An Update On ISIS Activities


April 7, 2017








Turkey issues another threat to intervene in Iraq. [..]

Small-scale Daesh attacks in northern Diyala impact multiple areas. [..]

140 Mosul residents reported executed for trying to escape; some crucified. [..]


Russia suspends Syria air safety understanding with US; complains to UN Security Council. [..]


Arrest made after truck attack kills 4 in Stockholm. [..]





Iraqi foreign ministry expressed surprise at the “expedient reaction” by the US in Syria, and demanded a thorough investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Idlib. It stressed the joining of all forces to confront Daesh and terrorism in the area. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. The US attack puts Iraq in an awkward position, as it is dependent on the US but has generally cooperated with the Syrian government.


Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs says Turkey would interfere militarily in Iraqi to “stop the threats of terrorist organizations,” referring to the PKK. An Iraqi Government spokesman says Iraq would never allow anyone to engage in a military operation in Iraq. He says Iraq is waiting for Turkey to keep its commitment to withdrawal from Bashiqa after the liberation of Mosul. [SotKurdistan] 

Turkish sources say Ankara will soon launch a military operation called “Tigris Shield” against the PKK in Sinjar. [SotKurdistan]


Sistani’s office says the “defense fatwa” is still on, even after the liberation of many Iraqi cities. Sistani issued the fatwa in 2014, saying Iraqi people should defend themselves and combine security forces, after Daesh captured several Iraqi cities. [Sumaria] 


The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (6), Qayara (1), Baiji (1), Al-Qa’im (1), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]



Security-related incidents reported

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The BOC says 45th army brigade defused an IED in Al-Amari. [Ghad] 


Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says two people were wounded when an IED exploded in Mada’in. [Sumaria] 


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 25th army brigade found an ammunition cache in Albu Awsaj in Latifiya. [Maalomah] 


Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a marketplace killed one and wounded three civilians in Suwiab. [Ghad]


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed near a construction materials shop in Abu Ghraib killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Sumaria] 


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

Total IED incidents reported:   4




A security source says army and tribal mobilization forces shot dead two suicide attackers approaching a security location near the Qarma dump south of Falluja. An Army helicopter shot down a third attacker in the same area. The three were putting on explosives belts. [Maalomah] 


Iraqi forces destroyed 300 IEDs in the Falahat area. [MoD Website]  



Anbar Chief of Police says army forces destroyed a vehicle bomb parked near Zarzur Restaurant in the Kilo 5 area west of Ramadi. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. The terrorist who parked the car doesn’t have any decency. Zarzur’s kebab is among the best in Iraq. 


Anbar Operations Command says intelligence tips led to the arrest of 9 persons wanted on terror charges in the Kilo 7 area west of Ramadi. [Maalomah] 


Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on “Iraqi forces” in Hay Al-Zaytoun in the Kilo 5 area, west of Ramadi. [A3maq]



Iraqi forces found 77 IEDs in several areas in Hit. [MoD Website] 


Northwest Anbar

The Mayor of Anah District says Daesh executed 5 civilians in downtown Anah on charges of cooperating with Iraqi forces and providing information on Daesh locations. [Sumaria] 



Iraqi forces defused 4 IEDs in Rutba. [MoD Website]



Salahuddin Operations Command announced initiation of a major security campaign to clear different parts of the province of Daesh presence, saying that 200 Daesh combatants have been killed so far. Army units also destroyed 4 vehicle bombs and a booby-trapped bulldozer in Siniya. Army helicopters are providing air cover for the campaign. [Sumaria] 



Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Al-Dibis village. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it blew up a PMF position near a water station in Al-Houriya village north of Shirqat. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces positions in Ain Al-Baidha and nearby areas with 60 mortars. [JustPaste]


Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in Sheikh Ali village and nearby areas with 40 mortars and 15 Grad rockets. [JustPaste]



Photos of the 2 explosives vests found in Albu Toma village after the failed attack [Facebook] 

As we reported, three Daesh suicide attackers entered Albu Toma village south of Baiji on Thursday, but security forces killed two of them and defused their explosive belts. The third detonated himself in a civilian house, also killing one child. [Sumaria



Daesh publishes photos of 4 of its terrorists who attacked Tikrit on Wednesday, 3 of them Syrians. [JustPaste]



Samarra Operations Command captured 7 persons on terrorism charges in the Samarra area. [MoD Website] 


Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF machine gunmounted vehicle with an IED in the Al-Jalam area, east of Al-Daur, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The chairman of the Abbara subdistrict council says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on a security barrier near Al-Jizani village. He also says Daesh launched mortars on the area, wounding several civilians. He says he has asked Iraqi forces many times to clear the areas around Abbara from Daesh sleeper cells, which have recently started to increase their activities in the area. [Ghad] 


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

IWMC says 110th army brigade repelled a Daesh attack on the army checkpoints near Sadiya and Himrin. [IraqPress]


The Dijla Operations commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Al-Duwalib village, killing 2 terrorists. [Sumaria] 


The Dijla Operations commander says Iraqi Army 5th division captured 5 suspects in Rabi’a village near Sadiya in Khanaqin after the attack on Iraqi military positions in the area. [Sumaria] 

He also says his troops found the body of a Daesh terrorist in the area. [Sumaria] 


A local source says an officer and another soldier were killed and five soldiers wounded when an IED exploded on an Iraqi Army patrol near Rabi’a village. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it attacked 2 Iraqi Army positions in Al-Sama and Rabi’a villages near Sadiya, killing eight soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a Humvee and 3 other vehicles. Daesh also says it detonated IEDs on the reinforcement units, killing fifteen soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 2 Humvees and 2 other vehicles. [JustPaste] Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [JustPaste] 

The Manager of Sadiya subdistrict says 5 mortar shells fells near a residential compound in south Sadiya without causing casualties. [Sumaria] 


A member of the Diyala Provincial Council warns that Daesh nighttime attacks in Qara Tapa subdistrict are increasing. Daesh has kidnapped and executed many civilians in the area. He says Daesh terrorists have hideouts in guesthouses in the nearby Himrin area; the terrorists use motorcycles at night. He asks the Iraqi government to increase its security measures in the area. [Sumaria] 


A local source in Diyala says PMFs destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in Himrin, killing Abu Abdullah Al-Iraqi, a local Daesh leader in the area who is responsible of several terrorist attacks in the province. [Sumaria] 

A source in Diyala Provincial Council security committee says 24th PMF brigade ambushed and killed 3 Daesh combatants in the Al-Maqale’ area. [Sumaria] 

In a later report, the PMF organization says this ambush was a preemptive operation to block a coming Daesh attack on Diyala, adding that the PMFs also defused an IED in the area and captured Daesh weapons and munitions. [Ghad] 


Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle in an ambush in Albu Awwad village in Udhaim. [JustPaste]


Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Iraqi Army 5th division found a Daesh guesthouse and explosives in the Imam Mansour area, south of Balad Ruz. [MoD Website] 




A security source says the bodies of 3 unknown men were found blindfolded and shot in the Shoraw area north of Kirkuk. [Sumaria] 


Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says Coalition planes targeted a Daesh convoy in Al-Quds village in Al-Rashad, killing 6 Daesh commanders, including the financial officer and the Daesh police chief of southwest Kirkuk. [Sumaria] 


A security source says 4 Daesh terrorists were killed in an internal conflict about revenues in Al-Zab subdistrict. [Sumaria] 


Daesh issues a propaganda video of its sniper operations in the Kirkuk area. [Sendvid] 



A spokesman of Arab tribes says a new Arab brigade will be formed under the command of the Peshmerga Ministry. This will be mostly composed of Arabs of from Rabia, Zummar, and Baaj. It will be at least 2000 fighters strong. [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. This misleading story has nothing much to do with Daesh and everything to do with KRG hopes of taking Sinjar and perhaps Tal Afar or parts thereof from Iraq and attaching them to an independent Kurdistan. The tribes involved are anti-government tribes whose likely connections to Daesh might be worth some analysis. Rabia and Zummar are in Tal Afar north of Sinjar; Baaj is south of Sinjar. Sinjar is not contiguous with the KRG. 


