January 4, 2015
Today’s Major Developments:
Saudi execution of Shia cleric brings protests in Iraq.
Major Daesh attack in Haditha defeated by Army and tribal fighters.
Peshmerga blunt Daesh attack on village in Tal Afar.
Syrian Democratic Forces seize several villages from Daesh.
First contingent of British troops lands in Libya; French may follow.
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
Several PMF leaders issued a joint statement asking Iraqi people to demonstrate on Wednesday to protest Al-Nimr’s execution. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. Peaceful demonstration is an essential right of the citizens of any democracy and we have nothing against that. Using these demonstrations as a tool to show dominance, disturb peace, attack other countries’ embassies, or implement foreign agendas is a totally different thing, however.
The Iraqi Minister of Defense says the Ramadi liberation was an Iraqi victory and was achieved with important support from Coalition airpower. He also says he refuses to accept the presence of the Turkish troops in Iraq and considers it a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. He also denied all the reports about the presence of foreign combat troops in Iraq and the reports about an airborne operation in Hawija. [MoD Website] [MoD Website]
The Minister met today with the American Ambassador and discussed security cooperation between the two countries and US military participation in the war against Daesh. [MoD Website]
The PMF spokesman denied recent media reports about disputes between the “Shrine” PMFs (who follow Sistani’s reps in Kerbala) and the other PMFs. He says the PMFs are one group and they have one goal. [IraqPress]
DaeshDaily comment. One day or another, the disputes between volunteers and Iran backed militias will surface publicly.
Joint Operations Command said today that the series of Daesh attacks in the past few days in Ramadi and Haditha in Anbar and at Camp Speicher in Salahuddin were enabled by bad weather conditions. The parliamentary security committee called on the armed forces to continue advancing and not to allow the terror group a space to regroup and counter-attack. [Mada] Daesh launched several counter-attacks in Ramadi after Iraqi troops seized most of the city.
DaeshDaily comment. The weather might have influenced the timing, but the counter-attacks reflect a consistent Daesh strategy, based on its carefully developed propaganda strategy, to distract public and world attention from its military defeats by pursuing military objectives somewhere else.
Over the last few days Daesh launched several major attacks on Iraqi forces in Ramadi, Hit, Haditha, Samarra, Speicher base, and Tal Afar. Daesh initially captured some ground in certain attacks but was mostly pushed back and suffered serious casualties. (See stories below) However, Daesh achieved its media goals of demonstrating its “remaining and expanding” caliphate and “causing pain to the enemy,” and will use the videos and photos it got from the attacks as “proof” once again that “Daesh is always victorious” (even though it was actually defeated in Ramadi and in its counter-attacks).
The Ministry of Interior said that the news spreading about attacks on Sunni mosques in Babel is an attempt by Daesh to draw people into sectarian fighting and is a response to its recent defeats. IEDs recently exploded in a mosque in Bakriya, in addition to two others in Ammar bin Yasser and Al-Fath Al-Mubeen. Prime Minister Al-Abadi issued strict orders to pursue and arrest the perpetrators. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. Although it’s not confirmed yet, some sources linked the attacks on Sunni mosques with the execution of the Saudi Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr. If that’s true, then Saudi Arabia and Iran are both doubling down on their aggressive positions; again, Iraq pays the price.
The bottoming out of the already hostile relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia is bad news for Iraq, which needs to keep their Shia and Sunnis working together to keep their country together. This is difficult enough without the polarizing sectarian decisions of its two neighbors.
In response to tweets about the release of Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq, and others about their execution, the special investigating committee denied that there is evidence of either release or execution, stating that the men’s position and location is still unknown. [Maalomah]
DaeshDaily comment. Some media reports said the hunters were executed in response to the execution of Nimr Al-Nimr.
Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Tarmiya in northern Baghdad Governorate and a third one in Albu Aziz in north Baghdad. [JustPaste]
A 25th Army brigade today captured 3 IEDs, several detonation fuses, and a mortar shell in caches in Sayed Abdullah and Tilal Albu Habba in south Baghdad, said Bagdad Operations Command. [Buratha]
Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army information source by destroying his car with a sticky IED in Sayyed Abdullah village in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad. [JustPaste]
A 45th Army brigade and national security troops captured and defused a rocket filled with C4, 2 IEDs, a mortar shell, and an Austrian cannon shell in Dhabitya area west of Baghdad. [Buratha]
Snipers of the 1st brigade of Rapid Intervention forces killed 4 Daesh members west of Baghdad today. [Buratha]
Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi Army vehicles in Radwaniya in western Baghdad, killing all the soldiers in them. [JustPaste]
According to security sources:
Seven persons were arrested today in Baghdad on charges of terrorism in Karrada, Zafaraniya, Mada’in, and Mahmudiya. [Sumaria]
- An IED placed near commercial shops in Shula in northwest Baghdad killed a civilian and wounded 8 others, according to a security source. [Mada]
- Security troops arrested today a terror suspect at the Al-Taji checkpoint in north Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
- Unidentified gunmen killed three women after breaking into their house in Jamila in east Baghdad. [Sumaria]
- Unknown armed men shot dead a policeman in Kamaliya in east Baghdad this noon. [Baghdadia]
- An IED placed in a trash can on Al-Qanat road in east Baghdad exploded today, wounding two civilians. [Baghdadia]
- An IED exploded in a car lot in Khalisa in south Baghdad this evening, killing two civilians and wounding 5 others. [Mada]
- An IED placed in the Al-Siba’ industrial area in Baghdad killed a civilian and wounded six when it went off this morning. [Mada]
- An IED placed in a popular vegetable market in Bakriya in west Baghdad exploded this morning, killing two persons and wounding eight. [Mada]
- An IED placed near commercial shops in the Al-Wihda neighborhood near Zafaraniya killed two civilians and wounded five others today, according to a security force. [Maalomah]
- Unidentified gunmen in a speeding car attacked a Sahwa in the Arab Jabour area of south Baghdad, killing one and wounding two. [Maalomah]
- Armed men in a 4-wheel drive car killed two civilians in the area of Sadr Al-Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. [Ghad]
- A booby trapped car was defused by security troops in Bayya in southwest Baghdad today, a security source said. [Etejah]
- Two terror suspects were arrested in Hay Al-Jamea in west Baghdad today, a security source said. [Maalomah]
25 airstrikes on Iraq and Syria were announced by the Coalition today. 10 tactical targets in 9 Iraq locations were targeted and destroyed, including in Fallujah and Ramadi; Kasik, Mosul, and Sinjar. The strikes in Syria destroyed 5 Daesh buildings near Ain Eissa. [Sumaria]
Iraq and Coalition jets killed 37 Daesh terrorists in strikes on Albu Risha and Albu Aitha, north and northeast of Ramadi, said the Commander of Anbar Operations. Three Daesh locations were also destroyed. [Sumaria]
Three fighters from the tribal coalition were killed and four wounded while trying to defuse IEDs in the center of Ramadi, said security sources. [Sumaria]
The Anbar Operations Command says its troops cleared several governmental buildings in downtown Ramadi. The troops faced little resistance from the few Daesh terrorists hiding in the buildings. [IraqPress]
Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces on Street 17 in Ramadi with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many soldiers (photos). [JustPaste]
Three Daesh terrorists were shot dead by Army troops while trying to plant an IED on the road to Al-Sufiya in east Ramadi district. [Maalomah]
Ten Daesh terrorists, including suicide bombers, were killed today by the IFP 18th brigade when they attacked the areas of Kilo 25, 35, and 40 west of Ramadi. The attack was stopped. [Baghdadia]
A video of a Daesh foreign terrorist caught by Iraqi soldiers [YouTube]
