An Update On ISIS Activities

November 21, 2018

 

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Yemen

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Abd Ul-Madhi promises to initiate an anti-corruption project. [..]

9 PMFs killed by Daesh on Baiji-Haditha Road. [..]

Daesh kill 9 Iraqi soldiers in 6 small-scale attacks in Shirqat District. [..]

Military kills​​ 15 Daesh killed in a tunnel in eastern Shirqat desert, but 4​​ soldiers​​ killed in same area. [..]

Mass grave SE of Tal Afar city holds 17 Yazidis murdered by Daesh.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

Turkish newspaper reports details on Khashoggi murder, including actions of close associate of Crown Prince. ​​ [..]

 

Syria

SOHR estimates 20,700 Syrian children killed since 2011.​​ [..]​​ 

US will build observation posts along Turkey border with NE Syria. [..]

Coalition conducted 168 airstrikes in Hajin area in past week. [..]

25 Daesh fighters killed by airstrikes in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen:​​ Save the Children says 85,000 Yemeni children under 5 died from malnutrition in past 3 years.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Al-Qarar (Decision)​​ Sunni bloc​​ called on​​ the Prime Minister​​ to address Daesh’s​​ apparent​​ ability to resuscitate itself in Mosul after its defeat. [Sumaria]

 

Council of Representatives

Political blocs continue to argue over the​​ 2019 national budget. The​​ CoR​​ Finance Committee said that it is waiting for 3 amendments it submitted to ​​ the government regarding the draft law. The Iraqi government and parliament have agreed not to change the draft, but to instead​​ to​​ form​​ a​​ joint committee officiated by Abd Ul-Mahdi to resolve differences on controversial provisions of the budget, the​​ most​​ prominent of which are allocations for Kurdistan and​​ for​​ areas recently liberated from Daesh.​​ [Alhayat]

 

Corruption

On Wednesday evening,​​ Prime Minister​​ Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi announced that within the next 2 weeks, he would present an anti-corruption project.​​ [Dostor]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

A political source says Masoud Barzani, head of​​ the​​ KDP, visited​​ Baghdad​​ on Wednesday evening​​ to discuss politics and formation of the government. He​​ intended to​​ meet President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi, CoR speaker Mohammed Al-Halbusi, and heads of political blocs. [Sumaria]​​ [Mobtada]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Iraqi Army Chief of​​ Staff Othman​​ Al-Ghanimi arrived in Mosul with​​ a group of top Defense​​ Ministry​​ officers​​ and assessed the​​ security of the​​ border with Syria. They met with Ninewa​​ Ops Commander and commanders of army divisions operating in the area. [Basnews]

 

The US listed Haji Ali Nasir, a leading​​ Daesh​​ figure,​​ on the international terrorists list​​ and placed​​ other penalties on him.​​ Nasir​​ has​​ operated in Iraq and Syria and​​ has​​ directly reported​​ to Al-Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

Interior Ministry spokesman General Sa’ad Ma’an said a man possessing ​​ 3 grenades, 13 magazines, and large quantities of drugs was arrested by IFP intelligence units at his house in Baghdad,​​ exact​​ location​​ not specified. Ma’an says the man is connected to Daesh. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Security​​ Media​​ Center says​​ a “national security organization​​ arrested a university student operating​​ as part of​​ a Daesh sleeper cell​​ somewhere​​ in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 6 PMF members were killed in a Daesh attack on the road between Haditha and Baiji. 2 Daesh terrorists were also killed.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on the road between Haditha and Baiji, killing 2 terrorists and forcing the rest to flee.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 3 Nujaba’ Movement​​ PMFs​​ were killed and 2 others severely wounded when their SUV was destroyed by an IED on the road between Haditha and Baiji.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This road is an important supply line for pro-Iran militias to Syria​​ but is also used by Daesh.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 2 PMF members were killed and 2 others wounded when a roadside IED exploded on them near Tilul Al-Baj​​ in western Shirqat.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that two PMF members were killed in a Daesh attack on a military position near Ain Sadid village, on the far western edge of Shirqat. A Daesh terrorist was also killed in the attack.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that tribal PMF units and people of Shabali village, northwest of Shirqat city,​​ stopped a Daesh attack and forced the terrorists to flee. The source said a tribal PMF member was severely wounded in the attack.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that more than 100 Daesh terrorists are hiding in the Hawi Shakhir area, near Shabali village. The source said the number of terrorists is increasing in the area, because many terrorists are fleeing from southern Ninewa and northern Salahuddin. The source said the terrorists are increasing their attacks on Iraqi forces and civilians in nearby areas in Shirqat​​ and Qayara. The source said several families, who had fought Daesh, have left the village, fearing the terrorists’ revenge. The source also said that local authorities have started to dig trenches to protect the village.​​ 

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Daesh said it damaged a vehicle carrying PMF members with an IED in Shaqra village, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that several civilians were wounded when Daesh terrorists targeted houses in Shirqat city with mortars. The source sent us photos of the results of the shelling.​​ 

 

The Center for Security Media said that security forces killed 15 Daesh militants in a large tunnel in the Kan’ous desert area​​ , east of Shirqat city. [Baghdadia]​​ 

However, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 4 Iraqi Army soldiers, including a captain, were killed in an ambush near Zur Al-Kan’ous. The source also said that 2 PMF members were wounded when their boat was blown up by Daesh in the same area.​​ 

 

Baiji

The Center for Security Media said Salahuddin Ops Command found 60 IEDs and remains of Daesh bodies in a location in Baiji bombed by Coalition planes on November 19. [Ghad]​​ 

 

DIYALA

No reports

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Interior Ministry spokesman General Sa’ad Ma’an said a Daesh executioner was arrested by Kirkuk intelligence and a counter terrorism​​ unit in Al-Wasti neighborhood in the city. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Kirkuk intelligence said that the​​ IFP and​​ the​​ 26th​​ PMF brigade targeted and destroyed 9 Daesh​​ depots in​​ the​​ Wadi Al-Shai​​ area south of Kirkuk. The​​ operation was​​ helped by information from​​ an arrested Daesh leader.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP units destroyed 4 Daesh hideouts and 8 IEDs and captured 2 motorcycles in a search of 4 villages in the Dibis city area.​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that IFP units ambushed and killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including the former Daesh “sharia judge” of Hawija, Musaher Najm Abdulla. The source said the terrorist was a senior AQI leader before joining Daesh.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 2 IFP members were killed when their vehicle was destroyed​​ by​​ an IED on the road between Riyadh and Rashad​​ in Daquq.​​ 

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Southwest (Daquq,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that IFP and PMF units killed 2 Daesh terrorists and defused several IEDs in a joint military operation in the desert near Rashad.​​ 

 

NINEWA

The Center for Security Information announced on Wednesday that Ninewa Ops Command arrested 2 wanted terrorists, 1 in Zummar subdistrict in northern Tal Afar and 1 in Wadi Hajar in west Mosul. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

Mosul​​ city

General Sa’ad Ma’an says Karama police arrested an ex-Daesh​​ hisbah​​ officer​​ in Karama neighborhood in​​ east Mosul. The arrestee was contacting foreign Daesh elements via the internet. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 4 tribal PMF members were killed in a Daesh attack on Al-Zawiya village, in Qayara subdistrict.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 2 civilians were severely wounded when Daesh launched a locally made rocket on Saf Al-Tuth village​​ in Shura, on the river.​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Medical groups found a mass grave in Qasr Mihrab village southeast of Tal Afar containing the remains of 17 Yazidis killed by Daesh in their attack on Sinjar in 2014. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

A report issued by the​​ US State Department on the​​ status​​ of various​​ religious groups in the world found that Kurdistan was succeeding in coexistence with religious groups such as Yazidis and Christians.​​ [Basnews]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The Turkish news outlet​​ Haberturk​​ shared the details of an 11-minute recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s last moments on Monday evening. The paper noted that Khashoggi was accosted moments after entering the consulate by the​​ 15-member kill team. ​​ One of them,​​ identified as Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer​​ and close associate of the​​ Crown​​ Prince, yelled “Traitor! You will be brought to account!”​​ Jamal Khashoggi reportedly said​​ release my arm! What do you think you are doing?”​​ The paper says that Khashoggi was​​ then​​ subdued and brought to another​​ part of the consulate and murdered.​​ The recording also captured a man (acting as his double) saying that it was strange to be wearing the clothes of a dead man.​​ [Yahoo]​​ [Independent]

 

Military & security developments

Turkey ordered​​ 3 Iraqis to be placed​​ in investigative custody on suspicions of joining Daesh.​​ [AIN]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