A CoR member from Ninewa says there is a mismanagement regarding the distribution of aid to displaced people in Ninewa. He says displaced people got the food rations but they can’t cook them because they don’t have stoves, so they sell them for approximately 1/3 of the price. He asks the government to also provide financial aid to displaced people. [Sumaria] 



Mosul liberation campaign

An IFP source explained the difficulty of advancing in old Mosul amid Daesh sniper fire. Daesh snipers are all over the rooftops and mosque minarets in the old city. [SotIraq]


The IFP commander says his forces are using drones to attack Daesh targets in the Old City, recently killing Abu Maria Al-Russi, Russian national and Daesh official of oil derivatives near the Old Bridge area. He says the elite IFP units are engaged in intense fighting with Daesh in the Old City, killing tens of them and destroying 8 booby-trapped motorcycles. [Harbi]


Central Mosul

Daesh says it killed or wounded IFP and Rapid Intervention soldiers by blowing up a booby-trapped house near Bab Al-Tob. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says at least eight soldiers were killed in the explosion. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the explosion. [A3maq] 


Daesh says its snipers killed seven Iraqi soldiers near Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]


Daesh says it destroyed two Iraqi forces military positions near Bab Al-Tob with SPG9 rockets. It also says it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers by targeting their positions in Bab Al-Tob with 10 mortars. [JustPaste]


The MoD says the IAA destroyed several Daesh positions, in addition to a machine gun-mounted vehicle and a construction shovel truck in west Mosul. [Harbi] 


Southwest Mosul

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed a lawyer in Hay Al-Najjar after accusing him of communicating with Iraqi forces.


West-central Mosul

The Kurdistan Security Council says Daesh killed 140 civilians on April 3 – 4 who were trying to escape the battles in west Mosul. It says Daesh crucified some of the victims on electricity poles in Hay Al-Islah Al-Zera’i and Hay Al-Tanak. [BasNews] 

A DaeshDaily source said on Tuesday that Daesh killed many civilians in Hay Al-Tanak and threw their bodies on the street to scare people and frighten them out of leaving.


Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ Humvee with a rocket near Hay Al-Yarmouk. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged 2 Iraqi forces’ Humvees with rockets near Hay Al-Yarmouk. [A3maq]


North & northwest Mosul

Ninewa Liberations Operation commander says 9th and 15th army divisions liberated the Old and New Rayhaniya and Ghzelwa villages north of the Atshana Mountains in northwest Mosul, after inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh units. [Sumaria] 

Commander of the 9th army division says Rayhaniya is “of strategic value,” adding that his forces killed 30 Daesh combatants defending the village and is now clearing the village of mines and IEDs. [Ghad] 

Daesh says it killed or wounded PMF fighters by detonating 2 booby-trapped houses and 2 IEDs in Rayhaniya on Thursday. [A3maq]


A DaeshDaily source says Daesh is breaking down the walls of houses in Hawi Al-Kanisa in order to allow its terrorists to move from house to house. The source also says Daesh prohibited residents from using their vehicles in the area and the roads are only used by Daesh vehicles.


East Mosul

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh targeted a mosque in Al-Muhandisin after the Friday prayers, killing five people, including the mosque imam, and wounding 20.


Human conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Immigration and the displaced says overall IDPs in Iraq are still at around 4 million, including 437,000 from Mosul, of whom 260,000 are from the west side. [Karemlash] 


Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

Military Intelligence says the IAF destroyed a Daesh car-rigging workshop in Al-Salam neighborhood in Tal Afar, destroying 8 vehicle bombs and killing the Daesh official in charge of the workshop and several of his associates. [Ghad] 

A DaeshDaily source says a Daesh Azeri communications expert was killed in the airstrike.



A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes targeted 4 Daesh locations in Hatra, including a water irrigation project used by Daesh as a vehicle bomb factory, killing many of them including an Uzbek explosives expert; a house used by Daesh to develop drones, killing several terrorists, mostly foreigners; the building of the women’s union of Hatra, used by Daesh as an office, killing 12 terrorists including a Daesh Kurdish official responsible for mosques in Hatra; and the house of a Daesh commander, killing him and 6 members of his family.


Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters and destroyed a military position in a “security operation” in Al-Jamsa village, south of Qayara. [JustPaste]



Turkish Army says its planes destroyed 3 fortifications and two shelters of the PKK in the Qandil Mountains in northern Kurdistan. News reports describe a Turkish operation against the PKK in Sinjar similar to that of Al-Bab in Syria, with participation of local forces. [ARA]



Military intelligence says two men were arrested on terror charges in separate incidents in Dhi Qar and Maysan. [Ghad] 




Russia condemned the US missile strike on the Syrian airbase as an attack on a sovereign state. Russia suspended the air safety agreement with the US following the attack. It also sent its Admiral Grigorovich frigate armed with Caliber missiles to be stationed in Tartus. [SyriaNow] [Hawar]


Russia called for an emergency session of the UN Security Council following the US attack on Al-Shayrat airbase, one of Syria’s major bases in Syria. The Syrian government says that 6 persons were killed in the American attack, and also says such attacks “will only increase its will to defeat terrorism. [ARA]

The US says it has no plans for further attacks on Syria following the strikes on Shayrat airport with 59 Tomahawk missiles. The Pentagon says that Russia, the UK, and Turkey were all informed of the attack, saying that only Russia objected. [Dorar]

Russia says the level of performance of the US attack on the Syrian airport is rather low, as only 23 missiles hit their targets, while 36 others fell elsewhere. It says that 6 Syrian MiG 23 planes were destroyed, and four military personnel were killed, while two are missing. [SyriaNow]

Russia says that two US missiles hit two villages southeast of Homs, killing 5 civilians including 3 children and wounding several others. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment. We can’t evaluate the accuracy of Russia’s reports, but the hypocrisy they demonstrate, after the high level of civilian casualties from Russian bombing, is striking.


Syrian authorities admitted losing five officers out of the seven people killed in the US attack on Al-Shayrat airport that hosts MiG 23 and 25 and Sukhoi 22 and 24 aircrafts, 40 cement shelters, and an air defense brigade. The US strike destroyed the runway, several shelters, and the fuel storage facility.  [Dorar]


The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Tabaqa (8), Raqqa (4), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


SDF says it received 4,000 IDPs escaping Daesh areas in Raqqa and Ayn Eissa. It says 3,000 of them were received at the IDP camp near the city while others went on to other Syrian areas. [Hawar]


SDF says it blocked a Daesh attack from several directions on Haddaj village, 16 km (10 miles) west of Raqqa, killing a large number of the attacking force. [Hawar] [PUKMedia] 


SOHR says Coalition planes killed five civilians, including two women, all from one family, in a strike on Hamrat Ghanim village east of Tabaqa. The total number of civilians killed in Coalition attacks on various areas of Raqqa and Tabaqa is now 204 including 34 women and 32 children. [SyriaHR]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

A Syrian opposition field commander says opposition factions shelled Shia populated villages of Fawaa and Kefraya in retaliation for the government’s chemical attack on Idlib, saying that opposition rockets can reach the regime anywhere in Syria. [Qasioun]


SOHR says Syrian and Russian planes killed 10 civilians in attacks on Jisr Al-Shughur in Idlib following the US strike on Shayrat Airbase. [SyriaHR]


Battles continue around Al-Jarrah airport east of Deir Hafer between Daesh and government forces, which are trying to take it over amid stiff resistance by Daesh combatants. [SyriaHR]


SOHR also reported continued government air strikes on several Daesh positions east of Aleppo. [SyriaHR] 



SDF engaged opposition forces near Mare’ in Azaz without any notable advances for either side. [Qasioun]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a Syrian Army security barrier on the road between Tadmur and Homs, killing five soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a tank and a vehicle, before returning safely. [JustPaste]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A meeting of the Syrian Army was held in Damascus in the presence of supporting armed factions and Russian representatives, including the Daesh Hunters force, to discuss lifting the Daesh siege of Deir Ez-Zor, using the same forces that captured Tadmur (Palmyra). [Qasioun]


Syria says its army captured three strategic hills overlooking the west side of Deir Ez-Zor after expelling Daesh combatants therefrom. [SyriaNow]


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

Syria says 20 civilians were killed or wounded when rockets hit the Jaramana suburb of Damascus. [SyriaNow]





Daesh says it killed three Afghan soldiers and wounded five with an IED near the Achin area in Nangarhar. [A3maq]



An arrest was made Friday after an attack involving a stolen truck that barreled into pedestrians on the busiest street in the center of Stockholm, leaving at least four people dead, Swedish police said.

