An Update On ISIS Activities

May 5, 2017 

 

Haditha 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Car bomb kills at least 5 in Haditha. [..]

Iraqi forces continue advance in northwest Mosul neighborhoods. [..]

Syria

Diplomatic posturing on Syria safe zones confuses the issue. [..]

SDF reported in full control of Tabaqa. [..]

SDF kills 52 more Daesh combatants in Tabaqa area. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Al-Abadi says that there is no presence of any foreign combat forces on Iraqi territory, conceding that there are advisors and trainers from various countries. He says that after the defeat of Daesh, Iraq will continue building its armed forces through the support of friendly countries. [SyriaNow]

 

The Vatican announced its support for ensuring the safety of Yazidis and other minorities in Iraq. This announcement followed the Pope’s meeting with Nadia Murad, the Yazidi activist and UN Good Will Ambassador, in the presence of the British Ambassador to the Vatican. [ROJ]

 

American Embassy in Baghdad says the FBI handed over two stolen Sumerian tablets to the Iraqi Embassy in Washington. [Sumaria]  

 

The Saudi terrorist who appeared in a famous Daesh video returned safely to his house. A Shia CoR member asks the Iraqi government to follow up on such cases. She says terrorists who killed and raped should not be able to just go back and be received as heroes in their countries. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. So here is the deal: You can go back safe home as long as you only kill Iraqis and Syrians. We still don’t know if this terrorist was handed over by the Iraqi government or got home some other way. However, Iraqi (Shia) officials have previously returned Saudi killers to their home countries. We can’t expect Saudi Arabia to respect Iraqi lives if Iraqi officials don’t respect them.  

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (7), Tal Afar (1), Al-Qa’im (1), and Kirkuk (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says the body of a young man was found shot in Hay Al-Wihda. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says an IED targeted a police patrol in Arab Jubour in Dora, wounding 3 policemen. [Ghad] 

 

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi forces killed a Daesh local commander in the Al-Quwam area. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a car carrying Iraqi soldiers with an IED in Yusufiyah. [A3maq]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says CTS units raided a Daesh guesthouse in Abu Ghraib, arresting 3 terrorists. [Mawazin] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

Falluja 

Military Intelligence says it found a cache containing 435 large IEDs in Nuaimiya south of Falluja. [Ghad] 

 

Iraqi forces cleared the road between Qarma and Falluja. [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says a car bomb exploded in Haditha city center, killing or wounding several civilians. Later on, the Chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council said five people were killed and five wounded in the attack. [Ghad] [Ghad] 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a “Sahwa gathering” on Al-Atibba’ (Doctors) Street in Haditha city center. Daesh says the terrorist detonated the parked vehicle bomb then detonated his explosives vest, killing six and wounding thirty. [ICDNMay5]

DaeshDaily comment. This street is the main street for medical clinics in Haditha. It’s highly unlikely that the victims were only Sahwa fighters. Haditha defied Daesh and so Daesh wants its people to be punished, even the sick and the elderly. 

 

7th army division says its 29th brigade arrested two Daesh operatives smuggling IEDs to Hit city. [Sumaria] 

 

Northwest Anbar

A source in Anbar Operations Command says Daesh shot at civilians fleeing from Al-Qa’im, killing two of them and wounding three.

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its attacks on Iraqi forces in west Anbar. [ICDNMay5]

 

Rutba

Anbar Operations Commander says army units destroyed a Daesh training camp in the desert near Rutba, as well as a guesthouse and an ammunition storehouse in the area. [Maalomah] 

 

Anbar Ops Commander says army units clearing the western desert near the Kilo 160 area destroyed a Daesh armed truck, killing all combatants onboard, and destroyed a Daesh military position, burning down two tents and a Daesh gas station and arresting several suspects. [Sumaria] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh publishes a photo of targeting a PMF T-72 tank with a rocket near Sheikh Ali village. [ICDNMay5]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Ain Al-Baidha village with 3 SPG9 rockets. [DMNMay5]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and in 2 villages north of Baiji with 27 mortars and an SPG9 rocket. Daesh also says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier on the road between Baiji and Haditha. [DMNMay5]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV with an IED in the Al-Fatha area northeast of Baiji, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces tank with a rocket near the same village. [A3maq]

