An Update On ISIS Activities

July 27, 2017

 

Foundational Board for Democratic Federalism in North Syria (Hawar)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Ideological split reported in Daesh leadership. [..]

Daesh attacks police station in Falluja District. [..]

Human Rights Watch accuses US-trained 16th Army of executing prisoners. [..]

Pro-Iran militia organizations reported setting up offices in Mosul. [..]

IAF strike kills 40-50 terrorists in Tal Afar. [..]

Inside report says Daesh taking advantage of PMFs in Hatra. [..]

Barzani spokesman says independence referendum will be binding. [..]

Syria

Russia signs long-term deal with Assad to continue using Latakia air base. [..]

PYD formalizes its own government structure for northern Syria. [..]

Syrian Army now within 2 km of strategic city of Sukhnah, Homs. [..]

US reportedly told allied Syrian groups to stop fighting Syrian forces. [..]

Other

Lebanon’s Hezbollah secures Tahrir Al-Sham withdrawal from Lebanon. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (1), Al-Qa’im (1), and Rawa (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Defections Within Daesh 

Daesh social media sources have started to talk more about the defections within the Daesh organization. There have been disputes between two factions within Daesh. The first is the “mainstream” Daesh follows of Turki Binali, the Bahraini “cleric,” who was killed in a Coalition airstrike on Mayadin on May 31. The second group follows an even more radical Saudi cleric called Ahmed Bin Omar Al-Hazimi, who lives in Saudi Arabia and has an active internet presence although he was reportedly imprisoned in 2015. 

There have many media reports, including from Daesh sources, about Daesh imprisoning and killing Hazimi followers. There have even been reports about Hazimi followers blowing themselves up on Daesh in Raqqa and elsewhere. The reasons for the dispute between these two nice groups of people come down to defining who is a “Muslim” and who is not. According to Hazimi, any person who lives under the control of a non-Wahhabi government is not a “Muslim,” and they should be killed, enslaved, etc. Binali’s line is not that different. It says these people should be “told” that they are not Muslims before they can be killed, enslaved, etc. And of course, killing “Muslims” as collateral damage of suicide attacks is fine by both groups. 

With Daesh’s ongoing defeats, Hazimi’s line became stronger. It was reported that Hazimi’s followers reached high positions in the Daesh organization. In May, Daesh said that its “caliph” Baghdadi issued orders to form a committee that would explain Daesh’s religious theory, especially regarding takfir. The committee’s report was largely along the same lines as Hazimi’s, which suggests that this high-level committee was controlled by Hazimis. Binali issued a 21-page message denouncing the findings of the committee and accusing its members of ignorance. The situation got worse when Daesh’s Al-Naba magazine published an article denouncing “idols” like Hassan Al-Banna (the founder of the Muslim Brothers,” and Atiyatullah Al-Libi’, the senior Al-Qaeda leader. Al-Naba said that anyone who doesn’t consider Banna and Libi as apostates (as Hazimis believe) is an apostate himself. The problem is that the Daesh’s leader, Baghdadi himself commended Libi and called him a martyr. Does that mean that the “caliph” is an apostate according to Daesh’s “official” magazine? 

In any case, these rather public disputes suggest that the Daesh organization is being torn apart on the inside. Some Daesh sources say that Hazimis are in charge of entire geographic areas like Deir Ez-Zor and Tal Afar. These sources say only a public appearance by Baghdadi himself could end this situation. Other Daesh sources say the Hazimis have already been defeated and fled to Turkey. 

It is also important to remember that Daesh is a collection of several armed groups and fighters. Some of these groups were forced to pledge allegiance to Daesh, and they might seek to separate themselves from Daesh very soon. 

Daesh’s media was one of the major reasons for Daesh’s “unity.” It is what put Boko Haram and Saddam loyalists under one banner, for example. But the above-noted Al-Naba’ article shows that even the media organization has been divided by internal differences.     

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The MoI says its units defused a car bomb near the Nahdha Bus Station on Wednesday. [Sumaria] 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

An Anbar Operations Command source says a policeman was killed and two others wounded when 2 suicide terrorists wearing Iraqi military uniforms attacked a police station in Ameriyat Al-Fallujah with explosives vests. The source says 2 more suicide terrorists are still hiding and security units are looking for them. [ARA] 

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked the Ameriyat Al-Falluja Police Directorate with explosives vests, killing or wounding several policemen. It says one of the wounded is the chief of Ameriyat Al-Falluja Police. [ICDNJuly27]

Daesh publishes a photo of the 2 terrorists. [ICDNJuly27]

The MoI says a policeman was killed and an officer was wounded in the attack. [Buratha] 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations Commander says security units killed 4 Daesh terrorists who sneaked from the desert into Baghdadi. He says a fifth terrorist blew himself up, killing a husband and wife and their four children. [Sumaria] 

 

The Military Intelligence Service says its units found a large explosives and rockets cache in Hay Al-Bakr in Hit district. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba

The PMF Press says PMFs found a fuel tanker truck loaded with large quantities of weapons and ammunition in addition to C4 explosives and 30 explosives vests and killed its driver and his associate between Rutba and Nukhaib. It says the truck was heading towards Kerbala. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored personnel carrier with an IED northwest of Rutba. [DENJuly27]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The PMF Press says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles in the Al-Zuwiya intersection, in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Ghad] 

 

Baiji

The MoI says security units killed 2 Daesh suicide terrorists after trapping them in a deserted house in Baiji district. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions near the Siniya Base with a B10 rocket and 8 mortars. [DMNJuly27] 

Daesh says its snipers killed three PMF fighters near the Thermal Station, north of Baiji. [DENJuly27]

 

Tikrit

The PMF Press says PMFs conducted a preemptive operation in Al-Hamra village, northwest of Tikrit, killing 7 Daesh terrorists and forcing 3 others to blow themselves up. [Ghad] 

 

A local source says the IAA killed a “notable” Daesh leader from Hawija and 2 of his associates and destroyed their vehicle in the Mtaibija area. [Ghad] 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

The Mayor of Tooz says four civilians, including two soccer players, were killed when a parked car bomb exploded near a restaurant on the road between Tooz and Suleiman Beg. [Sumaria] 

  

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi Army vehicles with 2 IEDs in the Muqdadiya area, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [DENJuly27] 

Here Daesh says it killed Shia with the IEDs. [A3maq]

 

The Diyala Police says policemen shot at a suicide terrorist who was trying to enter a café in Hay Al-Mualimeen in Muqdadiya, forcing him to blow himself up few meters away. It says two civilians were slightly wounded by the explosion. [Sumaria]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Shia people and policemen with an explosives vest in Muqdadiya city. [A3maq]

 

 A security source says 3 Daesh suicide terrorists blew themselves up near houses that belong to security members in Muqdadiya. The source says security units are looking for a 4th terrorist who didn’t blow himself up. [Ghad] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A Kirkuk Police commander says his units captured a Daesh terrorist, who planted IEDs between Kirkuk and Tooz, in Kirkuk city. [Sumaria] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

IAF planes dropped thousands of leaflets on Hawija and areas on the east side of Shirqat asking people to stay away from Daesh locations. [Sumaria] 

 

The Kirkuk Governor, Najmaldin Karim, says Iraqi forces should liberate Hawija before Tal Afar. He says Iraqi forces reached the Syrian border near Tal Afar while they should have liberated Hawija because Hawija is more important and it is close to several Iraqi cities. [Sumaria] 

