November 11, 2015
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
Among today’s major developments:
First reports surface of fighting within Ramadi city.
Iraq consolidates grip on Albu Hayat in Hit District west of Ramadi.
Al-Abadi reportedly seeking a tripartite political coalition not dependent on Al-Maliki faction.
Ongoing political standoff undermining Yazidi hopes of returning soon to Sinjar.
Local sources reported heavy battles taking place near the maternity hospital in Ramadi city. [Gharbiya] Daesh Daily Comment. This is the only report we saw about clashes inside Ramadi city. We couldn’t confirm this report from any other source.
Heavy battles are unfolding around Ramadi, an Iraqi Army senior officer says. Iraqi regular forces along with tribal and PMF fighters, with support of Iraqi and Coalition airpower, are battling Daesh in multiple locations outside the city, he said. Among the sites targeted for airstrikes, however, was the Daesh hisbah (religious police) center in central Ramadi, an Anbar police source said. [Rudaw]
Iraqi forces are tightening the siege around Ramadi city and removing IEDs on the roads leading to the city while Iraqi and Coalition airpower target Daesh inside the city, according to the Joint Operations Command spokesman. He also Iraqi forces will resume their advance on the city itself after establishing defensive positions in newly captured territory. [AYN]
Hundreds of families are trapped in Ramadi, says a member of Anbar Governorate Council, explaining that Daesh has threatened to execute them if they raise white flags or try to flee the city. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. Some weeks ago Iraqi authorities urged Ramadi residents to raise white flags over their homes and to carry white flags if they moved from the city in order to mark themselves as noncombatants.
Anbar Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh excavator as it was digging trenches in east Hsaiba. [IWMC Report]
Coalition planes destroyed four Daesh targets and three hideouts in Albu Dhiab to the northwest as well as destroying a Daesh trench near the highway west of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]
Anbar Operations Command artillery killed six Daesh members near the Palestine Bridge. [IWMC Report]
Coalition planes targeted a Daesh gathering in Zangoura west of Ramadi, killing an unspecified number of those gathered. [IWMC Report]
Iraqi and Coalition airpower destroyed three vehicle bombs in the Ramadi area, the Anbar Operations Commander said. [Sumaria]
A PMF video shows the capture of a Daesh vehicle bomb loaded with explosives after the almost-suicide bomber escaped after coming under fire, east of Ramadi. [YouTube]
Daesh publishes photos of its anti-aircraft units in Ramadi. [JustPaste]
Iraqi forces killed the Daesh commander in Qarma subdistrict and four of his associates, as well as destroying two vehicle bombs and a fuel tanker and defusing four IEDs in Kubaishat in Qarma, a local PMF commander says. [Mada]
Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 20 Daesh militants, destroyed five vehicles and three hideouts, and defused five IEDs in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]
The Kata’eb Hezbollah militia rocketed Daesh locations in Falluja city, killing eight Daesh members and wounding others. [Hashed]
Anbar Operations Command artillery and IAA helicopters destroyed eight Daesh vehicles carrying machine guns, killing many Daesh members in Albu Shijil to the north. [IWMC Report]
A rapid intervention unit killed seven Daesh terrorists including a security commander, and wounded nine others, near the Iyadat Bridge in Falluja District. [BOC Facebook Page]
Iraqi Army Fifth Brigade forces killed nine Daesh terrorists near the Jordanian Hospital east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]
Daesh issues a video of the battles in Falluja. [Archive]
IWMC says Iraqi forces cleared Albu Hayat completely from Daesh, killing many terrorists. It also says that by liberating the area they secured the road between Baghdadi and Haditha. [IraqPress] [Mada]
Jazeera Operations Command forces reported killing 13 Daesh in Albu Hayat as well as destroying five vehicle bombs and defusing 82 IEDs. They also found a car bomb factory and destroyed a weapons cache. [Mada] [IWMC Report]
Iraqi soldiers killed two Daesh suicide bombers who were attacking troops near Albu Hayat, also killing a sniper in the attack, the Iraqi Army Seventh Division Commander says. [Baghdadia]
Coalition planes attacked a Daesh location in Albu Hayat, killing 25. [Sumaria]
A Joint Operations Command (JOC) source says the IAF bombed a Daesh suicide bomber guest house in Hit city, killing many Daesh members. [Harbi]
Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing in Hit. [JustPaste]
Baiji city center is completely destroyed and will be uninhabitable without major reconstruction, the District’s Mayor has announced. Iraqi military forces and the PMFs remain in control of the city after taking it from Daesh and have not transferred control to local police and the municipal administration, he added. [Rudaw]
Iraqi forces in Baiji are anticipating a Daesh attack as a convoy of 13 vehicles and two Humvee bombs are moving from Shirqat towards the city, a security source says, citing Iraqi intelligence information. [Ghad]
PMF forces have captured Al-Salman village northeast of Baiji, according to the PMF spokesman. Daesh remains in control of Zuwiya and Msahaq village. [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. The liberation of these two villages had been reported earlier but now we see that they were retaken by Daesh, a setback not reported by the government, as is their usual policy.
