An Update On ISIS Activities

March 24, 2017 

 

West Mosul (Yalla)

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Iraqi troops making tactical adjustments to offset Daesh human shield strategy. [..]

Iraqi units making slow progress in downtown Mosul. [..]

Syria

Turkey-supported opposition groups suspend fighting as Defense Minister criticizes the Russians for being nice to the YPG. [..]

Coalition unloads 22 more airstrikes on Raqqa area; SDF reaches Tabaqa Dam. [..]

Syrian forces dislodge Daesh from Deir Hafer. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Ministry of Defense says the IAF received 4 more F16s at the Balad Airbase, part of the earlier deal with the United States. [Sumaria] 

 

Muqtada Al-Sadr says he received death threats due to his persistence in pursuing his reform project. Speaking to his supporters at Friday’s demonstrations, he told them to continue demonstrating even if he gets killed. He emphasized his support for army and security forces fighting Daesh, saying that Iraqi lands should be held by Iraqi forces. He adds that if the elections law and commission are not changed, his supporters will boycott the elections. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. If true, the death threats came most likely from former Muqtada militia associates. What goes around comes around. 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (4), Tal Afar (1), Sinjar (2), Kasik (1), and Rawa (5). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A police source says two people were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Al-Ameen. [Sumaria] 

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a fish market in Wardiya, Mada’in killed one civilian and wounded four others. [Sumaria]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says a roadside IED exploded in Hor Rijab targeting a police patrol, killing one policeman and wounding two others. [Sumaria] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Military Intelligence says it arrested a man wanted on terror charges in Yarmouk neighborhood. [Ghad] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

An Anbar police source says a roadside IED killed two civilians in Nuaimiya , south of Falluja.  [Maalomah] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Al-Badou Compound area with 16 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Al-Dibis village and nearby areas with 14 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters in an ambush in the Al-Hamra area south of Baiji on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Southeast Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

PMF spokesman says Daesh initiated a major attack on Jardaghli, Abboud, and Hafriya, in Amerli subdistrict in Tooz, and was intercepted by Turkmen PMF units in a battle that lasted from Thursday afternoon until early morning hours Friday. The PMFs are now in control of the situation after killing 10 Daesh combatants and wounding 7 others. However, two PMF fighters were killed, while seven civilians were killed and six wounded. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA (No reports) 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Kirkuk Asayesh says it captured 2 terrorists, originally from Tooz, in Hay Penja Ali and confiscated quantities of C4 explosives. [BasNews] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

An MP from Ninewa says Daesh terrorists are targeting Iraqi forces and Coalition planes from the roofs of houses they have packed with people. He asks Iraqi and Coalition forces not to use weapons that impact the entire building while fighting the terrorists. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Leave it to Daesh to find new ways to kill people. This is just another sort of suicide attack, in which the terrorist shoots at soldiers or planes knowing they will shoot back and hit civilians. 

 

Osama Al-Nujaifi, Vice President, demanded that Iraqi forces stop shelling west Mosul and change the rules of engagement because of the large number of civilian casualties in the city. [Rudaw]

Al-Nujaifi says that excessive use of artillery, rockets, and air attacks is causing casualties among civilians, whose safety should be the main priority. [Anadolu]

 

Central Mosul

Ninewa Liberation Operations says the liberation of the remaining part of old Mosul will be done by forces on foot due the nature of these areas, characterized by density of old houses, while providing humanitarian support to civilians whenever possible. [Karemlash] 

 

Rapid Response Commander says his units are adopting new tactics that suit the fight in the old city, adding that the suspension of the troop advances on Friday was for that reason. He also says that liberation of west Mosul is in its final stage. [IraqPress]

 

A DaeshDaily source says IFP units captured a Daesh brigade headquarters in the old city. 

 

A PMF commander says his forces are closing down on the Grand Mosque while engaging in house-to-house battles in old Mosul. Earlier, PMF units captured Daesh’s “Riyad al-Saliheen” brigade HQ and captured large quantities of documents, weapons, and communications equipment. [Ghad] 

 

The Ninewa Police Chief says his men killed a suicide terrorist wearing an explosives vest after the terrorist crossed the river near the 5th Bridge. [Harbi] [Maalomah]

 

A source in Ninewa Police says Daesh mortar shelling of Nabi Sheeth, Meshahda, and Bab Lagash neighborhoods killed 12 civilians and wounded 6 others. [BasNews]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles on the west side of Mosul. The video also shows an Iraqi forces recon drone Daesh shot down. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says its snipers killed five IFP soldiers near Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

 

Southwest Mosul

CTS commander says his units liberated 18 neighborhoods in Mosul by itself since the start of west Mosul operations in February 19. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says it killed six CTS soldiers in battles near Rajm Hadid and Al-Yarmouk Apartments. [A3maq]

 

West-central Mosul

A JOC source says Daesh executed 20 civilians, including several women, who were trying to escape Yarmouk neighborhood to New Mosul. The execution took place in Yarmouk. [BasNews] 

