An Update On ISIS Activities

May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

 

Mosul

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Iraq starts campaign to clear Daesh from Anbar desert areas. [..]

Diyala Police, Army, PMFs targeting​​ Daesh​​ operatives in northern Diyala. [..]

Daesh executes 47 prisoners in Hawija. [..]

MoI says Daesh has lost 3,320 men in west Mosul. [..]

IFP gains more ground in northwest Mosul neighborhoods. [..]

31,000 west Mosul IDPs have returned home. [..]

Syria

Baghdadi reported to issue call to arms to defend Raqqa. [..]

SDF still fighting in Tabaqa. [..]

US-backed opposition militia now operating in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Other

US drone kills 27 Daesh fighters in eastern Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Two​​ main issues​​ are dominating​​ social and​​ regular​​ media in Iraq. One is the kidnapping of 7 civil activists​​ from their residence in Batawiyeen in the heart of Baghdad​​ by armed men in three 4-wheel drive cars. The activists were active in the Friday demonstrations by the civic movement. The second issue is the death of a young man under torture​​ at the​​ Tuwerij police check point near Karbala.​​ [Arabi21]

 

The​​ Foreign​​ Relations​​ Committee of the CoR called​​ on the​​ Iraqi government to use economic pressure to force Turkey to withdraw its forces from Iraq, starting with boycotting Turkish products that have a large share of the Iraqi market.​​ [ROJ]

 

Prime​​ Minister Al-Abadi says​​ the​​ Iraqi​​ Army​​ has​​ started operations to secure the Iraqi border areas with Syria.​​ [ROJ]

 

Two PMF factions recruit students (age 14-18) in the Baghdad area to join them and participate in the war against Daesh. The students are given salaries in addition to other benefits. A PMF Commission officials say PMFs don’t recruit students, however, he says it is not a bad thing for “nations to train their students on using weapons.” [Yalla]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Is Iran one of these “nations?”​​ This sounds like the Iranian model.​​ Saddam used to do it​​ too, and boys used to be sent with his “Popular Army” units. But we thought those days were over.​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, 5 near Mosul and 1 near Rawa. [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A security source says security units captured a person on terrorism charges in Tarmiya. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A security source in Anbar says two policemen were killed by an IED explosion in the 60 ring road south of the city. The IED exploded while policemen were carrying two IEDs from the location​​ where​​ they were found to​​ a place​​ outside the city for destruction.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Police say they found and detonated a vehicle bomb under control west of Ramadi.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Iraqi Army 7th​​ division commander says Iraqi forces stopped a vehicle bomb near Hit that was heading to Al-Baghdadi and captured the suicide terrorist. [Mawazin]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed twelve Iraqi soldiers in a suicide attack and battles in the Al-Mudhim area, southwest​​ of Haditha. [A3maq]

 

Rutba

Jazeera Operations​​ Command says it killed 20 Daesh combatants and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs​​ in​​ west Anbar.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Military Intelligence says its units,​​ in cooperation with 8th​​ army division,​​ started a​​ major​​ operation in Anbar western desert resulting in capturing 4 Daesh guesthouses and 4 vehicles, including​​ a​​ water tanker, and arresting​​ 10 Daesh combatants.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Rutba​​ District Mayor says Iraqi army units reached​​ the​​ Al-Husseiniyat area on the Saudi border for the first time ever, during their​​ western desert clearing operations. He says that Iraqi units searched a 60×40 km area, where he says Daesh combatants disappear when the​​ troops​​ arrive and​​ then​​ return​​ after they​​ depart. He says continued helicopter patrols are required to cover these areas and keep Daesh​​ out.​​ [Sputnik]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a drone strike on an Iraqi military position north of Rutba. It says it killed a soldier in the attack. [ICDNMay8]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

PMF media says PMF units destroyed a Daesh explosives cache​​ at Ayn Al-Naml junction south of Shirqat.​​ [AIN]​​ 

 

