An Update On ISIS Activities

July 6, 2017

 

Old Mosul

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

UN humanitarian chief in Iraq estimates 20,000 civilians still trapped in Mosul. [..]

Mosul battle continues in downtown streets. [..]

Iraq estimates west Mosul IDPs at 743,000. [..]

Three more Yazidi girls freed. [..]

Turkey

Turkey detains Amnesty International country director & 9 others. [..] 

Syria

Syria asks UN to help stop Turkish attacks in northern Syria. [..]

Latest Astana negotiations fail. [..]

Russia says US presence in Syria is illegitimate. [..]

Syrian Army, Daesh in deadly battle for Sukhnah city in Homs. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The COR approved a resolution that declares the Al-Furat subdistrict in Hit a disaster area, making it eligible for government assistance. The resolution also called Daesh’s crimes against the Albu Nimr tribe genocide and crimes against humanity. Daesh executed hundreds of people from the tribe in 2014 and 2015. [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in the Mosul area (3), Baiji (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A security source says one person was killed and three others wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Taji. [Ghad] 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers near the Tarmiya entrance on Wednesday. [DMNJuly6]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says three civilians were wounded when a roadside IED exploded near a commercial area in Nahrawan. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says it confiscated an explosives cache in the Tuwaitha area. [Ghad]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Commander says that his units captured 6 vehicle bombs at the Al-Suqour checkpoint during the past few weeks. [Sumaria] 

The Military Intelligence Service says it captured two men on terrorism charges in the Abu Mnaiseer area in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Military Intelligence Service says it confiscated an explosives cache in Al-Jolan, in Falluja. [Ghad]

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army officer with an IED in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area. [DENJuly6]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says it destroyed a police SUV with an IED in the Suwaib area, east of Hit, killing the policemen inside. [DENJuly6]

 

Anah/Al-Qa’im

An Iraqi Army 7th division source says Coalition planes killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb and a vehicle loaded with weapons in Anah District. [Sumaria]

 

DaeshDaily sources say Daesh used an existing mobile network tower in Al-Qa’im to establish a communications network for its members in the city.  

 

Rutba

An Iraqi Army colonel says supported by vehicles and heavy artillery attacked an Iraqi Army unit in the Al-Saqar area east of Rutba. He says Iraqi forces, supported by Iraqi planes, killed 9 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles. However, five soldiers were killed and eleven wounded. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers, destroyed a Humvee, and captured weapons and ammunition in ambush east of Rutba on Wednesday. [DENJuly6] 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position near the Al-Saqqar area with mortars. [DENJuly6]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A local source says 3 Daesh orators disappeared mysteriously with their families in areas east of Shirqat. [Sumaria] 

 

A local source says Daesh arrested more than 20 of its own fighters in the Makhoul area because they spoke publicly about the disappearance of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Ain Al-Baidha intersection with several mortars. It also says it targeted PMFs in Shuwairtan village with 16 mortars. [DMNJuly6] 

 

Baiji

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF military position on the road between Baiji and Haditha with a B10 rocket. [DENJuly6] 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Diyala Police chief says Daesh executed 4 of its own commanders because of their failure to attack Diyala during the month of Ramadan. [Sumaria] 

The Dijla Operations Commander says Daesh did not conduct any major attack in Diyala in 2017. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a policeman and wounded another in an ambush in the Anbaqiya area in Khan Bani Saad. [DMNJuly6] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Daesh says a Peshmerga EOD officer was wounded by an IED he was defusing in the Saif Saad area in Qara Tapa. [DENJuly6]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Chairman of the Security Committee in the Diyala Provincial Council says Daesh families are leaving Hawija and other areas towards Diyala, using IDs they got from Daesh victims. [Sumaria] 

 

A local source says Daesh rigged tens of civilian vehicles it confiscated in Hawija with explosives, preparing to launch suicide attacks in unknown areas. [Ghad] 

 

A security source says unknown persons attacked a Daesh vehicle with a hand grenade in Al-Aslaniya village near Hawija, killing 3 Daesh members, including a commander, and wounding another. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

French Army spokesman says France conducted 600 airstrikes and 1,200 shelling missions on Mosul since the start of the liberation operations. [Sumaria] 

 

Video taken by Daesh snipers and found later by a Mawsleya media team shows Daesh snipers laughing as they were shooting people in Old City Mosul, with comments by the snipers overheard. They even laughed at a mother crying after they killed her young son, and at a wife crying over her civilian husband’s body after they shot him. [Mawsleya]

Central Mosul

Military sources say heavy battles are ongoing in Souq Al-Sha’arin, Hay Al-Shahwan, and on Daka Baraka Street in Old Mosul. The sources say Iraqi forces killed Abu Yahya Al-Iraqi, a senior aide of the Daesh leader Baghdadi, and 25 other terrorists. A CTS commander says his units are 80 meters away from the Tigris River. He also says his units killed 10 Daesh suicide bombers in Hay Al-Maidan. [BasNews] 

A military source says Iraqi forces killed more than 150 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Maidan during the last 48 hours. [Harbi] 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked IFP units in the “Al-Asharin” area with an explosives vest, killing or wounding several soldiers. Daesh also says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldiers in the “Al-Asharin” and Al-Maidan areas. It says it killed Iraqi soldiers by blowing up 4 booby-trapped houses in the “Al-Asharin” area. [ICDNJuly6]

DaeshDaily comment. The area here is “Sha’arin,” not “Asharin.”

IWMC says Iraqi Army 16th division freed a 16-years-old Yazidi girl in the Al-Shahwan area and killed 3 Daesh terrorists who tried to kill the girl while she was escaping. It also says division units killed 17 Daesh suicide bombers in the same area. [Ghad] [AIN] 

A military source says Iraqi forces killed 7 Daesh suicide bombers on Daka Baraka Street in Old Mosul. [Harbi]

 

Civil Defense units have so far recovered the bodies of 197 civilians, including more than 20 children, who were killed by Daesh while they were trying to escape the Al-Zanjili neighborhood. [Anadolu]

 

The IFP says its units captured Ghazi and Ninewa Streets in Old Mosul. [Waradana]

 

The IFP commander says his troops secured tens of Daesh families in Old Mosul and provided them with food and medical aid. [Etejah] 

 

IFP units confiscated 31 tons of explosive materials in west Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

Informed sources say a Rapid Intervention battalion commander was killed and a major was wounded near the Sarjakhana area. [Karemlash]

 

Iraqi forces surrounded the Daesh commanders who were left behind to lead the Mosul battles, in Old Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

IFP units killed 20 Daesh terrorists who were trying to escape Old Mosul across the Tigris River. [Forat]

 

East Mosul

The Ninewa Police says it captured 30 Daesh members in Hay Al-Intisar in east Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

Other Daesh reports (unverifiable)

Daesh says it killed twenty IFP soldiers, including an officer, wounded “tens” others, damaged a Humvee, a bulldozer, and a BMP armored vehicle, and shot down a recon drone in battles near Bab Al-Tob and Kornish Street.  [ICDNJuly6]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, told Agence France Presse that in the final pockets of Old Mosul there could be as many as 20,000 civilians still trapped. She also says the civilians are in extreme danger from bombardment and artillery crossfire. She says Daesh terrorists who are still there are still directly targeting civilians who try to leave. [ARA] 