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists were killed or wounded in internal fights in Al-Abbasi. The source says local terrorists from Hawija want to rejoin Al-Qaeda while terrorists from Diyala want to keep their pledge to Baghdadi. [Sumaria] 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says eight civilians, including three women, were killed by a Daesh attack on a Kaka’i village in Daquq district. [Sumaria] 

A DaeshDaily source says the terrorists kidnapped 3 men, a woman, and a child from the village. 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Human Rights Watch says an Iraqi army division trained by the United States government allegedly executed several dozen prisoners in Mosul’s Old City. It says that 2 international observers detailed the summary killings of four people by the Iraqi Army’s 16th Division in mid-July 2017, and saw evidence that the unit had executed many more people, including a boy. [HRW] 

 

Last week, Iraqi media sources reported an altercation between Nujaifi’s Ninewa Guard and Kata’eb Sayyid Al-Shuhada, a Shia PMF faction, in east Mosul. The situation ended peacefully but it raised a flag about the presence of Shia PMFs in Mosul city. Our sources confirmed that Shia PMFs are opening “offices” in Mosul city using local recruits. The sources say many PMF factions are doing this, but especially the pro-Iran militias, and especially on the west side of Mosul where conditions are still chaotic. They say the Iran-backed militias, especially Kataeb Hezbollah, are making money stealing equipment from destroyed government entities. They also say these groups are cementing their presence in Mosul to counter Turkey’s influence (through Nujaifi.) The sources also say that these groups are preparing for the next national and provincial elections in Mosul and are already supporting certain “candidates.” 

 

East Mosul

A DaeshDaily source says young men killed a Daesh suicide terrorist who tried to attack Ninewa Police units in Hay Sumer. The source sent a photo of the dead terrorist. 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a large Daesh weapons storehouse in Tal Afar, killing 40-50 terrorists.  [Sumaria] 

 

Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF faction close to Sistani, says it called for 3,000 of its fighters to prepare for the Tal Afar battle. [Sumaria] 

 

A local source says Daesh in Tal Afar cut off the ears of 23 of its terrorists who fled the Mosul fighting. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is an old Baathist technique. Saddam cut off the ears of thousands of young men who refused to join his army. 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three PMF fighters near the Tal Afar Airport on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict

The IWMC says the IAF killed Daesh terrorists, including foreigners, who were trying to attack Tal Abta, and destroyed 12 vehicles.    [Sumaria] 

 

Hatra

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh terrorists blew up the houses of many civilians and security forces members in Hatra after what the source described as an “organized temporary withdrawal by local PMFs.   

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh hideout in the desert west of Hatra, killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [Sumaria] 

 

KURDISTAN

Hayman Horami, a senior adviser for the KRG’s President Barzani, says that the results of the independence referendum will be binding and is not just a poll of public opinion. He says that Barzani stated this in a meeting between Barzani and Kurdish parties on June 7th. [ARA] 

DaeshDaily comment. Binding on whom would be the question. 

 

Local sources say Turkish planes targeting PKK fighters struck two villages on Korajar Mountain in northern Dahuk. [ARA]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babil

Chairman of the Security Committee in the Babel Provincial Council said yesterday that a PMF fighter was severely wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist attacked a PMF checkpoint on the road between Jurf Al-Sakhar and Anbar with a vehicle bomb. [Ghad

Daesh’s version says it conducted a suicide attack on a security barrier in the Jurf Al-Sakhar area, killing three persons and wounding two others. [DENJuly27] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

 Security units captured 26 Daesh suspects in Istanbul, including 17 foreigners. [Anadolu] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

According to the government’s official information portal, President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century. 

The original deal, signed in Damascus in January, sets out the terms under which Russia can use its Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province. Russia has used the base to carry out airstrikes against forces opposing Assad. [Reuters] 

 

The “Foundational Board for Democratic Federalism in North Syria, a PYD created assembly, approved the law and administrative divisions for north Syria. The areas included were Jazeera (Hasaka and Qamishli), Kobane, Tal Abyad, Manbij, Afrin, and Azaz. [Hawar] [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. Obviously the PYD is trying to create its own “KRG” in northern Syria. Not so many people will be happy with this.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 18 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (12), Deir Ez-Zor (3), Shaddadi (1), and in Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve] 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Local activists say YPG units broke into Tal Ahmed village in Hasaka looking for young men to recruit in its compulsory military service. The sources say people of the village resisted and YPG units shot randomly, killing a child and severely wounding another. Allegedly, many young men who were recruited forcefully by the YPG were killed in battles with Daesh because of the lack of battle experience. [Dorar]    

 

Raqqa

Coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon says there are less than 2,000 terrorists remaining in Raqqa. He says that 45% of Raqqa city is under SDF control. [Qasioun]

 

Raqqa city

The PYD publishes names and photos of six fighters who were killed in Raqqa and Shaddadi. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. The PYD-backed Hawar didn’t publish any reports about Raqqa today. Usually, it’s on the frontlines with SDF fighters and issues multiple reports every day. 

 

Daesh says forty-eight civilians were killed and thirty-six wounded by “heavy American bombing” on Raqqa city. It also says that “American artillery” targeted the Raqqa City Hospital with 27 mortars. [A3maq]

 

The Qasioun media outlet says forty-eight civilians were killed and forty wounded in shelling and bombing on Raqqa city. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. Qasioun copied and pasted 2 of Daesh’s A3maq reports. 

 

The SDF captured Al-Mustafa mosque in Nazla Shuhada in southwest Raqqa. [Qasioun] 

 

SDF units advanced near Al-Yarmouk in west Raqqa after heavy battles with Daesh. Coalition helicopters flew over Daesh controlled areas in Raqqa city. [Qasioun]

 

East of Raqqa

Daesh says 3 groups of terrorists attacked a PKK camp east of the Al-Karama area, killing 53 fighters, wounding others, and destroying three armored vehicles and an SUV. Daesh also says a 4th group attacked an SDF position in the area, killing 7 fighters and damaging a machine gunmounted vehicle. Daesh says only one of its terrorists was killed in the attacks and the rest returned safely. [ICDNJuly27] 

DaeshDaily comment. We have only seen such a heroic ratio, 1 hero’s death vs. 60 enemies killed, in Bollywood movies.  

 

The Syrian Army is only 4 km (2.5 miles) away from Maadan city. Daesh control in the area shrank to a 36 km (22.5 miles) strip alongside the Euphrates River that includes Maadan city and some villages. Aircraft continued their airstrikes on the area, causing people to leave. [SyriaHR] 

Daesh’s version says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on the Sharida area near Maadan, killing five soldiers. It also says it damaged a tank and destroyed a machine gun mounted vehicle with rockets in a nearby area. [ICDNJuly27] Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in the area with 4 Grad rockets and 22 artillery shells. [DENJuly27]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the area. [ICDNJuly27]

 

South of Raqqa

Daesh says 3 of its terrorists attacked Syrian Army units and Shia militias south of historic Resafa town southwest of Raqqa, killing twelve soldiers and destroying 2 SUVs before returning safely. [ICDNJuly27]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The YPG and its allies stopped the Turkish Army and allied militias’ attack on Tal Jijan village in Azaz, killing sixteen fighters. [Hawar] 

 

The Turkish Army targeted Ain Diqna and Ming villages with rockets and heavy artillery. [Hawar] 

 

The Turkish Army and allied militias targeted YPG positions in Sheikh Al-Hadid in Afrin with heavy artillery. Clashes erupted after the YPG responded to the sources of fire (video). [Hawar] 

 

