An Update On ISIS Activities

September 6, 2017

 

Balad

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Political rift arises over Peshmerga, PMF participation in Hawija campaign. [..]

Daesh, Sadrist PMFs clash near Shia shrine in Balad. [..]

Daesh in Hawija captures 300 civilians to use as human shields, plus 50 from Daesh families. [..]

Dissension reported among Daesh fighters in Hawija. [..]

42 more Daesh fighters killed in Tal Afar Province. [..]

Syria

Coalition pressuring key anti-Assad militias it abandoned to withdraw to Jordan. [..]

Putin proposes discussing Syria’s political future after Syria controls Deir Ez-Zor Province. [..]

De Mistura tells anti-Assad factions to face up: They can’t win. [..]

PYD defies UNICEF; will enforce its own curriculum in northern Syria. [..]

UN confirms Syria used chemical weapons in April Khan Sheikhan attack. [..]

Syrian forces capture Aqairbat city in Hama; Daesh keeps fighting back. [..]

Syrian forces break the siege on Deir Ez-Zor city. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says in the weekly Council of Ministers’ meeting that Hawija and northwest Anbar will be liberated very soon. He also says there will be no negotiations with Daesh, and the terrorists’ choice is to surrender or die. [Ghad] 

 

A government source says Kurdish parties in Kirkuk and Kurdistan have indicated to Prime Minister Al- Abadi their rejection of PMF participation in the fight to liberate Hawija. They say the PMF’s 

participation might cause the battle to be delayed. Abadi asked the local Kirkuk government to form a committee to negotiate with him on this matter. The Hawija liberation efforts may be delayed further by this dispute. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. This issue likely has nothing to do with the liberation of Hawija but rather with its political status after it is liberated. Although it is a Sunni Arab district, it is in Kirkuk Province, and as such is a “disputed territory” which Kurdish leaders have had a claim on for many years. Kurdish designs on Kirkuk are opposed by Shia as well as Sunnis, and so letting the PMFs into Hawija would be politically inconvenient for the Kurds. The PMFs might not leave. However, given Kurdish aspirations, the Iraqi government would be wise not to withdraw its regular troops either after Hawija is liberated.

It is not really disparaging to the Peshmerga to say that the Ninewa liberation was accomplished almost entirely by the CTS, IFP, and regular Army units. The Peshmerga contribution was mostly holding non-Kurdistan territory it already occupied. The Peshmerga have been more active in Kirkuk Province and in the adjoining Tooz District in Salahuddin Province that is also a disputed territory. Al-Abadi’s wisest course might be to accept the KRG objection and tell the Kurds that Iraq (including PMF units) will liberate Hawija without the Peshmerga. 

 

The Electoral Commission in the Kurdish region of Iraq announced a referendum on independence in areas controlled by Peshmerga in Ninewa. The Commission anticipates about 5.5 million citizens in Kurdistan and in Kurdish areas outside of its administrative boundaries will come to the referendum on independence from Iraq on September 25.  A spokesman for the Commission said areas under Peshmerga control in Ninewa will be discussed in the referendum, saying, “they have addressed us officially and we in turn answered them.”  The Ninewa province is inhabited by an Arab majority along with Turkmen, and by Christian, Yazidis, and other religious minorities. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Iraqi Air Force Command says an Iraqi pilot died in a crash during a training mission in Arizona. [Baghdadia]

 

US general Paul Funk took over leadership of the US-led Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.  He replaced General Stephen Townsend, who took command a year ago. [Baghdadia] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Hawija (3), Al-Qa’im (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]  

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says a civilian was killed when armed men shot him near his house in the Bub Al-Sham area. [Sumaria]

 

The Military Intelligence Service says security units captured a person on terrorism charges at a checkpoint near Baghdad Tourism Island. [Sumaria] 

 

A police source says an IED exploded and wounded two civilians near shops in the Taji District. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters in an attack on their military position in the Al-Mazare’ area. [A3maq] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

An unnamed source says an IED killed one civilian and wounded four others.  The IED was placed near a market in the Said Abdullah area. [Sumaria]

 

A police source says five people were wounded when an IED exploded near a popular soccer field in Abu Ghraib.  [Sumaria] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source says Security Forces arrested two Daesh suspects–a doctor and a senior official. [Etejah]

 

Ramadi

A local source says Security Forces found a large cache of weapons Tuesday inside the home of a family killed in Ramadi on Monday. Security forces are continuing their investigation. The circumstances of the family’s death are ambiguous, as security forces had announced the family was killed by fire due to electrical contact. The stock of weapons was found in an underground room directly beneath where the family died. Some, but not all, of the weapons were burned in the fire. [Buratha]

 

Hit/Haditha

A Tribal PMF commander says 44 British EOD experts arrived from Jordan to the Ain Al-Asad Base. He says the experts might be preparing for the upcoming north Anbar liberation operations. [Anadolu] [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces destroyed 4 Daesh guesthouses and captured 5 wanted persons in a preemptive operation in the desert near Baghdadi and Hit. [Ghad]

 

Anah

Daesh says twelve people, including eight children, were killed by an “American” airstrike on Rawa. [A3maq] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The PMF says its forces killed 5 Deash terrorists and burned a car belonging to Daesh during an attack. [Ghad]

 

Tikrit

A local official warned that the Mtaibija region on the Salahuddin border across from northern Diyala is becoming an alternative center for Daesh other than Hawija, and says that 30 vehicles loaded with Daesh fighters infiltrated the region. The official is calling for preemptive airstrikes to secure the region before Daesh can move more of its fighters out of Hawija and into Mtaibija. [Ghad]

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Saraya Al-Salam, the Sadrist militia, said on Tuesday that it killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists who attacked coffee shops in Balad. The PMF Press said later that the Balad Police captured a fourth suicide terrorist and captured a fifth in a nearby orchard. [Nasiriya] [Mawqef] [YouTube] 

Daesh’s version said it killed twenty-eight people and wounded twenty-two in 2 suicide attacks near the Sayyed Mohammed Shrine in Balad on Monday. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh says it damaged a car carrying PMF fighters on the road between Balad and Ishaqi. [A3maq] 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in the Sayyed Gharib area, near Dujail. [A3maq] 

 

DIYALA

The Diyala Province Police announced the arrests of 25 suspects and the seizure of an explosives manufacturing laboratory during Eid Al-Adha. 11 of the suspects were arrested on terrorism charges, the other 14 for theft, murder, and kidnapping. The police say the security actions were carried out according to plan and there were no recorded security violations over the holiday.

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Military Intelligence Directorate says 3 members of Daesh were killed in Diyala. Iraqi Army Air (IAA) targeted a Daesh vehicle filled with equipment and explosives and the 3 Daesh fighters in the Thallab Valley area in Khanaqin.