 

The Minister of Migration and Displacement says 920,000 people, including 743,000 from the west side, have left their houses in Mosul and nearby areas since the start of the military campaign in October. He also says 228,000 people returned to their houses in east Mosul and nearby areas. [Anadolu] 

 

IWMC says security units freed two Yazidi female children in west Mosul and returned them to their families. [Sumaria] 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

An Iraqi Army captain says Iraqi Army 15th division continues its preparations for the Tal Afar liberation campaign. Turkmen CoR members urged the government to start the liberation of Tal Afar after Daesh yesterday executed more than 200 civilians who were trying to escape. [Anadolu]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed one of its senior commanders, a Tunisian, in Tal Afar after he was caught trying to flee to Syria with four other Daesh members. The source says the execution was conducted by an Arab terrorist from France. 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hammam Al-Alil

A military source says Iraqi forces stopped 3 Daesh suicide attacks near Qabr Al-Abd village. [Harbi] 

 

The IFP commander says his units found a large underground Daesh military training camp in Albu Saif village, just south of the Mosul city line. [Mawazin] 

 

Qayara

IWMC says Iraqi forces surrounded Imam Gharbi village south of Qayara after Daesh terrorists managed to capture it yesterday, infiltrating from Shirqat. [Mawazin] 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh looted food supplies and took tens of civilians from the village toward Hawija. 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Imam Gharbi village. [ICDNJuly6]

DaeshDaily comment. The photos show dead bodies of people in civilian clothes. Daesh claims these were PMF fighters. 

Daesh says it killed five PMF fighters in battles near the village. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces on the road between Qayara and Shirqat, killing five soldiers, destroying 3 military positions, and capturing a T72 tank, a Humvee, and 2 heavy machine guns. Daesh says battles are ongoing. [ICDNJuly6]

 

Daesh says Coalition planes mistakenly targeted Iraqi forces in Ihjala village, south of Qayara, killing or wounding several soldiers. [ICDNJuly6]

Daesh says it targeted “PMF military positions” in the village with 4 B10 rockets. [DENJuly6]

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish military says its planes targeted PKK positions in the Sinat area in far northwestern Dahuk and the Haftanin area, also in northern Dahuk, killing four PKK fighters and destroying 4 military positions. [Anadolu]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

The Kerbala Police Chief says his units captured 3 “dangerous” persons on terrorism charges who were trying to enter the province. He says one is an expert on vehicle bombs. [Sumaria] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Amnesty International says that Turkish authorities have detained its country director for Turkey, Idil Eser, and taken her to an unknown location. Amnesty International says Eser was taken into custody Wednesday morning with seven other human rights workers and two foreign trainers who were participating in a “routine training event” in a hotel near Istanbul. [Amnesty] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

In two letters, addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of adopting a “policy of aggression and expansionist delusions” in Syria. The letters cited Turkey’s new attacks in the city of Azaz, and the towns of Akhtarin and Kaljibrin in Azaz District. The letters followed the failure of the Astana negotiations yesterday. [Hawar] 

The PYD Chief, Saleh Muslim, threatened on Wednesday to hand over Afrin city to the Assad regime if Russia and the US don’t stop Turkish attacks there. [Dorar] 

The YPG Commander told Reuters that the Turkish military deployment in northwest Syria is on the same level as declaring war. He also said battles could erupt in the coming days. [ZamanAlWasl] 

The YPG issues a statement saying that five people were killed and twelve wounded in Turkish attacks on the Afrin area during the last 5 days. [Hawar] 

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister says Turkey has not announced a war against the YPG. He says the Turkish military preparations in northwest Turkey are “legitimate procedures” against any YPG presence in the Afrin area. [Dorar] 

 

Russia, Iran, and Turkey failed to determine the 4 de-escalation areas in Syria during the 5th round of the Astana negotiations. [ZamanAlWasl] 

The Chief of the Russian delegation to Astana says the 5th round was not a huge step forward, but it was in the right direction. He also says the US military’s presence in Syria is illegitimate and US troops have no place in Syria after Daesh is destroyed. [SyriaNow] 

DaeshDaily comment. Read the above statement again, slowly. The US is illegitimate but Russia is not, presumably because its presence has Assad’s approval. Even though the US presence is “illegitimate,” it’s OK with Russia if they destroy Daesh’s presence before they go. After that they are required, by Russia, to leave. Then Assad will have full control of the country and the Russian mission in Syria will be a complete success, as will Putin’s efforts to show Russian superiority over the US. We think an appropriate answer should be forthcoming.

 

The anti-US tilt was reinforced by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who said during her weekly press conference on Thursday that Daesh terrorists in Syria are planning to stage chemical provocations in order to justify US strikes on government forces. She says Daesh has moved chemical laboratories and special equipment for creating chemical bombs from Raqqa to Deir Ez-Zor. Citing the Coalition’s statements claiming the nearly full encirclement of Raqqa, she noted that “the movement of such large-scale equipment from under the nose of the Coalition forces can indicate at least a selective unwillingness to see the facts.” [EnabBaladi] 

DaeshDaily comment. Of course, this deft bit of propaganda sets up a situation under which the Assad government cannot be clearly blamed for its next chemical attack, but the US can be blamed in part, for letting Daesh develop the weapons and then falsely blaming the innocent Assad government.

 

Local sources say the PYD is forcing young Arab people to join its ranks in north Syria. The sources says the PYD killed two people who refused to join. [Anadolu] 

DaeshDaily comment. Any incendiary statement attributed to “local sources” should be regarded with suspicion.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 29 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (21), Deir Ez-Zor (6), and in Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A local activist said on Wednesday that Coalition planes targeted a house east of Al-Taraf village in the Tal Al-Jayer area southeast of Shaddadi, killing twelve people. He says the village doesn’t have a military headquarters and is 15 km (9 miles) away from the battle area. He says Coalition planes also targeted two houses and a car in Harir Hatim village north of Markada, wounding three children. He says five civilians were killed by a leftover land mine west of Al-Qara village near Shaddadi. [ZamanAlWasl] 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says 224 civilians, including 38 children, 28 women, and an SOHR activist have been killed by Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa city since the start of the SDF attack a month ago. It also says 311 Daesh terrorists, including commanders, and 106 SDF fighters were killed in the fighting so far. It says five people, including two women, were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa today. [SyriaHR] 

 

SDF fighters advanced in Hay Hisham, in east Raqqa, and captured 2 mortars. Earlier in the day, SDF fighters killed 17 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb in the area. Three SDF fighters were killed and two wounded. [Hawar] [Hawar] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in east Raqqa. [ICDNJuly6]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three SDF fighters in east and south Raqqa. [DMNJuly6] 

 

Daesh says it killed three SDF fighters and wounded three others with IEDs in Souq Al-Hal in south Raqqa. [DMNJuly6] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of an SDF fighter targeted by its snipers near the Old Bridge, in south Raqqa. [ICDNJuly6]

 

Heavy battles continued in Old Raqqa. SDF fighters killed 14 Daesh terrorists, captured 3, and destroyed a vehicle bomb. [Hawar]

SDF fighters also liberated 15 families, mostly women and children, who were trapped near the Old Mosque in Old Raqqa. [Hawar] 