The PMF spokesman has denied that PMF forces are burning civilian houses in the Himrin Mountains, saying such reports and photographs on Sunni websites and social media are fabricated. [Rudaw]
Thirteen people including women and children were killed when a house they had entered exploded south of Baiji. The victims, who came from two different displaced families, took shelter inside the house to escape from the heavy rainfall; however the house had been booby-trapped with explosives. There were no survivors in the group. [Mada]
Iraqi forces killed two Daesh militants and wounded another while they were trying to infiltrate Baiji coming from the Makhoul Mountains area. [IWMC Report]
Iraqi forces stopped an attack in Fatha north of Baiji. [Baghdadia]
The IFP commander says his troops defused 100 IEDs in Siniya and destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Mada]
Daesh says they stopped an Iraqi Army attack in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste]
Daesh executed a 20 year old man, accusing him of cooperating with Iraqi authorities. Hours after that the victim’s mother attacked a Daesh leader, stabbing him with a knife, before she was shot and killed, a local source says. [Sumaria]
Daesh arrested four doctors in Shirqat hospital, accusing them of cooperating with the government, a security source says. [Mada]
DaeshDaily comment: We have reported several incidents in which Daesh has been arresting and killing doctors, mostly in Ninewa, but now in Shirqat as well.
Daesh has threatened to execute more than 300 families whom they caught attempting to leave the Shirqat area, according to a PMF commander. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. These three reports from Shirqat are ominous and too similar to the atrocities against civilians in Mosul. The stalled offensive toward Shirqat from Baiji is putting a lot of loyal citizens in Shirqat at risk. Killing civilians is part of Daesh’s defensive strategy. Getting to Shirqat sooner should be part of Iraq’s strategy, so as to protect its own citizens.
Police in Baiji and Tikrit areas have defused 40 IEDs in the last two days, the Chief of Salahuddin police says. [Mada]
The IAA destroyed several Daesh vehicles as they attempted to target Iraqi forces west of Mkaishifa, IWMC says. [AYN]
Salahuddin Operations Command troops killed many Daesh militants in a military operation in Dayoum, south of Tikrit. [IWMC Report]
A PMF unit stopped a Daesh attack on the Sharif Abbas area west of Samarra. [Ghad]
A cousin of Adnan Pachachi has rejected the reports of his death which appeared in several regional news outlets yesterday, saying that the veteran Iraqi political leader is still alive. [AYN]
Iraqi PM Al-Abadi is trying to create a new political coalition consisting of Shia political currents that are not loyal to former PM Al-Maliki as well as Kurdish- and Sunni-oriented political parties, according to unspecified sources. [BasNews]
A national reconciliation conference will be held, the chairman of the CoR Reconciliation committee says, explaining that all political, tribal, and religious leaders and parties will be invited apart from those with “blood on their hands.” The date of the conference was not yet specified. [Ghad]
The CoR proposed a national conference in Baghdad that would include the opposition and exclude the armed groups and Daesh supporters. [Mada]
Iraqi banks transferred around $45 billion in US dollars using fraudulent documents between 2013 and 2014, a leaked document from the Iraqi Central Bank shows. According to the document, the banks were fined $140 million. This follows on recent revelations of documents reportedly showing widespread irregularities in the Central Bank’s sale of US dollars, in which billions of dollars appear to have been obtained by improperly registered entities. [Baghdadia]
Iraqi MP Zahed Khatouni has denied reports his brother was killed in fighting between Daesh and Kurdish militia in northern Syria. He stated instead that his brother, whose death was reported yesterday, perished in an airstrike on a vehicle with 11 other people when the car was hit by a Coalition airstrike on the road between Mosul and Syria. The victims were migrating to Syria to seek employment opportunities, he said. [Ghad] He also issued a statement on Facebook saying his brother paid a lot of money to Daesh in order escape Mosul. [Facebook]
DaeshDaily comment. Two of his brothers are already fighting with Daesh and another was killed while making an IED. However the problem is not with the CoR member or his brothers as individuals; the problem is with those who persuade the Iraqi electorate to elect leaders with known links to armed groups. Shouldn’t someone in the government investigate this MP?
