An Update On ISIS Activities

January 12, 2017 



Mosul Map (Ninewa Media Center)

Iraqi Flag: Government Controlled 
Green: Captured 
Red: Contested 
Gray: Daesh 


Today’s Major Developments


British de-mining group has defused 20,000 Daesh land mines. [..]

Rumored post-Mosul role for Nujaifi militia raises issues. [..]

UN humanitarian affairs chief cites huge UN support to Iraqi IDPs. [..] 

Mayor says government has captured 44 of 60 neighborhoods east of Tigris. [..]

IFP takes Al-Salam; nears complete victory in southeast Mosul. [..]


Opposition MP in Turkey says Daesh has 500,000 Turkish supporters. [..]


McGurk praises progress of Raqqa liberation campaign. [..]

Intense Turkish bombing, shelling on Al-Bab still not dislodging Daesh. [..]






The Coalition conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (5), Hawija (2), and Baiji (1). [InherentResolve]



Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A Police source says a civilian was wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Al-Hamamiyat in Taji. [Sumaria] 


Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says five civilians were wounded by an IED explosion in a marketplace in Shaab. [Ghad]


East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The BOC says 45th army brigade found an ammunition cache in Al-Sa’ada are during a search operation. [BOC Facebook Page] 

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist who conducted a suicide attack in Al-Baladiat. Even behind the mask it is obvious that he was a young boy. [StoreUp] 


Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says one civilian was killed and seven wounded by an IED explosion in a marketplace in Mada’in. [Ghad] 


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one civilian was killed and four wounded by an IED explosion in Ma’alef.  [Sumaria] 

The BOC says 55th army brigade defused two IEDs and found other munitions during a search in Karaghoul and Suhailat. [BOC Facebook Page] 


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

Total IED incidents reported:    5




The BOC says 24th army brigade found an IED and a large explosives cache buried near a creek in Hitawiyeen, south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page] 


The BOC says engineering units of the 17th and 6th army divisions destroyed 14 IEDs and cleared 400 meters of road in Bustan Al-Tikriti and Awda Al-Shukur. [BOC Facebook Page] 



Daesh says it killed Ahmed Al-Dhiabi, a “Shia Dawa party leader,” with a sticky IED under his vehicle in the Al-Tamim area in Ramadi. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. The victim was a Sunni from Ramadi, as is obvious from his name. 



A security source says Daesh attacked a police vehicle in the Kilo 150 area and captured two policemen. [Sumaria] 


Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army and Sahwa positions in Al-Saqra and Al-Zawiya villages west of Haditha with 2 Grad rockets and 10 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Daesh said it targeted Iraqi Army and Sahwa positions in the Al-Haqlaniya area in Haditha District with 4 Grad rockets. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Northwest Anbar

A security source in Anbar says Coalition planes destroyed a truck carrying an anti-aircraft gun in the Jam’iya area in the center of Al-Qa’im.  [Sumaria]  


Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Al-Ubaidi town in Al-Qa’im. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of an auto body workshop in Al-Qa’im. [JustPaste]



 A military source says Iraqi forces shot down a Daesh drone in Rutba. [Ghad] 




Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in the Shirqat area, and also in Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict in Mosul District, with more than 23 mortars. [DawaAlhaq]



Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in several areas north and west of Baiji with 20 mortar shells. [DawaAlhaq]



A security source says a man and his three children were killed by a Daesh leftover IED in Hay Al-Qadisiya in north Tikrit. [Mada] 


Western Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

A security source says Peshmerga units stopped a Daesh attack in the Zarqa area of Tooz, killing or wounding Daesh terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF vehicle in the Zarqa area, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [A3maq]


Daesh says its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter near Zarqa. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


A security source says three PMF fighters were wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Al-Daur District. [Mada] 



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A Diyala police source says one civilian was killed in an IED explosion in Kanaan subdistrict southeast of Baquba. [Maalomah] 


Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist who conducted an attack near Al-Khalis. [Top4Top]

A security source in Diyala said yesterday the car bomb destroyed by security authorities and didn’t cause any casualties. 


Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Speaker Jubouri’s office in Diyala says 523 families will return to their houses in 10 villages north of Muqdadiya after Dijla Operations Command completes their security checks. [Sumaria]


The Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says the first bridge destroyed by Daesh in Diyala was renovated with support from the IMF. The bridge is 5km north of Muqdadiya and was destroyed by Daesh in 2014. Daesh had destroyed 10 bridges in Diyala province. [Sumaria]  


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Diyala Police say security units initiated an operation in 5 villages east of Udhaim, destroying three Daesh guesthouses and defusing three IEDs.  [Sumaria] 



Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A security source in Kirkuk says 370 displaced people, mostly women and children, arrived at Maktab Khalid crossing, escaping Daesh held Hawija.  [Sumaria] 


Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists west of Hawija. [DawaAlhaq] 


Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A Kirkuk Police commander says security units captured 6 men on terrorism charges and 8 other suspects in the Al-Rashad area. [Sumaria] 



The British Mine Advisory Group (MAG) says it removed over 11,000 Daesh mines from liberated areas recently, adding to 9,000 others in the past few months. The group says Daesh uses very dangerous and highly destructive land mines that can be operated with a simple touch and can destroy a tank.  [Mada] 


Col. Brett Sylvia, taskforce commander of the Coalition’s Inherent Resolve Operation, says Iraqi tribesmen trained by Turkey (Al-Nujaifi units) are now operating under the 16th Iraqi army division. He says these men are well trained and qualified to hold ground in areas liberated by the Iraqi Army. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. Appreciating the colonel’s enthusiasm, we think putting Nujaifi’s separatist units in charge of security anywhere is a risky security policy.


Dr. Hunain Al-Qaddo, a Shabak CoR member from Ninewa, says former governor Nujaifi’s troops should not hold the ground in Ninewa because most have links to Daesh. He says Nujaifi’s troops had no combat role and were just accompanying Iraqi Army 16th division, and now they are in some Shabak villages. Abdul Rahman Al-Luwaizi, a Sunni CoR member from Ninewa, also warned against giving the task of holding the ground in Ninewa to Nujaifi. [SotKurdistan]  

DaeshDaily comment. The Shabak, and other minorities, might suffer a lot from the half-baked Turkey-enforced political deals in Ninewa. The same tribes that joined and supported Daesh are now in Shabak villages. This is a serious concern.  


Lise Grande, UN humanitarian affairs coordinator in Iraq, says civilians have taken 47% of the casualties from armed operations in Mosul. She says Iraqi Army operations east of Mosul liberated over 450,000 people east of the city from oppressive Daesh control, but more than 750,000 are waiting on the west side. She believes that operations there could start by the end of February. She says the UN is running the largest humanitarian operation in history, providing foodstuffs to over 420,000 persons, medical assistance to over 475,000, and medical advice to over 300,000. She highly praised the role of the Iraqi army in humanitarian efforts and in helping to preserve the lives of civilians. [Anadolu] [ARA]


Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in different areas in Mosul and in the Nineveh Plain with 45 mortars, 11 heavy artillery shells, and 8 rockets.  [DawaAlhaq] 



A local source in Mosul says an unidentified person hacked Daesh’s central radio network and sent a verbal message to Al-Baghdadi saying “Mosul will be liberated, like it or not. Some confusion was observed among Daesh ranks after this hack. [Sumaria] 


A local source in Mosul reported increasing defections among Daesh foreign combatants due to decreasing financial resources and increasing casualties on the east side of Mosul. The source says some have already deserted and left Mosul. [Maalomah] 


A local source in Mosul says Daesh closed down 20 media points used to publish Daesh propaganda over the past two years. The source believes that Daesh needs more put more manpower on the battlefield after the big losses suffered on the east side of Mosul. [SotIraq]