SDF fighters killed 9 Daesh terrorists, including a sniper, and destroyed 2 vehicle bombs in the ongoing heavy battles in Hay Al-Dar’iya, in west Raqqa. [Hawar] 

 

Daesh tried to break the SDF siege in Hay Al-Qadisiya, in west Raqqa, but SDF units stopped the attack. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on SDF units in Hay Al-Jazra, in west Raqqa. [DENJuly6]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq] 

 

Heavy battles also continued in Hay Al-Barid, in west Raqqa. SDF fighters killed 19 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicle bombs. One SDF fighter was killed and three others wounded. [Hawar]

 

West of Raqqa

A military source says Syrian planes targeted Daesh positions in several areas west of Raqqa, killing many terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Three people were killed and three others wounded by a Daesh land mine in Maskanah, in the Manbij District east of Aleppo. [Qasioun] 

 

Tahrir Al-Sham said on Wednesday it captured a Daesh cell of 9 members in 3 towns west of Aleppo and captured a vehicle bomb, several motorcycles, and several explosive vests, in addition to silenced guns. [Dorar] 

 

The SOHR says a pregnant woman was killed by a sniper from “Islamic factions” near the Shia Al-Fawaa town northeast of Idlib. [SyriaHR] 

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Turkish troops shelled SDF positions in the city of Ain Eissa and Maraanaz village. [SyriaHR] 

 

An SDF commander and two of his associates were killed and other fighters wounded by land mines planted by Turkeybacked opposition groups near Azaz. [Qasioun] 

 

Local sources say residents of Al-Ghandoura in Jarabulus District demonstrated against armed militias in the city. The sources say that Sultan Murad Division attacked a hospital and assaulted the staff. They also say Jabha Shamiya members killed an unarmed civilian. [Dorar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

The Governor of Hama says three people were killed and others wounded in an explosion in a bus station in Hama. The police chief says it was a suicide attack. [Hawar] 

Regime supporters say a government backed militia commander and two women were killed and eleven other people wounded when a suicide terrorist blew himself up in the bus station. [Qasioun] 

 

Fighting erupted between the Syrian Army and Daesh in Al-Hasou village near the highway between Hama and Raqqa. The Army was trying to capture the area, but was unable to advance. Russian planes bombed 4 nearby towns. [Qasioun] 

 

At least eight Syrian soldiers and allied militiamen were killed in fighting with Daesh south of Athariya. Several Daesh fighters were killed or wounded in the battles. Government forces captured a hill in the area. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR] 

 

Homs

Heavy battles continued in the eastern desert of Tadmur and on the road between Tadmur and Sukhnah, between Daesh and government forces, causing casualties for both sides. [SyriaHR] 

The SOHR says at least 22 Syrian soldiers and allied militiamen, in addition to 35 Daesh terrorists, were killed in combat since Tuesday. It also says three civilians were killed by airstrikes on Al-Sukhnah city. [SyriaHR] 

 

Government sources say the Syrian Army is 15 km (9 miles) away from Al-Sukhnah city, considered the gateway to Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

Regime sources said a Syrian National Guard colonel was killed in battles with Daesh in the Al-Sukhnah area east of Homs. [Qasioun] 

 

Daesh says one of its suicide bombers attacked Syrian troops east of Arak Station, east of Tadmur, with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers. It also says its snipers killed four soldiers in the same area. [ICDNJuly6]

Daesh publishes aerial photos of the attack. [ICDNJuly6]

 

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in the area with several heavy artillery shells, killing or wounding soldiers. It also says it detonated 2 IEDs on Syrian troops who were trying to advance in the area, killing three soldiers. [DENJuly6] [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Warplanes targeted the Al-Maqaber, Panorama, and the 137th Brigade Camp areas with several airstrikes. Syrian Army units and allied militias continued battles against Daesh in those areas. Daesh targeted government controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor with heavy artillery and rockets, causing civilian casualties. [Qasioun] 

 

Coalition planes targeted small oil refineries in several areas east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR] 

 

Albu Kamal

A military source says Syrian planes targeted Daesh military positions in the Hamima Desert, 70 km (43.5 miles) south of Albu Kamal. [SyriaNow]

 

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

Daesh says it killed sixteen opposition fighters and damaged a tank in battles near Adwan and Jillen towns, west of Daraa, yesterday. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it killed a policeman in Arish city on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Pakistan 

Daesh says it assassinated a pro-government militia commander and two of his associates in Quetta. [A3maq]

 

The Philippines 

Daesh says it killed eleven soldiers in fighting in 3 neighborhoods in Marawi. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

CTS soldiers hunt down Daesh terrorists in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Harbi]

CTS soldiers wounded in Old Mosul. [Facebook]

CTS units capture Souq Al-Shaarin, Khaled Street, and other areas in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]

CTS units enter Hay Al-Maidan in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya]

Iraqi forces secure civilians from Daka Baraka area in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]

Iraqi soldiers secure families in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]

Iraqi soldiers collect the bodies of civilians killed by Daesh in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces find a Daesh explosives factory in Hay Al-Zuhour, in east Mosul. [Mawsleya]

Syria

SDF fighters enter Daesh controlled areas in Raqqa. [Hawar] 

 

Daesh Media

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about one of its suicide terrorists from Chechnya. [ICDNJuly6]

 

July 5, 2017

 

Old Mosul

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Daesh stages major attack on Shirqat villages. [..]

55 Daesh fighters reported killed in Diyala’s Ramadan security sweep. [..]

Daesh territory in Old Mosul reduced to almost nothing, as some try to escape. [..]

Daesh executes 200 Turkmen for trying to escape Tal Afar. [..]

15th Army’s artillery reaches Tal Afar city, shells Daesh HQ. [..]

Turkey

Huge opposition political demonstration targets Erdogan rule. [..]

Syria

Russia nears deal with Turkey, Iran to share policing of deconfliction zones. [..]

Coalition drops 27 more airstrikes on Raqqa, 6 on Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

UN leader estimates Raqqa IDPs have risen to 185,000. [..]

Huge anti-Turkey demonstrations break out in Afrin. [..]

Turks continue positioning for attack on Kurdish-held areas in northwest Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi said on Tuesday that Iraq hopes to end the conflict in Syria, and to become a hub for regional peace. He also says any demands to have Iraqi forces fight in Syria are unconstitutional. [ARA]

 

US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, commenting on the planned Kurdistan independence referendum, said “We support a unified and prosperous Iraq , and any change must be in accordance with the Constitution and the agreement between the center and the region.” [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. This US position shows continuity with statements made when the Trump Administration took office and with the policy of the Obama Administration. Maintaining this position is absolutely essential, as otherwise the entire Iraq-KRG relationship could break down disastrously. Whether Iraqi Kurdistan should be independent is a reasonable question about which reasonable people could negotiate. We don’t think the idea should be rejected in advance. However, holding a referendum to put pressure on the other side is not a legitimate tactic. Seizing Iraqi territory outside Kurdistan and making territorial claims on other territories is not a legitimate tactic either. There are some ground rules that would facilitate such a negotiation—a subject to which we expect to return. 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in the Mosul area (3), and in Hawija (1). [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says one soldier was wounded when armed men shot at an army patrol in the Ibn Sina area in Tarmiya. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in the 14 Ramadan area near Tarmiya. [DMNJuly5] 

