An Update On ISIS Activities

[Note to readers: Due to the Nawroz holiday in Iraq and another priority, Daesh Daily is taking two days off and will resume on Thursday. We will catch up with ongoing developments at that time.]


March 19, 2018


Daesh Terrorist Captured in Shirqat







US 10th Mountain Division takes over for 1st Armored Division. [..]

Erdogan’s aggressive line threatens Sinjar incursion too. [..]

11 captured in Shirqat intended to assassinate election candidates. [..]

De-mining teams have dismantled 27,000 IEDs in Mosul, and are far from finished. [..]

Yazidi CoR members want Yazidi boys brainwashed to fight with Daesh treated as victims instead of combatants. [..]  



Erdogan declares victory in Afrin; threatens the rest of Kurd-held northern Syria. [..]



East Ghouta civilian deaths rise to 1,411, as thousands more flee. [..]

Human Rights Watch flags Syrian use of chemical weapons in East Ghouta. [..]

Mysterious US military operation reported near Qamishli. [..]

Daesh attacks Syrian Army units in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]





Anti-Daesh Campaign

Monday, CENTOM announced a transfer of authority in Iraq wherein “the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division assumed authority of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve from the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division during a transfer of authority ceremony at Union III, Iraq.” This step is “another step forward in reducing U.S. troop levels in accordance with the request of the Government of Iraq.” [CENTCOM]



Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi congratulated the Iraqi people on the occasion of lifting the ban imposed by FIFA on Iraq hosting football matches. He promised the people to continue efforts to lift this ban completely in the shortest time possible. FIFA cancelled the ban on three Iraqi cities, not including the capital Baghdad. [Sumaria]


Foreign relations

Monday, Iraqi government spokesman Saad Al-Hadithi denied having information indicating a Turkish incursion is taking place in Iraq. He added that the “Iraqi government is committed to ensuring no hostile actions are launched from within Iraq onto neighboring countries.” Sunday evening, a KRG official had announced that the Turkish Army entered 15 km deep in Iraq and set up 12 military barracks, and confirmed military clashes with the PKK in which Turkey used heavy weapons and planes. [Arabi21]


Monday, the Gorran (Taghyir) bloc in the CoR called on the federal government to complain to the UN, Arab League, and Islamic Labor Organization against the “Turkish aggression on Iraqi territory.” [ROJ]


See later stories under Turkey, Syria National News



Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

Daesh published on Sunday photos of burning down houses of “apostates” in Tarmiya. [ICDNMar18]

Daesh said on Saturday it blew up the houses of an MoI captain, an Iraqi Army lieutenant, and an IFP member in Tarmiya’s river area. [ICDNMar17] 


Daesh said on Saturday it killed a tribal PMF member with an IED in the river area, in Tarmiya. [ICDNMar17]


Daesh said on Saturday it blew up a PMF recon tower in the Al-Khan area in Tarmiya. It said that when a tribal PMF force arrived at the area, another IED exploded on them severely wounding two fighters. [ICDNMar17]


Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) announced on Monday that it had arrested a woman in Mada’in on charges of kidnapping, and that it found Daesh war remnants including several IEDs and explosives during a search campaign in Obeidi, Ihraba, and Albu Awsaj in east and southeast Baghdad. [Sumaria]

In an apparently overlapping report, the BOC and Baghdad’s new anti-crime office captured a girl accused of abduction in the Mashtal neighborhood in eastern Baghdad and another person in Al-Mada’in/Panorama in southeastern Baghdad. [Buratha]


Monday, the BOC announced that a search in the areas of Obeid, Ihraba, and Albu Awsaj led to the discovery of 2 IEDs and 12 mortar shells. [Buratha]


Total Baghdad incidents reported:   6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   3




The Ministry of Defense says that 2nd special forces brigade of Anbar Operations command destroyed a Daesh camp where quantities of weapons were located. The force also destroyed a Daesh tunnel in the area. Meanwhile, the 1st army division arrested 3 men wanted for terror charges in the Amij area, wounding one of them during the crossfire. [Baghdadia] 


A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that East Anbar Operations Command units arrested 2 persons on terrorism charges, 1 in Falluja city and 1 in Saqlawiya. The source also says the units captured an explosives cache in Qarma subdistrict. 



A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Anbar Police captured Hassan Ibrahim, aka Abu Talha, the Daesh security official of Rawa, who was hiding in Ramadi city and using a forged ID.


Anah (including Rawa)/Al-Qa’im

Jaish Al-Kifah (Army of Struggle), a new anti-Coalition armed group in Anbar, claimed in a YouTube video that it was responsible for shooting down the US Army helicopter in Al-Qa’im last week. It said it would publish a video of the attack. The group had announced itself in January and claimed responsibility for two rocket attacks on US bases in west Anbar. [YouTube]  

DaeshDaily comment. The group has more than 1,000 “likes” on its Facebook page. However, all the comments on this page are negative. People are obviously fed up with such lawlessness. It is interesting that the group uses the new Iraqi flag in its logo. Baathist groups used Saddam’s flag, and radical groups don’t use the Iraqi flag at all. US officials have not said that the helicopter was shot down. 



A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that IAA helicopters conducted an airdrop operation in the west Anbar desert and captured several terrorists. 

This was in effect confirmed by Joint Ops Command spokesman Gen. Yahya Rasoul, who announced the arrest of 2 “important Daesh targets” in an airdrop operation in the Anbar desert. [Sumaria]




A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that security units captured 11 Daesh terrorists in a house in Shirqat and confiscated silenced weapons. The terrorists confessed that they were planning to assassinate election candidates. The source sent us photos of the captured terrorists. 



A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that PMF units captured a Daesh commander in Albu Ajil village. The source said that a PMF member, who was also arrested, was hiding the terrorist in the village.



IWMC says 313rd army brigade engaged Daesh terrorists in Hawijat northeast of Samarra on Monday and burned down three guesthouses. A search campaign following the battle resulted in finding a weapons cache and two boats. [IraqPress] 


Monday, Samarra Ops Commander Imad Al-Zuheiri announced the arrival of large military reinforcements from the MoD, MoI, emergency divisions, and security and intelligence units to support the Samarra Ops units in providing protection during the commemoration of the birth and death of Imam Ali Al-Hadi. [Sumaria]


A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that Samarra Operations Command units captured a group of Daesh terrorists in Al-Mu’tasem.


Daesh said on Saturday it killed an IFP soldier and wounded another in clashes near Al-Tayoub, north of Samarra. [ICDNMar17]


Daesh said it severely wounded an Iraqi government “spy” after targeting him with 2 IEDs in the Jalam Samarra area, on Friday. [ICDNMar17]


Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh said a group of its terrorists attacked the houses of an Iraqi Army general and a first lieutenant in the Jumhuriya area, in Dujail, on Thursday, killing three soldiers, wounding eight others, and destroying a vehicle, before returning safely. [ICDNMar17]


Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that security units found a Daesh weapons and food supplies storehouse north of Tuz Khurmatu.



Monday, the Baquba, Jalawla, and Mandali police announced the arrest of 6 wanted suspects on criminal and terrorist charges in various parts of Diyala. [IraqPress]


Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Monday, the War Media Cell reported that brigade 24 units and Diyala Ops Command carried out the Martyrs’ Avenge military ops to raid adjacent to the Qaraqosh base and near two villages in eastern Balad Ruz. It added that the operation destroyed several guesthouses and captured a number of suspects on terrorist charges. A joint security unit backed by the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) began a large-scale military operation on Sunday evening to secure Al-Nida basin. [IraqPress]



Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Daesh said on Saturday it blew up the house of two PMF fighters and an Iraqi Army soldier east of Hawija. [ICDNMar17]


Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Daesh said on Monday its snipers killed an Iraqi Army member near Al-Sumoud village, south of Daquq. Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNMar19]


Daesh said it blew up the houses of two PMF fighters near Albu Mohammed village, on Friday. [ICDNMar17]




Monday, Ninewa Ops Commander Najm Al-Jubouri was reported to have said that the Imam of Al-Islah Al-Zira’i area in west Mosul was arrested late Sunday night and then died due to torture wounds inflicted by an officer in the 20th Division. The officer was arrested to stand trial in military court. [Sumaria]

It was also reported by a DaeshDaily source that the Ninewa Operations Commander says that security units captured an Iraqi Army 20th division first lieutenant who was responsible for torturing and killing a mosque imam in west Mosul. 