SOHR​​ says that 20,700 children have been killed since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011. It said that during that time, 1,936 children were killed by Russian raids, 2,980 by government air raids, 260 by the Turks, and 910 by the Coalition. [SyriaHR]

 

Foreign policy

United States

The US announced that it will build observation posts along the border with Turkey in northern Syria to reduce tensions between Turkey and the SDF. [ElDorar] [ABC]

 

Yeni Shafaq, a Turkish daily, said the total number of US soldiers in YPG areas near Turkish borders has reached 500 in the past 10 days. It says the US sent reinforcements from Al-Tanaf base and Iraq to the area. [Qasioun]

 

The official Turkish news site​​ TRT​​ reported that Turkey and the US are going to discuss implementing the road map which had been executed in Manbij in other parts of Syrian. Both sides will meet to discuss the issue in the coming days. Turkey insists that YPG units evacuate Manbij and other border areas completely. [Qasioun]

 

Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Russia suggested easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria. Netanyahu says Russia cannot force Iranians to leave Syria by itself, and needs cooperation from other countries. [Qasioun]

 

Yeni Shafaq​​ says forces from Saudi Arabia and the UAE were deployed alongside​​ Coalitionbacked Kurdish​​ (SDF)​​ forces in the area east of the Euphrates. [Eldorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Wednesday, the Public Affairs Office of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve​​ released​​ a summary​​ of Coalition airstrikes under​​ Operation Roundup stating that 168​​ airstrikes had been conducted between November​​ 11​​ and November​​ 17​​ mostly in areas “near Hajin​​ in Syria.​​ [CJTF]

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

 

See reports above under Foreign Policy, United States.

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it destroyed an SDF carrier truck that was transporting a Humvee,​​ with an IED in the Al-Dashisha area​​ near the Iraq border, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun in West Al-Nashwa neighborhood​​ in Hasaka city​​ on Tuesday. [ICDNNov21]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member and damaged a vehicle with an IED near Al-Haddadiya village, north of Hasaka, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov21]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

A mine exploded when an excavator stepped over it in Raqqa, prompting EOD teams to arrive immediately. The team found and destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse containing mines, IEDs, and explosive belts. [Hawar]

 

The International Coalition provided 10 buses to Raqqa to facilitate transportation between neighborhoods and places of work.[Rudaw]

 

Amnesty International announced on Wednesday that it began a​​ new​​ investigation on the military campaign of the International Coalition against Daesh in Raqqa in 2017.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

A​​ military operations room​​ for 4 armed Islamic factions called​​ “Incite the Believers” announced that Islamic groups in Aleppo District​​ have​​ attacked​​ Syrian forces, using machine guns and 82mm mortar shells. [Enabbaladi]

 

On Wednesday, the National Liberation Front thwarted an attempt by the Syrian Army and its loyal militias to advance in Aleppo. [Eldorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

The SDF confiscated internet equipment from 3 houses in Al-Shahil, east of Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Armed gunmen attacked an SDF checkpoint in Al-Jardhi village in Mayadin,​​ killing 1 and wounding 3 SDF members on Wednesday. This follows a similar Daesh attack on the checkpoint that killed 4 SDF fighters Tuesday.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh killed and wounded a large number of SDF​​ soldiers​​ in a sudden attack on Al-Jardhi and​​ Abu Hardoub villages. Following the attack, the SDF closed down shops and started a search campaign. [Qasioun]

 

The SDF found an IED and explosives workshop in Suwaidan village. ​​ The SDF​​ seized​​ all explosives​​ at​​ the location. [Hawar]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

SOHR​​ says Coalition airstrikes killed 9 Daesh militants approaching Al-Tanak oilfield. This raised the number of Daesh militants killed on Tuesday to 25. Airstrikes continue on Al-Tanak, Hajin, and other Daesh-held areas. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh is​​ still​​ positioned in Al-Baghouz, Hajin, Al-Sha’afa, Al-Susah, Abu Khater, and Abu Hasan,​​ helped by​​ sandstorms hitting the area. [BasNews]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it destroyed 2 Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal with rockets. [ICDnNov21]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The Suwayda population still refuses to serve in the Syrian Army after 8 years of war.​​ Although​​ President Assad agreed to waive them​​ from military service​​ previously,​​ last week he called​​ on Suwayda​​ to send their sons to military service. ​​ [Hawar]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

An Iranian official acknowledged money-laundering had occurred in an Iranian bank, and​​ Laya Joneidi,​​ vice​​ president for legal affairs,​​ stated that measures must be taken against it.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

UK-based Save the Children reported that 85,000 children under 5 years of age died due to malnutrition in Yemen in the past three years. This is​​ equal to the entire population​​ of children under 5 in Birmingham, England. ​​ [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is one of the most depressing reports we have ever printed.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Italy

Italian police arrested a Daesh member in Milan. [Sumaria]

 

AFRICA

Chad

Daesh said it killed 2 Chadian Army members, wounded others, and destroyed 2 SUVs in a mortar shelling on Kiga town, near Lake Chad, on Tuesday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov21]

 

Nigeria

Daesh said it killed 5 Nigerian Army members in an attack on Metele, in Borno State,​​ near Lake Chad, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These two attacks were basically in the same area, on different sides of the border

 

ASIA

North​​ Korea

Newsweek​​ reported on Tuesday that​​ North Korea destroyed​​ 10 of its own​​ military​​ installations​​ along its border with​​ South Korea​​ to demonstrate its willingness to develop a peaceful relationship with its neighbor, in accordance with an agreement between Kim Jon Un and President Trump. [Hawar]​​ [Newsweek]

November 20, 2018

 

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Huge Numbers of Euphrates Fish Die (BBC)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

 

Iraq

Sadrists accuse Al-Amiri CoR bloc with corruption over Defense Minister nomination. [..]

Abd Ul-Madhi says Iraq can’t comply​​ with US Iran sanctions. [..]

WHO lab tests show Euphrates contaminants have killed huge numbers of fish. [..]

 

Syria

De Mistura says UN will issue invitations to join constitutional committee soon. [..]

US UN delegate says international community won’t support Syria until political transition starts. [..]

Iraq unleashes F-16s on Daesh targets in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

Other countries

Saudi​​ Arabia:​​ Royal family members maneuvering to replace MBS in succession. [..]

Somalia:​​ US airstrike kills 37 Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Death toll from wedding hall blast reaches 40-50. [..]

Afghan forces kill 50 Daesh terrorists in Nangarhar.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New government

The Sa’irun bloc said on Tuesday that Muqtada Al-Sadr has evidence that the Defense Minister post is being “bought.” Ali Mahdi, a leading Sa’irun figure, said that Al-Sadr was referring to the Sunni group in Al-Amiri’s Bina’ bloc. He says this is a violation of the agreement between Al-Sadr and Al-Amiri to nominate professional experts for security posts.​​ [Basnews]

 

In a television interview on Tuesday, a political analyst said that Muqtada Al-Sadr’s actions have been contradicting his words. He accused Al-Sadr of earning a profit​​ from selling the governorship of Babil, and owning illegal militias. [IKH]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

In a press conference in Baghdad on Tuesday, Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi stated, according to Rudaw, that Iraq could not comply with US sanctions against Iran. [Rudaw]

 

Reconstruction

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that laboratory tests reveal that the​​ Euphrates River is contaminated with high levels of bacteria, heavy metals, and ammonia, which resulted in the shocking deaths of hundreds of tons of carp this month. The statement said that while these materials are poisonous to fish, they have no effect​​ on humans. ​​ The WHO also investigated the possibility of a viral infection. [Basnews] [Telegraph]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Former Interior Minister of Iraq and leader of the High Islamic Council (Shia), Baqir Al-Zubeidi warned on Tuesday that Daesh may return, referring to recent security breaches in Mosul, Anbar, and Salahuddin. [Basnews]

 

On Tuesday, the University of Babylon administration announced a state of emergency due to threats it received from Daesh. [BaghdadToday]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Meanwhile, the CoR is playing games with the appointment of a Defense Minister.