 

CTS says it is now taking over large areas of old Sina’a and Rajm Hadid neighborhoods in old Mosul while battles with Daesh continue. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh says it killed three CTS soldiers and wounded one in battles in the Al-Yarmouk Apartments area. [JustPaste]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh moved 50 kidnapped Yazidi women from Hay Al-Tanak to Mushairifa, using ambulances. 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone in Al-Tanak. [A3maq]

 

North Mosul

Deputy Commander of 9th army division says that it finalized liberation of 95% of its sector, leaving only Hawi Al-Kanisa and Mushairifa villages, which will be liberated shortly. He also says Daesh even lost its ability to deploy vehicle bombs, which were its main weapon in the first days of battle. [SotIraq]

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack it conducted against Iraqi forces in Badoush on Thursday. The video just shows an explosion from a distance. [A3maq]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists lashed an old woman and her husband who were trying to escape Hay 17 Tammuz and threw them in the street. Neighbors took them to their homes. [Sumaria] 

 

A KRG counter-terrorism source says Abu Obeida, a major security Daesh commander, was killed in a Coalition strike near Bahaaldin Mosque in Al-Najjar neighborhood southeast of 17 Tammuz. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army position in the Al-Ghabat area with an SPG9 rocket. It also says that on Thursday its snipers killed two soldiers in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

PMF command says its soldiers discovered a large tunnel used by Daesh to move personnel and transport weapons. It did not report the exact location. [Maalomah] 

 

Other reports

Daesh says its snipers killed twenty-one CTS and IFP soldiers in several areas on the west side of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in several areas in west Mosul with SPG9 rockets, 93 mortars, 8 Katyushas, and 4 heavy artillery shells. [JustPaste]

Daesh says eleven people were killed and fourteen wounded by bombing and shelling on several areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

Daesh says it damaged a PMF military vehicle near Al-Badriya village southwest of Mosul with an IED, wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in several villages near the Tal Afar Airport with 30 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

Turkish warplanes attacked Jamjamo and Avashin in Badinan, Dahuk at 11:00 AM Friday morning. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Fikri Işık, Turkish Minister of Defense, expressed Turkey’s criticism of Russian cooperation with the YPG. The basis of his criticism was photos of a Nawroz festivity attended by Russian military commanders who put YPG badges on their uniform sleeves. He says “we kept telling the US and Russia that one terror group should not be replaced by another. [Dorar]

 

A leader in the Turkey-backed opposition says the suspension of their campaign is due to the conflicting interests of Turkey on one side and Russia and the US on the other. He says those countries support YPG and the Russians are already in Manbij. He says the initial opposition groups plan to attack Manbij, Raqqa, and Deir Ez-Zor is halted until an understanding among these countries is reached. He says YPG does not have enough manpower to cover all these parts of Syria. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Muslim Brotherhood sources say Abu Al-Ila Abd Rabbo, who killed the Christian Egyptian writer Farag Foda back in 1992, was killed in Syria while fighting with Daesh. He had been released under an amnesty in Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood came to power. [Youm7]

 

SOHR says that over 100 were killed under various circumstances in Syria on Thursday including 26 Syrian soldiers, and 28 civilians. 19 Daesh combatants and 22 opposition fighters were also killed. The death toll of Coalition attack on a school in Mansoura a few days ago rose to 32. [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 22 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, all of them in or near Raqqa. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A PUK source denied a report from sources close to the YPG that PUK Peshmerga arrived in Kobane on a training mission to help train a military force envisioned to be 100,000 men. US helicopters reportedly transported the troops to Kobane. The media source, ARA, is a Syrian Kurdish news outlet linked to Barzani and the KDP. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

SDF units, supported by Coalition troops, captured large parts of Al-Tabaqa (Al-Furat) Dam. [Xeber24] 

Battles are still ongoing between the SDF and Daesh near the northern entrance of the Al-Furat Dam. [Hawar] 

 

Daesh says that on Thursday it stopped a Coalition and SDF attack on the dam. It says the troops, supported by American air and artillery cover, tried to advance to Suwaidiya Kabira village north of Tabaqa toward the Dam. It says it killed or wounded several of them after heavy battles. It also says an American unit tried to do an airdrop operation on the Dam, but Daesh terrorists responded with different kinds of weapons and forced them to retreat. [DawaAlhaq] 

Here Daesh says Coalition planes, Apaches, and drones participated in the attack. [A3maq]

 

After crossing the Euphrates with the US forces following the airdrop in Tabaqa, SDF is now advancing on both sides of the Euphrates. Raqqa-Aleppo road is now under SDF control. [ARA]

 

The SDF reportedly liberated 8 villages and large number of farms west of the Euphrates, killing at least 16 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar] 

 