 

Southern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A roadside IED exploded on the road between Al-Zarqa and Tuz Khurmatu targeting a Peshmerga patrol, killing one officer and wounding another and two soldiers. [ROJ]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Fifth Army division at Ghalibiya checkpoint between Baghdad and Diyala forced a suicide attacker with an explosives belt in a Mercedes truck to detonate himself after isolating him away from the rest of the cars at the checkpoint. No casualties were recorded except for the attacker himself. [MoD Website]

 

Commander of Dijla operations says army units executed a raid that arrested two men wanted on terror charges near Baquba. [Sumaria] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council says a Tribal PMF fighter was killed by a Daesh attack in the Shirween area north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in Al-Maidan village southwest of Kirkuk. [DMNMay5]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition spokesman Col. John Dorrian says Iraqi forces opening a new front in northwest Mosul signals the end of Daesh presence in the city. He says Daesh’s defeat in Mosul is a matter of time. [BasNews] 

 

Mosul liberation campaign

The MoD says Coalition planes attacked Daesh targets in Zanjili and Ras Al-Khor, Haramat and Al-Islah Al-Zira’i, and  Sina’at Wadi Okab, destroying a car rigging workshop, a weapons and ammunition storehouse, an IED workshop, and a Daesh armed truck. [Harbi] 

 

Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb and IED factory, a mortar unit, and an anti-aircraft machine gun in different areas of west Mosul. [MoD Website] 

 

Southwest Mosul

Daesh says it killed two IFP soldiers with a rocket near the Ras Al-Jadda area. [A3maq]

 

West-central Mosul

A DaeshDaily source says several civilians were wounded by a Daesh mortar shelling on Hay Al-Yarmouk. 

 

North & northwest Mosul

IWMC says that the video Daesh published about shelling a building hosting IDPs in west Mosul is fabricated, as are many other Daesh videos. The IWMC says the building was a car-rigging workshop and that all persons killed inside were Daesh combatants as confirmed by intelligence sources and local residents. [Ghad] A video taken from an aircraft shows Daesh terrorists in the vehicle bomb factory. [Facebook]

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations says Mesherfa 2nd, Hawi Al-Kanisa, and Mar Michael areas were liberated by Iraqi troops today. [Sumaria] 

 

IFP commander says IFP units liberated 3 more villages near Haramat, and are now 4 km away from Mosul’s fifth bridge. 23 terrorists were killed. IFP units in the old city shelled security and travel department buildings in Zanjili, killing a Daesh field commander and 7 combatants. [Sumaria] 

 

Rapid Response units say they are engaging Daesh in fierce battles inside Haramat neighborhood, trying to capture the neighborhood’s hospital. It says heavy casualties were inflicted to Daesh in these battles. [Ghad] 

 

CTS artillery killed the Daesh military official in Najjar neighborhood after shelling his HQ, a CTS source says. [BasNews] 

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near the Mesherfa area with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying 4 BMP armored vehicles, and damaging a Humvee. It also says it destroyed 2 Iraqi forces’ Humvees with an IED and a rocket near the same area, killing the soldiers inside. [ICDNMay5]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNMay5]

Daesh says another Iraqi suicide terrorist attack Iraqi Army units near Mesherfa, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a Russian tank. It also says it destroyed a Humvee and a military position and damaged an Abrams tank and 2 Humvees in battles in the same area. [ICDNMay5]

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists conducted a third suicide attack on Iraqi Army units near Mesherfa, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a house where Iraqi soldiers were barricading and 2 BMP vehicles. It also says it destroyed another BMP vehicle and damaged 2 others in battles in the same area. [ICDNMay5]

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army tank near Mesherfa with an IED on Thursday. [DMNMay5]

Daesh issues a video of battles in the Al-Haramat and Mesherfa areas. [A3maq]

Daesh says Iraqi forces suffered severe casualties in the 2 areas. It says so far, Iraqi forces lost 52 vehicles. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says twenty-four people were killed and seventy-five wounded by “American and Iraqi” bombing on several areas in Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. In all likelihood, this is just the daily propaganda piece from Daesh’s creative writing department about bombs that never hit Daesh but only innocent civilians.