However, the Security Media Center quickly denied that such an incident took place and said that Al-Jubouri did not make any statements on the topic. [Sumaria]


Sunday Times newspapers published a report about the situation in Mosul, noting that 8 months after its liberation the city remains destroyed and has unexploded mortar shells and hand grenades as if the war just ended. However, a UN official working with the Iraqi Army to demine Mosul reports that demining teams have so far dismantled 27,000 mines in Mosul. [SotIraq]

The UN de-mining program says that placing such number of explosives in one place before leaving it is unprecedented in history. It also says that UN teams found hundreds of workshops for manufacturing of explosives. The deputy commander of British Forces in the Coalition says Daesh even booby-trapped food cans, baby food, books, and household furniture, to target returnees and de-mining teams. [Baghdadia] 


Monday, the MIS announced the seizure of a large ammunition depot in southern Mosul. It contained 458 locally made mortar shells, 62 IEDs, and 9 gas cylinders. [Sumaria]


A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that the National Security Service and Iraqi Army 20th division captured at a checkpoint near Badoush in northern Mosul a truck loaded with large quantities of weapons and explosives hidden under loads of vegetables. The source says the truck had come from Syria. 


Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil/Shura

A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that a would-be Daesh suicide bomber surrendered to PMF units in Dahla village, in Shura. The source said he came out of a tunnel, but hesitated when he approached the PMFs. The source sent us photos of the bomber. 


Military intelligence says 20th army division found a large ammunition cache in Shura area south of Mosul including 458 mortar shells and 62 IEDs as well as other explosive materials. [Sumaria]


A police source in Ninewa says a joint force of army and local police units arrested on Monday a leading figure responsible of confiscating security and army personnel houses and properties in Shura south of Mosul, in addition to several others. It also says 30 more Daesh suspects were arrested in the Tanak, Yabisat, and Muhammara neighborhoods. [Mawazin] 




Military intelligence announced on Monday the breakup of a Daesh cell that planned to initiate terror attacks in Qayara, south of Mosul city. The group, all wanted on terror charges, was arrested by a unit of the 20th army division. [Baghdadia] [PressIraq]

A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Iraqi Army 20th division captured a Daesh cell in the Qayara area. The source says the cell was planning terrorist attacks. 


A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that Iraqi Army and PMF units captured a Daesh terrorist who was hiding in a village in Qayara. The source says the mukhtar of the village provided information that led to the capturing of the terrorist. The source says the terrorist was a hisbah official in west Mosul and was responsible for public punishments that included cutting off hands of many people. The source sent us photos of the captured terrorist. 





A DaeshDaily source said on Sunday that PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on Khunaifis village, north of Hatra, killing 3 terrorists. The source says a PMF fighter was wounded in the attack.


A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that a tribal PMF commander prevented 30 families of Daesh members from returning to their houses in Hatra and sent them back to a camp in Qayara.  



A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that more than 200 Daesh terrorists, led by Mullah Khaled Al-Kurdi, are hiding in the Qarah Dagh Mountains and planning to attack Makhmur and Qaraj. 


Western Ninewa


A Yezidi MP says Daesh is holding 120 10-13 years old Yazidi kids, mostly  from Sinjar, in areas still under their control in  Syria. They were all brainwashed and recruited to fight with Daesh. Yazidi CoR member Vian Dakhil called on Iraqi forces to treat those children as victims, not as Daesh warriors.

She says that Daesh had about 1060 Yezidi kids in custody, and trained them to fight in its ranks. Many were killed in battles and airstrikes, while some are still held by Daesh. [Sumaria]


Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to expand the Turkish military operation in Syria to the Iraqi border, hinting at the possibility of a military operation in Sinjar to clear it of the PKK. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Having done Iraq immeasurable harm in recent years, the Sultan is now doubling down. 




Babil Police command says a joint force of army, police, and intelligence units initiated a search in Iskandariya and Musayyib in northern Babel, finding two weapons caches and arresting 14 wanted persons. [Ghad] 




Turkish military sources told Anatolia press agency that Turkish army units killed 5 PKK fighters in Hakurk and Hani Rash in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. The sources say the total number of PKK fighters killed in this operation is 18 since March 10. [Mawazin] 



Enab Baladi reported that the “Free Army” factions take over Afrin fueled a dispute between Erbil and Suleimaniya in Iraq. Suleimaniya governor Hafal Abu Bakr announced a 3-day mourning period in the governorate hours after the “Free Army” entered Afrin, canceling Nawroz celebrations. Erbil considered this move outside of Suleimaniya’s authority. [EnabBaladi]




Turkey’s President Erdogan on Sunday claimed victory in the cross-border operation he launched in January to expel the YPG from Afrin, a town along the Turkish border. While the loss of Afrin delivered a major blow to the YPG’s hopes to establish a contiguous autonomous region, Turkey has resolved to clear the separatist fighters from other areas near its frontier.

Erdogan, buoyed by his army’s capture of Afrin, threatened to extend the offensive against separatist Kurdish militants to eastern Syria and northern Iraq.

Turkey’s military will shift their campaign to several towns under the control of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, including Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tal Abyad, Ras Al-Ayn and Qamishli, “until this terror corridor is fully eliminated,” Erdogan said Monday. 

Turkey has served notice to the Iraqi government in Baghdad that its forces would attack the major PKK camp on Mount Sinjar near the Syrian border unless Iraq takes action.

“If you are going to handle this, you do it,” Erdogan said in remarks directed at Iraq. “If you can’t handle it, then we may suddenly enter Sinjar one night and clear out the PKK there.” [Bloomberg] 

DaeshDaily comment. As we have pointed out repeatedly, Erdogan WILL make good on all of these threats until someone stands up to him. So far, the US government has complained a lot but not done much. Manbij is his next target. 





Monday, a “western diplomat” told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that Bashar Al-Assad chaired a National Council meeting on Saturday attended by military and security leaders. In the meeting it was decided to follow a series of precautionary procedures such as sending messages to Russia and Iran to provide protection in case of a US military strike. The Russian Army has distributed some of its forces in sensitive locations of the Syrian government in order to deter Washington. [Dorar]


Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric told reporters that the UN has received reports of arrests of civilians and looting of private property in Afrin, emphasizing the need to apply the ceasefire across all of Syria. [Rudaw]


Monday, the UN called on member states to extend urgent assistance and funding to alleviate the situation of tens of thousands of East Ghouta and Afrin residents. [Rudaw]


Monday, in a phone call with President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed concern over the situation in Afrin and East Ghouta, calling on Russia to do what it can to stop the battles and the civilian casualties. Macron also urged Putin “to come clean on any arms programmes that may not have been declared to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.” [BasNews] [Reuters]


East Ghouta

SOHR reported that the number of victims killed due to the intensified airstrikes and shelling on Douma city has reached 4, raising the total number of victims since the start of the attack on Ghouta to 1,411. The Russian MoD reports that over 3,500 people left East Ghouta on Monday. [Hawar]

Monday morning, opposition factions captured a number of Syrian government soldiers in Kafr Batna town in East Ghouta. In the past 2 weeks, the Syrian government forces killed over 250 members of the Jaysh Al-Islam (Islam Army) on Jabhat Al-Rihan (the Rihan Front) in East Ghouta. The Islamic Army reports that among the Syrian government’s dead members are officers mostly from the 4th division.  6 tanks were also destroyed. [Qasioun]


SOHR reported that over 4,000 residents left the southwestern pocket of Eastern Ghouta towards areas controlled by the Syrian government via the Hamouriya crossing. Monday, SOHR also reported that clashes broke out between the Islamic Army on the one hand and Syrian government forces on the other, in the Douma vicinity from the Masraba side. The clashes broke out after a new attack by Islamic Army fighters on the area in an attempt to advance into the area. [SyriaHR]


A Dorar Al-Shamiya Network reported says that Tahrir Al-Sham carried out a counter-attack on Syrian government locations in Kafar Batna in East Ghouta with a booby-trapped car, killing and wounding dozens of Syrian government and Iranian militiamen. [Dorar]


Sunday, the Human Rights Watch documented the Syrian government’s use of internationally-prohibited weapons during its last campaign to take over Eat Ghouta. The HRW called on the UN Security Council to “urgently demand a United Nations monitoring team be granted immediate access to areas of Eastern Ghouta now under government control. The team should document any crimes already committed; their presence may deter further violations. They should also visit sites to which the government is transferring Eastern Ghouta residents, as there are significant concerns about their treatment.” [EnabBaladi]