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Military Intelligence Service says its units captured a “serious terrorist” in Ameriya. [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Sunni politicians demanded an investigation into the killing of a taxi driver from Falluja at the Al-Suqour checkpoint. The MoD says it opened an investigation. [Anadolu]

However, the West Baghdad Operations Commander says that a soldier who failed to secure his weapon accidently killed the driver. [Sumaria] 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations commander says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions north of the Haditha Dam, killing 7 suicide bombers, and destroying a car-rigging factory and a weapons storehouse. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several tribal PMF fighters in the Nuaim area west of Hit with 2 IEDs. [DENJuly5]

Daesh says it killed a policeman and wounded others with an IED in the Khazraj area west of Hit. [DENJuly5]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Mayor of Shirqat says a group of Daesh terrorists infiltrated Khadhraniya, Houriya, and Suwaidan villages north of Shirqat. He says Iraqi forces supported by Tribal PMFs killed 4 Daesh terrorists. He also says two Tribal PMF fighters and a civilian were killed and seven civilians wounded in the attack. He says the situation was brought under control after warplanes bombed Daesh positions in the area. [Sumaria] 

IWMC says Salahuddin Operations Command units stopped a Daesh attack on Khadhraniya village in Shirqat district, killing 43 terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says military reinforcements arrived in Imam Gharbi village and ended the Daesh attack, killing 15 terrorists. [Ghad]

However, a DaeshDaily source says Daesh captured the village after tribal fighters and local police fled. Daesh also kidnapped many civilians from Imam Gharbi, in addition to an Iraqi Army lieutenant who was wounded in the fighting. The source also says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the village killing 7 terrorists, including a local commander.  

Local sources say Daesh paraded civilians in areas east of Shirqat, including children, whom it had captured during the attack on Imam Gharbi village. [Ghad]

Daesh’s version says it attacked PMF positions in Imam Gharbi village south of Qayara and Khadhraniya and Houriya villages north of Shirqat. Daesh says it killed six fighters and destroyed a military position in Khadhraniya, and killed twenty-one fighters, wounded others, and destroyed a military position and a Humvee in Imam Gharbi. [ICDNJuly5]

Here Daesh says it killed sixteen PMF fighters, destroyed a Humvee and 3 other military vehicles in battles near Imam Gharbi village. It also says it killed more fighters with a rocket in Khadhraniya village. [ICDNJuly5]

 

Baiji

The MoD says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Harariyat area, destroying a vehicle and killing the terrorists inside. [Ghad] 

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh says it killed five IFP soldiers, wounded three others, and damaged a vehicle in an ambush on the road between Balad and Dhuluiya. [DMNJuly5]

 

DIYALA

Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council says security units killed 55 Daesh terrorists during Ramadan and Eid in different areas in Diyala. [Etejah] 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

The MoD says Iraqi Army 5th division killed a suicide terrorist near Al-Masoudi village, south of Balad Ruz. [Ghad] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A Kirkuk Police commander says his units captured 3 Daesh members who sneaked from Hawija into Hay Al-Nassr in Kirkuk city. [ARA]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Daesh says its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in Albu Mohammad village southwest of Daquq. [DMNJuly5]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) refuted media reports about setting up a date to announce victory over Daesh. It says Prime Minister Abadi will announce the complete liberation of Mosul. [Sumaria]

A CTS commander says Iraqi forces are only 180 m away from the Tigris River in Old Mosul. [Karemlash] 

 

Deputy Governor of Ninewa says there are still Daesh foreign terrorists, mostly from Chechnya and the Caucasus, in two small alleys in the Maidan area in Old Mosul. He says the liberation of Mosul might be announced on Thursday after clearing this area. [Etejah]

 

Central Mosul

A medical source says Civil Defense units secured 300 civilians from within the rubble of Old Mosul. The source also says Daesh deployed tens of female suicide bombers in Old Mosul. [Ghad] 

A military source says Iraqi forces have killed 20 Daesh suicide terrorists, half of them women, in Old Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

The Ninewa Liberation Commander says Iraqi Army units captured the Al-Tawalib and Al-Khatouniya areas in Old Mosul. [Rudaw] 

 

The IFP commander says his troops are securing Khaled Bin Al-Waleed Street in Old Mosul. [Harbi] 

Daesh says it killed eleven Iraqi soldiers and wounded four others in battles on Khaled Bin Al-Waleed Street. [ICDNJuly5]

 

The IFP commander says Iraqi forces killed 61 Daesh terrorists, including 4 snipers, and destroyed a vehicle bomb in Old Mosul. [Etejah] 

 

Iraqi Army 16th division says it killed 25 Daesh terrorists in battles in the Al-Shahwan area in Old Mosul. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces captured a Daesh admin leader and another commander who were trying to flee Mosul toward Qayara. [Harbi] 

DaeshDaily comment.  While some foreign fighters are being left to fight to the death, Daesh is using the chaos in Old Mosul to smuggle its leaders out. This repeats an established pattern of behavior. Over the past few days, DaeshDaily sources followed up on videos shown on Iraqi news channels, like Al-Mawsleya TV, and identified several Daesh commanders who were leaving with their families, posing as civilians. The problem is, some of these terrorists were interviewed by reporters, and they cried about how criminal Daesh was! Our sources sent us photos and names of some of these men. 

 

Daesh says it attacked IFP positions near Bab Al-Tob, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying 2 military positions and a weapons storehouse, damaging an armored vehicle, and shooting down two recon drones. [ICDNJuly5]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked “the infidels” in the Al-Sha’arin area with an explosives vest, killing or wounding several people. [ICDNJuly5] 

 

An Iraqi Army source says Iraqi forces foiled several attempts by Daesh terrorists to flee from Old Mosul across the Tigris River to east Mosul. [Ghad] 

 

East Mosul

A security source says Iraqi forces killed 2 Iraqi suicide terrorists who were dressed as policemen in Nabi Yunus market in east Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

Deputy Chairman of the Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh executed 200 Turkmen civilians, including women and children, who were trying to escape Tal Afar. [Mawazin] 

 

A military source says Iraqi Army 15th division artillery shelled a Daesh headquarters in Hay Al-Saray in Tal Afar, killing 6 terrorists and wounding 8. [Harbi] 

 

Baaj

A military source says PMF units stopped a major Daesh attack near the Syrian border on Tuesday, killing 30 terrorists and destroying 11 vehicle bombs. [Harbi] 

PMF Press says PMF units shot down a Daesh drone near the Syrian border. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions near Al-Jughaifi village west of Baaj with 170 mortars and 17 heavy artillery shells. [DENJuly5]

 

Southern Ninewa

Shura/Qayara/Hatra

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions near Hatra with 10 mortars. [DMNJuly5]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting PMFs in Ihjala south of Qayara city with a rocket. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkish Counter Terrorism units captured a Daesh cell of 6 members that planned an attack on opposition protesters in Kocaeli. Since June 15, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of Turkey’s main secular opposition CHP (Republican People’s Party), has been leading a daring 450-kilometer anti-Erdogan protest march from Ankara to Istanbul. [Anadolu]

 

Media sources say security units captured 37 Daesh suspects in different areas in Turkey. [Sumaria] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentiev said on Tuesday that Russia may deploy its military to police the borders of planned de-escalation zones in Syria within two to three weeks after finalizing an agreement with Turkey and Iran.