East of Raqqa

A source in SDF says the Raqqa city campaign has been launched from the eastern side with participation of Coalition forces, which deployed sophisticated weapons in the area and has already started targeting Daesh targets in the city. He says the operation started immediately after the SDF captured the Daesh stronghold of Karama subdistrict early Friday. [Qasioun]

SDF fighters destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Al-Karama. [Hawar] 

 

SDF forces liberated Farsat Abu Ismail village, 25 km (15 miles) east of Raqqa. This was the fourth village captured by SDF Friday. [PUKMedia] 

 

SOHR says three civilians were killed in an airstrike of by an unknown aircraft (believed to be the Coalition’s) on Sabkha, east of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video report about the results of Coalition airstrikes on Al-Tabaqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions east of Jab Sha’er, north of Raqqa, with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Raqqa city

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Defense Minister, expects the battle for Raqqa city to start in a few days. He says the battle will be difficult, but it’s important. [Hawar]

 

An SDF spokesman says SDF would approve the participation of Syrian government forces in the Raqqa battle if the US agrees. He described the government forces as a “national party” with rights that others do not have. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. Sounds like we are rationalizing a de facto alliance here. 

 

Daesh says two women and a child were killed by “Russian” bombing on a residential area in Raqqa city. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

Syrian government forces captured Deir Hafer city east of Aleppo. Daesh forces withdrew to Maskana, the only remaining city in the hands of Daesh east of Aleppo. Daesh combatants were allowed to withdraw with their personal arms only. Russian planes continued their attacks on the areas surrounding Deir Hafer and Maskana. [BasNews] 

 

Sources say the government has now secured Kowaires airport and all surrounding areas in east Aleppo. Daesh is regrouping in Maskana for an anticipated government attack, while Russian air raids continue. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it killed a Syrian soldier and wounded two others after targeting their military positions in Jafr Mansour east of Dar Al-Fateh, with a bomb dropped from a drone. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions east of Dar Al-Fateh with 15 mortars, in addition to tank and heavy artillery shells. [JustPaste]

 

Afrin

Turkish Army attacked the strategic Gir Mountain, overlooking a wide border area controlled by the YPG. Intensive shelling with heavy machine gun and tank fire started the battle, which brought an intense response from YPG units. [ARA]

 

SOHR confirmed the battles, saying that these came a few days after Russian troops deployed near Afrin. The SOHR says that Russian special forces and armored vehicles around Afrin could be a step towards establishing a Russian military base in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

Manbij

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Battles east of Homs followed a Daesh counterattack to recapture areas it lost in recent days east of Palmyra. Casualties were recorded on both sides but not revealed. The Syrian Army also shelled Hawla , north of Homs. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR says government forces captured more villages and hills on the road between Sukhnah and Palmyra. Heavy air and artillery shelling on Daesh positions are accompanying the advance. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it targeted religious shrines in Al-Masoudiya village in Homs province with 12 mortar shells. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Part of Daesh’s Wahhabi ideology is attacking shrines, not only Shia ones. And it doesn’t care if the people who get killed in these shrine attacks are civilians. This Wahhabi ideology and its rationalization of killing people used to be a Middle East issue, but has been responded to with silence for a long time. This silence has its consequences, and shows up in incidents like the one this week in London, and many other incidents.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Activist in Raqqa say Daesh is intending to move its “capital” to Deir Ez-Zor, as it nears losing Mosul and Raqqa. Daesh leaders are already moving to the city. Sources say that if it can expel government forces from  parts of Deir Ez-Zor and its military airport, it will be announced as the capital; otherwise, either Albu Kamal or Mayadin will be announced as the capital. [Maalomah] 

DaeshDaily comment. We suspect that once Raqqa is lost, the rest of Daesh’s Syria territory will soon follow. The location of a temporary capital will be mostly irrelevant.

 

SOHR says unidentified warplanes attacked Rashdiya neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor, with no reports of casualties. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its operations in Deir Ez-Zor. In this video, Daesh attacks opposition groups, especially Nusra, and calls Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri demented. It also says this crusaders campaign is the last one, and after that, Daesh will invade Rome and Istanbul. Daesh also talks in the video about its media men and how they filmed battles and showed some it says were killed. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting SDF positions northwest of Al-Kabar village [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of heavy rain in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Battles between government forces and opposition combatants continued in Jobar, on the outskirts of Damascus, under heavy air cover from Syrian planes. Syrian government used artillery and missiles to strike Yarmouk Camp in Damascus. [Qasioun]

 

Opposition units say the expelled Daesh combatants from Hosh Hammad in Lajat, Hama. [Qasioun]

 

Sources say Daesh’s withdrawal was sudden and without fighting. Daesh moved its units to Bir Qasab, east of Suwayda. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daraa Martyrs Registration office says Jaish Khaled (Daesh Affiliate)  executed 43 of its prisoners since the beginning of the year in west Daraa, 36 of them Free Army  prisoners. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Tribal Southern Congregation says it is fighting Daesh in the Syrian Desert, Nataf (in Homs near Iraq border), and Suwayda; it asserts that the only country it has contact with is Jordan. It says its 7,000man army is part of the Free Army. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian security says one civilian was killed and three wounded in the Ma’adi neighborhood south of  Cairo by the explosion of an “unidentified object. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says security units destroyed 3 IEDs in Rafah city. [AhlMisr]