2 civilians were wounded by Turkish shelling on two villages east of Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Heavy battles erupted between Turkey backed opposition groups and the SDF in the Tawais and Tuwaihina areas, south of Mare’ city. Neither side was able to advance. [Qasioun] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

A Syrian military source says a group of Daesh terrorists was annihilated at the Al-Zakiya intersection, 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Athariya. [SyriaNow] 

 

A Syrian military source says a Syrian Army unit killed 8 Daesh terrorists east of Salmiya. [SyriaNow] 

 

Homs

Military sources say the Syrian Army, supported by Russian planes and Iran backed militias, drove Daesh back and has moved to 2 km away from Sukhnah city. The Syrian Army is now 50 km (30 miles) away from Deir Ez-Zor, from the Sukhnah side. [ARA] [EnabBaladi]

Sources close to the government said the Syrian Army might take Sukhnah city in the next several hours. [SyriaNow] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Army and allied militia units crossed from areas east of Raqqa the northwestern administrative lines of Deir Ez-Zor Province. [SyriaHR] 

 

Syrian government sources say Syrian Army units killed many Daesh terrorists in battles in areas south and west of Deir Ez-Zor. They also say Syrian planes destroyed Daesh positions in the Panorama area, killing more terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army position in Hay Al-Muwadhafin, in Deir Ez-Zor city, with 2 shells. [ICDNJuly27]

 

Daesh publishes photos of religious seminars for children west of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNJuly27]

 

Mayadin

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Ashara city. [ICDNJuly27]

 

Albu Kamal

Unidentified planes, Russians or Syrians, targeted houses, shops, and a Daesh vehicle in Albu Kamal city, killing 3 civilians and 2 Daesh members. The planes also targeted Baghouz village near Albu Kamal, killing a man and wounding others. [SyriaHR] 

Later, the SOHR said 10 civilians were killed in the airstrikes. [SyriaHR] 

 

Local sources say young men attacked a Daesh vehicle near Albu Kamal, killing 4 terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

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

Local sources say the Syrian Army and allied militias withdrew from Daraa city toward Damascus, based on the agreement between the United States and Russia. The agreement states that the Iranbacked militias should withdraw 40 km (25 miles) from the Jordanian border. [ARA]

The SOHR says Syrian Army military reinforcements that arrived at Daraa recently have withdrawn. [SyriaHR]

 

Coalition spokesman, Col. Ryan Dillon, told CNN that the Coalition has told its local Syrian allies that they must be exclusively focused on fighting Daesh and not fight the Syrian regime. Several coalition and US defense officials told CNN that the directive prompted one rebel group, Shuhada Al-Qaryatayn, to withdraw its men from a joint coalition base in Southern Syria. [CNN] [Qasioun] 

We reported on July 24 that Liwa’ Shuhada’ Al-Qaryatayn issued a statement saying that it cut off its relationship with the Coalition after the Coalition stopped its support. It says it is still fighting the Syrian Government in several areas. It says its “backers” (i.e., the US) refused to allow it to fight the regime and wanted to focus on fighting Daesh only. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment. We should not be relying on anti-government militias to explain US policy. If this story is accurate, the US has basically decided to give Assad a free ride and remain solely focused on Daesh.  However, others whose original focus was on removing the Baathist regime can’t just stop because Washington says so. If the US decision is in fact to let Assad win by getting out of his way, we are all entitled to an explanation, though it’s doubtful that most of us will find such an explanation convincing. If that’s not the policy, an explanation is in order of how we can clear Assad’s military path while also working to get him out of power.

 

The SOHR says battles continued between the Syrian Army, supported by local and foreign militias, and the two Coalition backed groups in the Mahroutha area, southeast of Damascus. [SyriaHR] 

Usud Al-Sharqiya, a Coalition backed opposition group, says it destroyed a Syrian Army and alliedmilitias military barrier in the Um Ramam area in the Syrian Desert with rockets. [Qasioun] [SmartNews]

 

Opposition groups shelled military positions of Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled in the Yarmouk Basin. No casualties were reported. [SyriaHR] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Hezbollah says it reached a ceasefire agreement with Tahrir Al-Sham in the Arsal area. According to the agreement, Tahrir Al-Sham fighters will leave the area with their families for Idlib, in exchange for releasing 3 Hezbollah fighters who were captured during battles in 2016. The prisoners, who are now in Idlib, will be transported by land to Turkey and then go on to Lebanon. Tahrir Al-Sham didn’t issue any statement about the agreement. [Hawar] [Qasioun] 

 

Daesh says it targeted Lebanese Army positions in Tal Jarash with several mortars. [DENJuly27]

 

Other Middle East countries

Yemen

Daesh says it broke the siege of Houthis on “Muslims” in northwest Baidha, killing or wounding several fighters. [ICDNJuly27]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

The Philippines 

Daesh says it killed ten soldiers and destroyed a vehicle in clashes in Marawi city. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Turkish planes bombed an area in Amedi, northern Dahuk. [Sumaria] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes the 91st issue of its Naba’ magazine. This issue includes reports on its operations in Iraq, Syria, and other countries. [ICDNJuly27]

July 26, 2107

 

Raqqa (ARA)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

IAF drops leaflets on residents of Anah, Rawa. [..]

Army, IFP personnel under investigation for smuggling goods to Daesh. [..]

Syria

Coalition hits Raqqa with 24 more airstrikes. [..]

SOHR says SDF now controls 50% of Raqqa. [..]

Syrian forces gain on Daesh southeast of Raqqa & in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Coalition-backed opposition groups battle Syrian Army, Russian planes in Syrian Desert. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Coalition says it conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Kasik in Ninewa (1), and in Hawija in Kirkuk (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says it captured a person on terrorism charges in the Dawoodi area. [Sumaria] 

 

The Military Intelligence Service says it captured a Daesh local leader in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad] 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Falluja Police blew up a car bomb after capturing its driver at the west entrance of the city. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

The Military Intelligence service says its units found 30 explosives vests and 4 motorcycle bombs in the Albu Assaf area. [Ghad] 

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says it destroyed 2 local emergency police vehicles with 2 IEDs on the road between Dolab and Baghdadi, killing or wounding seven policemen. [DMNJuly26]

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded five others, including a colonel, with 2 IEDs in the Dolab area. [A3maq]

 

Northwest Anbar (Anah, Al-Qa’im)

IAF planes dropped thousands of leaflets on Anah and Rawa asking people to contact Iraqi forces and inform them about Daesh locations.  [Ghad]

 

Rutba

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi forces have started a large search campaign to chase down Daesh terrorists in the west Anbar desert. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED west of Rutba city, killing the soldiers inside. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted a PMF position in the Al-Badou Compound with 8 mortars. [DENJuly26]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha with 4 rockets and 19 mortars. It also says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier on the same road. [DMNJuly26] [DENJuly26]

 

Daesh says it wounded a PMF fighter with a drone strike near the Al-Makhazen Bridge, north of Baiji. [DMNJuly26]

 

Daesh says 2 of its terrorists, an Iraqi and a Syrian, attacked a PMF military position in the Al-Salam area, south of Baiji. It says one of the terrorists was killed in the clashes while the other detonated his explosives vest, killing or wounding several fighters. [ICDNJuly26]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on an Iraqi forces’ security barrier in the Tel Ksaiba area east of Tikrit. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The MoI says security units captured a Daesh expert on armoring vehicles. in Samarra. [Etejah]

 