The armed forces attack on Daesh to retake the districts of Falluja and Hit with the support of the Coalition will start by the end of this week, says a security source. [AIN]
Army helicopters bombed and destroyed a Daesh convoy in the Shuhada area south of Falluja. Tens of terrorists including leaders were killed, and the convoy was destroyed. [Maalomah]
Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) forces killed 17 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle and two booby-trapped houses in operations south of Falluja. [Buratha]
BOC said west Baghdad operation units killed 4 terrorists and wounded two, while destroying two vehicles and defusing 6 IEDs near Falluja. [Buratha]
59th Army brigade troops operating in Anbar killed 15 terrorists today and destroyed two vehicles, one with a mounted machine gun, in the Thirthar Lake area. [Buratha]
A BOC reconnaissance unit killed four Daesh and wounded two Daesh in Al-Rashad and Albu Sawda in Qarma subdistrict today. [Buratha]
Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in the Technical Institute and the surrounding areas north of Fallujah and then clashed with them for two hours killing 22 Iraqi soldiers and wounding others. [A3maq]
Counter-terrorism troops recovered all of Haditha’s Barwana subdistrict after many Daesh fighters made incursions into the subdistrict yesterday. Of 70 fighters who stormed Barwana yesterday, 33 died along with 9 suicide bombers. The counter-terrorism troops destroyed 5 bomb-rigged vehicles and 8 armored personnel carriers. However, the Army and tribes had 75 persons killed or wounded in these clashes. [Sumaria]
Another report said a Daesh attack with a bomb-rigged Hummer in Barwana killed or wounded several soldiers. [Baghdadia] Daesh says it captured most of the Sakran area next to Barwana by launching two vehicle bomb attacks and also captured two Iraqi Army barracks on the road between Sakran and Haditha Dam in addition to parts of Barwana. [A3maq]
In a separate report on the same clashes, tribal PMF sources announced today their forces had retaken the eastern entrance of Barwana from Daesh terrorists after fierce fighting that left tens of terrorists dead including Arabs and foreigners. Several bombed vehicles were defused without casualties. [Maalomah]
Photos from Barwana after Daesh’s failed attack [Sumaria]
An airstrike by the Coalition hit a Daesh convoy of five vehicles, including one with a mounted machine gun, near the Majid checkpoint in Hit’s Baghdadi subdistrict. [Baghdadia]
A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb captured by Haditha tribal fighters [YouTube]
Daesh says two of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army battalion headquarter in Nukhaib with 2 vehicle bombs, destroying it completely and killing everyone inside (photos). [MRKZGulf] [JustPaste]
Tens of Daesh terrorists were killed and 4 vehicles destroyed in intense clashes between the IFP and popular mobilization forces on one side and Daesh gunmen on the other in Al-Salam village near the Strategic Line area north of Baiji. The fighting is still underway. [Baghdadia]
Six Daesh terrorists were killed while approaching armed forces front lines in Al-Fatha northeast of Baiji this morning. Advance intelligence was used by Rapid Deployment forces to set a trap for them and kill them all. [Maalomah]
An airstrike by the Coalition destroyed Al-Shaalan water factory, used by Daesh to manufacture explosives on the east side of Shirqat. The director of the factory and seven associates were killed. [Qurtas]
Daesh publishes a video of rocketing the Speicher base. [A3maq]
25 terrorists were killed after attacking Al-Sharif Abbas and Nakhwa west of Samarra. The remaining attackers escaped towards Thirthar. Three Hummers and a large quantity of weapons and ammunition were abandoned by the terrorists. [Maalomah]
Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked two Iraqi forces barracks near Samarra Dam with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many of the soldiers, then its other terrorists attacked the two barracks, killing the remaining soldiers and chasing the rest (sic). And the clashes still continue (photos and a video). [MRKZGulf] [JustPaste] [A3maq]
DaeshDaily comment. With whom?