Moscow hopes to sign the final documents with Ankara and Tehran on Wednesday, he told reporters after a series of meetings in the Kazakh capital, Astana. [Reuters]

DaeshDaily comment. This is directed at the United States and the Coalition. It is hard not to notice that the US, which is carrying much of the military load in Syria, is being excluded. Perhaps rejecting this agreement as being pro-Assad and mostly self-serving for the signatories would be the proper response.

 

A Russian journalist says the parties in the Astana 5 negotiations have almost reached an agreement regarding the de-escalation areas in Syria. He says the Russians and the Turks will monitor the areas in the north, and the Russians and the Iranians in the center. He says the Russians are negotiating with the US regarding the southern area. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. Someone should ask the Russians who will monitor the Turks and the Iranians under this agreement.

Other sources say there are disputes regarding Idlib. They also say the southern area was withdrawn from the negotiations for now. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The YPG general commander says Turkey wouldn’t have entered north Syria and shelled Afrin without getting a green light from Russia. He also says the YPG would fight Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor and Daraa if asked. He says the YPG has an agreement with the Americans to fight Daesh anywhere. [Qasioun]

The commander says the US has 7 bases and military airports in SDF controlled areas, including airports in Kobane, Hasaka, Qamishli, and Malikiyah. He also says the Coalition has 1,300 soldiers at a military base in Manbij. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 33 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (27), and Deir Ez-Zor (6). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

An IED exploded on an SDF vehicle in the Al-Arisha subdistrict, south of Hasaka, wounding several fighters. [SyriaHR]

 

Raqqa

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, Stephen O’Brien, says more than 185,000 people have left their houses in Raqqa since the beginning of April. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Deputy commander of Jaish Al-Thuwar, an SDF faction, says the delay in Raqqa’s liberation is because Daesh is using civilians as human shields. He also says Jaish Al-Thuwar would withdraw from the Raqqa campaign and fight the Turkish Army if the Turks attack Afrin. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

Raqqa city

SDF fighters stopped a Daesh counter-attack on Hay Hisham in Raqqa, killing 12 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. Four SDF fighters were killed and three wounded. [Hawar]

 

SDF fighters captured Saif Al-Dawla Street, an important road inside Raqqa city, killing 27 terrorists. [Hawar]

 

SDF fighters killed 9 Daesh terrorists in battles in Old Raqqa. [Hawar]

The SDF advanced 200 meters in Old Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF fighters killed 11 Daesh terrorists and shot down 3 drones in the Al-Dar’iya neighborhood in west Raqqa. One SDF fighter was killed and three wounded in the battles. [Hawar]

Three civilians, including a woman and a 5-month-old baby were killed by a Daesh land mine as they were trying to escape Al-Dar’iya. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on SDF units near Hsaiwa Intersection in west Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

SDF fighters stopped a Daesh attack in southeast Raqqa, killing 10 terrorists and destroying 2 military vehicles. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed twelve SDF fighters near Sour Baghdad and in Souq Al-Hal and the Al-Kasrat area. [DMNJuly5] 

Daesh publishes photos of an SDF fighter targeted by its snipers near the Old Bridge in south Raqqa. [ICDNJuly5]

Daesh says it killed three SDF fighters with IEDs in Souq Al-Hal in south Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes aerial photos and a video of a suicide attack it conducted on SDF positions near Bab Baghdad in east Raqqa. Daesh also publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNJuly5] [A3maq]

 

South of Raqqa

SDF fighters killed 3 Daesh terrorists in battles north of Al-Ratla town. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Five children and 3 Tahrir Al-Sham members (2 Saudis and an Egyptian) were killed when a vehicle bomb exploded near a Quranteaching school in Al-Quneitra village, west of Idlib. [ARA] [SyriaNow]

Later on, the director of the Civil Defense Center in Idlib said 15 people, including children, were killed and tens wounded. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

More than 100,000 people demonstrated in Afrin, protesting Turkish attacks in Syria. [Hawar] [SyriaHR]

The Turkish Army shelled and rocketed on Tuesday a village, south of the Ming Military Airport, reportedly killing three members of a family and wounding six others, including women and children. [Hawar]

Local sources say the Turkish Army is digging trenches and preparing to launch an attack on Bulbul subdistrict in Afrin.  [Hawar]

 

A Russian journalist and Turkish media outlets said that Russia supports the Turkish Army operation in Afrin. They say that Turkey wants to destroy 41 “PYD” positions and that the operation will last 70 days. [Dorar]

Turkish newspapers said on Tuesday that the Turkish Army deployed 7,000 soldiers on the Syria border to start its Euphrates Sword operation in the Afrin area. Media sources say 20,000 opposition fighters will participate in the operation. [Qasioun]

Turkish artillery targeted SDF positions in Harbal, Tal Rifaat, Sheikh Eissa, and near Mare’ city. No casualties were reported. [SyriaHR]

 

Levels of the water in the Tishrin Dam decreased rapidly after Turkey cut off the water flow upstream from the Dam. This has been the situation for about a month now.  [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Russian planes launched heavy airstrikes on Aqirbat and Abu Dalia villages east of Hama. Battles continued between the Syrian Army and Daesh near Salmiya. The army had brought military reinforcements to the area. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

The Russian Ministry of Defense says Russian planes targeted Daesh positions in Aqirbat, destroying a headquarters and 3 large weapons storehouses. Local activists say the airstrikes destroyed a mosque and civilian houses. [Dorar]

 

Homs

The Syrian Army captured several hills and military positions near the Hamima area, southeast of Tadmur. Syrian troops also surrounded the Al-Hail gas field from the west and the southeast. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed five Syrian soldiers and wounded others in battles east of the Arak oilfield east of Tadmur. It also says it targeted Syrian Army positions near the field with 12 heavy artillery shells. [DENJuly5] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Two civilians were killed by Russian airstrikes on Hatla town, east of Deir Ez-Zor. More civilians were killed or wounded by Russian bombing on Tal Al-Hissan, west of the city. Civilians were also wounded by Daesh mortar shelling on Hay Al-Joura and Hay Harabish in Deir Ez-Zor. Battles erupted between Daesh and the Syrian Army on Al-Sijn (prison) Street in the city. [Qasioun]

Warplanes bombed southeastern areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Local sources say a group of Daesh terrorists attacked a Daesh “police” station, killing a terrorist and capturing another, after their commander was arrested by Daesh west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

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

Battles between unspecified opposition groups and Daesh continued near Jillen, Hait, Adwan, and Tel Ashtara west of Daraa. The groups destroyed a Daesh tank near Adwan. [Qasioun]

The groups have started a new military operation against the Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, in the area without any advances so far. [EnabBaladi]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Association of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon refused to receive the bodies of seven Syrian men who were reportedly killed under torture by the Lebanese Army. The Army launched a campaign on Syrian refugees in Arsal looking for armed men linked to terrorist groups. At least 20 people were killed, including suicide bombers and one child, and hundreds were arrested in the campaign.  [ZamanAlWasl]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Eyewitnesses say Egyptian Army units shelled takfiri gatherings in Jihad Abu Tabl farms, south of Arish, killing 10 terrorists and wounding 25. [AhlMisr]

 

A security source says 3 terrorists shot and killed a policeman in his vehicle in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

A group of terrorists broke into a medical center in Arish and looted medical supplies. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed three Egyptian soldiers and wounded others with 2 IEDs east of Arish. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it executed 3 Taliban members after raiding their position in the Sara Qala area in Nangarhar on Tuesday. [DENJuly5] 

 

Great Britain

Foreign funding for extremism in Britain primarily comes from Saudi Arabia, but the UK government should set up a public inquiry into all Gulf funding sources, a report has said. The report by the Henry Jackson Society also calls for the government to consider requiring UK religious institutions, including mosques, to reveal sources of overseas funding.