The PMF spokesman says there are 17,000 Sunni fighters in the PMFs and they are an integral part of the PMF forces. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. This is part of the debate in Iraq about the Sunni PMFs vs. a “second Sahwa,” on the lines of the successful collaboration of US forces and Anbar tribes during the Surge. The latter idea has surfaced in the US, but maybe it’s a winning formula whose time has passed. The US Government chose not to commit combat troops this time, forcing Iraq and Anbar officials to develop their own coordinated effort between tribal and Iraq forces. The US is supporting that effort through its seemingly daily bombing in Anbar, and from its apparent participation in military strategy that does not get reported. This seems to be working, albeit gradually, and Daesh is clearly losing ground.
An IFP unit defused an IED planted inside a small bus in Kadhimiya in north Baghdad. Another IFP unit captured a Daesh cell in the Sadoun area in central Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]
An Army unit conducted a search operation in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad, arresting six people wanted on terrorism charges. [Mada]
Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi Army soldiers in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [JustPaste]
Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi soldiers in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, killing one and wounding two. [JustPaste]
According to security sources:
- An IED exploded near the main market in Tarmiya, killing two people and wounding four. [Mada]
- Unknown armed men abducted a civilian in Shula in north Baghdad, removing him to an unknown location. [Baghdadia]
- A Ministry of Justice employee was killed when a sticker IED exploded under his car in Adhamiya in north Baghdad. [Mada]
- An IED exploded on a police patrol in Jisr Diyala in southeast Baghdad, wounding five policemen. [Mada]
- Unknown armed men assassinated an Iraqi Army lieutenant in Saidiya in south Baghdad. [Maalomah]
- Unknown armed men shot and killed two Sahwa fighters in Hor Rajab in south Baghdad. [Maalomah]
- An IED exploded near a popular cafe in Suwaib in southwest Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding six. [Mada]
- A civilian was killed and his son wounded when a sticker IED exploded in the Hay Al-Adel area in west Baghdad. [Maalomah]
IAA conducted 13 sorties and the IAF conducted four.
Coalition air forces conducted 17 sorties over Anbar and Ninewa, killing many Daesh members, destroying 33 Daesh positions, nine hideouts, eight storehouses, two vehicles, an excavator, two heavy machine guns, and an anti-aircraft cannon. [IWMC Report]
The Diyala Police Chief says his forces captured the “Daesh undertaker”, a terrorist responsible for burying hundreds of Daesh victims in mass graves before Diyala’s liberation from Daesh. [Buratha]
Unknown armed men killed an Iraqi general while he was driving in his personal vehicle on the road between Baquba and Wajihiya, a security source says. [Baghdadia]
Unknown armed men shot and killed a lawyer on the road between Baquba and Muqdadiya, a security source says. [Baghdadia]
An Iraqi Army captain was killed and two soldiers wounded when an IED exploded on them during search operations in Abbara 17 km (10.5 miles) northeast of Baquba. [Sumaria]
The Chairman of Muqdadiya District Council refutes reports of arbitrary arrests in liberated areas of Muqdadiya, saying that the arrests are for “security questioning.” Security forces issue a list of names of citizens from newly recaptured areas for questioning. [Sumaria]
A security source says unknown armed men killed a civilian and kidnapped another in Mukhaisa village. [Baghdadia]
Elsewhere in Diyala
Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi army mine destroyer in Buhriz. [JustPaste]
Daesh says it shelled PMFs with mortars in Khan Bani Saad. [JustPaste]
A security source says Iraqi tanks shelled Daesh in Hawija District, killing 7 terrorists and destroying two vehicle bombs. [Maalomah]
Police arrested 12 Daesh members in Dibis District 55 km (34 miles) northwest of Kirkuk city, a Kirkuk police source says. [Mada]
The IAF destroyed the Daesh sharia court in Hawija, killing 15, IWMC says. [Maalomah]
Daesh collected 20,000 Iraqi dinars (around $25 USD) from each school child to pay the salaries of schoolteachers in Hawija, according to a local source. Daesh has also printed only limited copies of its school curriculum for the areas it controls, the source said, adding that most of the families there have not sent their children to school, fearing brainwashing and inculcation into violent acts in the classrooms. [Sumaria]
Daesh says it opened the schools in the cities it controls in Iraq and Syria after one year of preparations. Daesh reduced the years of schooling; instead of 6 years of elementary school, 3 years for middle school, and 3 years for high school, it will be 5 for elementary school, 2 for middle school, and two for high school. Daesh also says it also printed out the curriculum for these schools, and 600,000 students and 50,000 teachers are registered. [A3maq]
DaeshDaily comment. This is perhaps too revealing about Daesh’s world view: We need people to have less education. Notice, however, that these education stories follow one of its basic propaganda themes, that it is a caliphate and leads a real government providing important public services.