Daesh says it captured half of the Samarra Dam after 2 days of clashes with Iraqi forces. [A3maq]
Two Daesh terrorists dressed as women were arrested by Saraya Al-Salam of the Popular Mobilization forces in Samarra. The two were said to have been planning terror attacks inside the city. [Maalomah]
A group of armed men shot and killed a judge as he was driving in the Al-Razi area in west Baquba today. [Baghdadia]
Daesh says it destroyed the vehicle of a local mukhtar in Mandali. [JustPaste]
Daesh says it blew up a PMF vehicle in Udhaim with an IED killing or wounding several PMFs. Daesh also says it detonated 2 more IEDs in a different area in Udhaim on a PMF convoy destroying a vehicle and damaging another and killing or wounding several fighters. [JustPaste]
The PKK announced today that during 2015, the party fighters killed 1,250 Turkish soldiers, and 2,736 Daesh terrorists (in Kirkuk and Sinjar), while losing 261 of its fighters. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. This announcement may be more interesting for reasons other than the unverified numbers, which are probably exaggerated. First, why are PKK fighters in Kirkuk at all, especially when Barzani has allied with Erdogan against them? Second, claiming they killed so many Turkish soldiers reinforces judgments that they are a terrorist organization and seems unlikely to win over public opinion in either Turkey or Iraq.
Peshmerga troops are digging a 100 km (62 mile) trench extending from south to west of Kirkuk, the expressed purpose being to enhance security of the area. There are fortifications every 300 meters (328 yards) for armed guards. The trench is 2.5 meters wide and 3 meters deep. [Rudaw]
DaeshDaily comment. The real purpose, or target, of this trench is not yet clear.
Al-Mada reports that, according to security sources, top echelon foreign Daesh leaders have left Mosul for Raqqa. The reported reason is recent airborne paratroop operations airdrops by US Special Forces in Mosul and Shirqat to kill or capture Daesh leaders. [Mada]
DaeshDaily comment. The US has not confirmed any such reports to date, nor have Iraq or the KRG. This does not discourage people from talking about the rumors. President Obama did recently commit to sending a small number of Special Forces troops to support anti-Daesh efforts. Daesh leaders have been frequent targets of Coalition airstrikes, however, one reason some might want to leave.
Daesh executed three brothers from Al-Shura south of Mosul, saying they cooperated with Iraqi security forces. The execution was made at a road junction where the neighborhood population was forced to watch. [BasNews]
An anti-Daesh suicide attacker in a pickup truck drove into Daesh’s headquarters in Qayara in south Mosul District, killing 18 terrorists and destroying six vehicles. This incident is the first of the kind against Daesh. [Maalomah]
DaeshDaily comment. So far, we can’t confirm this report from other sources.
Peshmerga troops today blocked an attack by over 80 Daesh terrorists in Kehriz village in Zamar, in Tal Afar. The Kurdish troops with the support of Coalition aircraft killed seven attackers and wounded several others, forcing the attacking force to withdraw. [PUKMedia]
Najaf. An armed group equipped with various weapons and night vision equipment was arrested in Najaf today. The security source said the group “is from outside the province and had in mind creating security unrest in Najaf”. [Mada]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
The French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is in Turkey to discuss the situation in Syria and the war on Daesh, according to sources close to the Minister. [Aawsat]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
The Chairman of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SMC), Khaled Khoja, has denounced Coalition support for the YPG in the battle against Daesh, saying support for the YPG is “supporting terrorism against terrorism.” Khoja said it is not possible to defeat Daesh without coordinating with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and denounced the Russian position in Syria, saying that it sought to eliminate FSA leadership before the political process begins. Abdul Salam Ahmed, leader of the PYD-connected Movement for a Democratic Society, which claims to govern the Roj Ava area has rejected the statement, implying that Khoja is supporting Ankara’s agenda in Syria and southeastern Turkey. [ARA]
The Syria Democratic Forces seized the village of Mustariha west of Ain Eissa from Daesh on Sunday after four days of fighting, on the main road between Aleppo and Tal Tamr. [Qasioun]
Daesh and YPG fighters clashed in the Jabal Abd Al-Aziz area in the southwestern Hasaka countryside on Monday, with casualties reported on both sides. [Qasioun]
At the end of a new propaganda video released by Daesh in which the group threatens to “invade” Britain, the organization’s militants are filmed executing five young activists. The victims are Ha’il Marwan Abd Al-Razzaq (age 40), Faysal Hammoud Al-Jaafar (25) and his brother Omar Hammoud Al-Jaafar (30), Mihyar Mahmoud Al-Othman, 31, and Abi Muhammad Abd Al-Ghani (17), all from Raqqa. [Qasioun]
Daesh reportedly stoned a man from the city of Markada to death in the southern Hasaka countryside after finding him guilty of adultery. [Qasioun]
Daesh media reported that it executed a man in Raqqa on charges of apostasy, without providing the man’s name. [ARA]
Daesh publishes photos of executing a man publicly in Raqqa, accusing him of “ridda” (leaving the religion). [JustPaste]
DaeshDaily comment. Any opposition to Daesh is considered ridda, according to Taha Hamama, AKA Adnani, Daesh’s spokesman.