A dozen people were injured in what appeared to be the latest use of a vehicle as a weapon of terror in Europe. [CNN] A Swedish website says the main suspect is from Uzbekistan and has confessed. Reportedly his social media account shows he is connected to Daesh.

DaeshDaily comment. This drunk-driving jihad is the latest Daesh invention to harm civilians and waste human lives. Drinking alcohol, stealing, and killing are prohibited in Islam. However, according to Daesh, a combination of the three will take you directly to heaven. This weird lesson is now being taught in many mosques in different parts of the world.    




Videos of the Day

Ninewa Police capture large quantities of Daesh wireless devices in east Mosul [Mawsleya]


The IAF destroys a Daesh hideout [Facebook]


Iraqi forces in close battles with Daesh in west Mosul [Facebook] [Facebook] 

Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb in west Mosul [Facebook] 


Iraqi forces capture Rayhaniya village [Facebook] 


Daesh booby-trapped everything, including a cooking pot [Facebook] 

Iraqi soldiers laughing as an IED explodes near them [Facebook] 




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan] 





April 6, 2017







US attacks Syrian airbase with cruise missiles, reacting to chemical attack. [..]

Trump, Tillerson call for Assad’s removal. [..]

Russia still insists the chemical weapons tragedy wasn’t Syria’s fault. [..]

SDF captures two villages near Tabaqa. [..]



Baghdad official credits MoI with improving Baghdad security. [..]

Iraqi soldiers capture two villages in northwest Anbar. [..]

Tribal PMF commander says Daesh holds 20,000 as human shields in Al-Qa’im. [..]

Daesh unleashes series of attacks in Baiji area; takes big losses. [..]

CTS liberates Al-Yarmouk in far-west Mosul. [..]


Late-breaking report. At 9 PM Thursday night, the United States fired about 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, from two warships in the Mediterranean, in retaliation for the Syrian chemical attack in Idlib. 

U.S. officials say that Syrian government aircraft killed dozens of civilians by using chlorine mixed with a nerve agent, possibly sarin, earlier this week, in its air attack in Idlib. [AP]


This was preceded by a statement from Secretary of State Tillerson six hours earlier that President Assad should no longer govern the Syrian people, saying the US had no doubt that his government was guilty of the attack. He also said publicly to Russia that it should reconsider its support of the Syrian government. A few minutes earlier, President Trump had also suggested that Assad should give up power. He called the chemical attack “a disgrace to humanity.” Trump said he may talk to President Putin about this.

DaeshDaily comment. This may prove to be the decisive turning point against Assad. It is also a disaster for the Russians, who had helped Syria to recover much of the country and seemed to be riding high. Now the US is no longer deferring to Russia and the international revulsion toward Assad may now be so great that he can’t be saved. Then again, Assad has survived such major crises before. 


[See related stories under Reports from Syria below]





A PUK representative in the Kurdish delegation visiting Baghdad says the referendum does not necessarily mean independence, saying that this is up to the will of the Kurdish people. He says the Kurdish delegation discussed openly with the federal government and the ruling national coalition the means to solve all pending problems between Kurdistan and the federal government, and the means to eliminate obstacles towards holding the population census in Kirkuk and applying constitutional Article 140 provisions. [ROJ]


The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (6), Tal Afar (1), Al-Qa’im (1), and Haditha (1). [InherentResolve]



Security-related incidents reported

The Baghdad Deputy Governor says that since the Ministry of Interior took over the security of the Baghdad perimeter, the areas of Latifiya, Mahmudiya, Mada’in, and Abu Ghraib are more stable. He also says a Daesh cell was captured in Salman Pak in Mada’in, in addition to two others in different parts of Baghdad. [Ghad] 


North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says one person was killed and two wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Taji. [Sumaria] 


East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says 45th army brigade defused an IED in Al-Amari. [Ghad] 


Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a sheep market in Mada’in killed a civilian and wounded three others. [Sumaria] 

A police source says a civilian was wounded by a roadside IED in Nahrawan. [Sumaria] 


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 17th army division found an IED and an artillery shell during a search mission in Sayyed Abdullah and Tal Al-Samar. [Ghad] 


Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says two people were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Furat. [Sumaria]  


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED explosion in a popular market place in Haswa, Abu Ghraib, wounded five civilians. [Sumaria] 


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

Total IED incidents reported:   7




A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, captured Al-Mudhim southwest of Haditha, Um Al-Wiz in Rawa, and the Haditha storehouses areas, killing 17 Daesh terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. He says the areas are strategic and link the Anah, Rutba, and Haditha areas, and were used by Daesh as supply lines. [Maalomah] 

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi forces members and wounded others by detonating IEDs in Al-Mudhim and Um Al-Wiz villages. [A3maq]


Northwest Anbar

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh holds 20,000 families hostages in Al-Qa’im in order to use them as human shields. [Maalomah] 



Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with mid-sized weapons near the Al-Saqqar area east of Rutba. [JustPaste]



The Salahuddin Governor says Prime Minister Abadi ordered two battalions to Salahuddin to secure the province. [Ghad]  



Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army positions in Al-Dibis village, killing five soldiers, wounding others, destroying a military position and a weapons and ammunition storehouse before returning safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq] Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq] 


Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Mohammad Al-Musa village. It also says it targeted “PMF positions” in Ain Al-Baidha village and Shirqat city with 8 mortars and 2 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]



PMF says its 33rd brigade found a network of Daesh secret tunnels while searching in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Maalomah] 


PMF organization says its 42nd brigade repelled a Daesh attack in Harariyat, killing 4 attackers. The fighting is continuing. [Sumaria] 


Three Daesh suicide attackers entered Albu Toma village south of Baiji, but security forces killed two of them and defused their explosive belts. The third detonated himself in a civilian house, also killing one child. [Sumaria] 


A leader in the PMF command says Daesh initiated a major attack in several parts of Salahuddin. The first assault was in the Harariyat area, where it lost 17 combatants and three bulldozers, while the second was at the ZuwiyaSheikh Ali junction, when it lost 28 combatants and several vehicles, while the PMF unit lost one of its field commanders. A third attack was on the Baiji-Haditha route where PMFs killed 22 Daesh combatants and destroyed six vehicles. The fourth attack was on Assalam village, where the PMF killed 5 Daesh combatants. [Ghad] 

PMF command also says its forces repelled a Daesh attack in Siniya west of Baiji. The 3-hour battle ended with the killing of 14 Daesh attackers and destroying many of their weapons and vehicles, while the PMF lost three fighters killed and four wounded.  [Sumaria]

A security source says 20th army brigade repelled a Daesh attack on the Baghdad-Mosul expressway from Makhoul Mountains side, killing the entire attacking force. Daesh tried to open a gap in Iraqi defenses and to block the army from its supply routes. [IraqPress]


PMF Press says Daesh wanted to cut off Iraqi forces supply lines on the road between Baiji and Haditha, and to smuggle its leaders who are trapped in Hawija through the Makhoul Mountains towards the Hatra desert, then to Syria. It says Iraqi forces stopped the attacks, killing 63 terrorists and destroying 12 vehicles, including 4 vehicle bombs, and 3 mortar units. It also says Iraqi forces found Daesh secret passages and tunnels used by the terrorists to sneak from the Makhoul Mountains area. [Maalomah] 


Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces from 2 sides north of Baiji city. It says battles continued for a long time on one side, near the Al-Asmeda and Al-Makhazen bridges and nearby areas, and it conducted 3 suicide attacks with vehicle bombs, killing more than thirty soldiers, wounding others, destroying 16 vehicles, 2 Abrams tanks, and 30 military positions. It also says it hit a helicopter, shot down a recon drone, and captured 3 vehicles, in addition to weapons and ammunition. Daesh says the second side was on the road between Baiji and Haditha. It says it conducted 2 suicide attacks with vehicle bombs, killing or wounding more than fifteen soldiers and destroying 17 military positions and several vehicles. [JustPaste] [A3maq] Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq] 



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The MoI says security forces found an explosives and ammunition cache in Diyala and disposed of it, without specifying the exact location. [Sumaria]


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

PMF Press says a PMF unit killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed their vehicle in Udhaim. [Maalomah] 


The chairman of Udhaim subdistrict council says a joint Army and PMF force destroyed two Daesh guesthouses in the Albu Awwad area in north Udhaim. [Ghad] 


The manager of Al-Saadiya subdistrict says Daesh targeted Zarkoush village with 6 mortars without causing casualties. [Ghad] 


A security source says Daesh combatants forcibly entered a house in Omar Mandan (Sharmoukh) village in Qara Tapa and kidnapped three civilians, including two brothers, and stole their car. [Sumaria]

A local source says Daesh beheaded one of the civilians it kidnapped from Sharmoukh village in Qara Tapa. [Ghad] 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading a man in Qara Tapa subdistrict after accusing him of spying for the Iraqi government. [JustPaste]


KIRKUK (No reports)




Mosul liberation campaign

The Mayor of Mosul District says the army has liberated 60% of west Mosul while Daesh is still in at least 45 neighborhoods of the city. He says Daesh is still oppressing civilians and using them as shields against military attacks, saying that they try to keep information on the situation in neighborhoods they rule away from the public as much as possible. He also says IDPs from west Mosul now exceed 250,000. [Ghad] 


Ninewa Liberation Operations Commander says the battle on the west side is easier than that on the east side, saying his forces are making protection of civilians and infrastructure a priority during its advance. He also says 50% of the west side is now liberated, and that the PMFs will have further duties in the near future in areas west of Mosul and in securing the border with Syria. [ROJ]


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

Central Mosul

A security source says Coalition planes resumed their airstrikes in west Mosul, killing the Daesh religious mufti, Abu Ayoub, near the old public hospital. [BasNews] 


Daesh says it killed seven IFP soldiers in battles near the Bab Al-Beidh area on Wednesday. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says its snipers killed five IFP soldiers near Bab Al-Beidh. [A3maq]


Daesh says its snipers killed an IFP soldier near the Bab Al-Tob area. [JustPaste]


Southwest Mosul

A security source says a Coalition plane killed 3 civilians of one family when it bombed a house by mistake in New Mosul, believing that Daesh combatants were sheltering there. [Maalomah] 


A DaeshDaily source says one civilian was killed and two wounded by Daesh snipers in New Mosul. 

The MoD says IAF attacked several Daesh targets in New Mosul and in Yarmouk to the west in support of CTS and IFP operations, killing 42 Daesh combatants and destroying three vehicles, various weapons, and an ammunition cache. [Maalomah] 


Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers in the Ras Al-Jadda area. [A3maq]


Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked CTS positions in Rajm Hadid, killing six soldiers, wounding others, damaging 2 Humvees and a bulldozer, and destroying 4 military positions, before returning safely. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Mansour with 3 Katyushas. [JustPaste]


West-central Mosul

Commander of Ninewa Liberation Operations says CTS liberated Al-Yarmouk Al-Thaniya neighborhood in west Mosul and raised the Iraqi flag over its main buildings after inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh. [Sumaria]

A security source says CTS then found 20 mortar shells hidden in a house in Al-Yarmouk Al-Thaniya. The CTS managed to release 19 families held under siege in one of the houses in the neighborhood. [Maalomah]


North & northwest Mosul

IWMC says Coalition planes attacked the Suqoor Al-Khilafa (Caliphate Falcons) elite Daesh regiment HQ in 17th of July neighborhood, killing 17 of them including three foreign Daesh leaders–a Saudi, an Australian, and a Frenchman. [Sumaria]


IWMC says Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh commanders, 2 Syrians, an Iraqi, a Pakistani, a Turk, and a Moroccan, in an airstrike on Hawi Al-Kanisa, in north Mosul along the river. [Ghad] 


East Mosul

A police source in Ninewa says Daesh shot down an Iraqi helicopter, killing its two pilots, in Muhandisin neighborhood in east Mosul. [BasNews] This incident was confirmed by the IWMC later. [Sumaria]

The JOC issued a statement mourning the deaths of two helicopter pilots in east Mosul. [Harbi] 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi helicopter on the Al-Ghabat area in northeast Mosul, killing its crew. [A3maq] Daesh issues a video of the fallen helicopter. [A3maq]


A DaeshDaily source says three civilians were killed in by a Daesh mortar in Hay Al-Samah in east Mosul. 


Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

The JOC says IAF destroyed Daesh targets in Tal Afar killing two of their leaders.  [Harbi]

PMF says Daesh evacuated its headquarters, command centers, and houses of top officials in the middle of Tal Afar in fear of anticipated Coalition and Iraqi air attacks and PMF artillery attacks. [PressIraq]


IWMC says the IAF destroyed 2 Daesh hideouts in Tal Afar, killing 19 terrorists. [Sumaria] 



PMF says it killed 30 Daesh combatants and destroyed three machine gunmounted trucks in blocking a Daesh attack in Hatra. [Maalomah] 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army and PMF positions near Ain Sadid village, south of the Hatra Intersection. Daesh says during the battles, one of its suicide terrorists from Mosul attacked the forces with a vehicle bomb, destroying 5 vehicles and killing or wounding the soldiers inside. It says the remaining terrorists killed thirteen soldiers and wounded others during the battles before returning safely. [JustPaste] [A3maq] 

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [JustPaste]


PMF command says fighting erupted with Daesh combatants all along the way to the Shirqat junction on both sides of the road in Makhoul Mountains and Ninewa desert, saying that PMFs destroyed a vehicle bomb approaching the supply lines southwest of Mosul. [Ghad]




The MoD says Rafidain Operations forces captured a large ammunition and explosives cache in Qalat Salih in southern Maysan. [MoD Website]




[See lead story under National News above]


In what seems to be a response to the US Secretary of State’s statements that Russia should reconsider its support to Assad’s regime, Russia says its air force will continue supporting the Assad forces in combating terrorism in Syria. It says, regarding the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, that it has nothing to add to earlier statements of the defense ministry that Syrian planes attacked chemical weapons storehouse that contained chemicals brought from Iraq. It added that Russia will provide the information it has on the incident. [Dorar]


Turkey’s Foreign Minister criticized Russia for supporting war crimes by the Syrian regime, saying “you can support a regime, but you cannot support crimes against humanity.” The minister says the failure of the UN to come out with a strong resolution on the chemical attack in Syria shows the need for the UN to undergo real reforms. [Anadolu]


Syria’s Foreign Minister says his country would like to hold a dialogue with its Iraqi counterparts after the liberation of Mosul to discuss means to prevent Daesh from returning to these areas.  Waleed Al-Mo’alem also says that any bullet fired on the Iraqi, Syrian, or Egyptian army serves Israel in the end. [Sumaria] 


In a press interview with a Croatian paper, Syrian President Assad says his country has no option but to win the war. He says he will continue fighting terrorists but will reconcile with whoever drops arms and sticks to peace. He says the Geneva talks failed, and described Turkey’s President Erdogan as a “Criminal. The interview took place before the Khan Sheikhoun chemical massacre. [Dorar]


The Coalition says it conducted 20 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Tabaqa (13), Raqqa (2), Deir Ez-Zor (4), and Shaddadi (1). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