Baiji

IWMC says 99th​​ army brigade destroyed a Daesh vehicle armed with a 23m gun in​​ Sheikh Ali village in​​ the​​ Makhoul​​ Mountains,​​ killing all Daesh combatants onboard.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its attacks on Iraqi forces in the Salahuddin area, including the attack on Tikrit last month. Daesh says these attacks are​​ just​​ the start and it will capture all of Iraq. [ICDNMay8]

 

Samarra

The Samarra Operations commander says his troops found an explosives cache west of Samarra. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Diyala Police says security units defused an IED at the Al-Sada intersection, 10 km (6 miles) northeast of Baquba. [Sumaria]​​ 

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Daesh said on Sunday killed an Intelligence Service member in the Bizayez Buhriz area. [A3maq]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Diyala​​ Police say​​ they are​​ starting a major operation in the coming days to eliminate​​ the​​ Daesh presence north of Muqdadiya with the participation of army and PMF units. Police say over 200 Daesh operatives​​ have been​​ arrested​​ in that area​​ since the beginning of the year.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

PUK Peshmerga and the PKK repelled a Daesh attack with suicide attackers on​​ the​​ K1​​ airbase, near Kirkuk. Kurdish units killed 3 attackers while two detonated themselves,​​ killing two gate guards.​​ [Hawar]

Security sources said on Sunday that at least two people were killed and six injured when multiple Daesh suicide bombers attacked a base in northern Iraq where U.S. military advisers are stationed.

In addition, 2 of the militants died when they detonated their vests at the entrance to the K1 base overnight, and 3 more were killed by Kurdish Peshmerga forces,​​ who control the Kirkuk area where it is situated.

A Peshmerga officer told Reuters “They were wearing uniforms like the Kurdish peshmerga and had shaved their beards to look like us.” [Reuters]

Daesh said on Sunday that 7 of its terrorists attacked the K1 airbase west of Kirkuk. It says 2 of the terrorists detonated their explosives vests while the rest were killed after 2 hours of battles. It says there are 2,000 American soldiers in the base. Daesh publishes a photo of 6 terrorists with the report. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Another story that could be adapted for a​​ movie competing for the​​ Razzie Award​​ (for worst movie of the year).

Hawija

A security source says​​ the Daesh wali​​ (governor) of Hawija ordered the execution of 47​​ prisoners, including 12 of its members, in Hawija. The source says Daesh filmed the executions, staged at the Al-Bakara airbase near Hawija. [Sumaria]​​ [Furat]

 

A security source says an armed man on a motorcycle killed a Daesh Egyptian commander in Hawija. The source says the terrorist had been responsible for executing 30 families who were tried to escape Hawija more than a year ago. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A PUK official says a Daesh commander was killed and his assistant severely wounded when an IED exploded in his house near Daquq. ​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The MoI says Daesh lost 3,320 combatants since the start of operations in west Mosul. It also says the Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) has liberated 525 villages since the start of operations. MOI also says that capture of the Grand Mosque is a matter of a very short time.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Daesh terrorists herded a group of civilians into a house in the city of Mosul and locked them inside as Iraqi forces advanced. Moments later, the militants entered through a window, lay low for a few minutes, then fired their weapons.​​ The plan was simple. They would draw attention to the house by firing from the windows, then move to an adjacent building through a hole in the wall, in hope of goading​​ Coalition jets flying above to strike the house.

