An Update On ISIS Activities

May 26, 2017

 

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TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CENTCOM reports on 3 Daesh leaders killed by Coalition airstrikes. [..]

Daesh burns 32 civilians to death in Mosul; stages mass execution in Shirqat. [..]

PMFs, IAA keep advance going in Sinjar, Baaj; PMFs capture Yazidis’ Kujo village. [..]

Turkey

PKK reportedly kills 57 Turkish soldiers in SE Turkey. [..]

Syria

UN says over 800 paramedics have been killed in Syria since 2011. [..]

Turkey reported building a military base in Al-Bab. [..]

Other

Daesh kills 29 Egyptian Christian bus riders. Egypt attacks Daesh Libya training camps.  [..]

Morocco says it will lose 65% of its US support under Trump’s proposed budget. [..]

 

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Coalition says its airstrikes have removed senior Daesh senior military officials and planners from the battlefield, citing several examples. 

(1) Mustafa Gunes, a Syria-based Daesh external operations facilitator from Turkey, was killed by a Coalition airstrike near Mayadin, Syria, April 27. He was identified as a Daesh recruiter in the central Turkish city of Konya. Gunes helped facilitating financial support for planning attacks against the West.  

(2) Abu Asim Al-Jazaeri, a Daesh external operations planner and a Syria-based French-Algerian Daesh terrorist, was killed by a Coalition airstrike near Mayadin on May 11. Al-Jazaeri was involved in training the Cubs of the Caliphate, a high priority youth military training program. 

(3) Abu-Khattab Al-Rawi, a senior Daesh military official, was killed during an operation near Al-Qa’im on May 18, along with three other terrorists. Al-Rawi was a Daesh military official who operated in Anbar Province and provided direct support to the Daesh leadership. He was responsible for coordinating unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations and procurement in Anbar. [CENTCOM]

 

The Badr commander says PMFs will not only liberate Qayrawan and Baaj, but also capture the border with Syria. He says the plan was approved by the Iraqi commander in chief, Al-Abadi. He also says the Coalition is providing “mediocre” support to Iraqi forces, and accused it of being a reason for the delay in the Ninewa liberation. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Badmouthing the Coalition won’t conceal the fact that without the enormous support from the Coalition, Iraq would have needed years to get rid of Daesh. Al-Amiri knows this well, but he has his (anti-American/pro-Iran) reasons not to say it.  

 

Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack on Christians in Minya, in Upper Egypt, and saying that Iraq supports Egypt in fighting terrorism. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (5) and Tal Afar (1); Samarra (1) and Baiji (4). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The MoD says 17th army division found an explosives cache in Amya. [MoD Website]

The MoD says 23rd army brigade found an explosives cache in Agaydat and arrested 3 terror suspects. [MoD Website]

BOC units found 6 IEDs and other explosives in different areas in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says one civilian was killed and three wounded when a roadside IED exploded near a popular market in Suwaib. [Sumaria] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED exploded in Suwaib, killing one civilian and wounding three others. [Sumaria]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Falluja 

A security source says gunmen opened fire on a Tribal Mobilization checkpoint in Falahat west of Falluja, wounding 4. [Ghad] 

 

Ramadi

Military Intelligence says 8th army division arrested two “serious” terrorists wanted on several terror charges , as they mixed with IDPs in Kilo 18, west of Ramadi. [Ghad] 

 

Military Intelligence says 10th army division found a mass grave containing 40 Daesh corpses in Albu Bali, near Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Police say they destroyed a vehicle bomb without any casualties. The truck was parked near the stadium downtown, near one of the checkpoints. [Maalomah] 

 

Hit/Haditha

Chairman of the Haditha District Council says hundreds of Tribal PMF fighters from Haditha haven’t received any salaries for the last three years. [Sumaria]  

DaeshDaily comment. Haditha was one of the cities that paid heavy price for resisting Daesh. It is shameful if the government is not taking care of its fighters. 

 

Northwest Anbar

IAF executed an airstrike in the oil refinery city of Rayhaniya in Anah District, destroying a Daesh fuel station and a fuel storehouse, and killing 3 combatants. [MoD Website]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed twelve young men in Isdaria village, east of Shirqat city after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces.  

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Al-Zuwiya Intersection with 4 mortars. [DMNMay26] 

 

The MoD says army units killed a Daesh combatant in east Shirqat. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Ain Al-Baidha village south of Shirqat. [DMNMay26] 

Daesh issues a video of a PMF fighter targeted by its snipers in Al-Khanuqa village south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

The MoD says army units blocked a Daesh attack on the defense line in Harariyat in the Makhoul Mountains, destroying three Daesh positions. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha with 54 mortars and an SPG9 rocket. Daesh also says it damaged 2 Humvees and an excavator with B10 rockets on the same road. [DMNMay26] 

 

Samarra

The MoD says Salahuddin Operations troops arrested 3 men wanted on terror charges, at a temporary checkpoint installed in Samarra. [MoD Website]

The MoD says 17th IFP brigade found IEDs and weapons during a search in Albu Badri. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

MoD says Salahuddin Operations forces arrested two men wanted on terror charges in Hawi Al-Hamra. [MoD Website]

The MoD says army forces destroyed a Daesh mortar squad, destroying their vehicle and killing 4 combatants in Makhoul. [MoD Website]

Salahuddin Operations Command says the total number of families who returned to their homes in various parts of Salahuddin is 88,941. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters and wounded another in the Allas oilfield. [DMNMay26] 

 

Western Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter near the Al-Fatha area in Tooz. [DMNMay26] 

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A local source says army and PMF units repelled a Daesh attack on two checkpoints near Himrin Lake, forcing the attackers to retreat. [Sumaria]

 

Chairman of the Security Committee in the Diyala Provincial Council says PMF units shot down a Daesh drone on the Himrin Hills near Saadiya. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

Hawija Tribal PMFs supervisor says Daesh finished moving its “caliphate” headquarters from Mosul to Hawija. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Central Mosul

A Ninewa Police captain says Daesh burned 32 civilians to death in Mosul center. He says the Daesh caught the families while they were trying to escape. [BasNews] 

 

IAF dropped thousands of pamphlets on west Mosul calling on the population to use safe routes opened by the army to escape Daesh-held areas before the final attack. [IraqPress]

 

A military source says tens of civilians escaped the Old City Thursday night using the safe routes opened by the IFP. The source says that all remaining Daesh-held neighborhoods are under siege and are going to be attacked simultaneously very shortly. He says most of the combatants there are Iraqis and will most likely try to exit with IDPs in order to escape. [Rudaw]

 

The Ninewa Police Chief issued orders to prohibit the wearing of niqabs (which cover the face) in Mosul, in order to prevent Daesh terrorists from disguising as women in the city. [Karemlash] 

 

The Ninewa Operations Command says EODs of the 16th army division installed the Iron bridge connecting the east and west side of Mosul. The aim of the bridge is to facilitate the crossing of troops and families alike. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two IFP soldiers near the Bab Al-Jadid area. [DMNMay26] 

 

Southwest Mosul

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS military position with rockets in Hay Al-Thawra, killing several soldiers. [DENMay26] 

 

North & northwest Mosul

Daesh says it killed or wounded CTS soldiers by detonating a booby-trapped house in Al-Najjar on Thursday. [DMNMay26] 

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units in Al-Rifa’i with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying 2 Humvees, and damaging another. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNMay26]

DaeshDaily comment. No Daesh report can be considered reliable, but the persistence of these Daesh stories from northwest Mosul does create some doubts about government claims that these neighborhoods have been liberated. Perhaps “liberated” does not mean “safe.”