Mosul liberation campaign

An infographic description of the results of the second phase of Mosul operations shows that joint forces have liberated 85% of the east side of Mosul, killed 2,185 Daesh combatants, and destroyed 10 drones, and 165 vehicle bombs. The statistic shows that Coalition and Iraqi warplanes initiated 705 attacks against Daesh targets, and that 450 Coalition advisors, in addition to smart US and French artillery, participated in the action. [Sumaria] 


The Mayor of Mosul District says Iraqi forces captured 44 “official” neighborhoods on the east side of the city, out of 60. He says the neighborhoods under Daesh control are small but have high populations. He says the liberated areas are suffering because of the lack of hospitals, water, electricity, and food supplies. He says Daesh is now barricading among civilians after it lost its industrial areas where it used to make vehicle bombs. [Ghad]  


Abdul Karim Khalaf, a major security analyst, says Daesh has ordered its units to withdraw from the east side of Mosul, and has started to move whatever remains of its equipment to the west side of the city. The analyst says Daesh losses on the east side were too heavy for the group to endure, and estimated that liberation of the whole east side will be completed in a few days. [PUKMedia] 


US Presidential Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk says on his Twitter account: “Milestone in east Mosul today as Iraqi Army and CTS forces link north & east axes of advance in Al-Habdaa. (Daesh) defenses weakening.” [Twitter] 


The Ninewa Liberations Commander says Iraqi forces and Iraqi and Coalition aircraft killed 127 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 8 vehicle bombs in Mosul on Thursday. [Rudaw] 


Field commanders say 80 Daesh combatants were arrested in various areas on the east side of Mosul. They also say that Coalition planes destroyed Daesh guesthouses in Mosul Al-Jadida neighborhood in west Mosul, while Iraqi Cessna warplanes destroyed Daesh targets north of the city. [Harbi] 


The JOC says Coalition warplanes killed 5 Daesh terrorists exiting a tunnel and destroyed the tunnel afterwards. [Harbi]


A military source in Mosul says Daesh bodies are floating in the Tigris after the IAF destroyed 7 boats carrying them on the river. The combatants left their areas trying to escape to the west side after quick advances by Iraqi forces in the city. [Buratha] 


Daesh says 15 people were wounded, including women and children, by artillery and mortar shelling on residential areas in Mosul city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh tends not to mention that most of the civilian casualties are caused by its random shelling on residential areas.   


East Mosul

A CTS commander says his units are surrounding Mosul University and are about to break into it. The commander says this site is important, as Daesh used the university as offices and residence for its leaders, and utilized its labs for war purposes. [ARA]


A security source in Mosul says Daesh killed 23 civilians, 19 of them from one family, with mortar a bombardment as they were trying to exit Al-Maliya neighborhood in east Mosul towards security forces.  [Sumaria] 


Mosul liberation commander says one Daesh operative was arrested in Al-Samah neighborhood in east Mosul based on photos published by Daesh earlier. [Harbi] 


The Mayor says Daesh killed four civilians in shelling on Hay Al-Muthanna. [Ghad] 


Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi forces’ Humvees and damaged 2 others in a suicide attack in Hay Al-Dhubat in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the attack was conducted by a terrorist from Mosul, and publishes a photo of the attacker. [DawaAlhaq] 


Southeast Mosul

Mosul Liberation Operations Command says IFP’s Rapid Response units liberated Al-Salam, Sumer, and Al-Sahiroon neighborhoods in southeast Mosul, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings after inflicting heavy human and material casualties to Daesh. The 9th division also destroyed 6 guesthouses and 33 IEDs, defused 21, and captured large quantities of Daesh weapons and ammunition, including a drone, while killing 89 terrorists, and destroying 5 vehicle bombs.  [Mada] [Mada] [Harbi] 


The IFP commander says his have troops liberated the southern triangle of east Mosul, and that liberation of Yarimjah on the Tigris is a few hours away. [Harbi] 

DaeshDaily comment. This information is militarily significant, especially as the southeast was the area where Iraqi forces had the most trouble on the east side of Mosul prior to the arrival of the IFP units. Yarimjah is on the Tigris, across from the airport area, and the IFP is now fairly close to its units waiting in Hammam Al-Alil just south of the city limits. Its next move may come from the south.


IWMC says Army helicopters attacked Yarimjah, killing 14 terrorists and destroying their equipment. It reported that 9th army division and 1st division 3rd brigade are advancing, destroying a vehicle bomb and several IEDs in Domiz, and destroying a Daesh guesthouse containing a large explosives cache. Army units also found a Daesh prison in east Mosul containing large quantities of weapons and explosives. [Etejah] 


A security source in Mosul says Army helicopters attacked a Daesh gathering in eastern Yarimjah, killing 90 terrorists and destroying 3 machine gunmounted trucks. [Sumaria] 


A field commander in Mosul says that 5 Daesh deserters staying in a house in Domiz neighborhood contacted security forces and provided a complete map of Daesh’s presence in Domiz, Sumer, and Yarimjah. The commander says that army and security forces treated the information with caution, but the deserters proved genuine and their information enabled a quick advance. The deserters were transferred to the custody of investigative authorities. [IraqPress]


North Mosul

The JOC says army units clearing northern areas of Mosul destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, and shot down a Daesh drone. 15 terrorists were killed by air cover provided by Coalition planes. An IFP Abrams tank killed 4 terrorists near the Al-Aqrab checkpoint. [Harbi]


Daesh publishes a photo of a handicapped suicide terrorist who conducted an attack on Iraqi forces near the Al-Hadba’ Apartment compound. [StoreUp] 


Commander of the 16th army divisions says two terrorists mingled among civilians leaving the Al-Hadba’ Apartments area blew themselves up, killing two men and a woman and wounding an 8 year old child. He says they were trying to reach army units to attack them, but were detected first. [Anadolu]


Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldiers near the Al-Arqoub area in north Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi forces armored personnel carriers and a Humvee in a suicide attack with a car bomb in the Al-Arqoub area. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the attack was conducted by an Iraqi suicide terrorist. [DawaAlhaq] 


West Mosul

The IWMC says IAF F-16s attacked a Daesh target in southwest Mosul based on prior intelligence and killed a major Daesh leader (Abdul Qadir Abdul Rahman) and some of his escorts in the Al-Amel neighborhood. The cell also says that Iraqi L159 warplanes destroyed a Daesh camp at the Badoush cement factory. [Ghad] [Harbi] 


A local source in Mosul says 9 Daesh leaders and their families left west Mosul towards Syria, carrying millions of dollars. One of them is Abu Anas Al-Qahtani, the head of Daesh’s “Mujahedeen Shura Council.” [Sumaria]


A security source in Mosul says an unidentified drone killed the Daesh official in charge of Daesh prisons and destroyed his car in Nabi Shuaib neighborhood in west Mosul. Two of his escorts were also killed. [Sumaria] 


Daesh issues a video of the results of “American bombing” on Hay Al-Mosul Al-Jadida on the west side of Mosul on Wednesday. [A3maq]


Human conditions in Mosul

An IFP commander says Iraqi forces secured 400 families from southeast Mosul and moved them to the Al-Khazer Camp. [Rudaw] 


Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF machine gunmounted vehicle with a rocket near Adaya village near the Tal Afar border. [A3maq]


Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Army helicopters initiated 8 attacks in support of PMF units, destroying 7 vehicles, a shovel, and killing 8 terrorists. [Harbi] 


The JOC says Coalition aircraft initiated 6 combat and 13 reconnaissance flights including 3 with helicopters, while the IAF initiated 8 night and 4 day attacks with its F16s, destroying 3 rigging workshops and 3 weapons storehouses and killing several Daesh operatives including Abu Isra Al-Ifri, a Daesh commander in Tal Afar. [Harbi]


PMF media says PMF started preliminary operations as a start of the sixth phase of its war operations by liberating Al-Hajaf village south of Tal Abta and raising the Iraqi flags of its buildings. In clearing the village, PMF forces found a large Daesh electronic interception and communications station. PMFs also liberated the Hayaniya and Al-Tal Al-Janoubi villages south of Tal Abta.  [Ghad] [Ghad] [Maalomah] 


Daesh says it killed six “PKK fighters” by detonating an IED on Wednesday near Um Al-Dhiban village in Sinjar. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh might be referring here to the Yazidi fighters who were trained by the PKK.