What the militants did not realize was that U.S. advisers partnering​​ with Iraqi troops were watching the whole thing on an aerial drone feed. No air strike was called—and the propaganda coup Daesh would have reaped from the deaths of innocent people was averted.​​ U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel​​ James Browning said “We automatically knew what they were trying to do. They were trying to bait us into destroying this building.” “This is the game that we play, this is the challenge that we go through every day.” [Reuters]​​ 

 

Central​​ Mosul

IFP says its units blocked a Daesh attack with vehicle bombs in the Old City, destroying two of them and two motorcycle bombs and killing 10 combatants near the Grand Mosque.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh says it shot down a recon drone in the Bab Al-Tob area. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes destroyed an important Daesh vehicle bomb factory in​​ Souq Al-Borsa, southeast of Zanjili toward downtown Mosul, killing 4 terrorists including 2 from Russia. The source also says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Zanjili itself, killing 3 terrorists including a commander from France.​​ 

 

Southwest Mosul

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi Army sniper and a soldier in Hay Al-Thawra, southwest of Zanjili. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh shelled a market in Mosul Al-Jadida on Sunday, wounding several civilians.​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an IFP soldier near the Ras Al-Jadda area. [DMNMay8]​​ 

 

West-central Mosul

Ninewa Liberation Operations Command says CTS units liberated Sina’at Wadi Okab and Sina’at Ghanim Al-Sayyed.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide bombers attacked CTS units near Sina’at Wadi Okab with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying an Abrams tank. [ICDNMay8]

Daesh says it damaged a CTS bulldozer near the same area. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is a familiar Daesh propaganda trick. It creates “victorious” stories “near” a location to distract attention from the fact that it lost that location.

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

The IFP commander says his troops​​ captured the​​ Al-Haramat apartment complex​​ and the 1st​​ Haramat neighborhood,​​ killing 16 terrorists and destroying 4 hideouts and 2 guesthouses. He says his troops secured hundreds of people from battle areas. IFP units are now only​​ a few meters away from​​ the​​ 17th​​ of July and Iqtisadiyeen neighborhoods.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Harbi]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide bombers attacked IFP and Rapid Intervention units near Hay Al-Haramat with a vehicle bomb, destroying a building they were barricading in and 2 Humvees and killing or wounding several soldiers. It says another Iraqi suicide bomber detonated another vehicle bomb, killing or wounding more soldiers. [ICDNMay8]

Daesh says it shot down 2 IFP recon drones in Hay Al-Haramat. [DMNMay8] [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers and damaged a bulldozer near Hay Al-Haramat. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Here is another example of the same Daesh propaganda tactic noted above. They lost Al-Haramat, then flooded Daesh media with “victorious” stories to make it look like they won.

 

A military source says 9th​​ army division killed the commander of suicide attackers units in 30th​​ of July neighborhood. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Military intelligence says Coalition planes killed Jassim Al-Basri​​ (Abu Mohammed),​​ the​​ Daesh official​​ for the​​ Haramat and​​ Musherifa​​ neighborhoods in northwest Mosul without specifying the exact location.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

Yalla correspondent Shaheen Khalaf was wounded while covering military operations in Musherifa. [Yalla] ​​ 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi media members attacked Iraqi Army units in the Musherifa area with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and damaging a BMP armored vehicle. It also says its snipers killed seven soldiers in the same area. It says it destroyed 2 BMP vehicles with rockets in Musherifa. [ICDNMay8]

Daesh says “American” artillery targeted​​ the​​ Musherifa and 17 Tammuz neighborhoods​​ with “white phosphorus.” [A3maq]

 

A Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman​​ says​​ the​​ Iraqi army is advancing in​​ the​​ Hawi Al-Kanisa neighborhood in​​ north​​ Mosul, while CTS forces are heading​​ for​​ the industrial areas in a tactical change “imposed by​​ the​​ nature of operations,” says the spokesman.​​ [Ghad[

Ninewa Operations says 16th​​ army division killed 4 Daesh combatants and captured an armed Daesh truck during its advance in Hawi Al-Kanisa.​​ [Harbi]

 

Intensified Coalition air attacks​​ are reported​​ on Daesh in west and northwest Mosul following the recent Iraqi army attacks​​ on northwestern neighborhoods of Mosul. The reports say that this sudden move pushed Daesh further south to the old parts of the city where it still holds around 10 neighborhoods. The report spoke of high casualties among Iraqi army and civilians alike, saying that these​​ will be announced after end of liberation operations,​​ expected by the end of this month, says the report.​​ [SotIraq]