Syria Democratic Forces seized new territory in the Aleppo countryside southeast of Kobane on Monday, a YPG fighter said, after heavy clashes with Daesh that left at least five Daesh militants dead. In the fighting the SDF took control of the villages of Qadiriyat Shaykh, Ali Shumari, Kadusha, Abu Majid, and Hussayniya, the YPG fighter added. Field sources told ARA that Kobane’s administrative borders are almost completely in the hands of the SDF. [ARA]
Renewed clashes have erupted in the eastern Aleppo countryside between Syrian Army and Daesh fighters around the village of Al-Najjara near the Kowaires military airport, according to an activist in the area. The fighting began when Daesh targeted Syrian troops with a vehicle bomb, causing casualties among the Syrian soldiers. Daesh fighters advanced in the aftermath amid heavy shelling by the Syrian artillery from inside the nearby military airbase. The source also reported that Syrian aircraft struck Daesh positions in the Al-Bab and Manbij areas. [ARA]
Daesh says it detonated a parked car on Syrian Army troops near Najjara village, then clashed with them for hours. Daesh says one of its Moroccan suicide terrorists attacked the Syrian Army in the area with a vehicle bomb, killing at least 25 soldiers and wounding others (photos). [JustPaste] Here Daesh says 29 Syrian soldier were killed in the attack. [A3maq]
DaeshDaily comment. The photos of the explosion were taken from a long distance, so we don’t know how Daesh could count the Syrian Army casualties.
Daesh abducted three Kurdish youths from the village of Kaer Klabin and an unknown number of youths from the village of Bital, in the area near Al-Bab, local sources said. Daesh’s Hisbah units also conducted an arrest campaign targeting youths in the Al-Asadiya area of Manbij at the end of last week, an activist reported. [Hawar] [Qasioun]
Daesh says Russian warplanes launched 4 airstrikes on Al-Bab. [A3maq]
Daesh has been shelling the majority-Arab village of Tal Al-Abr, west of Kobane, from the Jabal Shamiya area near Jarabulus. At least 23 mortar and rocket shells have fallen on the village, damaging homes. No information is available on human causalities. [Hawar]
Daesh publishes 2 photos of rocketing the YPG in the Farouq (Tishrin) Dam area. [JustPaste]
DaeshDaily comment. Daesh never reported losing the dam.
Central and West
Daesh clashed with Syrian Army and allied militias around Qaryatayn city southeast of Homs. The two sides exchanged rocket and mortar fire, with damage to buildings reported, but no information was available on human casualties.
A Russian air strike targeted the city of Teir Maalah north of Homs with results still unknown. [Qasioun]
Twenty-three Daesh leaders, most Syrians from the Deir Ez-Zor area, have fled from the area across the Turkish border during the last six months, according to All4Syria News, which listed the defectors’ names, nationalities and positions in the Daesh organization. [IslamMemo]
Daesh publishes a video of unspecified battles in the Damascus area. [ADI]
REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES
Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]
Egypt. Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian police armored vehicle near the Nasr Mosque in Arish. [JustPaste] A policeman and a civilian were injured in an IED blast near the Nasr Mosque in Arish on Monday, security sources announced.