Daesh says it destroyed 2 PMF bulldozers in Al-Hamra and Ain Al-Wah villages southeast of Tal Afar with rockets. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter at the Tal Afar Airport. [DawaAlhaq]


Daesh says it killed or wounded “tens” of Iraqi soldiers and PMF fighters and destroyed a vehicle by detonating 2 booby-trapped houses and 7 IEDs in Hajaf village south of Tal Abta. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Ain Hisan village west of Tal Afar and nearby areas with 82 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim] 



Turkish Army says its warplanes killed 3 PKK fighters in airstrikes on Zab and Senat Heftanin areas in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. It says its planes returned to bases safely. [Anadolu]




An opposition parliament member says Daesh has 500,000 supporters in Turkey, mostly in cities like Istanbul, Gaziantep, Urfa, Konya, and Hatay. He says Turkey has become a fragile country because of all the terrorists who passed through it to Iraq and Syria. He also says Daesh managed to gain a lot of support in Turkey through social media; many people in Turkey, for example, were happy when Daesh attacked Kobane. [SotKurdistan]


Kurdish press sources say the Turkey-sponsored list of Syrian organizations for the Astana negotiations are linked to the Muslim Brothers and other radicals, whereas moderate and Kurdish organizations are excluded. [Hawar]


Turkish President Erdogan says that there is no point anymore for any party to claim they are fighting Daesh and not opposing other terrorist groups like PYD and YPG. These groups claim they are not connected to PKK, but NATO knows better, Erdogan says. Erdogan says “PKK and YPG are inseparable” from the PKK, commenting on publication of an SDF statement by the US Central Command saying it is not part of the PKK.

Erdogan adds that terror attacks in Turkey aim to bring the Turkish economy down, which will not happen, he says. He called on the private sector to intensify production and assist in strengthening the economy. [Anadolu] [ARA]


Turkish soldiers attacked Syrian Kurdish IDPs in Marash camp with smoke bombs and rubber bullets, after an attack by Iraqi Turkmen IDPs aiming to expel the Kurds from the camp. [Hawar]


The Turkish Military Command says it signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia to coordinate air sorties over Syria in order to prevent accidents. [Rudaw] 




US Treasury Department announced sanctions on the Syrian Army, technical industries, and several top Syrian governmental personalities. It says this comes as a reaction to Syrian government use of chemical weapons against its opposition. [ARA]


UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura says the ceasefire is holding well in Syria, despite some breaches. He says that battles are still on in two areas in Wadi Barada. De Mistura believes that the UN will be invited to attend the Astana talks, although no official invitations have been forwarded yet. Di Mistura says there are still 23 buses under siege in Fawaa and Kefraya in Idlib, describing the situation in these areas as very bad. [Dorar] [SyriaNow]


The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in Raqqa (6), and in Deir Ez-Zor (3). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


Daesh flogged three of its members in Markada, south of Hasaka, on charges of insulting Daesh. The flogging took place in public. [ARA]

PYD units allowed tens of Arab families to return to their homes in Ras Al-Ayn after a tribal mediation. The families are from Al-Arba’in village, from which they were expelled after the PYD took control. Each of the 26 returning families will have to pay 50,000 Syrian liras. [ZamanAlWasl]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in Al-Azzawi village south of Shaddadi with heavy artillery. [DawaAlhaq] 



US Presidential Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, says on his Twitter account that during the last 24 hours SDF forces cleared 150 square km to link up the southbound and eastbound avenues of advance and to further isolate Daesh. [Twitter] 


SDF says it is clearing the areas it liberated from Daesh recently after the link-up of its forces advancing from two different directions. SDF also says it provides food, medical assistance, and humanitarian assistance to thousands of refugees escaping Daesh areas and escorts them to safety via pre-assigned safe routes.  It says the second stage of its operations liberated 2,144 sq. km, including 133 villages and tens of farms. SDF also says that Daesh still holds 45 villages and 20 farms. By capturing them, SDF will be heading to Tabaqa west of Raqqa. 

SOHR says Coalition planes attacked Hissan and Bayoudh Al-Tern villages north of Raqqa. [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [SyriaHR]


On Wednesday, Daesh beheaded one of its Palestinian members and crucified his body for 4 hours in Raqqa after accusing him of cooperating with Jordanian intelligence and the Coalition. Daesh had executed two civilians in Maadan city east of Raqqa on Sunday after accusing them of cooperating with the Coalition, according to a local source. Local sources also say Daesh executed one of its Syrian members on December 30th by stoning him to death in the same city after accusing him of adultery. [SmartNews] 


Daesh says it killed seven SDF fighters by detonating several IEDs in Jab Sha’er village north of Raqqa. [A3maq]


Daesh says it killed seven SDF fighters by detonating a booby-trapped school in Abu Jadi village west of Jab Sha’er. [DawaAlhaq] 


Daesh says it damaged an SDF car in east Jaabar village north of Al-Tabaqa, wounding two fighters. [DawaAlhaq] 


Daesh publishes two photos of religious activities for foreign children in Al-Tabaqa city. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of the Thursday Market in Maadan south of Raqqa. [JustPaste]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)


An airstrike, believed to be by the Coalition, killed Abu Ali Al-Tunisi, a Fath Al-Sham (Nusra) leader, as he was on his motorcycle west of Idlib. Other Coalition attacks killed 4 Nusra operatives and wounded 3. Syrian air attacks near Saraqib left one civilian dead and 5 wounded. SOHR says that counting today’s attacks, the number of jihadi leaders assassinated by air attacks is up to 55. [ARA] [ARA] [Qasioun] [EnabBaladi] [SyriaHR]


The anti-government opposition says Syrian warplanes attacked civilian targets in Babka west of Aleppo, killing eight civilians and wounding 20 others. Its attacks on other villages and roads in the area killed 5 civilians and wounded 8 others. [ARA] [EnabBaladi]


Sources say hundreds of soldiers and armored vehicles are arriving at Syrian Army positions near the air academy and Kowaires airport, which was subject to several failed Daesh attacks in the past few days. The next step of these forces is hard to predict. Daesh kept attacking the area from the Imam and Deir Hafer areas. [ARA]


Daesh says its snipers killed two Syrian soldiers in Fah village near the Thermal Station east of Aleppo. [DawaAlhaq] 


Daesh publishes two photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in Aisha village north of the Kowaires Airport with heavy machine guns. [JustPaste] 



Turkey says its planes killed 22 Daesh terrorists in airstrikes on 40 Daesh targets in Al-Bab city including 29 shelters, 3 headquarters, and various positions, alongside vehicles and weapons. It also said that its artillery targeted 160 Daesh targets in and around the city , and that Turkish EODs defused three IEDs in the 143rd day of battle. Sources say that over 40 rockets were fired on Al-Bab near Usama Bin Zaid mosque.  [Anadolu] [Hawar] [SyriaHR]


