west of Samarra, killing a Daesh commander and several associates. [Harbi]

 

A video of a Daesh oil tanker exploding on a Saraya Al-Salam convoy [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh sniper caught by the AAH [YouTube]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Samarra Operations Command troops captured 26 terrorism suspects south of Ishaqi, near Balad. The troops also killed four Daesh terrorists and destroyed a hideout and a weapons cache. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of Daesh members being tortured by Iraqi soldiers, taken by one of the soldiers. [YouTube]

 

BAGHDAD

An MP from Basra has threatened that the southern governorates will sell their oil directly on the global markets if the central government does not release its budget allocation for these provinces. He made these remarks at a press conference with MPs from other southern provinces. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi has ordered an investigation into violations against demonstrators by security forces. Dozens of activists had gathered Tuesday in central Baghdad’s Tahrir Square demanding reforms and supporting the PM’s reform agenda when they were attacked by Iraqi security forces. “We think they are of the previous era who want to make problems for the current Prime Minister,” one protestor said, effectively alleging that elements of the security forces remain loyal to former PM Nouri Al-Maliki and seek to undermine Abadi’s leadership. [Mada]

Photos of the actions against the demonstrators in Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

 

President Masoum returns the National Card Law to the CoR and says they should reconsider Article 26, which he says violates the constitutional rights of non-Muslims in Iraq. [Etejah] The law declares that children of mixed marriages must follow the religion of the Muslim parent.

DaeshDaily comment. The President has it right, of course. The law is transparently unconstitutional, which, however, is not a deterrent to parliament members trying to use religion to further their political agendas.

 

The Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell says it captured a Daesh cell of six members who were planning to attack Shia pilgrims in Dora in south Baghdad. A seventh member managed to flee before the raid. [Ghad]

Iraqi Intelligence Service operatives found a weapons and explosives cache in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. The unit’s commander said the weapons were intended for use in attacks on Shia pilgrims who would visit shrine sites on the upcoming Arba’in pilgrimages (video). [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi forces defused a car bomb in Rawoud northwest of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces defused 36 IEDs and three explosive vests in different areas of south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IAF conducted 4 sorties and the IAA 43.

The Coalition conducted 13 sorties–on Ramadi, Tal Afar, Sinjar and Shirqat–killing many terrorists and destroying locations and weapons.

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

 

A security source says unknown armed men attacked an Iraqi Army checkpoint in Tarmiya in north Baghdad, wounding two soldiers. [Sumaria]

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes statistics of its operations in the Baghdad area for the last 30 days. [Archive]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded in the Hamamiyat area of Taji in northern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • The bodies of two unknown women were found dumped in the Al-Ma’amil area of east Baghdad. The bodies bore wounds showing that the victims had been murdered. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Zafaraniya in southeast Baghdad, killing one victim and wounding seven. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed two police guards in Zafaraniya. [Etejah]
  • Unknown armed men shot a civilian dead in Zafaraniya. [Baghdadia]
  • Three civilians were killed, including a woman, in a shelling on their house in Karaghoul in south Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • Two IEDs exploded near a popular market in the Al-Hussein area of south Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding ten. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in Mada’in in south Baghdad, targeting a Ministry of Trade vehicle, killing two ministry employees and wounding another. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a wholesale market in Rashid, southwest Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding six. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of some of its terrorists in the Baghdad area. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The MoI says the Diyala police arrested 50 armed men who, claiming to be PMFs, had captured 11 Diyala policemen in a checkpoint. [Mada]

DaeshDaily. This is one of Iraq’s next big problems. Armed groups, whether they fought Daesh or not, will not be under government control.

 

A Diyala police source says the police arrested 17 suspects wanted on terrorism charges in Hibhib. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Dozens of Daesh members were killed or wounded in an aerial bombing, reportedly launched by French planes, on several Daesh sites in Riyadh and Rashad areas of southwest Kirkuk, a security source said. Another security source said 11 Daesh members were killed in the attacks. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We could not confirm from other sources that these were French planes.

 

Peshmerga fighters stopped a Daesh attack on the Sayed Khalaf village in Hawija, killing several Daesh militants, a security source says. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh tanker carrying chlorine in Hawija that was intended for use against Iraqi forces in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Harbi]

 

NINEWA

Sinjar

The chairman of the “Commission for the Kurdistan Areas outside the KRG” has said that

the presence of “unofficial troops” in Sinjar will have negative effects on the stability of the region. He called for the withdrawal of the (unnamed) “unofficial” forces and for the Peshmerga to remain in Sinjar. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: The remarks are apparently a veiled reference to the YPG presence in Sinjar, and a backdoor KRG political status claim on Sinjar.

 

The hereditary Prince of the Yazidi community issues a statement congratulating the people of Sinjar for their liberation, and asked the authorities for justice for Daesh crimes. [BasNews]

The Yazidi Council in Sinjar issues a statement congratulating the Yazidi people for the liberation of their lands and thanking the YPG, the Coalition, the Iraqi government, the KRG, and Sistani for their support. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s not hard to see that the KRG spokesmen (including Barzani yesterday) consider that Sinjar is now destined to be part of Kurdistan whether Iraq likes it or not, whereas the Yazidis who constitute much of the Sinjar population are resisting their embrace and giving some of the credit to others who contributed to their liberation.

 

Two more mass graves of Yazidi men and women were found in Sinjar with more than 50 bodies in them. [BasNews]

 

The Peshmerga received 150 families who escaped from the Qabusiya village south of Sinjar, fearing that they would be used by Daesh as human shields in anticipated fighting in that area, a member of the Sinjar District Council says. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

Daesh has reportedly cut the remaining internet lines in Mosul and ordered internet providers not to renew the monthly internet access accounts for users in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Daesh has prevented hundreds of families who fled Tal Afar and Baaj from entering Mosul. The displaced families reportedly belong to Daesh members and supporters who fled Coalition bombing in nearby towns. [BasNews]

 

The Forensics Department in Mosul reportedly received the bodies of 31 Daesh fighters killed by Coalition bombing and Peshmerga fighters in Kasik, northwest of Mosul, a security source said. Most of the dead were identified as foreigners. [BasNews]

 

Eyewitnesses say Coalition planes bombed three Daesh locations in Mosul, killing 21 Daesh members and wounding 50. [BasNews]

A local activist says Coalition planes destroyed a big Daesh car bomb factory in Wadi Okab in Mosul, killing or wounding 6 Daesh members. [ARA]

The Ninewa Operations Commander asks the Coalition to be more precise bombing Daesh in Mosul. He also asks the civilians in Mosul to stay away from Daesh gatherings and locations. Five civilians were killed and many others wounded in Coalition airstrikes on Mosul yesterday. Mada]

 

A PUK official says the Peshmerga stopped a Daesh attack on a village near the Mosul Dam, killing 10 Daesh fighters and wounding others. [PUKMedia]

The official also says Daesh arrested two Arab tribal leaders in Baaj, accusing them of communicating with security forces. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says ten of its terrorists attacked the Peshmerga in Kraw area west of Mosul, killing 15 Kurdish fighters, then returned safely. [Dump]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot and killed two Daesh members while the terrorists were riding in a water tanker delivering water to a Daesh location near Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The YPG says its troops captured two Daesh suicide bombers in Suluk southeast of Tal Abyad. [BasNews]

 

A Kurdish military source says the DSF attacked Daesh locations in Melabiya, 10 km (6 miles) south of Hasaka, forcing Daesh to retreat. The area has several former Syrian Army barracks used by Daesh as military headquarters. [BasNews]

 

A YPG source says Daesh shelled the Maraser village in Kobane southern countryside, then clashed with citizens of the village before YPG fighters arrived and forced Daesh to flee. [ARA]

 

Northwest

Fifteen Syrian armed opposition groups in Idlib and Aleppo announce they want to join the Democratic Syria Forces. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. There may be hundreds of armed Syrian opposition groups. The threat from Daesh and Russian bombs is causing many of them to join larger groups.

 

A Jabha Shamiya commander says the JS stopped another Daesh attack on Mare’. He also says Coalition planes bombed Daesh in several areas near Mare’ at the same time. [ARA]

 

A local activist says Daesh stopped the Syrian Army advances near Kowaires airbase. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the results of a bomb attack on Al-Bab. Daesh says two civilians were killed and 30 wounded in the bombing. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Jabha Shamiya published a video last week of a captured vehicle carrying ammunition to Daesh, allegedly from an area supposedly controlled by the US-supported Free Syrian Army. The vehicle was filled with aid supplies and the ammunition hidden underneath. [YouTube]

 

Central and West

The Iranian news agency reports that the Russian jets bombed Daesh on the Syrian border with Lebanon for the first time. [Fars]

 

A Syrian Army commander says his troops, supported by militias, captured the Al-Hadath village, 82 km (51 miles) southeast of Homs, from Daesh and defused dozens of IEDs. [Fars]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked six Syrian army positions in Jazal in Homs, killing “dozens” of Syrian soldiers and wounding many others before returning safely. [Dump]

 

Daesh says it destroyed two Syrian Army tanks in Dowa in Homs with Kornet rockets. [Dump]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian troops in Dowa with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

East
Coalition planes bombed Daesh sites in the Al-Bukamal District of Deir Ez-Zor Governorate, killing several militants and destroying five technical units, an Iraqi security source said. [Sumaria]

 

A local activist says Coalition planes bombed Daesh oil fields and tankers in east Deir Ez-Zor. He also says the Coalition conducted an airborne operation near the Tanak oilfield after heavy bombing, without giving more details about the operations. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. “Airborne” implies a paratroop drop. We have no confirmation of that.

 

South

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the buildings they captured from other Syrian armed groups in Yelda, in Rif Dimashq Governorate. [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh newsletter for today in French. [Archive]

 

Daesh supporters organize a “spam” campaign against their enemies on Twitter. [JustPaste]

 

Yemen.  Daesh publishes another video message to Al-Qaeda members in Yemen. [Archive]

 

Egypt. The Prime Minister says Russia has informed Egypt about the results of the investigation regarding the Russian airplane in Sinai. Russia announced it found explosives traces in the airplane. [Mogaz  

The Egyptian Minister of Aviation says Egyptian authorities haven’t reached a conclusion regarding the airplane so far. [Elaph]

 

Egyptian authorities arrested 47 terrorism suspects, killed a takfiri, and destroyed 24 hideouts in Sinai. [Mogaz]

 

Tunisia. A Tunisian official says security forces arrested a Daesh cell of 17 terrorists who were trained in Syria and Libya and were planning for massive attacks in Tunisia. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

A local Mosul news page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/5386Go

https://twitter.com/zakariyahamza51

https://twitter.com/abu_nidhal_34

https://twitter.com/alakeed43

https://twitter.com/mo9oi0

https://twitter.com/shamIIIIIIII0

November 16, 2015

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Daesh loses more ground around Ramadi.

