An Update On ISIS Activities

November 26, 2018



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Floods in Shirqat (DD Nov 23)






Major floods devastate Ninewa, Shirqat, create humanitarian crisis.​​ [..]

UN reports says 37% of Iraqi women “accept” domestic violence. [..]

Daesh-aided flood kills​​ at least 5​​ in Shirqat, sends 8,000 fleeing. [..]

16​​ Turkmen PMFs killed in​​ Daesh attack in​​ Tooz that also kills 6 Daesh.​​ [..]

Clueless court in Kirkuk arrests 6​​ anti-Daesh activists. [..]

Combined police/security detail arrests 17 Daesh members in Mosul. [..]

Daesh assassinates another mukhtar, in Ayadhiya, Tal Afar. [..]

Hatra mukhtar severely wounded by IED in Qayara. [..]

6 PMFs killed south of Hatra. [..]

Daesh unit in Tal Afar attacking area outside Tal Afar city. [..]



SDF, Coalition capture major Daesh leader in Mayadin; arrest other Daesh leaders.​​ [..]

Suspicious poison gas attack​​ sickens over 100 people​​ in Aleppo. [..]

Radio journalist assassinated in Idlib. [..]

Major​​ bad-weather battle kills 92 SDF, 61 Daesh fighters, 51 civilians in Albu Kamal.​​ [..]

Daesh raid on Al-Bahra kills at least 18, kidnaps many more. [..]


Other​​ countries

Iran:​​ Earthquake hits Kermanshah area in NW Iran, near Iraq.​​ [..]

Yemen: ​​​​ Yemen National Army kills 26 Houthis, wounds 30 in SW Yemen. [..]

Libya: ​​​​ Daesh attack in SE Libya kills at least 8, leaves many kidnapped, wounded. [..]

Somalia: ​​​​ Car bomb attack on Sufi center kills director, 14 others. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ US Army sergeant killed in SW Afghanistan.​​ [..]

Pakistan: ​​​​ Daesh suicide bomber kills 33 in NW Pakistan Shia tribal area.​​ [..]





The UN reported on the immense impacts of floods in Iraq on the 22nd​​ and 23rd​​ of November that caused huge losses. It says that 15,000 people in Ninewa and 10,000 in Salahuddin need instant support. Roads and bridges were reported to have been destroyed by the floods, which were​​ caused by heavy rains. All temporary bridges in Mosul were destroyed. [Rudaw]


On Monday, Aoun Dhiab, Advisor to the Ministry of Water Resources, discussed the relationship of Daesh to the recent floods in Shirqat, saying that the floodwater had been discharged towards Al-Jirnaf​​ Valley and sent to dams.​​ However,​​ Dhiab says​​ Daesh had opened all the “vaults” in the valleys near Shirqat, which reduced the ability of the valleys nearby to absorb water. [IKH]​​ 


The UN reported that women of different backgrounds are suffering​​ in​​ Iraq,​​ and estimated​​ that 37% of Iraqi women between 15-49 years old believe domestic violence against them is acceptable. The UN says 63% of domestic violence incidents were committed by a family member. It says that eliminating such violence in Iraq is a standard long-term commitment of the UN. [BasNews]


New​​ government

Leaks from Nouri Al-Maliki’s office on Thursday indicated that Al-Maliki and Barzani were now in a political bloc along with Hadi Al-Amiri,​​ Khamis Al-Khanjar, and Faleh Al-Fayyad. Barzani and Al-Maliki were reported to have met in Baghdad on Thursday. [SotAlIraq] [SotAlIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We suspect there is less to this than it seems, but time will sort out the details. At least we now know why Barzani suddenly showed up in Baghdad last week, a city he rarely visits.


Early Friday morning, Khamis Al-Khanjar published a statement demanding that Al-Sadr produce hard evidence of the buying and selling of Iraq state positions. Al-Sadr had previously accused Sunni politicians of being implicated in such sales. [IraqAkhbar]


The Sadiqoun bloc, the political arm of AHH, says the remaining cabinet ministries will be settled as one package on Tuesday. It also says that the Prime Minister should discuss his options with the political blocs before nomination. It says Sadiqoun will vote for all the Prime Minister’s choices. [BasNews]


MP​​ Hazim​​ Al-Khalidi called on PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi to withdraw the nominations of the Ministers of Youth, Sports and Communications, presenting documents with the signatures of MPs who gave votes of no confidence in the nominated Ministers. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Whatever happened to the promises to create a technocratic cabinet that would be above the usual corrupt wheeling and dealing for the ministries and their spoils?​​ Whatever happened to Moqtada’s promised anti-corruption government?​​ What happened to “no more business as usual?”