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF BMP armored vehicle with a rocket in Gharb Loh village in northeast Mosul. [A3maq]

 

East Mosul

CTS arrested 15 persons in east Mosul who claimed to be with unnamed political parties but were committing extortion against east Mosul citizens. [Mawsleya]

 

Mosul subdistrict

PMF says its EODs removed tens of IEDs on the road taken by IDPs towards Tal Abta. [Waradana]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Sinjar

A PMF IED-clearing operation is taking place in Tal Al-Ghazal village southeast of Ain Fathi. [Waradana]

 

Baaj

Shura/Qayara/Hatra

A DaeshDaily source says 4 Daesh terrorists, who were hiding in the sewer since the liberation of Hatra, blew themselves up on Tribal PMFs in Hatra. The source had no info about casualties. 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces BMP vehicle with a rocket west of Hatra. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

A senior PKK official says the PKK will attack Turkey’s interests everywhere, including the KRG. He says Turkey is attacking in the KRG, supported by the KDP, and the PKK will do the same. [BasNews]  

DaeshDaily comment. We understand the frustration with Turkish behavior, but this is an unwise and ill-timed statement. Declaring war on Turkey and the KDP won’t help anyone and will highlight PKK’s status as a terrorist organization.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish counter terrorism units arrested 12 persons in Adana in south Turkey on charges of joining Daesh. 5 Syrians and 2 Iraqis are among the arrestees. [ARA]

 

A security source says Istanbul counter terrorism units arrested 25 Daesh suspects, including 22 foreigners, in 6 areas of Istanbul. [Rudaw]

 

A Turkish media outlet says the PYD in Syria is expelling Arabs and Turkmen from areas under its control, who have nowhere to go but to pass through Daesh land mines. Some of these displaced people say PYD confiscates even their personal belongings, considering any person with a different point of view as a Daesh or terrorist operative. According to the story, these IDPs are looking for Turkish intervention to set things right for them. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. We concede the possibility (perhaps likelihood) that this is a propaganda story, but the presumptuous PYD policy of making itself the sole authority in areas where no one has yet voted for them and some wouldn’t vote for them will generate more of these stories. If the PYD wants to win wider support and position itself for the future, it needs to operate more democratically.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Russia says that the countries supporting the ceasefire in Syria agreed that the safe areas and no-fly zone would also include US and Coalition planes, saying that a special committee was agreed on to monitor implementation. Jordan was mentioned as a possible member of the committee for south Syrian areas. [Arabi21]

However, a Pentagon spokesman says Russia didn’t ask the US to stop flying over the de-escalations zones in Syria. Another spokesman says the US will target Daesh and Al-Qaeda in any place. [BasNews]

 

A PYD spokesman says the PYD refuses the plan of de-escalation zones in Syria. He says the plan will divide Syria on a sectarian basis. [Rudaw]  

DaeshDaily comment. Syrian opposition groups also refused the idea. This looks suspiciously like a Turkish scheme against the US and SDF. Erdogan’s threat to northern Syria needs to be taken seriously. Otherwise, the real bottom-line could be that an expansionist Turkey will extend its own control into northern Syria, just as it did some years ago in northern Cyprus. Some cities and towns in northern Syria are already under Turkey’s direct control.    