 

Other Daesh stories (unverifiable)

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army, IFP, and militia” positions in different areas in Mosul with 82 mortars and 20 heavy artillery shells. [DMNMay26] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed thirteen IFP and CTS soldiers in different areas in west Mosul. [DENMay26] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in west Mosul. [ICDNMay26]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed four persons in Tal Afar after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces.  

 

Sinjar

PMF command says it liberated more villages after capturing Kujo, the Daesh stronghold, and now has control of the Sinjar-Baaj road. [Sumaria]

Ninewa Liberation Command says Iraqi forces, including Yazidi PMFs, captured Ranbusi village north of Baaj and continued their way toward Kojo village. Kojo is the Yazidi village where 1,700 people were massacred by Daesh in August 2014. [Harbi] 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Humvee and damaged 3 bulldozers, 3 Humvees and 7 other vehicles in battles near Kojo village on Thursday. [A3maq] [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Thousands of Sinjar IDPs are still living in tents on Sinjar Mountain under difficult conditions. [ROJ]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on PMF units in Ranbusi village south of Sinjar. [A3maq] 

Daesh also says it damaged a bulldozer and 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs near the same village. [A3maq] 

 

PMF says it capture the Sinjar military base, killing tens of Daesh combatants and destroying several of its vehicles. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles west of Qayrawan. [ICDNMay26]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded twenty PMF soldiers and damaged 4 vehicles in an ambush near Khanisi village, north of Qayrawan on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed 6 PMF vehicles and damaged 8 others in battles in north Biski and south Biski villages north of Qayrawan on Thursday. [A3maq] 

Daesh says it shot down a PMF recon drone in Abu Khashab village northwest of Qayrawan. [A3maq] 

 

Ninewa Liberation Command says Iraqi forces killed 21 terrorists in Baaj and Sinjar. It says Iraqi forces captured the Sinjar Military base and the Domiz Compound, and cut off Daesh supply lines between Adnaniya village north of Baaj and Baaj city. It also says the IAA destroyed 8 Daesh vehicle bombs north of Baaj. It also says three PMF religious officials were wounded by a Daesh drone strike. [Harbi] [Harbi] 

DaeshDaily comment. The geography may be slightly confusing in these stories, as Baaj city is just south of Sinjar city and the Sinjar border and some of the military action is crossing the border.

 

Baaj

IWMC says the IAA killed 46 terrorists and destroyed 4 vehicles, 2 of them vehicle bombs, plus 2 motorcycles, 2 heavy machine guns, and a motor unit in the Baaj and Qayrawan areas. [Sumaria] 

 

PMF says it reached the outskirts of Adnaniya village while having Ranbusi village north of Baaj under siege. Army helicopters destroyed 5 vehicles, including two vehicle bombs north of Baaj, while PMFs destroyed another one approaching Hatimiya.  [Harbi] 

 

PMF says Abu Al-Bara, a Saudi national and the Daesh treasury official of Baaj, escaped to Hasaka with millions of dollars. [Sumaria]

 

PMF says it is using night fighting tactics to liberate the rest of Baaj and Qayrawan, to offset the Daesh so-called Shami tactic that uses heat-seeking missiles. [IraqPress]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Kurdish sources say HPG (military wing of PKK) killed 57 Turkish soldiers in clashes in Kato Quwain and Tendurek mountains in southeast Turkey. Kurdish units also shot down two Turkish helicopters, saying that this is the largest blow to Turkey during this year. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. This is bad news that undermines the anti-Daesh effort in Syria. With the YPG role in Syria such a huge issue to Turkey, this is hardly the time for the PKK to remind people that it is a terrorist organization that has killed 40,000 people.

 

Turkey described the US Congress condemnation of the Turkish security team’s behavior in Washington during Erdogan’s visit as “biased, expedient, and out of place,” saying that the US did not respond to Turkey’s inquiries about loose security arrangements during President Erdogan’s visit to the White House. Turkish security attacked peaceful protestors during the visit, leaving 9 of them wounded, 2 in serious condition. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The US Army says one of its soldiers was killed when his car tipped over in north Syria. No further details were announced. [Qasioun]

 

Russian deputy prime minister says Russia, Turkey, and Iran are going to clearly define the borders of the non-escalation areas agreed to at the beginning of the month. He says contact channels with the US are always open. [Dorar]

 

The UN says over 800 paramedics have been killed since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011 through the end of April. [Dorar]

 

France revealed on Friday that it already has special forces deployed in Syria, but it has no intention to send land troops to control Raqqa. New French Minister of the Armed Services, Sylvie Goulard, said that France is not present on the ground in Syria, but special forces are carrying out current operations.

Speaking to Europe 1 Radio, Goulard said that France is doing all that is being requested of it as a participant in the Coalition, especially by providing fighter jets that operate in the region, military advisers, and troops from a French artillery unit. [BasNews] 

DaeshDaily comment. The implied good news from this report is that the new Macron government will continue France’s support of the anti-Daesh war in Syria. [..]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 19 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Raqqa (9), Al-Hawl (2), Palmyra (1), Deir Ez-Zor (5), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

A Daesh escapee staying with his family in Ayn Eissa IDP camp says Daesh is flooding the city of Raqqa with water, and is booby-trapping houses in the city in anticipation of the SDF attack on the city. He says Daesh combatants are hiding behind civilians in populated areas and are using them as human shields. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Ramadan prayers in Raqqa city. [ICDNMay26]

 

West of Raqqa

SDF captured Baath (Hurriya) Dam, the third largest in Syria after battles that ended with the withdrawal of Daesh combatants. SDF also captured the sugar factory, which Daesh then shelled with over 20 rockets after it withdrew. [Qasioun]

SDF says it had reached the northern gates of the dam after capturing Kadrina village on Thursday killing 10 combatants. [ARA]

YPG publishes photos of SDF fighters near Baath (Hurriya) Dam. [Hawar]

 

SDF says it calls for Daesh combatants to lay down arms and surrender is paying off, as several Syrian combatants handed themselves over to SDF. It says that the number of those who surrender increases every day. [Hawar]

 

SDF says it blocked a Daesh attack on Maysaloun village west of Raqqa, killing 23. 

 

Kurdish sources say Daesh destroyed the railway lines in Tabaqa and sold the metal pieces as scrap while using wooden parts as fuel for heating. [Hawar]

 

Coalition planes attacked three villages north of Tabaqa while Russian planes attacked two villages south of it. Meanwhile, three civilians including a woman and a child were killed by two Daesh land mine explosions in Mansurah and Hittin. [Qasioun]

 

East of Raqqa

Battles between Dash and SDF raged in Asadiya village east of Raqqa, while Daesh attacked SDF units in Hamrat Nasir village with a vehicle bomb. No account of casualties is available. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on SDF units west of Jazrat Abu Hamid east of Raqqa on Thursday, killing or wounding several fighters. [DENMay26] 

 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in the Al-Karama area and a nearby village with 34 tank shells. [DENMay26]

 

Daesh publishes photos of dropping a bomb from a drone on SDF units in the Al-Hamrat area east of Raqqa. [ICDNMay26]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Government’s army says it intercepted a weapons smuggling operation in Wadi Odeib area, killing several Daesh combatants. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR reported over 110 airstrikes on Maskanah, held by Daesh in east Aleppo, as government forces close down on the city. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket in Albu Ajouz village south of the Al-Jarrah Military Airport. [DENMay26] 

Daesh also says it damaged a Syrian Army vehicle in battles near the same village. [ICDNMay26]

 

Daesh issues a video of a Syrian Army recon drone it shot down near Al-Ta’ous village southeast of Deir Hafer. [A3maq]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Local activists say the Turkish Army is building a military base on the Aqil Mountain in Al-Bab. They say the Army has demolished many houses and is preventing civilians from reaching the area (photos.) [BasNews] 

DaeshDaily comment. The Sultan of Ankara got what he wanted. 