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

On Tuesday evening, unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

The IFP command announced on Tuesday that IFP units arrested a wanted terrorist in southwest Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command said it arrested 14 wanted persons on various charges, including 2 on terror charges, in the Al-Jihad neighborhood. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad security incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3  ​​​​ (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED security incidents reported: ​​ ​​​​ 0

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Military Intelligence said its units in the 14th​​ army division arrested a “Daesh spy” in Falluja. The man was collecting information on security personnel and civilians in the city.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Ramadi

On Tuesday, the Center for Security Information announced that the security apparatus arrested the perpetrator of an explosion in Ramadi four​​ days ago. [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Samarra

The Center for Security Information announced on Tuesday that 11 wanted people were arrested, 3 of whom were wanted on terror charges. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Daesh said it killed three PMF members, wounded two others, and destroyed a boat in an ambush that targeted a river patrol near the Udhaim Dam, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed an IFP officer, wounded four other IFP members, and destroyed a Humvee with an IED in Ikhwa village in Khanaqin district, on Monday. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh said it wounded two IFP members and damaged an SUV with an IED in the same village, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

General Mizhar Al-Azzawi, Commander of Diyala Operations Command, said a security force backed by army helicopters has started a campaign to eliminate​​ Daesh north of Khanaqin and Jalawla. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The Center for Security Information said that the 6th​​ IFP division and attached brigades searched 4 villages in Hawija, and destroyed an IED workshop. The units arrested 2 terrorists, 1 of whom was armed with an AK-47 rifle, and destroyed 3 Daesh tunnels. [Ghad]​​ 

 

IFP command said that the 5th​​ IFP division destroyed 2 Daesh depots while searching villages in Hawija. It also seized hand grenades and other military supplies. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, Taza, etc.)

PMFs discovered an official Daesh document in southwest​​ Kirkuk on Tuesday. No details were reported about the document. [BaghdadToday]​​ 

 

NINEWA

No reports

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

On Tuesday, the Turkish Judiciary imprisoned 3 people based on the suspicion that they belong to​​ Daesh. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura said that the UN will send​​ invitations to form the constitutional committee in Syria by mid-December, saying that it may be formed at the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019. [Hawar]

 

Foreign policy

United States

The US says the international community is not supporting Syria until the political transition starts. It called on Russia to pressure Syria to expedite the process. Deputy representative of the US to the UN, Jonathan Cohen, said that the formation of the constitutional committee would be a step in that direction. [Zamanalwasl]

 

Iran

On Tuesday, the US imposed new sanctions against 6 individuals and 3 entities that transfer Iranian oil to Syria through a Russian company. [ElDorar]

 

Russia

Russia said there are Syrian citizens wanted by its courts for killing the pilot of a Russian Su-24 plane in 2015 and a​​ soldier from the rescue team that headed to the location. [ElDorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

The “National Army,” a pro-Turkey armed group said its campaign to eliminate “corruption” is moving from Afrin to Al-Bab, Azaz, and Jarabulus. ​​ It said it is doing its best to avoid armed confrontation and that most of the wanted persons have handed themselves over to the military peacefully. [Qasioun]

 

The YPG says 3 pro-Turkey militants were killed and 6 wounded in an attack on the military police headquarters in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

A roadside mine exploded near a sidewalk on 30th​​ Street in the Al-Kajli neighborhood in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Also see first story under Afrin/Azaz above

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The YPG killed four civilians in Shaddadi, in Hasaka,​​ according to the Turkish​​ news agency​​ Anadolu. It reported that the people of Shaddadi demonstrated, demanding YPG exit from the city following a Daesh mortar shell. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) thwarted an attempt by the Syrian Army to advance in Aleppo District on Tuesday, killing “many” of them, according to HTS.[Qasioun]

 

On Tuesday, the Syrian Army released heavy artillery fire against an opposition group in Idlib District. Lataminah town in Hama was also shelled according to opposition sources. [EnabBaladi]

 

Hama

See story just above about Lataminah

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Mayadin District

Unidentified armed men shot and killed four SDF soldiers at a checkpoint near Al-Jardhi village in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

Daesh said it shot and killed two SDF soldiers in Al-Jardhi village, in Dhiban subdistrict, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal District

The​​ SOHR​​ reported that Daesh launched its second attack in 2 days against the SDF near Hajin. The​​ SDF continues shelling ​​ Daesh alongside airstrikes by Coalition planes. [SyriaHR]

 

Iraqi F-16s attacked Daesh targets inside Syrian territories on orders of Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. The raids targeted a gathering of 40 Daesh militants and destroyed a weapons warehouse manned by 10 militants, containing rockets and explosives. It also attacked a Daesh headquarters in Al-Baghouz where 30 militants are staying and weapons are stored. [Sumaria]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Reuters​​ reported that dozens of princes and​​ cousins from the royal family are extending efforts to prohibit Crown Price Mohammed Bin Salman from becoming the king of Saudi Arabia following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. They say that they would prefer his uncle as successor to the king, 76 year old​​ Prince Ahmed, who would have the support of the family and the international community. [Sumaria] [Aljazeera] We reported yesterday on royal family members with the same idea, but a different alternative: a younger brother of the Crown Prince.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

President Trump has decided not to accept the conclusion of the CIA that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The President conceded that this might be true, but said it was not provably true.​​ 

 

The US may name Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism. [Sumaria] [Vox]

 

EUROPE

Germany​​ 

German police have announced that they arrested a 32 year old Syrian for his alleged links to Daesh in Syria. [Qasioun]​​ 

 

France

French bank Société Générale agreed to pay $1.34 billion to settle allegations that the bank had processed and concealed billions of dollars in transactions related to countries under sanctions such as Iran, Cuba, and Sudan between 2003 and 2013. [Shafaaq] [WSJ]

 

AFRICA

Somalia​​ 

The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that at least 37 members of Al-Shabaab in Somalia were killed in an airstrike by US planes. [Sumaria]

 

Nigeria

Daesh published on Tuesday photos of its attack on a Nigerian Army position near Lake Chad. [ICDNNov20]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The death toll of an explosion that targeted a wedding hall during a celebration of the Prophet’s birthday in Kabul has risen from 40 to 50​​ according to the Afghan Ministry of Health. [Anadolu] [Ghad]

 

The Afghani Army announced that more than 50 Daesh terrorists were killed in a joint operation between the Afghan security forces and Special Forces in Haska Mina District in Nangarhar. [IKH] [Khaama]

 

 

 

November 19, 2018

 

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Explosion in Tikrit (DD Nov 18)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Interior, Defense minister positions still tied up in CoR politics.​​ [..]

UN says 80% of Iraqi children subjected to violence, and school dropout problem is epidemic in parts of Iraq. [..]

Catholic archbishop​​ denounces​​ fraudulent sales of Christian property. [..]

Wall Street Journal reports pervasive political corruption in power sector, Electricity ministry.​​ [..]

Yazidi woman describes horrible experience of living in Daesh captivity. [..]

Iraq under heavy pressure from both US, Iran over response to sanctions.​​ [..]

Daesh vehicle bomb in Tikrit kills 7, wounds 16. [..]

Suicide terrorist in PMF uniform kills 4 PMFs, wounds 6 in NE Diyala. [..]

PMFs find Daesh “bank” in Baaj desert. [..]

Basra Chief of Police says 80% of Iraq’s illegal narcotics come from Iran.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

Trump says full report on Khashoggi murder will come in within a few days. [..]

Trump says US will not extradite Gulen to Turkey, despite NBC reports.​​ [..]

 

Syria

Dissident Turkey-supported militia sparks internal fighting in Afrin. [..]

Coalition airstrikes near Hajin kill 43, including 36 Daesh family members.​​ [..]

Coalition says Daesh charges of civilian airstrike deaths are made up. [..]

SOHR reports Syrian Army has finally retaken Al-Safa Hills near Suwayda. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Saudi Arabia:​​ Royal family faction trying to bloc MBS accession to throne.​​ [..]

Tunisia:​​ Tunisia stops planned stabbing attacks on civilians, soldiers. [..]

Germany:​​ Merkel government stops weapons shipments to Saudi Arabia. [..]

Nigeria:​​ Daesh stages two more deadly attacks in NE Nigeria. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ General Dunford reports little progress against Taliban in 2018.​​ [..]

Philippines:​​ Failed hostage rescue mission kills 5 soldiers, wounds 23. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that the Al-Fath bloc’s opposition has excluded​​ Faleh Al-Fayyad from​​ further​​ consideration for Minister of the Interior. Al-Fath has proposed​​ Abdul Karim Al-Ansari (a PMF advisor), and Hussein Al-Tahhan (ex-Baghdad governor) for the​​ post; both are from Al-Fath. The source added that Muqtada Al-Sadr supports the Al-Tahhan nomination. As for the Minister of Defense, the CoR​​ has reportedly been allowed to​​ decide between​​ the previously nominated​​ Salim Al-Jubouri and Faisal Al-Jerba; neither is opposed by any​​ major​​ political​​ blocs.