A local source says Daesh executed the head of the Physics Department at Mosul University because he refused to cooperate with Daesh in manufacturing biological bombs. [Sumaria]
Daesh executed 22 policemen after they were arrested last month in areas southwest of Mosul. [BasNews]
A PUK official says Daesh arrested Munther Girgis from his house, then executed him. He also says Daesh executed four women, accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [PUKMedia]
The official also says the Coalition bombed Daesh in several areas in Ninewa, killing thirty Daesh members, wounding many others, and destroying six vehicles. [PUKMedia]
Iraqi military planes bombed targets at Qayara Refinery, killing and wounding an unspecified number of Daesh members. [Mada]
Daesh publishes photos of its physical training in Ninewa. [JustPaste]
Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Baaj. [JustPaste]
The Deputy Chairman of the Ninewa GC has rejected recent reports that Mosul Dam is in danger of collapse, saying that the Iraqi Water Resources Ministry is performing major maintenance work on the dam. [Karemlash]
Multiple sources have reported that Daesh has abolished the administrative subdivision of “Wilayat Dijla” south of Mosul and arrested its wali (governor), its sharia judge, and its security officer, and re-annexed it to Wilayat Ninewa to the north. [Karemlash]
DaeshDaily comment: We have not seen this story confirmed from Daesh sources, and as late as yesterday we observed that Daesh media was still referring to Wilayat Dijla in its reports.
The Coalition bombed Daesh gatherings and sites in the Ashiq village near Makhmur, killing many Daesh members. [BasNews]
The “zero hour” is nearing for the assault to take Sinjar from Daesh, according to militia forces in the area. Many displaced people have gone back to Sinjar to prepare clandestinely to fight in the operation. However the KRG and Coalition have asked the YPG to stay away from the area, they say to avoid creating obstacles that might hinder operations. A Peshmerga commander in Sinjar says that his forces’ plans to liberate Sinjar were foiled repeatedly as a result of what he said was poor coordination by the YPG, which he says afforded Daesh an opportunity to lay IEDs on the roads his forces must use to attack the town. [BasNews]
A Yazidi councilwoman from Sinjar has issued a statement rejecting attempts to eject the PKK from Sinjar, saying that the PKK-linked YPG was the only force supporting the Yazidis of Sinjar after Daesh took control of the area. [ROJ].
DaeshDaily comment. This is even more complicated than it seems. The YPG came from Turkey into Sinjar to help the Yazidis against Daesh, after the Peshmerga abruptly pulled out and left them. This explains why Yazidis feel loyal to and dependent on the YPG.
The YPG is the military arm of the PYD, which is linked to the PKK, though it has carefully cultivated a separate identity of late. The US military has recognized the YPG contributions against Daesh in northern Syria and cooperated with it militarily.
However, the Turks consider the YPG part of the PKK, which it understandably hates for its violence against Turkish citizens and its goal of creating a Kurdish state that would include much of current Turkey. Turkey does not want YPG troops in Iraq.