 

YPG blocked an attack by Fath Al-Sham, a Turkish backed opposition group in Aska village in Afrin, killing one attacker and forcing the others to retreat. Kurdish sources say the opposition group attacked 6 villages in Afrin countryside, but were firmly blocked by YPG units, which inflicted several casualties on the attacking forces. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.

Government says its forces captured three more locations from Daesh east of Homs and is chasing its forces deep into the desert. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR reported continued retreat of Daesh forces before government’s army advance east of Homs, under intense artillery, rocket, and air cover. Government forces recaptured 8 more areas east of Homs from Daesh on Thursday. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Coalition planes killed 35 civilians in airstrikes on Mayadin east of Deir Ez-Zor, making a total of 50 civilians killed by coalition strikes in two days. The planes hit a building housing Moroccan and Sudanese families of Daesh combatants. [ARA]

SOHR says total civilians of Daesh family killed in two days are 160 including 42 children. It also says that 10 combatants were killed in these raids on Mayadin. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. The US is investigating this incident. However, the details look shaky. What are the chances that airstrikes on residences would kill family members but not the Daesh members in the same family—two days in a row? Or that the airstrikes would target residences but not Daesh positions?  More information can be expected. Another concern is the possibility that Daesh is applying its human shields tactic in Syria too, though in this case the victims were reportedly Daesh family members.

 

Syrian Army says it attacked 13 Daesh positions with planes and artillery in and around Deir Ez-Zor, killing many of them and destroying at least two vehicles. [SyriaNow]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.

An opposition source denied the rumors that Syrian opposition factions under the Free army attacked government positions in the Syrian desert with the support of the Coalition. [Qasioun]

 

The Government announced the start of a “New Dawn” operations aiming to clear southeastern Syria. It says it cleared over 13,000 sq. km from Daesh captivity. [SyriaNow]

As part of this campaign, the Syrian Army reports destroying a large Daesh convoy in Zaza, in eastern Homs. 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian police say gunmen attacked a bus carrying Christian Copts heading from Beni Suef to Al-Minya and killed 29, including children, and wounding 16. [Sumaria]

Hours after the attack, Egyptian fighter jets carried out strikes directed at camps in Libya which Cairo says have been training militants who killed dozens of Christians earlier in the day.

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said he had ordered strikes against what he called terrorist camps, declaring in a televised address that states that sponsored terrorism would be punished.

Egyptian military sources said six strikes took place near Derna in eastern Libya at around sundown. [Reuters] 

 

Libya

Egyptian planes responded to the attack on the Christian bus by bombing Daesh training camps in eastern Libya.

 

Morocco

Moroccan authorities arrested a 4-person Daesh cell intending to initiate attacks in the country. Morocco says it will be affected by President Trump recently announced decision to reduce support to Middle East countries by 80%, saying that it alone would lose 65% of US support. [Arabi21]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

The Philippines 

Daesh says it destroyed a Philippine Army armored vehicle in fighting in Marawi city. [ICDNMay26]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

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

Iraqi soldiers in their Abrams tank battling Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook]

 

Videos of a gathering of Daesh terrorists in west Anbar. [Facebook] [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA                                                                                                                                                   

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists from Mosul who might have been killed in Ninewa. [ICDNMay26] 

May 25, 2017

 

Qayrawan (Sumaria)

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Report says US warned Al-Abadi about a military coup attempt by Al-Maliki. [..]

Investigation of deadly Coalition airstrike in Mosul finds death toll attributable to Daesh explosives in the building. [..]

Controversial court decision in Finland frees two suspected Tikrit mass murderers. [..]

Coalition unloads major airstrike on Daesh near Al-Qa’im. [..]

More Mosul IDPs now returning home. [..]

Peshmerga in Sinjar complain that PMFs are invading their territory. [..]

PMFs report liberating nine more villages in Sinjar. [..]

PMFs start liberation operations in Baaj. [..]

Syria

Coalition hits Raqqa, Deir Ez-Zor, Bukamal with heavy airstrikes. [..]

Major Syrian campaign to retake Maskanah claims huge Daesh losses. [..]

Syrian forces make gains in several areas of Homs province. [..]

Syrian Army keeps moving toward Free Army area in southern Syria. [..]

Other

Major, deadly Daesh attacks still reverberating in southern Philippines. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

According to Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, an unnamed US diplomat says the US warned PM Abadi about a possibility of a military coup by an armed force loyal to former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. 

It also says that the President Trump’s advisor Jared Kushner, during his visit to Baghdad, asked Al-Abadi to remove 785 senior MoD and MoI officers and directors who have links to Iran from decision-making roles. [BasNews] 

 

The Coalition says its investigation of a March 17 Coalition airstrike in the Al Jadida district of Mosul, Iraq, found that a secondary explosion triggered a rapid failure of the structure, in which two Daesh snipers, 101 civilians sheltered in the bottom floors of the structure, and four civilians in a neighboring structure were killed.  An additional 36 civilians who were reported to be in buildings connected to the structure remain unaccounted for.

The investigation determined that Daesh emplaced a large amount of explosive material in a structure containing a significant number of civilians and then attacked Iraqi forces from the structure.

Maj. Gen. Joe Martin, Commanding General CJFLCC-OIR said “Our condolences go out to all those that were affected. The Coalition takes every feasible measure to protect civilians from harm. The best way to protect civilians is to defeat (Daesh.)” [InherentResolve] 

 

Iraqi parliament Speaker Al-Jubouri says the judiciary has requested it to lift the immunity of 24 CoR members. He declined to mention names or the specific charges on which the request is based. [Anadolu]

 

District Court of Pirkanmaa, Finland made a ruling Wednesday in an exceptional case. Two 24-year-old Iraqi twin brothers were on trial in Finland for eleven murders committed during the Camp Speicher massacre in Tikrit, Iraq. Daesh singled out Shia and non-Muslim cadets from Sunni ones and murdered 1,700.

The twins went to Finland as asylum seekers and were arrested by the Finnish police based on tips received from other asylum seekers, who were terrified to see suspected ISIS terrorists in the reception center.

Before the trial, Iraq demanded extradition of the twins based on charges pressed against them in Iraq. Finland refused, as the twins might face the death penalty in Iraq. The state prosecutor Tom Laitinen demanded a life sentence. He says that the executioner shown on a video clip showing executions of cadets was one of the twin brothers.

The district court residing in Tampere, Finland, heard four eyewitnesses give their testimony in Iraq on a video conference call. The defense lawyer claimed the twins weren’t even in Tikrit at the time of the massacre and requested that the charges be dropped. According to the defense, it is impossible to prove that one of the twins is actually depicted on the video.