The findings come as Theresa May faces pressure to publish the government’s own report into foreign funding of terrorism. The Home Office-led report was completed six months ago, and No 10 says ministers are still deciding whether to publish it. MPs nervous about upsetting strategic relations in the Gulf have also decided not to publish a separate Foreign Office strategy paper on the region. [Guardian] 

Daesh Daily comment. We have often commented that the extreme Wahhabi ideology promoted by Saudi Arabia is a central problem in the Middle East. We are not the only ones to make the point. It has continued as a central problem because western countries have refused to confront it. All the hatred in Daesh ideology, and all the atrocities of the Daesh regime, and many of its attacks in the West, are based on the Wahhabi ideology. The UK is apparently considering whether to continue this policy of avoiding the truth in order to keep the Saudis happy. We hope they will take a stand instead.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi Army units break Daesh defense lines in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

A Yazidi girl is secured by Iraqi soldiers in east Mosul. [Mawsleya]

Iraqi forces secure families from Old Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya] [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

[Note to readers: Due to the Independence Day holiday, the next issue of DaeshDaily will be on Wednesday.]

 

July 3, 2017

 

Raqqa 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Peshmerga block Daesh attack in Tooz. [..]

Iraqi forces raid Daesh cells in Diyala. [..]

Iraqi forces break through several Daesh positions in Mosul Old City. [..] 

Iranian artillery shells mountain area in KRG border district. [..]

 

Syria

SDF, Coalition artillery break through walls into Raqqa old city. [..]

Russia scheming to keep Coalition-backed opposition groups out of Deir Ez-Zor. [..] 

Vehicle bomb toll in Damascus area reaches 19 killed, 30 seriously wounded. [..]

Syrian government trying to freeze military operations in three southern provinces. [..]

 

Nigeria

Boko Haram kills 9, kidnaps 40 in Nigeria-Niger border village.  [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Coalition says it conducted one airstrike on Daesh targets in Iraq, in the Mosul area. [InherentResolve] 

DaeshDaily comment. This shows that the Mosul liberation campaign is virtually over, and there are hardly any targets left to hit.

 

BAGHDAD

Military intelligence says it arrested two men wanted on terror charges as they tried to enter Baghdad through two different checkpoints. [Etejah] 

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Military intelligence says it arrested a significant Daesh terrorist on Saadoun Street in the heart of Baghdad. [Buratha] 

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle Sunday with an IED in the 14 Ramadan area in Tarmiya, wounding the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a fish market in Yusufiyah exploded, wounding three civilians. [Sumaria] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says a roadside IED targeted an army patrol in Arab Nouri, killing a soldier and wounding another. [Ghad] 

Military intelligence says it arrested men wanted on terror charges in Ameriya. [Etejah] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Local sources say 1,000 civilians suffered breathing problems due to leakage of chlorine gas from one of the water purification stations due to extreme heat in Falluja. Average temperature in most Iraqi cities nowadays is 50 C. (122 F.) [ARA]

 

Ramadi

A Daesh suicide attacker detonated himself in an IDP camp at Kilo 60, killing 14 and wounding 15 others, mostly civilians. One policeman was reported to be wounded. [Hawar]

 

A security source says Tribal Mobilization troops killed two suicide attackers who tried to attack the HQ of the 1st battalion of the TM in Albu Ubaid, in Jazeera Khaldiya (desert area). [Sumaria] 

Daesh says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a Tribal PMF headquarters in the Albu Ubaid area in Jazeera Khaldiya with explosives vests, killing or wounding fifteen fighters. [ICDNJuly3]

 

Anah/Al-Qa’im

Sputnik reported, according to local sources it didn’t name, that hundreds of Daesh terrorists including suicide bombers, supported by vehicle bombs and machine gunmounted vehicles, gathered in Rawa, Anah, and Al-Qa’im on Sunday night, preparing to launch a major attack on Iraqi forces in the Al-Waleed Border Crossing and other areas on the international highway near Rutba. One of the sources says that Daesh is also planning also a major attack on Haditha. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” on the road between Baiji and Haditha, on the Al-Asmeda and Al-Makhazen Bridges, and in Albu Draib village, with 61 mortars and an SPG9 rocket. [DENJuly3] 

 

Samarra

A force from Basra emergency police arrested a person wanted on terror charges and another wanted for murder in its operations zone, in Samarra. [Sumaria] 

 

Tikrit

A local source says Daesh terrorists were “celebrating,” near Mtaibija, a teenage suicide bomber who was intending to conduct an attack. The source says the teenager’s explosives vest went off suddenly, killing or wounding 10 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A security source says Peshmerga units blocked a Daesh attack on Zarqa in Tooz, killing 7 of them including the commander of Daesh assault units in Himrin. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed two PMF Humvees with 2 IEDs on the road between Tuz Khurmatu and Tikrit, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [DENJuly3] 

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says a joint army and PMF forces started a search campaign for Daesh combatants east of Muqdadiya following confirmed intel that Daesh is planning attacks in the area. [IraqPress]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

An official of the Diyala government says Daesh kidnapped 8 citizens from Tapa village in Qara Tapa this year. The fate of 4 of them is still unknown. This is the highest rate of kidnapping recorded in one village in Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

Commander of Dijla Operations says the large operation that targeted Daesh in 9 areas in Nafut Khana starting Monday ended after destroying 9 guesthouses, defusing 10 IEDs, and finding a large quantity of ammunition. PMF and army helicopters participated in the operation. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a Humvee in an attack on a military position on the road between Khanaqin and Nafut Khana. Daesh says its terrorists returned safely after the attack. [DMNJuly3] [ICDNJuly3] Here Daesh says it killed five soldiers in the attack. [A3maq]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Military intelligence says it found an ammunition cache in Dhiab Al-Wawi village near Mandali. [Etejah] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh says its snipers killed two Peshmerga fighters near Mahkour Mountain, near Dibis. [DENJuly3] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Unknown men hung a banner mourning Al-Baghdadi in Hawija, causing Daesh combatants to go into a chaotic search for the doers. Similar content brochures were also distributed in Tal Afar. [Sumaria]

 

Military intelligence says IAF planes destroyed a car-rigging workshop and an ammunition storehouse in Hawija, killing 10 combatants and destroying two nearby vehicles. As well. [Etejah] 

 

A local source says army helicopters attacked a car-rigging and armoring workshop in Safra village near Riyadh subdistrict, killing 4 Daesh combatants including a commander. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Commander of Ninewa Liberation operations says that the next destination of all forces participating in Mosul battle will be Tal Afar. [Harbi] 

MoD says 9th armored division will be responsible for holding the neighborhoods in Mosul and checking identities of residents, as well as search and clearing operations in west Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

Central Mosul

IWMC says Iraqi Army 16th division broke the Daesh strongest defense line in Old Mosul, killing 67 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. It says the line, between Khatouniya and Ras Al-Khor, was guarded by Daesh foreign terrorists. It also says Iraqi forces secured 961 civilians and removed 72 IEDs. [Ghad] 

 

A medical source says Civil Defense units found the bodies of 75 people in Hay Al-Zanjili. The source says most of the victims were killed by Daesh while they were trying to escape. [Etejah] 

 

There are reports of celebrations by Iraqi forces in Mosul, despite the continuing battles in west Mosul. CTS and IFP already celebrating the final victory, and IFP held a procession in liberated areas. 