A PMF commander says the IAA airstrike destroyed Daesh’s most important cache of weapons and explosives in the Thallab Valley. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it killed a Peshmerga fighter with an IED in the Al-Tabaj village area in Jalawla on Tuesday. [A3maq] 

 

A PMF Major General says an Iraqi Air Force (IAF) airstrike destroyed a vehicle and a motorcycle belonging to Daesh, killing 2 Daesh members in northeastern Diyala. [Ghad]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A Kirkuk Asayesh source says the Asayesh captured a Daesh member in Kirkuk city. [Sumaria] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A military source says more than 42,000 soldiers will participate in the Hawija liberation battle. The JOC has said it is preparing for the upcoming “We are coming, Hawija” battles. [Harbi]

 

A Peshmerga commander says the Kurdish forces will participate in the Hawija liberation battles, although there has been no specific coordination between Baghdad and Erbil about it. A Tribal PMF commander says that the Iraqi military commanders met with Tribal PMFs in the Dijla Operations Command headquarters last week to discuss the liberation strategy. He says Peshmerga reps did not attend, but says the Peshmerga and the Tribal PMFs will cover the eastern axis of the battles. [ROJ] 

DaeshDaily comment. However, look at the somewhat contradicting Hawija story under National News above.

 

A PMF commander says Daesh moved 100 of its prisoners in Hawija to an unknown location. He says Daesh might stage another mass execution. [Sumaria] 

 

A Peshmerga captain says Daesh captured 300 civilians, mostly women and children, who were trying to escape the Hawija area. He says Daesh is preparing for the upcoming Hawija liberation battle by keeping as many civilians as possible to use them as human shields. [Rudaw] 

 

A local source says Daesh captured the families of 50 of its own fighters in Hawija. The source says the families were trying to flee the city. [Sumaria] 

A DaeshDaily source says disputes erupted in Hawija between Daesh local terrorists from Hawija and terrorists from Diyala. The source says the local terrorists want to flee before the upcoming battles while the Diyala terrorists want to fight. The source also says foreign terrorists have established a defense line on the outskirts of the city.  

 

A local source say Daesh emptied all its media centers in Hawija city and its surroundings. The source says most Daesh media officials have fled Hawija with their families. [Sumaria] 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A commander of the Peshmerga Forces says counterterrorism forces thwarted a terrorist plot to attack Peshmerga positions on the border of the Daquq district. [PUKMedia]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Ninewa Police say the police oversaw the delivery of a Yazidi girl to her family in Mosul. The Hadidi tribe told police there was a Yazidi girl who had fled from Daesh and had been hiding for almost 2 years when one of the tribe members found her. [Ghad]

 

East Mosul

A police source says a family of three civilians was killed in their house by unidentified gunmen late last night. [BasNews]

 

Tal Afar

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 15th division killed 17 Daesh terrorists, including 6 suicide bombers, who were hiding in Ayadhiya. It also says Iraqi forces secured 3 women who were trapped by Daesh in the Ayadhiya area. [Sumaria] 

 

PMFS killed 21 suicide terrorists yesterday in the Ayn Talawi mountain area northwest of Tal Afar. [Harbi]

 

The PMF Press says PMF units killed 4 Daesh terrorist who were trying to sneak from the Ayadhiya area toward Qayrawan. [PUKMedia]

The IWMC says the 13th brigade killed 4 foreign Daesh fighters as they tried to infiltrate from Ayadhiya, north of Tal Afar, towards Qayrawan. 

The IWMC also says the Directorate of Field Engineering dismantled a vehicle bomb in the Abu Maria region, located on the main road connecting Mosul and Tal Afar. [IraqPress] A security source also reported that EOD units defused a vehicle bomb in the Abu Maria area. [Baghdadia] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Security sources in Basra Province say an IED was planted by an unknown person in front of a civilian’s house, in the area of their headquarters, in the middle of the province. [Buratha] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

The Turkish Police say a suicide terrorist suspected of planning an attack on an intelligence building in Mersin, southern Turkey, was killed today. The terrorist was of Syrian nationality and is suspected to have been connected with Daesh. [Sumaria] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Military sources confirm that Jordan renewed its request to two militias to withdraw from the Syrian Desert and enter Jordanian territory. Jordan threatened to stop military support and relief to Usud Al-Sharqiya and Ahmad Al-Abdou if they refuse to withdraw from the Syrian Badia and surrender the region they are controlling to the Syrian government. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. These seem to have been the two most prominent anti-government militias supported by the Coalition and operating in southern Syria. As we reported earlier, after President Trump’s decision to withdraw US support (reportedly supported by Jordan), they were told they should henceforth focus solely on defeating Daesh, but refused. They insisted they would go on without Coalition support. 

This raises an obvious question about Coalition policy toward Assad’s Russia-supported efforts to regain control of the entire country. US leaders have opposed Assad’s continuation in power, but Trump’s decision appeared to be helping him. We have no way of knowing, however, whether there are any other understandings among the US, UK, Jordan, and Russia that could reconcile the apparent contradiction.

 

President Putin is linking the start of the political process for the settlement of the Syrian crisis and the consolidation of a truce with the need to first regain control of Deir Ez-Zor from Daesh. Syrian forces scored a major victory over the weekend by gaining a decisive victory in part of Deir Ez-Zor city. Putin said the situation in Syria has radically changed to the benefit of the Syrian government forces, but he wants to launch the political process after the complete liberation of Deir Ez-Zor. He added that Deir Ez-Zor represents the worst spectrum of hard-line opposition under Daesh.  

   He said, “immediately after the fighting in Deir Ez-Zor, we must take the next step towards stabilizing the cease-fire system, strengthening the areas of tension relief, and launching the political process.”  Putin added this will be a great undertaking and therefore Syrian authorities will need assistance from the international community.  At the same time, Putin said it is too early to talk about victory over the terrorist threat. [ZamanAlWasl]

DaeshDaily comment. This is either a positive diplomatic initiative or a disingenuous maneuver, depending on your perspective. Based on developments so far, the latter interpretation seems more likely to be accurate. While the US and Coalition have prioritized the fight against Daesh, Russia and Iran have prioritized the continuation of the Assad regime. Deir Ez-Zor Is the turning point. Assad and the Russians have rushed to gain control of it before the Coalition, SDF, and other anti-government factions could gain a strong foothold there. If the US has a plan for replacing Assad after he secures Deir Ez-Zor, it has not been articulated.

 

Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy to Syria, called for the opposition and the Syrian government to be realistic before the start of the Astana talks scheduled for September 14 and 15.  He says that the opposition must begin to think realistically and realize that it cannot win the war against Assad.  He added, however, that no force in Syria will emerge victorious or win the war, and he expressed his rejection of the government’s military actions.  