Southern Salahuddin

Daesh says it killed a PMF member by targeting his vehicle with an IED in the Atish area, near Ishaqi, on Tuesday. [DMNJuly26] [A3maq]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter near Zarqa village. [DENJuly26]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it launched an attack on “Iraqi Army and militias” near Al-Waqf. [DMNJuly26]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Daesh publishes photos of executing a captured “PMF member” in Khanaqin. [ICDNJuly26]

 

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers, wounded four others, and destroyed a Humvee with 2 IEDs in Rabi’a village in Saadiya. [DENJuly26]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The Hawija District Council says warplanes destroyed the Shamit Bridge, which links Hawija city to Al-Zab, completely isolating Hawija from the west.[Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The Mayor of Mosul says Daesh members in Mosul have used fake IDs to join Tribal PMF units. [Ghad] 

 

Al-Arabi Al-Jadid, a UK based newspaper, says 9 senior Iraqi Army and IFP officers and no less than 30 soldiers are being investigated by the Iraqi Intelligence Service and the Military Intelligence Service for their role in smuggling food items and satellite mobile devices to Daesh in Mosul in addition to allowing Daesh terrorists to flee Mosul. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh could not have done most of its attacks in Iraq without collaborators in security units. 

 

North & northwest Mosul

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle carrying ammunition with an IED in Al-Buwair village in Badoush. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Humvee and a car carrying PMF fighters with 2 IEDs near Al-Rayhaniya village, in the Badoush area. [A3maq]

 

East Mosul

A Ninewa Operations Command captain says the Ninewa Police found the bodies of 3 Daesh members, tied and blindfolded, under the Al-Khawsar Bridge in east Mosul. [Anadolu] 

 

A police source says security units captured 2 Daesh terrorists who fled the Old City by swimming to the east side and hid for 17 days in Al-Dhubat in east Mosul. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it assassinated an Iraqi officer and an intelligence member in Palestine, in east Mosul. [A3maq]

 

An IFP major says a woman was severely wounded after policemen mistakenly shot her in the Nabi Yunus area. He says the police suspected that the woman was a suicide bomber when she approached an MoI officer while wearing a niqab. The Ninewa Police had prohibited women from wearing them in order to prevent Daesh from using women in suicide attacks. [Anadolu]   

 

Western Ninewa

Sinjar

A civilian was killed and three others wounded when a leftover land mine exploded in Ker Zirak village in Sinjar. [Hawar]  

 

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

A police source says the bodies of 7 Daesh terrorists were found tied and tortured in Hammam Al-Alil. [Ghad]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala 

Kata’eb Hezbollah, a Shia PMF faction, says it stopped a Daesh attack in the Kerbala desert, killing a terrorist and wounding others. [Etejah] 

 

Babel

Chairman of the Security Committee in the Babel Provincial Council says a PMF fighter was severely wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist attacked a PMF checkpoint on the road between Jurf Al-Sakhar and Anbar with a vehicle bomb. [Ghad] 

 

Dhi Qar

Security sources say security units captured 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges in Kut (Wasit) and Nasiriya. [IraqPress] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkish security units found a tunnel in Nusaybin coming from Qamishli. Turkish authorities think the tunnel was dug by the PKK to smuggle weapons and ammunition (video). [Dorar] 

 

Five suspects arrested a few days ago were sent to the court in Gaziantep after being accused of being Daesh members. [Anadolu] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces (Etilaf), a coalition of Syrian opposition groups, sent a letter to the UN and the Security Council requesting that the PYD to be added to the list of terrorist organizations. However, the deputy chairman of the Etilaf, a Kurd, says the Kurdish bloc in Etilaf has no knowledge of this letter and does not agree with its content. [ARA]

 

The Turkish news agency Anadolu says the Syrian Government shares the oil revenues in Hasaka with the PYD. It says 65% of the revenue goes to the government, 25% to the PYD, and the rest to Arab tribes that protect the oilfield. [EnabBaladi] 

 

The Co-Chairman of the Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of the SDF, says the US role in fighting Daesh in Raqqa should not end with the liberation of the city and it should help to control the city so as to guarantee future stability. [Dorar] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 25 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (24), and Deir Ez-Zor (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF vehicle with an IED near Tal Al-Jayer village, near the Iraqi border, killing the fighters inside. [DMNJuly26] 

 

Raqqa

Daesh publishes photos of 3 of its suicide terrorists, 2 Tunisians and a Syrian, who attacked SDF units in Raqqa with vehicle bombs. Daesh also publishes aerial photos and a video of the attacks. [ICDNJuly26] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four SDF fighters and wounded three others in different areas in Raqqa. [DMNJuly26] 

 

Raqqa city

The SOHR says the SDF has captured around 50% of Raqqa city after 50 days of fighting. [SyriaHR] 

 

SDF units captured the Mustafa Mosque area and other areas in Hay Nazla Shuhada, in south Raqqa, stopping several Daesh attacks and destroying vehicle bombs. [Hawar] 

SDF fighters stopped a Daesh attack with 3 vehicle bombs and 2 motorcycle bombs in the area, killing 14 terrorists. So far, the SDF has killed 44 Daesh fighters and destroyed 6 vehicle bombs and 2 motorcycle bombs during the last 24 hours. [Hawar] 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a building where the SDF was barricading in Hay Nazla Shuhada. [A3maq] 

Daesh says one of its Tunisian suicide terrorists attacked SDF units in Nazla Shuhada with a vehicle bomb, killing eleven fighters. [ICDNJuly26] Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked SDF units in the area with another vehicle bomb, killing another eleven fighters. [ICDNJuly26]

Daesh publishes aerial photos of the attack. [ICDNJuly26]

DaeshDaily comment. And how would you know the exact number of casualties, since your photos and videos were from a distance? 

 

Daesh says it killed five SDF fighters with a rocket in Qasr Al-Banat in southeast Raqqa. [A3maq] 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions near Qasr Al-Banat with a rocket. [ICDNJuly26]

 

The SOHR says fourteen SDF fighters were killed in the battles with Daesh in Raqqa during the last 24 hours. [SyriaHR] 

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked SDF units near the Al-Jazra Intersection, in west Raqqa, with a vehicle bomb, killing ten fighters and destroying a BMP armored vehicle. [ICDNJuly26]

 

The SDF issued a statement denying social media reports of a group of gay soldiers within its units in Raqqa. A photo appeared on Twitter yesterday showing a group of fighters holding a sign saying they were gay and fighting the terrorists. [EnabBaladi] 

 

Agence France Press says that, according to eyewitnesses, 29 civilians, including 8 children, were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa city. [SyriaNow] 

Daesh says thirty-six people were killed and fifty wounded by artillery shelling and “American” airstrikes on Raqqa city Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

The SOHR says a displaced man and woman from Tadmur were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa. [SyriaHR] 

 

East of Raqqa

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said Russian airstrikes continued on Maadan town and Al-Ghanem Al-Ali village east of Raqqa. [EnabBaladi]

The SOHR says the Syrian Army is 6 km (4 miles) away from Maadan city. It says many civilians are leaving the area because of the heavy airstrikes. [SyriaHR] 

 

An SDF source denied media reports about the SDF handing over Akirshi town southeast of Raqqa to the Syrian Army. [ARA]

Media outlets close to the government had said that the Syrian forces had captured the town. [Qasioun] 

DaeshDaily comment. The SDF seemed to have captured Akirshi some time ago.