 

East Mosul

A Ninewa Police major says his units captured 3 Daesh terrorists who fled the west side of Mosul by swimming to the east side. He says Daesh terrorists are trapped in west Mosul and the river is their only way out. [Karemlash]​​ 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

The UN says 31,000 IDPs have returned to their homes​​ in liberated areas of west Mosul.​​ There​​ are​​ still around 400,000 in IDP camps.​​ The UN​​ says it provides 9,000 daily meals to families and west Mosul and has​​ provided monthly rations to over 27,000 persons​​ from​​ west​​ Mosul.​​ [RT]

 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The PMF organization says it blocked 3 Daesh attacks in Salahuddin and Ninewa in the past 30 days, killing 725 Daesh combatants including 163 suicide attackers and 8 field commanders, while defusing 235 IEDs, 21 booby-trapped houses and 30 explosive belts. It also shot down 5 Daesh drones and destroyed 51 Daesh vehicles including a tanker bomb. It also destroyed 61 vehicle bombs, 11 guesthouses, and 5 mortar squads, and captured 11 tunnels, 13 vehicle bombs and large quantities of weapons and ammunition.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

PMF says it liberated 5,295 sq. km since the start of Mosul operations starting from Qayara to Syrian borders through 6 phases of operations. PMF units have also liberated Hatra southwest of Mosul and assisted in liberating Badoush north of Mosul.​​ [PressIraq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed one of its senior Iraqi commanders in Tal Afar because he criticized the Daesh leader, Baghdadi. The source says the terrorist said he would prefer to go and break the siege on Mosul, unlike the “hiding caliph.”  ​​ ​​​​ 

 

The MoD says Iraqi F-16s destroyed an IED storehouse in Hay Al-Askari in Tal Afar. [AIN] ​​ 

 

PMF​​ organization​​ says it destroyed a Daesh shovel that tried to open a gap in the defensive sand barrier in a village west of Tal Afar.​​ [IraqPress]

 

Baaj

A PMF commander says Daesh is drugging its combatants with certain “gray pills,” brought from Syria to treat psychological breakdowns. The commander says PMF has confirmed news that these​​ drugs were being distributed among Daesh​​ fighters​​ in Baaj,​​ and​​ says​​ this type​​ of pill is​​ usually given to suicide attackers.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Qayara/Hatra

A report says that men and women of Haj Ali village in Qayara are taking turns to defend their village from a possible Daesh attack. The civilians are using old rifles and taking turns in their guard duty.​​ [Anadolu]

 

KURDISTAN

A local official says Turkish planes attacked PKK targets in​​ the​​ Kara​​ Mountains and Nuhail border areas in Amedi, in Dahuk​​ Province. Fires were seen​​ at​​ the bombing locations. [Youm7]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Head of the​​ Security​​ Committee​​ in the​​ Babel​​ Provincial​​ Council​​ says 10 mass graves​​ dating back to​​ Daesh days in Jurf Al-Sakhar, north of Babel.​​ He​​ called​​ on​​ the government​​ to​​ expedite​​ the​​ return of IDPs who left the city following war operations in the city.​​ [Etejah]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

US​​ Secretary of Defense​​ Mattis​​ says his country will study the agreement​​ in Astana, Kazakhstan​​ to limit escalation​​ in Syria,​​ among​​ Russia, Turkey, and Iran,​​ to see if it is “applicable.​​ The US is concerned about​​ having Iran as one of the agreement guarantors,​​ as​​ the US​​ considers​​ Iran​​ part of​​ the​​ violence in Syria.​​ [Dorar]

 

Syria’s​​ Foreign​​ Minister​​ Waleed Al-Moalem​​ says there​​ will be no international forces in the safe areas agreed​​ to–in Idlib, north Homs, Eastern Ghouta, and southern Syria–only​​ Russian military police. As for the​​ possible Jordanian forces in southern​​ Syria, says “we do not seek confrontation with Jordan, but if it sends forces, we will consider them as hostile forces.“​​ [EnabBaladi]