   The talks are set to take place in 10 days. There is a push for the signing of a Russian document to reduce areas of tension in Syria, including in Idlib in the northwest, Daraa in the south, the area north of Homs city, and the Tal Rifaat area in Azaz. Mistura expressed his intention to make Aleppo’s fate different than that of Idlib, hoping for a “non-military solution in the city.” [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. De Mistura faces the same problem as the Coalition. He is perhaps more familiar than anyone with the atrocities of the Syrian regime, but is also trying to bring the military conflict to an end and save lives. However, if the anti-government opposition gives up, as de Mistura suggests, leaving the regime in control of Syria, how will the UN persuade Assad to step aside or accept a meaningful election?

 

The US Special Presidential Convoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, denied media reports that the Daesh convoy that came from the Lebanon-Syria border area has finally reached Iraq. He says the convoy has not reached Iraq and will not reach Iraq. He says the buses are still out in the open desert. [BasNews]

Foreign Policy reports that American aircraft have been picking off Daesh terrorists who stray too far from their bus convoy, stranded in the Syrian Desert. Any attempts at resupply coming from Daesh controlled areas in the east are being taken out by US aircraft that are monitoring the convoy. Coalition spokesman, Col. Ryan Dillon, says at least 40 vehicles have been hit by U.S. airstrikes in recent days, and American planes have been picking off Daesh terrorists by ones and twos. [ForeignPolicy] 

 

Daesh social media sources say the Daesh leader, Awwad Baghdadi, imprisoned the leaders of his “special commission” (2 Saudis and an Iraqi) after meeting with them last week. Baghdadi appointed the commission to monitor Daesh’s religious messages and school curriculum. The commission created a lot of chaos recently when it started following the “radical” ideological line of a Saudi cleric called Hazimi. The commission was criticized by senior Daesh “religious” leaders, and caused a lot of internal fighting and arrests, especially in the Deir Ez-Zor area. 

DaeshDaily comment. Whether these decisions were made Baghdadi himself or by some other person or group is a good question. Whether Baghdadi is even around anymore, or is still trying to lead the organization, is also a good question. We have been among the skeptics. In an article by Robin Wright in the July 27 New Yorker, Brett McGurk is quoted as saying “Whether or not he is alive, we do not know. But his command and control over this organization is severed.”

 

The Coalition says it conducted 27 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 25 near Raqqa and 2 near Deir Ez-Zor. [InherentResolve]  

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The SOHR says the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council, an SDF ally, is preparing to launch a military operation to capture areas under Daesh control southwest of Hasaka. It says US Special Forces arrived in the area to participate in the operation. [SyriaHR]

Local sources say US forces met suddenly at 11 am Tuesday, for unknown reasons, with leaders of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Electricity Department building in Al-Shaddadi.  Sources say preparations for a large military operation took place in Shaddadi and a military campaign will likely approach the Markada town, south of Hasaka. This suggests that the airstrikes in Mayadin came out of Shaddadi and were American. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The security arm of the PYD killed a young man in Al-Arisha village in the Hasaka city area. Local activists say the militia stormed the village, looking for dissidents from the village, and fired at a group of residents. One of the bullets hit and killed the young man, 17-year-old Mohammad Al-Sultan. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Tuesday, the PYD rejected UNICEF’s request to hand over 2,000 schools in the Hasaka province to UNICEF in order to end the problem of “curriculum conflict” in the province. Despite the government’s approval of UNICEF’s offer, the self-appointed Kurdish administration announced that its new school year will begin on September 12. According to the PYD, 13,000 teachers have been trained to start teaching in schools under PYD control.  UNICEF offered that in return for the PYD and the government handing over the Al-Hasaka schools, UNICEF would guarantee salaries to all of its teachers. According to a teacher who was trained by the international organization, there should be one unified curriculum for children throughout the province.

DaeshDaily comment. While the PYD can be appreciated for many anti-Daesh reasons, its political agenda in Hasaka is perhaps becoming too blatant for its own good. Changing the language of instruction in someone else’s country is a profoundly revolutionary move.

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Tuesday, a Kurdish activist revealed the SDF is continuing to violate the ban on the recruitment of children under the age of 18, in order to cover their shortage of fighters after their losses in the battle for Raqqa. The activist says a 14-year-old boy was recruited 4 months ago. [Dorar]

 

A spokesman for the Euphrates campaign said clashes in Raqqa killed 47 terrorists. [PUKMedia] 

 

The SDF liberated the Criminal Security Center and the Traffic Center in Hay Al-Nour, killing 23 Daesh members. [Hawar] SDF fighters also liberated the Registry building in Raqqa. [Hawar] 

 

3 suicide attacks were thwarted and 31 Daesh members killed on Sunday in Hay Al-Mansoura, Hay Al-Thakana, and Hay Al-Amin in the center of Raqqa city. [Hawar]

 

The SOHR says 12 civilians, including 4 children and 2 women, were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Two sons of the head of self-governing council’s executive board were killed while fighting with the SDF in Raqqa. According to an Enab Baladi correspondent, a 23-year-old colonel from Qamishli has also been killed in Raqqa.  As we reported, the SDF commander of the Manbij Military Council was killed in Raqqa last week. 

The SDF now controls 14 neighborhoods, about 65% of Raqqa city. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it killed two SDF fighters with a rocket near the Al-Idikhar Residential Compound. [A3maq] 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about the Raqqa battles. [ICDNSep6]

 

East of Raqqa

Aircraft conducted several airstrikes on the Maadan area near Deir Ez-Zor, which has been bitterly contested between the Syrian Army and Daesh. [SyriaHR]

 

North Raqqa

The Anadolu news agency reported that the PYD is demanding, for unknown reasons, that the US flag be removed from a customs building near the Turkish border. An unnamed source says the US and PYD flags were removed from a customs building in Tal Abyad, near the Turkish border.  The PYD had raised a large number of American flags on the buildings in Tal Abyad in September to suggest that a large number of US troops were in the city.  According to media reports, this was to reassure Kurdish families who had recently resettled in the city after the militias brought them back from Ayn Al-Arab. Kurdish Protection Militia and the PYD took control of the city of Tal Abayd from Daesh with US air support in 2015. [Dorar]

 

The Turkish Army and allied armed groups killed a 19-year-old man from Raqqa, named Yusuf Hamad Hamada, on the border near Tal Abayd. [Hawar]

 

The Civic Education Committee in Tal Abyad conducted its 5th training course for teachers, with 367 graduates. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The Turkish Army and allied armed groups rocketed Basofan village in Afrin province. [Hawar]

 

Russia announced the details of a disengagement zone between the SDF and the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (i.e., Turkey-supported militias) in the town of Tal Rifaat in Azaz. A Russian Military Police unit has been deployed in the area, along with 2 checkpoints and 4 observation points where Russian military personnel are present.  The disengagement zone will provide appropriate conditions for displaced people to return to their homes.  So far more than 400 people have returned. [Dorar]

The Russian Chief of Staff confirmed that, with Moscow’s persuasion, the SDF handed over the city of Tal Rifaat, north of Aleppo, to the Syrian government. The Chief of Staff sent military police to the region to prevent clashes between the two parties, saying Russia will provide surveillance in Tal Rifaat. [Dorar]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