 

The Coalition says it conducted two airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, one in Al-Tabaqa, and one in Shaddadi. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

SOHR says Daesh continues its attacks on SDF forces in Al-Shaddadi south of Hasaka amid fierce battles near the gas factory in the northeast of the subdistrict. A 13 year old boy was killed when SDF units entered Al-Haddadiya village during the fighting. [SyriaHR]

 

Kurdish sources say the YPG shot down a Turkish recon drone between Darbasiya and Amuda north of Hasaka. [SyriaNow]

 

Raqqa

Kurdish sources say Daesh was imposing Turkish language curricula on students of the few Caliphate Scouts schools it operated in Tabaqa. Arabic religious material and Daesh tailored curricula were translated into Turkish and taught in both Arabic and Turkish. [Hawar]

 

A Christian family in Raqqa says Daesh forced them to convert to Islam through death threats, after burning down their church and bibles. [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Coalition planes attacked Hunaida Al-Gharbiya village west of Raqqa, with no reports of casualties. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it targeted a military position in Royan village north of Raqqa with a rocket, killing or wounding several fighters. [DMNMay5] Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions near Royan with a rocket. [ICDNMay5]

 

North of Raqqa

Daesh publishes a photo of a drone strike on an SDF vehicle in Al-Jarbou’ village north of Raqqa. [ICDNMay5]

 

West of Raqqa

A media argument continued about whether the SDF made an agreement with Daesh for safe passage of Daesh fighters out of Tabaqa, west of Raqqa. 

SDF denied any agreement with Daesh to grant safe access to its fighters. Meanwhile, Daesh is reported to be using drones against SDF forces in the city. [ARA]

An SDF spokeswoman also said there is no agreement with Daesh, for surrender or safe exit, saying that Daesh continues its attacks in Raqqa, Tabaqa, and Shaddadi to break the siege imposed by SDF forces, which she says have all failed so far. [ARA]

However, the Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered organization confirmed today that SDF is now in full control of Tabaqa and the Euphrates Dam, and that there is indeed an agreement for safe withdrawal of Daesh fighters out of the city. [Qasioun]

 

SDF says it killed a total of 52 more Daesh combatants in the last 24 hours—ten in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd neighborhoods of Tabaqa, 40 in Safsafa and Abad villages including two emirs, and two others in Sahl Al-Khashab. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of areas it “controls” in Al-Tabaqa city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The video shows a terrorist and a couple of “civilians” talking separately to the camera. 

 

East of Raqqa

Kurdish sources say 30,000 IDPs in Karama IDP camp east of Raqqa are drinking marsh water, as the Raqqa civilian council is unable to provide any humanitarian help, while international organizations are ignoring the camp totally. IDPs say they can bear hunger, but cannot bear water deficiency. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of targeting SDF positions west of the Al-Karama area with heavy machine guns. [ICDNMay5] Daesh publishes photos of an SDF fighter targeted by its snipers west of the Al-Karama area. [ICDNMay5]

 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Al-Qadisiya Farm east of Raqqa with 5 mortars. [DMNMay5] 

 

Elsewhere in Raqqa province

SOHR says Turkish border guards killed two civilians who tried to cross the Syrian border from north Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say internal fighting broke out between two militia factions in the Turkeybacked opposition after some prisoners escaped from Al-Ra’i village. 7 combatants were reported killed and tens wounded. [Hawar]

Internal fighting broke out in Jarabulus and Qabasin between Ahrar Al-Sham and Sultan Murad Turkish backed factions. The fighting was described as violent. The clash seems to be over control of the two cities. [Hawar]

Kurdish sources say the military emirs of the Qabasin and Al-Bab military councils backed by Turkey are ex-commanders in Daesh and Nusra respectively. [Hawar]

YPG says it blocked a Turkish backed opposition attack on 4 villages in the Al-Shahba Dam area, killing 8 of the attackers. It also says that the opposition shelled the villages with mortars following the failed attack, causing damage. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.

SOHR reported continued battles between Daesh and government forces near the Tadmur silos and Talila junction amid Russian bombing of Daesh positions. Casualties were reported at both ends but not estimated. [SyriaHR]

Government forces claim advances east of Homs and control of 4 new locations in Talila, inflicting heavy casualties to Daesh combatants. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it killed four Syrian soldiers and captured rockets and other weapons in an attack on Al-Shomariya Mountain east of Homs. [A3maq] Daesh publishes photos of the spoils. [ICDNMay5]

 

SOHR reports that a vehicle bomb exploded in Ruqban refugee camp on the Syria-Jordan border, killing at least 3 persons. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says Syrian government planes bombed a Daeshheld neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor and the perimeter of the military airport. No casualties were reported. [SyriaHR]