Al-Moalem says, however,​​ that the​​ Syrian Kurds​​ war on Daesh is a totally legitimate and patriotic action.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

The spokesman of​​ the​​ Jordanian government says his country will defend itself inside Syria if it has to.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 23 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria (near Tabaqa (9) Raqqa (3), Deir Ez-Zor (10), and Tadmur (1)) [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

YPG in Hasaka​​ mourned​​ 12 fighters killed in the fighting with Daesh in various areas, who will be buried in their home villages except for an Iraqi and a Kurd who will be buried in​​ Hasaka.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

SOHR says the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, issued a general alert for his terrorists to go and defend Raqqa. It says the alert was read in mosques in Daesh controlled areas.​​ 

It also says Daesh confiscated 20 boats that were used to smuggle people from Raqqa towards the liberated Hazima area. [MEPanorama] ​​ 

Similarly, Bas News reported that sources say Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi called for mobilization in Raqqa to defend against the “Kurdish and Crusaders Coalition aggression on the Islamic state.” Some activists say Baghdadi’s mobilization call includes Deir Ez-Zor too, due to the severe deficiency in manpower suffered by Daesh following recent battles in Iraq and Syria and the high rate of desertion among its ranks.

It was also reported that sources say some Daesh combatants, mainly foreigners, are refusing to withdraw from Tabaqa according to the agreement reached with the SDF, which says that​​ the SDF attack will resume​​ if they don’t withdraw.​​ [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We are now hearing from another source that the local Daesh fighters agreed to the withdrawal agreement but foreign fighters refused it. This may suggest that the defenders of Raqqa may be more fanatic than those encountered elsewhere.​​ 

 

West of Raqqa

SDF says it captured the Tabaqa 1st​​ neighborhood after fierce battles with Daesh combatants, thus separating the city from the Euphrates Dam. SDF is now clearing the neighborhood.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

SDF says it repelled two Daesh attacks on the Tabaqa 1st​​ neighborhood of Tabaqa from the Euphrates Dam and the 2nd​​ neighborhood with heavy weapons. It says it killed tens of Daesh combatants.​​ [Hawar]​​ 

However,​​ SOHR says SDF forces failed so far to enter the 2nd​​ neighborhood of Tabaqa and Euphrates Dam and have​​ lost around 23 fighters in battles with Daesh in the past 24 hours. It also confirmed the news that non-Syrian Daesh combatants refused to​​ accept​​ the​​ Tabaqa​​ withdrawal agreement and decided to fight to the end.​​ [SyriaHR]

Daesh says it stopped an SDF attack on the 3rd​​ neighborhood in Tabaqa, killing or wounding many fighters. [DMNMay8]​​ 

 

An SDF commander said on Friday that the SDF captured Sahl Al-Khashab village after 4 days of battles. He says some Daesh terrorists fled toward Al-Masoura town while others crossed the river towards Suwaidiya and Kadiran villages. [RaiAlYoum]​​ 

 

Meanwhile, Coalition planes attacked Kadiran village east of Tabaqa, allegedly destroying the village mosque. The Coalition also allegedly attacked the national hospital of Raqqa and river ferries. There were no reports of casualties.​​ [Qasioun]

 

SOHR says SDF bombed Al-Mansoura west of Raqqa.​​ [SyriaHR]

Daesh issues a video of a mosque allegedly destroyed by “American” airstrikes west of Al-Mansoura. [A3maq]

 

North of Raqqa

Daesh says it damaged an SDF SUF with a​​ bomb​​ dropped from a drone in Al-Hikma village, north of Raqqa. [DMNMay8]​​ 

 

East of Raqqa

An SDF source said on Saturday that a Daesh suicide terrorist detonated himself among civilians near Hazima east of Raqqa, wounding four civilians, including two women. [ARA]​​ 