The UN says the Syrian government is responsible for the use of poisonous sarin in Khan Sheikhan in Idlib on April 4, 2017, which killed 87 people, most of whom were women and children. The UN Commission of Inquiry says chemical weapons have been used is Syria 33 times so far, with the Syrian government carrying out 27 of those attacks, 7 of them between March and July of this year.  The government has continued a pattern of using chemical weapons against civilians in areas under the control of its opposition. The UN describes the attack at Khan Sheikhan as a war crime. The UN Human Rights Council established the commission in 2011 but Assad has not allowed its investigators to visit Syria to conduct its investigations there. [Dorar]

 

A local source says an unidentified aircraft bombed a Daesh convoy loaded with weapons belonging to Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib. 9 fighters were killed, some were wounded, and a number of cars were destroyed. [Hawar]

 

Nine people were killed, and others were wounded, most of them members of Tahrir Al-Sham, by an explosion that was believed to be from a Coalition airstrike on the stadium in Idlib.  A media source close to the target location said the explosion took place inside the stadium, which contains arms caches of Tahrir Al-Sham. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

The Syrian Army, supported by allied militias and Russian planes, captured Aqairbat city on Saturday. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian General Staff said that Daesh used 15-25 suicide terrorists every day during the battles in Aqairbat. He also said that Daesh had established an entire city underground. [SyriaNow] [RT] [Sputnik] 

Government sources say Syrian Army units killed 3 Daesh terrorists near Salmiya, east of Hama.

 

The Syrian Government, backed by Iranian militias, took full control of Hamada Omar from Daesh in the Aqairbat region. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Government Forces are still imposing a suffocating siege on the villages in the Aqairbat region in eastern Hama. However, 17 Syrian government fighters were killed by a Daesh vehicle bomb near the Al-Harisha village in the eastern suburbs of Hama. The vehicle bombing was followed by a violent attack by Daesh on Syrian government positions. Daesh took control of the village and seized a tank and 4 vehicles. [Qasioun]

 

The SOHR says Daesh launched a counterattack and captured areas in west Aqairbat. It says Russian planes conducted 45 airstrikes on the area. [SyriaHR]

Daesh managed to regain control of the Rasm Al-Awayed village in the Aqairbat region.  Russian fighter jets launched airstrikes on Daesh sites in the area. [Qasioun]

 

Tuesday, Daesh claimed it had caused material losses in the ranks of the Syrian Government forces, in battles in Al-Sheikh Hilal village, east of Hama. Daesh says it killed sixteen members of the Syrian Government’s forces and supporting militias with an IED, destroyed a rocket launcher and a car filled with ammunition, and damaged a tank with a rocket shell.

 

Homs

A Syrian Army officer was killed in heavy battles with Daesh in the Al-Sarayim area, in the far east of Homs Province. Both sides sustained casualties. [SyriaHR]

The Syrian Army and supporting militias reached the outskirts of the Al-Sarayim region. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a Syrian Army truck carrier and a bulldozer it captured north of Hamima. Daesh says it stopped a Syrian forces attack on the village. [ICDNSep6] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

The Syrian Army and allied militias broke through to the Battalion 137 Camp, ending the Daesh siege on Deir Ez-Zor city. (video) [SyriaNow]

The Syrian Army had opened a 700 meter gap in Daesh defense lines near the camp but Daesh attacked them with at least 6 vehicle bombs and cut off their lines. However, the Syrian Army, supported by heavy airpower, reopened the crossing. [SyriaHR] 

The Syrian government announced that it broke the siege imposed on Deir Ez-Zor by Daesh for the first time in 3 years. [Hawar]

 

The Russian Defense Ministry revealed that Daesh members from Russia are fighting against Syrian government forces and Russian ground forces near Deir Ez-Zor. These Russian Daesh fighters were controlling the entrances to the city of Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh killed two Russian soldiers near Deir Ez-Zor and Russia responded by shelling the area with Caliber missiles from their battleship in the Mediterranean Sea. [Qasioun]

 

Yesterday, Syrian media outlets broadcast a video of Syrian government forces entering the city of Deir Ez-Zor in armored vehicles, opening the roads to tanks and other government vehicles. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh launched an attack late Tuesday night on the positions of the Syrian Government Forces west of the city of Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh detonated vehicle bombs in an attempt to break the 137th brigade’s lines of defense, which includes units of the Syrian Government Forces and its supporting foreign militias. [Qasioun]

 

The SOHR says government forces, supported by Russian planes, are still struggling to allow trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to enter Deir Ez-Zor because of heavy Daesh shelling and rocketing. It says Russian planes conducted tens of airstrikes near the 137 Camp. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian planes destroyed a convoy of 10 Daesh vehicles that fled from Deir Ez-Zor toward Mayadin, to the east. Syrian aircraft also destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in Baghailiye, northwest of Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaNow]

 

Government sources say the Syrian Army captured Kabajab town and Al-Raqqa Bridge, southwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow] 

Daesh’s version says it killed twenty-two Syrian soldiers, wounded “tens”, destroyed an armored vehicle and a machine gun mounted SUV, and damaged a tank and an armored vehicle in battles in Kabajab village. [ICDNSep6]

Iran’s Al-Alam television reported Daesh attacked Iranian journalists in Kabajab. Three members of the team were injured. [Qasioun]

 

The SOHR says two men were killed in airstrikes on Kasra village. [SyriaHR]

A civilian was killed in airstrike on Al-Husseiniya village, west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Tuesday, the Coalition carried out 3 airstrikes by helicopter, targeting Daesh leaders in Deir Ez-Zor. 4 Daesh family members were killed.  In addition, 8 Daesh fighters were arrested, all of them foreign. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin

Tuesday, the Coalition carried out an airstrike against Daesh near Mayadin, east of Deir Ez-Zor. Ahmed Al-Ramadan, of the Furat Post network, said the Coalition forces carried out an aerial strike by helicopter near the Al-Rahba fortress near Mayadin and planes launched several raids on Mayadin city in the area of a castle and in an industrial zone. Al-Ramadan says there is a lack of information about the process and its results.