 

Muqtada Al-Sadr addressed a letter to Hadi Al-Amiri, the head of Al-Fath, telling him that discrete deals were being arranged between some Al-Fath members and Sunni militias to ”buy” ministerial positions. He told Al-Amiri that “huge” deals are being arranged in secret, with huge amounts of money backed by external support. Sadr​​ reminded​​ him of their agreement to build and manage the country together. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

A UN report says 80% of Iraqi children have been subjected to violence, and that education levels in southern Iraq, Anbar, and Ninewa​​ are​​ very low. It says conflict and inequality​​ are​​ still marking childhood in Iraq. It also says that only half of the children from poorer families can complete primary school, and only 25% of them graduate​​ from​​ secondary school. [Rudaw]

 

Archbishop Shlemon Warduni of the Chaldean Catholic Church said that there have​​ been about 350 fraudulent sales of Christian property in Iraq. He said that the government had stopped about 50 fraudulent sales of Christian-owned properties on the Ninewa Plain, but that there was still a “real and serious problem” of Christian houses and properties having been illegally seized and then resold. [BasNews]

 

Corruption

The​​ Wall Street Journal​​ reported on Monday that General Electric had commissioned a report on its business partners in Iraq, and learned of widespread corruption allegations. The report “paint[ed] a portrait of widespread corruption and bribery in the Iraqi power sector,”​​ and​​ implicated​​ high-level officials in the Ministry of Electricity, with which GE is negotiating for new power contracts. The​​ WSJ​​ quoted an Iraqi government official as saying that “not one single contract … has been done without some kind of deal benefiting one of the religious and political parties.” [WSJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This​​ helps to​​ explain why​​ so many Iraqis can’t get electricity. [..]

 

The Ministry of Electricity said on Monday that an investigation into corruption had been launched following​​ the​​ WSJ​​ report. The Minister of Electricity, Louay Khatib, directed the Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry to investigate what the report had said.​​ Separately, the US Department of Justice declined to comment on the report. [Shafaaq]

General Electric issued its own clarification in response to the​​ WSJ​​ report. GE said that the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, as well as GE, relied on “the highest standards of ethics and integrity,” and that it had commissioned the third-party report without necessarily endorsing it. [Shafaaq]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Lamya Hajji, a Yazidi activist, spoke of her experience in Daesh captivity. She said​​ Yazidi women were sold and raped regularly by Daesh​​ emirs. She also told a horrible story of a Daesh doctor who raped a 9 year old female child in front of her. She says that women were abducted for pleasure, while children were taken​​ away for training​​ to become future fighters. [BaghdadToday]

 

Foreign policy

An Iraqi delegation visiting Canada called on the US Congress to help Iraq in getting through the post-Daesh period. The delegation,​​ participating in the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO members,​​ also offered the condolences of Iraqi people​​ to the US for the loss of life incurred in the California wildfires. The delegation was headed by Bashir Al-Haddad, second deputy Speaker​​ in​​ the CoR. [BaghdadToday]

 

The US is demanding that Iraq dissolve pro-Iranian militias before​​ the US considers​​ excluding it from trade sanctions placed on Iran. This comes as media reports that Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi is contemplating a visit to Washington to request an exception for Iraq from the sanctions. US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says that Iraq should fully comply with US demands in order to completely terminate the sanctions. [Sumaria]

Iranian ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi warned Iraq of dire consequences should it​​ give in​​ to US pressure in response​​ to​​ US​​ sanctions against Iran. He said that Iraqi president Barham Salih was not clear in announcing the Iraqi position during his visit to Tehran, which angered the Iranians. Masjedi noted that power and food​​ are exported from Iran to Iraq,​​ so​​ Iran will not be the only country in trouble. He called on Iranian companies to invest more in Iraqi government projects, saying that the Iraqi government is seeking $100 billion worth of investment to implement 1,200 projects. He added that 79 Iranian companies operate in Iraq in the fields of power stations, refineries, hotels, stadiums and residential complexes, investing over $8 billion. [BasNews]

 

An​​ informed source​​ says Saudi Arabia offered​​ to​​ provide​​ Iraq with 600 Mw​​ of power,​​ through a large project​​ in​​ which​​ Saudi​​ Arabia​​ would​​ prepare the​​ power​​ generation, while Iraqis assumed​​ responsibility for the​​ connection in their country. This was​​ reportedly​​ one of the topics discussed during President Barham Salih’s visit to Saudi Arabia,​​ which also included discussing​​ the​​ development​​ of border​​ crossings​​ to​​ increase​​ trade between the two countries. [BaghdadToday]

 

President Barham Salih​​ also met​​ in Riyadh with Abdullatif Al-Zayani,​​ Secretary-General​​ of the​​ Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), to discuss​​ political and security developments in the region,​​ and how to develop mutual relations between Iraq and​​ the​​ GCC states. [Anadolu]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed three Iraqi Army members with silenced guns and stole weapons and ammunition in an attack on a military position in the Al-Salman area, in Tarmiya. [ICDNNov17]

Daesh published on Monday photos of the stolen items. [ICDNNov19]

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

The Center for Security Information says on Monday that 11 IEDs and 2 Juhannam shells were found and destroyed in Kubaisa. Army units also destroyed 6 IEDs in Mahboubiya. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 3 tribal PMF members were kidnapped at a fake Daesh checkpoint on the road between Al-Qa’im and Haditha.​​ 

 

The PMF in Anbar say that it has surrounded the Abu Ridha Al-Baldawi airport,​​ western​​ Anbar, to prevent​​ an expected landing by​​ US planes. The PMF says the US troops are instigating the PMF by planning to establish a base in this area. The spokesman of​​ the​​ PMF​​ also​​ says the US presence in Iraq is unnecessary. [SkyPress]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We could take offense at this pro-Iran propaganda statement, but first let’s wait to see whether the statement about a new US base is really true. In that respect, PMF media does not have a sterling track record.

 

Rutba

Daesh issued on Monday photos of murdering a man in his house in Rutba after accusing him of being an Iraqi government “spy.” [ICDNNov19]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that​​ 2​​ PMF members were killed and another severely wounded when an IED exploded on them near Al-Salman village.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Ninewa SWAT and tribal PMF units stopped a Daesh attack near Hawi Shakhir, close to Shabali village, killing 2 terrorists and capturing 1. The source said one of the​​ two​​ killed was Abdul Wahhab Younes, the former Daesh security official of the Qayara area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that​​ 2​​ Salahuddin Ops Command​​ soldiers​​ were killed in a Daesh ambush in the Kan’ous area.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 4 AAH members were killed and their driver severely wounded when a roadside IED exploded on them near Al-Mazraa village, between Baiji and Tikrit.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units captured 2 persons who were smuggling food items, clothes, and mobile phones to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that 2 Salahuddin Ops Command​​ soldiers​​ were killed and a captain wounded when their Humvee was destroyed by an IED in the desert near Baiji.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED in the Hajjaj area, on the road between Mosul and Tikrit, on Sunday. [ICDNNov19]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that 3 PMF members were killed and 2 others wounded in the explosion.​​ 

 

Tikrit

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source​​ also​​ said on Sunday that​​ three​​ civilians and​​ four​​ National Security Service members were killed and 16 other people wounded when a vehicle bomb exploded on Street 40, in Tikrit.​​ 

Security sources say a car bomb exploded in Atiba’ Street, downtown Tikrit city, killing at least 5 and wounding 16 on Sunday. [BasNews]

Daesh’s version​​ says​​ it set off a parked vehicle bomb in Tikrit on Sunday targeting a PMF commander, killing or wounding 30 people, including several of his bodyguards. [ICDNNov19]

 

Jan Kubis, the head of UNAMI, strongly denounced the terrorist attack in Tikrit on Sunday, expressing his deepest compassion with the families of the victims. Kubis described that attack as​​ absolute evil,” aiming only to kill civilians. [BasNews]

 

Military intelligence says​​ that a​​ “serious”​​ terrorist was arrested​​ at​​ a​​ checkpoint​​ at the​​ southern entrance to​​ Tikrit​​ city. There​​ was an arrest warrant​​ out for him.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh said on Monday it blew up the house of a tribal PMF member in the Mazari’ area, near Yathrib. [ICDNNov19]​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their SUV with an IED in the Jalam Al-Daur area, on Saturday. [ICDNNov19]

 

DIYALA

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

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 4 PMF members were killed and 6 others wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist blew himself up at their military position in the Udhaim Dam area, in Al-Khalis. The source said the terrorist was dressed in PMF military uniform.​​ 

 

Security sources said on Monday that a Federal Police checkpoint in the​​ Ali​​ Awa area​​ near​​ Khanaqin​​ city​​ was attacked by an IED planted on a police car, killing an officer and injuring 4 other security personnel. The sources said the attack was believed to have been carried out by Daesh. [BasNews]​​ 

A police source said on Monday that a “large” joint security force was combing the Ali​​ Awa area following the Daesh attack. [IKH]