Despite intensive Turkish air and artillery support, Daesh repelled attacks by the Turkishbacked opposition in Suflaniya and Muqri villages northwest of Al-Bab, inflicting serious casualties. Turkey heavily shelled Qabasin to assist the opposition advance there.  [ARA] [ARA]


Kurdish sources say Turkey-backed militiamen are looting Kurds’ houses in Shadoud village northwest of Al-Bab. The sources reported over 30 houses looted so far. The sources accuse Turkish authorities of trying to change the demography of the area around Al-Bab by bringing in families from Turkey to replace expelled Kurdish residents. [Hawar]


Daesh says it killed 2 opposition fighters with an IED near Al-Suflaniya village northeast of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh says it stopped another Turkish Army and opposition groups’ attack on Al-Suflaniya village for the 6th day in a row. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of Wednesday’s battles near Al-Suflaniya village. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of fighting near the village. [JustPaste] 


Daesh says it destroyed an opposition group’s bulldozer in Qadirn village north of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Turkish Army tank with a rocket near Qadirn village. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [JustPaste]


Daesh issues infographics about the results of 2 months of battles near Al-Bab city. It says it killed 54 Turkish soldiers and 182 opposition group fighters, and destroyed or damaged more than 100 tanks and vehicles. It also says 223 civilians were killed and 265 wounded by Turkish Army bombing and shelling on the city. [A3maq]



In the process of constructing the separating wall between Turkey and Kurdish areas in North Syria, Turkish military units occupied parts of Arab Jumaa village in Sharran subdistrict. The Turks entered 250 meters inside the Syrian borders and took control of a 2 km road. [Hawar]



Turkish backed opposition units shelled Awn Al-Dadat village north of Manbij with mortar shells, while a Turkish tank withdrew from its positions near the Sajur River and took defensive positions nearby.  President Erdogan has repeatedly announced that Manbij, held by the Manbij Military Council (YPG), is one of his country’s targets. [Hawar]


Daesh says it damaged an SDF SUV with heavy machine guns in Al-Labda village south of Manbij. It also says it shot down an SDF recon drone near the same village. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian Army says it destroyed three Daesh tanks and a headquarters, and killed many terrorists on the outskirts of Qayrawan village near Homs. SOHR says that Syrian warplanes continued shelling Daesh positions in Sha’er and Muhur oilfields, Sukhnah, and the perimeter of T4 airport. [SyriaNow] [SyriaHR]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh attacked Syrian Army positions and gained control over several locations before retreating after the Army counterattacked. The 4-hour battle left casualties among both parties. [Dorar]


The Syrian Army says it killed 9 Daesh combatants, destroyed a vehicle and several weapons, and shot down a drone near Deir Ez-Zor airport, while its artillery killed 3 Daesh members in the Rusafa neighborhood in the city. [SyriaNow]


SOHR says that Daesh snipers killed three Syrian young men in Harabish neighborhood, controlled by government forces. [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes photos of a plastic pipe factory in Albu Kamal. [JustPaste]


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

Syrian authorities say two suicide attackers equipped with explosives belts blew themselves up near the sports club in Kafr Susa in Damascus, killing 10 civilians and wounding 17. It says that the two men were wanted on terror charges. The Kafr Susa neighborhood hosts the Cabinet building, ministry of Interior, several security offices, and embassies. [SyriaNow] [Hawar] [ARA]


Syrian Army says its rocket launchers achieved direct hits on a Daesh gathering at the Rumiyat crossing in Qalamoun. [SyriaNow]


Syrian government says 5 villages in Wadi Barada agreed to join the ceasefire, while the other two are still rejecting it. [SyriaNow]


The Syrian government says it destroyed 6 Daesh vehicles and killed 30 men in artillery shelling near Al-Qasr village northeast of Suwayda.  [SyriaNow]


Daesh says six opposition fighters were killed when they walked into a mine field near Ain Dhikr town in Daraa countryside. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed five more opposition fighters with an IED as they were trying to retrieve the bodies of the casualties. [A3maq]




North Africa


Daesh says it killed or wounded several Egyptian policemen and damaged an armored vehicle in an attack on a security barrier near the old State Security Agency building in Arish city on Wednesday. [A3maq] [Top4Top]

Security sources said yesterday that a police officer and three policemen were killed when armed men attacked their patrol in the Um Al-Qura Square area in downtown Arish. 

Daesh sources claim that they captured an armored vehicle in the attack. [DawaAlhaq] 




The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman says 70% of the terrorists who escaped the Qanfouda area in Benghazi last week were killed. He also says the LNA is in control of the area between the Oil Crescent and Al-Amera east of Sirte. He says several military units will join the LNA in the coming days. [Libya24]  



Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi says that the terrorism law will be strictly applied to Tunisians returning to the country from conflict areas like Iraq and Syria, saying there is no compromise about this issue. 2,929 Tunisians are believed to be fighting alongside radical groups in conflict areas. [Arabi21]





Daesh affiliate Boko Haram says it killed 13 Nigerian soldiers, wounded others, and captured an SUV, weapons and ammunition in an attack on a town in Borno state on Wednesday. It also said on Monday it attacked African Union peacekeepers’ positions in Buni Yadi town in Yobe state in northeast Nigeria, killing 20 AU soldiers. [A3maq] [Top4Top] 

A counter-attack by the Nigerian Army against Boko Haram turned deadly on Thursday morning after an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the terrorists exploded in Borno State, leaving one Nigerian Army captain and a lieutenant dead. [PremiumTimes] 




Videos of the Day


CTS troops near Mosul University [Ghad] 


A man from Mosul tells a CTS commander that Daesh killed his wife, his sons, his brother and his nephew. [Mawsleya] 


Battles on the east side of Mosul [Yalla] 

A Daesh IED kills or wounds civilians in Mosul [Ninewa] 


Provincial officials visit Hay Al-Rifaq, Hay Al-Baladiyat, and Hay Al-Muthanna in east Mosul [Mawsleya]  


The IFP secures hundreds of families from Mosul [Mawsleya] 



Opposition fighters target Daesh locations in the Yarmouk Basin west of Daraa with tanks and heavy artillery. [YouTube] 




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


Daesh publishes the 63rd issue of its Al-Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh justifies its terrorist attack in Istanbul by saying any Muslim who didn’t migrate to the “caliphate land” is responsible for his or her own life and the “mujahideen” can kill such Muslims because they cannot separate them from their communities. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is using a Wahhabi principle called tatarus (shielding) which means that if there is an enemy hiding among Muslims, the “mujahideen” have the right to kill all of the Muslims to reach the enemy. According to this principle, almost every Muslim on earth is a target. In this issue, Daesh gives more instructions to its terrorists about how to avoid drones. 

It is also interesting to notice that Daesh has stopped publishing its Dabiq magazine after it lost the town in Syria for which it was named. 


January 11, 2016 


Daesh Command Center in East Mosul


Today’s Major Developments


US Special Forces airdrop operation may have targeted Al-Baghdadi. [..]

Barrage of IEDs hits Baghdad. [..]

Iraqi Ambassador announces oil sales deal with Egypt. [..]

Mosul campaign proceeding methodically on three fronts. [..]

KDP, PUK reps meet nice, but showdown in Erbil continues. [..]


SDF forces link up near Raqqa; SDF denies report of Jaabar setback. [..]

Coalition bombing in Idlib raises issue with Russia. [..]

Daesh claims Russian, Syrian planes supporting Turkey in Al-Bab. [..]





Related to our previous story about a US Special Forces airdrop operation in Deir Ez-Zor, The Times of London says that the target of the operation was actually Awwad Al-Baghdadi, the Daesh leader, believed to have been traveling on the Deir Ez-Zor-Raqqa road at the time of the operation. The US was reportedly trying to capture him alive. 