Political rhetoric continues on control of Tuz.

Mass graves of executed Yazidis found in Sinjar.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Local officials say Daesh holds only 20 square km (8 sq. mi.) in Ramadi city, as its area of control gets smaller. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Air Force IAF) targeted the Hisbah religious police headquarters in Ramadi city, killing 21 Daesh members including the Hisbah officer and the security officer of the Tameem area, according to the Joint Operations Command (JOC). [Mada]

 

Anti-Terrorism troops destroyed 4 vehicle bombs and another vehicle and defused 15 IEDs in the Kilo 5 area. [IWMC Report]  Iraqi forces have completely secured the Kilo 5 area and are now advancing on Ramadi city, an Iraqi commander says. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. At the Kilo 5 mark, they are only about 3 miles from downtown Ramadi.

 

A member of Anbar GC says the Anti-Terrorism troops liberated the judicial compound north of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

North of Ramadi city:

  • Coalition planes bombed Daesh positions in Albu Aitha, killing ten. [Baghdadia]

 

  • Coalition planes destroyed an unspecified number of Daesh sites used as weapons storehouses and IED-making factories in Albu Dhiab, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

  • Anbar Operations Command troops killed 3 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a hideout in Albu Farraj. [IWMC Report]

The IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb on the Albu Farraj Bridge. [IWMC Report]

 

  • Anti-Terrorism troops rocketed and destroyed two Daesh hideouts in Albu Risha north of the city. [IWMC Report]

 

The Coalition conducted 3 airstrikes on the Ramadi area, killing 18 Daesh fighters and wounding another, and destroying 2 vehicles, a tunnel, 19 Daesh positions, 7 heavy machine guns, 3 hideouts, 13 barricades and a vehicle bomb. [IWMC Report]

 

IFP troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying rockets in east Hsaiba, killing seven Daesh members, the IWMC says. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says its terrorists launched a surprise attack on Iraqi SWAT forces at Anbar University, then one of the terrorists detonated his explosives vest, killing or wounding many Iraqi fighters. [CDN]

DaeshDaily comment. The credibility of this claim is undermined by the lack of explanation on what happened to the rest of the Daesh members in this attack.

 

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed eight Daesh members and destroyed two vehicles and a motorcycle in operations in Qarma. [Baghdadia]

 

The Chairman of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says the schools in the city were closed because of Daesh’s continued shelling on them. He says Daesh has been shelling the city from the Zoba’a villages since yesterday and 3 civilians were wounded so far. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it shelled Iraqi Army forces and Sahwa fighters in Ameriyat Al-Falluja with 200 mortar shells. [Dump]

DaeshDaily comment. Launching 200 shells takes  some time. Where was the IAA?

 

Hit/Haditha

IAF launched an airstrike on a Daesh camp in Hit, destroying the camp and killing ten Daesh members, a JOC source says. [Mada]

 

Eleven Daesh members were killed in Coalition airstrikes on two areas west of Hit, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Khaldiya says the Daesh “minister of media” was killed, with many other terrorists, in a Coalition airstrike on Daesh’s main headquarter in Hit. [Sumaria]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says 1,000 soldiers arrived at the Ain Al-Assad base to support Iraqi forces in Haditha and Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

Jazeera Operations Command troops cleared the road between Albu Hayat and the village of Alus south of Haditha, and destroyed 7 IEDs. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of tribal fighters from Anbar clashing with Daesh in Albu Hayat last week. [YouTube]

Photos from Albu Hayat after the liberation. [Sumaria]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man publically, accusing him of blasphemy. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Daesh publishes a video message from its terrorists in Salahuddin to France. [MuslimsNews]

 

Baiji

The body of an Iraqi pediatrician abducted three days ago in east Tikrit was found in Baiji. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This is disturbing, and especially because it is part of a recent pattern in which Daesh has murdered a number of medical doctors, too many to be merely coincidental.

 

The IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout and three vehicles in the Himrin Mountains, killing many Daesh members. [Mada]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops destroyed 30 IEDs north of Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of the Al-Nujaba Movement (militia) commander communicating with Daesh fighters near Baiji. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi military forces supported by PMFs killed many Daesh fighters and destroyed two armored construction shovels and 3 vehicles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in the Makhoul Mountains with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many Iraqi fighters and destroying an Abrams tank. [GulfUp]

 

Daesh says it took over the Fertilizers Company compound in Makhoul almost completely. [JustPaste]

 

Shirqat

A Coalition airstrike in Shirqat has killed many Daesh members including four local leaders– the local military commander, the local security commander, the Hisbah officer, and a sharia judge, a PUK official says. [PUKMedia]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army position near Tikrit with heavy and mid-size weapons, killing nine soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Tuz

Iraqi joint forces in coordination with Kurdish anti-terrorism forces conducted security operations in Tuz. Four members of Kurdish armed groups were arrested and another sniper was killed, and a member of a Turkmen armed group was arrested. [Baghdadia]

 

The chairman of the Turkmen Front has claimed that unknown operatives have abducted members of his organization. Some unspecified sources reportedly say that the PKK has begun operating in Tuz. “If the PKK have come to Iraq to fight Daesh why are they killing Turkmen in Tuz,” the chairman said. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: The PKK is known to operate in Kirkuk so it is not implausible that they would infiltrate into Tuz. After last week’s deadly fighting in Tuz between Kurdish and Turkmen militia forces, it appears that the Turkmen Front is making a bid for Turkish intervention in the tense situation there by referring to the possible PKK involvement.

 

A security source says a PMF sniper wounded a Peshmerga fighter in Tuz. The PMFs and the Peshmerga reached an agreement in Tuz and the prisoners were released from both sides but the situation in still tense and government offices are still closed. [Rudaw]

 

KRG President Barzani has issued a statement expressing his concern regarding the recent events in Tuz. He said the official government agencies, the security officials, and the Peshmerga should take control of the situation to protect citizens of the area. [Rudaw]

However, An Iraqi MP from the Shabak minority community, a member of the Badr bloc, has denounced the deployment of the Kurdish militia forces in Tuz, describing the presence of the Peshmerga outside the IKR as a “dangerous constitutional violation which endangers the well-being of the other components of Iraqi society.” [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. All of this is about the political status issue between the Government of Iraq and the KRG, which keeps showing up even in supposedly military stories. Tuz has a large concentration of Turkmen and has already been declared a separate province by the COR as a concession to the Turkmen. The KRG has designs on Tuz, as it covets the entirety of Kirkuk province and not just the city, and also areas like Tuz that were previously in Kirkuk province.  Shia militias have persistently maneuvered to protect Shia in Kirkuk and surrounding areas from a Kurdish takeover. Many of the Turkmen are  Shia and formed their own anti-Daesh militias in self-defense, and some joined Badr later.

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

The IAF destroyed 3 Daesh oil tankers near the Allas oil field. [IWMC Report]

 

A video showing Iraqi forces’ reported capture of Daesh money being sent to pay salaries. [YouTube]

 

BAGHDAD

A Daesh member from Salahuddin was captured in Hay al-Jihad in west Baghdad, the IFP commander says. [Baghdadia]

 

An Iraqi Army 35th Brigade unit killed three Daesh members and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun in the Jisr al-Muwadhafin area in west Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops and PMFs killed 9 Daesh members and captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in different areas in Baghdad. [IWMC Report]

 

Baghdad Operations Command forces defused 19 IEDs in various areas of Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

 

An Iraqi Army commander says his troops conducted a search campaign in several areas in south Baghdad and confiscated weapons and explosives that were prepared for attacking Shia pilgrims in the upcoming Arba’in ceremony. [Sumaria]

 

A member of the CoR’s Legal Affairs Committee says the Amnesty Law draft was read for the second time in the CoR. He says the Sadrists and the Sunni blocs want to change an article in the Law that says the people who were convicted based on information from “secret informants” should be retried. The Sadrists and the Sunni blocs want such people released without facing trial. [Sumaria]

 

The IAF conducted 18 sorties and the IAA 69. Coalition planes conducted 10 sorties. [IWMC Report]

 

According to security sources:

  • One soldier was killed and four wounded when an IED targeting an Iraqi Army vehicle exploded in Taji in north Baghdad,. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near an auto parts dealership in Talbiya in east Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • Security forces arrested 5 gang members who shot and killed a liquor store owner in Batawiyeen in downtown Baghdad, apprehending them just minutes after the crime. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Abu Dsheer in south Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding six others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular soccer field in Mada’in in south Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five. [Baghdadia]
  • A civilian was killed and two others injured when a sticky IED planted under a civilian car exploded in Bayya in southwest Baghdad. [Mada]

 

According to Daesh:

  • Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police patrol in Bayya, killing or wounding several policemen. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh says its sniper killed 2 Iraqi soldiers in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh says it killed three Iraqi officers and eight soldiers in two IED attacks in two areas of Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh says it killed an Iraqi soldier and a Sahwa fighter by detonating a sticky IED under their car in Latifiya in south Baghdad. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Shia religious gathering in Hay Al-Jihad in south Baghdad, killing or wounding many people. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala GC says two men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in east Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a terrorist wanted for several crimes, including beheading four civilians, was captured west of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Unknown armed men destroyed a Sunni mosque in the Ballour area after laying it with explosives, a security source says. The mosque was destroyed completely with no human casualties. [Mada]

 

Dijla Operations Command troops defused 3 IEDs in Muqdadiya. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a PMF gathering in Wajihiya, killing 2 PMFs and wounding one. [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Diyala

Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on an Iraqi Army vehicle and a PMF vehicle in two areas in Balad Ruz, east of Baquba, killing or wounding several fighters. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Daesh publishes a video of its terrorists in Kirkuk celebrating the Paris attacks. [MuslimsNews]

 

Daesh executed 25 of its own members in Hawija on allegations of cowardice and insubordination, a security source said. [BasNews]

 

Daesh forced 60 Arab families from their homes in Dibis, a Diyala security source said, adding that the families had fled to Mandali in southeastern Diyala. [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

Sinjar

Five mass graves have been found in Sinjar containing as many as 300 bodies, a security source said. In one instance, Peshmerga forces uncovered a mass grave containing the bodies of 148 Yazidis, a PUK official said. The discovery of two mass graves, containing the remains of 50 and 60 persons respectively, was also reported by BasNews. [Baghdadia] [Mada]  [BasNews] [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment: Multiple reports have emerged about the discovery of such graves in the predominately Yazidi area of Sinjar,  newly recaptured after Daesh held it since mid-2014. At this stage it is unclear from the reports exactly how many such sites have been uncovered and how many victims’ remains are contained within.