The twins were then acquitted. In addition, they are to receive compensation for the time they spent in jail during the trial. A total of 17 months in jail at the standard compensation rate of 100 euros per day equates to over 50,000 euros for each twin. And their lawyer is planning to seek much more than the standard rate, as the case has attracted so much publicity against the defendants. [MVLEHTI] 

DaeshDaily comment. We wonder if Finland’s insistence on holding the trial in Finland, so as to uphold Europe’s proud opposition to capital punishment, didn’t backfire in this case. The distance from witnesses and from the horrible context of the case was perhaps too great. Iraq was apparently certain that these men were guilty, as were other Iraqis who saw them in Finland, which we concede does not prove they were guilty. Iraqi prosecutors have gotten guilty verdicts against many others similarly accused in this infamous case. So it seems that the twins have beaten the rap, and they will be happy residents of Finland for a long time, despite the bad publicity, as they will have lots of money from Finnish taxpayers to support them but are  likely dead if they return to Iraq, even if the government doesn’t prosecute them. In the meantime, Meanwhile, the Finnish authorities should worry about the risk to their own people.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (3) and Tal Afar (1); Rawa (1); and Baiji (7) and Tikrit (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh says it killed a PMF commander after breaking into his house in the Al-Makarem area near Al-Meshahda. [DMNMay25]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says an IED exploded in a marketplace in Mada’in, wounding two civilians. [Ghad] 

A police source says a government employee was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his civilian car in the Jisr Diyala area. [Sumaria] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

An Anbar Emergency Police source in Anbar says the police detonated a car bomb under control on Street 60 in Ramadi. [Sumaria] 

 

Northwest Anbar

A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes bombed Daesh military reinforcements coming from Syria to Al-Qa’im, killing tens of terrorists. The source says this was one of the biggest airstrikes since 2016.  

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Daesh publicly executed two of its commanders in Rawa. The source says Daesh terrorists had internal disputes regarding whether to stay or flee if Iraqi forces attacked northwest Anbar. [Maalomah]

 

Rutba

The Mayor of Rutba says a Tribal PMF battalion arrived in Rutba to hold the ground after finishing its training in Ramadi. [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Mayor of Shirqat District says a group of food smugglers for Daesh was arrested. The smugglers moved foodstuffs from government-controlled west Shirqat to Daesh-controlled east Shirqat, where Daesh would sell a bag of sugar for IQD 1 million (about $800) and a pack of cigarettes for IQD 60,000 ($50).  The smugglers use the pretext of a humanitarian cause for their actions as the east side is under siege by Iraqi forces and its population faces big food shortages. [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Ain Al-Baidha village and nearby areas with 31 mortars. [DMNMay25] 

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter and wounded another in Allas oilfield. [DMNMay25]

 

Western Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF machine gunmounted vehicle with an IED in Al-Zarqa village, killing the fighters inside. [DMNMay25]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Diyala Police says intelligence units captured a Daesh suicide terrorist north of Baquba who was on his way to conduct an attack in a residential area in the city. It says within an hour, security forces captured a Daesh cell of 3 members who recruited the terrorist. It says the attack was supposed to be part of a Daesh major attack in the month of Ramadan in Baquba. [Sumaria] 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Diyala police says its EODs defused an IED in the Qasab area in the Wajihiya subdistrict of Muqdadiya. [Ghad] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Mayor of Al-Khalis says Daesh is deploying its terrorists who fled the Mtaibija area on the Salahuddin side of the border to 3 villages in Udhaim, near the border with Salahuddin. He says the villages were liberated in 2014, but have remained empty since then. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it killed or wounded IFP soldiers in an ambush on the road between Muqdadiya and Himrin subdistrict. [A3maq]

A PMF commander says a warplane destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Mtaibija area, killing the terrorists inside. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it damaged a PMF vehicle in an ambush in Dalli Abbas, in Mansouriya subdistrict in northeast Diyala. [DMNMay25] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A Kirkuk Police commander says the Kirkuk Criminal Court sentenced 2 men to death for detonating explosives at a cemetery during a funeral in 2015. Twenty-one people were killed or wounded in the explosion. [Sumaria]  

 

Hawija

A PMF leader says 3 Daesh security commanders in Hawija escaped the city with their families, and that Daesh initiated a search, blocking all roads in areas under its control. [Sumaria]

 

The security committee of Diyala Provincial Council says internal fighting broke out among Daesh members in Hawija, resulting in the death of the interim Diyala wali recently appointed and two of his escorts. No more information is available on the incident. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF military vehicle with an IED in Al-Laqlaq village near Al-Riyadh, killing the fighters inside. [DMNMay25] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The Ninewa Liberation Command issued a statement to the people in the remaining 9 locations under Daesh control in west Mosul to move toward the secure roads provided by Iraqi forces. IWMC says IAF planes dropped thousands of leaflets on the 9 areas. [Sumaria] [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it killed seventeen Iraqi soldiers in different areas in west Mosul. [DMNMay25]

 

Central Mosul

The IFP commander says his forces are opening safe routes for civilians to evacuate combat areas. He says there are certain operations the IFP is starting in the Bab Al-Tob area of the Old City, and it has already captured some buildings that overlook the Grand Mosque minaret. [Ghad] 

 

A security source says Daesh is besieging the Mosul population in the Old Mosul area where it announced its “caliphate,” in the face of obvious non-cooperation by the residents. It is holding women and children in houses and locking them up to prevent them from leaving the Old City and preventing food from reaching them. It has also planted many IEDS in the Bab Al-Jadid neighborhood, along the road expected to be taken by Iraqi forces when entering the Old City. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh issues a video of two Iraqi soldiers targeted by its snipers near the Bab Al-Jadid area. [A3maq]

 

Southwest Mosul

Daesh says it killed or wounded several CTS soldiers and destroyed 2 military positions and an ammunition storehouse with rockets in Hay Al-Thawra. [DMNMay25]

 

North & northwest Mosul

Daesh says it killed seven CTS soldiers, including a sniper, and destroyed 2 Humvees in battles in Hay Al-Najjar. [DMNMay25]

Daesh says its snipers killed four Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Najjar and near Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed two CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Najjar. It also says it damaged a Humvee in the same area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi units in Hay Al-Rifa’i with explosive vests, killing ten soldiers, wounding others, and damaging 2 Humvees. Daesh publishes photos of the 2 suicide terrorists. [ICDNMay25]

Daesh says its snipers killed four Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Thawra, Al-Rifa’i, and Ras Al-Jadda. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of battles near Hay Al-Rifa’i. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS military position with an SPG9 rocket in Hay Al-Warshan. [DMNMay25]

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in Mosul with 35 mortars. [DMNMay25] 

 

Daesh says 101 people were killed and 199 wounded in “American and Iraqi” bombing on areas in Mosul city during the last 5 days. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The daily propaganda report on errant airstrikes that never kill Daesh members but only innocent civilians. 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

Ministry of Migration and Displacement says 8,562 displaced people from Mosul returned to their houses during the last 3 days. [Buratha] 

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Tal Afar Airport and nearby villages with 48 mortars. [DMNMay25]

 

Peshmerga command says it secured the escape of over 450 families from Kasik in northern Tal Afar to safe areas in IDP camps in Kurdistan and killed 7 Daesh combatants who tried to obstruct the escaping families. [Anadolu]

 

Sinjar

A Kurdish CoR member says differences over liberation of Yazidi villages by the PMFs are not yet solved, as the KRG insists that these areas should be liberated by Peshmerga or a joint force of Iraqi army and Peshmerga. The PMF command, which has liberated Qayrawan and 30 villages around it, has held off on retaking some villages until an agreement is reached on the next steps. The Kurds say the Iraqi government violated the agreement with the KRG and let the PMFs operate in a Peshmerga zone of authority. [Mada] 

DaeshDaily comment. Agreements aside, there are some big-time politics behind this issue. The Peshmerga have virtually disappeared from the news since Iraq forces entered Mosul city. However, they are still occupying some areas, such as in Sinjar, where the KRG has aspirations of acquiring the district for the KRG and an anticipated independent Kurdistan.  This explains the ongoing hostility to the YPG units operating in parts of Sinjar, though that comes mostly from the KDP and Barzani. The PMF leaders are absolutely clear on the Kurdish motives, are loyal to the central government, don’t care for their own purposes about an agreement conceding control of territory to the Kurds that is legally Iraqi territory anyway, and are doing all the fighting in Sinjar.      