SOHR reported fierce battles in three neighborhoods and near the Deir Ez-Zor airport between Daesh and government forces with casualties on both sides.  Daesh shelling of Al-Qusour neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor left one child dead. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Daesh executed a 16 year old boy in Mehemeda village in Deir Ez-Zor on charges of spying for the SDF. [SyriaHR]

 

Amid ongoing battles on several fronts in Deir Ez-Zor, government forces recaptured the electricity company premises and other points in the city in a quick-strike attack. [Qasioun]

Daesh’s version says the Syrian Army briefly captured some points near the electricity company, but they were forced to retreat. 

Daesh says it stopped 3 Syrian Army attacks on the Harabish and Deir Ez-Zor Mountains, killing ten soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a cannon and a heavy machine gun. [ICDNMay5]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four Syrian soldiers in different areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. [DENMay5]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.

Jaish Al-Islam opposition factions announced the end of operations against Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra) in eastern Ghouta, saying that its objectives to nullify Nusra expansion east of Damascus have succeeded. It called on all opposition factions to stand firm against Daesh’s expansion efforts in all Syrian areas. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan 

Daesh says it killed two Afghan soldiers and wounded three others with an IED in the Bati Kot area of Nangarhar. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi forces capture Hay Al-Haramat. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces capture Mesherfa. [Mawsleya]

Iraqi forces secure families in Mesherfa. [Facebook]

 

IFP soldiers battle Daesh in Old Mosul. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Syrian terrorists who might have been killed in Homs. [ICDNMay5]

May 4, 2017

 

Mosul

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi seeking longer-term US troop presence in Iraq. [..]

300 US Marines to support expanded Iraqi forces in Anbar. [..]

Daesh drone strike kills several civilians in Shirqat. [..]

British military expert says Iraq should have liberated Hawija before Mosul. [..]

Iraqi Army units move into northwest Mosul city neighborhoods. [..]

Turkey

Erdogan advisor threatens to bomb US soldiers in northern Syria. [..]

Syria

Syria conference in Kazakhstan discussing safe zones. [..]

Remaining Daesh fighters in Tabaqa reported leaving under deal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

US and Iraqi officials say Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is in talks with the Trump Administration to keep American troops in Iraq after the fight against Daesh in Iraq is concluded. The officials emphasize that discussions are ongoing. However, they indicate a consensus between the two governments that, in contrast to the U.S. withdrawal in 2011, a longer-term presence of American troops in Iraq is needed to ensure the country’s security. Both officials spoke this week to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. [Rudaw] 

 

A CoR member says one of the exchange offices in Iraq is laundering money for Daesh and transferring money to Daesh sleeper cells inside and outside Iraq. He says the government needs strict procedures to prevent this. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (5), and Kirkuk (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A security source says five civilians were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Rashidiya. [Maalomah] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 17th army division found an explosives cache during a search campaign in the Air Defense and Hamada areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

ANBAR

MoD sources say the US deployed 300 Marines to Anbar in coordination with Prime Minister Abadi. A source in the Anbar Provincial Council says this followed information about Daesh efforts to return to Anbar. The sources say the Marines will support Iraqi forces in hunting down Daesh in Anbar areas. [BasNews] 

 

Falluja

Tribal Mobilization units announced finding a large Daesh hideout containing quantities of weapons and ammunition in Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict south of Falluja city. The hideout contained light and medium weapons, as well as IEDs that were defused at the location. [Maalomah] 

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it killed three policemen and destroyed a vehicle by detonating an IED on Street 60 in Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

8th army division says it captured a tanker driver who was smuggling fuel to Daesh locations in west Anbar. [Etejah] 

 

Hit/Haditha

Commander of Anbar Operations announced the start of an operation to clear the desert areas between Kilos 160 and 170 in west Anbar from Daesh. The Commander says another operation will follow to clear the Rutba desert. [Sumaria] 

 

Northwest Anbar

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh moved government-owned equipment from Al-Qa’im and Rawa to Albu Kamal using more than 30 vehicles.