 

The Syrian Army advanced in areas southeast of Raqqa and captured Hawija Shinan town, killing or wounding Daesh terrorists. [SyriaNow] 

 

Daesh issues a video of battles with the Syrian Army on the road between Raqqa and Athariya. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

On Wednesday, the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing was reopened and its management was handed over to “civil administration.” [ARA]   

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Turkeybacked opposition groups attacked SDF units in Sheikh Hilal, Ain Diqna, Tal Rifaat, Sheikh Eissa, Harbal, Tal Madhiq, Samouqa, and other areas. Battles are still ongoing. [Hawar] 

 

Turkey backed opposition groups said they captured Tal Jijan town west of Al-Bab after clashes with the SDF. A source close to the YPG denied the report, saying SDF units lured opposition fighters into the village then shot at them, killing fifteen. [ARA]

The SOHR says the opposition group failed to capture the village. [SyriaHR]

 

The PYD-backed Hawar says a group of tanks arrived from Turkey for opposition groups in Tal Maled. [Hawar] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Russian planes conducted 6 airstrikes using napalm on Albu Alaya and near Aqairbat town east of Hama. The Syrian Army and allied militias targeted Daesh east of Salmiya city with heavy artillery and rockets. Sporadic battles occurred between the Syrian Army and Daesh east of Salmiya and in Athariya. [Qasioun]

 

Homs

Daesh issues a video of targeting Syria Army positions southwest of the Al-Hail Oilfield with 2 Grad rockets. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army tank with a rocket northeast of the T4 Airport, east of Homs. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says the Syrian Army captured Al-Baghliya village east of Homs, killing several Daesh terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [SyriaNow]

 

A Syrian Army commander says the Syrian Army is 8 km away from Sukhnah city. He says Daesh’s defenses in the area collapsed and Daesh commanders moved their families from Sukhnah to Mayadin in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian planes targeted Daesh positions in Al-Baghailiye, destroying an ammunition storehouse and killing “tens” of terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it killed five SDF fighters and captured weapons and ammunition in an attack on Abu Khashab village, north of Deir Ez-Zor. [DMNJuly26] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions west of Deir Ez-Zor with drone strikes. [ICDNJuly26]

 

Tribal militias loyal to the government said they captured Nazzaza village and several other locations and moved into Deir Ez-Zor from locations east of Raqqa. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Syrian planes targeted Daesh positions near the southern entrance of Deir Ez-Zor city, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [SyriaNow]  

A local activist says the Syrian Army targeted Daesh-controlled areas south of Deir Ez-Zor with mortars and heavy machine guns. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Mayadin

Two women and four children from the same family were killed and others wounded by airstrikes from unidentified planes on Al-Taiba town near Mayadin. [Qasioun]

A local activist says nine civilians in the town, including two women and four children, were killed by Coalition planes. [ZamanAlWasl] 

The SOHR says at least 14 people, including 5 children and 4 women, were killed in the airstrikes. It says it is still unknown whether the planes belonged to the Coalition or Russia. [SyriaHR]

 

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

Heavy battles erupted between Coalition backed opposition groups and the Syrian Army in the Mahroutha area in the Syrian desert. Russian planes targeted opposition groups in the area. [Qasioun] 

 

Opposition groups targeted positions of the Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled in Sham Al-Jolan town west of Daraa in the Golan Heights area with artillery shells. [SyriaHR] 

 

Tahrir Al-Sham says “revolutionary factions” in West Qalamoun killed around 200 Hezbollah and Civil Defense militias and other government backed groups, wounded 250, captured 1, and destroyed a tank, 3 vehicles, a bulldozer, and a heavy machine gun during the last 5 days. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two opposition fighters near the city of Yelda in Rif Damashq. It also says it targeted “opposition groups’ positions” in Yelda with mortars. [DENJuly26] Daesh publishes photos of the shelling. [ICDNJuly26]

Daesh also says it killed or wounded opposition fighters by detonating an IED in a tunnel in Yelda. [DENJuly26]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Russian planes conducted 3 airstrikes on the Arsal area. This is the first time that Russian planes participated in the fighting in Lebanon. [Qasioun]  

Many Syrian refugees were killed or wounded when Hezbollah targeted refugee camps in the Arsal area with heavy machine guns. Several Hezbollah members, including a field commander, were killed, and others wounded during heavy fighting in the area. [Qasioun] 

Local sources say Hezbollah and Saraya Al-Sham, an opposition group, reached an agreement that the latter will leave with Syrian refugees to east Qalamoun. The sources say the agreement did not include Tahrir Al-Sham. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Army issued a statement saying its units shot at an SUV bomb that tried to attack a military unit in the “northern military zone. killing the suicide terrorist. It says the IED defused the vehicle, which was carrying more than 1.5 tons of explosives. [Anadolu]  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

 

Syria

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan] 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists, claiming he was killed in the Shirqat area. [ICDNJuly26]  

 

July 25, 2017

 

Raqqa (ARA)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Ammar Al-Hakim leaving the political party his family founded. [..]

Al-Abadi calls the KRG independence referendum unconstitutional. [..]

Daesh preparing to attack liberated areas in Shirqat. [..]

Daesh kills four policemen north of Old City. [..]

Gorran party elects new leader. [..]

Syria

Coalition lands 25 more airstrikes on eastern Syria. [..]

SDF continues advancing in Raqqa city. [..]

Syrian Army clearing Daesh from area south of Raqqa. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Ammar Al-Hakim, chairman of the National Alliance (the Shia CoR Coalition), has left the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq that was founded by his family. He says he has established a new political party called Tayyar Al-Hikma Al-Watani. [ROJ] This development follows an emerging split within the party, reflecting political differences based on age, with Al-Hakim trying to bring new people forward and long-time party leaders resisting. Al-Hakim inherited the party leadership position at a fairly young age after his father died.

 

Prime Minister Abadi says in his weekly news conference that the KRG referendum is unconstitutional and that Baghdad will not deal with it. He also calls on the KRG to re-activate its parliament and stay away from internal political disputes. [Sumaria] 

 Abadi also says that captured foreign terrorists will not be exempt from Iraqi law. [Sumaria]

 

The German Government says it has found an extra $100 million euros to support reconstruction and stability efforts in Mosul. [Anadolu] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted just 2 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Rawa (1), and in Al-Qa’im (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says five people were wounded when an IED exploded near a fish market in the Albu Khalid area. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 17th division conducted a military operation to clear several areas in Latifiya and found several Daesh guesthouses, defused booby-trapped houses and IEDs, and confiscated a boat and an explosives cache. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says it captured a Daesh terrorist in the Arab Abbas area, in Abu Ghraib. [Etejah] 

The Military Intelligence Service says its units captured a person wanted on terrorism charges in Al-Iskan. [Sumaria] 

A police source says a police officer was killed and two other policemen wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road to Akarkouf. [Sumaria] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi Army 8th division destroyed a parked vehicle bomb and several IEDs in the Kilo 35 area, west of Ramadi. [Sumaria] 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Military Intelligence Service says it confiscated an explosives cache in the West Suwaib area in Hit District. [Ghad] 

 

The IWMV says the IAF targeted Daesh positions north of Haditha Lake, destroying a guesthouse and a weapons and explosives storehouse and killing “tens” of terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

Anah/Al-Qa’im

The Jazeera Operations Command says its units have finished preparations to start liberation operations in Anah. It says it is awaiting orders to start the operations. [Ghad] 

DaeshDaily comment. It seems unlikely that the operation will be entrusted entirely to the army units already in Anbar. We suspect there will be a significant role for elite troops coming from the Mosul liberation campaign, which means that the Jazeera Ops Command could be waiting until after Tal Afar is over.