Council of Representatives

Some members of the PMF​​ organizations​​ who moved up to the CoR were reported to be “continuing to take advantage” of the PMF by exploiting the emotions of the poor to increase their own political gains, such as demanding higher salaries. [BasNews]


Hassan Al-Kaabi, the First Vice CoR Speaker, says that the search for missing persons is a humanitarian effort rather than an administrative action. He was talking to an international delegation including Thomas Joel Miller, the head of the International Commission on Missing Persons, and Katherine Sisky of the ICRC. [Rudaw]



As reported by​​ Sumaria,​​ a “Gulf newspaper,” the Iraqi government​​ has​​ not​​ yet​​ received​​ any of the moneys committed by donors for reconstruction. The paper says donors are worried that funds might just go into the pockets of corrupt officials. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Not surprisingly, countries waited for the government formation circus to conclude before wiring the money. The government formation process is still incomplete, and various politicians are still playing political games with it as noted above, so there may be a further delay.



A report published on Thursday claimed that militias “linked to Shia parties” were selling property to civilians in Mosul. This property was reportedly seized from Christians who fled the area. [SotAlIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we reported last week, Archbishop Shlemon Warduni of the Chaldean Catholic Church claimed that there had been about 350 fraudulent sales of Christian property.


Iraq-KRG Issues

On Thursday, Masoud Barzani said that he had a high degree of trust in the Iraqi government, and that he would support PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi. This came as Barzani visited Baghdad and met with Abd Ul-Mahdi.​​ For his part, Abd Ul-Mahdi thanked Barzani for his visit and praised his governance.​​ [AlMasr] [RussiaToday]​​ [SotAlIraq] [SotAlIraq] [SotAlIraq]


On Friday, Barzani also met with Al-Sadr. Official statements from both offices were all diplomatic platitudes dealing with the “political process” in Iraq, without anything substantive reported. [SotAlIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In other words, a typical Barzani press release.


On​​ Saturday,​​ however,​​ Al-Sadr​​ questioned​​ why​​ the​​ red carpet” was being rolled out​​ for Barzani,​​ when​​ previously​​ he supported​​ a​​ project to split up Iraq. [Kitabat]​​ 


Anti-Daesh campaign

The High Judicial Council says that the Ninewa Court of Investigations ratified the confessions of a Daesh executioner who worked in Mosul. He was responsible for beheading Daesh’s​​ prisoners in​​ public. ​​ He confessed to carrying out executions and supporting Daesh practices. [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 


Foreign policy

MP Bader Al-Ziadi of Sa’irun said on Thursday that Qatar, the UAE, and Turkey were trying to influence the nomination of the Iraqi Minister of Defense. [Buratha] [UAE71]


On Saturday,​​ Arabi21​​ reported that the US-funded Arabic-language channel​​ Al-Hurra​​ fired dozens of its​​ staffers in​​ Iraq, while its UAE office has recently been expanded and hired approximately 100 new​​ staffers, moves that were criticized as putting​​ Al-Hurra​​ “under the control of the UAE.” The Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedoms expressed “deep concern” about the fate of the journalists who work for the Baghdad office of​​ Al-Hurra. [Arabi21]


On Saturday, PM Abd Ul-Mahdi said that oil exports from Kirkuk to the Turkish port of Ceyhan had begun. [BasNews]


Masoud Barzani met with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince to discuss mutual relations and political developments in Iraq. Barzani started a visit to the UAE on Sunday. [Rudaw]



Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

On Monday, Federal Police arrested a man who threw 4 grenades in the​​ Batawiyeen neighborhood, central Baghdad. Federal Police Command said that the man threw grenades at a car garage following a dispute with the garage owner. [Baghdadia]​​ 


North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh said it captured, then killed, a National Security Service “spy” in the Sheikh Hamad area, in Tarmiya, on Thursday. [ICDNNov24]




A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 4 PMF members, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh ambush on the road between Haditha and Baiji.