 

Chairman of the Sinjar District Council says the PKK kidnapped several boys and girls during the last few days in the Sinjar area. He says Yazidi people are afraid of returning to their houses because of the PKK presence. [BasNews] 

DaeshDaily comment. While it is a “standard” PKK procedure to recruit children, the other part of the statement is not quite true. Yazidi people are prevented from returning because of KDP checkpoints in the area. 

 

PMFs say they reached the Domiz residential complex near Sinjar Mountain, liberating 9 villages north, east, and west of Qayrawan and killing 38 Daesh combatants and destroying 11 different vehicles and a mortar squad. [PressIraq] [Harbi] 

 

A Peshmerga commander says a Peshmerga military intelligence officer was assassinated on Sinjar Mountain, without giving more details. [BasNews] 

 

PMFs liberated the Yazidis’ tragic Kujo village south of Sinjar. Kujo witnessed the largest Daesh massacre against Yazidis in August 2014, and hundreds of Yazidi women were kidnapped, including Nadia Murad, the now-famous Yazidi who became a UN goodwill ambassador. [ROJ]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Iraqi Army near Kojo village west of Qayrawan. [ICDNMay25]

 

IWMC says PMF forces found a second Daesh prison in Qayrawan, used to detain Yazidi women before transferring them elsewhere. [IraqPress] 

 

PMFs killed 12 Daesh combatants on the Sinjar–Adnaniya road. [PressIraq]

PMF says it shot down two Daesh recon drones over Adnaniya road west of Mosul. PMFs cut off the Adnaniya–Baaj road earlier in order to isolate the Qayrawan subdistrict. [Maalomah] 

 

PMF says it destroyed a vehicle bomb near Hatimiya, a Yazidi village north of Qayrawan, while army helicopters destroyed three Daesh trucks, killing all combatants onboard south of Kujo. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF T72 tank, a BMP armored vehicle, and a Humvee in Qayrawan. [A3maq]

 

Baaj

The PMF Command says Baaj liberation operations started today and will extend to the Iraq-Syria border.

Baaj city is south-southeast of Sinjar city, toward the Syria border 

PMF media says army and PMF units are chasing 7 Daesh trucks armed with machine guns, including one vehicle bomb, which escaped the village of Qabat Al-Wahbi, liberated earlier, towards Maghsal village northeast of Baaj. [IraqPress]

 

A local source says tens of Daesh combatants have are spread out in Baaj streets after Daesh announced a state of full alert, following attacks on three of its major HQs in the city. [Sumaria] 

 

PMF media says its engineering units are constructing new roads to facilitate movement of its vehicles towards Baaj center. [Forat]

 

PMF media says Army helicopters destroyed 5 vehicle bombs preparing to attack PMF forces in Albu Khashab village northeast of Baaj. [Maalomah] 

PMFs liberated 7 villages northeast of Baaj and destroyed three machine gun mounted trucks and several command centers. [Harbi] 

PMF started establishing secure routes to evacuate civilians from combat areas northeast of Baaj. [Harbi] 

 

PMF media says PMFs cut important Daesh supply routes from Kujo to Hatimiya and Baaj to Sinjar and liberated 2 more villages northeast of Baaj, destroying a vehicle bomb and several guesthouses. [Harbi] 

 

A local source say IAF destroyed a Daesh convoy 10 km (6 miles) east of Baaj, destroying 5 vehicles and killing the Daesh emir of Baaj and several of his escorts and assistants. [Sumaria] 

 

PMF Press says PMFs destroyed a Daesh vehicle near the liberated Tal Ghazi village, north of Baaj. [Harbi] 

 

Hatra

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked PMF positions west of Hatra, killing seven fighters, wounding others, destroying a military vehicle, damaging 4 others, and destroying 4 military positions before returning safely. [ICDNMay25]

DaeshDaily comment. The “news” that its terrorists “returned safely” is standard propaganda for Daesh’s creative writing department, even when the rest of the story makes that seem unlikely. 

 

KURDISTAN

Turkish Army says its planes attacked PKK targets in Matina in northern Iraqi Kurdistan, killing three gunmen and destroying two positions. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkish media says NATO countries are working on establishing a new treaty called METO (Middle East Treaty Organization) to confront the rising terror threat. The new treaty will be concerned with eliminating Daesh, dealing with terror threats after Daesh, limiting Iranian influence, limiting the Russian presence, and formation of new alliances. The media says the problems facing such a treaty include lack of a unified definition of terrorism, lack of unanimity of positions towards these issues, President Trump’s internal problems, and the stall in peace talks in the Middle East, as well as some financial and logistics issues. [Dorar]

 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister says the PKK (through the SDF) is not aiming to defeat Daesh in Raqqa but rather to gain more ground. He says that supporting terrorist groups is a big mistake. He says his country disagrees with Russia about many of its policies, but the relations between the two countries are very good, and improving. He says that dialogue channels are open with Iran, and there are agreements on several issues, although Turkey is not satisfied with Iranian “ambitions” in the region. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. We confess to being tired of commenting on Turkey’s foreign policy; but the Erdogan team keeps providing provocative material that seems to require a response. So contemplate the gentleman’s statement. He is the Foreign Minister of a NATO country.  By contrast, he continues to speak with hostility toward the United States, and even has thugs who beat up peaceful protesters across from his US embassy in Washington. At the same time, he touts Turkey’s “very good” relations with Russia, the main reason there is a NATO, and its good communications with Iran. If you were advising Secretary of State Tillerson (and maybe some of you are), what advice can you give about dealing with this guy?

The SDF could provide a most satisfactory answer to this public dispute between NATO “allies” by defeating Daesh in Raqqa. 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The US and Russia renewed and intensified their talks to avoid any aerial collisions or conflicts arising from their operations in Syrian skies. Such coordination reportedly stopped after the US attack on the Syrian airbase recently. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Raqqa (15), Deir Ez-Zor (1), Al-Hawl (1), and Albu Kamal (4). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

SDF granted a new grace period to Daesh combatants in Raqqa to surrender. The new period extends until the end of the month and was agreed to after the intervention of tribal sheikhs and the Raqqa civil council. The grace period is meant only for Syrian members of armed groups, including Daesh. [PUKMedia] 

 

SOHR says Daesh land mines in Raqqa and the surrounding area killed 18 civilians in the past 48 hours. Casualties include 5 women and two children. [SyriaHR]

 

West of Raqqa

SDF says it liberated Kadiran village west of Raqqa killing 10 Daesh combatants, and clearing the whole area north of Hurriya Dam, it says. [Hawar]

 

Coalition planes attacked Dibsi Afnan village northwest of Tabaqa, wounding several civilians and leaving damage. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. Once again, SOHR focuses only on alleged civilian casualties, ignoring the larger story altogether, and cites no reliable sources. 