Daesh said it killed twenty “PKK members”, wounded ten, and destroyed 4 vehicles in a suicide attack west of Hazima. [A3maq]

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Sources say the SDF are refusing to let residents return to their homes in Karama and five other villages, supposedly because mine clearing operations in their areas have not ended. Residents of one village were allowed to return but on condition of observing a curfew from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh issues a video of its​​ zakat​​ office in the Maadan area, east of Raqqa. The video shows Daesh distributing food items and money. The video shows Daesh’s coins. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Sources​​ say​​ large Turkish forces​​ are​​ mobilizing on​​ the​​ border​​ by the Syrian city of​​ Harim, preparing​​ to enter Idlib. Turkish involvement in Idlib is believed to be within the agreement​​ to​​ form ceasefire areas​​ and​​ it will support​​ the anti-government​​ Ahrar Al-Sham faction in the city.​​ There are reports​​ of​​ an agreement with Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra) to evacuate the city without fighting.​​ [ARA]

 

Abul Fadhil Al-Ghassani,​​ the anti-government opposition’s​​ most famous​​ mine defuser, was killed by a land mine he was trying to defuse near Al-Bab. Al-Ghassani was an ex-EOD in the Syrian​​ Army before retiring and joining the opposition.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Russian air strikes killed 12 civilians in attacks on Daeshheld Maskana and three adjacent villages.​​ [Qasioun]

 

SOHR says government forces killed 5 Daesh combatants in fighting on​​ the Athariya-Salmiya​​ Road and captured several of​​ their​​ vehicles. [SyriaHR]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources​​ allege that the​​ Turkish army is occupying agricultural lands in the border areas, depriving the population of their main source of living, Balbala village in Afrin​​ being one​​ example, where the Turkish units confiscated​​ oliverich cultivated land and expelled​​ the​​ farmers from​​ it.​​ [Hawar]

YPG says it killed tens of Daesh combatants near Mare‘ while defending a Turkish-backed opposition attack on Tal Rifaat​​ in Azaz,​​ held by YPG units.​​ [Hawar]

 

SDF forces engaged Turkey-allied militias​​ in two villages south of Jarabulus with artillery and rocket fire, while fighting is continuing south of Azaz and near Tal Rifaat.​​ [Qasioun]

A Daesh land mine killed three civilians near Al-Bab.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Fighting is reported to be continuing​​ between government forces and Daesh east of Homs,​​ near​​ the grain silos and Talila junction,​​ amid shelling and counter shelling and Russian air strikes on Daesh positions in the area.​​ [Qasioun]

Daesh publishes a photo and a video of a Syrian soldier it captured near the Al-Talila area, east of Tadmur. [ICDNMay8] [A3maq]

 

Government forces say​​ they​​ blocked a Daesh attack on three locations east of Homs,​​ inflicting heavy casualties​​ on​​ the attackers.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it killed six “armed groups’ fighters” and wounded eight in an attack near the Jordanian border. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the 2 terrorists who conducted the attack, a Syrian and a Jordanian. [ICDNMay8]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Reports say Daesh recaptured 7 positions including an important hill from government forces near the 137th​​ brigade area west of Deir Ez-Zor.​​ Syrian​​ forces initiated intense air strikes on Daesh positions following the retreat.​​ [Dorar]

 

Syrian​​ forces say they destroyed 15 Daesh vehicles east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian Army says it killed Abdullah Al-Aboud (Abul Harith) a Daesh commander in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian​​ Army says it destroyed several Daesh positions in​​ the​​ Maqaber area and​​ around the​​ Deir Ez-Zor airport.​​ ​​ [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says Daesh destroyed three schools in Buqris village​​ east of Deir Ez-Zor, near Mayadin,​​ to use​​ them​​ as military defense positions​​ against a renewed advance by a Coalitionsupported militia group.​​ [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This could be a major story. The New Syria Army has operated from a military camp near Al-Tanaf, south of Deir Ez-Zor along the Iraq-Syria border and just north of the Jordanian border. Its​​ military​​ focus is more on Daesh than on the Syrian government.​​ It made an earlier push some time ago into Albu Kamal in eastern Deir Ez-Zor across from Iraq, but was defeated and disappeared from the news.​​ A​​ public statement from​​ this group—reportedly trained and supported by the US, UK, and Jordansays​​ it intended to make a move north soon, along the border. It has now changed its​​ name​​ to “Commandos of the Revolution Army.” Today’s report is derivative from a Daesh story and doesn’t tell us much, so more details will have to be awaited.