Qatari Al-Obeidi, a PMF leader, said on Monday that 13 Daesh fighters had been killed​​ by​​ an airstrike in the Al-Ja’ara area of the Rutba desert. [FaceIraq]​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 4 Iraqi Army members, including a captain, were killed when a roadside IED destroyed their pickup vehicle in the Rutba area.​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded nine Iraqi Army members, including one officer, and destroyed two vehicles with two IEDs in the Kilo 90 area​​ in​​ Rutba,​​ on Wednesday. [ICDNNov22] [A3maq]​​ 



The Coalition said on Monday that Iraqi security personnel under Salahuddin Ops Command had killed the Daesh senior leader known as “Katkut” in an operation in Salahuddin Province on November 21. The Coalition press release noted that “Katkut” had previously operated out of Al-Hadar (aka Hatra), leading a Daesh mortar detachment, and had been responsible for the deaths of Iraqi civilians and security personnel. [InherentResolve]



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that at least 5 people were killed and dozens of houses destroyed in Shirqat District after the area was flooded due to heavy rains. The source said 8,000 people fled their houses for Tikrit or to southern Ninewa.​​ 

Later on, the source said that Civil Defense units found the bodies of 4 children who were killed by the flood. The source said that 30 people are still missing.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units killed 4 Daesh terrorists near Tilul Al-Baj. The source said the terrorists were launching mortars on Shirqat city when the PMFs attacked them.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 3​​ soldiers​​ under Salahuddin Ops Command were killed in a Daesh rocket attack near the Hawi Kan’ous area.​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded ten “SWAT” and tribal PMF members with machine guns in Kan’ous village, on Wednesday. [ICDNNov22]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that local police units killed 2 Daesh terrorists near Shabali village. The source said 1 policeman was killed in the fighting.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on their military positions in the Makhoul area, killing 2 terrorists and destroying a vehicle.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 2 PMFs were killed and 2 others wounded in a Daesh attack in the Makhoul area.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 2 PMF members were killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on them on the road between Tilul Al-Baj and Shirqat. The source said the IED was planted inside the carcass of a dead dog.​​ 



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that IFP units killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including a Syrian commander, on the Salahuddin side of the Himrin Mountains area.​​ 


Eastern Salahuddin (​​ Tooz)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 11 Turkmen PMF members were killed and 5 others captured, and later killed, in a Daesh attack near Bir Ahmed village, near Amerli. The source said 6 Daesh terrorists were also killed in the attack.​​ 



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed two Iraqi Army​​ soldiers​​ and wounded two others in Mullah Eid village, in Buhriz. [A3maq]​​ 


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

Daesh said it wounded two Iraqi Army members with an IED in Al-Duwalib village, in​​ the​​ Dalli Abbas​​ area, Al-Khalis, on Tuesday. [A3maq]​​ 


Daesh said it wounded two IFP members with an IED in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla, on Thursday. [ICDNNov23]




In an outrageous legal incident, a​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that arrest warrants were issued by the Counterterrorism Court in Kirkuk against 6 people from Hatra. The source said the individuals are anti-Daesh activists who helped security forces arrest dozens of Daesh members. The source said the arrest warrants were issued based on testimonies from families of Daesh members.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is one tactic to intimidate people who are moving against Daesh. These people are from Hatra, and there is little chance that a court in Kirkuk would know anything about them, except through​​ helpful​​ “witnesses” who​​ just happened to have​​ fled Hatra to Kirkuk because of their links to Daesh.  ​​ ​​​​ 


Ministry of the Interior spokesman Sa’ad Ma’an says that a​​ Daesh member who had worked for Daesh as a photographer was arrested by counter-terrorism units at the Altun Kupri checkpoint in Kirkuk, by Dibis border. [Buratha]​​ [Rudaw]​​ [Ghad]​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh captured and killed 3 PMF members at a fake checkpoint near Tal Al-Ward village (aka Tal Alwad).


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that IFP units killed 2 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a tunnel near an oilfield in the Dibis area. The source said the IFP confiscated motorcycles, weapons, and military uniforms​​ from the tunnel.