Hisham Al-Hashimi, an Iraqi security expert, says the operation was based on Iraqi intelligence and killed Abu Anas Al-Iraqi, the financial officer of Daesh, and obtained important information on Daesh financial resources, management, and salaries. [Maalomah] [Qasioun]


U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said the United States could maintain a presence in Iraq after Daesh is defeated in the battle for Mosul.

Speaking from the Pentagon during a press briefing, Carter said Daesh could remain a threat to Iraqi and regional security even after it is removed from power in Mosul. Carter said the decision to keep a residual U.S. military presence in Iraq would be up to the Iraqi government and Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. [UPI]


A State of Law leader says political parties submitted the names of 10 candidates to Prime Minister Abadi for the Minister of Defense position. The position has been vacant since the previous minister was ousted by the CoR. The Sunni CoR coalition says it asked Abadi to choose one of its candidates as part of its “election rights.” [Sumaria] [Mada]


The Iraqi Ambassador in Cairo says Iraq will provide Egypt with 2 million barrels of oil per month. [Mada] 


The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (3), Tal Afar (1), Sinjar (1), Rawa (1) and Hawija (2). [InherentResolve]



Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

An MoI sources says 3 IEDs killed one civilian and wounded at least five others in Utaifiya. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it detonated 3 IEDs on a “Shia gathering” in the Utaifiya area. [A3maq]


Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)

Daesh says it targeted a “Shia hideout” in Hay Al-Rahmaniya in Shula with 3 IEDs. [JustPaste]


North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

The BOC says 59th army brigade destroyed 5 IEDs and captured an explosives cache in the Village 6 and French Hill areas. [BOC Facebook Page] 

A security source says the police found the body of a man shot to death in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Sumaria] 


Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

The BOC says 45th army brigade found an explosives cache including several IEDs in Sawamra. [BOC Facebook Page] 

The BOC says 45th army brigade defused several IEDs and found a large explosives cache behind Mohammed Al-Sakran cemetery. [BOC Facebook Page] 


East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The Commission for Accountability and Justice (formerly the De-Baathification commission) says one of its employees was shot and killed near his house in Baladiat. [Sumaria] 


Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source says three people were wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Nahrawan. [Ghad] 


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED placed at the junction of Al-Shuhada neighborhood in Yusufiyah wounded three civilians, including a woman. [Sumaria] 

An MoI source says the body of a man shot in the chest was found in an orchard in Yusufiyah. [Sumaria] 

Iraqi Army 17th division refuted media reports about an explosion in Yusufiyah. [Sumaria] 


The BOC says 25th army brigade destroyed an IED and found a hideout containing quantities of weapons and explosives in Albu Awsaj village. [BOC Facebook Page] 

The BOC says 55th army brigade defused an IED and found an explosives cache during a search routine in Suhailat, Karaghoul, Sadr Al-Yusufiyah, and Jubour. [BOC Facebook Page] 


Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on a “Shia gathering” in Hay Al-Risala. [A3maq]

Daesh says 35 people were killed or wounded in the explosion. [JustPaste]


A police source says two people were killed and seven wounded when a car bomb exploded in Bayya’. [Sumaria] 


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED killed one civilian and wounded five others in a market place in Bakriya, near Abu Ghraib expressway. [Sumaria] 


Total Baghdad incidents reported:   15(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   12




The MoD dismissed Major General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, the commander of Anbar Operations, and replaced him with General Mahmoud Al-Falahi, the commander of the 10th armored division. A copy of the order is published.  [Mawazin]


Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Iraqi forces military position in Silaijiya village west of Ramadi and captured weapons and ammunition. [A3maq]

Daesh also says it targeted Iraqi Army and Sahwa gatherings in the village with mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim] 



Daesh says it targeted “Sahwa gatherings” in Al-Zawiya and Al-Saqra villages with a Katyusha rocket and mortar shells. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi Army 7th division supported by tribal fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Kubaisa forcing the terrorists to flee. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces’ military positions near Kubaisa city, killing or wounding soldiers and capturing weapons. [A3maq] Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]


Daesh says it targeted a police station in Kubaisa city with 4 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Rutba/Northwest Anbar

A source in Anbar Operations Command says 1st army division arrested 6 persons in Rutba, on charges of terrorism.  [Sumaria] 




The MoD says army defense line in Harariyat-Baiji blocked a Daesh assault, killing three combatants and destroying a motorcycle and two fighting positions. [MoD Website] 



The MoD says Salahuddin Operations Command EODs and the Rapid Response units found and destroyed 25 IEDs, in Dhaba’i, in the Tikrit desert. [MoD Website] 


The MoD announced total number of refugee families returning to their homes in various districts of Salahuddin after passing the security checkup is up to 137,151. [MoD Website] 


Daesh says its snipers killed a deputy commander of the “SWAT forces” responsible for the protection of the Ajil oilfield. [A3maq]



Baquba/southeast Diyala

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in the Abada area in Khan Bani Saad with mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Commander of Diyala Police says a search campaign by the 5th Quick Response battalion and intelligence units detected a large explosives cache in Imam Safir east of Muqdadiya. The cache was placed in a hideout contained a C4 container. [Ghad] 


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A Diyala Police captain says Police Emergency units launched a military campaign in the Himrin Mountain area. He says the goal of the campaign is to secure the area in order to prevent Daesh terrorists from fleeing there when the Hawija liberation operations start. [Rudaw]




A Peshmerga source in Kirkuk says the Coalition attacked 5 positions where Daesh was gathering shovels and vehicle bombs in Mansouriya village near the front lines in Dibis District. The source says the airstrikes destroyed all vehicles and killed several Daesh combatants. The vehicle movement was reported to the Coalition by Peshmerga intelligence, the source says. [Sumaria] 



A security source says 7 Daesh terrorists were killed when a car they were rigging with explosives went off in Hawija. [Mada]


A security source in Kirkuk says unidentified gunmen burned down the house of a Daesh commander in Sabih Al-Tahtani village in Al-Zab subdistrict. [Mada] 



The KRG’s Yazidi Affairs Office Director says more than 150 Yazidi women and children have been liberated since the start of the Mosul campaign. He says Daesh still has 2,600 Yazidis in Raqqa. [ARA]



The IWMC says the IAF destroyed 2 Daesh training camps and a vehicle bomb factory in Badoush, northwest of Mosul. The IAF destroyed a Daesh fuel storage facility in Hay Al-Muthanna (east Mosul). It also says Iraqi F-16s destroyed Daesh vehicle bomb factories in Wadi Okab (west Mosul) and Hay Al-Sina’i. [Sumaria]


Mosul Liberation Operations Command says CTS forces liberated Al-Siddiq neighborhood and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings, after liberating Al-Maliya and 7th of Nisan (July) neighborhoods earlier, killing at least 15 Daesh terrorists. CTS says it advanced 200 meters in Nabi Yunus neighborhood, while the Rapid Response division on the southeast front says it will head to east Yarimjah after clearing Sumer, Domiz, and Palestine neighborhoods.  [Sumaria] [Sumaria]  [Buratha] [Harbi]

The CTS says it found an ammunition cache containing 60 mortar shells in Al-Siddiq. The forces also found important documents related to IDs of foreign Daesh fighters on both sides of Mosul. [Waradana] [PressIraq]


The MoD says 9th army division, backed by several brigades from the 1st division, destroyed a Daesh truck in Al-Mazare’ neighborhood, killing 10 combatants onboard. The troops also killed 1 Daesh terrorist in Al-Wahda neighborhood. The army found 49 IEDs, 10 rockets, and 21 explosive belts in the two neighborhoods.  It also says Coalition attacks in Mosul today killed 17 terrorists. [MoD Website] 