Thousands of civilians left Eastern Ghouta via safe passages in rural Damascus secured by Syrian Army units in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. [SyriaNow]




Monday, the US Department of State said that the US is deeply concerned over the events in Afrin as most residents have fled the threat of Turkish attacks. The statement urged all concerned parties in the area, including Turkey, Russia, and the Syrian government, to allow international humanitarian organizations access to the area. [BasNews] [State]


British Telegraph newspaper reported that British national Anna Campbell was killed on March 15 while fighting alongside the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin. [EnabBaladi]


Thursday evening, 11 people were killed by an explosion of a bomb-rigged 4-story residential building in Ahmed Shahawi neighborhood, as Turkey-allied militia units searched the building, according to Anadolu. [Qasioun]


The People’s Protection Units (YPG) carried out an operation against the Turkish Army in Afrin on Monday evening. It claims to have killed 50 of them, according to ROJ news. [ROJ]


Turkish government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said in a press statement that Turkey will not remain in Afrin permanently; its goal is to clear it of terrorists and bring peace and stability before handing it back to its owners. [Anadolu]


Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that Turkey is now stabilizing Afrin “so, there will be work to do in days to come but, at the same time, we will continue to provide humanitarian aid and also work with the locals to make sure they govern themselves – that their needs are provided.” He added that Afrin has been fully cleared of PKK terrorism and is under Turkish and Syrian Army control, and it is now being cleared of mines and explosives.  [Anadolu]


Sunday evening, a number of opposition groups participating in Operation Olive Branch decided to stop its members from entering Afrin City without formal permission after its capture from the YPG, according to announcements from Failaq Al-Sham and Sultan Suleiman Shah brigade. Sunday evening the second division of the third “Failaq” announced suspending two of its members for their involvement in theft and violating civilian rights. [Dorar]




Monday morning, an activist called Muhammad Al-Yousef said US forces carried out an air landing in the vicinity of an agricultural project between the Al-Hanwa Al-Kabira and Al-Tarrahiya villages southwest of Tal Hamis near a YPG military base near Qamishli. Al-Yousef added that the plane warned residents, with speakers, to remain in their locations before firing their heavy machine guns twice between 2:003:00 am. He added that the US planes hovered above the area throughout the raids of the houses in the area near the Iraqi border south of Qamishli. Al-Yousef explained that the operation took place following a meeting between US forces and military commanders in the YPG amid tightened security and plane surveillance. He also noted that US-Kurdish forces arrested two people believed to be connected to Daesh after raiding a village in southern Hasaka countryside days ago. [ZamanAlWasl]


A Zaman Al-Wasl reporter says that two civilians were killed and others were wounded in the past 2 days in car accidents involving YPG military vehicles in the streets of Hasaka. The reporter says a man was killed and his son was wounded after their motorcycle crashed into a speeding YPG military vehicle in Al-Sina’a neighborhood. In another incident, a Kurdish commander in the YPG ran over Abdulqader Maajoun due to speeding near the intersection between Al-Mufti and Tal Hajar neighborhoods, killing him on the spot. A member of the YPG was wounded due to speeding on his motorcycle on Tal Hajar Street. [ZamanAlWasl]


Central and West 


A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that 9 Tahrir Al-Sham members were killed and 2 wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Idlib city. 


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Monday evening, 10 Syrian Army soldiers were killed in battles with Daesh. Qasioun also reports that a number of Syrian Army units were killed due to a mine left behind by Daesh. Local sources report the withdrawal of Syrian units from their locations on the outskirts of Mayadin in eastern rural Deir Ez-Zor toward SDF controlled-locations. [Qasioun]


The confrontations between the Syrian government forces and Daesh in southeastern rural Deir Ez-Zor and the Homs desert adjacent to the Deir Ez-Zor administrative borders are ongoing, as part of an ongoing attack by Daesh. SOHR reports that at least 14 Syrian government militants of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities were killed. According to unconfirmed information, Daesh also incurred deaths among its units. [SyriaHR]


Albu Kamal

Sunday evening, a number of Syrian government units were killed in Daesh attacks on their locations in eastern rural Deir Ez-Zor. Local sources report that the latter carried out a violent attack on Syrian government posts in Albu Kamal, leading to the death and capture of a number of units on the Al-Hamdan checkpoint from the desert side. Meanwhile, A3maq reported that 8 units of the Syrian government forces were killed after their locations were targeted with projectile missiles in Albu Kamal vicinity, eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [Dorar]


Daesh said on Monday its snipers killed a Syrian soldier near Albu Kamal. It also said it targeted Syrian Army positions in the city with 6 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNMar19]

Daesh said its snipers killed two Syrian soldiers near Albu Kamal on Saturday. [ICDNMar18]

Daesh said it targeted Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal with 3 SPG9 rockets on Saturday. [ICDNMar18]

Daesh published on Sunday photos of targeting a Syrian Army position near Albu Kamal with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNMar18]

Daesh issued a video on Sunday of targeting 2 Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNMar18]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed eight Syrian soldiers with an SPG9 rocket near Albu Kamal. [ICDNMar18]


Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed a Syrian Army 130mm cannon and damaged another with 2 rockets in Al-Hamdan village, northwest of Albu Kamal. Daesh published photos of the attack. [ICDNMar18]


Daesh published on Sunday a photo of the sunset in Albu Kamal. [ICDNMar18]



Damascus/Rif Damashq 

Daesh said on Monday it continued its attack on government forces in Hay Al-Qadam, south of Damascus, and captured most of the area that was handed over by opposition groups to the government when they agreed to leave. Daesh said it killed more than 20 soldiers, and the battles were ongoing. [ICDNMar19]  

Daesh published photos of the Syrian Army casualties in Hay Al-Qadam. [ICDNMar19]


Daesh said on Saturday a group of its terrorists sneaked to a Syrian Army position in Hay Al-Qadam and killed 25 soldiers. [ICDNMar17]

Daesh published on Monday photos of publicly executing two men in Hay Al-Qadam. [ICDNMar19] 


Daesh issued a video on Sunday of Syrian bombing on Hay Al-Qadam. Daesh also issued a video of Syrian Army casualties and a destroyed BMP vehicle in the same area. [ICDNMar18]

Daesh said on Saturday it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and damaged another, with a rocket and with an IED, in Hay Al-Qadam. [ICDNMar17]


Daesh published photos on Saturday of Syrian bombing on Hay Al-Qadam. Daesh also published photos of Syrian Army casualties. [ICDNMar17]



Daesh published on Sunday photos of religious seminars conducted by its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, in a village northwest of Daraa. [ICDNMar18]


A DaeshDaily source said on Monday that Daesh cut off the hands of two young men in Sahm Al-Jolan after accusing them of theft. 




Neighboring countries


Monday, Lebanese media reported the death of Lebanese Hezbollah commander Ali Ridha Hussein Tarhini, who was also head of “engineering” in southern Syria. [EnabBaladi]


North Africa


A spokesman for the Egyptian armed forces says they are continuing their Sinai 18 operation against the terrorist presence in Sinai. He says that the Egyptian air force destroyed a vehicle and 12 other targets while land units destroyed a vehicle bomb approaching their security position southwest of Arish. During the armed clashes, 30 terrorists were killed in north and central Sinai, while 6 others were killed in Arish. 345 terrorists were arrested, 386 positions, tunnels, and storehouses were destroyed , and 17 vehicles of various types were either captured or destroyed. 1 army officer and 3 soldiers were killed, while 8 others, including two officers were wounded. [AhlMisr]



National Guards found a rifle, munitions, grenades, an explosives belt, and a motorcycle in a cave in Ben Guerdane, after chasing and killing two terrorists, one of whom detonated himself with a hand grenade. [Tunisien]

Tunisian MoI says the second terrorist, who accompanied the one who detonated himself, was killed by the chasing security troops. The two terrorists are yet to be identified. [Tunisien]






Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a policeman in Mogadishu. [ICDNMar19]




Daesh published on Monday photos of the spring in Jorjari and Wazir Tanki. [ICDNMar19]


Officials said that three people were killed and at least eight more wounded when a motorcycle bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 outside a rally being held by a veteran warlord who made peace with the government last year.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, told the media that the former commander, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, was not hurt in the blast that came 10 minutes after his rally ended, in the city of Jalalabad, as people were leaving the site. [RFERL] 

Daesh said on Monday it killed four pro-government militiamen and wounded ten by detonating a parked motorcycle bomb in Jalalabad. [ICDNMar19]


Daesh said on Monday that it wounded three Afghan Border Police members, including an officer, by detonating an IED on their vehicle in the Mohmand area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNMar19]



Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed a policeman in Khairpur, in Sindh province. [ICDNMar18]




Daesh published a photo on Saturday of one of its Iraqi terrorists, claiming that he was killed in the Salahuddin area. [ICDNMar17]

DaeshDaily comment. You might ask why Daesh would lie about that, but we have reported cases of Daesh members pronounced dead by Daesh who showed up in later battles. The purpose of the stratagem is to make authorities believe the person is dead, and so stop looking for him.