South 

Tuesday, the Ahmad Al-Abdou anti-government militia began to evacuate the Al-Hadlat refugee camp and transfer the people to the Al-Rukban camp near the border with Jordan. This comes with the US decision to withdraw this faction to Jordan, according to the Anadolu agency. The area is currently without military conflict, but a spokesman for the Al-Abdou forces attributed the move to the approach of Assad’s forces and supporting militias and the continued aerial bombardment of the area near the camp. [Dorar]

 

Damascus/Rif Damashq 

A local source says unidentified helicopters flew, in the middle of the night, over Daesh controlled areas in the Al-Yarmouk Basin, west of Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

Daraa

The Ababil Army of the southern front announced the arrest of a Daesh cell, along with explosive materials, in Jassem in rural western Daraa yesterday evening. The general commander confirmed the Daesh cell was planning attacks targeting different areas in the Daraa province. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed two Afghan soldiers and a pro-government militia fighter in Dih Bala on Tuesday. [A3maq] 

 

The Philippines 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Philippine Army tanks in Marawi on Tuesday. [A3maq]  

 

Spain

Spanish Police announced the dismantling of a terrorist cell of 6 people planning large-scale attacks in Spain.  This was done in coordination with Moroccan Security services, as 55 people supporting the cell in Spain were found in Morocco. 5 of the terrorists have Moroccan nationality; the 6th is of Moroccan descent. [Sumaria]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Operation Inherent Resolve holds a change of command ceremony, Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commanding general of U.S. Central Command, presides over a transfer of authority wherein Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend relinquishes command of #CJTFOIR to Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II. [CJTFOIR] 

 

Iraqi forces capture Daesh female members in Tal Afar. [YouTube]  

 

Peshmerga fighters kill a Daesh suicide terrorist near Tal Afr. [YouTube] 

 

Peshmerga fighters capture Daesh suicide terrorists trying to flee with families near Tal Afar. [YouTube]

 

 

 

Notice to readers: With the four-day Eid holiday coming up starting on Friday, and the Labor Day weekend, Daesh Daily will be taking a short break. Unless urgent events require an update, we will resume publication on Wednesday, September 6. Whichever holiday you celebrate, we wish you a happy one.

 

August 31, 2017

 

Tal Afar

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

IAF unloads on Daesh facilities in Al-Qa’im, kills 68. [..]

Anbar PC committee chairman says NW Anbar campaign may start after Eid. [..]

But government drops “millions” of leaflets promising liberation to Hawija. [..]

Iraqi forces capture Ayadhiya and the rest of Tal Afar. [..]

 

Syria

Continuing battle east of Hama makes thousands of civilians want to leave. [..]

Syrian Army nears victory in the battle for eastern Homs. [..]

US airstrikes on Daesh convoy strand Daesh members heading for Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

Other

Daesh stages suicide bomb attacks in Libya, Algeria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

  

Prime Minister Abadi issued a statement congratulating Iraqis on the liberation of Tal Afar. He says by liberating the district, the whole Ninewa Province has come under Iraqi forces’ control [Baghdadia]

The US Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement congratulating Iraqis on the liberation of Tal Afar and Ninewa Province. It praised the united efforts of the Iraqi Army, IFP, CTS, local police, PMFs, and Peshmerga in the war against Daesh. It says these forces, with Coalition help, have captured 90% of the lands occupied by Daesh in Iraq. [ROJ] 

Coalition commander, General Stephen Townsend, says the Coalition killed 1,200 Daesh terrorists in Tal Afar. [Baghdadia] 

 

The Chairman of the CoR’s Security and Defense Committee says the KRG should hand over the Daesh terrorists who surrendered to the Peshmerga in the Tal Afar area to the Iraqi government and security forces. Hundreds of Daesh terrorists, including foreigners, surrendered to the Peshmerga during the Tal Afar battles, fearing retribution at the hands of Iraqi forces. [Baghdadia] 

 

A member of the Baghdad Provincial Council says that after the liberation of Tal Afar, Daesh managed to sneak several vehicle bombs into Baghdad and some have already killed civilians during the last few days. He says that security units killed and captured tens of terrorists in Baghdad recently, but he warns that Daesh is still planning for attacks during Eid. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Tal Afar (8), Al-Qa’im (1), and Hawija (1).  [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A security source says three soldiers were wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in Tarmiya. [Sumaria] 

 

The BOC says security units found 9 IEDs planted in the Albu Firas area. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says security units captured a person on terrorism charges in the Al-Hora area. [Ghad] 

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says a civilian was killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Zafaraniya. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A security source says a civilian was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Latifiya. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says its units captured a person on terrorism charges in Ameriya. [Baghdadia]

 

A police source says three Tribal PMF fighters were killed when armed men threw a hand grenade into a checkpoint in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria] 

 

The BOC says Iraqi Army 66th division found 41 IEDs in 2 different areas in west Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   5

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Military Intelligence Service says Iraqi Army 32nd brigade confiscated more than 250 sheep, smuggled from the Rutba area to Ramadi. He says Daesh was trying to sell the sheep to finance its operations. [Baghdadia]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi and Coalition forces in the Haditha Dam area with a Grad rocket. [ICDNAugust31] 

 

Anah

The Chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council’s Security Committee says military operations to liberate west Anbar might start after Eid. [Baghdadia] 

 

Daesh issues a video about the “normal life” in Anah and Rawa cities. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is a standard Daesh propaganda ploy when they face possible defeat in some location they control. The real meaning is that life in that location is about to be “not normal.” If you were a perceptive citizen of Anah or Rawa, you would know from this video that trouble must be coming.

 

Al-Qa’im

The JOC says IAF planes destroyed several Daesh positions in Al-Qa’im District, including a weapons storehouse, a suicide terrorists headquarters, and a vehicle rigging factory, killing 68 terrorists, wounding 8 others, and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. The operation against Daesh in Al-Qa’im was named for Captain Harith Al-Sudani, an intelligence officer responsible for covert operations in Daesh controlled areas. Sudani disappeared a few days ago; then his body was found in an unspecified location. [Sumaria] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier on the road between Baiji and Haditha. It also says it targeted PMF positions on the road with a rocket and 6 mortars. [DENAugust31] 

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

A security source says two security members were killed and six others wounded by a roadside IED south of Balad. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED on the road between Balad and Dhuluiya, killing six PMF fighters, including two commanders, and wounding two others. [DENAugust31] 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee with an IED in the Al-Hassan area, east of Al-Daur, wounding the soldiers inside. [DENAugust31] 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS minesweeper with an IED in Al-Kubba village, in Al-Waqf. [A3maq]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Dijla Operations Commander says security units found a large weapons and explosives storehouse in the Mukhaisa area, just south of Abu Saida. [Ghad] 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The IWMC says IFP planes dropped millions of leaflets on Hawija asking people to stay away from Daesh positions and promising that Hawija will be liberated soon. [Baghdadia] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of a sheep market in Hawija. [ICDNAugust31] 

DaeshDaily comment. Just to show you that everything is normal in this corner of the caliphate. Don’t let all those leaflets fool you.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Ninewa Liberation commander says a second floating bridge was established between the east and west sides of Mosul. He says there is a plan to establish several similar bridges until the government fixes the five main bridges across the Tigris. [Anadolu] 

 

Tal Afar

The Tal Afar Liberation commander says Iraqi forces, supported by IAA and Coalition aircraft, captured Ayadhiya, liberated all areas west, northwest, and northeast of Tal Afar, and reached Peshmerga controlled areas. [Ghad] 