However, it is potentially significant that the story is from Deir Ez-Zor. Portions of Deir Ez-Zor closer to Deir Ez-Zor city have seen constant nasty conflict between Daesh and the Syrian Army, but anti-government opposition groups have not had much presence there. If the New Syria Army is now for real, it is part of the emerging larger picture of the anti-Daesh struggle. Victory in Mosul will be followed by Iraqi moves to the west, toward the Syria border, to liberate the rest of​​ Ninewa; an assault on northwest Anbar, especially Al-Qa’im, will bring the war to the Syrian border in Anbar. Victory in Raqqa by the SDF, farther from realization at this point, would move Daesh remnants and​​ the Syria side of the conflict toward Deir Ez-Zor and​​ the Iraqi border at​​ Bukamal. We have reasons to think that a scenario similar to this is in fact what the Coalition strategists have in mind.​​ 

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.

Opposition combatants are leaving Barza neighborhood east of Damascus following a deal with the government. 40 buses arrived​​ in​​ Barza to take 800 combatants from the neighborhood. [ARA]

 

Jaish Khaled (Daesh affiliate) executed several​​ south Syria​​ opposition-group​​ POWs in Tasil west of Daraa, including a field commander of​​ the​​ Farouk regiment​​ in​​ the Free​​ Army. The prisoners were captured earlier in an ambush by Jaish Khaled near Tasil Dam in which tens of opposition combatants were killed.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it killed seventeen opposition fighters and wounded fifteen in battles near the towns of Jillen, Tasil, and Adwan in Daraa. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an opposition group’s tank and 3 bulldozers near Jillen, southwest of Daraa. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says its snipers killed a security member in the Central Security Service building in Arish, and assassinated a Christian in Arish city on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Libya

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded Government of National Accord (GNA) fighters in an ambush south of Sirte. [A3maq]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured 22 takfiris in different areas in the country in the first week of May. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

A US drone killed 27 Daesh combatants and wounded 13 others in an airstrike in​​ Nangarhar province​​ in​​ eastern​​ Afghanistan, says the governor of the province.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Pakistan

Daesh said on Sunday it assassinated a Pakistan government “spy” in Quetta. [A3maq]

 

The Philippines

Philippine police officials said Sunday that a bomb explosion that killed two people in a Muslim community in Manila was sparked by a personal feud.​​ 

Police said a package being delivered by a man exploded late Saturday in downtown Manila’s Quiapo district, killing him and another man receiving it at a Shia center. Police said four others were wounded.

Another explosive, either a homemade bomb or a grenade, went off more than two hours later near the scene of the first blast and wounded two policemen deployed to help secure the area and investigate the bombing, according to authorities.

Metropolitan Manila Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said the bombing was apparently set off by a personal feud, adding the package that contained the explosive was intended for a specific person who may have been the target of the attack. [AP]​​ 

Daesh had said on Sunday that it killed five Shia and wounded six by detonating an IED in Manila. [A3maq]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi Army 16th​​ division secures families in the Hawi Al-Kanisa area. [Mawsleya]

 

A family loses​​ a child​​ to a​​ Daesh mortar in west Mosul. [Mawsleya]

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CTS units battle Daesh in Mosul. [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook]

 

Iraqi forces clear the 30th​​ of July area. [Mawsleya]

 

PMF fighters distribute food items in west Mosul. [Yalla]​​ 

 

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