Daesh issued a propaganda video about its history in Iraq. [ICDNMar18]


Daesh issued a propaganda video about the Mosul battles. [ICDNMar18] 


Daesh issued a propaganda video about its “achievements” and how it implemented its sharia law. [ICDNMar18]


Daesh issued 2 propaganda videos about opposition group fighters who left their groups and joined Daesh in the Aleppo area. [ICDNMar17] [ICDNMar17]

Note to readers: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 


March 16, 2018









US loses all 7 personnel on downed helicopter in western Anbar. [..]

FIFA lifts ban on use of Iraqi soccer fields. [..]

Mattis cites “worrisome evidence” of Iranian election meddling. [..]

Mass grave with 35 Daesh members found in Tal Afar Province. [..]

Turkish Army conducts major military operation in northern Kurdistan. [..]

Halabja observes 30th anniversary of Anfal chemical attack. [..]



Turkey prosecutors demand long prison sentences for 13 journalists. [..]



Newspaper reports Syria killed 60 East Ghouta civilians with napalm. [..]

East Ghouta activists say 30,000 residents displaced from homes. [..]

Pentagon blames Russia for enabling Syrian atrocities. [..]

Turkish planes, rockets, attack Afrin Hospital, kill at least 18. [..]

US adds troops to its contingents in Manbij, eastern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]





Anti-Daesh Campaign

Friday, the Pentagon said that the US helicopter incident in western Iraq on Thursday does not appear to have been due to an enemy attack, and investigations are ongoing. All seven crew members were killed in the crash. [Rudaw]

The Coalition says that at approximately 6:45 p.m. GMT March 15, 2018, a U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. An accompanying U.S. helicopter immediately reported the crash and a quick reaction force comprised of Iraqi Coalition members secured the scene.

Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga at Operation Inherent Resolve said “This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations. We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today.” Braga also said “We are grateful to the Iraqi Security Forces for their immediate assistance in response to this tragic incident,” Braga said. “Iraqi Security Forces continue to demonstrate their professionalism, capabilities and flexibility as we continue the fight towards a lasting defeat of Daesh.” [InherentResolve] 


The Coalition says that between March 9 and March 15 it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, near Baghdad (2), Rutba (5), Al-Qa’im (1), Hawija (3), and Qayara (3). [InherentResolve]



Friday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi congratulated the Iraqi people on FIFA’s lifting of the international ban on Iraqi football (soccer) fields, noting that this came as a result of the nation’s security stabilization and the successes achieved by the Iraqi people across all areas. [Sumaria]


Friday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s media office stated that Al-Abadi received a phone call from US Vice President Mike Pence, wherein Pence commended Al-Abadi’s leadership in achieving victory against Daesh.” Al-Abadi emphasized that he is working on a long-term plan with the KRG to resolve all outstanding issues. He also says there is a plan is in place to reduce the number of American advisors and trainers in Iraq. [Sumaria]


Council of Representatives

Friday, CoR State of the Law member Mansour Al-Ba’iji, demanded that the Iraqi government inform Ankara of Iraq’s rejection of Turkey’s military operations in Iraqi territory “under the guise of hunting down the PKK.” He insisted that “these operations are completely unacceptable.” [Rudaw]



Friday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said “we have worrisome evidence that Iran is trying to influence, using money, the Iraqi elections.” [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. There is nothing surprising about that, and Iranian interference in Iraqi (including Kurdish) elections is an established pattern, but the Secretary’s statement reminds us that we have commented previously in favor of US military support to Iraq in managing this critical election. 


Iraq-KRG Issues

At a Friday sermon in Kadhimiya, in northeast Baghdad, imam Mohammed Mahdi Al-Khalisi welcomed the re-opening of the Kurdistan Region’s airports, on the condition they be under federal control, and said that “any step by the central government that should lead to improving the situation in the northern area, strengthens Iraqi unity,” and cancels out any separatist pretexts. [Sumaria]


Foreign relations

Friday, the CoR National Alliance spokeswoman Maysoon Al-Damlouji responded to the statement of the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi that “Tehran does not meddle in Iraq’s internal affairs” by “reminding him of the many statements by high-level Iranian officials, including a statement by Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati about the nature of governance in Iraq and rejection of liberals and civilians, in addition to other provocative statements by military leaders, some of whom considered Baghdad the capital of Iran.” [Sumaria]



On Friday evening, hundreds of anti-corruption protestors peacefully demonstrated in Al-Tahrir Square in Baghdad center to commemorate the “second annual anniversary of the first popular national sit-in,” and renewed their demands for reform, combating corruption, and improving services. [Sumaria]


Security-related incidents reported

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

Friday, Baghdadia reported that a muezzin (a mosque prayer chanter) was killed when an IED exploded in Mada’in. [Baghdadia] 




Friday, a security source said that five Daesh terrorists were killed by an Iraqi airstrike on Daesh hideouts in the Rutba desert west of Ramadi. [Baghdadia] 



Friday, a security source in the Anbar Ops Command revealed the death of four and wounding of four other soldiers in an armed attack on a checkpoint on the International Highway in southern Al-Qa’im District. According to the source, the attackers escaped in 4WDs deep into the western desert. [BasNews]



Daesh says it ambushed an Iraqi Army convoy on Wednesday, east of Rutba, killing an officer and six soldiers and wounding others. Daesh also says it detonated several IEDs on an Iraqi Army convoy in the Talaat area, west of Rutba, killing a major and six soldiers and wounding five other soldiers. [ICDNMar16]



A DaeshDaily source says security units conducted searches in different areas in northern and southern Salahuddin after getting information that groups of Daesh terrorists plan multiple attacks.



Friday, CoR Security and Defense Committee member, Adnan Al-Assadi, revealed that the killing of the commander of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s protection unit in Samarra on Tuesday was pre-planned and the sniper was waiting for him and shot him as he exited his vehicle. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. So now we hear that the general killed was the head of Al-Abadi’s protection unit. It would be helpful to have one source provide a complete explanation of what happened in this absurd and tragic incident.


Daesh says it severely wounded four IFP soldiers by detonating an IED on their vehicle in the Al-Mutasim area, on Thursday. [ICDNMar16]


Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Friday, the Military Intelligence Directorate announced that it found large quantities of rockets and explosives in two Daesh guesthouses during a search operation in the Rawashed and Al-Aqsa areas in Ishaqi. [Baghdadia]


A DaeshDaily source says a policeman was killed by a sniper in the Rawashed area.


A DaeshDaily source says Iraqi Army 9th division found a large Daesh ammunition and explosives cache in a tunnel in the Ishaqi area north of Balad. 


Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur,Tooz)

Daesh said it killed three PMF fighters, wounded two, and destroyed a vehicle with an IED in the Jalam Al-Daur area, on Wednesday. [ICDNMar15]



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Friday, Diyala police announced that its 5th Emergency Regiment destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses in the orchards area in northeastern Baquba. The forces also defused 6 IEDs and 3 explosive belts. [Baghdadia]

A security source says a civilian was wounded by an IED explosion in a village south of Kanaan in eastern Baquba. Following the explosion, a Daesh unit tried to attack a security checkpoint near that area but the attack was foiled, without any reports of casualties. [Baghdadia] 


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Friday, a local source in Diyala reported that a soldier was wounded in a shooting by unknown assailants on a security point near Al-Asakira in Khanaqin. [Sumaria]


Friday, a security source reported that security forces foiled a Daesh attack on a security point in northeastern Diyala, killing all the attackers and destroying their vehicles. [Baghdadia] 


KIRKUK (No reports)




A local source in Mosul says Civil Defense teams pulled out 10 bodies buried under the wreckage in east Mosul. The bodies included those of a woman and three children who were killed during the battles between Iraqi Army and Daesh in the Old City. [Baghdadia]


Friday, a security source reported that a security unit foiled an attempt by a Daesh group to infiltrate Al-Hod village in Qayara. The whole group was arrested. [Baghdadia] 


Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

Friday, the MIS announced the arrest of 4 terrorists who were hiding among residents in Hammam Al-Alil. [Sumaria]


Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

Friday, a security source reported that a mass grave containing the remains of 35 Daesh members was found in Ayadhiya subdistrict in Tal Afar. According to the same source, they were executed by Daesh for escaping from the battles against Iraqi troops. [Baghdadia]



Friday, Ninewa representative Jamila Al-Abidi revealed that on Thursday a Ninewa policeman was abducted, tortured, and killed in Baaj. She added that the armed abductors claimed to belong to a PMF militia despite the fact that the militia mentioned has no presence in the area. [Sumaria]



Dhi Qar, Wasit

Military intelligence says that based on prior intelligence reports, it arrested 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Dhi Qar and Wasit provinces south of Iraq. [Baghdadia] 



The Turkish Army announced that it carried out a military operation a week ago 15 km deep into the northern Kurdistan Region, destroying 23 PKK positions, killing 13 PKK members, and capturing 1 who was injured. The Turkish Army seized a group of weapons, including anti-tank missiles, RPG rockets, heavy machine guns, M16 rifles, and Kalashnikov rifles, in addition to a large number of light weapons, ammunition, hand-made explosives, documents, and rocket launchers. [Rudaw]



Friday (March 16) was the 30th anniversary of Saddam‘s chemical attack on Halabja.  


Friday, the KRG Council of Ministers reiterated its demand that the Iraqi government compensate the families of the victims of the chemical attack on Halabja city by the former Iraqi government 3 decades ago. [BasNews]

Daesh Daily comment. Based on attendance in Halabja at the 20th anniversary official commemoration, we can attest to the lingering negative impact of this attack, which killed 5,000 civilians. Halabja suffered a major population loss, and the carry-over medical effects of the attack caused the deaths of many others from unusually high cancer levels and birth defects. Over 2,000 people have been affected by breathing problems and throat conditions. The people of Halabja still need help, and have demanded more help from the KRG over the years, but lack of money has frustrated these efforts. 




Friday, Turkish prosecutors called for the imprisonment of 13 employees in the Cumhuriyet newspaper for up to 15 years on charges of “helping an armed terror organization without being a member” in a case that is raising concern over freedom of press under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This case is in fact a major example of the unconstitutional and authoritarian turn of the Erdogan regime. It amounts to an attack on any media organization seen as an independent voice or a source of political criticism. Cumhuriyet is a much respected newspaper with first-rate journalists. These prosecutions are part of Erdogan’s political witch hunt, and are a sad development in what is supposedly a NATO country committed to international standards of freedom and human rights. Unfortunately, other NATO countries, while critical, have been too tolerant of Erdogan’s descent into authoritarianism and not strong enough in supporting the victims of his regime.





Friday, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, announced that the Turkish forces and “Free Syrian Army” have captured 75% of Afrin. As for the US military support of the PYD/PKK in Syria, he said “they [the US] are providing a terrorist organization with different kinds of weapons at no cost, and refuse to sell them to us in return for money. Then, they say they aren’t supporting terrorism.” “If the US wants to work with us against terrorism, it must start to drive terrorists out of Eastern Euphrates,” he added. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. If the Sultan of Ankara really wants to fight terrorists instead of political opponents, he can start with the terror he has inflicted in recent months on his own people, including the journalists cited in the story above and all the other people he has jailed without legal justification.


Friday, Dorar reported that Erdoğan urged the US to “withdraw the Kurdish militias from the east of the Euphrates River in Syria if it wants to cooperate with Ankara,” saying that “Ankara is still open to all cooperation offers regarding Syria’s Manbij city.” [Dorar]


The Coalition says that between March 9 and March 15 it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, near Shaddadi (2), Albu Kamal (5), and Deir Ez-Zor (2). [InherentResolve]


East Ghouta

Friday, Zaman Al-Wasl reported that the Syrian forces targeted a gathering of civilians with napalm in Kafr Batna, killing over 60 civilians, mostly women and children. According to a local source, the Syrian forces targeted the residents who gathered in Kafr Batna Square after the Syrian government had announced that “whoever wants to leave the city should gather in Kafr Batna Square and head to the Syrian gathering points in Hamouriya.” [ZamanAlWasl]

According to Dorar, Russian aircraft attacked residential areas and a popular market in Kafr Batna with napalm, killing over 50 civilians and wounding dozens more. [Dorar]


Friday, the central military media cell announced that the Syrian forces captured Raihan town in eastern Douma city. [EnabBaladi]

Friday, Jaish Al-Islam spokesman Hamza Berqad said that “the opposition factions are engaged in fierce battles to foil the Syrian forces’ attempt to storm Raihan from different directions.” “Over the past 24 hours, more than 100 members of the Syrian forces were killed, and two tanks were destroyed during the ongoing battles with the opposition factions,” he added. [Dorar]


In a statement published on Friday, activists from East Ghouta appealed to the international community to intervene as a matter of urgency to protect 250,000 civilians living there. According to the statement, 30,000 families in East Ghouta, especially in Saqba, Kafr Batna and Haza, have recently been displaced to escape from death and gathered in unsuitable cellars, which led to massacres when they were shelled  by the Syrian forces. [EnabBaladi]


In a press conference on Thursday, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said Russia bears responsibility for the atrocities committed by the Syrian forces in Eastern Ghouta. “The situation in Eastern Ghouta mirrors what we witnessed elsewhere during the Civil War. Russia agrees to a cease-fire, but supports a regime that continues bombing innocent civilians,” she continued. “We urge Russia to compel the Assad regime to stop brutalizing innocent Syrian citizens and allow much-needed aid to reach the people of Eastern Ghouta,” she added. [ZamanAlWasl]


Daesh says it continued its attack government positions in Hay Al-Qadam, in south Damascus, killing 10 soldiers, wounding others, capturing a heavy machine gun, and destroying 2 tanks and a BMP armored vehicle. It also says its snipers killed a Syrian Army captain in the same area. [ICDNMar16]




Friday, the manager of the Kurdish Red Crescent in Qamishli, Delkesh Eissa, told Rudaw that Turkish planes conducted airstrikes on the Afrin Hospital, killing 18 civilians and wounding dozens others, in addition to causing damage to the hospital. Sources close to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) say the hospital was also hit with 3 rockets, killing 9 civilians according to initial counts and wounding dozens more. [Rudaw]


Friday, a YPG commander in Syria, Ali Muslim, said that the PYD could have avoided a war and handed Afrin over to Kurdish political parties instead of inviting the Syrian government forces to enter the city. He said that there were international agreements made regarding the Syrian case, either between the US and Russia on one hand or between Turkey and Russia on another.” He added that “these agreements took the form of political deals, in which areas of influence were divided among them. Therefore, we found that the armed opposition vacated most of its locations for the Syrian government without putting up a fight in several locations such as eastern Aleppo and Homs’s outskirts, and recently in Idlib’s northern countryside.” [BasNews]


 Friday, Hawar reported that the YPG destroyed two Turkish military vehicles in Maydanki and Naza villages in Bulbul. [Hawar]


Friday, the Turkish government-controlled Anadolu reported that 6 civilians were killed and 5 others wounded when an IED, planted by the YPG, exploded inside a house in which they were taking shelter in Cree Ghul village in Afrin. [Anadolu]



Thursday, US Joint Staff announced that new military reinforcements were sent to Manbij and Syria’s southern fronts in order to face the repercussions of the “battle of Afrin” north of Aleppo. Staff Director, Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. Mackenzie, said on Thursday that “the mobilization of SDF members to Afrin has decelerated the US-led coalition operations against Daesh in the lower Euphrates River Valley.” “We have done some repositioning to make sure of our own force protection, both down south, as well as up in Manbij,” he added. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a polite way of reiterating that Turkey’s Afrin invasion has in fact slowed the progress of the anti-Daesh campaign by causing SDF units to divert from the anti-Daesh fight. We can blame Erdogan but can also blame our own decision-makers for not standing up to his bullying. The next question is whether we will take a stronger stand on Manbij. Reinforcing US positions there, and in Deir Ez-Zor where they are menaced by the Russian mercenaries, could be taken as a message.