 

Eyewitnesses say four armed men threatened shop owners and ordered them to remove security cameras from their shops on Al-Qahera Street in Arish city within 24 hours, threatening to blow up their businesses if they did not remove the cameras. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of “Israeli” bombing on Shaibana village south of Rafah last week. [A3maq]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior say security units captured a takfiri cell of 4 members in the capital. The Ministry says the cell members admitted their links to Daesh terrorists, and that they were communicating with Daesh terrorists via Facebook outside of the country. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Great Britain 

London Police say that persons arrested following the Westminster terror attack are suspected of planning more terror attacks. The search is continuing in Birmingham, England and in Wales. The police identified the terror attacker killed in the operation as Khalid Masood, who had a criminal record but no previous terrorism record. [Sumaria]

British says that the man carried several aliases, and was an electrician, then became a mosque preacher. His operation in London killed 5 and wounded 50. [Anadolu]

 

Russia

Local media reported that six Russian soldiers were killed early Friday in a Daesh attack on a Russian National Guard base in Chechnya. 

According to Russian news agency TASS, the attack took place around 2.30 a.m. (2330GMT) in northwestern Naurskaya village of Chechnya by unidentified armed militants.

Quoting the National Antiterrorism Committee, TASS said “During the fighting, all the gang members were neutralized.” [WorldBulletin]

Daesh says six of its terrorists broke into a Russian military base near Naurskaya village northwest of Grozny, Chechnya. It says the terrorists clashed with Russian soldiers for hours, killing at least six soldiers and wounding three before getting killed. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Yemen

Daesh says it stopped a Houthi attack on Wadi Amer in Qifa. Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes a photo of an “American” recon drone it shot down in the Dih Bala area in Nangarhar. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Bangladesh 

A young man, suspected to be a suicide bomber, blew himself up at the international airport in Dhaka on Friday, nearly a week after a similar attack on a nearby camp of Bangladesh’s elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force.

The man, said to be in his 30s, blew himself up in front of a police outpost near the Shah Jalal Airport. 

The terrorist exploded a bomb in an apparent attempt to target security personnel at the entrance of the airport, killing himself. The attacker could not be identified immediately. The Armed Police Battalion Assistant Commissioner told the news outlet that the incident happened around 7 pm local time. She says the terrorist died on the spot, and no one else was hurt. [FirstPost] 

Daesh says one of its Bengali suicide terrorists detonated his explosives vest among policemen at a checkpoint near the international airport in Dhaka, killing or wounding many of them. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Children injured by Daesh shelling on west Mosul. [Yalla] 

Residents of Mosul talk about Daesh crimes against them. [Mawsleya] 

 

Iraqi forces capture Al-Yabisat, Al-Sina’a, Rajm Hadid, and Al-Yarmouk Apartments in west Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya] 

 

IAA helicopters destroy Daesh targets. [Yalla] 

PMFs destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb. [Harbi]

 

Life is returning to the east side of Mosul. [Yalla] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

March 23, 2017

 

Mosul

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Secretary Mattis projects long-term US deployment in Iraq. [..]

Daesh human shields strategy, civilian bombing deaths spark controversy. [..]

Turkey

Deputy PM says Turkey will not participate in Raqqa campaign. [..]

Syria

Syrian activists start movement against Coalition airstrikes. [..]

US-supported Raqqa campaign gains ground east and west of city. [..]

Syrian Army closes in on Daesh east of Aleppo. [..]

Great Britain

Daesh claims (unverified) responsibility for attack by London assassin. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis told the Senate that he would prefer to keep an American force in Iraq, possibly for several years, after the liberation of Mosul. He says this would serve the US national interest and would help in confronting common enemies of US and Iraq. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, backed his opinion, saying that Iraqi units still need US training and logistical support. [Arabi21]

 

Prime Minister Al-Abadi discussed with the Armed Services committees in both houses of Congress, in two separate meetings, the process of military operations and US training and support to Iraqi forces,. [ROJ]

 

Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian foreign minister, says his government will ask the parliament to extend the mission of Hungarian troops in Iraq and increase their number from 150 to 200. The minister was speaking during the 68countries Coalition conference in Washington. [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (5), Tal Afar (1), Kasik (1), Rawa (1), and Al-Qa’im (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a civilian who was exiting his house in Bab Al-Sham. [Sumaria]

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says 22nd army brigade found 40 ammunition containers buried underground in an orchard in Al-Hosa. [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says 24th army brigade found an ammunition cache in Bani Zaid containing 5 rockets and 4 mortar shells. [BOC Facebook Page]