IWMC says army advances in Hadba and 7th of Nisan neighborhoods resulted in killing 53 terrorists , destroying 7 vehicle bombs and a Daesh headquarters, in addition to shooting down two Daesh drones. The advance is backed by air cover from Coalition planes. Operations in southeast Mosul killed 161 terrorists. Total Daesh combatants killed today on all fronts is 347. Buratha]


North Mosul

Commander of Special Units in the CTS says that Mosul University is now surrounded. However, liberating the university requires a special plan, given information that there are dangerous chemicals inside. He says his forces took all necessary precautions to deal with a chemical attack on them or on civilians in liberated areas. He adds that Daesh used university facilities and labs to develop chemical weapons. [AIN] 


MoD says Iraqi F16 warplanes destroyed a car rigging and armoring workshop west of Mosul. [Waradana]


The spokesman of the “Ninewa Volunteers” says army units are controlling large parts of Al-Hadba’ against minimal resistance by Daesh, but he denied that they control Mosul University. He says troops are advancing towards the university from the Baladiyat neighborhood to the east. [PUKMedia] 


Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi Army soldier near Hay Al-Baladiyat in north Mosul. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces on the outskirts of Hay Al-Hadba’, destroying 2 Humvees, an armored personnel carrier, and a bulldozer. [A3maq] Daesh publishes a photo of the Iraqi suicide terrorist who conducted the attack. [Top4Top]

Daesh says it killed six Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 2 Humvees in a suicide attack near the Al-Hadba’ Apartment compound. [A3maq] Here Daesh says that the attack was conducted by a terrorist from Dagestan. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it conducted a second suicide attack on an Iraqi Army and PMF gathering near the Al-Hadba’ Apartment compound. [A3maq]


Daesh says its air defense units shot and damaged an Iraqi Army helicopter near the Al-Kindi area in north Mosul. [JustPaste]


West Mosul

A security source in Mosul says IAF warplanes executed an airstrike on a building in Al-Islah Al-Zira’i neighborhood in west Mosul based on intelligence info. The strike killed Abu Loay, an assistant of Awwad Al-Baghdadi, and the Daesh director of Islamic Police and traffic in Mosul, as well as Abu Harbi, Daesh director of agriculture in Tal Afar and Muhalabiya (near Tal Afar border). After news that the Daesh minister of war was killed under unclear circumstances, a state of chaos was noted among Daesh ranks on the west side. [Buratha]


Sources in Mosul says Daesh is increasingly getting suspicious of loyalty of its members after recent air strikes by the Coalition and the IAF that killed major Daesh leaders. It believes that determining such targets is impossible for normal citizens, and there must be spies inside the group itself. Accordingly, it banned the use of modern cellular phones, which enable location determination. Return of mobile phone services to liberated areas on the east side has multiplied Daesh’s problems. [ARA]


A security source in Mosul says a 50 kg IED carried by two Daesh operatives in their car exploded in Risala neighborhood in west Mosul, killing the two, destroying the car, and damaging nearby houses. [Sumaria] 


East Mosul

CTS says it killed 3 Daesh snipers in Al-Dhubat in a quick-strike operation, using intelligence provided by local residents. It says its forces are 300 meters away from Hurriya Bridge in the heart of Mosul (some of which is east of the river).   [BasNews] [Mawsleya]


The “Ninewa Volunteers” spokesman says tens of Daesh combatants were killed and one vehicle bomb destroyed in the process of liberating the Dhubat and Siddiq neighborhoods. [PUKMedia] 


A security source says a family of seventeen people, including women and children were killed by a Daesh rocket in Hay Al-Maliya. [BaghdadPost] 


Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi forces” in several areas in Mosul with 148 mortar shells. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Southeast Mosul

The IFP commander says his forces have liberated 75% of Sumer neighborhood east of Mosul, killing tens of terrorists and destroying three vehicle bombs, 30 mines, and 8 explosive belts. [Sumaria]


IFP says its snipers are now spread over the roofs of Sumer neighborhood while units are advancing slowly amidst intensive artillery bombing of Daesh positions. It also says it received 1,000 displaced people escaping Furqan, Dhubat, and Maliya neighborhoods and transferred them to Khazer refugee camp.  [Buratha] [Harbi]


Daesh says helicopters mistakenly destroyed 2 Iraqi forces’ Humvees on the outskirts of Hay Sumer in south Mosul. [A3maq]


The IFP says it captured 7 Daesh terrorists including an “emir” in Hay Al-Mithaq. [Mada] 


Daesh publishes photos of an Iraqi soldier being targeted by its snipers in east Mosul. [DawaAlhaq] 


Daesh says its snipers killed 4 Iraqi soldiers and wounded another in Hay Palestine in southeast Mosul. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


Conditions in Mosul

The Ninewa PC says Daesh cut off water supplies to 30 liberated neighborhoods in east Mosul. 10 Other neighborhoods receive water only sporadically. The PC says the main water pumping station in Ghabat is still under Daesh control, added to another supply station near Al-Hawi Church that pumps water to both sides of Mosul. The council demanded that the ministries of Finance and Municipalities release the annual budget of Mosul Province and provide tankers to transport drinking water to liberated areas. [Buratha]


Mosul Police say a man from Mosul surrendered his son, who had joined Daesh, to security authorities. [Mawazin]


Local sources in Mosul say a Daesh religious judge issued an arrest order against a Swedish Daesh national upon his arrival in Mosul, on charges of spying, while ordering his wife transferred to a guesthouse. The sources say the husband will be executed and the wife will become the possession of the judge, an action that has become frequent among Daesh religious judges. [IraqPress] 


Hammam Alil/Qayara

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the Adhba Hills area with an SPG9 rocket. It also says it targeted Iraqi forces in the same area and in two nearby villages with 18 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


An IFP major says the IFP captured 15 suspects in a search operation in Hammam Al-Alil and Qayara. [BasNews] 


Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The PMF Media says large PMF reinforcements arrived in PMF controlled areas west of Mosul. The PMF says that the start of the sixth stage of its operations in Mosul is imminent. [Jumhuriya] [Harbi] 


Daesh says it targeted Iraqi and PMF positions in Tal Abta, Tal Afar Airport, and nearby areas with 85 mortars and 25 heavy artillery shells. [Ana Al-Muslim] 


The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in Mal Weran village in Tal Afar. [Sumaria]


A CoR member from Sinjar says provincial governments are buying food items and tents for double the normal prices in the local market. He says some officials become millionaires instantly after they get their positions. [Sumaria]



Kurdish representatives in the CoR (but not including the KDP and PUK) denounced the exclusion of two Kurdish MPs, from the Islamic Group and Gorran, from entering Erbil. The MPs and their families were ordered at gunpoint to go back to Suleimaniya. One of them is a resident of Erbil. The blocs say such action is surprising as discussions to mend and repair Kurdish divisions are ongoing. [ROJ] [ROJ]


The KDP and the PUK issued a joint statement after a meeting between members of their political bureaus. The statement said the meeting led to several “agreements and decisions” to solve political problems in Kurdistan, including urgent reforms, communications with the federal government about the disputed areas, and reactivating the KRG’s parliament. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. This sounds nice, but the real state of the KRG is better reflected in the previous story. 


