An Update On ISIS Activities

November 3, 2016

Kokjali (Rudaw)

Kokjali (Rudaw)

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq’s Catholic patriarch wants to preserve Christian towns in Ninewa; asks western help. [..]

Daesh destroying buildings, setting booby traps in Anah ahead of expected Iraq attack. [..]

Human Rights Watch blasts Kurds for ejecting Arab residents and IDPs from Kirkuk. [..]

Counter Terrorism commander says further moves into Mosul are imminent. [..]

Heavy fighting underway in part of southeast Mosul. [..]

IFP, PMFs take more villages south & west of Mosul; surround Hammam Al-Alil. [..]

80,000 people reported to have returned to homes in Qayara. [..]

Kurdish HDP party leaders in Turkey detained as attack on political opposition widens. [..]

Daesh in Syria moves fighters from outlying areas to defend strategic Al-Bab city. [..]

US Marines unleash attack helicopters on Sirte. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

In a meeting with the American Consul in Erbil, the Chaldean Patriarch Luis Sako says the Christian towns in Ninewa should be preserved and there should be no demographic changes. He also asks the US and the European Union to help achieve national reconciliation in Iraq. [Mada]

 

A member of the CoR’s Security and Defense committee says a CoR investigation revealed that Iraqi planes were involved in the airstrike that killed or wounded 66 women at a Shia gathering in Daquq on October 21. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, seven of them in the Mosul area. The others were in Sinjar (1), Bashir (2), Haditha (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command spokesman says two civilians were wounded by an IED explosion near the Mission Complex in Karrada. [Mada] [Baghdadia]

Daesh says it killed sixteen people in an IED explosion on a “Shia gathering” in Karrada. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Regardless of what Daesh says, this area on the outskirts of Karrada District is one of the most mixed areas in Baghdad. Even the few remaining Jewish Iraqi families live nearby. Daesh wants to misrepresent Baghdad as a purely Shia city.    

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MOI source said a university professor was killed by a bomb attached to his car in Waziriya. [Mada]

An MOI source said an IED placed near a furniture shop in Shaab killed one and wounded six civilians. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Local Police sources said a civilian was shot dead by unidentified armed gunmen on a motorcycle in Kamaliya.  [Maalomah]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MOI source said an IED placed in a commercial area in Al-Arifiya killed one civilian and wounded six others. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The MOI reported that an IED killed two and wounded three PMF fighters in their vehicle in Albu Aitha. [Mada]

A joint security force discovered a Daesh safe house and captured weapons and ammunition caches in Al-Bawi. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

An MOI source said an IED placed in commercial area in Furat killed two and wounded four civilians. [Mada]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Daesh says it killed or wounded ten Iraqi Army members with an IED at the Hamdaniya Brigade headquarters gate in Abu Ghraib, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   9     (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents:                                7

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Daesh says it destroyed a police vehicle east of Ramadi with an IED, killing or wounding the policemen inside. [Isdarat]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command announced the liberation of the “Air Defense area” located in Haqlaniyah and clearing off IEDs and war remains therein. [Mada]

 

Jazeera Operations commander said Coalition planes killed 16 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs in Al-Buhairat, north of Haditha.  [BasNews]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A local Tribal PMF commander said Daesh has demolished two government buildings and booby-trapped over 40 houses in Anah. [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces launched a military operation near Anah and killed a Daesh commander and 6 of his associates and destroyed 4 machine gun-mounted vehicles and a truck loaded with weapons. [BasNews]

 

A security source in Anbar announced the killing of 6 Daesh terrorists who attacked a security position in the Kilo 110 area.  [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says Iraqi Army 66th brigade shot down a Daesh drone in the Khanuqa area. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh said that on Wednesday it targeted Iraqi forces in the Shirqat area with 12 locally made rockets and several mortars. Daesh said it destroyed a PMF supply vehicle near Al-Naml. It also said it destroyed 3 PMF positions with SPG9 rockets in the Dibis and Sheikh Ali areas. Daesh said it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED south of Shirqat, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. Daesh also said it destroyed a PMF military position with a missile near the Makhoul Mountains. [Isdarat]

 

Baiji

Daesh said that on Wednesday it targeted Iraqi forces in areas north and west of Baiji with 85 mortars. Daesh also said it attacked two PMF barracks in the Makhazen area north of Baiji with light and mid-sized weapons. [Isdarat]

 

Tooz

Daesh says it damaged a PMF Humvee with an IED in Laqoum village, in Suleiman Bek. [Isdarat]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a SWAT Humvee in the Bizayez area, in Buhriz. [Isdarat]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it killed a PMF commander with an IED in the Hamada area of Muqdadiya. [Isdarat]

 

A Diyala security source said unidentified gunmen shot two civilians dead in Mukhaisa. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

Human Rights Watch says Kurdish authorities in Kirkuk, in their most recent round of displacements, have been ejecting Arab residents and Arab internally displaced people there since ISIS attacked the city on October 21, 2016.

Human Rights Watch says it is not aware of any similar displacements affecting Kurdish residents of the city. Given that Arabs seem to be the sole victims of these demolitions and evictions, and no explanation has been given by the authorities as to why they are being so targeted, the KRG actions appear to be discriminatory. [HRW]

A Kurdish Kirkuk Provincial Council member denied the HRW report and said the provincial government helped the Arab displaced people. The chairman of the Provincial Council’s Security Committee says HRW should be talking about the Arabs who are taking Kurdish lands in Kirkuk with support from political parties. [ROJ]

 

Hawija

A commanding figure in the Tribal Mobilization forces of Hawija said “rebelling young men” in Hawija shot dead the deputy commander of Daesh police in the city.  [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

An MP with the Kurdish bloc in the Iraqi parliament alleged that Turkey is looking for an excuse to intervene in the Mosul conflict. Turkey wishes to intervene but has yet to find a “true pretext” for its intervention, he explained. [ROJ]

 

9700 children have fled the Mosul area since the launch of the Mosul operation, UNICEF announced. [Anadolu]

 

Sistani office sends truck loaded with humanitarian assistance to villages south of Ninewa (photos). [Sumaria]

 

PMF deputy commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis has announced that his fighters will combat Daesh in Mosul city if the government orders them to. [PressIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. It would better serve the cause if Shia PMF leaders made fewer self-serving statements.

 

Australia is preparing to send 200 advisors to train Iraqi soldiers in street fighting techniques, an Australian military spokesman said. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh issues a video of “normal life” in Mosul today. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. We have seen such videos from Ramadi and Falluja a day or two before the cities were liberated.

 

Mosul

JOC command announced that 82 Daesh militants were killed and six vehicle bombs destroyed Thursday in the Mosul operations. [Forat]

 

Mosul liberation campaign

East. The Counter Terrorism Service Special Operations Commander announced that his troops would begin attacking Daesh in Mosul from several axes “within hours.” The evidence from the fighting in Kokjali showed that Daesh was losing control over its field operations and its fighters, he added. [ARA]

 

The commander announced that his troops had stopped a “desperate” Daesh attempt to impede the progress of Iraqi troops after they defeated Daesh in Kokjali. [Mada]

 

A CTS commander says Iraqi forces captured 3 Daesh terrorists in Kokjali, including an emir. [Rudaw]

 

The commander of the Counter Terrorism Service said his troops are fighting an “irregular war” in Mosul. He also urged Mosul residents to stay indoors to reduce Daesh’s ability to use them as human shields. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh is depending on long tunnels under Mosul that link different areas within the city to escape from the attacking Iraqi troops, according to a CTS Special Forces officer. [Mada]

Photos of tunneling machines captured from Daesh. [Ghad]

 

Hundreds of families fled the Kokjali area just east of Mosul on Thursday, heading for safer areas bordering the IKR, according to Sumaria’s correspondent. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Humvee “on the outskirts of” Kokjali. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi Forces near Al-Quds Cemetery, near Kokjali, and destroyed an Abrams tank. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a photo of the Dagestan terrorist who conducted a suicide attack near Kokjali. [Isdarat]

 

Photos from Kokjali after it was liberated from Daesh [Rudaw]

 

Southeast. Joint Forces raided Hay Al-Intisar in southeastern Mosul Thursday afternoon, according to a statement issued by the Mosul operations commander Lt. Gen. Abd Al-Amir Rashid Yarallah. [Mada]

 

Heavy fighting is underway in Hay Al-Intisar, amid Iraqi shelling of Daesh-held areas and Daesh’s attempts to use civilians as human shields, a security source said. Iraqi Army units destroyed five Daesh Humvees in Intisar, a security source said. [Maalomah] [Waradana]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on PMF units in Sheherazad village, next to Hay Al-Intisar. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of fighting near Hay Al-Intisar. [A3maq]

 

Other military developments in Mosul

The elite “Usra Army” has suddenly disappeared from the alleyways of the Old Mosul (Mosul Al-Qadima) neighborhood to which it had deployed over a week ago, giving locals cause to speculate whether Daesh “caliph” Awwad Baghdadi is actually in the area, according to a local source. The Usra Army was viewed as an “invincible force,” by loyal Daesh members so its sudden disappearance from the area has come as “another shock” to the group’s supporters in Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Abu Omar Al-Urduni, the head of Daesh’s “Shura Council,” was killed when a missile struck his vehicle in central Mosul, a local source said. It was not known if the missile, which also killed two others with him, was launched from a piloted or an unmanned aircraft. [Sumaria]

 

Unknown assailants reportedly set fire to a Daesh vehicle in the central Al-Hudaba neighborhood. [PressIraq]

 

Russia has alleged that US planes are targeting residential areas in Mosul and other sites in Ninewa. [Waradana]

DaeshDaily comment: Russia is trying to suggest equivalence between its bombing operations in Syria and the Coalition bombing in Iraq. Maybe this shows that Mr. Putin is actually sensitive to all the criticism.

 

Daesh’s A3maq says, according to a medical source, more than nine people were killed (including four children and one woman) and 115 wounded in “American” airstrikes on “residential neighborhoods” in Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says “American” planes conducted 13 airstrikes on Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Hiding among civilians is what terrorists have been doing in Iraq since 2003. 

 

Baghdadi

Heavy explosions rocked eastern Mosul for a short time after the Daesh broadcast by Al-Baghdadi (reported yesterday). The broadcast was followed by Daesh fighters launching rockets in Mosul’s eastern neighborhoods, while some Daesh members cheered for the morale boost that Baghdadi’s address delivered, chanting “We will fight until death!” [ARA] [Karemlash]

 

However, a Coalition spokesman says that Baghdadi “lost control of his fighters” in Mosul after Iraqi troops entered the city. [Ghad]

 

The Golden Division commander believes that Baghdadi is not even present in Mosul. [IPA]

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson made similar remarks, claiming that Baghdadi is directing his fighters over the Internet. [Ghad]

 

A security source says the Daesh leader recorded his speech on the Iraq-Syria border after he left Ninewa, before the start of the Ninewa liberation operations. [Sumaria]

 

Controversial former Ninewa governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi has said that many Daesh families have fled to Syria, calling Awwad Baghdadi a “desperate idiot” and saying his followers were foolishly “hoping for miracles.”  [Sumaria]

 

DaeshDaily comment: Baghdadi’s speech was an exhortation to the troops and loyal supporters, but it came from weakness. It signifies the impending end of Daesh’s lie that it controls a large caliphate. The opportunists who helped Daesh capture all those areas in Iraq heard their leader telling them, loud and clear, that they should stay, fight, and die. Chances are he won’t be joining them.

        The mindset is not new really. It’s very much a Baathist pattern not to face the music when things go bad. Saddam made a similar speech, from his own hole in the ground. There will be clever adaptations as before: using political connections to avoid criminal accountability; seeming to switch sides; insisting one was never with Daesh anyway; playing the old anti-government, anti-Shia card. We can also expect a boost in shaving industry sales and fewer men with beards.

        Such tactics won’t help everyone. There will be some foreign terrorists who did not leave soon enough and now can’t leave their rat holes safely. There are some kids who were brainwashed to kill themselves. There are many local terrorists who have nowhere to run. But the caliphate story will soon be over. Daesh will put up the usual fight in Mosul, and that might take some time. Booby-trapped buildings, suicide terrorists, and IEDs will require a lot of effort and sacrifice, as in Ramadi and Falluja, but the collapse will happen faster than expected. Daesh will try the usual media-grabbing attack somewhere else, in Egypt or Libya or somewhere else, to distract attention from its defeat, but it likely won’t work as well as before. Losing Iraq should also accelerate its defeat in Syria.

        That doesn’t mean that Daesh’s terrorism will be over, in Iraq or elsewhere. There will still be networks of hatred. There will still be organized crime disguised as jihad. The attacks on civilians will continue. But Daesh and its Baathist collaborators have now seen the one thing they previously didn’t see: determination. Retaking Ramadi put all the momentum on the government’s side. Iraq finally showed Daesh the iron fist of a self-respecting country. With help from good people all over the world, and at great cost, Iraq has found the way to stand up and defeat Daesh.

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The IFP are in control of the hills overlooking Hammam Al-Alil city, the IFP commander says. [Rudaw]

 

The DaeshDaily correspondent says the IAA and the artillery is targeting Daesh positions in Hammam Al-Alil, preparing for a ground attack on the city.

The MoD says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs and a vehicle carrying a 23mm cannon south of Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED near Kharba village, south of Hammam Al-Alil, killing the soldiers inside. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi forces Humvees with IEDs near Salahiya village, south of Hammam Al-Alil. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Humvee, bulldozer, and an armored personnel carrier south of Hammam Al-Alil, with missiles. [A3maq]

 

The MoD says the IAA destroyed two Daesh vehicles north of Shura, killing the terrorists inside. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi troops also captured the village of Al-Jurf, the IWMC announced. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi troops captured two villages southwest of Mosul, Sayyed Hamad, and Al-Dhibaniya, the IWMC announced. [Ghad]

 

The IFP have killed over 1,000 Daesh fighters, captured 74 villages, and evacuated 4,500 families on the Southern Front since the launch of operations, the IFP commander announced. [Sumaria]

 

The Shia PMF, Badr, announced that its fighters captured three villages (Tal Zalat, Masad, and Sihaji) southwest of Mosul, all in a west-to-east row moving toward the city. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces near Tal Zalat. Daesh says it destroyed a Humvee, a bulldozer, and a car in one of the attacks. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it destroyed a PMF bulldozer with a missile near Adaya village, southwest of Tal Zalat. [A3maq]

 

Badr’s commander Hadi Al-Ameri announced that his fighters had cut off one of the main routes between Raqqa and Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

PMFs captured the village of Masayid in a battle lasting three hours. [AIN]

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists, and Iraqi and a Syrian, attacked Iraqi forces near Masayid village, near Jurn, with a vehicle bomb. Daesh says another suicide terrorist, a Syrian, attacked with another vehicle bomb. After that, heavy battles erupted. Daesh says twenty-five Iraqi service members were killed or wounded in the attack. [Isdarat]

Daesh publishes a phot of one of the Syrian suicide terrorists. [MRKZGulf]

 

PMFs captured the village of “Western Ayn Jahsh” southwest of Jarn and captured the hill in Tal Shihab to the north of Ayn Jahsh. [Ghad] [Etejah] [“Tal” in Arabic = “hill”]

 

PMFs “leveled” an unspecified number of Daesh positions in the area of Ghuzail Al-Sufli. [AIN]

 

The IFP evacuated 15 displaced families south of Mosul as well as killing four Daesh members, and  destroying a vehicle, a vehicle bomb, and an arms depot, the JOC announced. [Sumaria]

 

Qayara

American artillery troops fired rockets from Qayara base at Daesh targets in Hammam Al-Alil. [Ghad]

 

An Iraqi military transport helicopter crashed after taking off from Qayara airfield after it had received rapid service, the IWMC announced. [Ghad]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service commander says 80,000 people have returned to their houses in Qayara subdistrict so far. [BasNews]

 

The MoD says the IAA destroyed 8 Daesh vehicles and several houses used by Daesh, west of Mushairifa village, killing the terrorists inside. [Maalomah]

 

Nineveh Plain

Hamdaniya

Iraqi Army troops captured the village of Al-Khorta, after a battle in which an unspecified number of Daesh fighters were killed, according to a statement issued by the Mosul operations commander Lt. Gen. Abd Al-Amir Rashid Yarallah. [Mada]

 

The MoD says the IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Qaraqosh area. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces near Jalaiwkhan village, near Ali Rash. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The MoD says IAA aircraft killed more than 37 Daesh fighters and destroyed 4 vehicles, a hideout, a rocket launcher, and a mortar unit west of Mosul, the MoD announced. [Maalomah]

 

The spokesman of the PMF authority announced that the militias are 15 km (9 miles) from Tal Afar and advancing rapidly toward the city northwest of Mosul. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. We are not sure what point on the map the gentleman is referring to, but the PMFs are not yet close to the city of Tal Afar, based on battle reports.

 

Daesh has moved hundreds of its hostages to Tal Afar for use as human shields, a military source said Thursday morning. [PUKMedia]

 

PMFs cut off the route between Tal Afar and Mosul, according to a PMF statement which claimed that PMFs have now cut off all Daesh supply routes between Tal Afar and Mosul. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. We can’t validate the claim, but it’s clear from our map that the PMFs don’t yet control the whole road between Mosul and Tal Afar.

 

PMF commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis has reportedly announced that his fighters have cut off the road between Mosul and Raqqa. [PressIraq]

 

PMFs killed two Saudi Daesh commanders west of Mosul, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

PMFs claim to have killed a Daesh member bearing an Israeli passport west of Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

PMFs reportedly defused a bus rigged with explosives that Daesh had left behind in a village west of Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

The “first page” has ended on the Western Front of the Mosul operation with the liberation of 52 villages in an area of 450 square km (173 square miles), the front commander said. [Mawazin]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

Daesh says it killed twenty-five Iraqi service members and destroyed a Humvee near the “Ain Al-Islam Company” in Hatra district. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The two co-leaders of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish HDP opposition party, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were detained at their respective homes as part of a counter-terrorism inquiry, the Turkish Ministry of Interior announced. At least nine other HDP MPs were also taken into custody.

Meanwhile social networks could not be accessed from inside Turkey. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp were reported to be inaccessible shortly after the detentions, even when users tried to circumvent restrictions using a virtual private network (VPN). [BBC] [Anadolu] [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. The credibility of the Turkish government loses ground every day, with no end in sight to its ill-motivated and ill-disguised crackdown on political opponents

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

A missile-armed frigate has joined Russian navy units in Syrian coasts according to Russian sources. The frigate is equipped with “Caliber” missiles, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles. [Dorar]

 

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign affairs said “terrorists” who try to breach the humanitarian truce in Aleppo will pay severely for such attempts. [SyriaNow]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, near Raqqa (2), Mare’ (2), Idlib (2), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (1)). The strikes near Idlib engaged two Daesh tactical units and destroyed five vehicles and two fighting positions. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Brigadier Talal Sello, the spokesperson of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), said that his personnel are doing their best to assist Iraqi refugees along the borders with Iraq, adding that they do not have enough resources to meet all refugees’ demands. He called on international organizations to intervene immediately, as winter is coming. [Hawar]

 

A medical source says two pro-government militiamen were slightly wounded when an IED exploded in Hay Ghuwairan in Hasaka city. The source says the IED targeted and missed an Asayesh vehicle. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it killed four “PKK members” with an IED in Hay Ghuwairan in Hasaka city. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

The SOHR says a civilian was killed in an air strike by warplanes (believed to be by the Coalition) on Laqta, north of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Fierce fighting between government forces and opposition fighters is continuing in almost all of Aleppo neighborhoods since yesterday. Shelling and counter shelling caused fourteen civilian casualties so far, press sources said. [Hawar]

 

The Syrian opposition resumed attacks on government held positions in Aleppo with a vehicle bomb. The opposition said that it plans to retake Aleppo neighborhoods held by governmental forces. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Syrian opposition units shelled Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo with mortars and gas cylinders, killing one child and wounding two civilians. The shelling is sourced from Bustan Al-Basha neighborhood east of the city. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Al-Bab

Opposition sources confirmed the withdrawal of Daesh units from the Infantry School in Muslimiya and other areas. The Syrian Army and Syrian Democratic Forces now control these areas. The opposition believes Daesh gave up these areas to defend the attack by Turkey-supported opposition fighters on the strategically important city of Al-Bab. [Dorar]

 

Azaz

The SDF killed 15 Daesh terrorists during an attack by the terror group to recover three villages liberated by the SDF earlier: Washiyah, Tal Madhiq, and Shahba’ Dam. The fighting is still ongoing. [Hawar]

 

Photos published by the opposition showed fighters mounting a Turkish army APC without the presence of Turkish soldiers. This indicates whom Turkey is supporting, even with heavy weaponry used to shell liberated villages held by the SDF. [Hawar]

 

Three Russian air raids on Maraanaz left 10 civilians killed and 20 wounded according to activists on the ground. The Russian warplanes bombed several other villages accompanied by government artillery bombardment in the area. [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

Turkey-backed opposition units continued their assault to recover the villages recently taken over by Daesh, backed by Turkish artillery cover. Ablah village near Mare’ was recovered after killing 5 Daesh terrorists and destroying two vehicles, press sources said. [ARA]

 

The Turkish Army says its artillery has supported the advance of opposition groups towards Al-Bab and Akhtarin villages taken by Daesh two days ago. It said that 100 Daesh and 4 YPG targets were shelled in process. It also says 22 Daesh terrorists were killed in ground operations in addition to another 14 in Turkish airstrikes.  [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

Opposition groups recovered over 11 villages occupied by Daesh in the last few days of operations in Azaz. Total area recovered is around 1000 sq. Km (390 sq. miles). [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed two opposition fighters with an IED near Ablah village, south of Akhtarin. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed 3 cars carrying opposition fighters with a parked car bomb near Ablah village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded ten “PKK members” in an attack near the Aleppo Industrial Area. [A3maq]

 

Afrin

Turkish artillery shelled three villages in Afrin, causing material damage to several houses. No human casualties were reported so far. [Hawar]

 

Other Northwest Syria

Opposition activists said Syrian army helicopters used poisonous gases in bombing the village of Beshqatin, west of Aleppo, causing serious cases of suffocation. Winds spread gases around to neighboring areas, causing similar symptoms among women and children. Islamic opposition units in the area fired back at the Army’s locations using multiple rocket launchers and artillery. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it destroyed a Russian attack helicopter with a missile in the Huwaisis area, east of Homs. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of targeting the helicopter. [A3maq] The helicopter was on the ground when it was hit by the missile.

 

The SOHR says an air raid on Rusten killed six civilians, including five children. It did not identify the attacking planes. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Government military spokesman says that 9 Daesh terrorists were killed by the units defending Deir Ez-Zor airport in a recent attempt by the terror group to break through the eastern defense line of the airport.  [SyriaNow]

 

The SOHR says containers were airdropped near government positions in Deir Ez-Zor. It also says Daesh shelled the army’s positions in the city. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a plastic factory in Mayadin. [Isdarat]

 

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

The SOHR says two civilians were killed in air raids on Tafas, in western Daraa. It did not identify the attacking planes. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the opposition in East Qalamoun. [Isdarat]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Eyewitnesses say ABM terrorists beheaded a local man and threw his body on the road in the Zare’a area, west of Arish. They say the victim was wearing an orange suit, the same used by Daesh for execution. [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say unknown armed men kidnapped a young man in Arish city center. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it destroyed 2 Egyptian Army vehicles with IEDs in south Arish. [Isdarat]

 

Libya

Northeast

Daesh said on Wednesday it detonated an IED on a Libya National Army (LNA) machine gun-mounted vehicle in Qawarsha, killing one soldier and wounding another. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it targeted LNA positions with mortars in the Qanfouda area. [Isdarat]

 

Central coast

The US Marines are using Super Cobra attack helicopters to mount close-range airstrikes against Daesh in Sirte, the US Navy said Thursday.

The gunship attacks, the first of their kind to be confirmed in over two months, were launched overnight from the USS San Antonio, in the Mediterranean. [Libya24]

 

A GNA Military source says a Daesh police commander was killed in the battles in the Giza area, in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Terrorists in 2 cars shot and killed two men who were accompanying a security commander in the Gharbiyat area, in Sirte. [AfriGate]

Daesh said yesterday it assassinated two GNA fighters within the Gharbiyat area.

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Minister of Religious Affairs told the Parliament that he told the Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia to do something about its religious school, as it produces terrorism. [Tunisien]

 

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured a terrorism suspect in Aryanah. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

A video from inside Mosul city [Rudaw]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]
Daesh publishes a new issue of its Naba magazine [Isdarat]

 

November 2, 2016

Ninewa

Ninewa

Today’s Major Developments

Turkey decides to move its Bashiqa base to another northern Iraq location. [..]

Daesh issues a desperate audio message from Baghdadi (no pictures). [..]

Iraqi troops consolidate gains in east Mosul. [..]

Daesh stages mass executions in central Mosul. [..]

IFP captures ten villages near Shura, Hammam Al-Alil. [..]

Daesh has reportedly moved captured Christian women from Mosul area to Syria. [..]

Turkey-supported opposition groups lose Azaz villages to Daesh, then regain some. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Turkey has decided to move its military base at Bashiqa to another unspecified location in northern Iraq, according to remarks reportedly made today by the Turkish deputy prime minister. The Deputy PM said Turkish troops were not withdrawing under threat and that Turkey alone had made the decision. [Buratha]

 

Daesh issues an audio massage from its leader, Awwad Baghdadi. [Furqan]

Baghdadi asks all his terrorists to be patient, not to retreat from Mosul, and to keep fighting to go to heaven (i.e., be willing to die). He attacked the usual enemies: the US, the West, the Christians, the Jews, the Shia, the Alawites, the Muslim Brothers, etc. He told Sunni Iraqis that the Shia want to occupy their lands, everywhere. He also attacked Saudi Arabia, asking his followers to attack the Saudi royal family, government and security officials, and even journalists. He said Turkey was hesitant to attack Daesh, but now Turkey is fighting Daesh and tells his terrorists to attack Turkey. He calls on his followers all over the world to keep on. He also tells his terrorists in Sirte to stay in their positions because their enemy is getting tired. He also says to Daesh followers that if it is difficult for them to migrate to Iraq or Syria, they should migrate to other countries. He also addressed his supporters who are prisoners and asks them to be patient. He mourned the death of Daesh spokesman, Adnani, and the minister of media, Furqan. But he says the caliphate will go on despite the losses of these two and other leaders.

DaeshDaily comment. From Daesh’s perspective, the troops needed to be rallied, but this speech won’t do it. It was more of a bunker speech. (I’m hiding from the enemy but you must fight on.) Not so different from Saddam’s spider hole speeches in 2003.

 

UNHCR has this week begun distributing essential winter items to 1.2 million displaced Iraqis, including families recently displaced due to the current Mosul offensive, and to communities across Iraq that are hosting them. A total of 178,000 Syrian refugees will also benefit. The distributions come even though UNHCR’s winter assistance program, budgeted at $120 million, is just half-funded with a $60 million funding gap. [UNIraq]

 

Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, was quoted Wednesday that the U.S. military will not support certain PMF organizations, even within the command of the Iraqi military. He said support would depend on “who can pass the vetting test.”

Regarding efforts by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Daesh, Davis confirmed that Shia militias have begun to move from the southern outskirts of Mosul toward Tal Afar, located 63 kilometer (39 miles) west of Mosul. “There is still a considerable distance for them to traverse before they get anywhere near Tal Afar,” he said. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. We couldn’t find the Davis’s original statement, which needs to be explained in specific terms. However, some Shia militias have been hostile to the US for some time, including a few that have killed US servicemen, and have refused to consider cooperating with Coalition airstrikes. With the PMFs branching out into Tal Afar, the emerging situation is that at least some PMFs won’t have US air support, which could increase the risks to those whose organizations are not anti-US.

 

The Sayyed Al-Shuhada PMF will pursue Daesh onto Syrian territory after it captures Tal Afar, the militia’s general secretary said Wednesday. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This not the first time PMFs mention this. Iraq will gain nothing from entering Syrian territory or letting its Shia militias do so. Fighting Daesh terrorists inside Iraq and preventing them from leaving or coming from Syria is one thing. Letting Shia PMFs loose in Syria would be too much of a sectarian decision. Iraq doesn’t need to be in the middle of regional wars anymore.