 

North of Raqqa

SDF says Daesh counterattacked SDF forces in Maysaloun village north of Raqqa, and that fierce battles are still going on in that village. [Hawar]

 

SDF is advancing to Asadiya village north of Raqqa and is engaging Daesh combatants in fierce fighting, while Coalition planes attacked three villages north of Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

East of Raqqa

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Al-Karama and nearby areas with 48 mortars. [DMNMay25]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in the Al-Karama area with mortars. [ICDNMay25]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Government forces are within 3 km of Maskanah, held by Daesh, after capturing two more villages west of the city. Rumors say Daesh combatants have already started withdrawing from the city under intense Russian air attacks. [Qasioun]

Syrian Army says it captured the fifth station near Maskanah. Syrian government says that Daesh has lost over 3,000 combatants in fighting between eastern Aleppo district and Maskanah since the start of operations including several emirs and other leaders. [SyriaNow]

SOHR says capture of Maskana by government forces is a matter of time, as Syrian and Russian planes initiated 62 airstrikes on the city, while land forces killed at least 18 Daesh fighters including a local emir. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its anti-aircraft machine guns shooting at warplanes in Maskanah city. [ICDNMay25]

Daesh says it shot down a Syrian Army recon drone southeast of Deir Hafer. [A3maq]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say Turkish army is attacking three villages in Afrin with artillery and tank fire. The bombing is continuing until this moment, say the sources. [Hawar]

 

Two explosions, one with an IED and another with an explosives belt took place in Azaz. The second one killed 4 civilians and wounded tens of others. Observers believe that this was executed either by Daesh sleeper cells, or by the Shamiya Front as an act of revenge against opposition militant factions. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.

Government forces made further advances east of Homs, capturing 3 villages including Al-Barda,  and 3 mountain areas, expanding the area it captured recently to 1300 sq. km. Daesh forces withdrew deep into the desert after intense fighting, in which Russian planes played an effective role. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh killed 8 government soldiers and destroyed two Syrian Army vehicles in a counterattack near the grain silos east of Palmyra, while the Syrian Army forced Daesh out of Al-Qaryatayn strategic village west of Palmyra. [Qasioun]

This brings government forces very close to the Free Army-held areas southeast of Qaryatayn. [EnabBaladi]

 

Government forces say they destroyed 36 Daesh escaping Basiri village south of Al-Barda towards the Hamad area deep in the Syrian Desert. [SyriaNow]

 

Late reports say the Syrian Army has captured Khenefis, the phosphate city of Syria, which has reserves of over 1.8 billion tons. [SyriaNow] [EnabBaladi]

 

Syrian Army says it recaptured Sawana, southwest of Palmyra, after battles with Daesh. [SyriaNow]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian Army units in the Al-Sawana area west of Tadmur with a vehicle, killing or wounding “tens of soldiers” and destroying or damaging 8 military vehicles. [ICDNMay25]

DaeshDaily comment. In these paired reports, notice that the typically “victorious” Daesh story is about a village it seems to have lost, based on the Syrian Army account in the first story

 

SOHR says this series of battles has allowed government forces to recapture and control the Damascus-Palmyra expressway. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Daesh shelled Jubb Al-Jarrah city held by the government east of Homs, without causing any casualties. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in 2 villages south of the Al-Jarrah Military Airport with 13 SPG9 rockets, 20 mortars, and 7 tank shells. Daesh also says it shot down a Syrian Army recon drone south of the Airport. [DMNMay25] Daesh publishes photos of battles south of airport. [ICDNMay25]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor city

Opposition sources say Daesh made advances on government forces in Haweiqa neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor, using intense rocket shelling and artillery fire. Battles in Rashidiya are continuing without any advance by either party. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian government says its planes destroyed a Daesh command center in Al-Aradhi neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor city, killing tens of Daesh combatants. It also says its artillery targeted over 5 Daesh locations, inflicting heavy casualties. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says civilians killed by Daesh through shelling on government held neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor rose to 34 including two women and 7 children in the past 7 days. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin

Unidentified planes, Coalition or Russian, killed 17 civilians in airstrikes on Mayadin city east of Deir Ez-Zor, while government planes killed 6 civilians in Mehemeda village east of the city. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. Once again, Qasioun accuses both the US and Russia of targeting civilians, and Syria too, without citing any reliable sources and without covering the larger story that would provide context.

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.

SOHR says government forces are advancing from several directions and are gradually gaining ground against both Daesh and Free Army forces. It is reported that they are aiming to reach the Tanaf border crossing and impose a status quo on US and Coalition forces.  The Syrian forces in the Syrian Desert are still 55 km (34 miles) away from Tanaf but are gradually expanding into Free Army controlled areas. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. Either SOHR is confused or we are confused.  Based on our reports to date, the so-called Free Army, supported by the US, UK, and Jordan, is focused on helping to defeat Daesh and planning to move north along the Iraq-Syria border, perhaps timed with movement of Iraqi forces on the other side of the border. We have not heard that it was holding territory beyond the Al-Tanaf area, or competing with the Syrian government for territorial control in southern Syria. 

Actually, it would be helpful if the Coalition would clarify the goals of the Free Army and the nature of its Coalition backing, but we assume that the continuing mystery surrounding it is deliberate and intended to serve military purposes. In the bottom line, we are sure even if SOHR isn’t that the Syrian Army will not be able to “impose” anything on the Coalition partners supporting the Free Army.

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Al-Shajara town. [ICDNMay25]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says unidentified gunmen shot dead a police officer as he drove in his car with his family in Arish. [Anadolu]

Unknown armed men shot and killed a policeman in Arish city. [AhlMisr]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t know if these reports are on the same incident.

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army minesweeper south of Arish on Wednesday. It also says its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier west of Arish on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Russia

Russian federal police say they arrested a large Daesh network planning for attacks on public transportation facilities in Russia. It says the network is run and receives orders from Syria. [SyriaNow]

 

Philippines

Daesh says it killed more than seventy Philippine soldiers in attacks on several positions in Marawi city in the south Philippines. Daesh also says it burned down a Philippine Army headquarters and destroyed several armored vehicles during the battles. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed ten Philippine soldiers, including four officers, and destroyed 2 cars in an attack in Jolo Sulu Island in the southwest Philippines. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This indicates that Daesh has extended its target area beyond Mindanao. The whole Philippines story this week, even from the government’s side, sounds like a costly government defeat. A strong response can be expected.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Coalition Commander meets Iraqi commanders and takes a tour in east Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

Civilians in Mosul capture a Daesh member in civilian clothes. [Yalla]

 

Daesh targets in west Mosul destroyed by a plane. [Facebook]

 

Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb. [Facebook]

 

Daesh terrorists preparing for an attack in Anbar. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA                                                                                                                                                   

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes the 82nd issues of its Al-Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh says it captured most of Marawi city in the south Philippines. It also publishes infographics about its operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan during the last 8 months. It says it killed, wounded, or captured 2,300 people. Daesh also publishes reports about its operations in Iraq, Syria, and other countries. It says hundreds of fighters joined its ranks in the west Anbar, Deir Ez-Zor, and Raqqa areas. [ICDNMay25] 

 

 

 

        

 

May 24, 2017

 

West Mosul

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

A Yazidi 

 

 

A Yazidi 

 

 

Iraq

Historian has documented all Daesh atrocities in Sinjar. [..]

IFP moves in on Al-Zanjili in west Mosul. [..]

Daesh executes 10 people from Tal Afar for trying to escape. [..]

NATO leader will propose that NATO join the Coalition officially. [..]

Syria

First US arms shipments reach YPG in Syria. [..]

SDF takes two more villages near Raqqa. Raqqa city reported in chaos. [..]

Syrian Army kills Daesh’s Minister of War. [..]

Syrian forces move closer to Al-Tanaf location of Coalition-supported Free Army. [..]

Other

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao after Daesh affiliate overruns parts of a city, frees 107 prisoners. [..]