Daesh said it shot and killed IFP members on the road between Kirkuk and Mosul, on Friday. [ICDNNov24]


Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The IFP says that its 6th​​ Division started a search operation in 4 villages in Hawija, destroying 5 Daesh safehouses and 3 tunnels, in addition to 5 IEDs, in Hawija. The units also stopped a Daesh attempt to approach the area using mortars. [Forat]​​ [Ghad]​​ 


Daesh said it killed two IFP members with machine guns near Al-Zira’a village, in Riyadh subdistrict, on Friday. [ICDNNov25]​​ 


Southwest (Daquq,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that an MoI 1st​​ lieutenant was killed when his vehicle was destroyed by an IED on the road between Daquq and Kirkuk.


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units killed 3 Daesh terrorists in an ambush in the Rashad desert.​​ 


The Kirkuk Directorate of Intelligence says 3 Daesh safehouses in Rashad subdistrict were targeted and destroyed. Several IEDs and explosives equipment were also found. [Sumaria]​​ [AIN]



Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi, Chief of Staff for the Army, says the security situation in Ninewa is stable and is under control. He says that military units in Ninewa are performing their duties efficiently. He adds that “simple” security violations are being addressed, and there is no military threat to the province. [Sumaria]


Daesh said it wounded one Iraqi Army member in an attack on a checkpoint with a hand grenade and machine guns in an unspecified location in Ninewa, on Thursday. [ICDNNov23]​​ 


Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Ninewa Police and National Security Service units searched several areas in west Mosul and captured 17 persons on terrorism charges. The source said one of the captured was a notorious Daesh local leader.​​ 


The Center for Security Information says that security personnel found 21 explosives​​ belts and quantities​​ of other weapons and ammunition in Mosul’s​​ Old​​ City. [IraqPress]​​ [Ghad]​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that Daesh is still distributing money to the families of its members in Mosul,​​ using a network of women to distribute the money.

See related story just below, under Mosul District


Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 2 children were killed and 5 others wounded when a roadside IED exploded on a pickup carrying them to their elementary school in Shura. The source said that after that attack, the local police informed Daesh families to leave for displacement camps within 24 hours.​​ 

Daesh’s version said it killed four PMF members on Thursday, wounded eight others, and destroyed a vehicle with an IED in Zalhafa village, in Shura. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we see by comparing the stories, these “PMF members” Daesh targeted and killed were elementary school children.​​ 



The Directorate of Military Intelligence says that it arrested a female Daesh operative nicknamed “Um Al-Dawaesh” in the Jada’a IDP camp in Qayara. She was active in delivering food to Daesh members in their hideouts and was wanted by the judiciary. [Sumaria]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the​​ mukhtar​​ of Za’izi’a village, in Hatra, was severely wounded when an IED exploded on his vehicle on the road between Aslubi village and Qayara. The source, establishing a possible motive, said the​​ mukhtar​​ had informed the families of Daesh terrorists to leave​​ Za’izi’a​​ within one week.


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that three children were killed when a Daesh leftover IED exploded in Al-Marir village, in Qayara subdistrict. The source said​​ a​​ child had been killed a week earlier when another IED exploded in an orchard in the village.​​ 


The Center for Security Information says that units from the 20th​​ Army Division arrested a Daesh logistical support official in Qayara. [Forat]​​ [Sumaria]


Daesh said on Thursday it killed tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Najma oilfield, north of Qayara​​ city. [ICDNNov22]

Daesh said on Thursday it set the oilfield on fire with an IED. [ICDNNov22]


Daesh said it killed tribal PMF members and destroyed their SUV with another​​ IED near Najma oilfield, on Saturday. [ICDNNov25]


West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

Daesh said it killed or wounded Iraqi Army members and destroyed their SUV with an IED near Bawabat Al-Sham, in Hamidat subdistrict,​​ 3 miles southeast of Badoush, on Friday. [ICDNNov25]​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that two PMF members were killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on them near Al-Hashash village in the Tal Abta area.​​ 


Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A security source said on Monday that a​​ mukhtar​​ was assassinated and his wife was injured in a Daesh attack in the Ayadhiya subdistrict of Tal Afar. [Ayn]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that there are still dozens of Daesh terrorists hiding in the Abu Mariya Hills area northeast of Tal Afar City.​​ The source said the terrorists are organizing attacks on nearby villages and assassinations of​​ mukhtars​​ and tribal PMF members. ​​ 


Southern Ninewa


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that​​ 6​​ PMF members, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh attack near Al-Barit village, south of Hatra.



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 1 PMF member was killed when a roadside IED destroyed his vehicle near Tal Safouk.