A police source says one person was killed and two wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Bakriya. [Sumaria] [Ghad]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Commander of Anbar Operations says army units arrested 8 Daesh combatants and defused 20 IEDs in the Kilo 7 area west of Ramadi. [Maalomah] 

 

Northwest Anbar

Commander of 7th army division says Coalition warplanes killed 5 Daesh combatants and destroyed a machine gunmounted truck in Hsaiba, near Qa’im. A second Coalition attack in the same area destroyed a Daesh bulldozer and killed its driver. [Sumaria] 

 

Joint Operations Command says army helicopters attacked Daesh positions in Qa’im, killing Zaidan Al-Sharqi (Abu Sufian), a Daesh commander, and several of his associates. Another helicopter attacked and killed Dhahir Mukhlif and Basim Awad (both Daesh leaders in their car near an internet café in Qa’im. [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh says it attacked “Iraqi Army and Sahwa” positions in Al-Saqra village with different types of weapons, including mortar shells. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Rutba

Anbar Operations Commander says an army force attacked and destroyed a large Daesh barracks southeast of Rutba while clearing three desert areas. He also says 6 Daesh camps were destroyed by the army in the area. Daesh had escaped these barracks and camps before the attack. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army SUV in the Kilo 25 area north of Rutba. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and areas north of Baiji with 31 shells. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter on the road between Baiji and Haditha. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF military vehicle with an IED in the Zarqa area in Tooz, killing the fighters inside. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Ministry of Interior says security units captured 2 Daesh members in east Diyala. [Sumaria] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The Chairman of the Qara Tapa subdistrict council says a group of Daesh terrorists on motorcycles kidnapped a man and his son from their house in a village west of Qara Tapa. They also stole the victim’s vehicle. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it killed a man and his two sons who they alleged worked as “spies” for Iraqi intelligence, after breaking into their house in the Qara Tapa subdistrict. [DawaAlhaq] 

However, while Daesh photos show breaking into the house of two “Shia government spies, they show execution of the old man and one son. [DawaAlhaq] Here also Daesh says two were executed. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim responded to UNAMI (UN Assistance Mission for Iraq) objections to the raising of Kurdish flag in Kirkuk alongside the Iraqi flag, saying there is no constitutional article that prohibits this. He says that this gesture will in fact tighten the ties of brotherhood among Iraqi factions in the city. [ROJ]

 

A security source in Kirkuk says Peshmerga units in Maktab Khalid received 200 civilians who escaped Daeshcontrolled areas in Hawija on Thursday. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

The Ninewa Liberation Command issued a statement regarding media reports about civilian casualties in west Mosul. It says Daesh films people it has killed and shows them as victims of Iraqi shelling. It says Daesh is also placing its terrorists among families, and is booby-trapping houses, vehicles, and appliances. It says Iraqi forces are committed to the rules of engagement and are trying to limit risks to civilians. It says Iraqi forces are moving on foot from house to house to minimize civilian casualties and are providing humanitarian aid for all citizens in Mosul. [Sumaria] 

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A security expert says Daesh forced its combatants to take the “pledge of Death.” This means that if  they fail to escape areas surrounded by army units, they will fight and die. 

The expert also offered the opinion that the time is right to switch roles and geographic responsibilities between IFP and CTS, as the latter is more efficient in urban fighting and in avoiding civilian casualties. [Ghad] 

 

Central Mosul

Demonstrating its achievements since the start of west Mosul operation, IFP commander says the IFP has liberated over 60 targets including areas, neighborhoods, and establishments, and cleared an area of 259 sq. kilometers, evacuated 23,000 refugees and provided over 24,000 food baskets, as well as killing hundreds of Daesh combatants and destroying 226 vehicle bombs. [Sumaria] 

 

Rapid Response forces Commander says that reports they are about to liberate the Grand Mosque are untrue. He says his forces are 400 meters away from the mosque and did not make any moves Thursday due to heavy rains that prevented efficient air support. He says that as soon as weather conditions are better, operations will resume. As for now, the units are building sand barriers to lower the risk from vehicle bomb attacks. [Maalomah] 

 

Southwest Mosul

Commander of Ninewa Liberation Operations says CTS forces liberated Yabisat neighborhood and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings. [Sumaria] 

A military source says CTS killed Abu Obeida Al-Ansari, a Daesh commander, destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, and arrested 4 Daesh combatants in Yabisat.  [Harbi] 

 

An MP from Ninewa says a Coalition aircraft “committed a massacre” in Al-Risala. It says Daesh gathered citizens, mainly women and children, in houses, and Coalition planes destroyed the houses, killing everyone. He says the Governor of Ninewa formed a special unit to recover the bodies from under the rubble. He says the units recovered the bodies of 56 people, while 150 are still under the rubble. [Maalomah] 

Rudaw TV says it filmed the destruction of houses and civilian casualties under the rubble, but Iraqi forces confiscated the footage. [Rudaw] 

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Mosul attacked CTS units in Rajm Hadid, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying bulldozers, and damaging an Abrams tank. Daesh publishes photos of the suicide terrorists. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee and a bulldozer near Rajm Hadid, killing the soldiers inside. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldiers in battles near Bab-Al-Tob and Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. [A3maq]

 

West-central Mosul

Eyewitnesses say Daesh forced women to slaughter a group of escapees in Wadi Okab in Mosul, and burned to death three women who refused their orders. [SotIraq]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh forced tens of families to leave their houses in Hay Al-Yarmouk and took them to Wadi Okab. 