 

The Coalitions says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (3) and Sinjar (1), Bashir (1) in Kirkuk; Baiji (1), and Rawa (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

The Rusafa Criminal Court issued death sentences on 3 terrorists who killed four IFP members in Baghdad. [Ghad]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh says it destroyed a Humvee with an IED in Tarmiya. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED, then detonated another IED on soldiers who arrived on the scene. [A3maq]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed a Daesh suicide terrorists’ guesthouse, 2 IEDs, and other explosives in the Shiraifat area. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade destroyed 2 IEDs in Abu Huweish village, and found an explosives cache in the Abu Habba area. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade defused an IED in the Karaghoul area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an explosives cache in the Sayyed Abdullah area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused 2 IEDs in the Khtaimiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh said on Tuesday it shot and severely wounded an Iraqi Army “source” in the Alimiya area in Arab Jubour. [Isdarat]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Abu Ghraib. [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   9     (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents                                  7

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations commander says his troops found a vehicle bomb factory and confiscated large quantities of explosives in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area. [Sumaria]

 

A military source says Iraqi Army 10th division found 105 rockets and 7 IEDs and defused 10 booby-trapped houses in the Albu Risha area. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition planes targeted a group of Daesh terrorists north of the Haditha Lake, killing 8 terrorists.  [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Army units and tribal fighters killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists in the Khasfa area. [MoD Website]

Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh terrorists west of Haqlaniya. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday its terrorists infiltrated two Iraqi Army positions in the Kilo 70 areas and blew them up. [Isdarat]

Daesh said on Tuesday that it targeted Iraqi Army and PMF positions in Sakran village and in the asphalt factory with mortars and 10 locally made rockets. [Isdarat]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Iraqi army 66th brigade killed 13 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle in the Makhoul Mountains area. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh said it targeted Iraqi Army and PMF positions on Tuesday in different parts Shirqat, Qayara, and Baiji, with 362 mortars and 2 Grad rockets. [Isdarat]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Daesh terrorists shot and killed a woman and her son who were trying to escape Daesh controlled areas east of Shirqat. The source says Daesh set tens of houses on fire because their owners had left. [Mada]

 

Baiji

Daesh said on Tuesday its terrorists infiltrated PMF positions in the Zuwiya Intersection area and blew up a PMF barracks. [Isdarat]

 

Samarra

An IFP unit destroyed 15 Daesh vehicles near the Mamlaha area. [MoD Website]

 

Southern Salahuddin

A police unit captured 5 terrorists in Dhuluiya. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council says an intelligence unit captured a Daesh cell of 3 terrorists near Baquba. [Harbi]

 

A security source says an EOD member and a Sahwa fighter were killed and three other service members wounded when an IED exploded on them while they were searching orchards in Mukhaisa. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says Iraqi Army 20th brigade found 7 IEDs in Khailaniya village, north of Muqdadiya. He says Daesh is using the vacated village as a staging area. Iraqi forces liberated the village in June 2014 but its residents haven’t returned yet. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source says a Daesh “service office” member was killed when a roadside IED exploded on his vehicle near Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest

A security source says Coalition planes attacked Daesh in 2 villages southwest of Kirkuk, killing 7 terrorists and wounding 10. Another source says 9 terrorists were killed in the airstrikes, including 3 commanders from Arab countries. [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A Counter Terrorism Service source says CTS units cleared Hay Al-Samah, killing 8 terrorists and destroying many vehicle bombs. [Baghdadia]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes destroyed 20 Daesh vehicles and a tunnel network in Mosul city. The JOC says Iraqi Army units entered the Judaidat Al-Mufti area in southeast Mosul, after capturing several nearby villages. [ARA]

 

A senior KRG official says that within the Mosul liberation plan, a passage was left open south of Mosul in order to allow Daesh terrorists to leave the city without destroying it. [Baghdadia]

 

The UN Security Council has warned of Daesh fighters fleeing the Mosul operation and relocating to Syria. [Anadolu]

 

The Hawar media organization issued reports about Iraqi refugees allegedly stranded without help at the Syrian border. It says Iraqi children languishing with their families in harsh conditions on the Iraqi-Syrian border could face death if aid does not reach the thousands of displaced persons in the border zone quickly (photos). [Hawar]

Photos and videos of Iraqi refugees stranded on the Syrian border in harsh desert conditions. “We dig our graves with our hands while we are alive.” one said. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily report. We would like to see this report confirmed by other sources before putting faith in it.

 

One Iraqi displaced woman who fled the fighting in Mosul died in the refugee camp in Al-Hawl south of Hasaka in Syria of a bowel obstruction which could have been easily treated if medical care were available, a source inside the camp said. [ARA]

 

Military developments within Mosul

A resident who escaped from Mosul on Tuesday evening said that many of Daesh’s foreign commanders have fled to areas north of Mosul. Meanwhile, Daesh executed around 100 Iraqi Daesh members who had deserted the fight. They were gathered up in raids throughout the city on Sunday and Monday. [ARA]

 

The Kata’eb Al-Mosul anti-Daesh resistance group shot and killed three Daesh fighters on Tuesday who had taken positions in a trench in Al-Karama neighborhood to fight Iraqi troops advancing from Kokjali, the KM announced. [KM Facebook page]

 

Conditions in Mosul

A Ninewa Police officer says Daesh launched a new executions wave in Mosul at dawn on Wednesday, putting at least 180 people to death in three squares in central Mosul after capturing them in eastern Mosul. The victims included former employees of the Elections Commission, police, military, and doctors who refused to treat Daesh wounded, he said. [BasNews]

 

Daesh has called on its members in Mosul to reduce their meals and to fast, a local source said. Daesh has attempted to justify this using a scene from the famous 1976 film Al-Risala [the Message], a dramatization of the life of the Prophet Mohammed, the source said. However the source said that the real reason is that Daesh has lost control of major food stores in the Bartella area, destroyed by Coalition bombing, causing a food shortages in Mosul. The Daesh propaganda refers to the scene in the film dramatizing the struggle between the early Muslim community and the Quraish tribe, which was blocking the supply of food to the Muslims at that time, the source explained. Daesh has exhorted its members to react with resilience and patience as the Muslims are depicted doing in the film. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: Under any other circumstances Daesh would not likely tolerate the showing of this film.

 

Daesh says four women were killed and seventeen people, including women and children, were wounded by an “American” airstrike on Hay Al-Quds in Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb near Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The IFP commander says his troops captured 10 villages south of Hammam Al-Alil, killing 22 terrorists and destroying 6 vehicle bombs, 4 vehicles, 4 rocket launchers, and 82 IEDs. [Sumaria]

In an earlier story it was reported that the IFP captured Minkar, Bazwana, Kharar, Shaloub, Al-Qasba, Khusfan, Al-Qahira, Munira, Nazzaza, Amrini, and Bu Ghalawin), between Shura and Hammam Al-Alil, according to IWMC announcements and the IFP. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Ghad] [Baghdadia] [PUKMedia]

 

The manager of Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict says the IFP has completely surrounded Hammam Al-Alil.  [Sumaria]

 

The Sayyid Al-Shuhada Shia PMF general secretary said his PMF militia repelled a Daesh attack involving multiple vehicle bombs in the village of Kharbat Al-Yazidi southwest of Mosul, captured by PMFs yesterday. [Sumaria]

The advancing PMFs also captured the villages of Al-Rahmaniya and the Tal Al-Saif archaeological village. [Ghad] [Ghad]

 

The PMF media office announced that PMFs had captured six strategic points from Daesh that would restrict Daesh’s supply lines on the front west of Mosul. PMFs killed 47 Daesh members and destroyed five vehicle bombs, the announcement also said. PMFs captured 115 square km (44 square miles) on Wednesday bringing the total to 705 square km (272 square miles) in five days, the PMF office said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it attacked the Iraqi Army and PMFs near Khabirat village northwest of Shura, killing or wounding several fighters. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Shura. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Qayara

Joint Forces are in control of the strategic national oil pipeline south of Mosul. [Buratha]

 

PMFs captured the village of Ayn Jahsh a security source said. PMFs killed 25 Daesh fighters in the village, the IWMC announced. [Mawazin] [AIN]

 

Nineveh Plain

“Tens” of suicide attackers were killed by Counter Terrorism Service troops who besieged them in Kokjali just east of Mosul during clearing operations, Sumaria’s correspondent says. [Sumaria]

 

Counter Terrorism troops brought down a Daesh drone in Kokjali that had been rigged with explosives, according to an officer in the service’s elite Golden Division. [Rudaw]

 

The Golden Division commander said his troops discovered a large Daesh tunnel in Kokjali. [BasNews]

 

Bashiqa

Iraqi Army troops captured the village of Baybukhat, populated predominantly by members of the Shabak minority, near Bashiqa, a security source said. The troops also captured the nearby Tigris City Mall and crossroads leading to nearby Mosul Falls. [Mada]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting Peshmerga positions northeast of Mosul with 2 mortar shells. [A3maq]

 

Hamdaniya

A Christian KRG Parliament member says Daesh moved tens of kidnapped Christian women from Mosul to Raqqa. He says Daesh had kidnapped 147 Christian women from Nineveh Plain, but the Christian community didn’t want to publicize the issue in the media. [Ghad]

 

The Ninewa Liberation commander says 750 displaced people arrived at camps in Jada’a and Al-Khazer. He also says 76 families have left Jada’a and returned to their houses in liberated areas in Ninewa. [Sumaria]

 

The ROJ news agency has been visiting the displaced persons camp in Khazer and speaking to displaced Iraqis who fled Daesh. One man who arrived in the camp a few days ago describes the harsh conditions he lived under. He said most of the Daesh members he encountered were foreigners who spoke Arabic and Turkish to one another. [ROJ]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee near Ali Rash village near Qaraqosh. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Abrams tank near Jalaiwkhan village, near Ali Rash. [A3maq]

 

Tel Keif

Daesh publishes a photo of some of its fighters in Tel Keif. [Isdarat]

Daesh said on Tuesday that three PMF fighters were wounded when they fell in a land mine field in the Farms area west of Tel Keif. [Isdarat]

DaeshDaily comment. Not another land mine story!

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh is holding 400 Shia and Yazidi women in Tal Afar, a female Iraqi Shia Turkmen MP said. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. For some reason, the issue of Shia women enslaved by Daesh is not widely mentioned in the media.

 

PMF surveillance drones observed Daesh fighters fleeing the advancing PMFs, leaving the area of the Ghuzayl villages and moving towards Salihiya near the Syria border, the IWMC announced. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Peshmerga fighters near the Ayadhiya area north of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Tuesday its snipers killed a PMF fighter and wounded another in the Ain Al-Baidha area. [Isdarat]

 

PMFs have seized control over the hills overlooking the Adaya intersection (the junction for the road leading to Adaya), the IWMC announced. [Ghad]

The Hezbollah (Iraq) PMF militia shelled Daesh positions in Adaya, reportedly killing and injuring “tens” of Daesh fighters. [Buratha]

 

PMFs found Turkish gear, supplies, and uniforms in a captured Daesh center in a village on the Western Front, according to an unidentified source in the Western Front. [Mawazin]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish military sources say military reinforcements arrived in Kilis on the border with Syria, to support the opposition groups in the battles against Daesh in north Aleppo. [ARA]

 

Security sources say Counter Terrorism units captured 8 Syrians in Kocaeli who are suspected of belonging to Daesh. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Syrian Human Rights organizations says 1,451 people, including 210 children and 138 women, were killed in Syria during the month of October. [ARA]

 

Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, says a U.S. airstrike in Syria on October 17 killed Haydar Kirkan, a senior Al Qaeda leader who once had ties to Usama bin Laden.

The spokesman says Kirkan oversaw the planning of attacks against Western targets outside of Syria, including in Turkey. [ARA] [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it did not conduct airstrikes yesterday on Daesh targets in Syria. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The Turkish Army deployed military forces and vehicles on the borders near Qahtaniya city in far northeast Hasaka while Turkish planes fly over the area. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed 2 of its members in Markada city after accusing them of trying to flee. [ARA]

 

The SOHR says a 12-year-old girl was shot and killed by Turkish border guards while she was trying to cross the border with her family near Malikiyah north of Hasaka. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says clashes erupted between Daesh and the SDF south of Shaddadi. [SyriaHR]

 

Raqqa

The SOHR says suspected Russian planes targeted areas north of the Division 17 area north of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

The Russian Minister of Defense says Putin ordered a cease fire, starting Friday morning, in Aleppo. [ARA]

 

Azaz

The Turkish military says Daesh made use of the bad weather on Tuesday, and captured several villages south of Akhtarin. It says three opposition group fighters were killed and four wounded in the attack. It also says it targeted 80 Daesh positions north of Aleppo. [ARA]

 

Daesh recaptured Akhtarin after the Turkish Army and opposition groups withdrew from the city. [Hawar]

 

Opposition groups recaptured Akhtarin hours after Daesh captured the city. [Qasioun]

An opposition group commander says the opposition, supported by the Turkish artillery, recaptured 6 villages (2 southeast of Mare’ and 4 southwest of Akhtarin) after heavy battles with Daesh. The opposition killed 14 Daesh terrorists and captured 2 in the battles. [ARA] [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

The Turkish artillery continued its shelling on Um Hawsh, Harbal, and the Shahba Dam south of Mare’. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of its Tuesday attack on “PKK” armed men east of the Infantry School. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles with the “PKK” east of the Aleppo Industrial Area. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh issues a video of some of the villages it recaptured from opposition groups. [A3maq]

 

Afrin

800 displaced people arrived in Afrin from Mosul and several Syrian areas on Wednesday. [Hawar]

 

The Turkish Minister of Defense and several senior officers arrived in helicopters at a Turkish border station near Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Daesh says it killed or wounded ten “PKK armed men” with several IEDs in villages south of Manbij on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Aleppo City

Two civilians were killed and tens wounded by Syrian airstrikes on several areas west of Aleppo. Opposition groups responded by targeting western areas in Aleppo city, killing two civilians and wounding others. [Hawar]

 

Other Northwest Syria

A suspected Coalition drone targeted a civilian vehicle in Kafr Takharim town in Idlib province, killing two men. A Qasioun reporter claims the two men were civilians. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. A couple of similar airstrikes have killed senior Al-Qaeda leaders. 

 

Russian planes conducted more than 12 airstrikes on several areas in Saraqib city in Idlib province, killing at least eight people, and wounding fifty. [Qasioun]

Dorar and EnabBaladi say the airstrikes were conducted by Syrian planes. [Dorar] [EnabBaladi]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Heavy battles continued for the third day between the Syrian Army, supported by allied militias, and Daesh east of Tadmur. Syrian warplanes intensified their airstrikes on the Sukhnah areas, wounding several civilians. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions with heavy machine guns in the Huwaisis area, east of Homs. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists targeting Syrian Army positions in Aqareb Al-Safi village, east of Hama. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Heavy battles erupted between the Syrian Army, supported by allied militias, and Daesh in the Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport area, and near Hay Al-Sinaa in the city. Syrian planes targeted Daesh positions near the Panorama and Tharda Mountain areas. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

Daesh arrested a young man from Al-Harri town near Albu Kamal, after accusing him of cooperating with the Coalition. [Qasioun]

Local sources say Daesh arrested 82 people from Hawayej village west of Deir Ez-Zor after accusing them of cooperating with the SDF. [Qasioun]

 

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

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Tuesday that it killed or wounded several Egyptian Army soldiers by detonating an IED on their armored vehicle east of Qasima city. [Isdarat]

 

Medical sources say a civilian was killed by unknown armed men in the Coast area in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a woman in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A medical source says two children were wounded when a shell fell on their house in the Laithi area in Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

AFRICOM says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Sirte on Monday, raising the total number of airstrikes to 367. [Wasat]

 

The GNA Military says it captured more Daesh positions in the Giza area. The GNA Military had issued a last warning to Daesh terrorists to surrender on Tuesday. [Wasat] [AfriGate]

 

A Misrata Hospital source says four GNA fighters were killed and eighteen wounded in battles with Daesh in Sirte. [Wasat]

A medical source says a GNA field commander was killed by a Daesh sniper in the Giza area. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says GNA fighters, supported by Coalition planes, attacked the Giza area in Sirte. Daesh says it killed or wounded eighteen GNA fighters in the battles. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it assassinated two GNA fighters within the Gharbiyat area in Sirte. [A3maq]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured a takfiri in Mansouba in the Tunis area and accused him of trying to join a terrorist organization abroad. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Pakistan

Daesh says it assassinated a policeman in Peshawar. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Videos of IAA strikes on Daesh south and east of Mosul [MoD][YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Kokjali [MoD] [MoD]

 

A video of a Coalition airstrike on a Daesh fighting position near Mosul on Oct 22 [CJTF]

 

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb factory captured by Iraqi forces in Bazwaya [MoD]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues infographic about the use of white phosphorus by US forces in the Mosul battles. [A3maq]

 

November 1, 2016

Kokjali

Kokjali

Today’s Major Developments

Counter Terrorism troops blast into eastern Mosul, seize several villages. [..]

Turkish troops mass near Iraqi border. Al-Abadi issues a warning. [..]

Al-Abadi orders Ninewa government offices to resume operations. [..]

Daesh estimated to hold 50,000 people from south Mosul villages as human shield hostages. [..]

US criticizes Turkey’s arrests of opposition journalists. [..]

Pentagon reiterates that Raqqa campaign will start within weeks; nixes Erdogan timetable. [..]

Daesh kidnaps, kills 30 civilians in Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Turkish tanks and armored vehicles are massing near the Iraqi border in the Turkish governorate of Silopi, according to “military sources.” [Sumaria]

Turkey’s defense minister said that the tanks are deploying in preparation for any developments to “fight terrorism” in Turkey and outside of Turkey. [Anadolu]

 

Iraqi PM Haidar Al-Abadi said that any Turkish incursion into Iraq would result in the “dismantling” of Turkey itself. “Iraq does not want war with Turkey but we are ready for it,” he said. [Hawar]

 

However, Turkey’s Foreign Minister said the Bashiqa base has caused “meaningless tension” between his country and Iraq and cited ongoing diplomatic measures trying to ease that tension. [Anadolu]

 

Al-Abadi says the Iraqi Government cares for the people of Tal Afar more than other people do. He says the danger of Turkish military interference in Iraq is still there. [Sumaria]

 

Abadi says there have been no recorded PMF violations against civilians in the Ninewa battles. He also says some (Iraqi) politicians are using Daesh propaganda against Iraqi forces, describing that as treason. [Sumaria]

 

The UN reports that 1,120 civilians were killed in October and 1,005 wounded. (The total includes 15 federal police, Sahwa civil defense, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, and fire department personnel.

A total of 672 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including police engaged in combat functions, Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army, not including Anbar Operations) were killed and 353 were injured (not including casualties from Anbar).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,075 civilian casualties (268 killed, 807 injured). Ninewa had 566 killed and 59 injured, Kirkuk 58 killed and 112 injured, Salahuddin 16 killed and 2 injured, and Diyala 4 killed and 2 injured.

According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 227 civilian casualties (206 killed and 21 injured). [UNIraq]  This would make the total civilian toll 1,326 killed and 1,026 injured.

 

The Coalitions says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, six in the Mosul area and five in Anbar—in Baghdadi (1), Haditha (1), and Rawa (3). [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment. The last number is probably significant.

 

In a response to a question from journalists, the Coalition spokesman Colonel John Dorrian says the Coalition will provide air cover for the PMFs if Prime Minister Abadi asks for that. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The US has never refused to provide PMFs with air cover to our knowledge, but Iran-connected Shia militia leaders insisted long ago that they would not fight if they had to do it with American air cover. Once it became obvious that the PMFs could not back up their talk, Al-Abadi shifted Army tactics to make Coalition air cover integral to anti-Daesh military operations, and also built up IAF assets with Coalition help. This marginalized the Shia PMFs and reduced Iran’s role in the liberation.  

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says a Central Court judge survived an assassination attempt when unknown armed men shot at his vehicle on Palestine Street. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near car dealerships in Nahrawan. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed a Daesh suicide terrorist guesthouse and 5 IEDs in the Shiraifat and Fadhla areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an IED in the Mullah Rushdi area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army armored vehicle with an IED in Arab Jubour. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Bayya’. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a livestock market in Suwaib. Another MoI source says two people were killed and thirteen wounded by two IED explosions in Suwaib. [Mada] [Anadolu]

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Saidiya. [Mada]

 

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

    Total IED incidents:                             7

 

ANBAR

The Directorate of Displacement and Migration in Anbar says more than 85,000 displaced families have returned to their houses in the governorate so far. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

A Tribal PMF commander says security forces allowed displaced families to return to their houses in two areas in Qarma after defusing 200 IEDs and 19 booby-trapped houses. [Mada]

 

A military source says Iraqi Army 8th division found 40 IEDs and 2 explosives vests in the Albu Daaij area south of Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF car in the Sijjariya area on Sunday. Daesh says people were killed or wounded during the explosion. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN (No reports)

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The MoD says the Intelligence Service found an ammunition cache that was intended for use against Shia pilgrims in the Saad Camp area. [Harbi]

 

The Dijla Operations Commander says his troops captured three men wanted on terrorism charges and confiscated explosives in an agricultural area north of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says a farmer was killed when an IED exploded in Qalaa village, 13 km (8 miles) north of Muqdadiya. He says Daesh is using the Khailaniya orchards, 15 km (9 miles) north of Muqdadiya, to infiltrate liberated areas in the district. He says 7 security breaches happened during the last 2 weeks. He also says 40,000 people have returned to their houses in the liberated villages north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Kirkuk Police commander says the police captured 2 Daesh terrorists in Kirkuk city. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A PMF commander says a Daesh leader and one of his associates were killed by young men from Hawija. He says the dead terrorist was responsible for mutilating the bodies of 3 Iraqi pilots when their recon plane went down in Hawija on March 16. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says four civilians were killed and nine wounded on the road between Riyadh and Rashad when a Daesh IED exploded on them while they were trying to escape Daesh controlled areas. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

A report cites “official sources” who say that the appointed governor of Ninewa, Nawfal Al-Akoub, has negotiated with the Dawa Party to allow his brother, Faisal Al-Akoub, a Daesh leader, to enter Erbil with his family. According to the report, the negotiations involved the possibility of opening militia (PMF) centers in Mosul in exchange for slipping his brother and his family out of his current location in Qayara to Erbil. [Karemlash]

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The Counter Terrorism Service announced it is in control of Kokjali after fighting in the area Tuesday, while Iraqi troops have captured and raised the Iraqi flag over the broadcasting complex west of Kokjali. Iraqi troops have approached the southeastern Mosul neighborhoods of Sumer, Intisar, Palestine, and Yarmjah, a military statement said.

Fighting is ongoing between Daesh and advancing Iraqi troops in neighborhoods on the Mosul’s eastern edge and neighboring suburbs. Daesh is mounting stiff resistance in some areas with snipers, mortars, and rockets, but Iraqi troops are continuing to advance while residents raise white flags, according to a SotAlIraq correspondent. [SotAlIraq] [Baghdadia] [Rudaw]

The elite Golden Division of the CTS killed 35 Daesh fighters in the Kokjali area just east of Mosul and destroyed three vehicle bombs, the division commander announced. [Waradana]

 

A Ninewa Police captain says Daesh arrested 200 young men from east Mosul after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [BasNews]

 

The PMF Press says Daesh has female suicide bombers moving with displaced families in the Kokjali area. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Abrams tank and a PMF armored personnel carrier and Humvee on the outskirts of the Kokjali area. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi SWAT forces near Kokjali. [A3maq]

Daesh says its terrorists captured 2 Humvees in addition to weapons on the outskirts of Kokjali. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of battles “on the outskirts” of the Kokjali area. [A3maq]

 

Iraqi Counter Terrorism units entered the first Mosul neighborhood on the eastern front, storming the Al-Samah neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, a security source said. Daesh fighters have withdrawn from Al-Samah to the Al-Karma neighborhood, the source added. [Mada]

After capturing Al-Samah, the Counter Terrorism units moved toward the Al-Zuhur neighborhood, a military source said. [Ghad]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service has “made great advances” on the eastern front, with “high coordination on all operations fronts,” the agency’s spokesman said. [Mada]

 

A CTS source said that Daesh members fled with their families from the Al-Quds neighborhood after Iraqi troops stormed the area on the eastern edge of Mosul. However a neighborhood resident reported heavy street fighting between Daesh militants and Iraqi troops. [Baghdadia] [SotAlIraq]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists are fleeing Mosul after getting orders from leaders in Syria. [Mawazin]

A Ninewa Provincial Council member says Daesh issued orders to its terrorists to leave for Syria. He says Mosul streets are almost empty of Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi troops have entered the Mosul neighborhood of Juwayda Mufti, after seizing the villages of Sheherazad and Khuwaitala on the eastern outskirts, the IWMC announced. Separately the deputy commander of the Ninth Armored Division made a similar statement. [Mada] [Ghad]

 

Daesh families are “fleeing in a panic” from homes in the areas of confrontation between Daesh and Joint Forces, a local source said. The flight began at around 11:00 am local time Tuesday, the source added. [Mada]

Residents of the battle zone are reportedly hearing Daesh fighters calling out for help, but not receiving any response. [PressIraq]

 

A “source inside Mosul Operations” said that “Abu Tariq Al-Hayali,” the commander of Daesh’s “Jund Al-Khilafa” (Soldiers of the Caliphate) has been killed along with seven of his associates in an airstrike in central Mosul. The strike came in response to precise intelligence information, the source said. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s conducted several airstrikes on Daesh targets in Mosul, killing 29 and wounding 25 in Ghabat, killing 10 and wounding 15 at a Daesh headquarters, killing 67 at the Ninewa Hotel, and killing ten in a weapons storehouse. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh has attempted to move about 25,000 civilians from surrounding areas into Mosul for use as human shields, the UN High Commission for Human Rights spokeswoman said. [Baghdadia]

 

A member of the Ninewa PC says 50 Daesh leaders fled Mosul using motorcycles. He says the terrorists are using bikes and motorcycles to avoid airstrikes. [Mawazin]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces found several Daesh vehicle bomb factories, in addition to weapons and explosives storehouses north of Mosul. [Mawazin]

 

More than 400 displaced Iraqis arrived in the Hasaka area in Syria in the last two days, a humanitarian activist said. [ARA] [Hawar (photos)]

 

738 displaced persons were reportedly received in camps in Jada’a and Al-Khazer in Hamdaniya. [IPA] The Ninewa Liberation commander says Iraqi forces have received 1,760 displaced people in displacement camps in Jada’a and Al-Khazer. [Sumaria]

 

The UN has warned against the possibility of sectarian “revenge attacks” in Mosul by Iraqi troops and anti-Daesh militias. [Anadolu]

 

Iraqi Joint Forces have captured 1440 square km (556 square miles) in Ninewa governorate since the launch of the Mosul operations, the MoI announced. [Mada]

 

More than 2,000 Daesh fighters have been killed since the launch of the Mosul operations, Ninewa Operations Command announced. [ARA]

 

Other military developments in Mosul

Iraqi PM Haidar Al-Abadi called for Ninewa’s administrative units to resume providing basic services to citizens in the governorate. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a really cool move, even though it can’t be implemented immediately, to put the government back in control at the earliest possible moment.

 

Daesh positions came under coordinated attack by local fighters in three different neighborhoods of eastern Mosul on Tuesday, a local source said. The source added that the attacks would help create gaps in Daesh’s defense lines. [Sumaria]

 

Heavy gunfighting has erupted between Daesh and local fighters in Mosul’s Muhandisin, Yarmouk, Wadi Hajar, and Sarjakhana neighborhoods, a security source said. [Waradana]

 

Unknown armed men shot dead a “Daesh prison official” in front of his house on Thursday in the Muhandisin neighborhood of eastern Mosul, a security source said [Waradana]

DaeshDaily comment: This appears to be a separate incident from the shooting death of a Daesh prison official reported yesterday.

 

Daesh has rounded up around 100 ex-officers of the former Iraqi security agencies in Mosul, fearing that they will organize an uprising against its rule in the city, according to the media advisor of the Ninewa GC. The detainees are being held in an old church in Bab Al-Bayd in central Mosul. [Sumaria]

Daesh has been forcing youth and adult men in eastern areas of Mosul into their Daesh vehicles and taking them off to unknown locations without giving reasons for the detentions, according to “eyewitnesses.” [PressIraq]

 

Daesh has begun evacuating “tens of” its wounded fighters from Mosul’s hospitals and transferring them to unknown locations, a local source said. Groups of Daesh militants have also been dismantling medical facilities and equipment and taking them to unknown locations, the source added. [Sumaria]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The IFP reportedly captured several villages north of Shura. [IPA]

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) announced Iraqi Joint Forces control over the Baghdad-Mosul highway as far as Hammam Al-Alil. [Maalomah]

 

The Interior Ministry has announced that it is establishing new police brigades to hold newly captured territory in Ninewa. Police stations have been re-opened in Qayara, Shura, and Hammam Al-Alil, the ministry announced. [Mada]

 

A Ninewa Provincial Council member says Daesh moved more than 50,000 civilians from 26 villages south of Mosul in order to use them as human shield in Mosul and Tal Afar. [Mada]

Coalition planes prevented “tens” of Daesh vehicles from detaining residents in the Hammam Al-Alil area to bring them to Mosul for use as human shields, the UNHCR said, praising the Coalition efforts. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attack with vehicle bombs on PMF gathering in Abu Shuweih village southwest of Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Abu Shuweih village. [DawaAlhaq] [Isdarat]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on a PMF gathering near Khabirat village north of Al-Jurn. [A3maq]

 

Saraya Ansar Al-Aqida captured the villages of Jurn and Zarqa southwest of Mosul, inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh and destroying a Humvee rigged with explosives in the process, the PMF’s media unit announced. [Buratha]

 

A military source says the PMFs liberated Abu Idham village southwest of Mosul. [Harbi]

PMFs liberated 5 more villages southwest of Mosul, including Kaween and Kharbat Al-Yazidi. The PMFs have liberated 46 villages so far for a total area of 590 square km (230 square miles). [Harbi]

Daesh says it conducted two suicide attacks on PMF gatherings in Kaween and Kharbat Al-Yazidi villages near Al-Jurn. [A3maq]

 

Nujaba Movement says it destroyed two Daesh vehicle bombs near Al-Saif village west of Mosul. It also says it captured 8 villages in the area so far. [Sumaria]

 

Another report cites a security source who says that PMFs “liberated hundreds of villages” west of Mosul and destroyed four Daesh guesthouses in Al-Fas village. [Maalomah]

 

Qayara

Joint Forces ground troops have killed 778 Daesh fighters on the Mosul campaign’s southern front since the launch of operations, while Iraqi aircraft killed 375 on the same front and Coalition warplanes killed 149, the MoI announced. [Mada]

 

Nineveh Plain

Bashiqa

A security source says Iraqi Army 16th division liberated Baibokht, a Shabak village in Bashiqa subdistrict west of Bashiqa city and destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs. [Mada]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a Peshmerga gathering near Baibokht village. [A3maq]

 

A displaced Iraqi in a camp in Khazer has said that earlier Turkish shelling from the Bashiqa camp only harmed civilians and did not inflict any damage on Daesh. [ROJ]

 

A Japanese journalist has been arrested near Bashiqa by KRG security agents on allegations of ties to Daesh. [ARA]

However, a Peshmerga media official refuted the report and says the Peshmerga didn’t capture any Japanese journalist. [Sumaria]

 

Hamdaniya

Iraqi troops have reportedly captured a group of villages southeast of Mosul and north of the Great Zab River. [IPA]

 

Photos of a Daesh tunneling machine captured by Peshmerga fighters east of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Tel Keif

Iraqi troops captured the villages of Abbas Hussein and Rahat Aghawat, the IWMC announced. Troops have cleared the Mosul Falls area and are advancing on Bawiza. [Ghad]

 

Peshmerga fighters destroyed an attacking Daesh vehicle bomb north of Mosul, a source in the KRG’s Peshmerga Ministry said. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says 2 joint PMF Peshmerga convoys fell into two land mine fields—in the Farms area and near the Kafraj Camp, west of Tel Keif. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh has a seemingly unlimited supply of stories about enemy fighters falling into Daesh land mine fields. It’s the same story; only the places are changed.

