An Update On ISIS Activities

April 24, 2017



A Daesh Terrorist Blows Himself Targeting Journalists (Yalla)







Coalition, IAF conduct multiple air attacks on Rawa, Anah. [..]

Frustration grows with delayed Hawija liberation, as Daesh executes 8 more. [..]

Turkish planes attack YPG in Sinjar. [..]

Basra PC casualty estimate indicates human cost of Daesh struggle. [..]


SDF gaining ground in Tabaqa city fighting. [..]

SDF claims victory in numerous villages north of Raqqa. [..]

Thousands of displaced residents escaping from Raqqa-area warfare. [..]





Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with the Belgian Minister of Interior, Jan Jambon, and discussed the war against Daesh and reconstruction of liberated areas, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: There will be more such meetings, because Iraq needs all the help it can get to meet the overwhelming costs of reconstructing its war-damaged cities.  


Former President Jalal Talabani met in Suleimaniya with Ahmed Al-Sadr, head of the Sadrist Current’s reform committee, and several other Sadrists leaders. The Sadrist delegation has been meeting with several Iraqi officials and politicians, including Prime Minister Abadi and Speaker Jubouri, to discuss the upcoming elections, the situation after Mosul liberation, and other Iraq issues. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Muqtada has introduced his 31-year-old nephew as the leader of “reforms” in the Sadrist Current. Ahmed, whose father was assassinated in 1999 with his grandfather, has a master’s degree in politics from Beirut. Muqtada has lost many of his close aides, who either formed their own groups, were involved in corruption, or left the country, and is trying not to introduce a new face. 


The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve] 



Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A security source says security forces arrested 4 Daesh operatives of Daesh’s “North Baghdad wilayat” in Tarmiya. [Maalomah]


Daesh says it destroyed PMF positions with an IED in the Strategic Line (oil pipeline) area near the Safi river near Taji. [DENApril24] 

Here Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in the Strategic Line area, killing an officer and two fighters on Sunday. [A3maq]


Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A police source says unidentified men shot a civilian to death in Hay Al-Basatin in Shaab. [Ghad]


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Military Intelligence Service says it captured a “dangerous” terrorist in an security operation in Dora. [Buratha] 


Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says armed men shot and killed an electricity supplies shop owner in Suwaib using silenced guns. [Ghad]

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV in the Al-Oweisat area in southwest Baghdad with an IED, killing the fighters inside. [DENApril24] 


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says a roadside IED in Haswa exploded, targeting a police patrol, and wounded three policemen. [Ghad]


Total Baghdad incidents reported:   7(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   3




Iraqi forces found a weapons and explosives cache in Hay Al-Tamim. [MoD Website] 



IWMC says Iraqi forces killed 14 Daesh combatants while clearing Haditha storehouses and Wadi Horan areas southwest of Kubaisa. [ARA]

Tribal Mobilization commander says that a preemptive operation in Dolab, near the Baghdadi subdistrict in Hit, resulted in arresting 13 Daesh combatants planning for suicide attacks in the area. The raid was based on prior intelligence. [Maalomah] 


Northwest Anbar

A DaeshDaily source said on Saturday that the IAF destroyed the Rawa Stadium. Daesh was using the stadium as a vehicle bomb factory.


IWMC says Coalition planes destroyed two guesthouses and killed 21 Daesh combatants in Rawa. [ARA]


A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed four people in Al-Ubaid village in Rawa district after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces.


Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in Anah, killing 4 terrorists. Coalition planes also destroyed a Daesh weapons and ammunition storehouse in the Al-Ubaidi area, killing 4 terrorists. [MoD Website] 


A DaeshDaily source says Daesh issued orders to find and imprison the people in Al-Qa’im who don’t send their children to Daesh schools. The source says Daesh is imposing fees on the people. The source also says most of Daesh’s “teachers” are Saudis.



A security source says Daesh booby trapped parts of the international expressway in the Kilo 80 area east of Rutba. [Sumaria]


Daesh ambushed a convoy of army soldiers returning home from their leave east of Rutba, killing 10 and wounding 20. 8 soldiers are missing and believed to have been taken prisoner by Daesh. [Sumaria]

The spokesman of Tribal Mobilization forces in Anbar says that they and the army will start a major campaign shortly to liberate remaining parts of western Iraq. He says that the delay was due to lack of enough manpower given the large areas still held by Daesh in western Iraq. [Mawazin]

Daesh publishes photos of ambushing 2 alleged Iraqi Army vehicles west of Rutba. [ICDNApril24]


The Mayor of Rutba District says 2 Daesh commanders were arrested in an army raid on Mujahid station, 60 km wet of Rutba city. [Maalomah]


A military source says army forces killed three Daesh combatants who were planting IEDs on the road leading from Rutba to the Trebil border crossing. [Maalomah]


Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded others, and destroying an SUV in an ambush in the Kilo 40 area north of Rutba. [DMNApril24] 




Iraqi Army 60th brigade stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains, killing 5 terrorists. [MoD Website] 


Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Ain Al-Baidha village with 16 mortars. [DMNApril24] 


Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Al-Badou village with 4 mortars. [DENApril24] 



PMF Press says PMF units ambushed and killed 4 Daesh suicide attackers before they could enter Baiji. [Sumaria]


Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Thermal Station area, killing several terrorists and destroying 9 hideouts. Iraqi forces also destroyed a Daesh vehicle near the Al-Zuwiya Intersection. [MoD Website] 


Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF military vehicle on the road between Baiji and Haditha. [DENApril24] 


Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter on the road between Baiji and Haditha. Daesh also says it destroyed a PMF bulldozer on the same road with an SPG9 rocket. It says it targeted the PMF position on the road also with an SPG9 rocket. Daesh also says it targeted PMF positions on the road and in several areas north of Baiji and south of Shirqat with 219 mortars. [DMNApril24] [DENApril24]



Iraqi forces found 33 IEDs in the Al-Dayoum area near Tikrit. [MoD Website] 



PMF Press says PMF units killed a Daesh suicide terrorist south of Samarra. [PUKMedia] 


Samarra Operations Command units arrested 2 men on terrorism charges in Samarra. [MoD Website] 


Daesh says it destroyed an IFP SUV with an IED in the Jalam area near Samarra, killing the soldiers inside. [DENApril24] 



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Diyala Police says it found a Daesh guesthouse in Al-Hamid village, near Balad Ruz. [Sumaria]


Daesh says it targeted a Shia village in Khan Bani Saad with 5 mortars. [DENApril24] 


Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Diyala Police says it captured a person on terrorism charges in Wajihiya subdistrict. [Sumaria] 


Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV in Al-Dawalib village in Muqdadiya with an IED, killing two fighters and wounding three others. [DENApril24] 


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV in the Thallab Valley in Sadiya in Khanaqin with an IED, killing the fighters inside. [DENApril24] 



Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

AAH, a component of the PMF, demanded that the government order the liberation of Hawija immediately. A spokesman says Hawija is a constant threat to security in Salahuddin, Kirkuk, and all surrounding areas. He says this operation should have preceded the Mosul campaign. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. We haven’t found much to agree with in the statements of the AAH, a radical and Iran-oriented militia, but the analysis here is right. It is because of Hawija that we still have so many problems in the surrounding provinces and districts. These problems will continue until the government decides to do something about Hawija. A lot of people have died waiting for this decision.


Kirkuk’s Governor says that there are no signs that liberation of Hawija is near, likewise stating the importance of liberating this city that threatens security in all the areas around it. He was speaking to the heads of service offices of the province. [ROJ]


The Hawija Tribal PMFs supervisor says Daesh executed eight young men in Hawija after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces and helping families to escape Daesh controlled areas. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is an example of the comment above. People keep dying as Hawija waits for the government forces to come. As that day continues to be postponed, some of Iraq’s brave citizens continue to die. 