Two unidentified bodies were found in Rafah on Sunday. Police sources said a campaign against Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis around Shaykh Zuweid killed 26 militants, while the North Sinai Security directorate denied claims by the Daesh-affiliated group that it had killed as many as 10 police officers in a recent attack. A medic and an ambulance driver were injured in an IED blast on Sunday, while Egyptian engineers defused an IED in central Arish the same day.
Also Sunday, an IED blast near Arish airport did not cause any human casualties. North Sinai Security directorate said that 22-year old Hamada Hammoud Silmi, a commander in Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, was killed by police gunfire in Rafah on Sunday, while another commander, 35 year old Jawad Atallah Salim was announced killed on Saturday. Security sources found a cave on Saturday in the mountains of North Sinai containing arms and explosives. [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [AhramOnline]
Daesh publishes photos of executing two Egyptian Army “spies” south of Rafah. [JustPaste]
Daesh publishes a video of executing more Egyptian Army “spies”. [ADI]
Libya. British Special Forces troops have landed in Libya to prepare the ground for a proposed larger international force which could number as many as 6,000, according to British media reports. France is reportedly studying the possibility of participating in such a force. [AkhbarLibya] [AfriGate]
A Daesh attempt to seize Libya’s most important oil terminal was repelled by Libyan troops and Libyan air support. Heavy clashes erupted as Daesh attacked the installation near Sidra on Monday, a Libyan Army source said. Daesh launched its assault with two suicide vehicle bombs, the first of which killed three of the facility’s guards and the attacking driver before other guards were able to destroy the second attacking vehicle from a distance, killing the driver. In the ensuing battles, stretching between Ras Lanuf and Sidra, six Daesh militants were killed. The attack prompted an emergency meeting of the Libyan government in Tobruk. [AfriGate] [AfriGate] [AkhbarLibya] [AkhbarLibya]
Daesh’s assault in Sidra came after eyewitnesses said Daesh forces, including scores of vehicles fitted with various kinds of weapons, gathered in the Nawfaliya area on Monday morning before traveling toward the so-called Oil Crescent region of Libya, which refers to the sickle-shaped region of the country’s coastline stretching between Benghazi and Ras Lanuf. Daesh occupied the city of Bin Jawad, 25 km (15.5.miles) west of Sidra as it advanced on Sidra from Nawfaliya. [AfriGate] [AfriGate]
Daesh later released the names of four suicide attackers who reportedly killed themselves in the attack on Sidra, saying all four were of non-Libyan African nationalities. [AkhbarLibya]
Daesh says it captured Bin Jawad, a coastal city in Libya. [MRKZGulf] Then they attacked the nearby Sidra area. Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Libyan troops in the area with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding dozens of them (photos). [MRKZGulf] [ADI]
Daesh says its terrorists surrounded Libyan troops in the southern entrance of Sidra after capturing the recon camp in the southeast. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes photos of its suicide terrorists who attacked Libyan forces in Sidra. [JustPaste]
US intelligence has warned the countries of western North Africa that Daesh in Libya has created radioactive IEDs and smuggled them across the Algerian desert. [Tunisien]
Conflicting reports are circulating with respect to the Ajdabiya Mujahidin Shura Council and its relationship to Daesh. On the one hand, a leader in the group, Saad Al-Tira, last week reportedly denied that the group follows Al-Qaeda and reiterated its aim of clearing Sirte of Daesh presence. On the other hand, a video has appeared on YouTube purportedly showing members of the group pledging allegiance to Daesh and its self-styled caliphate. [YouTube] [Erem]
Daesh says its terrorists shot down a Libyan MIG in the Laithi area in Benghazi. [MRKZGulf]
IslamMemo says that according to eyewitnesses Benghazi “revolutionaries” shot a Libyan MIG down in Laithi. [IslamMemo]
Pakistan. Pakistani police have arrested 42 individuals in raids across four different cities on suspicions of belonging to Daesh, the Associated Press reports. [Tunisien]
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