Japan opened its consulate in Erbil. The Kurdistan region now has 20 foreign consulates. Spain’s consulate is believed to be opening soon. [ARA]


Turkish army says its warplanes destroyed 14 PKK targets in the Qandil Mountains, without specifying details. [ARA] [Anadolu]




Basra Police say they arrested a man on terrorism charges in Al-Sharash. [Sumaria]




The Turkish Ministry of Justice says the number of convicts of joining Daesh and operating in its name in Turkish prisons is now 55, while 725 others are under investigation, making the total figure at 780. Of these, 350 are foreigners. In addition, Turkish prisons host 73 convicts accused of working for Al-Qaeda, adding to 10 under investigation. [Rudaw] 


“The Hawks of Kurdistan Freedom” (TAK) a Kurdish guerilla faction, claimed responsibility for the attack on Izmir courthouse on 5 January. It did not state any figures, but news reports spoke of two policemen killed and 10 wounded. [ROJ]


A fight erupted during the Turkish parliament discussions of the constitutional amendment proposed by the AKP, Erdogan’s party. The amendment aims at changing the ruling system in Turkey from parliamentary to presidential. [Anadolu]




Mark Toner, spokesman of the US Department of State, says the YPG should be part of the negotiations related to future of Syria, saying “at a certain stage, YPG should be involved in such discussions”. Meanwhile, the PYD representative in Paris says neither PYD nor YPG (its military arm) are invited to the Astana talks, as discussions are with armed factions and not with political groups. We were promised to be invited when comprehensive political discussions start,” he said. [Qasioun] [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. When the Astana talks were announced, the announced purpose was to discuss the political future of Syria.


Fikri Isik, Turkey’s Defense Minister says “Turkey cannot speak of withdrawal from north Syria today or tomorrow.” Responding to media questions, Isik says that civilian personnel will be brought from Turkey to expedite normalization. [Hawar]


The Coalition says it conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in Raqqa (5), Ain Eissa (3), Deir Ez-Zor (5), and Tadmur (2). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


Sefin Deza’it, the official spokesman of the KRG, ridiculed PYD claims that air attacks on PYD units were initiated from the Kurdistan region. He says that there are no air bases in Kurdistan. PYD accused “helicopters taking off from Kurdistan region” of attacking PYDaffiliated units in Tal Allaw in Hasaka a few days ago. [ARA] 


Turkish border guards killed a Kurdish young woman and her cousin as they tried to cross the border from Ayn Al-Arab to the Turkish side (Seri Kaniya), then threw their corpses onto the Syrian side of the border. [ARA]


Bodies of three women members of the Al-Khansa regiments (Daesh’s women’s military unit) were found stabbed to death near the Church of Markada, 100 km (62 miles) south of Hasaka, in an area still under Daesh control. [ARA]



SDF forces advancing from Qadiriya linked up its forces advancing from south of Ain Eissa. The units advancing from Qadiriya captured Karmanju village, while those from Ain Eissa direction captured Huwaij village after repelling Daesh attack on Jubb Al-Sha’er. Both forces met in Karmanju forming a crescent shaped formation around Raqqa.  SDF denied reports published earlier about Daesh recapturing the castle of Jaabar.  [Hawar] [ARA] [EnabBaladi] [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. We covered the Jaabar report yesterday. 


The pro-PYD Hawar media organization cites local sources who say Turkish intelligence officers met with Daesh commanders in Tabaqa, and will meet tribal leaders shortly. The aim is to develop plans to stop the SDF advances towards Tabaqa, and then Raqqa. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. This would be a big story if true, but the biased media source and the attribution to “local sources” makes us skeptical. Then again, Turkey’s moves are now close to unpredictable. Maybe someone will ask President Erdogan to confirm or disconfirm the story.


The SDF says it removed 1500 mines, destroyed 7 vehicle bombs, and cleared five booby-trapped houses since the start of the second phase of its thrive towards Raqqa. [Hawar]


Daesh issues a video of the results of “American” bombing near Dibsi Afnan town on the road between Raqqa and Aleppo. [A3maq]

The SOHR says a man and a child were killed, reportedly by Coalition airstrikes, in the area. [SyriaHR]


The SOHR says an SDF commander was wounded by an IED in Raqqa countryside. [SyriaHR]


Daesh says it killed an SDF fighter and wounded another with an IED on the road between Bir Ashiq and Suluk north of Raqqa. [A3maq]


Daesh publishes photos of battles west of Tal Al-Samen. [DawaAlhaq] 


Daesh publishes photos of a shepherd and his sheep in Raqqa countryside. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of “trade and industrial activities” in the Al-Mansoura area west of Raqqa. [JustPaste]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city/Idlib

Coalition warplanes initiated air attacks targeting Fath Al-Sham (Nusra) leaders in Idlib killing 12 Nusra combatants, including leading figures and destroying vehicles and weapon systems. Syrian planes also attacked villages near Idlib, killing five civilians. A coalition airstrike killed 3 Nusra members and wounded another 3 in an airstrike on their car near the north bridge of Saraqib, a city east of Idlib city.  [ARA] [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl] [EnabBaladi]


Russia expressed reservations about US air attacks in Idlib, saying that the US does not inform or exchange information on their attacks. The Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman says the Russian Army always reminds its pilots that they are not alone in Syria skies. US drones killed over 20 persons in Saraqib today. [Dorar]


Local activists say Russian planes initiated several attacks on Idlib towns and villages, causing extensive material damage and wounding two civilians. Russians also bombed Taftanaz city and its surroundings, killing 4 civilians and wounding 12 more. Activists say Russian shelling is a prelude to movement by ground troops toward oppositionheld areas. In response, opposition units shelled the cities of Fawaa and Kefraya, causing direct hits on government forces. [ARA] [Qasioun]

The SOHR says eight people, including five children and a woman, were wounded by opposition shelling on Fawaa. [SyriaHR]


Syrian Army says its soldiers found chemicals of Saudi origin in combatants’ warehouses, while searching eastern Aleppo. The army says these materials included sulphur, chlorine, and other materials used for making explosives and shells used to bomb civilian neighborhoods in Aleppo.  [SyriaNow]


Syrian Army says it destroyed 5 Daesh vehicles and killed several Daesh combatants near the Air Academy in Deir Hafer. [SyriaNow]



Turkish backed opposition elements killed a man in Jarabulus after the victim refused to hand over his carwash equipment to them. [Hawar]



Daesh says Russian and Syrian planes conducted 60 airstrikes on several villages south and west of Al-Bab city. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says Russian planes conducted extensive airstrikes on several villages south of Al-Bab, accompanied by a Turkish Army shelling on the city. [A3maq]


Turkish airstrikes on al-Bab killed 9 civilians and wounded 53 in Al-Bab, says the Syrian official news agency. Opposition sources say that six civilians were killed and 20 wounded, while Daesh blocked an opposition offensive in Suflaniya village north of Al-Bab despite intensive Turkish artillery and air support. 

Meanwhile, over 1500 displaced people arrived in Afrin, mostly from the Al-Bab area, through the Qatma crossing. Turkey says it destroyed 12 Daesh targets today, including 9 fighting positions and 3 shelters, in Suflaniya, Qabasin, and Baza’a, killing 11 terrorists. Turkish artillery targeted 335 Daesh locations in Al-Bab, while its EODs defused 21 IEDS.   [Hawar] [ARA] [Hawar] [Qasioun] [Anadolu]


Daesh says it stopped a 5th Turkish Army and opposition’s group’s attack on Al-Suflaniya village northeast of Al-Bab. Daesh says the attack was accompanied by extensive bombing and shelling. [A3maq]



A man was wounded by an explosion of Daesh war munitions in northwest Syria, says an Asayesh office in Afrin. [Hawar]



Turkish tanks are deploying on the road connecting Jarabulus to Manbij cutting off the road. The Turks also closed the bridge crossing the Al-Sajur River north of Manbij. [Hawar]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian planes killed tens of Daesh combatants and destroyed 10 Daesh vehicles west of T4 airport. [SyriaNow]