 

A member of Ninewa Provincial Council says 120 civilian bodies are still under the wreckage of destroyed houses in New Mosul (Mosul Al-Jadida), and accused Daesh of using civilians as human shields. [Sumaria] 

 

Sharqiya TV  televised a report blaming army’s and Coalition shelling for killing these civilians, which forced the Ministry of Defense to issue a statement through the IWMC saying that Daesh kills civilians and then tries to show them as victims of Iraqi army’s attacks. It says they even booby-trap freezers and refrigerators, and other home appliances and force civilians into positions where they could be targets. It says that Iraq army units are nevertheless committed to rules of engagement and will keep moving forward to liberate all Iraqi territories from Daesh. [Qurtas]

 

A security source says 7 civilians were killed in an airstrike by Coalition warplanes in New Mosul. [Maalomah] 

 

Commander of Ninewa Police says 4th police emergency battalion shot down a Daesh drone over New Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP Humvee with a rocket in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. It also says it killed or wounded several IFP soldiers by detonating 2 booby-trapped houses in the same area. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded many Iraqi soldiers and destroyed several vehicles in 3 land mine fields in Al-Mansour and Mosul Al-Jadida,. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. But these are civilian residential areas. Who would plant land mines there?  

 

North Mosul

Commander of Al-Abbas division of the PMF says that Badoush operations were finalized, and the whole subdistrict is liberated. He says that the MosulMahalbiya and MosulTal Afar roads are under control and Daesh access is cut off. He says 420 Daesh combatants were killed in Badoush operations and 100 arrested and handed over to the Iraqi army. He says the next step is the attack on Tal Afar with a joint force of the army and the PMFs from four directions. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a military vehicle and damaged a BMP armored vehicle with 2 IEDs near Bwaiter village, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone near the Al-Ghabat area. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it attacked PMF positions in Al-Aqalat village northwest of Mosul. Daesh says two of its Iraqi suicide terrorists started the attack by detonating 2 vehicle bombs, killing or wounding several fighters, destroying 5 SUVs, a military vehicle, and a military position. It also says another terrorist parked a car bomb inside the village and detonated it remotely, killing or wounding more fighters. It also says it detonated an IED on a reinforcement convoy, destroying an SUV and killing or wounding the fighters inside. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Other reports

A Daesh Daily source says Daesh executed 14 people, including women and children, because they were trying to escape from the west side of Mosul. The source says some Daesh terrorists are charging 1 million ID ($800) for every person who wants to leave. 

Daesh says its snipers killed ten Iraqi soldiers in several areas in west Mosul. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

A CTS commander says Daesh is using a new “tactic in the war.” He says Daesh is gathering large numbers of civilians in small houses; then Daesh terrorists shoot at Iraqi forces from the roofs. He says this technique is hindering the work of pilots. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday, it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in Mosul with 305 mortars, 7 Katyushas, 2 locally made rockets, and 4 artillery shells. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says that “according to a medical source,” 150 people were killed and 144 wounded because of shelling and bombing during the last 4 days. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of 2 Iraqi forces recon drones shot down in west Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down 4 Iraqi Army recon drones in 3 different areas on Wednesday. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in Mosul with 212 mortars, 6 artillery shells, a locally made rocket, and 10 Katyushas. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

The UNHCR says Daesh has trapped 600,000 civilians in west Mosul, including 400,000 downtown. It also says Daesh snipers are shooting everyone who is trying to escape and executing anyone who wants to leave. [BasNews]

UNHCR also says 157,000 of them have nevertheless made it to temporary reception areas set up by the Iraqi Army. [Sumaria] 

 

The head of refugees and IDPs committee of the CoR says number of civilian escapees from battles in west Mosul is at 200,000 now, and the response of the Iraqi government and international organizations is far below the adequate level. [Anadolu]

 

A woman calls Dijla Radio from the basement of her house in Bab Laksh. She says Daesh has killed most of her family and she has only one daughter left. She says that although Daesh terrorists are shooting at Iraqi forces near her house, she is not afraid of being caught calling the station because life has become unbearable. [Yalla]

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights says 276 cases of typhoid were registered in the west side of Mosul as of March 17. [Yalla] 

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi Army positions near Al-Badriya village southwest of Mosul. During the fighting, one of its local suicide terrorists attacked a house where Iraqi soldiers were barricading, destroyed a house with a vehicle bomb and killed or wounded the soldiers inside. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier near the same village. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

A Turkish court ordered the formal arrest of a Canadian national, already detained, on charges of joining Daesh. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Numan Kurtulmuş, says in a press statement that Turkey would not accept replacing Daesh with YPG in Raqqa, saying that as long as the YPG, backed by the Coalition, is fighting to take over Raqqa, Turkey will not participate in such operation. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. Thank you, sir, for not participating.