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The PMFs deputy commander says the PMFs will isolated Mosul from the west then move ahead to Tal Afar. He also says Daesh is resisting fiercely in areas west of Mosul. [Anadolu]

 

PMFs announced that they captured six villages on the western front. [IPA] [Sumaria]

 

The Badr PMF announced Tuesday that it found the largest network of Daesh tunnels in the western sector in the newly captured village of Farfara west of Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it shot down a Peshmerga recon drone in Al-Ashiq village east of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish Army says its planes attacked several YPG positions in the Afashin and Zab areas. [ARA]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The director of Border Crossings says a Speicher Massacre suspect was captured in the Safwan Border Crossing coming from Kuwait. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Officials from the United States and Europe criticized the detention of executives and columnists from the critical daily Cumhuriyet newspaper. The U.S. State Department says it supports Turkey’s efforts to locate those responsible for the attempted coup, but was deeply concerned by the continuing pressure on the news media.

“The United States is deeply concerned by what appears to be an increase in official pressure on opposition media outlets in Turkey,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a press conference, as he stressed the “diverse expressions of views.” “Democracies become stronger by allowing diverse expressions of views, particularly in difficult times,” he said. [Hurriyet]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook says the Coalition plans to launch operations within weeks to isolate the Syrian city of Raqqa. This came hours after Ankara said the Raqqa operation should start after the end of the Mosul campaign and Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operations in northern Syria.

He says “We all feel it’s important to maintain pressure on (Daesh) at this particular moment in time, while they’re feeling the heat in Mosul.” He also says “The effort to liberate Raqqa will begin, as the secretary [U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter] said, within a matter of weeks.” [Hurriyet]

DaeshDaily comment. Someone in Washington finally said that Washington will not take orders from Turkey. Hopefully, this starts a new trend.

 

Bashar Al-Assad told western journalists that he will remain president until the “end of his term” in 2021. Asad won the “elections” in May 2014 with 88.7%. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment. His Excellency is so modest, for a Baathist. Saddam once won the election with 99.98%, but he corrected it in the following elections and got 100%.

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The YPG says it stopped a Daesh attack on Makman village, southwest of Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed two SDF fighters (“PKK” members, in its new propaganda terms) and wounded four others with an IED west of Rmeilan city northeast of Hasaka on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

The SOHR says several SDF fighters were killed or wounded by an IED attack on their vehicle east of Tal Abyad. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

The Syrian Army shelled and rocketed several areas in east Aleppo, killing six civilians and wounding others. Opposition groups shelled government-held areas in Aleppo killing two civilians and wounding tens. [Hawar]

 

Nusra Front (Fath Al-Sham) says the Syrian Army is bringing military reinforcements through areas east of Aleppo. It says Daesh can target these reinforcements easily, but it doesn’t. [Qasioun]

 

Jarabulus

Daesh says it recaptured Salwa village, south of Ghandoura, from Turkey-backed opposition groups. [A3maq]

 

Al-Bab

SDF factions say they stopped a Daesh attack on the liberated villages in the Tal Madhiq area. [Hawar]

An SDF source says at least 3 Daesh terrorists and two SDF fighters were killed in the battles. [ARA]

 

Azaz

Turkish Army and opposition groups targeted SDF-held villages (Hasiya, Um Hawsh, Um Al-Qura, Harbal, and Sheikh Eissa) with artillery and heavy weapons. There were no reports about casualties. [Hawar]

A local activist says opposition groups stopped an SDF attack on 3 villages between Mare’ and Azaz. [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

An opposition commander says Daesh launched a massive attack in the Akhtarin area and captured several villages. [ARA] [ARA]

Another report says Daesh recaptured 12 villages from Turkey backed opposition groups, while the opposition captured Al-Ghawz village. [Qasioun]

Daesh’s version says it recaptured 12 villages south of Akhtarin from Turkey-backed opposition groups. Daesh also says it stopped an opposition attack on Al-Ghawz village, killing three fighters. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the “battles”. [Isdarat]

DaeshDaily comment. The photos don’t show any battles actually. They only show some Daesh terrorists here and there. The YPG accuses the opposition groups of “handing over” the villages, and large quantities of weapons, to Daesh.

 

Daesh says it attacked “PKK” positions east of the Infantry School and captured several areas near Tal Sha’er. [A3maq]

 

Afrin

The YPG says opposition groups in Azaz targeted YPG position in Maraanaz with heavy weapons. It also says in stopped an opposition groups attack in the Kaljibrin area. [Hawar]

 

Other Northwest Syria

350 displaced people arrived to the Mabrouka Camp in Jazeera after escaping Daesh controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa. The camp management say it accommodates the current displaced people but fears larger waves of displacement and seek help from international organizations. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A local activist says Daesh launched a massive attack on Syrian Army positions near the Tadmur Silos area. He says Syrian troops withdrew from several positions, allowing Russian warplanes to target Daesh. [ARA]

 

The SOHR says warplanes targeted several areas near the oilfields, in addition to Taiba and Sukhnah cities east of Homs. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The Coalitions says it conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, near Deir Ez-Zor. [InherentResolve]

 

A local activist says Russian planes targeted Daesh controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor, killing three civilians, including a child. He also says Daesh shelled government controlled areas, wounding tens of civilians. Battles continued between Daesh and the Syrian Army in Deir Ez-Zor city and near the Deir Ez-Zor Airport. [ARA]

 

Daesh issued a video of beheading two men and shooting the third with an anti-aircraft machine gun after accusing them of “spying” for the Coalition and the New Syria Army. Daesh says it has detailed reports about “all the spies” in the areas it controlled. The video shows training of New Syria Army units in Jordan, in addition to an alleged intercepted phone call of the leader of the Army saying he would leave his mission in Syria and go back to Turkey. [Isdarat]

DaeshDaily comment. The New Syria Army launched an attack on Daesh in the Albu Kamal area in late June. Daesh stopped the attack and killed 40 fighters and captured 15. Daesh is losing and pulling out an old video is expected from them in such times.

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Army says it destroyed an SUV rigged with explosives in North Sinai. It says the vehicle was planned to be used in an attack on security forces. [Sumaria]

 

A soldier was killed when an IED exploded on his patrol in the Bir Lahfan area south of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says security units destroyed 3 IEDs in two areas south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says one policeman was killed and a police captain and another policeman wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle in Central Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it killed one Egyptian soldier and wounded others with an IED near the Israeli border in Sinai. [A3maq]

VetoGate reported yesterday that a Central Security member was killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle in the Bir Ma’in area, in Central Sinai.

 

Libya

Northeast

Medical sources say an LNA EOD member died from wounds he sustained in an IED explosion in the Qawarsha area. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

A GNA military source says Daesh established a temporary checkpoint in the Baghla area southwest of Sirte. The source also says Daesh terrorists are hiding in farms and caves in the area. [Libya24]

 

The GNA military issues a statement saying its troops are advancing slowly in the Giza area because Daesh is using civilians as human shields. [Libya24]

 

A local source says the GNA military freed 4 people, including a local artist, who were imprisoned by Daesh in a house in Giza. A medical source says one GNA soldier was killed and two wounded in the Giza battles on Tuesday. [Wasat]

 

GNA military sources say Daesh terrorists are offering to leave Sirte without a fight if they are provided with secure passage. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

A regional official says Daesh terrorists kidnapped and executed thirty civilians in Ghor Province. He says the police killed a Daesh commander on Monday, and Daesh kidnapped and killed the civilians in retaliation. [Reuters]

 

Daesh says it wounded a police officer and three policemen with an IED in Jalalabad city. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Daesh vehicle bombs captured by Iraqi forces [YouTube]

Iraqi forces destroying 2 vehicle bombs in the Mosul area [YouTube]

 

Displaced families from Ninewa [Taghyeer] [Mawsleya]

 

A Daesh tunnel in Bartella [Mawsleya]

 

Rapid Intervention units in east Mosul [Twitter]

 

A Daesh communications center captured by Iraqi forces near Mosul [YouTube]

 

A detailed video about the Daesh attack in Kirkuk [Kurdistan24]

 

A 19-year-old Daesh fighter captured by PMFs in Rutba. [YouTube]

 

Syria

Displaced families from Al-Bab [Hawar]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues infographics about the results of the second week of the Mosul liberation operations. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of several suicide terrorists who conducted attacks in Ninewa and Rutba. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A collection of new Daesh anthems [YouTube]

 

 

October 31, 2016

Children from Shura

Children from Shura

Today’s Major Developments

19,000 displaced families now back in Falluja. [..]

Nineveh Plain offensive reaches the edge of Mosul. [..]

Daesh fighters reported retreating from east Mosul. [..]

Daesh has captured 5,000 civilians from villages south of Mosul. [..]

16,000 civilians have now left Mosul to avoid military battles. [..]

Daesh executes 30 of its own fighters in Mosul. [..]

Prime Minister Al-Abadi visits the victorious troops in Shura.  [..]

Security directorate in Suleimaniya foils planned Daesh attack. [..]

Erdogan still blasting off about Raqqa campaign. [..]

Erdogan regime hits opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet with mass arrests. [..]

Both sides killing civilians in Aleppo. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

NATIONAL NEWS

The Coalitions says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq (near Mosul (3), Kasik (2), Sultan Abdullah (1), Tal Afar (1), Baiji (1), and Rawa (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)

An MoI source says three people were killed and eighteen wounded when a car bomb exploded near a commercial area in Shula. [Mada]

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on a “Shia gathering” in Shula. [A3maq]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh says it detonated a vehicle bomb on a “Shia gathering” in Taji, killing nine people and wounding others. [A3maq]

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 6th division defused 7 IEDs in the Mahmoudi area. [Harbi]

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army “spy” in the Salman area, in Tarmiya. [A3maq]

Daesh said it killed a SWAT officer in Tarmiya on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says the bodies of three unknown men were found shot in the Ma’amel area. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MOI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Latifiya. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Abu Dsheer, in Dora. [Mada]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a “Shia gathering” in Mahmudiya on Friday, killing two people and wounding eight. [A3maq]

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a garage in Hay Al-Wihda. [Mada]

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 25th brigade defused 3 IEDs and found other explosives in the Abu Habba area. [Harbi]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says seven people were killed and ten wounded when a suicide terrorist attacked a Shia religious gathering in Iskan in Mansour District on Saturday. [Mada]

Daesh said on Saturday one of its suicide terrorists attacked a Shia religious gathering in Iskan with an explosives vest. [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   11   (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents                              8

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The mayor of Falluja says more than 19,000 displaced families have now returned to their houses in Falluja city and surrounding areas. [Mada]

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in Tameem, killing the soldiers inside, and killed a “spy” in East Hsaiba on Saturday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. From Daesh’s media propaganda viewpoint, the “caliphate” has returned to Ramadi. To defeat the propaganda, the Iraq military needs to move quickly to get these guys out of there.

 

Hit/Haditha

A Tribal PMF commander says two Tribal PMF fighters were killed and three wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist sneaked into Haditha and attacked their military position. He also says Iraqi forces killed 4 other Daesh suicide terrorists west and south of Haditha. [Mada]

He also says the JOC issued a curfew in Haditha until further notice. [Mada]

 

Daesh says 3 of its suicide terrorists attacked Sahwa and PMF fighters in the Asphalt Factory in the Khasfa area, west of Haditha, with explosives vests, killing thirty-five fighters and wounding others. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed two Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a car in an attack on an area on the road between Haditha and Baiji. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces on the road between Haditha and Baiji. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A military source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Anah city. The source   says the bombing is part of the preparations for the west Anbar liberation operation. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its attack on Rutba last week. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The JOC says Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh armored vehicle in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Harbi]

 

Baiji

The JOC says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the Thermal Station area, killing 10 terrorists and wounding 11, and destroying a motorcycle. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting PMF positions in the Al-Makhazen area, north of Baiji, with rockets. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Tikrit

The JOC says a Police Emergency unit captured 5 men wanted on terrorism charges in Tikrit. [Harbi]

 

Samarra

The JOC says Samarra Operations Command artillery and the IAA stopped a Daesh attack near Mtaibija, destroying several vehicles, killing the terrorists inside. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces destroyed 5 Daesh vehicles near the Sheikh Mohammed area, northeast of Samarra. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces captured several Daesh terrorists in the Saawiya area, east of Samarra. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces found an explosives vest in a house in the Rayhaniya area. [Harbi]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says Daesh terrorists shot and wounded two Tribal PMF fighters in Hamada village, 14 km (9 miles) north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga vehicle with an IED in the Jamila area in Jalawla on Sunday, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

The Diyala Police Chief says a joint security force found an explosives cache near the Himrin area. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Joint Forces are advancing toward Mosul’s eastern neighborhoods on three axes, the IWMC announced. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service troops coming east from Hamdaniya are 900 meters (0.56 miles) from the entrance to Mosul city, the force’s commander Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati announced. [Forat] The CTS announced that it has isolated Mosul’s eastern hinterland in the Nineveh Plains from the city, and that it expects to capture the Kokjali area close to the city within “a few hours.” Operations are unfolding in coordination with IAA and IAF air power, Shaghati said. [Mada]

Daesh says Iraqi Army and PMF units, supported by Coalition planes, reached the (Ma’amel) Factories in the Kokjali area. However, it says it managed to stop Iraqi forces advances after fierce battles. [A3maq]

Kokajli is an area just east of Mosul. Because of the urban extension it became part of the Mosul urban area.

 

Fadhil Barwari, commander of Iraq’s elite “Golden Division,” part of the CTS, announced that he expected his troops to capture the rest of Mosul’s eastern outskirts Monday and be raiding the city itself Monday night. [SotAlIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. Barwari is noteworthy for being a Kurdish commander in a heavily Arab army, but also for his popularity in the ranks and his military reputation.

 

IWMC says Counter Terrorism units liberated Bazwaya village and Kokjali Factories in Hamdaniya. It says PMF units liberated 6 villages west of Mosul. It says 738 displaced people were received in displacement camps in Jada’a and Al-Khazer. It also says Iraqi forces installed a 160m temporary bridge over the river in Qayara. [Ghad]  [MoD Website]

 

Daesh has rounded up 5,000 civilians from areas around Mosul and brought them to the city, Ninewa MP Abd Al-Rahman Al-Luwayzi said. The captives were taken on October 18 from the villages of Tilul Nasr, Hadrat Al-Fadhil, Al-Safina, Nusf Tal, Al-Hagfa, Tawaiba, Al-Nina’a, Saf Al-Tuth, Al-Rasif, Harara, Asfiya, Qutba, and Amnira, he said [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has left its base in the Ghazlani area of Mosul, local sources say. “Tens” of Daesh militants were reportedly seen leaving the facility, one of its largest bases in the city. The group also reportedly closed its secret prison in the base, the source said. The fate of the hundreds of prisoners believed to have been held there is unknown. [Sumaria]

 

Local sources say 150 families of Daesh senior commanders left Mosul to Syria on Sunday. [Hawar]

 

A Coalition airstrike targeted a Daesh explosives workshop in central Mosul, causing a huge explosion, a Ninewa security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says “American” planes conducted 4 airstrikes on factories and storehouses that belong to “civilians” in Mosul on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results on “American” airstrikes on Mosul. [A3maq]

 

The Iraqi Observatory for Journalism Freedoms says a TV reporter and a cameraman were wounded by a Daesh mortar shell while they were covering the fighting south of Mosul. [Anadolu]

 

Nujaba Movement, a Shia militia, says it captured Tal Al-Saif and Jahsh villages west of Mosul. It also says it destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs. [Ghad]

 

PMFs have announced that they captured the village of Usayla west of Mosul. Seven Daesh fighters were reported killed in the fighting, one of them reportedly a China national. [Waradana] [Buratha] [AIN]

 

Military Developments within Mosul

The Military Intelligence Service told DaeshDaily that Daesh terrorists are fleeing the east side of Mosul city, after booby trapping government buildings and other properties. The MIS also told DaeshDaily that the people are revolting against Daesh in several areas in Ninewa. People in Hammam Al-Alil killed 3 Daesh terrorists, the MIS said.

The MIS also told DaeshDaily that media reports that Iraqi troops have entered the Al-Karama neighborhood in eastern Mosul city are untrue. Reuters reported earlier that the Iraqi Army had entered the Al-Karama area in the east of the city. An Iraqi media agency also reported that Counter-Terrorism Service troops have also stormed the area, citing a security source. [Maalomah] [Sumaria]

Daesh issues a video of “normal life” in the Karama area. [A3maq]

 

The UN said on Sunday more than 16,000 civilians have left their houses in Mosul since the start of the Ninewa liberation campaign. [ARA]

 

The “commander of the Usra Army” is rumored to have been killed in a “violent explosion” that targeted a secret Daesh leadership gathering in Sarjakhana in central Mosul west of the Tigris, a local source said. The blast was reportedly heard throughout the city. [Buratha]

 

An anti-Daesh resistance cell freed three Yazidi female captives and two children. They are now in a safe location and will be brought out of the city, according to a “well-placed source.” [Forat]

 

Mosul residents have purportedly killed the Daesh commander of the hisbah station in Al-Karama neighborhood. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh’s prisons official for the eastern part of Mosul was shot dead by unknown gunmen, a local source said. Daesh responded harshly and arrested more than ten people after the event, the source added. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh executed 30 of its own fighters in Mosul for having abandoned the front lines, a local source said. [Maalomah]

 

The bodies of 40 Syrian Daesh members have reportedly reached Raqqa in the 24 hours, most of them the bodies of children from the Daesh “Ashbal Al-Khalifa” [“cubs of the caliphate”] youth organization. [BasNews]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh has begun promoting the idea that an address will be released soon from its long-unseen “caliph” Awwad Baghdadi, a local source said. [SotAlIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. Another reported Baghdadi sighting at which he was not sighted

 

Daesh has suddenly changed its rhetoric in its media outlets, ceasing to refer to Mosul as the “capital of the caliphate.” [Sumaria]

 

Mosul residents rescued four families from inside storage tanks in eastern Mosul where Daesh had been holding them, a local source said. The families were in a near-death state but have been moved to safe houses, the source added. [SotAlIraq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of setting cigarettes boxes on fire in Tal Abta, in far southwest Mosul subdistrict. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

Photos of Iraqi PM Haidar Al-Abadi visiting Shura, which was captured by Iraqi troops on Saturday [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

Daesh published photos of Sunday battles with Iraqi forces east of Shura. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Shura on Sunday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. An implied admission that they lost the city.

 

The IWMC says the IFP liberated 4 villages north of Shura.

 

The IFP captured the village of Al-Suruj north of Shura, according to an IFP statement. [Mada]

 

PMFs reportedly found a Daesh mortar workshop in Hammam Al-Alil. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh has forced “around 10,000” residents of the Hammam Al-Alil area to leave the area, conducting “mass executions” of those who refused, the manager of Hammam Al-Alil announced, citing fears of a humanitarian catastrophe. Daesh seeks to use the captives as human shields, he said. [Sumaria]

 

PMFs also reportedly captured the villages of Huwaish, Tal Suhayl, and Hawiya. 34 Daesh fighters were reportedly killed in Huwaish, the IWMC said. [Mawazin] [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it conducted 8 suicide attacks on PMFs gatherings near Farsiya, Tal Taiyiba, and Za’izi’ villages, southwest of Mosul city. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed twenty-five Iraqi soldiers and PMF fighters and wounded many others, and destroyed 12 vehicles, in the suicide attacks. [A3maq] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Most of Daesh reports about the Ninewa battles talk about vehicle bombs attacks. This is Daesh’s “military style” after all. Daesh has lot of brainwashed idiots and a lot of time to rig vehicles. However, most of Daesh vehicle bomb attacks get stopped either by the Coalition or by the ground forces. Daesh just forgets to mention that. 

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a joint Iraqi Army and PMFs convoy in Abu Shuweih village, southwest of Mosul, destroying 6 Humvees. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on Iraqi forces near Al-Jurn village, northwest of Shura. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh issued a video of battles near Al-Jurn village on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed “tens” of Iraqi soldiers and PMF fighters in a suicide attack near Al-Jurn village. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed ten PMF fighters in Al-Jurn and Al-Zarqa villages on Sunday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. An implied admission that Daesh had lost the villages.  

 

Daesh issued a video of a mosque that was destroyed by an “American” airstrike in Hammam Al-Alil on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Qayara

Iraqi military engineers have constructed a bridge over the Tigris in Qayara. [Mada]

 

Nineveh Plain

IWMC says Iraqi Army 1st and 9th division liberated four villages in Hamdaniya, killing 27 terrorists, including a suicide bomber, and destroying 2 vehicle bombs, a machine gun mounted vehicle, 6 motorcycle, 27 IEDs, 2 rocket launchers and a mortar unit. It says Iraqi Army 16th division captured Najmoum, Tal Al-Yabis, and Shallalat north of the city and is moving ahead towards Mosul. [Ghad]  [MoD Website]

 

Bashiqa

Daesh said an “American” airstrike mistakenly targeted a Peshmerga and PMF military position between Azzawi village and Bashiqa on Friday, destroying one vehicle at least. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of shelling Peshmerga position northeast of Mosul with mortars. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The mortar is covered in a piece of cloth and is hidden in a residential area. The voice of young boy is heard cheering in the video. It is another “win-win” situation for Daesh. If the mortar unit gets targeted, civilians will get hurt; and if not, Daesh keeps on attacking its enemies.

 

Hamdaniya

Iraqi troops captured the villages of Tobruk and Tahrawa in Bartella subdistrict, a Ninewa Operations Command statement said. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Counter Terrorism troops captured the village of Bazwaya, a Shabak village 3-4 miles from the Mosul city border, and raised the Iraqi flag inside the village, Ninewa Operations Command said. [Mada]

Daesh conceded that Iraqi Army and PMF units surrounded its terrorists in Bazwaya village. [A3maq]

 

Tens of people attended the first mass in Qaraqosh Cathedral on Sunday after the city was liberated (video). [SBS] [RT]

Photos of Karemlash after the liberation [Ishtar]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack near Ali Rash village, near Qaraqosh. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi forces attack on Snaidij village, and forced them to retreat. [A3maq]

 

Tel Keif

Iraqi Army troops captured two villages (Najmoum and Tal Yabis) north of Mosul, a Ninewa Operations Command statement said. [Mada]

Daesh says Peshmerga units, supported by Coalition planes, attacked Kuri Ghariban village, east of Khorsabad, but it stopped the attack. Daesh also says the Peshmerga entered Tal Yabis and Najmoum villages with help from Coalition planes. [A3maq]

 

A Peshmerga military engineer was killed in Tesgofa when an IED defusing operation came under Daesh fire, a Peshmerga officer said. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Peshmerga and PMF units in Al-Qa’im village. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged a tank with a missile near Al-Qa’im village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed four PMF fighters in attack near the Farms area, east of Tel Keif on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a PMF gathering near the Free Zone, west of Tel Keif, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The Abbas Combat Division (Shia PMFs) announced that 3,000 of its fighters would be part of the upcoming operation to open a new front in Tal Afar. [Mada]

 

PMF leader Hadi Al-Ameri of the Badr Organization said the objective of his fighters is to reach the road linking Mosul to Tal Afar in order to cut off Daesh’s movement. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting Peshmerga positions with mortars in the Aski Mosul area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

PMFs report a “large flight” of Daesh members from Mosul toward the Syrian border, the IWMC said. [Mawazin]

 

PMFs captured a Daesh tunnel in the Baaj area west of Mosul, a Ninewa security source said [Maalomah]

 

KURDISTAN

The Asayesh Directorate in Suleimaniya says it captured more than 40 Daesh terrorists in Suleimaniya, Halabja, and the Garmian area and confiscated weapons and explosives. It says the terrorists were planning to attack and capture government buildings.  [Sumaria]

 

The Security Directorate in Suleimaniya issued a statement prohibiting demonstration “because of the security situation.” People have been demonstrating for some time now protesting the lack of salary payments. [ROJ]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

Saraya Al-Salam, the Sadrist militia, says it conducted a joint military operation with the Iraqi Army and search 35 square km (13.6 square mile) in the desert between Kerbala and Anbar and captured Daesh terrorists. [Harbi]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey Deputy Prime Minister says Turkey wants the Raqqa battle to start after the Operations Euphrates Shield in Syria and after the liberation of Mosul in Iraq. He also says Turkey will provide support for the opposition groups to capture Manbij. [Sumaria] [Anadolu]

The Turkish president says The US hasn’t “clarified” its position regarding the Raqqa campaign yet. [Dorar]

 

Cumhuriyet says 12 of its workers, including its editor in chief, were arrested by the Turkish police as part of the large purge in Turkey after the failed coup attempt. [AfriGate]

DaeshDaily comment. This outrageous incident, using trumped up allegations, makes it clear that the purpose of this enormous purge is to silence all critics and intimidate all political opponents. Cumhuriyet is the one independent opposition newspaper that has been willing to tell the truth about the current regime, even at the risk of arrest.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The United Nations envoy for Syria has said he is “appalled and shocked” by indiscriminate rocket warfare by rebel fighters targeting civilians in Aleppo after three days of a fresh rebel offensive in which dozens have died.