 

Daesh issues a video of executing eight men in west Anbar after accusing them of spying. [ICDNJuly25] 

 

Rutba

A security source says Tribal PMF units ambushed a Daesh group in the Kilo 160 area, killing 2 terrorists, capturing another, and confiscating a truck loaded with weapons and ammunition. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says Iraqi Army units started a search in areas north of Rutba and found ammunition caches. The source says the aim of the search is to stop Daesh attacks in the Rutba area. [Sumaria] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh is preparing to launch a major attack on the liberated areas in Shirqat. The source says Daesh executed four young men from the same family on the east side of Shirqat after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces.  

 

Baiji

The PMF Press says PMF units stopped a Daesh attempt to sneak into the Fatha area, forcing the terrorists to flee. [Ghad] 

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists on the road between Siniya and Haditha. It says the terrorists were trying to infiltrate Tikrit. [IraqPress]

 

Tikrit

A Salahuddin Police source says two PMF fighters were killed and three wounded when a car bomb targeted their checkpoint in Al-Na’ima village. [Sumaria] 

 

Samarra

The Samarra Operations Command says its units captured 7 Daesh female members who had fled from Mosul, at a checkpoint northwest of Samarra. [Sumaria] 

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A PMF commander says Iraqi Army and local police units started a military operation to capture in the Marjana and Tabaj areas in Khanaqin. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source says a civilian was killed and his brother wounded when unknown armed men shot at the victims vehicles in Hay Al-Askari in Kirkuk city. [ROJ]

Sumaria reported that the two victims are KDP members. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it has confirmed that Iraqi forces captured four German women who had joined Daesh in Mosul. [AIN] 

 

Central Mosul

A Ninewa Police captain says four policemen, including an officer, were killed in clashes with Daesh members in the Al-Maash market area near Bab Sinjar, north of the Old City. He says security units were deployed to the area looking for the terrorists. [BasNews]

 

The Ninewa Police Chief says his units captured the emir of Daesh’s “tribes office” in Old Mosul. [Ghad]

 

South Mosul

The IFP says its units captured 6 Daesh terrorists near the Mosul Airport and confiscated their weapons and explosives. [PressIraq]

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A JOC general says Daesh executed 10 of its own members, including 4 Syrians and a Saudi in Tal Afar. He says Daesh publicly set them on fire after accusing them of trying to flee. [ARA]

 

Prime Minister Abadi says in his weekly news conference that a plan has been put in place to liberate Tal Afar. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This sounds more like an effort to cover for the delay than an update on military developments.

 

A source close to the Council of Ministers says Prime Minister Abadi says Iraqi Army and police will attack Tal Afar. The source says Abadi commented to Sunni leaders that Shia PMFs will not participate in order to prevent revenge attacks for the killing of hundreds of Shia in the district. 

The source says that Iranian and Iraqi politicians close to Tehran are urging Abadi to have the PMFs participate. Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF unit close to Sistani had issued a statement that it received orders from the JOC to participate in Tal Afar’s liberation. 

An Iraqi Army captain says that there are 3 major cities in the area under Daesh control: Tal Afar, Ayadhiya, and Mahalabiya (Mosul subdistrict), in addition to 47 villages. He says that Daesh dug tunnels in the hills in the Tal Afar area and they were targeted by airstrikes and artillery shelling. The UN estimates that 20,000 people are still living in Tal Afar. Daesh has prohibited people from leaving the city in order to use them as human shields. Daesh executed around 200 people earlier this month because they tried to escape. 

A Yazidi CoR member says hundreds of Yazidis were kidnapped by Daesh, including entire families, and are trapped in Tal Afar. It asks the Iraqi Government to create a plan to save those people. [Anadolu] 

 

An Iraqi Army captain says military reinforcements of 100 vehicles and hundreds of soldiers arrived in the Badoush area. He says the goal is to move toward Tal Afar. He says the battle could start in the next few days. [Anadolu] 

DaeshDaily comment. This would be the northern route to Tal Afar District. The southern route will come from southwest of Mosul and move toward Tal Afar city.

 

A local source says the Daesh “senior biter” fled from Tal Afar with a large amount of money. He says the foreign woman was one Daesh’s cruelest members and was responsible for killing and torturing many women.  [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Being a “biter” is such a strange job. We wonder what knowledge, skills, and abilities one has to show in order to get a promotion to “senior biter.” 

 

KURDISTAN

The Gorran Movement elected Omar Sayyid Ali as its new General Coordinator. The founder and original leader, Nawshirwan Mustafa, died recently. [ARA]

 

The Turkish Army says its warplanes targeted PKK positions in the Al-Zab area, killing nine fighters. It says the fighters were planning an attack on Turkish military positions on the border. [Anadolu] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 25 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (12), Deir Ez-Zor (5), Shaddadi (7), and in Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Sources close to the SDF published photos of trucks that were reportedly carrying US military vehicles and were heading to Raqqa city. [Qasioun] 

 

Raqqa city

The SDF is advancing in Raqqa city from different sides, pushing Daesh to the center of the city. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF units supported by US Special Forces are advancing slowly in Old Raqqa. Daesh has planted IEDs and deployed snipers in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF units, supported by Coalition planes and Apache helicopters, advanced in south Raqqa. Daesh is trying to stop the advances by conducting night attacks using vehicle bombs. [SyriaHR] 

 

The YPG says one of its US volunteers, David Taylor, was killed in battles with Daesh on July 17th. [Qasioun] 

 

SDF fighters advanced in Hay Nazla Shuhada in south Raqqa and destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb. [Hawar]

Later on, the SDF stopped a Daesh attack in the same area, destroying 2 vehicle bombs and another vehicle and killing 15 terrorists, including 2 snipers and 2 commanders. [Hawar]

Daesh says 2 of its Tunisian suicide terrorists attacked SDF units in Hay Nazla Shuhada, killing more than twenty fighters and wounding others. [ICDNJuly25] 

Here Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks in nearby Hay Al-Furat. [A3maq] 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in Nazla Shuhada with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNJuly25]

 

A group of Daesh terrorists tried to attack SDF units in the area by sneaking through a tunnel behind the SDF. The SDF stopped the attack and killed all the terrorists. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says one of its Kashmiri suicide terrorists attacked SDF units in Hisham in south Raqqa with a vehicle bomb, killing at least eleven fighters and wounding others. [ICDNJuly25]

 

SDF fighters killed 8 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb in battles in Hay Al-Barid in northwest Raqqa. 3 SDF fighters were wounded. [Hawar]

 

SDF fighters killed 3 Daesh terrorists, including 2 snipers, near the Old Mosque in east Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Six people, including five from the same family, were reported killed and others wounded by Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa city. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

Eighteen civilians were killed and fifty wounded by Coalition airstrikes on several neighborhoods in Raqqa city. [Qasioun] [Dorar] 

Daesh issues a video of the results of “American” airstrikes on Raqqa. The video shows civilian casualties. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked SDF units in the Sakan Shababi area, in east Raqqa, killing or wounding more than twenty fighters and destroying 3 military positions before returning safely. [ICDNJuly25]

 

South of Raqqa

The Syrian Army and allied militias rapidly advanced in areas east and southeast of Raqqa. Daesh now controls only 10% of Raqqa Province. The SDF controls around 68% and the Syrian Army 22%. [SyriaHR]

 