Northeast (No reports)


Central and West 


Friday, Dorar reported that a new ceasefire agreement was reached between Tahrir al-Sham and Syria Liberation Front in rural Aleppo and Idlib. Abu Al-Fath Al-Farghali, a member of the Tahrir Al-Sham shura council, announced that “a 48-hour ceasefire agreement has been reached between Tahrir Al-Sham on one side and Syria Liberation Front and Suqur Al-Sham on the other.” “During that ceasefire, the detainees will be released,” he added. [Dorar]


However, SOHR reported that clashes resumed between Tahrir Al-Sham and Noureddine Zenki in Aleppo. According to SOHR, Tahrir Al-Sham shelled areas controlled by Noureddine Zenki in western Aleppo. [SyriaHR]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)


Friday, SOHR reported that violent clashes are still ongoing between Daesh and the Syrian forces in different areas in Mayadin desert, accompanied by the Syrian forces’ intensified shelling of Daesh-held positions, with reports of casualties on both sides.  [SyriaHR]


Albu Kamal

Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army position with a rocket near Albu Kamal on Thursday. [A3maq]




See East Ghouta stories above


Damascus/Rif Damashq 

 Thursday, SOHR reported that clashes broke out between the Syrian forces and Daesh on the outskirts of the Yarmouk Camp, accompanied by mutual shelling. [SyriaHR]



Friday, local sources reported that opposition militias destroyed a Syrian tank with an RPG in Daraa, killing 4 members of them. Meanwhile, the Syrian forces shelled the opposition-held neighborhoods in Daraa Al-Balad.  [Dorar]


Friday, SOHR reported that 2 members of the Syrian forces were killed, and another was wounded when an IED exploded in eastern Hadar town in rural northern Quneitra. [SyriaHR]




Neighboring countries


Daesh says it stopped a Houthi attack on its positions in the Dhahra area, in Qifa, killing a fighter, wounding others, and capturing light weapons. Daesh also says it killed or wounded 4 Houthis with an IED in the same area. [ICDNMar16]


Daesh publishes photos of beheading a Houthi man in the Dhahra area. [ICDNMar16]

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Yemeni terrorists, claiming he was killed in Bayda. [ICDNMar16]


North Africa


Daesh says it killed a soldier and a policeman in an ambush near the Maidan area, west of Arish, on Thursday. Daesh published photos of the ambush. [ICDNMar16] [ICDNMar16]



Benghazi Criminal investigations department announced that one of its patrols arrested a sniper operating for one of the terrorist groups. His confessions led to the discovery of an cache of buried weapons. [Libya24]





Great Britain

An 18-year old Iraqi called Ahmed Hassan faces attempted murder charges on “overwhelming evidence” in connection to a bomb that partially exploded on a London Tube train in September and wounded 30 people. [Rudaw]




Daesh issued a propaganda video to the people of Ghouta in Syria. Daesh says in the video that it has not forgotten the people of Ghouta and it will support them against the Syrian government and against the Russians, unlike other opposition groups.  [ICDNMar14]


Daesh published two propaganda videos threatening attacks in Tunisia and Morocco, respectively. [ICDNMar13] [ICDNMar12]

The videos explain how the governments in those two countries are un-Islamic and promise that Daesh will start battlegrounds there. 


Daesh published a booklet answering questions from Daesh supporters in Nigeria about jihad. [ICDNMar14] 


Daesh also published two videos defending its type of Islam and attacking Muslim scholars. This is also part of Daesh’s international jihad propaganda. [ICDNMar8] [ICDNMar10]


March 15, 2018


Himrin Mountains 







US military helicopter crashes in western Anbar. [..]

7 Iraqi soldiers killed in Daesh attack in Rutba desert. [..]

Daesh kills several police & civilians in southern Salahuddin. [..]

PMF reports killing 80 Daesh members in Kirkuk in past 20 days [..]

Yazidi teen-ager tells a horrible story of his captivity. [..]



Up to 20,000 fled East Ghouta on Thursday. [..]

Syrian opposition leader accuses Assad of daily use of poisonous gas in East Ghouta. [..]

30,000 Afrin residents reported displaced by Turkey’s attacks on Afrin city area. [..]

Turkey’s President says US has promised a joint safe zone around Manbij. [..]





Anti-Daesh Campaign

A U.S. military helicopter crashed Thursday afternoon near Al-Qaim in Anbar Province. The officials said that so far there is no indication that the Pave Hawk helicopter was shot down. The Air Force helicopter is used for combat search and rescue, and was in transit from one location to another when it went down. Officials said that rescuers were responding to the location, but other details were not yet available. It’s not clear if there were any survivors but news reports indicate at least some of those on board were killed. In a short statement, U.S. Central Command said that “rescue teams are responding to the scene of the downed aircraft at this time,” adding that an investigation will be started to determine the cause of the incident. [AP]



Thursday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s media office stated that Al-Abadi held an extensive meeting with subdistrict managers and municipal officials in Baghdad. Al-Abadi heard a detailed presentation on the status of services and security, by Baghdad’s Governor and by subdistrict managers and municipal officials. Reportedly, necessary solutions were authorized for water networks, sewage, tiling, and other basic services in Baghdad city and its outskirts. PM Al-Abadi also pledged to hunt down the “major thieves” and recover the money they seized. While discussing the “problem of trespasses” on Iraqi territory, he urged the participants to refrain from “partisan loyalties.” [Sumaria]


Council of Representatives

Thursday, CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara and discussed the political situation in the region and the need to create new opportunities in bilateral cooperation and reinforcing relations between the two countries. [Sumaria]


Al-Jubouri also met with the Speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, İsmail Kahraman, and discussed the overall political and security situation in Iraq and the region and ways to reinforce the bilateral cooperation between the two countries across all sectors. Al-Jubouri reiterated that “Iraq looks forward to all friendly countries, including Turkey, participating in the reconstruction of liberated cities and rehabilitating them for IDPs to return.” [Sumaria]


However, CoR State of the Law representative Adnan Al-Assadi urged CoR Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri to cut his visit to Turkey short and return to the CoR to hold sessions and resume legislation. Al-Assadi held the Speaker responsible for the quorum not being reached in some sessions, citing the CoR’s laxity towards representatives’ absences from sessions. [Sumaria]



Thursday, former KRG parliament Speaker Yousef Mohammed told the press that the Kurdistan referendum was the reason behind the decline of the Kurds’ position in Iraq and the international community, describing the referendum as the Kurdish administration’s “peak of failure” during a meeting with UN political advisor Marianne Zumbolief. Mohammed, a Gorran legislator, emphasized the UN’s role in ensuring the transparency of the election process, noting that in past experiences the elections were rigged. [Sumaria]


Iraq-KRG Issues

PUK leader and former head of the PUK bloc in the CoR, Ala Talabani, stated that she clings to the unity of Iraq, and if this is a “betrayal, then she is and will remain proud of it.” Talabani had made similar statements last year saying the “Talabanis’ origins are Arabic Shia,” which caused some backlash. [BasNews]


Thursday, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi ordered the re-opening of the Suleimaniya and Erbil airports to international flights, after the legal procedures were completed to institute federal control over both airports. [Sumaria]


Thursday, the White House stated that US Vice President Mike Pence “was pleased to hear more about the re-opening of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s airports and the initial payment of some Kurdistan Regional Government salaries” during a phone call with President Haider Al-Abadi in which they also discussed the upcoming CoR elections. [Rudaw] [WhiteHouse]


Foreign relations

Germany’s designated new Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen reiterated the importance of Germany’s diplomatic and military role in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Defense Minister von der Leyen announced to the parliament’s members that the German military advisors will continue their duties in Erbil and support Iraqi forces near Baghdad. Their new tasks will not include combat, but will include training in de-mining and IED defusing, protection methods against chemical and biological weapons, and establishing a military training center. Von der Leyen also spoke about helping the Peshmerga forces, noting their importance in eliminating Daesh. [Rudaw]


The Iraqi government tweeted that it “welcomes the announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) certifying that Iraq has destroyed all of its chemical weapons remnants, and fulfilled all its obligations deriving from the Chemical Weapons Convention.” [Rudaw] [@IraqiGovt]



Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

The BOC says security units killed 2 suicide attackers armed with explosive belts in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. The two were preparing terror attacks in the area. [Baghdadia]


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Thursday, a police source reported that four civilians were wounded by a roadside IED near a street market in Radwaniya. [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]



The General Inspector’s office of the MoI says that a plan to shell Rustamiya in south Baghdad with Katyusha rockets was thwarted after a team from the office found the rocket launching platform with wiring and remote-control equipment in the Hawasem area in Rustamiya. [Sumaria]


According to a security source, security forces found an explosives and ammunition cache in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad. The cache included mortar shells, explosives charges, and hand grenades, among other items. [Ghad] 


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

Total IED incidents reported:   2




Thursday, the MIS announced discovery of a hideout containing 3 suicide belts prepared for targeting civilians in the Al-Zangoura area in Ramadi. [Sumaria]


A DaeshDaily source says Anbar Police arrested 11 people wanted on terrorism charges in Ramadi city.