Staffan de Mistura said: “Those who argue that this is meant to relieve the siege of eastern Aleppo should be reminded that nothing justifies the use of disproportionate and indiscriminate weapons, including heavy ones, on civilian areas and it could amount to war crimes.” [Guardian]

 

The Coalitions says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria (near Shaddadi (4), Deir Ez-Zor (2), and Albu Kamal (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says it killed four “PKK members” with an IED near Arisha town, south of Hasaka, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

A six-month-old child from Ninewa died because of the lack of health care in Al-Hawl Camp. [Hawar]

 

A local source says unknown armed men shot and wounded a Daesh female commander in her house in Markada city, south of Hasaka. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting the “PKK” in the Ain Eissa area with heavy artillery. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Civilians in east Aleppo say they are trapped between the Syrian Army shelling and bombing and the opposition groups that don’t allow them to leave in order to use them as human shields. [Hawar]

 

Tens of civilians were killed or wounded by Syrian Army shelling and bombing on eastern parts of Aleppo. Five civilians were killed and eleven wounded by opposition groups shelling on the western parts. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says “PKK” fighters, supported by “Russian” planes, attacked Deir Anta village, east of the Aleppo Industrial City, but it stopped the attack, killing ten fighters. [A3maq]

 

Jarabulus

An opposition groups commander says the opposition, supported by Turkish artillery, captured 2 villages southwest of Ghandoura after heavy battles with Daesh. He says the opposition stopped a Daesh counter attack on the villages and destroyed 2 vehicle bombs. He says opposition groups also captured the small Bilis village and surrounding farms after heavy battles with Daesh, and killed many terrorists. He also says the opposition units withdrew from Kafr Kalbin in Azaz because of Daesh heavy shelling and land mines. [ARA] [ARA]

 

Azaz

SDF factions captured Wahshiyah and 3 other villages in addition to 3 farms from Daesh on Sunday. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting an opposition bulldozer with a missile near Tal Al-Hawa village, east of Al-Ra’i, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it trapped opposition fighters in a land mine and attacked them with a vehicle bomb in Ablah village, south of Akhtarin, killing twenty fighters and destroying 4 SUVs. [A3maq]

 

Daesh published photos of targeting Turkish Army and opposition groups positions in the Al-Ra’i and Akhtarin areas with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of spoils it got from opposition groups. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it recaptured Kafr Kalbin village, east of Akhtarin, from opposition groups. [A3maq]

 

Afrin

The Turkish Army brought 9 trucks loaded with weapons to the border area near Jandaris. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

2,000 civilians from Al-Bab have arrived in Manbij during the last 20 days. [Hawar]

 

Other Northwest Syria

Daesh published photos of targeting Syrian Army position near the Kowaires airport with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of its military training in Hama province. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The SOHR says warplanes conducted airstrikes on several areas in Deir Ez-Zor city and near the airport, killing one child. It also says Daesh snipers killed two civilians in Joura village. [SyriaHR]

 

A local activist says Daesh terrorists executed a woman in Hawayej village in Deir Ez-Zor after accusing her of communicating with the SDF. He also says unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh Tunisian terrorist in Abu Hamam village, east of Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photo of its “municipal services” in Mayadin city. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of a water tanks factory in Albu Kamal. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of children in schools in Deir Ez-Zor. [DawaAlhaq]

 

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

A local activist says a Daesh commander infiltrated an opposition military position in the East Qalamoun area and blew himself up. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Ministry of Interior says it captured 4 terrorists (2 Pakistanis, a Sudanese, and a Syrian) who were planning to target a soccer stadium in Jeddah with a car bomb. It also says it captured 4 Daesh terrorists who were planning to target security personnel. [Dorar]

 

North Africa

Egypt

A Central Security member was killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle in the Bir Ma’in area, in Central Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

A 50-year-old woman and an infant were wounded when an IED exploded in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces destroyed an ABM vehicle in Touma village, south of Arish, killing 4 terrorists. [VetoGate]

 

A 16-year-old student and a bus driver were wounded when unknown armed men shot at school bus near the Arish International Airport. [VetoGate]

 

Four civilians and four security personnel were wounded when a vehicle bomb attacked a security vehicle in Arish on Sunday. The explosion damaged a nearby high school. [VetoGate]

 

Three more civilians were shot and wounded by armed men in Hay Al-Masaeed, in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

An Egyptian Army captain was killed and another officer wounded by snipers on Saturday in the Bir Lahfan area, south of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

A soldier was killed by a sniper in the Zaqdan area, west of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Two policemen were killed and four wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle south of Sheikh Zuweid on Saturday. [VetoGate]

 

A policeman was killed by ABM snipers south of Sheikh Zuweid on Sunday. [VetoGate]

 

Local sources say warplanes targeted 4 areas southwest of Sheikh Zuweid on Sunday. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

Security and medical sources say four civilians were killed and twenty-three wounded when a car bomb exploded near a café in the Al-Kish area in Benghazi on Saturday. One of the victims was a notable anti-corruption activist. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

The GNA Military says it captured more buildings in the Giza area while facing “weak resistance” from Daesh terrorists. [Libya24]

The field hospital in Sirte says one GNA fighter was killed and fifteen wounded in the battles in Giza. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says it killed twenty-four GNA fighters in battles in Sirte. Daesh says American planes participated in the battles. [A3maq]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured a terrorist cell of 6 men in Monastir who admitted their rule in sending “takfiris” to Syria. [Wasat]

 

Algeria

Unknown terrorists shot and killed a policeman and stole his gun while he was having lunch at a restaurant in Qasentina city. [Khabar]

Daesh claimed credit for this killing. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a photo of the gun. [A3maq]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked pro-government militias in the Khalis area east of Jalalabad with an explosives vest, killing fifteen fighters and wounding twenty-five. [A3maq]

 

Somalia

Daesh said it attacked a government building in the Elasha Biyaha area, near Mogadishu, with hand grenades on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Mali

Daesh publishes a video of Abu Walid Al-Sahraoui, leader of al-Mourabitoun (a jihad group previously linked to Al-Qaeda in north Mali), pledging allegiance to Daesh’s caliph. [A3maq]

On 14 May 2015, Sahraoui released an audio message pledging the group’s allegiance to Daesh, but its leader Mukhtar Belmokhtar issued a statement several days later rejecting it, which seemed to indicate a split. On 3 December 2015, AQIM leader Abdelmalek Droukdel announced in an audio statement that Al-Mourabitoun had merged back into his organization.

On 14 June 2015, Libya’s government announced Belmokhtar was killed in a U.S. airstrike inside Libya. However, there is no known confirmation. U.S. officials confirmed the strike and that Belmokhtar was a target, but did not confirm his death. [Wikipedia] [Wikipedia]

 

Nigeria

Five soldiers and four civilians were killed on Sunday killed during a raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts in Talala and Ajigin, in southern Borno State.  [DailyPost.ng]

Daesh says it stopped an African Union attack on Talala town, killing nine soldiers and wounding nineteen. [A3maq]

 

Kenya

A knife-wielding man whom police described as a criminal was shot dead outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi last Thursday after he attacked and injured a Kenyan police officer.

 

Daesh’s A3maq says, according to a source, the person who carried out the stabbing of a guard outside the American embassy in Nairobi last Thursday was a Daesh member. [A3maq]

A knife-wielding man whom police described as a criminal was shot dead outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi last Thursday after he attacked and injured a Kenyan police officer. [Reuters]

 

Germany

Daesh’s A3maq says, according to a source, the terrorist who stabbed two people in Hamburg on October 16, is a Daesh terrorist. [A3maq]

Two teenagers, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, were sitting on the waterside of a Hamburg lake on Oct. 16 when a man approached them from behind, stabbed the boy several times with a knife and then pushed the girl into the water. The attacker fled afterward. The boy was taken to a hospital where he subsequently died. [FoxNews]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

A video of a long tunnel (hundreds of meters) dug by Daesh under a mosque in the Mosul area [Al-Aan]

 

A video of Batnaya after the liberation [Ishtar]

 

A video of Qaraqosh after the liberation [Ishtar]

 

Syria

Ahrar Al-Sham issues a video of its battles against Daesh in East Qalamoun. [YouTube]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues infographics about its attacks in Ramadi since Iraqi forces liberated the city. [A3maq]

 

October 28, 2016

Arkan Al-Salman

Arkan Al-Salman

Today’s Major Developments

Thousands demonstrate in support of Iraqi forces in Ninewa. [..]

Daesh in Ninewa has abducted 8,000 people as human shields. [..]

Pause in Ninewa liberation operations continues. [..]

900 Qayara residents return home from displacement camp. [..]

Turkmen PMFs expect to put 12,000 men into Tal Afar liberation fight. [..]

Putin holding back on resuming Aleppo airstrikes. [..]

Conflicting interpretations continue on using YPG in Raqqa liberation. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Thousands of people demonstrated in Baghdad and several other governorates supporting Iraqi forces in the Ninewa battles and demanding more reforms. Tens of activists demonstrated in the Al-Mutanabi Street area in Baghdad objecting to the CoR’s ban on alcohol. [Mada] [Mada]

President Masoum says the CoR should reconsider the ban, which will affect personal freedoms and government revenues. He says the provision about alcohol, included in the Municipalities Revenues Law, was illegal before the vote as it was not read twice before the vote as the rules require. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, on and near Mosul (3), Tal Afar (1), Sinjar (1), and Rutba (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

The MoD says the Intelligence Service captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges and confiscated weapons in the Meshahda area, in Tarmiya. [Baghdadia]

An MoI source says two PMF fighters were killed and four wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Taji. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade found a Daesh suicide terrorists’ guesthouse and an explosives cache in the Albu Hosa area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 59th brigade found 14 IEDs and other explosives in the Tal Mishaan area. It also found a weapons cache in the Dhabitya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market in Mahmudiya. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade killed a terrorist and found 17 IEDs and other explosives in the Albu Kanaan and Harkawi areas. It also found 4 IEDs in the Albu Faris area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found 20kg of explosives in the Albu Saif area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in the Khtaimiya area. The same brigade captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Zanbaraniya. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an explosives cache in the Shabisha area. [MoD Website]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Iskan. [Maalomah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:    11   (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents                                  6

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Anbar Police Chief says his troops captured 11 Daesh terrorists and confiscated silenced guns and other weapons in the Al-Tash area, south of Ramadi but close to the city. He says the terrorists were planning terrorist attacks. [Baghdadia]

 

The Anbar Police Chief says Iraqi forces found a 25m Daesh tunnel filled with weapons and explosives in East Hsaiba after getting information from residents. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi army 8th division destroyed 35 IEDs in the Zangoura area. [MoD Website]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces captured 20 Daesh terrorists while searching and securing several areas in Rutba District. They confiscated large quantities of hallucination pills from the terrorists. He says Iraqi forces, with help from civilians, cleared Rutba after the recent Daesh attack. He also says Iraqi forces are preparing to launch an attack to clear Daesh’s last strongholds in northwest Anbar in Anah, Rawa, and Al-Qa’im. [Mada] [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. Defense Secretary Carter’s statement two days ago about pursuing Raqqa simultaneously with Mosul was an indication that the northwest Anbar campaign may soon be on.

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces conducted a military operation near the Al-Waleed Border Crossing, killing 14 Daesh terrorists and destroying 6 vehicles. [Mada]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says Arkan Al-Salman, a notable Tribal PMF commander, was killed when an IED exploded in his personal vehicle near Rutba. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. These brave men have fought Daesh for years, but Daesh sleeper cells are still functioning.

 

A PMF commander says PMF troops stopped a Daesh attack on the Saqqar area destroying a Daesh vehicle and capturing another. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed an armored vehicle bomb, and Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh car bomb factory and 3 armored vehicles bombs, north of Rutba. [MoD Website]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed 2 IED storehouses in the Anah area. [MoD Website]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Iraqi Army 75th brigade targeted a Daesh group with a mortar, east of Shirqat, killing several terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers in an ambush near the Zuwiya intersection, south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and destroyed an armored vehicle in an attack on the Bedouin Residential Compound, south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it attacked, then burned down 2 PMF military positions in the Makhoul Mountains area, north of Baiji. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin EOD Department found 3 IEDs in the Awja Jadida area, south of Tikrit. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

The IFP captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges, near the Jalam Intersection. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A security source says a special security unit captured a Daesh “intelligence” member in the Qatoun area, 6 km (4 miles) west of Baquba.  [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says National Security units captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Abu Saida. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The Kirkuk Governor issued a statement refuting a Sunni MP’s accusations that the Peshmerga and asayesh destroyed Arab homes in two villages and removed displaced people out of Kirkuk. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This is exactly what Daesh wants: More Sunni displacements, more Sunni anger, more Daesh recruits.  

 

Hawija

Daesh publishes photos of burning up cigarette boxes in Hawija. [DawaAlhaq]

 

NINEWA

Daesh has abducted more than 8,000 families from the areas around Mosul to use as human shields, the UNHCR announced Friday. Daesh executed 232 civilians on Wednesday, the UNHCR also said. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces killed 250 Daesh terrorists in Ninewa during the last four days. [ARA]

 

A UN spokesperson said that around 16,000 people have fled the conflict area around Mosul, citing fears of a public health disaster. An Iraqi Red Crescent activist said more and more displaced persons are being received in his organization’s facilities as the Joint Forces advance. More than 1,000 people experienced health problems due to the smoke billowing from the burning oil wells around Mosul, the UN said. [ARA] [Buratha]

 

The IWMC says it kicked out a reporter from an Arab satellite channel because of his coverage that impacted the military operations in Ninewa. Other sources say the reporter is from the Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya. [Sumaria] [AIN]

DaeshDaily comment. Saudi and Qatari news channels are hardly “neutral” in the coverage.

 

Mosul

Military developments in Mosul

The Kata’eb Al-Mosul resistance group announced that its fighters shot a Daesh member dead in Mosul’s Al-Shuhada neighborhood. Another Daesh member fled the scene, the KM said. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Mosul liberation campaign

The Ninewa Operations Command says Ninewa liberation battles are ongoing and within the scheduled plans.  [Mada]

 

The Coalition spokesman said that Iraqi Joint Forces have temporarily paused their operations and that the Coalition expects the advance on Mosul to resume after two days. However, the JOC denied this, and the commander of the Counter-Terrorism Service troops said his Force had received no orders to pause operations. [Hawar] [Sumaria] [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. We think it is apparent to our readers that there is a pause, even if not everyone got the word. The sharp drop in the number of battle stories, and in villages reported captured, makes that clear. As reported here last night from our correspondent in Ninewa, the reason is the risks to civilian populations from Daesh’s human shields strategy.

Our report was followed this morning by a front-page in-depth story in the Washington Post by Loveday Morris, based on statements from villagers. [WashingtonPost]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a rocket storehouse and a rocket launcher, 2 vehicles loaded with weapons, and a rocket factory, and killed many terrorists in several airstrikes on Mosul. [Baghdadia]

 

Conditions in Mosul

The UNHCR confirmed Friday that Daesh executed at least 232 people in Mosul in the past week. [AIN]

 

Prominent Daesh leaders and preachers were absent from the Friday prayers in the mosques of Mosul for a second week running, local source said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has raised the prices of basic foodstuffs by 30 percent in the areas it controls in order to bolster its war effort, a local source said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh is setting up shops to buy people’s gold at low prices, a local source said. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s yet another Daesh tactic to exploit the misery of Mosul citizens—which Daesh and their collaborators caused.

 

Daesh has detained seven families in Mosul, all of them families from which Daesh has previously executed family members, a local source said. The source said that there is a fear that Daesh will massacre the new detainees. [Sumaria]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

Daesh executed “tens” of captives in the city of Hammam Al-Alil in an attempt to intimidate residents from supporting the advancing Iraqi troops, a Ninewa GC member said. Daesh has also fired on Iraqi troops from its positions in the city and attempted to attack them with vehicle bombs, the Iraqi Army spokesman said. [BasNews]

 

IFP artillery reportedly fired on Daesh positions in Shura in advance of an anticipated ground assault there. [Harbi]

 

PMF fighters captured the village of Hwaider and nearby villages southwest of Mosul after killing “tens” of Daesh fighters, the Ashura Brigade announced. [Ghad]

PMF fighters captured an area south of Mosul, then raised the Iraqi flag on another village and are advancing toward a third village, PMF media announced. [Forat] [Waradana]

The Al-Muntadher PMF captured the village of Al-Sharifa south of Mosul, PMF media announced. [Forat]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored vehicle with a missile and killed three Iraqi soldiers near the Shura Intersection, south of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Qayara

900 Qayara residents returned to their homes from a displacement camp in Makhmur, the Migration Ministry announced. [PUKMedia]

 

Photos of darkness at noon in Qayara, created by the smoke from burning oil wells ignited by Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Nineveh Plain

Hamdaniya

IAA aircraft reportedly killed “tens” of Daesh fighters in airstrikes in areas around Hamdaniya. [Ghad]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting an Abrams tank near Qaraqosh. [A3maq]

 

Tel Keif

Peshmerga fighters captured two Daesh militants on the Nawaran front. One of the captives told Rudaw’s correspondent that there are many foreign fighters remaining inside Mosul (video). [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says Coalition planes attacked a Peshmerga and PMF gathering in Al-Qa’im, village near Khorsabad, which is nine miles northeast of Mosul, in the “third mistaken attack during the last 24 hours.” [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is putting out this propaganda almost every day now. Take it seriously only if you see a confirming statement from the Coalition. This happens occasionally but not often.

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Turkmen PMF commander says 12,000 Turkmen fighters will participate in the liberation of Tal Afar. [Mada]

 

The PMF operation to open a new front in Tal Afar and encircle Mosul could begin “in hours or in days” according to the PMF spokesman Ahmad Al-Asadi. [Harbi]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

Daesh says one of its Turkish suicide terrorists attacked the PMFs with a vehicle bomb, near the Hatra Intersection, south of Mosul, killing more than 20 fighters and wounding others and destroying 5 vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]

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

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of an “American” airstrikes on the Baaj Silos. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down an “Iranian” recon drone near the Hatra Intersection. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

The KRG Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, says the KRG will discuss Kurdistan independence with Baghdad after the liberation of Mosul. [ARA]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Basra Provincial Council says armed men broke into Basra Airport and stole heavy equipment. He says the group, which is linked to a “powerful front,” handcuffed the guards and left without being interrupted by the airport’s security. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. If true, this is a significant security breach that not only affects the airport and its passengers, but also the foreign consulates. Basra have been facing a militia problem since 2003, even worse than Baghdad’s.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

President Putin has denied the Russian military’s request to order a resumption of airstrikes in eastern Aleppo, his press secretary said. The military had asked permission to resume airstrikes due to the increased activity of militants.

“The Russian president considers it inappropriate at the present time to resume airstrikes in Aleppo,” Dmitry Peskov told the press. However, Peskov said “in case of extreme necessity to prevent provocative actions on the part of terrorist groups, the Russian side reserves the right to use all means at its disposal to provide an appropriate level of support to the Syrian armed forces.”

He also said Russia will decide on further action in accordance with the events on the ground in Aleppo. [RT]

 

John Kirby, US Department of State spokesman, says there are no plans to include, or to coordinate with, the Assad regime in the Raqqa battles. [Dorar]

 

A PYD official says the PYD and the US have an agreement to have the YPG participate “effectively and directly” in Raqqa liberation. [SotKurdistan]

 

European diplomatic sources say the YPG might participate in surrounding Raqqa, but they will not be allowed to enter the city. They say the US and Turkey agreed not to allow the YPG enter Raqqa before or after the liberation. [Aki]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 3 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 2 near Mare’ and 1 near Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Local sources say the PYD Asayesh raided an Assyrian private school in Hasaka on Tuesday in order to prevent Arab and Kurdish children from learning from the official curriculum. The PYD had issued orders that each ethnicity should learn using its own language. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Media sources say the United States finished rebuilding and equipping the Rmeilan Airfield in Abu Hajar village in Hasaka province. The airfield will be used to host airplanes and helicopters. [Dorar]

 

EOD units have defused 719 Daesh land mines in the Al-Hawl area so far. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo City

Jaish Al-Fath (Army of Conquest) joint command center of Islamist groups announced the start of the “epic battle” of Aleppo. The battle started with 40 vehicle bombs (video). [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian government’s director of health in Aleppo says fifteen people were killed and one hundred wounded by opposition groups shelling and rocketing on Aleppo city. [SyriaNow]

 

Two civilians were wounded by opposition heavy machine gun fire on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

Opposition groups also targeted Sheikh Maqsoud with 8 shells. [Hawar]

 

Syrian Army units stopped a Daesh attack on the Air Force College in east Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

Al-Bab

Syrian Democratic Forces factions captured Hawadhin Farms, north of Tal Madhiq, from Turkey-backed opposition groups. SDF factions also captured Gharnata village from Daesh. Battles are ongoing on both military fronts. [Hawar]

 

Idlib

The SOHR says one person was killed and others wounded by opposition shelling on Al-Foua’a, a Shia town in Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The SOHR says warplanes conducted several airstrikes on Sukhnah city, east of Homs. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A local activist says at least twelve people were killed and fifteen wounded by Coalition airstrikes on Buqrus, east of Deir Ez-Zor. He also says Syrian and Russian planes targeted several areas in and around Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

 

Daesh cut off the hand of a civilian in Basira city, after accusing him of stealing a motorcycle. [ARA]

 

The SOHR says Coalition planes conducted several airstrikes on the Kam Station area, east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says warplanes conducted several airstrikes near Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport, in addition to areas on the outskirts of Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh is forcing people out of their houses in several areas in Deir Ez-Zor province, claiming that the owners of the houses fought against Daesh. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Army destroyed a Daesh tunnel used to move vehicle bombs in Hay Al-Haweiqa, in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security forces established 8 checkpoints and security barriers near Bala’a village, west of Rafah. The village used to be an ABM stronghold before it was liberated 3 days ago. [VetoGate]

Security sources say security units killed an ABM sniper and captured another in Bala’a. Security personnel destroyed 17 hideouts and 3 motorcycles, and captured 34 suspects, in the ongoing campaign west of Rafah. Security sources continued their campaign also in two neighborhoods in Rafah city. [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

 

Security units defused an IED planted near olive farms in Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Security units captured an ABM terrorist while he was planting IEDs near Joura village, in Sheikh Zuweid. The terrorist had previously killed six security personnel with IEDs. He admitted that the ABM developed a new type of IED that gets activated when detecting armored vehicles movement. [VetoGate]

 

A 17-year-old girl was killed and two other women wounded when a mortar shell fell on their house in Matala village, south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say a taxi driver was killed by a random bullet in Sheikh Zuweid city. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

A security source says the bodies of ten unknown people were found in the Shanaba area, in Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

Eyewitnesses says a Grad rocket fell on a house in the Tablino area, in west Benghazi, without causing human casualties. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured in Monastir a cell of 5 members who were communicating with terrorists in Syria. [Tunisien]

 

The Tunisian MoI says security units found 14 rockets hidden in Ben Guerdane. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes a video of the battles to capture the Bir Bajir area, south of Jalalabad. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh said on October 20 that it captured the Bir Bajir area.

 

Somalia

Daesh says it attacked a police station in Bosaso city with hand grenades. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an African Union armored vehicle in the Elasha Biyaha area, near Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Two videos of a tribal leader from Ninewa, one year apart. In the first video, issued by Daesh, the tribal leader, in a big gathering, is pledging loyalty to Daesh against the Shia and the Kurds. In the later video, in Erbil and in front of the Iraqi flag, the same man says he was forced to support Daesh and talks about brotherhoods with the Shia and the Kurds. [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment. While it is undeniable that Daesh forces people to attend such meeting and to pledge allegiance, it is also undeniable that Daesh could never have controlled such large parts of Iraq without support from local tribes. Iraq is already facing a huge challenge regarding transitional justice, as thousands of people will seek redress for the harm done to them and their families, and the challenge will become even bigger after the Ninewa liberation.

 

A video of an Iraqi soldier from Anbar meeting his family for the first time in 3 years. The family was trapped in an area that had been besieged by Daesh. [Yalla]

 

A video of the displaced families in Debaga Camp [Yalla]

 

A video of Iraqi Army tanks in the Bazwaya area [Yalla]

 

Syria

A video of an old Syrian man singing near his destroyed house. The entire neighborhood is destroyed.  [Facebook]

 

Libya

A GNA video of the Sirte battles [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about Raqqa [DawaAlhaq]

October 27, 2016

Children in Qayara

Children in Qayara

Today’s Major Developments

Erdogan confronts Obama over using YPG in Raqqa campaign. [..]

Anah mayor complains of errant airstrikes hitting civilians. [..]

99 Daesh terrorists dead so far in Kirkuk after Friday attack. [..]

IFP troops enter Shura city south of Mosul. [..]

Special report: Mosul liberation campaign on hold due to Daesh human shields strategy in villages. [..]

Key numbers: 800-900 Daesh killed; 93 villages captured; 11,000+ civilians displaced. [..]

UNOCHA leader blasts Russia, Syria for civilian catastrophe in Aleppo. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

One important phone call, two versions:

President Obama spoke by phone on Wednesday with Turkish President Erdogan to discuss the next steps in the campaign against Daesh. The President recognized the contributions of Turkey to the campaign, especially in supporting local Syrian forces who have cleared Daesh from Turkey’s border in northwest Syria. He noted the need for close coordination between the United States and Turkey to build on these successes and to apply sustained pressure on Daesh in Syria to reduce threats to the U.S., Turkey, and other countries.

The President welcomed continued dialogue between Turkey and Iraq to determine the appropriate level and form of Turkey’s participation in the Coalition’s efforts in Iraq, and both leaders affirmed their strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.  The two leaders agreed on the importance of denying the PKK a safe haven in northern Iraq. [WhiteHouse]

 

Turkish President Erdogan says he informed President Obama, in the phone call, that Operation Euphrates Shield will move to Raqqa after Al-Bab and Manbij. [Dorar]

The Turkish Minister of Defense says Turkey insists on not allowing the YPG’s participation in the Raqqa liberation operations. He says Turkey can find alternatives among the opposition groups. He also says Turkey will do what needs to be done in case the US doesn’t fulfill its commitment to withdraw the YPG to the east of the Euphrates. [ARA]

 

The NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg NATO says in a 2-day Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday that ministers agreed that training and capacity-building of Iraqi armed forces should begin in Iraq itself in January, building on existing training of Iraqi officers in Jordan. The Secretary General called the expanded training mission “an important contribution to the fight against (Daesh).” [NATO]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a great initiative that would help meet one of Iraq’s main post-liberation requirements. Daesh will still be present and making local attacks and the armed forces still need a lot of improvement.   

 

The Turkish Minister of Defense says Turkey will respond to any attack on the Turkmen in Tal Afar. He says the PMFs want to enter Mosul and other Sunni cities and that Turkey will not remain silent. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. But Turkey was silent for two years when thousands of Turkmen were killed or displaced by Daesh. It wasn’t just Tal Afar, either. Hasn’t Turkey heard of what happened in Bashir? Amerli? So it’s not really about the Turkmen but about a foreign policy that is now out of control and not being effectively confronted.  

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, seven of them on or near Mosul, the other four being in Sultan Abdullah and Kasik in Ninewa, Rawa and Rutba in Anbar.  [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The spokesman of the Judicial Council says a group of Daesh terrorists was captured by the Intelligence Service. He says the terrorists admitted their role in several suicide attacks in Baghdad and Salahuddin. [Baghdadia]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says three people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in the Falahat area, in Tarmiya. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade found a Daesh suicide terrorists’ guesthouse in the Tabi area and confiscated 3 IEDs and 4 motorcycles. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Suleikh. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a construction materials market in Ubaidi. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Ameen. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a café in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says a Military Intelligence unit captured 5 men wanted on terrorism charges in Arab Jubour. [Mada]

Security units found 7 IEDs and 66 locally made rockets in the Al-Atar area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found 2 Daesh guesthouses and defused an IED in the Khtaimiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an IED and other explosives in the Albu Wawi area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   11   (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents                                  8

 

ANBAR

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Anbar Operations commander says Coalition planes destroyed 10 Daesh vehicles in the Kilo 45 area, south of Rutba, killing 25 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says a group of Daesh terrorists arrived in Rawa from Raqqa and arrested a local Daesh member, responsible for municipal services, and several of his associates. [Maalomah]

He also says unknown armed men attacked a Daesh hideout in Raqqa and killed a local terrorist called Abdul Salam Al-Rawi. Al-Rawi was the son of the head of Daesh’s tribal office, who planned the attack on Rutba few days ago. [Maalomah]

 

The Mayor of Anah District says some airstrikes in Anah are targeting civilians who have no links to Daesh. He also says a water purification station was destroyed by an airstrike. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh issues a video of a public relations religious gathering in Anah. Many of the attendants were children. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Police source says a joint police and PMF force captured 2 Daesh terrorists in Shirqat. The Mayor of Shirqat says Iraqi forces should conduct a raid and search campaign in the district because Daesh terrorists are still occupying the houses of displaced people in several areas. [Mada]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in Imam Gharbi village, north of Shirqat, on Wednesday. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in Khanuqa village. Daesh also says it killed or wounded several Iraqi soldiers in an attack near Khanuqa, and destroyed a PMF vehicle in a nearby area, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The Diyala Police Chief says his troops launched a search campaign in the Abbara and Abu Saida area and destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and defused 2 IEDs. [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The Dijla Operations commander says his troops, supported by the IAA, destroyed 7 Daesh guesthouses in the Himrin Hills area. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed four PMF fighters with an IED in Udhaim subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

The Diyala Police spokesman says the police found an explosive cache in the Nida area. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says a joint police and Asayesh force killed 5 Daesh terrorists in Yarmaja village, in Laylan subdistrict. The terrorists had fled Kirkuk after participating in the Daesh attack on Friday. [Mada]

A Kirkuk Police commander says 99 Daesh terrorists who participated in the Friday attack have been killed so far. He says several terrorists remain in the city and a security campaign will be launched to get rid of them. [BasNews]

 

A Kirkuk Police commander says a joint Asayish and police force captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges in different areas in Dibis District, northwest of the city. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Photos from the battlefields in different parts of Ninewa [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

Military Developments within Mosul

The anti-Daesh popular resistance (symbolized by the Arabic letter meem) has raised the Iraqi flag over the eastern bank hisbah office, one of the largest Daesh command centers in the city, after infiltrating the center before dawn, a local source said. The source added that Daesh remains in a state of fear and unease in the city due to the ongoing anti-Daesh resistance activity. [Sumaria]

 

The bodies of three prominent Daesh members arrived at Mosul’s morgue Thursday after the men were killed in Hamdaniya District The three were Ahmad Salim Ahmad, his personal driver Salim Obeid Mohammed, and Salih Mohammed Toukan, who commanded Daesh’s artillery east of Mosul, a PUK media official said. [PUKMedia]

 

Mosul liberation campaign

DaeshDaily’s correspondent in Ninewa reports that Daesh’s strategy of capturing civilians for use as human shields has caused delays in the operation, as Joint Forces have postponed the capture of villages where Daesh is holding residents captive. A new security plan is being drawn up to address these developments, our correspondent reports.

In a press conference in Erbil with the leader of the “National Coalition” parliamentary bloc Ammar Al-Hakim, KRG President Masoud Barzani reiterated that the Peshmerga will not enter Mosul. Al-Hakim also raised the issue of the Turkish military presence in Ninewa, which his parliamentary bloc rejects. [ROJ]

 

Between 800 and 900 Daesh fighters have been killed since the launch of the Mosul operation, according to Gen. Joseph Votel, chief of US CENTCOM. [PUKMedia]

 

93 villages have been captured from Daesh since the launch of the Mosul operation, the IWMC said. [Waradana]

 

11,735 people have now fled the fighting in villages around Mosul, the Ministry of Migration and Displacement has announced. [Rudaw]

 

Multiple Coalition airstrikes killed 22 Daesh members in Mosul over the previous 24 hours, a PUK media official said. [PUKMedia]

 

Photos from the front lines in multiple fronts of the Mosul operation, originally published by Reuters. [Sumaria]

 

MP Hanin Qado said that only the Nineveh Plains Protection Units PMF, which is composed of fighters from the Christian, Shabak, and Turkmen communities, will enter Mosul. [Buratha]

Qado also said that Mosul residents are “ripe for revolt,” citing reports that Daesh members had been killed by resistance activities in multiple areas of the city. He also cited very difficult conditions in Mosul, saying that some residents were resorting to eating just dates in order to survive. [Maalomah]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh electrocuted 22 civilians in central Mosul on charges of having provided information to the Iraqi Joint Forces, a local source said. The source said that the victims had been in a Daesh prison west of Mosul for four months. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Prisoners are often the victims in Daesh’s show executions, as they are already rounded up and easy to put on display. Whether they are guilty or not is unimportant to Daesh. Prisoners current in Daesh custody are at grave risk, and Daesh keeps capturing more people.