 

Sadiq Al-Husseini,​​ Chairman​​ the​​ Security​​ Committee​​ of the​​ Diyala​​ PC, says an intelligence team managed to dismantle a Daesh cell and arrest its 3 members in the Khanaqin countryside. He says the cell was involved in numerous terror attacks. [BaghdadToday]​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh​​ executed​​ 3 IFP members it had captured in an attack on Al-Sadouniya village in Riyadh subdistrict, on Friday.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that several AAH members were killed or wounded in a Daesh attack near Abbasi on Monday morning. The source said PMF units started to establish a sand barrier around the city to prevent more attacks.​​ 

 

Daesh said it shot and wounded a tribal PMF member in Marata village, east of Hawija, on Sunday. [ICDNNov19]

 

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

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Hassan Shallal village,​​ west of Daquq, on Saturday. [ICDNNov19]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

The Ninewa Police say that 3 policemen were killed in a Daesh attack at​​ an​​ entrance to Makhmur​​ District. Daesh fighters attacked a checkpoint, killing 3 policemen there and capturing their light weapons, before fleeing to an unidentified location. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that IFP units shelled and rocketed Daesh positions on Mount Qarachogh.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

The “Falcons” intelligence cell​​ of​​ the Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that it arrested 6 of the Daesh attackers who took part in the recent attacks in east Mosul that killed and wounded 16 people. It said that more details of the operation would be announced shortly. [Rudaw]​​ [Forat]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units captured 4 Daesh members in​​ the​​ Al-Intisar​​ neighborhood of east Mosul and the​​ Kokjali neighborhood​​ at the entrance to​​ east Mosul.​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

Ninewa Ops Command says that SWAT units and​​ Coalition air support​​ targeted 2 Daesh positions near Minkar village, south-southwest of Hammam Al-Alil, killing 4 Daesh fighters and destroying 2 Daesh tunnels. [Baghdadia]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source also said on Sunday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed their pickup vehicle near Minkar village, in the Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict.​​ 

A​​ security source​​ confirmed​​ on Sunday that​​ the Coalition had bombed Minkar, and added that​​ the Iraqi Air Force had bombed a Daesh “nest” in Jazeera Shura, near Hammam Al-Alil.​​ [SotIraq]

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 2 PMF members were killed when their vehicle was destroyed by an IED in the Tal Abta area,​​ Muhalabiya subdistrict. The source said PMF units arrested 30 civilians from the area after the explosion.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that PMF units regained control of 4 villages in the Tal Abta area, killing 2 terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. The source said 2 PMF fighters were also killed. The source said Daesh had captured the villages on Monday night and blew up the houses of 4 tribal PMF members.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that Daesh killed two civilians in the Hamidat​​ subdistrict. The source said the victims were scrap metal dealers whose cousin is a former CoR member.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that​​ two​​ PMF members were killed and another severely wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Al-Jari village,​​ west of​​ Hatra​​ city.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that “large” PMF military reinforcements arrived in the southern Hatra area from northern Salahuddin.​​ 

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units found $100,000 US, in addition to gold alloys, hidden in the desert between Baaj and Tal Abta. The source said Daesh used the hideout as a “bank.”  ​​​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Chief​​ of the Basra police says that 80% of narcotics entering Iraq are coming from Iran, while the remaining 20% come from other sources such as Kuwait. He says he has obtained the necessary approvals to secure the 94​​ km border between Basra and Iran, which will include inspecting ships in Shatt Al-Arab. [BasNews]

 

Babel

The Babel police say that they arrested 53 persons trying to enter the province through its checkpoints, including 1 wanted on terrorism charges. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Dhi Qar

The Dhi Qar police say that a bomb exploded in front of the Rifa’i Pensions Office without causing casualties. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

DAHUK

A local source says that a Turkish plane attacked the mountain​​ area​​ near​​ Sharanish and Khamtir, in Zakho​​ subdistrict,​​ in northwest​​ Dahuk Province, on Monday. The source says that 2 rockets were fired. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

On Saturday, President Trump​​ stated that there would be a “very full report” on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in the next few days, probably on Tuesday, and that the report would include “who did it.” Trump also said that reporting on Friday night, which said that the CIA had concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the killing, had been “premature.” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that “there remain numerous unanswered questions.” [AP]

 

Trump also said on Saturday that the US was not considering extraditing​​ dissident Turkish cleric​​ Fethullah Gulen, in response to an earlier​​ NBC News​​ report claiming that the US might extradite Gulen in order to “persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government.” [NPR]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said on Monday that UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura would remain in office for a longer period to ensure that there was no gap in the post. Dujarric did not say for how long. [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

Kazakhstan

Kairat Abdrakhmanov,​​ the Foreign Minister of​​ Kazakhstan, says that Russia and Turkey will hold the next session of negotiations regarding Syria in Kazakhstan, on 28 and 29 November. [Qasioun]

 

Turkey

The​​ SDF threatened Turkey with an all-out war if the Turks attack SDF positions east of the Euphrates. The statement came during a visit of a Coalition delegation to Ras Al-Ayn in Hasaka. An SDF leader said that Turkish entry to east of the Euphrates was “a matter of life or death to us ….​​ We do not want to go to war, but if they attack us, we will have to,” he said. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In view of what happened in Afrin, we doubt that Erdogan will be intimidated by this threat, and he could take it as an opening.

 

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi King,​​ Salman bin Abdul Aziz says that his country supports peaceful solutions in Syria that secure the elimination of terrorist groups and the return of refugees. [Qasioun]

 

Middle East

The​​ Russia Today​​ TV channel said that a military convoy from an “Arab Gulf country” arrived at the front lines between the SDF and Daesh in eastern Deir Ez-Zor, before leaving after 72 hours. The sources did not mention which Gulf country it was or the reason for the visit, but it was described as possibly a prelude to a military contribution in the battle against Daesh in the area. [ElDorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Al-Sanadid Arab militia says it is dissolving itself and joining the YPG, which it said was “on US orders.” Bandar Al-Jarba announced the decision in a meeting held in Tal Allaw village in Qamishli, but it was negatively received by the attendees. [Qasioun]

A senior leader of the Al-Sanadid militia escaped to the UAE after transferring large amounts of money to accounts owned by him and his leader, “Sheikh Hammadi.” The militia allied with the YPG against Daesh several years ago. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

“Informed sources” say there is a large possibility that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is somewhere on the Iraq-Syria border. Commenting on a British media story alleging that the SDF knows where Al-Baghdadi is, an SDF spokesman says it is an intelligence piece passed to a reporter, declining to confirm or deny the news. Lilwi Al-Abdullah, spokeswoman for the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council, under the SDF, says it is possible that Al-Baghdadi and his close associates are in Hajin or nearby, and it is difficult for them to get away. She says that the SDF will continue their offensive until​​ the​​ Daesh presence in this area is terminated.​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We note for the record that many “informed sources” have reported the whereabouts of Baghdadi over the past few years, and that the results from these predictions have mostly shown that the “informed sources” were not informed.​​ 

 

Northwest

Afrin

The SOHR reported fighting between Turkish forces and the Shuhada Al-Sharqiya militia in the Villas and Mahmudiya neighborhoods in Afrin​​ city, which has​​ been held by the Turks since March. The fighting halted for a few hours to allow civilians to leave their houses. [SyriaHR]

A local source from Afrin said that the Turkish Army and​​ several pro-Turkish militias including the Sultan Murad militia,​​ were​​ fighting the​​ Shuhada​​ Al-Sharqiya militia​​ (which Rudaw called Ahrar Al-Sharqiya)​​ in​​ Afrin. The source said that​​ its​​ fighters refused a Turkish demand for them to leave the city, prompting the fighting. [Rudaw]​​ 

A motorcycle bomb exploded, wounding 5 persons near a building used by pro-Turkey military police, previously the Karama School, in Afrin, Kurdish sources say. They also say that the Turkish Army has attacked some of the militias operating under its command for unknown reasons. [Hawar]

A local source says​​ that​​ the​​ pro-Turkish “National Army” militia​​ and​​ Shuhada​​ Al-Sharqiya were negotiating peace after hours of fighting​​ in Afrin. [ElDorar]​​ 

A later report said that the “National Army” and Shuhada Al-Sharqiya had reached a ceasefire agreement, allowing Shuhada Al-Sharqiya to evacuate its fighters to Jinderes​​ in southwest Afrin.​​ [ElDorar]

 

Manbij​​ 

The YPG says that it defused a 10 kg Daesh mine​​ in​​ the Manbij orchards​​ that​​ had been reported by local residents. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Media sources say that SDF leaders met with Coalition commanders to discuss development​​ in​​ the war against Daesh. The meeting was held Tal Habash village, west of Amuda in Hasaka. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West​​ 

No reports

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR said that Coalition airstrikes in​​ Abu Hasan, southeast of Hajin,​​ killed 43 people​​ on Saturday, including 36 family members of Daesh fighters. The SOHR added that it was the highest death toll from Coalition strikes since the beginning of the SDF offensive in September. Coalition spokesman Sean Ryan told​​ AFP​​ that there had been no civilian casualties from the airstrikes in question.​​ [AFP]

 

The Coalition issued a press release​​ on Saturday denying that there were any civilian casualties in their​​ earlier​​ strikes “near Hajin.” The Coalition said that it had conducted 19 airstrikes between Friday night and late Saturday afternoon in support of ground operations, and that it had confirmed all targets as “legitimate” Daesh targets and assessed the areas as free of civilian presence.

