An Update On ISIS Activities

March 23, 2017





Today’s Major Developments


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

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


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


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

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

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

Great Britain

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





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


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


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


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



Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

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

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


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

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

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


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

Total IED incidents reported:   1




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


Northwest Anbar

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


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


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



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


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




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


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


Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

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



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

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


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

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


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

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




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


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



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



Mosul liberation campaign

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

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


Central Mosul

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


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


Southwest Mosul

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


West-central Mosul

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


North Mosul

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


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


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


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


Other reports

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Human conditions in Mosul

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

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


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


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

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

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

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

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




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




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

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


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


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


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

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


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


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


West of Raqqa

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


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


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


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


East of Raqqa

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


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


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


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Deir Hafer

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


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

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



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


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


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

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


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

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


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


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


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

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


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

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


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


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


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


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




North Africa


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Libya (No reports)




Great Britain

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

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

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


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

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



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



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


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



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




Videos of the Day


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


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

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


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

Iraqi forces secure families from Mosul. [Facebook]

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


PMF units clear houses in Badoush. [Facebook]


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




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


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

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

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


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


March 22, 2017


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Today’s Major Developments


Meeting of 68-member anti-Daesh Coalition underway in DC [..]

Al-Abadi says Daesh must be defeated, not contained. [..]

Interior ministry announces arrests in two deadly Baghdad bomb incidents. [..]

Iraqi troops surround tightly defended Grand Mosque. [..] 

West Mosul IDPs have become major burden in east Mosul. [..]



Coalition hits Raqqa area with 18 more airstrikes. [..]

SDF, US troops begin operation to capture Al-Tabaqa west of Raqqa. [..]





In his speech at the international conference to defeat Daesh, Prime Minister Abadi said it is dangerous to attempt to just contain Daesh, saying Iraq is capable of defeating Daesh forever. He says Iraqi forces destroyed Daesh’s dream of creating an empire and the Coalition should continue its efforts to put an end to Daesh. [Sumaria] 

He also says the PMF commission law that was approved by the CoR puts all PMF fighters under Iraqi Government laws, and he promised to punish anyone whose behavior violates the law. He says politics should not be mixed with the military side; Iraq will have local and parliamentary elections and political groups that carry weapons cannot participate in these elections. [Sumaria] 


Prime Minister Abadi met in a side meeting at the Coalition conference in DC with the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss enhancing the relationship between the two countries and the victories achieved by Iraqi forces over Daesh and support for Iraq’s counterterrorism efforts, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. [Sumaria] 


A US State Department spokesman said that the international conference on combating Daesh will discuss means to expedite the war. 68 countries were scheduled to attend the conference on Wednesday. [Anadolu]

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says most of Awwad Baghdadi’s deputies were killed by the Coalition, and killing him is a matter of time. [AIN] 


The State Department says the 68 member Global Coalition is the largest international coalition in history. Twenty-three Coalition partners have over 9,000 troops in Iraq and Syria in support of the effort to defeat Daesh. State says that, working with local partners, the Coalition has liberated 62% of Daesh controlled territory in Iraq and 30% in Syria, including key cities in both countries, and that Daesh is at its lowest since it declared its caliphate–an almost 50% decrease since its peak in 2014. It says the Coalition has conducted 19,000 strikes on ISIS targets, removing tens of thousands of Daesh fighters from the battlefield, killing over 180 senior to mid-level ISIS leaders, and taking down energy assets, command and control facilities, and bulk cash storage facilities. 