Joint Operations Command says 70% of west Mosul is under Iraqi control. It also says that military speaking, the whole west side is under control as it the Daesh-controlled areas are surrounded from all sides. A spokesman of the JOC says Tal Afar liberation plans are in place, awaiting the Commander in Chief’s orders to start. [Sumaria]



Mosul liberation campaign

A security source in Mosul says Daesh’s grip on its areas has loosened, as evidenced by the smoother flow of civilians from its areas compared to earlier. He says it seems Daesh is busy with more urgent things than chasing escaping civilians. [Anadolu]


Central Mosul

A security source says security forces liberated children imprisoned by Daesh on the outskirts of Zanjili. Three children were saved while another died due to torture. The children were imprisoned for violating religious orders. [Buratha]


IFP says it killed 7 Daesh foreign combatants including Abu Yasin Al-Russi, a Daesh military planning official, in the old city. [IraqPress]


IFP says it arrested a Daesh commander in the Malaab (stadium) area in the old city. [PressIraq]


Daesh says it attacked IFP and Rapid Intervention positions near Bab Al-Tob, killing or wounding several soldiers and damaging an armored vehicle and capturing 2 military positions, in addition to weapons and ammunition. [ICDNApril24]

Daesh issues a video report about its attack on Iraqi forces in Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]


Daesh issues a video of battles in the Bab Al-Jadid area. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP military position near Bab Al-Beidh, next to Bab Al-Jadid. [DENApril24] 


Southwest Mosul

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed 75 civilians in Hay Al-Tanak before it was forced out. The source says Daesh checked the names of civilians in the street, and if these civilians were not residents of the area they were executed. They are doing the same thing in other areas, in order to identify people trying to escape toward Iraqi troop positions.


Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS positions in Hay Al-Tanak with a vehicle bomb. Daesh also says it targeted the CTS with rockets in the same area, destroying 3 bulldozers and 2 Humvees. [ICDNApril24]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a CTS bulldozer with an SPG9 rocket in Hay Al-Tanak. [ICDNApril24]


Here Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces bulldozer and Humvee and damaged another in Hay Al-Tanak and the Al-Matahin area. [A3maq]


Daesh says its snipers killed three CTS soldiers and wounded another in Hay Al-Thawra. [DMNApril24] 

Here Daesh says its snipers killed six CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Thawra. [DENApril24] 


A Daesh Daily source says a CTS sniper killed Ahmed Ajil Al-Ahmedi, a senior Daesh commander who used to be the “wali of Salahuddin,” in Hay Al-Sihha, close to Al-Thawra southwest of Zanjili.


West-central Mosul

IWMC says IAF planes attacked a Daesh gathering in Islah Al-Zera’i neighborhood in west Mosul. Waradana]


Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army, IFP, and militias” in different areas of Mosul city and nearby villages with 172 mortars, 12 Katyushas, and 6 heavy artillery shells. [DENApril24] 


Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi forces Humvee and destroyed 5 military positions with SPG9 rockets in different areas in west Mosul. [DENApril24] 


Daesh says twenty-two people were killed and forty wounded, including women and children, by “American and Iraqi” bombing on residential areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This is today’s iteration of the now daily made-up story about how airstrikes only kill innocent civilians and (implicitly) don’t kill Daesh members.


North & northwest Mosul

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers with an SPG9 rocket in Shreikhan village, near Rashidiya in northwest Mosul. [A3maq]


Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

Iraqi forces killed 4 Daesh combatants who tried to enter Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict to initiate attacks there. 4 Iraqi policemen were killed in the battle. [ARA]


Daesh says it killed three PMF soldiers, wounded others, and destroyed a military position in an attack near Muhalabiya near the Tal Afar line. [DENApril24] 


Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

A DaeshDaily source says tens of families from Abu Maria, Al-Ashiq, and nearby villages east of Tal Afar, managed to escape toward Peshmerga forces in Aski Mosul. The source says Daesh might have lost control over these villages. However, another DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed many of the civilians before they could reach the Peshmerga positions. 


IWMC says IAF killed 9 Daesh combatants and destroyed two vehicle bombs as they prepared to attack Tal Afar airport. IAF planes also destroyed a tunnel network and a basement containing weapons and an ammunition cache in the Khidhr Ilyas village area southwest of Tal Afar city. Waradana]


A PMF commander says PMFs are ready to liberate Tal Afar city whenever high command orders are issued. He says US and regional political pressure is delaying the Iraqi government decision to liberate the city, which is surrounded from three sides. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. It may be recalled that a decision was made before the Mosul campaign was launched that PMFs would not enter Tal Afar city, to avoid any sectarian incidents that would rebound against the central government. Otherwise, the PMFs could probably have taken the city by now, even without the help of other military forces. However, the main reason they are still waiting is likely that the west Mosul campaign is still dragging on.


Daesh says it destroyed a PMF fuel tanker truck with a heavy sniper gun near the Tal Afar Airport, killing one fighter. [A3maq]



A DaeshDaily source says that according to local sources, Turkish planes targeted YPG positions in Sinjar. 

Rudaw TV says Turkish planes launched more than 10 airstrikes on the YPG on Karachok Mountain. [Rudaw] 



Daesh says twelve civilians were killed by a heavy “American” bombing on Baaj city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Today’s second probably made-up story about errant airstrikes that kill innocent civilians instead of Daesh fighters. Reality is that Daesh has been taking a beating from airstrikes in Baaj, and has lost numerous leaders there.




Chairman of the Basra Provincial Council security committee says 1,400 men from Basra, security forces and PMF members, have been killed and more than 4,100 wounded in the war against Daesh so far. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Read those numbers again. There is a brave and tragic story behind them.



Maysan police says two men on a motorcycle shot dead two civilians in Iskan village in Maysan.  [Sumaria]




Russia says it is ready to send more land forces to Syria should the government so request. Press sources way that Russia is concentrating on the western part of Syria, while the US is more interested in the eastern part. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. This is basically because the US priority is on defeating Daesh, while Russia’s priority is propping up Assad, whose presumed constituency is primarily in western Syria.


A member of the Syrian CoR expects an air attack larger than the American strike on Shayrat Airbase in Homs. He says the strike will come in the south, most likely with Jordanian support. [Dorar]


The Coalition says it conducted 24 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (12), Raqqa (7), Deir Ez-Zor (3), and Palmyra (2). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


West of Raqqa

Fighting inside Tabaqa continues, as SDF says it liberated three more neighborhoods in north, east and west sections of the city from Daesh combatants, under intense air cover from Coalition planes. [Hawar]


SDF says Daesh initiated a major counter attack on SDF forces in Ayed Al-Kabir and Jab Abu Jabir villages southwest of Tabaqa airport, and on other three villages to the east including Sahl Al-Khashab village on Deir Ez-Zor Road. SDF says that the attack failed, resulting in the death of 72 Daesh combatants, including 2 “emirs,” and destruction of 10 vehicle bombs. Coalition planes initiated 7 airstrikes against Daesh in these areas. Tabaqa and surrounding areas witnessed a big sandstorm in which vision was reduced to less than 5 meters, which Daesh took advantage of. [Hawar]

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Sahl Al-Khashab village with 10 mortars. [DENApril24] 


SDSF says Raqqa is now under full siege after the cutting off the roads connecting it to Damascus, Iraq, and Deir Ez-Zor. The SDF spokeswoman says that capturing Raqqa itself is a matter of a short time. [Qasioun]


SDF reported that Daesh executed several of its commanders recently in reaction to the recent defeats in Raqqa and surroundings. [Hawar]


SOHR says Coalition planes killed 4 women and seven children when they attacked a car near Tabaqa city. [SyriaHR]

SOHR says in a later count that 3 women and 5 children died in the Coalition strike on their car leaving Tabaqa, bringing the total civilians killed by US air strikes in Syria to 1264, including 280 children and 187 women. [SyriaHR]


SDF says it destroyed a Daesh vehicle and killed 4 combatants at the Ajrawi junction east of Tabaqa, while Coalition planes killed tens of combatants in airstrikes in Hay Al-Wahab and north Tabaqa areas. [Hawar]

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on SDF positions in Ahmed Al-Khalaf village west of Al-Tabaqa. [ICDNApril24]

Daesh says it killed five SDF fighters in an attack near Abu Huraira village west of Tabaqa on Sunday. [A3maq]


North of Raqqa

SDF says the two wings of SDF forces that started this phase of the campaign north of Raqqa have linked up between the Tishrin farm area and Huzayma village. [Hawar]