Suicide bomb attack kills 3 policemen in Jakarta, Indonesia. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

A Yazidi historian has documented all atrocities committed by Daesh in Sinjar cities and the massacre of Kujo village, including over 200 stories of female survivors from Daesh captivities. He says he has now full list of names of all Daesh supporters in the Arab tribes of Sinjar who were involved in the atrocities against the Yazidi people. He says Kujo village, in the Qayrawan subdistrict, had the most tragic history of atrocities. All of the men were executed and the women and children were taken prisoner. He says he has over 60 names and addresses of Daesh personnel who participated in the massacre and will hand them over to security authorities in the Baghdad and Kurdistan region. [BasNews] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (5), Sinjar (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A security source says three people were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial market in Tarmiya. [Ghad] 

A police source says an IED placed in a popular marketplace in Hor Al-Basha killed one civilian and wounded three others. [Ghad] 

The BOC says its forces found and destroyed 4 IEDs and found several explosives while searching Al-Duwanem and Zamla areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A security source says an EOD team defused a roadside IED in Sadr Al-Yusufiyah. [Ghad] 

The BOC says 17th army division found an IED, an RPG launcher, three stands, and 3 mortar shells while searching the Agaydat, Albu Hamza, and Kilo 12 areas. [Ghad] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says an IED exploded in Maalef, killing one civilian and wounding two others. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Baghdad and Anbar Operations Commander continued their “Rat Killing” Operation in the Al-Kassarat, Al-Niba’i, and Bani Zaid areas, capturing wanted terrorists and finding weapons and ammunition caches and explosive vests. [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment. A catchy and appropriate name. 

 

Military Intelligence says it arrested a man wanted by the Central Penal Court on several terror charges in Ameriya. [Ghad] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   8(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   6

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

Military Intelligence says 7th army division found 51 C4 containers and 127 IEDs in the Al-Khawdha area. [Ghad] 

 

Rutba

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Kilo 160 area on Tuesday, killing the soldiers inside. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists north of Rutba. [ICDNMay24]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh publishes photos of targeting PMF positions near the Al-Asmeda Bridge with mortars. [ICDNMay24]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV with an IED in Al-Zarqa village, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Dijla Operations Commander says that the extensive search campaign in northeast Diyala reaching Qara Tapa resulted in destroying a Daesh guesthouse and three ammunition caches. He says the operation will continue until Daesh’s presence in the province is eliminated. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh only has 350 fighters left in west Mosul, after the liberation of 97% of it. Meanwhile, a Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman says Iraqi units are preparing to recapture Zanjili, Al-Shifa’, and the Old City, populated by 35,000 residents and still held by Daesh. [BasNews] 

 

Central Mosul

A CoR member for Mosul says the Old City will be the last stage of Mosul liberation operations, as all other neighborhoods will be liberated before attacking that part of the city, characterized by high population and worn out buildings. He says a special plan will be in place to liberate that part of the city. [Sumaria] 

 

The IFP Commander says that Rapid Response troops killed 6 Daesh gunmen and destroyed 2 vehicles and 3 motorcycles in the Old City near the Grand Mosque. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh executed 23 people from the same family in Mosul. The victims were trying to escape when Daesh captured them and put them in a booby-trapped house before detonating the house. [Rudaw] 

 

A security source says Daesh executed two more young men who were trying to escape from Old Mosul. [Maalomah] 

 

North & northwest Mosul

IFP says its troops entered Al-Zanjili neighborhood, killing tens of Daesh combatants and destroying 3 vehicle bombs. The battles in the neighborhood are continuing. [BasNews] 

 

A security source says Daesh snipers killed three civilians while escaping Al-Sahha neighborhood to Al-Thawra, southwest of Zanjili, while Iraqi army killed a suicide attackers armed with explosive belt in Al-Sahha. [IraqPress] 

Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Thawra and 2 nearby areas. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it recaptured several positions in Hay Al-Najjar, killing or wounding CTS soldiers. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed six CTS soldiers in battles in Hay Al-Najjar and Hay Al-Thawra. It also says its snipers killed two more CTS soldiers in the same neighborhood. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged a Humvee and killed a CTS sniper in battles in Hay Al-Najjar. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Najjar was declared liberated yesterday.

 

IFP commander says his units captured the building of the Religious Court of Caliphate Soldiers in 17th of July neighborhood in west Mosul, seizing many important documents, as well as imprisonment cells and torture rooms. [Sumaria] 

 

The KRG Prime Minister’s office says three Yazidi girls were liberated in 17th July and Al-Rifa’i. [Rudaw] 

Daesh says its snipers killed six CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Rifa’i. [A3maq]

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh issues a video of the results of “American and Iraqi” bombing on areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in west Mosul. [ICDNMay24]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed ten people from Tal Afar. The source says Daesh captured the victims a week ago when they were trying to flee to Turkey. 

 

A security source says PMF fighters killed a Daesh commander near the Tal Afar Airport. [Maalomah] 

 

Sinjar

[See major story on Yazidi historian in National News above]

 

A source in the 9th army division says 300 families escaping the Kasik and Tamarat areas have arrived in Peshmerga held areas and were transferred to nearby IDP camps. [BasNews] 

 

The PMF Press says PMFs started the second stage of capturing villages west of Al-Qayrawan. [Sumaria] 

The PMF Press says PMFs captured a village west of Al-Qayrawan. [Harbi] 

 

Qayara/Hatra

A security source says 8th PMF brigade foiled a Daesh attack on its defense line near Hatra with 6 vehicle bombs, killing 8 of the attackers and destroying 2 vehicles. The rest of the attacking force escaped to the desert. [IraqPress] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Military intelligence says its units arrested a man wanted on terror charges in Wasit. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The General Secretary of NATO says he will propose to the member states that NATO join the International Coalition to confront Daesh. NATO will not request direct military involvement in Coalition operations but will seek support. He also announced that NATO has ended all its operations in Afghanistan. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Raqqa (3), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Anadolu News agency says the first two batches of US arms reached the YPG on May 15 and 20. The news agency published photos, saying it marked the entry of over 100 trucks in two batches from Iraq, seen headed to Raqqa.  [EnabBaladi]

 

Raqqa

SOHR says over 40,000 IDPs have left Raqqa, putting increasing pressure on the limited capabilities of IDP camps which have to serve their basic needs. SOHR called on international relief organizations to support these camps, which are short of many basic supplies to meet the needs of the increasing number of IDPs. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reported 15 civilian casualties including children in the past 24 hours from explosions of Daesh land mines in various parts of Raqqa and its countryside. [SyriaHR]

 

Israeli Defense Magazine says the US is using a new type of “suicide drones called the Kamikaze drones to intercept Daesh drones during the Raqqa attack. These drones have the capacity to carry never-before-used highly destructive minimissiles. [Arabi21]

 

Raqqa city

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh terrorists in Raqqa are in chaos. The source says Daesh closed all the roads inside Raqqa with sand barriers. The source also says Daesh terrorists disappeared from Internet cafes and no one is monitoring them. 