 

A Peshmerga commander says the Kurdish troops killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists who attacked Bashar village, near Ayadhiya. [Baghdadia] 

 

Baaj

A PMF commander says his units stopped an attack by 9 Daesh vehicles near the Syrian border, destroying a vehicle and forcing the rest to flee. [Ghad] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

A security source says security units captured a person on terrorism charges in Nasiriya. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkey President Erdogan says all options are open regarding developments in the Middle East, especially in Syria. He also asks how NATO can claim to be fighting Daesh, while weapons from a NATO country are found with Daesh? [Dorar] 

A former Coalition-backed opposition official told the Russian news agency Sputnik that the commander of Maghwir Al-Thawra, an opposition backed group operating in Al-Tanaf, sold 4,700 M16 rifles to Daesh after the US ended its support. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Media sources close to the Syrian government say Coalition military vehicles crossed from the Al-Tanaf area towards Abu Khashab Camp, south of Hasaka, in preparing for upcoming battles against Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor (video.) [SyriaNow]  

 

The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in or near Raqqa (17), Al-Hawl (1), and Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Heavy fighting erupted between the PYD Asayesh and Sutoro (pro-government Syrian Christian militias) in Qamishli. A Sutoro fighter was killed and several Asayesh members wounded. [ARA] 

 

The PYD allowed tens of displaced people to leave the Al-Mabrouka Camp in Ras Al-Ayn after they demonstrated, demanding to leave. [SyriaHR] 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

SDF fighters captured the Children’s Hospital in Hay Al-Murur, in central Raqqa, killing at least 2 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar] 

SDF fighters captured several positions in Al-Murur and Hay Al-Dar’iya after heavy battles with Daesh. [Hawar] 

 

SDF fighters killed 23 Daesh terrorists in heavy battles in Hay Al-Nahdha. [Hawar] 

 

Daesh issues a video of battles near Al-Salam Hospital. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its terrorists in Raqqa. [ICDNAugust31] 

Daesh issues a video report about destruction in Raqqa. [A3maq]  

 

West of Raqqa

PYD security and the SDF released 155 Daesh affiliates, who “don’t have blood on their hands,” in Tabaqa after intervention from tribal leaders. [Hawar] 

 

East of Raqqa

Al-Jalil Forces, a pro-government Palestinian militia, says fourteen of its fighters were killed in battles against Daesh east of Raqqa while supporting the Syrian Army. [ZamanAlWasl] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Two civilians were wounded by Turkey-allied groups’ shelling on two villages in Afrin. [Hawar] 

 

The Turkish Army and its allied militias targeted Sheikh Eissa village with hundreds of shells and rockets during the last two days. SDF units responded by shelling the sources of fire. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Government forces captured 5 villages east of Hama after heavy battles with Daesh, according to government sources. [Qasioun] 

Planes targeted Aqairbat and several nearby villages. [SyriaHR] 

Sources close to the government say 10,000 civilians trapped in the Aqairbat area are awaiting approval to leave for Idlib. The sources say tribal leaders from the area are negotiating with the Russians to facilitate the move. [SyriaNow] 

 

Daesh targeted Salmiya city with rockets, without causing casualties. [SyriaHR] 

 

Homs

Informed sources say government forces captured the Al-Bishri Mountain area, and are 30km (19 miles) away from Deir Ez-Zor. The SOHR says government forces captured 3,000 sq km (1,172 sq miles) in this area, which links the provinces of Homs, Raqqa, and Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA] [SyriaHR] 

 

Government forces captured 3 villages in the Huwaisis area, according to government sources. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed sixteen Syrian soldiers near Ghanaiman village, in Jab Al-Jarrah subdistrict. [A3maq] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Coalition commander, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, says the Daesh convoy coming from the Syrian-Lebanese border area began moving back toward the interior of Syria on Thursday after Coalition airstrikes blocked the convoy’s advance. He also says Coalition planes also struck Daesh terrorists and vehicles attempting to approach the convoy. “The Syrian regime seems quite happy to deliver (Daesh) right to Abu Kamal on the Iraqi border,” “I know the government of Iraq doesn’t appreciate that much, and we don’t appreciate it. We weren’t a party to the deal … and we’re going to pursue (Daesh) wherever we find them.” A commander in the Syrian military told Reuters on Thursday that the convoy had retreated north toward Sukhnah after the airstrike. [Qasioun] 

The SOHR says the convoy moved to areas northwest of Hamima trying to find an alternate access route to Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR] 

 

Government forces and planes targeted Daesh positions in the Deir Ez-Zor area, reportedly killing or wounding “tens” of terrorists. [SyriaNow] 

 

Local sources say people in the Al-Sheikh Yasin neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor city destroyed a Daesh vehicle, killing 2 terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its religious activities in Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNAugust31]

 

Mayadin

Daesh issues a video of a sheep market in Mayadin. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. References to sheep markets today are to show that Daesh controlled areas are celebrating Eid like anywhere else. 

 

Albu Kamal

Local sources say 2 Daesh foreign terrorists were wounded in clashes with the people of Al-Jala’a village, in Albu Kamal. [SyriaNow]

 

Local sources say internal clashes erupted among Daesh terrorists in Albu Kamal after Iraqi commanders were removed from their positions. The sources also say several Daesh terrorists have fled from areas east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Libya

A Daesh suicide terrorist attacked the Nawfaliya area with a vehicle bomb, killing two security members and wounding six. [AfriGate] 

Daesh says it detonated a parked vehicle bomb near the Nawfaliya city entrance, killing or wounding twelve Libyan National Army soldiers. [ICDNAugust31] 

 

Algeria

Two policemen were killed when a suicide terrorist attacked a security headquarters with an explosives vest. [Khabar] 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists blew himself up near a security headquarters in the city of Tiaret, in central Algeria. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Russia

Russian security units captured 2 Daesh terrorists who planned to conduct attacks in Moscow on the first day of Eid. [Anadolu]  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

August 30, 2017

 

SDF Fighters in Raqqa (Hawar)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

IAF stages major air attack on Daesh in Al-Qa’im, kills 94. [..]

Iraq reopens Rutba border station on Jordanian border. [..]

JOC says Iraqi troops will go to Hawija after Tal Afar ends. [..]

Iraqi forces in Tal Afar province have captured Ayadhiya. [..]

 

Syria

SOHR estimates that Russian airstrikes have killed 5,400 civilians. [..]

Coalition drops astonishing 46 airstrikes on Raqqa area in one day. [..]

SDF makes further advances toward southwest Raqqa. [..] 

Continuing Syria-Daesh battle in Hama leaves thousands of civilians at risk. [..]

Russian ground troops fighting in Homs District. [..]