SDF issued a statement announcing the liberation of northern Jalab Valley, which includes tens of villages and towns, and the rescue of thousands of people from Daesh captivity. It also called on international organizations to help in assisting over 20,000 IDPs hosted by SDF as a result of this operation. [Hawar]


SDF says thousands of IDPs escaping war and Daesh areas arrived from Raqqa areas through a safe route opened by SDF to Jab Al-Sha’er, northwest of Raqqa. It says around 10,000 more will be coming from Tishrin farm area in the coming days. [Hawar]

SDF say eight IDPs from Raqqa lost their lives following the sandstorm in Jab Al-Sha’er village. The spokeswoman of the IDP camp says asthma was the cause of death of these elderly IDPs, as no proper medicines are available in the camp. [Hawar]

Four other IDPs lost their lives due to the explosion of Daesh land mines, during their escape from war areas in Tabaqa towards SDF positions. [ARA]


SDF also says 15,000 IDPs have arrived in Ayn Eissa, escaping Daesh areas, and were received in its IDP camps under harsh weather conditions. [Hawar]

Kurdish sources say a large civilian campaign is taking place to gather in kind donations to the IDPS in Raqqa including mainly food water and clothes supplies. [Hawar]


YPG mourned one of its leaders, from Kazakhstan, killed fighting Daesh in the Al-Jazeera area in Raqqa province. [Hawar]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Syrian opposition says the advances of the regime forces in Hama would pave the way for them towards Idlib, especially after evacuation of Fawaa and Kefraya which were points of pressure against the regime. Government forces recaptured Halfaya in Hama yesterday. [Hawar]


Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

YPG says it attacked Turkish soldiers near the Syrian border, killing several of them. No more details are available. [Maalomah]


Turkey continues demographic change operations in Kurdish areas of Syria, say Kurdish sources. It says that Turkey expelled over 720 persons from Al-Shaba subdistrict of Afrin and replaced them with combatants’ families coming from Homs. Those families have left Al-Waar neighborhood of Homs in an exchange agreement between Turkish and Syrian governments. [Hawar]

The Kurdish sources added that the plan is to bring around 2,000 persons from 450 families covered by the exchange agreement from Homs and place them in the Numan Kurdish village. 


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it killed 5 government soldiers in an attack on Al-Abtar Mountain southwest of Tadmur, captured earlier by government forces. [Qasioun]


Daesh says it killed four Syrian soldiers after trapping them near the Tadmur Silos. [DENApril24] 


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The Government says it blocked a Daesh attack on Deir Ez-Zor airport, inflicting heavy casualties on the attackers. [SyriaNow]


Daesh publishes photos of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in Hay Al-Ummal in west Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNApril24]


Daesh publishes photos of a military surplus shop in Mayadin city. [ICDNApril24]


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

Jaish Khaled, the Daesh affiliate, ordered civilians of Jillen city in Daraa to evacuate the area. Jillen is on the touch lines with opposition forces fighting Daesh in the area. Observers believe Daesh is expecting an attack on this area. [EnabBaladi]


Daesh shelled with mortars the Al-Yarmouk camp in Damascus while humanitarian aid was entering it. The shelling killed 2 opposition fighters. [Qasioun]


Israel’s Minister of Defense says Daesh has fired into the Israeli side of Golan Heights only once, and apologized immediately. He says that firing on the Israeli side of the Golan always comes from the Syrian army side, adding that it is Iran, not Daesh, which orders firing at Israel. [EnabBaladi]


Daesh says it destroyed 2 vehicles carrying opposition fighters with IEDs near the Baghdad Barrier northeast of Al-Seen Airport east of Damascus. [A3maq]




North Africa


Egyptian army says it killed two terrorists, destroyed 15 positions, and arrested 5 of them in an operation in central Sinai. [Anadolu]


Daesh says its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier near Arish city. It also says it damaged an armored personnel carrier with an IED near Arish on Sunday. [A3maq]


A security source says terrorists hijacked an ambulance in Arish city center. The source says the terrorists were forced to leave the ambulance and flee after security units trapped them in Hay Al-Safa in the south. [ElWatan]


Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on 2 Egyptian Army armored personnel carriers west of Arish city and near the Al-Qawadees area. [DENApril24] 

Here Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier and a Humvee with 2 IEDs east of Arish city. [A3maq]


Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED near Sheikh Zuweid. [DENApril24] 


Daesh says it killed an Egyptian Army “spy” west of Rafah. [DENApril24] 


Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army M60 vehicle with an IED south of Rafah. [DENApril24] 




Lebanese Army says it killed a Daesh local commander and arrested 10 others in an army assault on Arsal village on the Syria-Lebanon border. The army says the commander killed was wanted on several terrorism charges. [ARA]




A Daesh terrorist blows himself up as he targets journalists in west Mosul (photos.) [Yalla] 


Videos of the Day


A Daesh terrorist blows himself up on IFP soldiers. [YouTube] 


A Daesh “policeman” captured by Iraqi forces in Mosul. [YouTube] 


IFP soldiers attack Daesh near the Al-Nouri mosque. [Facebook]

IFP soldiers battle Daesh is west Mosul. [Facebook]

IFP soldiers chase a Daesh vehicle bomb. [YouTube] 


An IAA helicopter destroys a Daesh vehicle bomb in west Mosul. [Yalla] 


Prime Minister Abadi takes a tour of Mosul Al-Jadida. [YouTube] 

Iraqi forces liberate another Yazidi girl from Daesh in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. [Mawsleya]


PMFs fight Daesh near Tal Afar. [Facebook]


A Daesh terrorist left his vehicle bomb and fled in west Mosul. [YouTube] 


Tens of families escape west Mosul. [Mawsleya]


Daesh destroyed historical sites in east Mosul. [Mawsleya]


The Ninewa Operations commander returns a Christian woman to her house in east Mosul, forcing out the squatters. [Mawsleya]


CTS units clear Hay Al-Tanak, Hay Al-Thawra, and Hay Al-Sihha. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]



Manbij Military Council troops, part of the SDF Raqqa liberation campaign, kill 2 Daesh suicide terrorists and capture another near Tabaqa. [YouTube] 



A terrorist blows himself up after being trapped by security members in Qasantina in Algeria. [YouTube] 



Russian security units capture one of the terrorists who planned the Saint Petersburg attack. [RT] 




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]



Daesh Sources 
A3maq: A’maq, a Daesh “news agency”
ICDN: Internet Collected Daesh News
DMN: Daesh Morning Newsletter 
DEN: Daesh Evening News Letter

Note to our readers: Due to unavoidable circumstances, we were unable to publish yesterday’s issue. We have caught up with most of those stories today. This had not happened before. We apologize for the problem.


April 21, 2017


West Mosul (Mada)






Latest Erdogan bombast draws Al-Maliki reaction. [..]

Small-scale Baghdad attacks target Shia pilgrims. [..]

CTS captures two more neighborhoods in west Mosul. [..]

Several more Daesh leaders killed in west Mosul. [..]

Car bomb in east Mosul kills 5, wounds 144. [..]


Pro-Erdogan newspaper says Turkey will attack Kurds in both Sinjar, northern Syria. [..]


SDF captures two more villages north of Raqqa. [..]

SDF-Daesh battle for Tabaqa continues. [..]

US kills Daesh facilitator of New Year’s Eve Istanbul bombing near Mayadin, Syria.  [..]


Egyptian planes kill 19 terrorists in North Sinai. [..]





Former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki denounced a statement by Turkey’s President Erdogan, describing it as blatant intervention in Iraqi affairs. Erdogan said earlier that the PMF is a terrorist force. [Hawar]

Erdogan also denounced the raising of the Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk, and called Europeans Nazis and liars. He says Turkey will help build a Syrian national army and rebuild cities for the people. He also called for a no-fly zone in an area of 5,000 sq. km north of Syria. [ROJ]


Iraqi kidnappers (possibly from Iraqi Hezbollah) released 26 Qatari hunters, including a prince, and handed them over to Iraq’s Ministry of Interior. Details of this vague kidnapping that took place in 2015 are still unknown. Some sources speculated about a large ransom paid by Qatar, others about a possible connection to the 4-city exchange (Fawaa , Kefraya, Madaya, and Zabadani) under way in Syria. [EnabBaladi]


The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), Tal Afar (1), Al-Qa’im (1), Rawa (1), Fallujah (1), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve] 



Security-related incidents reported

There were incidents in multiple Baghdad locations in which Shia pilgrims going to the Kadhimiya celebration in northwest Baghdad were the intended victims.