See Masoud Barzani stories under National News above.



The Turkish Army says its planes attacked PKK positions in Haftanin and Metina, killing 6 fighters and destroying several positions. [SotIraq]





Political developments

The Israeli newspaper​​ Jerusalem Post​​ ran a report​​ claiming​​ that Assad had given Syrian citizenship to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and to Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. The newspaper​​ said​​ that by doing this, the Syrian government sought to conceal the presence of Iranian and Hezbollah fighters in Syria, as well as effect long-term demographic change. [ElDorar] [JPost]


United Nations

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday that 3,381 children had been killed in Syria in the past 5 years, and 3,348 others maimed in the same period of time. Guterres said that the Syrian government, as well as militia groups, exhibited blatant disregard for children’s lives and basic rights. [Anadolu]


Foreign policy


The SOHR wrote that a group of​​ jihadi​​ fighters of French origin had handed over a child that they had kept hostage, who was the daughter of a former French​​ jihadi, in exchange for a ransom of tens of thousands of Euros. [SyriaHR]


Middle East

An “informed source” claimed on Monday that Arab Gulf military forces were participating in the battles against Daesh alongside the SDF. The source claimed that Gulf countries were fielding “heavy machinery” in the battles against Daesh east of the Euphrates. The source also claimed that there was a plan to transition the SDF into border guards, and that Saudi Arabia and the UAE would pay for training and arming these forces, but that pressure from Turkey had put off this plan. [BasNews]


The SOHR wrote that a Gulf delegation visited the city of Kobane to meet with SDF leaders and discuss the military and administrative future of the region. [SyriaHR]


Anti-Daesh campaign

The SDF and the Coalition announced a “major operation,” resulting in the arrest of the Daesh second-in-command Osama Uwaid Abu Ziad, who was hiding in Al-Tayyana, Mayadin​​ District. [Sumaria]


A “senior military source” in Iraq said that a cell of Daesh​​ emirs​​ had been arrested in Syria. The source said that the detainees included​​ emirs​​ in charge of cities in Albu Kamal and Deir Ez-Zor. The detainees reportedly said that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi had fled Mosul after its liberation, fleeing to the border near Al-Qa’im, and then fleeing again to the Hajin area. [Ghad]​​ 



Manbij /Al-Bab/Jarabulus

Daesh said on Sunday it killed three SDF members, including a commander, and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Sarb neighborhood, north Manbij. [A3maq]




Daesh said it killed two SDF members and destroyed a truck carrying ammunition with an IED in Harir Hatim village, south of Shaddadi city, on Wednesday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov22]



Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Friday it killed or wounded four SDF members in an attack on a security barrier in Tishrin Farm, north of Raqqa. [A3maq]


Daesh said on Sunday it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun on Al-Qitar (Train)​​ Street, in Raqqa city. [ICDNNov25]


Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded three SDF members in an attack with a hand grenade on Tal Abyad​​ Street, in Raqqa city. [ICDNNov25]


Daesh said on Monday it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun in Mishrafa​​ village, near Jazrat Abu Hamid, in the Raqqa city area. [ICDNNov26]​​ 


West Raqqa​​ (Tabaqa, etc.)

Daesh said on Saturday it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun near Al-Sulaimani Bridge, west of Tabaqa. [ICDNNov24]


Central and West​​ 


Over 100 people were wounded in a suspected poison gas attack in Aleppo on Saturday. The head of the Aleppo Doctors Syndicate said that chlorine gas was suspected to have been used, based on patients’ symptoms. Syrian state media outlet​​ SANA​​ said that the attack took place in the Al-Khalidiya​​ neighborhood.

Both the Syrian government and the Russian Defense Ministry blamed the attack on insurgent militias.​​ Abdel-Salam Abdel-Razak, an official from the Nour​​ Al-Din Al-Zenki militia, said in response that the rebel militias did not have the capacity to use chemical weapons.​​ [Reuters] [AP]


The AP says that the Director of​​ the​​ Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons agreed with the UN to assess the situation in Syria before possibly deploying a fact-finding team.​​ [Hawar]

Ahmed Ramadhan, a member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition,​​ claims​​ that Iran arranged the shelling of Aleppo with chemicals,​​ in coordination with the Russians,​​ to achieve​​ certain goals,​​ including forcing​​ the original residents of​​ Aleppo to leave,​​ and​​ then​​ replacing​​ them with Iranian militia members.​​ [ElDorar]