 

The Iraqi flag was raised on the mayoralty building of Sinjar, beside the KRG flag (video). [Baghdadia] [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Prime Minister Abadi said earlier that the Iraqi flag should fly over Sinjar as it is part of Iraq and since its forces participated in liberating Sinjar by providing air power and intelligence [Rudaw]. This came after KRG President Barzani said only the Kurdistan flag would fly there. As with Tuz, this is all about the political status issue.

 

A KDP official says hundreds of families from villages around Sinjar and Tal Afar are trying to reach Peshmerga-controlled areas, fearing Daesh will use them as human shields in upcoming battles. He says the Peshmerga didn’t allow them in, fearing security breaches. [Sumaria]

 

A Kurdish military source says Kurdish forces cleared Mount Sinjar from Daesh. He also says the YPG cleared the road between Al-Hawl in Syria and Sinjar, killing 15 Daesh fighters. [PUKMedia]

 

The YPG has reportedly also clashed with Daesh in two areas west of Sinjar on the road to Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it rocketed the Peshmerga in Sinjar with four Katyushas and Grads, killing eight Peshmerga fighters including two officers, and wounding 46. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it attacked 2 villages 4 km (2.5 miles) south of Sinjar and captured 14 Peshmerga supporters. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Typical Daesh cowardice; they couldn’t fight the Peshmerga so they captured civilians.

 

Local sources say Yazidi militias supported by the YPG are burning some Arab villages in Sinjar. The sources say President Barzani issued strict orders to prevent such attacks. [Karemlash]

 

A Peshmerga source says Daesh shelled the Kurdish forces’ locations from a village in southwest Sinjar District and the Peshmerga responded by shelling the village. [Rudaw]

 

The Coalition bombed a convoy carrying weapons from Syria to Mosul, destroying the vehicle and killing several Daesh members, a security source said. [Mada]

 

Photos of the destruction in Sinjar. [BasNews]

 

Mosul

Coalition airstrikes targeted the municipal building, the Agriculture Ministry directorate building, and several other sites in Mosul city, killing an unspecified number of Daesh members and civilians, a security source said. Daesh was using the Agriculture directorate building as an emergency back-up headquarters, a Ninewa police source told BasNews, saying that 17 Daesh members perished in the attack on that building in east Mosul, with nine more injured. [BasNews] [Mada]

 

Coalition airstrikes targeted Daesh combat positions near Kasik, killing or wounding ten Daesh members, a security source said. [Mada] A group of Daesh terrorists tried to infiltrate into Kasik, a Peshmerga commander says, but Coalition planes stopped their attack, killing sixty Daesh members. [BasNews]

 

Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh combat position and a weapons storehouse in Qayara, south of Mosul. [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 30 civilians, including journalists and activists, accusing them of communicating with the Iraqi government. [Sumaria]

 

Nine Daesh members were killed in an explosion in rural Baaj District south of Mosul, a KDP official said, without specifying the cause of the blast. [Rudaw]

 

Local sources say Daesh members started fleeing to Baaj after the defeats in Sinjar and in Al-Hawl, Syria. The YPG forces also liberated Maidan village on Sunday, and are 25 km (15.5 miles) away from the Ninewa/Baaj border. [ROJ]

 

A local source in Mosul says there is no power in Mosul except for the hospitals and the water pumps and some streets. Students are not going to school. Meanwhile Daesh is spreading rumors it is going to attack Sinjar, the Mosul Dam and Baiji. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh announced a curfew in Mosul after the heavy Coalition airstrikes, a Ninewa police source says, adding that Daesh police and Hisbah patrols have disappeared from the city out of fear they would be targeted by Coalition planes. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes a video and photos of the bombing results on Mosul. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

Daesh says 5 civilians were killed and 30 wounded in the bombing. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa

More than 20 Daesh fighters were killed or wounded in a Coalition airstrike on a Daesh ammunition storehouse in the Hasankoy area in Tal Afar, a security source said. [Mada]

 

Makhmur

Peshmerga forces stopped a Daesh attack in Krawai near Makhmur, a Kurdish source said. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Peshmerga in Makhmur. [GulfUp] [GulfUp]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Security forces captured two men who admitted kidnapping, torturing, then killing a local journalist in Najaf five days ago. The Najaf Governor says there were no political reasons behind the crime (video). [Sumaria]

 

The Chief Judge in Babel says a member of Babel GC was sentenced to 3 years for forgery. He also says the current and former Babel governors and a GC member, in addition to two other employees, will be prosecuted in Criminal Court on corruption charges. [Sumaria]

 

Dhi Qar GC refuses to accept the Ministry of Higher Education decision to send Dhi Qar  high school graduates to Anbar, Ninewa and Salahuddin universities. The universities have substitute locations in safer cities but many southern governorates have refused to send their students. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. A likely issue is that once Daesh is defeated in those provinces the universities will return to their home locations and will expect the students to follow.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The spokesman of the Democratic Syrian Forces said on Sunday that his organization has liberated 196 villages in the countryside south of Hasaka, and that battles will continue until Shaddadi is liberated. The group says in its campaign so far it that it has liberated 1400 square km from Daesh (about 550 sq. mi.), including the key town of Al-Hawl, killed 493 Daesh members, destroyed 57 vehicles, and captured another 31, and destroyed a large quantity of weapons and ammunition. [Welati] [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Daesh publishes photos of the battles near Irbeed and Rasm Abboud villages in Aleppo. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists attacked a Syrian Army convoy near Kowaires airbase killing, more than 50 soldiers and wounding many others and destroying a tank and a vehicle. (photos)  [Dump] [Dump] [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian Army troops near Kowaires. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West
Daesh says it destroyed two Syrian Army tanks in Dowa in Homs with Kornet rockets. [Dump]

 

South

Daesh says its mortars and tanks shelled Syrian troops in Mahin near Damascus, killing or wounding many Syrian soldiers. [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Al-Nusra in Daraa. [Store1] [Store1]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Nusra scored a big win against Daesh when it managed to kill the Shuahad Al-Yarmouk Brigade commander and 13 of his associates in Daraa two days ago. The Brigade had pledged allegiance to Daesh earlier.      

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter in Arabic for today. [Archive]

 

Yemen.  Daesh publishes a video message to Al-Qaeda in Yemen, telling them they should join Daesh. [Archive]

 

Egypt. Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an Egyptian Army armored vehicle in Sinai. [JustPaste]

 

Security sources say Egyptian forces killed 24 Daesh members and captured eight in Sinai. [AfriGate]

 

Libya.  Local terrorist sources refute American reports about killing the Iraqi leader of Daesh in Libya and say he is in Harawa near Sirte with other Daesh leaders. [AfriGate]

Another source say the terrorist left the bombed location two weeks earlier and he is training Daesh fighters in Sirte now. [AfriGate]

 

The Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs says many Daesh terrorists escaped Syria after the Russian attacks and are establishing camps in west Libya to attack Tunisia. [AfriGate]

 

Local sources say Daesh terrorists in Sirte paraded in military vehicles in the city, celebrating the Paris attacks. [AkhbarLibya24]

 

Two Libyan commanders were killed during the last 48 hours in the battles against Daesh in Derna. [AfriGate] Libyan troops vow they will continue the battles against Daesh despite the two commanders’ deaths. [YouTube]

 

Libyan forces captured 3 Daesh terrorists (two Tunisians and one from Mali) after clashes on the road between Sabha, 750 km (470 miles) south of Tripoli, and Misrata. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia. The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says Tunisian security arrested 7 Daesh female members who admitted their work within the Daesh media branch. [Tunisien]

 

Morocco. The Moroccan Ministry of Interior says security forces arrested four terrorists linked to Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

Afghanistan.  Daesh says it detonated an IED in Kabul, killing an intelligence colonel and wounding two other officers. [JustPaste]   

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Halab Today TV page.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/88ibramz

https://twitter.com/_________N___34

https://twitter.com/g6737992_jdjdj

https://twitter.com/idriss1011

https://twitter.com/5abc4404b42f4e8

 

 

 

November 13, 2015

 

 

 

3

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Reports from mainstream media suggest that Daesh is the likely source of today’s disastrous attacks in Paris. Daesh supporters on Twitter started the hashtag “Paris is burning” and are anticipating a statement from Daesh claiming responsibility. [Twitter]

Democratic Syrian Forces claim victory over Daesh in Syria’s northeast, continuing steady recent gains.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

There was no reported military activity within the city,

 

Iraqi joint forces supported by Iraqi and Coalition air power captured the Hay Al-Aramil area, just two kilometers south of Ramadi, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi forces operating under air support are advancing on Ramadi from three angles of attack. [Mada]

 

The Chairman of the security committee in Khaldiya says Iraqi forces supported by Coalition planes advanced in several areas east of Ramadi killing 40 Daesh terrorists and destroying 7 vehicles and 3 boats. [BasNews]

 

Iraqi forces seized several governmental buildings from Daesh control in the Zeraa area east of Ramadi, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

IAF launched an airstrike on Albu Shahab east of Ramadi city, killing 30 Daesh members including a Tunisian commander. [Mada]

 

Coalition planes destroyed two Daesh vehicle bombs in the Kilo 5 area, west of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

IAA targeted a Daesh convoy in the Albu Ali Jassim area north of Ramadi, destroying four trucks carrying explosives and provisions, an Anbar Operations Command source says. [Baghdadia]

 

Anbar Operations forces advanced toward Ramadi from the north, reaching the headquarters of Police Emergency Brigade on the international highway in the Albu Dhiab area, the Anbar Operations Commander says. The Command says Iraqi forces raised the Iraqi flag over the Emergency Brigade Headquarters. Iraqi forces also killed more than 20 Daesh members and destroyed 6 vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs, in Jaraishi north of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says a Libyan suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in the Kilo 7 area, killing or wounding many of them. [CDN]

 

Falluja

An Iraqi Rapid Intervention unit killed 2 Daesh snipers and wounded a third in Nuaimiya south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces captured large areas in Kubaishat in Qarma subdistrict, seizing control of the Mosque of Omar, which had functioned as the local headquarters for Daesh in that area. Iraqi troops killed nine Daesh members and defused nine IEDs and three booby-trapped houses. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a construction excavator rigged with explosives that had been attacking Iraqi forces in Subaihat in Qarma, a local PMF commander says. [Mada]

 

A local PMF commander says Iraqi forces broke through Daesh defense lines in Shahabi in Qarma, killing 4 Daesh members and destroying two vehicle bombs and a rocket launcher before withdrawing. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops in Qarma killed 6 terrorists and wounded three others, as well as destroying two vehicles carrying machine guns and two hideouts.  [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Iraqi forces captured Suwainij, near Baghdadi, an Anbar Operations Command says, killing and wounding many Daesh militants in the fighting. [Mada]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