CTS liberated the Makawi neighborhood in west Mosul while IFP units are advanced from the Iron Bridge side. All three military groupsIFP, CTS, and the army are planning to reach a final meeting point west of the city. [Sumaria] 

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations says army units liberated Tawalib and Khatouniya in the old city. [Sumaria] 

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations says IFP liberated Bab Al-Saray in the old city and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.  [Sumaria] 

IWMC says IFP liberated Bab Al-Saray and captured the Bilal Al-Habashi Mosque, as well as the governorate park, killing tens of Daesh combatants including 2 snipers, and seizing large quantities of various ammunition. It also defused 23 IEDs and a vehicle bomb. [Sumaria] 

 

IFP says it captured the multistory parking building and Khazam Mosque, as well as the public transport yard in west Mosul. [Ghad] 

 

Rapid Response units say they reached Khalid Bin al-Waleed Street in old Mosul and are still advancing. [Ghad] 

 

A security source says that Hamza Al-Lami, a journalist with NINA, was killed while covering a Mosul battle. [Ghad] 

 

A security source says four civilians were killed and seven wounded, including women and children, when a Daesh Tunisian female terrorists blew herself up in Souq Al-Sha’arin. [BaghdadPost] 

DaeshDaily comment. This might affect how Iraqi forces treat women in Old Mosul. Women might be subjected to search. Daesh wants to implicate as many civilians as possible in its crimes. 

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked CTS units with an explosives vest near the Al-Makawi area, in Old Mosul, killing or wounding several soldiers. [ICDNJuly3]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi Army unit near the Fifth Bridge tunnel with an explosives vest, killing or wounding several soldiers. [ICDNJuly3]

 

Ministry of Interior says it foiled an operation to steal 5 power generators, and arrested three men and their vehicles. It says the gang was planning to transfer the generators to a village in Qayara and hide them there. [Ghad] 

 

CTS engaged Daesh in the Al-Maydan area in old Mosul and says it expects final liberation by Thursday, or even before. [Ghad] 

 

IFP says two female suicide attackers blew themselves up among civilian IDPs escaping battle areas, killing at least 10 civilians and wounding 4 others in Dhaka Baraka. IFP entered Najafi Street and engaged Daesh in fierce battles, while rescuing hundreds of civilians escaping the battle areas. [Etejah] 

 

16th army division says it killed a foreign Daesh combatant trying to cross the river to the east side of Mosul. [Harbi] 

16th army division says it destroyed two Daesh vehicle bombs and defused 72 IEDs in Shahwan and broke Daesh defense lines in Ras Al-Kor. [Mawsleya]

 

A detailed map shows the small areas remaining under Daesh control in west Mosul. [ROJ]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an IFP officer and three soldiers near Bab Al-Tob and Kornish Street. It also says it targeted IFP positions in Bab Al-Tob with several mortars. [DMNJuly3] 

 Daesh says it killed fifteen Iraqi soldiers, wounded “tens”, destroyed an armored vehicle, and damaged a bulldozer in battles near Kornish Street. [A3maq] 

Here Daesh says fifteen IFP soldiers were killed and forty wounded in the attack, including an officer. [ICDNJuly3]

 

Daesh says it killed fifteen IFP soldiers, including two officers, wounded others, and damaged a Humvee in battles near Bab Al-Tob. [ICDNJuly3]

 

Counter Terrorism Service says one of its units freed a Yazidi girl in Old Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

East Mosul

Daesh says it killed sixteen “Iraqi forces’ members” in attack on Hay Al-Hadba’, in northeast Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Military intelligence says a Yazidi woman locked up in a house in east Mosul was freed. [Mawsleya]

 

The MOI says Ninewa Police captured 8 Daesh members during a search in Hay Sumer in east Mosul. [Sumaria] [Mawsleya]

 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

Stickers and brochures with Daesh logo and format were distributed in Tal Afar. Some of them were thrown into the streets. As Daesh terrorists went into a state of alert to detect those who did that, observers said that the way they were written showed that some Daesh leaders could be behind them. [Sumaria] 

 

PMF sources say unidentified armed men killed the designer of Daesh golden coins in Tal Afar. The killed terrorist killed came from a neighboring country and was close to Baghdadi. [PressIraq]

 

Nineveh Plain (Bashiqa, Tel Keif, Hamdaniya)

Military intelligence says it arrested a man wanted on terror charges in Kharta village in Hamdaniya. [Etejah] 

 

KURDISTAN

Iranian artillery is shelling Choman District in northeast Erbil by the Iran border. Iran says elements of the Hayat Kurdish) opposition party in Iran are hiding there. So far two civilians are reported killed. [ROJ]

The Iranian branches of the KDP and Iranian Kurdish Workers Party says the Iranian shelling of Halgurd Mountain in Choman did not harm the two parties but killed a civilian and caused environmental damage. Iran fired over 100 artillery shells on the area.  The parties claim that the aim of the shelling is to affect the election process for the referendum on independence planned by the KRG for next September. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister accused Saudi Arabia of providing chemical materials to terrorist groups to start attacks in Iraq. [Buratha] 

 

Ansar Al-Marja’iya brigade of the PMFs requested Prime Minister Abadi’s approval to enter Syrian territory for 30 km (19 miles), saying that Daesh is attacking Iraqi borders from the Syrian side. [Qasioun]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 18 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (13), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (3). [Inherent Resolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

An IED exploded between two checkpoints in Hasaka, destroying a civilian car (a PYD car according to another story) and wounding two persons. [BasNews]

 

Kurdish security says it arrested the two terrorists accused of blowing up a civilian car in Tal Abyadh. [Hawar]

 

Al-Hawl refugee camp says 7 new Iraqi families and 4 Syrian IDPs arrived at the camp, escaping Daesh areas. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

SDF says 2,000 fresh fighters joined Raqqa front after finalizing their training under the Coalition. Battles in Raqqa city continue on the outskirts of Qadisiya neighborhood. [Qasioun]

 

The Coalition says its forces supported the SDF advance into the most heavily fortified portion of Raqqa by opening two small gaps in the Rafiqa Wall that surrounds the Old City. It says that Daesh fighters were using the historic wall as a fighting position and planted mines and improvised explosive devices at several of the breaks in the wall. It says SDF fighters would have been channeled through these locations and were extremely vulnerable as they were targeted with vehicle-borne IEDs and indirect fire as well as direct fire from heavy machine guns, rocket- propelled grenades and snipers as they tried to breach the Old City.