In the same press release, the Coalition said that there were 10 airstrikes in the same area that it did not carry out, and “call[ed] on all other actors to cease uncoordinated firing​​ across the Euphrates.”​​ [InherentResolve]

Daesh said on Saturday that 40 people, mostly women and children, from Al-Baqaan village, in Hajin subdistrict, were killed by Coalition airstrikes. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The first story above, combined with the repeat of our story just above, illustrates what is behind the debate over civilian casualties from airstrikes. The 43 people killed by the airstrikes in Abu Hasan included 36 civilians—who were family members of Daesh fighters. So they were civilians, but they were not innocent people cruelly targeted by the West, the usual Daesh propaganda line.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including 2 commanders, in an airstrike on the Hawi Al-Susah area.​​ 

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Daesh said on Monday that Coalition planes killed more than 250 people, mostly women and children, in airstrikes on eastern Deir Ez-Zor province, especially Hajin and Al-Susah. It said the number could double because people bury the dead without documentation. It claimed the Coalition airplanes and artillery used white phosphorus. It said Al-Susah and Al-Baghouz were destroyed completely and “became from the past.” It said it became difficult for people to find bread after Coalition planes destroyed bakeries in the area. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ More airstrike propaganda from Daesh. The cruel Coalition killed a huge number of women and children, they say. Please see the comment above.​​ 

Moreover, what about the people Daesh killed because they were trying to escape? Who counts those​​ civilians? They have used the​​ same strategy from Mosul to Falluja to Raqqa to Hajin, again and again. Prevent people from leaving and use them as human shields.​​ It’s a strategy of setting up other people to get killed so they can save themselves.​​ 

 

As an example of the human shields strategy noted above, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh killed a man and his two sons and arrested the rest of their family—for​​ trying to escape Hajin.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Al-Sukkariya village, near Albu Kamal. [ICDNNov17]

 

Daesh issued on Monday a video of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in Sayal village, north of Albu Kamal​​ city. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The SOHR reported that the Syrian Army retook Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills) from Daesh on Saturday. Syrian state news agency​​ SANA​​ said that the Syrian Army had “made a great advance” and was now combing the area for stragglers. [AFP]

 

Reuters​​ reported that “hundreds” of Daesh fighters had withdrawn from the Tilul Al-Safa area as Syrian Army tanks approached with air support.​​ [Qasioun]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 18 Kata’eb Hezbollah members, including a commander, were killed and 3 vehicles destroyed in a Daesh ambush near Al-Safa Hills.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

3 sources “close to the royal court” said that Saudi royalty are trying to prevent Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) from becoming king, following the international protest around the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. According to these sources, the dissident branches of the Al-Saud family would back King Salman’s younger brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, to succeed him. [Reuters]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Dar Al-Ifta’a​​ fatwa​​ and​​ takfiri​​ monitoring group said that terrorist incidents had dropped for the second week in a row, and that the victims from incidents they counted dropped to 208 dead​​ and wounded, compared to 301 from last week. Afghanistan again topped their list of the countries most vulnerable to terrorist operations, as they counted 7 operations in the last week, 6 of which targeted the Afghan Army or police. Pakistan ranked second, with 3 attacks by the Taliban,​​ followed by Iraq, Mali, and Nigeria. The group also noted that Daesh claimed to have carried out several operations that never actually happened.​​ [AhlMisr]

Dar Al-Ifta’a also announced that it had started production of animated videos aiming to counter extremist ideology. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed an Egyptian Army bulldozer and a truck with 2 IEDs,​​ east of the Arish Airport. [ICDNNov17]

 

Daesh said on Monday it killed or wounded several Egyptian Army members with an IED​​ in​​ the Lahabdin area, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNNov19]

 

Libya

Locals in Wadi Al-Hunaywah, on the outskirts of Sirte, said on Monday that Daesh members had put up a checkpoint the previous night on the nearby road between Sirte and Benghazi. They said that the Daesh fighters had been stopping passing cars.​​ [Wasat]​​ 

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Minister of the Interior, Hisham Al-Frati, announced on Monday that a series of​​ planned​​ stabbing attacks​​ on​​ civilians and security and military personnel had recently been thwarted. He also said that materials for the manufacture of explosives and an unlicensed drone aircraft had recently been seized. [Tunisien]

Al-Frati also said on Monday that security personnel had arrested 7 terrorists who hid in the mountains during 2018, and​​ discovered​​ 40​​ takfiri​​ cells. [Tunisien]

Finally, Al-Frati said that the terrorist “Mona Qibla,” who blew herself up in the capital, had been briefed on the use of the bomb by terrorists hiding in the Tunisian mountains. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Germany

Germany’s​​ Minister for Economic Affairs says that the German weapons supply to Saudi Arabia has stopped completely in the aftermath of the murder of​​ journalist​​ Jamal Khashoggi​​ in Turkey. New imports will not be licensed, and ongoing imports will be stopped, says the Ministry. [Sumaria]

 

Great Britain

The​​ Sunday Times​​ told the story of 3 British Daesh sisters who all have children, making them the largest Daesh family in the UK. They were all arrested by the SDF in Syria, where their Portuguese husbands were killed fighting for Daesh. Their brother was arrested on terror charges in Tanzania. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Such a nice family.

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

Daesh said its Nigerian affiliate​​ killed 40 soldiers and stole 4 armored vehicles, 5 SUVs, and weapons and ammunition in an attack on a Nigerian Army position in the town of Mitli, near Lake Chad, on Sunday. It​​ said the terrorists set the military position on fire. In another version, Daesh said​​ they​​ stole 4 tanks and an armored vehicle.

Daesh also said it killed two soldiers, wounded others, set an armored vehicle on fire, and stole 2 SUVs in an attack on a Nigerian Army position in Minok town, near Maiduguri, on Saturday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov19]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said on Sunday that the Taliban were “not losing” in Afghanistan. He added, “We used the term stalemate a year ago and, relatively speaking, it has not changed much.” [Khaama]

 

The Afghan​​ Military​​ said on Saturday that “at least 25” Taliban fighters were killed in airstrikes in Ghazni, southeastern Afghanistan. [Khaama]

 

The 201st​​ Silab Corps of the Afghan Military said on Sunday that “at least 30” Taliban fighters, including some from its “Red Unit,” were killed in operations in Nangarhar Province. [Khaama]

 

Daesh published on Saturday photos of the result of its IED attack on Afghan Special Forces in the Bandar area, in the Achin district of Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. [ICDNNov17]

Daesh had previously said that it killed or wounded Afghan Special Forces members with an IED in the Bandar area​​ on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

Philippines

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Saturday that​​ five​​ soldiers were killed and 23 others injured while troops were trying to rescue hostages from​​ the​​ terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.​​ The soldiers were searching for hostages taken by the Abu Sayyaf group when the​​ fighters​​ attacked them on the island of Jolo, Sulu, on Friday,​​ regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana told reporters.​​ “The effort is part of our mission to rescue the remaining hostages,” Besana said.​​ Abu Sayyaf is a loose alliance of several hundred armed members formed in the 1990s with​​ financing​​ from Al-Qaeda.

Friday’s clash was one of the deadliest since an Abu Sayyaf​​ militia​​ joined the Maute group in seizing Marawi City in 2017, leading to a 5-month battle that claimed more than 1,100 lives.​​ Abu Sayyaf is now believed to hold “less than 10” hostages, Besana said.​​ The soldiers who survived Friday’s ambush did not see any hostages during the 90-minute clash near the town of Patikul, Besana said.​​ [Rappler]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed seven Philippine Army soldiers and captured weapons and ammunition in “Layang” village, in Jolo Sulu Island, on Friday. [ICDNNov17]

Daesh issued on Saturday a video of the clashes. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Monday a photo of one of its terrorists claiming he was killed in the Afghanistan/Pakistan area. [ICDNNov19]

 

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MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CoR committee proposes to take government cars away from CoR members & other officials. [..]