People of Rahaliya in Anbar governorate, on the border with Kerbala, have reportedly asked the government to intervene to relieve them of the state of siege their town is suffering at the hands of Iraqi security forces. Iraqi forces are ostensibly attempting to stop Daesh activities but Rahaliya residents say their area has been free of terrorist activities and in fact there are more displaced people living there than original inhabitants. [Qurtas]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A security source says Daesh terrorists used more than 20 boats to infiltrate from Hawija district to the Hanshi village west of Baiji and then attacked Iraqi forces. A security source says six Daesh members and three Iraqi soldiers were killed, and a further 15 Iraqi soldiers wounded in the Hanshi attacks. [Ghad] [Ghad]

 

Daesh has announced that it launched a massive attack on Iraqi forces in Hanshi and in Shuwaish northeast of Baiji and claims it captured the two areas after heavy clashes, seizing military vehicles and equipment. Daesh says its militants executed three PMF fighters they had captured as well as seizing a Humvee, two SUVs and an SPG rocket launcher. The group also says it captured the Thermal Energy and Gas Energy stations in northeast Baiji. [Dump]

[Dump] [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in “Salahuddin”. [JustPaste]

 

The IAA bombed Daesh in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing 15 terrorists. [Mawazin]

 

Shirqat

Daesh says four airstrikes targeted Shirqat without human casualties. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

IWMC says Iraqi forces killed seven Daesh terrorists in Dayoum west of Tikrit. [Mawazin]

 

Tuz

Prime Minister Abadi ordered Iraqi forces to impose security and stop the fighting in Tuz, and called on local residents to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis. [Sumaria]

 

The Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq militia is “waiting for the results” of the negotiations in Tuz, threatening a “cruel response” against the Peshmerga in the event they do not end hostilities against Shia PMFs in Tuz, the group’s spokesman says, adding that the AAH is threatening to send its special forces to Tuz in order to “impose security and prevent violations” if negotiations are not successful. Another AAH spokesman says the Peshmerga looted then burned more than 300 shops and kidnapped 70 citizens. He says the Peshmerga are trying to make demographic changes in Tuz, control of which is disputed between the Iraqi central government and the KRG. The Badr Organization also warned against the Peshmerga’s “seizing lands” policies and says it considers the attacks on Tuz as attacks on Iraq. Twenty Turkmen families who fled the fights in Tuz ask the government for protection. A local source says the Peshmerga burned a Shia mosque in Tuz. [Ghad] [Ghad] [Ghad] [Sumaria] [Ghad]

 

A Turkmen CoR member says unknown armed men shot and killed a Turkmen pediatrician in Tuz. [Sumaria]

 

Photos of the aftermath in Tuz [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

A Turkmen PMF source says the peace deal reached yesterday was broken when armed men from both sides burned properties in Tuz. The source also says the Peshmerga had 28 PMF prisoners while the PMFs are holding 50 Peshmerga members. A joint Kurdish-Turkmen committee met today and agreed to cease-fire terms that include the arrest of anyone who violates the decision. A PUK official says the Peshmerga and the PMFs agreed on the cease-fire, forming a joint security committee and releasing the prisoners from both sides.

[Ghad] [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

 

BAGHDAD

President Masoum and CoR Speaker Jubouri issued statements congratulating President Barzani on the victories in Sinjar. [Qurtas] [Qurtas]

 

Twenty-three people were killed and 39 wounded in a suicide attack on a house in Hay Al-Amel in southwest Baghdad, where dozens were gathered to pay respects to the family of a recently deceased person, a security source says. [IraqPress]

 

Two suicide bombers detonated themselves at a Shia mosque in Sadr City, killing thirteen civilians and wounding 36, an MoI source says, warning that the toll of dead and wounded from this attack is expected to climb. [Buratha]

 

Daesh claims responsibility for the suicide attacks in Sadr City and Hay Al-Amel, says they were conducted by three Iraqi terrorists, and publishes photos of two of them. [Store2] [Dump] [Dump]

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad demanding more reforms. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of the Bzaibiz Bridge after it was opened between Anbar and Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

The IAF destroyed a Daesh construction shovel and 2 armored vehicles west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IAA destroyed a Daesh safe house where its suicide bombers are known to hide out before their attacks, west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces found an explosives storehouse containing 17 IEDs in the Al-Tha’er area in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Security forces defused 3 IEDs in different areas of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says it shelled several areas in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad, including the house of a Sahwa member. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers targeted an Iraqi Army military truck in Tarmiya, killing or wounding many soldiers. Daesh also says it detonated several IEDs that destroyed PMF vehicles and killed the fighters inside them in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The two vehicles mentioned in the report above are of a type used only by civilians as small buses. Neither the Iraqi Army nor the PMFs use these vehicles.

 

According to security sources:

  • A PMF fighter was killed in a raid on his house by unknown armed men in Taji, north Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • Unknown armed men using guns with silencers shot and killed a civilian on Palestine Street in east Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded on a popular soccer field in Nahrawan in south Baghdad, killing two and wounding four. [Mada]
  • Security forces conducted a controlled detonation of an IED in Dora, in south Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded near an auto dealership in Bayya in southwest Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding seven. [Mada]
  • Another IED exploded in near the main market of the Bayya, wounding two night guards. [Mada]
  • Two civilians were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • A displaced person from Anbar Governorate was killed when a sticker IED attached under his vehicle exploded in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Bakriya in west Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

DIYALA

Unknown armed men on the road between Baquba and the eastern Diyala city of Mandali hijacked a car carrying the salaries of teachers, a security source says. According to the report the teachers whose salaries have been stolen are displaced persons working in special programs to educate displaced children. [Baghdadia]

 

Baquba

A security source says Diyala police arrested a wanted man responsible for many terrorist attacks in Diyala. The source says the terrorist had been a member of three different terrorist groups before joining Daesh last June. The Diyala Police Chief says the detainee was responsible also for an attack on a local tribal leader in addition to destroying electricity poles. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Tribal PMFs stopped a Daesh attack in the Shirween area in Mansouriya, east of Baquba, a Governorate Council member says. This is the ninth such attack on this area this year, he says. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Sinjar

Kurdish political forces intend to consolidate their political control over Sinjar city following its liberation from Daesh yesterday by Kurdish militia fighters, according to remarks by the KRG President. Massoud Barzani said that the KRG will request that the central Baghdad government make Sinjar a separate governorate rather than returning it to the administration of Ninewa Governorate, and also stressed his view that Sinjar should be part of the Kurdistan region. Only the Kurdistan flag will fly over Sinjar, he added.

 

The Kurdish forces captured the center of Sinjar and liberated 28 villages during the last two days. The total area liberated is 200 square km. More than 300 bodies of Daesh fighters were found so far after the fighting. A KDP official says the bodies of 126 Daesh members killed in Sinjar were delivered to the morgue in Mosul. [Rudaw] [Rudaw]

 

 

The KRG President called upon the United States and the Coalition for support in consolidating control over the area, whose residents, many of them displaced or abducted by Daesh after it took control of the district in 2014, are predominantly of the minority Yazidi faith. He hailed the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga’s bravery in the fight for Sinjar and insisted they were the spearhead of the ground attack and that “no other party advanced before them,” in what appears to be a veiled reference to the Syrian Kurdish fighters of the YPG who were also involved in yesterday’s assault.

Those responsible for the fall of Sinjar to Daesh should be punished, Barzani said, without specifying to whom he was referring. Arabs from Sinjar who did not participate in the killing of Sinjar’s other inhabitants are “our brothers,” he said, while people in the Sinjar area who joined Daesh will “face the same fate” as the Daesh members who came to occupy Sinjar from outside.

[Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: Given the extremely polarized situation in Sinjar and Kurdish territorial ambitions, it would not be surprising to see violence and retribution against Arab residents (whether they supported Daesh or not) and possibly ethnic cleansing of the area.

 

A video from Sinjar city [Rudaw]

A video of four prisoners captured by the Peshmerga in Sinjar [Rudaw]

A video of a Daesh fighter and two women captured by the YPG in Sinjar [PUKMedia]

A video of a vehicle bomb captured in Sinjar [Rudaw]

Photos of the YPG forces in Sinjar [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

The PYD issued a statement asking the Yazidi people of Sinjar to form their own “self-management” administration, similar to those the party established Syria. The PYD statement says its fighters are “the real liberators” of Sinjar, adding that some parties that want to claim the victory in Sinjar were the reason for the delay in liberating the area, in what is clearly a veiled reference to the Iraqi Kurdish parties.

[BasNews] [Welati]

DaeshDaily comment. This suggestion might not sit well with the KRG, or with Turkey.

 

Mosul

Local sources say that tensions are mounting in the city and that gunshots are heard in the streets from time to time. The same sources report that Daesh executed 24 of its own members in Mosul who fled the battles in Sinjar. [BasNews]

 

The Peshmerga militia killed three Daesh suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate their locations in Dawasa village, 60 km (37 miles) north of Mosul near Mosul Dam, a Kurdish source says. The militia stopped ten suicide attacks on their forces in Zumar, 70 km (43.5 miles) north of Mosul. [Mada]

 

Makhmur

Peshmerga fighters stopped a heavy Daesh attack on their positions in Gwer, 70 km east of Mosul, killing 25 attackers, according to an unnamed source in Ninewa. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it attacked Peshmerga locations in Aski and Gwer. Three suicide terrorists started the attack and four other fighters continued the battle, killing or wounding many Kurdish fighters, destroying the Kurdish positions. [Dump]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

A Sistani representative in Kerbala hailed the victories in Sinjar and expressed sorrow over yesterday’s fighting between Kurdish and Shia Turkmen forces in Salahuddin, saying it was “inexcusable” and calling for them instead to point their weapons at their “common enemy”.  [Mada]

 

Demonstrators took to the streets in five southern Iraqi governorates (Najaf, Babel, Kerbala, Wasit, Diwaniya) demanding further reforms. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: We can see that the demonstrations demanding reforms are attracting fewer protestors by the week.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

Turkish officials say Turkish security arrested Aine Lesley David, a Daesh member and a colleague of the infamous so-called “Jihadi John.” [IraqPress]

 

The Cihan agency writes that Turkish authorities make announcements when they capture Daesh suspects, only to keep silent when they are released. Twenty suspects were arrested recently, 9 of whom were immediately released, with a further 11 released by the court. Two of the 11 were Russian citizens who were sent back to their country. The opposition in Turkey says Daesh has many sleeper cells in Turkey and none of its members have been arrested so far. [Cihan]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The Democratic Syrian Forces issue a statement saying they liberated Al-Hawl with help from the Coalition airpower hours after Sinjar was liberated. The DSF say Daesh supply lines were cut completely in the area. Many Daesh terrorists were killed and three were captured while the rest fled to Shaddadi. The DSF spokesman says they destroyed 57 vehicle bombs so far and they are moving ahead to Shaddadi. Before that, the DSF said they liberated 2 more villages in the area killing 11 terrorists. [BasNews] [BasNews] [Welati] [Hawar]

 

Three photos from Al-Hawl. [Hawar]

 

A YPG fighter says a group of Daesh terrorists sneaked into a village in west Kobane by boat and clashed with the YPG forces with no casualties. Daesh also shelled several areas in Kobane. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the YPG in two villages in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Central and Western Syria
Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Yelda. [JustPaste]     

 

Daesh claims it shot down a Syrian jet between Damascus and Homs. [Dump]

 

East

Daesh publishes a video of a car bomb attack on the Deir Ez-Zor airport two days ago. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Egypt

Libya. Local sources say three Daesh members surrendered to the Council of Mujahidin Derna in Derna and then denounced Daesh. [AfriGate]

DaeshDaily comment. Leaving Daesh to join Al-Qaeda is not such a big step up.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

Al-Shabab Al-Risali (PMFs) page.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/h7zooaa

https://twitter.com/Bo2loz1Gerry

https://twitter.com/s7rrorstn

https://twitter.com/beboanoon2

https://twitter.com/is5_is5

November 12, 2015

Sinjar

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

Peshmerga capture Sinjar from Daesh, with acknowledged Coalition help, unacknowledged YPG help.