Anah (including Rawa)/Al-Qa’im

A DaeshDaily source says a group of 20 Daesh terrorists attacked tribal PMF units near Rawa, killing two fighters. 


A DaeshDaily source says MoI units captured a Daesh commander, who was responsible for executing many people, in Hay Al-Risala in Al-Qa’im city. The source says security units barely saved the captured terrorist’s life, because many people were trying to kill him after he was arrested. 



A DaeshDaily source says Daesh terrorists riding Iraqi Army vehicles and wearing military uniforms attacked an Iraqi Army military position near Rutba, killing seven soldiers and stealing vehicles and weapons. The source says the terrorists fled toward the Horan Valley area after the attack. 

In a Sumaria report on what appears to be the same incident, a local source in Anbar revealed that 7 soldiers were killed and 7 others wounded in an armed attack during an operation by an Army unit in the desert southeast of Rutba. [Sumaria]


In a statement released on Thursday, Iraqi Border forces announced the launch of a military operation to clear the Anbar and Najaf deserts of Daesh. According to the statement, this operation is aimed at driving Daesh terrorists out and securing the whole area.  [Etejah] 

DaeshDaily comment. How often are we going to hear this announcement?




A security source says a PMF force intercepted several infiltrators attempting to enter Masihili village, east of Tilul Al-Baj, killing them all. The source says that two of the infiltrators were Daesh members coming from southwest Hawija. [Sumaria] 


A DaeshDaily source says a local policeman was killed by Daesh terrorists in Kan’ous village.


A DaeshDaily source says a PMF fighter was killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle near the Makhoul Mountains. 



PMF media says a PMF unit assisted by army helicopters attacked a Daesh gathering in Baiji District, killing 6 of them. The terrorists killed were wearing explosive belts and were supplied with foods and ammunition. [Etejah]



A tribal PMF commander told DaeshDaily that his fighters, supported by local police, pursued Daesh terrorists early Thursday morning in the Himrin Mountains area. He said that similar operations are ongoing to clear the mountains. 

PMF media says the 88th PMF brigade initiated a search operation in the Himrin Mountains looking for Daesh operatives in that area.  The operation included Al-Alam police units. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The Himrin Mountains is a large area and one of the areas still most affected by Daesh. A few tribal PMF units are not going to clear the area of Daesh members. What is needed is a much larger operation with a more comprehensive scope.



Thursday, head of the Iraqi Forces Alliance, Representative Salah Al-Jubouri, extended the bloc’s condolences to the relatives of Gen. Sharif Ismail and urged Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to oust Saraya Al-Salam from Samarra and unify the ops commands under a single professional administration to be led by officers they consider as qualified, such as Abdulwahhab Al-Sa’edi and Ma’en Al-Saadi. Al-Jubouri also urged that all medium and heavy weapons be withdrawn from all armed factions to strengthen the rule of state and citizenhood. [Rudaw]


Thursday, Commander of Samarra Operations, Gen. Imad Al-Zuhairi, announced that Federal Police units destroyed 5 Daesh guesthouses and arrested a number of suspects on terrorism charges southwest of Samarra. [Sumaria]


Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Thursday, a security source in Salahuddin reported that a number of civilians were wounded in an in indiscriminate shooting on vehicles by unknown assailants on a road side in Al-Jumhuriya neighborhood in eastern Dujail. [Sumaria]


A DaeshDaily source says a civilian was wounded when a group of terrorists attacked Dujail city. The source says security units are chasing down the terrorists. 


Thursday, a security source in Salahuddin reported that a policeman was killed by a sniper bullet in Balad district in southern Salahuddin during a search duty in the Al-Rawashed and Al-Athiya areas. [Sumaria]


A DaeshDaily source says two policemen were killed and two others wounded when a group of Daesh militants attacked a checkpoint in Tal Al-Dhahab village, south of Balad. 


Daesh says it killed three IFP soldiers, wounded four others, and destroyed an SUV with an IED in the Rawashed area in Balad District. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed three IFP soldiers, wounded seven others, and damaged an SUV with an IED in the Al-Adhba area in Balad. [A3maq] 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a tribal PMF military position in Mazari’ village in Yathrib subdistrict in Balad, killing two fighters and wounding three others before returning safely. [ICDNMar15]


Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Head of the Kurdish Islamic Union (KIU) in Tuz Khurmatu, Faraman Abdullah, revealed that Gorran, Kurdish Islamic Union, and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) have returned to Tuz Khurmatu to re-open their offices in the district, after receiving approval from the Tooz District Mayor and Rapid Response forces. Abdullah added that certain political parties that used to occupy governmental buildings are now facing obstacles in returning to these buildings as the Iraqi government refuses to hand over the buildings to them. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Doing the arithmetic, there are five consequential political parties in Iraqi Kurdistan. They include the three in this story.  Therefore, 5 – 3 = KDP and PUK.



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Thursday, a high-level security official in Diyala reported that a security unit arrested the Sheikh of the Dulaim tribe near Bani Saad with an official arrest warrant. [Sumaria]


Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Thursday, the Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council, Adnan Al-Tamimi, announced that a Diyala Police emergency unit destroyed two Daesh guesthouses in the farm area of Bablan Al-Sadrani village, 10 km (6 miles) north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]


Thursday, Diyala Ops Commander Mizhar Al-Azzawi announced that joint security forces backed by the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) captured “the largest” Daesh weapons and ammunition guesthouse in northern Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]


A local Diyala official announced the start of a large-scale security operation to pursue Daesh operatives in the eastern part of the province. The PMF, Army, and police units, with air support, are participating in the operation targeting Sinsil valley, Mahrout River area, and villages north of Muqdadiya. Two Daesh guesthouses and several IEDs have been destroyed so far. [Baghdadia] 


Thursday, a security source said that based on accurate intelligence reports, security forces arrested a wanted terrorist in Muqdadiya.  [Ghad] 


Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Thursday, Diyala representative Furat Al-Tamimi held certain security commanders in Diyala responsible for the trap set up by Daesh for the border guards near the Kirkuk base on the Mandali-Balad Ruz road. He urged Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to hold an expanded meeting and make decisive decisions to prevent Diyala’s security from collapsing. [Sumaria] We reported yesterday that five border guards were killed by Daesh in this incident.


Daesh says it shot and killed two Shia near a brick factory in Balad Ruz. [ICDNMar15]



Thursday, Commander of the PMF Kirkuk Operations, Abu Husam Al-Sahlani, said that “over 80 Daesh members, including suicide terrorists, were killed by the PMF security and intelligence operations in Kirkuk during the past 20 days.” [Sumaria]


Thursday, Kirkuk Governor Rakan Sa’eed Al-Jubouri announced that during his visit to Turkey at the invitation of the Turkish Prime Minister, he discussed re-stabilization plans for liberated areas and rebuilding Kirkuk. [Sumaria]


Tuesday, a security source said a civilian was wounded when a motorcycle bomb exploded in the Tis’in-Al-Quds intersection in central Kirkuk city.