A Syrian military spokesman tells Russian media outlets that the Syrian Army is 30 km (19 miles) away from Raqqa and can enter the city “within 5 hours.” The Raqqa civilian council says that the Coalition said that General Robert Jones, Deputy Commander of the Coalition, informed the council that the Coalition established boundaries in the Raqqa Province and informed the Syrian Army about them. The General says the Syrian Army has observed these boundaries so far. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Syrian Army allied militia commander was wounded when an IED exploded on his car outside of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of spoils it got from the Syrian Army southwest of Raqqa. [ICDNJuly25]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded five Syrian soldiers in an attack on Madkhala village, west of the Safyan Field, on the road between Raqqa and Athariya. Daesh also says it captured 2 heavy machine guns and a rocket launcher in the village. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

The Syrian Army and tribal fighters captured Al-Salam Alaikum village, southeast of Raqqa, after battles with Daesh. By capturing the village, the Syrian Army is 7 km (4 miles) away from the western administrative lines of Deir Ez-Zor Province. [Qasioun]

 

East of Raqqa

The SOHR says the Syrian Army and allied tribal fighters are 6 km (4 miles) away from Maadan city east of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

An SDF commander says the Turkish Army and allied militias targeted Ain Diqna and other areas in Azaz with 100 artillery shells and rockets. [Hawar]

 

The PYD Asayesh said it captured 3 Daesh terrorists in Afrin who were trying to flee to Turkey. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Heavy battles continued between the Syrian Army, supported by allied militias, and Daesh east of Salmiya. Both parties sustained casualties. Warplanes targeted areas in Qulaib Al-Thor village east of Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

Military reinforcement arrived in areas east and northeast of Tadmur. Heavy battles continued in the area while planes struck Sukhnah and Hamima. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Army and allied militias capture Al-Baghliya area and nearby hills east of Homs, killing or wounding several Daesh terrorists (video). [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Government sources say the Syrian Army battled with Daesh south of Deir Ez-Zor city and near the airport.  The sources also say Syrian planes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh positions in several other areas west of Deir Ez-Zor, destroying a military training camp, and killing several terrorists, including a commander. [SyriaNow]

 

Mayadin

Four civilians were killed when warplanes, most likely Russian, targeted Mayadin city on Monday morning. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal

Local sources say 9 Daesh terrorists, including a Saudi commander, were killed by 3 IEDs near Hajin, in an oil refinery area in Albu Kamal. [SyriaNow]

 

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

Three people, including a woman, were killed and 15 wounded in airstrikes in Arbin city in east Ghouta. [SyriaHR] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

The Philippines 

Daesh says it killed sixteen Philippine soldiers with IEDs in 2 areas in Marawi. [A3maq] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

The IFP says its units captured 6 Daesh terrorists near the Mosul Airport and confiscated their weapons and explosives. [PressIraq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan] 

July 24, 2017

 

Raqqa (Hawar)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Iraqi aircraft attack Daesh positions in Shirqat. [..]

Over 200,000 families have returned to East Mosul & Nineveh Plain. [..]

Coalition airstrike kills top-level Daesh military official in Tal Afar. [..]

Syria

SOHR says SDF now holds 41% of Raqqa city. [..]

SDF stops Daesh counter-attack in SE Raqqa, kills 19. [..]

Syrian opposition group cites cutoff of Coalition support. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The MoD issues a statement denying Iranian media reports about a statement attributed to the Iraqi Minister of Defense. MoD says the Iraqi Army will not intervene in the issue of the KRG’s independence referendum. Iranian media outlets claimed that the minister said in his visit to Tehran that the Iraqi Army will stop any attempts to divide the country. The KRG’s Ministry of Defense apparently believed the story and responded to the “fake” statement, saying it knows how to defend Kurdistan against anyone. [Anadolu] [ARA]

 

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

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The MoI spokesman says IFP units captured a terrorist and confiscated his vehicle, loaded with explosives, in Al-Karkh. [Ghad] 

The Military Intelligence Service says its units captured 6 persons on terrorism charges in several areas in Baghdad. [Ghad] 

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

The Baghdad Operations Command says its units captured a Daesh female member in the Al-Meshahda area. It says the women had kidnapped a child, whose family was killed by Daesh in Mosul, in order to use him in a suicide attack. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says its units found 2 explosives caches in 2 areas in Latifiya.  [Ghad] 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Albu Mufrij area, in west Yusufiyah, killing the soldiers inside. [DMNJuly24] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   5(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The MoI says several people were killed or wounded when an IED exploded inside a café on Street 17 in Ramadi city. [Sumaria] 

 

Hit/Haditha

An Iraqi Army colonel says an EOD captain was killed by a Daesh IED he was trying to defuse south of Kubaisa. [Anadolu] 

 

Rutba

Daesh says it destroyed a vehicle carrying Iraqi soldiers with an IED north of Rutba. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Salahuddin Operations Command captain says Iraqi planes and helicopters launched extensive attacks on Daesh positions in the Abbasi Zawiya and Kanous areas on Sunday, as Iraq prepares to launch a major attack on Daesh. [Anadolu] 

 

Baiji

The PMF Press says PMF EODs started a large operation to remove IEDs on the road between Baiji and Mosul. [Waradana]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in two areas north of Baiji with rockets and 8 mortars. [DMNJuly24] 

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A local source says four Peshmerga fighters were wounded by a roadside IED near the Jamila villages in Jalawla. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

East Mosul

The Council of Ministers says more than 200,000 families returned to their houses on the east side of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. [IraqPress]

 

The MoI says security units captured a Daesh member in east Mosul.  [Ghad] 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

Intelligence sources say they confirmed that Ayad Al-Ubaidi, aka Fadhil Haifa, a former Saddam officer and the commander of Daesh’s “soldiers’ office” and its top-level military council was killed in a Coalition airstrike on his hideout in Tal Afar two weeks ago. [Mawazin] 

 

A local source says Daesh executed Abu Yousif Al-Masri, an Egyptian doctor who joined Daesh 2 years ago, and arrested his family in Tal Afar. The source says Daesh has increased its executions of its own members in Tal Afar during the last few weeks. [Buratha]

 

A security source says a suicide bomber attacked a Daesh clinic in Tal Afar, killing 7 Daesh members and wounding 11. [Waradana]

 

An Intelligence source says Daesh in Tal Afar, through its media points, called Mosul “the land of disobedience and letdown.” The source says that Daesh claimed that it withdrew from Mosul after some Daesh members cooperated with security forces. [Sumaria] 

 

Baaj

The PMF Press says PMF units stopped a Daesh attack near the Syrian border killing 8 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles. [Ghad] 

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil

Daesh claims it killed forty-five PMF fighters in an attack on Al-Sahaji village, north of Khubairat in the Mosul subdistrict, southwest of the city along the road to Tal Afar. [A3maq] The government has not yet responded to the story.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit

The Military Intelligence Service says it captured a terrorist, originally from Hit, in Wasit. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

The PKK issued a statement Monday saying that it killed 6,356 Turkish military and police personnel and wounded more than 2,000 others during the last 2 years. It also says that 1,116 of its members were killed and 30 captured during the same period. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. And all these people died for what exactly?