Deadly ethnic and religious clashes break out in Tuz.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

No military developments were reported within the city.

 

A Joint Operations Command (JOC) source says Iraqi and Coalition planes destroyed eight Daesh locations in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem and Albu Dhiab areas north of Ramadi, killing many terrorists. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces killed 12 Daesh fighters and destroyed a vehicle and a hideout in Albu Farraj north of Ramadi. Coalition planes bombed Daesh in Albu Farraj, killing 5 terrorists including a sniper, and destroyed a construction-shovel bomb. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says Coalition planes bombed 3 Daesh locations in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing or wounding several terrorists. [Baghdadia]

A JOC source says an artillery unit of the Iraqi Eighth Division destroyed a medical clinic belonging to Daesh in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing and wounding dozens of Daesh members. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi artillery destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Tameem area south of Ramadi, killing six Daesh fighters, an Anbar Operation Command source says. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says a Rapid Intervention unit killed several Daesh snipers in East Hsaiba east of Ramadi. [Mada]

Iraqi forces captured a Daesh house in East Hsaiba and defused 3 booby-trapped houses and 3 IEDs in Humaira south of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on Tal Mshaihda east of Ramadi, killing several Daesh fighters and destroying their vehicles. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the battles east of Ramadi. [Archive]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops destroyed a Daesh rocket launcher with an SPG9 rocket in Ramadi. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Anti-Terrorism troops defused a construction-shovel bomb in the Kilo 5 area in addition to 3 IEDs in Zangoura west of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

A security source says Coalition planes bombed a Daesh convoy on the Albu Shijil Bridge, killing a Tunisian Daesh commander called Abu Ayoub and ten of his associates in addition to damaging several vehicles. [Baghdadia]

 

The Saraya Ashura defused 30 IEDs in Saqlawiya north of Falluja, a PMF source says. [Harbi]

 

An Iraqi First Division Rapid Intervention force stopped a Daesh attack in the Hayakel and Nuaimiya areas, destroying five vehicle bombs and killing the suicide drivers as well as other Daesh militants. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces with three vehicle bombs in the Hayakel area killing or wounding many soldiers. [Dump]

 

A local PMF commander says Iraqi forces destroyed a construction excavator rigged with explosives, and killed two militants inside it in Subaihat in Qarma subdistrict. [Sumaria]

Another local PMF commander says Iraqi forces killed a Daesh local commander responsible for the suicide bombers in Subaihat. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi forces in Qarma killed 13 Daesh militants and wounded three others, destroying two vehicles and two hideouts. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 53rd Brigade unit killed one Daesh militant and wounded three, and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun in the Rashad area of Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

A security source says Iraqi artillery shelled a Daesh house in Rashad, killing six Daesh members and destroying an anti-aircraft cannon. [Baghdadia]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command troops continued clearing the Albu Hayat area, killing many terrorists, destroying 3 IED factories, and defusing 20 IEDs. [IWMC Report]

A JOC source says the IAA attacked orchards used by Daesh as hideouts in Albu Hayat, destroying a vehicle carrying a machine gun and killing the terrorists inside it. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. We recall reporting yesterday that Iraqi sources declared Albu Hayat already “cleared.” Today the completed “clearing” process continued.  

 

The Iraqi ground troops Commander and the Jazeera Operations Commander visit Albu Hayat after it was liberated from Daesh. [MoD]

The MoD spokesman, also in Albu Hayat says Iraqi forces destroyed 27 Daesh hideouts and 30 vehicle bombs while liberating the area. He says Jazeera Operations troops, the Iraqi Army 7th Division, PMFs and local tribal fighters participated in the operations. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with an armored vehicle bomb in Albu Hayat, killing many of them, and destroying many vehicles. [Dump]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

PMF fighters have rescued 23 families who were trapped in the Makhoul Mountains after fleeing Daesh-held territory, a PMF commander said, without saying where the families were taken. [Sumaria]

 

Shirqat

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Makhoul Mountains. [JustPaste]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops killed 5 Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Mada]

 

Tikrit

A JOC source says the IAF killed 10 Daesh members and destroyed 5 vehicles in an airstrike on Ain Al-Faras west of Tikrit. [Mada]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops killed 7 Daesh members and destroyed 3 vehicles in areas north and west of Tikrit. [IWMC Report]

 

The IFP Commander says a local Daesh member was arrested in the Al-Fadhl village south of Tikrit. [Mada]

 

Samarra

A JOC source says the IFP destroyed 7 Daesh vehicles and killed several Daesh fighters west of Samarra. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in the Samarra Dam area. [JustPaste]

 

Tuz Khurmatu

Deadly clashes erupted yesterday between Turkmen PMF fighters and Kurdish Peshmerga in the Tuz District. They fought heavy battles in the largely Turkmen city, and up to five Turkmen PMFs, five Peshmerga fighters, and an unspecified number of civilians were reportedly killed. The fighting erupted after Peshmerga attempted to block the passage of a PMF convoy at a newly installed Peshmerga checkpoint in areas where Shia Turkmen PMFs, who work with the Badr organization, operate. The combat stopped all traffic on the main road between Kirkuk and Baghdad.

The clashes between these two ostensible allies in the fight against Daesh came amid worsening sectarian and ethnic tensions in the area in the aftermath of a car bomb that exploded three weeks ago killing many Shia civilians in Tuz during gatherings for the Ashura religious holiday. After the blast, Shia militias arrested dozens of Sunnis in the area. Most were released but some taken into militia custody remain disappeared. Sunni tribal leaders requested protection from the Shia militias, and eventually the Kurdish Mayor of Tuz District appealed to the Peshmerga for help to quell the volatile situation. However the deployment of Kurdish militia forces to Tuz was not been welcomed by the PMFs and other local political groups. After yesterday’s fighting a Turkmen CoR member accused the Peshmerga of trying to invade and occupy Tuz.

In the initial altercation at the Peshmerga checkpoint, three PMF members were reportedly killed and three others wounded. The deadly fighting then spread quickly to wider areas of Tuz. A major flashpoint was the area where the Peshmerga and the Turkmen PMFs have headquarters within 400 meters of each other. Fighters including snipers reportedly deployed rapidly from their respective bases.  A security source says a 10-year-old boy was killed by a sniper in Tuz.

Another round of confrontation occurred when Peshmerga tried to surround the main hospital to prevent wounded PMF members from entering. PMF fighters were reportedly able to enter through a back entrance to escort 40 trapped employees out, according to the Chairman of the security committee in Tuz.

The Chairman of the Salahuddin Governorate Council requested intervention from the Iraqi central government and the Shia clerical establishment to defuse the situation. The Badr organization issued a statement noting that four PMF members were killed in the fighting and dozens wounded and pleaded for caution, citing a long common history between Badr and Kurdish forces in opposing the Saddam Hussein regime in the past and Daesh today.

[Mada] [Baghdadia] [Etejah] [Etejah] [Ghad] [Ghad] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Harbi]

The Mayor says the clashes stopped after calls from religious and political leaders. He says more than 40 Peshmerga and PMF fighters were arrested by security forces. [Mada]

 

A security force says armed men shot and killed a doctor and wounded a nurse in Tuz. [Buratha]

 

BAGHDAD

A delegation of the CoR Security and Defense Committee traveled to Moscow and met with members of the Russian Parliament (Duma), discussing security affairs in Syria and Iraq including the fight against Daesh, according to a member of the committee. The member said his Russian counterparts “understood the situation” in Iraq, and added that according to his discussions the Russian parliamentarians have no objection to Russia extending its efforts to target Daesh into Iraqi territory. [Mada]

 

A slight improvement in the level of the Euphrates River came because of the rain, a Water Resources Ministry source said. The flow of the Euphrates into Iraq has been restricted since Daesh took control of the Al-Tabaqa Dam in Syria. However with the heavy rains of late the dam was filled, forcing Daesh to release water from the dam. [Sumaria]

A member of the CoR’s Agriculture and Water Resources Committee says the shortage of the Euphrates water happened because of Daesh closing the Tabaqa Dam and Turkey cutting the water off. He says the problem is temporary and Iraqi will compensate from the water reserves in Samarra, Thirthar and Habbaniya dams. [Maalomah]

The Minister of Oil Resources says the Euphrates River water was cut off completely prior to the recent improvement. [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. The agriculture sector was affected heavily by the water shortage. Thousands of Iraqi farmers couldn’t irrigate their lands in the south, adding to the economic problems in Iraq. Daesh is attacking Iraqi forces near the three dams mentioned above to worsen the problem even more. Unfortunately, this is an Iraq problem to which both Daesh and Turkey are contributing, for their own separate reasons.

 

A CoR MP from Salahuddin says a checkpoint in north Baghdad prevents Salahuddin citizens from entering Baghdad and asks Prime Minister Abadi to intervene. [Baghdadia]

 

A CoR source says another Sunni MP will be appointed as a Minister of Trade. The former minister escaped to Erbil after an arrest warrant was issued for him on corruption charges and after his bodyguards confessed to killing Ministry employees to cover up corrupt deals. [Buratha]

 

An Iraqi rapid intervention unit killed a militant and destroyed his motorcycle in west Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IFP defused two IEDs in two different areas of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IAF conducted 19 sorties and the IAA 13.