 

Jean-Marc Ayrault, the French foreign minister, says he is not clear about US intentions regarding Raqqa. Speaking at the 68 countries conference in Washington, he says France would fancy handing the city over to “moderate” opposition after liberation. He says the city cannot be handed over to the “terrorist Assad forces. France considers SDF a moderate opposition organization. [Dorar]

 

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US will establish safe areas in Syria and Iraq after a halt in military operations allows IDPs to return to their home areas. Speaking in the 68 countries anti-terror meeting, he also says US pressure on Daesh and Qaeda would continue. [Dorar]

 

Syrian activists are starting a campaign against Coalition airstrikes in Syria, saying they killed over 440 civilians in just the past week only. 183 of these were killed in a school in Mansouriya, near Raqqa. [Dorar]

The Coalition says it will investigate the claims of the SOHR that Coalition planes killed civilians in recent attacks on Raqqa. The Coalition says “although we have no indications of civilian casualties, such information will be passed to our specialized team for verification.” [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted eight airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, all of them in or near Raqqa. [InherentResolve] 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

A military source in the SDF says its forces captured Euphrates Dam today after a battle with Daesh combatants that started early in the morning, with US soldiers’ support. [Qasioun]

 

SDF said earlier its forces are advancing in two directions, toward the city of Tabaqa and toward Tabaqa (Euphrates) Dam. Coalition advisors and helicopters are supporting the advances. [Hawar]

 

The SDF also acknowledged that yesterday’s air drop included large numbers of foreign advisors and helicopters. The operation has established a rear base for the Tabaqa Dam and city operations. It says  the recovery of the Dam will serve all Syrians. It called on young men from the Tabaqa area to volunteer for the SDF forces as their counterparts in other areas did, to help clear their home area from Daesh once and for all. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says extensive American bombing and shelling targeted Al-Tabaqa city. [A3maq]

 

East of Raqqa

SDF says it captured Mashrafat Shahnat village, 30 km (19 miles) east of Raqqa, on Thursday. It also says SDF units advancing from Dei Ez-Zor east of Raqqa are advancing at the rate of 7 km (4 miles) per day. [Hawar]

 

SDF says it destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb that attacked SDF positions in Jadida Makhit village, captured from Daesh on Wednesday.  [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of a drone airstrike that it says hit an SDF military position west of the Al-Karama area. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Deir Hafer

Local activists say the Syrian Army is about to expel Daesh from its stronghold in east Aleppo. Government forces captured 5 villages east and north of Deir Hafer, putting Daesh under siege from all directions. Activists say that one country road is still open for Daesh to withdraw from the city. Daesh initiated a car bomb attack that killed and wounded 15 Syrian soldiers in Jafra Mansoura village, but Russian warplanes retaliated with intensive attacks on Deir Hafer, killing several Daesh combatants. [ARA]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Idlib attacked the Syrian Army in Jafra Mansoura village, killing eleven soldiers and wounding others. Daesh publishes a photo of the masked suicide terrorist. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting the village with mortars and tank shells. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Afrin

Turkish Army occupied acreage in Balia and Bubal villages along the Syrian-Turkish  borders in Afrin, and constructed a 6 km, 6 meters wide road on the border, to extend the construction of the wall separating Kurdish areas along both sides of the borders. [Hawar]

 

Kurdish sources say Turkish bombardment on various areas of Afrin in the past two days left 4 people wounded and a wide area of property destruction. The sources say that Turkey fired over 300 artillery shells on Afrin areas during that period.  [Hawar]

 

Turkish and Turkish backed opposition units shelled over 8 villages in Afrin with artillery, which caused a counter shelling from Kurdish factions, who claim to have killed several opposition combatants. 

A photo published by proYPG media says an emir of Daesh and a group of his associated have joined Turkish backed opposition groups fighting among their ranks now. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Sources close to the Syrian government mourned Major General Mohammed Hassan Sultan, commander of the Fifth Army corps, killed in fighting with Daesh near Palmyra. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Syrian government says its army destroyed a Daesh vehicle and killed several combatants in Jub Al-Jarrah in Homs. [SyriaNow] 

 