Northeast (Adhamiya)

Baghdad Operations Command says its units prevented a suicide terrorist from detonating himself among Shia pilgrims on Al-Dujail road, north of Baghdad. It says the terrorist was forced to blow himself up away from the Shia gathering. However, it says four pilgrims were wounded in the attack. [Sumaria] 


North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says an IED targeted a Tribal Mobilization patrol in Al-Ru’oud, wounding two of its members. [Sumaria]


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says IFP foiled a terror attack on the pilgrims heading to Kadhimiya in northwest Baghdad, in the Shakha 9 area. A suicide attacker dressed as a police officer and driving a booby-trapped motorcycle was killed and his motorcycle defused before he could  reach his target. [Sumaria]


A police sources says two civilians were wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Albu Aitha. [Sumaria] 


Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says four Shia pilgrims were wounded when an IED exploded near Saidiya. [Sumaria] 


A security source said on Thursday that four Shia pilgrims were wounded when an IED exploded near Saidiya. [Sumaria] 


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Military Intelligence Service says it captured a terrorist who was planning to attack Shia pilgrims in Hay Al-Jami’a in Mansour. [Ghad]  


Total Baghdad incidents reported:   7(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   5




The MoD says Military Intelligence found a large weapons cache in a house in Shuhada neighborhood in Falluja city, containing chemical warfare face masks among other items. [Maalomah] 


8th  army division say it killed Abu Abdullah Al-Zoba’i, the Daesh emir of Falluja, in an operation near Razaza Lake in Anbar. [Buratha] 



The MoD published photos of weapons and ammunition caches discovered in Albu Farraj and Albu Dhiab in Ramadi. [Ghad] 


Northwest Anbar

Chairman of Anbar Provincial Council’s security committee says 120 fighters from Albu Nimr tribe, supported by American troops in 5 Humvees, attacked Daesh in the Al-Baghailiye area north of Rawa, killing 20 terrorists. He says the Daesh terrorists were preparing to launch an attack on Haditha.    [Sumaria] 


A Tribal PMF commander says the IAA attacked a Daesh training camp in the Jtaiba area, northwest of Haditha Lake, between Rawa and Haditha, killing 20 terrorists and destroying several vehicle bombs. [Maalomah] Rawa is located northwest of Haditha.

The Jazeera Operations Commander says security forces supported by tribal fighters and Coalition planes started a military operation to clear areas north of the Haditha Lake, killing many terrorists and destroying vehicle bombs. [Buratha] 


A security source says a Coalition airstrike killed 6 Daesh combatants and destroyed their HQ in Akashat, south of Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria]




Daesh says it targeted a PMF position south of Shirqat with 4 mortars. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter and destroyed 2 vehicles near Makhmur on Thursday. [A3maq]


Daesh publishes photos of 2 of its terrorists near Kan’ous village. [JustPaste]



A police source in Baiji says Police, Tribal Mobilization, and Jaisat tribesmen repelled a Daesh attack on Malha village in Baiji, killing one suicide attacker after a battle that lasted several hours. [Sumaria] 

Daesh’s version says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked “houses of infidels” in the Al-Malha area east of Baiji. Daesh says after heavy battles with PMF units that lasted for ten hours, the suicide terrorists detonated their explosive vests, killing “tens of infidels”. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the 2 masked terrorists. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it targeted PMF and IFP positions near the Al-Asmeda Bridge, and on the road between Baiji and Haditha, with 28 mortars. Daesh also says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier on the same road. [JustPaste]



Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV and an IFP SUV in the Al-Jalam area in Samarra with IEDs, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]



Muqdadiya and Abu Saida

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP SUV with an IED on the road between Al-Mansouriya subdistrict and Al-Shohani village in Muqdadiya, killing five IFP members. [JustPaste]


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Mayor of Khalis says IAA army helicopters destroyed a Daesh “secret logistical support base” that provided Daesh with food and other supplies in Al-Mita near the Salahuddin border. 5 Combatants were killed in this attack and an AA gun that started shooting at the attacking planes was destroyed. [Sumaria]

PMF units captured a Daesh mortar shells hideout in a search of Al-Sama and Hafayer villages near Sadiya. [Sumaria]

Military intelligence says it found an explosives cache in an empty house in Assalam subdistrict of Khalis. [IraqPress]



Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

PMFs say they killed 2 Daesh combatants and destroyed their vehicle in Qate’ village in Hawija. [Maalomah] 


Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Yorgon village, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, killing 4 terrorists, including an Uzbek commander, and wounded ten others. The source also says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Daquq, killing several terrorists. [Sumaria] 


Five civilians were wounded, including three children, when a mortar shell fell on their house in Al-Bashir. [AIN] 




Mosul liberation campaign

Central Mosul

The IFP commander says his troops killed a relative of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, in addition to the Daesh “minister of zakat” and a Daesh “judge” in a rocketing on Zanjili northwest of downtown Mosul. He also says his troops killed the Daesh chemical weapons official in addition to a Daesh Dagestani leader and his deputy near the Fifth Bridge. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]


IFP says it killed 14 Daesh combatants, destroyed 8 vehicle bombs and defused 55 IEDs in Al-Thawra. It also says it killed a Russian Daesh commander responsible for vehicle-rigging operations  and 4 of his Asian bodyguards in Zanjili. [Sumaria] 


A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed 30 civilians, including women and children, who were trying to escape from Hay Al-Zanjili to Hay Al-Thawra. The source also says Daesh snipers killed many civilians in Hay Al-Thawra. 


A DaeshDaily source says a neurosurgeon was killed when a Daesh mortar shell fell on his house in Hay Al-Thawra. 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh is setting cars on fire in Hay Al-Zanjili. 


Daesh says heavy battles erupted with IFP units in the Al-Meshahda area. Daesh says after killing or wounding several IFP soldiers and destroying 3 Humvees and an armored vehicle, it “cleared the Al-Meshahda area completely.” [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of battles in the Al-Meshahda area. [A3maq]


Daesh says its snipers killed four IFP soldiers in the Bab Al-Tob area. It also says it damaged a Humvee and shot down a drone in the same area. [JustPaste]

Daesh says Coalition planes mistakenly destroyed a building where IFP soldiers were barricading near Bab Al-Tob, killing or wounding several soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Yet another “report” from Daesh’s creative writing department on errant Coalition airstrikes. No Daesh members are ever killed in these airstrikes if you believe Daesh.


Southwest Mosul

Ninewa Liberation Command says CTS units captured Hay Al-Nasr and Hay Al-Thawra. [Sumaria]


Daesh says it killed nineteen CTS soldiers, including an officer, wounded two others, destroyed a Humvee, and damaged a bulldozer in Hay Al-Thawra. It also says several CTS soldiers were killed or wounded after walking into 3 land mine fields in the same area. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Another “report” from Daesh’s creative writing department  on enemy soldiers killing themselves by walking into Daesh land mines.  Note the report just above that Daesh has actually lost Al-Thawra.”Daesh is always victorious” (even when it isn’t).

Side note: Al-Thawra sometimes  shows up in both Central Mosul and Southwest Mosul stories because of its in-between location, west of downtown but southwest of Zanjili.


A Ninewa police source says Daesh executed 13 of its combatants in Musherifa , for deserting battles in Al-Thawra. 

The source also says 5 Daesh combatants surrendered to Iraqi forces earlier in Rifa’i. [BasNews] 


Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack it conducted on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tanak. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The video was filmed from a long a distance. That’s because  Daesh lost Hay Al-Tanak long time ago. The creative writing department is working overtime.