Kirkuk Ops Commander and head of security, Maj. Gen. Ma’en Al-Saadi announced that two people affiliated with a group that calls itself “Jama’at Al-Nar” were arrested, accusing them of targeting Turkmen front bases in Kirkuk city. A third person escaped. [BasNews]


Gen. Al-Saadi also said in his press conference that Coalition planes conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh locations in the Himrin Mountains range and in the Dibis District in coordination with the Iraqi Army. The airstrikes killed 2 Daesh terrorists, including 2 commanders, the military official of Daesh in Dibis, and the official in charge of vehicle rigging in Dibis. [Rudaw]


Wednesday, an Iraqi security unit arrested the spokesman of the Kirkuk Police, Gen. Afrasyaw Kamel, after he participated in the removal of a statue of former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani set up just 2 hours earlier by PUK members in Kirkuk city. Kamel was released 8 hours later through connections in the PUK and a CoR member. [BasNews]


Thursday, Maj. Gen. Ma’en Al-Saadi announced that CTS units freed a female child who was abducted from Al-Askari neighborhood in Kirkuk city, and captured the abductor and his vehicle.[Sumaria]


Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Thursday, the PMF and IFP resumed their raids and search operations to track Daesh in the villages surrounding the Hawija District.[Forat]


Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

The IFP’s 1st division says it destroyed 6 Daesh tunnels and 3 IEDs in an operation in the Al-Rashad subdistrict of Daquq. It says that another unit destroyed 14 additional tunnels, a booby-trapped house, and 3 IEDs in Khardat village south of Daquq. It added that the 5th IFP division is searching Shay Valley and Zaklawa areas in Kirkuk and destroyed 3 more IEDs. [IraqPress] 



Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A 17-year old Yazidi teen-ager told the story of his imprisonment in Daesh prisons for 4 years in Badoush, Mosul, and Tal Afar, before managing to escape Iraq following an army rocket attack that cost him his leg. He was aided to escape by Syrian Kurdish units and ended up in a Hasaka hospital. He was imprisoned with 33 other kids who were forced to attend military and religious training in Hama in Syria. 15 of his co-prisoners were killed in Daesh suicide attacks in Raqqa, Deir Ez-Zor, and Mosul. Sufian found it difficult to identify his family immediately due to the long period of imprisonment, accompanied by physical and psychological conditions. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. If you want to understand the agony still being suffered by the Yazidi people, re-read this story. 


Thursday, a Ninewa CoR representative, Nahla Al-Hababi, said that “1200 people, including 600 women and children, are still missing since Daesh captured Tal Afar District in 2014.” [Baghdadia] 



A DaeshDaily source says Yazidi PMF units kidnapped and then killed a local policeman from Baaj and dropped his body near Domiz. The source says the policeman belonged to the Khatouni tribe, which supported Daesh in the Ninewa area; but the policemen himself was anti-Daesh and had left the area when Daesh took control of it. 



Thursday, the Turkish Army announced that the Turkish Air Force destroyed 8 PKK locations inside the Kurdistan Region’s borders on Wednesday. [BasNews]




Thursday, Anadolu reported that 11 Daesh suspects were arrested in Turkey’s western Kokjali district. [Anadolu]





East Ghouta

Thursday, local media sources said that thousands of civilians have left central Eastern Ghouta and headed to the Syrian forces-held areas in Rif Damashq through “Al-Ahlam” corridor on the outskirts of Hamouriya, which was opened by the Syrian forces under the supervision of Russia. [EnabBaladi]


CBS News reported on Thursday that 12,000 civilians left East Ghouta during the day.

Later reports raised the estimate to 20,000.


Thursday, Syrian Negotiation Assembly leader Nasr Al-Hariri said that the Syrian government is targeting East Ghouta with poisonous gases while the UN Security Council is still unable to stop those massacres. In a Twitter statement Thursday, Al-Hariri said “the Syrian regime is still using poisonous gases on almost a daily basis, and they have been recently used in Hamouriya in Eastern Ghouta. However, the UN Security Council is still unable to stop these horrible massacres.” [Dorar]


Wednesday, Dorar had reported that the Syrian forces launched a barrel bomb attack that contained poisonous gases on Hamouriya, causing the suffocation of over 20 civilians. [Dorar]


Thursday, according to military sources, Dorar reported that Syrian opposition factions recaptured large parts of Hamouriya, which had previously been captured by the Syrian forces. This counter-attack killed dozens of members of the Syrian forces.  [Dorar] [Qasioun] 

However, later reports said Syria was close to capturing Hamouriya.


Thursday, Syria Now reported that the Syrian forces have reached the outskirts of Jisreen after cleaning Aftris village and capturing the surrounding farms. Meanwhile, the Syrian forces foiled an attack on Al-Hamamiyat and Karnaz. [SyriaNow]


Daesh publishes photos of weapons and ammunition it captured in Hay Al-Qadam. [ICDNMar15] 

Daesh publishes photos of its newly captured areas in Hay Al-Qadam. [ICDNMar15]




SOHR reported that more than 30,000 people have been displaced since Wednesday as a result of Turkish bombardment of Afrin and its surroundings. SOHR says they have reached the outskirts of the city and the areas held by pro-Syria forces. [SyriaHR]


Thursday, Qasioun reported that the Turkey-allied Syrian militias captured 14 villages in Jinderes, Sheikh Hadid and Bulbul in Afrin. [Qasioun]


Thursday, Hawar reported that the YPG destroyed two Turkish military vehicles in Cree village in Rajo subdistrict, killing and wounding several members of the Turkish Army and its allied militias. [Hawar]


In press conference on Thursday, a spokesman for Turkey’s President Ibrahim Kalin announced that Turkey will not hand over Afrin to the Syrian government after it fully captures it. He also said that “the “Olive Branch” Operation has captured 70% of Afrin.” 

As for Manbij, he said “Turkey and the United States will establish a “safe zone’ around Manbij if Washington fulfils its promises, according to the road map approved by Turkey and the United Sates.” [ZamanAlWasl] [Dorar]




Raqqa city& district

Hawar reported that the Co-Chair of the Public Relations Committee of Raqqa Civil Council and member of the SDF Relations Office, Omar Alloush, was found dead at his home Thursday morning. [Hawar] [Dorar]


Central and West 


A DaeshDaily source says 4 Tahrir Al-Sham members, including an Egyptian commander, were killed by unknown armed men in Hizano, in northern Idlib. 


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

A DaeshDaily source says the SDF arrested 20 young men in Madhloum town east of the Euphrates without giving any reason. The source says a tribal leader and local residents protested near the SDF headquarters in the area, but the men were not released. 


Albu Kamal

Thursday, Zaman Al-Wasl reported that Daesh attacked the Syrian forces’ positions in Al-Jalaa, south of Hajin,  and Al-Abbas, northwest of Albu Kamal city, killing 7 members of the Syrian forces on Wednesday. [ZamanAlWasl]


A DaeshDaily source says SDF units killed 2 Daesh snipers with a rocket near Al-Bahra village. The source also says an SDF fighter was wounded in clashes with Daesh near the village. 


A DaeshDaily source said on Wednesday that PMF units on the Iraqi side of the border rocketed Daesh positions in Syria, killing 7 terrorists, including an Iraqi commander. 


Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions near Albu Kamal with 3 SPG9 rockets. [ICDNMar15] 

Daesh says it targeted a Syrian Army military position near Albu Kamal with an SPG9 rocket, killing two soldiers. [ICDNMar15] 



Thursday, press reports said that Jordan summoned the leaders of the Syrian opposition factions operating in southern Syria to Amman. According to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, “they were summoned after the US State Department called last Monday for an urgent meeting in Jordan to ensure that the ‘de-escalation zone’ is maintained.” [Dorar]


Damascus/Rif Damashq 


Thursday, EnabBaladi reported that Syrian opposition factions laid siege to Al-Yarmouk Basin, controlled by the Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled. [EnabBaladi]


Thursday, according to a “Palestinian Camps” page, Dorar reported that “a ceasefire agreement has been reached between the Syrian government and Daesh in the Daesh-held areas in Al-Yarmouk Camp, Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, Al-Tadamun, and Al-Qadam neighborhood.” According to the agreement, Dorar added, the Syrian forces will open the Al-Qadam neighborhood checkpoint for Daesh members within the next few days. [Dorar]




North Africa


Daesh source say two Egyptian soldiers and their driver were killed in ambush near Malahat Al-Sabaika south of Arish, on Wednesday. [ICDNMar15]  




Daesh issued more videos of its science fiction series, in which it occupies Washington DC and several countries in Europe. [ICDNMar15]


Daesh publishes the 123rd issue of its Naba’ magazine. This issue republishes reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It also publishes an article about new laws in Tunisia and how these laws oppose Daesh’s version of Islam. [ICDNMar15]