 

Daesh has closed offices in the eastern half of Mosul after transporting its furnishings across to the western half of the city, according to a PMF media statement citing “PMF intelligence.” [Ghad]

 

Daesh has “emptied” elderly patients from Mosul General Hospital, including from intensive care units, to make room for its injured fighters, a security source said. Four elderly patients have died as a result of their expulsion from the hospital, the source said. Daesh has also detained an unspecified number of civilians in Mosul and forced them to give blood to treat its injured fighters, the source added. [Baghdadia]

 

Residents of Mosul have begun making white flags in response to leaflets dropped by the IAA instructing them to do so, a local source says. Daesh has threatened to execute anyone found with a white flag, the source added. [Sumaria]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The IFP commander says his troops fought their way into Shura city after heavy clashes with Daesh, killing 30 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicle bombs and an oil tanker truck at the entrance. [BasNews]

 

“Abu Ayman Al-Mosuli,” a Daesh commander “very close” to Daesh “caliph” Awwad Baghdadi, who supervised Daesh combat operations in areas east of Mosul, has been killed in fighting with government troops near Shura, a local source said. [Sumaria]

 

The IFP announced two villages captured, Wadi Al-Qasab and Hamza, in northern Shura subdistrict. [Mada]

 

A Coalition airstrike killed 40 Daesh fighters south of Mosul, an MoD statement said. [Baghdadia]

 

An IAF airstrike destroyed a Daesh command center in Hammam Al-Alil, killing nine Daesh members. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition planes destroyed multiple Daesh vehicle bombs in airstrikes in the villages of Khusfan and Al-Qutba in Hammam Al-Alil south of Mosul, the IWMC said. [Ghad]

 

Coalition planes acting on Iraqi intelligence destroyed a Daesh cannon in the village of Hassoun, and killed an unspecified number of Daesh members who were gathered near the Ninewa Iron Works in the Al-Qutba area. Further airstrikes killed an unspecified number of Daesh members in multiple locations in Shura subdistrict. [MoD Website (video)]

 

The fires ignited by Daesh as it vacated the Mishraq Sulphur Plant in Shura are now under control after more than a week, the Ninewa governorate director for Shura subdistrict said. The fires caused injuries among residents of nearby villages, he added. [SotAlIraq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored vehicle with a guided missile near the Shura Intersection. [A3maq]

 

Qayara/Makhmur

Sky News reportedly visited Al-Hawd village where villagers, angry that the Iraqi Joint Forces did not enter the village to get rid of Daesh, staged a successful intifada [uprising] to expel Daesh from the village. [Ghad]

 

A DaeshDaily correspondent visited residents of Tel Tiba village in south Qayara, which was captured three days ago from Daesh. The villagers described harsh conditions imposed by Daesh when it controlled the village, even forbidding smoking, shortening men’s robes, and growing beards, on pain of fines and 25 lashes. After the village was freed from Daesh rule, supply vehicles arrived and government technicians are trying to bring back water and electricity as rapidly as possible, as well as re-open the schools that Daesh had forbidden children from attending.

 

A Sunni CoR member criticizes the Ministry of Oil for not extinguishing the fires in Qayara oilfields and describe the environmental situation there as “catastrophic”. [BasNews]

 

A high school in Makhmur has been closed because of the smoke in the air from burning oil wells in Ninewa. [ROJ]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a PMF convoy with mortars and light weapons near the Albu Fishqa area, near the Qayara Intersection. Daesh said  yesterday it destroyed a PMF Humvee and a car carrying fighters near Albu Fishqa village. [A3maq]  [DawaAlhaq]

 

Nineveh Plain

Bashiqa

Peshmerga fighters have captured the Fadhiliya neighborhood in Bashiqa after entering it Thursday morning, a Peshmerga source said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh militants east of Mosul have shaved their beards, changed clothes, and fled their positions, according to a report in the UK newspaper the Independent. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says “American planes” also mistakenly targeted Peshmerga and PMF positions near Bashiqa. [A3maq]

Daesh Daily comment. This is the usual propaganda, in which US airstrikes are always inaccurate, never hitting Daesh targets and always killing civilians. If this actually happens, there will be a confirming story from a more reliable source.

 

Hamdaniya

For the first time since the launch of the Mosul operations, Daesh deployed tanks and heavy artillery to the battlefield, an officer in the Counter Terrorism Service said. The CTS captured the heavy weapons near Bartella after Daesh fighters abandoned them when they fled the battlefield, he added. The Force also discovered large tunnels that connect villages to each other, the officer said. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service units repelled three Daesh vehicle bomb attacks in Hamdaniya on Thursday, a CTS officer said. [BasNews]

 

Ninewa Police have begun deploying in Hamdaniya and are holding recaptured territory along with Christian militiamen, the Ninewa Police commander Brig. Gen. Wathiq Al-Hamdani said. [BasNews]

 

Counter Terrorism units discovered the longest Daesh tunnel found to date, stretching 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) underground between Jenin Camp and the village of Al-Qalaa, a security source said. They also discovered one of Daesh’s largest IED- and explosives-making factories, the source said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Abrams tank near Qaraqosh. [A3maq]

 

Tel Keif

78 Daesh members have been killed on the Mosul Dam front since the launch of the Mosul operation, the IWMC announced. [Waradana]

 

Daesh says “American planes” mistakenly bombed a Peshmerga convoy near Tel Keif city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of damaging a Peshmerga bulldozer in the farm area near Tel Keif. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

PMFs are reportedly deploying in preparation to open a new front in the Mosul operation in Tal Afar with the objectives of capturing 30 villages and completing the encirclement of Mosul. The PMFs will deploy tanks and heavy weapons in the battles. Ninewa Operations western front commander has announce that preparations are complete for launching the new phase. Participating in the operation will be the PMFs Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, Badr, Al-Nujaba, Sayyid Al-Shuhada Brigades, Imam Ali Brigades, and Hezbollah [of Iraq], he said. The fighters are waiting for the “zero hour” to be announced by the JOC. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Peshmerga positions in the Aski Mosul area with a 23mm cannon. [JustPaste]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

Gunmen dressed in typical Daesh “Afghani” style stopped a vehicle carrying around 11 Syrian Daesh members in Baaj west of Mosul as they were heading for Syria. The gunmen removed the passengers from the vehicle and killed them with their pistols, a local source said. [Maalomah]

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish artillery targeted 2 villages on Kara Mountain in Amedi District in Dahuk. [PUKMedia]

 

Local activists say three Peshmerga fighters were killed by a Turkish bombing on Qarmayan at the beginning of the week. They criticized the KRG for covering up the news. [ROJ]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A security source says a Basra Governorate employee was killed when unknown armed men shot into his personal vehicle in Basra city center. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish Dogan News Agency says security units captured 81 suspects, mostly foreigners, in raids in 6 regions in Turkey on suspicion of attempting to join Daesh in Iraq and Syria. [AfriGate]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Stephen O’Brien, head of the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) launched a searing attack on Russia and Syria for the continued bombardment of Aleppo, telling the Security Council he was “incandescent with rage” about the diplomatic stalemate and sparking one of the most stormy and confrontational UN meetings of recent times. He told the 15-member body that “the buck stops with you” – drawing parallels with Srebrenica, Cambodia and Rwanda. He also said “Month after month, worse and worse, and nothing is actually happening to stop the war, stop the suffering.”

[Telegraph]

 

“Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had no other option but to clear out what he called “a nest of terrorists” from Syria’s Aleppo despite the fact that civilians were also present in the city. Putin said civilian casualties in conflicts should be mourned everywhere, not just in Aleppo, pointing to what he said were civilians killed around Mosul in Iraq. “Bells should toll for all innocent victims. Not just in Aleppo,” said Putin.” [Reuters]

 

Amnesty International says the Coalition conducted “arbitrary airstrikes” on different areas in Syria, killing or wounding tens of civilians. [ARA]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, on or near Albu Kamal (1), Shaddadi (4), Raqqa (1) and Ain Eissa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Saudi Arabia says it is ready to participate in the liberation of Raqqa. It also says Saudi Arabia is committed to its mission to conduct airstrikes on Daesh in Syria using airplanes at Incirlik Airbase. [ARA]

 

Iranian media sources say an assistant of General Qasem Soleimani was killed in battles in Syria. [BasNews]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The Turkish Army shot heavily at Qarmana village west of Darbasiya, without report of civilian casualties. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

The SOHR says six children were killed by shelling on a school in west Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

The Syrian News Agency says three children were killed and fourteen wounded by opposition group shelling on a school in west Aleppo. [EnabBaladi]

 

Jarabulus

Daesh publishes photos of battles with opposition groups and the Turkish Army in Jatal village west of Ghandoura town. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Al-Bab

An opposition group commander says the opposition, supported by the Turkish Army, captured 2 more villages in the Al-Bab area. He says the opposition groups are advancing toward Al-Bab from Mare’ and Jarabulus. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 cars carrying opposition fighters with 2 IEDs in Thalthana and Tal Jijan village northwest of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed five opposition fighters and destroyed a vehicle between Tal Jijan and Kassar villages. [A3maq]

 

Azaz

An opposition commander says the Turkish Army sent large military reinforcements to the opposition in Mare’ to fight the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). [BasNews]

 

The Turkish Army continued its shelling on Tal Al-Madhiq, Hasiya, Um Hawsh, Um Al-Qura, Harbal, and Sheikh Eissa. [Hawar]

 

An opposition group commander says they captured 2 more villages in Azaz, supported by the Turkish Army. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting opposition groups and the Turkish Army with mortars, rockets, and heavy machine guns east of Al-Ra’i. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Afrin

Eight civilians including a child were wounded when the Turkish Army shot at protesters in Sorka village in Afrin. [Hawar] [Hawar]

Hundreds of people protested when the Turkish Army entered the village and started to cut trees down in order to build a wall (video). [Hawar] [ARA]

 

The Turkish Army and opposition groups shelled 2 villages in Afrin and Tal Rifaat. [Hawar]

 

Idlib

Russian warplanes continued their heavy airstrikes on the Idlib area. Thirty-five people were killed, mostly children, and tens wounded since yesterday. [Qasioun]

The opposition education directorate suspended school operations in Idlib after the airstrikes. [Dorar]

The Russian Ministry of Defense says no Russian warplanes flew over Idlib on Wednesday. It also says the videos that were circulated by media were fabricated because they don’t show any damage to the school’s roof or any hint of airstrikes. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Media sources say suspected Coalition warplanes targeted a house in Briha village east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing five people, mostly children. [Dorar]

 

Daesh issues a video of shelling Syrian Army positions in Deir Ez-Zor city. [A3maq]

 

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

Eight civilians were killed and tens wounded by a Syrian Army rocketing on Douma city in Rif Dimashq. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

A local source says the Daesh affiliate in Daraa, Khaled Army, arrested several of its commanders after one of its senior commanders was killed by an IED on October 18th. [EnabBaladi]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A senior security source says security units captured 75 ABM terrorists who sneaked from Gaza into Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Eyewitnesses say an Egyptian warplane destroyed a car carrying 3 terrorists near Bala’a village west of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Eyewitnesses say the bodies of two unknown men were found shot in south Arish city. [ElWatan]

 

ABM terrorists shot and killed a policeman in south Arish city. [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say security units launched a major search campaign near the Mazraa area south of Arish and have captured 12 suspects so far. [ElWatan]

 

A 19-year-old girl was killed and her mother wounded when takfiri terrorists shot at security forces in Sheikh Zuweid city. [VetoGate]

 

Three civilians were killed and a woman wounded when a mortar shell fell on a house in Hay Al-Kharfin in Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

The LNA says its planes conducted 2 airstrikes on Qanfouda west of Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting LNA units in Benghazi with mortars and heavy machine guns. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh said it killed an LNA soldier in the Qawarsha area on Wednesday. [JustPaste]

 

Central coast

A medical source says two GNA soldiers were killed and fifteen wounded, including a commander, in battles in the Giza area. The source says GNA troops captured most of Daesh’s positions in the area. [Wasat] [Wasat]

GNA troops have advanced in the Giza area after heavy shelling. [Libya24]

A medical source says a GNA field commander was killed by a Daesh sniper in Giza. [Wasat]

 

A military source says a Daesh Libyan terrorist was killed in Giza. The source also says tens of bodies of Daesh members are still lying on the ground in the 656 and Giza areas. [Wasat]

 

Photos of GNA troops in Giza. [AfriGate]

 

The Italian Military Hospital was officially opened in Misrata to treat GNA fighters. The hospital will be run by an Italian crew of more than 200 members. [Libya24]

 

Daesh says four GNA soldiers were killed and twenty wounded after walking into a land mine field in Hay 3 in Sirte city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a GNA machine gun-mounted vehicle with an IED in the Sakir area west of Sirte. [A3maq]

 

Tunisia

A judicial spokesman says the two Americans who were arrested in Jendouba were not involved in any terrorist activities and were released. [Tunisien]

Tunisien reported on Tuesday that security units captured 2 American brothers who arrived in Jendouba and were promoting takfiri ideas. The security found jihadi materials on the brothers’ computers. Speaking through a translator, they said they arrived in Tunisia for jihad.

 

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says a security unit in Ben Guerdane arrested 2 suspects who were communicating with Daesh terrorists in Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Russia

Daesh issues a video of one of its terrorists who attacked a military base in Russia on Sunday, pledging allegiance to its caliph. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said yesterday 2 of its terrorists attacked a military base in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

A video of the environmental problem in south Ninewa [Sumaria]

 

A video of the destruction caused by Daesh in Hamdaniya [Rudaw]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Naba magazine. [DawaAlhaq]

 

October 26, 2016

Displaced Children from Ninewa (Yalla)

Displaced Children from Ninewa (Yalla)

Today’s Major Developments

Resistance movement gaining momentum within Mosul. [..]

Daesh executes 232 people in Hammam Al-Alil. [..]

Displaced persons total from Mosul now nearing 10,000. [..]

Counter Terrorism troops now 2.5 miles from Mosul. [..]

Ashton Carter projects Raqqa campaign to start in a few weeks. [..]

Gen. Townsend expects SDF, including YPG, to have a major role in Raqqa campaign. [..]

Turkey targets YPG units again. [..]

SDF, Turkey-supported opposition militias clash in Al-Bab District. [..]

Daesh attacks three cities in Somalia. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Turkish Minister of Defense met his French and American counterparts in Brussels. The Minister says it is imperative to keep the “demographic” of Mosul, Tal Afar, and Raqqa unchanged. He also says it is very natural for Turkey to be part of the Coalition efforts in the Mosul battle. He says Turkish warplanes are ready to conduct airstrikes within the Coalition. He also says the PMFs should not participate in the Mosul battle in any way. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. The Minister’s comments are essentially sectarian. Keeping the “demographic” means keeping the Shia out of Mosul and Tal Afar and keeping the Syrian Kurds out of Raqqa.

 

The PMFs will participate in all fronts around Mosul, a PMF commander said. [Waradana]

 

The Minister of Displacement and Migration says the Ministry received 3,300 displaced people, mostly from Ninewa. Many people are also leaving the Hawija area. The UN says 8,940 have left their houses in the Ninewa area since October 17. [Yalla] The Ministry’s higher estimate is in Ninewa section below.

UNHCR has begun airlifting more than 7,000 tents to Erbil from emergency warehouses in Dubai and Amman to assist Iraqis displaced because of the ongoing Mosul battles. The flights, carrying family tents from UNHCR’s emergency warehouse in Dubai, are arriving at Erbil International Airport for five consecutive days this week. The first flight, with 1,515 tents, arrived on Tuesday night. Altogether, 7,200 tents will be unloaded.

“These airlifts are vital and will allow us to respond as soon as displaced Iraqis reach our camps and need shelter,” said UNHCR’s Representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo. He also says “UNHCR is securing a total of 50,000 tents and 50,000 emergency shelter kits for families on the move and these 7,200 tents will help us reach our target sooner.” With full funding and readiness, UNHCR will be able to provide shelter options inside and outside camps for up to 600,000 people. However, UNHCR has only received 48% ($95 million) of the funds required for its Mosul emergency response, costed at $196.2million, and is appealing to donors for additional help. [ReliefWeb]

 

President Francois Hollande decided to extend the mission of France’s aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle in the eastern Mediterranean until mid-December to help the offensive against Daesh in Mosul after France’s Defense Council “reviewed the military, humanitarian, political and security stakes involved in the recapture of Mosul,” according to a statement issued by Hollande’s office. The carrier was deployed to the region on September 30 with a one-month mission, its third since February 2015.

[Monitor]

 

The JOC spokesman says the IWMC will produce 2 reports per week about military operations in Ninewa instead of the daily reports, unless there are urgent developments. [SotKurdistan]

 

Speaker Jubouri said in Erbil that even after Mosul’s liberation, Daesh will produce a new generation that would adapt to the new era. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, on or near Mosul (3), Kasik (1), Sultan Abdullah (3), and Haditha (1).  [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

An MoI source says one man was killed and four members of his family wounded when unknown armed men threw a hand grenade at a liquor store in Karrada. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Hamamiyat village, in Taji. [Mada]

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi Army service members and destroyed a Humvee with an IED in the Sheikh Hamad area on Tuesday. [A3maq]

Yesterday, a security source said Counter Terrorism units defused an IED that was planted near a popular market in the Sheikh Hamad area.

 

A security unit found defused 2 IEDs and an explosives vest in Masara village, in Taji. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade defused an IED in the Albu Khaled area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Suleikh. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says the bodies of three women were found shot in an orchard in Wardiya. [Mada]

An MoI source says a municipal council employee was killed when unknown armed men shot at his personal vehicle in Nahrawan. [Mada]

An IFP unit found 6 mortar shells in the Marajla area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Abu Dsheer, in Dora. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found 10 liters of explosives in the Albu Faris area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found and explosives cache in the Albu Mufrij area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found 5 liter of explosives in the Shakha 6 area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   13    (Includes only incidents reported)

IED incidents                                            5

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

A tribal PMF commander says security forces captured 12 members of Daesh sleeper cells in recently liberated areas in Haditha District. [Maalomah]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops, supported by Coalition planes, killed 6 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 machine gun-mounted vehicles and 57 IEDs in Rutba and Jazeera Ramadi. [AIN]

 

The Mayor of Rutba says Prime Minister Abadi has ordered that residents of the city be left in their houses while security forces search Rutba. He says Iraqi forces had ordered people to leave their houses in order to conduct a search after the Daesh attack. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN (No reports)

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A Diyala Police source says a police unit raided several areas in Hibhib subdistrict and captured several people wanted on terrorism charges. The source also says the police found an IED factory in the house of a previously captured terrorist in the Hashimiyat area. [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The Dijla Operations Commander says his troops captured 13 terrorism suspects in Mansouriya and Udhaim. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

The Intelligence Service found explosives caches in Mandali, Khailaniya village, and Saba’ village. [MoD Website]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

Speaker Jubouri arrived in Kirkuk and met with its Governor before heading back to Erbil.  [ROJ] [ROJ]

Speaker Jubouri said in a joint press conference with the Governor that displacing people and demolishing their houses are unacceptable. He says the Kirkuk government didn’t order that. Governor Najmaldin Karim refuted media reports about forced displacement and said the government should work on return the displaced families to their houses. [Sumaria] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. OK, so who exactly is to blame for this situation?

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and wounded a police major near the governorate building in Kirkuk city. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says, according to a “medical source,” 360 Peshmerga fighters were killed during Daesh’s attack on Kirkuk. [A3maq]

 

Hawija

A security source says 46 civilians who escaped Hawija arrived in the Maryam Bek area 40 km (25 miles) south of Kirkuk. The source says a child died on the road because of a lack of food and medicine. [Mada]

 

Southwest

The PMF Press says Turkmen PMFs killed 5 Daesh terrorists, including 2 suicide bombers, who were hiding in a water project in Taza. [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A prominent Daesh commander has issued orders to Daesh fighters to hide the bodies of their slain fellow Daesh members at the site of the battle, due to the “overcrowding” of Mosul’s hospitals and morgue with the corpses of killed Daesh fighters, according to a source in the city. Daesh preachers have been backing this policy up in the mosques, stating in their sermons that everyone fighting for jihad [i.e. for Daesh] who dies in the battlefield becomes automatically a martyr, the source added. Daesh reportedly was disposing of its slain fighters’ bodies in a site south of Mosul near the village of Al-Adhba, but with the approach of Joint Forces south of the city Daesh has reportedly resorted to a mass grave north of the city on the Mosul Dam Road, where more than 50 Daesh fighters were reportedly buried in a mass grave measuring 10 meters by 2 meters and just 2 meters deep. [ARA]

 

Daesh conducted a wide-ranging arrest campaign in Wadi Hajar and Mansour in south Mosul, targeting all former members of Iraqi security agencies, in response to resistance attacks on its offices around the city, according to an activist in Mosul. [ARA]

 

Unknown armed men attacked a Daesh prison in central Mosul and freed 40 women inside, a local source said. [Maalomah]

 

A security source said a Daesh member known as “Abu Sahar,” who was responsible for mobile phone surveillance in Mosul, has been killed in a resistance attack. [Mawazin]

 

Heavy fighting erupted around a residential building in the Al-Arabi neighborhood of Mosul after two young men of the “meem – Muqawama” resistance movement took shelter in the building after killing a member of a Daesh patrol in the neighborhood, a local source said. Daesh reportedly sent “tens” of heavily armed fighters, who surrounded the building. Amid the heavy fire and smoke the fate of those inside the building is not known. [SotAlIraq]

 

According to “media reports” the Mosul Sniper killed a Daesh member in Mosul just as he was about to decapitate a teenager. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh members in Mosul have begun shaving their beards and changing their residence, as they adjust to the new reality of life in Mosul, local sources said. [Karemlash]

 

Mosul liberation campaign

Daesh’s Ninewa military commander Omar Ibn Faisal known as “Abu Muslim” was killed Tuesday in a Coalition airstrike, according to resistance sources. [Qoraish]

 

Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of US Forces in Iraq, has said that Iraqis are “advancing steadily” in the campaign to reclaim Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition Planes targeted 11 Daesh sites in Syria and Iraq according to the Coalition. [PUKMedia]

 

Conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Migration and Displacement said that the total figure for individuals displaced from Mosul since the start of the operations to eject Daesh from the city was 9,795. [IPA]

 

Daesh has been confiscating “hundreds” of passports from the people of Mosul, a local source said. The reason for the sudden confiscation is not known but locals speculate that the passports will be used for its fighters and leaders. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh media in Mosul has announced that Moslawis will be compelled to participate in “loyalty festivals” to demonstrate their support for Daesh in various residential areas of the city in which the people will be carrying only unloaded weapons in pro-Daesh parades, a local source said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh had difficulty employing its wireless communication network after successful Coalition efforts to disrupt its network Tuesday and Wednesday, a local source said. [Rudaw]

Daesh rapidly evacuated the emergency ward in Mosul Hospital when it was discovered that one of the patients was a wounded suicide bomber who was still wearing his explosives vest. [Sumaria]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

Daesh executed 190 civilians in Hamam Al-Alil and 42 in the village of Al-Arij, northwest of Hammam Al-Alil, according to an MP from Ninewa. [Waradana]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroyed a Daesh residence hall in Hammam Al-Alil, killing all those inside, the IWMC announced. [Baghdadia]

 

The Iraqi Army seized control of the village of Saff Al-Tut, south of Mosul, killing “tens” of Daesh fighters. [Maalomah]

 

Video of an IFP officer attacking a vehicle bomb on foot. [AIN]

 

Daesh is living in the “hysteria of defeat,” the IFP commander said. [Etejah]

 

The IFP announced in a statement that it is transferring responsibility for holding captured territory south of Mosul to the Ninewa Police and the Tribal Mobilization. [Baghdadia]

 

Qayara

“Tens” of Daesh members were killed in an airstrike on their vehicle on the Gwer front, the IWMC announced. [Forat]

 

Iraqi Joint Forces have secured the strategic road between Qayara and Hammam Al-Alil, a security source said. [PressIraq] According to the PMF Authority spokesman, PMFs will be involved in securing it in the future. [Etejah]

 

Photos from inside Qayara city show the effect of heavy smoke from the burning oil wells nearby (photos). [Ghad]

Photos of the burned oilfields in Qayara [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Humvee and a car carrying fighters near Albu Fishqa village, near the Qayara Intersection. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

Hamdaniya

Daesh has ordered its fighters in Kokjali to retreat to Mosul city, a source in Ninewa said. [PressIraq] This is reportedly after Daesh earlier in the day ordered Kokjali residents to vacate the neighborhood within two hours, announcing that the Kokjali area was being turned into a Daesh defensive line. [Ghad]

The Iraqi Counter Terrorism troops are preparing to enter Kokjali, the force’s Ninewa commander said. The Counter Terrorism units are just 4 km (2.5 miles) from Mosul on the eastern Front, a security source said. [Maalomah] [Sumaria]

 

The Kata’eb Al-Mosul resistance group announced that it killed a Daesh member “Abu Luay Al-Juhayshi” by opening fire on him as he rode his motorcycle on the Al-Intisar Road in Kokjali, which is just outside the city. He was reportedly ferrying Daesh messages between Daesh command centers in the city and Hamdaniya. [KM Facebook Page]

 

The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism troops have taken control of the village of Al-Qalaa, east of Mosul, as well as the nearby Jenin military base. The troops found a very large network of tunnels in the area, a security source said. [SotAlIraq] [Baghdadia]

 

Bashiqa

Peshmerga fighters stormed the Fadhiliya neighborhood in Bashiqa city and have begun clearing operations, a security source said. [ROJ]

 

Tel Keif

Daesh says its snipers killed four Peshmerga fighters near the Free Zone area, west of Tel Keif. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged a Peshmerga bulldozer with a rocket in the farms area, near Tel Keif. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an armored BMP vehicle and damaged 3 Humvees with missiles northeast of Mosul on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Peshmerga security source said that Turkish troops are among the Peshmerga fighters advancing into Sinjar. [ROJ]

 

PMF fighters are preparing to advance toward Tal Afar on the western side of Mosul, A Ninewa MP said. [Waradana]

DaeshDaily comment. These are likely fighters working with the IFP south of the city and moving northwest.

 

The manager of Zamar subdistrict on Tal Afar’s Syrian border says 95% of the residents have returned to their houses since Zamar was liberated. He says Baghdad has not allocated anything yet for the reconstruction of the subdistrict. [BasNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

The Karbala Police Chief says a man wanted on terrorism charges was captured while trying to sneak through a checkpoint north of the city. [Baghdadia]

 

Basra

A security source says the owner of a restaurant was killed when unknown armed men on a motorcycle shot him in Basra city. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told NBC News on Wednesday the attack on Raqqa will get underway within weeks. “It starts in the next few weeks,” he said. “That has long been our plan and we will be capable of resourcing both” (Raqqa and Mosul).

Carter added: “It’s been long a part of our plan that the Mosul operation would kick off when it did. This was a plan that goes back many months now—and that Raqqa would follow soon behind.” [NBCNews]

Daesh Daily comment. The Syria scenario has a lot of players. People often comment on what the YPG is doing, or the Turks, or the Russians, etc. However, Ashton Carter has been the most important strategist in the Syria situation, though he has avoided making a lot of speeches about his plan. Unlike most other people talking, Carter has all along seen Iraq and Syria as one anti-Daesh conflict from a strategic viewpoint. His comments today show a clear direction and seem to indicate that the endgame is coming sooner than Daesh expected.

 

General Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says the Kurdish YPG will be part of the force to isolate Raqqa. He also said in a news briefing that the Coalition would move quickly to isolate Raqqa due to concerns about Daesh using it a base to plan and launch terror attacks abroad.

The YPG has played the largest role over the past year in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed umbrella group, and has seized large areas of territory from Daesh, laying the groundwork for an assault on Raqqa.