Daesh says it killed nine Syrian soldiers near the Tadmur Silos and captured weapons and ammunition. Daesh publishes photos of the casualties. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh says its snipers killed two Syrian soldiers in Hay Al-Rushdiya in Deir Ez-Zor city. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Opposition factions say they blocked a Daesh attempt to advance to a checkpoint from Tel Ashtara west of Daraa, killing 7 attackers. The attack was followed by artillery shelling on Daesh positions. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR says battles between opposition units led by Tahrir Al-Sham and government forces continued on the outskirts of Damascus. Syrian warplanes initiated over 40 attacks on opposition positions today. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says battles between opposition and Daesh forces are continuing in east Qalamoun, with reported advances of opposition forces. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in West Qalamoun. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khalid, publicly executing a man in Tasil, west of Daraa, after accusing him of blasphemy. [DawaAlhaq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says an officer and a policeman were wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in Al-Tayra village south of Rafah. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh says it killed an Egyptian Army “spy” in the Al-Barath area south of Rafah. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Senior security sources say armed men planted roadside IEDs in the Al-Halal Mountain area in Central Sinai. The sources say the first IED exploded on an armored vehicle and heavy battles erupted after the explosion, while another IED exploded on a reinforcement armored vehicle. A colonel, a lieutenant colonel, a major, and several soldiers were killed, and 15 terrorists were killed as well. [AhlMisr]

Daesh’s version says it destroyed 2 Egyptian Army M113 armored vehicles, killing three officers and seven soldiers with 2 IEDs near Al-Halal Mountain. 

Daesh also says it destroyed an Egyptian Army M60 tank with an IED near Al-Mahdiya Barrier south of Rafah, killing twelve soldiers inside. It says it detonated an IED on a car carrying soldiers in the Al-Hilwa area south of Rafah. Daesh said it stopped an Egyptian Army operation in the Al-Shihi area south of Arish, killing or wounding several soldiers and forcing the rest to retreat. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Eyewitnesses say armed men shot and killed a tribal leader and took his car in Central Sinai. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say military and police units surrounded a large terrorist cell in the Al-Dahisha Farms area south of Arish, killing eleven terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [AhlMisr]

 

Local sources say the burned body of an unknown man was found south of Arish. [AhlMisr]

 

A security source says an IED exploded on an electricity maintenance vehicle near the Al-Sabil area south of Arish, killing the technicians and wounding five others. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three police officers and three policemen near Al-Arish Gate. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Libya (No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Great Britain

Theresa May, the British Prime minister, says the “London attacker” is a British national born in Britain, adding that he was under scrutiny of UK security. She added that the “UK is not afraid”, and will not refrain from combating terrorism. [Anadolu]

The London police chief says 7 persons were arrested after search in six locations. [Anadolu]

London police say in a statement that the terrorist was a 52-year-old man, born in Kent. It also says he had several previous convictions, including severe assault and possession of assault weapons, in addition to other crimes. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh’s A3maq says the terrorist who conducted the attack is a “Daesh soldier” and he conducted his attack in response to Daesh’s calls to target the citizens of Coalition countries. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Any actual connection between Daesh and the perpetrator remains to be established.

 

Belgium

Belgium says it arrested a French national driving extremely fast into a street dedicated only to pedestrians in Antwerp, where people were seen running away from the car. A search of the car found a rifle. [Anadolu]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it shot down an “American” recon drone in the Dih Bala area in Nangarhar, southern Afghanistan. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed an Afghani Intelligence service member with an IED in the Bagrami area in Kabul Province, near Kabul city. [A3maq]

 

Pakistan

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed a Pakistani Army major and two soldiers in an ambush in the Orakzai area in northwest Pakistan. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

A Coalition airstrike destroys a Daesh mortar system near Mosul. [CJTF] 

 

Rapid Intervention soldiers in close battles with Daesh. [Facebook]

IFP soldiers fight Daesh in Bab Al-Tob. [Facebook]

 

Daesh terrorists kill an old woman trying to escape. [Facebook]

Iraqi forces secure families from Mosul. [Facebook]

Iraqi forces find a Daesh explosives factory in a house in Mosul Al-Jadida after info from local residents. [Mawsleya]

 

PMF units clear houses in Badoush. [Facebook]

 

A Daesh terrorist blows himself up in a tunnel after being surrounded. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes the 73rd issue of its Naba’ magazine, with reports about its operations in several countries. It also publishes infographics about its operations in “East Asia.” It says it has killed or wounded 872 people since the terrorists there pledged allegiance and captured 20 prisoners, destroyed 10 vehicles, and shot down a plane and released 30 prisoners from a prison in Marawi city. 

Daesh also gives more information about assassinating the Tribal PMF commander of the Al-Meshahda area in North Baghdad. On Friday, it says the commander had contacted his associates in Tarmiya a day earlier, and promised to kill Daesh terrorists in Tarmiya. 

Daesh also says it maneuvered Turkey’s  President Erdogan into huge trouble when it let his Army and allied opposition groups capture Al-Bab. It says by capturing Al-Bab, Erdogan is now in a facetoface conflict with the Syrian Army and the Russians. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists from Tal Afar who might have been killed in Ninewa. [DawaAlhaq]