 

Daesh said it killed two Turkish Intelligence personnel near Urfa on Thursday. [A3maq] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (7), Deir Ez-Zor (3), and Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The body of a Syrian academic was found in Hasaka on Saturday, three days after he was kidnapped, according the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). [ARA]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

SOHR says the SDF has captured 41% of Raqqa city so far. It says, since the start of the battles, 302 civilians were killed, including fifty children. It also says 434 Daesh terrorists and 198 SDF fighters were killed so far. [SyriaHR] 

 

SDF fighters stopped a major Daesh attack on Hay Hisham in southeast Raqqa, killing 19 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. The SDF has captured 90% of the neighborhood so far. [Hawar] 

SDF units simultaneously stopped 2 Daesh attacks in Hay Al-Rawdha in northeast Raqqa and Hay Al-Barid in the north, killing 11 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs and a machine gunmounted vehicle. [Hawar]

Daesh says it killed at least ten SDF fighters in its suicide attack in Hisham. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes aerial photos of the attack. [ICDNJuly24]

 

SDF units captured the Officer’s Residential Compound in Hay Nazla Shuhada, killing 11 Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. [Hawar] 

 

The YPG publishes the names and photos of four of its fighters who were killed in the Raqqa battles. [Hawar] 

 

A young man was killed by SDF shelling on the Bustan area in Raqqa city. [SyriaHR] 

 

Daesh issues a video of battles with the SDF near the Old Mosque in east Raqqa city. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of SDF fighters targeted by its snipers near the Panorama area in southwest Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

East of Raqqa

On Sunday, Qasioun reported that more than 60 airstrikes were conducted by the Syrian Army, Russia, and the Coalition on Raqqa Province. It says 6 civilians were killed and 19 wounded by Russian airstrikes on Maadan town, the Zor Shammar area, and other villages east and southeast of Raqqa. A local activist says civilians are leaving these areas in large numbers toward SDF-controlled areas. Qasioun also says Coalition planes destroyed more than 10 factories and storehouses west of the Panorama area south of Raqqa city. [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl] 

 

Nine civilians were killed and others wounded by Russian airstrikes on Al-Jaber town east of Raqqa. Syrian helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Khamisiya east of Raqqa. A local activist says two women and a child were killed in the airstrike. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]

The SOHR says 19 people, including 4 children and 5 women, were killed on Sunday evening by airstrikes on the Juwaizat and Sharida areas east of Raqqa. [SyriaHR] 

 

South of Raqqa

Syrian Army units, supported by foreign militias, captured large areas south and southeast of Raqqa and arrived to Dalha village east of the Euphrates River. This puts the Syrian Army 10 km (6 miles) away from the western administrative lines of Deir Ez-Zor Province. Local activists say Daesh withdrew from the areas without putting up any resistance. [Qasioun] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Tahrir Al-Sham executed 2 men in Idlib after accusing them of being involved in the car bomb explosion that killed 15 people, including Tahrir Al-Sham members, on Sunday. Tahrir Al-Sham says the 2 men were Daesh members. [Qasioun] [SyriaHR] 

The SOHR says, at least 18 people, including 3 civilians, were killed in the explosion and several others severely wounded. [SyriaHR]

Tahrir Al-Sham had captured Idlib city after the withdrawal of Ahrar Al-Sham and other opposition groups. [SyriaNow]  

 

The Nour Al-Din Zenki Movement, a radical Islamist group, issued a statement saying that it approves of the Tahrir Al-Sham project to establish “civilian management” over oppositioncontrolled areas in accordance with sharia law. The movement had announced last week that it ended its affiliation with Tahrir Al-Sham after the battles between the latter and Ahrar Al-Sham. [Qasioun] 

DaeshDaily comment. Idlib is about to be the safe haven that Al-Qaeda wanted since the start of the civil war in Syria. Ironically, Daesh was one of the main obstacles for this project because it wanted its own safe haven. It is still to be seen who will start to destroy Tahrir Al-Sham’s project.  

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The Turkish Army and allied militias targeted Ain Diqna village and areas near Tal Rifaat in Azaz with artillery mortars and heavy machine guns. [Hawar] 

 

Several sources say 14 people, including 11 children, were wounded by SDF shelling on Kaljibrin village, south of Azaz city. The sources say clashed erupted between SDF units and Turkey-allied opposition groups northeast of Manbij. [SyriaHR] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Three civilians were killed and others wounded by Russian airstrikes on Khudhaira town east of Hama. Battles continued in villages of the Aqairbat subdistrict between the Syrian Army supported by foreign militias and Russian warplanes, and Daesh. The area suffers from lack of medical supplies in hospitals. Wounded people are taken to Mayadin city 300 km (186 miles) away. [Qasioun] 

 

Syrian military source says Russian warplanes targeted Daesh positions east of Hama. The Syrian Army issued a video of a Russian airstrike that destroyed a Daesh rocket launcher in the Qastal Ghazi area (video). [SyriaNow] 

 

Homs

Liwa’ Shuhada’ Al-Qaryatayn, a Syrian opposition faction, issued a statement saying that it cut off its relationship with the Coalition after the Coalition stopped its support. It says it is still fighting the Syrian Government in several areas. It says its “backers” refused to allow it to fight the regime and wanted to focus on fighting Daesh only. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Russian military says a military operation to “eradicate” a large group of Daesh terrorists is ongoing in northwest Tadmur. [SyriaNow] 

 

Battles continued between the Syrian Army, supported by local and foreign militias, and Daesh, east of Tadmur. The Syrian Army shelled and bombed Daesh positions in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian PMFs moved toward the Syrian Desert to support the Syrian Army’s attempts to break the siege on Deir Ez-Zor. This group was officially announced last month and has 5,000 fighters. [Qasioun] 

 

Syrian Government sources say Syrian Army units battled with Daesh south of Deir Ez-Zor and near the airport, killing or wounding many fighters. It also says Syrian planes targeted Daesh in the area, destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle and several hideouts. [SyriaNow]

Syrian Government sources say the Daesh commander of Albu Omar village, 5 km (3 miles) east of the city, was killed in the fighting. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian planes targeted Daesh controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city and in Al-Salihiya village north of the city, wounding civilians. Battles continued between the Syrian Army and Daesh in several areas in and around Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh shelled government controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. No reports of casualties were available. [SyriaHR] 

 

A man, his son, and his daughter were killed by airstrikes, thought to be Russian, in Shamitiya town west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR] 

 

Daesh issued a propaganda video about how it captured Deir Ez-Zor Province from Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham, and other Syrian opposition groups in 2014. The video shows footage of several Daesh commanders who are now dead, including Abu Omar Al-Shishani. [ICDNJuly24]

 

Mayadin

Five civilians were killed and others wounded by a Coalition airstrike on Al-Arba’in Street in Mayadin city. Coalition planes also destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the city, killing the terrorists inside. [Qasioun] 

 

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

The Russian Army said it deployed units of its military police to monitor the cease-fire in southwest Syria. [ARA]

 

Seven children, two women, and an old man were killed and fifty other civilians were wounded by a Syrian airstrike in Arbin city in east Ghouta. [Qasioun] 

 

An opposition fighter was fighting against the Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, west of Daraa [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Army says one of its tanks stopped a vehicle bomb near a security barrier south of Arish. It says the vehicle exploded, killing three men, two women, and two children, in addition to four terrorists who were inside the vehicle. [Anadolu] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says Afghani Army units, supported by US forces, attacked a village in Dih Bala in Nangarhar. Daesh says it stopped the attack, killing many soldiers including four US service members, wounded others, and forced the rest to retreat. Daesh says helicopters retrieved the casualties from the village. It also says the Afghan Army shelled the village, killing fourteen people and wounding others. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed five Afghan soldiers, wounded others, and destroyed a Humvee and a bulldozer in battles in the Achin area in Nangarhar. [ICDNJuly24]

 

Philippines

Daesh said on Sunday it killed six Philippine soldiers and destroyed an armored vehicle in Marawi city. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]