Daesh says its snipers killed four CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Tanak, Hay Al-Yarmouk, and Hay Al-Thawra. It also says it destroyed a CTS military position in Hay Al-Thawra with an SPG9 rocket, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]


Daesh says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units in Hay Al-Tanak with 2 vehicle bombs, destroying a Humvee and damaging a bulldozer and 2 other Humvees. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee in Hay Al-Tanak with an IED, killing four soldiers inside. It also says it destroyed a CTS position with a rocket in the same area. [JustPaste]


Daesh says Coalition planes mistakenly targeted a building were CTS soldiers were barricading in Hay Al-Tanak. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. So far, Coalition planes kill only civilians and Iraqi soldiers, according to Daesh. It leaves one to wonder how those departed Daesh terrorists, whose pictures are published almost on daily basis, get killed.


IFP says it freed an 11 years old Yazidi girl held by Daesh as prisoner in Hay Al -Tanak. The girl’s name is Farah Dakhil, and was handed over to Judiciary authorities in Hammam Al-Alil.  [Sumaria] 


North & northwest Mosul

A security source says an explosion in 17th of July neighborhood killed a Daesh poisonous gases official and five of his assistants. It seems that one of the rockets they were arming with chemicals went off by accident. [Sumaria]


Military intelligence says Coalition planes killed Abu Abdullah, Daesh’s military official of west Mosul, while he was in his car in Islah Al-Zera’i neighborhood in northwest Mosul. [Ghad] 


East Mosul

A military source says a car bomb parked in Al-Zuhour neighborhood in east Mosul exploded, killing three civilians, an army officer and a soldier, and wounding 144 others. [BasNews] 


Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in west Mosul and in areas northwest of Mosul with 195 mortars, 26 heavy artillery shells, and 4 Katyushas. [JustPaste]


Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldiers in different areas in west Mosul on Thursday. [A3maq]


Daesh issues a video of a “new invention” it used in Mosul. The invention is a vehicle bomb equipped with anti-armor rockets. [A3maq] 


Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

The JOC says the IAF bombed a group of Daesh terrorists who were attacking the Tal Afar Airport, killing 9 terrorists. It also says the IAF destroyed Daesh tunnels and weapons and explosives storehouses in Tal Afar, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Harbi] 


PMF says it killed Abu Omar Al-Mosuli, a Daesh commander, as Daesh tried to penetrate defense lines near the desert. [Maalomah] 



IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh weapons factory and a vehicle bombs factory in Bulaij subdistrict southeast of Sinjar city, killing 7 terrorists from Arab countries. It also says the IAF destroyed a Daesh headquarters west of Bulaij, killing 12 terrorists, mostly foreigners. [Sumaria] 


IWMC says the IAF destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs, an anti-aircraft cannon, and a hideout north of Al-Qayrawan. [Sumaria] 



Joint Operations Command (JOC) says a Coalition airstrike in Baaj killed three assistants of Awwad Al-Baghdadi. All there are ex-Iraqi Army officers. [BasNews]

PMFs say they destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and killed two of its combatants in the Al-Jazeera Desert. [Forat]


IWMC says IAF planes destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and a vehicle bomb factory in Bab Al-Khair village in Baaj, killing at least 15 terrorists. [Ghad]  

DaeshDaily comment. The recent profusion of news reports from Baaj is noteworthy, as there were previously hardly any developments reported from Baaj. The trend shows the extent to which the Ninewa Liberation campaign and the anti-Daesh effort in general have moved into the desert. There have also been more reports from Hatra, a desert province east of Baaj. Several of our stories are about Daesh leaders killed in Baaj, an indication that one reason for the increasing number of stories is that Daesh operations have to some extent moved into desert areas, where they were less likely to be detected. Given the recent airstrikes, perhaps it is not so easy to hide there anymore.



An Iraqi Army 91st brigade officer says the brigade stopped a Daesh attack in the Haj Ali area, killing 9 terrorists. The brigade (also called Hawler Brigade) used to belong to the Peshmerga, and now it’s under the MoD. [BasNews]  



A police source in Basra sys Basra police arrested two men wanted on terror charges during a search in Qurna, north of Basra. [Sumaria]




Yeni Safak, a  Turkish daily close to the ruling party, says Turkey is planning a two-fold operation in Syria and Iraq under the name of Tigris and Euphrates Shield, targeting the PKK in Sinjar and Qara Qozaq south of Kobane in Syria. The paper says the operation will be coordinated with Russia and the US. The paper says that areas cleared from PKK would be handed over to KDP Peshmerga after the operations. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t know which parts of this story are true, if any, but they can’t all be true. We hope it’s a trial balloon. At this point, Turkey’s participation in Syria is nothing more than interference, and its presence in Iraq is a continuing provocation. 


Turkish security arrested three person wanted on terror charges in Antalya, one of them Syrian. [Dorar]




Russia’s Ministry of Defense says a Russian army major working as advisor and trainer of Syrian government forces was killed in an attack by armed gunmen on the army positions. The ministry did not specify the exact location. [Qasioun]


The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (8), Raqqa (5), Deir Ez-Zor (3), and Albu Kamal (5). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


Al-Sanadid Arab militia headed by Hmaidi Al-Jarba, whose members are from the Shammar tribe,  called on Arab youth to join its ranks.  Al-Sanadid is with the SDF, but says joining an Arab militia, to avoid being subject to compulsory military recruitment by the Kurdish PYD. [ZamanAlWasl]



West of Raqqa

The SDF advanced 500 meters in Hay Al-Iskandariya in east Tabaqa city, killing 20 terrorists. [PUKMedia]  

The SDF also freed 10,000 civilians from the Raqqa area and moved them to secure places. [PUKMedia]  


SDF says it found a mortar shell workshop in Tabaqa during its advance in the city. Photos published. [Hawar]


Sources close to SDF say some of its forces are advancing north of Tabaqa and are now fighting in Tishrin town, while the other wing is advancing inside the city of Tabaqa itself, coming from its western side, and have reached the Al-Alam roundabout. [ARA]

SOHR says Daesh killed 7 SDF fighters in the raging battles inside Tabaqa. [SyriaHR]


Coalition planes killed a woman and several civilians in an airstrike on Tabaqa Friday, while Daesh executed a young man for cooperating with the SDF and Coalition in the city. Battles are taking place now inside Tabaqa. [Qasioun]

In addition to the woman, SOHR says Coalition airstrikes killed two more civilians in the Maysaloun farm. [SyriaHR]

SOHR says while battles continue in and around Tabaqa, two children were killed and another wounded by a Daesh land mine in Hunaida, east of Tabaqa. [SyriaHR]


Daesh says its snipers killed seven SDF fighters “on the outskirts of” Tabaqa city. [A3maq] 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Suwaidiya Kabira village north of Al-Tabaqa with 40 mortars. [JustPaste]


Daesh says five people were killed and three wounded in an “American” airstrike on Al-Hal Market in Tabaqa. [A3maq]


Daesh says three SDF fighters were killed after walking into a landmine field east of Al-Tabaqa. Daesh also says it targeted SDF positions at Al-Tabaqa Airport and surrounding areas with 24 mortars, 4 Grad rockets, and several SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]


North of Raqqa

SOHR says SDF captured Kabash Sharqi and Rayan villages north of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]


Daesh counter-attacked SDF forces in two farm communities in Tishrin that were  captured by SDF earlier. The battle is continuing . [Hawar]


Kurdish sources say Daesh mines wounded an IDP and his daughter on Nasr farm, 15 km (9 miles) north of Raqqa, as they were escaping the city toward SDF forces. [Hawar]


Daesh says it killed or wounded nine SDF fighters with a rocket in Al-Hikma village north of Raqqa. It also says it shot down an SDF drone north of Raqqa. [JustPaste]


Raqqa city

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its battles in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq] 



Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Daesh says it killed 21 government soldiers and destroyed two vehicles in its operations against government forces advancing from Deir Hafer south towards Maskana and Jarrah military airport, the only areas along with 20 villages remaining under Daesh control east of Aleppo.  [EnabBaladi]


Daesh says it attacked Syrian Army and Shia militia positions in Al-Atshana east of Deir Hafer, killing twelve soldiers, wounding others, destroying a BMP armored vehicle and 2 other vehicles and capturing a machine gun-mounted vehicle. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of the vehicle it captured. [JustPaste]


Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say unidentified plane attacked YPG position on Barsa Mountain between Azaz and Afrin killing and wounding 10 of its fighters. The plane could not be identified pending an official YPG statement. [ARA]


Kurdish sources say they received 1,360 IDPs escaping opposition and Daesh controlled areas in Jarabulus, Al-Bab, and Azaz. They entered Afrin through Qatma crossing, where some will stay and others will head to other Syrian areas. [ARA]


Turkey and its allied militias resumed shelling SDF position in two villages  near Tal Rifaat in Azaz. SDF artillery fired back at the firing sources. [ARA]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Government says it forces blocked several Daesh counterattacks along the 90 km (56 mile) battle line east of Homs, inflicting heavy casualties to the attackers. [SyriaNow]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Col. John Thomas, chief spokesman for US Central Command, says US troops killed Daesh “facilitator” who was tied to the deadly New Year’s nightclub bombing in Turkey.  Abdurakhman Al-Uzbeki was described as a crony of Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. “He was known to interact with him in various ways over time,” Thomas said about Uzbeki’s relationship with Al-Baghdadi. Uzbeki was tied to the New Year’s attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that killed 39, the military said. “He was involved in plotting external terror plots,” Thomas said. “We’ve clearly linked him with the Istanbul” attack.

The ground operation was conducted by US Special Operations forces near Mayadin, Syria, according to a defense official who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the operation, the network reported. [NewYorkPost]   


Daesh engaged government forces in a new Daesh attack on Deir Ez-Zor military airport. The battles raged at the same time in various parts of the city under intense air strikes by Syrian Army planes. [Qasioun]

Syrian government says its forces killed 8 Daesh combatants in the airport perimeter. [SyriaNow]


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

The opposition’s Free Army says it recaptured Alyaniya village, in the eastern desert area, from Daesh control. It has said it is targeting Daesh up to Albu Kamal in Deir Ez-Zor. Opposition sources say battles are taking place under the supervision of Inherent Resolve (US operation). [EnabBaladi]


Daesh says it killed three opposition fighters with an IED near the Baghdad Barrier, northeast of the Al-Seen Airport. [A3maq]




North Africa


Egyptian Army said on Thursday that its planes targeted ABM terrorists in North Sinai, killing 19 terrorists, including a senior commander, and destroying 4 vehicles and several hideouts. [Youm7] 


A security source says an IED targeted a police armored vehicle on the Sea Road in Arish, killing a policeman and wounding a civilian. The source says another policeman was killed when an IED exploded on a police armored vehicle in Hay Al-Ubour, in Arish. [Rudaw] 


Daesh says it killed three Egyptian Army “spies” in Rafah city. [JustPaste]





Daesh is reported to have claimed responsibly for the Champs-Élysées attack in Paris that left one policeman killed and two wounded. Daesh’s A3Maq says the executioner is Abu Yousif Al-Beljiki. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This story is not so clear from our cross-referencing of sources. The claim of responsibility shows up in many western and Arabic-language sources, but somehow not in Daesh sources. Some later clarification can be expected.  


Media sources say Al-Beljiki, is a Moroccan carrying Belgian nationality, born in 1973, married with two children, and works as an electrician. [ZamanAlWasl]



Police arrested a German-Russian citizen on Friday morning on suspicion of carrying out the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus last Tuesday, with prosecutors alleging that the bombing was motivated by financial greed.

The Dortmund team bus was targeted with three bombs after it left a hotel to travel to the stadium for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco. Defender Marc Bartra and a policeman were injured in the blasts, which saw the match postponed until the next day.

Investigators found a letter close to the crime scene that appeared to claim responsibility in the name of Islamist extremists, but German police doubted the authenticity of the note. [Independent] 



Daesh says it killed twelve Afghani soldiers and destroyed a Humvee in an attack in Achin in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed six Afghani soldiers and destroyed 2 vehicles in an ambush in the Dibala area in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

Daesh says one of its terrorists stopped an Afghani Army attack on the Shadal area in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This is the first time we were informed that Rambo has joined Daesh.  


Daesh says it killed an Afghani Intelligence Service member with an IED in Kabul. [A3maq]



Daesh says one of its terrorists attacked a Russian Intelligence Service office in Khabarovsk city, killing three members and wounding others. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. We have sorted through a lot of Daesh “logic” in the past few years but have no immediate explanation for why Daesh would have someone attack a large city (over half a million) in the far east of the country.




Videos of the Day


Security units destroy a vehicle bomb under control in west Baghdad. [YouTube] 


Security units captured a group of Daesh terrorists who were planning to attack on Shia pilgrims in Baghdad. [YouTube]


Iraqi forces freed an 11-year-old Yazidi girl in west Mosul. [YouTube]


Iraqi soldiers trap a Daesh terrorist in house in west Mosul. He sets a room on fire to escape. [YouTube]


Iraqi forces in house to house battles in west Mosul. [YouTube]


Daesh mortars target aid distribution in west Mosul. [YouTube]


IFP soldiers fight Daesh near Al-Nouri Mosque. [YouTube]


School children in east Mosul celebrate their freedom. [Mawsleya]


Iraqi forces captured Hay Al-Tanak. [Mawsleya]


Iraqi CH4 drone destroys a Daesh target in Baaj. [MoD]



Allegedly pro-government armed men execute several men in Sinai. [YouTube]




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


April 19, 2017







Iran’s new Ambassador to Iraq is a Revolutionary Guard general. [..]

Huge Shia religious festival challenges Baghdad security. [..]

Daesh attacks army checkpoint near Baquba and tribe in northern Diyala. [..]

Several Daesh leaders killed in Mosul. [..]

CTS keeps advancing in southwest Mosul. [..]

Daesh runs out of medicine, kills the patients. [..]


SDF takes four more villages west of Raqqa. [..]

Syrian Army gains ground on Daesh near Palmyra. [..]






Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Hartmut Gabriel arrived in Baghdad and met separately with President Masoum, Prime Minister Abadi, Speaker Jubouri, and Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari to discuss the war on Daesh and reconstruction of liberated areas. After that, the minister flew to Erbil and was received by KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. [Rudaw] [Rudaw] 


A general from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard assumed the post of Ambassador to Iraq on Wednesday.

Iraj Masjedi previously worked as adviser to Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. Soleimani is head of the Quds Force, the branch of the Revolutionary Guard responsible for operations outside of Iran, which has been controversial in Iraq.

After Daesh took control of swathes of Iraq in 2014, Soleimani worked with top Iraqi security officials to fight Daesh, primarily by assisting Shia PMFs. [Reuters] 

DaeshDaily comment. This should probably be seen as an unfortunate development. First, an Ambassador position anywhere is generally a job for a diplomat, not for a leader of a clandestine militia organization that does not report to his nation’s foreign affairs ministry. It is well understood that the Revolutionary Guards are not under the control of Iran’s elected President, and the decisions of the Revolutionary Guards are not necessarily coordinated with the Minister of Foreign Affairs. So it’s not clear who in the Iran government is being represented by this new Ambassador, but the initial impression is not encouraging. 

Iran and the Revolutionary Guards were valuable to Iraq in 2014 and 2015 when it was most vulnerable to Daesh. Maybe that’s why Al-Abadi’s government is not inclined or perhaps not in position to refuse the appointment. A stronger Iraqi government might have rejected such a choice. The probability is that this will make it harder for the Iraqi government to deal with Iran, and will put more pressure on American and European diplomacy to help Iraq stand up to Iranian pressure to support its sectarian agenda.


The manager of border crossings says 40,000 Shia pilgrims from different countries arrived in Iraq on Tuesday to participate in the Kadhimiya ceremonies in northwest Baghdad on Sunday. [Sumaria] 


The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (8), Tal Afar (1), Al-Qa’im (1), Rawa (1), and Rutba (1). [InherentResolve] 



Security-related incidents reported

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says the Al-Suqoor checkpoint destroyed a car bomb under control south of Falluja, on the highway between Baghdad and Anbar. It says the car bomb was intended to attack Shia pilgrims heading to the Kadhimiya Shrine. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The biggest Shia pilgrimage in Baghdad will happen in a few days. Millions of people from all over Iraq are heading to the shrine. 