A Daesh mine killed a woman in Shaddadi south of Hasaka as she tried to reach SDF positions. Sources say SDF artillery shelled Daesh positions in Markada, the last Daesh stronghold in Hasaka. [ARA]

Local activists say Daesh attacked YPG positions in the Kabiba oilfields east of Shaddadi and opened a gap in its defense lines. Battles are continuing in which Coalition planes are assisting SDF forces, which arrived as reinforcements to the YPG in the area. [ZamanAlWasl]


Daesh publishes photos of an attack on SDF positions south of Shaddadi. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it damaged an SDF bulldozer with a bomb dropped from a drone in Kashkash Zinat village south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]



West of Raqqa

Kurdish sources say Daesh executed seven civilians from Manzil village north of Raqqa for trying to escape the area. They also arrested scores of village residents to cover their retreat and evade Coalition airstrikes. [BasNews] 

SDF says it destroyed a Daesh tank on the road to Tabaqa in battles around northern and southern Safsafa villages liberated by SDF earlier Thursday. According to SDF, Daesh lost 50 combatants in Safsafa in a 38-hour battle. Tabaqa is now under SDF siege.  [Hawar]

SOHR confirmed the capture by SDF forces of the two Safsafa villages, saying that Daesh and SDF are fighting intensely. [SyriaHR]


SDF published a video showing all Tabaqa dam gates open and water flowing. It says this is to counter Daesh allegations that the Dam has stopped working and a flood is coming, aimed at terrifying the population. [Hawar]

Daesh says water flow returned through the Al-Tabaqa Dam after the engineering teams partially opened 4 gates. [A3maq]


SOHR says that a woman died in Tabaqa of her wounds from a Coalition airstrike on the city two weeks ago. [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes photos of jewelry shops in Raqqa city. [JustPaste]


Raqqa city

SOHR says 7 bodies of civilians were found north of Raqqa. Their cause of death is vague, but observers believe they might have been shot by Daesh while trying to escape their home areas. [SyriaHR]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

The Free Army of Idlib and Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra) agreed to settle the issue over the assassination of one of the Free Army’s officers at a Nusra checkpoint Wednesday through a jointly formed religious court, with an obligation from both sides to accept its verdict. Both factions also agreed to return each other’s cars and other belongings and renormalize relations. [Qasioun]


Syrian Army captured Lilan village near Al-Jarrah Airport east of Aleppo after inflicting heavy casualties to Daesh combatants there. [SyriaNow]


A woman was killed when rockets hit the western side of Aleppo city. The source of the attack is unknown. [SyriaHR]


SOHR reports fierce battles between government forces backed by Russian planes and ground units around Al-Jarrah airport east of Aleppo. Government forces are fighting near the perimeter of the airport against a stiff Daesh defense. [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army and Shia positions with mortars in Kashish village north of the Al-Jarrah (Kashish) Military Airport. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army and Shia militias near Al-Jarrah Military Airport. [DawaAlhaq]


Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army tanks with rockets east of Deir Hafer. [JustPaste]


Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

The YPG says in a statement that Turkish attacks across the northern border have not stopped since the start of April. Artillery shelling following drone sorties was witnessed almost every day on more than one location, mainly on villages in Afrin area. [Hawar]

YPG says it killed 12 and wounded 40 Turkishbacked opposition combatants in battles in over 15 villages in Al-Shahba district of Afrin. [Hawar]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says the Coalition conducted a new air drop in the Al-Tini desert far west of Deir Ez-Zor, targeting a Daesh vehicle. It is still to be confirmed if the vehicle was carrying Daesh leaders. Armed men with light arms stepped down from two Coalition planes and engaged Daesh in a gun battle. Results are still unknown. [SyriaHR]


SDF says Daesh imposed a 100,000 SL fine on whoever owns a TV set in Deir Ez-Zor, in addition to the destruction of the TV set and possible imprisonment of violators. Satellite receivers are banned as well. [Hawar]


Government says its army captured three strategic hills west of Deir Ez-Zor after expelling Daesh combatants. It says it killed 48 Daesh combatants, and destroyed a tank and six machine gunmounted vehicles. It also says it killed 25 Daesh combatants in Maqaber, on Wednesday. [SyriaNow]


Government planes attacked four areas in the Daesh held part of Deir Ez-Zor, while battles continue in the Maqaber area and its surroundings, the SOHR says. [SyriaHR]


SOHR says Daesh crucified a man in Deir Ez-Zor on charges of “false testimony.” [SyriaHR]


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

SOHR reported continued battles between Syrian government forces and Tahrir Al-Sham in the orchards of Bosra in Daraa and Qabon just northeast of Damascus. [SyriaHR]




North Africa


Security sources say the Egyptian Army killed 6 takfiris in heavy battles south of Arish. [AhlMisr]

A security source says one soldier was killed and two wounded in the battles. [ElWatan]


Daesh says its snipers killed four Egyptian soldiers south of Arish city. [DawaAlhaq] 


Daesh says it damaged 2 Egyptian Army vehicles with 2 IEDs east of Arish city. [JustPaste]





An explosion in the middle of Rostov city in Russia wounded one civilian, police sources say. Police are now investigating the incident. [Sumaria] 


Russian Ministry of Interior says radicals killed two policemen in Astrakhan, on the Volga by the Caspian Sea. It says police units trapped and killed 4 suspects in a shootout. It also says three National Guard members were wounded by armed men at a checkpoint. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it killed two policemen and wounded three Russian National Guard members in 2 attacks in Astrakhan city on Tuesday and Thursday. [A3maq]



Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Afghani Army military position in the Achin area in Nangarhar, killing four Afghani soldiers and severely wounding an American soldier. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of spring in the Achin area. [JustPaste] 




Videos of the Day

Iraqi soldiers battle Daesh in Old Mosul. [Facebook] 

Iraqi forces getting closer to Al-Nouri Mosque. [Mawsleya] 


Iraqi forces capture Hay Al-Maghrib in west Mosul. [Mawsleya] 

Iraqi forces capture Hay Al-Yarmouk Al-Thaniya in west Mosul. [Facebook]


Iraqi soldiers in close battles with Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook] 


DAESH MEDIA                                                                                                                   


Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan] 



Daesh publishes the 75th issue of its Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh talks about its attacks in different countries. It also talks about Ahmad Abousamra (Abu Suleiman Al-Shami), one of its senior media members. The terrorist is on the FBI Most Wanted list, but graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. It says he was killed by an airstrike after being trapped with other terrorists in a house north of Al-Tabaqa city. Daesh also publishes infographics about its operations in Salahuddin. It says it killed or wounded 1,037 Shia people and Sahwa members; destroyed, damaged, or captured 127 vehicles; and blew up the houses of 34 PMF members during the last 6 months. [DawaAlhaq] 

DaeshDaily comment. We express our regrets to the Northeastern University alumni association.



April 5, 2017


Daesh Explosives 






KDP-PUK delegation talks independence with Al-Abadi. Gorran says they don’t represent the government or the people. [..]

Daesh says it killed several police officers, PMFs in Ramadi. [..]

Daesh terrorists in police uniforms attack in Tikrit, with heavy casualties. [..] 

26,000 displaced people in Diyala still have not returned home. [..]

Millions of leaflets fall on Ninewa, northwest Anbar. [..]

IFP in Mosul kills commander of Daesh special forces. [..]

CTS captures another neighborhood in west Mosul. [..]

Daesh burns three men to death; executes three more of its own leaders. [..]


UN Secretary General calls Idlib chemical attack a war crime. Russia says it’s not Syria’s fault. [..]