“Turkey doesn’t want to see us operating with the SDF anywhere, particularly in Raqqa,” Townsend said. “We’re having talks with Turkey and we’re going to take this in steps.” He also said intelligence officials believe that Daesh is using Raqqa as a central planning point for international attacks. “The only force that is capable on any near-term timeline are the Syrian Democratic Forces, of which the YPG are a significant portion,” Townsend said. “We’re going to take the force that we have and we will go to Raqqa soon with that force.” [Reuters]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense says Russian and Syrian warplanes will extend the suspension of the airstrikes on Aleppo city for the 9th day in a row. [Dorar]

 

The Turkish Army said on Wednesday that it targeted 99 Daesh positions and 18 YPG positions north of Aleppo. [Dorar]

 

The Turkey President Erdogan says Turkey is determined to clear Manbij from the PYD. [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 3 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, near Albu Kamal (1), near Shaddadi (1), and near Mare’ (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Local sources say a man, his wife, and their son were wounded by a leftover Daesh land mine near Abu Handha village in the Shaddadi area. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Jarniya town in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. The people of Jarniya should take that as a warning.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

Opposition groups shelled government controlled areas in Aleppo city, killing five civilians and wounding tens. Syrian troops targeted areas under the control of the opposition, killing four civilians and wounding others. [Hawar]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense says 48 women and children left Aleppo city on Tuesday night. [SyriaHR]

 

Jarabulus

Daesh says more than 80 Turkish Army shells fell on the villages of Tal Hajar, Tal Al-Hawa, and Karbajli in Jarabulus, while opposition groups were advancing in the area. [A3maq]

 

Al-Bab

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) units advanced on Tuesday toward Tal Al-Madhiq village west of Al-Bab to attack Daesh. It says Daesh suddenly withdrew and Turkey backed opposition groups and Turkish forces entered the village. The opposition units then targeted SDF positions with poisonous gases, forcing the SDF to retreat. However, SDF factions captured Tal Al-Madhiq anyway at 4 AM. Turkish forces and their militia units targeted Hasiya, Harbal, Um Hawsh, Um Al-Qura, and Sheikh Eissa villages with heavy artillery. Thirty opposition fighters and Turkish soldiers were killed and twenty wounded, and 7 vehicles were destroyed. Five SDF fighters were killed on Tuesday and another one died of wounds he previously sustained in a Turkish bombing. [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]

A video of the Turkish shelling in the area [Hawar]

An opposition commander says the opposition groups “partially” withdrew after Syrian warplanes and Apaches targeted their positions and SDF attacked them in the Tal Al-Madhiq area. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Army destroyed tens of Daesh oil tanker trucks in the Al-Bab area. [SyriaNow]

 

Azaz

Local sources say Turkish special forces moved from Jarabulus toward Mare’. [Hawar]

 

The SDF targeted Mare’ and Kaljibrin with mortars and heavy machine guns, wounding several civilians. [Qasioun]

The SDF also targeted residential areas in Azaz with mortars. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says an opposition convoy fell into a Daesh mine field during battles east of Al-Ra’i. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. How many stories are we supposed to believe about the enemy fighters falling into Daesh mine fields?

 

Daesh says ten civilians were killed in an “American” airstrike on a gathering of fuel tank trucks in Numan village, east of Akhtarin. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Because they were driving Daesh fuel trucks, perhaps?

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

Afrin

Turkish Army troops and machinery entered Sorka village in Afrin, preparing to dig trenches and build a concrete wall in the area. [Hawar]

 

Idlib

Syrian warplanes killed at least twenty-three people, including eighteen children, in airstrikes on Haas town south of Idlib. [ZamanAlWasl]

The SOHR says twenty-six people, including five children, were killed in the airstrikes. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh issues photos of installing billboards in different areas of Hama. It also publishes photos of olive harvesting in Hammadi Omar village, in Hama. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian warplanes launched airstrikes on Khashan village, wounding several civilians. Syrian planes also bombed areas near Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport, and 3 areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh security officials gave an ultimatum to more than 30 families in Mayadin city and surrounding areas, after accusing them of opposing Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos from northern areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [DawaAlhaq]

 

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

Daesh says it killed five opposition fighters with an IED on the outskirts of Ain Dhikr in the Yarmouk Basin, west of Daraa. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Two civilians were wounded by random bullets from armed men who were attacking security forces in Joura village. [VetoGate]

 

A woman and her 12-year-old daughter were wounded when an IED exploded on them near the Rafah city entrance. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces killed an ABM terrorist who was trying to plant an IED in Husseinat village in Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh sources say one child was killed, and ten other civilians, including three children and three women, were wounded by an “arbitrary” Egyptian Army shelling on areas in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Eyewitnesses say three masked men kidnapped a car dealership owner in Arish city. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The LNA Special Forces spokesman says one of his soldiers who was wounded yesterday by a land mine near the European hospital in the Qawarsha later died from the injury. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

A Misrata security source says a Daesh land mine exploded, damaging 4 GNA cars in the Nakhla area, 60 km (37 miles) west of Sirte, without causing casualties. [Wasat]

However, a security unit says five of its members were wounded in the explosion. [AfriGate]

 

An Educational Service official says life is gradually returning to the suburbs of Sirte and students are returning to their schools. [Wasat]

The Director of Health Services in Sirte says a medical convoy is visiting the liberated areas in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

A security source says 5 Nigerian and Eritrean women surrendered to GNA troops in in the Giza area of Sirte. The source says one of the women had an infant with her. [Wasat]

A military source says a Daesh African terrorist was captured in the Giza area. He also says several Daesh terrorists, especially from Tunisia and other African countries, were captured during the last 2 days. [Wasat]

 

A report about the conditions of Daesh prisons in Sirte [AfriGate]

 

The GNA military says American airstrikes on Sirte had stopped 3 days ago. [Libya24]

 

Other countries

Pakistan

A police officer was killed and an EOD personnel injured in two separate IED explosions targeting a polio eradication team in Peshawar’s Daudzai area Tuesday morning, police said. It also said a polio eradication team was hit when the first IED was detonated.

A second blast occurred when the EOD attempted to defuse another IED found during a search operation in the area. An EOD technician was injured in the blast. [Defense.PK]

Daesh says it killed a policeman and an EOD expert with an IED in Peshawar on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Somalia

Daesh says it captured Qandala town in northeastern Somalia, near the city of Bosaso. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of its terrorists in the town. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it attacked a police station in the Yaqshid district in southeastern Somalia with hand grenades. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it attacked a police station in Bosaso city with hand grenades. [A3maq]

 

Russia

Daesh says 2 of its terrorists attacked a military base in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

A village boy meeting his father, an Iraqi soldier, after 2 years [Facebook]

 

A group of girls singing the Iraqi National anthem in Virgin Mary church in Alqosh, northern Tel Keif [Facebook]

 

Shabak people in the Tob Zawa area in Hamdaniya reuniting with their families after two years. [Rudaw]

 

A Daesh tunnel found in the Assyrian town of Karemlash in Hamdaniya [RT]

 

Displaced families in south Ninewa [Yalla] [Mayadeen]

 

A mosque damaged by Daesh in Falluja [Harbi]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

 

October 25, 2016

Iraqi Soldier in the Shura Area (DaeshDaily)

Iraqi Soldier in the Shura Area (DaeshDaily)

Today’s Major Developments

Turks claim to be giving artillery support to Peshmerga, flying with Coalition. [..]

Daesh beheads a Shia cleric in Baghdad. [..]

Rutba back in government control; Daesh loses 40-60 men. [..]

Arab PC members in Kirkuk want investigation of displacements, home destruction in Dibis. [..]

Daesh executions rise quickly in Mosul. [..]

Thousands more PMF fighters arriving southwest of Mosul. [..]

IFP 9 miles from Mosul, CTS 4 miles, others in Bashiqa, Tel Keif 8-9 miles [..]

Turks still targeting YPG in Syria. [..]

Opposition groups, YPG battle each other in Aleppo city. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi warns of terrorist attacks intended to confuse the security situation in the country. He also blamed some politicians who repeat Daesh’s “news” reports. Abadi says Iraqi forces have reached an advanced stage in the Mosul liberation campaign. He also says the plan is to keep people in their houses and not asking them to leave. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

Abadi says he feels surprised about the French statement that more Daesh terrorists are coming from Syria to Mosul and says he will check the issue with the Coalition. [Mada]

 

The US Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, says in a press conference at the US Embassy in Baghdad that the Mosul battle is going as planned but it will be difficult and will take some time. He also says that Daesh will try more attacks like those in Rutba and Kirkuk so as to divert the attention. He also says the PKK is a terrorist organization and it causes problems for Turkey and the KRG. [Anadolu]

He also says the Turkish troops in Bashiqa are not part of the Coalition and the US is working to solve that issue in diplomatic ways. [Mada]

McGurk confirmed that the Coalition didn’t conduct the mysterious airstrike on Daquq. [Mada]

 

The Chairman of the CoR’s Displacement Committee says officials were involved in “stealing” aid materials that were allocated for displaced people from Ninewa. He also says the camps can’t do enough because the government is not releasing the funds allocated for the displaced people. [ARA]

 

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs says 4 Turkish F-16s are participating in the Mosul Battle. He also says Turkey might conduct a military operation against the PKK in Iraq. He says the Turkish artillery is supporting the Peshmerga in the Bashiqa battles based on a request from the Kurdish forces.  [Masdar] [BasNews] [Sumaria]

The Turkish Prime Minister says a “safe zone” should be established in northern Iraq in coordination with the KRG. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, five around Mosul, the others around Sinjar, Sultan Abdullah, and Rutba (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The Rusafa Court says a captured man admitted he was providing Daesh terrorists with new official IDs under new names. [Sumaria]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh says it beheaded a Shia cleric in Tarmiya. [A3maq]

An MoI source says an Iraqi Army soldier was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Taji. [Mada]

A security source says Counter Terrorism units defused an IED that was planted near a popular market in the Sheikh Hamad area, in Tarmiya. [Ghad]

A security source says IFP EOD defused 4 IEDs and 2 explosives vests found in a house under construction in Saba Al-Bor. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade found a Daesh guesthouse and an IED in the Tabi area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Niariya. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person killed and six wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus on Fallah Street in Sadr City. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A local police source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in Nahrawan. [Maalomah]

An MoI source says a joint police and army force captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Hawi village in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says unknown armed men broke into a house in Albu Aitha village in Daraa, shooting and killing three brothers. The source says two of the brothers were working with the MoD and the third was a member of the Tribal PMFs. [Mada]

An MoI source says three people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Latifiya. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused an IED in the Tal Al-Dhahab area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Iraqi Army 54th brigade found 39 rockets, a rocket launcher and other explosives in the Arsan area in Abu Ghraib. Terrorists were planning to use the rockets in the coming days. [MoD Website]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:    14   (Includes only incidents reported)

IED incidents                                            8

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi Army 59th brigade defused 4 IEDs in the Albu Dalaf area, near Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Mayor of Rutba says Iraqi forces regained control over Rutba city completely after securing houses and government buildings that had been captured by Daesh. [Mada]

 

The Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Iraqi and Coalition airstrikes, killed 40 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 14 vehicles in Rutba. He says Iraqi forces evacuated families temporarily in order to search for Daesh cells. [Sumaria]

Later on, he announced that Rutba was completely cleared and several families trapped by Daesh were freed. He revised his estimates to 60 Daesh terrorists killed and 10 of their vehicles destroyed. [Ghad]

 

Photos of Iraqi forces in charge of Rutba after foiling the Daesh attack [Sumaria]

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on an Iraqi Army military position in Rutba on Monday. The video is not complete. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack on Rutba. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The Daesh propaganda machine is not deterred by facts. Daesh lost in Rutba, but the video will be done so as to make it look like they won. The Daesh fanboys will be happy. Daesh is always victorious (even when it loses).

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Iraqi forces shot and killed a group of Daesh terrorists north of Khanuqa village. [Etejah]

The JOC says Salahuddin Police destroyed a Daesh tunnel in Shirqat. [Etejah]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 vehicles carrying PMF fighters in the Zuwiya intersection, south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on the Iraqi Army near Tilul Al-Baj. The photos don’t show any Iraqi soldiers, vehicles, or military positions. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Samarra

The Samarra Operations Commander says security forces captured a Daesh cell of 9 terrorists responsible for planting IEDs and for assassination operations in Samarra. [Mawazin]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The Diyala Police spokesman says Police Emergency units captured 2 Daesh terrorists who fled from Mosul when the Ninewa liberation operations started, in the Tahrir area of Baquba. [Mada]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Dijla Operations Commander says his troops found an explosives vest, rockets, and mortar shells in an orchard area in Al-Zor. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says the body of an unknown woman was found shot in Muqdadiya. [Ghad]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The Diyala Police chief says his troops shot and killed a Daesh suicide terrorist who was wearing an explosives vest in Qara Tapa. [Mada]

 

The Dijla Operations commander says his troops destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in the Himrin Hills area. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Daesh terrorists destroyed an irrigation pump with an IED in Khulafa village in the Hawi area. The source says Daesh is trying to prevent farmers in the area from settling and making a living. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Udhaim Subdistrict Council says 10 displaced families arrived in Udhaim after being forced to leave Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The Arab members in the Kirkuk Provincial Council ask for an urgent session to discuss the destruction of houses and displacement of Arab people from Qush Qaya and Qutan villages. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Coalition planes killed 5 Daesh terrorists who participated in the attack on Kirkuk governorate, in an airstrike near Sari Tapa village in Laylan subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

The PKK military branch said it participated in repelling Daesh attack on Kirkuk. [ARA]

 

The Chaldean Patriarch, Luis Sako, honors policemen who saved 14 female college students during the Daesh attack on Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a university professor, who was a displaced man from Hawija, was killed when armed men shot at his civilian vehicle in south Kirkuk. [Ghad]

 

Daesh issues a video of the battles in the first day of the attack on Kirkuk. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of 2 Iraqi suicide terrorists who attacked the electricity station in Dibis on Friday. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Southwest

The Council of Ministers has decided to pay compensations to the families of the Daquq airstrike victims. [Sumaria]
Military sources say the airstrike that killed fifteen women at a Shia religious gathering in Daquq was conducted by an Iraqi pilot who acted based on mistaken coordinates. Yalla couldn’t confirm this report from official sources. [Yalla]

 

A security source says their security captured several people wanted on terrorism charges, including the personal driver of Saddam’s son, in Daquq. [Mada]

A video of capturing the driver [Yalla]

 

NINEWA

An Iraqi Army officer said the ground assault has paused on all fronts to allow for a “reorganization and redeployment” of units. The air campaign continues, he said. [Anadolu]

 

Counter Terrorism troops paused their week-long advance on Mosul as they approached the city’s eastern edge on Tuesday, waiting for other Iraqi forces to move closer to the city. On the ninth day of the offensive on Mosul, the first force to get near to Mosul, advancing to within two kilometers (just over a mile), was the elite U.S.-trained Counter Terrorism Service (CTS). [Reuters]

 

Russian planes have reportedly deployed in the air along the Iraqi-Syrian border to target Daesh fighters fleeing Mosul. The Russian military reportedly said 300 Daesh fighters have slipped out of Mosul and reached Deir Ez-Zor in Syria. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense says more than sixty civilians were killed and two hundred were wounded in Coalition airstrikes on Mosul over the last 3 days. It also says one of the airstrikes targeted a girls’ school south of the city. It says there are no “noticeable successes” in the Mosul military operations. It also says Russian warplanes are flying over the Iraqi Syrian border and are ready to launch airstrikes against the terrorists. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Ninewa area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Mosul

Military developments in Mosul

A senior security source says 50 Daesh terrorists were killed when 2 vehicle bombs accidentally exploded in the west side of Mosul city. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh has continued mining Mosul’s streets and bridges with explosives, which it intends to detonate with the advance of Iraqi forces, local sources say. Daesh reopens the streets after it closes them to plant mines along the route, the sources say. The roads leading to the Mosul Great Mosque in the Al-Zera’i neighborhood have been mined, the sources add. The group intends to detonate “all bridges” in Mosul with the advance of Iraqi Joint Forces into eastern Mosul, the sources add. Daesh has placed vehicle bombs along roads and under bridges in the city, according to the sources. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh’s elite “Usra Army” fighters have vacated the eastern half of Mosul and have redeployed to the alleyways of the “old alleys” of the western half of the city, local source said. Some in the city suspect that those old narrow alleyways are being used as hideouts for Daesh leaders. [Sumaria]

“A few hundred” Daesh fighters have arrived in Mosul from Syria in the last few days, according to a source close to the French Defense Ministry. [Sumaria]

 

The “Ahrar Mosul” anti-Daesh resistance group has claimed responsibility for the assassination of “Abu Farouq,” an assistant head of a office” in eastern Mosul. The assassinated Daesh official, in his 50s, was also an “Islamic education” teacher who had joined Daesh before 2014. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh’s numbers in Mosul are in continuous decline as the group sends more and more of its members to the front lines, local sources say. [Mawsleya]

 

Mosul liberation campaign

Unidentified artillery units reportedly shelled Daesh positions heavily in western Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

The PMF’s northern sector spokesman has said that the statement of the NMF (recently renamed the “Ninewa Guards”) of Atheel Al-Nujaifi about participating in the Mosul campaign is “baseless” and that it has no role in the fighting for Mosul. [Waradana]

DaeshDaily comment: See below under Tel Keif where the Ninewa Guards are reportedly fighting in the operation.

 

Daesh announcers have acknowledged the “fierceness” of the fighting for Mosul on its radio broadcast in the city, local sources said. The acknowledgement comes amid a palpable decline in Daesh morale in the city, the sources added. [Mawsleya]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh executed 55 young men in Al-Sawas Square in central Mosul after arresting them at random in the areas of Al-Mansour and Wadi Hajar, two villages that mounted popular resistance to Daesh. [BasNews]

 

Daesh executed twenty-three people, including Yazidi girls, in 2 hospitals in Mosul city. [Harbi]

 

According to a report citing a local source, Daesh hung a bloodied young man’s body from an electricity pylon in the Bab Al-Tob neighborhood in central Mosul on Tuesday. When a crowd gathered, a portly Daesh leader known as “Al-Haji” reportedly appeared, and delivered an angry lecture about how Daesh “kills all those who target the Caliphate’s soldiers.” The Daesh leader then suddenly fell dead, covered in his own blood after being struck by a sniper bullet, the source said. A chaotic scene reportedly ensued as Daesh militants began to fire randomly. [Sumaria]

 

UNOCHA’s spokesman has expressed concern that Daesh could be committing massacres of civilians inside Mosul, citing “preliminary reports” such as Iraqi troops’ discovery of 70 bodies in Tilul Nasr village. [IPA]

 

Iraqis living under Daesh in Ninewa have been subjected to horrific treatment by increasingly volatile fighters and are being used as human shields as US-backed Iraqi coalition forces draw closer to the city, the UN has said.

The UN said on Tuesday that preliminary reports have emerged of mass executions. Between 20 and 50 ex-police officers were shot on Sunday, spokesperson Rupert Colville said, as Daesh attempts to quiet any signs of rebellion ahead of what is likely to be heavy fighting for control of Mosul.

Around 70 civilians who died from bullet wounds were discovered by security forces in the village of Tilul Nasr on 20 October, and 15 more were killed and their bodies thrown into a river in Safina, 28  miles (45 km) south of Mosul.

Three women and three girls were shot and four more children injured because they did not move quickly enough during a forced relocation, the UN said, as one of the children had a disability. [Independent]

 

Daesh executed nine of its own fighters who reportedly fled the battlefront, by binding their hands and feet and lowering the men into a trench of burning crude oil, a local source said. [Sumaria]

 

One of the “most prominent” Daesh IED makers, known as “Al-Homsi,” died when a barrel of C4 explosives detonated in an operation gone wrong in the Al-Arabi district of Mosul, a local source said. Three of his associated were also killed in the blast, the source added. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has filled the streets of the city with posters instructing residents to “smash” their satellite dishes, a local source said. The posters include 20 religious justifications for the instructions, but the source suggests that this is a new bid by Daesh to isolate the people of Mosul from outside news. [Sumaria]

 

PMF sources say Iraqi forces are jamming Daesh wireless communications in the Ninewa area. [Harbi]

 

A local source says the Daesh hisbah official, a terrorist from an Arab country, and a female German citizen terrorist who was responsible for female suicide terrorists, disappeared from Mosul with “important” documents and millions of dollars. The source says Daesh leaders are leaving the city with the arrival of Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in the Sumer area on the east side of Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) says it killed 40 Daesh terrorists and captured 5 in the 9th day of its Ninewa operation. It also says it destroyed 6 vehicle bombs and 92 IEDs. [Baghdadia]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops are 15 km (9 miles) away from the western side of Mosul city. [Harbi]

 

The IAA targeted Daesh in several locations in the Shura area, killing 16 terrorists and destroying a hideout, a booby-trapped house, a car bomb, and 2 other vehicles. [MoD Website]

 

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed 4 machine gun mounted vehicles and 5 motorcycles in the Shura area. [Harbi]

 

The IFP reportedly targeted Daesh in the village of Khawtiya (spelling approx.), killing seven Daesh members. [Harbi]

 

A PMF source reportedly said Daesh is moving IEDs into the Hammam Al-Alil area. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh is digging new trenches south of Mosul and sowing them with IEDs linked by wires to remote detonators in a bid to hamper the progress of advancing Iraqi Joint Forces a security source said. The trenches are reported to stretch from the south of the city toward Tal Afar. [Etejah] The southern part of Tal Afar province extends to well south of Mosul city.

 

Thousands of PMF fighters, headed by Hadi Al-Ameri the Badr Commander, are arriving southwest of Mosul to participate in the liberation battles and to prevent Daesh terrorists from fleeing toward Syria. PMF elite units arrived in areas southeast of Mosul. [Harbi] [Sumaria]

 

The Ashura Brigade PMF reportedly captured a village southwest of Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

PMFs south of Mosul reportedly received an unspecified number of displaced families. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee and an SUV near the Shura intersection, south of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Qayara

CoR Speaker Jubouri arrived at the Qayara Airfield and met with military commanders. [BasNews]

 

The IFP have captured 1200 square km (463 square miles) since the launch of the Mosul operation and have begun handing the captured territory over to Ninewa Police, according to General Ra’ed Shakir Jawdat, Commander of the IFP. The commander also said his troops had captured 56 villages, freed 1500 families, killed 75 Daesh fighters, and destroyed 92 vehicle bombs. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it broke into the house of a PMF commander in Imam Gharbi village, south of Qayara, and killed 3 PMF fighters. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed four fighters and wounded another in the attack. [A3maq]

 

Good read from NPR: Near Mosul, Some Residents Flee Daesh, Others Stay And Fight With Daesh.

 

Nineveh Plain

Hamdaniya

The Counter Terrorism units are 6 km (3.7 miles) from the eastern outskirts of Mosul, according to the force’s commander. The units are moving into Bazwaya village area, an MoD official said. [IPA] [Harbi]

 

400 individuals have fled the village of Bazwaya east of Mosul to Al-Khazer Camp in the southeast of Erbil governorate, according to a media representative of the chairman of Ninewa GC. [Sumaria]

[Harbi]

 

Daesh says Peshmerga and PMF units, supported by Coalition planes and Apaches, attacked its positions in the center of Hamdaniya District, but it stopped the attack, killing 4 Peshmerga and PMF fighters, damaging an Abrams tank, and destroying a BMP armored vehicle. [A3maq]

 

Photos of a purported Syrian tank, reportedly recovered from a Daesh site in Bazwaya. [PressIraq]

 

Tel Keif

Peshmerga fighters completely control the strategic village of Khorsabad in the Nawaran area close to the Hamdaniya border, an Iraqi military source said. [ARA]  Khorsabad is an Assyrian village about nine miles from Mosul.

 

After besieging the city for several days the Peshmerga have entered Batnaya, 3 miles north of Tel Keif, and now also control the Christian town of Alqosh near the Kurdistan border, a Nineveh Plain Protection Force official said. The Christian PMF, Nineveh Plains Protection Force, reportedly participated in the operation. [Sumaria] [Harbi]

 

Iraqi Army and Ninewa Guard militiamen captured a fuel storage facility belonging to the Northern Oil Company, and a gas factory in Tel Keif, as well as a village in the area and the principal road leading to Tel Keif city, an MoD statement said. [Baghdadia]

 

The IAA killed 7 Daesh terrorists, including 2 snipers, and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles and a hideout in the Tel Keif area. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga Humvee with a mortar shell near the Free Zone area, west of Tel Keif. [A3maq]]

 

The IWMC says Coalition planes killed tens of Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 rocket launchers, 5 vehicle bombs, and 8 tunnels in the Tel Keif area. [AIN]

 

The Peshmerga captured Derik village in the Bashiqa area and are preparing to enter Bashiqa city in the coming hours. [Rudaw]

 

Bashiqa

Daesh says Peshmerga and PMF units, supported by Coalition planes, attacked Omar Qabchi village, northeast of Mosul (southeast of Khorsabad), but it stopped the attack and forced them to retreat. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged a Peshmerga Abrams tank with a missile near the Omar Qabchi intersection. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked Peshmerga units in Aski Mosul village, north of Tal Afar, with explosives vests. Daesh also says it destroyed a Peshmerga vehicle with an IED near the village. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes a photo of one of the Iraqi suicide terrorists. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A PMF source says 3,000 Turkman PMFs from Tal Afar will participate in the liberation operations of their district. [Harbi]

 

On Monday, a security source said unspecified “security forces” killed a Daesh attacker wearing a suicide vest who was attempting to infiltrate Ninewa Police positions in Aski Mosul.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Turkish military sources say the Turkish Army attacked 72 Daesh targets and 15 YPG targets in north Syria on Monday. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Saleh Muslim, the president of the PYD, told the German a TV network that Turkey got the green light from the United States and Russia before bombing and shelling the YPG units in north Aleppo. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 3 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, one near Abu Kamal and two near Mare’. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Local activists say people of Al-Mahawesh village in the Mount Abdul Aziz area clashed with the PYD Asayesh who were trying to force young people from the village into military service. A young man and two Asayesh members were wounded in the clashes. [BasNews]

 

The PYD Asayish says the Turkish Army shot and killed a young man in Amuda. [ARA]

 

The PYD Asayish defused 2 IEDs near Tal Hamis. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently says Daesh opened a school for Turkish speaking children in Raqqa. [EnabBaladi]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

The SOHR says heavy battles erupted between opposition groups and the YPG near Ain Al-Tal area in Aleppo city. [SyriaHR]

Ahrar Al-Sham says the YPG attacked the area but it stopped the attack, killing or wounding “tens” of YPG fighters. [ARA]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense says Russian and Syrian planes haven’t conducted airstrikes on Aleppo for seven days. It also says fifty people were smuggled secretly from Aleppo to government controlled areas. [ARA]

 

Jarabulus

7,741 people have returned to their houses in Jarabulus from Turkey since the city was liberated from Daesh. [Anadolu]

 

Al-Bab

Turkish artillery killed six people from the same family when its shells fell on a displaced people’s camp near Al-Burj village, 90 km (56 miles) north of Al-Bab. The village had been occupied by Daesh. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

The YPG-backed Hawar says the General Commander of Jabha Shamiya, an opposition group, was killed and seven opposition military vehicles were destroyed in battles with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) factions near Tal Madhiq village. [Hawar]

Hawar says the opposition groups targeted the village with chemical weapons. [Hawar]

 

Opposition groups captured Kassar, Tal Jijan, and Tal Madhiq villages after heavy battles with Daesh. [EnabBaladi]

Tal Jijan village lies within the administrative borders of Al-Bab and it’s 14 km (9 miles) away from the city. [Dorar]

The opposition says Syrian Army helicopters dropped barrel bombs on the opposition in the area while the opposition was fighting the YPG and Syrian troops, killing three opposition fighters and wounding ten. It says this is the first time the Syrian Army has targeted the Turkey-backed Operation Euphrates Shield groups. [Dorar]

The SOHR says six opposition fighters and one SDF fighter were killed in the battles. It also says Turkish artillery shelled SDF positions in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

Azaz

The Turkish Army and Syrian opposition groups targeted Um Hawsh, Harbal, and Hasiya villages with heavy artillery (video). [Hawar]

The YPG stopped an opposition attack on Hasiya and Samouqa villages, killing several fighters and destroying a machine gun mounted vehicle. The battles are still ongoing. [Hawar]

 

Five opposition groups fighters were killed and twenty-eight wounded by a vehicle bomb attack near Baraan village. [ZamanAlWasl]

Daesh says one of its Kurdish suicide terrorists attacked Turkish and opposition troops in Baraan village south of Akhtarin with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding “tens” of them. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Several people were killed in SDF shelling on Mare’. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The SOHR says three opposition fighters were killed by a Daesh land mine in Tal Maled. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says a child was killed and other civilians wounded in an SDF shelling on Kaljibrin. [SyriaHR]

 

Afrin

Turkey backed opposition groups targeted 4 villages in Afrin with tens of mortars, wounding two civilians. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Daesh says two people were killed and ten wounded in 13 “American” airstrikes on Tal Aswad village, south of Manbij, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Other Northwest Syria

Local sources say the Turkish Army brought more than 20 vehicles loaded with ammunition to Syria through the Atma Border Crossing in Idlib during the last 2 days. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A special source says a “large” Russian military unit was deployed days ago to a military base in the Tadmur area. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its terrorists meeting with tribal leaders near Sukhnah. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The Syrian Army destroyed a 20m Daesh tunnel in Hay Al-Sinaa in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

The SOHR says 2 Daesh terrorists were killed in the tunnel. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says a Daesh security member fled from Mayadin and joined the regime’s security service in Damascus. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says the Syrian Army and Daesh exchanged shelling in different areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of 4 Syrian soldiers who surrendered to its terrorists in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Counter Terrorism units cleared the Bala’a area, west of Rafah, one of ABM’s major strongholds, after heavy clashes, killing 6 terrorists. [ElWatan]

 

Six civilians, including a 13-year-old boy were wounded by 4 IED explosions in south Rafah and south Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

An Egyptian soldier was killed by a sniper in the Abu Tawila area, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh supporters issue a report about civilian casualties resulting from Egyptian shelling and bombing on North Sinai areas. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Libya

Central coast

A medical source says GNA troops freed an Indian doctor and five Philippine nurses from Daesh in Sirte. Daesh had kidnapped them months ago and forced them to treat its terrorists. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an armored vehicle and a car, both carrying Government of National Accord (GNA) fighters, with 2 IEDs near the Nakhla Intersection, west of Sirte. [A3maq]

 

The GNA Military says its troops killed a Daesh local commander and a Daesh Palestinian terrorist in Sirte. [AfriGate] [Libya24]

 

AFRICOM says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte between October 21 and October 23. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured a cell of Daesh members in El Kef. [Tunisien]

 

Security units captured 2 American brothers who arrived in Jendouba and were promoting takfiri ideas. The security found jihadi materials on the brothers’ computers. Speaking through a translator, they said they arrived in Tunisia for jihad. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A Saudi jihadi “cleric” said that God is punishing Syrian people with airstrikes because of their sins, creating a social media firestorm among Syrian activists. [EnabBaladi] [Twitter] [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This idiot claims to be the second Bin Laden because of his fortune, which he uses to support radical groups in Syria. He is actually talking about Sunni Muslims in Syria. This attitude reflects the takfiri hatred towards countries with much older civilizations. Sunnis of Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and other countries are not Muslim enough for the takfiris. Many jihadis have expressed their hatred towards Syrian people, while at the same time living in Syria and claiming to be fighting for the Syrians. After living for decades under the criminal Baathist regime and suffering from its ideology, people of Syrian are facing another dangerous ideology coming from the desert.   