US airstrikes hit Daesh convoys from West Qalamoun as US raps Hezbollah deal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Coalition conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, in or near Tal Afar (2), Al-Qa’im (1), Rawa (1), and Hawija (1).  [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says armed men shot and killed the owner of a private electricity generator in Ma’alef.  [Sumaria] 

 

A police source says security units found an explosives cache in the Khtaimiya area. [Etejah] 

 

The Military Intelligence Service says security units found an explosives cache in the Sadr Al-Yusufiyah area. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says security units captured 2 persons on terrorism charges in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it killed three security members, including an officer, with a sticky IED under their vehicle in Abu Ghraib on Tuesday. [A3maq] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Anah

A security source says the Daesh wali of the Raihana area fled to an unknown location. [Ghad] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is an intelligent move considering how many Daesh walis have been killed in Iraq. The position has had an exceedingly high mortality rate.

 

Al-Qa’im

The MoD says Iraqi planes destroyed 6 Daesh positions in Al-Qa’im, killing 94 terrorists, including 2 senior commanders. It also says the planes destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs coming from Albu Kamal. [Anadolu]  

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh brought more than 100 of its terrorists from Albu Kamal to Al-Qa’im. The source says Daesh was already facing a shortage of fighters in Albu Kamal, where its fighters are spending long hours manning checkpoints because there are not enough men to staff them adequately.  

 

Rutba

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Interior attended the ceremonies reopening the Trebil Border Station with Jordan. The station has been closed for three years. [Anadolu] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in Al-Sora village in eastern Shirqat, killing 4 terrorists including a Chechen explosives expert. 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Peshmerga commanders in the Tooz area say Daesh intensified its presence in the Zarqa and Himrin areas. The say Daesh is depending on residents in the area to attack security forces. They say these areas cannot be secured without liberating Hawija. They also say that the Daeshcontrolled area in Hawija District includes 340 villages and extends to the Zarqa and Himrin area. [ROJ] 

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Qara Tapa subdistrict council voted in favor (10 to 5) of having the subdistrict participate in the KRG’s independence referendum. [Hawar] 

DaeshDaily comment. Qara Tapa is in a largely Kurdish area but also has Arab and Turkmen residents.

 

A PUK official says a total of 13,500 displaced people have now returned to their houses in Jalawla. [PUKMedia] 

 

An Asayesh commander says Daesh executed two brick factory workers it had kidnapped from Hay Al-Islah in Jalawla. [ROJ] 

DaeshDaily comment. When Daesh published photos of the executions of the two victims it called them “Peshmerga spies.” Daesh gives itself carte blanche to kill people and find excuses later. 

 

A security forces say EODs defused an IED planted near a cemetery in the Shirween area. [Ghad] 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

The MoI says a joint security force captured a vehicle bomb and arrested its driver in the Al-Nida area along the Iranian border. It also says security units destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses in the area after getting information from the captured terrorist. [Baghdadia] 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The JOC says Iraqi forces will head to Hawija after finishing the liberation operations in Tal Afar. [Baghdadia] 

 

Meanwhile, a security source says Daesh executed eight civilians, including a woman, in Hawija after accusing them of cooperating with security forces. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. For far too many citizens of Hawija, the long-overdue arrival of Iraqi troops will come too late. 

 

NINEWA

Tal Afar

The IFP commander says his troops finished their mission in Ayadhiya, killing 64 Daesh terrorists and destroying 19 vehicle bombs, 113 IEDs, and 3 tunnels. [Harbi] He says his troops secured tens of families that were used by Daesh as human shields in Ayadhiya. [Baghdadia] 

Later, the overall Tal Afar Liberation Commander said Iraqi forces had captured Ayadhiya and 21 nearby villages killing tens of Daesh terrorists. [PUKMedia] 

 

An Iraqi Army captain says five Iraqi soldiers were killed in a Daesh suicide attack near Ayadhiya. [Anadolu]

 

The Tal Afar Liberation commander says Iraqi Army 15th division captured Qulabash village, 6 km (4 miles) west of Ayadhiya. [Harbi] 

 

A security source says Iraqi forces freed 3 doctors who had been kidnapped and put in prison by Daesh in Ayadhiya. [Baghdadia] 

 

A security source says IAA helicopters killed 11 Daesh commanders in an airstrike on their headquarters near the Ayadhiya cemetery. [Baghdadia] 

 

A security source says three civilians were killed and seven others wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist blew himself up on displaced people near Ayadhiya. [Baghdadia] 

 

A security source says Iraqi Border Guards arrested 7 Daesh terrorists from Arab countries who were trying to flee near the Yarubiya border crossing on the Turkish border. [Buratha] 

 

35,000 people have been displaced since the start of the Tal Afar liberation operations. Many of them are facing acute shortages of food and medicine, according to humanitarian organizations. [Sumaria] 

 

Western Ninewa

Baaj

Daesh issues a video of dropping a drone strike on a PMF vehicle near the Syrian border. [A3maq] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The SOHR says Russian planes killed more than 5,400 civilians, including 1,320 children and 769 women, since Russia started airstrikes on Syria on September 30th, 2015. It also says Russian planes killed 3,879 Daesh terrorists, in addition to 3,526 opposition group fighters. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. The civilian numbers are breathtaking and tragic. The Russian airstrike strategy has always seemed to lack the US and Coalition concern for minimizing civilian casualties (which are nevertheless an issue). This reflects the seeming indifference of President Assad to civilian deaths. Many of those 5,400 civilians killed were not collateral damage but residents of anti-government areas (like eastern Aleppo) who were bombed purposefully as part of Syria’s military strategy, in which Russia participated.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 51 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, near Raqqa (46), Al-Hawl (1), and near Albu Kamal (4). [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment. We think this is the highest number of airstrikes on one location and in one day since we started Daesh Daily. Even the idea that the US could dislodge Daesh from its capital city with a militia force is audacious. A strategy built around air support is a major albeit under-publicized explanation for why the strategy is working.

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its operations in the Hasaka area. The video contains old footage of battles in addition to terrorist attacks. In the video, Daesh casts shame on Arab people for accepting to live under “PKK” control. [ICDNAugust30]  

 

Daesh says it destroyed a “PKK vehicle carrier” with an IED near Abu Khashab village. [A3maq] 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

SDF fighters captured the Panorama Garden in Hay Al-Dar’iya in south Raqqa, killing 9 Daesh terrorists. The Garden connects the Nazla Shahada, Yarmouk, and Dar’iya neighborhoods. [Hawar] 

SDF fighters surrounded Al-Dariya and Al-Murur and isolated them from the rest of the city. [Hawar] Daesh tried to break the siege, but SDF fighters stopped the attack, killing 18 terrorists. SDF fighters also secured 18 people from the area. [Hawar] 

 

Daesh issues a video of an SDF fighter targeted by one of its snipers near the Idikhar Residential Compound in west Raqqa. [A3maq] 

 

SDF fighters killed several Daesh terrorists in heavy clashes in Old Raqqa. [Hawar] 

 