Baghdad, Erbil strike new oil export deal. [..]

 

Turkey

US denies it will extradite Fethullah Gulen to reduce heat on Saudis​​ [..]

 

Syria

Putin, Erdogan set meeting to discuss Syria constitution committee. [..]

UNICEF says 870 children have died in eastern Syria this year. [..]

Syrian Army, jihadists killing each other in “demilitarized” Latakia. [..]

SOHR highlights plight of 584 women,​​ 1,248​​ children in SDF-run IDP camps. [..]

Daesh formalizes its human shields strategy in Albu Kamal.​​ [..]

Syrian Army struggling to close Daesh out in Suwayda desert. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Saudi Arabia: ​​​​ CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi assassination.​​ [..]

Yemen: ​​​​ World Food Program warns of impending famine in Yemen due to war.​​ [..]

Egypt:​​ Egyptian observatory says Daesh showing signs of being bankrupt. [..]

Nigeria:​​ Nigerian Air Force battles Daesh in northeast Nigeria. [..]

Chad:​​ US providing boats, military vehicles to Chad to fight Boko Haram.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Council of Representatives

The​​ Legal​​ Committee of the CoR proposed a draft law​​ on Friday that would strip state officials of “privileges that they have gained over the past years” to​​ cut costs.” The legal committee said in a statement that the proposed law would comprise 3 parts. First, it bans officials (including CoR​​ members) from having government cars and other financial privileges. Secondly, it would​​ take back​​ all government cars and auction them.​​ Zaman Al-Wasl​​ notes that the proposal came​​ after​​ a threat from​​ Moqtada​​ Al-Sadr on​​ Twitter on Thursday, wherein he threatened to strip officials of their support if they continued to vote for their own personal interests and privileges.​​ [Zamanalwasl]

 

Corruption

Demonstrators in Baghdad demanded​​ the dismissal of the governor of the Iraqi Central Bank from his position. The CoR​​ is expected to investigate how 7 billion​​ Iraqi dinars​​ stored in public bank coffers​​ were lost. The governor says that the dinars were destroyed in a flood in 2013. [Basnews]​​ [National]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Baghdad and Erbil have struck a new deal to export between 50,000 and 100,000 barrels of oil daily from Kirkuk, after oil​​ cooperation​​ stopped between the 2 entities about a year ago.​​ Basnews​​ reports that the White​​ House welcomed​​ this​​ new development. [Basnews] [Aljazeera]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Former Interior Minister​​ of Iraq​​ and Badr Organization commander,​​ Baqir Jaber Al-Zubeidi​​ says​​ that interrogations of Saudi terrorists conducted by the ministry​​ under his command in 2005-2006​​ revealed that the Saudi government was allowing terrorists to enter neighboring​​ states​​ from which​​ they would enter Iraq without Saudi official knowledge.​​ Regarding the Khashoggi assassination, Al-Zubeidi said that Saudi officials were attempting to spare some involved officials from blame, such as​​ Khalid Bin Ali Al-Humaidan, the Director of Saudi’s General Intelligence Directorate.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

On Friday, a senior​​ foreign policy​​ representative for the European Union told Abd Ul-Mahdi over the phone that the EU approves of the​​ new​​ Iraqi government. He stated that the EU would support Iraq politically, financially, and in security issues. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Baghdad emergency police said it found an ammunition cache buried underground in Ameriya containing TNT, IEDs, other explosives, and detonators. The cache was reported by civilians in the area. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A security source in Anbar says a bomb attached to a car exploded​​ on Street 17 in Ramadi city, causing damage. [Sumaria]

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ PMF commander of the west Anbar sector says PMF units are ready for any emergencies on the​​ Iraqi-Syrian borders. He says that the​​ top PMF leaders​​ in west Anbar​​ have​​ discussed​​ the​​ security and logistical situation in​​ Al-Qa’im and broader areas. [Rudaw]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh said on Friday it wounded five tribal PMF members and damaged 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs in the Tilul Al-Baj area. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

Daesh issued photos of targeting a tribal PMF position in the Tilul Al-Baj area with 2 Katyusha rockets. [ICDNNov16]​​ Daesh had reported the attack on Wednesday.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that PMF units captured a Daesh member near the Makhoul Mountains.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded two tribal PMF members, including a commander, and destroyed a vehicle with an IED in the Albu Juwari area. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the​​ Siniya​​ area, northwest Baiji, on Thursday. [ICDNNov16]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it shot and wounded an Iraqi​​ soldier​​ in the Al-Qatoun area, west of Baquba, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said its snipers killed a policeman in Abu Qarma village, in the Al-Waqf area northeast of Baquba, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said it targeted the Shia area of Abu Saida with a Katyusha rocket on Thursday. [ICDNNov16]

 

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

Daesh said it targeted​​ a​​ tribal PMF gathering in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, with 5 mortar shells, on Thursday. [ICDNNov16]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In​​ such reports, when Daesh says “gatherings” it basically means civilian locations.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The IFP says its 6th​​ division and affiliated units destroyed 4 Daesh depots and 4 tunnels in an operation that covered 6 villages. General Raed Shakir Jawdat, an IFP commander, says 8 IEDs and other explosives were also destroyed.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh said it killed one IFP member and wounded two others in an attack with machine guns on their military position near Al-Kifah village, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near Al-A’waj village, west of Riyadh. [ICDNNov16]

 

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded tribal PMF​​ members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Hay​​ Ash​​ village,​​ south of​​ Hawija​​ city. [ICDNNov16]

 

NINEWA

No reports

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Imam Ali Regiments, a PMF faction, arranged a protest in Abbasiya in Basra,​​ demonstrating against the US decision to place their commander Shibil Al-Zaidi on​​ a​​ list​​ of supporters of terrorism. The protesters said​​ that they’d take action against any US decision against them. They burned American and Israeli flags.​​ [Marbid]

 

On Friday evening,​​ demonstrators in Basra blocked roads​​ with burning tires​​ to​​ protest​​ delays​​ in meeting their demands. Locals said that there were “many” youth taking part in the demonstration and that they demanded basic services, employment, and accountability for corrupt officials.​​ [Basnews]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS​​ 

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The State Department has denied a report claiming the Trump administration was mulling how to extradite Gulen. The move was reportedly designed to ease pressure on ally Saudi Arabia after a journalist was murdered.

The US is studying the motivations of a Turkish request to extradite preacher Fethullah Gulen, the US state department said Thursday.

NBC News earlier reported that the White House was attempting to send Gulen, despite reportedly holding permanent residency, to​​ placate President Erdogan at a time when he is agitated by the standoff with Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told AFP news agency it rejected that report. “We have received multiple requests from the Turkish government… related to Mr. Gulen,” Nauert said. “We continue to evaluate the material that the Turkish government presents requesting his extradition.”

She said there was no relation between those extradition requests and the Turkish backlash to continued American support of Saudi Arabia.​​ She said that the White House “has not been involved in any discussions related to the extradition of Fetullah Gulen.“​​ [DW]

Turkey has reacted angrily to suggestions that it might tone down its attack on Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi if the US agrees to extradite​​ Fethullah Gulen.

Officials said on Friday that there was “no connection” between the investigation into Khashoggi’s murder and the fate of Fethullah Gulen, a former ally whom Mr. Erdogan now regards as his number one enemy. Mr.​​ Gulen lives in exile in Pennsylvania. [TheTimes]​​ 

 

 

Also see story below under Saudi Arabia

 

Anadolu​​ claims that​​ Reuters​​ and the​​ New York Times​​ reported that the US announced that it would consider replacing the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman with another “less reckless dangerous”​​ leader. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We can’t confirm this report from government-affiliated Anadolu.

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish army says it killed 68 PKK and Daesh fighters during the period from 9-15 of November. It says total terrorists killed in the “Olive​​ Branch” operation led by Turkey last January is 4585. [Anadolu]

 

On Friday, Turkey launched a new attack against the YPG in north Syria. [Eldorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Turkish President​​ Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will discuss​​ Syria’s constitutional committee next Monday.​​ The two presidents are meeting on the occasion of finalizing the marine part of​​ the​​ Russian gas pipeline through Turkey.​​ Previous meetings to discuss forming the constitutional committee have failed, including one such meeting on Thursday. In a meeting at the end of January, the sides have agreed that the committee should be comprised of 3 parts: the Syrian regime, opposition, and guarantor states.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ OK, show of hands here. Raise your hand if you think democracy in Syria will result from the fraternal cooperation of the presidents of Russia and Turkey.