The Coalition conducted 19 sorties on Ramadi, Falluja, Baghdadi, Tal Afar and Sinjar, killing many terrorists and destroying 3 weapons storehouses, 2 hideouts, 2 cannons, 3 vehicles and 14 Daesh gatherings and locations. [IWMC Report]

 

The MoD publishes a video of airstrikes on Daesh in the Samarra and Dijla military operations sectors. [MoD Website]

 

According to security sources:

  • A civilian was killed and five wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Saba Al-Bor in north Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • The body of an unknown man was found beheaded in Husseiniya in north Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • Unknown armed men abducted a civilian from his grocery store in Shaab in northeast Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded inside a popular restaurant in Camp Sara in downtown Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and wounding 8. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a wholesale market in Saidiya in south Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men kidnapped a money exchange office owner while he was leaving his house in Yarmouk in west Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • An IED exploded in Furat west of Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five. [Baghdadia]
  • Two people were killed and four wounded when a sticker IED exploded under a small bus in the Hurriya area of northwest Baghdad. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Security forces freed an abducted citizen and arrested his captors in Abu Saida, the Diyala police chief says. They were able to free the captive less than one hour after the kidnapping. [Etejah]

 

Unknown armed men raided villages in north Muqdadiya, threatening residents with unspecified consequences if the residents did not implement the armed men’s demands within three days. The nature of the demands was not specified in the report. [Baghdadia]

 

NINEWA

Sinjar

Kurdish militia fighters with Coalition and Iraqi air support have launched their long-anticipated campaign to liberate the Sinjar District from Daesh control, multiple sources announced. Approximately 7,500 Peshmerga fighters reportedly closed in on the Yazidi-majority Sinjar city from three sides.

Early reports conflicted on the extent of the fighters’ advance and the degree of control they gained around the city. The IWMC says at least five villages on the outskirts of the city have been seized from Daesh control so far, and the Kurdish forces have surrounded the city on all sides. Other reports referred to just three sides of the Sinjar perimeter under Peshmerga control with Daesh continuing to hold areas south of Sinjar.

A CoR member from the Kurdistan Coalition says the Peshmerga liberated several areas in Sinjar, and has captured the main international road between Iraq and Syria. Peshmerga have also captured part of the main road between Sinjar and Tal Afar, according to an unnamed source cited by Sumaria.

Kurdish security sources said that the attacking militias have seized the mayoralty building in the center of Sinjar, after heavy clashes in which the Peshmerga destroyed six vehicles Daesh had rigged with explosives and placed in defensive positions around the building. The Peshmerga also seized the Sinjar Cement Factory, 5 km (3 miles) from the town center, a PUK officer says.

The Kurdistan region security council says 7,500 fighters are conducting the operation with Coalition air support. Only Kurdish militia forces are participating in the ground assault, according to a Peshmerga commander (later contradicted by other sources). Coalition air strikes on Sinjar have been heavy and wide ranging, Ninewa Operations command states.

Sources say about one hundred Daesh militants were killed in the fighting so far, and Daesh members have been observed fleeing to Tal Afar and Baaj.

[Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Rudaw] [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]

 

The Mayor of Sinjar District later said the Peshmerga captured the district center. [Baghdadia]

 

A Peshmerga source says 140 Daesh terrorists were killed and 50 wounded in the Sinjar battles so far. [Maalomah]

A source in the Mosul forensics department says the morgue received the bodies of 41 Daesh terrorists killed in the battles in Sinjar. [Karemlash]

 

The Daesh version is that the Peshmerga, aided by Coalition airpower, launched a massive attack on Sinjar and the battles are still going on. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Notice that this follows a key propaganda theme of Daesh, that Daesh is always victorious. Notice that it does not admit or imply defeat.

 

A Peshmerga source says the Kurds got information about 40 Daesh suicide bombers hiding in a school in Qulat village in Sinjar preparing to attack. The Peshmerga shelled the school, killing all the terrorists inside. [BasNews]

Daesh says it stopped a Peshmerga attack on Qulat village, by detonating dozens of IEDs, killing “dozens of Peshmerga fighters” and destroying six vehicles. [Dump]

 

Peshmerga sources also say their forces are advancing across Sinjar District to the west. They say the Peshmerga are the only forces participating in the attack and they are supported by the Coalition airpower and Peshmerga Anti-Terrorism helicopters. [BasNews]

More Peshmerga reinforcements arrived in Sinjar, raising their numbers to 15,000 soldiers. Daesh is burning tires to put smoke in the way of Coalition airplanes and has formed death squads to shoot its fleeing fighters. [BasNews]

 

The Sinjar YPG units say they liberated a village in west Sinjar district and secured part of the road between Sinjar and Tal Afar after killing many Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

 

The YPG joint forces, including Yazidi fighters, entered the Sinjar district center and clashed with Daesh. Some Peshmerga forces entered the Sulak area, some distance west of Sinjar, and some of them established their positions in a mountain area southeast of Sinjar. [Hawar]

Videos and photos of YPG men and women in the battles in Sinjar [Hawar] [ROJ] [ROJ] [ROJ] [ROJ]

 

A Roj Ava Peshmerga fighter (one of the Syrian Kurds trained by the KRG) says his troops are participating in the battles in Sinjar and 3 were killed. [ARA]

Welati reported 1,500 ROJ Ava Peshmerga are fighting alongside the KRG Peshmerga in Sinjar. [Welati]

Hundreds of Yazidis are fighting alongside the YPG in Sinjar. [ROJ]

 

A brief video of the fighting in Sinjar. [Rudaw]

Another video from Sinjar. [Rudaw]

A video of the Peshmerga destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb in Sinjar. [YouTube]

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Sinjar Mountain. [JustPaste]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh executed four of its commanders for fleeing the battles in Sinjar. Two of the men executed were Iraqis and two were Syrians. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh copies Saddam’s practice of having death squads in the backlines to execute anyone who flees the battle.

 

A JOC source says Coalition planes, based on information from the Iraqi Intelligence Service, bombed a Daesh convoy heading to Sinjar, killing 17 suicide bombers. The source also says the Coalition destroyed a Daesh convoy of 25 vehicles in Tal Afar. [Mada]

 

Daesh says its terrorists captured the Shandoukha village northeast of Tal Afar, forcing the Peshmerga to flee. [Dump]

 

A security source says three female Peshmerga fighters captured a Daesh sniper who was hiding in a building in Sinjar. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. Hopefully this experience will give him a different perspective on enslaving Iraqi women. 

 

A Peshmerga source says Daesh has started an organized withdrawal in Sinjar. Daesh now avoids direct encounters with the Peshmerga and uses suicide bombers, IEDs, booby-trapped houses and snipers. He says the Peshmerga fighters are advancing carefully because of the IEDs. [Mada] The Peshmerga destroyed 16 Daesh vehicle IEDs so far in Sinjar. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The analysis is significant, as it seems Daesh has been in a defensive posture for some time in Sinjar. As for Daesh’s tactics, they are unsurprising, as they have done the same thing in Anbar and Salahuddin when they were at risk of losing control of an area. Huge recognition is owed to the usually anonymous soldiers who do the dangerous work of defusing or blowing up IEDs every day.

 

A security source says dozens of Daesh loyalists and families are fleeing from Sinjar and Tal Afar to Mosul. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh gave houses, lands and cattle to its supporters after it seized Yazidi, Shabak, Christian and other groups’ properties in Ninewa. These people probably believed the propaganda that Daesh is “remaining and extending”, and didn’t anticipate a day like this where the rightful owners come back with guns in their hands and jets overhead.

 

A security source says many civilians are escaping from Ayadhiya and Tal Afar and Daesh established checkpoints around Mosul to capture them. [Karemlash]

 

A Dawa Party leader says (the Iraqi government) supports the Peshmerga in the Sinjar liberation operation but it refuses to have the liberated areas in Sinjar under Peshmerga control. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Choosing a moment of military victory to make a bombastic political statement you can’t back up shows a serious lack of leadership ability, whatever the gentleman’s position. [But see the equally unhelpful bombastic statement from a Peshmerga leader under “Kurdistan” below.]

 

Mosul

A CoR member from Ninewa asks Prime Minister Abadi to issue a general amnesty for Ninewa police officers and allow 700 policemen who fled Mosul for Kirkuk to rejoin the police. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Forgiving past failures and giving people a second chance demonstrates admirable generosity. However, these 700 policemen could have prevented Daesh from taking over Mosul. What guarantees can this MP give that these policemen won’t flee the next fight too?  

 

Local sources say Daesh established extra checkpoints with female members to search women in Mosul. Daesh is forcing men in Mosul to join its forces and it suspects some men disguise themselves in women’s clothes to escape and avoid this obligation. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. So it turns out Daesh doesn’t like guys in drag either.

 

A PUK official says an anti-Daesh armed group called Al-Usood killed a Daesh local member south of Al-Shura. [PUKMedia]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Prime Minister Abadi calls President Barzani and congratulates him for the victories in Sinjar. [BasNews]

 

The Peshmerga Command issued a statement saying they liberated 150 square km of “Kurdistan land”. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish authorities arrested 11 Daesh suspects, including 7 foreigners, in Istanbul. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

A field source says the Democratic Syria Forces liberated two more villages near Al-Hawl and killed 27 Daesh fighters. [BasNews] The DSF are 3 km (2 miles) away from Al-Hawl. [Welati]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the schools in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an YPG vehicle near Mount Abdul Aziz. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

The YPG issued a statement saying it killed two Daesh fighters and destroyed their vehicle south of Jarabulus. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Maslama in east Aleppo. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a video of two “civilian” oil tankers destroyed by an airstrike in east Aleppo countryside. [Archive]

 

Daesh publishes a video of its vehicle bomb attacks on Mare’ in Aleppo. [Archive]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Syrian troops in the Kowaires airbase. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West

Daesh says Russian jets bombed a gas pipeline east of Homs. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the Syrian Army with a vehicle bomb in Dowa, in Homs, killing and wounding many soldiers. [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian troops in Dowa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Dowa. [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh publishes a newsletter for today in English. [Archive]


Jordan.
The family of the Jordanian captain who killed seven people finally agrees to receive and bury his body. [Raialyoum]

 

Lebanon. Forty-three people were killed and more than 180 wounded in two explosions in a crowded area in south Beirut. [Safir]

The Lebanese Army says they found the body of a third suicide bomber in south Beirut. [Youm7]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated a booby-trapped motorcycle in south Beirut. When people gathered after the first explosion, a suicide bomber detonated himself among them, killing 40 people and wounding 200. [Dump]

 

Egypt.  Eight civilians were killed, including a child, in Arish in north Sinai. Security officials say the attack might have happened because these civilians were cooperating with security forces [Raialyoum]

 

Daesh publishes the statistics on operations in Egypt for the last twelve months. [Archive]

 

Libya.    Daesh says it controls the city of Sirte completely after capturing the last Fajr Libya headquarters west of the city. [AfriGate]

 

The spokesman of the Libyan Special Forces says Libyan planes killed several Daesh members in Benghazi. [LibyaAkhbar]

 

A video of a captured Daesh leader talking about Daesh operations, admitting how they recruit people. [LibyaAkhbar]

 

Tunisia.   The Tunisian MOI says security forces arrested people in south Tunisia, including two women, who were about to go to Libya to join Daesh. [Raialyoum]

 

Algeria. The Algerian Army deploys 10,000 soldiers in a massive search campaign looking for terrorists on the borders with Libya. [Anadolu]

 

Afghanistan. An interesting and frightening article appeared about university demonstrators in Jalalabad who are frustrated with the university administration and demanding a Daesh government. [VOA]

DaeshDaily comment. It seems Daesh propaganda is working even in Afghanistan, Daesh supporters apparently infiltrated and took over the demonstration. It doesn’t say much for US influence in Afghanistan or the university’s admissions policies.