Social activists publish photos that show the destruction in Raqqa city. [Qasioun] 

 

SDF special units secured 35 civilians, mostly women and children, in Hay Al-Jamiliya in east Raqqa. [Hawar] 

 

The SDF publishes the names and photos of nine of its fighters who were killed in battles with Daesh in Raqqa and Shaddadi. [Hawar] 

 

East of Raqqa

A military source says Syrian and Russian planes targeted Daesh positions in Maadan city and surrounding areas, killing Daesh terrorists and destroying vehicles and hideouts. [SyriaNow] 

 

Heavy battles erupted again between government forces and Daesh in the Maadan and Ghanem Al-Ali areas. Warplanes conducted tens of airstrikes on Daesh positions. Twenty-six Syrian soldiers and allied tribal fighters were killed, while government forces killed 38 Daesh fighters. [SyriaHR] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

One child was killed and several other people wounded by SDF rocketing on several areas in Azaz city. [SyriaHR] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Field sources say government helicopters killed fifteen civilians and wounded tens in the Wadi Al-Odhaib area. Government forces surrounded the Aqairbat area, which includes 83 villages and farms, and is normally inhabited by more than 70,000 people. [ZamanAlWasl]

Russian planes conducted airstrikes on several villages of those villages. The government told people who are trapped in the area that it would remove Daesh land mines and open the road for them to go to Idlib. However, local sources say government artillery targeted displaced people in the Wadi Al-Odhaib area. [Qasioun] 

Media sources say an agreement had been reached between Daesh and government officials to allow the civilians to leave. However, they say the agreement failed and many of the civilians returned to Aqairbat, where tens of families are still trapped. Local sources say the agreement failed because of a dispute between Russia and Iran. However, other media sources say the agreement failed after the government and Daesh had disputes over several points. Daesh threatened civilians in the area that they would confiscate their vehicles if they refused to return. 35,000 civilians had left Aqairbat previously, while 15,000 are trapped there. [Qasioun] [EnabBaladi] 

 

Government sources say government units have started military operations to enter Aqairbat town, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. Government forces captured a village 10 km (6 miles) away from the town yesterday, and arrived near the town today. [SyriaNow] 

The SOHR says government forces, supported by allied militias, captured several villages in the area. [SyriaHR] 

A military source says Syrian and Russian planes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh positions and supply lines in the Aqairbat area. [SyriaNow] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of two Russian soldiers it says it killed in battles near Mushairifa village, southeast of Aqairbat. [A3maq] 

 

Homs

The Russian Khmeimim base says Russian soldiers participated in the battles against Daesh in the Syrian Desert. It issued a video of the Russian soldiers in battle. [Qasioun] 

 

Battles continued between Syrian Army units and Daesh terrorists near the Hamima and Sawana areas. [SyriaNow] 

The SOHR says both sides sustained casualties in the battles. [SyriaHR] 

 

Government forces, supported by aircraft, launched another attack on Daesh in the Sukhnah area. Both sides sustained casualties. [SyriaHR] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

US airstrikes blocked the road on which the Daesh convoy of buses and ambulances was heading from the West Qalamoun area towards Deir Ez-Zor.  Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon says “Earlier today, we did conduct strikes to crater the road, and we destroyed a small bridge to prevent that convoy from moving further east.” He also says “The convoy of buses and ambulances has not been struck, but there have been individual vehicles and individuals clearly identified as (Daesh), and we did strike those.” He also says “If we can strike (Daesh) where we’re able to do so without harming civilians, we will do that.”  

Colonel Dillon said the airstrikes had stopped the Daesh convoy before it reached Daesh-held territory. 

The Daesh fighters bombed by the Coalition apparently had been coming to the rescue of the convoy, on the same highway. 

“The Coalition, we are not party to this agreement between Lebanon, Hezbollah and (Daesh),” Colonel Dillon said. “Their claim of fighting terrorism rings hollow when they allow known terrorists to transit territory under their control. (Daesh) is a global threat, and relocating terrorists from one place to another is not a lasting solution.” The US Special Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, says Daesh terrorists should be killed on the battlefield, not bused across Syria to the Iraqi border without Iraq’s consent. He also says The Coalition will help ensure that these terrorists can never enter Iraq or escape from what remains of their dwindling “caliphate.” [Qasioun] [Dorar]

 

The Iraqi government spokesman says any agreements in the region should take the security of other countries, including Iraq, into consideration. Prime Minister Abadi has criticized the Hezbollah deal with Daesh, calling it unacceptable. The KRG also criticized the agreement, calling it suspicious. [Anadolu] [ROJ]

The SOHR says the Hezbollah and Daesh negotiators who made the deal are looking for another road for the convoy. It says the alternative road could be either east of Hamima or near the Bishri Mountains area. [SyriaHR]

The SOHR says that the convoy had stopped in the Hamima area for unknown reasons, before the airstrikes. [SyriaHR] 

 

Medical sources say twelve civilians were killed and twenty-seven wounded, including women and children, by Daesh land mines while they were trying to escape from Deir Ez-Zor to Hasaka near Abu Khashab town northwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun] [SyriaNow] [SyriaHR] 

 

Heavy battles erupted between government forces, supported by planes, and Daesh near the Panorama area south of Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh sustained casualties in the battles. Government forces also rocketed several villages near the Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport. [Qasioun] 

 

A military source says government forces killed many Daesh terrorists in heavy battles in the Maqaber area on the southern outskirts of Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaNow] 

 

The SOHR says 3 Coalition headquarters conducted an airdrop operation in the Al-Sawh area, 10 km (6 miles) southwest of Al-Masrab town northwest of Deir Ez-Zor city and captured several Daesh members. SOHR sources say the Coalition might have been conducting operations to secure its sources in the Deir Ez-Zor area. It says this is the 3rd operation of its kind during the last 8 days. [SyriaHR] 

DaeshDaily comment. We haven’t been able to get other sources to confirm these stories. They seem like SOHR trademarks. 

 

Warplanes conducted several airstrikes on Al-Kharita town west of Deir Ez-Zor. No civilian casualties were reported. [SyriaHR] 

 

Daraa

Heavy battles continued between opposition groups and Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled in several areas in the Yarmouk Basin. Jaish Khaled says it killed or wounded thirty-seven opposition fighters and damaged 2 tanks and an SUV. [Arabi21]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Local government officials say a coordinated suicide attack took place close to the residence of an Afghan lawmaker in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province. The incident took place earlier today after two suicide bombers attempted to storm the residence of Haji Zahir Qadir.

The provincial government media office in a statement confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports indicate two security guards were killed in the attack. One of the suicide bombers was identified and shot dead by the security guards of Haji Zahir Qadir, while the second bomber managed to detonate his explosives. [Khaama] 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq] 

 

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IFP units secure families from Ayadhiya. [Ghad] 

 

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August 17, 2017

 

Adnan Abu Amjad, Manbij Military Council Commander