It says conducting targeted strikes on two small portions of the wall allowed Coalition and partner forces to breach the Old City at a locations of their choosing, denied Daesh the ability to use pre- positioned mines, IED and vehicle bombs, protected SDF and civilian lives, and preserved the integrity of the greatest portion of the wall.  The portions targeted were 25-meter sections and will help preserve the remainder of the overall 2,500-meter wall.

Coalition Spokesman, Col. Ryan Dillon said “Unlike (Daesh) who deliberately destroyed the ruins of Palmyra and the Al-Nuri mosque and uses sites such as the Rafiqa Wall, hospitals, schools and mosques as weapons storage facilities and fighting positions, Coalition forces are making a great effort to protect civilians and preserve these sites for future generations,” 

“The most humane way to save the people of Raqqa is to swiftly and decisively defeat ISIS, who have terrorized the people of Raqqa for more than three years. Only this way, can the people of Raqqa be saved and city return to peace.” [InherentResolve] 

 

Daesh says it killed three SDF fighters with an SPG9 rocket in the Al-Kasrat area in south Raqqa. [DMNJuly3] 

 

Daesh says it killed an SDF fighter and wounded another with an IED in the Al-Sakan Al-Shababi area, in east Raqqa. [DMNJuly3] 

 

YPJ (female) units in Sinjar say its fighting formations will head to Raqqa to participate in liberating Yazidi women from Daesh captivity. [Hawar]

 

SDF entered the Hisham Bin Abdul Malik and Yarmouk neighborhoods in south and west Raqqa respectively, killing 7 combatants in the first and 9 in the second. It also says it is moving on Ratla village, killing 16 Daesh combatants in the process. [PUKMedia] 

SDF captured Ratla village from Daesh after intense battles, while Coalition planes killed 5 civilians from one family in an airstrike northeast of the center of Raqqa city. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh is counterattacking to recapture Hal (cardamom) market, captured by SDF Monday night. SDF broke into the market and killed at least 9 Daesh combatants. [EnabBaladi]

 

PYD admitted that two of its fighters tortured a Daesh prisoner according to a video published earlier. It says that such action is individual and it will see that the two stand trial. [ZamanAlWasl]

SOHR says 23 SDF fighters were killed in fighting with Daesh in the past 24 hours. It confirmed the SDF advance into western and southern neighborhoods of the city. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Coalition air attacks killed 11 civilians in various areas of Raqqa in addition to causing major damage to city infrastructure. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about a group of its Saudi terrorists in Raqqa. [ICDNJuly3]

 

South of Raqqa

Daesh says 2 groups of its terrorists attacked SDF positions in Kasrat Mohammed Ali village, south of Raqqa, killing thirty-three fighters. It says 4 of its terrorists were killed while the rest returned safely. [ICDNJuly3]

 

The government says its army is facilitating the return of IDPs to their villages southwest of Raqqa. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting an SDF position near Al-Talaye’ Compound, southwest of Raqqa, with a rocket. [A3maq]

 

West of Raqqa

The first US cargo plane landed at Sarrin airbase west of Raqqa. Several US TV stations interviewed the pilots. Sarrin airbase has a runway dedicated to military cargo planes. [Qasioun]

 

East of Raqqa

SDF security says it arrested a Daesh operative in possession of 50 mortar shells as he entered Khabur village in the liberated Karama subdistrict. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

SOHR reported several IEDs exploding in Idlib; two of them were destroyed by local civil defense. [SyriaHR]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say Turkish bombardment on Shahba subdistrict resulted in burning over 200 hectares of cultivated land. [Hawar]

 

The Kurdish National Council (ENKS) (pro KDP) accused the PYD of secretly negotiating with the Syrian government to hand over Afrin to avoid a Turkish attack on the city. [Dorar]

SOHR reported battles and unidentified casualties in the villages near Manbij between SDF forces and Turkey backed militias. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Opposition sources say Russian airstrikes on Rasm Al-Awabid village near Daeshheld Aqirbat east of Hama left two children killed. [Qasioun]

SOHR reported continuing battles between Daesh and government forces east of Hama, with news of casualties among the latter. [SyriaHR]

SOHR says government planes are attacking Aqirbat east of Hama and surrounding villages. [SyriaHR]

SOHR says government is planning to expel Daesh from Hama as it did in Aleppo, saying that recent attacks were more intense and combined with use of heavy weapons and SS missiles, along with intense Russian air support. The government plans to clear Hama and Homs from Daesh’s presence in order to secure the road connecting Salmiya-Athariya and Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Homs

Government planes attacked Sukhnah city east of Homs and surrounding villages leaving several civilian casualties, while battles continued between government forces and Daesh on Palmyra Sukhnah road, reports the SOHR. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket northeast of the Third Station, east of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Opposition sources say the Coalition is planning to establish a third base for opposition “Magawir Al-Thawra) forces in Shaddadi near Deir Ez-Zor. The source says the Coalition is not happy with the performance of SDF and says it is rebelling against Coalition objectives. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a transparently biased story that would need confirmation to be taken seriously. 

The “Magawir Al-Thawra” opposition faction, backed by the Coalition, says the idea of establishing a camp in Shaddadi was postponed to an unidentified date. [EnabBaladi]

 

The government says Russian planes attacked Daesh position in Deir Ez-Zor city and its eastern and southern villages. [SyriaNow]

 

A Russian military official says it would support Syrian government forces without limits to recapture Deir Ez-Zor and end the Daesh presence there. It says that SDF forces fighting in Raqqa might have to turn back if Turkey attacks Afrin and northern Syrian areas, and also says that Deir Ez-Zor is too much for SDF capabilities, and can only be liberated by government forces. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment. This is an example of Russian disinformation. The SDF is apparently strong enough to be beating Daesh in its headquarters city of Raqqa, so why would anyone assume they could not beat them in Deir Ez-Zor too, especially if other Coalition-supported groups joined in. The real game here is to keep anti-Assad opposition groups, both the SDF and the Free Army from the south, out of Deir Ez-Zor as much as possible, so that the area can be fully re-absorbed by the government at the opposition’s expense. This was a strongly anti-government area before Daesh came. 

 

SOHR says Coalition planes attacked Al-Omar oilfield east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Coalition planes attacked two Daesh vehicles east of Deir Ez-Zor. Human casualties are confirmed but exact figures are not available. [SyriaHR]

 

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

The casualty figures from a vehicle bomb explosion in Bab Toma in Damascus rose to 19 killed and 30 seriously wounded. The government says it chased and captured two other vehicle bombs in Damascus. [Qasioun]

 

The government announced it is stopping military operations in southern Syria, including the three southernmost provinces of Daraa, Suwayda, and Quneitra. It says any breach by opposition factions will be responded to immediately. The purpose is to support national reconciliation, says the government. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. The real purpose is to inhibit the operations of the Free Army and other opposition elements in order to facilitate a government takeover in this area, which has been held by anti-government opposition elements.

 

Opposition sources say 16-20 civilians were killed in Russian airstrikes on Haqaf village north of Suwayda. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it assassinated a pro-government militia member in Khost. [A3maq]

 

Nigeria

Nigerian authorities say Boko Haram militants killed 9 and kidnapped 40 civilians from a border village between Nigeria and Niger. The attackers used camels, sources say. [Sumaria] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Dagestani terrorists, saying he was killed in Ninewa. [ICDNJuly3]