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED targeted a police patrol in Ibrahim Bin Ali, and wounded three of them. [Sumaria] 

The BOC says its first battalion found and defused 8 IEDs in Shnaitir. [Ghad] Baghdad Operations Command says its units defused 8 IEDs in the Shnaitir area, in west Baghdad. [Etejah] 


Military Intelligence Service says it captured 2 persons on terrorism charges in the Al-Oweisat area in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad] 




Daesh issues a propaganda video about its operations in Fallujah. The video talks about the insurgency in Fallujah since it started in 2003 and promises more attacks in Fallujah. [DawaAlhaq] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is a Daesh media theme for these current days. The implication is that “we lost, but we are coming back as we did before.” The message is arrogant and totally objectionable, but it has to be taken seriously.



An Anbar Police commander says the explosions heard in Ramadi city yesterday were because army EOD units destroyed several IEDs under control in Ramadi city. He assured the people of Ramadi that the security situation is under control. [Sumaria] 


Northwest Anbar

The IAF destroyed several Daesh weapons and ammunition storehouses and command centers in Rawa,  killing several terrorists. [MoD Website] 


A DaeshDaily source says three young men removed Daesh flags from a mosque in Al-Qa’im. The source says Daesh identified the men after checking security cameras and captured and executed two of them. Daesh is still searching for the third man, who managed to escape.  




Daesh issues a video of a PMF fighter targeted by its snipers in Ain Al-Baidha village. [A3maq]



IWMC says army units blocked a Daesh attack on Sheikh Ali village in the Makhoul Mountains, killing 4 combatants including a suicide attacker. [IraqPress] 


Daesh publishes photos of targeting a PMF military position near the Al-Makhazen Bridge with B10 rockets. [JustPaste]   

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF bulldozer with a rocket in Albu Draib village north of Baiji. [A3maq]



PMF says it initiated a preemptive attack in Zuwiya, northeast of Tikrit, destroying a vehicle bomb and an armored vehicle. It also captured explosives and used them against a Daesh guesthouse and equipment. [IraqPress] 


Security units found 13 IEDs in the Al-Dayoum area, north of Tikrit. [MoD Website] 



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A security source says army units repelled a Daesh attack on an army checkpoint in Bazayez, east of Baquba, killing and wounding several attackers. One soldier was killed in the operation. [Ghad][Sumaria]

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded three others in an attack on a checkpoint in the Bazayez area of Buhriz. [A3maq]


The Diyala Police says security units defused 3 IEDs in Al-Salam subdistrict in Al-Khalis. [Sumaria] 


Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A local source says Rapid Intervention units in Abu Saida clashed with terrorists in the center of the district, killing one of them and wounding another. [Ghad] 


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Zarkoush (Shia Kurd) tribe leader says Daesh cells in the Himrin area targeted his tribe’s village with 19 mortars during the month of April, including 4 on Tuesday. He criticized Iraqi government’s silence about Daesh growing in the Himrin area and about its attack on his tribe. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh had issued a fatwa to eliminate this tribe. The tribe has many members, and some of them joined PMF units to defend their areas. 


The Diyala Police say security units captured a person on terrorism charges in the Himrin Dam area. [Sumaria] 


Military Intelligence Service says its units captured a terrorist at the Anjana checkpoint, near Udhaim, on the road between Diyala and Kirkuk. It says the terrorist was heading from Suleimaniya to conduct an attack in Baghdad and was wanted on several terrorism charges. [Ghad] 


A security source in Diyala says Daesh fired 8 mortar shells at oil police checkpoints in Nafut Khana, one of which destroyed an oil pipe.

Daesh says it detonated an oil pipe in the Al-Nida area in Mandali that extends from Nafut Khana oilfield in Khanaqin to Baghdad, with several IEDs. [JustPaste] Daesh publishes a video of a terrorist planting an IED near an oil pipe, then the video shows the oil pipe on fire. [A3maq]


Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

The Diyala Police says security units defused a sticky IED under a civilian vehicle in Balad Ruz. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police Intelligence Service vehicle in the Al-Dainiya area in Balad Ruz, destroying the vehicle and severely wounding two people inside. [JustPaste]



Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Daesh publishes 2 photos of setting boxes of cigarettes on fire in Hawija city. [JustPaste]




Mosul liberation campaign

A military source says Iraqi units liberated 30% of old Mosul and that Daesh is holding only 17 neighborhoods now. The source predicts that the last Daesh battle in west Mosul will be in the 17th of July neighborhood, as it has symbolic value to Daesh, being the first neighborhood occupied by them in 2014. [Anadolu] The IFP commander says IFP liberated 30% of old Mosul and killed 58 Daesh combatants, including 6 snipers. [Ghad] 

A Rapid Intervention major says Iraqi forces have captured 40% of Old Mosul during the last 38 days. He says fighting in the area is difficult because of the narrow alleys and because there are large numbers of civilians trapped in the areas.  [Karemlash] 


Military sources reported 6 airstrikes by the IAF on Daesh targets in west Mosul Wednesday. [PressIraq]


A DaeshDaily source says Daesh issued orders to its foreign terrorists in west Mosul to execute any local terrorist who wants to flee. 


Daesh issues infographics about the 6th month of its Mosul battles March 18-April 17. It says it killed 790 Iraqi soldiers, conducted 32 suicide attacks, and destroyed 176 vehicles, damaged 34 vehicles, and shot down a helicopter and 25 recon drones. [A3maq]


Central Mosul

Prime Minister Al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to inspect military units near battlefronts, his press office says. Sources spoke about a possible visit to Erbil to meet Kurdish leaders. [ROJ]


IFP units destroyed Daesh mortar units, vehicle bombs, weapons and explosives storehouses, a heavy cannon, a machine gun mounted vehicle, and a vehicle bomb factory and killed several Daesh snipers in several areas. [MoD Website] 


The MoD says Coalition planes killed the Daesh minister of tribal affairs Abu Abdullah Al-Shabaki, and a son and a nephew, in an airstrike in Zanjili, northwest of downtown. [Harbi] 

IFP says it killed Abu Abdul Rahman, described as the 1st assistant of Al-Baghdadi, by shelling Daesh HQ in Zanjili. 

Military Intelligence Service says Coalition planes killed the Daesh “intelligence official” of Hay Al-Tayran in an airstrike on his motorcycle in Zanjili. [Ghad] 


An IFP major says Iraqi forces stopped a major Daesh attack in Hay Al-Farouq, southeast of Zanjili. He says Daesh used 3 vehicle bombs in addition to a bulldozer bomb. [BasNews]


IFP says it killed Abul Waleed Al-Tunisi, a Daesh commander, and 4 of his men in the Old City. [Harbi]


The army constructed a temporary pontoon bridge over the Tigris in southern Mosul after access to the permanent bridges was blocked due to intense floods. Queues of cars and people were seen waiting on the east side to cross the river on the new bridge. UNHCR says that supplies to Hammam Al-Alil resumed due to the new bridge and the situation is normal now. It says 20,000 IDPs left west Mosul in the past four days. [PUKMedia]


Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked IFP positions near the Al-Meshahda area, killing more than twelve soldiers and wounding others before returning safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of an IFP bulldozer it destroyed near the Al-Meshahda area. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of battles in the Meshahda area and Hay Al-Tanak. [A3maq]


A military source says the Coalition conducted an airdrop behind CTS lines in one of the old Mosul neighborhoods. The source says the intention is to provide logistical support to Iraqi forces in the area. [Ghad] 

DaeshDaily comment. The airdrop story is credible. Assuming it’s true, however, we suspect there is more to this mission than the usual logistical support.