The SOHR says that a land​​ mine exploded in Aleppo, near the Aleppo to Al-Bab road, killing 2 children and wounding 5 others. [SyriaHR]



The SOHR said that unidentified armed men shot and killed the activist Raed Al-Fares, along with a friend of his, on Friday in Kafr Nabl, Idlib Province. Al-Fares was known for running the station Radio Fresh and​​ for​​ his criticism of both the Syrian government and​​ jihadi​​ militias. [Reuters]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Tahrir Al-Sham arrested 37 men in Idlib after accusing them of being Daesh members.​​ 


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

There were four incidents in DEZ District, all in the​​ Al-Busayrah subdistrict.

Daesh said it wounded several SDF “intelligence members” and damaged their vehicle with machine guns in the​​ Al-Takihi area, in​​ Al-Busayrah, on Tuesday. [ICDNNov22]​​ 


Daesh said it killed two SDF members, wounded another, and destroyed a truck tanker with an IED in​​ Bariha village, in Busayrah, on Saturday. [ICDNNov25]​​ 


Daesh said it killed two SDF members and wounded another with an IED in an office in Busayrah, on Sunday. [A3maq]


Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun and stole his motorcycle in Al-Shuhail town​​ in Busayrah subdistrict, on Sunday. [ICDNNov26]


Mayadin​​ District


See major Mayadin story above under National News


Albu Kamal​​ District

Taking advantage of poor weather, Daesh launched an offensive against the SDF on Friday through Saturday. The SOHR said that 92 SDF fighters and 61 Daesh fighters were killed in the fighting, which it said included “three separate assaults” on Saturday. The SOHR also said that 51 civilians were killed, among whom were 19 children, believed to be mostly relatives of Daesh fighters.​​ [AFP]​​ [AFP]​​ 

Arabi21​​ added that the​​ SDF is struggling to advance, despite US support, due to the difficult desert terrain, bad weather, and Daesh’s well-planned deployment. [Arabi21]


The Coalition said on Sunday that​​ it​​ had counterattacked and contained the Daesh “breakout.”​​ The Coalition statement confirmed that Daesh had used inclement weather for cover in the fighting, and “navigated among civilian populations.” [InherentResolve]



“Media sources”​​ reported that​​ 3​​ Daesh attacks on SDF positions left 47 SDF fighters killed​​ on Friday and Saturday.​​ The attacks​​ reportedly​​ took place​​ in the villages of Al-Bahra and Gharanij, as well as​​ near​​ Al-Tanak oilfield. [Qasioun]

Daesh​​ claims​​ it killed 61 SDF fighters and​​ captured​​ 30 others on Saturday. They said that 32 were killed between the Hajin and Al-Susah areas, and 10 in Al-Bahra and Gharanij. Daesh also threatened to execute the sons of the Arab tribes of the Jazeera Syria area if they sent them to fight along the SDF. Daesh also claimed that Coalition airstrikes killed 14 civilians in Al-Sha’afa. [ZamanAlWasl]


Daesh said on Saturday it killed 32 SDF members, wounded “tens,” and captured several of them in an attack with light, mid-sized, and heavy weapons. Daesh said the attack started from the Al-Susah area to the Hajin camp for displaced people north of the city. Daesh said the remaining SDF members escaped and it captured their military positions. [ICDNNov24]

Daesh said it continued the attack to Al-Bahra and Gharanij, killing 10 SDF members, wounding and capturing others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [ICDNNov24]

Daesh published photos and a video of the attacks and of capturing and killing SDF members. [ICDNNov24] [ICDNNov24] [ICDNNov24] [ICDNNov24] [ICDNNov24] [A3maq] [A3maq] [A3maq]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that at least 18 civilians, including women and children, were killed when Daesh rocketed Al-Bahra town indiscriminately. The source also said that people of the town helped the SDF when Daesh attacked the town.​​ 

The source said later that Daesh kidnapped at least 12 civilians from the town, most of them from the Shuaitat tribe, in addition to several SDF members. The source said the terrorists also looted shops and stole 4 pickup vehicles from Al-Bahra. The source said that most of Daesh terrorists in Hajin participated in the attack on Al-Bahra. ​​ 