State also says that the Coalition has trained nearly 90,000 Iraqi security forces members, has donated some 8,200 tons of military equipment to Iraq and Syria, and has provided more than $22.2 billion in stabilization, demining capabilities, economic support, and humanitarian assistance. State says anti-Daesh efforts have liberated 14,000 square kilometers of terrain in Syria, and have cleared more than 2,000 square kilometers of territory, including removing ISIS from the rest of the Turkey-Syria border. [State] 


The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (3), Tal Afar (2), and Baiji (1). [InherentResolve]



Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

A police source says emergency forces EODs defused an IED on Haifa Street in the middle of Baghdad. [Sumaria] 


Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A police source says a roadside IED on Al-Sahha Street in Shaab city wounded one civilian. [Sumaria] 


East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The BOC says 45th army brigade found mortar shells hidden in Sadr City. [BOC Facebook Page] 


Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says four people were killed when a roadside IED exploded near a commercial area in Nahrawan. [Sumaria] 


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says one civilian was killed and three others wounded when an IED exploded in a market in Arab Jubour. [Sumaria] 

The BOC says 17th army brigade arrested 2 men wanted on terrorism charges, one of whom escaped Abu Ghraib prison in 2013, and found an explosives belt in their car in the Shakireen area. [Mada] 


Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

The Ministry of Interior announced the arrest of persons responsible for the Hay Al-I’lam attack (on February 10, that killed five and wounded 14) and the Hay Al-Amel attack (4 days ago, that killed 13 and wounded 31). No further details were announced. [Maalomah] 


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a market place in Subaihat, Abu Ghraib, killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Sumaria] 


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

Total IED incidents reported:   5




Daesh says it killed seven Iraqi soldiers with an IED in the Al-Saadan area in Zoba’a. [A3maq]



Daesh says it killed two policemen by detonating a stick IED under their car in the Zangoura area on Tuesday. [A3maq]



Daesh says it killed two Sahwa fighters in the Al-Meshahda area north of Haditha. [A3maq]


Northwest Anbar

Border guards in Anbar are placing concrete blocks, iron barriers, barbed wires, and trenches around its command centers in west Anbar, in anticipation of possible Daesh attacks, Border Guards Command says. [Sumaria] 


Commander of 7th army brigade says Iraqi Air Force Sukhoi warplanes destroyed a rigging workshop, a weapon storehouse, and Daesh guest house in Karabla, near Al-Qa’im, killing tens of Daesh combatants. Another raid in Rutba also killed tens of Daesh militants. [Sumaria] 


Commander of Jazeera Operations says Coalition warplanes destroyed a car rigging and explosives workshop in Anah, killing several Daesh combatants. [MoD Website]


A DaeshDaily source says a Coalition drone killed the Daesh wali of “Al-Furat” in an airstrike on his vehicle near Al-Qa’im.



A military source says 1st army division and Rapid Response units initiated an operation to secure desert areas between Rutba and Nukhaib to the east, with the assistance of army helicopters. The aim is to clear caves and valleys where Daesh combatants might be hiding, and secure main roads and military positions in the area. [PUKMedia] 


The Border Guard has started putting up concrete barriers and barbed wires, and digging trenches around its positions in Anbar to prevent Daesh attacks (photos). [Sumaria] 




Military Intelligence says Iraqi Air Force warplanes destroyed three Daesh vehicles in Shirqat. [Ghad] 



Daesh said on Tuesday it destroyed an Iraqi Army Abrams tank with a rocket on the road between Baiji and Haditha. It also says its snipers killed a PMF officer on the same road. [JustPaste]



A security source says PMFs stopped a Daesh attack near Al-Alam subdistrict, without giving more details. [Maalomah] 


Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee with an IED near Al-Hasan village in east Salahuddin, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [A3maq]



Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The manager of Jalawla subdistrict says his office refused to give security clearances for 3,000 displaced families to return to their houses in areas near Jalawla. He says the return of these people to their houses in the Himrin Lake and Himrin Hills will allow Daesh members to sneak into the subdistrict and conduct terrorist attacks. He says some of these families are still in displacement camps in Khanaqin and others are still in Jalawla. He asked Iraqi forces to clear the lake and the hills in order to help people return to their houses. [Ghad] 



Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

66 families returned to their houses in Qara Tapa village southwest of Kirkuk. The families had been removed from their village because Daesh used the area to attack security forces. [Sumaria] 




Mosul liberation campaign

Joint Operations command says 60% of west Mosul is liberated. It described news reports about 2000 Daesh combatants remaining in the city as exaggerated, as Daesh is relying on a small number of suicide attackers and snipers to slow the advances of Iraqi forces. He says that CTS and IFP are steadily advancing in west Mosul, while 9th army division has liberated Badoush and tens of villages around it. [Mawazin] 


Human Rights Watch says Daesh is placing land mines and IEDs in the mass graves it left behind in west Mosul, as in Khasfa, where bodies of Iraqi security and civilian bodies were buried. HRW proposed that the government place fences around the pit until all mines are removed, then construct a monument in the location in memory of one of the greatest crimes in history. It notes that Daesh left hundreds of mass graves in Iraq and Syria. [Etejah] 


Social media publications have shown the “passport to heaven” that Daesh distributed to its combatants to encourage their “martyrdom. [Maalomah] 


Central Mosul

IFP says it killed 15 Daesh combatants and arrested several sleeper cells, including 4 women in downtown Mosul. The IFP also killed a suicide attacker near the grand mosque. [BasNews] 


Rapid Response forces say Daesh booby-trapped the Al-Nouri grand mosque and Hadba minaret, and deployed over 1,000 combatants to protect it. Rapid Response units are surrounding the mosque from three directions and are getting their EODs ready to defuse the bombs. [Maalomah] 


A military expert says Iraqi army units are advancing slowly but confidently as Daesh employs a scorched earth strategy. He says that Al-Nouri mosque is of great symbolic value for both Iraqi units and Daesh, being the place where caliphate was announced. He believes Daesh will use whatever resources it has to defend it. [Rudaw] 


The IFP commander says IFP reinforcements have arrived in the old city and are preparing to break into the Al-Nouri Mosque.  [Harbi]

IFP says it has closed down all routes used by Daesh to transit vehicle bombs and suicide attackers towards old Mosul. [Mawazin] 


A member of Ninewa Provincial Council says Iraqi forces have completely surrounded Al-Nouri mosque and liberating the mosque is a matter of time. He says there is a delay in the liberation operations because Daesh is using civilians as human shields. [Sumaria] 


The MoD says Rapid Response forces are now in full control of Bab Al-Tob, and Gazi and Najafi streets in the old city. [Harbi]


Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi forces bulldozer on battles Corniche Street near Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of clashes on Corniche Street and in Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq] 


Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone near the train station area. [A3maq]


Daesh says it attacked 3 IFP military positions near the Bab Al-Jadid area, killing or wounding several soldiers, forcing the rest to escape, and capturing the 3 positions. [DawaAlhaq] 


A police source says 7 civilians were killed and 13 wounded in Daesh mortar shelling of Jawsaq and Dandan, south of central Mosul. [BasNews] 


Daesh says an Iraqi helicopter was forced into an emergency landing after being hit by Daesh fire near Hay Al-Shifa. [A3maq]

Daesh claims its snipers killed nineteen Iraqi soldiers in several neighborhoods. [A3maq]


Southwest Mosul

A military source says CTS forces entered the Rajm Hadeed, U’yoon Janoubia, Yabisat, and Sina’a (west-central) neighborhoods. 