Daesh stages mass execution of 33 men in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]





A high level delegation from the Kurdistan region arrived in Baghdad to discuss the independence of the region. The delegation is composed of the two main parties (KDP and PUK) and a representative of Masoud Barzani. The delegation met with Iraq president Fuad Masoum, and is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Al-Abadi and Parliament Speaker Al-Jubouri, among other officials. The delegation says it wants to open a dialogue on this issue with Baghdad, and to keep the best relations with Iraq after independence. [ARA]


Hoshyar Abdullah, A CoR member of the Gorran (Change) party says the delegation that arrived in Baghdad to discuss the Kirkuk crisis and the independence referendum does not represent the Kurdistan government or the Kurdish people but only the interests of the two parties (KDP and PUK). It says the Kurdish parliament (now stymied by Barzani’s earlier coup against Gorran), is the only entity entitled to engage in such talks. He says those who control Kurdish oil for their own benefit cannot negotiate in the Kurdish people’s interests. [ROJ] [Sumaria] 


Prime Minister Abadi agreed with the KRG delegation to remove the obstacles that prevent the implementation of Article 140, regarding disputed areas, and to prepare for a census after finishing the liberation operations according to a statement from Abadi’s office. [Sumaria] 

Speaker Jubouri also met with the delegation and said all issues could be solved by dialogue. [Sumaria] 


Prime Minister Abadi and President Masoum agreed to use dialogue to solve the Kirkuk issue and that everyone should work within the same message, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. They agreed to avoid any disputes that affect the morale of Iraqi forces. [Sumaria] 


The Kirkuk Governor, Najmaldin Karim, asks the Iraqi government to respond to neighboring countries’ statements about Kirkuk. He says Kirkuk is an internal issue and external parties should not interfere. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Dr. Karim is referring to the statements yesterday by President Erdogan and two other top leaders attacking both the raising of the KRG flag in Kirkuk and the independence referendum idea. However, someone might suggest to the Governor that the same principle could apply to him.  Kirkuk is a part of Iraq, and not the KRG, and perhaps the Governor of Kirkuk should not be acting on behalf of “external parties” in Kurdistan or flying their flag.


Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and high-level adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, has said during his visit to Iraq that he is optimistic that the Iraqi military campaign to retake Mosul from Daesh will be successful. Visiting a base 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Mosul, Kushner said on April 4, “I hope the victory that you have in Mosul in the near future will not just be a victory for the American and Iraqi troops but it will be a victory for the world.” [Sumaria]


The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (7), Al-Qa’im (1), Baiji (1), Tal Afar (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]



Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

The BOC says a unit of the 4th emergency battalion found 3 IEDs and 11 detonators in Saba’ Al-Bor. [BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says 22nd army brigade found two caches of weapons and explosives during a search campaign in Dawood Al-Hassan and Albu Shallal. [BOC Facebook Page]


Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says three people were wounded when an IED exploded near an arcade in the old Diyala Bridge area. [Sumaria] 


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

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

A police source says a sticky bomb attached to a civilian’s car in Dora exploded, killing the driver and wounding a man sitting next to him. [Sumaria] 

A police source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in Hor Rijab. [Sumaria] 

The MOD says 55th army brigade found an explosives cache in Shayatin, and mortar shells in Albu Mafraj. It also found various munitions in Malali. [MoD Website]

MoD says 25th army brigade found an ammonia nitrate IED in Tal-Al-Samar, and an artillery shell in Sayed Abdullah. [MoD Website]


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says three people were killed and four wounded when a roadside IED targeted day workers in Al-Washash. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it killed eight Shia and wounded others by detonating an IED in the Al-Washash area. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. These workers are the poorest of the poor. They wait all day long for a day job that includes construction, garbage removal, and sewer cleaning. Since 2003, the AQI and Daesh made it a habit to attack these workers, simply because they are easy targets. Tomorrow, some of them will go to the same place to make a living. There is no low that the jihadi terrorists won’t sink to. 


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

Total IED incidents reported:   6




The MoD says 8th army division EODs destroyed 42 IEDs planted previously near Assalam junction south of Falluja. [MoD Website]



Daesh It says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED on the road between Al-Majar and Zangoura villages south of Ramadi, killing one fighter and wounding another. Daesh also claims to have killed several police officers in Ramadi. It says it killed a policeman on Street 60 in Ramadi city by detonating a sticky IED under his vehicle; killed a police lieutenant by detonating a sticky IED under his vehicle in Hay Al-Tamim in southwest Ramadi; and killed two policemen and wounded others by detonating an IED on their patrol in Al-Mustawda’ in Ramadi city. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is trying to recycle the insurgency, even as it loses in Mosul. One of the first steps is to kill soldiers and policemen, so as to undermine government authority and re-instill fear. It has done this more in Ramadi lately than anywhere else. If true, these are not minor incidents but part of a disturbing pattern.


Northwest Anbar

Commander of the 7th army division says the division liberated Al-Madham area southwest of Anah, killing 7 Daesh combatants and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Maalomah] 


IWMC says IAF destroyed a Daesh training camp called Al-Nahrain in Al-Deir district in Rawa, killing tens of Daesh combatants, and a Daesh vehicle bomb center in Tuwaibiya. [Ghad] 



A local police source says unidentified planes attacked a house near the Mining and Geological Research Center in Rutba, killing a family of four. Neither Iraq nor the Coalition announced airstrikes in that area. [Rudaw] 

DaeshDaily comment. We have no confirmation of this odd story and no one has claimed responsibility. Could the next story be the explanation?


Daesh says it targeted an IFP position in Rutba city with two artillery shells. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of attacking an Iraqi Army Humvee east of Rutba with light and mid-sized weapons. [JustPaste]



Salahuddin Operations Command says the total number of families who have returned to their homes in various areas of the province is now 139,374. [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment. This number has been edging up only slightly of late. It would be helpful to know how many have not returned, thus providing a basis for measuring progress.  



Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier near Ain Al-Baidha village. It also says it targeted PMF positions in the village with mortars. [JustPaste]



Salahuddin Operations Commend says army helicopters destroyed an armored vehicle carrying IEDs in Sukhariyat, and a bulldozer in Harariyat, and another two in Safina, killing 3 Daesh combatants in process. [MoD Website]

The MOD says army helicopters repelled a Daesh attack on army lines in Harariyat, killing 8 and destroying 4 positions, killing all Daesh combatants inside.  [MoD Website]


Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Baiji Refinery with 4 mortars. [JustPaste]



Security sources say 20 Daesh terrorists attacked Tikrit early Wednesday, killing or wounding more than 30 people. A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh sleeper cells in Tikrit helped in executing the attack. He says the terrorists broke into the houses of a security officer and a former army officer, killing people inside, including women and children. A member in the Security Committee in the Salahuddin Provincial Council says 4 suicide terrorists were among the attackers and security units killed 2 of them. He says one of the terrorists blew himself up on one of the vehicles and the other blew himself up after he was trapped. A security commander and 4 members of his family were killed in the attack. [Mada] [Shafaaq]  

The BBC says more than 34 people were killed and tens wounded in the attack. An Iraqi police colonel told Reuters that the terrorists were wearing police uniforms. [BBC] 

Daesh says 7 of its terrorists attacked a Police Emergency headquarters in Tikrit city, killing all of the policemen inside and destroying 2 SUVs. Daesh says its terrorists broke into the house of the Counter Terrorism commander of Tikrit, killing him and his son. Daesh says the terrorists then barricaded in houses and fought with Iraqi forces, who brought military reinforcements and helicopters to the area, for 2 hours. Daesh says after that, the terrorists blew up their explosive vests. It says that thirty-one policemen, including officers, were killed, and forty-one were wounded during the operation. [A3maq] [JustPaste] 

This is part of the same story. A security source says security forces killed all five Daesh terrorists who attacked Zuhour neighborhood in Tikrit yesterday after taking refuge in a school building.  The source says the attack on Tikrit yesterday left casualties among civilians and security forces. [Sumaria] 


MOD says army EODs destroyed two IEDs in Hay Al-Tin, near Tikrit University, without casualties. [MoD Website]


The Salahuddin Governor says security breaches happen in the province because of the lack of security forces. He says many security units were deployed to the Ninewa liberation operations. [Sumaria] 



Basra Police Command says its emergency unit based in Samarra arrested a Daesh operative and handed him over to Samarra special forces. The Basra emergency brigade has been in Samarra for two years now to participate in combating Daesh. [Sumaria] 


Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP SUV with an IED in the Al-Aqsa village in Ishaqi subdistrict, wounding a captain. [JustPaste] [A3maq] 


Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF machine gun-mounted SUV in the Al-Jalam area in Al-Daur, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]



In a document obtained by Al-Sumaria TV, the Diyala Provincial Council says 26,000 displaced families have not returned to their houses in Diyala because of tribal, security, and political issues. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. While some Sunni politicians are talking about Shia efforts to make demographic changes in Diyala, the reality is that many of these families were involved with Daesh, and tribes in Diyala, including Sunni tribes, won’t allow them to go back. Other families are not returning simply because they fear those Daesh families. The terrorists are hiding in many areas and killing and shelling people who want to return. In any case, having 26,000 displaced families from one province is an issue that the government needs to deal with seriously. Many analysts think it is not right to scatter the “Daesh incubator” in displacement camps, because that can only empower Daesh. Others think that the return of Daesh supporters will generate terrorist attacks, which has happened many times including the recent Tikrit attack.   


Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A local source says two IEDs exploded in a synchronous manner, targeting a vehicle in the Mullah Jawad area of Abbara, northeast of Baquba, killed two policemen and wounded three others including a farmer. [Sumaria] 


The Security Committee of Diyala Provincial Council says security forces dissolved three Daesh cells operating in the province and arrested its members (3-5 members each). It cited excellent coordination between Diyala Operations and the Diyala police command. [Ghad] 


Daesh says it killed two policemen and wounded two others by detonating an IED in Al-Jizani village in the Al-Waqf area. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army SUV that was carrying a battalion commander in the Al-Bizayez area in Buhriz with an IED, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]


Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council says an IED exploded near a water pump in the Al-Dawalib area in Muqdadiya, severely wounding the brother and the son of the manager of the IFP office in Diyala. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it killed a police 1st lt. and another policeman with an IED in the Al-Dawalib area [JustPaste]


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Mayor of Al-Khalis District says 4 mortar shells fired from Mtaibija in Salahuddin hit Mubarak Al-Farhan village on the border between Diyala and Salahuddin without causing casualties. [Sumaria] 


Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and Sahwa” positions in Albu Mubarak village in Udhaim with 5 mortars. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army barracks in Albu Khayal in Udhaim, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying the barracks and a Humvee. Daesh also says it destroyed an SUV on the road to the village with an IED, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. Daesh says the terrorists returned safely after the attack. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]



Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

PMFs found a child in the noman’s land near Hawija where Daesh killed his family for trying to escape Hawija towards Iraqi units. Other escapees recognized the child, who spent 8 days among dead bodies. They said his family had four other persons, all killed by Daesh. [Harbi] 


Security sources say Daesh executed three civilians in Hawija after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [Sumaria] 




Mosul liberation campaign

IWMC IAF warplanes dropped millions of leaflets on west Mosul areas still occupied by Daesh, calling on the population to stay in their houses and keep away from Daesh gatherings and HQs, checkpoints, and artillery positions which will all be targets of air attacks. 500,000 similar leaflets were dropped on Muhalabiya (Mosul subdistrict), Hatra, Tal Afar, Qayrawan (Sinjar), Baaj, the eastern side of Shirqat, Al-Qa’im, Rawa, and Anah. [Mawazin] 


Joint Operations Command (JOC) says the figures of civilian casualties in Mosul liberation operations quoted by some media as expressed by “Brig. Tha’er Al-Musawi of the JOC” are false, saying that there is no such officer in the JOC. It says the population should expect more of such news with the advance of Iraqi forces liberating the remaining parts in west Mosul. The JOC says false reports affect the military operations and asks media outlets to take information from Iraqi official sources. [IraqPress] [Harbi] 

DaeshDaily comment. Anti-Iraq media outlets, especially the petro-dollar media, fabricate news reports and source them to fictional characters.  


A PMF report says Daesh commanders have started to escape Mosul, leaving their foreign fighters to their fate. It also says several foreign Daesh combatants surrendered to Iraqi units and PMF lately. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t have any information to contradict the statement about Daesh commanders leaving, but feel an obligation to say that we have seen a lot of such stories over many months about Daesh leaders bailing out of one place or another. How many times can they escape from the same place? Presumably such reports are intended to boost the morale of government troops and discourage Daesh members. We wonder how many of these reports deserved to be taken at face value.


Central Mosul

IFP commander says IFP killed 31 Daesh combatants including Salih Abdul Qadir, commander of Dabiq Army (Daesh special forces) in rocket strikes near the hospital roundabout near the fifth bridge in Mosul. [PUKMedia] 


Daesh issues a video of battles in Bab Al-Beidh. [A3maq]


The IFP commander says his troops liberated 260,000 civilians since the start of the west Mosul liberation battle. [Harbi] 


Southwest Mosul

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked CTS units near the Al-Matahin area with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers, and destroying a Humvee. [JustPaste]

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


Daesh says its snipers killed an IFP soldier and damaged an SUV near the Ras Al-Jadda area. [JustPaste]


West-central Mosul

CTS units liberated Al-Maghrib neighborhood and shot down a Daesh drone over it. [Harbi] 

Ninewa Liberation Operations Commander says the CTS raised the Iraqi flag over Al-Maghrib and is now beside the Al-Matahin and Al-Abar neighborhoods. [Buratha]


A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed several terrorists who fled the battles in Hay Al-Yarmouk.

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi forces bulldozer with a rocket near Hay Al-Yarmouk. [JustPaste]


Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Rapid Intervention units near the Old Sina’a area, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying 4 Humvees, and a house used by Iraqi forces. [JustPaste]



North & northwest Mosul

PMF media says PMF units with the assistance of 9th and 15th army division liberated Beyout Al-Tin village west of Badoush, killing 5 Daesh combatants. 

Daesh says it shot and struck an Iraqi helicopter near the Mushairifa area near Badoush, forcing it to make an emergency landing. [JustPaste]


The JOC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Hay Al-Harmat, killing several commanders including a Saudi and a Tunisian. [Harbi] [MoD Website]


A police source says Daesh burned 3 young men to death in 17th of July neighborhood on charges of communicating with Iraqi forces. [BasNews] 


Fouad Hussein, the head of KRG presidency diwan, told the Independent that Al-Baghdadi escaped Mosul after a major Daesh operation with 300 combatants from Syria and 17 vehicle bombs, which opened a gap in PMF defenses in west Mosul to create an escape route, losing a lot of men. He says Daesh would not take such big losses except for such an important operation. He says the Daesh combatants returned to Syria after securing the escape of their caliph. [Mawazin]


Other Daesh reports

Daesh says its snipers killed seventeen Iraqi soldiers in different areas in Mosul. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in west Mosul with 194 mortars, 19 Katyushas, a locally made rocket, and several SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]


Daesh says fifty-one people were killed and sixty wounded by bombing and shelling on several areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]


East Mosul

The MoI says security units captured a gang of 3 members who stole from several shops in Hay Al-Zahra in east Mosul. [Sumaria]


Human conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Migration and Displacement says 430,000 people left their houses since the start of the Mosul liberation battles, including 235,000 from west Mosul. [Sumaria] 


Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

A police source says Daesh executed three of its commanders in Mushairifa in far southwest Mosul subdistrict. The three are the hisbah, tribal affairs, and finance officers. The source says the execution followed internal differences inside Daesh. [BasNews] 


The PMF Press says a PMF unit stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Hajaf village near Tal Abta. [Harbi] 


Daesh says five PMF fighters were killed or wounded by bombs dropped by drones near Tal Abta. [JustPaste]


Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

The JOC says Iraqi F-16s attacked Daesh targets in Tal Afar District, destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb factory, an IED factory, and 2 hideouts. [Harbi] 


PMF command says it captured the railway road connecting Rayhaniya and Zummar in northwest Tal Afar. [Maalomah] 


Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Al-Aqalat and Al-Rayhaniya villages with 26 mortars. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it shot down a PMF recon drone near the Tal Afar Airport. It also says it targeted PMF positions near the airport with 8 mortars. [JustPaste]



Kurdish sources say Turkish planes attacked the Martyrs Cemetery at Qandil Mountain in Iraqi Kurdistan, causing damage. The planes activity over the area lasted for about one hour, the source says. [ROJ]




Daesh publishes a photo of the Iraqi suicide terrorist who attacked a funeral in Al-Iskandariya. [JustPaste]

The MoI said on Monday that a Daesh suicide terrorist attacked a funeral in the Shia town of Al-Iskandariya. It says that Najah Kadhim, a security guard, tackled the terrorist to prevent him from detonating himself, but the explosives vest went, off killing the guard and the suicide terrorist and wounding four other people.   