 

Videos of the Day

Kirkuk. A video of Arab houses demolished in the 1 Huzairan area in Kirkuk [YouTube]

 

A video of a displaced family kicked out of Kirkuk [YouTube]

 

A video of capturing young men and displacing them from Qutan village in Dibis [YouTube]

 

Ninewa. A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh staging area near Mosul [CJTF]

 

A video of Shia militias beating up two boys in Ninewa after accusing them of being Daesh members [Twitter]

 

Nineveh Plain. A video of the room of a Daesh terrorist in a village in the Bashiqa area. The terrorist put the photo of a Kurdish female singer on his wall. [Rudaw]

 

A video of people of Hamdaniya celebrating the liberation of their city [Sumaria]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues infographics about the Mosul battles. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its terrorists in Abyan, in Aden. [DawaAlhaq]

October 24, 2016

 

Ali Raisan (Sumaria)

Ali Raisan (Sumaria)

Today’s Major Developments

Turkey says it has participated in Mosul campaign. JOC says it hasn’t. [..]

Daesh makes major attack on Rutba. [..]

Kirkuk situation under control after Daesh attack. 74 Daesh fighters killed. [..]

Ninewa campaign has captured 77 villages so far. [..]

Daesh sends Syrian boys to fight in Mosul; 31 die. [..]

Coalition, Iraqi airstrikes blast several locations in Mosul. [..]

Al-Sumaria reporter killed in Shura. [..]

IFP-led troops make steady progress in Shura, moving toward Hammam Al-Alil as Daesh fighters bail out. [..]

IAA air attack foils mass execution by Daesh, saves 150 lives. [..]

CTS, Iraqi Army, Peshmerga units surround city of Bashiqa just outside Mosul. [..]

Daesh launches large attack on Peshmerga in Sinjar. [..]

Turks, supporting militias preparing to attack strategic Al-Bab, Syria. [..]

Egyptian air attack kills 70 Daesh-affiliated militants, wounds 80 in Sinai. [..]

Daesh attacks police college in Quetta, Pakistan, kills 95 people. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi received the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. Löfven said Sweden will increase the number of its military personnel in Iraq from 35 to 70. [Mada]

 

Abadi says in the meeting with his Swedish counterpart that the Turkish statement that they are participating in the Ninewa battles is not true. [Sumaria]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) refuted media reports that Turkey’s has participated in the Ninewa battle. [ARA]

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs says the Turkish Military is participating, in many ways. He says the Turkish military trained Peshmerga and NMF units, who are participating in the battles, and that Turkish planes are part of the Coalition. He also says the Turkish troops in Bashiqa have killed 700 Daesh terrorists so far, in addition to 17 since the Ninewa battles started. [TurkPress]

DaeshDaily comment. Apparently the Turks are creating and keeping their own records. Al-Jazeera, generally negative toward the Iraqi government, reported last week that Turkish planes bombed Mosul.

The Minister also says Turkey will not allow the PKK to have a base in Sinjar. He says Sinjar will not be another of the Qandil Mountains. [Rudaw]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, on or near Mosul (6) and Sultan Abdullah (1) in Ninewa; Bashir (1) in Kirkuk; and Rawa (1) and Rutba (1) in Anbar.  [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed 4 Daesh guesthouses and defused 10 IEDs in the Hora area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 59th brigade found an explosives cache in the Dhabitya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says an employee of the General Inspector Office, and the Ministry of Health was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his civilian vehicle in Adhamiya. [Mada]

An MoI source says the police captured a gang that killed a money exchange owner in Binouk. The gang stole $150,000 from the victim. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

Iraqi Army 42nd brigade found 3 rockets in the Tuwaitha area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Iraqi Army 55th brigade defused an IED and found an explosives cache in the Sheeth area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused 4 IEDs and found other explosives in the Tajrat area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Saidiya. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a busy restaurant in Bayya’. [Mada]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says an MoD captain and his driver were killed when a sticky IED exploded under their vehicle in on the highway in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:    10   (Includes only incidents reported)

IED incidents                                              4

 

ANBAR

An MoD source says the Directorate of Health in Anbar is issuing death certificates for some Daesh dead members and changing the causes of death to classify them as victims. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. The victims’ families get government compensation.

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Security sources say Daesh launched a major attack on Rutba and captured several government buildings and set them on fire. The Deputy Chairman of the Rutba district council says Iraqi units broke into several buildings and houses where Daesh fighters had barricaded themselves, killing 6 terrorists and capturing 4. He also says Iraqi forces, with support from local citizens, also destroyed 3 Daesh sniper positions. [BasNews]

 

Daesh’s version says it broke into Rutba from different sides and captured “half” of the city. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh says it trapped the “remains” of Iraqi Army units and Sahwa fighters in Rutba city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh’s version says it conducted a suicide attack in Hay Al-Karabla in Rutba city. [A3maq]  Daesh says it killed a Sahwa commander and his bodyguards there. [A3maq] Daesh says that Iraqi soldiers and Sahwa fighters fled. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says a group of its terrorists infiltrated Rutba and then other terrorists attacked Iraqi Army positions around the city from 5 sides. Daesh says its terrorists entered the city, then 2 suicide bombers detonated their vehicle bombs in the Karabla area while others blocked the Kilo 160 road, cutting off access to the city. Daesh says it captured most of the city, killing more than seventy Iraqi soldiers and Sahwa fighters. Daesh says the battles are still ongoing and it is aiming at “clearing” the entire city. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. We need to redefine the term “captured”. Daesh supporters still believe it “captured” half of Kirkuk, for example.

 

The Mayor of Rutba says 50 Daesh terrorists attacked Rutba, including snipers and suicide terrorists. He says Iraqi forces killed 9 terrorists and captured 3. [Mada]

A Tribal PMF commander estimated that Iraqi forces killed 30 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs while securing 3 neighborhoods in Rutba. [Mada]

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb in Zaytoun in Rutba. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the attack on Rutba. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed or wounded several Iraqi service members in an attack on the Kilo 25 area north of Rutba. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a short video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh said on Saturday it captured an Iraqi soldier near Khanuqa village south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several PMF fighters and destroyed 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs in the Fatha area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photo of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Shirqat area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Baiji

Daesh said on Saturday that it shot down an “American” MQ-9 bombing drone in the Thermal Station area. [A3maq]

Daesh said that after shooting down the MQ-9, it shot down an “American” recon drone in the same area. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its snipers killed three PMF fighters and wounded three others near the Allas Oilfield. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A security source says a civilian was killed when an IED exploded near an agriculture area in Hashimiyat, 10 km (6 miles) northwest of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

The Diyala Police chief says his troops destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses, defused 2 IEDs, and found weapons and explosives in a campaign against Daesh sleeper cells in Buhriz. [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A PUK official says the Peshmerga killed a Daesh terrorist who was trying sneak into Qara Tapa in the Kifri subdistrict. [ROJ]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The Kirkuk Governor says security forces captured several Daesh terrorists, including the leader of the Daesh attack on Kirkuk. He says the leader, an Iraqi terrorist, admitted that 100 terrorists attacked Kirkuk, mostly Iraqis. The Governor says Iraqi forces killed 74 terrorists. [Mada]

A security source says the leader of the Daesh attack on Kirkuk told them that Daesh intends to attack Kirkuk with 300 suicide terrorists. [Mada]

The KRG Security Council said on Sunday that the Daesh terrorists had come from Hawija through areas between Daquq and Bashir and then arrived at the Tareq Company area south of Kirkuk. It says security forces, supported by local volunteers, killed many terrorists and arrested 8. It said that Daesh wanted to capture some areas south of Kirkuk to ease the pressure on its fighters in Mosul. [Mada]

 

The KRG Security Council says a Daesh commander was killed and 5 people who helped Daesh attack Kirkuk were captured. A security source says 2 Daesh terrorists blew themselves up after being trapped by security units in Kirkuk city center. [Mada]

 

A local source says a Daesh terrorist blew himself up after being trapped by security forces in east Kirkuk, without causing casualties among security forces. [Mada]

 

The Deputy Governor of Kirkuk says 170 houses were destroyed in Kirkuk city and 2 villages in Dibis District. The Kirkuk Governor says he doesn’t approve of any demolition or displacement actions in the governorate. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This report seems to suggest some Kurdish retaliation against Arabs in Kirkuk in reaction to the Daesh attack on the city and the companion attack in Dibis. This could be an incendiary issue if the story proves out.

There are several reports about revenge actions against Arabs in Kirkuk including kicking displaced families out and demolishing house.

 

The Chaldean Archbishop of Kirkuk and Suleimaniya saved the lives of seven female college students during the Daesh attack on Kirkuk. The girls were trapped in their dormitory, but the archbishop managed to smuggle them out through the back fence. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. The girls are not Christians. Good Iraqi people take care of each other.

 

The security source says the body of a young man was found strangled near the industrial area southeast of Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that the clashes in Kirkuk continued for the third day in a row. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of its supporters in Mosul celebrating the “victories” in Kirkuk. [A3maq]

 

Hawija

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh commander near his house in Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A Kirkuk Police commander says a joint Peshmerga, Police, and PMF force started a security operation in Daquq on Sunday, and captured 15 people including 2 known Daesh members. He says one policeman was killed and another wounded in the operation. [Rudaw]

 

NINEWA

The IWMC released a list of 77 villages and local areas captured since the start of the Mosul operation. [Ghad]

 

772 Daesh members have been killed and 23 others captured since the start of the Mosul operation, the IWMC announced Monday. [PUKMedia]

 

Pope Francis says the cruelty of the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul “makes us cry, leaves us without words.” He told 50,000 people gathered Sunday for the Angelus blessing that he was “pained by the murder in cold blood of numerous sons of this beloved land, among them many children.”

He expressed his closeness to the people of Iraq “in these dramatic hours,” saying “our souls are shaken by the brutal acts of violence that are being committed for too long against innocent citizens, whether Muslims or Christians.” [CatholicHerald]

 

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says 3,802 people have left their houses in the Ninewa area since the battles started. [Anadolu]

 

Mosul

Military developments in Mosul

The Counter Terrorism Service commander says Iraqi forces are 5-6 km away from the eastern edge of Mosul. He says Iraqi forces have met their goals for this stage of the Ninewa liberation campaign. He says Daesh anticipated a long battle in Bartella, making its first defensive stand before Mosul, but the Iraqi forces took the city fast. He says Iraqi forces and Coalition planes destroyed 20 Daesh vehicle bombs.

Ninewa Emergency Police and Tribal PMFs will hold the ground while Counter Terrorism troops attack Mosul. [Sumaria] [AIN]

 

Daesh executed 40 of its own members who fled the fighting in Bashiqa and nearby areas, a PUK official said. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh executed “tens” of captives from 40 families, including women and children, whom it had abducted from villages south of Mosul, a Ninewa police officer said. [BasNews]

 

An unknown armed group calling itself the “Mosul Falcons” [Suqour Al-Mosul] announced an abduction operation in which a Daesh commander and one of his associates were captured in the Al-Zuhour neighborhood of eastern Mosul. The group has threatened to execute the captives if Daesh executes a certain group of young men it captured two weeks ago in Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A large fire broke out in Daesh’s “Soldier’s Bureau” in western Mosul, a local source said. The office had been vacated earlier by Daesh, the source added. There have been several fires in Daesh offices in Mosul, the source said, but it is not clear who has set them. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul liberation campaign

A local source says Coalition planes targeted Hay Al-Arabi, Hay Al-Shifa’, and Halab Street in Mosul, killing 34 terrorists. [Baghdadia]

Iraqi aircraft killed 12 Daesh members and destroyed 4 vehicles in the Al-Arabi neighborhood in eastern Mosul, the MoD announced. [MoDWebsite]

Heavy aircraft presence was reported in the skies over Mosul on Monday by local sources in the city. [Mawsleya]

 

A local source says most of Daesh terrorists in the city have withdrawn from the east side of Mosul to the west side after booby-trapping the city bridges. The source also says Daesh established 3 defense lines of vehicle bombs and prepared its Ashbal Al-Khilafa boys to conduct suicide attacks. [Sumaria]

 

The SOHR says 37 Daesh fighters from Raqqa, including 31 Ashbal Al-Khilafa boys, have been killed in the fighting in the Mosul area. [EnabBaladi]

 

More than 100 slain Daesh fighters have been brought to Mosul hospitals, according to local sources. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh families have been fleeing from the east bank of Mosul to the western bank as Iraqi Joint Forces advance from the east, local sources say. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh checkpoints at the gates of Mosul have confiscated the possessions of families that Daesh has captured and brought to Mosul from villages that it has lost, a local source said. The source also said that three elderly persons including a woman and a child had all died at the checkpoints as a result of the harsh conditions they endured after Daesh forced them from their homes to be used as human shields. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Diyala says 3 AQI leaders, who were thought to have been killed, are now senior Daesh commanders in Mosul. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh usually publishes reports about its dead terrorists. However, some of them later reappear.

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh has turned more than 40 patients, including the aged, out of Mosul Hospital in order to make room for “tens of” its wounded fighters, a Ninewa local source said. The Mosul Hospital has been turned into a “bloodbath” the source said. Most of the Daesh corpses are brought to the Al-Ghabat area of western Mosul for burial, the source said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh’s hisbah patrols are in constant fear as they patrol the streets of Mosul local sources say. Some have taken to dressing in military garb and shortening their hair and beards. At the same time there is a fear among hisbah members that they will be sent to the front lines. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh members are stealing the contents inside houses in Mosul whose owners fled the city in 2014. [Mawsleya]

 

Syrian merchants who came to Mosul with Daesh in 2014 or after have fled back to Syria, local sources say. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh publishes photos of fighting east of Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Mosul city. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Another reassuring message to show that everything is fine in the caliphate and everyone is happy. These messages have multiplied in recent days, so things are obviously getting better and better.

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

Al-Sumaria TV says one of its cameramen, Ali Raisan, was killed by a Daesh sniper while covering the battles in the Shura area on Saturday. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We knew Ali Raisan and feel the loss personally. He was one of the best and most dedicated of war reporters. He worked previously with DaeshDaily staff on different projects.

 

57 of 84 villages south of Mosul have been captured so far from Daesh, the IFP commander announced. [Forat]

 

A DaeshDaily war reporter in Ninewa says Iraqi troops are using masks in the Shura and Qayara areas because of the smoke from the Mishraq Sulphur plant that Daesh set on fire. Our reporter himself is suffering minor respiratory issues.

 

Iraqi troops advanced eight km (5 miles) along the southern front on Monday toward Hammam Al-Alil, according to an officer with the Rapid Response units. Hammam Al-Alil is the subdistrict between Shura and Mosul city. The “first stage” of the Mosul operation has been completed on the southern front, and Iraqi joint forces are now 10 km (6 miles) from Hammam Al-Alil and the Mosul Ring Road, according to an Iraqi intelligence officer with the Rapid Response units on Monday. They have cleared an area stretching 35 km (22 miles) from their base in Qayara, he said, and are now clearing along the Baghdad-Mosul Road at the Al-Shura and Al-Jahsh junctions. [Mada]

 

A local activist says the IAA foiled a Daesh mass execution of 150 former security personnel in Hammam Al-Alil. He says Daesh had let these people free after they “repented”, but when the attack on Ninewa started Daesh decided to execute them after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. He says the IAA attacked Daesh and killed Daesh terrorists before they could carry out the executions. [Ghad]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says the IAA killed tens of Daesh terrorists and destroyed their guesthouses in Hammam Al-Alil. [Maalomah]

 

A Coalition airstrike based on Iraqi intelligence killed 16 Daesh members, including a commander, in the Shura subdistrict, the MoD announced. [Baghdadia]

 

An IFP commander says Iraqi forces captured 4 villages in Shura subdistrict. He also says Iraqi forces will enter Shura city in the coming hours. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Army troops and the IFP seized two villages south of Mosul on Monday, and are now advancing toward Munira village, the IWMC announced. [Mada]

 

The IFP captured the village of Zalhafa northwest of Shura city, according to a “well-placed security source.” The MoD announced that Iraqi troops killed 25 Daesh members in the village. [Mada] [MoDWebsite]

 

The IFP also captured the village of Khaweita, a security source announced. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has set fire to mosques, schools, health centers, and a power station in the Shura subdistrict, sources inside Ninewa Operations said. [Etejah]

 

The IAA killed “tens” of Daesh members in targeted strikes in Hammam Al-Alil, using precise intelligence information, according to a Ninewa security source. [Waradana]

 

Daesh made a “mass flight” from Hammam Al-Alil on Monday in the face of advancing Iraqi troops, who captured three villages, according to Maj. Gen. Najm Al-Jubouri, Ninewa Operations Commander. [Waradana]

 

Iraqi troops freed “hundreds” of civilian Daesh prisoners south of Mosul, the Ninewa Operations commander said. [AIN]

 

Two Daesh members were captured by Iraqi Rapid Response troops in the village of Tal Taiyiba in Shura, west of Shura city, according to a statement issued by the Rapid Response force. [Forat]

 

11 Daesh members reportedly surrendered themselves to Iraqi troops south of Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh says it killed twenty Iraqi service members and destroyed 3 Humvees and 2 cars in an attack on Isfya village east of Shura. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Unfortunately for Daesh, DaeshDaily has a video of the battles in the same village. Our reporter, who was there, told us that Daesh was badly defeated there. 

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces south of Shura. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq PMF militia (Shia) has announced that it has been assigned to clear Daesh from areas west of Mosul. [Waradana]

 

Qayara

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 15 Daesh terrorists in airstrikes south and north of Qayara. [Ghad]

 

The PMF Press says Daesh set 15 oilfields on fire north of Qayara to block the vision of Iraqi pilots. [Buratha]

 

The UN is reportedly investigating allegations that Iraqi troops confiscated tents and water supplies intended to assist displaced civilians. An anonymous source told the Telegraph that a group claiming to have come from Baghdad as part of the Rapid Response force claimed to need the supplies for the troops. [IPA]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Abrams tank and a T72 tank near the Qayara and Shura intersections south of Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of destroying an Iraqi Abrams tank with a missile near the Qayara Intersection. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

The Coalition spokesman, Colonel Jon Dorrian, said on Sunday that Coalition planes have dropped 1,400 shells on Daesh since the military campaign started. [Arabi21]

 

Video purports to show US Special Forces medical units assisting wounded Peshmerga in the company of Canadian intelligence officers on the battlefield in an unspecified location near Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Photos of a purported Daesh tunnel in unspecified location near Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

Daesh issues videos of battles in the Ninewa area. [DawaAlhaq] [DawaAlhaq] [DawaAlhaq] [DawaAlhaq]

 

Hamdaniya

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism units launched attacks on “several fronts” Monday to capture several villages around Bartella, the force’s spokesman said. Operations are unfolding according to plan and on schedule, he said, praising the cooperation between the various armed forces participating and calling for cooperation from local residents to inform them of any Daesh locations. A Ninewa security source said that a two-pronged “wide-ranging operation” was launched Monday to capture three villages in Bartella subdistrict. “Tens” of Daesh members were killed in the operations, the source said. [Mada] [Mada]

 

Daesh admitted that the Peshmerga entered the remaining areas of Bartella. However, Daesh says it is still in charge of half of Hamdaniya. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Sunday that it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces in Hamdaniya. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks in Tais Kharab and Tob Zawa villages near Bartella. [A3mq] Iraqi forces had earlier moved into the area.

 

There was a report today that the Bartella assault was originally assigned to the Peshmerga, but that they could not overcome Daesh’s surprisingly stiff resistance within the city. This is why the assault was taken over by the Counter Terrorism Service with Peshmerga support. [Dijla]

 

The JOC spokesman said Iraqi troops captured the Christian area of Karemlash on Monday, after the IWMC announced that Iraqi Joint Forces advanced into the Karemlash subdistrict earlier in the day. A security cordon is in effect around the area, the IWMC said. [Karemlash] [Mada]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces in Qaraqosh (Bakhdida), in Hamdaniya. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Peshmerga and PMF troops near the Shabak village of Tahrawa. [A3maq]

 

The MoD announced an airstrike targeting Daesh gathering in Kokjali. [MoDWebsite]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Hamdaniya. [A3maq]

 

Tel Keif

The JOC says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh truck loaded with ammunition near Tal Keif, killing 5 terrorists. [Buratha]

 

Daesh say the Peshmerga have failed to capture Tel Keif after 3 days of heavy battles. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says one of its terrorists killed eight PMF fighters near the Free Zone area west of Tel Keif. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed five Peshmerga fighters and wounded others near the Free Zone. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 PMF Humvees near Kafruk village, near Batnaya. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Saturday that American planes mistakenly bombed Peshmerga forces near Batnaya village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says American warplanes mistakenly destroyed a Peshmerga Humvee west of Tel Keif. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that a man and woman were killed and others wounded in a Peshmerga mortar shelling on Tel Keif. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of “American” airstrikes on Tel Keif. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles north of Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Bashiqa

Counter Terrorism troops, Iraqi Army 16th division, and Peshmerga forces have entered Bashiqa city according to PMF sources. [Etejah]

 

An earlier report from the same media source said Peshmerga fighters had completely surrounded Bashiqa and are preparing to raid the area, a KRG Peshmerga Ministry official said. [Etejah]

 

Daesh admitted on Sunday that the Peshmerga had surrounded Bashiqa on 3 sides. [A3maq]

Peshmerga fighters also captured three villages northeast of Mosul. [Buratha]

 

Photos found in mobile phones of a dead Daesh terrorist in the Bashiqa area show children dressing as fighters and some of them wearing explosives vests. [Rudaw]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Sinjar

Peshmerga fighters repelled a Daesh attack in eastern Sinjar District in Ninewa’s far west, killing 15 Daesh members. Daesh attacked Monday morning with nine suicide vehicle bombs, according to a “well-placed security source.” Seven of the vehicle bombs were destroyed, and 15 Daesh members were killed the fighting, the source said. There were no Peshmerga casualties, the source added. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: The reporting does not explain what happened to the other two vehicle bombs.

The Mayor of Sinjar says the Peshmerga, supported by Coalition planes, stopped a Daesh attack on Sinjar, killing tens of terrorists and destroying 8 vehicle bombs. [ARA]

 

Daesh’s version says it attacked Peshmerga positions south and west of Sinjar city. Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists started the attack with a vehicle bomb, then its terrorists followed up. Daesh also says it targeted the Peshmerga with 500 rockets and mortar shells. Daesh says its terrorists killed more than fifty Peshmerga fighters, and destroyed many vehicles, before returning safely. [DawaAlhaq]

In other reports most likely on the same incident, Daesh says it conducted an attack on the Peshmerga in Sinjar city. [A3maq]  Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a Peshmerga gathering near the western entrance on Sinjar city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. According to Daesh supporters, and some incubator media mouthpieces, Daesh actually captured Sinjar, and the Peshmerga were fleeing.

 

Daesh publishes photos of the suicide attack near Sinjar. [DawaAlhaq]

 

70 Yazidi female captives have been freed since the start of the Mosul Operations according to the Office for the Liberation of Yazidi Kurdish Women which said that thousands still remain in Daesh captivity. [SotAlIraq]

 

Tal Afar

The AAH spokesman says the PMF Commission gave orders to the AAH to clear areas west of Mosul, including Tal Afar. He says the AAH will work on blocking Daesh supply lines between Mosul and Syria. [Maalomah]

 

Unspecified “security forces” killed a Daesh attacker wearing a suicide vest who was attempting to infiltrate Ninewa Police positions in Aski Mosul northwest of Tal Afar, a security source said. [Buratha]

 

The MoD announced an airstrike targeting a Daesh gathering in Al-Ashiq village in Tal Afar. [MoDWebsite]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Peshmerga cars with 2 IEDs in Bashar village west of Tal Afar killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed two Peshmerga fighters in Sino village west of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

Three civilian were killed by a Turkish airstrike on Mawata village in Mergasor District, in the northern part of Erbil. [ROJ]

The Mayor of Mergasor says the civilians, two brothers and their cousin, were visiting the village when the airstrike happened. [Rudaw]

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuted the report and said the planes targeted PKK positions and not civilians. [TurkPress]

DaeshDaily comment. Turkish airstrikes on far northern Iraqi Kurdistan do generally target the PKK without hitting civilians. However, the Turks should be advised that any civilians they kill in Mergasor could be Barzani tribesmen.

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated against the Turkish military presence in Iraq, but this time in Suleimaniya. [ROJ]

The Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, arrived to Erbil in an official visit. [BasNews]

[Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

A police source says security units captured a Daesh foreign terrorist while he was making a bomb in Urfa. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Turkish military says it attacked 27 Daesh targets and 19 SDF targets in north Aleppo on Sunday. [ARA]

 

A PKK senior official says the PKK, the PYD and the YPG have no relationship to the SDF faction Jaish Al-Thuwar in north Aleppo. He says Turkey is spreading lies in order to rationalize the seizure of Afrin. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. In any case, this is not the time for the PKK to be making a lot of noise. The PKK should stay away from Syria and Iraq so as not to give Turkey an excuse to intervene.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, on or near Manbij (1), Raqqa (2), and Tadmur (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A local source says Daesh issued orders to send all of its terrorists who fled to Markada city south of Hasaka to the front lines. The source says many Daesh terrorists fled to the city with their families. [ARA]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed five “PKK” armed men by detonating a parked motorcycle bomb in Hay Mshairfa in Hasaka. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed two Asayish members and wounded two others by detonating a parked motorcycle in the industrial area in Qamishli. [A3maq]

 

Four civilians were wounded when a booby-trapped motorcycle exploded in the industrial area of Qamishli. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues 2 photos of its religious activities in Al-Sor. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Raqqa

The YPG says it stopped a Daesh attack southeast of Ain Eissa. [Hawar]

Military sources said on Sunday that three Turkish officers and an opposition group commander were killed in battles near Ain Eissa. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says two civilians were killed in an “American” airstrike on Jarniya village northwest of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the corn harvest in the Karama area in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Al-Bab

Local sources say opposition groups, supported by Turkish tanks, stopped their military operations against the SDF and are preparing to attack Al-Bab city. [Hawar]

The Turkish President Erdogan says “some fronts” are telling Turkey not to move into Al-Bab, but the “FSA” is determined to take the city and establish a safe zone. [Dorar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists south and east of Al-Ra’i. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Azaz

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) factions targeted Turkey-supported opposition groups in Mare’ and Kaljibrin village on Sunday, killing four fighters and wounding ten. [Hawar]

An opposition group commander says they stopped a massive SDF attack north of Mare’. However, he also says the opposition might stop its attack on the SDF because of international pressure. [ARA]

 

Turkish artillery and warplanes targeted Tawais village in Azaz. [Hawar]

An opposition group commander says the opposition, supported by Turkish shelling, continued their attacks on Daesh and captured Sheikh Ali and Tawais village and the surrounding farms after heavy battles with Daesh. [ARA]

Opposition groups also captured Wash and Barouza villages, after heavy battles, killing or wounding several Daesh terrorists. [Qasioun]

 

Turkey-backed opposition groups in Al-Ra’i targeted Tel Rifaat with 12 artillery shells, preparing to attack the city. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of American airstrikes on Turkish villages north of Aleppo. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Other Northwest Syria

Russian planes killed eleven people, mostly women, and wounded ninety-seven in airstrikes on 2 areas in Idlib province. [Dorar]

The SOHR says sixteen people, including seven women and three children, were killed in airstrikes in Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

Sixteen civilians were killed and tens wounded in attacks by Syrian warplanes and artillery, and by opposition mortars, in different areas in Aleppo. [Hawar]

 

Four civilians, including a child, were wounded by Turkey-backed opposition group shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says it stopped 2 Daesh attacks in areas south of the Tishrin Dam on Sunday. [Hawar]

 

Nusra sources say Jolani, the Nusra leader, will announce in an audio message the “Grand Aleppo Battle,” to break the Syrian Army siege on Aleppo, in partnership with other opposition groups. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of targeting the Syrian Army in the Huwaisis area with heavy artillery. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in areas under its control in Hama. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s wonderful to know that the caliphate is successful in Syria too.