Local sources say 22 civilians, including women and children, were killed when Coalition planes targeted a Daesh weapons and explosives storehouse in the Al-Yabisat area on Saturday. The sources say Daesh is using houses in heavily populated areas as storehouses. [Karemlash] 


Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on CTS units near the Rajm Hadeed area, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying a bulldozer, and damaging an Abrams tank. [A3maq]


West-Central Mosul

A security source says a family of five was killed by a Daesh shelling on Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. [Maalomah] 


Daesh says it blew up 2 booby-trapped houses and destroyed a Humvee after Iraqi soldiers entered them in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida (New Mosul). [A3maq]


Daesh issues a video of battles in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida, and in Bab Al-Tob in central Mosul. [A3maq]


A security source says Daesh mortar shelling killed a family of 5 persons in New Mosul. [Waradana]


North Mosul

The MoD says 9th army division liberated Al-Mulawtha village in northwest Mosul after fierce combat and lack of air support due to bad weather conditions. It says hundreds of civilians were evacuated to safe areas. [MoD Website]


Ninewa Liberation Operations command says 9th army division liberated Arhela and Al-Yasin villages near Badoush. [Maalomah] 


The MoD says 9th army division captured the Daesh command center in Badoush killing over 40 combatants, thus liberating the whole Badoush area and achieving contact with the 16th army division across the river in the east side of Mosul. Large quantities of locally made rockets, and tunnels networks were found and destroyed at the command center. [MoD Website]


The Ninewa Liberation commander says Iraqi Army 9th division captured the Badoush Bridge and the Badoush Water Station. [Sumaria] 


IWMC says army helicopters killed 14 Daesh combatants and destroyed 6 vehicles in Ras Sinjar and 17th of July neighborhoods northwest of downtown Mosul. [Buratha]


Daesh issues a video of Tuesday’s attack on PMF positions in the Badoush Hills area. [A3maq]


Daesh says it attacked a PMF military position near Badoush subdistrict, killing ten fighters, wounding others, destroying a BMP armored vehicle and another vehicle, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [DawaAlhaq] 


Daesh says it killed or wounded PMF fighters with an IED near Al-Aqalat village northwest of Mosul. [A3maq]


East Mosul

Local and security sources described a major theft operation taking place in east Mosul by local officials aided by military personnel. Local and military officials looted a large quantity of flour valued at billions of dinars, stored by Daesh in Rahmaniya. Four power generators at the water station of the presidential palaces area were also stolen. After the news spread, two generators were retuned. [Mawazin] 


Young people from the south volunteered to rehabilitate the University of Mosul (photos). [Etejah] 


Human conditions in Mosul

A source in Ninewa Provincial Council says 70% of families that escaped east Mosul during the start of operations have returned home, but the burden on east of Mosul now is handling the escapees from west Mosul, many of whom left their family members dead in the old parts of the city. He says the number of displaced people received in one day from west Mosul equals the number of people who were displaced in one week in the east Mosul fighting.

He also says that IFP is advancing on foot,  doing man-to-man battle with Daesh combatants, who are gathering multiple families in one house and placing a cannon on the roof top, so they would be hit if the house is targeted. [Mada] 

DaeshDaily comment. The movement of all those west Mosul residents to the east side was enabled by  the recapture of the bridge entrances on the west side.


UNHCR says over 100,000 persons have left west Mosul since the military campaign started there, while the past week witnessed a record of 32,000 refugees escaping war areas. It says that a new refugee camp called Hammam Al-Alil 2, with the capacity to host 30,000 persons, will be ready to receive refugees by next Monday. [Mada] 


Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

A security source says 2 civilians were wounded by the Al-Ghizlani intersection south of Mosul by Daesh mortar shelling. The civilians were heading to Nabi Sheeth neighborhood to salvage the bodies of 10 of their relatives still under the wreckage due to earlier Daesh shelling. [Maalomah] 


Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

YPG and YPJ say a Daesh attack on several villages in Sinjar was repulsed, leaving 11 Daesh combatants dead and destroying their trenches and positions. The fighting went on from Tuesday to Wednesday noon , and YPG destroyed 4 vehicles and a Daesh drone. YPG announced the death of one of its fighters from the fighting. [Hawar]

Daesh says it killed or wounded ten “PKK fighters” in battles near Al-Khadra village in western Sinjar. It also says it destroyed a Humvee, a bulldozer, and an SUV, forcing the fighters to retreat. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh issues a video of the battles. [A3maq]