 

Other locations

Daesh publishes a new song in Russian called “Soon, Very Soon” [CSNW]

DaeshDaily comment. Perhaps this cultural initiative is not well timed. After Russia concludes its investigation of the Russian airplane apparently bombed out of the sky by Daesh in Egypt, the song could have a wholly different meaning.

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

Kata’eb Al-Imam Ali page.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/D__0N

https://twitter.com/lmj_hallo

https://twitter.com/corres_team1

https://twitter.com/NinawaNews

 

 

 

 

November 11, 2015

Baghdadi-Haditha

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Among today’s major developments:

First reports surface of fighting within Ramadi city.

Iraq consolidates grip on Albu Hayat in Hit District west of Ramadi.

Al-Abadi reportedly seeking a tripartite political coalition not dependent on Al-Maliki faction.

Ongoing political standoff undermining Yazidi hopes of returning soon to Sinjar.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Local sources reported heavy battles taking place near the maternity hospital in Ramadi city. [Gharbiya] Daesh Daily Comment. This is the only report we saw about clashes inside Ramadi city. We couldn’t confirm this report from any other source.

 

Heavy battles are unfolding around Ramadi, an Iraqi Army senior officer says. Iraqi regular forces along with tribal and PMF fighters, with support of Iraqi and Coalition airpower, are battling Daesh in multiple locations outside the city, he said. Among the sites targeted for airstrikes, however, was the Daesh hisbah (religious police) center in central Ramadi, an Anbar police source said. [Rudaw]

Iraqi forces are tightening the siege around Ramadi city and removing IEDs on the roads leading to the city while Iraqi and Coalition airpower target Daesh inside the city, according to the Joint Operations Command spokesman. He also Iraqi forces will resume their advance on the city itself after establishing defensive positions in newly captured territory. [AYN]

 

Hundreds of families are trapped in Ramadi, says a member of Anbar Governorate Council, explaining that Daesh has threatened to execute them if they raise white flags or try to flee the city. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Some weeks ago Iraqi authorities urged Ramadi residents to raise white flags over their homes and to carry white flags if they moved from the city in order to mark themselves as noncombatants.

 

Anbar Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh excavator as it was digging trenches in east Hsaiba. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition planes destroyed four Daesh targets and three hideouts in Albu Dhiab to the northwest as well as destroying a Daesh trench near the highway west of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Anbar Operations Command artillery killed six Daesh members near the Palestine Bridge. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition planes targeted a Daesh gathering in Zangoura west of Ramadi, killing an unspecified number of those gathered. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi and Coalition airpower destroyed three vehicle bombs in the Ramadi area, the Anbar Operations Commander said. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF video shows the capture of a Daesh vehicle bomb loaded with explosives after the almost-suicide bomber escaped after coming under fire, east of Ramadi. [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its anti-aircraft units in Ramadi. [JustPaste]

 

Falluja

Iraqi forces killed the Daesh commander in Qarma subdistrict and four of his associates, as well as destroying two vehicle bombs and a fuel tanker and defusing four IEDs in Kubaishat in Qarma, a local PMF commander says. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 20 Daesh militants, destroyed five vehicles and three hideouts, and defused five IEDs in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Kata’eb Hezbollah militia rocketed Daesh locations in Falluja city, killing eight Daesh members and wounding others. [Hashed]

 

Anbar Operations Command artillery and IAA helicopters destroyed eight Daesh vehicles carrying machine guns, killing many Daesh members in Albu Shijil to the north. [IWMC Report]

 

A rapid intervention unit killed seven Daesh terrorists including a security commander, and wounded nine others, near the Iyadat Bridge in Falluja District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army Fifth Brigade forces killed nine Daesh terrorists near the Jordanian Hospital east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh issues a video of the battles in Falluja. [Archive]

 

Hit/Haditha

IWMC says Iraqi forces cleared Albu Hayat completely from Daesh, killing many terrorists. It also says that by liberating the area they secured the road between Baghdadi and Haditha. [IraqPress] [Mada]

Jazeera Operations Command forces reported killing 13 Daesh in Albu Hayat as well as destroying five vehicle bombs and defusing 82 IEDs. They also found a car bomb factory and destroyed a weapons cache. [Mada] [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi soldiers killed two Daesh suicide bombers who were attacking troops near Albu Hayat, also killing a sniper in the attack, the Iraqi Army Seventh Division Commander says. [Baghdadia]

 

Coalition planes attacked a Daesh location in Albu Hayat, killing 25. [Sumaria]

 

A Joint Operations Command (JOC) source says the IAF bombed a Daesh suicide bomber guest house in Hit city, killing many Daesh members. [Harbi]

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing in Hit. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Baiji city center is completely destroyed and will be uninhabitable without major reconstruction, the District’s Mayor has announced. Iraqi military forces and the PMFs remain in control of the city after taking it from Daesh and have not transferred control to local police and the municipal administration, he added. [Rudaw]

 

Iraqi forces in Baiji are anticipating a Daesh attack as a convoy of 13 vehicles and two Humvee bombs are moving from Shirqat towards the city, a security source says, citing Iraqi intelligence information. [Ghad]

 

PMF forces have captured Al-Salman village northeast of Baiji, according to the PMF spokesman. Daesh remains in control of Zuwiya and Msahaq village. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The liberation of these two villages had been reported earlier but now we see that they were retaken by Daesh, a setback not reported by the government, as is their usual policy.

 

The PMF spokesman has denied that PMF forces are burning civilian houses in the Himrin Mountains, saying such reports and photographs on Sunni websites and social media are fabricated. [Rudaw]

 

Thirteen people including women and children were killed when a house they had entered exploded south of Baiji. The victims, who came from two different displaced families, took shelter inside the house to escape from the heavy rainfall; however the house had been booby-trapped with explosives. There were no survivors in the group. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces killed two Daesh militants and wounded another while they were trying to infiltrate Baiji coming from the Makhoul Mountains area. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces stopped an attack in Fatha north of Baiji. [Baghdadia]

 

The IFP commander says his troops defused 100 IEDs in Siniya and destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Mada]

 

Daesh says they stopped an Iraqi Army attack in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste]

 

Shirqat

Daesh executed a 20 year old man, accusing him of cooperating with Iraqi authorities. Hours after that the victim’s mother attacked a Daesh leader, stabbing him with a knife, before she was shot and killed, a local source says. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh arrested four doctors in Shirqat hospital, accusing them of cooperating with the government, a security source says. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: We have reported several incidents in which Daesh has been arresting and killing doctors, mostly in Ninewa, but now in Shirqat as well.

 

Daesh has threatened to execute more than 300 families whom they caught attempting to leave the Shirqat area, according to a PMF commander. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. These three reports from Shirqat are ominous and too similar to the atrocities against civilians in Mosul. The stalled offensive toward Shirqat from Baiji is putting a lot of loyal citizens in Shirqat at risk. Killing civilians is part of Daesh’s defensive strategy. Getting to Shirqat sooner should be part of Iraq’s strategy, so as to protect its own citizens.

 

Tikrit

Police in Baiji and Tikrit areas have defused 40 IEDs in the last two days, the Chief of Salahuddin police says. [Mada]

 

The IAA destroyed several Daesh vehicles as they attempted to target Iraqi forces west of Mkaishifa, IWMC says. [AYN]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops killed many Daesh militants in a military operation in Dayoum, south of Tikrit. [IWMC Report]

 

Samarra

A PMF unit stopped a Daesh attack on the Sharif Abbas area west of Samarra. [Ghad]

 

BAGHDAD

A cousin of Adnan Pachachi has rejected the reports of his death which appeared in several regional news outlets yesterday, saying that the veteran Iraqi political leader is still alive. [AYN]

 

Iraqi PM Al-Abadi is trying to create a new political coalition consisting of Shia political currents that are not loyal to former PM Al-Maliki as well as Kurdish- and Sunni-oriented political parties, according to unspecified sources. [BasNews]

 

A national reconciliation conference will be held, the chairman of the CoR Reconciliation committee says, explaining that all political, tribal, and religious leaders and parties will be invited apart from those with “blood on their hands.” The date of the conference was not yet specified. [Ghad]

The CoR proposed a national conference in Baghdad that would include the opposition and exclude the armed groups and Daesh supporters. [Mada]

 

Iraqi banks transferred around $45 billion in US dollars using fraudulent documents between 2013 and 2014, a leaked document from the Iraqi Central Bank shows. According to the document, the banks were fined $140 million. This follows on recent revelations of documents reportedly showing widespread irregularities in the Central Bank’s sale of US dollars, in which billions of dollars appear to have been obtained by improperly registered entities. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi MP Zahed Khatouni has denied reports his brother was killed in fighting between Daesh and Kurdish militia in northern Syria. He stated instead that his brother, whose death was reported yesterday, perished in an airstrike on a vehicle with 11 other people when the car was hit by a Coalition airstrike on the road between Mosul and Syria. The victims were migrating to Syria to seek employment opportunities, he said. [Ghad] He also issued a statement on Facebook saying his brother paid a lot of money to Daesh in order escape Mosul. [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment. Two of his brothers are already fighting with Daesh and another was killed while making an IED.  However the problem is not with the CoR member or his brothers as individuals; the problem is with those who persuade the Iraqi electorate to elect leaders with known links to armed groups. Shouldn’t someone in the government investigate this MP?

 

The PMF spokesman says there are 17,000 Sunni fighters in the PMFs and they are an integral part of the PMF forces. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is part of the debate in Iraq about the Sunni PMFs vs. a “second  Sahwa,” on the lines of the successful collaboration of US forces and Anbar tribes during the Surge. The latter idea has surfaced in the US, but maybe it’s a winning formula whose time has passed. The US Government chose not to commit combat troops this time, forcing Iraq and Anbar officials to develop their own coordinated effort between tribal and Iraq forces. The US is supporting that effort through its seemingly daily bombing in Anbar, and from its apparent participation in military strategy that does not get reported. This seems to be working, albeit gradually, and Daesh is clearly losing ground.