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “police” activities in Hama. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A local activist says Daesh launched a counter attack in order to recapture the areas it lost to the Syrian Army and allied militias in Dei Ez-Zor. He also says Syrian warplanes targeted Daesh positions in the area. [ARA]

 

Daesh raided jewelry shops in Buqrus city east of Deir Ez-Zor and confiscated large quantities of gold and money, and captured four people it accused them of cooperating with the Syrian Government. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army in the Deir Ez-Zor area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

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

Nusra Front issued a video of a Daesh terrorist being shot by a Nusra sniper in the Yarmouk Camp. [DawaAlhaq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian Apaches and F-16s killed 70 AMB terrorists and wounded 80 in airstrikes near Bala’a village, west of Rafah, on Saturday. Security units captured 2 ABM commanders in the same area. ABM terrorists were gathering in the area to launch major attacks on security forces using vehicle bombs. [ElWatan] [ElWatan] [VetoGate]

 

A medical source says an 11-year-old girl was killed and an 11-year-old boy wounded when an IED exploded in Hay Al-Safa in Arish. A civilian was killed when a mortar shell fell on his house in the same area. [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

A security source says a 13-year-old girl was killed by a bullet in Hay Al-Zuhour, in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Two children were wounded when a shell fell on a house in Rafah. A woman was also wounded by unknown armed men in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and wounded a man and a woman west of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Security units destroyed 6 IEDs in the Irsal area in Rafah city. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of Egyptian Army bombing on “houses” in Sinai. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army (LNA) issued a statement mourning the death of one of its EOD members who was killed while trying to defuse a land mine in Qanfouda on Sunday. [AfriGate]

 

A military source says 2 LNA soldiers were wounded while the troops were advancing in the Qawarsha area. [AfriGate]

 

The LNA Special Forces says the body of an LNA soldier, captured earlier in Qawarsha, was found beheaded. [Libya24]

 

Eyewitnesses say several rockets fell on the Benina area, east of Benghazi, without causing casualties. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

Daesh says it killed or wounded thirty-four Government of National Accord (GNA) soldiers in battles in Sirte city. [A3maq]

 

The Misrata Hospital says three GNA fighters were killed and thirty-one wounded in the battles in Sirte on Monday. A medical source says three GNA soldiers were killed there on Sunday. The Misrata Hospital says seven GNA soldiers were killed and twenty wounded on Saturday. [Wasat] [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

Misrata Hospital has received 2,759 soldiers who were wounded in the Sirte area battles since May 2016. [Wasat]

 

The GNA Military says it freed 21 women from Daesh, in addition to an Egyptian man and a Turkish man, in the 600 area. [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a GNA car with an IED on the coastal road west of Sirte. [A3maq]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured 3 Daesh supporters in Ben Guerdane. [Tunisien]

 

The Tunisian Ministry of Defense says security units captured 4 wanted takfiris in Monastir. It says those captured were planning terrorist attacks. [Tunisien]

 

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured a Daesh supporter in Bu Zaid on Saturday. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Houthis in the Qifa area in Al-Bayda. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh said it had captured fifteen pro-government militiamen during a search of the Bar Bajir area south of Jalalabad on Friday. [A3maq]

In an earlier version, Daesh said it captured fifteen PMF fighters before correcting. [A3maq]

Daesh said last week it had “captured” the area.

 

Pakistan

At least ninety-five cadets and guards have been killed by militants who attacked a police college in the Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say. Three militants wearing suicide bomb vests entered the college late on Monday, reportedly taking hostages. A major security operation lasted for hours and all attackers were killed. [BBC]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack and says it killed 60 people and wounded 120. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it assassinated a Pakistani Intelligence Service member in Peshawar. [A3maq]

It also says it assassinated a police officer in Peshawar on Friday. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Iraqi activists took to social media to express their anger against the CoR decision on Saturday to prohibit alcohol. [Twitter] [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment. While the virtuous COR members are obviously concerned about eliminating the sins of consuming alcohol, we wonder if they could show the same righteousness regarding corruption, for example. The same MP who proudly proclaimed that he was responsible for the new bill is implicated in more than a dozen corruption charges. In a well-published video, he was promising government-owned land to people if they voted for his party. 

 

Videos of the Day

A video of a Coalition airstrike on a Daesh repeater tower in Mosul on the 18th of October. [CJTF]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its activities in the Yarmouk Camp. [DawaAlhaq]

 

October 21, 2016

bartella-church

Bartella Church

Today’s Major Developments

Ashton Carter announces “agreement in principle” between Iraq, Turkey on Turkish role in Mosul campaign. Joint Operations Command stresses that there is no deal. [..]

Daesh stages suicide attack on a Tribal PMF commander’s house east of Samarra. [..]

Daesh makes major attack on Kirkuk; details still emerging. [..]

16 civilians died in Daesh attack on Dibis electricity station. [..]

15 women reported killed by an airstrike in Daquq, Kirkuk. [..]

Counter Terrorism commander says Daesh leaders leaving Mosul; victory won’t take long. [..]

Iraqi forces entered Hamdaniya and Tel Keif cities. [..]

IFP-led forces capture four villages in Mosul’s Shura subdistrict. Have now captured 37. [..]

The church bells in Bartella are ringing again! [..]

UNICEF issues a discouraging report about Syrian school attendance. [..]

SDF, Turkey-supported groups are shooting at each other. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Friday after talks with President Erdogan in Turkey that Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the Mosul campaign.

Carter made clear that details on Turkey’s potential role in the ongoing Mosul campaign still needed to be hammered out and a senior U.S. defense official noted non-military assistance was also a possibility.

Carter says “That will have to obviously be something that the Iraqi government will need to agree to and I think there’s agreement there in principle,” “But now we’re down to the practicalities of that … and that’s what we’re working through.” [Reuters]

The JOC issued a statement saying there is no deal between Iraq and Turkey, and Turkish troops will not participate in the Mosul liberation. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Maybe knowing the substance of this understanding would persuade us, but we are skeptical. Why the US Secretary of Defense would be forcing compromises on Iraq in this dispute in which Turkey is so obviously in the wrong is a hard question to answer.

 

An informed source says Secretary Carter arrived to Baghdad in an announced visit on Saturday morning. [Sumaria]

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad and other governorates demanding reforms and expressing their support for the Iraqi forces in Ninewa. [Mada]

 

The Sistani organization representative in Kerbala asks security forces to protect the civilians in Ninewa in any possible way and deal with them with the utmost care. He also asked security forces to apply human rights standards while dealing with the arrestees and make sure only legal procedures are taken against them. He asked the people of Ninewa to cooperate with Iraqi forces. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]  [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, on or near Mosul (4), Sultan Abdullah (1), and Tal Afar (1); and Rawa (1) in western Anbar.  [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Shula. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in Husseiniya. [Mada]

Daesh says it damaged a Humvee with an IED near the Ibn Sina compound in Tarmiya on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says the MOI EOD defused a vehicle bomb parked near car dealerships in Habibiya, in Sadr City. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says one policeman was killed and three others wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in the Karaghoul area in Yusufiyah. [Maalomah]

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Yusufiyah. [Mada]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a popular café in Hay Al-Sihha.  [Mada]

 

Total IED incidents                                6

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  7       (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Falluja District Council says a Tribal PMF fighter was killed by a Daesh leftover land mine he was trying to defuse west of Falluja. Maalomah]

 

A security source says a shepherd was killed when an IED exploded west of Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A Tribal PMF commander says his fighters attacked Daesh near Al-Qa’im and killed 13 terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles. [BasNews]

 

A security source says 3 Daesh terrorists were killed by an IED they were planting on a main road near Al-Qa’im. [Maalomah]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says the IAA targeted Daesh in Rawa, killing 7 terrorists and destroying 3 guesthouses and 2 vehicle bombs. He also says the IAA targeted Daesh supply lines in different areas of west Anbar. [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Salahuddin Operations Command EOD found a Daesh tunnel network and destroyed 25 IEDs in Shirqat. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it killed sixteen PMF fighters by shelling their positions in Suwaidan village, north of Shirqat, with mortars. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

Iraqi forces captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges who were trying to sneak in with displaced families at a checkpoint north of Baiji.  [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Thermal Station area, killing the terrorists inside. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

A Salahuddin Police source says three people were killed and fifteen wounded when two Daesh suicide terrorists blew up their explosives vests in an attack on a Tribal PMF commander’s house in Mutasem subdistrict. [Mada]

Daesh’s version says two of its suicide terrorists attacked the house of a Sahwa commander in the Banat Al-Hassan area, east of Samarra, killing ten people and wounding twenty. [DawaAlhaq]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Iraqi Army 5th division, supported by the IAA, attacked a Daesh camp in a mountain area in northeast Diyala and destroyed 4 guesthouses and several IEDs. [MoD Website]

 

A member of the Diyala GC says Tribal PMFs, supported by Iraqi Army 5th division artillery, stopped a Daesh attack on the Shirween area. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

[This follows up on our late-breaking story of last night that was later reported by media outlets.]

 

Kirkuk city. Prime Minister Abadi issues orders to send additional troops to Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

Daesh’s attack started at 3 am with a suicide attack by explosives vest on a police station in Kirkuk city. Security personnel killed 2 other terrorists who couldn’t break into the station. After that, Daesh terrorists detonated a car bomb near the Kirkuk Police Directorate; then 6 terrorists entered the building. Daesh snipers were deployed over two hotels where displaced families from Anbar and Ninewa are residing. Security personnel couldn’t kill them because they were using civilians as human shields. People in the Tis’in area (Hay Al-Khadra) did kill 4 terrorists who sneaked into the area. Coalition planes were called to target a building where Daesh snipers had barricaded themselves. PMF reinforcements later arrived in Kirkuk. [Harbi]

Daesh says it burned down 2 Peshmerga Humvees, 2 bulldozers, and 2 cars in Hay Tis’in. [A3maq]

 

A security source said Friday the situation was still ongoing in Kirkuk, as several Daesh terrorists were barricaded in commercial buildings and a residential area. The source says Coalition planes are flying over Kirkuk and the curfew declared yesterday is still in place. [Mada]

 

The MoI issued a statement saying the police and security forces are in control of the security situation in Kirkuk after killing 31 Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs and 4 IEDs. However, several MoI employees and civilians were killed in the clashes. It denied a report that the PKK participated in defending the city. [Mada]

The Kirkuk Police chief issued a statement saying security forces are in control of the situation. He also refuted the PKK report. [ARA]

The media report in question said several PKK fighters were deployed to support security forces in Kirkuk. [ROJ]

The PYD-backed Hawar picked up on this. It says the Peshmerga and PKK fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Qara Tapa village, west of Kirkuk. It also says PKK fighters participated with the Peshmerga in the clashes in Kirkuk. [Hawar]

 

Twenty Kurdish fighters were killed, mostly in suicide attacks, and tens wounded in the clashes in Kirkuk. At least 35 Daesh terrorists were killed and several of them captured, including a woman who was providing medicine to the terrorists. [ROJ]

 

Medical and security sources say thirty-five people were killed and 120 wounded in the Daesh attacks in Kirkuk. [Mada]

Two retired Peshmerga fighters were killed and three wounded in the clashes in Kirkuk. [ROJ]

A security source says a Turkmen TV station reporter was killed by a Daesh sniper in Kirkuk. [Mada]

In a bizarre story, an informed source says an unidentified plane targeted a Peshmerga position in Nawafil village, south of Kirkuk, killing one fighter and wounding five. [ROJ]

 

A security source says security units killed 3 Daesh terrorists and freed 20 hostages held by the terrorists in a building in the 1 Huzairan area, in south Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says 40-45 Daesh terrorists conducted the attacks in Kirkuk. The source says Daesh sleeper cells were activated in 19 areas in Kirkuk. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Sleeper cells might be Daesh’s last weapon. While there is no way that Daesh can capture any city in Iraq now, especially one as large and as important as Kirkuk, such attacks are likely to happen for some time to come.

That is one reason the Amnesty Law should be examined carefully. Giving amnesty to Daesh supporters carries the risk that this will encourage many of them to create or join sleeper cells.

As for the Kirkuk attack itself, there is nothing surprising about it. We have commented often that Daesh responds to defeats by carrying out other high-profile attacks elsewhere to distract attention from them. As the Mosul campaign rolls on, there may well be other compensatory attacks, not necessarily in Iraq. Moreover, Daesh gets more media headlines by attacking in unsuspected places.

 

Daesh claimed that it “controlled” 10 neighborhoods in Kirkuk, killed or wounded “tens” of Peshmerga,  PMF fighters, and Asayesh members, and captured several of them, including an Asayesh Lieutenant Colonel. Daesh says its terrorists used loudspeakers to call on security forces to “repent” and surrender before they get killed. Daesh also says it captured military vehicles, weapons, and ammunition, and destroyed many other vehicles. Daesh says the battles are still ongoing. [A3maq] Daesh says it killed “tens” of security personnel. [A3maq]

A Kirkuk Police commander says Daesh wanted to free some prisoners in the attacks on Kirkuk. [Rudaw]

 

Tens of people of Kirkuk carried their weapons and deployed in several areas in Kirkuk to protect their city. [Baghdadia]

Photos of the Kurdish fighters in Kirkuk. [ROJ]

 

The Mayor of Kirkuk District says the attacker might have entered with the displaced families. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh knows how to make the lives of displaced families even more miserable. More distrust among communities leads to more hatred and resentment, and then to more Daesh recruits.  

 

Daesh says Peshmerga and security officers fled with their families from Kirkuk. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Message: There is no one left to protect you. At the end of the day, this is a media war. Daesh cannot survive militarily in Iraq. These kinds of reports and rumors are used to scare people. However, it was civilians and retired Peshmerga who fought and defeated Daesh in Kirkuk.

 

The Turkman PMF says its troops entered Kirkuk city and they are searching neighborhoods looking for Daesh terrorists. [Mada]

Volunteers from Suleimaniya and Chamchamal arrived in Kirkuk to help repel the Daesh attack. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. But wait, Daesh just said people were running away from the city!

 

A security source says the Peshmerga and the Asayish killed 6 Daesh terrorists were who were barricaded in a school in Hay Al-Urouba, in southeast Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

A security source says a security unit killed a Daesh sniper who was barricading at a hotel in Kirkuk city and freed 3 Egyptian workers. Earlier today, the Kirkuk governor office says security forces are fighting with 35 Daesh terrorists who are barricading in different areas in the city. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of 2 of its fighters carrying its flag over Al-Urouba medical center. One of them is no more than 10-years-old. [GooglePlus]

Daesh publishes other photos related to the attack, including a photo of the ID of an Asayesh member. [GooglePlus] [GooglePlus] [GooglePlus] [GooglePlus] [GooglePlus] [DawaAlhaq]

 

A video from Kirkuk during the clashes [YouTube]

 

[Late breaking story]

The manager of Laylan district says a joint Peshmerga, Asayish and PMF forces stopped a Daesh attack on Zandana village, killing 9 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Dibis. The Mayor of Dibis District says Daesh terrorists killed sixteen employees and technicians, including four from an Iranian company, at an under-construction electricity station in Dibis. He says Police and Asayesh units clashed with the terrorists, and 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up. He says two policemen were wounded in the clashes. [Mada]

Daesh says it attacked the electricity station and killed all “security members.” [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Perhaps this sounds more heroic to the Daesh fan base than saying that Daesh killed unarmed technicians. 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a Peshmerga reinforcement convoy in Dibis. [A3maq]

Daesh says it attacked the Karaw area in Dibis. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it attacked Dibis District. [A3maq]

 

Southwest

Fifteen women were reported killed by a Coalition airstrike on a Shia religious gathering in Daquq. [Mawazin] Videos of the results of the reported airstrike [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

The Mayor of Daquq District told Agence France Press that unidentified warplanes conducted an airstrike on a Shia religious gathering for women in Kirkuk, killing fifteen women and wounding fifty. [ROJ] Here the mayor accused Iraqi warplanes of the airstrike. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment.   We contacted the Coalition in Iraq about this report. This was the response:

“At this time, we cannot associate this with any Coalition strikes in the area. The Coalition adheres to targeting processes and procedures aimed to minimize risks to non-combatants. Extraordinary efforts are made by the Coalition to identify and strike appropriate targets in order to avoid non-combatant casualties. We take all reports of non-combatant casualties seriously and assess all incidents as thoroughly as possible.”

 

Daesh says it attacked Peshmerga units in the Maktab Khaled, Rashad, Daquq, Bashir, and other areas southwest of Kirkuk. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

The battlefront commander of the Counter-Terrorism Service announced that Daesh leadership was fleeing Mosul and that its defenses were deteriorating. Another CTS officer says the Mosul battle “will not last long.” [Karemlash] [Buratha]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) announced that Joint Forces have killed 400 Daesh members since the start of the Mosul operation. [Waradana]

 

The IWMC says 473 Daesh terrorists were killed and 22 captured, and 95 vehicle bombs, 21 mortar units, 4 booby-trapped house, 352 IEDs, a large weapons and explosives storehouse, and 11 guesthouses were destroyed during the Ninewa campaign so far. [AIN]

 

The JOC says 57 villages have been liberated in Ninewa so far. [Harbi]

 

The Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration says just 1,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in Ninewa so far. [PressIraq]

The Ministry says the camps it prepared for the Ninewa displaced people so far can only host 100,000 people. [Mada]

The Turkish Red Crescent announced, however, that it is expecting between 450,000 and 500,000 displaced persons from Ninewa to cross into Turkey. [Sumaria]

The Turkish Red Crescent sent 20 trucks loaded with humanitarian assistance to the people of Mosul and Tal Afar. [Anadolu]

 

A PMF statement says PMFs have secured supply lines southwest of Mosul in preparation for the launch of fresh land operations west of Mosul. [Forat]

 

Military engineers defused 40 IEDs southwest of Mosul. [Harbi]

 

A KDP-Iran official says their fighters are participating with the Peshmerga in the Ninewa battles, in the Bashiqa area. [ARA]

A Roj Ava Peshmerga, Syrian Kurdish fighters trained by the KDP, officer also says 1,000 of his fighters are participating in the battles. [ARA]

 

Mosul

Military developments within Mosul

Daesh has gathered over 550 families from around Ninewa into Mosul and is using them as human shields, the UNOCHA spokeswoman said, citing “confirmed information.” [PUKMedia]

Daesh is also deploying its anti-aircraft weapons in heavily populated civilian areas, effectively using the populace in those places as human shields, local sources said. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh has been compelling family members of fugitive Daesh members to join its fighting ranks, local sources said. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh has increased its number of executions of civilians in Iraq in response to its recent losses, local sources say. The sources add that many of the executions take place in the Bab Al-Tob market area in central Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh executed three civilians on the Hurriya Bridge over the Tigris in central Mosul, a local source said. [PUKMedia]

 

The Kata’eb Al-Mosul anti-Daesh resistance group announced it killed a Daesh member known as “Abu Hamza,” responsible for Daesh intelligence in the Yarmouk neighborhood, at 8:00 am on Friday. [KM Facebook]

Video of a purported Kata’eb Al-Mosul surveillance operation of Daesh communications infrastructure in Al-Masaref neighborhood of Mosul. [KM Facebook]

 

A security source says Daesh blew up the education directorate building in the Faisaliya area in east Mosul. [Ghad]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Friday prayers were not held in most of Mosul’s mosques on instructions of Daesh leadership, a local source in Ninewa said. At those mosques that did hold Friday prayers, no Daesh official was in attendance, including local-level neighborhood commanders. Daesh leaders are either at the front or have fled Mosul, the source said. [Sumaria]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

Daesh conducted a wide search and arrest operation in Hammam Al-Alil, hunting for fleeing Daesh members who they fear might be collaborating with Iraqi intelligence, says Husayn Jasim, the Mayor of Mosul District. [PUKMedia] [PUKMedia]

 

The IFP announced that it captured the village of Nina’a, southeast of Shura city, and that it had destroyed four Daesh vehicle bombs and killed 17 Daesh “terrorists” in the operation, as well as evacuating 63 families. The IFP also announced that it found 1.5 tons of ammonium nitrate in the village. [Sumaria] [Buratha]

A Ninewa Operations Command colonel said Iraqi forces captured Harara as well as Nina’a villages in Shura subdistrict. [BasNews]

 

Daesh concedes that Iraqi forces captured Nina’a, and says they tried to advance towards Shura, but Daesh attacked them with 2 vehicle bombs at the Shura intersection, destroying 5 Humvees and an armored personnel carrier, killing or wounding the soldiers inside, and forcing Iraqi forces to retreat to the village. Daesh says after that, it attacked the village, destroying 2 Humvees, 2 armored personnel carriers, and 2 BMP armored vehicles. Daesh also says it conducted another suicide attack near the village. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. It may be significant that they don’t claim to have recaptured the village.

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of the suicide attacks. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying 2 BMP armored vehicles near Shura. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces liberated Shura Jadida and Tal Wa’i villages near the Shura intersection. It also says Rapid Intervention units liberated Tal Tiba village, in south Qayara, killing 22 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicle bombs. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of another suicide attack conducted by an Iraqi terrorist south of Shura. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Qayara

The IFP announced it has captured 37 villages, arrested 27 Daesh terrorists, and seized 31 launchers, 14 heavy guns, 17 mortar launchers, 36 chemical-loaded shells, 6 explosive vests, as well as securing 56 oil wells, and destroying 58 vehicle bombs, 127 IEDs, 12 motorcycle bombs, and 13 caravan bombs. [Buratha]

 

Nineveh Plain

Unknown assailants reportedly killed three Daesh commanders in an unidentified village, including 35-year-old Muhammad Muhsin, reportedly Daesh’s “military commander” for its “state” [wilaya] of Dijla, according to a local source. Daesh responded to the killing with a wide arrest campaign in the village and the execution of 33 people on allegations of collaborating against Daesh, the source said. [PUKMedia]

 

Hamdaniya

Bartella is “completely cleared” and residents will return safely, a Counter-Terrorism Force officer said. [Buratha]

The church bells in Bartella are ringing again! [Sumaria]

 

[Late breaking story]

A security source says Iraqi forces entered Hamdaniya city and raised the flag over its mayoralty building. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it launched a counterattack on Peshmerga and PMF troops in Bartella and broke the siege on its trapped terrorists in the city after a suicide attack. Daesh also says it recaptured one of the Tais Kharab villages to the north and several roads leading to Bartella, and says it destroyed 2 Humvees and 2 bulldozers and damaged an Abrams tank. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it destroyed 3 Peshmerga Humvees and 2 bulldozers in Bartella. [A3maq]

 

Daesh executed five civilians in the village of Hadrat Al-Fadil Al-Jadida, a local source said. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says it forced Peshmerga and PMF units to retreat from Manara and Bashbita villages, hours after they captured the villages, after conducting 4 suicide attacks. Daesh says it killed or wounded many fighters and destroyed several vehicles. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the battles. [A3maq]

 

A CoR member from Ninewa says Daesh burned down the Mishraq Sulphur Factory and fields and warns of an environmental disaster. [Mada]

Iraqi troops are now in control of the Mishraq Sulphur Factory, where Daesh lit fires in order to fill the air with noxious smoke. [SotAlIraq]

 

Iraqi Army troops are searching recently seized villages in southwest Hamdaniya, the IWMC announced in a statement obtained by DaeshDaily.

 

Tel Keif

[Late breaking story]

A PUK official says Iraqi forces captured 2 neighborhoods in Tel Keif and raised the flag over the buildings. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it stopped a massive Peshmerga and Coalition planes attack on Batnaya and Kafruk on Thursday. It says it conducted 5 suicide attacks on the Kurdish forces, killing or wounding many fighters, and facing the rest to retreat. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Batnaya. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh issues a video of damaging a Peshmerga Humvee near Batnaya. [A3maq]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command colonel says Iraqi forces started extensive shelling on Tel Keif in order to start military operations to liberate the district. He also says Iraqi forces removed the sand barriers. He says this will be the first military operation for Iraqi army forces stationed near the Mosul Dam. [Anadolu]

 

Peshmerga units received 17 families fleeing the Daesh-held village of Derik near the Bashiqa border. [Harbi]

 

Bashiqa

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga units near the Janji area just on the Bashiqa side of the same border with more than 200 heavy artillery shells then with a suicide attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting a Peshmerga excavator with a 23mm weapon (location unclear). [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Peshmerga positions in the Sab’iya area, north of Tal Afar, with mortars and heavy machine guns. [DawaAlhaq]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

The Ashura Brigades PMF announced that its fighters foiled a Daesh attack in Hatra in which Daesh attempted to use missiles loaded with chlorine gas, and also destroyed two vehicle bombs. [Forat]

 

Photos of Daesh primary school teaching materials found in Hatra. [PressIraq]

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish Military says its planes killed six PKK fighters in the Avashin area, in northern Iraq. [ARA]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Basra Police says it captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Qurna. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

UNICEF issued a startling report about Syrian schools. It says that “With the start of the school year in Syria, over 1.7 million children remain out of school and another 1.3 million are at a risk of dropping out, according to new education data. Escalating violence, displacement, increased poverty, and an overstretched and under-resourced education system continue to force children out of school, denying them their right to education. Across the war-torn country, one in three schools cannot be used because they are either damaged, destroyed, sheltering the internally displaced or are being used for military purposes. Since the war began in 2011, there have been over 4,000 attacks on schools.” [UNICEF]

 

The Turkish Military says it attacked 40 Daesh targets and 6 YPG targets in north Syria. It also says three opposition groups fighters were killed and eleven wounded in 2 car bomb explosions in Azaz and Turkman Bareh on Thursday. [ARA]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, on or near Manbij (6), Mare’ (1), Raqqa (2), Shaddadi (3), and Ain Eissa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A local source says Daesh executed 6 of its security members in Markada after accusing them of trying to flee the city. It also says Daesh killed 2 of its Saudi terrorists in Markada without giving any reasons. [ARA]

 

The SOHR says Coalition planes reportedly targeted a bridge in Markada. [SyriaHR]

 

The Assyrian Observatory for Human Rights issued a statement criticizing the PYD’s census and saying it aims at depriving the native people of Hasaka of their properties. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Azaz

Battles continued between opposition groups and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) factions in Sheikh Eissa, east of Mare’ in Azaz. Turkish artillery continued shelling villages under SDF control, while a Turkish recon drone flew over the area. [Hawar]

However, SDF factions ambushed opposition groups in Sheikh Eissa, killing nine fighters and destroying two machine gun-mounted vehicles. [Hawar]

 

An SDF source says Turkish artillery and warplanes continued their attacks on Hasiya and Sheikh Eissa, without causing casualties. Local activists say the Turkish Army targeted Harbal, Um Hawsh, and Um Al-Qura with earth-to-earth missiles, causing severe damage. [BasNews]

 

The Turkish Army artillery attacked an SDF convoy near Harbal, killing or wounding several fighters. [Qasioun]

An SDF faction destroyed an opposition groups machine gun-mounted vehicle near Harbal. [Hawar]

 

Ahrar Al-Sharqiya, a Turkey-backed opposition group, says the opposition started a military operation to take Tal Rifaat from the SDF. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh 2 publishes photos of targeting “PKK” units in Gharnata village, south of Mare’, with heavy machine guns. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh 2 publishes photos of targeting opposition groups in Akhtarin with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Afrin

The Turkish Army brought 8 tanks to the border area near Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Daesh says 3 of its terrorists attacked the “PKK” in Hajar Kabir and Tawq Al-Khalil villages, southwest of Manbij, and clashed with the “PKK” for several hours. Daesh says 2 of the terrorists blew themselves up, while the 3rd returned safely. It says twenty “PKK” fighters were killed or wounded in the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Four children were killed by a Daesh landmine in Manbij city. [Qasioun]

 

Other Northwest Syria

Syrian planes killed eighteen civilians, including seven from one family, in airstrikes on different areas in Idlib. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The SOHR says Syrian warplanes targeted Daesh positions near Tadmur Silos, while the battles continued between Syrian troops and Daesh in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local sources say Daesh is arresting young men in areas west of Deir Ez-Zor and forcing them to join their fighters in Ninewa. [ARA]

 

Local activists say Daesh put its military commander of Albu Kamal and another (Kuwaiti) terrorist under house arrest after a quarrel between the two. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a marble factory in Deir Ez-Zor. [DawaAlhaq]

 

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

Jaish Al-Islam, an opposition group, says a group of its fighters sneaked into a Daesh headquarters in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area and blew it up. No casualties were reported. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Two civilians including a 75-year-old woman were killed and a 5-year-old child was wounded when a mortar shell fell on residential areas in Bala’a village, west of Rafah. A man and a woman were wounded when an IED exploded on them in Hay Al-Rasm, in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Security units stopped 3 attacks on 2 security barriers south of Sheikh Zuweid and a third one near Rafah border crossing, killing 10 takfiris. [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say warplanes targeted terrorists’ positions south of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army tank with an IED in Mahdiya village, south of Rafah, and destroyed an Egyptian Army minesweeper with an IED in the Qasima area, in Central Sinai, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Two policeman were killed when an IED exploded on their water tanker in south Arish. [VetoGate]

 

ABM terrorists shot at an ambulance on the road between Rafah and Arish, wounding the patient in his foot. A security source says the ABM shoots at ambulances because it suspects they are transporting wounded soldiers. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Central coast

The GNA Military says its troops advanced further in the 600 area, killing 20 Daesh terrorists. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

The UN says Daesh has so far kidnapped 550 families from several areas in Ninewa and taken them to Mosul to use as human shields. Local activists say Daesh has more than one million people in Mosul and it doesn’t need more human shields. They say Daesh had kidnapped 550 from Saqlawiya during the Falluja liberation operations, and executed some of them and blamed the PMFs. They think that Daesh is going to do the same thing with the kidnapped people from Ninewa. [ARA]  [Facebook]

 

Videos of the Day

A video shows a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb facility near Mosul [CJTF]

 

A video shows Kurdish forces in Kirkuk capturing a woman who provided shelter for Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

A video from a security camera shows a Daesh vehicle carrying terrorists in Kirkuk before the attack. [Sumaria]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes infograph about the Peshmerga casualties in Ninewa on Oct 19 and 20. [Top4Top]

 

Daesh publishes infograph about its operations in Iraq during the last lunar year. It claims it killed or wounded 18,000 people, destroyed 2,200 vehicles, and conducted 528 suicide attacks. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues infograph of the results of the 5th day of the battles near Mosul (October 21). [Yaqeen]