PMF intelligence says a large number of Daesh combatants of various nationalities surrendered to PMF forces west of Tal Afar. [PressIraq]


PMF says its EODs found 25 chlorine and 18 C4 containers, as well as one IED and 4 booby-trapped villages in Ayn Jaya’ village, in Tal Afar. [Harbi]


Daesh publishes 2 photos of a drone strike on a PMF vehicle west of Tal Afar. [DawaAlhaq] 


South (Hatra, Baaj)

PMF says Iraqi warplanes destroyed the HQ of Daesh military Police in Baaj, using intelligence tips provided by PMF. [Harbi]




US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says “our ally” Turkey scored important achievements against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and liberated several areas in both countries. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. We are not confident about the Anadolu reporting here, as we know of no area in Iraq that Turkey has liberated. Anadolu is responsive to the Turkish government.




The Coalition says it conducted 23 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (18), Deir Ez-Zor (3), Shaddadi (1), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


Another man was killed by a land mine in Qahtaniya village in northeast Hasaka, adding to two women killed there Tuesday. [Hawar]


SDF says Daesh attacked an SDF checkpoint and barrier with a vehicle bomb west of Hasaka. The attack was followed by Coalition airstrikes on Daesh positions. [SyriaHR]



West of Raqqa. The Coalition says that on March 21-22, the Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by the Coalition airpower and logistics, launched an offensive to liberate the Tabaqa Dam in Syria from Daesh. It says that over the last four months, the Coalition has conducted more than 300 airstrikes around Tabaqa and near Raqqa, which have killed hundreds of enemy fighters, and destroyed more than 200 fortifications and more than 50 ISIS vehicles. It says seizing Tabaqa Dam will isolate Raqqa from three sides and give the SDF the strategic advantage and launching point needed for the liberation of the city. [InherentResolve] 


Russia Today website says US forces made an airdrop of soldiers near Abu Hureyra village on the Euphrates, near Tabaqa along with a group of SDF fighters. [Sumaria] 

Sources say groups of PYD asayesh units and US commandos were dropped in three locations west of Tabaqa, and captured a segment of the Aleppo-Raqqa road, while a Kurdish source says the aim of the operation is to arrest top Daesh leaders, possibly including Al-Baghdadi. [EnabBaladi]

SDF had earlier announced the start of the operation to control Tabaqa and Euphrates Dam with the support of US artillery. [Qasioun]


The airdrop included 500 US and SDF soldiers and armored vehicles. They have already captured 4 villages and crossed the river. Coalition warplanes initiated 25 attacks on Tabaqa, destroying the school and hospital in the city and killing 20 civilians. [Dorar]


Daesh says twenty-seven civilians were killed, and more than forty wounded by “American” bombing on a bakery and a market in Al-Tabaqa city. [A3maq] 

Here Daesh says “American” planes bombed the market and the bakery again. [A3maq] Daesh issues a video of the results of the “American” airstrike on the market. [A3maq] 

Later on, Daesh says the number of casualties increased to thirty-seven killed and fifty-two wounded. [A3maq]


SOHR says the final account on Coalition airstrike on a school in Mansouriya west of Raqqa on Tuesday is 33 civilians killed. The airstrikes on Jadida left 2 killed while those in Tabaqa left 11 dead. [SyriaHR]


East of Raqqa. SDF captured  the village of Jadida Makhit, 33 km (20 miles) east of Raqqa Wednesday, near the town of Karama. [ARA]

ProSDF sources say most of Karama is already liberated and that the fighting is going on its western side. [Hawar]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists conducted a suicide attack on SDF fighters in the Al-Karama area, killing eight fighters, wounding others, and destroying three military vehicles. It also says it killed or wounded more fighters and damaged an armored vehicle in battles after the suicide attack. [DawaAlhaq]  Daesh publishes photos of battles west of Al-Karama. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh issues a video of the bodies of two SDF fighters who were killed in battles north of the Al-Karama area. [A3maq] 