Jaish Al-Thuwar, an Arab opposition militia affiliated with the SDF, joined SDF operations against Daesh in Hajin on Monday. A video was published showing dozens of the militia’s fighters heading to the front. [EnabBaladi]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Daesh broke into an SDF prison near Al-Bahra and freed many of its terrorists. The source said some of the freed terrorists instantly joined Daesh in the fighting.​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that several Daesh terrorists were killed in internal fighting in Hajin. The source said the fight started when an Iraqi commander issued orders to dissolve a military unit of Uzbek fighters and move its members to be under his command.  ​​​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Coalition planes killed 11 Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander, in an airstrike near Kashma village. The source also said that the Coalition destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle, killing 4 more terrorists.


Daesh said on Friday it attacked SDF position northeast of Al-Sha’afa town and Kashma village. [A3maq]

Daesh published a video of an attack on SDF position northeast of Al-Sha’afa town. [A3maq]


Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded SDF members and destroyed their Humvee with a rocket north of Hajin. [ICDNNov22]


Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded SDF members and forced the rest to escape after an attack with light, mid-sized, and heavy weapons north of Hajin. [ICDNNov22]

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNNov22]


Daesh said on Friday it killed at least six SDF members and captured others in an attack near Al-Bahra town. [A3maq]

In what could be a different version of the same story, Daesh said on Friday that it killed six SDF members, wounded “tens,” and captured “large numbers” in an attack on SDF positions north and west of Hajin city. It also said it set on fire several military positions and captured weapons and ammunition. [ICDNNov23]

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23]

Daesh also published photos of SDF members it captured in the attack. [ICDNNov23]

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


Daesh said Coalition planes killed 12 women and children in airstrikes on Hajin on Sunday. [A3maq]


Border towns

Daesh said on Friday it launched a “large scale” attack on SDF positions northeast of Al-Sha’afa town and clashed with SDF units “with all kinds of weapons” forcing SDF members to escape, setting their military positions on fire, and capturing weapons and ammunition. It also said it killed 13 SDF members in an attack on a military position northeast of Al-Kashma village. [A3maq] [ICDNNov23]

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23][ICDNNov23] [ICDNNov23]


Daesh said on Thursday it destroyed 2 Syrian Army military positions near Albu Kamal city with 2 rockets. [ICDNNov22] ​​ 

Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNNov22]


Iraqi, French, and US artillery joined forces to shell Daesh units at the Al-Saham camp near the Iraq-Syria border. The shelling is aimed at preventing Daesh fighters from crossing the border to Iraq. [Qasioun]


Many Daesh fighters, including an Iraqi commander, were killed in the Coalition’s airstrikes on Al-Baghouz. [Qasioun]

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander called Muhannad Saad Mohammed Al-Rawi, in an airstrike near Al-Baghouz.



Daesh said that Coalition planes killed 14 people from the same family in an airstrike on a house in Al-Sha’afa town, on Saturday. [A3maq]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that a senior Daesh Iraqi commander, from Al-Qa’im, died from wounds​​ he sustained in battles in the Albu Kamal area.



(No reports)




Neighboring countries


On Sunday, an earthquake in Kermanshah, northwestern Iran, left 771 persons wounded. The province witnessed161​​ ​​ aftershocks​​ following the original quake. [Anadolu]


On Monday, the US consulate in Erbil expressed its regret over the loss of lives and damage caused by the earthquake that affected areas of Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and Iran. The consulate said that the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance was monitoring the situation. [BasNews]



On Monday, the Yemen National Army claimed​​ to have killed 26 Houthi fighters and wounded 30 others in Dhale within the past 24 hours. [Hawar]


North Africa


Daesh said on Sunday it damaged an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near the Al-Rasm area, in Rafah. [ICDNNov25]


Daesh published on Monday photos of beheading an Egyptian Army “spy” in the Sheikh Zuweid area. [ICDnNov26]


Daesh said on Monday it damaged an Egyptian Army military vehicle with an IED south of Arish. [ICDNNov26]

In another report, Daesh said the vehicle was M113 armored vehicle. [A3maq]



A police station in the southeastern Libyan oasis town of Tazirbu was attacked on Friday. On Saturday, the UN said that at least 8 civilians were killed in the attack, with 9 wounded, 3 abducted and 9 still missing and believed to be kidnapped. The UN mission to Libya condemned the attack, and called for the immediate release of the kidnapped and their safe return to their families. [DailyItem]