 

Rutba

An Iraq military source says Prime Minister Al-Abadi ordered more troops to western parts of Anbar to prevent Daesh from expanding in the area. The source says around 3,000 soldiers are expected to arrive Rutba shortly. [Anadolu]

 

IWMC says IAF attacked 4 Daesh shelters near Rutba, killing tens of militants and destroying their weapons and vehicles. [Maalomah]

 

PMFs in Kerbala found a Daesh training facility and ammunition warehouses in the Kerbala desert in the road junction city of Nukhaib, eastern Rutba, 150 km (93 miles) away from the Al-Saqqar area near Rutba. Contents of the warehouses were transferred to safe locations. [Etejah] 

 

Prime Minister Abadi issued an order to honor Iraqi forces in the Al-Saqqar area. Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the area yesterday. [Sumaria] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A DaeshDaily source says several civilians were killed by a Daesh drone strike in Shirqat. He says Daesh has been targeting Shirqat city for some time now using relatively bigger drones.

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 PMF soldiers and wounded two others near Al-Nahiya village and in Al-Kahf village. [DMNMay4] 

 

Baiji

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF soldier near the Thermal Station north of Baiji. [DMNMay4] 

 

DIYALA (No reports)

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source says Prime Minister Abadi formed a senior investigation team to look into the murder of a senior North Gas Company official (reported here yesterday). Armed men shot and killed the Deputy Manager of the company and one of his bodyguards in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]  

 

Hawija

A British security analyst says Iraqi army should have liberated Hawija before heading to Mosul, adding that this strategic city behind the lines is posing threats to all surrounding areas despite the Peshmerga siege on the city, which Daesh fighters have no problems breaking every now and then. He says Daesh uses Hawija to regroup itself in areas extending from the Euphrates to Samarra. [Mada] 

DaeshDaily comment. We would endorse this opinion. A lot of Iraqi civilians have died because of the still-delayed liberation of Hawija.

 

IWMC says IAF initiated two airstrikes in Hawija destroying Daesh weapons storehouses and a shelter of snipers, killing 20 of them. [PUKMedia] 

 

NINEWA

An infographic presentation shows that Daesh, which occupied 40% of Iraqi territory in 2014, has lost 83% of these areas. It has also lost 55,000 combatants, including 4,000 leaders. Daesh is still present in the cities of Anah, Rawa, and Qa’im in northwest Anbar, and in Hawija in Kirkuk, and parts of Shirqat and west Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Local sources say Daesh issued arrest warrants against tens of its combatants who escaped battlefields in Ninewa towards Syria. The penalty is two months imprisonment and 90 lashes for those who return voluntarily, and execution for those arrested. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Joint Operations Command (JOC) says that figures announced by Al-Jazeera satellite channel about Iraqi troop losses in Mosul are lies and propaganda. It says some media outlets are spreading lies in an effort to undermine morale, and that Al-Jazeera is an “echo” for Daesh media. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Do you suppose this criticism has anything to do with the fact that Al-Jazeera’s Iraq office director is related to one of the senior AQI commanders, or that one of Al-Jazeera’s cameramen became Daesh’s “minister of education? 

 

IWMC says large military reinforcements arrived in west Mosul to support the liberation campaign. [Waradana]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of an “American airstrike” on a school in west Mosul. Daesh says the school was occupied by displaced people. [A3maq] In another version of the report, Daesh says sixty-eight people were killed, including forty-seven women and children, and eighty-six wounded by an “American bombing” on displaced people in a shelter in west Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh Daily comment. This seems to show a deadly US mistake, and comes in the context of recent Coalition airstrikes that were acknowledged to have killed civilians. However, this kind of report is now one of the daily propaganda stories from Daesh’s creative writing department so can’t be taken seriously lacking some kind of confirmation. Notice that no Daesh members are reported killed or wounded in these stories, only innocent civilians. The broader message is that the West is out to kill Sunnis whereas Daesh is their protector. It’s a consistent propaganda line.