Local activists say Coalition aircraft attacked northern Raqqa , including three attacks on Rumaila neighborhood in the city, leaving tens of civilians killed or wounded. The sources say all hospitals of Raqqa are out of operation now due to Coalition attacks. [EnabBaladi]


SOHR says as SDF is now only 15 km (9 miles) east of Raqqa, Daesh announced a US$ 4,000 (20 golden Daesh dinar)  bounty for whoever kills an American or a foreign soldier fighting alongside the SDF. [SyriaHR]


Daesh issues a video of an SDF fighter who surrendered to its terrorists in Raqqa. [A3maq] 


Daesh publishes photos of “trade activities” in Raqqa city. [JustPaste]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)


Syrian Army says it captured the village of Um Adsa Khaliliya village east of Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

SOHR says Syrian warplanes attacked Sukhnah, controlled by Daesh, with no reports of human casualties. [SyriaHR] 


Deir Hafer

Daesh says it killed 11 Syrian soldiers in a suicide attack in Kafr Mansour village east of Deir Hafer. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed 7 Syrian soldiers, wounded 3, and destroyed an SUV in a mortar shelling on the same village. [A3maq]



Turkish army announced the death of one of its soldiers in Hatay by a sniper fire from YPG controlled areas on the Syrian side of the border. It says that the Turkish Army responded to the source of the firing. [ARA]


Turkish Army shelled 7 villages outside Afrin with heavy artillery leaving human casualties. A YPG spokesman threatened to respond to the non-stop Turkish attacks, as he described them. Latest account of casualties is ten civilians wounded. [ARA]


YPG spokesman says any response by the YPG to Turkish attacks will be in selfdefense. [Hawar]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

SOHR says battles continued between government forces and Daesh combatants in Talila junction and surrounding hills in the Palmyra desert with casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR] 


Daesh says it killed nine Syrian soldiers in battles near the Tadmur Silos. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army tank near the Tadmur Silos. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army tank with a rocket east of Tadmur. [A3maq]


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

Government forces shelled Daesh positions in Yarmouk camp in Damascus, while opposition units led by Nusra made advances around Damascus, capturing several locations. [Hawar]


Southern Syria opposition groups will announce shortly that the area east of Qalamoun is free of the Daesh presence. They say only one location is still under Daesh control in Qalamoun, and will be cleared shortly. [Qasioun]




North Africa


Medical sources say a man was wounded by armed men in south Arish. The sources also says a woman was wounded by armed men in Rafah city. [AhlMisr]



The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured a takfiri cell of 6 members in Kebili in southern Tunisia. It says the cell is linked to Daesh and was mobilizing young men to travel and join terrorists abroad. [Tunisien]





Nigerian authorities say a suicide attack on a refugee camp killed 7 civilians, including 3 attackers, and wounded 18 refugees in Maiduguri. As no one has claimed responsibility so far, it is believed to be a Boko Haram attack. [Anadolu]


The Philippines

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police car south of Cotabato city on Tuesday. [A3maq]




Videos of the Day

IFP soldiers prepare to enter Al-Nouri mosque. [Facebook] 

IFP soldiers fight in west Mosul. [Facebook] [Facebook] 


Daesh mortars killed civilians as they were receiving humanitarian aid in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. [Mawsleya]


CTS units fight Daesh in Rajm Hadid. [Facebook] [Facebook] 

Iraqi forces capture Hay Nablus in west Mosul. [Mawsleya] 


Many families from Mosul visited the Shallalat (waterfalls) area to the north for the start of spring. [Mawsleya] 




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


Daesh issues a propaganda video of two former Peshmerga fighters who joined its ranks. [DawaAlhaq] 


Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Iraqi terrorists, saying he was killed in the Ninewa area. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Mosul, Shirqat, and Baghdad areas. [DawaAlhaq]