The UN Secretary General called the attack on Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib with poisonous gases a war crime. He expressed regret that that international humanitarian law is breached in Syria on daily basis. The German envoy proposed that whoever was responsible for this “horrible crime” should be put on trial. [ARA]

WHO says the effects of the chemical attacks in Sheikhoun are similar to those of the nerve gas. It says at least 70 deaths were recorded as a result of this attack. [Dorar]


Russia’s defense ministry says the tragedy occurred because Syrian warplanes destroyed an opposition storage facility in Khan Sheikhoun that happened to contain chemical weapons. It says the marks on the victims are similar to those seen in Aleppo when it was shelled by opposition units with chemicals. [Dorar]


The Coalition says it conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Tabaqa (2) Raqqa (4), Deir Ez-Zor (7), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


Daesh mines killed a woman and two men trying to cross towards SDF positions south of Hasaka, while SDF mortar shelling killed two children in Tal Al-Menagh village on the dividing line between Daesh and SDF controlled areas. [ZamanAlWasl]



West of Raqqa

SDF says Daesh is using civilians as human shields in the ongoing battles in northern and southern Safsafa villages near Tabaqa. Daesh is said to have prevented the escape of civilians from these villages. SDF says Daesh is targeting civilians escaping the Safsafa villages with mortars and sniper fire, killing several of them so far.

SDF says it killed tens of Daesh combatants and destroyed 4 vehicle bombs in these battles, saying that 13 dead bodies of Daesh combatants are already in SDF possession now. [PUKMedia] [Hawar] [Hawar]

SDF says Daesh is using heavy artillery fire from the center of Tabaqa to assist its combatants fighting SDF in the two Safsafa villages. [Hawar]

Two news reporters were also wounded in the Safsafa fighting. [ARA]


Daesh’s version says one of its French suicide terrorists attacked an SDF position with a vehicle bomb west of the Al-Safsafa Farm east of Al-Tabaqa city, killing or wounding sixteen fighters, destroying an SUV, and damaging a bulldozer. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist and photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh also says three SDF fighters were killed and two wounded after walking into a land mine field at the farm. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near the farm. [JustPaste]


Daesh initiated its third counter attack in an attempt to recover the Tabaqa airport captured by SDF several days ago, while fierce battles continue in north and south Safsafa villages. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it attacked an SDF gathering at a barrier south of Al-Tabaqa city, killing five fighters and capturing a heavy machine gun. [JustPaste]


SDF says it received on Wednesday over 150 refugees escaping Daesh-controlled areas in Raqqa. [Hawar]


East of Raqqa

SOHR says a Coalition airstrike killed a civilian in his boat on the Euphrates east of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions near Al-Qadisiya Farm north of Al-Karama with SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

The serious medical cases from the Khan Sheikhoun attack were transferred to Turkish hospitals for treatment, says a local medical doctor, who says the symptoms are similar to those of sarin gas. He thanked Turkey for opening the border access near Bab Al-Hawa for the passage of such patients to Turkish hospitals. [Anadolu]


Two opposition (Idlib Free Army) military officers were killed by Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra) combatants near one of its checkpoints, in Khan Al-Sabal, east of Maarat Al-Numan in Idlib. [Qasioun]


The opposition shelled Fawaa village northeast of Idlib and Al-Zahra village east of Aleppo, both of whose residents are mostly Shia, killing at least one civilian, the SOHR reported. [SyriaHR]


Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources accused the Turkey-allied opposition of prohibiting the Kurdish population from returning to their homes in Al-Bab. It accused them of ethnic cleansing and making demographic changes in the area. Opposition sources denied the allegations, saying that Kurds are an indivisible part of the Al-Bab population and that no such action is taking place, accusing parties affiliated with SDF and the Syrian government of spreading such rumors. [Arabi21]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian Army says its units secured the southwestern side of Mazbad Mountain east of Homs after clearing it completely of Daesh combatants. Daesh reportedly lost tens of its combatants in artillery and air attacks on its positions in the area and its surroundings. [SyriaNow]

SOHR reported airstrikes on three areas north of Palmyra, confirming Syrian army control of southwestern parts of Mazbad Mountain in the Palmyra Desert east of Homs. [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes photos of battles near the Sha’er Oilfield. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in the Jazl area with heavy artillery. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of agriculture in east Hama. [JustPaste]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says Daesh committed the largest mass execution so far in 2017 by slaughtering 33 men (18-25 years old) in an area 8 km (5 miles) east of Mayadin, east of Deir Ez-Zor. The charges and identities of the executed men are as yet unknown. [SyriaHR]


Syrian Army says it killed over 50 Daesh combatants in an intensified shelling of their gatherings in 6 areas around Deir Ez-Zor, destroying a rocket launcher, a vehicle, and several weapons. [SyriaNow]


SOHR reported Syrian air attacks on three villages occupied by Daesh near Deir Ez-Zor airport and on Daeshcontrolled areas in the city. [SyriaHR]


Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket in Hay Al-Muwadhafin in west Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh also says its snipers killed two Syrian soldiers in the same area. [JustPaste]


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

Reports from the Yarmouk basin say Jaish Khaled (Daesh affiliate) and the Free Army of the opposition exchanged artillery fire, without reports of casualties. Jaish Khaled is currently surrounding Hait village from three directions. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, targeting opposition groups with heavy artillery near Hait town northwest of Daraa with heavy artillery. [JustPaste]


Syrian Army says an IED it planted on the road between Daraa and Suwayda destroyed a Daesh vehicle killed several combatants. [SyriaNow]




Neighboring countries


Daesh issues a video threatening Jordan with more attacks. In the video, Daesh Jordanian terrorists threaten Jordan and threaten Jordanian tribes. These tribes previously disowned their members who joined Daesh. Daesh also attacked Abu Mohammed Al-Maqdisi and Abu Qatada Al-Filistini, two of the most prominent Salafi jihadi clerics and mouthpieces, and called them “the donkeys of knowledge.” Daesh announced in the video the death of Omar Zaidan, a Jordanian chicken salesman who became a famous Daesh “judge.” By the end of the video, Daesh beheaded four men and says they were Syrian opposition fighters trained by Jordan. [DawaAlhaq] 

DaeshDaily comment. These two so called “clerics” were the reason that thousands of people got radicalized all over the world, including Al-Qaeda and Daesh members. Thousands of people were killed in many countries because of their fatwas.  


North Africa


A security source says Egyptian ground forces and aircraft targeted terrorists’ positions in several areas in Rafah and Arish, killing 8 terrorists, wounding 9, and destroying 13 hideouts, an explosives storehouse, and several vehicles and motorcycles. [ElWatan]





Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists who might have been killed in Al-Baidha. [JustPaste]



Daesh says it killed two Afghan soldiers by mortar shelling near the Achin area in Nangarhar. [A3maq] 




Videos of the Day

CTS block an attack with a vehicle bomb on its units in southwest Mosul, killing its driver and defusing his explosives belt. [Sumaria]


Iraqi forces find a Daesh prison in Al-Agaydat, central Mosul. [Al-Aan] 


Iraqi forces battle Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook]


Several vehicle bombs explode in west Mosul. [Facebook]  


Iraqi forces capture a Daesh explosives cache in Hay Al-Zahra in east Mosul. [Mawsleya] 


DAESH MEDIA                                                                                                                                                   


Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


Daesh publishes the 8th issue of its Rumiyah magazine in several languages. [JustPaste]