 

United Nations

On Friday UNICEF said in a statement that from January to September 2018, 870 Syrian children have been killed in eastern​​ Syria. It said that this was the “highest number ever” for this time period​​ ​​ since the crisis began in 2011. [Rudaw]

 

The UN says that “bad things” are expected in Syria unless progress is made in negotiations with armed opposition factions. It says it is optimistic though cautious about Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Foreign policy

United States

US says it will vote against any resolution in the UN General Assembly stipulating ​​ sovereignty of Syria over the occupied Golan Heights, stating that resolution is biased against Israel. [Eldorar]

 

Northwest

No reports

 

Northeast​​ 

No reports

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The Syrian regime requested that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) send Iranian peacekeepers to Idlib. The IRGC said that its peacekeepers are on the way, and​​ also said​​ that it does not currently have armed fighters in Syria. [Qasioun]

 

Latakia

SOHR​​ reported​​ that​​ intense fighting between the Syrian​​ Army and the opposition factions in demilitarized areas including Latakia have produced casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR]

SOHR​​ reported on Friday that in Latakia, jihadists killed 9 Syrian soldiers and the Syrian Army killed 5 fighters belonging to​​  the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Guardians of Religion (aka Harras Al-Din). [SyriaHR]

 

Hama

The Syrian Army blocked an attempt by Jaish Al-Izza to approach demilitarized areas north of Hama. Government media reports that Jaish Al-Izza​​ said that the Syrian Army used light guns and mortars​​ to stave them off. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

SOHR​​ says hundreds of women and children, as well as Daesh escapees, are homeless and are staying in SDF run camps in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ SOHR​​ sources say 1,248 children and 584 women from various nationalities are kept in these camps under heavy SDF surveillance. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh issued more restrictive orders in areas under its control in east Deir Ez-Zor province. The orders included:​​ 

  • No one can leave these areas. Anyone who gets caught leaving will​​ be killed. And if someone manages to escape, their house will​​ be blown up.​​ 

  • Anyone who has​​ escaped will be targeted in​​ future​​ Daesh attacks on areas under SDF or government control.​​ 

  • Every person should become a Daesh member, otherwise they​​ could be imprisoned and whiplashed. ​​ 

  • Anyone who communicates with the government, the Coalition, or the SDF will​​ be killed immediately and their bodies will​​ be thrown in front of their houses or in the river and no one​​ will be allowed to​​ bury them.

  • ​​ People, especially farmers and cattle owners,​​ must​​ pay more “taxes” to Daesh.​​ 

  • Mobile phones are strictly prohibited. No one​​ may​​ contact anyone outside Daesh controlled areas. Any violation will be punished with death.​​ 

  • No one has the right to buy or sell any furniture.​​ 

  • All tribal and community leaders​​ must​​ renew their pledge of allegiance to Daesh.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This document is highly revealing. It is essentially the Daesh​​ human​​ shields​​ ​​ strategy for situations in which Daesh is surrounded and facing defeat. It is a replay of the west Mosul strategy, which dragged the Mosul liberation campaign out for months​​ despite Daesh’s massive manpower disadvantage​​ and left parts of the city devastated.​​ Daesh​​ intimidates​​ people into staying in their homes or wherever Daesh says, and they do shoot civilians who try to flee, including women and children. Daesh turns these residential neighborhoods into military positions. This forces the Coalition to avoid bombing Daesh, so as to avoid civilian casualties (a military advantage for Daesh) or ensures heavy civilian casualties when they bomb anyway. (a propaganda advantage for Daesh). Either way, Daesh wins. This​​ in turn​​ forces the SDF and US artillery units into relying on ground offensives that​​ could increase their own casualties.​​ In Mosul, we had elite Counter Terrorism Service troops to lead the​​ house-to-house​​ battle where this hostage strategy was​​ employed. The US is now relying on a militia organization to play the same role​​ in Albu Kamal.​​ We wish the Pentagon would break its silence on developments in Albu Kamal and articulate a strategy for how Daesh will finally be closed out.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Daesh killed two young men after accusing them of providing information to the Coalition. The source said Daesh claimed it had found photos of Daesh positions in the mobile phone of one of the victims.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Thursday it targeted Syrian Army positions in Al-Ramadi and Al-Khairat villages, near Albu Kamal, with more than 45 mortar shells. [ICDNNov15]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

The “popular resistance” attacked the Syrian Army in Daraa with a hand grenade on Thursday in Jasim city in Izra District. The​​ militia​​ claims to have killed 1 Syrian Army soldier in Hama. [Eldorar]

 

Suwayda

SOHR reported on Friday that Daesh and the Syrian Army fought in east Suwayda, mostly in Tilul Al-Safa, where the Syrian Army shelled Daesh positions with rocket and artillery fire.​​ Local media sources say Daesh killed over 30 Syrian soldiers​​ in​​ the​​ Suwayda desert, including 2 officers. [EnabBaladi]​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces sent hundreds of soldiers and 25 tanks in addition to Iraqi militiamen to the Al-Safa Hills area.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This and countless other stories lately from the Al-Safa Hills remind us that the Syrian Army can’t seem to close Daesh out either.

 

Qasioun​​ reported on Friday that within the past few days the​​ militias​​ that​​ reconciled​​ with the Syrian government,​​ also known​​ as “settlement factions,” have​​ suffered heavy losses due to​​ Daesh​​ mortars and sniper​​ fire in​​ Tilul​​ Al-Safa, eastern​​ Suwayda. ​​ 7 were killed and 27 were wounded. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

The Washington Post reported Friday that the CIA has concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [Yahoo]

 

The World Food Program announced on Friday that​​ if the conditions of Yemen continue to deteriorate at their current rates, then​​ about 18 million people will face​​ famine​​ over the next 6 months. [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egypt-based Observatory of Takfiri Fatwas and Extremist Ideas announced that Daesh media​​ is​​ exhibiting​​ signs of bankruptcy. [AhlMisr]

 

Libya/Tunisia

A civilian was killed on Thursday night by an unknown gunman in Ajdabiya in Libya. [Wasat]

 

A Tunisian counter terrorism agency announced on Friday that 23 people convicted of terrorism would have their assets frozen. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

 

Also see stories above under Turkey and Saudi Arabia

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

Nigerian Air Force ​​​​ spokesman Ibikunle Daramol said that several Boko Haram operatives were decimated Thursday as Air Force fighter jets struck the terrorist group’s locations on the fringes of Lake Chad and Sambisa Forest in Borno State,​​ in a renewed operation tagged “Green Sweep,” targeting terrorists in the Northeast. The bombers strafed the terrorists around Lake Chad as well as areas around the Alagarno Forest near Sambisa. [AllAfrica]​​ 

 

A Nigerian military officer in Maiduguri told AFP on Thursday “We lost three soldiers in the fight and several others are still missing.” The attack on Kareto, a base some 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of the Borno state capital Maiduguri, started late Wednesday. At the same time, Boko Haram fighters attacked Mammanti village, just outside Maiduguri, killing one person and burning the entire village. They then stole hundreds of cattle, the local chief of the village and residents said. [Vanguard]​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Nigerian soldiers and destroyed a tank and a vehicle in an attack in Kareto town, near Lake Chad, on Thursday. [A3maq]

In another version, Daesh said it killed three Nigerian soldiers and wounded several others after attacking a Nigerian Army position in Kareto with machine guns, on Thursday. It said its terrorists set on fire 2 tanks and an SUV and captured weapons and ammunition before “returning safely.” [ICDNNov16] ​​ 

 

Chad

The United States on Friday donated military vehicles and boats worth $1.3 million to Chad as part of a campaign against terrorists in the country. Chad is one of several West African states engaged in Western-backed operations against Boko Haram and Daesh in a region where militants have gained a foothold. Richard K. Bell, US​​ Embassy charge d’affaires, said that the US donated six boats and six trucks to Chad’s military brigade operating in the Lake Chad basin. A group of 13 Chadian soldiers are in training in the United States, Bell said at a ceremony in the Chadian capital N’Djamena. “The threat from Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa is centered mostly in the waters and rivers of the Chad​​ Basin and the northeast of Nigeria,”​​ said​​ Samantha Reho, a​​ spokeswoman for AFRICOM, the US military’s command in Africa. The most recent attack by Boko Haram in Chad was last month,​​ when eight soldiers were killed. [Vanguard]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Senior Afghani intelligence officials warn that​​ the​​ Fatemiyoun​​​​ militia​​ may return from Syria to Afghanistan. [Eldorar]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Afghan Special Forces members with an IED in the “Bandar” area, in Achin district in Nangarhar,​​ on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov16]