Southwest Mosul

CTS commander says they are advancing from two directions in the Al-Thawra and Al-Tanak neighborhoods, inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh in fierce battles. He also says that safe routes were opened for civilians to escape battle areas. He says 80% of both neighborhoods are now liberated.  [Mawazin] 

Daesh says it snipers killed six Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Tanak and Hay Al-Thawra. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says its snipers killed ten CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Tanak and Hay Al-Thawra. [A3maq]


CTS says it has killed 45 Daesh combatants in Al-Thawra.  It says it has also liberated the Rafidain neighborhood in central Mosul by the Tigris. [Harbi]

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked CTS positions on Tuesday night near Hay Al-Thawra, killing ten soldiers and wounding others before returning safely. [JustPaste] [A3maq]


West-central Mosul

CTS says it separated Sina’at Wadi Okab from Hay Al-Tanak, isolating Daesh combatants and killing 12 of them, while destroying 6 vehicle bombs. [Harbi]


Daesh says its snipers killed three CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Yarmouk. It also says it destroyed a CTS Humvee in the same area. [A3maq]


North & northwest Mosul

Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi forces recon drone it shot down in northwest Mosul. [A3maq]


East Mosul

A security source says two children were severely wounded when a Daesh mortar shell fell near an elementary school in Hay Sumer. [Maalomah] 


An IFP major says one civilian was killed and three others wounded by Daesh mortar shelling on Hay Al-Jaza’er. [BasNews]


Human conditions in Mosul

An intelligence source in Mosul says Daesh killed its patients infected with gangrene, who were kept in houses used as hospitals in west Mosul. The explanation was that it does not have the resources to treat or provide medicines to them . [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment.  Pardon us if we don’t quite believe the explanation. A band of killers making health care decisions is not good news for patients.


The Ministry of Migrations and Displacement says 119,000 displaced people have returned to their houses in east Mosul. However, 334,000 people have left their houses in west Mosul. The Minister had said earlier that 291,000 displaced people from Ninewa are living in camps in liberated areas and in the Kurdistan governorates. [Rudaw]


Hammam Al-Alil/Qayara

A Ninewa Police source says security units launched a major search in liberated areas south of Mosul and captured 16 Daesh members in Qayara and Hammam Al-Alil. The source also says security units captured many suspects who were posing as displaced people. [BasNews]

A DaeshDaily source says the UN suspended its operations west of the Tigris River in Ninewa, including Hammam Al-Alil and Qayara, because of potential Daesh attacks that could target UN and NGO workers. 


Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a military position near Al-Jassam village south of Qayara on Tuesday. [A3maq]


Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

A field source says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh hideout, a house, a headquarters, and 2 cannons in two areas in Tal Afar, killing 25 terrorists. [Harbi] 



Peshmerga Ministry general director says the US is arming 2 Peshmerga brigades, having already armed and equipped 2 other brigades . [Sumaria] 




Babel criminal court issued death sentences against 4 terror convicts for blowing up houses of citizens for terrorist purposes. They were also fined IQD 60 million to be paid to Jurf Al-Sakhar municipality for damage to public buildings. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. Collecting the fine might run into practical problems. Good luck with that.




The State Department denied knowing the whereabouts of Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi. It also says it does not have verification of earlier reports of his arrest by Russian units. [Mawazin] 


The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (3), Raqqa (8), and Deir Ez-Zor (5), and Albu Kamal (5). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


West of Raqqa

SDF says it liberated 4 more villages in the Wadi Jalab area west of Raqqa from Daesh today amid heavy fighting. [PUKMedia]

SDF announced the liberation of Hatash village from Daesh in Wadi Jalab. [Hawar] It also captured Bir Jarba and Jarwa in the same area.

An SDF source says battles in Tabaqa left 47 Daesh combatants dead, including 7 suicide attackers. 20 of them were killed by a Coalition airstrike Tuesday. [ARA]


North of Raqqa

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked an SDF headquarters in Hatash village north of Raqqa with a vehicle bomb, killing everyone inside. [MRKZGulf]

Daesh says it damaged 2 SDF bulldozers with 2 rockets in Hatash village. [A3maq] 


Daesh issues a video of an SDF fighter it captured near Tal Al-Saman. [A3maq]


SDF says it received 150 families escaping Daesh areas in Raqqa. The IDPs were moved to Ayn Eissa. [Hawar]


Raqqa city

Daesh publishes photos of one of its media centers in Raqqa city. [JustPaste]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Syrian government says that an IED explosion in Salahuddin neighborhood in Aleppo killed 6 civilians and wounded 32 others. [Rudaw] 

An opposition faction called Abu Amara for Special Operations claimed responsibility for the Aleppo attack, saying it targeted the Syrian Army and militias. [Qasioun]


11 buses carrying opposition combatants and their families left Zabadani in Rif Damashq toward Idlib, while 45 buses carrying 3,000 people left Fawaa and Kefraya towards Aleppo, as part of the 4-cities exchange deal agreed between the government and the opposition. [ARA]

Some of the civilians who came from Fawaa and Kefraya are suffering very bad living conditions in Hasba’, west of Homs, reports say. [EnabBaladi]

SOHR reported continued fighting between Daesh and government forces near Al-Jarrah military airport amid airstrikes on areas inside the airport held by Daesh. [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes a photo of targeting Syrian and Russian aircraft with heavy machine guns east of Khanasir, in the Safira District in southeast Aleppo [JustPaste]



Kurdish sources say Turkey backed opposition elements shelled Jalma village in Afrin, wounding a 14 year old boy. [Hawar]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian Army says it destroyed a Daesh bulldozer packed with explosives in Wadi Odhaib, east of Hama. [SyriaNow]

Syrian government says its army occupied re-captured several hills surrounding the Al-Qattar Mountain northeast of Palmyra.  [SyriaNow]

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket near the Tadmur Silos. [A3maq] 


SOHR confirmed advances of government forces on Daesh east of Homs, reporting heavy fighting and airstrikes. [SyriaHR]

SOHR reports smoke clouds over the Homs refinery, possibly due to non-stop battles between government forces and Daesh that reached  two locations in the area under heavy air cover from planes and helicopters. [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes a photo of a sheep market near Sukhnah city. [JustPaste]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Sources say  a recent Coalition airdrop in areas between Mayadin and Duwer in Deir Ez-Zor resulted in arresting important Daesh figures who were in a car heading from Mayadin to Albu Kamal. The whole operation took only 15 minutes. [EnabBaladi]


Local sources say the number of victims of Coalition/Iraqi airstrikes on Albu Kamal went up to 33 civilians killed including many women and children. 7 civilian houses were totally destroyed in the raids, they say.

Meanwhile government forces and Daesh continued battling in the Maqaber area south of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. As we commented yesterday, we lack any confirmation from other sources and cannot as yet evaluate the airstrike allegations. We note that neither story acknowledges any Daesh members killed by the airstrikes, which undermines their credibility.


Sources say Coalition and  Iraqi planes again raided areas near Albu Kamal and Al-Hari village. Col. John Dorrian of the Coalition confirmed Coalition attacks on these areas, but says he has no information on casualties. [EnabBaladi]


Syrian Army killed 14 Daesh combatants and destroyed several positions in an artillery shelling on Jabal Tharda west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]


Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting a Syrian Army position with a shell in Deir Ez-Zor city. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of building clay houses in Deir Ez-Zor province. [JustPaste]




North Africa


Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on a police checkpoint near Saint Catherine’s monastery in Sinai that killed one policeman and wounded 4 others. [Sumaria] 

A security source says security units killed one of the terrorists who attacked the checkpoint. The source says local residents in South Sinai had informed security units about the terrorist’s location. [VetoGate]


Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian Army M113 armored vehicle with an IED south of Rafah. [JustPaste]


Daesh issues a video of a young boy who was killed by an Egyptian Army shelling near the Al-Harash area west of Rafah city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This might be the first A3maq video we have seen from Egypt.  



Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured a takfiri in Manouba, in northeastern Tunisia. It says the man had a Daesh flag painted on the roof of his house, and admitted he was communicating with Daesh supporters via social media. [Tunisien]





Daesh says its snipers killed an Afghan soldier in the Achin area in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]




Videos of the Day


IFP soldiers battle Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook] 


IFP soldiers advance near Al-Nouri Mosque. [Facebook] 



Hundreds of civilians escape Daesh controlled areas north of Raqqa. [BasNews] 




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Iraqi terrorists who might have been killed in Ninewa. [JustPaste]


April 18, 2017