Daesh said it killed or wounded 29 police, army, and pro-LNA members, including the police chief, and captured several others, including a lieutenant and a colonel, in an attack on Tazirbu town, on Friday. [ICDNNov24]


A security source in Bani Waleed says that a leading Daesh figure,​​ Adil Al-Saghir Al-Orfali, an escapee from Sirte, was arrested on the airport road near Bani Waleed. ​​ [Wasat]



Algeria held 43 Syrians for entering the country illegally; some of them were wanted by Syrian authorities. Algeria decided to deport them back to their country. They entered Algeria coming from Lebanon, with the goal of reaching Europe. [EnabBaladi]






A car bomb attack in Galkayo, Mudug Province, central Somalia, left 15 civilians killed. The attack was carried out by Al-Shabaab fighters targeting a Sufi center. The leader and founder of the Sufi center was among the victims. [Anadolu]



Boko Haram​​ said it captured two Nigerian soldiers and stole a tank and a personnel carrier in in its Tuesday’s attack on a military position in Metele, in Borno State,​​ near Lake Chad. [ICDNNov21]

Boko Haram​​ had also said it killed five Nigerian Army members in the attack, on Tuesday. [A3maq]


Boko Haram​​ said it shot and wounded Nigerian Army members near Argi town, near Lake Chad, on Saturday. [ICDNNov25]


Daesh issued on Sunday a video showing its terrorists “controlling” Kangroa town, near Lake Chad. [A3maq]




The US military said on Saturday that a US​​ soldier​​ had been killed in Afghanistan, without releasing details. 2 Afghan soldiers died in a separate incident when their helicopter went down. [AP]

On Sunday, the Pentagon identified​​ the killed service member​​ as​​ Army Ranger​​ Sgt. Leandro Jasso, from Leavenworth, Washington. The​​ DoD​​ statement said that he was​​ killed on Saturday in Nimruz Province, southwestern Afghanistan.​​ Sgt. Jasso was on his third deployment to Afghanistan. [ABCNews]


The UK announced a new financial aid package to Afghanistan, valued at PS 25 million ($32 million), and aimed at supporting drought victims. ​​ The aid includes tents, food supplies, and clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of Afghani citizens. [Anadolu]


Daesh said on Monday it targeted the “American Airbase” in Bagram Airport with a BM1 rocket. [ICDNNov26] [A3maq]



On Friday, at least 33 people were killed in a suicide attack on a marketplace in Kalaya, a town in a Shia-dominated area of Orakzai tribal district, northwestern Pakistan. On Saturday, the top official​​ for Orakzai district, Khalid Iqal, told​​ AFP​​ that the death toll was 33, up from 31 on Friday. “Among the dead are three Hindu merchants,” he added. [Rappler]​​ 

Daesh said that one of its suicide terrorists attacked a Shia gathering in Orakzai city with an explosives vest on Friday, killing 57 people and wounding 75. [ICDNNov24]




Daesh published on Thursday a photo of one of its terrorists, claiming he was killed in Bayda, in Yemen. [ICDNNov22]


Daesh published on Monday​​ two​​ photos of​​ two​​ of its terrorists,​​ saying​​ they were killed in Syria. [ICDNNov26] [ICDNNov26]


Daesh published on Friday the 157th​​ issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In an infographic about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, “west Africa,” and “east Asia,”​​ it​​ claimed​​ it conducted 62 attacks, killing or wounding more than 251 people and destroying​​ 31 vehicles. [ICDNNov23]





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November 21, 2018


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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.​​ [..]



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



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.​​ [..]





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]



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]



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]




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.​​ 




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.​​ 


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.​​ 



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]​​ 



No reports




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.​​ 


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.​​ 



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]​​ 




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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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]​​ 





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]





See reports above under Foreign Policy, United States.




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 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​​ 


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]




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]




Neighboring countries


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.






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




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]



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



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)








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. [..]



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.​​ [..]





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]



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.



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




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]​​ 



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]




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



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]​​ 



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]​​ 



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Military & security developments

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





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]



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 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]




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




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​​ 


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]



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]




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.





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]




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



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]




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



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




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)







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.​​ [..]



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.​​ [..]



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. [..]





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]



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]



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