 

An IFP unit defused an IED planted inside a small bus in Kadhimiya in north Baghdad. Another IFP unit captured a Daesh cell in the Sadoun area in central Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Army unit conducted a search operation in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad, arresting six people wanted on terrorism charges. [Mada]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi Army soldiers in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi soldiers in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, killing one and wounding two. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near the main market in Tarmiya, killing two people and wounding four. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men abducted a civilian in Shula in north Baghdad, removing him to an unknown location. [Baghdadia]
  • A Ministry of Justice employee was killed when a sticker IED exploded under his car in Adhamiya in north Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded on a police patrol in Jisr Diyala in southeast Baghdad, wounding five policemen. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men assassinated an Iraqi Army lieutenant in Saidiya in south Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed two Sahwa fighters in Hor Rajab in south Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • An IED exploded near a popular cafe in Suwaib in southwest Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding six. [Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and his son wounded when a sticker IED exploded in the Hay Al-Adel area in west Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

IAA conducted 13 sorties and the IAF conducted four.

Coalition air forces conducted 17 sorties over Anbar and Ninewa, killing many Daesh members, destroying 33 Daesh positions, nine hideouts, eight storehouses, two vehicles, an excavator, two heavy machine guns, and an anti-aircraft cannon.  [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Police Chief says his forces captured the “Daesh undertaker”, a terrorist responsible for burying hundreds of Daesh victims in mass graves before Diyala’s liberation from Daesh. [Buratha]

 

Unknown armed men killed an Iraqi general while he was driving in his personal vehicle on the road between Baquba and Wajihiya, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

Unknown armed men shot and killed a lawyer on the road between Baquba and Muqdadiya, a security source says. [Baghdadia]

 

An Iraqi Army captain was killed and two soldiers wounded when an IED exploded on them during search operations in Abbara 17 km (10.5 miles) northeast of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Chairman of Muqdadiya District Council refutes reports of arbitrary arrests in liberated areas of Muqdadiya, saying that the arrests are for “security questioning.” Security forces issue a list of names of citizens from newly recaptured areas for questioning. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says unknown armed men killed a civilian and kidnapped another in Mukhaisa village. [Baghdadia]

 

Elsewhere in Diyala

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi army mine destroyer in Buhriz. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it shelled PMFs with mortars in Khan Bani Saad. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says Iraqi tanks shelled Daesh in Hawija District, killing 7 terrorists and destroying two vehicle bombs. [Maalomah]

 

Police arrested 12 Daesh members in Dibis District 55 km (34 miles) northwest of Kirkuk city, a Kirkuk police source says. [Mada]

 

The IAF destroyed the Daesh sharia court in Hawija, killing 15, IWMC says. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh collected 20,000 Iraqi dinars (around $25 USD) from each school child to pay the salaries of schoolteachers in Hawija, according to a local source. Daesh has also printed only limited copies of its school curriculum for the areas it controls, the source said, adding that most of the families there have not sent their children to school, fearing brainwashing and inculcation into violent acts in the classrooms. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh says it opened the schools in the cities it controls in Iraq and Syria after one year of preparations. Daesh reduced the years of schooling; instead of 6 years of elementary school, 3 years for middle school, and 3 years for high school, it will be 5 for elementary school, 2 for middle school, and two for high school. Daesh also says it also printed out the curriculum for these schools, and 600,000 students and 50,000 teachers are registered. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This is perhaps too revealing about Daesh’s world view: We need people to have less education. Notice, however, that these education stories follow one of its basic propaganda themes, that it is a caliphate and leads a real government providing important public services.

 

A local source says Daesh executed the head of the Physics Department at Mosul University because he refused to cooperate with Daesh in manufacturing biological bombs. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh executed 22 policemen after they were arrested last month in areas southwest of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Daesh arrested Munther Girgis from his house, then executed him. He also says Daesh executed four women, accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [PUKMedia]

 

The official also says the Coalition bombed Daesh in several areas in Ninewa, killing thirty Daesh members, wounding many others, and destroying six vehicles. [PUKMedia]

 

Iraqi military planes bombed targets at Qayara Refinery, killing and wounding an unspecified number of Daesh members. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its physical training in Ninewa. [JustPaste]

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

 

The Deputy Chairman of the Ninewa GC has rejected recent reports that Mosul Dam is in danger of collapse, saying that the Iraqi Water Resources Ministry is performing major maintenance work on the dam. [Karemlash]

 

Multiple sources have reported that Daesh has abolished the administrative subdivision of “Wilayat Dijla” south of Mosul and arrested its wali (governor), its sharia judge, and its security officer, and re-annexed it to Wilayat Ninewa to the north. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment: We have not seen this story confirmed from Daesh sources, and as late as yesterday we observed that Daesh media was still referring to Wilayat Dijla in its reports.

 

Makhmur

The Coalition bombed Daesh gatherings and sites in the Ashiq village near Makhmur, killing many Daesh members. [BasNews]

 

Northwest Ninewa

The “zero hour” is nearing for the assault to take Sinjar from Daesh, according to militia forces in the area. Many displaced people have gone back to Sinjar to prepare clandestinely to fight in the operation. However the KRG and Coalition have asked the YPG to stay away from the area, they say to avoid creating obstacles that might hinder operations. A Peshmerga commander in Sinjar says that his forces’ plans to liberate Sinjar were foiled repeatedly as a result of what he said was poor coordination by the YPG, which he says afforded Daesh an opportunity to lay IEDs on the roads his forces must use to attack the town. [BasNews]

 

A Yazidi councilwoman from Sinjar has issued a statement rejecting attempts to eject the PKK from Sinjar, saying that the PKK-linked YPG was the only force supporting the Yazidis of Sinjar after Daesh took control of the area. [ROJ].

DaeshDaily comment. This is even more complicated than it seems. The YPG came from Turkey into Sinjar to help the Yazidis against Daesh, after the Peshmerga abruptly pulled out and left them. This explains why Yazidis feel loyal to and dependent on the YPG.  

The YPG is the military arm of the PYD, which is linked to the PKK, though it has carefully cultivated a separate identity of late. The US military has recognized the YPG contributions against Daesh in northern Syria and cooperated with it militarily.

However, the Turks consider the YPG part of the PKK, which it understandably hates for its violence against Turkish citizens and its goal of creating a Kurdish state that would include much of current Turkey. Turkey does not want YPG troops in Iraq.

Barzani has bent over backwards to stay on the good side of President Erdogan and has distanced himself from the PKK and PYD, which helps explain the KRG’s other conflicts with the YPG even as they cooperated militarily against Daesh.

The Yazidis just want to go home.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly taken control of Khatouniya and Khatouniya Lake. Forty-five Daesh militants were killed and two trucks loaded with explosives were destroyed in the fighting. Some Daesh fighters were seen fleeing toward Sinjar while others sought to escape by swimming in the lake. SDF forces reportedly continue to clear the area. The SDF says it seized 160 square kilometers from Daesh in the last three days and has liberated a total of 60 villages. SDF has also reportedly seized Tishrin village, 37 km (23 miles) east of Hasaka and 7 km (4  miles) west of Al-Hawl. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

SDF fighters killed 22 Daesh members in multiple battles near Al-Hawl in south Hasaka, a Kurdish military source says, adding that the SDF stopped a suicide attacker in a vehicle bomb before he could reach his target, near Khatouniya Lake. [BasNews]

 

The YPG says its fighters stopped an attack on a village south of Suluk, killing at least seven Daesh members. [PUKMedia]

 

SDF forces have released information on books they seized from within Daesh training camps in northern Syria. One of the books found in the camps was written by the Turkish radical Ebu Hanzala, bearing the title Muslims’ Responsibility to God. This book was printed in Istanbul and entered the market with the license of the Turkish Ministry of Culture. The SDF alleged that this shows the Turkish regime is clandestinely embracing Daesh. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says a group of six fighters attacked a YPG headquarters in Ain Eissa in Raqqa northern countryside. Daesh terrorists clashed with the YPG fighters for hours before detonating their explosive vests, killing many YPG fighters destroying the three vehicles. [A3maq]

 

Northwest

Daesh has continued its shelling of Tal Arn, 20 km (12.5 miles) southeast of Aleppo. The assault began nine days ago when Daesh forces surrounded the Kurdish-majority town. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing in Al-Bab. Daesh says two women were killed and other civilians wounded. [JustPaste]

 

The Syrian news agency SANA publishes photos of Syrian soldiers inside Kowaires airbase, which Daesh had besieged for more than two years until Syrian forces broke the siege earlier this week. [SANA]

 

Syrian planes bombed multiple Daesh locations in Aleppo’s eastern countryside. [SANA]

Central and Western Syria
Democratic Syrian Forces spokesman denies reports that any of its members are fighting in Homs in coordination with the Syrian regime, saying it focuses its operations in the Kurdish areas and Christian villages in northern Syria. (We reported yesterday that fighters from the YPG, which is a member of the SDF, were reportedly taken by Syrian regime planes to Homs to fight in that area, a report about which we expressed skepticism.) [Welati]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Jaish Al-Islam counterattack in Yelda, killing five of them and wounding dozens. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Dowa in Homs. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the battles in Hama. [Archive]

 

East

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists detonated an eight ton vehicle bomb on the Deir Ez-Zor airport, killing or wounding dozens of Syrian soldiers. Daesh also says it shelled the airport, destroying an ammunition storehouse (photos). [Dump]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter in English for today. [Archive]

 

Egypt. The criminal court in Cairo will resume the trials of 213 members of the Daesh branch in Egypt accused of more than 54 terrorist attacks. [Mogaz]

 

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

 

Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an Egyptian Army Humvee east of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Libya. Daesh says its terrorists attacked the Air Defense College in Khoms with a car bomb, damaging the college and killing or wounding many Fajr Libya Fighters. [Dump]

Local sources say the car bomb killed one of the guards of the headquarters and wounded two. [LibyaAkhbar]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists are trapped in the 400 area in Derna and all they are doing now is planting IEDs and booby trapping houses. [AL24]

 

Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghans demonstrated in Kabul to protest the killing of seven Shia civilians including a nine-year-old girl who were beheaded, apparently by Daesh-linked criminals, in the southern province of Zabul. The victims were abducted two months ago in Ghazni province. Several local officials have said that a group with ties to Daesh was behind the attack, while the central Afghan government has not made any comment. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED in an Afghan Army station in Nangarhar, killing and wounding many soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Zahed Al-Khatouni page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/kateb11_2010

https://twitter.com/ahmed14377

https://twitter.com/asas10140

https://twitter.com/asdasd1990asd

https://twitter.com/abo10_baker10