 

A local source says Daesh issued arrest warrants for its members who fled the battles in Mosul and went toward the Syrian border. [Sumaria] 

 

 A security source says security units arrested a Daesh Russian terrorist called Abu A’esha Al-Muhajir. The source says the terrorist is a drone expert. [Ghad] 

 

Central Mosul

The IFP commander says his units are advancing northwest towards the fifth bridge and have killed 8 Daesh combatants, including the Al-Zanjili area commander. [PUKMedia] 

 

IFP says it killed Daesh security and religion officials on Makawi Street in the Al-Shifa’ neighborhood. [Harbi]

West-central Mosul

A military source says Iraqi units captured Wadi Okab cemetery. [Harbi]

 

North & northwest Mosul

Commander of Ninewa Liberation Operation says more Iraqi forces entered the northwestern part of the city in Mesherfa, Hawi Al-Kanisa, and Harmat neighborhoods, opening a new front in the northwest part of the city. The attacking units included 73rd brigade of the 15th army division, the 9th armored division, and Rapid Response forces. A later report said advancing units have already liberated Mesherfa 3. The operation is under Iraqi and Coalition air support. [Sumaria] 

 

A military source announced liberation of Mesherfa 2 and 5. He also reported that army units entered Hawi Al-Kanisa neighborhood (north of central Mosul, where the Tigris turns to the west) and captured the farm of Nassir Al-Khashab, Daesh security official, and another nearby farm. [Harbi]

The advancing forces in Mesherfa also liberated the water treatment plant there. [Mawazin] 

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi Army units in the Mesherfa area, killing six soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 2 BMP armored vehicles. It also says it killed or wounded more soldiers, destroying a Russian tank, an Abrams tank, 3 BMP armored vehicles, and 2 Humvees in battles in the same area. It says battles are still ongoing. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNMay4]

Daesh says another suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi Army units near Mesherfa, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying 2 BMP vehicles and damaging another. It also says it destroyed another BMP vehicle with a rocket near the same area. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNMay4]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles in the Mesherfa area. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of targeting an Iraqi tank with a rocket near Mesherfa. [A3maq]

Daesh says it snipers killed ten Iraqi soldiers near the Mesherfa area. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The daily sniper propaganda story from the creative writing department. 

Daesh says several Iraqi soldiers were killed or wounded and several tanks were destroyed or damaged after walking into a land mine field near Mesherfa. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The daily land mine story

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers by detonating 6 booby-trapped houses “on the outskirts of” Mesherfa. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. As usual, Daesh uses the term “on the outskirts of” to imply that Iraqi forces are near the area and not in the area. In a couple of days, Daesh will start talking about shelling the area, which is one of the ways Daesh tells us (unintentionally) that it lost the area. 

 

A military source says advancing Iraqi units liberated Dijal village in northwest Mosul and freed 30 families forcibly held by Daesh. The source adds army units captured the 60th Road in Hawi Al-Kanisa neighborhood [Harbi]

 

Ninewa Liberation Operation Command says advancing forces in the northwestern sector liberated Harmat 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and are advancing to Haramat 1st neighborhood against weak Daesh resistance. [Harbi] 

IFP is also advancing in the Halila area towards Al-Haramat, capturing the Ninewa Gas factory and Hassouna village during its progress. [Sumaria] 

 

IWMC says Iraq F-16s destroyed two Daesh car-rigging and explosives workshops in 17th of July neighborhood and two other workshops in Haramat killing “tens” of terrorists. [Ghad] [MoD Website]

 

Local sources say Daesh failed to hold prayers in 17th of July and Iqtisadiyeen neighborhoods for the first time since 2014, due to the battles taking place nearby.  [SotIraq]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

Toy stores have returned to Mosul (photos) [Rudaw] 

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

PMFs shelled Maqtal Al-Khanazir village west of Tal Afar, destroying a Daesh weapons storehouse and two vehicles. [Harbi]

 

A local source says the body of Um Qais, a major Daesh female figure, was found in an abandoned house in Tal Afar, several days after her disappearance. [Sumaria] 

 

IAF F-16s destroyed a Daesh headquarters and a weapons and ammunition storehouse in different areas in Tal Afar, killing 9 terrorists. [MoD Website] [Ghad] 

 