Barzani has bent over backwards to stay on the good side of President Erdogan and has distanced himself from the PKK and PYD, which helps explain the KRG’s other conflicts with the YPG even as they cooperated militarily against Daesh.
The Yazidis just want to go home.
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly taken control of Khatouniya and Khatouniya Lake. Forty-five Daesh militants were killed and two trucks loaded with explosives were destroyed in the fighting. Some Daesh fighters were seen fleeing toward Sinjar while others sought to escape by swimming in the lake. SDF forces reportedly continue to clear the area. The SDF says it seized 160 square kilometers from Daesh in the last three days and has liberated a total of 60 villages. SDF has also reportedly seized Tishrin village, 37 km (23 miles) east of Hasaka and 7 km (4 miles) west of Al-Hawl. [Hawar] [Hawar]
SDF fighters killed 22 Daesh members in multiple battles near Al-Hawl in south Hasaka, a Kurdish military source says, adding that the SDF stopped a suicide attacker in a vehicle bomb before he could reach his target, near Khatouniya Lake. [BasNews]
SDF forces have released information on books they seized from within Daesh training camps in northern Syria. One of the books found in the camps was written by the Turkish radical Ebu Hanzala, bearing the title Muslims’ Responsibility to God. This book was printed in Istanbul and entered the market with the license of the Turkish Ministry of Culture. The SDF alleged that this shows the Turkish regime is clandestinely embracing Daesh. [Hawar]
Daesh says a group of six fighters attacked a YPG headquarters in Ain Eissa in Raqqa northern countryside. Daesh terrorists clashed with the YPG fighters for hours before detonating their explosive vests, killing many YPG fighters destroying the three vehicles. [A3maq]
Daesh has continued its shelling of Tal Arn, 20 km (12.5 miles) southeast of Aleppo. The assault began nine days ago when Daesh forces surrounded the Kurdish-majority town. [Hawar]
Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing in Al-Bab. Daesh says two women were killed and other civilians wounded. [JustPaste]
The Syrian news agency SANA publishes photos of Syrian soldiers inside Kowaires airbase, which Daesh had besieged for more than two years until Syrian forces broke the siege earlier this week. [SANA]
Syrian planes bombed multiple Daesh locations in Aleppo’s eastern countryside. [SANA]
Central and Western Syria
Democratic Syrian Forces spokesman denies reports that any of its members are fighting in Homs in coordination with the Syrian regime, saying it focuses its operations in the Kurdish areas and Christian villages in northern Syria. (We reported yesterday that fighters from the YPG, which is a member of the SDF, were reportedly taken by Syrian regime planes to Homs to fight in that area, a report about which we expressed skepticism.) [Welati]
Daesh says it stopped a Jaish Al-Islam counterattack in Yelda, killing five of them and wounding dozens. [JustPaste]
Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Dowa in Homs. [JustPaste]
Daesh publishes a video of the battles in Hama. [Archive]
Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists detonated an eight ton vehicle bomb on the Deir Ez-Zor airport, killing or wounding dozens of Syrian soldiers. Daesh also says it shelled the airport, destroying an ammunition storehouse (photos). [Dump]
REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES
Daesh audio newsletter in English for today. [Archive]
Egypt. The criminal court in Cairo will resume the trials of 213 members of the Daesh branch in Egypt accused of more than 54 terrorist attacks. [Mogaz]
Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Sinai. [JustPaste]
Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an Egyptian Army Humvee east of Arish. [JustPaste]
Libya. Daesh says its terrorists attacked the Air Defense College in Khoms with a car bomb, damaging the college and killing or wounding many Fajr Libya Fighters. [Dump]
Local sources say the car bomb killed one of the guards of the headquarters and wounded two. [LibyaAkhbar]
A local source says Daesh terrorists are trapped in the 400 area in Derna and all they are doing now is planting IEDs and booby trapping houses. [AL24]
Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghans demonstrated in Kabul to protest the killing of seven Shia civilians including a nine-year-old girl who were beheaded, apparently by Daesh-linked criminals, in the southern province of Zabul. The victims were abducted two months ago in Ghazni province. Several local officials have said that a group with ties to Daesh was behind the attack, while the central Afghan government has not made any comment. [Anadolu]
Daesh says it detonated an IED in an Afghan Army station in Nangarhar, killing and wounding many soldiers. [JustPaste]
SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES
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