 

West of Raqqa

SDF announced the liberation of Hamrat Nassir and Hamrat Balsam villages, 5 km (3 miles) west of Raqqa in its drive towards the city. The SDF forces are now closing on the Al-Hurriya (Baath) Dam. [PUKMedia] 

 

SDF sources say its forces are closing down on Raqqa while Daesh is diversifying its defense tactics by using vehicle bombs, spreading land mines along irrigation channels, and digging tunnels to evade airstrikes. SDF found and destroyed 4 long tunnels used by Daesh. All were booby-trapped. The SDF also noted the increase of IDP flows into their positions as residents escape Daesh areas. They were all evacuated to Ayn Eissa IDP camp, which now has 20,000 residents.  [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Coalition planes killed 16 civilians in their attacks on Barouda village, 15 km (9 miles) west of Raqqa. It says most victims are IDPs from Sukhnah in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says “American airstrikes” targeted Barouda village, killing or wounding people and causing extensive damage to houses. [A3maq] Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

Daesh says four people were killed and others wounded by an “American” bombing west of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of targeting an SDF vehicle carrying ammunition in Al-Salhabiya village west of Raqqa with a rocket. [ICDNMay24]

 

Daesh issues a video of four SDF fighters it captured near the Al-Tabaqa Dam. [A3maq]

 

North of Raqqa

Daesh counterattacked SDF forces in the liberated Baran village northeast of Raqqa with 7 suicide attackers. One of the attackers detonated himself, killing 6 SDF fighters, while the other six were killed by the SDF, foiling the attack. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Syrian government says its army killed Abu Musab Al-Masri, who succeeded Abu Omar Al-Shishani as Daesh Minister of War, in battles east of Aleppo. It says it killed over 13 Daesh major leaders in these operations. [Rudaw] 

 

Those battles resulted in recapturing Jarrah military airport and over 20 villages and are inflicting over 3,000 casualties on Daesh and destroying 19 tanks and tens of other vehicles and weapons. [SyriaNow]

 

Government forces are gaining more ground east of Aleppo towards Maskanah after capturing three new villages from Daesh. Daesh destroyed a government vehicle. [Hawar]

Government forces backed by Russian air cover are now only 7 km (4 miles) away from Maskanah, a Daesh stronghold. Over 50 Russian air strikes were recorded on Dash targets in and near Maskanah within the past 24 hours. [ARA]

SOHR says 18 Daesh combatants including a local emir were killed in Russian and governments air strikes on Maskanah and 5 surrounding villages east of Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh attacked government forces in three different locations on the IthariyaKhanasir road south of Aleppo killing 13 government soldiers and destroying an armored vehicle. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed eleven Syrian soldiers and destroyed a vehicle in an attack on 3 barriers on the road between Ithariya and Khanasir south of Aleppo. [A3maq]  Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [ICDNMay24]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

YPG says it responded to the Turkeybacked opposition’s shelling on Tal Rifaat, Tal Madhiq, and Ayn Eissa, by counter-shelling their positions and killing two of their combatants. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Manbij Relief Organization started a new IDP camp in Rasm Al-Akhdhar, 6 km (4 miles) southwest of Manbij city. The camp received the first batch of 5 Raqqa families and provided them basic supplies thereto. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Government forces backed by Russian planes controlled 12 more areas south of Qaryatayn after intense battles with Daesh. The forces are advancing towards the strategic Ibn Arsan Mountain in the area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed twelve Syrian soldiers and destroyed a military vehicle and an SUV in battles east of the Tadmur silos. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “leaders” from Al-Ammour tribe pledging allegiance to Daesh. [ICDNMay24]

DaeshDaily comment. As usual, Daesh goes to tribes when it’s trapped. 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal

Sources say the US airdrop near Albu Kamal targeted the Daesh financial officer. The man was killed in the battle that took place. The airdrop was based on Iraqi intelligence info. [SyriaNow]

 

Local sources say Daesh intensified its security procedures and captured many people in Albu Kamal after one of its terrorists was found hanged. [Ittihad] 

 

Deir Ez-Zor

SOHR reported one civilian killed and another wounded in Coalition airstrike on a village east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Daesh mortar and artillery shelling of governmentheld neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor left 30 civilian casualties since May 18. [SyriaHR]

 

Government says that Daesh bombardment of Al-Joura neighborhood northwest of downtown killed two children and wounded three others. [SyriaNow]

 

Government army and planes targeted Daesh gatherings in 6 areas around the east side of the city. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR reported continued combat operations between Daesh and government’s army on all touch points in Deir Ez-Zor city, with several air strikes recorded on Daesh held areas. Daesh used a vehicle bomb to attack government’s position. Casualties are confirmed on both sides of the battle, but no figures are available. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting an SDF bulldozer with a rocket in the Al-Kabar area northwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin

SOHR says that for the second day in a row, planes coming from the Iraqi side of the border attacked targets in Mayadin city east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing two civilians including a woman. The planes, believed to be from the Coalition, attacked the same area by dawn killing two children and wounding 13 others.  [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. This airstrike may be military significant, and we wish it had been reported properly. The SOHR is as usual focused on its own priority of repeating others’ accusations of civilian casualties, with no sources mentioned. What were the military targets? How many Daesh members died? There were two attacks, but the story has no context from which to evaluate it. 

 

SOHR says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle east of Deir Ez-Zor. No further details are available so far. [SyriaHR]

 

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

Opposition sources say government forces are planning to put the Coalition-supported Free Army units in the Syrian desert under siege, and to move closer to the Al-Tanaf border crossing. The sources added that government forces are advancing from two directions toward the area. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of members of its affiliate Jaish Khaled near Nawa city. [ICDNMay24]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says terrorists hijacked a government vehicle in Hay Al-Masaeed south of Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian Ministry of Interior says it captured 3 takfiris in Sousse who were planning to travel to Turkey and then Syria to join Daesh. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Somalia

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a Somali Army barrier in Bosaso city with an explosives vest, killing seven soldiers and wounding ten others. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNMay24]

 

The Philippines 

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao following clashes between government forces and a group inspired by Daesh in Marawi City. The president’s official visit to Russia was cut short as he returned to Manila to oversee government operations against fighters of the Maute group. [PhilStar]

 

The Daesh-inspired Maute gunmen set free 107 inmates in two jails they attacked late Tuesday amid gunfights on the streets of Marawi City. Extremists also abducted eight people as fighting ensued in Barangay Basak Malulut, scene of the initial encounters between the Maute terror group and personnel of the Army’s 103rd Brigade.

Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said on Wednesday that Maute gunmen simultaneously stormed the Malabang District Jail and the Marawi City Jail at dusk Tuesday, disarmed guards, and freed a total of 107 inmates. They also commandeered vehicles parked inside the fenced facilities as they escaped. He says “They even took a government vehicle used in transporting detainees from the jail to the court.”  

 

He said he also received a report from security officials in Marawi City that eight residents were snatched by extremists as hostilities spread through villages outside of Barangay Basak Malulut.

The intermittent skirmishes between heavily-armed Maute terrorists and soldiers had spilled over to seven villages in Marawi City by dawn Wednesday.

Marawi City is the capital of Lanao del Sur, a component province of ARMM, which also covers Maguindanao in central Mindanao, and the islands of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

“We already have the names of the people the Maute terrorists abducted but we have to withhold their names for now,” Hataman said. 

Hataman also confirmed the burning by marauding Maute gunmen of a Catholic church and an old school, the Dansalan College in Marawi City. [PhilStar]  

 

Daesh says its terrorists broke into Marawi city in Mindanao in south Philippines and captured large parts of the city after battles with the Army and police. It says the attack started by breaking into President City and freeing prisoners, then setting the prison on fire. It says other terrorists attacked a police headquarters near the prison, then captured it after killing or wounding several policemen. It also says its terrorists set a church on fire, capturing weapons and ammunition. It says, around seventy-five Philippine soldiers or policemen were killed or wounded. Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the city. [A3maq]

 

Indonesia 

Indonesian Police spokesman says 2 suspected suicide bombers killed three Indonesian police officers and injured 10 people on Wednesday in twin blasts near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, Jakarta. He says the blasts went off five minutes apart at Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu terminal.

Three officers were killed. Investigation at the scene showed that there appear to have been two suicide bombers, not one as originally thought. He also says that five officers and five civilians were wounded. [Sumaria] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Daesh terrorists target families who were trying to escape from north Mosul [YouTube]

 

A video shows US soldiers allegedly shelling west Mosul with mortars. [YouTube]

A video shows American soldiers in west Mosul [Facebook]

 

Iraqi forces found a Daesh vehicle bomb factory and chemical materials in east Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

IFP soldiers battle Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]