Daesh lost three combatants in the fighting with Syrian government forces in the perimeter of T4 airport, including a major leader called Abu Hafs Al-Mashrafi, who was inspecting the frontlines, according to local activists. Activists also say Russian planes targeted IDP tents in Huwaysis, controlled by Daesh, killing a woman and a child. Russian planes destroyed several Daesh oil tankers yesterday, killing several drivers and combatants. Fighting around T4 airport continued with mutual shelling of Daesh and government forces. Russian warplanes initiated attacks on Daesh positions. [ARA] [Qasioun]


A studies and documentation center in Tadmur says Daesh announced 62 (livable) houses in Palmyra to be property of the “Islamic State”, and provided its residents with a one-month grace period to evacuate them. The houses belong to opposition fighters and persons living in Turkey or in Syrian controlled areas. Daesh announced the takeover as final. [Rudaw] 


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian warplanes attacked Daesh positions in Rushdiya and Sheikh Yassin neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor, in addition to other surrounding areas, wounding several civilians. Fighting between Daesh and government forces around Deir Ez-Zor airport continued, accompanied with artillery shelling by both parties. [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]


Syrian state TV says Syrian forces shot down a Daesh drone packed with bombs in Deir Bruk, northwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]


Daesh says electricity to cities and towns in Deir Ez-Zor and west Anbar were cut off because of “American” airstrikes that destroyed the facilities in the Al-Omar oilfield on Thursday. It says the electricity may be cut off for several months to come. [A3maq]


Daesh publishes 2 photos of the eastern countryside of Albu Kamal. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of a tailor’s shop in Al-Mayadin city. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of its religious activities for young boys in Al-Quriya city in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]


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

The governor of Rif Damashq says agreement was reached with opposition fighters to allow maintenance workers to repair the Ayn Al-Fija water stations. The governor, speaking to Syrian state TV, says the status of Syrian armed men in Wadi Barada will be settled, while foreigners will have to leave the city. Opposition sources deny Syrian statements about repair workers going to the area or any agreement with the government, saying that Russia is pressing to force opposition groups to join the Astana talks. [Hawar] [EnabBaladi]


A report speaks about disastrous conditions of IDPs in Zeyzon camp west of Daraa, where 5,000 people can barely get foodstuffs or clothes in the winter. The camp lacks medical, schooling, and other basic services. [ZamanAlWasl]


Russian planes initiated attacks on civilian neighborhoods in Da’el city, north of Daraa city, killing four civilians and wounding tens of others. [Qasioun]




North Africa


A security source says security units stopped two attacks on security barriers in the Najd Square area in Sheikh Zuweid, killing ten armed men and destroying 2 cars and 2 motorcycles. The sources say an officer was wounded. [ElWatan]


Security sources say a police officer and three policemen were killed when armed men attacked their patrol in the Um Al-Qura Square area in downtown Arish. [VetoGate]


A security source says armed men shot and wounded a policeman near his house in Hay Al-Masaeed in Arish city. [ElWatan]


Daesh publishes photos of its Monday attack on Al-Matafi police barrier in Arish. [DawaAlhaq] 



Central coast

The GNA Military spokesman says a security plan will be put in place during the next 2 days to secure Sirte city, follow up on Daesh terrorists who escaped to nearby areas, and remove IEDs and mines. The Sirte Military commander had asked displaced families not to return until the GNA Military removes all Daesh IEDs and land mines. [Wasat]


Sputnik says the LNA commander, General Khalifa Hafter, visited the Russian aircraft carrier in Tobruk (video and photos). According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Hafter had a video conference with the Russian Ministry of Defense and discussed counter terrorism in the Middle East. The Ministry also says that Hafter received a shipment of medicine for the LNA and for Libyan civilians. [Wasat] [Wasat] [Wasat] [AfriGate]


AfriGate publishes the names of Daesh senior leaders of different nationalities in Libya. [AfriGate]


Other countries 


The Nangarhar Governor’s spokesperson says Afghani planes conducted several airstrikes on Daesh hideouts in Nangarhar between Tuesday and Wednesday, killing 38 terrorists. [BakhtarNews] 


A spokesman for the Governor says a bomb exploded in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday. He says the roadside blast happened in Police District 1 of the provincial capital city, Jalalabad. The bomb was meant to hit a police vehicle but left no casualties. [1TVNews]

According to the official, police discovered and confiscated another bomb in the area following the blast.

Daesh says it killed five Afghani policemen by detonating an IED near the Behsood Bridge in Jalalabad. [A3maq]


A policeman has been killed and nine students wounded in two separate blasts in the Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province, a local official said on Wednesday.

The blasts took place Tuesday afternoon in the Syed Ahmadkhelo village, Haji Syed Rahman, the town’s administrative chief, told Afghan News. The first blast targeted a police vehicle; one policeman was killed and the vehicle was destroyed, he said.

A second blast occurred in a cemetery a short distance from the first blast. Security officials tried to defuse an IED but it automatically went-off. The Education Department spokesman said nine students of Syed Ahmadkhelo High School were wounded in the second blast. [Pajhwok]


He said the injured boys were the students of second, third and fourth grade classes, 8-11 years of age. 

Daesh says it killed the son of the military commander of Afghani forces in the Kot area in Nangarhar and 6 other soldiers and militia men by detonating 3 IEDs in Kot on Tuesday. [A3maq]




Videos of the Day

Iraqi forces kill a group of Daesh terrorists who were trying to sneak near Iraqi military positions [YouTube]

An Iraqi soldier gets hit by a Daesh sniper in a street battle in Mosul. [YouTube]


The old man who appeared in a Daesh propaganda video praising Daesh and threatening Iraqi forces was captured in Mosul by Iraqi forces. He says Daesh forced him to appear in its video. [YouTube]


An IAA helicopter destroys a Daesh fuel storage tank. [MoD] 

An IAA helicopter attacks Daesh targets in Mosul [YouTube]

IAA helicopters destroy 2 Daesh vehicles west of Tal Afar [MoD] 


IAA CH4 drones attack Daesh targets [MoD] 

IAA drones attack Daesh targets in Ninewa [MoD] 

IAA command monitors Daesh in Mosul [Mawsleya] 

A Daesh small drone shot down by Iraqi forces [YouTube]


People of Hay Al-Rifaq and Hay Al-Muthanna in Mosul escaping Daesh shelling [Mawsleya] 

Iraqi forces saving civilians in Hay Al-Hadba’ in Mosul [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya] 

Iraqi forces save civilians in Mosul [YouTube]   


Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Siddiq and Hay Al-Baladiyat [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya] 

Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Ghufran in Mosul [Mawsleya] 

CTS troops in Hay Al-Karama and Hay Al-Quds in east Mosul [Mawsleya] [Harbi]


Iraqi forces raise the flag on Al-Salam Hospital in southeast Mosul. [YouTube]

IFP troops in Hay Sumer, Hay Al-Sihha, and Hay Al-Salam [Mawsleya] 


A Ninewa government delegation visits Al-Safina Church in Hay Al-Bakr in Mosul. [Mawsleya] 

CTS commanders and local officials check on the reconstruction of the Al-Khawsar Bridge in Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya] 


Daesh communications intercepted by Iraqi soldiers [YouTube]


Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb near Mosul. [YouTube]

A Daesh giant vehicle bomb captured by Iraqi forces [YouTube]

Iraqi soldiers celebrating in a captured Daesh vehicle bomb [YouTube]

A Daesh vehicle bomb captured by the Peshmerga [YouTube]


Iraqi forces targeting a group of Daesh terrorists with a Kornet rocket near Baiji. [YouTube]


Daesh math book for schools in Mosul. All the lessons are about IEDs, snipers, land mines, etc. [Sumaria] 




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


Daesh publishes photos of 2 of its media members; one killed in Aleppo, and the other in Ninewa. [JustPaste] [Top4Top]