A local source in Tal Afar says Abu Yusuf Al-Halabi, a Daesh explosives expert, was killed with three of his associates when a car they were bombrigging exploded inside Tal Afar. [Waradana]

 

Sinjar

A senior Peshmerga commander says the Peshmerga wants to liberate the remaining areas of Sinjar before Hawija is liberated because completely liberating Sinjar will cut off Daesh roots between Iraq and Syria. He says the Peshmerga has liberated all of Sinjar except for some areas in the south. [BasNews]  

 

Daesh says it shot down a PMF recon drone in Ain Fathi village southeast of Sinjar city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a market in Al-Aluliya village in eastern Sinjar. [ICDNMay4]

 

Qayara

Daesh says it attacked a “police house” in Al-Jamsa village south of Qayara, killing two policemen. [DMNMay4]

 

KURDISTAN

The families of the civilians killed by Turkish strikes on villages near Amedi in Dahuk Wednesday are still unable to reach their bodies due to continued Turkish attacks. [ROJ]

 

Turkish army says its planes attacked 4 PKK shelters and weapons position in Al-Zab in northern Iraqi Kurdistan and Hakkari in southeast Turkey, saying that targets were successfully destroyed. [Anadolu]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

Rafidain Operations Command says it arrested a man wanted on terror charges in Rifa’i District. [Etejah] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

A senior adviser for Turkey President Erdogan threatened to bomb American troops in northern Syria. He says American troops will be a target like the YPG. The Coalition spokesman, Colonel John Dorian, replied by saying the mission in north Syria is to assure the allies in the region and to prevent the escalating violence between Turkish troops and the YPG. He says, however, that the troops are not there as a peace keeping force. [BasNews] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The 4 countries guaranteeing the ceasefire in Syria signed an agreement to “ease tension” in several areas in Syria, which also include stopping Syrian government attacks on these areas. The Russian representative says this is a good opportunity to separate the “moderate opposition” from the “radical one,” and allow moderate opposition to fight the terrorism represented mainly by Daesh and Nusra. [SyriaNow]

In a press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Russian president Putin says Russia would agree on no-fly zones in safe areas in Syria provided that no military activities take place in such areas.  He expressed hope that Syrian parties meeting in Astana can identify such safe areas, because it is their country in the end. [Dorar]

In the same conference, President Erdogan says Russian, Turkey, and Iran are trying to create a “golden opportunity” to establish a political solution and peace in Syria. [Dorar]

Syrian government approved the Russian suggestion of safe areas in Syria, saying that it would not mean an end to fighting terrorists groups in Syria. [Dorar]

Russian parliament says it would approve sending Russian military police to the proposed safe areas in Syria, adding that the US and other countries would do the same. The proposed 4 safe areas are southern Syria, Eastern Ghouta, Northern Aleppo, and Idlib, while Turkey wants to include northern Latakia as well. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. A glaring omission from this list is the northern border area where Turkey keeps attacking the Kurds. 

 

Syrian Army sources say all their planes are back to their original bases after being moved around following the US attack on the Shayrat Airbase. Sources say the Russians informed them that they can return to their original bases without fear of another US strike. Presidents Putin and Trump are expected to meet in July, where Syria will be one of their discussion topics. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 28 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (18), Raqqa (1), Deir Ez-Zor (6), Palmyra (2), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Hasaka population mourned 3 fighters from Hasaka who were killed fighting Daesh under the ranks of the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

Local sources say thousands of civilians escaped their homes after the water level rose dangerously on Balikh River, which flooded over 2,000 houses and 5,000 acres of agricultural lands in a village near Raqqa. Sources say that local residents are building barriers to prevent water from flooding the southern, larger part of the village. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

West of Raqqa

SDF says it repelled a Daesh attack on Safsafa village near Tabaqa. It also says it killed 53 Daesh combatants in the city of Tabaqa and in Sahl Al-Khashab village. The battles are still continuing. [PUKMedia] 

SOHR reported 36 Daesh combatants and 10 SDF fighters killed in these battles, which marked the start of the withdrawal of Daesh units from the city. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says an agreement was reached to